jenepel: (Alexis - mouth only)
I should write a real entry rather than copping out with a meme, but I'm feeling lazy.  Actually, I'm at work, so really what I SHOULD be doing has nothing to do with LJ at all, but oh well...

This is an old one I grabbed since today's were uninspiring.  It's all travel related questions.

1. Have you ever stayed in a hostel? If so, where? Did you like it? If you haven't stayed in a hostel, would you?
Yes, many many times.  Um, all over Europe and in Australia to start.  And other places too, I'm sure, but I'm bored to list it.  I like to stay in hostels whenever possible.  They are almost always cheaper and are usually clean and friendly.  It's really no big deal.

2. What is your favo(u)rite airport that you've been to? Why?
I have a certain fondness for DFW, don't ask me why.  I think part of it is because it was where my bro and I would usually meet up when we were flying home from university for Christmas or summer break.  I would be coming in from SA and he from Denver and we would try to book the same flight to London.  Then we would meet in the DFW airport at a pre-arranged gate.  If we could swing it, we would meet at the Hagen-Daz stand that's near gate C17 and get a Dulce de leche milkshake.  It was just our thing.

3. What is the best museum you have visited on vacation?
I think one of the most fascinating was the Cairo museum, mostly for the sheer volume of things it in.  But you really kind of felt like it wasn't living up to its full potential.  They had so many things that weren't sorted or labeled properly, and it was just room after room of stuff.  It gave you a great idea of the amount of artifacts there are in Egypt though, especially when you realise that what they have is just a small percentage of what exists.  And you would just be walking around looking at small things, and come upon some brilliant looking thing just tucked away in a corner.  So it felt treasure-huntish.  Also, the Louve is incredible, and in highschool I was obsessed with Musee D'Orsay because of (of course) impressionism and the waterlilies and all that.  There's a Picasso museum in Barcelona that's very cool.  And one of the most touching places I went to was this home-made landmine museum in Cambodia.  It was just in some guy's backyard, and everyone in the area had been affected.  So you were torn between "wow, this is so targeting, am I falling for this as a tourist?" and "who cares - this stuff really did happen, and these people need the tourists, so for once I should get over it".  As for London (not a vacation, I know), I can't say enough about the awesomeness of the British museum, there's a design museum that is great and I love the changing exhibits in the British Library, but my absolute favorite museum here is the Tate Modern.  I always try to take people there.

Wow.  Can you tell that I love museums?  I feel like I cheated a bit on that question!

4. Have you ever made friends while traveling whom you keep in touch with on a regular basis?
A few.  Hostels are a great place to meet people, and particularly when I was backpacking Asia we seemed to be meeting people and exchanging emails a lot.  Some people I met abroad have visited me here.  It's just so easy to do that, with email now.

5. Have you ever had a conversation with a seatmate on a plane?

Again, yes, many times.  It totally depends how I'm feeling on a plane though.  Sometimes I'm really friendly, and other times I just want to sleep or read and enjoy the time to myself.  I really love plane rides - it's like this free time given to you when you have no obligations and it's totally okay if you sleep or just watch the movie or whatever.  You don't have to feel like you should be working instead.  So sometimes I don't want someone to interrupt that feeling.  That said, I have sat next to some fascinating people.  I've even exchanged emails a few times when we have really hit it off - with transatlantic flights sometimes that's possible.  I've never sat next to anyone famous, but I suppose that's cause I fly coach!

I was actually thinking about plane rides today because of that Heathrow crash that happened yesterday.  Both my mom and my boss said kind of the same thing to me about it (which I guess is the natural reaction?)  - they both were kind of worried by it, like "I always do think, when I'm on plane...".  It's just funny because I didn't think anything like that.  I'm actually very rarely scared on planes, and I'm a very scared person generally.  But a plane crash seems so random and unlikely.  And yet I worry about being murdered.  Right.  There's the Jenn logic.  Anyhow, car crash, plane crash, blah blah blah more likely, blah blah blah, die on highways.  Mostly I worry about the idiots that overtake on the forest lanes near my parents house and how they could do it and crash head-on into you, minding your own business.  One time my dad and I (seriously) saw an idiot pass near a turning and this woman was turning right and he went right into her and HIS CAR FLIPPED OVER INTO A TREE.  We actually saw it in real life, like when does that ever happen?  Scene of accident after the fact, yes.  But this was like, he passed us first, and then he passed the car in front of us, and then he went for the third and we were just marveling at the stupidity, and then BOOM, car flying in the air.  Very surreal.

ANYHOW.  This got pretty wordy for a Friday Five didn't it?  Sorry!  I might as well have written a real post I guess.  Oh well.
jenepel: (Alexis - mouth only)
Because I'm bored...

