January 21st, 2006

little review

Poem for Saturday

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I don't have a lot exciting to report because I spent part of today on the phone with my dentist's office and my insurance, trying to figure out why, after I had been preapproved for a bite guard, I was being billed for $750. By the time that was settled it was too late to go to lunch with beeej, since I hadn't even made it into the shower, so while I was upstairs getting dressed I started trying on things in my closet to make room for new things and ended up spending more than three hours organizing my and my son's closets, getting rid of two big bags full of stuff that will be going to Value Village or Purple Heart depending on who's picking up first.

And that was my daily excitement. In the afternoon I wrote a review of "The Apple" and site columns (poll for the week: if Shatner could get $25,000 for his kidney stone, how much could he get for his toupee?), then picked up kids from the friend whose house they had been taken to after school and had dinner with my parents (California Tortilla, always fine with me). I half-watched Alexander this evening on HBO while trying to work on other son's closet but that is really a hopeless case; we did, however, find the missing Catwings books, which, believe me, is an accomplishment. Alexander is still an hour too long -- in fact I believe one single battle sequence may be an hour too long -- and some of the dialogue is so bad that I don't know how that fine cast didn't simply burst into tears and refuse to go on until it was improved. It's so sad to see such a fantastic group of actors dealing with such mediocrity of script and directorial self-indulgence. What's really sad is that I kind of like the movie anyway, particularly the Alexander/Hephastion storyline. *g*

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And speaking of news, some things I read online today that made me smile, besides the northern bottlenose whale in the Thames which made for some neat photos in London but is really sad for the whale: Popbitch linked to both the South Park "Tom Cruise won't come out of the closet" skit and unintentionally sexual comic book covers (superboy getting spankings, wild monkey love and a man with serious wood), both of which made me howl. beeej linked me to crystalkirk's Smallville icons including a suggested Luthorcest snippet from the third season blooper reel that I just adore. And The Theban Band illustrated my Goblet of Fire OTP, Ron/Viktor!

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All photos of animals this week have been from The National Zoo in Washington, by the way, even when I have forgotten to say so!