mizarchivist: (Kitty Jedi Mind Trick)
I went to see Rogue One a week+ ago, but then I read this post from a fellow information-professional, and it made me remember I was going to say something to someone about this, so I wrote a half-assed thing in FB and now I want to write a bit more here, because I can.

cut for spoilers )

crap. I've run out of time to write, but that was my initial thoughts. If anyone wants to talk more about this, I wanna talk about it too
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mizarchivist: (Bike wheel)
I do not get to keep my vacation days. If I have any by Dec. 31, they evaporate. So, this means I need to take random days off (I know, we weep for humanity)
Thanks to not being rushed, the morning routine didn't feel like a race. I got to talk to D's teacher for more than 30 seconds. He's been going to play group, which allows the school district to observe him over a longer period of time than one random instance. There's some frustration for his teachers because my child doesn't like to stay focused. Again, please contain your surprise. The teachers are hoping that the school system professionals could provide some extra tips/tools to meet this goal. At this point I am feeling like "He's 3. What do you want?"  After a few months of the playgroup, I haven't been convinced that it's making any difference whatsoever. Eh? Anyway. Nice to talk to the teachers and confirm the "let's figure it out one way or another" sentiment.

One of my favorite mom friends was dropping off her kid as I was leaving, so we ended up having a walk, coffee, and a chat for an hour or so. That was awesome. I was hoping that would work out, and there you go.

The big goal for today was to go see Avengers Age of Ultron. Which I did! I decided that if it was going to be a nice day (and it is!), that I'd figure a bike route. Which I did. I even found a path along the Mystic River for a bit. I'd not been in the Arsenal Sq area since it got its facelift. So, I left early so I could wander. The movie was worth seeing, but I'm not a huge fan of movies based on the premise "and now we destroy all things." There were some definite good moments. I'm definitely on team Romanov and Barton, so having their storylines feature moreso than not: win.

It's now 3:30 and I have another hour and a half before my kid comes home. Luxury.
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mizarchivist: (Mirrormask)
Tonight's the last night QE works for the week. The last night he's not home right now.
Next Thursday I am not going to spend my evening watching a(n excellent) movie about kids with terminal cancer.
Yeah, that about covers it for now.
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... Huh. I didn't expect this list to go so long. Ah well.  Have a glorified bullet list.
- Transitions to night work is hard, even when you're not the one working nights.
- Extra free floating hormone-induced anxiety is obnoxious.
+ I took Friday morning off to see Maleficent. QE came with! A nice mini-date.
+ Successful trip to Eddie Bauer and now I have ....(dun dun dunnn!) Adventure Pants! Their travel-friendly fabric is really great and it's nice to have adult-looking clothing that looks good and looks good on me.
[livejournal.com profile] quiet_elegance was able to teach with his friend Rick on Saturday and post-mortem feedback indicates more gigs to follow!
+++++ Tom and Carol came to dinner Sunday/Father's Day and QE made brisket, aka: Meat candy
- Broke a casserole dish that evening and had to pitch the mac & cheese I made, which was kind of perfect. But ceramic shards in noodles is not good eats. Just ask Alton Brown. (It turns out, I'm allowed to make more mac & cheese later)
+ [livejournal.com profile] lifecollage joined the kid and me for a Sunday morning adventure: picnic breakfast at the Yurt's courtyard, then a trip to Cambridge Commons playground. Overall A+ adventure that ended with a long nap that didn't start til we got home.
? I think I may be overly attached to bubble tea right now. Turns out boiling the tapioca pearls right is harder and time-intensive than you'd think, but I'm learning. Favorite flavor combo at home: cow milk, coconut milk, black tea, and limeade with the tapioca pearls. Go-to restaurant flavor is coconut.
- Failed to go to Pride.
+ used that time instead to prep for the big Sunday dinner; half of that time Crime Fighter hung out at Estradell. Then I got to go over, too.
+ Going out this Thursday with book club to see The Fault In Our Stars (FINALLY!), and we're seeing it at the Capitol, so I can walk to/from, *and* [livejournal.com profile] lifecollage is backup adult* so I can enjoy dinner out, and-and-and I have a free pass for the movie.
+ I have backup adult coverage for book club-proper next week.
+ I'm taking tomorrow off! For fun! [livejournal.com profile] red_canna and I have crafting notions.
+ The kid is transitioning out of toddler/preschool into the preschool class at the end of the month! The median age for his class right now has decreased a lot in the last few months, as is the way of things. A bored Crime Fighter is a dangerous Crime Fighter.
+ My parents and the pup will be here for a week following 4th of July and we're hanging out in Rockport in a rental house. It's going to be grand fun and full of adventures.
+ The to-do check list at work has contributed a great deal to me feeling productive.
- But not enough to keep me from goofing off a bit more than I'd like.

