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I think I've reached the point where, if I don't post now, I never will. I keep intending to post, but somehow it never happens. Think about it too much, and it feels like I've said everything that I intended to anyway, so why bother? That probably isn't the right way to play this game though, huh.

It has been an interesting few months (using the term 'interesting' in its most flexible definition). For starters the weather has been lending its own special hand. I've been looking after a neighbour's garden whilst she's been away, and that's been unexpectedly entertaining on its own. There I've been every evening, gallantly attempting to water her whatnots, with a gale force wind whipping the stream from the watering can in every direction but down. Seriously, it's like the Keystone Cops do gardening. I should probably have sold tickets.

Elsewhere, things have been virtually non-stop, one way or another. My father had a heart attack back in April - and, being a member of my family, he couldn't do it sensibly of course. Instead he had what appears to have been quite a serious heart attack without realising it. He therefore spent a week and a half gradually losing more and more energy, and getting more and more breathless, until my mother practically frogmarched him to the doctor. Consequently I've been doing even more for them than I usually do - which I don't mind in the slightest, but it all takes time. And also it means yet more gardening, which is definitely not my forté. Why does nobody ever want a bit of swashbuckling done? "I'm going away for a fortnight. You couldn't swing from a rope with a sword between your teeth every evening could you? Around seven thirty?" I don't know that it's all that much to ask. Anyway, they sent Dad home from the hospital eventually, with what looks like his own pharmacy, and every so often a nice lady comes around to check his blood pressure, and steal a bit more of his blood. I think it's for medical reasons, rather than just some questionable hobby. And I say "nice" lady, but I haven't actually met her. I assume she's a district nurse, and I usually expect them all to look like Nerys Hughes (and preferably ride bicycles).

So yeah. I've missed a whole hell of a lot of LJ and DreamWidth lately, although I have tried to catch up here and there. I'm not ignoring anybody, I've just been busy. On the plus side, I managed to swing an extra shift at work, which meant that I got to go see Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Hurrah! Turns out it was the first time I've been to the cinema since LOTR III, and in the meantime they've knocked down the old cinema and built a new one. So that was nice. Or mostly nice. Are they always so bloody loud these days?! During the battle scenes the floor was shaking so much I was half expecting to get evacuated. It was a jolly good film though, if perhaps not quite so much fun as the first one. Given that, for me, the whole Avengers thing is basically all about the Science Bros, I was particularly happy with how the whole plot was basically Science Bros Rule The World.

Tony: Hey bro. Fancy helping me build a super super AI that will hopefully protect the world, and not eat it at all?

Bruce: I don't know. It sounds a bit iffy to me...

Tony: Bro! It's for science!

Bruce: Yay!

(The next day)

Tony: So. You know that whole thing where we built a super super AI and it tried to kill everything ever? I was thinking. If we use the super indestructible body that it built for itself, and make another super super AI to go in it... this might help. Maybe.

Bruce: Um.

Tony: Science Bros?

Bruce: Science Bros go go go!

And somehow, despite being ridiculous, it's both perfectly in character and perfectly brilliant. And Vision is awesome, even if I will be mourning Jarvis forever.

So yeah. I made a post! There would be the obligatory TV stuff here, but ABC axed Forever because they're cold, unfeeling bastards, and I hate them. Although they didn't axe Agents Of SHIELD, so I don't hate them as much as I might.

Um. I think that's probably it. If anything exciting happens, I shall probably be wrestling with something that I don't understand in my parents' garden, or crying forlornly over cruelly stolen television. Hey ho.


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May. 16th, 2015 06:07 pm (UTC)
You should totally post more because either there are strong onions in the room or I'm nearly crying with laughter...

it means yet more gardening, which is definitely not my forté. Why does nobody ever want a bit of swashbuckling done? "I'm going away for a fortnight. You couldn't swing from a rope with a sword between your teeth every evening could you? Around seven thirty?" I don't know that it's all that much to ask.

I am now tempted to ask my 70 year old parents to swashbuckler a bit next time I'm away ;)

Um, in slightly more sensible comment, I'm sorry about your father, and much empathy with stubborn people who deny there's nothing wrong. My Dad refused to get a quite-clearly-weirdly-changing-shape mole looked at until term finished (he was a teacher). It turned out to be malignant melanoma skin cancer, at which point he was told his chances of living 5 years were about 50/50. It might *just* have been an idea to go earlier. However, it is now nearly 30 years later and he is still going strong, so I send luck of a similar sort to your father.
May. 17th, 2015 07:37 am (UTC)
Cripes! Always get those moles checked out, folks... And thank you. If he can just accept that he's 76 now, and not 26 any longer, and that he's not going to bounce back in two seconds flat, I think he'll be okay. :)

And yes - swashbuckle. Always swashbuckle. :)
May. 16th, 2015 07:31 pm (UTC)
Aw, I know you said rl had been bad lately, but I hadn't realised it had been that bad. I do hope your Dad continues to be okay. And maybe asks you to do a little swashbuckling every now and then! ♥

Still, it sounds as though you will wind up being a gardening expert soon, whether you wanted to or not.
May. 17th, 2015 07:39 am (UTC)
Thank you. :) The chances of me becoming a gardening expert are not great, though. It's all Dutch to me! Also I got into trouble for refusing to put down slug pellets in the greenhouse when I planted their cucumbers...
May. 16th, 2015 09:12 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Hope your dad gets well soon!
May. 17th, 2015 07:39 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
May. 17th, 2015 02:27 am (UTC)
I'm sorry about your Dad. I hope he gets better.

