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

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

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

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

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Since I've pretty much spent the last two months thinking of entries but not posting them, I'm woefully out of date at putting anything of note down in any detail.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

Riiiight.

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

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

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

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

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

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: (DrWho: Dalek "procrastinate")
Today is the 12th, and it's the first one in ages that I actually almost forgot. I realised last night around midnight, which was good because my camera deperately needed to be charged. Of course, it's a completely nothing day, and I'm so tired that I can't be bothered to even try and do interesting things after work, so the pictures will be uninspired I think. If only I had Helen's skill of taking everything normal and making the pictures lovely!

I was in Norfolk for the weekend. I ended up with not much planned, so it seemed as good a time to go as any. My parents and I almost ended up going off to Italy - a friend invited them last week and I was going to tag along - but then my mom realised she had school stuff this weekend, most notably their retirement party. On the Sat was also the Elementary school carnival, so once she knew I was going she volunteered me too. It's the school I used to work at (quite a few years ago now) and attend (a LONG time back now) so it's always nostalgic to be there.

She had put me down for the facepainting booth, since I've done that many times before, so I spent a happy six hours at that. It was pretty crazy actually, we didn't even pause for lunch, I just kind of scarfed down whatever was brought to me throughout the day. Over the course of it, I ate a hotdog, some popcorn, Cheetos and cotton candy. So Americana = bad food for Jenn. But man was it yum! I did a bunch of cheekpaints, but mostly we were doing the full face ones, since they're more popular. I really really wish I had taken my camera, but let's see - tigers, cats, batman, spiderman, ghosts, fairies, masks, butterflies, skulls, and lots and lots of soldier in camouflage. Oh base! Good times.

I also took Monday off, just because I could. Now that I'm back at work I'm contemplating how many other days off I can manage this summer. Unfortunately it doesn't quite feel like the off-season at work yet. We're still completely swamped and the cases just KEEP coming in. I do hope that by June 15th we are properly slowed down like we should be.

May is a good month because it has two bank holidays, plus it's leading into the general holiday season. Now if only I knew what I was doing for all that time! Part of the problem is that I have to work around my boss's plans and I don't know all of them yet, but mostly it's just procrastination. Here's the semi-plan so far (nothing is booked though):
May - possible camping for bank holiday weekend??
June - week in Norway with Kathleen
July - week or two (?) in Serbia for EXIT and then Croatia/Macedonia/ALbania?? for general travel
August - nothing unless I go home for a long weekend or week to help clean out
Sept - USA for reunion and visit Trev
I love summer!

Is it weird of me that even though none of this has happened yet I'm already thinking of how sad I will be to see October? The last few years my stateside trip has been in November, but I'm not doing that this year, so it might make Christmas the only bright point. Also, of course, Nano.

In TV news, it's finale week in the US. A cut section on TV for those of you who care. (No spoilers) )

I'm tempted to take a picture of this post, and maybe I just will. Oh boring 12 of 12 day!
jenepel: (VM: Veronica with camera)
OMG this is so insanely late. Um…blame the week of taxes! I haven’t had time, really I haven’t. But at least I took the pics. And it was not only a weekend but also a holiday, so good times. I was in Norfolk at my parents’ house, and Nimbus came along.

Usually when I do this I write notes as I do the html and then I go back and put proper descriptions in. But frankly, it’s 2AM, everyone else has gone to bed and we just got back from a Andy’s band’s gig, so I kind of can’t be bothered. I did most of this earlier today anyhow, so at this point I just want to get it up. I think you can tell what everything is from my notes, and I tend to go overboard on the info so a minimalist month is probably a good thing.

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.

So here they are! )
jenepel: (Office US: Jim "headdesk")
Ah, first post of the new year! Thrilling.

Or not.

I'm at work, first day back, along with the rest of the world. (Oh, well I'm sure people were back before this, but it did seem like all of London went back today.) Anyhow I am not happy to be here, and I still have 3.5 hours to go. But I haven't eaten lunch yet. So that needs to happen. Bruce went home for lunch and he told me to wait to eat until he gets back (various reasons, not worth getting into) and it's like 2 now and no sign of him and I am STARVING because I didn't eat breakfast. So that's going well.

