jenepel: (Celeb: NPH dancing with Elmo)
THINGS I'VE DONE SINCE I GOT BACK
* watched the last round of the World Cup
* had two picnics (Alex Park & St James Park) & played croquet
* celebrated two friend's bdays
* been in two pub quizzes (one of which we WON!)
* been to book club
* bought tickets for a 2nd Adam Lambert concert in Boston (um..right, well we're there already, so why not?!)
* seen FIVE movies at the cinema! (Wild Target, Eclipse, SATC2, Inception & Toy Story 3)
* trekked out to Heathrow to say goodbye to my parents
* spent hours on Skype sorting out my USA trip
* been to see HAIR with the Lambrits girls
* had dinner/drinks/etc with lots of people to catch up
* read lots of [livejournal.com profile] kradambigbang and commented YAY!
* spent hours bugging everyone I know (online & in RL) about whether I should get an HTC or an iphone (and WHICH iphone, new or old?) - opinions anyone?
* been into two CPW, one phones4u and one Orange shop to ask phone questions (guy in last shop: "Um...you may be taking this a bit too seriously. It is just a phone, you know.")

THINGS I HAVEN'T DONE SINCE I GOT BACK
* uploaded the pictures to FB (yeah...working on this!)
* written up my 12 of 12 post (ditto)
* talked to my brother for more then ten mins at a time (but I'll see him again in August, yay!)
* made a choice about the phone thing
* slept, like, AT ALL

Basically it's been a pretty awesome two weeks. My trip feels a million miles away, but it was awesome too. I doubt I'll manage to get any more of a synopsis up at the rate I'm going, but hopefully I'll manage to put up pics soon. I'm such a bum! Anyway, I'll link it on here once I get to it.

I'm taking a late lunch here, so on the very bright side I now only have a few hours of work left. Then [livejournal.com profile] lazyclaire and I are doing dinner at ours as a goodbye before she goes to France for three weeks. Tomorrow I'm off to Devon for the weekend for a final house goodbye & bonding weekend since Nick and Julie are going to the USA FOR GOOD on Monday. :( Next up: figuring out new tenants (currently we have subletters) and sorting out renewing the lease. Fun!
jenepel: (VM: Veronica with camera)
Why yes, it is the 25th and I'm just now posting my pics from the 12th. But look on the bright side, at least I'm posting them (!) unlike Jan & March (when I took pics but didn't post) or Feb & April, when I didn't take pics at all. Small steps people. If you care to see the Flickr sets for those two months, sans commentary, then here they are: January (some experiments with close up shots although I don't have a macro lens) and March (mostly my dad in hospital that I was documenting to send to my bro).

SO...12 of 12! AGAIN! FINALLY! Here's hoping this re-starts the trend.

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.

We never actually set foot in Kew Gardens. )

That's it! Pretty lovely day overall, and sheer luck that it ended up being the 12th. The next few months look good for it too, but once it gets back to falling work days I'm not sure what I'll do. It's easy to feel uninspired on a work day after doing it for over a year. There's only so much of my commute I can document, you know?!
jenepel: (Default)
I'm at work, trying to kill the last half hour before I can leave and meet people for dinner and then the Adam Lambert gig at Heaven. By this point I'm practically vibrating with excitement. Really, I'm no good to anyone, work-wise!

I went out Sat night with a bunch of the girls from the Lambrits board. (I am really wondering at what point one becomes a "Glambert" - I really hope I'm still on the other side of the line!) We had a few drinks, grabbed wristbands at GAY bar, and then tried to get into Heaven. No dice. They were just being really strict with the door policy, saying members and regulars only. And you know, fair play or whatever. I get that they have a certain expectation for their crowd makeup, and they knew there was another gig Monday, so they weren't anxious to let all those fans in. But it was really frustrating. (Leaving aside completely the fact that, technically, I am actually in their target audience!!) Funnily enough, another girl and I had hung back from the group to finish our drinks, so we got in line alone and they let us through. We might have gotten all the way in (we were at the metal detectors) but then we noticed the others had been turned away so we got out of line.

Anyway, we talked to the bouncer guy and he kind of said well maybe later on if it's not too busy we'll let in non-members. (They were letting in non-member guys, just not girls unless you were with a large group of men.) So we went and had a drink at a nearby pub, then walked around the back and watched the band & Adam (saw Tommy & Monte, so that was cool) arrive. Finally, after much discussion, and hearing that several other people had gotten in (there were a million Adam fans wandering around that I didn't know - our group had about nine) we tried one more time. I was pretty embarrassed by this point, and kind of hanging back, so I don't know what was said, but they let us in. Only problem? We got in, paid and went to the main floor, and Adam had already performed! It was not ideal. The conspiracy theorist in me wants to believe that the guy timed it like that on purpose, because he hadn't been too nice over the night. A lot of the bouncers were fine, but a few were a bit rude and he was one.

