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06 September 2012 @ 11:20 am
Hell continues...  
The industrial fans are STILL going in the kitchen, over a week later. I spent the 3-day weekend doing (yes) hours of outside chores, being housebound (HalfshellHusband was hurting too much to even go to a movie), getting crabbier by the minute, and hating our kitchen. That room is a sweltering windtunnel, and nobody wants to go in there. The floor people are moving the fridge out today and lifting the subfloor, to dry it directly. There's no room for that fridge other than where it is!! :( :( :(

I was too distracted to remember my goal to write Prison Break stories for the 7th-Anniversary celebration, hence yesterday's late offering. I did work on my Justified remix a bit, but mostly just intro.

Last night, I dreamed of Jensen (twink-Jensen), which was nice. I'm not watching SPN anymore, so I'm missing out on the prettiness. Later, some cartoon penguins (ala Badtz Maru) showed up, and my Dad brought home all the wrong takeout from some restaurant I loved. Can't remember the name I assigned to the soup I wanted (some mythical thing flavored like Thai Red Curry), but what came home tasted like a vinegar-based sauce HSH makes that I'm not overly fond of. It's even less appealing as soup. :0

Yesterday, my daughter came to say goodnight and wanted to know why I was looking at pictures of snakes on the Internet. (She has issues with snakes, so this was extra-bizarre to her). It all relates to cycling: I passed a dead baby snake on a ride yesterday (black with yellow bands), and some almost paisley-patterned thing on the bike path on Sunday. The baby snake was apparently one of MANY dissimilar things called a California King Snake, and the other one... probably this. :0 Your average California rattlesnake looks like oatmeal, so I was surprised that there were some with discernible patterns. I never personally saw a rattler in Oregon (they're rare West of the Cascades), but at least some of them are more distinctive than "oatmeal."

And for new people who have friended me, Hi! Yes, I tend Google random information a lot. Just this week, I've also looked up When We Was Fab, to see why it sounded like an amalgam of The Beatles and ELO (Jeff Lynne was involved, that's why), and what the heck hotdish was and whether it was indeed some kind of starchy casserole (yes. And, "Ugh").

The Internet is a godsend to curious people like me, especially if they want the answers to random questions right now. ;)

Maz (or foxxy!): Origami cranetuesdaeschild on September 6th, 2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
I'm really sad to hear that life for you and HSH is rather sucky right now. I hope all is favourably resolved soon and poor HSH's pain gets better and his crabbiness improves.

You already know that being a bit late for the seventh anniversary didn't matter at all. I enjoyed your offering because it made me laugh and really, it's better to arrive late than not at all! :)

Take care
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on September 6th, 2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
The kitchen situation is exhausting and obnoxious. And when it's done, we'll still have to pick out new flooring and have it installed. I figure at least another 4-6 weeks of turmoil, and it makes me tired just thinking about it!

HSH's pain is making life hard too, for everyone. I really, really wish his surgeon had just replaced the hip rather than doing a preliminary surgery. The muscle pain is probably nearly as bad as it would have been for the actual replacement surgery, AND the arthritis just gets worse and worse. You can almost mark its impact month by month. HSH does finally have a surgery date of November 10th for that, but I fear that we're in for unending misery from the original surgery to about sometime in January. Gah.

I'm glad the ficlet made you laugh! That alone makes writing it worth while. Thanks so much to you and clair for arranging the whole celebration. We had visits and posts from people we haven't heard from in ages, and it brought back so many wonderful memories. :)
(Anonymous) on September 6th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Kitchens and bathrooms have to be the worst rooms in the house to have out of commission; or at least difficult to use. :( And another possible six weeks of turmoil doesn't bear thinking about.

It's going to be a miserable time for everyone for the next several months by the sound of it.Smething like that is bad enough for the person suffering the pain but when it affects the whole family because it's so unrelenting...I'm guessing you'll be glad to see the back of 2012 and January 2013. *hugs you*

I think Clair and I weren't expecting such a fabulous response so thank you for taking part and making me laugh! And it really was wonderful to see so many familiar and much-missed faces from the past. I think we need to make it an annual event!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 6th, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
Kitchens and bathrooms have to be the worst rooms in the house to have out of commission; or at least difficult to use.
Oh, yes. And at least you have multiple bathrooms, though losing any one of them in a house with >1 people gets noticed.

