ellenscult: (bad day)
Fire, flood and transportation... )
ellenscult: (fist of doom)
Bit of an update... )

A plug: if you're after anything in classical or jazz music, please consider ordering through/purchasing from the Lamb CD shop on Micklegate in York. It's an independent music shop, it's struggling to stay in business, and it used to be one of the largest classical and jazz music shops in the country. If you're after a specific recording, even if it's been deleted, chances are they may have it, and it'll be available at its usual cd price rather than the 'it's deleted so we'll hike the price up to 60 quid' which Amazon have a habit of charging.

Another plug: if you have a special event coming up, need decorations for cakes or buns, consider ordering them from Anita's Sugarcraft. Anita makes all the decorations by hand, to order. She's a friend, and she's very talented.

Last plug: if you're in need of any games, dice, rpg stuff, go visit Jorvik Games. It's run by a couple of friends of mine, who will post stuff out to you, arrange to meet up with you to hand things over, or even hand-deliver items (in York, that is).

Keep the economy going! Go forth and buy stuff!
ellenscult: (bunk)
Well, not quite - I've finally uploaded a few photos, though, so I'm putting them under a cut to save bandwidth for those who aren't interested in suchlike.

This way to the photos! )

In other news (not under a cut so people don't run into the photos if they don't want to, sorry...): my bike is in the bike shop! I took it down Sheffield with me last Wednesday and dropped it off at Decathlon for its free 3-month service, expecting them to adjust the cable tension and leave it at that. Instead, it appears to have some kind of gear problem, which I'm hoping they've either fixed or replaced the gear arm (under warranty) by tomorrow so I can pick it up again. I'm starting to feel as though I have finger-of-death for bikes... Or it could be that they use cheap derailleurs...

I went to my ME course on Friday and learned about Graded Exercise Therapy. Which is how to, when my energy scores are consistent and I'm feeling as though I'm ready to start increasing the amount of, well, anything I'm doing, increase my activity level without causing an increase in my ME symptoms. Of course, since my bike's been in the shop since Wednesday, that's meant I walked home from the train station on Wednesday evening, then back in on Thursday morning and out again, then to my course at Bootham Park Hospital on Friday morning and from there into town and home again, and into town on Saturday. I got the bus home on Saturday afternoon. (I also walked into town and back on Tuesday night to the writing group, but that was because I didn't get [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas to get me a lift because he has an ear infection, which is now clearing up nicely.) So today has been spent largely on the sofa doing little more strenuous than knitting and occasionally hanging out another load of washing on the washing line, and I am tired, and my legs are a little wobbly and I'm running just a touch of a temperature. Ho hum, so it goes. I shall go to bed shortly and should be fine in the morning.

Anyway, thanks to the ME course, I have a letter, which I took to the council offices on Friday, and I filled in a form and had my photo taken and as of in a few days time, I should have a free bus pass, enabling me to travel on the local buses and not have to pay the extortionate fares. Awesome! It'll mean I can try walking into town to the station one or two mornings a week and be able to catch the bus back, thus getting a bit more exercise but not tiring myself out. Hurrah!

So, I have handouts. I'll type them up soon and post them here for anyone who's interested. Have a great week, y'all! I'm going to duck back below the parapet again.
ellenscult: (train wreck)
Namely, the idiots at National Express who thought it'd be a great idea to install barriers at York Station.

I think they're wrong for a whole bunch of reasons, which I have sent to the council via their website for objecting to the whole planning application.

My reasons, in case you were interested... )

Go here to have your say on the matter.

TEH ANGST!

Dec. 29th, 2008 09:35 pm
ellenscult: (car at my head)
In which I get a wee bit whiny... )
ellenscult: (hiding the pain)
Back to slightly more intermittent posting. Today: bye-bye booze; exercise; housework; knitting; writing. The usual routine. )

Did anyone else see the superb sunset yesterday? I was driving back from my parents' house, and it kept distracting me. Incredibly beautiful.
ellenscult: (car at my head)
I think I'm coming down with [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas' cold. Never mind, eh? I'll refrain from blowing kisses at you all.

