naughtyelf: (Pushing Daisies - Ned (buddha))
Today was awesome. I had a lie in, and got up with no alarm around 11. Had a shower and sat around for a while, and then headed into York. I nipped into the office to leave a Chuck DVD for Terry and had chance to say hi to Sally, who I suspect lives in the office as she's always there if I pop in at the weekend.

Did some shopping (bought lightbulbs) and had a look for a coat I liked but failed (probably because I didn't try very hard).

While I was standing in WH Smiths reading an interview with Niall Quinn in FourFourTwo magazine, Ryan phoned, so I left the shop to talk to him as people had started looking at me as soon as I said hello. I was informed that he and Nikki were on Micklegate, which wasn't far from where I was, and luckily they were with Nikki's friend Rosie (who they're staying with tonight) so I didn't need to direct them to me which was good.

Was very happy to finally meet Nikki! We all sat at Starbucks for a while, incorporating happy hour (which Ryan renamed Frappy Hour and I have no idea why they weren't promoting it as such!) getting our half price fraps and just hanging out chatting. We weren't sure what to do next, and were just going to have a wander around the general tourist sites - the Minster, Clifford's Tower etc - but were sidetracked by the Tourist Information centre to see what time the Railway Museum closed. While there we saw a leaflet. A leaflet that intrigued us. The bottom half was covered by other leaflets. The top half was this:



What might this free fun have involved, you ask? Click the cut to find out! )

Very much looking forward to having an even bigger group of people to invade York in three weeks' time!
naughtyelf: (Pushing Daisies - Ned (buddha))
Today was awesome. I had a lie in, and got up with no alarm around 11. Had a shower and sat around for a while, and then headed into York. I nipped into the office to leave a Chuck DVD for Terry and had chance to say hi to Sally, who I suspect lives in the office as she's always there if I pop in at the weekend.

Did some shopping (bought lightbulbs) and had a look for a coat I liked but failed (probably because I didn't try very hard).

While I was standing in WH Smiths reading an interview with Niall Quinn in FourFourTwo magazine, Ryan phoned, so I left the shop to talk to him as people had started looking at me as soon as I said hello. I was informed that he and Nikki were on Micklegate, which wasn't far from where I was, and luckily they were with Nikki's friend Rosie (who they're staying with tonight) so I didn't need to direct them to me which was good.

Was very happy to finally meet Nikki! We all sat at Starbucks for a while, incorporating happy hour (which Ryan renamed Frappy Hour and I have no idea why they weren't promoting it as such!) getting our half price fraps and just hanging out chatting. We weren't sure what to do next, and were just going to have a wander around the general tourist sites - the Minster, Clifford's Tower etc - but were sidetracked by the Tourist Information centre to see what time the Railway Museum closed. While there we saw a leaflet. A leaflet that intrigued us. The bottom half was covered by other leaflets. The top half was this:



What might this free fun have involved, you ask? Click the cut to find out! )

Very much looking forward to having an even bigger group of people to invade York in three weeks' time!
naughtyelf: (Delta - ITL video (black scarf))
I am very much enjoying my 50p off at Starbucks vouchers. Even though the cream is still the crappy new stuff that melts far too fast. I was really super tired this morning for no reason at all, so I think it'll have to be an early night tonight.

I went to take my Dad's Christmas presents to his house last Thursday - I saw him on Tuesday but at the match, and I wanted to see him open his presents so I kept them til I had time to drop in with them. I got there and Julie let me in, which is weird in itself, as Dad always answers the door. It turns out he'd been off work ill - she got him to come downstairs but he was really weird and dizzy the whole time. He opened his things and seemed pleased with them but then I left him to recover some more. I texted him on Friday to see if he was feeling better and he said he hadn't been able to get a doctors appointment but that he was still dizzy, though a bit better - he spoke to a doctor on the phone who diagnosed him with acute onset vertigo. I sent him a text today and he's still off work, no better, with a doctor's appointment tomorrow. Hopefully she'll be able to sort him out because he's not generally a sickly person and hates sitting around doing nothing - plus we play Newcastle a week on Sunday and he can't miss that! ;)


Day 17 → Your favourite holiday
I am going to choose to answer this as a holiday I went on, rather than a public holiday, because I don't have such a thing as a favourite one of those, and since I made this meme up, I can answer it however I want!

This is another really tough one because I've had some amazing holidays over the last few years - Barcelona/Salou, Portugal, LA/San Diego/San Francisco with Quinn last year, but I think I'll have to go with LA/San Diego 2009 with Jaina, Hilary, Ryan, Karen and Max. Purely because there were so many of us, it was a long trip and we went so far away - all of those things combined make it particularly memorable, and then there are just so many memories from the whole time. The condo we rented is top of the list of why it was awesome though - I wish I could win the lottery so I could buy that condo from the woman. I totally would. I'd pay anything. I met Paul Gross - nine year old me died happy that day. The whole trip was just absolutely brilliant. So it wins here!

The rest of the days: )
naughtyelf: (Delta - ITL video (black scarf))
I am very much enjoying my 50p off at Starbucks vouchers. Even though the cream is still the crappy new stuff that melts far too fast. I was really super tired this morning for no reason at all, so I think it'll have to be an early night tonight.

