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I went to see Waiting For Godot this afternoon, along with [livejournal.com profile] kissmeforlonger, [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas, [livejournal.com profile] alasdair1076, Kate and my mum. Also in the audience, [livejournal.com profile] o_faolain and Claire.

The cast:

Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Simon Callow, Ronald Pickup.

Holy crap, that was a good performance! To those of you who didn't want to come see it because Waiting For Godot is Just Too Depressing, this was the least depressing version I've ever seen. There was a lot of comedy, a lot of laughter. Even, dare I say it, hope.

It's left my head in an odd place, though, and when I came out of the theatre, I was so myopic I didn't even spot [livejournal.com profile] o_faolain standing all of 3 feet away. So sorry! *hugs* It took a pot full of jasmine tea and a plate of chicken fried rice at Heihei just down the hill (and incidentally a conversation about which films would or wouldn't be improved by the addition of a giant squid - the oddest, possibly Ghandi. Or Zulu...) before my head had settled down a bit.

Newcastle isn't that far away, but given a 180-mile round trip, all I'm good for now is the sofa, some wine, and possibly Castle. Or Dollhouse. It's a beautiful evening, and this has been another amazing theatre performance to remember and tell my kids about. Or my twin's kids, if she has them. Or just random people on the bus when I'm a crazy old lady. But still. I should go. But I can't go. Why can't I go? I'm waiting for Godot. :)
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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.
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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.
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I took [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas off to London this weekend for his birthday. Which was the weekend before, in case you were wondering. (And yes, he'd pretty much forgotten about it, and doesn't tell anyone about it.)

Details, Schmetails! )

So that was the weekend. [livejournal.com profile] alasdair1076 called me. I have Torchwood squeeeee! Awesome! Utterly, uttely awesome.

If anyone has a muppet icon I could use - you know, where they run around in circles waving their arms above their heads - that's me right now.

Squeeeeee!
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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.
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I've been at a 2-day conference at the Belfry, which was okay. I knitted a pair of socks, and on the way down there with a colleague we went climbing at Harborough Rocks and got 3 routes done before the heavens opened. And the food was great and the after-dinner speaker was Sir Henry Cooper. Ace! No internet access, though, and no time to use it had there been any.

Anyway, this being the Belfry, a group of my colleagues and I had to have a go, and I'm happy to say that my handicap over 18 holes is... 18 over par. On the putting green. Most of that 18 over par was garnered on the first 3 holes before I got the hang of it. My crazy golf days are long behind me! And 3 of the holes were under water anyway, so we had to replay the first 3 again, and I did much better. I actually got par on quite a few holes! Anyway, enough put-putting for today. I am home, despite the best efforts of the rail network to keep me in Sheffield, and I have had chinese takeout, and I am very happy to be home with my beloved. So there.

Normal service will be resumed tomorrow. That is all.
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[livejournal.com profile] sarcaustick has had A Good Idea. The plan so far is to meet up in the evening of the 20th of July for food, then go and join the Hairy Rotter Harry Potter queue for the launch of the new HP book. In fancy dress. Does anyone want to join us for some or all of this? Let me know, or head on over to [livejournal.com profile] sarcaustick's lj so we can arrange what time and where to meet, and suchlike.

Plus, my new corset should be here by then, so I may be wearing it as part of my outfit. And if that doesn't convince at least some of you to join us (or at least request photos), I don't know what will. *shakes head sadly*

Back home!

Sep. 19th, 2006 10:18 pm
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A 6.5 hour train journey, assorted wedding-related mad panics, a wedding, a reception, a barbeque, a wee shopping trip, a 5.5 hour train journey and lots of bubbly later, [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas and I are home. We have survived the rigours of my twin's wedding, which went very well. Photos later... )

So more tomorrow. Yay!

Party on!

Sep. 12th, 2006 10:34 am
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Work is very busy atm, so I'll keep this brief (and if anyone can tell me how to make a photo fade to transparent at the edges in CorelDraw - I can do it in SnagIt, but meh - please, take pity on me and let me know!)... Champagne, massage, fun, mmm... )
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If anyone's around in York with nowt to do at (I believe) 1pm, head over to the Minster, where extreme cellists will be playing on the roof. I'm gutted I didn't find out about this until today - I could maybe have seen them on Tuesday, playing Sheffield cathedral. In the pouring rain. At least I know why it's been raining so much, though... 42 Anglican cathedrals, 12 days - they're insane! Go see them, and tell me all about it.

I'm back!

Aug. 1st, 2006 03:47 pm
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I go away to no-internet-land (as [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas's parents' house shall henceforth be known) for a few days and what busy bunnies you lot are!

The good news first:

Congratulations!


to [livejournal.com profile] ant_girl and [livejournal.com profile] grufti for getting engaged in what sounds like true romantic style, and also to [livejournal.com profile] evieb and Stuart on the birth of their second son, Andrew.

Edit: also Happy Yorkshire Day! from God's Own County. Where it's currently chucking down. Just before I have to go for my train. Who'da thunk it?

The bad news:

RIP David Gemmell, who passed away a couple of weeks after having a heart op.

The boring stuff: )
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Happy belated birthday, [livejournal.com profile] paul_marks and [livejournal.com profile] ant_girl!



Gaming, POTC II and Tewkesbury )

So all in all, a good weekend. I hope [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas gets better soon and doesn't give me his lurgy.

