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07 December 2006 @ 11:28 am
Thursday Ramblings (Mmmmm... Thursday...)  
First, if you haven’t read the Prison Break Crack!PicSpam I posted on Monday, what are you waiting for? You don’t even need to know must about Prison Break—it’s cracktastic on its own. You know you want to! => Penguin Break: The Story Of Lincoln Burrows. :D

Second, how’s that Prison Break Fic Exchange story coming? I’ve gotten back maybe ½ of the stories from people on my f-list, which means *pokety* that some of you need to get cracking! Not in THAT sense of “crack,” but you know what I mean.. Due next Monday.

Third, a new round of Prison Break Fan Fiction Awards has opened again. All details can be found here. Time to look up your favorites and get nominating! Hope lots of you will participate. :)

Fourth, yes I know it’s a new Supernatural episode tonight! Whoo-hoo! I’m still unspoiled, though, and let’s keep it that way.

On to the rambling…

I did the final outdoor Christmas lights on Saturday, which took far more time than I’d expected. Namely, dead lights! Including ½ of a purple strand (not that easy to come buy). New technology keeps a single burned bulb from taking down the string, BUT in a new stroke of evil genius the strings are now 3-wires|2-wires|3-wires, and guess what fails? Yes! The connection between the two halves of the 3-wired sections. So instead of losing a bulb that can be replaced, you lose an entire half of the string and can’t fix it. #$%!*@!!

I spent too much time diagnosing this, aided by low blood sugar (at one point, it was "Wires…Connect… How?") until I ate the micro-lunch I’d brought out to make up for the foray into the kids’ Chocolate Lucky Charms earlier that day (Damn that tempting kid-food! Damn my lack of willpower!). The final insult was tree-bits falling into my eyes while I strung the lights through the crepe-myrtle tree.

Hate Rant: people who make timers, have you not noticed that the world in the last decade has gone to POLARIZED plug connectors? Moreover, the outside ones are grounded connectors. Please to be updating your plug connection. ;(

Love mention: people who make polarized=>straight adapters and grounded=>straight adapters? ♥ you.

Monday I tried some Christmas shopping for the family. I fear the mall (moreso at Christmas), so I went to the less-travelled mall instead. I found nothing for the husband, a tiny something for his brother (add wine and cookies and we’re good to go, so yay!), and mostly a few items for Toys-For-Tots. My kids are getting so old that they’re harder to shop for (in Christopher’s case, the toys just suck). However, neat toys for younger kids—still easy to find.

I sent some gift ideas for the kids to my parents. Heavily specified. My Dad’s genius is to overlook important details, so in the past few years we are always returning something/fixing the gift. Birthday present for the 7-year-old was the Teen->Adult version of a toy where he needed the 8+ version. Last Christmas it was duplicating my sister’s gift to my son (because I now know that you can no longer communicate in negatives to my Dad any more. “Don’t buy X” becomes “Buy X! Really buy X!”) *Sigh* Needless to say, the DVDs I listed out all had “FULLSCREEN” as the required version. What do you want to bet we get at least one “Widescreen” one?

We took the kids to the annual school “Holiday Night” on Tuesday. This features cookie-decorating (sometimes other treats) and crafts. My son became very pissy about doing it-- there was nothing fun to do, and no he didn’t want to decorate a cookie because that was just boring! Grrrr. My husband plunked him down and told him to get busy, and in three minutes Christopher was happy as a clam, making his cookie and eating M&Ms off of the decoration plate.

Quick—meaningless poll!

Who has more issues?

Sam Winchester
That "Can You Hear Me Now?" Dork
I'm still stuck on a 7-year-old being in a snit over a cookie and a plate of candy

BEWARE OF JENMAR.: PB - Unschool Learningclex_monkie89 on December 7th, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC)
Second, how’s that Prison Break Fic Exchange story coming?

I still haven't had time to start it. I figure I'll be starting it on Sunday and pulling an all-nighter.

Stupid fucking finals. *Grumbles*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on December 8th, 2006 12:32 am (UTC)
:D Amazingly, I know it will still be awesome when you're done.

Stupid papers. Stupid pondering over ideas and essaying them to death. :(
BEWARE OF JENMAR.clex_monkie89 on December 8th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)
:D Amazingly, I know it will still be awesome when you're done.

You say that now, but just wait. I pity the person who gets the fic I write.

Stupid papers. Stupid pondering over ideas and essaying them to death. :(

I would totally love school if it weren't for all the fucking work. Ugh.
she said mysteriouslyresounding_echo on December 7th, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC)
“Don’t buy X” becomes “Buy X! Really buy X!”

Hahaha. Awesome.

Your stories always make me smile. Yay cookies!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on December 8th, 2006 12:38 am (UTC)
Hahaha. Awesome.
Oh, god. It was SO aggravating until I figured out what was going on there. Even during our summer vacation, we'd had conversations like: "So, do you want to go to the North Fork on Wednesday?" "No, not Wednesday." "So, we're going to the North Fork today?" "No." After a few rounds of that, you realize that the "No" and "Not" are being stripped out of your reply before it's committed to memory. Argh!

Yay cookies! Nay random-snit! I seriously don't know what's up with that, but he's been like that since he was a baby. Every vacation includes at least one day of, "No, I NOT going to the zoo, I NOT having fun." *eye roll* What.Ever.
she said mysteriouslyresounding_echo on December 8th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)
Yes, but aren't kids like that? My little (and by little I mean younger for he is actually taller than I am) brother is twelve now, so he's pretty much in the throes of "No, no--I'm too cool for that--notfuunnn!!1" and then once you get him going he's all "Well, uh, I guess this is kinda fun. :enjoys self: Don't tell anyone though." I guess telling your school friends that you hang out with your nerdy sister and absent-minded mom in Disneyland isn't exactly cool. ;)
mooyoo: XMas Lightsmooyoo on December 7th, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
That "Can You Hear Me Now?" Dork

I freaking hate that guy.

I miss putting up Christmas lights. When I growing up we had this huge tree outside of the house that we always tried to put lights in, but could never get higher than about half-way, and every time we tried those net-like strands of lights that are supposed to make decorating your bushes easier and more unified they'd be way too small and impossible to spread out, so we'd get a tree filled half-way up with lights and bushes with one square patch condensed with lights. It was awesome.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on December 8th, 2006 12:41 am (UTC)
There's an extremely tall evergreen down at the bottom of the street that is always decked out with the big bulbs like a giant Christmas tree. I've always wondered if someone there works for the fire department and gets a little seasonal help, because otherwise I can't see HOW they get all the way up the tree. Yikes.

I hate "Can you hear me now" dork too. I envision a giant shoe coming down on top of him. Mmmmmm. ;)
aeroport_art: SPN holidaysaeroport_art on December 8th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
Oh my god so much Christmas spirit in one post! *shades eyes from the red and green glare*

Anyway it all sounds like much fun XD
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on December 8th, 2006 06:45 am (UTC)
Haha! It's Christmas spirit or at least the trappings. :)

I LOVED that part of the Supernatural DVD set that's in your icon. The "Canadian" version of the Christmas greeting-- complete with dorky hats and fake 'hoser' accents-- was just so hilarious. :D
aeroport_art: OMGaeroport_art on December 9th, 2006 06:06 am (UTC)
Lol no kidding, I love it when they show Jared and Jensen as dorks instead of all the posed, ultra-hot photoshoots (not that I'm gonna complain about those either >.>). I need more behind-the-scenes to feed my RPS! XD XD