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04 November 2017 @ 12:45 am
I apparently used my powers for evil and not for good last night: I killed our washing machine. Now the laundromat looms in our future, not to mention the grief of buying a new major appliance. /o\

On the plus side, our son is home for the weekend, which is really nice. This is a little earlier than we thought we'd get to see him, in our revised reality. The original idea, back in, oh, mid-summer? We thought we'd drive down and visit this Fall, and see our daughter too. After HalfshellHusband broke his leg, I couldn't even go on my own, because HSH needed someone around. "Stay off your feet, use the walker, and don't fall again" didn't really allow him to buy groceries or cook food. He was liberated from the walker to the cane last week (the week before?), which has really helped. But still, no long car trips for him for awhile. At least the recovery is less painful than the hip replacement surgery.

Our son introduced me last night to a video series of comedy shorts based on If Google was a guy.... I.e., if you were going to a person for the things you use Google for. Good stuff! Never heard about the barrel roll thing before now. :O

In other home news, I've entered S3 in the Buffy re-watch during garage biking. I was never a huge Faith fan, but I see Mr. Trick rolled into town at the same time. Cracktastic! We've also begun re-watching a different series on Amazon for Yuletide reasons (cryptic phrasing is cryptic). I need to get started on my Yuletide fic assignment, and get the fandom's voices and details back in my head. Hoo—it's been more than two months since I last wrote anything, the longest stretch in the 12 years I've been writing. Not that I'm letting that worry me. *La la la la la la*

Speaking of writing, it's like a ghost town around LJ right now. The November NaNo effect always hits the f-list hard. :(

Direst Ryl: Shamanryl on November 4th, 2017 01:10 pm (UTC)
Those Google videos are hilarious. There's another one called If Linkedin Was a Girl but it's a one-off.

Good to hear HSH is recovering well.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Laugh SPNhalfshellvenus on November 4th, 2017 07:01 pm (UTC)
I loved that series, especially the random details like Miss Pippy, "Hegdegs Cute!", the Siri, the Jackson Pollack celebration, and the "clear browser history." :D

I think that random question guy might be me...

HSH is doing much better. He's able to sleep more at night, instead of being repeatedly awakened by *pain*, which is a huge improvement. :)
cindytsuki_no_bara on November 5th, 2017 03:44 am (UTC)
a moment of silence for the washing machine. *bows head* i have great sympathy for your future time in the laundromat. but at least you didn't also kill the dryer.

buffy s3 has the mayor! i think he was my favorite big bad. (altho i liked spike and dru too.) he was so norman rockwell in some ways and so very demony in others.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 5th, 2017 07:22 am (UTC)
Oh, I love the mayor. He has this Ward Cleaver wholesomeness, combined with a horribly mismatched reality, and the irony just kills me.

One of my favorite lines involves his reaction to Mr. Trick's getup of something like a burgundy suit with an orange dress shirt: "My, that's an exciting suit!"

So tactful, so actually true, so not the expected phrasing of, "God, what the hell are you wearing?" :D
Peterpeterb on November 6th, 2017 09:34 pm (UTC)
I'm not keen on laundry in general, but the idea of using a laundrette again (last used one in 1999-2000 academic year) makes me quake.

Rather you than me!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 6th, 2017 11:06 pm (UTC)
I truly hate them. I feel as if I'm trapped there-- for up to 3 hours-- monitoring my clothes. That's almost as being stuck on an airplane for 3 hours. :O
Peterpeterb on November 9th, 2017 11:20 pm (UTC)
Looking on the bright side, opening the door of a launderette won't cause a catastrophic depressurization and lead to the untimely demise of all those in the launderette. Plus, you can biff off outside without being several miles above the pavement.

But it's still a crap situation to be in. My vote is to hot foot it to a retailer of white goods asap.
passing_throughpassing_through on November 7th, 2017 12:44 am (UTC)
Laundromats are there own special kind of hell.

We were extremely lucky when ours went out because we could go to my mom's until we got our new washing machine and if it weren't for her, we'd have to go at least ten miles to the nearest laundromat.

What kind of cane does HSH have? When I had to use a cane, I bought an aluminum one from Goodwill and spraypainted it sparkly blue and it was very snazzy :D

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Laundromat Reaperhalfshellvenus on November 7th, 2017 06:56 pm (UTC)
We have a lot of soggy towels that were used to mop up the water when the washing machine went, and I've tried to encourage HSH to go to his brother's to wash and dry those. The new washer isn't due until Saturday, so that's about 8 days of wet towels. His brother lives 5 minutes away! And yet, he resists...

HSH has a boring wooden brown cane, special-ordered because he needed a "tall" version. But he has mentioned the flame-cane idea (ala Dr. House) several times. You can order a flame cane off the Internet! But only in the regular size. :(
Laura: Buffy - Retrocookielaura on November 19th, 2017 02:33 am (UTC)
Wishing you much luck with appliance-buying! We need a new washer dryer too and the thought of having to research it makes me muchly sad.

Yay for husband holding on to the cane, that's good news!

Ahhh season 3 of Buffy <3 Mr Trick and the Mayor are just so funny. There are some weak episodes in there but I thought as a whole it's a great season. I never quite got over missing the library and Sunnydale High in later seasons!

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 22nd, 2017 07:06 pm (UTC)
We got some help on the research, and combination of Consumer Reports ratings and what friends and family members loved.

But being without a washer for 2 weeks was not fun-- and we just did that, after we got back from vacation this summer! I guess it was trying to tell us something...

I really missed the vibe when Buffy went off to college, but there are so many fun surprises in the early part of the series. Spike rolling into town was another great moment in rewatch, because the second time around, you know how much snark and weirdness he's going to bring to the game.

But I did love the Mayor. There was such a wonderful disconnect between his behavioral style and what he actually was. :D