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18th-Jun-2003 02:37 pm
Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA
There is definitely something to be said about hugs. *beams*

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*
18th-Jun-2003 08:38 am (UTC) - *glomps*
Thank you so much for having us over! ^___^ Was heaps of fun; only wish that i hadn't had to leave so early ;_; We must have our Hobbit's stayover soon! *addicted to stayovers XD* My mom volunteered our house, if needed :)

Also, thanks for lending me the book :) Alternated between reading, sleeping and watching tv after arriving at home ^o^ Have gotten up to page 162 so far, and am beginning to adore Robin Hobb's writing :D Some of the passages are so beautiful! *wistful* Hope to be able to write like that some day.

On a random note, have begun to leave comments be typing signature first, so don't forget to sign off again XD

@}% aingeal
18th-Jun-2003 09:14 pm (UTC) - *smiles*
That's wonderful! It'd be great to have the stayover at your house! *beams* Shall bring more Hobbit Food! *laughter*

And if it's at your house, you'd definitely be able to stay longer!

*smile smile smile*

It was great to have you over! *happy smile*

*glomps you*

Yes! Robin Hobb! I shall lend you allllll of her other books as well! She writes beautifully! *beams*

^_^ Am sure you will be able to write like that someday, if you aren't already ^_^

*smiles* Was like that too ^_^ Wrote when typing signature first.
18th-Jun-2003 03:46 pm (UTC)
Heheh, the car sounds really confusing...
18th-Jun-2003 09:20 pm (UTC) - *laughter*
It is! And difficult to get one's head around!
19th-Jun-2003 05:14 am (UTC) - Fufufufu...
I think I shall never learn to drive... ^o^

Thank you and your family so much for having us over! You were a wonderful host, and I couldn't bear to see you doing the dishes all alone *pat pat* It was quite a meeting, with almost everyone there ^-^

Once again, thank you so much~~~ I had such a wonderful time~~
19th-Jun-2003 08:14 am (UTC) - Never say Never ^_^
I never thought I'd meet the Rataliens I didn't know, or see Hyanda, for that matter *beams*

It was great having you over!

Thank you for helping me with the dishes ^_^ Though if I may say, you did most of them ^_^ Have never seen anyone do dishes as quickly as you.

*is touched*

*goes off glowing happily*

*glomps ranchelle*
19th-Jun-2003 10:47 pm (UTC) - No, seriously, I dislike automobiles...
Motion sickness. Not to mention a bad sense of direction. I think I'd prefer to get me a chauffeur in the far away future...or something that's auto-pilot.

Anyways, if you think I do dishes fast, you should see my mom. She does them twice my speed. I'm slower because I prefer to conserve a little more water ^_~

*looks at Eleris glowing and backs off*
20th-Jun-2003 01:18 am (UTC) - *smiles evilly and continues glowing*
*still glowing*

*whistles* Wow! I can't imagine your mom doing dishes!

*envisions a blur of speed and water*

I get motion sickness when I read in cars. Or even see anyone reading.
19th-Jun-2003 10:56 pm (UTC) - Oh, and...
YES. Hugs can be addictive. Evil evil hugs.
20th-Jun-2003 01:21 am (UTC) - I'd say!

I agree!

But I tend to be wary of hug-giving. Some people I know just don't like hugs.
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