11.12.2010

personal update of the better variety

Updates, we have updates.
  • I am better! I feel like myself again. Myself before I fell off the cliff last week - the almost-50, fibromyalgia version of myself. My brain functioning has returned to its usual suboptimal level, and my energy is back. Whew. Huge whew.

    The pain and tenderness level, on the other hand, is monstrous. My nerve endings must be going berserk. So that sucks, but it's much easier to live with pain than with pain plus fatigue and brain fog.

  • Remember when I identified the single greatest challenge of my grad school experience?


    Well, yesterday I emailed redsock from class to announce an unexpectedly kick-ass grade. His reply: FRY TRUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I had forgotten all about the A+ rule! I owe myself some fries!

  • This week I was alerted that some anti-choicers would be demonstrating outside Robarts, the main library at the University of Toronto. As it happened, I had a class right next door the same day. I drove in early and joined the counter-demo for a couple of hours.

    The pro-choicers were a mix of my activist friends and some university women who I didn't know. It was a brilliantly sunny, brisk day, and we handed out pamphlets and buttons, and (at least while I was there) outnumbered the fetus lovers three-to-one.

    I felt so strongly in my element. I'm appalled to see this fight in Canada, but if I have to, I will throw my whole body and soul into the battle. I don't believe that will be necessary, but this minority has hijacked the majority on so many issues. It could happen.

  • Movie Season update! I liked both Crazy Heart and It's Complicated very much. I had some issues with the last parts of both those movies, but in general they were both quite good. I loved Broken Embraces, and highly recommend Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

    But the show-stopper so far - as many of you predicted - is Slings & Arrows. It is great. It many ways it reminds me of my favourite series ever, The Larry Sanders Show, which seems destined to never come out on DVD. (I only saw a few seasons, and I would love to own the whole series.) Slings & Arrows and Larry Sanders are both "behind the scenes" shows, with a similar mix of comedy and pathos, and some common themes: the tensions between art and commerce, the constant craving for approval, the complexities of human motivation - all while somehow never lecturing you. Slings & Arrows has Shakespeare going for it, but Larry Sanders had Rip Torn. We've finished S&A Season One and are waiting for the second season to arrive.

    We also watched Season Two of Flight of the Conchords. Predictably, it was nowhere near the quality of the first season - how could it be? - and the last few episodes sucked. I'm relieved they had the good sense to pull the plug. Death Comes To Town is a sleeping pill.

    We've seen some others, but those are the highlights.

  • Still no resolution of the $500 water bill. It's a standoff: Peel says we owe it, we say we don't. I paid an amount that would represent normal usage, wrote a letter, and am waiting for Peel's next volley. Our landlord is also mystified.

  • We are getting ready for our annual US Thanksgiving road trip. This will mark one year since our first trouble at the border. I must admit I am dreading the delay this time. It's one thing if we're driving to Buffalo, but on a 10-hour drive, after working all weekend, a 90-minute or two-hour delay is such a drag.

    After our last detention, Allan submitted a form requesting more information on an "adverse border crossing experience". When he checked for updates, he was told it had not been received - more than a month later. He then filled out the same form online. We figure the response will be amusing, if nothing else. I just wonder how long this will go on. Forever?

  • I am already counting weeks and days until my winter break. Last year I had a full four weeks off, but this year only three. No fair! On the other hand, Christmas and Boxing Day fall on a weekend, so Allan and I have a whole weekend off with pay, plus the following Saturday - beyond rare. Can't wait.
  • 35 comments:

    Scott said...

    Congrats. And if the fries weren't enough, you can reward yourself with Larry Sanders. The complete series just came out on DVD a few weeks ago.

    L-girl said...

    The complete series just came out on DVD a few weeks ago.

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!

    L-girl said...

    Who is Scott? Not Scott M. Just a random person coming by to tell me about Larry Sanders?

    Amy said...

    Yay for all the good news (and sorry you are still having pain)! What did you get an A+ on?

    I haven't yet seen the movies you listed, other than It's Complicated, so thanks for the recommendations. I need to make a list now that baseball season is over and television offers fewer options. But I am curious what it was about the ending of It's Complicated that you did not like. I also was not happy with the ending, but I wonder if it was for the same reason. I just did not see her with Steve Martin at all. No chemistry, nothing believable that would draw her to him. Better off staying alone than settling for someone so...dull?

    Amy said...

    I guess I should have put a "spoiler alert" warning on that last post.

    L-girl said...

    I didn't think the ending implied she was staying with Steve Martin, only that they were going to continue seeing each other. That much was obvious - that's the standard romantic comedy ending. She clearly couldn't go back to her ex.

    I thought the end became drawn-out with too much awkward exposition. Starting with addressing all the adult kids in bed (who I thought were upset way out of proportion to the situation), to the final discussion with Baldwin, and possibly one or two other similar wrap-ups. Too much explanation, not enough letting the story run its course.

