jenepel: (Angel: puppet "woe")
Seriously people, the week I have had! And you know, it’s not really to be complaining, because everything seems to be working out okay thus far, and I’m really terribly thankful for that. But considering I spent the whole week at home, and only worked two days, it has been just incredibly stressful.

I just checked my last entry to see what kind of info I wrote about the surgery and realised I was all like “oh, maybe I’ll stay overnight Sat – we’ll see”. HA! And then I stayed Sat-Thurs morning. Oh how little I knew.

So anyway, my dad had surgery for tongue cancer in three parts – a chunk of his tongue out, a chunk of his leg (including muscle and a freaking artery) out to replace the tongue, and his lymph nodes. It was the latter that turned out to be the biggest problem, since he is having some kind of drainage issues (his body kept producing lymph but it has nowhere to go?) and an air bubble (yeah IDK) that they had to push out. So when I got there last Saturday they were saying he should get out by Monday, so (for various reasons) I decided to stay until then. But Mon turned into Tues, turned into Wed, and now they’re saying it may be NEXT Mon, so who knows.

Things that went wrong while I was there:
1 – Mom can’t drive at night b/c she had cataract surgery a few weeks ago. She didn’t mention this to me at first, but once I knew it was the main reason I decided to stay. Going to work at least in the AM and then to the hospital but having to leave before dark (in the UK, in March) is difficult.
2 – I forgot my charger (well didn’t bring it since it was just going to be a day), so my phone died
3 - we have plumbers working in the upstairs bathroom, and they did something with the electrics, which connect to the room next door, which contains the computer and modem. Thus no internet. I was kind of stealing wi-fi from someone around us, but it was very temperamental and only on during certain hours in the evening (who turns their modem ON AN OFF? I guess someone who doesn't know enough to put a password on?)
4 - our last car broke down (we have a few but every one seems to have at least one issue right now) leaving us stranded on the side of the road. We called my mom’s friend and the AA, but it was no go. We called around for rentals and no one had any cars free (!!) although we did end up getting one on the second day, thank goodness.
5 – I realised on Wed when I checked my email that friends of one of my friends in Japan were coming to stay and arriving on Thursday. I had agreed to it ages ago – I hadn’t met them but we do have spare couches, so whatever. Anyway I had to sort out meeting up with them on Thurs after work. Thank goodness I checked though.
6 – Addenbrookes tightened the visiting hours b/c of some vomiting virus (!) so when I went by there Thurs on my way to work (Cambridge is where I change trains) they wouldn’t let me in the ward. Instead dad and I stood at the door so he could give me a quick update. Ridiculous!

On the bright side, I came home to a lovely home cooked Mexican meal courtesy of the flatmates, as well as margaritas! Yum. And dad is doing alright, which is the important thing. I’m now off back to Cambridge to meet mom at Addenbrookes...
jenepel: (HP: Tax Time Ravenclaw)
I'm on base b/c I was meeting with some tax clients, and it turns out that the Freedom Cafe (inside the Liberty Club, omg) has free wi-fi, so I'm online! Yay. Actual internet that actually works and lets me check my email. Seriously, internet issues at work and home right now (although work got cleared up on Friday I think) so I'm behind on EVERYTHING. While I'm here I figured I might as well put up this half-written post that I've been writing all week in Word or whatever. SO...

I forgot to actually put any kind of away message on this, but I've actually been on holiday once again, thus the lack of posts. (Oh who am I kidding?! I haven't posted regularly in months! This must be rectified. I cannot believe my last update was when Claire had her seizure.) Anyway, last week I (and 4/5 house mates) were away skiing in the French Alps. Oooh la la.

