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I'm trying National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this year, and I'll probably be posting it on here for lack of a better place to store things. However, it'll definitely not be public. So! If you want to read it, and you have a livejournal account, comment here.
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9:08 Brittany: http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/kitchen/dea2/?cpg=140H
9:08 Alex: hahaha
9:08 Alex: thats AWESOME
9:09 Brittany: :D
9:09 Brittany: I would never have an occasion to use it, but still...
9:10 Alex: ya when was the last time i used a pizza cutter...
9:11 Brittany: We should have a pizza making party :P
9:12 Alex: just so u can get a enterprise pizza cutter?
9:12 Brittany: ...nooo... <.<
9:14 Brittany: It's also fun and you get to put on whatever toppings you like :)
9:29 Alex: ya im usually pretty boring with my toppings tho
9:31 Brittany: Really? even if you had free rein to do whatever you wanted?
9:32 Brittany: You could do like... a baked potato pizza!
9:32 Alex: omg
9:32 Alex: that could be amazing
9:33 Brittany: I know! with bacon bits and dip the slices in a little sour cream...
9:33 Alex: would u put potato on the pizza :-O
9:34 Brittany: Yes!
9:34 Brittany: but maybe in little chunks
9:35 Alex: or like mash potatos and use it as the spread XD
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10:52 Alex: i hav an amazing idea
10:52 Brittany: Yeah?
10:52 Alex: taco pizza
10:52 Brittany: :O
10:52 Brittany: wait wait wait
10:52 Brittany: FAJITA PIZZA
10:52 Brittany: FAJIZZA
10:52 Alex: :-O
10:52 Alex: HAHAHAHAHAHA
10:52 Alex: omg this needs to be done XD
10:53 Brittany: Totally!
10:53 Alex: omg with onion and a refried bean base
10:53 Brittany: :O
10:53 Alex: :-O
10:53 Alex: i think this is the greatest idea anyone has ever had
10:53 Brittany: Man I want a fajizza now
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I signed up for the 5K Run Melbourne racething this weekend. I've been running off and on a couple of times a week for a few months now with a few of my coworkers, which has been really good. Mostly fairly short runs, around the Tan (along with the jog from work about 4.4K), or down the Yarra and around across the Anderson Street footbridge and back (about 4.5K). A month and a bit ago I got sick and things got busier at work and it was a few weeks before we all started again.

So last week we went just that little bit further around the Yarra to Punt Road and back, and for the first time in years I did more than a 5K run. ...Barely. By my estimation on "Google Map Pedometer" it's about 5.2K. Huzzah! I can't believe I used to do that like five days a week back in cross country. Today the other two girls bailed on me, so for a change I decided I'd just go again myself. I'm usually horrible at getting up the motivation if no one is going with me, and will be far more likely to just stop and walk. But I surprised myself by running it in the same (if embarrassingly slow) time as when I was running with other people.

Anyway, at least I'm confident I can run the whole race I signed up for! It's listed as a "run/walk" so I guess no harm if I couldn't, but still. Kinda nice to know. Now I just need to get faster. And maybe more stamina and strength while I'm at it. :P I've gotten far better times on a 5k run when I was doing the PT course with Killer Hill on it, and the Yarra river run is just about flat as anything.

In short: Dang I'm out of shape. But working on it!
Current Mood:
chipper chipper
Current Music:
Westfall - Okkervil River
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This morning, at about 7am, I was feeling very lost. And not in the metaphorical sense.

A couple of my workmates and I decided to get together for breakfast before work, which always makes a great start to the day. And while I don't often scooter in to work (uuuggghh traffic) I decided that if I'm leaving at 6:45, traffic shouldn't be an issue. So I draaaggged myself out of bed after the alarm went off the third time, and thought to myself, "Hey, last time I looked it up, Google Maps suggested a different route to get to work, via Kings Way, instead of my normal route. I think I'll try that this morning while there aren't many people on the road."

It all went peachy until step 7. Turn right at Sturt St, when I sat a little grouchy at the red right-turn arrow for a cycle of the lights before realising there was a little blinking "No Right Turn" sign above it. Whoops. Gee, thanks Google Maps.

So suddenly instead of going straight to work, I'm now on a City Bypass, which is not where I want to be at all (I would like to not be bypassing it, please!), and then I'm in the city on Flinders Street, and I can't turn right to get back over the Yarra river or make a U-turn anywhere, and Flinders Lane is one-way the wrong way I'd like to have gone, and oh goodness no I am not going to try a hook turn at this point. I'm starting to seriously think about pulling over to a sidewalk somewhere and then just walking my scooter across on the crosswalk... and then finally I'm going back across a bridge to the side of the Yarra I'd really rather be on, about half an hour later than I'd meant to be.


I had eggs benedict this morning, and a latte. It was delicious.
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Things I saw today on my walk through the city:

- A man playing a harmonica and a resonator guitar across his lap
- A teacher's union strike
- A man walk up to a garbage can, pick up one of the cigarette butts resting on the edge and smoke it
- A piano sitting on the sidewalk, and a man playing it
- A guitar made of a piece of wood with holes in it

Edit: Here are a couple of pictures.

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I thought about it a lot, and looked at safety statistics, and used vehicle websites, and my income level/savings/travel fund, and I wavered back and forth really much more than I should have, and then I made a decision.

So! I now own a Vespa.

I am ridiculously excited about this.

