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19 July 2016 @ 11:32 am
Dribs and Drabs...  
HalfshellHusband is still on the mend from his hip replacement. No big changes since the surgery—he's still in a lot of pain, he's still using the walker, and he still has about 12 of the 14 pounds of water-weight he gained in that one day at the hospital. But he's moving a little more easily now, and may be able to start using his cane soon. Also, today is the last day he has to give himself a shot of anti-clotting medicine, and then it's on to baby aspirin. I'm kind of wondering if the anti-clotting meds might be part of the water-retention problem, so I'm looking forward to that transition.

The biggest issue, apart from the pain and being housebound, is the limitation of needing to be on a chair or bed high enough that his hip doesn't bend too much. I can't remember how long that phase goes on. Three weeks? Four? Six?

TV-wise, we watched Disc One of True Detective. I've heard that Season 2 isn't good, but Season 1? DAMN... Incredible writing, and great performances by the two leads. We're also watching Netflix' new series, Marcella (also good) with our daughter, and sometimes Chopped and Limitless (the last is a re-watch for the grownups). She has very different tastes in TV than we do, so there isn't much overlap (though I think she would like Luther). She's tried to get us to watch Parks and Rec a few times, which is about as "eh" as I expected. Our family's sense of humor doesn't match the mainstream much—she's the closest of any of us. I would rather be watching Arrested Development or The Simpsons or Futurama or Monty Python, and so would our son... but HSH is good for about one episode at a time (at most) of any of those. He prefers the light, witty humor of mixed-genre shows like Chuck or Burn Notice or Buffy, all of which I love... but I also love the combination of satire/irony/absurdity on those few half-hour shows above.

Our daughter's tastes are son-repellent, and vice-versa (and sometimes parent-repellent, for both kids). Still, I tried out 72 Cutest Animals, which is a half-hour show I thought the kids might like or tolerate. They both got sucked into it when I had it on the other night, but it was more outrage on our daughter's part ("Who is voting on these? Gorillas are not cuter than lemurs, and the octopus isn't cute at all!") and intermittent interest on our son's. For me, it's a chance to look at a variety of (mostly) cute animals, some of which I've never heard of. The ranking order is just a gimmick, and always arguable. There was a segment on the quokka, with its cheerful, ever-present smile. How is that bad?

Bookwise, I finished Altered Carbon, which was really good. Someone called it "sci-fi noir," which is about right. I've since read another mystery in the Ruth Galloway series, Pork (a Kindle freebie—meh), am reading Hyde: An Urban Adventure (also a Kindle freebie, but more promising), and I have a Pascoe and Dalziel mystery waiting in hardback.

Oh—back to TV again, since there's been more garage-biking than I would like. It has either been > 100o or windy in recent weeks, so I just finished S2 of iZombie, and I'm closing in on the end of S6 of The Walking Dead. Given that a Zombie Apocalypse is basically a negative-sum game for the zombie side, that iZombie finale leaves me scratching my head. For TWD, every now and then I have to chuckle at those moments when your suspension of disbelief gets sidelined. HOW are zombies supposed to sneak up on anyone? Apart from the hissing and moaning we hear as soon as the show's characters are aware of the zombies, what about the stench? Seriously, wouldn't a sudden surge of "rot" put you on high alert?

All right, back to work. Which... *sigh*. The project I was pulled onto early is a cluster, and that's one of the reasons I was hoping to delay it as long as possible. Plus, huge learning curve, scattered and outdated documentation, and the development environment is still pretty "iffy." Better than when it was so bad people were just leaving the company in frustration, but still... not good. :(

bleodswean: rustbleodswean on July 19th, 2016 06:42 pm (UTC)
OMG!!! I had NO IDEA you hadn't seen Season One of True Detective!!! I am SOOOOOOOOOOO jealous and envy you the intense experience of your first time viewing. THAT SHOW!!!!

I was consumed by it. Wrote a ton of meta and some fic and just sank into the perfection of it. I hope you let us know your final thoughts. Is G watching with you?

Good for you for nursing, good for him for healing. Hang in there you two. And enjoy the kids!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 19th, 2016 06:48 pm (UTC)
Yes, G is watching too! It's amazing. Jeez, the Matthew McConaughey character is just scary in his older version, and so lost in his earlier one.

