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09 October 2018 @ 11:59 pm
What in the hell is going on up there?!?  
Seriously, while reading Idol entries at home last night... it sounded like possum raccoon-sized creatures were moving furniture on the roof. (Geez, let's hope it was the roof and not the between-floor space). Gah—it makes me miss The Whale more than ever. He policed our yard but good. :(

So, what will happen this weekend (besides maybe having to write another Idol entry? Or read other people's entries, whichever)? Will I be replanting parts of the yard? Digging up unloved bulbs in preparation for the fantasy in which I get landscaping fabric down before winter? Or wait, maybe I'll remember that outdoor painting I have to do? Or I might dive into additional decluttering, or even clean up the leavings from the last round? And there's always Halloween decorations, if I'm really kidding myself.

Please let the answer not be "none of those things." Ideally, one or two of them will happen...

Viewing updates: We'd been rewatching The Blacklist with The Boy before he went back to school, and made it almost to the end of S2 with him. Now we're in mid S3. The Boy loves Reddington's bizarre and often-random anecdotes as much as we do, and I'd forgotten some of them. Season One had a priceless aside about Red smoking his first cigar "with Marnie Petersen in fifth grade. Funny little bat-faced girl... I adored her." The combination of 'bat-faced' and 'adored' is pure Reddington. That would be some fun writing!

Our daughter got me hooked on Quantico, despite it being the kind of Pretty-People show I usually don't watch. And I am a little frustrated with it. The narrative style is kind of like How To Get Away With Murder, except the show lacks the shock-and-awe talent of Viola Davis. I also dislike most of the characters (which, okay, IS common between those two shows). But I do envy Priyanka Chopra's looks. :)

Movie-wise, HalfshellHusband and I watched The Kids Are Alright —the Who one, not the Julianne Moore drama. Still can't explain Pete Townshend's OTP guitar antics (or smashing), but there are some great performances in that movie. Really, the live versions of "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again" (from the same concert) are on FIRE. Whoo!

Bookwise? There was Thunderhead a few weeks ago (the second in Neal Shusterman's "Scythe" cycle). That man has such an imagination, and so many flavors of dystopia. I also finished Never, Never, a retelling of Peter Pan from the perspective of James Hook as someone brought to Neverland as a Lost Boy who never wanted to stay and who was shaped by the cruel indifference of the boy who didn't want to grow up. Nicely done. Currently still working through Shadow Show, a collection of stories in homage to Ray Bradbury. Really liked the Joe Hill and Dan Chaon stories in this one. No idea what's next. I'll probably get buried in reading for Idol soon.

So, are there any movies on the horizon that I can look forward to? We haven't had a movie date in a while—the end of summer is the driest season—and I'm getting kind of stir crazy.

Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on October 10th, 2018 10:14 am (UTC)
I wanted to like Quantico but stopped watching after the first season. To formulatic for my taste. I've gotten away from a lot of multi storyline shows because I don't have the patience to untangle everything. I suppose that's why I gravitate toward either documentary or reality cooking :shrug:

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 10th, 2018 07:11 pm (UTC)
For multiple story lines, there's always the danger of what what friend described as "collapsing under the weight of its own mytharc, like X-Files." And I've definitely seen that all too often. :(

Both shows are a little histrionic for my tastes (as opposed to thrilling/riveting?), so there's that.

Cooking shows (especially baking shows!) make me hungry, so I rarely watch them. The Great British Bakeoff is kind of 'triggering' when I'm not eating sugar, so I haven't seen that one in awhile. :(

bleodsweanbleodswean on October 10th, 2018 10:28 pm (UTC)
We have fallen completely for Blacklist. And yep, it's lines like that which make the show so delicious! Spader!!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 11th, 2018 06:20 am (UTC)
He's such a riot in this show, and his cohorts are such a colorful bunch. The super-fixer, Mr. Kaplan. The DMV troll whose tracking abilities could put the FBI to shame-- and the fact that he makes Red sit in hell's own waiting room to see him. The interrogator with the oxygen tank (and once, I think, a badger). And of course, the stalwart Dembe who is the conscience Red so frequently resists.

The show is never boring! :O
passing_through: sunset wheatpassing_through on October 11th, 2018 12:34 am (UTC)
My friend has actual raccoons that get into her attic and on the rare occasion, one will get into their bathroom! They have to get someone to set traps in their attic and then relocate them after they're caught. That would freak me out so much :(((

I finally figured out where I was with The Blacklist. I'm about 1/3 of the way through season 4. I started watching it again last night on Netflix and instantly remembered how much Liz can annoy me, lol. Red's anecdotes are the best part of the show :D

You have a lot to do this weekend! Or at least a lot of options. Sounds like you need to take time off of work.

I've been reading through the Idol entries. Are there always so many of them? I assume it was because it's the start of the season. Some are really good. Yours was funny. I got all of the references except for Tony the Tiger. I didn't eat a lot of Frosted Flakes as a kid so maybe that's why :D

Edited at 2018-10-11 12:35 am (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 11th, 2018 06:24 am (UTC)
The bathroom?!?!? Oh, man. Though better a raccoon than a possum? :O

Aha--you're back on The Blacklist! Streaming makes it all so much easier, too. I like that you and your husband call those stories "Reddington's rambles," because that's the perfect name for them.

The number of Idol entries goes down over the course of each season. Usually, there's a large drop off after the first few weeks, as people who thought they might have time to write discover they're out of byes and have to drop. Always more than we wish, since some of them are always people whose stuff I've been wanting to read! But yes, at the beginning the number of entries to read is daunting, and near the end it's the turnaround time on entries to write. :O
Vice Captain of the Universesweeny_todd on October 14th, 2018 05:57 am (UTC)
I am a huge Red fan too. he is... such a bad person, but you can't help but love him!

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 15th, 2018 05:42 am (UTC)
He is _hugely_ entertaining, and write or wrong as his methods may be, he does love Liz and Dembe, so there's that too. :)
Vice Captain of the Universesweeny_todd on October 15th, 2018 10:56 pm (UTC)
Liz drives me Absolutely Bonkers. SO MUCH BONKERS. Dembe I like a lot though - the strong and silent type xD