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: (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: (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! ♥ ♥ ♥

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: (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: (VM: Veronica with camera)
I was totally exhausted at work today, because Kaite ([livejournal.com profile] ladyvivien) is in London for the week (yay!) and stayed over at ours for the night. I met up at Million Monkeys (writing group) with her, [livejournal.com profile] lazyclaire, [livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo and [livejournal.com profile] apotropaios, which was fun, especially as I've never met Cleo but have heard lots about her from Kaite. (*waves!*) I think we scared/impressed each other with our LJ-stalkeryness about equally, so that worked out alright. Anyway, after dinner and a bit of a wander in downtown London, we hopped on the tube for home. Claire and Kaite and I then proceeded to stay up until 2AM with girly gossip and a neverending game of Trivial Pursuit. It was good times, but man was I tired today!

But anyways, actual life info aside, here it is, the point of this post, only three weeks late - my 12 of 12 for September. I am really going to have to get better at posting these! I've done a terrible job these past two months. (And this one is actually even later!) As I said before, I want to post these for completeness (and really, what does it matter when it goes up?) and so here it is, my 12th 12 of 12 in a row! A full year. Yay me. And (as I was just thinking the other day) with my new house and new commute and all, it's perfect timing to shake up my weekday 12 of 12's a bit. The old trip back and forth to Awesome Manor was getting a bit stale. :)

What's that you say? I haven't blogged about the move at all so you have no idea what I'm talking about. Riiiight. Actual updates is the next step, but at least I got this up. I'm not even unpacked yet. Baby steps people!

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.

I must warn people that there are pictures of us standing in a giant glass box off the side of a building under here. So, um, no one freak out! It turns out okay. (No one was harmed in the taking of these pictures...) )

So that's Chicago! Or one day of it anyhow. I have tons of pics from my whole USA trip that I really should get up onto Facebook at least, but I think we all know me well enough to despair of that ever happening. Right now all I'm hoping for is to have my room unpacked and cleared up and decorated before Nano descends. Because there goes November! And then it's Christmas, and then it's 2010. Ah geez. Also, after all my complaints about going to bed late last night, look what time it is now. Whoops.
jenepel: (Celeb: NPH dancing with Elmo)
Yeah so that's it for Philadelphia. We leave tomorrow morning for DC (driving) since this was really just a quick stopover at our friends' house. No top ten list to be made, since we've mostly just been hanging out.

We did however play some more rock band. After another hour of drums (ON MEDIUM BABY!) I have decided that we need some because they are awesome. Maybe the price has gone down since the last time I looked and so I can add them on to our game. We'll see...

Next up, the highschool reunion! As in it starts tomorrow and goes until Labour Day. Should be interesting indeed.

7-5 6-3 6-2

Jul. 3rd, 2009 12:57 am
jenepel: (Random: Wimbledon rain delay)
I should be going to bed instead of posting this, but if I don't do it now I never will, so there. Sleep can wait.

The women's Semis were today, with both Williams sisters playing and making it through. Another Williams v Williams final. And tomorrow, Murray v Roddick! Eek. (That's Murray's last score in the title btw - straight sets to beat Ferrero.)

So this weekend Phil and I did something I've been saying I would do for years, which is tent in the Wimbledon queue. It was, in a word, AWESOME. Seriously, I would recommend it to anyone. (Although it would probably help if you like tennis!)

We queued the next morning for 4 and a half hours. Literally. )

So how about some pictures? )

Busy few weeks ahead. Tomorrow I'm finally (YAY!!!) going to see Sunshine Cleaning, and this weekend is both the 4th of July and the Pride parade and celebrations. Plus, my brother's girlfriend is in town (who I have never met) so we're planning on having dinner. Should be interesting. Then Tues is the HP premiere in Leicester Sq (OMG!!!SQUEEEEE!!!!) and on Thurs we leave for Serbia for EXIT. And as soon as I get back it's the midnight showing for HP - the two days before that we're planning a huge movie marathon of the first five. Then my best friend from middle school (who I haven't seen in close to 10 years) is in town with her husband and we're getting together. Then it's London Comic-con and my boss is away that week so I'm in charge of the office. And then...

Oh man I have to stop. That paragraph is out of control and not just a little bit scary. And I really need to fit a visit to my parents in there. Hmmm.

