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Recent Viewings

Since I haven’t been feeling all that great the last couple months (long story, but things are starting to get better now), I’ve been finding myself watching a lot of movies and shows and stuff during the times I need to be resting. It helps remind me to, you know, actually rest.

So here are a few titles I’ve seen recently and some commentary. These aren’t in any way meant to be reviews, per se, just…commentary. 😀 Unless otherwise stated, these were watched via AmazonPrime.

The Hunger Games

I haven’t read the books, but I’ve heard that the movie is a decent adaption of the first one. I’ve read posts by friends and articles by strangers, and that combined with the ads and promotions during the theatrical release made for quite a hype. Thusly, when I saw it become available on AmazonPrime, the Dearliest and I decided to see–to be cliche–what it was all about.

There were things I liked. There were things that creeped me out. There were things I found disturbing. I’m not sure I want to see it again, but I can’t stop thinking about it, even though it’s been at least 6 weeks since I saw it. The Dealiest’s comment was, “It’s the Millennial Generation that’s making this popular, and I like that I’m learning more about the Millennials. I’m not sure I like what I’m learning, though.”

We got a kick out of the movies’ portrayal of the upper class elite. Also, we got a kick out of Jennifer Lawrence.

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Doctor Who

This was another case of hype-induced interest. Posts by friends, pins on Pinterest, merchandise on ThinkGeek.com…it wasn’t everywhere, but close enough. I started watching because I wanted to better understand some things but stopped after 3 episodes because I thought it was lame and not worth the curiosity. Some weeks later I gave it another shot because a lot of shows start out kinda lame and get better. Also, I still had those unanswered questions.

After the first season I’d decided a couple things. There were things about it I really liked, but the part of me that liked the show wasn’t a part I necessarily wanted to feed. There is a decidedly creepy factor to a lot of the episodes, and my body doesn’t like adrenaline dumps that much. And, while I overall found the show entertaining, it didn’t really grab me, and I knew I wasn’t going to watch the whole thing.

Alas, I’d gotten rather sucked into the Rose arc, so I did watch season 2, but then skipped ahead to the episodes leading up to Journey’s End.

And thusly ended my Doctor Who watching.

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The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.

This is a favorite of the Dearliest and I. We went through it a long time ago back when we still had Netflix, but recently we bought our own copy because we like it that much. It’s quirky and fun and a real shame it was cancelled after one season. I think we have 2 episodes left and we’ll be done with it.

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Shaun the Sheep

We’re fans of Wallace & Gromit, but it wasn’t until this last year that I saw any of the Shaun the Sheep shorts. I was grateful to see AmazonPrime had a couple seasons available, because for times I needed to rest while the kids were up, this was something that would keep them out of trouble for half an hour or so.

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Hugo

NOT what I was expecting. I knew nothing about it when I started, got drawn into the mystery, and ended up being kinda disappointed. If I’d known ahead of time that it was going to end up a commentary on early film-making, I might’ve reacted differently. Beautifully presented with steampunkish leanings, but, like I said, disappointing in the end.

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Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman

I remember when this show was airing, and I remember seeing a couple episodes, but that’s about all my memory had. AmazonPrime had a season available, so I decided to check it out.

Folks, it was hilarious. I know it was marketed as “family entertainment” but I’m not sure near constant amusement is the entertainment they had in mind. I’m also not sure I’d let my family watch it, because after one episode (wherein I wasn’t fast enough to skip a scene) MY kids took to “play fighting” with grunts and groans and fists and rolling about on the ground. Family values? Um, no.

That about sums it up. I know I’m forgetting some, but that’s okay. Talking about movies can only be interesting for so long. 😛

Daily Adventures

TR has been waking up at 5:30. In the morning. I’m not a morning person. If I were, I would not be a 5:30am sort of morning person (more like a respectable 6:30 or 7:00, which is what I was used to, but I’m kinda off topic now). The good thing is that it’s early enough that TR goes back to sleep for another few hours. The bad thing is that the other littles start waking up at 6:00, so I can’t really take advantage of it. The other good thing is that up until TR is 4 or so months, his sleep schedule will change every 2 weeks or so (if he follows what his older siblings did when they were babies), so hopefully in another week or so I can be getting up earlier with him (and then going back to bed) or getting up later. Later would be nice. Later would be lovely.

Yesterday morning the kids and I went out and picked wildflowers (and one allium from the flower bed, but they grow wild on the property next to us so close enough, right?), then we brought them in and set them up in one of the flower presses. Good thing we did it when we did, because we woke up this morning to SNOW! It snowed until mid-day, never really sticking, but it still made everything white for a brief spell.

This afternoon was the kids’ first experience with watercolor paints. I found my set when I got out the flower press, and I had fun showing them how it works, the different kinds of brushes, and I planned on demonstrating some techniques but then realized I didn’t remember any. Oh well.

We had fun nonetheless! (L-R: Squeaky, Pokado, LK)

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Somewhere between watercolors and dinner LK climbed who knows what to reach some scissors and gave Pokado a haircut because “she needed it.”  *sigh*

Pokado helped with dinner tonight and tore up all the lettuce and chopped most the veggies (with a butter knife) for the salad. She was very proud of it, and so was I. I think this was her second time chopping veggies.

We’ve been getting some pretty incredible sunsets recently:IMG_7381IMG_7357

Aaaaaaaand it’s time to start herding the wee ones off to bed. Until next time!

Sneak Peek

Here’s a sneak peek at the new pin design:IMG_7359

The children might have gotten a hold of it once or twice. “Look, Mommy! Chicken!” You’d think they’d get enough of the birds with the 20 or so we have outside. 😛

I think it’s safe to assume I rather like felt embroidery. Each one becomes a little easier as I become more familiar with felt and how it behaves. I need to get some smaller, sharper scissors, though, if I’m going to do much more of it. I have two pairs that I use right now…one is huge (but sharp) and not good for the little stuff. The other one is smallish but dull and not designed for cutting fabrics.

Oh! I just remembered a pair of embroidery scissors I have. Or, at least, I think I have. Where did those get to, I wonder?

*engage Search Mode*

Optimistic Ramble

As most of you know, I keep a written journal and have done so regularly since I was 14. (We’ll not discuss how many journals line my shelves shelf. :-P) Last night’s entry was full of pessimistic sentimentality, if you can have such a thing. It wasn’t deliberately meant to be a downer, but when all you can think to write about is persistent diaper rashes, black eyes, headaches, ticks, swollen joints, and not being able to eat chocolate for a while…well, that’s just not cheery stuff, you know?

Today is definitely off to a good start. I finished another felt pin for the shop:

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I got inspiration for another design, but I still have to draw that one out. I love it when they just “come” to me and I don’t have to slave over paper doodling for an hour!

This one falls under the “doodled for an hour” category:

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Granda K came over this morning while SuperC (the Dearliest’s youngest brother) worked for one of the neighbors. ‘Tis always a pleasure to see him, and since I haven’t been going into town so much the last couple months it’s been a while since the last visit.

It looks like a thunderstorm is coming today, and for once I’m hopeful it is!

Also, the Dearliest is home all day, which is lovely given the long hours he worked this week (felling trees is long, hard work!).

I have bread going in the kitchen, it smells like fresh coffee is brewing, and…oh, is it lunch time already?

No wonder the littles keep asking me for food!