I don't have any pictures of my own but it looks like this. It's a used 2006 model that I got for a rather good price. 125cc, which is one step up from the smallest one you can get, 50cc, and means it can do 80km/h (~50mph) but not really more than that.

And my helmet? It has flowers.* Yes, flowers.

I've also got the rest of the gear - with armor for the joints, leather gloves, and kevlar in the bum and other critical areas. And a nice bright yellow L for my Vespa's bum to show the world I'm on my learner permit. :) I'm still working on the most critical part, though. Which is, of course, a name (suggestions so far have included Vinnie, Tony, Bella, Putters and Squiggles).

Anyway, so that's news! And I have even more news! Tomorrow I get to use my "swim with the dolphins" gift certificate that my mom and sister gave me for Christmas. Thank you both so much! I'm planning on getting a disposable underwater camera so I'll have to see how that turns out. I have hopes for the weather, too - the weatherman has been going back and forth every day I check saying first, "warm" then "rainy" then "clear and mild" then "late showers" so I'll just have to see, I guess.

And yet more! Just about a week ago talk started (I say this because I'm not entirely sure who started it) about planning a trip to southeast Asia for late July. So I asked if I could get a couple of weeks off, and I'm planning on going with Joel and three of our friends through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, which sounds amazingly cool. Angkor Wat just looks stunning. In fact, I just now got word from the last person who was had to make sure they could take two weeks off work, so it looks like it's a go! We just need to find flights - once we've got that locked in and don't have to worry about prices going up I'll breathe a little easier.



*They had it in pink (a rather tasteful pink even) but I decided against it. A little too girly for me.
Current Mood:
excited excited
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Have you ever had some sort of computer problem, so you go online to look up the error message, and you get all excited because in the summary for the Google link it sounds exactly like your problem, but then you are disappointed when you click on it because it's just someone else with the same problem posting on a forum, and no one has an answer for them either?

So I just went searching for the answer to a problem... and found my own forum post.

That's just... so very sad.

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Since getting my Kindle for my birthday (Thank you, Dad!!) I've been reading a lot more. I think the bonus of being able to pick up another 'book' that I have loaded on it right away, even if I'm on the train or elsewhere that I wouldn't have another physical book with me, definitely balances out the occasional times (twice, so far) that I've let the battery run out.

I've read about 10 books on it so far, and what I've really enjoyed are Project Gutenberg's out-of-copyright-and-therefore-free ebooks. When I first got the Kindle, I went to freekindlebooks.org (just conversions of Project Gutenberg books in a format for the Kindle), and downloaded anything that looked remotely interesting. Since then I've ploughed through Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, The Time Machine, David Copperfield, and I'm most of the way through Wuthering Heights. That's among more recent, paid-for books.

In non-book news though, I am spending Christmas here in Australia again this year, and yet again it's very weird to have it be 33C out (~91F) and Christmas not even a week away! Then again, compared to the snow in Washington... hm... maybe a hot Christmas isn't so bad. ;)
Current Mood:
excited excited
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Copied from evilprodigy

Instructions: Bold if you've read, italicize if you tried to read, strikethrough if you hated, asterisk if you loved. [changing this to "underline if you loved" 'cause I think it's easier to see that way]

1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
3. Dune by Frank Herbert
4. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
5. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
6. Neuromancer by William Gibson
7. Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
9. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
10. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
11. The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
13. The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
14. Children of the Atom by Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight by James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
17. Dangerous Visions edited by Harlan Ellison
18. Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison
19. The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
20. Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
22. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever by Stephen R. Donaldson
24. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
25. Gateway by Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
28. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
30. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
31. Little, Big by John Crowley
32. Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
33. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
34. Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement
35. More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man by Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach by Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
39. Ringworld by Larry Niven
40. Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
42. Slaughterhouse-5 by Kurt Vonnegut
43. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
44. Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
45. The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
46. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
47. Stormbringer by Michael Moorcock
48. The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
49. Timescape by Gregory Benford
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer


I'd really like to read The Left Hand of Darkness sometime.
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So I've read through a number of books recently. Thanks to my sister, Jan, and zwol for the recs. The Historian, a historical/travel/vampire novel, which was surprisingly engrossing, though if I were to read it through a second time I would pay closer attention to all of the interesting places that the main character goes through on her quest for the ending of the story.

About A Boy and A Long Way Down both by Nick Hornby, were really interesting... though the last left me feeling decidedly ... something at the end of it, but I'm not exactly sure what it was. I think I liked the former better, though I feel a little bad for that, because it feels like I should like the more thought-provoking book over the fun one. But that's alright.

There was The Last Wish, which honestly I only bought because it was translated from Polish and I figured since they went through the effort of translating it it had to be worth something. And this may be unrelated but the video game The Witcher was based off of it. Might be why it got translated... I'm not sure which came first. Anyway! It was actually pretty good, the main character wasn't all that interesting but it was a new twist on re-imagined fairy tales, so I liked it.

And then there's The Eyre Affair, which I put off reading for a while because it sounded kind of dry and literary. Turns out it's somewhat literary... but mostly it was just a frolic through an alternate universe Britain which reminded me of a cross between a Douglas Adam universe and Alfred Bester's. I highly recommend Alfred Bester, by the way.

And that is it for now! I think I may start reading The Control of Nature after the success of The Eyre Affair (thanks zwol, sorry for doubting your taste!).

After that, I think I will need more recommendations!
Current Music:
Prince Charming, by Adam and the Ants
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