Thursday, October 31, 2002

Good. The cubs are sleeping peacefully and there's no icky mess to clean up.

Currently watching the mighty hunter, Kittenkong, stalking her traditional prey, the fearsome moth. Hey, don't laugh, some of those critters are a whole inch long! Scary...

Happy Samhain! Have a wonderful new year! (To those in the northern hemisphere that is, though no doubt there's some dills down here in the southerh hemisphere celebrating Samhaim cos it's traditional to celebrate it on this date. Dickheads. They overlook the fact that all of the celebrations are seasonal.)

[Smells like Zha'haabron, eh? Mmmm... *dopey grin* Hn, 'lestrel, if your ningen trys to follow through on her threat we are not without weapons, I mean, you can ki-singe her and my chibi eyes are quite effective I've been told. ^~^
And thank you for hanging around and looking after me, sinam; I'd glomp you but - *tragic look* - I don't have the energy.]

See, I told you the cubs were really truly sick.
One of them threw up soon after dinner (OK, so fish & chips are never a good idea when they're feeling poorly - you'd think I'd know by now) and I'm just waiting for the other one to do his party piece.
I can cope with most things that come out of the human body except vomit (and semen in bukkake amounts.. ick. I do not believe the fable that it's good for the skin, not when it dries in your hair like liquid cement) and just my luck, I was blessed with not one, but two babies afflicted with reflux. Lucky me. For those who've not had the pleasure of dealing with a refluxy child, it goes something like this... You feed child - 10 minutes later child throws up most of what they've just eaten.. repeat.. until child grows out of it, in the cubs case that was almost a year. But that's in the past, now I only have to deal with it maybe 2 or 3 times a year - speaking of which I'd better go and check them...

[*smug smirk*] Heh - come now tenshi, it wasn't really a threat. The ningen was just in her 'Queen of Casual Torture' mode and wondering how readers of the Chronicles would take it if she didn't write another chapter until next terran year... She wouldn't really do it. I don't think...

[*scowls*] She'd better be bloody joking or she'll have me to answer to!

[gently ki-heats a bowl of lemon (from the lemon tree of course) and sweet honey and sparkling water to help the cold...]

Did the ningen mention that that new fragrant stuff she's bought smells a bit like Zha'haabron? S'nice. Very nice...

Fun fun fun.
The cubs and I all have colds - not that you could tell initially this morning given the sounds of joy and delight coming from the cubs when I told them they could stay home from school. *rolls eyes* But they're sitting on the couch now, tucked up under a blanket and watching the Wallace & Grommit dvd. We are really all unwell, honestly, the fact that we've got next monday and tuesday off played no part in my decision to keep them home for today and tomorrow thus giving us a 6 day holiday. Well OK, maybe a little, but probly not for the reasons you think. I have things planned for monday and tuesday and hopefully these 2 extra days to rest will mean we'll all be feeling well enough to go out later.

Lessons I have Learnt.

Watermelon is wonderfully soothing on a sore throat.
And lemon, *nudge, nudge* can alleviate the symptoms of a cold. ^.^

Joules has just threatened to not do the next AC chapter until after Yule!!
She's joking - she must be joking...

Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Jeez Joules is fast! (or should that be 'efficient'? :) It took her only 25 minutes to code 10 pages of writing...
So here it is - Wish Fulfillment in all it's fluffy glory. *grin*

Hee hee hee, and Joules is getting back to work on the Transpositions series... Zaabon in a whole different light. Phwoar! ^.^

I needed a fluffy-bunny fic. So I wrote one.
It's set in Joules fantasy Flight & Fancy universe, there's no sex and not a Saiyjin in sight- but don't let that put you off. : )
We're just deciding on the b/g tile now, and then I'll do the final tweaking, and it'll be posted later.

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

[67!? The most I got was 20 before I got bored.]

OkapiPrincess and I went to see Bend it like Beckham today. That was a fun movie, I really enjoyed it. Sure, it was predictable, and it had elements of classic english farce - mistaken identity, comic misunderstandings, racial stereotypes, that sort of thing - but everything worked out all right in the end and it made me feel all warm and gooshy so I was happy (and some of the saris the cast were wearing were just gorgeous *sigh* Is it pretentious for an anglo to wear a sari?).
Juliet Stevenson was very funny in it, and Jonathon Rhys Meyers (he was Maxwell Demon, the bisexual glam star in Velvet Goldmine... *pause while Lutra slides of into glitter spangled day-dream...*) did a passable job as an Irish coach. True, he still moved like a faggy rock-star rather than a soccer player, and while his wasn't the best fake Irish accent I've
ever heard, it wasn't the worst. (That honour would have to go to Richard Gere in the 90's remake of The Jackal - which, by the way, is another underated Bruce Willis movie, .) Bend it.. also had the *cough* added attraction of lots of eye-candy, lots of nubile young things playing soccer. :)
I'd give Bend it... 7/10 with an extra point for one of the funniest lines of dialogue I've heard in ages. (spoken by a confused, elderly female indian relative after one of those 'comic misunderstandings')
'She's a lesbian? I thought she was a pisces.'
*rolling around laughing*
OkapiPrincess didn't enjoy the movie as much as I did, but then her 'suspension of disbelief' isn't as robust as mine, (heh, suspension'? In some cases I have complete abandonment of disbelief!), and getting a parking ticket (pig-dog nazi parking inspectors! Barstids!) wouldn't have added to the enjoyment. :(

(And, bless her, I got presents today from OkapiPrincess too! 1/2 dozen pretty little fishy brass charms and a Maisy Mouse mix-n-match book! *happy squeak*)

More quizz results.. thanks, Talon : )


What Kind of Virgin Are You?

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Hoggle?! Oh, please... I wanted to be Sir Didimus! *pout*

What Labyrinth Charater are you most like?

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Monday, October 28, 2002

*rolling around laughing*

This comic strip site from Soulsis! PowerGoth Girls! (The english translation in some cases is funnier than the actual jokes - read the 'characters' section. ^.- [does that look like a wink?] )

And Niki sent me this cute little game . Took me a couple of goes to work out what I was sposed to do (I'm not game literate) but you have to close down as many of the pop-ups as you can within a given time. : )

[I killed 67. Is that good?]

['lestrel! *blushing crimson* That's private!]

Lessons I Have Learnt.

Celeriac is not a vegetable suitable for stir-frying. Great raw with dips, instead of carrots (bleuch) just don't subject it to heat.

This term the cubs are studying ancient cultures, notably, Greek, Roman and Egyptian. They've been learning about Gods...
One of the cubs bounced up to me today after school and started telling me all about Pan and how cool he was. Then he said he wanted his nickname to be Pan, and he skipped away playing his pretend pan-pipes.
Made my little pagan heart swell to see him... ^.^
His father, who is definitely not a pagan, might not be quite as charmed.

[*smirk* That's not what you said last night...]

Sunday, October 27, 2002

Heh heh heh.
A Hello Kitty vibrator (sorry, 'personal massager' *smirk*) has been spotted in Box Hill - a suburb not 10 minutes drive from here. Awfully tempted, depending on the price of course, for the boggle factor if nothing else - but my toybox is sadly depleted at the moment... hmmm...

