nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (what are you reading)
I have managed to get my tabs down to one row (with room to spare) on Annabelle. Admittedly, I have mainly accomplished this by tagging things on delicious with 'toread' as one of the tags, but still! Success!

We had dinner at home tonight after going grocery shopping - a roast chicken, pesto and cheese on bought bread. Oh, and feta stuffed baby pepperdews. It was yummy, but I much prefer our usual method of going out to dinner first and then going grocery shopping, not least because the supermarket is less crowded later.

[livejournal.com profile] katrin passed Nocturnes: five stories of music and nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro onto me some months ago, and I finally got around to reading it at the weekend. Beautifully bittersweet and I really enjoyed them. Thanks!

I am also working my way through the series by Sherwood Smith. I loved the Crown Duel/Court Duel duology when I was a teenager (I always preferred Court Duel of the two, and still do), so when I started following her blog ([livejournal.com profile] sartorias) and found out she'd written a lot more than I'd realised, the city library not being in the habit of collecting them, I went and bought Inda.

And I found it lacked some of the lightness and joy of Crown Duel/Court Duel and I miss that feeling. Rather than buy the rest - I want to read them, but not own them - I asked the library to purchase them and most of her other books (it turns out you can submit one list with one author/multiple titles with isbn and they're okay with that). My request was successful and as a result, I am now slowly working my way through Book Four of Inda: Treason's Shore, which has the same problem as the previous ones.

The world building is well done - it is complex, clearly thought out, there is no one obviously superior country, they all have their own cultures and languages and these make a difference. It is crafted really well. Craftwise, they are much better than the earlier ones. Yet they lack something, and words fail me. Maybe I should have done some more any English Lit at uni and then I might be able to explain properly.

I have similar problem with some of Carol Berg's books, but in that case, I wasn't able to get into an entire series at all and thus didn't read any of it. The Inda books differ because I can get into them, and I am interested in seeing how the story ends, but I'm struggling.

Does anyone else have this problem? Not with these books, necessarily, but in general - respecting the crafting of a book, and liking other books by the author, but just not being able to be caught up by that one (or four)?
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Ha ha tee hee)
What she said.

Also, today's xkcd rocks.
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Question mark - Discworld)
[livejournal.com profile] maudlinrose and I were talking last night about New Zealand having an unwritten constitution and the fact that we thought this was preferable, and depending on the government, far more flexible. The unwritten constitution includes the Magna Carta, the Human Rights Act 1993, the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, and many other documents.

And yes, with a simple majority, the Crown could repeal BORA - the Crown is bound by the Act in exactly the same way as it is by Affordable Housing: Enabling Territorial Authorities Act 2008, which is proposed to be repealed in the Infrastructure Bill. The Crown can legally overturn any piece of legislation that it wants if it has a majority in the House. In practical and political terms, overturning BORA would be far more challenging (they chip away at it instead).

Then we got onto the idea of all law ultimately being a construct, which is something the two of us have discussed before, and something that I quite firmly believe. Yes, it's simplified, but I think it's a simplification that works.

Law is a construct - an idea or series of ideas - that is collectively bought into and followed by a group of people, like any other rules of behaviour for groups. It's just that law has been written down so that everyone knows what the rules are and when people (or companies) break them, because you don't automatically know the unwritten rules of a group.

I get frustrated when random people during the week do not follow the keep-left rule on the main street through town. There are many office workers there, and we automatically kept left; it allows for faster flow of foot traffic. It is noticable if someone does not do so. That is a collective construct of behaviour by the public in that area.

We buy into the construct because it makes our lives easier. Sometimes law codifies constructs that are already socially in place; BORA is a good example of that. Sometimes law codifies what people want to be the social construct in place, such as with the Civil Union Act 2004.

Law being a construct is not necessarily a bad thing; it ties into the very basis of group dynamics. Just because it has been written down, does not mean it's a bad thing.

And because I want to see if we're alone in this, have a poll:

[Poll #1530335]

Catch up

Feb. 25th, 2010 07:39 pm
nishatalitha: image: girl doing a cartwheel on a bench.  ferns in foreground that look like koru (Cartwheel)
Have been up and down with tiredness and energy and was completely distracted for a bit by Settlers 6. Did three half days last week and am paying for it this week by being insanely busy. This wasn't helped by our fridge dying on Monday night.

