jenepel: (Hairspray: Can't stop the beat)
It's almost 3AM and I have to work tomorrow and I just cannot seem to make myself go to sleep. Instead I'm messing around on Twitter and AIM and reading fanfic and whatever else I can do to waste a little time. I'm still on such a high from the Adam Lambert concert.

Seriously, you guys it was SO AMAZING! He's incredible live, his voice sounded great, he was so funny talking in between, the crowd was insane, etc etc. I can't believe it's over and done with, because it just went so quickly. He did: For Your Entertainment, Music Again, Strut, Whataya Want From Me, Sleepwalker, Fever, and If I Had You. And just because I'm bored and don't want to sleep yet, have some pics from the concert.

[livejournal.com profile] jayintheclouds. I am WAY too short to have been able to see that well!!">
For Your Entertainment


Music Again


Music Again


Strut


Strut


WWFM


Sleepwalker? (not sure)

So yeah, pretty awesome. Also awesome? Random fan meet-ups. We got into the venue a few hours early (the line was AROUND THE BLOCK - people had lined up in the morning or something??) and so we had a bunch of time to kill before it started. The crowd was a bit weird, not proper gig-ish exactly, all bunched to the front and super intense. Anyway we stood around talking, etc and then this girl behind [livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo and I started talking to us (I think asking about support acts? if there was one?) and then said "so are you guys from the internet?" We pretty much just looked at each other and cracked up, because how do you even respond to that? But yes, indeed, we pretty much are, if LJ and Twitter and goodness knows what else are any indication. I was a little worried she meant the Adam fansites, since EVERYONE I have met so far has been from them. But no! She meant LJ! And Kradam! So we chatted, and then went for LJ names, and it turned out she was [livejournal.com profile] bexless (*waves hi*), which um, OMG amazing, b/c HELLO HER FIC! But I feel I have flailed enough on this in person and possibly in Twitter after ([livejournal.com profile] risti and I are not subtle) so I won't do it here.

But I love that! A random person in the audience behind me was a fanfic writer I like and respect, and also turned out to be a totally funny awesome person to kill an hour or so with before the show. There was much squeeing, discussion of AI fic and bandom (shut up, AI RPF IS A GATEWAY DRUG) and various other fannish pursuits. (Also Bex can you tell me the LJ name of your bf? Because we totally forgot it.) Good times were had by all and etc. (Also you guys go read her fic - this one especially (Apples are not the only fruit) b/c it's a classic.)

One more thing, a very un-awesome thing that happened at the end of this all. Basically I am an idiot. I borrowed Isla's camera today for various dumb reasons, and then of course did not use it at all b/c I was too busy, you know, enjoying the concert. But what I did manage to do was crack the screen. I seriously couldn't see ANYTHING (you guys I am 4'9") and so I decided to give myself another two inches by standing on my bag. Stupidly I did not remove anything (including Isla's camera, my ipod or my phone) from said bag. And guess what happened? The only thing not belonging to me got broken. So I guess I owe Isla a new camera. TOTALLY SUCKS. I hope she isn't too mad at my sheer idiocy. So yeah, not the best end to an otherwise awesome night, but certainly a reminder that I DO NOT THINK despite supposedly being a grown-up. Ah well.

In conclusion, yay fandom! I will now allow myself to read one fic and then go to bed. :)
jenepel: (Default)
I'm at work, trying to kill the last half hour before I can leave and meet people for dinner and then the Adam Lambert gig at Heaven. By this point I'm practically vibrating with excitement. Really, I'm no good to anyone, work-wise!

I went out Sat night with a bunch of the girls from the Lambrits board. (I am really wondering at what point one becomes a "Glambert" - I really hope I'm still on the other side of the line!) We had a few drinks, grabbed wristbands at GAY bar, and then tried to get into Heaven. No dice. They were just being really strict with the door policy, saying members and regulars only. And you know, fair play or whatever. I get that they have a certain expectation for their crowd makeup, and they knew there was another gig Monday, so they weren't anxious to let all those fans in. But it was really frustrating. (Leaving aside completely the fact that, technically, I am actually in their target audience!!) Funnily enough, another girl and I had hung back from the group to finish our drinks, so we got in line alone and they let us through. We might have gotten all the way in (we were at the metal detectors) but then we noticed the others had been turned away so we got out of line.

