jenepel: (Random: book and sky)
Date Revised: January 31, 2011
Books Read: 9
Pages Read: 2788
BPM:
PPM:
Average Pages: 310
Projected Books: 108
Goals: 100 books, at least 12 non-fiction (yet again)

I'm trying something new, so to see my books read this year, check my Goodreads 2011 list.

Monthly Book Stats 2011
January:
9 books / 2788 pages

Fiction: 0
Young Adult: 4
Middle Grade: 5
Non-Fiction: 0
*Re-reads: 4



9 / 100 books. 9% done!

Total Movies: 13
At Home: 5
In Cinemas: 8
*Rewatches: 3

Movie List 2011 )

Previous Book & Movie Lists: 2008 (61B), 2009 (60B), 2010 (56B/60M)
jenepel: (Disney: HSM R&S "pondering")
So the Reading/Leeds line-up was announced last night and both MCR and Panic! are on it. I SO WANT TO GO! I already have a ticket for V Fest though, and that's like the weekend before. IDK. Are any of the (admittedly very few) bandomy type people on my flist going? Or do you know others who are? I feel like it would be such a fun weekend if there was just a bunch of fangirls who went together and got silly and drunk and etc. But I don't really know who exactly to ask. Anyways...

Pimping!

Mar. 2nd, 2011 02:24 pm
jenepel: (Mean Girls: So Fetch!)
Drive by posting to pimp two things!

First of all, I recently joined a lovely online book club comm that was recced by a friend. It's called [livejournal.com profile] bookdeyada_club and it's open to (and actively looking for) new members. I think it's going to be a lot of fun, so you guys should join too! My real life bookclub recently folded, so I'm hoping this will be a good substitute. Plus, the book that won for this month is Ash by Malinda Lo, which [livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo has been reccing to me for ages. And reading starts pretty much NOW, so it's the perfect time to join.



Also, it's fandom steel cage March madness again! Yay for voting and brackets! (Enough said.)



[ETA: Upon looking this over, I really think [livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo is influencing my exclamation mark use. There seem to be a lot in this small entry.]
jenepel: (AD: Meg & Sam headphones)
At some point here I'll stop naming entries after Panic! and MCR lyrics, I promise. :)

So, I've spent part of the last week and a half learning to do podfic, which is awesome! I had tons of help/suggestions/feedback from [livejournal.com profile] podklb, so huge props to her. I've been wanting to give it a try for ages, but I wasn't quite sure how to get started. So when she posted about a multifandom project in her journal, I jumped right in.

The project was for [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon (a fourteen day challenge celebrating female characters in fandom) and we were using fics from The Awesome Ladies Ficathon. It's comment fic, so all the podfics are pretty short. The anthology contains 73 stories, from 41 fandoms, performed by 19 readers.

I ended up reading six fics: 2 Gilmore Girls (1 Literati, 1 about Lane!), 2 Gossip Girl (1 Blair/Serena, 1 about Nelly Yuki), 1 Daria and 1 Parenthood (about the Amber/Haddie cousin relationship). I love all the fics I read, and I can immediately think of people on my flist who will like various ones of them, so go check them out!

You can download the podfic (in various forms) here!! What are you waiting for?

I am definitely keen to do more podfic, but I'm not quite sure where to start. Do any of you ever listen to it? What fandoms? I listen to quite a bit, it's great for commuting, which is why I was so interested in the first place. I know there are various communities for podfic of different fandoms, but I need to do more research. At this point, I can't even think how you start to pick out a story to do, with all the fanfic that exists in the world! Any of you have any stories you have written/read and are just dying to hear in podfic form?

Okay, I just saw [livejournal.com profile] shiningartifact's post about the very same thing, and she's given the individual download links for her stories. I've got some time on my hands (ha!) so why not?

If you want to just download my individual stories, links & info under here. )
jenepel: (HIMYM: [quote] Awesome Squared)
So, [livejournal.com profile] minihannah and I went to see Panic! At the Disco Tues night, at this TINY (350 ppl) venue in Shepherds Bush. It was pretty much completely awesome. I love that I got to see them in such a small place, and the new songs sounded good. I'm so excited for this new album (despite my attachment to Ryan Ross and Pretty, Odd. Don't get me started on my disapointment with the Young Veins album, which I SO want to like but just can't get into. Beach boys lite.) Plus it was just one of those nights that came together. We met after work, so couldn't queue or anything, but it didn't even end up mattering. There was a kind of ledge along the outside rim of the venue, and I stood on that and could see perfectly (NEVER happens) even though we had been way at the end of the line. It was a bit funny dancing and bopping while trying to stay steady, but totally worth it for a completely clear view of Spence and Brendon. :)

I wrote down the setlist (or notes for it anyway) as we went along. So if you're at all interested!

