Half way to a Thousand
by, 04-08-2010 at 08:57 AM (722 Views)
Afternoon all. I donít feel like writing a backdated event and Iím bored of saying Iíve got nothing but I thought Iíd let you know Iím still here, itís getting a bit old now I think. But, when Iím in the mood to write something decent I will, not before. So, I decided to tie this entry in with a little achievement. Iíve made 500 cranes woohoo. Itís half way to 1000. My hands hurt but mainly my left index finger from folding down the heads. It takes such a long time to prepare the paper (I couldnít afford to look for/buy origami paper so Iím using plain A4 coloured paper) I have to quarter it, cut it into squares, seven different coloured sheets and with the off cuts I have to cut those into squares and fold them into little boxes to make dividers. All in all it takes longer to make the cranes than to thread them. Mum started helping me prepare the paper (Iíd never let her fold it even if she could, I donít think it has any meaning unless I fold the cranes myself). I thread 50 cranes onto some thread and start again. I tried reaching 100 but it would have been too long so itís fifty and now I have 10 strings of 50 cranes, so just another 10 to go. Iíve been doing this since some time after the Christmas holiday I think, when I started to get worried about graduation (Iíve calmed down since, although the thought still depresses me a bit, so I donít think about it) I have to finish them before I graduate, thatís my goal, so Iíve got a hell of a long way to go. Maybe Iíll put up some pictures when Iím done, maybe not. Would you believe I have a facebook account now? I did it for 2 reasons. 1; because my friends are on facebook and It was implied that I was missing out because I didnít have it (I also figured itíd be a good way to keep in touch with them after graduation (thatís what got me so depressed about graduation by the way, loosing all the friends Iíve made at uni, specifically the JCS. We may not be best friends and I may not be privy to their secrets and inner workings but I donít care. I acknowledge them as my friends (It usually takes me a long time to do that) and Iím happy with that as it is. Itís been a long time since I had a group of friends. Iíve even gone on days out with them now, isnít that great)). Oh, and the second reason I got facebook was boredom .
It was recently mentioned that I should write blog entries like the one about Shang (Our rescued/abducted Christmas tree) Iím not sure if Iíll write an entry like that (that was one of those random events that rarely happen). (Oh, and Shangís still in our garden by the way though heís been looking a little dry. I was worried the cold might have been getting to him, since the was looking bad over Christmas so I brought him in (I was actually worried that he was frozen or something since his pot is still wrapped in red plastic (it keeps the squirrel out of him, and thatíd definitely kill him) I punched some holes in the plastic, even though mum said we didnít need to because it was loose enough around the trunk, so that the water could get in better) Trees drink a lot so I was worried he didnít have enough water but we put him back outside again. Heís still looking dry but he has some new growth which looks promising. Iím so glad, I love that little tree, heís quirky, then again what do you expect with a name like Shanghai? Seriously, other than me, who names a Christmas Tree Shanghai?).
But, I can write about some other trees, though it wonít be as quirky. Weíve acquired some bonsai trees. Mum bought some for her friend and her friendís mother as birthday presents and got one for herself. She bought one at a garden centre for her friendís mum and one in Tesco (yes theyíre selling bonsai trees at the moment, whoíd have thought) for her friend and while she was at it she got one for us too. I named it Chibi, Iím not entirely sure on the exact translation but I have the impression it means little, however I take it to mean small and cute, just because, so it perfectly fit this little tree. The idea was Chibi tree would be ours and the other (who was bought a week or two before (this is a semi important detail)) would be given to her friend. However, when the time came to take the tree in it was looking very dry and itís leaves were dying here and there. In the end she took both trees with her and chose the best one at the time. It turned out that Chibi tree was the chosen one so we had the other one. Although at the time I preferred Chibi because it was cuter, this other one had prettier leaves. I looked up the name of the tree online (Tesco have these sticky labels on the back with the name) ďBonsai SerissaĒ yup, thatís really helpful Tesco, really helpful. All we know about it is thatís itís name and they claim itís 4 years old. Most of those bonsaiís theyíve sold willíve been dead in a month (Thereís also basic care instructions but nothing in depth) so I Googled serissa not expecting much (I mean, come on it doesnít really sound that great, does it?) and discovered the most adorable name. According to Google search ďSerissa Bonsai Tree of a Thousand StarsĒ Isnít that just such a cute little name, tree of a thousand stars? I spent some time trying to come up with a good name for the tree (Iím not too happy with the result, because Iím adamant that we pronounce it wrong) I looked up star in Japanese, I considered thousand star but I only vaguely grasp the Japanese for 1000 years, not for 1000 as a number (I canít be sure if theyíre they same or not and I didnít want to take that risk), I didnít want to call it thousand year star, thatíd be tempting fate (to kill it in an instant out of sick irony) so itís just star, as Iíve seen it written on a few websites I searched at the time. Hoshi. The tree is called Hoshi. Thing is, in Enterprise there was a character called Hoshi (yes, for some reason I remember that, even though it was nearly a year ago that I was watching it) so thatís how I pronounce it. I guarantee itís wrong but itís easier to say and besides, itís our tree, we can call it what we like. A few weeks ago mum bought another one that we think is the same breed as Chibi, so this is the new Chibi tree, but now Hoshi is most definitely my favourite. Although mum waters them both weíve decided to have a tree each. Seeing as I put so much effort into naming it (and I prefer it anyway) Hoshi is unofficially my tree and Chibi is hers. Oh, and by the way, Hoshiís gotten better now.