Saturday, December 24, 2005
Merry Christmas / Nadolig Llawen / Joyeux Noel / Bon Nadal / Feliz Navidas. And festive wishes in any other language you care to mention!
We're just finishing up packing and stuff to head down to Whiltshire form Christmas / New Year. Can't promise I'll remeber to post in the mean time so I leave you with festive thought, best wisesh, and a lovely picture of our Christmas tree.
Sunday, December 18, 2005
I know I should be tidying up the flat, and I will, I promise, just a few more minutes of procrastination and then it will be on with the laundry / kitchen / tidying, well maybe after lunch.
Christmas is all sorted here, all brought and wrapped and the such. Now thats out of the way been busy voluteering with some conservation voluteers. IT's good fun but my legs are covered with big scratches from attacking some brambles the other day! Good thing I've got sexy boot to wear to cover them up!!
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Amazon fairy not withstanding, feeling very festive over here - Christmas dinner tomorrow wheich should be fun. I've a trifle to make today but I think I'll watch Saturday Kitchen first. We've decorated the flat, brought a new Christmas tree and eveything. Busy burning a CD of festive tunes for dinner tomorrow, should be good fun!
Friday, December 02, 2005
Other purchases this week include a CD/Tape/DAB radio combo thingy for the kitchen, which means, finally, we have a way of listening to Radio 4 (and other delights) without having to switch on the PC. Since the Digi box went mental and rescanned getting rid of Channel 5 and most BBC Digital radio channels we've been at a bit of a loss. We're thinking of getting a new digibox, and if that doesn't work asking the Eldonians to have a look at the TV ariel.
Apart from that we've been Christmas shopping, well, buying stuff on-line really. It's a lazy way to do things but it's very stress free. Amazon is an angel. That and we're sorting out Christmas dinner for our mates - should be good.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Not really been up to much, back to part time hours in college, gave out my first proper assignment today :)
I fell all grown up. I've also been all domestic godessy and made very lovely apple and cinnamon muffins.
Naturally I've not been so housewifely that I've put away the laundry or anything but it's certinly a start.
Went to see Kiss Kiss Bang Bang last night - I really urge everyone to go see it. FACT are showing Fear and Loathing in LasVegas tomorrow night again so we've finally got our tickets this time. should eb a good laugh anyway.
Best of all, family convergance on Saturday!
Friday, November 11, 2005
For some reason the Guradian and the BBC Magazine has been a wealth of useless and misleading facts and information this week. My favourites have been:
- The tear duct is the warmest part of the human body (more so then the core temprature??)
- Botanists can't tell the differnce between broccoli and caluiflower- (on a micro scale obviously)
- There are 40 more Starbucks in London then there in Manhatten (London's an awful lot bigger than Manhatten, not they doen't say New York)
Obviously you can't believe everything you read in the newspapers! If anyone has any information on these wonderful facts do e-mail in (email@example.com)
In other news I've had another full week in uni - that's nice, I've been paid (sort of) and I even had a chance to go girly shoe shopping. Quiet night in with home made lasagnia tonight I think, I might even make some kind of lovely pudding, on the basis I had a really nasty blueberry muffin from Upper Crust this morning (it was just tasted overly of fake lemon juice - and not of blueberrys)
Pete has the weekend off so we have a indlugent weekend planned of not doing much, perhaps a museum, maybe some vintage shopping- perhaps, even brunch!
Other exciting news - the veg bag produced sprouts this week :)
Saturday, November 05, 2005
But saw / heard some really good music:
Ambrose Thompkins - kind of a farm boy rock thing - Really cool if you can catch them
Sillouette - Updated 60's pop
Holly Golightly (she off White Stripes album) - Amazing, This fantastic blusey rock
Pete's a happy bunny too - well he's got a cold but He had a really great time too, first time We've randomly gone to see live music in ages.
