Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My Website is Back and I Need a Tardis....

My website is back up and running! Hurrah for Dr Wicked and his Mad Scientist Web Skills! It's no fun being sightless in this world, I was lost and adrift in a sea of, well, no web site.

Anyway, Missed you!

I think I twittered this, but never blogged it. I bought the Bengals, Venus and Mim anyway, Little Coats, for going outside. (they were only ones I thought I had a chance of getting into the things with out having to go to hospital for stitches) There is a special Hell for people who buy their cats Little Coats, but they really like going out, and I didn't want them to be cold.

Sadly, Venus's was way too small. Mim's is kind of too small. Must get new ones. Hint: If you decide to go this route, get the ones with Velcro, not the kind that needs putting the kittie INTO. This will make your life much easier. Venus, was NOT amused. (might have been that her coat was pink, with fake fur too..)

Here's another Tweeted but not blogged shot of my Still un-named Horsie. He is wearing a SirCinch. (what is this, Animal Fashion show tonight??) Haven't been riding in this below zero horribleness, but will be in the morning.(Meant to be 25 ABOVE zero tomorrow. That's 35 degrees WARMER than this morning.)

I'll leave you with this, because it made me laugh. I am loving the new Dr Who. So far the Rose episodes are the best, but I like both Doctors, couldn't say which I like better, at this point.. Saw the Runaway Bride episode last night, oh, what other ones, names...The one where Sarah Jane came back. Blink was lovely with the statues. Christmas Invasion, Girl in the Fireplace. I am sure there's more. Such a great show. Who knew? (Well, you all did. Now I do.)

(Not worried about spoilers here, I have to be the LAST person we all know to be seeing these)

Anyway, I love this whole Dr Who thing, and I need a Tardis. Not a REAL Tardis mind you, just a wee small one. To go in the Spooky House. I loved the way it flew around in last nights episode. I think I need one. To you know, kind of fly around in the Spooky House.

Anyone have an extra?

Love And Websites,


At 18:07 Blogger Phiala said...

Hey! I haven't seen most of them!

I'm slow that way.

I'm listening to Christmas music - intentionally - for the first time this year, and eating, I mean packing the holiday fruit&nut gift boxes.

At 18:17 Blogger fairbetty said...

Yay! You're back up! Hope you have fun riding tomorrow and looking forward to more fabulousness!

At 18:19 Blogger DataGoddess said...

Oh, IA is looking great!

Once you get all the way through Doctor Who, you need to watch Torchwood. Need. To.

At 18:24 Blogger vampi said...

gift boxes sound like fun.

the kitty coats are cute. i miss so much on twitter as i really only glance once in a while and catch what's on the screen at that time.

i also liked both doctors. different but both so...doctory.

as IA still has no name and you keep referring to him as the horse with no no mame... la la la la la la la la la la la la is my earworm for this post :D

At 18:31 Blogger Dan Guy said...

Looks like the blog title needs to be changed back. ^_^

At 18:33 Blogger mistressmousey said...

Welcome back!

So... how much does Mim hate her coat? Part of me is cringing that you put coats on your cats, but given the freezey weather I'd probably do the same.

At 18:41 Blogger Phiala said...

Our regular holiday present for family is a mix of fancy dried fruit and nuts from (too lazy for link, sorry). Everyone enjoys it, it's fun to put together, though you'd think that if I did it every year I could manage to do so BEFORE the last minute.

You'd be wrong.

The dog and the cat are snuggled up together on the couch. This is a first - apparently it only takes 9 years for them to become buddies.

At 18:47 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Yay! We have our Lorraine back! The Web was lonely without you.

Mim looks seriously pissed.

What's a SirCinch for?

At 18:51 Blogger vampi said...

i'm guessing sircinch is for gentlemen who like to look slimmer in the it looks like a smaller saddle that puts the pressure and straps at a stronger point on the horse shoulder. regular saddles go more around the belly, yes? IA is really rather beautiful.

At 19:06 Blogger Kristen said...

Lorraine, the coat is adorable! Also, the feral rescue kitten I got from Beth Hommel looks like your kitty. (Which is slightly odd. :D ) However, and I tweeted that you should get one for Maddy, but...if you really need one - Tardis Bank or, (I have this, it's awesome,) Tardis USB hub, and even, Tardis USB micro-fridge! I'm a Doctor Who addict, obviously. :)) I'm glad you're enjoying it. Yay Maddy! Keep warm in the Minnesota deep-freeze.

