February 17th, 2011

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Just finished transferring my red pen scribbles on the printout of GhosTV into comments on the electronic draft.  I really like GhosTV.  If I still like it after doing intense and massive amounts of proofing and some editing on it over the past two days, you know it's a book that's a winner for me.

You'll like it a lot, Kris.  It will be out in e-book pretty soon.

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Alles was zaehlt Monday

Yes, I know it's Thursday.  I've been very busy between real life and...well, I suppose my editing jobs are real life, too.

DeRoAholics Anonymous hit many of the highlights in their clips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5p1UBlQGgqY

I took a few notes about the happenings in the episode, though.

Florian and Franzi have their afterglow.  I recognized the word "wow" from Florian.  Apparently it went much better.

Richard, Simone and Max talk things over.

Claudia and Katja stuff.

Ben and Vanessa talk.  The Ben and Vanessa scenes totally rock, every time.

There's Isabelle stuff and Ben and Isabelle stuff.

As the DeRo folks said, "Roman tells Katja to get over herself."  I was cheering when I saw the translations for that.

More Flo and Franzi.  The Flo and Frank scenes were saved by the DeRo people.

Cute interchange between Deniz and Axel.  Axel was suspicious that Vanessa has all these "outside appointments," but Deniz resorted to his old "keine Ahnung" answers until Axel asked him where he was going, to which Deniz said, "Lunch." 

Ben watched Katja through the windows above the ice rink.  Katja finally got her joy in skating back.  I totally didn't care, except to think that it must have been nice for the actress who plays Katja (Anna-something?) to not have to skate badly.  Ben went home and brought Isabelle breakfast.  Whatever.
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quite warm today

Apparently it was near 60 degrees F out.  I opened the kitchen windows to let some fresh air in, and went outside to look at the plants and see what was still alive.  The little pot of iris cristata that had been on the table outside, buried under a couple of feet of snow, still looked quite alive.  I took the pruning shears out, and cut a couple of dead canes and dead little twigs off the roses in the back yard.  The White Rose of York still has some sturdy live canes, despite being bowed over by the weight of the snow.  The rugosas looked good, and 'Morning Has Broken' did too.  'Mme. Ernst Calvat' had a couple of long green canes.  We've got that on a little trellis that's in the big pot it's in.  Apparently the canes will get to six or eight feet long easily enough.  It's not like a big climbing rose, but can be used as a pillar rose.  'Mr. Lincoln' looked like it was alive, too.

The lilacs have leaf buds, and hopefully will have flower buds as well.  The mahonia has the start of buds.  It will probably flower in a month or so.  I didn't see snowdrop leaves poking up, but I saw lots of violet leaves, and other weeds, and a little patch of lemon balm leaves.  Lemon balm is really very hardy, and one of my favorite herbs for the scent.  I try to grow many herbs that have citrusy fragrances.  Lemon balm is among the easiest, but I don't dislike it for being common, as some gardeners dislike certain plants for being too common.

There were deer tracks all over the yard.  Perhaps two or three feet of the snow had melted, though some places I walked in the back yard still had at least a foot of snow.  There were other tracks -- rabbit tracks, I think, and other kinds that were too melted to tell what they were, some little, some big, or perhaps a bunch of little tracks melted into a big track here and there.  I saw what looked like pretty large paw tracks in a couple of places, and wondered if it had been the bobcat.  Other tracks might have been those of a dog, perhaps.  Some definitely looked largish, with paw pads.  They're quite distinguishable from the hoof prints of deer.

The sweet bay magnolia has had the bark of its main trunk ripped off all around for a couple of feet, presumably eaten.  I don't know if that part of the tree will survive.  It's more of a shrub here in the North, so perhaps it will come back from the roots.  It's got a couple of smaller trunks, and small shoots.  Of course, the small shoots might be eaten as well.

The once-blooming Old Garden Roses in the side yard looked very good.  The snow is melted right around them at this point, but they seem to have come through being buried in two or three feet of snow quite well.  Some are hardy to Zone 3 or 4, so they're survivors.

Well, it was good for me to go out and get exercise, I'm sure.  The muddy parts of the yard weren't bad, but walking in the deeper snow was very tiring.  I didn't feel that my ankle wouldn't hold together, but I could feel the strain of walking in that depth of snow.  I don't think I'll try walking in snow a foot deep or more again if I can help it.

It gives me hope that the winter will be over at some point, to see signs of life in the shrubs and certain perennial herbs.  Winter is a hard time of year for me, but I do what I can to keep my spirits up.

I caught up on some e-mail.  There are a few more I could catch up on, but I'm pretty good.  I'm catching up on AWZ, and will write some recaps tonight.  
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AWZ Tuesday

Well, I'm slowly catching up, even if it's nearly Friday.

Roman and Claudia were mildly arguing at the Center when they ran into Katja.  They asked her how she was, and she said, "Super."

Vanessa, Richard, Simone and Max met in the office.  Richard fired Max.  Max said something along the lines of, "Way to show your appreciation after the way I ran things when you were off to Russia and Australia."  He had a point.

Ben and Isabelle had breakfast.  Franzi came by on her way to school and went to steal Isabelle's pudding.  Isabelle said she could have it.

Ben and Isabelle made a snowman.  I guess it was a bonding thing.  It was a cute snowman.
Max was pissed.  Richard said to Simone that he didn't trust Max.

Ben was called back to the Center, apparently for the sole purpose of having Katja trip over him.

