Aug. 9th, 2009

Winter, What Winter?, Telly-Watching, & the Latest from Cracky Sparkly Obsession Land

*pokes in head, does perfunctory cleaning, feeds the starved dustbunnies*

I biked to town today! I thought it might just about kill me, but actually it was really fun, and I did not even crumble before the Hill of Hell (living in a town that's all built on hills is very pretty until you have to manouevre them on a bike). We'll see if my thighs will turn to knotted wood overnight, but I was pleasantly surprised.

This winter has been insanely mild. Like... it's laughable to even call it winter. We don't get snow, but last year it was pretty cold and we had that killer storm that sent like 500 trees flying through the air and smashing into things. This year has mostly been sunny and slightly cool, lol. It's hardly ever rained. It hasn't stormed. The temperature's rarely even dropped to zero. And now it's not even mid-August but it's been so warm and spring-like that I was hot in my long-sleeved shirt (no jacket) today. Crazyskates! Not that I'm complaining. Grandma asks if we don't miss the snow everytime we talk, and I can still respond with an emphatic "NO!", lol.

Otherwise, not much new is going on. I'm still busy bending the time/space continuum, getting by on 10 hours of sleep a week, and being a busy little bee on EKP and the awesomesauce that is AWZ lately. The lovely [info]alsha and I are watching One Tree Hill, which I am notable unimpressed with so far, and she's recently got me hooked on Sugar Rush, which is just all sorts of adorable and hilarious, with just the right amount of snark. Plus, lots of lovely girlslash! What's not to love?

Being so wrapped up in my cracky German soap and watching lots of British shows lately has really kind of put me off mainstream American shows, I think, lol. We started watching One Tree Hill because we both quite like cheesy teenage shows to veg with (witness my terrible cheerful love for Dawson's Creek) but ugh... everything so far has been so ham-fisted and anvil-dropping and eyerollingly moralising and glossy and wooden. Pls to be giving me some characters that are actual people instead of walking stereotypes. And some good writing would help, too.

Anyway, life's pretty good. Could do with less job and more money, a clone or seven, and more hours in my day, as usual, but in general, can't complain.

Bunch of fandom stuff behind cut to spare the non-obsessed )

And now... I have ice cream, gummis and, uhm, work. Rats. Why must one work, why, why? I wish to spend all my time doing shiny things! *pouty*

As ever, I do read the f-list even if I don't post much lately. Love you all! Hope you're having great weekends! *smooches*

Apr. 19th, 2009


Wow, what is this place? It looks vaguely familiar. It has like, icons and stuff! Curious. *pokes*

Well, I am caught up with my f-list. Kinda. Maybe. My inbox is a different matter entirely. EMAILS? WHAT ARE THOSE? And if work ever remembers that I exist, I'm in trouble, lol. WHERE IS MY RICH AUNT WHO WANTS TO BEQUEATHE HER SUBSTANTIAL FORTUNE TO ME, WHERE, WHERE?

It's getting into autumn here, but like last year it's mostly warm and the leaves are just starting to turn and be all gorgeous. Some hiking definitely needs to happen this autumn, preferably when the lovely [info]feruche comes to visit in less than a month! Squeeeeeeeee! I CAN'T WAIT. Last weekend [info]alsha and i went on a wee roadtrip to have a picnic/frisbee-playing/reading afternoon out in the hills. It was unfortunately cut short by interfering gnats, but fun anyway! I keep taking it for granted what an awesome place I live in.

Then last night we went out and discovered a super-cute pub that we definitely need to frequent more. Their berry cider was out of this world, and we played pink scrabble. Much fun was had!

I was reminded the other day that HBP is coming out soon. Dude. That movie has slipped so far to the back of my mind. I mean, I'm still gonna go see it, but I'm not anywhere near as excited as I would have been back in November. I maintain that moving it back that far was an epically stupid decision.

In fandom news, MY LIFE IS MADNESS.

*puts behind cut to spare poor f-list that has had it up to here with hearing about German soaps* )

That's it for now, I think. Apologies for being sporadic and/or one-track-minded. One of these years I'll talk about something else, I'm sure. SURE OF IT.

I hope everyone's having a great weekend! *smooches f-list*

Mar. 24th, 2009

Concerts, movies, fannish exploits & the rest

This weekend, I did stuff, for a change!

