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01 January 2012 @ 10:59 pm
Happy New Year!  
I hope you and yours have been enjoying the holidays (and having some time off), and that the coming year is good for all of us. \o/

So, now that I'm behind on posting (AGAIN), here's a recap of my holidays.

Christmas was great, other than HalfshellHusband being incredibly sick with the cold that everyone got before or after him. It went straight to his lungs on the second day (Christmas), at pneumonia-level strength, but got better within a few days. Always nerve-wracking (his lungs are very susceptible).

I got hit with a maddening rash shortly before Christmas. By the time I figured out the cause, it was Christmas Eve, and my doctor was on vacation. The rash is happening because my doctor's persistent lowering of my thyroid meds has finally hit an intolerable level. I have oily skin, and have never needed to moisterize. Now, it's so dry that I'm getting rashes all over my trunk, and the itching is so bad it even wakes me up at night. I've switched to Caress soap, I'm slathering on lotion and hydrocortisone cream (ugh), and the itching is less, but... raising my thyroid is the only thing that will fix this.

It's so aggravating. The medical profession is on some kick about "new, safer levels of thyroid," and is fixating on lab tests instead of how the patient feels. I'd warned the doctor about weight gain and some hair loss, but I never saw the whole rash thing coming. However, I now know why I had to raise my anti-depressant dose this Fall... My mother's going through the same thing, and her lowered thyroid dose makes her slightly deaf. Fun! Here's hoping my doctor unbends a little after reading my email. :(

The kids have had two weeks off, and Christopher spent most of them in his footy-jammies. I got the little kitchen area painted (rabbit-destruction fallout), sold some things on Craigslist before Xmas, and have cleaned up here and there. And did some unplanned relaxing...

We finally watched Iron Man 2 on DVD. Not as good or as much fun as the first, and I still hate the recasting of Rhodey. Plus, it needed more robots.

HSH and I saw the second Sherlock Holmes movie on Friday. Slashy as all get-out (though I loved Holmes' disguises-- the worse, the better). Was there this much slow-motion work in the first movie? The scenes of "predicted outcome" followed by real outcome made the movie repetetive, and in the epic escape scene the slow-mo seemed like (dare I say it?)filler. Fun overall, but the movie could easily have been half an hour shorter. Also, there was desecration against hedgehogs.

I haven't checked into LJ much over the break. Instead, I've been Writing All The Things. So many great Yuletide prompts, and I still have several that caught my eye. I've finished and posted four, and I have another I'm working on. Hardly anybody reads them, but it feels good to get ideas out and try new characters.

Oh, and tomorrow? The freakin' Rose Bowl is only being shown on ESPN. Sacrilege! I planned my whole day around watching it, and now look. :( Let's hope the Ducks can finally pull off a win.

So, good holidays? Any good New Year's Resolutions?

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IDK, my BFF Jared Leto?gekizetsu on January 2nd, 2012 08:13 am (UTC)
I do have to admit horror over the desecration of hedgehogs. It was quite deliberate. XD I thought of you during that sequence, even as they made a bit too much of it. And yes, there was a lot of slow mo in comparison to the first. They seemed to purposely ramp up a lot of the first film's moments to hold attention.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Happy Hedgiehalfshellvenus on January 2nd, 2012 08:22 am (UTC)
Hee! I'm glad someone else noticed that scene, and was horrified by it. I'm hoping it was only insinuated hedgehogs and not actual hedgehogs, but still-- the mere suggestion! :0

The quantity of slow-mo in #2 actually confused me at first, until I realized the technique being used. But it really did seem repetetive, and I preferred the faster pacing of the first movie. The soot-marked buildings and gray skies were consistent in both, however.

I saw your new phrase-tag, and had to laugh. Yes-- hands off Jesse! Forever!

Kronette: I love Snowkronette on January 2nd, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
I saw RDJ's Sherlock yesterday and felt the same way you did - hated the slomo as it slowed down the pacing of an otherwise nail-biting scene (I'm especially thinking of the one through the forest). I'd forgotten about the x2 retakes of scenes, and yes, by the time of the last one, I was a little bored as I knew none of the scenarios would actually happen.

I'd forgotten about the hedgehog scene. Ew?

Here's hoping you get the rash cleared up and back to relative health soon!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Happy Hedgiehalfshellvenus on January 2nd, 2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
The forest scene was utterly ruined by that technique-- I wonder if they thought it was too short, and needed more "drama" or other stretching? Gah.

And the x2 forecast/actual... I can't remember if that was in the first movie at all, or if it was done better, but it was just awful here!

I'd still put up with a lot to see RDJ doing most things, though, especially here with Jude Law. Perfect foils. :)

The hedgehog goulash, or whatever... !!! I realize that Eurpean hedgehogs aren't terribly cute, unlike the African pygmy ones we see all the time, but the eating of cute animals somehow seems very wrong.

