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30 May 2008 @ 12:24 am
The continuing week off (or, life in absentia)...  
The kids and I played miniature golf on Monday (HalfshellHusband was waylaid with incredible lower leg pain that finally forced him to see the doctor today). We issued the lecture about it being a "non-competitive event" (for the benefit of my son, who tends to get obnoxious about that kind of thing and either goes into a snit about losing or trash-talks other people's efforts). It took an hour and a half before the snit started, but we pushed through to the end. Urgh. Mostly fun, though I suck immensely at putting any distance over about 8-10 inches. I can't work with that— it's too 3-D for me! Ball-and-stick sports are my nemesis.

Had a great visit with my sister, including a couple of trips to the bike path (she and her friend brought their bikes). Very slow, but quite scenic. I do get a little frustrated that she brings this male friend with her everywhere, like a social buffer. They're not dating— though he's been in love with her forever— and more than anything it's a reminder of how much we wish she'd get involved with him instead of stringing him along (she treats him like a boyfriend except for that one, important part of returning his love in kind). *Sigh* He's not the first, and he probably won't be the last...

Rented Alex Rider: Stormbreaker for the kids last weekend. Mildly disturbed at how pretty I found the teenaged actor, more disturbed at Mickey Rourke's character kind of perving on him. Rourke didn't even look like himself here, and heaven knows why Ewan McGregor had a brief role as the kid's uncle. Action/adventure (teenybopper!Bond) for kids, more death/violence than I'd bargained for.

Speaking of Ewan McGregor, he was a guest on Craig Ferguson's show last night. They had quite the loony time together, culminating in a skit where McGregor kept wiping his eyes because Ferguson was cracking him up. TMI on the haggis issue earlier, though...

Tomorrow: Indiana Jones? That's the current plan. :D

Randomly, Robert Downey Jr. is on a magazine cover this month, and I honestly thought he had deep brown eyes until seeing that picture. They appear to be hazel instead— who knew? I will say this: the Caesar cut should be socially outlawed. Seriously. NO-one is flattered by that cut. Some men looks less bad with it than others, but that's not really a recommendation, now is it?

 
 
 
Skywalker-Winchester: Duran Trifeca gothabilly13anakin415 on May 30th, 2008 08:49 am (UTC)
I loved Indy

GUH Harrison lol
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 30th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
This bodes well for the next couple of hours, then. ;)

How're you doing? It's been ages!
Skywalker-Winchesteranakin415 on May 30th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
I know I know I feel so out of touch with everyone but now that things have calmed down some I have been meaning to talk to you specifically.

Sunday night sometime I am gonna email you k?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 31st, 2008 07:38 am (UTC)
Sure, go ahead!

The SPN side of LJ's been in this headspace for months that's either dead-as-a-doornail or total wank. And the rest of my f-list goes 50% bandom during the quiet times. *sigh*

Which is to say that a LOT of people are feeling out of touch, including me. :0
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on May 30th, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC)
We saw Stormbreaker last year. Not a bad wee film. You may wish to know that the lead is 17 now and has been legal for over a year.

I spent more time speculating that Alex is Russian Guy's son. We're not told how Alex is related to his uncle and here orphaned children usually go to maternal family, so it's perfectly possible that Alex is being raised by his mother's brother.

What rating is it there? here it was a PG.

Edited at 2008-05-30 12:58 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 30th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
You may wish to know that the lead is 17 now and has been legal for over a year.
I think legal is 18 in the U.S., but my brain is no longer prepared to think of them that way under their early 20s any more (because I'm personally ancient).

I see he's doing modelling, and that is some amazing set of abs he's got. *flogs self more for bad, bad thoughts*

I spent more time speculating that Alex is Russian Guy's son.
An interesting thought! My daughter seemed to think that Russian Guy was kind of helping Alex at the end (I might have had that recurring nodding-off problem about then). I was too distracted by that actor, who was on a TV show this year as an American.

