We saw Gravity this weekend, which was really good and which may have cured me from any fantasies about going into space. I can see why it was a challenge to film, as most of it is actually set in space outside of any ship or other structure.. That's a lot of virtual Zero-G greenscreen work. Still, the results were great. Worth a movie theater viewing.
HalfshellHusband (rayaso) and I both worked on our LJ Idol entries. Mine is here (I went with humor, after abandoning a poem), and his is drama. He started a completely different idea, which would have been kind of long for an Idol entry but was really fantastic. Then he lost Sunday to some medical issues (no serious aftermath), and regrouped and wrote an entirely different idea. It's very good, but I still ALSO want the other story. For reasons.
I ran near the office on Wednesday, for the first time in ages, since the weather was cool enough and I thought I could find enough trail/blacktop. I'm heavier than I used to be, so the discomfort of the "trail" part came as a surprise. Those rocks/gravel really chew up your feet when the dirt is completely dry. There's no "give" at all. Ouch! OTOH, the city added some bike trails since I last did that, so there are more options. Who knew?
I forgot to mention, re my previous run (where I did not fall)... We have a "menagerie" house in our neighborhood (as you do), with occasional cats, rabbits and a peacock in the front yard. I hadn't seen the peacock in years (last spotted on the house's roof), but I heard it when I was out running last week: "Urrrr! Urrrr! Urrrr!" That sound was burned into my brain during a trip to the Smith Family Luau on Kawaii. The farm has beautiful grounds, with a lot of peacocks, and a pre-dinner floor-show with a fake volcano. The peacocks find the volcano alarming, even though it goes off nearly every single night. Their screaming makes the whole volcano effect seem less than awesome, let me tell you. ;)
Last night, a tornado briefly touched down near my office. We don't really have tornadoes here in California, but some people had gotten phone alerts. Several of us stood in the lobby watching the massive wind outside, thinking, "Maybe that warning was real?" It died down, and we went outside, and off to the North was a semi-bright greenish-yellow cloud area where the middle was rotating around a large axis and a finger or two was poking down. Time to get the hell out of here! I thought, and zoomed away in the car... past people who had pulled off to the side of the road to take pictures of the thing with their cellphone cameras. Do they not know what tornadoes DO? It was moving away, but it's best to be as far away as possible, just in case. There was some roof damage where it touched down but nothing else, thank goodness, and no-one hurt or killed. I lived in Peoria for three years, and despite tons of warnings I never saw a tornado or its remnants. Of course, when we had tornado warnings THERE (and they're frequent), I spent a lot of evenings in the NW corner of my basement, bored out of my mind in a windowless, smelly room...
So, plans for the weekend? Or just hoping to GET to the weekend?