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Yesterday I went to see The Rising with the girls from work, and we killed the time between end of work and start of film by hiding in a tiny Moroccan restaurant off Charing X Rd where the food was delicious and the lamps were for sale.

The Rising was a fabulous film and we enjoyed it thoroughly. I think even Z wouldn't have minded since the fight scenes outnumbered the dance routines.

Plus it was about the historical character, Mangal Pandey, which features in one of my favourite ever books - Zadie Smith's White Teeth.

Going into the cinema, one of the cinema ticket-people wanted to search my bag. I assented, opened the rucksack, he cast one look and saw an array of menstrual products and waved me through, obviously deciding on the strength of Tampax that I was no terrorist. Although frankly he might have considered it as evidence that I was dangerous and capable of anything.

Today's another busy day at work [although no one's been hysterical since my boss has been on leave]. I had lunch in the park and now I suspect I have sunburn on my chest.

There's a cyclist who pursues me as I walk the streets of Queens Park, dispensing goodness and useful phone numbers. He has taken to supplementing cheesy chat up lines with wolf whistling.

And this evening we're going to celebrate Z getting a multiple entry visa for France and me looking pretty by going out somewhere nice.


1. When you look at yourself in the mirror, what's the first thing you look at?
The state of my hair.

2. How much cash do you have on you right now?
£8.79!

3. What's a word that rhymes with "TEST"?
rest

4. Favourite plant?
to receive - dark red roses; to grow - basil; to smell - jasmine and lillies; to look at - ferns.

5. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone?
Z.

6. What is your main ring tone on your phone?
a random annoying but LOUD melody

7. What shirt are you wearing?
a dark brown halterneck snagged at Mango's Xmas Sale

8. Do you "label" yourself?
tjej's harem girl

9. Name brand of your shoes currently wearing?
birkenstock

10. Do you prefer a bright or dark room?
bright. unless I'm having sex or something at which point candlelight is best.

11. What did you have for breakfast?
a lentil and carrot stew with sausages.

12. Since question 12 is weirdly missing, make some shit up.
I have sand down my cleavage from supervising sandcastle-building babies.

13. What were you doing at midnight last night?
Snuggling up to Molly the Sheep and sleeping.

14. What did your last text message you received on your cell phone say?
Tonight's theatre group cancelled

15. Do you ever click on "Pop Ups" or Banners?
Nope

16. What's an expression that you say a lot?
it's probably a tie between words of profaniy and terms of endearment.

17. Who told you they loved you last?
my grandma, this morning

18. Last furry thing you touched?
the kitten!

19. How many hours a week do you work?
About 187,000 until my boss comes back from leave.

20. How many rolls of film do you need to get developed?
Two. They've been sat in my bag for six months.

21. Favourite age you have been so far?
I like now best. Although 23 was pretty good too.

22. Your worst enemy?
Whichever sodding architect designed the office without openable windows.

23. What is your current desk top picture?

A fish, by sparktastic

24. What was the last thing you said to someone?
"I come bearing CAKE!" - to my co-workers.

25. If you had to choose between a million bucks or to be able to go back in time and fix all your mistakes which would you choose?

A million bucks, which would improve the quality of my life more significantly than time travel.
The only thing I'd go back in time for is to see my Dad again, and my mistakes are good learning experiences. The only thing I've done that I haven't forgiven myself for is to neglect the guinea pig when I was 12 and not look after it properly.

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ex_humanfema327
Aug. 16th, 2005 03:56 pm (UTC)
"unless I'm having sex or something" ... ???
rainsinger
Aug. 16th, 2005 04:07 pm (UTC)
examples of other things I prefer doing by candlelight include tarot readings and talking to people at parties.

Although L word is best to watch with the glow of fairy lights at your house.
ex_humanfema327
Aug. 16th, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC)
mmm candlelight.. less risk of fire with electrics though.. she said unromantically..
actually_not
Aug. 16th, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC)
hmmm...i still have your birthday present here beside me....
rainsinger
Aug. 16th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
and I have your books!
and cake!

