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05 December 2008 @ 02:17 pm
The Weekend cometh...  
We got our remaining outside Xmas lights up on Wednesday (except for the four colored stars, where the strand is half-dead). HSH brought my snowman heads back to life, and the train lights still work-- the specialized/profile lights are the ones I really care about. Anything on strings can be easily replaced (though I'm peeved that I have two strands of purple that are 50% dead). Once half the strand dies, though, that seems to be it. No amount of fuse- or bulb-changing will fix it. *grumps*

Over the weekend, I'll get up my inside profile lights. All of these are on individual timers, and they go in most available street-facing windows. We've got bunches! Hope none of them died up in the storage closet this past year. :0

Tomorrow we'll drive to Berkeley for Cal vs. the U of Washington. Might be sunny, but definitely not rainy. I suspect we'll be back too late for a date, though, which is a bummer-- both Milk and Australia are out, and I'm dying to see them both!

I finished The Time Traveler's Wife this morning. Had to find an opportune last 20 minutes in case it was very sad, so I wouldn't have to explain red eyes to anyone or be kept up at bedtime with a stuffy nose. Amazing book, told in isolated moments that add up to a larger whole. The time-traveling Henry visits the past, the future, former and past selves, and his future wife Clare, all of it unplanned and uncontrolled. Somehow both of their lives unfold toward what they were always going to be-- even the parts they wish they could change. Absolutely fascinating, and even though the characters are far from perfect I found it a really gripping read. Much more lucid than you'd expect, despite the shifts in time.

Must work on Yuletide story this weekend (WHY did I ever fear not hitting 1000 words on it? It's at nearly 1700 already, and the end is nowhere in sight). Also, must make valiant effort to force any of my in-progress Sam/Dean stories to finish. Argh! In between the Christmas shopping, of course. *groans*

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Queen of Musicdove95 on December 5th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
Australia didn't open at your theaters last weekend? Mom and I saw that and loved it!

spoiler alert for TTTW?
What did you think of the ending? I LOVED the book except for the end.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 5th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
Australia didn't open at your theaters last weekend? Mom and I saw that and loved it!
I guess I wasn't paying attention, since we had no hope of going out last weekend. I do remember someone on my f-list mentioning that she loved it, and that there was more to it than Hugh Jackman (though I'd have to see it for that reason alone).

I hoped for a different ending for TTTW, but at the same time I accepted the ending that happened. Does that make sense? Some people were infuriated by at least one aspect of it (the kitchen scene), but I half-understood it (and was half furious at both characters). It bothered me, but it also seemed realistic.
Queen of Musicdove95 on December 6th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, Mom and I went to see it for Hugh Jackman. Oh, he's so sexy, even in this one... ♥

I felt the ending was too Titanic-like. I would've preferred it ending when she went back to painting. The kitchen scene is a bit disturbing/fucked up, but it kinda makes sense to me too.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 6th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)
I felt the ending was too Titanic-like. I would've preferred it ending when she went back to painting. The kitchen scene is a bit disturbing/fucked up, but it kinda makes sense to me too.
I haven't seen Titanic (cannot bring myself to do it, god the horror), so I have nothing to compare it to. What I liked was that there was the additional chronology of "future" with Alba in that last part. But the kitchen scene was disturbing-- I hated Gomez quite a bit in that moment, and wasn't too happy with her either. For some people, that totally ruined the book. For others (reading reviews at amazon.com, where I left one of my own) the book was ruined by the mere presence of "f***" and the two "c***" words, though those people were quick to say "But I'm not a prude!" Heh.
elanurelelanurel on December 5th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
This is totally random but I meant to tell you that I thought about you over the weekend when we were playing Guitar Hero. I totally suck, in case you're curious. ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 5th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
*cries* I'd vowed to play that during my week off last week (especially since I was able to reclaim the memory stick I'd bought solely for that game, so that I wouldn't have to keep starting on tour). I didn't get around to it, though, and I'm itching to play again! Everytime I hear certain songs on the iPod now, I want to be playing them with Guitar Hero. Is that lame?

Might bring it up to my parents at Xmas, which would REALLY drive them nuts, but on the other hand... there is nothing to do at their house and since it's a retirement village the kids aren't really welcome to go outside and make noise in front of the house. ;)
elanurelelanurel on December 6th, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)
It's not lame at all. I am going to be buying me some GH myself in the coming weeks. ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 6th, 2008 06:53 am (UTC)
My husband keeps telling me to check out the "World Tour" reviews ( think that's right, and not the "Rock Band" reviews. If a drum kit comes into our house, he's going to be very sorry).

I want some practice time, to improve my skillz. Funny, too-- I can never get 100% on anything. My attention lapses along the way, or I don't get the precision on a note or two (which is "fail" on GH2).

I was relieved to hear Christopher say something that's been my problem for awhile on "Free Bird," which is that it's so long and boring that my mind starts to wander, and then I miss the parts where they change the fingerings to be tricky. ;)
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dr. henry killingerliberateourtime on December 5th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
I'm excited for the TTTW movie. :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 6th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
I hadn't realized one was in the works until I read the reviews at amazon.com. A friend at work loaned me the book (we trade quite a bit). As soon as she's done with "Marcelo In The Real World" (which I reviewed for the Amazon VINEs program), I'm lending her "The True Meaning Of Smekday." Because someone outside my family needs to love that book too. ;)
eponin10 on December 6th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
What is it about christmas lights that they go in the box having been working just fine and a year later, having not been used at all, inevitably half of them are dead?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on December 6th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
and a year later, having not been used at all, inevitably half of them are dead?