We've been quite busy of late, Pete's demanding a night in. Newcasltle last weekend, Cinema on Tuesday (the beautiful Bearcub), Lunch in Chester and FACT's Film Quiz on Wednesday. I've been filling in some hours at work so the flat is it more of a tip then it usually is at this point in the week - I really don't remember the last time I actually cooked anything. Oh well, tonights menu reads: Warm italian butter bean and root vegetable soup with dumplings and baked sweet potatoes - and then off to see the fireworks!
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Friday, October 14, 2005
You are the rare, the overlooked, yet incredibly useful dodecahedron: the d12. You are a creative, romantic soul. You often act without thinking, but make up for your lack of plans with plenty of heart. You easily solve problems that stump others, but your answers tend to put you into even deeper trouble. You write long, detailed backgrounds for all your characters, and are most likely to dress up as one or get involved in cos-play. You can be silly at times and are easily distracted by your own day dreams, but are at the end of the day you're someone who can be depended on.
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Saturday, October 01, 2005
Works going along swimmingly - I'm really enjoying it.
Just need to find a weekend job, Pte says thier hiring in starbucks :-)
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
OOh, look, pretty new coat. I didn't mean to buy it, I just saw it in Oxfam Originals today - knowing full well it wouldn't be there next time I went in, since all the students have thier loan checks in and such.
And think of all the starving orphens I helped!
Work still going well, and we sold another book on Green Metropolis today - great stuff.
Now if somone would just like to buy me the nice boots I like in Ew look I'll be a very happy bunny indeed!!
Friday, September 16, 2005
If only I didn't have to walk all the way into town to post it, and I could just popo accross the car park to the handy post office on old hall street, how easier things were then.
Thursday, September 08, 2005
it's only partt time, so another pat time job beckons, but the experience will be wonderful.
So yeah me!
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
We're sat in Quiggin's cafe bar. We have to be cool just be association, suerly. Anyway theres a load of 16/17 year olds with PSP's. thier not released for a few days yet and it took us a little while to twig they were selling them, or at least marketing them (in fact the kind of stunt I might have dremt up If I'd have got a job with making waves). There were a couple of cool guys and a girl just pretty enough so you'd look twice but not so pretty youd rule her out (this is according to Pete). They show the PSPs to everyone in a 'hey dude - wanna have a look' -thats everyone but us.
Pete thought it was very funny the one person in the room who would probably be best interested in it compleatly galnced over because I assume we don't fit thier profile. Ofcourse they may well have overheard me discuss th high rate of dead pixels, the easy scratchable/ smudgebale screen, the slightly dodgy button, the umd / movie prices and so on.
Even though I have no intetion of buying one it still would have been nice to be asked!
Friday, August 26, 2005
Now I've finished uni (and it would appear full time education for good) I'm hopeful to get a job, lecturing in computer games, in fact I've got an ineterview for just such a post Next week or so.
I wont get my results for a little while, but I'm confident I've passed! It's just strange to not have to think about school / university for the first time in almost 20 years!
I'm a very tierd little bunny today, massive weight off my shoulders though.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Thursday, August 18, 2005
The continental markets in town so we've just had a french present esqu lunch of fresh bread, juicy olives and nice artisan cheese, Very lovely stuff. Ooh and it's the farmers market on saturday and the veg box should be here any second! This ethical living things a bit of an alright really!
We also made some new art for the flat, more funky bottles from the bar and an Elvis poster.
Exciting News, Jess got into the Uni of her choice, so she's off to Northumbria in September, and Pete starts work at Starbucks on Wednesday, providing Whittards don't give him a job first. It's all go around here.
We also have a date for the final year show - September 12th at Fact, more details avilable on request, Mum and Dad are coming over for it, should be great! Now if I can just finish my project!
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Fathers 4 Justice have set up around the corner .. again. Last time they left Batman up a crane for four days, he only went up for an afternoon, and then only came down when the crane was struck by lighting for a second time. I wonder if Spidy will fare any better!
Do you think theres a really nerdy campaigner that spemds ages making exact replicas of really obscure super-hero costumes only to be laughed at by the rest of them?
I'm sure they think sitting on top of the magistrates court is the way forward, not sure I agree but ever mind.
