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It is blue. I didn't even know they came in colors!

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Which yay! but it turned out it was the Broadway Newsies not the movie Newsies.

After watching it, I don't think I like it as much, though admittedly it has been quite a while since I've seen the original full-out. I should do that so I can compare properly.

(Also, historical note, while fictional characters who happen to be involved in based-on-a-true stories is one thing, I'm really uncomfortable with fictional characters who have real world parents/families. I didn't know until last night that I felt this way, but now I do! If we can prove a certain person didn't exist, they shouldn't be there.)

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He'd be 75. It's been just about a quarter century since he died, and I still miss him, though it's probably just as well he's not around to see the current geopolitical clusterfuck.

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Happily, they have a single makeup on the 15th. Wagner is pretty far down on our list, being a big school, but it's fairly well regarded on the Island so we'll try to make it out there next week. I don't know why taking two buses seems like such a great hardship compared to taking a bus AND a boat AND a train or more for the same amount of time, but it does.

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that I really, really, really need all my sleep?

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Specifically, she was rescuing Yunobo. That is one catchy tune!

But very noticeable and not entirely like the rest of the atmospheric background music I've heard in this game. As we came around to the gongs* again, I asked "So... what's up with this music?"

Jenn: It's abandoned mine music.
Me: That explains it.
Eva: I love how you're pretending that makes sense.
Me: What are you talking about? I'm not pretending.



Anyway, then she went and helped build Tarrytown for a while, fetching lots of people (all with names ending in -son...) and wood and organizing a wedding. Because this is the important thing to do. The big boss will just spin his wheels while you do all the petty side quests, right? Definitely won't take over the world until you get there, because he just has to see the look on your face! (Besides, that wouldn't be playing fair, now would it?)

* Bells? Deep chimes? Not sure what to call it, honestly.

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This is a great relief. Previously, whenever her horse died she'd immediately kill herself before the game could save. Now she doesn't have to do that anymore! (No joke, once when she stranded a horse in a valley she spent ages trying to figure a way to rescue it. She was really upset! Eventually we googled and found out that stables will automatically retrieve a living horse no matter what dire peril you left it in. Truly, they're the real heroes of this game.)

Anyway, in order to show off the horse god's prowess she immediately set a horse on fire. Because she can do that now. No regrets!

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And another next week. Wish her luck!

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So if you're itching for something new to read, there's lots in the comments.

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Turns out that I can just as easily trounce everybody on the new Mario Kart as I could on our N64 Mario Kart (which we finally set back up, though it's definitely not optimized for our current screen - I've got to got to got to set up our old SNES one of these days).

It's a little depressing to me that my list of talents is so... useless. I can:

1. Type 90 WPM in English with few errors
2. Apparently I'm okay at Mario Kart?
3. Make fast friends with most, but not all, cats and dogs (pretty sure this boils down to me smelling right)
4. Cook several dishes for one meal without getting flustered (almost the only situation in which time management works right for me, right up until the moment when it doesn't)

Also, I have a broad vocabulary.

These aren't bad things, but I'd prefer to have a talent for something a little flashier, like acting, politics, costumed vigilante crimefighting, gingebread house baking, or snazzy dressing.

Mario Kart, cats, dinner, and typing is just so... meh.

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The gas works, but it doesn't self-light after somebody accidentally spilled a whole bunch of water over the knobs. This is not an insurmountable problem, I guess, but the better news is that I hate that stove and have wanted a new one for years now and it's practically affordable to replace compared to some other things. So this just bumps it way up on the priority list.

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We can get through this, I'm sure.

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Of course, the best hangover cure is not to get a hangover in the first place. Which means you drink in moderation, with food, and when you get home you brush your teeth and take an ibuprofen with a big glass of water.

This is not really that hard, and it pays off when you don't feel bad in the morning.

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Mindful of the fact that we won't be back until spring, I asked her to just cut his head on his hair short rather than in a poodley poof. He looks a bit silly like this, but it should limit how much scissor trimming we have to do between now and then.

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And I probably will do that once I post these few links.

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She's enjoying it, but was more than a little weirded out by how very into her current video game both her mom and I got. We separately explained to her that there is a reason we haven't had a gaming system in this house...!

