This is the Way I Live (on IJ)

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness." - Dave Barry

October 8th, 2011

Boring old Saturday morning @ 07:13 am

Current Mood: awake

After all that angst about what movie to see yesterday, we all agreed on 'Abduction'. Then it turned out that the time was too late because Jacob had to get to the high school to get ready for a football game. So we went to see Harry Potter 7b again. I certainly didn't mind. Alex and I cried again. Justice said she didn't. Jacob (though he had originally said it was an awesome movie he wouldn't mind seeing again) fell asleep.

I've completely ruined my diet. I'm honestly scared to get on the scale Monday morning. Going to be so good for the next two days!

I'm kinda mini-rapid-cycling. Sometimes I'm really excited, especially about the trips to New York City and Orlando. Sometimes I'm very sad and depressed. I'm especially missing John. My therapist says that it is natural that losing my mom would renew my grief over John. The loss of Steve Jobs even affected me more than it should have.

Today is a day for getting chores done. Between caring for the dog, making meals for Nutrisystem, and exercising, it seems I don't have nearly as much time as I should. My reward if I get enough done is going to be to watch the DVD of Arthur.

September 22nd, 2011

My poor puppy, and weight-loss failure @ 08:58 am

Current Mood: lethargic
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Okay, Nikky isn't a puppy; he's six years old. But he's still our baby, and he has some sort of horrendous skin condition. The only good news is that we have actually found a vet who is doing something. Nikky's whole right hip has been shaved, a skin scraping taken, and even two biopsies. While we wait for results, there are pills, salve, and shampoo. I've never tried to shampoo Nikky, who is a Siberian Husky, at home, so this should be interesting. The first time we'll have the groomer do it, but it has to be done every five days.

Best diagnosis would be a flea allergy, though I treat him every month for them. The cats could be harboring them, so they need to go to the vets, and the whole house would have to be fumigated. Or it might be a kind of mite, which would be about the same solution. Third possibility, which we think is most likely, is that it is a fungal condition, which of course can be treated. And there is the one in 10,000 chance that it is the first sign of a congenital terminal disease.

So the trip to the vets plus a big grocery trip was about all that got done yesterday. No exercise; my right thigh was terribly painful and I wanted to give it a rest. Feeling less sore all over this morning. But I should have watched my diet yesterday, and I definitely didn't. Got a new order of Nutrisystem food and mostly snacked on the new desserts. Also had a donut, which is a tradition when we go to Winco.

Today I'm dragging Faeon and his roommate to see Rising of the Planet of the Apes. I don't expect much at all. I mainly want to see Draco.

September 16th, 2011

Yesterday @ 07:55 am

Current Mood: blah

Weight Loss Failure: Ate out with Faeon and Lee and was very good about food - salad with grilled turkey, and I only ate half. But I blew it with two rich alcoholic drinks. Also some buttered popcorn at the movies. Hope I haven't undone all my hard work this week. Today I'm back on the program.

Contagion wasn't what I expected. Didn't really have much excitement or suspense. A good, thought-provoking movie on an outbreak of a horrible contagious and lethal virus: how, what would happen, individual stories. Faeon said it made him think of an independent film at Sundance Film Festival - rather artsy. Much lack of resolution, and timing was poor.

True Blood: I saw that coming a mile away and I still cried. But is one of my favorite characters about to return? Looks hopeful.

July 15th, 2011

A few hours after seeing The Movie @ 09:48 pm

Current Mood: indescribable

Want to go see it again. Now.

Never cried so much over any movie, not even Truly, Madly, Deeply.

Do not have the feeling of loss that I dreaded would come from knowing I will never see another Harry Potter movie for the first time. This movie was so fine, so complete, so fulfilling... It is enough. Perfect.

Not sure I've ever seen a book translated into a movie so well. Except that the movie was so hella better than the book.

Do not seem to be cried out yet.

Most of all, am grateful for everything Harry Potter has given me over the past eleven years. The excitement and love and laughter and tears and, by far the most important, the friendships. The feelings of comradely. The joy and understanding and sharing. All the fanfic I have read, and all that I know will continue to be written in the future.

Am obviously not very coherent. Dead drunk without touching a drop of alcohol.

