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May. 9th, 2012

09:08 am - Not quite Martha Stewart

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So I did it. I had my first meeting with a tutor to get feedback on an assignment. She apologised for not providing more helpful comments, and I said the main thing I wanted to know was how I managed to lose 25% of possible marks if my work was well thought out, coherent and thorough. Apparently it was in the balance of the way I discussed the issues. I was supposed to spend less words on legal ramifications and go into the 'other issues' in more depth. Which I guess is fair comment, only.. there was nothing in the question that made this clear. It said 'Discuss the legal ramifications and any other issues.' So I'm not entirely satisfied, but it's not worth arguing over. I can drag my mark back to where it should be if I work hard enough *crosses everything for the essay* - but I'm not a mind reader and sometimes not being a mind reader leads to a low mark. Fie.


Since Dr Wheel's come back from Hong Kong, he's taken over doing the groceries as one of 'his' chores. For us, grocery shopping involves carrying bags of food about 1km through the city on foot. It's an effort but he's got it down to a fine art and he's not as big on storing up stuff and buying in bulk as I am so it's possible for one person to carry it all.

It's very strange for me though. I've always done the groceries. When I was a kid I helped Mum and Dad do it, and then after I left home it was me. In my marriage it was me, when I was shepherding it was me, when I lived in Crofton Downs it was me because I was the only driver in the house. Every week I'd do the traipse around the shop, mentally calculating what was a good deal and wondering if the YoT was drinking the shampoo or something. Now, I put what I notice we need on the list and once a week, it miraculously appears in the cupboard, along with a wide variety of other tasty stuff. I like this and appreciate it but it feels strange, like "I didn't earn this food by going and getting it what's up with that?" *eyes food suspiciously*

Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I assuage my guilt by going to the market to get the vegies. Access to this means we eat pretty well.

And that's another thing - I got home last night at 9:30, out of my tree on endorphins after acro class, and there was yummy food just sitting there waiting for me to eat it, and good company to go along with it.

I am so used to looking after myself and taking responsibility for everything, and knowing that when I get home I'll have to feed myself, that this feels like luxury. Normally I would have grabbed a sandwich or something just to get some calories before sleeping (can't eat before acro, really bad plan *nod*), but instead there was a nutritious full meal prepared for me, the house was warm, silly media was set up and ready to go. It makes me feel very special, and very grateful.

I am so lucky. Dr Wheel is like a luxury treat - my life is pretty nutritious anyway, but him being in it is like always having ice cream in the freezer, you know? It just makes everything better. Only in his case, the ice cream turns into a soft warm thing on those cold winter mornings.

God I'm soppy.


Last night I learned how to somersault off someone's shoulders, and also how to do a thing called a bucket down which is a graceful way of getting from someone's shoulders to the ground. My base for the evening was Tom from last week, I think I'm paired with him because he really knows his stuff. I am amazed by how he's totally fine with repeatedly assuming the position while I climb all over him as if he's a horse. I am not accustomed to people being so obliging with their bodies. Is this normal for circus people? It's the first time I've done any partnering stuff and have no idea really...

Yesterday, we got our bathroom fan fixed so it actually works, and runs on after leaving, which should mean I have to clean the mildew off the ceiling less often. The electrician also moved a light in the bedroom that is the lynchpin that allows the other work we want to do in there to start. Only now we have to save up more money to do it. And and and! Our window fashions are being installed today! OOOH! There will be pics. And since I'll be at home for the afternoon and the weather's icky, I'm going to have my first go at slow-cooker cooking. Wish me luck.

So um yeah, domestic bliss. Who'd a thought?

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From:ferrouswheel
Date:May 8th, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
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But am I hokey pokey or vanilla? x
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From:tatjna
Date:May 8th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
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Defintitely not vanilla.

Maybe Goody Goody Gum Drops, Cookies n Cream, or Black Forest Gateau depending on the occasion.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 8th, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC)

Taking your terrible pun and running with it..

