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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Odin's Day AKA MAH BIRFDAY 
2nd-Mar-2011 07:37 am
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Happy birthday to me! I am once again prime. Make a note of it.

Happy birthday also to shugenja and ladysea!

State of the 'Song
Recovery is slow. Also I've run out of Celebrex and have not gotten to a new rheumatologist; I went through the "I feel like hammered shit" withdrawal last week, so this week, it's mostly just a low- to mid-grade ow. Except for my left hip, which is a big ow and for which I've just taken ibuprofen.

And yes, I'm sad and cranky still.

Sofa
I am even cranky about gifts, because my parents have decided that their combined birthday gifts to me and Adam this year will be a new sofa and loveseat, hell, a whole living room set, one of those room deals with the giant flatscreen TV.

It should not surprise you, if you have been reading me for long, that their gifts to us are things we actively do not want. But my parents, they would like this stuff, so of course we must secretly want it.

Our sofa and loveseat both have cat-mangled arms. (Just one on each.) But otherwise, they are really very good and terribly comfy. I love my coffee table and will not replace it under any circumstances. We don't have room for the scattering of occasional tables that comes with sets like this.

And we really do not want a giant flatscreen TV.

The thing with the giant flatscreen TV is... it's a Thing at this point. We have a 27" old-style non-flatscreen. And every year for the past... three years? My parents and Adam's mom have been trying to force a giant flatscreen TV down our throats. I have no idea why they are so deeply invested in the giant flatscreen TV. At this point I'm thinking they have some sort of bet going on who will break us first.

Because when Dad told me they were getting us a new couch (which is how he responded to "I just sold a six-book series"; "Oh, nice, nice. Mom and I were thinking we'd get you a couch for your birthday."), I was like "uh, okay...I guess?" and he went straight to "they have those deals where if you buy a living room set you get a giant flatscreen TV."

It is all about the TV.

Which we totally don't even have room for.

But yes, my parents' gift to me is stuff that I don't want but they insist that I should have, presented in a way that puts all of the burdens on me (finding a way to remove the old couch and loveseat). At least they're consistent!

Later today I may develop and post a list of all the stuff I really want that I wish they would spend that money on instead.

EDIT: Given that Adam also gets stressed thinking about the sofa, I am going to politely but really firmly refuse to even go to the furniture store. I will tell them what a pain in the ass it would be and how expensive it will be for us to remove the couch, and tell them that we're hoping to move in a few years, so they can buy us a couch when we move if they really have to buy us a couch, but this is not the year for it.

And yeah, I know. FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS. Their damn couch budget could buy two sheep, four goats, a heifer and two llamas from The Heifer Project. And I am going to recommend that they direct some of it there.

Daily Science
Stronger than steel, novel metals are moldable as plastic.

Plans
Work, writing. Uncertain of dinner plans just yet. Adam and I are seeing Prometheus Bound tonight!
Comments 
2nd-Mar-2011 12:31 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!
2nd-Mar-2011 12:32 pm (UTC)
happy birthday!
2nd-Mar-2011 12:33 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, wonderful lady! Have a grand year!
2nd-Mar-2011 12:43 pm (UTC)
Hippo birdie two ewe!

Sorry the 'rents are trying to foist unwanted stuff on you - that's full of arrgh when one is well, nevermind when you're recovering... Have you tried diverting their attention to something that you *do* want? ("No, I like my stuff and don't have the room for the tv. But there's this $ITEM that would be perfect for me, and I'd rather have that.") Alternatively, what would happen if you told them flat out that you'll sell it all to someone else if they give it to you?

Edited at 2011-03-02 12:43 pm (UTC)
2nd-Mar-2011 01:08 pm (UTC)
Second this idea. If they aren't listening to you when you say "I don't want this, and it would be a burden," maybe they'll sit up and notice when you say, "OK, we'll just craigslist it right off the bat to get cash for what we DO want."

Good luck and Happy Birthday! Wishing you many more years of happiness and writing.
2nd-Mar-2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
And I still say that getting the furniture into our home will be a nightmare. The Jordan's site talks about removing doors to let deliverymen through, and I remember what happened with our sofa. Basically, their "gift" is going to lead to tons of stress for us (and might even cost us money, if they have to use a hoist). Of course, by the time the furniture delivery happens, they'll be out of town.

Frankly, I'd rather they just get the TV on its own (especially if it's less than a 35" flatscreen, which at least won't overwhelm our living room).


2nd-Mar-2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
This.
Tell the 'rents that the stuff just can't make it up your stairwell. blah blah, tiny Boston apartments, blah blah.

And Happy Birthday
2nd-Mar-2011 12:45 pm (UTC)
Happy Happy Birthday!

It's a good day for a birthday and an even better one to be prime :) My baby is 17 as of today.
2nd-Mar-2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!!!

I will try to come back later when my brain is more awake so I can make a decent Optimus Prime joke about your new age...
2nd-Mar-2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, luvvie!
2nd-Mar-2011 12:56 pm (UTC)
Happy Birfday!
2nd-Mar-2011 12:57 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, 'Song! I hope it's a wonderful day for you! :-)
2nd-Mar-2011 12:57 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!
2nd-Mar-2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!

You've always struck me as an impressively composite person, even when you're prime.
2nd-Mar-2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
Wishing you better days to come.
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2nd-Mar-2011 01:16 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! May it be as full of awesome and beauty as yourself.
2nd-Mar-2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! I suspect you're always prime, regardless of your age.
2nd-Mar-2011 01:22 pm (UTC)
Can you quietly mention to the store that you haven't got the room for this and can you "return" it for cash/store credit? Before it gets delivered?

Beyond that, Happy Birthday!
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2nd-Mar-2011 01:25 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, lovely prime!

Is it possible for Unwanted Couch Of Doom to be immediately resold, and the money obtained thereby being put toward Things The 'Song Actually Wants?
2nd-Mar-2011 01:41 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
2nd-Mar-2011 01:52 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! I think you're ALWAYS prime :-)

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2nd-Mar-2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!

I think the best way to put it is, your parents, they have their own mishegas.

Here's hoping you can sort it out and NOT have to take doors off or get rid of stuff you like. I do think a big flatscreen would be fun for playing Rock Band, but, like you, I have nowhere at all to put one, unless I got rid of an entertainment center I REALLY LIKE. I'd have to find a new place to put my Star Wars figures!

Also, hope your recovery continues on apace.
2nd-Mar-2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!
2nd-Mar-2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you and a Happy Birthday bounceback! Here's to you feeling better soon.

Also? The couch, et al? I cannot fathom why anyone would think that makes a good gift. I suppose if someone has no furniture and can't afford to get any... still, I would give them the money and let them buy it themselves. I do not grok this mindset. I think I would just have to piss them off and refuse, were I on the receiving end of such a gift.
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