Panic! Setlist )

And then tonight Hannah and I (plus [livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo) are going to see MCR at Wembley! They're gonna play all the stuff from the new album (which I ADORE) and we're gonna shout and sing along and just generally have an awesome time. Occasionally I feel too old for this stuff, and then I remember that MCR is pretty much my age, and it makes my day.

I went out last night with a bunch of MCR fangirls, who I met from a friend of a friend on twitter, and it was really fun. (Hi to anyone I just friended!) I kind of love bandom - it's a bit crazy and silly and everyone is always happy to include newbies.

ETA (for me):MCR Setlist )
jenepel: (HIMYM: Flight suit up!)
Ah, February. Thank God. The annoyance and horror and general miserableness that was January has finally passed. (I kid. It wasn't really *quite* that bad.) Anyway, now we have February: Valentines Day, my birthday, and two fabulous concerts! (Panic! At the Disco and My Chemical Romance) Plus B is going away for a week. Yay! And hopefully the weather will get better?

I hate to inflict on you all the general rant about me not using my journal anymore and how do I even catch up, etc, so I'm limiting it to this one sentence, but UGH ME. I suck. (Okay, two sentences!)

I can't even tell you what I did in January. Sat around in my room a lot I think? It was nice after the craziness of Nov/Dec to not have many plans, but it kind of made me a slug. I read a few books (the Hunger Games trilogy! OMG!) and watched almost three whole seasons of ABC Family's Greek. (When she first asked me a about it, [livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo thought it was about actual Greek people. Evidently "the Greek system" is not known as a phrase over here. Something I hadn't considered.) I also almost completely caught up on all of my other shows from this year, which is kind of amazing, since I was 9-10 episodes (ie the whole fall/winter half season) behind on some. So, yay TV watching?

Oh and also I went to lots of movies (8!) with [livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo and [livejournal.com profile] minihannah in a determined bid to make sure we're getting our money's worth on our Cineworld Unlimited Cards. The best of them had to be The King's Speech! If you haven't seen it you're crazy. Go see it. And also Morning Glory, which was ridiculously cute. Cleo and I shelled out real money to see Burlesque on Orange Wednesday b/c we missed it at Cineworld, and it was totally worth that £6. (Which means the full movie price was £12, since O_Wed means 2 for 1. London movies prices, seriously!) I said when we went in that I wanted the movie to be 80% dancing and 20% plot, and it totally did not disappoint. Loved it.

I'm also in the middle of trying to sort out various computer/organisational things out. I got a new macbookpro in December, which may or may not have been a smart move, moneywise. But it is shiny and pretty and has a 500g harddrive just waiting to be filled, so that part is awesome. But I'm kind of using that excuse to transfer and sort all my files, which is...taking a while. Also, I am moving my booklist to Goodreads, after a ridiculous method of site choosing whereby I finally took the Rory route and made some pro/con lists. But, amoung other things, it has an iphone app that reads book barcodes! It's awesome! You can find me here if you want to add me: Jenn. I'm still kind of sorting it all out, but should be up and running better soon.

Work is starting to get busy-ish, which is good. I was so BORED, and it wasn't good for my mood. The tax season, while stressful, is always a lot more fun then sitting around just scanning & filing things. (Or being told by B to go home b/c there isn't enough to do, and thus not getting paid.) Also, still kind of trying to figure out what I'm doing on my own, business wise. I really really need to work on a website, so that's kind of next on my list. I'm hoping this year to do a better job of weighting my holidays to the second half of the year, so that they get timed to the period where I have less work. That way I can feel less guilty about taking the time off! Or something.

This year I had no idea how the contract thing would affect me (ie how little hours B would let me work in Sept/Oct/Nov/Dec) and thus took too much time off early on and ended up losing money. I made less money this year then I have in 4-5 past, which is scary. But, on the bright side, I have just negotiated a 15% raise (going forward from Jan 1st), so hopefully I'll work a bit more in the front half of the year and also earn more, and it will improve. Plus - more of my own clients? We'll see. At the moment I'm trying to decide if I have enough of them to justify moving to the larger tax system that I covet. MUCH more expensive, but infinitely more flexible and accurate and easy to use. Plus, it's what we have at work, so I'm familiar with it. IDK. At the beginning of January/end of December I was miserable at work and saying I needed to quit and it was bad for me, etc. Now that we have work (and he's hired on another girl for secretarial, just for the season) I feel fine. So I don't really know what to do with that.

