blood_winged: (Russia - Purple)
I'm at my dad's until Sunday, and we went out today to see two films, because we felt like it. Both of them seem to have been quite poorly received by the critics, at least where I live, but I don't really trust critics anyway. So, here's what we went to see.

Spoilers abound! And pictures. )
blood_winged: (Norway)
For lack of an Iceland display picture, I'm going to use Norway. It's close enough.

We went to my dad's on Thursday, to see a pantomime. I'm pretty sure that America doesn't have pantomimes, and I have to tell you that you are really missing out. It was absolutely hilarious. But I'm not here to write about the panto.

A final chapter to the laptop saga comes in here. On Thursday night I got a text off mum saying that someone had called about a Samsung product. It turned out to be Laskys. Dad called them for me in Heathrow on Friday morning, and I spoke to someone who finally got in touch with the system support team and worked out exactly what had gone wrong. I should have my refund by this Friday. Thank god for that.

Large cut, with much rambling, and some photos. )
blood_winged: (France - Flag)
My dad came today with his presents for us, and my new laptop which actually works, thank heavens, and has a three year warranty which is awesome. It's been behaving the whole time dad had it, and it's behaving now. I called it Gilbert.

Now, on to daddygifts!

  • Family Guy season 7, 8 & 9
  • With the Light volumes 6 & 7
  • Leather bound A5 notebook
  • Everlasting Flower: A History of Korea
  • Korean Gayageum Music by Byungki Hwang (CD)
=w= And that's my Christmas done. We got my dad a blue Star Trek dressing gown between us, which he seemed very pleased with, and I got him an Isaac Asimov book while Amy went the silly route and got him a 'grow your own festive sprouts' kit. xD

We went to my auntie Jo's where we had our usual Boxing Day buffet, I listened to my grandad rattle on about the proposed guided bus route for the millionth time and my nanna and I had a conversation about babies, and the having of them, and she was wonderfully supportive of my lack of a wish to have any, which was really nice. I did hold my cousin Lara for a while, because she is admittedly very cute and such a good baby, but to be honest I was more interested in tormenting my sixteen year old cousin Alex who I've always got along very well with (and playing with the cat). He's looking more and more like my uncle Ian all the time and he's finally taller than I am. Took him long enough :B
blood_winged: (USxUK - Comfort)
Last night, I went out with the family for dinner. I'm not much of a staying-out-drinking kind of person so I came home after we'd eaten (at about 6pm) and wrote the first chapter of my [ profile] usxuk Secret Santa fic for [ profile] arakni666 (and the fact that it was well received was also a nice gift). I'll be doing the second chapter today and the final one tomorrow. My sleeping patterns have been a bit off for the past few days so by 9pm I was feeling a bit meh and sitting in my room drinking Baileys. When the rest of the family got home, mother and Amy were rather squiffy, not to the point of being annoying but definitely to the point of everything they said being absolutely hilarious (two classic quotes from the night from my mother - 'Old people are beige' and 'Old people don't go on Facebook').

From not feeling terribly festive last night once I got home, I woke up in a rather good mood and got up once I heard movement downstairs. I've noticed as I've got older that my 'haul' of gifts has got smaller, but I've also noticed that I don't really mind. My Christmas has been staggered over two days for as long as I can remember - on Christmas Day we (my sister and I) get our gifts from my mum, stepdad, each other, and various relatives/friends of the family, and on Boxing Day we get our gifts from our dad and that side of the family, though they mostly stopped giving presents several years ago. :1

Anyway, on to the gifts. I took pictures of some of them, but not all, because I don't really need to take a picture in order to explain a pair of socks. Speaking of socks, I got two pairs of fluffy purple ones. I rather like fluffy socks since I don't leave the house that often and they're better for keeping my feet warm. I also got a scarf, and two jumper-cardigan-thickandwarm-type-things that I will now wear the heck out of until mum decides she hates them and buys me new ones next year in an effort to make me get rid of them. I also got a onesie. Ehehe. I will be taking that to Iceland. I have some bracelets and some fudge, and some nice smelling spray stuff that will probably last me forever because I don't really use it that often.

On to the things I took photos of.

From my sister, I got these two things. A mug shaped like a moose (the top comes off) and some hot chocolate, and a Union Jack hot water bottle cover (plus hot water bottle), which is just awesome 8D

From my friend Kitten, I got a Union Jack teacup and saucer set~ It was terribly unfortunate that one of the saucers managed to break while it was on its way but I don't much mind since I'm only actually using one of them, the rest are being kept nice and safe in the box.

Mother managed to do quite well with DVDs and such this year.

From my dear friend Ammy, I got these two lovely things, which I'm almost wary of actually taking anywhere for fear of losing them.

Lastly, [ profile] iiluov got me a TY Beanie Baby, after I found it online. I had it when I was much younger, and I have no idea where or how I managed to lose it, but now I have another <3

I'll likely do another entry tomorrow when I have all my presents from my dad, as well as (finally) a new laptop that actually works, which dad has been taking care of for me.
blood_winged: (Romania #3)
The fact that my 'leave a comment' link is now cut in half is bugging me. Does anyone with any HTML knowledge want to check through my layout code and see if there's any way to fix it? :T I've looked myself but my HTML know-how is very limited and I have absolutely no clue what I'm looking at.

The faulty laptop that I've spent the past week trying to return has now gone. The courier came for it yesterday, and I would have posted about it then but for some reason that I don't understand I was up all night and too tired to put together my thoughts to type up an entry. I have a receipt, but hopefully that's the end of it and I can get my refund then give dad the money I owe HIM for getting me a laptop that actually works. I'd love to know what happened to that one that it managed to break like that. I have the feeling it might have been roughed up a bit in the van when it was being delivered.

