Birthday party with my friends was awesome! Family’s coming tomorrow. Very tired now. Bed!
Eva, especially for you!
Overview of the burns, they’re not that big, the top one is the biggest and its about a cm at the longest.
The smaller pics below, the top one shows the biggest burn, on my arm (ignore the stripe, it’s an impression my sweater made). It’s a bit bubbly, and feels funny 😀
The middle one has the dual burns on my arm, just two small spots.
The bottom one shows the burn on my hand, second biggest in size, about 7mm or so 😀
I’m grateful that Monkey’s leg is okay, it could have gone totally the other way.
I’m happy Nienke’s back to Warcraft 😀
I was annoyed at the rainy and cold weather this week. It’s not autumn yet, give me more sunshine!
I learned oil spatter can burn your arm in a nice spot pattern.
I had a dream last night/this morning, about elephants 😀
September 5, 2010
I was in my house, standing at the window looking outside at the communal field of grass it’s built around. But it wasn’t the field it’s located at in real life, instead it was the field that was before my maternal Grandmother’s house when she still lived in the same town as I do now.
I knew we had a circus in town for a few days, even though there were no signs or anything nearby. Suddenly two or three elephants appeared and started running around the field. People present, outside and in their houses, started panicking, and there was screaming and running around. I wasn’t afraid, just very fascinated, and I turned away from the window to go get Nienke to come and see.
When I returned, for some reason without Nienke, one of the elephants was sitting down in the middle of the field, under a tree. The tree was the tree that is there in real life, but it’s position was different, as the field was still my Grandmother’s. Around the elephant were a bunch of kids, playing with and around it. The kids all seemed to have come from the nearest history book as they were all dressed in late 19th/early 20th century outfits. They were also playing old school games like jump rope, throwing an old leather ball, hopscotch (although that can’t have been easy on grass…) and playing with old wooden dolls.
I watched this for a while before I slowly woke up.
I have this entry on my 101 list to post reviews of stuff I read and see and such at least once every two months. I already occasionally review the books I read. But since I can’t be arsed to review everything in single, bigger posts, I figured I just do smaller Reviews. Probably not really worthy of that name, but screw that 😀
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (movie)
The story is pretty basic: guy who has no idea of his powers has to learn to control those powers (with lots of errors and funny situations) and save the world. It turned out to be a very fun movie, Nicholas Cage and Jay Baruchel play very nicely off of each other. It is quite obviously a Disney movie, and not just because it has the Mickey Mouse as Sorcerer’s Apprentice short re-made in live action in it (although that was hilarious to watch). It just has that goody-goody feel.
I enjoyed the relationships between the various characters, both on the evil side (Horvath and his apprentice) as well as the good side (Balthasar and Dave, Dave and Becky). The sets were awesome, especially Balthasar’s shop and Dave’s lab basement. And I like how the Geeky guy gets the girl without him having to de-Geek. Ending wise, I’m anticipating a sequel here if it does well, the movie had that kind of ending where a sequel makes perfect sense.
Granny’s (cafe / lunch room)
Went out for coffee with Gert, and let him pick the place where we went since he lives in the city and knows the best spots 😀 So, he suggested Granny’s as it was something we’d not been. I had to work afterward so I did specify it had to be a place that did lunch dishes too. According to Gert, this was also the case.
Granny’s is located across the A-church, and it being an inner city thing, has the characteristic rectangular shape of small buildings. It looks good, albeit slightly crowded due to the shape. Seating is split over two levels, ground floor and basement. It’s mostly single tables with chairs, but there’s a bench along a bigger table on both floors.
On the menu was mostly various kinds of apple pie (since it specialises in that), but it did indeed have a nice variety of sandwiches. Unfortunately for me, none of those tickled my fancy since all of them had something on it I don’t like, either at all, or not very much. So I went with a nice slice of lemon apple pie, with a warm vanilla sauce and chocolate coffee. The taste of all of it was very good, I enjoyed it. I found the prices to be on the high side though. The coffee was €4,25, so I’d expect a big glass, but I found it only slightly larger than a regular coffeecup. I get that what with the chocolate and stuff it’ll be more expensive than regular coffee, but I’d find €3,50 a more than reasonable price for it. The cake was a good sized slice, and the vanilla sauce very handily came in a separate little jug.
Went out for pizza and ice cream with Eva and Nienke. While we were out, and afterwards back at Nien’s place for tea, we discussed crafts. Eva’s very much into fabrics right now, notably felt, and is making hangers, and bags and puppets and stuff. I’ve not been very crafty lately, but felt attracts me a lot (and the work I see from Eva & Signe fires the drive) and in my head I’m sketching out the big ass painting that I want to create. One corner has been figured out, but since it’s so big (about 0,75m by 1m canvas) I want it figured out fully before I put paint to canvas.
This led to asking Nienke what she has in terms of craft supplies, which turned out to be mostly things for drawing. Eva then mentioned that she’d like to paint, but is never satisfied. I always find that working on a canvas, as opposed to just paper, makes it more ‘real’. I’m better able to quit and say it is done, instead of just going and going and finally tossing it away because it sucks. We talked about differences between acrylic paint and oils and then decided we’d like to paint together sometime soon. Totally inspired I got a call just after I’d left for my parents again (I’m spending the weekend there) when I had to work on Sunday. Unfortunately it’s 4 hours in the middle of the day, so not easily combined with painting. We postponed for a later day.
