Merry Christmas. 2013 Was Brilliant

This year has been a long one, a complicated one, & a great one.

We had a lot of pressure and hurry, but God provided, as he tends to, in the nick of time and everything is better than ever. Truly,  we are blessed and ready to share that with the world. 

I was talking with a friend (see what I did there, making it sound like it could have been dozens of different people?) and we were thinking that 2014 will be our year to be badass. Skills and projects and generally showing off what we’ve been becoming all these past two years or more.

Christmas is the perfect time to reflect, it being the time of year to remember family and good fortune and most importantly the time of year we remember the gift of salvation and the new covenant and new starts we were all given this time of year long ago. Before Christmas,  things were so much more complicated.  Now,  it’s simply down to loving one another and God and reflecting on that.  From that everything else that is good will follow. I still believe that. I believe that so many people have good in their hearts and just lack, if anything,  in patience to listen and think.

Myself, I constantly struggle with impatience. I want to win now. I want to understand now. It’s sometimes not to be. I get impatient with others. I get impatient with me and do things faster than sometimes advisable. 

This coming year I’ll look to be patient and clear, stating goals and knowing that I’ll be moving forward and doing what I can while everything else is in good hands.

Thanksgiving

Been working really hard on a semi-automated estimatepage for work. Not as straightforward as I had first thought, but fun. Now,L though, I’m just about to the make-it-pretty part. I am least confident of all in my decoration skills. Even when I look at lots of inspiration and example, I feel like my work looks somehow incomplete. 

Anyway, I’m excited to be doing it. Code is my favorite craft, and ironing new wrinkles is engrossing.

In other news…. snow. Last weekend we were all but snowed in, and its been sub – freezing ever since. The tough shop guys at work think I’m a wuss, and they’re right. They work so hard. Crap. I’m pretty grateful for my job. It feels like a good fit. At least for me.

I digress.  We dug out of the snow, and I hope that the rumors of more ice this weekend don’t pan out.  I hate winter– well, I hate cold weather.

I’m grateful for everything,  really, I have a great husband, great family, a great friend, a job, and I’m finally home where I can enjoy two out of three live action.   Sometimes I feel like I’ve become a cliche, but I’m crazy relieved in life right now. God is good. Even when I’m in iffier times, but I can’t deny that I’m especially glad right now.

I’m also making a new Doctor Scarf to keep. That’s that update.

Buffy Season 9 Freefall

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Freefall (Season 9, #1)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Freefall by Joss Whedon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I had a mixed relationship with Season 8, and Season 9 started hitting some of the notes I hated most– in particular Angel and Giles.  My family-centric self really hurts and hates over what they randomly did to Buffy and Giles’ relationship and that Giles was RICH and let Buffy and Dawn SUFFER before the end of the series and that he left EVERYTHING to Faith galls me, and really soured me on the series right off.  Add to that the way Xander and Dawn (Xander and Dawn, ew, sorry– that’s just how I feel) treat Buffy and I almost gave up.
Thank a Dark Horse sale, later in the year, and I catch back up. For now.
I liked that Spike and his bug-ship were still around to lend some grounding (ironically, and yet not, enough).  I can’t help but hope that this goes on, because I really felt by the end of Season 7 that they were going to be able to help one another grow up.  I want to see it.

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The Shining Review

The Shining (The Shining, #1)
The Shining by Stephen King

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I can hardly believe this is the first time I’ve read “The Shining.”  I’ve had it on my shelf for a long time.  The Stanley Kubrick movie was so creepy it kept giving me pause.  I’m not saying that this book wasn’t a scary story, but there was something unsettling about Kubrick’s mutation of the movie that goes beyond. 
That out of the way, I’m glad [book]Doctor Sleep[/book] came along to spur me to pull “The Shining” up on the “To Read” list. 
First out of the gate, small children in danger is a hot topic for me.  It’s a fast track to my “disturbed” bone and I don’t really care for it.  I knew what I was in for in advance, though, so while it’s a cheap ploy it’s also a very standard “ghost story” trope, and I believe that “standard ghost story” is something King was playing with, here.  All the standard ingredients are in this book with a King twist.  The wife/mother– no twist, poor thing, women are not his strong suit.  The Boy With Power– Danny is preternaturally and supernaturally aware, and it’s sad for him, because he has so many adult concepts he can’t quite grok.  The Father/Husband– who is so very close to the son in many ways, but has life and bad choices dogging him (A writer, of course, aren’t they all writers, here?).  The Wise Old Man (black edition), he’s a plucky sort, and not really mysterious at all– which is actually a twist.  He isn’t Black by necessity, which is also nice, I suppose.  I am thinking there are those who’d say “Why THIS character of color?” and they’re probably right, but as far as I can see… at least he’s not a caricature of an aging black man with “hoodoo.”  I’m sure somewhere in his head, King was being progressive.  It was the seventies, after all. 
The story is almost ridiculously simple, but like all ghost stories, it keeps you  on your seat waiting to see what happens next because ‘oooh, it’s soooo creepy.”  It is, too.  Classy, secluded, old-fashioned hotels will never attract me in the same way again.

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