    I think I can say, without giving any spoilers, that my problem with Crazy Heart was the same. But it's a very good movie, definitely worth seeing.

    Next up: The Trotsky, which I've heard is really good. I've also heard The Other Guys is funny and slyly anti-capitalist. I mention these because you said you're looking for movies.

    L-girl said...

    Oh, the A+ was on a paper for my management class. The assignment drew on work experience and management/labour issues, so I had a distinct advantage. We had to write a case study, apply some management theories we've learned, and offer several potential solutions, situated in various theories.

    L-girl said...

    And thanks for your yay. :)

    Three comments that could have been one!

    Amy said...

    The paper sounds interesting! Did you base it on something at the law firm?

    I don't recall all the details at the end, but it did seem dragged out a bit, IIRC.

    L-girl said...

    On a law firm. I've worked at least a dozen. Too much information for here. I'll pop the paper in an email to you. Since your household has an interest in labour relations, you might find it interesting.

    L-girl said...

    But feel totally free NOT to read it! :)

    Stephanie said...

    Really really happy that your are doing better and most especially for your academic success (and the fries!!).

    redsock said...

    Remember when I identified the single greatest challenge of my grad school experience?

    when i saw the picture -- not seeing anything stand out about the truck -- i thought: "what? attractive young women?"

    L-girl said...

    Thank you Stephanie :)

    L-girl said...

    when i saw the picture -- not seeing anything stand out about the truck -- i thought: "what? attractive young women?"

    LOL! Ha ha ha, how funny. The library program is 90% attractive young women. (5% young men and 5% older women.) I admit it is sometimes a pleasant distraction - but not really a challenge.

    redsock said...

    I have held the Larry Sanders box in my hands! 6 seasons, 17 discs, lots of deleted scenes, outtakes, interviews, and a 60-page book.

    This and the Springsteen Darkness box are going to be calling me (loudly) for awhile.

    Can we start a Fundable to get the $ for these?

    L-girl said...

    I have held the Larry Sanders box in my hands! 6 seasons, 17 discs, lots of deleted scenes, outtakes, interviews, and a 60-page book.

    ZOMG!!!! OMG OMG OMG

    This and the Springsteen Darkness box are going to be calling me (loudly) for awhile.

    And the digital SLR.

    And the better TV.

    And none of it before we get a decent trip to someplace not for a wedding.

    Can we start a Fundable to get the $ for these?

    You mean a ChipIn? (Fundable is no more.)

    All I need is a better job.

    redsock said...

    And none of it before we get a decent trip to someplace not for a wedding.

    Like a trip to HMV in NYC?

    L-girl said...

    Hmm true, no one's getting married on that trip...

    redsock said...

    I am willing to wait on the TV.

    Amy said...

    HMV? Hall of Motor Vehicles? House of Many Views? Her Majesty's Vessel?

    ???

    L-girl said...

    I'm willing to negotiate this in person, outside of comments. :)

    L-girl said...

    HMV

    Like Virgin, Tower, etc. I'm sure there's a few in western MA.

    The name actually does come from an acronym: His Master's Voice. But the name of the store is HMV.

    Amy said...

    OK, first off, on their store locator, all the stores were in Great Britain.

    Second, why does this merit a trip to NYC if you can buy all this online?

    Am I missing something?

    Amy said...

    I think that here is the reason.

    L-girl said...

    There are HMVs all over North America.

    It doesn't warrant a trip to NYC. But we are going to NYC soon, and books and DVDs are less expensive there than where we live, so Allan likes to shop there.

    L-girl said...

    Oh! Just clicked on that link. So there are NOT HMVs all over North America anymore! Just NYC, Canada and one other place. Go figure.

    L-girl said...

    HMV Canada

    Scott said...

    I'm not _entirely_ random. Been lurking here for a while, ever since your blog popped up in a Google search back when I was plotting my escape to Vancouver.

    L-girl said...

    Ah-ha, glad to hear it.

    You gave us the best news!!! I hadn't checked on Larry Sanders in a while. I had given up!

    Scott M. said...

    Chip Trucks (and Casses Croutes) are the best thing about the Ottawa area. They're everywhere. And there are a substantial amount of ones that are open to the wee hours of the morning and are open year round.

    Mmm.

    It's presently 11pm and I'm thinking of going on a fry run...

    L-girl said...

    Wow, talk about challenges!

    * obligatory comment so Scott M doesn't think he killed the thread *

    deang said...

    Yay on feeling better (and everything else)! I'm currently visiting a friend with an auto-immune condition that results in all-over arthritis and itchy skin, and today is the first day since I've been here that she feels generally good, so it's good to hear that someone else I know is doing better as well.

    L-girl said...

    Thanks Dean :)

    Best wishes to your friend, too.

    Scott M. said...

    Thanks l-girl... :)