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1. I had a dream about kittens last night. No plot, just me and some kittens aged approximately eight weeks.

2. Every once in a while I'm out and about when somebody's phone rings with the Kim Possible beep and it's great.

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They've still yet to do anything about their infestation of Neo-Nazis... but apparently they're right on top of banning Jewish users for saying "goy" and "goyim."

Wow.

Shows where their priorities are, doesn't it!

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There's better balance between the who, the what, and the where. (Though I still don't know why we're so incompetent we can't tell the difference between strangulation and gunshot wounds.)

I spent a ridiculous sum buying a copy of Master Detective used, because it was out of print.

I'm both pleased and perturbed to note that it's now back in print. So, um, buy yourself a copy?

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I was able to get an appointment Friday, which really astonished me - usually the groomer books up weeks in advance! But I guess nobody wanted to go right after Christmas. (They told me on the phone that people were still trying to book grooming and/or boarding right before Christmas. It was already, like, the 22nd. I can't even....)

End of December isn't the optimal time for this dog to be shaved down, but we couldn't do it when it was the optimal time so he'll just have to shiver a little next month. He's rapidly moving from "scruffy" to "disreputable", and that can't be allowed. Sorry, baby.

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The cover screams YA, but the book is solidly middle grade - I'm three pages in and we've established that the main character is in the 4th grade and her sister is 14.

I still enjoy middle grade books (and middle grade realistic/contemporary is more likely to appeal than YA or, god forbid, adult realistic/contemporary*) and I legit thought this was misshelved when I picked it up.

* Unless it's a murder mystery, in which case I may like it quite a bit. Which makes me wonder, why aren't there more sci-fi/fantasy murder mystery series? Historical fiction has its own niche there. Hm...

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:D

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yay!

And it turns out that the clock starts ticking on loaned kindle books when they're lent, not when they're downloaded, so now I need to ask some people to send them again. Boo. Amazon, why? WHY?

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but I'm about to load up another one and I still have a huge backlog.

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and getting the very decided feeling that the author has a definite type. It was the same in the last one, and it's very... specific. Oh, well. The progression of the romance may be predictable, but the rest of it is fine.

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and Jenn was there too, and we watched... the holiday baking challenge? I don't know, one of those baking competition shows.

So the first episode we see just the tail end, and the woman who is definitely about to be kicked off is being criticized for her decorations being too sunny and not Christmassy enough (because she'd forgotten to put snow instead of grass on the ground and then sort of had to fake it with snowmen) and I really was rooting for her to say "You know, in my country it doesn't snow. This IS seasonal", but she didn't. She should have.

And then in the next episode the producers remembered that holidays other than Christmas exist, so for the first event (or, as they cutely call it, the "pre-heat") they wanted the contestants to make rugelach, but with innovative fillings. I don't exactly think of Hanukkah and go "Oh, yes, time to eat the festive rugelagh!", but what do I know? I never like that stuff anyway. When I go by the farmer's market or the grocery store and there's rugelach on sale, I buy something else. Never even crosses my mind that I might want some to snack on or after dinner.

Perhaps predictably, the one guy who both a. knows what rugelach is and b. bakes it regularly for his store flubbed his recipe and they came out all flat. Meanwhile, everybody else is freaking out over decorating the stuff, and all the time Jenn, my mom, and I are all staring at the screen going "...but it's rugelach. You can't decorate it. There's only so much you can do with it, and decoration isn't exactly on the table here. Because it's rugelach." Their attempts to decorate were interesting, and that's all I can say about it.

Then they all went and made tiramisu. I was on tenterhooks waiting to see if anybody would tell the guy with the oddly-shaped gingerbread men that he'd accidentally used a reindeer cookie cutter instead. (They finally did! And he still won!)

It's nice sometimes to watch some fluffy, not-too-thinky TV for a while with the family :)

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In the past month I've become aware of a few things, which I'll enumerate now:

1. There are a lot of different names for the sort of gift swap where people pick gifts randomly and can steal from other players - Yankee Swap, White Elephant, Dirty Santa... the list just goes on.

