Thursday, January 15, 2015

January 15, 2014

Blog 365...
15. Who last called you on the phone?
Mommy. She checks in at least once a day, usually. Often with stuff that could wait until I get home, but I think she gets lonely at home with the kids.

In my life...
Mommy left for her trip to DC today, which means Bear is home with the babies until Papi and I get home from work. I know she can handle it, but I worry about it anyway. It's a lot for her to take on.

I'm worried and praying hard for my sister. Last year she had back surgery following an accident. This year she's supposed to have more follow-up surgery to relieve pressure on her back. She'll never have full mobility again, but she is back to work and trying her best. Now another crisis has fallen on her. She may be the strongest person I know, but she's starting to buckle under the weight. I'm trying to be there for her, supportive, kind and loving. She needs more practical help that I just can't provide. We'll pull together and see her through this. I just don't know at what cost to her and her family.

I finished Midlife Cabernet last night.  It was a pretty good read. I started Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln this morning, and I'm already hooked. It's the fictionalized memoir of Mary Todd Lincoln, written when she was committed to Bellevue Place Sanitarium. I'm only just starting, but it's very engaging.

Finally started watching Agent Carter. I like what they're doing with Peggy Carter, who had been Captain America's love interest, until he crashed his plane and disappeared for 60 years. Agent Carter picks up after the war. Peggy is back in the States, working as an SSR agent, although she tells everyone she works for the phone company. She's basically treated like a secretary at the office. Her female roommate lost her job because the GI's are coming back to work, so women aren't needed in the factories anymore. Captain America is a posthumous hero, lauded in radio dramas, but Agent Carter has become "Nurse Carter" in those dramas, constantly in need of rescue from the Nazis.

It's no small trick to be a secret agent, carry a gun, be able to kick badguy ass, and keep your lipstick unsmeared and the seams in your stockings straight. One major treat - The Automat. I remember these from when I was a kid in New York. The last one closed down years ago, but it lives on as one of the sets in Agent Carter.

Also, Galavant. It was actually pretty disappointing for the first couple of episodes, but it seems to have found its footing as a ridiculous, Python-esque Medieval musical romp. We'll see if it can sustain.

In the world...
One good thing: A juvenile offender in Florida helped save the life of his arresting officer when the cop collapsed and the offender shouted and shook the retaining fence until help arrived.

In a recent poll, 57 percent of Americans really don't care whether the President is male or female, while nearly four in ten adults want a female President. Unsurprisingly, there's a split among party lines, and among gender lines.

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