February 1st, 2009


Sunday morning in the new flat - starting a bit late

I'm drinking some Natela Gold Standard tea from the Perennial Tea room and it's particularly sweet and delicious.

I just had a HUGE breakfast, in part because I slept so freaking late I wanted piles and piles of food. This included home fried potatoes, which were basically 1) fried in bacon grease 2) sprinkled with Konriko and 3) juiced up with a tablespoon of chopped garlic. Yeah, they rocked, and I'm safe from vampires today.

The weather can't make up its mind right now - snowing in the back yard one minute, sun shining through the front windows the next. I'm going to roll the dice and J and I are going to go to Tooting Common and see what it's all about - then go do our grocery shopping. I'm expecting we're going to wind up at DosaAndChutney for lunch, because they're 1) cheap 2) yummy and 3) across from the grocery store. Then it will be back to the unpacking ... today we will finish the living room, REALLY, and maybe finally find J's John in the Morning mug.
reading is fun-damental

Free books

I'm clearing out some stuff, including books. I'd prefer to give these to people who are coming over here in the near future. If getting a book to you would require mailing it, you're not likely to get one (unless we've been doing this book thing already).

Here they are - if you're interested, please list by preference so I can spread them around as much as possible ("first preference X, second preference Y etc.). Special preference given to nwhyte, varina8, butterbee, and thewronghands.

Islam and the West: Norman Daniel
Underground America: Narratives of undocumented lives (about illegal immigrants) - Ed Peter Orner
Loeb Classical Library Plato I (Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, etc)- holding for beluosus
The Laughing Corpse - Laurell Hamilton
Mary Renault - The Last of the Wine
Swanfeldt Crossword Puzzle Dictionary (looks old)

Javascript Cookbook - Cohen (1997? - still does the trick)
ASP.net in a Nutshell - 2002
XML by Example (Que) - 2000
The Big Switch - Rewiring the World from Edison to Google - NIcholas Carr
The Five Love Languages - Gary CHapman
Javascript Application Cookbook (O'Reilly) - 1999?
SQL: The Complete Reference (great for brushing up right before an interview) - Groff and Weinberg (1999?)

And also we've got two Godzilla Video tapes which we will never be able to watch here because we have neither VCR nor TV. Just let me know ...
Sea dragon

Snow, unpacking, living in the new hood

First, before the boring bit about my day: I really like the author ellenkushner, but I like her even more after reading her rant on writers who, I guess, get their brains all twisted about what writing is really about while they're in grad school. She also links to a hysterical essay in Harpers that illustrates the point. Comments were very worth reading. I liked how the general tenor of the comments valued writing that people liked to read (ie literary is just another genre, but one more full of itself) and the recommendation that you go to school and study literature, not writing. The vision of people wanting to write because they loved to read was so much more inspiring than people who wanted to write so that they got published. Icky. (I suppose you could have a whole rant about how creative writing programs actually fuck people up instead of teaching them the mechanics of writing, but since I mostly stayed out of that jungle, I don't think I could add much to it - I still want to learn how to write, but I don't want someone trying to teach me to write in a way that will get me published in Granta - I'd much rather have Charlaine Harris or William Gibson telling me how to move a story along any old day.)

We decided that today would NOT be the "stay inside the house all day" non-event yesterday was (until 8:30 or so, anyway) and got out at around 2 to do a walk to and on Tooting Common. Snow started falling, if that's what blowing sideways and in sort of circular poofs can be called, while we were sitting at the pond. Conclusion: it was cold out, unless you were a duck.

We then went to do our shopping, which meant I got to go to a garden shop (yay! we have one nearby!) where I decided I MUST get a David Austin rose for my garden. Mmm, sweet creamy Austin roses, just like at home, only with better growing conditions. I failed to get a trowel, though, because I want the one I had at home with the soft rubber handle and not a wooden one that will make my hand hurt after just a short time. I did get potting soil, though, so the calla lillies should be taking up residence in their pot outside soon - say next weekend.

Then it was off to the various cool stores on Tooting High Street (I think), where I got the ingredients for the lamb/prune/squash tagine I'm making for dinner, as well as various other vegetables that I thought were in short supply. We got snowed on like mad for a bit before we came home, but it seems to have stopped again.