Saturday, November 30, 2002

I'm sitting here, filling in time online while I wait for the cubs to fall asleep cos only then can I sneak around and make up their advent calenders. *sigh* It would be so much easier for myself if I simply bought them one of those ready-made ones with the chocolates inside, but I don't, I make them from scratch. Little numbered bags of goodies and lollies - this will be the fourth (?) year I've done it, I think. Should have made them up last night, thus cleverly avoiding the rush tonight, but I was too tired. Eh.

Election day today in Victoria and the smell of barbecued sausages and onions hangs over the state...
Election days must be a boon for schools and churches cos they inevitabley have a sausage sizzle or a cake stall going at the same time the polling booths are open. Great time for raising money, few people can resist a sausage sizzle after doing their democratic duty. I spent a couple of hours this morning on the cake stall at the cubs stall, slowly being driven crazy by the smell of the sausages : ) which I couldn't really afford.
Yes, I voted. After 15 years of being a conscientious objector (voting is compulsory in Aus) by deliberately letting myself drop off the register - not hard to do, I moved house 8 times in 10 years - last year I re-registered in time for the federal election. I think it's important to have a say about how things are run. Sure, my single vote doesn't count for a whole lot, especially as the party I vote for is fairly minor, but when this minor party gets a reasonable number of votes, it can shake up the complacent, major parties, make them realise that they don't have things all their own way.
I have no idea if that made any sense, sorry *grin*, political theory is not my forte.

Ahah.. sounds like the cubs are asleep... time to make the calenders. Just hope I get them finished at a reasonable time, we're sposed to be going to the museum tomorrow (finally got our 'Friends of the Museum' card!) and I need to get at least some sleep. Doesn't matter, I can always go to bed early tomorrow. : )

[...*thinks - smirks* ... I could fancy some more of that skooshy chocolate flavoured cream...]

Thursday, November 28, 2002

Wouldn't you rather have some more of that skooshy chocolate flavoured swirly cream - and some strawberries? [smirk]

Roast cauliflower is absolutely delicious, the fluffy bits of the florets takes up the oil and go brown and crispy. Yum!

(knicked from Onna's blog:)

//Thinking about drawing *gasp!* Mahrayne and Kelapa or a Tane and Dari pretty soon, since I can draw girls!//

*chibi eyes* 'rayne and Kel? *happy squeak*

... and ...

//Okay, if you sat back to back with Radi, wrapped in his hair, just where would your wings go so you could have as much nice warm back contact as possible? hee... And wouldn't your wings get tangled in all that hair?//

Not back to back, nonono. Snuggled in front to back, peeking out from underneath the mane while great hanks of it cascade down around my wings... *dreamy sigh*...
(Gorgeous pic of Mij and Sage, btw, you do great hair. : )

Ye gods it's almost the end of the school year! The cubs will be in grade 2! My babies... *sniff*

Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Aaargh. I'm knackered...
I stupidly volunteered to go on the school excursion today. We went to a farm. A very nice farm, as farms go, lots of loverly aminals - sheeps, cows, 'orses, donkeys, goats, deer, pigs, rabbits, piggles, chickens (there was a pink one! I swear! Pink and fluffy. Looked like a silky, very, very pretty!) but as I was wandering about I couldn't help getting hungry... all this delicious food there for the hunting... I looked at one of the deer and it backed away from me, ears twitching. Heh heh heh.
I'm also sunburnt.
Yes, it was coolish and overcast, but I still should have taken my hat. Tch. Bloody idiot, how long have I been living in Australia?
We got back to school half an hour before the final bell so I was allowed to take the cubs home early, and when I got home I found the Present Fairy had been to visit! Sitting snuggly amid the chaos which is my bed were two little flamingos on sticks (to put in pot plants. I'll need to get another pot plant though, my Madonna lilly is currently overwhelmed with pin-wheel fishie things *grin*). There was also a PowerPuff girl money box, a clear, pink plastic lobster - with sparkles in it! - massager thing, and a tape talking book of Martin Shaw reading 'Tess of the Durbervilles'. (Mr Shaw has the nummiest, bestest voice...) Heh, I like getting presents, always guaranteed to cheer me up. Thank you, Soulsis!! *HUGS*
The cubs were tired out from all the excitement today, one of them took himself off to bed about 7pm, poor kitten. : ) and fun as it was, I don't think I'll be volunteering for another school excursion in a hurry.

I've been pondering the best way to describe my holiday. Hmm, might just transcribe the entries from the pseudo-diary I kept - maybe fiddle with the tense... eh, we'll see how it goes.
Having said that, here's (at least) some of my holiday blog...