2. Many people think there's some sort of distinction between these activities, that some are just for regifting or just for gag gifts or whatever, or that some are unwrapped presents and others are wrapped presents, or I don't even know. These people are constantly dismayed to find that nobody else knows their private rules. If you're organizing such an activity for your group, you need to make it very clear what sort of gifting is happening or else a lot of people are going to be unhappy that "nobody knew the real rules".

3. Many people think it's appropriate to give sex toys and lingerie at these activities, even at work. You shouldn't have to forbid this, but you do.

4. The funniest possible gift that's still useful is an economy sized package of toilet paper. If your gift exchange is for inexpensive gag gifts, you will utterly make a smash.

5. The most desired gift in a non-gag gift swap is probably a gift card.

So now you know!

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I just made a batch of pancakes, twelve in all, and they all came out perfectly. Plus, I had just the right amount of batter, too!

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And now they smell clean again.

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After tomorrow, Midwinter, the days will start getting longer again. I just can't wait!

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But something has jumped to the top of my "most loathed conservative buzzwords" list above "personal responsibility*". It's "social engineering", which seems to mean... well, I'm not sure what they all think it means, actually, but they sure seem obsessed with the concept.

* It's not that I'm opposed to personal responsibility, per se. I just don't like the way certain parties use the term.

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About a decade or so, I should think. Last time it came around she just threw a bunch of money at it to go away, and apparently "a bunch of money" turns out to have been about 10k. Smartest decision she has ever made, but now our balance is almost run out and we'll have to start paying it again.

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[personal profile] sholio has a post on narrative relationship continuity and in response [personal profile] melannen was inspired with thoughts on canon het.

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When speaking of Jews, we say in English that any particular person keeps or doesn't keep kosher. Do we use the same verb when speaking of Muslims, having to do with whether or not they only eat halal foods? (And why do we use "keep" in this context at all? We don't say people keep vegetarian or keep organic, we say they are vegetarian or they eat vegetarian, organic, etc.)

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I'd better post this quick-quick-quick. Tomatoes or no tomatoes? That is the question.



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[community profile] chocolateboxcomm is open and accepting nominations now. Also, [personal profile] marthawells has written a Murderbot prequel and it's here at Wired.

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1. Reusable shopping bags of decent quality - no stretching at the seams after a reasonable load of groceries. Quality tends to decline in bag companies after the first few years, so brands that were excellent five years ago are probably crap now. They need to be able to go over the shoulder and fold up into a pouch so I can go into stores with overzealous security guards.

2. Card holders for playing cards. My mother's dexterity is not as bad as right after chemo or the stroke, but she's getting older. It would be useful to get something now so we can all continue to play Rummy 500 together.

3. Dice trays. Eva is sure to get less enthusiastically clumsy with her dice, but as I recall it took me a while so.... She's game to using the lid, but not if the lid is pretty small.

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WHY DID NOBODY TELL ME THIS!?

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer is the rare book that I believe in pressing into every child's hand. It is sweet and adorable, it has great illustrations, it's diverse, and it has magical chickens. What's not to love?

Are You Ready To Hatch an Unusual Chicken turns out to be just as great! Sophia keeps taking care of her chickens, goes to middle school - and gets new chicks to take care of, with new, even more unusual powers! Highly recommended.

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I misheard him and what he was actually saying is $125 per section, two sections per session.

Which means the price of this teeth cleaning has doubled.

Argh.

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It turns out that they do not, in fact, moderate comments. Of course, that may be because they don't get enough comments to make it worth their while.

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in which Sal is Sal and Amber is Amber and everybody has some real growth and emotional resolutions. Somewhat less enthused about the current one, which appears to be about Walky being Walky and Billie being annoying... I mean... there's a lot less to work with there. I just don't like them as much. (Also, somebody seriously needs to shake Joyce and make her stop... being... like that.)

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FIVE WEEKS OF NEW EPISODES.

I'm just so excited.

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That name didn't exactly fill me with hope, and sure enough, a quick glance at their page tells me that whatever they claim, they're darn well right-wing.

They have a poll up on what George H. W. Bush will be remembered for. I'll give them their credit, they're smarter than, say, the AFA - they've stacked the deck so thoroughly that there's no way we can all pollbomb them. I bet they even moderate comments! (Admittedly, I haven't tried. Oooh, what should I say?)

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