What rating is it there? here it was a PG.
It was PG, but in the U.S. PG doesn't usually lead to people actually being killed. Threatened, yes, but not killed. There was definitely off-camera killing here (including someone shot on a whim), and we don't see that in PG. It's "darker" than PG.

*is still shocked, since we have the 'violence-loving' issues with our son, of course*
Princess Robot Bubblegum!: dirty little secretastrothsknot on May 30th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
Yes, UK stuff has more leeway and is darker, like our definition of family entertainment is very different from yours. He's legal here. YAY!!!! So perv away!!

LIFE!!!! I sat glued and anxiously await the DVD. I knew where my xmas cash is going. I had Reece/Crews icons!! When did LJ turn into GJ?

Don't worry about your son enjoying violent stuff that's age appropriate. Just cause a kid loves guns doesn't mean they'll turn out to be gun-toting serial killers. It's more that people are getting awy with stuff that they aren't.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 31st, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
LIFE!!!! I sat glued and anxiously await the DVD.
I only caught a couple of the later episodes, at which point I was thinking, "Why is this not on when Journeyman is on, because that show is _incredibly_ dull." When I wasn't thinking, "Why is Journeyman not more interesting? I remember the trailers looked kind of good." Then when New Amsterdam came on, I remembered that it wasn't Journeyman that had looked interesting...

Don't worry about your son enjoying violent stuff that's age appropriate.
It is, but it's SO frustrating: "Death-death-death-blowing people up-shooting everything-death." I mean, those are not happy or healthy thoughts-- and sometimes they come up at inappropriate times (he has a cousin that joined the military this year, and will wind up being sent over to Iraq in a few months).
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on May 31st, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
Stewart's the same. I just ignore it. Your son's fine, he's just emulating the culture and what is glory for male figures in our society, which is that the guy with the biggest gun wins all the great stuff and gets away with being bad.

Stewart's starting to see the flip side of that - gulf war syndrome, inadequate equipment, ptsd.

michelle: Sam's going to huff and puff and blowcertainthings on May 30th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
Your husband ok?

Your son and I should play miniature golf, pool or go bowling together because I get like that too. Or maybe I still do, I've not played any of those things in a good long while but yeah. :p
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 30th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
Your husband ok?
We don't actually know yet. The doctor couldn't find an obvious cause for his problem (he xrayed the bones and such, but there's no blood seepage like you get with a break). His best guess was 'bone infection' (!!!) that's being treated with antibiotics and better painkillers now (the pain has been keeping my husband awake at night the last few days), but no new so far except that the antibiotics are making him nauseated. :(

Your son and I should play miniature golf, pool or go bowling together because I get like that too.
:D It's frightening-- things that aren't a competition have to be MADE into a competition, and it always gets ugly one way or the other.

The kicker (both kids did this) is the getting SO mad on the failed putts that they speed up and do an increasingly crappy job really fast, so that they go up to 13-19 on a single hole. :0
The Huntress: Snoopy Laughhuntress69 on May 30th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
I'm gonna go see Indy this weekend. Robert Downey Jr - who cares what color the eyes are LOL? I agree with you on the hair, and I totally giggled at HalfshellHusband. Mini-golf with me and my kids, yeah, it starts out like fun, but then goes beyond that.

Edited at 2008-05-30 05:16 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 30th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Robert Downey Jr - who cares what color the eyes are LOL?
I actually really like brown eyes, so I found that surprise a little... subversive, maybe. The universe is messing with me!

and I totally giggled at HalfshellHusband.
At least you know who I'm talking about. I used to get comments way back when referring to me as HSV, which at first looked like an unsavory disease before I translated the acronym. ;)

Mini-golf with me and my kids, yeah, it starts out like fun, but then goes beyond that.
God, my son is the KING of making family outings ugly. It's SO tiresome. He's 8 1/2 now, and I was ready for this to be over back when he was 2. And I frankly thought he'd have outgrown this whole snit thing by now.

Really, I'm raising my youngest sister all over again here, and I didn't enjoy dealing with that behavior the first time around. ;)