Thursday 14th November.

Woohoo! Holidays!
Got up at 6am *shudder* to be ready to leave as soon as my mum and my brother came round to pick me up. I'd packed the night before so there wasn't much to do except get myself dressed and fling the last few things (the list was written on the back of my hand) into my bag, then - ta dah! - done! Damn, I love it when I'm organised.
Christopher, my brother, drove Mum and I into the city to the train station but didn't hang around to see us off - parking is a cow down there - just gave us both a hug then zoomed off before he could get into trouble for parking in a 'tow-away' zone.

The journey from Melbourne to Sydney takes 11 hours by train.
I love trains, really I do, I especially like long train journeys. I like travelling, the feeling of going somewhere (and I've always found the motion of the train mildly arousing - but that's something else ^_^;; ). I also enjoy travelling through country New South Wales, there's parts of the land there which is hilly, the ground rising up in smooth curves and swells, with folds and clefts and dips.. It's a beautiful, subtly erotic landscape and one of these days I'm going to make the journey with someone I can snuggle with...

The train journey was uneventful, the food was OK, didn't spill anything on myself on the trips to and from the buffet car. Napped a little, read a little, spent a lot of time looking out the window at the dry, dusty brown countryside and the emaciated cattle. Australia's caught in a drought and it shows. The only patches of green we saw were the occasional irrigated field, and the shallow strips edging the few creeks and dams that carried water. It was quite sad to see, especially as the last time we made this trip (four years ago) there was flooding. This time there's been bushfires. Fortunately we didn't come close to any, but we travelled through the smoke from one - that was an eerie ten minutes.

I don't spend a lot of time with my mum, and I forget what she's like to be around. Jeez, she can't 'alf talk!
I'm used to a certain amount of quiet in my life - the only time Mum didn't talk (and this goes for the whole holiday) was when she was asleep. I love her dearly, but honestly...

Mum and I got off the train at Moss Vale, where we were picked up by Caroline and Ted.
Caroline is an old friend of the family, we made her acquaintance when we emigrated from England. She was one of the teachers who volunteered to hold classes for the kids on the ship - (yours truly remembers those classes, vaguely, colouring in pictures of kangaroos and the Australian flag, and learning some Rolf Harris songs *rolls eyes*. I was so prepared for life in Aus).
C & T live in Wentworth Falls, in the Blue Mountains, and it took about an hour and a half to drive there from Moss Vale - an hour and a half of The best of Kenny Rogers...

It was dark by the time we got home, so to speak, and Mum and I were both knackered. C & T have a german shepherd dog, called Rajah, big, old, sooky thing they're both completely wet about (child substitute) and he was very glad to have visitors, he kept presenting us with his blue rubber ring toy in the hopes that we'd play with him. Not likely, Mum and I are both cat persons. : )
Needless to say, being so tired, we trotted off to bed fairly early. The last time we visited C & T, we had seperate rooms; on the way up, Mum said something about us having to share a room this time cos Caroline was renovating, or something.
Damn! - I thought to myself - that puts an end to any plans for dragging someone back for screaming animal sex. *derisive snort* As if...
But, it turned out we had seperate rooms anyway - not that that made the idea of SAS any more likely...

to be continued...

Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Right, not a proper update as yet, but I'll get some stuff out of the way...

Did I have a good holiday?
Yes, thank you.
Am I glad to be back?
Kinda sorta. The problems I had when I left haven't miraculously sorted themselves out but the cubs missed me, and I them, and they're delighted I'm back. Being away did give me the opportunity to have a think about things, though, and I have a clearer idea of what I want/need, but more importantly, I think I've got some strategies worked out now on how to get what I want. Time will tell.

Now, let's see... quizzes...

Fair enough, I don't go seme very often, but the description seems accurate...

How seme are you?

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What's your sexual appeal?

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Did a whole bunch of emode quizzes...

Lutra, when you reveal your true colors in love, you're a Caring Partner

You value the special bond love can create and are likely to seek out someone who cherishes that deep connection too. Whether single or in a relationship, you're a compassionate person who cares about others. This strong people-sense makes you more skilled than most at understanding individuals' differences and reading others' moods. Above all, you're looking for a steadfast, loyal partner who you can trust to stand by you in good times and bad.

Did you know?

Caring partners often care about aesthetics and often strive to keep the things around them attractive and clean.

Hmm, not sure about this one though, it's half right, but the bit about 'the scene' is bollocks ...

