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10 September 2009 @ 10:03 am
Behind, as usual  
I'm almost a week and a half behind on my f-list, which means that I haven't read your Vancouver SPN reports or anything else momentous that you did or thought during that time. I'll try to catch up, little by little.

Over the Labor Day weekend, I finished and posted my Die Hard 4 Sweet Charity story for scarlett_o, which was a huge accomplishment. First, done, and second, it clocked in at about 7780 words, which is the longest thing I've written yet. I don't know how you people with your Big Bangs or your "I wrote 10,000 words last night" do it!

We also saw 500 Days Of Summer last Friday night, which was even better than I'd heard. Only the intermittent narration was out of place (seriously, they should have written that out), but the rest was fantastic. It depicts the beginning, end, and aftermath of a relationship, going back in forth chronologically and contrasting the highs near the beginning with parallel lows near the end. I love Zooey Deschanel, who was perfectly cast here (with that certain vagueness and innocent charm), and Joseph Gordon-Levitt was terrific. Funny, too—the male character has a couple of friends that show up again and again, and I kept thinking that the nicer one was kind of cute and that I'd seen him somewhere. I didn't realize that it was Matthew Gray Gubler (Reid) from Criminal Minds, partly because I hate his character on that show so much that it's the primary reason I don't WATCH that show. :0 He came off very differently here (and is better-looking with the longer hair, I think).

Saturday, we watched Kung Fu Panda with the kids. It was much better than I expected, with some surprisingly beautiful art in some of the animation. I don't know why they wasted money on casting Angelina Jolie as one of the voices, but on the flip side, I adored James Hong as the Panda's noodle-shop-obsessed father. I recognized his voice immediately, though I still can't figure out why he sounds about half his age. The man is 80 now!

Sunday we took the kids to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (formerly known as Marineworld). THAT was desperation—they were holding a Latino Celebration Festival, which means that about 30% more people flocked to the park and the crowds and lines became unbearable. We had the same experience on Mother's Day, because they were running a promotion, but at least this time we were prepared and went a little earlier. I'd have picked another weekend, but Christopher got accepted into a local competitive basketball team, so for the rest of the fall we'll have soccer-Saturdays and basketball-Sundays, and probably not be able to really leave town. :0

Sunday was our only outing. My MIL wasn't well enough to go out to breakfast on Saturday (we think she might have had a small stroke a few days earler), and I had lots to do around the house. I started some overdue touch-up painting, primer-painted some picture frames from Goodwill for re-use (free matting!), and did lots of gardening with help from the kids. Someday, I'll get around to de-babyfying Christopher's room the rest of the way, but not just yet.

Boy, do I miss those Mondays off I used to have. I went back to work full-time (instead of 80%) last March, because the company imposed a temporary 5% pay-cut, and I figured I'd rather gain 15% than lose 5%. But moreover... Mondays had been different ever since HSH went on disability 2 years ago, because then he was home all day then and wanted to go out for coffee or to a movie or something, and so my "me" time and "project" time was gone then too. Change—you just can't stop it.

Did everyone else have a good weekend? Some of you have kids that probably went back to school on Tuesday, though ours went back August 24, so we're already "in the grind."

ETA: One of the few things I DID get done was to purchase my Wincon ticket and book my flights. Yayyyy! Hope to see you there!

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cindy: spn - dean facepalm (by mixedbatch)tsuki_no_bara on September 10th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
>>it was Matthew Gray Gubler (Reid) from Criminal Minds, partly because I hate his character on that show so much that it's the primary reason I don't WATCH that show<<

!!! that's it, we can no longer be friends.

*ahem*

i admit the only reason i knew about (500) days of summer in the first place was because matthew was in it. i saw it for joseph gordon-levitt too, tho. twice. :D (and boy was it nice to see jgl in a light, happy(ish) movie where no one gets killed or beat up.) it's such a good movie. and matthew does look better with longer hair, except for those occasions when he looks like he needs to be introduced to a comb and some conditioner.... (i love criminal minds but "you're such a cute boy, why do you have such bad hair?" is a running theme.)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 10th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
Hah! I knew there'd be a few people on my f-list who'd be horrified to discover that I can't stand Reid.

I tend to hate the "boy genius" archetype in all its forms, so I eventually hated or really disliked Wesley Crusher, Fox Mulder, Bobby Goren, and Reid. I'm sure there are some others I've forgotten. Those characters tend to be insufferable. We rarely see female versions of this archetype on TV.

I'm not a JG-L fan in particular, but he was good in "Stop Loss" and wonderful here-- I think it IS the only time I've seen him play a normal person who wasn't on the verge of combat/danger/disaster. Nice change!

When it is darkest, men see the stars.witchofthedogs on September 10th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Booooo for having to work Mondays. But, the added benefit in terms of money is probably good, so read that "Booooo" softly and not terribly emphatically.

Weekend was eventful. I now own a haunted piano and it appears my mother is using the people around me to send me messages that she wants to "talk" to me.

But it could be worse. I guess.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 10th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
! Apparently I have some catching up to do!

Haunted piano... both intriguing and disturbing, I guess. Moreover, how are you able to fit it into your place? Is it an upright?
When it is darkest, men see the stars.witchofthedogs on September 10th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
It's a baby grand and it's now in the living room over at Chip's house.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 10th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
Argh. I've been there. :(

My mother had a beautiful baby grand that my father kept nagging her to get rid of because it was "too big." There was room for his POOL TABLE, but her piano had to go.

Years ago, they went on a work assignment to Maine, and apparently he made a decision about it, because we got this phone message saying, "The piano is on its way to your house. It'll be there in 3 days."

That was when we lived in the 3-BR 1100 square foot starter house, MUCH smaller than their 2800 sq ft. house.

We got out the graph paper and diagrammed over and over, and because of how the windows/fireplace/flow-through of the house were set up, there was only one place the piano could fit: one of the spare bedrooms.

It eventually caused us to move out of that house prematurely when baby #2 was on his way and would need that 3rd bedroom!

I might still be a little peeved about the whole thing. :0

At least yours has a home for now (though is it haunting Chip and not you?). When you two buy your next place together, it's definitely going to affect what you can work with. But if you play, and you love that piano, it'll be worth it. :)
shaitanah: michael/mahoneshaitanah on September 10th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
Kung Fu Panda surprised me too))) I loved it way more than I expected)))
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 10th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
Yes! I thought it would be painfully stupid, but I loved the artwork and the kookiness of many of the "fight" scenes, and also the random things like sudden slow-mo for the rhino jailers getting hit, or slow-mo for the Panda and the villain getting their faces squooshed into the stairs as they fought their way down.

Jack Black can really strain my patience at times, but he was marvelous in this. Also Dustin Hoffman, whose voice I didn't even recognize as the Master Teacher. He really put some work into that role, which is nice to see after so many recent years of phoning in his performances.
devon99 on September 10th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
You don't like Reid? Dear Lord, he makes me squeee. He is adorably scrummy and the hair? The hair makes me squee even more.

I liked Kung Fu Panda, probably because I took my seven yr old nephew to see it and he loved it, which in turn made me love it, largely because of his delighted response.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 10th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
I dislike his character quite a bit, so his attractiveness has never registered with me! Really, even though I love Mandy Patinkin, I still couldn't make it through S1 of that show. I only like the techie girl and whoever Shemar Moore plays. ;)

My son laughed himself sick through most of Kung Fu Panda, and over the weirdest stuff. Really, for that kind of movie... it's like setting off a giggle machine. Eventually, I can't even hear the dialogue! And he's 10. :0