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07 November 2010 @ 12:03 am
 
Today's entry is not about steampunking (and if you've been rolling your eyes over my current obsession, I don't want to know). ;)

It's Saturday, so we've done the kids' soccer games and I've also put away the Halloween stuff and done laundry. I secretly sold a few of the kids' old costumes today, and I've been cleaning up bath toys and other stuff for Goodwill. There's SO much more of that to do (including getting things ready to craigslist), but I can only whittle away at the larger job.

I went to the fabric store to look for zebra apron fabric for an Xmas project for Lauren. I didn't find anything heavyweight enough, but I unexpectedly ordered cloth for the 8 dining room chairs I've been meaning to reupholster for the last six years. I've never found quite the right pattern before, and today I saw something I liked that was also on sale.

It's supposed to rain tomorrow. The kids have basketball tryouts (my god, maybe I'll get some writing done). If it rains ALL day (a possibility), I'll be biking in the garage. Fortunately, I have S2 of Six Feet Under to distract me. It's been ages since I saw S1, and I rewatched the first S2 disc. I now remember why S2 Brenda makes me so nuts...

I'm considering stockpiling S6 of Supernatural and then mainlining it when the season's over. I haven't liked the direction of canon since S3, and there are parts I can't make myself believe in. I also accidentally got spoiled for much of S6, so I know most of the season will frustrate me. I'm hoping that avoiding it realtime would help me focus on the parts of the show I've loved, and maybe get some writing mojo back.

That would of course be as of next week. Or the next. *koff* This all sounds exactly like my plans to cut sugar out of my diet. Easier said than done!

Our family movie tonight was Wallace And Gromit And The Were-Rabbit. God, the teeth on those claymation figures scare me. Then HSH and I watched Saving Grace (the Craig Ferguson movie, which is the sole reason I couldn't resist it). Eh.

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devon99 on November 7th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
Steampunking interests me. I sent the house link on to another friend that loves it and has started a steampunk Numb3rs fic. She wants to go see it.

And Wallace and Gromit FTW!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Halloweenhalfshellvenus on November 7th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
It interests me, and I can't really coherently explain why. I just find it very cool!

This was the first Wallace and Gromit I'd seen. We came to Shaun the Sheep first, which I think is a spinoff. Maybe. In any case, the dogs in both do all the actual work around the place. ;)

But I rented this one for the kids, partly because of the 'seasonal' subject matter. :)
devon99 on November 7th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
With your son's love of penguins, you should watch The Wrong Trousers. It's my very favourite. 30 minutes of claymation genius.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Xmas Penguinhalfshellvenus on November 7th, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
Oooh!

Actually, I love penguins even more than he does!

I'll add it to the Netflix queue. Thanks!
cindy: spn - metallicar (by mara_sho)tsuki_no_bara on November 7th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
but the steampunking is really cool! have a link to the first motorcycle, which was built in 1885. nifty!

i think i like this season of spn slightly more than previous seasons (the scale seems smaller, for one thing, so the show itself seems more, er, intimate, and there was so much of s4 and s5 i didn't like that almost anything would be an improvement). but i haven't been spoiled yet.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Iron Man Toyhalfshellvenus on November 7th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like the steampunking too!

I'm just thinking that some people reading have been going, "Well that's random. Wait, again with the steampunking? God, make it stop!"

Did you follow the links on the Strangest Buildings site? There's one (Habitat 7, I think) where my first thought was, "!! That is NOT earthquake-safe!" and the second was, "So, does the plumbing actually work in any of those apartments?"

I'm enjoying this season more than S4 or S5, thus far, but... soulless Sam is still OOC Sam for me (and incapabable of loving Dean). So given that I watch 1) for the brotherlove (woefully absent for several years now) and 2) because Sam's humanity and compassion are my favorite things about him... I might be better off (especially writing-wise) not being thwarted on a weekly basis. I could save it all up and be thwarted later! Or... something. ;)
cindy: da - alec's thinky facetsuki_no_bara on November 8th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
some of those strangest buildings are REALLY COOL. i've seen pics of the nautilus house before but i can't remember where. i love the earth houses in switzerland - they look like hobbit houses.

the only reason i like sam's soullessness - as opposed to him being possessed or something - is that i knew the ptb were going to do something to him- they've only been hinting at since s2 - and i see "sam has lost his soul" as something the boys can fix. somehow. and it's a little different from the show's other attempts to make him dark&evil. and in the meantime he can pretend well enough, altho it's a little jarring to watch him and dean banter back and forth like they used to, or to watch sam's assorted samfaces, and then see him do something that is very clearly NOT sam-like.

and also, weirdly enough, he doesn't seem all that dark&evil to me, but slightly more neutral. especially now that we know what's up with him. and i kinda like neutral!sam, altho i admit that's mostly because i'm really, really, really tired of potentially!evil!sam.

edit! and i agree that soulless!sam is kind of ooc. but i think he's written that way deliberately, at least.

Edited at 2010-11-08 04:38 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on November 8th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
some of those strangest buildings are REALLY COOL.
I have a real fondness for the "crooked house," and also for the 90% gargoyle-encrusted French castle-thingy.

By "OOC" Sam, I think the whole demon-blood detour was OOC for him (as in, I don't believe in it). But mainly, I'm just tired of watching Sam not BE Sam, for whatever reason. That's part of my gripe. ;)