Anyway, we talked to the bouncer guy and he kind of said well maybe later on if it's not too busy we'll let in non-members. (They were letting in non-member guys, just not girls unless you were with a large group of men.) So we went and had a drink at a nearby pub, then walked around the back and watched the band & Adam (saw Tommy & Monte, so that was cool) arrive. Finally, after much discussion, and hearing that several other people had gotten in (there were a million Adam fans wandering around that I didn't know - our group had about nine) we tried one more time. I was pretty embarrassed by this point, and kind of hanging back, so I don't know what was said, but they let us in. Only problem? We got in, paid and went to the main floor, and Adam had already performed! It was not ideal. The conspiracy theorist in me wants to believe that the guy timed it like that on purpose, because he hadn't been too nice over the night. A lot of the bouncers were fine, but a few were a bit rude and he was one.

Anyway, whatever. I had a fun night hanging out with everyone, and at least we know that Adam got a massive crowd out for his first UK gig. I'm sure tonight will be fantastic, with the number of fans who will be there, and seeing him twice would have been really above & beyond. Also, on the very bright side, I was smart and wore flats. The girls in heels were really really suffering by the end of the night!

And, just because I never posted it, here's my pic with Adam from when he was here before!! I did want to write it up (he signed my ipod! I babbled about sharpies! he was tall!) but I bet at this point it won't happen.



ETA: To the 95% of my flist who aren't Adam Lambert, Kris Allen, or AI fans in general, sorry for the recent spam. Someday I will find something else to talk about!
jenepel: (Random: Wimbledon rain delay)
So ridiculously, [livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo and I now have six tickets between us to the Adam concert. I have the two PURE ones (which are unrestricted, so I guess that's better) and then we have two each that we won in the competition. I would say we're just really lucky, but having talked to some of the other people I met on the stalking Adam day I think a lot of people won - there were 400 winners and you had to pre-order the CD to enter, plus he is virtually unknown over here. So. I'm not worried about the tickets though, I know enough casual fans to ask some people and thus properly convert them. :)

BUT. It may not happen anyway if he doesn't even make it to the UK at all because of the STUPID ASHCLOUD. Seriously, it is messing with life in general. I know SO MANY PEOPLE who are stuck on one side of the problem or the other - can't get home or can't leave to go on holiday - and it totally sucks. We've had flights grounded for almost a week now, it's time for the ash to leave! Hey, at least it's good for the environment, I guess? As Amy pointed out last night, the UK should make it's emission targets this year for sure...

I had a strangely domestic feeling weekend. I was still kind of getting over being sick, So I had planned to take it easy, but I felt pretty decent when I got up Sat. [livejournal.com profile] lazyclaire, [livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo, and Abbi and I went over to Ben's house to bake cupcakes with his little girls. We had joked about having a baking day for ages, so it was fun for it to actually happen. And his little girls are super cute and fun, plus we FINALLY got to meet his lovely wife. She's not Nano, so she's never come to any of the events or anything. Claire and I ended up staying the longest, as after we put the kids to bed we decided to get dinner (fish & chips!) and then watched the new Who (mostly meh, although iDaleks! yay) on iplayer. It was almost midnight when we finished, so Ben kindly ran us home quickly in his car (such luxury!) so we didn't have to brave over an hour of public transport. All told, it was a really fun day.

