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Well, the medical update first, which is really that there is no update, since I still haven't started with the radiation. I don't guess there's a tearing hurry about it, really, but I've been bugging various people about it and I'm not going to drop it, don't worry. I'm still healing a bit anyway so actually I wasn't mentally ready to start that yet anyway.

We went to see Captain Marvel and both of us really liked it more than we expected to and we're going to see it again tomorrow since there's really nothing else to see anyway. I don't think I really have anything profound to say about Captain Marvel though. (Except maybe that Brie serving popcorn in uniform was kind of the cutest thing ever.) Now I'm counting down to Endgame on my birthday. (I will be 59, y'all. I'm kinda freaking out about that.)




Movies seen in 2019:
1. Bumblebee
2. Into the Spider-verse
3. Lego Movie 2
4. Captain Marvel
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 I've either been sleeping a lot or not at all - basically I'm swinging back and forth between those two - which is partly why I haven't gotten around to posting again. I am fine, though, just recovering. The pathology reports came back and they were good - not a very invasive form of cancer, and they think they got it all. I still have to have radiation treatments though. The way the surgeon put it was "a lumpectomy plus radiation equals a mastectomy" - I assume that she meant that the outcomes are comparable.

I did have to go back to the ER last weekend (I mean a week ago, right after the surgery, not this past weekend) because one of my incisions started getting infected. But I had a week of Bactrim and that's resolved itself. I apologized to Rob for making him come with me because we were there for hours, and really I could have gone by myself, as it turns out. But we didn't know that in advance, of course. Rob sat in the lobby and kicked his heels for a couple of hours - I kept calling him periodically and giving him updates - and finally I had them bring him back to the room so at least he could talk to me. They weren't really that busy - the reason it took so long was that they felt like they had to get hold of the surgeon, or at least somebody from the surgery department, and make sure they approved of what the ER was doing. And it was Sunday afternoon and naturally everybody was scattered to hell & gone. But eventually they gave me the antibiotic prescription and let me go.

The surgeon called me on Friday about the path reports, and then I went in to see her today, and she seemed surprised that I didn't have appointments with Radiation Oncology already. As far as I knew we were waiting on the pathology stuff - I love it when doctors think you're supposed to read their minds. (But I liked the surgeon a lot, overall.) And between Friday afternoon and Monday noon there's not a lot of working time for RadOnc to have called me! Anyway, I assume this will get sorted soon.

Aftercare

Feb. 22nd, 2019 01:03 am
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I was just reading my "after visit summary." Apparently I was supposed to eat lightly today. Oops - we ended up at Jason's Deli, because I was starving. I did think about it and I said, "They would have told me if I was only supposed to eat soft food or something, right?" I dunno, maybe they said it and I just didn't take it in. But I gather from reading all that that they were primarily worried about nausea, and that definitely didn't happen.
 
Well, everything went relatively smoothly. I had a spate of energy and wrote some stuff on the TUS board, so let me just quote myself:
 
I had a lumpectomy and apparently also had a lymph node removed earlier today. I am at home and awake (although if I say anything really stupid, can we agree to blame it on the drugs?) and I'm sore but I really don't feel that bad, to my surprise. I'm guessing the soreness is likely to be worse tomorrow.

Actually, nobody thought to tell me before this morning that the node removal thing was even a possibility, but it's a heckuva lot better than waking up with no breast, which I gather was a thing that used to happen. And I know the lymph system is how it's most likely to spread. I was groggy and wasn't asking a lot of questions when the surgeon came in afterwards, but I have an appointment with her next week, and I probably ought to quiz her on this point a bit, because they don't seem to think it had spread, so I don't know if the node thing was just a precaution or what. Unless the pathologist comes back with a bad answer that nobody seems to expect, this is almost the most minor breast cancer possible. (I feel like I'm tempting fate every time I say something like that, though.) Even the surgeon said she couldn't feel the lump, and she also said she was impressed that the radiologist caught it on the mammogram. It's something like 8mm, which I think of as being the size of a fairly small bead. I do have to have a few radiation treatments even in the best case.

I only wrote a couple of paragraphs about this on Dreamwidth before today, and I've told very few people in real life. I think I may have avoided talking about it too much because I didn't want to hear any breast cancer horror stories. I'm not sure. Also where I work it's pretty busy and I really don't want to be discussing my medical stuff with every random medical student who comes in the door. But I'm not completely opposed to talking about it now that the surgery is over. Which I guess is good, because if my hair falls out after the radiation, all in-person secrecy is going to be out the window.


