Today I’m wearing:
- The Dress but hitched up into some kind of tunic;
- a red shirt;
- leggings on tights;
- DMs and a spiky headband because I felt a bit punk today.
Today I felt spiky, so I dressed punk. However I have a job, so I dabbled but didn’t fully commit to the punk look: the DMs were patent and really actually shoes, the studs were conical spikes on a band holding my hair back. I actually quite liked today’s outfit. I felt alternately Russian Constructivist/principal boy/punk/page. All quite male; maybe I was feeling unconsciously androgynous?
I’m jiggerwhacked. Totally cream crackered. Very tired. But it’s Friday and that means I don’t have to get up at half 6 tomorrow. I like being up early, I like the dawn light and I like the early morning chill, but I really need some sleep. That and yellow fever is starting to hit. I’m not the best at dealing with illness, so I imagine I’ll be unbearable tomorrow morning. However, this is slightly self-inflicted so I can’t get away with being too pathetic.
M and I are watching Star Trek. I adore sci-fi films, and as M is displaying the same level of mathematical ability I did aged 11, I’m judging that she too will like the improbable but entertaining. As the only sci-fi fan in her immediate family, I have taken it upon myself to educate M in the essentials of science fiction, along with a basic grounding in quantum mathematics, the theory of relativity and Hubble’s theory of cosmic expansion. I’m pleased to report she is responding well, and she says that the film is ‘really cool’ so far. I’m very proud. But she has just asked if Romulans are from Rhombus, so we are experiencing some slight snags in the knowledge assimilation.
I’ve just remembered that a ‘redshirt’ is a term for a character that is typically short-lived, and it originated in Star Trek, where the characters wearing red shirts would die pretty quickly. Interesting. I still feel punk though. The headband was from Accessorize (that well-known punk emporium) and I’ve been meaning to wear it for ages, but it hurts my ears. I like how it just peeks out of my hair, like a Statue of Liberty tribute. I have to work at this punk thing.
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Tomorrow is adventure-prep day. There’s only a week before I leave and I’m getting quite nervous about going now. That or there’s a yellow fever virus in my bloodstream that’s altering my brain chemistry. I think the best solution for this is to eat many biscuits. Biscuits are scientifically proven* to make you feel better, along with tea.