Happy Halloween!


*Lightning crashes and Thunder booms appropriately*

Good Evening…

And Happy Halloween!

So I spent all of today working on my pumpkin, and Lexy was smart and did it a couple of days ago.

Of course, she did so at a friends house, a carving party, so in my mind it was almost like forcing her to abandon tradition of doing it the day of or day before Halloween 😀

So here’s a treat and you get to see Lexy’s and mine pumpkins!

The main character girl from Brave! Can you see the intensity? (EDIT: Medusa 😀 Can still feel intensity, perhaps the feeling of someone trying to turn me to stone…?)

Skyrim character.
With an arrow in the knee.
Yes. I went there.

I almost had a heart attack earlier, when, from the front hall I could hear crunching noises. I looked over and saw Gwynn hunched over, about the area where I had just placed my pumpkin.


And no, it was him chewing on the stick of the arrow I’d shoved in the knee.

But still. Heart attack. It was a near thing.

Also, my Dad thought up something brilliant.

You know those big boxes of treats to hand out?

Separate each kind of candy into its own box (smarties, Aero, Coffee crisp, kit-kat), and then hand out the least popular first. We’re going by Smarties, Aero, and then kit-kat and coffee crisp.

We just finished Smarties.


Happy Halloween

Aren’t They Supposed to be Smaller?

So we recently got a new computer.

Home computer, not laptop, and one specifically for gaming, since games nowadays seem to need more graphics and more room for you to actually play it.

It’s amazing right now, I’ve played a ton of Skyrim (at the request of my MOM… she wanted to make sure it could handle it, since it kept blue-screening when we were trying to upload all the software and programs on it, but we had some problems when we were first setting it up.

First of all, there was the Untangling of Chords.

This is a mighty feat for any mortal, but it’s especially hard when you realize that there were a couple of chords in there that weren’t plugged to anything, and didn’t need to be there in the first place.

Then there was the question of where to put the damn thing.

Because one might think that, with the way things are going now, that a brand spanking new computer would be a smaller, sleeker model?


I was worried that this extreme size difference was compensating for something.

As far as I can tell right now, it’s not.

(PS for all people looking into gaming computers, or are interested in what kind this is, it’s an iBUYPOWER, Phantom 410 mid-tower computer case. You can see into the computer from the side.)

But the space in our desk that was designed to hold onto the monitor was much too small.

So we put a subwoofer there, and are currently out having the ridiculous thing ON the desk, next to the Monitor.

And speaking of…

We also got a brand spanking new monitor, after a bit of a hassle when we couldn’t figure out why the computer wasn’t working and assumed it must be because this big new computer didn’t wnat to work with our pretty small old monitor. We also have a set up so that we can watch things from the computer on the TV, and we thought maybe this big-shot computer was saying “I will only work with a screen big enough to hold my glorious attention! AHA! This Huge screen is perfect!”.

Long story short, we had to get an adaptor. because it wasn’t the screen it was having an issue with.

It was the plugs.

But what that amounted to was a whole bunch of me plugging, unplugging, plugging, unplugging, and replugging in a lot of things, and generally getting pretty fed up with technology in general.

And then, the next day (after work, after going bowling with friends), I was then expected to do it all over again…

This included untangling the cables.


Because there’s a rule about computer cables, something like ‘Thou Shalt Not Stay Untangled When Thine Opportunity Arises So”, with a subset of a lesson like “Thou Shalt Teacheth These Mere Mortals That Life Doth Sucketh Much, And Nothing Shall Stay ‘Straight and Narrow’ When Given The Opportunity To Turn Into A Tangled Mess Of AGH UIEIHDHGSFFAAAAHHHHHKKKKK!” (and then it degenerates from there)

But aside form now having to move files from Ye Olden Computer to this Behemoth (Which I have now decided shall be the name of this Beast), things are looking pretty good.

This computer has a lot of good reviews on it as well, so definitely check it out if you’re in the market. It’s isn’t JUST a gaming computer you know 🙂

Behemoth in its Natural Habitat.
AKA The Temporary Final Setup

But I’m Orange Too!

So, Lexy left to go to a friend’s house for a pumpkin carving party (pictures later) at about 2:15-2:30, and this is what I’m seeing Gwynn doing.