I'm happy to hear you're getting outside more, actually. I worry about you spending too much time indoors.

I finally broke down and just watched my first Marvel movie since the 1980s. It was Captain America: the First Avenger so the family can watch Agent Carter. I'm also watching The Flash, ridiculously excited about Supergirl and the Muppets coming this fall, and generally please to see more family TV starting to creep out since Doctor Who brought it back ten years ago. I would say more, but family calls(literally). Take care of yourself.
May. 17th, 2015 07:43 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)

I've never been able to get invested in either Captain America or Agent Carter, but the whole of the MCU is wonderfully family friendly, which is nice to see after all the relentless darkness of the DCverse lately. I heartily recommend the Iron Man movies. The first one was especially good, and such fun. The second got much more mixed reviews, although personally I enjoyed it, and the third was brilliant. Haven't got to see the Guardians of the Galaxy one yet, but apparently it's excellent, and good for all ages. And that first Avengers movie is terrific! They all riff off each other, but you don't need to see them all, by any means.
May. 17th, 2015 06:55 am (UTC)
All good wishes for your Dad recovering completely. Glad you are so philosophical about all this garden work, that's the part that would have broken me, I think.
May. 17th, 2015 07:44 am (UTC)
Thank you. :) I actually quite enjoy the gardening, as I enjoy doing physical work, but I am pretty paranoid about killing everything. :D
May. 17th, 2015 09:22 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear about your father. That generation can be so infuriatingly stoic, puts the rest of us hypochondriacs and drama queens into relief. Lucky him and your mum to have you.

I love your Tony & Bruce dialogue. They come across very Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, with Bruce as whichever is the youngest most credulous one...

I'm pro AoS too. Although I have an unhealthy attachment to Fitz/Grant, which makes me eye myself uneasily askance in the mirror.
May. 17th, 2015 03:04 pm (UTC)
The stupid thing is, if he catches even the mildest cold, he's dying for a month. But a heart attack is nothing to go to the doctor about, clearly!

And I don't know about eyeing yourself askance, but Fitz is definitely giving you funny looks now. ;)
May. 17th, 2015 11:28 am (UTC)
Good to hear your dad is doing better - you mentioned him having a heart attack on my LJ, I think? Yeah, the old ones can be so stubborn. Seems my gran had a bad heart for quite some time but choose to ignore it.

I haven't watched Forever yet but I'd have been angry if they'd axed AoS!!!
May. 17th, 2015 03:10 pm (UTC)
AOS doesn't have great viewing figures, but I think it's safe because it's Marvel. It's been so good lately, axing it would be a crime!

Your grandmother sounds like mine. It's the world that they grew up in, I suppose.
May. 17th, 2015 03:45 pm (UTC)
I hope your dad's feeling a lot better soon. I'm glad your mum got him to the doctor in time.

Isn't it amazing how many pills people end up with? A friend of mine had a hip replacement, got an infection in it, had a hip replacement replacement and is now *down* to 12 pills a day. o.O

I assume she's a district nurse, and I usually expect them all to look like Nerys Hughes (and preferably ride bicycles).

I had a district nurse call in. She was nothing like Nerys Hughes, I think she came in a car, and there was no cap and she carried a clipboard. I suspect she was an imposter.

I hope things calm down for you soon - weather-wise if nothing else. I would have loved to have seen the Keystone cops gardening!
May. 18th, 2015 07:27 am (UTC)
Definitely an imposter! Although now that I think about it, the district nurses who helped during my grandfather's last days didn't ride bicycles either. They were awesome though.

*Down* to twelve pills a day! Ouch! I don't know how many my father is on, but it must be somewhere around that. You get to read all the pamphlets and play side-effect bingo. ;)
May. 17th, 2015 04:20 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about your father and I hope he improves. I think the blood letting is stealth collecting for the blood bank!

You could swashbuckle some particularly large weeds, of course, they won't put up much of a fight, but you never know when they're going to turn into triffids;p Or dig everything up and plant beetroots. Your neighbour will thank you for it, possibly...

Hurrah for good films though:) So no one wants naked detectives then? Madness.
May. 18th, 2015 07:29 am (UTC)
Are beetroots entertaining then? You make it sound like they develop insane powers and attempt to take over the neighbourhood. This could be worth trying.

As to the naked detectives, it's more annoying than that. Seems everybody who sees it falls in love instantly, but unfortunately most people didn't know it was on. They don't care about audience appreciation figures in this day and age. Just eyes on the screen. *inconsolable wailing*
May. 18th, 2015 02:29 pm (UTC)
Beetroots are very easy to grow - they must be possessed!

Just eyes on the screen: sounds like an early Fall b-side, leading to TV execs being eaten by zombie eyes!
May. 18th, 2015 06:17 pm (UTC)
You listen to weird music... :p
May. 19th, 2015 02:39 pm (UTC)
But only on my very eccentric days;p
May. 17th, 2015 08:36 pm (UTC)
All my best wishes for your father. I hope his recovery comes along well.
May. 18th, 2015 07:30 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
May. 18th, 2015 12:17 pm (UTC)
I am behind and only just read this.

I think your dad beats even my dad with the not asking for help or making a fuss. It ends up being quite a shock for us and we have to step up to the plate while still in sock x
May. 18th, 2015 06:17 pm (UTC)
Bit of a shock to be reminded of a parent's mortality, isn't it. Hopefully they'll behave for a bit now!
May. 20th, 2015 12:52 am (UTC)
You know I mean "still in shock" not sock?
May. 20th, 2015 07:10 am (UTC)
Yes, I'd guessed. :)

Although socks are probably involved, at some point. ;)
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