Anyway, whatever. I had a fun night hanging out with everyone, and at least we know that Adam got a massive crowd out for his first UK gig. I'm sure tonight will be fantastic, with the number of fans who will be there, and seeing him twice would have been really above & beyond. Also, on the very bright side, I was smart and wore flats. The girls in heels were really really suffering by the end of the night!

And, just because I never posted it, here's my pic with Adam from when he was here before!! I did want to write it up (he signed my ipod! I babbled about sharpies! he was tall!) but I bet at this point it won't happen.



ETA: To the 95% of my flist who aren't Adam Lambert, Kris Allen, or AI fans in general, sorry for the recent spam. Someday I will find something else to talk about!
jenepel: (Random: Wimbledon rain delay)
So ridiculously, [livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo and I now have six tickets between us to the Adam concert. I have the two PURE ones (which are unrestricted, so I guess that's better) and then we have two each that we won in the competition. I would say we're just really lucky, but having talked to some of the other people I met on the stalking Adam day I think a lot of people won - there were 400 winners and you had to pre-order the CD to enter, plus he is virtually unknown over here. So. I'm not worried about the tickets though, I know enough casual fans to ask some people and thus properly convert them. :)

BUT. It may not happen anyway if he doesn't even make it to the UK at all because of the STUPID ASHCLOUD. Seriously, it is messing with life in general. I know SO MANY PEOPLE who are stuck on one side of the problem or the other - can't get home or can't leave to go on holiday - and it totally sucks. We've had flights grounded for almost a week now, it's time for the ash to leave! Hey, at least it's good for the environment, I guess? As Amy pointed out last night, the UK should make it's emission targets this year for sure...

I had a strangely domestic feeling weekend. I was still kind of getting over being sick, So I had planned to take it easy, but I felt pretty decent when I got up Sat. [livejournal.com profile] lazyclaire, [livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo, and Abbi and I went over to Ben's house to bake cupcakes with his little girls. We had joked about having a baking day for ages, so it was fun for it to actually happen. And his little girls are super cute and fun, plus we FINALLY got to meet his lovely wife. She's not Nano, so she's never come to any of the events or anything. Claire and I ended up staying the longest, as after we put the kids to bed we decided to get dinner (fish & chips!) and then watched the new Who (mostly meh, although iDaleks! yay) on iplayer. It was almost midnight when we finished, so Ben kindly ran us home quickly in his car (such luxury!) so we didn't have to brave over an hour of public transport. All told, it was a really fun day.

Sunday I had to meet with some clients that I had canceled a meeting on from when I was sick. They are actually friends of friends of my parents, so everything I meet with them I end up socializing for ages. I went over there for 2PM and stayed for HOURS. We did the tax stuff in an hour or so (I had it mostly done but needed to revise for UK return taxes) and then just hung out. IDEK, we had cake and champagne (there were explanations, but it's not worth it here) in the garden b/c the day was so lovely, we looked at a photo album, we talked to an old friend (knew me as a kid) who just happened to call, etc etc. It was kind of ridiculous actually - I ended up staying for dinner and left around 9PM! Also I got invited to be a part of a bridge group that contains: 72 yr old man (the husband), 68 yr old man & 73 yr old woman (his friends) b/c they need a 4th and I play bridge. And I must admit I am tempted. THAT IS HOW MUCH I LOVE TO PLAY CARDS PEOPLE! Anyone in London interested in starting a card circle (anything but poker)? Or a bridge group? I would totally teach you all. :) We could make it cool again with the under-60s set!

So yeah. That was my weekend. In conclusion, I say: GO AWAY ASH CLOUD, WE DON'T WANT YOU ANYMORE.
jenepel: (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: (Angel: puppet "woe")
Thanks all for your lovely comments about Zack. I was doing fine yesterday (helped along with tea and sympathy from [livejournal.com profile] lazyclaire) only just slightly tearing up when talking to mom again and then having to tell my brother over Skype. (Also my dad telling me how hard it was to drive his body to the crematoriam on his own and how he wished he had waited until mom got home to work to take him.) And then later I was lying in bed and started thinking too much, then had a little crying jag. But hey, that's what 2AM is for isn't it? Emily of New Moon would certainly say so.

