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02 December 2014 @ 12:47 am
Hamster Vheel...  
Back to work today, though the break was really nice. I didn't get as much done around the house as I'd planned, but there was reading, there was a little Xmas shopping but not much (very uninspired this year), and there was 8 bags' worth of stuff sent off to charities with 3 more to follow soon (I'm running out of paper bags!).

I got very little done on my Yuletide story. I have no plot and no real ideas, and may have to default for the first time ever. :( I'll give it one last try, but if nothing solidifies by this weekend, I'll have to give up.

I finished my experiment in Tweetfic, but I don't know what to think about the results. There was a story, I finished it, and I managed to keep discrete and (ideally) interesting chunks in each tweet. That 140-character limit is rough! OTOH, I couldn't tag it (because I needed those extra letters!), and the most-recent-first feed format of Twitter means that people have to read from the bottom up. If you post in reverse order, then you're posting the ending first (which does not work anyway if you're writing dynamically, as I chose to). Also, the random comments/reposting was weird. A tweet with "Lexington Avenue" got hit with "You've been automatically entered into a daily raffle for your city, Lexington!". Another which mentioned cigarettes and smoking (one of the few times I've _ever_ written that) got retweeted by fans of smoking. Erm. And the post-fic wind-up got hit with an ad for writing classes. So, all in all... \o?

I didn't watch a lot of movies/etc. over the break. I thought I would, but mostly I tried to read Idol entries (VERY slow, for some reason) and got sucked into online jigsaw puzzles and the like. The ambition, where does it go?

So, good Thanksgiving for those who celebrated?

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kick_galvanic, zagzagael, skull_theatre: pic#124302117bleodswean on December 2nd, 2014 04:30 pm (UTC)
I get this sorta slumpy thing. I get it. The shift in the weather, the season, the end of the year. I think things will get chirpier here in the next week or two as the hols get in full gear. Hang in there!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 2nd, 2014 06:09 pm (UTC)
I wonder if some of it is the shift in daylight (because I'm a late riser, and it psychologically feels as if the day is _over_ at 5pm. Also, I have to finish all exercise by then (unless it's raining, in which case-- DVDs and biking in the garage). When you know there's a bike ride looming that has to start by 3pm at the latest, the whole second half of the day is gone!

Now that my kids are older, the Xmas holidays are all about trying to find gifts for people who don't need anything, which I loathe. I only have a few adults I'm obligated to there, but one of them is my sister and like to make her happy, so...

Love your tree icon! It's beautiful!
Danmuchtooarrogant on December 2nd, 2014 05:03 pm (UTC)
We're having a pretty uninspired Christmas over here as well--both kids opted to get their presents immediately, leaving Lizbeth to bemoan only having empty boxes under the tree. MTA was heard to comment, "Couldn't we just not put up the tree?" LOL Maybe this happens when your kids reach a certain age.

Dan
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 2nd, 2014 06:10 pm (UTC)
The year we gave the kids computers for Christmas (ouch, what a bite in the pocketbook that was!), there were a few clothes and other little things as well as treats and more treats, so that helped. Lots of little boxes under the tree, even if they didn't contain momentous things. :)

But this year... we're looking at mostly money and gift cards for the kids, because they've both reached that age (15 and 17). Argh. So joyless. *sniff* I miss the days of buying Fisher Price farms and such, when they were toddlers. It's all good when they're little!
Danmuchtooarrogant on December 2nd, 2014 06:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know exactly what you mean. Mine are 14 and 16, and both said, "Can we just get money?" LOL Little mercenaries.

Dan
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 2nd, 2014 07:10 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! I know that feeling-- I _was_ that kid, around that age.

Though I was also like my son-- give him money for Xmas or his birthday, and he most likely will squirrel it away in his savings account and not spend it. So, it's even less of a gift!
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on December 8th, 2014 07:10 am (UTC)
My nieces are no fun to shop for either. Nowadays they have super expensive activities, like band trips and volleyball camp and Girls Rock camp and skiing. So I just end up writing checks.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Xmas Penguinhalfshellvenus on December 8th, 2014 08:39 am (UTC)
The "money-money-money" phase is easy to shop for, and while the giftee definitely appreciates it, it is no fun for the giver!

The days of actual toys are the best. :)