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09 November 2012 @ 02:53 pm
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I always kept all of my entries public out of some kind of determined vulnerability (the desire to wear my heart on my sleeve) but it's been over two years since I updated here, and in some ways I'm now quite a different, more private, person. So most new entries will still be public, but if you happen to want to read the ramblings of my 15 to 20-year-old self, and the more personal bletherings of the present, leave a comment here and let me know :)

If you're stumbling upon this journal for the first time: hello! Here are five semi-pertinent facts about me: my favourite foods are inari zushi, okonomiyaki, and roasted red pepper pasta; I read a lot of (fan)fiction about guys falling madly in love with one another; I'm hoping to become a Japanese-French-English translator; I think I'm possibly a Gryffindor, even though I always wanted to be a Ravenclaw or a Hufflepuff; and I would like to one day be able to run a marathon.
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You're awesome, Walter Kovacsnefertari_nz on November 9th, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
You! How are ya? Hope everything is going awesomely and that you're having loads of fun with whatever yer doing :-) Last I heard you were in Japan. How'd that all go?
Caspian: I've never been so happypunkheid on November 12th, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
!!! You are still heeeeeeerrrreeee! I'm so relieved! In this little foray back into the world of LJ I of course scootled over to your journal and saw your last post! (I don't know why I didn't get an email notification about it at the time D:<) And it was so long ago, and I so utterly failed to reply to it, that I was afraid that you might have joined what seems to have been quite the mass exodus from LJ. BUT ANYWAY!!! How are you? And your baby ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I can't believe it! I hope you did come fully to terms with the surprise and are now being the kick-ass yet wise mother that my mind is conjuring up, with the minimum of stress and the maximum of happiness. I want to know everything! Please spam me wildly with information about where you are and what you're doing and how you're feeling!

I am also glad that you enjoyed the e-ma :D Man, I wish I'd stockpiled a few of them myself... Do you still have the same address? While I'm no longer in Japan, so can't repeat that trick, maybe I can shower you with some French pastries of some kind...

I will try to write an actual post sometime soon and burble about what I've been doing - the rest of the year in Japan was amazing, there followed two years of mild insanity, and I'm now relaxing in France (for a year). You're right that we need a more certain way of communicating >.< I hope to be back on here a bit more permanently, at least for the year, but I do also check my hotmail email all the time now, due to a shockingly fancy phone - is your email address the same still?

Last but not least, Happy Birthday :) ♥ I hope you've had an awesome day, involving cake in quantities, and that this will be an auspicious sign of a brilliant year to come. I'm so glad that you commented here. I have missed you, and thought of you often, and it filled me with a warm bubbly feeling to see your username in my email again.
only the song of a secret birdtxilar on November 10th, 2012 05:06 am (UTC)
hi! i haven't much been around either, but i keep meaning to 'get back to lj!'

i'm home recovering from surgery so i keep logging in and reading up. one day i'll post. maybe. ha!

really i just wanted to say 'hi' and i hope you are doing well. ^_^
Caspian: Don't gopunkheid on November 12th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
Hello! It seems that a lot of people fell away from LJ a bit in the last wee while, but yes, I hope to be back here a lot more in the near future! It would definitely be exciting to see a post about what you've been doing ;D

Ahh, how are you doing? Is the recovery moving steadily? I hope it's de-stressing, being at home.

(In a random aside, have you finished 1001 Nights now that it's all been translated?! xD)
only the song of a secret birdtxilar on November 15th, 2012 02:34 am (UTC)
ooooh do you know i got so worried i'd never see the end of 1001 nights that i bought the whole set in korean. couldn't read it of course but i could at least SEE the story.

then the other company took over and finished it up so now i have both. the korean publications are very nice though so it's ok. ^_^

so today my mom dragged me out shopping and man is that hard work. wore me out, but i haven't much longer on my official leave, so i'm trying to get out daily and 'do things' to build back up that 'go to work' stamina. it is TOO nice being at home with my cats. i will miss them when i get back to work!
Caspian: Keeteepunkheid on November 19th, 2012 12:04 am (UTC)
Hahah, yes! I remember that happening :D Do the Korean editions have extra full-colour sections? Oh man, their reunion! I am re-experiencing the joyous relief that I felt when I finally got to read that! Sailor!Sharyhar...

How is the stamina-build-up operation going now? I hope you have enough time to take it slowly! And please tell me about your cats :D Part of the reason we chose to move into our current flat is the fact that the neighbours have a cat - I'm living vicariously through all cat owners just now ^^
mermaidprincesa: FT: Sit on Treemermaidprincesa on November 10th, 2012 03:56 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh HI. Haven't seen you AGES!!!!
Caspian: Quiet gleepunkheid on November 12th, 2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
! Hello ♥! I thought that you had left LJ behind, but I am so excited to see that you've made loads of posts since the last time I sadly looked! And with such wonderful news :) I hope it's all right if I do a little bit of comment-spamming?
mermaidprincesa: FT: Sit on Treemermaidprincesa on November 13th, 2012 02:56 pm (UTC)
I had, sort of...but came back not so long ago. Though it seems a lot of people have left its not very active at all anymore. i actually thought you had left it as well since I hadnt seen a post from you since I started using it again.

