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Alethea & Athena
Clutter and cards 
22nd-Dec-2018 09:19 pm
Today was pretty much a typical Saturday, as usual. We've been making an effort to get organized, by which we mean we spend maybe like an hour cleaning on Saturdays? This week's efforts were focused on clearing all the clutter off of the dresser in the bedroom. We have a very strong feeling that we'll be getting a TV or something for Christmas, and we thought it would be nice to play video games from bed.

(As for where the strong feeling comes from: it came up one time in a conversation with our mother that Athena and I have a theft-proof TV, by which we mean it's an old cathode ray tube. Not only is it much more cumbersome than the latest TVs these days, but nobody wants anything that low-tech, so there's no value in stealing it. So Mom got this idea that maybe she could help bring us into the 21st century and get us a fancier TV. But we sounded like we might be proud of our theft-proof TV (and we are a little; it's like 20 years old and still works just fine), so she wanted to run the idea by us before going ahead with it. We were supposed to "forget" the conversation ever happened, so for now, we just have a very strong feeling about it. (The strong feeling is enhanced by the fact that there is a large new TV box sitting unwrapped under our Christmas tree.))

The other exciting thing that happened today was that we got a Christmas card from [Bad username: lyschan"]! It's not the only card we've gotten, but it is the only one that seems to be hand-painted by the sender. (I mean, it's a print, but you can tell she painted the original picture; it's signed and everything.) And it's beautiful and adorable and we love it! Thank you so much, lys!

Today I'm thankful for beautiful Christmas cards, having a slightly less cluttered apartment, having time to play Kingdom Hearts today, finally finding that last treasure chest in Fantasia, and Page being super cute as usual.
25th-Dec-2018 05:11 am (UTC)
Yay, the card arrived before Christmas!! I was so pleased I actually had time to paint one (and an idea for it, which is actually the bigger challenge) like, a month ago, but then I procrastinated on getting them printed, so it still got cut close. I'm glad you enjoyed it!!

(ps I think the stamp on the envelope was a scented one (with popsicles), did you notice?! they released them this summer and I excitedly bought them (I do this a lot), but I don't mail stuff very often so I was eager to have a chance to use them!)

Also hahahaha, you present some convincing evidence for your theory about getting a TV for Christmas!! Until I know for sure though, I'm going to imagine the box is full of something else, like... ummm... chocolate bars. I hear you on the pride in old technology, though. I still sometimes miss the simpler days (up till August of last year) with my flip phone...

It's just past the midnight mark here, so Merry Christmas to you!!!
25th-Dec-2018 08:30 pm (UTC)
Yes! The thought did occur to me that we should track you down to make sure you knew we got it and to thank you, but always when we were preoccupied. So I'm glad you saw this! And thank you! It's beautiful and we love it!

(We did not realize the stamps were scented, so thanks for the heads-up! What a nice touch! I think we all buy things out of excitement and then never get around to using them.)

We still haven't opened our gifts yet, so there could be anything in that box still!

And Merry Christmas to you, too!
26th-Dec-2018 03:07 am (UTC)
I do still check your journal! (my checking habits have gotten a little irregular because my main computer is running an old OS and they finally stopped supporting my browser and now the internet has evolved beyond its capabilities so some sites (like LiveJournal) are kinda broken. but i can read it fine on my phone and laptop!) So I saw this post the day after you posted it but didn't get a chance to comment sooner.

Do let us know what the mysterious contents of your TV box are!! Hope you both enjoyed a happy and relaxing day! :D
26th-Dec-2018 05:23 am (UTC)
Ah, the constant flow of progress... That's why we had to get a new TV--the PS4 won't accommodate the more square proportions of the old TVs, and we want to see Kingdom Hearts 3 without stretching it to fit.

Thank you! We hope you enjoyed your day, as well!
26th-Dec-2018 05:35 am (UTC)
Yes, progress~ I’m in a weird spot because if I update my OS I’m not 100% sure the programs I use for lettering will still work and if they don’t I’ll have to pay a subscription for the current version of the programs and I super don’t wanna do that when the old programs do everything I need them to and are long since paid for. (I know it’s a tax write off anyway but just on principle!) So I stubbornly cling to the old...

Kingdom Hearts is a worthy reason to upgrade, though!
27th-Dec-2018 05:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, that sounds pretty awful. I guess all the software companies realized that if everyone already has the software, they can't make more money without subscriptions. And since so many people are pirating everything...
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