ellenscult: (dressmaking)
For those of you who feel you lack enough angst in your life, this is superb. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] alasdair1076 for passing the link along!

Another link: [livejournal.com profile] o_faolain points out something rather important for those of you who enjoy listening to live music. If you don't want to see live music disappear, go and read, then follow his link to sign the petition.

Weekend update... )

Right, enough of this lj malarkey! It's time to force-quite WinZip Pro and try again to update that pesky zip archive for work...

Oh, but before I go, I have started a new knitting project - a cashmere lace shawl... More about that later. *beam*

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: (comesee)
Would anyone like a freezer and a fridge? Token cash value (iirc), freezer is 6' tall, fridge is around 5' tall. Both in good working order. Freezer is also one of those that doesn't need defrosting. The catch? You have to get yourself over to Huddersfield to collect. Let me know, peeps!

Also, Mister Devey has excellent silk for sale, and will be getting a new load in some time over the next couple of weeks. For them as is curious, go here to see his ebay store. I'll be driving down to his house (West Yorkshire) some time soon if anyone wants to come along. He's a very nice man, and his silk comes from James Brindley's, but at a fraction of the price. *grin*

And now, back to my slush pile...
ellenscult: (fearless)
Woohoo! My story The Whole Chicken is in this week's issue of Hub Magazine (issue 62). Warning: the story is both explicit and rather gross. Really. It's horror. So if that doesn't float your boat, don't read it. But I also have a book review in the issue, too, which is pretty harmless.

*runs around squeeing in circles like a headless chicken*

(Also, today I bought beautiful silk cloth at a fraction of the price from a very nice man who gets manufacturing seconds. Hurrah!
ellenscult: (Default)
So my big 3 deadlines are done (successfully). Which leads me right into my next deadline - medieval clothes. I need to get cheap silk and do a pile of sewing.

Last weekend, [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas took me to see Hulk!SMASH, which was great. And my wonderful friends Woody and Sarah and [livejournal.com profile] alasdair1076 and Kate came round and played games on the Wii while [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas played Age of Conan and I laughed myself silly and knitted and cooked pizzas. Best day in ages! (Apart from my party, but that was a different kind of good. You know what I mean.)

This week has largely been a big pile of tired. I have slept and sat on the sofa and knitted and watched films and read slashfic and written some fic and been to Leeds and failed to buy silk and had lunch at [livejournal.com profile] alasdair1076's house and discovered I need to fiddle with my bike gears.

And all my programs are coming to an end. Doctor Who, House, Grey's Anatomy, Reaper, Chuck... What am I going to watch over the summer? See, now if that's not a case for illegal downloading of films and all sorts, I don't know what is. *kicks stupid summer tv recess* I'll be reduced to watching fanvids on YouTube! Oh, wait, I already do that...

Or I could just read that slushpile, sign those remortgage papers, post those late birthday cards and wash my bike... Hmmm...

ETA: And I really should practise my cello more than once every 18 months... My dad called. From a pub in Brecon. Where he was with my mum - and my cello teacher. She taught me from junior school all the way through to 6th form college. Note the present tense. She'll always be my cello teacher. She's back in Huddersfield often enough (to teach some uni students) and is willing to give me lessons. Which humbles me. Here is the woman who taught me how to listen - to whom I owe the the fruition of my musical abilities - who can pick and choose her students. And she's still willing to teach me. I don't think I'll ever stop being her student. Way to go, Mrs Cawood!
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: (dressmaking)
Last night was my last dressmaking class. The moderator came in and looked at all my stuff, as well as other people's work. He ticked all the boxes. I passed.

Farewell, adieu, o world of learning. Yes, it's a bit ranty. )

For those who are interested in such things, this is my pile o' stuff:
  • 1 blouse, flower-patterned, cotton with lycra
  • 1 kirtle, dark green wool with linen part-lining, handsewn
  • 2 linen shifts, white, handsewn
  • embroidery project: C16th blackwork on the cuffs of one of the shifts, folder with write-up and examples
  • textiles project: naalbound hat & mittens in Asle stitch, felted naalbound bag in Oslo stitch, folder with write-up and examples
  • sketchbook with original designs
  • craft book showing pattern construction
  • folder containing samples of sewing techniques


Yeah, it was a good year.
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: (hell)
Since I am very crap, many, many happies to [livejournal.com profile] ayrton_nix and Al Dent (winolj). I hope Sunday was lovely. Many, many apologies!

The other stuff. )

So, anyone want to buy a Jayne hat?
ellenscult: (Default)
I know I've been a bit lax in wishing people happy birthday lately (doh!), so here goes (in date order):

Belated Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] thirstypixel, [livejournal.com profile] spindr, Fleur, and for last Saturday, Kate and [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas! And just to be on the safe side, Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] makyo for tomorrow!

My apologies if I've missed anyone...

Last week? Busy. This week? Even more busy. This weekend? [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas' birthday treat is a trip to London to see Wicked and Spamalot. Yay! Next week? Almost certainly busy again. Ho hum.

If you want to see me, I am hereby declaring Thursday nights 'open house night'. I'll be home some time between 6 and 6:30, barring train problems. You're welcome to come round and visit. And if you tell me in advance you're coming, I may even be able to provide biscuits, sandwiches, hot drinks, mulled wine, yada yada.

