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19 June 2013 @ 11:07 pm
Still Wednesday by my clock...  
We had a nice Father's Day, which included a matinee of Star Trek: Into Darkness followed by frozen yogurt. The movie was very entertaining, with great humor, but I'm irked at how much was remixed from a previous Star Trek movie! Also... I like the cast, but they'll never be the "real" cast to me, not as someone who grew up with The Original Series.

We had Chinese food for dinner Sunday (HalfshellHusband normally is our cook). The place where we usually get takeout was closed, so we used the ritzier neighborhood place instead. Wish I had a menu now so I could write notes on it: they make their own hoisin sauce, it is weird, and their moo-shu mixture has a skanky smell to it. Also, broccoli chicken is not "just like" broccoli beef, but is instead some blanched, bland waste of time that should never see the light of day. Potstickers and kung pao chicken were excellent.

I've finished reading Reboot, so I need to get that review written for Amazon VINEs! Also done reading all my grownup non-gym books and a couple of YA books, so I'm randomly reading something I brought home for Christopher. I feel certain there are other, better library books hiding in his room right now...

Started watching Portlandia on Netflix. My older sister has been nagging me to see it for years, but since we got streaming service again AND Netflix is carrying it, now apparently is the time. It is absurd. And that is never bad.

I went non-fiction for this week's Idol entry because one of the prompts tied right into something that's been on my mind lately. I'd like to be able to say this is the only medical condition in my husband's family that I badly wish I could fix, but they honestly have a greater share of misfortune than most people.

Will my vacation planning ever get finished? This seems more paralyzing every year, and we're still just going up to Oregon to see family. I think it's harder because this is less interesting as the kids get older. When they were tiny, playing with their cousins all day long was the bees knees to them. Now? They're teenagers, and hardly anything is diverting for long. It's a sad and jaded age, even for good kids...

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Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on June 20th, 2013 10:25 am (UTC)
Oh, I meant to ask in your entry post -- would you like a list of the supplements we used? I can either post them here or send you a PM.

We went to a tasting event a couple of nights ago, and you'd think, with a fairly large Asian population, they would have had more than one Asian restaurant there. As it was, they served a sampling of some weirdly-tasting concoction with fried rice. I asked the girl three times what it was, and either her accent was too thick and/or it was too noisy for me to understand what she said.

Heh, and I've got to get rid of four more weeks of vacation. Last I looked at the calendar, everyone is taking July off :p

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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 21st, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)
Please, send them. Either way is fine.

You know, our experience with the "broccoli chicken" from that local restaurant brought back a line from Beetlejuice: "I can't believe we're eating Cantonese. Is there no Szechuan in this town?!?"

Those bland, useless dishes were fine when I was a kid, but you move on! You want flavor-- and kick!

Was the rest of the tasting event any good? Better variety in other cuisines?
bleodswean: sherlockbleodswean on June 20th, 2013 08:05 pm (UTC)
Hearing really mixed reviews about the new flick. I've got to pencil a viewing in....I actually prefer this cast over the other crews that came between this one and the original. I will always and forever be a Nimoy-Spock fangrrl.

Portlandia makes us laugh.

Yes, holidays and long weekends change drastically when they enter their teens.Sigh. And then again in their twenties. We actually spent this year's Easter watching our eldest daughter in hot pants, boots, and sunglasses stumbling about like Patty Smith after a long day's night. Sheesh.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 21st, 2013 12:10 am (UTC)
I prefer the new cast to the interim Star Treks, though I have isolated favorites in each of the other shows. But this cast will never place the original, and Spock is one of the biggest reasons why. Quinto-Spock is a fine Vulcan, and very amusing. But he is not Spock. Never will be.

sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: Kirk punch facebadboy_fangirl on June 20th, 2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
As a huge Reboot!Star Trek fan, I have to ask if you understand that with the time-travel element introduced in the last film that basically this is all a redo with different trajectories for the characters? It's all set in the same universe as TOS, but with different elements because of the characters' lives being impacted forever by the black hole incident in the last film. If you just don't care for the tweaks, that's fine, but I think we'll see many mirror/parallels like they did in this movie with Wrath of Khan because it's the same possible future with minor changes, hence Spock and Kirk's role reversals in Into Darkness.

Anyway, I just wanted to say that, because I love how they've drawn on the history of TOS but flipped it so you never know quite what's going to happen. But that's just me.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 21st, 2013 12:13 am (UTC)
I understand the premise, but I don't "believe in it," if you will. I find the movies very entertaining, but I can't help but see the "Reboot" as a cheap way of piggybacking on a great original concept and cast. It makes excuses for its method of keeping the franchise without the old, tired actors who made the roles and concept so great.

So, the "remixing" of earlier events just seems doubly cheap to me. I can't get over the recasting. It will never seem like any real version of the original Star Trek cast to me. The least they could do is invent their own storylines. ;)