oriundus: (castiel)
2014-10-16 08:39 pm
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Well this is uncomfortable...

...my 16yo daughter may have discovered my LJ.

On the bright side, she already reads slashy porny fanfic, so there won't be many surprises in here.

On the not-so-bright side, it's probably a bit disturbing that I'm considering that a 'plus'.
oriundus: (smug abby)
2011-06-16 08:52 pm

Go Chef go!

We are off to a lovely hotel tomorrow for a Murder Mystery weekend, I have been emailing the organiser to check on the food as I'm on a strictly restricted exclusion diet for allergy/intolerance.  I sent her a looooong list of what I can't have, and the FABULOUS Chef has come back with a complete menu for me; I said I'd be taking soy milk and snacks with me but she said that Chef would take care of me!

I only hope it's as good as I hope!

Meanwhile... I'm looking at the 5-star menu and drooling.  Nom nom nom...
oriundus: (argh!Dean)
2011-06-12 12:46 pm
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Dawn chorus

On Weds night I was wide awake, sat up faffing on the computer and watching crap on t.v. until around 3.30am then went to bed and listened to the dawn chorus.  I woke up just before 7am, wide awake.

Thurs evening I couldn't keep my eyes open.  Fell asleep on Steve's shoulder at 9.30pm.

Friday night, wide awake again.  Went to bed at 4am, it was already light out.  Fell asleep, I dunno, sometime after 4; woke up at 6.30 completely wide awake, no chance of getting back to sleep.

Last night, we were at a party but I was knackered by 11pm, went home and woke up at 10 this morning.

WTF is up with my sleep patterns?
oriundus: (ROFL dean)
2011-06-10 08:15 pm
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You know you're a mum when...

...your daughter slaps a sticker on your forehead when you're waving her off to school, and an hour later you look in the mirror and wonder what the hell the square blue thing on your face is.
oriundus: (smug abby)
2011-05-04 11:59 pm
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Kindle!

I have a Kindle!  I worked flat out for a month to get enough money to replace our boiler which is 17 years old and clunky and will not see the summer out.  And then I thought, fuck it, I am going to spend some of it on ME.

So I have a Kindle.  And many, many downloads, including some classics I have been meaning to read for years - Kim and Dorian Gray and Ulysses and lots of others which are FREE!

Aaand I have had it for four hours and may have already sullied it with porny fanfic interesting tidbits.

I win.
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2011-05-02 10:38 am
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Feel like dancing

The sun is shining, it is a glorious May day, and I only have to work for one more week!  You know when you have that incredible lightness-of-being feeling?

That.  Just that.

I am taking my daughter out to a gorgeous National Trust house with a huge woodland walk, there may be some highly-frowned-upon paddling in the little stream, and I'm sure there will be an enormous unhealthy ice cream at some point. 

I have decided my self-imposed hiatus from all fannish and lj-based activities can be relaxed a bit, as it's been over a year since I pulled an all-nighter reading a fic that I just could not put down.  It has been a hell of a year, family-and-friends-wise, both good and bad but mainly bad.  But things are now back on track and apart from the usual too-many-bills-not-enough-money, everything is looking up.

And to celebrate being 'back', I have to rec Dies Irae by AlchemyAlice. This is the way the Apocalypse should have been. 
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2010-08-29 01:48 am

What a way to end a vacation.

Took my daughter to my parents holiday home, we all had a fabulous time with far too much food and fun.  My husband even got to spend the last few days with us - almost the first time I've seen him in five weeks as he's been off working around the country (and staying in 5 star hotels but lets not go there, not jealous at all, nuh-huh...)

Anyway, we all came home on Thursday and planned to have a good friend (almost a sister; her mum died several years ago and she's my mum's 'second daughter') over to stay for the weekend along with her daughter, finishing with a huge family meal hosted by yours truly tomorrow.

Friend turned up last night with Big News.  She is filing for divorce. 

I can't say it's totally unexpected; her husband is a workaholic, hardly ever at home, and has worked abroad for the past 18 months - by choice.  He had an affair 3 years ago with my friend's Best Friend.  Well, ex-BF now of course.  He has now informed her that when he comes home next month, he will be staying for 3 years then is leaving to go back to America and wants her to give up her job, wants their daughter to leave her school (then aged 17), wants to sell their house, and all to drop everything and go there to be with him.  She has told him where to stick his nice idea.

