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Writer's Block: It Is What It Is

What oft-repeated quote or common cliché do you find the most annoying when someone says it to you?
I've been reading some of the answers to this to try and decide.

"I could care less" because it makes no sense.
Agreed, it should be "I couldn't care less." Similar ones are frustratingly on the tip of my tongue, you know what I mean, when people use double negatives, like........gah I can't think of it, incorrect English is too unnatural to me!

I also hate things like "I don't like that no more" where it should be "anymore", and when people say "still" and "but" at the end of a sentence, such as "are you doing that still?" rather than "are you still doing that?" and "I like it the other way but!" instead of "But I like it the other way!" I've heard it so often that I've said it a few times myself, more so "still" than "but" and then get really annoyed with myself!

"You'll find someone when you least expect it."
Yes, that
pissed me off to no end when I was single. I've gotten very little male attention in my life and would still be hopelessly single if it wasn't for my current boy, so that sentence always sounded so patronising. How could they know I'd find somebody EVER? They don't.

"It's always in the last place you look."
That's not as bad as "do you know where you were when you lost it?" If I knew that, the item in question wouldn't be lost.

""irregardless" It's not a fucking word"
Is it just me, or are "orientated" and "disorientated" not words? I always thought it should logically be "oriented" and "disoriented", adding the "ate" seems like it's doubling up. Same for "symmetrical", the noun is "symmetry" and wouldn't the "ic" make it an adjective, you shouldn't need the "al" as well?

"Same Difference"
I'm just generally over that one.

"That's what she said!"

That's only funny when said very, very occasionally. It's easily overdone. And I hate it when my boyfriend says it, to the point that he now very rarely says it because I cracked it several times....I know it's a joke but hello, do you really think I want you to make a sentence sound amusingly sexual (that part is fine) by implying there are other girls involved? (Not fine!)

"I can't stand 'your mum' jokes"
Yeah, I'm over them too. There are funnier things you can say than that.

"There's plenty more fish in the sea."

Clearly, that person wanted a particular "fish" that they cannot have. Reminding them there are others does not make them feel better.

"Time heals all wounds"
No, no it does not. The person who posted that one's daughter died. You don't recover from that.

"To assume makes an ass out of u and me."
Haha, that seemed cute and fun when my grade six teacher said it. So when I was ELEVEN.

Some of my already annoying classmates like to say "are you cereal?" instead of "are you serious?" Blatant irrelevant word replacement is fun for about five seconds. Now just shut the fuck up.

All time favorite character?

List the books in order from your favorite to your least favorite.
Can't remember really.

List the movies in order from your favorite to your least favorite.
1) Chamber of Secrets
2) Order of the Phoenix
3) Prisoner of Azkaban
4) Goblet of Fire

Haven't decided where HBP fits yet

Favorite chapter from your favorite book?
When Ron comes back. And Hermione beats him up. Ahh, true love. :D

Top 10 favorite characters?
1. Tonks
2. Sirius
3. Lupin
4. Luna
5. Hagrid
6/7. Fred & George
8. Prof. McGonagall
9. *goes blank*

Five least favorite characters?

1. Snape
2. Umbridge
3. Crabbe
4. Goyle (what happened to them btw?)
5. I'd say Bellatrix or one of the Malfoys, but they're well-done evil characters...

Favorite member of the Golden Trio?
Hermione, because of my inner nerd.

Favorite family?
Weasleys, is there any other?

Favorite antagonist?
I'm with Jess, Bellatrix is better at being evil than Voldy!

Favorite Death Eater?

Three favorite spells?
1. Wingardum leviosa, just because I've always remembered that scene with "It's not leviOHsa, it's leviohSA"
2. Expecto Patronum, that's gotta come in handy
3. That new one in HBP, sercum spectra or whatever it was....it was kinda freaky and hurt Malfoy without being an unforgivable curse.

Three favorite potions?
1. Felix Felicis
2. Polyjuice
3.That truth one I've forgotten the name of? Veritaserum? Or am I making that up?

Favorite Non-Hogwarts magical building?
The Burrow.

Favorite Diagon Alley shop?
Fred and George's shop, hehe

Favorite Hogsmeade Shop?
Three Broomsticks

Favorite Unforgivable Curse?
I was going to say Imperius, but Jess has a good point about Avada Kedavra sounding like Abra Kadabra and the idea of Voldy saying it being amusing.

Favorite mode of wizard transportation?

Favorite Weasley?

Favorite Order Member?

Favorite DA Member?

Favorite pet?
Hedwig. How the hell did she survive as long as she did?