Otherwise I am trying to work and get stuff done but mostly am getting distracted by catching up with the internet. I haven't read my flist since I posted on Dec 23rd, so there's that. And google reader. While my bro has been here I've done facebook and email and that's about it. He doesn't leave until the 12th (sob) but he's going back to my parents' today and staying there until the end of the week. Then I get him for the weekend and then he's off. It's going too fast! He lives too far away! Sometimes I hate the modern world.

Christmas was good, nothing too exciting since everyone my age has moved out of Norfolk now. I have like one friend there now, so I did see her (and her husband and kid) but otherwise it was just my parents' friends. Who are all my old teachers so it's not like I don't know them, but still not exactly the same thing. We did play some board games and also did DDR on the Wii on Christmas day since it turns out this one couple are all into Wii. So that was amusing. Also when I got home Seb had bought guitar hero world tour and I've never played before and it is AWESOME beyond anything and I am obsessed. So more on that later I am sure.

Um, presents, yes they happened. We got my parents a GPS and then promptly borrowed it to drive to London with. But it really was a good present for them because next time they visit me here hopefully they won't get lost. Really, compared to the bother of the giant A->Z map book it felt effortless. So that's progress. Also I got my bro an external hard-drive so now he is busy stealing all the music and TV downloads he can get from me.

Mainly I feel as if I haven't gotten anything done since October and now life will perhaps go back to normal? I mean this is the beginning of tax season so work is just going to get crazier and crazier. But home life should settle down. It's just Nano + my big trip + the holidays + my brother here = insanity. Now maybe I can get some stuff done like organise my room and unpack the rest of my boxes and fix pics in frames? I did manage to bring my dishes back from home finally, and started to unpack those last night. So now we have three different sizes of plates and at least 12-18 of each of them, depending on what seconds my mom got. And bowls, and display stuff and mixing and goodness knows what else. It's gonna set us up for entertaining anyhow.

The other thing that's happening is people talking about trips for the new year. I'm trying to figure out when I can be gone and how many days I can use on stuff and all that. We're talking about a writing retreat some weekend, and I so wanted to go skiing (not that I don't say that every year) and then Phil and I talked about Russia in May. And then there's talk of a LHS reunion in the US, so if I did go this summer to the States (weddings anyone?) I might try and tack that on. Then there's this secret trip thing that may or may not include us. And then there's Serbia in the summer to go to EXIT which we already have our tickets for, so that is happening for sure, I just don't know if we're going to other countries too. And also Ellen talked to me about Cuba, although that so won't happen because I'm sure it would be as expensive as Costa Rica was. And those are just the ones that have been mentioned as possible, and it's just the first week of January!

So yeah, life goes on. I was really depressed last night but I feel better now that I'm actually at my desk. I mean it's work right. It's just it. I do plan to ask for a raise and do it SOON so that it includes January I hope. I mean I've been here a year and I earn SHIT, so it seems reasonable. But I'm pretty terrified to talk to my boss about it. I hate discussions like that. And I have no idea what is a normal amount to ask for. Blech.

I don't really have a cheery note to end on, because it's just that kind of day. Happy Monday everyone.
jenepel: (Holiday: Christmas red cups)
I'm at work, frantically trying to finish up a last few things. (I am supposed to be gone now!) Trev is at my house, waiting, and then we're getting on a train to my parents' house. I cannot wait to be there instead of here. Blah. Just a few things.

But I know how I get over internet once I get to their house. I may or may not bother to do things like check LJ. So I figured I would get on here and have a last stab at a post. There are so many things I tried to write about this last month or so since I got back from my trip and just never got to. Life is insane, and that's good I guess, but it definitely means stuff fell to the wayside. I pulled an all-nighter last night (I'm an idiot) because my room was terrible and I just had to do something about it. But now it's clean, laundry is done, presents are bought and wrapped and I am ALMOST done enough with work to be able to drop it all and go to Norfolk.

Happy Christmas or general holidays or just end of the year to everyone. Love you all!!
jenepel: (nanowrimo purple)
So I got back from my trip on Wednesday, and I had about 23,000 words (4000 of which I wrote on the plane coming home). I wasn't panic-y, but I was thinking that it might not happen. Going away for two and a half weeks is not conducive to Nano!

