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.

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...yeah, that's a Mokey Fraggle Hand Puppet in the back ground. She watches me watching TV. 
erika_sanely: (Ophelia)
I've been doing a lot of thinking about friendships and the march of time since a friend from high school passed away a couple of weeks ago. We didn't catch up much - if at all - and yet I have spent a fair few moments since I found out about her dying greiving her. I didn't realise it was possible to miss someone this much when before I barely thought of her. The best way I can put it is that it was just knowing that she was out in the world that made it okay for me to sometimes forget her except in random thoughts. We hadn't seen each other in ten years, but we facebooked each other a couple of times, and our 20 year school reunion is on in a couple of weeks and we had made plans to see each other then (and I was going to see how she was going getting into New Who.)

Anyway, because of what happened, and because I do dearly love the friends I have that I don't see often, I decided last night that I'm going to go to a concert with 4 of my friends. These 4 friends live on the other side of the country, and I shall be flying over on the Friday, concert Saturday night, catch the Red Eye Sunday night and be back in WW by Monday afternoon.

Yeah, it's slightly a long way to go for a band that will actually be doing a show only 3 hours from where I live, but I don't want to lose any more connection through pure laziness. I'm looking forward to the quick trip and catch up, and by the sound of it, my friends are happy I'm coming over no matter how short my trip is.
erika_sanely: (Uni Stuff)
A friend's teenage daughter is teaching me and another friend Portuguese. (She did a year exchange in Brazil, and when she came back we asked for lessons. It's a win-win situation. We learn a new language, she gets to practice the language she learnt.)

Anyway, she's a pretty good teacher - and I'm not just saying that because the first thing she taught me was "I stole a poncho off a wooded Indian."*. She takes the lessons seriously and sets us homework. And TP and I walk around work randomly muttering Portuguese phrases at each other. (I have pi to 4 thousand decimal places on my shower curtain, so in the shower I have taken to saying the numbers out loud in Portuguese. It helps the numbers sink in.)

I'm never going to be a good speaker though. Maybe a good listener, definitely a good reader. But whenever I try to speak it, it feels like my tongue is running down a hill, trips on a rock and just falls arse over tea kettle all the way down an incredibly steep ravine. Half the time I honestly think my tongue is just doing whatever it feels like and I'm praying it's making actual polite words.


*Acabei de roubar um poncho de um indio de madeira, in case you were wondering. (I say this more than I should. Or makes sense in the real world.)
erika_sanely: (Default)
Tonight for tea I made hush puppies. Even when I make them not completely correct they make me happy. Every time I make them, I get better. And they remind me of good times.
erika_sanely: (Easily Amused)
So those who know me know that I am a huge lover of all things horrible. Highlight of trip to the US? Going to Walmart. Best movie ever? the Expendables. I love them, because they are so bad. (So, I like to call it loving something ironically.) I like to think that this makes it way easy to buy me gifts, because if it's beautiful, I'll love it. If it's just plain silliness or gaudy or 'a unicorn vomited rainbows on a picture of kittens' I'll love it because it needs love, and makes me happy.

This year for my birthday, P-dog and Dino made me my birthday gift. And it is now my all-time favourite gift. I have it on my desk at work because, as I've said to everyone who has found it weird - "It's less weird here at work, than if I keep it at home."

My best birthday present ever. And that includes my neice being born exactly one week after my birthday, and me calling her my brothers belated gift to me )
erika_sanely: (Easily Amused)
A friend of mine whom I respect a great deal came out with a whopper today. We were walking/running to the car from work due to the storm that was going on, and once we got in the car she says "This is really wet for rain." Her husband looked at me, I looked at him. He said, "Did she..." I nodded.

So, today's new flash people, and I hope you're sitting down as I am about to blow your mind..... Rain. Is. Wet.
erika_sanely: (Ray pleases me)
So today I used a phrase I never EVER thought I would have cause to use:

Shit, I think I’ve lost the Bat penis.

