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13 June 2013 @ 12:21 pm
Voting closes today on the current round of LJ Idol. My story is here, and it's somewhere between humor and crack. Hope you like it!

The week in review (since I didn't post days ago, as I'd intended):

* I shaved my arms last week in an act of desperation. The hair is light and fine there, but I've always wondered if it interfered with sunblocking. There's so much more freckling damage now than last year, and it's only June! I never had persistent freckles before moving to Sacramento, but even with massive care and sunblocking, it is worse every year. My arms feel like bare old-lady arms now. Weird.

* We watched Say Anything with the kids, one of our most quotable movies ever. Christopher has been hearing quotes for years ("Aw, man! You're bringin' me down!" "Yeah, man, shut up!" / "There's no FOOD in your food." / "By choice, man." "Yeah, man, by choice!" / "Dissed in the Malibu, doesn't know what to do. Lloyd, Lloyd all null and void..." / "Like Joe. And I. Were ripped. Apart." / "Joe li-hies when he cry-hies..." / "Don't be a guy, The world is full of guys. Be a man!" / etc., etc. plus the entire epic Bought, Processed or Sold speech). And yet, he was a pest all through the movie because he wanted to constantly talk. And was annoyed that we kept shushing him. My husband's reaction was to symphathize. Mine? That's an unacceptable behavior in pretty much any setting, and is one of the things our son needs to learn not to do. My husband and I have minor conflicts over several issues like this—I don't want to crush our son's spirit, but at the same time, he has got to be more accomodating of other people and society at large.

* HalfshellHusband and I watched Bernie, which was a quirky, pseudo-documentary re-enactment of a real case. A little Jack Black goes a long way for me, but this was a dramatic role and not comedy, and he was really good in it. Plus, the character actors doing the 'townspeople'! Oh, they were fantastic. So _real_, and it takes work to get those seemingly careless little effects of real people blathering to the camera rather than the "ultra-scripted" feeling that happens without that effort.

* Summer vacation planning is no farther along than before. Still just have the "when," and "somewhere in Oregon." I looked into the Shakespearean plays at Ashland, and was excited for about 1 second over "King Lear" until I saw that it was a modernized production. As was every other play except "Midsummer Night's Dream," which I've seen all too often. *sigh* Last year was much the same. And 70% of the plays are not Shakespeare. This iterates why we haven't been there in about 19-20 years now. :(

Anything new and exciting in your lives? I'm a week behind on my friends-list, so I'm hoping to get caught up on that today. There were a couple of birthdays that I sent private greetings for, and probably the last of you are finally done with school stuff (tomorrow at the latest, I hope). What else?

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jensi08jensi08 on June 13th, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
Our kids sound very similar!! Sighs...I am trying to teach mine the same things while letting her be herself.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 13th, 2013 10:02 pm (UTC)
It's such a fine line to walk, but our son is a chatterbox who just blathers, and he'll resort to nonsense noise at times just to be "talking." And he's 13!

I don't want to damage his confidence, but I don't want him to become a narcissist like my Dad either. He has to learn some consideration for other people.

I tend to think of this as "shaping toward the middle." We worked to make our daughter MORE confident and assertive, and our son less impulsive and self-centered. Hopefully, they come out being something that serves them well and does not aggravate the rest of the world.

How are you doing these days?
jensi08jensi08 on June 14th, 2013 01:56 pm (UTC)
I am...OK. Still waiting on things to happen and stressed but holding onto hope. I haven't read a word of Idol and I suck for that because everything is so good there!!! Grrrrrr.
I was the shyest kid on the face of the Earth and I worked hard to make my kid confident and assertive and now she can really be bitchy sometimes. At 8. I love who she is but she really needs to tone it down, but that means I have to be less sarcastic and I don't know how!! I don't want her at 13...giggles.
carindaeeyore_grrl on June 13th, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
i think my kid could sit through a movie, but dude would he be annoying as hell with all the commentary! i hear ya. we just skip movies... for now. unless he's super ill, then he just stares mindlessly...

good luck with vacation planning and arm sunblocking.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 13th, 2013 10:05 pm (UTC)
It's funny, we don't have as much of a problem with faster-paced movies, and up until now it has been our DAUGHTER who talks over TV shows and movies. But at 13, the boy is old enough to control himself a little better. When they're little, movies can just be too long.

Have you always lived in Northern California yourself? I originally came from Oregon, and I've now spent half my life here... but almost all my sun damage is from that time. I used to have ghostly skin, and now my arms are all freckled. Other places are covered-up more, so they fare better.

