Monday, December 10, 2007

I’ll just start typing and see what happens

Gosh, it's been, like, four days since my last post. That's a long time in Asterisk-land.

Spent Friday working in the morning, then off to the dentist in the afternoon. The gum next to where I had my root canal has been giving me serious problems. All red and inflamed and throbby. It took me about 90 minutes to get there and 90 minutes to get back, a three-hour round trip for about a six-minute consultation in which I was told it would probably be best for me to see a gum specialist. I was pissed off. I mean, she's right and all, but in future I wonder whether I oughtta just email her a pic of my mouth and say "Whaddup?", y'know?

Anyway, gum specialist guy's schedule and mine don't match up until January. I've been on antibiotics since Friday night, and that's helped a lot. No inflammation now, nor throbbing; just redness remains. So fingers crossed we can get through Christmas and New Year.

The Saturday and Sunday were spent pretty much working flat out.

Then today, Red and I were due to pick up two shelves from an antiques place that they were having made for us by a restorer they use. We'd bought this lovely glass-fronted bookcase from them a few months ago, but we needed more shelves cos we're using it for CDs.

More than two months it has taken this restorer to make the new shelves. In the meantime he also had one of our originals as reference for dimensions, so we were even shorter on space.

We get them home, and neither one of the shelves fits. Both too long. What kind of knobhead, with a perfect reference to hand, makes shelves too fucking long for their purpose. And after keeping us waiting almost ten weeks! And we've paid for them now (£40), so they better fucking sort it out, or I will be an even less happy bunny than I already am.

I'm also spending some time looking for reference material for my backpiece. It's proving trickier than I'd imagined. The main sticking point, if any of you widely read guys and gals out there wish to take up the challenge, is I'm looking for a winged fish that we believe is a dolphin as used in heraldry and European (and possibly Japanese) fountains. It's almost mythological looking, even. So, if you happen to have a great reference book or heraldic symbols or mythological beasts or medieval interpretations of sea creatures, maybe you can help a brother out...

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Blogger furiousBall said...

hmm, i don't know the winged dolphin thingy, but it sounds cool

11 December, 2007 02:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I got is Picachu. I'm pretty lame in the mystical relm. Sorry about the tooth. Fingers crossed.

You gave the guy a sample, and he still measured wrong? And knob was what you called him? hehehe.

11 December, 2007 05:20  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

I saw a winged dolphin once. Either that or they weren't my usual cigarettes...

Maybe the shelf bloke mixed his metric with his inches or some'at?

11 December, 2007 12:14  
Blogger Karen said...

The Japanese traditionally use Koi fish don't they in a lot of tattoos?

11 December, 2007 12:23  
Blogger _z. said...

so you weren't kidding... plenty of space left!!!

11 December, 2007 12:55  
Blogger Milla said...


Aste, I am so sorry about your tootth/gum ache I hope you can sort it out once and for all.

Maybe the dolphin with wings you saw in Sicilia...worth checking google.

11 December, 2007 13:10  
Blogger Ben said...

I'd recommend poking around Google a bit for pages with resources on medieval bestiaries. A brief search turned up this page, which, while clearly not exactly what you're looking for, might provide a starting point and seems to me to be the sort of thing you're after.

11 December, 2007 14:18  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

F/ball: It is cool!

RefPo: He is a knob. and unfortunately Pikachu ain't gonna cut it.

4D: Yeah, I think you'd had a puff too many! No, he's just a knob.

11 December, 2007 14:24  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Karen: Got one of them. You can see it here.

_z.: Loooooaaads!

Milla: I don't recall one in Sicily, but we saw one in Valencia, and that is already one ref point. Yeah, I've tried the Google route...

Ben: Funnily enough that is one of the pages I've already turned up on my search. Maybe I ought to put up a post of the images I've found already.

11 December, 2007 14:28  
Blogger tweetey30 said...

Now this may be going in the wrong direction but cant you look up on the internet for your back piece... LOL.. I know I know I am the serious one out of you all it seems... Sorry to hear about the tooth. I have my top two wisdom teeth in partially and they give me troubles sometimes. boy does that hurt. Hope all is well through the holidays though.

11 December, 2007 16:36  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Tweetey: Been there, done that, no go. So now I'm trying the old-fashioned route, y'know. Fingers crossed for the teeth, for sure.

11 December, 2007 16:44  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Onions and garlic.

As much garlic as you can cook with. Actually, you might want to chop up a clove and drink it get a head start on natural infection fighting.

I don't know what the heraldry fish could be...but I'll see if Stagg knows. Sounds interesting!

What a joke about the shelves...I hope they come to your house with a hand jigsaw and fix that right quickly. It's pretty funny how they had a refernce shelf right there though...funny if it wasn't so frustrating.

11 December, 2007 18:41  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

dang. so sorry about the sore gums. i've said it before... mouth pain is the worst. i feel for you :(

and damnit it about the shelves. i hate when stuff like that happens! i hope they get it sorted out, too. and quickly.

and i have no idea regarding the dolphin with wings thing, so i'm not even going to pretend. best of luck though, and i look forward to seeing your backpiece when all is said and done!

11 December, 2007 19:11  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

damnit it??

ugh. i hate it when i type too fast.

11 December, 2007 21:02  
Blogger Cynnie said...

omg..WATERPIK the bastard

12 December, 2007 02:55  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Candy: We use garlic in every dish we cook. Literally. I cannot think of one that we don't. So we oughtta be good on that front. I asked the guy to bring his shit so he could fix it right here.

Martha: Not sure if mouth pain is the worst, but it does suck a bit.

Cynnie: Oops.

12 December, 2007 17:04  

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