I went to take my Dad's Christmas presents to his house last Thursday - I saw him on Tuesday but at the match, and I wanted to see him open his presents so I kept them til I had time to drop in with them. I got there and Julie let me in, which is weird in itself, as Dad always answers the door. It turns out he'd been off work ill - she got him to come downstairs but he was really weird and dizzy the whole time. He opened his things and seemed pleased with them but then I left him to recover some more. I texted him on Friday to see if he was feeling better and he said he hadn't been able to get a doctors appointment but that he was still dizzy, though a bit better - he spoke to a doctor on the phone who diagnosed him with acute onset vertigo. I sent him a text today and he's still off work, no better, with a doctor's appointment tomorrow. Hopefully she'll be able to sort him out because he's not generally a sickly person and hates sitting around doing nothing - plus we play Newcastle a week on Sunday and he can't miss that! ;)


Day 17 → Your favourite holiday
I am going to choose to answer this as a holiday I went on, rather than a public holiday, because I don't have such a thing as a favourite one of those, and since I made this meme up, I can answer it however I want!

This is another really tough one because I've had some amazing holidays over the last few years - Barcelona/Salou, Portugal, LA/San Diego/San Francisco with Quinn last year, but I think I'll have to go with LA/San Diego 2009 with Jaina, Hilary, Ryan, Karen and Max. Purely because there were so many of us, it was a long trip and we went so far away - all of those things combined make it particularly memorable, and then there are just so many memories from the whole time. The condo we rented is top of the list of why it was awesome though - I wish I could win the lottery so I could buy that condo from the woman. I totally would. I'd pay anything. I met Paul Gross - nine year old me died happy that day. The whole trip was just absolutely brilliant. So it wins here!

The rest of the days: )
naughtyelf: (Alias - OT3)
Another quiet day today - which has seen the beginning of 2011 being the year of nostalgia. I went in the bath with a book I haven't read for years and although I got out of the bath after an hour or so I have done nothing but continue to read it since then. It was Jennings Goes To School and I have been crying with laughter at it (and reading bits of it out to mam!) for hours. Brilliant book. So I'm going to make a list, I think. Of books and TV series or films I rewatch or reread.

Nostalgia for 2011 )

I'm also doing an icon rotation, because too many of my icons have gone unused over the last year or so.

Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
This is tough, because music doesn't tend to make me emotional. The only thing I can think of is that when I was driving up to Karen's the day we went to see Take That, singing along with Never Forget really loud in my car made me get all teary. I'm not sure why and it's never done it since! Not even later that night at the actual concert, ha! I think it was with excitement mostly. Ah, memories. That was the first time I drove my car anywhere other than to York, I'd only had it a couple of weeks and I ventured to Karen's house - exciting times!

The only other example I can give would be this one, which now makes me cry with laughter, and which (spoiler alert) I'm going to link to in every post I can get away with for the foreseeable future:



The rest of the days: )
naughtyelf: (Alias - OT3)
Another quiet day today - which has seen the beginning of 2011 being the year of nostalgia. I went in the bath with a book I haven't read for years and although I got out of the bath after an hour or so I have done nothing but continue to read it since then. It was Jennings Goes To School and I have been crying with laughter at it (and reading bits of it out to mam!) for hours. Brilliant book. So I'm going to make a list, I think. Of books and TV series or films I rewatch or reread.

Nostalgia for 2011 )

I'm also doing an icon rotation, because too many of my icons have gone unused over the last year or so.

Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
This is tough, because music doesn't tend to make me emotional. The only thing I can think of is that when I was driving up to Karen's the day we went to see Take That, singing along with Never Forget really loud in my car made me get all teary. I'm not sure why and it's never done it since! Not even later that night at the actual concert, ha! I think it was with excitement mostly. Ah, memories. That was the first time I drove my car anywhere other than to York, I'd only had it a couple of weeks and I ventured to Karen's house - exciting times!

The only other example I can give would be this one, which now makes me cry with laughter, and which (spoiler alert) I'm going to link to in every post I can get away with for the foreseeable future:



The rest of the days: )
naughtyelf: (Ugly Betty - Amanda (eating))
Happy new year! Hope everybody had a fantabulous time, whatever you were doing. I had more laughter than I've ever had on a New Year before, as [livejournal.com profile] mrbuttmonkey and [livejournal.com profile] casualty_7 made the trip North to see me. As I managed to get everything done at work quickly, I managed to escape at 1.40 and was home in plenty of time to have a shower and tidy up a bit before they arrived.

The hilarity started immediately with Alison stuck on my steps with her suitcase, and it just went on from there! We stored all of the drinks in the outhouse and then settled in front of the fire, watching The Only Way Is Essex in HD and Josh Groban hosting Buzzcocks, as well as a good chunk of Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, before we ventured out into Tad to collect our Chinese.

After we'd eaten far too much and started on the drinking, we played the Glee board game Alison got for Christmas. Ryan and I only agreed to play if we didn't have to do any of the singing or dancing questions! I didn't expect to laugh so hard, it was brilliant - mostly because we were making our own fun with it!

