Clean ALL the things... bit by bit.

  • Jun. 13th, 2011 at 9:46 AM
pepper: Swan on green river (Swan)
I came across a very useful comm the other day: [community profile] bitesizedcleaning. It's all about cleaning in small increments, and every week there's a small list of tasks that should take no more than 5 - 15 minutes each.

Cleaning more often and smaller sounds like a much better idea than saving it all up for one massive blast of time and energy, as is my usual practice. It was odd, forcing myself to stop cleaning after doing one or two things from the task list - I had loads of energy left. So I did stuff not on the list, like sorting my sock drawer and the wheeled box under my bed that holds all my jumpers (so Kat can climb into it to sleep, apparently). I figure I can do extra things like that when I have the cleaning energy, and when I don't, I can just do what's on the list.


I gave up on the Grand Prix when it seemed like the rain would never end, and now I wish I hadn't. "It will surely go down as one of the most amazing grands prix in history," says the Beeb. Well, nuts.


I would like to be a wizard at Unseen University. Their idea of a 3am snack is cheese boards one to five, cold roast beef, ham, biscuits, and the pickle carts. Oh, and the fruit cart for the Librarian.

I wouldn't be able to sleep after that, but it sounds delicious.


Jun. 8th, 2011

  • 1:26 PM
pepper: Manny on a car, wearing a hot water bottle, waving a torch (Long story)
Hello! Still alive. Working hard (they are going to review my job description and salary banding, hoorah) and playing with the kitten (she'll be one year old in July, dawww), mostly. And running. Still plenty of running. Doing a 5k race this month, thinking of graduating to a 10k next. Oh, and reading. And buying a Kindle (whee! SO EXCITED CAN'T WAIT FOR IT TO ARRIVE). I'm going to have to sort out being on AO3, I guess.

Sadly, I can't seem to find Kindle editions of Tamora Pierce's books... )


Oh, Russian spambots, pls to be leaving me alone. Don't think I can't see your hidden html. What is the point of the white dot with the link to a sex site (I presume; I've not clicked on it)? I honestly don't geddit.


Jun. 2nd, 2011

  • 10:54 AM
pepper: My cat, Katana no Kimi, swiping at the camera (Katana)
Poor little Kat was unwell last night. Not sure why, but we think it's probably because she bolts her food sometimes, particularly the dry bits (we give her a wet/dry mix), and then has problems digesting the unchewed lumps - I know, because I had the delight of cleaning it off the carpet. Half an hour later, she was complaining she was staaaaaaaaaaaaaarving - but I didn't want to repeat the cycle. Aha! I thought. I have a book on cooking for cats (yes, yes, mock all you like). There's a recipe in there that would suit.

Sure enough, there was: the 'white mix' for upset tummies. 50g of boiled rice, one hardboiled egg, mashed together with a dessertspoon of cottage cheese and a dessertspoon of plain, live yoghurt. Kat loves cheese, I said to myself. And she goes crazy for yoghurt - she will, in fact, climb up onto my lap and try to pull the spoon with which I am eating right out of my hand. That'll be perfect.

You can already see where this is going, can't you?

We didn't have the last two ingredients, but I popped down to the shop to get them because I am a soft touch. I boiled the rice and the egg, mashed them together with the cottage cheese and yoghurt. Kat hung around my feet, clearly understanding that there was Something For Her in all this noise and smell. I put it in her bowl. Offered it to Kat.

Of course she wouldn't touch it. Wouldn't even go near it, in fact. She backed away and gave me a hurt, betrayed look every time I tried to persuade her to try it. "What is this pale, lumpy crap? Why are you trying to make me eat it? WHY DO YOU WANT TO POISON ME?"

I left it out for her, but she didn't go near it all evening, preferring to go hungry. Nor would she try just the cottage cheese, and even seemed to feel that a spoonful of yoghurt on its own had been tainted by association (at least for a while). Just before bedtime, I gave her a little bit of her normal wet food, which she kept down with no problems. Oh well. At least she's okay.

Next time, I'll try the chicken soup recipe. She'll love that, right?



pepper: My cat, Katana no Kimi, swiping at the camera (Katana)
Just putting this out there, in case anyone in my local area is in the market for a cat to love and hug and squish (I highly recommend it): this chap is breaking my heart.

He's been on the Cats Protection website for a while now (I've been keeping an eye out for a companion for Kat), and I'd totally take him home if I could. There's going to be an influx of kittens soon, and it makes me so sad to think he'll get ignored in favour of the tiny adorables. They too will grow up into cats all too soon, don't forget!

So, just in case the right person for him happens to be reading my journal...

Ray The Stray: male, neutered, 8 yrs old. Black, short hair. "He is quite shy and will need a quiet home with an understanding owner to let him settle and find his feet."



I bet I'm not the only one.

