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30 September 2008 @ 06:08 pm
e-shopping for the masses  
I'm verging on eye-bleed from looking at wallpaper borders to redo the one in Lauren's room. It's been two weeks off and on, and I was about to order until I remeasured her border height just to be sure (good thing-- I was wrong the first time). So it's back to the 'Net again. *sigh* I really appreciate websites that separate borders from wallpaper and don't make me wade through BOTH, and one of them even has border height as a restriction. Though since they have hundreds of borders, that only helps a little.

Let me say, there's a lot of ugly/kitschy/screamy/precious stuff out there. Also, far too much tan/brown-- I could eliminate half of all decorating choices of ANY KIND if I could restrict for "not brown" and "not tan."

I've pretty much run out of good slash to read for Chuck, Iron Man and the Phelps/Lochte RPS stuff. I've found very little Chuck slash that I can tolerate-- the vast majority of it is written by someone who has a distinctly British narrative (which ruins it for me), and much of the rest is incoherent. For Iron Man, there's a lot of the British again, and also very little fully mutual Tony/Rhodey (it's almost angry-sex, and I can only stand so much of that). But there were also a couple of those first-time-gay-sex-encounters with one of the guys immediately begging for the buttsex, which is OOC for virtually any guy. And the Phelps/Lochte stuff has almost dried up in favor of femmeslash (no) or a choice between needs-a-beta or thirteen-year-old-girly-OMG-let's-write-lovey-poems! fiction. *hurk*

So I remind myself that 1)House is on tonight, and 2)That does not mean forgetting to DVR The Mentalist, and 3)I haven't drabbled in awhile, so it's probably time to tackle a prompt or two.

And randomly, perusing wallpaper (and its recurring Disney themes) reminds me that my kids are now 9 and 11, and have yet to see Bambi. I still don't think they're old enough, honestly. Christopher is still in pain after watching Radio at my sister's house, and Lauren couldn't handle E.T.. So, no Bambi yet. Wonder if they'd be able to take Dumbo by now?

ETA: So, I double-checked the last wallpaper site, and I'd restricted it by border height and Children's themes, and there were still 36 pages with 120 images each. Given that... how many kids want their rooms decorated with all those kitchen themes? And how many people overall will find a serious need for two different styles of lobster-themed borders?!?

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mercurybard on October 1st, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
Oh, god, Dumbo scared the crap out of me--that scene where he's stoned and hallucinating with the bubble elephants. *shudders* And, of course, the mom dying.

And I hated The Little Mermaid because of the scene where the prow of ship goes into Ursula. And, also, I thought Prince Eric was the biggest dumbass.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 1st, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
And, of course, the mom dying.
Wait, does the mother die? I thought she was just punished by the circus-master? We used to have the book, and it was sad enough.

My husband bought the original Babar book years ago for the kids, and there's a wrinkly green elephant in it who I believe is dying from being poisoned! I remember thinking that was a bit harsh for a children's book.

That was before I found a rarely-known Beatrix Potter book at an antique shop, where the bunny gets his tail shot off by a hunter (because he missed actually killing the rabbit). :0
mercurybard on October 1st, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
*looks at Wikipedia* Ok, maybe she doesn't die. I just hated the scene where she's punished then.

Old children's stories are so curel and creepy. I find them fascinating now.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 1st, 2008 07:48 am (UTC)
They ARE fascinating, though I've had to preview them before reading to the kids. Not such a problem now as when they were younger-- holy moley, the stuff that used to catch me by surprise when they were really little. :0
she said mysteriously: are you a weed?resounding_echo on October 1st, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
I think Dumbo is way more heartwrenching than Bambi, personally.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 1st, 2008 07:49 am (UTC)
They're both probably too much for the kids-- I'm hearing a lot of "No" votes on both from other people too!
she said mysteriouslyresounding_echo on October 1st, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
Mine's not a no-vote. But then, I'm probably an advocate for exposing children fairly young, provided there's discussion afterwards.

When I was little I used to watch Bambi over and over. And I mean in the same day--I would rewind it, and then watch it again immediately. Sad, yes, but ends on a hopeful note. Dumbo ends happily too, I guess, but it scared me. It's loud, racist, scary with fire and clown makeup, and when they lock Dumbo's mother up? Oh, even more terrifying when Bambi's mother died. But then my three year old niece doesn't think Dumbo's scary at all. :shrug:
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on October 1st, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
Our kids have inherited what you might call my "empathy overload" problem.

