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05 October 2007 @ 08:44 pm
bullet point life  
Ok, perhaps that wasn't a very interesting game. How about I do a bullet point catch up of stuff I haven't blogged in the last while instead?

  • Went to Japan and the Philippines, of which one day is blogged, and three days are flickred (I'll create a friendsonly link for non-flickr people later). Both were great. Watched my friend B got married in the Philippines and davidg666 be best man.
  • My sister in law got married and I was a bridemaid for the first time.
  • My computer went back to the manufacturers and came back aaages later with a shiny new motherboard. Worked for a week, then broke again. So it's gone back to the computer hospital. I dunno what the story is, maybe power supply?
  • In the meantime, I'm using my old very, very, very slow computer, on which Lovely Man has installed Ubuntu (a version of Linux, an alternative to Windows). I'm liking Ubuntu, but amn't at all sure about using peripherals with it. The slowness is my main reason for not updating - it's very frustrating.
  • I bought a GPS so I could go geocaching again. So far, I've just used it for geotagging, partially because of the peripheral issue above. Geotagging lets me put my photos on a map: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mollydot/map/ (it just shows a certain amount in one go, zoom in to see more - Europe (including Iceland), Australia & Japan)
  • Our house is coming along. It's nearly all plastered.All the windows are in, and the external doors. I've been obsessing about tiles for the last few weeks and nearly have all the bathroom tiles picked. We have some samples and want to get more tomorrow to try out in the house on Sunday. We're also going to order a big posh bath on Sunday, as the bath is to be in before the bathroom is tiled.
  • I gave up chocolate, cheese and alcohol for September, to see if the affected my migraines. I had a horrendous one on Saturday, so I'm not in the slightest bit convinced! It was so cold though, so that might very well be a factor. I'm continuing for the meantime anyway. Chocolate is definitely the hardest, though I'd love a pint of cider with company right now.
  • The reason it was so cold in the house, besides the weather, is that our heating is broken. It has been for weeks, but the plumber won't come. Grr.
  • I had thought that my weight was mostly due to eating too much chocolate and that if I could cut down I'd be flying. But the month+ off hasn't made the slightest bit of difference. Of course, that could also be due to the increased amount of sweets I'm eating to make up for the chocolate! I have such a sweet tooth.
  • I joined facebook. You should be able to find me by using either of my real names. Or by following links from other lj people on facebook. I mostly joined in the hopes of getting back in touch with people from the past, so I haven't been obsessively friending lj people. I've found two girls from school, my brother and sister (not exactly blasts from the past, but I'm pretty bad at keeping in touch with them, especially my brother), a guy I did a Japanese course with in Australia, and an ex-colleague. And people from the present who aren't on lj, like a college friend (A, who I've mentioned here before), current colleagues, and my stalker (hi!). Well, ex-stalker. davidg666 (who now works across the road from me) has taken over that job since D left work. And I've been accessory to two other people getting in touch from a long time ago
  • The best thing about facebook is Scrabulous, a Scrabble game. I'm spending far too much time at it. Sometimes that amount of time is due to this computer taking forever to redrawn. Game, anyone?
  • BTW, I'm neither mentioning livejournal or mollydot on facebook.
  • I don't know why, in the Irish Times poll of Irish women's opinions, the importance of feminism and equality of the sexes are two different questions. I also don't know why they got vastly different responses. Is it because yer average women on the street does see a big difference, or is it because it was asked as to different questions, so feminism is assumed to mean something other than equality of the sexes? Like what?
  • I do know why there was a question about husband/boyfriend, rather than a question about partner, but it's still wrong.
  • I taught a colleague the word squick today. He thinks it would be useful.
  • I went to Hard Working Class Heroes, a music festival in the Pod complex, with R. I finally got to hear the Jimmy Cake live. I have an album, but hadn't yet made it to a gig. My favourite new (to me) music was the Blonde Majority.
  • We're going to New Zealand! At the end of the year, to visit my sister. Any recommendations? We'll be starting in Wellington, where she is. Arriving Christmas eve. I imagine Christmas day will be spent being jet lagged.
  • I want a new phone. Am tempted by the N95, but bothered by the amount of time it seems to take to take a photo.
  • I did a pilates course. Boy, am I unfit. It's finished now, but I must keep up the habit of going into the gym building. I might even do some exercise.
  • I've had an ear worm for the past month or so of "Coin Operated Boy" by the Dresden Dolls. Hence my new blog name.
  • Our "gateman" (guy living in a prefab in our field) is gone. The county council got him a house in the town. This is both good and bad. I'm glad he's gone before we move in, because I'm not sure how comfortable I am about it, but he was able to keep an eye on the place, and it'll be quite a while until we move in. Er... and of course, it's good for him. Unless he likes living in a prefab in a field, far away from the pub.
  • The advantage of having the heating broken and getting the gas meter read is that the unit part of this bill is negative.
  • I don't understand how not having a driver's licence make one a bad mother.
  • I've had two craft days with caturah where we made fimo beads and pendants. Photos to come. And she's been an enabler with craft shopping, so among other things I have a heat gun and a fimo bead maker.
  • That'll do for now
Caturah Winterhartcaturah on October 5th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)

