I’ve been working on my parts of the Role Playing Game we’re writing up to put online, which has been rather nice to have something interesting I can do at home! I’m still not quite 100% over the flu and I’ve been getting tired a lot more quickly than I’d like. On Saturday evening I was out with friends and I ended up excusing myself and going home just before 9pm! Normally if we’re going out on a Friday or Saturday with dinner at a restaurant somewhere and something else on top of that – it depends on what’s on but it’s usually a live show of some sort or a movie or finding a quietish corner in in bar/pub somewhere and sitting around talking… At least we’d already finished dinner and hadn’t actually planned on doing anything else in the way of a show.

I’m well and truly well enough now to be bored senseless at home, so it’s really nice to have something I need to think about and work on! It is taking me longer than I remember essays and assignments from school or University to take, because I’m constantly going back and checking what I’ve written a few days later only to find them full of mistakes and badly written passages, which I have to correct. Plus we’re still in the middle of debates on how we’re going to actually create the layout – which has changed a couple of times already.

 

I’m actually starting to feel a lot better by now, I’m definitely getting over the flu I talked about here previously. I went down to the local shops to go to the supermarket and the local fruit & vege shop for the first time in ages – I had been ordering a lot of stuff I’d normally get from these places online rather than trying to go out and get them myself. Which was nice, as I don’t like ordering fresh fruit pr vegetables online unless I really have to – I like being able to pick them out myself rather being forced into taking what ever someone else randomly grabs while filling my order for me.

It mostly isn’t a problem, but short of giving them a massive list of instructions – like I want bananas that are still slightly green for starters. I also like looking at specials too, today I ended up getting a punnet of strawberries from the fruit & vege shop despite it being the middle of winter here so they’re not as nice as they would be in summer simply because I saw them and just wanted them. Given the fact that I haven’t been eating much over the last few weeks, I wasn’t going to say “No” to a punnet of strawberries. (They’re actually not that bad, no were near as nice as they would be in summer, but still good for the most part).

Not much is happening this weekend, as I don’t think I’ll be up for anything much. Plus I’d much rather let myself get 100% better so that I can enjoy things when I do get out and do things. I am upset that I’m missing the film festival that is happening at the moment 🙁 In particular, because I know that a few friends are going to various films in it ad normally I’d be going them to see some of the films at least 🙁

A group of us have decided to start playing an role playing game in an old universe we used to play in together years and years ago. (Seriously it was well over 10 years ago – getting on to 15 years? – before Gerry had moved down to Wellington and then back to Auckland again). It was set in a Universe we made up and was based on the Gurps system. It’ll be interesting to start playing in a game again, as I really haven’t played in one properly in years – as one with an on going campaign that should last for months or even years if it works well rather than games that last one session only.

As I understand it the GM is planning on re-working the Universe itself and updating it somewhat, so it won’t be quite the same game we used to play before, but that will just make it more interesting I think. There is also a lot of elbow room to set the game in different times and/or places meaning it could still be set in the same universe that we played in previous but it would be a dramatically different game for us.

I’m rather pleased to have a set game to play every week – it’s going to be every Sunday afternoon and evening, and we’ll be getting something in for dinner during the game. We always used to get pizza delivered, but we could easily do other types of food even if it meant that one of us had to go and get it. (I’ll have to ask if there are any restaurants that do good take away near them). Or even do a pot luck type meal if people get sick of having takeaways every time.

I’m definitely looking forward to it, though our GM was saying that it’ll take him a few months to get everything sorted out and set up to his satisfaction so that we can actually start playing it!

Next week in Wellington: In theory I’ll be in Wellington next week from the Tuesday to the Sunday morning – and should be back home sometime the Sunday afternoon… In theory because the weather’s horrible in the lower North Island and in the South Island at the moment, so I am worried about the flights in and out of Wellington next week 🙁 Though I had heard that the bad weather is moving up the North Island, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to fly out of Auckland and into Wellington without any problems on the Tuesday, and then the other way round on the Sunday again.

