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17 December 2013 @ 12:46 pm
My behindness is now behind. I swore the late Thanksgiving wouldn't come back to bite me, but I was wrong. Delaying the outside Xmas lights a week, and then again (because it was in the low 40s last weekend) had a ripple effect. I now have most of the lights up, but no tree, no inside decorations, no cards, and none of the wrapping or baking done. :(

Friday morning, the Prius wouldn't start, but AAA was able to jump the battery so we thought life was good. Early Saturday afternoon, I went out to shop for my sister and Dad (time-intensive but with few results, as usual), went to Trader Joe's to buy treats (HalfshellHusband's birthday is this Thursday, and some of the treats are for him), and it was 4:30 by the time I got home. That was when I found out the Prius had died again (luckily, on the driveway, after my husband returned home from an errand), and also that our sewer line had ruptured in the backyard. Oh, dear god.

The County came out (yay for weekend emergency service), but concluded that the problem was before the take-out, so not their issue. We found a plumber, but he couldn't come until Sunday morning... and then didn't. By noon, HalfshellHusband had to call for backup. It was an obnoxious, showerless, nearly waterless weekend, and a number of things just didn't get done.

On the plus side, my yuletide story is posted at AO3. I've been scouring the pinch-hit list for Yuletide Madness opportunities, but only recently found some. There are whole categories of fandoms I'm not familiar with. Japanese TV/Anime is a big chunk of it, newer TV shows I don't watch, commercials/music videos, and childhood books after my time. The more recent emailings have been more promising, so I hope to do at least one or two ficlet treats.

Still haven't posted my Holiday Wishlist, and it's probably too late. The one thing I REALLY want is a new banner for my Other Fanfic page, since the current one doesn't match most of the fandoms there (it's out of date). But I've been asking for that for years, and no one has yet done it, so it hardly seems worth the effort. Some incidental Bobby+Rufus crabbyfic would be great too, and Tony/Rhodey slash, but other than that, a lot of the things I'd want already exist and I just haven't tracked them down, so why request new stuff?

Harumph. But, this too shall pass, and decorations (and wrapping) will happen at home. I've asked HSH to get the butter out of the fridge, in case there's a baking riot tonight. I always hope to do the baking on the weekends, but it rarely happens for one reason or another. Looks like this year will be similar!

Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on December 17th, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
I think I saw you post before about wanting the banner, but wasn't sure if I'd be able to do it. My Photoshop skills are better now, though, so I'll give it a shot. Remind me which fandoms or pairings you'd like represented and I'll try to get something to you by mid-January. Send me other details as well -- would you like a title incorporated and if so, what? what size would you like it to be?

Sorry about all the bad stuff. It's crappy to have to deal with that when there is always so much to do to prepare for the holidays.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yay!halfshellvenus on December 17th, 2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
That would be so awesome!

I'd love to see Die Hard 4 John/Matt slash, Iron Man Tony/Rhodey slash (the first movie), and whatever of the following will fit: Justified Raylan/Boyd, White Collar, Burn Notice, or Chuck (Gen on those last three). You may find that you run out of space, so don't worry about getting everything in.

It would be nice for the banner to say, Halfshellvenus' Other Fanfic

If you click the tabs to the right, you'll see the other Fanfic pages and their banners. Overall, I prefer the purples/blues colorwise, but really-- whatever works with your muse!

Around 400H x 600W seems to be a pretty good size, but not a must.

Anything you come up with would be wonderful-- I've got fandoms on the current banner that I wound up writing maybe 1-2 drabbles for, and others that I've now hidden. :O

How do you feel about Photoshop? I tried it for something simple after my previous PC crashed and died, and wanted to go back to Ulead immediately. Too many layers/complications-- I couldn't figure out how to do the slightest thing! I haven't tried to reload Ulead, though (4 years now?), so I'm mostly reduced to MS Paint. o_O

The RL stuff... argh. A dead Prius battery is bad enough (though there are more needed repairs, so a $700 hit), but the sewer thing? Uggggghhh. You would think we were living on septic tank property!

Edited at 2013-12-17 09:46 pm (UTC)
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on December 17th, 2013 10:52 pm (UTC)
It is hard to believe, but my university job includes the perk of being able to download the entire Adobe suite at no cost for my work computer and for my home computer. This includes almost everything Adobe creates, but the only programs I really use are Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop. They also offer Photoshop classes here and free downloads of books about the program, so in my very limited free time I have been learning new techniques. Using those to create art for fandom challenges and gifts has been very satisfying.

So I am going to give your banner a try.

I hope everything at home gets sorted out soon.
minnesattva on December 18th, 2013 06:26 am (UTC)
elaying the outside Xmas lights a week, and then again (because it was in the low 40s

This made me laugh, eventually, because at first it really confused me -- I know my dad's attitude to putting up the outside lights is that he's lucky if he can get it done while it's still that warm :) And he does them before Thanksgiving! (though they're not turned on until after, of course)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 18th, 2013 06:34 am (UTC)
Yes, the 40's is probably warm in Minnesota this time of year!

But for California, it tends to be miserable. Especially because our outdoor lights are kind of a production, so it usually takes me about 4-5 hours to do the whole job. And my husband does the icicles and candy canes along the eaves, or it would take even longer!
angels3angels3 on December 19th, 2013 02:11 am (UTC)
Everything always seems to happen at the wrong time and all at once. I feel your pain. I hope things start getting better soon.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 19th, 2013 06:51 am (UTC)
The car is at least fixed, and the sewer problem too (though the cleanup... ugh, and what do you do with it?)

Still behind on the other things (I realized Tuesday that I was behind on the Xmas baking too!), but I'm trying to focus on my husband's birthday at the moment and getting ready for that. And remembering that I forgot to buy cards. Argh--where is my brain?

Thanks for the kind thoughts. They are much appreciated!