Anyway, if you know any Americans in London (or elsewhere!) who need their taxes done, send them my way. Tis the season.
jenepel: (Random: [quote] money for books)
Date Revised: FINAL NUMBERS
Books Read: 56
Pages Read: 18300
BPM: 5
PPM: 1525
Average Pages: 327
Goals: 100 books, at least 12 non-fiction (some year I will manage this – too bad really long fanfic doesn’t count!).............EPIC FAIL.

Book List 2010 )



52 / 100 books. 52% done!

Previous Book Lists: 2008 (61), 2009 (60)

Total Movies: 60
At Home: 34
In Cinemas: 26
*Rewatches: 30

Movie List 2010 )
jenepel: (Nanowrimo: "Keep Calm")
Possibly I'll never write a normal off the cuff entry again? Or is that too crazy to say? :) I have started this entry five billion times (it keeps giving me a "saved draft") so here, have some waffling!

A baffling mix of old and new! )
jenepel: (GoGi: S & B tiger)
YOU GUYS, HAI YOU GUYS! HOW ARE YOU ALL? Yeah, it's kind of been a while, huh?!
[Warning: The word "awesome" gets massively overused in this post.]

As usual, I can't even begin to sum everything up or tell you all about it, and I'm likely to resort to bullet points. So let's see if we can avoid that for now, eh?

Housemates, concert tickets, fandom, Nano, Mac-store, work, etc. Mostly quick and painless! Kind of. )

I guess that's enough info for now, huh? I have three (THREE, OMG) 12 of 12's that I've shot and never posted, so I'm actually considering a bumper post just to get them up. We'll see if I can be productive about that. At least some time off work should make me get some things done? I have made a list of goals for the end of the year, and so far have been pretty good about starting on them, setting up some appts relating to them, etc. Although, every weekend from here to December is booked up, so how's that for free time?

Anyway, no more work now as I'm off to Cardiff for the weekend with some Nano folk. I'm really excited actually - a road trip and an awesome reunion. What more could I ask for?

Also, it has come to my attention that my icons are woefully out of date. I am missing at least two important new(ish) fandoms. I really need to sort that! And let's see if I can post a little better so that I don't play this catch up game. (Ahahahaha - lately that's all I ever say.)

P.S. ALSO MY IPHONE 4 IS AMAZING. It has quickly become my lifeline.
jenepel: (GoGi: Blair "yay!")
So, still not having the time to check my friends feed - sorry guys! I'll catch up as best I can once I'm home.

I'm in Boston now and it's a 1.5 day countdown until the first Adam concert! Anna and I met at the airport, checked into our hotel, grabbed dinner (and a bottle of wine) and now we've pretty much come back and collapsed. We're both jetlagged, just in opposite directions - she's five hours ahead in London, I'm four hours behind in Alaska. Weird huh? Either way, we're both exhuasted, a combo of traveling, excitement, and (for me) the craziness of wedding prep and etc.

Tomorrow we have one short day in the city and then the next day we drive down to the cape! And then it's two nights of concerts (OMG!) and then I fly to Atlanta the next day to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] risti (and many others!) for the Kris concert. I have a much better excuse for that one though, since I was going there already to visit my bro. :)

So yeah, full of pure excitement at this point. And really ready for proper holiday to begin. The wedding, although fun, was STRESSFUL. Alaska was beautiful, but I didn't do TOO much touristy stuff, mostly just the wedding.

But now...BED.
jenepel: (Default)
So I am currently on a plane flying over Canada on my way to Alaska. (Writing this on my iphone to post later - love it!) The fact that I am even ON this plane is something of a miracle, but I'll get to that a little later on...

I've had an awesome trip so far, and I've only been gone for about 3 days. I flew out Sunday morning, had to be at the airport at 5am (which meant two hours of drunkard filled night buses to get there!) in order to get as high on the standby list as possible. It was well worth it though, because I ended up in first class, which was amazing. AA first class gives you a little pod of your own so you're kind of walled off from everyone, plus the seat inclines flat and the leg part comes up to make it into an actual bed! I literally just ate, and then made the bed and went to sleep. I do feel slightly that it's wasted on me because I can even sleep in coach, but man it was SO nice.

