Dec. 28th, 2011

oops, I fell off the internet

Which isn't really true, I just was terribly busy this holiday season - work was crazy, then I was out and about all the freakin' time, so when I was home I didn't really want to do anything but read Avengers and Iron Man comics. (I love my Marvel Digital Subscription!)
I haven't really been doing anything creative, but I have been making plans.

Right now I'm in the lovely suburbs of Philadelphia, in the Great Valley area. My goddaughter and her parents are hosting me for a week of craftiness, cooking, game-playing, and reading excellent books. (Maya just got started on the Chronicles of Narnia, and is reading A Wrinkle in Time.) I have two volumes of the adventures of my beloved Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin in my luggage, but I'm mostly rereading Iron Man fanfiction (Civil War fix-it fics - so schmoopy.)

I have been keeping up with a few fests, but not in any big way - I'll have to catch up when I get home.

So, quick fandom / genre-related hits:

  • Finished S4 of Merlin, loved it. Beautiful visuals, excellent acting, and the problematic parts were not sufficient to keep me from loving it.

  • Doctor Who Christmas Special - really enjoyed it. This was an amazing episode. Had a really good time with it.

  • Got my parents watching my Marvel Cinematic Universe Collection. \o/ (I ♥ Phil Coulson!)

  • Christmas was pretty awesome - it's not really my holiday anymore, but we have a secular gift-exchange at our house since my dad likes giving us things. He apparently ransacked the BBC store for me this year - Merlin action figures and Doctor Who gear all over. We were really cute about making sure the various animals gave people gifts, too. And all five of us actually spent a good portion of the evening together and we GOT ALONG and it was beautiful. Dinner and a round of Ticket to Ride: Europe made for a fantastic family fest.

  • Watched Super 8 with Sam and Keet last night, and it was really awesome. Sam described it as "The Goonies if JJ Abrams had directed," (more lens flare!). I thought that was pretty accurate. Maybe the Goonies + E.T. It surprised me, how much I really enjoyed it. It was nothing at all what I was expecting. So, yay!

  • I found the elusive Iron Man / Captain America Annual 1998 in an anthology in a comics store here in King of Prussia, so I know it exists now. I did not buy the anthology (too big, too expensive - I'm an all-carry-on traveler this trip), but I will look for it or order it when I get home. \o/



I am looking forward to a New Year's season full of jigsaw puzzles (a tradition), board games (\o/), and bonus Cheesemas! Yay Cheesemas!
At some point I'll post photos, when I get them off my phone.

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Dec. 31st, 2010

excellent fun on vacation

Quick hits from the last few days:

- epic game of Outburst! at the extended family Christmas gathering = lovely
- Christmas morning was fruitful - much moreso than I expected, honestly, although it was certainly awesome. Santa left a package under the "tree" (which was really just a hippopotamus ornament hanging from the chandelier) for "The Discworld Fans in the Household" full of books. Awesome. There was much excitement and cheer during the day.
- flight to PA left on time despite blizzard, I got through security easily which was great because then I had to run for my gate. Made it on time, flight was uneventful except for the windy turbulence as we arrived.
- have enjoyed the fantastic hospitality at Chez Sam and Keet and Maya (and Cedar), especially their excellent new kitchen, which is totally party central.
- saw Yogi Bear in 3-D with 6-year-olds. Hilarious. There was a moment of romance at the end, when the hero wins fair lady and goes for a kiss, and across the theater could be heard shouts of "Oh, noooo!", "Don't do it!" and "Cover your eyes!" *chortle* That was the best part.
- Cheesemas was AWESOME. I was unfortunately not feeling my best (congestion in the head), but I had a tiny dram of scotch and much delicious food. I got to see Julie, who I miss very much, and many other lovely folks.
- I am reading Zombies vs. Unicorns (xmas gift!) and it is AMAZING. :D
- my tummy has been behaving very well, yay!

Now we prepare for New Year's Frolics. I may try a New Year tarot spread later, and I have heard rumors of a jigsaw puzzle after our dinner party.

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