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Good Morning, World! )

Anyway, happy extra bank holiday day to those of you here in the UK, and don't work too hard, everyone else!

Reading List )

E(again)TA: And now it's raining. Bah, humbug!
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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!
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This afternoon, thanks to Whatever, I read this article. Although it's very sad, it reminds me yet again how glad I am that we have civil unions in the UK, how glad I am that one by one countries are making same-sex marriage legal, that states in the US (despite California's Proposition 8) are moving in the right direction.

It shouldn't even be an issue. If both parties are adult and want to marry, sex and gender should be the least of our issues. Why should I have the right (and incredible good fortune) to be married to the love of my life just because he's male and I'm female, but not if we're both men, both women? I'm bi; I could have easily fallen in love with another woman and that wouldn't have been an issue for me, my family or (I'm pretty sure just about all of) my friends.

Marriage is where you combine your heart and your community and all the legal stuff into one declaration:

This is other half of my soul, the person who is most important to me, the person I want to spend my life with.

So I don't see how so many people can regard this as the collapse-of-civilization zombiepocalypse. It's not. With death a certainty, why put the survivor through such extra trouble? To deny people the right to marry their loved one is cruel. It's inhumane.

I do have a problem with places that allow (with parental consent) young teenagers to marry. This is right, but same-sex marriage is wrong? My mind boggles. Looking at you, Alabama, looking at you.

Other stuff:

Gakked from [livejournal.com profile] rhube, Uncomfortable Plot Summaries - very funny indeed.

From [livejournal.com profile] jaylake's link salad, vintage sexist ads.

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] spindr and anyone else in Sheffield who uses cash machines on Fargate and The Moor - there's a new cash machine scam going on, so be careful. Verified by staff at HSBC and a press release by South Yorkshire Police today, so probably not a hoax.
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Five things make a post...

1. The guy who tried to attack [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas was found guilty, ordered to pay compensation and court costs. I can't help but hear Margie (Fargo) tutting and saying 'All for a little bit o' money!' - well, all for a little bit o' impatience. That garage visit has cost the guy a criminal record and £360 quid. *sigh* Not his finest Sunday afternoon, I'm betting...

2. The holiday was lovely; I got a lot of knitting done and not a lot of skiing, but enjoyed myself anyway. I managed not to be too frustrated at not having the oomph to get out skiing until the Thursday. It's a waste of good ski hire, but equally, I got out eventually. I highly recommend staying in a Le Ski chalet - we were looked after brilliantly by Ben, Elise and Poppy, even to the extent of baking gluten and dairy free shortbread and flapjacks so that I had something to have for afternoon tea. Awesome! I'm going to try baking some shortbread as that was so tasty.

3. The Xbox 360 Elite wot I got for my dearly beloved for our quarter anniversary should as of today be winging its way back to Play.com (intermittent graphics fault) and we should have the replacement by the end of the week. I hope.

4. I'm still tired, still lacking in stamina, so I'm cutting right down on 'doing things'. I'm attempting to stick to a 10pm bedtime (gah!) and take a 5 minute break in every hour to sit or lie down without distraction, etc, which is harder to manage than I'd have thought, especially since I don't particularly want to. I need to conserve more energy to my HPA-axis will fix itself, but I don't want to not do *anything* at all - I need to exercise! I don't want my weight to go up any further! I'm not entirely sure how to reconcile all this, but I'm working on it.

5. Hard Times isn't as difficult as people made out. The 1951 recording of Aida with Maria Callas, Del Monaco, Taddei, Dominguez, conducted by De Fabritis, is absolutely incredible. Recorded live in Mexico City. Wow! Watchmen is visually stunning, quite slow (thus allowing for appreciation of the stunning visuals), very well done and has animated giant blue wang. So what's not to like?

I meant to put up some links to fantastic things, I really did. Maybe I'll post a five links post later...
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If I'm a bit quiet on LJ right now, it's not that I've decided you all smell, no, I'm just a bit busy right now. Nothing too interesting - just work, housework, etc.

