Tuesday, 17th January, 2003
Why Did It Have To Rain On Me?
(Not That I Minded)
Had my first driving lesson this morning. Woke up at 7.30am. (A complete break from the normal Wake Up Near Noon habits.) And it began to rain on my way to the driving centre, and did not stop raining throughout my entire lesson. First time being Useful (Though not very) in the driving seat! There's something to be said about practicals. In the lessons, I can never remember (when I read the book) about where the clutch, break and accelerator are. But somehow, once I was in the car and had to learn them - I knew them.
But heavens, there are so many steps to starting a manual car like that one! Ignition, handbrake, shifting gears, clutch, brake... And we learn on manual cars, which means we have to depress the clutch, start the ignition, then release the clutch until the car comes to the "biting point" - which means it begins vibrating. (I am very bad at sensing this biting point.) And then you take your foot off the brake (that is, it was on the brake allll the while) - and then you move.
And then there was starting the car, stopping the car, reversing, moving forward, turning, the headlights, the high beam, the windscreen wipers, adjusting the steering wheel...
Went home, and then out again for the Ratal Gathering. Sallied forth to meet a half-elf, a werewolf, an elf, and a half-orc at Toa Payoh MRT station. *much amused* Was delighted to learn that an elf I'd never seen before would be joining us! *beams* ^_^
The Professor and I went to the Toa Payoh Library in search of an Alan Rickman tape. Was thwarted by our Library's singularly Byzantine and wholly perverse classification system, which claims that our tape was "For Reference" when in fact it was not available at all, due to the fact that the Toa Payoh Library has no Reference section! This despite the fact that the tape is listed as being at said Library's Reference Section!
Met Hyanda at last! *beams* A revelation, to say the least! ^_^
Came back to my place, where we played Cluedo. With X-Men figurines from Elear's X-Men Monopoly set. Was extremely out of it. (And Dae won again. And Mrs. White was guilty again. *takes notes and wonders if should take bets the next time*) Then got out mahjong paper and began a massive Ratal Mural. *beams* Serry, Hyanda, Isilme and Elear did beautiful art! Faol did an AR/Snape sketch! *beams* And Dae... Dae... Well, just... >.O Is all I have to say. As is not artist, calligraphed the Ratalien names. And began a singularly amusing exchange with Dae on mahjong paper.
Random Vegetables Gracing the Ratal Mural: Eggplants, carrots, watermelons, mushrooms.
Random Plant that is Not A Vegetable On the Ratal Mural: Toadstool.
Levizt came over too! *delight* Ratal is as complete as it is as likely to be! Save for Laire and Illiriel.
Went up to watch the WarCraft 3 cinematics after dinner (and requisite sofa session). Beautiful. ^_^ My favourite: Naturally, Arthas' Betrayal, and Eternity's End. (Latter is sad to me, somehow.)
Made cream of chicken soup for our Ratalien Hobbit. ^_^ Also had several spates of photo-taking. Again, I dread to think of the blackmail material Elear has accumulated.
Watched Dogma and Dragonheart, thanks to the Professor! *smiles happily at the Professor* Thank you! *delight* Dogma was lovely! Jay reminded Elear and I of... Legolas. Silent Bob reminded me of Gimli. *whistles innocently* And of course: The Metatron! Alan Rickman! Adored his voice! And the whole attitude!
And Dragonheart - *evil evil grin* Lucius Malfoy with his pants down. How much better can it get?
So we get Snape and Lucius with their pants down. *is so evil*
Our Ratalien Hobbit is most definitely Silien.
As for Dragonheart... *melts* Had so many bad ideas while watching the film. Ideas that I'd never had the first time I watched it. *resolutely hides in gutter* Suffice to say that dialogue always, always drives me off into the deep end. ^______^
Then I discovered I was not alone.
*throws a celebration of unprecedented proportions*
Went up to room - and actually managed to sleep! *deep surprise* Though not before watching the Making of LOTR and Wolf's Rain.
Woke at 10am ^_^ But Isilme had to go at 11! *tears*
Made chocolate chip pancakes. (Ratalien Stayover Staple, it seems!) Also, Serry makes absolutely fabulous sausages! Have never had sausages with sugar before, but Sery makes them taste incredible! ^_^ Also had mushrooms - yet another Ratal Stayover Staple. ^_^ Elear made a Mickey Mouse pancake. And then a Clownfish pancake. *amused* Sent me off singing something that involved "M-I-C-K-E-Y".
*has now frightened off everyone reading this*
Once again, a huge thank you to the Professor for that lovely Alan Rickman poetry reading. *beams* I loved hearing him sing "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore".
Oh. And hugs are really, really good.
*goes off in a delighted daze*