[you know, 'lestrel, when you sway your tail like that, sometimes I get a very kittenish desire to pounce on it and chew it. ^~^ .. only I know I'd probly get my head kicked in, so I don't. : ) ...]

This is a great site for when you desperately need a name for a character. Some beautiful names here. Thanks, Okapiprincess!

[snarl] Bloody ningens buggering about with time measurement again... Do you have any idea what this stupid 'BST/GMT/Daylight saving time' crap does to my ningen's brain? She has enough trouble with numbers as it is; when it comes to "mucking about with haddock" it leaves her gibbering quietly in a corner...

Hey, why am I complaining? That means I get to take over for a while...

[lopes off to hunt, tail swaying hypnotically, twinkling at tenshi over shoulder...]

In an email from soulsis... *rolling around laughing*

The Ten Catmandments

1.. I am the Lord of thy House.

2.. Thou shalt have no other pets before Me.

3.. Thou shalt never ignore Me.

4.. I shall ignore thee when I feel like it.

5.. Thou shalt be grateful that I even give thee the time of day.

6.. Remember My food dish and keep it full.

7.. Thou shalt spend most of thy money on toys and gifts for Me.

8.. Thou shalt always have thy lap ready for Me to curl up in.

9.. Thou shalt shower Me with love and attention upon demand.

10.. Above all, thou shalt do anything and everything it takes to keep Me happy.

Saturday, October 26, 2002

*sniggering quietly*
Ooops, missed the school's working bee. I'd set my alarm but I was kind of relying on the cubs to bounce in and wake me up at 7a.m like they normally do, but they didn't, and anyway the clocks went forward for daylight savings last night (I'd kinda sorta forgotten) which meant that for me to get up in time to go to the sodding thing I would have had to peel myself out of bed at the relative (to yesterday, that is) time of 6a.m.
I don't think so.
The cubs and I will go to a park for a picnic lunch instead, methinks. ^.^

Sleepy sleepy sleepy...

The cubs and I went swimmng today.
Hmm, a simple statement, deceptively normal. For me to 'go swimming' meant I had to beat myself out of the excruciating embarrasment about letting other people see me in my bathers. : )
But it was fun, the cubs were delighted I was in there with 'em, and I even managed to get the equivalent of probly two - slow, and rather scrappy - laps. It's not expensive for me to go swimming, maybe I should make more of an effort?

Went with soulsis and Niki to see an amateur production of Dimboola last night, but I'm too tired to do a review justice *grin*. Maybe tomorrow, after I've gotten back from the school's working bee... (which goes from 9a.m to 11a.m on a Sunday for gods' sake! Don't these people need sleep? Don't they have lives?)

I had to this, come on, it's Tacky Trek!
(and the questions had me rolling around laughing...)

which captain kirk are you?

this quiz by kari and belle

OK, so I role-played, and read Bradbury and McCaffrey and Heinlen, and I could recite the dialogue of Star Wars, and most episodes of Star Trek - original series please, and could keep a Monty Python dialogue going ad infinitum...

Take the What High School
Stereotype Are You?
quiz, by Angel.

(Thanks, Onna! Cutie pic of chibiV btw, and I didn't bother to take the PowerPuff Girls quiz because I am Blossom...)

As I was answering the questions to this quiz I just knew I'd be vanilla...

Contrary to what you may expect, Vanilla ice cream types aren't bland or boring. Rather, you’re probably quite gregarious, impulsive, fun loving and expressive. You may have a hard time making up your mind -- Vanillas are known for never saying no, even when they probably should. Vanilla types also tend to take a romantic, hopeful view of life. Your motto: Live for the moment, and everything will work out fine. When it comes to romance and relationships, Vanilla types are happiest with your own kind -- only someone equally spontaneous and energetic will do. Fun fact: Vanilla is far and away the most popular ice cream flavor.
My room smells like turkish delight at the moment, it's wunnerful! Why does my room reek of confectionary, you ask? There's about a dozen rose bushes on our property, they're all in bloom at the moment (beautiful!) and one of them is the type they make attar of roses from. Gorgeous flowers too, very plump and luxuriant, deep red velvet petals.
I like roses. : )

On the list of things to get myself before I go on holidays (20 days and counting) is a back-pack.
I've got one already but it's made of cotton and it doesn't have a rigid back, plus it's not really big enough to hold a clip-board comfortably, let alone the rest of the stuff I tend to drag around with me when I go away. So I ventured forth in search of a new one. Ideally I was looking for something similar to the Pooh Bear back-pack the cubs' father got before he went overseas. That one was very good quality and roomy, and it's held up well to the rigours of his treatment of it since, but fond as I am of Pooh, I didn't consider getting one of my own because I resent that the 'bear of very little brain' is now owned by the Holy Rodent Empire - (Christopher Robin is English, dammit, he could at least be given an english accent). Incidentally, I've been after a DBZ back-pack for ages but they are very hard to find here now, and prohibitively expensive on ebay.
Needless to say, I didn't find a DBZ back-pack, and while there were some very nice - and quite expensive - types around I managed to find one that suits me very well. It's black, with purple pockets and trim (purple is a colour I have a huge affinity with at the moment), was a little over half the price of the next most expensive brand, and my purple plastic drink bottle (remember that?) fits snugly into one of the side pockets. ^.^ *bouncing, happy Lutra* (Heh, doesn't take an awful lot to make me happy. :)
And now that I've got my back-pack I need, of course, pretty-shinys to hang off it. Hn, I've already got a Blossom (PowerPuff Girls) clippy thing, and there is that pink fish keyring Joules sent me... *grin*

Friday, October 25, 2002

This morning one of the cubs used the crusts of his toast to make a little picture on his plate. It was a television with antennae and two legs and it was showing 'The Brain Show', two short pieces of crust side by side, that 'danced' over the screen... riiiiiight...

Feeling a little wistful, a little sad. Went through a couple of boxes in the garage (yay, me) and found in one of them the wedding vows the cubs' father and I put together gleaned from the stuffed-full folder of such things the celebrant had...
But I did manage to reduce two largish boxes to one middling box. Fortunately one of the boxes was a 'shit-we've-got-to-be-out-of-here-tomorrow-look-just-pack-everything-and-I'll-sort-it-later' box and it was mostly rubbish, so that was easy. I have a dilemma now though, do I really want to keep the tits and bum jelly moulds? They're very nice tits and bum, but I'm not sure I'll use them again. Hn.
Hey, Okapiprincess? Do you reckon you could sell them for me on ebay?

Oh, yes, that reminds me. I am reliably informed by (the font of all wisdom) Okapiprincess, that Beauty's name (as in Sleeping Beauty) was Aurora. :)

I can quit these quizzes any time.

Oh good grief....

What Type Of Anime Character Are You?

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You're A Yaoi Boi (Gay Boy)! Sensitive and caring, you just want some boyXboy love! Is that too much to ask?

*rolling around laughing*

What Color Eyes Should You Have?

