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I made that outfit! Go me! *cough* Ahem!

Random things again:

1. Happy Yorkshire Day to all of us in God's Own County. I know [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas says that title rightly belongs to NI, but we know better, eh? *nudge* *wink*

Today, I miss the hills of my home. There's nothing which compares to watching vast shafts of sunlight drift slowly across the tops of the moors from between towering cathedrals of clouds. Treeless, punctuated by narrow valleys where houses huddle together, even at their greenest they are still more shades of brown than there are words to describe. Standing up there, one truly is on top of the world. And the only sounds are the pummelling of the wind and the occasional birdcall. This is my home. This beautiful, bleak place where, in order to see the 'bigger picture', all you have to do is head up, up, up, until you burst onto the tops and the confines of the valleys are gone, blown away. This barren place, where life teems in the hidden spaces and rewards patient searching. This cold, harsh place, where the dark dry stone walls lie like zebra stripes and radiate heat under the summer sun.

The Vale of York is a kinder, gentler place - easier by far to live in - but it lacks the ability to stun the watcher into awe-inspired silence with its terrible beauty.

Still. It could be worse. It could be raining (as it frequently does). It could be on fire (it does that, too).

2. The [livejournal.com profile] shiny_hats Summer Ficathon is over. I wrote 5 stories: you can find them over on that community, or you can find them from the links on my [livejournal.com profile] the_proofreader account, or you can read them on Fanfiction.net. Or not. Your choice. :)

3. New userpic! Rar!

4. I have the new Richard Morgan to read and review. Woohoo! *is smug* So far? It's getting a good review. A very good review!

5. I have started tidying the house. When it's done, I will get down to writing. At which point I will be grumpy, uncommunicative, largely off LJ (or it eats my head and my time), and I will be off in my own little world. It's like being on drugs, only cheaper.

6. New moodtheme! Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] misery_chick.

7. The remortgage (afaik) completed yesterday. Hurrah!

8. Have a great weekend, y'all. I'll be at a wedding rehearsal this evening, and a wedding tomorrow, so play nice while I'm gone. And if you can't play nice, at least be good enough to post the pictures...
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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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From [livejournal.com profile] littleangel_103, this video about CFS/ME.

The elephant in the corner of my room. )

I'm one of the lucky ones. I'll probably always have some remnant of CFS dragging around my system. But I didn't move on to full-blown ME, and for that I am supremely thankful.

Some people aren't so lucky. If you can, please watch the video and pass it along.
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My Dad came over to visit me. We met up in town at lunchtime, had lunch in the Blakehead cafe/bookshop (very nice vegetarian food), then wandered through the Oxfam bookshop, up to Borders, into Crabtree & Evelyn, and Banks. It was really nice to see him. He's debating setting up a website for his stories (as there's not much of a market for literary stories unless they're by a huge author), maybe some print on demand, and I think he should go down the podcasting route. I got some writing done after he'd headed home on the train, then went to the pictures.

I went to see The Prestige this evening with my friends Steve and Lesley. What a great film! Go see it! The acting is fantastic, and the film is so well-made. Every last little detail has meaning, and it's all there for a reason. It's a tale of obsession and rivalry, and the twist in the tail is excellent. It left me going, "You ***!" and shaking my head in admiration.

So, it's been a lovely day. I should be in bed, but Nurse Betty is sucking me in (a sign I'm over-tired). I have furniture to move tomorrow...

Oh, and some of you might recognise some of these...

Word count: 1312 (tot: 1446, should be 18337) (day 11/30).
Exercise count: 3 miles (road bike).
Alcohol: 0 units.
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.
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Happy belated birthday, [livejournal.com profile] paul_marks and [livejournal.com profile] ant_girl!



Gaming, POTC II and Tewkesbury )

So all in all, a good weekend. I hope [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas gets better soon and doesn't give me his lurgy.

Writing: Pages edited -
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69 / 310
(22.3%)

Edits on computer -
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33 / 310
(10.6%)

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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[livejournal.com profile] ravenlas took me to Frankie and Benny's on Monday, and then we went to see V for Vendetta. It's very good - I may be going again on Sunday with friends. You know, I think that Parliament is afraid of the people. Why else would it be trying to pass all of these laws to keep people under control and out of democratic processes? Well, processes which should be democratic, but are getting less and less so. Given that there are almost 60 million people in this very small and not so great Britain, they appear to have forgotten that they are in control only while we can't be bothered doing anything about it. If we really wanted to get rid of them, there's no way they could stop us all. Their greatest 'control' over us is our disinterest and disorganisation.

Comics, maths, making stuff, and making stuff up... Just an update. )

In other news, [livejournal.com profile] medains will be along to VJs on Saturday with his beloved and their baby, and will then potter over to my house where they can hold court for the afternoon for anyone who wants to come by and welcome Hugh to the expanding ex-Freaksoc clan. Yay!

Also, there's Darklands on Saturday, and the City Screen late showing is of MirrorMask, so I may have to hop on my bike and head into town. *happy dance*
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...in Paris and London can be read online here, for free. As can a whole bunch of other George Orwell books. In today's political climate, I reckon I should get reading.

Weekend update: Saturday - helped [livejournal.com profile] st3v3 and [livejournal.com profile] cfw move house, then [livejournal.com profile] a_crow move flat, then went home, flopped, and wrote. Sunday I saw Mum and Dad, got some books, then finished knitting the front of my jumper.

I just have to say I'm very glad for GNER's ace seat booking system for season tickets. Just fill in a form, hand it in, then a day or two later, get the form back with seat bookings for up to 2 weeks on it. Thursday and Friday evenings hold no terror now! Bwa ha haa!
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Friday - [livejournal.com profile] gaxx's game - much fun, end of a quest.
Today - up early, to shul, then met [livejournal.com profile] fire_kitten and her friends for lunch and girly shopping in Leeds. Again, much fun. Came home, saw [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas, and then the noise started. 2 doors up from me, someone was having a 21st birthday party. With an incredibly loud karaoke / PA setup. It was louder than my tv, and I have double glazing. Now, my double glazing is bad, but not *that* bad.

I, and many other people, called the police about it. They didn't want to come out - it's the council's responsibility, but the council only work office hours, even in their noise nuisance department. They don't even have an answerphone. So the police came out, and I was walking up the road to see which house the noise was coming from, and I walked into the police at the far end of the road. So I told them which house it was, and now I'm identified as 'the person who called the police'. I'm the person who 'ruined his 21st birthday'. The kid has been round and hammered on my door, then got dragged away by family while we talked with his parents. He's not mollified, I'm still upset, and I have some broken bottles to clear up out of my front and back gardens. Oh joy.

I'm not impressed. In fact, right now, moving house sounds like a great idea. Anyone fancy giving me a hand with the decorating?

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