vilakins: (spring (kowhai))

First of all, thank you so much, all you lovely people, for your comments on my job news! I am so lucky to have such good friends. [virtual hugs all round!]

Today was an excellent way to celebrate (although Greg is away in Christchurch at a family function). I spent the day with my sister, her husband, the ex-boarder, and two other relatives I don't see that often, starting with brunch at the local Mexican cafe and finishing with mezze at our favourite middle-eastern restaurant. After so much rain this year, this week has been fine and today was a stunning spring day with promises of summer: so, excellent food, weather, and company!

I hadn't actually been looking forward to it that much but my sister wasn't as annoying as usual (probably because she was diluted by the others) and only pushed one of her strange ideas once. Her latest thing is drinking kangen water which I think is something different from the wetter-than-normal water she used to drink. [rolls eyes] I googled the stuff just now; if you're interested, this is the sort of thing she'd tell you, and this is a good scientific look at it, not that she'd listen. But hey, placebos often work.

I also got to see the ex-boarder's place: a huge bedroom with en suite and beautiful views, and four really nice flatmates. I have to say that it was worth waiting five months for though it was hard on us introverts.

Um, what?

7 Nov 2011 05:49 pm
vilakins: Vila looking questioning (eh?)
Seen on [community profile] vintage_ads: the female urinal--and something called the Restal Receptor Bath (a bath in a shower). To both: why? (Maybe Vila didn't like the showers in the Liberator and wanted a bath to soak in, but it doesn't exactly look very capacious.)

There was something else interesting I was going to tell you but I've completely forgotten. Anyway, final Downton Abbey of the season tonight. I will miss it greatly but there will be a Christmas special. I'll take what I can get.

Do people think I'd like the A Song of Ice and Fire books or Game of Thrones? Tell me reasons I would or wouldn't.
vilakins: My cat Vic on a computer keyboard (vic puter)

Some of you may remember the freebie cat slippers and dog slippers I got for buying Hill's Science Diet for my cats (and the cat ones are on offer again at the vet); I know some of you found them disturbing. Brace yourselves. Today I went to the Four Seasons pet supply shop for more food and I got another free gift.

A wheat-bag cat! You heat him up in the microwave and cuddle him to warm up. I have long wheat-bags I can drape round my neck for that but maybe I'll use this guy to seduce cats into more lap-time. His over-large snout makes him look strangely dog-like in profile but his B&W reminds me of Vic.

Wheat-bag cat )

vilakins: (loose cannon)

I've had my hair cut, and I like it! It's quite a bit shorter, rather like a 30s shingled bob: all thick and glossy looking. :-) I took it in to get a third set of passport photos. [rolls eyes] The place I went to for the others didn't know that people have to put their hair behind their ears to show them. WTH? Why would they want to see my ears? Anyway, this set is the best of the lot; I don't actually look like a wanted killer. It's lucky I wasn't in a hurry for that passport.

I haven't posted much lately, but I am doing [livejournal.com profile] picowrimo again this month, which is a great way to get me writing. I decided on part 4 (of 5) of my Lynx series, and this one's all about mutoids, which canon didn't tell us enough about. I'm deciding on my own fanon as I go.

What else? Oh yes, my sister of wetter water fame, continues to pursue ways of being as loose a cannon as she can. She has been through astrology, vibrations, special plant sugars "scientists" got in a vision, the wetter water (which I think had something to do with the sugars, but I may be wrong) and now it's eclipses. [flails] She's now part of a sort of Jewish fundie group that follow some weirdo online who claims that eclipses always fall on Jewish holidays and can predict major events. I don't want to know. Hasn't she known me long enough by now to realise I don't want to know about her latest craze? I was considering going to see her when Greg's away in December, but that last phone call has convinced me to stay well away.

vilakins: (spock)

Star Trek and perfume are not things you'd think of together, but someone has. Genki Wear is going to launch three scents based on ST:TOS.

