Things I Love Thursday

Good books and Gilmore Girls. Let’s face it, I would have been way more whiney and miserable about getting a cold over Easter weekend if I hadn’t had a good book to read and Gilmore Girls to watch. So fluffy, so light and fun. So predictable because of how I’ve watched the entire series three (or four?) times.

I really love Tumblr. I think I have the hang of it now. It’s like Twitter but for pictures. The thing I mostly use if for is a kind of refined pop culture feed. I add the things I like (Dick Grayson, DC superheroines, Slenderman, Dr Who) and then I get a frequently updated stream of awesome. I’m sure people can use it for other things too.

Plants. This week I purchased two new plants (a bird of paradise and a wee pointy succulent) and I repotted one of them successfully, and I bought plant food which all my plants loved, and I made my own aphid spray and put it in a spray bottle and it totally worked! Well, maybe spraying the aphids with water would have worked anyway, but the tomato leaf concoction seems to have stopped them coming back. Fingers crossed it stays that way. I hate aphids quite a lot and they were trying to kill my chili plant. But I won, so it’s all good.

New trailer for the second part of the last Harry Potter movie! Argh, can’t wait to see this…

Honourable Mentions: Things that make me warm, delicious food, aloe vera tissues, Lee, my lovely friends, my lovely family, new Lego minifigures, craft and lying down.

Awesome YA books

Love is Hell

…is a book of short stories including some personal favourites of mine Scott Westerfeld and Melissa Marr. The collection is themed Love is Hell which means you know that it’s more about the course of true love running less than smoothly. I enjoyed them. There was quite a spooky ghost story to start the book, and I particularly enjoyed Westerfeld’s perfect world school assignment romance where kids elected to experience some of the crap humans had to put up with in the past, such as the common cold, or sleeping. Overall, good light fun.

As You Wish by Jackson Pearce

Classic teen supernatural romance, except this time it’s human girl/Djinn boy. I really liked this. It alternated points of view between the two leads, which was really nice for seeing the changing way they felt about each other. It was pretty light, pretty fluffy and I’m not too sure I endorse the ending, but the book as a whole is cute and a good read.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

OK so. Unlike the other two this is not a light or fluffy read. This is the story of Sam, who has an ordinary school day (she’s one of the popular mean girls, but painfully aware of her geeky roots) and then dies. Then she wakes up on the morning of her last day, like a horrible version of Groundhog Day where she’s not sure what she has to do to get out of the time loop and save her own life…It’s very compelling.

I loved the way the author showed you scenes from multiple points of view and as Sam learned more about her actions and the consequences, she saw how they impacted everyone around her. Very good, very life affirming, and if the romance was kind of obvious, I forgive it for being sweet and believable. There were a couple of missteps in the telling of it (notably the italics where Sam addresses the reader directly) but otherwise I was really into it and read the last third in a day. Highly recommend this one.

Easter Sunday

Happy Easter everybunny!

I bought me and Lee fancy Easter treats from Butler’s, since if you’re going to do Easter treats, why not do handmade expensive Easter treats?

Things I have achieved this long weekend so far: Picnic with friends, decluttering, purchase of new storage solutions, organisation of overflow fabric into storage baskets on decluttered shelves, visiting with parents-in-law, contracted a cold and whined about it, Easter egg hunt, purchased two new pot plants (Bird of paradise and a pointy looking succulent), lots of reading and snuggling under a blankie.

How’s your Easter going?

Things I Love Thursday

Happy Easter everyone!

I ran my SKMTFM larp on Saturday, and I should really do a blog post all on that, about what I learned, etc. But I think I’m still working things out. Anyway, the response has been very good, from the people I’ve heard from, and the feedback reasonable and easy to implement. So yay! Norm also uploaded his awesome photos he took over the course of the night, so here’s my favourite one of me.

I couldn’t tell you when in the night this was, or what I’m reacting too, but I’m so very happy! It makes me LOL.

On Sunday we caught up with my aunty, cousin and cousin’s two girls. I hadn’t seen them in a few years, so that was awesome. Plus my regular extended family and then we spend the evening at Lee’s parent’s new place and his sister’s family. It’s neat to just hang out with people who…well, I guess family does judge you, but they forgive you afterwards. Plus, good to catch up with everyone. Plus plus, Lee’s parents have a spa pool. Nice.

How to dress like a cartoon character.

I am slowly getting the hang of Tumblr. Slowly. Mine is here. But what I like is reading all through the history archives of a Tumblr dedicated to stuff I love. Then you can find awesome things like this.

school librarian

If you’re 12, like I am, you will likely enjoy this video of The Count where they’ve blooped over the word ‘count’. I laughed quite a lot…

Honourable Mentions: Authentic Amerrrrrrican rice krispy treats care of a workmate’s mom, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, easter eggs, cuddles, laughing out loud, cake, lovely kind friends, Lego minifigures, sunny Autumn days, hot blackcurrant drinks, 30 Rock, ordering all the Batman comics ever, Batman: the bold and the brave, changing into PJ pants when I get home from work because I don’t have to go out again, Roast’n’Salad, waterproof boots, hot cross buns free from work and my darling husband.

