croissantkatie: (sherlock/tea)
Today I:
  • went into town and picked up some food shopping
  • cleared the surfaces in the kitchen of rubbish and things which should have been in cupboards
  • wiped down all the surfacs
  • cleaned the hob
  • did 3 loads of washing up
  • baked a double batch of chocolate cookies
  • cleaned up and put away all the mess I made baking

Any advice?

May. 7th, 2013 04:59 pm
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Ok. So. This isn't the post I'd planned to make but well. Has anyone got any advice?

Cut for talk of anxiety issues )

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So, I've signed up to pinch hit for brbb, which is simulataneously terrifying and incredibly exciting. So, everybody start hoping I can come up with something which is 5000 words of coherency? I've started, but it's currently disjointed sentences and has "What's going on here? SHORT ANSWER: I DON'T KNOW" written at the bottom. I think I'm going to try and figure out an outline or something first but continue to note down the odd sentence as it comes to me.

[livejournal.com profile] mrsronweasley is hosting a love meme, so go share some love with all the wonderful people there. My thread can be found here  if anyone would like to drop by it.

Today has been weird. I got loads done around the house but felt like I'd achieved nothing. My Mum suggested that it might be because I hadn't done anything for me. So I went and started to edit the recording I've made for my next podfic and pretty much immediately felt like I'd achieved way more which was good. I'm trying not to think about how much editing I've got left to do though. I had meant to split it up a bit more but the opportunity arose to get some more recording done which I took but now I have loads to do in one go. Ah well, I do enjoy it. I just have to keep reminding myself that.

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I have watched Sherlock three times now and still have no coherent thoughts.

Potential spoilers )

I also found out that another friend of mine, Reuben, passed up the opportunity to be an extra in Lewis. A number of us explained to him in no uncertain terms that should this ever happen again, he had to be involved in it. All my friends at Oxford/going to Oxford next year have also been informed. On the plus side Reuben walked back to his dorm and had to go round where Lewis was filming. Reuben's life genuinely sounds like a plot from Lewis (home schooled until 15, a year ahead academically, classicist, fences) as well.

And that's about it for now!
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My laptop gave up six days before Christmas. It was rather tragic but it had served me well. 4 years and 359 days of service. Hopefully I'll be able to get stuff off it but we'll have to see. This has put rather a dent in my plans to post some sort of fanwork soon at the beginning of the year. It looks like I might have to rerecord the podfic I was working on. I hope I don't have to as I was nearly done with the editing. There are snippets of fic I'd really like to get back too. On the positive side, I now have a laptop which doesn't clunk! I have named her Bootsy as she is purple (purple to imperial to emperors to caligula to bootsy).

I finally gave in this afternoon and brought the fan heater into my bedroom. My fingers are no longer numb. I also have Christmas tea which tastes wonderful and is keeping me warm.

This is a rather unexciting post as I can't particularly think of anything to say. 2011 is over and 2012 is here. I had a decent Christmas, far more relaxed and far less relatives than normal.

And that's it for now I think.
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In rather shocking news, I am actually working on stuff! I have two fics on the go, and whilst they currently mainly consist of lots of capslock, it's better than nothing. I decided a little while back that I would actually note down the crazy ideas I have when I'm half asleep and then try and work on them. They may be silly and kind of ridiculous but they're still valid. And it means I'm writing again, which is always awesome. In even stranger news, I am part way through recording a podfic. I am enjoying it so very much. It may turn out rubbish, but unlike with my writing, I don't feel particularly selfconscious about it. I think it's partly to do with the fact that they're not my words. They're someone else's words which I'm trying to bring to life and stuff. I'm beginning to think that it may end up being a bit addictive though.

In other news, we have purchased our Christmas tree! We didn't get to go all together this year, so the job was delegated to me and my Mum. It was initially put forward that I go by myself. I am way too indecisive for that though. At the same time, I sorted out the hours I'm working over Christmas. It looks really nice down there. They've got a new light up santa which is lovely. It's cold though so I may need to crack out my thermals next time I have a shift.
croissantkatie: (morgana)
I went to see Tintin on Wednesday. It was wonderful and happy-making. I had an absolutely fantastic time and came out going "I want to own that on DVD."

