Saturday, March 25, 2006

a hopeful peek at warmer weather..

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Waiting for Battlestar

the second season ended two weeks ago.. the third season will begin in OCTOBER later this year! 7 long months. seven long months. typically, shows at the end of the season would leave a cliffhanger, right?

no. It flashed a YEAR LATER. the last 20 minutes of the episode jumped to one year later and adding insult to the injury the cliffhanger has toasters returning after some time of peace. More on this later when I'm not feeling so despondent.

How will I fill this void? Big Love? Bones? Medium?


Attack of Tiny Phlegms

Not getting much better. Probably all the NYC dust that's accumulated into my respiratory system is blocking the healing process. Ever since I moved here in late 2002 I don't get sick as often. In DC and Limerick, colds (and so rarely a flu) are commonplace yet in most times I'm able to function daily. Here it just knocks me off my ass when I do get sick. Especially in the environment you work in is poorly ventilated and someone getting sick is not something you can shrug off.

The weekend before the last I was struck by a stomach bug. After couple days I was able to eat real food. I may have celebrated too early. I had a lovely dinner at a French bistro in ABC city and got properly hammered several hours later in the spirit of Saint Patrick's. Then there was the hangover delay which was very strange for me. Usually I'd feel like crap soon as 20 minutes after I woke up.. Then it didn't become this bad several hours later right at the beginning of the brunch with a friend. It was kinda embarrassing shuttling between the table and toilet during first half of the meal especially when it took over a year to actually get together. Had a good day regardless, though exhausted I anticipated a good night's sleep and a good work day the next day.

But no. I woke up with a full blown sore throat. Thinking it'd pass into a mere dryness during the work day, I had racking coughs.. I crawled home, defeated and into bed Sunday at 2pm. I've been making trips between my bedroom, the couch and tv, and the bathroom. And the kitchen in between.

Two whole days and a half of self imposed exile in my apartment. It's not fun anymore. I still have coughs and occasional temperature fluctuations but nothing else.

I actually watched "Little House on the Prairie: The Continuing Years" on Hallmark channel out of boredom. As a kid I was addicted to the original show, had my hair in pig tails like Laura's. The lovable characters like Nels, that wife of his are reduced to window dressing. We witness the debut of Shannen Doughtery as Almanzo's ("manly" nicknamed by Laura - *gag*) niece.

Caught few of M*A*S*H shows with the original TV cast - before Potter, Hunnicut and Winchester III joined. These guys had their laughs but the last few seasons sucked when Alan Alda took over and changed the show from a into your face war into something moral about the evils of the war.

I'm trying to watch a classic X-Files but my attention span wanders after 20 minutes. I should be up and about cleaning my room but I'm more content being a slug on the couch at the moment.. *cough*hack*

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Lilith's Brood

I finished the book sometime early in February and I thought the third book, "Imago" completed the trilogy. The pros and cons of genetic engineering and inbreeding were obvious but at the end humanity prevails. It's a common theme in most sci fi and fantasy books. It's open to deliberation because we all have different perceptions of what humanity ought to be. Usually, free of machines and alien domination but I'm not sure how comforting it could be.

Sci Fi books are often about machine domination, demise of the eco system, superiority or degradation of the human and/or alien race - they're usually fascinating, psychological study of human behavior and you appreciate the limitations of the eco system. Some of them are downright depressing like Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Oryx and Crake". Others creative, interesting and almost realistic in terms of human behavior and the eco system - the Dune books and "Lilith's Brood".

I have yet to read "Deaf People's in Hitler's Europe".. I'm sitting in on a training tomorrow so I could bring it along...

Been a long while

New job - one knows how it is. Major readjustment in all aspects of life. At this time I'm beginning to maintain better balance, energy and eating. I hadn't lost this much weight since grad school - being in a different country and a place full of hearies is no easy feat. With the new job, things to figure out and making gravy. I've yet to perfect the recipe but I'm getting there. Good cooks in my genes. Me worry not - Hakuna Matata! My appetite's improved thank goodness - none of that hitching up pants thing anymore.