  • May. 13th, 2011 at 12:46 PM
pepper: Pile of old books (Books)
Do you read to go to sleep? I've never managed it, but it seems like most people do. I can't allow myself to read at bedtime any more, because I can't stop. Time vanishes. I have no willpower. It's partly that I'm a night-owl - but even when I want to go to sleep, when I'm really tired and my eyelids are heavy, my eyes are gritty, if I pick up a book, I feel compelled to stay awake and keep reading, fighting sleep all the way. I know that, if I try to put it down, my mind won't shut off - it's generally the only time I'm insomniac - so I might as well just stay awake and keep going. Eventually, I realised that I had to make a choice between reading at night and functioning at work. Sometimes I lapse (damn you, Hundred-Thousand Kingdoms), but mostly the latter is the only real option.

Some thinkiness. )


May. 10th, 2011

  • 12:51 PM
pepper: You are entitled to your opinion. It's your assumption that we are entitled to it as well that is IRRITATING. (B7 irritating opinion)
Oh, RDA. I love you, but you Twitter like a 14-year-old.



(Is it wrong that I find it cute?)


My mum and I are planning a trip to Stratford-on-Avon to watch Macbeth at the RSC. Somehow, I've never seen a live production of Macbeth. I really wanted to see one particular production, years ago, because it was starring Paul Darrow, but I never managed to get it together. I go from nought to to fandom in 40 words or less. )

Okay, I'm done.

May. 5th, 2011

  • 9:51 AM
pepper: My cat, Katana no Kimi, swiping at the camera (Katana)
I am sad to report that Katana's dinnertime manners are not very good. In fact, they are distinctly bad. )


Prompt free to good home?

  • Apr. 19th, 2011 at 2:31 PM
pepper: My cat, Katana no Kimi, swiping at the camera (Katana)
I just can't help talking about Katana, SHE'S JUST SO CUTE. )


C25K )


Another SG-1 fic I'll never get around to writing: 'Life in the Upper Pleistocene', an elderly Sam and Daniel stranded far back in prehistory, sat on a hill overlooking their village, with the sun burning off the mist of a brand new day, contemplating the evolution of apples. Inspired by this picture and article.

Stargate books - Sunrise

  • Apr. 18th, 2011 at 11:40 AM
pepper: Pile of old books (Books)
Mags's post about Four Dragons reminded me that I've not reviewed it myself. And I won't right now, because I can't remember much about it other than I didn't find it very interesting and it didn't really help redeem the series in my eyes. I'll come back to that one.

But Sunrise, the next novel, turned up on Saturday, and I read it, and while it's fresh in my brain...

Hoorah, I love the novels again! Spoilers below. )

Non-spoilery summation: it kept me interested, it kept me reading until past my bedtime, the characters felt true to the show, and aside from some minor doubts about the climax, I liked the storytelling. It won't be to everyone's taste due to some shippy bits, but they're not central to the story. So, yeah, infinitely better.

Hello out there.

  • Apr. 7th, 2011 at 12:28 PM
pepper: Sam Carter the astronaut (Sam space)
So, what am I up to, these days? Well. Mostly, work has eaten my brain, but I think I'm beginning to see a way through, or at least... a way to arrange the tunnel lights so I can keep going, I guess?

C25K )

Katana. )


I rewatched Solitudes, the end of Singularity, Point of View, and the end of Learning Curve yesterday, thanks to [personal profile] holdouttrout and her rewatching from the start. I realised that I'd accidentally put together the Sam Cries A Lot, Jack Calls Her 'Sam', They Stand In For Each Other's Spouse, And Then They Rescue A Little Girl viewlist. I think watching all those in succession would give someone a misleading idea about the show. I love Solitudes. See Trout's post for more coherent comments.

I think the characters in my head are veering away from the characters in the show. If I want to write more fic - which I don't have time to do at the moment, anyhow - I need to watch some eps again. It's funnny how that happens, isn't it? Although I guess the ones in my head are closer to how they are in the later seasons, because I've been more aware of them through [ profile] redial_the_gate - but I still feel like I've kind of lost their voices and bodylanguage.


Okay, that's what's in my head right now.

Mar. 31st, 2011

  • 12:39 PM
pepper: My cat, Katana no Kimi, swiping at the camera (Katana)
According to Freekibble Kat (click to donate free kibble to cat shelters, there's also one for dogs), just as no two humans have the same fingerprint, no two cats have the same noseprint. HOW CUTE IS THAT OMG?!

I think I should noseprint Kat, so I can investigate her involvement in the Mysterious Affair Of The Toppled Bin And The Chewed Cat Food Sachets.

In similar news, in the same way that normal people might rub lotion into their legs, I now rub antiseptic cream. Kat, you see, likes to hare around after Mr Spider, her favourite toy. She loves it when I sit in the middle of the floor and make her chase him round and round and round me - but sometimes she takes a shortcut across my legs. And the latest attempt to trim her claws wasn't as successful. Yowch.

Oh well, shorts weather is still a while away.

If she could stop with the ninja attacks on my ankles, too, that would be great.


Week 5, Day 2 of C35K today. I'm supposedly running 20 minutes non-stop this Saturday. *contemplates dubiously* They've not been wrong so far about what I can do, I suppose. I can't believe I'm nearly halfway through this thing. Where does the time go?


I will talk about something other than my cat and C25K again someday, I promise.