Just before New Year, I sent Alison outside with a lump of coal and a tub of salt so she could be our official First Foot - Mam and I long ago abandoned any belief that the gender of the First Foot mattered in the slightest so it was nice to have somebody do it who doesn't live here! Alison was excited to be an important part of the ceremony, and if the year sucks, it's her fault ;)

We watched Fireworks on TV, Alison made us sing Auld Lang Syne (though mostly it was Alison singing and Ryan and I just doing the joining hands part) and then we ventured across the road to the cricket field to set off some Chinese lanterns. But shock horror! It was LOCKED! There was a padlock! So we thought about it for a bit, and ended up doing it from the car park. There was wind, there was lanterns with holes burnt into them, there was things that wouldn't light and then were too much alight, and there were ripped lanterns... and then there were blue flashing lights and Ryan and Alison were planning their escape route for the police coming to arrest us! Then the lights went away and I assume they were just going back to the station at the top of the road. But we went home very scared and giggling at the tale of "Remember that time at new year when we almost got arrested?"

We sat around drinking Winter Pimms until almost 3am, watching Criminal Minds and being bemused at the number of Government Adverts playing at that time of day (like this and this)!

Today Alison and Ryan stayed for lunch, and we watched The Soup. It was Alison's first time watching and it was absolutely brilliant fun watching it as a group! They left around 2.30.

Sunderland had a home game today, and it's the first time in over 10 years I've missed a home league game because I've decided not to go, as opposed to because I was busy doing something else (plays/cons/holidays/parties). So I decided to spent the whole day pretending I was living in the Likely Lads and avoiding the score. I succeeded! I closed Twitter and Facebook at 3pm, only texted people who wouldn't tell me the score, and sat watching stuff we had on the Sky box with Mam. When I watched the highlights programme tonight and we'd won 3-0 I was thrilled! It was like watching a live match but with none of the boring bits!

So tomorrow is going to be a day of nothing. I have no real resolutions for 2011, though I do want to try and post more. Last year I managed to post every day til about the 10th of January and then it all went downhill, so this year I'm trying to beat that, even just by a day!

I need to book tickets for Jonathan Woodward's play, and to think about starting to decide which phone I want when my contract expires later this month. But mostly just sleep, and maybe finding some more pictures to put on my digital photo frame. And continuing to try to clear off the Sky box before all the TV comes back this week.
naughtyelf: (Ugly Betty - Amanda (eating))
Happy new year! Hope everybody had a fantabulous time, whatever you were doing. I had more laughter than I've ever had on a New Year before, as [livejournal.com profile] mrbuttmonkey and [livejournal.com profile] casualty_7 made the trip North to see me. As I managed to get everything done at work quickly, I managed to escape at 1.40 and was home in plenty of time to have a shower and tidy up a bit before they arrived.

The hilarity started immediately with Alison stuck on my steps with her suitcase, and it just went on from there! We stored all of the drinks in the outhouse and then settled in front of the fire, watching The Only Way Is Essex in HD and Josh Groban hosting Buzzcocks, as well as a good chunk of Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, before we ventured out into Tad to collect our Chinese.

After we'd eaten far too much and started on the drinking, we played the Glee board game Alison got for Christmas. Ryan and I only agreed to play if we didn't have to do any of the singing or dancing questions! I didn't expect to laugh so hard, it was brilliant - mostly because we were making our own fun with it!

Just before New Year, I sent Alison outside with a lump of coal and a tub of salt so she could be our official First Foot - Mam and I long ago abandoned any belief that the gender of the First Foot mattered in the slightest so it was nice to have somebody do it who doesn't live here! Alison was excited to be an important part of the ceremony, and if the year sucks, it's her fault ;)

We watched Fireworks on TV, Alison made us sing Auld Lang Syne (though mostly it was Alison singing and Ryan and I just doing the joining hands part) and then we ventured across the road to the cricket field to set off some Chinese lanterns. But shock horror! It was LOCKED! There was a padlock! So we thought about it for a bit, and ended up doing it from the car park. There was wind, there was lanterns with holes burnt into them, there was things that wouldn't light and then were too much alight, and there were ripped lanterns... and then there were blue flashing lights and Ryan and Alison were planning their escape route for the police coming to arrest us! Then the lights went away and I assume they were just going back to the station at the top of the road. But we went home very scared and giggling at the tale of "Remember that time at new year when we almost got arrested?"

We sat around drinking Winter Pimms until almost 3am, watching Criminal Minds and being bemused at the number of Government Adverts playing at that time of day (like this and this)!

Today Alison and Ryan stayed for lunch, and we watched The Soup. It was Alison's first time watching and it was absolutely brilliant fun watching it as a group! They left around 2.30.

Sunderland had a home game today, and it's the first time in over 10 years I've missed a home league game because I've decided not to go, as opposed to because I was busy doing something else (plays/cons/holidays/parties). So I decided to spent the whole day pretending I was living in the Likely Lads and avoiding the score. I succeeded! I closed Twitter and Facebook at 3pm, only texted people who wouldn't tell me the score, and sat watching stuff we had on the Sky box with Mam. When I watched the highlights programme tonight and we'd won 3-0 I was thrilled! It was like watching a live match but with none of the boring bits!

So tomorrow is going to be a day of nothing. I have no real resolutions for 2011, though I do want to try and post more. Last year I managed to post every day til about the 10th of January and then it all went downhill, so this year I'm trying to beat that, even just by a day!

