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This post isn't friends-locked. Fingers crossed, eh?

Following up on my last post... )

So what does this mean for you and me right now? It means I'm throwing one last party, a farewell to York.

For obvious reasons, it won't be at my house, so it will be at VJ's, on the evening of the 21st of February. It's a Sunday, yes, because they're booked already for the Saturday, but they're going to open up especially for us. So please do come along, even if it's only for an hour. I'll post times when I've talked with the manager on Saturday. If you can make it, please let me know, either in comments here or drop me an email, so that I can let them know this Saturday roughly how many people should be turning up.

Please come, so I can say thank you for being a part of my life for so long, for being amazing, wonderful, incredible friends, for letting me love you (that won't change). And if not for that, come because I'll raid my laughable savings account and hopefully have munchies and booze available for a while at least, until it all gets eaten and drank and you have to buy your own drinks.

Oh, and if I've borrowed anything of yours, now is a really, really good opportunity to remind me so I can give it back. Just saying.

The best of luck to you all, and may this year turn out to be a good one for you all.
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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*
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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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So yesterday was my annual barbeque. [livejournal.com profile] nearly_everyone attended, and people seemed to have a great time, which makes me very happy. People didn't seem to mind me running around in circles, being unable to finish sentences, and foisting huge quantities of food onto them. People also brought their small people, who raced around and generally had a fab time and didn't fall into the pond and drown. Which is definitely a bonus.

Thank you *so* much to you all for coming! It was an awesome day, spent in the company of lots of people who I know and love. You're amazing!

I have: a fox, a red sticklebrick, a yellow pencil crayon, and a black cherokee jumper. I know who the sticklebrick belongs to - any takers for the others?

ETA:Jumper claimed! And fox claimed!

And thank you guys for the awesome selection of wool, vouchers for wool, vast quantities of truly excellent chocolate, and lush bath stuff. Truly the perfect presents! *is so happy*

You are awesome. And to the few of you who couldn't make it, you have a standing invitation to come and visit, as you should know by now. So get in touch, come visit, and we'll barbeque anyway. *grin*

In other news: today I did lots of washing, a little tidying up, and some writing. It's been my first vegging 'day off' in a long time, it feels like! And tomorrow the very last part of Correspondence Course goes up over at [livejournal.com profile] the_proofreader. So if you were waiting to read it all? Head on over in the morning and it'll be waiting for you. *grin*
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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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After the best part of a week at home, thanks to the coughing lurgy, I'm back at work. And today's commute was no better than last Monday's, making it 2 weeks in a row when I should just have stayed in bed. Last Monday, thanks to Notwork Rail's over-running engineering works, my train was cancelled at Doncaster. Then everyone from a packed 4-carriage Virgin train had to pile onto an even more packed 2-carriage Northern train. Oh, joy. This Monday, thanks to Virgin's incompetence, there weren't enough train crew, so they cancelled my train altogether. Meaning there were two train-loads packed onto the next Virgin train going south. People still fail to realise that the lack of paper tickets stuffed in the back of seats doesn't mean that there are no seat reservations. And rude, middle-aged women don't see why they should give up their (unbooked) seat to the elderly, infirm woman who actually booked it. And some guys just don't seem to realise that if you're standing in the aisle, you can actually put your bag down, rather than smacking me in the head with it every time you turn...

Big stick. Biiiig stick.

Still, I'm not really coughing. And the government information pack on the coming smoking ban arrived in the post today, making all of us (bar the director who is the only smoker in the company) cackle in glee. We're *so* looking forward to July 1st! Hah.

So, what did I get up to on my week off? Well, apart from sleeping and coughing, I went to my writing group and rewrote The Gallery of Frost a couple of times. I knitted 3 socks. I went to my dressmaking class and got my invisible zip sample done, and I handed in my podcasting article to Hub. I created my own podcast, and I potted up some plants. I did some laundry. I went and sat in the steam room at the gym a couple of times, which helped with the not-coughing. And I went to VJs and to [livejournal.com profile] clotilde's and saw people and that was lovely. I drank lots of tea, and read half of Alastair Reynolds' 'Pushing Ice'. And that's about it.
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I have my copy of Hub magazine! Well, actually I have 2 copies of it - a contributer copy, and my subscription copy. ;-) It looks gorgeous. The stories and articles are good. Especially mine, of course. *tee hee*

Work's Christmas lunch was yesterday. There was good food, booze, much nattering, and quizzes. I headed back to York on the 18:20 train and pottered round to my writing group. Which was fun. ;-) No-one seemed to mind me being a tad squiffy, and I stuck with lemonade. Home via the chippy, and I was in bed for 11pm. So not a bad day, and I didn't get a hangover. I did, however, have wheat, dairy, caffeine, coffee(!), and today I had a couple of sandwiches. So I'm horribly, horribly bloated. Meh, never mind.

