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18 July 2012 @ 10:05 pm
The Good, The Bad, The Batman.  
So I had a good day yesterday.

Yesterday ceitfianna came down to spend the night, as she is moving away (sad-face!) and we needed one last hurrah. We spent a good hour just talking, mostly about writing, and hanging out. Then I popped in a DVD of various music vids and we watched that and spent some time online. I know people think it is weird when you spend social time online - like teenagers who are in the same room ‘hanging out’ while playing on their handheld game devices - but I like when you are comfortable enough with someone that you can do that, her on her Iphone and me on the laptop - (reading the latest fic she is working on!). Then we picked up some Chinese food at the best place in town. After dinner, we showed her Baby Hoarders, which I will never tire of making people watch. She kept trying to guess who would be Dodger’s next baby-daddy. After that, we watched The Daily Show and they did this bit where John Oliver was acting out what was happening on the show to some people who lost Comedy Central in the Viacom-vs-Direct TV feud. At one point, the people pretended to flip the channel and suddenly Oliver was doing an episode of Teen Mom - being Amber and yelling at Gary to shut his ****ing face. As a person who guiltily loves Teen Mom, it was freaking brilliant!

Then we found Batman Begins playing on FX and ended staying up to watch the whole thing. That is one of those movies that I know I love but every time I watch it again, I am reminded all over of just how amazing it is. As ceitfianna pointed out, it has an outstanding cast, each person holding their own against the other. Also, my love for Alfred is unending! I feel kind of bad for him, during the seven years while Bruce was off running amuck, that Alfred was all alone in Wayne Manor, hearing nothing from Bruce the whole time. And of course, Cillian Murphy is so deliciously evil in this movie and has the prettiest damn lips/eyes/skin ever. I had recently been discussing with a friend about if Bruce ever tipped over that line and just went serial-killer-crazy (a line he already precariously balances on) and started just slaughtering the bad guys in cold blood. Watching this movie just made that premise itch under my skin. It seems so daunting to try to write and I would have to go to such a dark place inside myself to do it. It is just such a good movie and not the least of which is because Christian Bale can do so many ranges of emotions in one character. They kept showing previews for the new Dark Knight and I am just so excited right now…I can’t even, you guys.

In bad news, my mom has bronchitis. She has the worst immune system and it takes her forever to fight off anything she gets, so this is not good news. Of course, the day after she was at the med clinic, I saw her out walking her dog around the neighborhood. She came up to the door to complain to me about her bronchitis…while out walking her dog in 100 degree weather. /shakes head/

Also, those damn neighborhood kids freaking toilet papered our house this weekend! I am convinced it was the same damn kids who hang out in our yard like it is their own playground; hanging off our flagpole, riding their bikes in our driveway, just sitting in our yard. Last summer these kids - the oldest of which who are about 12 - would run up and ring the doorbell and then run away, like it was some game. I opened the door on the oldest boy once as he was creeping up on the house - (in this slow motion creep like The Sims do when they are sneaking up behind you, which was kind of funny after-the-fact). He was so freaked out when I opened the door and said, “Can I help you with something?” that he ran off and they never did it again.

But those damn meddling kids - I wouldn’t put it past them to have been the ones that toilet papered us.

Finally, while we were watching Batman Begins, I asked ceitfianna if she had ever seen the MTV Movie Awards parody with Jimmy Fallon. She had not, so I went and scrounged it up and shall now share, for all your viewing pleasures.

I have his face all over my underpants!

I have now successfully ruined the chase scene for you forever. You can thank me later.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on July 19th, 2012 02:16 am (UTC)
Serial Killer Batman FTW!

It sounds like you had an excellent last hurrah - and maybe there can be visits in future, too. That would be good.

Sorry your mom is sick (and being stupid about getting better).

Back to work in two Fridays. No writing so far this week.
dodger_sister: kenzidodger_sister on July 20th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
We did have a very good last hurrah and we hope that once she is settled somewhere more permanent, that she may be able to return for a visit in the summer. I suggested we could take her up to see more of the Great Lakes, which she did not get enough of while she was living here and drowning in school work.