And you know damn well you've been an enabler too in your time...
a very caring potato: yordamollydot on October 5th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
Me? I is innocent.
Caturah Winterhart: Being evil is tiringcaturah on October 5th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
Pure as the driven snow? Sure you are...
a very caring potatomollydot on October 6th, 2007 09:31 am (UTC)
Of course I am!
You have to admit though, neither of us needs much enabling.
Caturah Winterhartcaturah on October 6th, 2007 09:47 am (UTC)
I know, but it's so nice to get the nudge (and the validation) from someone else occasionally :)
a very caring potatomollydot on October 6th, 2007 10:39 am (UTC)
So I'm breaking my end of the bargain when I suggest not getting something yet?
Caturah Winterhartcaturah on October 6th, 2007 11:00 am (UTC)
If you suggested not getting something at all, then yes, you would be.

However, by advising putting something off and getting it later (to allow for real world money constraints) you're still fulfilling your end of things :)
The Milkman of Human Kindnessradegund on October 6th, 2007 11:34 am (UTC)
Are you tied to a particular plumber? (Er. Metaphorically. Yes.) If not, let me know and I'll put you on to a German plumber we've been impressed with. To give you a flavour of his style: he came to quote for a job last Sunday afternoon, and rang me up half an hour before our appointment to let me know he was running ... EARLY.
a very caring potato: housebuildingmollydot on October 6th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
Wow. Impressive!

Metaphorically, we are. He's already done the first fix and knows about the geothermal, etc.
schmoomomschmoomom on October 6th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
OI! I'll take that German plumber's name!! If one more plumber comes here and fobs off our immersion, I'm going to go crazy.
being_herebeing_here on October 7th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
You're way too good at the scrabble. *sobs*
a very caring potato: wings and wordsmollydot on October 7th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
I think the score I got in the game with you was the highest I've got in any of them, so you may have a distorted view.
Also, do you know about the dictionary look up? It's very useful. It shows you all the two letter words, and if you think of something that sounds like it might be a word, you can look it up.
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a very caring potatomollydot on October 8th, 2007 09:53 am (UTC)
Join us... join us... (though if you start a game with me, make it a multi-player game - I've too many going on right now & single player games demand more time)
hell in spectaclesleedy on October 8th, 2007 11:36 am (UTC)
I don't understand how not having a driver's licence make one a bad mother.

The WHAT now? Jasus, B and I are obviously doomed if we become parents, neither of us can drive.
a very caring potato: drivingmollydot on October 8th, 2007 12:46 pm (UTC)
It's in relation to Britney Spears losing custody of her kids. I could be misunderstanding stuff, and I certainly don't have the whole story, but I heard something on Sky News where they were trying to list examples of her being a bad mother, and one of them seemed to be driving without a licence. I've since heard something about a carpark hit and run, which, IMO, makes her a bad person, but not specifically a bad mother. Unless it was her children she hit and left!
kristammkristamm on October 9th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)
I don't think not being able to drive makes you a bad mother. But driving despite not having a license, with your kids in the car, with them not in safety seats (all of which she did), does in fact contribute to bad-motherness.
a very caring potato: drivingmollydot on October 9th, 2007 12:53 pm (UTC)
Ah. I didn't know about them not being in safety seats. I wonder why they didn't say that on the telly, rather than no licence. Perhaps the reporter got a bit stuck and the licence was the first thing that came to mind.
kristammkristamm on October 9th, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)
The no license bit is more recent--she did the no safety seat thing a while back. Is driving without a license just not a big deal here? It seems a rather big deal to me.
a very caring potatomollydot on October 9th, 2007 01:15 pm (UTC)
I think it is a big deal, I just don't see it specifically relating to her mothering abilities, except in being a bad example.
The "news" report was about her losing custody and that specific bit was about the list of reasons K-Fed, or whatever he's called, had submitted to the court.