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Wednesday, October 23, 2002

lifted from Talon's blog
//*prepares a lovely smoothie for Joules* Here, drink time, less you're allergic to it, get gas. *nodnod* Need your pillow fluffed? Someone to fetch and carry for you?//

[hmph, yes, thank you for the drink, Talon, much appreciated, but if any one is going to fluff pillows it'll be me... *wanders off, feathers ruffled, heard muttering 'my tokage']
I try not to get sucked in to promotional offers, especially ones that try to lure me in to buying something I wouldn't normally have a bar of, but I gave in a couple of days ago. The supermarket had a special on Ribena, (the black-currant syrup that's full of Vitamin C! - the adds chirp at me, they don't mention the sugar..) 1 litre bottles of the pretty red stuff with a free purple plastic drink bottle. I need a purple plastic drink bottle. No, really I do, cos I was thinking the other day that I'd need a drink bottle when I go on hols (22 days and counting) and a purple one would be ideal! So now I have my purple plastic drink bottle and a litre of vitamin C laden liquid sugar to get through. Thankfully the cubs are happy to drink it.

I've discovered something.
If I eat 'properly', ie: regular meals including fruit and veg, and drinking a reasonable amount of water, I don't crave sugar quite as much as I used to.
Isn't that astonishing?

I was perusing some of the classwork adorning the walls in the corridors outside the cubs' classrooms and I saw something that made me giggle. Earlier in the year the grade1/2's had been looking at fairy-tales and they'd done some work sheets on Sleeping Beauty. I'd forgotten the details of the story, but apparently when Beauty was born (and isn't that a name likely to cause problems for a child) the fairies gave her 7 gifts - one of which was 'the temper of an angel'...
'Which angel??' I cackled. The death and destruction one? The smiting righteously one? *rolling around laughing* Now that would put a whole different slant on the bollocksy tale!

Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Ouchies! Symps (and warm, careful hugs) Joules. Not fond of dentists myself...

The cubs are going through a growth spurt. How do I know?
'Mummy, what can I have to eat?' - every 5 minutes...
The challenge is keeping them fed without resorting to sweet biscuits and potato chips, fortunately they're happy to eat toast, and corn-thins (like rice cakes only tasty), and apples and carrots.

One of my cubs has made up a country, Dehlushwah, clever thing, and every so often he comes out with some information about the place. For instance, tonight he told us the Delushwahns don't have grandparents, the parents grow out of plants, and then they have children like humans do. Delushwah has it's own language of course, and I've been jotting the words down as cub comes out with them... He'll get full credit naturally, when this place inevitably turns up in a fic... :)

Tonight, while I read the cubs some stories, they acted them out for me (Aesops' fables - 'Town Mouse & Country Mouse', 'Tortoise and the Hare', and 'The Lion and the Mouse'). Did anybody else do things like that when they were little? I know I was forever putting on 'shows'. *rolls eyes* Looks like karma is sneaking back to get me for the things I put my parents through. ^.^

[You need to develop better control of your ningen alter-ego, 'lestrel. I'd say the quiz results are pretty accurate though. You're not able to see the family resemblance with Shen Lon? Heh, have a look in the mirror sometime when you're really, really angry. : ) And Shen Lon is such a cute dragon! Don't you just wanna curl up on his nose? ^~^ ]

64/65 % similar/complementary result with Onna.. hmm...

Right, my next chapter of AC is awaiting Joules' approval, then it can be posted.
Where's chapter 4 then, Talon?
And the cubs are still getting much enjoyment out of playing Terrence & Phillip. *head in hands*

Sweet Girl, eh, tenshi? Hn. Well, as usual it's partly right, I suppose You're certainly adorable, and fairly shy on first meeting. And you do look cute with those wings and the fringe....

I did the same quiz - came out as Bishonen
("Popular with the ladies, and sometimes [sometimes?] even the guys. You don't put a lot of effort in your appearance, but you always end up looking quite attractive. You could have any sexual preference") *grin*. My ningen alter-ego did it too, and came out as Anime Kid ("Innocent, energetic, and downright adorable all seem to describe you. You can get on people's nerves at times, but you're impossible not to love. You're also the most playful of the anime cliches" - she's not at all sure about that, and neither am I!)

Heh - but my Anime Power was the best of all - Granting Wishes! (And Shen Lon is a sort of lizard, I suppose, though I couldn't see much family resemblance...) Apparently I also belong in DBZ (the ningen ended up in Trigun). And I'm most like Ranma. And Kira
("Cold as stone. You appear cool and calm, but really you have many bottled emotions inside. Besides that, you are dead sexy.") [OK, fair enough, cute pic - but who the hell is Kira?]

[growl] The ningen wants her mind back so she can get some work done. Catch you later, tenshi!

Monday, October 21, 2002

Eh, leedle girl, you like bishie vampires, yes? I know a place ...

Hmmm.... Compatibility Test

Your match with Joules
you are 69% similar
you are 70% complementary

How Compatible are You and Your Friends?

Sorry, it's about super-powers - I had to do it!

What's Your Anime Power?

Hmm, don't know about this... 'lestrel, what do you think?


Find out what anime character cliche you are.


Who can resist a cute anime girl? No-one, not even women! You're adorable, innocent, and sweet. You are constantly trying to help others, and you tend to be fairly shy. Stay happy and you'll be fine.

Sunday, October 20, 2002

*blink* yeah, ok...

What Egyptian Deity are you? go to:the quiz!

You are Thoth, the most intellectual of the egyptian gods. You savor the muses in all their forms, and you'd rather observe than take action. You are considered peerlessly just, and so you are often considered the arbiter of the gods.

Took the cubs swimming today - or rather, they splashed about for 2 hours and I watched. They were playing with 'noodles' (dont' know if you're familiar with them but they're long, thin cylinders - about 4 inches in diameter - made out of a foam rubber) sitting astride them, bobbing about the pool pretending they were Viking Kittens, singing the song and everything! *ROFL*
But the merriment didn't stop there, later at the supermarket they were pretending to be Terrence and Phillip (from Southpark) complete with fart jokes. The best bit was I got to be Ugly Bob *rolls eyes* And after dinner, they drew pictures of T & P, including 'talk bubbles' saying 'pppfffft' coming out of their arses... (not one word from you, Okapiprincess, don't think I can't hear you sniggering there in th' thicket!)

Heh, Talon, Joules has been telling me about Gravitation and I can't wait to get my copy now! She's got all hot and bothered over Hiro, and from the sites I've been dabbling in, K has definitely piqued my... interest. Problem is, most of the sites are dedicated to the main pairing, there's not a lot available on anybody else.
*sigh* Once again it seems that Joules and I have managed to form attachments to secondary characters thus making fanlife just that little bit harder for us.. Tch.

Saturday, October 19, 2002

I took the 'What Warrior Personality are You' quiz and got 'Vigilante'.
Complete bollocks, I humphed, but after thinking about it, it's not surprising I got an inaccurate result cos I don't have a warrior personality. I'll fight if I have to, but essentially, conflict of any kind makes me uncomfortable and I'd rather put as much distance between it and me as I can. However, I am the sort of person the warriors like to come home to because they know that when they return there'll be meat and ale and mead aplenty, the bath water will be warm, fragrant and soothing and the sleeping furs will be clean and soft...

