I like presents, even if I paid for them

I am Queen of Ordering things on the Internet. This week I’ve been getting the payloads. Fables on Monday, Socks on Tuesday, Yesterday I got Mirrormask on DVD from a guy on trademe and today I got Thunderpants! (Yay for $30 for three pairs!)

I am still waiting on some Thomas the Tank Engine fabric from a trademe purchase and three Fruits Basket manga which are coming to me from Australia. Fingers crossed for tomorrow yeah?

Last night we watched Better off Dead. It was a very strange movie, all I knew going in was that it was a black comedy starring baby John Cusack. What it turned out to be was a crack-fuelled laugh fest about weird stuff happening and ostensibly baby John Cusack trying to win his girlfriend back.
Well worth a look, even if I did spend much of the movie with my mouth hanging open having just said “wtf?”

My black and white super long super stripes are all baggy and warm. I am keeping them high up with my sock garters and compared to yesterday I’m in socks-staying-up Heaven. I have teamed them with my pleated denim mini, black long sleeve t and white skull and crossbones short sleeve t and my biker boots. My class visit this afternoon (7 year olds) looked at me and said “You’re a teenager!” Eheh.

PoF: black and white
CO: new things!

This one’s for Svend

London 11th August:
A public school teacher was arrested today at Gatwick Airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a set square, a slide rule, and a calculator.

At a morning press conference, Home Secretary John Reid said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-gebra movement. He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the Met Police with carrying weapons of maths instruction. “Al-gebra is a problem for us,” Reid said. “They desire solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in a search of absolute values. They use secret code names like ‘x` and `y` and refer to themselves as `unknowns, `but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with co-ordinates in every country. As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, “There are 3 sides to every triangle”.

When asked to comment on the arrest, Prime Minister Tony Blair, speaking from his holiday resort before the planes stopped flying, said, “If God had wanted us to have better Weapons of Maths Instruction, He would have given us more fingers and toes.”

I got that from a work email. If anyone knows the source, please let me know!

PoF: neopolitan ice cream
CO: chocolate macadamia nuts

Excitement at the bus stop

Well, not so very much exciting but…

This morning I got up, debated about catching the bus vs. taking the car* and decided on the bus.
As I sat at the bus stop and after adjusting my socks** I got out my wallet. Funny, I thought to myself, my purse seems very empty. I hope I’ve got my OMG! Where are my keys! Not in my purse. So I called home, because I knew Lee had gotten up and might be nearly ready to leave by now, and if he could bring me my keys on the way past I might not miss my bus. He found my keys and said “I’ll just get some shoes on.”
I hung up the phone all pleased with myself and awaited my darling husband. After a couple of minutes a bus came up Thorndon Quay: momentary panic! Phew, it’s one of the buses that comes *before* my bus. Relax.
A few more minutes.

Another bus! OMG! Oh no, it’s alright, it’s the Eastbourne bus that sometimes comes by before my bus and sometimes right at the same time as my one. No buses behind it but I am beginning to get anxious. I have had two warning buses, and the next one will surely be mine.
I stand up at the bus stop, leaning on the adshel and keeping an eye out for Lee. Minutes continue to tick by. How long does it take to put on a pair of shoes?? I have mental images of him sitting down at the computer to answer emails…and there it is. On the end of the road…my bus emerges…
I check back towards our apartment building: no Lee. I look back at the bus, it’s having to wait to turn the corner, thank God. I look at the corner…and there’s this woman with bouffy hair and behind her? My Husband! But he’s still many metres away and the bus is coming ever nearer. I try jabbing my hand at the road to indicate that my bus is approaching. He doesn’t understand!

