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25 August 2018 @ 12:48 am
Where did the summer go?  
Our vacation (just a week ago) seems so far away now. It's amazing what a week back at work will do to you. :O

It's starting to sink in that our time with The Boy is running out. I'll have to drive him back to L.A. around Sept. 20, which is less than a month away. He's been busy working all summer, and has vacation plans with his uncle coming up-- leaving no time for US to vacation with him. Our daughter will be up here those last two weeks before school starts, and then it'll be back to the empty nest once again. I am so not ready...

we've watched a couple of older movies with The Boy since returning from Oregon. He's usually grudging about it, until the movie grabs him. The Usual Suspects holds up well (damn, but Kevin Spacey was good in that movie. Too bad he torpedoed his career). We also watched Jacob's Ladder, which was really gripping. I saw it shortly after it first came out, and I love a good story that, with a twist at the end, causes you to mentally rewind back through what came before and consider it in a new light. I think that movie is sadly underrated.

Quadrophenia, OTOH, was disappointing, and I still haven't finished it. Less of The Who's music than I was hoping for, too rooted in its era, and also... no subtitles available on the DVD. I desperately need them for working-class British accents, and without them, the movie's dialogue is mostly unintelligible. :O

Post-vacation, I never get as much done around the house as I want. I paid bills, amended another year's tax return (2 down, 2+ to go), put some things away, and bought birthday presents for The Boy. But the list of still-to-do? Always enormous. :(

At least I CAN (theoretically) do the necessary things. Eventually. But courtesy of The Boy, I offer a series of glorious sketches of a crocodile attempting to do things and failing miserable. Absurd humor is such fun!

passing_through: basket of yarnpassing_through on August 27th, 2018 02:39 am (UTC)
I agree about Jacob's Ladder. It's a good movie that really makes you think.

Kevin Spacey was great in The Usual Suspects and in so many other things, but you're right, he really sunk his career.

I think I watched Quadrophenia when I was 18 or 19 and the only thing I remember about it is people running through the streets for some reason? I think they were running from the police or something. It didn't stick with me.

I'm sorry you're not getting to spend much time with The Boy. Is your daughter working this summer or did she go to summer school?

The artist really put some serious thought into what crocodiles can't do, lol. It's hard to pick a favorite one.

I hope you got your AC fixed.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 27th, 2018 05:04 am (UTC)
I think I watched Quadrophenia years ago, but clearly I remembered nothing about it. The only part that was familiar was the scooter kid, who also was on the album cover. ;)

Our daughter stayed in San Diego for the summer, and is working, interning, and studying for the LSAT. It's so hard having her away. :(

We did get our AC fixed finally! Of course, temps have dropped to where we almost don't need it now, but isn't that always how it goes?
cindytsuki_no_bara on August 27th, 2018 03:39 am (UTC)
those crocodile sketches are so cute. poor crocs and their long snouts.

the boy doesn't go off to school until sept 20? that seems so late! at least you still have almost a month with him.

i watched jacob's ladder for halloween one year but all i remember is that it was weird as hell. good to know the usual suspects holds up. that was a good movie.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 27th, 2018 05:42 am (UTC)
Aren't those sketches fabulous? I especially love Chef croc, flambeing his own nose, and MRI croc who can't go into the machine. :D

The Boy's school is on the quarter system, so he starts around Sept 24 and gets out around June 10th. My undergrad school was on the quarter system, and I SO prefer it to the semester system!