ellenscult: (Vera)
I meant to type this up earlier and start the year off right by posting on the 1st, but alas, time has fled like a fleeing thing and it's after midnight. So, belatedly, happy 2015 everyone. To be fair, I've been busy, but I'm also several boards further along in Mahjong Towers, which is the crackiest crack to hit my brain so far this year. Eh.

Rambling and photos ahead, enter at your peril! )
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!
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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.
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I am still not dead. There has been much buying of cloth, some buying of fake hair for medieval headdresses, and a bit of writing. To say nothing of proofreading and fanfic. Correspondence Course is up to 12,500 words... It's all good! No, really...


Can has Riddick?

Mayhap can has Fillion. Mmm....

Life=busy.

If anyone would like to help me with sorting out the house or garden - or if anyone wants some bamboo - let me know.
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: (devilish)
Gosh, doesn't time fly?

This was my year: )
ellenscult: (devilish)
[livejournal.com profile] paul_marks is visiting. We have seen Elizabeth: the Golden Age (pretty dresses, read some of a book - StoneHeart, Charlie Fletcher, utterly awesome, got some naalbinding done), been to fireworks, at which $EvilEx was there plus current partner and her kids who are also utterly awesome and don't hate me to pieces, had lunch at Happy Valley Chinese, and are currently watching StarWarsVI - Return of the Jedi.

The living room still needs tidying.

I have done no more Chinese homework, nor dressmaking.

I have had a little too much wine, and I am going to work tomorrow. Ho hum.

I have not done any writing, although things are knocking at my brain. So expect new stuff soon...

Anyway. You were waiting to hear. My hair looks good today. Rar. Er... Have a good Sunday...
ellenscult: (fearless)
Well, my house is considerably better than it was yesterday morning. It's taken a while longer than usual, due to stopping for tea and biscuits and getting over another bout of just-shoot-me-now-exhaustion, aka chronic fatigue. But my brain! It have returned to me! *hugz brain* I am much better, and I'll be in work on Monday barring death and disaster.

Anyway, I should be able to catch up with other stuff, like, ooh, cleaning the cooker reading lj, doing some writing, going to VJs for lunch...

Take care of yourselves - remember to be kind to yourselves every once in a while. Shabbat shalom. May a spirit of love and peace prevail in your hearts and in your homes. Night, y'all.
ellenscult: (threesome)
The shed is now re-roofed and re-felted. I need to get some more clout nails and knock them in, and it'll all be finished. Finally, the shed should stay dry this winter! Yay! Although, sod's law, it'll get blown down next week... *grin*

For the esteemed Master Smith, aka [livejournal.com profile] rhube, more Doctor Who slashfic. Very, very nsfw - you have been warned! 5/5.
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: (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: (not)
Hypothetically speaking... a bit of a rant: )
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.
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.
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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*

Free bed!

Feb. 17th, 2007 08:10 pm
ellenscult: (Shopping)
So, Chaverim supper over in Leeds last night was lovely, especially seeing my friend Miriam. I ran away very early and came home to find [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas still not home. And it turns out he was still at work. Fixing one of their servers, or somesuch. Until midnight. On his own - in blatant breach of health and safety regulations, but hey, what do you do when everybody else f*cks off for the weekend? For which he'll get no thanks. I'm *so* not impressed.

Today, well, bed disassembly went quickly. Does anyone want a pine double bed, slatted base, sprung mattress, and most importantly - 4 poster attachment? New bed assembly went quite quickly, and we now have a very nice oak-base, pine slats again, but far more substantial. Tatami mats. Memory foam mattress. We lay down on it, and found it incredibly difficult to get up again. Because it was so comfy, before your imaginations start kicking into overdrive - and don't deny it, you at the back, there, yes you, stop sniggering. *heh*

Then we wandered into town, had a quick lunch at the Willow, then got new phones from the Phones4U shop. Does anyone know anything about the Sony Ericsson K610i? In case anyone's interested, it's a £15/month contract with 3, 500 minutes, 18 month contract, and I got them to throw in a bluetooth headset. *big grin* Should do me just fine. If I can work out how to use it, that is - I've been on Nokia phones for so long, I've no idea how to use a different operating system... How sad am I? Meh.

Oh, and from Browns, 2 Egyptian cotton bed sets - 2 fitted + 2 flat sheets + 4 pillowcases - £18. Marked down at half price, then BOGOF. *happy dance*

Anyway, tomorrow will be a trip down to Robin Hood airport so I can find it, Xscape on the way back to look at ski boots, followed by a trip to see Hot Fuzz at Vue. I know [livejournal.com profile] a_crow and [livejournal.com profile] greynolds are going, and [livejournal.com profile] sunlessnick - anyone else? Drop me a text, or somesuch.
ellenscult: (nell gwyn)
What I did over the weekend, or, our heroine finally confronts the evil in the attic. )

And today? Well, I got 8 done on the cryptic crossword. Must be the Right Setter. Yay!
ellenscult: (passed)
I have a story up on The Slant! (A sarcastic and cynical news feed.) Yay!

[livejournal.com profile] paul_marks is up visiting, which is nice.

I cycled out to the Balloon Tree farm shop and back to get a lot of veg, lamb and beef. It's about, ooh, a 12 mile round trip. Along busy roads. But no cars tried to kill me, though one 4x4 did try overtaking a learner on the other side of the road, thereby coming right towards me. It's a good job the road was wide enough - nowhere for me to go. Meh. Still, maybe the idiot driver will be a bit more observant next time - he got truly beeped at by other drivers.

After lunch, I cleaned out my veg drawer at the bottom of the fridge, then decided to clear out my cupboards and rearrange them. So now I have a full compost heap (bags of flour dating back 2 years, very out of date rice cakes, etc), and cupboards where I can find things (all in date), and actual space in my cupboard to put away my food processer. Go me! For dinner I did: chicken fillets on a bed of onion, celery, apple, apricots with honey, in a sauce of a little bit of chopped garlic, some mustard, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger and orange juice, with lime juice. And roast carrot, parsnip and celeriac. Sprouts with chestnuts. Mashed potatoes and swede. Yummy!

[livejournal.com profile] ravenlas came back from town with Battlestar Galactica season 1 - and a bag full of lush stuff for me. I love him! He's so thoughtful! So if you don't hear from me for a while, it's because I'm getting all prune-like in the bath. At this point, it'd be a good thing to have a second loo in the house. Oh well! *shrug* *evil cackle*

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