alithea: (Being human (base by ahlai))
I think I spent more of my long weekend watching the Tour de France and reading Ghost Ship from cover to cover, than I did tidying but I only have 2 plastic crates and 2 document boxes left to go through and the cupboard is looking fairly civilised (a lot of what we've kept is actually packing materials, but it seems silly to throw out bubblewrap and tissue paper when we are planning on moving next year). And I went swimming in the North Sea on Friday afternoon, which was very pleasant indeed. I should definitely get back into swimming, even if it's in the uni pool next time.

I also caught up with 3 friends, although it should have been 4, and didn't come last in 'Ticket to Ride' by screwing over the Boy which was a bit mean of me, but Brad had already blocked me from 2 routes and it was soo obvious where he was going and that it would mean a huge score... Bad wife ;)
alithea: (ice)
Have only broken the work website twice so far today.

My hair roots currently match my dark red dress but the rest of my hair is mostly still brown-black. It would appear Garnier HerbaShine is more effective at dyeing my bathroom than my hair. This a new disadvantage of having painted wood as a shower screen which hadn't occurred to me before. We may have to repaint the bathroom again...

Grey sleety weather is not conducive to getting up in the mornings, especially when you have SAD.

Can I hibernate until the sun comes out, please?

Wolfish

Sep. 25th, 2012 10:19 am
alithea: (Autumn wolf)
Definitely a Wild Woman channelling day today - Boots of Wonder, superhero dress, leather trenchcoat, wild and woolly weather (I nearly got lifted off my feet on Hawkhill on the way into work!). Very glad to be in my nice non-howly office rather than the Turret today!

Have I mentioned how much I love autumn recently? ;)

Annoyances

Feb. 25th, 2012 12:41 pm
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I went to put my merino cardigan on this morning and realised it has developed 4 holes since I washed it! Am most annoyed, I know it said handwash but I did it on a wool cycle in a fine mesh bag for heaven's sake :( All the other handwash garments I own have survived that no problem. And the really annoying thing is that they are completedly out of nowhere holes - the snags on the sleeve where Gizmo caught it with her claws aren't any worse than before I washed it.

Apparently the Boy cut for spider warning, no pictures though ) The most annoying thing is that he was completedly bemused when I was horrified that he told me this! "But I put it out the window", he protested. I'd suspect an elaborate ploy to motivate me into hoovering the flat to within an inch of its life while he's away LARPing this weekend, except that I doubt it even occurred to him as a response.
alithea: (Starbuck bang (made by amiyuy))
In typical fashion I kept wanting to post last week when I couldn't even read my flist but since LJ has been working again, I've singularly failed to be inspired.

*Gizmo had to go back to the vets last week but it's now been over a week and *touch wood* she seems fine so I'm hoping that is the last cat related drama I have for a while.

*4 tower blocks were blown up across the way on Sunday - it was a rather impressive sight and now I have a view to the Law Hill from my flat. I have photos but have singularly failed to upload them from my camera (spotting a theme here? Anyone would think I was in full on procrastination mode...)

*I finished reading The Wind Up Girl last night. I enjoyed the world building and the plot, and although most of the characters were totally unlikeable, I felt it mostly redeemed itself by the end when the female characters finally developed some agency and got their revenge. cut for discussion of rape in fiction )
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* I walked about 5 miles along Tentsmuir Sands barefoot yesterday. I'm quite surprised I don't have sore feet or a dodgy hip today but then I guess soft sand is quite supportive. It was very pleasant, although the sea was unsurprisingly rather colder than Brighouse Bay was (North Sea vs Irish).

*My second Joe Browns sale order arrived today and the frock fits over the bust without needing a top underneath and the skirt fits just right on the waist. Wonders will never cease, particularly as La Redoute finally managed to send me a matching pair of curtains for the bedroom (they sent one, then the second one had the wrong header on it and had to go back, then the reorder failed because it had been out of stock so long they couldn't use my card details). I only persevered because my window is too tall for UK ready-mades and they were about 10x cheaper than getting specially made ones.

*I watched Torchwood: Miracle Day yesterday. My reponse was mostly 'Meh', I half wish we'd watched The Killing instead, as I found the first episode of that rather more engaging; oh well, that's what the catch up service is for. I'm also loving Castle and quite enjoyed Sirens (the lad who plays Rob Stark in A Game of Thrones is surprisingly sexy with a Scottish accent, while Nathan Fillion is unsurprisingly sexy).

