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2012-12-31 05:08 pm

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Rashad Alakbarov paints with shadows and light.

Dude. Truly amazing.

Scroll down for some more really cool stuff. I've seen some of them, but not all.

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Photos from Popular Movie Scenes Held Up in Front of Real World Location.

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Addicted to White Collar. Not too many plotholes, great characters and interesting stories. Just starting Season Two.

Another fandom, that's all I need. *grin*

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John Scalzi has some very smart things to say about one's attitude toward transgender people. I came to his philosophy myself and try to apply it to everyone. More joy, less sorrow. Pass it on. :D

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Planning a NYE feast with a home-made veggie tray, dips, brie en croute and something else I just can't remember right now. There will be Doctor Who, there might be My Little Pony, I'm hoping there will be Brave.

Can't let the day go by without this song. It's a tradition. Every year, after the ball dropped, there would be Barry.

And it took me ages to realize that this song that talks about NYE should probably have been played *before* NYD. Oh well. They probably wouldn't have listened to me anyway. *grin*

Sam and I have been talking about how time is arbitrary and it's NYE because we agree on it. But we decided we still like it.

I hope you each have a wonderful day and a wonderful new year. I hope this year brings you much of what you want and little of what you don't.

Happy New Year, everyone.
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2012-12-28 03:57 pm

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So tired today. I think Shark Week is imminent. Wheeeeeeeeeee. I'll try to be interesting on Monday. :)
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2012-12-25 04:40 pm

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Yulemas a complete success. Everyone here happy with everything they got. Or, if they weren't, nobody told me. :D I took a moderate amount of pictures, and I might even post some. Amazing! *grin*

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Suddenly, there's a meadow in the ocean, with "flowers" everywhere.

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John Scalzi takes one for the team.

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Patrick Stewart, awesome as usual.

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And now, to sit around and watch stuff, read stuff and interact with the family. Ham's in the oven and should be ready in a few hours. Hope each of you is having a lovely day.
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2012-12-24 02:10 pm

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The Bibliomat. Best vending machine *EVER*.

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Downton Abbey gingerbread house.

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And, continuing with the theme, we have the Hello Borgy cake.

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Best Catbus costume ever. Also, the theme is over now.

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Portable Tabletop Pretend Stove. What a clever idea!

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Oooh. I was right. It is truly lovely here when it snows. We're going out to hang the popcorn strings and just generally play in the snow. I love living here.
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2012-12-21 04:19 pm

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Happy Solstice!! We made it through the dark once again. Even though we won't be able to really tell for a while, each day will be slightly longer and we'll have a little more sunlight. And one day, we'll have full sun again.

To my dear friends on the other side of the planet, I have faith that you will make it through the dark and come out the other side too.

I truly love each and every one of you, no matter where you reside. Even in my darkest times, you make things a bit brighter. Thank you for sharing your lives with me.

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Giant Robots Around the World.

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Oh no! Grumpy Cat stole Christmas!

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Tank slippers to crochet.

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Back to the Future Legos!

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It has been snowing for hours, and not sticking at *all*. Very frustrating for a certain twelve year old. Though, that did lead to a good conversation about why the snow isn't sticking and why it will accumulate on the grass first, then the sidewalk, then the road. Science! :D

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I am*So* proud of my self. I figured out a solution to the Holiday Card problem (as in, how to get them printed without selling a kidney). Yay. :) It'll be a little more fiddly than I expected, but it will *work* and that's what counts.

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Kevin Bacon.


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The Land O'Calrissian.
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2012-12-20 02:01 pm

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This One Ring Scarf is pretty bleedin' impressive.

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Just discovered this quote. I'm in love.

"You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should've behaved better." - Anne Lamott

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Tree ducks!.

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Seriously cool behind the scenes pictures from LoTR>

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I know.

And, as a companion piece, 46 reasons my three year old might be freaking out.
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2012-12-19 03:54 pm

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It lives!

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Baby turtle vs. tomato.

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Wow. You can download L.A. Story, A Room w/a View, Blazing Saddles, Hedwig and the Angry Inch & Moonstruck from Archive.org. Apparently, they were picked just for me. I enjoy every one of them. Moonstruck & L.A. Story are among my very favorites.

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Octopus using coconut shells to hide from predators.

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The Irish government has decided to repeal legislation that makes abortion a criminal act and to introduce regulations setting out when doctors can perform an abortion when a woman’s life is regarded as being at risk, including by suicide.

Well, it's about time.

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Sergey Bobkov's wood chip sculptures are truly amazing.

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Jeff bought a Red Ryder bb gun (sadly, it doesn't have a compass in the stock) and it's far too much fun. So, now it's time to go take down those wiley soda cans. Luckily, we have a gazillion bbs, 'cause my aim sucks.
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2012-12-14 03:10 pm

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Pieke Bergman's playful street lights.