Auckland-bound )

It was the first time either of us had actually spent any time in Auckland (previously we'd just whizzed through), and it was nice to taste a bit of big city life again. We explored a bit of the downtown and gorged on massive amounts of shopping, which was bloody good fun. Then had lunch in a lovely park, and in the early afternoon went to check in and get ready for the concert.

Counting Crows and The Who )

After the concert, Alsha and I made it back into town after some bus-related issues (the free public transport thing back wasn't nearly as well organised as getting there, so there was lots of milling about in giant crowds and stupid bus drivers giving wrong instructions) and pretty much just fell into bed, we were that tired.

On Sunday, we slept in, had a huge breakfast and went to the zoo in the afternoon. Moar )

Our flight back was on Monday afternoon, so we had some time to kill, though not loads of money, so we went and saw a movie. Our options were either Slumdog Millionaire or The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. We were slightly more interested in the subject matter of the latter and also knew that Asa Butterfield, the little boy who played Mordred in Merlin, was in it, so we ended up going with that.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (dear British/American movie industries, why are you so hell-bent on appropriating the Nazi stuff? You're lovely, but you fail at being German! )

After the movie, we went to collect our bags and went to catch the plane home. Arrived last night to needy cats and piles of work that I'll somehow have to vanquish this week. DO NOT WANT. Let's have some fandom pimping instead!

[info]graspthethorn is doing the 2009 SEXY awards over on [info]seifen_slash! Go forth and nominate, I command you! AWZ stuff especially... I doubt Verbotene Liebe needs any help, hehehe. SUPPORT OUR TINY FANDOM! Go and nominate fics or art you liked! It won't take a minute :D


I hope to surface a few times this week to do EKP stuff (Christmas and New Year's episodes coming up soon!) and maybe watch the show, though recaps will probably have to be shorter this week.

In other telly-related news, I've recently started watching Torchwood season 2, and holy wow, it is good! I gotta admit, I wasn't too floored by season 1 - I liked it but it seemed a bit random and didn't really capture me enough to make me want to have more! now!, but I'm definitely getting that vibe with season 2 so far. Awesome plots! Great side characters! JAMES MARSTERS! Massive amounts of boykissing! Ianto ruling with the witty one-liners! It is beautiful. And further saturating my happy little slasher heart. Really, the amount of slash I HAVEN'T had to make up this year is mind-boggling. The canon boylove, it overwhelms me!

Aaaaand I also really enjoyed the latest episode of Dollhouse! I hope they keep going like that, because that was noticeably better than the previous ones. I approve!

Now if only I could bend the space-time continuum enough to have time for all my fannish exploits, writing (In This Home On Ice will have to be put on, well, ice... for the rest of the week at least), work, eating, trimming my hedge & mowing my lawn (hahahahaha) AND the occasional sleep! But it will all work out somehow as usual, I'm sure. I DON'T KNOW HOW. IT IS A MYSTERY.

*poodles off to see what atrociousness AWZ has been up to in the latest eps*

Mar. 23rd, 2009

whoa, tired

Just got back from really fabulous weekend in Auckland! [info]alsha and I went for a concert... The Who with special guest stars Counting Crows, and while we both went for the Counting Crows and didn't much care either way about The Who, I gotta say I walked away a total The Who fan, while CC were a total disappointment. Weird the way things work out!

Anyway, it was awesome and now I am exhausted and SO NOT READY FOR WORK tomorrow, omg. Hai f-list, I will hopefully catch up tomorrow! *smooches all*
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Mar. 14th, 2009

Various and Sundry

(You know, it's just occurred to me that there could be rare circumstances under which you said "sundry tomatoes" i.e. miscellaneous tomatoes. Heeeh. Okay, this is probably one of those things that's way funnier in my head than typed out, but it's 7am, I went to bed three hours ago and I haven't had coffee yet, so work with me here).

Feeling rambly, so probably need pointy listy type thing.