Of course its alright!!!
You're awesome, Walter Kovacsnefertari_nz on November 14th, 2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
Bah, got part way through a reply and it disappeared. Anyhoo... Bubba mentioned before us my son, Lewis Therin, who is now 20 months old and is a total nutter <3 he also has a brand new 5 1/2 week old brother, Elyas Dominic, so we're all a bit frazzled at the moment. Things have rather changed a lot! I pop back to lj every so often, not so much for posting but just to see what's going on seeing that I despise facebook & refuse to use it. Tell me mire if your timed in the lady little while though! I've often wondered what you've been up to, and how you are, so I'm pretty stoked to see you again! Man, you're turning into quite the traveller though, aren't you? Totally not envious at all, hur hur. Do you still use the hotmail email? And is the one of mine you've got the gmail one? Gah, so much to say and so little time!
You're awesome, Walter Kovacsnefertari_nz on November 14th, 2012 10:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't know why this turned up out of place. Apparently all the LJ apps are rubbish, so I shan't use them anymore. Boo.
Caspian: Blushing K-sama! *explodes with joy*punkheid on November 18th, 2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
!!!!! I can't believe that you have not only left behind your no-way-will-never-have-kids-haha-nooo! idea, but have two children! Ahhh! ♥! Is Lewis Therin a nutter in terms of energy or general personality? (Or both?) :D Is he excited/bewildered/intrigued by the new arrival? And are their names inspired by the Wheel of Time? This is perhaps a frequently asked question... I hope you are all doing well, but I can indeed imagine that there must be a lot of frazzlement going around! (Considering this, I'm really happy you replied here ^^)

Hahah, I had the feeling, somehow, that you wouldn't be a Faceook fan ;D Sadly, I got mildly sucked in, though I do at least manage to limit my visits to 6-ish times a year, to the scandal of various friends. Unless "Tell me mire if your timed in the lady little while though!" is some fabulous code which I have yet to crack, I fear that autocorrect has struck again XD What was that meant to be?! Haha, yes, we have been zooming about, these past few years! It's been amazing, though I'm also beginning to look forward to staying in one place for a few years at some point in the nearish future. I do hope that you + clan will someday come to Scotland as planned :)

I do still use that hotmail address! I have a gmail too now, but I think the address I have for you is hotmail... If you send me a wee quick email from your gmail one sometime, I can then send you my gmail one!

Ah, it hadn't even occurred to me that there might be LJ apps :o Alas that they are somewhat questionable :/
You're awesome, Walter Kovacs: Hyde - 死んだ世界nefertari_nz on November 19th, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
I know! It all seems so strange to have babies, but at the same time it also seems quite normal! Haha. Certainly hadn't expected to have 2 under twos though. It certainly keeps us on our toes! And alas, I shall always be out-numbered by boys. Joseph keeps joking that I breed strong Spartan babies - Elyas was 11 1/2 pounds when he was born =o Lewis is a nutter in terms of both energy and personality. He just never stops! But he is so so funny. He lives his little brother, keeps giving him kisses and wants to cuddle him all the time. Wow, someone who doesn't need the names explained! Yep, they are both from WoT. And if one had been a girl would have had Nynaeve as a middle name :-) totally not addicted to that series hur hur.

Haha yeah, I do actually have a facebook but under a fake name and it hasn't been used in some years. Oh dear lord, I have NO idea what that was supposed to say! The drawbacks of using phones as computers. And my one is normally so good at working out what I actually meant. I so want to hear all about the places you've been and the things you've done! Must have been a particularly exciting few years. Are you all finished up with uni & everything? How about Stacia? We do still plan tohead over there. Alas, will be a few years away now. Would be so cool if you could ever squeeze in a trip to NZ! Would have to show you around everywhere!

Caspian: Momiji; I love youpunkheid on December 20th, 2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
Hahah, ohhh wow, 11 1/2 x_x I'm intimidated just imagining it, crivens. Was it a difficult birth? I wonder if they'll both be 6'6" :D Does Elyas seem like he will take after his big brother in terms of bounciness? (Maybe it's too early to tell...) Hahaha, I still actually haven't read WoT yet, but it's on my recs list due to your frequent and strongly worded encouragements, so although I have to admit to looking up the names, I was unsurprised to see where they seemed to be from! Ahh, Nynaeve is a lovely name indeed.

I will definitely be making a few posts in the coming weeks about various goings on, complete with excessive numbers of photos :D Toulouse is looking lovely in the winter sunshine, so that will certainly be appearing on your flist spammily. I'm not sure if I said this somewhere else, but we're actually here because Stacia's doing her Masters here. The plan is then to head back to Edinburgh again for her to do a phD, fingers crossed that funding falls into place... NZ is indeed somewhere that Stacia and I would both like to visit! It would be amazing to have the proper guided tour :D And to meet you and your burgeoning family!

