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And here come the Christmas dragons!

I haven't been clicking in as much as I could, never filled up a daily "mana bar." It's worse than "Simpsons: Tapped Out." I couldn't play enough to win the final prize there, either. Phoo.

Stupid games. I'm going to try to READ more in the coming year. Books, yes. I have a lot of them to read, and that's what I should do with my spare time instead of playing stupid online games. Reading. (I've even bought a lot of new books... GoodReads tells me I only read 29 books this last year. Twenty nine?!?!? I used to read that in a month!!!)


Are You Awake?

Title is caption for the icon. This is my usual morning. If the questioning doesn't work, jumping on the bureau to knock things off might get results. Or a newly-discovered skill, YOWLING.

I do love my cats...

I finally got one:
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Lazy day. We got up and took the dog to the park, bought milk, went to Costco, but mostly just lazing around. There's really not much else anyone wants to do this time of year in Phoenix - it's too hot to do much outside (although I was out checking the sprinkler and I could smell someone outside grilling!); I am virtually useless when it's hot like this. There's a lot I WANT to do, and when I'm inside in the cool I think, "I shall do this thing!" but when I walk outside, I no longer have that ambition.

I did fill up the birdfeeders and, as mentioned, am watering the lawn. Read several chapters. Yep, Bad Things are happening.

And So I Begin Nano 2013

And so far, pretty sucky. In two days I've only managed 2,555 words. Yikes. And they are not flowing, oh no precious. I'm glad I've chosen a rambling chatterbox for my narrative character. His stuff will be meandering and incoherent, but it will increase wordage.

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Today was a wash mostly because I really need to DO things on a Saturday -- and I was partly fettered by the fact I was nearly finished with John Lithgow's book Drama, which was a wonderful, marvelous, beautifully descriptive autobiography that I highly recommend whether you ever aspired to be an actor or just enjoy watching actors work. It's a keen and insightful look at the process of being an actor. (And Oh My God, the man has met or seen EVERYONE who has EVER been in theatre!)

It put me in the mood to re-watch The World According to Garp, which I haven't seen in YEARS -- and it was the first thing I could ever remember seeing him in -- but found it's not available for streaming and is incredibly expensive on DVD (not available on Blu-Ray yet). I may have the VHS somewhere (pretty sure I do, at that), but I stuck it on my NetFlix list anyway... I'll have to dig through the VHS tapes and see. Lithgow also makes reference to the process for creating Dr. Emilio Lizardo for Buckaroo Bonzai, with a comment that it still ranks as one of his favorite roles. Hee.

But anyway, finishing that put me behind for writing this morning, and then we needed to clean the yard and go shopping. I had received a package from China that I had to go to the post office and sign for -- I figured it was likely the pair of black Doc Martens I'd bought on eBay, but what I received were TWO pair of BROWN Docs, only one of which fit. I had to go through the convolutions of contacting a seller AFTER the purchase through eBay and hopefully it won't be a black mark on the seller -- I hate doing that to someone -- but let them know that I'm willing to keep the brown ones that fit me, but I need to know if I can return the other pair on his dime (I'm not paying to send these back to China).

Speaking of shoes, I've gotten up to about four hours wearing my orthodics, but they seem to fit weird; I may have to talk to my doctor about them before I consider them a success.

Oven Cleaning

I decided to clean the oven this afternoon, and because I had read it was a good way to clean the grill, as well, I brought that in and stuffed it in the oven before starting the self-cleaning cycle.

After all the smoke alarms went off and I was choking, I moved to the porch to watch smoke flow out of the house while the cycle burned all the gunk off my grill. *cough*

But now it's clean.

And I finished reading Stephen King's new novel, Doctor Sleep. OMG, I loved this book. I haven't liked a King novel this much in AGES (I was pretty much put off King after the disappointments that were Pet Semetery and </i>Christine</i>, although I did like The Green Mile) -- thrilling, intriguing, full of GREAT characters I cared about AND a terrific conclusion and wrap-up. I love an author who's not afraid to CONCLUDE a book. I'm very happy.

