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16 May 2011 @ 12:41 pm
More proof that I never know WHAT's going on...  
My main computer still can't get on LJ during the weekends to save its life. The navigation bar & its prequel (everything post DoS) have borked that PC for weeks now. :(

I finished my voting for tvnetwork1_las. My story for this round is one I never expected to write, but that's the beauty of these challenge. :)

Wallpaper removal project: in picking the kitchen alcove (which the bunny had destroyed), I think I started with the hardest sub-project first. All of the small space/overhead parts were tedious, and scrubbable vinyl wallpaper is really thick (so, the soaking solution doesn't work as well). Still, not too much wall damage. It's off, ready to patch and paint. The kids' rooms, by contrast, are wallpapered halfway up with thinner stuff that should soak and remove fairly easily. Lauren is so eager for me to get her room done that she helped with the kitchen-- and pretty well, too.

Our family movie night on Sunday was Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog. Christopher loved it, and immediately wanted to rewatch it. Lauren enjoyed most of it, but predictably squawked at the finish: "How is that an ending?!?" Irony isn't always her thing.

Books: I've started The Steel Remains for bedtime (I need reading glasses for the print), and for the awake hours, Going Bovine, which Christopher already read and found hilarious. So far, so good. \o/

Oh, and I watched the Smallville finale. It's been so long since I've seen the show that half of the experience was, "Wait, isn't this character dead? Is Ma Kent dead too? Lionel? And how does Lex have a _sister_?", interspersed with, "Damn, Tom Welling is as gorgeous as ever. Pa Kent still looks pretty good, too. And he still looks like he wants to make out with Clark in every scene they have together." :0

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Sianne: Dean Squinty Smilesi_star_x on May 16th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
Decorating never goes well for me. We managed to use red paint that is cracking when you go up close, and there's a red splodge on our ceiling from when I nearly fell from the ladders... Thankfully my boyfriend and I were only entrusted with decorating our own bedroom!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 16th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)

I don't particularly like redecorating (I like the IDEA, but not so much the process, which always takes longer than I expect).

Lauren wants her wallpaper gone, and Christopher has outgrown his, so I knew that day would come at some point. The kitchen wallpaper was there when we moved in 11 years ago, and the person did a great job with it. Who knew one little dwarf bunny could destroy it so easily? By contrast, the spots where he's chewed the baseboards are a much easier repair.

I don't know what would make interior paint crack. o_O I have learned over the years that the temperature range on spray paint is no joke-- when it's too cold, globules come out, and when it's too hot, the paint dries while it's misting its way out of the can. :0

My true nemesis is grouting. I have never been able to make that work!
Siannesi_star_x on May 16th, 2011 09:04 pm (UTC)
I think it's because we painted onto a textured wall and I guess it had some kind of paint on it already that didn't take to this one. We did two walls red and two cream, and the cream is perfect. Strange.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 17th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
I've sometimes heard about problems with red pigments in paint, but that might be stretching it.

One thing that will cause trouble is painting latex over oil without a proper primer. Someone did that at the house we live in now, and parts of the new paint sometimes come off in strips (with some of the old paint attached) while others will not budge.

So you can't easily remove all of it and fix the mess. Ulp.

At least two of your walls look fabulous! There's always a silver lining. :)
Siannesi_star_x on May 17th, 2011 07:06 am (UTC)
I have no idea. Perhaps when I have my own place and decide to decorate - if I decide to be brave instead of calling in my Dad - I'll become more skilled and knowledgeable in the field of home decorating. On a positive, we always manage to construct flat-pack furniture really well, and we lay the linoneum for the floor and it's very nice. :-)
nrrrdy_grrrl on May 17th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
"And he still looks like he wants to make out with Clark in every scene they have together"

Thank you!!!! Everyone said I was imagining things!

Which. I mean, I am, but. Seriously.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on May 17th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)
Thank you!!!! Everyone said I was imagining things!

Hoo, boy. I can handle the BroCest (obviously), but DaddyCest is a whole different situation (consent and power issues, coercion, you name it).

But even back before I bailed out on the show, I noticed that Pa Kent's attentions seemed a little more... enamored than one would expect. And now, all these years later, I tune into one episode and whammo-- there it is again!

My twisted little brain says that Jon Schneider (Pa Kent) just can't keep a lid on his attraction to Tom Welling, and that he probably denies it to church and back and tries to sublimate and rechannel it, but yet... it still bleeds through. o_O
nrrrdy_grrrl on May 17th, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)
He never got over Luke. Or was it Bo?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on May 17th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
Pa Kent was Bo (which I know only because the Television w/o Pity guy used to refer to his character as Bo Kent in the Smallville recaps).

"wanting to make out with Clark" isn't quite the characterization I was looking for, because it's not so much a "lust" thing as a "starry-eyed smitten" kind of thing.

And he just cannot seem to dial it down. But who could blame him?