In other news I am yet again fighting with a landlord over a deposit. If you want to know what the situation is, go back and read my entries from March-June 2007. No kidding! But I do kind of feel like I'm going through the situation all over again. Actually, really, this time is childsplay compared to the nightmare situation of my Allen Road flat. But still, disputing is always a pain.

Just sent this email to our agency. )

What do you guys think? It all seems so cheeky of them considering we left the property in a really good state. Every time I move I think I have a good landlord, and then every time I end up surprised when greed and pettiness get involved...
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: (VM: Veronica with camera)
Oh geez this is so insanely late. I wouldn't bother putting it up, except that 1) I did take the pictures and 2) I don't want to break my streak of 12 of 12's. Next month will be my last one for a full year, so that would suck not to get this up. So here you go...

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.

Unfortunately a very uninspired day. )
jenepel: (GG: Happy Birthday)
Copying this over directly from my facebook message, because I am lazy.

NORTH LONDON: Double room to let in huge 3 bed house, £611 a month

Need a new place? Know anyone who is moving? Please pass this info along!


Open from Sept. 26 2009

Double room in a huge 3 bed house in leafy North London.
3 minutes walk from East Finchley tube station (Northern line)
Large park with tennis courts behind, 15 min walk from Muswell Hill

2 sitting rooms, 1.5 bathrooms (1 with bath), large kitchen with dining table for ten
Garden and quiet neighbourhood
Widescreen TV, guitar hero and cat included!

£611 per month plus approximately £150 for council tax and bills

Feel free to ask if you want anymore info. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A CHANCE TO LIVE IN AWESOME MANOR PEOPLE! THIS SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN LIGHTLY!

[You will of course note that this means someone is moving out. That would be Rach. *SOB* I mean, she's moving on to greener pastures, because she and Edd are gonna get a place together, but still...my heart, it breaks.)


Oh! And before I forget, belated bday wishes to [livejournal.com profile] insanityjones! I suck at getting online while visiting my parents, thus no post this weekend. But maybe the after the fact mention can slightly brighten your Monday? Big hugs, because I have to say I'm SO HAPPY we started talking this year. I'm very glad to know you. :)
jenepel: (Piz "I want to die")
Trying to organise for Harry Potter is eating my brain. It's like, there is NO organisation to be had. This is what's happening:

1. Premiere is tomorrow night in Leicester square but of course we need to be there super early, which doesn't really work when some of us have jobs. So that problem has been there for a while but isn't any closer to solution. And now my boss wants me to go to the Embassy tomorrow afternoon, which may or may not help me out, I can't decide. I may end up queueing for hours. Blech.

2. Supposedly it wasn't showing at the IMAX (which I checked decades ago) until the 29th because of some sort of mix-up with Terminator and double booking and the moved HP premiere date from November. And yet...now it's showing there, as Claire pointed out today. But (of course) since IMAX showings sell out in like, seconds, it's full for a solid week and a half. So that will still have to wait a few weeks. Which is okay but not great.

3. Midnight showings (This is the one making me pull my hair out.) THERE ARE NO FRAKKING MIDNIGHT SHOWINGS. SERIOUSLY LONDON WTF?!? We thought for a while they hadn't posted them, but now that we've called some theatres it appears that is not the case. Oh no. They just aren't doing them. For Harry Potter 6. I repeat, WTF? So yeah, pretty much no way to make this any kind of "event" - we're just gonna have to wait until the next day after work and go to the movies.

I accept this isn't an exciting entry. But I needed to vent. :)

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: (HIMYM: Flight suit up!)
Well I'm still at work but while I'm sitting at my computer I thought I better toss an entry off, seeing as I'm in the mood. I am woefully behind in anything approaching a real post. It has literally been almost a month - shocking! And I'm to the point where (to cheekily quote [livejournal.com profile] apotropaios: I have realised that the main reason I have not been updating is that it has been so long since my last proper update that I Do Not Have Enough Time Right Now To Update Properly. However, today of the 12th, which means I am taking pictures and should post tomorrow, and I can't stand doing that without some sort of actual entry in the way. Ah summer, see what you do to me?!

And so. Things from the last month (!!) that deserve a mention...

