October 29, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Witching Hour, Withdrawals and Wine

Filed under: Books, Food, Librarian, Scouts — liberrydwarf @ 2:33 pm

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: Got the older kids (14-18) to run a Spooky Night for our little Joey Scouts last night (Halloween being off-limits in case someone found it offensive. Schools and church youth groups can do it, but not us apparently.) Anyway, they had great fun digging in cold spaghetti for lollies, hunting for “eyeballs” (round wooden beads) in gel polymer with their toes, making masks and playing “pin the frown on the ghost”. Only one set of tears, so night of success!

2) One Bad Thing: Looking at throwing a whole lot more old books out of our work storehouses. Death by Spreadsheet. My backside is numb…

3) One Thing I Learned: They make Weight-Watchers-friendly wine now. Of course, now when I can neither drink nor diet, they would come up with this. Not two years ago when I was happily (or not so) trying to balance both. #fail.


October 27, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Books, games, Librarian, movies, Sport — liberrydwarf @ 12:35 pm

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


Batman 3 news – now has a name, but no Riddler. (So thankfully, nobody has to utter the words “Jim Carey” anywhere near this post!)

There’s a new Muppet movie on the way!


The 50 most hated characters in literary history (most of whom are completely justified…)

Only a matter of time…


To honor my probably-very-stupid decision to go back and try my hand at Final Fantasy XII again – in flow-chart form, the plot for every RPG ever made (you may have to zoom in!)

20 heroic librarians who save the world

October 25, 2010

Monday Meme: My Life in Movies

Filed under: Memes, movies — liberrydwarf @ 3:34 pm

My Life in Films Meme

(via this Squidoo lens)

Films That Remind Me of Childhood

Alice in Wonderland: my parents taped this off TV, I had all the songs memorised, and it went for seemingly forever so was perfect for tricking babysitters into letting one stay up late.

Muppet Treasure Island: I was 13 when this came out, so almost really not a kid anymore. But it’s still something my siblings and I know (and can recite) all the lines to, and sing all the songs (usually drunkenly at birthday parties…)

The Brave Little Toaster: my youngest brother was OBSESSED with this film when he was about 3 or 4 years old – thus I, as an 11-year-old, hated it thoroughly. But it’s one of the most memory-evoking childhood films I can think of, takes me straight back to my Greek nanny’s living room with my brother’s rapt attention on the screen, and me sneaking peeks at the nanny’s older son’s Mad Magazines which I wasn’t allowed to read at home…

Childhood Films Where Removal was Necessary

I can’t recall ever being taken away from a movie (cinema or video) because it wasn’t suitable. We had a strict “G rating until you’re 12” rule at my house (which conveniently disappeared after I was 12 and my younger siblings weren’t forced to suffer from it…hmmm…) so pretty much everything we saw was harmless. Inane, but harmless.

Films that Defined My Teens

Scream: at 14, this was the first horror movie I’d ever seen, our nanny (not the Greek lady, different nanny by this time) put it on to watch one day my 11 year old sister and I were sick so we snuck in to watch it. Suffice to say, it was a bad idea, I wasn’t ready for horror films, and I spent the next 6 months sleeping with a nightlight, lying to my mother and refusing to date because I was convinced boys would try to kill me.

Titanic: this came out when I was 14, but I actually didn’t see it until I was 18, almost out of my teens. Titanic was THE summer movie of 1997 here (Australia). It was due for release in late November, and my friends and I all had a pact that we would see it every week of the holidays (8 times in total). That was the holiday my parents decided we were going to Europe instead. I left the day before it came out, got to the UK where it had already finished, and came back to Australia about 3 days after our local cinema had stopped showing it. I missed a lot of in-jokes and cultural references the following year…

Films Seen Multiple Times at Theatres

The Fellowship of the Ring: I think I saw this 5 or 6 times in total? This one is actually a bit of a dark secret for me: my boyfriend and I made a pact we would go see it on the first day together. Friends offered me a ticket to a midnight screening as part of a marathon, and I went. I didn’t tell him I’d seen it without him. For 8 years afterwards. After we’d been married for 4 years and I thought it would finally be safe. Yep, we’re that kind of nerds. 

First Date Film

My husband and I saw Legally Blonde for our first date. I have no idea what happens in the second half of that movie at all 😉

Nightmares from Films

Aside from the “Scream” unpleasantness above? I was pretty good after that was over and done with, but I did have the misfortune to go see Sleepy Hollow and then come home on a stormy night, when I lived out in the country and the horses on the property behind ours were freaking out and horse-screaming. Not a great vibe for pleasant dreams after that film…

Films that are Guilty Pleasures

Disney films are a guilty pleasure, even though I’m a grown woman with no children I have an exceptionally large collection of Disney DVD’s, and I adore the singalong extras. *blushes*

Last Film I Saw at the Theatre

Saw The Other Guys with my old high-school best friend. At the cheap cinema, so not too much of a problem that it wasn’t a masterpiece.

Favourite Film Nobody Else Seems to Know About

Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Movie. My whole family is crazy about this film, there’s a quotable for every occasion here. Probably because we don’t get the Sci-Fi Channel here in Australia, but pretty much nobody I know has ever heard of even this series before. We have, however, made a few die-hard converts in our time 🙂

October 22, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Performance, Proofreading and Pre-eclampsia

Filed under: Education, Health, Librarian — liberrydwarf @ 1:44 pm

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: Had a nice annual performance review, lots of praise from the boss. Performance reviews mean next-to-nothing at most places, and even less at ours given we have to redo them in January anyway because of our restructure-by-any-other-name, but it was nice to hear that people think I’m doing a good job.