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I feel like I've done nothing today, which is actually ridiculous. I colored my hair, wrote to my aunt (on paper. With a *pen*. And no spell-check.), read to Charlie, helped Sam remember her chores and figured out what we're having for dinner. Sam's working on the kitchen and then I'll actually go start it. I also need to finish work on the Holiday card, as I am a procrastiny procrastinator. I am 85% done though. And Valentine's day is a Winter Holiday...:D

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I adore this image.

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Night of the Living Redshirts.
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2012-12-12 03:21 pm

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*squee* Mo Willems Pigeon in Lego. With building directions.

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Charlie's birthday was lovely. She got some great stuff that made her so happy she'd scream with joy and run in circles. I sometimes wish I could just set up a video camera in the corner to record events like this. But I'm hopeless at getting *pictures* edited and up. I've no hope of doing video in a timely manner.

We had mac & cheese, corn dogs, applesauce and beans for dinner. The mac & cheese was shaped like Phineas & Ferb and she *loved* this idea, even though none of use were able to actually id anyone using the pasta pieces.

And then I got a headache that won't leave me alone. The only way I can explain it is that it makes my skull feel delicate, like one touch and it'll crumble. It's nowhere near as much fun as it sounds.

Thus, I will be making her cake today. Didn't get *everyone* for the top, but got a good majority and a couple stand-ins, including Wreck-It Ralph, who gets to be on top of the cake with no argument. *grin*

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Happy 12/12/12. :)

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George Takei On Teaming Up With Archie's Kevin Keller.
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2012-12-10 01:06 pm

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The best answers to come out of Ian McKellan's takover of The Hobbit twitter feed.

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New NASA Images Show The Earth's Electric Light Show.

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Trailer for Oblivion, new Tom Cruise sci-fi movie.

Intriguing. I *think* I have some things figured out, but I hope it's cut in a way on purpose to make me think I know what's going on. As always, this could just be a well cut trailer and the movie's crap...but I'm intrigued.

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Journeys in Self Acceptance. I love this video.

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Guess what? Hippo butt(s).

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I am Tin Man.

No, not *me*. Him.

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Worst Marketing Decision Ever: Drycleaner Puts "Pro-life" Message on Their Hangers.

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Yeah. I got nothin'.

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I still can't believe that Charlie is four today. Time is a weird thing.

There will be a full report tomorrow and pictures of the festivities sometime before she's five. *grin*
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2012-12-06 12:30 pm

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Reading Rainbow, Remixed.

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Fleetwood Mac to launch world tour in April.

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Dear Quiznos,

You are *not* introducing soup to your menu. You are bringing *back* soup. I know, 'cause I was bummed when you stopped making it.

Love,

The chick who knows exactly what she's getting next time we go to Quiznos

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It's Looo-ooog, it's Loooo-oog, it's big, it's heavy, it's wood. It's Looo-ooog, it's Loooo-oog, it's better than bad , it's the hero that released the sun.

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12 New Books Brought to You By Penguin-Random.

A couple actually made me snort.

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I've just found out about the Glasswing Butterfly. *WOW*. So lovely. Amazing as well.

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Netflix & Disney have come to an agreement that gives Netflix access to scads (yes, *scads*) of Disney-owned films and shows...and they've already started adding things . Like Alice in Wonderland, three Tinkerbell movies (Charlie will be pleased), Dumbo and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Which is why I'm watching Nightmare right now and, since it's me, might watch it again later. *Grin*

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Dear sinuses,

I don't care if you get so incredibly full of goo that you *explode*. I have *things* to do and a cake to bake and stuff to wrap and a little girl to take to Chuckie Cheese and I *will do these things*. So stopppppppp it already.

Sincerely,

The chick who would prefer no 'splosions

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Oh yeah. We went to see Rise of the Guardians at the drive-in, along with a second viewing of Paper Man & Wreck-It Ralph.

I didn't expect much of Guardians, but was pleasantly surprised. We all *really* liked it. It was creepy in places, but not too scary for Charlie, it kept Sam's attentin and Jeff and I were very pleased with the story. I wouldn't mind seeing it again.

Had a blast with Paper Man and Ralph the second time around. Looking forward to that dvd.

And now, the drive-in is closed for the season. It'll be weird to see one movie at a time with the kids. *grin*

Sam and I will be dipping our toes in by seeing The Hobbit. When she was tiny, I had hope there *would* be a Hobbit movie to take her to...so pleased that worked out.

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"Almost no people have heard of {subject} and don't know what to think abou it".
... Um. Well. If they've never heard of it, I don't think they'd think anything, really.

Yeah, I know what he was getting at, but words *mean things*. Jeeze.

