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So I have joined the great migration, and am now over here fully and completely. I need to get back into journelling again, as it's always good to re-read old posts, and see how far I've come.

If you see me elsewhere, remind me to post here.
erika_sanely: (My Tree thanks to slodwick)
Hi everybody! So I signed up for NaNoWriMo again this year, for a couple of reasons. First up, to get me back onto Live Journal, and secondly to see if I can actually write a fan fic or two. I've had a couple of ideas bouncing around in my head for a couple of months, so I thought to myself; "Why not?" and "How hard can it be?"

I'm just starting to remember just how hard fifty thousand words can be, so the next month will be fraught. Especially considering I have a wedding to go to next weekend (not mine. Always important to point that out when you're older than a certain age) and the weekend after I'm away for four days interstate catching up with friends and doing a five kilometre colour run.

When you think about it, NaNoWriMo must be a bit like child birth. From the outside looking in, you think to yourself "Yeah, that does look like it's slightly painful, but how hard can it be if women keep getting pregnant with second, third and even fourth babies? I might give that a go." And then you do give it  a go, and sweet Christ on a crutch WHY WOULD ANYONE DO THIS?!?!?! EVER?!?!? And you think it's never going to end, but time seems to move so fast, but so incredibly slow at the same time, and for the life of you words are starting to lose their meaning, and have I written the word 'Green' too many times? Then again, would using a different word or green make my writing seem too pretenious, and like I'm trying too hard? But then it's over and you forget the sleepless nights, and the back pain from sitting down at your computer for too long, and in October the next year, you think to yourself "I thnk I'll sign up again. It's wasn't THAT bad last year."

But it is. It always is.

So, wish me luck! I have a feeling that I'm going to need it.

I'm back!!

Mar. 28th, 2014 06:41 pm
erika_sanely: (My Tree thanks to slodwick)
So about the 3rd of January, my computer decided that being able to surf the 'net was an option that really, was something that I really didn't need to do anymore. Since I had the internet at work, I figured I could live without a computer for a little bit longer, and today I finally bit the bullet and bought a new laptop. It may take me a while to get the hang of it - but I am already enjoying that the K buton on this laptop works! (I really should have bought  a new one years ago!)                                                                                                        
erika_sanely: (2012 resolution post)
I went to a friends house last night, for a barbeque and games to ring in the new year and it was lovely. I was home in bed by 1 am, and as I had only had 3 Pimms with ginger beer and lemonade in a 6 hour period, I was fine to drive home.

We all wrote down our resolutions; we had to have 3, one to be completed by the end of March (learn all the words to Rapper's Delight), one the end of June (learn how to read/use a compass) and end of December (learn all the words to I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General.*)

Someone asked me if my boss had gone back to Canada - his brother had a stroke recently, but he (the brother) is starting to get better - and I said no, he'd gone to Tumut. When asked why he went there, I told them how he had a friend there who owned a 'wine farm'. Yes, I realise now that I should have said 'vineyard', but at the time wine farm made more sense, but from now on, they shall be wine farms. And the people who work them shall be wine farmers.

I'm trying to give up Face Book, as I've come to the realisation that I only really care about maybe 10 people on it, and all the rest have incredibly drama-filled lives of their own creation that I don't care to know about, so I'm going to cut back to only looking at it on Sundays and that's it. So expect more posts here where I try to be witty.


*2013's resolution was to learn the song, but I forgot for about 6 months, and I've only really got 3 stanzas memorised. Ironically, the one year I don't have something about to do with getting healthy and fitter is the year I run in 3 fun runs.
erika_sanely: (Holiday Rodney)
In case I don't get a chance before Thursday when I'm off to the beach for Xmas with the family and niece and nephew (Fish and Chips on the beach Xmas day! Gotta love the Australian Christmas!) I hope you all have a happy and healthy Solstice/Festivus/Christmas/Whatever Religious or Pagan Holiday occurs between now and January.

Take care, have fun and relax.
erika_sanely: (Easily Amused)
A friend just texted me what will forever be considered the greatest question of all time:

What sound would the love child of Xena Warrior Princess and Turtle Man Make?

