Jan. 4th, 2014 10:16 am
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With the aid of some 20-10s. Read more... )

I had a poke through my LARP kit, and was pleased to find that actually, I have a decent amount of generi-kit, and already own most of what I need for next character (the plan is to go to the Wolves, so warm, norse-looking things). A while longer in veils and harem pants yet, though.

Doing productive things to podcasts is fun. Loving Critjuice at the minute. I think if my current game drank like that every time we crit-failed something, we'd all have liver failure by now.
wood_elf: (miranda)
Watched the first Hunger Games (DVD) finally. Liked. Outrageous hairstyles/fashion in particular, this is too often overlooked for future settings - most of the time we're either in jumpsuits or smooth 60s-looking silvery things. Also enjoyed the trippy whirly camera-work at points. Watched half last night and the rest this morning while having a break from cleaning.

I'm going to have to get round to the books at some point - too many interesting things hinted at that I bet are covered in more detail there. I think I still prefer Battle Royale as my favourite 'teenagers fight a state sponsored death match' media - too much protagonist favouritism and bending the rules of the game here. Katniss is likeable, though.


Dec. 1st, 2013 02:22 pm
wood_elf: (death by tight lacing)

16 knitted owls in my life. They all have white button eyes, apart from one little guy on the back, who has horrifying red eyes. Cute garment subverted...


Nov. 26th, 2013 09:21 am
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Not at work today - despite very careful calculations of holiday I ended up with one day left.


[x] Level 90 on the warlock attained
[x] Yarn for mum's Christmas present acquired
[ ] Owls sweater finished
[x] Tea jars purchased
[x] Living room cleaned and tidied

[x] Grandmother visited
[x] State of pre-Wednesday relaxation and well-being attained

Bonus achievements

[x] Gin festival ticket purchased
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is going to be pretty sweet.

At work Mon and Tues, only. Going to be off then until the following Tues - had a bit of unspent annual leave that needed to be used before December. I'm using it to make a trip to Oxford to visit the brother-thing in his habitat. We have various plans, music and culture and nice places to eat. Don't plan to travel til Friday, so have Weds/Thurs as slothing time. Weds, likely to introduce dad to HDM for lunch, after (hopefully) getting a rare lie-in after games night.

This weekend has been pretty pleasant also - Thor 2 on Sat night - awesome - and hanging out with the gentleman-friend-person, and making the house nice. Some WoW also. In Pandaland now, just cleared lvl 86, greatly enjoying the NPCs, the Jade Forest questlines and the enhanced sense of being the hero of the story. Also, thanks Lorewalker Cho for this suckerpunch )


Nov. 2nd, 2013 10:12 am
wood_elf: (zombie me 2011)
I've been setting up bills, ordering a bit of stuff online etc and I was giving some thought to my name and salutation. Currently going by Mrs Jen Husbandssurname on most correspondence.

Being separated (rather than divorced) is a kind of weird in-between status without any real guidelines about what you are supposed to do, and I'll be there for a while as we're waiting the two years rather than getting an expensive quicky divorce. Other women in my wider social circle who are in the same situation mostly reverted to their maiden names fairly soon after the event. This is understandable, if the marriage ended in hostile/unpleasant circumstances and you want to distance yourself from the other person and cut ties.

I have no particular desire to do that. Our break-up, while sad, was pretty amicable. My married name has kind of become my name through use and choice, and I haven't been asked to stop using it or give it back. It goes with my first name, is short and to the point, and is pleasingly anonymous - there are ten others with my name in the work email directory, one even in my department. This is appealing for various reasons, even if I do get copied into other people's messages occasionally.

It would feel very strange to go back to my pre-married name - not because I don't like it - I do and am proud to be part of the family I'm from - but it relates to a previous me, who was a lot younger and lacking in life experiences. It's also the name I was known by at school, in that no-one used my first name as I was a teacher's daughter and our surnames were the same and this was funneee! to repeatedly shout out when you're 13 and stupid. I feel that by taking on the name I'd revert to the person. Don't know if this would actually happen, but the possibility is enough to put me off. So I think I'll stay a for now. Choosing an entirely new surname, perhaps after the divorce, is a possibility too.

As to titles, I don't get along with Ms. Fond of the idea of a salutation for women that doesn't sort them by marital status, my mum used it instead of Mrs until she became Dr., but it just doesn't sound right to my ear. I'm kind of a traditionalist with language, and unless someone can come up with an alternative that is both nice in the mouth and doesn't draw attention to itself, I'll stick with Mrs. I like Mrs, although it feels a little fraudulent now, in a way that the surname doesn't. Not quite sure why.

It must be nice being a man and not having to think about this kind of thing.


Oct. 27th, 2013 04:11 pm
wood_elf: (nemo)
Today I discovered Unfuck your habitat - sound housekeeping strategies that do not judge the lazy. After some application of these techniques, house is now mostly bright and sparkly, I can access my cookbook shelf and floor lamp switch without gymnastic straining, and I even found my ukulele under some of the clutter.

Doing domestic things feels cosy, possibly as there's a huge storm coming and the wind is already starting to pick up - wanting to skitter around house a lot and make it comfortable and pleasing. Made some sloe gin earlier in the week, using sloes picked during a trip to Shropshire earlier in the month - they don't seem common around here. Also cooked (stew) and knitted (sweater). Dramatic bad weather used to be more exciting before I had to worry about things like if my buildings insurance covers me for my roof falling off, or odds of being blown away trying to get to work. (this could happen. I work next door to this thing and its well known effect of funneling high winds)

Also - went LARP kit shopping yesterday at the LARP Awareness Party in Leeds, and came away with a modest haul:

- Surgeon's toolkit, fully LARP safe and with a horribly sadistic looking hook that will solely be used for healing purposes
- Custom order for some openwork leather bracers - the custom is to make them womansized - to tie my spell cards to
- Spray for latex weapon care
- pleasing beads of unknown substance, the seller thinks coconut shell. Going to incorporate them into my kit.

It was a pretty impressive event, lots of traders, talks and stalls - don't know how much awareness of LARP was raised as I'd imagine most of the people there are already LARPers, but friend (in full kit) definitely got a number of admiring looks on our way out.


Oct. 25th, 2013 10:10 pm
wood_elf: (nun duel)
Will be public from now, I think. Or at least, mostly public. Seems a little pointless blogging behind a friends-lock, unless discussing something especially juicy.

Previous entries will stay locked and I'll probably continue on the same sorts of topics.

Better journalling ahead!
wood_elf: (ulida)
Finally seen it. Good, Bad, Ugly )

Four stars. Will probably get watched again while it's on at the cinema.


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