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Apr. 22nd, 2014

09:56 am - I like dirt. My dirt is pretty damn awesome right now.

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Four day weekends ftw! I would be a very happy camper if this became normal in our society. Please make it happen kthx.

Of course, being Wellington in autumn, the weather was.. variable. I didn't get out in the boat - probably could've yesterday but the forecast said Yucky and I had made other plans by the time it showed itself to be wrong. However! Lots of Things got Done!


First, I got an email from the Armageddon folks telling me that if I wanted, I could add progress pictures to my entry for the cosplay contest.

Aside: Why yes you are going to get a blow by blow account of this - it's my first one and I'm excited.

So anyway, I took them at their word - they said that the judging is based largely on the information you give them on the form, so the more the better. I gave them a pretty complete tutorial for how to make the Regalia of Weisshaupt, with photos. It ended up being 27 pages long. I'm told this isn't the longest they've ever had either. O.o

Also, it forced me to write a tutorial for the Regalia of Weisshaupt. Now all I have to do is put it online, so I can point people to it when they ask about it.

Then, I made progress on Cullen's gauntlets. I wasn't far wrong - I've spent about 12 hours so far and I've just finished weathering the individual armour pieces. Now I have to assemble them...

I demildewed the bathroom ceiling. You needed to know that I am occasionally a domestic goddess.

Then I got out in the garden. Not till Monday, because it was the nicest day. I pulled out all the spent tomatoes and beans - they still had some fruit on them but they were well past it and you know how end-of-season fruit looks kind of scabrous and undernourished? Yeah. So they are in the compost pile, and I set forth on my plan for the winter.

First, a generous layer of the seaweed I collected from the post-storm Lyall Bay boat ramp on Sunday evening. Seriously, I got three full bags without stepping off the concrete!



Then, a fairly generous layer of ZooDoo. NZ zoos sell all their poop, well composted and sterilised, in bags for cheap. So there's now hippo and zebra poo in my garden!



Then, a layer of pea straw. This should form a crust over the compost and seaweed, and seal it in for the winter. Hopefully it'll also keep weeds down somewhat.



I fully expect that in spring when I replant, I will get Giant!Vegetables!

The plan is to eventually do this to all the parts of the garden I won't be using over the winter (which is most of it - I have some leeks and onions and silverbeet and broccoli, but other than that I won't bother too much this year). Most of my garden has been neglected for years, and it needs some help.

I'm also hoping to build some containers for growing pumpkins in, somewhere where I can let them trail without having to mow/weed around them.

And and and, I did some dentistry on Dangle!


DANGLE NO LIKE DENTIST


You see, the mouths are covered in 6 layers of black tulle. This is supposed to cover the face of the wearer without blocking their air supply. It works, but Dangle is a circus performer (you should go see her at RAW on May 3rd). Circus performers need more oxygen than the rest of us, so Dangle's mouth needs more vents.

That pic up there is her having a pair of leather grommets installed so that on cold mornings, steam will come out of the sides of her mouth. And she won't expire from lack of oxygen when doing strenuous circus stuff.

We hope..


OK, a question. Apropos of this pic, in which I am a little disturbed by how easily I could pass as a man, I have finally realised why I dislike facial hair on men so much.

It grosses me out because I am an outside-kisser. When I kiss someone, my lips go on the outside of theirs. So, if I kissed someone with facial hair, it'd go in my mouth and ew!

You are probably going "TMI Tats!" right now, but I have come to realise that there is actually such a thing as inside-kissing (lips go on the inside) and outside-kissing. For want of a better word. I mean, obviously the outside-kisser is not just trying to swallow the other person's head, but it's.. a tendency. Probably a spectrum like introversion and extroversion or something.

But I'd be willing to bet that inside-kissers are likely to be less grossed out by facial hair, because they have less chance of getting it in their mouth.

*ahem* I bet you next time you kiss someone, you'll remember this. ;-)

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From:t_c_da
Date:April 21st, 2014 11:10 pm (UTC)
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Several years ago the topic of beards arose on my daily commute from the sticks to the city, and one lady made the comment that "she'd rather be tickled than prickled", a comment which has stuck in my addled brain for some reason.

But I suspect she was referring to the side contact with her husband's face rather than osculatory contact, although I suspect a similar attitude would apply given the problems I have in keeping the facial fungus properly trimmed adjacent to the gentler skin of my lips...
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From:tatjna
Date:April 21st, 2014 11:26 pm (UTC)
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I can handle stubble, but actual hair? *shudder*

This is probably a personal preference based in social conditioning through my formative years or something...
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From:spiral_meter
Date:April 22nd, 2014 02:43 am (UTC)
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it's spring over here. neener neener!

when I clicked on the link I thought it was gonna be some sexy secret. but it was actual dirt.

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From:tatjna
Date:April 22nd, 2014 02:58 am (UTC)
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Ah well, we did just have a summer that was awesome while everyone up in the NH got buried in snow....