Writing: Pages edited -
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
69 / 310
(22.3%)

Edits on computer -
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33 / 310
(10.6%)
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In brief: alright, cut for being not-so-brief )

Got back to York with no train hassle in good time for Dr Who - oh, back to cheesy, are we? How cheesy? More than a 4 cheeses pizza with extra cheese. So of course I enjoyed it! *beam* Especially for the look on Rose's face when the Doctor said, "I was a dad once". *heh* *evil grin* The preview for next week's one looks stonking, though, so I'm eagerly anticipating it.

Speaking of which, the House season finale - spoiler alert -  )must be watched...

Sunday, well, the gym, 3 loads of washing and 1 dishwasher load later, and I've finished my very first pair of knitted socks. The toes are a bit funny - the pattern's none too clear - but I'm wearing them today and my feet haven't exploded, so that's alright then. And today it are mostly back on my head. Meh.
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A link for you, from someone on my f-list: Superhero for a Day

So, the weekend was busy. Friday night was [livejournal.com profile] gaxx's game, and we're still not dead, so that's good. Saturday, I went to shul, got a lift back to York, did lots of shopping (thanks to Adam for the rescue) and did a pile of tidying up before heading to VJs for [livejournal.com profile] greynolds 30th birthday bash. There were lots of friends there, a pile of monkeys, and it was very, very hot and humid. Sunday, I did a lot more tidying and cleaning and suchlike, and then it was my belated birthday barbeque.

Thanks to everyone who came by - there were a lot of you through the afternoon, undaunted by the showers. A goodly bit of barbequing was done, and charred stuff was eaten by all. Special thanks go to Woody & Sarah and Al & Charly for supplying supplemental barbeques, to the latter for bringing more garlic bread, and to Charlotte for making a wonderful pavlova, which went down very well indeed, mentioning no [livejournal.com profile] evie_petrols in particular... *grin* I had a wonderful time, and drank too much nice wine, and ate too much, and talked lots and listened lots and kept wandering in and out of the house, and all in all, it was a brilliant day.

Of course, at 2am I woke up with a stonking headache and couldn't get back to sleep, so stayed home yesterday doing not very much at all. I did think 'ooh, I could get some writing done', and then my brain shut down utterly, so I watched a disk of Red Dwarf 8 and the 2-parter Dr Who which Nick had taped. You know, I'm getting an awful lot more fond of David Tennant as the Doctor: I suspect I could quite happily have had a crush on him had he been the Doctor instead of Sylvester McCoy (the only Doctor around when I was the right age for such unseemliness). And yes, 'never mistake that for nice'...

So, a question for you all: Who's your favourite Doctor Who?
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Fiddler on the Roof was excellent. The singers were a darn sight better than any of us expected, and it was obvious that some of them (especially Tevye) were classically trained. It was a great production, with a lot of energy, and very intimate, it being on a very small stage in a very small theatre. So I can heartily recommend it if you should have an evening to spare. It's on until the 17th (tomorrow night), at the Carriageworks Theatre in Millenium Square, Leeds.

And The Lounge does good food and is quite fast, and the bar staff are lovely.

I went bouldering this lunchtime. My hands feel a wee bit raw.
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Yup, I have made it home safe and sound, and just about recovered. Many, many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] d_floorlandmine for letting us stay and being a fantastic host, and to [livejournal.com profile] valkyriekaren for cooking and generally being wonderful.

The weather was stonkingly hot, and the tube was a veritable sauna. Highlights include:
  • watching Young Frankenstein (yeah, I know I should have watched it before, but *shrug* it was still very funny);

  • the Jack the Ripper tour run by a Beefeater and featuring Tracey Emmin;

  • spending a day at the Tower of London, and meeting said Beefeater again;

  • aforementioned cooking, and much wine, and good company;

  • visiting the London Dungeon and it being very, very cheesy;

  • seeing [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas's neices, Hannah (3) and Eleanor (4 weeks).


Not too much travel and stress, and I did enjoy it all. So, there you go. Next excitement? [livejournal.com profile] greynolds 30th birthday party on Saturday night, and my barbeque on Sunday. Oh, and Fiddler on the Roof at Carriageworks theatre in Leeds this evening.
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Right. Life is getting busy again. Now I actually have things booked, I figure I'll let you all know what's going on.

Cut for those who don't care: )

So there you are. If you want me to be somewhere, doing whatever, it'll have to be around what's already in there. Let me know!

Now this does pose problems for actually having a Saturday birthday barbeque. So I'm thinking I'll maybe just end up having a meal this year, and anyone who wants to come along can do so. I might have a Sunday barbeque, though, which won't go on past around 10pm. Thoughts?
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Get Fuzzy...

Ladeeez shopping )

There's a charity gig on tonight at William's Bar, opposite the Oxfam on Goodramgate. It's my good friend Rob, who I've known since uni. He co-wrote 'Faust, a Musical Comedy', and other musicals, and writes songs such as 'Driller Killer'. It should be a fun evening! Please do come along if you're free this evening.

And Bert and the Shirts are playing the Old Black Swan on Peasholme this Saturday evening. They're comedy folk, and should be good too.

Finally, the police will be at York Station this evening, tagging bikes for free. This means that they'll already have a photo and the frame number when it gets nicked, and if they recover it, they'll be able to swipe the frame with a reader and check it's yours. They take the saddle off, pop the tag inside the frame, then put the saddle back on again, apparently. And it's free. Because York has the highest level of bike crime in the country, iirc.

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