As per the title, inordinate amounts of money have been spent. I finally got two holidays sorted out - Norway and Serbia - and have paid for the flights, etc etc. Of course everything turned out to be more expensive than it was supposed to, due to procrastination, exchange rates, whatever. But now the money has been spent and all that remains is to go. So yay! I also made it to the opticians, which sorely needed doing, and of course was stratospherically expensive. My current glasses are almost two years old, and the prescription turned out to be scarily out of date (to the tune of -2 diopters more) so new glasses ahoy! After a scary conversation with one optician where he said the lenses alone would be £450, I was quite happy to come back the next week and speak to a less dramatic doctor, who talked it down to £300. Which is a lot, but sounded less in comparison - maybe they were playing good cop, bad cop? Anyway, evidently negative 13 diopters (GOOD LORD) is eyes that are just bad enough for special ordering to commence. So after picking the cheapest pair of "cool" frames I could find, I am now almost £400 lighter, but the proud owner of shiny new glasses that help me see wonderfully. Ah well. Needs must. New contacts were also ordered, but that is far less exciting.

Many fun social things have happened that are not worth going into in detail. The most notable probably being that we had our annual fantastic picnic on Hampsted Heath. I don't say annual in that we only plan to do it once, but rather that we managed to do it on near the exact same day as going last year. Weird. It's probably just the time of year that it starts to get warm. Anyway, many and varied people came, much yummy food was eaten, and we once again failed to fly the kite. Oh! And we also brought the croquet set - Phil's suggestion I believe - which was awesome. Croquet is always good. It's like Scottish dancing or karaoke - people aren't sure if they'll like it, they feel a bit silly about it, but once they get going everyone is all in.

Other miscellany? We had a whole bunch of visitors, including Claire and Amy's cat for a few days. We went to a party at C&A's house and were involved in ~much drama~. I reread Half Blood Prince in preparation for the movie and then promptly fell headfirst back into the world of Harry Potter fanfic (Draco/Harry if you must know - shut up). In TV news I watched seasons 1-3 of Weeds and am now working on 4. Seb and I saw Star Trek at the IMAX. I really want to see it again, so hopefully Rach and I are going to use an orange wednesday once I get back from holiday.

Yes! Holiday! I leave for Norway in ONE DAY!!!!! I am beyond excited. It's where my parents were living when they met (Oslo), and two of my best friends grew up there (Bergen) and yet I've never been. One of said friends (living in the UK now) has just bought a hitta there and is spending most of the summer there with her two little boys. So I'm off on a bit of a working holiday - painting, decorating and such - but also to just hang out and play with the kids and relax. I CANNOT WAIT.

Hmmm, yeah that seems good enough. :) I will endeavour to be better in June/July. (Two thirds of June will be gone once I get back.)
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.
jenepel: (NPH: dancing with Elmo)
A very happy birthday to my bday twins, [livejournal.com profile] how_i_lie and [livejournal.com profile] mizzykitty! Also, a slightly belated bday to [livejournal.com profile] filo77 who celebrated (with lots of cake, I'm sure) yesterday!

Unfortunately I'm at work. And I have only half of my delicious cupcakes (as in, the cake but not the frosting) because last night I somehow neglected to realise that we didn't have any icing sugar (powdered sugar) so thus no buttercream. Sucks. But oh well, I will make it tonight. And my boss doesn't actually realise it's my birthday, so am pondering how to bring that up. I miss the Embassy, where every bday was a big celebration.

Last night Kaite ([livejournal.com profile] ladyvivien) and Claire ([livejournal.com profile] lazyclaire) came over for various reasons, and much talking was had. We recorded ourselves for a project of Claire's, and then I talked about very important things(tm) so that was productive. I ended the day (and began my bday) with lots of warm fuzzies about having fabulous supportive friends, so that's awesome.

Actually I feel kind of like Lorelai with her birthday week, because although not all of it is in celebration of me (ha!) there is a lot going on. Tonight Claire and Edd are coming for dinner and we're going to the pub quiz at the White Lion (our local) which is something we've been discussing doing for ages. I'm pretty excited actually - I love pub quizzes! Also, we have a good mix of nationalities/cultures, genders, and interests, so I feel like we have a good team.

Wed we're going to this Sandpit thing, which is some kind of outdoor games event. I'm not totally sure, but it sounds cool and a whole gang of us are going along, so it should be good. Thurs I'm having dinner with my old flatmate who I haven't seen in an age, and then Fri is [livejournal.com profile] mizzykitty's bday pub thing.

