Miss(ed) Manners

January 16, 2007

Way Too Much Time on My Hands

Filed under: Humor — missedmanners @ 12:43 pm

That’s the general consensus amongst the multitude that came to see my silly candy creation this past weekend.

It’s pretty true, I guess. Once you subtract the 60 hours per week I spend at work, I guess that does leave a billion odd hours to be all nerdtastic. The title of the thread was “What I Did Over Christmas Vacation.” Vacation, I believe is synonymous with free time. But whatever.

Quite the interesting experience, being link-bounced like that all over the Web. Someone summed it up amazingly on their site when they said that it was “the ultimate microcosm of fandom.” (Sorry can’t remember exactly who you were, but that was perfect!)

On one hand we had the nerdy fan-boys like myself who would actually do something like that, and people who appreciated its silliness. Then there were the detractors, of which there were two camps: 1) The literalistic fundamentalist Tolkienists who made sure to point out the many flaws in the design and construction. To you I only have to say, “It’s just candy”, and 2) The general, “what is this nerdy shit?” surly Internet Serious Bidness types. To you I only have to say, “It’s just candy.”

Over all, as I said before, the comments and general feelings towards the whole silly fun, sugary sweet experiment were overwhelmingly positive. Unfortunately, this blog really isn’t about candy, or sculpture, or candy sculpture. So, after today I’ll be getting back to the regular pissing and moaning, which if you guys feel like sticking around and reading that as well, I’d be more than happy to have you. If not, I totally understand, though we’ve been kicking around the idea of doing some nerdy themed Easter Eggs in a few weeks to sate our collective sci-fi/fantasy nerdlust. There will be a sequel next year, and it will be bigger, better and sweeter.

So, if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to my staggering amount of free time, which – without projects like this – I spend staring at walls.

Additionally, today is my girlfriend, Eileen’s, birthday. She’s the sweetest, most beautiful woman I’ve ever had the pleasure, opportunity and honor of being with. I just wanted to use this spot to say Happy Birthday Baby, these past three years have been the best of my life.

PS: She does too exist, I’ve attached some photo evidence of her non-hair-lipped, braces lacking, gorgeous self (can’t say the same for me though). :-p




  1. I thought it was a pretty funny vacation project. It’s the kind of thing I would’ve done before having kids. And it got me interested enough to go through some of your archives and now I’m pretty much hooked.

    Comment by rev_matt_y — January 16, 2007 @ 1:34 pm | Reply

  2. Don’t listen to the negative! I thought it was great and now I have all kinds of ideas for what to do with all those free hours spent in a cabin over Christmas vacation next year. I just found your site today and I’ll be back!

    Comment by OhNo — January 16, 2007 @ 2:28 pm | Reply

  3. i thought it was great – you know we all spend all this time working, working, working. where is our time to not be so damn serious?! if you want to spend part of your vacation making make beleive candy worlds, then i applaud you. maybe you won’t lose your shit in another few years and go on some massive shooting spree.
    and happy birthday to Eileen!!!

    Comment by themistress — January 16, 2007 @ 2:44 pm | Reply

  4. you both look so cute together ^_^

    Comment by aeren — January 16, 2007 @ 6:09 pm | Reply

  5. Happy Birthday to Eileen also, though I have to say, I’m surprised that you rose to the bait of the people who assumed you must be uber geek (which you may well be, though only on holidays, and only in the coolest way possible) and therefore your lady would be either ugly or imaginary.
    People make the stupidest assumptions and I actually got quite wound up reading some of the comments you got.
    I mean…the true faithful would realise straight away that with sweet brickwork like that she’d have to be lovely.
    Wait…that sounded incredibly rude.
    I’ll shut up now.
    I’ll shut up a lot.
    Happy day y’all

    Comment by Alabaster Crippens — January 16, 2007 @ 6:25 pm | Reply

  6. Lovely pictures of the non-imaginary Eileen. Happy birthday to her, and good luck getting back into routine!

    Comment by tiffanytaylor — January 16, 2007 @ 7:56 pm | Reply

  7. My only question: Why haven’t you married/locked away for safekeeping/cloned the lovely, talented, and fantastically nerdy Eileen yet?

    Dood. She’s rad. I’d steal her away from you, and I’m a married woman. Watch out! 🙂

    Comment by Mz B — January 16, 2007 @ 10:43 pm | Reply

  8. its very funny the way i decided to read this post (tho i didn’t think of how weird it was until i was half way through) i started by checking out the pics and seeing the person behind all these awesome posts and then i went from bottom up…reading the last paragraph first and so on. that was funny the ‘it’s just candy’…lol

    and happy bday eileen!

    Comment by dragonsvamp — January 16, 2007 @ 11:32 pm | Reply

  9. Ditto the others who are now fans after having experienced your candylicious LOTR tribute. I’ll be back!

    Comment by Chuggle — January 17, 2007 @ 12:18 am | Reply

  10. Happy Birthday to Ms. Eileen. Also refreshing to see kudos to the significant other instead of bashing. Good things to both of you.

    Comment by wenchwit — January 17, 2007 @ 1:11 am | Reply

  11. Did you eat any of it? Who got Legolas?

    Comment by jd2718 — January 17, 2007 @ 2:58 am | Reply

  12. I really gotta wonder about the people who looked down at this as being silly and nerdy. People, it’s the INTERNET. Netizens don’t sit around and talk about Deep And Meaningful Discussion Between World Cultures, for heaven’s sake.

    Anyway, I was linked to your blog, and I linked it in my Livejournal, because it was amazing and awesome. Especially Gandalf. That guy pwnt even in candy form. I’ll be watching for more candy awesomeness! 😀

    Comment by Blunderbuss — January 17, 2007 @ 6:22 am | Reply

  13. She is real. Happy Birthday. Congratulations on 3 great years.

    Comment by onemoreoption — January 17, 2007 @ 9:42 am | Reply

  14. Nice site! I´ll come back soon, congratulations!

    Comment by Miriam — January 17, 2007 @ 10:59 am | Reply

  15. Thanks for the birthday wishes, all. 🙂 It was a great day, and Dave was quite wonderful! I’m a lucky lady.

    Comment by Eileen — January 17, 2007 @ 11:21 am | Reply

  16. I must have way too much time on my hands! Loved the Candy Lord of the Rings play! Will spend some of my time browsing your site. Happy Birthday to your Eileen, and may you have many more years together to enjoy the journey:-)

    Comment by suburbanlife — January 18, 2007 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

  17. you rock man! u know how much i love your blog (even though you haven’t visited me in a while) you and Eileen are a good looking couple. Happy Birthday Eileen and best wishes…hope Dave did something really nice for you.

    Comment by BluJewel — January 18, 2007 @ 11:40 pm | Reply

  18. Hey Blu!

    I tried to do a ton of nice things. Hoping they went over well, lol.

    Anyway, yeh, with all the hullabaloo, haven’t had much time for reading 😦 Hope to get back to my procrastinating ways very soon.

    Thanks so much for the nice comments, your positive energy is always a great thing to see, even if it is just through the web.

    Comment by missedmanners — January 19, 2007 @ 10:39 am | Reply

  19. 1) Loved the vacation project — it rocked! (Those who disparaged it were, I suspect, jealous. And who could blame them?)

    2) You, sir, are justly delighted to have won the affections of the lovely Eileen. She, in turn, is in the enviable postion of having a boyfriend who declares to the world, “She’s the sweetest, most beautiful woman I’ve ever had the pleasure, opportunity and honor of being with.”

    Mazel Tov to you both! May 2007 bring you health, happiness, and yet more delight in each other’s company.

    Comment by Jim — January 19, 2007 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

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