jenepel: (Hercules: Meg Damsel)
Well this has been sitting half-way done for about two months now.  Ridiculous.  Anyway I stole it from [ profile] barkinmad  a while ago (and then some other people did it too)...

All about my icons! )
jenepel: (Holiday: Christmas red cups)
Five things:

1) Look what [ profile] iamseb made! It's OBAMA BINGO! for election night. Go there and it will create cards for you to print and mark when various states turn blue. It was officially planned as a drinking game but can also be used just as regular Bingo. Spread it far and wide and make him* famous!

2) Quote as related from my mom today. She's an elementary librarian and was introducing "My Teacher for President" to a Kindergarten class she was going to read it to.

Mom : Can anyone tell me what special event is going to happen in America tomorrow? It's very important and all of your mommies and dadddies will be helping to something for the country.

Tyler (5 year old African American boy) : We're going to have the first black president!

Awesome, hilarious and oh so cute.
(I believe there followed a slight discussion on how that might happen, but that we wouldn't know for sure who won until Wednesday.)

3) I started Nano but only have 3000 words so far. I really need to get a move on. We planned our first official write-in for tomorrow, and I have successfully gotten admin controls on the London Nano FB group though, so we're on our way!

4) The red cups are coming! No sign as yet, but I asked a girl in Starbucks this weekend and she said they should be starting Wednesday. I'm a complete sucker for this entire campaign. Bring on the gingerbread lattes!

5) I changed my moodtheme. I finally uploaded the Buzzcocks one that I have been meaning to get for ages.

*For those of you who like to nitpick (SEB - even when I am promoting your own stuff), by this I mean make Seb famous, not Obama. Obama is obviously already famous. Seb, not so much.
jenepel: (Random: stalking Nimbus)
Oh goodness it's Friday. Couldn't come soon enough. The best thing this week is getting to know the kitten - who now officially has a name. And that name is (drum roll!) NIMBUS! (Yeah, I know it didn't win the survey - suck it up!) I guess the Harry Potter love won out! I was forced to choose this afternoon when I took him to the vet for a quick check up (everything is fine) and registration visit. It was good because it forced me to make a decision and go for it. And then I put it on Facebook, which (according to Rach) definitely makes it official. So there you go. Anyway, he is ever adorable and so so sweet. Also, crazy. Seb is calling him Psycho and Trouble, interchangeably, because we do seem to spend a lot of time hauling him out of places he shouldn't be, or dodging as he comes hurtling out from who knows where, moving at breakneck speed. It's fun. And then there's me, waking up in the morning to this purring ball of fur who wants to cuddle. Amazing. Also, you should notice the cool new icon that I have already made of him. More to come I am sure. I actually added about ten new icons today - a big sort out of ones I had been saving and considering - so that's pretty exciting too.

In other news, the dollar/pound exchange rate is at $1.52 today. Which is fine, it doesn't really affect me anymore, so it shouldn't bother me. I barely have any dollars anymore, I'm not earning dollars, and I rarely spend them. So why should I care? And yet I heard that number and my stomach dropped. It's just the idea of it, I guess. And I think part of me is sad that if this had happened a year ago I would have been rejoicing right now. This time last year I was working at the Embassy, and every small fluctuation in the rate was watched with eagle eyes as we all thought about what it meant for our finances. At that point it was going up up up to over $2, so actually we were all pretty depressed about it, but the point remains. I've spent my entire life worrying (or at least thinking) about the exchange rate, because I was always spending both dollars and pounds. I always straddled that line between off-base and on. And my mind can't seem to get used to the idea that it actually doesn't matter to me anymore. Of course it matters to the people around me (Rachel, my parents) but technically it doesn't have an effect on my own finances. Or not much of one anyway. (Of course you could argue here that one of the reasons I changed jobs was that my salary at the Embassy was so low, and now that number would be worth about 25% more because of the rate change, but that's neither here nor there.)

