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RIP Gwen Ifill.

So sad to hear this expected/unexpected news yesterday. I liked the way PBS eulogized her...but felt it was a bit too cheerful? Which leads me to the conclusion that her inner circle had long known how ill she was. I did wonder, on election night, where she was....She was a force! And a role model for anyone wanting to throw themselves into the pit of hell that is journalism, but especially for women. The year I briefly flirted with a journalism degree to please my mother was the year that she became a shining star in my cosmos. She was young and radical then. I guess she still was yesterday, too. Tried to never miss Washington Week. It was a great bookend to The McLaughlin Group. I must be old.

* Spent yesterday down at the "old house" so that D could help my father deal with all the firearms. It was a long but satisfying day. It's better when D is involved. His calm efficiency goes a long way towards maintaining the status quo. And yes, my mother did appear to be stunned by the beauty of the "new house" last Saturday. Both of my parents admitted that they could not remember a thing from that whirlwind week when they made an offer that was accepted. Because the house was a model, the pictures online were not actually their house, so the only visuals they had were hazy memories and my cellphone pix. So, Saturday was a kind of revelation. She needs to fall in love with this house, see it as a home, a new beginning of sorts. I feel more assured now that that will indeed happen. But it doesn't lessen the work that is still required to make this move this Friday and Saturday. *overwhelmed*

* D and Kidling2 returned from the seas on Sunday with rock fish and crab. We had an impromptu crab feed that evening, hosted by Kidling2's girlfriend and her family and I think this is beginning to be "serious".

* Also brought a few crabs and filet down to my parents yesterday and that's the fourth "clean" meal I've provided for them in a week's time. I'm happy to be able to do that but do wish my mother would relearn what she knows about food.

* Can you tell I'm beginning to get antsy? Trying to reclaim, reassert?

* What have you guys been watching and/or reading that has not a whit to do with American politics? I've been reading Sicario fanfic and itching to write one of my own.


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Nov. 15th, 2016 05:30 pm (UTC)
So glad to hear you mother likes the house, and the move is progressing satisfactorily. Hang in there; it won't be much longer.

Haha, crab feed - my kidling and her Dad both love those things too. None for me, thanks!

I've been watching the Moon, because it's been just amazing these past two nights. I didn't see it rise either night, because clouds, but on Sunday evening it cleared off, and then the moonlight was nearly bright as day. I had a bad night, so was awake to see it, but didn't go out to walk in it. In the morning I went out and watched it setting like a giant gold-pink balloon - that was just about the peak of full; the biggest and closest Full Moon of my life.

Last night we were going to go watch the Moon rise at Gibson Spit, but it was cloudy and blustery, so we didn't go after all. A few hours later, the Moon shone through the clouds in a blurry, watery way; then before I went to bed, it was shining pretty clear through a ring of cloud. When I woke up in the pre-dawn, it was still bright - I would have gotten up to go walk, but I had Cedar-cat all snuggled up next to me with his little head on my arm, so obviously I had to stay in bed and pet him, till it was time to get up and feed him.

Now I'm going to go feed my crows and seagulls. They get a big bowl of cheapo cat kibble every day, plus whatever out-going food scraps they might like. White wings and black in the sky; flapping and biting on the ground... I loves me my Airshow!

Edited at 2016-11-15 05:32 pm (UTC)
Nov. 15th, 2016 07:29 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Thank you. I need to hear calm reassurance right now.

THE MOON!!! Oh my goddess, the moon!!!! It's been a balm and a salve and a deepness. Unbelievable. It's a spiritual thing.

I love that you feed the crows and gulls. D calls our ravens tree-gulls and we feed them raw eggs.
Nov. 15th, 2016 05:43 pm (UTC)
So glad to read your mom likes the new house. One hurdle down. How great that D is a calming force. You're moving them at the weekend?! Oh no! That's just a few days away.

So sorry to hear adout Gwen Ifill. Wasn't she involved in one of the pre-election debates? I remember you writing about her recently.

Just finished watching the first season of The Crown on Netflix. Very well done. Might watch it again.

In other news, exhausted. Over-did it too soon. So this week I am mostly resting. Knitting my reader's wrap, but practicing the pattern on more baby wash cloths. Oh, and reading Vets' entries.

You do seem more yourself. Yay! Like maybe you've dug your way through the overwhelming, to the manageable.

