Le Weekend

Feb. 1st, 2015 07:14 pm
kiwisue: (Doyle)
It feels like a lazy weekend, because I haven't been out much, but we had a man come in on Saturday to give us quotes on solar panels, plus we've picked someone to strip the fibro from the garage, we're just in talks to organise the schedule.

I finally organised my writing folder and chased up all the bits and pieces I've posted everywhere since 2005. I then went the whole hog and sorted my WIP folder. Yes, [personal profile] moonlightmead, [personal profile] solosundance and [personal profile] murphybabe, you (or your "Name That Author" proposal) may have had something to do with this.

Apparently I have written and published a round three dozen stories over the past 10 years. The average word count is 2422. There are approximately the same number of unfinished fics in my WIP folder and the average number of words is 1800. I'm not sure what that means, although the posted fics are heavy on the drabble side and the unpublished ones... are not.

Anyway - I'm ready, bring it on! *g*.
kiwisue: sleeping koala in the fork of a gumtree stump (koala)
General state of me-ness...

I went back to work on the 5th with B driving me in every day except the 8th, when I had a clinic appointment. Off with the boot and on with the walking. I still couldn't drive for a few days, but I'm now reasonably okay. Good movement but lousy strength and balance, and quite a lot of swelling and intermittent aches. I'd ordered a wobble board and some therapy band material before Christmas, so have been using those. Yes I can still design my own exercises *g*. Although I should get a physio referral for a proper evaluation, because this didn't come out of the blue, I'd been worried about the stability in that ankle for a while. Not that it would have prevented what actually happened, but it's definitely something to consider.

Also, have a week off until the 27th, so I've been around a little more.
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Firstly - big sigh of relief. I sent my Big Bang fic off to the mods yesterday. A rough draft she is, but I have a compass outline. Although I've decided to come clean about my target word total:



There you go. I can do it, the scenes are mapped out already... but I'm still nervous. Plot hole number one to sort (from last night's rough rereading) "but where did he get the tape?" *g*

Also I am now using Word instead of wordpad, and no matter how many times I change the settings to Aus/UK English it keeps reverting to US - 'realize' - arrgh!

Linky: [livejournal.com profile] batteredhaggis posted about The 1940 Chronicle a madly wonderful resource for the Battle of Britain. I do rather wish they hadn't used so much modern language reporting, but it's still a very useful site.

Work news: not counting on it, but the latest rumour about the Federal Government's implementation of Local Hospital Networks is that we will be going back to our pre-2005 boundaries. Which, if they decide to do it that way, would be a very good thing, as our old AHS was actually working quite well at the time. The emphasis on hospitals as the focus of care delivery worries me a lot though, and I'm not the only one.

It is cold, but the heating is now on, and B has volunteered to cook order pizza.

ETA: which reminds me - the TudorCook says he had a flurry of responses to his poll sometime after I posted about it - any of you lot involved with that?

Spicy

May. 12th, 2010 10:56 pm
kiwisue: (Pool)
Note to self:
When checking the spice jars for stale stuff#, it is a Good Idea to leave the Cayenne Pepper 'til last.

#I go by pungency, not 'use by' dates, although the Italian Herbs (U/B 2004) definitely had to go.

MegaParty

Nov. 29th, 2009 08:57 pm
kiwisue: (Write for 10 minutes madam)
Spring in the Blue Mountains - Jacarandas in bloom, wildlife on the windows.

This weekend - a combined postponed Oktoberfest, 25th anniversary and Christmas party for The Routiers. 35-40 people in our back yard, in thirty degree heat. Music, beer, lot of food and friends old and new. I'm afraid Wrisomifu took a back seat yesterday.
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kiwisue: (Better Days by snarkyllama)
It’s all B’s fault, really. Or rather, the kids at the school he was teaching at during the last week of term. On the one hand, he didn’t get sick until after term ended, which is good because he’s casual & hasn’t had that much work over the last couple of months. On the other hand, he did get very sick & is still not over the cough, 9 days later. Also, he passed the bug on to me (thinking about it, even if I’d been able to afford CQ, this would have put the trip in the bin anyway, so I guess I should – what? Count my blessings? Or something).

No, I don’t know which variety of virus it was – they’ve stopped routine testing for H1N1 – I did go to the medical centre on Wednesday, when I knew I was coming down with whatever, because I needed a certificate for work (why wait until you really feel like crap, I say), but I wasn’t sick enough for them to be interested in doing one.

Thankfully, after 3 days of feeling awful (cough, fever, aches, the works), swallowing cold & flu tablets & taking temperatures and sleeping lots, in between mainlining TV (repeat viewings of Ultraviolet & Apparitions, plus Heroes and CoE – the last left until yesterday afternoon when my brain was functioning again), I’m feeling heaps better. If only my stomach & rib muscles would stop aching!

Anyway, this here is a postponed post – I was working on it before the lurgy hit:

PMS Drill display last Sunday )
Hope everyone at Close Quarters is having a great time :)

P.S. the All Blacks won the first Bledisloe match. \o/
P.P.S Yahoo mail is playing up – grrr! So if you’ve sent me anything in the last few hours, I haven’t got it yet.
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Picspam post

First up, thanks to people who joined in with my joining in on the "one word" meme. It was a good one. I won't reply to individual comments, because I would be saying the same/similar thing to everybody, but I thank you very, very much for sharing (and if you missed the kick-off, the bar's still open).

Secondly - I haven't shoved my RL in your face shared much RL with you lately. So beneath the cut be pictures taken in the last couple of months. Warning for arachnophobes - I'm posting a couple of pics of a lovely Golden Orb spider and its web, taken outside our house mid-January. And lots more besides, so just scroll on down...

