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more romance reading [May. 4th, 2008|11:55 am]
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I have nearly finished with my set of romance novels that I set myself to read. Today was April Lady by Georgette Heyer. I liked that this story is about how an already married couple come to realise that they each love the other, rather than having been married for convenience, as both have been told. What I didn't like was the excruciating plot - I made it as far as page 60, skipped about 100 pages, dipped into the rest of the story. Far too much like farce for my liking. I don't think that I'm likely to pick up another except possibly as a bit of a change. Rating: 3/10

As to the two Barbara Cartland books I borrowed from the library to trial, I haven't been able to bring myself to read them yet. I managed a few pages of one, but the blurb put me off a lot. I'll give it another week, and if I don't manage it, I'll have to return them to the library. I don't want to be put off because lots of people dissed her - after all, I love Heinlein and McCaffrey's books (or at least, many of them), and I even have a few Piers Anthony books that I would be unwilling to give away. I'd much rather form my own opinion.
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books read [Apr. 28th, 2008|02:46 pm]
Georgette Heyer, Tamora Pierce, Lois McMaster BujoldCollapse )
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fairbridge Festival [Apr. 27th, 2008|08:00 pm]
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Have spent the weekend (starting Thursday night) at the Fairbridge folk festival. It has reminded me of so many things, and made me realise where it is that my perception of what I expect from a SwanCon has come from. The folk scene is where I grew up - it is where I first joined a committee, where I first had the opportunity to try marijuana (and refused), where I bought my first album, where I safely learnt about boys, where I developed my love of dance, where I learnt to sing, where I first wandered into pubs (and was never IDed, although I was always underage). There were so many adults (even young ones) who knew me, and watched out for me, that I'm pretty sure that I could have been more adventurous, and I would have been safe. I imagine that I could have got in to trouble, but it would have been something that I would have to have done deliberately, by misleading those around me.

The Fairbridge Festival is a more recent event - for me it replaces the Toodyay Festival, which was the major folk event of my year - and doesn't quite work the same way. I suspect that my kids will have similar fond memories of it that I do about Toodyay, but for me, I'm still learning how to enjoy it. This is not helped by the fact that every time we go, the kids are at a completely different stage, and we have to adapt again.

Thursday - in which we pack, and shop, and get to the festival..Collapse )

Friday - in which we develop a routine of sortsCollapse )

Saturday - a day of "ah" and "oops" and "oh, well, they"re on again, aren"t they?"Collapse )

and the restCollapse )
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dance like you really mean it* [Apr. 21st, 2008|06:28 pm]
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last Tuesday, one of our regular gaming group, D, brought along a laptop with an open source dance game, and a dance mat. I'm easily hooked by such things, and had a great time, and now I *want* one. The game itself is quite easily obtained (go here) for Windows, Mac OS X or Linux, and there are many many many songs that can be downloaded, at least some of which I recognise (Roxette! umm, there was another one, but I've forgotten what it was now).

The stumbling block is getting a dance pad. Which really, is the important bit for the real enjoyment of the game. D pointed out that I need to get a pad with a USB connector, or be willing to modify it appropriately. Unfortunately, it looks like that is going to be quite the effort - EB Games only has them for the Wii (and has incompetent staff, who continued to say 'for which system' after I pointed out I wanted a USB connector), somewhere else I went only had one for the PS2. We ventured into JB HiFi, but it was late on the Saturday afternoon, and we got distracted by the box sets, and didn't actually find any dance mats (which might not have been there anyway). So, if anyone *knows* where I might be able to find such a thing (preferably in Perth, but I'm willing to consider online purchase) I'd really appreciate it!

* thanks, devinjay, for a phrase that makes me smile, every time!
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bone marrow registry [Apr. 21st, 2008|02:16 pm]
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recently, baby_elvis made a post encouraging people to put themselves on the Bone Marrow Donor registry. Today, I made the effort to investigate doing so. (see here for details). Unfortunately, of the five points that I must do to join, I fail on three* (although one of those is easily fixable). Thus, I can't do it. But I'm hoping that if I post this message, it will either prompt someone else to join up (the only extra restriction on top of the standard blood donation ones that I'm aware of is that you have to be under 40) or to pass the message on.

If I ever stop being tired, I have every intention of thinking about it again.

