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This journal is friends-locked.

To some extent, anyway. Random links and memes are free to all.

That said, I'll "friend" most people who "friend" me, if the reason for "friending" is obvious :)

(and if I did have you as a friend and you seem to have vanished from my f'list, v v sorry! I did a community cull and may have inadvertently tickied too many ticky boxes..)

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Only 1% of me is not pumpkin!

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Seen at almost the same time chez both jantalaimon and el_staplador:

Ten Top Trivia Tips about Sophie!

  1. If a snake is born with two heads, the heads will fight over who gets Sophie.
  2. Sophie can smell some things up to six miles away!
  3. Plato believed that the souls of melancholy people would be reincarnated into Sophie!
  4. In Vermont, the ratio of cows to Sophie is 10:1.
  5. An average beaver can cut down Sophie every year!
  6. Only one person in two billion will live to be Sophie.
  7. 99 percent of the pumpkins sold in the US end up as Sophie.
  8. Sophie was invented in China in the eleventh century, but was only used for fireworks, never for weapons.
  9. Sophie is born white; her pink feathers are caused by pigments in her typical diet of shrimp!
  10. Pacman was originally called Sophieman.
I am interested in - do tell me about

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Email hoaxes

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Every week it seems that someone at work sees fit to email the latest and greatest ZOMG!virus hoax to all and sundry.

Do people not check this crap? Does no one (other than me) think, hmm, let me take a second to paste a key phrase from this melodramatic opus into Google and see how many links to hoax website it comes up with *head!desk* Obviously very few do - that's how they spread round the world - but spotting the same text making the rounds 7-8 years after it first appeared is pretty impressive too.

There are a lot of scared, gullible people out there, and they really are gobsmacked when informed of the trick. Today's resulted in the "victim" asking me things like "what sort of person creates such a hoax?" Um, you work with kids with massive behavioural issues.. you tell me. It doesn't even take mad programming skillz, or even good English.

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New shuss!

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Today we found new shoes ("shuss!") for Katelyn. They are great. I did think about the dinosaur shoes for a while, and the the motorbike ones weren't available in her size, but in the end we - ok, I - settled for astronaut/spaceship.

The shop bloke was the same one who looked slightly scandalised that I'd bought her pirate shoes last year, and presented us with pink & flowery this time too.. ok for checking the newly measured size, but that's about it thank you very much. I don't want to be washing the mud out of those shoes every fricking day, and the only dark colours he had in stock came under the "boy" banner *dun-dun-duuuuuuuun* K confirmed her lack of daintiness by attempting to wreck his window display *cough*

Found some cheapo jelly shoes for her in Quality Seconds the other day too, should be good for the beach etc :)

In other news, I was also looking round the Clarks website in search of shoes for her ladyship. Every single sandal in her size is labelled "boys'". Not that it will stop me from buying anything, but COME ON!

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Gah

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Don't you just hate it when someone else manages to trip up all your plans for a nice, productive evening?

It wasn't K, it was my dad. Who means well, when he's not calling me an idiot (politely).

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I love sunshine

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This weekend we did many things, and it was great.

Yesterday, Rob used the planks from the old decking (which he dismantled a couple of weeks ago) and the remaining 2x2 from our old shed/garage (at the last house) to build border-like things to segregate "beds" from "lawn". Project Grow Stuff will commence as soon as we get some top soil to bulk up the beds, while Operation Lawn (seeding the bare dirt that lay beneath said ex-decking and assassinating vast weedage with chemicals*) is now in progress. K & I also went on a trip to Hengistbury Head with some friends, which she wasn't very impressed with (poss too cold/windy) but I enjoyed.

Today, I did a biggish shop with Katelyn followed by a trip to B&Q for gardening stuff. I also planted some primroses in our front "garden", finally adding some colour! K obliged us by having a shortish morning nap, ahead of a very pleasant family gathering at my aunt's house. Almost every relative attended, including K's second cousins, and while she was very shy to begin with she soon mountaineered the stairs and furniture, raided the playroom and ate lots of sausage rolls. She also found a doll-sized buggy and attempted to push it DOWN THE STAIRS, which nearly gave me a heart attack.

Washing was also line-dried with considerably greater success than usual :)



*yes, we're being careful to apply chemicals on days likely to be followed by no small children playing on lawn.

Ladies!

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I give you.. cut for potentially icky thoughtsCollapse ), knitted by the wondrous jantalaimon.

Who fancies joining me in a bulk UK order? XD

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Law & Order: UK

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How did I miss that this show was coming up?

Or that it stars Freema Agyeman and Jamie Bamber? Who, incidentally, sounds weird talking Brit now. REALLY weird. Still not his "natural" accent, but closer :)

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