teffania: (Default)
( Jan. 8th, 2009 06:17 pm)
Acomplishment is: the seams on my new just started chemise being half the width of my previous chemise.
teffania: (Default)
( Jan. 5th, 2009 10:02 am)
Happy New Year everyone!

I don't normally do new year's resolutions, but I think this year is a good year to try to, so, I resolve to try to:
1) move away from the parents
2) find a shiny job that uses more of my skills
3) loose a little weight
4) post to my lj more regularly.
5) post to my dress diary blog more often, including all my sewing projects
6) make more of an effort to stay in touch with friends, especially those who I don't see much of

Hmm, I need some strategies to achieve these:
1) I'll start by asking now - anyone house hunting? (prefer near mt waverley, no cats, no perfumes, can afford to pay a bit extra per week for small luxuries like dishwashers). If I get a new job, I can probably afford a place by myself, but that's a lot of furniture to get.
2) must try harder. Considering enrolling in a project management certificate
3) hmm.  I can try to loose a few snacks, but mostly I need to exercise, and I'd really prefer not to.
4) Instead of feeling constrained to write long verbose posts I'll try humerous or quirky 2 liners.
5) try harder. play less computer games. make sure I plan projects in front of a computer so I can cut and paste doccumentation into blog entries.  Choose what to post more carefully so I don't have as many half finished posts, but instead devote time to finishing one post at a time.  Lower my standards of doccumentation just a tweak when posting about things I've made, but keep the standards up when posting about theory items.
6) I'll try to find regular activities I can share with some friends I don't see enough of.  That should be easier than constantly conquering my very mild phone phobia and organisational slackness multiple times
teffania: (Default)
( Dec. 23rd, 2008 09:39 am)
Well I hope everyone enjoyed the shortest night.  It's all downhill in day length from here, although it should still get hotter.  30C yesterday, and a measley 22 and drizzly today.

In other news my mum has proves she is mad in a good way yet again.  There we are, hour before bedtime, icing the christmas cake and there is almond icing left over.  So nothing will do but to make marzipan pigs. (to gift people with good luck in the new year).

So now we have half a dozen cute little pink marzipan gluckschwein, and a tired me.

p.s. google isn't helping me find a believable history of the german tradition of the marzipan pig. I wonder how old it is?
teffania: (Default)
( Dec. 7th, 2008 05:28 pm)
Would anyone I regularly see in melbourne like a hoya?

Slightly neglected, but will thrive with shade and minimal love.

The old fashioned variety, not any of the fancy varieties.

Tickets booked! Entry Booked! I'm really going to New Zealand in February now!

So of course, my next worry is what to wear.... )
So far I have found:
*a large hank of white woolen thread
*my krae glas pouch
*my half made pair of terribly bright orange woolen hose
*my much missed linen thread (YAY!)
*a 2000 FOME membership list (suitably disposed of)
*election fliers for two friends - the year they were both on hte same how to vote card
*tia maria (and I'd just bought a new bottle too)
*a candelabra I don't remember buying
*two very large embroidery hoops
*a purple and green floral sewing box
*a nice wooden box style hand coffee grinder I'd intended to convert to either spice or dyestuff grinder
*large wooden two tray comparmentalised display boxes with glass in lid - who was looking for these?
*a leather belt (just what a girl who always wears skirts needs !)

so far I have NOT found my passport or birth certificate.  <sigh>
I think I can afford to go to Canterbury Faire (sca event in new aealand in feb), so long as I am careful to do so economically.  I have no clue what my situation will be with regards to work - my current contract ends 24 dec, and they might extend me, might advertise my job as a full time position, or I might get the longed for dream jobs I manage about one application a month for. I guess it's tiem to stop worrying and jsut make some bookings.

 I guess I should only take a short holiday in NZ either side of faire in case I 've just started a new job (or am jobless & moneyless).  Especially when I'll likely to take off time for easter to.  I guess If I take off time before I can take advantage of australia day holidays (if we have one this year), and it might be easier to cart around clean garb while touristing, than vice-versa.

Is the week before faire a good week to tourist?  Would Christchurch and surrounds (those bits accesible by public transport or cheap tours) keep me occupied for around 5 days?  What should be seen? Will my travel companion have other plans - who knows?

Jetstar is offering cheap flights, but only ones that arrive at 11pm.  A bus runs to the city till 1pm, and one of the accomodation places offers late check in, but I'm not sure if they all mesh properly.   And then I'd need to get to the site somehow, but the friendly folks seem ot be running some sort of shuttle, so cost asside, that seems very accesible (so long as I have a place to stay te night before so they can pick me up at a sociable hour).  And I hope to have company for the trip (those of you in couples forget how strange it is to have that when you're single, and how it affects your plans not having a secound person to reduce costs of things like taxis, or just to mind the luggage for 5 minutes).

There are bunk rooms and a meal plan at the faire so long as I book really soon, although the feast night seems booked out, so I've no clue what I'd do on that night. 

