Thursday, April 25, 2013

Jenny Lawson, partner in insomnia

You know what's good to read when you are having one of those Really Bad Nights where sleep is just not happening at all?  Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson.  Maybe it's not, actually, a good book to read in that situation because it is hilarious (if you are of Jenny's bent) and will make you laugh, and this will do chemical things that make you happy and awake.  But that's just it: if you are going to be awake all night, you might as well be happy about something.  Then, as an added bonus, when you are having difficulty with your impulse control the next day due to sleep deprivation, you can just start giggling randomly about something she said that was laden with profanity and thus unsafe to repeat at work.  Several times.  Just try not to do it in meetings.

Monday, April 22, 2013

chronic sleep deprivation will do that to your tuna

finally remembering
to buy tuna and
then remembering

the next morning
to put it away
in the 'fridge

Thursday, April 18, 2013

today's excuse

I can't possibly
write poetry when the snow
is so beautiful.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Seriously? Yes.

I keep getting up in the morning with tiny letters of fire on my back.  Some combination of the occasional ragey, insomniac thrashing I do and the cheap nightclothes I wear and my contact skin allergies ends up with me itching my back like mad and finding the irritation to be caused by the tiny words of description and garment care transferring themselves from my nightclothes to my back.  I am keeping a little collection by the sink.  Because, you know, why not?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

March Movie Madness 1: Twilight

I finally saw the last Twilight movie at the local third-run theater.  I waited for a  Tuesday, when admission is only a dollar.  And it was nearly worth every penny.  It has been several years since I read the books, so most everything was a surprise to me, including all the horrific violence (apparently okay in a PG-13 movie because it was bloodless).

I have to hand it to the casting people: they did a really good job.  Some of the secondary characters were really well done.  You could sense in the 2 minutes of screen time they were given that they really understood their characters, and you felt like they could have movies of their own.  (This is how I feel about most of the actors who played the Cullens, actually.  They didn't get much time, but they were very fully realized in the scant time they did get.)  And once again, Bella's dad totally stole the show in his scenes.  He was so good.

The CGI was still terrible.  The pacing wasn't completely awful.  The twist was kind of a surprise there at the end (one of them, anyway), and I really wondered if it happened in the original book.  Maybe it just wasn't really shown as much in the book?  Anyway, I'm glad that's over.

March Movie Madness 2: Kung-Fu Panda

The noodle-making demo extra on Kung-Fu Panda is absolutely amazing.  The movie was pretty funny, too.  I like a movie where weaknesses can become strengths.  There was some really great voice acting in this one, and the behind-the-scenes extra about that was worthwhile, too.  Actually, a lot of the extras were good.  The technical ones were fascinating, too.
"There is no charge for awesomeness."
"No one could stand before his bodaciousness."
"We do not wash our pits in the Pool of Sacred Tears"

March Movie Madness 3: Ratatouille

Oh, Ratatouille, good try.  I don't think people are less afraid of rats, though, especially after that history of rats extra.  I think that one may have backfired.  (But it was amusing.)  I think my favorite part was the one about how sometimes you mess up and yell at a friend and generally really screw up, and when you do, you need to go back and explain yourself and apologize.  I need to hear this message a lot.
"What can I do?  I am a figment of your imagination."
"One can get too familiar with vegetables, you know!"
"The truth sounds insane sometimes, but that doesn't mean that it's not . . . the truth."

Monday, April 1, 2013

Outline: The Story of Increasing Exhaustion, Part 47

  • Ch. 1: Tired, grumpy, short-tempered
  • Ch. 2: + Clumsy, dizzy, trying hard to keep the filters working
  • Ch. 3: + Blurred vision, inability to focus at all, trying to turn off faucet with light switch
  • Ch. 4: + Reading too much into emails, making people sad, crying at anything even remotely sad in any way
  • Ch. 5: ????