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21 November 2007 @ 03:45 pm
Happy Day Before Thanksgiving! Or as it's known in other countries... Wednesday  
I'm at home this week, mostly trying to get the molding/door in the back bathroom finished. Won't make it before guests tomorrow, obviously, but the paint is now OFF the molding, I've done as much sanding as possible (geez, what a mess), and I'm ready to caulk/putty and then prime. It's taken forever to get the paint off this stupid vintage molding (which is why we didn't just replace it-- newer moldings will not fit the same space).

Gah, what a job! This is all because some idiot put latex paint over oil years ago, without using primer first! And the bottom layer on the outside of the door... god knows what that was. I suspect oil, but it was gummy and tenacious, and it smelled like "swamp" (*hopes it wasn't lead*)

Guests tomorrow (just a few-- my brother's mother-in-law can't travel anymore, so his family can't come unfortunately). Today is cooking and cleaning, and I really didn't help with that last part at all, did I?

For your viewing pleasure: Chipmunk Fishing. I'm pretty sure this is a golden-mantled ground squirrel and not a chipmunk, but still. Half of me wants to go, "Wrong! Wrongness and irresponsibility!" The other half wants to blame the victim: "If they weren't so darn cute, people wouldn't be tempted to do these things."

Last night was House, M.D. which means... that I forgot to record Reaper again! Fortunately, it appears to have been a repeat. I'm getting all my missed eps via Torrent, thanks to info from Heather. ♥

Probably going to fire up another round of the Prison Break Fic Exchange imminently, since people are growing impatient. I'll need help with the finish, but I can at least start the signups. Keep a lookout!

Christopher just got back from playing with a friend I'll call "Bob," a great kid whom he adored and then stopped playing with in the space of about 2 months last year. We kept asking why, and finally got, "He's blocking my life-path!" ! The weird thing here is, Christopher knows what he's saying when he makes those kinds of proclamations. So what life-path did he think he had at age 7, and how could another 7-year-old have been blocking it? Living with Christopher is like an eternal pondering of the imponderables.


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The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on November 22nd, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)

Probably going to fire up another round of the Prison Break Fic Exchange imminently, since people are growing impatient. I'll need help with the finish, but I can at least start the signups. Keep a lookout!


Yay!

And hilarious story about Christopher :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on November 22nd, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
The PBFE has been on my mind, just wall-to-wall RL stuff and also mini_nanowrimo. Oy.

The Christopher story-- I could tell one of these about every two days, and still not run out of material. But some stories are definitely weirder and more noteworthy than others.

Did you check out the "crimes against nature" video? ;)
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on November 22nd, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
Squirrel one? Really cute :D

chanchito_z mentioned that the fandom has really quiet lately. So you might get lucky and it won't be too many people this time :)
Gretagretazreta on November 22nd, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
Christopher (aka the Human Ball, if I remember correctly) is going to end up President of the World. He's awesome funny.

And go you with the stripping and sanding and whatnot. I have to say, you definitely come across as this kind of super-capable domestic goddess. I imagine your family as somewhat like the Incredibles.

Happy holiday!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on November 22nd, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
aka the Human Ball, if I remember correctly
Oh yes-- your memory is very good! :D

is going to end up President of the World.
Haha! We were at a restaurant once when he was three, and as we were clearing out he was going around introducing himself to the tables behind us while we were distracted. A lady sitting there said, "I want his autograph, for when he becomes President some day." Less weird than the other time he introduced himself to a table of teenage girls later that year: "Hi, I Christopher. I potty-trained." :0

I imagine your family as somewhat like the Incredibles.
It's the Human Ball part that does that. ;) The rest of the stuff... once you learn how to do things like spackle/caulk/etc., you can't go back to paying people because it's dumb (and sometimes their work is lousy).



Edited at 2007-11-22 12:35 am (UTC)
Deadbeat Nymph: dean under metallicardeadbeat_nymph on November 22nd, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
Oh, I didn't mean to pressure you at all about the PBFE! I just thought that if you weren't planning on being involved anymore, someone else might want to do it. *feels badly*

But there's no rush, certainly.

Man, that Christopher story is hilarious. That boy's got spark. :D

Good luck with your Thanksgiving dinner. Will there be pumpkin pie? Mmm... pie...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on November 22nd, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)
You weren't the only prod I got about the PBFE, though-- just the culminating influence, you might say. So don't feel too bad!

Man, that Christopher story is hilarious. That boy's got spark. :D
He's SO bizarrely funny that it makes up for the bouncing-off-the-walls level of energy. The weirdness is self-creating with him, truly.

Will there be pumpkin pie? Mmm... pie...
Yes-- my husband's mother is bringing a couple. Fortunately for me, I hate pumpkin pie. Love pumpkin bread/muffins, but the pie is just too much. So it's not terribly tempting. However, there will also be marionberry pie, so Christopher and I will be going face-first into that one. ;)
mercurybard on November 22nd, 2007 12:58 am (UTC)
I have this feeling Christopher's either going to write the next Great American Novel, or...I don't know, accidentally blow up the planet?

But it's always fun to hear the stories. Evan is long past the "cute and precocious" stage. Now it's more like "annoyingly sullen know-it-all".

And I hate trying to fix other peoples' home improvement botches. At least it sounds like you've gotten the toughest part done.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on November 22nd, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
or...I don't know, accidentally blow up the planet?
Ha! Funny how it could so easily go either way, isn't it? :0

Now it's more like "annoyingly sullen know-it-all".
I think by about 12 it's turned the corner, so thank goodness I've got a few years left! Because he's a know-it-all right now, the difference is just that it's still funny. ;)

And I hate trying to fix other peoples' home improvement botches.
I tell people again and again, it's easier to do it right the first time then to UNdo it and try again. Criminy. Otherwise, this would just be painting over paint, and I'd have been done a week's worth of effort ago. But instead, the problem makes its way around the downstairs, one piece of wood trim/door at a time. Bleh.
mercurybard on November 22nd, 2007 04:44 am (UTC)
People wonder why I'm so strange...and then they don't believe I grew up with a houseful of anti-social male geniuses.

I think by about 12 it's turned the corner, so thank goodness I've got a few years left!
It's gotten to the point where I feel very sorry and apologetic to my moms for what we put them through. Watching Emmy and Evan just makes me want to bang my head against the desk.

On the upside--you have vintage molding in your house. I like houses with character.
she said mysteriously: Bela poutresounding_echo on November 22nd, 2007 01:34 am (UTC)
He's blocking my life-path!"

I'm a little bit enamored with your son. So cute.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on November 22nd, 2007 03:30 am (UTC)
He has secret stores of weird that have yet to be uncovered, I'm convinced!
aeroport_art: tds yay!aeroport_art on November 22nd, 2007 01:56 am (UTC)
Or as it's known in other countries... Wednesday.
LOL, nice XD

"He's blocking my life-path!"
AAAhahaah that's a great line. I shoud totally start saying that :D Your kid sounds adorable.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on November 22nd, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
I shoud totally start saying that :D

It fits so many occasions! Lousy boss, boyfriend you've fallen out of love with, George W. Bush... ;)
aeroport_art: jare-bearaeroport_art on November 22nd, 2007 03:54 am (UTC)
Lol, exactly. *nods*