Saturday, May 31, 2003

What exactly is a 'button-down shirt'?

The Golden Arches of Doom are flogging Muppets beanie toys at the moment, which is cool, I like the muppets, but Miss Piggy is wearing something that wouldn't look out of place on Tulip. *g* A very short, sleeveless pink tube dress and looong pink gloves... :-Þ

I had lunch with Aaron yesterday. Was fun catching up. I told him about the novel I was writing, without giving any details but he guessed what it was about anyway.
Damn, am I that obvious?
After we'd eaten I went with him and watched while he bought clothes.
Isn't that sposed to be the other way 'round? *g*
Anyway, one of the shops we visited used to be the Holy Rodent Empire shop. When did that close down? I thought I was more observant than that...
The mosaic of the mouse's face had been removed from the entrance, which was a shame cos I always enjoyed scuffing my feet over it...

My next AC chapter edges towards completion.
Joules has finished hers and it's sodding brilliant. I can but learn...

Friday, May 30, 2003

(nicked from Joules' blog:)
//[grumble] When the temperature gets above 13 degrees, my WeatherPixie wears a skirt! I am most affronted. I don't do skirts. Shorts and culottes, yes, skirts, no. Nor horizontally-striped leggings...//

Yeah, but look at her kick-arse boots! Phwooaar!!

Thank you, thank you, Joules for finding this page regarding Nestlé. I haven't knowingly bought any Nestlé products for years, but it's getting harder to be sure because the company is bloody everywhere.
In Australia, at least, the company puts its name and/or symbol on all of its food products, specifically Peter's Icecream and Maggi, but I check every new product before I buy it.

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

[Sometimes it's better to start from scratch with these things, aijin...]

I had roast pumpkin and rosemary lasagne tonight. It was very nice, though I could've cooked the pasta a wee bit longer before it went into the lasagne pan, and I thought I was a little heavy handed with the rosemary but it blended in quite deliciously.

Aaargh! School photos this week... *grumble* This means I have to make sure the cubs have got clean uniforms that don't have chewed cuffs. At least their haircuts this year are reasonable. : )

I realised a while ago that I'd neatly been avoiding writing yaoi, primarily because I just don't understand males and I was worried I'd turn all my male charas into females. So, in the interests of growing as a writer (*g* gods what a wank!) I decided to at least give it a try. Problem was I had no idea where to start. Decided pretty quickly I wasn't going to write a fanfic, especially not with such - *ahem* - well used characters as the DBZ boyz, so that left me with - *gasp* - the need to develop original characters. As for plot, I decided to resurrect an old AU idea I'd originally intended to do as a slashfic over a year ago.
And so - ta dah! The first bit of my first original yaoi is finished.
Joules is hosting it at Darkside *glomps Joules for doing the coding, b/g tiles etc* but if you'd like to read it and don't have a password for there or The Zone, email me and I'll send you a copy. Or alternately get a password and spend many happy hours browsing. : )
Go on, you know you want to...

[growl grumble glower] You're cutting your mane?! Don't I get a say? [irritable sigh] Must be the season - the ningen's cut off all her claws, too, right back to the skin, says they keep splitting from when she was ill six months or so ago...

Oh well, I suppose everything will grow back sooner or later...

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

My hair is like straw. Silky fine, brittle straw. Time to cut it off and start again.


Hn, I thought I had more to say.
Apparently not. : )

Monday, May 26, 2003

*wriggle happy squeak*
Joules has just shown me the rough drafts for 3 of the pics she's done over the weekend.
Kinu! My baby! *bouncebounce*
Oh and the other 2 pics are going to be smashing when they're finished as well, but I suspect Kinu might end up as a wallpaper on my monitor...
Hope you and Goodtwin are having a bonza weekend, Joules!

Sunday, May 25, 2003

As I was swimming today with the cubs the thought snuck into my brain that, you know, maybe it wouldn't be so bad to have another child...
*smacks self firmly over the head*
I don't think so, not least because the process would involve interaction with a male at some point...

