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I've been skipping the vitamin A (but not the B complex, C and E) every third night since nurse Dianne Bailey-Holland [Mean Women's Health Nurse] scared me into thinking 150% of the daily RDA will somehow damage me worse than my hormonal misery has degraded my quality of life and just stepped down to my second night without (to one A per three days). If it's any consolatuion, she's probably a civilian since she was in flowery scrubs and not BDUs like the providers and nurses in the regular teams at the clinic.

Holy f*ck, that was not a good idea. I haven't had cramping this bad in over a month and before that with the stronger Braxton-Hicks (false labor) contractions when I was pregnant with Laurel. If my period doesn't start within the next day, I am going back to taking the A daily because I'd rather risk the "damage" the nurse threatened than gut-wrenching pain that makes me want to kick anything that touches me.


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Jul. 24th, 2003 10:20 pm (UTC)
When are you, Robert, and Laurel gonna be back in CO?
Jul. 25th, 2003 12:07 am (UTC)
Right now it depends on whether we move ourselves or have TMO do it. He's doing outprocessing all next week and should start terminal leave after that (otherwise the military has to buy back a month of leave from him since he has a month saved up on top of the normal month of terminal leave). At that point we'll find out whether TMO can move us by mid-September (they may or may not be on such short notice) and if they can't, we'll be packing most of August and out by the end of the month. If they can, we'll be out shortly after whenever the movers pick up what they're moving for us (we're moving some things on our own -- computers, guns, explosives, a few irreplaceable heirlooms) and it's a 2-3 day drive home.

You still looking for a suitemate/roommate/whatever for NDK? Now that I have a date for coming home I'd be happy to go although I'm not a huge huge anime fan (although I'm crowing about being right when Himself saw the DVD of Castle in the Sky in a store and complained it was a ripoff of the Mazer series and I told him _Castle_ came first). Himself is an anime snob and will only watch Metropolis and Ghost in the Shell. I confound him by wanting to buy the DVD of Kiki's Delivery Service because it's my chance to get a $20 copy with a sub track (not that Phil Hartman isn't cool, I just prefer subs ever since I was "treated" to all of Record of Lodoss War dubbed).
Jul. 25th, 2003 02:13 am (UTC)
Himself is an anime snob and will only watch Metropolis and Ghost in the Shell.

That is sarcasm, right?
Jul. 25th, 2003 04:14 am (UTC)
Heh, that and the (at least perceived by me) Miyazaki dissing seems to make me think so.
Jul. 25th, 2003 04:55 am (UTC)
Hm, looking back, I"m thinking it is pretty much just perceived by me. Although the idea of being confused by wanting to buy anything Miyazaki, even something you already have in a different form, is baffling (assuming you've, like, got the tape of Kiki.). Anyway, the DVD is neato, because it's got bonus stuff, and is widescreen, and I like the japanese track better anyway (I like Phil Hartman, but I htink he was all wrong for Jiji.).
Jul. 25th, 2003 05:02 am (UTC)
Also, I've yet to see Metropolis (the anime one, not the Lang one, which I have not only seen but own two different versions of), but while I sort of want to, from what I've heard, it's a Very Pretty Film, but where plot/story/characters/etc are concerned... it's a Very Pretty Film.

GitS, I've only seen once, and while it was OK, that's all I really care to. It didn't bother me (except for the horrible U2 song at the end, which I don't remember anything hook/lyric-wise about, except that it was U2, and then, by definition, absolute garbage), but it didn't really... speak to me or anything. I mean, I now realise that Akira isn't the End-All-Be-All of Anime or anything, and that it's deeply flawed and all that, but there's still a something there that makes me go "hey, this is good!" even now, even after a bunch of times that I've seen it (although my viewing pattern was basically, first time I saw it, then I watched it about 40 more times after that _right_ after that, and then didn't watch it for a few years, and then watched it once since, and though I was able to distance myself from the whole 'Wow! This is neato! I've only seen something like this rarely-if-ever!' effect of the first viewing, I still really liked it. And the soundtrack is incredible.). But GitS didn't really do anything like that for me. Tried readng the Manga of it, but got sort of bored halfway through and gave it away.

I do like the acronym it makes though.
Jul. 25th, 2003 02:22 pm (UTC)
Your can borrow our copy of Metropolis anytime, sweetie.

You already know how I feel about Akira. It is The Good, but not The Epitome. Also, I think of you every time I hear Doll's Polyphony.

I imagine you saying "gits" in the same voice you'd use for "I-talian." Am I right?
Jul. 25th, 2003 06:14 pm (UTC)
Neato.. at some point I may take you up on that. I do recommend the *coughcoughRealcoughcough* one, though, and Kino Video just released a really good version where the frames are pristine, they found the original score, and it's the most complete version out there. It's neato. But, well, I just really dig Fritz Lang, so...

Yeah, that's pretty much how I feel about Akira. In... what, 9th grade, it was Teh Coolest Thing Evar, but now I've seen other things and I can list lotsa things that are with the whipping of its ass. But that is not to say it is not good. Just the whole Good/Not Epitome thing.

Doll's Polyphony is _awesome_ though.

Hm, actually, I typically just say "GitS" in my normal voice.
Jul. 25th, 2003 02:18 pm (UTC)
We have the tape of Kiki, but it's the dub and I _really_ want to see the sub. (I don't mind Hartman as Jiji, but it doesn't quite fit to me.) When I bought Castle in the Sky it had a $2 off coupon for the purchase of Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Serivce or Princess Mononoke. Since I've been told not to buy Spirited Away (upcoming birthday) and I am afeared of Princess Mononoke ever since I saw the dub in the theatre, I figured it might be worth it to buy the DVD of Kiki.

