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21 August 2012 @ 03:05 pm
The weekend that was...  
I lost all of Saturday to Christopher's birthday party, particularly because HalfshellHusband couldn't help much (his hip is still killing him). Christopher settled on an Alien Invasion cake, using one of his previously untapped LEGO sets:

Christopher 2012-- Space Alien Cake

I should have put the imprisoned cow on the other side of the businessman, because you can't really see him OR his briefcase in that picture (yes, he comes with one of the sets). That runaway farmer won't get far...

Sunday I ran, did 2 hours of yardwork, went grocery-shopping (usually HSH's chore), and suddenly it was 5:00 and my back hurt and I was falling asleep sitting up. Rested for half an hour and then made dinner (HSH also usually does this). I tell you, the month after his major hip surgery is going to be hard! I expect to be exhausted and half-evil, much of the time. :(

We watched episodes 1 and 2 of this season's Grimm. First, "booo" to the new credits. The minimalist approach was much better! Also, and this could just be me talking, the creators seem to be going more for the action-show genre than the previous season's quirky semi-drama genre, which is disappointing. Less kick-boxing and more Haywire/Monroe! Seriously, he's the main reason I tune into the show. He's been pushed too far off to the sidelines. :(

Started this season of White Collar (only 2 eps in), and we're getting caught up with Burn Notice too. Not that excited about most of the other network shows returning, other than Community and Fringe. We've bailed on a few we used to watch, and lost others (like House! Boy, I'll miss that show).

Also watched Frozen River, which didn't do much for either of us, and our Netflix Shaun The Sheep offering was awfully short-- 40 minutes at most. Woe...

Today's Christopher's actual birthday, so we'll be having salmon for dinner followed by a LEGO explosion of presents. Then next weekend, it's the soccer seeding tournament, all day on Saturday. Please, let it not be over 90o!

m_malcontentm_malcontent on August 21st, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday Christopher!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 21st, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

He's thirteen, but still often seems more like 10. Stuffed animals in the bed and everything. But all in good time, and he's happy hanging to those last little bits of childhood. :)
theun4givablestheun4givables on August 21st, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
...I need to get caught up with White Collar.

I need my Peter and Neal shenanigans. >(

And happy birthday Christopher! :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 21st, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
Do you watch via Hulu, or over cable?

The first episode has left Hulu now (they host 2 episodes, posted a week or two behind). You could probably get it via Torrent, though that's always a pain (that's how I'm picking up the missed Burn Notice episodes).

Thanks for the birthday wishes! He's looking forward to his presents, I can tell you that!
theun4givablestheun4givables on August 21st, 2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
Over cable, but my husband is rerunning the coax cables and whatnot through the house, and he hasn't made it to the family room yet, where the TV actually is. I should have had it set to record, so I'm crossing my fingers. xD

And boooo. I could always find it other places online. I know Evan can torrent it (that's how we've been keeping up with Adventure Time).

You're welcome. :D And I'm sure. xD
Danmuchtooarrogant on August 22nd, 2012 12:04 am (UTC)
Happy birthday to Christopher. How old is he?

Hope HSH feels better soon!

Danmuchtooarrogant on August 22nd, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Oh, nevermind, I found it in a comment, thirteen!

Hey, you know, I have a daughter who's thirteen. Should we plan out one of those arranged marriage things now? *evil grin*

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 22nd, 2012 12:15 am (UTC)

I think HSH is already planning to marry Christopher off to this awesome, spunky girl who's been in his classes since 2nd grade. Though I don't know that she, her parents, or even Christopher are necessarily on-board with that!

Still, I can't disagree with his choice. ;)
Danmuchtooarrogant on August 22nd, 2012 12:23 am (UTC)
Well fine, no worries, I can find someone else for Sarah. Hey, I might even let her find him herself, assuming, of course, that she ever decides to like boys. *grin*

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 22nd, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)
Christopher's 13 now, though I think his emotional age is probably more like 10-- in both good and bad ways. He's still very sweet and cuddly, though we still get those "I don't want to grow up" tantrums.

I hope HSH's hip starts to feel better! He finally called the surgeon last Friday to see why the thing hurt so damn much. Turns out some of the screws had fused with the bone, and did not want to come out, plus the muscle-yanking probably involved some tearing (HSH's muscles do not relax-- they're always clenched). Plus, he hasn't had a cortisone shot for the arthritis since June, so there's also just the residual pain from that. It's gotten so much worse this past year. :(
Danmuchtooarrogant on August 22nd, 2012 12:21 am (UTC)
Ick, I'm sorry, but doctors are such scum. He couldn't have possibly told HSH all that BEFORE he went home, so he would at least know what to expect?