*backup adult: With QE out in the evenings, going out and doing stuff can be complicated if anything starts before... oh, 8:30. The kid seems to sense when I have plans and will go on sleep strike. It's good to have someone else around just in case so [livejournal.com profile] fubar isn't left fubar-ed.
mizarchivist: (Kitty Jedi Mind Trick)
OK. What's up with rushing to criticize the second someone is announced as the new face of [fill in the name of fictional person, usually superhero].

First of all, the original source material? Drawn. Nobody can live up to that. Second, every fan's idealized version of that character has a heavy overlay of nostalgia making the human choice even more unbearable. The movie is not even in production yet, and everyone slags the director, producer, and star. Yes, it might be the worst thing since the last worst thing. Or it might be Serenity. Why don't we wait until it's out and we've had time to think about it before we damn the enterprise with derision and snark.

Entirely related: no more "eat a sandwich." Just stop it. I'm telling myself this, too. I've been at fault and no more.
Dec. 22nd, 2012 10:48 pm

Hobbit

mizarchivist: (Neighbor of the Beast)
OK, so I went to see The Hobbit. I'm glad I did. I got to go in honor of [livejournal.com profile] ahf's birthday following Chinese food. Anyone else want to talk about it? I'll start (in comments)...
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Sep. 27th, 2012 10:08 pm

Scary

mizarchivist: (Joss Master)
I watched Cabin in the Woods this evening. I don't normally do horror, but it's Joss, guys. JOSS. I thought it was very well done, but the big thing about gory/scary is that I have a hard time separating the scary after its over and it follows me around. Example: Would not go down in the basement to put stuff away just now. Nope. It can wait til the sun is up. [livejournal.com profile] quiet_elegance did have a very valid point, though. We are immune, because we are not young. So, it's OK. Also, monsters can't hide under my bed. It's too crammed with stuff, and there has to be some room for the monster. This is my scary movie logic and I will not be gainsaid. 

I will not talk about plot points here in case [livejournal.com profile] purple_terror gets around to watching it sometime soon. I was pleased nobody even hinted at what The Big Surprise would be. Except... Kevin?? 
Sep. 16th, 2012 10:30 pm

Movie Fail

mizarchivist: (Avatar- Don't fuck with me)
I had been pretty excited to watchTinker Tailor Soldier Spy when it came out. I didn't but expected I'd catch it on cable, which culminated in me watching it this evening. I had been keen particularly because cloak and dagger spy stuff was beloved in my house growing up. I had a fair number of books on tape with Ken Follet and John Le Carre. Possibly not the best for pre-teen entertainment, but it's a little late to quibble now. TTSS was not one whose plot stuck with me the same way that Key to Rebecca  or Man from St. Petersburg had.  Between the stellar cast and the nostalgia of the source material, why not?
Triggers/spoilers-
short description for those who aren't perturbed by either issue )

Despite the setting, the portrayls, the cinematography feeling very authentic and true to the original story, these random acts of awful and the tortoise-like pace were enough to have me running for Big Bang Theory to reset by. I just don't have the patience or stamina for it all. Sorry, Benedict Cumberbatch. I promise I'll watch all of The Hobbit. (Not like his part in it is overly riveting. It is all about Gary Oldman, as it should be.) 
Apr. 2nd, 2012 08:51 pm

