ellenscult: (Corporate Tool)
I know it's been a good long while since I updated this journal, other than automatically reposting my tweets, which really doesn't count. So. Let me 'splain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

I am unemployed. Too much time off sick (thanks, ME), they need someone back in the office, etc. If anyone wants the job description for a technical writing job based just round the corner from Sheffield station, let me know.

Before I get sympathy, I should say this is a relief. Something I don't have to feel guilty for not keeping on top of. I'm taking a good long break before I start looking for another job, which will probably be something part-time since I can't cope, health-wise, with anything full-time. We'll muddle through. And I'll write that bestseller, or somesuch.

I may even tidy up my office.

So, sleeping, writing, knitting, annoying the dog - sounds like a summer to me.
ellenscult: (Kipper)
This are yet another 'Aten't Ded Yet!' post, brought to you from my busybusy workdesk... *grin* From which you may surmise that I'm skiving and really should get back to doing some work.

The CFS/ME, life, work, yada yada stuff: )

Right! I probably had a bunch of other things to blog about... Birthdays!

Many happy returns of the day to [livejournal.com profile] evieb, [livejournal.com profile] gaxx and Miss India!



Mazel Tov to [livejournal.com profile] vin_petrol, [livejournal.com profile] trash_petrol and [livejournal.com profile] evie_petrol on the latest addition to their family!



Plugs:
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Pseudopod - the world's largest horror podcast. Also free!
Kiva Loans - changing the world one loan at a time.

TEH ANGST!

Dec. 29th, 2008 09:35 pm
ellenscult: (car at my head)
In which I get a wee bit whiny... )
ellenscult: (bunk)
(It's a quotation...)

There was a week in there somewhere... I'm still not back up to speed. Wednesday in particular was a day of staring into space. But hey, I was in work Thursday and Friday and actually got productive stuff done, so yanno, that's all good. And I was in bed (and heading to sleep) by 9.30. And still tired in the day. Ho hum.

Friday evening was [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas's work Xmas do. He'd spent all day trying to fix a very important server, was coming down with a cold, and had reached the very end of his patience for anything. So of course the trip into town took as long to drive as it would have to walk, thanks to an M&S van backing up traffic on the Stonebow, stupid drivers, a full carpark, parking across the other side of town and having to walk back down Micklegate and through town in the rain with all the usual Friday night idiots around. We got to the Merchant Adventurer's Hall around half an hour after the meal was supposed to start - people were actually just going upstairs to sit down. And there weren't enough places. At which point [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas had Had Enough. So we went home instead and changed into more comfortable clothes and had takeout and that was a much better evening.

Yesterday was lunch at VJs followed by some cello practise followed by an evening with Steve & Lesley (wanolj), which was filled with much nattering and some Little Big Planet (v. cool! with extra added Henry VIII! and Stephen Fry!) and SingStar (which I can't resist). It's like throwing gasoline on a flame.

Today was a very late start - got up at 11:45 - and a bit of cello practise and couple of hours seeing lots of big and little and brand new people over at [livejournal.com profile] clotilde and [livejournal.com profile] smorgasbord's and playing the cello piece I'd been practising. Which didn't go too badly. :) Then I ran away (sorry, just too tired), came home, and am curled up on the sofa playing with Garage Band, attempting to put in the piano accompaniment to the cello piece. So maybe I can play along with it. Nowhere near as good as actually having someone accompany me, but better than nothing. :)

Next week I'm off work (hurrah!) and I'm hoping to get over this bout of tired, do some writing, clear out Hub and Pseudopod's slushpiles, finish knitting 2 shawls and do some shopping for Christmas presents for people. It's also (iirc) the start of the Ikea sale, and I'll be heading over to pick up the shelving I need for the living room, so if anyone fancies flexing their diy muscles, practising their flatpack skills, I'm more than happy for you to come round. I can provide tea. And if you give me warning, biscuits and pizza and suchlike.

And we've just watched The Princess Bride. Which is Still Awesome. Yay!

Stuff

Nov. 5th, 2008 10:44 pm
ellenscult: (too pretty)
G.E.D. month: yesterday - finished a story, knitted more on that shawl for my mum. Today - worked on that other story, knitted more on that shawl for my mum. Tomorrow evening? With luck, getting that spare room decluttered...

We had a power cut at work yesterday for over an hour (they're digging up the roads and replacing cables) and today my work pc's usb ethernet thingy was broken, so I didn't get to do any actual work until the afternoon. By which time I couldn't be bothered since I was sloping off an hour early to go see fireworks at York Maze. With friends. Which was chilly, but fun. It didn't rain. There was annoying music and attempts at getting the crowd worked up from a local radio guy. Fortunately, our British reserve (not to mention Yorkshire taciturn sullenness) defeated him largely. *grin* Nice bonfire. :)

Going to bed now. Mmm... sleep... mmm....
ellenscult: (fist of doom)
Today I have:

Written 800 words of a short story and added 600 words to the sequel to Desperate Measures.
Started clearing out a slushpile.
Started clearing out my email inbox.
Taken down the end of the bannister that was still attached to the wall, filled the holes, drilled new holes (with a trip to B&Q for a new drill bit as the old one was around half the length it used to be), and put the bannister back up.
Drilled holes in a tile and put up a shaving mirror in the bathroom.