Update

Feb. 18th, 2019 11:58 pm
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Lumpectomy is Thursday. We've already paid our estimated chunk of it - in fact, the estimated total for the lumpectomy is only slightly more than the actual total for the biopsy was. Somehow that made me feel obscurely better. Like that means it won't be any worse than the biopsy was. Actually the worst part of the biopsy was I had to keep my arm up over my head the whole time, but this time I'll be asleep so I won't have that problem. Anyway, I'm okay so far. I'll report back afterwards, but don't expect that to happen too quickly. Full anesthesia takes a while to recover from, as I recall.
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We went to see The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (I believe that's the correct full title). We liked the first one and we also liked Lego Batman, so this was a no-brainer. It has a very interesting plot and I actually can't talk about the part of it I'd like to talk about without spoiling stuff, so I will just tell you that I saw when I got home that it didn't make nearly as much money as it was predicted to - $35 million or so rather than the $55m or so the studio thought it would make.  (Here's the piece I was reading - it got an A- CinemaScore so it's not that audiences didn't like it.)

I notice that this is actually the first movie I've seen that was released this year. I feel like there just wasn't much released up to now that I was very interested in.




Movies seen in 2019:
1. Bumblebee
2. Into the Spider-verse
3. Lego Movie 2

The Big C

Feb. 9th, 2019 04:09 am
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Well, so the biopsy was positive. I am actually not completely freaking out about it because it's very minor, as cancer goes. It's small and it's away from the chest wall (which apparently is good) and there's no lymph node involvement (I know that's good, it has to do with the way cancer can spread, for one thing) - I just have to have a lumpectomy. And that's really all I know right now. I have an appointment with the surgeon next week so that's when I'll know more.

I didn't tell anybody but Rob and my boss and my sister, so far. I definitely want as few people as possible to know at work because I don't want to have to deal with a million questions about it. Thank goodness for HIPAA, because I can tell you from personal experience that in the old days everybody in the whole hospital knew everything, pretty much immediately. It's a small town, where I work. (Far as I know, nobody I know in real life follows me here, so I'm not worried about you guys.)

I had a bad feeling about it - the first radiologist I talked to acted like it was probably nothing, but then after that I could just tell from the way they were talking that it sounded more worrisome. Then I got a call this morning from a doctor (rather than a nurse) and by the time I woke up he had called several times. So that didn't sound like it was going to be good news. But cancer is not the death sentence it used to be, in general. I've even managed to completely forget about this whole thing for long stretches of the day today.


Um, as far as the rest of life, I'm still playing Covet Fashion with my sister - have I talked about this here? and my god, is she competitive. I'm actually getting pretty good scores though so I may give her more of a run for her money than she expected. Also I finally went to my second movie of 2019 and it was a repeat - Into the Spider-verse. I liked it even better the second time. We will probably go see the Lego thing this weekend but we are waiting til Sunday night so there will hopefully be fewer kids.
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 I am not really loving life right now, to be quite honest. For one thing, middle age SUCKS - I have a needle biopsy coming up and I really hate the CPAP (not really a surprise). I'm not actually giving up on the CPAP or anything, it's too early for that. Also apparently I have REALLY SEVERE sleep apnea so I need to just suck it up on that. I'm just bitching, mostly. Also it was kind of stressful at work today - it's that that time of the month, so to speak - we're always busy when the month turns over. So I really just need to go to bed, probably, but I'll say a couple of things first. 

Bumblebee ended up being the only movie I saw in January. Rob went by himself to see Glass and Vice, and maybe a horror movie too, I forget. There was just nothing else I really wanted to see. We did rent Once Upon a Deadpool (I already bought Deadpool 2, and they're too similar, I don't think we need both) and it was fun - and an interesting concept, too. Maybe it'll become a trend, I don't know.

Let's see, I'm still watching The Expanse, I'm well into season 2 now (hi Bobbie! I was really excited to see Bobbie). On the books, I paused after the third book to re-read The Curse of Chalion for the umpteenth time. Now I'm trying to decide whether to go on to Paladin of Souls or go back to the Expanse series (I think the next one is Cibola Burn, or something like that). I also have a ton of other unread books on my Kindle, of course. I'll get around to... well, most of them... eventually. - Oh, also (back to TV now) we're three or four episodes in on the Lost In Space re-do. I like it more than I expected to. (I kind of like the old one even though it's really terrible. But this one is pretty good, actually.)

Have I mentioned that I have decided I am no longer even pretending to be a football fan? I used to be, but I've been losing interest for years. I would periodically re-gain some interest when the Texans or the Longhorns did something, but really I'm just not very interested. I think we're going to go see Into the Spiderverse on Sunday instead. (I love to go out places during the Super Bowl, it's so blessedly quiet.)

