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12 July 2011 @ 11:04 am
Vacation is looming...  
Only 2 1/2 more days. I'm getting scatterbrained already!

We'll be staying in a lot of motels this time. My sister in Portland no longer has a guest room (I think it finally became her oldest daughter's room), and though her boyfriend has bought a huge house, it's still being renovated. As in, no water during our stay. Motels make the food thing more complicated (a mini-fridge really helps), but most of them have a gym, so that removes a different complication. ;)

My main vacation challenges are getting exercise, not overeating (or being stranded without food-- yay, hypoglycemia!), laundry (especially all my exercise clothes), and keeping Christopher in books. I foresee a Wednesday night trip to the library for that last part.

Speaking of Christopher, I'm budgeting LEGO sets for his birthday in August. He's been on a Star Wars binge for years (never the basic LEGO pirates, though, which I seriously want). For his birthday last year, I went out on a limb and branched out into the LEGO Atlantis stuff (mutant shark warrior! mutant squid warrior!), which is a LEGO original and really creative. Last Christmas, I bought him the LEGO Kingdoms castle, which is awesome. He's had tons of fun with it, and has bought more Kingdoms stuff. So his number one birthday wish this year (which I've had my eye on for years) is the Medieval Market. God, the detail. It's wonderful! He also's also interested in several of the Harry Potter sets. Initially, he'd planned to pass, but then he saw Hagrid's Hut, which is a terrific. He tends to like the random, weird details as much as I do, which here means, the tiny mushrooms!

Another LEGO series that cracks me up, but I'm not planning to buy (yet. Stay strong) is the Alien Conquest stuff. This set has a tiny businessman (with briefcase!) being attacked by an evil Mike Wyzowski, and another one features a farmer (with pitchfork) being abducted. Someone at LEGO has a great sense of humor. ;)

Our family movie this weekend was Better Off Dead. There is so much wonderfully weird humor in it. The terrifying and tenacious paper boy! The godawful mother and son next door ("Rickyyyy!")! Plus, there are dancing hamburgers. It's one of my favorite John Cusack movies, along with Say Anything. Those were the days...

And on the writing front of slow progress, I've managed to finish the last prompt in two different prompt tables over the past couple of weeks. Finally!

devon99 on July 12th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
Lego is the stuff of my nightmares. I took a day off work last year during the school holidays and spent 8 hours straight making a pelican dropship Lego thing with my nephew. It was the worst 8 hours of my life. He still laughs and talks about dropship day with a cheeky grin on his cheeky little face. He made the thing, I handed him the pieces. 8 HOURS!! I am still traumatised by it. 8 HOURS!!!!!!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on July 12th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)

He still laughs and talks about dropship day with a cheeky grin on his cheeky little face.
I foresee a "Mwah-ha-ha-ha!" future for him!

Eight hours is a _long_ time. Christopher mostly builds his own stuff, though I've never minded helping (but not for 8 hours!)

I'm good with LEGOs and other building toys, and when I was a kid I only got the shaped blocks, Tinkertoys, and Lincoln Logs. I didn't even know there were such things as LEGOs until I was 9, because my parents had avoided buying them for us. And te cool abstraction (framework) toys like K'Nex hadn't been invented yet.

Even once I discovered LEGOs (which were fantastic), they were very basic in my day. You were lucky to find an axle with wheels, back then. The stuff they make now is sheer genius. o_O
cindytsuki_no_bara on July 12th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
in a way, legos are so much cooler now than they were when i was christopher's age. i mean, i don't remember movie tie-in legos, altho i'm sure there were star wars legos. (mostly because there was star was everything else....) and there weren't mutant squids or sharks or farmer-abducting aliens. altho at the same time, the weirdly-shaped bits are a single piece, instead of you getting to put them together with a bunch of wee blocks. but still, MUTANT SQUID. AND ALIENS!

better off dead is such a weird movie. "i want my two dollars!" fun, tho. and john cusack was adorable.
eponin10 on July 12th, 2011 07:06 pm (UTC)
"i want my two dollars!"

