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26 November 2014 @ 06:49 pm
Turkey Eve...  
Apart from the endless work overage, I spent late last week trying to write something for Idol and just being frustrated. I was looking to write fiction, but didn't really like the prompt, and then Saturday I was talking to my daughter about my mom's experiences in medical school, and thought "Oh! Duh..." So, it's done and posted.

An article I read yesterday in Wired inspired me to try writing tweet-fic, so I began a questionable experiment in that yesterday...

I'm off this week (finally! Thank god!), which lets me rework my exercise schedule to what it used to be before working from home was banned. I biked on Monday (without the horrific weekend crowds on the parkway), and ran on Sunday. It has been so long since I ran near the end of the day rather than before work. I'm not a morning person at all, so it's been more like a chore than a pleasure, lately. Sunday, the running was actually comfortable (I'd forgotten what that was like). I got to the end, and looked at the time and thought "Meh." I'd seen that number a lot over the last few months. Later, I remembered that I've only seen it during runs where I've had to walk part of the way. So, YAYYY!

The whole family watched Dead Poet's Society last weekend. Lots of sad thoughts about Robin Williams, and admiration for the job Robert Sean Leonard does in that movie. The real tragedy is realizing that the overbearing father who destroys his son also loves him. It's very true to a the mistakes real people make, which makes it more awful.

Traveling tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving, American friends!

Danmuchtooarrogant on November 27th, 2014 02:58 am (UTC)
That's one of my favorite movies of all time. :) RIP Robin Williams!

Happy Thanksgiving, and travel safe!

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 27th, 2014 03:05 am (UTC)
My daughter wanted to see it, and it had been a long time since my husband and I had watched it. Really good movie, and it's funny how many of the boys in it went on to bigger careers. That's one of the guilty pleasures in watching older movies-- the "oh, hey!" moments at seeing younger versions of stars.

I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving too!
Vice Captain of the Universesweeny_todd on November 27th, 2014 03:39 am (UTC)
Dead Poet's is one of my favourite Robin Williams films.

Glad you got some enjoyable exercise in!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 27th, 2014 06:53 am (UTC)
I think we'd only seen it once before, but it left a lasting impression. Rewatching it, Peter Weir's name flashed by as director, and I thought, "Of course, that's one of the reasons it was so good!"

My strongest memory, though? "This desk set wants to fly!" :D
cindytsuki_no_bara on November 27th, 2014 06:27 am (UTC)
i wondered what those tweets were! i should go back and read them all at once. would you consider it a successful experiment? or are you still writing it?

dead poet's society is such a good movie. and yeah, it's so weird watching it and going "oh wait, it's that guy!"
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 27th, 2014 06:55 am (UTC)
I know, those tweets are probably annoying my very few followers. I'm not quite done yet-- big hole in the middle of the day doing things and then Christopher talking my ear off just as I thought I was going to write more.

I don't know yet if it's successful. Less good than I'd probably hoped, and the fact that the tweets scroll most-recent-first makes the story backwards. Is that what people would expect? LJ and Facebook work the same way, but it's kind of annoying in that respect!
Port: house rainbowdesertport on November 27th, 2014 07:15 am (UTC)
Someday I need to watch DPS. It's on Netflix, so there's really no excuse....

Yay for no work! I'm not teaching this week, and it is just really nice to have the extra time. I should put it to good use like you do, though.

Happy TG to you and your family! Hope you have an excellent holiday. <3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 27th, 2014 07:41 am (UTC)
I'm glad you have the week off! Are you getting together with your sister for turkey day? Are your parents visiting?

I've done some ransacking of stuff to give away, too-- 4 boxes of board games for a charity drive, 4 boxes to Goodwill of various things, and two bags of books to the library...
Port: house rainbowdesertport on November 27th, 2014 08:20 am (UTC)
Oh, I wish my parents were visiting. That would pretty much make it. But my sis and I will be getting together with a close friend and his (now ex-, I guess) boyfriend, who I'm fairly close with. So even if there's drama, it'll be drama surrounded by the right people. :D

Are you getting together with family too?

That's a lot of board games! Reminds me I have a bunch of printers in my trunk to drop off at Goodwill....
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 27th, 2014 08:31 am (UTC)
We're visiting my husband's sister's family in the Bay Area. This was all arranged by the other sister, who then decided to go off RVing with her family. Had we known, we might have wanted to host it at our place-- two sibs in Sacramento, two in the Bay Area, and the one who is having it at her house now cannot cope with all of the work and scattered distractions of mounting a large effort like this anymore. I'd thought the absentee sister was going to do most of the work for that, and we would have done it ourselves instead!

We had a ton of board games that were handed down or given to the kids as birthday gifts-- but which they wouldn't have chosen themselves and many of which never even got played with! Plus, with two specialty editions of Monopoly (because why bother with the regular one?), we chose the LOTR version over the NFL version. ;)

We still have both the regular "Life" and the "Pirates Of The Carribean Life," and probably should have gotten rid of the first one. The POTC is much weirder and more fun to play. :D