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05 June 2009 @ 10:25 am
Brrrr  
It's oddly cold here today. We've been having thunderstorms all week and rain off and on, but it's been up around 80o most of the time. Today, the house is cold (I'm working at home).

Lauren graduates from 6th grade this morning (see above). She's been working herself into a snit over the graduation dress code since November, and is wearing a dress today and does NOT have her hair in those messy, lank braids. She looks very nice, and acts like it's going to kill her. Funny to compare this with how femmy she was from about age 2-5. I miss the days when she wore pretty clothes!

Also, I am SERIOUSLY looking forward to her getting a haircut. She's been growing her hair out for Locks of Love since about August, and wants it to still be long enough for her dreaded braids once it's cut. So it's ridiculously long now, and it's always in those braids because it gets too tangled if it's loose. Somewhere in the next month, it'll be back in the "normal" range again.

HSH and I finished S2 of Burn Notice on Wednesday (thanks, Torrent!). LOVE that show. And Victor just killed me. He's cracktastic, really.

We settled in to watch the first few episodes of S7 of The Shield last night, and apparently I've been waiting on the wrong season all this time. Looks like we only finished S5, because none of the 'previouslies' for the S7 opener looked familiar. :0

So instead, we watched Reaper, 2x05, which HSH missed back when it aired. Demon Tony! Cute probably-not-evil baby! Zombie Dad! SO much 'win' in that episode. Then we watched Supernatural, 4x08, which HSH has been wanting to see forever since he fell asleep the first time despite the giant Teddy Bear and terrorist-level Todd. He loved the "crack" elements of the episode, and agreed with everyone else about the storyline completely failing to address the utter wrongness of Hope's being prostituted for Wes. At the end, Wes still didn't think he'd done anything truly bad, and the whole episode focused on what he wanted and "wishes going sour" rather than "Hey-- you've hijacked this woman's entire life for your own selfish desires, not to mention the sex that she NEVER would have willingly had with you."

I might still be a little bitter about that. It's why she was the closing character in that "Other Voices, Other Rooms" drabble set I wrote on minor characters.

HSH was able to move up his CT scan to this afternoon, though we won't hear anything until next week, obviously.

Meanwhile... I'm thinking I should take a shot at either CrackFic or Wee-Chesters for SPN this weekend. I haven't written much of the latter since that Xmas episode reveal-o-doom on John's character back in S3. It really soured me, somehow.

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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 5th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I hope the CT scan shows absolutely no irregularity, which is what we want.

Preferably, the problem with his knee is something more like a stress fracture or bone spur rather than cancer.
blackcat333_99blackcat333_99 on June 5th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
RE the SPN 4.08 issue... try putting Wes as the "Sam of this season" avatar.

Then tell me what you think. :)

I think the connection, while played subtle in the sense that we are being asked to compare a character's actions/choices from one ep to a character's actions/choices over a year, is very deliberate. And to me it doesn't let Wes off the hook, but instead says that while he was trying to lie to himself that what he was doing with Hope wasn't really wrong, he's just trying to get a shot at being happy in his life, it was a "dysfunctional" (code for WRONG) way to go about it. Mind rape to get his wish. Sam's was drinking demon blood and murder of an innocent to get his wish of Lilith's head on a plate. They each found a way to rationalize it, but deep down each knew that there was something wrong with what they were doing.I dunno, just how it plays for me, at any rate.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Samhalfshellvenus on June 5th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
In retrospect (i.e., knowing where Sam winds up), and can see the parallels.

But it's always going to bother me that even the Winchesters (most especially Sam, who is very much aware of equality issues for women) didn't say anything to Wes.

His choice was "wrong" because the wishes went bad, and because Hope killed Sam. The point was never made that it was wrong, period.
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on June 5th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
I was just thinking about HSH this morning.

have you not seen S6 The Shield yet? I adore that show.

I'm just catching up with SPN now - I hadn't watched any since Xmas. Some of the later s4 stand alones are filler. They're still good, but they don't grab me. It's a pity this wasn't the truncated season.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 5th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
I THOUGHT we'd seen S6 of The Shield, but given that the previouslies for S7 do not involve Lemansky being betrayed by Shane, well... apparently we haven't!

Which I will remedy immediately, of course. :D
PamalaXpamalax on June 5th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
Thank goodness they moved it up!
If they try dragging things out on you guys again you should take him to the EC and try to get him admitted so you can get to the bottom of things as quick as possible.

NO waiting around so push as hard as you need to get what you want and need, my dear.

If you need anything at all you just shout!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 11th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
They completed the CT scan on Friday, though it wasn't as thorough as planned, since they didn't tell him they wanted to do contrast and he was dehydrated. After 5-6 "experts" and lots of poking with needles, they gave up and did it without contrast. It still looked clean, though.

He wanted the lung tests all finished so that the bone/cancer specialists would have those results when he saw them this Tuesday.
brigid_tannerbrigid_tanner on June 5th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
Glad the CT is today! Hoping for good news.

Congrats to Lauren! I think it's great she's growing her hair for Locks of Love. I do know what a pain it can be when your hair's that long, though.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 11th, 2009 05:43 am (UTC)
We cut her ponytail yesterday, and there was major bawling and regrets when it was done, even though she still had lots of hair afterward. About 3 hours later, she decided it was okay since she could still get her hair in braids after all (her goal, and I was really hoping the braids would disappear for awhile!).

We'll be donating about 11 inches of thick, glossy hair, and now that the tornado of preteen hormones has passed through she's glad all over again that she did it. She'd been growing it out for 10 months just for Locks of Love, which was a wonderful project. She's starting to think she might do it again, though she might change her mind after getting to Junior High and seeing how few girls have long, long hair at her age.