Been thinking about body modifications. I'd like to get another piercing but not where it can be seen by the general public - I love the idea of that little secret...
Getting a nipple pierced is a possibility and much as I'm intrigued by genital piercings, at this stage it's not a very practical thing to contemplate. Tattoos are another possiblity, I've wanted some since I was 12, and I think I've finally decided on the sort of things I'd like to have permanently etched into my skin. But more recently I've been looking at branding. A lot of what I want done is too intricate to work well as a brand but some of the more simple designs, like a spiral or the pisces symbol, I think could look lovely. Hmm, I'll give that more thought.

Saturday, May 24, 2003

Remember the online comic GlamourLust? Well, unfortunately it's finished but I've been keeping up with the fairy wranglers' (KamiKaze & Thistle) journals. Thistle has put up a smut page where she's putting links to her original erotica. Not a lot there so far but what there is is very good. Well, I thought so. : )
She writes primarily het (yes, I know, but it can make a nice change) but it's interesting het, with fae and aliens with tentacles... *g*

Damn I'm enjoying Cowboy BeBop. It could be considered aberrant behaviour in some circles but I quite like Jet. Yes, Spike is cute but he's a bit on the thin side. Jet is big - I kind of like that...

Heh, this original yaoi is kicking along nicely. Good to see it finally coming together after being shelved for almost a year.
And when it's done I can have that last packet of Angel Delight...
It occured to me today that I'm not likely to write any more fanfic. Not strictly speaking, anyway, unless I count writing things based around Joule's multifarious characters as fanfic. There's still a couple of ideas for Yu Yu Hakusho and Gravitation kicking about but they're very low priority compared to the original stuff fountaining out of my brain. There's a few Professionals fics I wouldn't mind finishing up, but I think I'm more or less done in that fandom unless inspiration strikes. Sorry Goodtwin and Sue.
This doesn't mean I'll stop reading fanfic, just not writing it anymore. Heh, and it was only 2 years ago I couldn't envision a time I'd be writing anything but fanfic...

Friday, May 23, 2003

2 of the 4 ivy seedlings I liberated from the retreat a few weekends ago have put out new leaves. The other 2 still aren't dead and the 3 holly seedlings haven't died yet either. : )

Soulsis and her chicks dropped round this afternoon. It's a good thing Soulsis likes bringing me presents cos I'd feel terribly guilty otherwise. She gave me a lovely framed pic of some koi carp, some tablecloth weights shaped like dolphins and whales, and a beautiful purple crystal window dangly! *g* I have the best friends...

Well, we've now got our box of chocolate bars to sell for the school fundraiser.
We're already down 4 bars...

Thursday, May 22, 2003

No way, soulsis, I'm not going to be held responsible for anything that comes out of your subconcious! *g*

You know, it occured to me that we don't have many chairs in this house. Don't get me wrong, there's loads of furniture that's designed, in theory, for sitting on but not a lot of it that's comfortable or in an easily accesible place. Next house (tentatively called 'chez otter' remember : ) I'll be able to remedy that cos I'll be choosing my own furniture rather than having to put up with what other people bring into the house - heh heh heh.

The cubs and I went to the aquarium again yesterday. I do like it there, and now that we've joined the membership program thingy I - I mean 'we' - can go even when the money's tight. *happy sigh* And let's not forget the discount at the Aquarium shop! (So much fishy stuff! *swoon*)
And - OH!! The Aquarium will be getting some water rats soon! *happy squeal* So cute... ^~^

The school is having it's yearly chocolate drive fund-raising thing. The cubs had monday and tuesday off this week cos we were all feeling a bit poorly so we missed out on the actual doling out of the boxes of chocolately goodness. When I spoke to one of their teachers tonight, to see about picking up our alloted box, she apologised and said she did have one set aside for us but it had gone missing. She thought it might be a case of 'sticky fingers' to which I replied that it could have been someone taking it because they'd already sold their lot and needed some more.
She looked at me and said: 'You're a 'half-full' kind of girl, aren't you?"
Tee hee hee, you noticed?

Next 'lestrel/Lutra chapter is on it's way...

Monday, May 19, 2003

Awww.... (thanks, Soulsis : )

Earth girl
You are a true nature girl!

Which Ultimate Beautiful Woman are You?
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... and this came in an email from Soulsis...

Coffee Guide by the Signs

A shot of Astrological insight ...(coffee, anyone?)

