Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Currently, in 2013

Current clothes: Tan jeans. A blue sweatshirt with a white collar and pictures of playful cats on it that my grandmother gave me for Christmas. White socks. Black belt. Brown leather boots.

Current mood: Man, I don't even know. Things that are trying to bring me up and things that are trying to bring me down seem to be duking it out in my brain, leaving me in a rather unstable neutral state.

Current music: I seem to recall the iPod playing a lot of goofy novelty tunes when I had it on random shuffle while doing laundry yesterday.

Current annoyance: There are many, but to choose just one: I am so ready for winter to be over now. Right after I made that post last month about how unseasonably warm it was, it immediately stopped being unseasonably warm, because, of course, the entire climate of the Earth exists only to inject irony into my life. And I am very tired of darkness and cold.

Current thing: Trying to read all of those books I got last year. Or at least some of those books I got last year.

Current desktop picture: This rather nice wallpaper featuring Rumplestiltskin from Once Upon a Time, as he is my new current favorite character. (I seem to go through them quickly these days.) I'm really amazed how much I ended up enjoying that show, after all the mixed feelings I had about it at the start.

Current book: I've just started And Another Thing..., Eoin Colfer's continuation of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. I am extremely dubious about about this idea, especially as I was unimpressed with what I'd read of Colfer's previously, but I'm also curious about where he'll go with it.

Current song in head: There doesn't seem to be anything at the moment, surprisingly enough.

Current DVD in player: Disc 3 of season 6 of Third Rock from the Sun. Which, on average, seems less funny than previous seasons, although it has its moments. And in the machine in front of the treadmill is disc 2 of season 3 of The Muppet Show. Which is even crazier than previous seasons. Have I mentioned lately how much I love the Muppets? I love the Muppets. Or at least their classic stuff like this.

Current refreshment: Lemon-mint tea.

Current worry: After a longish period in which the cracks in my house seemed mostly not to be getting much worse, or at least to be getting worse very slowly, the last few months have seen some very noticeable worsening, leading me into all kinds of (probably not terribly plausible) worries about my house falling down, and (rather more plausible) worries about the possibility of more cracked pipes. For several years, I was able to comfort myself with the knowledge that if and when I finally needed to do some foundation repairs, I had enough money saved up to pay for it. So, of course, it had to wait until I don't to start making with the serious subsidence again. Sigh. Oh, well. For the moment it's still standing, at least.

Current thought: I also have lots of other worries. Bah. Well, I'm heading off on vacation next week -- I'm going to Florida to visit my dad -- and maybe that will take my mind off of some of it. As long as my house doesn't fall down while I'm gone.


  1. Well, Robert Carlyle is definitely one of the better things about Once Upon a Time, not least of all for his scenery-devouring. I still haven't dived back into the show, and have only seen a handful of the first season's episodes, but Rumpelstiltskin's definitely one of the funner elements.

    1. His scenery-devouring is utterly delightful, but what really impresses me is his seemingly effortless versatility. I just have this fanciful image in my head of the showrunners testing to see how much they can get out of him. Like, "OK, give us some over-the-top crazy evil. Great! Can you make it fun? Can you make it scary? Can you make it scary and fun? Excellent! By the way, you're also a manipulative genius bastard. Perfect. OK, back to the flamboyant giggling evil, but while you're doing that, we're going to give you a tragic love story. Wow, OK. Of course, you also have to play a more subdued and dignified real-world version of the character every ep, so don't forget to keep giving us that, too. Awesome. Now, can you be evil and sympathetic at the same time? Perfect! Oh, and we also wrote a bunch of flashbacks showing your character's development over a very long time, from his beginning as a very different sort of person, and we're going to do them all out of order. You can handle that, right? Knew you could!" Because he can. That dude impresses the hell out of me. :)

  2. I just wish the rest of the show impressed me as much.

    1. It's grown on me amazingly. Somewhere well into season 1, I found that I'd mysteriously gone from, "Well, I'm not sure this is a good show, but at least it's mostly holding my attention so far" to "Oooh, must have another episode!" I even made a point of catching up with season 2 via streaming so I can now watch it as it comes out. And Carlyle deserves a lot of credit for that, but not all of it.