So yeah, summer = extreme busyness. But fun. Always fun.
jenepel: (Random: Nimbus cutest)
So many things to tell, so little time!

I have a ton of new icons - I am actually at my icon limit right now, which never happens because I like the feeling of space. But I'm sure some of those will fail out at some point. Part of the great influx was a request batch by [livejournal.com profile] visualthinker11 which included the Nimbus one above. How freaking cute is my cat? Seriously! I forsee a lot of use out of this one.

I had a super busy weekend, or at least it felt like that at the time, although now that I try to think it doesn't seem like it. It was our first May bank holiday. (OMG and I'm taking this Monday off too, plus we have another at the end of the month. Oh the decadence!) I didn't have anything really planned though, except room cleaning. Friday was unexciting, I came home with plans but then fell asleep around 9PM - shocking! :) But that was good, because Sat I went out to meet up with some friends of friends (long story) and ended up staying out until 6AM.

Blah, blah, blah I am a whiner. )

So Sunday/Monday. Um, Sunday Kaite and I watched hours and hours of Joan of Arcadia. And I'm sure more stuff happened. But I can't think of it now. Monday (thank goodness) I finally got some work done. I bought these shelves at Ikea because my room has been insane for ages now, and I need a place to organise. So I spent most of Monday sorting through the six boxes/suitcases that I hadn't unpacked since we moved in, um, 8 months ago (true) and then having Seb help me make my shelf so I could start to fill it. And then while I was at it, I decided to change my room around. I have a lot more space now, although my wardrobe is slightly harder to get into. But so far it's working for me. Now all I need is to put pics on the walls!

Click to see new room setup! )

Those shelves aren't filled right yet, nor have the white plastic containers been gone through, but it's still an improvement. So yeah, yay for actual productivity! Not much else at the moment. I have a long post half-done, but it's taking me a while, so not yet.

In the best news ever, we are going to (box) karaoke tonight for the first time in ages. There has been massive squeeage about this in our house ever I booked the slot. We do love our karaoke. And it's a group of eight, so it should be a very enthusiastic time. Rach and Seb and I had a random flatmates dinner out last night, and as we walked back from Muswell Hill we (well, mostly Rach and I) sang any song we could think of, quite loudly, in preparation. I'm sure people thought we were drunk, but nope, we were just us. We were mostly silenced when, as we were belting out "part of your world" from the Little Mermaid, a schoolgirl went by us with a supercilious look. Mass giggling on our part, but it did send the singing down a notch. Too bad Lucky Voice doesn't really have any Disney songs though. Or musicals! What's karaoke without lots of musicals? Silly people.

I'll sing one for you all.

Miscellany

Apr. 9th, 2009 10:25 am
jenepel: (HP: Tax Time Ravenclaw)
So lately for whatever reason I completely suck at blogging. I've decided to blame it on tax season, which may or may not be true. It is true that I'm working longer hours, coming in early, etc. The good thing is that it's almost the 15th. I can't decide if it's a good thing or a bad one that we have holidays between now and then. It's certainly not helping us get stuff done in time! Between B and I we have 28 outstanding clients right now. I just don't see those all getting done. Thank goodness for the June 15th overseas extension. Not that a million more won't come in before that. He needs to stop taking on new clients. Also, I'm doing freelance stuff after work, so that's filling some time too. And it seems to take more research.

I'm going home (well, to my parents) this weekend for the Easter bank holidays. I have some tax stuff to do, a few meetings to happen while there, all freelance stuff. But other than that I'm planning on cleaning out my room, scrapbooking a bit, and seeing my friend Kathleen's new baby. I've seen pictures, but I can't believe he's about three weeks old now and I haven't seen him yet.

There are tons of things I could go over here but it gets to a point when you just can't catch up on everything that hasn't been written. So here are a few randoms:

1. I kinda got spoiled for BSG by reading our last virtual season episode. It was silly, just an off the cuff remark by Rory about who the last Cylon was, but it sucked. Not much to do about it, and as Seb says there are plenty of other surprises, but still! Ah well. My fault for being only on the second season I guess.

2. I just got an email from hotmail thanking me for having my account for over ten years. So bizarre to think it's been that long.

