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(That subject heading is for femmenerd and lettered and I think I officially need to go to the store and buy a DVD of Anne of Green Gables, because honestly! Why don't I have that on DVD? Scandalous!) Happy birthday to thefourthvine and savoytruffle! May this new year be filled with more love than the last.

Oh, I had such a great weekend with southernbangel. True facts: She's 10 feet tall, she can eat an entire ham while on a unicycle, she can recite all of Proust while drinking a glass of water, and she's an absolutely fabulous house guest, if a little too polite for her own good. ;) If you guessed that I fell asleep a few times because I'm lame, then you're a freaking stalker who obviously spied on us. In my defense: I did a 60 mile walk just days before and hadn't fully recovered, we drank several bottles of wine, and it was midnight. (I'm old - I'm all impressed now when I stay up after 11.) She continues on her plan to convince my husband that all women should know every minute detail about every football team ever. Last night as we were watching the Cowboys (I do NOT want to hear it, seriously. I'm so heartbroken over my team, and they finally limped back. Shut it, haters) and when I couldn't name the player that hit another random player in a game two years ago, he asked me to get Lee on the phone. (Lee doesn't even watch the NFL.) I'm being outsourced!

I started up on some crochet projects this weekend, and they are turning out cute. One is a scarf for the BFF that is Tim Burton-inspired. (Meaning: black and white stripes with a random shot of color here and there.) Damn, I wish I knew how to knit. I need someone to sit with me and hold my hands to get me started. I can't learn that stuff from books. Oooh, does anyone know of a website that has videos of knitting techniques, like the crochet site I linked to last year? That would be super.

I'm about to take my kitchen apart and re-arrange the shelves. I wish I had a professional organizer - I want compartments and drawers and cubbies for everything. Yes, I went to Ikea this weekend, and now I have a sickness. (All of their cabinets and drawers have anti-slam features!!! Ooooh, how I want.)


Okay, this show is MIND BOGGLINGLY STUPID. We know this. I'm just continually shocked every week by how stupid it is. Sookie Stackhouse: you suck. You're nothing like the witty, sarcastic, innocent southern girl in the books. Anna Paquin: stop being dead eyes. She just randomly stares at people, as if that is supposed to convey ANYTHING.

Now, while I'm bothered that the show is the Jason Stackhouse show, at least the actor can ACT. See how his eyebrows move? His face contorts? That's called ACTING. He's conveying how he FEELS. Isn't that wonderful? Now pay attention, Anna.

Raise your hand if you wanted to smack the new vampire on the head. That could have been interesting, it started off interesting, but then I just got irritated. Thank god for hot Ass Eric being sarcastic.

Raise your hand if you wanted Tara to die when she ran into that tree? Or for her Mama to drop dead when she came to visit her? That way we wouldn't have to hear about their souls and day-muns no more. BTW, the actress that plays Tara? DAMN. Her muscles?? Jesus please us.

And while I've known all along that Rene was the killer, it sucks that the one person that attempted a coon-ass accent and nailed it is going to be gone come the finale. Also, I'm tired of the wtfuckness of Sookie just randomly kissing Sam. Sam I get. He's clearly had a thing for her. But Dead Eyes? She just stares, spouts words, then kisses him. Then starts shouting - all with her deal, soulless eyes....

And I had no problem with Amy dying, because I was SIIIIICK of how everything was "beautiful." Take a bath, hippie, and wash that patchoulie stink off yourself.

GOD. That show is such craaaaaaaaap! Head's up: I don't care if you like it. I don't need to hear that you like it. It's crap, imo. You can like it all you want in your journal. :D

I cannot stress how happy I am that Twilight the movie is almost here. AHAHAHAHA, hoooooo, that is going to be such fun crap! I can't wait to see it and mock. *fist pump* I've been getting linked all over the place for my LDS Sparkledammerung series, which is v v cool, but understand that I'm not always able to reply to every comment. No offense meant, I just don't have all the free time in the world, that's all. (And I'm seriously behind on my NaNoWriMo count, argh!!)

Now watch me contradict myself by writing more True Blood/Twilight crap dialogue fic. \o/

[ETA] sorry for the broken tag, and I hope I didn't spoil anyone... Mea culpa!
This post is random, and all over the place. One last thing: does anyone have a really good quality pumpkin pie/dessert recipe that is elegant? Meaning, I don't want a pie that looks like a standard issue pumpkin pie. Anyone?