What're your holiday plots and plans? Is everything even more completely hectic with such things flying around in addition to the under-twos? If I don't come on here between now and Christmas, Merry Christmas to all four of you! ♥
You're awesome, Walter Kovacs: Hyde - Churchnefertari_nz on December 20th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
Hmm yeah, it was interesting. The pregnancy was the most uncomfortable part because he was so heavy. The labour was fine, only 2 1/2 hours and I totally managed to zen out with my breathing, but he had shoulder dystocia which meant his shoulders got stuck so was a bit of an emergency with the room filling up with Drs and nurses and midwives yelling out code red and stuff. Was a bit scary at first since Elyas wasn't breathing when he was born and got taken off to resus, but he was fine apart from a very very bruised face. And I lost 1 1/2 litres of blood haha, but we were out of hospital after 2 days, so wasn't too bad all things considered. That put you off at all? hahahaha XD

Elyas is actually a far more laid back baby so far, though not hard because Lewis was such a nightmare baby. He's really smiley and chatty though, in that cooing way that babies have, so cute!

Have to say, so glad to hear you and Stacia are together still, always get warm fuzzies hearing stuff like that ♥ one of these days might try a white Christmas, but that'll be a way off. Normally we have FOUR Christmas things to go to, but we're skipping the first two this year because the babies just wouldn't cope. So we'll do the family present time (so excited to give lewis his), then do lunch and dinner after a quiet morning.

Should you guys ever make it I would love to show you around! Would be very cool =D
Caspian: Yoshi!punkheid on January 5th, 2013 01:09 am (UTC)
I like that you said "it was interesting" at the beginning of a paragraph that ends with "And I lost 1 1/2 litres of blood" X____________X;;;;;;;;;; 2 1/2 hours for labour is pretty good though! But ahhhhhhhh, how long did it take for complete recovery after the two of you got home? EEEP. Crivens, yes, I hadn't thought about his weight during pregnancy! Does this mean that you can't use a sling to carry him? Or does it just mean that your triceps are increasing daily in size!?

Gleehehe, baby cooing is extremely endearing! Glad to hear that he is taking it easy :)

:D! It'll be five years in a few months, somewhat mind-bogglingly! (I keep forgetting how old I am when people ask... o.O) Man, what are your normal four events?! Skipping two sounds like a definite plan! What did you get Lewis?? Did all go smoothly with minimal tiring-out-of-the-babies? I hope it was lovely!

If and when that day occurs, I will have been spamming you with emails about it for months in advance, never fear :DD *cacklecackle*

Edited at 2013-01-05 01:10 am (UTC)
You're awesome, Walter Kovacs: Hyde - 死んだ世界nefertari_nz on February 8th, 2013 12:25 am (UTC)
Sorry for taking so long to reply!

How was your Christmas & everything? We're doing really well, tiny baby is teething (ick) and older one is turning 2 in about 3 weeks and omg Elyas just rolled over for the first time right now haha.

Exciting news (or possibly mad, I'm not quite sure), but I'm gonna be shaving my head to raise money for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ. No idea what my head will look like, but hopefully can raise a wee bit =D

How are things in France, still going well? And how are ya feeling? ♥
Caspian: Blushing K-sama! *explodes with joy*punkheid on March 21st, 2013 12:14 pm (UTC)
(Don't worry about the late reply! Especially considering how I'm following suit...)

My latest Christmas/New Year/life blatherings post with added photos is just for you :D How was Lewis Therin's birthday? And how is the teething going now? Ahh, I feel strangely as though I was somehow very slightly party to Elyas' first roll-over :DDD

Oooohh, when is the head-shaving happening? Have you raised a bit so far? Do you have an online donation thingmy? I could maybe push a pitiful amount in your direction, especially if there were going to be pictures... >:D

Things are going well indeed :) Still taking mental dives now and again, but still also coming up from them, and that second stage is becoming more and more optimistic each time it happens.

You're awesome, Walter Kovacs: Hyde - 死んだ世界nefertari_nz on March 21st, 2013 11:27 pm (UTC)
Left a rather long reply, yay! =D Lewis's birthday was good, he had lots of fun which was what it was all about ^_^ Elyas is still dribbling everywhere but no sign of any teeth yet :-( poor little sausage, it does hurt them so. Heee, it was very exciting! Love it when they hit milestones.

Head shave has happened! It is very odd feeling, but getting used to it now. Got photos on my fundraising page here :-)

I am so glad to hear that! It is hard, but if you're seeing the progress you're definitely on the right track :-) ♥
Caspian: Go Gryffindorpunkheid on March 25th, 2013 12:09 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that Lewis had fun! Less glad to hear that Elyas is still suffering :( I have always imagined that it must be quite frightening, the inexplicable pain D: Fingers crossed that it doesn't continue for too long!

Have donated the rather random amount of $9, haha! That was such an awesome thing to do - I like the idea of trying to get one person for each sufferer of such diseases, as that seems like a really strong message of solidarity and showing that these people haven't been forgotten about. It's good to see that the event is getting bigger and bigger :) In more frivolous terms, I think you really suit it! Your eyes look really huge, and, weird as this may sound, you have a very elegant skull-shape! :D!

:))