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26 February 2008 @ 05:27 pm
Tuesday already?  
Got most of our cookie deliveries done this weekend in spite of on/off stormy weather (thank goodness for the little red wagon and waterproof tablecloths to cover it).

We watched Driving Lessons on DVD (Rupert Grint, Laura Linney, Julie Walters), which was okay. Good movie for Rupert, he played a very sweet young man who was emotionally bullied by his overly-dependent-on-him mother and then his semi-looney employer. Though his mother sheltered him too much, the innocence seemed to be part of his basic nature. Hence, I was disturbed for him when he came across someone he respected who was passed-out drunk, and kind of weirded-out when a young woman in her 20's came on to him. Which also made no sense-- he rarely spoke, so he had the approximate personality of a lump. And he was definitely too 'young' (of course, I'm personally OLD), so that creeped me out.

Saw Vantage Point in the theater, which was better than I expected. They picked a poor method to emphasized the movie's gimmick (not so bad the first time, but sucko the other 6 times). I liked the story, though, and Forrest Whitaker and Dennis Quaid FTW! Also William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver. Talk about a bunch of talented older actors who aren't getting enough work... :(

Oscars: Did not watch! Do not care! I love movies, but I soured on the Oscars years ago when it became clear how political so many of the choices were (such as, "BCD's performance was by far the best, but we really like XYZ and we wish he'd gotten an Oscar years ago so we'll vote for him instead.") Bah.

Read some fabulous Die Hard 4 John/Matt fics at hard4brains, and did a little writing (not that fandom, though). Wish it had been more! Monday was Teh Suck-- too many errands and too much chauffering, and we cancelled the kids' daycare since my husband's disability is going long-term now. So the kids are home a lot more, and I can't concentrate for beans.

Minor mea culpa: I must now admit, for those of you following along at home, that Sister Hedgie really IS fatter than Random Relative Hedgie, based on some Friday Night scrutiny. I see it now, and I'm disturbed that I didn't see it before! deadbeat_nymph is going to laugh at me, I know it...

My nose: has been stuffed-up for most of the last month, and I'm starting to think about that surgery I said "No" to a couple of years back. *hopes it goes away*


 
 
 
aeroport_artaeroport_art on February 27th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
Yeeeeah I was pretty underwhelmed by Driving Lessons. I adore Rupert Grint but this film hardly showcased his acting abilities D: Lump indeed. And the whole time I was waiting for the elderly lady to molest him...you know how these English films go!!

What does surgery have to do with a stuffed nose? o_o
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 27th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
And the whole time I was waiting for the elderly lady to molest him...you know how these English films go!!
*was personally afraid of that and on-edge about it most of the movie* :0

What does surgery have to do with a stuffed nose? o_o
I should post about it, because it's kind of a long story. The stuffiness was really bad on my prior anti-depressant, and I was taking Allegra and using nasal spray, but there will still parts of the year where my nose would practically be closed up. Plus, the nasal spray caused a hole to form in the cartilege at the back. :0 *refuses to visualize*

So I went to see a Ear-Throat-Nose person about it, hoping that something like removing adenoids would fix it up. And we discovered that part of the problem that probably should be surgically addressed is that there's missing cartilege on one side that is supposed to keep the passage to the sinuses open. So one side mostly does not work at all.

The solution is to take cartilege from an ear and transplant it, which the guy said I wouldn't even miss. As in, how? Wouldn't miss except for the scar on my ear afterwards? How ugly exactly would that be?

I don't like my nose to begin with (already had a nose job years ago, so it's not pretty but it's more ordinary). But when I asked the guy if he had any plastic surgery credentials (hey, might as well not make it WORSE, plus there's the cutting-from-the-ear part), he said no. And his own nose was kind of a blob, which did not lend confidence!

So I tabled the whole thing, and got some temporary relief when I switched antidepressants. But I'm going through a stuffy patch again-- 24/7. :0


Edited at 2008-02-27 02:27 am (UTC)
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layne: J2 oopslayne67 on February 27th, 2008 06:49 am (UTC)
Ooops.

You can screen my comment of you want :)
(Anonymous) on February 27th, 2008 07:07 am (UTC)
:D I will-- just didn't want you to take it personally!

I'VE seen the movie, of course, and I agree with you. But I don't want the big sekrit spoiled for anyone else. ;)

*whispers* Rosebud is the sled!
mooyoo: BoB - WebsterTouchmooyoo on February 27th, 2008 06:30 am (UTC)
I soured on the Oscars years ago when it became clear how political so many of the choices were (such as, "BCD's performance was by far the best, but we really like XYZ and we wish he'd gotten an Oscar years ago so we'll vote for him instead.") Bah.

Oh man, so so agreed. And I feel like it's just gotten worse over the past few years - was so annoyed at last year's Oscars, with Martin Scorsese winning over Clint Eastwood. Urgh. Obviously it all comes down to personal tastes, but everyone seemed to know and agree that Scorsese won because he never had before and Eastwood had won recently, and that bugs me so much (especially because I loved Letters from Iwo Jima and Clint Eastwood did something in making those two movies that no other director has ever done in one year). Isn't the whole point of these awards shows to reward the best of that year? So annoying.