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You don't eat ice cream with a spoon, you lick it.
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From:t_c_da
Date:May 8th, 2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
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You might lick it, but I eat it with a spoon - straight from the tub!!

None of this pansy cone business, that just wastes time and energy...
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From:tatjna
Date:May 8th, 2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
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The cone saves dishes though. ;-p
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From:t_c_da
Date:May 9th, 2012 12:45 am (UTC)
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How? You have to wash up the scoop you used to fill the waffle cone, as against washing the spoon you used to eat the icecream.

I figure the spoon is easier to wash and to dry than an icecream scoop...
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From:tatjna
Date:May 9th, 2012 02:30 am (UTC)
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You use a scoop? Wow, you're the first person I've heard of outside shops that does that.
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From:t_c_da
Date:May 9th, 2012 03:57 am (UTC)
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We had an Ice Cream Fanatic in the house for while (until she grew up and left home) and the correct shape of ice cream cones was insisted upon, forcefully, to the extent that we had 3 different scoops in the drawer, including one of the fancy ones with the scraper around the back to lift the ice cream out of the scoop. That one remains in residence...

Next time you're around we can arrange a suitable viewing, should you so wish, gratis of course!
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From:tatjna
Date:May 9th, 2012 04:07 am (UTC)
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I am curious about this fancy scoop. Next time I shall ask for a look!
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From:anna_en_route
Date:May 8th, 2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
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Dude....you're insulting the waffle cone....
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From:t_c_da
Date:May 9th, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
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Nothing wrong with waffle cones...

We were discussing eating ice cream efficiently, I thought...
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From:tatjna
Date:May 9th, 2012 02:29 am (UTC)
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You can have your efficiency, I'm going for enjoyment.
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From:anna_en_route
Date:May 8th, 2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
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Doctor wheel = heated leftover chocolate pudding + icecream for breakfast?
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From:tatjna
Date:May 8th, 2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
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Totally. And I reckon we should totally do that one morning, in bed, because that would be SO META.
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From:bekitty
Date:May 9th, 2012 12:49 am (UTC)
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You'd have leftover chocolate pudding? With the YoT in the house? :)
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From:tatjna
Date:May 9th, 2012 02:29 am (UTC)
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If we don't tell him it's there, yes. ;-)
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From:tatjna
Date:May 9th, 2012 02:38 am (UTC)
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In fact, I think I'd buy it special, just so we could do this thing.
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From:downwardlashes
Date:May 9th, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
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I find it relieving to hear that you think of your relationship in a grateful, this-is-cozy, sort of way. I hadn't been able to articulate it, but it's always weirded me out that just about every other person I've heard talk about their relationship has always made it sound like it's either all conflict and compromise, or all lovey-dovey stuff. My husband and I pretty much never reach either extreme. Maybe every couple years. Well, he would like if I were more lovey-dovey, but I'm just not.
Basically, I was wondering a little if maybe my happy, cozy, I'm-so-glad-he's-here sort of relationship wasn't "average" or something. See, can't articulate it. It's just strange to see that just about everybody does relationships different than I do. Like, I keep seeing things that say that couples are supposed to scream at eachother, and I'm like, "Really?"
Bah. Sorry. Weird comment is weird.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 9th, 2012 02:34 am (UTC)
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Seriously, I've done the extremes of relationships and added them to the list of Avoid In Future. I don't want to spend half my time crying and thinking they don't love me anymore and the rest pissed off or insecure.

We have adventures and we do exciting things, but the excitement comes from what we're doing, not an unpredictable way of relating to each other. And part of what makes being together so nice is that we're not joined at the hip so it's a bonus to a nice life instead of the central thing in my life, you know? All this makes it possible for things to stay on a mostly even keel, and I'm all for that over the alternatives.

And really, nobody could be mad at Joel for long. He's just awesome.
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From:rivet
Date:May 12th, 2012 10:25 am (UTC)
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if I had an 'I approve of this post' icon, I'd use it now :)
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From:wildilocks
Date:May 12th, 2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
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here, have mine! :D
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