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11 June 2012 @ 07:59 pm
Another day...  
... another bee sting in the armpit. WHY do they lurk there? Jeez, I even avoid the overly flowery-smelling antiperspirants because I'm just that paranoid now. Stop hitching rides on that part of my bike jersey!

Something else I would like have go away are the recurring episodes of fever and 'blippy' inner ears. Both the fever and blippiness keep me awake at night. This last episode hit on Friday night, so I was not as coherent this weekend as I'd planned. Most of Saturday was like an ADD attack—couldn't finish a thought, kept flitting from one half-started thing to the next. The dizziness is no fun either, especially while exercising. I honestly think this might be a new phase in immune-system response for me. For decades, I would periodically get a sore throat and swollen lymph glands, which usually went away with some extra sleep... followed by everyone else around me getting sick. In the past year, that seems to have shifted to getting fevers instead, but avoiding the larger illness. Sadly, this method is a lot more annoying than the previous one!

We finished watching The Walking Dead, S2 this weekend. The finale made me want to smack half of the characters. Rick: all explanations of the 'Shane showdown' should begin with, "Shane lured me out to the forest alone in the dark and tried to kill me." I know you feel guilty and angry and conflicted, but the heart of it was simple self-defense. Lori: Stop judging Rick. This was all your fault for giving Shane false hope (because you know how he is). Also, your son is being an idiot and needs closer supervision. You let him sneak off, and then you scream in hysterics over "OMG, where's my son?!?" What, you don't learn? Carl: See above. You're a pesky little snot, now. Carol: For the love of god, stop being such a freakin' victim! Especially if you're going to follow it up with the judging of everyone else.

On the flip side, the last two episodes were the first time this season I did NOT want to smack Andrea. I always liked Glen and Maggie, but it was interesting to see how they balanced each other under stress—her passion made her emotionally volatile, while his steadiness made him strong. Daryl's brother was a complete pig, but (zombie ear-collection and Lord Of The Flies campground aside), Daryl himself shows promise and integrity. Jimmy still seemed like he came out of nowhere, and I'm still not entirely sure who he was, so he was little-mourned. I liked Hershel, I LOVED Dale, and Shane frustrated the hell out of me. I don't know whether losing Dale was more of a "This show only needs one wise old man" kind of thing, or (as HalfshellHusband said) that the show killed both its angel and its devil in short succession. Regardless, I'll miss Dale. *sniffle*

All right, must get something accomplished on those five (FIVE) Real LJ Idol stories. I have a rough draft of one, a start to another, ideas for a third, and I'm still vague on what to do about the last two except to marry them together. -ish.

We're also catching up on Fringe, so there could be blather about that in a few weeks. And possibly an offhand rant regarding How To Train Your Dragon...

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sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: TWD: Rick Atlantabadboy_fangirl on June 12th, 2012 04:14 am (UTC)
RE: The Walking Dead
The truth is after Frank Darabont left the show (as show runner) the actor who played Dale wanted off. So yeah, I'll miss Dale like crazy, too, but that's why he went.

I'm a total Rick stan, so I find it hard to be too critical of him, but I agree with you. Though I think it got mixed up in Rick's poor PTSD brain, did he want to kill Shane, did Shane make him kill him, is it all the same? It's so sad. I'd say of everything that's ever happened, Rick killing Shane is still the hardest thing to watch, at least for me. So tragic. I was ready for Shane to go, but I'm such a fan now of the actor, I'll definitely watch his new show (with Frank Darabont) that comes out next year: L.A. Noir.

Daryl is the best character left, and Lori's reaction to Shane's death put her on my bad list. I vote she dies early next season so we don't have to endure her pregnancy. I've always loved Andrea, though, even when she was suicidal.

Sorry for the bee sting and not feeling great in general! I hope you return to normal soon!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 12th, 2012 04:49 am (UTC)
Re: The Walking Dead
I'm only critical of Rick's fuddled explanations of what happened, because he's turning people against him by not focusing on that one important truth: self-defense.

But I understand the emotions that are driving him to be so scattered about it: Shane was his best friend, and Rick tried so hard to put things back on an even keel between them, but Shane forced his hand. So he's not angry at himself so much as angry at Shane, and also regretful and horrified.

It was Shane's recklessness that really made me want him to leave-- he was endangering everyone else's safety, even if it was just shelter at the farm by Hershel's good graces. Argh.

