[I wrote this post yesterday off ‘n’ on during the day. And then I forgot to email it home so I could post it. So, it’s a day off and not all that informative, but hey! It’s a post. More posting to come, I promise.]
I’ve been dealing with some blockage. Of the brain kind. Of the writing kind. Things have been happening, thoughts like “I should write about this” have been happening, but I haven’t been able to sit down and write about them. Haven’t been able to get my brain in a place where that sounds like a good idea.
I spend a lot of time thinking about the weather. This is the time of year when I absolutely love the south. It was in the 80s yesterday. Today will be cooler, upper 60s, low 70s. We’re expecting rain. And rain for the next several days. Rain will be wonderful—make all the grass and flowers and trees give up this dismal winter brown and get some green on. Right now, where I grew up, it’s -2˚ F. Where my sister lives, it’s -5˚ F. At my house, it’s 64˚ F.
I love the south.
For a few more weeks anyway. Soon it’s going to be over 100˚ F and I’ll be sweating as soon as I get out of any air conditioned building. And freezing anytime I’m inside those buildings because southerners are crazy about their air conditioning. And so is my husband.
The pine trees are dropping their magical fairy dust all over the place right now. We opened the windows of the house over the weekend to air out the place from being shut up for so long. When I went to bed, I noticed a fine layer of dust on top of my book. Yellow dust. Layered over everything. Guess how much dusting I’m doing this coming weekend? Lots! And this is just the pine trees so far. Just wait until the flowers are actually blooming. Fun times, fun times . . . .
I should share the work situation and Justin’s health situation, but I don’t want to talk about it. Not here. Not yet. It leaves me with a fairly limited conversation pool, unfortunately, because those two items take up a lot of the brain-use time that isn’t thinking about the weather.
I watch TV, though, so I can talk about that. Justin and I rented Tin Man from Netflix. It’s a 3-part mini-series based on the Wizard of Oz. Very loosely. But it’s really fun! Okay, so the writing is really bad sometimes and doesn’t make a lot of sense. And for some reason, I keep totally missing information and Justin has to explain what the heck is going on. I think his description of the show was “The Wizard of Oz done in steampunk while on acid.” It’s a good description. We’re waiting for the second disk now with the 3rd part of the series. I’m interested to see how they’re going to wrap it all up, whether they’re going to avoid the really cliché ending that I could see happening.
I’ve enjoyed watching Zooey Deschanel and Alan Cumming. I like seeing Zooey in things (even if Justin does find her extremely attractive). She’s a fun actress and since we watch her sister (Emily) on Bones so often, I have fun seeing how these sisters are progressing in their careers. And Alan (who played Nightcrawler in the X-Men movies) is playing a fun character that I’m really enjoying.
Bu the thing that irritates me a lot since Justin pointed it out to me? The turn-coat character is a shape-shifter who turns into a dog. And he is absolutely the only dark-skinned character in the whole show. Everybody else? Pale, pale white. This guy? Dark brown African American man. Seriously, now! Didn’t anybody think about that just a tiny little bit?!
I’m also still watching NCIS. I’m about 1/3 of the way through season 2. It’s going to take me a good long while to watch all these but I’m enjoying it. I’m a little confused about the episode I watched last night (mostly “Why?” and “Why those people in particular?”) but still lots and lots of fun stuff.
And since I’m always happy to see Firefly people employed, Justin and I watched the first episode of Castle on Monday (I’m pretty sure it was Monday). Nathan Fillion plays Richard Castle, a best-selling mystery novelist with charisma flowing off him like stink off a skunk. Pat, one of our friends, called it “The anti-Bones.” Best-selling author works with law-enforcement to solve crimes. Yea! It’s also been explained as being pretty much the same old story as told so many other times before, only better.
It really is a whole lot of fun. Fillion is so much fun to watch no matter who he’s playing. And in this show, he’s a frat-boy author with great insight into people and a whole lot of charisma. He’s cocky and impulsive, but cares a lot for his daughter and mother. And it drove him crazy until he worked out the problems with the murder in the first episode (murders based around scenes from his books).
We really enjoyed it and we’re recommending it to pretty much everybody. It’s on at the crazy time of 10:00 EST, but it means we’ll watch it curled up in our pajamas before climbing into bed. Or we’ll just record it, like everything else.
Anyway. You should watch it. It’s fun.