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  • Clothes: went shopping at Wal-Mart. Bought six shirts, assorted unmentionables, and a pair of pants for under 100$. It's hard to describe why this is a Big Deal to me, why instead of cringing because, you know, Wal-Mart, emblem of smalltown corporate takeovers and cheap, mass-produced products, I'm actually squeeful, but I'll give it a shot. It's the part where I could walk into a department store -- the lowest-end department store around -- and find clothes that fit me. At 6, 7, 8 bucks a pop, instead of paying 29.99 on clearance if I'm lucky, at a large-size specialty shop. It's a weird thing to be pleased about, but it's a reflection of money and culture in the lower middle-class Midwest -- I'm not worried about being able to fit into something I see in a fashion mag; I'm more concerned with being able to walk into a store and come out with clothes that fit me and look good without bankrupting myself. And it's been so long since I could, and now I can and I did, and it makes me so quietly happy.

    Also I discovered (not necessarily while shopping, but earlier, and then reinforced when trying on clothes) that while it might be a comforting mental trick to buy shirts/blouses that are quite a bit too large, they don't actually look good on me. In fact, things that hang on me actually make me look larger and more shapeless than I am, and clothes that are more fitted look better, bulges and all. And it's only taken me 32 years to figure that one out...

    Most surreal non-argument about clothes ever: maeyan staring at me in shock and horror when she discovered the package of underwear in the cart was her brand. In her size. Gasp! For how will we ever tell them apart once they hit the laundry room? But I was not about to put them back and get 'my' brand instead, for 'her' brand was on sale, and had pretty colors. (If they were all pretty colored ones there would have been no issue, but it was a multi-pack, and some of them were white, thus the potential for confusion.) The Great Panty War of Ought Five was luckily averted when we discovered that the ones I was buying just say 'Hanes' on the waistband, while all of hers say 'Hanes Her Way,' so we can still tell them apart.

  • Movies: From the list of ghostie movies people kindly recommended, so far I've managed to see only Stir of Echoes (very well done and entertaining, and I never felt gypped by a rushed or nonsensical ending, as I often do in supernatural films) and Event Horizon (Wow, that was gross. But very good for what it was, which was more or less 'Hellraiser in Space' only more coherent than Hellraiser actually is.)

    From my own list of horror wanna-sees, I saw White Noise (great buildup, crappy ending), Boogeyman (Okay, and not as scary as I was afraid it was going to be, I think because the monster got a face, and that face was not one that particularly frightens me), and Saw (Eww. Eww. Eww. Ewwewwwewwwewwewwewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Also, the logic broke down in places, and in general, my god, what a depressing movie in terms of saying anything about humanity in general. Right -- dear movie, you do not exist. Goodbye.)

    I also rented Unbreakable, since it's one of the few M. Night films I hadn't seen. Someone -- TBQ maybe? -- mentioned that it was kind of disappointing that the twist in this superhero movie is that...drumroll... the guy's really a superhero? Granted I thus went into this movie knowing that particular twist, but I didn't really read it that way by the end - it didn't seem to me that the hero really being a superhero was ever going to be in doubt. The twist as I read it, minor as it was, was the revelation of the villain, and I have to admit to getting got by it. I picked it up before it was openly admitted, but very late in the game, and pretty much at the point where Shamalamadingdong was saying "here's your last clue, dumbass..." As a sidenote, the one part of this movie that gave me the urpies was when Samuel L. Jackson's character was chasing guy-with-gun down the stairs, and kept moving faster and faster and slipping just a little more, and then that headlong tumble... Gah. Flashbacks and mental nastiness. Let's just say hand-rails and I are much closer friends than we used to be before last August.

    In newish movie news, last night maeyan and I saw Hitch at the second-run theater nearby. Damn fine movie, for the light comedy genre. It reminded me nostalgically of Back When Eddie Murphy Did Good Movies, and I was giggling out loud and pounding on my knees on more than one occasion.