The rash is still going-- much worse overnight, no idea why. I fear my doctor will choose the "La-la-la-la" option and prescribe other useless OTC creams/etc. rather than deal with the root cause. Grrr....
Entendre? Make mine a double.: SN the impala is homedeirdre_c on January 2nd, 2012 12:54 pm (UTC)
Sorry for all the sickness over the holiday, but I'm glad to hear you all had a fun time nonetheless. Unplanned relaxing is THE BEST KIND! :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bookshalfshellvenus on January 2nd, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
Hee! Well, my todo list is so high that I feel as if even my relaxing should be planned. Instead of doing things at a slow pace, move quickly! And then crack open a book!

Happy New Year, Dei!
Maz (or foxxy!): Puffintuesdaeschild on January 2nd, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear HSH was really sick over Christmas but glad to hear he is okay now. And what is wrong with doctors that they don't listen to how their patients feel but are focused on lab tests?!! I hope your doctor sees sense!

I saw the second Sherlock Holmes during the Holidays too - I agree with everything you said (hedgehog stew?!!! Noooooo!) and it was impossible to ignore the slash!! Which I loved!

Wishing you and your family good health above everything else in 2012.

*hugs*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 2nd, 2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
And what is wrong with doctors that they don't listen to how their patients feel but are focused on lab tests?!!

I don't know if this is an American thing, or what. My Dad brought up again that they used a simple diagnostic when he was in medical school, which was that if you could feel the presence of your pulse (say, beating in your neck), your thyroid was too high. Otherwise, it was whatever worked best for the patient. And I HAVE had times where it was too high, which have the side-effect of interfering with my sleep, so it's not as if I think the sky's the limit. And my mother's new deafness-- just aggravating. Especially when she knows what will fix it, and her doctor is telling her "No."

I hope you and yours have a wonderful 2012, and thank you so much for the champagne gifts. So festive! ♥
Maz (or foxxy!): Michael Rubs Headtuesdaeschild on January 3rd, 2012 09:43 am (UTC)
I don't think it is an entirely American thing since it does happen in the UK too. It's like the doctor knows best; except the patient knows their body better than the doctor. It must be really annoying your poor Mum that her doctor is being so obdurate. Grrrr!

Pleasure! ♥
angels3angels3 on January 2nd, 2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
I hope you get your doctor straightened out and you feel better soon.

Have a wonderful New Year!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 3rd, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
You too! May 2012 be a good year for us all-- even paranoics who are watching the Mayan calendar with fear. :D
cindytsuki_no_bara on January 3rd, 2012 01:11 am (UTC)
i thought of you when they mentioned hedges in sherlock holmes! and then i thought "but... hedgies!" probably common for the time period and culture, but still. a crime against hedges! also i think there was more slo-mo this time around, altho i thought the predicted outcome/real outcome was more annoying in the first movie, as was the "this is what happened/here's how it happened". and i totally agree, slashy as hell, and rdj's various disguises were really fun. i loved his furniture camouflage.

poor hsh! i'm glad he's better. and i really hope your doctor listens to you about the rash! yuck.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Happy Hedgiehalfshellvenus on January 3rd, 2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
It seems so wrong to eat hedgehogs-- even moreso than something like squirrels, partly because hedgies are slow and (where humans are concerned) defenseless. ;_;

Wasn't the furniture camouflage something? Though talk about limited-use clothing. It's not chair-camouflage-- it's camouflage for WATSON's chair. :0

Hope you're settling back into work, and not missing the vacation time too much. Happy New Year!

cindytsuki_no_bara on January 3rd, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
>>It's not chair-camouflage-- it's camouflage for WATSON's chair.<<

well, you know, watson's chair is the only chair that counts. :D and clearly holmes was intimately acquainted with it in order to make it into such a perfect disguise.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on January 3rd, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
well, you know, watson's chair is the only chair that counts. :D

That's true-- it's all part of the larger objective to Annoy Watson At All Times!

Lucky fellow. ;)
Kimberleylampshade_days on January 3rd, 2012 03:13 am (UTC)
The Ducks won, I hear, though I still think it is silly to name any sports team after a semi-aquatic bird. *ducks* *no pun intended*

The colds going around this year seem to be more brutal and persistent than usual. I'm glad HalfshellHusband is doing better.

Happy new year to you and yours. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Duckshalfshellvenus on January 3rd, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
I think it's a silly mascot name too, but both colleges went with the irreverant: Oregon State is the Beavers, which I think is actually worse! Plus, thanks to Walt Disney, the Ducks have an awesome-looking mascot.

I hope your family stays well this year, and that a good year awaits.

I still need to read The Hunger Games! It's on my Kindle, and I'm still gravitating toward anything made of actual paper. Maybe at the gym?