emma_in_dream: (Methos)
1, I am pleased that the next *Thor* movie is being partly filmed in Australia and is apparently a coffee shop AU where Thor and Loki spend a lot of time choosing lattes together. Good, they need to talk.

2, Ruby made up a song: ‘You want me to say hello to the baby, but they baby is too young. I say hello, the baby says googoo.’ Clearly inspired by the Beatles.

3, Pearl’s NAPLAN results are not nearly as bad as the teacher had warned. I’m very pleased that she did well in reading, since this is a constant pleasure in my life.
emma_in_dream: (Henry Moore)
Documents from the Out Tray of Hermione Granger, Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures (Being Division)

by me

in Archive of Our Own.
emma_in_dream: (bucky)
For once we had a nice, relaxing weekend.

We made costumes for Book Week. Pearl is going as Aslan from *The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe* and Ruby is going as the pink crayon from *The Day the Crayons Quit*.

We did some craft, went to the park and also went to the zoo. All easy and cruisy.

I was able to enjoy the weekend because I spent so much time the week before doing boring adulating. I did the census, filled out my tax forms, paid my rates and water bill and sorted out the children’s letter writing campaign. I anticipate a $65 tax refund which I have already spent on a forthcoming book on the oil paintings of Frank Dicksee, a painter who was technically competent and who was wired into the Victorian id but who is not remembered in the way Leighton or Waterhouse are.

emma_in_dream: (Trek)
I will send out the assignments to you today. Each kid will write three letters and should receive three letters. Your child can write whatever they want, or draw, paint, or send something they’ve made. The idea is to get a pleasant surprise in the mailbox.

I’ve tried to match kids by age.


Aug. 19th, 2016 01:50 pm
emma_in_dream: (cameron)
Rio has failed to achieve my minimum standards for an enjoyable Olympics. I do not like Australian swimmers saying it is good to beat cheaters; Chinese media saying Australians are all rude because of the convict factor; Egyptian sportsmen refusing to shake hands with Israeli competitors; boxing judges being sent home in disgrace; cameras hurtling out of the air to land on viewers; gymnasts breaking their legs; American soccer players saying the opposition played like cowards; massive Russian doping scandals; ‘journalists’ outing competitors; gold-winning gymnasts being showered in racist criticism from their own side; the darn mascot being shot.

This Olympic was so dire that I have instead been watching footage of the 1908 London Olympics. Now there’s a set of competitors!

(NB: 1908 also had ridiculously petty conflict, such as the Americans failing to dip their flag to the reigning monarch and the British being given a do-over in the sprint. Also, did you know it set the standard for the marathon based purely on where the Windsor Castle nursery was? And it was only moved from Rome to London because Vesuvius blew.)

3 Things

Aug. 17th, 2016 11:32 am
emma_in_dream: (alexa)
1, I am rereading *HP and the Philosopher’s Stone*. I wonder if Pearl is old enough to read it? She wants to because other kids she knows have. But it does have Voldemort sucking on unicorn blood. And Harry’s dead parents (who spend more time onstage than Hermione’s live parents). And the viciousness of Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia.

2, I am planning to adult like mad on Friday, census, tax, rates.

3, My parents entertained over the weekend and my children were shocked – shocked, I say! – to see the table clear and free of clutter. Pearl very earnestly praised them while Ruby ran around looking at the table and I smothered a laugh.

3 Things

Aug. 15th, 2016 06:03 pm
emma_in_dream: by coloured squares (pic#5356769)
1, Lovely weather over the weekend.

2, Ruby informs me that she is a ‘fan of bottoms’. She has an ad from Lush showing a whole lot of women with no clothes on facing away from the camera. She wants me to photocopy it so it can go on her wall. I am going to assume this is some typical developmental phase.

3, The electrician who came by on Friday was both competent and cheap. And reassuring! My daughters said I was ‘milking it’ when I demanded sympathy after receiving an electric shock from the outside light. But the electrician was concerned and Western Power wound up calling the strata agents to inform them that other original light fixtures would all need replacing as the earthing line on mine has corroded. About half the units probably still have the original lights. So I have a working light and we’ve warned others about the possible dangers.

3 Things

Aug. 12th, 2016 09:55 am
emma_in_dream: (kate bunce)
1, I’ve just started the BBC’s *New Blood*. It’s excellent and a nice retreat from vile reality.

2, I am reading *Milly Molly Mandy* to the girls. They are enjoying the stories greatly, and are also scandalised by the fact that I had scribbled in the book as a child. I keep pointing out that you can tell by the inscription (which does not mention my youngest sister) that I was very young when I did it!

3, We went op-shopping on the weekend and got several jigsaws. I do enjoy working on them with them.

3 Things

Aug. 10th, 2016 04:50 pm
emma_in_dream: (kate bunce)
1, I avoided the census fail by deciding I did not have time to do it last night and putting it off. A win for procrastination.

2, I now have all the documents necessary to do my tax. Hopefully there will be a small rebate.

3, Pearl is very much taken with the concept of sugar mice from the Milly Molly Mandy books. I was too, and on my first trip to the UK I bought one. A bit sweet for an adult but incredibly cute to look at.

2 things

Aug. 8th, 2016 05:31 pm
emma_in_dream: (Trek)
1, We had a great day yesterday, driving out to Bakers Hill to visit zebra. The girls enjoyed seeing the alpacas, but were pretty tired by the time we got home. I got to spend a good five minutes talking to other adults, so that was nice.