(Almost time for baseball, woo! Apparently we signed another pitcher in the last few days. I'm not sure if we ever got another catcher, but eh, we have some guys. Nobody can really replace McCann, I think.)
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I'm trying to remember to post a little bit here & there, but I am totally sleep-deprived again and so I hope this comes out making sense. (I got like four hours of sleep yesterday.) I've already had one try at going to sleep earlier and I sat and read instead (now on Expanse book 3, which is called Abaddon's Gate, I believe? not sure of their spelling of that but I'm fairly sure that's the name. SPOILER (although fairly minor, I guess): there's a giant alien stargate (?) thing - or maybe it's not a gate, just a Ringworld - lurking around so that makes sense for the name at this point in the overarching plot.)

We have a plan for the weekend which does not include a movie for me. Rob is going to see Vice, finally (no new horror movies this week), and I will stay home and we will go out to eat on Sunday. I'm still saying the same thing I was saying a couple of weeks ago, which is that I was not amused by the Bush administration the first time around and I have no desire to re-live it. Rob has been wanting to go see Glass when it comes out next weekend, but the reviews aren't good. On the other hand, it's his birthday weekend so I may end up going anyway. Movie-wise, I'm just marking time til the things I actually want to see (like Captain Marvel) start coming out.

Also I had a mammo last week and I have to have a followup because they saw a shadow of some kind. I got phone messages about it and looked online, and I get the impression that the nurses who were trying to call me were all set to have to calm me down, and I'm like, no problem, been there done that (every few years since I turned 40, basically) and I'm not going to get excited til I'm sure there's actually a problem.
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I didn't go to a movie this weekend - I stayed home and watched the Golden Globes instead - but Rob went to see Escape Room last night and he said it wasn't bad. (I lost where I read this, but I saw some commentary that said it might well have done well enough and gotten enough buzz in the right places that there will be sequels.) The Golden Globes were mostly kinda boring but there were some fun moments - Christian Bale's speech, for example, in which he called Cheney "Satan" and talked about how he specializes in playing charisma-free characters now. (Even after all these years I'm always surprised when he opens his mouth out of character and that Welsh accent pours out.)

We did go eat Mod Pizza on Saturday night, and then we went across the parking lot to HEB to cruise around and looked for products we can buy for me to do this low-carb thing. (The pizza itself is of course not exactly low-carb, but hey, it's a thin crust pizza and I figure that's the best I can do because I'm not giving up pizza entirely, no way.) What I'm finding is that I care more about bread than I do about sugar. I mean, I'm sure at some point that a craving for M&Ms or something will rear its head - Rob and I decided that if that happens we'll buy some and he'll hide it from me and dole out one small portion a day. I can work with something like that. Anyway, we found some interesting things like little egg-scramble cups from Jimmy Dean that are totally carb-free, but on the whole I'll probably do best if I just let Rob do the shopping (which he usually does anyway) and stay away from the tempting things like fresh-baked bread.



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 1. Bumblebee

I really liked Bumblebee a lot, quite honestly. I'm the wrong age to be nostalgic about Transformers - I was a young adult in the 80s - but they surrounded that with all kinds of other 80s nostalgia, and it's been well-established here that I love me some 80s, so that part made me happy. And it was well-made, so that always helps.

I'm starting to think I might ought to go back and see Aquaman again at some point, and see if I was just being cranky about it. That was right when I started getting really sick, so it's entirely possible. And it was awfully pretty to look at (and I don't just mean Jason Momoa).

But before I can do that I have to go back to work. I don't mind the work itself as much as I mind getting up earlier, darnit.

Does anybody else think 2019 just sounds more futuristic somehow? (I also pointed out to Rob that it's only one year now until we know what to call our decades again!)
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 Alright, this is the best list I can reconstruct of what we actually saw in a movie theater this year.
  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (this was the second time we'd seen it)
  2. The Post
  3. Dunkirk (third time we'd seen it)
  4. Darkest Hour
  5. Black Panther
  6. A Wrinkle in Time
  7. Ready Player One (twice)
  8. Avengers: Infinity War (three times)
  9. Solo (twice)
  10. Ocean's 8
  11. Incredibles 2
  12. Ant-Man & the Wasp
  13. Mission Impossible Fallout
  14. BlackKKlansman
  15. Princess Mononoke (dubbed version)
  16. Crazy Rich Asians
  17. Venom
  18. The House with a Clock in its Walls
  19. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  20. Widows
  21. Ralph Breaks the Internet
  22. Spiderman: into the Spiderverse
  23. Aquaman