Tuesday (already a busy day at work) was thus compounded by all my breaks being related to the purchase of a replacement fridge, which meant that I played all of two or three points of Ultimate before crashing.

Wednesday, having overdone it the previous day, passed in a haze of exhaustion, occasional stupid questions to my lawyers, being ridiculously busy at work, and being called at 8.50am by the fridge delivery people saying the fridge would arrive between 9.30 and 10.00am. My protests that I'd requested an afternoon delivery and 2 hours notice were not headed. [livejournal.com profile] maudlinrose and I dropped everything, were home for about ten minutes by the time the delivery people arrived, and were out of the house by 9.50am. I was annoyed enough by this that I called up the store we bought the fridge from, complained and they have refunded the home delivery fee.

The new fridge now has our old magnets and the magnetic erotic poetry set that [livejournal.com profile] purplesparkler and [Unknown site tag] gave us for Christmas over it. There is now NSFW paragraphs over it. My mother is visiting in a month - it might need to be rearranged before then.

Today has been much better, despite not getting enough sleep last night. I keep forgetting I tend to cope slightly better on some sleep deprivation...

Anyway, on Tuesday night while I was watching my team play as I sat exhausted on the sideline, I was taking photos. I actually got a good action one...

Assorted photos, not just frisbee> <a href= )
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Dead have Highways (Stephen King))
I went back to the physio today. My ankle is feeling much better - there has been a noticeable improvement in stability and pain levels since I was last there. The swelling has also gone down a lot on both my ankle and my knee.

This meant that she could look at my knee and work out what I actually did to it. Turns out I have ruptured the ligaments on the outside of my left knee. Fortunately, it seems that I didn't do the internal ones, which means no reconstructive knee surgery for me. I have more exercises to do, another visit on Friday, instructions to keep icing it, and the expectation of increased pain when the swelling in the knee goes down more. Oh, joy.

I am going to be out of frisbee for the next two weeks for certain. No running practice for me. I might manage to make it down for throwing/catching practice, but it will be hard to resist running, so maybe not. It'll be another two to four weeks after that before I'll be allowed to play again, depending on how things heal. If I was playing a sport that wasn't as injury-ridden as frisbee, I'd be allowed back sooner, but as it is, no frisbee for [livejournal.com profile] nishatalitha

[livejournal.com profile] maudlinrose has this fanvid by Seah and Margie to a song called Handlebars by The Flobots. It's a very clever meta look at the powers that the Doctor has and what he does with them. It's disturbing and slightly depressing and in the end, he's always alone. And somewhat crazy. Dr Who: The Water of Mars reminded me a lot of that vid, only it's an hour instead of a few seconds.

The Doctor has always been a bit crazy; I think that's a prerequisite for who he is. And Christopher Eccleston did the quietly going crazy PTSD Doctor very well. David Tenant does an excellent version of the pieces visibly falling apart in a sort of manic hysterical way. At this point, I'm starting to think that the most merciful thing for him would be to either take him to a nice quiet place where people live long lives and leave him there for fifty years or so, or to end it permanently. But neither of those make for good television.

And time has Fixed Points and if the Doctor can change one of those, what else can he change? What else will he change.

So, just as at the end of the Easter special, the Doctor is alone: Sarah Jane has her son and her own life; Jack is either with Torchwood or wandering the universe for a bit; Martha is a capable and respected member of UNIT (and possibly Torchwood) and has a much loved fiancee; Rose is in some sort of alternate dimension with a human version of the Doctor; and Donna is not allowed to remember. They have all chosen, or had chosen for them, lives without him. Being the last of your species would suck.

I was very impressed with the actor playing Adelaide Brooke, and with the character. Now there is a woman with a spine of steel. I liked her much more than I liked Dr River Song (although not as much as I like Donna). At some point, I may watch it again for her. I wanted to cry at the end, because she was right and she made things right.

I also read an interesting novella called Purple and Black by K J Parker today. It reminded me of The Prince and of Roman history - Vespasian and Hadrian. Ignore the timing issues; they're not important. And for all of the book's overt political and military focus, it's really a book about friendship and ideals. Once you have power, how do you give it up? It's not a happy-squee-joyful book; heartbreaking comes closer to the truth. I want a copy and will be looking out for other books by this author.
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Geek in Disguise (Merlin))
So [livejournal.com profile] get_together was excellent. However, one thing I learned from the weekend is to take the Monday after off work. Even if I'm not completely peopled out by Sunday night, I'm not going to want to see anyone on Monday. I woke up today in much the same state, so called in. I will have to go out - I have a lecture at 5.30pm and we should get our results back from the terms test two weeks ago.

cut for those who weren't there )

Right. Time to go. Hopefully, I didn't fail.