So here I am the night before, and I'm sitting at 42,000, the second half of which was written in the last two days. If I didn't have anything going on tomorrow I would go to bed now, but I have this Thanksgiving dinner with the Embassy people that I don't really want to miss. So here's the plan (as soon as I stop procrastinating by writing this) - write 3000 more words, go to bed, get up around 1PM, go to Thanksgiving, come home around 6ish (I hope) and write 5000 more before midnight. Totally and completely do-able.

Nano makes my entire house-hold crazy. This place looks like a cyclone hit it. And we've invited London Nano-ers over tomorrow night to finish up. We're writing until midnight, and then partying after. Should be a good time. I had better actually hit 50K though, because otherwise I won't be so happy for that party part.

Oh look - more than 200 words that could have been part of my novel! Yay procrastination. Once November is over, I'm planning on some entries (with pics) about my trip, which truly was awesome. That is mostly the reason I was so far behind when I got back...
jenepel: (Buzzcocks: [quote] boring mumbling)
I'm kinda all over the place today. For one thing, I feel like crap. I woke up yesterday all stuffed up and sneezing and gross. It's seriously annoying. The only good thing is that my boss is away this week so I can kind of take is easy at work and dose up with meds and hopefully feel better soon. I really really need to feel better soon, because Nano starts in three days. So I want to be all healthy for those long hours and sleepless nights. :)

Also, it's snowing. Well, not anymore, but it snowed last night. And it actually stuck - like when I woke up there was still snow. And goodness know, we don't deal well with snow here. I wonder if there's more where that came from? I mean, it's only October!

The first Nano kick-off is tonight, so Amy and Claire and I are going to go and check it out. It's weird going into Nano this year, because we already have this group of 7 or 8 people who are doing it. So I'm not sure how that's going to work with write-ins or us writing at home (where 3 of us are) or whatever. Plus there are all the other new people who will be at the kick-off and other events. Plus (according to James) now that the British Library has free Wi-Fi it's been run over by mouthbreathers who are taking up all the tables at the cafe. So that could step on our write-ins a bit. We'll see.

We're having a Halloween party on Friday night, although due to our insane lack of organisational skills, I don't think we're gonna have tons of people. We really need to be more together about this stuff! I also have no idea what I'm doing for a costume. I mean I had an idea, but now I'm not so crazy about it. And I don't really have the energy to deal with it now.

But........RACH GETS HOME TOMORROW!!! YAY! Cannot wait.
jenepel: (Buffy: Willow "bored now")
I've had an extremely productive week, which would probably explain why the last time I posted was last Thursday. I meant to do a quick post on Mon/Tue detailing the weekend, and I never even got around to that.

I'm sitting here right now sorting computer files and watching "Can't Hardly Wait" which just happened to be on. I haven't seen this movie in a million years, and I'm getting shocked by all the people I recognize in it, most of whom are in totally random tiny parts. It's so weird. I kept seeing people, so I went to the IMDB page and was just blown away. Seriously, apart from the obvious main characters, you've got: Sean Patrick Thomas, Freddy Rodríguez, Donald Faison, Jaime Pressly, Nicole Bilderback, Jason Segel, Clea DuVall, Leslie Grossman, Eric Balfour, Selma Blair, Sara Rue, Amber Benson, Melissa Joan Hart, Breckin Meyer, and Liv Tyler. I mean, I saw a five second glimpse of Amber Benson - she's listed as "Stephanie, Stoned, Banana-holding Girl (scenes deleted)"! Craziness.

ANYWAY, as I said, I've been seriously productive, even today. This Week (not very exciting except for the bit about the murder). )

As for Easter weekend, [livejournal.com profile] basilm went with me to my parents’ house. The snow in the forest was beautiful. )

Holy crap I’ve been writing this entry forever. I think I started around 4PM and it’s now almost 4AM. I’ve just been writing it bit by bit as I did everything else. And the end result is BORING. Seriously, I wouldn’t advise actually reading it! :)

Hmm, just two tiny other little notes. Today I saw a preview on TV for Pathology, so it looks like it might have widescreen release here. Interesting. Also, the pilot season has come to the UK. Premiering within recent weeks or coming soon: Gossip Girl, Pushing Daisies, Chuck, Dirty Sexy Money and Mad Men. I’ve seen the first three, but I might try and watch the other two. We’ll see.

Okay, perhaps it is now time for bed?

ETA: CRAPOLA!! [livejournal.com profile] basilm has just reminded me that the clocks go forward tonight. Dang it! Stupid daylight savings time. That means it's actually almost 5AM.

