I'm really starting to wonder if it's worth keeping this Livejournal account active. Very few people still seem to be here, and I get a lot more traffic to my regular blog site than I do here.
So, is there a point?
I watched the new Cosmos series last night. I have to admit that being a huge fan of the original series, I was a bit skeptical about this one. After watching the first episode, I'd have to say that I'm not as skeptical as I was, but I'm also not completely sold on it either. I liked that they made it different enough from the first series that it didn't seem like a rehashing of that series. I also liked that they paid tribute to the original series, especially showing Carl Sagan's planner with the name Neil Tyson on one of the Saturdays...it was a nice way to show some continuity.
Will this show be able to live up to what the original series did? It's hard to say. The original series had a huge impact on a lot of people, especially me. I was only ten at the time, and fascinated by science, so this hit me at the perfect time. That's a little hard for the new series to live up to.
Thinking back to the first series, the first episode was a little slow, just like the new series...more of a tease for both than an actual episode. Suffice it to say that I will tune in next week, and hopefully this one will pull me in like the original did.
My oldest turns 13 today. That's absolutely unbelievable, and something that we're not entirely ready for. We're so proud of the young woman she's becoming, but we hate watching her fall into a lot of the pitfalls that we fell into as teens.
I remember my teen years as a mix of good memories, and truly horrible memories. Being a teenager is never easy, and I think for girls, especially in modern American society, the challenges are one hundred times worse than they are for teenage boys. Still, we're doing everything we can to support her as she grows up, trying to help her avoid the mistakes we made as kids (and often failing miserably.) We hope that she realizes that we will be here for her through the good choices and the bad choices, and we hope that she will come to us, instead of giving into some of the insane things her friends (or boys) might try to talk her into.
Needless to say, the next few years will be interesting...to say the least.
And just in case she's reading this instead of paying attention in class...Happy Birthday, Eryn! I love you.
Alexis had her stitches removed Friday. There's still a nasty bump by the scar, but the doctor says that's caused by her neck trying to adjust to the hyoid bone being removed, and over time, everything should go back to normal.
Overall, her health is good, and we've had the best outcome we could for. We're just very glad that this ordeal is over, and we hope to never have to go through anything like it again.