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moosesal
Nov. 17th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
Psst... you have a coding issue at the top of your post. And it's resulting in your cut-tag not working.
stoney321
Nov. 17th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
I just saw and fixed it, thank you, Sal!!
moosesal
Nov. 17th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
Yay! All better.

RE: knitting -- yarn stores (real yarn stores, not your craft store with acrylic) usually offer classes where you can sit down with experienced knitters and learn.

RE: pumpkin pie -- I have a recipe for a pie that pretty much looks like a standard pumpkin pie, but is a little different. I want to say it's pumpkin chiffon, but I can't remember. I'll check when I'm home. I don't eat it, but those who have have said it's better than the regular stuff.
stoney321
Nov. 17th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
My favorite local yarnery has classes, but it's not convenient for me, which sucks. Also, I'm a special snowflake and want individual attention. :D

Oooh, that sounds nummy! If it's easy for you to share the recipe, I'd love to have it!
harmonyfb
Nov. 17th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
Damn, I wish I knew how to knit. I need someone to sit with me and hold my hands to get me started.

Dude. Come to Writercon, and we will have a Knitters & Hookers special interest group meeting. ::nods wisely:: I will teach you to knit, and you will teach me to crochet.

Trueblood...::sigh:: It's SO BAD. You know, I could almost resign myself to Alan Ball just running off in some random direction if the storyline made any fucking sense and we didn't have a crappy actress in the lead.

It's like watching a fucking train wreck. Why can't we get directors/producers who actually like the genre?
stoney321
Nov. 17th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
When I pulled out my needle and yarn yesterday, I TOTALLY thought of our Writercon deal. :D

UGH, it's so horrible!! They clearly hate their characters, their locations, everything positive about being Southern. It's almost hateful, you know?
windstar
Nov. 17th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
I got a box set with all three movies and an "extra" disk at Costco last year. Since it is almost the holidays, they probably have it again...I didn't care about the third movie, but the first two and the extras are pretty good.
stoney321
Nov. 17th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
I've seen that at Sam's and just haven't bought it. I've got the old VHS tapes, but that's not the same! (Ugh, movie #3 is so awful, isn't it??)
windstar
Nov. 17th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
Yes, awful in a bad way, there is nothing redeeming about it, except that Megan and Jonathan are in it. I actively hated Kevin Sullivan for a long time after that movie came out!
melbournegirl
Nov. 17th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Hey, I linked your Sparkledammerang to hijinksensue.com, specifically this post.

http://hijinksensue.com/2008/11/12/30-days-of-twilight/

Also, your post was indirectly referenced in the mmost recent podcast (#36) that hasn't been posted yet. Funny stuff.
stoney321
Nov. 17th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, that was you! :D He emailed me yesterday, actually! I didn't know about the podcast, though, and that's crazy cool!
tabaqui
Nov. 17th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
You know, if you have custard cups, you can put pumpkin pie mixture into them and cook little mini, crustless 'pies' or whatever you might want to call them. My niece doesn't like crust, so my brother puts her 'pie' into the custard cups instead. I'm pretty sure he cooked it for about the same time as the pie.

Not particularly elegant except that you get little mini-servings that you could pretty up with a little leaf design made of pie crust on top or a sprig of something.....
stoney321
Nov. 17th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
Oooh, like a creme brulee! Great idea. And those can be very elegant, I think we have a winner!!
tabaqui
Nov. 17th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
Yay!
:)
kseenaa
Nov. 17th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
Hold on to yourself. I am going to read the first two Twillight books. Why? Because it feels odd to dislike something I haven't even read. So I am going to read them, and then dislike them some more. ;-)
stoney321
Nov. 17th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Okay, now that I've restarted my heart, let me say this: I feel confident that you've been properly prepared for the badness, so I'm not worried that you won't make it out of the pit 'doom in the end. I HAVE FAITH! ;)
kseenaa
Nov. 17th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
Have faith. :-) I am a librarian, and must therefore know why they suck and how to stop others from reading them... *nods with wisdome*
soundingsea
Nov. 17th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I really want to learn how to crochet. I did it a little as a kid, but I just remember making a lot of lumpy snakes. The trick, I guess, is getting the pieces to lie flat and look nice?