EDIT: Yay, I did not fail. I got 82.5% (I need to work on the basic criminal law aspect) and skipped out early because we were covering conflicts of interest and fiducary duties. Although these are intersting topics, I discovered that staying home from work today was the correct choice because thinking was a challenge.
nishatalitha: image: girl doing a cartwheel on a bench.  ferns in foreground that look like koru (Cartwheel)
I accidentally stood up the person I was supposed to meet for lunch (cellphone was dead, wasn't in my calendar and I forgot) and went to the library instead.

Along with others, I got out The Bone Tiki by David Hair, which is a new young adult New Zealand fantasy novel. It's very New Zealand; so much so that I'm not sure how well people who don't know the country will follow it. So much of what happens in the book assumes an inherent cultural knowledge - it's not something I'm really capable of judging. Although things are explained, they're explained to the level of a local reader. One thing I really liked about it was that Maori words were not in italics to indicate a foreign language, but in the same text as the rest of the book to show their everydayness.

I have to admit, one of the things I enjoyed about this book was the trip through the New Zealand countryside from Napier to Taupo, along the Waikato River through Hamilton, to Auckland and eventually to Kaitaia, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. I grew up in Hamilton and did some study on the Land wars, so the countryside, both now and parallel is familiar. It tries to deal with the intermingling of Maori and European (Pakeha is not a word I use to describe myself), but ends up being far more about good vs evil. However, the theme of joining together, working together as Maori and European, both of New Zealand is very strong, symbolised most obviously by a koru-and-celtic-knot pendant. Concerns of the country brought down to family size, if that makes sense.

There is a clever take on the all-stories-are-true concept and I quote: ...every land has a shadow twin. The real land is where the people live and die - but the shadow land is where all the things those people believed and remembed still exist. This is mostly set in New Zealand Aotearoa's shadow land, and people can move between the two. Plus there is an awesome haka. And, you know, Maori myth and legend, nineteenth century settlers, evil tohunga, good tohunga, warriors and vagabonds - all you would expect, really.

This is a first novel, but it is a good, fun first novel (I really wish publishers would stop saying books are first novels as it really puts me off). The Bone Tiki is engaging - it kept me occupied waiting for the bus, on the bus and after I got home and had to finish it - with interesting concepts and I look forward to seeing what the author can do with future works. I'll certainly be keeping an eye out for future works of his. I will probably even buy them. I will certainly reread this one; probably tomorrow.

Musings

May. 21st, 2009 10:01 pm
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Happiness (Bard))
So, which way do you see the dancer turning?

So [livejournal.com profile] maudlinrose and I were talking after dinner and we decided that we're actually pretty grateful for the year or two after university working in shitty jobs.

From early 2005 - mid 2006, I worked at the Bolton Hotel as a cleaner. I'd just washed out of teacher's college and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life instead. Glancing over a few of my posts from that time I don't seem to be talking about work much; more about what I was feeling and doing the rest of the time.

I seem so young!

It's not the work I remember from those years (although the techniques in cleaning bathrooms have not been forgotten), but the gaming, the people, the putting my head straight and getting on with my life. The mental space to be someone other than a student.

And yes, money was tight and for the most part I lived in a really crappy flat. But I remember being happy. I grew into myself some more. I appreciate that time.

So, who else has had a crappy job that was actually worth it?
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Cumbria)
It is the most glorious evening tonight. After a stressful day at the office (bloody partners not around to sign things) and work drinks, I came home and sat outside on the deck reading Essie Summers Mills&Boon romances from the late 60s and 70s in the cool of the evening.

All the deck doors were wide open to the pohutukawas and the tuis called occasionally and as I went to go inside, having cooled down enough, there was the whirr of a kererū's wings overhead and off into the valley.

It's a still night tonight; my windows are wide open and the deck doors haven't been closed yet. I am discovering that while I can touch type, I'm not nearly so good at it when my monitor is the only light in the room and moths are leaving grubby marks on it. Getting the hang of it again.