Today I have mostly done not much, and wrapped a small mound of presents. I've two or three left to get, but that should be sorted tomorrow (I love late-night shopping). And I still have to finish off that picture for my twin. But she's up next Friday, so I'll give it to her then. ;-)

Anyway, no writing today, but I put in changes from Dad going through Killing God, so that's now officially ready to go out for sale. I've got to send some stuff out. Meh. See if I can't get a second fiction sale. ;-)

And now, bed.
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Today is my work's Christmas lunch. So in an hour or so, we'll be heading out to the Devonshire Cat, for food and pints and quizzes and fun. We're not coming back to work, either. *heh*

Following that shining example of slackerdom, I will be heading back up to York to go to my writers' group. Which meets, yes, you guessed it, in the pub. Rar!

Alas, I can't get too ratted: I've got some parcels to wrap, and a picture to finish (necessitating fun with the sewing machine and spray adhesive, don't ask). Still, should be fun!

For reference: Thunder Moon is now at 28k, and I'm not cycling, apart from on the exercise bike, because I've managed to mislay my bike keys some time between Saturday night (when I unlocked my bike outside the Assembly Rooms) and Monday morning, when I scrambled round trying to find them and failed utterly. Humbug!

Plus: Casino Royale is a stomping film, and I enjoyed it very much. I really liked the lack of suavity! No Roger Moore hangups! Yay! And Pan's Labyrinth made me cry. It's fabulous. Evil Aliens made me laugh more than Shaun of the Dead, and has lots of pop culture references, including to Braindead. It's shamelessly gross, and there's lots of splatter. Plus, it has a valid use of 'I've got a Brand New Combine Harvester'. What more could you want?
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Thanks to everyone who came to the party on Saturday night for making it such a special evening. I had a great time, and I think [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas did too. Folks appeared to be enjoying themselves, and my sisters came up for it too, so it was fantastic. Yay! I got to see [livejournal.com profile] evie_petrol, [livejournal.com profile] smorgasbord & [livejournal.com profile] clotilde's shiny new baby girl, and my godson, and the projectile spewing was from them and not any of the adults around, so that's alright then. *heh*

I drank a wee bit too much bubbly (yum), and was a tad hungover on Sunday, but not enough to really make much difference. [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas and I finished off the tidy-up (a couple of dishwasher loads, a full bin), and had cheese on toast with my twin and her husband, who stayed over and had a long lie-in. We watched POTC 2: Dead Man's Chest, which was great, and I lazed around and enjoyed my nicely tidy living room. [livejournal.com profile] st3v3 came round in the evening to talk plot, and brought cake, and then I went to bed.

And today, after some signalling problems, I'm back at work, finally, though I'm not feeling terribly bright. Ho hum. I've got about a week of LJ to catch up on, and some work too, so if there's anything particularly important I should know about (before catching up slowly), please let me know.

Last week? Mostly spent curled up on the sofa with romances, or pottering round tidying the house, or asleep. This week I'm hoping I'll pick up again and get back to my usual bouncy self.
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I've been a bit under the weather. Not full-blown tonsilitis, but my throat's up, and I'm definitely not firing on all cylinders. Meh. :( I've done a bit of tidying up, slowly, and I'm off work. The place is looking more presentable, though I've still not got the sofa bed down from the attic. If I don't get it sorted, I'm sleeping on the floor on Saturday night when my sisters come to visit... I could do with a hand taking some large cardboard boxes to the tip at some point before Saturday evening, if possible. Any takers? *hopeful grin*

Anyway, my brain is quite mushy, so I've been curled up under blankets reading romances, which I'm getting through at a rate of knotts. I've not got any further on my book, though. And my exercise count has been rather low. Feh. I won't be at the gym tomorrow or Friday, I reckon, and probably not at work either. So I won't be getting my filling re-filled. Still, at this pace, I should have a noticeable chunk taken out of my reading pile. And the place should be vaguely presentable by Saturday.

I'm rambling, and I'm tired, so I'm off back to bed. Meh. With luck, tomorrow I'll actually catch up on LJ...
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Just a reminder of the party at my house on Saturday evening. My sisters are planning to attend, and they're far better party animals than I am, so I'm hoping at least a couple of you are going to turn up... There'll be some munchies and nibbles, and some cava (likely to go quickly); please bring your booze of choice!

