October 4th, 2015

Doctor Eleven

Long Time, No Postie

October started, and while the first few days were still trailing the heat of summer, we woke up to a cool morning on Friday and the temperatures staying in the 90's! Woot! I was finally able to turn off the air conditioning. And it even rained this morning! Finally, we come into the time of the year I actually like living here.

Yesterday we spent the morning cleaning up the Tiki Bar - we tore down the old one since it was rickety and badly water/sun damaged, with plans to rebuild a better one - and I went to take out my old beer crate (it's an Anheuser Busch crate my dad got when he worked there) and as I picked it up, several wasps crawled out of it. I threw it into the nearest deck chair with a scream of "Wasp nest!!!" We decamped quickly to wait for nightfall so we could bomb the suckers. Got THAT taken care of and finished cleaning it up this morning, even salvaged the crate. (I'll keep an eye on it through next summer.) We've been pretty sure there are wasps back there somewhere, but I thought sure they were building in the gap between our fence and the neighbor's wooden one.

Wasps are assholes.

Spending a little of this morning between ironing, cleaning the kitchen, and catching up on the VERY backed up DVR. I haven't had a lot of time to keep up with things, so I'm going through both new episodes of old shows, and checking out new.

We did not care for the new Muppets show. I guess I'll record a few more eps and see, but the first one was... decidedly lacking in the wacky goodness that made the Muppets great. And I agree with some reviewers who found Fozzi dating a human a trifle... weird. Some of it all just seemed out of character for a lot of them. Although hooray for Pepe the King Prawn.

Dr. Ken, despite Ken Jeong, is awful. Grandfathered is adorable (largely because of John Stamos, admittedly). This does mean, of course, with ABC, that the former will last forever and they'll cancel the one I like after three episodes.

Most of the series premieres of the old standbys I watch have been pretty average, some better than others. I'm just about to join everyone else who's had it with Bones, though (Yeah, it takes me that long; I do tend to hold on longer than some); I've about had it with the whole "Booth is gone renegade... OR HAS HE?" thing.

I actually like Limitless a lot, mostly because of the lead guy - he's great. After the second episode, though, I realized why I like it... it's Chuck, only done with a super drug instead of a super computer. He's a smart, likable guy who's slacking off, not working up to his potential, who gets thrown in the deep end of the pool by a past friend he's lost touch with who made good while he's been sliding along, and then he becomes a wild card FBI asset. With all sorts of "will-they/won't-they" vibes with his new handler/partner. Although SHE (Jennifer Carpenter) is just playing the same character she played in Dexter.

Doctor Who has been fantastic so far this season - better, I have to admit, than in a good while. The opening two-parter was every bit as good as my favorite season opener, Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon. I may come to love this Doctor after all. (Although I'm a little dubious about the Sonic Sunglasses. It's harder to fans to rock that look, Doctor.) And Missy is the best incarnation of the Master since Delgado. Last night's episode was excellent.

Is Criminal Minds ever going to stop the rotating extra character? I really liked Blake, and she's gone - it took me a good while to get to used to Callahan, and when I was starting to warm up to her, now she appears to be gone, too. Otherwise, continues pretty strong, really.

Last week in our game my fighter character got wounded down to zero hit points, so I'm currently waiting to see if I recover. And even wrote a short story flashback for him as he lies there bleeding. Woot, writing!

Which I haven't done a lot of, lately - hence the lack of posts here. Tweets, yes, I'm sure anyone still reading my friends page has seen. (I spend WAY too much freaking time on Facebook, damn it. It's a tremendous time sink.)

The Disney Cruise mom's taking us on this month is a Halloween cruise. They ENCOURAGE costumes! So I'm working up my Steampunk costume to bring along - I have to find a box I can carry my hat in so it doesn't get crushed in the luggage. Of course, this also means I'll have to leave some things at home to make room for my boots. I'll wear the same pair of shorts all week, I suspect. There's a washing machine on board. We'll also be spending Halloween itself in Downtown Disney! While I'm really, really sad to not be at home for Halloween, this should be awesome in the extreme. I have to attach some gears to my new/old knapsack I got for my Steampunk adventuress. (And see if I can cobble up one of my old wide ties to be an ascot, or if I should try and find a real one.)

I never realized the Baltimore Ravens had gotten their name from Edgar Allan Poe. I liked them because I like Ravens (and therefore, cool merchandise), but this is definitely cool. The commentator I learned this tidbit from called them "The most Gothic team in the NFL."

We got the kitchen all dried and cleaned, and now we have to replace all the pieces that got pulled out (the baseboards and toe kicks), paint (we got a new color for the kitchen), and it's going to take some work, since the main wall of the kitchen comes into the living room, so we'll have to move the bookcase and hutch. The baseboard we have doesn't EXACTLY match our old ones, but should be a nice contrast to the rest. We determined that doing it ourselves would save us a great deal of money and means we don't have to come up with the 1K deductible to pay any contractors. I cleaned the grout myself with a vinegar solution and my sonic scrub brush. There is some water stain on the bottom edges of our kitchen island, which I'm not sure what we're going to do about, since we don't know how to take THAT apart. Maybe I can come up with some way of covering it. It's too slick, unfortunately, to tile (which I'd like to do).
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