Dec. 8th, 2009 07:44 pm
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Red Umbrella)
From [ profile] purplesparkler
Meme participation, if desired:
• Leave me a comment saying "Free Helicopters On Demand"
• I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can satisfy my curiosity.
• Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
• Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions. (Or not, it's up to you)
meme! )
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Changling 103 (horns and music))
It is 8.00pm on a grocery shopping night and I have been home for over an hour. I really dislike shopping straight after work; I much prefer our usual way of meeting at Borders or Arty Bees, having dinner and then going shopping. If it's after dinner I don't want to be there and I don't care but I'm relaxed, full of good food and it's not particularly crowded. If it's straight after work (or a lecture in my case), I don't want to be there, but I'm irritable and there are lots of people there. *grump*

On the other hand, I successfully managed to do things like buy chai tea (which I've been missing) and found frozen edamame at the Asian supermarket on Dixon St. Last time I looked for them there, I didn't know what they looked like and the assistant didn't know they had them either. Or maybe they didn't have them then.

I also have two new issues of Astro City. Considering the last time I went in there was about a month ago, to have two new issues is both surprising and awesome.

In response to both [ profile] mmegaera and [ profile] marsden_online the desktop meme.

  1. Anyone who looks at this entry has to can post this meme and their current wallpaper at their livejournal.
  2. Explain in five sentences or less why you are using that wallpaper.
  3. Don't change your wallpaper before doing this! The point is to see what you had on!

This is dawn over Wellington Harbour, from a view along Lennel Rd, just after the cutting (or before, if you're coming up from town). I took the photo walking into work a couple of months ago. It was a pretty dawn and a pretty photo. However, this meme has reminded me that it's time for a change. Not sure what I'll use next; I'll have to troll my picture files.
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Reality is overrated)
A meme, because I can )

[ profile] thesane arrived here yesterday around lunchtime and since then we have looked at many many colours of fabric and eventually ended up with a green/purple shot dupion silk for the bridesmaid dresses. It was a much faster process than we expected. Done a bit of other shopping as well.

I have made two batches of standard italian parsley pesto (from the Joy of Cooking cookbook), since the Stephanie's Cook's Companion recipe lasted under a week. This will take even less time to get through, I think. I also made delicious steak pie from one of Tessa Kiros' books last night and there is moroccan apricot lamb cooking in the oven at the moment from my new Alison Lannigan cookbook.

I have also successfully mended clothing; that is, I have sewen on two buttons and started stitching up the leather on my suade coat. There is much more to do on it than I thought before I can patch the lining. Then I have to mend the pocket on my brown coat, possibly the side-seams on my green skirt and then I can get back to the crossstitch. I don't think I can be bothered starting the embroidery on my brown coat, especially since I still need to decide what sort of pattern I want. I almost want to upsize the pansies on the Elizabethan bag [ profile] thesane made me. We'll see.

David Eddings died the other night. Tor has a fairly nice obituary for him on their website. I feel sad at his passing. Along with Anne McCaffrey, his books were the first serious fantasy I read. I think I was in third form at the time - thirteen or fourteen. I bought all I could find second hand and I still have them on my shelves. They were reread this year; get reread every four or five years now. I can see all the things that are wrong with them, but they were still books that began to shape my view of fantasy.
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Cellarius Harmoniamacrocosmica)
Gacked from [ profile] mmegaera

1) Is your kitchen large, medium, or small? Medium, not small, not huge. Plenty of space to work with.
2) How many people do you typically feed at the main meal of the day? Three
3) How often do you cook recipes that require assembly (rather than just heating premade items)? Usually when I'm the one cooking; a couple of times a week or so.
4) What is your favorite heat-producing kitchen appliance? My barbeque!
5) What is your favorite non-heating kitchen appliance? The dishwasher.
6) Do you like specialized gadgets and tools, or consider them a waste of space? They're fun, particularly the tools. Don't tend to get around to using the gadgets.
7) Do you cook from recipes, by intuition, or both ways? Recipes, mainly. I'll do the occasional pasta sauce, stir fry or casserole from scratch, but prefer recipes.
8) How many cookbooks do you have? I have maybe eight or so, plus a folder that recipes I get from newspapers and magazines go in. Between my flatmates and myself, we probably have a couple of dozen cookbooks.

Started Litigation today. I have the horrible feeling that I'm going to be one of the people who talk, because a minute and a half of silence after the lecturer has asked a question is too much. And he groaned when I said the name of my law firm. *sighs* It's not like I'm in Commerical Property or Litigation.

