Early Morning Surprise

Sep. 19th, 2017 10:33 pm
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The changing light patterns outside are waking me up before my alarm goes off at the moment. Which isn't great for my sleep patterns. It's totally brilliant if you're Kheldar though because he usually manages to sneak into the bedroom when I get up and go to the bathroom.

Today it was not so great for Kheldar. I woke up about 45 minutes early and he got to hop into the space between me and the edge of the bed and have a good wash and go to sleep and then... then my alarm went off.

I got out of bed, trying not to tip him off the duvet on the way, and turned the alarm off. Meanwhile Kheldar's Loud Noise Threat Assessment System attempted to wake the rest of the cat up. What mostly happened was a thud as he hit the floor and then nothing. I looked down. Kheldar's head tipped up so that his eyes could look at me. His eyes were open but I don't think he was really seeing anything. He'd frozen in place with one hind leg off the floor and one front leg off the floor because loud noise had now stopped and his body didn't know what it was supposed to be doing any more and most of him was still asleep anyway.

So I picked him up and put him back on the duvet and he kind of fell over sideways into a cat cushion and went straight back to sleep. He'd clearly had a busy night and I thought at least one of us should get the opportunity of some more sleep.

He's still mildly disgruntled about the whole business this evening.

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So...

Sep. 15th, 2017 11:31 pm
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... this new laptop business is working out well. I mean, I have done other things today but there's certainly been a lot of marvelling at the wonders of a top-notch piece of new technology compared to the old faithful beast that I've been bumbling along with.

There's also been a certain amount of amusement in the discovery that I hadn't been hearing some of the newer albums in the household properly due to the sound of the fans. I'd gotten so used to the noise that machine made that my brain was mostly ignoring it. Today's been a bit of a revelation.

In other news Special Agent Kheldar would like to register a complaint about the repeated incidents in which water fell from the sky and interrupted his patrols.

Trick or Treat 2017

Sep. 15th, 2017 08:36 pm
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Let's get spooky. Or fluffy! Or both at once, that works too.

I hope some of the prompts here are inspiring. Take what works and discard what doesn't, and create what you're inspired to create. And for reference, on AO3 I'm [archiveofourown.org profile] Etnoe.

If something isn't specified as a trick or a treat, feel free to interpret either way. And feel free to get creepy/gross/gory in tricks, at that, as long as my DNWs are avoided.

Read more... )

Tidying Up

Sep. 14th, 2017 11:46 pm
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I spent part of yesterday tidying up my old laptop and transferring files onto a USB disk. Including the stuff that I transferred across to that laptop eight years ago, meant to do something about and never did. I'll get to that folder one of these days, really I will.

Today I got to spend time with [personal profile] teebee again and... the new laptop arrived a day earlier than originally anticipated. I am going to bed any minute, really I am. I just need to install... er... actually quite a bit. It's amazing how much two factor authentication I've got switched on these days. My poor phone isn't used to receiving so many texts.

And I'm leaving this link here mostly to remind myself to read it later because I had a game tonight and it's looong. Jenny Trout's review of Handbook for Mortals, the first few paragraphs of which made me giggle. And which also contain a useful link to a write up of the whole NYT bestsellers list scam.

A Trip to the Zoo

Sep. 13th, 2017 10:42 pm
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We went to the zoo yesterday and the British weather managed to mostly not rain on us.

Cut for photos )

Reading, Listening, Watching

Sep. 13th, 2017 09:14 pm
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Reading: The Regiment - The Real Story of the SAS as recommended yonks ago by [personal profile] fififolle. I'm not, in general, that much interested by the military but do keep having to write them in stories. I've only just finished the first chapter on the Iranian Embassy siege.

Listening: The Writers' Room have been wrong about a lot of things recently. I've just finished listening to them being wrong about Ian Stuart Black, before that they were very, very wrong about Stephen Gallagher and before that a little bit wrong about Douglas Adams.

Watching: We ran out of Netflix available Killjoys, fortunately the second series of The Expanse turned up to fill the gap.
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Every Roman mile along Hadrian's Wall, there was a milecastle. Our walk gradually came to be measured by which milecastles we were between even though no traces of the one's at either end exist and, in some cases, their location is purely speculative. Still we saw quite a few in the middle.

Under the Cut )

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Sep. 10th, 2017 05:32 pm
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Heading into cooler weather now, I pulled out my pants after several months of not wearing them. Turns out over those several months I have gone from snug to uncomfortably tight, so I guess that's a sign to maybe start paying more attention to what I eat (conveniently the Poutineville next door to us has closed)

It'll also help that Karate starts up again this week. I spent most of July and August sedentary. I'll see if I can get myself motivated to start the Couch 2 4K again. I was doing well on that before we went to Japan, but then 2 weeks of travel derailed me, and then the kids came up for 3 weeks so it's been hard. But I liked doing it so I think I'll try it again.

A small but grand day out

Sep. 8th, 2017 11:44 pm
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We woke up to a Very Sad Cat this morning. It was raining. It had been raining all night and it was still raining. It was raining so hard that even the garden spiders had gone into hiding. Which did at least mean that getting through the front gate this morning wasn't an exercise in gritting my teeth and reminding myself that they're smaller than me.

Despite the weather we went out for coffee and running a couple of errands in town. And then we drove up to Cribbs to the small exhibition celebrating Morph's 40th birthday. It was tiny but entertaining. There was a make your own Morph table. There was a zoetrope and some little Morph figures that you could trace to make your own zoetrope strip. There was a tiny web cam and a-make-your-own-stop-motion-sequence section. And there were twenty or so Morphs dressed up as various things:

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This evening we went out to dinner at Atomic Diner and I got to eat a major Tom veggie burger that really did have Space Raiders in it. I probably shouldn't have had the milk shake as well. I am very, very full now.

Domestic Adventures

Sep. 7th, 2017 07:41 pm
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Today's big discovery: you can't buy dinosaur duvet covers for king-sized duvets. Apparently, when you've got a king-sized duvet your tastes automatically change to things like tasteful floral patterns, manly stag motifs, stripes, or other... sensible things. Not that there's anything wrong with that list. It's just that a dinosaur duvet cover would be so much better.

*sigh*

Quiet Day

Sep. 6th, 2017 10:19 pm
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I'm still enjoying this whole being on holiday without going on holiday thing. I got up this morning, made myself some breakfast, exchanged squeaks with Kheldar and pottered around the house for a bit. After that I rolled up my sleeves and marched forth with the weedkiller to do battle with the weeds on the paving in the front garden.

Alas and alack the spiders are being overly zealous in their guard duties again and it was impossible to get at some of the weeds without disturbing them. One particularly large spider scurried off its web and up the railings where it stood and glared at me. I was very good. Very, very good. I didn't scream, I just meeped a bit and carried on with the weed extermination plan.

My reward for all this activity was that I got to spend most of the day with [personal profile] teebee who fed me coffee, more coffee, and lunch into the bargain :)

It has been a good day.

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