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24 May 2012 @ 10:15 pm
Babies! And Jet-Skiing With Spock.  
My brother and family have gone home. It wasn’t as exhausting as last time, in part because the kids are older now and because I walked away from everything else this week and just used my limited energy on family stuff. Also, I routinely slipped away during bathtimes and lunchtimes to read my book.


My book is The Unauthorized Biography Of The Cast Of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. No, I am not kidding. They had a free-sale at my sister’s work, which is basically just bringing in things you no longer want and swapping them for other things. My sister brought me this book as a joke but I am actually reading it. I wanted something that it wouldn’t matter if I got interrupted in the middle of a chapter. I have only read Sarah and Nicky’s sections so far but wow, it sounds like Nicky Brendon had a crappy high school experience.

The Canadian-Nephew is a year old and he took awhile to warm up to me. On the day before they were set to leave, suddenly he was my best friend. I went in the living room and my mom, aunt and uncle were there and he was freaking out. As soon as he saw me, he was suddenly all smiles and laughter and hugs for me. He spent the next 24 hours compulsively giving me All The Hugs!

The Nephew is a redhead, like his dad. He has this fiery orange wisps of hair that stick up on his head. So my brother tells me how one day my niece, 2 ½, was watching a show about zoo animals or something and saw an orangutan. She starts pointing at the TV and yelling her brother’s name. Because she thinks he has orangutan hair! How cute is that?

My brother and his wife got me and my sister a new Wii game for our birthday (my sister’s birthday is in June). It is ‘Go Vacation’, which is a game where you are on an island resort and you can water ski, scuba dive, mountain bike, etc. It is pretty cool. I took my Dodger!Mii on vacation and she ran into my Spock!Mii and then Spock started following me around. We went jet-skiing together and then a woman took a picture of me and Spock on vacation together. I was on vacation with Spock! heehee Spock seemed really excited and kept jumping up and down. When I pointed how this was out-of-character for him, my brother was all, “How can you tell? We only ever see him at work, maybe this is what the real Spock is like,” and I said, “You mean, when he doesn’t have to deal with Jim Kirk, Spock is totally relaxed and fun?” Oh, yeah.

I have now learned more French words - I can say ‘bed’, ‘again’, ‘milk’, ‘juice’, ‘I love you’, ‘thank you’, ‘yes’ and ‘frog’.

They called today to say they had made it home safe. Then my niece got on the phone and said, “Hello, kitty kitty Pippin.” She doesn’t even miss me, just the kitty!

My plans for the weekend include birthday dinner on Saturday, catching up on comments, making another post similar to this one but about things that happened this week that do not have to do with my brother’s visit, watching the miniseries of Treasure Island that I taped with Elijah Wood in it and watching the return episode of So You Think You Can Dance. I am so excited my summer show is back! Dance auditions are not my favorite part of the show but I do like to see if I can pick out who the best dancers will be even as early as audition time.

In sum: Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes and all that jazz! Proper replies are forthcoming, my lovelies. /kisses/
 
 
 
Ironlily - Making My Marque: buffycookiesvikingprincess on May 25th, 2012 02:50 am (UTC)
...now I kinda want to find the unauthorized bio book....
dodger_sister: buffydodger_sister on May 26th, 2012 02:17 am (UTC)
...now I kinda want to find the unauthorized bio book....

It's seriously old, I don't know how long the people that put it in the swap had it sitting on their shelf. Based on the character info, it came out right around fourth season. It's really cheesy and looks like it was put out by TeenBeat or something. I am loving it!
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on May 26th, 2012 01:27 pm (UTC)
LOL, okay - that old, who knows what sort of silliness is present? Though it might make me want to watch the earliest seasons again - we've been doing a rewatch for a couple of years with good friends, who are now unfortunately getting divorced.

So Buffy/Angel watching is on hiatus while she lives with her parents and looks for a roommate, and he is pretty devastated. Semi-unsurprised (his side is that she cheated on him again after 'fessing up and promising to stop; her side has not yet been shared, but she's sharing pictures of a new guy on FB, so... yeah), but devastated.
dodger_sister: btvs relationshipsdodger_sister on June 7th, 2012 01:58 am (UTC)
So Buffy/Angel watching is on hiatus while she lives with her parents and looks for a roommate, and he is pretty devastated. Semi-unsurprised (his side is that she cheated on him again after 'fessing up and promising to stop; her side has not yet been shared, but she's sharing pictures of a new guy on FB, so... yeah), but devastated.