Favorite Hogwarts room?
Room of Requirement

Favorite Hogwarts Professor?

Favorite non-human Hogwarts resident?

Favorite Tri-Wizard Champion?
Don't have one

Favorite House Elf?
Don't have one

Favorite Wizard sweet?
I'd say the chocolate frogs, but eating something moving would actually be kind of creepy.

Favorite canon couple?
Lupin and Tonks.

Favorite non-canon couple?
Don't have one

General Opinions

Biggest surprise of the series?
Can't think of one off the top of my head

Biggest letdown of the series?
JKR killing off Lupin and Tonks.
In the films = lack of OoTP when Dumbledore died.

One character you wish lived?

Moment that will always make you cry?
I don't think there is one.

Your Patronus would be___?
Something really big and strong cos I need protecting, lol.

Three things Amortentia would smell like to you.
Nice deodorant, nice shampoo....something else....*shrug*

You would use Felix Felicis to___?
Win tattslotto.

Job you would most like to try?
Something that keeps me away from Voldy and the Death Eaters' attention as much as possible.

Ron/Hermione or Harry/Hermione?
Ron/Hermione. Harry/Hermione is just weird.

James/Lily or Snape/Lily?
James/Lily, there's no question.

Do you know which page Dumbledore was killed on?
No, no I do not.

Do you think Harry Potter is better than Twilight?
Very much so.

Are you going to go see the Half Blood Prince in theatres?
I went to imax and will also go to a regular one with someone else.

Do you own the books/movies?
Yes, yes I do.

Have you ever played any of the video games?
No, never really had much time for video games in general since I was about 14.

Don't they kind of suck?

Do you think it would be cool to have a pet owl?

How about a rat?
No thanks.

Have you ever listened to the soundtrack?
No, but I do really like the theme music.

Which house would you want to be in?

Do you like Draco?
No, b

Would you ever enter the Triwizard Tournament?
No, no I would not.

Would you keep your money in Gringotts?
Haha Jess I'm with you, they need ATMs!

What class would be your favorite?
Potions, I always liked science.

Do you think you would enjoy being a witch/wizard?

Writer's Block: Lights Out

All it takes is a blackout to realize how much we rely on electricity. What's your most memorable story from a power outage?
I really only have one distinct memory of a power outage. It was early this year in that massive heat wave. It was not long before I started dating Michael, we were planning to hang out one evening, he picked me up from wherever and we headed down to the shops, he wanted to buy something, but everything was closed due to the blackout, so we went to the next lot of shops (where I worked), and I saw my workplace closed at like 6:30pm for the first time ever. If I remember correctly it was a Saturday night, when I would usually have been working but I had time off to do a work placement. Very odd sight indeed.

Eventually, we gave up and went back to his place....after a quick detour to my place to pick up my laptop so we could watch DVDs on it. When his mum came in to the lounge room and saw us watching it, she said we were "cheating", haha.

Us? Reliant on technology? Never!

Dear commuters,

You may or may not be aware that we regular commuters (most of us, anyway) abide by the unspoken rule that you do not stand on the right-rand side of escalators in train stations. The right-hand side is for people who need to run to catch trains, the left is for standing.

Thus, on behalf of those of us who have ever needed access to the right-hand side for speedy access to a train, I refuse to apologise if I ever push you over. Especially for those of us V/Line passengers who may one day have to wait an hour for another train if you're too busy daydreaming to get out of our way. If you fall over and get hurt, it's your own fault.

...that sounded a lot angrier in my head a few days ago when there were four high school kids on an escalator I was thankfully not in hurry to get up at Spencer St station the other day, should have written it then. :(


Writer's Block: When I Was Young

What do you miss most about being a kid?
The variety of things we did, and the energy to do heaps of things like after-school activities. Once you finish high school, you basically have to choose a course or career which is all relatively the same, whereas at school one can go from art to English to science. Given, this had the downside of some of those things being horrible, such as PE, and one would be fair to assume that when one has to choose a single course or career that it would be one they like - but I'm very easily bored, so while I really like my course, there are some days or subjects that are very "cbf", whereas at school, I'd only have to endure it for less than two hours before it was time to move onto the next thing.

Speaking of school, friends were more accessible - everyone knew where everyone hung out, we had classes together, etc. I don't really have good friends in my new course, and I have retained many from high school, but I do miss having them around every day.

Oh, and I miss Lego. Lego was awesome.

