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A good 24 [Jan. 14th, 2009|10:37 pm]
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The last day has been quite a good one for me.

Last night I watched A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 - The Dream Master - not one of the best Elm St films, but certainly an interesting one in that it attempts to further the mythos beyond the manic come back from the dead. Mentions of the Masters of the two dream gates, good dreams and bad dreams, and Freddy's line, "I've been guarding my gate a long time..." and the Dream Master nursery rhyme are reasonably interesting additions. However, the writers have picked up on some of Freddy's weird jokiness from the previous film and amped it up in this one. Wise-cracking Freddy never quite works for me, even when I like the lines.

Read for a while (oh reading, how I have missed thee!) and went to bed around 1am-ish, and got woken by Lex being noisy around 5am. Gave up at 5:30, got up, did all the dishes & and the breast-feeding stuff, then made myself breakfast (I'm not a brekky person, but I'd been up long enough and done enough that I could face food) and sat down to watch an episode of The Adventures of Superman - Star of Fate with George Reeves. The old Superman series can be a bit variable, but this was one of the better ones.

Next I boxed up some figures that are long overdue to be sent off. Between dealing with Lex, trying to get stuff done around the house, the Chrissy trip and aftermath, I just haven't been getting around to this box and it's been annoying me. Should get it sent off Friday when I have the car.

After that I replied to emails and almost caught up! That was nice.

Then I put out a load of washing around 9am and fed Lex. After feeding we had a good long play until he got grizzly and I put him down to sleep around 11-ish.

Watched an episode of Justice League Unlimited - Clash which was fabulous. Captain Marvel out boy-scouting Superman to the point where even Batman admits to liking him, "He's... sunny." Fabulous battle at the end, and an even more fabulous episode ending. JLU remembers that's what makes for good superhero stories are great, and flawed characters, and actual plots.

More emails and stuff, then at noon I decided it was time to crash. Lex allowed me a broken two hours, than I got up again and started making bread.

Started taking it a bit slower, starting to feel a bit more drained, though of course the heat didn't help that. Sat on the couch and rested, or played with Lex, between stages of the bread. Also started listening to podcast 22 of king_espresso's Paleo-Cinema blog. It's the first I've listened to, what I've heard of the episode so far has been quite good, and any criticisms are minor and wouldn't be fair until I'd heard several more. On the whole, it's well thought-out and entertainingly presented. So I've got something else to listen to now when I'm feeding Lex :)

After feeding Lex, hunted down an old Mr. Bill episode. Then played with Lex some more. After that, watched episode two of Doctor Who - Romans and wrote up my comments on it. Once I finish that one, I'll get up my comments on DW Reign of Terror and then I'll start watching through McCoy's first season in preparation for the Doctor Who panel at this year's Swancon.

Got my bread finished, it was nice. Then I decided to go swimming. I'd been trying to get there for the last few weeks, and while I knew it would be packed, headed out anyway. Did a little bit of swimming, but hard to practice properly with so many people around. By the time the crowds started to thin, I was exhausted and headed for home.

Got home with the intent of sitting on the couch and not moving for the rest of the night. But then decided it was time to have another go at getting Lex comfortable in the bath. Two things Lex hates - sleeping and baths. He will at least grizzle about either of these, usually he will cry, and when it comes to bathes he screams!

So this time I filled the bath, hopped in, and had him passed to me. He screamed lots. Only time he didn't was when I held him close and tight. Will try to spend a week of this and variations to see if it makes a difference.

Then had a shower and finally sat back down on the couch. Listened to a bit more of Terry's podcast, then realised I wasn't taking it in. Decided I'd watch Elm St. 5, but decided first to write this up.

It's been a good, happy, productive day for me. Usually I'd be lucky to get a third of this much done, even with the huge improvements to my health in the last year or so. Hell, I'm lucky to get through one or two episodes of something, let alone three episode and a movie!

It feels like one of my good periods, the ones I tend to get every three to five months. I used to take it a bit slower when these happened, but have since learned to make the most of it - I'll crash and burn within the next week, either way.

Right, now... Elm St... or maybe clean the lounge a bit first...?

[User Picture]From: ariaflame
2009-01-14 12:52 pm (UTC)
Yay! Carpe Diem!

Reminds me. Should get some more bread mix. (I could make just ordinary loaf with ordinary flour but really I'm a multigrain girl)

My day hasn't had much in the 'do stuff around house' but reasonable on exercise.
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From: gutter_monkey
2009-01-14 01:55 pm (UTC)
I carved the words Carpe Diem into a cucumber last Sunday. It made sense at the time ...

