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Christmas was good. - Ldy, the lemony, ligerish ducttaparian's Magic Treehouse of Lost Thoughts
A classy broad's life... with footnotes.
Christmas was good.
I don't remember if I've ever posted about it before, but Shadowfax can probably attest to the "I am thirteen years old" phenomena that occurs whenever I visit my parents. I am a thirty-five year old woman everywhere else in the world*, but the closer in proximity I am to my dad, the younger I become (approaching thirteen). It's horrendous. I can only stand it for so long. I figure it's just one of those relationship things, and a figment of my imagination.

However, this year, P fell into the Vortex of Adolescence as well. "AAAAAAAAAGHGH! Am I thirteen?!" he cried in desperation. Since I thought it was merely issues from my own childhood stuffed deeply into my subconscious, I hadn't warned him about it.


My Dad's pretty powerful, I guess.

Little Dude dug the geeetar pretty thoroughly. It sounds wonderful, and I can hear the difference in his playing already.

Also gave Boy a copy of Time Bandits. He'd never seen it before. Whee :) We enjoyed it (and so did my 'rents). DVD itself seems faulty-- gonna send it back to Amazon. But I'm looking forward to watching the version with audio commentary someday. We heard a bit of it before my dad came out and made us turn off the TV (P and I are thirteen, you know-- Z should have known better at fourteen). It was so funny, I had tears running down my face. You know how DVDs are divided up into sections, and many DVDs choose to title those sections with pithy and clever little sayings? Well, the actual DVD titles are quite nice. But when you put on Audio Commentary, they all change-- and some are rather nasty! Three cheers for Terry Gilliam, and an extra cheer for Criterion for including that bit of nonsense :)

I've so much to share with Little Rocker Dude, I really do. Later that night, we sat up playing "movie dubs" over the Jewelry channel, and then over Chuckie (in Spanish) which evolved into a movie about a woman hawking sugarless gum (don't ask). I can't remember when I've laughed so hard. We're such GOOFS.

Any two of us together create a force of Goofiness that is off the charts. The three of us together are downright dangerous.

Saw LOTR and Peter Pan. Peter Pan hit me on a very personal level-- while the tween sex appeal thing was pretty creepy, it IS a love story (or was, before Disney got their hands on it in the '50s), and the rest of the movie was fabulous. I also realized that I am not five years old. I am an adult.

Seriously, I didn't fully realize this. No surprise to the lot of you, I know. It was weird, though, finding myself identifying more with Mrs. Darling and Hook than with Peter and Wendy. This isn't to say that I'll ever completely grow up, you know, all the way. Merely that my perspective is not quite what it was.

And of course, there were pirates. Well, stuff it. I STILL think Hook's pretty hot. Doubling Mr. Darling as Hook was a brilliant casting decision, and well-executed. I can see what Wendy saw in him.

Pre-teen sexuality and father pirate attraction. Yeah, the critics will pan it. But I still dug the movie :) It was well-written, perfectly-cast and the CGI and lighting were fantabulous. Hell, the lighting alone was worth the eight bucks to me. But I'm a freak.

I hankered for everything bagels during the entire thing. (That should only make sense to one of you, btw.)

LOTR, what can I say? Amazing. On the downside, I wish the endings hadn't been so drawn out. That's my only criticism. The rest was fantastic. And yes, I realize that at least three of the endings weren't even there. But the ones that WERE there took too damned long. Note to Peter Jackson-- never, ever, fade to black, and then go on for half an hour. Please. That said, I SO hope it gets recognized come Oscar time.

Got to see the Faxmeister (horseofshadows, to the uninitiated)-- that was superexcellentawesome, as always!! :) (Got your message-- will call you tomorrow, if I can! I haven't yet tried the Circle of Nummy Goodness.)

Oh, and after that diatribe on beef I gave the other day, I have to report (perhaps a little sheepishly), that I ate a burger at Wendy's xmas eve, and prime rib at Linger Lodge Saturday. Oh, and I ate pork (something that, other than the occasional strip of bacon, I never eat) on xmas.

I'd still rather eat my words than beef... but I live on the edge sometimes, what can I say. If I should die a slow and horrible death from nvCJD a dozen years hence, please put "I TOLD you it would kill me" on my tombstone. And then make a point not to eat my brains. Thanks!

Still not caught up with comments, but I've gotten all my bills paid, and will now finish up my laundry. Next few days will be crazy (work and rehearsal tomorrow, work and gig NYE), so once again, see you on the flip side.

Hugs to everyone, regardless of whatever :)

* but not, of course, on planets with different periods of revolution than the earth.
& This space intentionally left blank. OR IS IT?!

I'm feeling all kinds of: sneaky, tricksy, false
What I hear: Can't hear you; I've got saphyres in my ears :)

16 tall tales or Tell me a story
From: thedreamingtree Date: December 29th, 2003 09:34 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Little Rocker? Holler.

Are you going to move to Little Rock now?

