Friday, March 28, 2008
So here's what I've read since posting my goals for the year back at the beginning of February.
I went on a bit of a Lois McMaster Bujold binge and plowed my way through a re-read of The Vorkosigan saga starting with The Warriors Apprentice
and following on with, in quick sucession: Cordelia's Honor (Comprising Shards of Honour and Barrayar),
The Vor Game, Cetaganda, Ethan of Athos, Brothers in Arms, Borders of Infinity, Memory, Komarr, A Civil Campaign and Diplomatic Immunity. (Can't be bothered chasing up cover images of all of them) I still find myself engrossed in the stories in these books, delighted by the writing and even laughing out loud at some passages despite having read them many times before.
Next up was If Only They Could Talk by James Herriot.
It's been a while since I last read these. Good fun, though I do have trouble not seeing Tristan as some kind of melange of the TV show character and Dr Who. I think I'll dig out some more Herriot, I'm sure I've got a few of them lying around.
I'm currently reading Peter F. Hamilton's The Dreaming Void.
It seems a little slow to start and hasn't drawn me in quite as quickly as some of his other books did, but I'm interested to see where it's going.
And there you have it. Hmm, that's 12 and a bit books in 8 weeks, I think that's a bit less than my usual rate of consumption.
Can't imagine where he got that line from....
It's a good thing it was Adam on the receiving end of this because I, in the next room, completely failed the do not laugh at your child's outrageous rudeness test and guffawed audibly. That, and the fact that, had I been in the hot seat, the laughter would have been swiftly followed by terrible retribution as the screaming protests continued. My reserves of patience had been exhausted much earlier in the day and this particular performance even had Adam raising his voice - and that doesn't happen very often.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
"Swim, swim, swim, swim...this would work better if there was some water involved."
"Oooo! Who's that I see?"
"Hello my little green friend...you look distressed..."
"Half my dorsal fin broke off, it's tragic I tell you!"
Black cat being inscrutable.
Black cat looking freaky. I wish I'd given him red eyes instead....
Beads with layered dots from last week.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Oh, and Ron Glass too :) I've had a VIP ticket to this event reserved since way back in April last year when they announced a convention which promised 3 Big Damn Heroes, no names confirmed, and have been waiting all that time for confirmation of Captain Tightpants' attendance. It'll be nice if we get a 3rd cast member as well but even if we don't it'll be well worth the wait!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
I've made quite a few beads now that have yet to see the light of blog and I just know you're all dying to see the results of all my hard labour :P So here they are.
Two silver foil-lined beads and one with silver wire wrapped round it. I need to play more with the wire, I couldn't find the right spot in the flame and kept burning through the wire as I applied it to the bead.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
From Nathan Fillion .org
Joss posted in response to a thread on Whedonesque confirming the real and actually happening nature of the project. I can't wait :D :D :D
Joss Whedon Announced today that Nathan Fillion will play the hero in a special Internet Musical.
Whedon reports that during the WGA strike he started writing the musical which will be a limited internet series. Each of the three episodes will be approximately ten minute each.
Co-writers for the internet feature are Joss’ brothers Zack and Jed and Jed’s Fiance Maurissa . The writing has been completed and shooting commenced today.
“It’s the story of a low-rent super-villain, the hero who keeps beating him up, and the cute girl from the laundromat he’s too shy to talk to.” Says Whedon.
“Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” will star Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible, Nathan Fillion as Captain Hammer, Felicia Day as Penny and a cast of dozens.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Recently my mum dug out an old sticker activity books that belonged to me in my primary school days, it was titled Rocks, Minerals and Gemstones. I have field guides to rocks and minerals that I've had on my bookshelves for more than 20 years. I even went so far as to enroll in first year Geology when I was at Sydney Uni despite having no interest in geology as a career simply because I like rocks (it didn't work out - we had to study fossils and I couldn't make head or tail of the buggers). I remember reading articles about mineral formation and composition in the Encyclopedia Britannica the 30 volumes of which dominated the bookshelves in our lounge room, I don't remember the details now of course but I do remember being fascinated by the way that a mineral such as corundum can give rise to so many different colours depending on the impurities present in the crystal (red rubies, blue sapphires and a whole range of other colours which are referred to as yellow sapphire, green sapphire and so on).