I need to book tickets for Jonathan Woodward's play, and to think about starting to decide which phone I want when my contract expires later this month. But mostly just sleep, and maybe finding some more pictures to put on my digital photo frame. And continuing to try to clear off the Sky box before all the TV comes back this week.
naughtyelf: (Doctor Who - Doctor/Sycorax)

Karen Gillan
Originally uploaded by vagueonthehow
On Sunday I got the bus down to London, met Hilary and went to sleep for a very short amount of time in the hostel in Piccadilly.

Around 4am we got up, headed over to HMV on Oxford Street, and after some initial confusion about the lack of people, we found 50 or so in a queue around the side of the shop. Some with tents.

A few cold hours of queuing later it was 9am and we had been joined by Steve, made friends with a lovely American student named Tasha plus another girl and her mum, been to Starbucks, got rained on, seen some Cybermen, been offered a chocolate by a small boy, and most importantly, made it into the shop to buy Doctor Who series 5 and claim a wristband to come back at 1pm and meet Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.

We went across the road to the cafe in M&S, warmed up and investigated our new box sets, and then headed back to HMV about 11am. We were rejoined by Tasha and then by Steve (though he stood behind us with other friends who had coincidentally ended up there) and then eventually got let into the shop somewhere before 1.

They queued us up down CD aisles and found ourselves wishing we'd actually been a bit further back as then we would have been at the front of aisle 2 instead of the back of aisle 1, and stood a better chance of getting some good photos.

The signing itself was really well run. We could see on the big screen that Karen seemed to be asking everybody their name, and we didn't believe they could possibly be personalising but they were! Hooray! We got up there, Karen said hello and asked my name, I told her how to spell it and she listened carefully and got it right! She was lovely and had a smile for everybody. Then we moved on to Matt, who looked at my name on the box, said "Hello Rachael!" and asked how I was. My answer was "a bit cold but I'm warming up now!" He said "I hope you weren't waiting too long!" and I said "I think it was... about 4? But it was worth it." He seemed amazed but at the same time not shocked or scared by the crazinesss that's good! Wasn't til many hours later I thought I should have mentioned about my uncle being a camera man on the series but I genuinely wasn't expecting time for anything more than a hello and being shoved down the line.

Bravo HMV!

I accompanied Hilary to Marylebone for a bit, then headed off to Victoria where I had my third coffee of the day before getting the world's hottest bus home. Arrived home around 10.30, made it to bed at 11.45 and then went into work on Tuesday a bit zombie-fied and convinced I had the world's first recorded case of jet lag within the same country.

Day 06 → What’s in your bag

1 pair SAFC gloves
1 woolly hat
1 pair headphones
Car keys
House keys
Purse
Building Society book
Door pass for work
Half a roll of polos
6 lollipops left over from Halloween that I took to the DW signing in case Hilary and I needed a sugar rush

More days of Random )
naughtyelf: (Doctor Who - Doctor/Sycorax)

Karen Gillan
Originally uploaded by vagueonthehow
On Sunday I got the bus down to London, met Hilary and went to sleep for a very short amount of time in the hostel in Piccadilly.

Around 4am we got up, headed over to HMV on Oxford Street, and after some initial confusion about the lack of people, we found 50 or so in a queue around the side of the shop. Some with tents.

A few cold hours of queuing later it was 9am and we had been joined by Steve, made friends with a lovely American student named Tasha plus another girl and her mum, been to Starbucks, got rained on, seen some Cybermen, been offered a chocolate by a small boy, and most importantly, made it into the shop to buy Doctor Who series 5 and claim a wristband to come back at 1pm and meet Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.

We went across the road to the cafe in M&S, warmed up and investigated our new box sets, and then headed back to HMV about 11am. We were rejoined by Tasha and then by Steve (though he stood behind us with other friends who had coincidentally ended up there) and then eventually got let into the shop somewhere before 1.

They queued us up down CD aisles and found ourselves wishing we'd actually been a bit further back as then we would have been at the front of aisle 2 instead of the back of aisle 1, and stood a better chance of getting some good photos.

The signing itself was really well run. We could see on the big screen that Karen seemed to be asking everybody their name, and we didn't believe they could possibly be personalising but they were! Hooray! We got up there, Karen said hello and asked my name, I told her how to spell it and she listened carefully and got it right! She was lovely and had a smile for everybody. Then we moved on to Matt, who looked at my name on the box, said "Hello Rachael!" and asked how I was. My answer was "a bit cold but I'm warming up now!" He said "I hope you weren't waiting too long!" and I said "I think it was... about 4? But it was worth it." He seemed amazed but at the same time not shocked or scared by the crazinesss that's good! Wasn't til many hours later I thought I should have mentioned about my uncle being a camera man on the series but I genuinely wasn't expecting time for anything more than a hello and being shoved down the line.

Bravo HMV!

I accompanied Hilary to Marylebone for a bit, then headed off to Victoria where I had my third coffee of the day before getting the world's hottest bus home. Arrived home around 10.30, made it to bed at 11.45 and then went into work on Tuesday a bit zombie-fied and convinced I had the world's first recorded case of jet lag within the same country.

