January 9th, 2009
|02:42 pm - Writing: Ume|
Dashed off in ten minutes, between calls.
Someone brought a bucket of plums to work - 'Plums, free to good mouth'. I take three. They are ridiculously overripe, one bird-pecked, but the scent is rich and warm, and as I bite into one, juice dribbles thickly. I giggle, wiping the juice off with a hand.
The phone beeps, and I quickly wipe my hands. I dash off the familiar greeting, but there is silence on the end of the line. Plum juice is still thick in my mouth, and behind the too-sweet ripeness is the tang of the pip and the firmer flesh. I lick my lips, waiting for a response, but there is none. "As you are not responding, I will have to terminate this call..."
I steal another bite of plum, revelling in the sticky syrup, and the phone beeps again.
Current Mood: blah
December 7th, 2008
|05:41 am - WHUT.|
SRSLY, WHAT THE FUCK....the intertrons gets even weirder at a sleep-deprived 0545 at work.
Anyone with a weak stomach, do not click. I warn you now. Srsly. Got from weepingcock (original post here).
Current Mood: disturbed
November 8th, 2008
|03:14 pm - News...|
Just to let you all know, I'm moving... from Kawiti Avenue to David's place. Anyone who doesn't know where this is and needs details, txt/email me. :)
Oh, and I managed to miss an exam: the one on Thursday, I thought was on Friday. Go me. Applied for a special pass, and with A and A- in the internals (essays), I think I'll do OK. Hopefully. *crosses fingers*
Current Mood: hopeful
August 17th, 2008
|05:02 am - 5am and all's well...|
3am brings on odd reflections, especially when one is very tired. Namely that one should not do nightshift and attempt to have a daylife as well. Don't know how Batman does it.
Oh, yes, I'm at work; had a 11pm-7am shift both Friday night and Saturday night. Slept 0830-1700 Saturday, got up to go see Dark Knight with Ruth - and yes, she did enjoy it (!) - and then wombled off to work. I'll be off to MOTAT once I've finished work to help the guys steam up for the running day (yay caffiene), and then will be off home to sleep, and then to David's...
Weekends are supposed to be relaxing...
Oh well, I can sleep when I'm dead.
July 31st, 2008
|11:36 am - Study|
So. I'm back at University (hence lack of commentage in other people's journal).
It's hard work, as expected; high amounts of readings, essays due in a couple of weeks. But I'm comfortable with it. The subject itself is interesting and I find the concepts both easy to grasp and extrapolate on. As long as I effectively research my essays, I'll do well on them, and study should certainly see to the exams, despite how much I dislike exams.
Overall, it's looking positive.
In other news, I'm going down to Ohakune next week for the Centenary of the North Island Main Trunk Line; we got the L-Class train done, and she's looking really swish. Hopefully you'll see her on TV when the Parlimentary Special goes through. Got an Edwardian outfit in progress, including massive hat.
Sarah's birthday went off really well, and everyone had heaps of fun. Nishiki once again did extremely well with lovely Japanese cuisine, and I scored myself some lovely sake to take home.
Saw The Mordavian Truth on Monday; it was really well-done, and I like the positive perspective taken. Somewhat pleased with my own appearances, but I could have tried to sound less retarded at one particular point... :P
For those who don't already know, Whiskey (one of our cats) was run over on Monday night. We think/hope it was quick.
Current Mood: optimistic
July 26th, 2008
|01:55 pm - *SQUEE!*|
Went to see The Dark Knight yesterday.
Was incoherent with squee for most of the next half-hour.
I shall say no spoilers, just that the plot and characterisation were fantastic, there were explosions and cool toys, Batty goodness, sick-and-twisted stuff, half-naked Christian Bale, great one-liners, and yet more plot, characterisation, and twists.
Ledger fully deserves an Oscar for his performance. Seldom does a movie live up to its hype, and I think this does. It's totally awesome.
July 19th, 2008
|07:39 am - Seven Songs|
Being tagged by harvest17, I felt the need to add this meme. Also, I'm sitting at work on a Saturday morning, and have had the grand total of three calls in the last hour-and-a-half (may it continue).
Seven songs that I have been interested in/preoccupied with/obsessing over lately. In no particular order.
Katy Perry - I Kissed A Girl
Originally sent by Deb; this makes me giggle, and is bouncy and fun, which is all good.
ACDC - Back In Black
Music for when I know I need a kick in the ass. Also good to just randomly rock out to.
Linkin Park - Bleed It Out
Also kick-in-the-ass, though kinda morbid. 'Go out and kill things' music. :P
Michael W Smith - Freedom
A great orchestral piece; a soaring flight of music, a triumphant song, a call to war.
Iron Man Soundtrack - Merchant of Death
Just recently got the soundtrack for Iron Man, and really like the whole thing; this just happens to be my favourite.
Bomfunk MCs - Freestyler
I have... well, let's call it 'eclectic', tastes. Occasionally, a hip-hop or rap song will appeal; for some reason, this is one of them. Probably the beat.