Meh

mizarchivist: (Hell's Librarian)
Stuff-
-QE goes back for the same test he had last week. They want to replicate the results before they go making permanent changes. 
-I found a madeleine pan and feel confident I can make these cookies. I ended up eating them all weekend. Probably not the smartest thing I've ever done, but they are best fresh.
-I did see Hunger Games last Monday- I implied it, but then didn't comment on the movie itself. I found it to be a very good adaptation from the book. Next big thing: Avengers
-Friends whose kid is closer to teenage than baby gifted us with a baby bike chariot (trailer). QE installed hardware. Now I need to get a helmet for the baby and make sure the cabin is free from garage debris. It's a sweet little rig. 
-Work is... work. I'm glad I have it. The things that were bothering me last week are still a problem, but when dealing with major institutional shift, contention is one of the few predicable outcomes. My annual review is any second now. I'm hoping there will be a chance to have some real conversation about it. 
-Mad Men is eating my brain. Smash is quickly losing me, but hasn't done anything so spectacularly bad to make me entirely quit. 
-I realize I need to re-discover some evening activities, but nothing's really keeping my interest. I should be working on the Cook's Illustrated index, but quite frankly, it's exactly like work and I haven't found the platform that I actually want to use with the finished product. Mostly, I want to just have a certain number of fields to capture what issue, what recipe, then have the option of as many tags as I want to throw in so I can look for "vegetarian," or "main course" with "poultry." Or whatever. I'm currently using a google spreadsheet. I've considered having a dedicated LJ set up- but that's super-clunky and not what it's built for. Anyway, if anyone's gotten this far down the ramble and has a suggestion, let me know. ... seriously- these magazines are staring at me balefully, wondering why I'm wasting time writing an entirely boring post than just entering the data.   

mizarchivist: (Fray-Bullet?)
I have the option of trying to see The Hunger Games tonight after The Crime Fighter has been put to bed. I would likely choose a theater really close to home and with a start time between 7:30-8. It's a 2 hour 22 min. long film and I'm going to work Monday... 

Alternatively: I could consider using some of my comp time that I earned today by leaving work early and seeing a matinee at The Commons theater, then going home at a normal-ish hour.

I think I like Plan 2 better. However--if I have someone who wants to come with me, it would likely sway my decision. What say the peanut gallery?
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I started reading John Green and David Levithan's book: Will Grayson, Will Grayson today. I appear to be a quarter of the way through already. I somewhat wished my commute was longer. I almost didn't use the hot tub this evening (more therapeutic than generically recreational this week) because I wanted to read more. So I took the book - very carefully- into the tub. I'd read more except that whole get up early tomorrow after a night of very interrupted sleep.

I finished Possession yesterday. I initially thought having it in audio format would make it more palatable, but it meant I couldn't skim. At least the last 2 chapters got to the goddamn point. Can't say I'd recommend it, but then again, I'm not fond of academic faffing over research (sorry, just NMK) and I find most poetry to be OK, but I don't need to read a book that gets all meta about it. Book club Wednesday. Once again [livejournal.com profile] woodwardiocom's brother and I can have another chapter of our ongoing conversation in which I play the role of the one who can't stand any books. It's quite ridiculous how often this happens to me in book club, but I keep coming back. Also, NO idea what next to suggest. The theme for the reading year is "romance"- as in the big sweeping dramatic things put forth by Bronte and Byron. And other B names. Except, you guessed it- don't love that kind of lit. Em suggested we go for the straight up Harlequin style. When we did the Nancy Drew month for mystery, we all chose one and compared/contrasted. I think we were thinking  we'd do the same for Harlequin. 

