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( Jan. 26th, 2011 12:04 pm)
Well, life is definitely taking a turn for the busy right now. The end is in sight for my degree - my dissertation has to be handed in at the end of April, so for better or worse, it ends there.

I've become involved in a peer support group for nutritionists - offered to set up the IT side and have now been sucked in - but it is actually great to meet with others who are in a similar boat - either just starting out in business, or just finishing like me. Working for yourself can be isolating.

Stanley was telling me all about work this morning and I became nostalgic for office life. It's taken 4 years to get to that point! I used to just shudder and be glad I was out of it. But anyway, I soon realised it was his tales of great sandwiches at lunchtime that I was actually envious of ;)

The other big project I'm working on is that I'm going to have another baby! In July. I don't find out whether it is a boy or a girl until March, although I have my suspicions :-D

We've been preparing Carter for the notion of having a sibling, and also about the foetus growing inside me. He has decided it is an 'orange fishie'. This was all well and good until he became convinced the orange fishie was hiding in the corner of his room at night. Sigh. This parenting lark is hard work.
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( Jan. 4th, 2011 01:16 pm)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2011/jan/04/straight-men-kissing-homophobia

Very cute research. I think the researcher's view is a little rosy; catching the bus shows me that homophobic speech and behaviour is alive and well among young people around here at least. Still, a positive direction.

"Anderson is now moving his research on to cuddling. "Last week, I was talking to my second-year students about two straight men cuddling; they laughed, 'what's the big deal about that'," he says. "I polled them, and found that 14/15 said they had spooned another man, in bed, sleeping all night long. Gone are the days in which men would rather sleep on the floor or head to toe; not only do they share beds and cuddle, but they are not homosexualised for this."" So cute.
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( Dec. 21st, 2010 07:16 pm)
Today is one of my favourite days of the year - Winter Solstice. After today, despite the evidence of my eyes at first, I'll know that the days are getting longer and the sun is returning.

It's actually not been too bad this year despite the snow. The sausage made the part of Donkey his own in the nursery Christmas concert. v v v v cute. I was shocked to see a full on nativity play when I got there; I'd be amazed if more than 25% of the parents whose kids go there call themselves Christian and even fewer who go to church. One of the reasons I chose the nursery was that it was so multicultural. Oh well, hopefully the saus will stop spouting about the BABYJESUS soon.

The big debate is whether to go along with Father Christmas. I think not. I can't maintain even the most basic lie for whole minutes, let alone years and years. Plus, some of my friends whose kids are 8 to 11 are getting caught up in betrayed kids telling them that they can't believe they lied to them about it!! Any magic about a jolly bloke climbing through our window at night would soon wear off when the offspring sees Stan blundering about in the dark with a pillowcase.

Happy Yule, everyone :)
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( Oct. 27th, 2010 10:53 pm)
A quick list of importance to me, dear flisters -

Sherlock - still haven't seen it. I think what's holding me back is that I want Sherlock to be played by RDJ in all incarnations henceforth. Controversial, but I just loved him in that role.

Thing the second - anyone still remotedly interested in SGA should read Unnatural Selection by auburn (http://archiveofourown.org/works/113891?view_full_work=true) which is a brilliant, horrific sci-fi story. So imaginative! Really quite scary! I shall say no more for fear of spoiling, but really, go and read.

Finally, I might be moving back home again this weekend, after our renovations. I am thrilled. My inlaws are lovely, but their house is full of things the sausage can stab himself with, and I only brought 3 pairs of socks with me.
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( Oct. 10th, 2010 02:32 pm)
Hello lovely flisters,

We're off to live with my inlaws today for a little while, as our flat is about to have some major renovations.

How are we paying for this, giving the utter brokeness of our household as mentioned in my previous post? Well, I've cashed in our endowment. Y'know, the special savings plan designed to pay off the mortgage.

This is the most reckless thing I've ever done. Well, the most reckless financial thing - I've done some pretty crazy things with my personal well-being in the past, but I digress.

Anyway, it seems like a good idea, because I don't enjoy living here - it is very tatty and very inconvenient - but we can't move for a couple of years. So the work we're having done is all designed for maximum improvement in quality of life (a decent shower!) and convenience (changing the kitchen around so I can get a highchair in there and still open the fridge!).

The kitties are going to stay at a kitty hotel for the first time ever. They know something is up, because of all the boxes full of stuff everywhere. I'm going to miss their little whiskery faces; especially first thing in the morning, when they like to stand on my bladder and breathe their fishy breath at me.
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( Oct. 4th, 2010 09:18 pm)
Have given up my job, thank god. Am poor as a church mouse, but ten times happier.

Am looking forward with enthusiasm to cauliflower cheese for dinner. Basically, I've just shaved a quarter off our weekly grocery bill, by doing a week's menu consisting of the sorts of meals my mother used to cook back the day.

At the time I'm thinking, she had 2 cleaning jobs to support us and going without was a way of life. It actually really sucked, but right now I don't mind, because it means freedom, to study and enjoy it because I have time for it, and to be a better mummy to the sausage, because I have time for him. Win win.