I feel invigorated now, I want to create! *buzzes off*
I’m grateful it didn’t rain yesterday. My parents had a great time at the Agricultural Day at Verhildersum Museum Estate, and Nienke’s Birthday BBQ approved of the dry weather as well 😀
I’m happy Monkey is so close lately. I think he missed me when I was away last weekend. He’s letting me pet and hold him much more, and is seeking my company (and lap) of his own accord more as well. He’s on my lap as I type this <3
I’m angry with my WordPress. After returning to this site, and updating WP to the newest version, updating pages stopped functioning. And later posting pages stopped working, and now I’m even having trouble posting blog posts. Didn’t find a lot of info on the net, but what there is, is pointing to security issues and .htaccess file edits. So I first had to scour through my hosting provider’s FAQ to figure out 1) if I already had one somewhere (I couldn’t find it in the directory structure) and/or 2) how to edit and where to put it (since hosting provider is not using the standard public_html folder for the site but has named it differently. I think I got it now, we’ll see if this posts, then I probably got it 😀
I learned that draping a string of fake ivy across the top of my window looks neat.
Nienke had her Birthday BBQ yesterday. Much fun was had by all 😀
Got to talk more with a (now ex-)colleague of mine last night, she’s emigrating to Australia end of this month, or early next to live and work on a replica 17th century Dutch East-indies Ship, the Duyfken. It was very cool to hear about her plans and the ship and all that.
Today I’m hanging about, doing nothing much. Enjoying a day in which I don’t “have to…” anything. Of course I can think of plenty of things that should be done, and I will, in all likelihood do some of it, but for the most part I’m being lazy. I woke up relatively early around 9, and then lounged about with the laptop for an hour or two. Playing games, reading GMail and GReader, arguing with WordPress (grrrr), general browsing. Then Nienke came barging in if I wanted to help finish of the last bit of cake, it was a strawberry cake, and I <3 strawberries so I could not resist 😀
Then, some more games, and now I’m writing this and contemplating whether to shower now or tonight, what I should eat and which of the things that should be done will actually be done (dishes probably, I might, just might, also pick up the vacuum).
Right, ate some cheese for now. Nienke mentioned leftover meat last night, so I don’t think I’ll have to worry about dinner 😀 Showering tonight so will just barge about in my pj’s, nice and comfy (ignoring the holes in the armpits of the t-shirt…) 😛
Now to decide what else to do today, just internet gets boring. Playing some WoW tonight, if I wanna make my 101 goal of leveling Yathra to 80 before Cataclysm I need to put some more hours in her, she’s just 31 now. Weather’s not nice enough for sitting outside, the sun is there, but there’s a rough wind. I might remain with the pc, but then continue with the Castlefest photo’s and things like that, that need editing and sorting and posting and whatnot.
I’m grateful for books, for they make everything better.
I’m happy it’s almost Castlefest, I am soooo looking forward to going!
I’ve been annoyed with myself this week. Looking ahead is all good and well, but I tend to look too far ahead, and stay there with my head, instead of coming back to focus on the here and now. And sometimes the here and now suffers because of it.
I learned (sorry Ingrid! 😀 ) that Ingrid’s bed and my back/hips don’t get along very well.
Gah! Can the heat stop one of these days?? I don’t mind summer, really, I quite like it, but the oppressive heat we’ve been having, no. *sighs*
Even with the storms of the last two or so days the heat won’t piss off 🙁
Bought a planter for my strawberries, they’re outgrowing the secondary pot I put them in after the nursery greenhouse. Filled it up with soil, now just need to transplant them. Might do that tomorrow morning if I’m up early enough (need to work in the afternoon) and the weather is cooperative.
Talked with Nienke about friendship tonight, how it developed and why it did so the way it did. Not just between her and me, but also the others from our little core group that goes back to high school. We concluded we’re all a bit weird and outside the box and that’s why we mesh so well.
Lately I keep thinking about owning a house. In itself this is nothing new, I do this regularly, in fact, I have a whole folder system on the computer with inspirational images from various interior blogs and websites (like apartment therapy for example), sorted on room. I’ve got colour schemes for the various rooms picked out and furniture placement ideas. You name it, I probably thought of it 😀
Except that now the thinking isn’t just making castles in the air, for a ‘later’ that is so far away it might never come. It’s getting more real, more realistic. Where the folder system is for a Big house with four bedrooms and an office and a library and nooks and crannies, my recent thoughts go towards a house that is a more realistic follow up to my current abode. Two bedrooms instead of the one I have now. A living room/kitchen big enough that I can place a proper dining table to sit at. A top floor that is reachable by regular stairs instead of a fold-down one. A garden that is actually mine, and more private than the current semi-shared space. And the thoughts are more towards owning a house, as opposed to renting. And I’m now actually considering what it would take to get to that point.
I know I most likely won’t be able to buy a house in the next few years, as getting a mortgage is not easy to get approved when you don’t have a solid contract. Add to that my in all likelihood continued singleness. Without another person with a solid job it’s even harder. So this dream will have to remain a dream for now, but I guess the thought process itself is a definite sign of yet another step in the process of growing up.