Robin and I went to see Albert Nobbs yesterday. I feel like it was half a movie. If you're going to do a niche movie like that, may as well have played to it's potential audience of GLBTQ folk who like historical. I did just check, and apparently it is based off a short story, so... OK. I guess it had to stick to the point. I feel somewhat compelled to go find it and see if the original text is as lacking in plot. Really, I'd rather someone else who has already read it and seen the movie tell me. Going back now: I already know one version is disappointing. I'd hate to waste my time twice.  I'd be happy to go on about why I found the movie to be entirely frustrating, but it takes a while and see aforementioned thing about having to go to bed and the new bit about how I probably shouldn't have started writing this in the first place and just gone directly to bed.  The only other point on the disappointing movie is that I will have to read up on movies more before I go these days. I don't have the luxury of going out like that sans Crime Fighter to waste on the  mediocre.   
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mizarchivist: (Elmo)
Yesterday was the due date - despite middle of night shenanigans, no luck. Back to work today. I've cycled back to not so zen/resigned and firmly (not really) of the belief I will always be pregnant.
Went to see The Help with book club ladies last night. Not bad. Not awesome. They had to simplify some bits of plot which are inevitable if you want a movie less than 3 hours long.
FYI: Richardson's peach ice cream is made of awful and causes pregnant women (OK, just me probably) to cry. Mint chip/patty still safe if you were fond of mint in the first place.
I've been painting  when at home. You know, the decorative kind. That has defused some of my restlessness, but only gets me so far.
Tiger in the Well is done- ended fine. Proven Guilty (Dresden  Files #8) started only yesterday and already 3+ hours in. James Marsters reading is a very pleasant distraction indeed.
[livejournal.com profile] quiet_elegance  has hit a lull at work and gets a few weeks off- good timing. If they hadn't hit a lull, he wouldn't get a check (unemployment) for when he takes off for Crime Fighter's arrival and first days. This job has to be done by 11/11/11 and they're not close to done, so this isn't like previous under-employment moments. So.... whew.
mizarchivist: (Kaylee Smiles)
It was a great day yesterday, despite rain. Roll call starts here....
[livejournal.com profile] purple_terror 's mom arrived at 10 (3 hours after she left Camden), stood around, met [livejournal.com profile] asciikitty  (eee, surprise!) had some coffee then wondered WTF we were doing still standing around for and let's get rolling, already. She and K went off to The Unicorn to clean everything in sight. Woah. The woman is a force to be reckoned with. It set the day off to a great start, because seriously- you need MOM energy and that mom can zomg-clean. K's major task was dealing with the window screens, which had apparently never been cleaned in this lifetime and had stopped being transparent. Gross work, but aren't we glad we're doing it now so that gunk didn't settle into the house? Yeah.
[livejournal.com profile] fiddledragon  and her crew showed up first, took away pillows to be re-fashioned into not pillows and just about all the clothes we'd bagged up. She's happy because now there is a ton of raw material for her project. I'm thrilled because it's gone.
[livejournal.com profile] rintrahroars  showed up before the rain really got started and proceeded to attack my kitchen with vim and vigor.
[livejournal.com profile] lifecollage  arrived a bit after that and was given the challenge (and honor) of stowing [livejournal.com profile] quiet_elegance 's knife alter. Quote she: "there's some talky things on that table, dude." Oh, yes- aren't there? That was a task we could not delegate to many. We were both hugely grateful for her attentions.
[livejournal.com profile] caulay  and [livejournal.com profile] ahf  arrived ready to rumble and took on the donations to the vets, then dealt with the last book case, which they then took home (case not contents)- to everyone's great satisfaction.
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and [livejournal.com profile] zzbottom  arrived right at the transition point, took away one of [livejournal.com profile] quiet_elegance 's hand built cabinets he'd been using for hand tools for the last N years, but will not work in the new space: too small to contain the current collection and the new place is limited on where our stuff can be anchored to walls. It's seriously a gorgeous piece and it was killing me wondering where it ought go. I mean, really.  There's debate on the object that was the knife alter still. Hoping it's re-established in not our house within the next week, or at least decided. l_s and zz relocated to The Unicorn and helped in furniture assembly-- made a great bit of progress, too, from what I heard. Yay! Places to put STUFF.

Seriously-- I am always over the moon when things of perfectly good use and quality that have lived out their time with me then get relocated to places where they'll continued to be used.

I had enough energy to fold all the laundry and walk up to get the indian food (my turn to "cook"- it's the week of guess we're doing take out most of the time). I sat through all of Country Strong (on the strength of Gweneth Paltrow's time on Glee- clearly she can sing)- but the damage! Ohhh the damage of those characters. I had to thank q_e for us not being anything like that.  In other AV entertainment observations,  I also had fun with shows featuring pregnant people and how clearly they're not really pregnant because XYZ. Specifically, they didn't coach Angela on Bones very well on how to stand/walk as a 6 month-pregnant person. Also costume folks needed to pad her out a bit more up top. Not voluminous enough by far. Hilarity!

