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July 30th, 2006
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tootsiemuppet, start reading again! And... Beer ice cream for freakspawn
I finally got through Chapter Six of The Yellow Admiral! Wow... poor Jack has ample reason to be depressed, but that's spoilage, so I'll get to that later under a cut.

Hey, remember that discussion about beer in ice cream that we had, freakspawn? Well, I thought I'd found an article about Beer Floats (as opposed to the more traditional root beer floats), when I read this on the cover of a copy of last week's free weekly newspaper, The Reader: "Ice cream there, ice cream here, ice cream even in your beer", only to find it was in Section 2 - and I only had section 1!!!! *waaaaah!* But that got me googling ice cream and beer and, guess what? There IS beer ice cream...! Such as the one found here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tyne/2958702.stm; or one made by Ben and Jerry's called "Black and Tan": http://www.benjerry.com/our_products/flavor_details.cfm?product_id=180


BTW... Am I the last person on earth to notice that, in the trailer for SpiderMan 3, there's a scene where Tobey MacQuire is falling through the air and reaching for a ring spinning just out of reach from him that looks EXACTLY like the scene in FOTR where Frodo has fallen down in Bree and is reaching up for the Ring? I would love to see the two clips placed side-by-side for comparison. Considering how many times the Elijah and Tobey get mistaken for each other, I'm assuming this was done on purpose... I think. *G* Help me out here - has this been pointed out a zillion times already?

Okay, now to poor Jack Aubrey: Poor guy... first, Sophie's announced she's leaving him because they've both been feeling self-righteous about fidelity lately and, unfortunately, she just found letters proving he had an affair several years ago (and possibly a love-child, though we know better!; he's sad and worried because Stephen's off on another spy adventure (I love how he worries); he's under an Admiral who believes more in perfect appearances of his ships than in actually engaging the enemy, and he hates Jack and constantly puts him down; and a midshipman who was a poor sailor but an incredibly talented oboeist has just died. Could anything get worse? And, of course, Bonden's been acting a little strange. Poor guy! So, yes, Gilly, read on! I know you've been dying to!

BTW... did you get that bit back earlier in the book, where Jack was talking about how some ships have a lot of people from the same area - such as one ship he knows where the quarterdeck is all Scotch (*rolls eyes* that's "Scottish", Jack!), and one from the Isle of Man where every man has three legs? *G* At first I thought that was a comment on the prodigious size of a certain part of the body (!); didn't realize until I looked up the Isle of Man that the emblem on their flag is a triskelion of three legs! *L*! Clever Jack. And can you believe that I didn't quite know what "bowsing up your jib" meant (in the colloquial sense) until this read-through? Still confused by some things... I need to look up "banyan", which seems to mean that it's a day without meat, but I don't know why. And several other terms that I forget about as soon as I've moved on. Oh, well!

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From:rosamundeb
Date:July 30th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
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Really?!?!?! Thank you!!!! *runs to look*
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From:rosamundeb
Date:July 30th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
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GREAT JOB!!!!!!!! Those are all yours? I LOVED the "killing spiders" one - that's a real classic! And I think flash worked really well here; the couple you had without the flash showed it really was needed. These remind me so much of when he was at Gen Con in 2003 and doing his talk in long shorts and a shirt, and sitting on a director's chair, too... and very animated! I get the impression he was very energetic here, too, and very relaxed and comfortable with the audience. I'm so glad you ended up being happy with the camera you bought and hope it ended up being better than what you had before; you obviously did the smart thing and made sure to practice beforehand. Rakshi must be thrilled with the photos!

*G* And I love the "pretty ladies" remark you two got! So sweet! I hope you had as great a time as Rakshi did.
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From:anonypooh
Date:July 30th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
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ccoool.. off topic posting has started.