/rantlet

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Gotta get the birdseed this weekend or the cardinal mafia is coming for me. There's one that keeps staring at me through the window. I'd say it looks pissed, but they kind of always look like that.

Female cardinals are so lovely...they're buff and orange and red, but they don't get on the holiday cards, poor things. I would show you pictures of the one who likes ot perch on the tomato stakes, but she knows when I pick up the camera, even if she's looking in a completely different direction. It's like maaaaaaagic. *grin*

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Mexico's Supreme Court has ruled that a law in southern Oaxaca state that bans same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, paving the way for same-sex couples to marry in that state and possibly in the rest of Mexico.
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2012-12-05 06:58 pm
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Stuck upstairs w/Baby Screamypants. But, I look at this as a minor setback. Generally, things are going well. I just have to keep reminding myself of that.

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2012-12-04 03:44 pm

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The Axis of Awesome: 4 Chords Official Music Video .

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It is an absolutely gorgeous day. The sun is out, the air is warm (71 degrees warm) and we've got the doors open.

Apparently, May & December exchanged a day. I should remember that when it snows right after Beltane.

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Hey look, another reason not to give money to the Salvation Army. As if we needed more.

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I'm at loose ends. Not sure what to write.

We're ramping up for Charlie's fourth birthday (MONDAY!). I've finally pinned her down as to the cake. She wants

A round cake with two layers, frosted in purple with pink around the sides. On top should be a 4 candle, regular candles and "Cinderella, the fairy godmother, Spongebob, Pooh, Tigger, a little pink car, DJ Lance Rock, Mickey, Goofy, Donald, Pluto, Brobee & a Care Bear"

She'll be able to have most of that. I cannot find a little DJ Lance to save my life (both he and Brobee are from Yo Gabba Gabba for the uninitiated), but I've told her that and she thinks she'll survive.

We're going to Chuckie Cheese on Sunday, 'cause she's determined to "Eat pizza at Chuckie Cheese an' play da games". Found some coupons too. So, all we have to do is survive. *grin*
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2012-11-30 08:29 pm

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A saga of trees and elves.

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Sam and I were having a discussion about boy toys and girl toys and I asked Charlie about a purple car. "Is this a boy toy, or a girl toy?" "Dat *my* toy". And that's all that had to be said. *Grin*

Oh, I wasn't trying to convince Sam that toys could be played with by anyone. I was explaining why a lot of people thought they couldn't. She stated that it was a dumb idea. And I can't disagree.

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Project NightNight. Oh hell *yes* I'm doing this. What a sweet and wonderful idea.

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Congratulations to my cousin Kaila who had a little girl yesterday. She's not actually reading this (neither of them are *grin*) but congrats anyway.

I remember when Kaila was born. That's just weird. But in a good way.

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Oh cool. Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing is being released to theatres in June of next year. Though, I don't remember anyone being killed, so I'm not sure what he's going to do to bum us out. ;)

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The Saga of Riker's beard.
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2012-11-29 04:38 pm

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As you've probably gathered, Charlie's going through another tantrum phase. From the struggles she's having, I'm thinking she's having a major developmental breakthrough. Which I'm *sure* will be lovely when it's done.

I've been googling to look for new ideas to cope with the screaming and yelling and throwing things (we do have a rule in place that if you throw something, it goes to Goodwill. Well, unless it's isn't yours of course. I don't know if it's much of a deterrent though). And if I see one more person write that anything other than a perfectly calm child should be immediately seen by a doctor, as the kid is obviously abnormal, I may have a tantrum myself.

Please don't get me wrong. Early intervention is key with a lot of problems. But I think the vast majority of kids have tantrums. I did, Sam did (dear ghods, did she ever), etc. It's like the times I googled waking up with a headache and 98% of the responses were basically "You have cancer". That was using US Google. I checked on UK Google and the advice was along the lines of "Have you tried a different pillow?"

I think Charlie's main problem is, she's too much like me. Stubborn as all hell and gets super frustrated if she can't get her point across. I've grown out of my tantrums (mostly). Hopefully she will too. Sam did (mostly) and I survived that with a lot less support.

I'd still like some new ideas, but frankly, I'm not sure there are any.

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In other Charlie news, the alarm worked! She set it off twice and then went back to bed for a while. It's only the first day, but oh, it is *SO* good to come downstairs and see the things in my studio where I left them. The rest of the house too, but she seemed to target my place.

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Frank Oz on the Colbert Report. Excellent.

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The Rubiks Cube that Isn't. Which is not a sequel to The Bear That Wasn't.

