6 things.

This is stolen off Phreq

6 Things To Be Thankful For:

  • Lee
  • My wonderful supportive friend network
  • Surviving the car crash
  • Movies
  • Great books
  • Car owning/house living/steady working

6 Things I Wished I Done Differently:

  • Wish I interviewed better for That Job
  • Wish I’d finished more projects
  • Wish I’d started bellydancing even with no one to go with
  • Wish I’d kept the house clean and tidy
  • Wish I hadn’t been an emotional spaz
  • Wish I’d written a wonderful novel that could be published

6 Things I’m Glad I Did:

  • Film Festival
  • Yum Char
  • Tauranga children’s librarian’s conference
  • Made entire pretty birthday dress all by myself
  • Met and made friends with new people (Matt and Debz, for example)
  • Wrote some things, started a lot of stories.

6 Things I Want To Do:

  • Sort out my life so I don’t feel like a failure
  • Write more, write and edit and write
  • More scrapbooking, more pretty art
  • Go swimming this summer
  • Learn the bellydancing
  • Get the right amount of sleep.

That’s my annual sixes! What’re yours?
Happy New Year everyone!

On holiday

I’m too slack, sorry.
My Christmas was lovely. Families combined in a nice way and I managed to portion control and didn’t pig out like previous years.
Boxing day sales yielded me with three new pairs of shoes! Yay #1 shoe warehouse buy two get one free. Three new sneakers all lovely. Got a bunch of DVDs and three new board games. Other great presents include a multi-strand floating pearl necklace from Lee’s folks and much scrapbooking stuff.

Now I own all of Angelic Layer. I watched the last episodes last night *sob*. We used Lee’s new Apples to Apples yesterday in a fabulously badly organised games afternoon. (Sorry, Zephfi, my cellphone was off and forgotten.)
Saw Team America: World Police on Boxing Day night. It was….OK. Some parts were really very funny but I thought some parts (esp. the Michael Moore parody) could have been more clever. Plus I got bored in the middle section. On the other hand the song “Pearl harbour sucked and I miss you” was awesome. I give it a middling grade.

I have been achieving very little, which basically means I’m doing exactly what I wanted to be doing on this festiva four-day weekend. (Very little.)

Oh, also…I got a letter Christmas Eve saying that I haven’t been shortlisted for an interview for That Job. Go figure.

One more sleep ’til Santa

I’m counting down til 5pm when we can shut the library and head off. I’m going straight to Alan and Rachel’s with some much-anticipated gingerbread. Lee is there already, no doubt having a great time playing Apples to Apples. *Moan, whine.*

Evie and Jarratt have bought a house! I am very happy for them and jealous of the gorgeous-ness of their new place. Can’t wait for the housewarming! Man, if only I could convince Lee that he wouldn’t mind the bugs and spiders and commute we could get a lovely big house out that way too. *sigh.*

I finished Tuck, Everlasting and I recommend it. It’s lovely and a bit sad at the end. You know when you’d make a different choice to the main character and it’d be the wrong choice, but would lead to a happy exciting life? Yeah. I won’t spoil it, but if it was me, I’d have made the “wrong” choice.

I am now reading The Time Traveller’s Wife. I was only 11 pages in when the time travel started confusing me, but I’ve got the hang of it now (mostly) and handily the chapters tell you the date and the ages of the characters respectively so that makes it easy. It is a lovely lyrical lovestory. Whimsical in the best way. Awesome so far.
Music in my head: Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas, sung by Judy of course.

Tonight: visiting, socializing and then home to bake chocolate cherry torte and sleep!

I have a pimple coming through just on the end of my nose. It is making my nose extremely itchy and I keep rubbing it and soon I will be Jenni the red-nosed reindeer. Ah well, at least it’s festive!

Also! Last night I got Joybelle, the Super-Awesome Fairytopia Fairy Barbie of greatness. Thanks to Chelle and Jase, she is so cool! She has rooted eyelashes and big sparkly wings that flap and body paint and tatoos. Her hair is all braided and she is just so pretty. I must get a doll stand so that she can be displayed properly.
More presents news as it comes to hand.

Two more sleeps to go!

Watched the Muppet Christmas Carol last night, which never fails to make me feel happy and Christmassy. Giffy came over for tea and we ate roast beast and talked about possible Kapcon LARP characters.
Ay, me. Work hours seem long.

Tonight: Making gingerbread. More gingerbread! Bigger gingerbread! Yup, lots of gingerbread, so I can take some to Rachel and Alan’s tomorrow, and some to my family on Christmas Day and some to Lee’s family. I kinda want to go out and pike on the gingerbread but I want to eat Monsoon Poon and we wouldn’t be able to get a table right after laserforce, so I will stay home and for dinner I’ll eat…uh, something. Something good. Might be Kransky and half-baked bread.