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So there it is - my life, or something like it.
kiwisue: (kiwisue)
We are about to go exploring. Our Hurstville neighbours C & W came up for dinner last night & today we are going to the Glenbrook Bluff, which overlooks the National Park, and then do a walk to the Jelly Bean Pool. No swimming, though: it's still a bit cool, although the sun has finally appeared.

The neighbourhood: http://www.walkabout.com.au/locations/NSWGlenbrook.shtml

Later It turned sunny & hot, and by the time we walked over half of Glenbrook I was a puddle of sweat. Nice lunch at Mash Cafe fixed me up, though. I need coffee now.
kiwisue: (Sunshine by ProBodie)
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Tagging - anyone who wants to join in, I guess.
kiwisue: (Sunshine by ProBodie)
The chocolate orange mud cake for B's birthday is in the oven. The kitchen is covered in chocolate. No fewer than 4 bowls and a food processor were used for its creation. I think I'm sick of the sight of chocolate (NEVER thought I'd say that *g*).

And the astounding amount of fat and sugar that went into it! I think I'll forgo the icing which is more fat and sugar - just decorate with some peel & chocolate shavings. B's not a big icing person anyway - he'd probably prefer it warm with icecream.
kiwisue: (Doyle by TBoy)
I have discovered Lagavulin Love. 16 year old Lagavulin is an incredibly sexy pure malt scotch from the Isle of Islay: "Time, say the Islanders, takes out the fire, but leaves in the warmth". It's true. Some single malts, like Glenmorangie (a previous favourite) need a little added water to release their best aromas and taste from the alcoholic spirit base. This one is for delicate sipping in it's undiluted form, the supple, smoky flavour spreading seductively over the palate without leaving any residual afterburn. Ahhhh.......

(It's all George Cowley's fault, really: I started drinking Glenfiddich because of The Professionals, but that brand just doesn't do it for me anymore).

This journal hasn't been updated for a while, but much has been happening. See below the cut:
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kiwisue: (Sunshine by ProBodie)
Gorillas on the Roof (and other Moving Tales)

We’re back on line, finally, at our new Glenbrook house. I am feeling very strange – over the 2 1/2 weeks since we moved, I almost adjusted to not having Internet available – I just refused to think about the groups and chat and lj reading I was missing out on. Besides, we were so busy unpacking… and still not finished! Now I have to work out which bits of my on-line life I have to catch up with first…

But first, a few previously’s, and the Gorilla Moving story…
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In other news:

The restructure at work is moving at just the right pace for my job to be advertised in October, when I’m in England. I’ll have to leave my resume with HR, I think, with instructions.

We went to see ‘Serenity’ for a second time on Monday night, tickets procured thanks to the alert Dr D. There was a Q&A session with Joss afterwards (he’s in Australia for a few days, promoting the film) and we all got autographs. Dr D had a ‘Blue Sun’ t-shirt signed. Brett got a "Spike the Wonder Gorilla' autograph. Might write a bit more about this later. We’re just about to head for the Glenbrook ‘Panthers’ Bowling Club for trivia night, so bye for now.
kiwisue: (Doyle by TBoy)
I said about 3 weeks ago that I might be off-line for a while because Brett & I are moving house. Well, we've shifted almost everything that could be moved in boxes, and the professionals (No, not THOSE Professionals - I've seen what they do to furniture :-) are coming in on Saturday for the big stuff, so it's real. We can't get confirmation of our internet cut-over yet. It could be a few days or more. We're going to leave one computer here until the 2nd, which is our deadline rental agreement-wise, and provided the connection lasts that long, as we have to come back to clean the walls etc.

If you are reading the friends-locked fic, there's been a major update to Part 3, and I have realised that part 4 needs a lot of work as well. This will happen over the next few weeks. It will still be unbetaed (God, that's such an ugly word).

Speaking of editors/betas, as a complete novice, how does one go about finding a suitable, willing one?
kiwisue: (Sunshine by ProBodie)
I do like "The True Game" by Sheri S Tepper. And I wanted badly to look at tonight, because I have some thoughts that won't come out about connection and power sharing. But of course, all my books are now at Glenbrook. In boxes, or on the four bookshelves we bought from friends to house our overabundant collection. Also missing the Thesaurus, which I wanted to use for the same reason.

We've moved 5 carloads in 3 trips. Apart from some kitchen/bathroom requirements, it's all been books and comics. I can feel my shoulder and leg muscles ache a little; this is good, because it means I've been active, and the sense of progression is there. But we still need to move a lot of small stuff before either of us will be happy about letting the movers in to take the furniture.

We like our new house a lot. There's a lot of work to do on it but I figure, because neither of us is fussy about internal decorating, that we can live with the inside as it is and fix things up as we go along.
kiwisue: (Doyle by TBoy)
Just a note to say that I will be only intermittently 'on-line' for a while. The settlement went through on the house yesterday, so we'll be packing up and moving over the next few weeks.

We're starting with the easy stuff - the bookshelves - plus the spare fridge and enough kitchen junk to actually cook a meal if we need to.

I'll still be working on my Pros-Famous Five crossover: up to 11,400 words and I've just done a rather nasty thing to one of the characters *g* I'm trying to be as authentic as possible with the descriptions of places like Kirrin Island. Unfortunately my friend with all the early edition Enid Blytons is in Turkey at the moment, but I found this wonderful site that has the illustrations for eleven of the books:

http://www.enidblyton.net/famous-five/the-famous-five.html

Must go have breakfast, and then packing.

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