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Subject:I ate'nt dead.
Time:03:18 pm
Hello world. Well, hasn't it been a long time? I have many things to update you on, but I keep starting posts and then running out of steam before I finish them. Someday I may go into all these things in detail, but for the moment, to sum up:

  • Christmas was great.

  • Work continues to suck.

  • I saw a fabulous version of the Robin Hood legend at the RSC this January - and it was all about Marion. Robin had the "steal from the rich" bit down, but the "and give to the poor" was all Marion. Plus the staging was amazing. The whole stage, from about halfway back, was one giant, grassy slide, right up into the rafters! People slid onto stage - ouch - and had to climb back up with ropes! It's the most athletic play I've ever seen.

  • Castle! I have burned through all the seasons currently available, and now impatiently await more of season 4. I have no patience for open canon shows. I want it ALL, NOW. Will they/won't they? (Oh, they totally will.)

  • I finally read all the Tiffany Aching / Wee Free Men books, by Pterry. *happy sigh*. In possibly related news, I've not gone to sleep before 2am for most of the nights this week. I. am. so. tired.

  • I'm thinking of trying to run a 10k this year.

  • Kat continues to be adorable, although I do wish she'd stop eating her toys.


ION, I'm finally conceding that I don't like some taste combinations that are generally considered delicious. Coffee and chocolate, for example. I like coffee, I love chocolate, but together? Yuck. Ditto fruit and chocolate - I just don't really like them combined. I feel that togetherness makes them less than the sum of their parts - it takes away from the freshness of the fruit, and the richness of the chocolate. And yet it always seems to be, "What could be better than fresh strawberries? How about STRAWBERRIES DIPPED IN MELTED CHOCOLATE!" Give me my strawberries unadulterated, and my melted chocolate with a big spoon, pls. Also, baked potato and baked beans is just wrong, I don't care what people say.

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aelfgyfu_mead
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Time:2012-02-01 05:29 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're not dead!

I have a friend who similarly loves fruit and loves chocolate but will not allow them to be together. That's okay.

I did couch to 5K. I think I actually ran 5K on Monday (last week of the program, when I'm supposed to run 5K). I was slower today and just ran 30 minutes (instead of the 32.48 it took me Monday to run what I think was 5K).

If you run a 10k, I will cheer you! (If you don't run a 10k, I will cheer you anyway!)
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pepper_field
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Time:2012-02-01 08:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you - me too. :D

Oh, well done, go you! I'm at about that speed, too - 30-and-a-bit minutes for 5k (or I was, before I stopped running towards the end of last year). I think it's a very respectable time.

And thank you again. :D
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a_loquita
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Time:2012-02-01 06:12 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a very interesting play, wow.

Castle is the best thing on TV right now. And what is especially great? Is that I actually have confidence in these showrunners that they *will* get these two character together at some point. They won't leave us hanging like *cough* some people *cough* that we know.

I will, however, have to firmly disagree with you as chocolate covered strawberries are my favorite treat in all the world! I'm a strawberry/chocolate shipper and you want to stay gen on the situation, that's OK, we can still be friends. Just don't read my fanfic ;)
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pepper_field
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Time:2012-02-01 08:37 pm (UTC)
It was fab. There were so many other good things - that's one of the posts I keep starting and running out of steam on. :) I'm just sad that I can't watch it again - the peril of live theatre.

Yes! Hah. Yeah, I was thinking how great it was to be watching a relationship that actually might go somewhere before, you know, a decade has passed and all the passion has (possibly) gone.

:P Well, you can have all the chocolate-covered strawberries, I don't mind. Even though you're clearly WRONG. Strawberry/cream 4eva. ;)
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thothmes
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Time:2012-02-01 08:53 pm (UTC)
OOOOOH! Can I have all your coffee/chocolate things that you get by mistake?

Just kidding. As a diabetic I don't get to eat a lot of that sort of stuff unless all the fun fat and sugar are stripped out.

Still, I understand and defend to the death your right to have the two tastes separately. I'm the only person in my family, and one of the few among the people I know that prefers my french fries (chips to you) without benefit of ketchup.
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pepper_field
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Time:2012-02-01 09:24 pm (UTC)
Hee, yes, if you could, I'd gladly give them to you. :) Still, I can usually find someone to swap with.

Do you ever have chips with vinegar? I love that - although it only works with the chunkier, unashamedly deep-fried sort of chip.

I used to eat chips "with all the sauces" back in the day, stopping at the chip shop on the way home with friends from our favourite nightclub... I'm not even sure what half those sauces were... Happy, happy, disgusting days. *g*
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thothmes
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Time:2012-02-02 03:21 am (UTC)
Chips with vinegar are nice. It kind of cuts the effect of the greasiness, but I agree with you that it has to be the big what we in the States call "home fries" to distinguish them from the stick-like hardly-any-insides type that the fast food places pioneered.