The past few days... )
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(It's a quotation...)

There was a week in there somewhere... I'm still not back up to speed. Wednesday in particular was a day of staring into space. But hey, I was in work Thursday and Friday and actually got productive stuff done, so yanno, that's all good. And I was in bed (and heading to sleep) by 9.30. And still tired in the day. Ho hum.

Friday evening was [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas's work Xmas do. He'd spent all day trying to fix a very important server, was coming down with a cold, and had reached the very end of his patience for anything. So of course the trip into town took as long to drive as it would have to walk, thanks to an M&S van backing up traffic on the Stonebow, stupid drivers, a full carpark, parking across the other side of town and having to walk back down Micklegate and through town in the rain with all the usual Friday night idiots around. We got to the Merchant Adventurer's Hall around half an hour after the meal was supposed to start - people were actually just going upstairs to sit down. And there weren't enough places. At which point [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas had Had Enough. So we went home instead and changed into more comfortable clothes and had takeout and that was a much better evening.

Yesterday was lunch at VJs followed by some cello practise followed by an evening with Steve & Lesley (wanolj), which was filled with much nattering and some Little Big Planet (v. cool! with extra added Henry VIII! and Stephen Fry!) and SingStar (which I can't resist). It's like throwing gasoline on a flame.

Today was a very late start - got up at 11:45 - and a bit of cello practise and couple of hours seeing lots of big and little and brand new people over at [livejournal.com profile] clotilde and [livejournal.com profile] smorgasbord's and playing the cello piece I'd been practising. Which didn't go too badly. :) Then I ran away (sorry, just too tired), came home, and am curled up on the sofa playing with Garage Band, attempting to put in the piano accompaniment to the cello piece. So maybe I can play along with it. Nowhere near as good as actually having someone accompany me, but better than nothing. :)

Next week I'm off work (hurrah!) and I'm hoping to get over this bout of tired, do some writing, clear out Hub and Pseudopod's slushpiles, finish knitting 2 shawls and do some shopping for Christmas presents for people. It's also (iirc) the start of the Ikea sale, and I'll be heading over to pick up the shelving I need for the living room, so if anyone fancies flexing their diy muscles, practising their flatpack skills, I'm more than happy for you to come round. I can provide tea. And if you give me warning, biscuits and pizza and suchlike.

And we've just watched The Princess Bride. Which is Still Awesome. Yay!
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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...
ellenscult: (snort)
Currently watching The Lost Skeleton of Cadavera. [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas is cackling. It's the silliest film ever. We need t-shirts. His should be 'I have worked long and hard and now I CAN DO SCIENCE!!!' and mine should be 'Wif of Scientist' [sic]. heh. heheh. hee. *snork*

Cut for TMI - you have been warned. This is a warning. TMI ensues. Do not click. )

*cackle* Oh dear lord... (still watching...)

I has a promotion!! Instead of being a slushpile reader for Hub, I'm now a commissioning editor. There is no payrise. There is no pay. I'm actually rather excited about it all. Woohoo!

hahahaha (still watching...) *facepalm*

I love my husband. He found me Chuck vs the first date (Chuck 2.1) and bought me chinese takeout.

You know, all this film needs is a MST3k riff, and it'd be perfect. Must pass it to my brother. *cackle* GENIUS! hehehe
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: (car at my head)
So it's gone 4pm, and I'm still in my pyjamas. This can only mean one thing - a hangover! Hurrah!

I'm not actually terribly hungover, thanks to staying in bed until past 12, but please, if anyone ever offers me raspberry vodka again, remind me to Just Say No, mkay? *grin*

Vicky's birthday party - lots of fun. Got to catch up with people, compare boobs, and talk utter bollocks (and glima). I love my friends! You guys are awesome.

The BFS pissup at the Hussar was okay. We didn't win the quiz this year, which was an [livejournal.com profile] alasdair1076 special, including a round called 'Obscureotron 5000', so I don't feel too bad about it. *grin* I got some answers in earlier rounds, and totally rocked on 3 of the 5 quotes. *heh* Should've known the others, too, but meh. *shrug* I bought a book by Allison Byrd called 'Bullrunning for Girls' which looks rather good, being a collection of horror stories.

