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Boy, that was a fast weekend!

     Picked up the Towners at the airport this afternoon and was delighted to find out they had a wonderful vacation. Makes me happy. I'll also be happy to have my weeknights to myself, now that checking up on Teabag is over. ;)

     While I was driving toward the airport, I narrowly missed hitting a turtle on busy Interstate 494. I'm very glad I didn't hit it, as I would have felt miserable about it for days, but I'm also completely flabbergasted he made it across the highway (reached the shoulder as I passed). Just wow!

     My coworker Shelley loaned me the first two 'Twilight' movies, so it was nice to get to see those this weekend without spending a cent, and get a feel for what all the hoopla is about without having to waste any of my life reading the books. ;P

     Best of all, I just finished chapter 3 of 'Delarun' section 4 this evening. Hurrah! It's going to be a brutal week weatherwise for me (they're saying LOWS of 70 F/21 C a few nights) but I'm hoping I can get through chapter 4 by the end of Memorial Day weekend. Then I'll only have one left in the section!
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On May 24th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC), silvanime commented:
Ooo.... I don't like the sound of those warm nights. I hope you'll take especial care over the next week.

Are you going to finish off the last chapter of section 4 before taking your summer break?

What did you think of the movies?

Very glad to hear the turtle made it safely! Sahaquiel's dad seems to find a lot of them on the roads--a piece of weirdness I've never been able to explain. Perhaps turtles like busy roads.
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On May 24th, 2010 11:06 am (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
Ugh, only down to 73 F/23 C right now. What a night! Well I already made myself a cold pasta salad for the next two dinners, as I know I'll be too hot and miserable after the walk home to eat anything else!
I'd love to do that, and that's my goal, but as section 4 has 5 chapters, that last one might be tricky. At least it's shorter than chapters 2-4.
I actually enjoyed the movies more than I expected, perhaps because I'd already read about the ridiculousness of the 'glitter' effect, and all the shirtless guys in the second movie, how fakey the werewolves are, etc. I'm actually curious what happens next, though not enough to go to the movie theater for 'Eclipse' when it's full of insane teenage girls! ;D

Poor turtles! Here in Minnesota, we have a lot of smallish ponds near overpasses and large highways, so I can understand the turtle trying to get to one.
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On May 24th, 2010 08:14 am (UTC), topercolate commented:
Ack, turtle! Glad he avoided going splat! That is amazing that the poor thing was able to make it all the way across.

So, what did you think of Twilight? I had a hard time with the first book and ended up not finishing it, but the movies might be a different story. ;)

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On May 24th, 2010 11:10 am (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
I know! I can't believe it--I looked at how many cars were around and was just amazed. And that doesn't include the other three lanes of eastbound traffic he probably crossed as well.

Yes, I've a feeling especially with the second movie and that long over-the-top depressive stage of hers after Edward leaves, that I would probably run out of patience with her in the book (if not sooner with all the over-the-top crushy stuff ;). This way I can see what each book is about, and only lose two hours of my life for each movie. The movies can't pile up the teenage angst quite so well, not when there's so much fun to be had with all the superhuman vampire powers and running around in the Washington forests. They make me want to visit, actually. ;D
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On May 24th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC), topercolate replied:
Good plan! ;) Unfortunately for me, Twilight cured my addiction to over-the-top crushy stuff in fiction. It honestly did. Romance is something that I like in sparing amounts now.
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On May 24th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
Did it really? I think I'd best stay well away as I have little enough tolerance for it to start with! ;P
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On May 24th, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC), topercolate replied:
Well, it was more gradual than that. I used to be really into the whole "vampire novels" thing, starting in grade nine or ten with Anne Rice, and whoah, did that have a huge influence on the way that I wrote :: looks at old stuff and shudders ::. Twilight was like the last straw. I wore out my taste for vampires, unrequited love, oversized romance and the Tall Dark & Undead archetype. :)
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On May 25th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
*chuckles at 'Tall Dark & Undead'* Hadn't heard that one before!

I'm afraid I've heard such things of Anne Rice's vamp novels that I want to avoid them at all costs (but I really hate vampires in general).

Unrequited love is fun but...so easily overdone.