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03 April 2018 @ 06:50 pm
Because why not?  
Back at work, plugging and chugging away. After a week off, I feel bad leaving HalfshellHusband at home alone. More and more, retirement is looking like a good idea, though the health insurance issue is the biggest obstacle. Speaking of which...

Hey, did I mention that I'm having a hysterectomy next week? No? I was semi-prepared for it, because anatomical things started to migrate to new locations about 20 months ago. But I'd hoped the solution wouldn't be quite so drastic. Also, the whole episode with The Lumptm was unforeseen. I'm really using that insurance this year. :(

So, I'm getting stuff done while I can, before the surgery and long recovery. That includes excavating part of the yard to remove dead plants (and rotting tree roots) before replanting, and finishing our stupid taxes. Started weeks ago! \o? For After The Surgery, I have lots of books on Kindle and in the physical "to read" pile, and lots of recorded TV. Some of the TV is aspirational (hi, Poldark and Z-Nation!), some of it is new things on Netflix and Amazon.

We've been watching Instinct, and I keep feeling we're imminently going to bail. I like Alan Cumming, but the writing is clumsy, and I don't believe in his character. Also, the fashion sense? *shudders* So much hideous plaid, colored in what I call the Palate of Gastric Distress. Or maybe peat bogs are his inspiration? Still... yuck. Also, HSH protests at the setup not finding a way to let Cumming's character be Scottish, because that's 75% of the fun of Alan Cumming for us.

Need some random amusement? You've probably already seen this epic Twitter thread on stolen fried rice, but if not, it's hilarious. Also, courtesy of an author whose blog I follow, I bring you Die, Demon Cabbage, Die! and the misadventures of a writer without a deadline. There's a pumpkin ghost, which I would never have thought could be a real thing! What's not to love?

So, how are YOU doing?

ericadawn16: Confusedericadawn16 on April 4th, 2018 05:22 am (UTC)
I feel like the plaid and lack of accent must be from the book series? I know they kept his husband from the book series so that's why I assumed everything else was that way, too.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on April 4th, 2018 05:41 am (UTC)
Ah, I didn't know it was based on books.

Oddly enough, the husband is also one of the things that doesn't work for me. I can understand why Dylan is attracted to him, but have trouble seeing why he would be attracted to Dylan. Mainly, the personalities don't seem to be chemically compatible.

The plaid, now... that's just criminal. Also the whole suit that was a canned-pea-green color. Good Lord. o_O
ericadawn16: Optimismericadawn16 on April 4th, 2018 05:50 am (UTC)


I guess I'm just used to the weird stuff that Brits wear, like that plaid suit David Tennant wore that one time, remember?



Hmm, I hadn't thought about them not being compatible. I assumed that they had been together quite a while so they had changed as people since then but were still deeply in love and probably some sexual compatibility, too.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on April 4th, 2018 06:12 am (UTC)
Wow, that suit is something else! Though at least the colors aren't inherently evil? \o?

Dylan and the husband just don't seem "real" to me as a couple-- like much of Dylan himself, actually. More a collection of quirks and contrivances rather than a believable character, if that makes sense? If it were anyone else, I would blame the acting (and maybe I should?), but it's part of what I mean about the writing being clumsy. Things are presented that we're supposed to accept, but it isn't being done in a convincing way.

Maybe because the character is so strongly drawn from the books that the writers are forgetting to build the character and his context rather than just transplanting him? Sort of as if you were reading fanfiction from a fandom you don't know, where the writer has left out detail because the context is assumed.

I think I'm just muddling this more as I go! Probably too close to bedtime. :D
adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on April 4th, 2018 02:57 pm (UTC)
Good luck w the surgery! My hub wants to retire. Healthcare says no.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 4th, 2018 05:17 pm (UTC)
It's sad-- I thought retirement would be sooner, but after Trump won the election instead of Hilary, the whole healthcare situation was one of the first things that became unknowable. :(
swirlsofblueswirlsofblue on April 4th, 2018 04:52 pm (UTC)
Well if you're not in a place where you can retire completely, maybe you can work fewer hours than now?

*Hugs* I hope the surgery goes well.

That Shrimp fried rice story is really something.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 4th, 2018 05:27 pm (UTC)
I've mentioned the part-time thing, which I did years ago, to my manager. Given that I'm not accomplishing things as fast as he would like, that doesn't look promising, but I haven't given up hope.