But it's so hot here in the summer that you can't live in long sleeves!
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on June 13th, 2013 11:34 pm (UTC)
When I lived in Portland I used to go to Ashland frequently to visit friends who live in Medford & Ashland. Also, an old college friend, Dan Donohue, used to be an actor at OSF and I would always try to see his plays. I've seen him do some great shows, but he was absolutely freakin fantastic as Henry IV/Henry V. I think that was in the late 90s-early 00s, so after you stopped going.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 14th, 2013 12:30 am (UTC)
I can't remember exactly when our last time was, but it was at least 16 years ago (since the oldest child is 15). ;)

We saw a production of Henry IV part II one year, and then Henry V the next. It was right around the time that Kenneth Branagh's movie version of Henry V came out, and yet the Ashland production was so good that more than half the audience stayed through the rainy last third of the play to the end. The actors were all in rain slickers by then, but it was a fantastic production!
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on June 14th, 2013 03:30 am (UTC)
In three consecutive years he played Hal in Henry IV part 1 & 2 and then Henry V and I looked it up and it was 1998, 1999, & 2000. The histories have always been my favorite Shakespeare plays, so I loved them.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 14th, 2013 04:48 am (UTC)
It must have been just one series back that we saw, then. Funny, because I think it would have been the early 90s! That seems awfully soon to repeat the Henries, but I don't know how frequent the rotation is.

There was an Othello we wanted to see back in the early 90s too, but the tickets for that were gone in January, as soon as they were released. :(
Kristenpixiebelle on June 14th, 2013 03:06 am (UTC)
Confession: I shaved my arms as a teen and never looked back. Yes, some people think it's weird, but I like the softness of bare skin lol
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 14th, 2013 04:46 am (UTC)
I kind of wish I could shave less in other areas, but it's not an option. So, ideally I wouldn't add more!

But now that you're in Southern California, where the sun is even MORE intense than Sacramento, better sunblocking might help you too. It's the curse of the fair complexion!
cindy: the dean show - sam sez tsuki_no_bara on June 14th, 2013 05:05 am (UTC)
i love say anything! "i gave her my heart and she gave me a pen." and "kickboxing, sport of the future." and "are you here because you need someone, or because you need me?" i would've made christopher leave the room, tho, if he was my kid and he talked incessantly all through the movie. i agree with you that it's totally unacceptable.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 14th, 2013 05:50 am (UTC)
It was frustrating, because HE was one of the reasons we'd chosen that movie! Argh.

SO many good quotes-- you mentioned a whole bunch of other ones, and more keep coming back to me: "A dare-to-be-great situation" / "They mostly say stuff like, See you around... maybe." / "I said what I thought I meant."

I got a chance to watch the video you linked, of the ducklings being rescued from the sewer. I couldn't help but think that they had one incompetent mother, to let that happen in the first place! But ducklings are soooo cute. :D
El Diablo Robotico: All the other girls here are starsshoelacedreamer on June 14th, 2013 01:25 pm (UTC)
Hi, you don't know me, but I was browsing friends of friends, etc, and I noticed your note on Ashland. I've been going down there for 15 years, and have to say that Lear wasn't really worth it, not because of the modernization--because that doesn't really bother me; I still think the Julius Caesar they did three years ago is the best live production of that play I've ever seen--but because it's just not a great play/interpretation of the material. The performances are really solid, but something just didn't click. However, if you're interested in non-Shakespeare at all, the My Fair Lady they're doing down there is stupendous. Watching it is the only time I can remember really being happy this year. Oh my goodness, I loved it so much.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 14th, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
The performances are really solid, but something just didn't click.
I've seen performances like that-- where it should be good, but there's no spark or it doesn't fully come alive for you.

Thanks for the recommendation on My Fair Lady! I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. :)
bleodswean: crafty mommableodswean on June 14th, 2013 05:40 pm (UTC)
We're town neighbours!! And we're planning a trip to Portland to see relatives sometime this summer. Commonalities.

I love Ashland and I adore modern dress...but my family doesn't and I have yet to find the motivation/bravery/energy to undergo adventures solo...

I applaud your desire to guide your child towards acceptable behavior and I empathize with a split feeling between spouses. It's freakin' WORK, isn't it?

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 14th, 2013 06:39 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha-- that icon is awesome!

It's freakin' WORK, isn't it?
It really is! Though ideally, you don't go into it thinking, "Hey, I know-- let's have some kids and then do a crappy job on the follow-through." ;)

Our kids are old enough now that I'd hoped we could consider taking them to Ashland... but it's no good if I'm not willing to spend the money even for the adults. And Mr. restless-yakiness is not up to the length of a longer Shakespearean play, that's for sure. If he were a little more emotionally mature, maybe, but... not so far. :O