Aries: First in line, first out the door -- a triple shot of espresso, and the Ram is off and running.

Taurus: Cappuccino -- earthy simplicity wrapped in luxury for the ruler of the material world.

Gemini: Always of two opinions (and more than ready to share them), Gemini settles on a double latte -- half decaf, half regular.

Cancer: Cozy Cancer is right at home with a __mocha -- all the comfort of cocoa.

Leo: Perfect presentation with enough kick to get the whole group going: macchiato.

Virgo: Precision is the only way: Virgo prefers Caffe Americano (regular house coffee is not an acceptable substitute).

Libra: No need to tip the scales -- Libra strikes a balance with Café au Lait.

Scorpio: Never prone to self-denial, Scorpio opts for all the sensuality of a breve latte -- one can barely taste the coffee, but isn't subtlety the name of the game?

Sagittarius: An iced caramel latte in the dead of winter seems correct to the Zodiac's thrill seeker.

Capricorn: Always efficient, Capricorn has found that a shot of espresso in one's coffee gets the job done ... and then some.

Aquarius: Organic raspberry tea is a refreshing alternative to coffee -- it transcends the boundaries of modern society, deeming caffeine unnecessary.

Pisces: Someday, Chai will replace coffee entirely, and Pisces will be ahead of us all -- meanwhile, they can sit back calmly, ready to ride the wave of the future.

Mmmmm, I lovechai...

... and speaking of coffee. My coffee plunger broke cos someone stacked the dishes poorly and it got knocked off the edge of the sink. This is the same someone, I suspect, who's been pathologically unable to stack dishes in a logical manner in all the 14 years I've known them...

Saturday, May 17, 2003

Go here! Go here! *holding ribs that hurt from laughing* Thank you, Okapiprincess.. I needed that...

The cubs and I went to Scienceworks today. The place was a little flat, they're in the middle of changing over a few of the long-term exhibitions so there wasn't as much to see as usual. But we went to the Planetarium to see the Tycho movie… again. This makes 5 times I think. All in all it wasn't a bad day the only real aggravation being the cub who's gotten very clingy recently going off his nut with anxiety if his brother wasn't in line of sight. This happened a few times until I growled at him to bloody look around first before throwing a wobbly. Eh, it kind of worked and the rest of the visit was fairly trouble free. Because we didn't have to pay to get into the Planetarium (see a couple of blog entries ago) I could spend some money in the gift-shop. The cubs got a packet of glow-in-the-dark sharks and a squidgy brain that you wind up and it pulses at you. Morbid brats. I didn't get anything for myself but I did get a trilobite fridge magnet which I'll give to their father as a house/fridge warming present when he eventually gets either one of those. I live in hope the thing won't be cluttering up my drawer for long.
While we were having lunch I spotted a pair of twins, about 8 months old, cutie little things just at that smiling, happy stage. Their mother noticed my cubs and after confirming they were twins as well, she said to me:
'Well you look like you've survived.'
I grinned and assured her it would get better - my good deed for the day.

Well, the paté firmed up a little though it's still sloppier than the shop-bought stuff. Tastes pretty good too, but it needs more salt and the texture is a touch lumpy cos I don't have a good pureéing thing. On the whole it was a successful experiment and I'll make it again sometime.

Happy Lutra - the earl grey flavoured organic green tea is back in stock. I find standard green tea, no matter how diluted or how little time it's left to stand still tastes bitter, but this stuff is lovely, smooth and a little sweet, I can - and do - drink it by the teapot full.

Uh-oh, I'm getting the urge to draw again…

Friday, May 16, 2003

I made chicken liver paté today.(Cool! Joules showed me how to do accented 'e's! Hee, café - latté - blasé...) It's the first time I've tried my hand at paté making; does it take a while to set or is mine just intrinsically runny? *g* Tastes pretty good though the cubs held their shirts over their noses when I showed it to them…

The cubs father picked them up from school this afternoon and took them to the Golden Arches of Doom for dinner. I had a little nap while they were gone - and an odd little dream, too. Joules and I were on a train going somewhere in the UK (somewhere in Bristol I think, the scenery was reminiscent of the Briz tourist cards I got to see on the site Joules had designed). We got seperated and I couldn't ring her cos I hadn't glued down the little blocks that had the numbers on them and they were all jumbled up. But it wasn't a problem cos I knew she could fly up and spot the railway tracks from the air…
We met up again at this big old house where we were staying (there's that big, old house again - only this time it was dark throughout. Not spooky or unsettling or anything, just dark) and there was a muscle-bound sort of sporty bloke there who'd put a fish hook through his penis as a dare, giving himself a 'prince albert' and he was begging me to watch the video of it. O_o
Ok, I don't think I want to know what that was about!