Plus, I'm still deliriously newly-wed happy, and I get an extra kick out of knowing that we're experiencing tougher times for the long term benefit of our family. Aww.

In fannish news, I came across mention of a hate meme the other day. Of course, I've heard the term, but never gone and browsed the entries.

This one was a Harry Potter one. For those as blissfully ignorant as I was, this involves someone posting an admittedly amusing macro, and then everyone anonymously posting about how much they hate this and that fen. Why, ladies and sometimes blokes, why? I wish my eyes could unsee that; my fandom is a shiny place.
Doing some research about Ma'at I came across a site with a very simple and well-thought out description of how the judgment after death aspect of religion arose; from the amalgamation or evolution of three related experiences:

1) primitive peoples' experiences with the concept of justice,
2) their experiences with their own shadows, images, and dreams (leading to their speculations about the existence of sprits and souls and life-after-death),
3) their observations of regeneration (or what was considered to be “rebirth”) in nature.

He argues that primitive people must have had a concept of social justice, because they deified the concept of justice in Ma'at. Of course, just because the Egyptians' civilisation occurred a long time ago, doesn't mean that they were 'primitive'.

I would link to the site, but apart from this piece of elegance, the author uses the words 'God Lie', and a surfeit of exclamation points, and is as mad as a badger.

Badgers of course are not really mad, but in fact pan-dimensional beings from a parallel universe who came here to destroy us, but for some reason, perhaps not even known to themselves and the cause of some embarrassment, haven't done so. Nevertheless, if you ever meet one, don't look it in the eye.

Stan* explains that apparent badger corpses by the side of the road are actually just shed skin; their real light being selves transported back home.



(*new online name for husband, from the name of a bluegrass musician he loves. Was finding DH a bit twee.)
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( Sep. 16th, 2010 08:55 pm)
I love Stephen Fry. When I was a teenager I dreamed of marrying him (and getting to sleep in the same bed as him and Hugh Laurie, but that's by the by).

Now I just fangirl him, for articles like this. He's like a very clever, snuggly cardigan, with leather patches on the elbows.
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( Jul. 4th, 2010 08:00 pm)
Hello everyone,

I am actually here, and snatching here and there reads when I can. But real life isn't permitting much else; I've been dealing with something serious and horrible, and I get handfasted on Saturday.

(I don't mean to be mysterious, but the serious thing isn't something I'm ready to talk about.)

*permits self small squee about the getting handfasted part*

See you all on the other side

Love, Pionie
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( Apr. 11th, 2010 06:59 pm)
Hello flisters

I've been meaning to post this recipe for bread, as it is the easiest ever (even easier if you have a mixer). It takes me 15 minutes at the most and absolutely no kneading! Made from 100% wholemeal/wholewheat flour, so it's reasonably dense, but not brick-like - in fact I was surprised how light it is.

Ingredients -
570 grams flour
400 ml warm water (I use 100ml boiled water and 300ml from the filter jug)
10g (2 tsps) dried yeast
5g (1 tspn) salt
5g (1 tspn) sugar (I use soft brown)

What To Do -
And that is it! Just combine in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Put in a 2lb loaf tin, or 2x 1lb ones. Cover with a damp tea-towel and leave to rise until doubled in size. Bake at 200oC (400F) for 45 mins (big one) or 35 mins (2 small ones).

Notes -
The original recipe says once mixed, turn out onto a floury surface and stretch into an oblong, then fold into 3, before dropping in the tin. I've never dared leave this out just in case, but suspect it may just be to give you a nice domed top. If you have a go at this recipe and leave this step out, please let me know what happened!

I could make a white flour variant that would be equally yummy, but speaking as your resident almost qualified nutritionist, there are so many more vitamins and minerals in the wholemeal/wholewheat flour that I am duty-bound to foist this version on DB and The Sausage.
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Watched Dragonheart last night, wherein Pete Postlethwaite is totally wasted, Dennis Quaid is stretched to the max and probably thought it was Shakespeare, and Sean Connery sounds like a scottish dragon with someone else's teeth, just like he always does.

There were many things I didn't enjoy about this film - e.g. David Thewlis doing 'mad' - his eyes were rolling like a nervy pony, I kept expecting him to whinny - but Quaid failing to recognise his arch enemy dragon by that accent alone was the point at which I threw in the suspendable disbelief towel.

And I've seen it before! So really, only have self to blame - why do I do it to myself?!

Better - just made gluten-free chocolate cake for DB's birthday (he is not g/f; I am - but I'm planning on making him share :-D)

Also - only a few more days left of my job! It's nice to earn a little cash and not worry about financial things so much, but it is nicer more sensible to finish that bloody degree I've been going on about for 5 years, so I can earn money in something that interests me - so go me, no more procrastinating!
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( Mar. 5th, 2010 09:59 pm)
Evening, flisters

I've eaten most of a bar of Mayan Gold, I have Georgie kitty snuggled up by my side, and 10 Things I Hate About You on the teeves; it's okay, but the main thing about it is that seeing Heath Ledger is making my heart clench. Heart aside, I'm having a lovely evening.