    Also, picked up our tickets for the June 23rd Serenity showing today. We were going to actually go last night to see a movie and pick up the tickets at the same time, but a) there was nothing playing there that we were especially interested in, and b) due to the general heat and the fact that both rooms with AC had their doors shut while the delivery guys were here, both of us crashed so hard in the afternoon after our new fridge was delivered, that we ended up napping until it was far too late to get all the way up to the north side of the city in time for the last showing, even if there had been something worth seeing. So see above re Hitch at 2nd-run theater, and then I drove up and picked up the tickets today, without a. Er. Hitch. The guy at the box office mentioned that they sold out in about 2.5 hours, and people were coming in from as far as Greenwood to get them. (Greenwood is an Indianapolis suburb, all of 25 miles away or so.) I sort of grinned, and pointed out that Boston sold out in about 2.5 minutes, iirc.

  • Books: While hanging out on the north side of town, I hit the Barnes & Noble, and spent money I shouldn't have on:

    Smoke and Shadows and Smoke and Mirrors -- Tanya Huff's new spin-off of the Vicky Nelson/Henry Fitzroy "Blood [insert plot-related word here]" series. The Blood... books are about Vicky, a female cop who is losing her sight due to a degenerative eye disease, Mike, her former partner and sometime boyfriend, and Henry, a bisexual-but-we-mostly-see-him-with-Vicky vampire who happens to be the bastard son of Henry VIII. The Smoke... series is about Tony Foster, a former hustler and street kid who is a friend and voluntary blood donor (probably occasional lover; I can't remember if it was implied or openly stated in the Blood books) of Henry's. Where Henry is bi but we mostly see him with females, Tony is openly gay, so I'm hoping the slashy quotient (already pretty high in the first series, because to me the only logical solution to its issues is Vicky/Mike/Henry=OT3) is even higher here.

    The Second Summoning also by Huff, sequel to Summon the Keeper.

    Whispering Nickel Idols, the newest Garrett, PI, novel from Glen Cook.

    Gaiman's Coraline.

    Spirits in the Wires, which I think is Charles DeLint's newest Newford novel.

    Turnabout, a YA novel by Margaret Peterson Haddix, about two old women who participate in a gov't experiment on reversing aging, then discover that the drug that's supposed to stop the process at a certain point is actually deadly, so they have to go on the run, while growing younger, and trying to find someone who can theoretically help and take care of them when they get too young to take care of themselves.

  • Miscellanea: As usual, I've taken out my ear studs earlier than I was actually supposed to. I'm rediscovering my earring collection, which is fairly small, but larger than I remembered it being. *plays with dangly silver hearts* Sekrit msg to sarabi: the two pair you gave me are great; I wore the wee purple and white flowers to work with my new purple t-shirt (from K-Mart, because I am a hi-fashion goddess!) and felt all color-coordinated and girly.

    Did I mention we got a new fridge? We got a new fridge. For more than we could afford, but such is life; one needs someplace to stash one's frozen dinners. The Lowe's delivery guys were very nice, and did not bitch about various doors that they had to de- and re- hinge to get the new fridge in and old fridge out. And now our food is cold.

    It is hot - and I have been borderline comatose all weekend because of that. My bedroom is cool enough, due to the window AC and the fact that I keep the door shut (more to keep one particular cat off my bedspread than to keep in the cold, but the side-effect is nice) but even that seems like it's just barely taking the edge off the heat. And it's only June. *Fears August*

  • ObBuffy: Reports of the fandom's death have been slightly exaggerated. Chill, mes amis. Canon ends, things slow down, people move on, people stay on, new people move in. I point happily at Doctor Who fandom, which survived 15 years with no new moving-picture canon except for one much-maligned tv movie. Sky not falling, Spike still hot, Xander still gay, news at 11.