Feeling kind of chuffed - finished the first draft of the second chapter of my novel today. At this point I would like to formally thank my beta-reader for help and encouragement *casts soppy smile UKward*
Hee. On to chapter 3 I guess…

Thursday, May 15, 2003

Coffee flavoured yogurt is an odd sort of thing. The last lot I tried, several months ago, smelt like a latte that someone had thrown up and I couldn't bring myself to eat more than a few mouthfuls but this week the supermarket had a different brand on special (I only buy yogurt when it's half-price or less, too expensive otherwise). So with some hesitation I tried it. Not too bad, was more like a vanilla yogurt with a splash of coffee. I'd buy it again next time it's cheap. : )

It is very difficult to warm to a child that doesn't like yours, especially when they're openly rude and belittling. Hmph.

It was with great delight I deleted a whole box of Enid Blyton books from the school library's database today. Loathe her stuff, even when I was the right age group to be reading it I thought it was complete rubbish.
Oh and speaking on behalf of librarians the world over - when you take a book off the shelf and decide you don't want it, DON'T put it back on the shelf unless you are completely sure of where it goes... If in doubt leave it out for someone who has a clue how to re-shelve it. Please. : )

The museum here has drastically reduced it's entrance fees, children are free and adults pay less than half the previous price. Which is great, should get more people in there, but what about the members?
Aha... we are getting an extra six months free membership on our cards and free entry to the special exhibitions and the Planetarium! Which is very cool, means a day out at Scienceworks is free for us except for the petrol to get there. : )

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

[frowns, silently cursing cultural misunderstandings.... thinks - duck, feathered domesticated fowl, like chicken, or cock... alternatively a linguistic device, dack, deck, dick, dock, duck... alternatively a different linguistic device, duck, muck, fu.... Decides this is fairly pointless, be best just to accept what tenshi says, and determines to make a little more noise in future] I suppose that's OK, then.... [nuzzles]

[*head in hands, groaning* It was a joke, hab'lan! And you don't scare me - startle me sometimes cos you move so quietly, but you never scare me, 'k?]

[blink, wounded pout] But I don't look anything like a duck. Not ANY part of me... [sudden panic] And I scare you?...
Ok, right, I feel a little more secure now. The past couple of months have been tight, financially, and we've been living off the extra food I usually have in the cupboards, to the point where it had almost all gone. Eeep! So for the past couple of paydays I've been buying a little extra and now the emergency supplies are re-stocked. *phew*

I was still craving marshmallows when I went shopping today, but I got something even worse. Fluff - marshmallow spread, strawberry flavoured. Made in the USA, of course, no one does bizarre sugary treats quite like the Americans *g*, and I can guarantee that not a skerrick of this will find it's way onto a piece of bread - I shall just eat it out of the jar as is my custom. : )

[Oh, so it's your duck that scares me half to death in the middle of the night? I see, everything's so much clearer now... *smirk*]

[rolling on floor in hysterics] And so did GoodTwin!


Tuesday, May 13, 2003

[smirk] And the ningen got Wraithmallow... heh, she and her duck are scary...

Goodtwin found this one cos she actually trawls through the link pages of sites.. : )
(heh, and Joules got 'giant mutant kitten' as her quiz result - I was sure she'd get 'rude kitten with cute pink butt' *smirk*
Hn... the graphic's a bit small, the text is hard to read... though that could just be me...

Which Lord of the Peeps Character Are YOU?

Which Lord of the Peeps Character are you?
Quiz by Lauruu.

Check out the Lord of the Peeps site today!

