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05 May 2006 @ 02:32 pm
last couple of weeks  
A couple of weeks ago my stalker demanded an update. So... what's been happening?

The Easter weekend was very productive - I got a lot of lazing around done. Lovely Man made lovely pesto. I know it's lovely pesto - I put it to the testo. Despite that, I manage to lose a little bit of weight. Not much, but seeing as the weightloss had stalled, a vaguely downward direction is good to see again. Probably something to do with not eating all the cereal bars I tend to in work. He's made more pesto since, which was even better - chunkier; the first one was very smooth.

Met up with olethros on um... Monday, I think it was. He probably has some sort of aura that caused me to buy a DDR type game for the Playstation. I can't use the dance mat I bought previously with the PC because there isn't enough floor space. Now I have the new game I'll be able to use it in the sitting room where there's more space. One drawback is the music includes Chiuwuaua though I admit I have a CD with it already and I've listened to it enought that it's grown on me <blush>. At least it's got good rythym. And maybe playing the game will increase my concentration. as well as my fitness. Lovely Man came away with Quake, so I've hardly talked to him since. I, on the other hand, haven't even taken the dance game out of the box.

Bookcrossingie meeting on Tuesday with sirroy, lizmopuddy, kiwiinengland, grutok, wyvernfriend and nifferdoodle and her flatmate and another flatmate or friend. All the spare books went up to a poetry meeting upstairs. I haven't journalled the books I got yet, apologies to anyone who's waiting. I haven't registered the unregistered one either.

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Originally uploaded by gerrowadat.
caturah organised a yummy meal in Aliang on Wednesday. Attendees were gerrowadat, who I hadn't met before, wyvernfriend, grutok, graylion, Lovely Man and caturah's lovely man. Picture is of meat cooking. I think they're my elbow in the shot. At the edge of the table, not on the barbeque. I didn't have that, I had the very yummy Beef Bi Bim Bop. It was all very, very filling. I had half my Bi Bim Bop for lunch the next day. Then temptress caturah convinced some of us to go for ice cream in Temple Bar. Mmmmm.....

Pub quiz the next day. We tried to use the logic of pub quizes to get one of the answers. How many Irish presidents have there been? We named six, so wrote down 7, on the grounds that you always forget one. Unfortunately, we'd forgotten 2. Oh well! The logic was correct, but worked against us later - left out one of the seven dwarves. Must learn them off for the next pub quiz I go to - it's not the first time I've seen that question. We didn't do too shabbily, joint fourth, I think.

Went to see the house at that weekend. The floor has been poured! Of course, I've yet to get the photos up on flickr. They'll be tagged buildingsite when I do get them up.

The next weekend, the May bank holiday weekend, had a barbeque, board games and catching up on housework, sleeping and weeding. Lovely Man helped friends to move house on the Saturday, so we were rewarded with lots of yummy barbequed food. Not a good diet day :-) Though I did eat some raw red pepper of my own free will and enjoyed it. I'll be a vegetable eater yet. Their three year old was very insistent that I wasn't allowed in her bouncy castle. Given the weight restrictions she was right :-) After a while, thanks to a bit of trickery from her dad, I got on her good side, and good fun was had. Towards the end I was Captian Hook and she killed me with a sword.

Sunday, we went over to cartographer's for board games with horsemeow, caturah, cliph, gerrowadat, natural20 (who, of course, produced a die when we needed one), and people I hadn't met before like sares2000 and gwennie (?). My favourites were Apples to Apples and Transamerica (nothing to do with the film!). Trivial Pursuits was irritating - very much meant for a British audience. Though an Irish trivia game I brought along was worse - there were rules for scoring, but no others. We made up our own and were glad when it was over. However, I was happy that, thanks to the pub quiz above, I was able to answer the question about the number of Irish presidents. Got a bit confused at one point and answered a question for the other team, but what can you do. We forgot to bring the game back with us, which I decided was probably a good thing. cartographer, you can do what you like with it.

On Monday, we went over to niallm & radegund's place and caught up with the Oyster. Loads more words, with definite verbal communication going on. Not too good at saying my name, but sooooo cute. My new name is <nod with big eyes>. Incredibly cute when he miaows too.

Tuesday, we waited for Godot with cartographer, sares2000, cliph and more people I hadn't met before - spacetweek, saoili (who I didn't realise at the time is the sister of someone I know, but haven't seen for ages). He didn't show.
I was one of the people who thought it was over at the interval. Oops. In my defence, I knew the last lines of the play were "Well, shall we go?", "Yes, let's go", without realising they were the last lines of the first act too. Lovely Man deduced that there was more, because they didn't bow.
Before seeing it, I knew that it was a common interpretation that Godot was God. After watching it, I was wondering why it wasn't the only interpretation. It's bloody obvious he's God. White beard and all. So I did some reading. Seems Beckett denied it: "If by Godot I had meant God I would have said God, and not Godot". But seeing as he seems to have been particularly unhelpful in explaining it ("It means what it says"), I don't know if we can believe him.
So, glad I saw it; I was glad when it was over; I could be convinced to see it again and I'm interested in knowing more. I seem to be in between cartographer's and sares2000's opinions.