That means I only have to carry clothes and bits and bobs (no fighting gear, no regalia, no special projects), which i can probably squeeze into 20kg + hand luggage given my clothign is early period, i have a superlight sleeping bag, and a couple of balls of string can keep me amused in the craft stakes.  After all i did pensic including superlight tent, bedding, flash conference clothes and tourist clothes, in a 30kg luggage allowance.  (although I'd like to leave some room for fabric because I hear the shopping is great, and there must be a cheap bolt of white linen waiting for me somewhere, and a little more cheap summerweight wool wouldn't go astray, and I have a lot more garb than i did then, especially wool - which probably means I could carry some stuff across if people needed).

So dear readers, what am I missing? what should I know? what have I forgotten? Will i starve on feast night? Will my luggage never fit?

My final question is regarding beds.  Hopefully if I book really soon i can still get a dorm room bed.  But what kind of bed is it?  I'm dreadful at sleeping away from my nice bed (my night owl habbits and morning allergies don't help).  I sleep on a sprung matress on a sprung bed base (part habbit, part to do with the excessive curvature of my body).  futons, hard bases, firm couches and sleeping mats on hte ground all leave my sleepless and cranky.  The only two acceptable substitutes I've found are most couches, especially the fold out sprung bed type and a camp bed.  But my odds of sleeping on any of these are pretty low.  What type of beds are in the dorms at faire?  Should I be worried?  I can bring my lightweight camp matress to put on top of hte matress, (at the expense of other luggage) but that will only make a marginal matress acceptable, not remedy a poor matress, or be a suitable matess on it's own.  And then there are hotels - no way to check what kind of bed they have.

please advise me!

teffania: (Default)
( Jun. 5th, 2008 03:56 pm)
Novel groupwise: 20 MB disksize and hundreds of official mails a week, ineffectual searching, folders instead of tabs with emails spanning several topics, and all this in a workplace where email is the primary form of communication.  Please, oh, please haven't any of gmails compeditors begun to integrate the lessons learned from gmail* into their browsers yet?


*not the ones about putting too many users on a server or so many scripts that ADSL is slow, or whatever they've been doing to me lately, but the design ideas.
teffania: (Default)
( Apr. 27th, 2008 11:00 pm)
I think this personality is fairly accurate, at least in the aspects it covers.  There's plenty more to me than that, but I can't say that it's got any of those bits wrong.  Maybe the embarrasing myself is a bit overstated.
Read more... )
No it's not a joke. It's a shameless plug.  My current job finishes in mid to late March.

And while i don't mind my current job, it doesn't utilise even half my skills, and I can't find any vacancies there that really do.  Maybe you can help?
read more... )
teffania: (Default)
( Dec. 17th, 2007 09:16 pm)
I Am A: Lawful Good Elf Wizard (3rd Level)

Ability Scores:







Lawful Good A lawful good character acts as a good person is expected or required to act. He combines a commitment to oppose evil with the discipline to fight relentlessly. He tells the truth, keeps his word, helps those in need, and speaks out against injustice. A lawful good character hates to see the guilty go unpunished. Lawful good is the best alignment you can be because it combines honor and compassion. However, lawful good can be a dangerous alignment because it restricts freedom and criminalizes self-interest.

Elves are known for their poetry, song, and magical arts, but when danger threatens they show great skill with weapons and strategy. Elves can live to be over 700 years old and, by human standards, are slow to make friends and enemies, and even slower to forget them. Elves are slim and stand 4.5 to 5.5 feet tall. They have no facial or body hair, prefer comfortable clothes, and possess unearthly grace. Many others races find them hauntingly beautiful.

Wizards are arcane spellcasters who depend on intensive study to create their magic. To wizards, magic is not a talent but a difficult, rewarding art. When they are prepared for battle, wizards can use their spells to devastating effect. When caught by surprise, they are vulnerable. The wizard's strength is her spells, everything else is secondary. She learns new spells as she experiments and grows in experience, and she can also learn them from other wizards. In addition, over time a wizard learns to manipulate her spells so they go farther, work better, or are improved in some other way. A wizard can call a familiar- a small, magical, animal companion that serves her. With a high Intelligence, wizards are capable of casting very high levels of spells.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

Your Aspie score: 91 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 109 of 200
You seem to have both Aspie and neurotypical traits

Normal....ish. Kinda. Sorta. For a shy geek, quite well adjusted I think.
1. Go to Google.
2. Enter: [yourname] needs. If you have a very unusual name and receive few hits, consider a nick name or a short form version of your name

1. Tiffany needs to go back to being pregnant and funny
2. tiffany needs bigger breasts.
3. Tiffany needs a highly committed couple or single mom willing to invest the time and attention she will need to continue to move forward.
4. Tabetha, Zachary And Tiffany Need Love
4a. someone else doing this meme with very different answers (a slave, a prop, and 9 more games in a row)
5. If Joe doesn't stop immediately, Tiffany needs to help Lori. She might speak to Joe herself, saying, "This is a serious problem."
6. But with her newborn on the way and pigeons in the way, Tiffany needs something done quickly and turned the mess over to us.
7.They don’t call her Tiffany “Pecan” Pollard for nothing. Dr. Pat decides that what New York needs is a man who fits her life on her terms. Well, duh. ...
8. Tiffany is a 2-year-old American Staffordshire mix. Tiffany needs a home
9. Motivation is one of Tiffany’s strengths and she needs a family who will challenge her to her full potential.
10. Tiffany[needs more piercings]

