Ghosties

I’ve been reading the book Ghost Hunt by Julie Miller, which is the book of the TV show of the same name: a sort of New Zealand version of Most Haunted. I’ve never seen the TV show and actually, the TV accounts are the least interesting part of the book…the history of the haunted spots and the accounts of ghost witnesses are much more interesting and scary!

The book put me onto NZ Ghosts which is the best online documentation for ghosts in Aotearoa. It has a nifty function where you search your area from a map of the country.

Do you believe in ghosts? I believe in something. I believe that my sister, mother and I have a sort of bond, we can tell when one of the others is about to call on the phone for instance. I had a weird experience at Morgue’s old place one time, although I’m not sure if it was supernatural. It was a curtain billowing up into the room as if from a breeze, but the window was shut. I went to check the seal and couldn’t feel a draft. Of course, no one else in the room was looking in that direction so I was the only one to see it.

Lee doesn’t believe in ghosts because he doesn’t believe in any sort of life after death. The only thing I’m sure of is that I’m not sure of anything!

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Implications

I had a weird thrill of fear last night when I went out to my BookCrosser’s meeting. I wanted Lee to come with me because I was scared to be in the ‘bad’ end of town on my own in the dark. Lee refused to come because let’s face it, he would’ve been bored to tears so I had to drive the car into town and park it on Ghuznee St and walk to Olive cafe all on my own and convinced that I was about to be attacked.

I blame my upbringing. All this stranger danger stuff and being told not to catch the bus after dark and everything. At every moment I was on a main road in plain view of people and cars, but I was still scared and I locked the car doors once I was inside.

On the other hand the meeting was really nice. Olive cafe is expensive but the service was friendly and the room was warm. I like the other BookCrossers, they’re a really nice bunch and friendly as anything. I took a huge stack of books so as to make some shelf space and some of them were taken, which is nice. I managed to procure two lovely vintage books, one is an Alexandre Dumas title and the other is an account of Scot’s voyage into the Antarctic. Just beautiful little books that I will either keep forever or pass onto Rachel who also loves old books.

Lee is frustrated because he’s having problems with the tech. Something about the wireless? I don’t really know but it might mean we can’t watch more Veronica Mars tonight and that makes me sad.
I got two trademe purchases delivered yesterday: a long sleeve tshirt and fabric for Zephfi’s quilt. I’m still waiting on a pair of pants, another long sleeve t and about 6 more fabrics. Fingers crossed for today.

Tonight is the grand night of ordering off Amazon.co.uk. They have Manos the Hands of Fate for three pounds, so I’m getting one for me and one for Seraph. Plus I will order Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto! and the 5,000 fingers of Dr T. Maybe some Nightwing comics as well, depends how crazy I’m feeling.

Todays socks are the super-long purple tubes with striping at the top. They are baggy around my ankles but they are resolutely staying mid-thigh height so I am very happy indeed.

Point of Fashion: Purple strip dream socks
Current Obsession: ordering off amazon

The Joy of Socks

New socks new socks new socks! La la la la laaa!

Thanks to the Lovely Rachel I have an abundance of new socks. I also have two new pairs of armwarmers, sock garters with dangly cherries and a pink frilly petticoat. Sock Dreams, I sing your praises.

Unfortunately my idea to buy lots this time so I would never have to purchase form there again hasn’t worked. I want more. More!

So. I wore my pirate thigh highs with my pleated mini, black “I’m just glad I’m not you” thsirt and biker boots for roleplaying last night, with my black’n’white stripey armwarmers. I was dressed in character, for my favourite character pretty much ever: Jo.

We played Buffy using the Prime Time Adventures system which seemed to work quite well, although I do have an issue or two with it. Mostly I miss drama points, which are an incredibly helpful Buffy system mechanic. Other than feeling like it was too meta-gamey with narrating what would happen rather than actually roleplaying I’m OK with it.

It was a really fun session too, including some wonderful one-liners and an in character argument between Elric and me. His character is a vampire and Jo is a slayer so it was always bound to happen, plus my boyfriend has just been snacked on by another vampire and Elric had saved him by stabbing him (a little). I was so angry in character that my hand was shaking a little afterwards. Good times.

Today I am wearing my new pink and seafoam over the knee socks and (deep breath) THEY REALLY STAY OVER MY KNEES! OMG! SQUEEEEE!!!! (AHEM). I like them a lot, although they’re a natch scratchier than my other long socks. I am also wearing my black and white stripey armwarmers with the pink bombs on. I like them because they don’t have articulated fingers, just a hole for your thumb so it’s really easy to push them back onto the wrists and wash your hands. I was gonna wear my fluffy pink chenille armwarmers but it was too many pinks. As it is I’m wearing (checks self) more than five different pinks although many of them are in small amounts so it isn’t overwhelming. Grey tshirt and demin skirt are really the dominating features.
Ahem. Other than socks I don’t have very much to say. Soon I shall write what I’ve been thinking lately about hypocrisy.

Point of Fashion: socks, obviously.
Current Obsession: also socks

All about singstar

I shall be ridiculously good at only Singstar 80s. I’ve only had it a few days and I find myself jonesing for the other disks.
I was home alone last night and I found that it greatly improved my singing, not having others there. I beat a couple of the high scores and came very close to a couple of others. I’ve spent some time on some of the songs I don’t know that well and I am basically honing myself into a singstar 80s shark.

Last night and this morning I read Nightwing: year one which I loved to bits and want to own. I think I need the other ‘year one’ titles as well because they’re so well done. Light hearted but still a bit dark and a bit nasty. It is Batman after all, it can’t ever get that nice.

Point of Fashion: favourites
Current Obsession: will my class show up?