Day 06 → What’s in your bag

1 pair SAFC gloves
1 woolly hat
1 pair headphones
Car keys
House keys
Purse
Building Society book
Door pass for work
Half a roll of polos
6 lollipops left over from Halloween that I took to the DW signing in case Hilary and I needed a sugar rush

More days of Random )

Deathtrap

Sep. 6th, 2010 02:29 pm
naughtyelf: (Delta - Tag Heuer red dress)
This weekend was another good one! Had a leisurely trip down to London on the train, met Hilary and checked us into the hostel. It was the quickest checkin I've ever had in that place, nobody in front of me at all - as we were just past 2pm so check in had only just opened, I was shocked! I dumped our stuff and then headed down to meet Jaina, and then The Dreamboat.

We wandered for ages passing Cafe Nerd and Prets all over the place, and eventually ending up in a pub. £2.87 for a coke! *shakes fist at London* We had a nice relaxing couple of hours before heading off to Cafe Mode to meet Kat.

We had tasty food - an excellent burger and some delish raspberry torte for me! - and then toddled off to the theatre, met Hilary (who it turned out had been with Sidonie and Naomi before they went to see Hair) and said our goodbyes to Tim and Kat before heading in for some Groff time!

No spoilers from me - despite the fact it was a play 30 years ago and then a film, the programme asks that you don't give anything away or spoil it for future audiences so I won't. But it was a brilliant play. I think I want to see it again, actually. It was super twisty and I'd like to see the first act knowing what was coming later.

Groff was really good -played different sides of the character brilliantly and if Friends is to be believed that spitting is the sign of a good actor, he's a bloody fantastic one! :D

We headed to the stage door afterwards, as it was finished well before 10. There were only 5 people in the cast and we got 4 autographs - Groff was last out and was very sweet and lovely.

The three of us wandered back towards Piccadilly and Hilary suggested we go to the Hair stage door for when that finished - as it hadn't finished yet, we managed to get right up at the front, and then let Sidonie and Naomi know that we were there and when they got out of the performance they came to say hello, which was lovely!

Back to the hostel after that, lots of random chatting before we finally fell asleep. I went back to sleep for a couple of hours after Hilary left yesterday morning, and then headed straight to Victoria where I was two hours early for my coach, so holed up in Starbucks with a copy of Love It!

Next weekend is Insurgence, and we're staying in the Sheraton - two completely contrasting weekends of accommodation for me and Hilary!

Deathtrap

Sep. 6th, 2010 02:29 pm
naughtyelf: (Delta - Tag Heuer red dress)
This weekend was another good one! Had a leisurely trip down to London on the train, met Hilary and checked us into the hostel. It was the quickest checkin I've ever had in that place, nobody in front of me at all - as we were just past 2pm so check in had only just opened, I was shocked! I dumped our stuff and then headed down to meet Jaina, and then The Dreamboat.

We wandered for ages passing Cafe Nerd and Prets all over the place, and eventually ending up in a pub. £2.87 for a coke! *shakes fist at London* We had a nice relaxing couple of hours before heading off to Cafe Mode to meet Kat.

We had tasty food - an excellent burger and some delish raspberry torte for me! - and then toddled off to the theatre, met Hilary (who it turned out had been with Sidonie and Naomi before they went to see Hair) and said our goodbyes to Tim and Kat before heading in for some Groff time!

No spoilers from me - despite the fact it was a play 30 years ago and then a film, the programme asks that you don't give anything away or spoil it for future audiences so I won't. But it was a brilliant play. I think I want to see it again, actually. It was super twisty and I'd like to see the first act knowing what was coming later.

Groff was really good -played different sides of the character brilliantly and if Friends is to be believed that spitting is the sign of a good actor, he's a bloody fantastic one! :D

We headed to the stage door afterwards, as it was finished well before 10. There were only 5 people in the cast and we got 4 autographs - Groff was last out and was very sweet and lovely.

The three of us wandered back towards Piccadilly and Hilary suggested we go to the Hair stage door for when that finished - as it hadn't finished yet, we managed to get right up at the front, and then let Sidonie and Naomi know that we were there and when they got out of the performance they came to say hello, which was lovely!

Back to the hostel after that, lots of random chatting before we finally fell asleep. I went back to sleep for a couple of hours after Hilary left yesterday morning, and then headed straight to Victoria where I was two hours early for my coach, so holed up in Starbucks with a copy of Love It!

Next weekend is Insurgence, and we're staying in the Sheraton - two completely contrasting weekends of accommodation for me and Hilary!
naughtyelf: (The 4400 - Tom/Diana (can't make you))
I've had an awesome couple of weekends and not posted about them, even though I kept meaning to!

First awesome weekend was my birthday - my birthday was the Saturday of T2, so I took my cake to the M&G on the Friday night. I thought it was the best thing to do as it meant we'd all be sitting down so we could eat some around an actual table (most of us anyway - we made sure there was plenty left for Ryan and Cara who were non M&Gers, and Tim and Kat who came to visit on my actual birthday!) and so the guests could see it and have some too. Plus Mam had made it on Thursday so the fact it was a sponge cake meant it wouldn't really have been as nice if we'd kept it til Saturday.