I.e., 'sadness' is very hard on them. The over-identify with the person who's feeling sad, and it stays with them strongly. Lauren was devastated at age 5 by "Piglet's Big Movie" (of all things), because Piglet has a memory book of his adventures with his friends and it's mistakenly used as a 'map' of how to find missing Piglet and gets destroyed in the process. She just couldn't get over the loss of something so sentimental and precious that could never be recreated, no matter what. When we got home from the movie, she made a memory book of her own for Piglet.

It's probably telling that I don't find any of that strange. :0

So, the meanness and unfairness of what happens to Dumbo's mother is likely to bother them. But it might be easier than deadBambiMom.

It's hard to say! I remember the second "Lilo and Stitch" movie really bothering Lauren, because Stitch's programming went wrong and he was being naughty all the time even when he didn't want to. She couldn't handle that at all.
she said mysteriouslyresounding_echo on October 1st, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
I don't find it strange either; not common perhaps, but not strange. Would that all people felt so strongly for others, you know?

I guess the reason Bambi seems less traumatic is that is happens so quickly and its end is so abrupt. Once you realize mom's dead, the dad's there and is very "get over it" about it. Not that this is a good thing, but the winter scene doesn't last long and before you know it it's spring and Bambi has aged. Where Bambi tries to cover a lot of time, showing both joy and sadness, Dumbo seems to be about suffering--a short period of time in which those enslaved are first separated and then exploited. You know Dumbo's mother is there some few hundred feet away and yet Dumbo cannot get to her. Death may be final, but there's little hope in this situation. Hence, much more traumatic to my psyche. ;)
Gretagretazreta on October 1st, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
Dumbo turns out okay, but that whole angry mother in prison part is pretty devastating. Disney is FULL OF DEATH AND BAD THINGS.

I had a kid at the DVD store ask me the other day "Are there any animal movies with happy endings" and I really had to think about that for a long time. WTF Disney?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on October 1st, 2008 07:51 am (UTC)
A movie reviewer friend once finally got into full tirade mode about, specifically, Disney and mothers. Taking the history of most Disney movies, the recurring message was one of children being separated from their mothers (usually because the mothers were killed!) and trying to find their way toward survival and true self.

After "Lilo and Stich," I think (both parents dead! Whoo-hoo!) he was very ready for Disney to find some other motivation for its characters than dead/missing mothers.

And the man definitely had a point. :0
frostian: coffee breakfrostian on October 1st, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
Hey, do you need borders? I have less-than-zero art skills so I bought removable decals from Blik. It's just so damn cool and I actually looked craft-y when I was done decorating the baby's room!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 1st, 2008 07:53 am (UTC)
What I'm actually doing (and this could turn out to be a huge mistake, but we'll see) is looking for a border that is at least as large as the current one to just wallpaper over the top of it. Ideally, one about the same size.

Because the alternative is to steam the first one off (but not the wallpaper underneath it!) and put the new one on. That seems like it could go very bad in other ways. :0

I can recommend stencils or those shaped paint stamps (Michael's sells them) if you find yourself decorating other areas for the kids too-- if you make a mistake, you paint the background color over them. That's my kind of artistry!
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on October 1st, 2008 07:13 am (UTC)
I despair at the current state of fanfic. And what the hell is it about writers that they can fucking culture hop?

Dean doesn't open the BONNET of the Impala, he looks under the HOOD. Grrrr!

Now excuse me, I need brain bleach after some really crap Reese/Crews.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 1st, 2008 08:00 am (UTC)
I despair at the current state of fanfic. And what the hell is it about writers that they can fucking culture hop?

You know, one of the biggest problems I've seen (I really should code that Brit->American thingy and post it) is people whose first language is NOT English at all. The nuances of different flavors of English are really not as obvious to them, and hence the mixing can be atrocious. The very British writing I'm seeing for Chuck appears to be by someone who might be Asian, in fact.

And the in-need-of-beta stuff... missing words, WRONG words (but the spellchecker happily filled in a nearby word!), mixed tenses, and so on... it just starts to seem incoherent after awhile.

The OOC stuff is also painful. I read one chapter of Lochte/Phelps that was verging on being a tad too emo for the characters, but I thought the writer would come around in the later chapters. Oh, was I ever wrong. The next chapter featured the lengthy love poem accidentally discovered by the true love, plus a big emo-fight (I left a review about the poem being a bit much for adult men), and the final chapter was tears and girly admissions of deep emotions from like forever and then the "I want you inside of me now" instant-buttsex-longing. I bailed in horror, and went back to delete my review of chapter 2. Oh, the horror.

Presently, most of the Lochte/Phelps is by that author (who has become quite prolific suddenly). :0

But, on the fun side, your icon cracks me up mightily. Especially the little accountant suit and overcoat detail!