Sunday I had to meet with some clients that I had canceled a meeting on from when I was sick. They are actually friends of friends of my parents, so everything I meet with them I end up socializing for ages. I went over there for 2PM and stayed for HOURS. We did the tax stuff in an hour or so (I had it mostly done but needed to revise for UK return taxes) and then just hung out. IDEK, we had cake and champagne (there were explanations, but it's not worth it here) in the garden b/c the day was so lovely, we looked at a photo album, we talked to an old friend (knew me as a kid) who just happened to call, etc etc. It was kind of ridiculous actually - I ended up staying for dinner and left around 9PM! Also I got invited to be a part of a bridge group that contains: 72 yr old man (the husband), 68 yr old man & 73 yr old woman (his friends) b/c they need a 4th and I play bridge. And I must admit I am tempted. THAT IS HOW MUCH I LOVE TO PLAY CARDS PEOPLE! Anyone in London interested in starting a card circle (anything but poker)? Or a bridge group? I would totally teach you all. :) We could make it cool again with the under-60s set!

So yeah. That was my weekend. In conclusion, I say: GO AWAY ASH CLOUD, WE DON'T WANT YOU ANYMORE.
jenepel: (HP: Hermione "YAY")
I was all set to post about how annoyed I am about several things in life but then one of those things cleared up and now I'm just kind of all over glee so I can't even manage to complain.

[livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo AND I HAVE TICKETS TO THE ADAM LAMBERT CONCERT AT HEAVEN ON APRIL 26TH!!!!!

(CUE UNRESTRAINED SCREAMS OF GLEE!)

Seriously guys, I am beyond excited about this. He isn't doing any "real" (as in, you can buy tickets) concerts in the UK. He's performing twice at Heaven, and yeah on Sat we're gonna go and try to get in, but that will be pure chance, and who knows if it's gonna work. Heaven, in case you don't know, if the club connected to GAY bar, and it's huge, popular and always packed. They've already said they're going to give first ins to members, of which none of us are. I've been there a few times, but it's really more of a guys place then girls, and anyways I've never been big on the whole clubbing scene. As far as I could tell, the vast majority of the girls there were straight anyway.

BUT WHO CARES, BECAUSE WE HAVE TICKETS FOR MONDAY NIGHT!! He's doing a second performance then, sponsored by HMV, tickets only available as prizes. We first found out about it when it was listed as a pure HMV reward, which means you could redeem points off your HMV card (which I did not have) to get tickets. Of course those were gone immediately. There was vague talk of them opening it up again, so I hemmed and hawed and then finally signed up for a card and bought £100 worth of stuff (that was the spend for the right amount of points). And yeah, that sounds crazy, but it really isn't (I swear!), because all I did was buy the guitar hero disc (since mine was the wrong region) and extra guitar and wii remote that I've been meaning to get since Christmas. I had to give back [livejournal.com profile] iamseb's, so now we can play again, yay!

So yeah, those points were just sitting there, and I was checking HMV occasionally. And in the meantime they put up a contest where if you pre-ordered his CD you were entered for a draw to win tickets, so of course all of us did that, but despaired of winning. And then this morning, suddenly there the tickets were on HMV again! I had some minor freakouts as my session timed out and then I DELETED THE CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM MY JUNK MAIL like an idiot, but I called customer service and got it sorted out. So yeah, TICKETS. SOON TO BE IN MY HANDS. OR ELSE. (Sorry, I can't seem to turn my capslock off about this!)

This is more detail then you need, obviously. BUT I'M SO EXCITED PEOPLE!!!! SERIOUSLY. ADAM FREAKING LAMBERT.

(I really MUST update my icons - haven't added any in like six months (maybe a year?) and thus no AI ones at all. Shocking!)
jenepel: (Piz "I want to die")
Sorry for non-response on recent entries, flist, for I have vanished under a pile of tax returns. Look for me (hopefully) after April 15th when I shall attempt to become sane again. Apparently it has become so bad that I've actually made myself sick. This morning (sorry for the TMI) I felt nauseated the entire ride, and about half-way through actually stumbled off at a random stop and threw up on the platform. (This was pretty much completely mortifying.) Cue worried people (a lady gave me water and a man fetched an attendant) and then sitting in the station room for a half hour while they made sure I was okay. That was good, but what was ill-advised was the cup of tea I drank while there. It sounded so good at the time! And you know how you feel much better right after you throw up? Well, I called my boss, he said okay but when will you be here? so I hopped back on the tube and went on in. I still had about 30 mins to go on the ride, and it was seriously rough feeling.