In the past week, I have:

  • Watched all of Merlin, harrassed facilitated by the lovely [info]lilithilien! YAY! It was lovely and I enjoyed it v.v. much! Everything I have been told about the wondrously ubiquitous unrepentant, blatant, definitely-not-subtext slash BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP is true, the big polyamorous pile of pretties is unbelievably adorable (AND PRETTY!), and there is some damn fine acting in there besides. Adorable boys! Adorable girls! Tony Head! Destiny! FRIENDSHIP! GROO! *g* I don't feel an obsession coming on, necessarily, but it was time fabulously spent and I'll probably force [info]alsha to rewatch it with me *bounce*!
  • Written like a busy little bee! Finished not one, but TWO massive chapters of In This Home On Ice (yes, I finished Chapter 4, more on that later) and a bunch of massive recaps besides ( I'm totally counting those. I have to get something out of slogging through all the crap, even if it's just a few thousand words to my general word count.) I'd forgotten how awesome steady writing feels. ACCOMPLISHMENT YAY!
  • Not even started my epic job due by the end of the month. Uhm, oops? But surely 10 days is enough time to do it in. Surely.
  • Watched, recapped and translated what feels like A LOT of Alles Was Zählt. Good god, it's like they squirt them out every day or something.
  • Disapproved thoroughly of the noticeable arrival of autumn. WTF? I STILL HAVE PLANS FOR THIS SUMMER!
  • Daydreamed of going to Europe and meeting Lil and Dennis Grabosch, a lot.
  • Found out that there is a high probability we are getting more visitors!! I'm not sure if they've posted about it publicly yet, so possibly shouldn't bounce, but *BOUNCE*!! It's official, we are the top holiday destination spot of the year, heheheh.

This weekend, I shall:

  • Fix up Chapter 4 so can force it on certain people before they go gallivanting off to Europe.
  • Do laundry, ugh ugh. Or, uhm, buy new clothes.
  • Attempt to somehow fix lawnmower and mow giant jungle of lawn? Maybe.
  • Start epic job. Maybe.
  • Sleep, occasionally.

Meh, weekend looking thoroughly boring already. Should replace last 4 items with "Going out to cocktail bar and consuming many sparkly drinks", surely.

Other random stuff:

Dear DeRo,

You are utterly vexing. You are supposed to be all over the idea of casual porn. Yes, fine, you are angsty and tormented and messed and crap, but please, not over casual porn! Good grief, the amount of time it took me to get ANYWHERE with this chapter is ridiculous. I distinctly remember putting in the small print that in exchange for writing epic angsty fic of angst, I'd at least be getting the occasional smut. Work with me here, boys!

Tapping my foot here,

Also, where has period gone? Sure I didn't have one this month, sure of it! (Any makers of pregnancy jokes will be shot, skinned and eaten.)

Right. Coffee. Need.

Mar. 8th, 2009

Such is my social life these days:

I'm about to head off for a pair of three-year-olds' birthday party. And the scary thing is, I probably have more in common with the three-year-olds than anybody else who's going to be there. Teehee.

(Also, it's only mid-afternoon and I'm slightly squiffy on rum and cranberry juice. WHY'S THE RUM GONE? And is it socially acceptable to appear at birthday parties of the underaged in a mild state of intoxication? If the underaged are so severely underaged that they won't notice anyway, unless you steal all their new toys, which... might happen, actually?)

In other news: Whoa. I think I finished chapter 3 of In This Home On Ice. It's 9000 words and NOTHING HAPPENS, LOL. I am verbose, and Deniz is disgusted with me for making him be introspective. DEAL, SLUT.

I'll, uh, post when I've done a massive clean-up and plied [info]alsha with sexual favours to beta it. It pays off to date a professional editor who lives with you and CANNOT GET AWAY!

I hope everyone's having a fabulous weekend! *snuggles the lovely f-list* I know I owe some of you emails, people! I haz not forgot! I iz just... uh... easily distracted. Aiiiii.

Dec. 15th, 2008

An itty bitty RL update, and a whole lot of fandom ramble

(X-posted from LJ)

It's summer! When the hell did that happen? [info]alsha took me to a barbecue with all her ambulance people the other night, which was lots of fun and everyone was very nice (well, except for the one girl I already knew was a bitch, who stared at me from her little table of bitchdom and then whispered to her friend and made her stare at me too and got very embarrassed when I stared right back, lol). Lots of yummy food and lovely conversation with lots of the requisite Kiwi snark. Ok, so we got rained on, but it was fun anyway!

