March 30th, 2011

Rainbow || Rainbow northern lights.

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First of all, you all are the best and most supportive people (and cheerleaders) ever. You all made me 'yay!' over and over and over again. Thank you!

Printing the coloured pages in my dissertation was quite a quest. I hobbled around campus with the two copies of my dissertation in my hands and my cane under my arm, looking quite the loon. Had just enough money in the library.

Wanted something to protect my babies. Roberts offered his bag, but I have seen the disastrous things that can happen to papers unprotected in a rucksack, especially that of an engineering student... I thought I would further my quest for a plastic bag to slip them into before confining them to his bag. I saw an old printer paper box in the library that wasn't being used for recycling (thus empty) and snagged it; put the lid on it for protection and everything.

"You could just put it in the lid," Roberts commented, noticing the tall stature of the box. "And it could rain," I responded, "so I won't take any chances."

Guess what? It rained. I thanked the universe for Uni Reading's inability to clean up after itself and for boxes with tops.

There was a dog by the lake. Cute dog, I noticed, before I realised 'aaaah dirty dirty wet dog!' I just imagined a happy lil' pup trotting on up to me, all sniffs and 'smiles', and then that slow-motion shaking... I high-tailed it through the gate with Roberts.

Then we almost got run over by a car around the tricky corner. We hurried to buy alcohol (I wanted to treat him to something for saving me money on printing and generally being so helpful/supportive) and I cradled the box with me the whole time. ("You're really not going to let go of that box, are you?" Roberts remarked, grinning. "My preciousssssss" was the only plausible response.) I also purchased 'cool chock mint' vodka mix because it is a pale green; I later told John N. (in a state of tipsy-with-decreased-stress) that it reminded me of leprechauns after a run-in with a blender. (My brain is a terrible place.)

I was very careful not to get run over by any cyclists (though Roberts nearly was as soon as I mentioned it). Roberts told me I'd end up scooped up by a pterodactyl at that rate. I decided that, ecologically speaking, the novelty of that might be worth the dissertation...but it was a close call. I made it home and it was beautiful.

My 58 x 2 pages of work that represent more than 100 pages of background work. Mine! Miiiine. Until tomorrow, when I will bring it on campus, have it bound, hand it in and be free of the dratted thing! ...for a while, at least.

Today I faffed about: finished watching the Battlestar Galactica 'pilot' and first episode again; finished reading through the GoldenLake Rosethorn/Lark stories (possible rec post in the future) and relaxed. Drank the vodka mix + mint Baileys + milk and it was deliciouuuuus. And Laura Roslin is incredibly attractive; mmmm strong older women nummy. (I wish I could blame any of this on drinking, but I really can't - this is pure up tired Kiwish glee-joy.)

Tomorrow is an early day but that is okaaaaay because hopefully I will be back by noon and able to nap without guilt, just lounging around my sofa-bed admiring the less-stressed state of my mind. It doesn't even matter that I will wake up going 'there is no way this is the state of my room!' and that I will be thrown back into the depths of my to do list.

I am so close to the other side of freedom!

And now it is night-night time for a very tired, incredibly childlike Kiwi. I am patting myself on the head and purring. Hmm. Oh, and snuggling my teddy bear.

Now I am putting a lid on myself and going to bed! Night night, all! Sweet dreams! Here is my exclamation pointitis for you! ♥


"The bluebird sings a lullaby; the firefly gives a light; the twinkling stars are candles bright; sleep, Faeries all, Good Night."
[Elizabeth T. Dillingham; "A Faery Song"]
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Rainbow || Rainbow northern lights.

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From a few hours ago (LJ it makes me sad when you don't work):

I am about to drift off for my nap.

There are two magpies perched on the telly receptor on my roof.

I do not tell a lie.

I'm all snuggled into bed and staring up at them through my 'sunlight' window.

I've never seen magpies there, only a fat pigeon. My heart is singing.

One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a girl
Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret, never to be told
Eight for a wish
Nine for a kiss
Ten for a bird you must not miss


"No longer forward nor behind I look in hope and fear; but grateful take the good I find, the best of now and here."
[John G. Whittier]
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Rainbow || Rainbow northern lights.

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Three LJ annoyances of the day:

  • 1) Whole site being down when I wanted to post a yayful magpie post before my nap. However, you are a popular website, websites have their problems and you are generally consistent, so I forgive you.
  • 2) You have (hopefully temporarily) eaten some of my icons. Normally I would go with the forgiveness of #1, but you're messing with my pretties here and I miss them, so forgiveness will be tough...
  • 3) You have to get a paid account for a community if you want to be notified when people comment in journal entries, which means having to 'track' each one separately. Now I know you have to make money, LJ, but for me this is pushing it. I already have a paid account and paid icons and it's all renewed every year. I really don't want to have to pay membership for a community just to have easy access to comment notification! Growls.

And regarding a previous LJ annoyance for many people: are those of you who weren't getting notifications now getting them?

Because I wanted to mention this a while ago but kept forgetting: I ran a test to see if I am getting all notifications (having LJ send notifications to my LJ inbox) and found that I am and have been consistently. I use GMail - I think GMail does not have the problem some other email clients are. Perhaps if you are entirely fed up with not getting notifications, you should sign up for a GMail account, even if you only use it for a while?

I *think* it's free and easy to sign up these days - it wasn't when I first picked one up when GMail started; I had to get an invite. If invites are still required, I think I have a good number of them and would be willing to hand them out. Beyond receiving LJ notifications, GMail is generally a great client IMHO - it's incredibly user-friendly, searchable and customisable. It can also have email sent in from other clients if you provide the address and password, I think - and I believe it can reply from there too if you don't want to give away your new email address (although I'm not positive if I've got that right; I never used the feature). And it has very fun backgrounds. :Þ That is my spiel complete!

In conclusion: yay on you, GMail, and boo hiss boo for the day and money-making schemes, Livejournal!


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[Lord Byron]
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