Two Movies

Jul. 11th, 2017 10:01 am
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I went out to see two movies yesterday, at two separate theatres, which happens so rarely I can count the times that it has happened on one hand and still have fingers left over.

First up, we took Declan out to see Cars 3. If you completely ignore Cars 2 (or think of it as an unfortunate direct-to-video Mater movie), this is the actual sequel to Cars. It's funny and touching and FEELS like the first movie, which the second never did. And yes, at one point there were onion ninjas in the theatre. Declan flaps his arms when he gets super excited. There were a few points where I was convinced he was going to fly away he was flapping that hard and fast. Worth watching with, or without, kids in tow.

Later, I went out with [personal profile] clawfoot for Spider-Man: Homecoming. I wasn't expecting much, which is probably why I enjoyed it so damn much. The acting was superb and the casting was pretty much perfect. Tom Holland is spot on for Peter Parker, and Michael Keaton made the Vulture human. One other thing that I noticed was this: the cast was MIXED race. Not everyone who was named/part of the comic's rich and varied history was white. They found the best actors for the roles, skin colour be damned. It made me believe in Spider-Man's universe just a little bit more. It's also funny and heroic and the end-credit scene is probably my favourite of the lot thus far.

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Jul. 4th, 2017 09:05 am
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I got up and was in the process of pulling up the blinds when I noticed a bunny munching on some weeds in the shadow near the corner of the building. I tried to get Declan to look, but he's far too engrossed in watching videos online. So it was just me watching this little bun eat the leaves from weeds as fast as it could.

Moments later, I spied a chipmunk coming closer from the direction of the fence. This chippy, who was about a quarter of the bunny's size, startled the rabbit and then chased it away. Chipmunks are territorial little fuckers with lots of fear and none.

A little piece of the natural world in the heart of a city and my son missed all of it, choosing YouTube over wonder. *sigh*

UPDATE: After a brief power outage, I noticed that the bunny had come back. And yes, this time Declan got to see it. Apologies for the blur, the photo was taken through a window screen.

Bun!

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Jun. 26th, 2017 02:14 pm
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Declan had his end-of-year field trip today and I volunteered to go with them. We walked to TheMuseum and back, which is 1.7 km one way, according to the Googs. That was...a lot of walking. And a lot of screaming. So many small children. Noise noise noise.

I had the option, after we got back, of taking Declan home or leaving him at school. No prizes for guessing that I am home and he is not. :)

Up next, some ibuprofen for my headache and maybe put my clothes back on (I stripped down to cool off because I was overheated) and possibly have a bit of a lie down. I don't really want a nap, but I could use the quiet and the horizontal.
About a month ago, Declan got a free admission for the circus from his school for donating to the Food Bank. I...did not want to go. I knew I would not really enjoy myself and that it would be very draining for me. And hey, look, I went, found most of it to be 'meh' and and now feeling like I've been kicked repeatedly by a mule.

Some of it, of course, was really good, but there was so much that was...there. And the prices of things? Yeesh. $5 for popcorn/cotton candy is a bit steep, and $10 for a pony ride is an obnoxious cash grab. They were also selling these light sabers swords that were essentially LED lights in plastic housing that flashed. There were so many in my peripheral vision that I could feel a headache coming on. And no, I didn't shell out $15 for Declan to bring one home. Two hours of other people's kids with them was plenty.

I was most impressed by the feats of strength and balance, but I would have to say that the contortionist was my favourite. A lot of the audience was unimpressed, but I have a better idea what it takes to be in a full bridge position and balancing on one foot than some. *shrugs*

And the seats? Too fucking narrow. It feels like my hips are bruised from the arm rests. Okay, yeah, I'm fat, but that was a fucking awful experience.

Declan did enjoy himself, so I guess that's the only thing that matters.

EDIT: I have a bruise, about the size of the armrest, on my right upper thigh/hip. My left side feels bruised, but nothing has come up. Note to self: avoid that place in future. The seats do not agree with you.
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May. 14th, 2017 09:01 am
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Happy Mother's Day!

