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26 December 2008 @ 11:20 pm
Update: Meghan and TwiLOLOLOLOL  
Between a frantic fit of HP rereading, preparing for the holidays, playing flist catchup once again (although not nearly as drastically as last time), and going through the daily motions of chasing an infant around the house to save her from herself, I haven't had a chance to update. But there are a lot of random and completely unrelated items I've wanted to jabber about, so here goes.

Meghan:
Meghan is now nine months old and is so freakin' functional! She crawls like a champ, pulls up into a standing position on anything and everything she can, and even can scale an entire staircase (with me behind her, of course)! She also is starting to understand us, or maybe I should say she's starting to show she understands us, because it's quite possible she's known what's going on far longer than she's let on. It's so amazingly gratifying to say something and get an appropriate reaction from her. For example, she learned how to clap her hands sometime last week, and so if you clap your hands for her or say, "Clap clap clap!", she'll usually show off her skill. It often makes me feel like I'm just teaching her dog tricks or something, but it's still amazing to get the right reaction instead of being ignored or just getting stared at, and I know we're well on the way to more complex skills and actual verbal responses, OMG!

And along those lines, Meghan's definitely starting to develop language. She also recently learned how to wave "hi" and "bye," and these are often accompanied by a high-pitched "HAAAA-AAAAAAA!" or "BAAAAA-AAAAAAA!" And I could swear that on a couple of occasions, she said, "Bap bap bap!" in response to our urging her to "clap clap clap!" But I've decided that her first word is "Brie" (our cat's name), because it's more interesting than just "hi" and "bye," and I've been more positive about her use of that word than about whether "bap bap bap" was really "clap clap clap" or not. She started saying "Brie" a couple of days ago, especially in the morning, when we're all in bed together and she looks up and sees the cat hanging out in the middle of the bed. Meghan adores Brie, and so when she sees her, she gets really excited and goes, "Brweeeeeeee!" She's called some other things "Brweeeeeeee" as well, but the term is directed most often at the kitty, so I'm pretty sure Meghan is getting it.

And little Miss Brweeeeeeee is a very tolerant kitty, because Meghan follows her everywhere and Brie takes it like a champ. In general, Brie is a sweetheart (she never ever scratches, and she bites only when she gets so excited and full of love that she doesn't know what else to do), but she is skittish and runs away when most people approach her. However, she seems to enjoy playing what I think is a game of "chicken" with Meghan, wherein Meghan will rush towards her and Brie will wait until the very last minute to move a few feet away. They play this game in our main hallway, and this is why Meghan has had a lot of practice going up our stairs: Brie will go up a few steps and Meghan will follow her, and then Brie will go up a few more steps and Meghan will follow her, and so on.

Let's see, other Meghan news... She has her music-play class once a week, and I'm thinking of enrolling her in some sort of baby gymnastics/movement class as well, just because she's such a physical child, and I want to give her opportunities to crawl and climb and stuff in a more encouraging environment than our house. It's also good for us to have as many chances as possible to get out of the house and interact with others. Meghan seems to enjoy it, and so do I. We also joined a playgroup, although it doesn't seem to meet very regularly yet, but hopefully that will change, especially now that she's getting old enough to appreciate her encounters with other kids.

Most importantly, MEGHAN IS SLEEPING. She's still giving me a consistent 6-8+ hours a night, and on the days she wakes up in fewer than 6 hours, I just pick her up for a moment, put her back down, and she goes back to sleep (after maybe a minute of complaining, if that). Of course, I often end up doing stuff like reading books or my flist during a big chunk of that time, but it's nice to know that I can get a lot of sleep if I want to -- and there have been times I've taken advantage of it. And now that I'm confident that she knows how to get back down from a standing position, I often take her back to her crib if she's up earlier than I want to wake up, and she plays for a while before falling back asleep on her own. (I needed to know she could get down on her own because I don't want her to fall if she decides to stand up after I leave her alone -- which she often does.) Her napping is still sort of assy, but I guess you can't have everything. And because, especially in the mornings, she's good about playing with her toys without help from me and without wandering too far away, I can often sit on the couch and do my own thang while she plays.