I had to... (thanks, Okapiprincess! Go for it, soulsis, bet you get the giant mutant kitten *g*)

I am an overly happy A.D.D kitten

Which cute or possibly strange kitten are you?
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Cleaning the fridge is a zen sort of thing. It's either time to clean the fridge, or it's not time to clean the fridge...
I cleaned the fridge this evening, and the grill - I'm feeling awfully virtuous.

You might remember a while ago I bought a pretty little journal to write lists in? Well, I'm almost through the red section, it's the first of eight. Most of the lists I'm writing down are wish lists, things I'd like to do, things I need/want. I've dated them all, of course, so when I go back I can be reminded of what I used to think was important. Neat, eh?

I had a very nice dinner tonight, sauted carrots and apple with rosemary over rice. : ) Very nice, but I really fancy some meat now...

I had to share this with you.
It distracted Joules enough that she had to deliberately shut it down so she could concentrate on her next AC chaopter.
Thank you, Okapiprincess : ) You find the coolest sites!

... I'm craving marshmallow now...

Monday, May 12, 2003

The cubs have had their hair cut - their father picked them up from school and spirited them down to the barber. It's not too bad this time, last time the barber did a crap job and they looked well, less than cute. Miss their anime bangs though...

Sunday, May 11, 2003

[*landing quietly, soft smile, watching Zasshu sleep... brushes wing-tip over shoulder...*]

I realised something tonight - I don't like coming home, it's never a joy stepping back into this house...
Feh, enough whinging.
The cubs and I had a really good weekend at my mum's. She doesn't live far away really, just over an hour by car, a couple of hours by public transport, but she's out in a rural area and so it feels like somewhere else. Didn't do a whole lot on saturday, just kicked back a bit (though I cut out enough bitty bits of material to make 91 stars for my quilt - which will bring the number up to 151 of 203), but sunday, today, was pretty full.
Woke up early to find my mother's day gifts from the cubs (they'd 'secretly' brought them with them : ) balanced on my stomach. As soon as I opened my eyes the cubs pounced on me and demanded I open the presents. One cub gave me a small planter that has feet and a funny face (it's currently in the bathroom with the fern that was sitting in my duck planter), and the other cub gave me a statue of two frogs, to sit in the garden - and a lint remover, how thoughtful, which they proceeded to run over everything, including my mum's siamese cat. : ) (Their father included an Adam Ant compilation CD in the haul, which is cool but a bit of an odd mix, only a couple of 'hits' and the rest are lesser known - well, lesser known if you weren't a fan *points at self* - tracks from a few of the albums.) I gave mum her present, a cute pic of the cubs in a nice frame. She seemed pleased.
After breakfast we went for a ride on the Yarra Junction Tourist Railway. Not so much an old train, but an old, open trolley that deafens you as it rattles and vibrates along. Loads of fun, but very very cold. Heh, and mum and I got to ride free for mother's day! Then we drove up to Toolangi, to a place called 'The Singing Gardens' which was a property owned by a very well known Aus poet, CJ Dennis ('Sentimental Bloke') Beautiful spot, with a creek and a big stand of bamboo around a pond. Had a good meal, a walk around the gardens and didn't have to yell at the cubs... *g*

Friday, May 09, 2003

[pout sigh mope] and you're going away AGAIN...

[frowns] Brown is for trees. Well, tree trunks, anyway. And soil. And some manes. And a few animal pelts...

The ningen remembers brown, doesn't like it to wear. Very dull unless teamed with other, brighter colours. Of course, red-brown is different - terracotta, russet, red-gold.... Not that she wears those either, but there you go.

[shakes head] I have a strange ningen...
This 70's revival thing has gone too far, I tell you, too far!
In Melbourne this season, the fashionable young things will be wearing brown. You remember brown, it was very big in the 70's. Only it's not called brown it's called chocolate, fawn, mushroom - whatever, it's still frigging brown. Interestingly though, the older fashionable things, going by the shops I've walked past, do have the option of colours other than brown but this is probly because the older things actually lived through the 70's and have no desire to repeat the mistake. : )

There's a mother's day stall happening at school today. The cubs' father has given them some money and the cubs have told me they're going to get me something purple, or pink, or red - as long as it's not brown. *g*

Hee, Family the next 'l/L chapter is ready for coding, which means *fanfare* I can have another packet of pink stuff!! ... if I can afford to buy milk that is... :-/ (Dammit, housemate, get off your arse and give me your rent!)