Ugh. I went through the same thing with friends and it sucks. The girl who was pretty much my best friend for ten years (not The BFF but someone else) and was married to my cousin went and cheated on him, with multiple guys. They'd both been pretty miserable and he was telling her that they either needed some serious counsling or else a divorce. There was some guy flirting with her at work and I told her, "Then get a divorce. He wants one, you are both miserable, just do it. And then date whoever you want." Turns out, she already was dating whoever she wanted. Had been for a long while. It was a messy terrible situation and I do not envy you having to go through that.

Plus, they are missing Buffy/Angel time now!
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on June 7th, 2012 03:49 am (UTC)
The crazy thing? She'd agreed to go to counseling... and was cheating again within two days (again, his side - still waiting on hers).

Ouch, yeah. Why can't people just SAY, hey, I think we're done, it's been good, sorry to say goodbye but it's better for both of us? Or am I just delusional to think that could work?

Yes, they are. And Buffy/Angel time should not be missed!
dodger_sister: btvs relationshipsdodger_sister on June 8th, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
The crazy thing? She'd agreed to go to counseling... and was cheating again within two days (again, his side - still waiting on hers).

That's insane. Like complusive or something. My cousin kept telling his wife they should talk about divorce and she kept telling him 'absolutely not' and yet she was already cheating on him.

Why can't people just SAY, hey, I think we're done, it's been good, sorry to say goodbye but it's better for both of us?

I know! I hear people say things like, "Oh, I met someone else and I didn't know what to do," and I am like, "IT'S CALLED A DIVORCE, PEOPLE!" I get pissy though because my mom cheated on my dad for a long time and she tried to justify it by saying they were both miserable. Even at 13, I was like, "So get a divorce. It's not that hard."
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on June 8th, 2012 01:45 am (UTC)
I guess I can understand the fear of the new and strange, and of leaving a 'comfortable' situation, but still....
Kate: Fred and Ginger dancingceitfianna on May 25th, 2012 03:13 am (UTC)
Oh, I've seen that version of Treasure Island, it's surprisingly good and there's Elijiah in not very much. I'm glad it was a good trip. Let me know when you might be up for a visit as I've got a long weekend coming up.
dodger_sister: lotr actorsdodger_sister on May 26th, 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
I heard Elijah wasn't in it very much. It popped on my Tivo and I wasn't going to record it for that very reason - but then I saw an ad for it the week it was set to air and I thought it looked really interesting.

So what are you doing on Monday? My sister wants to cookout...just burgers and hot dogs, maybe some watermelon and chips. If you aren't doing anything - it'll just be me, the sis, the bff and my cousin - kind of a 'moving out' thing for The BFF who will be leaving our basement next week. It'd be awesome if you joined us!
Kate: Blair and Serena smilingceitfianna on May 26th, 2012 02:39 am (UTC)
Well, he's Ben Gunn so important role and in loincloth at one point. Nothing, I have Sunday off and a free Monday. That sounds like a fun day.
dodger_sister: lotr actorsdodger_sister on May 26th, 2012 02:54 am (UTC)
That sounds like a fun day.

Excellent! I will ask my sister for a more general time tomorrow - but probably late afternoon-ish on Monday.
ranuaranua on May 29th, 2012 11:27 am (UTC)
Sounds like it was a lovely visit. Baby hugs are some of the best hugs, and describing his hair as orangutan hair makes a vivid and adorable picture!

Of course Spock is a good time without James T. Kirk to wrangle. lol The Buffy book sounds just the right kind of trashy. hmm, maybe Half-Price Books would have one shoved in the back somewhere.
dodger_sister: fatherdodger_sister on May 31st, 2012 02:55 am (UTC)
It was a good visit, yes! My niece keeps calling me now - I keep getting these phone messages that are just her talking into the phone all crazy nonsense mixed with my name. I guess she likes me!

The Canadian Nephew does have organutan hair! I didn't want to say that to his dad but he totally does. And if he is anything like his dad, he'll have orangutan hair again when he gets grown-up. lol

Of course Spock is a good time without James T. Kirk to wrangle.

LOL, that makes me want fic where McCoy runs into Spock on vacation and sees how relaxed Spock is when he isn't wrangling Kirk.

The Buffy book sounds just the right kind of trashy.

The Buffy book is like reading an odd mix of a long professional expo mixed with some Real Person Fiction - it is totally the perfect amount of trashy.