I think that may be the most movies I've seen in years. Back... oh god, remember some years ago when there was a writer's strike that lasted for months? It was more than ten years ago, because we still lived in Galveston. Oh, (*looking it up*) 2001, that makes sense because it was tied into the rise of reality shows, I remember that bit of it. Well, before the writer's strike, we used to go to the movies a lot, like practically every week, but after the writer's strike there was a long period where the movies just sucked, because the only thing they could put into production was stuff that they had already sitting around. (Come to think of it, this may fit into why 2001 - or rather 2002, mostly - was also the year I went to see Fellowship of the Ring like 15 times. Literally, I am totally not kidding. I think if anything I'm understating it a little, it might have been more like 18!) After that I quit going to the movies as much, and then we moved to the mainland and we don't live as close to a theater as we did, so it takes a little more effort to go. I looked back at how many movies I saw the last couple of years and it was considerably fewer - 19 and 15, to be exact. So I'm basically back now to averaging a movie every other week, if you add in the repeated ones.

I usually try to come up with a favorite. Let's try a shortlist, like I mentioned I've been doing with nail polish. I'm declaring the two that I had already seen in 2017 ineligible... So, Black Panther, Darkest Hour, Ready Player One, Infinity War, BlackKKlansman, Into the Spiderverse. That's kind of a long shortlist (typical for me). I have trouble with the high/low divide, which is why I totally understood what the Oscars were trying to do (albeit badly) with the now-abandoned Popular Movies category. Let's go with the one that straddles both, Black Panther

(My favorite movies are nearly always on the low side of the high/low thing. People don't think this way as much as they used to - it sounds now like it's just snobbery, and well, it was always just snobbery, really, but it used to be culturally-sanctioned snobbery, you know? I always liked genre movies more than anything, even when that was highly looked down upon. For a long time I used to say that my favorite movie was The Terminator, and Aliens was right behind it. Hell, I'm not real sure that's not still true.)


Added: I scrolled back and back, and it looks like I saw 20 movies in 2011, but I also found a couple of years in there where it was just 12.

Happy 2019!

Jan. 1st, 2019 12:39 am
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Shit, how did it get to be 2019 already? I've mostly been home sick the last few days, although I'm better. I think the only time I've been anywhere since the last time I posted is that we went to Chili's kind of late last night, because somebody gave us a gift-card. I tried being true to my low-fat-low-carb thing (because it's doctor-mandated, mind) and ordered a chicken salad and I didn't really like it. But that was Chili's. I didn't like their vinaigrette and I didn't really like the chicken that much either but I think I would be okay with a salad with chicken at other places. Anyway, it was good to get out. Today I'm still sucking on cough drops and noticing that my nose is horribly chapped, but I'm definitely in recovery mode.

(If I go to Chili's in the future - because Rob gets the urge to go there occasionally - hang the diet, I'm ordering country-fried steak.)

We had a horrible thought. Remember how I said the waitress at the breakfast place we went to might have been the one that infected us? Well, I was thinking that that kind of seemed like a short time window anyway, and then Rob said that he actually thought he got the virus from our co-worker, which sets the whole time-frame for him back about three days, so then I probably got it from him before that, because I was feeling a little better yesterday when my sister said they were both feeling horrible. And then Rob (or I) probably infected them too. That fits the overall timeline who got sick and well in what order a lot more neatly than the IHOP theory. But I decided not to tell my sister about that theory unless she brings it up. Really it's useless wondering about where you got a cold most of the time. (But my brain bounces between subjects all the time - I imagine it going ping! ping! ping! sort of like a pinball - and so I'm always contemplating all sorts of useless things.)

Doctor Who episodes keep taping so I've been watching a lot of those. Let's see, besides the ones I know I already mentioned, I watched "A Christmas Carol" and "Blink" and "Let's Kill Hitler" for chrissake (I don't think I'd seen that one since it first came out) and the most recent one, the Battle of Some Random Name. Tonight I've been watching a bunch of year-end news shows, which mostly were not quite as depressing as you might think. Tomorrow we're going to have another try at "Bumblebee" (and we've already got the tickets so that ups the odds we're actually going this time). And it's at 6:00 so we're going to miss the Doctor Who thing, which is at 7 our time. I already checked and it's set to tape, though, and god knows BBC-A will probably rerun it about a zillion times even if it didn't.

Oh, I almost forgot - we watched "Room" earlier. We had never seen it.  I expected it to be good, and it was. I was really afraid the second half was going to veer off and become a courtroom drama, and I am so glad it didn't!

