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15 January 2008 @ 12:22 pm
Tuesday is like Monday when you work a 4-day week  
It's my version of "Monday," that's for sure.

I got almost all the Xmas decorations put away this weekend, and the lights are down but not entirely boxed up. Plus, the tricky roses (walkway rose trees) are pruned back. Only about 70 shrub roses to go...

Spent Saturday pounding the pavement with my daughter to sell Girl Scout cookies (my feet were killing me by the end of the day). I really enjoy the yearly visits with some of the neighbors, but there's a little twinge of sadness when some of the older folks move out and into that next stage of life. One house has the grandkids raising a family in it, but another has to be sold now by the grandkids (whose parents grew up across the street from each other!). Yet another was a half-duplex shared by an elderly woman and her adult granddaughter (single mother), and was a mutually beneficial arrangement. I hope they're still doing well.

Picked up some library books yesterday, now that Christopher and I have both read the Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix (future-fic involving a time in the U.S. when having third children is illegal, and such children are hiding in basements and attics from the Population Police). One of the new books I picked (even if it's only for me!) was Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic .

Now, who could resist that? The patheticness of not even knowing what kind of toy you are, just someone called "plastic" (which isn't even a real name!) Chapter One is In The Backpack and features what could be termed a "fact-free discussion" about where they might be headed-- for instance, to the vet's, who has needles as big as a carrot and might put you in the bumpity washing machine to be healed. :0

Thought we'd be watching the Comanche Moon thingy, but honestly... we'd just be there for Wes Studi, and I don't think I can take the rest of it (Westerns not being my thing). We saw 1 1/2 episodes of The Sarah Conner Chronicles, featuring a kid who looks too old to be the actress' child but was cast for being pretty and emo, obviously. Interesting so far. Also saw the Masterpiece Theatre production of Persuasion, which was good. Though with all the clamoring over "Captain Wentworth is the handsomest of men," both my husband and I blurted out, "Blond!?!" when said character came onscreen. We were expecting someone dark-haired and dashing, like the dreaded Willoughby character in "Sense and Sensibility." :0

How was your weekend? Were you good? One of you caked in the last few days, of that I'm sure. :D


 
 
 
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on January 15th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
Captain Wentworth is the handsomest of men

Bwahahhahaa :) Looks like Wentworth's parents were thinking ahead when they named him.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 15th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
Looks like Wentworth's parents were thinking ahead when they named him.
I knew there was a reason that name sounded familiar. ;)

But I still don't find him all that incredibly handsome (honestly better with stubble than hair-- hotter as Michael than in several other appearances!).

Also... the poor boy is a Wentworth III, I believe, or a Junior. It's a family name.

So, what IS a 'went' worth these days, exactly? :0
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: smilie priyankathelana on January 15th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
I agree. I watched Joan of Arcadia before I watched PB and while I do remember him from that show, I remember him as "That annoying, terrible actor and I can't believe they wanted to bring on his character to the show".

However, I also still remember his episode of ER where he played the paralyzed football player (he spends the whole episode on a stretcher and wearing his football uniform).

Bottom line, it depends on the role.



I always wonder if Went would get a major ass afro/very tight curls if he ever let his hair grow beyond a certain length.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: wetMichaelhalfshellvenus on January 16th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
However, I also still remember his episode of ER where he played the paralyzed football player (he spends the whole episode on a stretcher and wearing his football uniform).
I remember that this episode existed, but I don't remember him. Other than Prison Break, I've found him either forgettable or ("The Human Stain") very cold and unlikeable. Flawed as Michael is, he's one throbbing mass of emotions and now I notice Went. That may be part of why it took me 5-6 episodes to realize that he was good-looking, since early!Michael was very robotic and cold in S1.

I always wonder if Went would get a major ass afro/very tight curls if he ever let his hair grow beyond a certain length.
I wonder that too, though having seen him with enough hair to form a color I really think the stubbled suggestion of hair is his best look (more stubble than bald, that is).

And I liked the hurt/aching Michael from last night very much. :) I recognize the owie on Went's cheek in that photo.
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on January 16th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
I remember that this episode existed, but I don't remember him.

Very well written episode. Which probably contributed to it being so memorable.