And Sat is my birthday celebration! We're going ice skating! I am 12! The actitivy (I have to have an "activity") was picked by me, but it does make me think back to my middle school years, when (roller) skating birthday parties were all the rage. Of course, the heavy drinking sure to occur afterwards will somewhat temper that, but still.

Gosh, I hope you wanted to know my entire schedule for the week, seeing as that was the only point to this post. Who cares! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

I love birthdays. Can you tell?
jenepel: (Nanowrimo: "you wouldn't understand")
Happy (belated) birthday to [livejournal.com profile] lin! I know you've had a crazy time lately, but I hope your birthday was both fun and relaxing. :)

So I feel like I haven't been around much lately, which is mostly just because of busyness. Of course Nano has kicked off (and is totally kicking my ass) and then there was all the election stuff. That was like two whole days down the drain right there, even with me taking a day off work.

We went to an American ex-pats in London thing to watch the results all night, which was pretty awesome. They had rented this venue out until 6AM, and thankfully that was plenty of time for it to be decided and all that. I was dreading having to go home at that point and still not know a result, but yay for being spared and for correct polling. It was actually a pretty incredible experience. I think there were over 2000 people there (although that petered out a bit the later it got) and in our little group we had six (of which three were American) that stayed until the bitter end. It was just a great atmosphere - lots of cheering, and countdowns, and just generally happy people. We took our "London for Obama" sign, which we have dragged everywhere for months, and tons of people came up and took pictures of it. Also, at one point early on, Amy dared Rach to run across stage with it, and she totally did, because she is awesome. It got tons of cheers, although she did get yelled at for it right afterwards by about three different security guards. Bleh.

We did play Obama Bingo, although mostly just as normal Bingo and not as a drinking game. It was pretty dark for it in there, so we were doing that thing where you use your mobile-phone to see, which only made it funnier. And towards the end when results were coming in fast it was really really hard to keep up. Also, I won £10 off Seb because he bet me that Texas would go blue, to which I was like "I wish, but yeah right" and promptly shook his hand. Sucker.

We stumbled home on the tube at about 630AM, still carrying the Obama sign and just very very happy. I will never feel fully and completely "American" (or "British" for that matter, so whatever) but I think this week I have felt the most patriotic that I have in years. It will be very interesting to see what this does for us in the opinions of other countries, and just in general what Obama actually turns out to be like as a President. But for now, I seriously watched his acceptance speech with tears in my eyes, and I really welcome that kind of emotion in an arena where I haven't felt it for a long time.

Also election related, we almost got to be on this C4 show as a "group of loud and proud Democrats" but turned them down because we have a write-in that we promised Claire we would go to. (*waves* Hi Claire if you're still stalking me!) Groan. Damn you Nano - you're ruining my chances at stardom!

Oh, also, my dress for the wedding is done now - she took up the front and added a panel, and hemmed it. I'm not happy with it really, but it can't be helped. I mean the alterations look great, but the dress just isn't a good style for me. The thing is that Kristen's sister and I are wearing the same dress, in an attempt (I guess) to make it kinda like we're bridesmaids even though we will be the only ones there. I should have vetoed that, however, because in the best traditions of the way that crap works, she is tall and willowy and I am short and squat. So this dress is not ideal. I was pretty upset about it last night when I was trying it on, now I'm kinda just eh. Ah well.

I leave next Thurs for the States, and between now and then life is pretty much just Nano. We have a write-in like every day. I hope it helps! I'm writing like molassas this year.

On a completely random note, I'm about to pass out here from the smell outside our office. They're cleaning a drain or something, and it's almost unbearable. Seriously. I have kleenex stuffed up my nose and I still feel like I'm going to gag. Going home early is seeming like a really good idea...

Catch Up

Aug. 26th, 2008 03:44 pm
jenepel: (VM: narrating my life)
It feels like it's been a while, although I guess I did post twice last week. However, posting just to complain about online flight searching (still not booked btw) probably doesn't count. What I need to do is sort out the pictures from the Turkey trip and actually put them up, but that isn't happening yet.