Hn... I tried the 'What Kind of Warrior are You' quiz. My result was this:

You have qualities associated with more than one type of Warrior. That's okay -- read the descriptions below and decide how you feel about each one, then choose one (or a couple) that feels "right".

Then it gave me a choice of six options - Fighter, Guard, Campaigner, Hero, Dark Artist, and Protector (which was accompanied by a tasty shadowy picture of Vincent Valentine...). Heh, well, all of them feel right - it's nice being versatile!
[smirks at snugglemate]

I Am
Celtic Goddess of Love and Fertility.
I love everybody!! Like a Care Bear or Barney, I even like people that are stupid or have weird mental disorders!!!!
What Celtic Goddess are You?
Quiz by Aoibhell
Can you believe it? Soulsis blames me for her on-line quiz addiction.

Lots of interesting quizzes here (though there seems to be a few dead links on the page, and the numbers one - seven near the top of the page take you to more pages of quizzes).

And here's some I prepared earlier...

Same as Soulsis! *grin*

What Was Your PastLife?


I Am
Celtic Goddess of Love and Fertility.
I love everybody!! Like a Care Bear or Barney, I even like people that are stupid or have weird mental disorders!!!!
What Celtic Goddess are You?
Quiz by Aoibhell

What Natural Disaster are you? Take the quiz!

*blink* Oookaaay...

What Spooky Being are You?

Friday, October 18, 2002

Only 3 questions? Sheesh... Kind of accurate though.

What's YOUR Writing Style?

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You are a freeform writer. Individualistic with a sense for the different and challenging, Walt Whitman and his poetry lacking meter and rhyme is just what the doctor ordered. You're quick to write something that the rest of the world doesn't accept as poetry, quick to separate yourself from the average joe. An author with a true sense of self, you have confidence in your abilities and aren't afraid to show it. :) GO YOU!

I'd agree with this...

Poncy elf-boys? Gimme a break!

What's your FOTR slash pairing?

It's called 'versatility'...

thank you, Talon, for more of the silliness - desperately need it right now...

Awww..! and Soulsis has offered to go hunting for me! What a sweetie *grinHUG*

Speaking of concerts...
Feeling a little sad this morning. Oasis performed in Melbourne last night, and I couldn't go. *sigh* So I'm listening to the 'Be here now' CD instead. I'll probably follow that up with the 'Morning Glory' CD (if I can find it! it's not where I left it *glaring suspiciously at cubs*), and think about getting their latest release - maybe next week.

Watched Legend of the Overfiend. I quite liked it actually, in a fairly puerile tits'n'bums sort of way. Could have done without quite so much gore but there was always plenty of warning when someone was going to explode. Not the most intricate of plots and the voices (it was dubbed, alas) were flat and weird in places but despite that I liked some of the charactersations as expressed through the animation. And I'm a sucker for tentacle porn anyway...

Thursday, October 17, 2002

Hmmph. *disgruntled sigh* If wishes were horses...

Are you a sex fiend?

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Kinky! You're a twisted one, I'll grant you that. You like to have fun in bed, and toys, boys, girls, you're gonna have it.

Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Talon, do you have a compulsion to do every quiz you come across?

Weee! Ivy! Yes!!
I love ivy, it's my favourite plant...

Which Celtic Moon Sign Fits Your Personality Best?

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Now there's a surprise.

What Sort of Romantic Are You?

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er.. not sure about this one...

What's Your Bedroom Personality? (For Her)

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Damsels are hard to find in a modern world with screwy ideals! You're probably a romantic and you might even have a broken heart because, SURPRISE! The world isn't a fairy tale. I'm not saying you should change because that would be awful. Stick to your guns, be patient, and wait for that godamned prince-metaphor to come because, damnit, you deserve royalty and not some second-rate wannabe.


What Sign of Affection Are You?

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... riiiight...

What kind of porno would you star in?

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yes, and?

What box do you get put in?

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Frodo and Sam? Nope - Hijau and Zorun... *smirk*

You just want to be in the middle of a Sam & Frodo sandwich, eh?

What's your sexual perversion?

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This is really funny! (email from Penny)

//A bit of literary entertainment -

For those of you who do not know, Bulwer-Lytton wrote The Last Days of Pompeii, which opens with the famous line "It was a dark and stormy night." Hence the contest.
These are the 10 winners of this year's Bulwer-Lytton contest (run by the English Dept of San Jose State University), wherein one writes only the first line of a bad novel.

10) "As a scientist, Throckmorton knew that if he were ever to break wind in the echo chamber he would never hear the end of it."

9) "Just beyond the Narrows the river widens."

8) "With a curvaceous figure that Venus would have envied, a tanned, unblemished oval face framed with lustrous thick brown hair, deep azure-blue eyes fringed with long black lashes, perfect teeth that vied for competition, and a small straight nose, Marilee had a beauty that defied description."

7) "Andre, a simple peasant, had only one thing on his mind as he crept along the East wall: 'Andre creep... Andre creep... Andre creep.'"

6) "Stanislaus Smedley, a man always on the cutting edge of narcissism, was about to give his body and soul to a back alley sex-change surgeon to become the woman he loved."

5) "Although Sarah had an abnormal fear of mice, it did not keep her from eeking out a living at a local pet store."

4) "Stanley looked quite bored and somewhat detached, but then penguins often do."

3) "Like an over-ripe beefsteak tomato rimmed with cottage cheese, the corpulent remains of Santa Claus lay dead on the hotel floor."

2) "Mike Hardware was the kind of private eye who didn't know the meaning of the word 'fear'; a man who could laugh in the face of danger and spit in the eye of death -- in short, a moron with suicidal tendencies."


1) "The sun oozed over the horizon, shoved aside darkness, crept along the greensward, and, with sickly fingers, pushed through the castle window, revealing the pillaged princess, hand at throat, crown asunder, gaping in frenzied horror at the sated, sodden amphibian lying beside her, disbelieving the magnitude of the frog's deception, screaming madly, 'You lied!'" //

*rolling around laughing*

Would it just be asking for trouble if I got the cubs hand-cuffs for xmas?

Actually, could put together a little 'policeman' set for them: hand-cuffs, night-stick, a telephone book for a bruise-free interrogation...

The cubs and I - and their father who instead of going off out again tonight thought it would be nice to spend some time with us - went to Smorgy's for dinner. You may remember the review I wrote about this 'family restaurant' a few weeks ago - well, nothing's changed. The food was as bad as I remember and the coffee cost extra, I discovered. Only $2 for a 'bottom-less cup', but who could
stomach more than 2 serves of the hot, coffee-tainted water?
We sat in a different place this time, where I was able to view the lagoon/waterfall centrepiece in all its glory *rolls eyes*. There are 3 pretend herons in the lagoon, 2 large and 1 small. The large ones move, they take turns dipping up and down slowly. One of them is a little tatty, a little faded, and it's lost one of its eyes. The empty, ragged socket reminded me of something an archaeologist might stumble across when they pry open the lid of an ancient sarcophagus. The small heron didn't move, and there was a hole in the top of it's head out of which water dribbled constantly...
The whole display was thoroughly creepy.

The tropical fish-tank was quite nice though, liked the fish...