3. March was a big month for us to have couchsurfers. I just looked at the calendar and we've had 13 people in the last six weeks. That seems like a lot. It's been fun though. We haven't had any bad ones (yet) although of course some are easier than others. For one thing it definitely makes it more of an effort if their English isn't great. But in general, I have to say thumbs up. It's a great way to meet interesting people and it spices up life a little, having all these randoms flitting in and out.

4. I went dancing last weekend with Kaite ([livejournal.com profile] ladyvivien) and a few of her friends. (Also one of the current couchsurfers, a Texan from Austin, came too.) We went to this Indie-music night at a club in Camden. I haven't been out like that in ages, so it was a lot of fun. I always forget how much I like to dance. I still want to go to the CandyBar, which Kaite mentioned before as a possibility, but it got shunted or forgotten. I'd like to see it though, and am not going alone. Kaite???

5. We've officially started our craft group. Claire did a FB group (crafting bitches!) and people have joined. So technically now we've had two meetings. We did decoupage last week, which I think was a good choice because it didn't take much prep time. We haven't really planned out what else we're going to do though, so that's gonna take some work.

6. I have kinda sorta serious big news that I do want to write about in here but haven't gotten around to yet. It will take some careful drafting, and I don't quite have my thoughts in order yet, but hopefully that post will come soon. Some of you already know what I'm talking about. I don't want to make a big deal about it, but it's big to me, so whatever. Maybe soon.

7. And because it's easy, and I just saw it on [livejournal.com profile] reipan's entry this morning: When you see this on your flist, quote Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
"And the monkey says 'I mock you with my monkeypants!' And then there's a big coup in the zoo." (Pretty much my all time favourite scene, ever. Also, I love in the beginning when she asks about his arm and he says "suddenly painless" - I almost quoted that part. Oh look, I just did!)

Eh. I'm sure there's tons more but that's all I can think of for now. The 12th this month is Easter Sunday, which seems very fortuitous, so I should be able to get some good Norfolk pictures. I think we're going to a party or something in the afternoon.

Man I'm tired. I can't wait until I'm on the train headed home.
jenepel: (Pratchett: [quote] sleepless times)
So, as is my usual plan, I stayed up to watch the Oscars last night. Also as per the usual, I couldn't convince anyone to watch them with me. What's so hard about staying up until 5AM to watch an awards show? :) Or maybe it's just me that's insane? I don't know.

Anyway, it was all good, because I had [livejournal.com profile] robinpoppins on gchat to keep me company. This is the second year we've chatted our way through. It's tradition now! And it's pretty great - the show isn't really the same without another person to make silly comments to about dresses and speeaches and so on. So yay Robin. Also there was a simulwatch thread at the DF, so I popped in and out of there as well.

Given last year's shenanigans, I decided not to bother watching it on actual TV. Actually we don't even have Sky or Virgin or anything now, so there would have been nothing to upgrade. Thankfully, there are ways which work quite well, despite a slight delay and a bit of quality loss. But on the whole it was fine - I hooked my computer up to the big TV for screening, and then borrowed Rach's for chatting purposes and we were away.

I don't have tons to say about the ceremony itself, because I said most of it last night. I loved all the brighter dresses - reds and pinks. I really enjoyed the musical numbers (am now even more in love with Anne Hathaway) and thought Hugh aquitted himself well as a host. I confess to being stupidly happy that the HSM kids got to sing, and stupidly annoyed that RPattz got to present. There were some good funny moments (Tina and Steve!), some moving speeches (Kate W, the screenwriter for Milk) and nothing dragged too much IMO. It was predictable, but satisfying. And good for Slumdog, which I still haven't seen. My happiest "upset" of the night was Sean Penn winning best actor, because I could kind of care less about The Wrestler, and I really liked Milk. Plus, his performance definitely pulled the entire film together. So I feel that was deserved.

When it was over I faced the eternal dilemma of whether to nap or stay up. I called my bro and he talked me into the former, but I wish I hadn't, because I suck. I should really listen to myself rather than others, because I know what I'm like. Yes, I'm slightly more rested, but I was late to work. I could have been super early! But no, somehow I managed to bring down the one alarm clock (out of like 20 that I own) that had the time wrong. So when I got up, thinking I was 30 mins ahead of schedule, it turns out it was an hour off. So I was 20 mins late to work. Oh joy. Definitely should have just sucked it up and stayed awake.

