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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.

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