We had a be-gucking huge phone bill this month, almost $200 - it's normally around $80 - my share of it was about $40, as usual. The cubs' father scanned through the calls listed in his share of the bill and got really annoyed because there was a number there he didn't recoqnise. How dare the company charge him for calls he didn't make etc. etc. I had my suspicions about who the number belonged to, but I kept silent. (No, it wasn't a phone-sex number, we haven't been troubled by those on our phone bills since we got the internet connection. Funny that.) Anyway, the cubs' father checked through his phone list and realised - a little sheepishly - that it was a number he knew - it was an old number of his new special friend.
He paid the extra on the bill... *snigger*

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Heh, but while I was rummaging in the garage I re-discovered a piece of short pile neon orange plush which will do nicely for a little project I'm planning...

Vanilla flavoured coca-cola is kind of nice. Tastes a bit like the sugar paste eggs you get at Easter...

After I got off-line earlier today (got kicked off actually, damn connection dropped out - again) I had the mad urge to rummage around in our bursting-at-the-seams garage to try and find a box of comics I'd stashed. Couldn't find it, it either wasn't where I thought I'd left it, or the comics had been shunted into a different box during the last clean-up, either way, it's going to take more than a cursory search to find the things. However, I thought that while I was there - and 'sorting through the boxes' is on my list of things to do before the next move - I might as well drag out a random box out and go through it.
It's always... odd going through old stuff, not all of the associated memories are happy ones. I wondered why I tended to hang on to stuff I wasn't comfortable with and came to the conclusion that rather than deal with the sticky, gluey echoes of past uncomfort I'd shove the associated physical objects into boxes out of sight. If I didn't have the reminders around me, I couldn't remember - problem solved... Until it comes time, for whatever reason, to look in the boxes.
In my defense, I had a massive clean out a couple of years ago before a house move (five years in one place tends to pile up the crap) and got rid of a lot of the pointless stuff I'd been dragging around with me for decades. It was very liberating, but there's still pockets of old, unpleasant reminders lurking, and now feels like the time to deal with them.

*grin* Having said all that, the box I pulled out today wasn't so bad.
There was a mis-matched assortment of tupperware (no doubt the matching bits will be found in another box in the garage - I'll clean that lot up and stick it in a cupboard; there was a double handful of seashells, monochromatic whites and creams but the growth patterns on some of them are just beautiful - I'll clean those up and put them somewhere. (It might be worthwhile
pointing out now that this box had come from being stored under my mother's house, which while dry, was dusty and mouse-ridden.) I found the plastic jar that contained my wisdom teeth - I'd had them extracted in, um, '85? '86? and I dug out a shopping bags worth of assorted plastic kitchen ware that will be going straight to the op-shop.
I also found my old ceramic Bambi & Thumper coin bank which I got for xmas when I was, I don't know, 10 or 12, heh, maybe younger? (I can still remember sitting on my bed, xmas morning, and reaching into the traditional xmas pillow-case - that my brother and I left at the ends of our beds on xmas eve - pulling out and unwrapping the box that held this thing.) The bank was gold coloured, but it had most of the colour burnt off it in a fire several years ago. I don't know why I keep it, it's not really salvageable and I'll never use it again, but I'm reluctant to toss it out, it's one of the few things remaining from my middle child-hood - it will probably go back into a box to be unearthed again at a later date.
But the most intersting thing in this box was a scrap-book I'd made up years ago, holding the tickets and programs, news articles of things I'd gone to see in the early 80's. The first item was from the Cliff Richard concert here in 1982 - don't blame me, mine and my friend's mums wanted to go see him! (Though it was a good concert as I blushingly recall.) There was also programs from
the Duran Duran concert (1983), the film premier of Wrath of Khan 1982 (heh, near mint, wonder if I could sell that on ebay?), ET 1982, and a whole bunch of stuff from the huge outdoor, day long, concert held at the Melbourne showgrounds in 1984. The Police head-lined at that event, and it was worth the sunburn and waiting through the other acts (Bryan Adams, would you believe, was one of them, Men at Work - remember them?, The Sunnyboys...)
to see them rock through tracks off the Synchronicity album.

It's funny that it was this particular box I pulled out of the garage cos as I was getting the cubs ready for school this morning, I was trying to remember the last concert I went to. I think it was that Police one... no, hang on, I went to see Sting's - Dream of the Blue Turtle tour in, um, '86, and then saw The Melody Lords (a glam cover/satire band) at a pub in '88, I think. Wow, that's a long time ago...

All this talk of Pocky is making me hungry.
I really liked the strawberry ones Joules sent me, but I think I preferred the chocolate ones, because it was dark chocolate. Heh, ate both boxes by myself, yum! Definitely going to check out the local asian grocers and see what I can scrounge up.

Heh heh heh.
Two installments of Silk & Leather almost ready, one from me, one from Joules. (Joules' bit comes after mine, but she was so impatient with my tardiness she started writing hers before I'd finished my bit! *big uke eyes* I'll try to be quicker next time, promise.)

I think I'm going to become a 'friend of Melbourne Museum'. Costs $90 a year (ouch) for a family ticket, but it gets us free entry to the museum, and Scienceworks, and the Immigration Museum (which I haven't been to yet, but it looks like fun), plus discounts for the Planetarium and the IMAX theatres, and most importantly - discounts at the gift shops! (Mwahahahahahhah!)
To put it in perspective, when the cubs and I and friends went to Scienceworks on the weekend, we got a family 'super-pass' ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children) and it cost $48 (though that included the Planetarium and the special exhibit). With the 'friends' card the cost would've been around $24, I think. Yup, I've convinced myself, we'll get the card, maybe not this week though.

Oh joy, swimming starts again this term. The cubs will want me to attend, and there's nothing I like more than sitting in a hot, humid, chlorine rich environment watching them have fun. *grin*

Monday, October 14, 2002

[snarl].... Wicca is NOT a Neo-Pagan religion created in the 1950's. It's a very ancient religion, dating back at least a thousand years and very probably a lot further. It was revived in 1951 with the repeal of the Witchcraft Act.

[lopes off growling about people not getting their facts right...]

Sunday, October 13, 2002

'Men's' pocky? The mind boggles...
DBZ gummi's? *wistful sigh* We don't get cool things like that out here.

Another quiz from Soulsis. Interesting.

Which Witch? Wiccan
Which Witch? Wiccan!
(Wicca: A Neo-Pagan religion created in the 1950s. Focuses on balance, nature, and harming none.)
Your aim is to help and heal those around you, improving their lives as well as your own.
Carefully avoiding tampering with another's Free Will, and living by the Wiccan Rede of "Harm Ye None", you strive to keep your magick harmless yet effective.
Following either a Goddess or a God, or both, you acknowledge and honor the balance in all things, including the balance of positivity and negativity - two vital parts of a whole.
Which Witch Are You?

We had a brilliant thunderstorm late last night! Heavy, driving rain and bright, bright flashes of lightning...
I had to get off-line cos of the lightning, no surge protector on the computer you see, but that wasn't a problem, it was past time for bed anyway.
There was a particularly big bolt of lightning followed by a loud thunderclap. I lay in bed and waited...
3... 2... 1...
'Mummy, I'm scared, can I sleep with you?'
Fortunately it was only one cub, and he was back asleep within seconds, so I still got a decent amount of sleep - which I needed, because...