The only bright thing about going to sleep was that I had a dream that kind of carried on from real life. Somehow right after the Oscars I managed to get a ticket to the States (it was a military hop like we used to take when I was a kid I think) and so I went to AZ to hang out with [livejournal.com profile] robinpoppins! We were going to all these movie theatres, but I don't remember actually seeing the films. And then we ended up spending the night at the home of some old friends of mine who totally don't live in AZ. And when we woke up we all sat around and ate noodle soup and talked in the kitchen. Also, Robin's hair was in two low pigtails. (Yeah, IDK.) And then I had to leave so I hopped back on a plane home. And then I guess I woke up? Bizarre. But in the dream we had good times! I guess that's what being on chat for 5+ hours does to me.

So yeah, Oscars 2009, whoo-hoo! I don't actually feel too bad at the moment; we're pretty busy so that helps. We'll see how I feel when it's 4PM and I realise I still have two hours of work left though...

Miscellany

Jul. 18th, 2008 12:15 pm
jenepel: (Hairspray: Can't stop the beat)
Wow, I’ve been like, completely absent from the internet lately. I need to get on that! Actually, part of it is that I’ve been using every spare moment to watch Dr Who. I made it through all three season’s of Jessie’s DVDs (plus 4 old Who mini-series) before she left, which I actually think is really impressive. And I’m just now (about four days later) getting out of the Who frame of mind. Seriously, I knew I had been watching too much Who when I was walking home from work the other day and I saw this slovenly stumbling guy (who in retrospect was obviously drunk) and thought “wow, he looks like something has taken over his body – is he big enough for a Sliveen? Or maybe he’s a zombie? Or auton? ” before I shook myself and reconsidered how crazy I sounded.

It’s also affecting my sleep patterns. I’m currently living alone, which I completely hate. I think it might be better if I wasn’t in the middle of Seven Sisters – I lived alone in Japan and was pretty much fine with it. But of course my flat there was tiny; I could see the entire thing at once as long as I kept the rice screens open. Here I’m in this huge creaky house and it just freaks me out. I’m usually fine as long as I’m up, working on stuff, whatever the hour. But as soon as I’m lying down with only my thoughts I manage to get scared. So I spend a lot of time trying to sleep, giving up and reading for a while, trying to sleep, giving up and watching something, trying to sleep, etc. It is not helpful. Mostly, I’m sure a real person is going to break in and kill me. (Knife me perhaps!? Damn you London youth!) But I have slightly more silly ones too - as far as Who monsters that I actually think about when lying there, the stupid statues from Blink come to mind the most. Yuck.

Even though I’m not getting much sleep, I haven’t been late for work since Boss has been gone. So that bodes well for the future I hope. We’ll see. I’ve been helped along by my loving brother, who I called in panic on the day I got in trouble. He decided to start calling me, and he’s pretty much called me 90% of the mornings since then. He works closing, so he calls me around 3AM his time, and it works for both of us. I don’t know how long he plans to keep it up, but it’s really lovely. Usually I’m already up (although it is helpful) since I don’t know for sure if he’ll call, but it’s still a great way to wake up and it’s nice to have that simple little conversation in the morning as if we still live in the same country. Stupid boy! MOVE BACK!

ANYWAY, enough about my complete irrationality. The other weird thing about living alone is that I have no one to tell those silly little things you think of or see during the day. I also am at work alone these two weeks (Boss gets back next Wed) and so there’s really no one to talk to. (Not that I’m complaining about him being gone!)