A few weeks ago I gave in to the lure of the colour and lustre of some of the gorgeous gemstones on the Fire Mountain site - a collection of intensely green malachite, some lovely rich purple amethysts and the complex rich brown, red and gold of tiger iron made their way to my front door and here's what I've done with them so far.
Tiger iron (a quartz-lignite aggregate found in Australia), tiger jasper (a granular microcrystalline variety of quartz) and antique gold coloured czech glass beads. I'm keeping this one but I've been commissioned to make another for someone after I wore it to their Tupperware party.
The next three are destined for my etsy shop once I've got some photos in slightly better light.
Malachite (Copper Carbonate Hydroxide), cultured pearls, Swarovski crystal and sterling silver.
Malachite, cultured pearls and sterling silver.
Amethyst (quartz crystal with ferric iron and aluminium impurities), malachite, Swarovski crystal and metal beads (I bought these pre any plans to sell stuff and as a consequence I don't know what they're made of).
Wow, this post took quite a while to write, I kept getting side-tracked reading about the mineralogy.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Errr, let's see.
- I gained 0.2kg this week.
- Our iinet connection was installed today against all odds, which, YAY! But in the process the phone socket in the kitchen for our Optus cable land-line was sacrificed so now the answering machine/base station is plugged in to the socket in the study downstairs and we're using one of our secondary handsets instead.
- I sold two necklaces last week, so there's another 2008 goal ticked off.
- David and I went bowling on Sunday morning, my scores were 96 and 69, the symmetry is nice at any rate.
- I washed the curtains that hang right next to the dining table. They were filthy. The washing made very little difference *sigh*
- Caitlin has announced that she wants to go horse-riding. My subtle campaign of pushing horse books over fairy books has paid off. Now all I need to do is get myself down to riding weight so I can go with her.
- Tomorrow is photo day at school. I should probably get Adam to clean their shoes. I wonder if I've got clean decent looking uniforms for them all....
Friday, March 07, 2008
Of course I then spent the next few hours with my scalp itching like crazy and convinced I could feel something actually crawling around up there. I gave in at 1pm and did my own hair. Didn't find even one single bug.
I think I hate them even more than the real ones....
....no, perhaps not.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
I started reading. (Asides by me in green)
Scene 1: The Palace of Duke Theseus
Theseus and Hippolyta enter and take their seats, followed by Philostrate and attendants.
THESEUS. Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour (their wedding day)
Draws on apace (comes soon): four happy days bring in
Another moon: but O, methinks how slow
This old moon wanes! she lingers my desires,
Like to a step-dame, or a dowager,
Long withering out a young man's revenue. (It's only four days away but it seems too long to the duke)
HIPPOLYTA. Four days will quickly steep themselves in night:
Four nights will quickly dream away the time: (It'll go quick enough)
And then the moon, like to a silver bow
New-bent in heaven, shall behold the night
Of our solemnities.(They're getting married when the moon is crescent shaped)
THESEUS. Go Philostrate,
Stir up the Athenian youth to merriments,
Awake the pert and nimble spirit of mirth, (tell all the young people in the city to start celebrating)
Turn melancholy forth to funerals:
The pale companion is not for our pomp. (No misery guts allowed!)
Hippolyta, I wooed thee with my sword,
And won thy love doing thee injuries (Oh dear, that doesn't sound good)
But I will wed thee in another key,
With pomp, with triumph and with revelling. (but we'll have a huge party for our wedding)
Me: Want me to stop?
Them: No, keep going!