On Monday, I went to Bolton with mum and Amy to see a play, and managed to fall over within two minutes of getting out of the car. The most awful part wasn't the hitting the ground, or the entire right side of my jeans being soaked with ice-cold water, or my sore hip, it was feeling my foot go out from under me and knowing I was going to fall. I hate that feeling. I suppose I was lucky, I could have smacked my head off the floor or broken a bone, but as it was I was just wet and cold and embarrassed. I'm thinking though that I might have fallen a bit harder than I first thought, since my shoulder has been aching since yesterday and the side of my hand keeps twinging. I can still bend my fingers so it's probably not serious, but still. Muh.

I hate falling over.

Mum, John and Amy went to see the new Sherlock film last night. I didn't, because I'm not really that interested, and they didn't seem very taken with it. Amy was getting bored before it finished. I've not really been that impressed with any modern adaptations of Sherlock Holmes though, so I'm not really surprised.

I got a nice surprise in the mail yesterday, too! A letter from [ profile] ishilde, which I have duly written a reply to and I will be sending that off as soon as I can find a stamp. Hopefully the Xmas post won't slow it up too much :T I love getting letters. I also have my Xmas present from [ profile] iiluov, which is a long-since retired TY Beanie Baby that I had as a kid and managed to lose somehow, probably in one of my mum's clear-outs. It might be silly for a 23 year old to miss a toy but I don't care :T

I'm staying in my room today. My stomach hasn't been quite right since last night and I still feel a bit icky. Bluh.
blood_winged: (Default)
I've finally begun making a start on my prompts so expect a flood of fics over the next few days. We have...
  • Eight US/UK
  • Four Sweden/Norway
  • Two France/Canada
  • Two Denmark/Norway
  • One France/Spain
  • One Spain/UK
  • One UK/Canada
  • One Prussia/UK
  • One Prussia/Austria
  • One Spain/US/UK
  • One Mexico/Canada
  • One Lestat/Louis
Spot the odd one out. Ahaha. I should mention I'm still open for more xD I like having things to occupy my time. I'm currently working on finishing Eternal Sonata, Dragon Age II, and Fallout: New Vegas, and have recently finished Fable III after playing it for three days straight.

It's been a bit odd around here recently, for more than one reason. For one my sleeping pattern has turned completely around over the past week, and I've gone from being practically nocturnal to actually having what most people would call a 'normal' sleeping pattern. It doesn't sit well with me, I haven't been sleeping very well. Another odd thing is how my mum's been behaving. I'm tempted to say it's hormones. Yesterday she yelled at me for telling her a pan was oily. I thought it was just me, but after I spoke to my sister I found she'd noticed it too. If it was something we'd done, we'd sure as hell know it.

I don't really want to end up as one of those people who never speaks to their mother after they leave home but to be honest I can see it happening. Of course that requires actually having the money to move out, first... which I don't.

She said today, that she was going to start leaving jobs for my sister and I to do. I should stress here that we don't mind this at all and have in fact been saying for some time that it would be fine if she did it. She said it like we were going to kick up a fuss. Sometimes I just don't know what's going on in her head.
blood_winged: (France - Rain)
Okay, so. It's not tomorrow. It's Wednesday. I got tired. On Saturday I was supposed to be going out with my dad today but I didn't, because he had teh sick, so he couldn't really make the three hour drive up here. I'm not going to complain about it, because it's not really something that he could help. When I woke up at 11.30 and there wasn't someone yelling in my ear to get up because dad was here and waiting for me I was very confused.

I finally took a photo of my new shoes. I've got some mixed reactions towards them and some that I didn't really expect (I thought that my mother would hate them but she surprised me). Generally it's all been good, though. I'm not usually one for wearing shoes with heels but I couldn't resist those ones, they were just too comfortable. I wasn't going to buy them, because psh, I'm not the kind of person who will spend £18 on a pair of shoes unless my other pair are beginning to fall apart, but Amy told me that I ought to and then I whined that she should get them for me, and she agreed to, on the condition that I wear them. I haven't managed to yet, but I will do 8|

I've been trying to take a more positive outlook on my life lately. I've always been the kind of person who is resistant to change, mostly because I find it uncomfortable. I dislike uncertainty, but I figure that the only thing that's ever going to be certain in my life is uncertainty, and as soon as I get over that everything will be fine. It's just kind of hard, 'cause god knows I don't know where I'm going with my life right now but I don't want to look back in five years and kick myself because I didn't try hard enough at a time that it would have mattered the most. I'm comfortable where I am, sure, but that doesn't mean I still want to be here when I'm nearing thirty. This, of course, means applying for jobs, which is an effort for me in itself. Job application forms have always intimidated me because I'm usually staring at them with no idea of what to put in half the sections, but god knows I can't keep getting money off my dad forever.


Anyway. I also bought a new phone. I've been on contract since I was eighteen, but I no longer use my phone enough to justify actually having a contract, so I moved onto PAYG, and for £10 a month I'm getting 300 UK texts, 500MB UK internet and the £10 credit. Works out fine for me, I doubt I'll even reach the limit on the texts. The internet, maybe, since I have a widget running in the background that's tracking my facebook and twitter feeds, but I'm keeping an eye on it. I got the Samsung Wave 525, and I'm putting a picture of it.. because I can. :D I'm using this picture as my background, because it's PrUK, and it's gorgeous, and it fits well on my screen around all my widgets.