I think I like the view from our deck more than I like the view from any of the terraces. One feels more immediately in the midst of things on the deck, whereas you overlook our roof from the terrace. But the deck has the pohutukawas surrounding it, softening the view over the valley lights away and below.
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Horizons (SGA))
I have Bujold's new book. *gloats* It's the fourth in her Sharing Knife series, and now that I've read Horizon I can see why she wanted to call the second duology The Wide Green World.

Currently on the second read through and really enjoying it. Horizon concludes the story in a way that Legacy didn't and couldn't. I'm satisfied by the ending and I want more stories - even as the world expands and Dag and Fawn's knowledge and experience expand, at the same time, you wind up, you wind in as they come more together. And the world is a wide green place and I want to know what happens to other people. I want to see Luthlia.

People on the Bujold mailing list have been comparing it to a Western, but I've read westerns - well, Louis L'Amour and Zane Grey mostly - enough to know the genre, anyway. The Sharing Knife books don't feel like a western novel to me. They feel more like what Hamilton Public Library classified as Saga. I never read much of the Saga section; I was always more interested in the romance, science-fiction and fantasy sections, but Jeanette Oke and the like were shelved in that section. Ongoing stories, about the same families of people, set in the same world. The ones I read tended to have some sort of morality tale in the background (or the foreground). A lot of them were Christian.

And while the Sharing Knife series are clearly fantasy, are clearly romance (well, Beguilement anyway), are clearly set in America - I don't think they're westerns. Certainly not westerns as [livejournal.com profile] mashugenah would describe them!

One thing I've discovered as I've awaited each new book over the past few year is that the Sharing Knife books have grown on me. I adored Chalion from the very beginning and loved the universe. I wasn't so fond of Legacy (it would be my least favourite of the series), but the world has intrigued me more and more over the past few years, just as Miles-before-Memory has lost his appeal. I tried describing it to [livejournal.com profile] tamarillow as that the Sharing Knife books are like a second-hand coat, brought with memories already embedded and something you shape anew for yourself, whereas the Five Gods books are like a made to measure coat; fits instantly and comfortably. I'm not sure the analogy holds up particularly well, but the gist of is that both stories fit me in different ways.

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18 Dec. 6th, 2008 12:21 am
nishatalitha: image: girl doing a cartwheel on a bench.  ferns in foreground that look like koru (Cartwheel)
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nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Eagle Nebula)
Got hit in the glasses with a frisbee on Tuesday night. Friendly fire. As a consequence, my right eye has been a bit swollen the last couple of days; not much, just enough to make wearing glasses decidedly uncomfortable and leaves me with the choice of having a headache from not wearing my glasses or having a headache from the pressure while wearing them.

Took yesterday off work, did a lot of housework and got really bored from not being able to read or go on the computer much. Was mildly entertained by the Jehovah's Witnesses who called. I'm terrible at getting rid of such people - I get the fact that I'm a Christian and belong to a Baptist church out there and then see what tack they take.

This lot tried talking about the name of the LORD as written in the Bible, and why you don't see Jehovah written in the Bible anymore. *shrugs* Unfortunately for them, I'd already heard both reasons they gave and don't see why, if you show respect in the use thereof, it matters whether His name is written the LORD, I AM, Father, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, Jesus, the Prince of Peace, or the Holy Spirit. Which name is used where if often important, although neither they nor I went into that, because it can show which aspect of Him is foremost, but the who and how that is being referenced is what's really important, not whether you use YHWH, the LORD, Jehovah or Adonai.

This is not to say that I don't occasionally argue finer points of interpretation at times, because I do quite happily. It's just as I get older and I mellow, some of the specifics become less important in favour of the general.

Karori!

Sep. 4th, 2008 10:02 pm
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Dead Cthulu)
September is the insanely busy month in my flat - indeed, we're into the busy-ness by the end of August. So why, if we were sane, would we be thinking about moving in a few weeks? Place is out in Karori; I haven't seen it myself, but [livejournal.com profile] tamarillow and [livejournal.com profile] maudlinrose say that apart from the location and the timing, it's everything we could want. I'm going out to see it tomorrow after work.

Has anyone else had problems being overcharged with Snapper on the Mairangi bus route going into town? It's worth checking your balance, as both [livejournal.com profile] maudlinrose and I have been. We've both called about it and the people at the other end of the line have been both nice and sympathetic, but so far, ultimately unhelpful.

