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Chugging away till 11pm, but damnit I have internet! - Tactical Ninja

Sep. 3rd, 2013

10:03 am - Chugging away till 11pm, but damnit I have internet!

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This morning I tried another route down into work - this time the Heaton/Bell/Thompson combo, with a wee shortcut through a disused concrete thing/park thing and past a surprise!soccer field. It took exactly 30 minutes, same as yesterday - so while it's no quicker it'll add some variety. Tomorrow I'm going to try the Dorking/Rolleston/Taranaki one, and on Thursday I'll try Heaton/Bell/Bidwell/Taranaki. Even if they all take 30 minutes, it means I won't be short of different ways to get to work, and they are all downhill. ;-)


I was planning on leaving the craft room until I had time to get stuck into it. It was the room where everything that we couldn't work out where to put it got put when we moved in, and it was so full of stuff that you couldn't see how much stuff was in there. But I realised that part of the stuff that was in there was storagey stuff - cabinets, bookcases - so last night I dragged a whole lot out and rearranged the furniture so you can get at it, then put it all back in. Here's how it turned out:



I know, it still looks terrifyingly full of junk, right? But if you look closely, you can see that the bookshelf has books on it and my computer desk is set up (including having the Wi-Fis yay!) so if I want I can now go "Fuck it all" and play video games instead. And there still isn't anything in the cupboard on the right. So, heaps of room, right? When I get some floor space I'll be putting a work table in there by the (omg hideous) curtains, under which will go my fabric bins and by then, it'll be a heck of a lot tidier. But, so far so good.

Here is Shot the Second of the art deco ceilings. This one's in the lounge:



It's not as demon-summoney as the bedroom one. Instead I reckon it looks like the ceiling of the Werawhakawi Bowling Club. *ahem*

Meanwhile, The Hoff is languishing in our bedroom till I get him sorted with a spot in the craft room. The spot is there, but currently it's filled with UV tube lights which will be going out to the shed once it's lockable - that's tonight's mission because 'I could put this in the shed if it was lockable' has been the main catchcry of sorting the craft room out, and it's holding up getting things put away. Anyway, The Hoff. We noticed this morning with the sun coming in that he's been made to have good definition on his stomach and abs (given he's supposed to be a kid that is), and even has a belly button - and yet, where are his nipples?



Why are nipples so offensive that we don't want to acknowledge people have them? I don't understand.

And just for fun, here is another pic of the view, this one looking out to the nortwestish over Highbury.



pombagira and bekitty, I don't think we can see your house from here because hills, but whoah view. Mt Kaukau is out of the shot to the north.


The plan is to try and have the craft room and the kitchen* sorted before I go away for the weekend. In a case of WTF timing, ages ago I bought a ticket to Under the Spinfluence, which is on this weekend. In my defence, it was before we knew we'd be moving, but it does mean that instead of spending this weekend leisurely sorting out my craft room and working on Yorick (whose deadline is fast approaching), I'll be doing hard physical stuff that hopefully involves climbing all over hot people and generally pretending to be a carnie.

And I got the first shearing call for the season on Sunday, and at some point I need to mow lawns, and I want to get out in the garden and do gardening because I found the heritage seeds that bekitty gave me in the move, and it's all a bit busy really.

I guess I'd be bored if it weren't, right?

* I actually have to make a spice rack. I've never made a spice rack. How hard can it be?

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From:anna_en_route
Date:September 2nd, 2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
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It seems like a joyful kind of busyness =)

p.s. the disused concete park thing is a great place to watch the sun set

p.p.s if you ever want a super long walk home from work, every so often I take off around the bays, cut through Kilbirnie and walk home round Island Bay/Ohiro road (up by the freaky mini-golf and occasional ponies), It's a lovely walk in summer with the waves crashing on the beach.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 2nd, 2013 10:18 pm (UTC)
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I thought it looked like a fantastic place for fire spinning. ;-)
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From:anna_en_route
Date:September 2nd, 2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
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it would be amazing =)

it's probably a good place to watch fireworks too
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From:tatjna
Date:September 2nd, 2013 11:31 pm (UTC)
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True. Although I suspect we'll be watching from the deck this year. It's the first time since Horokiwi that they'll be visible from home.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:September 2nd, 2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
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Aren't spice-racks the archetypical my-first-woodwork project? I think the pokerworking is compulsory.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 2nd, 2013 10:30 pm (UTC)
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Weirdly enough, nobody in our household has done My First Woodworking! Even back in the day, my brother made a shopping list caddy thing, and I made.. umm.. I can't even remember. I do remember being thrilled that I got to use a blowtorch to create a charcoal wood grain effect on whatever it was, though.