March 18th, 2011

What ever happened to going out and partying on Friday nights? @ 07:42 am

Current Mood: nervous
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I was allowed to have a peaceful sleep last night, although the nursing home called at 7:00 A.M. to tell me mom has an appointment with the doctor next week. The wound clinic prescribed a couple medications to treat the toxicity in her sores. Apparently the golf-ball-size lump above her tail bone is just a result of the infection and not a bone cyst.

Guess I won't really relax today, since I know that Steve and Elizabeth are going to be told about Justice's pregnancy scare tonight. I'd love to think they might react like good parents, but that's too much to ask.

Funny thing: Justice told me that she asked Elizabeth if she hates me and Elizabeth said she loves me and always will love me and that she is worried about mom and me. That sure came out of the blue. If she loves me, why would she allow me to be tortured by keeping the girls away from me almost all the time? Guess maybe she just does whatever Steve says.

Thinking of seeing "The Adjustment Bureau" this weekend. I've already seen "I Am Number Four" and "Rango," both of which I thought worth the price of admission but not particularly great.

August 13th, 2010

Deathly Hallows - PLEASE end my suspense! - SPOILER @ 08:54 am

Current Mood: worried

This article tells where the break is going to be between the two parts of the Deathy Hallows movie. Someone please tell me - Does this mean that Snape dies in the first part, or will he be in the last film?

May 9th, 2010

Was there someone else in the movie? @ 02:11 pm

Current Mood: enthralled

I just saw 'Ironman 2', but I can't write an unbiased review. Robert Downey, Jr., especially as Tony Stark, could do nothing but smile and wave for two hours and I'd enjoy it. Hell, I'd enjoy watching him sleep!

April 27th, 2010

Movie Squee @ 10:54 am

Current Mood: bouncy

In case anyone has missed it (I'm behind in these things) Iron Man 2 is coming to your U.S. theater in nine days.

This is one that I Will Not Miss seeing in the theaters.

April 20th, 2010

Preview: 'Going Postal' movie @ 08:34 am

Current Mood: amused

Trailer for Sky movie of Terry Pratchett's 'Going Postal'

I think I'm going to like this one more than 'The Colour of Magic' - which is not saying much. I wish, if we can't have Stephen Briggs as Vetinari, they would at least settle on one actor.

February 6th, 2010

Upcoming Alice in Wonderland Movie @ 08:37 am

Current Mood: disappointed

The caterpillar in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, voiced by Alan Rickman:

<b><u>Alan Rickman as the Caterpillar</u></b>

I'm disappointed. I thought they would at least use some of Rickman's features.

I may wait for the DVD and not even see this movie in the theater. I know I am in the vast minority, but I never have cared for the story or the previous movies. (Well, there's a Care Bears version I'm fond of...). On the other hand, there is Alan's voice, and also Helena Bonham Carter's (and the Red Queen certainly does resemble HBC). Well, I have until the release on March 5 to decide.

December 27th, 2009

Sherlock Holmes @ 06:57 am

Current Mood: impressed

Rather than sit in an empty house last night, I borrowed Faeon's car (he's using my van for moving) and went to see the movie Sherlock Holmes. I can't possibly give an unbiased review - come on, for gods' sakes, it's Robert Downey Jr. All he has to do is stand there and I'll stare at him for two hours. But the movie was anything but boring. I really liked the way the high action scenes were alternated with quieter scenes that forwarded the plot. The excitement fans won't be disappointed; there are quite a few scenes of hand-to-hand combat and lots of physical activity that is reminiscent of the older James Bond movies. The incredible deductive powers of Holmes are often demonstrated by flashbacks to what we previous observed him doing or taking note of. But I found the number of times that exotic poisons and other such chemicals are used to test my imagination - I have high doubts that all of these mysterious substances actually exist, and they therefore do not contribute to letting mystery lovers try to figure out in advance what has happened.

The plot is not outstanding, but the acting more than makes up for that. I was entirely entranced, even by the scenes where Robert Downey Jr. wasn't half (or more) naked.

By far my biggest complaint about the Sherlock Holmes movie is that both action and conversations were often far too fast for me to follow. There were action scenes where I lost track of what was happening to whom, and the British accents made it difficult for me to understand conversations which were spoken quite rapidly (and there was a lot of that). I think I'll have to see the movie another time or two, possibly with English subtitles for the hard of hearing, to entire appreciate it. But that will have to wait until the DVD. Even my lust for RDJ isn't likely to get me into the theater for a second viewing.