Things I Love Thursday

Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Dr
Dr Who?

I’m actually very nervous because on Saturday I’m running my first ever try of The Silver Kiss of the Magical Twilight of the Full Moon: The Live Action Roleplaying Event. I have the character sheets printed, I have some streamers and balloons, plan for a cake care of the delightful Sophie and no confidence at all that I can pull this off. However other people have confidence in me, so that’s something!

Twitter.I was chatting to a friend about how I wasn’t keen to attend Armageddon because Bill Willingham pulled out, and then Bill Willingham himself got in touch and explained the deal. ❤ communication is amazing.

Yesterday I started playing with my copy of Wreck this journal by Keri Smith. It’s really, really, ridiculously liberating and fun to tear pages in the book, or colour in a whole page, or punch holes with a pencil. I was grinning, flashing back to being a kid and also being a teenager and doodling over everything. Could this be a way out of my creative crisis? I hope so. A++ highly recommended.

Honourable Mentions: Pink shirt day, people treating me like I’m intelligent and have important things to say, dreaming about kittens, pizza from Jimbom in the BNZ centre, new comics to read (Unwritten), enjoying silly-but-well-written Young Adult fiction, New music obsessions (Florence and the Machine and Imogen Heap), sleeping the whole night through, excellent roleplaying with exceptional people, laughing til you cry and creating new and adorable things with socks. (Pictures soon!)

And you? What’s your list of things to be grateful for today?

Also, happy birthday Dad!

Fall 217 – “Dead Serious”

The episode opens with Alex sitting at the breakfast table waiting for her Dad to come downstairs. She walks out to his car with him, suggesting that they tell Jarrod what’s going on, with the vampires and everything.
Dad: Yeah, Jarrod wandering around with a stake isn’t going to make him safer.
Alex: Well, no, but he’s not safe anyway.
Dad: If he knows about he’s just going to want to go patrolling with you.
Alex: He can come patrolling, Calvin can look out for him.
Dad: NO.
They talk a while longer, and they agree to talk about it with Alex’s mother before they make a decision.

In homeroom at school Darius, Alex and Megan are all on time. Megan is slouched at the back of the class wearing black and dark glasses and looking emo. Tiffany and Aurora show up to point out her shortcomings and are generally mean. Darius offers them a can of coke, but they decline since it’s not diet.
Tiffany: atotallosersayswhat? Megan?
Megan: … really?
as they leave Megan yells out something like “1985 called and it wants its joke back” but she is laughed down.

Darius turns to Megan and bugs Megan into speaking with her. He says that they have to find her computer, she removes the battery from her phone and then asks for Darius’s.
D: Why?
M hisses: because it can hear you!
D drops his phone: WHAT?
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Things I Love Thursday

Many of my friends are going through bad stuff at the moment, I hope you know my thoughts and love are with you.

The caption I drew that for was: “Bubble Bobble Late Night: No more fruit, just alcohol now.”
I’m quite happy with the likeness.

I have to admit I am enjoying older Dr Who. I was very frightened of David Tennant with his crazy eyes, but Eccleston eased me into the character of the Dr and now I think Tennant is quite lovely. I especially love it when he plays with kittens. Like this. I like Martha too, and I like discussions with Lee about whether things are scary or not. Generally I say yes, he says no. Also our favourite episodes are quite different. (Although, am I actually the only person on Earth who doesn’t like River Song? She’s an insufferable Mary Sue..)

My friends. I like that I have friends who worry about me, and who are open with their feelings, and who know that sometimes it’s best not to give advice and to just let things lie. Also, it’s good to have people to invite to a roast pork dinner and rock band night.

A video of a sleeptalking kitty:

This kitty is sleepy:

Honourable Mentions: printed out photos, handcrafts, warm socks, burrowing under the blankets, NEW SERIES LEGO MINIFIGURES!, good books, the library, hoodies (OMG so much), new T shirts, people watching, stripes, steak night, roleplaying, smoothies, looking forward to catching up with family on the weekend and hot chocolate on a cold day.

Fall 216 – Stormclouds on the Horizon

Calvin and Alex knock at Darius’s door. There is no answer. Alex knocks a few more times and calls out but there’s no reply. Calvin retrieves the spare key from under a rock near the path and they let themselves in. Nebby comes to see them, looking rather sad. He whines and leads them upstairs to where Darius is sitting, staring at his computer as it scrolls through pictures of his parents, Nebby, the gang and himself in happier times.

Alex manages to talk Darius down from his emo fixation, saying that she’s sorry she’s been so harsh on him about magic and that she knows he was just trying to help. She also tells him that her Dad used to know Darius’s parents and that they used to go out monster fighting together. Darius gets teary then. She convinces him to come downstairs and she makes him some beans on toast. Calvin, who had been trying to disappear into the wall while they talked about emotions, takes Nebby outside for some exercise.

Alex talks to Darius and convinces him that he needs to get out of the house, so they make a plan to go to The Limit. Alex goes outside to see Calvin, and she apologises for more or less ordering him to take Nebby out. Calvin brushes it off, saying he was looking for an escape anyway. Alex mentions the plan to head to the Limit and Calvin wrestles with something.

