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I would like to be two people, just for a week or two - Tactical Ninja

Sep. 5th, 2013

10:59 am - I would like to be two people, just for a week or two

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It seems my next adventure in Thing Tats Is About To Learn How To Do is ring-making. Y'see, the Yorick project is about to get back underway thanks to the unpacking of several boxes last night and my hope of seeing the craft room floor some time next week. And for Yorick to do the glowy-eyes thing, he needs a ring that contains a magnet in order to set off the hall effect sensor that I'm sure I can remember where I packed it.. Umm.. anyway, yes.

So the idea is that I'll set the magnet in red resin, which will be conveniently the right shape through the use of a glass cabochon. This resin 'gem' will then form the stone part of the ring, and conveniently emit its magnetic rays willy nilly at Yorick whenever it happens to be near him.

Of course I've never done this before and have no clue what I'm doing, but since when has that ever stopped me? However, I've no doubt some of you have made jewellery before, so any tips or advice welcome.


Someone yesterday asked about the houseplants we had in the apartment. There were a fair few of them, and they took a power of nursing to keep alive. I lost a couple while there, but most survived reasonably well. When we moved, they all got put along the shady side of the house until we had space for them indoors. This took 3 days, and unfortunately it happened to be the three days when winter decided to have its last go at us before giving in to the encroaching warmer weather. We had near-frosts three nights in a row, and mah plants were all "Brr!" They're all indoors now, but they are suffering a bit and the frangipani in particular is looking like it might not make it. Its leaves are all droopy and it's dropped quite a few, but while there's sap there's hope and so I'll give it a chance to perk up before giving up on it.

The zebra plant never liked the apartment and it showed this by producing smaller and smaller leaves, until right now it looks like a bonsai only with big stalks. I fully expect this plant to recover completely once it gets enough light, but it too is looking somewhat sad. The rest are okay but will need some TLC and well-chosen spots to go in, and hopefully soon my jungle will be back to full verdantitude.

There is one plant, though, that is sitting there whistling to itself and going "Ha! I laugh in the face of your frost, wind and darkness! Fear me, for I am immortal!" I mean seriously, this is the Conan of the housplant world.

Backstory: When Mum was sick, she lived in her own house right up until she couldn't any more, which was about 10 weeks before she died. Then she moved to hospital care. This meant we had to take care of the stuff in her house, and I grabbed all her plants and took them home to look after them. Except one. That one would be Conan. Conan was sitting in her toilet windowsill, which was in a cold, dark, south-facing room. I missed Conan in the pickup round, and he languished there for the next 10 weeks, receiving no water or food and getting only the barest of midwinter light. I found him when I went back to start the sorting after Mum died. And there he was, green and looking as if nothing untoward had happened.

I took Conan home and bunged him on a shelf (remember at this point I had two households' worth of plants and no room or emotion to spare for aesthetics) and ignored him apart from the occasional watering. And he grew, and thrived, and his leaves doubled in size, and I had to cut him back and eventually repot him. Now, he's about 2 feet across and it doesn't seem to matter what you do to him, Conan persists. Right now he's looking a little windbeaten, but I've no doubt that he'll get over that in a week and be the nicest plant in the house. What kind of plant is Conan? I have no idea, but here's a picture:



He's quite distinctive, so if any of you recognise this and can tell me what sort of plant it is, I'd be most grateful.

Meanwhile, have a pic of our toilet (well actually our bathroom):



Yes, it's south-facing. It has a skylight which makes it nice and light but also lets all the heat escape despite its being double-glazed, so the bathroom is always cold. We're learning about the difference on bare feet between a lino bathroom floor and a tiled one, too. But look! Art Deco bathroom! There's an empty space along the right wall where I want to put a plant, perhaps on a shelf with some towels. Of course the sensible thing would be to have towel rails. But... plants! Those tiles are actually royal blue, btw.

And here is a pic of this morning's walk to work. Not as pretty as yesterday, but another exactly 30 minutes:



This one is Dorking/Rolleston/Taranaki, and contains another Surprise!Soccer field. Probably not my walk of choice, but nice for a bit of variety and going past some nice gardens.


I'm still wavering about this weekend. The loogie-hoicking is continuing apace, although it doesn't seem to be getting any worse. I'm at a low ebb of energy because of the move and the equinox and also hello, blood week! [TMI for those wot are squeamish]I use a moon cup and they are not conducive to turning upside down in such positions as handstands because the movement of your insides with the inversion can break the suction, and then gravity happens, and then when you turn the right way up again, it can get messy. I hate feeling as if I'm using my period as an excuse and I guess I could go buy some tampons or something, but in combination with the desire to get the house sorted and the likelihood of the next free weekend disappearing into the distance, this is the worst timing ever for a weekend of circus training.

I know if I don't go I'll feel guilty, and I'll probably enjoy it if I do go, but right now the hassle and mess and general not-being-home-doing-things-I-need-to-do-eyness of it is making me indecisive. Fuckitall.

Someone talk me into it?

Also, if you like RPGs and Jennifer Hepler's work, you should back this. RPG in the Sime~Gen world. Yes please. Nuff said.

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From:empresskylon
Date:September 4th, 2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
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Did you bring your entrance glowey globes with you when you moved?

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From:tatjna
Date:September 4th, 2013 11:07 pm (UTC)
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Hell yes! We're just waiting for the place to be set up before deciding where to put them, since being a rental with not-so-high ceilings we probably can't recreate the planetarium.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 5th, 2013 02:33 am (UTC)
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You make a compelling argument. Especially about the sleeping.

Even though you know that once I'm there I will probably be all "OOH SHINY!" and "I HAVE TO TRY THAT!" and return home on Sunday in a state of collapse and be useless all of next week.
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:September 5th, 2013 01:07 am (UTC)
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I love your tub!
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From:tatjna
Date:September 5th, 2013 02:33 am (UTC)
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It's the perfect shape for two people!
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From:tyellas
Date:September 5th, 2013 02:17 am (UTC)
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Polymer clay might also make a good ring setting.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 5th, 2013 02:37 am (UTC)
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Ooh, good idea! ;-)
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From:nessainwe
Date:September 5th, 2013 02:52 am (UTC)
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I love that view in that last picture :)
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From:tatjna
Date:September 5th, 2013 03:16 am (UTC)
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Heh, I guess I was missing the lovely harbour view while looking at the not-so-beautiful muddy grass track in the foreground. Also, it was freezing and a bit rainy this morning.

But you're right, it is still quite pretty. ;-)
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From:vernacularity
Date:September 5th, 2013 03:48 am (UTC)
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is it a calathea or aglaonema ?
does it flower?
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From:vernacularity
Date:September 5th, 2013 03:56 am (UTC)
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it's a prayer plant perhaps?

http://plantsrescue.com/tag/prayer-plant/



Edited at 2013-09-05 04:00 am (UTC)
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From:helianthas
Date:September 5th, 2013 04:38 am (UTC)
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I have one of those! Sure looks the same!
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From:tatjna
Date:September 5th, 2013 06:06 am (UTC)
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Yep, that's the one. Although mine seems to be a lot tougher than that write-up would suggest.
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From:vernacularity
Date:September 5th, 2013 10:09 am (UTC)
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well it was your mum's wasn't it?
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From:meathiel
Date:September 5th, 2013 07:08 am (UTC)
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The more I see of your house the more I like it ... :D
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From:pundigrion
Date:September 15th, 2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
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I think I'm going to have to find me a Conan now!
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