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07 October 2012 @ 10:45 pm
Lurking behind the scenes....  
Work, family stuff, and writing projects continue, and I keep thinking I'll post but don't get around to it.

Lowlights from last week include a dream with Sam and Dean, and skinnydipping in someone's private grotto (!!!). I don't know if I was "me" in that dream, but I was soon after—I was wandering around with my son and eventually trying to cram a contact lens the size of a dinner plate in my eye.

Gah! I wore hard lenses most of my life, but soft lenses for only 3-4 months in college and then again before LASIK surgery. But I've been plagued ever since with periodic dreams of the giant, rubbery contact lens that will not fit. Do people who've only ever had soft lenses have that dream, or is it just that the lenses seem gigantic compared to the hard ones?

I was up writing late the other night, and saw part of a Flashpoint episode with the sound off (Hi, nodressrehersal!). I thought the two young men in it were lovers, but it turned out they were supposed to be brothers. Thank you, Hollywood, for not even trying to cast family members for physical resemblance anymore!

And speaking as one who watches virtually all commercials on "mute": if your ad resembles a bad LSD trip and I cannot begin to discern your product, UR DOING IT WRONG. *ahem*

Back to watching The Devil's Highrise, and wishing I hadn't gone overboard on candy corn the last couple of weekends. What's new with you?

 
 
 
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 8th, 2012 07:19 am (UTC)
But they are SO BIG. I hated them - could not get my eyes open enough, hated having to "pinch" my eye to pull them out. People have tried to convince me they're more comfortable than hard lenses...ugh.
People used to tell me that too, though the soft lenses always felt scratchy-- even months later. And the hard ones you just blink out, and put them in by laying just a bit of them on the eye-- the wet suction does the rest. Soft lenses? Jamming them under the eyelid (or they fold and dribble down your cheek), and the removal was just disgusting. So much hate.

Even with the sound on, this is pretty effective, especially for car and mobile phone ads.
No kidding! Singing children-plants, unicyclists with spinning umbrellas, fake-neighborhood-vortex... and those were just the car ads in the last couple of years!
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hairlilycobalt on October 8th, 2012 10:51 am (UTC)
Candy corn! I want some now, but I don't trust myself to avoid going overboard. I am regretting the fact that it is Monday.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Halloweenhalfshellvenus on October 8th, 2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
I need to stop imagining I have any control with the stuff. The chocolate kind (Indian corn) is very inhalable, and the candy apple kind completely so! Argh.

I'm regretting that it's Monday, too. The weekends are never long enough!
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hairlilycobalt on October 9th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
Candy apple candy corn? I am not familiar with this! That might be for the better, though.

I agree! At least I get to do some traveling for work. That will shake things up a bit.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 9th, 2012 06:51 am (UTC)
If you've never run across candy-apple candy corn, forget you ever heard about it. It is SO addictive. My autumn Achilles' heel, now. :0
whipchickwhipchick on October 8th, 2012 11:22 am (UTC)
I've only ever had soft lenses, and I guess it's what you're used to! So no, I haven't had that dream :) But I remember the days of my mother having a steam unit where her lenses had to be heat-sterilized in distilled water...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 8th, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
!! I can't believe it-- nobody seems to have that dream but me, and I hate it. Especially that it's a recurring dream, and really, none of my recurring dreams are good. At least that one is just annoying, as opposed to anxiety-based or something.
realpestilencerealpestilence on October 8th, 2012 11:31 am (UTC)
I wore hard lenses in my teens, sometimes. I hated them-they hurt, they made my eyes itch madly, and they'd slip off my cornea and get suctioned against my eyeball so i'd have to pry them off.

I tried soft lenses a few years ago. I liked the feel of them, as they were much easier to adjust to, and didn't slip off like the hard ones did. But I very much didn't like how I had to practically poke myself in the eye, getting them on and off-much more difficult than the hard ones. Very flimsy, too, and easy to turn inside out or tear.

My eyes are just funny-shaped, I guess. I've given up trying to wear contacts. Too uncomfortable. D:

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 8th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
I wonder how you'd do with the hard lenses now? The gas permeable ones are much more comfortable than the earlier plastic lenses, and they rarely slip off. Mine were always weighted, torric lenses anyway because of the astigmatism, so maybe that helped.

But all the downsides of soft lenses you describe above... that's exactly how I feel about them. Getting them out was awful, especially if they didn't want to come out, and I could never tell if I'd accidentally reversed them. I used to do quantum-level calculations on how "regular" the bowl shape was, to try to determine whether the lens was flipped or not. ;)
Clair de Luneclair_de_lune on October 8th, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
LOL, from someone who has only worn soft lenses, no dream whatsoever or rubby, giant lenses. Being used to those, I think smaller ones would make me freak out anyway :-p
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 8th, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
Apparently, I'm the only one having those dreams!

