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So. Today I set out to cut back the oleanders that often threaten to overwhelm my driveway and my truck, especially when summer starts to arrive--it's a plant which loves warmth and sunshine, and there's been plenty of both (as well as a weird, freak heavy rainstorm... in MAY... in Phoenix). So we're doing standard pruning when we started to become aware that, under the healthy bushes, there is a lot of deadwood. We started pulling dead branches out of the mess of old leaves and pine needles (there's a gigantic Aleppo pine next door). Most of the dead wood was very old and very dead, and it broke off easily and pulled away, bringing lots of the dead matter with it. No problem. Some of the branches were a little tougher, and needed to be broken to get them out.

And then I put some pressure on one that was being recalcitrant. It snapped, and I was jerked forward into another dead stick.

It's only a little swollen, but I have been feeling a little headachey and not really dizzy but not exactly correct most of the day.

And it's sore. So that makes a good Day 239. Ouchie.

No spoilers: Went to see Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and while I will freely admit it's not great art, it IS cracking good fun and I enjoyed it as much as the first one. And I don't feel cheated out of any money, seeing three great character actors chewing scenery together was definitely worth the cash! Ian McShane is great; Johnny Depp is, well, as always awesome (Captain Jack Sparrow, can't ask for more); and Geoffrey Rush? Steals this movie just like he did The King's Speech.

Missed the Preakness just like I did the Kentucky Derby, dang it.

Then put together two leftover soups to make a new one (it was yummy), and drank some wonderful Moscato to celebrate the end of the world. Tomorrow I have to do laundry.

Was not thrilled with this week's Doctor Who. Ah, well, can't win 'em all, and this year's been so good so far I can give 'em one klinker. I can only hope part two redeems it.


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May. 22nd, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
If so, it wasn't a very strong pull! XD

May. 22nd, 2011 06:13 am (UTC)
Yikes! That is why I NEVER do yardwork, even though there's a little part of me that likes the idea of it.

Would you recommend PotC:OST even with Penelope Cruz? She irritates me for some unexplainable reason.

I agree with your Doctor Who analysis. My favorite part of the whole thing was them listening to Muse while playing darts at the very very beginning. That says something, I think. (I need to remember to spend a little time tomorrow gong icon hunting around the interwebs for some Eleven stuff.)
May. 22nd, 2011 03:54 pm (UTC)
For the most part I leave the yard work to Barb, but clearing the path for my own driveway I usually take on myself. At least she was helping. And it looks quite nice now.

She didn't bother me too much; I can't say I've ever seen her in anything else, and her part isn't too overblown. I think I was mostly focused on Jack every time she was onscreen. And she's a pretty decent character, as well (strong woman, own mind, can keep up with/occasionally outsmart Jack, did not scream or faint, yada yada).

I liked Rory picking up the Dusty Springfield song, too. And the Doctor losing his shoes in the acid. But just bits, here and there. And it's a damn sight better overall than "Daleks in Manhattan" (I don't think I'll ever forgive that one).

May. 22nd, 2011 11:10 am (UTC)
Ack, the attack of the plants! [hugs hugs]
May. 22nd, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
I had to wash it out real good because it was oleander. Ouchie!
May. 22nd, 2011 01:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, noes! booboo.

The hazards of pruning and gardening should never be taking lightly, IMO.

I want to see Pirates, but will prolly wait 'til it's on DVD.
May. 22nd, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
Exactly so.

As I said, I didn't feel cheated of my matinee price, but since it IS just a romp, it's not a pressing NEED to race out to see it.
May. 22nd, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
I've been alternating between watching either HP movies or PoTC movies all weekend.
May. 22nd, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I need to re-watch the first three now.

I couldn't remember the end of "World's End" to remember how Barbosa ended up with the Pearl.

May. 23rd, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)
I just saw that. XD
May. 22nd, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
Ouch! *pets you*

Glad you had Moscato to celebrate the (non)occasion ;)
May. 22nd, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
Always good to have some nice wine on hand! :D *clings*
May. 22nd, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
ouch to your head.

I'm glad Pirates was good though.
May. 22nd, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)
Yard work, the hidden dangers.

I certainly enjoyed it. It's over-the-top and silly as hell, of course, but it was a lot of fun.
May. 22nd, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
there are plenty of hidden dangers in the yard.

yes well we expect that of the pirate movies
May. 23rd, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
Owchie! Poor noggin! :( Yardwork can be evil at times.

I plan to see Pirates when I get another paycheck. :) Something to look forward too!
May. 23rd, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
The dangers of yard work! :D

May. 24th, 2011 02:25 am (UTC)
As I told Barb, I think the two of you need to start wearing full body armor when you garden. *g*
May. 24th, 2011 02:35 am (UTC)
Apparently you're right! :D

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