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24 December 2015 @ 12:50 am
Inside Out... Boy, You Turn Me...  
You've probably seen this meme:

Pixar, 1995: What if toys had feelings?
Pixar, 1998: What if bugs had feelings?
Pixar, 2001: What if monsters had feelings?
Pixar, 2003: What if fish had feelings?
Pixar, 2004: What if superheroes had feelings?
Pixar, 2006: What if cars had feelings?
Pixar, 2007: What if rats had feelings?
Pixar, 2008: What if robots had feelings?
Pixar, 2009: What if dogs had feelings?
Pixar, 2012: What if Scotland had feelings?
Pixar, 2015: WHAT IF FEELINGS HAD FEELINGS?


We watched Inside Out on Monday, and that summary was perfect. We really enjoyed it, and Anger was definitely everyone's favorite character. He had a red, toad-shaped head and a blocky little body, and a frighteningly (or fabulously) short fuse. So cute!

Seeing what was going on inside other characters' heads (the pre-teen boy, the disaffected counter-girl at the pizza place, the neighborhood cat, the bus driver on Lombard Street)—so funny. And the movie made me cry in a couple of places as well, which is SO Pixar. They are really good with poignancy, and that's what gets you. Think of that minute-long montage near the beginning of Up, an entire lifetime of wonderful, happy, heartbreaking moments conveyed in a tight, perfect sequence. It's hard not to be moved by that.

I'm still behind on all things Christmas, though progress is happening. Lights are now up outside—much less than we normally do, but we are no longer the dark, humbug house. Presents are bought, and a few wrapped (all the ones that will go to the Bay Area relatives). I spent almost the entire afternoon in the kitchen, making treats. I really need to remember that making chocolate-coated pretzel rods takes forever, and is too labor-intensive to bother with. I tried homemade peppermint bark again, and I have no idea how that will turn out. Too brittle when I made it 3-4 years ago. This time, kind of soft—and I probably should be using melting chocolate instead of white chocolate chips, as you can't get those to melt down nicely without milk, heat, and a lot of stirring—and thus, they don't stay white.

Tomorrow, we WILL (I swear it) bring the Christmas tree into the house, put it in the stand, and decorate it. We've been stuck by my Lego project (now cleaned up) and the fact that HalfshellHusband can't really lift or maneuver that tree as his wrist is still recovering. It'll be me and "the boy," and no one is looking forward to that. :O

I also have another batch of cookies to bake tomorrow, to make sure the Bay Area folks and my own family have enough, as we plan to drive up the day after Christmas. That Saturday looks like the only good day in a long stretch, too—cold but sunny. I hope there isn't too much accumulation of snow on the highway going over the pass. Always the danger spot.

So, is everyone else who's doing Christmas ready? Or pretty close? I should probably have passed on Idol this round because of it's starting before Christmas, but I can never help myself.

Time to go clean up the last of the mess in the kitchen, now that it has soaked for 30 minutes (and needed it).

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Didn't want to be: pic#121165233anyonesghost on December 24th, 2015 12:27 pm (UTC)
We went pretty light on Christmas this year, but we did get a tree in last weekend and got it decorated. Most of the decorations stayed up in the attic, though ...we didn't do a holiday open house this year, and even our usual paper town advent calendar was replaced by Whisky Advent. (So far, the Glenfiddich 18-year is the winner, but I'm 12 days behind.). I have a feeling we'll make up for it next year ... And as long as my hand doesn't look like it punched a blender after I'm done with the tree, I'll be happy!

Inside Out was pretty amazing. I think I had that exact alarm when I was a pre-teen boy, come to think of it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Xmas Penguinhalfshellvenus on December 24th, 2015 08:28 pm (UTC)
Our tree is finally up, though not yet decorated. I actually got a few presents wrapped for under the tree before the tree itself was ready. And yes, there's a large box with decorations that I haven't even broken into, and I've been paring down the contents of it for years... but probably not enough.

Whisky Advent is such an interesting idea! Though I don't much care for Whisky, but it would be a great variety sampler if you liked it. European Chocolate Advent would be more my style. ;)

I loved that pre-teen boy's head. On the outside, he was just standing there frozen, and on the inside... Hahahahaha! That explained everything. So perfect. :D

Merry Early Christmas!
Danmuchtooarrogant on December 25th, 2015 08:57 pm (UTC)
Lizbeth took care of some very merry last minute shopping on the 23rd while I was at the dentist, thus making us "ready for the holidays." *grin*

Merry Christmas!

Dan
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Xmas Penguinhalfshellvenus on December 25th, 2015 09:42 pm (UTC)
I wound up doing some last-minute shopping at Rite Aid on Christmas Eve, 20 minutes before it closed. I needed random treats for our son, and realized I didn't have enough to balance with his sister.

It's like an escalation war!

Merry Christmas to you and yours! :D
Danmuchtooarrogant on December 26th, 2015 12:41 am (UTC)
"It's like an escalation war!"

LOL You are, as always, absolutely right! The main reason Lizbeth was shopping? One daughter had more gifts than the other, and that could NOT be allowed.

Dan