Oh, you want to know how that phrase would work in context? Well sure, if you want all the mystery taken out of it…..

My friend Challis recently went on a holiday. All I know about his 10 days away is that his hotel room had a butler, and he saw the most impressive bat penis. So impressive, he took a photograph of it. And when getting hard copies of his photos, he in fact got 4 copies of the bat penis. And then he bought the photograph into work, showed me (and indeed, it truly was a most impressive penis – bat or otherwise) and asked me to keep it so I could show TP. I’ve had a fair bit of paperwork today, and for a moment I feared I had thrown it out by mistake. Which was when I exclaimed – out loud – shit, I think I’ve lost the Bat Penis.

(Also, TP went home ill before I had a chance to show him the penis. So it shall live on my desk until he can see it. FYI: It’s one of those things where it’s disgusting, yet hypnotic.)

A win!!

Jan. 10th, 2012 07:39 pm
erika_sanely: (Duck)
I was showing some people at work pictures of Audrey (I swear, I’m almost as bad a new parent) and out of all the people I showed, only one – ONE – knew why I called her Audrey. In fact, he asked me why her name wasn’t Audrey II. And then we both sang the theme song from Little Shop Of Horrors. Just when I start to lose my faith in people’s knowledge of useless/useful trivia TP always rises to the forefront.
erika_sanely: (Cat attack)
Just waiting on some washing to dry so I can bring it in, and then I am driving to my parents place to catch up with them before I fly out. I dropped the boys off at the cattery this morning; Owen (the emo-teenager wannabe) tends to self-mutilate when I go away despite(/inspite? I always get them mixed up) him hating me when I am around so it's easier if they're in an enclosed place and someone can easily grab them to give medical assistance if needed.

The cattery is a 50 minute drive away. Five minutes into the drive Marley went to the toilet. And not the "marking his territory" kind either. So yes, my day so far has consisted of being stuck in a car with two crying cats and (if I can quote the movie "kenny") a smell that will outlast religion for almost an hour. Good times people, good times.

But! In two days time I shall have hugs and kisses from my niece/god daughter the Is-Monster, three days time hanging out with E and 8 days from hanging with [livejournal.com profile] windrose If the price of all that awesomeness is a bad smell, I'm okay with that.
erika_sanely: (Quirky cool)
I should have written this up before as I am sure the geeks (of the sci-fi, theatre and/or music variety) on my flist would get a major kick out of this.

Last weekend I had a most amazing night out. It's the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Radio Telescope in Parkes (If you've ever seen the movie "The DIsh", this be the place.), and to celebrate they had Opera At The Dish. Four amazing professional opera singers, a philharmonic orchestra, situated right in front of the Telescope so you're watching the orchestra and hearing these unbelievable voices, and right behind the stage in all its glory was the Telescope. Once the sun went down, they moved the telescope so the dish was pointed towards the audience and they bathed it in a pink light (proceeds of the night were going towards the McGrath Foundation - it's a chartiy that raises money so smaller communities can have a Breast Care Nurse for women going through Breast Cancer treatment.)

Each singer had a solo; 98% of the music was in Spanish, Italian or French, though they did a few numbers from Phantom of the Opera or Les Mis. The night ended with the four singers performing Nessun Dorma (Holy crap! I had shivers going down my spine!), and then the orchestra played by themselves while fireworks (! All fireworks should be accompanied by cymbals!!) went off.

We had brilliant seats - so brilliant we were only four rows behind the Governer-General of Australia.

There were a few niggles we had on the night; There were over two thuosand people at the event....and only 14 unisex toilets. Yes, I urge you to do the math on that. I'd give you the answer, but I can't believe it myself and it still gives me the heebie-jeebies thinking about it. There were a heap of teenagers being volunteers who were, to be blunt, completely useless. When we asked them where we were supposed to sit (My company was one of the sponsors, so we had VIP Premium tickets, - don't mean to brag, oh who am I kidding, I"m totally bragging. Just call my Braggy MCBragginson. Oh yeah, our seats rocked - but there were four different tiers of tickets and people needed to know where to sit.) all they did was vaguely wave in the direction of ALL the chairs, and say "Anywhere should be fine." Which meant half an hour before the main event, people were being asked to move, as they were sitting in the wrong area.