  • ObWho:Captain Jack was a young man when he went to sea. Oh me young ladies, go and kiss him goodbye. He was barely a child of twenty and three. Oh tell him, go and tell him for me, he can marry the mermaid that lives in the sea!

    Ancient 7Doc-Ace poem, slightly rewritten, because originally it was Ace POV, yet the voice is clearly not hers. Set (vaguely) during that bit in Silver Nemesis when they take that totally pointless break on the hillside to... listen for alien transmissions, was it? Or possibly to send them. With Ace's boombox. Because it was 1988, and you could do that with the boomboxes back then. As an aside, it freaks me out to realize how close Ace was to actually being my age at the time the show was broadcast - for some reason I was thinking she was much older than me (probably because Sophie Aldred was) but she was 17 when I was 14 -- making her the last 'live-not-on-tape' companion who was anywhere near my age.

    Caesura

    You, with your hat tumbled off
    On the hill above the stream,
    Chewing on a daisy,
    Running fingers through
    Black-brown curls,
    Pulling out dandelion fluff
    And smiling,
    Are for a moment...
    Human.
    Daisy-chewer.
    Tree-climber.
    Singer of nursery rhymes
    And bawdy medieval rounds
    In wicked counterpoint.
    For a moment,
    There on the slope,
    There are no stars in your eyes,
    Not even the tossing sea.
    Just her
    With the world at her back,
    The reflection of a thousand reflections,
    Your matching eyes an endless
    Hall of mirrors.
    One single, unbreathing moment.
    The sound of the water, though,
    Louder than time,
    And the stars are back in your eyes,
    Your hat lopsided on your head,
    Crinkling your hair down over your ears.
    The daisy, missing a few petals,
    Is tucked in your hatband
    And you are down the hill.
    She is Sancho once more,
    Watching you tilt at windmills
    With your umbrella.


dragovianknight

2005-06-13 05:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Does your Wal-Mart have the OMG!Cute! knit tops for $5? I was squeeful when I saw them in mine...especially since I can now wear larges, which was good 'cause all the XLs were gone.

mpoetess

2005-06-13 05:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Hmm - possibly? There were some knit tops from White Stag, I think, which I didn't get because they only seemed to have up to XL. BUt they also had some ribbed t-shirty things (which actually might count as knit) that I did get, with really pretty XXXXX style knitting at the collar.

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wesleysgirl

2005-06-13 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)

And it's only taken me 32 years to figure that one out...

I still haven't figured it out. Well, I sort of have, but I really struggle with it. I'm always inclined to buy the extra big and flowy stuff. And *squee* with you over the clothes joy; I'm very happy for you. *Smooch*

Yay for Stir of Echoes! Love that movie. Thanks for the reviews - if Saw is that gross and depressing, I think I'll take it off my queue. Might try Event Horizon, though.

*Loves*

mpoetess

2005-06-13 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

I still haven't figured it out. Well, I sort of have, but I really struggle with it. I'm always inclined to buy the extra big and flowy stuff. And *squee* with you over the clothes joy; I'm very happy for you. *Smooch*

I like flowy things too - I think I've just figure out that there are flowy styles that work for me, and ones that don't. As for instance the maroon blouse that went with my banquet outfit for connexions, works -- it actually works better w/jeans than it does with the skirt. Because it's tight in the right places, and then hangs loose in the sleeves and below the waist. Whereas the 'bigshirt' style things I was wearing drape from the shoulders and under the arms, and basically give the impression that there's more of me hiding inside them than there actually is.



Event Horizon is kind of "Alien" with inexplicable evil in space, instead of ravenous alien animals in space. Meaning it's gross, but a lot of it is chills and thrills and racing through corridors, and there are survivors. Saw, on the other hand, ends somewhat unresolved, but the chances for survivors aren't good.

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mogigraphia

2005-06-13 11:07 am (UTC) (Link)

And it's only taken me 32 years to figure that one out...