Thursday, May 08, 2003

(knicked from Joules blog:)
//Turns out today she said he should take off the armbands as she was sure he didn't need them any more, and try really swimming. So he did - and not the normal starting length of 5 metres, oh no, not my bratling... No, he swam 10 metres (that's one length of the pool), had a minute's breather, then the teacher suggested he do it again to prove to himself he could - and he did. 20 metres in total. Proud? Damn right!!//

Aya! Well done, bratling! *g*

I really do need to get my hearing checked. I first noticed there was a problem when the cubs were babies and I was sleeping through their crying when I slept on my left side - my left ear having the better hearing I found. (I experimented - when I covered up my left ear there was a noticeable reduction in sound, with my right, there was hardly any difference.) No problem, you compensate for little annoyances, don''t you? If I had to sleep when the cubs were awake I did so on my right side so I could hear them. Eh.
7 years on and I still haven't done anything about it. I don't think there's been any further drop in how much I can hear, but other things have started sliding. Making sense of conversations when there's more than one person speaking, or there's a lot of background noise, is hard sometimes, and frequently I've been caught out with an inappropriate response because someone didn't say what I thought they did. A lot of the time I find myself simply sitting back and not participating cos I'm missing every 4th word and it's too much effort to keep up. (Why do I spend so much time online communicating via a keyboard? Well, der.. : ) And I think I'm getting a reputation for rudeness, or at least standoffishness, because people sometimes speak to me (usually softly, or mumbling - for fuck's sake people open your mouth to talk and shut it to eat!) on my right side and I just don't hear them. I've also started having trouble locating where sounds are coming from. For instance, as I'm sitting here typing, I can hear a noise which sounds like the fan from the heater, which is on my left. It's not, I've checked, it's noise from the computer, which is on my right. A benefit of all this, though, is that my cubs generally have good diction - it's been commented on : ) - well, they need to or I'd not be able to understand them...
Now, how hard is it for me to get to the doctors or the hearing test centre? Not hard at all, all I have to do is ring and make an appointment. So why don't I do it? I have no idea...

The next 'l/L chapter is almost done (yay! that means I can have another packet of Angel Delight! *g*) I'm going away for the weekend - with the cubs, up to my mums - be nice if Joules and I can get it finished before then. Then what? Don't know - might try finishing one of the stand alone fics, ie: the ones that aren't part of a continuing plot. Hmmm.

Wednesday, May 07, 2003

I'm resisting the urge to have another serving of Angel Delight for breakfast.
No, I have 2 packets left, I'll save them as rewards. : ) Like, for when I've finished this next 'lestrel/Lutra chapter, and, let's see maybe the original yaoi I started months ago. Yeah! That's a good incentive...

Speaking of original works, I've begun writing a novel, (sorry, no hints, I'm cripplingly secretive about such things : ), and I'm finding it somewhat tricky. I don't doubt that I can write it and make a good job of it too but I need to be in a completely different head-space for it than anything else I'm doing which, at the moment, takes time and preparation. Eh, it'll get easier as I become more familiar with this continuum, I mean I can slip in and out of the AC universe now without a problem. : )

Tuesday, May 06, 2003

*toes curling with delight*

I'm savouring my first taste of Angel Delight ('stonking strawberry' flavour) in what must be 10 years. Gods it's good... We can get it over here, but I've only found the sugar-free variety, which isn't as nice. A sachet of this thick, pinky goodness is enough for a single - admittedly piggy - serve for me.
I am very happy... ^_^
Thank you Joules!
You know how amusing it is in the movies when a child finds the sex toys?

*sigh* Could've been worse, there could have been visitors for him to display his find to...

*changing the subject*
Did you know European wasps don't like Frankincense? They love lime oil though, and sandalwood. How do I know? Empirical testing at the bbq at Hanging rock... A drop of Frankincense oil on my clothes and the barstids didn't come near me. : )
Thank you, Alarice, for the material components of the experiment... the oils, I mean, not the wasps...

Monday, May 05, 2003

Finally took this one... thank you OkapiPrincess...