If it wasn't almost raining this morning and hadn't rained overnight, I would have been a lot more disturbed at the guy randomly chucking his lit cigarette away before he hopped on the bus this morning. As it is, given the current events in Australia and the sheer amount of gorse around here, I still wish he'd been more careful.
nishatalitha: image: girl doing a cartwheel on a bench.  ferns in foreground that look like koru (Cartwheel)
Gakked from [ profile] coalboy
Bold any that you have done. Use italics for any you want to do. Use strikeout for any you really don't want to do.

Have You Done )
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Woman and book)
1. Comment on this post.
2. I will give you a letter.
3. Think of 5 fictional characters and post their names and your comments on these characters in your LJ.

[ profile] kikibug13 gave me K )

Coming up with five characters was much more challenging than I expected - mostly because I had trouble thinking of characters I like whose names begin with K. I'm sure I would have had exactly the same problem with any other letter, though. I think I put down every single character I thought of - in that order, too.

I've been rereading The Curse of Chalion again over the last couple of days. I limit myself to reading it about twice or four times a year now, and I think it's been about six months since I last read it. While I hadn't forgotten how much I enjoy it, at the same time, I delighted in sinking into the glorious use of language and images.

This time, it was the visual images that I noticed the most. While I think it's too internal a book to be filmed at all well, Bujold's descriptions and use of language make it a very visually appealing book. Besides, I've read or participated in a few casting discussions since I last read it, and while I read it, I got a lot of almost movie quality images in my head, not any action scenes, but just about all of the small group scenes; this time I could see detail, not just outline; full faces, not just sketch figures. I was paying attention to the use of colour, so vividly present in the Five Gods books anyway, texture and sound; poetry echoes and thunders.

There are reasons this book has been top of my favourite books list since it was published seven years ago and one of them is that I can still get new things out of it on the twenty plus read through.

Time to go to bed now; I think the changeover to daylight savings has affected me more than I thought - I'm exhausted.
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Woman and book)
Thought I'd go again. This time from [ profile] mmegara. When you see a Bujold quote on your flist, post another one and see what happens.

Prayer, he suspected as he hoisted himself up and turned for the door, was putting one foot in front of the other. Moving all the same.

Two sentences that have had an enormous impact on me and how I approach prayer.
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Swing in Garden)
Grab the nearest book. Find the 5th sentence on page 23. Append it to the paragraph below.

silly )

Bujold quote meme. Technically, I should have done about ten of these by now. Oh well, at least I've managed to do one.

Bujold Quote Meme
From [ profile] coalboy: when you see a Bujold quote, post another Bujold quote in your LJ, and see how long we can keep it going. From Curse of Chalion

"So we prepare today not for grievious wedding but joyous funeral. I trust you ladies will contain your gless in public?"

There's also a Pratchett one of the same ilk floating around, but my Pratchett books are further away and I can't be bothered. Yes, I realise this is a distance of about two metres. But then I have to choose one.

I get the Estates test results tomorrow. I'm kinda dreading it. I've probably passed, but certainly not well. [ profile] sartorias has posted an intersting discussion on literary and SF fiction, and a link to another interesting discussion on the same topic. Worth reading, have a few new authors I think I might try to see if I like them or not.
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (what are you reading)
Gacked from [ profile] sraun while avoiding studying. This isn't America, but still seems relevant.


Am currently working my way through For Whom The Bell Tolls and Conveyancing Law Handbook (3rd ed). By doing this meme, cooking dinner, dishes and going to read something else on the internet, I am avoiding studying. Am quite tired and headachy. I wonder if I'll actually get any study done tonight. I'm thinking about Property Law and I work within property law (there will be some conveyancing for an acquisition to do tomorrow) - does that count?
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Shoe)

The first time I got this, I was something like 6.45am, which is an hour I loathe being awake at, despite this being a relatively frequent occurance, so I tried again. Have got this twice now.

Work is going well. I'm the only LA there today and tomorrow and I seem to be coping well enough. I've even caught up on some electronic filing - there's not nearly as much of a backlog for PJS now.

Am going to get my eyes checked in a couple of weeks as I think the long-sightedness is getting worse; it certainly is taking me longer to refocus my eyes when I suddenly change what distance I'm looking at something.

On Tuesday, I played for One Crew Over the Cuckoo's Nest instead of Dirty Creature, because the Crew were shorter on people than we were (and because the only non-creature t-shirt I had was the one I wore to the gym that morning and I wasn't prepared to let anyone else wear it). It's the first time I've played a league game for a non-Creature team and it felt very strange not to be in a bright colour. That being said, I played all but the first two points and I played relatively well. I was pleased with how I did and while I was tired at the end, I wasn't completely exhausted and could have probably played another couple of points before saying that it was my turn to have a point off.