Personally, I've never been the same since I made myself a wimple and habit for a LaRP event. Now I seem to do my best to make all my outfits look and feel the same.

mpoetess

2005-06-13 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Snerk. It's the holiness. And the purity.

justhuman

2005-06-13 11:21 am (UTC) (Link)

and find clothes that fit me. At 6, 7, 8 bucks a pop, instead of paying 29.99 on clearance if I'm lucky, at a large-size specialty shop

Amen -- I still have issues in Target and the like. Like for instance, why do they think that large sized women stop wearing long pants in summer *boggles*. I so understand everything you're talking about with the clothes and the fit.

And yay! refrigerator. I know it's not an expense you needed, but sometimes being forced to is the best way to get new things -- they come without guilt ;-)

mpoetess

2005-06-13 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

why do they think that large sized women stop wearing long pants in summer

Yes. Arrgh. Wal-Mart was like that too. There was one rack of jeans/black twill, and the ubiquitous cubbyhole-of-jeans, and other than that, everything was capris. And let's face it, I'm short enough that I could wear the capris as ankle-length pants, but the non-tapered width would just look stupid.

luvs_phoenix

2005-06-13 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

I understand the Wallyworld hate BUT I never let it stop me from buying what I need at the right price, LOL. I LOVE their after season clearance sales with a passion.

Yay for the fridge! We're moving soon and while we too can't aford it we're still getting that washer and dryer because clean clothes anytime we want?

*guh*

Thanks for the movie listings. james wants to see "saw" but I think I'll just give it a pass. Ewwwwwwwwwww.

mpoetess

2005-06-13 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Saw is definitely high on the gross factor and for me not very hogh on the anything-else-redeeming factor. It was a clever, but ugly movie, if that makes any sense.

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ladycat777

2005-06-13 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Finding clothes that fit and are cheap is the *best* feeling in the whole entire world. Yayness!

mpoetess

2005-06-13 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

I feel like such a girl. Which, you know, I was never much of a tomboy except when others or external circumstances forced me into it -- I'm just not built so that boyishness would look cute on me, and I doubt I ever would be -- but when your clothing options are so limited and what is available is so ugly, you start to feel very sexless.

trepkos

2005-06-13 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

"The Great Panty War of Ought Five was luckily averted"

Well, you could have sewn nametags in your unmentionables...

mpoetess

2005-06-13 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

That was in fact one of the (discarded as silly) thoughts that floated through my mind. Then I went off on a tangent as to why exactly nametags-in-your-underwear is something that gets used as an insult to imply that somebody is juvenile or babied. In any situation where you're in a large group (camp, college, the army) and might actually want to ever get your own underwear back, it just seems practical to me.

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1_mad_squirrel

2005-06-13 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Smoke and Shadows and Smoke and Mirrors --

*Squees*

Cool another Fitzroy fan. I bought Smoke and Shadows recently, but I haven't read it yet. (I almost never buy hardcover fiction, can't afford it, don't have the room.) This new series has a crossoverish aspect to me, because it deals with a show about a vampire detective, which is clearly a nod to "Forever Knight" which was my first fandom.

ObBuffy: Reports of the fandom's death have been slightly exaggerated. Chill, mes amis. Canon ends, things slow down, people move on, people stay on, new people move in. I point happily at Doctor Who fandom, which survived 15 years with no new moving-picture canon

"Forever Knight" played in first run from 92-96, and the fandom is still very much alive. It's the most civilized I've encountered. I'm still there because though I'm not as into the show as I used to be, I just can't leave the people. They are like family.

mpoetess

2005-06-13 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

I love FK - I was never in the fandom, but adored the show. Well, at the same time as I was throwing things at the tv and cursing the writers during the last season. Much loud WTF-age was heard in our apartment after the series finale.

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mpoetess

2005-06-13 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

* Yes? Though I dunno that I said anything quoteable on Wal-Mart. ;-)

Next hurdle - finding clothes at Sears that fit. The 'marts' of this world at least do cater to the working class and thus have some plus sizes. The next-up department stores, like Sears and JC Penny, are terrible, from my recollection.