Half an hour into work I threw up again - goodbye tea and a few crackers that I had managed to get down. By then it was agreed that I could go home despite the deadline, but I admit I am now completely reluctant to get back on the tube. I seriously don't think I can face the hour long ride without throwing up again. I'm drinking Ginger Ale, which Isla nicely got for me, and frankly having a really hard time concentrating on anything tax related, thus this entry. I want to be in my bed, but my bed is so far away!

Speaking of my bed (like that segue?) I had a weird dream last night. It was one of my just hanging out with celebrities as if I know them dreams (for previous examples see Adam Lambert & David Tennant - I'm too lazy to link those properly) and this time it was Kris & Katy Allen. We were at some kind of benefit, although who knows why I would have been there (!) and seated at the same table, just chatting. From what I remember they were really nice and friendly, and we talked almost the whole time about music and what we liked and what his influences were and stuff. I don't know if he was famous in the dream, because I don't remember feeling star struck, but he was definitely a musician. Maybe I was famous too and that was why? :) Even weirder, I actually had another Kris Allen dream just a few days ago. We were at a concert or a show or something and he gave me his seat because I couldn't see over his head. Meet Jenn, the only person shorter than Kris! I don't know where Katy was in that one though.

So yeah, I have a strange brain. And I feel sick. UGH. Plus, to make it worse, I have to meet with one of my freelance clients after work tonight. They were even going to feed me dinner (an older couple, really sweet) but I don't think that part is happening if I still feel like I do now. I can't skip it though, the 15th is only two days away and they owe!

ETA: Just threw up for the third time (this is so embarrassing at work!) and am going home in a taxi. Just gave in, it's not worth it. Not sure what to do about appt tonight though, maybe I can push it until tomorrow and skip bookclub?? That sucks.

Update

Apr. 1st, 2010 12:22 pm
jenepel: (Office US: Karen "boom")
My night:

2AM - call from Trev (in the ER) saying he went in for pains & is waiting
430AM - call from Trev saying he's got to have the operation and it's happening soon
7AM - call from his gf saying it's over and docs said it went fine, no issues

So yeah, it happened, he's doing okay. Now to deal with the fallout.

(And boy was it fun to call my mom at 5 in the morning and wake her up! I'm like "don't freak out, but Trev's in the ER" - isn't that the best opening ever?)
jenepel: (DLM: George "aw shit")
My brother just called me from the Emergency Room. They think he has appendicitis. He's getting a CT scan, and they will probably have to operate tonight.

He has no insurance. And yeah, that's stupid of him, and it's his own fault, yada yada. But, you know, he works in a restaurant, he earns like $15000 a year, and he's lived his entire life (bar the last three years) in a country where healthcare is free. He said he has looked into it, but he needed his health records from the UK and never kind of bothered to get them, and that it would be like $100 a month for the basic care, so he was putting it off. Stupid, yeah, but I get it. He's young, healthy, etc.

Fuck the fucking US health care system. He's looking at a $20000 bill for this operation, which means that my parents are looking at that bill (I guess) because it's not like he has the money. I can't even believe that you can go into a hospital and be sick through no fault of your own and have a necessary operation and it can freaking bankrupt you like that. It is so far out of my realm of experience that I will literally NEVER understand it.

I guess in a few years, if the new bill is good, he would have to get insurance, and it would be subsidised, because he must be low income. (And I think if I'm remembering right, that it starts at $40000 income and graduates down.)

BUT WHATEVER. Not like that helps him now. Hopefully he'll call back in a few hours and say the CT scan went alright (and cost him what, $2000 or so?) and that he doesn't need the operation. But it wasn't sounding good.

