09/08:

My sister and her kids sent me scarves for my birthday. They arrived a little late, and not all together, but it was a great birthday present.

According to sister, Lyric wanted to get me something Sailor-Moon-related, but they couldn’t find anything. This blue one with stars and moons was all they could come up with:

It’s become my favorite scarf, and I wear it all the time now.

09/09:

Another one is kinda dark teal with FOXES ON.

09/11:

Hiko got a groomin’ that day, and they sent him back WEARING A LITTLE TIE.

Mom took that picture. I so rarely use flash that if it’s there in a photo, you can almost guarantee I didn’t take it XD

Mom also took this picture of Galileo with BYU’s victory over the Yewts in the background:

09/14:

All right, lotta talk here. It obviously spoils the joke to explain it, but I need this documented for posterity.

Once upon a time, in She-Ra: Princess of Power, there was this ridiculous scene where She-Ra was fighting Hunga the harpy, and at one point she said “Sword to blanket!” and absurdly transformed her weapon into a non-weapon that she then used to cover Hunga’s head.

In the special features on the DVD boxed sets, there was one interview with a writer of the series who explained that everything he’d written for that scene got kicked back for being “too violent.” He put in “Sword to blanket” as a kind of joke, and the censors accepted that. He apologized, like, twenty-five years later, for “Sword to blanket.” It was pretty hilarious.

Next point. You remember my nephew’s other grandma (named Jackie) buying him weapons that she wouldn’t allow in her house but was perfectly happy to send to our house? Yeah, keep that in mind, and read the following text exchange between me and my mother:

I consider this maybe my best joke evar. (Wow, a She-Ra desktop wallpaper just popped up on my second monitor as I was writing this!)

Anyway. Jackie’s a bit of a flake and put off bringing the quilt for several days after she said she’d be here. But it was so incredibly sweet of her to make the thing for me in the first place! I’m her daughter-in-law’s sister, for goodness’ sake! And, though I wish people would stop giving me blankets, because I’m up to my ears in them, this one is so freaking cute, and the thought was so kind, that I count it as one of the best gifts I’ve ever received.

As you can see, the stitches all across the quilt (which have a name that I don’t know) have lil hearts and cancer ribbons in them. How awesome is that!!

Yeah, so that made me happy. It’s on the wall, but since apparently I can’t math, it needs one more clippity. So no pictures of that yet.

09/15:

Mom threw Piper’s ball, and it went on the shelf.

She took that picture, and the following video. She said that Piper knew it was on the shelf, but jumped up to the wrong one and was very confused that the ball wasn’t there. Mom wasn’t quick enough on the draw to get a video of that, so you’ll have to settle for this:

09/17:

In redecorating, my parents replaced the rug in the entryway with a new one that looks like white marble. It’s pretty cool. Even cooler, though, is that I got the previous rug to put in my room. I have an undying love for area rugs.

I don’t think I’ll even need any carpet tape for this one, because the globe and the cat tree should hold it in place *__*

OK, I mentioned I’m drowning in blankets, right? Life to blanket! This is partially my fault. I don’t remember whether or not I ever expounded on my Blanket Rescue, so here it is maybe again. At Hamlett, as the cat lady, I was also the laundry lady. People would kindly donate blankets, and we’d use them on/under the dogs. But sometimes, the blankets would be new or like new, and too cute to get gunk all over and run through bleachy loads of laundry; and I would take those ones home.

Well, one time, dad and I pulled up to the Hamlett parking lot (this was when we used to carpool). There in the parking space lay a crumpled-up SUPERMAN BLANKET again in new or like-new condition. Of course I took it inside and initiated it into The System.

But after a couple of uses for dogs, I decided it was way too cool for Hamlett, and took it home. There, I draped it over my hideous old desk chair, though it was way too cool for that too XD Well, as I have possibly mentioned, my parents got me a lovely new desk chair for my birthday. It needs no blanket draped over it, so once again I found myself with another extra blanket.

