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12 January 2015 @ 01:14 pm
It's BCS Monday...  
Voting closes today for LJ Idol. My entries are here and also here. I hope you like them!

It's BCS Monday today. I'll be watching and rooting for the Ducks, and hoping the refereeing is solid. Go Ducks!

Last night, I ran 5 miles for the third time since just before Christmas! \o/ I felt really good about it, and then got home to discover that hitting "stop" on my watch did not actually work, so I have no idea how long that run took. These things matter, especially when you've increased milage!

This weekend, we watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and The Grey. The first movie was good–entertaining, lots of explosions, and the little piece of dramatic pathos that pulled me in like the sucker I am and made me love Steve Rogers to the moon and back. I'm not really a fan of comic-book-based movies, but that pathos was like the scenes in the cave in Iron Man. It elevated the whole story for me. I do like the Batman movies (both sets), but in general, comic book stuff leaves me cold. (I watched The Hulk for Ang Lee and Eric Bana, which started out well and then eventually fell apart, and it had better chances than most.)

The second movie had such nice, moody touches at the beginning that I was disappointed that it collapsed under its own formulaic storyline. My son was peeved at the ending, and I understand whey.

In other viewing news: now that we've seen virtually all of the Law & Order: Criminal Intent episodes ever (thanks to syndication and Tivo), we've shifted over to Law & Order (classic). Such good stories. We're beyond the Michael Moriarty years at the moment, thank god, though that means we're missing Richard Brooks (so talented, and so wasted in that underwritten role) and Paul Sorvino. No Chris Noth/Jerry Orbach right now, which is too bad. Lots of Dennis Fontana, who I think was the weakest of the cops. I loved Jeremy Sisto and Anthony Anderson to a ridiculous degree. Their characters seemed similar enough that they might not work well together, and yet they did. Plus, S. Epatha Merkerson, all the time! \o/

And on the home front... damnit, there's still Christmas stuff that isn't put away, and I haven't reboxed all the gazillions of lights. It's the things that just fit if you pack them well that really slow me down.

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Rebeccabeeker121 on January 12th, 2015 11:56 pm (UTC)
I'll be watching the game tonight but don't have a strong rooting interest in either team, so I'm just hoping for good football.

The watch thing has happened to me and I totally understand your annoyance. If I took the time to put the watch on and start it then I wanted to know things!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Duckshalfshellvenus on January 13th, 2015 05:08 am (UTC)
The game has not gone well. *cries*

The Midwestern teams are always just huge, and they tend to mow Oregon (and other West Coast teams) down.

I've held onto this digital watch for ages, partly because it's one of the few ever that has a cloth band instead of a plastic one (so it doesn't keep cracking). But if there was ever an illumination function on it, it's long gone. And we don't have streetlights in the neighborhood, so you just can't be sure...
Rebeccabeeker121 on January 14th, 2015 03:29 am (UTC)
As a Wisconsin fan, I feel your pain. I'm excited for the Big Ten, but why did it have to be Ohio State?

You're right, watches with cloth bands, or even replaceable ones, are hard to find. My regular start/stop point happens to be under a street light, but I've still missed the button occasionally.
Vice Captain of the Universe: goodiessweeny_todd on January 13th, 2015 02:04 am (UTC)
I loved Jerry Orbach, so Law and Order will always have a special place in my heart!

I liked the winter soldier too - it was one of only two movies I saw while in Japan!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 13th, 2015 05:10 am (UTC)
Jerry Orbach was so wonderful. I didn't think they'd ever find a good combo again after he left, but Sisto and Anderson were it.

Poor guy. He hung on right until the end, and went far too soon. Such talent.

Was the Japanese showing of Winter Soldier in Japanese? Or did you at least get English with subtitles? :D
Vice Captain of the Universe: greetestsweeny_todd on January 14th, 2015 11:02 am (UTC)
he was amazing. It was only actually after he passed away that I came to find all his musical theatre stuff - and he was just amazing in that too! So much joy! Such a pleasure to watch :-)

It was in English with Japanese subs - thank goodness!
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on January 14th, 2015 09:16 pm (UTC)
i still haven't put my xmas stuff away
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 15th, 2015 12:53 am (UTC)
I'm glad it's not just me! There's a lot of it (the lights alone go into 4 large bins), and work has been stealing my time and energy. :(
angels3angels3 on January 17th, 2015 02:03 am (UTC)
Oh good I'm not the only one. The trees are still up minus all the decorations. Husband has been working a lot of overtime and it's been raining so the boxes are still piled in the living room. Hopefully they'll be back in storage by February...sighs
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 17th, 2015 06:08 am (UTC)
This makes me feel a lot better. :)

It wouldn't be the first year I've put stuff away over MLK weekend because I just couldn't seem to get to it before. All those lights in the breezeway... they only just barely fit in the storage bins. :O