Random things I’ve seen/thought about lately. )

Evil!Landlord finally gave our deposit back. Well, kind of. Out of £2100 he gave us back £1668. So pretty much he shaved almost $1000 off, for things like “cleaning” “jetwashing the back patio” and etc. Also, he bought a new bed (£120) since the one in Nicola’s room had a loose screw in the back. And charged about £80 for a stain on Juliet’s floor that she says was there when she moved in. Bastard. Seriously, I really really hate him. Technically it is still in dispute, but I don’t know if we are going to get any more money back then that. I doubt it. None of the listed extra problems were my room but I split it 3 ways even since the charged didn’t seem fair at all – might as well even out the jerkitude. Needless to say, the two newer tenants did not offer any money to cover the difference. In fact, they both ignored my email. Classy. Blech, at least it’s DONE. Next up? Finding new tenants for the extra rooms in the house I’m in. And then in Sept looking for a new place. Man I move a lot. Even just within this house, I have now lived in all three bedrooms. I started in the tiny one, then when Rach left I took hers, and now that Jessie’s gone I’ve transferred to hers since it is much bigger and has a double bed. As I moved I left stuff in all three rooms though, so I was in the whole house. The job this week has been condensing it all into the largest room so that I can start showing the house to prospective tenants.

Okay, I’m out. This turned out much longer then planned. I gotta eat some lunch.

Wow

Jul. 1st, 2008 01:50 am
jenepel: (GoGi: Serena/Blair cheek kiss)
My best friend from university just called to tell me that she is engaged. I mean, it's been a long time coming, it's a four year relationship, so I'm not exactly surprised. And yet it still knocked me for six. I'm having trouble believing it's actually true. And now that the initial excitement and squeeing is over (I yelled SO LOUD down the phone) I feel...IDK, a little weird about it. It's probably just in the realm of the whole other people moving on thing, because that's just not where my life is headed right now. And it feels so PERSONAL since it's her - it's the closest thing to having a sister getting married (I don't have a sister). I only have one friend I am closer to, and she is no where near marriage. So this feels really really big.

Also? They are considering having the wedding in November. THIS NOVEMBER. She was like "well that's not for sure, and I wanted to know what your schedule was, and when you would be able to get away" which WOW. But actually that works out pretty well since I already asked for two weeks sometime in either late Oct or Nov. The only sad thing is I'll be away during Nano! Oh how shallow I am. But it sounds like it's going to be a really tiny wedding, and there's some more emotional stuff there to do with that, and I can't go into it now since it's almost 2AM and I only got 3 hours of sleep last night and I WAS SUPPOSED TO SLEEP MORE TONIGHT and obviously I suck at that. I'm totally exhausted and obviously crazy. My bed calls me. But I needed to at least mention it in the first full flush of amazement. Maybe tomorrow I will come to terms with reality. (Oh and chat - [livejournal.com profile] basilm I NEED you to be on gchat tomorrow because there are things that should be discussed. I gotta talk to someone about it all and I need YOU!)

[ETA: It says something about the time of life I am at that I actually have a "weddings" tag that gets used fairly often. I was all thinking that I was going to no more weddings this year since the one last week went haywire, and now look at it all! Should have known I wouldn't get away with just the one this year...]
jenepel: (VM: narrating my life)
So this morning I woke up with Britney Spear's "Piece of Me" in my head. It was one of the songs on our party-mix. (Don't judge! The mix encompassed many genres.) We used my ipod for the party, and since I haven't quite gotten around to reorganising my music since I got a new one, we just erased everything and put the mix on there. So right now my ipod is totally unfamiliar to me. Very strange. So, anyways, I put on "piece of me" when I got on the tube, and right after it "lucky" came on (there are only 4 Brit songs on there out of almost 800) and it really made me sad. Look at the contrast between those two songs, which really deal with the same topic (celebrity) - I mean neither of them are necessarily positive, but "lucky" is more of a story that's pointing out that she needs real life too, and "piece" is a diatribe against all those who presecute her. They are saying similar things, but there's so much more anger in the later song. Sad.

And so. Real life instead of Britney songs? Um...

For your sanity and friends pages I just cut the whole thing )

And now back to work. Some guy came in today who needs 2003-2007 filed. I'm almost done - one year to go! - so better get back to it.
jenepel: (GG: [quote] so expositional)
Geez, it's frakking hot outside. I just went to run a few office errands, and I'm really wishing I had worn a skirt today. (A quick check of bbc-weather tells me there is a max of 23C (73F) today, so perhaps I am just a whiner.) I'm so not a hot weather girl. Also, my hair is too long. I just cut my fringe this weekend, but maybe once it gets too long again I'll get a proper haircut and chop the rest of my hair off a bit too - shoulder length or something.

