gnomi: (here_comes_treble (shoegal-icons))
(Scene: Tonight we are hosting dinner for two couples and their kids. Tomorrow, one of the couples we are hosting tonight is hosting lunch for all of us. I was in the kitchen finishing up making the chocolate chip cookie bars that are our donation to tomorrow's lunch.)

Me: I think that we should try to get [our dinner guests] to take home tomorrow's dessert.

[personal profile] mabfan: That's a brilliant idea.

Me: You think we should?

[personal profile] mabfan: I think you're brilliant.

Me: You think I'm pretty without any makeup on? You think I'm funny when I tell the punchline wrong?

[personal profile] mabfan: Is that from something?
gnomi: (kitty)
[livejournal.com profile] mabfan: I only have 70 bombs. Is that enough?

[livejournal.com profile] gnomi: That depends. Are you playing Draw Something, or are you going to war?
gnomi: (miracle_max)
Scene: On Saturday night, [personal profile] mabfan and [personal profile] gnomi are at the seder with [profile] lcmlc and Abba-with-no-LJ. [personal profile] gnomi has just broken the Afikoman for distribution.

[personal profile] gnomi: There are pieces of varying size.

[personal profile] mabfan: Pieces of Varying Size? I don't believe they exist.

This subsequently sparked a conversation about "The Princess Bride," the fact that [profile] lcmlc has never read the book, and whether Goldman should do a digital enhancement.

[personal profile] mabfan: It would be like what Lucas did with "Star Wars."

[personal profile] gnomi: Inigo parried first!
gnomi: (Default)
Scene: [personal profile] mabfan and [personal profile] gnomi are putting Muffin and Squeaker to bed. [personal profile] gnomi looks at the collection of toys in Muffin's bed.

[personal profile] gnomi: Muffin, is that Mommy's Captain Jack action figure in your bed?

Muffin: Yes.

[personal profile] gnomi: Do you want it there?

Muffin: I want Jack in my bed!

[personal profile] mabfan, under his breath: He's been in everyone else's.
gnomi: (Default)
Scene: [personal profile] mabfan and [personal profile] gnomi are giving dinner to Muffin and Squeaker. Muffin is eating her meal of fish sticks and blueberries; Squeaker finally acquiesces to eating cheese sticks.

[personal profile] gnomi: Here, Squeaker, have a cheese stick.

[personal profile] gnomi puts a second cheese stick on the table.

Squeaker: I need to hold it!

[personal profile] gnomi: Why do you need to hold it?

Squeaker: I have two hands!
gnomi: (danny_what (celli))
(Scene: [livejournal.com profile] mabfan and [livejournal.com profile] gnomi are in their respective offices.)

[livejournal.com profile] mabfan: There is a new edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary.

[livejournal.com profile] gnomi: Yay! On September 2.

[livejournal.com profile] mabfan: In the UK it is out now. It's like Doctor Who.

[livejournal.com profile] gnomi: Aha! It's bigger on the inside than on the outside!

(after some consideration)

[livejournal.com profile] gnomi: The new Concise OED differs from the Doctor in one major way -- it's on the 12th edition, and the Doctor is only on his 11th.
gnomi: (danny_what (celli))
(Background: [personal profile] mabfan and I enjoy superhero movies. This should not be a surprise to anyone. So we've been seeing all the Marvel movies and enjoying the various tags at the end when Nick Fury comes to recruit the movie's main character to join the Avengers. And some time this summer, I posited that perhaps *all* media could be improved by the addition of Nick Fury coming to recruit the protagonist, leading to...)

(Scene: [personal profile] mabfan is reading Corduroy to Muffin and Squeaker.)


[personal profile] mabfan: "You must be a friend. I've always wanted a friend." "Me, too," said Lisa. And then Colonel Nick Fury shows up to recruit Corduroy for the Avengers.

[personal profile] gnomi: "I must be a superhero! I think I've always wanted to be a superhero," said Corduroy.
gnomi: (danny_what (celli))
Scene: [personal profile] mabfan is changing Muffin for bed. Muffin is jabbering nonsense syllables.

Muffin: Magaba gabaga! Shaka!

[personal profile] gnomi: When the walls fell!

[personal profile] mabfan: I was going to say that.

Clearly, we've gotten Muffin and Squeaker well on the way to Science Fiction Geekdom; Squeaker showed her geek cred months ago.
gnomi: (danny_what (celli))
Scene: [personal profile] mabfan and [personal profile] gnomi are relaxing on the sofa after Muffin and Squeaker have gone to sleep.

[personal profile] gnomi: I think I want a snack.

[personal profile] mabfan: What sort of snack?

[personal profile] gnomi: A cup of tea, maybe.

[personal profile] mabfan: Tea isn't a snack. It is a beverage. [Pause.] My work here is done.
gnomi: (Default)
"Illuminated manuscripts!"

