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Day 15/365: New Hair Day [20180115|22:04]
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[the weather today is |improving]
[with a hint of |no but there's about to be]

New Hair Day selfie. My hair has been dyed, straightened and I'm wearing a crushed red velvet dress.

I can now safely claim to have established a routine for seeing a hairdresser regularly. It's something I've been wanting to do because being a parent to small children often makes me feel too tired to look after myself properly, and having well-groomed hair helps to combat that. So. Nice hair achieved. CN: body image talkCollapse )

I was going to write a grumpy post, but the bloke came home today with a copy of "The Best of the Pogues arranged for piano", so rather than chew over the circumstances under which I became grumpy, I'm going to go make a very slow hash of Dirty Old Town or something.

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Day 14/365: Friday Five on a Sunday [20180114|19:58]
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[the weather today is |tired]

  1. What is something amazing that has happened in the last five years? Is it cheating to say "the births of my children"? I never thought I'd have children. I didn't believe I'd ever achieve sufficiently balanced emotional or financial states to consider it. I also don't like making irrevocable decisions. It certainly took me a long time to come round to the idea, so I guess I was pretty fortunate that I was physically still able to, once it seemed like a desirable prospect. Now that they're here, I don't wish to imagine life without them as that is a prospect too painful to contemplate.

  2. What is something you would love to happen in the next five years? I'd like to get an extension on the house (requires chutzpah), and travel more with the children (two trips already paid for this year; three more trips in the planning stages over the next two years).

  3. Do you make "life plans" or do you live spontaneously? Ha. I used to live a lot more spontaneously. I'm pretty regimented now.

  4. Do you think about what you might do when you retire? You mean assuming the current generation of retirees doesn't drain the pension pot so dry that my generation has to work until we die? Well. I'd quite like to do a lot of walking, painting, and photography. I'd like to write my memoirs. I don't care whether or not anyone wants to read them. I just really enjoy organising information, and I have a wealth of information about my personal history (see: 16 years of blogging).

  5. Is your lifestyle similar to your parents, grandparents, or something utterly different? Totally different from both sets of grandparents. My Filipino grandparents were extravagant, gregarious, and generous. My white grandparents were Depression-era frugal, extremely reserved, and survivalist. I'd say my lifestyle is not so dissimilar to my parents now. But they moved house constantly (and probably unnecessarily) when I was a child. This, I think, made me determined not to do so once I had children. I moved house a good deal before that.

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Day 13/365: Fried Ukrainian flat breads with feta cheese and spring onions, pls try it. [20180113|20:32]
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[with a hint of |poo in the night]

Angry chef
Keiki singing whilst he sits on the kitchen counter rolling out dough with a rolling pin.

Whilst I took Humuhumu to a friend's birthday party (which involved bouncy castles for her and socialising with other mums for me, you get one guess which of us is more tired, aaaaanyway) the bloke and Keiki made Ukrainian flatbreads. Keiki made up a one-line song during the process. You could be forgiven for assuming the song went, "Ohhhhhh I'm rollin' out the dough, rollin' out the dough, rollin' out the dough" or something equally topical. But you would be underestimating Keiki's scatological turn of mind and penchant for death-metal-style screaming. So. This is how the song actually went.

"Poo in the night. Poo in the night! POO in the NIGHT! POO IN THE NIIIIIIIIGHT!"

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Day 12/365: Friday's Unscientific Poll: Bar Snacks [20180112|20:36]
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Today's post is brought to you by watching Bath v Scarlets, drinking some excellent Bulgarian wine, and eating spicy but terribly morish peanuts given to the bloke by his Chinese student.

Poll #2077028 Bar snacks

My favourite bar snack(s) are

Pork scratchings
Salty popcorn
Bombay mix
Arare (rice crackers)
Wasabi peas

Nanila, you have forgotten or don't know about the following, and must add it to your snacking repertoire:

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Day 11/365: Random PokéGo Notes [20180111|20:48]
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[the weather today is |pleased]
[with a hint of |grimes - butterfly]

Pok�egg of the Beast
Screencap of a 10 km egg with 6.66 km walked, because it amused me. Pokéegg of the Beast \m/

  • On my most recent trip to London, I acquired no less than six - six! - 10 km eggs. That is more 10 km eggs than I'd had in the preceding eight months. This is great because I was becoming bored with lacklustre outputs from a seemingly endless succession of 5 km eggs.
  • One of those 10 km eggs yielded a Slakoth. I have seen the Slaking in the gyms, and I very much want one, because it is soooo chillaxed.
  • I have caught 14 Wailmers. Through the liberal appplication of Pinap berries, I'm now up to 66 out of the 400 candies needed for evolution.
  • My Snorlax spent 13 days, 5 hours and 54 minutes in that rural Norfolk gym before getting booted out. It wasn't quite enough to achieve my first gold gym badge, but I'm not complaining.
  • I'm very close to my gold walking badge. Less than 10 km to go.
  • After missing catching one outside work months and months ago, a Miltank hatched out of one of those aforementioned 10 km eggs. I am glad to fill the hole in my Pokédex, but wow that is one, uh, glandular, Pokémon, and it's not afraid to flaunt it.

