deird1: Joey and Pacey at the prom, with text "I remember everything" (Joey Pacey remember)
You step off the boat in Devonport, and lots of enterprising salesmen are standing right there, waving "Breakfast at our Cafe!" signs and gesturing to their joint down the street.

You step off the boat in Melbourne, and no-one cares. You want breakfast? Eh, so does everyone else. You got off a boat? Congratulations. People do that sometimes.

Melbourne: the city where nobody gives a damn. (And, for the first time in three weeks, I felt right at home.)


Our holiday can be neatly divided into a few different topics.
the old stuff )

the oops factor )

the natural stuff )

the kidlets )

the verdict )
deird1: Rapunzel, hanging just above the ground, afraid to touch down (Rapunzel nearly to the ground)
My four year old son has started taking communion.

Most of you won’t get exactly why I’m mentioning this. But some of you might understand a bit more if I put it like this: my son, who has not yet been baptised, has started taking communion.

This is unusual.

Orthodox and Catholic churches baptise teeny babies – so when churchgoers take communion, one can pretty much assume they’ve been baptised. The Baptist church, where I was raised, doesn’t baptise people until they’re older – but it also operates on the assumption that you naturally won’t start taking communion until after you’ve been baptised.

I’m at an Anglican church. The middle road. The denomination where we try not to commit to believing something, just in case we leave people out. When someone asks “Does your church believe Theology A or Theology B?” the Anglican church will usually respond with “Yeah… one of those,” and leave all further details to the imagination.

As a rule, Anglican babies are baptised when they’re teeny. But not all of them. The church is quite willing to accommodate those of us who prefer our baptisms more “credo” and less “paedo” – so our two kidlets have both had an infant dedication, and won’t be baptised until they wish to be.

But… my church, being an Anglican church, also handles communion as vaguely as it handles just about every other theological point it’s asked for an opinion on. The Orthodox give communion to infants; the Catholics have an official First Communion at seven years old. The Anglicans opted for the middle ground of “Um… when you’re ready.”

And so my son, having decided he’s ready, is lining up for communion right next to me.

I’m somewhat uncertain about this. A lot of my brain keeps on glancing at me suspiciously and muttering “…but he hasn’t been baptised, Mez…” and I don’t really have an answer for it. I can’t entirely counter the no-communion-before-baptism argument, largely because I’m not sure where that particular theology is from. It’s tradition – but I don’t quite know why, theologically speaking.

On the other hand, there is a piece of theology I’m quite certain of: that Christ said “Let the little children come unto me and forbid them not”, and that if my son asked to encounter Jesus and I said he wasn’t ready, Jesus would kick my arse. (Or at least be extremely cross and pointedly sarcastic in my direction.)

So, I am putting the thing I’m uncertain about (whether un-baptised people are technically allowed to have communion) in second place to the thing I’m very clear about (Jesus wanting kids to be allowed to come to him, dammit). And if my boy wants to take communion, I’m cheering him on.

plot bunny

Mar. 28th, 2019 09:47 am
deird1: Illyria, with text "Godking" (Illyria godking)
One of the many (many) narratives I've had at the back of my head is one where magic used to be possible, slowly stopped being possible, but is now gradually becoming possible again (sort of like Shadowrun, but much less dramatically).

It occurred to me the other day that, if you had people passing magical techniques down in the hopes that they'd one day become possible, you'd have a whole bunch of people who were extremely well trained in how to do high-level spells without having any of the safety precautions or common sense that comes from having screwed up the low-level spells.

Much in the same way that you learn your vegetable chopping techniques as a by-product of having accidentally chopped your fingers, and your egg-cracking techniques as a by-product of having accidentally dumped most of an egg shell into your cake batter.

So, there would be apprentices, in their early days of screwing up low-level spells, saying "Master... do you think we should maybe draw a salt circle before..." and their masters cheerfully dismissing this as unnecessary, before accidentally setting fire to the curtains and dying everyone's skin bright blue and saying "...right. So, next time we might... draw a salt circle. Yep."
deird1: the Trio as Greek gods, with text "we are as gods!!!" (Trio as gods)
So, I bought my kids a CD player.

It failed, I returned it and got a replacement.

It failed, I returned it and said "...what else have you got?"

This was when I discovered that my favourite version of iPod is no longer sold in stores, and the ones that are still sold are way too overpowered for my 4 year old.

I got a store credit for the cost of the CD player (and bought a used iPod on eBay).



So far, my store credit has bought:
- Aladdin
- Happy Death Day
- Into the Spider-Verse
- The Muppet Show (Season 3)
- Muppet Treasure Island
- Big Hero 6
- an iTunes gift card

...and I still have money left.