Isn't that story funny? It's the details like, "My blood is on cocaine" and "anything could happen" that crack me up-- plus the bizarrely duplicitous co-worker. What is up with that?!?
Laura: B99 Jake teddycookielaura on April 4th, 2018 11:02 pm (UTC)
*gentle hugs* I hope the surgery goes well <3

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 4th, 2018 11:29 pm (UTC)
Me too! I'm dreading the recovery already. 6 weeks without biking! How to keep from gaining weight? I went through this after the kids were born, too.

I do not know! She not only threw it away, she buried it under other things to hide it. And it was only half-an-hour old, not days old. AND she likes the shrimp fried rice. WTH is up with stealing it and burying it? And then acting like she had no part in the whole thing.

"Ruthless" is the right adjective for her. ;)
passing_through: sunset wheatpassing_through on April 5th, 2018 01:22 am (UTC)
I hope the surgery and recovery go well and are as painless as possible. It sounds like you're well prepared for the down time.

I didn't know girl parts could migrate. That's a scary thought!

I would love to see a picture of your yard. It sounds so big and abundant.

I read that Twitter thread the other day at my desk during my break and started laughing and my co-worker asked me what I was laughing at. It was hilarious! Nothing that exciting would ever happen where I work. We're all very respectful of one another and the only time anything in the fridge gets messed with is on kitchen clean-up day and only if you don't have your name or initials on it. If it's unlabeled on clean-up day, it's fair game :D

Edited at 2018-04-05 01:22 am (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 5th, 2018 06:29 am (UTC)
Some of the girl parts moved during pregnancy years ago, and never fully recovered. Then other parts gave up.

But I'm glad all the bones returned where they belonged afterwards. After baby #1, I would get this pressure in my neck and then it would "pop" into position. Usually as I was drifting off! That went away with baby #2, but an ankle I broke as a teen started to crackle. Fortunately, that went back into position after the baby was born.

That Twitter thread is a riot, especially with the glorious hyperbole, and really, just the weird sneaky coworker who seems to have taken passive aggression to a whole new level. Or she has DID, and her alter did the food stealing while the primary personality remained unaware. But I prefer a more nefarious explanation. :O
Direst Ryl: Women's Petition Against Coffeeryl on April 5th, 2018 11:13 am (UTC)
I had high hopes for the Demon Cabbage page but it turned out to be another sneaky Brussels sprouts apologist. I've had Brussels sprouts prepared by a James Beard award-winning chef and they were still vile balls of condensed hate. There is no redemption for that vegetable. Dude's fish sauce must contain hallucinogenic mushrooms for him to think it makes the hate-balls edible.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yikeshalfshellvenus on April 5th, 2018 05:04 pm (UTC)
I actually like Brussels sprouts (especially sauteed and then doused with walnut vinaigrette), but even if you don't, the recipe description is hilarious. The details like, "Show them your knife" just cracked me up.

I can't guarantee I would like this particular recipe, but reading it was definitely worth the time. I would read pretty much any recipe written in that style.

I do understand why people might not like the taste. There are similar foods that puzzle me, like why anyone would eat beets on purpose, or why mango is just everywhere these days and contaminating innocent foods right and left. But as our son says, mango is mostly a food with no middle ground. People tend to either love it, or hate it.

For me, it is exactly like biting into a skunk. :(
Direst Rylryl on April 5th, 2018 11:41 pm (UTC)
I kind of like mango but I agree with you on the beets. They look like a crime scene.
Peterpeterb on April 6th, 2018 09:52 pm (UTC)
> Hey, did I mention that I'm having a hysterectomy next week?

Hope that goes swimmingly for you. Surgery is not LOL ime.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 10th, 2018 01:41 am (UTC)
Thank you! I hate the whole concept of surgery-- even just being in the hospital is awful, but there's usually less dread, pain, and stupor involved. :O
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on April 12th, 2018 12:43 am (UTC)
I'm so behind on LJ that I missed this when you first posted. I'm sending good thoughts your way regarding the surgery and hope you have a swift recovery!

(Poldark was great, although sometimes he makes VERY BAD DECISIONS that are irritating.)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 12th, 2018 04:32 am (UTC)
Thank you! The surgery went well, though it was long and so was the recovery room time. Still pretty painful, though. :(

I think we saw maybe 4 episodes of the rebooted Poldark, but haven't gotten around to the rest yet. My husband kind of bailed on them, even though it's the kind of show he tends to likely. Maybe we'll get a chance to try again soon.