I'm glad I gave up on True Blood after like two eps. It was just... dumb? And not sexy. :P
stoney321
Nov. 17th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
That website I linked to is INCREDIBLY helpful for crochet. It shows very clearly a step by step process for the most basic to more intricate stitches. I highly recommend it. And you know, we all have problems with the ends curling up. Lay a heavy book or brick on the end when you're done (spritz it with water first) and that usually curbs the twisty-curls. After washing, repeat. Took me FOREVER to learn that. *thunk*

Oh, it's SO dumb! And the unsexiest thing that ever tried to sex!! SHAMEFUL.
lynnenne
Nov. 17th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
USURPER!

Seriously, I am glad you had such a fun time with Lee. Weekends were made for good wine and good friends! *hugs you both*
stoney321
Nov. 17th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
SHE'S SUCH A USURPER! (Or did you mean me? Bwah!) I hope your ears were burning, I was praising your awesomeness from your last visit. <3

Why don't you guys live RIGHT BY ME???? *sad faces*
do_not_confess
Nov. 17th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
Hey! This website has been extremely helpful to me whenever I had knitting issues. It has nice videos by a very helpful and friendly lady with big big yarn and big big needles explaining all the basic techniques. From casting on/off, knit and purl to basic patterns. She also explaines the differences and advantages between Continental/German knitting and the way most American knitters hold their work and their yarn.

I go back regularly if I forget!

Also, True Blood is crack! I wouldn't claim to know anything about the South, being from Germany and all but the storytelling is just preposterous! Ahahahahhahahaha. I've only had pecan pie here in North Carolina and that looked very different from that lame excuse of a baked good. The goo was gross.
stoney321
Nov. 17th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
You are SO AWESOME for getting me that link!!!! Oh, I can't thank you enough. I've got yarn, I've got needles, and now I can try and do something with it, YAY!!!!! Oooh, alternate ways to hold things? Big fan. I don't hold my crochet hook/yarn in the traditional way, either, but I'm much happier with my style - less stress on my hand.

And I'm happy to see that even from Germany you can clearly see that True Blood is terrible characterization/storytelling. Just horrid. Tchus!

And you must have had a PROPER pecan pie, which is maybe the best pie on earth. It's my fave, at least. ;)
brunettepet
Nov. 17th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
I finally watched the pecan pie episode (what the hell was that, butterscotch pudding?). It was so dreadful my mind is still boggled. How can a director make all that sex between pretty people so completely unappealing? I pretty much hate every character except the dog...
stoney321
Nov. 17th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
I MEAN, HONESTLY!!! That was NOT a proper pecan pie AT ALL. It's just horrible, that show. Unappealing, unfunny, they don't know if they're supposed to be aware of the crack or not, and it's just terrible!!
tricksterquinn
Nov. 17th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
Kniiiiitting. I can help with that, but possibly not over the intarwebs. That said, my favorite handy little guidebook is The Knitter's Companion. It's great for basics, and for all those times when you go "Oh, crap, what was X again?"

stoney321
Nov. 17th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
I am seriously challenged when it comes to learning how to do stuff like this with a book - I can't. But maybe when I've got it down pat and I'm looking for ideas or something?

*is stupid*
tricksterquinn
Nov. 17th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
I get that. I learned in person originally (okay, twice), but find the book useful for once you've learned but still tend to forget stuff.
tricksterquinn
Nov. 17th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
Would this site help any?
stoney321
Nov. 17th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
It would indeed!! That's exactly what I'm looking for, thank you!
tricksterquinn
Nov. 17th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
Glad to help!
bethlehem2
Nov. 17th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
I know it's already been reced but I taught my self how to knit at www.knittinghelp.com. It rocks!!!

Enjoy!
stoney321
Nov. 17th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, I quite like getting second opinions, so THANK YOU!! I'm totally curling up with my laptop, yarn, and needles later tonight, thanks!!
ljgould
Nov. 17th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad that someone else has problems with TrueBlood. I've loved the books for years and was so looking forward to the show...and then, well, you know what happened. Anna Paquin is horribly miscast (probably the biggest mistake). I don't hate the show, but I just think there are too many things wrong with it...does that make sense?