Her eating has also improved a lot. She still has no teeth, but since she firmly rejects baby food most of the time, we just give her chunks of whatever we're eating, and she manages to gum it successfully. And that makes her very self-sufficient and independent (in fact, she often rejects food when we try to give it to her, but she'll eat the very same piece of food if we allow her to pick it up herself), which means that I can just put a bunch of food on her tray and let her have at it while I eat my own food or do something else. It's so amazing to think of how helpless she was just a few short months ago!

I do sort of miss the days when she was so little and fragile, but I love her even more the way she is -- my little willful, determined, persistent, stubborn, assertive child! I grew up hearing tons of stories about the way I was as a baby, and for some reason, I had expected her to be a little me, but she's turned out to be a person of her own, someone completely different, and I love her for that. It makes her difficult to manage (I apparently was very easy to entertain -- just put books in front of me and I would flip through the pages for hours, without destroying, tearing, or eating them -- whereas Meghan's attention is extremely short lived, and she wants to grab/chew/tear/crumple/pull everything in sight), but it doesn't matter; I appreciate her for being such a unique little character even at such an early age.

TwiLOLOLOLOLOLOL:
Because I cannot resist a good, sparkly trainwreck, I finally made it out to see Twilight a couple of weeks ago with spicedogs and shantih, and it was spectacularly awful -- everything I was hoping it would be and so much more! I don't understand how a movie with such lovely cinematography and enormous hype could have such shoddy production values, but that made it even more awesome. I'm referring to more than just the bad special effects for things like Edward's speed (which was literally just sped-up footage like when you press fast-forward on a videotape, but without the diagonal static lines); I mean, the editing itself was absurd. I can't think of anything specific to offer as evidence, but the overall impression was that this was some high school senior project for a film class or something -- like Dawson's Steven Spielberg wannabe project on Dawson's Creek. The editing was just really awkward, with close-up shots that were held too long, for example. And there were moments of hilarity that I couldn't even classify as intentional or not, just because they were so freakin' WEIRD. For example, at one point, Bella is sitting in a diner with her dad talking about...I don't remember, but probably something along the lines of why she isn't dating any of the other guys at school or something, and then there are those guys -- Mike Newton et al., people who are her friends --- right outside the window wiggling their butts at Bella and making whooping noises. It was totally random and absurd and surreal, and I cracked up, but I honestly have no clue whether the director/editor/producer-type folks were trying to be funny or not. The same goes for a scene where Charlie and Billy Black (who's in a wheelchair) start play-fighting in the background while Bella's talking to Jacob; the play-fighting was just strange and distracting and really really random!

The sparkle effect was pretty lame; I was hoping Edward would look like a human disco ball or something, because that would have been funnier. But the lack of funny brought on by sparkle motion was more than made up for by Edward yelling out, "THIS IS THE SKIN OF A KILLER!" after Bella's all, "OMG YOU'RE SO BEAUTIFUL!" You could tell both RPattz and KStew thought the whole thing was ridiculous.

Oh, and EMMETT WAS AWESOME! He totally was Growing Up Cullen!Emmett, and it was glorious when he rode standing on the back of the Jeep -- and then slammed down on Edward and Bella's getaway car (I think it was her truck, maybe? Or one of the Cullenmobiles?) to provide extra security when they were escaping from James. TOTAL MEATHEAD! Jasper was also awesome as well, because his hair was ridiculous and he looked dazed the whole time.

Now, I do have to say that RPattz did an awesome job of "dazzling" (even despite the gaping lack of the term in the movie script, booooo). I still think the concept is absurd, but he managed to pull it off by shooting these big, charming smiles at Jessica and Angela when he was taking Bella into the Italian restaurant (with the waitress with weird outerspace hair, WTF?).

What else, what else.... More shoddy production values when the would-be rapists encircled Bella; it was like watching a scene from a high school play in which the actors don't have specific, scripted lines to say, so they just mutter random crap. Oh, yes, VAMPIRE BASEBALL!!! HAHAHAHA, vampire baseball was hilarious and silly and montagey and set to Muse's "Supermassive Black Hole" (oh, SMeyer, you fangirl you...).