  1. What's your favorite cereal?
    Grape Nuts.  I hate soggy cereal, so they are perfect for me.  They are hard to get over here though, since they are American.

  2. What is too gross to eat in the morning?
    I can't really eat anything at all until I've been up for at least an hour.  If I eat before then I get queasy.

  3. What time do you go to bed?
    I suck at going to bed on time.  I try for 1AM, but it's often 2, 3 or even 4.  (Hmmm, I wonder why I'm sick?)  I'm not helped by the fact that most people I know online are in a different timezone.  Also, my recent addiction to the HMM is messing with my sleep schedule in a big way.

  4. Where do you put your keys?
    They always stay in my handbag, otherwise I get locked out.

  5. What vegetables do you love?
    I love broccoli, and spinach, and tomatoes.  Oh, and when I'm in the States - fried okra!
jenepel: (Alexis - mouth only)
I'm watching Stir of Echoes on TV and it's totally freaking me out.  I'm such a wuss!  It's just that it happens to be on and my flatmate and I started randomly watching it and then we got sucked in.  But it's so not the type of movie I like to watch - I get scared too easily!

And so I will distract myself by answering the Friday Five:

1. Who was your favorite teacher?
My highschool math teacher, Mrs. Lee

2. Why was that teacher so special?
For the individual attention she gave and how much she cared.

3. Do you think teachers get paid enough?
Absolutely not!  I'm the daughter of two teachers, I've worked as one myself for a while and I have tons of teacher friends.  I can without reservaton say that teachers don't get near as much money as they should for the fabulous, difficult job that they do.

4. Do you have a favorite year of school?
I liked most of highschool.

5. If you could travel back in time and tell yourself something now that would have helped you get through school, what would you say?
Don't stress so much!

Oh, I forgot to say - Lisa Weil is in this movie so that's cool!  I've never seen her in anything except GG.
jenepel: (Alexis - mouth only)
I'm going to V Fest this weekend!  I'm SO excited.  I'm leaving at 7AM tomorrow morning to get the train there, and then camping out for the weekend.  Of course it's totally going to rain, and be muddy, and cold - but what's an English summer music festival without all that?  V has the best lineup of this summer: Snow Patrol!  The Kooks!  Foo Fighters!  Killers!  Editors!  Damien Rice!  The Fratellis!  Guillemots!  And millions more - do I even need to go on?  I AM SO EXCITED!

Okay, and I should really go to bed now since I have to get up so early.

You can read all about it here:
Lineup is here:


Okay I lied and didn't go to bed, so I am adding the FridayFive to this.

Who do you live with?
Two flatmates - Kiwi girls that I met through an online roommate site.  They're way cool though.

Do you like who you live with or do you want change?
I'm good for now.

Describe the ideal roommate.
My brother was pretty near ideal as a roommate - he cooked, I cleaned, we hung out together when we felt like it, left each other alone when we didn't.  Obviously the best type of roommate is a partner, but who knows when that's happening for me, so!

How much sleep did you get last night?
About five hours.  My friend Peter is visiting and I was out with him til late.

Where would you love to play hide-and-seek?
Underwater shipwreck - diving hide and seek!  Come on, you know it would be fun.
jenepel: (Alexis - mouth only)
Yay!  This is the first FridayFive I have done in ages.  I would love to do that quote Friday5 but my quote notebook (shut up!) is at my parent's house and I only have a few on my computer, so it's a bit difficult.  I picked an old one instead.

1. What do you obsess about?
TV shows, books, movies - it varies but at the moment it's Harry Potter (because duh) and Gilmore Girls (because of the VS8)

2. What do you do for a living?
At the moment I prepare taxes and answer tax payer questions.  At previous times I have also taught English, taught Special Education, worked as an editor, worked in media regulation and done TV production.  I have a hard time making my mind up!

3. Where do you call home?
England - I live in London but Norfolk is really my home.  I've also lived in Texas, New York and Japan but this is the place that feels the most like home.

4. Have you lived up to your parents' expectations?
Always!  Actually I never live up to own expectations, but my parents are the type who love you whatever you do "as long as you are happy" etc - my mom is continually reassuring me about my life instead of the other way around.

5. Are we more likely to find you in a coffee bar or a nightclub?

Mostly you'll find me down the pub!  But if I lived in the States, probably the coffee bar option.  I do like to go out dancing, but sparingly, I'm not really a crazy party girl.

Friday Five

Jun. 9th, 2007 01:19 am
jenepel: (Alexis - mouth only)
I just went to see Travis in the forest concert series with James, Kat, Emma and Dave.  It was so much fun, and so mellow.  It's just such a nice atmospheric place to have a concert.  I had to really trek from London to get here on time though.  (I took the train.)