The cubs and I went to Scienceworks today with a friend from school, Sarah, and her mum, Penny. The cubs had been to Scienceworks earlier in the week on a school excursion, had a great time and wanted to go back. There was nothing else planned (their father was working) and I had a little spare money, so we went.
The first weekend after the school hols is a great time to go to places like this, because most families are saying - 'Go out this weekend? Sod that, we've just had two weeks of things like that, we want to stay home!' :)
I like Scienceworks, it's a kids' museum loaded with things to prod and push and turn and giggle at (there were 4 exhibits that dealt with pooh, the boys loved them). Unfortunately though, it's built for chibis, so everything is at chibi height - got a sore back from all the stooping, but it was worth it. We also went to the Planetarium which is always marvelous, very trippy, and had a look around the old Sewrage Pumping Station (not in use anymore, in case you're wondering *grin*) going 'corr!' at the massive old steam engines there. The curator person thing started up one of these turn of the (last) century machines; it was amazingly quiet, and so smooth in running, coins could be balanced on their edges on the moving pistons. Dead impressed, let me tell you. All in all a great day.

Heh, I was hoping to have the next part of Silk & Leather finished by tonight. Needless to say, it's not. I really must stop being so hopelessly optimistic about writing on the weekends. :)

Saturday, October 12, 2002

Ok this is just sad. Thank you, Okapiprincess. ^_^

Soulsis rocked up today so naturally she got roped in to taking the cubs to the Meccano Exhibition with me.
I wouldn't want to be considered species-ist by suggesting that Meccano is a boy thing, but only 2 of the exhibitors were female, the rest were wives of the exhibitors, or - like me - only there with their sons...
It was quite interesting, I suppose, seeing all the models; some of them were quite inventive. I can appreciate the dedication, and the hours, required in research and hunting down the parts and putting the things together, but I couldn't help but wonder what the point of it all was? Were the builders content with just making scaled copies of actual machinery? Or did they have an idea, and then set about finding out the best way to make it work? And then what? Did they take the models apart and use the bits on something else? (I mean, Meccano is expensive!)
Soulsis and I did have a practical idea for it though... You could get mice, and build them their own theme-park, with all sorts of little rides! And then you could judge which rides were the most popular by the number of your little friends lining up for them... ^~^ We were a little bored, can you tell?
But the cubs enjoyed it and when we got home, one of them made a bee-line for their box of plastic meccano, and put together a 'moon-buggy', so the trip wasn't a wasted effort.

Friday, October 11, 2002

D'oh! Sorry 'bout that, Talon, onna - should read the tag lines a bit more carefully : )

End of the first week back at school and I am absolutely knackered. These continuous early mornings will do for me eventually, I'm sure.. blah. And we've got a full weekend ahead. Meccano exhibition on saturday, and Scienceworks (a really cool, hands on kids museum) on Sunday. But I will get my sleep-ins and woe betide any who dare disturb me! Oh gods, all I wanna do is crawl into a nice quiet, dark, warm little hole with someone snuggly and uncomplicated and sleep until I feel a bit more enthausiastic about things. *sigh* Is that so much to ask?

35 days 'til I'm on a train heading south...

[half-open golden eyes, sleepy smirk...] heh... metal bits.... rings and studs and chains.... to tweak and tug and nuzzle and lick... twine long tongue through and around and over and against... [contented sigh] I like 'adornments'....

*nicked from Talon's blog...*
//Hey, this particular onna LIKES unadorned - natural and lovely in all shapes, shades and sizes.//

Oh no, the more *cough* attachment points the better, in my opinion...

Aaarrgh!! Do you know how frustrating it is when you want to do something right now but you don't have what you need to get started? >:-# *gritted teeth emoticon*

Lessons I have Learnt No. 3

Notepad paper will substitute for toilet paper in an emergency, it just doesn't flush as well.

Oh gods I love the buzz I get when my creativity kicks in!

The next Silk & Leather chapter has been started... so has the next installment of Kitty (which isn't just more of the same, in case you're wondering - there's plot advancement and everything in this next bit)... and the next AC chapter is on the way as well!
Heh, and all without the aid of sugar! I'm dead impressed. : )

Thursday, October 10, 2002

My soulsis found this one. ^_^
It's accurate, I think *preen preen smirk*

A YELLOW Dragon Lies Beneath!

I took the Inner Dragon online quiz and found out I am a Yellow Dragon on the inside. My Inner Dragon is the most interesting of all. Yellows are the fourth rarest dragon of all (after Gold, Platinum and Chromatic dragons). They spend the vast majority of their time soaring high above the ground, often for no particular reason. They love to be in the air, and are thus typified as the Air Elemental dragon. All of the Elemental dragons are technically aligned "Chaotic Evil" but a Yellow is about as close as they come to being Neutral. So if you catch me being sweet, it's perfectly normal. But it might be a feint.

I like to spend time in silent, aerial meditation and would only really attack someone if provoked. My favorable attributes are the sunrise, Spring, incense, clouds, and any kind of helpful air current. When it's needed, my breath weapon is pure bolts of Lightning. How's that for a neat piece of carry-on luggage? See you amongst the clouds!

A couple of days ago I had a migraine, I suppose you could say it was though there was no pain, where my vision developed blank spots (annoying, I was online at the time and I couldn't read the text directly in front of me, I sort of had to squint sideways to make any sense of it) which then turned into sparkles (pretty!) that, thankfully, slid off to the left of my field of vision, so while I had no peripheral vision to speak off, i could at least read. Anyway, I had a couple of hours sleep and it cleared up. However, since then, I've been constantly, slightly photophobic, with a low grade headache that flared up this morning. It's bloody annoying, and the hyperchondriac in me is getting all anxious and making noises about doctors and optometrists... tch... Eh, no wuckers, I'll take some pain-killers and everything will be fine in a little while.

I wish I had a mane, I've always wanted lovely thick hair. My hair is fine, and straight, and rather thin. It could be described as 'silky', I spose, if I'm feeling generous, and I do like the colour (darkish blonde with natural auburn/lighter blonde highlights), but it's so fine there's not a lot I can do with it. Before I had kids it reached to the small of my back, then it got cut back to shoulder length, and now it's half-way down my back again (how that happened I have no idea! See what happens when you're not paying attention?). Currently toying with the idea of getting it cut really short, but not sure that's a good idea. Summer's on its way and I'll need the back of my neck covered so I don't get sunburnt.
Heh, and I have anime bangs too, they reach to my chin, but that's because I just haven't been bothered to cut my fringe. :)

Wednesday, October 09, 2002

[emerges from petals, dishevelled, plait undone, mane tousled and full of flowers, smirking bemusedly] Heh - don't think I've ever been... uh... thanked quite so enthusiastically... You're most welcome, zk'vissin...

And there'll be another parcel on its way soon...