I so wish Netflix could stream the HBO and Showtime offerings. We finally gave up and got this one on disc, and I'm never quite prepared for the Netflix turnaround system... so disc 2 was not at the top of my queue on the day the return started to be mailed back. And I'm on the two discs-a-month plan, since we never seemed to watch anything in a timely way. G is rarely in the mood for what arrives, and I usually don't have the time to watch by myself.

Which is a long way of saying that it will probably be a couple of weeks before we have any chance of seeing Disc 2. And now I desperately want it!
Murielle: Scrunchedmurielle on July 19th, 2016 07:47 pm (UTC)
I am a huge fan of octopi! They are so intelligent that by law--is that right?--they must be sedated before tests can be done on them...And they are so cute! :-))

I'm glad to hear that HSH is on the mend. No doubt losing the water weight will make him feel more comfortable.

TV for me is kinda, whatever whenever. Doing the rewatch of Penny Dreadful, but it's very very very dark and so I tend to disengage as fast as I can. Speaking of...not really enough energy to engage too much, and honestly, I would far rather be reading. Reading War Room right now, a novelization of the Christian movie of the same name. Focus is a challenge for me right now, so something I am enjoying is a huge deal. ;-)

So glad that HSH is doing better. Even a little bit counts. Sending virtual cheers! 🙌
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 19th, 2016 10:25 pm (UTC)
This was an adult octopus, and was mostly shown trying to camouflage against seabed, so its colors were kind of unattractive-- and our daughter was freaked out by the breathing apparatus, so she actually found the octopus repulsive.

But the photographer being interviewed made the point that behavior is one way to classify cuteness, and octopi are very teasing and playful. And then of course, there's this video, which I would never even have known about except that someone request fanfic for it as a "fandom" for yuletide!

I have Penny Dreadful in my Netflix queue, and American Horror Story, but haven't mustered the energy to watch them yet-- partly because I'd be watching them alone, and horror isn't actually a genre I like much! I'm going to have to find more things to watch while biking, though-- or start the rewatching of series I've seen, which isn't optimal.

Thanks for the good wishes for HSH! This will only get better over time, and that's the huge difference over before. :)

Edited at 2016-07-19 10:26 pm (UTC)
Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on July 20th, 2016 03:32 pm (UTC)
Penny Dreadful: We just started watching it. SO likes it. I'm on the fence in that it's riveting but I've never been a horror/fantasy fan so it takes me aback in certain scenes. That said, the writing and acting, though, are first-rate, and that's what's kept me watching. Except I fell asleep in the middle of an episode last night, LOL.

So happy that HSH is on the mend. It'll probably be slow going for awhile but he'll emerge from it stronger and healthier <3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 20th, 2016 05:11 pm (UTC)
I did try to start Penny Dreadful in the garage one day, when I ran out of shows to bike to. The wireless didn't really want to cooperate, so I only made it about 5 minutes into the premiere and then things died. Haven't tried to take it up since then.

I'm really hoping HSH's pain level drops off soon. He's 12 days post-op, and there is often a major decline in pain around 10-14 days after surgery or an injury. So, we're in that ballpark. *Fingers crossed.* :)
cindytsuki_no_bara on July 20th, 2016 02:56 am (UTC)
quokkas are the cutest. they always look so happy.

how do the zombies on twd move fast enough to sneak up on anyone? i mean, won't you know they're coming (by smell, sound, a weird hinky feeling) long before they can do anything to you? or do twd zombies move as fast as living humans?

fingers crossed hsh loses his water weight soon! and i'm glad he's still doing well.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 20th, 2016 06:44 am (UTC)
That picture of the quokka just kills me, too-- it's like, "Hi, I'm here with my nose, making sure you have a happy day!"

The zombie thing... ugh, even when someone scavenges a piece of clothing from a zombie, I want to gag. They'll never get that smell out of those clothes, so how could they ever wear them? Ook.

Thanks for the good wishes-- I'll pass them along!
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on July 21st, 2016 06:41 am (UTC)
Fingers crossed for a swift recovery for HSH. How did he gain all that water weight in one day? Sheesh!

I really enjoyed season 1 of True Detective, but hearing mediocre reviews of season 2 I never bothered with it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 21st, 2016 05:05 pm (UTC)
I think the saline drip (which goes on pre-surgery pretty much until they discharge you) probably played a large part. STILL waiting for that water to go away. His feet and ankles are so swollen. :(

I believe S2 of True Detective is a whole new cast, which would be okay if the writing were any good, so I might give it a try. Fargo had a second season, with a whole new cast, and that went just fine. :)