I recognize the owie on Went's cheek in that photo.

Don't you just wanna smudge him? But yes, I do think that vulnerable hero was pretty much made for him. I was just talking to some people how often when he tries to do tough and angry is just comes off... not natural.

And some vulnerable is good to make him not come off too cocky or unlikably smartass. That's why the scene with Sucre was no nice in the most recent episode or why I started to appreciate the fence scenes. Because when he meets with Lincoln is often one of the few times when he gets to show a bit of vulnerability, because normally inside the prison he has to be all business.

Take some of his early convos with Whistler. They talked about important and meaningful things, but you never felt like Michael was truly letting his guard down. Which I guess was nice about the most recent episode, because Michael opened up, even if it was just to some extent. I rather liked how in the end when they were sent back and how Michael commented that the general had seemed like a good man. Very resigned because well, it was a likely option, but also sort of wistful.

Michael really needs to hang out with more older guys (Pope, Westmoreland, ect). They always make for some interesting dynamic.
Deadbeat Nymph: michael eyesdeadbeat_nymph on January 15th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
Not to be 'that guy', but...

Wentworth I was named after Austen's Captain Wentworth. :-o Of course, subsequent Wentworths were named after The First and not after the character, but you know what I mean.

*slinks back into shameful fangirl corner*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: wetMichaelhalfshellvenus on January 15th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
Well, thank god that name means SOMETHING (I find it kind of dorky), even if it was the character's last name appropriated as a first name. ;)
Deadbeat Nymph: michael cap beatendeadbeat_nymph on January 15th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
Of course, 'Captain' would have been odder. ;)

And yes, it's dorkerrific.
Entendre? Make mine a double.: birthday cupcakedeirdre_c on January 15th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
I will be caking this weekend for Youngest Boy! WooT!

There is only one Capt. Wentworth for me. I guess it's all about who you see first!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 15th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of miss_begonia this past weekend, but goodness-- how old is your youngest son going to be?

There is only one Capt. Wentworth for me. I guess it's all about who you see first!
Mine is Ciaran whoever from the movie a few years back. Though I tell you, if that had been one of the Austens that Olivier starred in... Rrrrowr. ;)
Entendre? Make mine a double.: SN brothers joydeirdre_c on January 16th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
B will be 9 on Friday. It's so hard to believe!!

And yep, my link above is to a picture of Ciaran Hinds. Great minds think alike! :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 16th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
And yep, my link above is to a picture of Ciaran Hinds. Great minds think alike! :)
Oh, I always miss links unless they're bolded! They just look like regular text.

I really liked Ciaran Hinds in that role, though. By contrast, much as I loved the original "Persuasion," the female lead in the Masterpiece Theatre production brought even more to that role. Pathos reflected in every look and blush and silent agony.
Deadbeat Nymph: dean beseechingdeadbeat_nymph on January 15th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic

LMAO! That sounds awesome! Man, I could never get into the high profile children's books of recent years (a la Harry Potter), but something with that level of humour does sound worthwhile.

How was your weekend? Were you good?

I wasn't bad, exactly, but I wouldn't say I was good, either. LOL. I posted my first SPN fic - woo! - and started another fic, but it's slowed since then. I think I did some dishes. That's about it. :P
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 16th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
LMAO! That sounds awesome!
:D The title made me pull it off the shelf, the bug-eyed buffalo toy and goofy starfish made me open it, and that continuation of the title... that was the clincher. "someone named Plastic" indeed!

It's one of those things that make me think, "Dang I wish I could write children's books, but I have no imagination!" Because in contrast, there's stuff like this. ;)

I posted my first SPN fic - woo! - and started another fic, but it's slowed since then.
I'm glad you mentioned that first part, because I need to bookmark to read it! If it's the weekend, I'll usually miss it. I rarely read my f-list then (swamped with home life instead, and berating myself about why I'm not writing).
Deadbeat Nymph: dean lip curldeadbeat_nymph on January 16th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you mentioned that first part, because I need to bookmark to read it!

I should warn you, though: It's kinky. However, there's no spanking or D/s or BDSM or violence or anything like that. (Shocking, I know.) And it's S3, so there's no underage stuff. Actually, it's pretty light-hearted and maybe even schmoopy. But kinky.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on January 16th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
*cries* Always with the kinky! I took a peek at your journal, and it looks like it's the fatKink thingy, but I'll probably at least start reading it and see how far I make it.