I'm doing one of the ones that actually got posted today since I've already done the one [profile] adinarj did.

1. Remember the scene with Molly Ringwald putting lipstick on by holding it in her cleavage? Name one really bizarre thing you know how to do. No matter how small.
I can do that cherry thing where you tie a knot in the stem with your tongue.

2. What's your favourite way to pass the time?

3. What's your favourite restaurant and why?
The Brandon Tandoori.  It's an Indian restaurant in the small town next to the village I grew up in that we have been going to for years.  My family are "gold card members" - we have a little gold card they gave us years ago that gives us 10% off.  No one else seems to have one or even know what it is when we take it out!

4. Which TV/Radio show did you like that's not aired any more?
Freaks and Geeks!  Only the best show EVER.

5. if you had a choice of learning another new language, what would you choose? what do you think that reflects about you?
I'd like to know more Japanese then I do.  I know that's not "another" language since I kind of already speak it, but that's what I'm saying.  Deal with it.

Friday Five

Jun. 1st, 2007 06:24 pm
jenepel: (Alexis - mouth only)
Coming to you (very swiftly) from an internet cafe.  I just cannot resist a FridayFive!!

  1. What year were you born?
  2. Who do you like to hug?
    My family the most, but I'm kind of a hugger, so I'll hug whoever if they don't mind.
  3. Do you runaway or face your problems?
    Eh.  I avoid, via lots of list making!
  4. How much cash do you have on you?
    $26.00     £60.70      and    34.52
  5. Friday fill-in: I know exactly how to         .
    do a 2006 tax return  (I was going to say waste time, but it seems like it should be something somewhat positive)
jenepel: (Alexis - mouth only)
Yes, I know I've answered enough questions today, but I'm a total game nut, so when they posted this, I had to do it too.  Plus, it isn't Friday anymore for me but it is for the States!  So that counts, I think.  Everyone please humor me...

1. What is your favorite board game?
I love Monopoly, but everyone else in my family hates it, so I never get to play.  These aren't all board games, but my list would be: Taboo, Balderdash, Trivial Pursuit, Guesstures, Facts in Five, Cranium, etc.  Oh, and as a kid I loved Life.

2. What is your favorite card game?
Nerts!  I also love Canasta, Cribbage, Speed, Eucre, Spades, Hearts, Mao, Bridge, Rummy, etc, etc.  I'll play ANY card game.  Except poker, which sucks.  Oh, and I don't really like BS either, it's kind of boring.  (Also, I'm the only person I know under 30 who can play Bridge - blame my mother.)

3. Do you like to play games on the computer or on a gaming system?
Neither.  Unless you count Spider Solitaire.  Oh, and I used to play Mario Karts on SN with my bro, but that was a million years ago.

4. If so, what is your favorite game to play?
see #3

5. Do you like to play games with people or to play them alone?
People, definitely.  I'm always the annoying one at the gathering trying to group people together to play a game.

And now I should really go to bed.  It's massively late and I don't want to sleep away my whole Saturday!
jenepel: (Alexis - mouth only)

This is a two-fer!  I need a break from work, so 'm doing the Friday Five and also another meme that [profile] pink_hammerhad posted ages ago.

1.  If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I'd like Candace's power of illusion.  I like the idea of being able to disguise myself as people.

2.  Which is more attractive to you: physical appearance or personality?
Personality, although looks always help as well.

3.  Who did you last fight with?
My mom I think.  We fight a lot but we also get over it really quickly.

4.  What did you eat last night?

5.  Who are you mad about?
My dog!


1.  What is your main cell phone ring-tone?
Morrissy - You have killed me

2.  What is your default LJ icon?
A twirly picture of Alexis Bledel that I like the colours on (but I don't think you can tell it's her unless you really know GG)

3.  What station is your car radio permanently tuned to?
Radio One!  Love it, esp the Chris Moyles show
And then on the tube I use my Ipod

4.  What is your computer desktop image?
Milo (Hereos pic)

5. Is there something you wear every single day?
I don't change jewelry much, it's all small and gold, so I repeat it (watch, rings, necklace, earrings, nosestud)

6. I wish I had a tracking device on...
My USB drive

7. What page does your internet browser open with?
home: blank; work: google

8. This item never leaves my purse...
My ID card

9. What TV show do you never miss?
Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars, Heroes, Never mind the buzzcocks

10. What phrase do you hear yourself repeating too often?

jenepel: (Alexis - mouth only)
Why do the "real" Friday Fives always suck and yet  [profile] adinarj has good ones?  (Yes, I know she is picking and choosing, but still...)  ETA: I just realised this was one of the "real" ones - I'm dumb!

