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Day 49/365: Shaggy Pony: Back in Black [20180218|20:32]
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[the weather today is |flump]

I have a post to make about the lovely birthday party I attended in London last night, but after two consecutive nights out and a lot of time spent on trains and buses, I'm too tired to curate the photos and my memories. It will have to wait until tomorrow.

Shaggy Pony was a popular subject the last time and since the Friday Five did not move me to response this week, I thought I'd introduce you all to one of the other ponies.

Shaggy black pony and its wagtail friend
This is the pony I call Cousin It. Cousin It is particularly popular with the wagtails (small black and white bird in front of Pony).

Shaggy black pony walking
Every now and then I think I'm going to get a glimpse of Cousin It's eyes through its mane. But no. Even in a brisk winter wind, it manages to maintain its title of International Pony of Mystery.

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Day 48/365: Lessons Learned [20180217|18:37]
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[the weather today is |Whoops]
[with a hint of |Cabin pressure series 4]

I gave blood yesterday afternoon, and then in the evening we went out to celebrate the bloke's birthday with a nice meal. We had booked a babysitter and we optimistically told her we would be home around 11:30.

We were home at 10:15 pm.

It turns out that those leaflets at the blood donation centre aren't kidding when they tell you you should not drink alcohol for 24 hours after donating. I had never gone againt the advice before and I never will again.

Likewise, the bloke was determined to enjoy the night out despite severe jet lag. His resolve was dampened at the first pub we went to after the meal, where he struggled to keep his eyes open.

At least the food was good!

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Day 47/365: Friday's Unscientific Poll: Seating preferences on aeroplanes [20180216|14:12]
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This poll is inspired by a desire to know whether anyone actually prefers a middle seat.

Poll #2078392 I suppose this makes me your Captain's Captain

When flying in a commercial aircraft, I prefer the

Window seats
9(90.0%)
Aisle seats
1(10.0%)
Middle seats
0(0.0%)

Is Arthur allowed to call Herc

No, Martin is Skip.
1(10.0%)
Yes, that's fine, whoever's in the pilot's seat is Skip.
0(0.0%)
I have no idea what you're on about.
9(90.0%)
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Day 46/365: Birthday and burst pipe [20180215|21:13]
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[the weather today is |gobsmacked]

This will be a quick entry because the emergency plumber is here (more on this later), but just wanted to document a day that has been rather more chock-full of excitement than any of us had hoped.

Humuhumu and I dropped off Keiki and bloke at pre-school and the train station respectively. We then took the car through the automated car wash, a trip that was about four months overdue. Humuhumu narrated the experience continuously. We betook ourselves to the supermarket to purchase necessary supplies, including a birthday cake for bloke (more on this below the cut). After dropping the groceries at home, we turned straight around and went to the hospital for a very long eye appointment. Humuhumu had her usual check-up and then we saw the senior consultant orthoptist so she could get her new prescription. This involved putting drops in her eyes to dilate her pupils and waiting for half an hour. Because her eyes are so dark, she ended up having to go through this procedure twice. She was very good about it, and about having fifty different bright lights shone in her face. The consultant was so impressed with her behaviour that she got four stickers, including two special shiny ones.

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We walked into town. Again, she was very brave about this, because for once the sun was shining and it was right in her poor sensitive eyes. She kept her head down and her hand in mine, and I guided her to the opticians. She picked out two pairs of new frames, one for her everyday pair and one pair of sunglasses. They'll be ready in just over a week.

Both of us were hungry, so we decided to be Ladies that Lunch at a nearby pub. Sausage, chips and peas for her, and chilli and rice for me. She drew a picture, and then we looked at all the Pokémon in my Pokédex. She giggled a lot about the Spoink flipping over.

Humuhumu drawing
Humuhumu drawing her strawberry pancake.

After lunch, we went and got her passport photos taken. We rounded off our trip into town with a visit to the stationery shop, where we replenished our coloured card supply and got some stickers. Then we headed home.