Fun stolen from Jess

People who have no idea how to use computers to the point that they shouldn't be allowed to, People who use technology but bag nerds
Circle I Limbo

People who like Windows Vista
Circle II Whirling in a Dark & Stormy Wind

Circle III Mud, Rain, Cold, Hail & Snow

Parents who bring squalling brats to R-rated movies, People who stand on the right-hand side of train station escalators
Circle IV Rolling Weights

Circle V Stuck in Mud, Mangled

River Styx

George Bush
Circle VI Buried for Eternity

River Phlegyas

People who butcher the English language
Circle VII Burning Sands

General asshats
Circle IIX Immersed in Excrement

Osama bin Laden
Circle IX Frozen in Ice

Design your own hell

Dilbert's Rules of Order

Inspired by Jess's post.

My dad framed these (not all 24 I don't think) and they're up in our study.
Behold, Dilbert's Rules of Order by Scott Adams.

1. I can only please one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow is not looking good either.

2. I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by.

3. Tell me what you need, and I'll tell you how to get along without it.

4. Accept that some days you are the pigeon and some days the statue.

5. Needing someone is like needing a parachute. If they aren't there the first time, chances are you won't be needing them again.

6. I don't have an attitude problem, you have a perception problem.

7. Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky, and I thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling?

8. My reality check bounced.

9. On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key.

10. I don't suffer from stress. I am a carrier.

11. You are slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter.

12. Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, because you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

13. Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

14. Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.

15. A pat on the back is only a few centimeters from a kick in the butt.

16. Don't be irreplaceable -- if you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.

17. After any salary raise, you will have less money at the end of the month than you did before.

18. The more crap you put up with, the more crap you are going to get.

19. You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard.

20. Eat one live toad the first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.

21. If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done.

22. When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried.

23. Following the rules will not get the job done.

24. When confronted by a difficult problem, you can solve it more easily by reducing it to the question, "How would the Lone Ranger handle this?"



...not you, my classmates.

This course is like high school in both good and bad ways.

Even the tolerable ones are annoying sometimes, such as today. Everyone is either:

a) Talking crap and watching YouTube videos WITHOUT HEADPHONES, or

b) Asking me a question or for help EVERY F--KING TEN MINUTES. I don't mind if they're the kind of person who's here to learn, not plastics who spend most of the day on Facebook, but so often....*bangs head on desk*, especially when they could look it up in the course notes themselves.

Oh oh, and it annoys the crap out of me when people make decisions based on what the people around them are doing.
"Are you handing all this in in like a portfolio?"
"Are you just doing task x and y?" (READ THE F--KING COURSE NOTES DIPS--T, YOU WILL FIND THE REQUIREMENTS QUITE CLEARLY STATED, and the teacher coordinating this subject isn't teaching us today so your best bet is to do what the assignment brief says because she isn't here to tell us any different)
"Are you going home at afternoon break?"

That last one particularly gives me the s--ts when people ask me, because I just want to say, "Clearly you want to go home, so just f--king go, don't passively put pressure on me to leave early just so you feel more comfortable doing so."

Given my tafe-related antisocialness, I jokingly said to my boyfriend, "should I take 'happy to work in a team' off my resume?"
His response: Change it to "Happy to work in a team, must provide own brain."

See, I hate group work at tafe, I hated group work in high school, but that's because 90% of the time my group members are incompetent. When they are competent *and* I like them, it's fine. Thankfully, we've only had one group assignment at tafe so far.


Writer's Block: LiveJournal Book Club

Out of all of your favorite books, pick just one you'd recommend everyone read. As a bonus: why did you pick that one?
It would largely depend on the person, but off the top of my head I would say Melissa Etheridge's autobiography, "The truth is....my life in love and music." I guess one's appreciation of it would also depend on their openness to read about some of the things she wrote about (some things may fall into the "too much information" category for some people) and personal views and thoughts on homosexuality, but it's a fascinating read. I read it probably a year and half ago now, and I really want to read it again, at which point I'd be able to give a more detailed discussion of why it's fascinating, rather than just answering this Writer's Block question with "fascinating read."

Apr. 25th, 2009

So I declined an invitation to go shopping with some girl friends today. The one who invited me is going overseas soon and so she needs to save.

Today on Facebook:

"(Friend 1) had a lovely day shopping with (Friend 2)."

Me: "You're not meant to be spending money!  :p"

Friend 1: I didn't really spend that much. The joys of DFO and spending more time trying on ill fittiing garments rather than purchasing them :)

I'm now even gladder that I didn't go. I barely even gave the idea consideration, with a couple of exceptions I hate shopping with friends. (CO girls, you are such an exception.) I especially hate it when they spend half an hour in one shop trying on five things and then not buying anything. I'm fairly certain I've ranted about that before though...so I'll shut up now. Just felt like putting that out there.