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25 May 2008 @ 05:08 pm
The weekend so far...  
I'm taking time off next week, both for my sister's visit (yay!) and also to have a little time with HalfshellHusband before school gets out. Hence, I stayed up until midnight on Friday coding, to get more caught up with work. :0

Saturday was my MIL's 87th birthday. We went to her apartment for a really nice lunch she'd put together and had cake and the whole bit. She's doing really well now; a year ago she'd just gotten out of convalescence for recovering from two broken hips, a broken wrist and a broken shoulder. She takes her walker everywhere in case she gets tired, but she's been exercising and building up her stamina over the last year. She has much more energy now, and is back to doing pretty much what she wants. :)

Afterwards, my SIL and her husband came over to our place to see which of our offered toys they were interested in for Sergei, and my recently-BA-graduated neice came too. We had a nice visit, which went on so late into the day that it torpedoed my bicycling schedule (the only negative there).

So today, to help make up for it... I biked forty miles. 38 for speed, 2 more to warm up/down. That's the farthest I've ever biked, because I'm usually too saddle-sore beyond about 30 miles. Whoo-hoo!

On the down side, I also got stung. A bee smacked into my face, then fell onto my arm where it would not leave no matter how hard I blew on it. Finally I pulled over, blew on it some more, watered it when it would not budge, and then tried to coax it off with my dog-spray container... which eventually panicked it, and it stung me. Arrrrgh! :(

Last night, we watched Black Hawk Down. I wasn't every impressed with it as a movie, but everybody is in it. The hard part was identifying the actors with all their hair chopped off (which made a lot of handsome guys much less handsome). This movie must have real value in the "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" game. I did have a moment of geek love for a collapsed stretcher, which folded up into nothing but was very sturdy when made full-size. It was an engineering marvel!


 
 
 
PamalaX: Shakeitbabypamalax on May 26th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
Glad you will be getting some much needed time off :o)

Enjoy!

I think you can guess why I like BHD. *g*

Have as nice day tomorrow
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Alexhalfshellvenus on May 26th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
I think you can guess why I like BHD. *g*

Yes-- it was a very good role for Mr. Fichtner. Looked good, and was tough and resourceful. :)

Looking forward to some time off...
When it is darkest, men see the stars.witchofthedogs on May 26th, 2008 06:32 am (UTC)
YAY! for the biking!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 26th, 2008 07:15 am (UTC)
I saw you got out yourself for some riding. But without the bee escapade. :D
Former wild child of the 80's: Bobby - ditchable prom datesierra_foxx on May 26th, 2008 08:07 am (UTC)
Wow - great stuff re. the biking! Very impressed, although I'm sure not having the bee incident would have made it a bit less painful! How were you the next day?

I've seen BHD too - and didn't mind it, although I think my hubby enjoyed it more than I did.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 27th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
How were you the next day?
Not too bad, considering- I made it through another 28 miles without the bottom, legs OR back bailing out. Though the bee sting itches like crazy. They never used to itch before.

and didn't mind it, although I think my hubby enjoyed it more than I did.
There's very little plot in it, mostly action. Although the characters are likeable, the movie is kind of emotionally flat. It's almost as if it was aimed purely at being an action movie- shoot stuff up! Introduce peril!- with an explicit desire to not make anyone cry while watching it. Which for a war movie seems very wrong to me.
Former wild child of the 80's: Dean - crop shotsierra_foxx on May 27th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
There's very little plot in it, mostly action.

LOL - and the main reason why my husband liked it more than I did, I'm sure!
Serena64serena64 on May 26th, 2008 08:22 am (UTC)
Your MIL must be a pretty amazing person to come back from all that. She'll be cycling with you next
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 27th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
She really is- I can't believe she's 87 now. Fortunately, she comes from very tough farmer's stock, the kind of people who do not give up easily on anything. :)
Entendre? Make mine a double.: SN Sam o reallydeirdre_c on May 26th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
Yay for 40mi. That's IMPRESSIVE! *mad applause*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 27th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Dei!

I honestly can't believe I made it that long in the saddle. The sitbones are the first thing to go, usually-- I tend to feel like I'm being "wishboned" by the bicycle seat.

Thank goodness for Advil- my back was fine the next day too. :)