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29 March 2005 @ 10:12 pm
Just give me a lever and a firm place to stand, and I could move the Store  

So. Shopping. Lovely.

Red Converses. Am absurdly pleased by this purchase, although cannot figure out how to lace them properly, nor how high the laces should go. Please, o less sheltered, non-village people, tell me how? In other news, it seems am a size six (eight, in Americay - odd how they - you? - have really big shoe sizes and really tiny clothing sizes) in this brand. Like everything else about me (skin and hair: combination, life: going three ways at once) my feet can't make up their mind about anything.

Two more Maeve Binchys for seven quid (for both!) at Reads. Oh - don't diss her, thanking you kindly. You will utterly and irrevocably lose my respect for you if you indulge the whim. She's blurry brilliant, up there with Pterry in my list of inspirational sources. Besides, anyone who can come up with the following has a real line on human character:

Well, we are all a bit mad, I expect. It's that stops us being too much alike, you know, like peas in a pod.

Not to mention her brutally accurate portrayals of Irish village life (ie brimful of PSYCHOS).

It was really a shopping day for Patrick's Confirmation, to which shall probably wear a stylish black bag. *sighs* Oh, how I detest buying clothes. Do you know how many books you could get for the price of a pair of jeans - even Susst ones? (...about six, that's how many.)

Speaking of the Unholy Son, he's been picked for a special training course in football - two months, just four people from the club were chosen. *marvels* My brother, the jock. I wonder did my parents wish for one of each - you know the way some people want a boy and a girl, or a straight and a gay; did mine wish for a swot and a jock? That's what they got, anyway; a boy who multi-tasks sport and a girl who's in love with her thesaurus. --  No kidding, dudes. It entraces me.

Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Current Music: 'Perfect Opening Line', the Frames
Caitcoralia13 on March 29th, 2005 01:52 pm (UTC)

Your purchases sound fuuuuuuuun. As to the Converses, people here usually just cross the laces like normal shoes and either lace them up all the way, or to the base of the ankle, letting the tongue stick out. The REALLY fun part is writing all over the toe and rubber sides - after they get all broken in and the newness wears off, of course! It's like a cast without the broken bone!

I will have to get a suggested reading list from you this summer when I am bored and alone.

Ah, sports. I don't get 'em.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 30th, 2005 05:28 am (UTC)

Yes, I got lots of advice on lacing. Generally I tie my laces behind the tongue, because that's what EVERYONE did when we were fourteen and wore Sketchers and I never changed. I'm trying to fight the urge to go run through muddy puddles in them - they look so clean and new and WRONG. Oh, well, a few weeks on the Cork streets will soon fix that!

Man, that would be gnarly. (Ahaha). I'm always trying to rec books to people, but my parents are too busy and my brother uninterested! They aren't high calibre per se, but it'd be cool to see what you think.

Sports are like sexuallt transmitted diseases - you only deal with them if you absolutely have to.
Caitcoralia13 on March 30th, 2005 09:58 am (UTC)
Sounds like you've got the shoe thing under control!

"Gnarly." Oh, lord. I will look forward to reading 'em! I really need to start reading something other than Harry Potter. I'll worry about caliber later.

Love the STD analogy!
bat crime: and this one's for youiceetoile on March 29th, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC)
ooh, thesaurus. Do you know what are really great? Those dictionaries that tell you the origins of words and what language they originally come from and stuff. I can't remember the name, but I think they're fascinating. I, too, am a geek.

Converses: high-tops or low-tops? Really, you should just lace them how you like and then that will be how they should be laced. I think you're just supposed to know. But for low-tops, you wear them loose, and for high-tops, you wear them slouchy, but not folded. Or at least you do here. It might be different where you are. But huzzah for allstars! Now you too can feel the street through your boots, especially when it rains. ha.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 30th, 2005 05:29 am (UTC)
Is that like Melvin Bragg's book on English language history? I could never finish that. My thesaurus will always be my first love.

