Go Mum!

Mar. 2nd, 2019 10:58 pm
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Mum was shopping at Aldi today and happened to run into the same very unattractive and unprepossessing middle-aged bloke several times on the way through. On the third occasion he asked her quite seriously if she was trying to pick him up.

Mum said, 'Good heavens, no. I've got enough troubles,' and walked off.


Jan. 15th, 2019 10:36 pm
venetia_sassy: (SH // Gladstone oh no! dead dog?)
I love apples, especially Fujis from the farmers market, but I'm not a big fan of cooked apple in general (my apologies to apple pie fans.) Sometimes though, we'll get apples that aren't very interesting or forget a few in the fridge and what do we do with them? Occasionally Mum would make applesauce and just … no, thank you.

However, I have now discovered two recipes that will make those leftover apples vastly more interesting and have considerably improved my opinion of cooked apple.

Danish apple cake

I have made this multiple times and it is excellent. Only apple cake I've ever liked. Simple, fruit studded cakes are a good way to jazz up disappointing fruit.

And a savoury recipe just tried tonight:

Nature's Candy

Well, it's diced sweet potato and apple with cinnamon and dried basil, roasted. Nature's candy? Not sure about that but it was very good and went well with the lamb ribs. Recommended!
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A CERTAIN SOMEBODY has figured out how to delicately push open the low screen blocking the archway into the living room.

A CERTAIN SOMEBODY has been found on his favourite sofa when he was not meant to be in that room.

First time Mum thought she must not have closed the screen properly last time she was in there (and greyhounds can eel their way through remarkably narrow spaces.*) But this morning, who was on the sofa again but that handsome brindle hound, Mr Nosey! And we know the screen was shut last night! And he did it again today!

Cheeky bugger. But he knows we're on to him so let's see what he tries next.

*Unless they're like Miss Shadow and flatly refuse to deal with narrow spaces, leaving us perplexed (especially when our cattle dog would see any slightly open door as an invitation and barge on through.) It took time, training and help from The Boyo but she improved greatly. She also disliked going under things or having her tail touched. When we saw some footage of greyhounds being loaded into starting boxes we went "... oh. She must had some training." I also came across a thread on a rescue greys forum and discovered that a lot of rescues hate half-open doors and gates and dislike anything touching their backsides. She still prefers doors to be more than half-open - but she'll she follow Mr Nosey through a narrower gap! She hasn't tried for the living room yet ..
venetia_sassy: (101 Dalmatians // happy puppies!)
Storm, some rain, a cool breeze, and the temperature had dropped after days of 40+C. I'll take this blessed cool as an auspicious start to the new year and not think about the weather forecast!

As it happens, I'm planning to see Florence + The Machine on Australia Day. I'll take storms over another heatwave!

Happy New Year!

Wheee ...

Dec. 26th, 2018 11:24 pm
venetia_sassy: (101 Dalmatians // happy puppies!)
Veuve Clicquot is a superb champagne. I knew the risks of drinking but damned if I wasn't going to try some. And I managed most of a small glass over the afternoon (most alcohol I've had in years) before the intolerance symptoms kicked in - shaky, exhausted, had to lie down, but no immediate piercing headache?

Slept the rest of the day, may have oncoming migraine but it's been a long few days so I expected that.

Veuve Clicquot. My, my. I highly recommend it.
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Peregrine Mountain tea and croissants with boysenberry jam to start the day, a sip of champagne at a friend's place, and Christmas meal of:

Cider Roasted Turkey Breast

Sweet Potato Gratin

Green Bean Bacon Bundles

My first time cooking turkey and it went very well! Mum was amazed at how juicy it was.

Followed up eventually by Mango & Brandy pudding (not homemade!) with ice cream. But we waited until we'd hooked up our new portable air conditioner and it had cooled things down a bit. Not strictly a Christmas present but very good timing given the 40+C temps ahead.

It's been a lovely restful day, even with all the cooking. Small children are descending tomorrow, hopefully they'll still be worn out from today.

XMas Day Bonus: We've been inflicting reindeer antlers on the greyhounds at every market this month (they're so good about it and people love it.) Today, we just put their bandannas on - but we stuck the cat with a sequinned bowtie for an hour. He looked terribly smart.

Hoping you all had wonderful, restful (or busy, if you like!) days as well.

venetia_sassy: (101 Dalmatians // happy puppies!)
It was at least 45C today. NOT OKAY. I gave up after a few hours when the words of my book stopped making sense and just lay on my bed with a damp towel draped over me. A couple of hours later Mum came in and said, 'Get up, there's a breeze outside! A cool breeze!' And there was and there is and it's wonderful but it's still going to be 40something tomorrow and I have a migraine from the heat and I've run out of the miraculous Zomig, having taken the last one last night.

