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08 July 2008 @ 11:30 am
*koff* *koff*  
The smoke is back. *sigh* The number of wildfires is increasing (lightning storms), and we're at over 300 statewide. A coworker tells me that the containment date on one fire slightly near his house has been revised to October 1st, meaning that they're going to let it burn itself out because they're short on resources and they think they've got it well-banked. Meanwhile, the air in that region (people live downwind of there!) will be affected for months. :(

Now I'm getting worried about our upcoming camping plans (next weekend) and Lauren's trip to Girl Scout Camp (2 1/2 weeks). I hope we don't have to cancel either of those. :(

Sunday, we'd planned to go to a local waterpark to make the best of near 100o temperatures. But thanks to the smoke we went to the movies to see WALL-E instead. What an adorable movie— I could rewatch it right now! Cute, heartfelt, lots of wonderful details (spork FTW!), and a nice environmental message too. :)

Our Saturday family movie was E.T., which I hadn't seen for years. Lauren (almost-11) bailed out on it, which turned out to be very smart. The painful part near the end was too intense for me, and it went on for a long time. I'm sorry she missed so much of the cuteness leading up to that, but it was a wise decision on her part.

The Fourth-of-July was great— cool temperatures for the first time ever, though everyone was still hot by the end of the morning parade. And the visit to my brother was a lot of fun, with excellent steak, tasty ice-cream-soup (my SIL didn't realize that ice-cream machines are serious about using rock salt and not table salt). The fireworks were fun, with Christopher helping to announce the entries. The finale, he somehow discerned in the dark, offered the "Maximum powder allowed by law!"

How was everyone else's weekend?

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wrldpossibility: art lotuswrldpossibility on July 8th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
We only had one smoke-filled day in Grass Valley, and the fireworks in the sky were nice, but staying up that late meant grouchy kids the next day. And my in-laws were in rare form. *sighs*

I feel for you with the smoke. We have tons of fires here too, and I think some of the CA smoke is coming northward. Today is clear, though.

And ET. Your Lauren sounds like myself at her age, as well as my oldest son now. We're both very sensitive to images, and I'm glad she knows herself well enough to bail. I hate it when parents coax their kids to remain watching things that upset them. I try to never do that!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 8th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
We only had one smoke-filled day in Grass Valley
I heard there was a fire practically IN Grass Valley, so I'm surprised it wasn't worse.

but staying up that late meant grouchy kids the next day.
Yes. *sigh* We got home around 11:30 pm (my brother lives an hour away), and Christopher was fairly evil on Saturday. :0

We have tons of fires here too, and I think some of the CA smoke is coming northward. Today is clear, though.
How are you managing to run? I ran last Wednesday (first time in 2 1/2 weeks) and then on Saturday, Sunday was bad, and then Monday I went biking because the local air was only "moderately" bad. But running, for me, really requires outdoor training and a LOT of air (*is a weenie*).

Your Lauren sounds like myself at her age, as well as my oldest son now.
Fortunately, I was like her as well, so I know what it's like. She's way overwired for "empathy," which makes sadness absolutely overwhelming and hard to shake off later. I still have this problem to some degree even now (funerals are intolerable-- I wouldn't even have to know the person to be drowning in the feelings of all the other people in the room).

I hate it when parents coax their kids to remain watching things that upset them.
Or go into the haunted house that they're terrified of. :(

wrldpossibility: stock suckerwrldpossibility on July 8th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
Or go into the haunted house that they're terrified of. :(

Exactly! Or amusement park rides they are afraid of. Grrrrrr.

(And I'm running mostly at the gym these days!)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 8th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
(And I'm running mostly at the gym these days!)

Ha! I wondered how you dealt with that Medford heat. Don't your legs ache when you return to pavement, though? I find the treadmill is too different from outside. More pulling instead of pushing, almost. The treadmill hurts my hips.
wrldpossibility: art large treewrldpossibility on July 8th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
I hate treadmills, but I haven't noticed that about returning to pavement. I know it's supposed to be harder on the knees.

If I can, I run at about 9 pm. I did that yesterday, and it was great. My schedule doesn't usually allow for it though.
heliokleia: PARUS CAERULEUSheliokleia on July 8th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
Yesterday I saw it on tv and they said that the wildfire-season is about the whole year now in CA.

I feel so sorry for all the people who fears for their home, and to live within all that pungent smoke isn't funny at all...

My best wishes to you, my dear Mme Venus, and to all affected inhabitants of the concerned areas there. I'll light a candle for rain!

