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Time:09:43 pm
Current Mood:befuddled
Firstly, I must thank several folk for their Christmas cards - I have thanked some of you already, I know, but my mind is in such a fog at the moment I seem to be losing track (more on that later!).

Heartfelt thanks to:

alpeew for the wonderful Christmas & birthday cards and gifts:)
bellewood for the lovely card with the beautiful pic of snowy, Christmassy Lij:)
annwyn55 for the stunning Frodo & Sam card and the gorgeous bookmark:)
poplij for the beautifully-designed card with pics of The Gorgeous One & the sweet message:)
julchen for the card with the lovely poem and message and beautiful Frodo pic:)
melyanna for your wonderful letter and gorgeous Frodo & Sam card:)

I am full of admiration for the amazing artistry that has gone into every one of your cards, it is really appreciated. I'm afraid that, yet again, my cards are boring with a capital B!! This was going to be the year that I would actually adorn them with some Lij or Froness but my ailing printer obviously decided that, if it was going to die, now was the time to do it!! I've known for ages that something was amiss but kept putting off taking it in for repair. I just hope it is repairable 'cos it's a combined printer/copier/scanner!

Some of you may remember that, almost two months ago, I was laid low with shingles. Well I am still afflicted! Presumably what I now have is post-herpetic neuralgia (a complication following shingles) although the doctor never used those actual words. When there was no improvement after four weeks I went back to him and he's put me on some tablets which also happen to be anti-depressants - not to treat depression but they found that they work for shingles pain. I noticed an improvement after about 3 days and after 3 weeks the pain had gone completely. The trouble is, at first they completely knocked me out - for the first 3 or 4 days on them I just slept - and they are still making me very tired and not quite with it. I asked how I would know when I no longer needed them and he explained that it is tricky - at first I'd have to try a lower dose. I really hope I'm not on them for much longer but the reality is that this could go on for months, and in some cases years - but I don't want to think about that:(

On to happier things - I bought 'The Ice Storm' Criterion version recently and watched the extras today. I was struck again by how eloquently Elijah talks about this film. There was an online download some time ago of most of his interview so I had already seen a lot of it but when I went back to the downloaded clip later it no longer worked. That was when I decided I must have this version because I love that interview. Apparently it took place at The Beverly Wiltshire Hotel. But I think Kevin Kline came up with the perfect word to describe this film - a word that had eluded me whenever I tried to sum it up: bleak - that is exactly what it is. That is so much more descriptive than 'depressing' which is the word I've always applied to it. Nevertheless, I have an urge to watch it again all the way through:)

And I've been re-reading LOTR again - have just finished TTT. I had forgotten how incredibly sad the last chapter is - 'The Choices of Master Samwise'. Even knowing what happens, I was so moved by certain passages in this chapter that I felt just as I did when I was reading them for the first time.

Re 'Journey' - Chapter 21 'Reunion in Cannes' should be up quite soon - I was hoping I'd have posted it by now but the befuddled brain has let me down:)
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primula_baggins
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Time:2008-12-15 11:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, those kind of meds can mess up one's mind, that's for sure. I hope you can ease off them for good, sooner rather than later.

I wanted the criterion edition of Ice Storm, but never got it. I'd love to see the interviews.

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not_alone
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Time:2008-12-16 09:18 pm (UTC)
My mother has been on anti-depressants for years and when I told her she instantly said "You'll never be able to come off them!". Hmmm - always the optimist! I'm not worrying about it too much at the moment as I'm just relieved to be rid of that pain - that will be another hurdle when the time comes!

It took me ages to actually get round to ordering the Ice Storm criterion but I'm so glad I did in the end:)
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hobbitlove83
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Time:2008-12-15 11:47 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh, hon, isn't the Criterion version of The Ice Storm just great???

Am really happy for you!

(((Paulie)))
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not_alone
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Time:2008-12-16 09:20 pm (UTC)
It's great - it took me a long time to get round to ordering it but I'm so glad I did. Like your icon!

*hugs*
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not_alone
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Time:2008-12-16 09:23 pm (UTC)
"Better to be a little sleepy than to suffer that pain."