It was almost that hot yesterday but we escaped for a few hours into an air-conditioned cinema to see The Last Jedi (after a solid fifteen minutes of ads followed by only two trailers. But one was Black Panther so that was good.) We enjoyed it a lot. There were a lot of funny moments to leaven a story that showed the cost of resistance, that not all heroes agree and not everything works out. And I can understand how that would piss people off but it is the middle film of the trilogy and if you have everything work out, what's left?

(I did my best to avoid spoilers but I picked up that were strong and differing opinions and lot of people pissed about Luke.)

Random mildly spoilery thoughts as I think of them(probably won't make sense unless you've seen the film) )
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Day 3

In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create.

A friend recently hooked me up with Netflix and I watched both seasons of Stranger Things in three days. I love The Party, Winona Ryder is fantastic, Jonathan/Nancy/Steve is my OT3 and I laughed myself silly over babysitter!Steve at the end of S2. He was having a very bad day.

the heart its own rough animal (21644 words) by trepan
Chapters: 9/9
Fandom: Stranger Things (TV 2016), His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Jonathan Byers/Steve Harrington/Nancy Wheeler, Joyce Byers/Jim "Chief" Hopper, the babies don't have relationships they are too busy fighting monsters
Characters: Eleven (Stranger Things), Mike Wheeler, Dustin Henderson, Lucas Sinclair, Jonathan Byers, Nancy Wheeler, Will Byers, Steve Harrington, Joyce Byers, Jim "Chief" Hopper, Benny Hammond
Additional Tags: Period-Typical Homophobia, Canon-Typical Violence, Alternate Universe

The three boys are her age. 11 used to imagine other children, after 10 and 9 went away. For a moment, she thinks she dreamed them, but they all have daemons on their shoulders, pointy ones with glossy black all over their small bodies. Children don’t have daemons.

“Where’s her daemon,” says one of the boys urgently. “Guys, she doesn’t have one.”

(A His Dark Materials AU)

His Dark Materials!fusion with a gutpunch ending.

our most brilliant friends (1544 words) by GhostGrantaire
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Stranger Things (TV 2016)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dustin Henderson & Max
Characters: Dustin Henderson, Max (Stranger Things)
Additional Tags: Friendship, Ice Cream

“How does that not bother you?” Max suddenly blurted out loudly. Dustin looked up at her in surprise.

“The ice cream?” He asked slowly, confused.

Max huffed, burying her spoon back in the vanilla sundae, which was starting to melt together with the chocolate syrup and maraschino cherries, the banana buried underneath. “The names.”

Fierce, angry Max and very awesome Dustin. Because he is awesome.

i never wanted trouble (but i sure got enough) (1644 words) by QueenWithABeeThrone
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Stranger Things (TV 2016)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: implied Jonathan Byers/Nancy Wheeler/Steve Harrington
Characters: Steve Harrington, Jonathan Byers, Nancy Wheeler, Dustin Henderson, Will Byers, Eleven (Stranger Things), Max Mayfield, Lucas Sinclair, Mike Wheeler
Additional Tags: Pre-OT3, Road Trip, Road Trip from Hell, Attempt at Humor, Crack, steve is tired let him rest

“Eyes on the road!” screams Mike.

“Our parents will kill you if you crash this car!” yells Lucas.

or: what happens when you cram six kids and three teenagers into a stolen van and put them on the road to stopping the apocalypse. again.

I laughed myself stupid reading this. The voices were PERFECT.

stranger things than polyamory (3545 words) by trepan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Stranger Things (TV 2016)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Jonathan Byers/Steve Harrington/Nancy Wheeler
Characters: Jonathan Byers, Steve Harrington, Nancy Wheeler
Additional Tags: Past Character Death, Polyamory

Somebody spray-paints NANCY WHEELER HAS TWO BOYFRIENDS on a wall she walks by on her way back from school in May. There are a couple of other students watching her as she passes. Nancy gives the sign a long look, then smirks at them politely.

OT3 get together from three POVs. And they're happy.

A Heart Like Hers (7665 words) by EvieSmallwood
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Stranger Things (TV 2016)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Jonathan Byers/Steve Harrington/Nancy Wheeler
Characters: Steve Harrington, Nancy Wheeler, Jonathan Byers, Mike Wheeler, Jim "Chief" Hopper
Additional Tags: ot3: monster hunters, features aspiring deputy steve

Nancy Wheeler, the perfect poster child, is in love with two boys.

