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Monday, November 17, 2014








Happy Monday! Is it the middle of November already? Time seems to be flying by no matter whether I laze the days away or try to fill them up. Most of this chilly weekend was spent inside relaxing and making to-do lists. And since the oak tree that was threatening to fall on my house was cut down last week I was able to stay inside and still enjoy much of the sunshine we've had (i get so much more light now! though i am sad it's gone, you can see the tree in the 5th photo, it was such a beauty.). We also went to see Big Hero 6 this weekend which was really good. I am hoping this kicks me off going to see more movies - there are several in the theater that I want to see right now. I tried to get out a little bit to enjoy all these clear skies and sun, which I did with a nice walk alone on the waterfront, but I am just not cut out for the piercing cold. I have actually found myself looking with excited anticipation for cloudy skies in the forecast, which for us, translates to much more bearable temperatures. 

The weekend was fairly uneventful until Sunday evening when my oldest, Fisher, called me and said "hi, um, we were attacked." There is always that moment when you hear something you aren't expecting where your brain is trying to make sure the words you think you heard are actually the words you heard. And then you go through 8 million scenarios in your head to make sense of said words (aliens? people? dogs? oh my gawd what are you saying?!). Some words just send the brain into overdrive and your find yourself in a world that makes no sense at all. But before I go on any further let me say, he is okay.

The story goes that him and two of his friends were attacked while waiting for the bus. Apparently they were waiting at the bus stop (around 5:30pm) and there was a loose bike tire laying on the ground at the bus stop that one of Fisher's friends picked up. Soon after some guy came up from around the corner and punched his friend in the face saying he stole this discarded bike tire from the bushes. He then went on to punch his other friend three times in the face when he tried to help his fallen friend up. Again, they are all ok, and Fisher (maybe from having seen me break up many a fights over the years - from my days of working in social services (it's a hat you can't just take off at the end of the day)) helped to deescalate the situation so they could get away and call the police. I am just so glad that they are all okay. And maybe this might motivate Fisher to finally work on getting his drivers license. Ironically I just talked to him about him being safe and aware of his surroundings being as he is a teenager and taking the bus at night now that it is getting dark so early. And he said 'nothing is going to happen mom, geez, don't be all paranoid!' mmm hmmm.

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  1. Oh my gosh, FISHER! AACK. That would freak me out. I'd still be shaking. Also, you need to tell him to say, "we're all okay, mom, but..." start every scary story with, "we're all okay."

    Unless you aren't. But we won't talk about that.

    It sounds like a lovely weekend otherwise. Ours was much the same, although less outside time. ;) And weather? Pffftt. 73º today, 39º tomorrow.

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  2. Oh god. Good for Fisher for keeping a level head in that situation and I hope no one was too badly injured. Sheesh! I hope this upcoming week is better. It's finally supposed to get warmer here for us toward the end of the week (it's about damn time)

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    1. yes, i am so glad he was able to deescalate it. these things just seem to come with the teenage territory. i wasn't sure it would be the same for him being a boy, but i know as a teenage girl it seemed every time i left the house teen girls are suddenly subject to creepy catcalls and such. so i know teenagers are just more prone to these things - and as a boy i was afraid he'd be more prone to people looking to pick fights. glad i had that conversation with him. portland isn't a violent city but you just never know who might be on drugs or off their meds.

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    2. So true and very true anywhere you live at any age. Safety first and I'm proud of him (it's okay if you tell him that if that's not too embarrassing)

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  3. Mon dieu! I am so happy he is okay, but jeez your heart must've flip flopped into your butt when you got that phone call, because mine did reading it and I'm not even his mom! Gah. Very impressed that he was able to get away from that situation safely. And I'm like you, I go breaking up fights whenever I see them. I once even made a woman leave a restaurant with me because her boyfriend was verbally abusing her the entire meal. I STILL get all adrenaline-rush-y thinking about that. I don't know how you could do it so often! xo

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    1. ha, i am glad i am not alone! i haven't broken up a fight in a long time (i just don't get out as much maybe?) but i've broken up a few in my day. it's just autopilot as soon as i find myself doing it i always think 'um, okay i guess i am doing this . . ." and of course it used to come with the job.

      the last one i broke up was in bathroom at the mall two women just started going at it and one was holding a baby. i grabbed the baby from her and was like "uh huh - this is not going to happen." luckily they both looked at the baby and decided that 'yeah, this shouldn't happen.'

      domestic violence is the hardest, so many people turn a blind eye - good for you twinsy!

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  4. Good to hear Fisher and his friends are okay. Terrible that something like that can actually happen!

    No, I can't believe it is mid-November, but I find myself already musing about the holidays, which hasn't happened so early in years. About movies, the only good film I have seen in months in cinema was Gone Girl. I went to see Interstellar last week and I was disappointed. I was expecting to be, and although I am not a fan of big budget, all-star Hollywood films, I wanted to see it because I was so curious to see what the director of Inception (which swept me off my feet, I went to see that one three times in cinema) would come up with. I won't say too much about it (maybe we will discuss it more once you're seen it), but it completely lost me because of the rich sentimentality. Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight has just arrived in theaters and I'm planning to catch that one one day soon. Other than that, nothing seems appealing to me, as opposed to the many good films of last year.

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    1. interesting... i had my doubts about interstellar too. i thought maybe it was because i really, really loved Gravity and from the previews it just felt too similar, too soon. i DO want to see Gone Girl and a few others are: Birdman, Nightcrawler (which i hear is really good), Foxcatcher, and Boyhood (which might actually be out of the theaters by now). but, yes, i agree this year doesn't seem to be quite as great as last year.

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    2. I loved Gravity (even more the second time I watched it) too. It was simpler, more immersive and involving. You get lost in unnecessary details in Interstellar and that flawless Inception narration is missing. It made me watch Kubrick's Odyssey again. A movie that was made before the landing on the moon and that clarity of vision and craft of Kubrick's still cast a long shadow over the sci-fi genre, despite all the technology available today.

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  5. Fisher is one brave and mature kid standing up for his friends like that. I was so glad to read that everyone is OK, but as a mom, my heart fluttered at just reading your story - our instict to protect really is unending.
    I'm glad you braved the cold for a walk, the sunshine is essential in the winter months ahead and your pictures along the waterfront are beautiful! You know something i always forget is the proper attire. It seems obvious, but when you dress the part, the cold really is not so bad! xo

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  6. Wow! That is so scary!! I am so glad he's okay! Sheesh! I agree with you, I am not really cut-out for the extreme cold. It does things to my head, my ears hurt, my head hurts, my face hurts. I need some earmuffs I think. ; )

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  7. oh no. I'm glad he's ok. I can imagine how shocked you must have been. and it's probably going to take you a while to recover from that. thinking of you xoxo

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