*I'm reading Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier at the moment. It's not very thrilling. The Boy is engrossed in A Dance of Dragons but I suspect I need to reread the series from the beginning to follow it so I'm debating waiting until he finishes the whole set. The TV show has made me want to reread the first ones but Dear Lord, did A Feast for Crows drag :(

*I really need to get out of holiday mode and do some work!
alithea: (Being human (base by ahlai))
- Am reading Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente at the moment. It's like the novel version of some kind of mad Studio Ghibili film with added sex, written in incredibly flouncy language. The poetry and imagery is impressive but the characters seem completedly empty so far, it doesn't seem to have any heart underneath the surface. Maybe I'm just an old prude but I'm not particularly impressed by the first 3 chapters ending with the characters having seemingly meaningless sex with random strangers... Still, I've only read the first section so far so we'll see if it gets deeper when we get to know the characters better. (N.B. my reading list for the year is the top post on my journal for those of you who are newer around here)

- The weather is utterly foul. I am not a fan of February.

- The builders have almost finished doing up the flats nextdoor and downstairs. I'm very relieved because the novelty has worn off with the amount of noise they have been making this week - hammering floor boards at 10.30 pm on a weeknight when The Boy has to get up at 6 am for work, for example.

- Did anyone else watch Michel Roux's Service on BBC2? The last episode made me teary eyed - who says today's teenagers are a waste of space! It just shows that sometimes troublesome young people really do just need to be given a genuine chance to shine.

- Speaking of TV, I'm loving the return of Being Human and The Vampire Diaries - very different but equally dark and angsty in their own ways. I'm loving Nina in Being Human even more this series and as for TVD, I could watch Damon being angsty all day ;)
alithea: (Pottery)
- Off to pottery shortly. Am thoroughly leaf obsessed at the moment. I discovered new glazes buried in the cupboard before xmas and they turned out wonderfully on a leaf mask thing I made (it was supposed to be a Green Man but it's not awfully face-like apart from having eye and mouth holes) so now I'm thinking of trying a leaf wall plaque similar to the expensive ones I saw at Potfest for the living room, and being tempted to break my rule about no more jewellery (except beads)... Must update my pottery blog with pictures.

- Am about to be reminded just how spoilt I am as The Boy is working shifts for the next 12 weeks. I have to cook my own dinner tonight and get the bus to t'ai chi and I won't be getting tea in bed tomorrow morning (I did say I was spoilt!)

- A letting agent has bought 2 flats in the building and is doing them up at present so we have the builders in nextdoor. The Boy got chatting to them on the stairs this morning and apparently the close is getting professionally cleaned, the security door is going to be fixed and the roof is going to be looked at. Happy-making stuff, I hope our guttering will get fixed too!
alithea: (Hope (made by lady_wormtongue))
- The only areas of the bathroom that are still lacking any coats of white paint are around the door and the outer window sill
- I have travelled on 9 trains in the past few weeks and they all ran on time
- I seem to have acquired the ability to wake up at 7.30am, which is decidedly handy in allowing me to get a full day's work done while still having time for fresh air and exercise
- I don't have a cold any more
- The Boy and I have been together for 3 years today and I still love him even if he does make the flat a tip ;)
alithea: (Starbuck bang (made by amiyuy))
The Boy and I were just sitting watching the Chelsea Flower show yesterday evening, when all of a sudden, there was a funny poppy bang noise and a big spark flashed on the metal grate in the fireplace. I was just wondering what the hell had happened (and worrying the gas was about to explode or something, as we have a living flame gas fire) when there was an allmighty crack of thunder right overhead. I tell you, it was the loudest thing I've ever heard, the canon at Edzell last year had nothing on this! Anyway, it transpires that our chimney got stuck by lightning - the Boy went out to check on it and apparently the metal cover on the top is all twisted and charred! And a few minutes after he came back in, it started hailing like crazy - great lumps of ice pinging off the bathroom window and making an appalling racket hitting the metal flue for the boiler. It only lasted a few minutes but it was really heavy. The Boy said some poor girl walking up the road had a bloody nose from being hit by it. Talk about dramatic weather!
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I've actually managed to achieve stuff today which is a rare for a Monday. That's what happens when I do things before turning the computer on! As a result, I have a tea loaf cooling in the kitchen and had a lovely walk earlier before the sun started going down. We're in the midst of our first really cold snap of the season at the moment - it's been beautifully sunny for the past 2 days but the pavements are thick with frost in the shade and the big pool at the Swanny Ponds is about 3/4 frozen over.