*snickers* My husband still randomly quotes this line. :D
cindy: spn - geek love (by thereisnosp00n)tsuki_no_bara on July 12th, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
i do too. :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on July 12th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
Both my husband and I still do, too. How can you resist? It's not just a line, it's a concept in and of itself!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on July 12th, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
You're a little younger than me, and LEGOs were sooo basic when I was a kid. No sets of any kind then-- some wheels, maybe a random window? Or not?

Those are so awesome! Christopher also mentioned that he liked the LEGO "Castle" series better than the "Kingdoms" series. They seemed really similar to me, but the older Castle series has things like the Dwarves' Mining Colony and the Troll Mountain Fortress (with claw-like projections as decorations) were in the older set, and you can find really bizarre and glorious things like Skeleton Ship Attack, or Skeleton Tower, or the Skeleton Prison Carriage.

The Castle sets apparently went through different phases of enemies, which included Vikings, Skeletons, and Trolls. Very creative! The Kindgom guys mostly just battle other knights, i.e., Lion Knights vs. Dragon Knights. ZZzzzzzzz...

"I want my two dollars!" is one of those quotes that never leaves your head. Along with "Rickyyy!", in that voice that could etch glass.

When the movie started, and John Cusack's character emerged from his bed fortress, Christopher started to refer to him as a creeper. Sacrilege! Lane is adorable, much like Cusack's later Lloyd Dobbler. :D
wrldpossibilitywrldpossibility on July 12th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
We're well-versed in all the LEGO worlds too, and my kids practically died when we went to the LEGO store in Rockefeller Center last month. Have you considered getting Christopher an e-reader? My son brings so many books when we travel, we've switched to this. I hear you can rent library books with the new Nook, but we have a cheaper Kindle.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 12th, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC)
I have a Kindle myself, which I have yet to use. I mainly bought it for fanfic, and for the notion that I'd be able to use it like a portable library-- i.e, download stuff for free (or cheap) with an expiration date, much like a library works.

Hah! Not the use-model Kindle was aiming for. Their actual use-model is ridiculous-- it costs almost as much to Kindle a book as to just buy it. So what's the point of that, vs. a library?

It's very tempting, though, for the exact reason you mention. Both my husband and I read a lot, but Christopher has more available time and he can really chew through stuff-- especially over the 8-hour drive to Eugene or to Disneyland. o_O
blazeorfadeblazeorfade on July 13th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
OMG I don't think I've ever met someone else who shares my love of Better off Dead. I love the mad scientist burger daydream and the racing brothers. I crack up every time my brother watches ESPN because of that one guy.

So your Chris is a budding architect or maybe he'll be an engineer ;). Lego's are one of those toy brands that will always be around cause of the the simple formula and the awseome things you can make. The pitchfork thing is adorable.

Hope you have a great vacation chicadeee!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yay!halfshellvenus on July 13th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
OMG I don't think I've ever met someone else who shares my love of Better off Dead.
One of my sisters and her ex loved it as much as my husband and I do, and apparently there are some other LJ fans as well! But I've always thought it was overlooked, in comparison to my mad love for it. Aardvark suits! The Pig Burger hat! The drag-racing Korean brothers (and the fact that Lane keeps rubber gloves and goggles in the car for when he meets up with them). So much win!

Christopher might be a budding engineer, which is where I eventually wound up. He not only loves to build stuff, though, but he likes to actually play with the LEGOs as playsets. He's much better at that than I ever was. This is why ultra weirdness like the Atlantis sets (in which the DIVERS are actually the invaders, and the undersea mutants are just protecting their kingdom) or the Alien Abduction Conquest series are so much fun. :D
happy is as happy does: Fangirly joyhappywriter06 on July 13th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
Better Off Dead
I FLOVE THIS MOVIE!!! Honestly, I've lost track of the number of times I've seen it. It used to come on a lot in 90s on Saturday or Sunday afternoons. The reminds me that I need to add it to my DVD collection.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Laugh SPNhalfshellvenus on July 13th, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
Haha! I'm so glad other people are nuts for that movie. I would trade the entire oeuvre of John Hughes for it, if that's what it would take to make sure it existed.

We bought it on VHS years ago, and I need to try recording it to DVD or buy it all over again. So much love!