Then I had a brilliant idea. Long, long ago, I removed the incredibly wide door from my closet (dad put it in the attic) so I could have access to that corner of the room. So now I got a tension rod and some curtain clamps, and made myself a new closet door:

Doesn’t it look amazing?? I’m soOoOo happy with it. And when the closet light is on, he glows. Here’s a closer-up shot of that, with me because I love selfies and because it looks like he’s about to grab my head:

09/19:

I bought this awesome boba cup:

It’s about as spillproof as you can get, and came with two reusable straws. Then I promptly ran out of my Witch’s Brew, so I’ve only used it, like, three times XD

This year, dad’s done a bunch of gardening, including both decorative and produce plants. We’ve had a plethora of small tangy tomatoes that are excellent in salads. Sometimes he picks a bunch of them and brings them inside in a bowl, and tomatoes have never been this cute:

That night there was a football game: Air Force against Utah State. I’m a casual Air Force fan (more because they’re in town and I’ve enjoyed being at the games from time to time than because I’m devoted to them specifically), so I watched it. And, you guys, what a ride.

First of all, I love it when the teams do this ^ The Falcons actually looked a lot funnier and cuter bouncing up and down, because they put their helmets closer to each other than Utah did, but I couldn’t get a clear shot of them. Still. Cute and funny.

Secondly, Utah has a quarterback (Bonner) that is roommates with wide receiver Bowling. And the announcers WOULD NOT STOP mentioning this. I was giggling my ass off after not too long.

AND THEY WERE ROOMMATES.

Here are some direct quotes (I went through the game again today to transcribe as many of the best ones as I could):

“That’s his roommate; he brought his roommate, too — Bowling.”

“To be the roommate of your quarterback — I mean, you’re gonna get a lot of balls thrown your way on big moments.”

“When it’s your roommate, I mean, you just know him, right? You spend a lot of time together. ‘Hey, throw it to me over this shoulder. Throw it to me on this side of my body.’ He knows exactly where to put it.”

“Young receivers on your way to college: make sure you become roommates with your quarterback, because if you do, you’re gonna catch slants all day for touchdowns.”

And then something happened “roommate to roommate,” which sounds almost more euphemistic than anything else here.

AND THEY WERE ROOMMATES.

I told my brother and parents about this as best I could, and they all laughed… but it’s hard to get across how easily recognized the phrase is in fandom’s cultural consciousness, and how much I was dying every time the announcers talked about it again.

It didn’t help that Devin Gardner, who of the two seemed more enthusiastic about the roommate thing, speaks in a similar cadence to Frank the plant from Harley Quinn: The Animated Series, because that’s the gayest of all shows. Also, Harley and Ivy WERE ROOMMATES.

09/24:

I already said that I rarely use flash for my pictures, but I was lying in bed and took a selfie that I thought looked kinda cute even without it:

Yes, I lightened it up just a little. Still prefer no flash, though.

Also here’s a mystery and its solution:

6 Comments

  1. Tsurezure

    First of all, my apologies. I’ve been away for a long time again. I’m just now catching up with your previous posts.

    Your animals are the cutest. I adore Piper.

    I am sorry about the news. At least they didn’t force you through the entire chemotherapy and decided to change strategies at once. I hope the new drug will do away with it and you won’t have to try anything else.

    I’m so glad your brother finally got vaccinated. Frankly, is very hard for me to understand his point of view.

    Things are a bit better regarding vaccines in Brazil now. But since last election we have a moronic crazy man as president. Imagine a worse Trump leading a third world country. You would not believe how the guy went out of his way to actively prevent the acquisition of the covid vaccines. Because of this, we had to deal with an appalling shortage of doses and people were practically jumping at each other throats to get vaccinated. (People forging health conditions to jump ahead in the priority line, politicians managing to get friends and family members to be vaccinated ahead of everyone, etc).