It was good that I slept because it was go go go as soon as I got there. My friend Justin (well he now goes by Colt, his middle name, but he was Justin in highschool so that's what he shall remain to me) was working a booth at Market-days, so we basically just dumped my stuff and ran down there. Market-days is a gay street festival in "Boys Town" in Chicago - food, booths, alcohol, music stages - it seemed really similar to Pride. I've never been, so it was just really good timing that it was this weekend. Justin was working the booth for a Chicago gay sports association (which sounded awesome - they have tennis singles and doubles, along with a million other teams) so I hung out there for a while and then we went to meet his friends. (There was also some time in the middle when I took the bus to his flat to change into summer clothes and got totally lost, but the less said about that the better. At least I know his area of the city better now!) Anyway I hadn't eaten since the plane, and the drinking started pretty early and just continued, so I got pretty happy quickly. It was just me and a crowd of his friends (a few I've met before) all gay boys and all loud and funny and nice. It was a good time. In the evening we ended up at the main stage watching Janis Joplin, and one of Justin's friends somehow managed to get me front row centre! IDEK, there was a lot of shoving and bitching that I mostly stayed out of. The whole night he was very concerned about my height and me not seeing anything - earlier on he actually had me on his shoulders for ages! Anyway it was awesome because she was literally right in front of me. Too bad I didn't have my camera, although I took a few with this. And then afterwards, the drummer threw his hat (a sparkly red sequinned cowboy hat) and this guy caught it and gave it to me. Of course I now having to cart it all over the US, but...maybe I can wear it to the Adam concerts or something? Except that it would totally block people's view? Maybe just hanging off my back? Heh, who knows.

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Ok I had to get off the plane so I never finished that. Here's a short version of the flight story.

I was supposed to fly standby but when drew tried to finish listing me on AA it told him there was an embargo on flights to anchorage for my level standby until the end of august. We panicked, started looking up flights, trying alternate routes, everything, but no dice. Finally I was just like - well I'll have to just suck it up and pay for a
new flight. Maggie rushes me to the airport; we're too late for the original AA flight so we go to the Alaska airlines counter because they have a few. The flight is $1300 (this is just roundtrip Chicago to anchorage, not even counting England or any other leg). I'm trying not to freak out, just telling the ticket counter ladies that I've got to get up there to be in a wedding, so unless they know of a cheaper flight then I just need to suck it up and buy it. Suddenly they get all sympathetic, talk amongst themselves, and then offer me one of their personal standby passes! I tried to say it was ok and they didn't have to do it, etc bit they were insistent. How amazing is that? Seriously, the sheer kindness of humanity! I wax just so incredibly grateful and touched. I have their names (although no address) so I need to figure out something for a thank you.

So that was on Tuesday and today was Thursday. I'm so glad I got here because it's been in full wedding planning mode and it's been great to help out. Somehow I got designated the computer guru. I've designed and printed labels, cd covers and wedding programs, as well as typed up a million lists. Plus we've run errands, had our dresses fitted, put together welcome kits, etc. You know how it is. Tomorrow is the rehearsal dinner and the next day is the wedding, so it's home stretch here. I can't believe it's come so soon!

Anyway I should go to bed now, I just wanted to take advantage of the hotel wi-fi and get this up. I did my 12 of 12 today, and it's a fun one, but it will probably have to wait until I get back.

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jenepel: (GoGi: Blair "alone")
I don't know why, but I'm all worried this week. There isn't even one particular reason or anything bad happening, I just seem to have this general feeling of unease. It's very strange. Partly it might be the upcoming US trip, which I am in no way ready for, and yet I leave in just over a week. I don't even know what I particularly need to do to be "ready" for it, other than the usual nonsense of packing and sorting out computer backups and such, but somehow it just seems to have snuck up on me. Maybe because it feels so soon after I got back from South Africa? IDK. I guess it is a bit up in the air in general b/c I am flying standby and still don't have the dates quite set, and also my friend Drew (who is giving me the AA pass) will not answer his freaking phone so that we can plan some more. Argh.

I've been worrying a little about money too, mostly because I seem to be spending a lot of it. I think it's just coming on the heels of the World Cup trip, and now planning my US one. Hopefully it won't be super expensive, but three weeks away (without pay) is just that, and you can't deny it. And then I've been looking at iphone plans (thinking about getting a business plan actually, since I'll be using it for that too, we'll see) and telling myself how it really is a complete and total luxury expense. Then there's the fact that I really want a new computer, but can't really justify that considering mine is only 3.5 years old and still works. Tom (current subletter) actually offered to buy it the other day. I don't even know how we started that conversation, but the possibility now will not leave my head. And I have shopped a bit lately (I NEVER SHOP) and got some new shoes for the wedding, and some other bits and pieces of things that I kind of needed but that still felt a bit decadent, b/c, IDK, spending money or whatever.