I'll be going to the dentist on Friday, and it's been a long time coming, really. I haven't been in over two years and I really thought they would have struck me off by now, but if they try to tell me I need my wisdom teeth removing I'm going to have a few words to say =| My wisdom teeth are fine, even if one of them gives me a painful ulcer every few months. It's set at a funny angle but I just drown the bastard in Bonjela until it goes away.

My hair was cut today, a bit shorter than it's been before. I have this kind of Motoko Kusanagi thing going on, the episode where that guy is fantasising about her and her hair is straight.

I was linked to something interesting today by [ profile] chiisana00. Apparently someone has been posting fanfics on tumblr without crediting the authors (not claiming them as theirs, just posting them with no credit). One of them is mine - you can see the post here and at the moment I'm not sure whether or not to be outraged. On the one hand, it's my fic and I probably should be getting credit, but on the other, they're not claiming it as their so I'm not really sure I care enough to kick up a huge fuss. Maybe I'm just a little jaded as far as things like that are concerned.

Though speaking of fics now that my brain has recovered I'll start working on my alphabet prompts shortly. I probably won't do them all in order, and some will take longer because they're pairings I haven't done before.
blood_winged: (PrussiaxEngland - Drunk)
As of yesterday, I finally have all of my university work out of the way and will never have to do another assignment like that for the rest of my life. I came up short on the word count, and I'm just kind of hoping that the way I spaced it out means that nobody will notice because I swear I could not have written any more even if I had sat there all night staring at it. If the worst comes to the worst, I'll be told off for it, but to be honest I've put things in that have been too short before and no one has ever bothered with it. I don't even really care anymore, I just wanted to get it over with. It's a pity, really, that writing has always been a passion of mine and yet I have almost entirely lost interest in writing for myself, with my own characters, though I still love to write fanfics. Maybe now that I'm not feeling as if that kind of writing is something that I SHOULD be doing, I might get back my desire to do it. I might post it up here if I can get the nerve to do so.

Despite the lack of sleep that I had because of - as usual - my procrastination, I woke up in a pretty good mood and went to drop my work off, then I went into Manchester with my sister. We've been saying for a while that we were going to go to a place called Appyfeet, and we finally went. There's nothing quite so weird as the feeling of your feet being nibbled on by a few dozen tiny fish. Yes, tiny fish. It's a very strange sensation, almost like having pins and needles, and they nibble all the dead skin off your feet.

After that I allowed her to drag me around shopping. I don't shop. I hate to shop. However I did manage to get her to buy me some shoes. Win.

There was going to be more to this entry, but now I'm tired, so I might post with something more interesting tomorrow. Also will finally get to work on all those prompts. Ohyes. The meme is still open, letters that have already been filled can be filled again. Just saying.
blood_winged: (England&Scotland - Sleep)
I don't tend to miss people, unless there's no chance that I can get in touch with them. Sometimes I miss my dad. Right now, my mum and sister are away in Majorca and while I don't particularly miss my sister (sorry Amy =P) I have realised today that I do miss my mum. I didn't get to say a proper goodbye to her since I was stuck in the bathroom with a stomach ache and I'm currently wearing her dressing gown because it smells like her. As nice as it has been to have the option to just.. sleep when I want to.. because John doesn't bug me about when I'm asleep.. I still miss my mum.

I've started shipping Mexico/Canada. What is this.

Oh, and a meme. Stolen, naturally.

Alphabet Prompt Meme.

Basically just give me a prompt starting with any letter of the alphabet and I'll write you a drabble about it. You can pick a pairing if you like, but I will reserve my right to refuse it. Please no nyotalia.

Fandoms: Axis Powers: Hetalia, Pandora Hearts, Ghost in the Shell, Fushigi Yuugi, Homestuck, Assassin's Creed (1, 2 & Brotherhood), Fable (1 - 3), The Lord of the Rings, The Vampire Chronicles.

A - Art [Mexico/Canada] ([ profile] mamamia12347)
B - Bewitch [Spain/US/UK] ([ profile] anisaex)
C - College [US/UK] ([ profile] mamamia12347)
D - Dance [France/Canada] ([ profile] medev)
E - Extortion [Spain/UK] ([ profile] anisaex)
F - Fluff [Sweden/Norway] ([ profile] chiisana00)
G - Gardening [France/Spain] ([ profile] berwaldox)
H - "Hello" - Martin Solveig [France/Canada] ([ profile] mamamia12347)
I - 'I want to tell you something' [Sweden/Norway] ([ profile] chiisana00)
J -
K - Kiss [Sweden/Norway] ([ profile] chiisana00)
L - Lights [Denmark/Norway] ([ profile] mamamia12347)
M - Music [US/UK] ([ profile] mamamia12347)
N -
O -
P - Poison [Spain/UK] ([ profile] anisaex)
Q -
R - Ring [Denmark/Norway] ([ profile] anisaex)
S - Staring [Sweden/Norway] ([ profile] chiisana00)
T - Tears [US/UK] ([ profile] medev)
U - 'Us against the world' [US/UK] ([ profile] anisaex)
V - Voice [US/UK] ([ profile] medev)
W - Waterpark [Prussia/UK] ([ profile] berwaldox)
X -
Y -
Z - Zookeepers [US/UK] ([ profile] nasty_show)

Pick as many letters/words/prompts as you want. There are no limits (within reason, please). I know I have a bad history of not actually finishing these things but I am really going to try this time xD


Sep. 3rd, 2011 10:42 pm
blood_winged: (FrancexSpain - Young)
One day I'll figure out how to put interesting titles on these things.