Humuhumu plays with My Little Ponies
Because she'd been so good, she got to open up her new (My Little) Ponies, Rainbow Dash and Rarity, to join her beloved Twilight Sparkle.

We had a little time to chill out together and make the bloke a birthday card with the new stickers before we headed out to pick him and Keiki up. Before we did that, I noticed that the small leak that a downstairs radiator had sprung just a couple of days ago had turned into a more serious dribble. The ice cream tub that I'd been using to catch the drips, and had been filling about once every twelve hours, was nearly overflowing after 45 minutes. I texted the bloke that we'd need to do something about it when we got home, and we should not forget to empty the tub as soon as we walked in the door.

I emptied it first. The bloke went to do it the second time after he'd finished his supper. (The rest of us were still eating.) Suddenly, he swore, and then shouted for a bucket. The hot water pipe had burst. The kids and I lost our heads and started dashing about getting in one another's way. Eventually we sorted ourselves, and several tubs/buckets out, and the bloke managed to get the pipe jammed back in temporarily, though he couldn't move. I asked the children to go upstairs and play while we figured out what to do. They went up to their room and made up an adorable camping-out game with their torches and treasures, and stayed there until I came and got them more than half an hour later. (BEST CHILDREN EVER, I tell you.)

I have had more than one occasion on which to be grateful for purchasing emergency boiler & heating system repair cover in the past five years, but this particular incident tops the list. We were told the plumber would show up "any time between 7:30 PM and 6 AM". He arrived at 8:30 PM.

Once we'd got the pipe jerry-rigged into place, we were able to light the candles on the fantabulous birthday cake that Humuhumu had chosen.

Our exchange at the supermarket had gone like this.

Me: "Find the cake that says 'Daddy' to you."
Humuhumu: *inspects every single cake minutely*
Me: "Well, which one is it?"
Humuhumu, decisively: "THAT one."
Me: "Er, that one?"
Humuhumu: "Yes, THAT one."
Me: "You're sure? That's the one that says 'Daddy' to you?"
Humuhumu: "Mummy, stop ASKIN' me. Of COURSE I'm sure."

So we bought it. And here it is.
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And now that the emergency plumber is leaving and the children are asleep, it is definitely time for a beer.

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Day 45/365: Caturday on a Wednesday [20180214|20:13]
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[the weather today is |ill]
[with a hint of |the mcmafia finale]

Is there such a thing as too much Telstar? I think not.

Telstar in sunshine
Telstar enjoying his patch of sunshine on one side…

Look into my yellow eyes
...and on the other.

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Day 44/365: I made pancakes for Shrove Tuesday [20180213|22:05]
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[the weather today is |limp]
[with a hint of |chris packham wittering on about lichen]

I even made the thin crepe-style pancakes rather than the fluffy American-style ones I usually make, because that's what the children wanted. It was, I have to admit, the last thing I wanted to do tonight. They did taste nice, at least.

How is it only Tuesday?

Keiki and me
Keiki and I are so ready for Daddy/bloke to return.

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Day 43/365: Icon Meme: Explain Yourself! [20180212|20:24]
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[with a hint of |kmfdm - godlike]

(With apologies for back-to-back meme posts, but this is Day 5 of 6 of the bloke being on the other side of the globe and I’m low on spoons.) [personal profile] wordweaverlynn selected three icons for me to explain, and so I have done so.

First up is Tanz Mit Kitten.


The song “Tanz Mit Laibach” by Laibach is one of my favourite stompy dance tunes. I was pleased when Rather Good (of “We Like The Moon” fame) decided to animate it with jackbooted kittens. Please do NOT click the following link if you are allergic to jerky animated images accompanied by loud repetitive music. Stompy Kittens Ahoy.

I don’t use this icon very much, but now I’ve been reminded that it’s there, I shall probably do so with greater frequency.

Next is Little Naughty.


