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29 June 2011 @ 12:11 pm
I'm behind in everything-- posting, fic-writing, reading. Big Bang season is the worst, because I so rarely have the time to read anything of Big Bang length, and it just makes me feel guiltier. :(

I might have finished a random fic last night, in which case I'll post it up today. Have to revisit it when I'm more awake, and come up with a title (so hard these days) and summary and whatnot. Still struggling with one of my Flood Auction fics that I started about 3 weeks ago. You know how some scenes/setups want to be written, but only to a certain point? I knew that going in with this one, and yet I still gave in to the temptation. Now, it mocks me. *kicks it*

HalfshellHusband and I had some alone time last week, while the kids were visiting their aunt. \o/ We set aside Saturday to go antiquing in Sutter Creek, only to discover that Highway 49 has seriously changed since we last did that, and doesn't actually GO to Sutter Creek anymore. About 8 miles beyond Jackson, we were forced to turn around, and stopped in Jackson to use the bathroom and find some lunch. So instead of visiting Jackson on the way back, we spent the entire afternoon there. We didn't buy much, but the town has a great cooking store, a store with old-fashioned candy and model-train build-it stuff (because those totally go together), and many antique shops. One place had a stuffed toy octopus made with red 49er Football fabric. IDEK. \o?

We also watched more Luther, saw The Machinist (seriously good, but needed a better title), and got ourselves (and later, the kids) hooked on Community. And got very little of anything done, which is how it always goes unless I'm home by myself (which never happens anymore).

The weekend before, I went to a plant nursery to buy some replacements: a lavatera bush, and some rose trees. Did you know that rose tree hybrids are grafted onto other rose stock? We discovered this after trying to regrow a second rose tree that had died back to the ground. When the first finally flowered, I wondered why it was a "flower-once" plant (and couldn't remember what the original looked like). With the second... crap. It was the same scrubby rose as the other one!

Here's where the irony begins: I went to the nursery for those replacements (Lauren bailed out of my errand run just before then, because the nursery would be "boring"). The plants I wanted were the only ones I couldn't find. And? The nursery has a "store cat", who likes to ride in shopping carts and went for a stroll with me. How's that for boring? Hah! ;)

All right, back to work and poking that ficlet along...

nrrrdy_grrrl on June 29th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on June 29th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you for getting me hooked on it!

I enjoy the show on its dramatic merits, but even more, I like watching Idris Elba be angsty and pretty for hours on end. Whoo!
nrrrdy_grrrl on June 29th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
You just set off a fangirl messaging chain reaction!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yay!halfshellvenus on June 29th, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
Re: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If anyone's worth it, it's John Luther and his laconic, sexy ways. \o/
the key of the day and the lock of the night: heartlockkeylocknkey on June 29th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
I commiserate with the behind. :(

I used to live in North Comanche - Jackson was the closest town. :) I didn't 49 was shut off - :(

What nursery do you go to?

Good luck with writing!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on June 29th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
I didn't 49 was shut off - :(
Neither did we!

I believe it used to go: Dry Town, Amador City, Sutter Creek, Jackson.

Now it's Dry Creek, gap, Jackson, nothingness.

If you're on that part of 49, where are you in a hurry to get to? What was the point of all that? I'll bet Amador City and Sutter Creek are feeling some financial pain from the bypass, though. :(

What nursery do you go to?
It was this one, on Fair Oaks Blvd. I was told the cat I was ferrying around was Ming, who had his/her own party collar on that weekend.

I used to get lots of stuff at Home Depot (on El Camino), and sometimes OSH, but both have very few interesting plants now. So I do whatever I can to avoid going to Capitol Nursery on Sunrise, which has everything but is obnoxiously far away. The Fair Oaks nursery is about 7-10 minutes from my house. And now, it has store cats!
the key of the day and the lock of the night: TreeBirdlocknkey on June 30th, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
OMG! Adorable cat in a coallr! LOL! I'll give them a call. i need a couple of things I can't get at Home Depot or local OSH.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 30th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
Those are some patient cats, which makes them perfect as store cats!

Capitol Nursery might work well for you-- they really do have everything, and they'll order it if you need it. The one on Sunrise is just East of Madison (or, as my husband puts it, squarely in the Bermuda Triangle). So, if you were coming from Rio Linda, they'd be closer than the one near my house (which is closer to Highway 50).

If I'd known that lavatera bush was going to be so hard to replace, I'd have buried a branch from one of my live ones to force a new plant, and then go with that. Sheesh!
getting the chocolate in the peanut butterdotfic on June 29th, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)
I know the feeling, and I had to cut back on my fic reading to get any of my own stuff done, but I do feel bad reading so little.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 30th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
I just can't seem to find the time to read long stories, ever, except by accident (getting sucked into them and not being able to quit).

But I'd feel better if my own fics would respond more, instead of just sitting there and refusing to budge. Grrrr...
Maz (or foxxy!)tuesdaeschild on June 30th, 2011 10:02 am (UTC)
I love the sound of Jackson - the old fashioned candy and model-train build-it stuff totally go together!

And behind in everything? That sucks. :(

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 30th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
These are on their old Main Street (which is about 2-3 blocks long, and has historical buildings).

When I go into that store, I always think it's going to be Thomas the Tank Engine and candy (or model railroads and candy), both of which would be a great draw for little kids. But no-- just the supplies to build your own model train village. Maybe it's for the Grandma (candy) and Grandpa (hobbies) demographic. ???

As for the other thing... I sometimes think I've felt perpetually behind on everything ever since my husband went on disability. Before that, there was a long period when the kids were little and I felt that way too-- but I wasn't connected to fandom, so that it was confined to stuff around the house.
Maz (or foxxy!)tuesdaeschild on July 2nd, 2011 11:30 am (UTC)
Maybe it's for the Grandma (candy) and Grandpa (hobbies) demographic. ???

It could be! Grandma and Grandpa could still share their candy and hobby with the grandkids though! :)

Life has a habit of throwing all kinds of stuff in the mix which keeps us busy and feeling behind. Taking care of kids and husbands can only increase that feeling. I hope you still find time for yourself though because we all need that.