Lutra, when you're head over heels, you are a Prized Partner

You appreciate the finer things in life and tend to seek out others who share your refined tastes. High fashion, gourmet meals, luxurious getaways — these are the kinds of things that you enjoy. If you can experience them with a worldly, stylish mate, all the better. You are drawn to people who know how to take care of themselves and are hooked in socially. Whether you're out at a club or a restaurant opening, it's important to you to be part of the scene.

Love does change you. Whether it simply enhances who you already are, or makes you a completely different person, finding someone whose love personality compliments your own makes for the longest, happiest relationships.

Did you know?

Prized Partners tend to have higher ambition than most people do, and typically work hard to meet their goals. Because this type of person can be a perfectionist at times, they can sometimes be tough on themselves.

This was from the inkblot test - very interesting, but took a long time.

Lutra, your unconscious mind is driven most by Love

Everyone has a desire to love. But your desire is rooted very deeply in your unconscious and affects many of the decisions you make in life — whether you are aware of it or not.
You have an energy about you that inspires people to experience their true feelings of love and act kindly towards others. In this way, you and your drive for loving relationships start a chain reaction of positive experiences.
The reason you are driven by love, may be because your unconscious is trying to avoid the opposite of love — hate. You, more than others, may be afraid of experiencing severe discord with others. That may, in turn, heavily influence your choices about relationships and the way you communicate your ideas, wants, and desires to others.
With such a strong orientation towards loving others, your relationships hold a very special place in your life. Your capacity to love may be greater than those around you, and therefore you may have more to give in relationships than your romantic partner does. Remember that this is a gift you have and one most others don't possess.
Though your unconscious mind is driven most strongly by Love, there is much more to who you are at your core.

Did you know?

People who have unconscious minds driven by love tend to be nurturing types who are good at taking care of those around them. They may also shy away from spending too much time alone.

This was an emode Goddess inspiration quiz thing (tch, can't remember the title).
I laughed.

Lutra, you're an Angel!

Just like the haloed and winged guardians of good, you truly have a heart of gold, sweet Angel. Whenever there's a chance to pitch in, save the day or just make life easier for the people around you, you're the one for the job.
You don't just jump in without planning — you use your angelic head to figure out how to do things right the first time, like only the most dependable goddesses can. Whether brainstorming a new solution to a problem, planning a surprise party for your parents, or lending your friends a wing to cry on, you've got the right instincts, so follow them whenever you can. As natural as it is for you to take care of the people around you, don't forget to treat yourself right, too. The best friendships, and loves, of a lifetime tend to blossom when you become your own guardian angel.

So don't listen to those who say nice girls finish last. People have always seen you as a goddess of thoughtfulness and good intentions, and it hasn't slowed you down a bit. All in all, Angel, you've got it made with your glowing attitude and ability to see from on high. So get out there and change the world!

And finally, Soulsis sent me this link. Beautiful, beautiful things - I wish I could justify the price...

Monday, November 25, 2002

[surfaces, dishevelled mane full of petals and the odd feather, smirking down at rumpled, grinning, lei-bedecked angel: pours sparkling rosé into crystal flutes, hands one to Lutra and raises other in toast] Welcome home, tenshi-ran...

Sunday, November 24, 2002

[*glances around admiringly*... Holy moley... will you look at this place? Oooh! Lookit the trees! Pretty!

I am so chuffed! Thanks, guys!

*eyes widen at sight of bower/food/hybrid*

Um, I'll update later I think... just need to talk to 'lestrel about the dragonets... *unsubtle scurry and pounce...* ]

[relaxes back on fragrant white petals, arms behind head, watching the melodious sparkling trees... nothing now to do but wait...]

[wades out, shaking mane] Hn - better...Yes, OK, so I was a bit more than 10 minutes... So I indulged... Now, anything else I need to do?...

[wince] I'd forgotten how much the studded tail rings pinch...

Knew I'd forgotten something! Candles and music...

[lopes back with a night-time song-bird on each wrist and mane, plait and shoulders covered with glitterbugs - which all fly up and disport themselves about the willows] Heh - better.

OK - two large haunches now keeping warm in the hot-box, slices of shoulder marinading in wine and herbs, miniscule salad sitting in the coolbox along with tubs of chocolate mousse... Time for a swim...

[returns from planting reidou and letting kridessa loose in the gulley at the Oasis - heh, lively little beastlies aren't they? - and halts, blinking...]

Oh, pretty! (Now how did I miss that earlier? Too excited by the kridessa, perhaps?) And the lemony things smell wonderful. Highly appropriate too. [smirk *see, machii'n, told you so - there are such things as tactful Saiya-jin...*]

All much appreciated - Lutra will love it!