I would like whoever came up with the bright idea of having a five minutes whistle to be taken out and shot. I had no idea that such a thing had been introduced, was rather thrown by it and as direct result think it's a stupid idea and should be discontinued. I thought it was the end of the game. It felt like the end of the game - and if they're going to use something like that they should at least start on time!

Playing against the Creatures, I once more noticed that things went a lot better when there were short passes and the disc was worked up and down the field. People seem to be cutting pretty well and disc handling skills (except in the end zone for some reason) are good. It's just the long passes don't seem to work very well most of the time and work brilliantly the rest of the time. I suppose that's a matter of learning how to judge the game and the players. Although as [ profile] house_monkey pointed out later, a long pass for some people is a short pass for others and so on.

I do seem to have messed up my ankle a bit; the one I sprained last year. I think it's a combination of the high heels I wore to the wedding and the long game on Tuesday. I know I twinged it on Tuesday at least once and at the wedding, I kept getting the right heel stuck in a crack at the edge of the floor which would then wrench my ankle. I'm going to be in sneakers when I can be for a while, I think; leave the gym until Monday (not that I went today anyway); and take it easy at practice on Saturday. Walking in sneakers seems to be okay, but I'll be wearing the flattest shoes I own to work tomorrow. My shoe heels have been getting progressively lower all week.


May. 28th, 2003 03:07 pm
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It turns out that I have a form of Strep Throat. Go me. I have been put on a ten day course of penecillian, and it's rather nice that I don't have to take it with food. That would just be irritating, although having to calculate eating one hour after taking the capsule or taking it two hours after eating might get annoying sometime in the next week.

The blankety-blank doctor sent the referral off to the gynaecologist on Friday - after I called, no doubt. Made some comment about waiting for all my files to arrive from Hamilton since "this is such a complex case". Bah. I filled out that form three weeks ago, same time as I asked for that referral! Surely it shouldn't take three weeks to get it down here? Still, Dr. Hannah B. Koya should be contacting me sometime next week about making an appointment, and this will be a Good Thing. It's still rather annoying that I've had to wait for this long, though.

... worked out last night one reason why I'm not sleeping very well, and keep waking up during the night this morning. It's because I'm cold. It must be time to put the blankets on the bed again. I am also going to try to avoid going out at night because of the sore throat. I'll try and get online more often, too.

Would you be his friend?
You are Mr. Teatime from Terry Pratchett's
You are a sociopathic assassin who would like to
kill every fairytale character, including the
Discworld equivalent of Santa Claus.
Strangely, nobody wants to be your friend.

Which Cool Evil Guy Are You?
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And I wasn't even trying for the same one as zanne's! Maybe I should take the test again and see if I come up with something different. ...the pretty dagger is very appealing, though...

I think I'm only going to stay for Brimstone at VUWSF tonight. I don't like Earth Final Conflict or Andromeda and I've seen what Buffy is on tonight. I think I might go home early and go online or something. Talk to Craig's girlfriend Theresa who might be moving in soon, when Mary leaves. See if she can handle what rules we have in the flat.

Might get something to eat soon. I have leftover chocolate from Greek, but somehow, I don't think that classifies as any sort of proper meal.


May. 12th, 2003 11:11 pm
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Default)
Goddess of the Night. Beautiful yet a strange
darkness and sadness lurk about you.

What element would you rein over? (For Girls)
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I did wonder if there was an Autumn one, but there doesn't seem to be, and Night suits me remarkably well.

Can someone tell me how to do those hideaway links? maudlinrose...


May. 12th, 2003 03:36 pm
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Default)
You are smart and sexy!

Which Ultimate Beautiful Woman are You?
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Heh. Big surprise. I like the picture.
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Default)
The Ice Princess-- Not exactly what anyone would consider a typical Gryffindor. You are brave, and you tend to be a moral person, but most people in general don't understand you, and th
The Ice Princess

What Type of Gryffindor Are You?
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*amused* Should I have expected something different?

Master of Puppets-- Well liked enough for a background person-- your ambitions lie in the fact that you know too much. Charming,usually nice and gentle... would would the point in making peop
The Master of Puppets (The art of making people
believe what you wanted was their idea)

What Type of Slytherin Are You?
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Hmmmm. *reconsiders plans*


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