Friday night we had the goodbye party which was a rousing success. We had about ten people, which for London feels very impressive. We actually mostly ended up playing games and of course just talking, but the last person left around 7AM, so that seems good. We also played Spoons (the card game) for what felt like hours. I haven't played in years, and most of the Brits had never heard of it. The first few rounds people were kind of whatever, and then the more we played (and probably the more people drank) it started to get vicious. I got a spoon every time though, and four of a kind enough. It's not a hard game people! (Goodness, boasting about SPOONS, now I should worry.)

Spent Saturday helping Rach pack her bags and clear out her room, since she's flitted off to Serbia for the summer. Not that I miss her or anything, good riddance actually. Who needs her and all that... (HA! Rach I know you're out there somewhere. Are you checking your flist?) We put it all in the closet and then stacked boxes a bit. I guess if people move in I can only hope they don't have too much that they want stored! Also I'm now living half in her room and half in mine since my room is tiny. I don't want Jessie to leave, but I do want her room, so I'm all conflicted. But if someone moves into the third room before she leaves I'm really in trouble. No way that my stuff and Rach's stuff is all gonna fit into my tiny bedroom.

On Sat night after Rach left I had a marathon Skype conversation with my parents. They are in Atlanta, visitng Trev, but he's working all these crazy hours right now due to a bunch of layoffs at his work. So they were over at his flat, with his two roommates, just hanging out and all cooking dinner together, despite the fact that they weren't going to see him until the next day. I was like "are you sure you aren't bothering them?" and all parties vehemently rejected such an idea. Oh well, at least my parents know (and have stayed with/ hosted) both sets of their parents. My dad and Sean had just been to the grocery stores (Trader Joes and Krogers) for what sounded like a trip of at least two hours. My dad waxed lyrical for about twenty minutes about the people giving him free samples, and the fresh veg and the selection of everything, etc. plus small comments on water with electrolytes, the size of the watermelons, the prices, etc etc. See, people keep asking how my parents are going to deal with living in the States after so much time (once they both retire) and won't they miss England and all that. And I'm sure they will, but I'm also sure that America will have it's own fascination for them after being gone for so long. Or at the very least, it will have fascination for my dad. Of course, a dip in the road holds fascination for my dad, so that really isn't saying much. He's all about the who/what/why/when/where.

Hmmm, so...

Sunday wasn't much of anything, although I did manage to drag myself out to go running, which I was very impressed with. It's the first time I've gone on my own, and that's a good sign, since I'm worried about how hard it's going to be to make myself go now that Rach is away. It's slightly misleading to call it running actually, since what it is really is jogging interspersed with walking once I get too tired. But you gotta start somewhere, right? Also, today [livejournal.com profile] being_fulfilled posted about mapmywalk and so I checked that out to see if I could figure out how long our route is. So right now what I'm doing came out to be 4.06 miles. From breaking it down it looks like this: walk 1 mile there, do two laps (half jog/half walk) that are a mile each, and then walk 1 mile back. In a way it's a shame there isn't a park closer to us, but I guess that walk to get there is just part of the exercise. And maybe once I get better I can run/jog part of that walking section too. Oh yes, and do more laps! So 4.06 miles works out to be 6.5 KM, so actually the 10K Rach wants to do sounds more reasonable then I thought. Man I'm such a wuss!

Also yesterday watched the new Dr Who. Man!! Cut for episode spoilers ) So all in all I'm totally excited for the next two.
jenepel: (Conchords: Raining on my face)
I'm not exactly sure why, but I've been really teary lately. I guess in part it's just that everything is kinda in flux, people are leaving for the summer, flat stuff is as usual up in the air, and I just feel like I'm in for a lonely few months. Which is ridiculous, because my parents don't even live in London and I survived just fine before November when I knew the Nano folks. But whatever. There are also a few other things that I don't care to go into with anyone, but that are not good for my peace of mind.

