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13 April 2012 @ 11:28 am
Happy Friday The 13th!  
I don't believe in superstition, and I think 13 is an awesome number (Dave Twardzik's old number, as I recall), and I'm always happy to see Friday arrive! So, let's par-tay, whether in honor of that or the fact that it's karmasoup's birthday. Rock on!

My parents may or may not be coming tomorrow, and staying overnight. If don't see or hear from them around noon tomorrow, we'll know for sure. Somehow, "We'll let you know when we see how it's going" (i.e., whether they were too sick to make the trip) tends to become, "Oh, we decided to wait" OR "We'll be at your place in an hour." No way of knowing which until we hear from them or they show up at the door. *sigh*

I'm hoping they delay a week, so I can beat back the chaos in the house. We've either been busy or gone, so the clutter-tide is rising. I still haven't finished my taxes yet, since I can't figure out what to do about the random stock sale and cost/loss basis. I might just take it all as profit—it's $90. It's too hard to unsnarl the past 19 years of stock-split/forking-off-new-company/selling-new-company to designate a purchase-price for those shares. But for the future, I think I DO need to sell that "problem" stock, and also to stop reinvesting dividends, since that just complicates things down the road. :(

We finished S2 of Justified. I loved Margo Martindale as Mags Bennet—I've had a weak spot for her since The Riches. As for Raylan, well... he's being a complete idiot, regarding romance. No spoilers, just the facts: when someone doesn't appear to even like you, and doesen't treat you well, don't take up with them. Especially more than once. Yeesh!

Any plans for the weekend (besides taxes)? We'll have sunny weather, after a week of rain, so I'm hoping to do some yardwork and other tidying. Not exciting, but satisfying.

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similiesslipsimiliesslip on April 13th, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
I hate it when people are iffy about plans. So I hope it all works out with your parents.

I know what you mean about the clutter tide (sigh)

I hope you get the yardwork and taxes done. Satisfying can be better than exciting, sometimes:)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 13th, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
My Dad is pretty typical that way. He's kind of a narcissist, so everything is about him-- even his uncommunicated thoughts. :(

I know what you mean about the clutter tide (sigh)
This didn't used to be much of a problem for us until we had kids. At that point, all of the papers/etc. related to them pushed everything over critical mass, not to mention how they distract you and take up energy so that you dont' seem to keep on top of things as well.

They're worth it, but their chaos causes ripple-effect chaos. Maybe that should be my LJ Idol topic, since that's the other thing I have to do this weekend, and I hate that prompt! :0
cindy: spn - dean facepalm (by mixedbatch)tsuki_no_bara on April 13th, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
i don't think raylan makes a single smart relationship decision in all three seasons. i'd say it's part of his charm but i don't like winona - she was just such an idiot in s2 - so i'm not sure how charming it is that he just cannot let go of her. and isn't mags fabulous? i was so bummed they killed her off but i thought it was a fitting end for her.

oy, your parents. how can you plan for their arrival if you don't even know if they're arriving?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 13th, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
i'd say it's part of his charm but i don't like winona - she was just such an idiot in s2
Not only that, she seemed to be a total jerk. She never had a nice thing to say to him, she just used him and expected him to do what she wanted. She made shotgun-crazy Ava look like a saint.

Mags was just wonderful. She sure isn't what you expect in a crime lord, is she? If only she'd had smarter sons...

how can you plan for their arrival if you don't even know if they're arriving?
You wind up planning in case they show up, which is to say, doing the cleaning early and being at home on Saturday morning. But that's all I'm willing to do. My brother once stayed home from a family trip to the coast in case they were coming (and they did-- to my house), even as I kept telling him to leave. My thinking is that if they came and he wasn't home, that would teach them to communicate their plans better.

I'm all about the Tough Love with my Dad. If he wants to act like a four-year-old who thinks the world revolves around him, well... I'm going to deal with him the same way I'd deal with a four-year-old. It saves my sanity, and he shapes up at least for awhile after that... :0
Rosie: six feet under -  Clairerosie_spleen on April 14th, 2012 12:34 am (UTC)
It's hard when plans are not definite especially so with family. I wonder if you know by now? Hey there lady. Trying to be a bit more proactive round LJ of late, lovely to be back 'reading' you and like your words about Justified. Haven't watched it, but hope to replicate that soon
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on April 14th, 2012 12:51 am (UTC)
Hi, Rosie!

No, I still don't know. We'll call tonight, but if we don't reach them that won't tell us anything. You won't be surprised to hear that my Dad has a cell phone, but refuses to share the number as it is only "for him to call out from." Not that he has any compunctions about calling OUR cellphone when we're traveling and he wants to know OUR plans. Gah!

Justified is definitely worth watching! It might take you 4-5 episodes to get hooked, but it's a very character-driven show and there are a lot of great character actors in the cast. Plus, Timothy Olyphant is very easy on the eyes. ;)

How's your autumn going? Or does it still feel like summer? We're getting weekly deluges now, so it feels like winter here (except that this weekend will be nice). I'm hoping this won't go like last year, where it was winter every weekend until the end of June. :0
Rosie: Fringe - walter astridrosie_spleen on April 14th, 2012 01:34 am (UTC)
Karen:

You won't be surprised to hear that my Dad has a cell phone, but refuses to share the number as it is only "for him to call out from."

LOL. Yeah, I'm not surprised. Oh, and you still don't know. I hope you find out soon. It's like putting your own plans on hold, even if you don't have much to do.

Autumn is beautiful here, thanks lady. Hope you get more of a springtime, then. It's really hard to jump straight into the extreme seasons, isn't it? Body doesn't get a chance to get used to things.

Regarding this sentence: Haven't watched it, but hope to replicate that soon Jeez. I meant that I hope to remedy not replicate, but I'm SO glad you had the capacity to interpret my word misuse *g*. Aussies! We don't know our Ps from our Qs.

Will follow up Justified for sure and let you know. Just watching The Good Wife atm and really enjoying it.


nodressrehersalnodressrehersal on April 14th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
My parents used to be like that when they traveled. It used to drive me crazy! They'd give us their ETA and we'd base all our preparatory plans around that, and then they'd show up 5 days early and wonder why we weren't ready for them. Gah!

Of course, those days are long behind us; now we just have to factor in their 15-30 minute early arrival time when telling them when to show up for dinners, etc. If we want them at 4:00, we tell them 4:30.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on April 14th, 2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
I see you're familiar with this phenomenon!

If we want them at 4:00, we tell them 4:30.
Haha! My parents last trip, we gave 10am as the time for them to come over. Between the November time change and my Dad being who he is, they showed up at 8:30. I was still in bed!

I called them last night, and no, they're not coming. My mother said, "Well, we had a doctor's appointment this afternoon, so we couldn't really leave in time to be there tomorrow."

Exactly. That's the kind of information that needs to be shared! If you have a doctor's appt. on Friday, you won't be coming. Inform the people waiting on your plans. Sheesh!