elettaria: (Water-mole)
Earlier today:

[livejournal.com profile] elettaria: I think that all relationships need a substantial quota of silliness.
[livejournal.com profile] ghost_of_a_flea: Yes, darling, but how many relationships' quotas do we have?
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I have a mini exercise-bike that never really had a comfortable home, as it's rather a small flat and also because it tries to skitter across the floor away from me while I use it. A while ago I had the brainwave of putting it inside the wardrobe, so that I could use it with D's desk chair and so that it would not be able to escape. A few days ago I decided I was up to starting a very cautious exercise regime, and I'm doing the odd minute of exercise biking. D is currently curled up in bed reading, and was rather surprised to see me take his chair, throw open the wardrobe door, and start pedalling away. He leaned across the bed to make sure that he really was seeing what he thought.

D: My darling, where are you going?
Me (because there is no other answer to this): To Narnia!
[One minute later, as I come back to bed]
D: Don't worry, my love, I promise you'll get to Narnia in the end! Just keep on trying! You'll get there!

The little rat also photographed me with his phone, and apparently it just looks like I'm sitting at the cupboard staring inside contemplatively.
elettaria: (Shakespeare pigeon)
[livejournal.com profile] jinxremoving and I have been discussing sex work, sexuality and disability, both in her LJ (where I linked to two of my old posts, one concerning chickens amongst other matters) and over IM. The following illustrates that wondrous phenomenon when Person A replies to something Person B has said, but by the time they hit "send", something else by Person B has appeared in the message window.

[livejournal.com profile] jinxremoving: "(As we know, the world is divided into straight and gay people and that's it.)" I do so love your phrasing.
[livejournal.com profile] elettaria: No idea where I wrote that, but thanks!
[livejournal.com profile] jinxremoving: The first link.
[livejournal.com profile] jinxremoving: and HELL YES re straight(-ish) people's condom usage. i can't get over the friends i have who STILL, in this day and age, have unprotected sex on one-night stands.
[livejournal.com profile] elettaria: Oh, with the chickens.
[livejournal.com profile] jinxremoving: Your comment and mine look scary together. But yes, with the chickens.
elettaria: (Lobstrosity)
Nearly three years ago, I went to a barbecue with [livejournal.com profile] ghost_of_a_flea and got sunburned for the first time in years, perhaps decades. I spent the next week complaining that I looked like a lobster, and the nickname stuck. I had completely forgotten that my mother had dressed me up as a mermaid for the fancy dress competition at the school fete when I was tiny (I'd given her a choice of a mermaid or a waterfall), and the ensemble had included a plastic lobster on a lead. Evidently it was an early influence.

Mermaid 1

My parents spent ages putting wire onto the bottom of a designer skirt they'd picked up at a charity shop, drilling holes in cockle shells and putting them on a little thermal vest for me as it was a chilly day, painting scales on me and the skirt, and borrowing the lobster and some seaweed from Fred the Fishmongerette. I won second prize. First prize went to a kid whose mother must have spent all of five minutes with some green crepe paper and balloons to make him into a peapod. I think my mother still has a grudge about that.

I chose the user name Elettaria because... )

Something I've always wanted to ask my friends here on LiveJournal is why you chose the user names you did, the stories behind them, whether it's a name you grabbed randomly or something that you still feel a strong connection with. Tell me all about it!
elettaria: (Lobstrosity)
Nearly three years ago, I went to a barbecue with [livejournal.com profile] ghost_of_a_flea and got sunburned for the first time in years, perhaps decades. I spent the next week complaining that I looked like a lobster, and the nickname stuck. I had completely forgotten that my mother had dressed me up as a mermaid for the fancy dress competition at the school fete when I was tiny (I'd given her a choice of a mermaid or a waterfall), and the ensemble had included a plastic lobster on a lead. Evidently it was an early influence.

Mermaid 1

My parents spent ages putting wire onto the bottom of a designer skirt they'd picked up at a charity shop, drilling holes in cockle shells and putting them on a little thermal vest for me as it was a chilly day, painting scales on me and the skirt, and borrowing the lobster and some seaweed from Fred the Fishmongerette. I won second prize. First prize went to a kid whose mother must have spent all of five minutes with some green crepe paper and balloons to make him into a peapod. I think my mother still has a grudge about that.