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Day 10/365: Three things make a post [20180110|22:05]
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[the weather today is |content]

1) Very happy John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (series 7) is on Radio 4. I'm pretty sure you can listen from anywhere from BBC radio iPlayer.

2) Excited about watching Fighting for Air on BBC Two. Bloke is on towards the end talking particulate results.

3) I'm drinking raspberry beer.

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Day 9/365: Friendship & food [20180109|22:27]
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[the weather today is |tired but happy]
[with a hint of |grimes - genesis]

P, H and me
Selfie with friends P and H. Glasses gang!

Tonight I went to dinner with a friend and ex-colleague (H) whom I haven't seen for a year and a half. We talked and laughed and we ate delicious Filipino food together. Not a half-bad way to spend an evening, and I got to introduce both of them to the joys of pancit and purple ice cream, which I'm pleased to report they thoroughly appreciated.

Filipino feast below the cutCollapse )

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Day 6/365: Keyboard [20180106|20:15]
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[the weather today is |fortunate]

I asked for a keyboard for Christmas, and the bloke responded with a Yamaha P-45. Gosh.

The reasoning behind the request for this present was as follows:

  • The children should probably be starting music lessons soon. I started when I was five.
  • I cannot face the prospect of driving the children to another activity.
  • I had classical piano training up to approximately Grade 7, which is the point at which I got bored and stopped practising/having lessons.
  • With the assistance of the appropriate books, I can probably teach the children how to play. Not to Grade 7 probably, but if they show enough interest then they can have lessons.
  • I wanted to play pop music once I became a teenager and was discouraged from doing so. See point 3) re: loss of interest.

Here’s what has happened since the piano arrived three weeks ago. It was too big to conceal or bring in the car to Norfolk so the bloke gave it to me straightaway.

  • I taught myself to play Hurt (Nine Inch Nails) from the sheet music the bloke bought me. I can now play it from memory.
  • I started teaching Humuhumu how to play scales.
  • I started teaching the bloke how to play scales and read music from the basic books.
  • The bloke and I are now competing for practice time.
  • I bought the sheet music for Faded (Alan Walker) and started teaching myself that.
  • I have been practising for at least half an hour a day, sometimes longer. Last night I practised for an hour and a half. I can't recall ever doing that of my own free will as a child.
  • I have decided I am allowed to play as much non-classical music as I like. I'm not being graded or required to perform. I am doing this because I like playing music, and being enabled to rediscover that was one of the best gifts I've ever received.
  • If I keep this up, I might start taking voice lessons, because I never had those. I used to love singing and playing. I don’t know why I stopped.

Recommendations for good online sheet music providers and/or good piano-based tunes (there’s an Evanescence/Amy Lee book on Amazon, DO WANT) are welcome. I don’t mind paying for decent arrangements.

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Day 5/365: Lovely surprises from my auto-upload to Flickr [20180105|12:03]
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[the weather today is |mush]

Humuhumu self portrait
Humuhumu self-portrait in Toca Hair Salon 3.

I have my phone set to automatically upload any photos Humuhumu takes in her games (mostly from Toca Boca) privately to my Flickr account. Today I got a lovely surprise when I found this self-portrait she'd made. She had shown it to me a few days earlier but I hadn't realised she'd saved it. She's wearing her blue-framed glasses, and the hair is just so, and the smile is exactly right, and she's chosen to wear a Saturn t-shirt. I mean it's just perfect. <3

Humuhumu and baby and me
One more, from over the holiday period. Me, Humuhumu and Anonymous Adorable Baby. See what I mean about the smile?

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Day 4/365: Bloke on telly [20180104|13:41]
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[the weather today is |cars: why must we]
[with a hint of |Alan Walker - Faded]

If anyone wants to learn more about the kind of science my other half does*, you can see him in a programme next Wednesday 10 January on BBC Two at 9 PM. It's called Fighting for Air and is presented by Dr Xand van Tulleken. (NB Dr Xand is not the bloke. The bloke did, however, set up the experiment featured in the programme.)

Programme description: Imagine if you could change the quality of the air we breathe - in just one day. Air pollution in the UK has been declared a 'public health emergency' and Dr Xand van Tulleken is seeing what can be done about it. Enlisting the help of enthusiasts and sceptics from the Kings Heath community in Birmingham, Xand stages the first ever large-scale experiment of its kind - using people power to try and bring about a quantifiable improvement in air quality for a single day.

I would also like to take this opportunity to state that our personal vehicle does not run on diesel. After viewing the programme, you'll see why I've made this point!

* Our PhDs were very similar. We are now both rather differently employed.

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