[gazes round] Not much more to do. Slaughter the whatever-the-thing-is we're eating and marinade some of it, pick the strawberries, make sure there's enough cream... [smirk] Then just get myself ready. Well that'll take all of ten minutes - dunk under the waterfall, quick thorough scrub with river sand and I'm done. [thinks] I'm sure I've forgotten something...

Saturday, November 23, 2002


Petals renewed; fresh sleeping furs folded; bottles chilling in the shallow bit of the pool; turkish delight to hand. Dinner animal selected and marked for easy despatch, nets over the strawberry patch to protect the new fruits.

Everything else I can do tomorrow. Now I'm going for a swim...

Reindou sounds just fine: I'll plant it up as soon as it arrives. Thanks.

T-1 and counting...

Thursday, November 21, 2002

[flops back on petals with a tired sigh] Never let anyone try to tell you dragon-sitting is easy...

Still, they're back with mum now for a while - sorry Talon, she's protective at the moment and won't let anyone near but me. And possibly Lutra: we'll have to see. But I'll be looking for homes for them all in about three months, if you still want one. Please say you still want one... Onna - no teal or purple dragonlings, I'm afraid, just what you see. And the hatchings were fine, no problems whatsoever. Ryonan took off and left me to keep an eye on things: by the time she came back (with some kind of quadruped in her claws, to feed the hatchlings with) everything was over. [shrug] Very laid-back, that dragon.

I think I have just the place for breeding kridessa, over at the Oasis - a cool, quiet gully half-way up a mountain, shaded and overhung by trees and with lots of small caves in the sides. They can establish a colony there, and I can cull them as required. So whenever you're ready...

[sits up, cross-legged, and gazes round] Now, what else is there to do...?

T-3 and counting...

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Dragon-napped... "That'll keep you busy." she said...


So here you have (from the top down and right to left): -

...I need an extra pair of hands... Or another tail or two...

T-4 and counting...

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

[smirks up into lemon tree, hovering at a slight distance] Heh - as long as you all keep the promises I won't hurt you. (Much...) Just remember it's Lutra's pond, and I want it perfect for her when she gets back. The bower is off-limits (and anyone bothering the Okapi will answer to me.)

But I may not be around for a little while: Ryonan's eggs look and sound as though they're about to hatch, and I should be there to greet the wee beasties, and make sure there are no problems - it is her first clutch, after all.

[inclines head, frowning thoughtfully] As for the offer of a "distraction"... Hn. Thanks, but I think I can manage ten days without. Besides, I have plans for when tenshi returns, and the more... uh, restrained I am now the more fun we can have then... [smirk]

[ki-carves a platter out of a wide bough and places piles of fresh grass, waterweed, lemon leaves, rose petals and mixed herbs at intervals along it: places within reach of the Okapi's thicket and withdraws to a safe distance, hands behind back, to watch... eyes widen as an amazingly extensive tongue reaches out to sample the offered greenstuff...] Ye gods - and I thought my tongue was long...

[Grins up at lemon tree...] Heh - the kridessa were - interesting. Very tasty, if a bit wriggly. I enjoyed them, thanks. Can you get me a breeding pair? And onna - the picture is great. Papa and maazi will be very impressed...

Join you in the lemon tree? Are you sure you want to risk it...?

Monday, November 18, 2002

[Sits cross-legged on rose petals, glowering...]
OK.... I've hunted down and eaten the vermin (well, all those Ghryff hadn't already dealt with), ki-pruned the trees/shrubs/grass, checked the pond (and culled the strange life-forms that snuck in in the last few days)... What can I do now?

[grumble] no-one in the lemon tree to play with... Oi! Thought Lutra told you to feed/amuse me while she was gone!

Could always go get some fresh petals, I suppose... Nah, bit early yet.

Heh, but the ningens have been buying things for Lutra. Soft and fluffy and shiny and sparkly things. She'll like them. Not sure I do...

[sigh] Well, better go check Ryonan's nest I suppose...

T-7 and counting...

Thursday, November 14, 2002

Wednesday, November 13, 2002

This'll probly be my last post before I head off - unless I can't sleep from excitement *rolls eyes*
Oh and if I could ask people not to email me anything until I come back that'd be neat, thanks : )

Just got this in an email from Pete. ^.^

One day a mom was cleaning junior's room and in the closet she found a bondage S&M magazine. This was highly upsetting for her. She hid the magazine until his father got home and showed it to him. He looked at it and handed it back to her without a word. She finally asked him, "Well what should we do about this?"
Dad looked at her and said, "Well I don't think you should spank him."