Nancy-centric OT3 fic. They're all trying to figure things out.

The Hawkins Three (15742 words) by Nonymos
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Stranger Things (TV 2016)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jonathan Byers/Steve Harrington/Nancy Wheeler, Steve Harrington & Dustin Henderson, Steve Harrington & Will Byers
Characters: Steve Harrington, Nancy Wheeler, Jonathan Byers, Dustin Henderson, Joyce Byers, Will Byers, Eleven (Stranger Things), Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair, Max (Stranger Things)
Additional Tags: Post Season 2, OT3, Gayer Things, everyone needs so much therapy, 80s trauma victims make do, steve lives in denial, jonathan has an inferiority complex, nancy’s tired of all the bullshit, some casual homophobic slurs, lots of teens and pre-teens figuring their shit out, babysitter steve activate!, Dungeons & Dragons, the byers boys need hugs, Angst and Fluff, Hurt/Comfort, Polyamory, the answer to every love triangle

It's two weeks after the Snow Ball, Nancy's officially with Jonathan, and Steve is trying to move forward. If only he wasn't on a path that keeps circling back to the both of them.

Steve-centric and worth it just for sheer hilarity of his conversations with Dustin.

Steve’s jaw drops. “Are you giving me relationship advice?”

“Low blow, Harrington,” Dustin says, swerving his front wheel threateningly. “Look. I may be just a little tadpole in the great mysterious pond of romance, but I do know this: when people don’t talk to each other, good people end up eaten. Or worse.”
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Day 2

In your own space, share a favorite memory about fandom: the first time you got into fandom, the last time a fanwork touched your heart, crazy times with fellow fans (whether on-line or off-line), a lovely comment you’ve received or have left for someone.

First time I met fellow fans - Fall Out Boy show in Melbourne for their reunion tour. Computer glitch meant I missed a ticket for Sydney but shinetheway had an extra for Melbourne, another fan offered to host me and other fangirls and it was a terrific show (fun by yourself but better with friends) and a really fantastic experience. Everyone was so damn happy to be there!

Blessedly cool weather today. The dogs got a long walk - almost too long for Miss Shadow who was dragging her feet by the end. Had a long chat with friend Kitt, trying to organise a girl's day around the oncoming heat, while being diverted by all our usual conversational topics plus her newly crawling daughter faceplanting into her leg, twice.

Did some exercises, started a new book about Marco Polo, got interested, remembered it was due back at the library tomorrow, cursed, checked, not due until next week (yay!) made dinner, tossed some things, watched What We Do in the Shadows. Hilarious NZ vampire mockumentary directed by and starring Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement. Waititi directed Thor: Ragnorok which I missed in cinemas and I'm even more annoyed about that now. He's hilarious in this. And I just watched Moana in which Clement voices Tamatoa the crab. I kept imagining Vladislav busting out with "SHINY!!!"

Good day, although we were supposed to meet a pony today. That may take a while now.
venetia_sassy: (MCR // Best smiles!)
Fandom Snowflake Challenge banner 2018

Day 1
In your own space, talk about why you're participating in Snowflake and, if you’ve participated in the past, how the challenge has affected you. What drew you to it? What did you take away from it? What do you hope to accomplish this year? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I've participated in Snowflake on and off since the beginning but since it comes at one of the most exhausting times of the year for me (post-holidays, revolting summer heat) I've never participated as much as I'd like to. But I like seeing the fannish enthusiasm across fandoms and the challenges are always interesting. I'd like to get back to posting here and see some fannish activity away from Tumblr.

I often start January feeling better than expected, make grand plans for the new year then the heat gets even worse and all those lovely plans collapse around me. You think I'd learn. Little victories. I did some exercises today, tossed a few things, made dinner, tried a new hairstyle (Quick and Easy Braided Updo) that worked very well for the first try, and finished reading The Girl with All The Gifts by M.R. Carey. I'm not usually into zombie novels but I was reading Mira Grant's Newsflesh trilogy since the library didn't have the book of hers I was looking for and I absolutely loved it (cried all over the first book) and that led me to Carey. Creepier and bleaker but fascinating.
venetia_sassy: (Images // puppies! With Santa hats!)

Very greyhound! First Christmas with ours, they just stared at us like we were nuts but the lure of the living room rug was too great so they settled down, watched closely until our actions were deemed weird but harmless then they napped. As greyhounds do.
venetia_sassy: (Images // puppies! With Santa hats!)
A fleeting appearance before I melt away in the heat ...

