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As usual, for this year's gift-giving charity the library is going with a local organization for children's advocacy. The Christmas program provides the names and wishlists of kids in the system, and we buy presents for them which the organization delivers to the parents(s)/guardians so that they can wrap the gifts and give them to their kids. The same names are given to multiple offices/workplaces, so I don't need to worry that these are the only presents the kids are getting.

I usually try to grab the names of girls with geeky interests, but there were none in this year's selection. So who did I pick this year? Two brothers, Jesus (11) and Angel (8)*. Their wishlists are:

Jesus: "Drawing, colored pencils. Cars, balls. Favorite color: blue."

Angel: "All superheroes, transformers. Dinosaurs, basketball. Drawing."

I GUESS I'M GIVING THEM ART SUPPLIES, HUH? :D Suggestions welcome! I'm going to take a look at how-to-draw superhero and car books, but don't want to limit myself to that as it's obvious enough they may get multiples. I usually buy local and always include the receipt anyway, so that the parents can exchange the gift if there are duplicates or the kid already has it.

(BTW, Monster High is apparently the in thing-there were multiple kids asking for it!)

* Not their real names, from what I understand. The center preserves their anonymity.

edit: Ooh, this car-design kit looks pretty spiffy!
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Toby and I spent the weekend playing Dragon Age: The Loadening. Yes, its real subtitle is Inquisition, but the load screens are diabolically long.

And when I mean that we played it, is that he handled the controls while I watched. When the character got to a decision point that affected plot, I made the choice, and Toby took care of combat. It makes for a nice together thing, especially because I can sit back reading a book or browsing Reddit while he plays, and we both get the experience of amusing glitches, like remarkably porous stairs into which the characters sink ankle-deep, or the horse that climbed up onto a stone fence. Or the amazing sliding horse that skidded sideways through the stables instead of walking.

I attempted to make the main character look like Toby, and failed completely, ending up with a Roman centurion who just can't even. Toby named him "SerTired," short for "SerTiredOfThisShit," and I've been having him make decisions that fit with that persona.
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I always find a flexible rubber sole to be a great feature in a candy bar.

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I'm making a cheapass Advent calendar for Toby...

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Lion roaring in his sleep!

Don't make the mistake of reading the comments...a bunch of people who don't know any better keep claiming the lion's in pain, probably because they don't realize what lion roars sound like nor what a sleeping lion looks like.* He's in a wildlife sanctuary, rescued from a Bolivian circus.

* I claim to be an expert in sleeping lions, because 99% of the time, the lions we saw in Africa were sleeping!
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Toby's parents are hosting Thanksgiving this year. I volunteered to make dessert. Suggestions for something semi-spectacular, anyone? The only caveat is that it'll be made up here on Wednesday and driven across the state on Thursday and be consumed on Friday.

I am not afraid of complicated! I've made Momofuku Milk Bar-style layer cakes before! (I'll say, however, that Toby's parents tend to be a bit conservative in tastes, so something like a rhubarb and lime pavlova will probably be eyed with suspicion. Something like a chocolate blackout cake would be more recognizable/welcome to them.)
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Goldfish-shaped teabags!

Now, is there anyone on my f-list with Taiwanese connections who's willing to find out for me where they're available, how much they cost and how much shipping is? (Cost may not be worth it but LOOK AT THEM.)
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The good photos I took from this weekend's zoo trip. You've seen a couple posted earlier as I was experimenting with automagic crossposting stuff, but there are also new ones. Unless you're on Facebook and have friended me there, in which case you've seen them already.

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Was too undecided about what to pack for lunch, so I decided to go out for lunch. Now I have no idea where I want to go. :/ (I wish there was an "Just don't bother with lunch" option, but sleepiness, crankiness, and headache are due in a couple of hours if I don't go eat something soon.)


Nov. 18th, 2014 09:50 am
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I've been playing the Sims FreePlay for a couple of weeks now, since I had that cold, and the occasional glitch amuses me. Take last night, for example, when the Sim I created to represent Toby* came home after a hard day's work and took this comfy seat:
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* Toby Stark, as the only goatee available was a doofy one that looks like Tony Stark would wear it. Only I had Toby's Sim and my Sim get married, and since he moved into my Sim's house, he automatically adopted my Sim's last name. :)

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