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In the immortal words of Bill Murray:

"I'm alive, and so are you...!"

At least for the moment.

I really need to get to those Christmas movies soon. Scrooged is one of my favorites. Who says its dated?! The '80's is vintage now, people. Other faves are Scrooge '51 and of course the Rudolph and Santa Claus Is Coming to Town* puppet-mations.


* Although have you ever noticed how that movie just makes up sh@t about the story behind different Christmas traditions--both pagan and Christian, all of which there is an actual real reason for and some of which is therefore kind of sacrilegious?



Today is the last day of work before vaca. Won't be back until next year. NEED this rest, I am so burnt out right now.


In other news, I am still working on PlotWriMo. And discovering, to my dismay, that my novel draft just completed in Oct does not have a plot. Or, I'm having trouble finding it. I need to cut myself a break, I think. Firstly, I decided back in Oct that the novel is really at least three novels, and secondly, this month I discovered early on that the plot to the draft I wrote is really the plot of book two, not book one.

So there is work to be done, pulling the elements of book one out of the draft and giving them a proper structure.


Speaking of structures, my new living room patio door is being installed. They are having to do it in layers (frame, stucco, drywall/trim, painting) so it's still in progress. I am photo-documenting all the stages and will blog on it later.


Christmas is proceeding apace. Like last year, me and mine are all gathering at my brother's house to watch his son open up everyone's presents. Then we will listen to the Messiah and attempt to assemble aforementioned presents, then we will go to the country club for dinner.

The only diff this year--well, two diffs: The Sculptor is joining us for the morning gift opening portion, as well as the dinner portion (which she did with us last year). Also, The Sculptor and I have been drafted to help my SIL play Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, wrapping all the kids' gifts and assembling a few she wants set up under their tree.


In the past few days, I have been experimenting with my planned cable-free lifestyle, trying out various apps on my Google TV for keeping up with my current shows. You can't watch the latest episodes in some cases the night they air on regular TV, but you can still keep up, so I think this may work. The real challenge will be figuring out how to tell Cox I'm down-sizing to internet-only without them trying to bully me into accepting a simpler cable package.

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cactuswatcher
Dec. 21st, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised you even remember Scrooge '51, there have been so many versions. It's one of my favorites because it was the first one I saw.

I need to do something with the side door to my garage. The door is fine, but it needs to be reframed and the trim replaced. Not quite as big a project as a replacing a patio door. But for me daunting.
masqthephlsphr
Dec. 21st, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
Scrooge '51, I think, is the classic version of the film, meaning, it's the one that gets rerun every year like It's a Wonderful Life.

And there is a scene in "Scrooged" where the updated version of Tiny Tim is watching A Christmas Carol on television, and it is the Scrooge '51 version--I recognize that movie's Tiny Tim giving a toast, "God Bless Us, Everyone."
mamculuna
Dec. 22nd, 2012 03:17 am (UTC)
I made one move toward cable-free myself today, dropping all the premiums. If I can find a way to watch HBO and Showtime stuff without cable, I'd be ready to go for it. What are the chances? I'd even prefer pay-per-view. I watch usually one show per season and don't think that's worth $40 a month.

Sounds like a great holiday coming up! Hope it's a great one.
masqthephlsphr
Dec. 22nd, 2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
With my Google TV, I can watch premium shows one season behind actual viewers. Shows like Dexter, Weeds, the Borgias, etc, are available up through the end of the previous season.
mamculuna
Dec. 22nd, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
That's a lot better than waiting for DVD's, or maybe about the same. But I think I"ll try it this year.
masqthephlsphr
Dec. 22nd, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
I only buy DVDs of shows I know I'll watch again and again, that is, shows I've already seen. I do rent them on Netflix, too, of course, but I have a two-discs a month membership, since I find Netflix has very little I haven't already seen other ways.

I am considering Netflix streaming, but they have an even smaller selection than Netflix DVD.
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