But the kitchen? A guy from the office had a 6-month long kitchen remodel that resulted in the fridge, a microwave, and a hot plate being in a hallway that entire time, and doing dishes in the bathtub.

Then he sold the house a year later. :O :O

I would have had to die in that house, to make up for that six months of grief. Seriously!

I think an annual event would be great-- loved the show, but I loved the fellow fans just as much! ♥
Maz (or foxxy!)tuesdaeschild on September 6th, 2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
Ah! Sorry LJ; it didn't! You clearly realised that was me then?!!

Losing just one of multiple bathrooms is horrible.:(

Six months without a kitchen?! Nooooooo! I'm having work done on mine soon...not a total remodel but bad enough. *sighs* And to sell the house?!! I think it would be best to die in the actual kitchen!!

I think the show was fabulous but you're right that it was the fans who made it such a wonderful random. :)

ruby_jellyruby_jelly on September 6th, 2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
"The Internet is a godsend to curious people like me, especially if they want the answers to random questions right now. ;)"

Exactly. And it's fun to see what curious things interest y'all!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Laugh SPNhalfshellvenus on September 7th, 2012 12:04 am (UTC)

A good 30% are actor-related, as in, "Wait, is that Robert Duvall in this tiny role in 'The Road'? It sure sounds like him!"

Others come from conversations like, "I'll bet real bandicoots don't look anything like Crash Bandicoot." "What? Bandicoots aren't even a real animal." "Yes they are! I'll bet they come from someplace like Australia." And the Internet proves me right, on both counts.

Googling for pictures of quail, from some other cycling incident, led me to a Wikipedia entry, where I discovered that they build their nests near the ground (like ducks) for a reason: the babies are mobile within days of birth. :0

As you can probably guess, I used to read the dictionary when I was a kid, going from word-to-word. Kind of scary, isn't it?
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hairlilycobalt on September 7th, 2012 02:28 am (UTC)
The Internet really is amazing for the curious! I hope things clear up in the kitchen soon.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 7th, 2012 04:41 am (UTC)
There is so much random (and recent) information you can find on the Internet that an encyclopedia wouldn't touch.The accuracy isn't guaranteed, but sometimes the answer lies between the lines anyway.
Sallyi_smell_apples on September 7th, 2012 02:42 am (UTC)
The Internet is a godsend to curious people like me, especially if they want the answers to random questions right now. ;)

Ohmygoshyes. Every so often, my housemates and I will all be sitting around and we'll all somehow get onto those weird wiki loops - different ones each - and then the next two hours will just be peppered with THE most random bits of trivia. The last one started because three of us were watching this TV special with Ewan McGregor helping kids in very remote areas get vaccines... we each started on roughly the same area of wiki and then it all just spiraled ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 7th, 2012 04:43 am (UTC)
That kind of "information-hopping" is irresistible. I used to do it with dictionaries all the time (and sometimes encyclopedias), and with the ability to click related links, wahoo! How can you keep from chasing after it?
Sallyi_smell_apples on September 7th, 2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
YOU CAN'T! when i was little I'd read dictionaries and encyclopaedias and atlases and things, just going from one thought to another and then being reminded of a third. i still read atlases like that. it's like google and wiki are the references books of my childhood on crack and neverending!

omg and I had this leonard maltin film book that had like every film ever up to 1995 and it was amazing! i taught myself all the best female actress and best picture oscar winners that way. at least up to about 1960.

sorry for lack of caps except at the start, my housemates got me high and the shift key is too hard

Edited at 2012-09-07 02:38 pm (UTC)
cindytsuki_no_bara on September 7th, 2012 03:29 am (UTC)
seriously, what did we do before google? especially people who didn't have big-ass encyclopedias or world books close to hand? did we just make shit up when we wanted to know something? (well, i probably did.... :D )

having your kitchen worked on sucks. when i was in high school we had our kitchen redone (and, er, modernized a bit) which required tearing out an exterior wall - during the winter in new york, what were my parents thinking - so we put the oven downstairs, which was fine until something caught fire on the stovetop and scorched the wall. ahem. i hope your subfloor dries quicker than it sounds like the top floor is drying....
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 7th, 2012 04:47 am (UTC)
My parents had an encyclopedia set, and I'd crack it fairly regularly. But they become out of date so quickly, and they rarely include pop-culture stuff (like, say, most of the things I run off to imdb.com to find out).

God,an open exterior wall in winter? o_O Though I love the idea of random wall-scorching oopsness. Yikes!