Wednesday was my only timetabled night in this week, but I ended up not meeting friends I was supposed to meet last night. I was just too tired. I hear a good time was had. I did make it to salsa class, where I ended up quite confused by some of the turns. I'm almost glad it's over, as I feel I'm getting further behind each class. Missing two classes didn't help though! We watched a bit of Buffy, which I have through the joy that is Freecycle. I'm a few episodes behind font_of_nothing, which is cool - I can read what she thinks after watching. I tried getting Babylon 5 through FreeCycle too, but it was too popular. I remember ordering it before going to Australia, but it took a very long time to arrive in the shop and I'd left the country before it arrived. We've been watching videos/DVDs much more since deciding not to tune in the TV. I'm still not getting round to watching the films I want to see though - TV programs demand much less time commitment, so I always end up watching them instead, maybe spending longer than I would on a film. We've a few series of Buffy and Angel to watch and series 3 to the second last of WestWing. I'd like to get a hold of the current Dr Who (I would say I want a TV signal for that, but I didn't manage to watch the previous series when it was on anyway) and I've heard good things about Bones, so I'd like to see what that's like. Ex-flatmate, C, is very disappointed in us that we're not watching Lost, but I hadn't got into it, so I don't miss it.

Ouch. I squashed my thumb changing the water in the dispenser. I was taking great care not to leave my thumb between the bottle and the dispenser, as I've got caught that way in the past, but I couldn't quite manage the door on the way in (there isn't enough room in the kitchen to leave the bottles beside the dispenser), so squashed it between the bottle and the door. Which isn't quite so bad. But still, ouch.
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omlyomly on May 5th, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
I was just thinking today while eating some tortellini with pesto, that pesto really should have it's own food group. We tend to make giant quantities, but always manage to use it up.
a very caring potato: foodmollydot on May 5th, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
I had a flatmate who made pesto and pasta. Yummy. This was Lovely Man's first time making it.

He put some on boiled potatoes yesterday. I didn't try it, as I'd already had my dinner & I didn't think pesto would go with a cup of tea. He thought of putting chorizo on it, but only after he'd eaten. Sounds great though.
Siljasilja on May 5th, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
Maybe Godot stands for G_d of the Old Testament? ;*)
Tanyacartographer on May 5th, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waiting_for_Godot

"One common interpretation of the mysteriously absent Godot is that he represents God, though Beckett always categorically denied this."

So there :-)
Tanyacartographer on May 5th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
Uh. I should read the post before reading the comments. You just said that.
a very caring potatomollydot on May 5th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
And I should read the comments before commenting :-)
a very caring potatomollydot on May 5th, 2006 03:10 pm (UTC)
You don't even need to go to Wikipedia, I've already have Seems Beckett denied it: "If by Godot I had meant God I would have said God, and not Godot". Perhaps my post is too long...

OTOH, I did get that info from Wikipedia. Go Wikipedia!
Tanyacartographer on May 5th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, so you did. Don't worry, I'll keep it safe until I see you. I wouldn't want to accidentally steal it on you :-)
a very caring potatomollydot on May 5th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
Damn.
davidg666 on May 5th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
Good going on thinking to bring us up to date.

Purpose of this comment is to go "wow, what a small world!" — so, you know cliph then, do you? Actually, I don't, but (another) friend of mine does. If somebody is a FOAF by two separate channels, does that grant them some kind of increased FOAF status level?
a very caring potato: crowdmollydot on May 5th, 2006 05:45 pm (UTC)
"World too small error" as olethros would say. Though this example isn't quite as smallizing as when olethros and I met in silja's, neither of us knowing that the other knew silja.

Sort of - I've only met him three times, and he doesn't remember the first; the other two are mentioned above. But we both know saoili's brother (wonder if that's your friend who knows cliph?). I don't know why I'm being coy about his name - just look at saoili's info page and you'll see it.
davidg666 on May 6th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
Wow again; I read your comment quickly first and thought you were wondering if saoili was the friend of mine who knows cliph, so went and looked at her LJ (interesting) then thought "no, wrong gender", then realised who it was, thought "hmm, that's a familiar and unusual surname, and had the wow-moment when I realised who her brother was. Then I came back and read your comment and realised you knew what you were talking about more than I knew what I was thinking about :)

Anyway, as far as I know, neither my friend nor saoili's brother have an LJ (unless it's secret) and her brother isn't the friend of mine I was talking about. But all the same, if you, and saoili's brother, and my friend all know cliph, then cliph must be very well known indeed, and there's yet another connection between two of my friends that were otherwise unconnected apart from also being friends of mine. Ooh, head hurts; need to draw diagram...
a very caring potatomollydot on May 8th, 2006 06:59 am (UTC)
nor [info]saoili's brother have an LJ (unless it's secret)

Perhaps we could find out tonight!
davidg666 on May 8th, 2006 08:31 am (UTC)
Perhaps we could find out tonight!

Ooh ooh! I feel either an interrogation or lots of research coming on. Let's start with the interrogation!
a very caring potatomollydot on May 8th, 2006 08:42 am (UTC)
I'll bring the comfy cushions!
davidg666 on May 8th, 2006 08:50 am (UTC)
Nobody expects the comfy cushions!
a very caring potato: hurray!mollydot on May 8th, 2006 08:56 am (UTC)
Yay! You got the reference!