At 19:23 Blogger Jane said...

I agree with Toni - next stop Torchwood.

At 19:25 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Oh, how good it is to see you blogging again.
Mim really looks pissed...hehe.
Chantrelle...are you okay after that fall.

Toni is right. You MUST watch Torchwood.

At 19:49 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Mim actually is fine with the coat. When I get the leashes out, they don't care, just want OUT,

The SirCinch is for lunging, where the horse goes in a circle around you, and with this cinch, you can use 2 reins, helps him get his head down and in, and use his back and legs right.

He doesn't need to lose weight, needs to gain it still.

Just saw "The next Doctor" which I loved.

At 19:59 Blogger Ticia said...

Hello, all!

I'm glad you're back on the air waves, Q!

At 20:37 Blogger Dr Wicked said...

@danguy Thanks, on it :)

At 20:37 Blogger Jess said...

Hello Q! Hello website! Hello spooky, well-dressed managerie! Hello, fiends! Hello! \o/

Watch more Donna episodes! "Turn Left" and "Forest of the Dead" especially. Catherine Tate was a fantastic companion.

("Midnight" was my favorite of the last series. Very scary.)

Vampi, you are evil. Arrgh.

At 20:54 Blogger vampi said...


*cough* um, sorry.

I just have to be contrary, but while i enjoyed watching torchwood, i do not think it's required aside form the eye candy aspect. i think the stories were a bit muddled. there was some brilliant, but not as evident as in dr who.

At 21:06 Blogger Jane said...

Vampi, that was my impression when first watching Torchwood. I was expecting it to be more Dr Who-like and it wasn't. But it did grow on me and by the end was v glad I had watched it. And then there is the eye candy.

At 21:11 Blogger ariandalen said...

I'm surprised you didn't get booties for Venus and Mim to go with the coats. Granted, they probably wouldn't approve of such things.

At 21:17 Blogger AletaMay said...

Hurray for a working web site.

Fruit and Nut Gift Boxes sound great. I think I'll be giving IOUs for gifts this year!

I want a Tardis too! And a Sonic Screwdriver. Although right at this moment an orange juice and vodka Screwdriver sounds good too!

At 22:44 Blogger Laura B said...

Yay for the blog being back! And double yay for all of the Doctor Who? talk. I keep borrowing the DVDs from my little brother so that I can re-watch them. I like Torchwood, too, but I always seem to end up crying at half the episodes. I'd definitely take a Tardis any day, real, or, otherwise.

At 23:10 Blogger Thursday said...

You can get a tardis USB hub that lights up and makes the tardis noise on

At 00:18 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

I'm glad the site's back up! I've felt lost the past few days.

I am very tired of cleaning. And, Serious Black got outside. I think he's on the roof.

At 00:19 Blogger spacedlaw said...

SO nice to have you back and the wee beasties in your life!

I haven't seen any of them Dr. Who shows, so you aren't the last one!

Does sircinch has anything to do with a surcingle?

At 00:26 Blogger Na said...

Long live the blog! The Internest is not complete without it.

So Mim's not thinking here, "We are not amused" or "Get this off me @#%!^* now" or some such?

Dr. Who - w00t!

I want a TARDIS toy, too. Tho' the dragonette has said in no uncertain terms that we should have a real one.

At 01:33 Blogger Marjorie said...

Hurrah for Q's blog being back, and for Dr Who.

I think if I could only have Dr Who *or* Torchwood, I'd go for the Doctor, but I do like Torchwood too.

I was watching 'Turn Left', last night. One of my favourites. It took me a while to get used to Catherine Tate as companion, becuase she is a comedian and it took me a little while to get used to seeing her as a 'straight' character.

(She & Bernard Cribbens were panellists, and David Tennant host on a special of 'Nevermind the Buzzcocks' last night. Very funny.)

Na, dragonettes are right. A Real TARDIS would be the best

At 01:42 Blogger Marjorie said...

Did I tick the box?

At 02:56 Anonymous Lysandwr said...


Just finished my LAST final for the semester.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night :)

At least until grades are posted....

At 03:03 Blogger Dragonsally said...


At 04:14 Blogger Marjorie said...

Yay! Amanda Palmer & Jason Webley are coming back to the UK.