Heh, almost done getting ready, just have to make my lunch, pack my toiletries, phone and charger, and write the luggage tags.
My backpack is be-belled and jingles beautifully. I'm waiting for my mother to see my backpack with all it's pretty shiny danglys and roll her eyes, saying 'why? You're not 12 anymore!' *smirk* I'm not? Why didn't someone tell me!

We went - en famille - to Smorgy's for dinner tonight. I'm really not impressed with the place but when I asked the cubs where'd they like to go for dinner the night before I went away, they chose Smorgy's. Oh well. Their father paid for the meal, however, so it wasn't all bad. *smirk* And the cubs have been so cuddly the past week, it's very gratifying, I think they're going to miss me. : )

OK, going to go and get some sleep now. Bye y'all!
Be good 'lestrel! *smirk*

The Cubs Current Career Ambitions...

One wants to be a rock star, the other a magician *head in hands*...

Can't remember what I wanted to be when I was their age, but at sometime during primary school I had vague ideas of being a nurse and working with children.. until I had a look at a nursing text book my mum had left lying around (she was studying to be a nurse educator at the time) and found the pics of cadavers. Ick. In my early teens I dabbled with the fantasy of being a pop star, though that didn't last long, and my career ideas after that circled pretty freely between artist/photographer/writer/actress. Not that I did anything about pursuing any of these. Heh, I couldn't decide what I wanted to do. I didn't get the marks I need in Year 12 to get into the courses I wanted to do (Architecture and Graphic Arts) which was probably just as well as I was luke warm on those anyway. So I worked, dead-end, mindless clerical jobs, and later I studied part-time (Library technician) until I got married and had the cubs. I still don't have a clear idea of a 'career' for myself, though I would like to be able to support myself with writing. We'll see how we go.

Right, haven't done a lot of what was on my list of 'things to do'.
Did finish an AC chapter, and I did clean up the cubs' room enough so that their father can get to their clothes, but for the rest? Eh.
I bought a couple of small things to go into the cubs' advent calendars, xmas decos and animal key-chains that 'poo' when you squeeze them. Ah, I can hear the gales of high-pitched, hysterical laughter now...
I bought myself a box of 32 shiny purple ball-type bells, the sort of bells you find on neko collars only bigger.
No, I don't know what I'm going to do with them either, but they're purple *happy squeak*. Oooh! I can put some of them on my backpack...

*tired, yet satisfied smirk*
My next AC chapter is done, and Joules next chapter is almost done. They'll probly be posted together, tomorrow-ish - UK time.

The good thing about being without net access for 10 days is that when I get back, I'll have a backlog of Boy meets Boy and GlamourLust to catch up on. : )

Tuesday, November 12, 2002

How long am I on holidays for?
10 days... from thursday 14th november to sunday 24th of november. (2 of those days will be spent travelling on a train. Yay! I love trains! My dream is to have leisure/money enough to 'do' train journeys all over the world - except India, they don't look all that fun : ) 10 days without a computer *shudder*, but also no cubs, or their father and the particular stresses that go along with that relationship. *happy sigh*...

These little snippets of news came from Sue via Joules.
Wet myself laughing!

Irish police are being handicapped in a search for a stolen van, because they cannot issue a description. It's a special branch vehicle and they don't want the public to know what it looks like.
(The Guardian)

Commenting on a complaint from a Mr. Arthur Purdey about a large gas bill, a spokesman for North West Gas said "We agree it was rather high for the time of year. It's possible that Mr. Purdey has been charged for the gas used up during the explosion that blew his house to pieces.
(Bangkok Post)

Mrs Irene Graham of Thorpe Avenue, Boscombe, delighted the audience with her reminiscence of the German prisoner of war who was sent each week to do her garden. He was repatriated at the end of 1945, she recalled.
"He'd always seemed a nice friendly chap, but when the crocuses came up in the middle of our lawn in February 1946, they spelt out "Heil Hitler".
(Bournemouth Evening Echo)

After being charged £20 for a £10 overdraft, 30 year old Michael Howard of Leeds changed his name by deed poll to Yorkshire Bank PLC are Fascist Ba*tards. The bank has now asked him to close his account,and Mr.Ba*tards has asked them to repay the 69p balance by cheque made out in his new name.
(The Guardian)

'Would the congregation please note that the bowl at the back of the church labelled "for the sick" is for monetary donations only.'
(Churchtown Parish Magazine)

