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12 July 2009 @ 02:35 pm
 
HalfshellHusband had his first chemo treatment on Friday. The nausea isn't too bad, though he's a little dizzy/unsteady at times and very tired. He's mostly napping today, and the kids are away at the moment, which is good. We're still planning to go up to Oregon on vacation this Wednesday, though we might do that in halves or a day later if he's feeling bad then.

We saw The Proposal a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed it, apart from some cringe-worthy moments. I love Betty White to death—she just kills me. I saw her on the Craig Ferguson show months ago, and she really went toe-to-toe with him!

Thanks to Netflix's "Watch Live" offerings, we've stumbled onto a British series called Doc Martin that we're really enjoying. The main character is SUCH a stick-in-the-mud that he thoroughly deserves the dreadful receptionist that apparently came with the office. Beautiful scenery, colorful locals, lots of snark. What's not to love?

Spent some time last night trying to dig up Urban Legends toward an SPN story, and was reminded of why I generally just make stuff up. It's hard to find sites (90% of the hits are for the movie of the same name), and most of them rehash the same 15-25 myths—which aren't all that useful. Why would Sam and Dean care if something foretells death? The creature in question isn't dangerous, and pretty soon it's all over. :(

My other main fic resource, as you know, is MapQuest. I look up towns and terrain, try to figure distances from one point to another and how populated certain areas are. A few years ago, the "satellite" view showed that Winchester Oregon was useless to work into a story, because it's a "new town" with no interesting history. Boo. Although I used THAT in the story instead. ;)

And my other favorite haunt (besides LJ, of course)? imdb.com Sometimes I'm looking up character names for a random-fandom story/conversation. Sometimes I'm on a "who's that guy?!?" hunt for a character actor, like when the Reaper guy who successfully escaped from Hell showed up on Lie To Me, or when I just want to know who that incredible actor on that S1 House, M.D. episode was (Clifton Powers). And sometimes... *koff*... is this because HalfshellHusband is tall?... I'm looking up an actor's height. As in, watching 24 and thinking, "Tony Todd looks like a giant, is he really that tall?" (yes- 6'5") Or "Is Lee Pace really tall or is Kristin Chenoweth just really short?" (both).

Peeked through the anonymous SPN wankery until far too late last night, which I was utterly unaware of until yesterday. And I'm so glad I never know about these things! Whoo—ignorance is bliss! \o/

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michelle: Sam and Dean are holding handscertainthings on July 12th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
:wraps you uptight:
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 12th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
*takes deep breaths*

It's been kind of tough lately, I'm sure you know. *sigh*
brigid_tannerbrigid_tanner on July 12th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
With ya on the wankery. I don't read that stuff, cause it just pisses me off.

Glad the first chemo went fairly well. At least they've finally figured out the problem and can start treating it. Hope things get better for ya'll soon.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 12th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Brigid. It's a relief to have treatment start, and I hope the cancer was recent (i.e., since about the March timeframe when the first symptoms started).

It would be really nice if the chemo would knock the pain level down, so HSH could get some sleep (and not be miserable 24/7).
CaffieneKitty: flashlightfu - examinationcaffienekitty on July 12th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm keeping good thoughts for you and your spouse.

Imdb is useful, but also a minefield of spoilers :-/ I might make a post later of some of the more generally useful links in my fic research folder, there's a few that deal with urban legends.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 12th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the good wishes!

I don't use imdb.com much for SPN stuff-- mainly, it's for random curiosity, kind of like Wikipedia. As in, when someone says, "You're kidding, right? Bandicoots aren't real animals" and you are fairly certain that they ARE.
dr. henry killingerliberateourtime on July 12th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
*hugs*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 12th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Margaret. :)
dragontattdragontatt on July 12th, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
Oh hon....I must have missed your other post about your hubby, with his actual diagnosis. I'm so sorry you all have to go through that.


