November 26th, 2005

little review

Poem for Saturday

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I spoke too soon about Thanksgiving being relatively calm -- there were small disasters between my mother and sister that I did not witness, and apparently larger quarrels when that branch of the family went downtown together (my kids had plans with a friend and I had to review Star Trek so we missed that trip, wouldn't all have fit in one vehicle anyway), and by the time my immediate family arrived at my parents' for dinner, my sister and her husband were already out, staying in a downtown hotel while my mother, my husband and I tried to deal with dinner for the five children plus my father who is often more complicated than the six-and-olders. In the middle of dessert, the phone rang -- it was my sister's husband's sister, calling to say that their mother, who had come through brain surgery a few weeks ago with flying colors and had gone to Florida for Thanksgiving, was back in New York -- she'd had some swelling, they did a scan, now something is showing up where the supposedly benign tumor was removed. My parents tracked down my sister in Georgetown and her husband was on a plane an hour later; she stayed downtown since she was already camped out there, is planning to grab her kids in the morning and take off. I have no idea what's going on with her husband's mother yet, if they even know.

So yeah, I'm stressed. The Trek review is "The Alternative Factor" and it is a shamefully mediocre review, mostly because it's a bad episode that I happen to like a lot anyway. I mean, the alternate universe business does not hang together at all and there are some horribly over-the-top moments -- Lazarus falling many feet off of Vasquez Rocks, twice! But when Kirk and Spock are sitting around trying to puzzle things out and Spock keeps calling Kirk "Jim" while gently informing him that the radiation source is not in their universe, well...it really does not take a lot to make me happy. Have just folded laundry while watching both commentaries on Smallville's "Red" (in which everyone sees the Clex from Millar & Gough to Rosenbaum & Welling) plus the blooper reel, which has gone some way to mellow me out. So here are some scenes from around the house earlier that might entertain others as well.


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little review

Urgh

Have spent past twelve hours in ER and endoscopy unit at local hospital for reasons far too TMI to go into. Anti-nausea medication finally working but I can't see straight from it. Looks like nothing serious (food poisoning or stomach flu -- spouse is not at all well either, though was nowhere near as bad as I was). Sister's mother in law had surgery and is all right for now.

Am going back to collapsing, since I only got up to feed cats who otherwise were going to DIE OF STARVATION and refuse to let us sleep. My parents thankfully have had the kids since 6 a.m.