And what are they? The oh-so-romantically named:

Tiberius "Boldly Go", attracts females of all species. Not me, sorry. Quite apart from Kirk not being what I go for, all I can think of is George Baker in I, Claudius, not exactly the most (or at all) sensual image.

Red Shirt "Because Tomorrow May Never Come". Perhaps a not-so-subtle gift for the guy you're wanting to dump? Yeah, nothing says "surplus to requirements" like Red Shirt cologne / after shave.

Pon Farr "Drive Him Wild" - this one's for the women, which is probably why I couldn't find a picture. >:-[ Sadly it only works every seven years.

vilakins: (spock)

Star Trek and perfume are not things you'd think of together, but someone has. Genki Wear is going to launch three scents based on ST:TOS.

And what are they? The oh-so-romantically named:

Tiberius "Boldly Go", attracts females of all species. Not me, sorry. Quite apart from Kirk not being what I go for, all I can think of is George Baker in I, Claudius, not exactly the most (or at all) sensual image.

Red Shirt "Because Tomorrow May Never Come". Perhaps a not-so-subtle gift for the guy you're wanting to dump? Yeah, nothing says "surplus to requirements" like Red Shirt cologne / after shave.

Pon Farr "Drive Him Wild" - this one's for the women, which is probably why I couldn't find a picture. >:-[ Sadly it only works every seven years.

vilakins: (cool stuff)

Back in June, I was given cat slippers by the pet supermarket for buying Hills Science Diet for the cats. I was there again today and I got a small pack of freebie biscuits and...

more slippers! )



Wow, a post that isn't an art post! Well, I haven't been doing much lately but art and reading and watching the Olympics. A TiVo is essential for this so you can FF at a minute a second past all the boring stuff like beach volleyball and the cycling pursuit (however the hell that works) to the interesting stuff like athletics, gymnastics, and diving. Why do they have beach volleyball in the Olympics? And why do they show it for hours on end? For that matter, I have strong objections to a lot of the team sports because they field obscenely highly paid professional players. The events I like best have individuals competing against each other.

For me it's anything in the main athletics stadium, gymnastics, diving, rowing. Which events do you like best?

Ooh, and we've gone up to #17 on the medal table. That's not bad for a country with the population of a small city.

vilakins: (cool stuff)

Back in June, I was given cat slippers by the pet supermarket for buying Hills Science Diet for the cats. I was there again today and I got a small pack of freebie biscuits and...

more slippers! )



Wow, a post that isn't an art post! Well, I haven't been doing much lately but art and reading and watching the Olympics. A TiVo is essential for this so you can FF at a minute a second past all the boring stuff like beach volleyball and the cycling pursuit (however the hell that works) to the interesting stuff like athletics, gymnastics, and diving. Why do they have beach volleyball in the Olympics? And why do they show it for hours on end? For that matter, I have strong objections to a lot of the team sports because they field obscenely highly paid professional players. The events I like best have individuals competing against each other.

For me it's anything in the main athletics stadium, gymnastics, diving, rowing. Which events do you like best?

Ooh, and we've gone up to #17 on the medal table. That's not bad for a country with the population of a small city.

vilakins: White tiger cub biting a plush tiger cub (cuteness)

I watched more Babylon 5 last night: Londo crawling drunk on the table, bum in the air, and claiming to be cute--and stunning in purple; a Centauri goddess of passion--but with tentacles, so surely hermaphrodite; the kick-arse Na'Toth's entrance; Ivanova being her awesome self... I really have to add Ivanova to my list of favourite characters where she can join Vila as a rare human.

Today I went to the local pet supermarket to buy a bag of Hills Science Diet and found it comes with free slippers at the moment. Behold: my first (and doubtless last) pair of animal slippers.

Ginger cats )



Oh and Cadbury has some new chocolate flavours out. The tiramisu is delicious, and I see by the shelf labels that there's a crème brulee flavour but it's out of stock. I must try that too.

vilakins: White tiger cub biting a plush tiger cub (cuteness)

I watched more Babylon 5 last night: Londo crawling drunk on the table, bum in the air, and claiming to be cute--and stunning in purple; a Centauri goddess of passion--but with tentacles, so surely hermaphrodite; the kick-arse Na'Toth's entrance; Ivanova being her awesome self... I really have to add Ivanova to my list of favourite characters where she can join Vila as a rare human.

