labellementeuse: text-only: "at least my happiness doesn't depend on Ron's goalkeeping ability." (hp sports!)
For those who are interested I just did a spam at knittingpix with some of the things I'm working on lately. A lot of what I'm doing at the moment is knitting (when I'm not tweeting, fishbowling the Hockey RPF tag on the AO3 and wringing my hands over the NHL lockout) - taking advantage of the cold knitting-friendly weather while I can, I guess, and it's been fun. Overall this year I've knit a lot - finished one jumper, knit a whole cardi, made a solid start on a dress ... of course I still owe Liz her cardigan (I'm about a third of the way through) and Claire her socks (I picked the pattern last week? but um, she probably won't need them in summer?) but ssssssh. I'm doing a lot of successful stashbusting and on the weekend I moved all of my yarn from a couple of bookshelves to some storage under my bed.

I desperately needed the bookshelf space after turning up about 30-40 books during my epic room-clean, which turned into a house-clean. A lot of navel-gazing about cleaning under here )

That's enough navel-gazing about my housekeeping. I was going to post about how my boss told me my necklines were offensive last week but I should probably leave that for a locked post. Instead, a qualified rec: my favourite thing about this Teen Wolf AU where Derek is a single dad and Stiles is a kindergarten teacher is that Scott is probably the most in-character character in the whole piece. Scott is 5 in this fic. (I enjoyed it, but more as an original romance with like a mild wolfy flavour than as Teen Wolf fic. I personally don't have a problem with that since a lot of canonical Teen Wolf fic is absolutely freakadelic in terms of its weirdo social power dynamics which I hate in 9/10 fics. It's an okay stopgap fandom though.) Here's a less qualified rec: I absolutely loved Buoyancy (also at LJ) by [livejournal.com profile] ethrosdemon, which is a really really great fic about Danny. If you've been crying out for fic that is actually about Danny and not Jackson's issues or Derek's arms, this could be the fic for you!

In other news if some good long hockey RPF doesn't get posted at the AO3 during the lockout I might, like, cry or something, god.

!!!!!

Feb. 2nd, 2012 02:37 pm
labellementeuse: a girl sits at a desk in front of a window, chewing a pencil (misc the higher common sense)
YOU GUYS ME AND [personal profile] genusshrike FOUND A FLAT IT IS PERFECT AND AT THE CONVENIENT END OF ARO VALLEY AND CLOSE TO THE VEGE MARKET AND AN EASY EASY WALK FROM MY WORK

and I will take some photos NEXT WEEK because that is when we get to move in. :D

*twirls off back to work*
labellementeuse: a girl sits at a desk in front of a window, chewing a pencil (Default)
Ew. I just did twenty minutes of pilates and I smell absolutely *rank*. It's not that I haven't been showering, but I feel like this is a judgement on my holiday diet of junk food and the occasional salad. Ick. Now I need to shower before I go buy tomatoes, poo.
labellementeuse: a girl sits at a desk in front of a window, chewing a pencil (Default)
1. The other thing that is bugging me about new!LJ is the way that the "post to LJ" button in the menu bar at the top is now exactly where "friends list" used to be. I don't even post from LJ anymore, so this is extra bonus annoying.

2. My parents kicked us out of the house tonight because they're playing cards with their friends, and I was going to go to the Mean Girls Rape Crisis screening, but I think instead imma donate the $10 and stay in and catch up on Doctor Who and Game of Thrones.

3. It really bugs me that I'm going to be watching Game of Thrones without having read ASOIAF first, but GDI I've tried it and tried it and I just don't like it. But I desperately need another fantasy show, so.

4. We semi sort-of committed to a flat we looked at last week, and then I looked at it again today and was like, uh, the kitchen's smaller (and grosser) than I remember it and as for those floorboards and the insulation ... but. My sister LOVES it and I do quite like it so we're going to try to do a negotiaty thing where I'm like, I'd love it for a couple of years, but would you consider redoing the kitchen which my dad (former building contractor) would supervise, and in exchange maybe we'll paint it because it desperately needs painting? (This isn't as off-the-wall as it sounds because he mentioned redoing the bathroom in a couple months, which does need doing but not as badly as the kitchen.)

5. So uh, good luck with that, self. A bit scary but I feel like I can't be always lumping that stuff onto my parents, so.