Thanks, babe. Mom is still sick and still has a cast on her broken arm and is still driving me crazy. They gave her breathing treatments and steroids, both of which jack you the fuck-up like big-time, so her maniac episodes have been all Up-Up-Up this last week - in a way that is not good for anyone. Hopefully it won't turn into anything worse though.

Why are the evil people making you go back to work?!
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on July 20th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
Well, they're not just evil, they're insane, starting teacher work on July 27 and classes on August 1. Psychopathic sadists that they are....

The Great Lakes are pretty amazing. They even stand in for an ocean fix for me, sometimes, despite not smelling quite right for that.

Oh, Mom. Mommitty Mom Mom Mom. Too bad you can't just tell her to chill and have it happen, yes?
dodger_sister: kenzidodger_sister on July 21st, 2012 03:26 am (UTC)
Voodoo doll your bosses? Just suggesting things here.

The Great Lakes are the lakes of my youth. Even when I get sick of Michigan, I am rather sentimental about 'up north'. Even if sometimes the lakes smell like dead fish.

Too bad you can't just tell her to chill and have it happen, yes?

That would be lovely. /sigh/
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on July 21st, 2012 04:36 am (UTC)
Dude! I have TOTALLY considered that. It would make me feel better, that's for sure... but then I get all of the future-guilt and potential bad-karma feelings, and I don't do it.

Maybe a dartboard with his picture on it would suffice. At least for making me feel better.

I don't suppose there are any distractions you can throw Mom's way? Sacrifice an in-law or something? :P

dodger_sister: kenzidodger_sister on July 22nd, 2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
It would make me feel better, that's for sure... but then I get all of the future-guilt and potential bad-karma feelings, and I don't do it.

Like if something actually ended up happening to your bosses, then you'd feel guilty later? I could see that but it would be very theraputic. The photo-on-the-dartboard would be theraputic too though - I have done that in the past (totally ruined my walls but it was worth it).

I don't suppose there are any distractions you can throw Mom's way? Sacrifice an in-law or something? :P

I only have the two sister-in-laws and I like them. But Mom has been a little distracted just recently because The Canadian Brother has been having some issues with his neighbor and now has decided to move because of it. You know, when we were kids and she would get maniac episodes, she would do all these creative projects - I wish she would do that now. (although right now she has her arm in a cast so painting or sewing or baking are probably off the list).
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on July 22nd, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
We have a dartboard - I could just put his picture on it. This may be the best solution of all!

Yeah - the cast would definitely interfere with her chosen hobbies, wouldn't it?

On a related note: I realized lately that most of my hobbies, except for writing, are just gone. I haven't played guitar or written music since 2000; haven't done performance swordfighting since 1999; stopped doing martial arts or drawing or designing and making costumes. It's possible that my lack of fun things (excluding hanging out with friends, which is always awesome) added to my distress last year, and my desire not to return to work this year... but when did I have time for any of those last year? Catch-22.
dodger_sister: kenzidodger_sister on July 22nd, 2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
Woman, I don't even know how people who have jobs like yourself find time for LJing and writing, let alone anything else. I don't have a job and I can't keep up with jack-shit. I can't remember when the last time was I played the keyboard or did any painting. Hell, I barely manage to keep my mail put away.

I would definitely say your lack of creative outlets could be a major factor in your 'ugh, no, don't wanna' mood.

Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on July 22nd, 2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
Yep. *sigh*

DARTBOARD IT IS!!!! Just need to print out a picture.
Kate: Charles+Raven-here to hold youceitfianna on July 19th, 2012 03:48 am (UTC)
It really was just what I needed and I'll watch the spoof when I get home tonight.
dodger_sister: happydodger_sister on July 20th, 2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
I am glad! It was a good day for me too - I just love a good relaxing day with fangirls.