Before that, we had [info]slk230 stay with us for a few days, and it was great to have him here again. We went driving in the rain and watched him hop around between rocks and sheep taking pictures; we went to the beach in the sun and watched him taunt seagulls and take pictures; we went shopping and found that there's a curious dearth of bandanas in Nelson; we went to feed eels, which was entirely mad, as they seemed determined to come hopping out of the water and eat our toes; we went to a vineyard run by Austrians (eek); we had lunch in a little enchanted fairy tale garden; we went to the top of the hill and took pictures of all the houses Davvi wants to buy (heheh); we hung out lots petting cats and having good conversations. It was fun!

Now it's only a few weeks until our next visitors get here, eeeeee! Can't wait to see you, [info]twilightdweller and [info]flyingburrito1!! Fair warning: I will be squeeing about my show a lot, lol.

Speaking of (you knew we'd get here sooner or later ;)), here I go pimping.

Eskimo Kiss Project, fanfic, fandom love (with vidspam!), and my frighteningly stupid sense of optimism )

I have not kept a normal sleeping schedule in about three months now. Oddly enough, it is working amazingly well. I've pulled more all-nighters than I did in my student years, and there are weeks when I sleep a total of ten hours. It's weird, but it works!

Unfortunately, I still have to squeeze in silly things like work, which I utterly disapprove of. We need a Fandom Fund that will just let us focus on pretties 24/7. Why isn't anyone onto that yet!

That's it for now, I'm sure I've forgotten a million things. Apologies to those who are utterly sick of listening to be ramble about my fandom *ducks*


I pimped us on LJ again, which I feel silly double-posting to here, because my entire f-list consists of people who already know these things, heheh!

ETA: Ok, I double-posted after all. But go look at LJ anyway and watch my f-list get sucked in *evil grin*

Dec. 4th, 2008

Unprofessional conduct:

Absentmindedly copy-pasting something into your legal translation without looking because you think you still have some company name on c/p. Then discovering while proofreading that what you c/p-ed was half of a Dennis Grabosch interview that you were futzing around with on the side. Surely law firm client would appreciate learning that DG thinks some chap called Roman desperately needs to get laid pronto?


In other news, the lovely [info]alsha may have been running around yelling "Fla-fla-fla-flamingo" a lot. Hah!
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Dec. 3rd, 2008

Sleep! Summer! Subbing! Squeeeee!

Whoa! I slept! Like, in a bed for 10 hours instead of on the couch for 1! It's been a batshit insane weekend with work and subbing and whatnot, I barely had time to breathe. So it was nice to sleep for a change. Lately I've been treating sleep as an inconvenience that eats my time and that I can ignore at will, not entirely unlike a bratty child demanding attention at inopportune moments. I think I'd forgotten that sleep is actually something you need to do occasionally if you want to, uhm, survive. lol.

The car gets a CD player today! We kinda realised it doesn't have one (d'oh), so it needs to have one installed. No biggie, and we'd have got it anyway because it is the perfect car, but music must be listened to! [info]alsha is very amused that 1) I love a car and that 2) said car is by turns named Dennis or Sparkles, but what can you do, it just fits so well *g*

Summer is here! In full force! After a very rainy (and unseasonably cold) spring, it's finally gloriously warm and sunny and I can't wait for a day when I can temporarily suspend my vampiric existence and go to the beach, or hiking. And [info]slk230 is coming to see us this weekend, which I'm really looking forward to! I can't believe it's been a year already since we last saw him.

Eskimo Kiss Project is going so well! After first agreeing on a schedule of one clip a week, we've just been cranking them out lately! [info]lilithilien and [info]sdk are both complete stars for all the time and effort they're investing in this and we are having so much fun that surely it should be illegal. Many a conversation we have about scene cuts or subtitle bars or translations or video quality just starts and ends with random shouts of "NIPPLES!", which is both unavoidable and utterly fabulous on many, many levels.

Aaaand we have another couple of milestone clips up, woohoooo! I have watched these two about a million times during the making of them, and everytime I see them anywhere, I can't help hitting play again, heheh:

[info]feruche, if you haven't seen 303 or 304, go to the Playlist, but I'm embedding 306/307 here, because... *loves*)

(lol @ the taglines)

Now all I need is some time to write and I'll be happy. Doesn't look to be happening today, but surely the 10 hours I slept can cover the week, right?