And then, on the subject of subletters, we have house type worries. Our lease is up in just seven weeks, which is really an outrageously short time, especially considering I won't be back until the last month of it. We have no idea what Amy is doing, thus we don't know if we need to fill one room (if she stays) or two (if she leaves), and whether one of those will be sublet for a while (if she stays to November) or filled completely. And there are other possibilities for people who might want to move in, but at the moment I kind of feel like none of them are actually going to happen, so we're gonna end up scrambling for strangers. Either way, we have at least one room to fill, and there is no way Claire and I (and Sarah) can cover rent if we don't get people in both of those rooms, so that NEEDS to be sorted soon so that we can put up ads or whatever else. In general the whole situation is FREAKING ME OUT. I am just so tired of continually having to worry about moving, or finding a new place, or finding new people to fill our current place, or whatever. I really just want to buy something and live there for ages. But again with the not so financially viable or sensible yet. Maybe in a year or so? (So yeah, anyone know someone looking for a room in London starting in Sept? It's an awesome house, really.)

Plus, on the incoming money side, B keeps cutting my hours at work since we're not too busy at the moment (off season), which is just really frustrating. I know it's essentially what I agreed to when I said I would be a contract employee (and there are other benefits), but I also remember at the time being worried about this exact thing and him reassuring me that it wouldn't be a problem because "there was always work to do". Yeah, so we see how that turned out. So mostly, working less hours but still coming in every day sucks, although it makes me feel a lot less guilty about extending the days of my US holiday even more. It also makes me feel bound and determined that I need to be set up SOON with a website and email and etc so that I can properly start advertising on my own. I'm just so sick of depending on B as my main job, I'm antsy to get more freelance. But then I start worrying about my EA exam, which I have not scheduled and am not doing a very diligent job of studying for, and I freak out again. It's a vicious, evil, and stupid cycle.

On top of that, I've just been feeling really alone. Mostly I just kind of float along, and to be honest I've been single for so long that I'm pretty independent and not so good at dealing with giving over control to anyone else. (This may have possibly tanked potential relationship in the past - I can be super stubborn.) But with all these worrying feelings, sometimes I just want someone else to kind of take over and tell me that it's okay and I'm being silly or whatever. Because in my head I know that there is nothing too bad going on in my life right now, but that doesn't really help on an emotional level. I just kind of wish I had someone to relax and let go with, and just snuggle and be calm. I have more specific feelings about it, but they just make me berate myself for being an idiot in various situations, and not knowing my own mind, so that's not helpful. I'm not sure all of this even makes sense? Maybe I just miss my mom (in the US) and [livejournal.com profile] lazyclaire (in France)? I certainly seem to have gotten pretty emo now that Claire isn't home to take care of me and give out her (really fantastic) hugs. :)

Wow this was a lot of whining. Sorry about that! How about some pictures to take our minds off it all? It's not my July 12 of 12 (coming, maybe?) or even the World Cup pics (still haven't gotten them onto FB), but instead a link to pics some other people kindly posted. :)

I spent last weekend in Devon at Beth's parents' house, at a kind of bonding/goodbye extravaganza for Nick and Julie. It was pretty wrenching for them to actually be leaving (back to the US) for good, but the weekend was, frankly, pretty idyllic. See for yourself...

Sorry these pics are kind of huge, but I'm linking from locked FB and can't figure out a way to resize. )
jenepel: (Celeb: NPH dancing with Elmo)
THINGS I'VE DONE SINCE I GOT BACK
* watched the last round of the World Cup
* had two picnics (Alex Park & St James Park) & played croquet
* celebrated two friend's bdays
* been in two pub quizzes (one of which we WON!)
* been to book club
* bought tickets for a 2nd Adam Lambert concert in Boston (um..right, well we're there already, so why not?!)
* seen FIVE movies at the cinema! (Wild Target, Eclipse, SATC2, Inception & Toy Story 3)
* trekked out to Heathrow to say goodbye to my parents
* spent hours on Skype sorting out my USA trip
* been to see HAIR with the Lambrits girls
* had dinner/drinks/etc with lots of people to catch up
* read lots of [livejournal.com profile] kradambigbang and commented YAY!
* spent hours bugging everyone I know (online & in RL) about whether I should get an HTC or an iphone (and WHICH iphone, new or old?) - opinions anyone?
* been into two CPW, one phones4u and one Orange shop to ask phone questions (guy in last shop: "Um...you may be taking this a bit too seriously. It is just a phone, you know.")