Also on the subject of "this time last year" I was thinking about Starbucks. The end of October is traditionally when I start thinking about the red cups, and when will they be here! I actually get quite excited about it. Gingerbread lattes are pretty much the only thing I ever drink at Starbucks. Otherwise, if pressed (like if there with other people) I get a caramel frappacino in the hot and a caramel machiatto in the cold. (Boring I know.) The rest of the year I'm kinda take it or leave it, not being a huge coffee girl (TEA!) but the red cups lure me in just for the gingerbread. (A side note here to say, why yes, I do have an obsession with gingerbread. Raise your hand if you remember my "perfect gingerbread recipe quest" last year, which led to an incident we don't talk about, which may or may not have been molassas on my macbookpro keyboard.) ANYWAY, I have sadness this year, because I just realised I will have very little access to Starbucks on a daily basis. There isn't one near my house, and there isn't one near my work, which leads to me having to actually go into the city to get it. Whereas last year, there were like three on my commute, so for two months I had the daily question of "can I resist today?" I'm actually quite sad about this. So then I started thinking about the holiday season in general, and what I'm going to miss by being stuck working out here in BFE (otherwise known as zone 4). I love living out here, but it's not too good for working. I miss working in the hustle and bustle of zone 1, because in Finchley Central it doesn't quite feel like London. I mean what's the point of living in the city if you never get into the centre of it? I used to complain like crazy at all the shoppers and insanity on Oxford Street the later into December we got, but at least it felt like Christmas. This year, the weather will be the only Christmassy thing I see, giving that people don't decorate their homes much. I guess I'll need a lot of carols to get me through it! And we'll have to do a really great Christmassy decorating job on our own house (I mean inside really). I don't know, it's just that I've felt somewhat nostalgic towards the Embassy lately - not that I want to go back and work there exactly, just that I've been thinking about it at lot. Eh.

Seb and I were talking about Nano yesterday. It is now literally a week away, which is TERRIFYING. I have no idea what I'm doing at all, and it's in A WEEK! That's insane. And worrying. Lucky old Rach has her entire thing sketched out already. I'm excited, but it's also very strange going into it for a second time. Last year I had no idea what to expect, and winning was great. This year I've got an idea of how it was, and also if I don't win then I'm doing worse than last year, so that's added pressure.

I'm at home tonight, but tomorrow I actually have to go to my parents' again. Yes, I know I was just there last week, but I'm having a dilemma with my dress for the wedding. The thing is that it FINALLY came in the mail, but it doesn't quite fit. It was made for (how can I put this delicately?) someone with less up top. This is what happens when you try to pick out a dress to work for several people's body type. I may have linked it before, but this is the dress. So I'm having alterations done - the good thing is that of course it's too long (everything is) so the plan is to take the foot or so of fabric that gets removed from the bottom and add some of it somehow to the bust area. We shall see! But yes, I have to go home for the fitting. I guess I could have found someone to do it in London, but that would have meant finding a good seamstress when my mom already has a friend who always does that stuff for us and we trust her, plus you know it would have cost at least twice as much to get it done in the city. So, going home. And leaving Nimbus for a night. Sob.

One good thing about going home is that I'm hoping to convince my mom to come see HSM3 with me on Sat night. (Yeah, isn't that just the most ridiculous Sat night plans ever! HSM3 with my mom!) I can't find anyone in London who will agree to see it with me (are you guys surprised by this?) and dang it I WANT TO SEE IT. I don't even care, and my ears are deaf to your mockery. Look at the good review! I wish it had existed when I was younger. And, btw, HMS is so much better for kids (and more wholesome) than Twilight. Not that that's saying much...

I leave you with an old meme that I've been meaning to do for ages, because I'm just in that kind of mood:

Who comments the most on this journal? )

[ profile] adinarj better be sharp - [ profile] basilm (Rach) is catching you up!
jenepel: (GWTW: Scarlett "pout")
I'm totally late on this, but remember the icon meme from last week (it totally swept my flist)? Well here are a few more picks that I didn't get to...

1. Reply to this post, and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon squee.

[ profile] insanityjones picked these )

[ profile] outforawalk picked these )

Well I kind of plan to do an actual post tonight (as long as our stolen internet holds up - it's kind of sporadic) so here's hoping.
jenepel: (Random: sleepy Zack!)
So things are all happening now! We went today (at lunch - I missed two hours of work!) to pick up the keys to our new place and sign the final forms, look at inventory, etc. Then we kind of all three sat on the couch and quietly squeed for a moment over how the house was actually ours. This weekend my parents are bringing the car down to help us move stuff, and we hand over the keys to our old place on Tuesday. Unbelievable that we only started looking at places about two weeks ago.

I finally watched the two Heroes episodes last night (WOW) and I want to post about them but now is not the time. I also watched the last episode of Lost In Austen, which...IDK if I'm on board with the ending, but was an interesting way to go.

And now another meme with icons...

1. Reply to this post, and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon squee.

These were picked for me by [ profile] murphy987...