No, I'm not available to come visit you, not this week or next week, and maybe not the week after. Sorry, that's just the way it goes. I have a Chinese exam coming up, a dressmaking course, and a writing/proof-reading career, outside of my full-time job. To say nothing of 4 siblings, several parents and assorted friends to make presents for. And that makes the run-up to Christmas rather busy.

Oh, and I have a wedding to plan. Btw, anyone coming to my hen do? [livejournal.com profile] ayrton_nix needs to know numbers, I think.

NSFW!

Oct. 2nd, 2007 03:37 pm
ellenscult: (Default)
Especially for [livejournal.com profile] rhube: 5/Omega slashfic! Definitely nsfw. *big grin* The link will take you to my other lj, [livejournal.com profile] the_proofreader.

In completely unrelated news, I've been playing with my sewing machine, and so far I've made 2 sets of curtains for the sewing room and have done a couple of samples for my dressmaking course. It's a magnificent machine, and when the robots rise up to take over the world, I shall be on its side. Yay!

Plus, yesterday I made stew. Yum.

Tonight - Chinese (the class, not the takeout) followed by writing group. Hurrah!
ellenscult: (sewing)
I has a sewing machine. It's a Janome MC4800 with quilting accessories, and it's all very shiny and it's sitting in the office by my desk. Now all I have to do is get it home...

You know, Chinese isn't all that difficult. Apart from the bit where 3 sets of 3 consonants sound almost identical to each other, and attempting to pronounce them gives tongue-spasm, that is.

Writing group - sillier than usual. It's good to be back! Now, off climbing.
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: (glima)
I've more-or-less decided to take the house back off the market and stay put, at least until next year. The decision leaves me feeling lighter, happier, relieved. It's probably the right one, then.

So, sheds and painting and pointing and suchlike! Anyone fancy lending a hand? I could maybe do with one for pulling boxes back out of storage on Saturday morning. Mind you, the exercise will do me good. I shall see if I can take some of it to work: there's a very large back room we don't use.

And I've revised an old short story, and [livejournal.com profile] alasdair1076 has very, very kindly agreed to be my submissions fairy, as I'm rubbish at actually sending things out.

I even got around to booking the car in at Faber to get the exhaust fixed.

I have another story to revise tonight, and a waistband to put on a skirt.

And I have the urge to re-read The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock, rather than fanfic.

Normal service is slowly being resumed. Thank goodness for that! About time, too.
ellenscult: (unbelievable)
My work PC - still quite new - is a wee bit buggered1. It's probably a motherboard problem. Which means that I'm using my Tablet PC to get some work done. And that *gasp* has no internet access at work. It's also not on our network. Meh. *shrug* I'm using a colleague's PC to have a quick look at my email, but I can't sit here all afternoon reading LJ. Damn! So I shall be doing my best to catch up tonight, but between sewing an outfit for Tewkesbury and going to writing group (remember: at the Golden Fleece tonight), I may not have enough time...

I'm suffering from Doctor Who fanfic withdrawal...

Anyway, the Doncaster line (and station) were open finally this morning. Coming in, it was painfully obvious where the rivers had flooded. Some of the mud-lines on trees and hillsides were incredibly high. I'm very glad I got out of Sheffield and Doncaster last Monday when I did - could very easily have been one of the stranded.

Wot I did stuff: Friday - a spot of D&D; Saturday - drove down to just north of Nottingham so [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas could pick up a medieval tent (from Past Tents), lunch at VJs, paid off half the remaining balance on his wedding ring, knitted, watched Doctor Who *squee*, went to [livejournal.com profile] st3v3 and [livejournal.com profile] cfw's party (through a rainstorm with amazing clouds) and knitted some more; Sunday - saw friends, hung out laundry, took it in again (repeat for the entire afternoon), edited a story, started making my shift; Monday - helped put up said tent with much grump and argh and grr, continued with shift.

1. That's a technical term.
ellenscult: (boats)
I'm sitting at home, watching pictures of the flooding in Sheffield on the BBC breakfast news. My goodness! Apparently, yesterday was the wettest (June) day since records began. A month's worth of rain fell in a day. And June is usually fairly soggy.

Sheffield station is flooded, so I won't be in work for a while. Yes! Ooh, sorry, did I say that? Well, I have work to do, and a medieval outfit to make, and books to put into storage and suchlike, so I have plenty to keep me occupied. And if I run out of stuff to do? There's always the armoury to paint...

Ooh, and it's Wimbledon!
ellenscult: (Kipper)
Hi hon, I'm home!

Well, I'm back from deepest, darkest Wales, where I have spent a fantastic week and a bit with [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas and various members of my family. Highlights include going gliding (we buzzed sheep), seeing clips from Stardust with Neil Gaiman talking about them, and getting to potter around outside the Millennium Centre in Cardiff trying to find the hidden entrance to Torchwood. *heh*

I'll post more about it tomorrow, I dare say. So, did I miss anything important, anything I should know about?

Thank you all for birthday wishes and cards and presents - I'm very touched! It's odd to think I'm 32, when really I vary from being 4 to being ooh, 25. But in twin years I'm 64, and I definitely don't feel that old.

I hope your lives have all been going well over the past week or so, and I hope I'll get to catch up with lots of you soon.

Oh, and for those of you interested in such, I passed my level 2 dressmaking, and I'm now enrolled for another year. Yay!

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