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Well, the junk first of all: If you went to movies a lot in the '80s, like we did, this is a stupendously easy quiz. (A 50-question quiz that 11% of people get 100% right can't be too difficult, after all.) (I did have to guess on a couple, but they don't even make guessing terribly hard. I am kinda the queen of the educated guess.)

We went to see Rogue One again (still love it) and ate lasagne and watched the first episode of Stranger Things. That was our Christmas Eve. Honestly, it beats most Christmas Eves cold, at least the ones of recent years. Tomorrow we have to do the family stuff. I've washed my hair and I need to do my nails and I'm sure I'll think of ten other highly-important things I have to do before bedtime. I can't much make myself care, though.

Stranger Things was pretty awesome, although more of you probably know much more about it than I do. (Does that sentence make any sense at all? I'm not sure, but I'm leaving it like that anyway.) We finished Jessica Jones yesterday (also awesome) and I told Rob that we could watch Stranger Things next if he wanted before we go on to Luke Cage. I don't know that Rob knew anything at all about it, but *I* knew that he would love Stranger Things, it's totally right up his alley. (Speaking of '80s.) It's very, um, early Steven Spielberg crossed with Stand By Me. Or something like that.

Col and I played Marvel Heroes for a while. He is playing Luke Cage and is surprised that he likes it. I liked Luke too (not to mention that he's stupendously hot in Jessica Jones, but I hadn't seen that yet when I was playing him) so I'm not too surprised. Oh, having seen Jessica Jones TV now, I realized suddenly what she's wearing in the game, the other day - it's the "Jewel" superhero outfit that Trish is seen in the series trying to get her to wear. She's been standing talking to Ben Urich in Avengers Tower since I've been playing, and I always wondered what the hell that was she was wearing. (I believe you can also play Jessica as a team-up but I haven't tried it; I'm pretty sure she's wearing something else in that incarnation. And Ben Urich in this game is a younger-looking white guy, in contrast to the older black guy who's in the first season of Daredevil. Reconciling all this now that I've watched half - exactly half - of the existing Marvel Netflix stuff is kind of weird.)

Also (still on the Marvel Heroes track) I spent some money on costumes last week and I now have the girl version of Thor and a couple of Christmas costumes (Daredevil and Squirrel Girl). I'm probably going to feel like I wasted my money on Christmas costumes later but I really like the female Thor. There are actually two female Thors; the other one is Jane Foster (who I think becomes Thor for a while in the comics?) but the one I'm using is the Earth X version, which I really know nothing at all about. She says something about Loki having tricked her into the new body (but she also says she kind of likes it.) Either I read somewhere or Col told me (I have no idea which) that this version, or maybe both versions, won't let anybody call her Lady Thor or anything like that; she's just Thor, still. That's about all I know about that, although I'm interested that they bothered to do two different female voices for Thor. He has a buttload of costumes, too (although not as many as Iron Man) - some of the male ones might have "enhanced" (aka different, rerecorded) voices, too, for all I know. I haven't paid much attention. But I tried playing regular Thor with the default costume and I stalled out about level 30-something. So I was hoping that the different take on Thor would propel me along, and it has - well, I'm still not all that far along in story progression but she hit level 60 tonight, so that's definitely an improvement. I'm not sure why it makes that much difference, exactly, but apparently it does.

OK, that's enough for tonight. I need to go do my nails. Happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas, or other holiday/nonholiday of your choice. Or Christmas Eve Gift, as my grandma used to say. (Family phrase of unknown origin; I think I end up explaining that one pretty much every year.)

Date: 2016-12-25 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bunny42.livejournal.com
Another blogger I read explains Christmas Eve Gift as a Texas tradition in which Texans try to be the first to holler Christmas Eve Gift to their close relatives. He calls it a "curious tradition," but had no further explanation for it.

Ho ho ho, and similar salutations of the season! I am tinkering with my new Keurig coffee system, trying to set up all the preferred settings, etc. Looking forward to that first cuppa joe. I bought some mocha Coffee Mate. This should be a treat.

I must be a pretty good guesser, because I scored 70% on movies, many of which I'd never seen.

Date: 2016-12-26 08:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mellificent.livejournal.com
Huh, see, I don't know anybody else who says it. Maybe if I had hung around in the little town my mom grew up in more, I'd know more about it.

Date: 2016-12-27 06:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mellificent.livejournal.com
My family never really emphasized the competition aspect, although my grandmother was the one who really embraced the thing, and she did always start it. (I'd say we were letting her win, except nobody but her knew it was a competition at all, far as I know!)

I did text my sister at a quarter to midnight on Christmas Eve just to say it though.

Date: 2016-12-27 11:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bunny42.livejournal.com
That same blogger posts "Rabbit rabbit rabbit" on the first day of every month. Family traditions are warm and comfortable. My mother was first generation French. Every year on Bastille Day my brother and I would call her and sing the first few lines of La Marseillaise, in French, of course. Now we call each other and the tradition lives on.

Happy New Year!

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