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16 April 2013 @ 01:21 pm
HalfshellHusband and I finally got out on a date Saturday. We were desperate enough to see The Great And Powerful Oz, which was both better and worse than we expected. Unfortunate miscasting in several of the lead roles (horribly modern vocal delivery) and some odd stealings from the original movie. Why? But there were some great visuals, and I loved that China Town was made OF china. The Porcelain Girl was my favorite.

I biked on Sunday, normally a day I avoid the bike path like blazes but with the 3rd Monday in a row pointing toward windstorm and biking indoors, I really needed to swap days. (Mondays are my longest rides, 26 miles). Not as crowded as I'd feared (weekends are awful), AND I saw a raccoon running across the path! Probably not good, since it was daylight, but I'd never noticed before how much flappy skin they have—more "flying squirrel" than "badger."

I tried to make Tigger's memorial plague on Sunday, from the worst craft kit ever. It starts with "Empty 3 cups of water into the cement mix all at once" and that turned out to be at least 1/2 cup too much. Why oh why didn't they say to use less? You can add water, but you can't take it out. Tried to drain some of it out of the mold, tried sopping it up with paper towels. No dice. By morning, it had hardened over to where I couldn't put any of the stones/etc. into the mold. Grrr! Plus, now we have to buy another one. :(

We're getting caught up on S4 of Justified. I really like how much more the show has developed some of the secondary characters this season, namely Rachel and Tim. Plus, a glorious late-season conversation between Tim and Cole reveals more about both characters and is also funny. \o/ I've reached the end of my patience with Ellen Mae, BUT the exploits of Suddenly-Awesome-Bob more than make up for it. "People underestimate Bob at their peril." Indeed they do!

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cindytsuki_no_bara on April 17th, 2013 02:32 am (UTC)
i really really liked constable bob. suddenly-awesome-bob is right. and s4 has some excellent character development for tim (i love all his conversations with cole) altho there's still not enough rachel! maybe we'll get more of her in s5. i like ellen may too, but mostly i spent pretty much all of s4 feeling bad for her, because she's really not the sharpest tool in the shed and while i think part of her is genuinely trying to be good, part of her is kind of too stupid to make it stick.

bummer that your date movie wasn't better, altho at least you and hsh did have a date....
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Justified Black As Coalhalfshellvenus on April 17th, 2013 03:00 am (UTC)
Constable Bob is one of those actors whom I'll always associate with his first role-- "Leon" on Reaper, who was the escaped soul who assassinated somebody (McKinley?) and could not stop talking. He both irritates and grows on you. I LOVED his turn in 4x11, I think it is-- where he suddenly became much more than you thought he ever could be. :)

I feel sorry for Ellen May too, but her stupidity is starting to drag other people down with her, and is so self-destructive that it grates. She means well, but is too dim to see the right path.

It had been months since a date, so almost ANY movie was welcome at that point. We'd thought about Olympus (just to see Morgan Freeman temporarily be President), but Lauren announced that she had to be picked up from a friends house at some point, and we needed to pick something closer to home. Oh, well. :)
B Manimpoetry on April 17th, 2013 04:41 am (UTC)
The Porcelain Girl was our favorite as well. And the monkey. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 17th, 2013 04:57 am (UTC)
She was beautifully rendered, right down to the gleam on her surface. Plus, her personality cracked me up. And the "clinking" everytime she walked. :)
B Manimpoetry on April 17th, 2013 04:59 am (UTC)
Yeah, they did an amazing job on her in every way possible. Pulled so many heartstrings, that little one! Movie wasn't that great. Was alright, kind of frivolous. Didn't care for Oz. Didn't care for the Witches just sitting around waiting for a Man to fall out of the sky to "save" them.

Good monkey though, good monkey.
Sallyi_smell_apples on April 17th, 2013 05:31 am (UTC)
I'm seeing Oz next Friday, quite excited! And a little apprehensive too, but I just love all things Oz so I want to see it no matter what ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 17th, 2013 05:44 am (UTC)
The casting and some of the writing (the bizarre self-plagiarism) might give you pause, but the artwork is glorious! And the Quadlings look just as they should, from the Oz stories. :)
Sallyi_smell_apples on April 18th, 2013 08:30 am (UTC)
Hooray! I am excited :D
Deadbeat Nymph: dean indie rockdeadbeat_nymph on April 23rd, 2013 04:46 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry about Tigger. *hugs* And what a nightmare that plaque kit sounds like - as if you needed that on top of it all.

On a happier note, I'm glad to hear that someone else on my flist is enjoying Justified as I do. On top of the regular goodies, having Jim Beaver and Patton Oswalt this season has been fantastic. Yay for Bobbies

Do you seriously bike 26 miles every Monday? I feel proud when I walk one mile! You = awesome. (Not that I didn't already know that.)

I'm happy to see that you're doing LJ Idol. I have to start catching up with that.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 23rd, 2013 06:13 am (UTC)
We sure miss our kitty. The Whale is still with us, but he is so completely not the kind of cat she was.

We discovered Jusstified thanks to Netflix and the urging of several LJ friends, and have really enjoyed it. I wound up writing some fic for it (I have a story for an exchange due next month). Love the secondary characters on that show-- Art, Boyd, Mags Bennet.

Mondays are my long biking days, and yes-- 26 miles for speed and 2 more to get to/from the bike path. I used to aim for 28-30, but that only makes me hungrier later and takes up extra time. During the week, my other rides are typically about 23-24 miles. I try for Monday, Wednesday, Friday with the elliptical machine or running on the remaining days. I can do two back-to-back days of biking, but not three (my legs ache and are weak and tired. Used to be 4 days, but I've gotten older). ;)

Are you still swimming, at least in the warmer weather? I remember that you enjoy lake-swimming, which is a completely different world for me. I'm more used to mountain lakes, which are glacier-fed and too chilly for anyone older than ten to swim in! I tend to forget that the rest of the world isn't necessarily like that.

LJ Idol has been a lot of fun, and has brought out a lot of original fiction for me (never really wrote that before Idol). Plus, the things you learn from other writers is so worth it!

Glad to see you around. :) *hugs*