Today I went to the local pet supermarket to buy a bag of Hills Science Diet and found it comes with free slippers at the moment. Behold: my first (and doubtless last) pair of animal slippers.

Ginger cats )



Oh and Cadbury has some new chocolate flavours out. The tiramisu is delicious, and I see by the shelf labels that there's a crème brulee flavour but it's out of stock. I must try that too.

vilakins: (liberator)

First it was a Dalek, but now someone kniited a Firefly! OK, who has a pattern for the Liberator? ;-)

vilakins: (liberator)

First it was a Dalek, but now someone kniited a Firefly! OK, who has a pattern for the Liberator? ;-)

vilakins: (cool stuff)

Yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] kerravonsen and I went to the Auckland Museum where we saw a doodlebug, a Spitfire, a torpedo, a gun bigger than Bayban's, three stained-glass windows with a military theme, a creepy gas mask, retro future furniture, a monster ammonite, a Maori cultural show, and some very bizarre gift items in the shop, most of them due to the current Darwin exhibition (I mean, plush Darwins!)

All of my pictures of the above are in this gallery, but here's a selection.

Plush Darwins, finger puppets, and more )

vilakins: (cool stuff)

Yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] kerravonsen and I went to the Auckland Museum where we saw a doodlebug, a Spitfire, a torpedo, a gun bigger than Bayban's, three stained-glass windows with a military theme, a creepy gas mask, retro future furniture, a monster ammonite, a Maori cultural show, and some very bizarre gift items in the shop, most of them due to the current Darwin exhibition (I mean, plush Darwins!)

All of my pictures of the above are in this gallery, but here's a selection.

Plush Darwins, finger puppets, and more )

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (chicken)

Greg ordered a new espresso machine to replace the one I bought years ago which has been leaking irreparably. It came yesterday and it's so complex, I shall have to read the manual before playing. I mean, it's programmable. I think this means we can set it to fill our cups to the right height for each of us so they won't overflow if we get distracted by the toast burning. It's this model, the red one in the smaller picture.

Greg also ordered an egg cooker that one of his colleagues said was really good. It's one of a range of appliances with personalities and I have to say I find this trend a bit disturbing. The Eggo looks like a mutant chicken with no head and three legs. The egg cups that came with it are even more worrying; they make it look like Sylar came for breakfast. [shudders] I think I'll stick to my old marble egg cups, thanks. This thing had better be good to make up for the tweeting. At least it's the same virulent orange (much brighter than the picture) as the old Braun coffee grinder I inherited from my mother, so I'm not adding a whole new eye-hurting colour to the kitchen.

Another in the 'cool creations' series is Woddles, the penguin waffle maker. There you are: just what the you always wanted: penguin-shaped waffles!

The best of the rest is probably Mikey Martian the milk-shake maker. :-P

This reminds me: I must get round to taking a picture of something much more nightmarish at the local mall.

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (chicken)

Greg ordered a new espresso machine to replace the one I bought years ago which has been leaking irreparably. It came yesterday and it's so complex, I shall have to read the manual before playing. I mean, it's programmable. I think this means we can set it to fill our cups to the right height for each of us so they won't overflow if we get distracted by the toast burning. It's this model, the red one in the smaller picture.

Greg also ordered an egg cooker that one of his colleagues said was really good. It's one of a range of appliances with personalities and I have to say I find this trend a bit disturbing. The Eggo looks like a mutant chicken with no head and three legs. The egg cups that came with it are even more worrying; they make it look like Sylar came for breakfast. [shudders] I think I'll stick to my old marble egg cups, thanks. This thing had better be good to make up for the tweeting. At least it's the same virulent orange (much brighter than the picture) as the old Braun coffee grinder I inherited from my mother, so I'm not adding a whole new eye-hurting colour to the kitchen.

