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05 February 2008 @ 10:19 am
 
I missed the first part of Sunday's House, M.D. because when the ads said "after the Super Bowl" I didn't think they meant right after the Super Bowl! I thought they meant at the next hour, like 8:00pm. I was upstairs reading to Christopher until then, hoping to distract him from the heartbreak of the Patriots losing the Super Bowl. Oh, the despair. He was too sad to even talk.

This House episode was one of the better ones I've seen in awhile. I liked the remote-location gimmick, with the doctor having to test herself (ork— the biopsy nearly did me in, though). House's incredible nosiness regarding what Wilson's up to kills me— and Wilson's running off out the door was FTW! Bwah-ha-ha! Also "You're dating me!" and Foreman's "That means House has been flirting with me for years." And that poor lovestruck man— diagnosing "watery" vs. "concentrated" pee by taste, well... against what baseline?!? Though I thought it was sweet that he loved her enough not to really balk at that. Thank goodness I was out of the room for the brain-drilling scene, though— knowing how the show works, there could have been some explicit detail involved that I'm really not up to seeing. More House tonight— and I'll be on time. Must remember to record Reaper for, um, posterity though (yeah, that's what I'm going to call it: posterity).

thelana asked where the writing's been these days. There was some beta work for the PBFE (really saps my creativity), and finishing my own personal story for that. I've also been trying to work up some longer SPN fic forever (all my porn turns angsty and thoughtful these days, which is NOT a help).

But recently? Packing up stuff for Christopher to go on a three-day field trip with his 3rd-grade class. I'm amazed his advanced learner class does this at age 8/9 (this trip is usually a 5-day outing for kids 3 years older). Lots of labels to iron onto clothes, little things to track down (many cribbed from my daughter's box of Girl Scout away-camp stuff I save \o/). I hope he does well away from us so long— he's more of a homebody than his sister. He plans to bring Baby Hedgie along right now. :)

Ooh— someone kindly alerted me that my random rec post yesterday made it onto the LJ Explore Entertainment section! When I went to browse for myself, I discovered that M. Night Shyamalan has another movie coming out this year. He's uneven at times, but I will be there nonetheless!


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Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on February 5th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
That's young to be away.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 5th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
I think so too, though he's with his whole class. The teacher's been doing it for 16 years, so I guess she feels they're capable of it.

Now my daughter, by contrast, went to Girl Scout Camp hours away for 4 days just before turning 8. And she'd wanted to do it the year before! We decided that if she really wanted that, given that she wouldn't know anybody there, we should give her a chance to try it. Slightly homesick the first day, and then she didn't want to leave.

They are very different children-- other than this field trip, I wouldn't have expected Christopher to be ready for the camping away step until around age 10 at least. :0
mercurybard on February 5th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
I liked the remote-location gimmick, with the doctor having to test herself (ork— the biopsy nearly did me in, though)
I read an article years ago about a woman who was stationed at the South Pole who ended up having to do a biopsy on herself after she discovered a lump in her breast. It turned out to be a fast-moving cancer, so she had to give herself chemotherapy while the weather cleared and they could get someone in to retrieve her. That's probably where they got the inspiration for the episode. Wish I had thought to watch House.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 5th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
I read an article years ago about a woman who was stationed at the South Pole who ended up having to do a biopsy on herself after she discovered a lump in her breast.

Ack! *chokes at the thought of it*

The self-chemo thing-- where would she get the chemicals for that? And think how lousy chemo makes people feel-- I hope there was someone else around to assist her. :(

Wish I had thought to watch House.
It was a good episode, and I'm sorry I missed the opening 15 minutes or so.
mercurybard on February 6th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
She was, I think, the expedition's doctor, and they were pretty well stocked. But, as the only medical professional, she had to do all the hard stuff...on herself. There were other people around.
Gretagretazreta on February 5th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
Yay, a new M.Night Shyamalan film. You're so right, he's patchy, but the fact is that his films have a freshness and individuality that set them apart. So even if I don't really like them, they're never boring, and never totally mainstream. And there was a lot to like even about "Signs" which I personally think is his weakest. YAY. Do you know what the new one is about?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 6th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
And there was a lot to like even about "Signs" which I personally think is his weakest.
For me, it was "The Lady In The Water"-- and I still liked that one!

But I'll forgive him a lot just for having made "The Sixth Sense," where the key surprise to the story makes you instantaneously review the entire film backwards in your head to re-evaluate what you thought was really going on in those scenes. And then rewatch it, if you're like me. ;)

The new movie is "The Happening," and it starts Zooey Deschanel and Mark Wahlberg (seriously, why is he in everything now?). But I have no other data-- I went to investigate, and one of the sites hung my browser. :0

I love the unusualness of what he writes, though-- I don't dependon the "tricks," but I like that it's unusual. And I also like that all the stories, with or without their gimmick, are still about people and emotions that are real. :)