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11 May 2016 @ 11:12 am
Mid-week already...  
I worked at home Monday (due to surprise!Daughter visit), so I'm a little "off" in my sense of what day it is. Mostly important as it relates to regular and new office meetings—wait, that's TODAY? :O

I got voted out of Idol this week, which was disappointing, but I really appreciate all the support and reading and votes from all of you during the journey. I have no Facebook presence, and my f-list isn't very active, so making it into the Top Ten is a challenge! :)

Our son enjoyed Prom, I guess? He went out to dinner with a group of friends, hung out with said friends during the event itself (but did not dance with anyone—I think he worked up the courage near the end to approach the girl he'd originally wanted to ask to Prom, but some other boy swooped in first and that was it). Afterward, the boys played video games all night at one of their houses (this is actually a regular thing for them). I think he had fun overall, and going (which falls into Trying New Things, which he's been reluctant to do since about age 6) was an event all by itself. Also, he had crab sushi for dinner, which was totally new for him. Any sushi. He learned a lesson about asking random girls to Prom, though—for the two boys who had dates, the girls sat on the other side of the table at dinner and then ran off and abandoned the boys entirely once they got to the Prom venue. That's really rude. The girls should have said "No" when asked, if they didn't really want to go with those particular guys.

We finally saw the Sleepy Hollow finale, and there was much hatred. Arghhhh. We'll be taking that off our viewing list next year. Also Grimm, which has become torturous in terms of some of the plot choices. Fan-service ran amok on that show, and was thwarted on Sleep Hollow. I'd like to reverse those results, please!

I got a recommendation from a Dreamwidth friend to try Dick Barton, Secret Agent for my drive to San Diego, and one for Lore from a friend here. I think this will force me to grapple with iTunes and get it working on my PC (it has reached the suicidal stage on HalfshellHusband's Windows XP computer, which previously managed our library and playlists). A comment thread on the previous entry shows exactly how I feel about iTunes. Ugh.

Biking today! Yesterday was a rest day, but overall I'm trying to get the mileage up for May Is Bike Month. My 400-mile goal may be too optimistic for this year (it was based on last year, when I was doing slightly longer rides), BUT... I may as well try!

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riverotter1951: north American river otterriverotter1951 on May 11th, 2016 07:10 pm (UTC)
I'm glad your son had fun at prom and tried our a new food. I agree that these girls were rude.

I gave up on Sleepy Hollow and Grimm last season. The plots seemed formulaic and not worth my time.

I remember my mom's advice about dining out, try something you never make because it's too complicated or no one else likes it.

Congrats on the biking. My niece is involved in a bike fundraiser from Bar Harbor to Boston. This is her second year with her charity being the environmental nonprofit [Ceres]she works for.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 11th, 2016 07:46 pm (UTC)
He was worried when his friends chose a Japanese restaurant, and it's a cuisine that he kind of hates. Me too, apart from teriyaki and tempura (which I don't eat anymore). Maybe it's a California thing, but a lot of places here assume sushi==sashimi, where sashimi is uncooked meat. NEVER.

Our son is learning Japanese in high school, but the big barrier to going there for him would be the food. So, the fact that he tried a type of sushi and liked it is huge. Actually, I'm not sure he's ever thought he liked crab before either, so doubly huge!

I like your mom's advice! I often like the first thing I try, and then never seem to move beyond that. Because, red Thai curry! It beats all others. Or the Thai marinated skirt steak with various dipping sauces at another restaurant. SO good.

Your niece's fundraiser sounds like a very neat event! Hope it goes well. :)
Murielle: Scrunchedmurielle on May 11th, 2016 09:06 pm (UTC)
I was so sad to see you go. :-( I just don't understand how the votes have been working, or not working. I think others have mentioned being confused by it, too.

I'm afraid I didn't get into either of those programs. I like my police procedurals, PBS shows, and Game of Thrones. But I know how frustrating it can be when you feel let down by a series.

I think your sons and his friends made a wise choice in making their prom night things they enjoy. My understanding is that prom night can be a huge disappointment. As for those girls...who raised them that they could be so selfish and ill mannered?

Good luck on your biking! I have a very old stationery bike I need to clear off and use. 😉
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 11th, 2016 11:23 pm (UTC)
It's been a weird season, voting wise. We lost thistle_verse early, who had the talent to win the whole thing easily, and I thought leni_ba was really good too. I don't think you found your audience this time around, which had nothing to do with the quality of your writing (so keep that in mind for the future!). We did have someone who posted two "Oops, I got nothing" entries and didn't get booted for either one of them. That really mystifies me.

