Look what came in the post today :D
Now I am more poor, but also more happy.
Take a look at some of my favourite pictures:
The one in which Tieria and Lockon are making eyes at each other.
Once again, Lelouch proves that he is FABULOUS.
Patrick's expressions are absolutely precious.
I woke up to a hell of a lot of snow this morning. And it kept snowing all day! You know, I haven't seen this much snow since I was six years old. It was all quite exciting.
We are funny in the UK though, one little bit of snow and suddenly everything grinds to a halt! There were no buses running and only two tube lines. Commuting into work this morning was fun. Luckily, I live quite centrally so it wasn't too difficult for me to get in. But they let us all go home at lunch time because hardly anyone was there. Hooray!
So, we went and built snowmen in the park.
Snowball fight. That's our half-built snowman in the middle. But sadly, big boys came and kicked our snowman down. Goddamm ASBO kids.
I clearly was not thinking straight this morning, so I happily put on the most inappropriate footwear ever, then I wondered why it was so hard to walk in all the ice orz orz orz
Hi! I'm still alive!
So, I've been AWOL for a while, but that's mostly because I've been away for a couple of weekends, which makes me quite tired and lazy during the week too. Also, I bought myself a Nintendo DS, so that scuppered any remaining free time that I might have had.
I love my new DS though, it's my baby. And to top it all off, yesterday I ordered myself one of these. How cool is that? Now I'm going to be able to create funky electropop just like Daft Punk. If only I could buy some musical talent from amazon too.
Re my weekend, I went to see Theresa to get some bridesmaid dresses for her wedding. We found one after a day of traipsing around a million shops and taking my clothes off more times than I could count. The dresses are quite nice, but mine is going to have to be altered a lot before it will fit me. It turns out that we discovered that a 10 year old girl has a larger bust than me. Says the lady in the shop: "how about a padded bra?" Says I: "I'm wearing one right now T_T"
In better dress news, here's a photo of the dress that Mariya got me for Christmas.
Now I can be fashionable at work! And it keeps me surprisingly warm too.
And in final news: this trailer is awesome. I wish it was for a real movie.
I was boasting about finishing reading The Count of Monte Cristo and I showed my colleagues the next book I'm reading, which is also quite a hefty size.
My colleague: *holding the new book* Your last book was big and this one's thick too! You like a thick one don't you?
Me: Yes, I do like a thick...
Me: I ran straight into that double entendre, didn't I?
Did you have a nice Christmas? I hope you did. I had a good time. And I got some nice presents, such as: The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins, a lovely dress from Mariya, and a Gorrilaz artbook :D
Hopefully I'll take a photo of the new dress soon, when I wear it, because it's too cold to play dress-up right now. I've also got to show you photos of my sexy new boots and skinny jeans that I got in the sales. Finally I am fashionable again!
And finally I can dress like Allelujah!
Before that, let me show you some photos of my Christmas:
This is the sole Christmas decoration in our flat. It was cheery before, but now it's kinda dying, after I tried to look after it with my green fingers of death.
Christmas at my parents' house.
Christmas dinner at my parents' house.
After the family Christmas, I went back to London do see Nick, Linda and Steve who came to visit. It was flipping cold the whole time (it still is in fact). We did lots of fun stuff like bowling, walking in a cold park, eating curry, and seeing MAJOR CELEBRITY Tommy Walsh from Ground Force in a pub.
We also had snacks in James' house and were able to behold Linda's stable thighs - they're so amazing at holding stuff. But not only that, Linda subsequently went to get her eyes lasered, and now she can shoot laser beams from her eyes like the X-men and can also swim in a graph!
Inside a pub, but not the one that contained MAJOR CELEBRITY Tommy Walsh from Ground Force.
We then had a look around the new Saatchi gallery, which is pretty nice. I'm not normally a fan of modern art, but the artwork there was all pretty interesting, and the wooden floors were good too. I mostly spent my time taking photos of stuff, while Nick and James spent their time comparing the genitalia on the various bodies hanging from the ceiling. Good times.
Other news of import:
I finished reading The Count of Monte Cristo! It was a rip-roaring read from the start to the finish. I highly recommend reading it if you fancy reading a tale of intrigue, adventure, vengeance and lesbians. I think I'm going to have to try my hand at The Three Musketeers now. Also, I still need to rewatch
the count in a skintight flightsuit Gankutsuou like burning.
