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Sleeping in makes the weekend shorter. ;-/ - Tactical Ninja

Dec. 5th, 2011

10:19 am - Sleeping in makes the weekend shorter. ;-/

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I have glad wrap stuck to my back. It's.. plasticky. At the moment the whole deal is taking about half an hour and I'm doing it twice a day. Shower, in which I rub Dr Bronners into the cuts; peroxide/toothbrush scrubbing; coat with vaseline; apply glad wrap and stick down. All of this has to be done using two mirrors so I can see what I'm doing (last time Polly did the peroxide bit for me yay her!). I have to keep this up for two weeks, including walking around with glad wrap stuck to my back the entire time. Meanwhile, it seems Wellington's getting quite warm. Sweaty Tats is sweaty. Hmm..

Speaking of Sweaty Tats - I don't want to stop going to the gym. The wound is covered and since it's staying moist because of the treatment, the movement of exercise isn't very painful. Mostly I'm concerned about other people's perceptions - it's commonly accepted that you shouldn't hang out in that kind of shared space with open wounds for the safety of others, you know? But two weeks is a long time for me to not be able to go when I'm in the habit of going several times a week, and hooping is out (I tried it, it pulls the skin sideways too much) which doesn't leave a lot of options, you know?


I think I remember mentioning I was going to put up a shelf. Instead I put up two! Go me. So now there's one in the bathroom for Dr Wheel's shaving gear and Things It's A Pain To Get Out Of The Cupboard All The Time, and one in the kitchen for the jug so it's off the bench and out of the way.

I also:

Made bread (cos I woke up really early on Saturday and then had to twiddle thumbs till 11am). I seem to be getting quite good at this breadmaking business.
Overdid the bikkie making. I wanted to try shortbread and also make ones that tieke can eat and do Anzac ones and um, yeah. Come to my house and eat biscuits!
Finished watching Game of Thrones and started watching Skins because I never saw the first two seasons.
Slept in till lunchtime on Sunday. This is quite an achievement for me, given that I normally wake up at about 6:30. Must have been tired I guess.
Bought All The Vegies! ALL OF THEM. <3 farmer's market. Also, fuck the food bill.
Walked up to visit pombagira in Highbury. It's.. high. Actually it's a lovely walk up Aro Valley:



Then along Holloway Road and up the Old Bullock Road. It's mostly flat and then it really isn't, for about 10 minutes of stair climbing. As an added bonus to the walk, I was able to pinch cuttings off all the geraniums and pelargoniums that were hanging over fences on the way home, and how I have 8 different ones in a jar on the windowsill awaiting planting in the empty planter box outside my house. Because damnit, having soil that isn't being used to make either food or pretty is a waste of resources and we can't have that! There will be an explosion of colour. Nyah.

Also, for those wondering what happened to Occupy Wellington, it's still going. It took a while, but it now has sufficient dedicated and onto-it people involved that it doesn't actually need me to be constantly harping about it, so I've taken a step back to focus on a) what I'm good at and b) my own stuff. I still support what they are doing but feel that my physical presence isn't necessary for it to maintain its momentum any more.


Oh oh oh, I also made grape sorbet (and ate the lot). It was yummy like a yummy thing and I'm glad I did because I looked at the recipe again and realised it said "1/2 tsp of lemon zest" not "the zest of a lemon" which is what I had been using. Doh.

Oh yeah - after the scarring on Saturday, pombagira suggested I pull a card. I have three decks, two of which are mixed together, based on animals and plants from the country where I was born. Meanings are ascribed to them (like tarot) but I'm not really a 'read the future' kind of girl, I use them more as a basis for reflection than anything else. As usual, my card fell out while I was shuffling them - I'm pretty sure this is why they make such decks so big and unwieldy! ;-) It was the wolf card, one that brings with it images of community and of knowing one's place within the dynamic of a group (amongst other things I won't go into here). Interesting given the way I had isolated myself over the course of Mum's illness, and how the intent of the scar working was at least in part to leave behind that part of my life. Hmm.

*pause here to go woogie woogie woogie*

Also, there was an earthquake on Saturday night - quite a decent one. I am pleased to report my tall furniture stayed upright (which it wouldn't have - stuff did fall over and off windowsills) due to being screwed to the wall. My first reaction was "What the hell do you do when you're two stories up and surrounded by concrete anyway?" I figure that staying toward the centre of the building would be the most useful but really I don't know. Anyway, if you haven't screwed your stuff to the wall yet, please do it. Cheers.

Oh yeah, if you oppose the asset sales, you should probably sign this. And tell all your friends.

