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18 July 2013 @ 12:22 am
The Training Class That Swallowed Time...  
The training thing wound up being mandatorily onsite and most of every day, so I'm getting very little else done. Can't bicycle on the lunch break (I can't turn around the sunblock-exercise-shower cycle that fast, even with a shorter ride), and I'm fighting doziness every day around 2pm. I biked after work today, but Friday is out as it's supposed to be 103o. This pretty much cancels my weekend camping plans, too. Well, at least things are better than they were on Monday: I had the worst of the classroom's not-great equipment, and the instructor likes to zoom over things that he does not write down or have printed in the companion slides. The whole day was a frustration spiral of, "Okay, go here. Copy this down. Now make the file, and load it. Did you see the output?" while NO—I was still waiting for my Linux window to respond to my request to copy over the damn files! Ugh.

Idol voting closes on Friday, and one of my stories isn't doing terribly well (the one for my own prompt!) I wrote about Design Flaws, and a dystopic fiction story for When I Was Young. There were TWO stories due this week, which ate more of the weekend than I'd hoped.

I did make a small dent in the Lego Project of Doom in my son's room. After a couple of rounds of, "This set's done, but I'm missing just this one piece," I decided to start sorting the stuff in his many "catchall" bins so that all the really basic Lego 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, etc. pieces were bagged by color, making random leftover things like a coffee pot or a Hogwart's spire easier to find. Plus, it will make building some of the never-built sets easier. My goal is to build the sets completely, then disassemble and bag them with their instruction books for later resale or handing down to grandkids. I wish Lego didn't "shed" most of their sets so quickly-- the Castle stuff is fantastic, and so were the sets for Atlantis. After about 2 years, Lego retires those and makes new things. Why? When will Knights/Horses/Castles or freaky sea creatures ever go "out of style"?

In other news, I caught about an hour of The Karate Kid on Sunday, and I still get major homoerotic vibes from the interactions between Johnny and the Cobra Kai coach. Not realized vibes, just the sense of some intense energy of the not-quite-right kind. Messing around on Google, I see that what gets flagged instead is Daniel and Mr. Miyagi, which just bugs me. That is clearly more of a father/son kind of relationship to me. Also, I have a ridiculous love for Pat Morita as Mr Miyagi, and that just sullies his entire character. As does the remaking of the movie, because you cannot improve on The Original Miyagi. :(

All right, off to bed. More training (Happy-happy-joy-joy!) awaits in the morning, and it's after midnight. I'll be dreaming about Johnny and the Coach no doubt, and hating myself for not being immune to Johnny's beauty (really—he had the face of an angel) despite the character being evil and my not even liking blond men! Ahem.

bleodsweanbleodswean on July 18th, 2013 03:13 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't now be the perfect time to escape the heat and go camping? Where were you planning on heading?

Legos! Argh! Sounds like quite the project!

Here's to keeping cool as we get hit again with the heat.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 18th, 2013 07:08 pm (UTC)
I would really have liked to go camping, but I have to actually be in the class (at work) clear through Friday, which kind of torpedoes packing the car and driving to the mountains. I'd have to drive half an hour home, pack the car (my husband is not good at this), and then drive all the way back past work up to the mountains. Because we're leaving to go up to Oregon on Thursday and I have to pack and prepare for that, it was just too much.

I'm the packer/preparer, and with two kids in the mix, it's kind of exhausting. The others will pack most of their own stuff (and usually miss something), but the overall thing... nobody else seems to have the knack for that. I have monster lists for vacation, camping, Disneyland, and the beach to make some of it easier, but it's still a huge amount of work.

We would have gone to the Lakes Basin area in the Sierras. It's off of a blacktop road that runs between Basset's Station and Graegle, and is my favorite camping/hiking area. We didn't go last year (my son and I went to Lassen to try to finish a hike we got snowed out of the year before), and up until the hip replacement surgery last December, this had become virtually impossible for my husband. But he still hates the actual camping part, so it's kind of an uphill project anyway. *sigh*

Another horrible 100+ weekend! Why can't this wait until I'm up in Oregon? :O
cindytsuki_no_bara on July 19th, 2013 02:46 am (UTC)
103º. holy shitballs. that's not right.

that training sounds miserable. at least tomorrow is friday, and then it's the weekend.

even watching the karate kid as an adult, with slash goggles on (or at least close to hand), i never got any slashy vibes off it, from anyone. of course this means the next time it's on tv i'm going to be looking.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 19th, 2013 06:54 am (UTC)
It's not as bad as the 107-111 period we had, but it is SO restrictive. It seems like the day is over by about 10 or 11 am!

I'm glad to have the training finish up tomorrow. Yesterday, my brain was so frazzled I couldn't remember what day it was. The week seems incredibly long.

I only get the slash vibes in KK from Johnny and the Coach, and they keep sneaking up on me when I'm not looking for them. Kind of like late Smallville, with how Clark's Dad started to seem like he was relating to his son in more of a sappy, romantic way than a fatherly way. Which is something I did NOT need to be thinking.

Please, rewatch! It's not only driving me crazy that I keep seeing the slashiness, but even moreso that I seem to be the only one! :O
similiesslipsimiliesslip on July 22nd, 2013 05:04 am (UTC)
I have to say that many legos sounds SO COOL. My kids love legos but they are very expensive. And, for some reason, hard to find used (at least for me.)

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Flailhalfshellvenus on July 22nd, 2013 06:48 am (UTC)
It's funny, when I was a kid there were very basic colors and shapes. You were lucky to find a window! Or a wheel!

By the time my brother's kids were of age, they had Pirate Island Legos (both my younger sister and I craved those unreasonably). We inherited some random things from my nephew, mostly basic stuff with a few disassembled Indiana Jones sets and some truly bizarre thing Christopher has never put together that appears to be some kind of temple and has heads in jars. :O

Thanks to gifts from family and saving his money, he has a lot of Star Wars sets (the least interesting of the bunch to me), plus Kingdoms/Castle (the Medieval Market is glorious!), and some Atlantis and Alien Invasion sets. He lost interest shortly after getting some Lord of the Rings stuff, and I was more crushed that it happened just as the Monster stuff was coming out-- ghost train! Vampire castle! Rickety mansion!

I know that Legos turn up at Goodwill every once in awhile, and my husband got a box of stuff on eBay (mostly basics). But otherwise, they are expensive. The "in house" things Lego creates (the stuff that isn't licensed) is less expensive than things like Star Wars/LotR/Harry Potter. A lot of it is also more fun-- it's more weird. When your Alien Invasion set features a victim businessman with briefcase (and a pod for transporting him), and another has a farmer with pitchfork, you know someone in the design shop is having a good time. :D