nanila: fulla starz (lolcat: science)
( Mar. 18th, 2014 09:59 pm)
I felt the urge to rewrite my introduction so I thought I’d use it as a starting point for a Subscription Meme, as I haven’t seen one going around for a while.

I’ve made a template, which I’ve filled out very wordily below. Please feel free to adapt it to your wishes, and please link this post wherever you like. (Please participate or share? I'm going to feel very sad if this entry sits here alone with 0 comments...)

Subscription Meme template:
<b>People in this journal</b>
<b>About my job</b>
<b>Some random facts</b>
<b>Things I like to do</b>
<b>Social media usage</b>
<b>>Subscriptions, access and commenting</b>
<b>What I’d like to get from my participation here</b>

My responses! )
As I was away all weekend, I didn’t get a chance to post this on Friday, or indeed, Sunday, as I normally do. It is in fact closer to next week’s FF than it was to last week’s. Taking lateness to new and dizzying heights, wahey!

  1. Do you make up a dinner plan for the coming week?
    Sometimes. It depends on how busy we are. We usually do a shop at the weekend to prep for the week but more often than we’d like, it involves at least one pizza night, one “yes, you can eat PB&Js in front of the television” night and one “cannot be arsed to cook, TO THE CHIPPY!” night.

  2. Do you make up a shopping list and stick to it when shopping?
    Yes. I have problems concentrating in supermarkets. I’m not sure why. I’ve tried to do the “once up and down every aisle” technique that works for the bloke, but it does not work for me, and I end up getting distracted trying to work out whether a “deal” is actually a savings on a per-unit basis or not, or deciding if I would like to try a new flavour of herb tea, or mourning the out-of-stock status of the kriek lambic, or just pondering my shoes because it is all too much. Lists help me to focus.

  3. What is one thing that you always buy, but never put down on a list?
    If it’s not on the list, it does not get bought. Even if it’s milk or bread or something I literally buy every week.

  4. Is there anything that you always think you are out of and come home with it to discover you already have a year’s supply on hand?
    The 17 tins of tomatoes in our pantry speak for themselves.

  5. Do you get your groceries delivered?
    The occasions on which I have groceries delivered are (1) When the bloke is going to be away for at least five days and (2) Special occasions, like the bloke’s birthday last weekend when I ordered a vast quantity of cheese and wine for our trip to Wales. Otherwise, not on a regular basis, no.
As you may have gathered from yesterday's post, I'm not a fan of Valentine's Day. However, as a regular donor to the Abortion Support Network, who help women to access safe, legal abortion from Ireland and Northern Ireland, I couldn't ignore their appeal to help establish branches in Malta and Gibraltar, where abortion is (functionally) totally illegal. I have donated to the campaign here; please consider doing so if you are able to as well. If you can't donate, please consider my donation to have been given on your behalf as well. ♥ ♥ ♥
A) Fuck Valentine's day

B) Donald Trump is a fucking racist wanker

C) Sense8 is awesome
nanila: Will not be surviving the zombie apocalypse (me: braaains)
( Feb. 13th, 2019 10:18 pm)
[ profile] hamsterwoman choose three of my icons for me to explain.

“OMG iz fulla stars.” The problem with responding to this meme is that the last time I added an icon which wasn’t a Pokémon commission was probably about five years ago. I saw this somewhere and asked if I could use it. It’s for me “I’m going to write about geeky (space) science things” posts.

“If an opinion is worth having, it is worth having in capslock in public.” Once again, I’m pretty sure I got this off the [community profile] capslock_dreamwidth community. Possibly from [personal profile] azurelunatic? I DON’T KNOW. But the sentiment stands. I don’t ALL CAPS often but when I do, I MEAN IT.

“Will not survive the zombie apocalypse.” Ooh, now this one I think is particularly cool, and I don’t use it enough. A few years ago when I went to San Diego, I visited with My Mate Josh. One of the things Josh does as part of his living is operate an MRI scanner. You know, for SCIENCE. He asked if I wanted to have my brain scanned. Which, HELL YES I want my brain scanned, tyvm. So he scanned my brain, and then he did some fun visualisation with the data, and voila: I now have an icon featuring a view through the top of my skull into my brain. My brain appears in all respects to be physically healthy, at least, so clearly I will make a delicious dinner when the zombie apocalypse does finally strike.

