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18 March 2016 @ 12:54 pm
I sense a weekend approaching...  
I've read all the Idol entries for this week (my entry is here), so I can enjoy our daughter's visit for the few days she's here. ETA is tomorrow morning! \o/

We don't have any real plans for that time, other than just being with her. (Probably not to the point of staring at her while she sleeps, but you never know...) Afterwards, I'll have a few days during which I may possibly go to the snow with the younger one, and will definitely break out Turbo Tax (ugh).

We can't really go much of anywhere as a family, because HalfshellHusband's hip is killing him, and he has about an hour limit on car travel. Followed by mostly not moving. This has been going on since that bike crash in late October, when he broke his wrist. He seems to have sprained something in the hip (which can be fixed only by an unknowable amount of time), and also awakened the hip's realization that a replacement was going to be needed someday... so why not start agitating for it now? :(

TV wise, I hit the end of S5 of The Walking Dead while biking in the garage last Saturday, and realized there was no "next" button on Netflix. Panic! So, I downloaded Season 6 off the Internet. We pay for that channel, but AMC won't let you record it. Yes, more than 30 years after the invention of the VHS machine. \o?

For books, I finished The Raven Boys last week, and really liked it. There's a surprise about 4/5ths of the way through that made me go back and see if that twist was substantiated earlier. It was—you just tend to gloss over it the first time. I have the sequel in my library "hold" list now. I'm also reading The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, which is entertaining but has me thinking a lot—in a, "this science does not hold up" kind of way. If you are reliving the same life again and again... how can all of those other people possibly be pulled in by your "reset" button? If they're multiverses of the same thing, what makes YOU so special that you keep restarting and they don't? And what about other people like you who also reset, and whose time period overlaps with yours? How does that even work? OTOH, the people with this condition (kalachakra, they call themselves) have formed a Cronus Club across countries and time, and do their best to have ready financial support for the people who are reborn (all of whom regain their memories around age 3). That way, as soon as they can pen a coherent letter, they can ask to be rescued from their boring lives as children and get back to a situation that matches their mental capabilities. The resentment over having to go through potty-training again and again is pretty amusing. ;)

So, any plans for those of you who have next week off as Spring Break? What about for the weekend in general?

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cindy: pink mixmaster (by missgreytea)tsuki_no_bara on March 19th, 2016 03:19 am (UTC)
my plan for tomorrow is to make hamentaschen, because i've never made them before and apparently i like a challenge. i don't know what i'm going to do with them when i'm done, tho. i mean, i'm not making them for a party or anything.

have fun with the daughter! i may or may not be imagining you and hsh watching her while she sleeps.

poor hsh. that sounds completely miserable, and totally frustrating.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 19th, 2016 05:40 am (UTC)
I had some hamentaschen last year that a coworker made-- they were really good! And turned out looking very nice, too. Purim must be getting near. :)

HSH is really tired of the pain and the lack of sleep, plus having to "budget" his movement. It's really similar to how things were before he got the other hip replaced-- and it was at least a year overdue then. :(
her brain is crowded and tastes like sex!thistle_verse on March 20th, 2016 06:12 pm (UTC)
I really like the Raven Boys books. They get better each book, too.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 20th, 2016 06:15 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I'm glad to hear someone else has read them!

I really liked the first one, and it wasn't at all what I would have expected.

Can I interest you in "Engines of the Broken World"? Reading too much about the plot would spoil it, but I need someone else to squee with over that book and its haunting style.
her brain is crowded and tastes like sex!thistle_verse on March 21st, 2016 04:34 pm (UTC)
Of course! I love recommendations! I'll look that one up and put it on my list.
ecosopherecosopher on March 23rd, 2016 02:07 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear HSH's in such pain. How exhausting :(

But it's lovely that your daughter is coming home for Easter!

You'd think that if you'd been through potty training once you'd have it down pat and be done with it in days! Weird to think about having a consciousness of it as the child, though. I can't remember going through it but having to do it with the children was bad enough. Geez, I'm so glad we're pretty much done with all of that!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 26th, 2016 05:03 am (UTC)
Our daughter was here just for a few days, as her Christmas present was an added travel leg to her vacation that took her to Washington D.C. She's there with friends now (so, not here at Easter, sadly), having a great time and geeking out over the monuments and political stuff.

I think the issue with potty training in that book is that the people who repeat their lives have memories of previous trips through, but those don't tend to emerge until around age three, and don't necessarily include muscle memory. So, those people experience the frustration again and again of knowing what they want to do, but not being able to fully control their bodies until they're older (I think the potty training frustration is on THEIR end!)

Once they discover the Cronus Club, they tend to turn to them early to rescue them from the long childhood of their "regular" lives. I can just see them clutching pencils in their chubby, clumsy little hands trying to practice writing until they can finally manage a letter to the Cronus Club that says, "Get me out of here!" :D