On the other hand, problems with Snapper triggered a spate of awful fish related puns this afternoon; I got some odd looks when I was cracking up as silently as I could at my desk.

I've rediscovered that watching something from my bed before I go to sleep is actually a better way to wind down and get into the mood for sleeping than reading in bed is. It's a lot easier to stop watching something when your eyes can't focus anymore than it is to stop reading a book. I'm much better about not watching another episode than I am about reading another chapter. I must keep this in mind after I've finished Read or Die and Witch Hunter Robin.

More work stuff: I rearranged PJS' office yesterday so that files are now all in alphabetical order. I'm currently doing DMH's office. She's away skiing in Wanaka at the moment, so I left it in a mess at the end of the day. She recently did a purge of stuff and has left me with a pile of stuff to put into new folders, so I rather think she's going to end up with more folders on her shelves than she had to begin with and that's with me getting rid of things easily available online, like the LINZ Acreditation Standards.

I've been reading Margaret Mahy young adult books recently; the ones I never read when I was a teenager. After all, what older book of hers could possibly compare to The Changeover. Wasn't hugely impressed with some of them. Catalogue at the End of the Universe was neat - Tycho is an awesome character - but Angela is too prickly for me to connect with. On the other hand, Memory, which I read today, resonates with me. Not so much like The Changeover does; more in the way that Chalion or maybe The Silver Metal Lover do. For the most part though, I like her short stories and children's books better.
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Default)
The cats got to the vet today for their annual check ups. They were both well-behaved - Tobias, in particular garnered a number of compliments - and while we had trouble getting Jemima into the box at home, at the vet's she was absolutely fine. They're both in excellent condition, but we need to get a fleabomb and some Advantage, mostly for preventitive purposes, and they need minor dental work, followed by dental cat biscuits. They got some fresh oxheart as a treat when they got home.

Mine appears to have forgiven me (we forgot to unlock the catdoor when we got home, so they were both stuck outside) and is now curled up on my bed having a wash, which will probably be followed by a nap as she looks rather settled. And now they can got to the cattery over Christmas without any medical hassles. Vaccination books updated and everything.

I managed to get something done today that I've been saying I would do all week if it was fine enough and meant to do last weekend but forgot/ran out of time: I got the shovel and a bucket and dug up a lot of the dirt that got stuck in the dip in our access path, blocking the drain. It's still rather slippery, but hopefully it won't flood the next time it rains. Considering I was woken up with hail this morning and more rain is predicted Sunday/Monday and beyond, it will get tested soon. I just wish I'd taken before and after pictures!

[livejournal.com profile] sartorias has interesting things to say or interesting links to things about fiction, fanfiction and writing. I'm reading it and it's forcing me to think about why I like some books and not others and is world-building more important than good writing (no - I'll happily read a good story with bad world-building but I'd rather not read a bad story or uninteresting story set in a good workd) and what makes a good villan.

Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear's A Companion to Wolves reminds me heavily of Pern in some respects and is making me think about consent. Fullmetal Alchemist is also making me think a bit, although that's a lot more nebulous.
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Woman and book)
For the second day in a row, I have left my reading glasses on my desk at work. Maybe I need to put a reminder into my calender take them home at the end of the day. I'm fine at home without them, usually, but sometimes there is stuff with small text for which it would be easier to have them - it's rare I can be bothered adjusting text size on the monitor.

My fuzzy Wisper threads arrived for me at work today. The seller forgot to put my name on them - I'm sure I clearly said [livejournal.com profile] nishatalitha c/- S_G... Nonetheless, they found their way to me. They really are fuzzy (mohair) and look very neat, but I doubt I'll be able to use them until I'm up to the beading on the whole thing - I'm scared they'll flatten.

Haven't been online since early Tuesday night, was hardly on on Monday and as a result have a pile of things to read: there is a ficathon at [livejournal.com profile] bujold_fic and the standard is very high; Bujold's GOH speech from Devention last weekend is up at her Myspace blog; there is commentry on the speech at Smart Bitches Trashy Books; there is commentry on Shards of Honour at Joseph Mallozzi's blog; and [livejournal.com profile] sartorias has linked to a livejournal article on comfort reading. Plus, of course, actual books. And then there are dishes to do, which need to be done before there can be cooking.