I went through a phase in college where I craved the wonderful, fluffy, soft, bland insides of the french fries, but my tummy was delicate enough (probably stress that I wasn't acknowledging even to myself!) that I really didn't want the crispy, greasy outsides. My boyfriend (now my husband, he was definitely a keeper!) would go down to the College Inn and bring back an order of french fries and a straw. I'd stick the straw through the center of the fry and extract it, and he'd happily eat the crispy husks. Oh, to have the metabolism of a 20 year old again!
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lolmac
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Time:2012-02-02 02:56 am (UTC)
Hey, I like my fries without ketchup also! And my chocolate and fruit separate. I'm willing to read the chocolate/fruit fanfic, as long as I can find someone else to actually eat them when combined.
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thothmes
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Time:2012-02-02 03:10 am (UTC)
Oh, I absolutely agree on the chocolate and fruit bit. Chocolate good! Fruit good! Chocolate and fruit waste of perfectly good chocolate and fruit.
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abyssinia4077
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Time:2012-02-01 09:02 pm (UTC)
PEPPER! *hugs*

I'm glad Christmas was great and very sorry work has decided to stick with the sucking. Very big boo on work!

I watched the first season of Castle and thought it was a lot of light-hearted fun, and then lost access to the rest. I should see if maybe someone is finally streaming it...It was a popcorn show for me - something I enjoyed enough that it was good to have on without really needing to give it lots of energy or attention.

TIFFANY ACHING! I finally read them all a few months ago and I loves them so much! Very glee-inducing. I love that PTerry writes competent females.

Go you on the 10K! I'm debating trying to run the entire 10K I ran 2/3rds of last year. I can't tell if my knees will put up with it or not, and I haven't been running much because my knees don't like it.

Kat! And, um, if anyone messes up your strawberries with chocolate I'll be happy to eat them for you (though I'm more into raspberries+chocolate or peanut butter!). I...have not heard of potato with baked beans.

Anyway. I'll stop randomly rambling. And *hugs*
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pepper_field
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Time:2012-02-01 09:49 pm (UTC)
ABYSSIS! :D *hugs back*

Yeah, work can bite me, right now. *flails hands at the whole big mess*

Yes, definitely popcorn entertainment, following the tradition of Murder, She Wrote and all that (Castle might not appreciate the comparison). I had a day off sick in January, and it was the perfect thing to lie around on the sofa and watch on my laptop. :)

Oh how I love how Pterry writes the witches. I was just thinking, part the way through one of them, that, like, 80% of the characters in the book were women (unless you count the Nac Mac Feegles individually), and it didn't feel contrived, or like a book-for-girls... it was just the society that Tiffany moves in.

Go easy on your knees, hon.

And heh, I have a lot of volunteers to take away these evil strawberries+chocolate, it seems... I don't hate them together, I just think it's a bit of a waste of two wonderful ingredients.

Huh, I guess jacket potato with baked beans is a Brit thing (you'll find it in practically every pub). Again, they're things that I like separately, but I think that's just a ridiculous amount of starch for one meal. Although I'll happily eat beans on toast... *shrug*
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abyssinia4077
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Time:2012-02-02 04:24 am (UTC)
Oh how I love how Pterry writes the witches. I was just thinking, part the way through one of them, that, like, 80% of the characters in the book were women (unless you count the Nac Mac Feegles individually), and it didn't feel contrived, or like a book-for-girls... it was just the society that Tiffany moves in.

*nod nod nod*
Some of his earlier books are....less good when it comes to female characters, but eventually he learned to get it right and damn did he get it right.

Go easy on your knees, hon.

I'm trying! They don't seem to generally mind badminton or hockey (okay, I twisted one very slightly in last night's game, but I think it's okay) and I'm trying to be good about my PT exercises. I just want to run, but the past year or two there's been a very strong correlation between times I've tried to start running again and times my knee(s) is/are flaring.

I don't hate them together, I just think it's a bit of a waste of two wonderful ingredients.

I can understand that. I am often a "mix the flavors" kind of person, but I can understand the other thing. Also, sometimes chocolate+strawberries can cover up the fact that one of the two is subpar in quality, you know?

Could be - we put a lot of stuff on baked potatoes here, but baked beans seems less common to me - and in general it wouldn't be bar food here.

Anyway. *HUGS*
(Bean poked me the other day that a year ago we were heading to London. *sniff*)
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sjhw_tolerance
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Time:2012-02-01 09:41 pm (UTC)
Go for the 10K! I just did a 5K in a pretty decent time for fast walking--45 minutes. We (my sis and I) had such a great time we're going to go for a half-marathon at the same event in a year. Of course, this means I will probably have to run as well as walk real fast (need to do at least a 15 minute mile), but I have a year to train.
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pepper_field
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Time:2012-02-01 09:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the encouragement! I always find I'm more likely to stick with these things if I've told you lot. :)

Eep, a half-marathon... good luck with that! I found when doing 5k that running interpersed with walking wasn't half as bad as I'd expected - it took less and less time to get my breathing back under control, as I went along.
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supplyship
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Time:2012-02-02 03:12 am (UTC)
Hi! So very glad you aren't dead. :P

(I love chocolate combos - fruit, spices, coffee, etc. - but I get why other people don't. S'ok, I still love you.) :D
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pepper_field
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Time:2012-02-02 06:48 pm (UTC)
*g* Thanks! I can't believe I haven't posted since mid-December.

I don't hate all chocolate combinations... I love chocolate with caramel, toffee, cinnamon... and, oddly, I love those chocolates with fruit fondant centres that other people often hate. Probably because they don't taste like real fruit. *g*
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holdouttrout
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Time:2012-02-03 04:44 am (UTC)
That play looks SUPER good. :-)

Tiffany Aching! <3

I'm so glad to hear from you. I've been thinking about brilliant ways to text you without either of us dying of phone bills... but I don't know if you check twitter at all anymore, so I wasn't sure it was so brilliant...
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