And amongst all that I have been to work (we had a power cut), cycled home, made and eaten dinner, put the dishwasher on, emptied & refilled the dishwasher and put it back on and had a cup of tea. Now I'm finally sitting down with a bowl of apple crumble and another cup of tea. And then I'm going to bed. Because tomorrow is another G.E.D. day!
ellenscult: (Corporate Tool)
On seeing family, friends, colleagues, strangers... )
ellenscult: (car at my head)
I think I'm coming down with [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas' cold. Never mind, eh? I'll refrain from blowing kisses at you all.

Writing done: 0. Sleeping on the train: 3. Exercise: 6 8 miles on the bike, 1 lunchtime bouldering session at which I sucked mightily. Weight: 153-152lbs. Alcohol: 0 working my way down a mini bottle of red wine right now.

Plan for today: some work for work (or they'll stop paying me), Shed World 2.5. Maybe some Squirrels. Or maybe I'll get sidetracked by part 2 of that Firefly fic... *strokes chin thoughtfully*

Also, I tidied up my kitchen. A bit. The rest of the house is a mess. Help! Send minions!
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*
ellenscult: (comesee)
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. :)
ellenscult: (Default)
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: (rock)
This morning I travelled into work by train, as usual, on a nice, modern train. And I listened to Fort Minor playing on my iPod, through my bluetooth headphones. While doing 16th century blackwork embroidery on a 15th century linen shift. And since getting into work I've posted up part 16 of my 25th century Firefly fanfic (over on [livejournal.com profile] the_proofreader).

Sometimes, my life strikes me as improbable.

Also: I am tired. I have left my phone at home, because I no can haz cheezburgler brain. In more dire forgetfulness, my chilli chocolate is also at home, not here with me. I am distressed.

For those of you on my f-list who wish to keep track of their story submissions, here's a good, free online tracker. Also: a Waterstones story competition. Prize: a place on an Arvon Foundation writing course. *wants*

So no, I'm not getting much work done today. In fact, I'd be getting more done if I were simply at home watching tv. Ho hum, never mind.
ellenscult: (melting)
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.
ellenscult: (glima)
Several random things...

1. Lincoln was lovely. It was rather special to be able to camp in the grounds of the castle, and I really enjoyed bimbling around in my medieval outfit, making stuff and chatting and relaxing.

2. Must make a List for packing, and also acquire a TARDIS or a larger car. Packing is Not FunTM.

3. Nice to see folks at the Theatre Royal sale. I bought all their remaining fox furs and a couple of pieces of silk. And a blouse.

4. When running round like a loony, doing mad frantic last-minute sewing and having just written a clean, postable 32,000 word fanfic novella in 2 weeks, and being in the middle of hoiking stuff out to pack into a Fiesta to go away for my first ever reenactment event, that's the time my oomph will vanish out from under me, and I will fall into the Slough of Despond AND the Pit of Despair. I love writing, but the come-down's a bitch. Also, [livejournal.com profile] alasdair1076 is wonderful and I'm extremely glad he's my best friend.

5. [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas is a truly amazing man, and is very, very hot in a doublet and hose. *fans self* Truly I am a very lucky woman! No, I have no photos. This time. Next time, though... *grin* And he is wonderful with Aspergic kids.

6. Got a lot of work to get through this week. Posting this (and Correspondence Course over on [livejournal.com profile] the_proofreader) is not getting it done. So. I may be slow to reply to comments, emails etc.

7. RIP Audrey Chapman, a very brave and fierce woman. She had a hard life, and I hope now she has some peace. I'll miss her.

8. There is no number 8. Oh well. Tumty-tumty-something... nope. Gone. *shrug*

So I shall go too. Tea break's over. Back on my head.
ellenscult: (devilish)
Gosh, doesn't time fly?

This was my year: )
ellenscult: (Kipper)
I'm back in work, with only a bit of croak to show for my week of tonsillitis. I was back yesterday, but it was my work's Xmas do at the Devonshire Cat, so we all headed out at lunchtime and didn't come back. I had cherry beer, which was yummy. And a pork-free turkey dinner (why with the bacon? You need to add meat to your meat???). And quizzes. And hiccups. For 4 hours. And indigestion (maybe that's what the bacon's for?).

So. That's about it, really. I watched plenty of daytime tv, and I now know, thanks to Kim and Aggie, that 2oz borax, 2oz salt and a large glug of white vinegar will, when followed up with a kettle of hot water, clear out your u-bends.

I have knitted a pile of things for family. I might get onto knitting for friends before the new year...

I might get onto writing stuff before the new year, too. And I may even get my Las Vegas flights booked. You never know!

30 Days of Night is very chilly watching. And York Art Gallery is a great place. Who knew Tracy Emin could draw?
ellenscult: (shiny)
My boss called me into his office - pointing out that he could have just spoken to me in my office (which I share with 3 programmers), but he wanted to warm his bum on his radiator - to tell me that he and the other director have agreed I should be the company health & safety officer. Which is fine with me.

And then we spent the next most of an hour talking about my wedding, with my boss getting really excited and looking up hotels and suchlike. *grin* He likes Vegas. It's his wedding anniversary in March, so he can just about justify a trip out there as being both for my wedding *and* for his anniversary. Not just because he likes going there to play poker and see shows and stay at Hooters. For the chicken wings. Obviously... *beam*

Wow. I love my job. I love the company I work for. It's awesome! lol

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