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Time passes. More stuff gets done.

Supermarket success: one bag of Taste the Difference Jersey new potatoes for only 60p in the end-bin, which will do nicely for lunches; a sweetheart cabbage (also reduced) and some bacon for dinner (a cabbage, bacon & cheese bake which we ended up combining with the leftover pasta, and very nice it was too if I do say so myself); and some little pears (reduced -- spot the pattern) as snack-food for work. Didn't impulse-buy anything unless you count the pears, and that's really to save me buying less healthy and more expensive things later.

I've been slipping a little on the not-spending-money front: bought two summer tops on the market (8 quid for the two of them) and henna from Lush (and some shampoo, but I need to wash my hair with something, and the Lush solid shampoos last longer). Also bought a "Saint" book on eBay, but that was only 99p (+p&p). However I still think I'm doing a bit better than I was before, and now I've transferred the cc balance to an interest-free one that's another 10 quid a month or so that I'm saving.

Started reading one of the books on my immediate to-read pile, Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, and decided that it's not really worth finishing -- feels like DWJ on autopilot, perhaps it's just intended for a younger audience? Or perhaps it's that I find DWJ less convincing when she's writing about wholly/mostly 'fantasy' universes, and at her best when she's writing more explicitly about the points where the lines blur between fantasy and the 'real' world. (See: Fire and Hemlock, Witch Week, Homeward Bounders -- in a way they're all stories about the power of myth/story, which is something that appeals to me a lot.)

I must convince myself that I really don't have to read everything in the world, or even everything in the house.

Having said that I did get through most of the first chapter of The Muse in the Machine: computers and creative thought by David Gelernter. It's interesting, but a lot of it seems quite obvious to me.

I also made progress on my dress for Glastonbury.
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nou From: nou Date: June 15th, 2004 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
The dress is looking fantastic.
taimatsu From: taimatsu Date: June 15th, 2004 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow! The dress looks totally gorgeous! :) And congrats on the thriftiness too - I have just been catching up on your journal and these problems :/
jiggery_pokery From: jiggery_pokery Date: June 15th, 2004 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

*whistles, hugely impressed by the dress*

Ahem. Replies to the last thing you said as a throwaway comment at the end of a post are annoying, aren't they?

Yay for supermarket success, but (and I hate saying the difficult-to-hear things, because I know how hard it is to hear difficult-to-hear but well-intentioned things from the other end) a faint frown about the summer tops. (Unless, of course, you've accounted for things like occasional summer tops in your planning already.) I'm pleased they were cheap, but that's more or less wiped out the advantage you've made due to the CC front for quite a while. Glad to hear you're doing better than you were before, though, and I'm sure that you'll keep doing better and do better and better still.
jiggery_pokery From: jiggery_pokery Date: June 15th, 2004 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would like to unsay the "throwaway comment" in the second paragraph, please. Stupidly dismissive choice of words on my part when it is a bloody cool dress and you have obviously put a considerable amount of time and effort into it.

General points still stand, though.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 15th, 2004 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hi

Hi there. I have just discovered your journal and find it to be quite fun and great reading. I am currently working on a 12 hour night shift so find little gems like this a god send. Hope to chat more soon.
Mike
oldbloke From: oldbloke Date: June 16th, 2004 12:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hi

I used to do 12 hour nights, with not much to do except change tapes once every 40 minutes. I never got behind with my book pile in those days!
k425 From: k425 Date: June 16th, 2004 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)
The "dead food" section is always a good place to shop. Jerseys for 60p is a bargain, and you're right, will do a few lunches, which makes them even more of a bargain!

Did DWJ do two books about cat magicians, or is that another fantasy author I'm thinking of? I see more of her books in the kids'/YA section and more fantasy, but I've not read much.

The dress looks stunning - colourful but not overstated, and lovely.
j4 From: j4 Date: June 16th, 2004 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Did DWJ do two books about cat magicians

No idea, sorry... doesn't ring any bells, so if it is her then it's not ones I've read. But then I'd never even heard of the one I just started until my mum gave it to me (having decided she was never going to re-read it) so she's probably written a lot more than I realise.

