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18 April 2009 @ 11:03 pm
The cold that's been kicking my butt all week triggered a coughing fit during a movie tonight. There was a sudden attack of wetness in my chest that wouldn't quit. God, that's all I need—I'm supposed to go running tomorrow, and biking instead isn't really an option (Sundays, you take your life into your hands from pedestrian stupidity if you go out on the bike path). My chest still hurts. :(

And? That moisture had better move along and be done with. My lungs were a little sore Weds, Thurs, & Friday while exercising, and that's not a good sign. *frowns*

The movie was I Love You, Man, which was SO much better than I expected. Very sweet really, with a couple of helpings of bizarre. I don't think I've seen Jason Segal before, but he was like an American version of Stephen Fry in this movie—and when I say that, I also include the character Fry plays on Bones, where he is clever, strange and perhaps a little bit loony, all in turns.

Bought seeds and seedlings with Lauren today, and got about half the planting done. She was very excited about this, and chose some flowers to try out along with the strawberries and watermelon she wanted. I thought I'd give red bell peppers another try, along with another pepper variety, and turnips just for the heck of it. For flowers, I see her love of orange has returned again (it's the one color I kind of hate in the garden). We bought seeds for delphiniums (whites & blues, I'll be surprised if they survive), lupins, orange poppies, and chinese-lantern flower. Funny that she picked that last one—those used to fascinate me as a kid, because the flowers really DO look like Chinese lanterns.

Tomorrow, I hope to finish planting and then HalfshellHusband needs to blast the area with bug-be-gone or whatever the equivalent is before the pillbugs eat everything that sprouts. We're apparently farming the creatures right now—en masse. :0 You'd think they'd at least take a crack at the weeds...

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elanurelelanurel on April 19th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
I adored I Love You, Man, though masahide cringed during most of the movie. I think he has an embarrassment squick. And, now that you mention it, I can totally get the Stephen Fry vibe. ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 19th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
I cringed massively during the engagement toast, in most of the conversations on that same topic, and then at the end (the scene was botched, and far too talky-- it went on too long). But for the most part, I got a real kick out of the movie.

The Stephen Fry vibe is partly the gallumphing tallness too, but the personality really sealed it. ;)
elanurelelanurel on April 26th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
There were some less-than-subtle moments, such as the reunion scene at the end, but I think I loved the fact that it was gutsy enough to explore the story in question without holding back.

Now I want to go back and watch Jeeves and Wooster.
cindytsuki_no_bara on April 19th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
i love you, man was so cute. i was expecting it to be kind of stupid, which means i was pleasantly surprised at how very sweet it was. "clever, strange, and a bit loony" is a good description of jason segal's character, and did you notice, every time they showed him reading something, it looked like the financial pages from the newspaper.

i hope you feel well enough to run today. if your weather is anything like ours, it's a good day for it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 19th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
:D I was expecting stupid too-- we were desperate to see something, and almost everything that's out is either dumb, horror/slasher, or we've seen it. This was our last recourse, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much better it was than expected! I really liked Paul Rudd's character-- he was truly a great guy, and you could understand why he didn't have a lot of male friends considering that a lot of the men he knew were total dicks. Tool at the office, rageaholic at his fencing club, GF's friend's husband was scary-hostile, etc.

I'm going to sunblock up and go running now. NOT actually a great day for it-- it'll be about 90 here today, which means that at 10:30am it's already too hot for me (probably over 70-degrees). I haven't acclimated to the heat yet. In about 2 months, 70-ish weather will seem like a godsend. ;)

Hope you enjoy YOUR gorgeous day!
brigid_tanner: boys-what the hellbrigid_tanner on April 19th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
Please explain why the bugs that will destroy the plants you want will not go near the weeds. Frustrating! Set out watermelon plants with my dad yesterday, and weeded the onions and tomatoes. I've got some herbs out, and want to get some more. The peppers are looking good right now. I'm more into the perennials for flowers, but I did set out more foxgloves a few weeks ago.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 19th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
Please explain why the bugs that will destroy the plants you want will not go near the weeds. Frustrating!
I have no idea-- some of the weed sprouts are fairly tender, which is exactly what they seem to like!

Do peppers grow well in your climate? I've tried them here before in full sun (where they grow, but they sunburn), in shade (not even a single pepper), and now I'm trying partial shade. The full sun in Sacramento tends to be deadly for most plants.

We seriously thought about foxgloves (though it's usually too windy here for them!), but Lauren picked lupins because they came in more colors. Supposedly all the flowers she picked are annuals, but in our climate that sometimes means "it depends." :0
brigid_tannerbrigid_tanner on April 19th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
Peppers do seem to like our hot southern summers, and they're in full sun right now. My parents have a large vegetable garden, and there's corn near the peppers, so once it gets taller, there'll be some shade from the worst of the afternoon sun. A few years ago I planted jalepenos in with my flowers and they seemed really happy there. But now my flowers have spread, so the peppers don't have room.

The foxgloves are supposed to be perennials, but I planted some several years ago, and they came back once, then nothing the next two years. I haven't had any luck with lupins. I'm afraid where I put the foxgloves will be too sunny for them. I set them out before we had to take down a large tree that used to shade that area. No idea what colors I have, but they were grown locally, and those usually do better than ones I buy from the box stores that were imported from who knows where.

The lemon balm I started about 4 years ago seems to be spreading rapidly. It's not that pretty, but it smells nice ;0
tyricaltyrical on April 20th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
I hope you're feeling better! Go away wetness!!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 20th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
I think it's on its way out. I definitely don't want any sneaky symptoms ambushing me at this point, especially the kind that point to infection. :0