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10 December 2015 @ 04:05 pm
And yet...  
Despite ambitions for last weekend, involving more Xmas shopping and Lego verification and possibly putting up some Xmas lights, I actually... wrote my Idol entry, did SOME Lego work, did minor Xmas shopping, and tried to cram alllll the leaves into containers before Sunday's rain (every freakin' weekend goes like this).

I ran out of containers, daylight, and dry weather long before getting at more than just some of the leaves. In Sacramento, they come down in earnest in December, just when you have a ton of other things to do. I'm trying to get them out of the flowerbeds and off the lawn areas where I put up Xmas lights, or they will merge into the mud and become disgusting. I would say the leaves won the battle last weekend—my back paid for that attempt for two days!

I've made more headway into Breaking Bad, and I'm at about episode 5x04. Skler is annoying me no end, and yet I'm not sure she's wrong. Mike continues to be awesome. Walter... god, at the end of Season 4, I'm so horrified by his ruthlessness. All around good television, really.

Also listening to more Led Zeppelin on youtube. The Celebration Day 2012 concert is really pretty good (decent recording quality on the live performance of "In My Time Of Dying," which is one of my favorite Zepp songs and the only video I've seen of Jimmy Page working that guitar). HalfshellHusband pointed our son and me to Rolling Stone's Review of Led Zeppelin's debut album, which is kind of maddening in a lot of ways. Unnecessarily racist, seems to think that John Bonham is a terrible drummer and Jimmy Page worthless as a songwriter, and that the whole album is just overall "blah." Zeppelin did a lot of blues covers, but some of their best just transform the material. I've listened to other versions of IMTOD, where there is practically no recognizable melody, and the original of "When The Levee Breaks" is... unimpressive, to say the least. And who listens to the musical effects in "Dazed and Confused" in 1969 and says, "Boy, that's ordinary"?? Our son says the Rolling Stone has never liked Led Zeppelin, and I guess he has a point.

Other links: Back In Black as you've never seen it before. It works altogether too well. And from a few years ago on the Jimmy Fallon show, A Game of Desks. Lots of people didn't find it particularly funny, but as a sendup, I really liked it. Plus, excellent fake opening credits.

All right. Our daughter comes home for winter break tonight (YAYYYYY!), and my husband is encouraging focusing on indoor Xmas decorations more than outdoor. We have a lot of both, and I feel tired just thinking about it all. I'm pretty sure I'll have to start some of the holiday baking, though, to handle coworkers I need to get stuff to by next Friday and for the Bay Area relatives (because who knows when that handoff is happening? Usually when I least expect it, like mid-week or something).

How is Hannukah going for those who celebrate it? And Christmas prep?

bleodswean: twinkling treebleodswean on December 11th, 2015 12:22 am (UTC)
Yay for daughter returning home!!!

Leaves! Why do you put them into containers?

Breaking Bad was such a triumph. Really really good TV. Did you ever finish Hannibal?

Idol reading knocked me out. The long weekend really set me back on my heels. Looking forward to a fresh start with Week 2.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 11th, 2015 12:54 am (UTC)
Leaves! Why do you put them into containers?
We are city folk, so we have to gather them up and get rid of them before they clog street gutters (floods!) or create slip-and-fall hazards on the property. We have green waste containers in Sac. All of that stuff gets carted off by the county garbage service, and then mulched.

I haven't finished Hannibal! I'm stuck on needing to watch 3x03 or soemthing (on my PC) before I can watch the eps on TV, and I never find the time. Partly because you have to really pay attention. Also... yet another show that makes me visually separate darkness from dark, which is really obnoxious. Using "blue light" for simulated darkness really had a purpose!

Idol reading is always exhausting for me at the beginning of any season. More than about 30 entries just wears me out.
adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on December 11th, 2015 01:00 am (UTC)
I loved Breaking Bad. You're right about Skyler. Fuzzy1 finished her exams yesterday. Yay! Another semester down! AW
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 11th, 2015 01:08 am (UTC)
So, is Fuzzy1 coming home for the holidays, then? That is always nice. :D

I loved college, until about the final semester when I realized I was ready to be done-- mainly done with Finals and those professors who had the arbitrary ability to pile all the work on you at the same time. In retrospect, that was probably burnout. ;O
adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on December 11th, 2015 01:55 am (UTC)
She lives in town and goes to a local nursing school for an RN-to-BSN program. She lives w her fiancee and works full-time as a CMA, (certif medical asst.) So she is more or less moved out of the house. Wedding is next October 15 of 2016. She has about 18 months to go till she is done w school. This is the kid who cried and struggled like I did w reading disabilities all the way through elem school and junior high. She did so-so in high school. In college she has blossomed, like I did. She loves he job at the doc office too. She just now texted me that her anay-physiology final exam grade was a 50/50!!! 100% on a college exam! Wow!
the_mtns_win_againtjoel2 on December 12th, 2015 11:07 pm (UTC)
I did all of the Holiday decorating last year, which is pretty minimal. We have a tree up (red tree with black and silver ornaments). A few knick knacks like two silver wreaths, holiday photos of the kids when they were little. And blue lights up on the side of the house. Done!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 14th, 2015 07:14 am (UTC)
We've added more decorations over the years, mostly as a result of having kids. Huge quantities of outdoor lights, which will get scaled back this year (my husband is still recovering from a broken wrist).

No tree yet for us either! I did some holiday baking, and I have some gifts ready for the in-laws, but nothing is wrapped. :O

So far behind!