Fuck-a-soup

As I sit here in my little foldy up chair, we’ve just finished putting the tent up and are now bathing in our bag of glory.

The perfect food to test out your new camping stove is a cup a soup, which seems to be advertised towards the busy housewife, with slogans such as “just finished the ironing a soup” whored all over the packet. As I don’t believe that this is how housewives really behave, I’ve thought up my own alternative names.

1) “just been fucked over the dining room table a soup”.
2) “I’ve spent the last ten minutes sitting on the washing machine a soup”.
3) “the builder came round to start on our new conservatory but ended up showing me his tool in the bedroom a soup”.
4) “my husband is obviously fucking his secretary a soup”.

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Words

When I was little, I was pretty damn adamant that I was going to become a writer.

I loved writing short stories, and i’d always be given top marks when it came to creating a tourist brochure for a foreign country (my year 6 teacher Mr. Thomas loved the time I used a clip art version of the Eiffel Tower as a substitute for the letter A). I was good at using descriptive words and writing poetry, but soon the teenage years came and I could no longer muster the brain power or the motivation.

I’ve always had a little problem with words. Verbally, anyway. I’m the worst person to come to with problems, because all the brilliant advice that I know I have in my head suddenly vanishes, and i’m just left with vaguely sympathetic comments.

And then there’s “love”. There’s been a few break-ups in my past where there’s been a million and one things i’ve wanted to say, but words stick in my throat and I can’t say them. My head is so full of clarity and my mouth just won’t cooperate. I’ve had people say that they don’t feel cared for by me because I don’t tell them I care for them. This, to me, just doesn’t make sense.

I’m not a words person, i’m an actions person. If you’ve ever got up in the middle of the night to get me a glass of water because i’ve drank to much, made me a cup of tea even though it was my turn,  made sure I had enough quilt, listened to me whinge, made the effort to come and see me, then to me, that expresses far more love than words ever could. Words do nothing, actions do something.

When I have problems, I don’t really talk about them. I mean, i’d love to, but I just can’t. The words don’t come out. I have a livejournal which is set so that only my best friend can read. Anything and everything that happens to me goes in here, if I feel at all worried or upset. It’s my little place of solace. I don’t have to worry about being laughed at because of what I say or feel, I don’t have to worry that i’m wrong. All the things that I think is subconsciously going on in my head when I try and tell someone how I really feel inside. That’s why the words don’t come out.

I don’t say the L word very often, to friends, to boyfriends, to anyone. But fuck it. It doesn’t matter. If a word means so much to you, we’re more than likely not that compatible. If you’re happy enough with me making you a cup of tea or changing your bedsheets, sit down and we’ll talk.

Safari for Windows – Not that good akshually

After using James’ Apple Mac for a week, coming home and using my Windows PC again can take a bit of getting used to.

As i’ve been experimenting with browsers recently (I used to only use Firefox, but now I save that for blogging and use Opera for main web-surfing) I decided to download the Windows version of the Mac browser Safari to see how it handles.

First impressions…not that good really. On an Apple Mac, it’s fine. It does everything you tell it to. I wouldn’t say it’s outstanding. It’s just as good as you need it to. It’s a browser. But on Windows, it’s not even that.

The main thing you notice is just how big and clumsy it looks. Everything looks twice as zoomed in as it should be, even though it’s actually just set to a normal size. It kind of feels like you’re using a Fisher Price computer for 3 year olds.

Don’t bother trying to change this. You can’t. Changing the page font doesn’t alter it, minimizing the window doesn’t either. It just doesn’t look as svelte as it does on it’s home computer.

As I start to explore the buttons, I press the button that looks like a book on the left hand side. Bad idea. It tells me that it will lead me away from the current page, and to stay I should click “cancel”. I click “cancel”. It still navigates me away from the current page, and I can’t get back. Although saying that, the little book icon isn’t so bad once you get into it. You can add all your RSS feeds to it, and see all your bookmarks easily. Just make sure you wern’t too attached to the webpage you were visiting prior to clicking on it. You won’t be able to get back to it. Hmm. Probably should have gone exploring in a different tab than the one I was writing this blog entry in.

Yes, a new tab. The tab bar doesn’t appear by default, for that you have to go to View > Show tab bar. This annoys me. Having more than one tab open is something most of us do. I want that bar to already be there without me having to go looking for it.

