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The dream engine fills a bath

Well, I did; with tepid water, to baptise a four-year-old girl in. Several times (the filling, not the baptising) because every time the bath was half full someone used it for another purpose: to stash lots of flowers, to fill a kettle dunking the whole kettle while it was plugged in (fortunately the girl’s mother

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The dream engine provides a green car

It was a hired car, though, small and bottle-green. I drove it all over a compound that was half housing estate and half residential hotel (the latter called “Noma”, I think) until I got bogged down in a garden that belonged to a couple of very delightful little old ladies. “I’ll come and collect it

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The dream engine finds a priest

Whee, my first choir anxiety dream! For some reason Fr T couldn’t serve the Liturgy: he had come back from a conference early on the Sunday morning, which may have had something to do with it. He was present in the church, even in the altar, but the serving priest was Joke Kolkman from the

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The dream engine embarrasses me

By making me show up at a doctor’s office wearing only a (shortish) T-shirt. It was probably some kind of specialist or therapist, because I’d had to go all the way to Maastricht for it. (We currently have a house-guest who lives in Maastricht, so the exact choice of place may be from that.) I

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CrossingsCon

I was so looking forward to CrossingsCon — what’s not to like about a primarily Young Wizards-focused virtual con! Well, for one thing the timezone. I got up for the fanfic meetup at 2:30am my time, but for the other thing two days later I thought “well, if I wake on my own I’ll get

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Hindsight 2020

That pun is too obvious not to use. But (I think) unlike many people who have blog posts with that title I want to look back on the things that went right in a year that I’m otherwise glad to see gone. I’ve now kept up the reading notes for an ENTIRE YEAR. It was an

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The dream engine holds a procession

I was working in the town I live in now but in a place with a wider view than our house — it was possible to see much of a large square and, by looking to the right from the window, the intersection with a shopping street. I’d already been in the square (market?) and

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That music meme from all over

Got it from oursin. Mine are all folk or folk-adjacent. I recommend every one of these (and I’ve linked to my favourite versions if I could find them). A Place: Sandy Denny – Lowlands of Holland. Anything Sandy Denny sings gets coated in squee. A Food: Kirsty McColl – Chip Shop A Drink: The Dubliners

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Virtual Worldcon!

The moment CoNZealand announced they were going virtual I went through the ceiling with squee, “I can actually ATTEND!” Because I’d never have been able to go to New Zealand in person; even apart from the travel and accommodation cost, I don’t fly, especially not twenty or more hours. I tried to volunteer, too, but

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Recycling bogglement

We were almost out of plastic recycling bags (bags to recycle plastic in; they’re made of plastic themselves too, of course, but that’s not the defining feature) so I ordered some more. Boggling, as always, at the website of the waste processing and recycling company, Circulus-Berkel. It used to be plain Circulus but they joined

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