Boo :-( sodding LiveNation/TicketMaster mean that (compulsary) "processing" and "delivary" costs add 60% to the costs of the ticket. (Particulalrly narked that hte only option for tickets is 'signed for' delivery at a cost of over £5 when (a) I don't belive it iwill be sent 'signed for', none of the other tickets I've ever bought from them have been, (b)Tehy will only deliver to the credit card billing address (which means if it *is* signed for, I will have to schlep down to the post office to get it, as I am never in when the postman comes and (c) Royal Mail charges 75p + normal postage for 'signed for', i.e. total postage coast will be max. of £1.14,(less, assuming they frank their own mail) yet they are charging £5.75 for this ON TOP of their booking/processing charges.


(If any other UK fiend is interested in meetign up, I've booked for the Saturday 24th April show)

At 04:15 Blogger Marjorie said...

*Ahem* Rant over.

Lys, how nice to see you here! Yay for finishing Finals. How long do you have to wait for grades to be posted?

At 04:18 Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Thanks, DS :) Guess I missed most of the blog in absentia stress.... was worried at first when I couldn't find it. But luckily my mind was free to return to studying after Lorraine's Tweet led the way.

Having said that, kudos to the Dr. ("That's WICKED, not WHO....there's a DIFFERENCE you little wankers") and Danth for getting all straightened out.

Leaving it to the professionals--netwin!

At 04:18 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Amanda said she's coming here, but I couldn't see any Oz dates. *mopes*

I really should be in bed, but Die Hard is on, and I can't miss listening to Mr Rickman.

At 04:26 Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Marjorie! My sympathies (looks around for Vampi, who is no where in sight) --I have long disliked certain monolithic ticketing agencies for just such procedures.

I actually have most of my grades, and I know what one of the two not yet posted will be (unless said professor changes mind YET AGAIN :) )

But it was the math final tonight. Three hours of heck on earth (not quite as bad as hell, but NOT FUN) wrapped up at the end by "oh, if you've were having trouble with questions one and two, don't worry about them. They were printed incorrectly and have no solution."

The sort of thing one likes to hear *before* spending 45 minutes out of the 180 allotted on solving that which cannot be solved. hehehehe...

That said, I *think* I've at least passed the class...and it should be posted by Friday at the latest.

How's the weather over there, btw?

At 04:27 Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Oooooh!! The Talented Mr. Rickman!!

At 04:30 Blogger Dragonsally said...

along with Boss, one of those voices that just makes me dream....

At 04:34 Blogger Marjorie said...

Yes, I did look, but the venue doesn't sell tickets directly...

Sal, more dates coming soon, - looks as though there is amonth between NZ & London, maybe that's your chance?

I wonder whether there will be any other UK dates, too - I decided to book London on the basis that Neither Jason Webley nor AFP came to Bristol last time.

Lys, you'd think someone would've proof read the paper so they could warn you at the stat, not 45 minutes in - did they at least allow extra time for those who needed it?

Fingers crossed you did OK.

At 04:37 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Oh god, now we've flipped over to Graham Norton...Bill Bailey, Stephen Fry amd Annie Lennox.....

At 04:42 Anonymous Lysandwr said...

You'd think that, Marjorie. But no. I think the only reason he mentioned it, was that there were five or six of us left as the clock was ticking off the final minutes....showing NO evidence of wrapping it up and leaving. The other 30-odd students having wisely written those questions off, no doubt.

So he probably just wanted to get us up and out of there, so that *he* could go home (and grade, to his credit.)

And it worked, sorta. The exam room emptied a whole ten minutes earlier. As you say, imagine if he'd mentioned it at the start--or even at the two hour mark! :) Oh well.

So...someone convince Jason Webley of the lovely weather and gorgeous skies we've been having down here in New Mexico. I know LOTs of places that would no doubt be delighted to have him appear there!

At 04:45 Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Darn you, DS!! I mentally salivated at that lineup. But NO...we are at the BBC World News over and over and over again time slot. You enjoy, though :)

Must be bedtime here. Take care, you two!!

At 04:54 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Find the guys a venue and they might come your way...

At 07:12 Blogger Siri said...

Tick for later

At 07:39 Blogger LincolnBlog said...

Very happy to see the website again. Felt a bit adrift without it. Welcome back.

At 08:01 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Morning all!

Still sleepy, but I did pass on your comments to Jason and AFP, will let you know. I know they both believe that the people who come to their shows are the most important part OF their shows, and they can't like this gouging either.

