Cats: Jenny is in heat. Jasper is de-equipped but still willing to give it the old college try. Helllllp.
Holidays: I grew up with eggnog (non-alcoholic), fruitcake (by reputation only), and figgy pudding (mythical for all I knew) as the only distinctive Christmas foodstuffs. I keep being surprised by what seems to be standard in the British (or just English?) verson of Christmas, which seems insanely codified and entrenched. I didn't even know what a satsuma was until David Tennant's first full "Doctor Who" episode. And now ... sprouts? Really? Weird.
Fandom: From the Mick LaSalle review of the new Sherlock Holmes movie:
In this version, he [Holmes] is a sensitive neurotic who completely falls apart between cases. He stays in his room and doesn't wash, and his only contact with the world is Watson, who is not a bumbler (like Nigel Bruce in the old movies), but a handsome and capable fellow, a physician and a war hero. In fact, Holmes depends on Watson so much that he is terrified of losing him and does his best to sabotage Watson's relationships with women.And of course, on seeing that last line, my first thought was "Norina!". Except for the swapping around of details — because McKay would be the tortured genius and Sheppard his savvy, dashing assistant — this sounds like about half the Earth-AU fics I've read. Countdown to fusion fic in three ... two ... one ....
Fandom 2: At Writercon, some of the bigger names in SGA were worried the fanworks would peter out and the fandom would die. I scoffed. "Have you seen the 'Firefly' newsletter?" I asked. "Compare the SGA one. I can't keep up! We're fine!" Anything over 10k immediately went into my "read later" bookmarks, and even then I was overwhelmed. Then the newsletter grew sparser. I figured that was just Big Bang preoccupation. Then days went by with nothing for me to read (because I've figured out that certain pairings do nothing for me, so if the rating is above Teen/PG13, I shouldn't bother), and I thought "NaNo? Maybe?" but figured maybe the fandom really was dead after all. Nope. It was preoccupation with writing and/or beta for Big Bang and NaNo and SGA Santa and who knows what, because now I'm back to drowning. Gah! I can't win!