I have many thoughts on Merlin, but am not sure I can express them significantly. It mainly consists of flailing. Lots of flailing. I went to a group watching of Merlin on Saturday with some friends of mine, which was amazing. Although I felt the need to check how old the host's younger brother was as our conversation wasn't entirely clean. Luckily, he was older than he looked so we could carry on making jokes about people jumping onto Gwaine's sword. Also, Agravaine. He is even more obvious than Morgana and her smirks of EVIL.

So yeah, my life isn't particularly exciting at the moment. I currently want to kill UCAS and am having doubts about even going to uni as a result. I want to, I want to study history so much, but I'm still very scared.
croissantkatie: (morgana)
My Mum and brother are currently having a bit of a spat which I am attempting to ignore. So, have a post about good things!Namely Doctor Who, the Comedy Prom, athletics and the Great British Bake Off! )
And now I should probably go and write some more of my personal statement. I’m at the point where I can’t remember anything I’ve done in my life or why I love history. And I’ve never been particularly good at talking my achievements up
croissantkatie: (luna)
I got back from Portugal on Thursday and promptly slept a great deal. Portugal was good, if too hot for me. It was certainly interesting to go away with such a large group of people who I'm not related to. It took a while for us to learn to live with each other, mainly surrounding the issue of food. Somehow, a large number of my friends were unaware that I ate a large amount. This is partly to do with the fact that I often ate little in school due to feeling ill. One day my life will revolve fractionally less around food, but that's a fair way off. The beach was only about a two minute walk away from our apartments, so for that I have to take my hat off to Hattie who did all the research and organisation surrounding the holiday. We built a rather nice fort system, complete with reservoir, reserve reservoir (Max pointed out that the inhabitants couldn't drink it due to it being salt water, the rest of us insisted that the population knew how to desalinate the water), administrative centre (we gave them public libraries and a free education system) and a poor district which was outside the main city walls but inside the outer walls (complete with union head quarters and numerous brothels). We also built a hill fort and buried numerous people. My friends are kind of crazy. I enjoyed parts and didn't enjoy others. But then again, I tend to feel that way about most holidays. My friend Alex though gets a special award for knowing exactly when to offer anyone a cup of tea. His super power is knowing when to make tea. It is quite possibly the most awesome super power ever.

Also, note to self: next time I go on holiday, make sure that my friends are aware of my issues with heat, as well as my mental health issues. Everybody was really understanding when I told them that I didn't feel up to something emotionally, but less so when I said that I couldn't go out because it was too hot. I really dislike heat stroke.

When I got back from holiday, it was to be greeted by vast amounts of bunting. This was because, whilst I was away, my village was hosting a week long music event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support called Fringe in the Fen. This confused me partly because just the other week, in a nearby village, there was a Fen Edge festival, which struck me as being rather "yay! we're not part of the fens! we're on the edge, get it right." And yet now we're part of the fens. Cue inbred sterotype jokes here. I went to the final performance of the week though and it was beautiful. A concert band, a chamber orchestra and a combination of local choirs performed. I had to come home at the interval as I was exhausted, but what I heard was amazing. And then I got to watch the firework finale from my bedroom window. I had been trying to sleep, but it was rather loud so I figured I might as well watch it. Rather nice.

Also, as a last little note. I saw Deathly Hallows yesterday. McGonagall is my absolute favourite.
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I watched Jeeves and Wooster with my family last night (minus the brother who has gone off to work with a family friend on a campsite in France for a month) and it was fabulous. Fry and Laurie just looked so young. Also - hilarious.

I had a ridiculously busy (extended) weekend. Weekend report! )

I am going away on Thursday to Portugal with my friends for a week. I am rather excited and also rather nervous. My friends are incredibly organised though, so I think everything should be ok.

Also, I was tidying up all the school things I no longer need earlier today, and found a bunch of writing. I'm not entirely sure what half of it is about, although I can remember where I wrote most of it. I think I'm going to go through it all and type up some of it.

Phew, that ended up longer than I expected. :)
croissantkatie: (faulty towers; boiling oil)
There has been a major accident on the local A road. As result, it is shut in both directions for a fair stretch before my village, leading to there being no buses. At all. There are parts where there is no alternative route. Parts where there is are small roads through little villages. Gah gah gah. Normally I wouldn't mind a day off school, but I've missed two days due to being ill and was looking forward to seeing people again. I'm just thankful that I've finished all my exams. When I turned up for the bus (an hour later than normal due to free periods), there were still people there who had been attempting to get on the normal bus. Luckily, the psychology exam which is on today is the afternoon. Hopefully, by that time, there will be some way for them to get in.