And then there were New Year's resolutions
My new years resolutions are:
Learn to play the piano - too expensive
Buy some boots and skinny jeans - completed in 2008
3. Start drawing Clematis again - oh God YES
4. Get a Nintendo DS - I'm not sure on this one. I don't know if I'd use it enough to warrant the initial outlay of cash, but if I did buy it it would help to KICKSTART THE ECONOMY
But my main resolution is a SRS BSNS kind of resolution. Let me tell you it.
Through my mental trials and tribulations recently, I've been trying to get my head straight. I wanted to work out what it is that I want from life, and how I can live with no regrets. The aim being that, when I come to the end of my days, I can look back on my life and be satisfied with what I've accomplished. And I've come to the realisation that what I really want is to make a mark on the people around me. If people can think of me with affection, then that's all I need. So, my resolution is to try to make at least one person happy each day. It doesn't have to be much, a joke, a friendly conversation, or even a smile will do. If each night I can tell myself that at least one person's day has been brightened, if only a little, by me, then I'll be happy.
I like this resolution. It's achievable and it makes me feel better. Feel free to use it for yourself if you think it'll help you too. I think focussing on the little pleasures of life may well be the way to go.
OK. After all that srs bsns, it's time for some good old...
Do you remember how I mentioned that Lockon likes wearing Rick Astley's clothes? Well, I just took that idea one step further,
or, as some might say, one step too far. Click for big.
We're no strangers to love. You know the rules and so do I.
I'm sure you'll be glad to hear that I feel much more perky this week. I've got a lingering cough, but other than that my cold is over. Phew.
Immune system 1 vs Virus 0
Did you know, it's Christmas eve tomorrow? I've just been wrapping all my presents, and tomorrow I'm going to take them and myself off to see my parents. Ah, family Christmas...
Other events of some import:
1. I managed to drag my ill self to my work's Christmas lunch last Friday. It was pretty fun. There were balloons. We had to toast the Queen. And I swore at a stone lion. Good times. It's a shame I was busy trying not to cough on everyone's food though.
2. Nick and Lin and Steve are making their way to London next weekend. And James, but James lives in London so that doesn't count. We're going to have Christmas joy. I'm quite excited. I haven't seen these folks for months. Months I say!
3. I was sneakily installing my new Christmas present yesterday. (They were delivered straight to my flat from Amazon due to their size and consequent unwieldiness for train carrying.) I got some new speakers, which is ruddy nice, because my old ones were only working intermittently, and that's no way to listen to music let me tell you. I've been breaking the new ones in by mostly listening to Ulysses by Franz Ferdinand. Remind me to add their new album to my list of things I need. I've never quite stopped loving Franz Ferdinand ever since I first heard their debut album all those years ago. It was a beautiful thing. My taste in music has never been quite the same since.
See you when I get back from Christmas fun. Hopefully with some Christmas photos to show you. Have a good Christmas guys!
Things I have been doing recently:
1. Trying not to hack up a whole lung
2. Taking lots of paracetamol
3. Trying not to collapse at work
I hate you, winter.
Right, this post is weeks overdue, but better late than never.
Firstly though, I have to tell you some things that happened to me this week re literature:
1. I got given a book at work. This is awesome. Proper hardback too. I had to declare it to the higher-ups so that they can check that it's not a bribe. Hardcore.
2. Also at work, I was talking to Megan about books, at which point one of us said "hey, have you read Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell?", at which point both of us exclaimed, "OMG I love that book!" I am insufferably happy now I've come across another fan. She won't be back at work until next Wednesday, but I'll make sure to corner her for some more fangirling when she is.
3. I was reading some more of The Count of Monte Cristo on the train the other day, as I am often want to do. Now, the story is getting pretty climactic at the moment (1 revenge down, 3 more to go). The part I was reading was set at the opera. I didn't realise how much I was into the book until the mobile phone of the guy sitting next to me started to ring. "Pah!" I thought, "How rude! How dare he have his phone on while we're at the opera!" I then had to stop and realise that I was not, in fact, at the opera, but on a train, reading about people being at the opera. Whoa.