Had a meeting today that usually goes from 4.30 - 5.30pm. Of course, seeing as we started at 4.00pm, we still finished about 5.30pm. And then the bus was late and the bus driver wouldn't open the front door for me - told me to get off through the open back door as he "was in a hurry". I can't say I used my best possible speed to hop off the bus after that.

The could has put up more fencing around the spot where the slip was. Looks much more secure and stable from what I could see in the dark, but I have to wonder if our wheeli bin will now fit down the path, the path being so much narrower. I rather doubt it.
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Happiness (Bard))
I am delightfully clean and warm and sweet-scented, a vast change from twenty or thirty minutes ago when I was hot and sticky and disgusting after our game against Dirty Creature. We drew with them, which was lovey - I thought they would win easily - and the game flowed much more smoothly for us this week. We were really trying to work as a team and structure ourselves on court more, which helped. Sure, there are still instances of girl-blindness and throwing the disc too soon or being too focused on the zone, but the Creatures as a whole have trained other people out of that (particularly the last two), so I'm sure we can manage again.

I have made the first towards something that I've always wanted to do today - I booked a ticket for Phantom of the Opera in Auckland for 1 November; All-Souls day. I'll book flights closer to the time, stay with [livejournal.com profile] jessikast and [livejournal.com profile] laputain and not visit my relatives.

I promised myself years ago that when Phantom next came to New Zealand I would go and see it - I think I've wanted to since I learned to play Music of the Night on the piano and subsequently bought the soundtrack. If I could only ever see one Andrew Lloyd Weber musical in my life, it would be Phantom of the Opera and now I'm going to!

This is AWESOME!!!
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Fantastical Chess)
I have been rereading The Belgariad and The Mallorean at the rate of approximately a book a day. I am now up to The Seeress of Kell and quite glad about this - I'm getting quite tired of them.

Still thinking about the characters I like and dislike and a bit about why. At times I almost like Polgara, other times I continue to dislike her. More and more I'm thinking that it's the young (or seeming young) women that Eddings writes that is what I dislike - I mostly like Queen Poreen of Drasnia, for example. Ce'Nedra, on the other hand, I can't stand. When I was 15, this was in part because she has red hair (I have red hair, it's not that exotic and it's more trouble than it's worth sometimes; little old ladies in supermarkets and river paths, bah!), but as I get older there are far more elements of not being able to sympathise with her at all.

Seriously, remove the names, the hair colour, and the single obvious character traits (liking for gold/spying/knives/cooking) and you wouldn't be able to tell any of them apart. And I almost include Polgara in this category. Compared to Ce'Nedra, I positively like Polgara!

On the other hand, a book I did like Havemercy - spoilers, long and rambly )

Autumn progress slowly. She has some hair and for a while her face looked like a skull until I stitched in her cheecks and lips. Now it looks like a pink blob. It will look like this for a long time - I plan to do the backstitching just before I do the beading, which will be last.

[livejournal.com profile] bl9_knt and [livejournal.com profile] purplesparkler liked the chessboard. I still have hold of it, however - even though I finished it in April, I still failed at getting it framed in time. I now have fifteen months to do so. I would make a slightly more urgent effort to do it this year, but where would I put it until then? It's pretty enough that if I have it framed I'm going to want to have it out in view, rather than stored away somewhere.

[livejournal.com profile] fraser_by_proxy was in town for some of this week for his birthday and a group of us gathered at Sweet Mother's Kitchen, one of the few mexican restaurants in Wellington. Food was good, milkshakes were great and huge, key lime pie was... interesting. It was good to see him again. Auckland and studying medicine seems to suit him.
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (H2G2 - Penguin)
My parents sent me a CD of the photos they took while at Brass Monkey. I've gone through them and noted about 20 or so of the 200 plus that are neat for one reason or another. Frequently they're neat because people are so blurry they're invisible! I'll post those ones when I have time. However, if people want to look through all of them or get a copy made of the CD, let me know. I need a frisbee icon.

I thought today was Friday for some of the day. I thought yesterday was Friday for some of the day. Both days I've been disappointed. Tomorrow, however, I won't be. There's just stuff on this weekend and I want it to be weekend now!

Saturday we plan to go out to the church to see [livejournal.com profile] bl9_knt and [livejournal.com profile] purplesparkler blessed and on Sunday Alessan is coming around to do computer things.

