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Holidaze

Made a more-or-less conscious decision to not really get online while the parents were here, which was from Sunday morning until yesterday afternoon. And since I've been in one of my not-online-much phases anyway, I'm sort of out of the loop on everything. Might look at Yuletide recs... eventually? I'm making an earnest renewed effort to get Lizzie research/writing done (this coming February is the 150th anniversary of her death, and while it is exceedingly unlikely that I will (a) have enough of the play done to do anything with it by then, or (b) be able to attend the commemorative event Lucinda is planning pending permission from Highgate Cemetery [where Lizzie is buried alongside her never-quite-approving in-laws and Gabriel is not, which somehow just puts the capper on their whole tangle of a relationship], it's a motivating factor nonetheless), and have been in a crafting mode (alternating between knitting and needlepoint), so I'm likely to be scarce around here until the next pendulum shift in my mood toward the interwebz. :-)

Received some lovely gifts, the most notable of which in fannish terms are almost certainly the Blu-ray of the original Fright Night recently and rather unexpectedly issued in a limited edition by Twilight Time, featuring a jaw-droppingly beautiful transfer and an alternate audio track isolating Brad Fiedel's score; and seasons 1 and 2 of The Bionic Woman, my beloved "first fandom," which I've had sitting on my wishlist since last fall without caving and buying them for myself. The entire first disc is actually Six Million Dollar Man episodes, and while I remembered how painfully clunky the dialogue could be sometimes, I had forgotten about the proposal scene in Jaime's debut episode, and how it comes out of banter about whether she's thought about getting married. "Of course, you'd have to wait for somebody to ask you." *splorfle* Really, Steve? What 1975 are you living in?? :-D

My poor mom, the sole member of my family with zero interest in SF, superheroes, or monsters of any kind, got her movie wish for a change, and my folks and I saw The Help at the nearby second-run cinema on Boxing Day. Full of phenomenal performances, of course, and I was actually surprised by how they went about (consciously or not) mitigating (if not eliminating) some of the "white savior" and other problematic elements. It's much more an ensemble piece than I was led to expect, and, at least to my eyes, rather more Aibileen and Milly's movie than Skeeter's.

I enjoyed the Doctor Who Christmas special -- more than others did, from what I'm seeing -- but TV's best holiday present to me was the Beeb's three-part Young James Herriot. Mom and I used to watch All Creatures Great and Small together faithfully when I was little, so when I got wind of this (due to its starring Amy Manson, so Mom admits she owes a debt to "you and your vampires" *g*) I couldn't wait to see it, and it didn't disappoint. Much fun. Acquired via *ahem* means, of course, but hopefully it'll turn up on BBCA and/or PBS at some point in the reasonably foreseeable future.

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bentleywg
Dec. 29th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
For what it's worth, I loved the Doctor Who Christmas special. And so did the real-life (not online) people I've talked to about it.
wiliqueen
Dec. 29th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
Oh, good. I was starting to think it was going to be one of those things where everyone I know was meh, and I was quite pleased. I didn't think it was perfect, but quite enjoyed it. :-)
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