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19 March 2014 @ 09:19 pm
My hands are healing up, and the bruise on the one palm is almost gone. Tomorrow is a running day, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I don't have a repeat of last week. Have to get back up on that horse, though, and sooner is probably better.

Today, I biked past a field near my office that sometimes has grazing cattle. Occasionally, it's horses instead. It was just one horse today, all by itself near the road. Either I, or the snowy egret my appearance set off, caused the horse to flee. Run away! Run away! There was another egret in a park area on my return, in a spot that was more "pondlike" today than before the last bout of rain. Weeks ago, I saw a pheasant walking through there. I hear pheasants now and then, and sometimes see the blur of them flying away after their telltale squawk. But I've never seen one out in the open before. As birds go, I guess they're lurkers.

My LJ Idol entry is up (the first week of the last season), and I also talked HalfshellHusband into competing. He's completely new to LJ, so his entry isn't getting quite the attention or votes it should. It's here, if you'd like to take a look. I think it's pretty hilarious. Say hello to rayaso!

Oh—we watched Die Hard 5 ("A Good Day To Die Hard") this weekend. Hrrm. The entire premise required John McClane to be a complete idiot for the first 20 or so minutes of the movie, and then the rest of it was as much the random (and charmless) actor who plays his son as McClane himself. Big extended car chase near the beginning, and lots of explosions, but... eh. I'd rather have had the series end with the 4th movie, if this is where it was going to go. Then I could envision John and Matt heading off into the sunset together. Though I do anyway, I suppose.

Did anyone watch The Blacklist this week, and if so, how much of it did you spend peeking through your fingers? This one was much more brutal than I'd like, and removed a character I'd hope to see more of on the show. As opposed to Grimm, where I'd been hoping an entire subplot would die off in childbirth...

lriG rorriMlrig_rorrim on March 20th, 2014 05:02 am (UTC)
Hey neat! I had no idea rayaso was associated with you at all, and I thought to myself "this seems like HSV's kind of humor. I like it." Seriously! He's been voted for, and I'm working my way down the list to comment - his entry has asterisks by it to remind me.

Here's hoping your hands heal up quickly. Also, I am slightly jealous of your egrets and horses. It continues to be cold and snowy and also snowy and cold. Sigh.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Cyclinghalfshellvenus on March 20th, 2014 05:08 am (UTC)
My husband's sense of humor can get even darker than mine!

I was thrilled with that entry, though, because I would not have expected him to go there, and I knew he could write if he put his mind to it. :D

The weather is maddening-- the West Coast is in a drought, and the Midwest to East are just being tormented by excess snow. Some balance would be nice!
ecosopherecosopher on March 20th, 2014 05:35 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you're healing up. I was running the other day and thought of you and wondered how you were. Any idea what made you fall?

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 20th, 2014 05:48 am (UTC)
Well, the "what" was that my legs just cut out-- like everything above the ankles just stopped for a second.

But why that happened? I don't think I'll ever know, unless it happens again and I start getting put through a bunch of neurological tests. In which case, I'd rather it not happen again!

How's the running going for you? Better, now that you've been at it a few weeks?
ecosopherecosopher on March 21st, 2014 03:42 am (UTC)
Glad to read that your latest run was uneventful! Yes, for me it's much better. I'm getting into the swing and really enjoying it. Not going to go today, as I'm feeling really under the weather :( I'm bummed but I could probably use a lazy day.

I also would like to go more than twice a week but so far that's all that I can fit it, so I figure it's better than nothing!
Desireex_disturbed_x on March 20th, 2014 11:13 am (UTC)
Glad you feel better! :)