I managed to burn my arm two days ago. Something that I'm (playfully) blaming my mother for, since she distracted me by yelling at me while I was trying to close the oven door with my foot and I touched the baking tray I'd just taken out to my forearm, giving me this;

Isn't that lovely. It only came up like that after about half an hour and it looks about the same now except not as swollen, but knowing how easily I scar, that's going to be one. Ah well, they do say things like this build character. Scars aren't that bad, sometimes. It doesn't sting any more at least, and I doubt it's going to scab up like mum thinks it is. It's just a blemish. o3o

In other news, I finished Alice: Madness Returns. I can definitely say it's an enjoyable game and definitely one for people who enjoy games with collectibles and occasionally frustrating, difficultly timed puzzles involving lateral thinking. It's quite short, but very interesting, and I'll probably play it again when enough time has passed that I don't remember every tiny thing that happened.

Since I finished it I've been watching Stargate SG-1. I'm now on the sixth season after covering about a season per day, and suddenly everything I didn't understand when I was at dad's because we started watching it in the middle of the seventh season is suddenly making sense. I'm probably missing a few things because of how I'm half using it for background noise but I'm getting the important parts.

My Xbox does a weird thing. When it's disconnected from Xbox LIVE (but I'm signed into my account) and I'm watching a DVD, it starts to lag. Not terribly, and it doesn't affect the sound, but it's a tiny fraction of a second jump in the picture every five seconds or so that is just enough for me to notice. I confirmed that it's caused by being disconnected from LIVE when I reconnected once it had started and it suddenly stopped. Very weird. I have no idea why it's doing that, but since I'm pretty much always connected to LIVE it shouldn't be any kind of problem.

Early on in my watching, though not so much later on, I noticed things that amused me. I don't know if it was because of the initial lower budget or what but I would notice that they re-used certain footage, like the lockdown footage - people running, etc. Not seeing so much of that now but one of my favourite characters has left the show for the rest of this season. It's alright though, the guy they have to replace him is awesome xD

Right now, I'm watching Stargate again after being woken up by my sister and her noisy friend Ben playing very loud music and being well on their way to being tipsy. Since they are students and poor they already need to be half-drunk before they leave. Personally I never really had much of a social life when I was my sister's age. Though, I didn't have many IRL friends, either. The only downside of most of your friends being online is you can't go over to see them whenever you like.

And on that note, I'm finally seriously looking for a job. My desire to have money to do whatever I want with has finally overrode my desire to go on living my merry life without any responsibilities of any kind. I might be in for a job at the newsagents just up the road, which would be awesome and I wouldn't be complaining about the amount of money I'd be getting either, but I don't know for sure yet - the owner of the shop has said he already has someone lined up to take the position but if that doesn't work out then I think it will shift to me. He's also concerned about actually being able to afford to take on another member of staff, which doesn't bode well for me since being the age that I am I require being paid more than someone who is younger than I am.

... I just killed a spider. It got inside my keyboard and I squished it under the keys then blew its horrid little body out with some canned air. I've been trying not to kill spiders as much since my bf doesn't like it but if one is in my room then it's gotta die.

I'm gonna stop here before I waffle on any more o3o
blood_winged: (EnglandxJapan - Crossed Swords)
We went into London yesterday, though I didn't sleep terribly well because of Amy's blasted coughing. We've managed to make a joke out of it though and that somehow makes it easier to deal with. I'm not feeling half as twitchy today as I was yesterday, but Amy isn't coughing as badly either so maybe that has something to do with it.

Anyway. We went into London to see Les Misérables, and the underground was hot as always. Bleugh. I don't think that I could live in London. Taking that kind of journey every day would just wear me down. There's something so depressing about the underground - everyone is in their own little personal bubble and no one talks to anyone. Me, I like to talk. I'll talk to anyone. It's probably not that much of a good thing but it hasn't got me into any trouble so far. Coming out of the underground I saw someone playing bagpipes, and then Amy and I watched a man put himself through a tennis raquet.

We had McDonald's for lunch because pfh, convenience, but there was nowhere to sit inside because LONDON so we ended up eating our lunch in a churchyard. Along with about forty people who'd had the same idea. Amy managed to drop pretty much her entire Chicken Supreme (I think) off her lap and onto the floor, and then insisted that she wasn't hungry and I was pretty sure we were gonna have a grumpy sulk on our hands after that but nope, colour me surprised. We went down to the theatre after and waited a little until it opened, then went in and sat down. I've only ever been in a couple of theatres in London but I've been consistently surprised by how small they are. Once sat down I was immediately struck by a feeling of dread as not one but THREE young children were seated around me. One in front and two behind. I may not have expressed my dislike for children on this journal before but I really dislike children, especially when said children are in a place where they will be required to be quiet and also somewhere where something will be happening that they likely won't understand.

For anyone who's seen Les Misérables, would you honestly take a five year old to see it? She had barely any hope of understanding the romantic plot let alone the historical context and why everyone kept violently dying. Not to mention the sexual innuendo and dirty jokes. I managed not to get too wound up about it though 'cause to the kid's credit she was very well behaved, she didn't talk during the quiet parts but would every now and then pipe up asking 'who's that?' or 'what's s/he doing?' usually after a time skip or abrupt scene change. Had it been a pantomime I would have been more annoyed at the talking - not that she did much of it, it was more that the pitch of her voice was high enough that when she talked you could hear her, and five year olds have no concept of whispering.