Another in the 'cool creations' series is Woddles, the penguin waffle maker. There you are: just what the you always wanted: penguin-shaped waffles!

The best of the rest is probably Mikey Martian the milk-shake maker. :-P

This reminds me: I must get round to taking a picture of something much more nightmarish at the local mall.

vilakins: (eep)

Encounter of the weird kind
Today was so hot and sticky, the fan was just moving hot air around the office which was bad enough, but a strange guy came in while I was alone. He just wandered in with a plastic bag and said he wanted to sit down and chat for a while. Mystified, I tried to be polite. He was a school teacher, he said, at a loss for anything to do till February (when schools go back) and teaches English, arithmetic, and geometry. "You even look like Euclid," I said, to be friendly (he was bald and bearded and resembled the picture in my Molesworth books) but he had no idea who that was, which was my first clue All Was Not Right. When he said he liked Gershwin and broke into "Anything goes!" I suspected this was the guy I'd been warned about last year but never seen. I had to look admiringly at the photos and Christmas cards he had in his plastic bag, and nod, impressed, every time he said he was a teacher and could speak five languages, and smile every time he decided to treat me to another rendition of "Anything Goes". Oh yes, he is also one of the twelve people on the planet who understand the true nature of God, the universe, and possibly life as well.

It was just my luck that one of my colleagues was on holiday, another not at work today, and the only other one I could call was in a meeting. He wandered off finally, one arm out as if to fend off attackers. Apparently he's an alcoholic who has killed off so many brain cells he doesn't make sense even when sober: self-inflicted Alzheimer's. :-( Eh, at least he was less disturbing than the random--and large--welder who came in last year begging for his fare to Whangarei so he could find his wife.

The pissed off animal in literature
Then on my way home, I went into the book shop and was puzzled briefly to see a book on "Angered Animals". Why would anyone want to read about annoyed creatures, I wondered, and had a second look. Yep, another book was obscuring part of the title. They were endangered. :-P

Delta under a hot tin roof
I'm finally cooling down with the aid of a fan on full aimed right at me. Time for bed; it should be cooler up there because I've had it closed all day. Sigh. My toe is finally well enough to go on walks with me and it gets too hot for me to want to.

vilakins: (eep)

Encounter of the weird kind
Today was so hot and sticky, the fan was just moving hot air around the office which was bad enough, but a strange guy came in while I was alone. He just wandered in with a plastic bag and said he wanted to sit down and chat for a while. Mystified, I tried to be polite. He was a school teacher, he said, at a loss for anything to do till February (when schools go back) and teaches English, arithmetic, and geometry. "You even look like Euclid," I said, to be friendly (he was bald and bearded and resembled the picture in my Molesworth books) but he had no idea who that was, which was my first clue All Was Not Right. When he said he liked Gershwin and broke into "Anything goes!" I suspected this was the guy I'd been warned about last year but never seen. I had to look admiringly at the photos and Christmas cards he had in his plastic bag, and nod, impressed, every time he said he was a teacher and could speak five languages, and smile every time he decided to treat me to another rendition of "Anything Goes". Oh yes, he is also one of the twelve people on the planet who understand the true nature of God, the universe, and possibly life as well.

It was just my luck that one of my colleagues was on holiday, another not at work today, and the only other one I could call was in a meeting. He wandered off finally, one arm out as if to fend off attackers. Apparently he's an alcoholic who has killed off so many brain cells he doesn't make sense even when sober: self-inflicted Alzheimer's. :-( Eh, at least he was less disturbing than the random--and large--welder who came in last year begging for his fare to Whangarei so he could find his wife.

