Everything tagged with 'Life'

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Day 2 of being off sick and can’t shake this guilty feeling that I ought to be Doing Something Productive with my day, despite the fact my brain is absolutely not capable of it right now

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Two years with this wonderful human 🥰

A photo of my partner who is the best human in all the land
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I think this might be the most onion I’ve ever seen in one place

Two big dishes of sliced onions
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Feeling deeply, profoundly demoralised today, despite a weekend of making big strides forward on my game engine

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At what point is the deadline for working my way through the leftover Christmas chocolate? At what point does it just become “we have too much chocolate in the house”?

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I’m the biggest clean freak of anyone I know - to a probably unhealthy degree - and a past me would have absolutely had a panic attack, but at this point I’m so fucking cat-pilled I just went “aww sorry baby”, cleaned up and gave her an apology cuddle.

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Managed to startle the cat when she was in her litter box today…which unfortunately meant in her haste to get away she trod on one of her recently laid delights. And then proceeded to run around the flat, which I could prove because she left prints. Cats!

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Walkies

Tower Bridge and the River Thames. It’s a bit grey and rainy.
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Was quite proud of my 900-ish day streak in Duolingo until I looked at this calendar

A screenshot of Duolingo showing a calendar with loads of streak freezes used
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We have been climbing

Some pints
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This rewatch of the Expanse is great, actually even better for having now read the books. Though it does mean we now say “we should space her” when we put the cat outside when she’s being annoying at 4am

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Well, they got the name right.

My dad crossing a bridge in Oxford which has tipped onto its side. The sign on it reads “Danger Bridge”. My family look on in horror.
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Had some lovely Japanese food. Shout out to the couple next for us who asked for spoons for miso soup

My partner and a load of really great food
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Spotted so many red kites on the bus to Oxford. Hard to believe these were once extinct in England!

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My new profile photo is from a New Years’ Day walk near the farm my mum grew up on, which is still farmed by my uncle. This old house and the area around it are referred to as “Macaleese’s” after the family that used to live there nearly a century ago. It was used to store hay bales until the top floor collapsed. I love it.

The doorway of a ruined house. You can see the old fireplace through the door. The fireplace. I wonder when this was last lit, and if they knew it at the time. This little lean-to was (we think) built by my Granda for storage. My family.

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We finally harvested our Lion’s mane! It became some rather nice crab cake-like things.

The lion's mane growing in their bag This is about as much as we got out Have you ever seen anyone look so excited about fungi? These crab cakes were yummy

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We got the modelling clay out the other weekend so I decided to make this lightly deranged toothbrush holder.

teeeeeeeeth
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Oh hey the fire worked

Fireworks
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When I worked in the games industry I remember being told the average tenure was six years and thinking that was crazy low. I lasted…five and a half years.

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Last night I went to the launch of Amy Acre’s new collection, Mothersong. There were readings from Amy, Fran Locke, Cai Draper and Jess Murrain, and it was lovely.

Amy reading My copy of Mothersong

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We lost my wonderful Granny today at the age of 92. I’ve never known someone so warm, selfless, and caring. She died peacefully and surrounded by her loved ones, so it’s the best it could have been, but I am devastated. Love you forever Granny.

Me and Granny, taken last year. Me, Granny, and her great-grandson, taken last month.

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Rye’s summer with us came to an end last week and now she’s off to see her mum and dad in Australia! I’m going to miss this lil pudding so much. 🥹

Me and Rye having cuddles. Me and Rye having more cuddles. Lucy and Rye having cuddles.

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I’m at day four of going cold turkey on Sertraline (ran out, pharmacy being slow) and lemme tell ya I am having nil craic with these withdrawal symptoms

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In ’the naming of cats’, T.S. Eliot posits that every cat has a secret name known only to themselves. I have determined that my cat’s secret name is ‘piss goblin’

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A glorious, if slightly muggy, day walking on the High Weald.

My partner in a forest Late evening sun over the fields

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Someone created this evil-joel emoji on our work Slack and honestly it is quite useful for when I need to be vaguely menacing

:evil-joel: Slack emoji of me looking grumpy
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I’ll be wandering around WASD this week if any pals want to hang out! I’ll be at the Thursday night thing and at the expo on Friday and prob Saturday. Please be aware I have been doing gamedev again so will probably trauma-dump.

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We went for a walk/forage on the Ridgeway today which was very muddy but gorgeous. We found:

  • Jelly ears!
  • Oysters!
  • Gorse!
  • Nettles!
  • Wild garlic!
  • Turkey tails!
  • Ground ivy!

Lucy on the ridgeway Turkey Tails Red cypress trees Oyster mushrooms

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So after posting my Manifesto I tried some pizza from Veggie Crust on the Old Kent Road and while it was no Mario it was some pretty good Good Shit Pizza.

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· The Good Shit Pizza Manifesto

I moved from East to South London in the summer of last year. South London has been amazing, especially for food, but there’s one thing missing.

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We went to a couple of cool exhibitions today - the ASMR one at the Design Museum and the one about Japanese silk braiding (Kumihimo) at Japan House.

Some screens showing a visual ASMR film My partner playing with some brushes and microphones Braided cord hanging from the ceiling A complex sculpture made of braided cord

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· Update from the Fringe

My flatmate/co-host Jake bangs on my door shortly after I wake up.

“Coffee?” “Please mate.”

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· Pokémon Go

This isn’t really going to be a game review. Taken purely as a game, and ignoring its wider impact, Pokémon Go is not very good. It crashed frequently before a recent update, there’s nothing to do outside populated areas, the drain on battery and mobile data is high, and it’s incredibly hard for new players coming in to the game a few weeks late to catch up.

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