OK! Now onto:
Tales of Dublin
Dublin is a cool place because the traffic lights sound like space raiders. It's rather small as cities go, but it's a good place (if expensive). Hearing Irish accents all the time was rather jolly too. I had a nice old surprise when I realised that Irish people do actually talk about "the craic". All this time, I had just thought it was a stereotype!
Now, I have to admit that I was in Lockon mode while I was there. Well, who wouldn't be? You can understand my shock therefore, when I stepped off the bus and met Deborah. Deborah had a work-friend with her. She introduced him: "this is Neil."
I adghafghasdfghasfg-ed for a few seconds before Neil opened his mouth and I found out he was Scottish and not Irish. Oh well. You can't have it all.
Trinity College. You can see how beautiful the weather was while I was there. But, for some reason, it felt quite fitting.
Some stained glass, I don't know.
Next to a cash-point, I saw the cutest bin ever. He looked so happy!
The rest of the photos are stolen from Deborah. We went to see an exhibition about the history of Dublin:
WHAT THE HELL AM I WEARING. (It was so heavy.)
Scratch that, WHAT THE HELL IS DEBORAH WEARING.
Excuse me, sir. Did you leave this behind?
And then we came across one of those pictures where you get to stick your head through and look like you're a person:
Don't laugh. This is my actual height.
How cool are we.
Album cover version.
What's inside? Is it lingerie? Golly I hope it's lingerie.
Piss me, I haven't posted here in ages. I keep meaning to... I just haven't gotten around to it. And I'm not going to get around to it tonight, because it's now my bedtime.
But, just so you know, here's what I was intending to post about:
1. Photos of my trip to Dublin
2. Shameless Tieria fangirling
One or all of these may or may not be appearing here in the near future (aka next week). Oh the suspense!
Just when I thought I couldn't enjoy the second season of Gundam00 any more... Sunrise just knocked me for six.
Spoilers for episode 7 below
I finally got around to fixing my camera. It turns out that the best way to fix my camera was to CHANGE THE BATTERIES. Turns out, the old batteries had run out. No, wait, I'm not that stupid, hear me out; the old batteries were meant to be rechargeable but they'd stopped recharging. So, I just put in some common-as-muck non-rechargeable batteries and Bob's your uncle.
The good thing about having a working camera is that I am now able to show you a picture of my new coat, which is currently my favourite thing in my life right now.
I spend my morning commute on the tube playing "whose coat is better than my coat?" It's a tough game; there are a lot of good coats out there on those commuters. Sadly, when the tube is too crowded I have to switch to a different game, which seems to be "which random person am I going to end up spooning today?" NOT COOL.
I went to get myself some euros today ready for my trip to go see Deborah in Ireland next weekend. I'm pretty excited. I think my subconscious thinks it's going to see a Lockon when it's there. You're wrong subconscious.
Clearly Lockon lives in space now. But there might be a lot of nice accents to listen to anyway.
Hey, do you remember when I went to New York? I remember. I've just stolen some photos from Mariya. Hooray! Let me show them to you:
We had afternoon high-tea in the most British establishment I have ever been in.
Then there was some funny business.
Then there was even more funny business (aka the slippery slope that is known to many as cosplay). Loveless cosplay. Mariya made a pimping Soubi (just look at that coat), while I did some very ghetto Ritsuka cosplay (notice how Ritsuka likes to wear the same T-shirt that I was wearing earlier in the day). I'm quite proud of my ears and tail though; proud mostly because I got my Mum to help me make them, which means that she made them and I watched. ILU Mum.
My wig was pure QUALITY (100% synthetic fibres! For only a few pounds? Surely you kid!)
Obligatory ear-piercing scene.
Note to self: lern 2 get in character! Ur doin it wrong!
Mariya does her best impression of "I am not a paedo. Why do you ask? I'm only sneaking in through your bedroom window late at night." Oh Soubi, never stop being Mr Creepy.
Um, I don't even know anymore:
And then there was some serious business, which is also known as WEDDING DAY. We had some time to kill so we took some photos with the limo. Our hair and make-up was done by one of the scariest Chinese ladies I have ever met. My hair was rock solid :D