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17 August 2010 @ 05:47 pm
It are what it are...  
I had to drop out of the Bleeding Cuticles writing challenge. It was regularly keeping me up until 2-2:30am, and not only was I short on sleep but also packing on weight. Bleh! But I got 10 stories out of it I wouldn't have otherwise written, and started another that I hope to finish soon. It's impossible to find any time to work on WIP stories when you have to put a 100-word-minimum story out every day!

We had Lauren's 13th birthday party last weekend, which went really well (and no sleepover, thank god). Christopher's is next weekend. *fingers crossed*

Christopher got unexpectedly invited to a birthday sleepover party on Sunday, and certain aspects of the event make me wonder why some parents have no sense. The boys stayed up all night, keeping themselves awake by jumping in the pool (!). The father had planned for The Hurt Locker to be the movie entertainment for the evening, until he realized that the other boys' parents would probably kill him. This is a group of 11-year-olds! So they wound up watching some other PG-13 movie instead, because he let them vote on a set of movies that included PG-13 choices. Grrrrr...

In my recent biking adventures, I've spotted the escapee swan a few more times, and yesterday I saw a baby bunny hanging out with some squirrels. That was cute! There are also some white pigeons in one area that are probably left over from a wedding, and they are either really stupid (I can't remember where home is...) or really smart (The hell with bird coops—I'm living large!).

I stayed up too late last night reading, because I've gotten hooked on Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. HalfshellHusband didn't like it much (probably wanted fewer zombies and more Austen), but I think it's cracktastic. \o/

Speaking of HalfshellHusband... once you've been through cancer, the worry never quite goes away. His oncologist said he was pleased with the MRI results, but I read them, and it appears that the technician didn't MRI the entire affected area and there are some weasel words about bone abnormality that concern me. Also, HSH thinks he feels a mass in the male version of 'breast tissue' on one side of his chest, and that scares me to death (his cancer was lymphoma). He sees the oncologist again tomorrow, and he'll follow up on those issues. But god, why won't the scariness go away? :(

Entendre? Make mine a double.: SN brothersdeirdre_c on August 18th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
Good luck to HSH tomorrow! I'll be sending a bajillion good vibes. *hugs*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Hughalfshellvenus on August 18th, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)
Thank you! I hate never being able to let go of the worry, and of course he hates it even more. *deep breath*
Rosie: Linc - docksiderosie_spleen on August 18th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
Sending HUGE buckets of positive thoughts your way, lady. *hugs*

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 18th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
Thank you very much, Rosie. I sure hope the news is good.
Rosierosie_spleen on August 18th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
It's a freaking hard time, the waiting around. The hardest, maybe? I shall be thinking of you both x
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelf: Embroidered sunembroiderama on August 18th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
I hope everything goes well for HSH tomorrow!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 18th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
I hope so too. Those dangling questions are giving us both the jitters.
frostian: castiel/thursdayfrostian on August 18th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
First off, good luck to all you guys tomorrow, esp. HSH!

Secondly, Hurt Locker for eleven-year-olds? What kind of crack was he smoking?!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 18th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
HSH is ready to discuss this with the doctor, and to request a lower-leg MRI (which was omitted in the prior test), so that's good.

The Hurt Locker is a fantastic movie, but why would you show ANY graphic war movie to kids that age? Especially one which includes a dead child who is approximately their age? *headdesk*
cindytsuki_no_bara on August 18th, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
i had a hard time with the hurt locker, and i'm significantly older than eleven. that kid's dad is NUTS.

i hope hsh is ok! and that he gets good news from his oncologist. *crosses fingers*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 18th, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
that kid's dad is NUTS.
What's worse is that he's in my profession, which is often plagued by people who are "book smart, life dumb." Between the unsupervised pool use and planning to show that movie, I'm kind of... shocked, honestly.

I hope the chest-mass turns out to be nothing (though I'll bet the doctor will order a test to screen it first), and that a new MRI of the lower leg still shows nothing. I so want the cancer to be _gone_. *sigh*
tidal_racetidal_race on August 18th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC)
The pool thing scares me, the PG-13 thing, not as much. There are some PG-13 movies I'd never let an 11 year old watch, but some I would. There aren't many PG movies out there that would keep most 11 year old boys these days interested it seems like. Hurt Locker is definitely not sleepover material though. And the dad should have realized that there would be parents uncomfortable letting an 11 year old watch a PG-13 movie. A sleep over with a group is different than your kids best friend(for example)staying over and you know what their parents are okay with.

Hope HSH is okay!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 18th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
The pool thing was frightening, because it means there was no supervision.

The PG-13 thing... I always think that's something you shouldn't decide for other parents. I.e., ask or go the safest route. The Hurt Locker sure isn't it, though, not for that age group!

Thanks for the good wishes about HSH! I'm keeping my fingers tightly crossed...
Princess Robot Bubblegum!: kick your ass trishastrothsknot on August 18th, 2010 07:50 am (UTC)
I shall include HSH in my devotions.

I frequently wonder why natural selection never works more efficiently.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 18th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the good thoughts and remembrances. ♥

I don't understand why so many people seem to lack _sense_ these days. This dad is an engineer, so I'm sure he did well in school... but he is clueless about actual life, it seems. :0
Clair de Lune: divers - hugclair_de_lune on August 18th, 2010 10:39 am (UTC)
I hope everything goes well for HSH *sends good vibes*

they are either really stupid (I can't remember where home is...) or really smart (The hell with bird coops—I'm living large!).
Hehe, I think I like the second option better. And they can still go back home when living at large is not fun anymore, I guess ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 18th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the good vibes!

I like the second option better for the pigeons too. A group of 3 white pigeons randomly showing up together a month ago really means that these are probably birds kept for the purposes of releasing at weddings, and that they probably live in cages/coops the rest of the time. Well, screw that noise! There are bugs available everywhere, and pigeons can live off of almost anything. They (and seagulls) are often referred to as "rats with wings." :0
be: hungrybeascarpetta on August 18th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
OMG,I'll keep my fingers crossed for HSH.I can so relate to this. Blast the technician,for crying out loud.
Loved his choice of The Hurt Locker.My husband chose exactly the same film for my youngest son's BDparty in July (ten 15-year-olds ) and let me tell you, he did run into some after-party discussions with worried,peace-loving parents.*doubleheaddesk* They could have watched Dear John ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 18th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Bea! I'll be sending you a message, later.

I loved The Hurt Locker, but again... it's not the kind of movie you show to other people's kids without the parents' permission. Especially to a group of 11-year-olds, but clearly even for 15-year-olds it's not a blanket "okay."

We have that same issue with other parents showing PG-13 movies when our daughter is over, and the parents are thinking, "Well, it's not violent. So, no harm done."

And instead, it's rated PG-13 for the sexual parts of the movie, which are exactly what you worry about with girls. Violence? Not so much. Sexual and body-image stuff? Absolutely.
jeyhawkjeyhawk on August 18th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
Good luck to HSH tomorrow. I'll be sending good vibes your way. *hugs*

He let them jump in and out of the pool unsupervised? That's... yeah. I don't even know what that is. Why is the world riddled with clever yet dumb people? You meet them everywhere.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 18th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

I'm still reeling at the thought of a crowd of 11-year-olds (worse, all boys!) playing in the pool unsupervised while the parents there were asleep. Anything could happen-- that's a situation ripe for accidents. :(