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17 December 2014 @ 10:51 pm
I can't believe this is only Wednesday...  
There was a weekend, during which I wrote my Idol entry (and did not go with horror, though I'd thought about it), did some Xmas browsing but found almost nothing, and passed on going to the library. I'll have to go this weekend, though. The library closes during part of the break and my son, by contrast, reads 3x-4x the usual number of books. :O

The ongoing rain has made my exercise schedule challenging. I came home early today to run (it was raining this morning), and tomorrow will be my second outside biking day this week. Running late in the day feels so much better, and I'd forgotten how much I enjoy running when Xmas lights are out! Except for the LED-based lights, that is. More and more of our neighborhood is going over to those, and they have all the charm of the security lamps at a power station. Even the slightly yellow/orange "warm white" lights have a sickly gray cast to them. And it could be my imagination, but I think they also strobe a little, too. So depressing. Those lights are the color of dying souls. :(

I rode Sunday, and nearly got locked inside the parkway again. There are places without gates where you can always get out, but they're sometimes miles from where you expected to exit. On the plus side, I was able to ask the ranger WHY he was locking the gates so early, and it turns out that I (and many other people) think of "sunset" in the colloquial sense—i.e., when it gets dark—while the park service is enforcing... the almanac version. Winter is when it really matters. I have to say, I would not have anticipated that. At almanac-sunset, I still have 20-30 more good minutes of riding time!

We watched the premiere of The Librarians, which was fun but maybe too aggressively ensemble-ish and wacky? Plus, previews for the third episode made me think, "Uh, oh." You have to earn your crack. There were multiple seasons of Buffy before the musical, and 1 1/2 seasons of Angel before the puppet episode. Not in week 3!!!

We have a tree, which still isn't decorated because we like to let the kids do it but they have finals all week and have been swamped. None of the gifts are wrapped, the stockings aren't up, and I'm trying to prepare to be out of the office next week. Yeek. Mayhem. :(

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Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on December 18th, 2014 11:19 am (UTC)
SO and I have been watching The Librarians. Yeah, it's a bit campy but I think that's one of its charms :)

I still have to do shopping. I'm going to have to cut back my usual holiday dishes I think because I simply don't have the $. I'm still waiting to see if/when I'll be allowed to return to work :p
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 18th, 2014 07:54 pm (UTC)
The news about your wrist/hand was not good, and I was hoping for better just as you were!

It does seem as if what your job has become in the last 5-10 years is really causing a lot of repetitive-stress/weight-bearing injury to your body, and that's hard to cope with. Ugh.

Do you have some traditionally fancier/more expensive dishes you make? I was thinking that the wrist-time might limit some of that due to overuse concerns. Does the doctor have an idea of when that might get better, or is he thinking that surgery would be required first? The "not really healed" was a surprise. :(
Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on December 18th, 2014 09:53 pm (UTC)
Well, it's always been a repetitive/stress type of job to begin with. It's just the way any food service job is. It's probably going to get worse seeing as we're now down to 7 people in the department minus me, Not So New Guy (went out for a operation) and Bossy Coworker #2 (rotator cuff surgery). The PT girls don't want to increase their hours because they don't want to work their butts off, so it's been basically Manager and New Assistant. They've had help wanted notices up for the past couple of months and so far, no bites :/

I got a cortisone shot. Right now they want to see if my swelling goes down. Until it does, they won't talk surgery. I was told that the shot isn't going to last as long as the one I get periodically for my knee. I go back to Hand Doc right after New Year's, so we'll see.

I do stuffed mushrooms, spinach veggie dip, and usually two desserts. The mushrooms were the killer on Thanksgiving, no doubt because I was in the cast :p

bleodswean: spikebleodswean on December 18th, 2014 07:54 pm (UTC)
You have to earn your crack.

*thunk* You are SO right with this sentiment. I'm impressed with how economically you just state this fact. And it's so true. We've grown impatient, haven't we?

Sounds like you're doing a lot of biking! Do you have a fender or are you just getting soaked? I used to ride to state from way down American River Drive....and it was CRAZY after the time change.

I hope you can find time this weekend to infuse your home with Christmas!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Xmas Penguinhalfshellvenus on December 18th, 2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
We've grown impatient, haven't we?
I kind of worry that it might be offputting to potential viewers, who are trying to get a feel for the show. Zaniness can be offputting unless you're used to the characters enough to know that it's crack!

I don't bike outside in the rain (not since college), because it's just no fun and the wet pavement/wet brakes are a scary combination. But I do bike in the garage with a trackstand, so it's dry and there's a fan, a TV, and a dvr player. Really essential in the rain, high winds, or those summer days when the heat is up to 100 by 10am. :O

I'm hoping Idol will be quieter this weekend, because there's the decorating, the wrapping (none of it done), the baking, and still some shopping. Ouch!
cindytsuki_no_bara on December 19th, 2014 03:32 am (UTC)
i like the crackiness of the librarians. maybe sleepy hollow increased my tolerance for crack, because that was batshit right out of the gate.

good luck with the tree and the gift wrapping. i have to say, i don't envy you.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 19th, 2014 07:00 am (UTC)
I had that thought about Sleepy Hollow, too. "Continuity? Believability? Aah-- too late!"

Right now, I have to wrap HalfshellHusband's gifts. His birthday is tomorrow. Oy.
Sally: mendl'si_smell_apples on December 28th, 2014 02:29 am (UTC)
Amber and I have been watching The Librarians! Haha it's just SO BAD and over the top! Was the third one the Labyrynth one, or the Christmas one? The Christmas one was BEYOND awful, lol.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 28th, 2014 06:00 am (UTC)
The third one was the Xmas one, which was kind of mess... but did feature Bruce Campbell, and that is always a bonus for me!