6. Thanks so much for everyone's power and internet recs! You are all super super helpful (and the nearly unanimous rec for Powershop was very convincing).
labellementeuse: Steph and Cass as Spoiler and Batgirl: their heads next to each other (comics steph/cass otp!)
1. When livejournal changes stuff around, I feel like someone's come into my house and started rearranging the furniture. It really bothers me that the symbol on the tab is a little head now instead of a pencil! Noooo!

2. My sister and I are currently flat-hunting, and we may possibly have found somewhere, but it's a little on the dear side for her/both of us (but less so for me, I could manage it) and also trying to connect power/phone/internet sounds terrifying and we'd have to furnish the place and and and ... I am very excited to move out, but less excited to move in, haha.

3. spoilers for this week's Bat comics )

4. In the car today I had this epically awful conversation with the parentals about the difference between "transvestite" and "transgendered" and included my dad saying the immortally offensive "Well we used to know lots of trannies and they didn't care if you called them transvestites" (SO MUCH WRONG WITH THAT SENTENCE) and my mum saying "What you're calling transvestite is what we used to call crossdressers!" (OH MY GOD, ETYMOLOGY, WHAT IS IT). This depresses me because by most standards my parents are fairly tolerant. I think I eventually managed to hammer in transvestites, transgender, Drag Queens, and "OH MY GOD DAD STOP SAYING TRANNY".

5. I think I had other stuff but the awfulness of that conversation sucked it out of me. Oh OK, you people can help me by telling me (if you're NZers)
- Who your ISP is, whether you like them, how much you pay for how much data
- Do we need a land line
- Ditto power companies? I've never lived with fewer than three other people in a standalone house, so I don't even know what a power bill for two people in a downstairs flat that's part of a larger house looks like.
labellementeuse: kristen stewart in a blazer & really emo eyeshadow (misc gaystew army)
I feel like such an absentee LJ-er at the moment. I'm barely commenting (but I am reading and I still love you guys, honest). I'm tweeting a lot of boring tweets, for those of you who might want to keep up with me in micro form, but the energy needed to do a LJ post - even a boring blah blah one - seems a little beyond me right now, and I also don't really have anything to talk about.

Except that's not really true, here are some things I've done in the past couple months:

- Got a job. Been in a job for a month.

- Started dating a lovely young woman. (ETA: Says it all:
).

- Read eleventy billion words of Inception fanfic. I have delicioused some of my favourites here, although I'm pretty crap at deliciousing so it's not comprehensive.

- Maybe, possibly, read a few H50 stories. I. YOU GUYS. IDK. I stand Morally Opposed to another freaking buddy cop show getting all the slash time. and I have loved some buddy cop show fandoms in my time!

- only read like three new books this year. TERRIBLE. I feel sick thinking about it. But today I got a bunch of new books out from the library - Kehua! by Fay Weldon, The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi, Double Vision by Tricia Sullivan, Wildseed by Octavia Butler, Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett (got to fit a re-read in there somewhere), and Natural History by Justina Robson. I'm pretty hopeful that I will be energised to read these ones, I'm excited.

I got the Justina Robson mostly because I saw it on the shelf and it's the next book to be discussed at Torque Control. After an extensive discussion of women in SF late last year, Torque Control has been doing a thing where they review and discuss the top ten SF books by women in the last decade. Anyway, I've only gotten a couple chapters in, but it's making me think a lot of things about disability, ablism, bodies, and, you know ... Anne McCaffrey's Ship series. (Also that post-Otherland short story Tad Williams wrote for Legends, "The Happiest Dead Boy in the World". That scene with Orlando's parents? Yeah.) So if anyone has any links for discussion about that I'd really love to hear them.

Anyway. I'm going to try to LJ/DW a bit more because I miss you guys. How are you all?

ffff

Nov. 22nd, 2010 09:30 pm
labellementeuse: Text-only: "Just because you've got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn't mean we all have." (hp they love each other really (r/hr))
1. So I haven't heard about the blasted coffee job that's been taking up all my time, which means I probably didn't get it, which is sort of thrilling.

2. Because there's nothing like imminent homelessness and/or moving back in with the APs to really get the adrenaline pumping.

3. To take my mind off things I'm re-reading Deathly Hallows. What chapter (ish) does the movie stop (ish) at? Feel free to give me a nice wide range so's not to be spoilered.

4. And who would like to come see it with me tomorrow? 10 or 11 am at Reading. I feel like I may as well take advantage of being unemployed to see a movie in a nearly empty theatre so I can gasp and generally act the fangirl. Plus IIRC Tuesday is Cheapskate Day.