High tops. I can't find low tops for love nor money even though I hate shoes that go up round my ankles. I don't know very many people who wear them and people on the street who do have very baggy trousers. I don't think I'll escape the street-feel ever again...
bat crimeiceetoile on March 30th, 2005 01:15 pm (UTC)
nooo. It's just like a dictionary, except when you look up a word, it would say something like:
glimpse</i>, late mediaeval-english 'glimmer', Latin root (glomere), HMS Glimsen...
and so on. So you just look up interesting words that you like and find out where they come from. Except mine's at school, and I can't remember what it's called. But something, anyway.

bah, low tops are all you get over here. I love high-tops. Do you have Office? You can always get both sorts in there, and the heffer knee-highs too. They're kind of a skater thing over here too, except where I am, where they're everywhere. I love them.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 30th, 2005 01:22 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I still prefer just finding out really obscure, long words that mean the same as short, common words. xD

Office? Nope. This is the backwater of Europe - scratch that, the world - recall? Next time I'm across the Channel - Irish Sea? - I'll check it out though. I would die for some low tops. Dunno about knee high - bit hookerish, no?
bat crimeiceetoile on March 31st, 2005 01:25 pm (UTC)
nooo, they're not hookerish. Because they're too sloppy and skater to be hookerish, also flats rather than heels. I like high-tops the best, tho. It's sad that you don't have Office, I love it in there. It has Vans and Irregular Choice and Converses! And rainbow laces! *spaces out* wheee...
bat crime: and this one's for youiceetoile on March 29th, 2005 02:03 pm (UTC)
also, you are buying the wrong sort of jeans. or the wrong sort of books. And why do you need to buy jeans? Where is your wardrobe full of ancient jeans which miraculously still fit?
Actually, probably full of books. You are baaaad.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 30th, 2005 05:31 am (UTC)
Everything over here is ruinously expensive - did you never hear the phrase rip-off Ireland? Books are at least a tenner and you'll never find decent jeans for under fifty quid.

And no. When you grew to be a five eleven size fourteen, clothes kind of don't FIT from when you were younger. Sadly enough.

They are, too. Hee.
bat crimeiceetoile on March 30th, 2005 01:04 pm (UTC)
noooo! Not a tenner for books! Knowledge and Pterry should be free! That is truly awful.

I don't know about that, I still wear my Brownies t-shirt from when I was about 8. And my tennis skirt from when I was 10, although it's kind of mini now. I like old clothes, I have loads that were my grandmother's when she was my age. Our family never throws anything away.

ha. Then you are lucky. All of my good books have mysteriously vanished, I never have anything to read any more. bah.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 30th, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC)
Pterry, free. Now there's a THOUGHT. Dude.

Yes; instead of loads of old clothes, I have books from back when I was a little 'un. *grins* I quite like it my way.
someone's always looking for DB Cooper: starbucks_01.jpg by _digitalrock.jpgnumena on March 29th, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC)
I love Maeve Binchy. *grin* (Not that I've ever admitted to it, no one else seems to like her - that or we're all hiding our secret stash of Maeve Binchy novels under our beds or something) *snerk*

And you're listening to Perfect Opening Line?! I was just listening to that myself! You like The Frames then? How fun.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 30th, 2005 05:34 am (UTC)
Gosh, SAY IT LOUD AND SAY IT PROUD! If you ever needed better proof that she does know what she's talking about, take it from me - she's only tipped the ice berg of Irish country life. Mad as snakes, to a leprechaun. Which's is your favourite? I'd nearly say Circle of Friends pour moi. Which they butchered in the film. What is it with American filmmakers completely underestimating the tastes and intelligence of their own countrymen?

Actually, I dunno was that an American film, but the point stands, I feel.

I lobe the Frames. Totally the best - and most underrated - Irish band ever. Although Snow Patrol aren't bad - they just don't have the history. Dance the Devil is one of the best albums I own, imho.
someone's always looking for DB Cooper: warning - tigerzahn.pngnumena on March 30th, 2005 10:18 am (UTC)
Hmm..I think my favorites are probably The Glass Lake and Circle Of Friends. (Oh! you'll understand the overall horrible-ness of this - I moved out of my parents house a few years ago (college and all that) and had to leave a lot of my books. And my mother cleaned out my room, and gave half my books away! Including Circle Of Friends..It was awful)

"What is it with American filmmakers completely underestimating the tastes and intelligence of their own countrymen?"
D'ya know, as an American there are days when I think this is entirely right...but every once in awhile I start to wonder if maybe the filmmakers have overestimated, rather than underestimated. *grin*