Little Rock is fun. I didn't read that whole thing but Little Rocck is fun. I just saw Little Rock. LITTLE ROCK IS FUN.
ldy From: ldy Date: December 30th, 2003 11:13 am (UTC) (permalink)
little rockin' around the christmas tree!
From: thedreamingtree Date: December 30th, 2003 11:18 am (UTC) (permalink)
that icon is making my head hurt today.
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ldy From: ldy Date: December 30th, 2003 11:18 am (UTC) (permalink)
She is beautiful, and has this gorgeous ballgown. And she oozes tremendous love for her children, and her lips are so eminently kissable. Ach. I want to be Mrs. Darling!

I expect my father to make me feel like a child at times. But it never occurred to me that my father might make someone else feel thirteen as well! He was a Superintendent of Schools, though, so I suppose that might have something to do with it.

Thank you for the welcome :) It's good to be back, in many ways.
corto From: corto Date: December 29th, 2003 10:11 pm (UTC) (permalink)
dad's have a way of holding our development in check for all eternity... regardless of how much we change in our afdl (away from dad lives). :D
ldy From: ldy Date: December 30th, 2003 11:19 am (UTC) (permalink)
So very true! But while I expect my dad to make me feel like a child at times, it never occurred to me that my father might make someone else feel thirteen as well! On some level, it brought P and me closer together, I think :)
mindwalker From: mindwalker Date: December 29th, 2003 11:20 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I loved Time Bandits. I think I might add that to my Netflix queue; it's been a while since I've seen it...

I'm hoping to go see LOTR ROTK sometime later this week.

I really enjoyed that footnote about the different periods of revolution!
ldy From: ldy Date: December 30th, 2003 11:24 am (UTC) (permalink)
I almost got Baron Munchausen instead of Time Bandits. I think that will be next on the list. So many films, so much time! Or something like that :)

Glad you appreciated the footnote! I must be a geek for thinking that someone might consider our world to extend beyond our planet, eh?
scottobear From: scottobear Date: December 30th, 2003 05:31 am (UTC) (permalink)
I think having Mr. Darling and Hook play the same role is one fairly steeped in tradition... and it's a good one.

I do think that a love story can be done without the sexuality side of things, but hopefully I 'll be seeing the movie on friday, and can get a more solid vibe there.

I'm really glad that you got to spend time with so many loved ones this holiday.
ldy From: ldy Date: December 30th, 2003 11:49 am (UTC) (permalink)
Yes, it would seem that way. Jason Issacs as Pirate Darling was wonderful :)

If you can get past the calvin kleinish "not sexuality, merely sensuality" child porn vibe, it's a keeper. And really, it's not rude or offensive, just a little off-putting-- but it only makes sense to highlight Pan's sensuality, as the tale is told from Wendy's coming-of-age point of view, and there's nothing really terribly wrong with it. It's just slightly creepy from a non-paedophilic adult's pov, is all.

Glad you had a nice holiday, and managed to miss toenail clippers in 2003! And thanks for the lovely gifty in ravenblack's world-- I meant to thank you for that some time ago. :)

Hey, any idea why the girl is clickable in paper sky?

scottobear From: scottobear Date: December 30th, 2003 12:02 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Somehow I got Calvin Klein and "Kevin Kline" mixed up visually there for a sec... I was going to say.. Ol' Kev got pretty buff for the movie! He Made a Fine Gilbert & Sully Pirate, after all.

You're quite welcome to the gift in Ravenblack's! I like to keep the kids happy! :)

Maybe she's clickable, just so the pointer turns into a hand?

rhiannonstone From: rhiannonstone Date: December 30th, 2003 06:06 am (UTC) (permalink)
It's traditional for the same actor to play Mr. Darling and Hook. I was a bit taken aback that Peter is played by a (*gasp!*) boy, but I guess it makes sense with all the romance/sexuality. I can't wait to see it!
ldy From: ldy Date: December 30th, 2003 11:49 am (UTC) (permalink)
I think you will enjoy it as much as I did :D

I want it on DVD! And I want it NOW!!
duinlas From: duinlas Date: December 30th, 2003 06:44 am (UTC) (permalink)
the critics will pan it?

ldy From: ldy Date: December 30th, 2003 11:50 am (UTC) (permalink)
I have been mortally wounded by by own unitended pun!!

From: horseofshadows Date: December 31st, 2003 12:03 am (UTC) (permalink)

Completing the Circle of Nummy Goodness

I thought I had the Ritual completed... after 7hrs of chanting over it (not to mention a trip to the store for more alchemic goodness) you'd think it'd be satisfied. But, as with all New Things, this one seems to have initially defied me - at first.

Once I realized the error, it was a quick bit of poking and prodding to make it right.

Please set your forge for 325 and, once glowing nicely, re-immerse the CoNG for ~20-30min. I suggest testing it with a knife at 20/25/30min. The top will turn from tanish to golden-brownish and the inside (especially towards the bottom) will solidify and become whole (instead of its current gloppy state).

After that I recommend cooling it to touch and then cutting a healthy portion for testing. For proper testing, make sure the A- is set for La-Mode (use vanilla for best results) and consume promptly lest what is cold becomes hot and what is hot becomes cold (that just about ruins the effect). Share with others if so inclined, otherwise hoard greedily and consume with fervor.

Merry Christmas!! ;-)

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