We must compare social calenders and meet up and exchange :)
actually_not
Aug. 16th, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC)
yes indeed we must....mmmm cake.....i can do next monday or next thursday....beyond that i don't know coz my diary is at work...
meepettemu
Aug. 16th, 2005 08:39 pm (UTC)
wahey!

Are you still coming sat? :o)
nanji
Aug. 16th, 2005 11:11 pm (UTC)
impulse interview
I can't help it - I've gotta do the questionnaire!

1. When you look at yourself in the mirror, what's the first thing you look at?
My face, primarily: eyes, lips and skin.

2. How much cash do you have on you right now?
about 7 euros.

3. What's a word that rhymes with "TEST"?
Best

4. Favourite plant?
Blue roses, lilies. Trees, love old trees in London.

5. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone?
It's a number I don't recognise. I don't recognise the country code either - what country's area code starts with +43 ?
Just checked on the net - it's Austria so I think it's Arno.

6. What is your main ring tone on your phone?
It's a pleasant light melody - sounds like a sprinkling of fairy dust IMHO.

7. What shirt are you wearing?
A white wife-beater with fluo pink, green and blue writing on it.

8. Do you "label" yourself?
No. I think it would restrict my ability.

9. Name brand of your shoes currently wearing?
Havainas

10. Do you prefer a bright or dark room?
bright white and clear cut. Like an icecube or a high-tech secret lair. Quite the Aquarian vision.

11. What did you have for breakfast?
a diet coke and a small packet of plain crips.

12. Since question 12 is weirdly missing, make some shit up.
I have sand down my cleavage from supervising sandcastle-building babies.

12.What is currently your favourite website?
http://www.teachityourself.com


13. What were you doing at midnight last night?
Writing E-mails.

14. What did your last text message you received on your cell phone say?
"Hi Nancy..Wer goin 2 mirabel pool this afternoon and open air cinema 2nite...U guys invited if u want to join us?..."

15. Do you ever click on "Pop Ups" or Banners?
No.

16. What's an expression that you say a lot?
"Absolutely", or "How...?"

17. Who told you they loved you last?
my boyfriend, just before he went to bed.

18. Last furry thing you touched?
Gosh that's a difficult question. I don't tend to like furry textures. Probably a bath towel, does that count?

19. How many hours a week do you work?
Undefined, whatever needs doing.

20. How many rolls of film do you need to get developed?
Two, from like 5 years ago. If I need the photos I do them immediately, if they're photos just for fun I tend to forget about them.

21. Favourite age you have been so far?
I like the age 19, as a number, but it doesn't particularly outrank now.

22. Your worst enemy?
I choose not to have enemies.

23. What is your current desk top picture?
A field of satellites.

24. What was the last thing you said to someone?
Apart from inane sweetnesses to my boyfriend that will interest no-one, it was "don't hesitate" to my aunt on the phone.


25. If you had to choose between a million bucks or to be able to go back in time and fix all your mistakes which would you choose?

The million. I see no advantage in reliving the past.
rainsinger
Aug. 17th, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC)
Re: impulse interview
Hi Honey!

Are you free tonight?
I've scrapped my social schedule for this evening in order to spend some quality time with the laptop and the WACOM pad and [hoepfully] thou.

I'll be on MSN this evening, hopefully see you then so we can go over astro ideas.

Love

N xxx
nanji
Aug. 18th, 2005 01:42 am (UTC)
"so lost without you..."
damnit!

was teaching this evening, then sorting out legal stuff for my mother and THEN went out straight afterwards to grab some dinner @ 23.00.

How does tomorrow evening grab you? Coffee, tea, me etc.. or it might be better if it's not a 'schoolnight', so Friday/Saturday...?

Thanks for making time - we seriously need to do some brainwork together. I can't wait!

love
N*
dubaiyan
Aug. 17th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
White Teeth! *fond memories of book*
She really got us Brit-Bangladeshis :D
rainsinger
Aug. 18th, 2005 02:10 pm (UTC)
Re: White Teeth! *fond memories of book*
Hehehe.
Apparently the characters in the book are mostly non-fictional and she's hung around with a lot of Brit-Bangladeshis.

One of the girls I work with sort of knows her.
dubaiyan
Aug. 18th, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC)
Bro thinks she's hot
:D
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