Plus I totally have people depending on my L337 gingerbread production skillz.

I am reading Tuck Everlasting which is a classic children’s novel, yo. It’s quite charming. Lovely visual writing with a smiple story and believable characters. Quite curious to see the movie now.

Sometimes victims have to be used as blunt instruments

The title is a quote from last nights Inspectres hilarity. I once again state my love for both my roleplaying Boyz and the game Inspectres.
Love, dude.
I’ve been saying dude again, I just don’t know why.

Some more:
Josh: Ok, I’ll just go type out my second warning letter.
Petrova: I’m moving in with you.
Josh: Ok. Is there a catch?
Petrova: I have no clothes.
Plus the whole bit when Josh got smothered by a giant Were-Stingray while wearing a pink bunny suit full of dead devil elves.
Aaaaah. Happy Inspectres Christmas!

Rockin around the Christmas tree

Deck the Halls! It’s nearly Christmas!

Tonight I get Inspectres which will be grand and fun. I have had a little cold since Friday. (I blame Svend, who sat next to me and shared the mic for singstar on Thursday night and then just as he was leaving, mentioned he was sick and possibly had a fever. How you feeling Sv?)
Decided not to try and make fudge again, as it was too traumatic and even though people said nice things about the fudge I remain suspicious of it. It’s all gone now, the last crumbs flushed down the munchy-munch* in the kitchen.

Last night I made up some more gingerbread. I made ginger Boyz for my Gamer Boyz. Heee. Might have to make up some more dough actually, since I have promised some to Mum and Lee’s Mum and I have less than a quarter of it left. Erp. Must buy more oranges and honey before I do that.

I just love the Christmas season. Plus it looks like being an incredible Christmas of togetherness because my parents are (probably) coming with us to see Lee’s parents and eat crayfish. Oh yeah. Crayfish. So yay for that! Lee thinks it’s a bit frightening but I think it’s neatie.

On Sunday we saw the Lemony Snicket movie which I loved to bits and Lee found too Americanized. (Conveniently forgetting the fact that the books are written by an American, but whatever. I am soooo in love with Violet Baudelaire. Is that wrong of me?) The whole production was just so sumptuous and gorgeous that I just kinda sat back and went “Aaaaaaaah.”
I had a good board game Sunday. I won Apples to Apples, In a Pickle and Absolute Balderdash, which just goes to show how awesome I am at spouting bullshit. Not just any bullshit though, believable bullshit. Balderdash is such a great game.
*Some people call them In-sink-erators, I call them by their True Name.

Tastes like carrot.

Last night Giffy lent me her PS2 and singstar and I sang so much I have a sore throat today. It was good training for tomorrow though, since I’m taking it to my work Christmas party for fun and laughter.

Movies I’ve watched this week: New: In America which is just a beautiful film full of tragedy and happiness. Who’d a thunk that a movie about illegal aliens would be so great? Those little girls are do adorable!
Re-Watch: Love, Actually. well, it’s that time of year isn’t it?
Spanish Apartment just as lovely as I remembered and with a bunch of stuff I had forgotten so Yay! The hot barmaid was still hot.

Reading: Miss Smithers which is the sequel to Alice, I think and very funny.
Music in my head: Too lost (sugababes? It’s from Love, Actually.)
Neck: pretty stiff, but I made sure I didn’t sleep on it last night so much better.
Bring on the weekend!
I wonder if we could Yum Char on Sunday morning?

No day but today

I’m not the same person I was a year ago. I can’t do the same amount of things. My shoulder is sore, between my right shoulder and my neck it just aches. It’s so stiff that I can’t really turn my head more than 70 degrees.
I think it’s from coming home on Tuesday and making cookies, but I’m not sure. It was bugging me all yesterday and then I slept on it last night and it’s just so stiff. Owch. Not at work.

On the other hand, my Jane Austen game Matchmaking and Machinations will be running in the second stream at Kapcon. Woot! Now I just have to make myself a pretty Jane Austen dress to wear and sort out which LARP character I want to be.

I have applied for that job again. The lady who got it last time got sick and quit…so I’m trying again, and I’m trying to not worry about it. Just thinking positive and not get my hopes up. I sent in my application today with a specially re-written and punchy cover letter. My direct boss was very helpful yesterday and I must talk to him more if I get an interview. He knows what they want to hear, so that’s pretty damn useful.

I am listening to Rent, which is just as wonderful as I remembered. (Title from one of the refrains.)
There’s only us, there’s only this
forget regret or life is yours to miss.

Fudge of DOOM!

Gather round, let me tell you a story. A Christmas story about your Aunty Jenni who tried to make fudge.