It was actually a really cheap (well relatively cheap) trip. Budget airfare (easyjet whoohoo), ski rental deals online, and a chalet we rented to share with 20 people total. Basically it was one big party. Oh and lots and lots of skiing! Six straight days, which I think is more than I have ever done all at once. I actually feel decent about my skiing now. I'm not going to be skiing black runs any time soon, but I feel good about the possibility of many red ones in my future. And the people who went ran the gamut for skiing (or snowboarding) ability, so everyone managed to find someone to go out with. Also, on the last night we had a giant party at the Chalet which included Raclette cheese, tons of other food, and colour-coded drinks that matched the runs. You were supposed to only drink the ones of runs you had been on, but that didn't last too long. I mostly drank green actually, because it turns out that I think Creme de Menthe makes very yummy cocktails! (Other people may have said it tastes like mouthwash, but whatever.)

So yeah, good trip indeed. Other things happening?

Family health stuff, Tax Bitches, the World Cup, TV, Kradam babblings, weddings & Jenn (almost) turns 30! )

Whoops! My updates always get out of control. I really just need to post more. (Oh and where’s that 12 of 12 from January? Well technically, it does exist, just not as an LJ entry.

ALSO THIS! From [ profile] silly_cleo: Reply to this post, and I'll tell you one reason why I like you. Then re-post this (if you feel like it!) and spread the love.

Um, yeah so some of that is slightly unaccurate now (I found a place for my bday!) but most of it's good and I'm leaving it. Also it turns out that the Freedom cafe is now called Rugbys - who knew? :)
jenepel: (Conchords: Raining on my face)
So my mom just called me at work. Zack, our family dog, died last night.

(And then I cried, and my boss came into the room and got all worried, and when I told him what happened he said "oh! I thought something bad had happened", which, well I take his point, but STILL. Like, thanks Bruce.)

It's not unexpected. I don't know if you remember, but I went home a few months ago (when they were in Russia) because he was really sick. And he's been failing since then. Not bad enough that the vet said he was in pain or anything, but he's definitely been losing weight and not eating as much and reluctant to move around a lot. And he was 14. Which is a nice long life.

But I'm still crying again. Because he was my baby. He was just the sweetest dog, so loving and friendly and full of energy. I'm so glad I happened to be home last weekend to hang out one more time.

So my dad has to take him to be cremated today. Evidently that's what they do with large dogs. And mom says that then we can wait for Christmas when Trev's home and scatter or something. It's funny, because every other pet who has died we have buried in our backyard - two cats, a rabbit, two hampsters - but I guess he really is too big.

Anyway, um...sorry for details. I'm still a bit whoa. And I know it's not the most terrible thing in the world, but he's been a part of my life, my growing up, for 14 years, and it's so sad to think of going home and not being able to snuggle him.

I don't have any pictures here on my work computer, but here's one from last Christmas that was on facebook. Hope the link works; I think it's public. (Look how friendly he was with the cats!)

Zachary Hersey (1995-2009)
jenepel: (Disney: HSM Kelsi)
No this isn't my 12 of 12. Geez I need to do that. I have the pics, I'm just not that excited about it this month.

So generally I have this google doc where I start to write my LJ entries. Sometimes I completely empty it out, and other times there are about ten unfinished entries in there that I never got around to posting. At the moment it's the latter. It's annoying - I don't know why I can't just post what I write and not worry about "completing" them properly, but that's NOT really the way my mind works. So instead I just end up printing them half-finished for my regular journal. Urgh.

I went home this weekend unexpectedly, which was a bit frustrating. My parents are in Russia for two weeks (well, were - they got back yesterday) and a lady in the village was looking after their dog and cat. Now she has looked after them for about 10 years now, so this isn't an unusual thing. But she called me on Wed totally freaking out about Zack (golden Lab) and basically convinced me that he was at death's door. (He's 14 and definitely slowing down majorly, but as far as I can tell has been doing okay.) This is more detailed then I meant it to be! )

So other than the whole hanging with the dog time, the only thing I did over the weekend was a little bit of freelance accounting and a whole lot of watching American Idol. Yeah, you read that right. I have fallen into the abyss. Seriously, I can't even defend this. I mean, not only am I watching AI, but I'm watching the season that IS ALREADY OVER. What is wrong with me?! So I'm not sure how this happened - I got linked to some clips of the concerts or something, and then I got curious about contestants (ahem...Adam) and so I wanted to see some of the early rounds to I procured them. And then I had all that time on my hands and was sufficiently interested enough to go back a few rounds, and then suddenly I was starting at the top 36 and watching the whole freaking season. THE ABYSS I TELL YOU. I'm at the top 8 or so now, and I'm pretty sure I'm gonna watch the whole thing. (Oh whatever, I know I will.)