Claudia and Roman were arguing again while Katja trained in the ballet room.  Katja had an artistic vision and decided she wanted to skate to perky new music.  Claudia and Roman actually agreed in being dubious about it.  It would need all new choreography.

Claudia showed Richard that Katja could skate again now.

Richard vented about things to Claudia, who started to give him a neck massage, which turned into a back massage, which turned into Claudia kissing Richard's neck.  I hoped that Richard would be able to keep it in his pants for once and realize that Claudia was only seducing him so she could get the choreographer job.

Florian and Franzi continued their romance, which is so much less icky than the Claudia and Richard thing.
Axel got Frau Landmann-Scholtz (sp?) to the Center, or she showed up.  Axel and she met up with Max and Simone.  They all headed up to the office in the elevator, with Simone telling the Frau all about Richard's great plans.

Ben and Isabelle romantic stuff, except that Ben wasn't feeling it.  "You think I'm disgusting," Isabelle said, and ran off in her little blouse/nightshirt.  Someone needs to tell Isabelle to get over herself.  She has one rough burned patch above her breast.  If Ben loved her, he would hardly notice it, and he certainly wouldn't care.  That was the end of the episode.  I was much more interested in what would happen at the Center.
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AWZ Wednesday

For which I took more notes.

Richard and Claudia were doing the nasty.  Max happened to glance into the office through one of the little cutouts in the blinds.  Then he let Axel, Simone, and Frau Landmann-Scholtz into the office.  Max is too funny.  He totally cracked me up.  Richard and Claudia were moaning and groaning as Richard had her on the desk.  Richard saw the people watching from the doorway, and said, "Oh."  Claudia responded with more moans, and possibly an orgasm.  Their audience seemed to be as icked out as I was.

The audience went out and Max closed the door behind them.  The Frau was not amused.  "Is this the innovative idea your husband -- ex-husband -- has?  Having sex?"  I'm sure there was lots of other entertaining things she said, but I didn't get all of it.

Since Ben had turned Vanessa down about going to the movies, Vanessa went over to the Bergmann flat to ask them about movies.  Katja was there watching herself skate.  Annette and Tom came back to the flat, I think after trying to fix their engine.  Katja went to her room.  That was a minor yay.  Lena said she couldn't go to the movies because she had Alexander, and he'd just gone to sleep.  Vanessa has sparkle with Tom and the older Bergmann sisters.

Ben lay in the bed for a while, then went out to try to find Isabelle.  He found her wandering out in the cold in her little nightshirt, though at least she'd had the sense to put pants on.  Ben told Isabelle that it was all his fault, that he was tired from working at the Center.  I'll just note there were other ways he could have satisfied her and made her feel pretty.

Max talked to Frau L-S.  She told Max, Simone and Axel that she'd give them seven days to get things straightened out at the Center, so it could keep its licensing.  After she was out of earshot, Simone expressed a little anger about it all.

Vanessa decided to help Tom and Annette to fix the van.  Apparently she had learned all about van engines during her year in Boston.  Annette was driving the van, or trying to start it, while Tom made adjustments according to Vanessa's instructions.  Annette finally got it kind of started, except she had it in reverse.  Tom and Vanessa disappeared from sight as large clouds of smoke rose up.  Annette was concerned.

My next note says, "Ben and Isabelle stuff."

Max, Simone and Axel were all still mad at Richard.  He and Claudia had hastily dressed, and Claudia made a quick exit.  Richard stayed to talk to his family and Axel.  Richard and Claudia basically have no shame, either of them.  Richard valiantly came up with an idea he thought would help matters.  "We'll have David Meyerhoff as the trainer, and Claudia Bergmann as the choreographer."  They all laughed, and Simone asked which head Richard was thinking with, as well as several other snappy things.

We next saw Vanessa, Annette and Tom back at the Bergmann flat, Vanessa and Tom holding bags of frozen vegetables to their heads while they all discussed the van.  Vanessa said it just needed a certain part.

The next scene had Ben swimming in the Center's pool in his clothes, only to sink down, drowning.  Ben snapped awake, gasping.  Apparently this was supposed to be a meaningful dream about how Ben felt.  I found myself so not caring.

Annette, Tom and Vanessa went to a junkyard to look for their part.  The junkyard owner said he didn't have that part, but they held up one they'd found.  They bargained, then Tom said that eighty Euros was all he had.  The junkyard guy had originally asked for 120 Euros, but he seemed happy enough.

On their way out, they saw a junkyard dog tied to a rusty barrel.  He was a very cute dog, and very friendly with Vanessa and the others, far from how a junkyard dog should act.

More Ben and Isabelle stuff.  Ben told Richard that he was staying home with Isabelle that day.  Isabelle eavesdropped on that part, and was pleased.  Richard gave Ben some sort of version of the events of the previous evening, and asked Ben to come to work.  Ben agreed.  Isabelle was all happy thinking Ben would stay home, but when Ben "woke" her from her pretend sleep and told her he had to work, she pasted a big smile on her face and told him to go.  Isabelle went past the "moral event horizon" (TV Tropes) for me when she doped and cut Katja.  I just don't see her redeeming herself in my eyes.

Simone and Max had a discussion about Claudia and Richard.

Tom, Vanessa and Annette tried to get the dog, but the junkyard owner said it was his.  Tom and the junkyard guy started to fight.

Max came into the women's locker room when Claudia was putting her blouse on, and offered her a choreographer's contract.