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Who are you and what did you do with Tats? - Tactical Ninja

Nov. 24th, 2010

10:30 am - Who are you and what did you do with Tats?

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Yesterday I shore a sheep that had only one ear (before I shore it, not just after O.o). Apparently she had been worried by a dog and when they found her she was nearly dead, so her new owners took her on and paid *insert large dollar amount here* to have her properly fixed up by a vet. Her ear is completely gone and the vet stitched skin over the hole so that it wouldn't get stuff in it. It healed without a scar so it's just smooth wool where the ear should be.

WEIRD. (kind of wishing I'd taken a photo)

Also, she had various lumpy bits where internal damage had healed with scarring - but she's a healthy, happy four-tooth, no thanks to someone who didn't supervise their dog. *mutters*


"Why are you smug, Tats?"

Well, it's just a natural state of being for me. But other than that, I'm also particularly smug because I did some Christmas shopping ALREADY! My usual Christmas MO is to wait until 2 weeks before and then freak out and rush around madly, ordering things which I know won't arrive till January, and feeling like a knob for procrastinating for so long.

Not this year.

This year has been all about getting organised* - I have Tats Folder Of Important Bits Of Paper and I'm not afraid to use it! As part of this, I've included budgeting for things like car servicing and present buying into my usual banking stuff. Like a motherfucking adult. I admit it helps that shearing season happens just before Christmas so I get to pocket the money from that and it means the bank balance is a bit healthier than usual because I'm using cash for everything, but yeah. Budget. Awesome.

Also awesome - the Intarwebz! Not that you didn't already know this, but what an emporium of Things That Are Better Than Socks And Undies, and while it's all very well to be all "Make your gifts!" the reality is that a) I work full time, study, work part time shearing sheep, and raise a kid, and b) crafts take time. I have two projects on the go and about ninety bazillion in the pipeline and if I handmade all the gifts my people would all get knitted finger puppets and fun fur g-strings for Christmas.

Me: *hands you a finger puppet*
You: Um, thanks for the.. penis warmer? Sausage defroster? Plushy Paul from Pictures For Sad Children?
Me: Yes, that's exactly what I intended. It's an interactive gift! You get to decide what it is! *sidles away*

Mind you, there are some people I'd be very ok with seeing in a fun fur g-string. Hmmm..

So anyway, yes, the internet provides. And even if many of my loved ones would still love me if I knitted them some undies from 35 micron Romney wool, The Kid quite possibly wouldn't. And I found Kid Presents and Brother Presents and Presents For People Who Are Sooper Sekret and HA! There are still some to do, but in a few days I will be getting all the parcels in the world and I'll be sorted and it's still WEEKS till Christmas.

Thus, extra smug.

To add to the general feeling of smugness, I also booked my car in for a warrant and myself in for a haircut. Just a trim and shape, since I've felt a bit woolblind the last couple of weeks and I'm still determined to grow it.



* I think I may be possessed by the spirit of my mother. Since she died I have stopped biting my fingernails, started being organised, and developed an obsession with fibre art. I could think of worse ways of being possessed tbh. Also, I had a wee sniffle on my way to work this morning when I realised that our family Christmas this year will be without her. ;-/ I miss her still, and I really wish I could say to her "Look Mum, I stopped biting my fingernails, started being organised, and developed an obsession with fibre art! Neat eh?" Because she would think it was neat and it would make her happy.

*sniff*


Also, I know Hong Kong is a really long way from the Koreas, but North Korea is an ally of China and Hong Kong is part of China and I'm a damned worrywort. Someone please reassure me that this is silly. Also, Dear Koreas, please don't fight. Your people don't have the option of leaving and they should not have to die because of stuff that has nothing to do with them. Kthxbye.

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From:anna_en_route
Date:November 23rd, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
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Nobody's died in the Korean thing yet and it's not like China is going to be wildly happy with a hot war so nearby.

/uninformed commentary

Also major brownie points for organisation!!!
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From:anna_en_route
Date:November 23rd, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
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Ok so I'm wrong about that and a couple of people did die, I stand by China not wanting that kind of instability so nearby
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From:tatjna
Date:November 23rd, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
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2 people are dead, 15 injured and over 60 families left homeless, according to the Telegraph report. ;-/
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From:anna_en_route
Date:November 23rd, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
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*sigh* not good!!!!
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From:weeweekittie
Date:November 23rd, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
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*high five*!
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From:awdrey_gore
Date:November 23rd, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
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My smuggery is unearned. I am just smirking over the complete breakdown of sf_d and anon. So many lecturers on How to Behave Socially showing their asses.

I want a shaggy sheep. And a hair appointment. I sense neither are on the table this year.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 23rd, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
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I've had some good laughs over that too - although I see anon is back up and running. I don't really have a beef with that comm, but I got a great deal of schadenfreude-ish pleasure from watching the very public takedown of the bestapples people, since most of the people I see being internet wankers were in there.

It really is just like high school, eh?
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From:awdrey_gore
Date:November 24th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
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I am specifically amused that one person in particular is being sent to Coventry. I recall when she lectured me on not being angry when people use the word "lame" and invoked my privilege and other shit came up and she refused to back down even when it was brought to her attention that I am, in fact, a gimp. I am evidently not lame enough, my cane and limp and orthopedic shoes notwithstanding, to overwhelm the stench of my able-bodied privilege..

Actually, this made me glad I generally am not invested in sf_d, sfd_anon, _f, or any of the other communities that spawn this sort of horror.
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From:rivet
Date:November 24th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)

*high five*

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You'll be cruising into christmas cool as a cucumber, sipping lattes in the sun as the others run around. Can I join you?
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From:tatjna
Date:November 24th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)

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Please do! Smug is better with latte and everything is better with your company. ;-)
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From:richdrich
Date:November 24th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
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The Chinese have nuclear missiles. If anyone attacks them, it'll not just be a problem for those living there.

So it probably won't happen. I think if there were to be a war in the Korean peninsular, all concerned (apart from the North Koreans) would do their damndest to limit it to that area.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 24th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
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The North Koreans claim to have nukes too. And if they didn't aim them in their own back yard, where would they aim them and what would the result of that be?
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From:helianthas
Date:November 24th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
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1. "Look Mum, I stopped biting my fingernails, started being organised, and developed an obsession with fibre art! Neat eh?"

TOTALLY NEAT! I am happy for you. I think your mom is happy, too.




2. Someone once said to me, "The chances you will regret not going to [X] are higher than the chances you will regret going to [X]." I think there is something very true about this in so many situations. So, my unsolicited advice: stop reading any news about North Korea and go to Hong Kong.
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