I chose the user name Elettaria because... )

Something I've always wanted to ask my friends here on LiveJournal is why you chose the user names you did, the stories behind them, whether it's a name you grabbed randomly or something that you still feel a strong connection with. Tell me all about it!
elettaria: (Chocolate teapot)
Several weeks ago:

I went to bed and D stayed up to work on the computer. After an hour or so, he heard me call from the bedroom.
Me: D--? [First clue that I was asleep: we usually call each other by nicknames, not our real names.]
D [wandering through]: Yes?
Me: I want to ask you a question.
D: ...yes?
Me: *mumble mumble*
D: ...?
Me: *mumble mumble* it's about stitch sizes [turns over and continues sleeping]

Then last week I apparently was concerned about small squares of fabric, again while sound asleep. Last night we were talking about something to do with the duvet, and I ended up using the word "border", which didn't really apply to the duvet but does happen to relate to what I'd spent hours sewing that day (four foot long seams, huzzah!). I was half-awake for that one, I actually remember it.

Oops. I had to take a couple of months off sewing because of D moving in and then a shoulder injury, and I've been at it hell for leather for the last few weeks, I was so glad to get back to being able to sew again. My parents are visiting on Sunday and I want to have the quilt top finished by then. If D doesn't crack first.
elettaria: (Chocolate teapot)
Several weeks ago:

I went to bed and D stayed up to work on the computer. After an hour or so, he heard me call from the bedroom.
Me: D--? [First clue that I was asleep: we usually call each other by nicknames, not our real names.]
D [wandering through]: Yes?
Me: I want to ask you a question.
D: ...yes?
Me: *mumble mumble*
D: ...?
Me: *mumble mumble* it's about stitch sizes [turns over and continues sleeping]

Then last week I apparently was concerned about small squares of fabric, again while sound asleep. Last night we were talking about something to do with the duvet, and I ended up using the word "border", which didn't really apply to the duvet but does happen to relate to what I'd spent hours sewing that day (four foot long seams, huzzah!). I was half-awake for that one, I actually remember it.

Oops. I had to take a couple of months off sewing because of D moving in and then a shoulder injury, and I've been at it hell for leather for the last few weeks, I was so glad to get back to being able to sew again. My parents are visiting on Sunday and I want to have the quilt top finished by then. If D doesn't crack first.

Organ donation

Saturday, 2 June 2007 09:41 pm
elettaria: (Default)
There's quite a fuss going on right now over a Dutch TV show that has proved to be a hoax, the Big Donor Show in which an actress posed as a terminally ill woman interviewing three candidates to see which one most deserves to get one of her kidneys. I'm not intending to discuss that here, though you can read a thoughtful discussion of it here. I'll just say that I find the idea extremely unpleasant and feel that there are better ways of raising the profile of organ donation. I'd rather talk about organ donation itself.

Like many people, I'd heard of it but not really thought about it much. [livejournal.com profile] ladyvivien changed that. Her mother has been the recipient of a donated kidney and she is extremely passionate about organ donation issues. There was a proposal at the time that organ donation should be made an opt-out system in the UK, so that unless people deliberately opted out they would be on the organ donation register. In case anyone reading this is not aware, there is a terrible shortage of organ donors. [livejournal.com profile] ladyvivien was in favour of the bill, which didn't pass. I wasn't, because while I do feel that something dramatic needs to be done to create a large enough pool of organ donors, I don't feel that your body belongs to the state and I believe that it should be a choice whether or not to be a donor. The system I envisage as ideal would present people with the opportunity to sign up as organ donors, for example asking anyone who registered with a doctor's surgery or got a driving licence (which would cover the vast majority of the population between them), and by this I mean giving them a form that made them tick a yes or no box, not just having leaflets sitting around the surgery. This would, I hope, increase the pool to a large enough size without forcing anyone, since many people, most I think, would in fact agree if they were asked, they're just not asked. And since few people really want to think about the possibility of their own death, let alone in gory detail (who wants to think about having their eyes removed?), people aren't that likely to go out of their way to sign up, they'll just avoid the topic while being vaguely in favour of it.

