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Apr. 16th, 2012

09:55 am - Inspire me, world. Or give me a million dollars and a pony. Either is fine.

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Did you know that when you use beef it's a cottage pie and when you use mutton it's a shepherd's pie? I didn't. I had some vague idea that it was a geographical difference, but Dr Wheel has this book called What to Cook and How to Cook It that has all sorts of cool info in it as well as tasty tasty recipes, including this one. Of course the question then becomes, what do you call it if you make it with lentils? Hippie pie? Garden shed pie?

I am blown away by how much I keep hearing about the second round of Titanic. It wasn't that good the first time guys!


It's autumn.

This weekend I finally admitted it and gave up on our tomatoes. We got precisely four off them - although from what I understand everyone had the same problem this year. The season was late and while the plants had heaps of tomatoes on them, they didn't ripen because it was too cold, instead going a weird dark red, almost purple colour and rotting on the vine. So I pulled them out and have replaced them with bulbs in the hope that this spring we'll get riotous colour on the balcony. I also gave up on trying to grow basil - I am going to try for an indoor plant but we'll see. The thyme, oregano, dill, chives and tarragon are doing ok. The mint got eaten by caterpillars then attacked by aphids, but when I went to pull it out it was suckering so I'm leaving it there and hoping the next round will survive. I mean seriously, mint is the sort of thing you grow in pots because otherwise it takes over - unless it's on our balcony.

I have revised my visions of lush growth and bountiful harvest from a beautiful and colourful balcony garden, instead going for the survival of the fittest. By a process of elimination, I'll get there eventually but bloody hell it does my head in to lose so many plants to various lurgies. I've never had this much trouble growing stuff before. The exception being the frangipani which seems to love being on the balcony. FRANGIPANI UR A TROPICAL PLANT AND THE BALCONY IS SHADY AND COLD WTF?

I also pruned and rearranged the downstairs plants around the door:



Now I want more plants. These ones are not doing as well as they did at my old house, so I've moved them further out from under the overhang in the hope that they'll get more light out there. I guess we'll see how we go. Maybe I could add more cyclamen and ferns since they don't need so much light.

I also made another silly tutu and tried it on with the backless unitard thing I made as an experiment to see if I could make something that showed my scar reasonably well:



This has been the best result so far. I've also considered doing something with wrapping/draping/tying of a stretch fabric, but it's quite hard to cover the bits you need to cover while leaving that much back exposed, and still have it fit right. However, progress is being made. And I added silly hair because silly hair + silly tutu = fun to play with.


Meanwhile, I feel as if I've been antisocial lately. I've missed two parties that I really should have gone to because I just couldn't muster and I'm trying to work out what's up with that. I fear I am becoming complacent. Then I ask myself, is there anything wrong with enjoying having a quiet life? I think the problem is I want everything, quiet and riotous at the same time. And right now I'm going through a phase of being somewhat uninspired by what's going on externally. But this is unsustainable and I need to start getting out and about more. I just feel like 'out and about' doesn't have a lot to offer, which makes it hard to muster, you know?

Hi, I am Tats' pointless angst, I'll be here all week, try the fish.

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From:ikhouvanjou
Date:April 15th, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
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oh, I always just call it shepherd's pie regardless of the protein. I've never heard "cottage pie" before!

I've been (obv) antisocial too, but the past week - after finally admitting I have a problem - I've been making myself go out and do things and it's starting to feel great and be more natural. It's not a magical bandaid but I feel like if I can work hard at it I can make the rest of the time here feel worthwhile. Maybe.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 15th, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations! I just read your post and it made me happy to see you enjoying yourself. Also, doing something has its own satisfaction over and above the benefits you might gain - just the act of action seems to work, you know?

I've always been a doer, it's like some weird innate belief that as long as I'm taking action, everything will be fine. Consequently I fear doing nothing - there always has to be something going on or *unnamed terrible thing* will happen. Sometimes I wonder if *unnamed terrible thing* is the same *unnamed terrible thing* that drove my OCD as a teenager, and the feeling of disquiet I get whenever I'm not taking action is all in my head.

*wafflewaffle*

But you're right, I should make a point of being more social. Thanks! ;-D
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From:ikhouvanjou
Date:April 15th, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
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Yeah I know what you mean, I'm also a doer, and my problem hasn't been not doing things, it's been not doing things for me. I work really hard at my depressing part time job, I volunteer, we do playgoup, but honestly I don't get any joy or satisfaction out of any of that (which is why I do it day after day, because I feel like compelled to keep myself sad? idk) but at the prospect of going out and just having fun I fucking freeze.

<3
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From:tatjna
Date:April 15th, 2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
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Probably a fairly large one. I also found my limit at running yesterday, which under normal circumstances would be challenging but not impossible. This time I was gasping so hard that my breath was whistling and then I got dizzy and had to sit down for a minute.

I blame my teeth, because I can't think of anything else to blame for it.

Also, I note that you attended both of said parties that I flagged. Clearly you are more hardcore than me, or something.
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From:vernacularity
Date:April 15th, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
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couldn't be arsed wth a party or two myself recently. sometimes there's enough other stuff going on, sometimes you just don't feel like being around other people and it coincides with the timing of an event, plus it's approaching winter and the body naturally goes kinda hibernatey, plus hang on why is it we have homes and put effort into making them nice? oh that's right, so that we have a nice place to hang out in! plus hang on haven't you got your fella there now? that in itself could be a bit of an inducement to staying in.

i'm looking forward quite enthusiastically to the idea of hanging out a lot in a home and "doing stuff" like making things and having a garden, and the idea of forcing myself to go out to "yet another party" with all the sameness of the experiences attached doesn't have the same appeal as it might have in the past.

currently wondering whether the experience of socialness which is an advantage of wellington is enough to make me stay here, given the possibilities elsewhere in relation to the whole home/grow/make/do/live/experience side of things.

considering wellington is basically parties, cafes, geekery. fine in themselves, but not necessarily worth the overhead. and most tings I want to shop for are either obtained via the internet anyway, or are stupidly expensive here eg second-hand.

Edited at 2012-04-15 11:57 pm (UTC)
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From:friggasmuse
Date:April 15th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
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Lol: garden shed pie ;)
Wow! You have a rockin' bod! Shazam!
I think periods of antisocial-ism are good. Good for the soul.
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From:pombagira
Date:April 16th, 2012 01:42 am (UTC)
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currently i don't have a job, so i just stay at home.. cause it costs less *coughs*.. will get back to you on that when i have a job and see if it makes a difference.. *ponders this*

sides by the time i have beared my soul in a job interview i am kinda over people.. *ponders this to*.. do be do

do be do
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