I can even live with this result:

Your results:
You are Chekov
Geordi LaForge
Will Riker
An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
James T. Kirk (Captain)
Mr. Scott
Deanna Troi
Jean-Luc Picard
Beverly Crusher
Mr. Sulu
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
Brash, rash and hasty,
but everyone loves you.

Click here to take the Star Trek Personality Test

I suppose I must go looking for the nuclear wessals now.

I was off a week and wore purple LAST Thursday, but tomorrow is GLAAD's "Spirit Day." I'll have to see if I have anything else purple in my wardrobe (I don't have much).

Today I was told I do too much production and need to focus more on supervising the floor. Wow, actual permission to stand around doing nothing! :)

But because I was captured by a book I didn't finish my writing critiques, so I'll have to work on those tomorrow...

I Admit

I haven't been posting very often lately -- I've actually been reading fiction, which has been attracting my attention from the Interwebs! (Woot.) I managed to finish off the final volume in the d'Artagnan Romances, which is in theory The Man in the Iron Mask but in practice is the entirety of a million-page novel called Ten Years Later, which takes place after the original sequel to The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After. The first two books are lengthy but manageable; the last is a rambling, many-years-long historical saga intertwining Dumas' fiction with real historical events. Worth getting through, but Lord, it seemed to take me forever to read it, since I don't have as much time to read as I used to.

So the moment I finally said Adieu to d'Artganan, I picked up some lovely light Neil Gaiman and now I've moved on to Philippa Gregory. Finished Stardust in three days and have made headroads into The Boleyn Inheritance in the two days since.

I've found another gym. It's further away but quite a bit cheaper; they're also expanding so if they open another location nearer... I'm thinking about it.

Because I have realized that exercise makes a GIGANTIC difference. I've been on the 5:2 diet for two months now and have lost 13 pounds, putting me only a few pounds by weight over my much-desired "wedding weight" of 166 pounds... however, I'm still barely in a size 12, whereas before I was in a very steady size 8, and able to squeeze into a size 6 (which is what my wedding dress is). Difference? I was working out at least three to four times a week, with 15-20 minutes of weight training and 50 minutes on the ellipsis. Now I do a few reps with free weights and walk two miles a day, so I'm not completely sedentary, but I'm certainly not WORKING OUT.

I just have to figure out how to juggle my schedule (which is juggling in itself).

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Happy Hobbit Day

By some serendipitous twist of fate, I finished a re-read of The Hobbit on Thursday and started re-reading The Lord of the Rings on Friday, just in time for Frodo and Bilbo's birthday today. It had been so long since I read The Hobbit it was like a brand-new book in some spots. Although it did make me wonder how in God's name Peter Jackson plans to make it into a freaking TRILOGY when he crammed the entire Lord of the Rings into three movies. I thought it was going to be just one movie, but when I heard "the Hobbit trilogy" it boggled my mind. How the money rolls in, eh?

Well, today was fraught, and I am for the first time contemplating taking down a journal post, which is something I've never done before -- after all, the whole point of this journal is to document my life, and keep it in sequence, all the things that happened, good and bad. But... (please see rahirah's journal).

Anyway, so it goes. It feels depressing around here now. The cats seem happy, though.

This article made me very happy. For any man who thinks liking cats is "girly," I offer Ernest Fucking Hemingway.

This has been making the rounds, and I want to make one!!!

Plenty of wonderful Pond goodness in this week's Doctor Who, and a big ol' happy squee for Kate (Lethbridge) Stewart -- just gave me a wonderful sniffle of gladness.

So, why won't anyone tell me what the deal is between S3 and S4 of Eureka?

