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10 October 2016 @ 05:46 pm
Unexpected… and not  
There was a coyote in the company parking lot when I came back from a bike ride last week. That was a first, though maybe it'll cut down on the wild turkey population. \o?

In the mail last week, we received yet another letter to the State Corrections Dept., which has the same street number and city as our house, but NOT the same street name or zip code. For the love of automatic mail-sorting machines, WHY? This must be about the tenth one of these I personally have pulled out of the mailbox in the 17 years we've lived at this house. Some of them are letters to the parole board, written in spidery hand. I don't know whether those are elderly people pleading for their aging criminal spouses to be released, or a crime victim's loved ones wanting to make sure the perpetrator does not get out early.

HalfshellHusband watched the second debate last night, but I didn't. Trump just makes my blood pressure go up, with the ugliness and the endless lies. For HSH, though, the debates are civic interest as well as fodder for the bonding experience of communing afterward with our daughter, the politics junkie. Fair enough. ;)

I finished my Yuletide signup in before the deadline yesterday. \o/ I continue to be amazed at some of the things people nominate, such as commercials and music videos. I can't imagine being so smitten with something that short that I would think someone could write me 1,000-word story about it. (Except for Mayhem, because I totally requested him as a fandom one year, since others have). So many obscure fandoms, and it seems like the proportion of them grows higher every year. (Or I'm just a dinosaur, which is equally possible). There are also things like Japanese anime/manga and German TV shows, which I DO understand the passion for… except that if you specify ONLY those fandoms, your request will probably float up in the pinch-hit list in December, possibly multiple times. :(

I thought I might make a request or offer for Justified, but it inexplicably got nominated without Boyd Crowder as one of the available characters. I foresee Raylan getting a lot of het action with the various female characters this Yuletide, but I won't be writing or reading that. I do have my assignment, though—fastest matching yet! Wow. Better get cracking, since I haven't been doing much writing as of late. Especially completed stories, as opposed to things that start but don't finish. I did sign up for mini_wrimo after several years off, so that should help!

Sorry I've been so absentee these last few weeks. I've been reading journal entries, but not posting much. I was buried in a work assignment I couldn't make headway on for about 7 weeks, which was dispiriting. Also… you know, Fall used to be my favorite season and maybe it still is. But it's hard not to associate it now with our daughter going off to college, and next year that will be our son, too. So, I'm feeling kind of blue about that. It's not as bad as last year, but the ache is still there.

On a happier note, though... first October post means I finally get to use my Halloween icon again!

cindy: spn - confused dean (by thereisnosp00n)tsuki_no_bara on October 11th, 2016 03:44 am (UTC)
so, wait, if someone asks for justified for yuletide, they can't include boyd as one of the characters they'd like in their fic? that's... stupid. i mean, boyd! he's half the show!

on the other hand, the pumpkin bats are really cute.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 11th, 2016 05:42 am (UTC)
I know, isn't that bizarre? But you can only request or offer tagged characters, and he apparently wasn't nominated.

There was one year where the Die Hard 4 movie was nominated only with Matt Ferrell and Lucy McClane. So, the main character... was discarded.

And you have to offer a minimum of two characters, so I couldn't just offer Raylan in an attempt to foist off the het-sex. ;)
adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on October 11th, 2016 11:39 am (UTC)
We saw a coyote in the movie theater parking lot a few months back.
I am totally ignoring the debates (mostly). It's all so ugly and trash-TV like.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Halloweenhalfshellvenus on October 11th, 2016 04:59 pm (UTC)
Wow. Our office is in a semi-rural industrial area, meaning there are undeveloped open fields here and there, but not a lot of them. A movie theater parking lot seems so urban. Housecats, beware!

The debates... argh. Just getting them to BE debates instead of off-topic anything-goes seems to be a challenge for the moderators. Though when you have a candidate with no interest whatsoever in debating, I suppose that's to be expected. :(
bleodsweanbleodswean on October 11th, 2016 12:52 pm (UTC)
*hugs* There will be an undercurrent of melancholy, K, for a while, but it will fade and transform. It's an entirely new phase and offers some truly wonderful adult moments with your children! It's all a process.

I've never been able to figure out how to sign up for Yuletide. No Boyd seems...limiting.

All your talk of cycling has gotten me interested in a home bike...researching now.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Justified Black As Coalhalfshellvenus on October 11th, 2016 05:08 pm (UTC)
An f-list friend whose oldest is a year older than mine posted about sending her child off, and when I commented she said, "It is so much worse than you think it will be." Which was not encouraging, but god-- so true. I suppose the long transition of being at-home less toward being out-of-the-nest helps you to adjust to the inevitable difference from when they were living at home and you saw them every day. Our oldest is interested in foreign-relations stuff and travel, though, so our future fear is that she'll wind up living overseas or on the East Coast. :(

For Yuletide, you kind of have to subscribe to the community on LJ, because the nomination window is about a week, and the sign-up window is maybe two weeks? I've missed one or both of those several times around. The lack of Boyd, though... damn. You can only nominate 3 fandoms, and I didn't pick Justified because it seemed close to the fic-limit for qualifying as a small fandom, and I had others I needed to nominate instead. I can only imagine that het fans who want Raylan smexing Ava or Winona or Rachel (or slash fans who wanted Tim) went nuts this year instead. Boyd is such an intrinsic part of the show's dynamic!

Can you bike outside near where you live at all, or are you thinking of just inside? Either way, if you already have a bike... there are these folding trackstands you can mount your bike on, and they cost about $200. So, cheaper than most stationary bikes AND easy to pack away. I'm very big on things that can be folded flat and packed away. ;)

Edited at 2016-10-11 05:10 pm (UTC)