In case it isn't clear from what I've already said, this is a version of Sherlock Holmes that is very different from the one in the books. In the movie Holmes and Watson are considerably younger, and there is certainly more physical action. But there are aspects from the original Holmes that are done exceptionally well, particularly his self-destructive behavior when he is not being challenged.

The theater, by the way, was absolutely packed. I have never seen such crowds for any movie except the Harry Potter franchise. And since the last ten minutes of the movie are spent setting up for the sequel, expect a Sherlock Holmes 2 within a couple years.

October 30th, 2009

Very cautiously optimistic @ 08:11 am

Current Mood: bouncy
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This news article from Locus Online has two bits of good news for me: There is a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie in the planning, and it is going to have elements from the book On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers. Since Powers is one of my very favorite authors of all time, and also going to be Guest of Honor at the 2011 Worldcon, I'm very pleased with this news. On the other hand, I was sure the third movie was going to be the last of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, as the very key element of the star-crossed lovers has been resolved with no hope of resurrection.

October 16th, 2009

Empire Magazine's 100 Sexiest @ 06:28 am

Current Mood: curious

Empire Magazine has released its 100 Sexiest Movie Stars for 2009. Among the 50 top men, it's Johnny Depp as #1, Robert Downey, Jr as #3, and Alan Rickman in the #8 spot. Yeah, I definitely can live with that. Right after Depp is Robert Pattinson, whose name I wouldn't have even recognized if the article hadn't mentioned Cedric Diggory. I am not a Twilight fan.

On the Women's list, Emma Watson came in #3 (!?) and Helena Bonham Carter is #9.

Dan Radcliffe, btw, came in as #37.

October 5th, 2009

Not something I wanted to learn @ 06:50 am

Current Mood: distressed

Here's another case of me being totally out of the loop. I had absolutely no idea that Maggie Smith had breast cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy while filming Half Blood Prince. Although the article sounds as though she has lost some confidence in her ability to work, you have to admire the strength and determination she showed.

The phrase that she was "diagnosed last year but recovered" kinda makes me wince.

September 18th, 2009

Why don't people tell me these things? @ 07:12 am

Current Mood: surprised

Ever feel like you're so far out of the loop that you're not even sure where it is anymore?

So, somebody in a mostly dead Quantum Leap forum gives a link to an online interview with Scott Bakula. Skimming that, I see that Scott is going to be in an upcoming movie called The Informant!. That's interesting - wonder when it's going to be released? Check IMDb... um, today. Like, it's showing at the local theatre this afternoon.

This is something I should have known months ago. Or maybe they talked about it at the Quantum Leap Convention last spring and I didn't take note because the release was so far in the future.

Anyway, guess I'm going to the movies this weekend. Maybe I can get Faeon to go with me if I agree to go with him to see 9.

August 14th, 2009

Movie Recommendation: District 9 @ 07:59 pm

Current Mood: contemplative

I went to see District 9 with Faeon and the guys next door this afternoon. It was definitely not what any of us was expecting. It is not nearly so much of an action movie as the trailer portrays. Well, there are a lot of explosions and gun fights and such, but it has a lot of substance, and left me feeling slightly guilty to be a human. (But it can't be said to be anti-American, as the whole thing happens in Johannesburg.) It's a first-contact scenario totally different from anything I've ever seen. Much of the movie is shown as a documentary, which I found really added to the reality, although Chad found it boring. The social allegory, at least to me, was very powerful without being overstated.

As Patrick said as we were walking out, "Yeah, I can really see it going down that way."

Also, the aliens are really cool.

August 13th, 2009

I'm home, with randomness. @ 12:21 pm

Current Mood: sleepy
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Got back from Montreal yesterday afternoon. I've spent much of the time since sleeping - Sean thinks I've been sleeping too much, but according to Seattle time I got up at 2:00 A.M. yesterday after around four hours of sleep. Also, I am still struggling to throw the last remnants of this cold, which I think has gotten worse again due to all those hours in the plane. And I have developed cold sores/fever blisters, which are both very uncomfortable and unsightly. To be honest, I would love to go back to sleep again right now.