But one of the absolute best parts came during the credits, when people in the audience started shouting out for their "team" as the particular character was displayed on the screen. Edward and Jacob both got big whoops from parts of the (fairly small) audience, so when Eric (HAHAHA, Eric, ridiculously flamboyantly uncanonly gay and yet with Angela) came out, I decided to be silly and let out a big "WOOHOO!", thereby starting my very own Team Eric. Then everyone else started doing it for all the other characters, like the biology teacher, which was funny, too.

Oh, and yes, I did wear sparkle lotion. :) The only unfortunate part was that we arrived too late to see the new HBP trailer, but that's OK; I'm sure I can look it up on the Internet at some point. Overall, it was good times; the three of us kept laughing at all the weird, awful, random shit that went down in this movie (AHAHAH YES, LIKE THE OLD-TIMEY VAMPIRE MONTAGES, I FORGOT ABOUT THOSE!). GLORIOUS.

In other news, I got a permanent account here on LJ, so go me for spending even more than the zero dollars I had allocated at the start of this whole fandom adventure. Now I have 195 icon spaces and need to fill them! Any suggestions for stuff I might like (or any icons you want to make for me *bats eyelashes*) are greatly appreciated. I especially want funny icons in the following fandoms: Harry Potter, anti-Twilight, The Office, and Homestar Runner. But I also would love recommendations to anything that is purty or reminds you of me and/or anything I would like. :)

I'm gonna stop here before this post gets too unwieldy. I've got other shit I wanted to mention, but I'll save it for later -- it's seriously just random crap anyway. But I did want to say that to anyone who gave me their address for a holiday card, I haven't forgotten you! I just...haven't printed or sent my cards yet. Procrastinators unite...tomorrow!

But here is some holiday cheer, in picture form:

Meghan in a Santa suit and Abbie in front of our Christmas tree

Yes, that is a Santa suit Meghan is wearing.

Happy holidays, y'all!
 
 
 
I am not a number; I am a free man!arxev on December 27th, 2008 05:30 am (UTC)
Adorable picture! And I'm glad you finally have the option of getting some sleep. :)
Miss Sophia: Meghan - :Dmiss_sophia on December 31st, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
Thanks! :D She's been sick (some sort of fever thing) over the past couple of nights, and that along with what looks like the prelude to her first tooth (freakin' FINALLY, she's 9 months old already!) means that we're back to crap sleep again, but I'm quite sure this is a very temporary disruption and I will be back to good nights once again in a day or two!
konishi_zen on December 27th, 2008 06:05 am (UTC)
Awww! She's totally adorable! You both look happy, so Happy Holidays!
Miss Sophia: Meghan - :Dmiss_sophia on December 31st, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
Thanks! Happy holidays to you too! :D
konishi_zen on December 31st, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)
Thanks! They have been awesome!
[ JESSI ]: [stock] teddy hugsprincessjessia on December 27th, 2008 10:13 am (UTC)
ooo, eyesthatslay for icons, especially if you'd like some non-fandomy ones. Not that her fandom ones aren't great too, but her holiday ones are gorgeous and I love her hobbies/interest and occupations/professions ones, as it's a good mix of online and offline (like mom icons).
Miss Sophia: Laptop lovemiss_sophia on December 31st, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
Oooh, YES, those are AWESOME icons, thanks so much! I'm totally going through all of her memories and picking out some goodness. There's something about the color schemes she tends to use that is really soothing. Excellent suggestion, THANK YOU!!! :D
i am a trick questionkilted on December 27th, 2008 10:20 am (UTC)
Darn it, that kid is CUTE. Awww.


Ahahahahaha, oh Twilight with your many Jets vs. Sharks scenes and The Most Pretentious Credit Ever and the we're-not-looking-at-each-other-while-talking-which-totally-means-we're-in-love bits... *sigh* Awful.
~Lirpa~: Dimpleskatje0711 on December 27th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
Hey! I didn't know you and miss_sophia knew each other!
Miss Sophia: The Office - Xmas Bears Beets BSGmiss_sophia on December 31st, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think we met on a Harry Potter friending meme 2.5 years or so ago. My mom had pointed out to me that she was your & my mutual friend a while back.
Miss Sophia: Twilight - Edward Maybellinemiss_sophia on December 31st, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
Thanks! :D Her cuteness is what managed to get her safely through those many, many sleepless months! :P

I was so glad Twilight sucked so badly; I would've been disappointed had the movie actually been good! It definitely was better than the book, though...because it would be REALLY hard to beat the suckitude of the book.
The Fizzy Champagne Princesspuredeadthingy on December 27th, 2008 11:21 am (UTC)
Oh my God, the rapist bit.