My lovely weekend

On Saturday Lee’s sister and her baby came over in the morning to drop back Firefly (baby liked it very much and in the end had decided that Wash is Lee). I got to catch up with them very briefly before I was collected by Giffy and Nick.
We drove up the coast with much amusing conversation and 3 litres of pineapple juice.

Visiting with my parents was really nice and it was a lovely hot, mild day up the coast. I was pleased I’d thought to pack my jandles. Went to Lindale for cheese and the pate from the farmer’s market. Then it was over to Luke and Sam’s where I was informed of my imminent kidnapping. I was made to run I know, Right? which I was pretty happy to do. It was one of those dream teams of the right roleplayers in the right moods, you know. The kind of group where they start interacting in character before you’ve told them the rules?

Debbie was a truly inspiring Queen Bee with her obsession with England and the fantastic slang she invented “That is SO cockney!” She was also very big on just ordering her clique around, to an extent I’ve not seen before in game.

Giffy was the terrifying sort of sidekick that actually extended the meanness of the QB. Everyone was great in fact. Here are some quotes I managed to scribble down between giggles:

Valerie (QB) after having fixed someone’s nails: Kelly? Can you blow?

Sakura (on Kelly and her boyfriend): Oh My God! He’s totally gonna want to do it with you at the dinner party!

Sakura: we’ve only got sake at my house and that’s just not English!

Sakura (on Kelly and her boyfriend): that was so weird that he didn’t even talk to you?
Val: Yeah, it totally means he wants to sleep with you.

Kelly: You know the whole thing with girls?
Chad: breasts?

Then it was back to Luke and Sam’s for some hot tub action with Giffy. Then I’d stuffed myself with pate, cheese and crackers so I didn’t really want to eat anything, just a beefy kebab and a bit of corn.

After I managed to get out of the tub I rounded up some players for Wuthering Heights. As with any time I’ve run this game it was completely hilarious. I was laughing so hard I couldn’t breathe and my stomach cramped up.

It was quite closely based on the first time I ran it, with Sam’s character haunted by her dead husband. The biggest difference was the extra characters, the fact that she wasn’t so much torn up with pain over her loss, but with a tiny bit of guilt and a lot of eccentricity.

I nearly killed Giffy when I played the part of the six year old stable boy (“Oi sleep with the hosses. Dis is Blacky, ee’s moy fav’rit”) and I nearly died over the scandalous gift giving and Malcom’s outrage.

Hyacinth (Sam): What a radical idea! (beat) I like it.

Athene (Giffy, being very honest): But I’m only averagely pretty!

Atehene (not wanting to go for a walk in the garden): But I fear I shall die of tuberculosis!

The gentlemen concerning Nasia’s character (one of her problems was ‘small’) what she lacks in height, she makes up for in wealth. And think of the money you’d save her dresses would be cheaper, need less fabric.

Nasia’s character was also a drug addict. After the roast hogget was revealed to be full of live, angry ravens: I’ve sat back down and continued eating.

I was pretty toasted after that. Svend drove us back to my parent’s place and I slept in the fold out bed in my parent’s lounge. It was a bit cold but Mum had left me a hottie so that was lovely.

In the morning I had a nice long conversation with Svend, which I haven’t done in ages. Then we took my parents to their favourite cafe for brunch. I had a very nice meal of French toast with bacon, banana and maple syrup. Svend ate everything on the menu and everything else that was going.

We got to Luke and Sam’s in time for me to play a game of Twister (it’s always funner than I remember) then Giffy and I began to head home. We did have a good conversation in the car, and it was great to catch up with her.

Wash was pleased to see me when I got home and we finished watching first season Veronica Mars. I found the episode where she figures out what happens at the party really, really squicky and we had to take a break and watch light stuff for a couple of hours, then we watched the end of the season and the first ep of the second season. No cliffhangers for us!

I love Logan. Man the reveal of the Big Mystery was awesome although I had a problem with the climax (where essentially Veronica is useless and has to be bailed out by Daddy.)

Today Wash is in Auckland on business and I tried to watch Closer, but I found it to be bad. I just….I didn’t like any of the characters and I felt…the men had all the power somehow? I was bored anyway, and when one of the guys (not Jude Law) called his girlfriend a whore one too many times I turned it off. Now Centre Stage is playing in the background.

Point of Fashion: cold feet
Current Obsession: awesomeness
I must mention Philippe Tromeur so that he will see that I have run his game again.
Cross posted to my lj since comments still are broken.

Baby Quilts

I finished the second one last night and they’re ready to go!

Pictures are here for the strip quilt that I made first. I tend to call it the girl baby quilt, and here for the “I spy” quilt which is a little smaller and in my head is the boy baby quilt.

I really love these quilts and I want to make some more. I have fabric being delivered to me from trademe purchases which will eventually become a birthday quilt for Zephfi. (Your present will be way late Zeph, just warning you now.)
Cross posted to livejournal where you can comment on the craft genius of me 🙂

Sing it with me!

To the tune of the Makeover Makeover song from Clone High:

Playstation playstation! Playstation playstation! Playstation playstation, playstation!
So, yeah. Happy Jenni.

It’s raining really really really hard right now. I heard thunder before I left for work, giant purple clouds were looming over the harbour towards me, but it held off raining til just recently.

Stonesoup is currently eating comments, so I’m a gonna post this over on my lj as well, and you can comment there.
I’m pleased people liked Ong-Bak last night as it really is one of my favourite martial arts movies. It did make me think we should watch Zatoichi as well and that makes me want to watch Samurai Champloo so it’s all circles within circles.

My stomach makes threatening movements every so often but I feel mostly fine. Fingers crossed for the rest of the day.
Point of Fashion: why oh why didn’t I wear a long sleeve tee?

Current Obsession: deep breath Playstation playstation! Playstation playstation! Playstation playstation, playstation!
edit: OMG! Hail!