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Happy birthday, Louisa May Alcott. Love your work. :D
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2012-11-27 01:51 pm

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I will never understand why gossip/entertainment publications put people's ages in articles that have nothing whatsoever to do with how old they are. Birthday list? Yes, ages are fine. Someone's making a new movie and you're going to interview them? Me knowing they're forty-three or sixty won't change much.

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*sigh* I've been biting my lips again. Better this time...no bleeding. But it's driving me a bit batty, because it isn't a habit I can break. I do it in my sleep or just all of a sudden realized I'm doing it. *Bah*. At least I have lots of lip balm to help out after.

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Got this door stop alarm for the girls' room. Hopefully, it will do the trick. I plan to half-close the door, so she *has* to move it to get out of the room and wedge it in. Luckily, Sam usually doesn't get up in the middle of the night, and I'll show her how to disarm it. When it gets here in the next couple days. :)

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Really like the New Bruno Mars song. Sam loves it and can't wait for the new album. :)

It *really* sounds like a lost Police song.

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T'giving dinner was delicious. The lasagna was truly amazing. It was so good I forgot I was the one who made it. The pecan tart was delicious, though the filling was a little runny. I'll have to adjust that.

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Maya Beiser's version of Kashmir is drop dead gorgeous.

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A beautiful answer to a hideous problem.

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Sam and I were talking about Barbie and how I very carefully picked out the Barbies she had at the beginning (don't know why, they all end up naked and often with bad hair cuts...) and I realized that Barbie is much less of a problem now, because it isn't *just* Barbie out there any longer. There are a gazillion dolls of her height to pick from, so she isn't the only "normal". Cool.
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2012-11-22 09:49 pm
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Thanksgiving dinner is ready. The lasagne looks and smells amazing.


We're also having a salad and will be following up with a pecan tart.

I'm so proud of myself for pulling this off that it borders on the sad. *grin*

Hope your day was/is happy, whatever's going on.

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2012-11-21 04:47 pm

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The Thirteen Most Delightful covers of Muppet Magazine.

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Abandoned Suitcases Reveal Private Lives of Insane Asylum Patients.

This is so *interesting* and sad and not sad at the same time.

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Alec Baldwin has this podcast, Here's The Thing. He's not the greatest interviewer in the world, but the show with Billy Joel is hilarious and worth a listen even if you don't like either of them.

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*sigh* Charlie keeps getting up before any of us, coming downstairs and usually messing with stuff in my studio (which can't be closed up). The place she isn't supposed to go unless I'm in here. And we can't figure out how to stop her. It seems like she gets up, comes down here, does stuff and then goes back to bed. She can climb over gates, can't lock her in the room (remarkably dangerous, as it's a key lock *and* I hate that idea) and tying her to the mattress isn't an option. We talk and talk and explain and take things away and *nothing* works. I'm really close to having her sleep in our room for a week, but it'd probably just start up again. Bah.

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If I don't post tomorrow, Happy US T'giving to them who celebrate it and a very merry Thursday to all. :D Love you. Mean it. Really.
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2012-11-19 05:15 pm

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Thank you for the birthday wishes. :) They were much appreciated.

Yesterday was lovely. No big drama (not even from the nearly four-year-old), just relaxed and groovy. Exactly the way I like it.

Jeff had taken the kids to shop for gifts on Saturday (and was worn out when they got home) and they picked some of the niftiest things. Charlie got me a pair of pretty reading glasses and a Wonder Woman race car among other things. Sam got me a My Little Pony, blue glitter nail polish and a Monster High doll (pulling my small collection of creepyish dolls and my small collection of barbie type dolls together nicely).

My parents got me a Tardis cookie jar. It makes the Tardis sound when you close it. Or when you push the button on top. :D And Jeff got me some marvelous books (including Beth Ditto's autobiography), an Oscar the Grouch winter hat, a Jack Skellington ornament and Terry Pratchett's The Compleat Ankh-Morpork. Which is a book, but transcends book. And has a double sided map of Ankh-Morpork. Ny sent me a lovely postcard with a rainbow cake on it!

Do my family know me or what? And if you'd ever wondered if I was a geek or not, wonder no more my dear. *Grin*

I made nachos last night and didn't set anything on fire. I've also come to the conclusion that I will never make restaurant nachos. But I like mine. :) We were stuffed, so we're havin' cake tonight. After dinner. 'Cause if I didn't enforce that, we'd just have cake and be all queasy.

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I'm happy. Not just with birthday stuff. I've been happy for a while now.

I'm somewhat afraid to mention this, but I really don't believe in curses or something awful happening because you mention it, and I'm going to damn well start acting like it. I have no trouble..."remembering" that I don't believe in magical thinking for good things, so why do I still have a bit of a block on the reverse?

Anyway. Happy. Not sure why. Well, lots of reasons why, but not sure why my brain isn't getting down with it's seasonal depression bad self. But I'll take it. :)