Hmmm.... I have not written anything for a while. This is because I have absolutely no idea what to write. I suspect I am going to become more and more sporadic over time, as the maunderings of random book-reading home-owners with cats and no money to attend festival films can be found in many locations throughout the internet and don't particularly need adding to by my own contribution. Having said that, now I've started, I'll keep going. Seeing as I'm here. Therefore, in no particular order:
- I haven't gone to any films in the film festival. I think this is mostly because the library is free and films cost $14? each, so by the time I've gone to a few it adds up. So in order to not have to attempt to discriminate between the films available, I've decided the easiest way to decide is to not see anything, with consequent inadvertent spurning of friends who sent me their list of choices. So far the only part I feel bad about is the friend spurning, rather than the film missing. I'm currently deciding whether to up my monthly donation to amnesty international in honour of not going to the film festival. (I got a letter in the mail about sponsoring a guide dog puppy, so am also considering doing that) I did get some cool books out of the library, which I'd rather relax to than going to a film. I have a beginner's guide to oil, which rather than being a peak-oil tome is an overview of geology and uses, a book about tea and the role it played in the history of the British Empire, and some other stuff. None of which I've started yet because I'm (skim) reading the Da Vinci Code, which is rather long for what it is, I wish the author had cut the explanations down. Not sure I really needed a four page flashback in order to explain the concept of phi.
- To cover everything else in the 'book-reading home-owners with cats' statement, firstly the cat - who now recognises the brand name 'oh so fishy' as meaning she's going to get some of that tasty fish stuff, which makes feel bad because I've inadvertently introduced our cat to the world of marketing - is doing all those things that cats usually do such as sleeping on beds in a duvet-stealing fashion, and losing platypus soft toys. Secondly the house - it still has four walls, a roof and a number of rooms, none of which has been renovated in any way, shape or form, and some of which are toasty warm in winter when the sun shines. The roof doesn't leak, although the shower door does, though less than it did now it has 3M plastic sticky notes on it. Who knew that shower doors came in a variety of non-standard models, and it would be so hard to get a strip of plastic to go along the bottom of one? The gutter no longer leaks. The garden is what could only be described as a mess, and hopefully will feel less Sisyphean over time. But then I'm no old lady, so it's never going to look fabbo. As long as it grows food at some point, it will be good. Since moving in I have deaded a number of potted plants, and am now going with a 'minimalist' approach to foliage in the house, though may attempt basil again in September.
- Woodwork course starts on Monday, currently deciding whether to make a planter box or an ottoman. Think I will go for the planter box. Should be fun! I have not undertaken any creative endeavours lately, unless reading counts as a creative endeavour. I have taken a break from Improv after May, which was quite full-on, and I wasn't even heavily involved! The joy of community organisations is that they can take a lot of time, as I found when I did the accounts for one. Work takes a lot of time too (even though it doesn't need as much as it takes), and things that take time have a general tendency to be incompatible unless you force them to be. My previous endeavours into the world of trying to do too much in not enough time appeared to lead to pneumonia. However, anything I have to say on this subject pales in comparison with the lack of time and sleep deprivation that pre-schoolers appear to invoke. I admire parents and have no idea how they cope. The idea of being a mum still seems quite terrifying. I suspect that parents should not attempt to read the Da Vinci Code.
- I have not spent much time on the internet lately due to lack of a home computer that isn't having WoW played on it on a semi-regular basis. I don't have anything interesting to link to, although I did like Simon's cat as linked to by Bekitty. If you haven't seen it, you really should. If you go to You Tube and put in Simon's cat as the keyword, you'll get three videos to choose from, which I'm not linking to because I can't be bothered putting in three links. Lazy me. I also haven't watched a whole lot of TV series downloaded from the internet, and am therefore not reviewing anything.
- the world happens. Alan Bollard lowered the OCR. The oil price dropped. There's a storm predicted to hit Auckland and Northland this weekend. Hydro lakes are higher than they were at the start of this month. Global dairy price inflation appears to have slowed dramatically. Politics happened somewhere. Some people commented on it.