lunes OR The State of Me, Post-Harvey

Sep. 19th, 2017 10:48 am
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Otherwise known as, Journaling For Therapy in 5 E-Z Steps. Really long. Scroll past if your own family drama is enough for you. )


Since The Email, I have been self-therapying with British police procedurals which, to be fair, I love anyhow. I've just been binging them and D has been watching with me. I have rated them in order of how much I want to visit the country they are set in which happens to be in keeping with how much I love them. I'm not including Broadchurch since my deep love for it goes without saying:

1. Shetland- I love this SO MUCH. The countryside looks so lush and green and I love Jimmy Perez and Tosh the best. I continue to be highly amused at his Spanish surname and how totally plausible it is because Spaniards are often blond and fair. I am a season behind because the new one isn't on Netflix until it is complete but I can't wait!

2. Wallander- HOW did I not know Fetus!Tom Hiddleston was on this?? HOW?? You are all FIRED! Also, I know this is based on the Swedish mystery series, ok? Kenneth Branagh is a Brit, as are all the cast. Everything is superb on this: acting, cinematography, writing. Branagh is so BROKEN in this, like, all the time, and all you want to do is give him soup and tell him to sleep.

3. Hinterland- Of all of them this is absolutely the darkest, both literally and symbolically. It pushes the gore factor considerably in crime scenes and gunshot scenes compared to the others. Very noir, but really well done, too. Another broken DCI with secrets and baggage skillfully performed by Richard Harrington, who played Captain Blamey on Poldark, where he looked 65 years old in his wig and uniform. Fantastic cast, all of them.

4. Midsomer Murders- This is the oldest series and it is A DELIGHT. We are only on the second season and enjoying it utterly. Much lighter fare and a breath of fresh air every time. It's also such fun to play spot-the actor. We've already seen a young Emily Mortimer and Elizabeth Spriggs of Sense and Sensibility and Harry Potter fame.


* D has been pre-diagnosed with gastroparesis, which basically means her stomach does not work right. We are seeing other specialists because her dr thinks there might be another condition also at play and wants to at least rule it out. It is such a relief to find a medical professional that listens and believes you, I can't tell you. Dr. Behazin in Houston and her staff are the BEST.

* I plan to visit my folks early next month because it has been way too long. My mom is not doing well being my dad's caretaker since she is not, and has never been, the best nurturing sort. Not being mean; she'd say the same. However, she is also 77 herself, so I know her health is not the best, either.

* I have not read anything in so long it is sad.

* Except for kid's graphic novels for my committee. My faves so far are

- Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag
- Princess Princess Ever After by Katie 'Neill
- Fish Girl by David Wiesner and Donna Jo Napoli
- Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt by Ben Clanton
- Real Frends by Shannon Hale

Okay, gente. I'ma go be productive.

I hope everyone is doing well.

Thanks for letting me use this as a space to process. It really does help. :-)

lunes OR We Made It Through The Rain

Sep. 7th, 2017 07:13 am
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Hello gente,

I am so, so sorry for the lack of updates! It has been a crazy couple of weeks here in H-town, let me tell you.

We were astoundingly fortunate during the hurricane flooding which decimated so much of our city. We kept power, stayed dry except for a small leak, water in our bathroom, which always gets water, and water under the laminate floorboards in our bedroom, which is probably going to be the most invasive fix. The rain water got up to a foot from our garage and it was dicey, let me tell you.

The more stressful thing was being told, AFTER we got through the rain, that our home might flood due to the release of water from the reservoir because they were overfilled. Waiting with packed bags for a sign of water on the street for four days was not fun. Again, just by chance, we avoided flooding. Many homes did not, homes that were not on flood plains and had never flooded before. It's a clusterfuck.

We are on the fourth day of water conservation because the sanitation plant servicing our area is under eight feet of water. So, minimal flushing, quick showers, no laundry, no dishwasher. And I want to slap people who are bitching who still have their dry, safe homes because they are lucky.

If you have your dry, safe home still, you are SO SO LUCKY.

The city got 52 inches of rain in a single storm, as much as we get in a year. 24.5 trillion gallons of water fell. 450,000 people have been affected. 35% of homes in the city are affected. 85% of those homes don't have flood insurance.

I am back at work where we are assessing collections of branches affected by the hurricane. So far the two we've seen have only lost carpet and the collection was surprisingly ok. We have not even been able to get into one that is still flooded and another that had three feet of water. No one holds out much hope for those books.

Our city is not going to be the same for a long, long time.

I keep trying to add photos but it's not as streamlined as LJ was, so I need to find a photohosting site that I can figure out how to work on here, and I can't with that right now.

Another storm is on it's way to Florida right now after laying waste to Barbudos in the Atlantic.

It's going to be one of those hurricane seasons.


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