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 22nd, 2012 12:23 am (UTC)
It's frustrating, but SO typical for a surgeon. This guy doesn't talk much.

It would have saved a week of awful pain, because it turned out that much stronger painkillers were needed-- even a week later! :(
Kronette: Lassie-omg!kronette on August 22nd, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)
You are amazing with the cakes. My contribution when we did make homemade birthday cakes was the lettering. I have a steady hand and can make all the letters fit (mostly).
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 22nd, 2012 12:16 am (UTC)
I did lettering on Lauren's cake for the first time this year, which came out pretty well, considering. I fully understand why people usually do lettering in cursive! That eliminates a lot of "Why aren't my letters the same size? Let me just...oops." problems. :D
cindy: cupcake (by interlock)tsuki_no_bara on August 22nd, 2012 02:22 am (UTC)
an alien invasion cake! i love it. i'm assuming christopher loved it too.... happy birthday to him!

poor hsh. :( i hope he can get some good painkillers, at least.

i don't love the opening credits of grimm either. too cheesy!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 22nd, 2012 04:18 am (UTC)
Christopher was very pleased with it, including details like the craters and the "force-field" prison. And the escapee farmer. :D

I don't know why Grimm added credits. I guess they felt they needed to exposition the show for new audiences, but that's generally a mistake.

Minimalism! That's my motto. Unless you've got really great theme music...
passing_throughpassing_through on August 22nd, 2012 02:25 am (UTC)
Your cake is adorable and looks very good!

I started watching Burn Notice on netflix and have become obsessed. It's so much fun.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on August 22nd, 2012 04:19 am (UTC)
Glad you liked the cake!

Burn Notice was suggested to us by Netflix, and we finally caved and watched it about 2-3 years ago. Hooked immediately-- I love the "Spy Lesson" voiceovers, the schemes gone epic or gone wrong, and of course... Sam.

Sam, and Michael's ex-partner/not-dead-partner Larry. :D
Port: coffee and booksdesertport on August 22nd, 2012 04:12 am (UTC)
Mmm, that cake looks very edible. Can I have a piece?

The new credits on Grimm seem very '90s to me, kind of HL-esque, only less epic. Still, I'm really enjoying the show's return. Mama Grimm is pretty interesting; I kinda want fanfic with her and Monroe and what's-her-name-the-herbalist teaming up to save the day.

You sound pretty tuckered out; I hope you get a break and that HSH feels better soon, poor guy.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on August 22nd, 2012 04:22 am (UTC)
The cake is virtually gone! Between the guests and the family, they don't last long. They're really good!

I'm unsure how I feel about Mama Grimm (except that I suspect she's up to no good). And I like the herbalist, but sort of don't like that they gave Monroe a girlfriend in that 1) he goes on fewer adventures with Nick and 2) he and the herbalist seem to spend more time doing "research" and mixing concoctions and other Scooby Gang activities. Forefront, I say! But then, I always want more of the kooky characters on just about any show. They're usually my favorites. :D
Maz (or foxxy!): Hugging Brothers Season 3tuesdaeschild on August 22nd, 2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
Awesome cake! And I hope the Birthday Boy enjoyed his party after all your hard work. I hope HSH's hip is getting less painful too.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 22nd, 2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Christopher's party hit an unexpected snafu, in that one of his (only 4!) guests spent most of the party being overly aggressive with the other boys, and the adults couldn't hear this and bring him in line. So, Christopher felt like he spent most of the party fighting with that kid. It was the kid who's been kind of a frenemy for years, and I did ask whether C. truly wanted to invite him. But the comment afterwards was, "I didn't think he'd act like THAT!" Yeah-- me either. Geez.

The birthday itself was nice, and Christopher enjoyed his presents a lot. Now he's all crabby because homework and school and soccer practice will put off his getting into all those LEGOs and putting them together. ;)
Maz (or foxxy!): Adorkabletuesdaeschild on August 23rd, 2012 08:44 am (UTC)
I suspect this will be the last party he'll invite this kid to. Poor Christopher.

But I'm glad his actual birthday was nice - oooh! LEGOs (we just called them Lego, strangely, but same thing!) was one of my favourite toys when I was a kid so I can sympathise why he'd be chomping at the bit to get at 'em! :)
devon99 on August 23rd, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
your cake making skills are awesome. my sister makes family and friend cakes just like you. she's super creative too and we have all had fabulous cakes from her. its so much nicer to think someone has taken so much time and love to make such a personal birthday cake.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 23rd, 2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
The kids sure enjoy getting special cakes. Lauren had no ideas to speak of this year, and thanks to the dead fridge situation we weren't sure I'd even have time to make her one. But HSH got the freezer defrosted enough that he could turn the power on, so I was up late making and decorating her cake the night before her party. :0