THINGS I HAVEN'T DONE SINCE I GOT BACK
* uploaded the pictures to FB (yeah...working on this!)
* written up my 12 of 12 post (ditto)
* talked to my brother for more then ten mins at a time (but I'll see him again in August, yay!)
* made a choice about the phone thing
* slept, like, AT ALL

Basically it's been a pretty awesome two weeks. My trip feels a million miles away, but it was awesome too. I doubt I'll manage to get any more of a synopsis up at the rate I'm going, but hopefully I'll manage to put up pics soon. I'm such a bum! Anyway, I'll link it on here once I get to it.

I'm taking a late lunch here, so on the very bright side I now only have a few hours of work left. Then [livejournal.com profile] lazyclaire and I are doing dinner at ours as a goodbye before she goes to France for three weeks. Tomorrow I'm off to Devon for the weekend for a final house goodbye & bonding weekend since Nick and Julie are going to the USA FOR GOOD on Monday. :( Next up: figuring out new tenants (currently we have subletters) and sorting out renewing the lease. Fun!
jenepel: (England 3 Lions)
We've found a good internet cafe in Durban (same one as before) and we have a few down days so it's a good time to catch up and catch our breath after a very emotional time.

Been a wild couple of days, driving to Rustenberg (ugh) for USA match and then Bloemfonteng (didn't spellcheck) for the England one. Don't even know what to say about the Eng/Germ match. Ran the full gamut of emotions in just 90 minutes. It was painful to be right there watching it, esp as we were in the 5th row, directly on goal and could easily see that it was well in. It wasn't the best view for full watch matching, but perfect for being an amateur (better than the profs?) linesman. We were celebrating like insane people, actually up on our chairs jumping, screaming and waving the flags, and then it was disallowed. It's rough to sit there in the stadium after, feeling all that, while around you there is celebration. And as for our boys, well is it too much to ask for a little drive and PASSION? I think not. The fans have it, so why don't they? We've traveled all this way, and they barely protest a bad call or even look upset at the end of the match when they're out? Sickening.

I'm just so discouraged with English football right now. And I don't even have the time to start on the rant I've got going about technology inclusion into the sport and FIFAs antiquated notions in general.

BUT...life goes on and we still have almost a week in South Africa! I definitely have to say what a fantastic job the country has done with the cup. We've only had one bad experience with a stadium/place not being able to handle the influx (Rustenberg) and everywhere else has been top class. Also the people have been welcoming, friendly and helpful.

I guess for the rest of the tournie I have to say my moneys on the Dutch now that we're out. Maybe it's finally their year? If not them then the Spanish I guess. But please let Holland kick Brazil out next round!
jenepel: (England 3 Lions)
Okay I don't have time to write a proper update as we are just in an internet cafe and I think about to leave, but [livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo was bugging me about it on twitter (love you really!) and so I have decided to just cobble together all the email/FB/twitter updates that I just did and that will be info enough! There will be some repetition though - sorry for the lack of editing.

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Trip is FANTASTIC! Small safari bit in PE was good and as well as all the matches we have been to. SA is really beautiful and (fingers crossed) no sign of trouble as yet. We are going to the USA match tomorrow and then the England one the next day - both their round of 16 efforts. Pretty excited about seeing England v Germany, so resigned to how that turned out, hope it will be epic as they are picking up their game. The Slovenia match was pretty tense and we were right off the goal so had a perfect view of Defoe's.

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Hi! We are jumping online quickly at an interenet cafe in Durban. this is the first time we hve checked it since we were in cape town with the wi-fi. Its been a bit dodgy on being able to find access. Everthing is great so far, we have been to three games, adn two were england (sorry for the mistakes this keyboard is weird and i am in a hurry) the second england game was a lot better thant he first - very tense despite the lack of goals, but some good chances adn i can't believe they didn't score again. we are going to see the USA/ghana match tomorrow and then the next england one the next day. We have seen drew and his friends at severl matches so that was good.

Also the elephant park was awesome. we drove around and saw tons of animals close up, although not any predators as they don't have many of those. we also went to ride elephants which turned out to be great - we got to feed them as well and it was amazing they are so lareg and interesting up close. lots of good pictures too!