* 2) being willing to give a blood donation - I've never been acceptable. I've failed so many different questions over the years, but I'm pretty sure I still fail now. 4) being in good health. 5) having read the official donor brochure
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day light savings whinge [Apr. 2nd, 2008|09:56 pm]
lots of people whinged about the in coming day light savings at the end of last year, but I don't think I've seen a single complaint about the change back. Thus, here is my whinge.

I haven't found the transition back pleasant. On Sunday, we shifted meal times back half an hour, but that didn't work for us - youngest was too distressed by dinner time, and chose to go to bed not having eaten, because eating was all too hard. Then, Monday morning everything was too hard, and ze spent lots of the day bursting into tears. And ze insisted that it was bedtime according to zer body clock. Which just sucks.

And it would not have been just *my* three year old. There would have been many other children who just didn't cope with the transition, even with parents attempting to make it easier on them (as we did, by trying to do it in two half hour stages).

And that doesn't include how my body is coping.


For the first time in my life, I'm considering voting Liberals 1. Because what with the daylight savings BS, and the threat to ignore the referendum on retail opening hours, and other bits and pieces, *I don't like the current labor government*.
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sleeepy [Apr. 2nd, 2008|06:56 pm]

in which I nap, and walk in puddles (and complain about my health). Somewhat on the dreary side...Collapse )
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cookery question [Apr. 1st, 2008|05:21 pm]

some weeks ago, I bought a container of moti choor ladoo, which lists its ingredients as "gram dahl flour, sugar, water, safron, nuts, cardamom, canola oil, soda, and salt". This seems a pretty good selection of ingredients, given the number of different food restrictions that I might be called upon to consider, and they were a reasonable tasty treat, without being excessively sweet (unlike other similar foods I've tried). They were however, quite expensive - 3 small balls cost >$4. So, I investigated finding the recipe. None of the books I have list it, and googling found only a few sites, all of which seemed to have plagarised from a single site, thus only really finding one recipe, which was a) barely comprehensible, and b) contained milk.

My question is thus: can anyone point me at a recipe which does not contain milk?
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swancon [Mar. 30th, 2008|07:51 pm]

I'm beginning to think that I'm not going to make a detailed post about Swancon - there was just too much to write about, and not all that much I want to say. I had a ball, I'm glad it's over, there is still lots of wrap up to do, and I don't want my subconscious to think that there isn't any work left to do. Plus, I'm having problems working out what to write, and what to leave unsaid. There were lots of fabulous things, there were a number of irritating things, and I've added one person* to my list of 'run away' (bringing said list to 3, I think).

The thing that is going to remind me of this swancon isn't any of the official stuff, or even the memories of the panels I went to, or the wonderful (and occasionally very frank) conversations I had over the weekend. No, it is the second hand Nintendo 64 that we acquired! I loved the N64, and I've wanted one since nevryn and I stopped sharing a house. Only downside is that the games that came in the bundle were pretty much racing games (which the rest of the family are having a great time with - I think it will do good things for the co-ordination of the kids, so I'm not feeling guilty about it *at all*). So, anyone who has N64 games lying around that we might be able to borrow, buy or steal, I'm interested in hearing about it! (I'm particularly interested in puzzle games, say, Tetrisphere, or Banjo-Kazooie, or Mario, but not Mario party. I'm also interested in Monkey Ball. No first person shooters though. )

* if you are reading this, it isn't you. Seriously, I don't think ze has an lj.
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belated b'day gathering [Mar. 30th, 2008|11:22 am]
What with eldest's birthday being so close to mine, and difficulties finding a suitable time for zer birthday gathering, plus too many things conflicting, and then other time-consuming commitments draining my energy, I have so far failed to have a birthday celebration that involves more than my family. And given that it is the Oriental year of the Rodent, and being as I am one of said Rodents, I really wanted to have a gathering.

Thus, this coming Saturday (being the 5th of April) there will be a gathering, starting at 3pm. Intent is to start with board games, and then some kind of dinner (people are welcome to bring contributions for a potluck meal, or we can get pizza), and then socialising in to the evening.

I will also have a box or two of books that are looking for new homes (other people welcome to bring books to swap as well - I'll take anything left at the end of the evening to the Save the Children Fund book people on Monday morning).

If you need the address, let me know, and I'll see about getting it to you. Please don't feel shy - I'd be very surprised if there are people who read this lj on a regular basis who would not be welcome!
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