December 21st, 2005

Hearth

Odin's Day

Administration
Happy birthday to sbisson!

Hello to new reader charlesland!

Medical
The usual, but the nausea's worse than usual today. A little brainfuckery. I called about the biopsy results yesterday, but the person said that they usually tell the person to wait ten days, not a week, and she took a message. I'll call back tomorrow morning if I don't hear anything today. It'd be nice to get whatever meds I need for this before my trip. EDIT: Shit. So exhausted I can barely move.

Breakfast
Adam: "What do you want for breakfast?"
Me: "I want to whap [person who is frustrating me] upside the head."
Adam: "I don't know if we have any of that in the pantry."
Me: "Well, if we don't, I would like some waffles."

8 Hunks of Hanukkah
burning_brain, chuckmckeithan, lrstrobel, woodwardiocom: Please send in your additional pictures, as Chanukah is fast approaching!

(Incidentally, I seem to have discovered The Path And The Way to get cute guys to read one's LJ. Not just guys from the top eight - I got plenty of cuties who aren't in the top eight who started reading me because of this. I feel like Badger in Better Off Dead with his "How To Pick Up Trashy Women" book, except, y'know, cute geek-guys.)

$WINTERHOLIDAY
I have finished shopping for my birthmom and aunt and uncle. My cousins, I can shop for when I get there. We always get dragged out on the 23rd to get last-minute gifts, because my birthmom doesn't know what to get for them either and because we need to get stocking-stuffers. This is also why I'm not panicking about having yet to buy the checkers/chess/backgammon set Elayna wants; I know I can pick it up in Target down in Florida on the 23rd. Not likely to be a huge run on them.

This is what Elayna's getting: That, plus Collapse )

I also have a Rubik's Cube for her stocking (she circled it in a catalog), and I swear I have something else I've forgotten. I am very pleased with myself for having gotten much of this on sale; Katamari Damacy, for example, was only $10.

docorion got her books - The Pigman by Paul Zindel, and Noisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs, and Some Other Things That Aren't as Scary, Maybe, Depending on How You Feel About Lost Lands, Stray Cellphones, Creatures From The Sky, Parents Who Disappear In Peru, A Man Named Lars Farf, And One Other Story We Couldn't Quite Finish, So Maybe You Could Help Us Out, edited by McSweeney's, including stories by Neil Gaiman, Nick Hornby, Lemony Snicket, and other luminaries. Um. Yes, I helped. :)

My brain is drifty, so I shall go now.
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Writing - XanaDuMalion

How's by you?

I haven't been able to keep up on LJ in general.... and even if I had, there are twice as many of you who aren't on my friendslist as are, so I'm not really capable of keeping up with everyone all the time.

This does not mean that I do not give a shit.

So! Here is a place for you to tell me how you're doing. What's up with you? What's new? How's your month? How's your year? What are your holiday plans?

How's by you?
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Elayna! - Karlita

A family of idiots, I tell you.

Hi, I'm Shadesong, and my entire family is computer-illiterate.

Hi, Shadesong!

I've said this before. With special loving detail to things like having to spend half an hour on the phone with mom teaching her how to copy and paste text (highlighting is hard! /barbie). But we're here today to discuss something specific.

No one in my family knows how to use a wishlist.

I've finally trained them all to go to Amazon.com and find wishlists. And I know they know how to order things from Amazon - I walked Dad through that a few times. (Yes, these are people who hold jobs and drive cars and everything, and I need to walk them through online shopping.)

Now, this is what a normal person does:

1. Go to wishlist.
2. Click "purchase item".
3. Give credit card information and shipping information and stuff.

This is what my parents do:

1. Go to wishlist.
2. Print wishlist out.
3. Take wishlist to store, and buy things at store.
4. Call us to tell us to take things off wishlist.

I cannot imagine why they do this, save that it gives them some sort of satisfaction to hold an object in their hands. I don't know. But that's what they do.

(They're training my sister in this, too.
Mom called: "Ali got her the chemistry set, take that off the list."
Me: "You said yesterday that Ali was getting her the physics set. Are you sure she got the chemistry set, or is it the physics set?"
Mom confers with Ali: "Physics set. You know, that's not chemicals. That's building stuff!"
Me, pained: "Yes. Pulleys and stuff. That's physics."
I want to remind you that I am not blood-related to these people. My biological family? Much smarter.)

Now, the problem with this method is this: While they're wandering around the store, or while they're puttering around at home after shopping, someone else is going on Amazon.com. And someone else is buying what they bought, because it's not been auto-removed from the wishlist like it would've been had they shopped like normal people.

But I have discovered that their habit is just a charming little quirk when compared to my Aunt K. Granted, Aunt K.'s the one who had the nervous breakdown, but still.

Over the past week, we have learned that Aunt K.'s methodology is as follows:

1. Look at wishlist.
2. Order some items used.
3. Order other items from a completely different vendor.
4. Don't tell anyone.

Which is why Elayna's getting two copies of the Teen Titans GameBoy Advance game, and which, combined with Mom's lack of skillz and everyone's tendency to look only at the few items on top of the wishlist instead of sorting by priority, is why she is getting three copies of book one of Fruits Basket and Cameron Dokey's Sunlight and Shadow, and two copies of Jerry Spinelli's Milkweed (that last not being Aunt K. related that I yet know of).

And it was almost worse. Mom called from the bookstore the other day....

"Does Elayna have Stargirl yet?"
Adam: "That was bought off her wishlist already."
Mom: "Fruits Basket?"
Adam, heaving a quiet sigh. "['song's mom]? Um, when did you print that?"
Mom: "Last week."
Adam: "Okay. Other people have been shopping since then; lots of the books have been purchased."
Mom: "Should we just take her out shopping when we get her here?"
Adam: "Great idea."

Because, y'know, four copies of a book? Even Adam says that's crazy talk.

And she still needs the damn chemistry set.
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Elayna! - Karlita

Her mother's daughter

We've been packing tonight for our trip. I checked Elayna's backpack, which she packed herself...

Seven books. Some hardcover, some quite large.

I looked at her. "You can't bring all seven books."

"But I need them!"

"You can bring them in your suitcase."

"But what if I get bored on the plane?"

"It's a one-hour flight. You don't need seven books. Three of these are going in the suitcase."

"But -"

"Child, you cannot carry this backpack with seven books in it. And I'm not carrying it for you."

*child attempts to hoist backpack and utterly fails her Strength roll*
*child gives aggrieved sigh and removes three books*
*child gives mild glare*

So her mother's daughter.

That, and she complained about another book earlier this evening. Her exact complaint was about the "lack of editing".
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