The ridiculous thing is that I should be thinking about how scary it is that he might be going in for an op like this, totally last minute, and all I can think of is the money. But $20000! That's terrifying. Fuck.
jenepel: (DrWho: Dalek "procrastinate")
So I finally finished updating my books list for this year. I even added movies this time around, just for fun. I figure I'll hopefully be seeing more movies because of the Cineworld Unlimited thing. I actually had the books on my computer already, but I hadn't done the coding and etc to set it up. The movies I kind of had to guess on, so I probably forgot some, but oh well. For the books, you can totally tell that I've been raiding my mom's (school) library for new books - I read a ton of those just when I was home when my dad was sick.

And hey, it's only the end of March, so why not now? When I should be asleep. Or doing taxes. Or something. On the bright side I did manage to put another load of laundry in. Go me! *sarcasm*

Tomorrow is the 2nd kick-off for Script Frenzy. [livejournal.com profile] lazyclaire and I just spent about an hour picking out new movie quotes (and we did some TV ones this time too) in case we get repeats. And hey, [livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo, this time you can play! I mean, if you're coming again. Are you?

Argh, I've got to go to bed b/c it's leaning on 3 now, since I've been doing other things while I've had this open. Hopefully tomorrow I'll finish my epic Adam post - I need to get it up before SF and definitely before this weekend!
jenepel: (Buzzcocks: [quote] boring mumbling)
I had a really wonderful weekend. Like, a truly shiny and happy, grinning every time you start thinking about your life kind of weekend. And somehow, now that the week is here (it kinda began late Sunday night) I have been catapulted sideways into this terrible maelstrom of stress, which I truly do not appreciate. Every time I stop and think about the month ahead of me I start to practically hyperventilate and freak out, and that’s with it not having even started yet.

It’s a combination of things, but mostly just that Script Frenzy is about to start and [livejournal.com profile] lazyclaire and I are the MLs for London. It’s silly, because I did sign up for it, and I do want to do it, but it’s APRIL. And I know what Nano feels like, how much time I give to it in November, and I’m just suddenly freaking out because I don’t know if I can give that amount of time during this month (one of our busiest at work) and add on the fact that I am supposed to organise stuff TOO. I’m looking at Script Frenzy + MLing + craziness at work + freelance work at home = Jenn goes INSANE. So we’ll see how that goes.

But this WEEKEND! Oh man, I cannot even start! It was just one of those times when things just come together and everything is fun. Adam Lambert, Cookies, Script Frenzy, awesome chats with friends and two movies! )

Um yeah, so I should stop and get home. I’m writing this on my work computer b/c I needed a bit of a break before I jumped on my commute to go home. I hate that it takes me an hour now!

Oh and also if you're even slightly interested in Kradam, you should all be reading this - or be drowned in blissful confusion - which is a totally amazing HS AU that I am in love with. Beware though, WIP. (I'm sure all three of you who are Kradam-inclined on my flist are already reading it, but I feel the need to rec anyway, so there.)
jenepel: (Pratchett: [quote] sleepless times)
Hmmm, almost 3AM! [livejournal.com profile] lazyclaire and I have been watching Gilmore Girls again - we made it through five episode tonight! And then she went to bed around an hour ago, and somehow I did not. I've been trying to sort out music on my computer, since it's in a terrible state, and somehow the time got away from me.

But what else did I do at 2:30AM? Um, wrote more comment fic. So there's that. At least I'm writing something, I guess!

Here if you care to read it: (Kradam, G)

And now to bed!

p.s. In other VERY GOOD NEWS, all my dad's tests are back now and they're completely clear. I'm not sure when he has to go in again, because of course they kind of keep checking for ages, but for now, it's all good. I am feeling extremely relieved.
jenepel: (Angel: puppet "woe")
Seriously people, the week I have had! And you know, it’s not really to be complaining, because everything seems to be working out okay thus far, and I’m really terribly thankful for that. But considering I spent the whole week at home, and only worked two days, it has been just incredibly stressful.

I just checked my last entry to see what kind of info I wrote about the surgery and realised I was all like “oh, maybe I’ll stay overnight Sat – we’ll see”. HA! And then I stayed Sat-Thurs morning. Oh how little I knew.

