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22 March 2011 @ 04:55 pm
 
I expected to post sooner, but couldn't work up the energy for it. I've been in a funk since the news about elanurel, and on Friday I was so angry at the world that it was better to absent myself. I've tried writing (because I owe fic), but with few results.

Last week started well–I wrote my first longer Wincest story in a year, thanks to silverbullets. What a great idea for a comm–SPN schmoop! We've had Wincest, Sam&Dean Gen, and J2 already. If you're not following the comm, I highly encourage it. :)

Sacramento's current nearly-endless rain has been a pain. I got out to ride last Thursday (the only clear day), and then again today, but that'll be it for awhile. Back to biking in the garage. I finished S4 of Six Feet Under already, and have started S5. There IS no S6, so please let it not rain for the next month. :(

Saturday, I loaded up Turbo Tax but didn't have time to start doing our 2010 return. I bought jeans, I fruitlessly looked for a grid-type cookie-cooling tray at Goodwill and Target (the Whale needs a bath), did laundry, and made the weekly library trip. Ideally, I'd go to the library every three weeks, but Christopher eats through his book supply too fast.

Sunday was basketball playoffs–two games for Christopher and one for Lauren. Both kids' teams are going to the championships next Sunday (yay!), which means next weekend will be much like this one. But less rainy, I hope. I really need to get outside and do more yard cleanup, but the weekends have been pretty rainy this winter. Also? It's still winter. The groundhog lied... :0

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a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelf: Casualty 1909 - Lauraembroiderama on March 23rd, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
*hugs* Fair warning, things in the last season of SFU made me bawl like crazy.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 23rd, 2011 04:23 am (UTC)
I suppose crying in the garage over TV is less embarrassing than crying in the living room over TV. Because if that's how it goes, then one way or another, it's going to happen.

Please let the show be reasonably nice to the characters... :0
Maerhysmaerhys on March 23rd, 2011 04:20 am (UTC)
I am *still* ridiculously happy that you wrote S/D. \o/
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 23rd, 2011 04:25 am (UTC)
Hee-- me too!

If only my owed fic were done (or more of it were done), because what I want to do now is try to ride some momentum toward finishing any one of my stalled-out Wincest stories.
Maerhysmaerhys on March 23rd, 2011 04:27 am (UTC)
For me, I have to watch the early seasons. Basically, canon ends for me at 2.22 so that helps... but I am not sure we have the same issues. I am writing a season one post-"The Benders" AU now and I am in love with it, but if I think about writing later-set fic I've got nothing, no ideas, the well is dry. -smh-
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Hughalfshellvenus on March 23rd, 2011 07:00 am (UTC)
I need to rewatch the early seasons (still my favorites). I held out hope for the show for so long, but I didn't work with S4 much, S5 not at all, and I have no interest in dealing with S6 at this point. Even S3 wasn't a lot of fun. I wrote during S3, but looking back... I'd rather the show hadn't gone there.

I got some unexpected mileage out of Benders-- both a CarPorn, and a Prison Break Crossover. And I still haven't done anything with the awesome policewoman/sheriff in that episode. I really liked her. :)
Maerhysmaerhys on March 23rd, 2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
I got some unexpected mileage out of Benders-- both a CarPorn, and a Prison Break Crossover. And I still haven't done anything with the awesome policewoman/sheriff in that episode. I really liked her. :) → Yes! It's ep gold in a lot of ways. It's my fave stand alone episode so I am biased but I do think it was so quality, and it has Manners' stamp all over it. And I love Kathleen! She has a pretty tragic tale in my AU.

Word to season three thoughts. There are eps I love/like in the 3-6 seasons but nothing that makes me fannish like the early stuff.
cindy: spn - dean facepalm (by mixedbatch)tsuki_no_bara on March 23rd, 2011 02:50 pm (UTC)
i'm trying to picture a large wet cat sitting on a cooling rack like the world's hairiest muffin, drip-drying, and it makes me giggle.

yay fic!

it's still winter here too, if it makes you feel any better. altho it's more cold and less rainy, altho the weather widget on my computer seems to think we're going to get some precipitation today and tomorrow.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on March 23rd, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
i'm trying to picture a large wet cat sitting on a cooling rack like the world's hairiest muffin, drip-drying, and it makes me giggle.
Hahahahaha! Actually, it's for putting in the laundry room sink while bathing the cat. I read about this idea years ago-- the notion is that the cat will grip the cooling rack with its claws and keep itself stuck, rather than flailing all over the sink/tub they way it wants to. ;)