The thing about AI is that I kind of can't believe I've never watched a season before. This whole entry is LONG. This is Idol talk, and some Disney stuff. Oh and Eurovision! Click for the Eurovision! )

So yeah, American Idol woo-hoo. Who knew. Please do not judge. :)

Um, on the subject of HSM, I rewatched them recently too. Actually I've been on a serious Disney kick this couple of weeks. On [ profile] insanityjones's reccing (hahaha - I bet you really appreciated that name check!) I watched... keeping you in suspense? )

Um yes, now that I have shown you how sad I truly am :0) I think I will stop. I'm hungry anyhow...

Oh! Bad news on the Buzzcocks front. Evidently the Beeb has retracted their offer to Noel Fielding because of some drug related stuff (which was OVER, as in he admitted to being CLEAN and they canned him, WHATEVER). Um yeah. So now not only have we lost both Bill and Simon, but we've had Noel dangled in front of us and then cruelly snatched away. WTF is that? I love Buzzcocks, and I will persevere, but this is NOT ON.

Double Oh! Vote for fabulous women! It's on the top 8 now, and actually most of the people I liked are now gone. Buffy's still hanging in there though. And two Firefly gals! VOOOOOOTE HEEEEERRRE!!

Seacrest out.
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!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Man I'm tired. I can't wait until I'm on the train headed home.
jenepel: (Random: cup of tea)
I've just caved and made another cup of tea to get me through my last hour and a half (or so) of work. Also, I have broken out the chocolate bisquits. Big guns! I am in an unaccountably bad mood that I just can't seem to shake. It's been going on (and off) for a week now, and it's getting ridiculous. Today in particular it might have something to do wtih the snow and having to be at work. Being the child of two teachers, snow equals snow day to me, when often even the adults don't have to go in. So working when we have all this snow outside does not sit well with me. (Of course when I lived in Japan and we got however many feet per day I just had to get used to it. But it just seems wrong somehow.)

Anyway, I went to my parents' in Norfolk this weekend, in an attempt to chill out (turned out more literal than I meant it) and remove the blues that didn't totally work. I mean it was nice, but now I'm back here and I feel about the same as I did. So that's frustrating. I did manage a day off work becuase of it though, since I got stuck there! The snow hit there before it hit London, so I missed the last train Sunday night due to poor planning and more snow in the forest than anticipated. I planned to come in Monday morning but then the REAL snowing began, and (as we are unused to such conditions) the transport networks shut down. The trains from the southeast of England to London were CANCELED in the AM. Like, wtf? Anyway, I finally braved it (after time on the phone and on the much abused national rail website) and got the adjusted train times sorted and left the house around 7. It took me over 4 hours to get back to my house in London. It's a journey that usually takes 2 at the most. Also I had Nimbus with me, as it was the weekend that I decided to try out his new duffel-bag-like carrier case (which is great btw). He's actually an awesome traveler, he mostly just sleeps and kind of mews at people inquisatively from time to time, but STILL. Either way, at least it got me a day off that I wouldn't have gotten if I was in London, since the Northern line was one of the few that was actually running. On the other hand, I wasted a day of holiday on it, so make of that what you will.

On the subject of holiday, I just found out today that the one trip we actually have sorta kinda planned (but which I didn't yet mention to my boss) which is Serbia for Exit in July, intersects with a planned holiday of his. So that's a problem yet to be solved. Erg.

