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29 October 2014 @ 01:54 pm
Behold, the power of socks!  
Seriously. I've been struggling with toe-blisters on my left foot for weeks now, and it finally occurred to me that my Thorlo running socks might not have enough padding left. New pair today, and it definitely helped! This is the iffiest pair of Asics I've had yet, though. I usually go up a half-size so my second toe doesn't get squished, but almost didn't this time. Should have trusted my instincts! There's too much swimming around in the toe box, and that always leads to blisters. But why now, after more than a year with these shoes?

This weekend I gathered up a LOT of leaves (Round one. Leaves don't fall in earnest here until late November), and did a little pruning. Mostly in prep for Xmas light season, where I have trouble reaching one of trees I use for displays. HalfshellHusband and I would love to go out for a movie, but don't have any real interest in what's showing. This has been going on since about June!

Also, despite knowing what I wanted to do with my Idol story as early as Friday morning (and having even written the closing lines), I still had to poke it along mercilessly all the way through Monday. Whyyyyyy? I'm starting to miss the feeling of having things flow out on their own!

I probably should have moved my writing setup to a room with a door, because weekends feature my son playing online video games while Skyping with his best friend at high volume. He's upstairs, in an open area (because teens and computers—you know), and the sound comes right down to the living room where I write. OTOH, I could hear him talking about joining Club Penguin again, which he loved about 8 years ago (he's 15 now), and so I was able to tell him not to bother the little kids on the site. That isn't something he'd likely do anyway, but it had to be said. I don't know whether he wound up going there or not, but if he did, it was to do what he always used to do—play the underground-tram-ride game, where you navigate unexpected track changes and eventually crash and knock the penguin out of the tram-car and run over him. The penguin pops back up in the car about a second later, with a happy-idiot expression on his face like nothing happened. Kind of hard to resist, really!

So, Halloween here might be rainy, though I'm hoping not. My kids are too old to trick-or-treat now, but my son puts on his banana costume and we wander the neighborhood and look at decorations for a couple of hours. Because hey, that's my favorite part of Halloween too! What will you be doing?

Danmuchtooarrogant on October 30th, 2014 02:07 am (UTC)
Hahaha, my girls used to be addicted to Club Penguin as well, but I never quite understood. Thanks for the description. *grin*

I've heard good things about Gone Girl, and hope to go watch it with Lizbeth this weekend. We've both agreed that we need more "date nights."

I doubt we'll do anything for Halloween, although walking around the neighborhood might be fun.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 30th, 2014 03:11 am (UTC)
"Gone Girl" is supposed to be really good, but that's one I can't see-- because I read the book just a few months ago, and the best part of the story is twists. All of which I now know. :(

Both my kids loved Club Penguin back in the day. Of all the various games/etc. the tram ride was by far the weirdest and therefore the most fun. :D
cindytsuki_no_bara on October 30th, 2014 03:13 am (UTC)
i am amused as hell that your son is going to dress up as a banana for halloween. i mean, a banana! i love it. we get out of work early, which is weird, but means i might actually get to see small children in costume somewhere. (i don't expect to get trick-or-treaters, which mostly means if i buy halloween candy i'll just eat it all myself.) (mmm, chocolate.)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Halloweenhalfshellvenus on October 30th, 2014 06:36 am (UTC)
He gets a kick out of that banana suit, and it completely fits his loopy sense of humor. He got it two years ago, for his last real year of trick-or-treating, and spent some time in it beforehand shooting hoops on the driveway and scootering around the neighborhood, mostly to make people think, "Wait, did I just see what I thought I did?!?" :D
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on November 21st, 2014 04:11 pm (UTC)
But why now, after more than a year with these shoes?
I've been really surprised at how quickly my athletic shoes have been breaking down -- maybe that is your problem? Are they stretching out?

I would love to see a banana shooting hoops.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 21st, 2014 06:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, I hadn't even thought about the shoes breaking down!

I'm pretty bad about replacing them, too. I usually run about once a week (as crosstraining), and so the shoes get replaced maybe every 2-3 years? About the time I notice that it feels as if there's not enough cushion in them...

The banana shooting hoops-- and then running off into the breezeway as soon as he's spotted-- had to have been a pretty surreal experience for the people driving by!

I do enjoy his weird sense of humor. :D