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General update again, and trying for a new attitude 
9th-Jul-2006 08:26 pm
Mom is doing well, getting around by herself again. Her counts were very nearly normal last Thursday when they did her CBC. We talked to the doctor about where we go from here. He offered another form of chemo, not as strong as the one she had, but she refused. I didn't try and convince her, either. It hurt so much to see her suffer the way she did after the first treatment. The other thing Dr Janbay offered was a pill, Tarceva. Mom agreed to try it, but we're concerned that one of the side effects is diarrhea. Dehydration from diarrhea is one thing that landed her in the hospital last time.

We did get some bad news - - Mom's best friend Bea, who just found out her cancer has returned, got even worse news. The cancer is everywhere, in her bones and everything, *and* she has an aneurysm near her heart.

I'm trying to be more positive and less whiny. This thing with Bea, and some other stuff has put into perspective how lucky I am. Yes, Mom is sick, but I'm not, and J's results were negative as well. I have wonderful family and friends and shouldn't complain as much as I do.

Now, less serious stuff. Chris Meloni finally got an Emmy nomination! It's about time. I wasn't into Oz when it was first run, but I think it's so wrong that he and Lee weren't recognized for their work on Oz. (Unless they were and I somehow missed it?)

Who's seen the new Superman movie? J wants to see it. I don't, and I can't really say why. I love Kevin Spacey. I just have no desire to see it.

Also not so excited about m Night Shyamalan's next movie. Yes, I know, some people hate him, but I've liked his movies so far. It's Paul Giamatti that's throwing me off, I think - - I don't like him much.

I'll probably think of what else I was planning to post about *after* I post this, but I think that's it.
10th-Jul-2006 01:18 am (UTC) - superman movie
you know.. I'm a big fan of the Marvel movies they've come out with.. how can I not be with four sons who love the X-men and Hulk and Spidey? (I personally LOVE Spidey.)

But, for some intangible reason, I also have no desire to see this movie.. even after my sons saw it and said "Tis Awesome".

10th-Jul-2006 01:39 am (UTC) - Re: superman movie
That's what I don't understand - - I adore comic book movies, we see every one that comes out, but this time... nothing.
10th-Jul-2006 01:21 am (UTC) - Shyamalan
I have really liked all of his movies .. except the last one. The Village.
Predictable to me, and just... didn't have that "shyamalan" feel to it. Felt almost like he was trying too hard on this one.. pity, too. with Weaver, Brody, Phoenix and the awesome Hurt in it.. maybe I just expected more.
10th-Jul-2006 01:37 am (UTC) - Re: Shyamalan
Yeah, The Village was my least favorite so far, too. It seems there's been so much backlash toward him, possibly because of the pressure of the surprises. But I still remember seeing The Sixth Sense the first time, and that moment when I realized what was going on,when it all clicked. Like the end of The Usual Suspects.
10th-Jul-2006 03:22 am (UTC)
Fuck the new attitude,

I love you just the way you are.
11th-Jul-2006 01:19 am (UTC)
Love you, Sis!
10th-Jul-2006 07:02 am (UTC)
Attitude? What attitude, we love ya hon. I am going to see the new Superman movie as well as the latest Pirates movie. The kids and I will really enjoy them. Didn't know about the new M Night Shyamalan movie. I was not real impressed with The Village, I think because I saw the 'twist' coming right at the beginning. Loved the Sixth Sense though. :-)
11th-Jul-2006 01:18 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you!

J really wants to see Superman, so we'll probably end up going.

Yeah, I know, The Village. That's the weakest one, with the most obvious "surprise".
10th-Jul-2006 07:03 am (UTC)
I don't want to wallow in the negative shit, Maddie, so I'll just say I'm sorry and move on to Superman.

I saw it and it was good. But bland. All the effort went into the heroic posing, which was nice, but needed something to relieve it, something darker or deeper. Kal-L needs more of a dark side. Kevin Spacey was great, though, although I liked him better in The Usual Suspects. But his first appearance was a classic.