It's over 10! That means I do get to ride before work this morning.


At 08:07 Blogger Hellie said...

Ooh I haven't seen AFP or JW live yet, I wonder if there will be a Manchester date added. I'm tempted by the London one but it's only a couple of days before another Dublin trip to see Josh Ritter (again)...that might be too much gallivanting for one week and I'm doing my hardest to be restrained with gig ticket buying what with the prospect of house buying looming!

Oh and just noticed the Magnetic Fields are doing a gig at Manchester Cathedral in March.

Maybe I'm just destined to be always broke but fulfilled by beautiful music :)

At 08:34 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hurrah!! Your website lives! tho if it starts craving brains, i'd run!

anyhoo, wishing you need it! & if you have a Hastings store up there (IDK are they only a southern franchise or countrywide?), they generally have the Doctor Who toys in stock. You can get a Tardis bank with the Doctor & Martha & Tardis sound effects, your own Sonic Screwdriver or your own posable Dr. Who characters. So much fun to be had. ^_^

At 08:53 Blogger EmilyLady said...

So I have been wondering for a while if it's a crime that I've never watched Dr. Who ...

At 09:14 Blogger Na said...

Of course not, Emily. Any group of people would be quite dull if every person in it did everything the same. :) And no one thing (show/ book/ subject/ etc.) is for everyone. You might be missing out on some fun, is all, if it's a show that'd be to your liking and you haven't seen it.

At 09:22 Blogger Hellie said...

A friend of ours bought Boyfriend a Dr. Who 3D model making kit last Christmas. So we now have a cardboard tardis, dalek, K9 and Cyberman head - as well as the remot control dalek I got him the year before - perched on top of one of our bookshelves!

Actually I do recommend that every home should have a remote control dalek. He's very well behaved. We interpret 'Exterminate' as 'I love you' :o)

At 10:08 Blogger anna j said...

Yay for blog being back! And for weather being warm enough to ride in.

I never got a hang of how to use the surcingle to get Amy to keep her head down. What if you combine Firefly's Mal plus Valentine and get Malentine? Mal means bad... so essentially you're still calling him Bad Romance?

Congrats on finishing finals, Lys. The math man really ought to have let you know sooner if the test didn't print right.

I'll join the group with EmilyOlive and Nathalie of people who've never seen Dr. Who. It's tempting me, though. If only to know what a Tardis is and why one might need one.

At 10:17 Blogger vampi said...

well i can't comment too much as i don't know the details of the uk operation, i do know that all printed and mailed tickets are processed by hand. someone prints out each order, stuffs them by hand, and someone else verifies the order. as for the other fees, i can't really say much, you know how the internet is... hit me up in email if you want to know more.

At 10:33 Blogger Jess said...

Marjorie - I'm wondering why there wasn't a "will call" option. (Or was there?)

At 10:40 Blogger Na said...

mal- also means simply "apple," as in Latin and botany, Malus being the genus name for apple trees, which in many pre-christian Western societies stood as a symbol of wisdom.

At 10:41 Blogger Marjorie said...

Vampi, I wouldn't want you to feel I hold you personally responsible for their charging practices - It's just frustrating - especially when they appear to charge 2 sets of fees for the same thing.

It's not even that £24 is excessive for a concert, but seeing a ticket price of £14.50 and then ending up paying £24 is annoying. As there doesn't seem to be any way to not pay them, I think I'd prefer it if they just had a headline price of £24 and left it at that. (Jess - no option to call for tickets, no option to have them sent normal post, no option to print your own, and the venue does not sell directly!)

I seem to recall that AFP has blogged about this before and wants to deal with venues where you can at least buy direct if you want, but I guess she & Jason are just as hamstrung - these compnaies seem to have a stranglehold - So I don't hold them responsible either :-)

And MAgnetic Fields, too. I wonder if I can manage one of those gigs - any of them would need a day off work, 'tho..

Emily, you might enjoy Dr Who - dpesn't take itself too seriously, but I agree, we'd be very dull if we were all exactly alike, and until Dan manages to perfect the strretchy time, none of us has time to do everything..

Those of you with rela weather will be amused to hear that the BBC & Met Office are issuing severe weather warnigns, as temparatures of -4C and heavy snowfalls of "several inches" . . .

At 10:49 Blogger Hellie said...

