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02 January 2008 @ 10:13 am
Back, but not in black...  
We're back from the family trip up north, and I'm creeping back online. (House still looks like a tornado hit it. That's what tearing off the day after Christmas will do to you).

It was a great visit with the family, and reasonably uneventful travel both directions. This time my brother— Mr. Lucky— got the worst of the weather, since he was bounded by his wife's work schedule both on the coming and going. SO... we left on a day with a snow forecast in Ashland/Medford, but before the big storm (got snowed on from Grant's Pass to Canyon Creek Summmit, which never happens), but nothing else. My brother was stuck on the Siskiyou Summit for 1 1/2 hours. And since Sunday was forecast for snow all the way down south and Monday not, we left early Monday while my brother was stuck with Sunday. His trip took some extra time and ours was slowed only by a frozen fog problem (!) for the first 30 miles. So much better than some years have been.

We ate too much (darn that pfefferneus house my sister brings!), exercised too little (my Dad avoided the community gym the entire time we were there, and I can't go unless he goes. Stupid rules), and I slept too much in the mushy bed that hurts my back. But lots of great catching up with the family.

I did virtually no writing. *sigh* My sister and her girls are in the habit now of staying up until midnight- one a.m. watching movies, which creates noise and distraction. And when they're visiting my parents, my whole family is jammed into one bedroom, so the privacy is gone!

We did play laser tag at a place very near my parents. Great prices, surprisingly good workout. I kind of hate the "return to base to recharge" requirement (never run into that before), but it does keep people from camping out at the opposing base and firing endlessly.

Surprise event? Hedgehog farm visit! My sister was transporting a male and female up to a friend in Portland for some cross-breeding, so we tagged along to see the hedgies. The local breeder had about 30 of them, and I got to hold two. Pictures later!

Was everybody good while I was gone?

And what a nice welcome back— thank you, pamalax for the wonderful New Year's LJ gift! ♥


 
 
 
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on January 2nd, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
So good to have you back :) Hope you had the greatest time (will aside from being perched together in one room with everybody).

Have you seen this comm yet? I just noticed that you give fun recs for maybe not as well known stories. Maybe there's a chance that you would feel like writing some up for over there :)

So, have you received your Michael doll from your fic survivor yet?


The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 3rd, 2008 07:34 am (UTC)
I'll have to check out that comm-- it's entirely new to me!

Haven't received the doll yet (I'm sure Pamala's got plenty to do during the holiday season, like the rest of us), but I'm looking forward to it. Still mourning the chance at Plastic!LibyanTerroristLincoln. :(

Why does yours looks so realistic in that picture (aside from the giant gingerbread man)? That angle makes it actually resemble Wentworth, as opposed to how it usually looks. :0
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: smilie priyankathelana on January 3rd, 2008 09:17 am (UTC)
I don't know. These pictures are from First Church of Wentworth Miller (the message board). Apparently somebody bought the Michael action figure and took some pictures. I was really surprised because it actually looked good in those pictures. So mayne some of our mocking was unjustified. it made me almost tempted if it wasn't so darn expensive

I'll have to check out that comm-- it's entirely new to me!

Do so, best slash author (of course you already knew that ;p).

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 3rd, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
Do so, best slash author (of course you already knew that ;p).

Buzzuh? *goes to check awards*
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on January 3rd, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
They didn't notify the authors? Looks like there's still some room for improvement as far as organization goes :)

I was happy to see that M/L authors won best slash. I would have assumed that maybe a MiMa author might take it, especially since it seems there is a clear favorite there so no danger of splitting votes :)
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: smilie priyankathelana on January 3rd, 2008 09:40 am (UTC)
forgot to ask :) / fixed link
I forgot, I wanted to ask you about how you feel about this issue. Because I have bene kinda thinking about requesting one of your stories (maybe Like A Kid In A Candy Store) there. It would probably take forever anyway to get picked up because the person is request based, so it would probably take a while till any request I make it picked up.

Of course only if you are okay with it.

[I'd be curious, mostly because we talked a lot about the lyrical nature, so I would be curious to know how it would sound like when read [especially since I noticed that there are many word, favorite words, that I always pronounce differently in my head simply because *I* think it sounds prettier. Like in my head I say something like wriethe for writhe when in reality the first syllable is pronounced more like wry] of course maybe that is even more reason for you not to want it read because I'm guessing you have a particular opinion on how it sound like rhythmwise, in YOUR head; so I figured I better ask :)]

Speaking of which however did you decide in regards to that Russian translation?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 5th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
Re: forgot to ask :) / fixed link
I'd be flattered to have one of my stories picked to read. The SPN "Atonement" story was read awhile back because someone did podcasts of the winners and runners-up for the SPN Lawrence awards.

of course maybe that is even more reason for you not to want it read because I'm guessing you have a particular opinion on how it sound like rhythmwise, in YOUR head; so I figured I better ask :)
Well you know, mispronouncing words 'just because' is always going to come off as strange, though I don't think most people do that intentionally. We go through this all the time at home, and I sure remember it from my childhood: reading far beyond your peer-level means that you read words you've never heard before. And you wind up like my son, saying "Red Kedder" is a stupid name for a street. What does that even mean?" when it's actually Red Cedar (a tree). Or (my own pet peeve), indefatigable, which has "fatigue" as its root word and means "untiring", but is in fact pronounced as if it means 'unable to ever be made overweight': in-deh-FAT-ih-guh-bl. I've boycotted it ever since. :0

I did say yes to that Russian translation-- that work is very full of meaning but not really lyrical in style, and one reader in particular phrased her point so well that I caved over immediately. I never would have thought of her viewpoint myself! Now, something like "We Were Soldiers Once" would be a Never. You'd lose nearly everything that makes that story work in translation.