Oh, and one more drama that is semi-public. One of my best guy friends from university is getting married on Saturday, and I'm not invited. Actually, I am not, my roommate from college (who was his best friend since middle school and dated him at uni) is not, and her sister isn't either. Crazily enough, her parents are. So we've been back and forth on this for the past six months - knowing about the wedding from various sources, waiting to be told it was happening, waiting for an invite, etc. We had come to the conclusion that it had to do with their past relationship, which is INSANE, because it ended mutually and they have remained good friends. Our other two good guy friends are groomsmen, and the bachelor party was this week, so one of them was charged with finding out what the frak was going on. His report (emailed to be by my ex-roomie): "According to [groom], he and [bride] decided not to invite any exes to the wedding. Thus, I was blacklisted. I would like to point out that I have known [groom] for 15 years, and only dated him for 2ish. Further, he said that he thought it would be "too harsh" to invite you or [sister] and not me, thus you two were out by proxy. Not sure how he invited my parents w/o considering THAT harsh." Seriously, WTF? Fine if they made that decision (even though I think it's stupid, considering), but the least he could have done is have the balls to call her and let her know. And especially he could have called ME and said "hey Jenn, I know we've been friends for 9 years but I'm not inviting you to my wedding and this is why" so I wasn't expecting anything. The communication broke down between the two of us right around the time they started dating a year ago, but that doesn't mean I expected not to be invited to the wedding! I was making plans - I was considering taking time off and flying to Texas. And now, as far as he knows, I might not be aware it's even happening - although, let's face it, in the era of the internet that's impossible. Basically I think it's cowardly, and he's pretty much just thrown three friendships away. BAH HUMBUG!

Okay, so let's talk about TV now so I stop getting mad about real life! Also on the crying front, I've been watching Everwood S4, and man can that show make me cry. I cry when happy stuff happens, I cry when sad stuff happens, it's ridiculous. And I'm watching it on my ipod on the tube, so it's also kinda embarrassing. I'm alsmost done now too, and that kinda sucks. I have just the final double episode, and then I'll be completely done with Everwood. Everwood S4 spoilers under here - mostly shippyness )

I'm also trying really hard to be awake right now, because the three of us flatmates stayed up to about 4AM, sitting in the living room talking about stuff. No reason in particular, just once we got started we didn't go to bed. Oh how getting up sucked this morning.

Speaking of flatmates, tonight we're having a house party to say goodbye to Rachel and Jessie, so we'll see how it goes. It's hard to throw a house party in London; people like to come out and meet somewhere, but getting them to come round your place is more difficult. We have some failed (well not *failed* but not as well attended as we would like) shindigs to prove it. So we'll see who comes. But I'm sure it will be fun no matter what, because the people who we right now know for sure will be there are awesome.

And now I'm off to get back to work, which, strangely enough, today is going to involve painting. We've got this renovation that has been happening for about a month now and is almost finished. For whatever reason he's decided that we're just going to paint it ourselves. He's already done a bunch, now he's off to his house to grab coveralls so that I can paint too. Which is okay, because painting is fun, but obviously has nothing to do with taxes. But surely it will be easier to stay awake while painting then it is while sitting at a computer?

Weekend

Jun. 3rd, 2008 11:09 am
jenepel: (Random: Absolut Hersey)
It's Tuesday, so I'm back at work, back to normal. I guess.

The weekend was great, although my dad's retirement party was a bit of a letdown. He's been there 35 years, so I just kind of feel like it should have been something bigger than it was. At least he's not the type to take things personally, but I do feel like we didn't get involved enough or something. Of course, when you announce your retirement two weeks before the party and your kids live 2 hours and 2000 miles away, it's a bit difficult. So I don't know. I did give a little speech which was mostly off the cuff as they only asked me right before the thing started. But people laughed, so I'm calling it a sucess. Whatever. Anyway, if the ceremony was small, at least the food was great. I ate so much that I thought I was going to die afterwards, and it was possibly still worth it! When we got home my mom and I collapsed on either end of the couch with our books, so full we couldn't even have a cup of tea (!) and alternately read and napped for about three hours. Pure laziness.

Laziness was nice after Sat which was all cleaning. But I am finally free of the flat of doom! YAY! Well, almost free, as I am still paying final bills and giving meter readings, etc so we can get (most of) our deposit back. Surprise, surprise, evil!landlord wasn't satisfied with our cleaning of the flat, so he's going to take the charges for a professional cleaning service out of our deposit. Great. I kinda figured that though, even though we scrubbed tons and Katie's mom even came round to help. She did the oven and all the hard kitchen stuff, but he wasn't even happy with that. And of course I was the only one there, so didn't do a good job of fighting back. Oh well. We'll see how much money it is and then re-assess I suppose.