I look back at the road, the bus is close, but has stopped at a pedestrian crossing to let someone cross. I look back at Lee, wanting to run to him but knowing I must stay put or the bus driver won’t stop for me. I catch Lee’s eye and jab at the bus with my arm, no doubt with a look of terror on my face as I mouth “my bus!” to him. He gets it, and starts running!
I look back at the bus, the driver has seen me and is stopping. Lee runs up just as it does so, and hands over the keys. Just like an Olympic relay runner.
“Thanks Love!” I grin at him and then turn to the bus, which has just opened its doors for me.
Man, I wish I’d brought the car. I have a nice sandwich that I made myself but now I’m really craving the lunch Rachel offered me!
Of course, if I don’t stick to my resolution of using Public Transport as much as I can, it won’t become a habit and it won’t be the lifestyle change I want it to be. Le sigh.

*If I take the car I am increasing my Carbon emissions, but I could visit Rachel for lunch and have hoki and brown rice. I decided against it because one of my workmates can drive me home on a Wednesday, rendering my own car doubly redundant.

**neopolitan thigh highs do not stay up on their own, but aren’t long enough for sock garters to be any use either.


My doctor told me on Friday that I *may* have Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

We won’t know however, until I try some stuff, like taking metamucil and drinking aloe vera juice (I have aloe vera juice that takes like grapes! Yum.) So, I’m meant to be keeping a diary so I can see if there are any relations between foods and attacks. It may also be a food sensitivity you see.
I celebrated by drinking alcohol on Saturday night and eating no vegetables yesterday. Yeah. Uhm, I’ll be good from today onwards yeah?

In other news Lee and I are still enjoying Xmen Legends. I’ve been trying to level up Gambit because he’s one of my favourite characters, but he’s still a bit shite. I like playing Cyclops and Wolverine still, and Lee is totally into the Power Girls: Jean Grey and Storm.

Last night we watched You and Me and Everyone We Know. It was….alright. Some really sweet moments and some really funny stuff but stung together in a very very low key way. I’m alright at slow paced movies but this was a bit too ‘nothing is happening and I don’t understand character’s motiviations’ in the first half hour. Lee was ready to give up, but I was pretty curious and wanted explanations.

Had a strange dream this morning, which I will put on my livejournal.
Two new DVDs on the weekend: LA Confidential and La Femme Musketeer (which I know as D’Artangan’s Daughter.)

PoF: grey and sleepy
CO: general wellbeing

nothing much

The physio told me yesterday that the likely cause of my shoulder pain is a pinched nerve on my neck. (C8 vertebrae to be precise, and one that is so common it was actually broken on his plastic teaching spine. Where do you get those fake spines? I really want one.)

I didn’t sleep very well, because I was always making sure I was in a good position for keeping the C8 nerve open on my right side. Annoying.
This morning I feel exhausted and my stomach is upset to boot. On the upside we had a great turn out to movie night where we ended up watching first episode of Dead Like Me instead of a movie. I liked it.

Also, have a possible theme for my birthday party. Actually two very good ones were suggested: Stereotype Of Your Job party and Come as Your Favourite TV Character from Childhood. I think I prefer the latter because it means I can make a Rainbow Brite outfit, but on the other hand, Stereotype party is easy for everyone, therefore more people will come in theme.

Ah, it’s such a trial…If I make a Rainbow Brite outfit I can then wear it to Auckland Armageddon (if I go, which I am seriously considering) and it’s like my Cosplay is already done for me! Especially if I make a little Twink plushie to carry around. Kawaii! (Also, TP said she might dress as Tea Bag and that makes me ridiculously happy.)

PoF: boring
CO: Xmen Legends
PS: my submission of the Daily Goddam is up today! Here!

Grrr Argh

sock-dreams have done their normal thing of adding something new that I want right after I’ve ordered. Actually in this case it’s the Harry Potter Sorcerer socks which they now have in all four house colours.
I don’t really *need* these socks per se, but I tempted by them so that I can be a total geek and do hogwarts_hocus cosplays. (Man, I embarass myself sometimes.) Y’see, if I got Hufflepuff socks, I could wear my Kaylee outfit and be h_h Kaylee, and if I got the Slytherin socks, I could cosplay h_h Harry, even though I don’t tend to cosplay boys!