I signed up a while later, I think it didn't happen until something else prodded me and I'd spent a couple of years meaning to get around to it when there were the appropriate forms available. I signed up online in the end, which may be done at this link. I later proceeded to tell my parents about this in a way which I wouldn't suggest following. It was when I was reading up on human sacrifice for an essay on Titus Andronicus, in which a defeated enemy is sacrificed at the beginning of the play, and started wondering whether the Romans ever practised human sacrifice. My stepfather's a history nut, so I rang my parents to ask, and all this reading about removal of body parts reminded me that I needed to tell them I was on the organ donation register. My mother answered the phone, and the conversation went something like this:

Me: Hi, darling, how are you? Is C-- there? By the way, I'm signed up as an organ donor.
My mother [not taken it in yet]: Er, yes, here he is.
[Fascinating conversation in which C-- and I conclude that no, the Romans did not practise human sacrifice, and thus Titus' sacrifice of Alarbus was way out of line.]
C--: Lovely talking to you, I'll give you back to your mother now.
Mother: What the hell do you mean you're signed up as an organ donor?

This might not have been the best way to broach the subject. Thankfully we got it straightened out in the end, and while my mother is one of the people who really doesn't want to think about the whole topic, she respects my decision.

So anyway, however the topic is brought to light, I'd urge anyone who hasn't signed up as a donor already to think about it deeply, and if you decide that you wish to sign up, get around to it now - and then tell your next of kin in a suitable manner.

Organ donation

Saturday, 2 June 2007 09:41 pm
elettaria: (Default)
There's quite a fuss going on right now over a Dutch TV show that has proved to be a hoax, the Big Donor Show in which an actress posed as a terminally ill woman interviewing three candidates to see which one most deserves to get one of her kidneys. I'm not intending to discuss that here, though you can read a thoughtful discussion of it here. I'll just say that I find the idea extremely unpleasant and feel that there are better ways of raising the profile of organ donation. I'd rather talk about organ donation itself.

Like many people, I'd heard of it but not really thought about it much. [livejournal.com profile] ladyvivien changed that. Her mother has been the recipient of a donated kidney and she is extremely passionate about organ donation issues. There was a proposal at the time that organ donation should be made an opt-out system in the UK, so that unless people deliberately opted out they would be on the organ donation register. In case anyone reading this is not aware, there is a terrible shortage of organ donors. [livejournal.com profile] ladyvivien was in favour of the bill, which didn't pass. I wasn't, because while I do feel that something dramatic needs to be done to create a large enough pool of organ donors, I don't feel that your body belongs to the state and I believe that it should be a choice whether or not to be a donor. The system I envisage as ideal would present people with the opportunity to sign up as organ donors, for example asking anyone who registered with a doctor's surgery or got a driving licence (which would cover the vast majority of the population between them), and by this I mean giving them a form that made them tick a yes or no box, not just having leaflets sitting around the surgery. This would, I hope, increase the pool to a large enough size without forcing anyone, since many people, most I think, would in fact agree if they were asked, they're just not asked. And since few people really want to think about the possibility of their own death, let alone in gory detail (who wants to think about having their eyes removed?), people aren't that likely to go out of their way to sign up, they'll just avoid the topic while being vaguely in favour of it.

I signed up a while later, I think it didn't happen until something else prodded me and I'd spent a couple of years meaning to get around to it when there were the appropriate forms available. I signed up online in the end, which may be done at this link. I later proceeded to tell my parents about this in a way which I wouldn't suggest following. It was when I was reading up on human sacrifice for an essay on Titus Andronicus, in which a defeated enemy is sacrificed at the beginning of the play, and started wondering whether the Romans ever practised human sacrifice. My stepfather's a history nut, so I rang my parents to ask, and all this reading about removal of body parts reminded me that I needed to tell them I was on the organ donation register. My mother answered the phone, and the conversation went something like this:

Me: Hi, darling, how are you? Is C-- there? By the way, I'm signed up as an organ donor.
My mother [not taken it in yet]: Er, yes, here he is.
[Fascinating conversation in which C-- and I conclude that no, the Romans did not practise human sacrifice, and thus Titus' sacrifice of Alarbus was way out of line.]
C--: Lovely talking to you, I'll give you back to your mother now.
Mother: What the hell do you mean you're signed up as an organ donor?

