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Day 141/365: The Friday Five on a Monday + Pony Update [20180521|21:50]
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[the weather today is |relaxed]

  1. Is there a smell that will immediately sicken you?
    The smell of frying mushrooms. It's strange because I can eat mushrooms in most contexts (in a stir-fry, on a pizza, in noodle soups). But frying button mushrooms? Bleargh.

    It's also tragic because the males in my household love fried mushrooms, and I simply cannot make them for them.

  2. When you want quiet, where do you go?
    Into my study, which also doubles as the spare room. I'm hopeful that one day, these can be two different rooms in this house.

  3. Do you need/prefer total darkness when you sleep?
    I prefer it, but don't need it. As long as no one is bothering me, I can sleep almost anywhere.

  4. What is your least favorite taste?
    You mean besides fried mushrooms? I don't much care for the flavour of undiluted offal, as I find it much too strong.

  5. How heavily do you rely upon your sense of touch?
    Quite heavily. If I'm not using a keyboard (I touch-type), I'm using my smartphone, or driving, or making a meal, or doing the laundry, or exercising. I am a whirlwind of motion most of the time I'm awake. I use touch to check my children's temperatures every morning, and the condition of their skin.


In unrelated news, here are the Shaggy Ponies (and horses) having some manner of familyconsultation.
Pony meets the family

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Day 139/365: I hear there was a wedding today [20180519|22:37]
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[the weather today is |sleepy]

Managed to miss it entirely. We went to Rugbytots, got the car washed, gardened a bit, loaded up the kids bikes and spent the rest of the day in the park with friends. Ice cream, playgrounds and baby geese all got a look in.

Now falling asleep in front of something randomly selected on television. It is almost comically sexist and looks really dated. Turns out it's not the 10 PM news on ITV. It's Jaws 3. But it did take me a minute.

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Day 138/365: Friday's Unscientific Poll [20180518|17:56]
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I feel like my journal name, "Mad Scientess", is a bit out of date. I have now been working as an engineer for at least as long as I spent formally studying science. So given yesterday's post and a clever comment on it from a friend, I'm wondering whether I should change it. I will therefore put it to a vote.

Poll #2081485 Renaming my journal

Should I:

Keep Mad Scientess
3(42.9%)
Change to Plausible Canadeniability
4(57.1%)

I have a better idea:



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Day 137/365: Apparently I'm from everywhere [20180517|19:32]
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[the weather today is |amused]

Here is a sampling of amusing exchanges I've had recently with people who have tried and failed to identify where I'm from based on my accent.

Anecdote 1
I'm in a taxi late in the evening, going home. The driver is Brummie. I've told him that I've been in London for the day for work. He asks me how long I've lived in the Midlands. "Almost six years," I reply. "It doesn't feel like that long since I was living in London."

Him: "Yeah, you still sound like a Londoner."
Me: “I do, don’t I.”

I chuckled over this internally for a good hour after I got home.

Anecdote 2
I'm in a taxi, going home after an evening out with some lady friends.

Taxi driver: “Do you want the good news or the bad news first?”
Me: “Er, the bad news?”
Him: “You lost Eurovision.”
Me: “...Did we?”
Him: “Yes, I’m afraid Australia finished last in the popular vote.”
Me: “What a shame.”

I never did find out what the good news was.

And the one that takes the cake, my friends:

Anecdote 3
I’m speaking to someone to whom I’ve just been introduced.

Him: “Your president is very handsome.”
Me: “WHAT”
Him: “Justin Trudeau! He’s very handsome.”
Me: “OH THANK GOODNESS”

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Day 136/365: Lamprocapnos spectabilis [20180516|21:11]
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[the weather today is |tired]

Lamprocapnos spectabilis
I took this macro photo of one of the few surviving blooms on my red bleeding heart plant. It's not alone because the others wilted. It's alone because Keiki picked all the rest of them about a week ago, arranging them carefully on our picnic blanket. "For you, Mummy!" he crowed, and I didn't have the heart (bwa) to scold him.

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Day 133/365: The Friday Five on a Sunday [20180513|18:59]
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  1. Do you mostly prepare your meals at home or do you eat out more?
    I mostly prepare meals at home. It is expensive to eat out in this country, far more so than in the US. I only eat in restaurants - or even takeaways - on special occasions.

  2. Is there a time of day when you are more likely to buy food already prepared?
    Not so much a time of day as a time of the week. I buy ready-prepared meals (sandwiches, salads, pasta), usually in supermarkets, when I go down to London for work.

  3. What is your average weekly grocery bill (for how many people)? What is your total restaurant/fast food bill for an average week?
    Our weekly grocery bill for two adults and two children is £120 to £140. We could very likely shave a third off of that if we planned better. But we don’t.

    Total restaurant/fast food bill for an average week is £0. On a monthly basis it’s probably £30 for a single restaurant visit and £15 for a single fast food visit (and some months we don’t do either).

  4. What is your favorite meal to prepare at home?
    Hahaha I don’t like cooking, so that would be none of them. But the healthiest meal I make regularly - and thoroughly enjoy eating - is rice/noodles + steamed broccoli/green beans + fish.

  5. What is your favorite meal to order in a restaurant?
    Again, since I don’t like cooking, just about anything made by another person will do. My favourite things to order that I don’t cook myself are risottos and steaks.


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Day 132/365: Caturday [20180512|19:44]
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[the weather today is |Whee]

The cattiest cat that ever catted
Telstar through the macro lens: tuxie to the max

(Telstar is wearing the fur he was born with. He is sitting on a lovely wooden bench made by a craftsman friend of the bloke’s.)

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Day 131/365: BREAKING NEWS: Tiny pony allowed in big field + Friday’s Unscientific Poll [20180511|12:30]
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The tiny pony has been allowed out into the big field with its mummy, Cousin It!

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And what’s the first thing Mummy does? Embarrass the tiny pony with some unabashed rolling around.

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Poll #2081257 Name the new Tiny Shaggy Pony

The baby pony should be named

Wednesday
4(57.1%)
Pugsley
2(28.6%)
Pubert
0(0.0%)
Lurch
0(0.0%)
What
1(14.3%)
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Day 130/365: Can't [20180510|21:33]
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[the weather today is |fail]

This is me declaring an amnesty for myself for missing a day of posting. I have been neck-deep in work all day, still am, and I'm super stressed about something that's suddenly due tomorrow. There is no space in my brain for generating journal content. Sorry. I'll be back tomorrow with an Unscientific Poll.

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Day 129/365: Bank holiday weekend photo post [20180509|21:40]
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[with a hint of |old aardman animations]

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This photo kinda sums things up. Humuhumu is jumping next to the paddling pool, in which friend J and Keiki are diligently refilling the bucket Keiki is standing in (to make "pirate stew"). She's wearing her flamingo swimming costume and her shades (prescription).

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