My brain has exploded from all the awesome.

(My answer was - the child would say "I'm Chuck Norris, bitch.")
erika_sanely: (Travel)
I'm off tomorrow to the other side of the country for 2 and a half days, because that's the way I roll. I can't wait to see my friends! I have missed them so much, and getting to catch up, and see City and Colour live will be brilliant. I'll be a tired little teddy next week, but it will all be worth it. 
erika_sanely: (Facepalm)
Today I overheard the processing superintendent talking to someone and he said "No, I'm D.C.", and my first thought was "I can't believe he doesn't like Marvel."

... 5 minutes later I realised he was talking to an electrician and they were discussing currents.  










(Still don't know exactly what they were talking about. That'll learn me to eavesdrop.)
erika_sanely: (My Tree thanks to slodwick)
I think you're pretty awesome. You're on my flist for a reason, and that's because I find you interesting and funny and I enjoy reading your posts. We are all so different, but we all have at least one thing in common, which is pretty freakin' cool. (I hope it's because you also like to take dance breaks when doing the house work, but it's okay if it's not.)

The world is a vast place, but you are not alone. So the next time you're having a coffee or a wine or even a bottle of water and it's just you in your house, raise it up and Cheers. I'll be doing the same thing in my time zone, and the way the universe works there will be a good chance that the waves raising our glasses/mugs/bottles make in the universe with collide.

IMAG0408

...yeah, that's a Mokey Fraggle Hand Puppet in the back ground. She watches me watching TV. 

Dammit!

Nov. 30th, 2013 02:28 pm
erika_sanely: (Damn Astronaut!)
My iPod died last week; it was five years old, and I stupidly thought to myself "I'm impressed how it's going considering how much I use it. (Probably 10 hours a day - the office gets loud and it drowns out the annoying people, and the bus ride of work is 40 minutes each way). It started only half playing songs, and skipping certain bands and singers (My iPod apparently hates Adele and The Axis of Awesome), until finally last week while I was charging it on the computer a warning came up with basically said "You are so incredibly f-ed right now. You really have no idea" (but it said it in tech-speak, but let's face it. This is what it meant. And it won't connect to my computer, and instead of having 5 thousand songs on it, it only has two.

Both Taylor Swift.

Five years is a good run, and the closest repair shop is a two hour drive away, so I thought, "screw it!" and bought a new one. When I get home, I find that my version of iTunes is too old, so I download a newer one. To find out my computer OS is too old, and I can only buy that from a store.

I've got music on my phone, but I don't like playing music on my phone; call me old-fashioned, but dammit, I want my phone to be used as a phone (And for checking Face Book at work.) and that's it. Music devices are for music, phones are for communicating.

My computer is not on it's last legs, but is getting closer to retirement (Exhibit A: a non-working k key. I looked into getting it fixed, but it was going to cost about $400.00. Not worth it, when a whole new computer is only a couple hundred more). I don't want to buy the OS software and find out the computer is rat shit as well. And I don't want to buy a new computer just yet (I'd like to wait until at least the post-Xmas sales).

Remember the old days of Walkmans and Discmans? I miss those days. All you needed was to make sure you had spare batteries, and it they started going wonky, you hit them a couple of times, and blew on the moving parts. That was good times.
erika_sanely: (My Tree thanks to slodwick)
I ended up completing the NaNoWriMo Challenge 10 am Thursday 28th November (I finished off with 50,172 words). Thank you so very much for putting up with my ramblings! I didn't end up posting a lot of it on here, as it ended up being a heap more personal than I thought it would - and considering what I did post here, you can only imagine what that means. Actually don't imagine what that means, because it didn't mean 'that'. If 'that' is what you're thinking.

I want to do it again next year, but with an actual plan in place, and actually writing a couple of short stories as well. I did end up writing two poems, but my god! I wrote like I was an emotional teenage girl who knows sadness without ever having experienced it. Plath and Eliot were my two favourite poets as a teenager, and it shows.