In TV news I randomly dipped back into Friday Night Lights this weekend since the rest of season one was sitting on my ipod. For reasons unknown (considering how long it's been there unwatched) I flew through the last five episodes and now can't wait to watch more. I'm so fickle with catching up with shows. Perhaps I needed some gritty realism after all the Buffy and Angel we've been watching? COncerning the (considerably) less gritty, I'm excited to go home and get this week's Gossip Girl. At the moment I just can't get enough of it. Also, can I just take a minute to (once again) praise Jacob's fabulous Gossip Girl recaps on TWOP? They make me love the show on a higher level. I don't read very many TWOP recaps anymore (I used to be so addicted) unless I want an answer to a specific question or I miss a part. But really, those GoGi ones are not to be missed.

This is apropos of nothing, but what's with all the Aretha hat icons and graphics? I'm missing something here, humour-wise, because instead of making me laugh they are just really really starting to piss me off. They make no sense! It was just a hat! Why are people so strange?

I will leave you with this article about why we should give Heroes another (ANOTHER) chance. It's worth it just for this quote:
"Worst come to worst, Heroes' failure could affect NBC's parent company GE, and that could cause your toaster to rise up in rebellion against you. Yes, failing to support Heroes could directly lead to the Cylon civil war. It's happened before, after all."
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: (Buffy: Willow "bored now")
It's Friday, thank you, thank you, thank you. I am SO ready for this week to end. Not exactly sure why, but it's been molassas. I'm sure Rach would like to think that's because she's away (in the States) but I hesitate to attribute it entirely to that! Either way, this afternoon cannot come soon enough. Well, I guess technically it is afternoon, but not late enough for me to be leaving work, which is what I would most like to be doing right now.

I went out again last night with [ profile] outforawalk and friends, which was fun. They very kindly schlepped out to East Finchley for me, so we did dinner (and then strolling) in Muswell Hill. Nice to show someone my (kinda) neighbourhood. Also, there were pictures taken of Rose and Ten )
which I much enjoyed. Possibly I myself need some small posable figures to play with?

I'm going home this weekend, although I am not remotely ready. )

ANYWAY. Besides the party, this weekend has been designated as kitten weekend. The rescue centre that I was planning on getting a kitten from is actually near my parents' house (long story) and they are having a "kitten fair" this weekend, so I'm going along to hopefully pick one out. I mean I really don't see why I won't end up with one. I've got stuff ready at home, and I have a cat carrier, and I've already checked with the train website to make sure you can take a cat on board. So it's all good. Speaking of the kitten, I put it as my FB status, and there is now a thread of 12 replies. It's getting to be like LJ over there or something with the comments. Weird. Also, if you haven't already voted, go do my KITTEN NAME POLL! It's fun! It's easy! Your vote might count!

In other cat news (themed entry? who knew) I have a weird story from my parents about our family cat. It just proves that villages breed strange people. )

Okay, it's 430. Surely I can survive another hour? Surely.
jenepel: (GoGi: S & B tiger)
This entry is like three days in the making. I kept emailing portions of it to myself!

After a bunch of false starts, I finally have actual couchsurfers at my house! Currently two Belgian girls are staying for a few days. They're absolutely adorable and so far a lot of fun. Last night they came home (after what sounded like a long day of sightseeing) and we cooked dinner. Well, they cooked dinner and I helped as much as they would let me. (One of the highlights was this language gaffe - "We bought some cheese, so now we just need to rape it." After much laughter, the actual word was revealed to be (of course) "grate".) We chatted over cooking and eating, and it finally (as all conversations nowadays seem to) led to the US presidential election. Always interesting to get a few more opinions. More interesting to me though, was that we then segued into Belgian politics, which I of course know nothing about. But man, it sounds totally insane! And they were having trouble agreeing on it themselves - in between the English explanations there were frantic conversations in Dutch. Not to mention that as good as their English is, words like referendum, constitution, parliament, etc take a while to get out. So yes, good stuff. Also, they brought Belgian chocolate. :)

Otherwise for couchsurfing I have two other groups booked – well one is just one girl actually – for next week or so. I also have a million more requests in my inbox to deal with, and could fit at least a few other people in, but haven’t decided. I can see how it gets out of hand! You get so many requests (London) and you hate to say no to people, but you also need to have a life. We’ll see what Rach says.