So, you went biking... pwz, tell me how are the squirrels of doom?All the wild animals are not amused about the fire, I presume...

But, after all, I'm glad that your Fourth-of-July was great, Dear, and that you watched "ET" with your family... how cute!

Have a bearable week, my dear Mme Venus!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 8th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
Yesterday I saw it on tv and they said that the wildfire-season is about the whole year now in CA.

It's been a terribly dry year, and it's awful to think that lightning is causing most of these fires. We don't get rain-- only lightning! That doesn't help anything.

So, you went biking... pwz, tell me how are the squirrels of doom?
Remember my mentioning that the squirrels of doom are kind of ratty-looking, as opposed to our neighborhood squirrels which are fluffy and pretty? My brother tells me that the ones along the bike path are ground squirrels, and they ARE kind of unattractive. A friend of his has had to take drastic measures against them because they're destroying the crop at their walnut farm. :0 I'm grateful not to be part of any of THAT.

and that you watched "ET" with your family... how cute!
Poor Lauren-- the cute didn't begin to outweigh the potential for trauma. I think she was gone even before the little sister found out about ET! She missed the trick-or-treating, the getting drunk at home alone scene, the whole bit. But the rest of us enjoyed it. :)
Princess Robot Bubblegum!: action heroesastrothsknot on July 8th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
I never liked ET. I figured he looked like a pair of dogs' bollocks, the wrong way up.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on July 9th, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
The kids asked if ET was cute, and I said, "Do you think Yoda's cute? It's the same thing."

What my niece calls "ugly-cute," and I normally don't have a category for that.

I think it's his personality that's cute. And I try to avoid looking at dogs' bollocks whenever I can. :0
girlguidejones: Dean thinkypout face by obaonagirlguidejones on July 9th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
Ha! My family made the rock salt/table salt mistake once, too. Heh.

No cycling in the bad air quality, you hear?

*gives you the sternface*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 9th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
Ha! My family made the rock salt/table salt mistake once, too. Heh.
:D My brother laughed himself sick over that, once he finally got his wife to admit that she'd used table salt. She put the ice cream in the freezer, and it was still soupy but who cares? Melty ice cream is my favorite!

No cycling in the bad air quality, you hear?
:D Thank goodness for "sparetheair.com"-- I can check by region, and see how Sacramento is doing vs. Roseville or Auburn, for instance. I'll bike when the ozone isn't great, but I don't take chances with the smoke. :0

Despite how stir crazy I might get... *fidgets*
Claire: hp_harry/lunainterpretthis on July 9th, 2008 07:23 am (UTC)
The smoke here keeps fazing in and out - I haven't smelled any for a few days, but I know it's much worse up where you are. *hugs*

GIRL SCOUT CAMP, FTW!!! I went to Sugar Pine twice and Wasiu II once. :D I hope she has fun!

And I saw WALL-E yesterday and thought it was brilliant. I'm so glad kids are being exposed to environmental issues in a way they can appreciate.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 9th, 2008 07:30 am (UTC)
Are you closer to the coast? That really helps-- just the little breeze moves the air along. Moves it inland, anyway, where I am. :0

I went to Sugar Pine twice and Wasiu II once. :D I hope she has fun!
I hope she gets to go, and that the smoke stays low or tolerable. She's been going since just before turning 8, and she loves it. I always wanted to go away to camp (god, ANY camp), but my parents would never go for that. *sigh* Hence, when she said she wanted to go at age 6, I had to consider that she might mean it! Too young for any of the programs then, but by the next year she was ready.

And I saw WALL-E yesterday and thought it was brilliant.
I loved it. You don't really notice how little dialogue there is, because there's so much story and you feel so much for the characters (poor lonely WALL-E, bringing his treasures home to his shelter every night, is so hopeful and sweet). And I liked both the environmental message and the "get off your butt" message. ;)


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Claire: parisinterpretthis on July 9th, 2008 07:51 am (UTC)
Are you closer to the coast? That really helps-- just the little breeze moves the air along. Moves it inland, anyway, where I am. :0
Yep - in the bay in fact, so we get breeze enough. Sorry about the unfortunate weather effects! Hopefully the fires will clear up soon!

Good for you for letting her go! It's honestly some of the best fun I've ever had. :)

Yeah, about a half-hour in I realized how brilliant it was that there hadn't been a single line of dialog and yet it was still captivating. And both messages were quite clever, yes. ;)