And today the postman delivered a parcel with two copies of Lavie Tidhar's Hebrew Punk from Apex Books. Really. Which made me wonder whether in fact I'd drunk far more than I thought and had missed a day and it was actually Monday. But [livejournal.com profile] palmersperry assures me they've been introducing more flexible working because people are more likely to be in if they deliver parcels on a Sunday. :) Anyway, I'm looking forward to reading Hebrew Punk because Lavie Tidhar is a truly excellent writer. And I have a spare copy to give away.

I have watched Keeping The Faith, and it's still just as good a film as it was the first time I saw it. And I'm watching Serenity with Joss Whedon's commentary. What an amazing man he is. And not just him, it's everyone he works with. Incredible, hugely talented people. I am full of awe and respect. Very impressed. And yes, I'm still full of squee. :)
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Still not dead...

Not much to report, though, which is why the lack of posting lately.

The weather's distressing lack of consistency has been frustrating my attempts to get washing dry, but I haven't even bothered thinking about cutting the lawn. So I really should do that tomorrow...

I've now seen The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, which was just as silly and full of big booms and chases and special effects as I thought it was going to be. I've also switched to a 160Gb iPod Classic, and I'm slowly filling it with music and goodies such as Chuck, Reaper, etc.

I haven't lost any more weight, nor have I gained any. I haven't especially done any exercise. The house hasn't collapsed. My bike is working. So, yanno, that's about it.

*shrug* What do you want, people? Funky dancing??! Meh. I shall attempt to liven up my life for your entertainment prior to posting again...
ellenscult: (fearless)
Today is 08/08/08. *grin* This makes me inordinately happy.

Also, I have just paid off my last credit card in full. And my loan. Maybe, just maybe, some day I'll have savings... How odd would that be? Huh. Right now, I'll settle for staying out of my overdraft, month-to-month, and see how that goes.

Hancock. Is it just me, or is there a whole chunk of exposition missing? Really enjoyed the film, found it quite difficult to watch, because not really a spoiler, but still... ) Anyway, I liked it.

Have a great weekend, y'all. Take care. Be loved. Be amazing. You have my permission. *grin*

Hen Do!

Feb. 11th, 2008 11:41 am
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It was amazing. There's no way I can thank you guys enough for coming out with me. Who'd have thought so many people wanted to come to Bradford for the Media museum, beer and curry?!!

The details! Not too gory... )

[livejournal.com profile] d_floorlandmine has very kindly (and swiftly) put his photos up online. You can find the people here, and other photos here. Many, many thanks for being our photographer! Yay!
ellenscult: (serenity)
Today seems to have been full of things taking longer than expected. Not in a bad way, just a touch bewildering. Cut for random stuff and a small spoiler for Stardust. )
ellenscult: (chomp)
For those of you who may be interested, it seems someone may be filming an adult zombie horror flick in York this autumn. Check out this ad for more details.

I think I will be sending in my photo...

Edit: From [livejournal.com profile] alasdair1076, a short film on the need for understanding and diversity in the workplace. In other words, More Zombies! lol

Edit 2: Since it's one of my geeky pleasures - one I've indulged with a large number of my friends - when the zombie apocalypse comes, what's your strategy for survival in York?
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[livejournal.com profile] john_the_hat came round to visit yesterday evening, which was lovely. Much nattering on any and all subjects, and stirfry, and biscuits, and Aeon Flux (the film).

Not much else to report. Ho hum. Have a good day, y'all.
ellenscult: (norns)
The weekend began with gaming on Friday night (still not dead, though not by much!), and continued with fetching everything back from storage on Saturday morning, followed by lunch at VJs and a good long sleep in the afternoon. Then came Ultraviolet and the Fantastic Four (the first had very cool tech ideas but was rather unsatisfying; the second was lots of fun and I may go see Rise of the Silver Surfer).