Writing done: 0. Sleeping on the train: 3. Exercise: 6 8 miles on the bike, 1 lunchtime bouldering session at which I sucked mightily. Weight: 153-152lbs. Alcohol: 0 working my way down a mini bottle of red wine right now.

Plan for today: some work for work (or they'll stop paying me), Shed World 2.5. Maybe some Squirrels. Or maybe I'll get sidetracked by part 2 of that Firefly fic... *strokes chin thoughtfully*

Also, I tidied up my kitchen. A bit. The rest of the house is a mess. Help! Send minions!
ellenscult: (bunk)
Dropping out of sight... )
ellenscult: (fist of doom)
Today is the 10th of September, 2008. 10/09/08. *grin* This makes me happy.

Also today, I have: put on a load of washing, emptied the dishwasher, boiled my rings (just to be safe) and posted yesterday's post to LJ. Also cycled to the station, got cards for friends and family birthdays and an anniversary. And worked more on Squirrels. Torchwood was apparently on the radio this afternoon, probably Radio 4, so I'll have to have a nosey on listen again.

And I am, tentatively, un-f-locking my LJ. I'm fed up of having it locked down. We'll see how it goes...

ETA: Had a slow evening, slept on the train home. [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas came home via the Chinese. Hurrah!

Exercise: 4 miles on the bike. Weight: 150lbs. Alcohol: 0.
ellenscult: (comesee)
Using the user pic because I can, mmkay?

My *other* other twin! Weddings, birthdays, friends, Disney!, yada yada. )

Tomorrow's plan: write the other review and a half. Write the sequel to Last Chance for Sin. Critique writing group stories. Stuff.

This is bad. And wrong. You should watch it. So I have people to share the OMG WTF 0.o with. :)
ellenscult: (rock)
This morning I travelled into work by train, as usual, on a nice, modern train. And I listened to Fort Minor playing on my iPod, through my bluetooth headphones. While doing 16th century blackwork embroidery on a 15th century linen shift. And since getting into work I've posted up part 16 of my 25th century Firefly fanfic (over on [livejournal.com profile] the_proofreader).

Sometimes, my life strikes me as improbable.

Also: I am tired. I have left my phone at home, because I no can haz cheezburgler brain. In more dire forgetfulness, my chilli chocolate is also at home, not here with me. I am distressed.

For those of you on my f-list who wish to keep track of their story submissions, here's a good, free online tracker. Also: a Waterstones story competition. Prize: a place on an Arvon Foundation writing course. *wants*

So no, I'm not getting much work done today. In fact, I'd be getting more done if I were simply at home watching tv. Ho hum, never mind.
ellenscult: (melting)
From [livejournal.com profile] littleangel_103, this video about CFS/ME.

The elephant in the corner of my room. )

I'm one of the lucky ones. I'll probably always have some remnant of CFS dragging around my system. But I didn't move on to full-blown ME, and for that I am supremely thankful.

Some people aren't so lucky. If you can, please watch the video and pass it along.
ellenscult: (rock)
My Fridays currently go something along the following lines:

Get up at 6am, mad rush to catch the early train to Sheffield.
Leave an hour early to catch the early train home.
Cycle home, dive in the car, drive to (north) Leeds for the Erev Shabbas service at Shul.
Drive home, grab D&D stuff, head round the corner to [livejournal.com profile] a_crow's for [livejournal.com profile] greynolds' game.
Get home again some time after midnight, collapse.

Today's Friday had a few alterations...