I've been reading David Eddings recently - Belgarath the Sorcerer and now Polgara the Sorceress. Belgarath is probably my favourite Eddings book. But I had an interesting discussion with [livejournal.com profile] tamarillow about Polgara the other day, which has changed how I look at the character somewhat.

See, I don't like Polgara very much. I don't get why all the characters think she's so wonderful. To me she's always seemed cold, controlling and condescending. Oh, she's exceedingly competent, for sure, and if I was travelling with her, that would make up for a lot. But after the battle is done and the travelling is over, I wouldn't want to hang out with her. I don't like how she treats her father - despite all the character's protestations that its a form of affection, there's an edge to it on her part, which isn't. I also don't like how she treats her successions of nephews. I don't get why one of the boys didn't want to run away from her control and have a life and get married to someone who is not foreordained for him!

Tamarillow said something that made me stop and reassess all this. It went something like this: "If we look at her from a feminist perspective, we can see that the author is essentially rewarding her for being chaste and obedient. No female in Eddings' books gets to have sex before marriage and live happily ever after." - correct me if I got that wrong, will you?

I'm still reassessing how I feel about Polgara. I still don't like her very much, but I think I'm starting to feel sorry for her now.

...I have this urge to reread the entire series - Belgarath, Polgara, The Belgariad, The Mallorean and all.
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Biggles - Sopwith Camel)
My computer monitor is currently making a high-pitched noise a bit like a mosquito, only not as pleasant. Apparently, this means it's dying. However, I am told that this can take years. The noise is more annoying than it going yellow, which it does frequently.

Had an... interesting experience at Borders this afternoon. Not their fault - I went to pay for my book and a truly awesome magnet that says "The only normal people are those you don't know very well! - Joe Ancis" and it was declined - funds overdrawn. I hightailed it back to work, checked my accounts online and found to my shock $816.00 had been put from my normal account onto my VISA, meaning that my VISA was now over $800.00 in credit and I hadn't done any of that. Contacted the bank, said wtf and not me and FIX IT! They called me back some time later, said they had no idea of why that had happened - and the easiest way to fix it was for me to transfer all the money back and they'd wipe all overdue fees, interest and other charges.

I did buy the trashy romance and the magnet, though.

Other than that, my day was okay. Didn't get to the gym this morning, because it was too cold to get up. I think my alarm clock is going to need replacing soon, too - it currently says 1.35pm and keeps flashing, as though it was unplugged earlier. I might set it 15 minutes fast but it's currently 9.30pm and I'm fairly sure I saw it say 10.-- earlier this evening. It was about 25 minutes fast this morning. I fixed it last night by unplugging it and plugging it back in, but I rathr think that I'm going to have to replace it. Sooner or later, it'll do this when I actually need to get up and that would be a bad thing.

My trashy romance was kinda fun - I think I might get the rest of the series at some point. There's only about six or eight of them and I already have two... such way lies madness.

Passed Property Law & Practice with scary full marks in the drafting section. The class was really borning, even though we were going over the test paper. It's only the fact that I work in the area that enables me to pass comfortably - it's not like I pay any particular attention in class.

My life!

Jun. 4th, 2008 07:36 pm
nishatalitha: image: lots of ladybirds crawling up fencepost.  white rope is wrapped twice around top of fencepost (Your day)
While today was better in terms of the lesser headache and tiredness, I still only managed a brief moment of cheerfulness after I got home reading a discussion about a pick-up Creature shirt. Felt too hot this afternoon and thought it was me and didn't have time to take off my wool singlet (under the wool shirt) but it turns out it wasn't. Felt tired and miserable enough to skip cellgroup for the second week in a row. Might try not going to work tomorrow. Hope this plague doesn't come (or does come and is over) by Brass Monkey.

Saw the physio today. Finger is doing much better. Have an exercise to help loosen the stiff joint and one more appointment after Brass Monkey to check up on it, but it is healing well and strapping is no longer needed (just as well, as I stopped using it on Sunday).

My back hurts and I don't care about dishes or the kitchen and think I will change my sheets to my nice comfortable ones (yes, that means the cat has to move) and then go to bed, listen to more of Melting Stones and do some crossstitch or something. I should email work.

EDIT: So I emailed work, and got a response from DMH at 20.15. Of all my lawyers, she's the one mostly likely to do so, but still - checking her Blackberry for work stuff at this time of night!

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