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17 December 2012 @ 09:31 am
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- I now believe that in that phrase 'barefoot and pregnant', the woman is barefoot because it's a complete pain trying to get your socks and shoes on when you're heavily pregnant. Especially if the range of contortions possible to touch your feet is strictly limited by the fact that your pelvis tries to fall apart when you move in asymmetric ways. I'm sure I didn't have this problem with Philomythulus, though perhaps I had more slip-on shoes then; now I seem to exclusively own shoes with laces or buckles or other fastenings that need doing up. (Relatedly, a woman the other day inquired as to how many babies I was expecting. I do not possess an emoticon for that.)

- Secondary glazing cuts drafts and sound from outside, who knew? Well, of course it does, but we put it in to prevent a repeat of last month's window-smashing episode, and it's just a happy chance that it's now about 5 degrees warmer in the front hall than it was before. However, I can no longer hear the school bus pulling up outside.

- The Hobbit film was good, but it would have been better if they had not decided to heat the cinema to approximately 35 degrees Celsius when everyone was dressed in winter clothes. I managed not to faint, but comfortable it was not. I liked it, but it has to be said that Peter Jackson a little too obviously didn't have any new ideas at all for this and was just recycling everything from the LotR films. Also it went on for ever and ever and ever, especially the fight scenes. I wanted more Bilbo being a trickster, not Bilbo waving a sword all over the place. But the scene with Gollum was excellent, and the other bit I adored was all the dwarves singing at the end of the Bag End scene; that raised the hairs on the back of my neck (and also evidently came across well in utero, judging from the baby's reaction). Thorin and Bilbo were both played well, and though I'm not entirely convinced by the attempt to turn Thorin into an Aragorn-esque character, I can see why they did it. It was a fun way to spend some time and as ever, the scenery and costuming and general look of the thing was wonderful.

- At breakfast this morning my son suddenly burst into a spirited (and entirely in-tune) rendition of 'Riu Riu Chiu', which he cannot have heard anywhere since last year, but has remembered the entirety of since then. This is what people mean when they talk about little islets of ability in severe autism.

- I wrote a drabbly thing about Aral and Simon for [personal profile] hedda62 the other day; here it is:

Cordelia walked into the library, then stopped. Aral was sitting on the deep low sofa, head back against the cushions, eyes closed. Beside him sat Simon, his posture wholly tilted towards Aral. One of Aral's arms was around him, the other hand rested on the top of Simon's head, and Simon too was asleep. Cordelia looked at them, and felt a strange flicker of memory, of Count Piotr dozing on the sofa at Vorkosigan Surleau with one of his favourite hounds curled against him.

She blinked and the flicker was gone, and she saw two very tired friends whose conversation had evidently turned to sleep while she'd been gone. She took a step, and Simon moved a little, eyes opening. Aral moved too, gave a grunt, and smoothed his hand on Simon's head. Simon subsided, and Cordelia smiled. Perhaps her first impression had been the right one.

Crossposted at http://philomytha.dreamwidth.org/98275.html. There are comment count unavailable comments there.
rhuia: foxrhuia on December 17th, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
SHE NEVER. Who says that, omg.

You're now the third person to say that about the Hobbit and I can feel my inclination to watch it slowly ebbing away (it was a very small and easily persuaded inclination anyway. LoTR middle-earthed me out).

Oh and re the shoes thing, that was the beauty of both my kids who were summer babies. It meant easier clothes and easier shoes towards the end, for which I am eternally grateful. Not long now?
philomytha: Beam me upphilomytha on December 18th, 2012 09:16 am (UTC)
I think tbh I would have preferred watching it as a DVD and stretching it out over a couple of evenings, though admittedly some of that was the annoying cinema. I'm not sorry I saw it and it had some lovely moments, but it was a bit longer than it needed to be.

And yeah, none of my winter coats do up in the middle any more either, and it seems so pointless to fork out for a giant coat I'm going to get a couple of weeks of use out of and that's it, so I'm resorting to endless layers of woolly jumpers when I have to go out. I never showed much with Philomythulus even at 8-9 months, so I don't have anything useful left over from then either.
Tel: mapleteldreaming on December 18th, 2012 02:57 am (UTC)
I actually had a lot of fun with the Hobbit, though yes, there were some obvious Peter Jackson...isms involved and a really quite excessive number of precipices. But hey, Legolas's dad on an elk. Can't beat that (and Martin Freeman was perfect). Thorin seemed scaled wrong to me... not quite dwarf and not quite human. Everyone else was fine, it just seemed to me that he was often a bit off in proportion.
philomytha: Beam me upphilomytha on December 18th, 2012 09:19 am (UTC)
Thranduil on an elk was excellent and I did like that. It was good all over for that sort of fun background visual detail (though rabbits? what was going on with the rabbits?).
Nenya Kanadka: [fandom] B5 Delenn/Lenniernenya_kanadka on December 25th, 2012 11:13 am (UTC)
Just thought of you and your baby and remembered I ought to come leave you Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice/New Year's greetings! So, greetings to you and yours! May 2013 be delightful.

More or less agreed on The Hobbit--quite enjoyable, a little long, too many precipices and too much enthusiasm for orcs, but a great amount of fun overall. Middle Earth still looks pretty, Galadriel is stunning (and her inclusion made sense), and I lurve the Eagles. <3

And that snippet of Cordelia/Aral/Simon is just adorable.
philomytha: Beam me upphilomytha on December 26th, 2012 10:42 am (UTC)
Happy holidays to you too! No baby yet, but any day now, certainly :-). And I'm glad you liked the snippet!

I think that the random sequence with the mountains throwing rocks at each other was particularly gratuitous, but oh yes, it was very pretty and I loved getting to see more Galadriel.
Nenya Kanadka: [fandom] B5 Sinclair smilenenya_kanadka on December 27th, 2012 05:16 am (UTC)
The mountains throwing rocks at each other was at least canonical, though it seemed a little gratuitous even in Tolkien's version. :P

Good luck with babythings and new year things! Yay!