As for the show itself, I loved it. I have to say Javert was my favourite character, and I nearly cried several times during the performance. I'm not big on crying so to get me to the point of welling up says something about how well it was performed. The last time a musical nearly got me going was when I went to see Blood Brothers, which I will highly recommend if you haven't seen it.

Today, we went out to meet one of dad's friends from work for lunch. I've met her before but Amy hasn't, and I dare not say exactly why it was so important that Amy meet her for fear of inciting my father's wrath becausehelikesher (teehee). It didn't exactly go according to plan since the place we were supposed to go was packed and then the backup place had no parking so we ended up going back near to where we picked her up and just having a sandwich, which I can't say I really minded even though dad kept apologising. It's not as if I'm a fussy kind of person. After that we went into town because Amy wanted to shop, though I ended up buying more than her. I found the 15th trade edition of Fables, a comic that I read in Waterstones, and also, in HMV, dad found the first season of Hetalia for £10 and got it for me. I hadn't expected to find Hetalia DVDs anywhere but online so that was a very pleasant surprise.

I also bought a new game. After spending 162 hours completing Elder Scrolls: Oblivion I needed a new game to play, and I'm not really in the mood to get back into Assassin's Creed or Fallout 3/Fallout: New Vegas just yet, so when we were in Game I noticed an interesting looking cover in the pre-owned section, which was this.

Madness Returns takes place directly after the events of its predecessor. Alice was released from Rutledge Asylum for the Wayward and Lost Souls at the end of the original game, and now lives in Victorian London under the care of a psychiatrist, where the traumatic memories of her parents' deaths in a fire continue to haunt her. Although she seemed stable for a decade, she now begins to experience previously repressed memories that indicate that the fire which claimed her parents' lives (which in the original game was seen to have been caused by a cat knocking over an oil lamp near the fireplace) may not have been as accidental as she remembered; these memories will take the form of retcons to the existing backstory. However, the stress caused by regaining these lost memories has caused her hallucinations and internal struggle to increase in severity, and she returns to Wonderland in hopes of security and comfort. Unfortunately, it has once again become warped by her growing insanity, and she must save its residents—and herself—from the evil that is taking over Wonderland and also embarks on finding the true cause of her family's mysterious deaths if she wishes to retain her precious sanity.

I have admittedly not played the first one, and the only thing I know about it is that it's a PC game and it's available for 800 MS points on Xbox LIVE. I'll probably just read the plot and see what I can make of it 'cause I don't really want to spend 800 MS points on a game that I don't need. I'm sure that if it's good I'll be keeping everyone updated on what I think as I'm playing it. When I bought it the girl behind the till told me that she hadn't played it but she'd heard good things. I then told her I'd just spent forever playing Oblivion and she told me that Skyrim was coming out soon. Apparently it costs nothing to reserve a copy, so maybe I'll do that when I get home.

Speaking of home, we'll be going back there on Saturday, so we have tonight and tomorrow night left here. Tomorrow, we're going to go to a pie shop for dinner. It's next to a barber's. The name of the shop is 'Sweeney & Todd'.


This entry has no tags because I'm now in the process of re-working all the tags in my journal. Apologies for any trouble this gives people until I'm done, but going through over two years of entries is going to take me a while.

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Aug. 24th, 2011 03:10 am
blood_winged: (France - Flag)
I've been at my dad's place since Saturday, and all we've done so far is watch Stargate SG-1. Not that I'm going to complain about it, since I actually quite like Stargate, and it's given me an opportunity to wind down and reconnect with my muses. I'm finally working on fics again, and I'm very much hoping to get through the backlog of unfinished ones that I have sitting around in my documents folder. Not that it's bad to have a buffer of sorts. I don't really want to have nothing to fall back on once I completely run out of ideas... which is of course something that I hope never happens |:

My sister's ill. She's had a cough since this time last week and she's still not managed to shake it. Considering I've been here for the past four days and have therefore been in pretty much constant contact with her, I'm slowly being driven insane. I know it's not her fault and she can't help it, but I'm now so sensitive to the 'UH-HUHU-' sound of her trying to hack up her lungs that it's making me twitch every time I hear it. Normally, we'd be going home by tomorrow or the day after, but we're here for a whole week this time which is unusual. I didn't realise how tense having nowhere to escape to would make me. I've taken to staying up for hours after she and dad go to bed just to get some peace and quiet so I don't snap.

Funny, how much I've become used to being alone. Not that I mind it, I suppose I wouldn't normally be in such constant company (even in a workplace) so it's only normal that I get a bit unnerved by it. I'll just have to deal with it until Saturday then I can hermit in my room all weekend and set my brain back to normal.

Turns out I haven't been struck off at the dentist, and I have an appointment now to go on September 29th. Just as well I suppose since I haven't been in almost two years (usual protocol is to go every six months). The reason I stopped going was because I didn't see the use in paying £18 twice a year to spend longer talking to the nurse and dentist than I spent sat in the chair having my teeth checked. But I guess keeping up regular appointments is better than being taken off their books because I never go.

Ho hum.


Jul. 25th, 2011 03:20 pm
blood_winged: (Denmark - Oh God)
I would say that seeing the Red Arrows was totally worth this sunburn, but it isn't.

It's been three days and my forehead feels like it's on fire constantly. The rest the burnt spots are fine, if a tiny bit itchy, but my forehead.. it's like someone took a red-hot poker to it and it doesn't even look that bad. I have some aloe, but it's really only temporary relief (temporary, read: two seconds) and really it's just making me want to sleep all the time so I don't have to deal with it. I slept for ten hours last night and fourteen the night before, and for someone who normally sleeps eight hours a night that's a hell of a lot.