After much wine and many tears, her and her daughter are both tucked up in bed in our house and I'm just - sick to my stomach.  I saw it coming, but it still feels like I've been kicked.  And tomorrow is our big family dinner.  Woo hoo. That will be just so cheery.  We still have to break the news to my parents.

I haven't had nearly enough Scotch yet to begin processing this.  There is half a bottle calling my name right now.
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2010-03-01 12:36 pm
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Computer fail. No time, no internet, no working keyboard.

Huh.  With all the family stuff going on, I simply don't have the time to get online as much as I'd like.  And when I do, my computer is Not Working.  It's a beat-up old laptop, connects to the internet when it feels like it, freezes up in the middle of important things (like updating Facebook and reading porn important e-mails) and now the left-hand keys are sticking so Q A and Z need to be hit twice before they'll work.  Makes typing very, very interesting.

I'm going to give up for a bit.  I'm looking at a pretty shiny new laptop and I will buy it as soon as I can divert enough money from the household grocery budget afford it by saving diligently.  Until then, I'm only breaking out the laptop for banking and email.  It's too much hassle.
oriundus: (argh!Dean)
2010-02-26 11:53 am
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need........ air..........

Oy.  Had a nasty asthma attack yesterday, I could NOT stop wheezing.  Phoned the doc after my usual meds didn't work, I'm now on oral steroids plus a horrible inhaler that gives me tremors.  Plus side: they worked.  Minus: I have to stay on them for five days.  Yay.

We did finally get my dad his birthday dinner, made him a fab cake and the whole restaurant sang happy birthday to him.  It was worth the wait.
oriundus: (argh!Dean)
2010-02-15 02:28 pm
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Dear Life: Give us a break. Love, me. x

It's half term, and I was planning on lots of nice things, taking my daughter out for lovely trips and the buying of shiny!pretties and maybe the seeing of the seals again because they are Of The Cute.  AND it was my dad's birthday last week and we had planned a lovely meal at his favourite restaurant.

All plans are buggered.  Cancelled or postponed.  Because my uncle is in hospital and I don't have a car for half-term week )

I need to find something fun to do.
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2010-01-19 09:01 pm
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Labyrinth

... or rather, Labyrinthitis. 

Is

Not

Fun.

I woke up yesterday and the room was spinning.  The doc diagnosed inflammation of the inner ear, so basically my whole balance is out of whack and I feel permanently drunk, without the fun of actually drinking.

To add insult to injury, the doc gave me anti-nausea tablets (it's actually an anti-psychotic drug, so apparently I'll be relatively sane while taking it, always a bonus) and said NO ALCOHOL while taking the tablets.  So not only do I feel drunk, I can't even have a shot of scotch to make me feel better about feeling drunk...

And she banned me from driving for at least a week. 

In other news, my cat Bailey has either a mild infection or an allergy which makes him sneeze.  And sneeze.  And sneeze.  Apparently he's swallowed a squeaky toy at some point, because every sneeze is preceded by a squeak.  I am not laughing at him at all, nuh-huh. 
oriundus: (splat)
2010-01-04 04:11 pm
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itchy itchy itchy... thanks, Bob.

Oh my poor cats...   I've always bought Hartz flea spot-on; our local store hasn't had any for ages so I bought Bob Martins back in October.  My old boy Toffee (he's 15) started scratching about mid-November; he had some sore spots, I asked at the vets and they said if it wasn't fleas (I checked him: there was no sign of fleas at all) then it was probably a food allergy.  I changed his food, got all worried, kept checking him, gave him more Bob Martins just before Christmas - and lo and behold, found flea signs last week!  AND he has a bald spot where the Bob Martins was put on.  I had to wait til now to treat for the fleas as I had just dosed him with the spot-on, so today he's had a dose of flea meds, plus a flea collar, plus all his favourite spots have now been sprayed with flea treatment, AND my other cat Bailey has had a flea tablet which he was NOT IMPRESSED WITH (especially as I sat on his tail as I was holding him down).  

So I have one cat with itchy sore spots and a bald spot on his shoulders; and another cat who isn't speaking to me, and my house smells of flea spray which is not really nasty but... it's definitely a 'smell'.

Bob Martins.  Flea-friendly, apparently.
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2010-01-02 09:26 pm

Doctor! Doctor! er... who?

Happy New Year!  I would have posted yesterday but I was in a post-NewYearsEveParty coma.  You know, too much food, too much dancing, too little sleep.  Where were we for this wild time?  At my parent's house!  In their 70's but they know how to throw a party!  Go them!

