fer craps sake

I just realised I run a good chance of not being able to get people who don’t know me into my Kapcon game. Huh.

Last year I ran Jane Austen which a lot of people are familiar with and love, whereas this year I’m running an edgy self-written indie game which is about how awful it is to be a teenage girl. I guess what I’m hoping is that people remember that I ran a good game last year and are curious enough about what I’ve written to give it a chance.

Then again, if it’s only my friends who sign up to play my game I’ll be pretty happy too. Sam, you following me around again this Kapcon? Will you have time to play games?

It’s too too hot today.

Point of Fashion: pirate skirt
Current Obsession: shopping

Bah bah bah

We watched the first two episodes of Carnivale last night with the commentaries on which was very very cool. Man, I love that show.

Also, the Critic! They’re (thankfully) as funny as I remember them being which is a big relief. I used to see them on Friday nights as I stayed up to watch Forever Knight. Heh.

Tomorrow I’m hitting the shops again, Lee’s birthday present shopping, more %30 off socks, and some pre-wedding treats from Lush: I’m thinking of shiny-hair making stuff, king of skin and maybe something for my footsies.

What else? I finished the latest Jacky Faber book Under the Jolly Roger which makes me pretty sad since I love the books and I never want them to end. After the wedding I can afford to buy myself a nice hardcover set from Amazon. That and the 5000 Fingers of Dr T. Bliss.

About the wedding: I am not excited about it, but freaked on a low level. I want everything to be sorted but this is not a good week to nail anything down. Also, it’s too freaking soon! *breathes deeply*. Of course, I can’t imagine anything that will happen after the wedding and honey moon…Oh crap. It’s getting onto the time we should be getting a marriage license, well, got a couple of weeks for that yet.

Hen’s night details will be finalised on Monday when I see my sister. I have to decide what I want to do…my earlier plans seem lame and babyish and I don’t want to do the whole get-drunk-in-town thing. Bah.

Point of Fashion: new purple skirt
Current Obsession: end of the day

Just by the by

I’ve just noticed that Howl’s Moving Castle is playing at the Paramount right now. They have different sessions for dubbed and subtitled which is pretty cool, and I know a lot of people missed out on seeing it at the film festival who should really go and see it now that it’s screening all nice.

While I’m at it Broken Flowers is on at the Penthouse and that is well worth the trek to Brooklyn if you enjoyed such movies as Coffee and Cigarettes, Lost in Translation and it’s also similar to a kind of middle-aged just heading over the hill Garden State. It’s paced quite slow but is very very funny.

anyhoo, something a little different from the Mega Blockbuster epics playing right now if’n your in a movie going mood.

fun day

Yesterday morning I had a powerful urge to get into the sea so Lee and I drove out to Eastbourne (it’s been a while since I went out that way) and sat on the beach and read. It was lovely delicious sunny and although the water was freezing cold I had fun at the beach. We had lunch at a cafe out there and then came back into town at about midday.

Then I read my book some more Under the Jolly Roger which is the third Bloody Jack book and I am loving it and then I had a nap. Then I played some dance mat game, had a shower and was just tidying up our presents and boxing day purchases when Giffy called to invite us over for Singstar. I am weirdly resistant to being invited over on the spur of the moment but we went because I am desperate to play Singstar 80s and it was awesome. I *am* Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

As soon as we got home from Giffy’s Elric arrived for the brainstorming session for the second season of Hix’s Buffy game. It’s gonna be wicked cool and I am disappointed we didn’t get any actual play in.

This morning I dreamed I had shamed my family by talking while climbing up the prayer tower to get into church. As a female I was not allowed in at all after talking so I had to wait outside for the entire Holy week.

Point of Fashion: new short pants
Current Obsession: the next four day weekend

Boxing Shopping Day

Another Christmas over. It was a good day, if not a great one. I got some lovely presents and am especially excited by the first season of Canivale on DVD. Lee gave me a massaging foot warmer that is just like the one big slipper that Billy Connelly goes on about by high tech. I foresee it will be mighty useful in the winter months.

