ellenscult: (car at my head)
I am very tired - no full-blown CFS, just tired and my concentration's not great, so I'm a bit vague and rambly. Yes, more so than usual... And I have cramps. Bah. I don't think I'll be going out again this weekend except for maybe calling to the launderette to get my washing dried. So my apologies, Derek, for this evening, and [livejournal.com profile] gothgrr - I doubt I'll be going to boxercise tomorrow. Bah. Humbug.

Otoh, D&D 4th edition is actually fairly straightforward in combat. Which is kinda cool since I have problems with remembering what I'm supposed to be rolling and when in 3.5. And I'm (re)watching Galaxy Quest, which I intend to follow up with True Lies, then either Les Visiteurs or [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas's new dvd - Strippers V. Zombies.

Quote of the day: (in HMV) Adam: 'I never thought I'd say this, but which Zombie Stripper film?'

Normal communication should be resumed next week...

The List!

Nov. 30th, 2008 11:59 pm
ellenscult: (Casey)
The November G.E.D. Month to do list! And if anyone wants to come round and give me a hand, shout out encouragement, etc, you're very welcome to do so. I'll be adding to the list, I dare say...

House

Kitchen - put a heavier curtain over the back door / take the catflap out of the back door and board up the hole and repaint the board / get a top shelvey bit for the sideboard or put up some shelves (shelves bought and put up 8/11/08) / repaint the kitchen / replace the cupboard doors / measure up and replace the drawer runners if possible
Living room - polyfiller the hole in the ceiling / put film over the windows to keep the draft out / do a whole pile of tidying up - started (8/11/08) / rearrange the furniture so I can get to the wall heater and/or get [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas to move the tv that's in front of the fire / move some more of the books out to the shed / clear space to use the wii / fix the door of the display cabinet / read the gas and electric meters and phone the power company / catch up on paper shredding - started (8/11/08)
Hallway - go through the bag of stuff at the bottom of the stairs and file or bin it / polyfiller the holes in the wall and drill new ones, put the bannister back up (3/11/08) / get rid of the bag of clothes to ebay or give away - (started 10/11/08) / find some place to put away my box of clothes / put up a curtain rail & curtain over the front door - bought rail (8/11/08), put up 9/11/08 / put a letter cage over the letter box / put a draught excluder over the letter box - bought (6/11/08), put up (8/11/08) / put up a high shelf for hats - bought (8/11/08), put up (9/11/08)
Bathroom - put up the skirting board, put down beading / check the bath sealant / put up a shaving mirror (not for me!) (3/11/08)
Spare room - go through the clothes and shoes in the wardrobe and get rid of or trunk anything that doesn't fit or I don't wear any more - started (6/11/08), finished (10/11/08) (and get [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas to do the same) / go through the boxes and get rid of piles of stuff - started (6/11/08) / get legs for the table and put it up (8/11/08) / get [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas to put the spare telly on the wall in here / replace the chests of drawers - new chests of drawers bought (8/11/08), put up 1 (10/11/08) / put up some shelves
Attic stairs - repaint / stick down the paper around the velux / clean the velux / put away the decorating stuff at the bottom of the stairs / go through the boxes at the bottom of the stairs
General - get house rewired / replastered / central heating / new windows (or at least new hinges) / remodel downstairs / get conservatory built

Garden

Put the tomato plants on the compost heap - likewise, the courgettes / cut the grass / clean the patio / weed / take out the bamboo / weed the front garden / put edging stones along the front bed / plant a few more plants between the primulas / clip the long grass around the 'grassy knoll' / turn the pond into a bog garden? / replace the pond liner? / relay the stones around the edge of the pond? / spraypaint all the woodwork / get the house repointed / get the guttering cleaned and resealed / get the dormer woodwork treated and the flat roof checked / replace security light at the back / add a security light at the front / rotivate lawn & add more topsoil and sand for drainage / edge all flower beds / add more bark chippings & cardboard to the bottom of the garden / replace front drainpipe

Writing

1 6k short story (asap) - started! (800 words, 3/11/08) / Squirrels - finish editing - submit to agents / Thunder Moon - finish writing / Tie Me To The Mast (But Do Not Stop My Ears) - to finish writing / Desperate Measures - write a sequel (4/11/08) / Shed World - edit story

Crafts

Shawl for Mum - to finish knitting - done more on (4/11/08) / Stripey Socks - to finish knitting / Purple cardigan - to finish knitting / medieval kit - to design - to cut out - to sew / viking kit - to design - to cut out - to sew / '50s housecoat - to make / Frock coat - to make / mittens for Sue - to naalbind / make curtains for the whole house