(For the record: I loved Happy Death Day, and am eagerly waiting for my kids to go to sleep so I can watch Big Hero 6. From the trailer, it looks like exactly what Into the Spider-Verse was: a superhero movie that remembered why superheroes are fun.)

oops

Mar. 25th, 2019 02:43 pm
deird1: Fred looking nervous (Fred nervous)
It was cold outside, so I lit a fire.

It is now even colder, because I have opened all the windows and doors, and turned on the ceiling fan.


Note to self: DO NOT light a fire on windy days, as the wind tends to blast the smoke back out into the lounge room...
deird1: Azula, with a slightly snarky expression (Azula eyes)
I've spent a fair bit of this morning mentally race-casting an Australian production of Hamilton.

Hamilton is, of course, notable for having its original US cast being largely Latino and African American. Which is awesome - but doesn't translate well to an Australian audience. You see, we don't so much need to be subconsciously reminded about our country's Latinos and African-Americans... because we don't really have either of those people groups. Instead...

Hamilton: Chinese
Washington: Lebanese
Burr: Aborigine
Jefferson (Lafayette): Greek/Italian
Madison (Mulligan): Aborigine
Philip (Laurens): SriLankan
King George: Anglo

I nearly swapped Hamilton and Washington, so that our hero/immigrant was the Lebanese guy, but decided that it was more important to have the visual of a wise, discerning, downright heroic Lebanese guy, and make the Chinese guy the young hothead.

I can't really cast King George as anything other than an Anglo - otherwise it just doesn't work in my head...

And Burr is one of the most prominent people in the show other than Hamilton himself, and I thought that role should belong to an Indigenous actor.

(No idea about the female leads, though.)

Tassie!

Mar. 16th, 2019 05:11 pm
deird1: Fred squeeing, with love hearts (Fred squee)
We've just been booking our holiday. We're going to Tasmania!

You may recall, I live in Melbourne, which is about as close to Tasmania as you can get while being in a totally different state. So, rather than flying, we are taking the boat across (and thereby having our car for the entire holiday).

I haven't been to Tasmania since I was 11, so I'm very excited. We're going to do all the convicty bits, and a lot of nature-y bits too (waterfalls, caves, etc). We're not going to do any long walks, which is very disappointing - but our children have little legs and wouldn't manage to walk that far, so we figure we'll wait another decade and come back to climb some mountains.

This is all going to happen in a couple of weeks. So exciting!
deird1: Maximus the horse, holding a sword in his mouth threateningly (Maximus sword)
Clue
Sneakers
Arsenic and Old Lace
Groundhog Day
Spider-Man (the Tobey Maguire ones)
The Pink Panther
A Few Good Men
Jurassic Park
Back to the Future
What's Up Doc

Interestingly, there are movies I like more that I don't care so much about my kids seeing. But these ones they have to see (and enjoy, dammit!).
deird1: the kidlet, looking oh so cute (kidlet with hat)
Kidlet Primus:
- Has just been introduced to the concept of pocket money. He was ridiculously excited, and spent the next hour running around the house yelling "Spend! And save! And give! POCKET MONEY!!!" over and over. (We are doing the "spend/save/give" thing, where a portion of his pocket money goes into each category.)

- Has started drawing people who are recognisably people. They have arms! And eyes! And hair!

- Lined up for communion with me, yesterday, and put his hands out in standard Anglican cupping pose to get his wafer. (Was very dubious about actually eating the wafer, as it tastes a bit like cardboard. But wanted to go back for more grape juice.)


Kidlet Secunda:
- Has finally decided that undies are not the devil, and instantly toilet trained herself, just like I predicted. We're up to five days of undie dryness, and are seriously considering taking away her nighttime nappies (since she hasn't had a wet one for over a fortnight and it's frankly a waste of nappies).

- Has decided that pink is the very best colour in the world and she must wear it all the time. No idea where she's getting that one from, as I would happily clothe her entirely in blues and purples...
deird1: Spike looking at Harmony, with text "you were meant for me; perhaps as punishment (Spike Harmony punishment)
I've had the previous entry in my head for quite a few years now. The reason I finally posted it was because I wanted to post about Mal/Inara and the word "petty", but I would need to reference my Shipping Theory so that you'd understand the terms I was using.

So... Mal and Inara.

the thief, the whore, and the term 'petty' )
deird1: Wes and Lilah in bed, with text "you called this a relationship" (Wes Lilah relationship)
My sister and I spent a few years discussing this. Thought I'd write it down for anyone who's interested.


