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17 July 2007 @ 12:51 pm
Where Has Halfshell Been?  
On vacation, as it turns out. I had last week off-- a mixture of my usual day with the kids, a chore day, and three days with my husband. I didn't LJ much, though, and I've felt pretty AWOL!

On the other hand, LJ's been pretty quiet. You people are vacationing too, I can tell! ;)

Over the time off, I
Painted-- pro-painter cleanup/followup, and ^(*$&!! two coats of oil-based paint on the shower/regular ceiling in the back bathroom. I hate painting ceilings, and I hate oil paint more, because you have to be so careful. It was incredibly hot, smelly work, and hard on the neck. But now done. \o/ Onto the walls, and I've settled on the exact color!
Cycled-- on several hot windy days (but it would have been hotter otherwise-- that's the Sacramento compromise).
Ran-- twice, both days under 93F degrees (the only time in the last 9 weeks)! Muggy and exhausting the first time, but I went 1/2 mile over last night. Yay!
Antiqued-- and bought nothing, but enjoyed the looking. Except for the Mantiques (rusty barn parts, hardware, etc.) Not as many antique stores in Folsom now-- several are now restaurants.
Movied-- we did NOT see "Die Hard 3" after all, thanks to a bad newspaper listing. However, we DID see You Kill Me (thank god for Ben Kingsley and the weirdness of Tea Leoni, or that movie would have been much too dry) and Harry Potter, Order of the Pheonix (good, incredibly dark and moody, lots of broken glass, and I missed many of the regulars. Plus everyone has grown taller than Daniel Radcliffe for the moment, poor guy).
Videod-- watched Woody Allen's Scoop ONLY for the cast, because I love Hugh Jackman. I've been pretty much done with Woody since the Soon Yi Previn thing, and independent of that I think many of his movies afterward have been fairly dreadful. This one... too much neurotic-Woody, too little Hugh, and a very odd stage-convention that didn't work particularly well.

In the not-vacation world, I finished only one story for the SPN super_summer, thanks to spending far too much time on this round of the PB Fic Exchange and also because the other story I tried to write (the one I'd been planning to write for weeks, even) never went the way I wanted it to. Loved the idea but hated the execution. :( Sorry, Sarge.

I also shipped my oldest daughter off to Girl Scout camp for the week yesterday (she so loves going there), and then spent the day with my son at a terrific local wading pool where he's now outgrown the size limits. We'd already made plans for that to be his last trip. He had a wonderful time and really milked that final experience for all it was worth. Plus, I got to see him interact sweetly with younger children, and since he's the baby of our family I don't have that experience much. :)

How's everyone else? Looks like bluesister still isn't back. :(

The Grammarian about whom your mother warned you.acostilow on July 17th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
MISSED YOU. *clings*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on July 17th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
Missed you too! And that icon I love so much. :D
Princess Robot Bubblegum!: squeeastrothsknot on July 17th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC)
We've been out cycling, the pictures and educational stuff. Mum's booked our holidays - Pennines so plenty climbing for me and the bairn.

I want folding bikes, but they're too dear. At least if I want spending money
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on July 17th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
Pennines so plenty climbing for me and the bairn.
I looked them up on the Web, and that sounds lovely! Are you able to climb well enough with your hip problems? I have a tiny issue with the left leg being longer than the right, and while uphill and flat is fine, downhill really makes it noticeable!

I want folding bikes, but they're too dear. At least if I want spending money.
I love these as an idea for a commute bike-- much less chance of being stolen, as you can pack them away where you like.

Actually, just for vacation I'd love the chance to take the bike, but I don't know how I'd get major mileage visiting my parents! Probably along one of the dreaded rural highways. I really, really miss the way that hiking used to solve the problem of getting enough exercise on vacation (before the kids). And then I get grumbly about having the useless, dead metabolism that causes me to fret about it so much. Most people really could just let it go. *sigh*

Hope you enjoy your vacation! Coming up soon? My bigger one is at the beginning of August (we go up to Oregon).
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on July 18th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)
for the climbing, God invented Motrin.

I can get a folding bike for about £110, so £220 for me and Stewart to have one. If dad didn't mind using a cycle thingy,I could take my own bike and the bairn's.

We're staying in a wee place called Rye Cottage in Allendale.

I really want to walk some of Hadrian's Wall. Stewart asked where it was and I couldn't resist..."At the bottom of his garden."

If you email your snail, I'll send you a postcard.
the reluctant lobotomistfourfreedoms on July 18th, 2007 07:59 am (UTC)
Just as well that you didn't see Die Hard 3 since it's not in theaters. But number FOUR is. Unbelievable that that franchize is still going. even if I like it</i>
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on July 18th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
Haha! I meant the current one, of course. ;)

Which I cannot believe is FOUR. Good lord. My husband likes them-- mainly the explosions, which are key. It appears that the current one goes back to the formula of the first, where a secondary characters exists merely to be Bruce Willis' cheerleader for the purposes of convincing the audience that Willis isn't too out-of-place to be an action hero. But sadly, this time it's the "Mac" guy from the commercials! Awwww... :(
Entendre? Make mine a double.: moms like the sausagedeirdre_c on July 18th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
Glad you had such a fun vacation, hon. I haven't been running AT ALL lately and I feel like a big pile of mush! :p

And I know what you mean about the baby pool. I'd graduated from it long ago, and now I'm back over there!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on July 18th, 2007 03:17 pm (UTC)
:D Our major vacation (with the kids) comes up in August, where we'll go up to Oregon and see my family. The exercising is more of a challenge there than when I'm at home, though since I can run again finally that will help. Tryon Creek, here I come!

At home, I mainly bicycle and do the running and elliptical trainer (gym) as cross-training. The pickings get slim up north, where I have to rely on the exercise room at my parents' Old People Village (as they call it).

And I know what you mean about the baby pool. I'd graduated from it long ago, and now I'm back over there!
This park has a large wading pool that's 12 inches deep, with a giant "mushroom" fountain where the water spills out over the top and down. There are usually good water toys there too-- watering cans, floating animals, squirting animals, balls, etc. My kids have loved that place since we discovered it at a birthday party when Lauren was 3.

It's hard to let go of something like that, when it's such a big part of your memories. *sniff* Christopher had a bittersweet last time there, and we spent almost 3 hours because he was reluctant to leave, knowing it would be the last time. *sigh* Me too...