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23 March 2017 @ 12:13 pm
Soon, soon...  
Our daughter comes home Saturday for Spring Break, so I'm looking forward to that. We'll have about 5 days total before she flies to visit a friend in D.C. for the remainder of the week, as she did last year (the extra leg in the trip was her Christmas present). At this point, I'm lucky to have 5 days off in a row—including the weekend ones! Gah. This work schedule means that on Tuesday nights, the next day seems like it should be Thursday. But is not. :(

I don't know what we'll do while our daughter is here, but I'm betting a trip to Ernesto's is on her list. She picks Mexican restaurants based on their guacamole, which often is all she eats. :O

I've been catching up with post-hiatus The Walking Dead, and could not hate the whole Negan plot-line more. I realize that it's in the graphic novels, but it's much too hard to watch. Reading with illustrations is much less assaultive than viewing. I don't much care for the new group of people recently introduced, either. There's a certain ant-colony feeling to them. Not quite a Borg collective, but similar. And cold. :(

We watched Mememto last weekend with TeenSon. I had remembered the basic memory-loss plot and that the movie was good, but I'd forgotten the details of why it was so good. Telling the story in reverse was really the kicker—the viewer remembers the main character's thinking from his "future," and progressively learns how wrong he is and why. Still genius. :)

Books: I've read a couple of Temperance Brennan novels my mother sent back with me at Christmas—both re-reads, as it turns out, but it's been long enough since the first time. I previously finished Anne Tyler's Vinegar Girl, a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew that was a quick and enjoyable. I'm finishing something on the Kindle, too, and then I'll pull something off the e-book list to read next. We have some passed-along books around the house that I'm trying to get through, so I might be able to resist going to the library to raid the shelves. Maybe. It's been months, though, and the urge really builds up. Fresh books!

So, taxes aren't done yet, work is still mainly 6 days a week and a lot of weeknights, and I'm eating too much chocolate. What's new with you?

cindytsuki_no_bara on March 24th, 2017 04:03 am (UTC)
i haven't done my taxes yet either, work is bafflingly slow, and i'm not eating enough chocolate. and because it's still winter my skin is dry and i itch EVERYWHERE. *scratch scratch scratch*

mmm, mexican food. i'm indifferent on guac but there are worse ways to pick a place.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 24th, 2017 06:07 am (UTC)
I understand the love of good guacamole, but I can't afford to chase around after the stuff the way our daughter does. Calories bounce off of her, unlike normal human beings. ;)

I have TurboTax, but the process usually takes several weekends-- there's the inevitable pause after I figure out what some new request is and have to dig up the paperwork (or get a copy from somewhere). So tedious...
passing_through: sunset wheatpassing_through on March 25th, 2017 03:33 am (UTC)
I almost abandoned The Walking Dead because of the Negan plot-line. I don't read the comics so I had no idea who he was or what he was capable of, but seeing it played out on TV made for some of the most unpleasant moments I've ever watched on television.

I have a weird phobia when it comes to avocados and guacamole. I don't want either one of them anywhere near me or my food. I can't explain it, I just know that I don't like them :)

In my world, there is no such thing as too much chocolate :D

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 25th, 2017 07:37 am (UTC)
The Negan thing entered the realm of what I consider R-rated violence, which is pretty much unwatchable for me. PG-13 is about my maximum tolerance, it and it was so senseless and cruel. Just awful.

I don't really like avocados, but I love guacamole. Our daughter likes both, but avocados are SO bland to me. Add some lemon and garlic, and they're entirely different.

There's never more chocolate than I want to eat, but there's a lot more than I SHOULD eat. :O

Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on April 6th, 2017 01:10 am (UTC)
I'm snowed under with essays and work is mental. *waves*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 6th, 2017 06:17 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're plugging away at it still! Hoping it doesn't last too much longer, but it will be worth it when you're done. :)
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on April 10th, 2017 05:26 am (UTC)
I am amazed that I am still on track with my Goodread's Around the Year in 52 Books, although I am reading virtually no fanfic now. It seems like I can manage one or the other, but not both. At least not now, during the busiest time of the year for me.

Vinegar Girl is one I will be reading soon, so I am glad to hear you liked it. I just finished Armada by Ernest Cline, which I don't recommend, but am currently reading 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster, which is absolutely brilliant.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bookshalfshellvenus on April 10th, 2017 07:44 am (UTC)
Ooh, I looked up 4 3 2 1 -- that sounds interesting!

I'm lucky to get book reading in around Idol (both the reading AND writing take up a lot of time), but I think I'm at 17 books so far, so right on track. Plus... I went to the library yesterday, and brought about 7 potential reads for me plus others for my son. A fresh pile of potential fun!

Which is good, because the thing I'm reading on the Kindle right now ("Never Let Me Go")? I'm still waiting for some sense of what the heck the present is supposed to be about, after tons of flashback about the characters' upbringings and the hint of something sinister. I must be at least 13-15 chapters in now, and... still no concrete idea what the novel's concept of present-day "reality" is, just that it isn't the same as ours. \o?