My favourite part? 'I've been been watching you sleep for two months. Gimme a kiss.'
Miss Sophia: Twilight - sparklepeen for Xmasmiss_sophia on December 31st, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
That movie was pure crack. Now I need to justify buying it when it comes out on DVD just so that I can get more lulz in.
a_t_raina_t_rain on December 27th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
Awww, what a cute baby!
Miss Sophia: Meghan - :Dmiss_sophia on December 31st, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
Thanks! :D She's too cute for her Santa suit. XD
alabastardalabastard on December 27th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
That is a fabulous photograph! She's growing up fast, enjoy - and photograph - every stage!

Miss Sophia: Meghan - :Dmiss_sophia on December 31st, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
Thanks! :D Gosh, yes, she totally is growing up fast. I think she's finally getting her first tooth, and she'll be walking in a month or two, I reckon.... And oh, we don't have to worry about lack of photos -- Jack and my mom are seeing to that!
alabastard: with horsealabastard on December 31st, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
She is totally adorable, and soon will be a walking talking little demon, cute enough to get away with it all. ;-)
~Lirpa~: Hurley and Aaronkatje0711 on December 27th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
I love reading yours and your mother's LJs. I literally feel like I'm watching Meghan grow up. I'm so glad to hear she's sleeping so much better. She's going to be an entirely new person, when I see her again in Jan!

That's such an adorable pic of the two of you!

What about some LOST icons?
Miss Sophia: Laptop lovemiss_sophia on December 31st, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks! :D I love that my mom blogs so much about Meghan, and I know one day Meghan will really cherish that, too.

Unfortunately, her sleeping has gone to absolute shit over the past couple of days, but she's also been sick with her first fever, and I think she's about to cut her first tooth, so at least there's a reason. Once this fever thing passes in the next day or two, I'm hoping things go back to normal again.

I dunno if I'll add LOST icons to my set or not, but in case you're interested in more yourself, there are some really nice ones here. :)
From the land between Wake and Dream.: Laughter - fizzlingwhizbeesea_thoughts on December 27th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
the bad special effects for things like Edward's speed (which was literally just sped-up footage like when you press fast-forward on a videotape, but without the diagonal static lines)

That was mentioned on my movie review podcast. Mark Kermode (who's the equivalent of Roger Eber over here) likened it to the scene in Wolf where Jack Nicholson, upon transforming into a werewolf, supposedly bounds through the back garden, except the effect is so bad he looks like he's bouncing on a series of trampolines. XD

The sparkle effect was pretty lame; I was hoping Edward would look like a human disco ball or something, because that would have been funnier.

Apparently Catherine whatshername wanted to completely get rid of the sparkle (*gasp*) but it was too important to SMeyer. So she toned it down as much as possible.

I want to go and see the film, but only with someone who will mock it with me.

For your icon perusal: actor_icon One of my friends, she makes icons for many fandoms, but her HP icons are amazing and often funny.

Edited at 2008-12-27 10:48 pm (UTC)
Miss Sophia: Fred & George - WICKED (animated)miss_sophia on December 31st, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
AHAHAHA, GET RID OF THE SPARKLES?! Thank goodness SMeyer prevailed! We can't have Twilight without its sparkly crackiness!

Yeah, I definitely recommend seeing the movie with someone else who won't take it seriously. shantih and I kept looking at each other in horror and then cracking up. But I do think that at least half of the people in the theater were there for the lulz.

