The Lammas Hireling )

A blessed harvest, everyone. And now for some HP silliness: That survey everyone's doing. ) Plus [ profile] ashinae told me about Undressable Remus! (Say you're Sirius.) And I can't remember where I found out about Pirate Monkeys Inc's Mary Sue comic but make sure to read all five pages, especially if you're an LOTR fan.

Yesterday after I had to hold down the Trek Nation fort because my editor's computer had died (that's why I never heard from him the other day), we went out to dinner with my parents. My seven-year-old was acting like a three-year-old. Unfortunately so was my father. I could have handled one three-year-old, but not two. I ended up missing dessert to take the seven-year-old for a walk, and we ended up in a party goods store discussing other disgusting flavors of Bertie Botts Beans they could have marketed. The store owner gave said son a balloon and everything was fine.

And as long as I'm spamming the hell out of this entry, I might as well announce that have pointed ears! Though this is totally untrue!

You're a Vulcan!
You're a Vulcan! Cool and collected, you represent
the epitome of self control.
What Star Trek Race Are You?
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Coming of Age 1966 )

Brought to my attention by [ profile] ingrid_m, Rutger Hauer will be on Smallville! Oh frabjous day! And speaking of Smallville:

You are Domestic Clex
You are Domestic Clex
You love the comfort of home. You own at least one
pet and know how to handle yourself in the
kitchen. You'd rather be at home than anywhere
else because, after all, home is where the
heart is.
Which Clex Are You??
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Afterwards I did this quiz some more and discovered that it has some great results, like Future Clex and Happily-Ever-After Clex. I'm bummed it had no button to show all of them.

Discovered via [ profile] vjlaqem, The Quibbler Memorial Issue dedicated to That Character Who Dies In OOTP. SHRIEK! HOWL!

Friday Five:

1. What time do you wake up on weekday mornings?

As close to 8 a.m as possible. I don't function at all before 7 so my family knows there is no point in waking me.

2. Do you sleep in on the weekends? How late?
As late as my kids allow. 9-9:30 when very lucky.

3. Aside from waking up, what is the first thing you do in the morning?
As there is usually a cat nearby, move her aside so I can get up.

4. How long does it take to get ready for your day?
If I'm working online, five minutes. If I am showering to go someplace, 30-40 minutes. This all depends on whether "my day" for the purposes of this question includes getting my kids to school. If so, then 30-40 minutes for that, plus however long it is going to take me to get my own stuff ready to go.

5. When possible, what is your favorite place to go for breakfast?
Bagel City. My husband makes better pancakes and eggs than most restaurants.

Twilight from the Campground at Devil's Tower
From 'The King Must Die' )

[ profile] orlystar has images from the ROTK trailer and link to one of its current homes on the web. Yay! And [ profile] ashinae has made screen caps of naked Sean Bean in Lady Chatterley. Yum!

Speaking of whom, I may have quoted this before but I ran into the quote and it bears repeating.

FHM: As an actor, you must spend a lot of time in hotel bedrooms. Ever been tempted to turn on the adult channel?

Sean Bean: No, not since I saw that Alan Partridge episode, anyway. The worst thing is when you think you've put the porn channel on accidentally. I mean you can't ring down and say I pressed the button by mistake, because they'll just laugh at you. And if you only have it on for a few seconds, they'll think you're a premature ejaculator. It's a dilemma, that.

For some reason TT has sent me no work to do this morning. Maybe I have been fired for being so late yesterday with the all-important DS9 season four DVD review wrap-up (or for having been out of town for a month). I get paid so little that it would hardly really matter. This is the fault of [ profile] lastrega and I am horrified that I didn't cheat more and try harder to be Beka or Rommie! Eek!

You are Captain Dylan Hunt!
Dylan Hunt
Brave, courageous, but somewhat foolhardy.
You should look before crossing the road!
Take the Test.
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I'm reading Sallie Nichols' Jung and Tarot and really enjoying it. Can't believe I never read it before.

