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21 August 2014 @ 01:10 pm
A slight step up...  
I spent all of last night reading Idol entries until my brain fried, because our home Internet went out entirely on Tuesday night and HalfshellHusband and I lost valuable reading time! This is me now: o_O

My own Idol story this week was a return to the S.A.T.E.D. universe, which should please at least one f-listie.

So, today is my son's birthday (yes, exactly one week after my daughter's), though it carries different feelings. He's 15 today. My daughter turned 17 last week, and I went to Cost Plus Imports the weekend before that to look for food treats for her. Instead, my happy errand mutated into a heavy emotional funk as soon as I saw the room-decor stuff on display. My daughter will be going to college a year from now, and the thought of it just hit me with a deeper realness. Our son has three more years, so I'll hold off a little longer on moping about him. :O His 'official' birthday cake is being delayed until his friend recovers from mouth surgery and they can par-tay. This is good, because "Eye of Sauron" might not be a workable cake choice (I'm envisioning lots of black frosting, which will not taste good). I worked him away from 'manatee', and might yet steer him back to Futurama as a theme. We'll see.

Books: I finished The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, the latest No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novel. This was one of the more 'soulful' in the series, and I really enjoyed it. You don't read these for the plot—they're about the atmosphere and characters. Now I want to watch the HBO series again, and mourn the producer's dying before he could make another season (the casting was terrific). I also finished Sharp Objects, which was captivating but I'm not sure I buy the ending. Sometimes people red-herring themselves past a story's better conclusion and keep going for the sake of being tricky (I'm looking at you, Jeffrey Deaver). Seems like the case here. Currently reading somebody's overpuffed book on the genius of Monty Python's Flying Circus (as in, there's humor but this feels as if it was the thesis the authors used to get their Ph.D. degrees. It reargues the same points several times). Annnd something dry and sneaky that is coming up only with the Russian title in goodreads for me: Pushkin Hills. If I won the lottery, I swear I'd still have a sizeable pile of "to read" books...

I might have mentioned Dread Zeppelin and the Heartbreaker/Heartbreak Hotel medley before, but I finally watched the video with my son. It is some inspired insanity, and the guitarists in the band are good.

Also? Zombeaver!. Though after watching that trailer, the movie would just be redundant. WHY would you make a movie of that? Especially if you are not Asylum Productions? \o?

 
 
 
tatdatcmtatdatcm on August 21st, 2014 08:56 pm (UTC)
I once heard a tip that to get black frosting start with chocolate frosting and add color. I'm not sure it works, but it might make it taste better?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 21st, 2014 09:18 pm (UTC)
It might-- though I usually use canned frosting for my decorated cakes (all vanilla), and the canned chocolate just tastes like "chemicals." and plastic.

OTOH, if that wound up being the bulk of the cake background, it would be worth it to use the family chocolate-frosting recipe (my MIL's, which is really good)!

Edited at 2014-08-21 09:19 pm (UTC)
kick_galvanic, zagzagael, skull_theatre: crafty mommableodswean on August 21st, 2014 09:09 pm (UTC)
So glad you're cherishing this time and are aware of how fast it slips away. And that is NOT to say that there aren't wonderful things about having young adult children! There are! There are! But...it's all a shifting underfoot.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 21st, 2014 09:19 pm (UTC)
The hardest part, I think, is that once they're at college and beyond, they're really more like visitors back to home and you'll never feel like you see enough of them.

But you're farther into this process, so maybe it settles down a little after a few years?
kick_galvanic, zagzagael, skull_theatre: backwards clockbleodswean on August 21st, 2014 10:43 pm (UTC)
Mmmm....maybe it feels like that the first few years. They want SO BADLY to fly....and I found that once I let go....I also let go of the worry and depression and that the time of them feeling like "visitors" was short-lived. My house is REALLY open and we harbor NO judgement here and I have been determined to have a different relationship with my young adult children than the one my parents had with me. I really did become a visitor in their house once I was 18 and launched. So, yes, young adults CAN BE fun and bring light into the house....BUT it isn't going to ever be the way it was when they were young. However, it's a GREAT time to reconnect with that other person you live with. ;)

It's all a process, bb.
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on August 21st, 2014 09:41 pm (UTC)
it's so strange to think of all the kids who were kids when we all came to know each other, are now whole complete people in their own right
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 21st, 2014 09:49 pm (UTC)
Exactly! Stuart's moving on to higher learning and his own pursuits, and my daughter (who was 8 when I first started doing fanfic) is on the verge.

*sigh*

Everyone tells you that it goes by quickly, but knowing that doesn't help to slow it down.
Danmuchtooarrogant on August 22nd, 2014 01:23 am (UTC)
So, happy birthday wishes to both kiddos! Having them that close together must be a bit of a strain on your pocketbook at times. :)

I've been traveling all this week, so haven't had much time to read any Idol entries. I shall do my best to get to yours, although I have another training tomorrow, and a high school band concert in the evening. Fun times!

Dan
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 22nd, 2014 06:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, school band concerts. They're much better if you lack a musical ear, otherwise they can be torture!

But as a parent, you have to do it. Take one for the team!
Danmuchtooarrogant on August 22nd, 2014 08:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know! I try not to cringe too visibly, but sometimes it's unavoidable. *grin*

Dan
passing_through: books hairpassing_through on August 22nd, 2014 02:11 am (UTC)
I have twin girls and last Saturday I dropped one daughter off at college six hours north of where we live, and the other one one hour south. The cat and I have been roaming around the house this week, missing our girls and worrying about how they're doing :)

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 22nd, 2014 06:18 pm (UTC)
:( :(

That would be even harder-- sending both kids off at once!

You at least know what's happening (the cat's doomed to be mystified), though unfortunately, you're also who will miss them more. Not looking forward to it!
cindy: wtf? (rafi by sandradelete)tsuki_no_bara on August 22nd, 2014 02:30 am (UTC)
i'm pretty sure christopher was in single digits when we met. wow. how were you going to make an eye of sauron cake? with the tower and the whole thing? if he sticks with that, good luck!

i can't believe someone even came up with the idea for zombeaver, much less made an actual movie it. i mean, what? what kind of drugs were they on?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yikeshalfshellvenus on August 22nd, 2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
I think he was 6, so it's been awhile! I have to track back to when SPN started, which was 9 years ago. Wow.

Crap, I had not even thought about the tower! Because I'm not a major LOTR fan, so I have seen each of the movies exactly once. Well, Fuuuuuu... I think I'd better bang the Futurama drum a little harder. After all, why not Zoidberg?

That movie does kind of look like a drug escapade, doesn't it? The TRAILER looks like an excellent spoof of stupidity. That it's an actual movie is the part I don't get.

Plus... wouldn't zombeavers just attack other beavers? Or trees (which is no different from their regular behavior)?
cindy: spn - time for a swear word (by phangurltsuki_no_bara on August 22nd, 2014 08:07 pm (UTC)
so we probably met when lauren was in single digits! holy cow.

you could probably do just the eye, like make a round cake and just frost it in flamey colors, without having to worry about the tower. altho yeah, why NOT zoidberg?

who can understand the intricacies of zombeaver behavior....
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 22nd, 2014 10:42 pm (UTC)
There should always be Zoidberg in my book, and my son would not disagree! My husband thought I should tackle the Planet Express ship. I probably have an unholy quantity of green food coloring, and I bought some colored Mike&Ike, just in case...