I did emerge for a bit, at least for an hour or so - bye bye David, hello Matt!  I did get a bit teary-eyed, I have to admit.  Of course, I've been a fan since the Tom Baker days, so I've seen a fair few Doctors come and go, but I think Ten's been my favourite by a long way. 

My sister-in-law in America can't watch until tonight, so she rang me begging for the Entire Story With Nothing Left Out.  Tell me everything, she said.  So I did.  At least, I gave her the edited highlights:

I would say there are spoilers under here but - really there aren't... )


 

Apparently I am an evil, evil person.  She is going to phone me after tonight's episode to tell me this.  It will be approximately 1:00am for me.  I love my sister-in-law.

oriundus: (happyplace samndean)
2009-12-07 08:11 pm
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Jobless! And WARM.

I got my eye surgery - OMG I can SEE! It's fabulous! The best *mumble mumble* thousand pounds I've ever spent.

Been absolute chaos ever since - my parents moved house right round the corner from us; the entire house needed renovating so along with still renovating OUR house we've been helping with theirs.

And I started work a month ago; turned in my notice four weeks later. The job I could deal with; the 3-mile round trip on a bicycle because no cars are allowed on the park was just too much. Fine in the nice weather but after two days of sleet and freezing wind, I thought I'd never be warm again. To everyone else who works there: good for you. I admire you. And I will continue to admire you, from afar, while in my nice warm cozy house.
oriundus: (argh!Dean)
2009-09-28 09:14 am
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What does SPN 5:03 sound like?

I'm having my laser eye surgery today.  I'll be getting my SPN 5:03 download around - oh, lunchtime-ish.  Right when I'll be in the middle of my surgery.

I'll be home a couple of hours later, and can't watch my shiny new show. 

whimpers


I'll be listening to it, with my friend describing the action...

not quite the same, is it?

oriundus: (metallicar ani)
2009-09-23 11:47 am
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Homing pigeons FTW \o/

Ten days ago I bought a new car, called my insurance company - the RAC (kind of like AAA in the States) - and got cover.  We're military living overseas so we needed the insurance documents to register the car on base and to be able to do little minor things, like, you know, GET GAS.

Soooo - two days later and there are no documents in the mail - there's a nationwide postal strike and all mail is delayed.  I called the RAC, explained the situation, and asked if they could possible e-mail me a cover note.  They said - no, really, they did -

"Sorry, we don't have e-mail access."

WTF?  This is one of the biggest motoring organisations in the UK and they DON'T HAVE E-MAIL???

Hahahaha EPIC FAIL, RAC!!!! )

Wonder if she'll reply?

oriundus: (OMG Dean)
2009-09-16 01:58 pm
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ZZzzzzzap!

I just booked laser eye surgery for the 28th.

Laser.

Surgery.

On my eyes.

OMG.
oriundus: (argh!Dean)
2009-09-14 01:39 pm
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Am I too old to have a tantrum?

Sooo - after four months, the new house is still decorated in old-lady colours, except my daughters room which is a lovely lilac.  It's the only room which is finished.  I thought we would get our kitchen done this weekend BUT - we were laying the flooring and suddenly realised that the gorgeous big stone doorstep which is going just inside the door to the garden has to be laid BEFORE the laminate.  So after a good 6 hours solid work, we had to take it all up again.

We suck at planning.

On the plus side, I have 2 more coats of varnish to do and then I never have to varnish again.

....except I still have to paint.

*sigh*
oriundus: (argh!Dean)
2009-08-21 10:17 am
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OMG where did my life go?

So, we bought a house. Moved in at the start of May. Aaaaand - it's August, almost September, and the last four months have been one big ugly blur. Jeez, the amount of work it takes to fix up a house!!!

Yellow and green and pink oh my... )

Still, the house is starting to look good, and we finally have some time 'off' to do family-type things (so I can wear out lil'un and put her to bed early and read SPN porn till the early hours, got my priorities straight, uh-huh). 

Except we have to head out tonight for my mum's birthday celebration tomorrow followed by mine on Tuesday, so I will likely be in a drunken stupor for the next four days.  

Ah well, such is life    *g*

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2009-04-19 12:16 pm
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Dreamwidth!

Woo-hoo!  I got a DW account! 

I'm at oriundus.dreamwidth.org/ - yeah, original, I know.

Now off to play with the shiny!pretty...