I can't believe it's the second week of November already, this year is going so fast. I've given up on getting the bathroom finished before the new year, it's just too cold and damp to get the paint dry now. Instead, my plan for this month is mostly to get organised for the festive season in the hope that I'm busy working by December. Speaking of work, what I should be doing is the final edits on That Report as the IFA sent it back again; they are really taking the micky now! Still, it is mostly just proof-reading errors now so shouldn't take long.

In other news, I am frantically trying to avoid succumbing to the lurgy that has hit most of the roleplaying society over the past week. I'm not doing too well because I already have a bit of head cold but I'm dosing myself up with paracetamol and decongestants, and trying to do some gentle exercise, and get sunlight and fresh air every day. Went for a walk along the water front on Saturday and swimming yesterday (although that might have been a bit much, my head was noticable worse afterwards), and a walk around two local parks earlier today. Mage game tonight, which I'm looking forward to except that it involves spending another evening with the plague bearers, still at least they won't be in my home this time ;) Trying to decide if I want to go to a T'ai chi workshop in a couple of weeks despite having not been to a class since January...

Gratitude

Oct. 29th, 2009 05:04 pm
alithea: (Being human (base by ahlai))
I've been feeling a bit mopey this week, mostly hormonal I think, but the largely miserable weather and the clock change hasn't helped, so I was going to have a good whinge. Then several friends posted about family members seriously ill in hospital, health scares, and potential homelessness and I came back to reality pretty quickly. If all I have to moan about is no job when I have savings in the bank and cheap living costs and an employed partner to share them, and my kitchen falling apart, life really isn't so bad is it? Even if said partner has been busy getting latex and paint all over said falling apart kitchen!

In other news, I seem to have become the top destination for the local Jehovah's Witnesses. The guy is interesting to chat to but if he keeps turning up I'm going to feel obliged to ask him in for a cuppa or something and my house is a tip at present! Must tidy the lounge...
alithea: (Going mad (made by anabel_icons))
I locked myself out of the flat for the first time ever this afternoon. In a tizzy because I'd been frantically trying to finish the executive summary for this flippin' report only to eventually break for lunch, very hungry indeed, to discover there was no lunch to be had, I flew out of the front door with my wallet to nip to the local corner shop, and forgot to pick up my keys. The Turret has a yale lock and I'd pulled the door to in a strop before I realized my error.

Fortunately for me, The Boy works 15 minutes walk away in the city centre, so this only resulted in fairly temporary embarrassment and panic. Still, I could really have done without any more stress today!
alithea: (Daydreaming)
Had a really good week in (Northern) Ireland (we crossed the border a couple of times) last week - the weather was mostly lovely and the countryside is beautiful.

We arrived on Saturday evening having ended up getting the train down to Edinburgh and then the shuttle bus to the airport because the car is having a fit again. Our flight was delayed by an hour but The Boy's folks were there to pick us up from Belfast so we didn't do too badly. On Sunday we pottered around Rostrevor and went for a walk along the Fairy Glen, and then after lunch we headed across the border to Carlingford on the other side of the Loch, which has some lovely Norman architecture and a castle built by King John in the 13th Century. On Monday, we wondered around a lovely local graveyard and then went up to Belfast, visited the cathedral which has some really beautiful mosaic art work in it, and met up with a couple of the Boy's old school friends. Tuesday was hiking day - we walked up through the forest park to the Cloughmore Stone and then up and across the ridge line to Slieve Martin, which is almost a mountain.

