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17 March 2008 @ 01:18 pm
And Blogging To Do Before I Sleep  
This weekend was acostilow's birthday-- yay! I hope you have a wonderful year ahead of you!

At home, there was painting (but no finishing), kids overnight at grandmother's (it's been YEARS) and thus a Chinese-food picnic in the living room with movies, and the viewing of The Martian Child and Becoming Jane. Really liked the former-- which I'd feared would become maudlin and/or predictable at some point but never did-- and the latter was nice. I always enjoy Anne Hathaway, and James McAvoy was very appealing. Now, how you cast a movie in which NONE of the Austen siblings or parents remotely resemble each other is beyond me. Doesn't that defeat the purpose of casting minor roles?

The kids had mini-basketball playoffs on Sunday. Lauren's team went into OT against a team that hadn't won a game all season (horrifying), but finally won (championship game in 2 weeks). Christopher's team won their first playoff game but lost their second to an undefeated team loaded with gigantic fourth graders and coached by someone who coaches for a living (perhaps unfair). That was Christopher's team's worst loss all season (though to the team that's probably going to win the the championship). Christopher is not a terribly good player-- tenacious defense, okay on offense. He surprised us by coming from nowhere to steal a pass, and I couldn't figure out why. On the way home, he explained that he'd decoded one of the other team's plays, and ignored his matchup player because he knew the ball was coming up the middle. When it did, he was right there to catch it. How bizarre!

Mini pity-party: Wonder if I'd feel better if I just took spn_themes off my "watch" list? I keep seeing recs for categories of fics I've written but have never yet been mentioned for a single one of those, even in the comments. It gets depressing after awhile!

Random signs of adulthood (lines above to the contrary): I used to hate those rice-cracker Asian snacks when I was a kid (they always looked like they'd taste sweet, but didn't). Not only do I like them now, I'm marginally addicted to wasabi peas. :0

Blogstuffs for gatheringlight and lampshade_days and aeroport_art have not been forgotten...


 
 
 
I can read Sam's mindwendy on March 17th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
You can add your own fic in comments on spn_themes. The point is to find new stuff, so if people are missing you, give them a chance to FIND you.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 17th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
You can add your own fic in comments on spn_themes.

Really? I thought that was a "no self-pimping," but perhaps that's the theme-oriented posts at spn_roundtable instead. I've struck out on both so far, months later, though I've had some stuff by other people to add in-- but I'm never sure if they update the posts then.

The point is to find new stuff, so if people are missing you, give them a chance to FIND you.
Now, THIS is a good theory. :)
The Grammarian about whom your mother warned you.acostilow on March 17th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Thank you, but you spelled my name wrong. :D

*hugs* Thanks, love. *mwah*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 17th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
Ahahahah! I was in such a hurry to make sure I mentioned it that I typoed it instead. *is lame*

Many happy returns! I'll drabble for you if nothing else comes up sooner...
The Grammarian about whom your mother warned you.acostilow on March 17th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
Yay! PORN. :D
elanurel: River Bookelanurel on March 17th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
Wonder if I'd feel better if I just took spn_themes off my "watch" list? I keep seeing recs for categories of fics I've written but have never yet been mentioned for a single one of those, even in the comments. It gets depressing after awhile!

I tried this with a couple of rec comms...and then ended up checking them out anyway on the relevant days, so in my case it only served to make it worse.

Then again, we know my brain has its own issues. ;-P
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 17th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
Then again, we know my brain has its own issues. ;-P

:D Mine's just building more over time, especially as I get pulled in too many directions.

At one time, and this seems laughable now, I used to have a good memory. Once we had our first child, I discovered that I couldn't even remember where I parked the car each night at the office, so I have to park in the same vicinity every day as a form of self-defense. ;)
elanurelelanurel on March 18th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
At one time, and this seems laughable now, I used to have a good memory.

Me, too. Now I have notes scribbled all over the place for things like "what I need to do for chores" and very silly stuff. My doctor says part of it might be hypomania but...I've been doing it for a lot longer than those symptoms cropped up. ;-P
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 18th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
My doctor says part of it might be hypomania but...I've been doing it for a lot longer than those symptoms cropped up. ;-P
I started it in High School, when there was more to do (deadline-wise and otherwise) than I'd likely remember.

And I tell you, when I've been depressed, I've really needed those lists because of the brain-fog problem.

Perhaps it's the 180 of what your doctor thinks. Or, I'm secretly bipolar. In which case, I want the mania half of the deal.
elanurelelanurel on March 19th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
I am, sad to say, living a double life. At work, I'm the SuperOrganized_PM!Branni. Outside of work, I'm a forgetful schlub, hence the manic list making so I don't forget a thing. ;-P

And mania's kind of odd. Lots of people get really cool highs, apparently. I get irritable - which apparently doesn't restrain me from writing until 4:00 AM. Have no idea as to the quality, though...
Deadbeat Nymph: dean white ferris wheeldeadbeat_nymph on March 17th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
I love wasabi peas!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 17th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
Do you? I thought you were afraid of spicy food!

I find horseradish itself to be a little bit much, but Chinese mustard (in moderation) and wasabi peas? Cannot. Resist. :0
Deadbeat Nymph: sam dean one for sammydeadbeat_nymph on March 17th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
Do you? I thought you were afraid of spicy food!

Me? No! Where did you hear that? I am so not opposed to spicy food at all. I adore it. I want to marry it. I recognize that there are types of hot that I just can't handle (yet). I can generally go pretty far beyond 'white people hot'. (One of my best friends when I was around 12 told me that, while I may like 'hot', I was not allowed to try 'that sauce' because it wasn't 'white people hot'. We came to a consensus that I was allowed to smell it, and if that was okay, I could try it. She was right; I was wrong. But I've come a long way since then.)

A few summers ago, I broke through to a new level of hot. It was sweltering outside for weeks without a break (high 90s, past 100 a few times). Cooking was impossible. Everyday, I ate only salads, and I would make these salads based around chilies. I ended up eating fresh Thai peppers and even the occasional habanero chile the way I ate tomatoes and cucumbers. *ggglaaaahhh*

I'm still working my way up to straight up scotch bonnet peppers, but I can enjoy them in sauces.

I find horseradish itself to be a little bit much, but Chinese mustard (in moderation) and wasabi peas? Cannot. Resist. :0

I have some sort of aversion to the common white horseradish that's popular in NA. It might just be psychological. But I love wasabi. *shrugs*
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on March 18th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
Chris can read people. It's a valuable skill.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 18th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
This one I think was reading player positioning-- which his John Madden football has helped him with even though it's a different sport.

Our team had perhaps 2-3 plays they knew and worked on (because they're mostly 3rd graders, all 8 or 9 years old). This other team... at least 7-8 plays, and parts of some of the plays were "decoy moves," which is one of the things he decoded. His matchup player running into the corner was a decoy-- that player was never an active part of the play.

When I look at the sophistication of that team vs. ours, I'm amazed they didn't beat us worse. :0