Dear god, they wouldn't let me stop! Pretty soon I was asking "Can I stop now?" complete with pathetic whimpering but they were merciless. I eventually got terminally tongue-tied half-way through Act 2 Scene 1 and sent them to bed. I really thought they'd tell me to shut up before I'd reached the end of the first long speech but no - I was even getting laughs in all the right places!
My Nanna (Dad's mum) would have been so proud, she was a complete Shakespeare nut. On the inside cover of that Bernard Miles book it says "To Miriam, Love Nana. 23-10-82" - my 12th birthday present. It would have given her the most enormous pleasure to know that her love of the bard which she shared with me is now being shared with her great grandchildren.
Mind you, all I can think of now is "Strangely enough, it all turns out well. How? I don't know. It's a mystery." and "I have a new play. What's it called? Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter." and most importantly "You see - comedy. Love, and a bit with a dog. That's what they want." I'll just have to go watch the movie again I guess. Such hardship!
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
I suppose it's something to do with him having turned into quite a pleasant human being whose company I rather enjoy. Who'd've thunk it? That and I'm a bit over the whole come along and cheer for your team/school spirit thing.
So he came with me to Weight Watchers (I lost 0.3kg, still heading in the right direction), we wandered in JB HiFi for a bit (he pointed out all the cool games he'd really like for his birthday and I bought a Whitlams CD), we had some lunch (KFC for him, beef pho for me) and went to Games Workshop and retrieved the paints he'd accidentally left there on the weekend.
Then we went clothes shopping. I made him try on a whole bunch of pants and tops and we found one shirt, one hoodie and one pair of pants in Myer that were ok but it was jeans we were really after for him and nothing in the Myer or Target kid's sections came even close to fitting. So we headed off to Just Jeans where he eventually ended up finding a pair of mens jeans that fit nicely...if you didn't pay too much attention to the 30cm of excess length in the legs. Then in a fit of being realistic I decided that taking them to a tailor to be altered was a really good idea, which we duly did and they were done within the hour which meant we could pick them up before we came home. Much better than having them sit in my sewing to do pile for 6 months. While waiting for the alterations I dragged Dave along to Target so I could try on some jeans myself, I've had one pair self-destruct and another looking like they're on their last legs this last week. Got 2 pairs and they were 20% off too which was nice. Next was a quick grocery shop, dump a bunch of stuff in the car and then dash back to pick up the altered jeans.
After all of which we had no time left to go home and had to head to the school to pick up Caitlin and Tom. I think maybe Dave was regretting foregoing the carnival by the end of the day. At least he got some exercise, we must have done the length of Hornsby Westfield multiple times - I can certainly feel the effects of all the walking tonight!
Caitlin was over the moon, she'd come 1st in the 25m kickboard race and 3rd in the 25m freestyle race, she reckons she'd have done better if she hadn't forgotten to take her goggles with her. The first ever sporting win of any kind for any of my kids :) Perhaps she'll consider entering some of the 50m races next year.
The afternoon consisted of prodding kids to do homework, taxiing Caitlin to dance classes and cooking steak and kidney. All of which went surprisingly well. The homework all got done without any yelling on my part, I fitted dinner preparation neatly in between car trips with Caitlin and my dad came to dinner and was suitably appreciative, none of the kids were rude about the meal (though Tom was the only one who ate everything) and there was just enough left over for me to stick a couple of lunch-sized serves in the freezer for later.
And now I am tired. Sleep sounds good....
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Baked dinner - leg of lamb and all the usual good stuff - special request from Tom
Plum pudding and custard - we still have some left in the freezer
Steak and kidney & mashed potato - attempt number two, my dad comes to dinner on Tuesdays, he'll appreciate this even if no-one else does
Fruit & yoghurt
Oven baked cajun fish, chips & salad
Jelly & fruit
Crockpot chicken curry & rice- I googled crockpot chicken curry and this one popped up so I thought I'd try it.
Fruit & yoghurt
BBQ steak, sausages and salad
Fruit & yoghurt
Stir fry pork & veg with rice
Fruit & yogurt