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19 June 2005 @ 02:31 pm
I went back and tagged my 30 most recent entries, now that tags exist. That takes me back past last christmas by quite a way, methinks I should update more ;) Unsurprisingly most entries seem to be about books. I also changed my style to one of the new ones, Tranquility II, as I'd got a bit bored with Component. Unfortunately this lost the 'tag this entry' links that component had, but you clearly can't have everything. Took me ages to get the colours right, the 'Page Title Text' and 'Page Text' objects refer to things on different backgrounds, and as I've flipped fore and back colours for the two areas I had stuff just not showing up.

I've mostly done housework for the first couple of non-work days I've had - which looks set to continue for this week too, the house is in a state, but now the main bedroom and the bathroom look nice and de-cluttered and clean. I'm beginning to think about putting ornaments in them coz the surfaces look bare!

Finances are obviously a concern with losing one income, so I've started tracking how much meals cost ... it appeals to my inner stats geek or something ... so I can now tell you that the roast dinner we just had (which was really rather nice) cost £2.55 a serving. Slightly over-obsessive as we don't need to worry to that degree, but I like spreadsheets and precision even if misplaced ;)

This entry feels rather bitty and it doesn't flow like I'd like it to, but then I guess I can't be too picky if I'm actually going to update more frequently - otherwise I'd never update at all.
Current Mood: hothot
Current Music: U2 "Electrical Storm (William Orbit mix)"
Mrs. Christie: playing with crayonsshineyquarter on June 19th, 2005 01:51 pm (UTC)
Tranquility II does have some issues. I had hoped they would fix them a bit when they changed over to it actually being a style, but alas they did not. Oh well, I like it cause it is pretty. I really hope sixapart come up with some good stuff.
Margaretpling on June 19th, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC)
Mmm. It's got some funky indent stuff too, but there's not so much I can about that ... only really matters with a couple of the RSS feeds I read.
contents under pressure / handle with care: artisticgraphxgrrl on June 20th, 2005 03:02 pm (UTC)
Yes, I run into the indent wackiness every time when I put together ordered lists. I reallly wish CSS in conjunction with S2 didn't give me headaches so I could build my own styles happily. Meh.
kierangiant on June 19th, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC)
nothing fosters OCD quicker than having an excess of time on your hands.
John: sparklejarel on June 19th, 2005 03:02 pm (UTC)

So I shouldn't follow up your observation by noting that we're now improving the tagging on some of our music collection?
kierangiant on June 19th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC)
do you, by chance, have a jar or such that you collect small denomination coinage in?
Margaretpling on June 19th, 2005 03:26 pm (UTC)

No jar, but we do have a rather large plastic bag with coppers in that's trying to drill its way through the spare room floor ...
kierangiant on June 19th, 2005 03:34 pm (UTC)
count the coins. you know you want to.
Margaretpling on June 19th, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)
Oh ick. Blink tag. Yuck.

And how did you guess that was on the list of 'jobs to do'??? ;)
kierangiant on June 19th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
i was unemployed for 19 months ... I Know.

glad you liked the blink tag. ;)
Garygingerboy on June 20th, 2005 08:43 am (UTC)
Is it too geeky for me to help out by posting how heavy coins are? 1p and 2p coins actually weigh the same amount per pence - 3.55g/p. 5p coins are 3.27g/coin. We've just counted coins of larger denominations, I got lazy with the 1/2/5 pence coins since we had so many :-) We've got a Loch Dhu whisky bottle we fill 5ps in, £40 when the coins reach the neck :-)
Margaretpling on June 20th, 2005 11:46 am (UTC)
Don't think we've got a set of scales accurate enough for that, otherwise that'd be quickest.

Yet another reason to get digital scales for the kitchen ;)
contents under pressure / handle with care: cookinggraphxgrrl on June 20th, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC)
Yet another reason to get digital scales for the kitchen ;)

I spent a lot of time admiring this one when last in a Lakeland store. My digital scale comes from Ikea though, and was slightly cheaper and likely rather more inaccurate as a result. ;)
Margaretpling on June 20th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I quite like those, though I'd prefer one with a dedicated bowl in some ways. They are rather expensive though, so I keep not actually looking that much at them ;)
contents under pressure / handle with care: bakinggraphxgrrl on June 20th, 2005 03:44 pm (UTC)
I do like the idea of a dedicated bowl, but what I end up doing a lot is using my tiny ingredient bowls--putting those on the scale, zeroing it out, weighing what I need, and setting that aside for when it needs to be added to whatever. And doing that for a series of ingredients--then I'm doing all my weighing up front rather than as I go along.

It really does depend on what recipe I'm doing though, to be sure.
Toreascamp on June 20th, 2005 11:42 am (UTC)
Apparently places like Sainsbury's have machines you can tip them all into that counts it all for you then you can collect your 'winnings' in useable currency
kierangiant on June 20th, 2005 11:45 am (UTC)
they do indeed. but for some odd reason i find counting coppers and bagging them in £1 lots immensely satisfying.
Margaretpling on June 20th, 2005 11:47 am (UTC)
So what's your excuse for the OCD, then?
kierangiant on June 20th, 2005 11:50 am (UTC)
hmm. my job requires so much 'brain-work' that i find brain-less activity such as counting coins relaxing? dunno if that makes sense outside of my head.
Margaretpling on June 20th, 2005 11:57 am (UTC)
Nah, I know what you mean. I tend to deal with the same thing by reading trashy SF though ;)
kierangiant on June 20th, 2005 12:10 pm (UTC)
a difference between the British Standard male and female brain, i expect.
Margaretpling on June 20th, 2005 11:47 am (UTC)
I shall have to look next time I'm at Sainsburys ...I don't think the town one will have such a thing tho, it's too wee.
Garygingerboy on June 20th, 2005 02:34 pm (UTC)
The one in the Sainsburys near us has something like 8% charge for doing this, so depends how much you value your time counting and collating your change vs just dumping it in a machine :-)
hatter on June 19th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)
Posting too often is a sign of, er, something undesirable. A post every few weeks if just dandy.

the hatter