5. Sort of excited that I actually have HP icons this time around!

6. I find watching the stats for the blog absolutely fascinating (in the worst way). It's easy to see where some people are coming from, too: username.livejournal.com/friends is a bit of a giveaway.

7. I got my Yuletide assignment! It's a real challenge, but exciting, I'm looking forward to getting stuck in.
labellementeuse: Sam has her mouth open and her hand to her mouth. She might be eating popcorn? (sg1 what's sam putting in her mouth?)
I have had the most blissfully unproductive weekend, it's been absolutely wonderful.

friday night )

saturday and sunday )

4. Sunday dinner was bacon and eggs on Awesome Toast. Awesome Toast is toast made out of Awesome Bread, which I made Friday and am now going to tell you all about. Because it's awesome.

About a week ago I made Dish & Delaney's Caramelised Onion Bread which, if you read the ingredients list, you will see is full of things that I enjoy having in my life in a very serious way (rosemary, salt, cumin, caramelised onion, yeast breads, etc etc) and indeed I adored this bread. But it's definitely party bread, not the kind of thing you make every day, and it's just not very versatile. Plus onion takes a really long time to caramelise. I wanted to make a bread with similar flavours that would be better for everyday use, like toast, or to freeze and eat in lunches, or with soup, or with bacon and eggs for a lazy Sunday dinner.

So as I was doing my weekly-ish batch of my standard bread (a great flexible recipe I got off my flatmate Lizzie), I made a few alterations, and I produced a loaf of bread I'm really pleased with. It was just darn delicious.

Awesome Bread
Note: Awesome Bread has quite a strong flavour and isn't recommended for most kinds of sandwiches. Make a judgement call. I do think it would be great for roast beef sandwiches &c, though. It's great plain or with a little butter or marge, too.
You can leave out entirely, or swap out for other things, the rosemary, fennel, cumin, etc. I mean your bread won't really taste like anything except flour, but on the other hand you will be able to put Nutella on it, so.


2 t honey
1 1/2 t dried yeast
1 C lukewarm water (you might want this to go up by 1/4 cup, which is what the recipe I based this on calls for; I personally find that too much.)

3 C flour
2 t salt
1 T poppy seeds
1 heaped t ground fennel (I had to go to Moshim's to get this, but it was cheap there anyway.)
1 t dried rosemary (if I had fresh I would have tried that, about 1 T)

olive oil
ground cumin
sea salt/rock salt/flaky delicious salt

1. In a small bowl, dissolve honey in 1/4 C of the water, and sprinkle yeast over. Leave for 5 mins or until foamy.

2. Sift flour and salt into a larger bowl. Add poppy seeds, fennel and rosemary and toss to combine.

3. Create a well in the centre of the flour and pour in yeast mixture. Mix to form a sticky dough.

4. Turn out on lightly floured bench and knead until smooth and elastic - about 2 mins. Rise dough in an oiled bowl until tripled in size - supposedly about 1 hour, could be more (I think my yeast is pretty ancient and this took awhile.)

5. Punch down, turn out onto bench again and knead for another two minutes. Decide at this point if you want a braided bread, rolls, or a loaf.

6. For a braided bread, separate dough into three, braid as usual, and place on greased baking tray (or whatever. I am becoming devoted to silicon mats for all cookie, bread, etc needs). For rolls, divide into eight portions and roll into balls, place on tray. For a loaf, divide in half, roll into two balls, and place in loaf tin. Cover with a tea towel and rise for 30 mins, or until doubled in size.

7. Brush loaf/rolls with olive oil and dust over the ground cumin. Scatter with sea salt.

8. Bake at 190 C (375 F) for 35 minutes or until browned; the bottom of the loaf should sound hollow when tapped (basically, it should be like bread.)

9. Eat it in the manner of your people. I personally am finicky about letting bread cool before slicing it, because I like my slices to be shaped like actual slices and to be fairly thin, not sort of thick squashed slabs. But I'm aware orthodoxy differs on this point. I recommend it with butter or marge.

Ta-da! Awesome Bread. I've been eating it nonstop for three days.

5. It really, really bugs me the way, when you're playing music in Windows Media Player and you've adjusted the size of the window, it's impossible to see what song is playing. Grrrr. Also I'm just generally not a fan of that thing it does where it flashes between title and artist. I want to be able to see the title, artist and album of whatever song I'm playing without having to wait fifteen seconds for whatever to change.

