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25 December 2017 @ 10:41 pm
Merry Christmas!  
to those who celebrate it, and for those who don't, I hope you enjoyed a nice day off!

I've been off the past week (vacation backlog, due to not being allowed to take much time off earlier this year). I've done some relaxing, some reading, put up the outside lights, readied Christmas decorations and presents, and caught a cold late last week. Today was my first outside bike ride in almost a week, thanks to being tired and/or congested over the last few days. We're enjoying having the kids home, and boy, do we miss them!

I finished my Yuletide story in time, and managed an extra treat for someone (I was up late last night getting that into the archive). On the receiving end... wow. I got three stories in three different fandoms, and all of them were terrific!

Die Hard 4: Domestic Dreams (John/Matt, PG-13) John visits Matt's new apartment, and there is judging and snark and something more. :)

Justified: Things I've Always Known (Raylan/Boyd, PG-13) Post-series Raylan and Boyd, with Art egging Raylan on while also giving him a hard time.

Battle Creek: Milt and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Milt/Russ, R) Milt has plans, important plans, and every step toward them fails in a new and spectacular way. Plus, the glorious snark...

I enjoyed all of these so much, and I hope some of you will too!

So, hitting the sales tomorrow? I expect to replenish my supply of curly ribbon, decorative treat sacks, and various outdoor lights that die over time. But I apparently will be making a run on light bulbs, as the regular kind are about to become off limits in California in 2018. Criminy! I hate LED lights with a passion. The murky, sickly colors (especially the white and yellow lights), the alien glow. Ugh. More and more people are using LED Christmas lights in decorating, and for me, they have all the charm of the lone beacon in a processing yard or power station glimpsed at night while driving down the lonely back-40 of Oregon...

swirlsofblueswirlsofblue on December 26th, 2017 03:25 pm (UTC)
Merry Christmas :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Xmas Penguinhalfshellvenus on December 26th, 2017 06:44 pm (UTC)
You too, thank you!
adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on December 26th, 2017 04:34 pm (UTC)
Merry all Holidays!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Xmas Penguinhalfshellvenus on December 26th, 2017 06:44 pm (UTC)
And "seeing the grown children" days!
passing_through: cardinal in the snowpassing_through on December 26th, 2017 08:27 pm (UTC)
Belated Merry Christmas to you and your family!

I hit up Walmart this afternoon to buy razors and vitamins and ended up in the Christmas section and they were having a 50% off sale. I picked up a few things. I would have bought more but I didn't have a cart and could only carry so much. I didn't want to get a cart because then I'd spend more money :D

Love your description of LED lights! You can tell you're a writer ;)

Why are regular lights becoming off limits? Are they a fire hazard?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 27th, 2017 06:59 am (UTC)
I was not brave enough for Walmart, but I went to Walgreen's, Rite Aid, and Target. I got some lights,some treat sacks, and some Christmas cards. But no curling ribbon! Nobody seems to be selling those small egg-shaped bundles of curling, metallic-colored ribbon anymore. :(

The regular lights are about to be banned because they use more energy than the LEDs and fluorescents. Ack! I can see myself buying contraband light bulbs from Oregon, the way people buy contraband toilets from Canada because the low-flush ones required in America... don't :O
cindy: jared sez pucker up buttercuptsuki_no_bara on December 27th, 2017 03:18 am (UTC)
merry christmas a day late, and happy the-kids-are-home holiday!

do all your yuletide stories have snark? because i sense a theme. :D

i too am wondering why regular bulbs are going off limits! i got an led bulb for the lamp in my living room and it did not last nearly as long as it was supposed to, and i felt cheated. it was bright, tho. i replaced it with a regular bulb. (my issue is with led headlights. they're probably great if you're alone on a dark road, but when they're coming towards you they're a fucking hazard because they are BLINDING. i figure there's some dumbass ecological reason why all new cars seem to have them, but i have no idea what it is.)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 27th, 2017 07:01 am (UTC)
There actually IS snark in all three of the stories I received, but it's also kind of built into the dynamics of the characters in all three fandoms. I mean, you know Raylan and Boyd, and how they are. John McClane and Matt Farrell snarked their way through Die Hard 4, and Battle Creek? A total snarkfest.

And under the snark, so many opportunities for slashing... ;)