Other neat things I was given include: new little pink handbag, necklace, teeny painting, huge stack of towels (really a late engagement present for Lee also) and assorted books. I’m not sure people really realise how happy the standard book or DVD present makes me. They are my largest collections!

Today was annual “Jenni hits the Boxing Day sales day” and I have come home with three new skirts (blue into white knee length, purple into darker purple broomstick ankle length and black belted by full A-Line mid calf length), one pair of short pants (faded black jeans that come to the knee = too cute!), three DVDs (Hellboy, Peter Pan and Phantom of the Opera), three pairs of socks (extremely cheap at %30 off) and $5 duckie knickers. It’s a good haul. (Lots of threes…..)
I can’t seem to find the hoodie sweatshirt I desire and suspect I am shopping for it in entirely the wrong season. I will instead purchase some nice sweatshirting fabric and make my own. Hopefully it will not be hard to find nice sweatshirting. Ooooh actually…I have a bunch of scraps, I could make a weird multi-coloured patchwork confection of a sweatshirt….hmmmm….might be really ugly….

Anyhoo, this afternoon Lee and I saw King Kong. I really liked all the actors and the cinematography was just gorgeous. It was a very visual film and I did love it but I found I didn’t connect at all with Kong. Rachel has warned me that it’s a crying movie and I’d definitely cry but I found it sad, but not sad enough to cry. This could be down to any of the following factors: Peter Jackson failed to create a likeable CGI character without the aid of dialogue (unlikely), I don’t like giant gorillas (I am abivilent about gorillas), I had a serious case of consumer satisfaction (true) or there was a bored six year old in the row in front of us. (Main contributing factor to any dissatisfaction.)

Seriously. A six year old. Now there are movies aimed at children and then there are three hour epics. Which is Kong? I didn’t mind that the yelled during the really loud bits, I could get over the fact that he kept sitting on the folded up chairseat and then banging it down. It was the way he’d get bored in the quiet (a.k.a. plot filled) parts and talk to his father that bugged me.
Putting that aside: I thought some of the long action sequences were overlong. I loved Jamie Bell’s Jimmy and the giant millipedes gave me the freaking heebie jeebies. I had to look away from the hideous giant leech things when they ate Andy Serkis. The giant wetas were very creepy and I liked the way Ann made Kong laugh.
Point of Fashion: summer girl
Current Obsession: omelette cooking

Merry Christmas!

seasons greetings to all my readers, friends and stalkers!

It’s in the singing of a street corner choir
It’s going home and getting warm by the fire
It’s true, wherever you find love it feels like Christmas
A cup of kindness that we share with another
A sweet reunion with a friend or a brother
In all the places you find love it feels like Christmas
It is the season of the heart
A special time of caring
The ways of love made clear
It is the season of the spirit
The message if we hear it
Is make it last all year
It’s in the giving of a gift to another
A pair of mittens that were made by your mother
It’s all the ways that we show love that feel like Christmas
A part of childhood we’ll always remember
It is the summer of the soul in December
Yes, when you do your best for love it feels like Christmas
It is the season of the heart
A special time of caring
The ways of love made clear
It is the season of the spirit
The message if we hear it
Is make it last all year
It’s in the singing of a street corner choir
It’s going home and getting warm by the fire
It’s true, wherever you find love it feels like Christmas
It’s true, wherever you find love it feels like Christmas
It feels like Christmas
It feels like Christmas
It feels like Christmas

by Paul Williams from the Muppet Christmas Carol.

Hear the angel’s voices

Was visited last night by the lovely Matt and De-lovely Debbie. It was very nice indeed. Especially because they brought me a fantabulous new (Matt edited) version of “It’s a Wonderful Library” featuring a bunch of music videos!

I love the music videos, especially “Under pressure” which was all in black and white and “anything goes” with the sepia and olde time film quality filter. It was definitely be screened tomorrow for the edification of the Christmas Eve visitors.

