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02 December 2015 @ 12:09 am
When you wish upon a star...  
... something something in a jarrrr. \o?

(The anti-Disney strikes again.)

So, it's back to work now after a nice week off. I didn't bike on the parkway as much as I expected last week (too cold), but I did discover that the wireless signal in the garage is pretty good! I'm watching more Breaking Bad again. Other shows I want to see but HalfshellHusband doesn't are in my Netflix queue. I tried Better Off Ted DVDs, the week before, but the hour-long dramas work SO much better. I go through about two of them per biking session, as opposed to four half-hour comedy episodes (which leave my brain feeling fried and vaguely ADHD). If the El Nino threat comes through, I'll be glad to have lots of garage-biking fodder.

While I was off, I read The Crossing (the new Harry Bosch book) in about two days, and just finished The Ocean At The End Of The Lane (Neil Gaiman) yesterday. Both were terrific. I'm almost done with Albert of Adelaide (from which I learned that platypuses can poison other animals—who knew?), and have really whittled down my "To read" pile.

I made a little progress on home projects, raked leaves, and did some Xmas shopping. The big baking will start in a week or two. No decorations or lights up yet—maybe next weekend? If I'm not still writing my Idol entry?

And now here's something my son stumbled over last week. Probably everyone but us has already seen this penguin mishap, but it just cracked me up. You can't help giving it a human interpretation. At first, I took the penguin cries for "Oh noes!", but after looking at the one leaning forward and seemingly mocking the other penguin, it came off more like "Ha-ha-HA! So THERE!" And then the fallen penguin stands back up with a noise that either means, "Brrr, that ground is freezing", or "Oh yeah, I am BACK. Suckers!"

Either way, I have watched it (and listened to the *schloop-thud* *agggghhh* *HhhhWAH!*) at least twenty times now.

I was caught up on my f-list the week before Thanksgiving, and then fell behind, but I'm working my way back again. Hope everyone is doing well!

 
 
 
kick_galvanic, zagzagael, skull_theatrebleodswean on December 2nd, 2015 04:18 pm (UTC)
How was your holiday? With the daughter?

You really are a great flister, K! I can't keep up with YOUR comments!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Xmas Penguinhalfshellvenus on December 2nd, 2015 06:09 pm (UTC)
It was really nice having her home! Brief, but very sweet. Still some struggle in occasionally persuading her not to hole up in her room, partly because finals happen next week, so she's in that lead-up period. AND had math and other homework due, much of which (modern technology, how it sux) was online-- rather than via books and paper, which she could have done in the stupid car during the 9 to 11-hour drive in either direction. Seriously-- how annoying is that?

She and I made our annual Black Friday trip to Cost Plus (in the afternoon, after the crowds are gone). Not as much to see as in some years, though I got input on treats she does/doesn't want. I was there a couple of days before, so I pre-bought a few things before she would ever see them.

No ornament there featuring Santa riding a chicken! I haven't seen one in a couple of years, but it was a regular thing for awhile (in various incarnations) and it just baffled me. WHUT?
cindy: penguins - the big chill (by rjcardinal)tsuki_no_bara on December 3rd, 2015 02:58 am (UTC)
i love that penguin video. the fallen penguin sounds like it's making a frustrated noise when it gets up, the penguin equivalent of "ugh, right in front of EVERYONE". like a verbal facepalm. the penguins going "oh nooo!" are the best, tho.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 3rd, 2015 06:00 am (UTC)
I'm not sure they ARE going "Oh, nooo!" It's fifty-fifty over that or whether they're basically laughing at the poor guy who fell.

That sound reminds me of the Chosens in Toy Story going, "oooOOOooooh!"