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18 August 2015 @ 10:04 am
Catching up...  
I didn't mean to disappear for two weeks, and I'm still getting caught up on my f-list. A little over a week behind right now, so getting closer!

We went to Tahoe a few weekends ago, as planned. The cabin was nice, though the bedrooms were tiny, and there was some unexpected rain and difficulty (SO typical near Tahoe) finding various trailheads. Still, we watched movies together, I went hiking with the kids, and the grownups did some reading. It was good family time, and that was what I really wanted—especially with our oldest going off to college in a month.

I finished some books: The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, Edison's Alley, Everybody Sees The Ants, Messenger of Fear (ugh), and a couple of others. I recently started The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir Who Got Trapped In An Ikea Wardrobe, which I'm really enjoying, and at the gym... another Jack Reacher novel. :D

Moviewise, we saw Selma (very good), and Wild. I was a little worried about the sleazy parts of the latter, since we were watching it with our daughter, but they were mostly just depressing. Good movie overall, and mainly... I loved Laura Dern in this. She has such a great combination of resilience and sweetness, and this is a role where you need to feel why the main character would completely fall apart after losing her mother. It's a pivotol casting choice, much like the character of Yinsen in Iron Man, or the captured soldier in The Crying Game, where knowing that person will change the main character's future choices dramatically. As someone put it, Forest Whitaker is in the first 10 minutes of the movie (maximum), mostly with a bag over his head, and yet... you can't help liking him, and growing attached to him. That really says something about him as a actor!

We've been watching more Breaking Bad, and are nearing the end of S3. Jesse has become my favorite character (when I don't want to smack him), while he's also the part of the story my husband hates the most. Oy. Mike hasn't appeared recently, but he's really grown on me. He's gruff and hides in plain sight, and is SO quietly competent. The scene where he roars in from off-camera and swoops up Walter before Walter can compound his bad choices with even stupider ones? Whoo!

We're a little behind on Poldark. Our daughter is going through her "Brit" phase, mainly soccer and Benedict Cumberbatch. My teen Brit phase was Monty Python, soccer, and Poldark, but that last part doesn't interest our daughter at all. I almost found myself saying, "Geez, they remade that series already?", before I realized that it had been about 35 years or more. o_O

My writing has been slow—mainly since changing my antidepressants around Christmas time, though I'll have to live with that. I've started a number of things for writerverse and just not finished them by the deadline! Still making the effort, though.

Some links to share, many overdue. I may even be repeating some of them, via shoddy memory: Horrified cats, Cool nature photos (now that the Blue Pueblo Tumblr has died off), and the glorious Muppet version of Bohemian Rhapsody (so wrong and so utterly fabulous).

And now? Vork, vork, vork, and an attempt to bike in about an hour—despite the light smoke, knowing that I can't go tomorrow and because yesterday was much too hot.

Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on August 18th, 2015 05:20 pm (UTC)
i'm jealous of all these college bound teens. mostly i'm just envious that their lives are starting and all that possibility ahead of them
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 18th, 2015 05:29 pm (UTC)
Me, too. I'm torn between being excited for her and just really sad over the fact that she's leaving home, and it will never be the same again. *sigh*

She'll have such fun at college, though. :D
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on August 20th, 2015 04:54 pm (UTC)
it is sad that this part of your life is over. but there's all that possibility ahead for you as well
theun4givablestheun4givables on August 18th, 2015 05:44 pm (UTC)
Jesse Pinkman is like 90% of why I kept watching through certain parts of S2 for Breaking Bad. I had grown so attached to him as a character that I had to at least finish the story out for him. Walter White was actually really triggering for me... His behavior and his justifications for it (I'm doing it FOR MY FAMILY etc) reminded me too much of Ev.