I've been kind of lukewarm to Grimm this season. It just isn't as interesting as it was the previous two seasons and the baby plot is just kind of ugh to me.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on March 20th, 2014 05:48 pm (UTC)
Really, the whole "Royals" angle just doesn't interest me. I like the captain (a LOT), but too little of the subplot behind him actually features him. It's a lot of political blather, which...snorzzz. And I've never liked Adalind. :(
rayasorayaso on March 20th, 2014 02:00 pm (UTC)
Well, I've been outed. Yes, I am halfshellvenus' husband, the hitherto anonymous rayaso. I thought I could be the ghost in the machine, wandering electronic hallways, "Unwept, unhonor’d, and unsung." (Sir Walter Scott, by way of Groundhog Day http://holyjoe.org/poetry/scott.htm.) Now I am the spouse of the talented halfshellvenus, who I thank for getting me involved in this (I think), and who I also thank for her compliment. Is it cool to thank one's wife in this forum? I don't know, and I don't care! I've never been, and don't want to be, cool. It's the little things in a marriage that get you the bigger things (tonight, I hope -- I'm not really polite, just mercenary) Rebel without a cause. That's me. Especially if you substitute a bicycle (a vintage Trek) for a motorcycle and James Dean for me. As long as I can over-use parenthetical phrases, I'm happy.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 20th, 2014 05:49 pm (UTC)
And this sense of humor is exactly why more people should know about you! Dark, evil, and funny. :D

Which says nothing about your sweet qualities, which I will keep to myself. ♥
ecosopherecosopher on March 21st, 2014 03:43 am (UTC)
I'm such a fan of parentheses. And being halfshellvenus's husband can only work in your favour :D
rayasorayaso on March 21st, 2014 02:02 pm (UTC)
I need parentheses. I have a monkey-mind. It is always jumping around. And demanding bananas.
bleodsweanbleodswean on March 20th, 2014 03:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the rec! He's good!

Don't fall.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 20th, 2014 05:50 pm (UTC)
I saw you also like the line about Satan picking at his horns. That one cracked me up-- it's perfect bored, nervous energy for such a being!
cindytsuki_no_bara on March 20th, 2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
i really liked hsh's entry. i even commented. and he's gotten at least one rec in the green room. fingers crossed!

i only mostly paid attention to the blacklist, but i really liked all the stuff with ressler. i'm glad he got things to do. and it did seem a little more violent than usual. i think they only killed off one person i'm going to miss, but... they killed him! hmph, show. hmph.

(i have a feeling your "oh god please get rid of this" sublpot on grimm is the same as mine. there's a cabin in the woods and a tiny being with superpowers? i still can't figure out what the point is or why we should care.)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 20th, 2014 05:53 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping HSH will survive long enough in the voting to build the audience he deserves! It's tough being new to Idol, and even tougher when you're new to social media altogether.

i think they only killed off one person i'm going to miss, but... they killed him! hmph, show. hmph.
Exactly! I didn't want to spoilerize, but I'm still not happy about that. I wanted more!

For Grimm, the whole Royals subplot bores me, and I've never liked Adalind. So, now 30% of the show is dedicated to some snoozeworthy mytharc, and most of it does not even feature Captain Hotness! Arghhhh.
cindytsuki_no_bara on March 20th, 2014 08:29 pm (UTC)
it felt like there was a marked lack of captain hotness on friday, in all plots. and yeah, if they keep trying to make us care about adalind and her royal baby, the least they can do is give us more renard.

Edited at 2014-03-20 08:30 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on March 20th, 2014 08:36 pm (UTC)
the least they can do is give us more renard.

Why stop there? Shirtless Renard!

*koff* *insert highbrow disclaimer here*
Kronettekronette on March 21st, 2014 05:06 am (UTC)
Sooo, this? and ITA; the baby is just boring, but we did get Alexis Denisof as the new head of the royals, so I'll forgive them the teeniest bit.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 21st, 2014 05:47 pm (UTC)
I've never been a fan of Denisof, so that only makes me fear there will be MORE of the Royals and not less. ;)

Aw, Renard, why the tattoos? Or are they ceremonial? As in, big doings coming later on?
Kronettekronette on March 21st, 2014 11:51 pm (UTC)
I think that shirtless pic is from an older movie/show. I'm not sure though. You could always try to hunt down stuff with Sasha in it to find out :) Ahh, Sasha from Caprica!

I wouldn't mind the royals storyline if the main storyline was more captivating. But...not so much. I'd rather stick with Monroe and Rosalee, or Hank and Wu, than anything ever to do with Juliet. And you've reminded me that I'm 3 weeks behind on watching.