I didn't watch them this year because I was working, and frankly I'm not all that disappointed that I missed it. I only saw two of the movies nominated for Best Picture (Michael Clayton and Juno, both of which I knew were not going to win), and frankly, I'm getting a little sick of the hype surrounding There Will Be Blood and Atonement. I still want to see No Country for Old Men, but I'm not that desperate to watch it. I am glad it won, though, mostly because, again, I'm sick to death of hearing about There Will Be Blood. Everyone keeps talking about how amazing it is and how amazing Daniel Day-Lewis is, but I just can't find it in me to care at all - I have absolutely zero interest in seeing it and the more people talk about it the less it makes me want to watch it :/
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 27th, 2008 07:20 am (UTC)
Isn't the whole point of these awards shows to reward the best of that year? So annoying.
That's what people ASSUME they're for after the fact, but there's so much crap involved.

I think the year that did it for me, back when I was actually reviewing movies, was when "The Thin Blue Line" was not even nominated for Best Documentary because that category's noms come from documentary filmmakers, and apparently that groundbreaking view of what a documentary could be was just too damn threatening. It was on critics' Top Ten MOVIES of the year, but not even nominated in its category. It was somewhere around the same timeframe as Dustin Hoffman winning Best Actor for his godawful performance in "Rain Man" (one viewing of Leonard di Caprio-- in his teens-- in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" just puts that performance to shame). "Deep Cover" wasn't nominated even for editing, but it had this flashy technique that wound up being picked up immediately and splashed over television and critics said, "Look at that editing style in "Homicide." It's genius!"

Heh. I could blather on about this all day, so I'd better quit it. ;)

I have absolutely zero interest in seeing it and the more people talk about it the less it makes me want to watch it :/
The subject matter doesn't interest me at all-- I had my fill of grit and greed with "No Country For Old Men," which really was very good. "Juno" was cute, but not best picture material. My husband wants to see "Atonement" more than I do...

Last year was biopic-heavy, with (was it last year?) "Tru" (hey-- a biopic about an immensely unlikeable person) and "The Queen" (and although I love Helen Mirren, we fought a revolution to get away from the concept of royalty and the present royal family is dull, dull, dull).

Instead, I watched a Law & Order: CI marathon, with the final entry (Chris Noth week) a really stunningly-written drama. Gorgeous opening sequence that set up the entire story. :)
elanurelelanurel on February 27th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
My nose: has been stuffed-up for most of the last month, and I'm starting to think about that surgery I said "No" to a couple of years back. *hopes it goes away*

This is going to sound weird (and potentially TMI) but have you ever thought about a sinus rinse or a neti pot? My allergies suck and I used to have chronic sinus infections but, since using the rinse, I've managed to cut down on a lot of the allergy side effects and have only had one sinus infection. (Ironically, I think I'm on my second right now.) I was facing what I called "the roto rooter surgery" before I started using the rinse, too.

Just a thought. ;-P
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 27th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
I don't know what those are! Probably could google them, though.

My real problem is twofold. The first is non-allergy-related "rhinusitis," which means that practically everything causes the inside of my nose to get irritated and swell up for no good reason. Including all the pollens/dust/smoke/etc. that I'm not allergic to (I apparently don't have allergies, just all the annoying symptoms). So the first part is getting the inside of the nose to shrink down.

But the second is the missing cartilege on the left side that's supposed to keep the airflow to the sinus cavity open. That's the part that surgery would fix (that side of my nose is practically useless).

I do keep wondering, though, if removing the adenoids would increase the airflow through the back and improve things that way. Plus, much less scary than a cartilege transplant. I swear I'd balk less if artificial cartilege would work, but the combo of stealing the real stuff from my ear and moving it someplace else kind of freaks me out.

My husband was trying to talk me through the "pushing air out your nose" technique for swimming, which I'm no good at. And he demonstrated, and I said, "Is that coming out your nose or your mouth?" He said, "Huh?" Because seriously-- I've never had that kind of airflow through my nose!
Ariss Tenohariss_tenoh on February 27th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
but isn't it Die Hard.4? *confused*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 27th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
Sounds like I'm confused! I can't remember how many there've been. They're all mindless trash, except this one had slash potential.

Will check and edit. ;)
Deadbeat Nymph: sam dean swatdeadbeat_nymph on February 29th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
LMAO! You know, I saw this post when you first posted it, and I was going to pop in to laugh at you. ;) However, I felt that might be 'mean', so I left it...

But now? Bwahahahaha! ;D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 29th, 2008 06:06 am (UTC)
But now? Bwahahahaha! ;D

I so deserve it. ;)

Apparently I didn't interpret "fat" in the right way, or wasn't very observant. Last weekend, I noticed that the main part of the front body area of these hedgies is different-- Sister Hedgie is nearly square, and Random Relative Hedgie is rectangular. So she really IS fatter. I think I was looking at the "overall" picture instead. :0