In other news we’re getting a new (old) laptop, because Lee came home and found that our laptop had commited suicide, jumping off the coffee table and breaking the wireless networking thingy and the power supply. This is the second power supply it’s destroyed so Lee bought us a new (old) laptop off trade me. He may be picking it up today (fingers crossed).

I finished my latest gay teen book and now I miss it, it was so sweet and warm and lovely. I am currently immersing myself back into The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray so that I can run a game based on it for my Tuesday group. It’s spookier than I remembered.
Funny weather today, pretty and sunshiney but freezy cold. I am warm inside with the heaters on.

PoF: am I going to take off a second layer????
CO: sore neck
PS. Pearce has been posting the Daily Goddam for a while now, starting with this one and accepting submissions until he has quite the collection. They are pretty funny, although perhaps not as funny as the manipulated spiderman comics? Anyhoo, I have submitted one myself, so hopefully he will post it this week…

kitty cuddles

I got three visits in this week that included kitty cuddles. One was on Monday when Lee and I went to Giffy’s and played with the ocicats, who eventually got tired out and one climbed under the blanket I was snuggling and went to sleep leaning against my thigh. Awww.
Then last night we went to Seraph’s house for “board games” and I managed to snaffle Shadow twice for snuggles. This afternoon we visited my sister (whose belly has popped out like woah!) and I managed to snafu her kitty. Mostly to stop the kitty knocking everything off the top of the dresser but once I had her she just went *flop* in my arms so I got some cuddle in.

I also visited Rachel for lunch on Friday but her kitties are stand offish to me, unless I have meat, so I don’t count that as kitty cuddles.
Yesterday Lee and I had to get up “early” so that his sister, bro in law and neice could come over. That meant I was getting into the shower as they arrived, but after I had myself sorted out I had a nice chat and invented a politeness game with neice. V. fun.

Then various people turned up at various times and eventually we were on the road to Southwards theatre to watch Jj, Giffy, Sok, Beau and G perform in the Mikado. It was a good show, lovely sets and costume design (my Mum wants one of the kimonos) and of course lots of fun watching my friends on stage.
I liked Koko and the Mikado the best out of the leads, I found the romantic leads to be a bit hard to hear when singing and a bit insipid when talking. That’s Gilbert and Sullivan for you though…not a lot of character development. My favourite song was “A More Human Mikado” because of the dance sequence, which looked like a lot of fun to be in and I’m sad that I missed Giffy’s charleston that she did specially for me. I caught the end anyway. Other highlights from the chorus: Beau’s manly hiding of his tears, random Asian guy of awesome physical comedy and all the shuffling the ladies had to do. It was so cute!

After that we hung around like groupies for the stars to come out and see us, then it was back into town for “board games” with Seraph. I had a lot of fun, getting tiddly on white wine and playing Fury Of Dracula. I like the idea of the game but the combat system is very…very slow. Plus, game play seemed very convoluted. I liked the little figures though, and I got to be Dr Seward so that’s nice.

After that we watched Manos: the Hands of Fate because R hadn’t seen it and we had much fun laughing through that.

Today was a brilliantly beautiful day. We went out this morning to the Video Ezy DVD sale and I bought Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Sky High, Lemony Snicket and Night Watch. Lee bought Goodnight and Good luck which is contrary to our rule of not buying stuff we haven’t seen, but it’s had pretty amazing reviews so it’s a fairly safe bet. I also wanted Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Mirrormask like Seraph got but they weren’t at the Jville branch and Lee we shouldn’t bother with another branch. Le sigh.

I finished reading Joanie Frankenhauser and have started a book by the author of the Rainbow Boys series. It’s pretty good.

PoF: grey stripes
CO: sleeping

Just books

On C’s recommendation (she thrust it into my hands) I read The Case of the Missing Marquess, a young adult novel based on the character Enola Holmes, much younger sister of her more famous brothers Mycroft and Sherlock. It was an interesting book, since her Mother was a suffragette and interested in dress reform, etc. It was very engagingly written and the mystery so good that I found myself reading it faster and faster so I could know what happened!
I want the next in the series, but of course, only the first is published.