We’ve switched caterers, as the new ones are a good $1000 cheaper and that’s a lot of saving, plus as Lee pointed out it’s essentially the same food! We won’t be having dessert apart from wedding cake. I am warning you now.

I am feeling so un-christmassy it’s kind of strange. I think Lee’s worried because I’m not my usual hyper self. He keeps saying things like “how long til Christmas?” to get me excited, it’s rather sweet really.

I got another present today, a giant bubble-bath pony. Thanks Star! It’s lovely!
(plus chocolates, which we won’t mention to anyone at all.)

Getting quite excited about the lj rpg I’m starting up. People seem keen which is always a good thing! Might try to set that up tonight…of course, it’ll be slow over the holidays so maybe it’s best to wait? But I’m excited now!

Point of Fashion: layers to cope with weather
Current Obsession: masking the inner rage (I soooooooo need a holiday!)

Things I don’t want to face

Ok, so. My hen’s night will have to be without either my sister or my best friend. Damn busy January. How do I choose? I can’t!
Lee is talking to the caterers today to try and get them to lower their price. If they don’t back down we’re going with a totally different company.

I’m paying a lot of money for wedding makeup.
My sister is up North and we won’t have a proper family christmas until the new year.
No one seems to hire out mini-vans anymore.
No wedding cake yet.
*breathes deeply* I will let none of these things worry me.

Things I didn’t get

as a kid, there are always going to be things you just intrinsically don’t understand. I figured out some things that I never understood. I will start with the Christmas based things:

“Good tidings we bring, to you and your kin“. Well, this was a pure case of not knowing what ‘kin’ was and I always sung “king”. I had this image of people spending Christmas with their own private king. I guess he’d get the head of the table at dinner and then have to sit awkwardly over on the armchair in the corner of the room the rest of the time. I mean he’s only having one day off work from ruling the country to spend Christmas with you. It’s not like he knows where the dishes are kept or how to make himself helpful.

The ghost of Christmas present. I always thought it was the ghost of Christmas presents. He was always my favourite one because he represented my favourite part of Christmas: gifts. It isn’t helped by the way they always show him turning up surrounded by bounty, all that food and wheat and suchlike. He was like a chrisco hamper who was friendly and merry and exciting.

How the TV worked. I guess I knew there weren’t *really* little people in the tv but I never had a better explanation. I eventually figured out that it was little ghost projections of people that you could only see when they stood inside the tv. I imagined a long line of invisible teeny people just waiting in my lounge for their turn to go into the magic box.
Hmmm. That’s all I can think of for now. Have you got anything you just didn’t get as a kid?

Freaky food

I’m reading Morgan Spurlock’s book right now. It’s called “don’t eat this book” (so he doesn’t get sued for someone trying to eat it and then injuring themselves) and I just read something really freaky that I thought I’d share.

You guys know that Mcdonalds cooks the french fries in Vegetable oil right? Well, it seems that when they made the switch from beef tallow they didn’t like the new taste so went ahead and added some beef flavour back into the vegetable oil. The proof of this is on the nutritional information page of the offical Mcdonald’s website. It says waaaaaay down the bottom there:
No products are certified as vegetarian; all products may contain trace amounts of ingredients derived from animals.

Doesn’t that freak you out some? They aren’t even going to promise that the sprite doesn’t have animal derivative in it.
Ok, so I’m not a vegetarian and as you all know I’m pretty anti-Mcds anyway, but that’s a pretty freaky statement there. Much more worrying than “may contain traces of nuts”.

Huh. In America you can also get a “Mighty Kids Meal” which is bigger than a happy meal. They’re advertising it for older children and apparently it comes with a “cool fun toy”. I want a cool fun toy.
and hey! They have Grimace on there too! I thought they’d phased him out!

(Man, do you remember those colouring calendars Mcds used to put out about this time of year. I loved those.)