But also, we learnt things! In August, the Parkes telescope discovered a planet made completely of diamond.
I keep hearing the man saying it like the Old Spice Man 'The planet is now DIAMONDS!!'

So, they discovered a planet of diamond. Cool. The man in charge of the telescope at the moment is called Phil DIAMOND.
The mayor of Parkes when the Telescope was opened way back in 1961 was A.C MOON.

You cannot make this stuff up!
erika_sanely: (AAS machine)
A (usual) short and quick post today; I'm off to the next town over to stay the night with friends and watch the last 3 episodes of Supernatural's Season 6. I do not know what we're going to do once we've watched them. Me camping at their place once a month for Supernatural sessions is the glue that helps keep us in regular contact. We may need to decide on another show to get us through the hiatus.

Been up since 4am so I could do a few hours at work (I get paid for a full day which is brilliant so I didn't mind. In fact, I offered so no one else would need to get up early. In other words, I get brownie points for taking the early winter morning hit, plus, I get extra money. It was a win-win situation that I could not pass up.

Bingo last night was great. It deserves it's own post, so I shall tell you all about it tomorrow.
erika_sanely: (AAS machine)
A (usual) short and quick post today; I'm off to the next town over to stay the night with friends and watch the last 3 episodes of Supernatural's Season 6. I do not know what we're going to do once we've watched them. Me camping at their place once a month for Supernatural sessions is the glue that helps keep us in regular contact. We may need to decide on another show to get us through the hiatus.

Been up since 4am so I could do a few hours at work (I get paid for a full day which is brilliant so I didn't mind. In fact, I offered so no one else would need to get up early. In other words, I get brownie points for taking the early winter morning hit, plus, I get extra money. It was a win-win situation that I could not pass up.

Bingo last night was great. It deserves it's own post, so I shall tell you all about it tomorrow.

Day 19

Jun. 19th, 2011 02:12 pm
erika_sanely: (What's on the box)
I've got a friend coming around tonight to watch Downtown Abbey tonight. She's recently gotten a new boyfriend, and is trying to keep up her other relationships while in the beginning stage, so we're catching up every Sunday night to watch this together.

It's a bit weird in a way. Not her coming around; I'm glad she's making the effort, and I must admit that when friends get in new relationships I don't try as hard as I should to stay in their lives. (I've never been a fan of PDA's, or even just hand-holding in public. If it looks like it's going to get relationshipy I am not going to be in the same building.)

What's weird, is that it's only been in the last 12 months that I've had people in my RL that I can do fandom-y-like stuff with. I go to a friends house every couple of weeks, and that couple and I sit down and do marathons of Supernatural. (And they live in a different town, so it ends up being a sleep-over. Luckily I get along with their kids as well, and it feels like we've always done this.) There's two people at work whom I talk Doctor Who with (we get caught in the hall-way discussing our theories by the others pretty much every Monday.) And now H and I will have this to watch together.

It feels as though my RL and fandom life are starting to mingle. Almost. None of them know about my livejournal. But it's nice. Having something slightly geeky in common with people I go out with socially on a regular basis.

Day 19

Jun. 19th, 2011 02:12 pm
erika_sanely: (What's on the box)
I've got a friend coming around tonight to watch Downtown Abbey tonight. She's recently gotten a new boyfriend, and is trying to keep up her other relationships while in the beginning stage, so we're catching up every Sunday night to watch this together.

It's a bit weird in a way. Not her coming around; I'm glad she's making the effort, and I must admit that when friends get in new relationships I don't try as hard as I should to stay in their lives. (I've never been a fan of PDA's, or even just hand-holding in public. If it looks like it's going to get relationshipy I am not going to be in the same building.)

