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In which I am a great hunter and bring home the sea kitten bacon thing stuff - Tactical Ninja

Mar. 24th, 2014

09:55 am - In which I am a great hunter and bring home the sea kitten bacon thing stuff

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Well that was a weekend of two halves.

Saturday was all gardening and hacking and slashing (have I mentioned how much I love my niwashi?) followed by some adagio training which partly involved surfing on my partner's back, followed by fish and chips in the lounge, followed by the Kiwiburn afterburn party, at which Tangle, Dangle and Mangle put in an appearance and also Dr Wheel ran round dressed in a pink striped Cheshire Cat onesie and I had a very late night *ahem*.


And not in the "Oh ick no Tats!" kind of way either. Actual watersports.

We took the boats down to Shelly Bay and decided to just go for a test paddle. The blue boat is a whitewater sit-in style and doesn't have a rudder. This makes it really manoeuvrable, but it's hard to paddle in a straight line. And because of the way you're jammed into it, it can cause numbness in the legs and feet. So we ended up only paddling maybe a couple of kilometres, but it was enough to give it a good test. Check out Dr Wheel!



After a while we rafted up side by side and I chucked my berley bag over the side and drifted along. In a kayak it's not very often you can do this because the wind moves you too fast for real drifting. Yesterday was beautifully still though, and it was pleasant sitting out on the water, and having company as well.

The fish weren't biting so we decided to head back in. Dr Wheel paddled off while I set up a lure to do a big circular sweep around the bay. Turns out the fishing boat goes faster than the whitewater one despite being wider and heavier, because it goes straight. Anyway, I threw my remaining berley into the water to get rid of it, started to paddle, took 4 strokes and wham! Fish.

Finally! The first takeable-homeable fish for Turtle. Excitement and flailing followed complete with fish leaping out of water and me drifting perilously close to the shore while faffing, but LOOK! FISH!



Of course Dr Wheel missed the whole thing and I took a lot longer than expected to get to shore, but when I did I was able to be all casual - "Oh by the way I caught a fish" - all the while exploding with excitement.

We had it for dinner last night, seasoned with self-congratulatoriness, and it was delicious.

Meanwhile, Dr Wheel hasn't decided whether to persist with the Cosmic and just get used to frustration and discomfort when paddling with me for the sake of being able to surf it, or to invest in a sit-on-top boat with a rudder. Of course, there's no reason he can't have both, eh? Since, you know, the Cosmic is already there... *nudge nudge*

Oh yeah, and I started furring up Muttley. I would have finished furring her up but I got sidetracked with CATCHING A FISH and also cleaning up after CATCHING A FISH and then EATING A FISH so I still have about 2/3 of her to do, but look - progress!




I have started learning Finnish vocab on the flash cards. I have discovered that Finnish has a lot of as in it. Well actually a lot of aas. And that my memory works a lot better with things that are unique and distinct rather than trying to remember the difference between antaa (to give), ottaa (to take), and ostaa (to buy). And then adding on a couple of letters (more bloody vowels) to make odottaa (to wait). I guess it's like any new set of concepts, until your mind starts to assign real meaning to them, they just all look the same. Never mind my attempt to memorise the Cyrillic alphabet. O.o

But I'm doing well on the geography. I now know that the capital of Kazakhstan is Astana and that it's really big. And next door to Mongolia. Which is a whole lot more than I knew before..

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From:fbhjr
Date:March 23rd, 2014 09:21 pm (UTC)
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Good job on the fish! Looks like a very good sized one as well!
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From:tatjna
Date:March 23rd, 2014 09:22 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! It's about 2kg I think, and certainly the biggest I've caught since mucking about in the harbour. Kahawai can grow up to around 5kg and I know someone who claims to have caught a 4kg one in the harbour, so I've got something to aim for eh?

Also, on ultralight tackle, these little fish fight like marlin. ;-)
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:March 23rd, 2014 10:06 pm (UTC)
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Your new userpic looks like a supervillain...

(I like it.)
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From:tatjna
Date:March 23rd, 2014 10:08 pm (UTC)
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I am scheming my world takeover at this very moment!

It's also how I entertained myself in the middle of the night on Saturday..
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From:anna_en_route
Date:March 24th, 2014 12:31 am (UTC)
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If you ever need an evil hangout, the new music venue which replaces Freds is called...The Pyramid Club.