THINGS

Nov. 2nd, 2010 08:42 pm
labellementeuse: Text-only icon: "We feel our future lies outside the world of academic achievement" (hp fred and george leave school)
1. I haven't said anything of substance for months and months, although the word document in which I hang my "list of things to write about" has had the following topics entered and erased as they became irrelevant:
- Spirit Day/Purple Day
- The last episode I watched of any show other than So You Think You Can Dance, which is all my brain can handle at the moment, I don't want to talk about it
- [personal profile] bossymarmalade's post about Yoko Ono, which made me cry but I didn't delicious it and if I go and look for it right now THIS POST WILL NEVER GET POSTED JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHERS I STARTED BUT DIDN'T FINISH
- the folk festival (cliff notes: awesome)
- The Hobbit
- Feminism Today
- Stephen Fry

It's also had the following things erased because thinking about them enough to write about them makes me want to scream:
- My last few assignments (cliff notes: this year has been amazing/horrible, I pulled my third all-nighter of the year [only my fourth or fifth in my lifetime] on Sunday, I have been passing but not doing so great)
- How hard it's been to get out of bed lately
- trying to find a job
- trying to find a job
- trying to find a job
- the fact that today I re-wrote my CV to be appropriate for retail and customer service work again
- the fact that I'm considering re-writing it to be appropriate for admin work; what's the difference between admin and reception and can anyone explain to me what quals I need for admin work?
- a whole lot of inappropriate personal detail which I put down, got disgusted with myself, and deleted. But if anyone spontaneously thinks up something they like about me anytime, I could really use the support right now. I just tried to type :D at a friend and I typo'd it as D: three times before I got it right: that's the state of the me right now. Freudian fricking emoticon typos.

2. I'm doing [livejournal.com profile] wrisomifu this month. My plan was to try to finish one of my multiple YW WiPs (I have one Dairine/Carmela Epic of Poor Characterisation and Not Great Plot, one Kit/Ronan Epic of Road Trips and Slashiness, and about a squillion bits and bobs that I've started & not finished) but I really really am not feeling either of them. Does anyone want to prompt me? I basically just want to get in shape before Yuletide sign-ups since I haven't written a word all year. Go crazy and prompt me for any fandom you know I'm in, but fair warning, I really suck at writing about men (I'm trying but it's not going well), so if you give me a non-YW slash prompt it'll be either unfilled or just really *crap*. (Also I only really write in YW so you know. No promises I just want some motivation, I guess.) (I am skimming the Bechdel unfilled prompts too.)

3. Speaking of Yuletide though, who's doing it? Who wants to set up a small gang of whiners-about-Yuletide, maybe just through getting all our emails together and sending out massive whines or emails or squees or whatevs? I know [livejournal.com profile] sixth_light's doing it this year (YAY) and I assume [personal profile] sushiflop, right? I feel like there are more people. Roll up in the comments and let's talk! *chinhands*

3. Does anyone know if DW does the LJ thing where if you let a paid account expire but pick it back up again soonish, your icons come back?

4. I'm really really hungry. I think I'm going to try and find some food, come back and do some writing. How are you today?
labellementeuse: a girl sits at a desk in front of a window, chewing a pencil (BIG CORDY SMILE)
One of the things I've been thinking about lately while walking home (something I usually do between the hours of about 10pm and 2-3am, so that's the kind of thought processes we're talking about) is teasing out my online identity into my personal identity and my professional identity. I've noticed that this is a slightly different separation than most people's: a lot of people seem to have an online/fannish identity, and an offline/Facebook/RL identity. But I expect that in my future the ability to use a range of social networks (including twitter and blog software) is going to be a good thing to put on my CV. I'm a little bemused about this. I wouldn't mind a coworker reading my livejournal; I wouldn't mind a prospective employer reading [most of] my comments at, say, the Hand Mirror. On the other hand, I wouldn't be wild about a prospective employer reading anything under my rant tag, or even most of my book reviews - they're just not that measured and thoughtful - but I *do* want to have something to put on my CV to demonstrate, you know, willing.

All this is a roundabout way of saying that in, like, November I think I'm going to start a RL blog, something I could potentially put on my CV and show to my grandmother, and I've been noodling it out over the last week or so. What I imagine is that content here would stay basically the same. IDK people, what do we think about these issues? What do we look for in a blog, other than a certain standard of writing?

