Let me just say, you guys are awesome, blogglings! Thanks for the well-wishes in the comments and via text. I'm still sniffling, and my eyes are a bit itchy, but now that I've got my allergy drops, things are better.
Last night, I finished watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer again. I think this is the fourth or fifth time I've watched the whole series through, and it made me cry again. I think that's the mark of a good story - even though I knew how it ended, even though there was no element of surprise, even though I knew who would live and who would die - I had an emotional reaction to it. I connected with the characters. I could identify with their flaws, and I admired their strengths. Joss Whedon's world, the Buffyverse, was filled out. It wasn't just a random town with a bunch of demons thrown in. Buffy wasn't just some girl with superpowers. Spike wasn't just a blood-sucking fiend. Every character, even one like Anya, who was supposed to be almost one-dimensional because she was an ex-demon who didn't understand humans, every one of them was real to me. The writers on the show were consistent and true to the characters. If they hadn't been... I don't think I would have cried. Again.
My favourite part, though? I loved how the end of the series felt like the end of the series, but not the end of the characters lives. Granted, I now know that Joss went on to create a series of graphic novels that continue the story, but still, I didn't get the feeling that, once the show ended, the gang would go and rent an apartment in LA and sit around doing nothing.
And speaking of the Buffy graphic novels... I'm so disappointed that I can't read them! I tried. I picked one up at Barnes & Noble, and I tried, but my brain just doesn't like graphic novels. I feel all ADD, and I can't follow the flow, and it is incredibly disappointing!
But not as disappointing as hearing that there's talk of a new Buffy movie, and that Joss Whedon won't be involved. Seriously??? I'm a hard-core fan (you may have figured that out on your own...), but if Joss isn't involved, I won't be watching the movie.
Tonight, there is no photo of the blanket in progress, partly because my camera is running low on battery and I can't find the power cord, and partly because, well, it looks the same, just longer. But here are the stats:
Section A: 10/10 rows complete
Section B: 86/90 rows complete
Section C: 0/111 rows complete
Section D: 0/90 rows complete
Section E: 0/10 rows complete
Balls of yarn used up: 3
Total length: 13.25 inches
Percentage complete: 30%
And tomorrow, I think I'll head to the yarn store to get some professional advice on how to do the different colours...