Glad you like the dress. :-) I tried to make it rainbow-ish without doing rainbows in individual bits, IYSWIM...
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nja From: nja Date: June 16th, 2004 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)
M3 T00. You have inspired me to start decorating my M&S jeans with a selection of overhead projector pens which I have found on my desktop. I do not think the results will be anything like as lovely, though.
sion_a From: sion_a Date: June 16th, 2004 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Realised this morning that the reason I didn't notice the full glory of the dress last night is that it's managed to drape itself such that the bulk of the decoration is hidden in a fold.
vinaigrettegirl From: vinaigrettegirl Date: June 16th, 2004 02:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Make me smile

Your dress does. It is beautifully done.

Your perspective seems lots better these days. C'est fantastique. Hurray hurray for the longest days.
lusercop From: lusercop Date: June 16th, 2004 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Should I be worried that I haven't got any kind of special costume for glasto? (even if I have been working hard with devilstick, and fire devil to get a good display sorted... :-/)
j4 From: j4 Date: June 16th, 2004 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
You're going to be doing something that requires incredible levels of skill, that will make everybody in the vicinity swoon in awe -- something which is actually a performance art, which is after all what the festival is all about -- and you're wondering if you should be worried that you haven't coloured an old dress in with some felt-tip pens?
ceb From: ceb Date: June 16th, 2004 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Howl's Moving Castle does move between the fantasy universe and the real world, though it's not really essential to the plot. It does it the other way round, though; there's a section where Sophie ends up in the real world, which is told entirely from her point of view and makes a nice contrast to DWJ's more usual approach of describing the fantasy world from the POV of the real-world characters.

The Time of the Ghost is another one definitely worth reading if you love the more real-world books. It's about a girl who wakes up to discover she's a ghost, and is exceedingly good and really quite creepy.
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: June 16th, 2004 07:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Dress: Gorgeous!

HMC: yes, I think it's aimed around the 10yo mark (which isn't to say an adult can't enjoy it) and it's not as deft as say The Time Of The Ghost or Fire And Hemlock. I'm a sucker for the Chrestomanci series myself, but there are very few DWJs I don't like a lot.

Spending: you need clothing just as much as you need food. And like julietk says, a bit of knowing-you're-doing-it slipping isn't really significant slipping at all, so long as it's not every day. You need an indulgence now and then, and tops definitely are better than beer in that respect. Fewer calories, more colour. And they keep you cool, and if pretty are cheering, and they save you from being topless in public (although your potential attitude to that possibility may be different from mine. I've flashed too many people in the last year to willingly go without clothing...). ;-)
j4 From: j4 Date: June 16th, 2004 07:37 am (UTC) (Link)
DWJ: I wasn't as impressed with The Time of the Ghost as with some of the others, not sure why. Maybe it's just that the ones I really like are ones I first liked as a child so I've grown with them, IYSWIM? I read Witch Week as a kid and loved it, The Lives of Christopher Chant (first read when I borrowed it from you -- thank you!) was good but didn't bowl me over in quite the same way. On the other hand Homeward Bounders was superb and I first read that as an adult. Have you got that? I've got a spare copy if you haven't...

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I've just gone to look at a DWJ site and it's now scrolling a message across my status bar in Netscape that says "Legends are an important source of true information". How nifty.
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Needing clothing: ye-es, well, I'm not short of clothing by any stretch of the imagination. :-} I can just always think of more kinds of clothes that I'd like...

Tops: they are (at least IMHO) pretty, and thus cheering. One is white, made mostly of something rather that strange ruched-lycra stuff that trendy swimsuits in the 80s were made of but with gauzy flouncy sleeves... it's nicer than it sounds, okay? :-) ... and the other is sleeveless, with open v-necked collar, in a 70s-ish red-and-black-and-beige design, big geometric patterns, very cool.

Toplessness: wouldn't bother me per se, in that I don't care if people see me topless, but I suspect it would probably draw unwanted attention of a type that I don't want.
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