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25 July 2012 @ 10:03 pm
Pulling up the birthday wagon...  
Whoo, I've missed a few of these, and then there's the doubling up: Happy Belated Birthday to leighm, trueshellz, esorlehcar, erinrua, and jasmasson, and Happy (Actual) Birthday to deirdre_c and unhobbityhobbit! *tosses out presents* *fires cakes from cannons* *rains confetti down from above* \o/

Wait, why are you all running awaaaay?!?

In between booking hotels for a few nights in Oregon, I'm trying to find gifts for my own kids' birthdays in August. So far, Lauren has very few ideas other than ugly burlap pillows (which I predict she'll hate by Christmastime), and Christopher has a massive LEGO list that is... somewhat vaguely described (no model numbers). Whee!

Speaking of descriptions, there's an impromptu fruit stand on my way to work with a sign that says, "Real sweet watermelons." Why—are people selling fake watermelons these days? But my son thinks the sellers mean, "Really sweet watermelons" instead. Oh. Much less fun.

Voting for LJ Idol ends tomorrow, and so far the entries for my Champion author witchofthedogs and my own story are really lagging in the polls (either one could get me eliminated). I'm envious of those who can bring friends from Facebook over to vote. Facebook! Ha! Not only do I keep my net-life and real life separate, I only have about 20 Facebook friends, most of them family members who don't post any more often than I do. (My brother still doesn't have an actual picture up—he has the "blank head" avatar). So yeah, I'm nervous about being voted out. *bites nails* *refrains from refreshing depressing poll yet again*

Weekend plans, anyone? A last hurrah before schools starts up again, or just mainlining Olympics broadcasting?

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Entendre? Make mine a double.: SN brothersdeirdre_c on July 26th, 2012 09:07 am (UTC)
YAY! Thank you for the birthday wishes, my dear! :) :) :)

Good luck with Idol. I VOTED!!! <3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on July 26th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
I hope it was lovely! You sure have all the right helpers to make that happen, too. ♥
realpestilencerealpestilence on July 26th, 2012 10:58 am (UTC)
Are there any places where your kids like that you can get gift cards from?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 26th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
Lauren has a few mentioned, that we'll definitely be getting (she's in that turning-15-land-o'-vague, where gifts are concerned).

I know she'd like a Cost-Plus gift card, if they sell them. She is ALL OVER that place for room decor right now (that and Pinterest). :)
Ah yes, quite a bunch of us, isn't it?unhobbityhobbit on July 26th, 2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you for pelting us all with birthday things! :D

And perhaps that watermelon person keeps running into sour melons masquerading as sweet. It's a cruel world out there...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 26th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
Sounds like it was a nice day for you, including the Indian Take-Away for dinner. Did you duck the cake cannon in time? :0

And perhaps that watermelon person keeps running into sour melons masquerading as sweet.
:D Do you have watermelons in the UK? I'm under the impression that they're mostly a North American food. Here, it's not sour so much that's the problem as a lack of sweetness leading to "Meh" and "Is this thing one of those cucumber relatives?" That last part being kind of gross, really. :0
Ah yes, quite a bunch of us, isn't it?unhobbityhobbit on July 26th, 2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
I'm so good I caught one of the cakes. (and ducked the rest)

We do get watermelons, but not many and it's a bit of a lottery as to whether they're nice or not, due to lack of sun and them having to be shipped here. I don't think they travel particularly well. But in a hot country on holiday I'll be all over them (had a particularly epic pip-fight in Greece, I recall).

I really do have to ask, though, are you dissing cucumbers?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yikeshalfshellvenus on July 26th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
are you dissing cucumbers?

Oh god, yes. Hate them. I think my younger sister might even hate them more. :0

Now, pickles, OTOH, are awesome. ;)
devon99 on July 26th, 2012 08:45 pm (UTC)
Olympics!! Goodness, I am so excited to watch as much as I can. We went to see the Olympic torch being carried through our city and it was awesome. The amount of people lining the route and cheering the torch bearer was astonishing.

We tried to get basketball tickets but they were just too expensive so will watch it on tv.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 26th, 2012 08:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, the torch procession would have been wonderful!

I'm just hoping I'll be within accessible TV range for a lot of the gymnastics and track events. I keep forgetting about basketball, since it's a winter sport in the real world over here and also because only random college kids used to represent us for so long. As opposed to, you know-- the Gods of the Sport. \o/
devon99 on July 26th, 2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
The Usa v GB warm up game was on bbc3 last week. It was awesome to see all the. usa nba stars. Loul Deng outplayed them all though:)

My friend has managed to get centre court tennis tickets which were also really expensive.

Im a British basketball league member so get advance ticket deals. They were offering bbl final tickets courtside for £999!! It kinda prices real fans out of attending which is a shame, but we are all super excited for the games to start nevertheless.

Edited at 2012-07-26 09:52 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2012 07:29 am (UTC)
That's $2,000 U.S. per ticket on the final. :0

Though it reminds me that you're probably paying for the bracket/event, aren't you, at least after the first round. Because who knows which teams will advance?
Jas Massonjasmasson on July 27th, 2012 05:46 am (UTC)
Thanks for the birthday wishes. I had a lovely day! :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2012 07:30 am (UTC)
Yay! Cake? Or vague other dessert?

I miss seeing you around this parts, but I've been so Idol-buried that I'm not around these parts much myself, either. :0
Jas Massonjasmasson on August 6th, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
Much cake... and then straight to a vacation which was wonderful! ;)