*happy squeak*
I got a parcel from Joules today! It was waiting on my doorstep when I woke up, but instead of tearing straight into it, I made myself wait until I'd gotten home from dropping the cubs off at school, got online and opened it 'in front of' Joules, so to speak.
The parcel was so full of stuff, where do I start?
Food - that's a good start. A box of chocolate and a box of strawberry pocky. (Just finished the choc ones, saving the strawberry for later.. Yum!! I think a shopping trip to one of the china towns around here is in order now.) Also a (square, pink) foil packet of something called 'hula hoops', delicious, savoury little round snacky things, and packet of turkish delight flavoured hot chocolate, and another hot chocolate that has marshmallows to sprinkle on it! *mmm, sugar... happy Lutra*
But wait! There's more...
A pink dolphin key-ring; a little set of windchimes with neat hot pink, clear plastic spikey star things; a 'backed up' (not pirated, you understand) copy of the Lord of the Dance cd, and another cd full of goodies that I'll have to wait to view until the cubs aren't around *grin*; a hot pink body-puff and wonderful smelling orange and ginger soap; a piece of Zhaneer stone (rich, midnight blue with sparkles in it); some postcards of Glastonbury Tor (on my list of places to go when I get to the UK) and crop circles; a Cheddar Gorge pen with a 'floatie' bus in it (thanks, Carol! I love tourist tat!); some chinese 'ghost money' and a beautiful little mermaid figurine that has a snow dome with fish in it! (Carol said it was perfect for me, and yes, well, I've gotta agree. *dopey grin* I like mermaids - half woman/half fish, what more could I want?)
Right, is that everything? I think so.. and Kittenkong had loads of fun playing with the wrapping. ^_^
Thank you, Joules! *GLOMPS*
But the best bit was Joules sent the parcel by surface mail, cos it's quite heavy, and the post office said it would take 3 - 6 weeks. "Nah," I said knowledgeably, "3 weeks, tops. The postal service between the UK and Aus is pretty good."
*snigger* The parcel was sent on friday 4th of October, I got it today, wednesday the 9th - that was faster than air mail!!

... mind you, I'm still waiting for the lobster salt and pepper shakers to turn up from the US. Should be patient, they were only sent *counts on fingers* six weeks ago...

Tuesday, October 08, 2002

The cubs are back at school! *happy dance*
Time to myself during the day! *happy dance*
Next AC chapter is almost finished! *happy dance*

OK, that's enough exercise for today. :)

Sunday, October 06, 2002

[prrrsnuggleunderfurs... happy Lutra]

Ouchies, tired feet.
Aaron and I took the cubs to the zoo today. Lots of fun, but so much walking. We didn't see everything this time, too much there to do that without needing to get there earlier and being fitter *grin* in my case anyway. But we saw the seals, meerkats, capybaras (giant guineapigs with kangaroo heads, according to one of the cubs), Nepalese red pandas - Aaron's favs, lions, platypus, butterfly and bug house, small-clawed otters - my favs, frogs - another fav of mine, giraffes - there was a young one, soo cute, lovely long eyelashes, penguins...umm, I think that was it. Oh, and we walked through the Great Flight Aviary, which seemed quite small to what I remember of it. We were all knackered by the end of the day. :) The gift shop was lovely, as always - there was widdle meerkat beanie babies! *happy squeak*

So, here we are at the end of the school holidays, and have I kept to my deadline of having at least one of my drawing thingies finished? *tired, wry laughter* No, funnily enough, I haven't, but the cubs go back to school tomorrow - and wasn't there much wailing and moaning and gnashing of teeth at bedtime about that - and I'll be getting some of my life back.

Re: Halloween. No, onna, generally speaking we don't celebrate Halloween in Australia - despite the valiant efforts of some sections of society to introduce the custom. And I wouldn't celebrate it at this time of the year here anyway, cos in the northern hemisphere it's Samhain (Celtic new year), an Autumn festival and October here in the southern hemisphere is spring.

The cubs' father unearthed this rather good site - check out the 'Viking Kittens', and a little farther down the page, the 'punk kittens'. Make sure you're sound is up. ^_^

[contented sigh] A shared hunt, a shared meal of small furry creatures, and a long relaxing swim... What a wonderful way to spend a day...

Saturday, October 05, 2002

Scent can be a powerful stimulus. The other day, for instance, at the indoor play-centre where the cubs' father and I took the cubs to run off some of their energy, a woman sat down at the table next to me. She smelt wonderful and I was compelled to ask what perfume she was wearing. It was either ask or bury my nose in her neck, and considering that she was trying to study and watch her kids she could have done without me snuffling about her ear. I think she was a little surprised to be asked such a question, but she seemed pleased to be told she smelt nice. ^_^
Oh, her perfume was Chanel No.5, by the way. I wonder if it would smell as nice on me?

[poor tokage, it's annoying when you're too tired to hunt. Never mind we'll go hunting later, ne?]

*pout* The Zagato plushie I've been watching on ebay has gone out of my price range. Grrr!

When I've done the washing, I pile my - and the cubs - clean clothes on my bed in the belief that the loss of sleeping room will prompt me to put it all away, right?
Yeah, right.
What actually happens is I shove the pile of stuff over against the wall, leaving a space big enough for me, and kittenkong, to sleep in. If the cubs want to snuggle too they have to dig out their own space.
Today I cleared my bed. Took an hour to sort everything and put it away, and of course, as soon as my bed was clear the cubs bounced in to play on it. Found lots of interesting things lurking under the mound of stuff though, and discovered the reason why it felt like there'd been sand and crumbs in my bed for ages. Because there was sand and crumbs in my bed, teaspoons of it. *narrows eyes* Now how did that get there? (she said, not looking at the cubs).
... and speaking of cubs...
one of them presented himself to me this afternoon wearing only his trousers and boots, with the end of the string holding a helium-filled balloon tucked into the back of his trousers. Frowning thoughtfully, arms folded across his chest, balloon bobbing serenely a few feet above his head, he asks me - 'do I look like a Saiyan?'

I'd planned to hunt tonight. Fancied something pleasantly rich and tasty. Lutra said that was OK - and of course I'd share...

But I'm too tired. It's been a long, long day, trying to sort out a host of silly little niggling things. Haven't managed to write anything - always a recipe for grumpiness.

And I'm hungry...

...Well, I guess I'm not that hungry...

[snuggles into rose petals under sleeping fur... eyes drifting closed...]

Friday, October 04, 2002

My favourite pair of socks have died. They were good quality purple cotton with green, double-headed axes printed on them. I bought them from a feminist/lesbian shop about a decade ago, one of the first things I bought with the redundancy payout I got when I escaped my soul-destroying job. Gonna miss those socks...

I'm looking for a clock in the shape of Vegeta, specifically, a super-deformed Vegeta with the clock set in his tummy. I've seen Goku clocks like this, even SS Goku ones - though I don't think they where 'official' merchandise - but surely there must be a Vegeta one out there somewhere? If anyone spots one, please let me know the co-ordinates and I'll send in a capture team. ^_^

Thursday, October 03, 2002

My cubs' star sign is Cancer. Joules - who knows about these sorts of things - told me a while ago that Cancerian children tend to be reluctant to try new foods. This is an understatement, it's like drawing blood from a stone to get the cubs to even try a teeny tiny mouthful of something new and sometimes you'd think I was trying to get them to eat rat-bait, the way they carry on. So it was with some hesitation I gave them their dinner tonight.

