Oct. 14th, 2016

jakebe: (Reading Rabbit)
We watched Disney's Brother Bear yesterday! When the movie came out, it was one of those stories I was absolutely obsessed with -- I think I saw it like, four or five times in theatres. There are some movies that put me right back into a childhood head-space, where my imagination would take off with all these ideas of how fun it would be to live in that story, and Brother Bear was one of them. I thought it would be super-awesome to know that spirits exist, that they were looking out for you, and every once in a while they had the power to turn you into a super-cool animal dude.

The movie...isn't as good as I remembered it being. While the story is still really cool and also YAY BEARS!!! there were a lot of things that I've since developed a pretty low tolerance for. The bodily-function humor (pee and poo jokes) was just...so obvious and lazy that it was more annoying than inoffensive; Koda does the cute kid thing that just makes my teeth itch, and every time you start to like him he does something to remind you that he's kind of obnoxious; and my God, Phil Collins was a poor choice for this soundtrack.

So it's a little saddening to know that this movie has been visited by The Suck Fairy since the last time I saw it. It was OK, but more of a 3-star movie than the 4-star one I remember it being.

After that, we watched episode 6 of Outcast, which is this fascinating show that I have no idea what they're doing with. If you haven't heard about it, let me pitch you: Kyle is a troubled man with a fairly intense past, and as he's called to deal with the demonic possession of a young boy in a small West Virginia town all of the secrets and memories he's been running away from up until now come rushing back to demand his attention. Over the course of the first five episodes, we piece together what's happened to Kyle and get the sense of the story's scope. Now that we're getting into the back half of the first season, we see how things are shaping up to play out.

The show also has Brent Spiner in a truly different role, so if that piques your interest then you're good. :)

Anyway, Outcast has this superficial resemblance to Preacher -- another religious/supernatural show set in a small Southern town, but what's interesting is how they're two sides of the same coin. It feels like both of them owe a pretty large debt to Twin Peaks, but whereas Preacher gets there by way of Guy Ritchie -- leaning on action, humor and style -- Outcast aims to be a straight-up horror-drama. The characters are being put into increasingly untenable situations, and even the folks in town who are put in opposition to Kyle and his ally Rev. Anderson are sympathetic. Nobody really understands what they're dealing with, but they know it is bad.

Yesterday, here were the things on my to-do list:

+ Finish character and setting sketches for FIYAH short story; draft an outline.
- Read chapter 7 of my Social Psychology textbook.
- Draft an outline for my "Reader Response" essay for English class.

Work was a bit more intense than I had anticipated, and a long lunch meant staying later. Instead of using the time between the end of work and our weekly Disney Film Festival to study, I got in a three-mile run and took a shower, then got started on dinner. Still, I did manage to get some more pre-writing done for my short story, and I'm really getting into the characters. I could see myself telling a few more short stories with them.

Today, here's what I would like to do:

1. Get current on my budget log, and plan budget for next two weeks.
2. Reach chapter 7 of my Social Psychology textbook.
3. Draft an outline for my "Reader Response" essay for English class.

Here are a few of the things I'm grateful for:

1. New coworkers! I learned that we hired three new tech support folks this week, and they'll be getting started soon. Such a relief!
2. Ashwaghanda! This is an herbal supplement Ryen learned about; I've been taking it for about a month now, and my anxiety is so much better.
3. Rain! It's due to be a rainy day/weekend here in the Bay area, and we certainly could use it. Looking forward to cozy days indoors.

Today, I'll do my best to be mindful on the present thing I'm working on, and trying to see it through to completion. Especially when I get overwhelmed, I tend to leave things half-finished, and it's important to make sure that I finish what I start. This is a truly basic lesson to be learning at 36, but better late than never, right?

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