Mar. 18th, 2011

  • 1:17 PM
pepper: Jack thinking empty bubbles (Jack bubbles)
Having a quieter day today. Not that I'm not busy, but m'colleagues are away / in meetings for a large part of the day, so I can put on some music and work my way steadily through stuff. It's kind of pleasant.

Yet more wittering about my kitty. )

Done 2/3rds of Week 3 of C25K. Last one tomorrow (schedule got thrown by a late telecon on Weds). I'm enjoying it. Keep picturing this scene from Past The Bleachers, and all those fanfics where Sam goes for a run to shake off her problems, when my legs threaten to fall off.

Rewatch of Avalon pts 1&2 tonight. I'm trying to think of how I'm going to do my own recap (for Babylon). Hm... *eyes The Art Of War*...

p.s. Buy me, [ profile] help_japan.

Who will buy my sweet red roses?

  • Mar. 17th, 2011 at 8:13 PM
pepper: My fandom does it in tents. (Tents)
I've also put myself up for auction on [ profile] help_japan. It seemed like the best way I could help.

A book full of stick figure art... *g*

Feb. 21st, 2011

  • 10:46 AM
pepper: My cat, Katana no Kimi, swiping at the camera (Katana)
Katana has the sniffles this week (awwww), and due to her FIV status I'm hovering like a worried mother hen, just a little. I think it's just allergies - A bought me flowers for Valentines (unprecedented!), and every time she goes near them, she screws up her nose and starts sneezing. We've been keeping them in the bathroom with the door closed (thank you, Katana, I'll probably never get flowers again), and they're nearly dead now, so once they're gone, things should get back to normal. I tried to wipe her nose with a damp cloth a couple of times, but the situation threatened to go straight to stage three of Administering Medication To Cats, as described in Terry Pratchett and Gray Jolliffe's The Unadulterated Cat:

I've quoted this before, but I just love it. )


Someone at work has me so angry. I don't generally do angry.


ETA: Am at work, can't reply to comments right now, but a) yes, there were lilies involved - and red roses, aw. I knew about cats and lilies, but unfortunately A didn't. He does now! And b) The Unadulterated Cat is awesome and here is another excerpt:

It's an interesting fact that fewer than 17% of Real cats end their lives with the same name they started with. Much family effort goes into selecting one at the start ("She looks like a Winifred to me"), and then as the years roll by it suddenly finds itself being called Meepo or Ratbag.


The chosen name should also be selected for maximum carrying power across a busy kitchen when, e.g., a bag full of prime steak starts moving stealthily towards the edge of the table. You need a word with a cutting edge. Zut! is pretty good. The Egyptians had a catheaded goddess called Bast. Now you know why.

We selected Katana in the full knowledge that 'Kat!' is what we'll probably remember/yell in moments of crisis. *g*


Feb. 16th, 2011

  • 10:47 AM
pepper: Quote from Red Dwarf: "I think what you should contribute... is silence." (RD silence)
Seriously. Going to stab someone through the eye, with a pencil. Right now.

God I love working here. The sooner this trainwreck of a campaign is over, and the incompetant assholes running it leave, the better.


AT5: Reverberation, 11-13 February 2011 (2)

  • Feb. 15th, 2011 at 3:56 PM
pepper: Yay! (Yay)
The auction was held at the end of the day on Saturday. That's a whole other post. Oh, but I noted down that the last line of Redemption pt 1 is an RDA ad lib.

I do really badly on Sanctuary episode titles, btw. Feel free to let me know in comments.

Q&A session 3 )


Q&A session 4 )

Then we got to see Sanctuary S3 bloopers, on condition that no one took photos / video. OMG, you guys. *sporfles*


AT5: Reverberation, 11-13 Feb 2011

  • Feb. 15th, 2011 at 1:05 PM
pepper: Yay! (Yay)
Okay, I'm basically going to type up my notes from the Q&A sessions of the con, for the time being, so I can get it all down while I remember what she said. I'll try to write a more amorphous, feelings-y post later. Oh, and I have a metric ton of photos to process into postable form.

There were four Q&A sessions; these are my notes from sessions one and two, on Saturday morning and afternoon.

Q&A session 1 – spoilers for Sanctuary S3 )


Q&A session 2 – spoilers for Unending, Sanctuary S3 )

Then Bob the Builder arrived (don't ask me, I've got no idea), and the session ended.

I'm back!

  • Feb. 14th, 2011 at 10:23 PM
pepper: Manny on a car, wearing a hot water bottle, waving a torch (Long story)
Preliminary con report: holy buckets.

...Yeah, I don't think I can come up with much more tonight. I have extensive notes to write up. In the meanwhile, I have pics! Con picspam later, but first, [ profile] annienau08 bought a book of blank postcards at the National Gallery, and I agreed to fill them up with stick figure art...

I use the word "art" in its loosest sense. )

Several of these were by request, so some blame can be apportioned to [personal profile] abyssinia, [ profile] annerbhp, [ profile] annienau08, [personal profile] beanpot, and [personal profile] holdouttrout. *g* I hope you're having a safe journey home, girls!

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