2) One Bad Thing:  I got the date wrong for my students to submit their assignments (typo-wrong – and discovered early so it’s not a big drama.) But not only are they now of the opinion that I’m a brainless twit, they now also have an extra 2 day extension to make up for the typo, which gives me less time to mark their work and I’m going to use up all my weekend time now 😦

3) One Thing I Learned: far too much about pre-eclampsia. Now I am stressed out about it, since I have pretty rubbish blood-pressure to begin with and run a pretty high risk of it getting worse. None of which helps the blood pressure. Vicious cycle!


October 20, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Books, Humor, movies — liberrydwarf @ 10:35 am

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


Mark Wahlberg may be doing a remake of The Crow (This movie gave me nightmares when I was a teenager, but I think the thought of Mark Wahlberg in Goth makeup is a nightmare unto itself…)

Felicia Day as a werewolf hunter, complete with very large guns? Yes please!

(This goes on the list of “Illegal downloads I would gladly go to prison for”, along with Game of Thrones once HBO releases it.)


The 13 best Zombie novels of all time

Use your eBook reader without losing those classic bookish scents you love…

We read Kim Newman and Neil Gaiman’s Holmesian pastiches – now try Christopher Fowler’s, where finally Mrs Hudson comes into her own!


Just in time for Halloween, for your own safety – How to Detect a Witch

October 18, 2010

Meme Monday: The Last Recipe meme

Filed under: Food, Memes — liberrydwarf @ 3:00 pm

Apologies for week of silence (especially after such a big announcement last post!) – my mother has been in hospital back in her country hometown, and 4 hours of commuting round trip to go visit and get updates takes it out of you…

Anyway, today’s meme is to post the last recipe you made. So, from Sunday lunch, we have…

Spinach Quiche (with thanks to’s Donna Matthews – I make my crust from scratch too and have great respect for others who do the same!)




Prep Time: 30 minsTotal Time: 1 1/4 hr

  1. Cook frozen spinach and drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, mix all ingredients for the crust together.
  3. Press (or roll out) into a 8 or 9 inch deep dish pie pan.
  4. Set aside.
  5. For filling, combine together the milks, eggs, onions, and seasonings, beating well.
  6. Gently stir in drained spinach.
  7. Pour into crust.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees F (200 C) for 15 minutes; then at 325 F (160 C) for 20 minutes.

October 8, 2010

Friday Wrapup: We interrupt this broadcast to bring you a special announcement…

Filed under: Uncategorized — liberrydwarf @ 9:28 am

Since I just got back from seeing some awe-inspiring new scans, and the week that was has as a result completely left my brain, instead of Friday wrap-up, you get a special announcement.

I’m pregnant.

It’s terribly scary and terribly exciting all in one. I think mostly scary.

It’s due in April. I don’t know if it’s a girl or boy yet.

I am becoming a brainless crazy person.

That is all.


October 6, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Celebrities, Food, history, movies, music, Nerds, TV, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 9:15 am

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


Ten new alien movies set to invade cinemas in the next year (yay!)

Yet another reason why Johnny Depp is awesome


Britain’s biggest new chart star – Winston Churchill?


I’m sure the whole planet has seen this by now but…


Great photos of complete nutters having fun re-enacting the Battle of Hastings

Do Not Eat This! (Speaks for itself, really…)

October 4, 2010

Monday Meme: the Pet Peeves meme

Filed under: Memes — liberrydwarf @ 1:16 pm

List the top 10 things that irritate you above all other things.

(Hey, it’s just been one of those weeks…)

  1. People who idle in full carparks waiting for someone to come along so they can stalk them and take their space. You block the road so nobody can move around the carpark, and you’re just downright creepy.
  2. Misuse of it’s/its. Drives me bananas. Misuse of the possessive apostrophe as a plural in general I think.
  3. Teenage shop assistants who call you “sweetie” or “darl” or similar terms of endearment. I would possibly put up with it from ladies my grandmother’s age, but not from you, highschool girl!
  4. People who talk back at the screen, or talk loudly to their friends, in movie theatres. Acceptable for your own loungeroom, not for public spaces.
  5. Drivers who run orange lights that changed AGES ago, or just plain run red lights.
  6. On the same topic, drivers who roar past you in overtaking lanes when you’re already sitting above the speed limit!
  7. Sport-related variety shows (for example, see here)
  8. People who automatically refer to my cat as a female. You wouldn’t do that for a child, don’t do it for a pet.
  9. Religious people (yes, even friends) who turn every element of every conversation into some sort of point about their deity.
  10. People who want to know where I went to highschool. I’m 27. Highschool was 10 years ago. Why does it matter to anyone but you?

There you go, and only one of these was at all related to the student assignments I’ve spent all week marking. I’m a healthy balanced person! Must admit, this meme was actually kind of fun, and reminded me a bit of this song

October 1, 2010

Friday wrap-up: Crashers, Colds and Curtis

Filed under: Celebrities, family, Health, Humor, Travel — liberrydwarf @ 12:10 pm

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: Mum’s back, and she brought with her an awesome story of her mistakenly gatecrashing an official OPEC function while holidaying in Europe. Told in fits of laughter while proudly wearing her OPEC cap and polo-shirt received in the press-pack she got because they thought she was a journalist, instead of just a tourist who can’t read timetables properly…

2) One Bad Thing:  Have dreadful head-cold. Facing weekend filled with working and marking. Sleeping poorly as a combination of the aforementioned. Not fun.

3) One Thing I Learned: That Tony Curtis died. Made me kind of sad. Vale, sir…