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Flowers!

  1. What is your favourite flower?
    Poppies. And lilies, but they tend to make me sneeze.
  2. Do you buy or send other people flowers for special occasions?
    Yes, usually Mum.
  3. Have you ever picked flowers from your own garden (or wild flowers, if you don’t have a garden) to give to someone else?
    Not for a long time, but I did pick some daffs from the garden once when I lived at the parents’ place.
  4. If flowers could talk (think Alice In Wonderland), which flower would you most like to converse with?
    Triffids! From a safe distance, of course.
  5. Have you ever used edible flowers in cooking, or eaten one?
    I’ve had lavender chocolate, and didn’t really like it, but I’d like to try lavender and honey ice cream, and I think you can eat some kinds of pansy in salads?

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

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Friday 5 for November 26: Holiday Music

  1. What’s your favorite holiday album?
    Either my two-disc set of Handel’s Messiah, or any album of carols. Puts me properly in the festive mood.
  2. What song’s lyrics, title, or theme best expresses the positive aspects of your general mood at this time of year?
    “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day”. It just makes me feel Christmassy.
  3. What song’s lyrics, title, or theme best expresses the not-so-positive aspects of your general mood at this time of year?
    Hmm, I don’t know.
  4. What’s your favorite song about a non-December holiday?
    More a season than a holiday, though I associate it with May Day: Summer is a Cumin In
  5. What holiday song makes you want to cover your ears and flee?
    Any cheesy Christmas song that I hear over and over and over… there used to be several, but now that I don’t work in a shop and have to hear them on loop all day long, I’m more tolerant of them all ;-)

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

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I have no blogging inspiration today, so let’s have a meme instead!  I’m going to fall back on the Friday 5, which is always fun when I remember to do it!

Friday 5 for November 5: Packing

  1. How far ahead of time do you begin packing for a weekend trip?
    Planning, 2-3 days beforehand, depending on where I’m going. Actual packing will be the night before. I am little miss last minute!
  2. What was your most recent purchase of a six-pack?
    Technically yesterday when my groceries were delivered, including a couple of six packs of Pepsi.
  3. What do you look for in a good everyday backpack?
    Comfy straps, at least two pockets with a couple of small compartments for things like my mp3 player etc, waterproofing, and in colours that I like!
  4. Among people you know, who’s the worst packrat?
    Me, I think. Ooops!
  5. How do you know when it’s time to pack it in each evening?
    When the cat comes to demand his supper, or when I’m starting to doze off, if I don’t have anything in particular on the next day. If I have something on, then it depends on what time that is, because if I don’t get a good night’s rest I’ll never get up in time for it.

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

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So, back in March I made some bloggy resolutions about what I intended to do for weekly posting goals.  Obviously, I haven’t kept those up… and then I started feeling like I was in catch-up mode all the time with myself, and oh noes, panic!!  Which is bad, since this blog isn’t supposed to be a duty!  Therefore, I have Made A Decision: I’m giving myself permission to “give up”.  In actual fact what that means is that I’m going to forget about Project 365 this year, since taking the photos already wasn’t working out – maybe I can go again another year, but I’ll see how it goes.  I’m still going to do the Friday 5 whenever I feel like it, but not necessarily every week.  I am going to try to post more about knitting and spinning and things in general.  This way, it’s more of an adjustment of my goals to something more realistic, rather than really giving up.

Another thing that I’ve decided to let go of is taking strict part of the Sock Knitter’s Pentathlon ‘09.  I haven’t been knitting very fast this year, and I’d ended up knitting nothing but those socks and still not finishing them.  It all got a bit too much like hard work!  So even though I love the patterns for the first two socks, and I really like the look of the third one which has recently been released, I’m not going to start #3.  I do intend to finish the first two socks, but not as my most immediate projects.  Instead I’m going to go back to my other knitting works in progress and try to get those finished off.  They’d been pushed back while I was knitting just socks.  That’s meant that I’ve now almost finished the shawl I’ve been making for Emily (I’m casting off at the moment, but that’s deadly boring so I’m just doing a few stitches at a time then putting it down again *g*).  And I’m really looking forward to picking up the projects I’ve been neglecting and making some real progress on them.  Hooray!  I don’t even feel like starting something new, because my old projects are almost like new ones by now.