So far I have been completely unable to say it without a significant pause and an overdone British accent.
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From:tatjna
Date:March 24th, 2014 12:44 am (UTC)
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It's important for evil overlords to be able to network and get emotional support.
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From:anna_en_route
Date:March 24th, 2014 12:47 am (UTC)
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Exactly, I imagine the job stress is fierce.

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From:kehleyr
Date:March 23rd, 2014 11:09 pm (UTC)
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So I guess we will be able to speak Finnish soon? :-)
Dr Wheel ran round dressed in a pink striped Cheshire Cat onesie and I had a very late night *ahem*. Lol
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From:tatjna
Date:March 24th, 2014 12:13 am (UTC)
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Haha, yes. If by 'soon' you mean 'in a few months' and by 'speak, you mean you say "Hi how are you?" and I say "The backpack is in the drainpipe."

;-D
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From:kehleyr
Date:March 24th, 2014 12:27 am (UTC)
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hahahaha
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From:pundigrion
Date:March 24th, 2014 02:01 am (UTC)
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Oooh, is this another Japanese gardening tool that I didn't know my life is incomplete without?! :-D

Because my san kaku is my current favourite and serious the best garden tool I have ever used. I liked the short handled one so much that I went back the next month to splash out for the long handle as well: http://www.leevalley.com/en/Garden/page.aspx?p=62050&cat=2,2300,44823&ap=1

My second favourite (but I think K's top tool) is the ho mi, which is Korean: http://www.leevalley.com/en/Garden/page.aspx?p=10519&cat=2,2300,44823&ap=1

I am thinking yours is this one: http://www.leevalley.com/en/Garden/page.aspx?p=62038&cat=2,2300,44822&ap=1 Which does look it would be handy for narrower spots than my san kaku is best at actually.
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From:tatjna
Date:March 24th, 2014 02:07 am (UTC)
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Yep, that's the one. It's flippin awesome. And because the front is edged like a knife, it's good for cutting up soil as well as roots and whatnot. I wouldn't mind getting a long handled san kaku either - like a hoe, only gruntier!
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From:pundigrion
Date:March 24th, 2014 02:20 am (UTC)
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And people get really wide eyes when you take it out to the front yard to weed the daylily hedge along the sidewalk. I've read that in the past, both were were used as weapons by peasants in times of war to defend their farms.
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From:tatjna
Date:March 24th, 2014 02:21 am (UTC)
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I can see why!
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From:downwardlashes
Date:March 24th, 2014 02:33 am (UTC)
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Nice new icon :)
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From:tatjna
Date:March 24th, 2014 02:34 am (UTC)
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Thanks! I had an opportunity to mess around with some stage makeup on Saturday evening, so I made myself into an evil overlord.
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From:goddessofchaos
Date:March 24th, 2014 03:26 pm (UTC)
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My uncle's wife is Finnish and their wedding was conducted in Finnish. We tried to learn a few words before the wedding but man, that's a difficult language! I think we grasped about three words in the end. (Though, to be fair, I was only 7 at the time).
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From:tatjna
Date:March 24th, 2014 07:15 pm (UTC)
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I am hoping that by learning Cyrillic at the same time, I'm making Finnish seem easier.

Reality is I'm probably just confusing myself ;-)
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From:brynhilda
Date:March 24th, 2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
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If I had the time I would soooo love to learn finnish. Suach an amazing language!
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From:tatjna
Date:March 24th, 2014 08:55 pm (UTC)
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I am also trying to increase my German vocabulary. Which isn't hard since I know very little. I think German is a fantastic language!
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From:brynhilda
Date:March 24th, 2014 09:10 pm (UTC)
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it definitely is, even so I'm biased...lol. We have so many strangely poetic words and phrases that I love :)
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From:tatjna
Date:March 24th, 2014 09:15 pm (UTC)
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As a native English speaker, I love how German has words to describe emotions that are just not mentioned in English - almost as if we are embarrassed to admit to them or something.

I also had a German friend describe it as a 'lego language' in that it's apparently ok to make up words using strings of smaller ones, if the word you're looking for doesn't exist. That's neat!
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From:brynhilda
Date:March 27th, 2014 11:59 am (UTC)
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oh yes, lego language describes it really well :D
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From:rivet
Date:March 28th, 2014 02:46 am (UTC)
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Can I see the geek mansion in that photo of Dr Wheel?

(Also, I was on a ferris wheel this weekend and thought of you guys)
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