I've not heard from any of you with babies and small children: if anyone's planning on turning up earlier, let me know and I'll baby-proof the living room as much as possible.

Party!

Oct. 23rd, 2006 06:24 pm
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I shall be holding a party at my house on Saturday the 25th of November from around 7pm onwards. If anyone wants to call round earlier with small children, let me know and I shall endeavour to babyproof the living-room. I know it's possible... ;-)

Anyway, it's an engagement party, and any proximity to [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas's birthday is wholly coincidental and should be ignored. No, really. :-)

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: )
ellenscult: (writing)
I got all dressed up (red petticoat, red headscarf, corset, knitting, even a copy of the Scarlet Pimpernel) and went to Derek's Revolutionary party yesterday: it was lots of fun and we created a cocktail for the occasion. It was blue curacao, baileys and red absinthe. And, oh I should know better!, I drank it. Today I have had one humongous hangover and had to console myself with a long soak in the bath, complete with Lush bath bomb. 5 is doing a superhero weekend, though, so I have watched The Incredible Hulk and now Batman. And I can safely say that the Fan DVD edition of Empire Records is really good. I want the soundtrack! But now it's back on my head time, and for that purpose here's my page counts. I'm still determined to get the edits finished on my book by August: I want to be able to start submitting it, and it needs to be out of the way before my twin's hen do and wedding.

Pages edited:
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
119 / 310
(38.4%)

Edits on computer:
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
91 / 310
(29.4%)


Page count per day needed to meet August 1 deadline: 11/13
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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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I'll be having a belated birthday barbeque on Sunday the 18th of June. It'll be from 4pm; however, if you want to come round earlier, especially if you're bringing small children, please feel free to turn up any time after 1pm. There is a small pond in the garden, but I shall cover it over with board so said small children can't fall in.

Please bring: Yourself, whatever it is you want to blacken on the barbeque, whatever it is you want to drink, any garden games you fancy playing (must be suitable for a fairly small garden, so football and rugby are pretty conclusively out) (must be suitable for a garden overlooked on all sides, so no nude sunbathing please).

The time: 4pm (or 1pm) until 10pm (it's a Sunday)

The place: Sixteen Sterne Ave, York.

Any queries: drop me an email, or a text message, or give me a call. I'm fairly sure you've all got my mobile number. And yes, it's the same number I've had all along. Yes, the other mobile number is still working.

I'll have a main barbeque and a few disposable barbeques (unless anyone can lend me a spare barbeque). The main barbeque will be for all meat. The disposibles will be for vegetarians and meat-but-no-pork.

If it rains: I have a big cooker, and I have a mini marquee thingummy, as some of you may remember from last year. And there's always the livingroom...

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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I had a busy weekend of much busyness. Highlights include:

VJs; Colin, Charlotte & Hugh visiting; [livejournal.com profile] clothilde's birthday party; much shopping (thanks to Sarah for the lift home with it all); much cooking; much dressmaking.

So a good time was had by, if not all, then certainly me. Tonight is salsa dancing with [livejournal.com profile] failmaster, then maybe some writing - much to do! Tomorrow is writing group.

John Otway is doing a world tour and is taking his audience with him, if anyone's feeling rich.

Closer to home, there's Bert and the Shirts ('brightly coloured' website... free mp3 download) playing the Black Swan on Peasholm Green on the 27th. I was asked to support, but due to a lack of guitarist, it looks like I'll have to say no. Still, it's nice to have been asked, and I'll still be going along, as they describe themselves as filling the middle ground between Coldplay and Chaz and Dave, so it should be a very fun evening. Oh, and I was recognised in Sainsbury's by the cashier, who'd seen me do that open mic night at Cert 18 a way back. Go me! *swelled head*

Party!

Sep. 19th, 2005 10:11 pm
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It occurs to me that I haven't had a party since my birthday, which is a whole quarter of a year past, now. So I'm thinking of throwing a party just because I can, on October 23rd. Starting at 7:30 ish, bring your good selves and any alcohol you want to consume.

Since it's so close to Halloween (I trust assorted people will be throwing Halloween parties, going to Wendyhouse, etc, the following weekend), I'm thinking of making it a zombie party. So if anyone wants to show up earlier, from around 3:30pm you can come round and play zombies board games, watch zombie dvds, etc. Or if anyone has a better idea, let me know.

Oh, and if this will clash horribly with something important, let me know, too.

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