Anyway, thanks again. It was fun, yet painful. I ended up learning a lot about myself, because of it, and I want to use what I learnt to change parts of my life. ::Fingers crossed::

I hope all those who write proper novels succeeded or at least ended up in a place that they're happy with.
erika_sanely: (I could do that)
Okay, I know that there are knitters among you, but I don't know if this is something you would ... interested in knowing this exists. And by knowing it exists, I don't mean actually doing it. Hopefully you can watch the video - it's interesting, but confronting. I'm going to admit that I am not comfortable with it. But, differences make the world go 'round.

Read and watch with an open mind; I would love to know what you think.


http://gawker.com/vaginal-knitting-is-the-new-thing-in-activist-perform-1472674648
erika_sanely: (My Tree thanks to slodwick)
I have nothing of great import of tell you; it's just that I've gotten in the habit of posting everyday, and it was bugging me that I wouldn't be posting anything today otherwise.

Still NaNoWriMo-ing my little heart out, but the words I am getting down are all slightly jumbled and I need to sort them into a better structure before I post them here. Forcing myself to write has definitely been a bit of an eye opener for me. Who knew words were so hard?
erika_sanely: (Squee)
Oh my goodness, I got goosebumps. Twice. That was exceptional. So much more than I was expecting, and so  much greater than I could ever imagine.
erika_sanely: (My Tree thanks to slodwick)

just got a phone call from the car dealership; my car is there ready to pick up!

Read more... )

erika_sanely: (My Tree thanks to slodwick)

Has anyone ever done a scientific study on how fast small children are? I swear to dog, that when a 3 or 4 year old gets some speed on and goes running towards a busy road, they are faster than Usain Bolt. If they could keep up that initial burst of speed they do over a significant amount of time, and not get distracted by people walking dogs on the side of the road, they could easily run a marathon in 10 minutes.

erika_sanely: (My Tree thanks to slodwick)

If you’re reading something, and on what you’re reading you see that a person’s surname is ‘Short’, do you automatically imagine that that person is not just short in name but short in statue? Nope, just me then?

I had another “I feel like a  grown-up moment” today; I made pasta salad from scratch. I don’t know why that is making me feel like I’ve got another tick in the ‘Grown-up Achievements” column of life, but I have earned that tick. All I need to do is finally getting around to making potato salad from scratch, and then I will confident enough to look into getting the “Can make salads” badge. I should point out that I haven’t tasted it yet, so it could be a dogs breakfast.

Edited to add: The pasta salad wasn’t too bad. I think I should have put less beans into it, and perhaps more dressing. I think I’ll put the salad dressing bottle in my bag tomorrow, so I can add just a little bit extra. I don’t want to add it directly to the bowl of pasta salad in case all the dressing is sliding to the bottom of the bowl. I’m tempted to throw in a small handful of olives as well. I’m craving olives something bad at the moment.

Blacklist

Nov. 18th, 2013 06:19 pm
erika_sanely: (What's on the box)
Oh my god; have you guys been watching The Blacklist? What is it about James Spader that makes him so deliciously creepy?


A friend of mine tried to tell me that Blacklist was like Arrow, as they both had lists of bad guys to take down. Uh, that’s like saying that Melrose Place is the same as Good Times because they’re both set in an apartment block. Or that Sleepy Hollow is the same as Supernatural because it has siblings fighting the supernatural. Sure, there’s an aspect that’s similar, but it terms of execution that is pretty much it. You can’t compare Arrow to Blacklist. For starters – in terms of shirtlessness I don’t think the Blacklist has had any such scenes. Well, maybe once?* It’s not like Arrow who likes to distract you from plot holes and obvious ignoring of the laws of physics by throwing a shirtless man at you as the greatest distraction in the universe. Hey, I am not afraid to admit there was one time I was watching with a friend the pilot episode, and Olly had just jumped out of a moving vehicle and in the next scene he was walking to his abandoned warehouse with 2 large and cumbersome looking bags. Kate turned to me and said “Where did the bags come from? He didn’t have them in the car with him?” and while I was agreeing with her he took off his shirt, and we forgot what we were talking about. Oh Arrow, I came for the good looking cast, and I stay for the shirtless men. You know me so well.


Cutting for spoilers. There be a lot of spoilers. )

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