So anyway, my dad had surgery for tongue cancer in three parts – a chunk of his tongue out, a chunk of his leg (including muscle and a freaking artery) out to replace the tongue, and his lymph nodes. It was the latter that turned out to be the biggest problem, since he is having some kind of drainage issues (his body kept producing lymph but it has nowhere to go?) and an air bubble (yeah IDK) that they had to push out. So when I got there last Saturday they were saying he should get out by Monday, so (for various reasons) I decided to stay until then. But Mon turned into Tues, turned into Wed, and now they’re saying it may be NEXT Mon, so who knows.

Things that went wrong while I was there:
1 – Mom can’t drive at night b/c she had cataract surgery a few weeks ago. She didn’t mention this to me at first, but once I knew it was the main reason I decided to stay. Going to work at least in the AM and then to the hospital but having to leave before dark (in the UK, in March) is difficult.
2 – I forgot my charger (well didn’t bring it since it was just going to be a day), so my phone died
3 - we have plumbers working in the upstairs bathroom, and they did something with the electrics, which connect to the room next door, which contains the computer and modem. Thus no internet. I was kind of stealing wi-fi from someone around us, but it was very temperamental and only on during certain hours in the evening (who turns their modem ON AN OFF? I guess someone who doesn't know enough to put a password on?)
4 - our last car broke down (we have a few but every one seems to have at least one issue right now) leaving us stranded on the side of the road. We called my mom’s friend and the AA, but it was no go. We called around for rentals and no one had any cars free (!!) although we did end up getting one on the second day, thank goodness.
5 – I realised on Wed when I checked my email that friends of one of my friends in Japan were coming to stay and arriving on Thursday. I had agreed to it ages ago – I hadn’t met them but we do have spare couches, so whatever. Anyway I had to sort out meeting up with them on Thurs after work. Thank goodness I checked though.
6 – Addenbrookes tightened the visiting hours b/c of some vomiting virus (!) so when I went by there Thurs on my way to work (Cambridge is where I change trains) they wouldn’t let me in the ward. Instead dad and I stood at the door so he could give me a quick update. Ridiculous!

On the bright side, I came home to a lovely home cooked Mexican meal courtesy of the flatmates, as well as margaritas! Yum. And dad is doing alright, which is the important thing. I’m now off back to Cambridge to meet mom at Addenbrookes...

Oh geez

Mar. 12th, 2010 12:20 pm
jenepel: (GG: Rory Jess awkward)
Um, I kinda wrote comment fic. The prompt was sleeping, which seems apropos.

It's here: (Kradam, G)

This is so unlike me, IDEK.
jenepel: (GG: Happy Birthday)
Why do I know so many people with February bdays? (Including two London people who share my exact day!)
Anyway...
Wishing a wonderful day to:
[info]filo77 (today)
[info]mizzykitty (tomorrow)
and
[info]lauriestein (tomorrow)!

(Sam & Lola I hope you don't mind me doing yours a day early - it's just that likely tomorrow I might be somewhat distracted and forget, so...)

Have some cake!

jenepel: (HP: Tax Time Ravenclaw)
I'm on base b/c I was meeting with some tax clients, and it turns out that the Freedom Cafe (inside the Liberty Club, omg) has free wi-fi, so I'm online! Yay. Actual internet that actually works and lets me check my email. Seriously, internet issues at work and home right now (although work got cleared up on Friday I think) so I'm behind on EVERYTHING. While I'm here I figured I might as well put up this half-written post that I've been writing all week in Word or whatever. SO...

I forgot to actually put any kind of away message on this, but I've actually been on holiday once again, thus the lack of posts. (Oh who am I kidding?! I haven't posted regularly in months! This must be rectified. I cannot believe my last update was when Claire had her seizure.) Anyway, last week I (and 4/5 house mates) were away skiing in the French Alps. Oooh la la.