The show is amazing though and I loved it. Mike is also the best. xD
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 18th, 2015 06:27 pm (UTC)
Jesse has really grown on me. He was such an obnoxious little punk at first (and that "Yo, bitch!" side of him is what makes me want to smack him). But there's a hidden sweetness to him that has won me over, and he's so much more innocent in a lot of ways than you'd expect... all slowly being destroyed by Walter, as Walter destroys himself.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets a kick out of Mike. The background crossword-puzzle processing plus the watching Walter's house plus the rescue-intervention pretty much sealed my fangirling over him.

theun4givablestheun4givables on August 18th, 2015 06:53 pm (UTC)
The "yo, bitch!" side of him just made me love him more after a while, tbh. xD But it's because it's like JESSE YOU'RE SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. He's a woobie. I love it. I do not like him being destroyed by his pseudo-father figure but. I just wish he'd get away from Walt. D:

Mike is very much the best. Actually I really like him and Saul both and I need to get on the Better Call Saul train because I hear it's pretty good.
bleodsweanbleodswean on August 18th, 2015 06:14 pm (UTC)
Welcome back to LJ! I've missed your updates. Tahoe sounds like it was exactly what you needed!

Ha! My teen years were all about Monty Python, too! *high fives*

Interesting that you see a correlation between meds and creating. I would love to hear more about this.

Careful out there biking. The air really is not good. At all.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 18th, 2015 06:30 pm (UTC)
Sorry to have been away so long! I thought for sure I'd update last week, but didn't get around to it. :(

I loved Monty Python _so much_, and had to make do with whatever random repeats the PBS station decided to show. As a result, when I got the boxed set for Christmas I finally saw the "Twit of the Year" contest for the first time. Oh, boy.

The air is not good, and I'm hoping it will be better Thursday. It must be much worse where you are. :(

The meds definitely affect the creativity somewhat, though given the effects on my job, I really need the dose and combination I have right now. I'll just have to live with it. I also went off the pill for about 5-6 months, but have gone back on thanks to some signs that menopause is not yet here to stay. :O
bleodsweanbleodswean on August 18th, 2015 06:42 pm (UTC)
I loved it that much, too. No one knew what the heck I was on about. I had to recruit a friend...and then the two of us were unbearable. I'll never forget, in HS, we went to the opening night of "Live at the Hollywood Bowl" in a theatre down by Arden....there were only about twenty people there in total and we were the youngest by twenty years. It was a hoot. I'm still a loyal fan.

The air is terrible. Not so bad way up here, but when we drive down into the valley it resembles driving down into LA. Ugh.
Didn't want to be: Wufkinsanyonesghost on August 18th, 2015 06:47 pm (UTC)
Ain't right, ain't fitting, ain't decent, ain't proper.
(My wife and I had a fantastic time live-tweeting the Poldark season finale.)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 18th, 2015 10:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, boy-- we are so far from the finale. I think we might be at episode 5 by now. I don't remember the plot points moving quite so quickly in the original, but that WAS 35 years ago, so who knows? I mean, good grief-- at least a year has passed already!

The Ross Poldark in this version is much handsomer than the first, though I think the original Demelza was prettier-- not that this one isn't. Other than that, the original is pretty vague by now. :D
Didn't want to beanyonesghost on August 19th, 2015 01:45 pm (UTC)
I admit, I haven't seen the original. But I guess the original Ross Poldark plays the judge you've seen in a couple episodes by now? It wouldn't surprise me that things are moving at that fast a clip, though -- Wolf Hall took six episodes to cover two entire books. It's an affliction of modern television.

... and somehow, they still have plenty of time to stare out to sea, waiting for the shoals to come in. How does that even work?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 19th, 2015 09:47 pm (UTC)
But I guess the original Ross Poldark plays the judge you've seen in a couple episodes by now?
*Weeps* Age is cruel, cruel thing.

... and somehow, they still have plenty of time to stare out to sea, waiting for the shoals to come in. How does that even work?
Hahaha! Exactly-- by the 4th episode, Elizabeth has been married, had a baby, and it's at least 3-4 months old. That's the only way I can tell that the plot is ridiculously accelerated in spots. Wow.
Direst Ryl: Wind from the Searyl on August 18th, 2015 06:49 pm (UTC)
The Muppets have some great videos these days. I like the Ode to Beaker and Swedish Chef Makes Popcorn.