Very true - when he prescribed the pills I couldn't quite believe they would really work but little by little over the course of 3 weeks it just melted away.:)
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_celebrian
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Time:2008-12-16 12:19 am (UTC)
Sorry about the continuing health/medication issues. I hope you can get off those meds without return of pain soon. *hugs* Also, sorry for the printer troubles. *rolls eyes*

Glad you are enjoying our new Ice Storm version and LOTR. I look forward to the next Journey chapter whenever it's ready. :-)
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not_alone
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Time:2008-12-16 09:24 pm (UTC)
Many thanks - I do hope I won't have to take the pills for too long but I'm so relieved that they got rid of the pain:)
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shirebound
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Time:2008-12-16 12:44 am (UTC)
I'm so happy for you that the pain is gone. What a trickssy illness!
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not_alone
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Time:2008-12-16 09:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks - it is a very weird illness, and it's very difficult to describe what type of pain it is. Apparently anti-depressants work on the nerve endings - and I'm very relieved they do:)
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telstar_gold
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Time:2008-12-16 01:26 am (UTC)
It's good that you're no longer in pain, at least. Fingers crossed you won't need the pills for too long.
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not_alone
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Time:2008-12-16 09:28 pm (UTC)
My thoughts exactly! Many thanks:)
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ladysnaps
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Time:2008-12-16 04:55 am (UTC)
i'm waiting just a little longer to get that version of the ice storm. i have it on tape, and boy does it suck! :P that's the tape of course not the movie. bleak is a perfect word for that film. but that's a bleak that's done very well.

i sure hope you're not on those meds for a long time. i can imagine how concerned you are about taking something so strong. may the pain bandits be shooed away for good.

i got your card today hon. ((BIG HUGS))
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not_alone
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Time:2008-12-16 09:31 pm (UTC)
"but that's a bleak that's done very well."

Very true - it is certainly a very well-made film. Love your Mikey icon!

Glad to hear the card arrived safely:) *hugs*
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alpeew
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Time:2008-12-16 07:47 am (UTC)
My dear Paulie,
YOUR card has never been boring! I have all of your lovely cards exposed on the top of my office cupboard and everybody is wondered by the nice "british" style of them :-)
But neverthless I really admire creative cards that Melyanna and Prim for me (and all of their friends) prepared, you are so inventive girls (and I ashamed) :-)THANKS!
And the last - Czech fans & me are very impatiently expecting next Frodo´s journey part. The last was read by 700 people!!
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not_alone
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Time:2008-12-16 09:38 pm (UTC)
Aww - thank you Allie. It's nice to know that about my cards:) And I agree - there are so many creative and artistic people here on LJ!

700 people!! Wow! I will certainly have the next chapter posted before Christmas and could you send the Czech fans a message from me, if possible? I'd like to thank them for following the 'Journey' with me and to wish them all a very merry Christmas & a happy New Year:)
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bellewood
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Time:2008-12-16 08:09 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry that you're still not your usual self. The last thing you need right now is to feel under par. But even though it makes life difficult, better to be sleepy than in pain. Hope you get to cut back soon.

I downloaded the interviews from the Ice Storm when they were posted. You know me.. i have to keep these things safe..lol! Maybe one day i'll get the dvd, but for now the clip will keep me going. I agree, it's a wonderful interview. His eloquence and use of vocabulary never ceases to amaze me!

You're just beating me reading the Two Towers. I haven't got much further just lately and am still at Helms Deep! But now i know that the last chapter is so sad, it'll spur me on to read it all the quicker!

I'm glad my card reached you safely.. take care x
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not_alone
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Time:2008-12-16 09:56 pm (UTC)
"But even though it makes life difficult, better to be sleepy than in pain."

That is very true - I'm just so relieved to be able to take something that keeps that pain away. And it's possible I will become more used to them and not get so sleepy:)

"His eloquence and use of vocabulary never ceases to amaze me!"

Same here:) And I must have said it a million times before but I just adore his voice - it's beautiful.

Ah yes - TTT! To read those passages while envisaging Elijah & Sean in those roles - it's very moving:)

I posted your card today - I had actually held it back for a while because I really wanted to be able to enhance it with something beautiful (Elijah) for you - but sadly I had to admit defeat, without a printer I'm stumped. That will definitely be at the top of my 'to do' list for the New Year! And I haven't forgotten that I owe you an email - hope to get that to you early in the new year:)
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bellewood
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Time:2008-12-17 07:28 am (UTC)
"I just adore his voice - it's beautiful."