I’ve already said that I’m going on this trip because of the WW1 stuff at the Auckland Museum making me want to see the Sir Peter Jackson Anzac displays in Wellington, which admittedly I think will be a lot better than the Auckland ones. Also my friend – the one who has just bought a new house in Wellington – is having her house warming next Saturday evening and I want to be in Wellington for that too.

I’ve also arranged with her to meet up for lunch and/or dinner at least once in the days I will be Wellington, I also have a couple of other old friends I want to meet up with and one of my mother’s cousins lives in Wellington, so I will need to arrange to see her too. It’s going to be interesting to see how Wellington has changed since the last time I was there!

Apparently Jake is on one of his random restaurant things again and is starting to get groups to go to a variety of places to try out the food! We’re going to a crab place in the central city tonight, which hopefully will be good. I don’t actually mind ea food, though he was quite clear that the restaurant was a crab place and not a general sea food restaurant, which would make it more interesting! (Part of the point of going in a group is so everyone can try a wide variety of the food they make).

I had to stop and think about it, but the last time I can clearly remember having real proper crab was over twenty years ago at a Vietnamese restaurant here in Auckland. I do remember liking it, but it being incredibly fiddly to eat. It’s going to be interesting at least and it’s actually fun to do this sort of thing on a semi regular basis. I usually end up going to the same set of restaurants when I go out to eat with family, as my father can be incredibly picky about the food he eats.

My SiL and her best friend have decided to spend the long weekend having another Australian shopping trip, though this time they’re only going to Sidney while they went to Melbourne last time. (Which was what 2-3 months ago? Short of actually going and checking I’m not certain – but it was certainly within the last 6 moths at the most). Her mother is looking after my nieces and nephews until she gets back on Sunday, though they do have a new au pair by now.

We had a family dinner at a restaurant on Monday night – which I’m actually really pleased my SiL insisted we go to this restaurant I hadn’t been to in years, as the last time I’d gone there the food had been very very average at best, but it was great on Monday so I’m sort of assuming that they’ve got a new chief/owner since the last time went there! Anyway, on Monday my SiL was telling all of us that it had occurred to her that she’s never been to Sidney before, despite having gone to Australia a number of times before and she had decided to “correct” that!

Though given the horrible weather Australia’s been having in that area my SiL might have been better off putting off the shopping trip and not going like OMG NOW!!! And actually waited until their spring or something. I’m also not entirely how many shops are going to open there tomorrow morning – tomorrow’s Anzac Day – as if Australia is anything like New Zealand, then a lot of/all shops are going to be closed for part of tomorrow… Which would put a serious dampener on her little shopping trip. Mind you they did leave yesterday afternoon, so they’re going to have 3 full days there and I assume they’ll be be able to find something to do if shops are closed tomorrow!

Some of the people at /r/fatpeoplehate are managing to seriously make me go wtf, which is a bit surprising as the whole forum is the same things over and over and over again. The Ham classification system post is one of the few ones I’ve seen there that has really made me wonder what the hell are they thinking? (Beyond the usually wondering of course). I can’t bring to believe that they actually believe all of the “hype” about being about health and it’s becoming an increasingly odd circle jerk where appearance is everything.

As someone who has lurked there for a while – in a lot of ways I’ve found it to be like a train wreck, where you just help but look – the sub does sound like a lot of the people who post there are increasingly talking each and themselves into believing worse and worse things. It has the kinds thinking the men who follow the red pill dating/sex philosophies have towards women in general and the way that guys who join subs that talk about things like that make it sound normal, reasonable, rational and an acceptable way of thinking about women.

I can’t help wondering how belonging to subs like /r/fatpeoplehate, participating in it, and wanting to belong changes the people’s basic thinking? I’m sure some of them were unpleasant/bullies to begin with. I’m also not talking about the people who belong to it who have various eating disorders, as they do a serious mental disorder relating to their own body images and while they are still mentally ill I wouldn’t expect them to be thinking 100% rationally especially when it comes to food or weight issues. But the others? I cringe when I think about how twisted their thought patterns must becoming 🙁 The idea from the post that someone who is only slightly overweight has a horrible body would be strange for most people, especially for those of us who are not obsessed with food and who don’t believe that physically appearance is everything.