At the height of the gale, the harbourmaster radioed a coastguard on the spot and asked him to estimate the wind speed. He replied that he was sorry, but he didn't have a gauge. However, if it was any help, the wind had just blown his Landrover off the cliff.
(Aberdeen Evening Express)

A young girl who was blown out to sea on a set of inflatable teeth was rescued by a man on an inflatable lobster. A coastguard spokesman commented, "this sort of thing is all too common".
(The Times)

I'm currently ankle deep in anatomical drawings of the teletubbies... the cubs have been busy. (Though I should point out that the drawings are all theoretical, it's not like the teletubbies were vivisected or anything. We don't approve of such things in this house : )

Monday, November 11, 2002

This might be of interest if you're familiar with Ghastly's Ghastly Comic...

which Ghastly character are you?

this quiz was made by Zaedite

Have I mentioned I've got a soft spot for tentacle porn? *smirk*

I really dislike clothes shopping, it's the one activity guaranteed to put me in a down-spin. All I wanted was to get some t-shirts, maybe a pair of cotton trousers... No t-shirts, no trousers, but I did manage to get some underwear (heh, forgot I needed those) and a really lovely coral-coloured linen shirt with a frayed, fringey hem sort of effect. I'm a sucker for fringes - I probly would have bought it even if it wasn't marked down.
Need some new shoes too. Shoe shopping is almost as icky as clothes shopping - I have 'special needs' feet (hey, I'm a pisces, what do you expect?) which means there's no point in me even looking at 98% of the shoes available... and I used to have such a cool collection of boots... *sigh* But I did see a quite nice pair of slip-ons that had me thinking I might possibly be able to wear them with - *gasp* - a skirt. Though then I'd have to buy a skirt...

Wandered into our local Body Shop today too. Had a sniff of the 'Japanese Musk' Joules was raving about. Smells like cheap talc to me, teehee. : ) The 'Oceanus' scent, however was a definite winner. Light and sweet, with a sort of citrusy lift that kicks in at the end of the sniff, very nice.

2 days til I'm on hols and I've done sod all about my 'to do' list : ) ... except for the next AC chapter, that's almost finished.

Sunday, November 10, 2002

Oh, and this art photography site from Soulsis. Some lovely pics, but I can't help wondering what is uppermost in the photographers mind as she rambles about looking for photo ops..

I am so clever. : )
The cubs needed nappies for their telletubbies dolls (don't ask) and I thought, 'heh, bet I could remember how to fold nappies. I mean, how many of the sodding things did I fold before the cubs were toilet trained?' (average 5 per child per day for almost 3 years...)
I did remember - eventually. I could 'see' the finished product in my mind but I just couldn't work out how to get there, until I started thinking along origami lines, and then it all fell into place. Funny the things that make you happy.

OkapiPrincess, Soulsis, Niki (tch, you need a nickname here) and I went to see The Importance of Being Earnest. Good cast (Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, Judi Dench), well acted, very funny in places, but I couldn't quite get past the whole Victorian thing. I loathe that period, almost as much as I loathe elves... I'm sure there's a connection.

Niki gave me an old computer chair of hers. It's sooo comfortable, I can sit for an hour and not have the circulation in my legs cut off. And at a fete on the weekend (really ought to get some gear so I can get 'gothed up' when I go to church fetes : ) Soulsis and I got a new cage for my guinea-pigs. It's great, it's like an outdoor aquarium, you can sit and watch the piggles for hours very soothing.. except when you're laughing at KittenKong trying to monster them.. the piggles are so worried about her - not. ^.^
I also got 2 lovely little Japanese Maples for $1 each - they're currently residing at Aunty Niki's until I get back from holidays.

Heh, next chapter of AC is half-done, hopefully have it finished before I leave...

Friday, November 08, 2002

Ok, that's not the smartest thing I've done in recent times...
Found a deli that sells turkish delight by the kilo, quite cheaply too, so I got some today, 10 pieces, around 300g. 'I won't eat this all at once,' I confidently told myself.
*rude noise* I did eat it all at once (no willpower when it comes to sweets, that's why I generally don't buy any anymore), and now I feel ill, but at least it's cured my craving for turkish delight for the moment.
On a brighter note, the grape-shaped glass bowl was still in the op shop when I checked today, so now I have that in my clutches...

Aww, shucks, Onna includes me in her list of muses...
(Sweet pic by the way, Onna : ) Would they mind if I snuggled in there with them?)


- tidy the cubs room. Very necessary or their father won't be able to find anything and he'll get stressed.
'Let him!' you say? No, I'm thinking of future escapes here, he'll be more inclined to be cooperative if it's not stressful.