Sunday, I woke fairly early and spent a few hours in bed with a thermos of tea and the papers. It's the first time in a very long time I've had that relaxing a Sunday morning! Anyway, my friend Sarah (winolj) came round in the afternoon, and [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas fixed her pc and cooked stirfry, and we watched The Chronicles of Riddick. Then Sarah and I pottered off to the City Screen and had a thoroughly enjoyable evening watching The Waitress.

Oh, Nathan Fillion makes me very happy! *beam* The film's great; must get it on dvd. And bake pies. Lots of pies. Today would be a 'Back at work (reading fanfic)' pie. Make a lime meringue filling, and stir in banana chunks. Top with meringue, sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg, and bake. Serve with a lemon sauce and dark chocolate sprinkles.
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Wasn't the last Doctor Who awesome? I was really creeped out by it, and had the sofa not been firmly against the wall, I'd have hidden behind it. Yay! Sally Sparrow would have made *such* a great companion, don't you think?

Anyway... in other news, and somewhat unexpectedly, [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas and I are selling our house. It'll be in Thursday's Press, and to save the curiosity, it's up for £149,950. Hurrah. No, we weren't planning on it. However, next door's house is also up for sale. Subject to contract. With us. *heh* For the princely sum of £185,000, we will be the proud owners of 5 bedrooms (4 of them doubles, 3 with sinks plumbed in, 1 with a shower and 1 with an en-suite shower room), 2 bathrooms and 2 conservatories. The living room is huge, and will easily take all our books without being filled to the brim. There's a rather large shed in the garden, and the loft is half-boarded, to take all our junk.

So, as all this was rather unexpected, our house isn't quite in the state it should be for the brochure photos taking and people coming to view it. To remedy that, I spent all day yesterday getting boxes and parcel tape and putting books into said boxes and storing them in the shed. I can't fit any more boxes in there *and* still have room for [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas's bike... And there's still the living room to de-clutter.

Saturday was great, though, apart from himself having to go into work (yet more unpaid, unappreciated overtime) to let the air-conditioning man in and fix a server. We did make it to the 6pm showing of Pirates 3 (laughed myself silly, though I can see why all the reviews were crap), followed by dinner at the Siam House. Yum!

I wish to be at home today. I want to get the place sorted out. Maybe even do a little gardening. Alas, I am stuck at work, waiting for lunchtime so I can go and get the makings of a cheese, pastrami, salad and avocado sandwich. *belly rumble* Maybe I should get some work done to pass the time, hmm? What a novel concept. There's *always* time for Doctor Who fanfic... *heh*
ellenscult: (bunk)
Another busy one, which is good and bad. I enjoyed it, but there's more to be done, and I need another weekend to laze around in.

[livejournal.com profile] paul_marks was up visiting, and with [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas, we went to the Riding Lights production of a play about Edgar Allen Poe. It's a youth theatre, and the son of a friend was in it. And it was smashing! They did such a good job with it, including 3 or 4 Poe stories within the play, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. We followed that up with a trip to Old Orleans for dinner, and all in all, it was a great evening.

Saturday, I did some dressmaking, went to the Balloon Tree for supplies, and came home and made a pan of chicken soup and a pan of stew. We went to see 300 at the City Screen, which was well worth the seeing. It's beautifully filmed, and bulks the (faithfully followed) graphic novel out with a nice sub-plot. I really enjoyed that, too!

Sunday, despite the clock change (stick to GMT, dammit, bloody politicians), I went to the gym and got back in time to take Paul to visit a friend. More dressmaking, 2 loads of laundry done, cooked a joint of beef, and cycled 24 miles on the exercise bike while watching the double-bill of Grey's Anatomy. Yay!

Today it was difficult getting up at what my body insists is far too early an hour, despite it waking me up at that time a couple of mornings last week, and despite having gone to bed early. So I was grumpy. Bah. Tonight I suspect it'll be more dressmaking and an early night.

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