Wednesday, the Boy drove us down to Newgrange and we visted two neolithic burial mounds. Knowth is newly opened to the public and you can't go right into the burial chamber but the stone carvings were fantastic and it feels a bit more authenic than Newgrange, which has been 'recreated' in a way. Still, both sites were really interesting and it was great to be able to go into the chamber at Newgrange and see a demonstration of how the sun enters at sunrise on the winter solstice, even if it is full of Victorian graphiti! We entered the lottery to get to be there over the Solstice but I don't expect we'll get picked. The Boy got selected a few years ago but his work wouldn't let him have the time off :(
Thursday, we went to Carrickfergus castle, which is really good except that they have ruined the inside of the Keep, which is now Disney Medieval style. Then we headed up the very scenic coast road to the Giants Causeway, which is really fantastic:
I won't be forgetting it in a hurry because I got absolutely drenched by a rogue wave while posing for a photo - unfortunately, the Boy has too busy trying to keep the camera dry to capture it.
After that excitment we just pottered around the local area on Friday and walked into Warren Point and back, via the monument to General Ross, who is supposed to have burnt the White House. And Saturday, we headed home to a very clingy Gizmo and something dodgy going on with the wiring of the oven switch, oh the joys of home ownership...
(more photos on Facebook BTW)
alithea: (Bones (made by seeaseye))
Short work contract came through, unexpectedly full-time, so I've been a bit snowed under. Still, the money will be good :)

Pottery has finished for the summer hols but I still have some things to put together and my next big project is photographing everything and getting it for sale online. I finally picked up the other painted stoneware pendants I'd been waiting on for months yesterday evening, so they will hopefully be going up on my blog over the weekend.

Was very good last week and did 60 lengths in the pool twice, but haven't really done any exercise at all this week :( Flat wrangling was achieved at the weekend though, in that the kitchen has been re-arranged, and it is loads better for it - looks so much wider with the fridge at the end of the units and my mock dresser (old pine desk with narrow shelves sitting on top) opposite the sink instead. Bathroom has temporarily stalled due to lack of suitable wood trim for the top of the tongue and groove, but hopefully we'll start the painting soon.

Last weekend also involved a cycle ride in the pouring rain, which reminded me of some of the ones i did as a kid during the school holidays, and we finally got to meet baby Samuel, albeit it fleetingly. Not sure what will be happening this weekend - apparently the weather is going to improve (the rain is lashing down just now, and has been on-and-off all week!) so hopefully we'll manage a countryside excursion for Mid Summer.

Oh, and I highly recommend Stephen King's Dark Tower series to anyone who hasn't read it yet; I'm on book 5 and loving it (and there are only 7 in the complete series incase you were concerned).
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Not an awful lot has been happening around here recently, although I do have a guy phoning me about doing some work for a farm scale greenhouse gas calculator at 2pm so *fingers crossed* that will happen.

Things happened as planned following my last post - Eurovision was fun, birthday also (although slightly marred by the Royal Mail depot, who decided not to bother providing proper cover while our regular postman was on holiday, meaning some of my parcels took 9 days to arrive 1st class!), and I've posted about the re-enacters at Edzell Castle and Potfest over on my ceramics blog.

Last week I had an annoying migraine, which didn't shift properly for days and left me rather out of sorts, but the weekend just gone was good. The weather was glorious and on Saturday, the Boy and I headed out to Arbroath and walked along the Seaton Cliffs towards Auchmithie, although we didn't make it the whole way because we had to get back in plenty of time for the DAFTAs (annual Roleplaying Society Awards Dinner), which was good fun. On Sunday, we headed over to Halliburton and walked around a forest park on the Angus/Perth & Kinross border, which was very pleasant, although a miscalculation involved having to walk about 2 miles back to the car park along the main road was rather less pleasant.

On Monday, I spent a chunk of the day reading Living with Honour: A Pagan Ethics by Emma Restall Orr, which was interesting; discussion and mini-rant ) And then I went running, and yesterday was swimming; I'm on an exercise kick at the moment because I need the endorphins, I want to be much fitter, and also all my summer dresses and several of my tops are too tight across the rib cage where I have acquired flab, and I don't want to have to buy something new to wear for this summer's crop of weddings, when I already have several lovely frocks I have hardly worn. This may have to involve stomach exercises though, which I'm not very taken with...

Plans for the next few weeks involve hopefully some work, job hunting, and lots of flat wrangling - bought the paint for the bathroom woodwork yesterday so need to sand it all down in preparation for the undercoat.
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The Boy and I went swimming on Saturday lunchtime and then yesterday we headed out to the Sidlaw Hills, and walked through Balkello woods, and up Auchterhouse Hill and Balkello Hill, so I'm feeling cheerier for the exercise and fresh air.

