ellenscult: (perky)
As an early 40th birthday present from our amazing older sister, my twin and I, plus her Dear Husband, said Big Sis and partner, and The Marvellous Little Dan are in Chicago. We're here to visit Aunt Pauline, who is 92 and still tap dancing in her apartment's laundry room. My own Dear Husband is home with the dogs and apparently a feral kitten, although that should have been dropped off at the vet's this morning, and I miss my boys very much.

The view from my window )

I'm writing this from a very comfy bed in the apartment on the 47th floor of a building close to Miracle Mile. I can see the river and Lake Michigan from here! And you can feel the building sway in the wind! It's very very cool! Anyway, I'm still in bed because yesterday was an extremely long day which, for me, started the day before; I think I was up for over 30 hours by the time I got to go to bed, ouch! Our flights were delayed by 4 hours, and it took a good couple of hours to find each other at O'Hare, book transportation and get into the city, but thankfully none of it was actually stressful.

Also, the Whole Foods store? I'm moving into its Gluten Free aisle. Just sayin'.

Today is for recovering, resting and regaining some sense of coherence, for me at least. But mwah ha ha! Chicago! I am in you!
ellenscult: (car at my head)
That'd explain the weight gain... )
ellenscult: (writing)
WriteCamp '09 is over. In roughly half an hour, I'll be heading out for parts north, namely Nottingham, for FantasyCon.

For anyone who's interested, my stats are: just shy of 6k words written - 1 story finished, 2 others worked on, & 3 pieces of 30 Minute Drunken Flashfic (posted over on [livejournal.com profile] the_proofreader. This isn't a huge amount for me, but it's a good start. I've also finished proofreading a novel and judged 5 entries into Hub's Bootstrap SF competition.

As for tourist-y things? I have done naaahtheeeng. Ho hum! Right, I must go rescue my pot of tea before it gets utterly stewed, since a thermos of tea is essential for a long drive. How terribly british! (It's raspberry tea.)

This evening, I'll be back with [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas. Thank goodness. And maybe, just maybe, a decent night's sleep.
ellenscult: (writing)
Dear friends, once more...

So, still not dead... I'm in Lymington at my twin's house (she made stew which was amazingly good, including dumplings) and am on my way to Dinan, in Brittany, with [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas, Sue and India, and the new (to me) car. In case anyone's interested, I have: sewed by hand a medieval dress and hood, knitted 3 pairs of socks, written an 18,000 word Stargate: SG1 story and failed to cut my grass. I've also proofread a few books, not been fired for my terrible sick record, and driven around 900 miles. I miss not being on LJ, not seeing you guys, not keeping in touch, however peripherally, and I hope to be back properly in a couple of weeks when I'm home and have internet access.

Btw, the original series of Star Trek is a lot better than I remember, a lot more complex, and the remastered box set is definitely worth it.

So, stay well, stay safe, and I'll catch up with you soon.
ellenscult: (bad day)
Fire, flood and transportation... )
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!
ellenscult: (awesome)
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. :)
ellenscult: (boats)
Quick! To the photos! )
ellenscult: (bunk)
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.
ellenscult: (travel)
My friend Sue, who lives and works over in Leeds, has a 12-year-old daughter who attends the Steiner School here in York. Her partner's car failed its MOT and so she has no way of getting her daughter into York for the next 3 weeks. This week, India is staying with friends over here, but next week and the week after are still unsorted. Does anyone know someone commuting from Leeds to York (either by car or by train) who would be willing to escort India to school and back? Or does anyone have a spare room here in York that Sue and India could stay in for a night or two? In the interests of full disclosure, India has Asperger's and absence epilepsy. She's very high-functioning in the former (reminds me a lot of most of the ex-Freaksoc crowd, to be honest) and has medication for the latter.
ellenscult: (rock)
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... )

Home!

Oct. 31st, 2008 12:24 pm
ellenscult: (travel)
We are home! (Having scored extra legroom seats on the way out AND the way back! w00t!) Now, I must go sleep for a couple of hours. Please don't call.

Disney!

Oct. 28th, 2008 11:23 pm
ellenscult: (serenity)
We are living in the future, but those promises are unfulfilled. )
ellenscult: (Work Smart)
Working hard at a conference in Orlando... Also? I have been on the waterslide in the hotel pool. Wearing my pirate bikini. Avast!

Normal service will be resumed after the conference finishes, and I've been to Disney. *grin*

Back in the UK on Halloween.
ellenscult: (Corporate Tool)
On seeing family, friends, colleagues, strangers... )
ellenscult: (Stone flower)
Today, I went down to Stratford-Upon-Avon with [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas and my very good friends [livejournal.com profile] alasdair1076, Kate, JD & Vicky (wanolj) and [livejournal.com profile] rhube to see the RSC production of Hamlet.

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! (spoilers ahoy) )

So anyway, thanks to Vicky and [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas for driving, especially in the bits where we'd have been better off with boats.

I dozed in the car. And did some of the restructuring on Squirrels, and started blocking out the new scenes I'll need, and marking the bits of other scenes I'll need to delete. So that's going well.

Weight: 150lbs. Exercise: standing for 3 hours watching Hamlet. Alcohol: 0 (but I had half a bottle of red wine last night in D&D. My new character's a ranger called Danny Seagull, btw. heh)
ellenscult: (Kipper)
Flights are booked (Virgin). Conference hotel is booked (Caribe Royale). Theme park tickets and other hotel not yet booked.

Still, it's official: we are off to Orlando! Woohoo!

[livejournal.com profile] ravenlas and I are away from the 18th to the 30th of October. Hurrah!

Gosh, I love the company I work for. *beam*

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