2, I amuse myself with my incompetence. I tried to make my shoes look nicer by polishing them. The polish exploded out of the container, with the result that the shoes look great but my hands are coated with ingrained black stains. Net level of professional look achieved probably negative.
emma_in_dream: (alexa)
I assume this book was a Christmas publication, aimed at the Victorian middle class. It’s nicely illustrated and contains two almost painfully pious short stories. John Strange’s one is about two boys spending Christmas at school and comforting each other in the absence of their families. Mrs Molesworth’s is about some children who are led into a fib by naughty neighbours. Luckily they quickly repent.

I’ve heard of Mrs Molesworth before – perhaps in a Nancy Mitford novel? She certainly typifies the kind of bland, heavy on the improving message kind of children’s literature which we associate with the Victorians.
1, I’ve finished the latest Harry Potter and it has inspired me to write a whole lot of stuff that wasn’t in the play. Also, I’d like to go to the play, should it ever make its way to the home of Hermione’s parents.

2, I hear good things about *Ghost Busters* from everyone whose opinion is important to me.

July Books

Aug. 1st, 2016 07:56 pm
emma_in_dream: (Methos)
CS Lewis Prince Caspian 1951

Elaine Showalter The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe: A Biography 2016

Agatha Christie Ordeal by Innocence 1958

Diana Wynne Jones Enchanted Glass 2010

Vincent Bugliosi Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders 1974

CS Lewis Voyage of the Dawn Treader 1952

Big 2016

Joseph A Kestner Mythology and Misogyny: The Social Discourse of Nineteenth-Century British Classical Subject Painting 1989

CS Lewis The Silver Chair 1953

Bob Brown Optimism: Reflections on a Life of Action 2014

CS Lewis The Last Battle 1956

3 Things

Aug. 1st, 2016 06:17 pm
emma_in_dream: (bobby)
1, I saw the latest *Star Trek* on the weekend. I really really loved the way the characters were part of a non-military organisation dedicated to exploring, rather than a military. I liked the characterisation, the action and the themes. The only thing I did not like was the tendency to use shots that looped through space. Even though I saw it in 2D it made me feel seasick and gave me a splitting headache which has persisted to the next day. I think I am getting to the point where I can no longer watch movies on the big screen because the cinematography is too much for me. At least this will save money.

2, I’m up to Act II of *Harry Potter and the Cursed Child*. I am enjoying it more than I thought I would, given that my least favourite part of all the books is the prescriptive final chapter which outlines exactly what happens to all the characters, down to the middle names of their children, but does not address the *massively important* theme of the need to fundamentally restructure wizarding society to integrate the rights of all magical, sentient creatures. Still, more HP is more basis for fanfiction.

3, My children were exemplary on the weekend, allowing me to lie down after the movie. This fixed the troubles with my vision and made me feel cheerful enough to play super heroes with them. In this iteration, I was the villain (as I always am) but was thwarted by Hermes with her power of running so fast she makes whirlwinds and Nay-Nay whose secret power is the ability to control small ponies.

2 things

Jul. 29th, 2016 11:21 am
emma_in_dream: (bobby)
1, The children enjoy karate.

2, Tomorrow is the school disco.
emma_in_dream: (Singin')
First the very good news. Ruby had her most recent eye test and there is no sign of the visual disturbance associated with NF1. If she doesn’t get it by the age of ten, she is unlikely to get it. So she is half way there!

Then the less good news. Ruby and Pearl both have colds and spent the day resting in front of the fire at my parents’ house. Pearl likes to lie down, literally in the cinders like Little Polly Flinders, so she is extremely warm and her clothes are filthy.

I, for one, am sick of this month of illness.

3 Things

Jul. 25th, 2016 06:05 pm
emma_in_dream: (bucky)
1, The girls both adored karate, and had huge grins on their faces as they did it. The class is aimed at kids and the teachers seemed very good at providing lots of positive feedback. Pearl most enjoyed kicking a bag and Ruby most enjoyed the game of dodge ball they played.

2, Ruby has been exhausted ever since she did karate but nonetheless set off to school with some enthusiasm today. PrePrimary are having a presentation on why hospitals are good. I thought she might be reluctant to go as she has well founded fears of hospitals, but instead she took my suggestion that she would be an ‘expert’ and ran with it. She knows *all* about hospitals, down to being a connoisseur of the best waiting rooms at the local children’s hospital.

3, I was finally well enough to start cleaning up the backlog in the house. For example, the things brought home at the end of last term are now put away.

3 Things

Jul. 22nd, 2016 10:32 am
emma_in_dream: (otp)
1, I had a really nice lunch with an ex-co-worker yesterday at the City Farm.

2, Pearl kindly made a collar for Ruby’s bear which reads ‘Ambrose is my name’. After Ruby cried because ‘it was not how she imagined it’ she thanked her sister for the effort she put into making it. Very mature. And Pearl commented that sometimes things are not as good as we imagine – such as the Shopkin’s house she bought which she thought would be amazing but which is not. (Indeed, it is not.) Also, very mature.

3, I’m rereading Connie Willis’ *Black Out*.
emma_in_dream: (otp)
My favourite costuming ever in a TV series would have to be *Blake’s Seven*. I read the costumer’s book about working on the show. She borrowed a lot of the costumes from the BBC existing stock and spent virtually all her allocated budget on buying leather bondage gear from a dodgy shop. Kudos for the bold decision to dress the main crew solely in impractical and tightfitting leather.

Servalan’s costumes were, of course, the pinnacle of camp, making even the seven look like they were wearing sensible everyday gear. What other woman is shows in an evening gown and heels while tramping down a beach and killing her enemies in cold blood?
1, Children back at school.

2, In a miniscule victory at work, my time sheet now works.

3, In another miniscule victory, the parking metre accepted my card today, unlike yesterday when it would not work and I had to find $14 in coins in the car.



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