At least there's been some variety though. This one was a lorry fire, whilst the previous two were a chemical spillage and a multi-vehicle incident respectively. Stupid dangerous road.

Bruges!

Oct. 29th, 2010 05:21 pm
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I am currently bogged down in a pile of history coursework. I am not enjoying it. At all.

But I am trying to be positive, so I will write about my recent trip to Bruges! I went for three days from Sunday to Tuesday with my Mum and Dad. It was awesome. I had the most amazing hot chocolate and in general ate lots and lots. The ground was covered in two inches of hailstones when we arrived. It was like walking on tiny balls of polystyrene which was rather weird. Very slippy! We went on a boat trip because the weather didn't look too bad, and then promptly got bucketed on. It was still good fun though. We mainly spent time wandering around, looking in shops and stopping in cafes. Although we did go to visit the Church of Our Lady briefly. The atmosphere in there was rather odd though. Part of it was used to display art and house a museum, whilst other areas were still in use as a church. As a result, it ended up feeling like neither. I haven't been to a church in about two years though, but it just didn't feel comfortable to me. Overall, a really fun trip, even if I ended up incredibly tired. The only real downside was getting stuck outside the port of Dover for 2 and a half hours due to a force 8 gale.

My brother got back from a school trip to New York thos afternoon, and very kindly brought me back a fridge magnet to add to my collection. I am running out of space to put them on my fireplace though, and may have to put some on the actual fridge. When I move out, my fridge will not my bare!
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Long, rambly post today. My brain is a bit of a confuddly mess right now.

School talk. Wow. )

Also this week we had a fundraiser for Breast Cancer! I was involved in helping, which resulted in me spending my entire lunchtime dressed as a pink fairy outside the main entrance to school with another fairy and a table loaded with sweets. We had sponge the teacher, balloons and a cake stall, as well as a "spot the pink fairy game." If you bought a breast cancer ribbon, you got a token which at lunch you could exchange for a packet of sweets if you found a fairy. It was really good fun. Although we did have someone come up to us and say "I have a token, but I haven't found a fairy." We just turned round and pointed out the wings. You'd have thought that and the giant sign which said "Pink Fairy Station" would have given it away. None of us dress like that just for the sake of it. Especially not the guys in wigs, tutus and ponchos (they raised loads of money).

Yesterday was a very surreal day. I went to work and there was a fundraiser at the church over the road which my boss and his wife went to part way through. First of all, my Mum cam over and give me some pieces of cake which Ron (my boss) had bought for me. Ron had tried to bring them himself, but being the person he is, got waylaid talking to the many many people in the village he knows. Then Chris (Ron's wife) came back, asked me if I'd like and Indian Head Massage and then sent me over the road with three pounds to go have one. So I had a head massage from my next door neighbour who's daughter used to babysit me and ended up missing a good twenty minutes of my shift. It was all rather surreal. Apparently (or at least, according to my mum who had a long chat with Ron and Chris at the fundraiser), they'd noticed that I'd been a bit off and hadn't seen me walk past to go catch my school bus a couple of days during the week (I normally wave at Ron as I go past). I love my work and them so very much. And I got to see an interview with Haile Gebrselassie as part of the BBC coverage of the Great North City Games (we won! Yay!). He is the most smiley amazing athlete and I'm sad he didn't break the course record for the Great North Run. Under an hour though!

And that I think is a good note to end on. A nice cheery athletics based one.
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I spent the majority of last week painting my brother's bedroom, which was actually quite fun if rather time consuming due to the lack of flat walls. Although it probably would have been better if my brother had done some more of it. It does look rather nice though.

Over the weekend, there was a "Vintage Cream Tea Weekend" in my village. I honestly think they are trying to win some sort of quaint English village award. That or they are doing their best to emulate many of the villages from Midsomer Murders. They had bunting, a WI stall and brass band music which appeared to be coming from the shrubbery. Although the cream tea I had was actually very good. I am slightly sad to say it was the first one I'd had all year which didn't have squirty cream out of a can. I don't think I've had a single one with clotted cream this year. I spent the majority of the time I was there trying not to laugh hysterically. I only partially succeeded. Although it was nowhere near as funny as when we went round the open gardens in the village and ended up having tea and cake in the garden of the vicarage with the vicar's children playing music on the oboe and violin respectively in the background.