I went to my parents' for the weekend as planned, which was great. It's just so relaxing to be there, and so comfortable, which I suppose comes of being in the house you grew up in. Our house hasn't changed much in the past twenty years or so, which makes me feel like a kid. Or something. You might remember that my dad retired last year, so this has been his first week of not working, while my mom still has a year to go. (Let's just see how long before that becomes a sore point!) Anyway, they looked at houses while they were in America this summer, and I had to be shown all the pictures. They seem to have decided for sure on North Carolina (who knows why - we don't have family anywhere near there). It's so strange to think of them in one of those huge American homes - our house is decent sized by UK standards, but what they'll be able to get for the same amount of money (actually probably not all the money since they're talking about maybe getting a smaller place to keep here) is much larger and fancier looking. US houses are truly amazing to me. (Not to mention all the beautiful flats my friends in the States live in. Argh!) On a similar topic, I was reading this blog today and enjoyed this: '"Move to London?" at least 306 cousins, aunts, uncles and one great-aunt spluttered. "Why don't I just sit in a room full of car exhausts and burn 20s with a lighter? Bugger off!"' Yup. Sometimes it feels like that. But back to my parents, the point is (and pretty much everyone I know asks me about this) that they haven't lived in the States since the 60's. And now they are talking about moving back there permanently. It's weird. No wonder my mom wants to buy a smaller house here so they can go back and forth. I would be scared to death. I mean, you don't see me moving back there anytime soon, do you? [ETA: I'm not saying the US in itself is scary - just that moving there after 40 years of being here will be qutie an adjustment. So no one get all offended please!!]

While I was home I read quite a bit of my old writing, including random stories/poetry/journals from various ages. That never fails to be amusing. I pulled quite a few embarrasing quotes out which I have now emailed to my brother for his enjoyment. Also, (on the subject of bad writing, HAH!) I read Breaking Dawn, which is currently in my purse ready to be returned to Waterstones. Not in some sort of protest move, just in a pre-planned "I don't want to pay for this book and give her more money" sort of move. (I gave up on the library - I'm weak!) It was...not as amusing as I wanted it to be. [livejournal.com profile] basilm and I have been exchanging links about it, but other than that, it was mostly a slog. Girl needs a good editor! I have a feeling that the reason the earlier books were a bit tighter (although still not GOOD) is that someone was willing to cut stuff out and ask her questions. I would guess that once she got to this point they were happy to publish whatever. Not that I think the first three were that much better written, but they were a little less like crack!fic. This one was kind of the combination of every bad idea you could think of that would solve every possible problem. A cross between wish fulfillment and insanity. Moving on...

In other news, I finally made it over to J&K's house, so Kathleen can quit sending me threatening messages on facebook. Also, S&L (their in-laws and my brother's best friends) are coming over (from the States) in two weeks. So I'll actually be back in Norfolk again, for a whole weekend of fun. I went ahead and worked this Bank Holiday Monday so that I could take a three day weekend when they get here. FUN! It's good, because I need to save time off for November and Christmas. My boss decided to stay in Spain for another two weeks (yay) so he won't be back until Sept 5th. That would make for a quiet office, except the construction work is still going on. Now he has me taking daily pictures to email to him. Anal much?

Other things going on this week are possible karaoke-ing on Thursday night (if [livejournal.com profile] iamseb and [livejournal.com profile] teaatsix would come out of the woodwork) and tennis on Wednesday. Also, flat-hunting SOMEDAY. On Sat I have a wedding (wow, one that I don't have to fly millions of miles to attend) of one of my friends from the Embassy. Should be interesting. I have no idea what I'm wearing though, since I can't seem to figure out how fancy it will be.

Blech. This entry is pretty boring, but I think that's reflecting my mood at the moment. I need to go home. I was considering going out tonight, but we'll see how much enthusiasm I have as the time grows nearer.
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?
jenepel: (XYCD: "wasting my life on the internet")
So sad. It's the end of the meme that took over my week and that I was perhaps too invested in!

A Week in the Life

1. Take between 6 and 8 new photographs per day.
2. Your picture days must be consecutive - no skipping days!
3. Post your photographs at the end of that day, some time after the last picture is taken.
4. Your post should be titled “A Week in the Life of [name], Volume [whatever day you're on].”
5. Link back to your earlier entries.

So here's day seven: Thursday )

Previously: Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four, Day Five, Day Six
jenepel: (Random: flowers and sky)
The penultimate day of the meme! This one is going to be all pictures, very little description, because it's late, and also because they speak for themselves. They're just so very pretty!

A Week in the Life

1. Take between 6 and 8 new photographs per day.
2. Your picture days must be consecutive - no skipping days!
3. Post your photographs at the end of that day, some time after the last picture is taken.
4. Your post should be titled “A Week in the Life of [name], Volume [whatever day you're on].”
5. Link back to your earlier entries.

So here's day six: Wednesday )

Crazy. It almost took me taking all those pictures just to realise how pretty it really is.

Previously: Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four, Day Five

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