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just 'cause i'm bored
children of dune - leto 1
seperis
I am--God, three days behind in friendslist. I hate falling behind. It sucks. And also, assures I missed something *fascinating*, dammit. Like World Peace, or the meaning of life, or Clex smut. Which hopefully, someone will helpfully point out to me. You know, if you're nice.

How Work Got More Interesting

Missy finally blew up at Super. Unfortunately, the door was closed, so Yours Truly could not, in fact, hear what happened, and the walls are thick. And it's not like I was leaning up against our shared wall trying to listen or anything. Because that would be *wrong*. And hurt my ankle, perhaps, crouching on my desk.

Damn, it still hurts. *rubs ankle*

However, I did get my sense of humor back. The Cookie Exchange went off beautifully, I am the proud owner of *eight dozen* different kinds of cookies. And they are *good*. One chick brought hers in still warm. My dear God, life is good. Chocolate. *Everywhere*. Yesterday was a training class called Stress Management. There were tinker toys on every table.

I made the *coolest robot*. Stress Management class is pretty much a day in which we go into the training center and veg out with pillows, blankets, toys, colors, dart boards, and talk about how to reduce stress in our lives and work.

And did I mention the Tinker Toys? I made teh Coolest Ferris Wheel Ever. And put it on wheels. Everyone was very impressed. Or worried if the stress got to me. But it's *Tinker Toys*. I mean, Legos and Lincoln logs are my first loves. But these things were *so cool*.

Does anyone know if theyr'e still sold? I haven't seen any in years.

Issues

These are random things that happened this week:

1.) I have a special bathroom stall at work. No, wait. Okay, work with me here. Don't you find yourself kind of ritually choosing the same general bathroom stall? Right. It's something I realized when I found someone in it, and there was another stall empty, and I actually had to *think* about it before going in it.

2.) My mixer started smoking. I think, adn this is a guess, that I may have to buy a new mixer. I have never seen a mixer smoke. Even explaining the dangers of lung cancer couldn't make it stop. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this mixer may need to be retired.

How depressing.

3.) I keep having idiotic and randomly useless ideas for stories. I mean, impossibly silly stories. I started a list, and it looks like a grocery list of badfic. Yet it is strangely addictive. And worrying about the strangest things. Such as--GirlLex idea. In which Kryptomagic turns Lex into a girl. Would he have hair? Would he understand what to *do* with it? Would Clark have to come and fix it for him? Would any idea in history be as bad as having *Clark* fix your hair?

Major worrisome plot points there.

4.) Horrifying Pete/Lex thoughts *won't leave me alone*. AU-style. I have images of Jock!Clark and Pete growling over Lex like puppies while he drinks himself into calmness. It's just--it's Pete. He's like Whitney and Lana to me. I cannot connect them to sex. I mean, even with *Lex*. And I connect air and sex to Lex.

5.) I've been thinking on What Your Story Is--which is so weird to think about like that. Like, what theme, or aspect of character, do you find yourself returning to again and again? There was this author--I can't remember her--but she wrote two nearly identical books, and when I say identical, I mean, same *damn* book with slightly altered ending and different names, but the structure and the main plot points were almost exactly the same. It was interesting to remember that--God, I wish I could remember her name, but that was a long time ago.

Anyway, thinking about it, I started mulling what My True Story was, and it keeps--sliding off the top of my head. Like I *almost* can explain it, but can't. I need to think it out more. Or get some sleep. Three nights running of bad sleep can't be good for my comprehensibility.

Must ponder.

Note to celes720

*hugs* *and more hugs* *and more hugs* Very cool, sweetie. Thank you *so* much! I love it.

*more hugs, happy bouncing*


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Tinkertoys are the greatest, aren't they?

just noodling around, it looks like they're still marketed, but mostly now are plastic & the sets are more specialized (geared to make something specific).

I did find a repro of the original - but the price seems high to me. someone else out there must sell them!

http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=8714&itemType=PRODUCT&sourceid=qIbKQcPPwE8nAlJgWd5Y&siteid=0038953049

Okay, you are *amazing*. I could'nt find them anywhere!

You know, yo'd think the'd be *somewhere*. Either there, or I need to start hitting ebay and garage sales.

My older brother and I made the big-ass ferris wheel out of Tinker-Toys back in 1959 when I was 5. It had the green rhombus-shaped cards sticking out of the edges of the spokes and also short yellow ones sticking out, too, capped with the little orange caps. So deluxe.

He was 10 years older than me so he had an electric motor and hooked it up to move. It was a little to fast and got ungainly after a while so we stopped it but obviously it was awesome.

I still have my huge cans of them, in a trunk in the garage. I bought some for my kids but they were made of plastic and broke a lot. Then I found the wooden ones that are expensive and they seem to be pretty much like the old ones, except I still think the round things with the holes all around the edges (that the spokes fit into) was still made of plastic. Let's you know the value nowadays of just a chunk of wood.

The vermont country store link above shows wood again for that piece, so that's excellent!

BTW, I get maple sugar candies every holiday season from that catalog. A whole tray of maple sugar-shaped maple leaves....hmmmm

There are *motors*?

