January 20th, 2021

Venus

Whew!

Breathing a big sigh of relief that Biden's Presidential Inauguration concluded smoothly. I wasn't able to watch it, so I'll have to hunt down select video clips later. HalfshellHusband reports that Michelle Obama looked fantastic, and that the Inaugural poem by 22-year-old Amanda Gorman was impressive!

I am looking forward to the return of sanity, dignity, and purpose at the national level. The last 4 years have been a long, horrifying, clown escapade of aggressive narcissism and incompetence, and have caused immense damage to our culture in addition to our democracy. I hope we can recover from this, though I know it will take time.

We didn't do much over this past holiday weekend. I can't help thinking back to a year ago, when HSH and I made a post-Christmas visit to my family up in Oregon. That's impossible now, and I don't know when we'll have the chance again. It might be another year beyond now, though I certainly hope not. :( :(

I did do some clean-up around the house (though not enough), tackled most of my sewing pile (months overdue), and worked far too long on my Idol entry (which is here, with a link to the poll at the bottom for voting). I wanted to do some serious yardwork, because the weather was gorgeous! But I only got in about 90 minutes on Monday, through and into the dark, doing some weeding and digging up the stray paperwhite bulbs that were missed during my massive Spring removal project.

I couldn't help noticing that a patch of daffodils is in bloom already, much too early. \o?

We also watched Apocalypse, Now over the course of three evenings, though it was more like "Apocalypse, NOT!" instead. HSH and I had never seen the movie, and I was finally ready to. But what I got from Netflix instead was the "Redux" version, which contained 50 extra minutes of material not included in the theater version, and which honestly were better left out. So, basically, I STILL haven't seen the movie I intended to. I saw a long, sprawling thing with random dragginess and gratuitious T&A, and have no feeling for the pacing and impact of the official movie that critics have praised for decades. \o?

Terrific performances, though. Maybe in 5-10 years I can try watching the right version of the movie?