And awesome, thanks so much for the icon link! I will definitely check out her HP stuff! :D
From the land between Wake and Dream.: Laughter - fizzlingwhizbeesea_thoughts on January 2nd, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
I just saw it tonight and oh my God, I know exactly what you mean about the sparkles. As my friend Emily said (she and her twin Lydia went with me to mock), "It just looked as if he'd been exercising a lot and was really sweaty". And I personally thought that you could achieve the same effect with glitter gel. He should have been BLINDING. Also, the shaft of strategically placed sunlight was hilarious. We were all really looking forward to that moment and it fell SO flat.

Why was Supermassive Black Hole playing during the baseball game? Wicked song but didn't seem to have anything to do with the scene.

I loved all the scenes with Charlie. The bit where Bella wants to introduce Edward and he snaps the gun shut? PRICELESS. Oh, and I thought the woman who played Esme was really good, too, though we didn't see her much. I agree, the bit where he and Mr Black are horsing around in the background was a bit weird; also, would any teenage boy try and moon Bella when her dad, the chief of police, is sitting there? *rolls eyes*

AHAHAHA, the speed up effects were hilarious! They should have just stuck with the slow mo and speeded up everything around them. I have to admit that it was very cool to see Bella and Edward in the tree but it would have been nicer to hear what they were talking about. The whole relationship seemed to go pretty quickly from "Hmm, you're mysterious and sexy" to "OMG, I can't LIVE without you!"

We all thought Jacob was gorgeous.

RP's make up got a bit better as the film went on. The first time I saw him, I thought they'd put on WAY too much lipstick. He looked like he was a reject from The Cure. Also Alice's boyfriend (can't remember his name) looked as if he was a zombie on drugs for the ENTIRE MOVIE. He only seemed vaguely alive when he was ripping James apart.

Kristen Stewart's blinking is the equivalent of Emma Watson's eyebrows. But I thought she did the awkward thing well without falling over every second.

WTF was wrong with her prom dress? Those ruffles?! What is it with ruffles? They ruined Hermione's dress and they ruined this one. Though at least this one was blue. *snark*

The twins kept asking me why every single guy seemed to be in love with Bella and why Edward couldn't read her mind. And all I could say was "Because she's special."

Am I the only person who thought that Bella looked more like she was having an orgasm when the venom was going through her than when she was in serious pain? With her back arching off the floor and all that? When he broke her leg, that was pain. The venom... was just weird.

This film really succeeds as a tourist advertisment for Washington State, I have to say. I wanted to go there (hey, I wouldn't mind the rain, I'm used to that!).
Miss Sophia: Twilight - sparklepeen for Xmasmiss_sophia on January 2nd, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
"Supermassive Black Hole" played during the baseball scene because SMeyer is an überfangirl of Muse. Seriously, she fangirls them in the intro to each book, if I recall correctly, and all over her Web site. And there may even be in-text references (e.g., when the narration is about what CDs Bella has or what she's listening to on her iPod). I find it so lulzy that SMeyer basically filled her books and movies with fannish squee.

Yeah, Charlie was one of the characters that I liked far better in the movie than in the books, where he was just a badly stereotyped male who is inept at cooking, doesn't know how to communicate, and does nothing in his leisure time but watch sports on TV. And I agree that movie!Esme was really cool. She's a really bland, boring character in the book, but there was something awesome about her in the movie, even though she didn't appear much. Maybe it's just that the actress is GORGEOUS. ;)

The whole relationship seemed to go pretty quickly from "Hmm, you're mysterious and sexy" to "OMG, I can't LIVE without you!"

Yeaaaaah, well, that would be what happened in the book, too. Because there never was anything substantiating the Bella/Edward relationship besides extreme amounts of lust.

I also agree that Jacob was very cute. I think it's the actor's endearing smile -- it's quite, shall we say, dazzling. :P But now there's a whole lot of wank about some other guy being chosen for the next two movies instead of him (due to the need for Jacob to grow to epic proportions between Twilight and New Moon) and that guy being kind of an ass. I don't dig this stuff up myself, by the way; cleolinda, whom I'm sure you've heard of through HP fandom, regularly posts TwiLOL updates in her LJ. ;)