    Well, but to go and finally get vaccinated when he had such issues with doing so, certainly shows how much he loves you and values being near you. And the way he let you know, with that card, was kind of sweet. XD

    I guess that’s less one problem, right?

    Here I’m hoping this will be settled as soon as possible and you will be back to the things you love, like writing and drawing and recording your lovely audiobooks (what a beautiful voice you have, btw).

    Anyway, forgive my weird english and get better soon!!! <3 <3 <3

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    • kuroiyousei

      Aww, don’t apologize! It’s so sweet of you to come around here and check on me!

      Yes, my animals are the cutest! ;D And Piper is a sweet soft young lass.

      The new drug is proving effective, and I’m doing pretty well! I have been neglectful of my few visitors in not posting another medical update. Or another TWIP XD

      Yeah, that whole thing with brother was… weird. I still don’t quite know what to think, so I just try to forget it since he is vaccinated now.

      Geez! Re:the situation in Brazil, that sucks!! Have you been able to get vaccinated, or has Trump 2.suck prevented it?

      Thanks so much for your kind words. I really appreciate you!

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      • Tsurezure

        Yes! My family and I are all fully immunized already.

        Somewhat ironically I was the first to get vaccinated, because of my job at a hospital. My biggest worry however was my mother, because of her age. Thankfully, she already got even a third dose. She was given CoronaVac for the first 2 doses, so a booster with Pfizer was advised (again, because of her age group).

        I was born in 1980 (like you, if I’m not mistaken ^___^).
        Well, my brother is 3 years younger than me , and only got his second dose two weeks ago. If I weren’t working at a hospital, I would have had the second dose around october.

        Considering the nightmarish rates at the end of 2020 and beggining of 2021, things are MUCH better right now.
        Hopefully, the new variant won’t thwart this trend…The news headlines are even starting to move a bit from coronavirus and focus on a H1N1 outbreak in Rio de Janeiro…  Yay!!! >______<

        Ok… onto happier stuff, once upon a time I remember you talking about Jem an the Holograms…

        I'm mentioning this because Jem is one of my fondest childhood memories and only recently I got my hands on the three seasons.

        I think the network which aired the show back then (around 1988) only had the first season, so they kept repeating the episodes over and over. I'm not even sure they aired the whole season at all.

        Of course it was a dubbed version, so it's a new experience watching the characters with the original voice actresses and listening to the original songs…

        Wow, but I am enjoying watching that!!! Those were one of the happiest times of my life… I don't even want to watch it all at once for fear of having the spell broken… ^_____^

        And about the new drug you are on, that's really GREAT NEWS. I'm very very happy to hear that!!!

        Again, get better SOON!!! Much love and hugs to you!!! <3 <3 <3

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        • kuroiyousei

          Ah, it’s a relief to hear you and your family all have the vaccine! And I’m glad you were able to get yours so early, too.

          Yes, I was born in 1980 also! Yay forties friends!

          Which means that I, too, caught some of JatH on TV when I was a kid. Like you, I didn’t see anything beyond the first season back in the day. Only when I got the DVD’s later (it was the first time the series was released on DVD here, way back when — an incomplete set with really shoddy packaging) was I able to see more. But I’ve always loved it, and love it to this day!

          What were the songs like in Portuguese? (Or was the dub you watched in another language?) And did you ever read the comic?

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          • Tsurezure

            I didn’t even know there were comics…. It was already a miracle they brought Jem at all…

            Yeah, the songs were in portuguese. I heard some of them on the Youtube recently, and I have to admit they tried to be quite faithful to the lyrics, they really tried to keep their meaning, which is great, considering the clips are closely related to the plot of each episode. So, nice job on them for the effort.

            Hugs! <3<3<3

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            • kuroiyousei

              The comic is… OK. It has pacing issues like wow, but it also has LESBIANS. So it kinda balances out XD

              <3

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