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16 June 2011 @ 04:45 pm
My Motivation, Where R It?  
I've been feeling the "blahs" a little over the last couple of months. Our ridiculously prolonged winter might have had something to do with it, or I need to see about increasing my meds.

I biked to work yesterday—first time in a couple of years. The trip in is made more challenging by my NOT being a morning person. Wow—very obvious yesterday. The route back is longer and hotter, and there's almost always a headwind, but yesterday was great. Hot, but totally manageable. On Monday, I wasn't sure I was going to do this because my rear tire suddenly started to wear through and fixing flats has been a nightmare for over a year. But I sent HalfshellHusband out for a Bontrager tire (the kind that came with my bike) as a replacement, and getting that back on was easy compared to the suckage of my more recent tires. Whoo! Hope to ride again next week: 15.5 miles in, 17.0 back. Not bad!

We watched Tremors as our family movie last week, because it was time for the kids to be introduced to the "wisdom" of Val & Earl:
  • "You see, we plan ahead... that way, we don't do anything right now. Earl explained it to me."

  • "Running's not a plan! Running's what you do when a plan fails!"

  • "I vote Outer Space. No way these are local boys."


  • Christopher was pretty nervous at first, but I told him that the movie gets funnier and less scary as it goes along. It's kind of a monster-movie for people who don't really like monster-movies.

    On the Netflix front, we've started watching Luther. I blame nrrrdy_grrrl, and her random picspams for that. Idris Elba is just too damn good-looking to resist, and the character is interesting. \o/

    Family front: both my parents are having some health issues (both need better meds), and my Dad randomly decided to take off on a driving trip to Utah last weekend—AFTER he'd fainted at the supermarket a few days earlier, and with my mother's afibrillation not fully under control. And they're both doctors. *grinds teeth* That's my Dad—always making the decision he wants to make, and rationalizing away all of the reasons he shouldn't. And my Mom? Always enabling him and his poor judgment. Gah! One of my sisters has lobbied for them to sign papers to let her be a healthcare advocate for them, and they clearly need it. Let's hope she can help straighten them out. :(

     
     
     
    mercurybard on June 17th, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
    Tremors! So many fond memories. And, yes, if you aren't laughing your way through it, you're doing it wrong.

    I keep entertaining the idea of watching Luther, but I'm not much for realistic television shows. But Idris Elba and Saskia Reeves.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Laugh SPNhalfshellvenus on June 17th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
    And, yes, if you aren't laughing your way through it, you're doing it wrong.

    I'd totally forgotten that the beginning is suspenseful and kind of scary, if you've never seen it before. Because we've watched it many times since then, always for the LOLZ. ;)

    I keep entertaining the idea of watching Luther, but I'm not much for realistic television shows.
    It's a police procedural, and Elba is really good in it (and SOOOO pretty). If you have Netflix, Season one is available for instant play. I LOVE instant play!
    cindytsuki_no_bara on June 17th, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
    i love tremors. it's kinda scary and really funny and totally ridiculous. and it has kevin bacon. :D

    ooh, biking. here's to getting to do it again next week!
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Laugh SPNhalfshellvenus on June 17th, 2011 04:56 am (UTC)
    I realized, looking at imdb.com, that the other half of the really quotable lines all go to the gun nut played by Michael Gross:

    "Broke into the wrong damn rec room, didn't you?!"

    I didn't used to be a Kevin Bacon fan, but when he started making comedies like Tremors and The Big Picture and He Said, She Said, my opinion of him changed drastically. I love him in Tremors, and I'll always have a weakness for Fred Ward. :D

    Here's to no headwinds while biking the next time. My route home is right into the prevailing winds here. ;)
    peepingdrupeepingdru on June 17th, 2011 08:15 am (UTC)
    Motivation????? Dictionary for that???LOL...Awesome bike ride...way to go!!!! parents*grinds teeth with u*...((HUGS))))xoxoxox
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    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Laugh SPNhalfshellvenus on June 17th, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
    Hahaha! Great GIF!

    Oh, my Dad and his ways (and my Mom's enabling of his ways)... My brother is wondering why my Dad is using such poor judgment, and honestly... this isn't new! He's always done this!

    Or, to quote my younger sister, "Have you MET Dad?"