(Someone carved the word DIE into a cucumber and I decided to improve upon that, and changed it to Carpe Diem.)
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[User Picture]From: ariaflame
2009-01-14 02:07 pm (UTC)
Definitely an improvement. My brain now goes down the path of thinking 'so what's the latin for seize the cucumber?'
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[User Picture]From: purrdence
2009-01-14 03:41 pm (UTC)
Don't seize the cactus. Bad idea.
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[User Picture]From: transcendancing
2009-01-14 01:14 pm (UTC)

What an amazingly huge day!

That's an immense amount of stuff to accomplish :)

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[User Picture]From: angriest
2009-01-14 01:19 pm (UTC)
'Dear diary, today was a good day - then I remembered I need to watch "Time and the Rani".'
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-01-14 02:45 pm (UTC)
Yes... Mondy and I once went through McCoy's first season together and really struggled through some of the rubbish in it.

On a side note, watching Elm St 5. - I think the Greta dream has been edited. Will need to grab my old VHS and check.
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[User Picture]From: purrdence
2009-01-14 03:42 pm (UTC)
geek! ;p
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-01-14 10:30 pm (UTC)
What will make it worse is that I haven't watched Elm St. 5 in at least 7 or 8 years.

Memory for real life stuff, rubbish. Memory for film/tv I've watched - not a patch on what it used to be, but still good.

I saw Cronenberg's Dead Ringers at the cinema. A year or so later I spotted the one second cut to the video release. I complained to the company that the video didn't state that it was an edited release, and they admitted they thought no-on would notice.

But that was back in the days when I could walk out of a first viewing and could quote chunks of dialogue verbatim. These days I get even a basic line wrong.
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[User Picture]From: bunnikins
2009-01-14 01:51 pm (UTC)
That's a productive day indeed! Well done:)
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[User Picture]From: king_espresso
2009-01-14 08:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the plug, mate. Any feedback will be warmly welcome. You wouldn't believe how many ums and ahs I edit out of each ep. Glad my little content providing on the web was a part of your good day.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-01-14 10:23 pm (UTC)
Definitely part of my good day. I only mentioned potential criticisms because I know you, and know you want to do the best you can. Happy to plug it now I've heard even a little. Hope to listen to the rest today.

It's weird though, it doesn't sound like you. Either that or I've been away so long I've forgotten your voice :)

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[User Picture]From: king_espresso
2009-01-14 11:29 pm (UTC)
I have a special microphone that makes me sound suaver and sexier than I am, mate. Or maybe you have been away ;-)
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[User Picture]From: cheshirenoir
2009-01-14 09:33 pm (UTC)
I am loving the Parenting bits BTW, if only to compare and contrast.

J will cry if he's NOT allowed in the bath. He'll sit there next to it (especially if V is in it) making meeping noises and trying to climb in.

One reason we always try and empty the bath the second the kids are out of it.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-01-14 10:40 pm (UTC)
My Aunty Gwen, who raised her three kids, has been heavily involved on a daily basis in the raising of her 8 grandkids, and had been a foster mum several times over, couldn't get how different Lex was to any child she's dealt with.

As she put it, she's never seen a kid so resistant to the idea of sleeping, and never seen one who hated baths so much. We asked her for any help or advice, and she had none. Nothing she tried worked either - which made us feel a lot better. Well, sort of :)

I suspect he has my insomnia. Either that of Sharon's tendency to resist sleep even when exhausted because he wants to do more.
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[User Picture]From: mireille21
2009-01-15 01:50 am (UTC)
That's an *amazing* amoung to get done.
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[User Picture]From: kaths
2009-01-15 06:55 am (UTC)

So where was Lex when you went swimming?

Also , have you taken him to the pool? It'd be interesting to see whether he responds to it differently than the bath.

Clara has only screamed a few times about having a bath. Once she had nappy rash and it hurt her, and another when she was just overtired and didn't want to be naked or wet.

What about taking him into the shower? Then he's not as immersed.

Have you tried altering other variables like heat and depth?
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-01-16 04:08 am (UTC)
Went swimming in the evening once Sharon was home. Haven't taken him to the pool yet, that's one of the reasons I'd like to get him more comfy in the water.

Showers he's okay with, but I think the reason for that is he's held close the whole time.

Yeah, trying a few things. If I can find the right tap temp balance from the start, have even considered sitting him in the empty tub and then filling it.

Will get there eventually. Either that or rename him "Stinky."
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[User Picture]From: kaths
2009-01-17 10:37 am (UTC)
Luckily babies don't get too dirty in the early months. Until they start solids!
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