I have Christmas cards, I think there's still time to post, who would like one?

Comments are screened or my email is venetia@iprimus.com.au
venetia_sassy: (MCR // Best smiles!)
Lazy, exhausted post-Christmas days combines with ridiculously sticky internet has resulted in me saving myself the frustration and just reading books. But I must say Happy New Year to you all! May 2016 be happy, healthy, stress-free (or at least low-stress) with good reading and good friends, cute animals and cooperative internet!

venetia_sassy: (Images // puppies! With Santa hats!)
Quiet day, good day. No migraine but I was very sleepy for a few hours due to the medication hangover. Woke up enough to make dinner fortunately!

Croissants for breakfast with the usual boysenberry jam plus some violet flower jam that I saw in the deli and was quite fascinated by. Mum put a jar in my stocking. *g* I prefer the boysenberry for croissants but I think the violet would be excellent on scones.

Went to Roz's place for a cup of tea and exchange of gifts, happiness all around.

Came home, started the duck, then we sat down for presents with a cup of tea and some Lafayette Gingerbread (which Mum says is the best gingerbread she's ever tasted so that's rather nice.) Had an alarming moment when Mum tried to reach over the sofa arm for a present and ended up sliding off the sofa, onto some presents and into the tree. Amazingly, she was fine, the presents were fine (one gift bag a bit smushed) and the tree was a bit mussed and dropped some ornaments but otherwise fine. She said there was just nothing to catch herself on - except the tree and that would have gone well.

So we took a minute and had some gingerbread before opening presents. We basically exchanged books, DVDs, CDs, clothes and earrings which amused me. The hounds had their Christmas bandanas but I don't know if those counted as presents for them ... so they have some 'iced' Christmas tree biscuits which seem to be going down very well.

The duck took four hours to cook, flipping every hour, so I spent intervals between cooking duties reading bits of my two new books (Bill Bryson and Nalini Singh.) Dinner was Festive Duck with Apple Cider Drizzle (but cooked the slow way), Mini Herbed Pommes Anna, and Orange Roasted Broccolini. Dessert was Mango and Brandy Christmas Pudding. No, I didn't make it. I don't usually like Christmas pudding but we tried a sample of this and it was delicious.

Mum's in bed, I'm about to go; we'll be seeing Brother and family tomorrow for lunch. Good food, good people, nice presents, lots of doggy cuddles, no migraine. Good Christmas.

Merry Christmas!!!

Last of the carols ...

An Aussie tradition.

And again, for fun ...

venetia_sassy: (Images // puppies! With Santa hats!)
After spending the better part of two days feeling weak and feeble, I did manage to get some Christmas baking and wrapping done last night. Did multiple loads of washing today, had Christmas Eve dinner with cousin Dee, have a bit more prep to do and hope I stave off the migraine.

Oh crap, I have to make my bed. The only downside to clean sheets!

venetia_sassy: (Images // tea)
The internet has been sticky since the rain started. I eventually gave up on it yesterday.

I just wrote quite a long rambling post about today and yesterday and baking and Christmas and rain and dogs ... and somehow deleted the whole fucking thing.
venetia_sassy: (MCR // Best smiles!)
Before I forget again, thank you for the cards, [personal profile] littlerhymes and [personal profile] turlough!

The cat was napping under the Christmas tree - acceptable and adorable, he does it every year. But for the first time he thought he might use the tree as a scratching post. There were some alarming wobbles before we dissuaded him. You would not have enjoyed the aftermath, cat.

Stayed hot until about 2p.m. to day. Then it was quite pleasant for about an hour - until the rain started. It hasn't stopped yet! Better than bushfires.

Had a CAT scan of my sinuses today. Fastest scan I've ever had; apparently the technology's improved (for mammograms too. Mum says there's less painful squishing which is good to hear since I should start having those soon.) Last CAT scan I had took about 20 minutes or more, not 2 minutes. I'm a little vague about that whole experience since I'd just started on Topamax for my ghastly possibly-migraines and I was zonked for the first week or so. But I remember lying in the machine listening to the various clunks, clicks and whirs and starting to hear rhythms in them and just as I felt I was about to recognise one it would break off and start over or a different one would start. I could have sworn one of them sounded like the live intro to an MCR song but I couldn't get hold of it for long enough.

... yeah, I was pretty out of it, although my brain tends to do that sort of thing anyway.

Spot of mildly successful Christmas shopping (so many shinies I wanted ...), present wrapping tonight, need to bake something, last Christmas market tomorrow. Hope it's not pouring!


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