Am off to get ready to have lunch with [ profile] perkypaduan and [ profile] vertigo66. We are going metaphysical bookstore-hopping. Much slash will be discussed. Joy!
Lullaby )

Yesterday before picking up the van, which needed $500 worth of work after driving around the country, we went out for excellent Thai food. Then we reclaimed our children and tried to console an inconsolable younger son who had accidentally thrown out his 3D glasses and comic from Spy Kids 3-D. Guess I am going to McDonald's today to see if they'll sell me just the toy, not the kids' meal. And [ profile] zasjah, I am finally going to the post office!

Last night I dreamed that a young Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were playing a young Sirius and Remus in a yet-untitled Harry Potter movie. I blame the fact that "Affleck" sort of rhymes with "Black" and "Damon" sort of rhymes with "Lupin." Otherwise, [ profile] ashinae, I would have to assume that it was somehow your fault.

Boy In Snow, Crater Lake, Oregon
I do not love you... )

REJOICE! "Hardman SEAN BEAN is to play a homosexual Nazi in disturbing new movie Venetian Heat...

I barely saw my children yesterday -- they had sports camp until four, then since I had no transportation (the van needs all sorts of little things and a few big things after our trip), my mother drove them to swimming lessons and kept them at her house through dinner. You'd think I would have gotten more accomplished, but noooo.

It is very difficult to write news bullets when one is a month behind on news and can't tell the major stories from the minor ones, nor can one keep in one's head all 100 or so news bullets posted in absentia already.

I'm sure everyone has seen this already but my uncle sent me the link and I had not, so just in case: Caution: Wizard at Work (from the set of Prisoner of Azkaban).

Was reasonably pleased about being the writer. )

Badlands, South Dakota
Lot's Wife )

For the [ profile] hp100 pensieve challenge, Identification. The idea actually came to me last night chatting with [ profile] ashinae and the challenge seemed ready-made for it. Just what I need, another drabble community...I am so going to hell. (As a Ravenclaw, which is what I come out in all the tests, even though I feel like I should be a that wrong?)

Back to work. My editor suggests that I catch up on such important news as Activision suing Viacom over the demise of Trek and Brannon Braga being a moron as usual. I see I didn't miss anything.

Grasshopper, Clinton, Oklahoma


Jul. 27th, 2003 09:30 pm
Through some miracle of negotiation, I talked my family into going to see Seabiscuit instead of Johnny English (which I wouldn't mind seeing, but in my limited theater-going movie time I would really rather go to movies I really want to see). It was wonderful. I haven't read the book -- am now wondering why I haven't read the book, as I love horse stories nearly as much as baseball stories (am having huge urge now to revisit Marguerite Henry's King of the Wind, a childhood favorite), so everything in the film was a surprise to me other than the endings of major races, and even though I knew when the horse was going to win I was biting my nails anyway.

Structurally the film reminded me so much of The Natural -- underdog with devastating injury, kindly mumbo-jumbo talking trainer, good guy manager who really deserves a win, villain who's way overweight, overdressed and obsessed with his wealth and position, kid in role of replacement son, reporter as catalyst, women all saints or whores, period setting, Randy Newman soundtrack swelling at appropriate moments, glorification of American heartland and American spirit -- not that I am complaining as I absolutely adore The Natural. I also adore Jeff Bridges, so even though he was playing a character quite similar to the one he played in Tucker I thought he was wonderful. And Tobey M. was a revelation, because I really didn't like Spider-Man all that much -- thought it was quite overrated.

I'm going to have to read the book now. Is Frank Hopkins' autobiography still available anywhere? I can't even track down the title. Meanwhile, got this from [ profile] sangerin, made me quite happy:

Anne of Cleves
Which of Henry VIII's wives are you?
this quiz was made by the lycanthropes at Spookbot

Soul's Beauty )

A month away and I had forgotten how unbearably hot and muggy Washington can be in the summer...the 120 degrees without humidity of the southwest is easier to breathe, though I must admit that being here and seeing all the different shades of green in the woods, I missed the deciduous trees.