I also read another Fables edition, uhm, March of the Wooden Soldiers and I enjoyed that so much that I went onto fishpond and placed an order for the first two in the series. (I think I’ve read three and four, because that’s what the library owns.) I also noticed that fishpond had Astro City on sale, so if you’re after graphic novels it seems like the place to look.

Aaah Graphic Novels. When the new recoloured Sandman editions come out I’m going to buy them, oh yes. Then some day I will also own Powers, Astro City and all of the various Buffy titles which are…you know. Good. Oh, and the Kabuki titles that I don’t have. And the missing Nightwing from my collection. And the entire Batman: No Man’s Land cycle, and and and…yeah. I need more money. More money that I don’t spend on socks.
I also ordered the Rough Guide to Ethical Shopping which I started reading during the film festival and found to be not only very informative but interesting reading as well. I learned stuff I did. Still, I had to return it to the library so I figure this way I can lend it to people when I’ve read the whole thing and then we can all be more Informed. Delightful.

Now I am reading a book called the day Joanie Frankenhauser became a boy which is a gender bending novel for the tween age reader. Basically Joanie is a total tomboy and when she is mistaken for a boy at her new school (typo on the register reads ‘John’) she embraces her new role. Pretty good so far, as far as Gender politics for children goes.

PoF: Jenni’s Angels don’t sweat
CO: spending money. Why do I enjoy it so much?

more converting

my favourite currency converter is xe it’s great for when I want to know what my socks order will *really* cost. (Our money must be doing pretty well against the American right now, it doesn’t seem like too much of an increase.)

I had a relaxing weekend. I finished reading Wicked, which I really enjoyed, and keep thinking about on a low background level. I am now reading Caddy Ever After by Hilary McKay, latest in the Saffy’s Angel series and equally delightful. It’s a kid’s book, aimed at the tween market I think and just charming, full of art and family drama and problem solving characters.

Lee and I cleaned the whole apartment, even the windows for the Jenni’s Angels get together yesterday, which was lovely. Great to see these people and watch all the films and look through photos and everything. I made snickerdoodles and they were a great success, plus belgian biscuits and a banana cake with chocolate and marshmallow topping. There was also fudge, brownies, chippies, chicken and a heap of other stuff.

I wore my neopolitan striped socks, and since I continually tried to pull them over my knees I think I’ll have to suck it in and buy the thigh high versions. Rachel, do you still want to buy them? One wear, one wash and they’re yours! Today I am wearing my teal and seafoam super stripes and I just adore them, so bright and crisp, and the colours are so pretty. New super stripes seem to be longer too, they must shrink a little in the wash. Anyway, I am delighted and keep checking my legs to admire the stripes.

PoF: team seafoam!
CO: lunch and obviously, socks.


1 c. butter
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 c. flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
Cream butter, add sugar. Add all the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Roll teaspoons of micture into balls. Roll into sugar mixture: 2 tablespoons cinnamon with 2 tablespoons sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen.

I want to make these because they’re the cookies Veronica makes for Wallace.
Does anyone know what the point of adding cream of tartar is? What does it do? Should I go and buy some? I look it up…wikipedia says it reacts with the baking soda and stabilises the egg whites. That seems good. Maybe I should buy some.
Also: I need tupperware. Specifically little tupperware spice containers. I opened the fair trade cinnamon last night and it was nice and safe in plastic bags but I can’t keep it in its little cardboard baggie very effectively.
FWI. Fair trade spice is the same price as ordinary spice.

Ooh, wikipedia has a recipe for snickerdoodles dating back to 1898!

Three quarters of a cup of butter, 2 cups of sugar, 1 cup of milk, 3 cups of flour, 2 eggs, 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar, 1 teaspoon of soda. Mix; drop on a tin in spoonfuls, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon, and bake in quick oven.
M. Elizabeth Adams.
I love “bake in a quick oven” that is the most awesome direction in a recipe I’ve seen for ages.