The “bookmark” button next to the navigation bar is very handy. It easily lets you bookmark the page you’re on without you having to go clicking through links on the top left hand side of the screen. The motion on it rolling out on to the screen is quite nice too. The whole look of Safari is nice, the buttons and the colours. But if you’re into that kind of thing, buy a Mac and use Safari on there instead. Windows just doesn’t do it justice.

This is used again when you drag the address of your current page onto the bookmarks bar, a small box rolled out asking you to type in a name for it that you want to appear. That’s very handy. With browsers such as Opera, i’ve had to right click on each bookmark link, and go through some kind of customising process just to change the name that appears.

The rest of it is fine. It’s a good browser and it works. It’s got everything you need. Just make sure you are actually using it on a Mac, and not just to give a Windows PC and Mac feel, because it really doesn’t.

Taking airbrushing to another level

I can kind of understand it when close up pictures of celebrities are airbrushed to get rid of spots and blemishes, but surely it’s taken just too far when the person is question is made to look completly unreal and plastic?

It’s supposed to be a photograph, and yet she doesn’t even look like a human being. How are we supposed to believe things in the media when they’re manipulated to the highest level?

The best Sims 2 download sites

As much as I like playing the Sims 2, I enjoy decorating the homes a lot more.
And one thing I noticed with the release of the second Sims game, is that the official website very rarely offers free object downloads, like it used to.

Fear not though, as there are plenty of fansites out there to supply endless supplies of clothing and furniture. Here’s the best of them:

The Sims Resource
Much of the content available on this site is for paid subscribers only, but if there are plenty of good free downloads too.
Everything is seperated into sections such as “Clothing”, “Accessories”, “Pets”, “Floors” etc, and the search criteria is very specific. If you only have one or two expansion packs but not the rest, you can filter the packs you don’t have out of the search, so all the downloads available are the ones you are able to use.
This site is not just for content, it also features a forum, online support, screenshots and stories.

Mod the Sims 2
Although the layout isn’t as easy to navigate as other sites, the content is there in abundance. And from what I can see, most of it is free. With a lot of the objects (and certainly sets) the creator has taken time out to provide a detailed summery of the dowloads in question, letting you know if there’s something specific you must also download.
The site also has some brilliant tutorials, to help you learn how to create your own homes, clothes or furniture.

Around the Sims 2
This site has got a very slick feel to it, which makes it nice to look at and easy to find your way around. As well as being able to download files individually, where available you can also download the whole set of furniture to save time. Although the objects themselves are good quality, there isn’t really much of it. Definatly worth a visit though, as the objects. clothes and looks they do have are of very high standard.

Parsimonious
A very professional site that’s been running for as long as I can remember. Everything on the site is “100% free” (they said so themselves) and is of brilliant quality.
You browse the objects by selecting a room, and then download the objects either individually or as a set. This is a very nice site to use, because of the content but also because of the layout and colours.

Religious bands

A few years ago I was talking to my friend Jess over MSN, when she was telling about some new music she’d heard. She told my download the song “Everything” by Lifehouse. At first I wasn’t really into it, but after hearing it a few times I grew to love it, and it became one of my favourite songs. I passed it on to many other people, asking them to listen to it. I really did think it was a truly beautiful song.

A few months later and the song popped into my head, I wanted to listen to it but as we’d had a lot of computer breakyness around that time, I no longer had the MP3. I went to Youtube to watch the music video that accompanied it. It was there that I found out that song wasn’t a traditional love song like i’d first thought, it was about God.

For some reason, even though I previously loved that song, I now can’t listen to it. Or at least, it doesn’t have the same affect on me as it used to, and it actually gets me a little annoyed.

A few years ago I first heard the album Mercury, by Longview. Their music is very similar to that of Lifehouse, very touching and passionate love songs, very nice to listen to.
Unfortunatly, it’s just dawned on me that they too might be delusional God-botherers.

It sounds very shallow to say this, but I really hope they arn’t. The Mercury album brings back a lot of happy memories for me, I don’t want it to be linked to relgion and Christianity and stuff like that.
I’m almost certain that if I found out that this was what their music is about, I probably won’t be able to listen to that either.

Have you seen what i’ve got!?

I’m just stupidly lucky.