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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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We are home! Nothing broken this year, thank goodness. Normal service should be resumed tomorrow; in the meantime, if there's anything you think I should know about (before I get chance to catch up on a week's worth of lj posts - eep!), feel free to mention it here or post a link.
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Bonjour! Comment-allez vous? )
ellenscult: (Casey)
Has been quite busy after all. Let me tell you. No, there is too much. Let me sum up... )
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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. :)
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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!

I'm back!

Mar. 6th, 2007 10:03 am
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And I can ski! So, did you miss me? And did anything interesting/important/exciting happen while I was away?

And no, nobody broke anything this time. Thank goodness. It was great; more later, when I've had chance to catch up on a pile of work.
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I'm off! Well, from the wee hours of Sunday morning, anyway. Documentation all done, so I can go off on holiday for my sister's 40th birthday, to Sestriere in Italy. Much skiing, hoping no breakages this time.

See you a week on Tuesday, peeps! Take care, have fun, yada yada.
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Cut for being far too long, and having far too many boring details in it. Really. Home again, home again, jiggety-jig )

Anyway, that's an essay and a half... I'm off to bed, having stayed up too late once again. Meh. Hope you guys all had a great week too.
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Many and varied things lie herein: the weekend, friends, my proselytism, Disney Land, dressmaking, yada yada yada *deep breath* ) And of course, the most important thing is that I've finally used YouTube for its rightful purpose. Which is watching Depeche Mode videos. I may never get any work done again! lol
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Long weekend... )

I'm back!

Aug. 1st, 2006 03:47 pm
ellenscult: (glima)
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: )
ellenscult: (chomp)
and the downright ugly...

The good bits: Got a whole bunch of things finished off, ordered, emailed, etc, for work and personal things, bumped into Chris Sherington for the first time in years and got to say hello, fixing my puncture with no real problems, being over 2/3rds of the way through my book edit, managing to fit all my stuff for being away until Monday in my holdall bag. Being off work from Thursday through til Monday.

The bad bits: the train was 10 minutes late getting into York. I spent 25 minutes queueing in the travel office because the ticket I need in order to get to Manchester Airport this afternoon has fallen out of that stupid cardboard wallet they put them in at GNER stations, and is nowhere to be found. They don't reissue them. So I had to buy another. Gah! Made infinitely more galling by returning to my bike and finding it had a flat tyre, thus having to push it all the way home in the heat. Missing the bus this morning and having to carry two heavy bags all the way to the train station - my shoulders are solid. And it looks as though my iPod charger has died.

The downright ugly bits: getting covered in black gunk while fixing my puncture yesterday. It being so warm that I am all sweaty in a bad way. What I'm going to do to that charger to see if it's really dead. Having to head out this lunchtime to get [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas's cousin a wedding present. Although there's always tomorrow... Having to share a house with his parents, brother, sister-in-law and neices - including one that's only a few weeks old, especially given we can't share a room there. Meeting up with his aunt who really admires Jews for Jesus.

Birthday!

Jun. 8th, 2006 03:12 pm
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Thanks to all for birthday wishes, and thank you very much for presents and cards. It's very kind!

Birthdays and almost relatives and mountains and stuff )

In case anyone is wondering, I'm now 21 again. Give or take 10 years. (Hint: I'm not 11...)
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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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I am back from my epic trek to the south coast and back with [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas. It was great seeing my twin and her fiance, and our brother Simon. Yay! We even went over to the Isle of Wight. And I have a bridesmaid's dress from Monsoon for Kate's wedding. *wince* It's lovely, and I'll wear it again, and best of all, Mum's paying for it. *phew*

Anyway, here's the real plot behind the new series of Doctor Who.

And if you haven't played Treasure of the Pharaohs, you should. *beam*
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Jollies, life, the weather, and knitting: )

Cricket

Sep. 11th, 2005 03:49 pm
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I've been out in the garden all day. Well, alright, I got up some time closer to 12 than 11, but I've been in the garden for pretty much the whole time since. You know, gardening. Getting the garden a little tidier before the weather turns properly. So I came indoors to get a cuppa, and Jerry was flicking channels, and I noticed that England were 22 for 0 or is it 1, hmm... Anyway, my brain thought, 'Oh, we're onto the second innings.' Then it thought, 'That means the first innings is over.' And then, 'That means British Airways will have opened the phonelines to sell off their cheap flights to Australia (the number of flights being the England first innings total - 373, the price being the Australia first innings total - 367). I bet they're sold out already. Bummer! Oh well, I'll call them anyway while I make my cuppa.'

So I did. On both mobile phones. At once. And after around 5 minutes (letting my teabag stew) of a busy tone, one of them rang. And a Very Nice Man answered. Could he help me? Yes! Were there any flights left? Yes. Yes! Ha! Then the tricky bit - Sydney or Melbourne? (Sydney) What dates? (9th Jan to the 23rd) What times? (21:25 and 17:15) Then my card details didn't save to the computer, so I had to read them through again. Oh, apparently the lines had opened at 2:45 (this being 3:35), and they'd sold 200 flights already. So with all that done, I put the phone down and gave my twin a call. She spent around a year in Australia and really wants to go back there. She called me a jammy cow, then put the phone down so she could call them.

And then I realised... I'm going to Australia! With [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas (who has cousins in Sydney). In January. So now all I have to do is not spend any more money on anything at all until January, and I might just be able to afford it...

*bounce*
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[livejournal.com profile] ravenlas and I are back from our jollies around Denmark and Northern Ireland. More later, with pictures and everything, despite my camera deciding to join the critical list (motor going, keep crashing, bah).

Happy birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] sunlessnick, [livejournal.com profile] katjabee, and for Saturday to [livejournal.com profile] palmersperry!

Congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] eddie777 and [livejournal.com profile] mistresmalaise on their cohabitation!

So did I miss anything else important?

Oh yeah, my right side hurts, just below my back ribs, and it makes me feel a wee bit nauseous. It doesn't feel like a kidney problem (I've had those before), and it seems to get worse after eating fatty foods - any suggestions? Gallbladder? Muscular? Hypochondria? Leprosy? (Alright, watching House is maybe bad for me... ;-)

Jollies!

Aug. 14th, 2005 11:16 pm
ellenscult: (chomp)
I'm off on me jollies in around... ooh, 5 hours time. And I haven't been to bed yet... Yay, Denmark here we come! lol

The theme of this year's Viking Boot Camp is 'Berserker Fury'. *heh* We had a brief go at that back in 2003. My icon shows the results!

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