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Things What I Have Been Doing

1. Surviving work, although I swear it's been a close thing over the last couple of weeks. I find it interesting, in a sort of horror struck way, that days, and issues, and reportorial chores that I could once do in my sleep, I now can barely complete. My attention span has shrunk, like plastic in front of a heat gun. I find myself writing a sentence - one sentence, folks - and then wandering away from the computer, or switching to an online game, before wandering back and completing the next sentence. This is not how I should be operating, especially if I want to get through the next 40 or so months with a paycheque. 

2. Enjoying Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 with my Best Beloved on Friday. I suspected I'd enjoy it; when Manohla Dargis was forced to give her grudging "it didn't suck too much for A Non-Important Film" review, and when people I respect within the world of fandom liked it. I was right. It's actually better than the first movie, partly because the women get much more front and center (I keep being surprised at how tall Karen Gillan is. Damn.) and partly because it was about family (and it showed family, it didn't talk about family, at least not much.) It was gorgeous and slyly funny (the Sovereign? What every video-gaming group of teens thinks it's really like. *snrk*), and if it had a body count I could have done without, well ... it wasn't perfect. But it was just what I needed. 

3. Listening and watching lots of Peter Gabriel (hence my post from last night), even the stuff in Genesis, when he was a weedy art school mime fan wearing silly head-gear, because the man was a loony young genius, who then matured into a a sturdy, loving, dancing genius. 

4. Watched "Smile," which was ... well, it was Doctor Who, and I got to see Bill and the Doctor, and that covers a multitude of sins. Except I'm not sure I can forgive them for what got done to Rani's mum.  I liked "Thin Ice" better, although it's probably because I've always been a fan of heavy handedness. And tonight we watched "Knock, Knock," which I liked even better. Ah, Moff - you can't kill children, can you? 

5. And now? Now I'm going to make my bed and sleep in fresh sheets.

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eaweek
May. 8th, 2017 04:59 pm (UTC)
I'm so pleased you're discovering or re-discovering Gabriel. Inspired by your post, I spent a lot of yesterday listening to my PG playlist while I was cooking and doing housework. I've never been able to get into early Genesis--not really my thing--but in The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, you can hear the first hints of Gabriel as a solo musician. In particular, "The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging" is pure Peter.

Your comments about Guardians 2 (thanks for keeping them non-spoilery, btw) has really whetted my appetite for the movie. Is it Saturday yet?

I completely get what you mean about being in a work-related funk. Things are not good around here these days. I'm reasonably certain we'll survive for another year... but after that is anyone's guess. Trying to stay hopeful is difficult when everywhere you go, around every corner, there are people in a worried huddle, talking in quiet voices. It's not filling me with confidence.
kaffyr
May. 8th, 2017 06:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, man, I'm so sorry that you're dealing with that kind of crisis at work. Question, is the current or former prez of your institution related by marriage to a former presidential candidate? I ask because I ran across something about someone who fits that bill having been in a top spot at a small east coast college, and I immediately thought of you. Here are my very sincere and strong hopes that your place of employment becomes far healthier than it sounds like it is right now. Good luck!
eaweek
May. 8th, 2017 07:00 pm (UTC)
is the current or former prez of your institution related by marriage to a former presidential candidate?

Hmm, I don't think so. Not that I'm aware of. LOL, there are a lot of small colleges on the east coast.

See my most recent post if you're interested in the gory details. It boils down to: enrollments are tanking. The bad press we had two years ago is still hurting us. No thanks to my idiot former boss. Who as far as I know is retiring this year, swanning off into the sunset while the rest of us fret over our the futures of our careers and finances. > : - {

Edited at 2017-05-08 07:00 pm (UTC)
a_phoenixdragon
May. 10th, 2017 06:05 am (UTC)
I wanna see GotG so bad I can TASTE it...

*HUGS*
kaffyr
May. 13th, 2017 04:33 pm (UTC)
If you get a chance to, you'll truly enjoy it!

*hugs back*
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