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28 November 2012 @ 02:47 pm
Thanksgiving was very nice. It was a scramble to finish getting the house clean for my SIL's family, but the kids helped and we made it (-ish. I was in a towel and cleaning the master bathroom when the doorbell rang). HalfshellHusband was able to come out and visit periodically, in between bouts of bedrest, and everyone enjoyed the dinner and the company a lot. Our only snafu happened when we were setting the table, and I noticed that our china plates had some sort of residue on them and smelled funny. Lemony. HalfshellHusband had gotten Lauren to dust the china a few days earlier, but it never occurred to him to mention that furniture polish should not be involved. I had to rewash all the dishes before we could use them. :O

The rest of the weekend was busy. I took Lauren to the mall (!!!) on Black Friday because she needed winter clothes. It was not as awful as I expected, but still not good. The next few days involved cleaning up after Thanksgiving, organizing, driving the kids around, and lots of yardwork. Saturday, a notice from the IRS arrived. Really-- it feels like I can never get out from under anything. A new piece of grief arrives and just falls on top of the pile!

For your amusement, I offer two Blue Pueblo pictures on the theme of "What has been seen cannot be unseen." I know what was intended in both cases, but look at the results: Squid House, and Doofus Roof with too many eyes. Seriously!

I've been creeping along on my Yuletide fic (which really doesn't want to catch fire), and all those amazing prompts/etc. I saved up for November have led exactly nowhere! Too much stress and falling asleep at the keyboard. :(

I hope to have my holiday Wish List posted up this week, but I struggle with finding 10 things I want (especially when some of the wishes I see are from people who are just buried in financial trouble. All of my wants are so trivial. Well, the ones that don't involve fantasies of lottery-winnings and such that will never happen). Got your list posted up? Link me to it!

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cindytsuki_no_bara on November 29th, 2012 03:36 am (UTC)
i kinda like the doofus roof with too many eyes! altho i wonder if there were actual rooms behind the tiny dormer windows on the top row....

did lauren really dust the dishes with furniture polish? o.O WHY? they're not furniture! i giggled, tho.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 29th, 2012 07:29 am (UTC)
I wonder if, had that photo been shot from a different angle so that the white wasn't reflecting off of the bucktoothed windows, if that picture would have struck me differently? But as it is... I can't unsee the doofusness.

Yes, Lauren used furniture polish on the dishes. o_O Because that's the only kind of dusting she's done before? (I'm trying to imagine what was going through her head) You'd think that at 15, she'd have enough sense to realize that you can't put chemicals on something you eat off of. But apparently not. :O
whipchickwhipchick on November 29th, 2012 05:29 am (UTC)
Off topic, read this article in the New Yorker last night and thought you in particular would like it, and especially some of the stuff about Hilary Mantel's writing process -

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 29th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
I think someone else other than me? Like minnetsava or everywordiwrite or n3m3sis42? Historical fiction is the one genre I haven't written, though I do research the heck out of things even for fanfiction.

The most historical one thus far was for a Supernatural fandom Pirate AU story. I needed to know whether kerosene had been discovered as an accelerant in that timeframe (no). And where some of the more typical pirates would have lurked. ;)
whipchickwhipchick on November 30th, 2012 03:51 am (UTC)
You know what's funny, it didn't even occur to me to send this to someone specifically into historical fiction! I thought of you because the article is so interesting about Mantel's process, and I think it's a pretty beautifully-written essay in its own right :) I'm not into historical fiction, either, but this is a fantastic portrait of how Mantel's life has shaped her work.
java_fiendjava_fiend on November 29th, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that your Turkey Day went well... furniture-polished plates aside. :-) I'm glad that Halfshell-Husband was able to make appearances throughout the day. It would suck to have tbe totally confined to a bed on a holiday. Poor guy. :-(

And you are brave for forging out into the Black Friday madness. Brave I tell you. Or crazy. Or maybe a little of each. :-p
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 30th, 2012 01:07 am (UTC)
I normally stay far, far away from Black Friday, and usually Lauren goes to the mall with friends-- so the parents only drop off and pick up. But nobody was available this year, so... *shudders*

The one place I would have liked to go would have been a local Ace Hardware store, where Xmas light silhouettes were being sold. I have a whole collection of them I put up as part of our lighting scheme, but they kind of die over time. So I like to be prepared with replacements!