This ends Holidailies, unless I get my shit together and write another entry before midnight tomorrow - er, tonight, officially. I did maybe 15 journal entries, which is not completely terrible. I think I played out on Music Advent somewhere around Day 15 also. I have consistently written nail journal entries. I have been working on my year-end thing where I decide what my favorite polish of the year is. These will start going up tomorrow - it starts with just the list of everything I've worn, as best I can tell, and I narrow it down from there. The plan is to get my favorite up on Friday. I got down to a tentative top three last night so I think I'll get there.

(Hmm, maybe I'll do a Best Movies post! If I get another post done it'll probably be that.)
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*sneeze* *cough*

Yeah, I'm still sick. I didn't go to bed until like 9am (again) - I woke up and it was getting dark (I'm nearly always confused when that happens because I think for a minute it's dawn, not dusk). Then I went back to sleep for another hour. Rob let me sleep until 6 and we were going to see the 6:45 Bumblebee, but by the time I threw some clothes on & got out the door I was pretty sure we weren't going to make it - it takes pretty much a solid 30 minutes to get to the theater and get Rob his Diet Coke, etc.. At that moment I wasn't sure I cared, either. (I know it has good reviews and everything, but it's a Transformers movie. I suspect I'll like it in the end but it's hard to work up much enthusiasm.) Rob was going, "We can make it," and we got down the road to where our favorite Chinese restaurant is and I said "Are you sure you don't just want to eat?" and we got even further down the road before I talked him out of the movie and into Chinese. It was already time for the movie to start by then and we were still 10 minutes away, and I hate missing the beginning of movies. Plus, I was hungry.

So we had Chinese for dinner, and I ordered what I always order (sweet & sour chicken) before it occurred to me that I talked to the doctor's office first thing yesterday morning (or last thing before bed, for me) - and my A1C was kind of high and so I'm supposed to be eating low-carb, low sugar for the next few months. But oh well, I ate my damn chicken anyway. I was expecting the low-sugar part but the carb thing took me by surprise. I honestly don't know what to eat - lots of chicken salads? I think cutting down on bread will be harder than cutting out sugar, for me. (In case anybody's wondering if they missed something on the diagnosis front, I have not officially been diagnosed with diabetes so far - or at least the nurse I talked to never mentioned it. But obviously I'm right on the borderline.)

And meanwhile I'm sneezing my way through dinner. Luckily they had seated us in a corner. Rob seems better today but I'm worse. I hope that means I'll be better by tomorrow. I looked and "Vice" is showing at the Cinemark, so I'm thinking that I should send Rob off to see that because he wanted to see it and I don't, and that will give me another recovery day. I watched plenty of news all through the Bush administration, I feel like I've seen that movie already.

Oh, and I have been watching Doctor Who for the last few hours - I watched almost all of the last several Capaldi episodes, which for some reason I missed at the time. I think I've watched everything now except the one that comes between "World Enough and Time" and "Twice Upon a Time". (And I still haven't watched the last new episode, either - the Battle of something, I think? - so I guess I should do that before the New Year's Day one! I think that one recorded, but for some reason the 12th doctor one didn't, even though all the others did. What's up with that?)

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 I mentioned yesterday that I was feeling a little sick. Well, we are both sick - pretty mildly sick, I think it's just a cold - and furthermore, my sister and her husband are too. So I guess maybe somebody that waited on us earlier this week was sick, because meals were mostly when all four of us were together. (I believe one server on Christmas Eve mentioned that they were sending her home because she was sick, in fact.) But anyway, I'd rather have a cold than a severe allergy attack, because the cold will go away in a few days. With allergies you just don't know.

Rob went off to see the Halloween movie at the dollar theater. I just stayed home. I'm watching the MSNBC shows from earlier today (what the heck is the stock market doing?) and futzing around on the computer. I bought two more candles from Bath & Body Works (I always want to say Bed Bath & Beyond, but that's wrong) because they have the 3-wick candles on half-price sale again. I bought another Fresh Balsam candle and a non-holiday one that was Eucalyptus Mint or something like that. I thought that sounded like it was pretty safely something I would like.

I'm obsessing about Zoya polishes at the moment - not the new ones, but the old ones - like, the ones so old you can't figure out all the information on them. I suppose this is a stupid thing to obsess about, but I am just the same. (I have this spreadsheet with a lot of holes in it and I was trying to figure out some of the missing ones. I have names and Zoya's polish numbers and I'm trying to match those up, basically.)

