Books are nice

I find myself unable to choose proper novels at the library. I am so used to picking what looks interesting while doing returns or emptying the rotation bins…and I’m not a librarian any more, so I don’t do those things, and I have forgotten how to browse the shelves effectively.

This is alright, because Central library has a seriously kick-ass Graphic Novel collection.

Blankets is my new favourite. It’s a beast, a phone book sized autobiography of growing up and first love. It’s told in lyrical simplicity and illustrated in simple, attractive line drawings. It’s about religion and being a brother, and slightly abusive parents, and not fitting in at school. It’s about meeting the girl, and loving the girl and going to stay with the girl and her family for two blissful weeks.
*le sigh*. I may have to buy it. Borders has it.

Novels of the purely text type-wise I am reading Wuthering Heights which I have never read before even though I’ve run the roleplaying game based on it several times.
I never studied it in school, and I’ve had a Wordsworth edition sitting on my shelf for some time, next to other ‘I’ve never read and really should’ books like Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice. Yes I know. I’ve seen the movies though.
So, Wuthering Heights is neat. I like reading a book that has a soundtrack in my head*. I have also come to the realisation that the games I have run of this book aren’t actually over the top enough! There needs to be much, much more melodrama and insane behaviour.

I’m loving the language and intrigued by the story, but I can’t get over how everyone in it is essentially nuts.
In other news we had our very first open home yesterday and two groups came through. Tomorrow morning a bunch of land agents are going to check the place out and hopefully start bringing people round. This means that Lee and I must keep the place exceedingly clean.

On the upside my patchwork stuff is very easy to pack up and put away so I have begun making the quilt for Luke and Sam’s baby (finally). I think I was spurred into action by meeting the adorable wee thing on Saturday.

It amazes me how very tiny new babies are. My newest niece is over 8 months old now and sitting by herself with no problems. Lee made her cry on Saturday by shuffling sideways. Babies are weird.
Cute. But weird.

*Sing like a mad ghost woman!
Heathcliff
It’s me, your Cathy
I’ve come home
I’m so co-o-old,
let me in-a your window

Carbon Credits

Trade Me in conjunction with Meridian energy has a new category for carbon credits.
Obviously, I’m a greenie, so I think it’s a great idea. I think it’s been on the news and stuff, and so the three initial auctions for Gold standard carbon credits are all doing really well.

What really interesting is the way people are using these auctions as a forum to express their beliefs about the whole global warming/carbon credits/environmental issue. There are some very angry people posting comments on there, and a lot of people have been creating fake carbon credits auctions that Trade Me has to take down.

Just read the comments. It’s pretty fascinating stuff.

PoF: My Turn
CO: Open Home Tomorrow OMG.

Good Times

Last night I went to my first big TM dinner out. It was at Dockside, which I have never been to before and started about an hour after I finished work.

Me and my tiny paper star making buddy went to the library to kick around a bit before the drinks and we saw C and I had a very good although very slow to be made hot chocolate. It’s nice having conversations with people where you find common ground and as a result like each other more.

The dinner was in the plastic-walled balcony section of Dockside, and was well heated by those standing inferno things. It was very cold outside yesterday but it was pretty warm inside. The beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks were free and the whole dinner was paid for by the company.

It’s a startingly different situation to working for a government department.
Instead of letting people be cliquey there was arranged seating, mixing people from different teams up into different tables. I was sitting with two friends from CS and the guy who talks to the media, and a bunch of people from different teams. I had never met two of them, so that was cool, and dinner was very tasty.
Antipasto platter to start, corn-fed chicken stuffed with basil, feta and slow roasted tomato and kumara chips served wrapped in bacon. Plus new potatoes and salads. Yum. The only downside was the dessert, which purported to be lemon tart but seemed to be made of cream cheese and paprika. Not good.

I mingled around some and talked to my friends from my team and chatted with a couple of other acquaintances from the kitchenette. (Including a fellow Threadless addict.)

It was cool, and fun and I liked it, and I walked home slightly tipsy but cheerful and was home by ten.
Last Friday Lee bought fancy new bluetooth headphones that are too small for him. What this means is that he actually bought me fancy new bluetooth headphones. Then he went and bought even more fancy foldy bluetooth headphones on Monday.

I like my new headphones a lot.

PoF: happy spaceman, $10 from Jay Jays
CO: Open home on Sunday.

blogger of the month

I have blog fads, and my current one is (as I mentioned yesterday) is Gala Darling, who is obsessed with fashion and being fabulous and dying her hair amazing colours. She also loves cake. I love her.

Today she posted an incredible article on how to be confident. I want to recommend it to all my girlfriends but also to me, so that I will be a bit more brave in my fashion choices.

Things Gala makes me want: a necklace of pearls, pink hair, slouchy boots, designer jeans, a fantastic pink apartment and a party where everyone dresses like they’re from the Marie Antoinette movie, cupcakes. Also a more visually interesting blog.

That’s all for now. I had a very nice relaxing weekend but it is over now and this morning I dreamed about clowns.

PoF: swirl of the world
CO: living a more fabulous life
Oh, PS: our moviefest entry “Princess Consuela” made it to the National Finals. Yay us!

green blogging

via my current muse Galadarling, I am connected to No Impact Man’s blog, specifically why we should eat less meat for the environment.
Now…if I could just stop loving roasts and bacon so much….

I got some more writing done today. I’m still increments girl, but each session takes me closer to the end.

PoF: my turn
CO: breathing. I’m finding it hard to remember to breath deeply. I think I need a wrist tattoo like Lindsay’s one. Uhm. Page past the ass shots, the one I like is at the bottom of the page.

3 more brunches

Last weekend we went back to Fresco, which we’ve enjoyed in the past, but mostly because I wanted to go to Borders and I didn’t want to eat at Leuven again.

Fresco is fine, not great, not terrible. I had a scone craving so I ordered a giant cheese scone that came with little bits of bacon through it. It was nice but kind of heavy and dry. Lee had a big breakfast type thing that seemed fine.
On Sunday we went to Plum, we were up that end of town and most of the places we know are good were full. Plum has been refurbished so that it can be a bar at night, this means there’s not much room. They had a heap of staff on but the food still took a while to come.

Lee had pancakes with berries and I had fruit salad (trying desperately to get some vitamins into my system.) The fruit salad was pants. At first I thought it was good because they’d put maraschino cherries in it, and I *love* maraschino cherries, but then it turned out that no, the salad was pants. The apple was floury, the orange was tart, the kiwifruit OK and then the only other fruit was one piece of pineapple (also tart) and some weird tamarillo thing that I was too scared to eat.

Lee’s pancakes were nice, but it was real loud and overall we didn’t enjoy it there. It’s a good space to people-watch though.
This morning we parked by the library and headed towards Arizona. I suggested we try Arabeca since we’d not been there before (and I get more blogging out of a new place.) The cafe itself is really nice, and it was nice and quiet and no trouble getting a table. They have T Leaf Tea so I tried out the cinnamon apple and it was expensive ($4.20) but it came with a jug of extra hot water so that I could have several cups. I approve.

The food came out super-fast but my poached eggs on toast were Finc level tiny. Lee had (surprise surprise) the big breakfast, and it was really good. Nice cranskies, nice mushrooms, nice hash browns and tasty eggs. The bacon was nice but a little too oily. The poached eggs were good, and made with vinegar which is another plus, but I kind of need more than one tiny bit of ciabatta per egg.
So, we liked it there, but if we go back I’ll order more bread. Or something.

PoF: Dark Night
CO: breathing