1.  What was on your mind yesterday?
The logistics of my upcoming move and how little time I suddenly have before I start my new job.

2.  What is on your mind today?
Taxes.  People were very unprepared today - I kept having people come in and realise they didn't have enough paperwork.  We were calling the States right and left.

3.  Do you like bonfires?
I love them.  I love Guy Fawkes night - I always try to be at my parents's house that weekend so I can go to the village bonfire.  Also, when I was a kid, it was so exciting every month or so when my dad had enough yard stuff together for a bonfire.  We would have a few of our friends over to spend the night and roast marshmallows on it, and it always felt like a celebration.  I love how you can smell bonfires in the air, and you are like "oooh, someone has a fire tonight"!  This is mostly village memories from growing up though - I don't really get it in London.  Wow, that was a lot about a throw-away question!!

4.  Do you believe in the paranormal?
No.  And I'm glad I don't because otherwise it would scare me.  (Ok, it still kind of scares me, but I can rationalise it away.)

5.  Can you swim?
Yes.  I haven't in a while, but I'm a pretty strong swimmer.

Friday Five

May. 4th, 2007 05:26 pm
jenepel: (Alexis - mouth only)

I like the questions used by [profile] adinarj better than any others I have found today for Friday5, so I'm taking them!

1. Do you work hard or do you take the easy way out?
Mostly I work hard, particulary if I like what I am doing.  I am always willing to stay late and do more work if it's going to make things better.  People always seem to think of me as a hard worker, but I can also be quite spectacularily lazy if I think that the task is worthless or is not going to be useful to anyone.

2. How's your day going?
Eh.  So far it's been very annoying.  I just found out that the new place I was thinking of moving into is going to be about £100 more in rent then I thought.  And it was already going to be tight money-wise so now I have to decide if I am going to suck that up or house/flat hunt for a different place.  I was really looking forward to living with friends though, and if I look for another place it will have to be with strangers.  Plus, I am completely angry with a friend of mine who I think is taking advantage of the fact that I can't say no.  I'm doing a huge favor for her, but she keeps changing the terms and it's getting more and more inconvenient for me yet she doesn't even seem to notice.  Everyone seems to have a lot of demands on me right now and it's pushing me over the edge.  PLUS - GG is over, so I'm sad.  (Wow. that was one long FF answer!)

3. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
I have no idea.  Probably 30-40 (seriously).  It sounds horrible but some of them are really old.  I hate to get rid of shoes.  None of them are expensive, and a lot of them are dress shoes or ones I only wear occasionally.  (For instance I have ballet flats in about 7 different colours!)  I probably have about 6-8 favorite pairs that I wear the most and the rest just come out when I remember them or have a particular outfit that they match.  I also have a lot of red shoes - I love red shoes for some reason.

4. Do you consider yourself cool?
Well, I think I am really cool, but I doubt the world in general agrees!  Traditionally cool like jocks and cheerleaders or the Fonz?  Nope.

5. What's the last song you listened to?
"Girlfriend in a Coma" The Smiths


jenepel: (Alexis - mouth only)
This entry brought to you by [profile] adinarj who never fails to help me out with info and  So these are the FridayFives.

    Friday Fiver
1. Turn your head to the right -- what do you see?
A blank wall and a clock (my office is so dull!)

2. Stand-up -- do you like how tall you are?
I'm massively short (4'9") but I made peace with it long ago.

3. Do you believe in heaven or hell?
Yes.  Discussing it stresses me out though.

4. What is your favorite piece of jewelry?
My great-grandmother's engagement ring that I inherited.

5. What is the last thing you took from someone else?
I took my brother's Taormina T-shirt since he left it here when he moved to the States.

That's Entertainment! (The Friday Five)

1. What is your all time favorite book?
Bah.  This question is impossible.  In HS I used to say The Handmaid's Tale which I kind of feel I've outgrown now.  But I do love Margaret Atwood.  I just read Ornx and Crake which was wow.

2. What is your all time favorite movie?
Can I be boring and say Dirty Dancing?  Also I LOVE Best in Show.

3. What are you reading right now?
Just started rereading the HP in readiness for the next - I'm on CoS at the moment.
Also Reading Lolita in Tehran and a book about MIT kids who did a gambling scheme that I can't remember the name of.

4. What is your favorite show on tv?
Gilmore Girls, and Veronica Mars, and Heroes, and Life on Mars.  Oh, just one?  Well, I really do love Never Mind the Buzzcocks!  (Simon Amstell is my hero.)  And if you are talking about shows that are now off air, it's gotta be Freaks and Geeks.

5. What is the last movie you saw in the theater?
Hot Fuzz - my bro and I went just before he left.


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