February 6th, 2005

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Poem for Sunday

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I spent the morning doing things too disgusting to discuss in a public journal. They involved my kids' bathroom floor, my kids' clothes, lots of bleach and an absurd amount of lotion on my hands afterwards to make up for detergent burn. Icky yucky blecch. And then I couldn't even shower properly afterward, because, having run two loads of laundry and the dishwasher, there would not have been enough hot water for nearly half an hour and I wanted to get out of the house while the sun was still shining, so I spent the entire day smelling of chlorine and vanilla hand lotion which is not a great combination at all.

We were originally going to go down the canal to the lockhouses but it was so late by the time we left that we punted and went to Great Falls (heading in the direction of the river being on the agenda anyway because we needed things at the co-op). Great Falls was quite spectacular -- ice on much of the canal, snow on most of the grass, mud and water everywhere else, hawks in the sky, sunlight so intense that it was making rainbows in the air above the spray...well, photos below so you can see your yourself.

We were going to watch Ray tonight but by the time the kids were done showering, cleaning, homework, etc., it was too late for a two and a half hour family movie and if we'd waited till they were in bed it would have been too late for a two-hour grownup movie, so instead we all watched Ferris Bueller's Day Off, which the kids had never seen before and which I had not seen in its entirety in I don't even know how many years. It made me very, very nostalgic for Chicago, though not for '80s haircuts. I want to go to Wrigley so badly right now, and it's not even baseball season.

My very oldest friend (have known her since I was six) and her husband have had a Superbowl party every year since they got married, and have simply expanded to include children as people produced them, so we are all going to their large bash which generally breaks up around halftime so the younger kids can get to bed at a reasonable hour (hence we missed the Nipple Incident last year as we were in the car). So tonight I will be stuffing my face, catching up with people I have known since before high school and feeling completely ambivalent about the game, since my in-laws are New Englanders but there's a player on the Eagles who went to my kids' elementary school. I expect the Patriots to win but I think I'm pulling for the Eagles.


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Movies, Spoilers, Controversy

I wasn't sure whether to talk about this here at all, because the issues are so messy and involve potential spoilers which we all know are the worst thing in fandom. But I need to ask: Do other people know about the Million Dollar Baby controversy? And can I say that I have no desire to see that film, knowing what I know, and to say that I am really, really glad I do know what I know, and I think that information should have been reflected in previews and reviews in fairness to its audience, without it being taken to mean that I am a right-wing sympathizer or a censor or someone who hates movies and their directors?

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little review

Movies, Spoilers, Controversy

I wasn't sure whether to talk about this here at all, because the issues are so messy and involve potential spoilers which we all know are the worst thing in fandom. But I need to ask: Do other people know about the Million Dollar Baby controversy? And can I say that I have no desire to see that film, knowing what I know, and to say that I am really, really glad I do know what I know, and I think that information should have been reflected in previews and reviews in fairness to its audience, without it being taken to mean that I am a right-wing sympathizer or a censor or someone who hates movies and their directors?

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