Last night I finished the book that I was reading - one of the series that I didn't get around to talking about earlier, the October Daye books - one of Seanan McGuire's urban fantasy series - so then I had to decide what was next. I have unread stuff that I could have read without spending more money, but I really wanted to either get the next book in that series or the next Expanse book. That was book 9 of 12 on the October Daye books and I've only read the first Expanse book (Leviathan Wakes) - there are a bunch of those too, at least 8 of them, I think, from what I saw when I looked on Amazon. I like both series and I'm not in any particular hurry to finish one or the other. If the October Daye books seemed to be heading towards some particular ending, I would probably be wanting to finish, but as far as I can tell, they're mostly just serials and could possibly go on forever. I'm not far enough into the Expanse series to have any idea about that - it did have an ending to the first book, they're not just cliffhangers like, say, Lord of the Rings, where it's really just one book divided up. But there's plenty of plot to go on with, too. Anyway, I bought the second Expanse book, which is Caliban's War. It seems to pick up maybe a couple of months after the first one ends, from what I've read so far.

Aquaman

Dec. 26th, 2018 10:24 pm
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We went to see Aquaman tonight, and I didn't love it. I didn't hate it, but I was kind of bored, off & on. It seemed kind of like a kids' movie. And there were a lot of kids there - it was packed, in fact - and there was applause at the end, so somebody liked it much better than I did. It was... hmm, maybe better than Batman vs. Superman, because I was bored with that one some, too. Not quite as good as Justice League, as best I can remember Justice League at all. And of course, not remotely in the same league as Wonder Woman.

I have some more-specific thoughts, which I'll put under a cut assuming I can remember how to do one.

SPOILERS!! )


I took a long nap when we came home from Galveston last night, and then, of course, I stayed up all night. I mean, til WAY after dawn. It might be that I was a little cranky about Aquaman because I was still sleepy, I don't know. And I feel a little like I might be coming down with something - which happens after Christmas a lot. We weren't even around any kids this year to be disease vectors. Well, I've had a flu shot and so has Rob, so if we're actually coming down with anything it will hopefully be over fast, at least.
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 (I was just watching "Last Christmas," the Doctor Who episode where Nick Frost plays Santa. Now the TV - specifically BBC-A, of course - has gone on to "The Husbands of River Song," and I'm sure I'll end up watching that too.)

I was deliberately unspecific about exactly what I was doing for Christmas because it always seems weird to advertise when I'm going to be out of town ahead of time. But now we're back so that's okay.

I think I have to back up and explain that I haven't spent Christmas with my sister in years. (I'm just going to call her P here.) She had a bad divorce some years ago now and she just stopped doing Christmas completely - only in the last couple of years has she started wanting to have anything to do with it. I went to see her last year right before Christmas. She said something vague about us coming to visit her this year, and I talked to Rob about it and we were thinking that we would go to my aunt's for one night (which is what we've been doing) and then we would go see P. So there was a whole minor comedy of errors, basically, where I assumed she could read my mind and probably vice versa, and eventually she decided she and her husband were going to come visit us, and they would stay in a hotel, and that eventually turned into going to stay in a hotel in Galveston, instead (which is where we work, but not where we live, but in easy driving distance, of course). And they were staying several days, and we finally decided we would stay on the island for a couple of days, too, rather than drive back and forth, so that we would see them more, and it sort of felt like a mini-vacation for us, too.

And then with the dates they chose there was no chance of going to my aunt's as well, and I was pretty apprehensive about calling my aunt to tell her that but she took it pretty well. (I basically blamed P for the whole thing, which probably wasn't really fair, but eh.) We promised to get with my cousin & work out some sort of mini-family-reunion sometime soon.

And it all went pretty well. We basically sat around and talked a lot, and went out to eat a lot, and shopped a little bit. We went down to the Strand on Christmas Eve, which is the downtown shopping area, and spent a while down there. We ate Mexican food and IHOP, and then we had two meals at the San Luis, which were fabulous. I had never eaten there before, but it was really great. I don't know if we'll ever do that kind of Christmas again, but it was virtually stress-free, which was lovely.

mellicious: (Wonder Woman)
Variety posted this article about movies coming out in the next year, and I seem to have Opinions on several of these, so I sat there at work - it was a slow night - and wrote down what I thought. (Some of these I had to look up, but the majority of them were things I already knew about.)

POSSIBLE 
SPOILER WARNING: there's at least two general spoilers here (if you haven't seen GlassSplit and Infinity War) but mostly this is pretty vague. If you're concerned, though, step carefully here. 

ALSO: if you can't read the text below, highlight it. Apparently when I copied it over, something got screwed up. (I changed the text to gray instead of white, now, so I think most everybody should be able to at least see it, unless you have a background that color!)