You see, we noticed that people tend to end up shipping the same types of relationships. People who ship Joey/Pacey also tend to ship Han/Leia, and House/Cuddy, and Ron/Hermione (or so was our theory).

And, because my sister and I are both nerdy people with too much time on our hands, we decided to figure out how different ships could be classified, so that we could figure out, definitively, which types of ships were "the same type".

the emotional/directness spectrum )

Questions? Comments?
deird1: Mai and Zuko cuddling, with text "you're so beautiful when you hate the world" (Mai Zuko hate the world)
Watched Disney's Tarzan (the one from the 90s). It was excellent.

Then googled the original book.

...I am never, ever touching the original book. It is horrifyingly racist.



I told my husband that the book was racist. He said "Yeah, probably", thinking I meant racist-because-it's-from-the-Victoria-era-so-of-course-it-is. I said "No, REALLY..." and explained that:
1) The book was about the nature/nurture debate.
2) The author deliberately took Tarzan away from his parents as a baby, so that "nurture" wouldn't apply.
3) The author deliberately made Tarzan an English noble because he "selected an infant child of a race strongly marked by hereditary characteristics of the finer and nobler sort". So that his "nature" would be as good as possible.
4) The point was to show how Tarzan would be superior to everyone because his nature was so wonderful, even though his nurture was horrible.

SO HORRIBLY, HORRIBLY RACIST, GUYS. Like, worse-than-Lovecraft racist. *boggles*
deird1: Rapunzel, doing a jigsaw puzzle (Rapunzel jigsaw)
I'm doing a pottery course this evening!

Really looking forward to it. I haven't done pottery since school art classes when I was 10 – but I've been wanting to try it ever since.


This has all come about in the following way:

Mez: "I think I'm going to quit choir for a while. My voice just isn't coping, and it's no fun going every week when I keep on being unable to sing."

Hubbie: "But you need to do some sort of evening activity! It's not good for you to be home with the kids all week long."

Mez: "...could I do some art classes?"


If pottery doesn't hit the spot, I have many other backup options. Including calligraphy, life drawing, book binding, glass blowing, blacksmithing, weaving, spinning, and pencil sketching.
deird1: Vimes lighting a cigar using a swamp dragon, with text "Fabricati Diem Pvnc" (Vimes)
Having had quite a few people subscribe to me lately, I need to let you know something that most of my olds will be aware of.

That is:

1) I live in Melbourne, Australia.

2) I have a couch you can crash on, and a dinner invite to any of you who are willing to fly this far.

Just so you know.
deird1: Buffy looking bored, with text "don't care" (Buffy don't care)
Tried White Collar. Got 1.5 episodes in, and decided, meh, I didn't care about the characters. So I turned it off.

Thing is, I love Leverage. And quite enjoyed Hustle. White Collar should, in theory, be right up my alley. And it's certainly a perfectly decent show. But unless I'm interested in the characters, I can never make it past the second episode of anything.

This also happened with Babylon 5, and Psych, and Wonderfalls. They're interesting, and high quality – but I just don't CARE.

icon meme

Jan. 30th, 2019 11:27 am
deird1: a chibi of Kitty from P&P, with text "what do you keep winking at me for?" (Kitty winking)
How it works: reply with "Oh! Shiny" and I'll choose three of your icons. Tell me about them: where they came from, what they mean to you, and/or when you deploy them. Drop a link here to your post in your own journal. Spread it around.

[personal profile] rydra_wong asked me about:
these three icons )
deird1: Fred reading a book (Fred book)
Why is it that the most fun and interesting jobs are always the shortest?

Just got hired to write some Diary Entries Full of Hidden Clues for an escape room. SO VERY FUN. And it took me a grand total of three hours.

Punctuation-checking a textbook for the third time? Takes days. An awesome job that I'd do for free if I didn't need to eat occasionally? Three hours.


...I clearly need to develop a friendship with every escape room designer in the world, so that I can snag all the fun writing work.
deird1: the kidlet, looking oh so cute (kidlet with hat)
"Help me with this, Mummy!"

"Okay. I'll get in my time machine, go back two years, spend weeks teaching you, painstakingly, how to do the task, and make absolutely sure you can do it yourself. ... Okay, done. Now do it yourself."
deird1: Chiana, head on one side (Chiana)
...using D&D classes and alignments

For reference, see this post where I allocated classes and alignments to every character.



because I was bored )

Questions? Comments?
deird1: Fred squeeing, with love hearts (Fred squee)
One day I will have my female cat called Minerva, dammit.

But for now, he's very cute, very purry, and his name is Felix because I am a total Latin nerd.

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