Our fridge is impressivly full at the moment, We've got Charlotte, Doug and Evie staying the night and we went a little bit nuts in Asda last night, confirming we shouldn't be allowed in supermarkets, not that I didn't go a bit nuts last time I was at the farmers market, but this is just silly! New draining rack brightens up the kitchen a bit though.
Talking of shopping at stuff, brought a LCD monitor at long last. got very fed up with the tiny 14inch CRT. We spent Sunday at the Mersey Way retail park and decided it was a sensible purchase. I'm just thinking I should hve brought one ages ago.
With the computer on I should probably do some work / eat lunch / sort out the laundry - you know, grown up stuff!
Friday, August 05, 2005
Some randomly exciting news, well for me anyway. While I don't really care who or how many pople visit the site, it's always nice to know. July's figures were double June, and August looks set to be just as good. It would appear re-jigging the site, adding the blog and stuff has been worth it!!!
No news on the job front, the closing date for Swansea and Warrington have both closed so I'm hopeful to hear something soon. busy cnavassing Liverpool for a new job for Pete, glad he and James have inally got the guts to leave Nero, lovely shop, lovely coffee slightly questionable working practices.
I'm not a big one for fashion, especially not transient stuff but I've been eyeing up boy scouts / trucker shirts for a while and I finally found one that wasn't boys junior or a size 8 (so it actually fits over my hefty chest) A bit of an impusle buy I admit, but never mind, I've not brought that much of late, I'll justify it later!!
The flat's looking swish, we sorted out the speakers and a new amplifier. it does mean the living room is totally surrounded by stuff, but music sounds very good out of the speakers, and the tie in the bar quite nicely. I spent a day yesterday tidying and vacuuming, justifyably proud of my efforts.
Oh, in case you hadn't already guessed, I've joined Danny Wallace's / BBC new coutry thing: http://www.citizensrequired.com
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
- American Gothic on DVD
- A Bagle Guillotine Al-la The O.C.
- The first Latin Playboys CD
- Bruce Cambell's Autobiography 'If Chins Could Kill'.
- Oh, and my 'Video games made me do it' t-shirt
Feeling quite nautical today, but mainly it's due to my stripy breton top that was a pressie from Pete's folks. The flats still a tip by the way, not having sorted out our 15 mins a day routine, and because the living room is now taken up with two huge speakers. We've got an inspection next week so it all has to be tidy by then.
Monday, August 01, 2005
Saturday, July 30, 2005
Pete's gone home this weekend, he set off at 5:30am to beat traffic and he should be there by now! It means I've a night of slobbing in front of the telly with no one to try and steal the bean bag, or a night playing sims with out anyone complaining all I care about is the little people in my computer, I'm pretty sure I'll have finished book 10 of series of unfortunate events by then.
Uni works going well, it's all comming togther nicely, as is the job serach. I'm also amused to find out the new media MA think I'm really intelligent becuase I've got an Engineering Bsc - It's very silly.
The flats a tip, but we've got guests in a few weeks so a solid goal to work towards means it's likely the flat will be sparkaling - always a good thing!! We're aiming to set up a system where we both do at least 15 mins fo cleaning a day, who said Wife swap doesn't teach you anything.
oooh, there's a new dilemma up: Would you rather lose your hearing or your right arm? It's a tricky one (thanks to Captian Farrel from the Gorum). e-mail me your answers and I'll post them up.
Friday, July 22, 2005
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Stuff keeps arriving for my birthday, and it's all plesently book / DvD shaped. I love my Amazon wishlist, and I'm not sure how others cope without one.
Annoying HSBC bank hasn't got back to me yet. Grr, stupid people. Apart from that, and the weather, and the flat's a mess, it's all hunky-dory over here.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
I wasn't fussed about my birthday until I noticed things being brought from my amazon wish list and Pete furitivly hiding stuff around the flat. Yeah - Birthday!! (and happy birthday to Charlotte for tomorrow)
Got attacked by Spike this morning and it's made typing really painful - evil cactus! The mental thing has decided it's fun to flop over at random.