I don't care what my mum says, sunburn (no matter how 'healthy' looking it is - I don't think she realises what actually causes sunburn and tanning) is never a good look on anyone and unlike a lot of people my age I hate having a tan. Something about my skin being darker than my hair is incredibly unappealing to me. [ profile] berwaldox put me on to her game, though. She's trying to make me go outside more often by saying I don't look that bad. I'm on to her now. 8|

What's annoying me more about it is that it's caused me to miss two [ profile] usxuk  prompts that I was really looking forward to doing. I'll probably end up writing them anyway and posting them outside of the event, because I had ideas for both that I want to use. Yet more things to add to the list of fics that I have yet to finish.

The fish are still alive. Barney is back to his usual self though his tail is still a bit red-streaked. He's curious as ever and coming to the front of the tank when people are in the room. It was sad to see him get so shy and quiet when he was sick - he kept hiding and wouldn't come out at all. Robin is still very much tail-less, but I didn't expect that to change any time soon. Still not moving around that much, but that's not really surprising, it must be quite exhausting.

It's my mum's birthday today and she wants to go out for dinner. Me, I'm feeling utterly miserable and in constant pain/discomfort across my forehead. Mum says take a painkiller, which don't work on me. Amy says put make-up on, which is just a ridiculous suggestion. Who puts make-up on a burn? Silly girl.

blood_winged: (England - Sexy)
Today I woke up at 5am, after going to sleep at 9pm last night before my crankiness caused me to reach through the internet and kill somebody. I really was this close to just snapping at my best friend so I thought I'd better call it a night. Aside from being woken up at 1.30 in the morning by my drunk sister going 'HEY FEE WHAT WAS THAT FUNNY VIDEO YOU SHOWED ME' I slept pretty well. As for Amy, she came home at 9am today hung to the over and has been vegging on the sofa all day.

Something else which has been happening all day is the rain. I'm aware that it's a stereotype that we get a great deal of rain in this country but in fact only approximately 52% of our days are overcast. I don't see it rain all day very often and the last time it did the drains backed up and we had two inches of water flooding the patio.

I have been up for eleven hours and in that time I have finished a fic, had two cups of tea, breakfast and lunch, have replied to a roleplay and cleaned out the fish tank. Interspersed with making [ profile] nasty_show  think I'm a stalker because I live half an hour from her town and I'm rather pleased about the fact.

I have another pic from the dwarves of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Balin and Dwalin this time!

I can't wait to see Thorin. And Bilbo of course. And Thranduil. And Beorn. And just.. everyone in general asdfghjkl;

As for the video my sister was wanting to know the name of... that was this.


Oh look, a new tag!
blood_winged: (Russia - Cold)
Because that's how I'm getting right at this moment. I just had to leave my Fallout 3 game and escape downstairs because even with the window open my room is still managing to reach a stifling 30.5 degrees Celsius. I suppose it's just as well I've started waking up earlier because if I hadn't I'd be waking up to that. I wish we had AC. A fan just doesn't do the trick in this kind of weather.

My sister had a bunch of friends over last night, and they got rather drunk. As for myself I went to sleep around midnight with a stomach ache and didn't really hear any of what went on. It's just as well I suppose since I'm told that my sister managed to get herself quite upset while she was drunk (over the ex-bf, again) and no doubt if I'd been awake someone would have come to get me.

The fish are still being quiet but they ate this morning, they're just sitting at the bottom of the tank right now and moving occasionally. Barney isn't chasing Robin around anymore but they seem to be sticking pretty close together so hopefully they've made up. I don't think either of them are schooling fish and I would probably be a little more concerned about their lack of activity if their dorsal fins weren't sticking up. They don't seem to be having any trouble with breathing either. I know I seem like I'm fretting but I've grown very attached to the little guys.

It's pretty quiet here right now. Ben is.. somewhere, Amy is zonked out on the sofa, and I'm sat in the dining room with the patio door open and trying not to fall asleep. If there's one thing that heat does it makes you tired.

Bluh. I can't wait for winter.

EDIT: Also, this is my new fish.

blood_winged: (England hat)
Have gone from not sleeping properly to sleeping eight hours so solidly that I feel groggy when I wake up. I keep having really vivid dreams as well.. which hasn't happened in a long time.

Sister's mood is better and she's been trying to do her work but those days of not eating and not sleeping properly now mean that she's coming down with a cold or some such thing.

Has anyone else been getting weird DNS errors on Livejournal? I tried to load it a minute ago and got a "The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because it uses an invalid or unsupported form of compression" message. I think that's a DNS error, anyway. I am in no way an expert on these things.

It will be a fic writing day today. 8)
blood_winged: (Default)
So it's been a little while since I posted a personal update, and I'm going to do one now. I'm starting this at 10:30 in the morning and I have no idea how long it's going to take me, because these entries always seem to take me forever.

I just checked, and it's been exactly two weeks since my last personal entry, so I can take it from there. I was stuck with the crippling pain for the rest of that day and the day after, (oh look, it's half past twelve. I got distracted) and as usual it affected my eating and sleeping habits, though far worse than it normally does. I've decided that if it's as bad next time I'm going to take it to the doctors because I can't keep being totally out of action for two or three days out of every month. I'll probably end up being put on some contraceptive pill or something, but I don't even care anymore.

