splix: (winter)
A merry Christmas and happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate, and a good day to everyone else.

Nina and me, giving kissy faces to everyone. :D

Well, I was going to try to do some writing, but I got a sore, tickly throat on Monday morning, started sneezing Monday afternoon, and had a full-blown head cold by Monday night. What a suckfest. It's pretty much run its course, but it made writing impossible. :( And I don't get sick often; it always feels like my body hates me [such a drama queen]. I pumped myself full of echinacea and vitamin C and tried to get as much sleep as I could. Not too much of a surprise - I was run down from work and not eating enough fruits and veg and there was crud going around anyway. BAH.

But I left work with a clean slate and a clean conscience and a bunch of gifts to be opened tomorrow evening when I get home from the family celebration. That's nice. :D

Yesterday I went to see Rogue One with my sister. Mostly, I really enjoyed it. minor spoilery remarks )

I want to see Hidden Figures and Manchester by the Sea, also Arrival. On TV I plan to watch Black Mirror and The Crown. This week while I was ill I watched Big Eyes with Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz and was genuinely confused by Christoph Waltz's performance. Was he trying to chew the scenery that hard, or...? Anyway, I liked it all right. Sort of mundane for a Tim Burton movie except that the film sort of dances around Margaret Keane's true reason for painting those creepy-kitschy big-eyed kids. I also watched the documentary Minimalism and enjoyed it. I'm no minimalist myself, not with my attachment to possessions, but I do try to consume thoughtfully for the most part.


Today I caught up on chores - laundry and cleaning. I baked some chicken for the week as well. Still didn't feel tip-top, so didn't take Miss Nina for a walk. Poor thing, I've been neglecting her exercise. It's a good thing she goes to my sister's during the week and runs about, otherwise she'd just be lying around all day. :(

Now the house is clean, I've watched It's a Wonderful Life and MST3K's Santa Claus and The Lion in Winter - it's time to crack open the bottle of Rogue Cow Cookies and Cream liqueur I got from one of the profs and catch up on tumblr, then fold a little laundry and head to bed with a book. Tomorrow it's dinner and presents at my sister's house.

So long, and happy holidays. :)


May. 27th, 2013 12:36 am
splix: (parade's end sylvia by rolliraserin)
Just finished watching this on Netflix. The only reason I finished it - well, two reasons. It was pretty to look at, and Andrea Riseborough is a really good actress with a fascinating face who deserves better than this movie. I'm going to seek out her other stuff. But this movie, yuck. It's about Wallis Simpson and Edward, Duke of Windsor [played by James D'Arcy, who I've seen before but can't remember in what - ETA: Master and Commander! God, and other stuff. I like him. He doesn't deserve this movie either] and their trials, and it's got the same dumb side trick that dragged Julie and Julia down - a sort of parallel story about a woman in a crappy marriage who's serious fangirl-level obsessed with the royal romance. There was revisionism, particularly when it came to their political sympathies. The film screamed hysterically WE'RE NOT NAZI SYMPATHIZERS SRSLY!!1! so much it made me blink and finally, after the fourth or so assertion, roll my eyes and laugh. There was other stuff, but the movie was too boring to really go into. It was sucky. But pretty to look at.


May. 20th, 2013 04:11 pm
splix: (cumberbatch s'eepy)
So I saw Star Trek Into Darkness.

short review under cut. Spoilers. )

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