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Trip is FAB! SA is beautiful & (fingers crossed) no troub yet. Going to USA tmrw & Eng next day - both R16. Slovenia match tense & right off goal, perfect view of Defoe's. Excited abt seeing Eng/Ger, hope for epic, but will see. Ran into Martin Tyler(!) @ Durban airprt & he said thot
Eng had good chance as Ger team young versus our boys (older, exp). He did admit that might
just be his Eng bias tho!

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(AND AM EMAIL WRITTEN BY MY BRO TO OUR PARENTS)
Hope you're enjoying the Cup over there in the UK. England v Germany is an absolutely ridiculous match up for the second round; talk about history. If all goes well, we could be playing Argentina in the next round too which would mean meeting our two biggest international rivals in one World Cup: unthinkable. We're having a great time over here. I guess Jenn gave you a pretty good synopsis of how everything's going over here. We've been watching a lot of football of course but we've managed to see a lot of the country too I think. We had a great time in Port Elizabeth and the Addo Elephant Park. Now we're going to be travelling on the road for two days to see the USA and England matches. I really hope we'll be celebrating on the return journey or it'll be a quiet drive back. As far as safety is concerned, we've not seen or heard anything that would worry us in any way. I've been to far dodgier places as far as I'm concerned. Cape Town and Durban are so cosmopolitan you could be in Europe, and Port Elizabeth's suburbs on the coast were the same way even if the city center had a more 3rd world feel. There have been crowds everywhere though and we've been very comfortable everywhere we've been. The people here have been amazing too. Everyone everywhere we've been has been incredibly welcoming and in great spirits. I wasn't sure how South Africans were taking the hosting of this Cup but the people seem to be truly excited about their visitors and the event. The organisation has been top notch too. Parking lots, venues, public areas, our accomodations and everything in between has been really well organised and planned for. They were definitely ready for us.

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Guess that gives you a picture! Actual pictures when I get back - we have taken millions and have tons of good ones already.

hiatus

Jun. 18th, 2010 10:47 am
jenepel: (Random: Traveler)
I've written approximately five million entries in my head and none actually on the computer, so bully for me. I mean to actually post before I left the UK, but it didn't happen. Instead, this is coming to you live from Cape Town, South Africa!!

JUST TO SAY, THIS JOURNAL IS ON HIATUS UNTIL JULY 6TH!!! I'm in SA for the World Cup - 4 England matches as long as we keep winning, and 2 others.

See you all on the other side.
jenepel: (VM: Veronica with camera)
Why yes, it is the 25th and I'm just now posting my pics from the 12th. But look on the bright side, at least I'm posting them (!) unlike Jan & March (when I took pics but didn't post) or Feb & April, when I didn't take pics at all. Small steps people. If you care to see the Flickr sets for those two months, sans commentary, then here they are: January (some experiments with close up shots although I don't have a macro lens) and March (mostly my dad in hospital that I was documenting to send to my bro).

SO...12 of 12! AGAIN! FINALLY! Here's hoping this re-starts the trend.

Post 12 pics of your day, and then link back to Chad, who started it all!

1) ALL PHOTOS MUST BE TAKEN ON THE 12TH OF EACH MONTH.

2) After you post your pictures onto a webpage of your choice (Livejournal, typepad, MySpace, Flickr, etc...) please post the TIME, LOCATION, and A SMALL COMMENT on the pic.

We never actually set foot in Kew Gardens. )

That's it! Pretty lovely day overall, and sheer luck that it ended up being the 12th. The next few months look good for it too, but once it gets back to falling work days I'm not sure what I'll do. It's easy to feel uninspired on a work day after doing it for over a year. There's only so much of my commute I can document, you know?!
jenepel: (GG: Happy Birthday)
It's a day late (let's blame Norfolk, shall we?) but it's very well meant.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY [info]adinarj !!!

You're the reason I'm on LJ - it was your pestering that got me here, and I'm SO thankful for that. You always have my back and are such a wonderful supportive friend.  I miss you around here lately, but I'm glad your life is busy and happy, even if it means less time for LJ.  I hope your birthday was as completely fabulous as you are!  Big hugs! ♥ ♥ ♥

3 years!

May. 12th, 2010 12:27 pm
jenepel: (Random: flowers and sky)
I just realised that somehow in the craziness of April I managed to steamroll right over my three year LJ-iversary. So yay for that! I haven't really been in fandom for that long, have I? (Although I guess all the TWOP stuff predates it - I was on there since 2002.) I would do some sort of meme or something to celebrate this, but frankly I can't be bothered. Oh how blase one gets in three years. :)

Also, there was an election. Probably I should have mentioned that in the last post, since it was, you know, kind of important! But hey, I flailed enough about it on Twitter, I think I'm out. Also, other people have made far far better posts then I could on the subject. It's fascinating though, and will probably continue to be so now that a coalition has been sorted and we actually have a new PM (no matter how ugh inducing he is). Bring on the re-election I say! (But not before a bit of electoral reform - here's hoping.)