Online

Get my website up and running (finally) / clear out Hub's slushpile / clear out Pseudopod's slushpile - started! (3/11/08) / clear out my email inbox - started! (down to 67 3/11/08) / list things for sale on Amazon and Ebay /

People

Phone round the family (started 3/11/08 - Anne, Kate, Mum & Dad) / email Emma, Audrey, Cat, Paul / Phone Sue, Sarah

Other

Give blood / change bike brake pads / wash the car / take India and Emilio climbing / make a gastroenterology appointment 27/11/08 / phone 3 and ask for pac code 27/11/08
ellenscult: (bunk)
I've given up on the idea of going back to work this week. Specifically (after yesterday's dream in which my twin sister stropped at me for being lazy), last night's dream featured Jerry as a Dead Set-style zombie biting my ankle. It hurt! I have zombie dreams when I'm overtired. Going into work will make me ill. So. Hello, sofa!

G.E.D. month - yesterday, more written on a story (not on the list), chopped up t-shirts and strung the strips together for knitting into a bathmat (also not on the list) - was ace to see [livejournal.com profile] gothgrr! Today I have done a bit of knitting on that shawl for my mum. It's growing very slowly... Ho hum!

And that story (over on [livejournal.com profile] the_proofreader, read the warnings first if you go take a look) appears to have attracted a bunch of comments with... interesting... icons. *grin* Well, I'm glad that lj is such a friendly and open place. And I'm very glad they're enjoying the story so far. :)

Today, [livejournal.com profile] o_faolain came over and brought photos music and lunch and most of all excellent company. I have very much missed seeing him on the train! It was awesome to see him again. :)
ellenscult: (girl writing)
Still coughing a bit, goo has receded, so I'll be back in work tomorrow. Hurrah! Because this morning I had a dream in which my twin was working for the same company, and she was in a baaaaad mood. Told me off for being lazy. To be fair, the people I work for were all very, 'What's her problem?' and 'No you're not', but clearly part of me feels it's time to be back at work.

G.E.D. Month - not much, yesterday. Handed over some clothes at writing group, tightened the loose screw in the display cabinet door. Oh, and wrote more. This story (which is not the story I should be working on) is now over 8,000 words. Written since Sunday night. Ho hum, never mind, eh? I shall get it out of the way today, I hope, and then back to the other one.
ellenscult: (Work Smart)
Friday was a bit of a bust. I got some more knitting done, but I woke up with ulcers where my tonsils used to be. Which was rather sore. So I left work early, went home and tidied up more of the spare room and saw Sue, Dave and India (wanolj), failed to have a D&D game, sat on the sofa and watched telly. With takeout. And wine. Hurrah!

Saturday, though, kicked ass (for G.E.D. month, that is). Not quite such a sore throat, so I got up early(ish) and went to Ikea. Where I spent a chunk of my dividend (in lieu of pay), had to get a nice man to help me put boxes on the trolley and another nice man to help me put them in the car. Which was rather full. *heh*

So Saturday's list looks like:
Fitted draught excluder to the back of the letter box.
Put legs on the huge table.
Tidied more of the spare room.
Bought and put up shelves in the kitchen.
Tidied kitchen.
Bought more shelves for the kitchen and for the hallway.
Bought curtain rail for the hallway.
Bought 3 chests of drawers for the spare room to replace the current ones.
Emptied the paper shredder

Also (but not on the list) did several loads of washing and took them to the launderette to dry, went to VJs and saw friends (yay!) and met up with [livejournal.com profile] paul_marks who is visiting while Tuesday.

Go me! *happy dance*

At some point today I intend to take and put up photos of the clothes which are going free to a good home (there are more). Would anyone like a wide 3-drawer Malmo chest of drawers (Ikea) in birch veneer? Also there's a little white 3-drawer MFI-style cheapass chest of drawers going free! I'll even drop it round to your house! As long as, yanno, that's York. Leeds, maybe. Bread machine, anyone?

Kitchen shelves! )

Right, back to drilling holes in the walls...
ellenscult: (balls)
Cut for more boring detail. )
ellenscult: (Casey)
Today I started work on Squirrels In Space again. I intend to finish it by the end of the month. Edited. Done. It should be do-able. I have hope. I wrote a synopsis and analysed character threads. And I wrote another 500 words of Shed World. Not actually Shed World, but the shared world project that the writing group is doing. And I proofread a pile of things for Hub.

I need to do some work for work, yanno...

Also, I went to Asda, put on washing, put out washing, brought in washing, hung up washing, made lamb casserole. Well, stew, since there was too much to put in my casserole dish in the oven, and I have a bigger pan. And stir fry, so there was something to eat tonight.

I call today a win, mostly.