In both Light…

…And in Darkness, he waits…
For Her return…

(Seriously, he didn’t even twitch when I turned on and off the lights. And sorry about picture quality :D)

I’m sure he wishes he could be there for her, WITH her, right now (RIGHT NOW!!!), but as he would try to eat the pumpkins, he’s been left behind. “But I’m orange too!” He would likely protest. “Why can’t I come too?”

Lexy is probably going to bring him some pumpkin guts for a snack later, but as far as he’s concerned, she’s gone to war and he’s stuck at home awaiting her return.

There will be lots of bouncing and love and kisses when she returns. If I can, I’ll try to capture it on camera.

Word Exchanges– Why not use Grumpy instead?

So, in general, if I find a word, or group of words, that can convey the same message as something a little more crass, I’ll use it.

It usually works for me, it’s usually understandable, and it means I have these words, or this word, to fall back on to be a bit more diplomatic.

Or, you know, can say this in front of children and the elderly without the brain-pinching panic of No-Wait-I-Take-It-Back!

Lately I’ve found myself even thinking these words, but I’ve found that some don’t translate… quite the same way.

And sorry, but this explanation is going to require these word replacements as well as the replacement-ee’s.

The word that seems to be getting lost in the exchange is my usage of ‘Grumpy’

Not THIS Grumpy, no. More like the emotion/attitude that is his namesake.

Usually I’m using this to tell people that yeah, in general, you seem a bit defensive, or sharp, or mean lately.

This does seem a bit juvenile, yes. It seems like the kind of thing that you would even ask a 5-year-old (or mockingly ask an adult) if they were being grumpy.

Perhaps even being a Grumpy Pants.

But add-ons to this have a variety of translations in my mind.

->”You’ve been a bit grumpy lately…”

Translates into

“Go take a nap or something… relax.”

->”Stop being so grumpy.”

Translates into

“You’re being mean. Stop  it.”

->”You’re really grumpy lately.”

Translates into

“You’re snapping at people like a wounded bear.”

->”Why are you so grumpy all the time?”

Translates into

“Stop coming after anything I say like a wounded bear with a chainsaw and a misdirected grudge!!”

->”You’re being really, really Grumpy right now”

Translates into

“You’re being a bitch. STOP IT.”

->”Someone’s grumpy then…”

Translates into 

“You are being so mean right now you’re making me angry, don’t bug me right now”

->”Well I guess we all know who’s the grumpy one right now…”

 Translates into 

“You are being horrible, leave me alone so I can seethe, or I’ll bite you in the FACE! Like a SHARK!”

And usually it goes on from there, until it gets back into some swearing, varying in intensity while sounding vaguely the same, like:

“Well that was bitchy…”

Which Equals

“Why would you say that you horrible person! That was hurtful!”


“You’re being a bitch right now. A huge one.”

Which Equals

“I AM A WOUNDED BEAR WITH TWO CHAINSAWS AND A SHARK WHO WILL BITE YOUR HEAD OFF! Stop poking me with a stick dipped in acid and burning with the flames of your bad day/week.”

(a rough translation)

The shark is behind you, waiting for my signal.

So yeah, grumpy sounds preschool, but it’s unusual enough in conversation that it usually makes people stop and reevaluate the conversation thus far, and sometimes other conversations they’d had that day.

It also results in come-backs like “What are you, a child?”, said with such scorn it could peel upholstery from furniture and varnish from wood.

Other such grumpy responses are also the norm, but, after that, reflection usually happens, and I find that people can’t NOT feel like maybe they should think things over after they spew their vitriol at someone who uses words like ‘Grumpy’.

So really, I think it works, even if people sometimes don’t understand that I’m not being childish OR patronizing when I say they’re being grumpy.

Because really, we’re all a little Grumpy every now and then.

Video Vendredi


Hanging with Lexy, and she found this video.

A friend said that russian rap sounds ridiculous.

I agree, and this video isn’t russian rap…

But after the rap, we had to know that there was some other russian music other than the ridiculousness of a guy wearing a silver skull half-mask and thinking he’s the shit. ‘

Here it is.