I had no idea who The Frames were until my aunt came back from a trip to Ireland with Set List, then of course I fell promptly in love with them. Of course they're impossible to find out here, but the second I have a bit of money amazon.com and I are going to renew our friendship, and The Frames are on my list to buy, I'll have to make sure to get Dance The Devil since you've recommended it so highly! *grin*

And this must be the longest comment in the history of Livejournal. I should get a prize for that! (I'll shut up now. *grin*)
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 30th, 2005 01:14 pm (UTC)
Re-reading Glass Lake now. *grins* I've only read it once before; actually, Tara Road is great too. I like the way things just don't end happily, or whatever, they're just resolved. Cool. And dude - my mother would be DEAD if she did that. I yell if she even lends my childhood books to my brother. xD

No, seriously; one of Terry Pratchett's books, Mort, is about DEATH's apprentice. They wanted to make a film of it - but with no DEATH. (I mean, once you've read it, you'll understand how illogical that is - man, I can't even process it!)

Heh - Set List is the one album I don't have! For the Birds is okay and of course the latest one (dammit, what's it called?!) has their best song on it - imho; Fake. If I had any handle on musical transfer I'd try sending you songs, but have you tried mp3 sites or whatever?

Mine were pretty long too...eep.
...: If you leave...chowburger on March 29th, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC)
I loooove my red Converses.
As for lacing them, I think I'm, like, the wrong person to ask, since both of mine are laced differently - one all the way up to the top, and the other only halfway - and one of them actually has two laces in the one shoe ><
The chaos of my shoes is, like, a mirror of my brain or something.

WHY ARE ALL IRISH (or is it just Limerickese?) PEOPLE CURSED WITH THE CURSE OF SAYING 'LIKE' EVERY SECOND WORD! I even type the bloody word *cringe*

Oh, ugh, Confirmation outfits. I forgot I had to actually look respectable and go to the church for my brother's one... Looks like I'll be shopping in the next few weeks *muttermutter* I hate buying clothes.

My parents got three nerds. Each child nerdier than the last (and I'm the first, so that's saying something).
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 30th, 2005 05:36 am (UTC)
I'll probably just mess around with them - and get rainbow laces, I really want rainbow laces like whoa.

Have you read the Ross O'Carroll-Kelly books? (If not - DO, they are bloody hilarious). Anyway, he says like every sentence. It's the Irish thing. Australians say hey all the time. Whatevs!

We are united in our clothes-buying and Confirmation resentment! The most annoying thing is no way will there be pretty boys at mine - none of my brother's friends have older brothers. *sulk*

Yes, but think, we are like Seth Cohen! That CANNOT be bad.
...chowburger on March 30th, 2005 06:10 am (UTC)
Rainbow laces are insanely cool, and should be worn whenever possible.

No, I haven't read them, but loads of people have recommended them to me, so I'll have to look next time I'm in town. The Irish are a funny race of people...

Yes, down with this sort of thing! Careful now.
Aww, but the only fun that can possibly be had on such occasions is boy stalking watching! Then again, I'd rather any potential stalkees didn't see me avec ma famille, as they are weird and freaky.

Cannot be bad at all! Though we are not hot and male (well, I know I'm not).
high and mighty mansplaining robotrimestock on March 29th, 2005 03:34 pm (UTC)
For unknown reasons, on this computer, on Mozilla, your dancing catdude is going so fast I can't help but think he's going to strain something.

Or possibly overheat and explode.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 30th, 2005 05:37 am (UTC)
Perhaps, just for you, he's doing a Flashdance? *grins*
high and mighty mansplaining robotrimestock on March 30th, 2005 06:58 am (UTC)
... that is a terrifying thought.

Rachelkindof_alluring on March 29th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC)
I can never decide if I want Converses or not! They're so cute but like everyone and their MOM has them. Oh well, they'll look super cute :D!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 30th, 2005 05:38 am (UTC)
You should live over here - only goths and psuedo-punks wear them! Oh, and most university students. I've never seen anyone of my mum's generation in them (thank bejesus).
Liz_eliza_b on March 30th, 2005 10:35 pm (UTC)
Dunno what we'd do without converse shoes. Oh, well, go barefoot, obviously...

Thesauruses (thesaurae?) are awesome, but I've found that after you've used them for a while, you lose the ability to come up with synonyms on your own.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 31st, 2005 11:53 am (UTC)
How I do lurve them. xD

So true. Latest thing I'm writing, every second word I grab the thing. I'm getting papercuts, o the horror!