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: 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: (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.
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: (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.)

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