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04 April 2015 @ 12:10 am
Tom Hanks times a gazillion...  
Watching Cloud Atlas, no idea why. The cast? The fading hope that it might eventually make sense? Argh, now we've gone into narrative pontification. I suppose that was inevitable...

Our daughter is off checking out a prospective college, probably the one she'll wind up going to. She didn't get admitted to UCLA or Cal, which was really disappointing. Terrific grades and extracurriculars, and good SAT scores, but it wasn't enough. She got admitted to places she either didn't want to go or we couldn't afford, so we're hoping she gets excited about UC San Diego. *fingers crossed*

We had a nice day alone with her went we went to the Oregon Coast on Monday. She was relieved not to have to deal with her brother's incessant talking, and said that she can't even have a conversation with him anymore without him rolling out one of his catch-phrases, like "Jet fuel can't melt steeeeel..." I wish I could say she doesn't have a point. Boy, it'll be tough when she goes off to college, and her brother will be leaving only two years afterward.

(Geez, this movie's still going, and it still seems like puffed-up, pretentious B.S. The only good parts so far have been Jim Broadbent, Keith David, and the whole dystopic beauty of "New Seoul." Oh, and now everyone's being murdered. Yay... \o?)

Good bike ride today, and another planned for tomorrow. I bought tomato plants, but didn't get a chance to put them in the ground. Instead, I snapped and broke dead shrubs lying in the garden area. HalfshellHusband made three different piles of those things that never got cleaned up, so I guess they're on my to-do list now. At least the shrubs and cuttings are brittle, so I can pulverize the smaller pieces.

Possibly coloring Easter eggs tomorrow? Hey, why not wait until the last minute?

Jennkickthehobbit on April 4th, 2015 07:33 am (UTC)
To be totally fair, Cloud Atlas works better as a book than it does as a film...

Where on the coast did you go? :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 4th, 2015 07:37 am (UTC)
I suspect it was fun for the actors, playing so many different parts, but it's too convoluted a story to tell well via film.

We went to Cape Perpetua, to see Thor's Well and the Spouting Horn, and then up to Otter Rock in hopes that the Devil's Punchbowl might be active, but no-- you really need the peak of an incoming tide for that one. Mostly sunny, very little wind. An excellent trip.

We usually go to the central coast (Newport to Waldport), though Astoria and Seaside are also really nice. :)
Jennkickthehobbit on April 4th, 2015 07:39 am (UTC)
Newport's where I've spent the most time. Max and I pop down to Florence every now and then, and we're talking about hiking Cape Perpetua. :)

Good luck on convincing your daughter to pick UCSD!
bleodsweanbleodswean on April 4th, 2015 02:17 pm (UTC)
David Mitchell is a superb writer - try the book! I refuse to see the film.

Ah, college days....things are going to change for your nuclear. Will you give her a car? Or will she be flying home? It's such a great school and such an amazing place to live.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 4th, 2015 06:36 pm (UTC)
The car stays with us, so that her brother can use it for Junior and Senior year. If it survives, it will rotate back to her for Junior/Senior year of college, and then to him again. (*fingers crossed*) So, we'll have to fly her back for visits.

I think she'll have a great time there, but given that her #1 pick was Georgetown (no word from them, so I'm assuming she didn't get in), this is a let-down. I think she'll really like San Diego and college in general, regardless. She would have had fun at the U of O too (but too expensive) and UW (same), as well as Northeastern or NYU (beyond the stratosphere of affordability!)

bleodsweanbleodswean on April 4th, 2015 06:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, believe me, I know about the $$$$. And also about freshman panic and breakdowns. And parents being in debt. Sounds like your daughter is grounded and ready for school, though! And SoCal is still in the same state. We could not afford anything more than two years of uni, so our first went to the local JC for two years and transferred. We were still out of pocket $52000, but didn't have to take a loan. I have a sister who has a 25K loan she's still paying off and her son is 28!!! That's not to mention HIS loans. It's all crazy. And no one ever really cares where you did your undergraduate unless you're going to go on to higher ed...and even then....My daughter has been offered three full rides for law school and that's with a B.A. from CSUS. So....Magna Cum Laude helped. :)

I wish her and both of you the best with this for the next few years! It's quite an experience!!!
Direst Ryl: Rhiannonryl on April 4th, 2015 03:20 pm (UTC)
I hated Cloud Atlas when I first read it because I wasn't expecting the dystopian future in the middle. Everything I'd seen/heard/read about it was all about the structure and not the plot, so I got mad when I realized what it was all leading up to. I liked it a lot more when I read it the second time because I knew what to expect (although I still hate the middle part).
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 4th, 2015 06:38 pm (UTC)
I wasn't expecting the dystopian future to become such a strong thread in the story, but I liked the visuals and the creepiness of the whole thing. The movie, though, overall-- ugh. What a mess.
Direst Ryl: Red Mapleryl on April 4th, 2015 09:11 pm (UTC)
I kind of want to see it just for the New Seoul parts, but I have a very firm limit on how much Tom Hanks I can tolerate and I'm afraid that movie will overrun it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 5th, 2015 03:37 am (UTC)
I think primitive-world Tom Hanks might wear you down, and maybe doctor-coot Tom Hanks, but thug-author Tom Hanks was my favorite. :D
alien_writings: Never Try Never Knowalien_writings on April 4th, 2015 05:11 pm (UTC)
Procrastination eggs sound like fun!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 4th, 2015 06:38 pm (UTC)
I wonder if they'd taste any different from the usual? Probably not better... :O
nodressrehersalnodressrehersal on April 4th, 2015 09:31 pm (UTC)
We just colored our eggs today - have to plan things around grown up kiddo schedules, but happy that they both still like to do this kind of thing with us. I need to research making better colors. I used two PAAS kits, and still, it took ages for the colors to stick.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 5th, 2015 06:40 am (UTC)
The new dyes are terrible. We do the boiling water+vinegar additive, which helps a little, but they still bleed off. Whatever the new formula is, it isn't as effective as the old one.

My son decided to pass on hunting eggs this year, so we didn't color them after all. Too bad, because I enjoy that! But I was pretty busy as it was.
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on April 5th, 2015 04:11 am (UTC)
I gave up after about 8 minutes.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 5th, 2015 06:41 am (UTC)
8 minutes is probably where I should have quit, and my husband went to bed at the 30-minute mark. Instead, I watched the whole thing and then regretted the wasted time. Too much of an optimist, perhaps! :D