- clean my room. Not completely necessary, but it's nice to come home to a clean room, and knowing that the cubs will play in there while I'm gone, I'll be happier knowing all the breakable stuff is out of the way.

- Make sure there's plenty of sachets of cat food. Not tins, sachets, cos the wussy males - cubs' father and housemate - get sick at the smell of tinned cat food.

- Make sure there's plenty of piggle food, and get a new water bottle for the guinea-pigs. The weather's getting hotter now, and the grass is drying out.

- Next AC chapter? That other yaoi thing? Hn, see how I go...

- Ack - get more clothes. *grumble* Hate clothes shopping...

There's more, no doubt, but that'll do for a start.

Fingers crossed, Joules, for Ken's health (and your sanity - being forced to become a morning person? I feel your pain...), and for you, Talon, hope the employment hassles work out all right - and you do well in the Institute's challenge. : )

Wednesday, November 06, 2002

My favourite bit of 'The Saga Begins...'

And in the end some Gungans died
Some ships blew up and some pilots fried
A lot of folks were croakin'
The battle droids were broken
And the Jedi I admire most
Met up with Darth Maul and now he's toast
Well, I'm still here and he's a ghost
I guess I'll train this boy

I think Weird Al is a flippin' genius! The first parody of his I saw was 'Eat it' and I was stunned, and delighted, at how close to the original clip he'd got, he'd used the same dancers and locations and everything! 'Like a Surgeon' cracks me up everytime, and I always sing along with 'Yoda', but my fav is still 'Smells Like Nirvana' *howling with laughter* that is so clever : ) I play that version far more often than the original...
Did you know that the artist formerly known as Prince (or has he gone back to Prince again?) has never given Weird Al permission to parody his work - wanker! But, in 'Amish Paradise', there's a sneaking reference to the Prince of Ponce (or 'Dave' as he's known in aus - long story) - 'We're going to party like it's 1899'

Gods I could go some salami right now... or a pork pie... mmmm....

*happy squeak* Carol sent me a present! It's a keyring, a little sheep that 'baaas' at you when you squeeze him.
I have called him Winston and he is now dangling happily from my backpack. ^~^
And in an op shop today I saw a lovely glass bowl in the shape of a bunch of grapes. Couldn't get it, unfortunately - 2 days before pay day - but hopefully it'll still be there later in the week. I like grapes, about as much as I like fish, have I told you about my plastic grape collection?

This time next week I'll be frantically packing my bag, wondering what it'll be that I've inevitably forgotten...

'course, what Lutra doesn't tell you is all the little comments in between the serious ICQ discussions - and the blink-worthy things the ningen comes out with while she's copy/pasting bits of story... like...

[munching on a salami sandwich - all this talk of erections has made me hungry....]

[smirks] Every now and then my ningen does me proud...

(Reading Joules' blog about her bratling putting a 'men's' sign on the bathroom door...) Kai is about the age when children begin differentiating between the sexes. My cubs have started that, and I too, recently got a sign on the bathroom door. This one was a classic 'no girls' (picture of a 'girl' in a circle with a big line through it) but underneath one of them had written 'except mummy'! *beaming grin* I love my cubs, they know who to keep sweet with. : )

My lobster shaped salt & pepper shakers have finally arrived! Only took ten weeks...
Joules had a cool idea though, about putting my lobster and various fish s&p shakers into a glass wok! 'Culinary aquarium' was the term, isn't that neat? *puzzled frown* Though she might have been joking... Eh, don't care, I think it's a cool idea.

And and and *flapping hands* she's been dangling bits of the seventh Transpositions chapter - the much anticipated Sulu/Radittz one - in front of my nose as she writes them! Phwoooarr!

Tch, I can't resist quizzes involving sex...

What Kind of Sexy Are You?

Lutra, you're Sweet 'n' Sexy

You're not overt about your sexuality, but you're not purposely hiding it either — two traits that naturally draw people to you. You possess an understated zest for life, and a way of approaching the day with a can-do attitude that draws people to you. As a teenager, were you maybe a little on the quiet side? Even if you weren't, it's clear that underneath your occasionally understated statements, you have an undeniable sweetness that attracts people who see that special something burning from within.
Is it the way you carry yourself? That quiet sparkle in your eye? Those who know you intimately can't wait to uncover your sweetness. What's hiding behind that innocent smile? A little devil perhaps? A tattoo in a seductive spot saved only for your lover? Possibly, but you're so good, you'll never tell. Or will you?

Monday, November 04, 2002

Eeeeeeek!! *bites nails*
Just got a preview of the nextAC chapter.