Nov. 26th, 2008

Alien cat

There is an alien in the neighbourhood. It's pretending to be a cat, but it's not very good at it.

Seriously, it may well be the strangest creature I have ever met face to face. The first time was a couple days ago when [info]alsha pointed out there was a new cat in the neighbourhood and it was sitting on our deck. I went out to have a look, and... well, I don't know what it is, but it's no cat.

It looked like someone had been trying to make a cat but got all the little details wrong. It's gorgeously grey and fluffy and looks full-grown but it's very, very small for a cat, and the proportions seem just a little off - all elongated and slinky and weirdly fluid. And it moves wrong, too, belly very close to the ground like a weasel. Pointy ears, check. Kinda lynx-like, if lynxes were tiny and weasely.

The weirdest thing, though, are its eyes. It has green pupils, and they shimmer. I'm not talking about the iris. Its pupils, the part that very definitely ought to be black, are green and reflective and glittery, like that dark green shimmer on the wings of an insect, somewhat jewel-like, very glowy. It was normal, bright daylight when its pupils should have been black and contracted (our cats were sitting nearby, as point of reference), but these were the weirdest fucking eyes I have ever seen. And it was moving its head in very strange ways and seemed not to see normally. It wouldn't react or seem to see me when I was standing still, but it immediately snapped to attention when I moved and did its slinky slinky backing-off motion. Seriously, I can't describe it very well, but nothing about it moved or looked like a cat beyond the first glimpse.

We both saw it again today - same deal, daylight, shimmery green pupils, slinky alien-type motions. It's completely gorgeous, in an eldritch sort of way, but I've never seen anything like it. Now granted, one of the neighbours probably just got a strange strange cat with some sort of eye defect and possibly other health issues, and that's all, but wow. I feel like I've met some entirely new type of creature.
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Nov. 15th, 2008

We haz sparkly wheels!

X-posted from lj, more or less. *bounce*

It may not have escaped some of you that the lovely [info]alsha and I have made a certain habit out of making big, important decisions on the spot and entirely foregoing the whole responsible weighing and considering and researching process when it comes to making said decisions.

In that spirit and the general vein of, "So! We're in love", "So! We're getting hitched", "So! We got cats", "So! We're moving to New Zealand" and "So! We bought a house", I now present to you:

So! We bought a car.

We'd been looking for a lengthy and ponderous period of, uh, maybe two weeks. That is, Alsha was looking while I offered helpful commentary such as "That's not a nice colour" and "We should go back to horses." We love the biking but for stuff like grocery shopping and getting far afield, it's not the most convenient method of transport around these parts (hills!), and since we finally had a bit of cash to spare, we figured we should probably get us some wheels. So Alsha did some research and then this week we idly looked at a few places, where we got smarmed at and drooled over so much by icky car dealers that I felt all sticky and used afterwards, and test-drove exactly one car, which turned out to be crap. We determined to do some more research, look at a lot more places, talk to a lot more people, and maybe take someone a little more knowledgeable along next time.

Then today we basically ignored all that and did the same thing we'd done earlier in the week (I believe the phrase "just looking" may have even been used, which should have set off giant alarm bells, because "just looking" is how I ended up with two cats, a new apartment, and eventually a house). Only we walked into this one place, talked to this one (non-smarmy and really nice) dealer who pointed us towards the one car that fit our needs, took said car for a test drive, essentially went, "We love this baby", drove back and bought it. I mean, why the hell do things the sensible way when you can be irresponsible and flighty about it? That's what I thought.

The car is a total darling. It's a Mazda Demio, little but quite spacious and more than adequate for our needs, fairly new, excellent condition, low mileage, a really sweet ride, and utterly cute. The best thing? It is the very colour of this IJ layout!. A soft, silvery, sparkly light blue. That's right, people. It is a Sparkle Dennis Car! My glee at this knows no bounds. It was basically love at first sight for all of us. Alsha is over the moon about all the technical things about which I have no clue. In conclusion, it was totally irresponsible, silly and meant to be, and did I mention it's a Sparkle Dennis Car?? It's already being referred to as a poofter.

Huh, now I guess I'll have to learn how to drive it. Uh oh.
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