Tomorrow, a dear friend from CA arrives with her family for a holiday and I'm going to the airport as a surprise to meet her! I've had to avoid answering the phone or replying to emails today, because I'm so rubbish at surprises - she would definitely twig something was up, when I started cackling gleefully.
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( Mar. 1st, 2010 10:47 am)
Hello my pretties, I will be back later to flail properly about the BH finale last night (work, work, work - tsk) but just wanted to quickly reassure anyone who was worried today about whether they were likely to implode.
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( Feb. 24th, 2010 02:30 pm)
Hello flisters

I'm sure the pool of us who have seen SG:U is tiny (I haven't even seen a trailer, despite having the 1st two eps ready to watch). I can recall just one of you lovely folk posting about enjoying it.

Anyway, you don't need to have seen it to enjoy this Amazon kicking for TPTB. Ah, smell the schadenfreude :-D

I'm still humphfing about what they did to my show, so it would have to be bloody fantastic for me to give it a chance at this point.
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( Feb. 20th, 2010 02:19 pm)
Hello lovely friends

DB went out with friends last night and was feeling a trifle delicate this morning, made worse by the fact that he had a 4-hour teaching slot at his dojo starting at 9, followed by a 2 hour driving lesson.

As he was getting up, he got a text to say that the dojo had caught fire. Nothing serious, but they needed to cancel classes this weekend. Then a text from his driving instructor, to say there had been an accident near ours; again nothing serious, but causing a 40 minute delay.

The god of hangovers truly smiles on the unrighteous.

Thing the second - when I first heard that Lily Allen song, Not Fair, I thought the lyrics were quite amusing and the tune catchy. Now, months later, the thing has burrowed into my ear like a worm and I can't stop singing it. I'm going insane and DB is starting to pretend to get paranoid about why I persist in singing, "When we go up to bed, you're no good, it's such a shame...". I am considering singing a few verses of the catchiest song ever, to drive it out of my head.

(Out of respect for the sanity of you all, I'm not linking to that one, but it's a folk song about Misty, Moisty Mornings. I shall say no more).
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( Feb. 17th, 2010 07:03 pm)
Hello lovely flisters

I come bearing these great pictures of surfing dolphins. I like to think they are surfing for sheer joy.

I had an epiphany about motherhood. It has been a long slog - 15 months, plus 9 months prep time, but I finally accept my changed life (more or less!). My spirit has been crushed, my individuality obliterated; now I can say, "Let's leave that one, that's not a toy", for the 50th millionth time with scarcely a twitch of the eye. Progress indeed - see me revel in the joys of mothering.

I have a friend whose kid is a couple of months younger than mine. We met up for coffee yesterday and laughed long and hard about the trials of it all. I really needed that.

Being Human )
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( Feb. 9th, 2010 08:53 pm)
Have been horrendously sick, and so has the sausage. I've been whiling away the days in a sick daze reading sga_santa...but then I re-remembered the Archive of Our Own and now I'm happily mired in Remus/Sirius, with a thousand million SGA and HP fics to look forward to. This is why I'm so unproductive. Well, that and the perpetual exhaustion of a parent whose offspring doesn't sleep well.

I'm up to date with Being Human, and if anyone wants to squee about how much they are enjoying it in comments, then I would love to squee along with you. It is so different from S1, but I'm loving it all the same. Is saying, "So dark, brrr," a spoiler?

We've given up on the field idea for getting handfasted - ironically, it works out more expensive than hiring an actual building. The village hall we've found is tiny though - cue lots of agonised wailing every time we think we have finished the guest list, then one of us will remember another cousin that absolutely must be invited. There's going to be about 3 people I actually want there at this rate.

Right, chips for dinner for me. DB is out at aikido, which means I get to kick back, forget I'm a nutritionist, and eat chips whilst mainlining fic :)
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( Jan. 9th, 2010 11:48 pm)
Two things - just saw District 9, which I can't recommend highly enough; the freshest sci-fi film I've seen in a long time. Apparently the lead dude had never acted before and adlibbed a lot of his lines, which is astonishing because he was so good. also - awesome cgi, as in just enough, cut so cleverly with life action, I kept forgetting it was there.

Secondly, I saw a billboard for Being Human!! They must face their demons in January! Demons!! Is that a hint for the direction of Season 2? And - IT IS JANUARY NOW!!!
Just watched Tenacious D, Pick of Destiny. It started with fart jokes and maintained that level throughout, and it's pretty homophobic in that puerile, teenage way where everything is GAY.

But, Jack Black wears eyeliner in one scene and suddenly I have no rational thought. He is totally on my laminate - I never could resist a chubby funny guy, but in eyeliner? Call me sick, I know it! But I just melted. BRB, just searching the internet for a. fic involving Jack Black where he isn't a Kung Fu Panda, b. pictures of him in the aforementioned eyeliner.
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