It was actually a really cheap (well relatively cheap) trip. Budget airfare (easyjet whoohoo), ski rental deals online, and a chalet we rented to share with 20 people total. Basically it was one big party. Oh and lots and lots of skiing! Six straight days, which I think is more than I have ever done all at once. I actually feel decent about my skiing now. I'm not going to be skiing black runs any time soon, but I feel good about the possibility of many red ones in my future. And the people who went ran the gamut for skiing (or snowboarding) ability, so everyone managed to find someone to go out with. Also, on the last night we had a giant party at the Chalet which included Raclette cheese, tons of other food, and colour-coded drinks that matched the runs. You were supposed to only drink the ones of runs you had been on, but that didn't last too long. I mostly drank green actually, because it turns out that I think Creme de Menthe makes very yummy cocktails! (Other people may have said it tastes like mouthwash, but whatever.)

So yeah, good trip indeed. Other things happening?

Family health stuff, Tax Bitches, the World Cup, TV, Kradam babblings, weddings & Jenn (almost) turns 30! )

Whoops! My updates always get out of control. I really just need to post more. (Oh and where’s that 12 of 12 from January? Well technically, it does exist, just not as an LJ entry.

ALSO THIS! From [livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo: Reply to this post, and I'll tell you one reason why I like you. Then re-post this (if you feel like it!) and spread the love.

Um, yeah so some of that is slightly unaccurate now (I found a place for my bday!) but most of it's good and I'm leaving it. Also it turns out that the Freedom cafe is now called Rugbys - who knew? :)
jenepel: (BTVS: Willow and Buffy hug)
So I feel a bit weird writing this when I know [livejournal.com profile] lazyclaire is going to read it later on, but she told me to write something on LJ to kind of bring the London people up to speed, so here I go.

We just spent the night in A&E (the Emergency room) because Claire had a seizure. And I mean a real, proper, just like you see on TV seizure. For her sake I won't go over it exactly, but I'll say it was full body and went on long enough that we were all completely freaking out. I dialed 999 while Julie and Amy tried to get her to wake up and focus. She was breathing at least, but even when they got her to focus she wasn't talking and she seemed to have no idea of what was going on.

Anyway, long story short, Claire and I rode in an ambulance and then spent about six hours waiting as they did various tests (Cat/CT scan, electroloid stuff, taking blood, etc) and asked us five billion questions. She got better and better as we were in there, remembering more of the day and starting to talk a lot more. (A quiet Claire is a scary thing.) They finally got us up to a ward around 4AM, miraculously not kicking me out, and she went to sleep. Luckily I have insane chair sleeping skills. :)

This morning they told us they wanted to keep her until later tonight, possibly as late as 10PM to make it a full 24 hours. And then they told me visitor hours started at noon, so I left Claire sleeping and am now home. Either me or another housemate will go back in a bit and check on her.

I don't want you guys to worry - she's doing fine now, she was really coherent this morning and remembered everything except the seizure itself. They didn't seem worried, the CAT scan came out completely clear so there's no bleeding or anything. They also seemed to have no idea what caused it, but they said they would keep doing tests on her as an out-patient (over the next few days?weeks?months?not sure) in order to monitor her and see if they could find out more. There's no family history or anything, so at the moment it's a great big question mark.

So yeah, big night. Not something I ever want to go through again. I was completely terrified, and yet trying to be a grown-up and hold it together in order to keep her mind off it so she didn't freak out any more then she already was. Scary stuff.

Now I'm gonna crash out for a while so I can check on her and see how she's doing in a bit. She has her phone if people want to text her (calling prob not a good idea), although if she's sleeping I don't know if she'll check it. Call me if you want though.