I’m also thinking about giving in using Coppermine for my photo album software.  Yes, I’ve been using it for years on this site, so it seemed like a more sensible decision to keep using it and integrate it with WP rather than migrate to something else.  But there’s a good photo album plugin for WP, and the integration plugin for Coppermine doesn’t do precisely what I want it to do – it’s a great plugin, and it’s probably perfect for everyone else… but I’m picky!  Also, I do have to do some tweaking of the source code every time it updates because of the way I have my Coppermine set up, and… well, in the long run it might just be easier to change to using something more integrated with WP.  It’ll mean not having to theme Coppermine to match WP, too.  I’m going to ponder it a while more, but I expect I will change over.

Why am I mentioning this, when no-one but me cares?  Because it kind of fits the theme of the rest of this post: I’ve been hanging on to some things that I should have gracefully given in on a while back.  Letting go and making a few small changes will make things easier.  Note to self: change is good, and giving up on something doesn’t necessarily equate to failure.  There we go, that’s my deep personal insight for the day.  Now I shall stop rambling, let go of this post and send it into the big wide world (= hit the publish button)!  TTFN.

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

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Originally published at Enchilada Sunrise. You can comment here or there.

On the right day for a change, my answers for this week’s Friday 5:

  1. What’s something you know how to draw?
    Hahahaha, not much!  This is about the extent of my “talent”:
    Baa-naby!

    Baa-naby!


  2. Who’s someone you could get away with impersonating?
    Wow, um… I can’t think of anyone.  Maybe my Mum on the phone?

  3. Where’s the stapler?
    Oh lord, I don’t know.  It should be in the stationery drawer, but I think I have a stapler gremlin or something - I never seem to have a stapler with staples that fit in it.  I should have a two staplers, one mini one and one full size one (I used to have two mini ones, but I’m not sure what happened to the second one… probably the stapler gremlin at work again!) and staples for both, but can I ever find the right combination at any one time?  No, I cannot.  I end up using paperclips, or just folding the corners of the paper together!!

  4. Why will this be a great weekend?
    Because there will be Chinese takeaway, NOM (or at least, I hope there will) and new Dr Who OMG can’t wait!  And also Easter presents of some kind which will be nice too.  It’s E’s birthday as well.  Yay :-)  Now if only the weather was going to be nicer!

  5. When are you going to make that phone call you’ve been putting off?
    I don’t actually think there are any phone calls that I’ve been putting off.  Must remember to give Ally a call though.
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Originally published at Enchilada Sunrise. You can comment here or there.

Here we go, my answers for this week’s Friday 5:

  1. What is your favourite fizzy, bubbly drink?
    Pepsi!  Or Coca-cola as a second - I don’t like the diet versions (unfortunately!), and I’m not keen on the non-branded ones either.  They just don’t taste the same.  Picky, picky me.

  2. What is your favourite deep-fried food?
    Um.  I don’t really eat deep fried food.  Oh, except for crisps I spose.  So, crisps?  And sometimes chips, but not if they’re too greasy.

  3. What is your favourite hot beverage?
    Hot lemon squash.  Weird, I know, but I don’t drink tea or coffee, and although I do like hot chocolate I only have it as the occasional cold-weather treat.  It’s too thick / sweet for a regular drink for me.

  4. What is your favourite really messy food?
    Depends what you call messy!  Spag bol, maybe?  Or maybe tortilla chips and dip because you’re bound to get dip on you at some point.

  5. What is your favourite recipe for a blended or mixed beverage?
    Not really sure what this means!  Like a cocktail?  Or a smoothie?  If we’re talking alcoholic beverages, I like Archers, vodka and orange juice.  If not, then banana smoothies are probably my favourite.  The recipe for that when I make my own is one banana (chopped up into smallish pieces), either (a) a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or (b) a tablespoon or so of natural yoghurt (depends what I have), and about half a pint of milk… or maybe more than that, I’m not sure!  I generally go by ‘feel’.  Then I whizz it all together with the whizzing device.  Add a bit more milk if need be to taste, whizz again, etc.  Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Nom!

In other news, an actual knitting post should be coming soon!  I’ve just cast on for the second SKP09 pattern, which is a pair of entrelac socks.  There’s a new challenge right there - I’m just about to start the actual entrelac part and it’s all very exciting.  And nerve wracking!  Photos will be forthcoming… assuming I can make it all work.

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Originally published at Enchilada Sunrise. You can comment here or there.