Yesterday in the warm but tolerable afternoon we went to see the hugely fun Pirates of the Caribbean which is even sillier than I had been led to believe. ) But it wins lots and lots of points for style and enthusiasm. (And the Hidalgo trailer was still attached! I'm such a sucker for movies where people talk to, you know, Viggo.)

All four leads look like they are having the best time, there are lots of bits of imagery from the amusement park ride (which I've been on three times in two different Disney parks), the swordfighting and boat chases are beautifully done and the eye candy factor is, well, superb. I liked the women, which is unusual in historical action-adventure where usually there's some horrible stereotype or other being perpetrated, though of course no one had a living mother. Johnny Depp is so delightfully, shamelessly swishy! I'd slash Jack with Kevin Kline's Pirate King from The Pirates of Penzance if it weren't so utterly ridiculous on so many levels. As it is, I might have to write something about Jack and Anamaria teaching Will what women want.

Today the boys are clamoring to see Johnny English and since they hadn't seen a film in five weeks and it looks like rain, we may indulge them. I am sure Seabiscuit will still be around next weekend and it sounds like I can wait for T3 on DVD -- I don't want to watch the violence on the big screen anyway. Then I must get cracking on the book reviews I owe GMR before I check in with TT and say yeah, what have you got for me?

Pirate Ship and Settlement, Treasure Island, Las Vegas
High School Senior )

Had my lovely Thai lunch with [ profile] perkypaduan, discussed how right Sex and the City was about "He's not into you," plus Latin-derivative names for wizard sex toys that might helpfully appear in the Room of Requirement if a werewolf and an animagus stumbled in there. Why were we thinking about the latter, you might ask? I blame [ profile] ashinae. I also blame her for the fact that I went here and here. I am so going to Hell, even more than usual. Had serious (I can't even write that word anymore) discussion with my parents about the last 30 pages of OOTP and had to keep myself from blurting out, "theirloveissocanon!"

Today: finally taking kids to Pirates of the Caribbean. And then maybe the pool, where they had swimming lessons yesterday. They start sports camp Monday; if only I didn't have to work!

The Ghost of Mount Rainier Behind the Stadiums, Seattle
One Art )

Friday Five

1. If your life were a movie, what would the title be?

Sentimental Schlock

2. What songs would be on the soundtrack?
Oh, wow, the soundtrack would be continuous and endless. There would be lots of Billy Joel and disco during my junior high school years, lots of Beatles and Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals during my high school years, lots of Madonna and bad '80s music from college, lots of folk rock from grad school, disco revival from the late '90s, a brief foray into Britney and N'Sync from when my kids came home from camp demanding them, and for the past year thanks to [ profile] ashinae it's mostly been October Project.

3. Would it be a live-action film or animated? Why?
Really beautifully animated, everything vaguely Pre-Raphaelite in appearance (especially my naturally curly hair *g*).

4. Casting: who would play you, members of your family, friends, etc?
I wouldn't object to Winona Ryder a la Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael playing me when I was younger. As for now -- damn, Gilda Radner's not around. Marina Sirtis could play my mother if she lost the accent and I suppose Paul Sorvino should play my father seeing as they went to high school together. One of the women from Friends should play my sister. I've been told that Matt Damon looks like my husband, and even though I don't see it and am not attracted to Matt Damon, I guess that would give it box office appeal, huh? Keifer Sutherland would be playing his younger brother as they look very much alike. As for the rest, oh, let's just borrow the cast of Dawson's Creek. Hah! Oh, and Kate Mulgrew would be playing my freshman English prof (those of you who understand this may stop laughing whenever you wish).

5. Describe the movie preview/trailer.
Lots of travel scenes. Mary Beth's "Hold On" and Colin Hay's "Waiting For My Real Life To Begin" as the music. Sheesh this is silly!

And now I am off to prepare for lunch with [ profile] perkypaduan. Later!

Rainbow near Devil's Tower, Wyoming
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