This purple-haired poison-drinking devil child came from the mind, and pen, of artist Junko Mizuno. She has written several adorably creepy and occasionally pornographic manga, some of which are (very loosely) based on fairy tales. I have a number of vinyl figures and t-shirts with her designs on them.

I’ve had this icon for many years and use it pretty regularly, usually when I’ve had a drop of whisky.

Finally, there is Broken Tachikoma.


Okay, so I’m not sure it’s a problem to spoil an anime that is this old, but nevertheless I will put the bulk of the description behind a cut. Tachikoma is a robot and comes from The Ghost in the Shell, which, if you peruse my other icons, you will see is one of my favourite stories ever. In this icon spoilerCollapse )

This is the “my heart is breaking” icon. I don’t have occasion to use it often in my own journal, but I use it when it’s appropriate on comments in others’.

If you would like to explain three of your icon choices, please leave a comment and I will select the ones that intrigue me.

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Day 42/365: Friday Five on a Sunday: Flying [20180211|11:25]
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[the weather today is |dreaming of flight]

  1. Where did you go the last time you took an aeroplane ride?
    My last plane ride was in December, when I flew to Schipol (Amsterdam) for a two-day meeting. My next plane ride (barring any surprises) will probably be in April, to Vienna.

  2. Are you a nervous flyer or a comfortable flyer?
    Very comfortable. The number of times I have been on planes runs into the triple digits. See: Growing up on a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific ocean & having relatives on the mainland US. And also, moving to the UK and still having relatives and friends on the mainland US. Also also, moving to the UK and having easy access to all of Europe.

  3. Window seat or aisle seat?
    WINDOW 4 EVA. Exhibit A: A photo I took from my most recent transatlantic flight, over northern Canada.

  4. What is the worst experience you've had flying?
    This was actually quite recent. I had the flu and didn’t know it until about two hours into an eleven-hour flight from London to Los Angeles. I have never been so miserable on a plane before.

  5. What is the best experience you've had flying?
    Ooh, this is tough. There are a lot to choose from. The first time Humuhumu could talk and went on a plane was pretty cool. She was SO excited. Keiki as well. He went on about it for months afterward. “We went on a big aeroplane” has to have been one of his first full sentences. I also loved flying between the Hawai’ian islands on prop planes as a child, back when commercial pilots were allowed to let children visit the cockpit. I think what I love consistently about flying is the few minutes before landing, where you approach a place and can admire it from above, and the anticipation of being in it momentarily is at fever pitch.


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Day 41/365: Here is my face [20180210|12:54]
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[with a hint of |silence]

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Found this selfie I took in a lovely old mirror at the bloke’s parents’ house over Christmas. I regret not having brought my proper camera for this one, as I quite like the framing but the phone image is grainy.

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Day 40/365: Well, I think you can probably guess what prompted Friday's Unscientific Poll [20180209|20:48]
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Poll #2078129 Power Outage

When the power goes out, I typically think the following

Wait, when did I have my last cup of tea? Because OH LOR NO KETTLE
0(0.0%)
Internet gone, guess I'll go make myself a cup of -- OH LOR NO KETTLE
0(0.0%)
INTERNET GONE. CANNOT COPE.
2(14.3%)
Otoh, I now have an excuse not to do any work until it comes back on.
3(21.4%)
Wait, when did I last have something hot to eat? I really fancy some toast. DAMMIT
1(7.1%)
There are six flashlights/torches in this house and right now I know where none of them are.
1(7.1%)
Tea lights, ahoy! But where are the matches? DAMMIT
1(7.1%)
I know, I'll watch/listen to/read something I downloaded onto my phone.
1(7.1%)
Wait, how much charge does my phone have left?
5(35.7%)
Sod it, time for a nap. Duvet ahoy!
0(0.0%)


(NB: The power is restored now so I was at least able to feed the children a hot supper and bathe them, and we won't freeze because it's flippin' cold tonight.)
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