Is it a sign of getting too close, do you think, to have anxiety attacks over a work of fiction?

I swear the cubs have uncanny 'know-when-mummy-is-trying-to-do-something-she-enjoys' powers. They don't come near me when I'm washing up, or cleaning, but as soon as I sit down to write...

Despite being poorly *hand to forehead in a dramatic fashion* I managed to do a little gardening this weekend. A very little gardening, basically pulling out a few weeds in the courtyard outside our kitchen window, putting down a tiny bit of mulch and repositioning my luverly terra-cotta fish statue-planter thing - after I'd cleaned it, which was an amusing exercise all on it's own - so you can now gaze upon the graceful curve of it's back, instead of the graceful curve of it's belly. The challenge with cleaning the fish was to get rid of the bird pooh while at the same time trying to leave the interesting green algae moss stuff that was growing there.
Eh, doesn't matter, the moss will grow back. : )

Curriculum day tomorrow, another day off school. (And there was much rejoicing *rolls eyes*) I'm taking the cubs to see Lilo & Stitch - again.
Heh, and this evening, in the manic half-hour before I finally managed to get the cubs into bed, they were making up dances to show me. One of the cubs performed a series of 'Vegeta' dances... A 'fighting Vegeta' dance (lots of very fast flailing of limbs), a 'training Vegeta' dance (somewhat more controlled), and a 'sneaky Vegeta' dance (creeping around with his hands held tucked up by his chest like a cartoon mouse). *smirk* OK, I admit I had something to do with that last one...

Sunday, November 03, 2002

[Knicked from Talon's blog :

//Lutra-sama, you know Alestrel-sama is going to be impossible to live with while you're on hols, don't you? I mean, I know you need a vacation and all, but maybe you ought to consider taking her with you? *sidles towards the lemon tree*//

I would love to take 'lestrel to the Blue Mountains, it is one of the finest places on earth to go flying. You can launch yourself off of one of the plateaus and out over the deep, heavily forested valleys... then you can hang there, hovering, and become one with the wind... *happy sigh*...

A suggestion re: the 'Care and Feeding of Alestrel' while I'm away. Lots of small furry things to snack on and the occasional bishie for amusement and everything will be fine. : )

Gonna miss you too, tokage, but I'll be back before you know it and then you can show me how much you've missed me, eh? And aren't there dragon hatchlings arriving soon? That'll keep you busy. ^.^]

[pout] I'm going to miss you, tenshi...

... and OkapiNitpickerPrincess tells me that in my last post it should have been 'pigeons', not 'pidgeons'. Pidgeons is a surname apparently, and OkapiPrincess was having mental visions of Walter Pidgeon having sex on her deck... OP has a vivid imagination : )

Gods, Hanna Barberra produced some crap. Richie Rich, for one. The cubs are watching it, it's just stupid, like so much of their stuff before Cartoon Network. (Remember the 'The Hair Bear Bunch'? I do. *shudder*)

One of the cubs told me today he wants a real tail - a 'school-invisible' one. I assume that's so he doesn't get teased by the less imaginative of his classmates...

Wow, thursday week and I'm away. Hn, better work out what I want to get finished before I go. The people I'm staying with don't have a computer, let alone internet access. *gasp* How will I cope?

Friday, November 01, 2002

OkapiPrincess has just told me there's pidgeons having sex on her deck. Cheeky mongrels!

Thanks for the comments, Onna : ) Yes, more caves... maybe it's an unconscious desire to hibernate?

Well the cubs are feeling better but I'm not :(. Blah. I just love low grade fevers.

Dragged myself out of the house to go and pay the rent (had to be done today or there'd be trooble at mill...) and rewarded myself by putting a xmas present for myself on lay-by. It's a beautiful, framed, 12" square hand-painted tile of 3 koi in a pond that I've been gazing wistfully at it for months now and today I went into the shop to find out a/ how much it was, and b/ if I could put it on lay-by. The tile was cheaper than I expected - $65 instead of the $80 I'd anticipated - and it could be lay-by'ed so I happily forked over the minimum deposit. :)

Only 14 more days 'til I'm on holidays...

This is a site for all of us writers to pay attention to. : ) (another find from Okapiprincess)

Interesting developement on the Megatokyo site - Piro one of the creators of the strip has been laid off work and instead of being sensible and finding another job he's taking the opportunity presented to him by the Universe to do something he's wanted to do for a long time, and that is be a full-time manga-ka. AYA, Piro! ... and I will definitely be getting a copy of the Megatokyo graphic novel when it's released. : )