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  • August 2020

    Sun, 06 Sep 2020 10:13:42 GMT

    In an alternative universe, I would have been in Australia this month, perhaps watching the perseid meteor storm from the middle of a desert. In the real world, the only meteors I dealt with were the ones that dumped Tiberium into the Command & Conquer universe, as I bought the C&C Remastered pack to play Tiberian Dawn for the first time. (And yes, that was a terrible segue.) I also harvested a good amount of homegrown vegetables, inspired a cursed Mr Blobby meme, and drew a bunch of cat faces, which turned into a late attempt at [community profile] naarmamo, the Art-Making Month.


    I'd bought a new pen tablet recently because my old Graphire 4 doesn't work on Macs any more, so I needed to upgrade for work. This meant I got to use the Graphire 4 with my personal laptop with less hassle, and I had it set up to play Command & Conquer with. At around the same time, Twitter's Curious Zelda (a cat account) posted an photo I felt the need to draw a sketch of.

    Curious Zelda retweeted it, to my delight, and I decided to draw more cat face pictures as a result. Meanwhile, [personal profile] squirmelia had been organising NaArMaMo, so I decided to do a few different things to participate in that as well.



    David MacIver's cat-who-does-not-live-here

    Al Broomhead's cats

    Pete & Matt's cat Lilian.

    I think I improved a little over those six pictures, but I'm still most happy with the Curious Zelda pic, which I think conveys most emotion.

    Other Naarmamo pieces:




    Home-grown house

    Carrot tops

    Instant coffee patterns

    A 5x5 grid of soy and oat milk tetrapaks, accumulated while I'm not shopping in person and hence not getting to the recycling point.

    Okay, so I'm up to date with my Dreamwidth entries for the first time since :checks: April 2018! All it took was a pandemic and total lockdown.

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  • July 2020

    Wed, 02 Sep 2020 19:57:43 GMT

    In July I attempted to fix a broken laptop using another broken laptop, and ended up with two broken laptops. I also found a recipe that I like for Millionnaire's Shortbread, tried tempeh for the first time, and had homegrown courgette for the first time too. I also watched through Sense8. On my third Jovian birthday, I spotted and photographed Comet NEOWISE from my back garden.

    Comet NEOWISE

    It actually seems like I may have been a week off with my calculation of my third Jovian birthday, but Jupiter's days are also only 10 hours long so it's not like it perfectly lines up with an Earth day anyway. My next futher-out-than-Earth birthday is my 19th Martian, on 22th September.

    Anyway, Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) was visiting, so I decided to stay up and see if it would be visible in suburbia. The previous comet I'd seen, Comet 46P/Wirtanen, was just barely visible from the dark skies of Dartmoor, so I was quite surprised I could actually see Neowise after letting my eyes take some time to adjust. My camera also managed to capture its tail.


    (My tweets on the comet.)

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  • June 2020

    Sun, 30 Aug 2020 17:41:47 GMT

    I started my new job on the first day of the month, so naturally was quite worn out learning new things to begin with! However, my garden came alive, and for a while I had spinach, golden raspberries, flowering courgettes, broad beans (though they later got decimated by aphids), chickpea plants, apple blossom, and cauliflower seeds.

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  • I've had urticaria since waking up today and I'm pretty sure it's divine punishment at this point.


  • Okay, it's finished and edited! I'm waiting for my AO3 invite, because I forgot that was a thing that needed to happen, so it'll go up at some point tomorrow instead.


  • No, *you're* researching military rankings and if there are any UNIT side characters that could be slotted in to your stupid joke fic


  • It cost several hundred pounds to get off my face on antihistamines, and fortunately the insurance company did pay up when they got the invoice because it's not like you have a lot of choice about it – I assume someone would have appeared if we'd tried to leave without paying.


  • Fortunately I had my insurance docs with me, though it was impossible to contact the insurance company, which we were supposed to do before giving their details to the hospital, because nobody knew how to dial an international number (turns out it's different between countries??)


  • They dosed me with some antihistamines that made me giggly anyway (and extremely drowsy; luckily Emily was driving), and then ejected us into another waiting room that looked like a 1970s-decor airport lounge for us to pay. (I may be misremembering this because, you know, drugs.)


  • My one run-in with the US medical system was in Hilo, HI, when I had an urticaria attack. We confused the ER's check-in with my non-US address and then the doctor I saw was such a dead ringer for JD from Scrubs that I had to stifle giggles.


  • Me, with amnesia, looking through my cutlery drawer: I see I've played knifey-spooney before.


  • If you eat too much honey you could end up with hives


  • If winking at someone makes you itchy, that's flirticaria