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23 July 2010 @ 01:01 pm

I'm reading Changes right now, and I just finished chapter thirty-one.

I could deal with them destroying Harry's office, his car, and his house.

But then they killed Butters.

I'm a little too afraid to keep reading. I had to stop because I was crying.

I need an opinion from my f-list. What's the difference, in your opinion, between a "real" gift and something a little more... I guess the word I'm looking for is trivial? 
In the past, I've been somewhat critical of receiving gifts that were a) obviously from the clearance shelves at Walmart and b) not something I really wanted. (My mom got me gardenia scented bubble bath in 2007. I was five months' pregnant.) 
Even though I'm doing homemade gifts, I feel it would be rude to make a blanket for one relative and give another one a container of lip gloss. Lip gloss takes three minutes to make. Considering I haven't worked on either of the blankets I'm currently doing for the last couple of days, I'm going to guess that it'll be a month before I finish either of those.
I'm feeling twelve kinds of conflicted already.

Charlottedharkapparition on July 23rd, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
My inlaws (hubby's WHOLE side) have become accustomed to our homemade gifts. I usually decide on a theme (because it's always food related) and everyone gets the same thing.

Personally, I appreciate homemade gifts because I know how much effort goes into them.

If the recipient can't appreciate that, then screw 'em. Nothing gets my back up more than an ungrateful receiver.
Kateslayerkate on July 23rd, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
I agree about the ungrateful thing. In my defense, regarding my reaction to my mom's gift for me... a simple phone call would have been enough for her to find out what I wanted. I've never expressed any interest in gardenia scented anything. LOL
Charlottedharkapparition on July 23rd, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
I wasn't dinging you at all. Anyone with any sense could logically deduce that you don't give a pregnant woman something scented unless you check with her FIRST. Gardenia is such a strong scent.

Regarding The Dresden Files:

I'm such a spoiler whore, it's not even funny, but I'm no longer in a hurry to read Chances.

I LOVED Butters. *throws a kick at Jim Butcher
Kateslayerkate on July 23rd, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
I know! I read that twice, then calmly put my bookmark back in and burst into tears. This isn't BtVS. He's not coming back. It's incredibly frustrating.

At least this book has given me more ideas for my own writing. *zips lips*
Kateslayerkate on July 24th, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)
And it turns out that it was a false alarm. Stupid cliffhanger chapters. I feel dumb for upsetting you, but I didn't want to keep reading because I thought he was dead.

C'est la vie.
Charlottedharkapparition on July 24th, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Oops?
*wipes forehead

Thanks for telling me. I love spoilers, but hate it when they give me stress. LOL Should probably avoid them, but I'm weak.
Kateslayerkate on July 24th, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Oops?
I know what you mean. I'm already aware of the first few eps of Supernatural's next season. I was trying to avoid those spoilers, but I've apparently got no self-control whatsoever.
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Kateslayerkate on September 16th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
I was talking about Harry Dresden, but even so? I disagree with you. Snape's sudden heroic behavior was absolutely a retcon.