Um. Recap: Yes!
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on January 5th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
Re: forgot to ask :) / fixed link
My father always tells the story that he used to read cowboy books as a kid and whenever he read "prarie" he would misread it into "premium" in his head, because he didn't really know that word. And ended up with stuff like "They rode swiftly across the premium" :D

I often had the problem with names (in books) that I couldn't pronounce, because they were foreign or fantasy. Can lead to some funny aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah moments when you hear the right pronounciation for the first time.

Random: what is it about Christmas that makes everybody go for hurt comforty fic? Both mooyoo and karine_itml have written snuggly sad porny M/L where Michael is crazy for one reason or another (post traumatic stress! fear of enclosed spaces!) and Lincoln has to, err, be helpful. Not that I'm complaining, but it's fun that that seems to be the season for it :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 5th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
Re: forgot to ask :) / fixed link
I often had the problem with names (in books) that I couldn't pronounce, because they were foreign or fantasy.

Oh, god. When I read "War and Peace" in High School, and was in too much of a hurry (before I learned all the foreign pronunciation rules I needed as a radio announcer), I read one of the characters as "D-bluhble-bluhble," because I never bothered to really internalize his name. I always recognized it when I came across it, but I never really evaluated it. I would never do that now!

Both mooyoo and karine_itml have written snuggly sad porny M/L where Michael is crazy for one reason or another (post traumatic stress! fear of enclosed spaces!) and Lincoln has to, err, be helpful. Not that I'm complaining, but it's fun that that seems to be the season for it :D
mooyoo has TWO stories I need to read (at least, two that I know of), and I've been so distracted/behind during the holidays. My two spn_christmas stories are, well... one is only halfway done, and the other not even started. That canon Xmas episode for the show really killed my muse in terms of the prompts I chose-- and both of them were ones I suggested.

I find it harder to read when I'm supposed to actually be meeting a deadline of my own. :(
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on January 5th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
Re: forgot to ask :) / fixed link
Awwww, too bad. I would have hoped that maybe reading fic might get ones own creative juices flowing :)
Entendre? Make mine a double.: SN brothersdeirdre_c on January 2nd, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
Welcome back, honey! Glad the trip went well, even if it meant no writing.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on January 3rd, 2008 07:36 am (UTC)
It did-- it was fun, and the travel was blissfully uneventful. Compared to the year the highway was closed down while we were in transit, and the 14-hour return due to mudslides closing one highway after another, this year was cake!

Hope you and yours had a great Christmas, Dee. I'm still enjoying that cute snowglobe. :) ♥
wrldpossibilitywrldpossibility on January 2nd, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
I'm gonna need to see pics of a hedgehog farm, lol! That sounds great! I was worried about the drive over the Siskyou summit. Glad everything went ok. We had some crazy snow here.

Glad you had a nice visit!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 3rd, 2008 07:40 am (UTC)
I'm gonna need to see pics of a hedgehog farm, lol! That sounds great!
Hoping for tomorrow or the next day. I have the writeup done, but it takes awhile to load up and capture the images. Because it's more than just that trip-- it's the history of the Hedgehog mania! Should be worth it, though.

The summit was easy going both directions, which was wonderful and rare. The trip up (last Wednesday) was incredibly windy up to Redding (4-wheel drive for the wind, no less), then the Summit was great, and then mystery snow for quite awhile but no accumulation. My brother's family had to sit in it, but they were stuck-- his wife worked until about noon on Thursday, so they couldn't leave earlier.

The frozen fog, though, that was a surprise. Eugene is plagued with it (they call it "black ice," and it's a major local phenomenon), but I was out both on the prior evening and morning in just a sweater to load the car, and it didn't seem that cold! Why's the latch stuck? Oh. It's crackled over with ice. Huh.
wrldpossibility: faithwrldpossibility on January 3rd, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
We used to get black ice in the Sierras, when I lived above Tahoe. It can be nasty! Looking forward to the hedgehog info! lol.
happybug on January 3rd, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
*pets* you must be exhausted! i was at home with just my immediate family and that alone made me crawl into bed early.

Hedgehog! aww!!! i'm surprised your kids didn't ask if they could keep any! I still ask my mom if we can take half the puppies home when we visit a pet store!

....whats a pfeferrneus house?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 3rd, 2008 07:45 am (UTC)
i was at home with just my immediate family and that alone made me crawl into bed early.
:D I hear you. At the peak, there were three dogs and fourteen people in this 1400-square-foot house, and my husband kept sneaking off to the bedroom to hide.

Hedgehog! aww!!! i'm surprised your kids didn't ask if they could keep any!
Christopher wanted one immediately, which was no surprise. But his Dad had to leave the shed about 5 minutes in because the hedgies kicked off an allergy attack, which is kind of an answer in itself. Also, they might be banned in California (because what isn't? Honestly).

....whats a pfeferrneus house?
It's exactly like a gingerbread house, but it's made with pfefferneus cookie panels instead of gingerbread panels, and they taste MUCH better. Plus, my sister likes them chewy (they're usually crisp), so her pfefferneus houses are irresistible. Damn them!
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on January 4th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
*pokey*
I just wanted to give a potential heads up/have a question. Was boyan_fraser among the people who signed up for the fic exchange? Because there have been accusations of plagiarism/imposterism against that user.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 4th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
Re: *pokey*
Sorry, I've been in and out with errands for the last few days (mostly out), and now we're having big storms and intermittent power failures today (and I hope not through the weekend). :(

No to your question, but I'm glad you pointed it out just in case! :)