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01 December 2010 @ 05:56 pm
Stuff I Want...  
Fandom-wise, I'd really love a new banner for my "Other Fanfiction" page, because my fandoms have... shifted. That is, I still need Die Hard 4 and J2 slashiness, but I also need Tony/Rhodey slashiness (Iron Man), Fringe, White Collar, and Chuck. I didn't post it up at insmallpackages, though, because it's a me-specific request and that wasn't allowed. :(

Random PSA: You can now claim gift-requests to grant at insmallpackages, though, even if you didn't submit requests of your own. Go over and see whose dream you can fulfill!

Other non-fannish stuff I want the Universe At Large to make available (and I don't think these are unreasonable):
  • Yarn samplers. You know, the yarn version of embroidery-thread samplers. This is because I had a needlepoint Christmas gift in mind for both my sisters, but I don't need whole skeins of yarn! I need maybe 3 yards of two main colors, and about 1 yard each of the rest. I've been to three craft stores, and no-one sells that. Why? *is frustrated*

  • Shirts that are not see-through! Seriously! I understand that some people like layering, but I want to be able to still wear those shirts when that goes out of style. Now I have to return some stuff to Target. :(

  • A small Men's red terrycloth bathrobe that doesn't cost a bazillion dollars. Honestly, the choices are plaid flannel (yuck) and the rare terrycloth robe in ugly colors. This would be for Christopher, and this is the 3rd year in a row I've looked for this.


  • And those are some of the less ranty requests, as opposed to 'Have the BCS stop discriminating against the U of O (and non-SEC/non-Big 10 teams in general)' or 'Have a cable channel pick up Reaper and Pushing Daisies'. ;)

    Thanksgiving offered a much-needed break. I didn't do as much around the house as I'd planned, but I did do some Christmas shopping (Cost Plus Imports on Friday afternoon—I love going there during Christmas season—and a Target/Walmart/Michael's on Sunday). I decided to make jewelry for my two nieces, and I have necklace/earring stuff, so I'll visit U Bead It this weekend. The grownups are always the hardest (we've crept up from the token gifts a little), and I do the shopping for both sides of the family (my husband has 3 sibs, I have 4 but only do shopping for two of them).

    We watched some Wallace And Gromit on Saturday (finally saw "The Wrong Trousers," which devon99 recommended). HalfshellHusband and I also tried out S1 of Saving Grace. We're not sure whether we like it, so we ordered the second disk from Netflix. I love the redneck-style angel, and I really like Holly Hunter as an actress, but the character's drunken and amoral lifestyle kind of gets to me.

    Oh, and we saw the Harry Potter movie last Wednesday night. Lauren loved it, because she's very into the books. The rest of us thought it was pretty good, but the first movie will always be my favorite (partly because it's funnier and less dark). Also, not enough Snape in the new movie. Just saying.

    And I know I missed some LJ birthdays, so I'll be going around and pinging people. Look out!

     
     
     
    the key of the day and the lock of the night: BookOpenFlowerslocknkey on December 2nd, 2010 06:21 am (UTC)
    @ yarn samplers - let em know if these suit:

    http://www.artsanctum.biz/Fibers_Yarns_Threads_Oh_My.html my other life

    If they, give me an idea what colors you are looking for and I'll see what I can do. :) my other life

    I love Cost Plus - especially as you said at this time of year. :)
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 2nd, 2010 06:34 am (UTC)
    Wow. I could work with something like that, except that I'm looking for the basic acrylic, solid colors. My project (if it ever gets off the ground) is a needlepoint design of an angel against a midnight-blue background with stained glass rectangles around the border. I.e., midnight-blue, white, skin-color (!), brown/yellow hair, and pure red, medium blue, pure green, pure yellow.

    Is that really your website? Or one for friends? What a cool idea!
    the key of the day and the lock of the night: Sunflowerlocknkey on December 2nd, 2010 06:38 am (UTC)
    It's my site - part time business that's kind of on hold at this point. After kiddo i didn't have as much time for it and the economy also kind of hit it hard, so I'm in a holding pattern for the time being. :)

    For plain acrylic yarns in small quantities your best bets are garage sales/thrift stores. But it's kind of a pain. You might also try Ebay - search under yarn sampler or something similar like fiber packs.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Xmas Penguinhalfshellvenus on December 2nd, 2010 06:42 am (UTC)
    Ooh, I hadn't thought of eBay. I've looked at Goodwill, because that seems exactly like the kind of thing someone would donate.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one that enjoys Cost Plus during the holidays. I look over all the very expensive treats that I'd love to buy, but not quite at those prices, and I love the variety of things there.

    I saw the 'Santa riding a chicken' ornament again this year, and I STILL wonder what that's all about. :0
    devon99 on December 2nd, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
    Did you like The Wrong Trousers?

    We went to see Harry Potter on Sunday. I was a little disappointed with it. It felt as if the entire film was just building towards the next part. I liked the darkness and the gloominess of it, but wanted a little more action.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Psycho Penguinhalfshellvenus on December 2nd, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
    I did like The Wrong Trousers! I was expecting a cute penguin, though, and when the little guy showed up here looking more like a triple-wide bowling pin with evil, beady eyes... I knew it was a different kind of story. ;)

    My favorite was actually the Cheese Holiday one. I have to admit, up until seeing that I'd seriously started to wonder if GROMIT was the inventor and not Wallace. Wallace comes off as slightly lame-brained, and very lazy. Though 95% of his inventions are to help him foist his work off onto Gromit, so perhaps it's evil-genius at work. ;)
    devon99 on December 2nd, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
    I like A Close Shave, with Shaun the Sheep, as well. In fact I like them all!!

    I saw a documentary once with footage of Nick Park painstakingly moving the figures, so my appreciation for the films is very high!!
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 2nd, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
    I liked them all, too- it was great to see the origins of Shaun the Sheep (and how he randomly was assigned his name).

    And good god, the little ratties (or mice) watching the rocket project? Yee. Half "yay", half "ewwww." ;)