The smaller ones go in easily, once you learn the knack of laying them against the cornea (the wet pull of your tears does the rest). You would have to practically be squinting to not be able to fit those in.

As opposed to the soft ones, where you can open your eyes as wide as possible and you'll still be jamming the corners down until your eye dries out and closes a little, and then the lens folds up and falls out. So.Much.Hate. ;)
Clair de Lune: text - i knowclair_de_lune on October 8th, 2012 07:56 pm (UTC)
So.Much.Hate. ;)
I can see that *g* But I've had soft lenses for about twenty-five years so the whole putting them on/removing them stopped being an issue loooong ago - luckily.

You would have to practically be squinting to not be able to fit those in.
You know, I think it's part of the reason why I wouldn't be comfortable with hard lenses: how can they stay in place if you don't slip them under the eyelid?!! Logically, I know it's not how it works, but logic has no business here ;) And I admit I ran into the issue of the lenses folding in two and getting stuck under the eyelid.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yikeshalfshellvenus on October 8th, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
how can they stay in place if you don't slip them under the eyelid?!!

Because they're rigid and shaped like your cornea, so the wet suction of your tears actually keeps them in. I've only had them fall out one time, under extreme (symphonic!) circumstances.

and getting stuck under the eyelid.
Aaaaaah! That sounds almost worse then my recurring dream! :0
cindytsuki_no_bara on October 9th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
i've never worn contact lenses because just the idea of them freaks me out, so dreaming about them would probably freak me out twice as hard. yeeeek.

now i have to try watching tv ads just to see if i can figure out what they're for! because i'm curious how bad some of them are about that.

oh man, candy corn. i'm partial to indian corn, myself. and mallowcreme pumpkins. LOVE. the candy store downstairs from my old office had pick-a-mix candy, so i could get a small bag of the pumpkins rather than the big pound bags from the drugstore. how do you feel about cadbury creme eggs? because you can get screme eggs for halloween now - the insides are green. sweet and fondanty!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Halloweenhalfshellvenus on October 9th, 2012 06:54 am (UTC)
I still think the hard contact lenses aren't too bad. You get used to them pretty easily, and oh-- the joys of sharp eyesight and actual peripheral vision!

I like Indian corn a lot (it's chocolaty), but my favorite is the caramel apple kind. I like it TOO much, so I'm trying to avoid buying it.

I don't actually like the pumpkins very much! They look adorable (SO cute), but they have an undertaste of molasses, and I find the bitterness of it kind of nasty. It's why I don't like those "chewy" pre-packaged cookies. They all taste like molasses under the rest of the main flavor!
Lose 10 Pounds of Ugly Fat...  Cut Off Your Head.n3m3sis42 on October 9th, 2012 10:58 am (UTC)
Oh good. I'm glad you're okay. I noticed you didn't finish your read and reviews last week and got concerned.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 9th, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
I did the best I could, but I got a sudden beta request from someone late in the week, and I have two fanfics on deadline that I'm working on.

So, the 3K Cliffton story definitely proved bigger than I had time for! :0
Lose 10 Pounds of Ugly Fat...  Cut Off Your Head.n3m3sis42 on October 9th, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
Hahaha... you can always read it later. I won't complain. ;-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 9th, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
You gonna venture into my fanfic? Huh? HUH?

Two-way street, baby. ;)

I actually have some feedback to give on yesterday's Calla-Bot story, but my computer decided to fritz out before I could post it.

So sick of this. The computer has a glitch where the wireless randomly locks up, and the home router (for working at home) has lost its wired ports over time. The result is that when I work at home, I have to reboot the computer multiple times a day. And the revival (with encryption and virus protection, etc.) is really slow. I'm looking forward to my new crappy router, which will help this a little bit. Just a few more days...
Lose 10 Pounds of Ugly Fat...  Cut Off Your Head.n3m3sis42 on October 9th, 2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
Dude, I am so going to read your fanfic. But I need to watch Iron Man again. I watched juuuuust enough of it to think "yeah, I could see Tony/Rhodey" and then FELL ASLEEP. I suck. :D

The 3000k one is significant. Not sure if "significant" means "good", but yeah.

I'm so sorry about your computer problems! That sounds reallllly frustrating. I haaaaaate rebooting and try to never, ever do it. :-p
Lose 10 Pounds of Ugly Fat...  Cut Off Your Head.n3m3sis42 on October 10th, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
So I have today off because Mike is out of town for work. So I might watch Iron Man during Max's nap. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on October 10th, 2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
Whoo-hoo!

I also suggest paying special attention to the scenes in the cave with Yinsen, just because Yinsen is really the soul of the movie and the catalyst for everything that happens afterward. There's an unexpected depth that is surprising in an action film, but makes me fangirl that actor enormously.
n3m3sis43n3m3sis43 on October 10th, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
Aw, that part made me sad. Very awesome. Reading your fanfic tonight, hopefully. :)