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When the mice are away [20091214|19:42]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I encountered three boys on the way to the train station this morning. I'm fairly certain it was The Them from Good Omens. I'm not sure where Pepper had gone. I bet she would have treated the kind of porkies they were telling with the appropriate level of scorn.

"An' then I kicked at him like this!" exclaimed one, as I approached. He launched a poorly controlled assault at the air that missed my midsection by inches. I quickly passed to avoid further physical involvement.

"Stupid, you almost knocked out that old woman," chastised the second.

"She's not old, she just has a lot of hair," observed the third.

They paused to allow this shift in their perception to sink in.

"She should get it cut," said the first.

"No!" said the third, who was rapidly becoming my favourite. "I bet she has a lot of fun head-banging."

I turned my head enough to see him stop in the middle of the pavement to proffer a convincing demonstration. I had to move on swiftly so they wouldn't hear my laughter.


I don't think you're supposed to feel this way in winter, but lately I've had the sensation that I'm "waking up" creatively. Writing is flowing more easily. I have more ideas for photography projects than time to execute them. I've been painting, though am not presently inclined to share the results. I conserve as much precious energy as possible to spend in the studio. Consequently, I'm no longer a person at the party that people can count on to pull out all the stops and to carry on all evening. I regret the loss of this type of enjoyment, but not enough to prevent me from hopping on the train at 10 rather than midnight to go home.


Finally, the obligatory Adorable Kitten Photo.

We aren't s'posed to be on your bed. Do you have the heart to move us?

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-16 13:02 (UTC)
And from the way they shoot up trees these days, determined to launch themselves into orbit eventually.
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2009-12-14 20:56 (UTC)
You have met your obligation well. They are tremendously cute.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-16 13:03 (UTC)
I didn't move them. Eventually they got bored and went off to chase the cork from a wine bottle.
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From: pbristow
2009-12-14 21:28 (UTC)




(This is probably why they're not allowed on the bed. Melted people are very difficult to get out of the bedroom carpet.)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-16 13:04 (UTC)
Actually, it's because the bloke & I are both mildly allergic to them.
"We're allergic to cats. What pets shall we have?" "Ooh, I know! Cats!"
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[User Picture]From: minirth
2009-12-14 23:43 (UTC)
Those cats are entirely too beautiful to be believed!!!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-16 13:05 (UTC)
I think they put all their effort into being pretty, because they certainly aren't overburdened in the brains department.
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2009-12-15 01:59 (UTC)
Ha! I love the Them! And the KITTENZ, OMG! Cannot look directly into the cuteness!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-16 13:07 (UTC)
No, don't stare too long. Your brain will melt & come out your ears, and that will be messy.
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2009-12-15 03:20 (UTC)
Hee! I love how lots of hair = old. ?!?! I loved The Them, Pepper in particular, actually.

My *hug* has a tuxedo tabby called Vladimir Putintat. He does not look as cute an innocent as your tuxedo tabbies, but is a very handsome and dignified fluff monster. I love his ears!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-16 21:45 (UTC)
Vladimir Putintat. Now that is a fabulous name. I do not think my fuzzballs have the kind of gravitas necessary to sustain such a title.
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[User Picture]From: wurlitzerprized
2009-12-15 18:34 (UTC)
kittens rule.

and they're such natural hams, so ripe for 'captioning' how can you not take a million pictures?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-16 21:46 (UTC)
I have so many pictures and videos. I have to resist the urge to post them all the time. I feel like one of those awful parents who's always like, "Look at these 47521 pictures of my kids I have on my phone!!!11!!" The shame.
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[User Picture]From: prolificdiarist
2009-12-15 18:39 (UTC)
Oh, the cute!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-16 21:47 (UTC)
It is truly undermining all my attempts to be a firm disciplinarian. They are so terribly spoiled.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2009-12-15 21:14 (UTC)
(a) That's a riot story. Kids. Oi.
(b) This is wonderful news. I won't say any more; dun wanna jinx it.
(c) So. Cute. Made all the better by the wine coloured sheets.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-16 21:48 (UTC)
It's a good thing I'm not as sensitive as I was when I was a child, otherwise I'd probably be spending the next month wibbling in the corner at the thought that other people perceive me as "old". ;-D
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From: lunar_alchemy
2009-12-16 18:25 (UTC)
my soul wakes up in winter. i find it kind of magical...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-16 21:56 (UTC)
It's a peculiar experience. Especially when almost everyone else seems to be going into hibernation.
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2009-12-17 18:11 (UTC)
On a totally unrelated note, here's this!

Lady Physicist, 1957. My friend Carrin posted it and I thought you'd like it!

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[User Picture]From: jixel
2009-12-17 21:58 (UTC)
wow that looks remarkably like a photo from an old textbook of mine

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-18 13:16 (UTC)
Aha! That's brilliant. Made my morning, thank you!

Can I attempt to iconify it?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-18 13:18 (UTC)
That's awesome! I think she's probably a chemical physicist, too, judging from the setup. Thank you for sharing it.
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