I have a bit of a rash on my ring finger. Allegedly, boiling my rings in a 2/1 vinegar/hydrogen peroxide solution for 15 minutes will kill anything on them. And so I wait for the rash to clear up so that I can wear my beautiful rings again.

This month is my writing month. At points I am going to become extremely anti-social, and possibly even rude and grumpy. So this is my apology before-hand: it's nothing personal. But I have to work, now, and it is going to eat my head, and then (as one of my friends said about extreme babysitting) I will lose all my social. Sorry. I still love you all.

Oh, and I can tell it's back-to-school today. Films this evening? Slither, Gattaca, White Noise 1. A programme on Wahabism. Very end-of-the-world...

Edit: Weight: 153.5 lbs. Exercise: 4 miles on the bike, 5 km on the cross-trainer. Alcohol: 0. I put a mini bottle of red wine in with the lamb, but we haven't eaten that yet. And all the alcohol will long have boiled off anyway.
ellenscult: (sleek)
Things this week:

The good:

I made a big orange medieval gown with dagged sleeves for going to Dinan with. Yeah, could also come under 'the ugly' depending on how you feel about orange...
Crimefighting
My first story for the [livejournal.com profile] shiny_hats ficathon has been received very well. Hurrah!
Doctor Who!!!
A big thunderstorm
Catching up with [livejournal.com profile] o_faolain
More bike gears working atm.
[livejournal.com profile] ravenlas

The bad:

My laptop is with the insurers after having half a glass of wine spilled over it
I should be in Cambridge and Leeds and Huddersfield today, or at least watching Hancock with my beloved husband. Instead, I got up, did a bit of sewing, then went back to bed for the entire afternoon.

The ugly:

Well, there's that gown...
Running out of time to make clothes for Dinan...
ellenscult: (chomp)
The conference was really good. I didn't run off with $DiscoStu (shudder) or $BobHoskins (a really nice guy who said to tell Jerry he's a very lucky man). I didn't disgrace myself or embarrass the company. I did go swimming in my pirate bikini. The after-dinner speaker was Dominick Holland who seemed a tad bemused by his IT audience.

I am back. Today is deadline day. The help file is nearly finished. Which means....

Real Life should be resumed shortly! By dinnertime, no less! Hurrah.

Then all I have to do is open the post, find and sign the remortgage documents (and hope the offer's still valid), clean and tidy the entire house, make medieval outfits for 4 people, charge through a slushpile, finish 2 short stories and finish editing a novel, and the weekend's a good 'un!

Well, maybe I'll save some of it for, yanno, the evenings I'll actually have free when this help file is done.
ellenscult: (glima)
Several random things...

1. Lincoln was lovely. It was rather special to be able to camp in the grounds of the castle, and I really enjoyed bimbling around in my medieval outfit, making stuff and chatting and relaxing.

2. Must make a List for packing, and also acquire a TARDIS or a larger car. Packing is Not FunTM.

3. Nice to see folks at the Theatre Royal sale. I bought all their remaining fox furs and a couple of pieces of silk. And a blouse.

4. When running round like a loony, doing mad frantic last-minute sewing and having just written a clean, postable 32,000 word fanfic novella in 2 weeks, and being in the middle of hoiking stuff out to pack into a Fiesta to go away for my first ever reenactment event, that's the time my oomph will vanish out from under me, and I will fall into the Slough of Despond AND the Pit of Despair. I love writing, but the come-down's a bitch. Also, [livejournal.com profile] alasdair1076 is wonderful and I'm extremely glad he's my best friend.

5. [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas is a truly amazing man, and is very, very hot in a doublet and hose. *fans self* Truly I am a very lucky woman! No, I have no photos. This time. Next time, though... *grin* And he is wonderful with Aspergic kids.

6. Got a lot of work to get through this week. Posting this (and Correspondence Course over on [livejournal.com profile] the_proofreader) is not getting it done. So. I may be slow to reply to comments, emails etc.

7. RIP Audrey Chapman, a very brave and fierce woman. She had a hard life, and I hope now she has some peace. I'll miss her.

8. There is no number 8. Oh well. Tumty-tumty-something... nope. Gone. *shrug*

So I shall go too. Tea break's over. Back on my head.
ellenscult: (Kipper)
  • in shul

  • writing

  • printing thank you letters and wedding photos

  • making a list of things to get my name changed on

  • cleaning and tidying

  • writing a long and rambling post about the wedding and the honeymoon

  • emailing people


... and a whole pile of other things.

But.

I have a Lush Makonga longboard. From the Anti-Gravity shop. Yes, it's the one in pink... *beam* And I woke up at 4.50am again, and I'm tired. And I have a PSP to play on (on loan).

Medieval (or Dungeon Siege). And bubbly. And maybe some take-out. Have a great evening, y'all! Shabbat Shalom!

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