Went to see Antony Gormly's another place thing, with all the people standing on the beach, it's size means it's got nowehere near the impact of Field or even The Angel of the North. Pretty bit of coast though. Photos up when I get around to it!
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Never mind, Brighton was nice and sunny. Bit lonely to be there on my own but never mind, all expense paid (more or less) I'll put photos up in a bit.
Off to yell at the bank again, in the process of drafting a letter of complaint to HSBC about the Liverpool branch. got confirmation from a lovely guy called Owen at Cardiff that Liverpool should deal with it all.
Went out for Pizza last night, it's also serving as breakfast this morning.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Friday, July 01, 2005
All they can recommend is that I re-apply for a loan with a covering letter TO CARDIFF because it's my branch, and no, I can't change branches because they all work of a central computer, and there's no point.
if I could change my branch then just maybe I coould have had a descison today, and not wait 4 / 5 days (post + weekend + red tape bullshit)
stupid crap HSBC
(sorry about the swearing)
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Sunday, June 19, 2005
When it got a bit colder we all sat down and watched Dr Who finale, it really was an amazing bit of telly, hats of to Mr. Davies - great stuff.
I also found out I've got a job interview with Brighton City College on a job I applied for. I didn't expect that - so it's come as a little bit of a shock. I now need to sort out getting down there and the like. I'm very excited and in turn very scared.
Saturday, June 11, 2005
Photos are up in the people section - London convergance link.
Have to go get ready for work now!
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Oh well, back to work!
Sunday, June 05, 2005
In work again tomorrow - Amazingly the one or two days promised by my boss whern she was away has morphed into 2 solid weeks of work. GRRR - Wish I wasn't so weak willed, and I could say something, but lord knows the money will be helpful. I just keep hoping it won't hurt my project, and I have to be better at making myself work.
At least I know more or less what I'm doing with my project.
Been on my own this weekend as well, Pete's popped back home to proudly show off his Barista of the Year finalist t-shirt (he came 3rd in the region, lots of calls of Eurovision stylee tactical voting and thewrong shaped jugs - Pete's just glad there's no more hassel involved, even if he doesn't have an I-Pod). I shouldn't be left on my own, while for once (at Pete's instance) I've eaten properly I felt homesick watching Dr. Who. Never a good sign.
Thanks to Cieran for lending me the Life Aquatic soundtrack and a Sou Jorge Cd. Very chilled, very sunny, very useful in forgetting about work / uni / stuff. Oh well back to the grind!
Monday, May 30, 2005
And today we were both in work -very odd to start at the same time. Work was dead so we stayed 3 hours, managed to squeeze in lunch together and got sent home. Being such a nice day we headed first to H&M to buy things to change into and lie about in the sun on the grass outside the three graces. Liverpool is a lovely city in the right light.
Now we've got a silly night of DVD's ahead of us, but for the moment it's listen agin to Sorry I haven't a Clue!!!!!
Charlotte, Doug and Evie should be visiting tomorrow - can't wait.
Friday, May 27, 2005
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Had a lovely day with Pete ysterday - He's got a new coat, lovely leather one, very good quality and a bargine from a charity shop. I'm facing the sad relaity I'm going to have to replace my green one at some point.
Really second day of riding to uni today - since it doesn't lkook like rain or anything, but first to make some sarnies.
Well done Liverpool for winning, we didn't need to watch the match, we just managed to get the highlight's through the wall from the party next door. We'll probably go see the parade later.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
I can't say I feel all that much healthier, mind you I'm still full from the Creol Inspired Feast the other night.
Got a Los Lobos CD through the post, just waiting for the Latin Playboys CD then I think I'll be satisifed (for a bit) on the mexian music splurge. Good Summery stuff.
Project not withstanding We've got a busy time of it over the next few weeks, Pete's off home this week, We're off to London for a family convergance in a few weeks. Then there's Taj Mahal and Brian Wilson in June! Yeah, I like being busy, makes me feel like a real person.
Off to see Star Wars tonight. I don't have high hopes for it, so I'l let you know what I thought.
