July 31st, 2009

20111112, Marilee

Cold Cold Rain

I had my pre-op clearance with my primary doctor today and she wouldn't clear me until I get a pulmonary clearance because of the shortness-of-breath (I'm glad someone is paying attention!). As it turns out, the pulmonologist I saw back before inhalers came out is still with Kaiser, and while I don't think he'll remember me, I'm seeing him anyway next Friday.

They reminded me that I haven't had a Pap smear this year and I reminded them that the endometrial biopsy will suffice for that. They reminded me about the mammogram due in August and told me that we have our own screening machine in Manassas now, so I'm doing that on Wednesday. I used to have to drive to the other end of the county for it.

It rained a bit in the morning today, but when I stepped out of the center, there was cold hard rain coming down. It was great! It's a good thing I keep a roll of paper towels where I can reach them from the driver's seat, so I could dry off my head, but it was actually cool for a while today, even after the rain. The weatherpeople think there were a few small tornadoes in Maryland. Maybe this will happen for a few more days.

I don't know if you remember a big protest in DC in 2002, but a federal judge is close to ordering an investigation of how DC lost so much evidence.

I've got two more posts and then I'm taking a nap.
20111112, Marilee

Ilario: A Story of the First History, Book One: The Lion's Eye by Mary Gentle

I posted about Mary Gentle's Ash series here and this book and its sequel is set in the same world as the beginning of Ash but earlier -- only 200 years after Prophet Gundobad is killed. The protagonist, Ilario, is intersexed (called in the book: hermaphrodite, man-woman, son-daughter, daughter-son, she-male, ladyboy) and was the Court Freak in Iberia. When he is manumitted, he flees to Carthage (which is under the Penitence) where he almost immediately is raped and put back into slavery. An Egypian eunuch buys him and lets him paint when he has time, because he wants to be a painter.

He finds out his mother is trying to kill him because his mother is the wife of the King's advisor at court and it would make her and her husband look bad to be his parents. Except the husband is not his father -- she had sex with a big-deal general and if anybody gets a look at them together, they will know Honorius is his father. Honorius also shows up in Carthage, wanting to meet Ilario (and acting like a proper father), and protecting him from his mother. The Egyptian and Honorius develop a strong friendship.

The rest of the book has the three of them trying to flee and fight the assassins while Ilario/Ilaria becomes obviously pregnant and has to act as a woman (women have less power, so he usually acted like a man). At the end of this book, there is a choice of who will live -- him or the baby -- and if it was in a theatre, there would be that Dun Dun Dunnnnnn organ chord. Don't start this one unless you have the second one at hand.

I'm not finding it as engrossing as Ash, but so far, the story is good.
20111112, Marilee


Boy, was this movie hard to watch. A nice young girl (Evan Rachel Wood) turns thirteen and suddenly wants to be with the cool girls. Wants to so much that she starts stealing and shoplifting, and then spending time only with one of the girls (Nikki Reed). The other girl drags her into drugs, alcohol, cutting, etc. and when confronted by the mothers (Holly Hunter plays Wood's), tosses the nice girl to them, saying it was the other way around. The nice girl's mother believes her own daughter.

There's just a lot of things you wish wouldn't happen in this movie. Not something to watch when you're sad.