Bank Holiday Monday! AKA, lots of cricket! )
Alas, the school year is near... )

Now I am going to make myself some more cheese on toast with cranberry jelly. It is quite possibly my favourite savoury snack of all time. Cranberry jelly is one of my favourite things about Christmas, and Sainsbury's had some of their Christmas stock in yesterday so my Mum bought me some. I am incredibly happy about this.
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Things have been rather busy lately. My Grandad was in hospital up until yesterday as he had a kidney operation, was released and then had to be rushed back in because of a suspected heart attack. It's all been rather surreal for me as they live so far away, and I only see them a few times a year. He's out now though and we haven't had any more panicked calls from my Grandma, which is definitely a good sign.

In slightly more positive news, it was Village Sports Day last Saturday. I ran the hoopla stall (even a week afterwards, I am still incredibly relieved that I managed to talk them out of putting me on slippery pole) and did rather well in the produce show. My Duck Mobile (which I think of rather like the batmobile, but cheerier and a really poor form of transport) won third place in the handicraft category. There are clearly benefits to the normal judges not being able to make it as it was never going to be up their street. And I also won my running race! However, as various people pointed out, I also came last. I however don't care. I have a trophy. A trophy which now had my name on twice (the first time, I came second (also last given the huge field of two) but the winner couldn't keep the trophy due to living outside the village parish). I am very happy about this.

Sunstroke, heatstroke, you name it... )

After getting lots of sleep last night, I feel much better now. So I can now attempt to do my history homework. It's actually quite interesting, I just can't quite seem to summon up the energy. And then there's the World Cup Final tonight. I am almost looking forward to it, which is slightly strange. I think it's to do with the fantasy football league I'm in. It's addictive and I really am far too competitive.
croissantkatie: (coffee makes the world better)

I am very tired because I went to aerobics with my Mum last night for the first time in several months. I didn't even try too hard as I fell down the stairs yesterday morning. I know have several rather fetching grazes and a bashed up knee. Normally I don't get injured. My house has very perilous stairs, everybody who doesn't live here goes up them very slowly. I however don't. Ha. Serves me right really for pushing it until the very last minute to get up. I never learn.

This week at school has been dominated by tests/essays/assessments/coursework. Apart from the odd essay, I really dislike all of them. I sat a two physics tests (dropped quite a few marks due to a mild panic attack) and practical chemistry coursework (again, had a mild panic attack so my results weren't as accurate as they could have been but I don't think I lost any marks). Also this week I got back 2 history essays (one from November, one from September) which I was beginning to think I would never get back. I got 5 marks worse between the first one and the second. On a slightly more positive note I got a chemistry test back (all these tests do dreadful things to my nerves, one day I really should find a system to cope with it all). I got a B! I was ill for material which made up over half the test! Haha! And even though it's kinda mean for this to make me even more happy, I know someone who was there for all of it and got an E. I may actually pass some of my AS levels. Yes!

Also I am going out Saturday. I'm. Going. Out. Admittedly it is for a friend's birthday (everybody's either paying for driving lessons or saving up for them, so none of us have masses of money) but it is still out! And admittedly, it is going out to eat Chinese food, which I love but may be allergic to something they put in it if my past experiences are anything to go by. This is something other than school related woe (although I am currently trying to convince myself that really, there's not so much woe, which isn't going great) to think about!

Now, I think I am going to go read because reading is nice and fun and I'm fairly sure I can pass off my John O'Farrell history book as educational. Funny and educationally are not mutually exclusive. Or at least they shouldn't be!
croissantkatie: (faulty towers; dead)
My apologies, I felt the need to rant. )
Finally, on a slightly cheerier note, we were completely hammered in the last Test against South Africa. Blagh.
croissantkatie: (faulty towers; dead)
So, I've been having a very nice half term so far. Even though we never made it anywhere on Monday as a family (the arguing didn't wait until we'd left, it didn't even wait until Monday. Yep, the dispute happened at eight o'clock on Sunday.), things have been alright. My one major aim of the holiday - to catch up on the current episodes of SJA so I could watch it when it's actually broadcast - has been achieved. I am very happy about that. Roll on 4:30!