Sat night I got the rest of my stuff over to the new flat and then newflatmate and I, plus one of her friends, went to an awesome Indian restaurant. It was definitely worth re-visiting. It was also all the way out near Wembley, but since our only plan for the night included riding the tube, that wasn't a huge deal. Then we got on the district line and finally the circle line (where the party was supposed to be) with a few beers to see how it would go. We were leuisurely sipping ours, just chilled out and talking, but wondering where all these crazy, crazy tube-partiers where. Then we got off around High St Ken to see what was going on, and heard a ton of yelling. Turns out we were going the wrong way on the circle line! We went down the other stairs to find an entire train packed with yelling, drinking people (one guy mooned us) all knocking on the side of the train and wanting it to go. They had it delayed by 30 minutes or so - I have a feeling they delayed the line all night to discourage the party, wonder if it worked at all. Anyway, we took a few pics and then decided seeing it was enough, actually getting on the cars looked terrifying. So we left the tube and continued our (much calmer) party with another beer on the top of a double-decker. Then we went home and watched Dr Who on BBCi player. Which was AWESOME! So very excited for next week.

Monday I had taken off work, partly b/c of the retirement thing and partly because of my best friend from HS visiting. She lives in AK now, and had two others from there also visiting, so we went to Cambridge for the day. It's been ages since I've been there anyhow. We gave them the fast tourist day - the colleges, the market and a bit of punting down the Cam. (Which is basically like small Gondolas, only you get to do it yourself.) The guys turned out to be pretty good at punting - I think we only hit one wall and no one fell in, so that was good. (Actually, over many many years of taking many many people out on the Cam, we've only had one fall in, so that's pretty good I think. And that was in the part with the rapids under the bridge where you aren't really supposed to go.) Then we had a quick pint along the river and they dropped me at the train station so I could get back home, where I pretty much collapsed until I woke up for work this morning. Most of what I've been doing is socialising, but it sure takes it out of you!

Oh and look at my new userpic! I made it out of this old Absolut ad that was done by an artist with my family's name. No relation though, I don't think. (The novelist either. Too bad!)
jenepel: (Buffy: Willow "bored now")
I'm still at work, and very annoyed. I got her at 8AM this morning, so I should have been able to leave early, however I’m still here, waiting for Virgin Media. We closed the flat account, so they were supposed to pick up our router and TV box today between 8 and 12. Well I called around 2 since they hadn’t come and the guy was all “oh, they have until 6 to come by” which totally isn’t true because they had given me the option of 8-12 or 12-6. But whatever. So here I am, still waiting. But it’s 20 to 6, so I kinda think they aren’t coming. And I’m supposed to meet people in the city at 6:30 for dinner – SO not happening. And now what happens? I call Virgin once it hits 6 and they give me a different day they can come by? What a complete and total pain. And how nice of my flatmates to be helping me deal with all this crap. Anyways, I’m totally bored and need to kill some more time so I think I'll bore you all in turn with the contents of my week.

And this is the way of it... )

Not too much else. On the TV front I finally got around to downloading the end of the season of Gossip Girl. I forgot how fabulous that show is! And I’m totally addicted to Jacob’s TWoP recaps of it too. He takes this show that so many people just look at as a guilty pleasure, and makes it into this thesis like examination of social attitudes and manages to find something important in every single choice the producers/directors/writers/actors have made. Now THAT is the way to watch television!
jenepel: (HIMYM: [quote] Awesome Squared)
I have seriously had like the best birthday ever.  In the grand tradition of the Gilmore Girls, it hasn't just been a birthday day, but a whole weekend.  It started on Friday around mid-day, and it just got better and better.  Here's my (not so) quick rundown:

YAY!!BIRTHDAY!! )
And now I'm 28.  Wow.

Oh, also HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY to
[profile] filo77 I got so caught up in my own bday celebrations that I didn't post about it before.  But Filo I hope you had as good a time as I did!

ETA: Thanks to everyone on my flist for the bday wishes.  It's amazing how loved I feel about the fact that not just my RL friends but also the ones I have made virtually are wishing me happy thoughts - and that goes for the facebook wall as well!

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