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I'm FREE!!!!!

Okay, I got a 48 hour pass, but whatever.

I've been watching a lot of MASH since William Christopher died (and feeling slightly disturbed that one of my earliest crushes was on a guy playing a priest.  Then again, most of my earliest crushes were on actual priests, so...), so 48 hour pass seems like a better way of saying that I have today and tomorrow off.

Poor spousebeast has to work a double because A's car is still dead (this is what happens when you don't put oil in your car, children.  They die, frequently in spectacularly inconvenient ways).  M has been covering for her, but has officially hit a level of overtime that made TPTB's collective head explode, so Kent gets to start picking up the hours.

When I talked to The Patriarch last night, he actually sounded concerned that "all you kids seem to do is work these days."  Which is SERIOUSLY weird coming from Kent's dad, who generally gives him/me grief about being underachievers.  Of course, I think part of it was due to the fact that we haven't had the opportunity to use the sous vide thingie he bought us for Christmas and report back.

Yes, we got a holiday gift that involves homework.  How very Lars.  Of course, he's been using the heck out of his and keeping a log of every recipe tried and tweaks he's made to improve them and wants to compare notes.  Yeah, did I mention he's retired and a process that turns making bacon into an overnight job is totally in his wheelhouse these days?

[The whole "I'm keeping a log book" was a REAL ah-hah! moment, though.  So THIS is where Kent's obsessive record keeping comes from!  I get to blame Lars!  Seriously, Kent can't find his own socks half the time, but the Rock and Roll Dice Collection remains painstakingly documented.  And then there's the notebooks of stats for Fantasy Football, and all of his Hearthstone record keeping.  I forget the context, but I jokingly asked the other night how long he's been keep a record of the subjects of his sexual fantasies, and he got That Look and said "You know, I'm kinda surprised I didn't do that when I was younger."  If he starts of new notebook and doesn't tell me what it's for, I'll know...]

Anyway, I don't have to suit up and go in today, so...YAY!  I've got a couple of errands to run when the shops open (the "to buy" list: calamine lotion, saran wrap, stamps, poster putty, Stoli, birdseed, papers."  I swear, maybe I should just self publish my grocery list notebook.  That would fulfill my 2017 goal of publishing SOMETHING), then I am taking myself on a date to Carborro.  That always chills me the fuck out, and lord knows I need that right now.

I got a good start on the way home yesterday.  The bus was late (and, at that point, I was starting to wonder if the Universe was actively trying to piss me off).  I stopped at Walgreens for a bottle of wine and perused the 70% Christmas stuff section.


Okay, the spousebeast and I may be a little weird about Nightmare Before Christmas.  When the movie first came out, I was subject to constant comparisons to Sally (which, honestly, I didn't mind.  So I'm redheaded, loyal to a fault, a little sneaky, and sew?  Gee, kill me now).  He may over-identify with Jack.  So we have a little..I wouldn't call it shrine, but a number of people have..to the film.

And the newest addition is an animatronic Jack as "Sandy Claws."  He dances to "What's This?"  We'd both looked at it during the holiday season and couldn't quite justify the price.  However, at $6...it would be a crime to leave him all alone on the shelf.

So I have my newest friend, my bottle of cheap Chardonnay, a marked down stocking stuffer of Burt's Bees lipbalm, and a new package of pens (did I mention that Walgreens is the site of most of my retail therapy?) and was heading to the register when I heard, "Hey, girl!  Happy New Year!"

Dwinn.  Back when I was working at Foster's, it was a rule with the staff:  "Don't engage, and don't make eye contact.  He'll get you in his tractor beam."  He's a local eccentric.  Harmless, reportedly rich beyond belief (which is why he gets to be eccentric instead of bedbug crazy.  This is the south, after all), deeply spiritual, and all around interesting to talk to...just not when you have seven other tables that need attention.

We fell in line together and discussed our purchases.  He was buying condensed milk to put in his chai (genius.  I had him hold my place in line while I grabbed a can.  AND it was on sale!  Yay!), so we talked about our respective chai recipes, our goals for the new year (he wants to finish his tarot deck that he's designing around his "personal mythos."  I mentioned my self-publishing goal, and he said I should just make a chapbook of my FB and call it "It's Not All Pretty."  I was kinda flattered, because he said that he likes reading my stuff because I "don't even try to make it perfect.  You're a real person over there.  That's rare."), the frustration with being dependent on buses during UNC's breaks, and if the new Cuban place in town is going to be any good.

It's funny.  Now that I don't have to worry about other tables, I love talking to Dwinn.  Damn near missed my stop because I was trying to find a piece of paper to write down the date that John Scalzi is reading at Flyleaf.  (March 23.  And THIS time, I will be able to afford a book and get it signed, instead of just stammering and blushing and trying to tell him how happy I am that he exists on this planet).