Oh well. Enjoy your crocheting. Knitting is really easier than crocheting once you learn it.
stoney321
Nov. 17th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, I've just loathed that show from the beginning, but I cannot look away!!!! I'm just so baffled by it that I can't.

Knitting is EASIER??? Dude. I don't even need to look when I crochet, am I going to be boss, or what? ;)
ljgould
Nov. 18th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
I know what you mean...I watch it every week and complain throughout.

I don't look when I knit or crochet. I think it's just a matter of getting used to what you're doing. I do look when I do needlepoint which may be why I've got four projects started but not finished.
domenowtrent
Nov. 17th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
My dad makes THE MOST AMAZING pumpkin pie cheesecake. Guh. I am drooling. And a bit sad that I won't get any this year :(
stoney321
Nov. 17th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
!!!!!

I fully support the concept of pumpkin pie cheesecake!!! (And how much do I love that your DAD makes it? So much.)

Awww, I'm sorry you won't get any, sugar. :(
domenowtrent
Nov. 19th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
Maybe I will make it myself in a very cheap way, lol, and buy the premade cheesecake filling. Won't be as awesome, but hopefully it will be tasty!
ethrosdemon
Nov. 17th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
Elegant pumpkin? Can that happen?

Let me say that we do not agree on all the ways in which TB sucks, I agree with you heartily that it does! What a pos.

Also, I hate AP's acting. She was the same in the X-men movies. She's just awful.

I like Rene, too. Well, his accent.

I HATE both Bill and Sookie. If the show was actually about Jason or the Pam and Eric I would happily tune in. Jason cracks me up because he's just SO STUPID.
stoney321
Nov. 17th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
I know, right? Last year I made a pumpkin-spice bundt cake with streusel topping that was fan-freaking-tastic. Someone mentioned a pumpkin cheesecake, and that sounds pretty damn good to me. (I just don't want a pie that looks like I picked it up at Wal-Mart, you know? I'm weird.)

It sucks so thoroughly, so completely, that I am absolutely baffled at anyone being able to say with a straight face that it doesn't. And there are little things that could be good, if they all weren't so stupid. Eric, Pam, the new "Social Worker" which is a nice twist on how she appeared in Book 2, which is to say it's an improvement all around.

I want to smack Tara, Sookie, and Bill, and possibly set Jason's crotch on fire just to kill the likely crabs nesting there. But yes, his stupidity is entertaining, and the actor is TRYING, which is more than the others.

Anna Paquin. I can imagine the crew on set shaking their heads every time she opens her mouth. Her stupid inability to STAND normally bugs me, too. AUGH! ;)
ethrosdemon
Nov. 17th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
I haven't noticed the standing issue. You should come back to my post and tell me about Maryanne from the books!
femmenerd
Nov. 18th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
1. I saw the AoGG DVD set in Borders the other day! I even touched it. But it was 80 dollars I don't have so I didn't.

2. I recently made pumpkin pie with a "graham cracker crust" made out of ginger snaps. It was delicious! Though perhaps not as fancy-looking aesthetically as you're looking for.
stoney321
Nov. 18th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
1. 80!!! WTH? That seems a bit excessive to me, too. If I win the lottery AoGG for ALL!

2. Elegant pumpkin can mean sophisticated taste, too, and that sounds DE-FREAKING-LICIOUS. Mmmm, I'm a big fan of the ginger. Heh heh heh.
southernbangel
Nov. 18th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
OMG STONEY, WHY WEREN'T YOU THERE THIS MORNING WHEN I WOKE UP?!? *cries*

I'm totally going to watch True Blood with marenfic because I can't stop watching the trainwreck! Oh, and guess who scored the remaining Sookie Stackhouse books today? THIS CHICK. ILU for turning me on to these books. And for feeding me delicious Tex-Mex. And for being awesome.

ILU STONEY. <3 <3 <3
stoney321
Nov. 18th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
Because you are stupid and live in 'Bama not TEXAS, THAT'S WHY!~! *cries for ever*

holy crap, I cannot wait for you to get caught up on the craptasticness that is True Blood. CANNOT WAIT!!
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