*salivating*

You are making me hungry for maple sugar shaped maple leaves, and I've never had them. Mmm. Sugar.

heehee
Well, the motor was just a hobbiest's motor that one can get at a hobby store, for various and sundry cool uses. It wasn't a Tinker-Toy Motor, but that would be a better idea, since this one was too powerful. I guess they don't want the 5 yr olds getting their tongues caught in the belt...

Well, if you like pure maple syrup, then these candy leaves are superlative. Trademark extra-thin crunch of exterior, then extra-fine grained sugar within that melts at tongue-temp...hmmmm

(must write a fic with Clark and Lex sharing one.....!)

I so have a special toilet cubicle.

Write Pete/Lex...write Pete/Lex...we need more of it.

Cubicles are personal things. You know exaclty how long it takes to get your purse up nad yoru clothing out of the way, and exactly how many steps you have to do it all.

*loves cubicle deeply*

*realizes this is far TMI*

Pete/Lex is--there. I tried, once. It went weird. very, very werid.

*loves cubicle deeply*
*realizes this is far TMI*


jenn/cubicle...hmm...

Pete/Lex is--there. I tried, once. It went weird. very, very werid.

Wow, it went werid? That's so werid. ;D

The first time I ever baked cookies for my boyfriend, I has to borrow his mixer because I didn't have one. I managed to make it not only smoke, but shoot sparks and stop working entirely. That was an embarrassing conversation to have: "Before I return your mixer, have a cookie!"

Re: GirlLex. I haven't watched the show exhaustively, but he and Lana seem to get along; perhaps he would call her?

Hee! It sparked? *grins* I shouldn't feel better, but I really do.

Re: GirlLex. I haven't watched the show exhaustively, but he and Lana seem to get along; perhaps he would call her?

OOh. Except she might dress him in pink, nad the world would ahve to end.

But yet, funny. Must think on this one.

They are available at Thinker Toys, a toystore in my neighborhood. I shop for the nieces/nephews here...I'm the favorite aunty, yes I am.

Ooh! Excellent!

I bet you are. *g*

I have a special bathroom stall at work. No, wait. Okay, work with me here. Don't you find yourself kind of ritually choosing the same general bathroom stall?

Yes. I've done that every workplace I've ever inhabited, as well as every college dorm. *is a creature of habit*

Would any idea in history be as bad as having *Clark* fix your hair?

No. But that's 80% of the humor of the story right there. GirlLex walks into the Talon and can't understand why everyone is staring and Martha looks like she's about to cry.

Cry big fat tears of pain. And I don't even want to think what Clark owuld think would be appropriate feminine attire. Because it boggles the mind.

And *eyeliner*...

*shudders*

I've seen Tinker Toys around... hm. I know they still sell Lincoln Logs at Toys R Us, but I don't know if they have Tinker Toys as well.

And yay to liking the present!

I had that moment of worry ("OMG! This is so obscure and I'm such a nerd! AAAA!") about the time I was standing in line at the Post Office to mail it. It's good to know that I'm just being absurd. :D

*dances with joy*

Happy holidays!

Oh, sweetie, it was *great*. Child and I played once so far. And he was too scared to throw them at me, as I told him they could break. Which is a *good thing*.

*happy* No more projectiles during board games.

*hugs you hard*

I was thinking about Tinker Toys the other day. I used to LOVE those as a kid! If you find out where to get some, plz clue me in! (I loved Lincoln Logs and Legos too.) :)

I want some so *much*, darn it. So much fun!

Okay, first off, the having Clark fix your hair thing cracked me the fuck up. Holy hysterical, Batman!

And second, for the #5, I don't know what you're talking about, but Robin McKinley, one of my favorite authors, actually published two books about the same story. Okay, she writes modern re-interpretations of fairy tales, but she wrote both Beauty and Rose Daughter, and both are re-tellings of Beauty and the Beast. I like the first one better, but it's interesting to see the same story told two different ways by the same author. Which is totally not what you were talking about, but it immediately sprung into my mind, like Athena, fully formed, so I had to say!

Okay, she writes modern re-interpretations of fairy tales, but she wrote both Beauty and Rose Daughter, and both are re-tellings of Beauty and the Beast. I like the first one better, but it's interesting to see the same story told two different ways by the same author. Which is totally not what you were talking about, but it immediately sprung into my mind, like Athena, fully formed, so I had to say!

Ooh. No, tha'ts not exactly what I was referring to, but I love those kinds of stories. The perspective differnece with the same author tackling the same story is just--yeah. I think i read Beauty, but not Rose's Daughter. Hmm.

Might need to get that one. Plus, I love Robin. Rocketh.

Re: Repetitive authors

Possibly VC Andrews?

Because lord. Every single book that woman writes/wrote (I believe she's dead now, but her family is still having ghostwriters continue her, ah, tradition) has gone along the lines of "Woe. I am a girl with [fill-in-poetically-nonsensical-name-here] and my family is cursed because [fill-in-weird-reason-unless-narrator-is-orphan] and I am in love with [fill-in-person-she-cannot-be-in-love-with-usually-because-he-is-related-to-her]. Also, I am tragic and innocent and also very tragic. Woe."

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