I don't get the whole 'jubjub' thing, and I have to say that I personally can't even see that phrase without going right to "and shun the frumious bandersnatch."

Though I think something with a name like 'bandersnatch' should be more than 'frumious.' As in, 'voradactous' or 'zelicacious' or something along those lines.

;)

Edited at 2008-01-16 05:01 pm (UTC)
Deadbeat Nymph: dean white ferris wheeldeadbeat_nymph on January 16th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
Oh no no noes! I wasn't working with the fat kink part of the comm - just the food kink part! It's not about the chub, just about the pie!

Not that there's anything wrong with the chub - I try not to distinguish between 'good' kinks and 'bad' ones, since it's all a matter of perspective.

But yes, this about Dean's love of pie. And of Sammy. :)

Though I think something with a name like 'bandersnatch' should be more than 'frumious.' As in, 'voradactous' or 'zelicacious' or something along those lines.

*goes to Google all of these things because she knows there's a good deal of funny in there*

ETA: Oh! Yes! LMAO! *snickers* Good one.

Edited at 2008-01-16 05:08 pm (UTC)
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on January 15th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed the pilot in march, but I'm not convinced the SCC has legs.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 16th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed the pilot in march, but I'm not convinced the SCC has legs.
I saw about 20 minutes of the pilot and then episode one. I assume that was the pilot that aired on Sunday-- I didn't see it last year if it was on!

Yeah, we'll have to see how it pans out. I really like the female star, though the RobotGirl... I want her to cover up her scary forehead with bangs like you wouldn't believe. It's Christina Ricci all over again! :0
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on January 16th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
You forget, my dear that I acquire programmes...And the companies want me to do it.

pilots get leaked on the net in march time.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 16th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
You forget, my dear that I acquire programmes...And the companies want me to do it.
Acquire as part of your profession, or your nifty use of Torrent (which has saved my Reaper-loving butt on several occasions already)?
happybug on January 16th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
Girl Scout Cookies?! ::FLAILS:: YUM! my sister has Track Team Candy sales this weekend too so i'm off with her to sell around the neighborhood. the neighbors are actually in hiding cause it's fundraiser season at the schools so they're getting hit up for candy and candles and cookies ALL the time. and i'm not happy because i snack on the candy as we sell them. heh!

"future-fic involving a time in the U.S. when having third children is illegal, and such children are hiding in basements and attics from the Population Police"
Sounds like China! though i'm not personally aware of any children in hiding in the basements and attics of homes.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 16th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
and i'm not happy because i snack on the candy as we sell them. heh!
Oh, god. My weight used to be under control before the aftermath of the second child. And part of the problem is the kinds of food that come into the house that never used to be there before. Even Ritz crackers can cause trouble for me. ;)

Sounds like China! though i'm not personally aware of any children in hiding in the basements and attics of homes.
For China, they often get sent off to the country to live with someone else, or put up for adoption and the like. But I have some sympathy for China's policies, surprisingly, because they are HUGELY overpopulated for their resources and they are attempting to do something about it, and while these are harsh measures they are also somewhat necessary-- though they conflict badly with the male-favoring culture issue, and there will also be some long term side-effects for a nation of Only Children (!). But by contrast India does nothing, and when you have people living on the street with their 17 children... China's solution starts to actually resemble sense. *sigh*

One of the best things about the first book in that series, though, is the intense loneliness of that third child. He's very much loved, but lives an entirely different life from his two older brothers. And one of the things implied but never directly said is that his parent's choosing to have him in defiance of the law (they chose) is very selfish-- they never considered what that life was going to be like for him.

Well, I'm getting off to a whole unpopular tangent. Back to your original comment: doesn't the weather in New York pretty much suck right now?!? Ours is not that great in January, though at least two of the three weekends minimum are tolerable (it's the post-Christmas dieters that are the real challenge). My sister's girls have to go out in February in Portland, and good lord-- there were ice storms last year!

I don't get why door-to-door sales aren't in, say, the Spring. The way a normal person would plan. :0