And yes, actual dirt. I R LITERAL BLOGGR. THIS R LITERAL POST.
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From:pundigrion
Date:April 22nd, 2014 02:46 am (UTC)
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You have all the best dirt there!

I am so jealous of your seaweed actually. So many good nutrients. I rather miss the chooks for a variety of reasons, one of which was their contribution to the gardens in the form of compost and tilling. I need to throw manure on my leaves since I didn't have the ladies turning it over nicely for me this fall/spring!
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From:tatjna
Date:April 22nd, 2014 02:57 am (UTC)
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Alas, I have to turn my own compost! But yes, I'm pleased to have actual seaweed floating almost up to my back door. ;-)
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From:pundigrion
Date:April 22nd, 2014 03:05 am (UTC)
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Ah well, I do have the six compost bins as well. They don't get turned very often however and I am much more liberal in what I put in them, even *gasp* bones and other things the Experts tell you not to do.

The leaves I'd just been lazy in. For true lasagna gardening you have to layer, like you have nicely done. I started off doing it that way, but at some point post-chicken I got lazy and only used leaves and compost. I let the ladies in the garden after I'd finished for fall and they loved to cavort in the leaves, turning and tilling...and pooping! Then I threw on their winter bedding too since the compost bins get full in winter because they slow down so much once it begins snowpocolypse. If I had layered properly, I wouldn't need to till, but without layers or chickens I still just have a yard full of leaves that have not broken down any!
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From:tatjna
Date:April 22nd, 2014 03:22 am (UTC)
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I am hoping to be able to just let this sit over winter, and see what happens in the spring. I've never put seaweed in before so we'll see what happens.

Hahahhaa see? Sea? Ah, I kill me.
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From:pundigrion
Date:April 22nd, 2014 03:23 am (UTC)
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No, no, you krill me!

Ba-da-bing!
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From:tatjna
Date:April 22nd, 2014 03:24 am (UTC)
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Here all week, try the fish..
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From:meathiel
Date:April 22nd, 2014 07:16 am (UTC)
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So monsters have to go to the dentist as well? Very interesting ... ;-)
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From:tatjna
Date:April 22nd, 2014 07:19 am (UTC)
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These ones do!

I hope they don't have to go to the proctologist...
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From:kehleyr
Date:April 22nd, 2014 08:18 am (UTC)
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So there's now hippo and zebra poo in my garden hahah awesome :-D.
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From:subtle_haven
Date:April 22nd, 2014 01:02 pm (UTC)
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Hmm... I myself am partial to the kind of kissing where you go halfway in and halfway out!
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From:meri_sielu
Date:April 22nd, 2014 03:18 pm (UTC)
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A successful demildewing of a bathroom is a big achievement, at least in my life so I definitely applaud you. I feel like I'm fighting a never ending battle with the stuff, I really don't understand why my bathroom couldn't have had a window or some ventilation of some kind installed. :/
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From:tatjna
Date:April 23rd, 2014 01:35 am (UTC)
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Yeah - our bathroom involves a ladder and a mop just to reach the ceiling, never mind scrubbing it. It feels like a real achievement when it's done.
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From:c_maxx
Date:April 22nd, 2014 03:20 pm (UTC)
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Speaking of giant veggies, Dangle looks like a Vegetable Monster himsself!

As to facial hair, it seems to me a primary gender identifier like those rockets on your icon, but of course this is only my own view. Back in 1968, my Dad told me he didn't mind my having long hair as long as I grew a beard with it. On this one item I did go along with his prefer'ces.

Also as discussed, my shaved skin has, about 3 hours later, all the consistency of a stainless steel wirebrush, so it's a matter of take one's pick. In add' hair on my upper lip is like bamboo, and takes a golok to cut it; by time I'm done my upper lip looks like your veggie garden. So I settle for a mustache as the Sprouts say I look like Santa Claus with a beard these days... They want me to grow it of course, by as Pat is some years younger I feel I have to hold up my end of the partnership, not make it look like she's marriend an anciano (as she has).
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From:tatjna
Date:April 23rd, 2014 01:35 am (UTC)
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I feel obliged to point out on Dangle's behalf that she is female. Look at those lovely rainbow eyelashes!

Also, as someone whose partner has teutonic facial hair, I prefer the potscrubber face to the porpoise/seaweed combo.
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From:c_maxx
Date:April 25th, 2014 04:54 pm (UTC)
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Sorry abot that, Dangle. Like Breq, I sometimes get those gender markers wrong...
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From:c_maxx
Date:April 22nd, 2014 03:24 pm (UTC)
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For an outside kisser, I can see that it could be an issue. Like smooching a porpoise that had a mouth full of seaweed?
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From:adam_0oo
Date:April 23rd, 2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
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I want you to know that now, I will be thinking of you next time I get some smooches, trying to figure out what this inside outside kissing deal is. Because it sounds bonkers.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 23rd, 2014 09:50 pm (UTC)
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It's pretty straightforward when you are able to do some kissing to see what I mean... honest.
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