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07 August 2009 @ 11:58 am
catching up  

This is a post of things that are totally unrelated to each other. Just so you know.

I haven’t been swimming. My shoulder’s doing better, by and large (though I think I spent too much time knitting last night, or possibly yesterday’s brief spate with free weights should have been done with the lighter weights, because it’s faintly achy today), and I’d been thinking that okay, I really should get back to the pool and that I could give it one more week’s rest and start after we got back from Belfast. And then yesterday we got a notification the pool will be closed for maintenance the second half of August. Doh. Oh well, two more weeks of not swimming won’t hurt my shoulder, that’s for certain.

And speaking of Belfast, there’s going to be an attempt at breaking the world record for the largest number of pirates gathered in one place on Saturday. They need more than 1500 pirates to break the record. I cannot wait to get pictures of the quays teeming with pirates and tall ships!

Probably everybody knows by now that John Hughes, director of our childhoods, died yesterday. He was only fifty nine, and although he’d apparently retired from movie-making a decade or more ago, he left a hell of a legacy. I’d been thinking recently that I needed to buy The Breakfast Club, because I haven’t seen it in years. Now I think I will.

It seems like fully half the people I know are at Worldcon. I am envious. And *wow*, the whole blogosphere/Twitter/Facebook thing makes not being there a great deal more immediate. Of course, it means I can find out everything that’s going on even if I’m not there… :)

I’m growing my hair out, although this is kind of hard to tell because my interpretation of “growing my hair out” tends to be “keep it quite short until the stuff on top reaches a length with the cheekbone-length cut of the rest of it”. I do this because my hair is very very very *very* straight, and I think it looks like absolute crap if it’s layered, which is what effectively happens if you just grow it all out instead of giving the top a chance to catch up. Anyway, it’s reaching the all-the-same-length point, and now I’m stuck in a terrible quandry: bangs or no bangs?

I’m kinda thinking bangs, because I haven’t had them for about a decade, so it’d just be something *different*. It’d delay the Return of the Rogue Stripe indefinitely, but since that’s a year, year and a half away at the soonest anyway, I’m not sure it’s a convincing argument in favor of !bangs. So I might cut some tomorrow. *looks thoughtful*

*laughs* Poor Lucy. Her tail is shaped like a crooked finger, and the other evening she was in the kitty bed, which has a crocheted kitty cozy in it. The cozy got caught on her tail, the poor thing, and she leapt out and spun in circles on the hardwood floor going, “Meeeeeewwww!” in this high thin pathetic voice. I got up and she instantly stopped spinning and just looked up at me with big sad kitty eyes while I rescued her. She’s a bit smarter than Zilli in that regard: he’d have run like hell all over the house, but Lucy seems to have a fundamental grasp of the ways in which humans can be useful. She doesn’t object to her toenails being clipped, either, because I think she’s learned to associate five minutes of nail clipping with *not* sticking to the carpet.

kylecassidy has some interesting things to say about the positive nature of being friends with talented people: I realize that having friends who are always doing something amazing, new books, new plays, new movies, whatever motivates me to work harder, lest I have nothing to bring to Show and Tell. Of course, Kyle Cassidy is friends with Neil Gaiman, which sort of puts him in a whole different level of “friends who do cool things” than most of us even dream of being in. :)

I think today’s kind of a day off. I may work on the short story down in the living room instead of making any real attempt at new words. Yes. That sounds good. Also I have plans to go to the Farmers’ Market. That’ll be good too. :)

I’m certain there were other things I was going to mumble on about, but I can’t think of any right now, and this is probably a long and eclectic enough post as it is. Off to feed the cats & go to the market!

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: goodgood
irishkateirishkate on August 7th, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
Pre internet it took me ages to work out what in heaven Americans meant when they talked about bangs.

The purpose of Conreporter.com is to bring you to Montreal without leaving the house - so to speak - after the whole SDCC envy it seems cruel to miss Anticipation too.
Maura McHughsplinister on August 7th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)
I'm suffering from not-being-at-Worldcon too. :( Loads of my pals are there. I'm missing them terribly.

Oh well, I'll be busy for the next two days at least.
sammywolsammywol on August 7th, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
I do miss the rogue stripe but am very curious to see what you would look like with Bangs (that is if I am right about what 'bangs' is/are - fringe right?)
kitmizkit on August 7th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
Well, the picture's ten years old, but more or less like this. And yes, I mean a fringe.
sammywolsammywol on August 8th, 2009 08:18 am (UTC)

but yes, the much missed rogue stripe would rather spoil the whole 1920s feel of the style.
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on August 7th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
I've had bangs since, er, some time around when I was 9 or 10 or something and I got my first 'real' haircut and chopped my hair short and got bangs. :) (Because short without bangs was not an option in the 80's, I guess.)

Every now and then I think about growing them out just to see if it'd look good, because you can always put them back in, right? Except that I have no patience with 'hair in my eyes', so once my bangs get to the point where they cover my eyes if not held back, I'll get a bug up my butt one night, usually around 1AM, and trim them down myself. :)

You have more patience than I with hair growing. :)

Did you peek at the video I linked in my LJ?
kitmizkit on August 7th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
At some point in my late twenties I re-discovered barrettes, which is the only reason I've been able to ever grow my hair out.

I have not looked at the video! I shall. :)
wednesday childewedschilde on August 7th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
poor kitten. it's bad when your bed attacks you.
kit: cats_lucy2mizkit on August 7th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
It was awful! She was so distressed! But smart enough to let me help, at least. :)
wednesday childewedschilde on August 8th, 2009 02:59 am (UTC)
heh... well she's a cat. we are after all, their servants :D
Merry: Branfeed_your_muse on August 7th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see pictures of hundreds of pirates on the quayside!

I had a fringe once. I was eight and got chewing gum in my (two foot long) hair, near the ends. As a punishment my mother gave me a roundhead hair cut; down to my shoulders and straight across the middle of my forehead. ::shudders:: never again. >.<

I hope your day off was nice and relaxing. Sometimes a bod just needs to chill. (And browse for lovely veggies at the market.) :oD

Alix (Tersa): Blue sock (tersa)tersa on August 7th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
I've had bangs for as long as I can remember. But my face looks terrible without them--too long and oval!

And I -know-, about the Twitter thing and immediacy and missing things. My entire yarn store crew is up at Sock Summit in Portland and tweeting about it and I really, really want to go. They're trying to break the world record today of most consecutive knitters knitting at the same time, too!
kitmizkit on August 7th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
I apparently have a fairly ideal face for all sorts of hairstyles. Sadly I lack the patience/skill for any of them. But bangs seem like the way to go right now!

*laughs* The knitting thing sounds fun!
Michellesilkblade on August 8th, 2009 07:06 am (UTC)
I stopped by and said hi to them!