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18 May 2013 @ 11:56 pm
Meanwhile, an eternity later...  
Mother's Day was very nice last weekend, and included a matinee of Iron Man 3, which was fun. I still miss Rhodey 1.0, and I could always use more scenes of failed experiments in Tony's lab, but I loved the action scenes, Ben Kingsley, and the Guy-Ritchie-On-Meth-style closing credits.

Midweek, there was flailing to finish my Idol entry. Our need to upgrade our Internet forced us to also buy basic cable. While working on my rough Idol draft in the early hours of Thursday morning, I caught a show on HGTV with two brothers that do remodeling. In that episode, a gay couple wanted to buy a house near downtown Manhattan that had certain key features. The affordable choice amounted to one of two houses that could be heavily reworked. The brothers presented exactly what they would do to each house to fix it up, and OMG—there is software to show the virtualized result! I have major geek love for remodeling, which might be related to engineering. It's taking what you have, and modifying it to suit your goals (reusing it in a different way). The couple went for the scarier of the two homes, and the remodel was affordable in part because they were helping with the demolition. On the one hand, you're working on the weekend, but on the other... sledgehammer! \o/

Other news: I ran across an article in Outside magazine on the Mongolian Derby, where contestants ride the circuit of Genghis Khan's early "Pony Express". I'm sure that those of you who remember my Genghis Khan story from the last round of Idol won't be surprised that the article tempted me. Riders change over to a new horse at each station along the route. This probably makes the event harder, as Mongolian horses are short, scrappy, and ridiculously skittish. However comfortable your horse might have gotten with you, you'll have to start all over again at the next station. Assuming you make it that far—the horses spook really easily, and buck a lot of riders off. :O

I read Toni Morrison's Home last week. Terrific prose, and the book was hard to put down, but the dramatic climax and followup were week. The story builds up this expectation of the main character confronting a difficult return to home, but when you reach that part of the book, the focus shifts over to a different character. That peak isn't as substantial or dramatic as it should be, and the overall pace of the book is off. The ending comes too quickly and too lightly, relative to the rest of the book.

Also finished The White Bicycle, and am about to start a new Libba Bray book. Looking forward to that!

So, it's the weekend again already. What're you up to? We're going out of town all day Sunday for a family event, and then jury duty is scheduled to begin for me on Monday. Let's hope I get released before actually having to come in!

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Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on May 19th, 2013 12:29 pm (UTC)
SO is dying to see Iron Man 3, but honestly I don't know when we're going to be able to see it. He's practically the FT PTer at PT Job nowadays -- heck, this past week he was there more often than here. It's very weird how we've seemed to switch job scenarios...

You must have caught Property Brothers, I think? Or maybe the American version of it since PB is out of Canada? They're unbelievable, aren't they? I love architecture, but I have no capacity to envision it. Another show you should catch is Love It Or List It -- Hilary is awesome in that same vein.

Me? My knees are being reevaluated on Tuesday. If all goes well, I'll be back at work on a PT basis. I'm getting to the point where I'm becoming to restless to do anything :p
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 20th, 2013 02:23 am (UTC)
It was the Property Brothers! I Googled them, and those are definitely the guys I saw. I think that show needs to be on earlier in the evening. OR I need to learn how to use the DVR...

I'm hoping the re-evaluation of the knees goes better than the last update. *fingers crossed* I sympathize with how frustrating this has all been, for so very long.
Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on May 20th, 2013 01:41 pm (UTC)
They have a marathon one night a week...Thursdays, maybe? I might be getting it mixed up with Love It/List it.

It's all up to Ortho as of this time tomorrow morning! There's no way I can handle a FT schedule right now, but I can see maybe a couple of 4-hour shifts :crosses fingers:
Belleweatherbelleweather on May 19th, 2013 12:36 pm (UTC)
I also love property brothers... I spent most of yesterday NOT working on my Idol piece, which I am frantically re-writing this morning, but geeking out on pinterest and HGTV over how we're going to remodel the ugly condo we're not buying until 2015. I really, really wanted to watch some Property Brothers, but sadly it was not on. And international house hunters, which was on, makes me want to hit things.

I can't wait to read the Mongolia article. I'm really hoping work takes me there sometime, although it's a really popular job to get. Apparently there are a lot of people who are totally obsessed with Mongolia out there. :)
Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on May 19th, 2013 01:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, good, a kindred International HH soul! I read somewhere that whichever HH you're on, you HAVE to say SOMETHING about every room you view, no matter how stupid it might be.

But yeah, Americans who expect their foreign housing to be EXACTLY THE SAME AS HOME make my eyes want to bleed.
Belleweatherbelleweather on May 19th, 2013 02:38 pm (UTC)
Oh good lord, International House Hunters. We move a lot internationally for my job, so people at work were like "You should totally watch this show! It will be just like your life!" And then I freaked out because if I ever become an entitled whiner-pants like those people, I will gouge my own eyes out.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 20th, 2013 02:26 am (UTC)
Where is the future condo? Someplace you consider a more permanent "base," I'm guessing. The U.S.? Canada?

Would this be, buy it in 2015 and then remodel, but you know which unit so you're able to start planning now?

I think I saw the regular "House Hunters", and the two buyers were complete idiots. At one point, the woman said something just mega-stupid and the realtor got this look on his face as if he'd suddenly realized just how dim this couple was. A thankless job!
shaitanahshaitanah on May 19th, 2013 02:36 pm (UTC)
I loved Iron Man 3. <333 Though I like the first Rhodey better too.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on May 20th, 2013 02:28 am (UTC)
Iron Man 3 was more to the level of the original, I thought. Nothing will ever equal that (the soulfulness of Yinsen! The horribly betrayal by the father figure!), but this was far closer than #2.

And Rhodey 2.0 does not work with my slashing potential, and kind of kills it. That's my selfish reasoning right there. ;)
cindytsuki_no_bara on May 19th, 2013 06:30 pm (UTC)
i just saw iron man 3 last night and enjoyed it immensely. it had humor and explosions and sarcasm and some heart and jarvis. i love jarvis. and the closing credits were pretty fabulous, weren't they. they felt kind of 70s-action-movie to me. very fun.

that article about the mongolian derby was fascinating!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 20th, 2013 02:30 am (UTC)
I get a kick out of Jarvis, though I think I have a bigger weakness for Dummy. ;)

#3 had more heart than #2, and that really makes a difference. Plus again, destruction in the lab! Whoo-hoo!

I'm glad you read that article! I really, really feel for that poor horse the guy plunged into the river. That must have been just traumatizing for that horse, justifying every rabid fear it has ever had. :O
cindytsuki_no_bara on May 21st, 2013 01:54 am (UTC)
aw, dummy. i love how the movies gave him an actual personality. but jarvis is voiced by paul bettany, and i always picture him in a tuxedo, like a human butler, and that makes me happy.

it sounds kind of like the entire race is traumatizing to the poor horses. but yeah, imagine you're just going along, ground's nice and solid, and all of a sudden HOLY SHIT RIVER and it's deeper than you are tall and you still have to cross it with a person sitting on you. i'm kind of impressed anyone managed to finish that race, what with all the crap they and their horses went through.