Your way is much more amusing, though. :D

Are you affected by La Nina out East? That's what's responsible for our weather. It was forecast to be a La Nina year clear back in January, but you always hope that the weather experts are wrong. Because NOBODY wants that endless, endless rain. Good lord, I grew up in the wet part of Oregon, and it still didn't rain this much up there! STOP already. :0
cindytsuki_no_bara on March 23rd, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
can you tell i've never had to bathe a cat? :D

apparently parts of pennsylvania and upstate new york are supposed to get snow, so i guess yeah, la nina is hitting us out here too. i'm assuming it would be rain if the temperature was more springlike and less winterlike. boston got some rain and melt-on-contact wet snow on monday, too. bleh. but at least it didn't stick and freeze....
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on March 23rd, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
can you tell i've never had to bathe a cat? :D

I try to avoid it, if at all possible! We used to bathe the family cat once in awhile (he seemed to rub up under the bottom of cars a lot), and we tried washing The Whale once. He, of course, thought we were drowning him.

Usually, Lauren puts on her bathing suit and lures him into the shower (because he's a water pig, and can drink forever, so he totally falls for that). Then he meows at her to let him out, not realizing that she's got him in there on purpose. But! She does not do such a good job of the bathing.

I don't think the Whale ever grooms any part of himself except for his head, legs and stomach. He never cleans his back, and he gets fur buildup there, then mats, and then smelly dandruff (yuck!). He's either uninterested in washing the rest, or unable (he's not very bendable), but the result is the same. :0

He's more like a demanding dog than a cat, in so many ways. And god, that mouth. Half-Siamese is too much Siamese, in my book. ;)
Maz (or foxxy!): Brothers huggingtuesdaeschild on March 23rd, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
I read a little about elanurel and while she wasn't on my flist I can see that she was a special lady and much loved. It made me feel very sad that she lost her brave fight. *hugs you*

It sounds like you've been pretty busy...I hope the coming weekend will be less rainy. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on March 23rd, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
She was such a wonderful person-- so kind, so upbeat, so encouraging, and so talented. I was lucky enough to meet her at Wincon a year and a half ago, and it turned out that she was also sweet. She had a hard childhood, and the cancer was such an unfair addition. She'd really hoped to beat it, and her death came as a shock to everyone because we thought she had more time left to at least fight it.

What a terrible, terrible loss, and the unfairness of it all was what had me so angry. I don't know how religious people reconcile things like that, because I can't resolve the unfairness of it. *sigh*

Things aside from that are always horribly busy at home, and scattered at work, and the rain is driving us all nuts. We were hoping for some clearing on Saturday, perhaps Sunday, but the forecast seems to have stretched the wetness out into practical eternity. It's gotten to the point where Accuweather is now listing the different "flavors" of rain for each day, which Californians don't usually bother with. In Oregon, of course (my native home), there are important differences between sprinkling and misting and drizzle and showers and (the unmentioned) downpour. ;)
Maz (or foxxy!): Heartbreaktuesdaeschild on March 24th, 2011 10:32 am (UTC)
Why do these awful things happen to good people? And why does it have to be so unrelenting? My sister lost a breast to cancer in 1991 and last year she was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. So I join you in being angry at the unfairness of it all and I'm also with you on how can religious people reconcile things like that? *shakes head*

I've mostly had the impression you don't get a whole lot of rain in California so what you have now seems totally abnormal. I suppose normally you either have rain or you don't but right now, as well as being more like Oregon, it's very much like England with all it's variations of rain! We also get mizzle, a mixture of mist and drizzle that soaks you to the skin. It's sort of better to get just a downpour and be done with it, isn't it? I hope it does stop sometime soon, sweetheart, and I'm trying not to feel too guilty that we have warm and sunny Spring weather here in Devon. I'm really not! ;)

*hugs*
Genevieve: endless sky by cozette_asahimsgenevieve on March 26th, 2011 09:49 am (UTC)
*hugs you*

I am very sorry to hear about the passing of your dear friend. I didn't know elanurel, but it's obvious that she touched a lot of lives in a wonderful way.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 27th, 2011 05:57 am (UTC)
Thank you.

She was just an amazing person, and I'm so glad I got a chance to know her. But how I wish it had gone easier for her-- she deserved that, and so much more.