We don't talk so much as I'd like .. I'm running through spreading you with love and ENGLISH HUGS!!! aaaarhghhh ruuuuuuuuuuuun!! heehehe *mwah*
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From:rosamundeb
Date:July 30th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
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SQUEEEEEEE!!!!! (((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))) Funny, I was thinking the same thing - *S*! How's Lucy - still avoiding visits from that undesirable boyfriend of hers? And Mr. J? And the joys of being a landlord? And your garden?

p.s. You now have to talk Lorna into having a Beer Float! Can you imagine it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a Guinness? *L*!
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From:anonypooh
Date:July 31st, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC)
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spooky :)

Lucy is lovely and single!
Mr J started his new job today! - I should ring him, see how it is going ... same field (selling new homes) .. different company
touch wood - nothing too bad landlord wise yet!
Snails. Is that what you want hee ... also tons and tons of monster blackberries ... Sam would be be proud.

p.s. ewww I do? I'll try heheeeee

((((hugs)))))
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From:rosamundeb
Date:July 31st, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
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Blackberries... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm....

Misunderstood your other post (that's what happens when you read the most recent first!); thought you meant "you, too" as in "other people were asking about them, too!" *G*

Work is going better. Not that it was bad in the sense of nasty people or work! But I wasn't sure I was right for it. I thought I'd be better at quickly picking up stuff at a new place, since I'd been through it so recently before, but I think it was a combination of having a boss with perfect memory (so she has trouble understanding when other people don't!), and who has a very... different... style. *L*! She really lets you know what she thinks and it can be a bit frightening when you're new and uncertain; you're not sure what to read into it. But we've since gotten a bit more used to each other, and I've gotten to understand my role and my project a bit better, so I'm feeling a little more on solid ground.

Haven't put the house up for sale yet; but I plan to do so in the next week or so. I'd been waiting until I felt okay in the job, and now I feel good enough to do so. Plus, there's a 3 month probationary period in these types of jobs (where they can basically let you go if they just don't feel you're working out; harder to fire somebody after that), and it's almost over.

Cats... have been having irritable bowel syndrome flare ups. They went through a lot of throwing up and not eating and not pooping (sorry, I know that's TMI, but...!). Emerald, especially, was getting really thin, and turned "yellow" (jaundiced) - she's been on antibiotics for urinary infection, then steroids for the IBD, and I've been hydrating her at home subcutaneously. My kitchen looks like a hospital pharmacy! Plus I've had to tempt her with tuna, roast chicken, etc. to get her to eat. The good news is that she's gone from staying under the bed and not eating to being her normal, obnoxious, "FEED ME!" self again. And then they both brought in fleas - a first for me! So between feeding pharmaceuticals, finding food, and fighting fleas (ain't I alliterative? *G*), that's been taking up a lot of my focus this month, when I've not been at work.

But it hasn't been all bad! The cats have been so lovey-dovey to me, and, of course, I've been that way to them, since I don't know if this is the beginning of the end for them. I've been reading a lot of the Master and Commander series to catch up with Gilly, and went to a great concert Friday (Guster and Ray LaMontagne). And yay for ELF pics!!!!

I should probably steal this and make it a post, shouldn't I? *G* I probably will!
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From:anonypooh
Date:July 31st, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
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hee you should - it's way too much good stuff for me alone!! :)

oooh do tell about the concert - them Beneva boys have been poking us to listen to Ray in recent days! bizarre.

yay for FEED ME pussies .. mine is doing that as well - cheeky minx.

I still don't like M&C books - I flick them open on the shelf and back awaaaaaaaaaaay quickly!

All sounds like the move was a good one then! :) Fabbylous!!

xxx
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From:anonypooh
Date:July 31st, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC)
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et tu? .. .house, job, kitty!spam ?? - ready steady - go, tell all?!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:July 31st, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC)
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Please do! *G* And poke me if I miss it... I have a hard time keeping up these days.
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From:bluelily17
Date:July 30th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
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what ARE you reading?
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From:rosamundeb
Date:July 30th, 2006 07:40 pm (UTC)
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*L*! It's book 17 (or 18?) in the series written by Patrick O'Brian - the series that the movie "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" was taken from. Some call it the "Aubreyad" because it's about Jack Aubrey.
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From:tootsiemuppet
Date:July 30th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
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I was so ready to throttle that damn Mrs Williams, I really was. If she hadn't snooped in Jack's personal effects none of this drama would have happened. And then of course I also bitchslapped Jack for even holding on to those letters.

Wasn't his worrying over Stephen too adorable? My heart skipped to read it.

Admiral Stranraer needs a good kick in the backside, and I cried over poor Geoghegan (how do you PRONOUNCE that?). Poor little kid. And poor Jack crying over him.