*sends you all lots of hugs*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 12th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Vivian. It's been such a stressful time, though finding out that it's a highly curable form of lymphoma was a huge relief. We're just trying to think positive thoughts and weather the storm.
she said mysteriously: book starresounding_echo on July 12th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
My thoughts are with HalfShellHusband. ♥
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 12th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. He needs all the good will he can get. ♥
Pix: [Etc] Hushed Morningpixel_0 on July 13th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
I missed your initial post about your husband, but I'm relieved to hear that the type of cancer he has is very curable. Still, I'm sending lots and lots of good thoughts your way for the both of you. *hugs*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 13th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you-- I appreciate it!
Kimberley: BaT stairwaylampshade_days on July 13th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
I was just thinking about you the other day, wondering if you'd heard anything yet, and then I read your update post, and.. *HUGS* I hope your husband has a speedy recovery, with as little discomfort as possible along the way.

I always find reading writers' various sources of inspiration fascinating.

And, I often wish that Betty White was my grandmother. She is one fierce quick-witted lady.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 13th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
He's mostly just very tired, with a little nausea on and off. So far, so good.

Thanks for the good thoughts. :)
happy is as happy does: teddy bear in chairhappywriter06 on July 13th, 2009 07:24 am (UTC)
I hope everything continues to go as well as they can under the circumstances.

I liked 'The Proposal' as well.

I always miss the wank. It's fun reading about it after the fact though in the 'I can't believe people get so worked up.'
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 13th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the kind wishes.

The Proposal was fun, though Ryan Reynolds does nothing for me at all. I liked his character, though, and I liked him in a comic setting. I always enjoy Sandra Bullock, and I'll forgive the horrifying "native meditation" scene for that.
devon99 on July 13th, 2009 08:38 am (UTC)
My thoughts are with you both. It must be a relief that the treatment has started.

As for Doc Martin, it's highly watchable. It'a a typical Sunday night program.

SPN anon - blah. I like to read, I like to write and I like to get to know my little f-list. All of that other stuff doesn't interest me in the slightest.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 14th, 2009 06:49 am (UTC)
We SO wanted it not to be cancer, but given that it is, the prognosis is very good. And it's been like pulling teeth to move anything forward, so to have treatment finally begin really IS a relief.

Doc Martin has really proved fun. I think we're halfway through S1, though we'll get stalled out while on vacation (my Dad's house is Internet-free, and my sister's house won't accomodate wireless viewing). But I'm sure glad we've tried it out. Sometimes Netflix's suggestions turn out to be pure gold-- that's how we got hooked on "Burn Notice."
jeyhawk: fantasy: unicorn butterfliesjeyhawk on July 13th, 2009 09:40 am (UTC)
I hope Halfshell Husband get better quickly. :0)

I saw The Proposal on Saturday and I actually liked it a lot. Cringe worthy at times and pretty predictable but really cute.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 14th, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
I think the casting made The Proposal better than it probably should have been, and it really was fun. Ramone cracked me up-- especially at the end.

I hope HSH's treatment kicks this thing out of his body once and for all. It's not only a scary thing to have, it's also been making him physically miserable. Very little sleep, not able to walk much of anywhere (that cuts down on summertime family activities!), and the pain and swelling have just been increasing since last March (the pain was already bad then).
Antyantychan on July 13th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
...SPN wankery? Where? What?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 14th, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
It's over at spnanonymous, though it's mostly died down into a spam-fest.

It's so nice to be unaware of these things until they're practically over. Well, for me at least. ;)
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 14th, 2009 06:58 am (UTC)
It is SUCH a relief to have treatment being. Especially when we waited a month for an important MRI, and everything has been constant 'pushing' on the doctors involved. To get a turnaround diagnosis to beginning treatment in basically a week is just amazing!

I think KC doesn't even reach 5', which is always scary. Years ago, I was asked to interview a film director who was in town, and she came to the office in her flats at about 4'10" and I greeted her in my tallest heels, which put me at 5'9". I've never felt so huge and gallumphing in my life-- I immediately started to crouch down so I wasn't looming over her. How bizarre!

See the comment above for the wank. It's mostly died down, but overall I have to say that there are a lot of angry people running around in this fandom-- and a lot of diverging opinions, where some people don't realize that it's actually okay to diverge!

Of course, the reasonable people try to break through once in a while and de-hate the whole place, and luckily enough... most of my f-list seems to be people like that! Which is partly how I rarely hear of these things until they're almost entirely dead. :)
Rosierosie_spleen on July 14th, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update, lady. you and yours (especially the HSH) are in my thoughts.

Rosie x
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 15th, 2009 05:01 am (UTC)
Thank you, Rosie. I'm gathering all those good thoughts in and holding them close. ♥