"Now with vitamins, iron, and mistranscriptions!"
gnomi: (danny_what (celli))
Scene: [personal profile] mabfan and [personal profile] gnomi are finishing up dinner and figuring out the evening's schedule.

[personal profile] mabfan: There's a new "Castle" tonight!

[personal profile] gnomi: Should we bring coals?
gnomi: (danny_what (celli))
Scene: [personal profile] mabfan and [personal profile] gnomi are finishing up dinner with Muffin and Squeaker. [personal profile] gnomi is cleaning Squeaker's hands and face.

Squeaker: jabba-baba-jabba-jawa-maba!

[personal profile] gnomi: Don't worry, Squeaker. We're not going to turn you over to Jabba.

[personal profile] mabfan: Of course not. Jabba's through with you. He has no use for smugglers who drop their shipments at the first sign of an Imperial cruiser.
gnomi: (danny_what (celli))
Scene: [personal profile] gnomi has just finished reading But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton for the second time. She starts a new reading from the last page.

[personal profile] gnomi: But not the armadillo! But yes, the hippopotomus! Should she stay? Should she go?

[personal profile] mabfan: Who do you think you are, Zatanna?

[personal profile] gnomi: No, Harold Pinter.
gnomi: (Default)
Scene: [personal profile] mabfan and [personal profile] gnomi are getting dressed for work.

[personal profile] mabfan: I was woken in the middle of REM. In my dream, I had to drive a truck into a hotel elevator.
Inception Spoilers Within )
gnomi: (Default)
Yesterday, I was on the phone with [profile] lcmlc when Squeaker suddenly went from playing happily to expressing great upset. [personal profile] mabfan wondered aloud what was wrong with Squeaker, and I said, "Maybe it's existential angst." Squeaker continued to express her displeasure, so [personal profile] mabfan picked up Squeaker. There was a pause. "The angst is more than existential," he said, walking to the diaper table.

Turns out the girl was quite existential. As was her sister a bit later. "I need more wipes," [personal profile] mabfan said. "There's quite a lot of existentialism on this baby."
gnomi: (count_omer_count (madmadharri))
Scene: [personal profile] mabfan and [personal profile] gnomi are preparing to count the Omer on Friday night.

[personal profile] gnomi: Last night we counted ten.*
[personal profile] mabfan: So tonight we count the new Doctor.
[personal profile] gnomi: Yes. Tonight we count Matt Smith.

After relating this to [profile] maric23, I refined our counting. Thus, last night was Matt Smith, which is Sylvester McCoy and Tom Baker of the Omer.**


* For more on the Omer, see here. By tradition we say the previous night's count as a reminder rather than that day's in case that would qualify as the day's counting.

** There is a disagreement in the Talmud as to whether we should count the days or the weeks for the Omer. To resolve the disagreement, we do both, in the form of "This is x day which is y weeks and n days of the Omer."
gnomi: (Default)
Scene: [personal profile] mabfan is playing with Squeaker on his lap.

[personal profile] mabfan: Trot trot! Something! Lynn!

Squeaker slides to the floor between [personal profile] mabfan's legs.

[personal profile] mabfan: Lynn!!
gnomi: (Default)
I have a vague idea that I have posted on this topic in the past, but I can't find it and I admit that I am working today on a serious Squeaker-induced sleep deficit, so just go with it.

Twice today I have referenced popular culture in conversations with [personal profile] mabfan, and it reminded me just how much of my daily conversation is either taken directly from or in the style of dialogue writers that I admire. Today it was Joss Whedon ([personal profile] mabfan: Did I fall asleep? [personal profile] gnomi-in-Topher-voice: For a little while. [personal profile] mabfan: Shall I go now?) and Aaron Sorkin ("Turns out, I have a rose garden" in reference to a resource I hadn't realized I had at work). But sometimes it's William Goldman ("As you wish," "Who are those guys?") or Marta Kauffman/David Crane ("Could it be any colder?") or some other writer I'm not thinking of right now.

I know [personal profile] mabfan and I aren't the only ones who do this. So... who writes your dialogue?
gnomi: (Default)

Scene: [personal profile] mabfan and [personal profile] gnomi are playing with Muffin and Squeaker. Muffin and Squeaker are gurgling and babbling.

[personal profile] mabfan: I want their first word to be "Daddy is the greatest person in the world."

[personal profile] gnomi: That's not one word.

[personal profile] mabfan: It is in German!

gnomi: (danny_what (celli))
Scene: [personal profile] gnomi and [personal profile] mabfan are putting Muffin and Squeaker to bed. [personal profile] gnomi has turned away from the co-sleeper momentarily and Squeaker has started to cry.

[personal profile] gnomi: What's wrong, Squeaker-beaker?
[personal profile] mabfan: And Muffin Honeydew!

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