The three legs I just took as an in-joke English jibe against the Isle of Man, but I didn't know why. So cool! Thank you.

Banyan's a tree.... so um... I don't know. I think I read over that. The only way I knew banyan was because Stephen's coat in the movie that he goes a-botanising in was a banyan coat, which was apparently a specific sort of light-weather gown.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:July 30th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC)
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I... didn't even TRY to pronounce Geoghegan's name. I think we can agree, though, that he wins the prize for middie with the shortest "lifespan" (from introduction to death) in the book - yikes!

Aha! I only got the tree when I looked up "banyan", but Wiki saved the day for "banyan day": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banyan_day. Although it doesn't really answer how the name came about.
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From:tootsiemuppet
Date:July 30th, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
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Poor wee Geoghegan. And I liked him, too. That's POB for you, if you're pretty AND amiable you shall DIE. Especially if you're also young and slashable.

Ooh, all hail Wiki!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:July 30th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
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*L*! Ain't it true!!! I guess he figured Spotted Dick suffered enough when he was young to let him live now that he's pretty.

And if you're ugly, annoying and hopeless... like Killick and Awkward What'sHisName - you get to live (and annoy Jack) FOREVER!!!!
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From:tootsiemuppet
Date:July 30th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
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Awkward Davies. I fear that man. He might well be the only one of Jack's followers I'm not completely sold on. And then he'll do something nice (like helping to save Reade or playing with Brigid) and I'm all "nawww, Awkward Davies"... before I slap myself for even thinking that.
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From:tootsiemuppet
Date:July 30th, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
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Also? I would LOVE a quarterdeck that was all Scotch. Yum!

Actually, I just read up a bit on the word and I think back then "Scotch" might actually have been the currant term, just contraction of "Scottish" and not yet seen as offensive. Robert Burns used it in any case, and he died in the very late 1700s, so don't blame Jack. :D
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From:rosamundeb
Date:July 30th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
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*G* I was kind of thinking the same thing... but it would be SO Jack! *L*!

LOVE the icon!
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From:tootsiemuppet
Date:July 30th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC)
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Isn't he pretty? *glomps her Captain Jack*
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From:freakspawn
Date:July 31st, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
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oooooh they both look Yummy, but I like the B&J one the best :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:July 31st, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)
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Chocolate... and beer... interesting...!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:August 2nd, 2006 01:38 am (UTC)
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*ggl* Good luck! I don't know if you'll find a definition anywhere... *G*

Really??? That's right - you were there, too!!! WHOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!! So - where did you it, and what kind of camera did you get? And... just to warn you - they might look good on back, but be fuzzy when you see them at full size; it's really hard to tell sharpness on the viewer on the back. Can't wait to see them, though!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:August 3rd, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
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You know, I think that's the one I just bought. I was excited with it at the concert, but then concerned about the fuzziness when I got home, but I think I need to check it out with pics in good light, and make sure it's set correctly. I'll be interested in seeing what yours are like; I want to make sure I didn't get a lemon! *G*

And, I'm definitely glad to hear they're better than your previous ones! Yay!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:August 3rd, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
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Oh - and where did you sit at the previous ELF, then ORC, and then this ELF (roughly)? Thanks!
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From:pearltook1
Date:August 4th, 2006 03:56 am (UTC)
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Hi Ros!

Long time no see, or read as the case may be.

Sounds like you are doing well. If I have a gap in what I'm up to, it sounds like I should give the M&C books a go :)

Were you at ELF? Sounds like a good time was had by all. I'm going to the convention in Toronto :)

Many hugs,
Pearl
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From:rosamundeb
Date:August 4th, 2006 04:29 am (UTC)
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Hullo, hullo! Oh, they are really great books! *G*

Nope, afraid I didn't go to ELF, and it turned out to be a good thing. My elderly cats have been needing extra TLC this month, including last weekend. Plus, I got so many good photos at ORC, and have been lucky to see Billy and Sean so many times that I decided I didn't really need to go. I'm so thankful, though, that people took video, because it's almost like being there! I know you have a lot of LJ to go through, so if you'd like to go straight to some great photos and videos from ELF, check out beizy or rakshi!
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