And now I'm off to Kew Gardens to spend the afternoon with a few of my old Embassy co-workers. I worked crazy hours yesterday so I could manage this afternoon off, so I'm gonna enjoy it. (DON'T RAIN!)
jenepel: (Random: Wimbledon rain delay)
So April kind of sucked. And when I say kind of, what I actually mean is that IT REALLY sucked*. I spent the entire month working on taxes, stressing about working on taxes, not working on script frenzy, stressing about not working on script frenzy, freaking out about world cup tickets, not sleeping at all, getting terribly sick halfway just in time for the April 15th deadline, and burying myself in Kradam/Bandom fanfic every time I got a chance just so that I would stop worrying about all of the above for a while. So yeah, it sucked. I sincerely hope next year's is better. I'll have to be better prepared...or something, IDK.

*Except for all the parts concerning Adam Lambert.

But now it is May! I have high hopes for it! I've already had over a week of it, and so far it's been lovely and relaxing. Of course, the first three and a half days I was home in Norfolk at my parents' house because of the bank holiday weekend, so I'm not quite sure it counts, but even the workish part of it after that was good! Norfolk as usual was easy and diverting and filled with people who knew me when. I played tennis with my dad and bridge with my mom and her friends, and ate lots of good food. And then the work week, whatever, although I did manage to make it to Glee night, FINALLY meet up with Rach for a drink, and then have a DrWho marathon while watching [livejournal.com profile] sily_cleo pack, on, you know, various days. (OMG those Angels/River episodes were SO SCARY. I am a total wuss; I was completely freaking out.)

We had our long planned BBQ on Sat, which really would have been better with nicer weather, but what can you do? That's what happens when you plan things six weeks in advance! We had a decent turnout, and we did end up grilling, but it was threatening rain all day, and there were a ton of people who wussed out because of weather. Probably better just to look outside, see that it's a nice day, and then invite people over? On the flip side, we spent much of Sunday, which was slightly better weather, inside, mainlining three different Robin Hoods in readiness for the new one. We did Prince of Thieves, Men in Tights and the Disney one, and I have to say Disney pretty much beats all. It's SO GOOD. Not sure about the new one, but it's all free with my Cineworld card (LOVE IT) so I'll probably go with Daniel.

In other news, changes at home and at work. Londoners listen up! Job going at my office - part time, 20 hours a week, £10 an hour, mainly secretarial, no tax experience required. Starting probably early July. Also, we are making plans for the house since Julie and Nick leave in early July. We are trying to get subletters to fill out the lease, and right now need one for July plus the first two weeks of Aug. Probably around £540 all inclusive. We also *might* have a room going from September for the full year (rent £427, bills around £75) but that isn't at all definite yet. At least it looks like we're actually staying in the house. Basically (as I say every year) I NEVER WANT TO MOVE AGAIN. Famous last words, I know.

As it is summer finally, I'm in the middle of holiday plans. I leave in FIVE WEEKS for South Africa! Thankfully we have everything sorted except the possibility of a safari, which is kind of half-sorted. Also, I've already paid for everything, and currently am owed $500, so I'm feeling good on that front. Next up is planning my US trip in August. I'm waiting on my parents to plan THEIR US trip, other people coming to the wedding to decide when they'll get there, and (yeah) Kris and Adam concert dates. There actually is a GA concert (Kris) that was announced today, and since I was (probably) planning on going through there to see my bro it could work. But if I could manage to be in a city to see Adam too that would be awesome. It's not that I would rearrange my entire trip, but there are people in lots of different cities I could visit, so if there is one at the right time it might work out. Texas, for example = PERFECT. Anyone live in GA and want to come to a Kris concert with me? I don't really want to go alone, but I can't see me convincing my bro, especially since it also includes Maroon Five! (Too bad it's not the Barenaked Ladies portion - I would LOVE to see them.) Blah blah blah whatever. I can't make a post without AI stuff in it lately, huh?

Tomorrow is 12 of 12! I'm going to attempt to, you know, actually do it and post it for once. I haven't since Dec I think - I just got out of the habit and never got back in it. I'm hoping that once I start back I'll be doing it every month like I was before. I kind of miss the pictures.

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