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Meredith Bronwen Mallory
Whew! Would you believe that today is the first day in two weeks that I've worked a typical-length shift during my regularly scheduled hours? I've had odd days off, thankfully, but we also had LC (little cousin) fly in to visit on the 22nd. We put him on the plane back to Florida yesterday afternoon: two mojitos, one bottle of absinthe*, three boxes of sugar cubes, one cross-bow hole in the basement wall, seven boxes of pizza and one flaming kitchen sink later. I love that kid dearly-- we've patched up a lot of the complicated/hard feelings that we (meaning LC, Sam, the girls and I) were dealing with back in 2010-- but he's as zany as ever. I wouldn't change him, but he does take some looking after.

*NECESSARY DISCLAIMER: Not "real" Absinthe-- it's that Lucid stuff that sells legally in the States.

Overall, this Christmas was one of the best I'd had in years. cut for some extended family nonsense, but with an unusually happy twistCollapse )

Sam, LC and I brought the girls home and popped in Pacific Rim. Then when the sun had set and the stars were brilliantly visible in the night sky, they took me outside and showed me the backyard telescope they'd gone in on as my present. I was completely floored-- still am! It was such a sweet and amazing gesture, especially since it's something I've always wanted, but never would have bought by myself. It took two nights of practicing, reading and playing with it but by Friday night, I was able to point it at Jupiter and see not only the faint pink/orange orb itself, but also the four Galilean moons. They hung there in the black, silent and serene cogs an almost-perfect mechanism of creation. Of course, I cried. X_x;;; It was very beautiful, though-- and I am very, very excited about learning to find other objects!

I hope everyone else had an amazing Christmas/holiday-- all of my friends deserved that, and so much more. In the next couple of days, I hope to post some distressingly late Christmas presents for friends/fandom. We'll start with Amber (aka minttown1):

Abigail Hobbs Teaches Feminist Theory 101
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Basically inspired by all the times I've wished Abigail's story could have ended differently. I realize the show is called Hannibal, but it's just not fair to have such a strong, subversive female character end like that. Part of me still irrationally hopes her story isn't over. ^^;;;

Leigh-darling, I promise I'm working on your 'Roti' fic! Unfortunately, every time I even think about the new Season 2 promo poster, I have a reaction of such profound and irrational despair that I cannot even articulate it in words. It looks something like this:

I work a short day tomorrow, and then I'm off New Year's day. Everyone stay safe, happy, and enjoy the 'tail end' of the Year of the Snake. *rimshot* ^_~

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