Cerberus is on the third level.
Have I mentioned I don't like dogs?

The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Third Level of Hell!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)High
Level 2 (Lustful)High
Level 3 (Gluttonous)High
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Moderate
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Low
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Moderate
Level 7 (Violent)Moderate
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Moderate
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Low

Take the Dante's Inferno Hell Test

Hee! *g*

You're Hobbes!
You're Hobbes. First of all, the makers of this
quiz would like to congratulate you. You have
our seal of approval. You are kind,
intelligent, loving, and good-humoredly
practical. You're proud of who you are. At the
same time, you're tolerant of those who lack
your clearsightedness. You're always playful,
but never annoying. For these traits, you are
well-loved, and with good cause.

Which famous feline are you?
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(Oh, that Round Tuit from goodtwin? It's pink! *idiot grin* As is the seahorse mobile. Tch, so excited I'm forgetting details. ^~^)

Have I mentioned that I have the best friends...? *soppy grin*

*happy SQUEAL*

I got a care package from the UK today! (complete with the red cross on the front no less : )
Blimey, where do I start?
Food first.
Twiglets! Jaffa Cakes! Rice crackers! A large selection of sachets of different flavoured hot chocolates! (Including my fav, Turkish Delight, which I ran out of months ago...) Little strawberry kit-kats and... Angel Delight!! *swoons* My favouritest ever pink stuff! 3 packets! Mine! Grrrrrr....
Non perishables (heh, like the 'perishables' are going to be left lying around long enough to get past their use-by dates!)
A beautiful pearl choker that the tenshi has gone all big-eyed over; a little seahorse windchime; a Gravitation CD (*glomps Talon*); a really funny birthday card – chicken?egg? ROFL!; a video of '2002', the Nicholas Tse film Joules was slavering over a while ago – ooh, and a copy of the Dexter's Lab ep with the blue-skinned baddie! AYA!; postcards of Winchester (now, definitely on my list of places to visit : ); a cute little perfume bottle with shrimps on it (mmm... shrimps); 3 little plastic lion-head goldfish (which the cubs are covetting madly – I mean, there's 3 of them, there's 3 of us, what's the problem, mum? Grrrrr... Mine!); and *big eyes* a printed copy of Joules' 'Timeslipping'...
I doubt I'll be getting much work done today. : )
Thanks Joules, & Carol (for the Round Tuit - I can feel the determination kicking in already!) *tackleHUGS*

Sunday, May 04, 2003

The cubs and I went swimming this morning.
In the water I feel I have some sort of grace, unlike on land where I am clumsy and lumbering ... much like a walrus, though without the whiskers...
The cubs voluntarily went into the big pool today ('voluntarily'? Hah! They badgered me into it). Been a while since we went in there, last time, in the shallow end, the water came up to their chin, this time it only came up to their armpits! One cub was even brave enough to go down to the deep end - holding tightly onto me and squeaking all the way - but the other one wouldn't have a bar of it, preferring instead to trot anxiously along the edge of the pool, keeping pace with us. Since they've got their goggles though, they've gotten very good about putting their faces in the water and will happily 'dive' now for several seconds. It's lovely watching them grow more confident.

Och, I'm so full of broccoli goodness I can barely move.
I got a big bag of discounted broccoli the other day and made some soup out of it, with lots of fried garlic. I've been eating it for days. It's not that appetising to look at - yellowish green with little floaty dark bits, and there's a definite texture to it - but it's yummy all the same. It was especially nice with boiled potatoes and cheese. Couldn't tempt the cubs to try any though - what a surprise! *g*
Next week I'm going to try my hand at making some pate (chicken liver with port and sage would be nice), then I can freeze some of it for when I feel like being indulgent but don't actually have the cash to back it up. :)

Well, the seedlings I 'liberated' from the Retreat last weekend - 4 ivy, 3 holly - aren't dead yet so that's a good thing.

The next 'lestrel & Lutra chapter is on the way to completion; been thinking about the next AC chapter; Shinju and Okami are giving me pointed looks having been left hanging at an interesting juncture in their fic and I don't like the way Tulip's eyes are narrowing... Maybe I should get on with something?