We've had a few little flurries of snow here this afternoon {rushes off to press panic button}

At 11:07 Blogger Na said...

hee hee - and I'm thrilled that we're all the way up to freezing, with some blue in the sky. YIPPEEE!!!

At 11:34 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

I started watching Dr. Who a few years back but lost interest because I started in the middle of a season and didn't know what was going on. But, now, through the magic of the internets, I've been watching back episodes and catching myself up. I enjoy British television. Especially The Thin Blue Line.

At 11:37 Blogger EmilyLady said...

I have long liked the idea of watching it, I must say.

At 11:49 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Hey, i didn't even realize I posted to the old thread. I read the new post and everything. Anyway...HI! and Ticky ticky!!

At 12:08 Blogger Jess said...

News none of you asked for: I'm makin' tomato soup! Made it for the first time last night, from a recipe out of a Better Homes & Gardens cookbook of all things, and it was so easy and good that I'm making some more. This is it:

a tin of tomatoes
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
a small onion
a stalk of celery
the leaves off a small bunch of cilantro, roughly chopped (about 1/4 cup, or a little less
juice of a small lemon
1 tsp sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Dump everything in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Scoop out half of the soup and blitz in a blender (or all of it if you don't want chunks). Top with more chopped cilantro if you want. Yum!

This ends our special broadcast of Jess's Lunch. We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog.

At 12:16 Blogger Jess said...

Forgot! Also a couple tablespoons of tomato paste. Vital thickening agent.


At 12:18 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Ben and hubby love tomato soup...that and tomato juice are the only 2 tomato things i can't deal with.

On another note...oh the fits a 5 yr old can throw when he doesn't get enough sleep. Damn school <a href=">christmas concert</a>! ;-)

At 12:20 Blogger Chantrelle said...

I meant to say:
christmas concert

At 12:20 Blogger Jess said...

Hee hee! Cute! Those are great hats. :)

At 13:14 Blogger anna j said...

Jess, that sounds delicious... and easy!

At 15:39 Anonymous Lysandwr said...

is it just me, or all those wee red pointy hatted folk just a mite .... scary?

Just me, I'm sure *jk*, Chantrelle!

Though tis unfortunate that it kept him up overlong, I'm sure they all had a grand time.

Horse name, in keeping with the evident "Mal" theme which has developed:

Cause we all do it, right?

At 17:03 Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Threadkiller, that's me. Finally finished Finals (ooo, say that five times fast) AND GOT MY GRADE....and no one's about.

Think I'll just nip off after some of Jess' soup....perfect for the day!

At 17:32 Blogger Phiala said...

Hooray, Lys!

You didn't kill it - your message just fell in the computer-free gap between leaving work and arriving home.

Obviously I require a smartphone to prevent any feelings of abandonment. :)

At 17:43 Blogger Dragonsally said...

And Lys....spill?????

Chantrelle - the kids look absolutely adorable.

At 17:47 Anonymous Lysandwr said...


yes, wouldn't want any of your strings through teh intarwebs to feel

separation anxiety.

That leaves them..a frayed.

And just knot well. And while Time and Tied wait for no man (or woman) have a responsibility (it's woven right through your every day life) to leave no pixel


I'm done. *g* Yup, that Lysandwr...she's such a card. No wool over *her* eyes! This time I'm REALLY done!

Have to go cook din now, and cut some meat treat for fleet feline feet.

No math anymore; words now!!

At 17:50 Anonymous Lysandwr said...

DS--why, since you so nicely asked (The Czech is in the mail)

My math final grade has a pointy head. Yay!

This time for sure.....waves

At 17:54 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Oh YAH, you star!

At 18:23 Blogger Ms T said...

DS, if proximity is any guide the AFP dates for NZ are in the 12-17 March range.

And I love Dr Who! Even if I did end up watching it from behind the couch when I was a kid. :) Sapphire and Steel was the one that really freaked me out though. Of course, I still loved it and insisted on watching it.

Hmm...when I was working in libraries/archives we referred to those little roll-step stools as daleks. It caused much confusion with the office supply folk though. Maybe it's just a librarian/archivist thing?

Congrats to Lys! That's just fabulous. Well done that woman!

At 18:31 Blogger Dragonsally said...

When I was little, we had a vacuum cleaner that looked very like a Dalek. I was petrified of it, and the damn thing lived under my bed. Nightmares abounded.

At 19:34 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I loved Safire and Steel. (My spellcheck will NOT tell me how to spell that, very sad.)