It was a Chuck cake, and I love it. My mum is amazing. I have a signed affidavit from Bonita Friedericy & John Billingsley announcing this fact! In case you didn't see the cake in person or on Facebook:


You can see all the awesome stuff around the sides in these other pictures. My mum rocks. Adam Baldwin ate some (and talked to me about Ace of Cakes again), John and Bonita had some too, and so did Brody. Thomas Dekker said he was enjoying looking at it too much to eat some "There's cars on there and everything!", Brian Austin Green was apparently trying to get drunk as he didn't want to eat cake in case it got in the way of his wine (ha!) and Mark Sheppard was just typically Mark and was too busy talking about himself to eat. Julia Ling didn't actually get offered any because she was the first person at out table and we didn't cut it til she'd gone.

I asked Mam when I got home if Adam Baldwin was the most famous person to ever eat one of her cakes and she said "Probably not actually, I did Sting's sister's wedding cake." WTF mother, how is this a story I've never heard before?!

Anyway, the con itself was brill. BAG was WAY more down to earth than I expected, the other new guests were all super nice, it was great to see Brody again and the surprise (in terms of awesomeness) of the event were John and Bonita. Love them!! It was a weekend of great company, I was so pleased that Tim and Kat came through on Saturday night. It was weird watching football at a con, as the England - USA game was that night, and when I was sitting with my feet on the bed drinking cider from the bottle and shouting at the match I think Football!Rach scared Ryan a bit! One day I'll get you all at a Sunderland game with me and THEN you'll see my real world!

This weekend was also suitably awesome - I went to Alison's yesterday and we just chilled. I arrived just as she was eating some lunch and we sat around for a bit, watched some Buffy on FX and then took her car to the car wash which she loved so much we went back later in my car and she washed mine! Cheap labour, love it! :D In between washing the two cars we went to a birthday party for 4 year old twins from her nursery, on the way we stopped at the nursery to water the veggies so I fully got to see Alison's world yesterday! I met some of the mums as well as some of the kids and was very well behaved around pregnant people and tiny babies. Had a lovely TV chat with two of them while Alison was away inside taking children to the toilet - they asked her to take them and their parents were just like "Oh, is that okay, Alison?" She was too polite to say "Yes actually! I've just come to get a drink and I'm not at work today!" It was funny. Bless.

Next up is Dave and Donna's wedding in a couple of weeks, when I will be staying with Karen which I can't wait for. I haven't seen her since before she went to Australia so it will be very fun. And Dave can breathe a sigh of relief now that he knows for sure all his wedding guests (and him!) won't be off watching TV at his reception which would have been the case if England were in the 3rd/4th play off in the World Cup!

In the meantime I'll probably be a bit absent from the internet. I'm just generally meh about a lot of things at the moment so I think a break is in order. I haven't had an internet break in 8 years (aside from holidays) so it's probably long overdue. See you on the flip flop.

PS Doctor Who was awesome.
naughtyelf: (The 4400 - Tom/Diana (can't make you))
I've had an awesome couple of weekends and not posted about them, even though I kept meaning to!

First awesome weekend was my birthday - my birthday was the Saturday of T2, so I took my cake to the M&G on the Friday night. I thought it was the best thing to do as it meant we'd all be sitting down so we could eat some around an actual table (most of us anyway - we made sure there was plenty left for Ryan and Cara who were non M&Gers, and Tim and Kat who came to visit on my actual birthday!) and so the guests could see it and have some too. Plus Mam had made it on Thursday so the fact it was a sponge cake meant it wouldn't really have been as nice if we'd kept it til Saturday.

It was a Chuck cake, and I love it. My mum is amazing. I have a signed affidavit from Bonita Friedericy & John Billingsley announcing this fact! In case you didn't see the cake in person or on Facebook:


You can see all the awesome stuff around the sides in these other pictures. My mum rocks. Adam Baldwin ate some (and talked to me about Ace of Cakes again), John and Bonita had some too, and so did Brody. Thomas Dekker said he was enjoying looking at it too much to eat some "There's cars on there and everything!", Brian Austin Green was apparently trying to get drunk as he didn't want to eat cake in case it got in the way of his wine (ha!) and Mark Sheppard was just typically Mark and was too busy talking about himself to eat. Julia Ling didn't actually get offered any because she was the first person at out table and we didn't cut it til she'd gone.

I asked Mam when I got home if Adam Baldwin was the most famous person to ever eat one of her cakes and she said "Probably not actually, I did Sting's sister's wedding cake." WTF mother, how is this a story I've never heard before?!

Anyway, the con itself was brill. BAG was WAY more down to earth than I expected, the other new guests were all super nice, it was great to see Brody again and the surprise (in terms of awesomeness) of the event were John and Bonita. Love them!! It was a weekend of great company, I was so pleased that Tim and Kat came through on Saturday night. It was weird watching football at a con, as the England - USA game was that night, and when I was sitting with my feet on the bed drinking cider from the bottle and shouting at the match I think Football!Rach scared Ryan a bit! One day I'll get you all at a Sunderland game with me and THEN you'll see my real world!