Is the internet trying to send me a message or something? What with baby naming's this week (no baby Miriam is not cute yet - at 8 days she's far to young to be so - but her father glowing over her is) I get the feeling life is trying to gang up on me. Life hasn't heard how stubborn I can be has it?
teffania: (Default)
( Oct. 6th, 2007 12:54 am)
My goodness, a test I am not an outlier on!

Your Brain Usage Profile:

Auditory : 40%
Visual : 60%
Left : 46%
Right : 53%
descriptive blather... )
teffania: (Default)
( Sep. 26th, 2007 01:25 pm)
So all the cool kids have been doing the career's meme. I'm not passing on details of how, since it doesn't appear to work anymore. For me it's a bit more serious since I'm doing some major dithers about careers at the moment.

My results and a rambling analysis... )

I have a very eclectic bunch of people reading this, so I'm hoping some of you can help solve my career quandaries. Please comment.
teffania: (Default)
( Aug. 2nd, 2007 02:24 pm)
There's more and more of you SCA folks friending me, and some of you don't get to see me in person often, so I hereby let you know a little more about me -
SCA meme sheepage.... )

Sorry everyone else, it's full of incomprehensible scaisms. Perhaps I'll do a silly sci-fi meme for you later. (I'm open to suggestions)
teffania: (Default)
( Jun. 18th, 2007 01:06 pm)
<table width='350' border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=2 align=center><tr><td bgcolor='#AABBAA' align=center style='font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: 14pt; font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;'><div id='head'>You are a dog</div></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor='#EEFFEE' style='font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 12pt; border: 1px; border-color:AABBAA;'><div id='text'>Or maybe you are a mosquito, you certainly can't be human.<br /><br />The highest pitched ultrasonic mosquito ringtone that I can hear is <a href='http://media.ultrasonic-ringtones.com/tones/21101.mp3'>21.1kHz</a></div></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor='#CCDDCC' style='font-family: Arial, Tahoma; font-size: 12pt;'>Find out which <a href='http://www.ultrasonic-ringtones.com/'>ringtones</a> you can hear!</td></tr></table>

Maybe it's just my speakers, but I could hear them, all except the highest one. (ah, that one's a trick question)  Anyone have an ultrasonic ringtone they want to test?  Must be just my speakers.  Interestingly the lowest one was quite close to the frequency you can make that will annoy me muchly.  If you see me a bands with my fingers in my ears (because I forgot earplugs) that's normally what's happening - I'm gettting a nasty screetch in my ear.
teffania: (Default)
( May. 11th, 2007 11:32 pm)
Occasionally i meme sheep... I just don't normally tell you my results:

Your brain: 20% interpersonal, 80% visual, 60% verbal, and 240% mathematical!

Matching Summary: Each of us has different tastes. Still, I offer the following advice, which I think is obvious:

  1. Don't date someone if your interpersonal percentages differ by more than 80%.
  2. Don't be friends with someone if your verbal percentages differ by more than 100%.
  3. Don't have sex with someone if their math percentage is over 200%.
Link: The 4-Variable IQ Test

Hmm, looks like celsa will have company in that convent.
(now you see why I don't tell you the results!  Actually I mostly figure you don't care).
teffania: (Default)
( Apr. 23rd, 2007 06:14 pm)
There are date palms sprouting in my fallow compost bin.
teffania: (Default)
( Jan. 5th, 2007 02:57 pm)
I recently sucumbed to the JB hifi sale stand. "Ampology" by the Hodo Gurus.The label says"Features 40 of the biggest hits and best loved tracks from one of australia's finest and most influentual rock bands. Includes What's My scene, Like Wow Wipeout, Miss Freelove 69 & Waking up Tired". That's right, It's a best of.

I've listened to it now. What to say. Best of What? Most of these songs I'd condemn to b-side oblivion. They wouldn't make it onto a regular albumn, let alone a best of. They make Jet look talented. It's not he style, they are mostly riht in my favourite genre. It's just crap. Maybe it'll improve with additional listening.

But there's something that puzzles me. A couple of the songs I like (but mostly in an albumn track kinda level, not a single level), and one I still love. "Waking up tired" - sure it's a novelty song, but a band is allowed more than one of those per career. The rifs and melody are simple and catchy, the lyrics display a high level of poetry and wordplay (eg "I need a month of Sundays, To help me cope with Mondays, and I need a good vacation, From too much recreation".) which i guess is there in some of the other songs. It's a bit upbeat, but that works as a novelty song.

So how can a band write such a wonderful song that I love so much, and not manage a second even close to that quality?