I need to remember to tell Robin about that, too.    We're getting together with her and her spousemouse (don't judge. John picked that for himself when Robin was teasing Kent about being called spousebeast.  And John does have a slight dormouse in Alice in Wonderland quality about him) tomorrow night to have the "okay, let's catch up on all the holidays and birthdays and drink" celebration.  Hence the Stoli.  Robin is getting that and a copy of Furiously Happy as her combined holiday/birthday gift.

Did I mention that our little family might be slightly disfunctional?

So, the plans for tomorrow night are ordering takeout from Med Deli, playing Munchkin, and listening to the new Annie Lennox (one of my Solstice gifts from Kent.  Wow, is it ever good!).  And did I mention Stoli, darling?

Ya know, I kind of lost at the sibling lottery, but sibling-in-law bingo has been surprisingly kind to me.  :)


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Jan. 4th, 2017 12:29 pm (UTC)
I always marvel at your Walgreens purchases. Our Walgreens doesn't seem to have even a quarter of the stuff you always seem to find...like Burt's Bees on markdown. And they sell liquor?!?!?!?

I meant to ask you, how's Santa Pete doing? You haven't mentioned him lately.


Jan. 4th, 2017 01:28 pm (UTC)
Our Walgreens only sells beer and wine, but the liquor store is close by.

The Burt's Bees markdowns aren't uncommon, because they're local. There's actually a tent sale on Duke's campus every year. I've never been, but I hear it is AMAZING.

Santa Pete's getting better. He was out of comission for most of December with a new allergy to his medicines, but HOPEFULLY that's all been sorted. For now. I'm worried that the combination of stuff he's on seems to trigger allergic reactions about every three months.

But he was all smiles yesterday when we exchanged holiday gifts (I have a Darth Vader watch! He apologized that it was "only a five dollar tchotchke from Walmart" but...DARTH VADER WATCH!!!) and we're trying to make plans to go see Dr. Strange between his appointments and Kent's and my work schedules. Hopefully, there will be more reprts when the New Year's dust settles.
Jan. 4th, 2017 01:03 pm (UTC)
Enjoy your time off! I love Walgreens too! Cheap holiday stuff and $7.99 Liberty Creek Cab and Chardonnay!
Jan. 4th, 2017 01:34 pm (UTC)
Those creeps had Liberty Creek at $10.99 this week! Grr...
Jan. 5th, 2017 12:46 pm (UTC)
It might cost more in your state what with tax, etc. Here in either Kroger or Wally-G's it's $7.99.
Jan. 4th, 2017 01:15 pm (UTC)
I wish we could buy wine in Walgreens, here. Sigh.
Jan. 4th, 2017 01:49 pm (UTC)
I have to admit that, even though I am morally opposed to big box companies operating on the main drag of small towns and potentially taking out smaller, locally owned retailers (although, in all fairness, Franklin St. really didn't have anything comparable, especially if you need to get a prescription filled), I <3 our Walgreens. It's so nice to be able to hop off the bus home from work, buy toilet paper, some wine, eggs and a bag of Skittles if I have had a particularly bad day (I'm back to stress sorting candy by color. I blame the job), then hop the next bus home.
Jan. 4th, 2017 03:13 pm (UTC)
You absolutely should self-publish your facebook posts or your LJ or something. I'll proofread it for you for free.
Jan. 4th, 2017 03:26 pm (UTC)
Malovich asked for a sous-vide machine this year so I got him one and I have to say that it has been a huge hit in our household. Easy to learn, easy to use, and nummy nummy foods.
Jan. 4th, 2017 04:36 pm (UTC)
that Jack sounds awesome. Glad you brought him home!
Jan. 4th, 2017 05:34 pm (UTC)
...William Christopher died?


Dammit, 2016 just had to get one last shot in, didn't it?
Jan. 4th, 2017 06:51 pm (UTC)
That was my exact thought.
Jan. 4th, 2017 10:52 pm (UTC)
That Dwinn fella sounds pretty fascinating. And yay for the cheap Skellington find!
Jan. 4th, 2017 11:20 pm (UTC)
CVS and Walgreens have some amazing stuff. Rite-Aid too for that matter. I found these cool haircomb-elastic...things...that look sooo pretty in my hair when I was in a random Rite-Aid before Christmas.

I know exactly what you mean about the rules by which someone is deemed ~eccentric versus "crazy as a shithouse rat" in the South. I've known both.
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Jan. 5th, 2017 10:23 am (UTC)
Enjoy your time off. You deserve it!!!
Jan. 5th, 2017 10:59 am (UTC)
Did you know scarlatti? She was one of my favorite people on lj (she died a few years ago), and she loved to write Father Mulcahy fic, so when Christopher died, I thought of her.
Jan. 6th, 2017 03:59 am (UTC)
it blows my mind that you can buy alcohol at walgreens. but i live in one of those states with stupid alcohol sale restrictions.

the walgreens stores around here used to have neat holiday stuff. now they barely have half an aisle of holiday stuff, and its boring sad stuff. nothing fun or unique.
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