Lazy weekend. Sneezy one, too. Friday's pollen count was around 2,500 -- over twenty times the "extremely high" warning gauge. Lovely. It's also too hot around here for March, with a high today of 87. Ridiculous! That said, I still love Atlanta SO much. It's funny -- when I was younger, I assumed I'd be the type to move from city to city every few years, but now I can't imagine living anywhere else (except perhaps moving back to London, but that's a pipe dream). Even after nearly eight years here, I get a kick out of driving around the city. On a whim, this afternoon I headed down to Shoemaker's Warehouse near Piedmont Park, and I found a $20 pair of sandals that were exactly what I wanted. Then I took the scenic drive home. Brought my camera with me, and of course I had to snap a few photos. ( Collapse )
While writing a grocery list earlier, I started thinking about how rare cursive is these days. Do many people still write in script anymore? My own handwriting is a mix. We teach the kids how to write in cursive back in elementary school, but most of my eighth graders refuse to write with anything but script.
Speaking of weird writing quirks... Indi recently pointed out that I tend to overuse the word "lush", especially when describing Kara Thrace (and not just when referring to her drinking habits.) It's just such a perfect adjective for all her gorgeous curves. That convo got me to thinking about other words that I overuse. Can't remember my entire list offhand, but I'm definitely guilty of typing "still", "even", and "just" way too often in my posts. Seems I'm all about the qualifiers. I'm also very guilty of adverb abuse, but I can't resist their "-ly" allure!
Enough navel-gazing! Here are a few links:
-- EW's PopWatch blog did a post in defense of spoilers
. Not so much "spoilers=yay!" as a rant against people who complain about being "spoiled" for shows that have already aired. ( Collapse )
-- I'm almost tempted to hit Morrissey's world tour
just for the nostalgia factor, but nostalgia ain't enough to get me to pay the big bucks. I'm wildly amused that he'll be playing at Chastain Park here in Atlanta, where the concessions serve wine and entrees, and half the audience is busy chatting at cocktail tables instead of listening to the music. Doesn't quite fit with the ol' "Meat Is Murder" vibe, now does it?
-- If you're feeling famewhorish, TV Squad has posted a handy guide to how to apply for just about any game/reality show on TV.
Eh, the only one I'm interested in is The Amazing Race
, but some of the other shows' requirements made me laugh.
-- My beloved Grant-Lee Phillips
has a new album coming out on Tuesday! I've loved him since I first bought the Mighty Joe Moon
CD back in college (the title song is still my all-time favorite song), but most people now know him as the troubador from Gilmore Girls
. YouTube has preview videos of "Raise the Spirit"
and "Soft Asylum"
. Sounds like he's getting back to the guitar vibe of MJM and Fuzzy
-- On a more serious note, the LA Times has written a follow-up on how Lori Piestewa's family is doing these days.
She's the Hopi servicewoman who was killed in the first days of the Iraq war, leaving behind two small kids. Beautifully written, though you should have some kleenex handy.
Wow, long post tonight! I'm actually sitting on the Starbucks patio right now; I'd brought the laptop here in hopes of working on a new fic, but it looks like that won't be happening. I'm really excited about it, though, which is a huge relief after my recent writer's block. Right now, though, I'm going to head home, fix some dinner, watch TAR, and count down the minutes until the BSG season finale. ( Collapse )