Shihad - Beautiful Machine
Heard this on the radio and liked it; keep hearing snippets, still like it. :)
No particular tagging; if you're interested, do it. :)
July 7th, 2008
|09:42 pm - Hey there; long time no see!|
Apparently, work (in its wisdom) has seen fit to give me back LJ. Thus, here I is. I realise I haven't posted in ages; so here's a big update. :)
Going back to Uni 21st July. Am absolutely petrified, but I'm sure I'll be okay. Have put in my resignation at work; they're happy to have me on as a casual over the holidays, yay!
Generally okay, apart from the permanent cold I have in winter. :P Taking iron supplements; apparently I was borderline anaemic (21 on a scale of 20-160), which doesn't help the chronic fatigue any. That particular blood test, I managed not to pass out, thanks to an anaesthetic patches on the draw site. Ha, take that, damsel-in-distress!
Have gone back to walking to work, having been okayed (again) by the physio, and feeling very unfit.! :( Continuing the exercises.
No primary but plenty of people to fool around with. :P Happy as it is (simpler?).
By the wayside at the moment, largely. Currently plotting a steampunk novel, featuring recognisable portraitures of varying friends/aquaintances as characters. :P
In the process of planning a couple of large paintings.
If I haven't inflicted the piccies on you already... I finished both a Victorian dress and a Sharpe jacket.
I don't think many of you have seen the Victorian dress, though some of you saw the jacket at Zara's 21st. Here they are for those of you who haven't. I'm in the process of fixing the collar on the jacket so that it sits properly.
Next up on the costuming front: Catwoman catsuit for Scott's 'Villains' party, then an Edwardian outfit for the centenary of the Main Trunk Line (our MOTAT team has been working on L207, one of the key locomotives in the ceremony).
(I swear, I have to get a better picture of that jacket. I really do)
No current tabletop RPs, but am planning on coming to the next St Wolfgang's game, having been persuaded by Lucy. I shall be a widowed lady who became a nun. :D
In other news: I hate Stagecoach. Second time in three weeks that the bus has just not appeared. *mutter* Laid a complaint and waited an hour for the next bus; thank god I'd planned to go early so that I could pop past Spotlight.
Current Location: At work
Current Mood: bored
Current Music: The hum of the aircon... ahhh, so soothing.
June 9th, 2008
|10:56 pm - Ramblings: Music|
(Braindump, guys. Not particularly interesting. In other news, I still exist, work and life go okay, except for the depression coming back, and I'm going back to Uni next semester.)
Pink, Michael W. Smith, Evermore, and Goodnight Nurse share Firefox tabs with Iron Man fanfic and chainmaille weaves, and the Transformers score and Justice League sit on WMP, waiting.
My mind dwells on a certain subject; right now, it's hard to get off it.
I flip between up and down, depressed and manic, high and utterly low, stratosphere to Marianas Trench. Went to see a doctor about that, last Saturday; she wants bloods before she prescribes me anything drastic.
We are the Night. What I originally heard as 'We are the knights', and immediately began plotting a Batman video to; oddly out of character for the Dark Knight, more fitting to his apprentices. The sheer sense of wanting the freedom and life to be with people I enjoy/love/have fun with.
God is a DJ. Freedom. Light Surrounding You.
Bounce and spirit and fire; glory, strength, a call to war; longing, love and need.
How easy to let my music do my expression for me.
Current Mood: indescribable
April 6th, 2008
|04:14 pm - In Which It Is Discovered That Coal Dust Is Difficult To Remove|
Okay, so I haven't posted in god-knows-how-long, but I thought I'd do it now because I actually have something to write about. :)
Oh, on the health front, I've had an intestine infection, been on and off for the last couple of weeks. Augmentin is rapidly putting paid to that, which is good. I think I may have said this before, but anyway.
So, to the subject up there (*points to title*). It begins with me going to the MOTAT Military Weekend, wombling around the vehicles and chatting to the re-enactors and soldiers (including Reuben and one of his mates, with the nickname of 'Nightie' :P ) and so on and generally having a ball. I then went over to the rail-shed, intent on getting a squiz at the trains, because, y'know, they were there.
I chatted to one of the guys for a while, and (after a ride in the cab of the train), he told me that you could volunteer with the Rail Section. Naturally, I leapt at the chance. So, last Wednesday, I went along.
It was excellent, all-in-all. I was fully expecting to get dirty, and boy, did I ever! I cleaned out the firebox and smokebox on the Y-Class, and polished it up with a mix of oil and kerosene. I came out black as can be, but grinning fit to burst (which, it was remarked, looked very odd, teeth very white in a soot-stained face). I then helped with rolling the wheels under the latest train that's being restored, and then attaching them. Went home feeling very satisfied with myself.
Only when I got home did I discover exactly how 'sticky' coal dust is. It took the best part of twenty minutes in the shower, with heavy-duty soap and exfoliating scrubs and pumice to get most of it out - and even then there were still some stubborn sections that refused to shift! Barrier cream and overalls shall be purchased for next time.
Current Mood: happy