ETA (#2): No, it's just 4AM. (sheepish) I guess my computer auto-updated and I didn't notice.
jenepel: (XYCD: "wasting my life on the internet")
I'm about done for the day; I just finished my last return and that's all I plan to do.  I'm just hanging around waiting for my boss to call (he's in Spain) and ask for messages.  So.  A little bit about this week...

First of all, you should all go read this article that my friend Rach ([profile] basilm) wrote about our experience voting overseas.  It pretty much tells it how it was.  Plus, she gets like 1/14 of a cent for every person that reads, so um, click through and be counted so that she can get rich!

In other news, we're still trying to rent out Nicola's room, with so far very little success.  She's had about 15 people make appointments to come see it, and about 8 of those have come through, but none have taken it.  The insane thing is that of the people who didn't come, only about 2 bothered to text or call or email to say they couldn't make it.  The rest were so rude that they didn't even bother to let us know.  So several times we have been sitting around waiting and the person just hasn't shown up.  I gave up my Sat afternoon plans, and I rushed home from work on Mon, and both times proved entirely pointless.  It's really stupid and annoying, not to mention insanely rude of them.  You found another place?  That's fine, but at least have the decency to let us know that you aren't coming.  Anyhow, I hope the whole thing is over soon, because it's a pain all round and Nicola is getting seriously stressed.  I came home from work yesterday and she had been to the wine store.  She was all "I've hit rock bottom!  It had to be wine!" which kind of cracked me up.  Also, Jared was over too to do laundry.  He's really feeling Cat's absense and the fact that the visa is still hanging out there in nowhere land.  This week they told him that it would come through yesterday, so when it didn't, I think it was a big blow to both of them, especially with Valentines Day (CURSES!  HORROR!) coming up.  Cat was on Skype talking to us, and she just sounded so depressed too.  So we broke out the wine and got mildly drunk.  Too bad it was a weekday!  It turned out to be kind of fun, because we all sat around and talked for hours.  He didn't leave til about midnight, and seemed to be feeling slightly more cheerful.  Nicola and I got his mind off the visa thing by asking an insane amount of questions about how he and Cat got together and their romantic history.  It was cool - I only know all of that from Cat's perspective, so it was great to hear it from him.  They are just my favorite couple; they're just really lovely and supportive together, and they have the strongest faith of anyone I know.

In lieu of new TV (maybe not for long?!) I have been catching up on some things I have been meaning to try out.  Namely Friday Night Lights and The Office US.  Also, I've started the second season of American Dreams that was so wonderfully sent to me by [profile] adinarj.  I want to write a post with a little bit about each of them, but we'll see.  Maybe this weekend?

Also cool?  They are doing a new series that follows up Life On Mars.  Well, it doesn't exactly follow it, but it's the same premise?  It's in the 80's with the same squad, but it's a girl who has time traveled there.  That's all I know, since I didn't get a chance to watch it last night.  I plan to check it out on the BBCi player (FAB) so will report back if it's any good.  I hope it is.  I loved LoM.

I guess that's it for now.  I feel I have a longer entry in me, but if I don't stop now I'll be late.  I'm meeting people for dinner, and as we know, it always takes me longer than I think it will to get places.
jenepel: (nanowrimo purple)
Wow.  I actually started writing today and I'm over (just barely) the word count.  I unnaturally impressed with myself, probably also because I just know it can't last!  Still, it's pretty cool that for once in my life I started out ahead of the game rather than procrastinating.  I repeat - it probably won't last.  But hey, I can only hope right?  Also, my mom has requested that I email her what I've written each day.  I thought about it, then said that was fine as long as she didn't make any comments to me about it because I wasn't going back to look at anything.  No idea if that's a good idea or not, but I threatened to stop sending her pages if she misbehaved, so that should work!  It will also hopefully be extra speed me along power to know she expects that email daily.

Today Starbucks brought out the red cups.  I was so excited that I went right in on my way to work and bought a gingerbread latte.  They are so freaking good!  Nov/Dec are the only months when I actually have a problem passing Starbucks and not going in.