The pissed off animal in literature
Then on my way home, I went into the book shop and was puzzled briefly to see a book on "Angered Animals". Why would anyone want to read about annoyed creatures, I wondered, and had a second look. Yep, another book was obscuring part of the title. They were endangered. :-P

Delta under a hot tin roof
I'm finally cooling down with the aid of a fan on full aimed right at me. Time for bed; it should be cooler up there because I've had it closed all day. Sigh. My toe is finally well enough to go on walks with me and it gets too hot for me to want to.

vilakins: (callyport telly)

Discovered in a Gmail ad (while I was discussing food items): The Banana Guard! It comes in nine colours:

  • Ravishing Red
  • Outrageous Orange
  • Mellow Yellow
  • Sublime Green
  • Skyhigh Blue
  • DeepSea Blue
  • Passionate Purple
  • Pretty in Pink
  • Glow in the Dark
"Makes a great gift for banana lovers everywhere." Sorry it's a bit late for Christmas. :-P

Bwahahaha at the FAQs. I like these people.

vilakins: (callyport telly)

Discovered in a Gmail ad (while I was discussing food items): The Banana Guard! It comes in nine colours:

  • Ravishing Red
  • Outrageous Orange
  • Mellow Yellow
  • Sublime Green
  • Skyhigh Blue
  • DeepSea Blue
  • Passionate Purple
  • Pretty in Pink
  • Glow in the Dark
"Makes a great gift for banana lovers everywhere." Sorry it's a bit late for Christmas. :-P

Bwahahaha at the FAQs. I like these people.

vilakins: (loose cannon)

From today's NZ Herald's Sideswipe column (second article, quoted here in case the link disappears):

Ron Scott has complained vigorously to McDonald's head office about appalling service at a branch earlier this month. According to Ron, the teenager who served him "was surly, slouched and mumbled"; his order was slow, his chips were cold and the service was not what Ron expected of this fine restaurant. The team leader told Ron "the staff here are hopeless", then told the surly teenager he was a "doofus". Finally Ron and his companion received their meals and were hoping to eat and go before anything else untoward happened. But before they could finish a "youth clearly known to the staff, entered the restaurant with his shirt on but no shoes". As Ron pondered the rules regarding bare feet in restaurants, the youth went outside again, then came back in completely starkers and ran through the restaurant. The staff found this hilarious but Ron's guest, who is an elderly woman, was absolutely shocked. The team leader apologised profusely and told Ron the streaker was an off-duty employee and would certainly be sacked. After his numerous complaints falling on deaf ears, Ron finally received this response from the franchise owner: "We have taken your feedback extremely seriously," he wrote. "We have enclosed some vouchers."
ROTFL!

vilakins: (loose cannon)

From today's NZ Herald's Sideswipe column (second article, quoted here in case the link disappears):

Ron Scott has complained vigorously to McDonald's head office about appalling service at a branch earlier this month. According to Ron, the teenager who served him "was surly, slouched and mumbled"; his order was slow, his chips were cold and the service was not what Ron expected of this fine restaurant. The team leader told Ron "the staff here are hopeless", then told the surly teenager he was a "doofus". Finally Ron and his companion received their meals and were hoping to eat and go before anything else untoward happened. But before they could finish a "youth clearly known to the staff, entered the restaurant with his shirt on but no shoes". As Ron pondered the rules regarding bare feet in restaurants, the youth went outside again, then came back in completely starkers and ran through the restaurant. The staff found this hilarious but Ron's guest, who is an elderly woman, was absolutely shocked. The team leader apologised profusely and told Ron the streaker was an off-duty employee and would certainly be sacked. After his numerous complaints falling on deaf ears, Ron finally received this response from the franchise owner: "We have taken your feedback extremely seriously," he wrote. "We have enclosed some vouchers."
ROTFL!

vilakins: (avon silver anorak)

Two items from the Stuff site:

Firstly, the motorised couch I saw on the news last weekend. It was followed by the police helicopter when its builder took it for a spin on the road. I wanted to post about it then but couldn't find a picture at the time. Here's one though with the whole story. It just sold on TradeMe tonight for about $3,200. I think an advertising company bought it.

