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07 June 2016 @ 01:37 pm
So, the weekend was...  
... noisy and a little frenetic. The boys all cleaned up after their all-night video-game extravaganza pretty well, and no major damage was done. The grownups were worn out, but we survived, and the boys all had fun. Then our son had a volunteer orientation to go to (which we didn't realize was six hours long--wow), followed by going camping the next day with the same friends.

This was to be a one-night camp-out, which evolved from backpacking about five miles into the Desolation Wilderness (in June. Above the snow line. With a pair of Eagle scouts and mostly inexperienced others), and became car-camping at a nearby lake. ;) Much saner. I did text him about staying on the trails and open spaces, because of rattlesnakes. He said, "But we're at Folsom Lake!"

Meaning, he has not been paying attention to my ongoing stories of nearly or actually running over snakes on the bike path a couple of times every year. The bike path that connects to that lake, and is the same general habitat. Derrrr...

Other news: I wasted more than two hours messing with iTunes the weekend before last, in which it would not allow any editing of my iPod playlists or downloading new tunes. After Googling for help on the web, I was able to successfully downgrade to an earlier iTunes release (the 12.xx.xx apparently is feature-free, apart from using it as an online radio). I'll try to get new NightVale episodes on my iPod tonight, for the drive to San Diego, and if that doesn't work I'll be borrowing HalfshellHusband's mp3 player to do that. So much Apple-Hate!

Oh, speaking of the trip south... later in the same day as that last post, our daughter texted me that I should come on Friday instead. Not because she was feeling any less rude or self-entitled, but because she'd discovered that the campus will be flooded with people coming in for graduation, and so moving out on Saturday would be a terrible idea. Okay, then. *whatevs*

We watched The Lady In The Van last weekend (because Maggie Smith), and quite liked it. We're also about 8 episodes into Better Call Saul, which we liked much better than expected. Mike Ehrmentraut FTW! "Five-O" was such a terrific episode for him. We also like Kim a great deal, and Jimmy's unusual friendship with her.

Someday, I imagine that we'll get back into watching Homeland, but those episodes were on the external hard drive that mysteriously decided to become nonfunctional, and I have yet to rescue it. Keep on hoping! It's like denial, but in prettier clothes!

So, what are you all up to?

bleodsweanbleodswean on June 7th, 2016 08:44 pm (UTC)
Desolation Wilderness has a ton of snow right now! But snow camping is fun when it's not snowing!

Don killed a HUGE rattlesnake for an elderly neighbor Saturday! We have NEVER seen them at this elevation. Yikes!

My favourite Folsom Lake rattlesnake story (and they ARE there) is this - in the early 80's a family was out there waterskiing and a teenage girl fell down while skiing and while the boat was circling back for her she swam to a floating log to hang on and the log was filled with baby rattlesnakes. I know this sounds like a folktale. It's not.

Glad you're digging Better Call Saul. It blew us away. And yes, Mike. *cries*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 7th, 2016 08:53 pm (UTC)
That's the thing-- none of the boys even considered that they would be above the snow line there. And they don't have snow camping equipment. Plus, if you're going to hike... it helps to be able to see the trail. None of them had the experience to do something like that.

I've never seen rattlers in the mountains, though I'm always prepared for them. But they're common along the bike path down here. Several different varieties, in fact, which does not help! Usually, I don't know it's a rattler (or sometimes even a snake) until I'm right on top of it. Sometimes literally. :O

Gah, baby rattlesnakes on a log!!!! I'll bet a phobia was born that day.

The "swimming hole" near the campground we like has random snakes. They're not poisonous, but they're too much for our daughter.

I love Mike. Sometimes, I hate myself for loving Mike, but he is such a badass, and such an interesting character. And how often is someone that age cast as such a competent, lethal "fixer" anyway?

My second favorite in that category is Mr. Kaplan on "The Blacklist." Who is not a Mr, or anything else you might expect. She looks like such a disapproving spinster, but is definitely the fixer, and is damn good at it. \o/
Direst Ryl: Autumn Whisperingsryl on June 7th, 2016 10:07 pm (UTC)
she swam to a floating log to hang on and the log was filled with baby rattlesnakes.

*screams and runs away*

According to everyone, there are rattlers out here but all I've ever seen are copperheads. Those are bad enough.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 7th, 2016 11:42 pm (UTC)
Doesn't that just sound dreadful? And I don't even have issues with reptiles, as long as they aren't deadly.

I'm so glad there is, at most, one type of poisonous snake out here. There are several varieties of rattlesnake, but all of the various deadly water snakes and such back East would be a lot harder to avoid!
Direst Ryl: Autumn Whisperingsryl on June 8th, 2016 09:55 am (UTC)
I haven't seen very many other than a couple of copperheads, some blacksnakes, and garter snakes. Fortunately snakes are more afraid of us than we are of them and they're better at hiding.
Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on June 7th, 2016 08:55 pm (UTC)
Well, I won't bore you with my wonky body woes ;)

In other news SO needs a new-to-him vehicle but hasn't found anything in his price range yet. He's aiming for a SUV (aka Boyz Transport) since I had the Jeep; ergo, "it's your turn". He took my car to a client out in western MA today. He probably won't get home until well after rush hour.