Well, you see, on Sunday morning Jenni made the gingerbread dough. The same recipe that she uses every year because of it being tried and true and everything. After work on Monday Jenni thought she’d make up some of the cookies. She’d roll out the dough and cut out little shapes and it’d be great. Then she thought again and she remembered that she didn’t really *need* the cookies for a few more days. She could leave the dough a bit longer and make the cookies another night.
“What other tasty Christmas treats could I make?” She thought to herself. “What about fudge? Everybody loves fudge!” She picked up her trusty Edmond’s cookbook and found the Russian Fudge recipe and saw that she had all the ingredients in her kitchen. “Everybody will love to eat fudge that I make” thought Jenni and she set out into the kitchen, found a saucepan and started to make it.

The slow dissolving of sugar into milk took ages. Now, you know Aunty Jenni and she’s a little impatient. She got bored of stirring continuously and turned the heat up a little higher than she maybe should have in the effort to get the sugar to melt a little faster.

Soon Aunty Jenni thought to herself “That’ll do, the sugar is dissolved-ish” and she went on to add the condensed milk, butter and golden syrup to the white goo. “Goodness this is full of refined fats!” Aunty Jenni thought to herself. “Why are there no healthy Christmas treats? Not to worry, all things in moderation and besides: Everybody loves fudge!”
After the butter had melted Aunty Jenni gave the mixture a really good stir and some strange dark brown shapes rose to the surface from the depths. “Uh-oh” thought Aunty Jenni, “that doesn’t seem good.” The dark shapes didn’t go away and the more she stirred the more rose to the top. “Maybe that’s how Russian fudge gets its dark colour?” She reasoned and turned the heat up to make the stuff boil.

Soon it was bubbling away like a Rotorua hotpool and Aunty Jenni was stirring only occassionally to keep it from burning. The problem was that with every stir more and more dark bits rose up to the surface. Now Aunty Jenni was fairly sure this was burning sugar pieces rising up, and usually fudge wasn’t made of burnt sugar, she started to get a little frantic.
She skimmed the bubbling surface for the burnt sugar and carried it across the kitchen to the sink, went back and stirred again, more burnt sugar. Aunty Jenni skimmed and removed the burnt sugar and stirred up more and skimmed it and stirred and removed. By this time, Aunty Jenni was getting a little annoyed. It seems the fudge mixture was getting annoyed too because the next time she went to stir it: “Fzzzt!” The misture spat a burning hot splash at Aunty Jenni. It hit her forearm and burned her!

Now Aunty Jenni was really mad. Her fudge was burning itself and her too! And her arm really hurt! She stuck it under running cold water for as long as she could trust the fudge alone before it burnt itself again. She had to keep stirring it and testing drops of it in a bowl of cold water to check if it was done or not.
The stirring spoon was getting hotter and hotter and the steam kept getting in her face and her poor burnt arm throbbed and hurt…until finally, Aunty Jenni saw that the drop of fudge mix had formed a soft ball in the water (or close enough) and she could take the cursed fudge off the heat. This she did and sighed a huge sigh of relief.
She let it cool for a while and then after cleaning up the mess it had made spitting on the hob, she beat the wretched mixture with a vengence. She beat it hard and long, until it was thickened, and she could pour it into the buttered pan that was waiting for it.

….and that’s where that fudge mixture is right now. Aunty Jenni doesn’t know if it will taste any good, but she’s going to eat it all the same, she’s going to make sure it pays for how it treated her. Oh yes, it will pay. After all, Everybody loves fudge right?

Bleepa meepa greep bop

Wow, I’m somehow surprised about how passionately everyone feels about the New Zealand flag. I can see how hard it’s going to be to get it changed into something everyone can relate to.

Anyhoo, yesterday I saw Ella Enchanted. It was completely awesome. I love it to bits and already have plans to buy the DVD. Anne Hathaway is a very good actor, and they got a mini Chris O’Donnell lookalike to be the handsome prince. I loved the way he always wore leather pants. (He dressed a lot like Eavan…Hmmm…actually it was a very Changeling-esque movie.)

Also Cary Elwes was a fantastically evil bad guy like Svend said: “Where’s the scenery? Let me chew it!” Awesome stuff. Although my dodgy mind went on bad tangents when he found out that he could make Ella do anything he wanted and they were alone in a room together and no one could see….Uhm, moving right along…..

Debz and Matt came over with the Extended Return of the King which was completely long and wonderful. Much like the other two EE’s all the added bits were kinda essential to the story. Well, OK, the drinking game scene maybe not so much essential but it did make a later scene make more sense. Hee hee.
I thought I finished my Christmas shopping yesterday but I have to get something for my Nan still. Bums.