 

  • Glass – I might be interested but I haven’t seen Split, would have to catch up first (I would want to watch Unbreakable again too, but I think we actually have a DVD of that around somewhere!)
  • Lego Movie 2 – I liked the first one, so sure
  • How to Train Your Dragon, part whatever – I liked the first one, never got around to the second one, so… maybe?
  • Captain Marvel – yes, please, preferably sooner (I just read somewhere that this is the TWENTY-FIRST Marvel movie – seriously, it took you guys 20 movies to get a freaking female lead??)
  • Us – I guess this is the Jordan Peele movie? I liked Get Out a lot, and the cast looks good, so I’m interested. But I’m horror-averse, so somebody will have to vet it for me first. (Normally I don’t go see horror movies at all.)
  • Dumbo – if the reviews are good, I’ll go, but I’m doubtful. I loved it the old one when I was a kid, though.
  • Pet Sematary – horror, so no. (I like King’s non-horror stuff fine.) ADDED: I seem to have dropped "It 2" out of the list somehow, but the same applies there.
  • Shazam – I never saw the old one (there IS an old one, right?) so not anticipating, no. But if the reviews are good on this one I could be persuaded.
  • Hellboy – I liked the old ones, and the trailer looks good, so I’m sure we’ll go unless the reviews really suck or something. (My movie viewing is heavily review-dependent, have you figured that out already?)
  • Avengers Endgame – hell yeah. Gotta find out how they revive half the universe, right?
  • Pokemon Detective Pikachu – I know what Pikachu looks like but other than that I don’t know anything about Pokeman. So highly doubtful.
  • Aladdin – we’ll see. We saw the Beauty & the Beast remake and it was alright. Probably just depends on whether something about it intrigues us enough to bother!
  • Godzilla – again, we’ll see. I like the old ones and I even liked that Matthew Broderick one in the 90s, so we might go.
  • Rocketman – oh, it’s an Elton bio. Maybe?
  • Dark Phoenix – maybe. Do I have to watch the last one to catch up? (If it seems decent, we’ll probably see it. We’ve seen most of the others.)
  • Men in Black International – hell yeah, but not because it’s MiB. Because it’s Tessa and Chris.
  • Toy Story 4 and Tom Holland Spiderman 2 both have the same answer – we’ve seen the previous ones and we’ll undoubtedly go see these too
  • The Lion King – I have to admit to being kind of “meh” on this one. The animated one was never my favorite. But if it looks good we’ll go, I’m sure.
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – I’m also meh on Tarantino, generally, and I’m not a DiCaprio fan either. But Manson stuff has always interested me so I’m guessing we’ll see it.
  • Joker (the Joachin Phoenix/Todd Philips thing) – I’m undecided. MIGHT be interesting, but we’ll see.
  • You Are My Friend – huh, Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers, really? Maybe…
  • Frozen 2 – undecided. Rob has never seen Frozen 1 but I have. I’ve been threatening to make him watch it, we’ll see if that happens first.
  • Star Wars IX – of course I’m going. Is it going to be as good as Force Awakens or as divisive as Last Jedi, that’s the question.
mellicious: Narnia witch in a carriage pulled by polar bears, captioned "OMGWTFPOLARBEAR!" (m15m - polarbear)
 Have you ever walked through a door just in time to see another car hit your car? That's what happened to me earlier tonight. Luckily it turned out not to be nearly as bad as it looked. This guy (who I know by sight because he parks by us and apparently gets off work at exactly the same time we do) kind of sideswiped my car - he was trying to back out the wrong way, basically - the spaces are slanted one way and he wanted to go the other way, so he swung wide and my car was in the way. He has a pickup and my car is really low, so he probably couldn't really see my car very well - which doesn't make it any less his fault. Anyway, we opened the door to the parking lot just in time to see it happen. It looked pretty bad. But amazingly, it really did very little damage. Rob said he could see a couple of little fine scratches, but I couldn't see anything wrong. My car is ten years old so a couple of scratches more or less don't worry me. (I just hope it doesn't look a lot worse when I see it in the daylight!) He was very apologetic and I wasn't going to go to the trouble of filing an insurance claim for invisible damage.

I got home and there was a box of nail polish on the doorstep that I'd been feeling guilty about ordering, and I decided that I earned that nail polish (for my trauma, more or less) and I wasn't going to feel guilty about that one any more. It was cheap nail polish, actually, but it's really pretty and amazingly, none of the 12 polishes was broken despite being really really badly packed. (Amazon is notorious among nail polish people for just throwing bottles of nail polish into boxes with inadequate packing materials, and then being shocked when they arrive broken.) This one came with a dozen polishes in a plastic bag stuck into a way-too-large box, with like a couple of little cushiony things thrown in - not enough to make any difference whatsoever. Are they extra-frazzled because it's almost Christmas? The only thing that saved it, I think, is that the plastic bag that the polish was in actually was the right size. (Amazon needs a big button when you order where you can say, "I don't need this til after Christmas, thanks." They do have something like that for some things, but I've wanted it a couple of times in the last week when it was not offered to me.)

