yakalskovich: (Little Lady)
My Little Lady was both bored and ouchy just now (she is old enough to be ouchy in a TMI way now; well, she turns 13 tomorrow), so to distract her, I took her to my computer to show her something, and when I said 'Bad luck we can't watch movies', she said 'Why not?' and I looked and saw I had some episodes of Doctor Who on my netbook.

One of them was a standalone, so I introduced my Little Lady to the Doctor. Her English is finally good enough. Never mind her grades, she can follow an episode of Doctor Who, so that's good enough for my standards.

She got what was funny in the beginning, then she got why the next part with their dad being missing and the dreadful telegram was so sad, she followed it right along, asked for a word here and there, I told her what she couldn't know (What is a police box? What is a TARDIS?), and we got to half-time when her folks wanted to leave and go home, as all her little brothers have a strep infection.

We'll continue the episode tomorrow. If we can have an USB stick, we might even hijack the huge TV in their living room.

In any case, advancement of civilisation was achieved.-
yakalskovich: (Little Lady)
Am in Wiesbaden now and marathoning Jane Austen movies with the Little Lady, because she got a box set for Christmas from her other wild aunt (who I admire the hell out of, as she's LOTS wilder than me, even).

The Little Lady is 12 and three quarters, and getting into Jane Austen. How charming is that??

We will definitely watch 'Sense and Sensibility' on our first evening in Munich, as that's not included in her boxed set. And 'Becoming Jane', as we're at it...
yakalskovich: The Nazgul and I in nun costumes at Kaltenberg posing with a bloke dressed as Jack Sparrow (Jack Sparrow makes nuns happy!)
The Little Lady and I went to see PotC4 today, in 3D -- that was the only version still on, anyway. This was the first movie I've seen where the 3D didn't distract from the story or jar with the cinematography.

What struck me as especially interesting was how alive and real the fabrics seemed. Rich soft velvets, woollen coats on the soldiers and sailors, the canvas sails on the ships: - they all seemed so much more tangible than on normal film. That was an effect I really hadn't been expecting. There were a few other nice gimmicks to make full use of the 3D technology, but this I found most impressive.
yakalskovich: (Little Lady)
I'm watching 'Lord of the Rings' with the Little Lady, who is seeing it for the first time ever. She hasn't read it, either. Not even 'The Hobbit'. She just knows that I really got into Tolkien when I was barely older than her, so she finally wanted to see what it is all about.

And she immediately found a gaping plot hole I had never thought about. She was wondering where the hobbits got the swords from that they draw on Weathertop to defend themselves against the Nagzul. They never acquire them, that's true, and it's entirely un-hobbit-like to have swords.

She is, of course, completely right.

In the book, they get the swords that are actually Numenorean daggers from the barrow-hill after driving out the barrow-wight with the help of Tom Bombadil. As the movie ditched the entire Tom Bombadil section as plottishly unnecessary, they never got those daggers/swords in the first place.

Cleverly observed of her. I never questioned those swords, no matter how often I have watched that movie.
yakalskovich: (Librivores)
This year, my Little Lady (who loves 'Harry Potter', has read all the books and seen all the movies, so is no stranger to magic and scary/serious things) gets the first dose of PTerry and GNeil for Christmas

Just ordered 'The Graveyard Book' and 'Wee Free Men' (both in German, though) to be delivered to my parents' so I can gift-wrap them myself and deliver them by hand on Christmas eve...

So looking forwards to what she'll say!
yakalskovich: (Sixties me)
... and the Little Lady is playing with the Mad Men Dollmaker since she saw the one I had made on my desktop. She's currently on my EEE, experimenting with them.

I still like her sense of style:



yakalskovich: (Purple Pride)


I think it's really sweet how they're holding paws...

More randomness from my phone camera )

Day in RL

Jul. 21st, 2009 06:32 pm
yakalskovich: (The Princess' typist in RW)
I went with the ladies to sight-see and shop today; the usual city program, you know.