I know one-issue blogs are pretty popular, but I don't think I *have* a one-issue blog in me. I thought it might go something like this: Meander OR Media Monday (a TV or movie or music review), Wednesday Week (a links day), Friday Feed (recipe day), Sunday Read (book review). Optional in there would be a craft day. Social justice and fannish stuff would all stay here. But then this kind of blog is rubbish for the other thing I want to do, which is try to keep my parents vaguely up-to-date with my life. Maybe I want Me Monday! Sigh. IDK. Talk to me about what a good blog looks like to you, I wanna know.

Urgh

Jun. 24th, 2010 06:52 pm
labellementeuse: a girl sits at a desk in front of a window, chewing a pencil (fandoms collide)
Advice requested!

Tomorrow night I have two potential engagements (of course, because I can go weeks without having anything to do on a Friday night and then I always end up having two or three things on the same night). I have either: first meeting of a bookgroup some women in my class are starting, or Fangirl Friday (just what it sounds like: Wellington fangirl meet-up.) To be brutally honest, I'd most like to go to Fangirl Friday because I know a few people who will be there & they're lovely! (And I'm not just saying that because they might be reading this, although: hi.) Also it's in a location that is handy for everything incl. walking home. Meanwhile, bookgroup will be awkward as there will be plenty of people there I don't know & I don't think I'll be able to drag anyone else along, and also the people in my class who are organising it are the super-glamorous, put-together people who make me feel like a giant, clumsy, inarticulate idiot. HOWEVER, I hve hopes that repeated exposure to that sort of person will make me feel a little less giant, clumsy, and inarticulate around a) them, in class and b) people like them, in my professional life. Plus also I really like book groups & need to make friends/contacts within my class or tbh I'll never get a job.

So um. Advices? Anyone?

Relatedly: I've been off class a bit lately and I found out today that one of the groups I'm working in has done all this stuff under heaps of pressure and I had no idea. Which: OK, I was away. But on the other hand, I feel a little bit aggrieved that I had no idea what was going on and wasn't able to help out, which I would have been if I'd been told. :-/ I kind of want to write the project manager an email and say that I feel really out of the loop and I find that really stressful. Should I bother? I know that I would appreciate this kind of email! But I don't want to seem confrontational. Sigh?
labellementeuse: a girl sits at a desk in front of a window, chewing a pencil (ain't never gonna be the same)
So, I've been getting most of my bitching-about-my-life yayas out in lengthy emails to four lucky ladies who live in Wellington - my mother and three very old friends - so you guys have been spared (crowd goes wild!) But now I feel like I haven't had a lot of communication with y'all lately. This could be solved by commenting more in other people's posts, but... too hard basket! I suck as a person. Instead, you can have a meme, and some thoughts on the latest few episodes of SGA. Also, why not, let's do the ask-me-anything you think you should know about me, but don't meme.

20 Questions meme off paintmarks )

Thoughts about SGA )

OK, go nuts, ask questions and whatnot.

Pictures!

Aug. 2nd, 2004 08:23 am
labellementeuse: a girl sits at a desk in front of a window, chewing a pencil (Default)
XD 'cause I have to share! Unfortunately some of the best ones were on the crappy one-use-only camera, with film I have yet to develope, and of course the official Ball Photos haven't even been seen yet, but till then...

(I compressed them this time, so there are less bandwidth issues for you poor things without adsl... *loves broadband*

hair. With curlers! ) pre-ball )

And also, Gian's been giving me the urge to post lyric snippets. So...

She likes listening to punk rock
Melancholic in the black frock
And she smiles when she sees me
intoxicated by her company
Splendid lady, lazy Sunday afternoon
Good fortune at the bar
Verona, Verona

That is an awesome song. yes. Verona by elemenop.

When they wake up,
they will find
all their personal belongings
have intertwined.

Rene and georgette Magritte, with their Dog after the War- paul Simon

You take two bodies and you twirl them into one
Their hearts and their bones
And they won't come undone

*sighs* Such a sad song. hearts and Bones by paul Simon.

Photos!

Jul. 22nd, 2004 11:12 pm
labellementeuse: a girl sits at a desk in front of a window, chewing a pencil (Default)
So, my father loaded the contents of the camera onto this computer. Since I would by now actually recognise at least two of you who I have never actually met, I thought I should return the favour and share my likeness.

You know you want to check me out (or not) )

Also, [livejournal.com profile] insane_ophelia and [livejournal.com profile] azurepolkadots, I just joined [livejournal.com profile] wellyslash. they're starting up, need new members- might be your kinda thing, or not. XD

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