My British phase also included high doses of Monty Python. We were all quoting Holy Grail in high school. Well the cool kids (aka the ones I hung around with) did. When my Latin teacher let us watch Life of Brian to that we added that to our repertoire.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 18th, 2015 10:33 pm (UTC)
My son is wholly unfamiliar with the Swedish Chef, and that character is right up his alley, humorwise. He needs to see some of those vids!

I always liked the Monty Python TV episodes better than the movies, but the movies had a broader audience. If you were to go around muttering "Dinsdale" here and there, nobody would ever know what you were talking about. :)
cindytsuki_no_bara on August 19th, 2015 02:18 am (UTC)
i can't believe your kid is going off to college! how weird! but how cool for her! it's kind of exciting.

i don't even care what the extraordinary journey of the fakir who got trapped in an ikea wardrobe is about. i want to read it for the title alone.

that muppet bohemian rhapsody is fabulous! i always loved gonzo and his chickens. and statler and waldorf - "we do not like your jokes". and sam the eagle facepalming! i love it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 19th, 2015 05:24 am (UTC)
The title of the book was why I picked it up off the shelf, but I'm halfway through and really enjoying it. My son already read it. :D

Glad you liked the Muppet video! That was probably the last treatment I would have expected for that song-- so utterly bizarre. I've always liked Gonzo, though I've never been sure entirely what he is. Some kind of bird-thing probably?

Whatever pathos "Mama... just killed a man..." originally had, I think Animal killed it dead. :O
cindytsuki_no_bara on August 19th, 2015 04:44 pm (UTC)
i would not have expected the muppets to take on queen, but in retrospect i'm not totally surprised. i mean, one of the great things about them is that they seem to exist for the parents just as much as for the kids. there's a muppets sons of anarchy sketch, and you know no small children are going to get that. that's purely for the adults. but at the same time, i think little kids can totally appreciate statler and waldorf and kermit&piggy and fozzie and the swedish chef and the electric mayhem. y'know?

i have no idea what gonzo is! i remember it being kind of a running joke on the muppet show when i was a wee thing.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 19th, 2015 09:49 pm (UTC)
Sons of Anarchy Muppets? I must see this!

I introduced our son to the Swedish Chef last night, as he'd never seen any of that before, and clearly, "Hmmm-gi-dis-ge-du" and "Hmmm-bork-bork-bork!" need to be part of his cultural vocabulary.

That wasn't quite the voice I remembered for whichever of Waldorf or Statler is the more round-headed poochy-eyed guy, but I could be mistaken.
cindytsuki_no_bara on August 20th, 2015 01:20 am (UTC)
i take it back - apparently it was sesame street.

and did your son like the swedish chef? (and if he didn't, what's wrong with him? i mean. um. how can you not like the swedish chef?)

i know jim henson did some of the muppet voices, and after he died they had to get someone else. so if one of them sounds different from what you remember, that might be why.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 20th, 2015 05:58 pm (UTC)
:D He did like the Swedish Chef. Really, the Chef was always one of my favorite parts of the Muppets.

I've noticed that, possibly in more recent years, the Chef doesn't always do his song at the beginning. WHY would you ever take that part out? That song is a perfect summary of the whole gag. :D

Port: lady feetdesertport on August 19th, 2015 03:51 am (UTC)
So glad you got what sounds like some meaningful family time, especially with the oldest going to college soon. (Are they staying local or going on adventures elsewhere?)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 19th, 2015 06:24 am (UTC)
It will be so strange-- and sad-- having her gone in just a few more weeks.

She's headed to UC San Diego, so not across the country from here but still a fair distance. MOre than the trip we make to Eugene multiple times a year, and I so often wish that one was shorter!
Portdesertport on August 19th, 2015 07:08 am (UTC)
It's a real adjustment, especially, I'm told, with the oldest. (Though when my parents said that I just assumed it was because they like me best. ;)

One of my friends went to UCSD and really loved it. I hope she has a wonderful experience. And calls you often!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 19th, 2015 10:41 pm (UTC)
(Though when my parents said that I just assumed it was because they like me best. ;)
And why wouldn't you? ;)

I hope she calls a lot too, but since she hides in her room most of the time when she's home... that does not seem likely!