To sum up: this community kicks some serious ass. I'm entirely confident that the big move on Friday will be pretty painless and mostly because of the excellent work performed yesterday. I was somewhat taken aback that I actually didn't have the chance to pack anything myself because I was too busy directing one group or another. I am less likely to over-extend if I'm the director, so further serious win.
mizarchivist: (Mirrormask)
Wow. OK- not as much of a (bad) mind-fuck as I was afraid it would be, but messed up by a lot. I'm very glad I saw it. My respect for Natalie Portman's dedication has increased several factors. And there is dancing! But mostly about the crazy. I concur with [livejournal.com profile] noire 's assessment: it does a good job at making you feel more sane about yourself, but not so deep into the mire that you need a shower immediately.

also: SNOW! [livejournal.com profile] quiet_elegance will plow at some point this night. Not as bad as it could be since his call for the normal day job isn't until 3pm. Snow= profit at the moment, so I'm really OK with it.
Aug. 15th, 2010 08:16 pm

Things

mizarchivist: (Weebl)
In reverse order of happening and significance....
Soon there will be blueberry and peach cobbler. That's almost like pie.
Scott Pilgrim: funny as long as I turn off my Hathor Legacy brain, which isn't even mine, but actually Robin's since she's the one who reads the forums and tells me about it. Anyway- great visuals, funny dialog. Probably would be even funnier if I played video games. Even so, I can put the pieces together. I may well go see it again, even for the little jokes that are everywhere.
[livejournal.com profile] ariesd  memorial in Marblehead. It was at the Unitarian church so there was a certain comfort and familiarity. [livejournal.com profile] ceo  and I agree: church, it smells the same. A bit of mildew and old coffee. Weird but comforting. I still think the EoS/spinning will be the real memorial.
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Aug. 13th, 2010 04:24 pm

Movie Foo

mizarchivist: (Hair-braided)
I'm going to go see Scott Pilgrim at the Woburn cinema Sunday at 4:10. Ping me if you think you'll be going and/or see you in the lobby.
May. 3rd, 2010 09:35 am

Stuff?

mizarchivist: (Elmo)
*headdesk*
I hit the wrong button and lost my entry halfway through. This will be a very short version:
- I helped [livejournal.com profile] missdimple  move yesterday. I'm very glad I did- it went smoothly considering, but today is a 2 cup of coffee day what with the expected results of box-hauling. The second cup actually is helping so I don't necessarily have to hide in my office all day.
- I have a new composter, and it is awesome! I had hoped for an R2-D2 shaped one, like my neighbors have, but instead it's much more dalek shaped.  On further reflection, I believe the one I originally referred to as R2 shaped can be interpreted just as easily as dalek. If anyone has a better match for the square one I do have, I'm happy to entertain nicknames.
- Movies recently watched: Slumdog Millionaire, Up in the Air. Both left me with a bit of a "...huh" feeling, but both reasonably well done.
- Movie to see soon: zomg-IRONMAN!... just sayin'. Scarlet Johansson.
- Lexington was rather ghost-townish on Saturday since all the food-selling establishments, including ice cream parlors and movie theaters, were ordered to close. I expected zombies or tumbling tumbleweeds in the mostly abandoned parking lots. Aside from being thwarted from my ice cream fix, this water thing is a non-thing on the scale of bothersome things. Not so much for 80% of the gym-goers today. shrug. Don't know. Don't care.

Right. I have videos to make for work. Did I mention that the upgraded software and my computer are not getting on well and my computer will show its displeasure with a solid blue motif after a while? Yeah, not a good thing. Fingers crossed.
mizarchivist: (Sushi)
There was sushi with [livejournal.com profile] purple_terror  and we hung out with [livejournal.com profile] evila  until Galen the motorcycle mechanic showed up with his van, scooped up my bike and was gone faster than you can eat a whole spicy scallop roll. It's awesome- he comes, get the bike, and when I come get it, it'll go again!  Then we got ice cream ^_^
I finally saw the end of the Oscars. I mostly taped it so I could play name that dancer in the Best Score montage. Several named, fyi. Now I need to update Netflix so I can see what the ruckus is about with most of these beasties.

Note to self: must update motorcycle icon this season, really.
mizarchivist: (Hell's Librarian)
(Cross posted from FB with a bit of an addition)

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So that's what I think. There might be more, but I may have mentioned the lack of breakfast and coffee.
Well, except one other thing- I was thinking of darkrose most of the time thinking what on-going fantastic slashfic you could pull from the Draco/Snape interactions. And a few others. Just a few. ;)
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mizarchivist: (GeekLove)
Finally- Half Blood Prince comes out on Wednesday. Who's going? I'm still on the fence on if I'll go Wednesday, or wait til Friday or Saturday. I figure it'll be zoo-like no matter what.

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