Also, our tape of Kiki is pretty worn -- we bought it in a local pawn shop (I think it previously belonged to Jose, who claims to have cycled over 100 DVDs and tapes into the local pawn shops during his assignment here) and since Laurel's watched it at least weekly since moving back here in her tape-eating VCR, I'm not sure how much longer it will last.
Jul. 25th, 2003 06:21 pm (UTC)
I've seen both (I had the Special Limited Edition VHS Widescreen Subtitled Happy Fun Time edition on tape, and Disney Channel will occasionally run the dub, and since it's hard for me to pass up Miyazaki, I typically watch it), and the dub is actually pretty good. And Phil Hartman does an OK job, it's just that he's a little too... Phil Hartmany for the role. I always pictured Jiji as a more.. quiet sort. I think the Japanese voice is nigh-perfect, though. And Phil Hartman _is_ a good voice actor, just not really for Jiji. I sorta assume he was chosen for a bit of Name Recognition. Although, isn't DubKiki Someone too? I know Osono is Tress MacNeille (she's usually pretty bad, but she's OK in Kiki, but that's just because they didn't go "OH YOU CAN DO FIFTY THOUSAND VOICES ALL OF WHICH SOUND ALMOST EXACTLY LIKE YOUR NORMAL VOICE!!!!" like a lot of other voice-directors seem to do.... cause they're dumb and/or deaf, apparently), and Kiki's Mom is Kath Soucie, but I only know them just because I'm all into voice acting.

That is _awesome_ that Laurel watches it weekly. If'n there's anything good for kids and adults and anyone who can breath, it is Miyazaki films.

Also: At first, I just saw "told not to buy Spirited Away", and I was about ready to cut whoever told you that, butthen I saw the "upcoming birthday" part, and I was happy. Because I think SA's probably his best, which is _SAYING SOMETHING_.

With Mononoke, I've got the DVD of it. I haven't seen the dub, but Ben says it's Not That Bad, but, well, I dunno. While eventually I'll probably see it Just To See It, since the DVD has both, I don't really see the point, per se, of, y'know, not watching the Sub.

The Dub of Spirited Away is _REALLY GOOD_, though. Daveigh Chase is _REALLY GOOD_, which is weird, because Children-Actors are usually annoying and insufferable and not at all talented in the way of Acting. So, y'know, when she can actually, y'know, ACT, it's remarkable. Not to mention that not only can she Act, she's also REALLY GOOD at it, too.
Jul. 25th, 2003 02:13 pm (UTC)
You know me, I'm never sarcastic. *snerk*

Yes, that was sarcasm. He'd rather watch Red Dwarf anyway since we scored a copy of the both of the DVD sets out for cheap from an Amazon seller a few weeks ago.
Jul. 25th, 2003 06:23 pm (UTC)
That's good, because after I posted my first post, I was all worried that I was coming off as a Total Asshole/One Of Those Insufferable Sorts (which I have a borderline-tendencies on doing), where it's all "OH, you like _THAT_? You should try some REAL [film/anime/music/food/hitler/whatever] unless you're HAPPY with being one of the PLEBIAN MASSES!!!! Millenium FALCON!".

So, uh, yeah. I'm glad that it was sarcasm.
Jul. 25th, 2003 10:49 am (UTC)
I guess that makes me an anime slut -- I love it all. Dubbed, even. LOL

And, yes, Metropolis (which I own and love dearly) is a very pretty film. :)

But, squaw vine and cramp bark in a 50/50 mix, grind to powder, put in capsules. To use it, they take 1, if the cramps aren't gone in 30 minutes, they take another. And, I know they shouldn't exceed 6 in a day (so far, I've never met anyone who even needed 4 in a day). It stops cramping really quickly, as demonstrated by my daughter and by every other person I've ever known to take it ({crinkled nose} let's not make a list LOL).
Jul. 25th, 2003 02:23 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, I love it all -- except for the dub of Record of Lodoss War. The voice of the little dwarven character drives me nuts.

We have Metropolis and I like it, although I don't have a raging hard-on for it like Himself does. (:

I'll acquire some capsules as soon as I can (I have my fingers crossed for no weekend duty but I expect he'll get it since we're so close to terminal leave) and try that. Already have the ingredients thanks to your past recommendation. Thanks again.
Jul. 25th, 2003 03:02 pm (UTC)
{smile} You know, I say that so often that I forget who I have and haven't told. I tell almost everyone I meet about it because I have been so impressed with the results. The capsules are a convenient way to measure consistently, but not really required if you make a tincture (NASTY tasting) or an infusion (tea), but the taste is really not pleasant in that mix. LOL If you want that, you can order Moon Ease Tea which is similar (the main ingredient is the same without the squaw vine, but there are flavor elements in it). You can get the tea in up to 1lb units. I'm thinkin' that if they need that much they're not having a period, they're just a bitch. LOLOL

But, the mix above has saved my daughter countless extra chores and basic slave labor status more than once. We have a rule that feeling bad is not an excuse for bad behavior to someone you love and care about -- outsiders can get fucked, of course. LOL (Kidding, of course.) This rule applies to both of us, though, and I've done my share of penance for failing that rule, too.

I think it has contributed to making her such a wonderful person, though. :)

Oh, by the way, I use one of those hand mixers to grind the herbs. It works great! But, it's nothing as expensive as the ones shown... I think I paid $20 for it 5 years ago. (Cheap and fast is good. Hey, wait! I think I DATED her!)
Jul. 25th, 2003 06:25 pm (UTC)
Record Of Lodoss War I've seen pretty much all of, but I can't get into it _at all_. It's probably because of my utter distaste for Genre Fantasy, though, and D&D and all that stuff. Since, apparently, RoLW was based on a manga based on a book (possible step cut?) that was based on the guy's D&D Campaign. And, since I have microscopic patience for that sorta thing.... yeah.

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