Me too.. i could listen to him all day and never get bored. What is your favourite video clip/interview? For eloquence.. i love the one he did in Japan for fellowship.. such a wonderful speaker at such a young age - and for voice i love the Oxford Murders one that he did in France.. the one where he talks about Iggy Pop. His voice is like melted chocolate, and every time i listen i swear i get goosebumps! It's almost as if he's whispering in your ear. It just melts my heart to hear ( and see) him..*sigh*

Please don't worry about doing anything special with my card.. just to receive it will be a joy, and to know that Elijah is in your heart is more than enough for me :) As for the email.. there's no rush, you know that. I'm not exactly swift with my replies now am i? ;)
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not_alone
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Time:2008-12-17 09:49 pm (UTC)
"What is your favourite video clip/interview?"

Oooh - I'd really have to think about that, there are so many! I agree that the ones you mention are great - perhaps over the holiday I'll treat myself to a bonanza video viewing and let you know my verdict in my next email:)

"and to know that Elijah is in your heart is more than enough for me"

Aww - that's nice:) Yes, he's always in my heart:)
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janejanejane
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Time:2008-12-16 09:05 pm (UTC)
Good to hear from you again, dear friend, and thanks for your news update including the health issues. I hope you don't have to be on those anti-depressants too much longer, but I'm very glad they are helping.

"Bleak" is the perfect description for The Ice Storm. I still think it's one of Elijah's best films apart from LOTR. Enjoy watching again, if that's the right word. You'll still enjoy Elijah's performance :-)

Looking forward to the next chapter of "Journey" when you can manage to post.

Take care and have a good Christmas.
*hugs*
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not_alone
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Time:2008-12-16 10:00 pm (UTC)
Many thanks Jane - it's a great relief to be rid of that pain and I'm just hoping I won't need the tablets for too long:)

I'm sure I shall thoroughly enjoy watching The Ice Storm again when I get down to watching it - bleak or not! It is a very good film.

I hope you'll have a good Christmas too:)

*hugs*
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melyanna_65
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Time:2008-12-16 10:04 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome, my dear! I'm glad you like the wee card I sent you! I've received yours too, it's lovely, thank you so much!! I've thanked you officially in my latest entry!

I'm sorry to hear you're still suffering from shingles or its complication. I hope you'll feel better soon!

*hugs*
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not_alone
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Time:2008-12-16 10:24 pm (UTC)
Many thanks Mel - glad the card arrived safely. And I feel much better now that I no longer have the pain - even if I am a little sleepy:)
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mechtild
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Time:2008-12-17 02:05 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear you were given some relief from your pain, but sorry about the side effects, Paulie. I hope it's totally gone soon.

You make me want not to buy the Ice Storm (I've already got it and don't want to buy two), a film I love, but to see if I can rent a copy in order to see the interviews.

In the meantime, I'm looking forward to Ch. 21!!!!!
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not_alone
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Time:2008-12-17 09:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mechtild - I hope I won't be on the meds for too long but if I am I'm hoping I'll get used to them after a while and not feel so tired.

I'd definitely say it's worth trying to rent the Criterion Edition of The Ice Storm - the interviews are really interesting:)
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poplij
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Time:2008-12-17 04:12 pm (UTC)
O my, I'm sorry you're still not rid of those nasty shingles. It's good the meds kill the pain but the side effects sound nasty too. Let's hope you won't have to take those anymore very soon.
I bought the Criterion version of the Ice Storm a while ago. I love the film, the more you watch it, the better it gets. Yes, bleak is a perfect word to describe the film.
Enjoy re-reading LOTR, every so often I get the urge to re-read too.
Your Christmas card is lovely !! ♥
*hugses*
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not_alone
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Time:2008-12-17 09:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks Pop - I'm hoping that if I do have to be on the meds for a long time I'll get more used to them so that I don't feel so tired!

Yes, The Ice Storm is a very well-made film - I remember Elijah saying that of the films he made before LOTR, this was the one he was most pleased with:)

I haven't really read LOTR all the way through all that many times - I think this may be the 4th time - but each time I enjoy it far more than the time before!

Glad the card arrived safely:) *hugs*
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frodosweetstuff
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Time:2008-12-18 02:14 pm (UTC)
I hope you will not have to take that medicine for much longer - I'd be worried about the side effects.

Hmmm, that edition of Ice Storm sounds great. *wants* :)
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not_alone
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Time:2008-12-18 11:38 pm (UTC)
Yes, I hope I can come off them pretty soon too - but they've done a good job in getting rid of the pain.

I'm glad I finally got round to ordering the Criterion IS - definitely worth having:)
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