Maybe I should get the YoT to make it, just for tradition?
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From:bekitty
Date:September 3rd, 2013 01:45 am (UTC)
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Yeah, from the look of it our flat is just behind the fold of the hill to the left in that photo.

I'm glad you found the seeds! And just when they'd come in useful, too! \o/

The basic design of a spice rack isn't really that difficult. There's a good page here, for example. Directions start about halfway down the page. By all means get the YoT to do it, if he's not too busy with work.
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From:downwardlashes
Date:September 3rd, 2013 03:13 am (UTC)
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I should lend my daughter to you. I just facebooked today about how she always wants to DO ALL THE THINGS, while the rest of us are just like, "Hmm, I think lying around sounds like fun. Let's do that till we feel like doing something else, like snacking." You two could do all the things together, she'd be happy.

Nipples are secret!! We don't speak of them!!

Those really are some pretty bad curtains. They can't even qualify as ironically ugly.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 3rd, 2013 03:14 am (UTC)
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Each room has a new and more 'interesting' set of 90s-era butt-ugly curtains. If I really start to detest them I'll make new ones. But they are thermal.

And I totally need an army of 'do all the things' people at my disposal ;-)
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From:downwardlashes
Date:September 3rd, 2013 03:18 am (UTC)
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The curtains somehow remind me of Clarissa Explains It All. Was that on in New Zealand, is Nickelodeon a thing there?
Thermal curtains are nice.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 3rd, 2013 03:19 am (UTC)
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I've never heard of it, but I haven't had broadcast television since 2000 so that's really no indication of whether it aired here or not. ;-)
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From:downwardlashes
Date:September 3rd, 2013 03:23 am (UTC)
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Clarissa was this kid's show in the early 90's, where she basically wore every horrible 90's outfit that every girl wanted. http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users16/pattygopez/default/clarissa-sam-clarissa-explains-all--large-msg-134023534947.jpg

She also wore some florals. Maybe that's what the curtains dug up in my memory?
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From:tatjna
Date:September 3rd, 2013 03:25 am (UTC)
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The picture looks familiar but I don't remember the show at all.

Also, she looks like Rainbow Brite vomited on her. He looks like Rainbow Brite projectile vomited on her.
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From:downwardlashes
Date:September 3rd, 2013 03:27 am (UTC)
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Haha, isn't it amazing? I loooooved that show.
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From:meathiel
Date:September 3rd, 2013 07:11 am (UTC)
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OMG ... I'm tired just reading this. With all the stuff you do I feel like such a lazy bum!

Great view ...
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From:tatjna
Date:September 3rd, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
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And in perfect timing, this comment arrived just after I hit the wall and couldn't do anything at all and spent the night sitting around in my pyjamas scoffing licorice. ;-)
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From:dreadbeard
Date:September 3rd, 2013 07:30 am (UTC)
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There are lots of ways to walk up and down from Brooklyn.

IMO, the nicest walk to town from Brooklyn is to go into Central Park at the corner of Ohiro and Brooklyn, go right over the bridge and down the stairs and out along the sequence of bridges over the stream on the flat, if that is open again after the storm. That is slightly to one side from where you are; and depends on time of day I guess. Nicer in the midday sun.

As for walking back up, Ohiro Rd seems to have the best slope.
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From:anna_en_route
Date:September 3rd, 2013 07:45 am (UTC)
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Definitely this!

(although our nicest walk is down the transient track at the bottom of Karepa street down through to Aro valley while dodging mostly polite mountain bikers)
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From:dreadbeard
Date:September 4th, 2013 05:12 am (UTC)
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that track is nice but surprisingly long and starts kind of out of the way
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From:anna_en_route
Date:September 4th, 2013 08:02 pm (UTC)
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It adds about 20-30 minutes to my morning walk to work but it's such a lovely track and I almost inevitably see kaka along it
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From:pundigrion
Date:September 3rd, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
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No nipples, but quite the ummm...codpiece.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 3rd, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
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Yes. *cough* And when carrying him, it's very hard not to use it as a convenient handle too.
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From:pundigrion
Date:September 3rd, 2013 08:34 pm (UTC)
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Haha, it's at just the right balancing point!
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