This afternoon Kathy and I are to see the tattoo artist for our first consultation! I'll know a lot more about the design and where mine is going to be after we've talked to her. I'm a little excited and a little scared.

Movies: You always get movie reviews when I get back from a long trip, because I watch DVDs on the plane...

Burn After Reading - I should have believed the reviews; there's not a lot of positive things I can say about this film. I was hoping for humour and suspense - I got neigher.

Quantum of Solace - I had the strong feeling I should have gone back and watched the previous Bond film before I watched this. It felt like I was coming in in the middle of the movie. I was sometimes somewhat confused, and overall not very impressed. The top bad guy is far more interesting than Bond.

The Day the Earth Stood Still - Better than I was expecting. Nothing outstanding, but it held my interest, and I didn't nod off like I did a couple times during the Bond movie.

Fanboys - My son insisted I watch this, and I'm glad he did. It's hilarious, but also has more than a little soul. Actually, I'm surprised Faeon liked it so much, because the thing that grabbed me hardest was the nostalgia. I remember those days, I knew those guys, life was so much easier and less complicated back then. But this is from a woman who has a glass cabinet and a bookcase dedicated to Discworld and Harry Potter/Snape, not to mention what has spilled over into the rest of the house.

Shit. I'm too sleepy to proof-read this. My eyes are too blurry. Sorry about that.

July 7th, 2009

What else do you do on a six hour flight? @ 12:08 pm

Current Mood: drained

Because I enjoyed Origins: Wolverine so much, I decided to watch the first three X-Man movies. I'm not at all sure I had seen all of them before. Anyway, I highly recommend the whole series - lots of action, a bit of plot, and great characters. My only complaint was the amount of unhappiness in the third movie, but the last five seconds almost made up for it. I should say here that I am not a comics fan, and know nothing about the Marvel universe, so I can't speak to that. I'd be interested in buying a boxed set of all four movies. Or does anyone know if there are going to be any more movies with these characters?

Watched the DVD of The Nightmare Before Christmas, after years and years of people telling me I just had to see it. My reaction was precisely what I thought it would be: 'Well, that was 90 minutes wasted.' I didn't hate the movie - just found it generally quite boring.

And I watched Marley and Me. The first half of the movie is great fun - Marley reminded me so very much of Nikky, who also failed obedience school. But then, gods, does the whole thing ever go south! While Marley slowly gets old and sick, the owners live through perhaps ten years of broken dreams and disappointments. WTF?! This starts out like the great comedy it is advertised to be, but falls into some black hole of depression. If there was a message I was supposed to get out of it, it totally went by me. Oh, and by the way, this movie has absolutely no plot at all. In total, I was so sad and depressed at the end of the movie that I wished I hadn't watched it.

BTW, I am back home from Montreal now. Got hit hard with the depression again as soon as I walked into my door, but this time I'm fighting back by at least trying to maintain a semblance of functionality.

July 5th, 2009

OMG HBP!! @ 06:37 pm

Current Mood: bouncy

I absolutely positively do NOT have time to make a post, but if you haven't seen it yet, you MUST go to YouTube and find the HBO Half-Blood Prince 'First Look' video. Especially Part Two. You really, seriously need to see Part Two.

(I'm in Montreal. I should be asleep, but I haven't started packing yet. My flight home leaves early in the morning. I've been at the Worldcon Planning Meeting, which has been a very productive and informative and very BUSY three days.)

April 13th, 2009

I wonder who has the movie rights? @ 10:14 am

Current Mood: dorky

I was looking at the news and thinking about the incredible job the Navy Seals did in rescuing Captain Richard Phillips, and I realized the entire episode would make a great script for a 'based on true events' movie. Kind of a Die Hard thing. You'd need three solid male actors - the big hero would have been involved in negotiations and yet somehow also ended up leading the Seal operation, plus a supporting actor to play the Captain and another as the head bad guy. Also, one of the pirates should be perceived as somewhat sympathetic - that would be the one who survived and was taken into custody at the end of the film. We need to get a female into the script; there's Phillips' wife, of course, but she's only a victim. Maybe the captain of the rescuing ship could be a woman, or a woman could be the hero's direct boss.

EDIT: Of course I want Alan Rickman as the Captain, and I like either Johnny Depp or Gary Oldman as the head bad guy.

This is the Way I Live (on IJ)

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness." - Dave Barry