Yeah, I think you've got a good point about Bella's klutziness being handled much better in the movie than in the book. It was one of the more realistic aspects of the movie, although I still didn't buy Bella being the shy, outcasty type. TBH, I think SMeyer really fucked up with the whole klutziness thing. I mean, I'm totally the type of person who would identify with it had she done it right. Not that I was shy or awkward, but I'm a terrible klutz, and I avoided gym class at all costs because I'm just not sporty. (Seriously, I have tons of stories about the shit I pulled to get out of gym class.) I can't play volleyball without bruising the hell out of my wrists, and I'm always tripping over my feet or slamming my knees and thighs into furniture. But Bella was written in such an exaggerated way, especially with respect to how she'd accidentally inflict injuries on others (e.g., volleyball in gym class), that I didn't buy her at all.

Heh, the venom thing was definitely weird. I must admit, however, that when Edward was sucking the venom out of Bella's arm and Carlisle was all, "Edward, stop, you've got it all out!" and Edward was all, "...I can't!" and Carlisle was all, "EDWARD, STOP, YOU'RE KILLING HER!", I had a sort of goosebumpy moment. *ashamed*

The cinematography was indeed GORGEOUS. It was a very green movie.

ETA: LOL, this icon!

Edited at 2009-01-02 03:37 am (UTC)
From the land between Wake and Dream.: Laughter - fizzlingwhizbeesea_thoughts on January 2nd, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
I like Muse, too... but if you're gonna soundtrack a scene, you need to pick the right song for it. ^^;

Charlie was one of the characters that I liked far better in the movie than in the books, where he was just a badly stereotyped male who is inept at cooking, doesn't know how to communicate, and does nothing in his leisure time but watch sports on TV

The guy really pulled it out of the bag, then. He was so noble and worried and... guh.

And I agree that movie!Esme was really cool. She's a really bland, boring character in the book, but there was something awesome about her in the movie, even though she didn't appear much. Maybe it's just that the actress is GORGEOUS. ;)

There's that. ;) And she was also really motherly. The bit where Emmett says "She thinks we cheat" and she immediately says "I know you cheat"? That was so perfectly pitched, that blend of I know you but I love you.

I also agree that Jacob was very cute. I think it's the actor's endearing smile -- it's quite, shall we say, dazzling. :P But now there's a whole lot of wank about some other guy being chosen for the next two movies instead of him (due to the need for Jacob to grow to epic proportions between Twilight and New Moon) and that guy being kind of an ass. I don't dig this stuff up myself, by the way; cleolinda, whom I'm sure you've heard of through HP fandom, regularly posts TwiLOL updates in her LJ. ;)

Ah yes, the marvellous cleolinda, what would we do without her? ;) Wow, I haven't read such an obvious "you suck" interview since I last browsed YouTube. SCORPION KING 2? AHAHAHAHA, please, go crawl back under the rock where you belong. That does NOT qualify you for a role in a movie which people are actually going to see. Wan-ker.

Yeah, I think you've got a good point about Bella's klutziness being handled much better in the movie than in the book. It was one of the more realistic aspects of the movie, although I still didn't buy Bella being the shy, outcasty type.

That's just cause Kristen Stewart is way too pretty. (OMG, I wanted her hair so much.) I thought she did Bella's disbelief of "these people want to HANG OUT with ME?" very well, though, speaking from personal experience.

(I personally think the HP movies actually improved on the books in one thing: Ginny's Bat Bogey Hex. This supposedly amazing spell which we never got to see; in the movie, it was replaced with Reducto. Simple, quick, perfect. Plus, you got to see the twins and Ron looking EXTREMELY uncomfortable when she ripped that dummy apart. XD)

I must admit, however, that when Edward was sucking the venom out of Bella's arm and Carlisle was all, "Edward, stop, you've got it all out!" and Edward was all, "...I can't!" and Carlisle was all, "EDWARD, STOP, YOU'RE KILLING HER!", I had a sort of goosebumpy moment. *ashamed*

Probably because you were hoping he wouldn't stop and she'd die? >:D I have to admit, I was kinda hoping for that, even though I knew it wouldn't happen (because the fans would have stormed the studio).

Who made the icon? That is good! But she did grow up in Arizona, how would she know to look out for ice? *lol*

Edited at 2009-01-02 07:39 pm (UTC)