As usual, I half killed myself getting all my assignments done on time. I don't know why I just don't keep to the resolution that I make every year (it's now 3:30, I got distracted again) and actually do my work in good time. I suppose I just manage better under pressure. Not that I'm terribly sure about the quality of this semester's assignments, but whatever, I got them in and that's all that matters. =_=

I've still been playing on Gaia, though not quite as much, probably because I've been doing all that work so maybe I'll get back into it now. I met a couple of nice people on there, and one very cool gal who shares so many of the same interests as me as well as being the same age and having just completed the same MA as I'm now doing. Small world, huh? 

Very little exciting has happened, though I'm beginning to get rather concerned about the state of my sister's mental health. I think she's hiding a lot more from us about how she's feeling, but at least she's getting a bit of help for it now. I'm worried, but at the same time I want to shake her and snap her out of it. Six weeks is far too long to still be crying over a boy. I don't know, maybe I seem a little cold, but she's making herself unwell and I looked at her today and realised how much weight she's lost.

Speaking of that, I've lost some weight myself. I'm currently standing at 5'7" and weighing in at 120lbs. Starting to become a slight problem now I think (it's now 4.30, I got distracted watching funny vids with sister). It's a lot harder to put weight on than it is to lose it, especially with my sleeping and eating habits... which I don't intend to change. I'm quite happy with how I am at the moment. Though speaking of my sleeping habits I haven't had a proper night of sleep in about a week. Part of that is my fault, though for the past two days I'm not sure what's wrong with me, I just can't seem to be able to sleep more than four hours at a time. It's not impacting upon me terribly since I don't have anything to do but it's still a pain.

In more interesting news, on Thursday night I went to see Rush. Who were absolutely fantastic. It was really good to see that they obviously still have so much fun with what they do, because really, at their age (57/58) they don't need to still be doing tours and they especially don't need to still be doing Europe tours, but they do. I never thought I'd get to see them but my dad, who is awesome, got us tickets about two weeks after we were discussing how we'd probably never get to see them.

It was a little bit strange, though. Rush have been going since 1968 and as a result most of the people there were 50+ year old men, so I felt a teeny bit out of place. I wasn't complaining, though, because it meant that there was no crazy shoving and pushing and people actually SAT DOWN, which was great because there's no way you'd get me standing up for three hours. My hands were so sore by the end from clapping and I had a really loud ringing in my ears when I finally got home and went to bed.

Dad wanted to know why so many of my friends knew who Rush were when none of his do. I just think I have awesome friends =3=

Yesterday, since dad was up here anyway, we went out with him (something we normally do on a Saturday) and we went to see the new Pirates film, which was.. alright, I guess. It wasn't amazing, but if you liked the others I'd say give it a watch, even if the mermaid subplot is really shoehorned in there (if you've seen it you'll know what I mean). After that I had a bit of stress when I realised I'd left my bag hanging over the arm of the seat in the cinema. Lucky I realised at all, I don't remember now exactly what prompted me to remember it, but I did, and thankfully it hadn't been busy at all so it was still hanging exactly where I'd left it with nothing missing. Phew.

I have some stuff that I want to get on with now that I have all that work out of the way. I need to update my newest fic and get my two fanworkathon fics done for the [ profile] usxuk  comm, I have three RPs to reply to (PrUK, UKJap, AmeLiet) and ooooh what else do I need to do... I need to read through 14 sci-fi short stories and pick my favourites before the end of the month for my internship, and I also want to get back into gaming. I want to finish Okami again and try to make some more progress on Kingdom Hearts, and I have a load of games to replay after my Xbox decided it didn't want to transfer my old saves. Ho hum.

Well look at that. It's now half past five and it only took me seven hours to finally get this entry finished. That must be a new record.
blood_winged: (Norway)
I've probably stated most of this in other, previous journals but I'll go ahead and bring it all together here, it's been a while since I wrote anything more than a few sentences long and I do like to think that some of you don't only watch me for my fanfics. Pfh, I know some of you don't, but I'm in one of those dramatic moods today.

A few new things have happened recently, the least important but most expensive being the acquisition of a new Xbox 360 which I've been getting good use out of. An email came today informing me of my Xbox LIVE being renewed soon so I can look forward to £40 being removed from my bank account, whey. I'm not even sure why I have LIVE anymore but I wouldn't like to not have it, if that makes any sense at all. Since I was unable, for some reason, to transfer my saves over to my new Xbox I've had to start all my games again, which I don't really mind as such, it's just a slight inconvenience for the few games that I was very near to the end of after quite a number of hours playing (namely Final Fantasy XIII and Eternal Sonata).

I also dug the old PS2 out of the loft which still works despite being ten years old and being unused for five years, however I only have two games to play on it at the moment - Okami and Kingdom Hearts. Any recommendations for others?

The most important thing that's happened lately has got to be my starting my internship with Bridge House Publishing. I haven't yet been given the initial email to allow me to set up everything, but I'm excited to start everything and will give some updates as I'm able, as soon as I'm able. Fifteen months.. it's going to be interesting, that's for sure.

This week I've not been very well. It's shocking how long a stomach bug can affect me for, but I was ill once on Monday morning and it's been kicking me in the arse ever since. Just when I'm getting better from that (after managing to lose 4lbs in three days, hurr) the whole being female thing kicks in and I have an annoying infection on my upper right eyelid probably thanks to being run down. Loads of fun.

