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24 November 2009 @ 01:44 pm
 
Big thanks to all who shared their Sam, Dean, Jensen, and Jared pics with me in this post over the weekend. It was a fandom swap meet, and I've saved off prettiness to replace the pics I lost!

Pimpage, because I know some of my f-listers will be interested in this: Sign-ups for the first SPN femmeslash exchange at spn_fs_exchange are open. Hurry, before you miss your chance!

I'm still battling the cold from last week, which never really got fierce but is still trying to creep into my lungs. I biked in the garage on Sunday instead of running, because stuff would repeatedly settle at the top of my lungs, and that's no good when you need the big airflow. I could have biked outdoors, but we burned up our daylight by running off to a matinee of The Blind Side after the kids left with their aunt for the Bay Area. We enjoyed the movie, and it'll be okay for Christopher (though I warned him to shut his eyes and ears during one scene in particular).

I also prowled around Etsy a lot, looking at penguin-related things (my weakness). Lots of cute zippered pouches, though I can't think of anyone with a real need for one of those. I found a penguin Nativity Set, a penguin sitting on a Star Of David, a Zombie Penguin Popsicle (no idea why someone would make that, but you HAVE to look anyway), and Dead Penguins Are Superstars (I have no explanation for that one). o_O

anteka also just posted up these Olive Penguin Appetizers, which are almost too cute to eat. But darned if I don't covet them!

Still turning over Christmas gift ideas in my head. If it seems like I'm skipping Thanksgiving, it's because we're kind of not doing that this year. The kids will be having an actual Thanksgiving feast at their aunt's, and we'll be vegging out and resting. Had the kids stayed here, I was seriously considering Chinese Food, because HSH is our cook and he won't be up to eating anything let alone making it (Chemo #7 of 8 is today). So mentally, I'm started the Christmas flailing a little early and hoping to have it finished early too, just to remove some of the stress. I wind up doing almost all the shopping for everyone as it is (including HSH's relatives), and it wipes me out. I do have an unusual gift for Lauren, though, randomly discovered at a mall shop she dragged me into: a lemon-scented candle. I had one of those as a pre-teen (I think it was a gift from my older sister), and I could not get enough of it. Loved the smell! Apparently Lauren does too. Just have to track one down now...

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The Good, The Bad and The Lana: smilie priyankathelana on November 24th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
OMG, those penguin links! *adorable*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Happy Hedgiehalfshellvenus on November 24th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
Aren't those cute? The Olive Appetizers are killing me. I'm torn between wanting to cuddle them, and have them march straight into my mouth.

I keep meaning to scan one of the calendar pages from the Penguin Calendar I got last year as part of an LJ gift exchange that pamalax ran. The "July" picture was these two sleek penguins behind their fuzzy, ratty-looking baby, and that baby was NOT cute. It was as if someone had foisted a space alien off on those penguin parents, and they'd never realized. :0

Edited at 2009-11-24 10:03 pm (UTC)
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: CookieOoh!badboy_fangirl on November 24th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
What scene in the Blindside are you talking about? We saw it over the weekend. I just wondered what scene you felt was inappropriate. I liked it--it was a very feel-good movie, and it's nice to know that good things happen to people like that. I thought real life Big Mike was really handsome too.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 25th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
I just wondered what scene you felt was inappropriate.
Not so much inappropriate as overly intense and scary for Christopher.

It was the scene where Big Mike goes into the apartment of the project drug dealer, and things escalate and the dealer flashes his gun and there's this explosion of anger that winds up knocking over a crib with a baby in it. I just think that will prove to be "too much" for Christopher. I was very pleased that all the drugs/sex were mostly implied and not heavily emphasized, because he really does want to see that movie and if it's too much then I have to veto it.

The pictures of real life Big Mike and the Tuohy family were wonderful-- so expressive, so full of love, such a testament to hope. And he IS handsome, which never hurts a person in the long run!
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: Jack Lucybadboy_fangirl on November 25th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's the only scene in the whole movie that really scared me too--I mean I knew that they guy got drafted into the NFL, so i knew he didn't die or anything, but it still scared me a little. It's so interesting that he could come from such an awful place and just be a gentle giant.

I always like to hear what parents deem too much for their kids (and granted every kid is different), but I often don't even think about it since I've never had to screen for kids. So it's interesting to me.
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on November 25th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
You're thinking about Xmas now? Amateur. Mother starts in the Boxing Day sales.

Everyone else starts in August.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on November 25th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
You're thinking about Xmas now? Amateur. Mother starts in the Boxing Day sales.

Everyone else starts in August.


:D I generally refuse on principal to start much before Thanksgiving, because it ruins the spirit of the holiday for me.

Bad enough that it wollops the stores here the day after Halloween now (though signs of it are evident in September).
Princess Robot Bubblegum!: fit - swimmer Amanda Beard 3astrothsknot on November 25th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
As soon as the ghosts are away here the CHristmas trees go up in the shops. I'm trying to stay out of Poundland, because I can't stop buying stuff in there. I go in for a yoga DVD and come out with about £20 worth of stuff.