WHY when you accidentally delete a folder does it not show up in the recycle bin so you can undelete it? *mutter grumble*
... because the undelete in Winblah is hopeless - fortunately I've got Nortons to play around with. *phew*

One of our tv stations has been endlessly plugging a new series Man & Boy (starring Ioan Griffiths - he of the stockings and curly black hair in the Hornblower telly-movies. Oh no! Archie! *sniffle* *blinks* where was I? It's all very well going off on a tangent but it helps if you can find your way back to your original point…) Anyway, this new series title song is 'What now my love' sung by Frank Sinatra, and it's been bugging me cos I know I've heard it somewhere else.
I remembered today. Miss Piggy did a 'Ravel's Bolero' version of it on the Muppets.
Consequently, I can't give Mr Griffiths new series the seriousness it maybe deserves cos all I can think of during the adds is Miss Piggy…

[... later again...]
However, I'm watching 'Man & Boy' now and it's really good - not thinking about Miss Piggy at all...

[chokes, laughing] And guess what the ningen got....

The Goddess Chaos: Wild, uncontrolled,
unpredictable, crazed, represented by the color
red and the element fire. Her only constant is
that she's never constant. Prone to losing her
considerable temper, but her attention span is
so short that she rarely actually remembers to
punish anyone. A complete hedonist.

Is anyone surprised....?

Heh heh heh...

It's all Joules' fault...

You are a Total Hentai!
Total Hentai

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I am continually impressed with Cowboy BeBop, not just for the storylines but the animation; it's so... detailed, and rich without being cluttered. Absolutely craps on most western animation styles...

*rolling around laughing my effing tits off!*

While sitting in your cage you are a mild mannered
lab monkey, companion of Dexter - Boy Genius.
However, you live a double life - you are in
fact a superhero! Ready to do battle against
the forces of evil and injustice the world

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This is particularly funny cos I watched an episode of Dexter's Lab yesterday in which the Justice Guild figured largely. The earth was attacked by the Silver Spooner - a complete queen - and his master.. who I can't remember his name but he was the 'barbecuer and eater of worlds'. If you're not familiar with the Marvel universe, this was a glorious spoof of Silver Surfer and Colossus. It was a very clever parody and I wet myself laughing, much to my cubs' amusement, they thought that was funnier than the episode...

Right, got this one from Soulsis's blog...

Operas? No, too drama-queeny.
Curly hair? Does Doyle count? *g*
Corsets? Only on others...

The Goddess Life: Represented by the color white
and the element air, Life is all that is good
and true. She loves order, stability, and all
things beautiful and serene. Shows an
inexplicable affinity for operas, curly hair,
and corsets.

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Friday, May 02, 2003

We were late getting to school this morning but it was worth it, I had this amazing dream...

I moved into a big old house with a bunch of friends. The place was nothing to look at on the outside, not very attractive at all, but inside... High ceilings, long, wide corridors, enormous rooms. (The house we stayed at on the weekend obviously had an impact!) My room was huge, big enough that I was dancing around in it and I was thrilled to finally have the space to really use my body. The freedom was exhilarating. : ) I decided though, that I needed to decorate the door of my room with something purple or pink, first so I would be able to pick it out easily from the other, similar looking doors, and second, so that no one would have any problem guessing which was mine. (The house was full of interesting old tatt too, everywhere I looked there was something gorgeous to see, the toaster was amazing! 50's era, I was guessing, pink and silver metal mosaic).
The second, intertwined part of the dream was quite interesting as well. An old - tch, 'lover' isn't the right word - sex partner of mine was getting cosy again. Or trying to. I kept dodging him, but too subtly obviously, I eventually had to tell him outright I wasn't interested. He wanted to know why, I said I was a lesbian and he took it as a personal attack. How could I do that to him?!
I almost relented at that point, but then I got cross. Why should I let his reaction sway me to doing something I really didn't want to? So anyway, he slunk away, affronted and I turned my attention to the pleasures of dancing and settling in. (It's interesting, that's the second time I've come out to someone in a dream...)
Oh, the cubs were there as well, as were soulsis's chicks, but the focus was the house. Just beautiful.

Finally got to see 'Jupiter Jazz pt 2'.
Waaah! *sniffle* Poor Gren...

I will finish my AC chapter today. I will!