Big hugs
Nov. 15th, 2016 07:34 pm (UTC)
*hugs* It was a HUGE thing, M. Just hugely important. Now to get through this week, move them over the weekend, and go into the Thanksgiving week with more hope than we've had for a long, long time.

Gwen did a Dem primary. She was so bright and fair-minded. It's a journalistic loss.

M, sit down and take a load off. Right now! And reading does require so much, so take it slow on that, too. It's nice to be back in the thick of it, though. I'm so glad I signed up.

I feel better this week! I think writing that intro out helped me lance it a bit!

Nov. 15th, 2016 06:00 pm (UTC)
I'm glad she's liking the house, that's a first step.

The crab/fish feed sounds wonderful.

I've been doing a re-read of Name of the Wind with a group online. Listening to LC and watched Amelie and Grand Budapest Hotel with the boys.
Nov. 15th, 2016 07:32 pm (UTC)
*hugs* It's a huge first step. I'm holding onto it with ragged fingernails. Just have to get through this week.

It was wonderful in so many ways. I really like the gf and her family. They exude calmness in a way mine just does not. It's a great contrast.

I need to queue up the GBH!
Nov. 15th, 2016 06:35 pm (UTC)
If your mother is open to even the possibility of loving the new house, you may have a victory on your hands. I hope the transition continues to be smooth.

Watching this season of AHS which is nutty and meta but works better than it has in a long time (still doesn't touch season one). LOVE Ash vs. the Evil Dead. It's amazing. You may not have a way to watch though.

Have you picked up Donohue's Motion of Puppets? I didn't really like the Boy Who Drew Monsters, but... puppets.
Nov. 15th, 2016 07:31 pm (UTC)
*smooch* I need a victory in this family right now, K. Did you read my Idol intro - http://bleodswean.livejournal.com/299758.html#comments


Ah! I forgot about this season! I will queue that up! Did you try the Kettering Incident? Stranger Things for adults! Have you seen Deathgasm? Love those kiwis!

OMG, Donohue has a new one???? *runs off instantly*
Nov. 15th, 2016 10:25 pm (UTC)
I've been reading James Agee's A Death in the Family which is not the feel-good hit of the year. A little too overwritten to be honest. I have a feeling this one's going back to the library on the due date whether I've finished it or not. In fact, I know it will. I'll go back to the 1818 version of Frankenstein instead.

I had to stop watching Scandal because of the election. Not sure if I'm going to finish the series. I've been watching Vikings and Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency instead.
Nov. 15th, 2016 11:08 pm (UTC)
Glad your mom liked the house and is more open to it. Hope the move is a smooth one.

Nov. 16th, 2016 12:55 am (UTC)
I've been watching (and rewatching, and rewatching) this new anime called Yuri!!! on Ice. It's about the male figure skating world and the animation and the music are beautiful and the budding relationship between the main characters Yuuri and Viktor has been owning my soul. Like I'm trying to find fic to read (I am so picky, oh my god), trying to convince myself I can keep up with my NaNo and also write fic for it, etc...

Fictional ice skaters have consumed my soul and are my bright shining light rn.
Nov. 16th, 2016 03:23 am (UTC)
i'm so glad your mom likes the new house! hopefully when she and your dad are more settled in she'll feel more comfortable and happier there.

mmm, crab. i don't think i'd know rock fish if i fell over one, but still, yum. the feed sounds like a good thing. i mean, aside from it being crab. :D

one of my friends got me into a ridiculous norwegian show about high schoolers that updates like two minutes at a time. it's so frustrating because i want the new episode NOW. and instead it's just two little two-minute clips. and they're in norwegian. >.< it's totally ridiculous but getting to fangirl with someone makes me happy. the central relationship this season is two boys who are trying to navigate being attracted to each other while also acting like teenage boys. so they don't talk to anyone about shit that bothers them. i want to shake them a lot. but i like the show! a lot of the kids are cute and the acting's good.

and i'm reading tommy gun winter, which is about jewish gangsters in boston in the 30s, which is so in my wheelhouse it isn't funny. it's nonfiction, even.
Nov. 16th, 2016 08:56 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize Gwen Ifill had died, and yes-- she was much too young, and seemed much too strong for that to happen.

When will your parents move into the new house? And is it (I hope) closer to the hospital and medical services your dad needs? That would help so much.

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