What's weird, is that it's only been in the last 12 months that I've had people in my RL that I can do fandom-y-like stuff with. I go to a friends house every couple of weeks, and that couple and I sit down and do marathons of Supernatural. (And they live in a different town, so it ends up being a sleep-over. Luckily I get along with their kids as well, and it feels like we've always done this.) There's two people at work whom I talk Doctor Who with (we get caught in the hall-way discussing our theories by the others pretty much every Monday.) And now H and I will have this to watch together.

It feels as though my RL and fandom life are starting to mingle. Almost. None of them know about my livejournal. But it's nice. Having something slightly geeky in common with people I go out with socially on a regular basis.
erika_sanely: (Don't blame me)
Had a conversation at work today during lunch. You don't need to know the context of the conversation to truly 'appreciate' this sentence a friend said.

"When I got on a chair to clean to blood off the ceiling, I couldn't work out why the socks that were flying around on the ceiling fan were hurting my head when they hit me until I realised that they were full of limes."

There are so many disturbing things in that sentence. Man I love my friends.
erika_sanely: (Don't blame me)
Had a conversation at work today during lunch. You don't need to know the context of the conversation to truly 'appreciate' this sentence a friend said.

"When I got on a chair to clean to blood off the ceiling, I couldn't work out why the socks that were flying around on the ceiling fan were hurting my head when they hit me until I realised that they were full of limes."

There are so many disturbing things in that sentence. Man I love my friends.
erika_sanely: (Awesome Gaius)
To help raise money for Can Assist we held a dance contest (ala So You Think You Can Dance).

After the first group/welcome to the show dance the Spice Girls were on. I was Scary Spice - had an afro, more leopard print than even possible, even some body paint to take the 'Twilight-ness' off me. We were going great guns; our moves were smooth, and in time and everything. And then we got to the part where left the stage and had a quick dance in the audience.

I fell down the stairs head first.


I didn't even get down any stairs properly before I fell. I went down on one knee, and almost caught myself, and then I rolled head first down the rest of them.

The crowd went a bit silent, and without missing a beat, I jumped up (crowd went wild) and continued the routine. The transition from 'certain fall to my death' to 'the show must go on!' was so smooth people either missed the fall, or thought that I had practised the move and it was part of the act.

I was fine - ankle swelled up and knee hurt like a son of a bitch, but there was no bruising. It was caught on video, and I have given permission for them to send it into Funniest Home Videos. If it gets played, that's an extra 500 dollars for the charity. I'll put the video up once I get copy of it so you can judge my acrobatics for yourself.

Oh - in case you were wondering, we managed to raise 15 thousand dollars.
erika_sanely: (Awesome Gaius)
To help raise money for Can Assist we held a dance contest (ala So You Think You Can Dance).

After the first group/welcome to the show dance the Spice Girls were on. I was Scary Spice - had an afro, more leopard print than even possible, even some body paint to take the 'Twilight-ness' off me. We were going great guns; our moves were smooth, and in time and everything. And then we got to the part where left the stage and had a quick dance in the audience.

I fell down the stairs head first.


I didn't even get down any stairs properly before I fell. I went down on one knee, and almost caught myself, and then I rolled head first down the rest of them.

The crowd went a bit silent, and without missing a beat, I jumped up (crowd went wild) and continued the routine. The transition from 'certain fall to my death' to 'the show must go on!' was so smooth people either missed the fall, or thought that I had practised the move and it was part of the act.

I was fine - ankle swelled up and knee hurt like a son of a bitch, but there was no bruising. It was caught on video, and I have given permission for them to send it into Funniest Home Videos. If it gets played, that's an extra 500 dollars for the charity. I'll put the video up once I get copy of it so you can judge my acrobatics for yourself.

Oh - in case you were wondering, we managed to raise 15 thousand dollars.

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