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25 December 2010 @ 03:25 pm
Merry Birthday And Christmas, Everyone!  
It's scarlett_o's birthday, so I want to send out wishes and hopes and hugs first thing! ♥

And for those of you who celebrate Christmas, I hope you're enjoying yourself today. Happy Holidays to one and all!

There was a lot of mayhem leading up to Christmas. Much of it was self-induced, from trying to write extra ficlets for people for Yuletide. I fininished one early, then an emergency missive came out on the pinch-hit list yesterday and I decided to write that one too. Thus, I was working on my third and final one up through 1am, and then struggling to post it. It's A Wonderful Life was on for awhile while I was working on fic #2—the "George Bailey loses it at home" scene. I tell you, the ruckous and the piano-playing was making ME nuts at that point!

I did a little final (except for the Oregon-folks) shopping yesterday, including driving to Target and then bailing out when I saw the state of the parking lot. :0 Then there was wrapping, more wrapping, a bazillion interruptions from the kids, dinner, and then the Tour De Christmas Lights before the kids finally went to bed.

I had a 2-hour window on Thursday night, where I thought I could whip Lauren's apron together. Well! Let us just say that the stitch-ripper and I are old friends. It's not so much wrong-facing fabric as it used to be—more the problem of rushing and the stitches going in wrong places (always when I'm using the closest possible stitches to reinforce the fabric, and thinking that I of course will do it perfectly the first time!) X_X

And in my rush, I neglected to wish happy birthday to gatheringlight on the 23rd, and to fiery_fox2 and needtakehave yesterday. Sorry, ladies! I hope it was joyous and exciting for you all!

Now it's 3pm, and we've cleaned up most of the wrappings. Christopher has assembled two of his gift Lego sets and is playing with the new Wii (which I have to re-wire in a minute, since it has no sound or color. Lauren's attempt was otherwise successful, though). HalfshellHusband is wearing his new classic Beatles t-shirt, and I have finally completed Lauren's apron.

Here's hoping for some lazing in front of the fire before the day is out.

Love and all good things to you and yours, today and in the coming year. You'll never know how much I treasure all of you, and the great fortune that is LJ, a boatload of fandoms, and everything else that has brought us together. ♥

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the key of the day and the lock of the night: HolRudolphlocknkey on December 25th, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC)
I am so laughing over here - We have legos (At-At) and Wii here as well. :)

Hope you are holidays are merry, hon!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Xmas Penguinhalfshellvenus on December 25th, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)

The AT-AT was on Christopher's list too, but it joined the list late... after I had already purchased the on-sale Kingdom Castle set ($70 down from $100). One ginormo-toy is my limit (the Wii was for the family, and more than we would normally do).

Glad you're having a wonderful Christmas, and I hope your peppermint bark turned out better than mine (this year's lesson in how NOT to make that recipe). :D
the key of the day and the lock of the night: HolOrnamentGoldlocknkey on December 25th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
At-A twas the only thing he asked Santa for - and it never got marked down. :( Wii is definitely family thing. Mine is an only so a bit spoiled I think. :)

Sorry the peppermint bark went belly up - I did mice cookies/baking for gifts. :)

Hope you enjoy the rest of the day. I am hoping to spend some time reading Yuletide. :0
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Xmas Penguinhalfshellvenus on December 25th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)

Reading Yuletide sounds wonderful! Plus, it's "prematurely dark" outside right now, at least at my house. :0
the key of the day and the lock of the night: HolOrnamentBluelocknkey on December 26th, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
They are cookies that look like mice - I'll post the recipe and pics this week. They were adorable and taste good. :)

Rainy here and heading towards dark - twilightish. :)
realpestilencerealpestilence on December 26th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
I've only seen that movie all the way through once, though I've turned on the tv part-way through a number of times. I always avoided watching it until I could catch it from the start, ~finally.

I get the point of it, but I still think poor George got shafted big time.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Xmas Penguinhalfshellvenus on December 26th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
It's actually a good movie, though certain aspects of it ("Hee-Haw!") are a little grating. Poor George gets a lot of tough breaks, but on the other hand, his wife has adored him forever (and he finally gets a clue about her), and when I look at what that generation went through (my parents' age) I think things were hard for a lot of people. Love and good friends and family (and not starving) were really important, and that message is always true. :)

Zuzu's petals, though, are one of the single most cloying parts of that story. ;)
Former wild child of the 80's: Misc - zen momentsierra_foxx on December 26th, 2010 03:20 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas, Karen! LOL about you and the stitch ripper. I've been there so I know EXACTLY what you mean. *g*

My youngest son got some Toy Story lego this year and he totally LOVES it. I can see we'll be buying more of it in the coming year, lol.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Xmas Penguinhalfshellvenus on December 26th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
I keep thinking as I get older that the stich-ripper will be relied upon less often. Not, exponentially speaking, thus far. :(

Those Toy Story Legos are great! If Christopher were younger, I'd have gotten the Great Train Robbery set for him. But in the main he has basic construction, things he inherited (a pirate-thingy or two and someone he calls "rogue Harry Potter"), Star Wars, Castle/Troll thingies, and the Atlantis stuff.

Because who could resist the mutant shark man? Or the manta-man? Or the squid? :D

Well, apparently not me, anyway. ;)
scarlett_oscarlett_o on December 26th, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks! *hugs*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on December 26th, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
You're so welcome! *chocolate and confetti*
heliokleia: STONELOUSE IC - FROM OUT THE FORREST.heliokleia on December 26th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
MERRY CHRISTMAS to you too, my dear Mme Venus!

So, watching "It's A Wonderful Life" is a Christmas tradition at HalfshellHousehold too, then? Aww.
*smiles happily*
...And I'm crossing my fingers for you, that the new wii was working, finally!
*crosses fingers*

Thank you finally so much for your friendship through all these years, my darling; I'm honoured to still have YOU on my flist
and wish you and your loved ones a pleasant Boxing Day!^^
♥ ♥ ♥
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Xmas Penguinhalfshellvenus on December 30th, 2010 08:00 am (UTC)
Actually, "It's A Wonderful Life" used to be more of a tradition, but now I just seem to catch it around Christmas Eve as I'm wrapping presents. My "musts" are The Grinch (the original animated one), "While You Were Sleeping," and usually "Rudolf" (I watch for the abominable snowman).

The new wii is working excellently, and the kids are having a blast with it. Lauren has given herself sore muscles from playing energetic Wii tennis. Christopher is crashing things in Mario cart.

I hope you had a nice Christmas! Probably snowy (so, prettier than ours, which rained). May the coming year be good to us all! ♥
Genevieve: brothers by yucormsgenevieve on December 30th, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas to you, and guess what? I have just posted your birthday present, and I promise there is no Season Four whatsoever. *g*

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