Last night the Halloween gig was really fun.  I went over before and Anna and I dressed up.  Unfortunately we couldn't find green paint, and I didn't want to be just a regular witch, so I had to forgo my ruby slippers for another year.  I went with plan b - wore my creepy white victorian dress and the black wig and painted my face white with black rimmed eyes.  Ta da - ghost.  It worked, plus it was a much more notice-able outfit since the place was so dark.  We took pics, so if I get my act together I'll post some on facebook.  (Of course, I always say that!)

I've watched a little more Everwood in the past week. 
I think that's all I've got.  I am considering writing a bit more on my novel (heeee!) but I think I should probably just go to bed.  Another day and all that.  I didn't get much sleep last night since we were out late and then we all spent the night at Andy and Anna's.  Everyone had to work so we all got up in the morning and had breakfast.  It was fun.

Word count: 1766   (whoo-hoo!)
jenepel: (Books are love)
Okay, I had never even heard of it, but several people had mentioned it on their LJ and I thought I should check it out.  So I went to the website and my immediate reaction was "I HAVE to do this!"  Thus, I have now signed up for NaNoWriMo!  Yay me or whatever.  I have absolutely no idea what to write about or even exactly how I'm going about it, but there you go.  Maybe it will get me off my ass!  One can only hope.  My name on there is Jenepel of course (I love having an online name that is never taken because it's made up) and so friend me if you're doing it too.  Hmm, I am really really hoping that site isn't blocked at work!

Speaking of work, today was really fun.  The Embassy did their annual trick-or-treating for employees' kids.  (It was today rather than tomorrow because of the half-term holidays.)  Our office has evidently not done it in years since the tax attache who just left didn't like kids, but I read about it and really wanted to do it, so I pushed the new guy and he agreed.  (One of the guys who brought kids by actually said "I'm really glad you guys are participating this year.  It's nice to see the IRS get involved."  So that's sad because it means we are seen as keeping to ourselves which I think we kind of do.  We need to socialise with the rest of them more.)  It was so fun because we decorated on Friday and then I even got to dress up a little.  I didn't want to go overboard because we did have clients in today so I just wore all black (skirt and top).  And then I had a witches hat and my ruby slippers (seriously, I have heels of red glitter!  they are teh awesome!)  I think when we go out tomorrow night I will do much the same thing but also paint myself green so that I will properly be Elpheba.  Anyway, today we had over 100 kids come by.  They were so adorable!  I realised how much I miss working at the school and seeing and interacting with kids every day.  I mean I knew that already, but this really brought it home.  An office atmosphere just isn't the same thing as a school one.  And, as I was thinking this, as the last group of kids left, one of the ladies in the office turns to me and says, "why aren't you a teacher?  You're so great with kids and you obviously enjoy them."  BAH!  And of course everyone else jumps in to agree.  It's funny because at every point of my life people have told me this and I always brush it aside.  My parents are teachers, so it feels weird.  But am I just fighting it because of that and denying myself the career I should have, or do I truly not want that?  I have no idea.  Anyhow, Halloween before the day was fun, and then tomorrow is the real thing so that's cool too!

In other news, I read Like Water for Chocolate this weekend.  I know it's a little early, but I saw the book the other day, so I figured why not.  What's really funny is that it turns out I had already read it and just forgot.  I realised pretty much immediately, but I read it again anyway to refresh.

This was a really great weekend over all.  I went home and it was just busy and happy and I got to catch up with a bunch of people.  Friday night I went on the train and met my parents at a teacher party.  I saw a bunch of people from school that I haven't seen in ages, so that was cool.  Then on Sat morning mom and dad and I went out to breakfast with dad's fellow counselors and their spouses.  Then we just did a bunch of errands and to the craft store to get the rest of my present for Kathleen.  Then we went home and Kathleen and Idell came over to scrapbook with mom and I.  I got Kat all this scrapping stuff as a big grab-bag for her bday since she said she wanted to try it out, and it turned out to be a great present because after one day she is totally hooked!  Yay for converts.  She had Oliver (16 mos) with her though, and he is now walking, so one person had to be on duty with him at all times.  He's just too cute though.  So they ended up staying to dinner, and James (her hubby) came over for that too.  Then on Sunday mom and I went to this huge craft fair out in Newmarket and I bought these awesome long handmade frames that hold a row of pictures and they were great prices - only £25 each.  I love them so much!  I just have to figure out what pics to put in them, but I already know exactly where in my room they will go.  And then I took the train back to London.  It was a great weekend; I love hanging out with my parents!

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