maybe_amanda101: (adopt a tribble)
Weather was lovely all day but now it is cold.  Fie on winter! Fie, I say!
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I spent today...hanging curtains and putting yet more IKEA furniture together.  But it's all more or less done, now.  They are living in their place, and we are back in ours.  As exhausting as it was having them here, I will miss the company.  The dog is great, but she's not really chatty.
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I heard Adele's new single, Hello, today.  It is -- fine. It's okay.  How exactly, and why, did it break the internet?
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Everyone (well, not quite, but a lot of people) have Christmas lights not just up, but lit.  I get wanting to hang lights while it's relatively warm and ice free, but plugging them in In November?  BEFORE Remembrance Day?  Wasting all that electricity?  What kind of crazy is that?  Why, in my day...
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Have any of you ever reupholstered a chair?  I mean, stripped it down to the frame and more or less started from scratch?  I am pretty much evenly divided between wanting to tackle a redo of a chair that looks mostly exactly like this (the upholstery on mine is icky pink):

- and wanting to sit down until the feeling goes very far away.

If you have attempted such a (mad) project, how did it go?  Any tips and/or tricks you'd like to offer?
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Back to our regularly scheduled questions tomorrow.  Woo hoo!
maybe_amanda101: (no_just_no_scully)
So it's my anniversary...

...and my husband has invited two dozen people over (not for the anniversary per se - he forgot about that -  "I knew the date sounded familiar," said he, in an attempt to be stabbed to death, but never mind...)

..and my toilets have all decided working is for suckers.

Lovely.
maybe_amanda101: (canada!)
147 years!  Most of them made sense at the time!!

I am celebrating in the traditional way - air conditioning and procrastination.

Also, strawberry shortcake. This is the life!!
maybe_amanda101: (xmas_ornament)
Today's prompt comes to you in two parts:

26. It's officially one month till Christmas!

Oh god oh god oh god OH GOD!!

(26 a) Post your favorite holiday song.


This bit is slightly less anxiety-inducing.

Thisis the first thing I play every holiday season:



I don't even KNOW why.

Close second:



Now I have to go get my hair dyed.  SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO glam!
maybe_amanda101: (tardis)

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Q: Day of the Doctor?
A: YES!!!!!!!!!


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This is so much fun!

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Today's prompt:


24. What's a special tradition in your family that makes the holiday season special to you?

(Other than repeating special twice in under 20 words?)

We do all the 'normal' stuff - turkey dinner with many of the fixin's (canned yams and marshmallows? Honestly people, that is just GROSS), lights, presents, arguments about insanely pointless and ultimately meaningless nonsense, driving around in miserable weather because god forbid both families just get together and be civil for a few hours, no, no, can't have that!, me being annoyed because I can't watch the Dr Who Christmas special right damned now, overwhelming anxiety, crushing disappointment, a keen desire for it all to be over.  You know, the usual.

But we do some fun stuff, too. There's the Sci-Fi/Fandom tree ("It's not really Christmas until there's a Klingon with a bat'leth hangin' on the tree!"), Gingerbread Kryceks, a (possibly wine-soaked) viewing of Clone High Snowflake Day ("Specificity be the enemy of unity!" Lamb tacos! "Oh give me some spices!" "I'm fat!" "I want some parsley!" "Here, we eat our mistakes! Mangez le verre! Man-gez le verre!!!" "Now, let us all join in a traditional All Religions Are Equally Valid Traditional Snowflake Day Celebratory Cabbage Patch!" King Kwanzaa! Dredlestein!) homemade Christmas crackers (Fun! Easy! Also fun!), and of course, breakfast corn (recipe follows):


Breakfast Corn
1 can niblets-style corn
can opener
microwave save bowl big enough for contents of the can

(1) Ten minutes before dinner is ready to be served, remember that you promised one of the more demanding diners that despite cooking fresh and delicious food for the last three days, no, no problem at all, you'd be only too damned happy to heat up a can of corn!

(2) Open can of corn

(3) Pour corn into bowl

(4) Microwave on full power for 3 minutes

(5) Serve dinner

(6) The next morning, open the microwave, only to discover you forgot to serve the corn.  Now it's breakfast corn!

(7) Throw entire contents in food waste recycling bin

(8) Repeat each and every holiday

NOTE: It's harder to make this dish since I now have a microwave that buzzes and buzzes and buzzes after it finishes cooking until you open the door, but, luckily, there is usually someone around who is willing to turn the microwave off without actually taking the food out :D
 

maybe_amanda101: (canada!)

Happy Monday and other oxymorons!!!!! (apparently there is no plural for oxymoron.  Go fig)

Today's prompt is:

11. What movie are you most looking forward to this holiday season? (Link to a trailer so we can experience the impending awesomeness too!)

Wow. I'm not really. I mean, I see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug because I am 3/5 geek (maybe 4/5?) and that is what my people do.  (Also, hot dwarf is no doubt still hot). Ditto Ender's Game. It'll either be great or really not great. I will probably see it, either way.

The Book Thief is also being released. If it's like the book, I think it will be too miserable to watch in the theatre, but I will definitely see it, probably at home.

August: Osage County. What can I say? I probably won't see it in the theatre. Then I'll watch the vid and think "Oscar bait, Oscar bait, over the top, Jesus God,Oscar bait..." I hope I'm pleasantly surprised by how wrong I am about that.

Ben Stiller's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty looks like it might be lots and lots and lots of fun. Here's hoping.

Today I have to drive 8 enormous paper bags full of leaves to their new home at the dump - ooops, I mean household and yard waste reclamation and transfer station.  Which is like a dump with a nicer name and fewer gulls.

My life is so glamourous!


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