Get up at 6am (after little sleep), rush to catch the early train. Which was cancelled. Sew some more of a shift, catch the later train.
yada yada...
Drive to Leeds through Fulford to pick up my friend's little girl and drop her off at home in (south) Leeds, then drive back north to shul, half an hour late. Fine, running on JMT anyway, should be fine. Alas, no. No-one on the door. (Big no-no, that.) So I couldn't get in to the service. So I rang the bell then hung around for a bit, then drove home to:
No D&D - my fellow hack'n'slashers have abandoned the game for the lures of Whitby and some sword course on the continent, alas.
A husband who's head has, I think, already exploded.

Note to self: When old and stupid, do not ask children to explain the latest technology to you. Especially not if you're not that old and stupid, just in the habit of not listening. Or thinking. Or looking at the screen in front of you.

And for reference? The latest technology was actually how to open a browser, go to Gmail and log onto an email account. Then open an email, read it and reply.

Oh dear. Never mind, eh? We have chinese takeout. And something on telly. And shortly I will return to Correspondence Course, which has reached the dizzying heights of 20k words. Good grief, woman! Leave Joss's characters alone and play in your own sand box, eh? Eh? Never mind, message not getting through...
ellenscult: (train wreck)
In other words, my train home turned up on time at Sheffield station last night. And then the points broke. So for an hour, we sat on the train, in the station, with nothing heading north. Welcome home!

Plus, now I have a MySpace account - only planning on using it to keep up with a certain actor's blog, not that he posts frequently, but I am a sad (happy) fangirl, yesterday's Dork Tower feed was this. They're watching me. Seriously. Dudes!

Today I'm in work early, since my Mandarin Chinese course kicks off at 6pm, and I've never strayed onto York St John's campus before, so I have no idea how to find the room. So I shall be hightailing it out of here at 3:30 and hoping that the trains are running to time... Ooh, then it's writing group! Yay! *happy dance*

And I have ordered a sewing machine, finally, with many thanks to family, friends and [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas. So some time today or tomorrow, it should turn up here at work, and then I'll just have to get it home. Erm... (For those who're interested, it's a Janome 4800.)
ellenscult: (smiley)
My handbag is back with me. Everything in it that should be. I'm going to put in 'Thank you!' letters to Virgin and Midland Mainline. I'm very happy and very relieved.
ellenscult: (commute)
Utter stupidity! )

I have a cup of tea. This makes life better.

The other stuff. )

Oh, and Captain Jack Sparrow was hanging around platform 3 at York station this morning. I saw him a week last Saturday in town as I was heading for VJs, and he really makes a fantastic Captain Jack. He makes me smile - I hope whoever he is, he's around York in costume more often. Although, yanno, him being on platform 3 (has the London trains and Virgin Cross Country) maybe suggests otherwise. Still, a girl can hope.

So how's your day shaping up?
ellenscult: (too pretty)
I've had a long a difficult day.

Well, when I say long, I mean I rolled up at 10.05 for work (courtesy of points failure), went out at 12:20 for lunch (to give blood), got back at 1:50 (because it just takes that long, okay?), and left at 3:30 (to go pick up the car from the garage).

So not long and difficult at all.

Of course, there's the small matter of the 76 quid for replacing part of the car's exhaust. Meh. But for now, I'm chilling out with a glass of wine and my friends who may get around to D&D-ing any minute now.

Tomorrow, I move stuff back out of storage. And call the estate agent to take the house off the market. And go round next door to let them know and take back all the boxes of books. So tomorrow will be busy.

Just to note: the week before last, I cycled 28 miles, swam 125 lengths, went bouldering and skiing. Last week, I cycled ooh, some miles that was over 27 and less than 50, and I can't remember. This week, I've cycled 40 miles. I had 2 weeks of not drinking alcohol, and (with the exception of last weekend when [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas's brother came to visit), watched my diet. My weight's not shifted at all. I'm a tad disgruntled! Ho hum, never mind. I'm still amazing. *heh*

I've reworked 2 stories, though, and knitted a sock. Ooh, finally, D&D action! Must go blow things up...

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