THEY WON'T BAN ME. EVIL BASTARDS.

All my shopping's done bar some odds and sods. I feel so virtuous.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 25th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
What's Poundland? What do they offer?

All my shopping's done bar some odds and sods. I feel so virtuous.
Wow. Also the rewards of a small family. ;) I have 4 sibs and my husband has 3, and thank goodness the adults "mostly" don't exchange gifts anymore because that is beyond stressful. None of us needs anything or wants anything-- I have a hard enough time figuring out what to get HSH or finding things for him to give me!

So how well HAVE you hidden away that video game for Stewart?
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on November 25th, 2009 08:36 am (UTC)
It's completely in plain sight. He won't touch it, because GOD is watching. Plus the PS3 is in the living room, so it's not like he can sneak off to play it.

Poundland is a poundshop. It has one price for everything, a pound. It sells everything, it's a chemist come supermarket and other odds and sods, like DVDs. I picked up the entire White Lotus Foundation yoga DVDs for a pound each DVD and the entire series of Steve-O's series for a pound. You can't go into poundland without buying something and it's usually not just ONE THING.

OH WHY WON'T THEY BAN ME???
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 25th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
Poundland is a poundshop. It has one price for everything, a pound. It sells everything, it's a chemist come supermarket and other odds and sods, like DVDs.

Oh, it's like Dollar Tree, or the 99-Ccent Store here!

Though you might get some slightly better-quality stuff for the price of a pound than a dollar.

*koff* Yes, I have been known to frequent such places far too often. I have occasionaly left without buying anything, but more often than not I buy more than I planned to. :0
cindy: penguins - the big chill (by rjcardinal)tsuki_no_bara on November 25th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
i love the penguin nativity. this time of year i always briefly consider starting to collect odd nativity scenes - i've seen a rubber duckie nativity and a squid nativity - but then i remember that christmas isn't actually my holiday and that might be weird. but the penguin mary and joseph and the three wise penguins are ADORABLE.

the olive penguins just make me hungry....
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Laugh SPNhalfshellvenus on November 25th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
Haha! Squid nativity? I'd love to see that!

Christmas is a thoroughly pagan holiday for me, since I'm agnostic, so the only nativity sets I have were given to us-- one to my husband (his family's set), and the other a nearly microscopic set from my sister (c/o The Oriental Trading Company). The Penguin one cracks me up, though.

the olive penguins just make me hungry....
Me too, and then I feel bad for thinking that. :0
Maramara_snh on November 25th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
I'm actually a Pagan. One of the things I remember most fondly from my Catholic upbringing was a nativity scene that my parents bought the first year they were married, in 1946. It had a wind-up music box built into it -- which played "Blow the Man Down"! It was such a riot every year. No wonder I went bad ;-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Xmas Penguinhalfshellvenus on November 25th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
Hahaha! How gloriously inappropriate! I can see why that would be fun(ny). :D

My parents are also agnostic, so Christmas was always a non-religious holiday at our house, but very much a family holiday, with LOTS of decorations.

Well, that was my mother's side of it. My father's side eventually led to the pathetic plastic tree I blogged about awhile back, where eventually some of the branch ends had to be wrapped in duct-tape to keep from falling apart. Nothing says "holiday spirit" like stringing stuff together with duct tape. ;)
Deadbeat Nymph: dean nosedeadbeat_nymph on November 25th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
My father's side eventually led to the pathetic plastic tree I blogged about awhile back, where eventually some of the branch ends had to be wrapped in duct-tape to keep from falling apart. Nothing says "holiday spirit" like stringing stuff together with duct tape. ;)

Hey! Was your father John Winchester? Methinks you've been holding out on us... ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on November 25th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
He kind of was, in that he moved us far too frequently (4 towns and 5 houses before I left for college) for no really good reason, and he always managed to rationalize choices that HE wanted to do as "not being a real problem for any of the family."

Believe me, if you have a shy kid, moving them multiple times and also isolating them in areas where there are no other kids around has a negative effect.

The tree thing, though... My father has this problem of "not seeing the forest for the trees" (here, literally). He is very detail-oriented (obsessed), and often cannot step back and see the big picture. So he'd be left at "Well, the tree fits together now" and never make it to "My god, we're celebrating Christmas every year with a plastic tree, and it's a defective plastic tree." :0
Deadbeat Nymph: sammy nosedeadbeat_nymph on November 25th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
Oh my! Did you see that the seller of the penguin Nativity set has hedgehog sets, too? HEDGEHOGS!

And, as always, best wishes to you and HSH during this time. *hugs*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Happy Hedgiehalfshellvenus on November 25th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
Wait. WHAT?!?

*rushes over to look*

That might just actually make me cave and buy something. :0

I still have to look at the "Owl" offerings, because both my mother and Lauren like cute owls (though my father spends a lot of his time trying to squelch my mother's love of just about everything, I swear).

HEDGEHOGS!