May the younglings know appropriate boundaries and not wake you up talking about [insert game/toy/funny thing on YouTube here] when they SHOULD have done that yesterday. Not that I have any relevant or even recent experience in that. Nope, not me. *yawns*
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I am trying to overcome my own inertia. I don't know if it's depression-related apathy or the dreary weather or what. I have managed to get two loads of laundry mostly done. Now I need to fold it and put it away. AND I have done the majority of my physiNO. I keep adding to the work I have to do because I want my knee sorted, not because I've been tasked with doing it. I don't have another appointment for three weeks (it's how things shook out) and that's fine with me.

Declan has been insisting that he give me plants instead of cut flowers. A couple of weeks ago, it was daffodils. For Mother's Day, it's hydrangeas, which are lovely and blue. I must remember to call my own mom tomorrow before I leave for game and wish her a Happy Mother's Day. I don't bother asking what she wants anymore, because the answer is always nothing. Which is great for my wallet, but kind of hell on the guilt. :P

Now that the daffodils have finished, I need to figure out what to do with the bulbs. Maybe I will give my mom the daffodil bulbs so that she can plant them in her garden to come up next year. I don't want to throw them out, and I don't have a place to put them, so it seems like a logical solution.

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May. 1st, 2017 09:05 am
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This weekend, both of my D&D games happened. My Saturday night game, run by Dulthgaiea, started late and ended really late. There was a lot of rain and only one encounter. One encounter in which Murphy was sitting at the table and proudly rolling dice. There was comedy, sure, but it's the type of comedy where if you have to laugh, lest you fall in a pit of ennui and never come out again. Now Dulth and I get to sort this mess out between games just to keep things moving.

Yesterday was my 4e game. We got through TWO encounters! Two! Ooooo, exciting! ;)

(Mostly it was just the three of us catching up and kvetching for the first half, running through one relatively easy encounter, then lunch out, followed by blowing through a second. We went to South St Burger for lunch. It was...okay? I didn't find the burger patty particularly flavourful, although it was juicy. And why does everything have to be Angus beef these days? Was I expecting too much? I doubt I will go back because it was a 'premium' fast food place, and I have no desire to pay that much for something that I find to be meh.)

I FINALLY GOT TO SEE ROGUE ONE! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?! I greatly enjoyed it, loved the diverse cast, and the Star Wars easter eggs. I also think that it's my (current) favourite Star Wars film. The story is solid and that ending? Magnifique! If anyone needs me, I'll be over here, geeking out about how amazing it is.

And it's that time of year again; Jump Rope for Heart has rolled around again. Here is Declan's online donate link if you are so inclined: http://support.heartandstroke.ca/goto/bigsister
Some stuff that has happened:

- the last full week of January was full of appointments, including a trip to Sick Kids to meet with the Nephrology team and some testing for Declan to determine what's up with his kidneys and the cysts.

- when I went in to find out WTF was up with my knee (possible patellofemoral syndrome, which is only 'cured' by eight weeks of physio), got the results of my blood work. It came back normal. You should really see my surprise face on that one. *rolls eyes* The urine test did come back positive for protein (joy) but it's not enough to be worrying. At least it's an easy test to repeat.

- Declan had no protein in his urine and his blood work came back as normal. So there is that.

- having your knee x-rayed is weird. The positions you have to keep it in is very unnatural. The highlight of the entire process? Connecting with another mother who was there with her son. We both agreed that shame was something for other people, especially after you've had someone fondling your cervix with others watching. Yay, childbirth.

- tried to call my shiny new(ish) psychiatrist, since I'm running low on meds. Hahahahaha, no. Apparently, I had a consultancy appointment, and don't actually have a psychiatrist. Cue lots of swearing and gnashing of teeth. Fine, thinks I, it's back to the doc for my meds and make the appointment, which is for this Friday.

- my games continue to truck along. I am finding that Thorn's voice is nearly silent in my head, but Amy's has gotten very loud. You'll have your time to shine, darlin'. But it's not yet.

- I am currently bashing my head against getting a data recovery program to actually work. It's my fault that the information is lost, but it shouldn't be THIS hard to get it back. I am frustrated and about this close to pitching my computer off the roof.

- small victory: picked up Declan from school AND took out the recycling without falling on my ass. It's been raining since this afternoon and freezing, so not slipping and sliding is worth noting.

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