Sunday Afternoon Telly

After finishing out the week's worth of Craig Ferguson (nice to be on top of things for a change), I'm watching the 2005 Masterpiece Theatre version of Bleak House -- I'm about 33% finished with the Kindle edition (much further than I got when I tried to read the paper version, years ago -- I still don't remember why I put it down and never picked it up, it's one of Dickens' best), and I just got to the episode where I am in the book -- but nearly every actor in it I think I've seen in either (or both) Merlin or Doctor Who/Torchwood (leading to the old idea that there are only about 75 actors in England).

I'm torn now whether or not to finish watching NOW, or finish reading the book first...

I'm Missing Something...

The Labor Day Twilight Zone Marathon. Okay, SyFy is showing a truly horrible movie about interstellar vampire hunters, so the day's not completely wasted, but how am I supposed to get through a Labor Day without some Rod Serling?

Day 327, Another Hawaiian ShirtCollapse )

I have only one non-spoilery thing to say about this week's Doctor Who: Best Mark Gatiss episode since The Unquiet Dead. While I like him as an actor (he plays a great Mycroft), his writing is sometimes spotty. This one was great, some of the best lines for the Doctor in an age, and Matt Smith was on the top of his game. Am pleased. Will not be in town next Saturday... I hope framefolly has BBCA!

So yesterday I did something I never seem to have time to do much anymore, just read a book (a real papery book, even).

Day 328, sleep, the final frontierCollapse )

I realize it may not sound so to most folks, but we're going to be leaving 100+ temperatures here (after weeks of 110+ temperatures) with overnight lows in the upper 80's to mid 90's and little to no precipitation and next week will apparently be in overnight lows of 61 with it looks like 20% chances of rain every day (at least through Sunday, which is as far as the website goes), so for us, it's gonna be a little chilly, if not outright cold. New Yorkers may laugh at us.

Day 329, dogs and cats living togetherCollapse )

And now the SyFy movie is about werewolves in what appears to be a girl's insane asylum. With who appears to be a low-pay Eliza Dushku. Priceless.

Day 330, This is what I deal withCollapse )

Shut Up, Stupid Cat!

He scorned his breakfast, ate at least two and a half cans today, made me spill my ice cream so he could lick it off my lap, and now he's begging me for more.

Today I watched Doctor One in The Time Meddler (which rocked), finally watched Catch 22 (extremely weird but an awesome film, with a lot of great actors in it -- and wow, did Martin Sheen look like Charlie when he was young -- ditto Alan Arkin like his son Adam--I kept thinking one was the other in the beginning; of course, it was almost ten years pre-The In-Laws), and the new version of True Grit.

True Grit. Hmmm. I can't say I didn't like it, because I did. I thought it was an excellent film, extremely well made, gritty where it needed to be and a good adaptation of the source material. BUT... (there had to be a but there).......

I like the original movie better. I think John Wayne is a better Rooster (no offense to Bridges, he was brilliant), I liked the script better, I missed lines like "This is a writ writ for a Rat" and "that bed needs more slats," and, well, while I know the story wasn't set in Colorado, I liked the scenery better. That said, the girl who played Mattie in this one was amazing, and if I could combine the two movies, I think I'd put John Wayne, Robert Duvall, and most of the rest of the original cast with Hailee Steinfeld (I'm torn between Glen Campbell and Matt Damon), set it in the Silverton/Durango area, and I'd have the perfect version.

The old version stuck closer to the book in a lot of areas, too; not sure where the big rift between Rooster and LaBouef came from. And while I have a sentimental fondness for the John Wayne ending, I do like what was done for the new version; although in the book it wasn't Rooster who contacted Mattie about the Wild West Show.

Day 309, me up on Cinnamon PassCollapse )

Sadly, it's back to work tomorrow. I want it to cool down enough so we can actually DO things in the backyard. We have all these things and all these ideas, but it's TOO HOT to do them!

I ate too much today. Was feeling snacky. (OMG, the best ice cream EVER tasted -- it's "Graeter's" coconut chocolate chip... NOM is not a great enough word for the awesomeness of this ice cream.) I hope it doesn't too adversely affect the scale tomorrow.

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