In other news, my sister's arse of a boyfriend (who has been becoming more of an arse in recent months, he wasn't always that way) has finally broken up with her, over the phone. While he was in Wales. I'm not impressed. She was absolutely devastated and if I ever see him again it'll be too soon. I'm not the kind of person to wish ill on anyone but I hope they don't stay friends because she deserves better. She seems to be okay now, more or less, from the crying last night but there'll probably be a few more tears at some point when it really hits home. To be honest I saw it coming for a while, I think it was just that neither of them really knew how to break up with the other. Amy didn't want to and I don't know, it seemed that her boyfriend was just being a coward about it and trying to make her break up with him by acting like a jerk and being distant. I can't stand it when guys do that. Or when anyone does.

On Tuesday I got a text off my dad telling me he'd been in A&E since 1pm that day and it turns out he'd been rushed there from work in an ambulance after the pain from his kidney stones got so bad he was ill at work. Got his CAT scan moved forward by a month and he had it that day, and it appears that he has six (I think) kidney stones, five of them not being too large and then one that's 18mm. Probably that one that was causing all the pain. So he's been off work since then, though if I know my dad he's still been working from home. Workaholic that he is.

Aside from that, everyone in the house is on a diet except me and my step-dad has finally realised he's overweight after we've been telling him for years that he needs to lose about 20lbs. Had to come some time, I'm just glad we don't need to nag him about it anymore.

On the writing front, I've done the research for one of my fills for the USxUK ficathon, and I know what my backstory is for the other. As for Jack, a little more research needs doing into that, but thanks to [ profile] amael_elen and her prodding I seem to have got my writing spirit back.

In other random news, I've started up a new character on a PC game called Diablo 2, which is a game I use to play all the damn time in college with my friends. I don't know how much use I'll get out of her but I've gone with the trusty fire sorceress as usual, and have somehow (again, as usual) managed to turn her into a tank. I don't know how I always manage to turn mages into tanks but I do.

I think that's it. Well done if you got this far xD
blood_winged: (Pocky England)
Well, yesterday and today, actually, but I just wanted to have some kind of intelligent title.

Yesterday, you might have noticed, I wasn't feeling that great. A large amount of FML was dumped on my head from the moment I woke up and realised that yet again I'd missed uni due to oversleeping. I might have got up and got out of the house for the visit to the Holocaust Museum that I had planned if it hadn't been for my mother coming into my room and giving me a lecture.

All that and more, below the cut. )

Now then!

Apr. 14th, 2010 05:23 pm
blood_winged: (S.Italy)
Now it's been established that I need to stalk the main comm a lot more often, I actually have an update today.

My sad absence from posting fics has been due to many things, not all of them good, but on Sunday I went to Southport. For those British people who have never been to Southport, imagine Blackpool only less gaudy, with fewer piers, and you've about got it. If you're British and can't imagine Blackpool on account of never having been or suffering some kind of post-traumatic stress from being left in the underground public toilets by your mother's friend who was supposed to be looking after you and coming up on the wrong side of the road and being shouted at because of it... more power to you, you don't want to imagine Blackpool.

The phone is ringing. I'm not answering it. Phones weird me out.

Anyway- bleurgh, cold tea... - the weather was good (shock) and we wandered around, and walked up the mile pier. Not all the way to the end, because a mile is a long way to walk for bugger all and then you still have to walk back.

We saw a pigeon. I'm sure you're wondering why I'm bringing this up and I'm doing so on account of the fact that I found this pigeon rather amusing. It was just sat there, on a bit of grass next to the pier, surrounded by bits of bread, barely feet from the path and not moving when people walked past it. We - that is, the people I was with, that being my friend Kelly, her boyfriend Matt, and Matt's friend Pete - decided that this pigeon was a low ranking member of the seagull mafia and was guarding the stash until they came back.

On the beach, Kelly and I rescued five ladybirds. I don't know what the hell they were doing half a mile out on the sand but they seemed to have crash landed, and were unable to take off again because of the wind. It was rather windy.

We later saw the same pigeon, on the other side of the path, sat between the tracks of a train line. Apparently he had failed in his duties and rather than let the seagulls take care of him was saving them the job and doing it himself.

Then, we went for some Chinese. There was a cute waiter there. I had duck. I love duck. Yum yum.

I spent the next couple of days making myself horribly depressed looking for jobs, before coming to the conclusion that there are no jobs. I have just been informed by my friend Tom that he has just been offered a job, so perhaps I'm not looking hard enough, or all the jobs are on another plane of existence that I simply don't have access to. I'm probably not looking hard enough, but the other explanation makes me feel better.

A good thing is that I talked to the friend I was bawwing about yesterday, and she really hasn't changed all that much. Not that I can tell, anyway. Yet. We shall see. What I find funny is that for the past couple of months she's been practically stalking me too scared to talk to me because of what I'd think of her. Silly woman. I do love her though.

Bit of TMI, now. Maybe. If you're squicky about that kind of thing.

I got the curse dropped on me this morning. I've been in pain all day. The main problem with this, is that I'm in so much pain that it upsets my stomach, so I really don't want to eat anything.

It really fucking sucks.

What else can I tell you...

I'm going to Brugge in December. Mum wanted to go in July for her birthday but we figured it might be too hot and so we got on a thing for the Christmas Markets. I'll take lots of photos.

I'm also going to Venice in September. This was not quite so elaborately planned, more of a suggestion sprung onto my father [ profile] pushkingram by myself and my sister [ profile] sparklyscorpio . We didn't actually expect him to agree to take us, but he did, because he's freaking awesome. So I'm going to Venice. I'll take lots of photos.

I might also be going to Ireland if I can ever get a hold of my friend Alison to make the arrangements for summer.

Also, I might impose myself upon [ profile] lemiru in Switzerland if I have the money. We can have tea.

I'm going to be writing a lot today.


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