Friday, May 20, 2005
This is also the closest place for us to buy fair trade coffe and tea - bizarre but true.
Other exciting news, we bought a BBQ, it's a lovely little barrel thing and we're planning BBQ-related activities on the weekend. It's a shame it won't stay shiny for long!
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
I've done the washing up, there really should be a word to describe the sad little frission of joy you get when you realise you've done a task just in time to watch Neighbours.
I did some photo-taking this morning and well as some pictures of Bristol, there's some more pictures around Liverpool. There's fewer Bristol pics then I thought, you'll find them in the Uni friends bit.
We're off to see Melinda and Melinda tonight, I really can't remember the last time I saw a Woody Allen film. I just hope my dislike of Will Ferral doesn't colour the film for me.
I'm being easily distracted today, spent a good few minutes working out if I could get a Tampa Bay Buccaneras Replica shirt with Williams onthe back in budget (It should only cost £50 - maybe with some birthday money perhaps)
Maybe I should go home and do housewifely things / make my sims do housewifely things whilw the flat descends into further mess.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
More exciting is my new Cd. I only ordered it yesterday morning. El Marachis and Mexico, the Robert Rodrigues collection that inspired the Mariachi triplogy. IT's great, feeding my need for dirty mexican music in a way Les Tigres Del Nortes never could. My NarcoCorrido book arrived today - woot!! I would have sat outside with a beer to read it but it's a little bit windy.
Now if I could just get hold of my parents in Spain all would be well in the world, how dare they have a social life?
Monday, May 16, 2005
What I do like is the old adadge 'And The Geek shall Inherit the Earth' really is true. All you have to mention is a full set of Buffy comics, or you used to chair a roleplaying gropup and you've still got your dice and doors fling open. Great Stuff. Who knew studying sci-fi could have proved so useful.
I still have this lovely dream that getting a job at Lionhead or something wouldn't rest on the letters after my name, or my obvious perfectness for the job, but a really jammy D20 roll in a fight against Molyneux.
Thursday, May 12, 2005
My watch broke, my first grown up watch (the swatch one I brought on the way back from France a few years back to stop Pete from teasing me about not bing able to tell the time) . Anyway, according to the bloke in Timpson's the battery wasn't dead, the watch was. Cue frantic running around town in the 2 hour gap between finishing work at 3 and meeting Pete at 5, all this without a watch to look at to check I wan't being late, worse still for some reason I'd left my mobile phone in the bathroom (??) so I found myself detouring past the big screen outside Tesco's just to check the time.
I did see a few watches I liked in Argos, but since money was tight I headed to the Index closing down sale and they had nothing I could possibly live with on my wrist. Headed back to Argos to look at the Mickey mouse watch, brought that, way too big for my arm, so I tried to ex-change that for the minney mouse (It was pink, I assumed it would be better proportioned for my wrist) only to watch the shop assistant break it trying to get it off the stand thingy. Suffice to say that did nothing for my confidence in the product!
I ended up in H Samuel buing a pretty purple Harry Potter Watch, it's got Hedwig on it and better still it was in the sale. It does look like I'm doomed to wear kids watches forever.
Playful Subjects tomorrow. Train leaves Liverpool at 7:40, meeting Ian in Birmingham then have to find our way to the Youth Hostle. Is it wrong to admit this is my first foray into Youth Hostle's and I'm slightly scared about the whole thing?
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Had a bit of a crap day in work, well, up until the last half hour anyway. Grrr, stupid lawyers from EXL, 3 of them trooped in twice with a load of bin bags that had somehow found their way into their bin. They were so proud they'd had chance to go through them and everything - This suggests to me their not busy, which may, or may not imply their not very good.
Just spell checked this, the Blog's own spell checker doesn't recognise Blog as a word - that made me chuckle!!
Site Updates - Some more pictures of Liverpool and the river Mersey - in the photos of places section.
In similar news their doing something strange to the statue in Exchange Square. (the square round the back of the town hall)This is where they've just announced Penthouses should sell for £2 million quid.
Pete and I can't work out if it's art or it's just being cleaned!