We have to work tomorrow, then we're off til after New Year's. Woo! Apparently the students are mostly already gone, because things have been dead the last couple of days. Tomorrow it's going to be even slower, presumably.

I had a doctor's appointment today, and it went okay, but she ordered blood-work because I hadn't had any in a while, and they took about a pint of blood out of me, it looked like. - Ok, well, it was five vials, it probably didn't actually add up to a pint, but still. And my old doctor had retired, and this was the first time I'd seen my new one. I was a little worried about that, but I really liked her, thank goodness. The other one was my age or a little older, and she talked to everybody like they were kindergarteners. It drove me crazy - I think she gave me flashbacks to my mom the elementary school teacher.

Anyway, the day could have gone a lot worse.
mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
 There are just few enough people doing Music Advent that I worry about posting the same video somebody had already posted, I guess I should just get over that. Anyway, somebody had already done a Pentatonix song, and somebody had done some artist singing Hallelujah, but nobody (as far as I could see) did both of those together.

Pentatonix apparently put this on a Christmas album but that is WRONG, so very wrong. This is totally not a Christmas song. But it's a great song so I am forgiving Pentatonix for that, just this once.



#musicadvent 2018
Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/b4IAuUmG95g
Day 5: Mary Chapin Carpenter does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/l2dFhlaIRk
Day 6: Amy Winehouse does The Zutons - https://youtu.be/6pAz9UpnRKw
Day 7: Chris Cornell does Prince/Sinéad - https://youtu.be/IuUDRU9-HRk
Day 8: Feist & Ben Gibbard do Vashti Bunyan - https://youtu.be/aOHM2Qkt32o
Day 9: David Byrne does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/qyF2DYLaSIc
Day 10: Miley Cyrus does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/zK7z2mPay1A
Day 11: Linda Ronstadt does Karla Bonoff - https://youtu.be/hBkk3H_5Kpo?t=125
Day 12: Cry Cry Cry (Dar Williams, Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky) do R.E.M. - https://youtu.be/IscJjA6aflk
Day 13: Sara Bareilles does Sia - https://youtu.be/OlqEj3TcAEI?t=40
Day 14: Sara Bareilles does Elton John - https://youtu.be/Ozd2ja7mAgM
Day 15: Less Than Jake does Laverne & Shirley - https://youtu.be/00eRA9r7P9Y
Day 16: Pentatonix does Cohen: https://youtu.be/LRP8d7hhpoQ
mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
I'm behind on both Music Advent and Holidailies, now. But as Christmas gets closer I feel less and less guilty about that.

Anyway, I was watching MTP Daily on MSNBC and Chuck Todd said, seemingly just out of the blue, "Give us any chance we'll take it, give us any rule we'll break it" - and I thought, "Oh, thanks for the earworm, Chuck!" But then it caused me to remember this version.


(I hadn't heard when I posted this about Penny Marshall dying; it doesn't seem like that could just be a coincidence, though. I think they must have said it and I just missed that part at the time.)


#musicadvent 2018
Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/b4IAuUmG95g
Day 5: Mary Chapin Carpenter does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/l2dFhlaIRk
Day 6: Amy Winehouse does The Zutons - https://youtu.be/6pAz9UpnRKw
Day 7: Chris Cornell does Prince/Sinéad - https://youtu.be/IuUDRU9-HRk
Day 8: Feist & Ben Gibbard do Vashti Bunyan - https://youtu.be/aOHM2Qkt32o
Day 9: David Byrne does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/qyF2DYLaSIc
Day 10: Miley Cyrus does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/zK7z2mPay1A
Day 11: Linda Ronstadt does Karla Bonoff - https://youtu.be/hBkk3H_5Kpo?t=125
Day 12: Cry Cry Cry (Dar Williams, Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky) do R.E.M. - https://youtu.be/IscJjA6aflk
Day 13: Sara Bareilles does Sia - https://youtu.be/OlqEj3TcAEI?t=40
Day 14: Sara Bareilles does Elton John - https://youtu.be/Ozd2ja7mAgM
Day 15: Less Than Jake does Laverne & Shirley - https://youtu.be/00eRA9r7P9Y

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