La la la

Jan. 12th, 2010 08:10 pm
jenepel: (Celeb: Anna Friel on swing)
We're already 12 days into the new year and I'll only just slowly coming back into the land of the internet living. It's so bad that today is the 12th and I actually forgot my camera! How terrible is that? It's the first time I've forgotten in over a year, and I haven't really decided what I'm going to do about it. Maybe I'll get really creative once I get home. Or maybe I won't do 12 of 12 this month - but that makes me pretty sad to break my streak. So we'll see. Maybe I'll take 12 adorable pictures of Nimbus. :)

So I've been back reading my flist, although the sheer amount of time that I missed means it doesn't actually go far enough back - hopefully I won't miss anything important. I'm weirdly obsessive about this stuff, even though I try not to be. (I had to forcibly stop myself from trying to back-read two weeks of Twitter. I mean, COME ON!) So if you get belated comments on an entry you wrote a few weeks ago, this is why.

This got a bit long, so I'm cutting it. )

Surely that's enough of a real update? Next up is my plan to do end of year memes and actually (GASP) update my book list from last year and close it off. I have a spreadsheet with the info, I just haven't transferred it to LJ since something like OCTOBER! Probably Nano's fault, to be honest. As so many many things are! :)
jenepel: (Random: book and sky)
Date Revised: FINAL NUMBERS
Books Read: 60
Pages Read: 20266
BPM: 5
PPM: 1689
Average Pages: 338
Goals: 100 books, at least 12 non-fiction [FAIL!]

Book List 2009 )



60 / 100 books. 60% done!

Previous List: 2008 (61)
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Just because I don't imagine I'll be on here before the year ends, a quick token entry!

This is the first time I've been online since Dec 22nd. I feel like an addict who has fallen off the wagon. :) Mostly this is because I've been holed up in Norfolk at my parents' house and they don't have wi-fi and their computer is so slow that it's infuriating. Trevor has been soldiering ahead and trying to use Skype etc, while I just gave up completely. It was kind of freeing actually. Usually I come here for a weekend and don't bother to get on, but over a week was kind of a record for me, considering I wasn't traveling or anything.

The funny thing is, the longer I was off, the more I was kind of almost dreading getting online again. Like "I really should check email one of these days..." with a groan. Of course now that I've caved, I'm quite happy to be catching up with things, but it is a bit strange.

Anyway, goodbye to 2009! Hopefully early Jan will have me carefully doing all those year-end memes that I've done before. We'll see.

And my brother doesn't leave until the 9th, so we still have some time! Yay. I hope all the rest of you had lovely Christmas Days and Boxing Days and will have a Happy New Year.
jenepel: (HP: Hermione "YAY")
Since I've pretty much spent the last two months thinking of entries but not posting them, I'm woefully out of date at putting anything of note down in any detail. This kind of sucks, but what I'm staring at now is never managing to catch up before the new year, so I think I'm going to have to suck it up and accept that it's not happening.

Riiiight.

Today is my last day of work, thank goodness, and my brother is at this very moment in London, which is awesome and amazing and wonderful and all that jazz. Unfortunately, I am sitting in my office, watching my backup happen, as it's estimated time jumps around from 2 hours to 30 mins to etc etc. I've been backing up stuff since noon, which is frankly insane, and I'm really about to stab something. Trev got to Manor House around 2PM, so he's basically been killing time at that complex with Sainsburys and Costas and whatever ever since. Poor boy. And I can literally do NOTHING, because I can't leave until this backup is done. When I get back this old computer will be gone. And so.

But it's SO FRAKKING SLOW. I want to kill it. Right now it says 15 mins, but I don't really trust that, since it's said it before. Also, the tax program is really unstable, so when I was backing that up it took a few hours because I kept having to do various clients separately so they didn't error out.

ANYWAY. This is not interesting, I just needed to rant somewhere.

In better news, you might notice my lovely Herminone icon, back in existence because my icons have been liberated! Whoo-hoo! The ever fabulous [livejournal.com profile] insanityjones gifted me some paid account time, which freed about half of them, and then I (unable to stand seeing the rest in purgatory) updated my userpic add-on. So I am with many icons once more. Now I need to do a proper clean out so that I can add some Glee and AI ones.

ETA: SHIT SHIT SHIT! Now it says 87 mins - I CANNOT wait that long, I just can't. What the fuck am I supposed to do here? I was supposed to leave work at 3 today.

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