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20 February 2009 @ 10:41 am
Birthday greetings and other randomness!  
It's the delightful dotfic's birthday today! I hope you're having a wonderful time, and that you will be appropriate caked and feted by those around you. And if you'd like a drabble, please leave me some prompts in the comments below! ♥

Onto the random. First, a hilarious video that astrothsknot posted up yesterday, called Spiders On Drugs. I totally bought into it at the beginning. :D

I have the day off today, so HalfshellHusband and I are going to have a movie date tonight while the kids are still at their aunt's. We tried to see International on Monday, but HSH got sick in the parking lot and we had to turn back (one of his current medications causes this). However, we did have a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner, and over the weekend we watched some Burn Notice S2 (thank you, Torrent!), and some Robot Chicken (I liked this more than HSH, sorry to say).

We re-watched Cold Comfort Farm, and Rufus Sewell so was and is my type. ;). The movie features a very young Kate Beckinsale (she got much prettier with age) as Flora, and oddly enough I found that character nearly insufferable this time around. I don't remember feeling that way when we watched the movie years ago in the theater. In fact, what I principally remember from before is Rufus Sewell, the old man polishing his cows, and "I saw something nasty in the woodshed." Which was enough to go on for reviewing, let me tell you!

Mid-week we also watched Be Kind, Rewind, thanks to a Netflix recommendation. Oh my god—what a bizarrely fun movie! I'm not a big Jack Black fan (he overdoes his schtick far too readily for me), but the description of "Two guys accidentally erase everything in a video store while the boss is away, and create their own versions of famous movies instead" was such a hook that I couldn't resist trying it out. The Mike&Jerry versions of the movies (and the filming process) were utterly cracktastic, and I definitely wanted more of that. I could watch the filming of "not!Ghostbusters" again and again. :D

In other life news, I made it to 140 today (haven't seen this weight in over 2 years!). 20 more pounds to go, though I'll have a few more clothing choices at around 130. I'm crossing my fingers that the next ten pounds will not take months and months to lose. :0

We're still waiting on our mortgage refinancing to complete. Honestly, as repeat customers, you'd think it wouldn't still take 6+ weeks for this! Part of the impatience is that we have to return about $20K in Disability Insurance money (the paying company did not listen when my husband told them that he was also receiving SSI), AND we need to buy a car soon. But we can't lay out those kinds of expenditures until after the refi completes, because the mortgage company will freak. We had to write a letter explaining a credit check that happened to be from the competing mortgage refinancer I was considering! Sheesh.

Speaking of cars... we're looking mostly at Honda and Toyata sedans, in the range of 2-5 years old. Any experience with those, particularly the rear passenger leg room and trunk room?

Tomorrow: Girl Scout Cookie deliveries allll day long, as soon as Lauren gets back. And rain yet again on Sunday. :0

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JJ: pink flowerjolietjones on February 20th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
Hello you! Just a quick fly-by comment on the car thing. We had a Toyota about 15 years ago. I think it was a Corolla hatchback, can't remember, but I do remember that it was super-reliable and did just what it said it would. No problems.

*waves and dashes off*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 20th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
We've had Toyotas in the past (my favorite, for reliability).

When we tried the Corolla back in 1993 (!), my husband was too tall to fit into it. But he'd had a Tercel before that, so we're hoping that was a fluke. :0
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on February 20th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
How tall are you? And more weight? Fuckin' A!!!!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 20th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
I'm just under 5'6". But I have a small frame, so 130 is heavier than I like.

How's the dieting going for you? Is the weather better yet?

It rained for a solid week here, and I got out to bike for the first time in ages on Weds. Plan to go again today, and then by Sunday... more rain. :(
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on February 20th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
It's been lovely all week, so we've been walking - he's got a puncture. He went off with his grandad at 9.30 this morning (Mum's off crafting all weekend and Stewart decided he was stopping with Dad tonight, so he wouldn't be lonely. He's very close to his grandad) and I go to get my bike. It's pissing down.

I'm not looking at my wieght until 1st April. I'm just concentrating on getting my condition back for this 6 week cycle.

I walked into my training session instead. And back. I got wet.
My tampons exploded out their box.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 21st, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
I'm not looking at my wieght until 1st April. I'm just concentrating on getting my condition back for this 6 week cycle.
That sounds like a smart approach. I'm tracking my weight at SparkPeople, but not my measurements. The news was already bad enough about the starting weight-- I didn't want to depress myself further by knowing what the measurements had gotten up to as well!

I got wet. My tampons exploded out their box.
Is it inappropriate to laugh? Too late, I think-- hahahaha! Well, at least they were fulfilling their intended purpose. Just at entirely the wrong time. :0
getting the chocolate in the peanut butter: spn:j2:laughingdotfic on February 20th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
Yay, thank you for the birthday wishes!

If you are feeling drabbleish, some Sam&Dean gen where they are not in in hell, dying, dead, bleeding, beating each other up, drunk, or crying would be lovely. Maybe where they are being snarky and kickass and being a team?
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 23rd, 2009 07:17 am (UTC)
Yes! I hope you are too. We miss you around here. :D
mooyoomooyoo on February 22nd, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
I really, really liked Be Kind, Rewind. The whole premise is kind of really silly, but it's so charming and sweet, and the fake movies really were the best part, I could've watched so much more of those. So funny. Plus, on a completely superficial level, the setting reminded me so much of where I grew up in NJ.

Congrats on the weight loss! How are you doing it? I've been doing Weight Watchers and working out a ton, so it's been pretty much all I'm thinking about and focused on lately. I've always been terrible at dieting but I finally got to the point where I can be committed to it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 23rd, 2009 07:23 am (UTC)
but it's so charming and sweet, and the fake movies really were the best part, I could've watched so much more of those.
Oh, me too. I wanted more detail there, more Sweded-up scenes from the fake movies as they were being filmed. The Robocop costume (with the oven rack chest piece) was priceless!

For the weight loss, which I've been TRYING to do for all of the 9 years since Christopher was born, the only thing I've changed are
1) giving up sugar (a huge thing for me, because it's so addictive and because my low blood sugar issues make me crave it constantly),
2) tracking my eating via the Spark People food diary, and
3) trying to get a full 8 hours of sleep.

The exercise (all the vast quantities of it) and everything else are the same, but it's 1&3 that have really helped. Although #2 made me see that I needed to increase my fat intake a little.

I'm glad Weight Watchers is working for you! The weather would be the biggest factor where you live, though if you've got gym access or solid indoor exercise then you've conquered the hard part. Snow climates can really be tough.