This might not have been the best way to broach the subject. Thankfully we got it straightened out in the end, and while my mother is one of the people who really doesn't want to think about the whole topic, she respects my decision.

So anyway, however the topic is brought to light, I'd urge anyone who hasn't signed up as a donor already to think about it deeply, and if you decide that you wish to sign up, get around to it now - and then tell your next of kin in a suitable manner.

We're all mad here

Saturday, 16 December 2006 05:17 pm
elettaria: (Chocolate teapot)
Mishearing of the week: When I was talking about various quack therapies for ME/CFIDS to my mother, she managed to hear Mickel Reverse Therapy as Knicker Reverse Therapy. The answer to all your problems!

Mis-seeing of the week: [livejournal.com profile] ghost_of_a_flea went into the bathroom last night, where there was a brown towel draped over a stool from when I'd attacked him with dead henna. I heard a yelp. For about a quarter of a second, it apparently looked like a severed head.

Bizarre phrase of the week: "Buggery, not cannibalism!" Uttered rather loudly at gone midnight.

We're all mad here

Saturday, 16 December 2006 05:17 pm
elettaria: (Chocolate teapot)
Mishearing of the week: When I was talking about various quack therapies for ME/CFIDS to my mother, she managed to hear Mickel Reverse Therapy as Knicker Reverse Therapy. The answer to all your problems!

Mis-seeing of the week: [livejournal.com profile] ghost_of_a_flea went into the bathroom last night, where there was a brown towel draped over a stool from when I'd attacked him with dead henna. I heard a yelp. For about a quarter of a second, it apparently looked like a severed head.

Bizarre phrase of the week: "Buggery, not cannibalism!" Uttered rather loudly at gone midnight.
elettaria: (Rock badger)
I managed to drop my mobile in the bath on Saturday. It was six years old, it had a good life, and I'll rather miss it, not to mention the joy of seeing people start with horror when they saw that and enquiring whether it was made in the Middle Ages. The SIM card was safely retrieved and is now lodging in my cheap 'n' nasty, though rather dinky, new mobile, so my phone number is the same. However, over half my phone book has been lost. Could people who have my mobile number please text me their phone number/s, remembering to sign the text? Thanks folks!

Also, happy Easter/Pesach/Beltane/thank goodness the winter seems to be over to everyone.
elettaria: (Rock badger)
I managed to drop my mobile in the bath on Saturday. It was six years old, it had a good life, and I'll rather miss it, not to mention the joy of seeing people start with horror when they saw that and enquiring whether it was made in the Middle Ages. The SIM card was safely retrieved and is now lodging in my cheap 'n' nasty, though rather dinky, new mobile, so my phone number is the same. However, over half my phone book has been lost. Could people who have my mobile number please text me their phone number/s, remembering to sign the text? Thanks folks!

Also, happy Easter/Pesach/Beltane/thank goodness the winter seems to be over to everyone.
elettaria: (Spinet)
Random trivia: according to a BBC article, the UK possesses a Serious and Organised Crime Agency.

So, kids, I'm back, and I'm starting to recover. I could probably dig out anecdotes from here to the end of time, but here are the juiciest (translation: the ones that occur to me this morning). Firstly, the long-promised Knicker Story )
elettaria: (Spinet)
Random trivia: according to a BBC article, the UK possesses a Serious and Organised Crime Agency.

So, kids, I'm back, and I'm starting to recover. I could probably dig out anecdotes from here to the end of time, but here are the juiciest (translation: the ones that occur to me this morning). Firstly, the long-promised Knicker Story )

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