Isn't it aggravating? I could swear they're committing suicide in there, just out of boredom. :0
eponin10 on December 6th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC)
*giggles* Well, that would explain why I can put them away neatly, yet they're all tangled up when I go to get them out again. :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 6th, 2008 06:54 am (UTC)
:D I wrap ours around a rolled-up newspaper-- they don't get terribly tangled up that way.

But they DO still suicide, all the same. :D
eponin10 on December 6th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
*laugh* My problem is always the outside lights. Ours are icicle dangling lights and they'll tangle no matter what.
I'm Mulder, She's Scully: bigbangrunedgirl on December 6th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
"Time Traveler's Wife" - omg, loved that book! One of those that sticks with you for a long time, little pangs of sadness following every time you remember. Kinda like some of the best Sam/Dean fics. :)
Lynsey
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 6th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)
One of those that sticks with you for a long time, little pangs of sadness following every time you remember.
I really loved the inter-twining of time through past to present in telling the story, and things like the overlap of Henry visiting Henry at various times.

The one that started (Henry is 15 and 15) "I'm in the bedroom with one of my other selves, who is visiting from next March" really threw me. I thought, "What's next-- a Henry visiting from the next ten minutes? How weird will this get?"

Such an unusual idea and presentation, and when I remember that this is a first novel I think how encouraging that is for people who haven't published anything yet. :)
Genevieve: xmas tree on beachmsgenevieve on December 6th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
I totally plan to put up our Christmas tree today, I really do. But it's pushing 93 degrees here today and jumping in the pool seems a much better idea than sweating over tinsel and holly, lol!

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 6th, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
It's so unfair, having Christmas come at the height of your summer! I can't imagine the tree lasts all that well then either. :0

Do the pool and THEN the trimming. Toss in some rum-- that'll solve everything. ;)
Genevieve: 402 sara by aliasledgermsgenevieve on December 6th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
'Tis a giant fake tree, to be sure, but yes, there will probably be lots of Baileys alcohol drunk around it. *g* We've been having very hot days followed by afternoon storms this week, which is always rather draining. *eyes the pool again*
Pix: [Etc] Reading by a windowpixel_0 on December 6th, 2008 06:15 am (UTC)
Oooh, The Time Traveler's Wife. I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with that book because there were parts I just absolutely LOVED and then pieces that totally threw me off. Overall, I liked it more than I disliked it, considering I managed to follow the story well given all the time shifts she had written in there. I think it's one of those books, though, that I'll need to go back and read a second time to fully appreciate it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 6th, 2008 06:58 am (UTC)
Overall, I liked it more than I disliked it, considering I managed to follow the story well given all the time shifts she had written in there.

Those parts I loved unequivocally-- the technical aspects of the writing were handled quite well, and it was a compelling read.

I found myself disliking Henry at times (self-centered and self-entitled), and I sometimes wanted more from Clare, but I noticed that although they never saw each others' flaws they quite clearly saw their own-- and that resolved my issues. I wished for things to go differently in a few places, but couldn't disagree with what actually did happen-- just that it didn't fit my sense of optimism or romance. Fascinating story, though I have no opinion on the idea of it as a movie. Actually, "Why?" is my first opinion, but I don't love or hate the idea.

Thank you for the gift of the stuffed hedgehog! It was perfect, and reminded me very much of the several someones who still live in Christopher's bed. :D
Serena64serena64 on December 6th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
I loved the Time Traveller's Wife. It's such an original idea and beautifully written.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 7th, 2008 06:27 am (UTC)
It took me about a chapter to get hooked, but then I couldn't put it down. That's pretty much where my last week off went-- I'd pick it up and get caught up in it for the next 30-40 minutes.

I loved the technique of how the story was told, and was really surprised by the idea of Henry visiting himself (and his mixed feelings about teaching himself the survival techniques he'd need later-- the idea of it feels like a loop aside from everything else about it.) Also the lack of control about when and where he went, though he tended to be drawn back toward the same people again and again-- sometimes happily so, as with Clare, and others more like salting the wound of the tragedy that defined his childhood.

Even more amazing to think that it's a first novel. But then, so was 'To Kill A Mockingbird.'
Serena64serena64 on December 7th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
I hadn't realised it was her first novel. Yes, amazing.
Another first novel -The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks. Very dark, but just incredible
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 7th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
Ooh-- I'll put this on my list!

I usually find stuff via the browsing method at the library, or loaned by friends, or stuff I pick from Amazon VINEs to review. I rarely get recommendations. :D
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 9th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
Such an incredible book-- fascinating idea, and I love the way it was told. The author somehow made something as complex as timeshifting seem straightforward and easily followed.

I have no real opinion on Rachel McAdams, but I'm always afraid that the movie version of a beloved book will ruin the book. I was really surprised that "The Accidental Tourist" came out so well-- the exact details in casting, etc. didn't match the book as precisely as they might have, but the feeling of the book and its characters was completely preserved. Loved the siblings in particular. :)
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 9th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
When Henry starts teaching Claire to cook, with the onion, I completely lost it. *wells up again*
Oh yes, what a scene that was. I cry during books all the time, but this was no exception.

I could not bring myself to see The Notebook, and probably never will. I have a very low tolerance for 'chick flicks,' by which I mean that while I like dramas, I generally can't stand melodramas. That movie looked as if it crossed the line, and generally speaking if it's a movie that generally only appeals to women, well... I'm not that woman. ;)