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23 March 2015 @ 12:21 am
The wheel keeps on spinning...  
I thought I was going to post this up last week, but then it was Saturday, then Sunday. Time just flies.

My dad's wake is next Saturday (also the beginning of Spring Break), so I spent the weekend on high-priority chores that I won't be able to do next week. Namely, finishing off the taxes, and putting systemic bug-control/fertilizer on all the rose bushes (4 1/2 hours just for that). My back is killing me!

In previous weekends, I dug up and scanned pictures of my dad to send to my sister—she's assembling the slideshow and doing most of the planning in general. Last week, she discovered that my dad's favorite color was orange. Nobody except my mom knew that! All of these years, he'd been dragging moss-green drapes, bedspread, and sofas from house-to-house, so we assumed that was his favorite color. Nope. Apparently, one of the few things my mother put her foot down on over the years was the concept of decorating a house in orange.

In the past month or so, both kids completed the county competitions for their various fake-law thingies. My son's sophmore team took first place in the county's Moot Court competition, and my daughter's placed second again for Mock Trial (really frustrating, as they lost to this team last year, and should have won both times). We spent a lot of time at the courthouse from mid-February to mid-March. Meanwhile, my office moved to a new building, with all-smaller cubicles. That's been quite an adjustment. I still haven't figured out how to cope with the added distraction of so many more people talking/moving close by.

If you don't watch The Simpsons, you might have missed last week's mid-episode Game of Thrones homage (not a great recording, but I couldn't find a better one. Watch the first 47 seconds of this). I hadn't realized that there was another one for the opening credit sequence about three years ago. Must have been pre-Tivo, when our recording success was less reliable.

And now? Off to bed, already late for the beginning of another work-week. Ullhhhh....

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favoritebeanfavoritebean on March 23rd, 2015 11:07 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry about your dad's death. *hugs*

As for The Simpsons, I should watch again. I haven't in years. I have a colleague who works there as an animator too.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 23rd, 2015 11:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I sure miss him, but I know he was finally ready to be done. And given that heart attack he had 10 years ago, where he almost didn't make it out of the bypass surgery, that extra time with him was a real gift, and he did so many more of the things he wanted to.

I still watch The Simpsons, partly because my son has gotten hooked on it. This is where his sense of humor and mine have high overlap-- Simpsons, Futurama, Monty Python, Arrested Development. We recorded a bunch of the marathon on FX, and are finally down to just 11 remaining episodes from that. Still funny, after all these years-- which is pretty amazing!
n3m3sis43n3m3sis43 on March 24th, 2015 01:05 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss. As usual, I'm behind.

Bahahaha at the Duff Molten Gold part. I don't usually enjoy the Simpsons anymore, but I enjoy Game of Thrones.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 24th, 2015 06:32 am (UTC)
The details in that shorter GoT parody-- the rolling bottle caps, the birds inside the 6-pack ring-- are just so like the Simpsons. I still really like the show, and missed probably the first 10 years of it until I got a clue!
cindytsuki_no_bara on March 24th, 2015 01:06 am (UTC)
i don't watch game of thrones, but that simpsons opener is pretty cool.

i think your mom had the right idea about decorating. there were probably two years in the 70s when orange would have been an ok color to decorate with, but otherwise? not so much. (full disclosure: the house we lived in in nashville had an orange-and-silk-wallpaper dining room. from the chair rail up it was black chinesey fabric wallpaper with i think birds on it, and from the chair rail down it was painted orange. my mom really liked orange. but also, she decorated it in the mid-70s when that was ok.)

congrats to christopher's moot court team!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 24th, 2015 06:35 am (UTC)
During that 70s period, we acquired avocado-colored appliances. So again-- green! But yes, orange just feels very "loud" to me as a color, and apart from my sister's orange bathroom (tied together by a copy of Van Gogh's "Sunflowers"), it's hard to imagine that working. Though TBH, I tend to prefer pastel colors to the more vibrant ones.
Vice Captain of the Universesweeny_todd on March 24th, 2015 10:34 am (UTC)
the weeks rush by, don't they? it's like.. it doesn't take a huge effort to update, but then again, it really does!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 24th, 2015 05:21 pm (UTC)
More of an effort, too, if you have links you want to share but have to work them into other parts of an update. I sat on those GoT links from last Wednesday onward! :D
angels3angels3 on March 27th, 2015 04:40 am (UTC)
Tell your kids congratulations!

It's odd the things you learn. I never knew my dad hated rice until about five years before he died. I always thought my mom cooked it when he was on night shift because it was one of the only things she knew how to cook.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 27th, 2015 06:10 pm (UTC)
Your mom sure knew the art of compromise!

My Dad tended to behave as if not liking a certain food mostly meant you weren't trying hard enough, but I noticed that I never encountered a brussel sprout in my life until I met my husband's family. ;)
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on March 31st, 2015 06:26 am (UTC)
I hope that the wake was an excellent celebration of your dad. Did you use orange decorations? (I'm with your mom -- orange is one of my least favorite colors and I couldn't tolerate living in a home decorated in that color.)

Thanks for sharing that Simpson's GOT homage. I don't watch it regularly anymore, so completely missed it.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 1st, 2015 03:51 am (UTC)
The wake went really well. There were a lot of interesting stories from friends and family, and it was pretty well-attended (about 50 people) considering he was the last surviving member of his own family and most of his friends and contemporaries already preceded him in death.

There were orange decorations, and my sister did a very festive job with them (but they were not overdone). I think my dad would have been very pleased.