We got lucky and all found things we liked:



Here the ladies, with their new Simpson tee-shirts



And my new pretty smocked top with blue and purple paisleys -- there MUST be purple!!
yakalskovich: (The Princess' typist in RW)
Sphinx sent me pictures:

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Me pushing the Little Lady about at a little zoo, when she still had her plaster cast

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Her first day at school! I swear, it was not my idea for her school bag to be purple! Much less for their house to be painted pale lavender! Nothing to do with [livejournal.com profile] asar_suti at all. The purple just happens, somehow.
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Phia just called me and told me about her magnetic resonance tomography scan herself, sensibly and understandably.

Her ligaments at her ankle aren't torn after all; there's just a hematoma in the joint, and her ankle is sprained. She did very well in that bloody great machine; I got the willies by the mere idea of her being fed to it, but she had her sedative and slept through it.

She's out of her cast and allowed to walk on the foot, has to use the crutches a while longer, and not do anything drastic.

I am very relieved; my poor Little Lady! Isn't all that poor after all!

*does little happy dance*
yakalskovich: (Stone)
The Little Lady is something less of a trouper today; she chafes, screamed blue murder all afternoon, and terrorized everybody. The plaster cast is getting on her nerves. The result: endless kiddie TV, on the tube or on video. Tomorrow, my mother is going to drag her to doctors and rent a wheelchair to push her around. At least, that is activity, and Phia will be too afraid to be much of a pest.

In other news: [livejournal.com profile] essayel , that little violet-blue stone with the smile has been identified. There was a little mineral shop at the place where we stopped for a break yesterday, on our way back from the Baltic, and they sold things made of that material. It is  blue goldstone, the one traditional artificial material that does equal a natural gemstone in hardness and workability. That reminds me of silima, the stuff Feanor made his gems from, in the Silmarillion. Hey, you gave me - not only a pretty stone that reminds one of [livejournal.com profile] asar_suti  (the colour) and [livejournal.com profile] gil_whimple  (the little smile), but that might be made of the same stuff as a palantír.

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Also, esoteric lore ascribes various healing properties. Strong ones. That stone is magic.

And the Little Lady always wants to see the smile when I wear it...
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So, here is my full tale of woe, and why I didn't post intermittently as planned, and why I am back online now. Online of sorts - only dialup until next Friday.

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One picture says more than a thousand words...

Tales of woe belong behind cuts; so do more pictures of plaster-casted Little Ladies... )
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Little Lady has torn a ligament. No OOMs till Saturday, and then I'm back online early. Sorry.
yakalskovich: (The Princess' typist in RW)
So, here are the newest pictures. Lots of cute stuff: the little lady, the luckdragon, the kitty...

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Svava the cat in her new lair

Go for the cute!! )

In other news: I have no meat! Not a single item of meat fit for human consumption in the place. I need to buy some tomorrow.

That comes from schmooping with the kitty all day instead of doing the shopping. And from RPing a thread of 111 tags in Morningstar Manor, (Link superfluous, as it is f-locked. Because. Erm. Yes. That's the rule in MM for that kind of thread.)
yakalskovich: (The Princess' typist in RW)
Sphinx sent me a mail asking where the pictures from Easter were, and so I finally edited them and put them in my 'bucket for RL and family stuff.

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Even little ladies can do drama...

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More and bigger drama inside! Ending with ice cream! )
yakalskovich: (The Princess' typist in RW)
This is the blueberry bush and the redberry bush that Phia made for me.





Nobody ever heard of a redberry bush before, but Phia very logically claims if there are blueberry bushes, of course there are redberry bushes as well.

Kiddies

Feb. 29th, 2004 12:16 pm
yakalskovich: (The Princess' typist in RW)
I am still alive, and not just an empty shell for [livejournal.com profile] margolotta, and to prove that I give you another picture of Phia, my very favourite little red-headed lady, and her little brother.-


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... and my mother is still sitting beside me, oblivious to the world, playing Kyodai mahjongg. She's hooked, poor thing.

Well, to be honest, she did do many other things in between as well. It's not as if she'd stayed here and played all the intervening hours. But she doesn't even balk at my loud rude music, she's so totally absorbed.

On another note, the little lady, Phia, just declared she for her part definitely wasn't going to start a war. Well, if that's to be so, there's some hope for the future at least.-

Additionally, we're going to go away to Berlin for a few days tomorrow, so I might not be updating until the New Year. On the other hand, there are computers there, even if I leave my little foldup computer here in Wiesbaden, so I probably might update after all.

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