Blackberry was down all day. Also very sad. Did errands with no e-mail.

Warm today. Up to 23. Nice ride.

(If I get any more interesting I am going to ban myself from this blog.)

I did get the most seriously WEIRD present from my Dad's wife, sent from both of them, by her. Didn't know what to do.

Boss says to have a contest about it, so tomorrow we will.

It will involve a FLOWERED mini dustpan, calculator, tape measure and dish brush.

'Nuff said.

At 19:36 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

MATCHING FLOWERED mini dustpan, calculator, tape measure and dish brush.

At 19:38 Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Flowered? I'm so in.

Um would it be evil if I sent *whatever it might be* to my father's wife?

*IF* of course I were so fortunate as to win......

off pondering....

At 19:50 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Now see, those sets are handy when you have someone in your home who loses your tools, or damages them, and who wouldn't be seen dead using something covered with flowers.

Somehow, I don't see you having that problem with The Bengal Alliance.

I am going to see Avatar shortly, Birthday Party for my BFF's youngest son. Hoping 10 year olds will be able to sit down that long! (let alone my bladder)

At 19:54 Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Sally; Enjoy! I am envious blue. *g*

Good that it is opening so quick down there, rather than the huge delay between opening here and then other countries which seems normal.

I am certain that your bladder and your charges will all be equally enthralled...

At 19:56 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Yes, I expect so Lys, as long as the kids don't try and drink huge buckets of coke.

At 20:18 Blogger Jess said...

It's the calculator I find baffling. Perhaps you're meant to build something with the other three items? Like a miniature trebuchet or something. In which case you'd use the calculator to work out your angle and torque.

At 20:36 Blogger Ms T said...

Flowered tools huh? Sounds like what my friend's sister gave her a couple of Christmases ago, thinking that if the hammer had a floral handle, the boys wouldn't nick off with it.'s just occurred to me. The calculator and the tape measure are to work out the trajectory for the plates you'll throw on the floor when you see your gift. The dishbrush is so you'll throw clean plates on the floor (ok, that's stretch), and the mini dustpan is to clean up afterwards (they're very small plates).

Oh dear. Must be nearly time to go home.

At 21:56 Blogger Na said...

Speaking of upcoming movies, I saw an ad today for Terry Gilliam's "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," at last, at last! Starts 25 December some places and 8 January "everywhere." In North America that is. w00t!

Hello all. I am so busy these days, I feel like I'm going crazy. And it's nought even to do with the holidays. Yet. Can't avoid that this year, but I can put it off ...

At 00:51 Blogger Na said...

Lys, high five re: the pointy-headed letter grade!

At 01:52 Blogger Marjorie said...

Yay for Lys being so clever and edumacated!!

Flowery tools? I think I've seen those...

Wonder it your dad's wife is related to my (elderly) 2nd cousin. She gives very odd gifts. One year, we had an 'identify this item' game. We still don't know what it was intended to be, but we had a lot lot of fun speculating, and the winner ended up with a lovely new, er, thing.

I have not been snowed on (yet) but it does feel awfully cold.

At 02:02 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Just back from seeing Avatar.

WOW. I feel much like I did when I walked out of seeing Gallipolli (heck, was it really 1981?) fury at stupid military invasions/decisions.

None of the kids needed to run to the loo in the middle of the film - just me. Ahhh, middle aged bladders.

At 02:02 Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Just dipping back in before bed time...

Thanks, Na and Marjorie btw...

Tho I do want to say this: Fiends (or so it seems to me) tend to be a *very* clever..often wise....all around smart sort o' crowd.

If I ever come across all proud about a is *only* cause, frankly, I have to work SO darn hard for every bit.
So I hold them tight w/both my grubby paws and shout yeah hallelujah!

It is a process. Still learning my good manners at this banquet (this CORNUCOPIA!!) of higher learning--the whole ravenning attack, trying to devour every bit o' information in my path, thingie was getting a scosh uncivilized.

ps.....Chantrelle--you haven't mentioned the hand/wrist recently. I trust it is well?

At 02:07 Anonymous Lysandwr said...

DS--Really looking forward to seeing Avatar. Were the visuals actually as amazing as "everyone" says they are?

At 02:12 Blogger Dragonsally said...

You bet Lys. Only the second 3D I've seen (the other was Coraline) and it was stunning.
I want to visit Pandora *grin*
I may just go and see it again!