Cub 1 peers suspiciously at his plate. 'These sausages look different.'
'They're chicken sausages - ' - chirped I (with the disclaimer of 'they're just like chicken rissoles only sausage shaped' ready on the tip of my tongue.)
'Chicken sausages? YUM!'
Pardon? I'm not programmed to them reacting positively to new foods. I didn't know what to say, so I simply smiled weakly and left them to it. They cleared their plates, so I can't complain...

Something else Cancerians tend to do - young and old - is when they're upset they 'pull into their shell'.
Cub 2 was tired and cranky today, and upset because his brother wouldn't let him use the coffee table to set up a train set, so, sobbing heart-brokenly, he flung himself on the couch and put a cushion over his head. I went to check on him, and he growled at me:
'Don't touch me, mummy, can't you see this is private?!'
'Why don't you go to your bedroom then?'
"Because I want to be here!'
Ooookaaay... back away slowly...
The contradictory behaviour of 'I want to be alone in front of every body, I put down to the Leo moon in their astrological chart. *grin*

A friend of mine sent me this - thanks, Pete! I'm on a roll tonight... (yes, sorry, Joules, I did say I'd be writing, but I had to share this.)

//Little Golden Books That Never Made It
1. You Are Different & That's Bad
2. The Boy Who Died From Eating All His Vegetables
3. Dad's New Wife Robert
4. Kathy Was So Bad Her Mum Stopped Loving Her
5. Curious George and the High-Voltage Fence
6. All Cats Go To Hell
7. The Little Sissy Who Snitched
8. Some Kittens Can Fly
9. That's It, I'm Putting You Up For Adoption
10. The Magic World Inside the Abandoned Refrigerator
11. Strangers Have The Best Candy
12. You Were An Accident
13. Things Rich Kids Have, But You Never Will
14. Pop! Goes the Hamster ... And Other Microwave Games
15. The Man In The Pool Is Actually Satan
16. Your Nightmares Are Real
17. Places Where Mummy & Daddy Hide Neat Things
18. Daddy Drinks Because You Cry
19. Why Can't Mr Fork and Mrs Electrical Outlet Be Friends?
20. Funny Feelings in the Shower
21. Mommy's Plastic Bodyparts
22. Magic Pills and the Places They Take You.. //

I think no. 3 has definite potential. *smirk*

OK, you've probly all done this already but...

//How to make your Star Wars name

Take the first three letters of your Christian name,
Add to this, the last two letters of your surname.

Now for the second name.
Have the first two letters of your mother's maiden name,
Add to this, the first four letters of the city or town in which you were born.

Now we add the honorific bits at the end.
Reverse the last three letters of your surname (or first name if this works better)
Add to this, the name of the first car you drove or owned
Add the word 'of''

Now for the last bit.
The final word is the name of the last medication you took.

My name is Amaey Nehert Yelmorris of Herron. *grin*

Fifth Element is one of my favourite movies! Love it, visually it's just beautiful, the costumes, the sets... The characterisations all work well, imho, (especially Chris Rock's Ruby Rod. He has me in hysterics every time I watch the movie - and his clothes! Whoa, baby! Gaultier translates brilliantly from the cat-walk to the screen) and Bruce Willis looks like he's having FUN.
My other fav movies (in no particular order) - Singing in the Rain, Spartacus - (do you like Gladiator movies, Timmy?), Die Hard, Terminator - the first one, not the all-gloss-no-substance sequel, Austin Powers - again, the first one, not impressed with the second and haven't seen the third, Velvet Goldmine, Big Trouble in Little China, any of Connery's Bonds, Blade Runner, and Twenty Minutes into the Future which was the dark, cyperpunkish British movie that the Max Headroom series came from. There's more, probably, but I can't think of any off the top of my head.

Tee hee hee.
The cubs' father gave them both a small - 1/76 scale - model tank kit to make up. Their father used to be (and is still, at heart) a table-top wargamer. *rolls eyes* He has quite a few models of various military killing machines, all painted with authentic camouflage patterns etc, so his face was a picture when one of the cubs announced he wanted to paint his tank rainbow colours! *smirk* That's my boy! Peace, Love and Mungbeans, baby! ^~^

I still want the Majin Vegeta figure - still can't afford it - and I've seen the plush Stitch (from Lilo & Stitch) that I have to have, but again, not this fortnight. *pout*

Wednesday, October 02, 2002

You're most welcome, tenshi.

Now if you've no objection, I'll take care of the mouse problem. I haven't had lunch yet and they'll make a nice aperitif...

Alas, onna, Spocky - my 35mm camera that I'd had since I was fifteen - gave up the ghost some time last year, and I haven't been able to replace it yet. *sigh* But there's nothing to stop me using an instant camera, is there? Hn... *reaches for pen and paper to make list of PG-13 poses to put my cubs in...*

I like mice, they're very cute - BUT NOT BEHIND MY FLIPPIN' COUCH!!

[sorry, tokage did I actually thank you for the turkish delight?
Thank you! *glomps*]

Tuesday, October 01, 2002

[Talon's never had real turkish delight? Well, she can't have any of mine! *growling - crouches protectively over hoard of soft, sweet deliciousness* ]

*think of the view from the King's Table land plateau in the Blue Mountains.
breathe in slowly - hold that picture in your mind - breathe out slowly.*

Tickets are booked, thanks gods...

While I was napping this afternoon I had a dream that Winston Churchill brought us 2 litres of a particularly yummy cointreau and scorched almond ice-cream that was in a lovely glass jar that wouldn't fit in the freezer. He also brought us a roasting pig that wasn't going to fit in the oven...
I have the best dreams when I sleep during the day!

Been thinking about rollerskates and realised it's probably safer if I get myself a bike. Sure it's been years since I've ridden one, but I've still got the muscle memories from half a lifetime of classical ballet, remembering how to bike-ride couldn't be that much different surely?

Heh, been trying to draw figures. I can see in my mind what I want to do but making the connection between there and my hands is tricky. I wanted to draw a particular pose but before I started flipping through the dozens and dozens of example pics looking for something that would be close enough, I remembered I had poseable children! Woohoo! Now what can I bribe them with to stay still long enough?

And on a final - whingy - note.
It really annoys me when someone tries to talk at me while I am obviously concentrating on something else. How many mono-syballic grunts, while staring fixedly at what I'm doing, do I have to use before they get the hint? Sheesh.

Heh, tenshi zk'vissin, looks like Talon's only ever had that chocolate covered psuedo-Turkish Delight stuff you can buy in bars in sweetshops...

Now, I'm talking about the real thing, soft, melting chunks of sweet attar of roses, and of sharp lemon, all dusted over with icing sugar... A gourmet's delight...

Though I can always provide the chocolate covered stuff if you prefer that.... [smirk]

[There's the most beautiful golden scimitar moon rising above the horizon tonight: it's lovely here...]

[gift-wraps individual pieces of Turkish Delight in pretty paper with sparkly ribbon and bows and hides them under the rose petals...]