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04 August 2010 @ 11:16 pm
Mini-update  
There wasn't much writing last weekend (typical, nowadays). After 3 weekends away, I was forced to confront the runaway yard. Lots of weeding, pruning (yes, it's a 4-season activity!), and tidying in preparation for Sunday company.

Saturday night HalfshellHusband and I saw Salt, since Iron Man 2 wasn't showing at a good time. 'Salt' was entertaining, even if you could see the ending coming a mile away. HSH thinks Angelina Jolie looks too much like a model for these action roles (though that's how she got her start, really), and I think she's too scrawny. She needs at least 10 more pounds to look like she has any believable strength or stamina. True last summer (Wanted), still true now.

Sunday, we had a friend and her son over, old acquaintances from Christopher's preschool days. The mother's job is about to be outsourced overseas, though fortunately she's eligible for long-term disability and needs to pull back from full-time work anyway. *sigh* I want better health and peace of mind for her—a new kidney, and the ability to not have to worry about the "what ifs" that plague any parent (but single parents most of all). :(

If you haven't signed an organ donor card yet for your state/province/country, please consider doing so, and please spread the word among friends and acquaintances. /PSA

Afterward, we got the kids ready for camp, which is always MUCH more work than I anticipate. They left on Monday for two different camps (overlapping them was the only way I could get control of our summer schedule). It's nice having some quiet to ourselves, though I'm spending too much of it doing online birthday shopping and planning their parties (both in August).

Which means I have this to share with you, courtesy of Christopher's LEGO interests: Mutant Shark Warrior (independent of playset context, this guy is awesome), Manta Warrior (ditto), Squid Warrior (at the bottom of this $100 playset, and he canNOT be bought separately, which hacks me off), and (seriously) random zombie minifigure with turkey drumstick and attack shovel! \o/

And before you ask, yes, I've been looking at the pirate playsets. They're not on Christopher's birthday list, but they're pirate LEGOs. Need I say more?

 
 
 
Maerhys: • autumn girlmaerhys on August 5th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
Yes to organ donation. It's crucial. -sigh-

We have the pirate LEGO set because my kid is 32 and needs his toys. They are actually a lot of fun.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Spring Dreamshalfshellvenus on August 5th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
Yes to organ donation. It's crucial. -sigh-

I don't want any of my family or friends to _die_, but at the same time... by niece's life was saved by a liver donation (Cystic Fibrosis destroyed hers), and my brother is a Type I diabetic who now has one of his wife's kidneys after kidney failure came after him.

We can't control our deaths, but we can control helping others if that awful event should occur!

As for LEGOs... I gave my niece a Pirate Island LEGO set some 14 years ago, when those came out. My younger sister and I were flailing over the phone one day about the LEGOs of our time (white, black, gray, blue, and brown, some wheels if you were lucky, no people/doors/features of any kind) vs. the then-current (we said with one breath) Pirate Island LEGOs!

I'm not sure LEGOs could be more awesome than Pirate, Harry Potter, and freaky undersea monsters! \o/
cindytsuki_no_bara on August 5th, 2010 03:10 pm (UTC)
i love the mutant shark minifig! it's even shark week. :D

your tags make it look like one of them is "humor me". hee.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on August 5th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
I love all three of the undersea creatures I showed, but the shark is by far the most awesome! In his "natural" environment, he also has a trident. \o/
cindytsuki_no_bara on August 5th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
what he really needs is a swimmer to eat. :D

also! embroiderama and elanurel said yes to roommating for wincon! so now we have a place to sleep. (i emailed them last night and totally forgot to copy you on it. >.< )
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on August 5th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
what he really needs is a swimmer to eat. :D

They provide him with a couple of divers from time-to-time, including the one in this set that I'm getting Christopher. That big sea-rig is no match for a Mutant Shark with a Trident, nosirree!

Good news on the roommate situation, expecially since the airfare adds up (and the travel time is going to be a pain). :0

Edited for spelling, since I'm falling asleep at my desk. :0

Edited at 2010-08-05 06:48 pm (UTC)
the key of the day and the lock of the night: Sunflowerlocknkey on August 5th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
My kid - 5 - thinks he world revolves around Legos. It's seriously annoying when they want something that can't be purchased separately. We did get a bunch of the Star Wars stuff in magnet sets - the figures can be removed \0/ he's bucking for the Death Star. Not going to happen at $400.

Mom wants the architectural sets rather badly. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on August 5th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
Christopher and I have talked about this no end, because it's really frustrating.

LEGOs are primarily marketed to children, but they are PRICED as if eBay-happy adults are the main consumers.

Seriously, what kid wouldn't want the Death Star, and what (normal) parent would pay $400?

I pretty much want everything I see at Amazon in the LEGO department-- the Duplo Sea World playset (or whatever that is) that is for the younger set anyway (but it has a penguin!), everything freaky from the Atlantis set, the whole skeleton set, all of the Pirate stuff, most of the Castle/Kingdom stuff, and the Medieval Market and other glorious things. Not to mention Hogwarts!

We have a couple of randomly inherited Pirate figures, and something Christopher calls "Rogue Harry Potter," but mostly it's the Creator stuff, Star Wars, and recently there's been some Dwarf Mining Colony and Troll Wagon additions.

I need that Mutant Shark. It's pathetic how much I want it!
the key of the day and the lock of the night: WeeSamDean2B&Wlocknkey on August 6th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
LEGOs are primarily marketed to children, but they are PRICED as if eBay-happy adults are the main consumers. Thomas was just as bad before this - it's becasue parents are susceptible to big eyes, sweet smiles and constant nagging. :)

That shark is very cute! I have a thing for the dragons.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on August 6th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
Thomas was just as bad before this
We actually solved a lot of that problem by buying generic wooden train sets with compatible track, and a few of the engines and an occasional Thomas feature.

Target had a fantastic generic set around Christmas one year with about 7 bridges, a station, a crossing, trees, circus animals, a few road signs, etc., for about $30.

We are, of course, hoarding all that stuff for the grandkids now (in about, oh, 20 years). Three large storage boxes worth!

I have a thing for the dragons.
I know the "Castle" LEGOs had some great stuff, though Christopher already had some really neat Imaginext sets that were just as good (different scale, though). The red dragon in that set had room for a rider on the back, and it would 'launch' lava discs! Somebody at Toy Central was really working their imagination on that one!