Calvin: Since we’re not, uh…going out? Don’t you think we should…uh…
Alex: She’s got bigger things to sort out don’t you think?
C: Yeah but, kinda harsh isn’t it?
Alex looks at him for a moment and then shakes her head: Fine. You want her along, you invite her.

Calvin watches Alex go back into the house and then texts Megan, tells her there’s been a change of plans and saying to meet them at the club. She texts back that she’s not feeling well. Darius gets dressed in his leather jacket and struts into the club looking dangerous. The bouncer on the door tells Alex to keep an eye on him, because they don’t want any trouble. The Limit is packed, it’s student night and everyone is there. Alex heads to the bathroom, Darius goes to the bar and Calvin goes to find a seat.

Darius is overly excited about buying booze and is refused service, the barman doesn’t believe his faked ID from Megan’s supercomputer. He comes away with a cranberry juice. Calvin finds a table inhabited by Darius’s beret-wearing buddies and glares at them significantly. They vacate the table and he sits down. Darius and Alex join him and Darius admits that he wasn’t able to buy alcohol. Calvin goes to the bar and gets a jug of beer. Darius realises he doesn’t like cranberry juice and gives it to Alex. The gang talks about Megan and how she is being unreasonable, but also how they can help.

Then Alex says it’s time to dance, so she and Darius get up. She asks Calvin but he declines. Alex and Darius have fun dancing. A blonde comes and sits down by Calvin, asking what he’s up to. He says he’s there with his friends and Alex overhears this and becomes incensed. While Darius sings and dances to Simply The Best by Tina Turner Alex strides over to the table. The blonde looks up and asks who it is, Calvin says it’s his girlfriend and Alex is instantly appeased, she walks away. The blonde backs off, telling Calvin he should go and talk with Alex.

Right about then Alex, Darius and Calvin’s phones all go off. They all have the same message from an anonymous sender saying that Megan is in trouble and their help is required. It has a GPS symbol showing them where to go. They head to St Mary’s cemetery and find a rhino-headed demon (Daniel described him has a rhino crossed with Ving Rames) battering at the door of a crypt which Megan is hiding in. There is an epic fight…

Calvin says to Alex and Darius that they shouldn’t kill the demon, they should try questioning it to see if it knows anything about the suicides. They kind of roll their eyes at him, especially since it seems to be speaking some weird demon language. Alex hits it with her machete and it hits her back into a tree. Calvin tries to hit the demon with his axe but it’s thick hide and armour mean it doesn’t do much. It tries to backhand him but he dodges (just). Megan emerges from the crypt with her sword and the demon goes for her, trampling her. Darius uses his telekinesis to add power to his sword arm, it hits the demon and propels out of Darius’s grip, embedding in the crypt wall. Between all of them they manage to almost kill it.

Calvin gets Darius to do the ‘repeat after me’ spell so they can understand what it’s saying. It asks if it has died with honour, if Megan is a warrior. Darius and Calvin both nod and then the demon dies. Megan is badly hurt. Alex helps her back to the car while Calvin and Darius look at the sword in the crypt wall. It’s deeply embedded and they can’t get it out. They wipe it clean of prints and leave it there.

Back at Darius’s Calvin first aids Megan, she is quiet and dejected. Darius and Alex research…something. I can’t remember what they find out and I don’t have notes on it. Calvin drops Alex home, she walks into the empty kitchen to a note which says that her dinner is in the oven. Smiling she takes it out and eats.

Alone in the car Calvin asks Megan if she went out to get herself killed.
Megan: That’s what we do isn’t it?
C: No. We go out in a group so that we don’t die.
M: Whatever
C: Your mother really needs you right now. You can’t leave her alone when all these people are killing themselves over smaller things.
M: I just…everything I do goes wrong.
C: At least you have a mother.
M:…Yeah. I didn’t mean to do anything to hurt her.

Calvin asks Megan if she thinks it would help if her and her mother moved in with him and his sister. Maybe the company would help. Megan says “maybe” and gets out of the car. Calvin drives home.

Previously on Fall season two…
Episode 1: Frenemies part 1.
Episode 2: Troubled waters.
Episode 3: Frenemies part 2.
Episode 4: Ex-communicatin’.
Episode 5: The Agony of Life and Death.
Episode 6: Showing Poor Spirit.
Episode 7: Who You Gonna Call?
Episode 8: Parlour Games.
Episode 9: Dig your wishing well.
Episode 10: Spelled differently.
Episode 11: Consequences be damned.
Episode 12: Dream Big and Dare to Fail
Episode 13: With friends like these.
Episode 14: On the shortbus.
Episode 15: Revelations.

Friday thought

I’m feeling a bit better today, last night I watched Singin’ in the Rain which is a guaranteed mood lifter. Then this morning I remembered that the way you be happy is you live for each little moment and enjoy every little thing you can and you don’t worry about things.

I feel a little stupid for forgetting that, but I think I needed the wallow.

A little wisdom from my favourite Doctor helps too.