OH! RACH GETS HOME TODAY!!!!!!!!! Just a thought. (This icon is totally Rach and I, back together again!)

I hennaed my hair last week with the henna from Turkey and I’m not sure how it went. I still have brown roots, and I can’t decide if it’s just my roots are darker since it’s getting colder, or I didn’t do it right since I did it myself, or that henna isn’t as strong. I also tried to do my eyebrows, after reading that it was okay, but I don’t think it made much of a difference. It did, however, dye the skin UNDER my brows orange for a few days, so that was fun.

How about some TV news? 90210 is lost on me, but you should ALL watch Brothers & Sisters. )

I went home this weekend because S&L were visiting from the US and of course wanted to see K&J. So we all took the train up together, and much fun was had. It made me miss Trev though, because otherwise the whole group was there! Also, I spent some quality time with mom and dad, since on Saturday we went to this living history thing that a nearby village was doing. Then, on the way back we stopped and picked some blackberries, which are going (along with some apples probably) into a welcome home crumble for Rach tonight.

And now, just for fun - a picspam from the weekend )

I feel a bit weird at the moment, not sure why, but my stomach isn't happy. And I need to go home anyway, so that Rach isn't waiting for hours outside in the rain. So I might just take off. We'll see what Bruce thinks...

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. [ 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 [ profile] iamseb and [ 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.


Apr. 25th, 2008 10:24 am
jenepel: (GG: TWoP image)
So first of all look at my new icon! [ profile] adinarj that is the graphic I was talking about when we were discussing GG TWoP things. Anyway, I've been meaning to cut it down forever to make an icon, and I finally got around to it last night. I also uploaded about 15 other new ones and weeded out around 5. It was one of the many things I did to procrastinate packing for the weekend. I really hate to pack, even if it's for two days. I know, I'm ridiculous.

So I brought my suitcase with me to work this morning, which is always annoying. (I know it seems like I shouldn't have a whole case, but I'm bringing some things to leave at my parents. For one thing, a few decent clothes, since every time I go there I realise I have nothing I want to wear.) I hate commuting with luggage. On the bendy buses, on each side of the bend there is a space where two baby pushchairs can fit. And on the bus this morning, I had managed to get into one of those with my case. The other one was occupied by a guy who was kind of leaning against the wall, sprawled with his legs out. Then a lady got on with a pushchair. Did the guy move? Oh no. So I moved my suitcase to the other side so the lady could have my spot, and even then the guy didn't budge. He just let me stand on the edge, my bag poking into the aisle, and me trying not to have it fall over since there was nothing to rest it on. Jerk. I hate bad transport etiquette.

But whatever. On the yay! side I'm looking forward to a great weekend. The party should be fun and I'm excited to see everyone. Plus I want to get many hugs from my parents to make up for no hugging while I was all stressed this week! Logical? On that subject, the only update is that we will hopefully sign a lease Monday or Tuesday. Everyone seems to have reached a tentative truce, so hopefully that stays. K and I had a big conversation about how crazy and out of control everything has gotten and how all of us have had our moments where we went over the edge. So we're totally good now. And S is being a little more cheerful and normal, so that helps too.

In other random news, we've got a mini flame war going in the comments section of one of the virtual season episodes. Man, people are idiots.

Not much else, so to finish it off, here's the Meyers Briggs meme that my whole flist is doing...

Your Score: Freak- INFJ

(26% Extraversion, 60% Intuition, 40% Thinking, 53% Judging) )

It's funny that they say the type is so rare, because I'm the third person on my flist to get it. What does that say about LJ?! Also this description is perhaps better.


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