I'm supposed to be going out for dinner with t'ai chi people tonight but I don't know if it's been confirmed because last week's class was cancelled due to Carol being ill. I should probably pop into the Rokpa this afternoon and see if anyone knows what is happening.

This week is crunch time for The Boy's car, she's a bit tired these days and if she fails her MOT and needs very much work doing, she'll be off to the scrap yard and we'll be a car-less household until December at the earliest. Hopefully, this won't be too hard, I managed for the whole of my adult life without one until he moved in anyway. And at least I won't have to feel guilty about not being as green anymore...

I have to go to the dentists tomorrow afternoon. Normally, this doesn't bother me as I've been incredibly lucky with my teeth, health-wise (I had to have umpteen braces and teeth that I didn't have room for taken out as a teenager, but they are good and strong), but last time I went, I found out my wisdom teeth are going to need filling sometime soonish, so now I'm dreading that I'm going to have to pay for that out of my savings too (and dreading the fillings, because I have a really small mouth so they are quite inaccessible, and I detest those numbing injections). Oh well, at least the Oxfam shop just down the road from the dentists is normally good for comfort book shopping ;)
alithea: (Warrior_River (made by brokenharlequin))
Made it to swimming yesterday and feel much better for it. Managed my 40 lengths eventually, felt like an empowered feminist warrior woman by going hairy and not caring, and amused the life guard when he spotted me singing along to Alice Cooper on the sound system. I like the Saturday lifeguards' taste in music ;)

Have finally cleared the washing up back log today, while singing along to my Alice Cooper albums because I realised yesterday that I hadn't listened to them for ages, and am now looking forward to a chicken roast dinner, which smells rather good.

*AND*

my bathroom wall is white! The ceiling needs another coat and the walls are going yellow, and then of course there's the woodwork to sort out, but this time last week ( and for the past 4 years) it was a mishmash of holes, filler, plaster and orangey pink paint so the white is a big improvement :)

Also, my new glasses are quite funky, although narrower than my old ones so I haven't quite got used to all the lines in front of my eyes yet.
alithea: (Rainbow River (made by hollycore))
So far, being 30 is suiting me just fine; I've managed to more or less hold on to the ocean of calm I found during my holiday and have been pottering through life very nicely thank you. I've been making progress on my To Read pile, and generally relaxing, and I'm still doing some work for the European project I was working on before my contract ended (writing a paper and editing reports) because my (former) boss and the project leader asked very nicely. Of course, this relaxed attitude probably isn't particularly justified, because I am not rich enough to sustain the life of an intellectual dilettante for very long, and so far I have applied for precisely one job, but it's not like stressing out helps anything.

Yesterday, the Boy took a flexi day and went cycling in the morning while I did a few chores, and then he took me out to lunch at the DCA (which was lovely, but I do wish they would say on the menu when things have chili in them) and we had a nice potter around town in the sunshine, before heading out to the roleplaying society to design characters for a new Full Light, Full Steam game (steampunk Victoriana in space). I also finished reading Lonely Werewolf Girl, which I thoroughly enjoyed (except for the volumn of errors, which made me feel like contacting the publishers and offering my services as a proof reader!) and would recommend to all fans of urban fantasy who like something a bit, well, 'punk' I guess - given it features a werewolf rock band and fashion obsessed Fire Elementals. And now I am doing something which will inspire envy in Stephen Fry and a chunk of my Flist - reading my FIRST Georgette Heyer novel, The Foundling.

Life is good. Now I just need to get fit, get a job, and sort out the disaster area the flat has become this year!
alithea: (Rainbow River (made by hollycore))
I hope many blessing are unfurling in your life as the leaves unfurl, and you are emerging from winter full of hopes and plans.


Not that is it awfully spring like around here - the daffs may be out and the buds on the trees are starting to show green, but there is snow and bitterly cold weather forecast for the Easter weekend! Such are the joys of the Frozen North :)

Report is nearly done and awaiting feedback and further input from others at this point, and hopefully soon I'll be able to get stuck into my spring cleaning and also give my house plants some much needed attention, as my spiderplants are all potbound and I have tradescantia cuttings that have rooted ready to pot up. In the meantime, lunch, errands in town and hopefully time to fit in a run (I'm trying to keep in the habit of going Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays), before cooking a yummy dinner for The Boy and I, and heading out to roleplaying for this week's Changeling session. So busy, but in a good way :)

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