This weekend was also suitably awesome - I went to Alison's yesterday and we just chilled. I arrived just as she was eating some lunch and we sat around for a bit, watched some Buffy on FX and then took her car to the car wash which she loved so much we went back later in my car and she washed mine! Cheap labour, love it! :D In between washing the two cars we went to a birthday party for 4 year old twins from her nursery, on the way we stopped at the nursery to water the veggies so I fully got to see Alison's world yesterday! I met some of the mums as well as some of the kids and was very well behaved around pregnant people and tiny babies. Had a lovely TV chat with two of them while Alison was away inside taking children to the toilet - they asked her to take them and their parents were just like "Oh, is that okay, Alison?" She was too polite to say "Yes actually! I've just come to get a drink and I'm not at work today!" It was funny. Bless.

Next up is Dave and Donna's wedding in a couple of weeks, when I will be staying with Karen which I can't wait for. I haven't seen her since before she went to Australia so it will be very fun. And Dave can breathe a sigh of relief now that he knows for sure all his wedding guests (and him!) won't be off watching TV at his reception which would have been the case if England were in the 3rd/4th play off in the World Cup!

In the meantime I'll probably be a bit absent from the internet. I'm just generally meh about a lot of things at the moment so I think a break is in order. I haven't had an internet break in 8 years (aside from holidays) so it's probably long overdue. See you on the flip flop.

PS Doctor Who was awesome.
naughtyelf: (Alias - Weiss/Nadia)
I'm home! Portugal was epic, full post later... what have I missed, then? Aside from a lot of TV. I've seen the first half of the Chuck finale and the HIMYM finale, aside from that, no spoilers for anything after last Wednesday (US) please!
naughtyelf: (Alias - Weiss/Nadia)
I'm home! Portugal was epic, full post later... what have I missed, then? Aside from a lot of TV. I've seen the first half of the Chuck finale and the HIMYM finale, aside from that, no spoilers for anything after last Wednesday (US) please!
naughtyelf: (The 4400 - Richard K (balloon hat))
Karen and Max's visit was tons of fun :D They didn't leave Durham yesterday til the 12.27 train, by which point I was already up, so I gave Mam a lift into York and picked them up at the station - I had originally told them to get the bus because I am mean and wanted a lie in! But since I was already awake, I thought I might as well go and get them! It was the first time I've had more than 2 people in my car which was a bit exciting!

Once we got home we watched a couple of episodes of season 5 HIMYM, then I made my chocolate melting cake from the cruise (success with the guests, woo! Though it still could have done with bein a little bit melty-er) and then we watched more HIMYM in the living room til Mam came home from York, then we went upstairs and watched more HIMYM, ordered Chinese, watched some more HIMYM, went downstairs and ate the Chinese while watching some of Ant & Dec's new show and a bit of Piers Morgan interviewing Mr Cowell, then we went back upstairs, very full of food, to collapse and watch more HIMYM. We watched all 16 episodes of season 5 HIMYM, so then we moved onto Glee. We watched two of those before it was pyjama time, then sat and chatted for a while.

Karen and I discovered Max had never seen any Outnumbered so we watched the first episode of that, chatted some more and then went to sleep.

Today we sat around and talked more before I took them into York for the train, venturing into the short stay car park at the station for the first time ever. It's hard work getting out of there, but not as hard as I thought it would have been!

After they got on the train I went to the Starbucks in the station (Karen and Max had already been, and I decided against it, but I caved before setting off home) and brought it home in the car with me - first time ever I've drunk a Starbucks drink in my house! This is a momentous occasion!

I returned home to find Mam had dumped a massive pile of clean clothes on my bed that had been in the spare room for a month or so, and I'd just been picking items off it and wearing them rather than putting it away, so I took the hint and cleared out my wardrobe, putting shirts I want to keep but never wear in the other wardrobe, and managed to find about 4 tops I'd forgotten about, plus 5 pairs of jeans I don't know why I stopped wearing. I tried one pair on and they fit great, so that's a bonus! I'll try the others on when I can be bothered.

I also had a bit of a tidy, my room is now 50% tidier than when Karen and Max were here which is a bit backwards considering we spent most of our time in here, but never mind! I also renewed my season ticket online and sorted out my stack of old credit card bills which are all paid but not put away. I feel like today has been productive indeed! And now it's an hour til Dancing on Ice, so I think I'll have a shower and then settle in for that!

I need to set up a playlist for driving back from the match on Tuesday night - because it's my turn and it'll be so late and night, I'll need keeping awake - which means I get to decide which music to listen to loudly - 'cause it's my car. So Dad is going to be introduced to very loud Legally Blonde and Glee, with some NPH and maybe some Arctic Monkeys so that he doesn't go totally insane. This is going to be FUN :D
naughtyelf: (The 4400 - Richard K (balloon hat))
Karen and Max's visit was tons of fun :D They didn't leave Durham yesterday til the 12.27 train, by which point I was already up, so I gave Mam a lift into York and picked them up at the station - I had originally told them to get the bus because I am mean and wanted a lie in! But since I was already awake, I thought I might as well go and get them! It was the first time I've had more than 2 people in my car which was a bit exciting!

Once we got home we watched a couple of episodes of season 5 HIMYM, then I made my chocolate melting cake from the cruise (success with the guests, woo! Though it still could have done with bein a little bit melty-er) and then we watched more HIMYM in the living room til Mam came home from York, then we went upstairs and watched more HIMYM, ordered Chinese, watched some more HIMYM, went downstairs and ate the Chinese while watching some of Ant & Dec's new show and a bit of Piers Morgan interviewing Mr Cowell, then we went back upstairs, very full of food, to collapse and watch more HIMYM. We watched all 16 episodes of season 5 HIMYM, so then we moved onto Glee. We watched two of those before it was pyjama time, then sat and chatted for a while.