We've been binging on "The Murdoch Mysteries" on Netflix. OMG, I NOW UNDERSTAND WHAT FANDOM IS ALL ABOUT!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 7th, 2016 09:13 pm (UTC)
I've seen the posts on the body woes, and I wish the various parts were behaving themselves better. At least you now have a pain management plan other than, "Oh, I don't know, is it really that bad? Take some aspirin."

SUVs are incredibly expensive. I really like them (apart from the gas mileage), but our 4-Runner is 20 years old now and I worry about when we have to replace it. No signs of that yet-- some cosmetic issues, but still running great! But someday, that headache will be upon us. I hate buying cars.

Hmm, Murdoch Mysteries. We haven't watched those!
Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on June 7th, 2016 09:25 pm (UTC)
I left you a more detailed pain management explanation on my last entry :) I haven't taken anything since this morning. I'm a little achy but that's because I walked the Boyz not too long ago. I also found an article about how there are more and more people under the age of 60 getting knee replacements, which gives the medical community pause because replacements generally have a 20 year life span and they hesitate to operate on people who are 70-plus. Basically it's "hang in there until it affects your everyday life". Whee.

Even used SUVs are insanely expensive. We have a friend who knows his way around used cars, so he'll help SO narrow down the field. I just don't want him getting some insanely expensive to maintain import just because the price is right (I'm looking at you, Volvo).

Murdoch Mysteries is a fun romp. It takes place in turn-of-the-century Toronto, a police procedural with a lot of sly/inside humor and the titular lead something of an inventor-of-things-which-help-him-solve-crimes. It's been running for 10 seasons. Netflix only has seasons 1-7, so we're frantically searching for the others elsewhere.

Murielle: Scrunchedmurielle on June 7th, 2016 09:00 pm (UTC)
"Keep on hoping! It's like denial, but in prettier clothes!"

Love this!

Sounds like your weekend went very well, after all. :-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 7th, 2016 09:14 pm (UTC)

Yes, despite the frenzy of it all, it was better than I'd hoped it would be. Next weekend I should actually be at home both days (thanks to leaving for and returning from San Diego a day earlier than initially planned). But I'll probably be pretty tired. :O
Murielle: Scrunchedmurielle on June 7th, 2016 09:41 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you need to schedule some serious relaxing/pampering time, even if it's only a good long soak in the tub with your favorite music, a galss of wine and a good book. I'd highly recommend some good chocolate withe that too. ;-)
iwouldbegood: music magiciwouldbegood on June 8th, 2016 11:29 am (UTC)
Glad to hear that the boys cleaned up after the party :)

My friend went through something similar with her iPod and eventually gave up after several hours of googling and struggling, got her sister's mp3 player and took it to her trip.

I've actually wanted to start watching the third season of Homeland this weekend! I've only watched the first two so far.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 8th, 2016 06:20 pm (UTC)
I swear, that mp3 will probably wind up coming with me. I spent a couple more hours on it last night, having successfully downgraded to an earlier iTunes version. THAT one doesn't even see the iPod, as opposed to seeing it and not allowing you to download to it.

Argh... I'll be needing those NightVale episodes just to help the boredom of that trip. :O

It's been so long since we saw "Homeland" that I can't remember whether we're in S1 or S2! Loved the cast, though, and the "wall o' crazy" is such a running joke with us for so many shows. :)
adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on June 8th, 2016 11:46 am (UTC)
Spending 10 days w fam and friends in not so sunny Florida. My niece graduated. It's at times dysfunctional. The mothership is not as pleased as she thought she'd be with life down here, but she's treating me well this visit.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 8th, 2016 06:22 pm (UTC)
Are you leaving or joining the storm problem in Florida? Or skirting it at both ends?

I think that for your sake, it's better that the mothership is down there. All grief and no appreciation can be someone else's problem now, and maybe she's treating your brother better, who knows?
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on June 10th, 2016 02:23 pm (UTC)
is she coming home for the summer? I thought she might have got a job and stayed in the area till next semester.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 11th, 2016 05:35 am (UTC)
Fortunately, she's home for the summer. I don't expect that will be true every year-- at some point, she'll probably stay down there for a job and not come home for the summer, but most kids do after the first year. So, we're enjoying it while we can, since it was so hard to have her leave last fall!
riverotter1951riverotter1951 on June 16th, 2016 03:14 pm (UTC)
Glad the boys cleaned up after themselves.

Enjoy summer with your daughter.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 16th, 2016 08:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's really nice to have her home, even if she's mostly hiding in her room as a lot of teenagers do. ;)