Andrea shooting Daryl(after being told not to shoot, and knowing that Hershel had forbidden it) was what really pissed me off. I didn't much care for the way she kept punishing Dale for saving her, either, or her general pissiness. But she came back around again. Carol, though, lost a lot of my sympathy when she revealed that she'd stayed with her husband not only when he was beating her, but also after he started to become sexually interested in their daughter. Nothing pisses me off more than a parent endangering their child that way rather than-- oh, the horror-- sucking it up and braving the difficulty of shelter services and finding independence. I know that abused people often find it hard to take that next step, but when your child is at risk? You're out of excuses. :(

I'm interested to see where S3 goes. We kind of mainlined the first two seasons, despite my husband's resistance, but he got pulled in anyway. :)
IDK, my BFF Jared Leto?gekizetsu on June 12th, 2012 04:25 am (UTC)
Wasps are jerks. Flat out, uncontested, jackwagon jerks.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yikeshalfshellvenus on June 12th, 2012 04:51 am (UTC)
I don't know what this was, because they always get me in the armpits when I'm biking, and I have no idea they're even there until *STAB*. And by the time I can look, they're gone. Could be a honeybee, or a yellow jacket, or a wasp.

But I tell you, THREE TIMES in the armpit? I am darned sick of it! The first time made me paranoid enough. :0
java_fiendjava_fiend on June 12th, 2012 05:07 am (UTC)
A bee sting in the armpit? Yikes!!! That is just brutal!

I hope you're feeling better overall today. That all just sounds really brutal. :-(
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yikeshalfshellvenus on June 12th, 2012 05:38 am (UTC)
They really hurt, and I can't believe this is the third time!

This one was classic-- I thought I saw something go down my jersey, and I felt this stab on my chest. So, I pulled over to make sure whatever that was was "out" of the jersey. As soon as my arm changed position, *STAB* And when you look, whatever stung you is usually gone. But I could see the hole when I got home, so the underarm one was definitely a sting.

It just makes you more and more paranoid, because the first time is horrifying enough!
passing_through: rick walking deadpassing_through on June 12th, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
I can't imagine being stung in the armpit. That sounds incredibly painful!

After season 2 ended I realized that I wouldn't mind it one bit if Lori and Carl walked into the woods and never came out. They're both my least favorite characters right now (I feel kind of guilty saying that about a kid).

Daryl is one of my favorites, as is Rick. It was fascinating watching Shane spiral out like he did. He started off as one of my favorites as well and while I was sad that he was killed, it couldn't have gone any other way with him. I agree completely with you about the self-defense thing and how Rick isn't stressing that nearly enough.

Now I want to watch it again! Marathoning it sounds like a good idea.

Have you ever watched "Justified"? That's a great show. I'm a huge fan of Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins and season 2 was my absolute favorite.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on June 12th, 2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
I can't imagine being stung in the armpit. That sounds incredibly painful!
It's not only painful, it's so bizarre and indefensible that your first thought is, "How can I make sure this NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN?!?"

They're both my least favorite characters right now (I feel kind of guilty saying that about a kid).
Mine too, as of that finale. Honestly, with Carl I felt as if things went, "Aw, a deer! So pretty! Life is amazing..." to "Are you gonna kill him? Kill him!" in the space of about one episode. Which is the kind of thing that usually strikes me as, "Hey, let's make this person completely OOC in plot-service to someone else's story arc!" and pisses me off. It mainly feels as if they decided to dump Carl in favor of plot-service-Carl, and I always find that kind of writing incredibly wrong and lazy. Which still means that I hate the current incarnation of Carl, because he's stupid and annoying. ;)

Daryl is one of my favorites, as is Rick.
Yes-- I was so surprised by this! His brother was just awful, but Daryl's genius rescue of T-Dog on the highway, and his search efforts for Sophia (a tenderhearted decisions) and overall competence, were such a wonderful direction for that character. I felt so bad for him that day it looked as if he were going to die down by the creek, where his brother-delusions somehow motivated him to impossibly rescue himself. To the viewer, it's interesting that all of his brother's criticisms of Daryl actually involve Daryl's finest qualities!

Marathoning S2 is a great way to go, especially with only 13 episodes. I love that aspect of shorter cable shows...

Re "Justified," click the "my_fic" tag at the right and see where that takes you. ;)

But yes, we first discovered it about 4 months ago, and zoomed through S1 and S2. The last few episodes of S1 are probably my favorite, for the whole Raylan&Boyd dynamic, but Mags Bennet just ruled S2. She was beyond awesome!

passing_through: timothy olyphant aka badass raylan givenpassing_through on June 12th, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
Re "Justified," click the "my_fic" tag at the right and see where that takes you. ;)

Thank you! I'll do that now.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on June 12th, 2012 07:56 pm (UTC)
Ooh, nice picture of the younger Timothy Olyphant!

Though he still looks just fine to me right now. One of the women at work said he was too skinny to be attractive to her. TOO SKINNY? In what context is "slender and muscled" too skinny? I've read fanfic where people think Boyd is too skinny, and I disagree. Slender and wiry, sure, but he's got muscles (and not in the marathon-runner half-starved way, either).

My idea of "too skinny" is a pencil-like build. Think DJ Qualls.

There is a huge range of slender to beefy that I find very attractive. Olyphant's build is actually pretty much my ideal-- defined, but not overbeefed.

I'm still puzzling over this. I don't recall the coworker's husband being especially puffed up. He's an ultra-runner, for crying out loud. You can only stay so big when you run long, long distances...