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Below are the 16 most recent journal entries recorded in merryhouse's LiveJournal:

Thursday, March 12th, 2015
10:05 pm
Monday, January 20th, 2014
11:27 am
Revisit at the end of the year
practise karate
wear three different outfits in a week
put lenses in
eat salad
eat iron-rich things [spinach? watercress? eggs? ]
get hair cut more often
get settee mended
get new doors

All the stuff I want to do to make me happier (lighting candles, mindfulness, doing various fitness things, practising) just becomes ONE MORE THING I HAVE TO DO the moment it goes on a list...

wean self off Free Jinger (you know it makes sense)
having done so, don't go back to slacktivist
read stuff people have put effort into instead
listen to music

Also, dammit I don't want to put this down because of the above rant and I will jinx it I know I will but I AM GOING TO GET RID OF THIS TWO STONE AND GET MY CORE BACK AND GET FIT ENOUGH TO AT LEAST CONSIDER A DAN GRADING IN 2015

and I'm not going to mention it to the rest of the household
Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
12:43 pm
Yet more proof that Kevin Mayhew doesn't know what words mean (reprise)
okay, I realise that

who can faint while such a river
ever flows their thirsts to assuage

is not the simplest of things to sing, what with the elided syllable and all; but

who can faint while such a river
ever flows and thirsts assuage

is simply incorrect.

Gerald forgot to play the last verse, so I didn't notice what they did with "all his boasted pomp and show"; but I bet it wasn't good.
Monday, February 25th, 2013
1:25 pm
Yet more proof that Kevin Mayhew doesn't know what words mean
Original (or at least the version that's in Ancient and Mediaeval):

Pride of Man and earthly glory
Sword and crown betray his trust
What with care and toil he buildeth
tower and temple fall to dust

Now, I'd be among the first to agree that we need to change that first line.  BUT, having done so, we must then change lines two and three.  This is what our hymn book has:

Human pride and earthly glory
Sword and crown betray his trust
What with care and toil he buildeth
tower and temple fall to dust

Whose trust?  We are no longer talking about God in this verse, but given verse one it looks as if we are.  We might just about get away with that, albeit with a completely different meaning from the original intent, but lines three and four make it look as if God is building things that then collapse.

I mean, it's hardly rocket science.  "Our trust" is the easy bit, and it took me five minutes to come up with "what we build with care and labour".
Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
12:15 pm
Honeymoon is over
Line one: doesn't scan
Line two: factually inaccurate (ok I realise that it's just sloppy writing by someone who didn't learn biology properly but that's almost as bad and the effect is the same)
Line three: should be moving the tune along not just repeating the previous lines

This is why we can't have nice things noone likes "All-Age" services.

That, coupled with the relation of near-death experiences with a quote from a neurologist that neurology can't explain them, and exacerbated by the placing of rousing hymns during the distribution, is depressing me slightly.

On the plus side, she is trying to get us to sign up to http://changingattitude.org.uk/
Monday, September 24th, 2012
10:30 pm
Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don't use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of.

I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese boards, cheese knives, crepe makers, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, pie funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic crushers, martini glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, ice cream makers, fondue sets, healthy-grills, home smokers, tempura sets, tortilla presses, electric whisks, cherry stoners, sugar thermometers, food processors, stand mixers, mincers, bacon presses, bacon slicers, mouli mills, cake testers, pestle-and-mortars, gratin dishes, apple corers, mango stoners and sets of kebab skewers languish dustily at the back of the nation's cupboards.
Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
11:07 am
Smug mode
O is always a pleasure to have in class.  He is highly motivated and conscientious and always puts a lot of thought into his work.  Consequently the work he produces is always of a high standard throughout the curriculum.  He listens attentively in all lessons, asks questions and takes on board advice that is given to him.  O is a popular class member who is very kind and caring towards others.  He encourages other children in the class when they are having difficulties and works well individually or with a partner.  When working as part of a group, O often finds himself as the group leader, where he leads in a democratic way; attempting to take the views of all into account.  He is friendly, mature, outgoing and a well-respected member of the class with an excellent sense of humour.

(Edited because my nails are too long)
Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
2:00 am
blimey
I am almost certain that our new vicar will be younger than me.

(She also makes me think of how menthe_reglisse might have been if she'd carried on believing in God - though that may be unduly influenced by mediaeval church and women bishops.)
Monday, May 14th, 2012
2:44 pm
Jean Eileen Durgin-Clinchard for president!
youtube.com/watch?v=-j0fNv2bAmE&feature=youtu.be
Sunday, April 29th, 2012
4:57 pm
We did a karate grading yesterday.  We weren't due to grade till 20 May but that's when Bishop Mark is taking our morning service so the choir is doing something.  When we mentioned this to Sensei John and asked if we'd be ok to go to the one in the afternoon he said "actually there's one this Saturday.  I think you're all ready for it."  So that's what we did.

C and O both passed quite comfortably.  Rob double-graded up to blue belt, which is the one I was going for so I pouted a bit - until Chris said he really liked what I was doing and he was putting me up to purple!  Was not expecting that.

Of course, now I have to master the spinning back roundhouse kick, which considering I can't even get the spin properly is going to take some time.
1:06 pm
spillchuck is not your friend
The car showroom which suffered a fire a couple of months ago has signs up telling us that they have temporally relocated.
Monday, April 23rd, 2012
8:41 pm
ignore this
Friday, November 25th, 2011
1:18 pm
sermon, grr
Gospel reading on Sunday was the sheep and goats going "Lord, when did we ever see you...?" etc.

Now, not only did James completely ignore the major issue I have with both that passage and the previous few weeks' readings, the gnashing of teeth stuff - which fair enough, it's tricky and other people have touched on it; but he began his talk by Totally Contradicting the whole substance of the passage - "I believe that you're saved if you accept the Lord and your name is written in the book of life" or some such [mindless repetition].

I mean, what is the point?
1:13 pm
parents evening
C's teachers all think he's wonderful.  Well, except the PE teacher ;-)  He just said C is well-behaved and works hard, and will probably get up to standard by the end of the year.  Ho hum. Also, his skills are better in isolation than in a game.

The RE teacher said "almost nobody ever gets a 5a on this test - C got a 6c"
Amazingly enough, the tech (woodwork) teacher gave him a rare 6c for planning.  Only 4a for making though - it was a bit rushed.
One of the music staff who takes orchestra (which C has been to for only the last couple of weeks) remarked on his sight-reading.
1:07 pm
Robert's dad Michael has died.

It was an aortic embolism - sudden and totally unexpected.

We are coping.  The boys were upset but went to choir and karate as normal, and seem to have slept well.
Monday, November 21st, 2011
2:43 pm
in case you're wondering
I deleted them all (which was a PAIN because I only have a free account).

And I have just checked the Wayback machine and it's not archived.

No, nothing has happened, I just decided not to be out there and public any more ;-)
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