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08 May 2007 @ 11:25 am
Weekend In Review  
Prison Break Fic Exchange prompts are out! Still a lot of work, but after the 40-author exchange, 27 authors seems so much more manageable.

Finished my Lincoln/Nika story that has dogged me since probably February. If only more people were reading non-Michael/Sara fics these days...

Cycling: Outdoors yesterday only, thanks to the 2-day windstorm. Spring is so iffy in Sacramento.
Of the bad: Squirrel mating-season has started, and the fuzz quotient is way up (in the mouth and one eye yesterday).
Of the good: the sweet, peppery mystery plant #1 is blooming, and the fresh-laundry-sweet mystery plant #2 should follow.
On the bike path last week (in transit, no less): Two snakes (nearly hit one), a buck, a half-moulted turkey (ewww), lizard!, and a jackrabbit.

My son's school: I volunteer every other Monday, and I'm down to 1-2 times left in Christopher's class, thank goodness. I find my time there a little unpleasant-- the teacher is highly controlling, and does not appear to actually like children. With a class full of Advanced-level second-graders who are bright and funny and off-the-wall, that's really sad to me. :(

Tales of Christopher: In the car yesterday, he went through his list of the planets' complaints (he's been reading an astronomy book). Things like "I'm Mercury, and my core is made of iron" or "I'm Jupiter, and I have a big red boo-boo on me" weren't that strange. The one that got me was
       "I'm Saturn, and my moons are weird."
That sounds so... preteen, or something! "Everybody's staring at me because my moons are weird, and you just don't understaaaaand!" :0 Now I feel compelled to find out what constitutes a "weird" moon.

On Video: Children of Men, which I liked most of (though I left to do laundry for much of the last half-hour). Ah, Michael Caine-- you're sure having fun these days. P.D. James (writer)-- love your mysteries, but the jury's still out on this one. Oz, Season 4: my god, Ally Sheedy in a one-episode stint! Still acting with her chin, I see. ;)

Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on May 8th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
Children of men depressed the fuck out of me.

Only thing I see on my bike is rabbits, kestral snad buzzards.

I'm jealous
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on May 8th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
Children of men depressed the fuck out of me.
The main message seemed to be "We've destroyed civilization, and we're such animals that we'll destroy the hope of a future too." Or something like that. Depressing is right.

Only thing I see on my bike is rabbits, kestral snad buzzards.
Our major bike path is its own wildlife area, so there is tons of wildlife-- sometimes too much nowadays (even 5 years ago was different). Far too many squirrels, and now also deer and turkeys (hazardous to cyclists!). Now there are lots of coyotes, out more and more in daylight hours and wandering off toward the part of the bikepath that abuts people's yards (where pets live).

Lots of snowy egrets (very pretty birds), a confused Night crane that hangs out at a very public park a lot, tons of Canadian geese and ducks, seagulls (hmmm), jackrabbits, quail (so cute!), brown bunnies that are actually not jackrabbits and are cute, hawks, crows that wish they were hawks (a few seem to have attack issues), nervous little lizards, and pheasants.

On my rides near the office, I see more roadkill than anything. :0 Sometimes a hawk or other birds, potentially loose dogs (!), and among the roadkill I find these frogs from time-to-time that are flat on their backs with their arms up like they're doing "Praise the Lord." I honestly don't know why. Are they hopping into the sides of cars? What?