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Hi everyone!
The longer I don't post, the harder it is!

2012 so far has been a bit of a shocker, what with the sad loss of Zizou, which I'm still not really getting over. I miss his wee face around the house all the time, and every time I put my key in the door coming home I expect to see him.

Also, it turns out that living in a city where an earthquake WAS (actually still a few rumbles but nothing hideous for a while) is almost worse than a city where an earthquake IS. They're slowly knocking down a. all the heritage buildings, and b. all the multi-storey buildings that remain (there's a ruin on every street corner) also a few old trees that are a bit precarious. The central government has taken over the rebuild (actually nothing's really been rebuilt yet, we're still knocking down and talking). The central city is like a wasteland. There are a few buildings left but it's very hard to know where you are/would have been in the city of the past.

Also the university has decided to close my department (again!) and so I've been pretty busy trying to defend it (again!) - some of you may remember this almost happening in 2008 - that time we won but this time I'm not so sure. OH WELL, LIFE WILL GO ON. Yesterday was the last day for submissions, so we'll see. Around the department everyone was looking pale and drawn and exhausted. I'm not sure what will happen next. I was actually a bit shy about posting about this, because one disestablishment could be bad luck but twice seems careless (or that somehow we're actually crap, which I don't think we are). Management really don't like us, I think partly because we're outspoken and opinionated, but that is what I thought academics were supposed to be (the critic and conscience of society, etc). Ay. Very disheartening.

2012 has been a bit of a bitch, so far.

I had a nice letter today saying that a funding application that I put in was successful, so the intellectually-disabled theatre company that I produce for will live another year. So today I'm feeling a little less cursed, and found my way back here. I miss you all. I actually miss MYSELF - I feel like I'm old and serious and sad and boring instead of interesting and alive. But I'm pretty sure that's only tiredness speaking.

What I'm doing this evening is downloading the latest two eps of Supernatural. I will read some fic, I think. I may watch the new Muppet Movie again, aha, it reminds me of how I felt when I used to watch the Muppet Show as a kid. I had the Muppet Show Album and the illustrated book. I can sing all the verses of "Lydia the Tattooed Lady", for example, and at times I to this day rhyme "encyclopedia" with "Lydia".

Anyway, I'll try and be around more and not just crash in for "woe is me" updates, as that is TIRESOME of me.

How are you?

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the radio silence, life is insanely stressful and stupid. I am however quite all right. I'm sitting down tonight with chicken stir-fried with ginger, garlic and prunes - I don't know if that sounds nice or not, I just threw in all the things, but it tastes pretty good - and spinach salad. I actually think there might be some alcohol involved at some point. I don't drink a lot but there's some Cointreau in the cupboard for cooking reasons, that sounds like a recipe for disaster but I am GOING THERE.

There may or may not be an episode of Supernatural at some point. Things I've also been enjoying lately have been "Uncharted 3" the PS3 game (EPIC for the gameplay and the bromance), also Tom Hardy in his several cinematic achievements. I'm currently writing one or two bits and pieces, while work is just going crazy. I'm getting to be an expert at writing funding applications. Some are even successful! But there's a certain satisfaction in writing a great budget and back-up materials and doing it properly even if it's unsuccessful, if you know you did it okay. Kind of like writing a fic which no one really reads, but you personally like very much.

Much love to you all. I'll try and be around more but can't guarantee as life is really just shocking on some level in its busy-ness. I get to the point where something interesting happens and I think "hm I should post about this" but then I just don't. So I will try to. You are all in my thoughts OFTEN.

Mar. 9th, 2012

Ugh just got massively spoiled for SPN from the front page of LJ. DON'T LOOK THERE. I was so ENRAGED. Expletives were heard.

Anyway I came on in the midst of busy work day to tell you this story which is very cheering-upping about my work-colleague Jan.

On Friday, Jan and Bob her husband went to the Supermarket. They park the car outside and run in for a few items of groceries, leaving Walnut, their corgi, in the car, as it is a cool day and he's a well-behaved sort. Anyway, when they come out, the car is GONE. In its place is a mobile home which has rear-ended the car, pushing it out of its carpark, and crumpled the entire back end of it. Walnut is fine, not even a little bit perturbed. It turns out that the distressed drivers of said mobile home have arrived in the country (from Dublin) not two hours before. They're insured etc, but don't quite have the handling of the motorhome sorted yet, it seems. TThe police come, and are very rude to the Dublin mobile-home drivers "treating them like criminals" (to quote Jan) (as you or I might think was actually quite appropriate). Jan is horrified that the visitors might think all New Zealanders are this horrible, surmises that they won't be able to make their proposed destination (Lake Tekapo) this evening, and INVITES THEM TO COME AND STAY AT HER PLACE. SHE MAKES THEM DINNER, AND BREAKFAST in the morning, and then sends them on their happy way off to the Lakes. After they trashed her car.