Not that I'd actually buy anything wearable at Sears (appliances are another story), because I hate them in principle for that very lack of selection.

*Jack!

* I found her by accident, looking for Nancy Garden and muttering imprecations because they had none, not even Annie on My Mind, let alone anything new - but she looks to be interesting, and not bubblegum-teen writing.

*Thank you!

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mpoetess

2005-06-13 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Eggzactly. If I can buy clothes which are not crap-at-hi-fashion-prices, but decent stuff at normal person prices, I am pleased. (Though still annoyed that one has to be under a certain size to *get* decent stuff at normal person prices.)

chicken_cem

2005-06-13 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

In fact, things that hang on me actually make me look larger and more shapeless than I am, and clothes that are more fitted look better, bulges and all. And it's only taken me 32 years to figure that one out...

That's what they always try to show on Trinny & Susannah's show and on Queer Eye -- it is a tough concept for most people.

Gaiman's Coraline -- very good book. Too creepy for me, but good.

mpoetess

2005-06-13 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

On What Not To Wear - (US) which generally annoys me, because I feel like they rewrite the person's look in ways that don't suit their personality, and also they're unnecessarily harsh about things that obviously have emotional value -- I've seen them try to deal with people who just don't realize that they're in much better shape than they think they are, and that hidingi n their clothes makes them look worse. And admittedly they did a pretty good job with the worst offender in that category. Then again it was a guy, and he didn't really have a lot of "These are me, this is my personality" clothes for them to tear away from him kicking and screaming.

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journalkitten

2005-06-13 05:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

It reminded me nostalgically of Back When Eddie Murphy Did Good Movies

And of When Eddie Murphy Did Really Bad But Insanely Funny Movies - such as The Golden Child, which I still haul out on occasion and howl over. "Ah, my dear sweet brother Numsey!"

mpoetess

2005-06-13 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

I adore Golden Child - it's in the Good Movies category because as far as I can tell, they were totally aware of how much CRACK that film was on.

Since this is my dream, I can say anything I want. So I think I'm gonna say... kiss my ass!

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sarabi

2005-06-13 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Sekrit re: glad 2pair working for you. Girly is good, at the very least sometimes. :-)

And...

Ah, "Caesura". It's good to revisit the classics sometimes.

mpoetess

2005-06-14 01:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

At least insofar a it stops me from having to write anything new... ;-P

ci5rod

2005-06-14 02:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Captain Jack: oh yes. A very flexible, er, dancer that one. No shame at all. When the Doc's got "Jack, there's a time and a place..." down to reflex you know you're on to a good thing.

mpoetess

2005-06-14 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'll just be downloading faster over here.

belleimani

2005-06-25 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Saw (Eww. Eww. Eww. Ewwewwwewwwewwewwewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Also, the logic broke down in places, and in general, my god, what a depressing movie in terms of saying anything about humanity in general. Right -- dear movie, you do not exist. Goodbye.
Word. I was like, 'Why did I just put myself through this? Gah!!!!'
Have you seen 28 days Later? Awesome and Cillian Murphy!
In newish movie news, last night maeyan and I saw Hitch at the second-run theater nearby. Damn fine movie, for the light comedy genre. It reminded me nostalgically of Back When Eddie Murphy Did Good Movies, and I was giggling out loud and pounding on my knees on more than one occasion.
Haven't seen this yet but really want to thanks for the rec.
Going to get those books you recc'd for my birthday weekend.
And I loved Unbreakable. It's actually my favorite of M.Night's movies.

mpoetess

2005-06-27 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

I caught the end of 28 days later at the drive-in while going to see the movie that came after. Probably for the type of movie that it is (pseudo-zombies, many automatic rifles, post-apoc survival of the fittest) it's very good - mostly I can only take that sort of horror movie in parody form though, like Shaun of the Dead.

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