On a happier note I really like this interview with Candice Bergen about her weight and what she likes to eat! 🙂

The dinner out I was talking about in yesterday’s post actually went a lot better than I expected it to given that everyone actually turned up! (In other words my two and a half year old nephew didn’t threw enough of a fit that meant he and my SiL had to stay at home instead).

He looked incredibly unhappy the whole meal, which was made worse by the fact that we didn’t order until about 6.30ppm and he didn’t get his meal until just before 7pm when he’s usually eaten his dinner 6pm and is going to bed at 7pm! 🙁  While he and my youngest nieces had their dinners when the rest of us had our entrees, they both had to sit through the rest of us having a three course meal and we didn’t leave until about 9pm!

I do think it was mean to take my nephew to the restaurant – he would have been so much happier at home with a babysitter than being stuck sitting a restaurant having to behave himself.

Taking children everywhere is not appropriate and I’ve always wondered why some people do thing it is. Kim Kardashian with her unhappy, screaming daughter on her lap in the front row of a fashion show is a prime example. Unfortunately, my SiL is another prime example 🙁

My parents have been arranging a family meal out, (at a nice Italian restaurant), over the last couple of weeks. My youngest niece and my  two and a half year nephew WERE NOT INVITED. My youngest niece is old enough she could have coped if my parents had made a point of having an early booking – when she is invited they usually make the booking for something like 5.30pm so that’d we’d get there before the majority of the other dinners and she’d have have her dinner in front of her by 6pmish or so at the latest.

Unfortunately my mother found out that my SiL rung up the restaurant and changed my parents booking to include my youngest niece and nephew without talking to anyone about it first 🙁 Apparently my SiL is in one of of her “OMG I have to take ALL of my children with me EVERYWHERE at ALL times” things at the moment. (She does do this – once she took my nieces to one of my cousin’s weddings, despite the fact that they weren’t invited, there NO children invited at all, and there weren’t even any children in the wedding party!) My youngest niece could probably cope with it just, especially if she was taken home early. BUT my nephew is only two and a half years and is going through the prime terrible twos along with the most awful temper tantrums imaginable.

He’s already going to be tired and grumpy when we’re due to be at the restaurant as it’s near his bedtime and as he’ll be hungry too there isn’t going to end well 🙁 My father is NOT happy about this either, especially as my SiL just up and decided this on her own, as well as thinking that this kind of behavior on her part is OK. This has happened a couple of times before, the first time they ran around the restaurant as my brother and SiL refused to make them behave combined with the fact that both of them were far too young going out to a restaurant. The second time my nephew started throwing one of his  massive tantrums just as they were trying to get ready to leave so my SiL ended up staying at home with him instead – which is what I’m hoping will happen again tonight.

There’s going to be a party at the park at the end of the street I live on late tomorrow afternoon/early evening, (i.e. Sunday afternoon/evening), which I’m vaguely thinking about going to. I will probably turn up for about half an hour to a hour to see who else turns up and just so that I can say that I did go to it. (It’s one of those things that I don’t particularly want to to go to, but it would bug me if I don’t make an appearance for a short period at the very least).

The street I live on is mostly older retired people/couples with a reasonable number of families with children where at least one of the parents has a high paying job, and as far as I can tell from the Facebook page for it and from the people arranging it it’s mostly being run by the families. This means that I’d be an odd one out given that I don’t have any children and I don’t know the families as well as they know each other of course.

One of the things I thought was interesting was that the organisers had managed to get funding for the street party from a local community trust fund that gives money to various local events, and have been given gift certificates to one of the supermarkets to pay for some, (all?), of the food the party is providing. For some reason I had always thought that getting funding from those sorts of trust funds was like hard or something, at the very least you’d have to jump through a lot of hoops in order to get any money. Even then you’d only get any money if you were very lucky and if the money hadn’t already been unofficially earmarked for other companies/groups already! Mind you, most of the problems talked about on the news/in the newspapers have been about those awful pokie trusts, that seem to funnel money into places like the horse racing communities rather than back into the actual communities the money came from in the first place – so places like the local community trust could actually be rather decent and actually does the job it’s supposed to be doing for my local community! 🙂