At 03:01 Blogger spacedlaw said...

I was just reading the WIRED articles this week, where they spoke of all the technology they had to develop to be able to start filming that thing and it sounds amazing.
I am most intrigued.

At 03:07 Blogger Dragonsally said...

really? I'd like to read them. Are they online?

At 03:34 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Found em Nat!

At 03:42 Blogger Mary said...

I really really like 9 and Rose, and then I really, really like 10 and Donna (Not couply wise, ew. Just general awesome-wise) They're my favs. "Doctor, Timelord, yes." "Donna, human, no." :]

Wait! Have you seen Capt. Jack!? The man is amazing! And huzzah for animals, but I'm now in a giant Doctor Who fixness.

At 04:02 Blogger spacedlaw said...

I read them in the paper magazine but I am happy you could found them on line as well.

At 04:09 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Their refinement of the 3D process explains why I didn't come out with the same headache as I did after Coraline, even though Avatar is longer.

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At 07:33 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Morning! I like going riding early before work, I just wish it wasn't DARK when I got up....

At 07:56 Blogger Phiala said...

Lys, we are all thrilled for you, and pointy-headed grades are an achievement! Not that I know everything (or anything, necessarily), but I do have lots of experience with academia - if you ever want to ask anything, give me a shout (my email is plastered all over the internet!).

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Today is so very not my day, and it isn't even 9am yet.

At 08:05 Blogger spacedlaw said...

It's the dark season, eating the light out of the world.
Thanks goodness, around Giftmas, it gets sick with too much of it and returns it to its proper place.

At 08:12 Blogger Phiala said...

There is no light, and yet I am not allowed to crawl into bed with a book, huddled under my new down comforter with the cat, and stay there until the sun comes out.

I just got King's Under the Dome, and judging by the size it may just last me that long.

At 08:13 Blogger dabbler said...

Well, done, Lys, and I, for one, certainly am delighted by your pointy headed grade, and would be sad for false modesty were to prevent your pleasure here!

The masterful puns get a groan, as well.

As I sit at my computer, there's a wren on the wreath hanging outside the door (visible through the window) eating the holly berries. My solitary holiday decoration thus far is a hit!

And I've been meaning to thank Adriandalen and Jess for their cards. Love that one was a lovely fantasy illustration (from an artist I didn't know!) and the other Gorey. Made me smile a lot.

At 08:15 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Lys that's really good, but don't you think it could have been better if you had applied yourself????

I slay myself some mornings.

The flowered things weren't a lovely gift set of Lady Tools, they were the sort of thing one would grab at a dollar store.

I don't care what gifts COST or even if they send one, but this was just weird. They are rich, gated community, five bedroom house, for the two of them. Can't decide what it MEANS, it was so weird. I'll post later today, and you can see....

At 08:29 Blogger ariandalen said...

Well, at 7:33 AM the sun has been up a bit less than 30 minutes here, plus this morning's temperature was at 34 F/just above 0 C. Granted, on school days I get up at 5:30 AM, so it's usually dark when I get up. Doesn't mean I don't go back to sleep once the girls are at school. ::sigh:: Right now I need to go do more laundry.

YAY LYS! I don't think you give yourself enough credit. I'm sure that if I went back to school I'd have to work harder for one of those lovely pointed-headed grades. Besides, learning/education is not limited to a classroom.

Hi, Kristin and Thursday! You are now officially Fiends! Here are your lovely white jackets. You can find all sorts of supplies to use to personalize your jacket over on that table. :)

At 08:37 Blogger dabbler said...

Good Morning Lorraine. Missed you while the blog was down. I didn't figure out the-follow -the -email-link bit, so you were gone for a lonnng time.

Watched a show called Castle last night, with Nathan Fillian (sp?) Cop/detective drama with Natan as a mystery writer main character... not Firefly, but not bad either.

At 08:40 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...


I can't get into Castle, even though I really want to like it. :( I did see a movie with Fillion in it recently, though. It's called Outing Riley, and it's about a Catholic who comes out to his Irish family. Fillion plays one of the brothers. It was pretty funny, and Fillion was pretty good in it.

At 08:44 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I saw one episode of Castle, apparently a very bad one, and haven't been able to get into it either, sadly..

I am going riding now before I give in to what I want to do which is back under the covers. Seems to be all foggy outside. Nice inside. Like it here.

No! Going riding.