The Friday 5 site is back, so here are my answers for this week:

  1. To whom do you normally turn when you need to complain about something?
    Hmm… it probably depends on what it is!  My Mum and my LJ friends-list are the most likely, I think.  Doing a friends-locked post on LJ is really good for getting something that’s bothering me off my chest… I can have a good rant and nobody has to read it / listen to me unless they feel like it!  I do find that just writing something out often makes me feel better about it.  I’ve also got a couple of good friends that I can ring up or chat to online and pretty much go “Arrrrrgh!!!”, and of course they can do the same with me.

  2. Which annual season-turning do you enjoy the most?
    I do like winter to spring because of the lengthening days and mostly nicer weather, but I think my favourite is probably summer into autumn because (a) I love the colours of autumn, and (b) the clocks go back!  Extra hour, yay!!

  3. Where can you get a really good turnover?
    I don’t know, I don’t eat them… although before looking at that Wiki article, I didn’t realise you could get savoury ones.   Or maybe they don’t ever call savoury ones ‘turnovers’ here?   Anyway, I spose if I was going to buy a turnover, I’d either go to the supermarket, or to Wilson’s, a local bakery - they probably have nicer ones.   I’d have to get someone else to judge!

  4. What’s employee turnover like where you work?
    Well, I’m not working at the mo, so… there is none!

  5. One of the Wonder Twins could turn into any form of water, while the other could turn into any animal. Which of these powers would be more useful to you?
    I think I’d turn into any kind of animal, because then I’d be able to turn into birds and fly.  Whee!  (This would completely help with my fear of falling off things, because then if I did I’d be safe!)

PS - Note to self: remember to click the “Publish” button.  Also, go to bed earlier.  The clocks changed, remember?  (D’oh!)

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Since the site was down for the revamp last week, I'm going to catch up on the last two weeks' worth of Friday 5 questions:

Friday 5 for March 13: Its Cold!


  1. Whats your favorite frozen heat-and-eat food?
    Hmmm... that's actually really hard. There's this place that does some really nice frozen ready-meals... I like most of theirs, but particularly the duck in orange sauce. Nom!

  2. How sensitive are you to cool temperatures?
    I do feel the cold pretty easily, especially if I'm sitting still at the computer all day!

  3. How many ice-cube trays are there in your freezer?
    None. I have one ice-cube tray, but it's in a kitchen drawer. I do have a couple of ice-cube bags in the freezer, though. And some frozen blue plastic penguins.

  4. What aspect of your life seems to be frozen in place?
    Hah. My mental health. :-/

  5. Whats your favorite blanket like?
    I spose this means 'favourite blanket for snuggling under on the sofa when it's cold'... in which case I'll say one of my fleece blankets because they're light but warm and good for keeping me cosy. But really the blanket of mine that I love best is the wool tartan one that I got in Edinburgh and kept in my car when I still had that. I don't use it so much now cos I don't want it to get covered in cat hair!



Friday 5 for March 20: Quarterly Progress Check


  1. Would you say 2009 so far is meeting expectation, exceeding expectations, or failing to meet expectations?
    So far, 2009 has been fairly not-happening for me. Which is the fault of how I've been rather than the year itself. When I've been well enough to engage with life, there have been good things going on, so I'd say it's technically exceeding expectations, since mine are so low right now anyway!

  2. What letter grade would you give yourself for your performance at work or school?
    Not that I've been to either, but for my performance in life so far this year: a big, fat F for FAIL.

  3. On a scale from 1 to 10, how happy have you been with the weather so far in 2009?
    Other than a couple of periods of wtf (giant! hail! the other night!!), I think it's been OK. My brain is like a sieve though, so I might be forgetting. It is still the winter (or has it edged into spring now?) so of course it's not all sunshine and roses, but that's as it should be. I'll give it an 8.

  4. Which of the Motion Picture Association of America's film ratings would you give your social life so far in 2009?
    Almost entirely a "G" - family time, knitting and spinning groups, hanging out with Ally and baby H, and perhaps a "PG" during that weekend that Char came to visit and we discovered that Robert Downey Jnr in Ironman is the best thing evah, etc. It's been quiet.

  5. 2009's parents are on the phone and want to know how 2009 can improve its performance. What have been 2009's areas of strength and what are its areas for growth in the second quarter?
    Uh, Um. Business speak, send help, cannot cope! (Off to Mordor) Alright, not really. Areas of strength have been opportunities for learning new skills (spinning). I guess areas for growth will be getting my brain back in gear? That's definitely something that needs doing.



Originally published at Enchilada Sunrise.

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