I know the tradition is to continue the cycle of icon explainery by asking if others want me to choose three of theirs. However, I am already behind on comment replies and I do not see that getting better until the middle of next week at the earliest, so I ask forgiveness for taking without giving back in this instance.
nanila: YAY (me: abby)
( Feb. 12th, 2019 09:18 pm)
Today I bought a box of Quality Street chocolates on my way in to the office because I felt like I needed to share chocolate with my officemates to get through the day. I was delighted to discover that we all have different favourites. I am now convinced that this is a foolproof test of how well a team will get on with one another. Here are their preferences, with code names that actually suit them frighteningly well.

Christopher Robin - Toffee finger
Tigger - Orange Creme
Eeyore - Toffee Deluxe
Owl - Coconut Eclair
Kanga - Strawberry Delight
Me* - The Purple One
[Other team's Tigger - Caramel Swirl]
[Other team’s Owl - Fudge]

* An internet survey tells me I’m Pooh. I don't buy it.
  1. What size (twin, full, etc.) is your bed?
    King. We replaced our ancient double bloke-at-university-era bed with a very expensive John Lewis version when I discovered I was pregnant with Keiki, because I refused point-blank to carry another child to term on that mattress.

  2. How many pillows do you sleep with?
    I use one pillow and the bloke uses one pillow. We each have an additional chunky memory-foam pillow that we use when reading in bed.

  3. Do you have a weighted blanket? If so, does it help you?
    Er, I had to look this up. I have never used a weighted blanket and since I rarely suffer from insomnia, I probably wouldn't benefit from one.

  4. Do you sleep with any stuffed animals?
    Only the ones our children bring with them when they sneak into bed with us.

  5. Do you have to have the TV on to go to sleep?
    No, although we often listen to BBC Radio 4 comedy programmes (News Quiz, The Now Show, John Finnemore creations, Old Harry's Game) when it's time for lights out.
I had the peculiar experience of being patronised by someone whom I'm guessing was about half my age today.

After I went to the gym, I popped into the associated overpriced coffee franchise to grab some lunch to eat at my desk, because I had forgotten to make my lunch the previous evening.

I brought my items to the till and then remembered I'd forgotten my phone at home as well that morning, so I didn't have my loyalty app thingie.

The person behind the till rang up my items. "Excuse me, sorry, but I forgot my phone. If I get a receipt, can I claim my points later?"

Cashier, whose face had suddenly gone anime-eyed: "Awwww, you're American! Yes, of course you can, my darling."

Me, flustered: "Oh, okay, thank you."

*pause whilst I paid and cashier printed receipt*

Cashier, in a sing-song voice and with a gesture that looked as though it might end with a pat on the head: "Here you go, sweetheart."

Me: "Um, er, thank you?"

And then I ran out of there before she could offer me a lolly, as long as I promised to be a good girl for Mummy for the rest of the day.
Too close
...a little too close to the lens, and not desperately pleased about it.
Poll #21257 Choices
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 60

A couple of years ago, you made a poorly-informed decision. It becomes clear that your choice is going to have dire consequences for you and everyone around you. However, you've been handed a golden opportunity to roll back the clock and reverse the decision unilaterally, effectively resetting to the point you were at before you made that decision. All you have to do is admit your mistake. What do you do?

Own up to the mistake and avert the dire consequences.
57 (95.0%)

Adamantly refuse to acknowledge you have any option other than to carry on and subject yourself and everyone else to the dire consequences.
3 (5.0%)

I received a message from LJ a couple of days ago, as it seems they’ve jumped on the #10yearschallenge bandwagon. It linked me to an entry I wrote back when the bloke and I were living in Cambridge in the years BC (before children).

“The Tragic Case of the [personal profile] nanila who wasn’t French”: DW / LJ

This is one of those entries which made me so glad I keep a journal, as I have no memory of the event otherwise, and it was quite sweet even though it involved me being heavily patronised, particularly by Mama.