Karen and I discovered Max had never seen any Outnumbered so we watched the first episode of that, chatted some more and then went to sleep.

Today we sat around and talked more before I took them into York for the train, venturing into the short stay car park at the station for the first time ever. It's hard work getting out of there, but not as hard as I thought it would have been!

After they got on the train I went to the Starbucks in the station (Karen and Max had already been, and I decided against it, but I caved before setting off home) and brought it home in the car with me - first time ever I've drunk a Starbucks drink in my house! This is a momentous occasion!

I returned home to find Mam had dumped a massive pile of clean clothes on my bed that had been in the spare room for a month or so, and I'd just been picking items off it and wearing them rather than putting it away, so I took the hint and cleared out my wardrobe, putting shirts I want to keep but never wear in the other wardrobe, and managed to find about 4 tops I'd forgotten about, plus 5 pairs of jeans I don't know why I stopped wearing. I tried one pair on and they fit great, so that's a bonus! I'll try the others on when I can be bothered.

I also had a bit of a tidy, my room is now 50% tidier than when Karen and Max were here which is a bit backwards considering we spent most of our time in here, but never mind! I also renewed my season ticket online and sorted out my stack of old credit card bills which are all paid but not put away. I feel like today has been productive indeed! And now it's an hour til Dancing on Ice, so I think I'll have a shower and then settle in for that!

I need to set up a playlist for driving back from the match on Tuesday night - because it's my turn and it'll be so late and night, I'll need keeping awake - which means I get to decide which music to listen to loudly - 'cause it's my car. So Dad is going to be introduced to very loud Legally Blonde and Glee, with some NPH and maybe some Arctic Monkeys so that he doesn't go totally insane. This is going to be FUN :D
naughtyelf: (DoI - Fred & Mel close-up)
Having a lovely day off today. Caught up on some TV, did some Wii Fit Plus, and now I'm back to the TV watching and internetting.

This weekend should be awesome, [livejournal.com profile] fallen_wiccan and [livejournal.com profile] scourgeoe are coming down to watch too much TV and eat a lot of junk, and I'm going to make the chocolate melting cake that I fell in love with two years ago on the cruise for them.

Then next Friday I'm going down to London to see Whip It with [livejournal.com profile] angelite, [livejournal.com profile] jossno1fan, [livejournal.com profile] jainaj and [livejournal.com profile] mrbuttmonkey, which as Echelon funtimes I wasn't expecting to get this month, I'm very excited for. Tim and Jaina are busy the next day, so I'll stay at Jaina's on the Friday night and then set off home when they head off into London. Then I'll be back in plenty of time for the match on Sunday.

Most excitingly of all though, I booked tickets for Mam and me to see the Dancing on Ice tour in Manchester in April which I am super excited about. Emily Atack has been officially announced which means she'll be skating with Fred, and I do love Fred. A lot. So that will be an afternoon of squee for me! Mam might come away deaf. Also skating will be Ray Quinn, Chris Fountain and Clare Buckfield who all got to the final in previous years which I am super excited about. Yes, very much looking forward to that one :D

After that it's just the Countdown to Portugal!

Oh, and I set up a blog for when Quinn and I go away - with our Twitter and Flickr feeds all in one place, with a place we can blog while we're there if we want to. At the moment I'm/we're using it for posting itineraries and information in a place we can both find it any time we want, as well as some suggestions for things we might do while we're there.
naughtyelf: (DoI - Fred & Mel close-up)
Having a lovely day off today. Caught up on some TV, did some Wii Fit Plus, and now I'm back to the TV watching and internetting.

This weekend should be awesome, [livejournal.com profile] fallen_wiccan and [livejournal.com profile] scourgeoe are coming down to watch too much TV and eat a lot of junk, and I'm going to make the chocolate melting cake that I fell in love with two years ago on the cruise for them.

Then next Friday I'm going down to London to see Whip It with [livejournal.com profile] angelite, [livejournal.com profile] jossno1fan, [livejournal.com profile] jainaj and [livejournal.com profile] mrbuttmonkey, which as Echelon funtimes I wasn't expecting to get this month, I'm very excited for. Tim and Jaina are busy the next day, so I'll stay at Jaina's on the Friday night and then set off home when they head off into London. Then I'll be back in plenty of time for the match on Sunday.

Most excitingly of all though, I booked tickets for Mam and me to see the Dancing on Ice tour in Manchester in April which I am super excited about. Emily Atack has been officially announced which means she'll be skating with Fred, and I do love Fred. A lot. So that will be an afternoon of squee for me! Mam might come away deaf. Also skating will be Ray Quinn, Chris Fountain and Clare Buckfield who all got to the final in previous years which I am super excited about. Yes, very much looking forward to that one :D

After that it's just the Countdown to Portugal!

Oh, and I set up a blog for when Quinn and I go away - with our Twitter and Flickr feeds all in one place, with a place we can blog while we're there if we want to. At the moment I'm/we're using it for posting itineraries and information in a place we can both find it any time we want, as well as some suggestions for things we might do while we're there.

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