    ;) Thanks for the comments!
    Maz (or foxxy!): Blessingtuesdaeschild on June 17th, 2011 08:55 am (UTC)
    I sort of imagine a bike ride to work blowing away the cobwebs in the morning. But then again, I am actually a morning person so maybe it's not so effective for you. Still, exercise is a good way to start the day and then there's fresh air...anyway, hope you're feeling better soon, sweetheart.

    I loved Tremors!! It's one of those films I can't help watching every time it's on the TV!

    And really, your parents should know better since they're doctors. Or maybe when they're not so well they're worse than people who aren't doctors. I hope they get better meds though and this does the trick.

    Take care
    *hugs*
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 17th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
    I sort of imagine a bike ride to work blowing away the cobwebs in the morning.
    I did too, until I was actually doing it. Then it was more like, "Am I seriously using only these two gears? Am I going to have to break into the granny gears? Why can't I go faster?" o_O

    I loved Tremors!! It's one of those films I can't help watching every time it's on the TV!
    :D I get such a kick out of it. Is it wrong to admit that, even as often as I've seen it, I still canNOT remember whether the girl Val likes is actually named Bobby Lynn Baxter or Tammi Lynn Dexter? Or yet another combination of those names?

    And really, your parents should know better since they're doctors.
    No kidding. Though my sister says that one of their problems is that they don't really know how to "work" the managed care system, AND they're both using old thinking where because their cardiologist is the head of the hospital, that means he's the best. Not anymore-- it means he works the politics and the administration the best. The meds he prescribed for my mother are for patients with high blood pressure, and hers is low-- which he would have known if he'd actually looked at her chart. Oy.
    Maz (or foxxy!): Blessingtuesdaeschild on June 18th, 2011 08:31 am (UTC)
    I did too, until I was actually doing it.

    The proof of the pudding being in the eating then?!! You could conduct an experiment by trying the same route in the evening. If you still can't go any faster it's not the time of day that's the problem! ;)

    I still canNOT remember whether the girl Val likes is actually named Bobby Lynn Baxter or Tammi Lynn Dexter?

    As I remember it was Tammi Lynn Dexter...but there's something familiar about Bobby Lynn Dexter too. Then again, it's not a lot of use relying on my old memory!

    The meds he prescribed for my mother are for patients with high blood pressure, and hers is low-- which he would have known if he'd actually looked at her chart. Oy.

    Call me silly but I would have thought a doctor's first action would be to look at their chart. Appalling!! It sounds like you're right that he works the politics and administration the best. A doctor who actually puts the patients before the politics is probably thought to be a poor doctor, which is rather frightening.

    Enjoy your weekend, sweetheart.
    *hugs*

    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 21st, 2011 06:07 am (UTC)
    Actually, the girl Valentine is all hot for is one of those two names... and the other is what Earl thinks her name is. Because they ARE pretty much interchangeable. ;)
    Maz (or foxxy!): Blessingtuesdaeschild on June 21st, 2011 09:08 am (UTC)
    Ah! Now it makes sense! Thanks, sweetheart! :)
    Kimberleylampshade_days on June 18th, 2011 12:51 am (UTC)
    *hugs* Sorry to hear about your case of the blahs and your parents' health troubles. Hope things start looking brighter soon!
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 18th, 2011 08:00 am (UTC)
    I hope the blahs clear away as we get more of summer (and, one hopes, I shed some of this extra weight that makes me so unhappy). Our winter just went on too long, and it wore me down. It finally ended only last week!

    I think that if my sister can get my parents on some more appropriate meds (ones that don't cause such dangerous episodes of low blood pressure), they'll both be better. She's also looking into a better doctor for them-- my Dad is stuck in that old-fashioned thinking, where "Head of the Cardiac Unit" means that someone is the best cardiologist in the area. Nowadays? It just means that they wanted the job and they're the best at politicking and dealing with the administration. This guy isn't doing right by either of them right now, and both of them need him!
    Kronette: Jensen mag posekronette on June 21st, 2011 04:16 am (UTC)
    I have Luther on my Netflix instant queue! Right alongside the entire run of Red Dwarf and Patrick Stewart doing some Shakespeare stuff. Ahh, much better than what's on tv right now.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on June 21st, 2011 06:06 am (UTC)
    Give it a try! We've been enjoying it, and Idris Elba is all kinds of pretty and angsty.

    I love the "Instant Play" shows, and I hate it when things leave the Instant Play state. D'OH! Not prepared!