On the plus side, near the end is a great scene between Superman and... not Lois, but I won't say who in case you do see it. But we get a nice look at the human side of Superman.

Frankly, I thought it was a great movie - just not an overly enjoyable one. I got so much more out of the X-Men movies.
10th-Jul-2006 10:16 am (UTC)
Yeah, Kevein Spacey. I'd almost see it just for him. he's never disappointed me. I *adore* The Usual Suspects.

Have you seen the thrid X Men movie? How did you feel about it?
11th-Jul-2006 12:48 pm (UTC)
My favourite X-Men movie was the first one. My second favourite was the second one. My third favourite was the third one. If that gives you an idea.

I kinda wish the directors hadn't swapped franchises.

12th-Jul-2006 12:45 am (UTC)
Exactly how I feel!
10th-Jul-2006 09:02 am (UTC)
Personally, I think that you already have a great attitude for dealing with all this shit - better than I would anyway. You're not whiny! :)

As for Superman - I do want to see it, but I'm not that excited about it either. Although that's probably because Kate Bosworth grates on my nerves and I so can't see her as Lois Lane anyway. But Kevin Spacey is love.

I don't really like Paul Giamatti either - he's going to be in the adaptation of 'The Nanny Diaries' (which is a book I absolutely loved) and he's so wrong for the part. I'm very annoyed - I loved that they were making a movie out of it, but then they spoiled it by casting someone that is the complete opposite of what I pictured in my head. *sigh*

10th-Jul-2006 10:00 am (UTC)
Aww, you're so sweet!

You know, I think Kate Bosworth might have something to do with my not wanting to see it. Most of the young actresses out there... eh. I don't like them.

I was worried I'd get flamed about Paul Giamatti. That movie he was in, I forget the name, everyone made such a big deal out of him, and I was like, huh? Something about him just turns me off. And two hours of him in almost every scene... don't know if I can do it.
10th-Jul-2006 10:35 am (UTC)
I loved that they were making a movie out of it, but then they spoiled it by casting someone that is the complete opposite of what I pictured in my head. *sigh******

I really hate it when they do that. Two notable examples for me being Jack Ryan in the Hunt for Red October. Not that I don't adore Baldwin, but he just wasn't right for that. They should have gotten Harrison Ford to start with. And I completely wanted James Marsters to play Harry Dresden but they've gone with someone else. *pout*
10th-Jul-2006 10:36 am (UTC)
Maddie, you're coping with all this #### so well. *hugsyoutight* you're an inspiration. It's really difficult to stay positive all the time and you deserve a good whine whenever you want one.
11th-Jul-2006 12:49 am (UTC)
Thak you so much!
10th-Jul-2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
I think you have been amazing through this entire thing, Maddie. Anyone in your position could certainly be excused if they weren't always positive or if they needed to vent, but it seems you almost never do...you've shown incredible grace and strength and I am just in awe of how you've handled this. I agree with Wadjet, you are an inspiration. You don't ever have to worry about how you come across. If you ever just need to scream or vent or have a good cry, you go right ahead and do it. Your friends are here for you and we love and support you no matter what.
11th-Jul-2006 12:48 am (UTC)
Aww, Lorelei - - love you, sweetie!
11th-Jul-2006 02:41 am (UTC)
It's human nature. You shouldn't guilt yourself. No one but you knows what you're going through and how hard or easy or stressful or agonizing or unexpectedly funny or exciting or scary it is. {{{{hugs}}}}}
12th-Jul-2006 12:49 am (UTC)
Thank you!
13th-Jul-2006 01:44 am (UTC) - General and New Attitude
I'm so glad your Mom is doing better, I could wish better for her friend Bea. You're inner strength is quite formidable, Maddie24.

Glad Chris is finally being recognized; it just took them damn long enought! Don't wanna see Superman; I grew up reading those comics and Kate Bosworth ain't Lois Lane!

Hmmm, is it time to spank a rat? You know, ease frustration and all that...
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