The downside is that as I've been feeling pretty upbeat and positive I thought now might be a good time to get some work done. Apparently not. It's not so much that I look at my work and don't feel motivated to do anything, it's that I look at it and I feel as I have no clue what to do. Where to start, what any of it means, that sort of thing. It's seriously annoying me. I've had this problem briefly before in that for the past couple of weeks my Dad has had to sit with me and prod me whilst I'm doing physics homework. My parents don't have time to do anymore handholding for me *sigh* I will try again in a bit, hopefully I can find something necessary but not scary to fill my time with. I hate feeling as if I haven't achieved anything.

And apparently the new series of Spooks starts early November (I've forgotten the precise date)! I think I'll look around for stuff about that once I've got somewhere with my work. Onwards and upwards!
croissantkatie: (morgana)
So, the past week hasn't been particularly great for me, but it's now half term so things are looking up. I never thought I'd be quite this happy for a school holiday to come. But ah well, I'm not going to talk about that because I'm focusing on the nice couple of things which have happened in the past 3 or so days and not the bad things of the days before! I've never been great at positive thinking but this time I'm trying harder than I have before, so I bring you random happy snippets of my past week!

First off, despite my early fears, I actually managed to see the whole episode of Merlin last night! I can't really remember much of what I thougt of the episode. I was eating dinner and fairly distracted throughout most of it. What I do remember though is that at various points my family compared it to Harry Potter ("it's like polyjuice potion but not!"), the Discworld books ("his ears look really fake and sewn on, he could be an Igor!") and Sandi Toksvig/Eastenders ("she sounds like Sandi Toksvig when she says that." "No she doesn't, she sounds like she's been in Eastenders her entire life!"). It was all rather silly, but kind of enjoyable.

Then, we went to the theatre and my brother didn't complain once! Thank you school. It's amazing what he'll do when a teacher he likes and respects suggests he do something. We all went to see 6 characters in search of an author which was rather confusing and a bit creepy, but I liked it. Although there was some strobe lighting which gave me a headache, which has never happened before. I always get headaches when I go to the theatre, unless I'm really really perky and awake when I go. Me and anything remotely loud don't get on.

Plus today I made chocolate crispies, which has the added bonus of there being a fairly large slab of chocolate being left over... Yum. And tommorow I'm either going to London or Cadbury World with my family as my Dad has the day off. It may end in disaster, but at least parts of it should be enjoyable! I certainly have my fingers crossed that there will be no major disputes.
croissantkatie: (lewis at the pub)
I'm currently not doing much, apart from being very tired which really, is the main reason I'm doing nothing. What with the tiredness and the perpetual yelling of equations in everything apart from ceramics enrichment (yay coil pots! Something I know and have been able to do since the age of four!). The problem with the extreme tiredness is that I haven’t been able to write. Mainly because, what with filling time with school work, I haven’t been able to stay awake long enough to do anything. Plus most of my subjects seem to like killing off imagination and the ability to use actual words. I miss words. I miss sentences which don’t have seemingly random strings of letters in the middle of them and make very little grammatical sense. I’m beginning to wish I had taken English. Then I remember I would end up murdering people if I did that. I might love writing and reading, but I don’t exactly get on great with the type of writing and reading you have to do to pass your A Levels. Well, apart from any speaking assignments. To the horror and utter astonishment of everyone at my old school, I was good at it. I was one of only three people in my class not to get heckled once over two years. The other two were very outgoing, confident guys everyone expected to be amazing. That is something I’m very proud of (and am very pleased I just remembered, because it has cheered me up!)

As of right this minute, I am in my room avoiding the non-vital-not-really-a-qualifier-for-the-world-cup-as-we’ve-already-qualified football match against Belarus. I spent seven minutes mocking their haircuts and reading out the moving adverts before I left. I feel I came out of that rather well! I saw a goal as well as several shots on target. That’s more than I got last time in twice the time. Yep, not a big football fan. Despite it being a rather big thing in my house (my Dad plays every Sunday evening with people from the village, my brother plays in a league which spans several counties and is in the District squad), I’ve never liked it. Give me cricket or athletics any day!

Now, after a gap of several hours, I’m going to go get myself some pudding and bemoan the fact that there are no murder mysteries on at the moment that I like! Hmm. Shame I don’t have more on DVD, I may have to use up my remaining Amazon vouchers from last Christmas.

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