She is the kindest nicest person. She has been taking great care of me the last couple of weeks when I have been so sad, and I just think she is amazing. I said to her "I would have said, WTF IDIOTS, and she said, no you wouldn't, you would have done what I did" but I must honestly say I think I would not have. But next time I will try to be that nice, because it really made me feel nice about human kindness and decency.

Feb. 29th, 2012

Hi everyone
Thank you all so much for your comments and messages about Zizou. It really meant a tremendous lot to me. I'm coping okay (but the house is very empty) but in a bit of a quiet phase, so I'll reply later.
I really appreciate the love and support, it makes this bearable. I'm missing him terribly and remembering all the lovely things he did, and I was lucky to have him. I just wish I had him for longer.

Love to you all.

Feb. 26th, 2012

Hi everyone

On Wednesday evening, Zizou my dear cat had a terrible attack of not being able to breathe, and convulsed and started to turn blue in his mouth, and we rushed him to the emergency vets and just made it there in time. Since then he's been at his usual vet. X-rays showed a mass in his neck which had affected his breathing, so we put him on lots of drugs for pain and to clear the fluid that had gathered in his lungs. He improved a little bit, but the vet recommended a scan of his heart. Yesterday this showed that his heart was very bad: he had a thickened ventricle and also a clot there that could have dislodged at any time, causing another attack, or paralysis. This may have been a congenital problem made worse by his other issues, or the stress from the earthquakes, or a number of causes. The sonographer said there was really no course of treatment that could be expected to work given his other problems. He was in cardiac failure, basically, and his heart could not pump the blood around his body.

Because of this, and because of how much distress he was in, and sure to remain in, I made the decision to euthanize. The vet gave him an injection while he was nestled on my knee, and he slipped away. We buried him in my mum's garden.

I've gone on and on here about what a wonderful cat he was. He was truly one of the loves of my life and everyone who knew him was delighted by his affectionate, intelligent, grouchy, beautiful personality. I don't know what I'm going to do without him.

Anyway, I thought I should let you all know.

Happy New 2012!

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!

Holidays have been going beautifully. We have had a STACK of earthquake aftershocks (six over 4.0 in a one hour period from about 5am on Jan 2nd!) but nothing (TOUCH WOOD) too damaging after the first biggish one on 23 December. A bit frightening in some cases, but again, nothing that we aren't that used to! I spent time with family, and we had some sterling weather over Christmas. It feels good to put last year behind us!

This is me swimming in the Ashley river. I like it because it looks like I have no legs. This is two days after Christmas! There are some benefits to summer!Christmas...

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I have no New Years resolutions at this time. I think the biggest thing I learned last year was that the best laid plans of mice and men can go remarkably astray in the blink of an eye (I think there's some more mixed metaphors I can fit into there, let me see...). So I'm just going to try and be good and be accepting of the things that the universe gently tosses my way. Or throws, hard, on occasion!

I hope this year will be a happy and satisfying one for us all. Lots of love to you ALL.

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Dec. 25th, 2011

Title: and indeed there will be time
Author: gretazreta
Pairing: Sam/Dean
Rating: R
Word count: ~8,000
Summary: Sam and Dean take a break from hunting, settling in a seaside town in Maine. Dean fixes cars; Sam gets a gig as an agony-aunt on the radio, and all things considered, life should be simpler. It isn't.
Notes: Written for akintay, who wanted Sam and Dean taking a break from hunting, and h/c, for spn_j2_xmas. Merry Christmas! I hope you enjoy the story (it's a bit of a mash-up of some of your great prompts). Sorry for the last minute posting (things have been a bit dramatic in RL). I hope you get it in time for Christmas where you are! Thanks to the mods for all your hard work towards a super challenge. Title from T.S.Eliot.

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Earthquakes again

Some big aftershocks today (again) and house trashed (again) and all safe (again). Internet access likely a bit patchy but we still have power so might be okay. Ack! Love and holiday wishes to you all :-)

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