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From:t_c_da
Date:December 4th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Funny that everyone seems to think that the shake was a biggie around here. In Upper Hutt, we got into a discussion about who was tapping their feet on the floor as two of our group felt something while the other four missed it entirely. OK, we were effectively sitting on the ground rather than several feet above it, but otherwise WTF?
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From:tatjna
Date:December 4th, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
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It was 5.7, so up there while not huge. It was fairly close though, being just off Picton.

I can't imagine not feeling that one, it's the strongest I've felt since moving to Wellington 10 years ago, the first time anything's fallen off anything in my house, and went for over a minute.

Wow. I've been in Wellington 10 years!
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From:anna_en_route
Date:December 4th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
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For some reason we don't usually feel earthquakes (which considering our flat dangles off the side of a hill up in Brooklyn is just plain weird) but this felt like a big one, rumbling included.

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From:tatjna
Date:December 4th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
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And yet one of your hill-dangling neighbours in Brooklyn (Happy, below) didn't feel it as big at all.

Weird.
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From:anna_en_route
Date:December 4th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
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I think we might be one hill up and to the right(just under the wind turbine)?

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From:tatjna
Date:December 4th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
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I think so. I usually train in a singlet but I think I can cope with a t-shirt for a couple of weeks. And yeah, the glad wrap is stuck to the skin with vaseline and with tape so it'll stay put.

Sorbet is brilliant for the grapes that aren't so eat-worthy. ;-)
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From:vernacularity
Date:December 4th, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
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i heard/felt it coming, and that was enough to get me into the braced dorway area, and then it shook once or twice, and it was over. nothing fell over, or off anything. my place hardly ever gets the quakes, i'm right on the edge of a crest of rock and I think I am sitting in a shelf at least partially scooped out of it: i mean the house has a big rock wall up going behind it on one side which also runs down at an angle past my living room, and I had to use a jackhammer to dig out the final part of my deck foundation. so maybe the motions just pass through.
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From:t_c_da
Date:December 5th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
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The office I was in about the time of the La Prioma quake in 'sisco had a long discussion about this and came to the conclusion the building we were in was not a place to be if the Big One hit - 6 floors on reclaimed ground (at the bottom of Taranaki St next to Courtenay Place). I was there when the 4.5 hit off Baring Head and it was real Rock'N'Roll...

I would have thought that Upper Hutt/Wallaceville was sitting on a bed of greywacke river boulders and would have shaken up quite nicely, but nope!
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From:tatjna
Date:December 5th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
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You pretty much just described where I work. ;-/
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From:anna_en_route
Date:December 4th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
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It sounds like you're paying a lot more attention to the things that make you happy/content?

There's a set of awesome tracks running through the green belt between Aro Valley and Highbury/Brooklyn, if you can avoid the near-suicidal mountain-bikers it's possible to get a profound sense of wilderness (plus the screechy kaka add to the ambience no end).
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From:tatjna
Date:December 4th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
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Yesterday from Polly's we spotted what looks like an abandoned house that must be somewhere near the green belt. Of course now we want to explore it and those tracks might be the very thing.

Also yes, I'm making a conscious effort to do two things:

1. Enjoy the spaces and use them to do small things that make me happy.
2. Reconnect with my community. It's been a while.

Both of these are conducive to Happy Tats.
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From:anna_en_route
Date:December 5th, 2011 12:18 am (UTC)
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George Denton park (up the top of Highbury, right next to the wildlife sanctuary fence) is a good place to start or finish (plus it has some of the best upper body workout equipment around and it seems to be where the kaka hang otu and squabble).

There's a track from Holloway road that winds up there as well as a track just above it that runs over to the top of Brooklyn (this is my favourite homeward track...something about it always puts me in a good mood by the end of it).
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From:anna_en_route
Date:December 5th, 2011 04:15 am (UTC)
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I love that site! Especially the names (One of these days I'm going to track down and do the Pink Tohunga for the name alone).

The mountain bikers are generally pretty polite but it's a little scary running into them after dark...
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From:vernacularity
Date:December 5th, 2011 06:47 am (UTC)
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you just can't see anything afterwards
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From:tyellas
Date:December 5th, 2011 12:25 am (UTC)
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You may not want to go to the gym for the sake of your own health while your back heals. If you take a 2-week break, you won't have any major fitness loss.
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From:missgriim
Date:December 7th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
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mmmmm grape sorbet how do you make it? ^^
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From:tatjna
Date:December 7th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
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This is the recipe I used, although I'm told you can swap the corn syrup for sugar cane mixture, and I'd probably use a bit less lime unless you like it super tangy. Just swap the kiwifruit for a similar amount of whatever other fruit and tada! Easy. ;-)
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From:missgriim
Date:December 12th, 2011 02:27 am (UTC)
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why thank you, Tats ;)
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