I love this icon! I believe that I stole it from [ profile] robinpoppins when she used it to comment some time. Friends is one of the first shows I was truly obsessed with, and there was definitely a time in my life when I could relate everything back to some quote or scene. My brother and I used to use this hand-sign of Ross and Monica's, and it always made me laugh.

This is a Buzzcocks quote, from one of the episodes where Noel Fielding was standing in for Bill Bailey. They were asked some question and this was his team's response; one of his teammates was Kristen Schaal (from Flight of the Conchords), and they were hilarious together. [ profile] missjaffacake makes Buzzcocks icons after every show, and I usually want all of them, so I have to restrict myself for ones that are useful in LJ. This one is great, because you can use it whenever you are answering a question.

Tea! It's my favourite beverage, and pretty much makes everything better, so this is a comforting icon. I actually saved a different tea icon the other day, so I might replace this with it. We'll see.

From the ever fabulous xkcd of course. That "refersh, refresh" is totally what I (and all of you, admit it!) do at my computer when I'm bored. I like my other xkcd icon better though, so this one gets neglected.

Puppet Angel! Only the best episode of Angel EVER. A useful icon, because I like to whine a lot on LJ, so "woe" just about calls it. There have definitely been periods of time where this one, my "Piz hate" one and the "crying rain" one really get a workout.

Okay people! Now reply and I'll pick some of's fun!
jenepel: (Buzzcocks: Simon with sign)
Stealing from [ profile] adinarj, so we'll just see if any of you bother to respond!! I guess it's kind of a hard sell what with all the formating.

Take a look at my icons. Comment with the following:

1. one that makes you automatically think of me.
2. one that you think I should TOTALLY use more often.
3. one that you don't get/needs more explanation/you have no idea why I have it.

Comment using an icon of yours that you LOVE, and tell me why you picked THAT one too.
jenepel: (F&G: Sam dodgeball)
I meant to post these last week or so, after the contest ended, but never got around to it. I put the post up as private and then never changed it, so here I am doing it now!

Spurred along somehow by the icon-contest that this Freaks and Geeks community I am in is continually having, I decided to see if I could manage some simple icons. These were for the Nick/Lindsay challenge. So...these are the first real icons I've ever made. (You know, other than just cutting a pic so it would fit.) It would probably help if I had something other than iphoto and HPimage editor to work with though. I used to have photoshop but that was long long ago. Anyone know any good cheap/free image editing programmes for Mac? I don't think there is a Mac GIMP version, but maybe I'm wrong?


LOL icon (by me)


Circle Hug Icon (by me)

Anyway, they aren't super-fab, but I had fun making them. I have yet to decide if I'm going to actually use any of them. And if anyone out there wants them (ha!) feel free. Maybe I'll randomly do it again sometime...
jenepel: (HIMYM: [quote] Awesome Squared)
If I had an icon that said "Adina is awesome" I would totally use it now. Click through and look at the incredibly fabulous banner that she made for me!! )I love it so much. Really I do - can you tell?!

In other news, the nano-ers went out last night to do the long planned upon karaoke night. I'd say it was a rousing success. So much so, in fact, that we're going again in two weeks time. It sucks that it's so expensive, but otherwise I have no complaints. It is of course box karaoke, which is the ONLY way to go. I had nostalgic flashbacks to many happy hours when I lived in Japan. And hey, the song selection is better here, because everything is in English! They don't have enough show tunes though - they need to work on that. We didn't even need to get drunk to do it, which was good since we all (except [ profile] iamseb - the slacker!) had to work today. I may suck at singing, but I have still NEVER needed to get drunk in order to karaoke. If you've never done box karaoke before, you totally should do it. There's no pressure, and basically it ends up just a bunch of friend belting it out. Fabulous.

I really am in a very good mood today. I got to work an hour early, so I'm planning on leaving early too. It will be my first night at home since house-sitting, and I really need to jump right into packing. My parents are coming up for the bank holiday weekend to help me move. Joy. And then the weekend after that is my dad's retirement party, PLUS my best friend from highschool is coming to visit from the States.

In the past few days, I've been reading the Stephanie Meyer books, which are completely hilarious. They are just so freaking bad and overwrought, and yet it's like a car crash that you have to look at - I just keep reading. I was thinking about writing more about them, and maybe I will, but right now I need to get back to work. I will say one thing though - I would totally choose Jacob. He's so much more fun! I do not get the appeal of Edward at all. He's kinda like a really really overbearing ice-sculpture. Blech.

OMG!! MY NEW BANNER FTW!!!!!!11!!!


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