I don't know who raised those girls. He says they have a hard time saying "No," but which is worse-- saying No thank you to an invitation when you don't want to go with that person, or saying Yes and letting them pay your way while you "opt out" of the couples part of the experience? Heck, even the basic interaction part of the experience!

Do you not have a regular bike? One of the things I really like is my real bike + track stand. A good one is collapsible (SO much nicer than a stationary bike) and costs maybe $200-$300, which isn't cheap... but is usually less expensive than a stationary bike. Plus, easier to store. :D

I'm very big on "easy to store."
Murielle: Scrunchedmurielle on May 11th, 2016 11:57 pm (UTC)
Maybe I shouldn't say this, but I was ready to go when I went. It was a wonderful , wonderful experience, and I wouldn't change anything about my time in "the game." And to be honest I never in my wildest dreams thought I'd get anywhere near as far as I did. I know(!) about thistle_verse! She's SO good! And it broke my heart when Leni left. We've been lj pals for many, many years, and she is an extremely brilliant young woman. I was thrilled she decided to come along for the ride. But just between us I thought you and rayaso should have been much, much closer to the end.

Teen girls can be way too self-conscious,to the point that they are simply unaware that boys have feelings too. You're right, a polite, "no, thank you" is much the better choice. This is high school, they should have that figured out by now.

One of these days I'm going to get an adult three-wheeler. I have balance and energy issues so stability is important. Your bike sounds great.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 12th, 2016 12:14 am (UTC)
The adult three-wheelers are really nice. I've seen them out on the bike path from time-to-time, and always thought they would be great for people with balance problems.

Plus, there's the carrying capacity in the rear cage, should you need it. Multiple bags of groceries will fit in there!
Murielle: Scrunchedmurielle on May 12th, 2016 12:58 am (UTC)
Yes! To all of it! 😊
Jennkickthehobbit on May 11th, 2016 09:59 pm (UTC)
High five for making it to the top 10 when you don't share stuff on Facebook! :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 11th, 2016 11:23 pm (UTC)
Right back atcha!
adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on May 12th, 2016 12:25 am (UTC)
I'm now watching THE FAMILY. So far it's interesting.

Yay for bike rides. I need to get air in my tires.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 12th, 2016 12:30 am (UTC)
I think I missed my chance to tune into The Family when it started. I've always liked Joan Allen. :)

Yes, fluff up the tires and cruise around the neighborhood! Makes for nice variety in the exercise you already do. :)
cindy: what were you THINKING? (by rjcardinal)tsuki_no_bara on May 12th, 2016 02:19 am (UTC)
i feel the same way about sleepy hollow. just... ARGH. they had something fun and batshit and genuinely different cast-wise, and they blew it. if they get a fourth season i'll probably watch the premiere out of curiosity, but i can't imagine wanting to watch the rest of the season.

yay sushi! your kid should be proud of himself for trying something new and actually enjoying it. but those two girls were rude.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on May 12th, 2016 05:20 am (UTC)
Yeah-- I don't know what the point of this season's storyline was, and the Betsy Ross retcon was awful-- as was the actress.

But that finale? And what I've read online? Gahhh! Why so desperate to leave a show that made you a household name? :(
cindytsuki_no_bara on May 12th, 2016 08:17 pm (UTC)
i'm guessing nicole beharie wanted to leave because they were sidelining her character. i mean, s2 was so much crane family drama, and i think every flashback in s3 was total crane with a heaping helping of betsy ross. (and holy crap was the actress bad. i didn't think much of the actress who played katrina, but i chalked some of that up to bad writing and directing. betsy was just all-over terrible.) abbie wasn't getting equal attention, despite nominally being half the show. the ptb weren't doing right by nicole, so she left. which sucks for the show, but i don't think i blame her.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on May 12th, 2016 09:20 pm (UTC)
Well, I can understand that, if it's true. It would also be incredibly DUMB. Abbie and Ichabod are the heart of that show-- as is their chemistry together. The other random-ass characters aren't really important.

And why so MANY of them? FBI-dude from nowhere, Joe showing up at all times (and he and Jenny being so much of the plot), Ichabod's flashbacks of awfulness. Ugh.

If that were an attempt to fluff up the show, knowing that she wanted to leave, that would be one thing. But to do that on purpose, when you still have your two great leads? Who the heck DOES that?

Well, I say that, and then I remember Castiel gradually overtaking SPN, so...