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27 July 2015 @ 04:10 pm
Things I Never Thought I'd Hear My Teenaged Son Say...  
"I have a sea shanty stuck in my head."

Thank you, League of Legends. Apparently, it's a pretty good shanty too—another thing I never thought I'd hear him say! This is probably better than one of his recent Minecraft stories: apparently, the villagers in that game don't so much talk as just say, "Hurrrr... hurrrr..." My son and his friend came back to their hut one time and found 8 or 9 villagers inside who would not leave and also would not shut up. The boys dug a hole in the floor and buried the villagers, so they wouldn't have to listen to them anymore. :O

I'm trying to plan a brief Lake Tahoe getaway before my son's school starts up, and at this late date... who knew so many cabin rental places would be these flaky arrangements where you can't just book online, but have to play email tag with the owners instead? Meanwhile, I'm getting nervous and the prices are going up. I mean, I'm looking at this coming Thursday! Argh.

Still, hoping to pull it off. Hiking for my son and me, enough water/shops/etc. for my daughter compared to the place in the mountains where we like to camp, and ideally a chance for us all to relax together and read a lot of books. :)

Or viewing entertainment has included The Avengers, which was new to me but not my husband and son. It was enjoyable, but I'd resisted it earlier because 1) Thor, 2) Loki (see #1), and 3) Comic book superheroes (in general). While I loved the Iron Man movie, and have enjoyed the various Batman movies, I mostly don't care for the comic-book superhero genre. Especially if some of them are also gods. The "ridiculousness" hurdle was pretty high for me, particularly with Loki's costume and really, Hawkeye in general. I know some people love Hawkeye, but I don't really know what he and The Black Widow are doing with that crowd at all. The Black Widow's awesomeness won me over, but those two characters don't seem to really "fit" with the enhanced-human/enhanced-armor/mutating-smashbox-human crowd. So, while I really loved the banter between Iron Man and Bruce Banner (I liked Bruce a lot more than I expected)... my original "skip it" choice was probably better suited to my tastes. No offense intended to those who get a huge kick out of all of it!

HalfshellHusband and I saw Mr. Holmes this past weekend, and let me just thank whoever gave Ian McKellan such a marvelous role at this stage in his career. :)

I also finished The Devil's Detective, started writing a Battle Creek fanfic that I didn't finish (for the fandom so small that there are no communities for it here or at Dreamwidth), rewatched another episode of that show to recapture some inspiration, floated massive "Organize the House!" thoughts that did not bear fruit, and went to the library to gather supplies for my son against the coming weekend. Not as many books as the weight of my bookbag implied, but several were "grown up" books in attempt to... slow his rate of consumption? Something.

All right, my little chickadees, time to fly!

phyllis2779phyllis2779 on July 27th, 2015 11:24 pm (UTC)
I saw Mr. Holmes this weekend and liked it a lot. It takes the Holmes persona to another place (old age) but it still feels like authentic Holmes. The only quibble I had was that it's hard for me to imagine Holmes paying attention to a child. But Milo Parker was such a remarkable actor that I believed it enough to accept the premise without taking me out of the film.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2015 11:48 pm (UTC)
I really liked the little boy in it, and he WAS a very sharp kid-- and impossible to escape, since he also lived in the house. So, perhaps he was not so easily ignored. :)

There was some scene near the beginning when Watson came to check up on Holmes, and he said something that would have elicited an, "Oh, please..." from a modern-day Holmes. The _look_ McKellan gave him (so brief, so perfect) sold me on the whole movie, right there. :D

bleodsweanbleodswean on July 28th, 2015 01:36 pm (UTC)
Good luck on a nice Tahoe getaway! We did this a few years back and were also surprised by reservations!! Ended up with cabins at Richardson's Camp...but in September! So beautiful up there!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 28th, 2015 04:14 pm (UTC)
I finally made reservations late last night, at a nice little cabin that was almost double what I'd like to have spent... but neither my first or second choice had gotten back to me by then, so I was stuck. Very dissatisfied with the experience of the original "property management" site. Maybe things are available because the owners never response to requests to rent them!

I've only ever made a couple of day trips to Tahoe, so I'm looking forward to this. If it were just the three of us, I'd have picked our usual area (and rented a cabin for my husband's sake, since he's lost all patience with car-camping). But for The Princess, who kept haranguing that we should just leave her at home-- her last summer here-- and had no better suggestions of what to do, this seemed like the better choice.

Oh, how I used to love to go up to the Sierras in the Fall! Not the cold nights in the tent, but the scenery? Just gorgeous!
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on July 29th, 2015 01:39 am (UTC)
she hitting that age? i was just thinking she can't be far off 18
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 29th, 2015 03:36 am (UTC)
Yes-- she'll be 18 in less than a month. And she went into that "Why would I ever want to go anywhere?" phase a couple of years ago. It was kind of a surprise, even though it's pretty common.
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on July 29th, 2015 01:41 am (UTC)
Stewart left his Minecraft hut, came back and it was chocka with chickens and pigs
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 29th, 2015 03:36 am (UTC)
Did he eat them? Or maybe build a pen for them outside and farm with them?

So, it's not just villagers that invade!