And now the Trekkie's maize maze. I'm impressed by his devotion. If we make it back to York (and we'd like to) I want to go through it.

vilakins: (avon silver anorak)

Two items from the Stuff site:

Firstly, the motorised couch I saw on the news last weekend. It was followed by the police helicopter when its builder took it for a spin on the road. I wanted to post about it then but couldn't find a picture at the time. Here's one though with the whole story. It just sold on TradeMe tonight for about $3,200. I think an advertising company bought it.

And now the Trekkie's maize maze. I'm impressed by his devotion. If we make it back to York (and we'd like to) I want to go through it.

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (wonderful)

Bwahahaha, just what thugby rugby needs! A former All Black captain hit a Hurricanes teammate with a handbag and made him cry. I love it!

The handbag in question has been put up for sale on TradeMe, the NZ version of eBay, where it has reached over $13,000 when I last looked. :-D

[Edit] The handbag has sold for $22,800.

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (wonderful)

Bwahahaha, just what thugby rugby needs! A former All Black captain hit a Hurricanes teammate with a handbag and made him cry. I love it!

The handbag in question has been put up for sale on TradeMe, the NZ version of eBay, where it has reached over $13,000 when I last looked. :-D

[Edit] The handbag has sold for $22,800.

vilakins: (callyport telly)

My new (to me) car was ready so I went in on the bus to pick it up. Seen on the bus:

  • A young woman who looked disconcertingly like Aeryn Sun (except that she had brown hair)
  • A bald man in t-shirt and jeans who appeared to be tattooed all over his body--except for his ears
  • Far too many muffin tops. Mind you, one is too many. I wish people realised that tight low-riders do not suit all.
When I got the car, it had done exactly 69696 kms. That'll be easy to remember.

On the way home, I went to Beds R Us to look at mattresses, and was a bit taken aback to see Federation bedside units. Right next to Astro ones, haha. Sorry, they were plain wood, no mutoid black vinyl or Banik bedside lights.

And a good Easter, Pesach, autumn or spring break to you all!

vilakins: (callyport telly)

My new (to me) car was ready so I went in on the bus to pick it up. Seen on the bus:

  • A young woman who looked disconcertingly like Aeryn Sun (except that she had brown hair)
  • A bald man in t-shirt and jeans who appeared to be tattooed all over his body--except for his ears
  • Far too many muffin tops. Mind you, one is too many. I wish people realised that tight low-riders do not suit all.
When I got the car, it had done exactly 69696 kms. That'll be easy to remember.

On the way home, I went to Beds R Us to look at mattresses, and was a bit taken aback to see Federation bedside units. Right next to Astro ones, haha. Sorry, they were plain wood, no mutoid black vinyl or Banik bedside lights.

And a good Easter, Pesach, autumn or spring break to you all!

Tutaekuri

16 Mar 2006 12:41 pm
vilakins: (stun)

I bought some Maori potatoes this week. They're not really native, having been introduced from South America by whalers in the 1700s, but they're old Incan varieties: small (about a finger's length), cylindrical, and knobbly, The type I got are a very dark purple--all the way through--and the Maori name for them is 'tutaekuri', printed right there on the packaging. My father spoke Maori and he taught me enough to know what that means: 'dog shit'. And they do look like it too. :-) It's not often you find a product so open about its appearance.

As for taste, they're very nice, like some of the more old-fashioned potato varieties grown in people's gardens, and not at all purple.

Tutaekuri

16 Mar 2006 12:41 pm
vilakins: (stun)

I bought some Maori potatoes this week. They're not really native, having been introduced from South America by whalers in the 1700s, but they're old Incan varieties: small (about a finger's length), cylindrical, and knobbly, The type I got are a very dark purple--all the way through--and the Maori name for them is 'tutaekuri', printed right there on the packaging. My father spoke Maori and he taught me enough to know what that means: 'dog shit'. And they do look like it too. :-) It's not often you find a product so open about its appearance.

As for taste, they're very nice, like some of the more old-fashioned potato varieties grown in people's gardens, and not at all purple.

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