At 09:06 Blogger vampi said...

Sally, the headache from 3d generally comes when the projectors aren't aligned just right.

Lys, those were fabulous grades and you should be shouting from the tops of mountains about them.

Marjorie, know you weren't blaming me, but there is so much about my job i won't share on the internet, especially now with the whole merger thing.

and now i'm off to drive to irvine. google says it's a 51 minute drive, then explains that it is 2 hours and 30 minutes with traffic. crikey. this is why i do not take any of the freeways here, ugh. last day of work until after christmas \o/

At 09:45 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Quick skim to catch up.

Oh, Lysandwr, get thee to a punnery! But go ahead and celebrate those pointy-headed grades while you're at it! The hard-won ones mean so much more.

At 10:44 Blogger EmilyLady said...

Christmas library lunch. Lovely.

At 11:00 Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Oh, wow. Thanks, guys! blush You're all so darn Nice!

{{Group Hug!!!}}

Q-Yah, you're a killer :) But, seriously....."Lady Tools"? I, uh, have other things I might occasionally refer to as such. *g*

Castle--I was fortunate enough to start with the very first episode of the first season, which hooked me. Think this is one of those it helps to see in order (like Leverage)

Vampi and others--yay for Giftmas days off!! Enjoy!! (and stay off the freeways :))

At 12:35 Blogger spacedlaw said...

BLISS! After the utter madness of the last day at work, I am finally on holiday!

At 13:53 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...


I want one for my future Spooky-esque apartment.

At 14:17 Blogger EmilyLady said...

Gooooo Nathalie.

The librarians and I had the most marvelous Christmas feast from a local Asian restaurant. Then ice cream cake afterwards. It was absolutely blissfully incredible.

At 14:22 Blogger Jess said...

And I've hung the festive bunting on my porch rail! \o/ Wooo, party.

I want ice cream cake. FOR DINNER.

At 14:25 Blogger spacedlaw said...

And I am having whisky. How decadent.
How lovely. How zzzzzzzzzzz inducing. All my mad day hype is folding back on itself like some sort of collapsed soufflé.

At 14:27 Blogger Jess said...

As it should!

"Whiskey & Bunting" would be a good name for a tv cop show.

At 14:30 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Is bunting something you can nibble upon? I feel nibbly.

At 14:40 Blogger Phiala said...

Oh lovely, blogger just ate my comment.


I have a piece of chocolate cake here at work with me, and there's ice cream in the downstairs freezer. I've been waiting for just the right moment, and it seems to be rapidly approaching.

I finished my seminar just in time to give it this morning, and it turned out not to be too long, quite.

My boss walked into the breakroom while I was making tea beforehand. "I won't be at your seminar. I need to go Christmas shopping."

Um, okay.

This is an in-house seminar series so that all of us know what the other scientists are doing. And this is the boss that has told me he has no idea what my research is about.

At 14:44 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Sounds like the Peter Principle in action!

Another interview for my clerical job opening. Then off to introduce my friend and colleague to the wonderful world of Star Trek. Poor guy has missed out entirely. He's only a year or so younger than I am. This lack of geekiness in a cataloger cannot stand.

At 14:49 Blogger spacedlaw said...

But I do seem to remeber that you said you had a useless boss. A clear proff of this, then.

At 14:55 Blogger Jane said...

Definitely a boss to inspire you.

At 14:58 Blogger Jane said...

Watching The Two Towers and addressing Christmas cards. Send your address if you want one. Not handmade, however...

At 15:11 Blogger Phiala said...

Inspiration? Is that what I feel???


At 15:14 Blogger Jess said...

Nathalie, you're thinking bundt cake. Festive bunting is this sort of stuff. Technically I'm hanging piney garlands, not bunting. But I like to say "festive bunting".

Apparently this is also a festive bunting. I call it scary.

Jane, I'll do cardswappage. Email me! (In my profile.)

At 16:56 Blogger Hellie said...

Isn't a bunting also a birdie?

I'm celebrating the beginning of my Christmas holidays with the BBC Christmas session (Thea Gilmore & the Unthanks)- No more work for 2 weeks, yay. I may be asleep for most of it zzzzzzzzzzz

At 17:08 Blogger Jane said...

Jess - sent you a DM in Twitter with address.

At 17:40 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

The One Eyed Jacks, two Bengals who have been waiting forever for a home, have found one!

They just need a ride to get there.

New post is up.

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