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Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 04:12 pm
Having spent a very enjoyable day yesterday with my friend David​, where we went to the Celts exhibition at the British Museum, I'm spending today on preparing a Call of Cthulhu game for my friends for the 7th November.

I'm using Realm Works​ software to prepare a series of shocks and horrors for them. They'll love it. Of course they will. Murder and Death Incorporated are always good for a laugh. Ghouls are good; of course they are.

In other (rather unlikely) news, I actually spent some money on make-up. I discovered just before attending the British Fantasy Convention that 24 hour lipstick actually lasts five days if you test it on your hand. That makes it worthwhile buying in my view.

I never liked old fashioned lipstick which tasted peculiar and lasted about a nano second on your lips. Modern 24 hour lipstick (this stuff is from Maybelline) actually lasts the time it says it does on the pack, if not slightly longer, and doesn't taste of anything. Score!
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Monday, September 7th, 2015 05:54 pm
I am back from visiting a friend in Sunderland - have I missed anything important or interesting?

Smokey was very pleased to see me and purred and purred, even letting me pick her up and cuddle her, so I was very honoured as she doesn't usually allow that.
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Friday, August 28th, 2015 12:16 pm
My cleaner and I did a really good search of my cupboards and finally found the pink Kipling bag. Much joy, I am saved £50 for a new one.
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Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 01:58 pm
Am home from Wales, having had a generally splendid time. I ran Call of Cthulhu and Advanced Dungeons and Dragons to some success. On the other hand, the players did not completely resolve either situation, and we will start next year’s games exactly where we left off this years, which will be interesting as I don’t think I’ve ever had to do that before.

Smokey was very pleased to see me back and has not been more than a foot from me since I arrived home. So I think we can say that she missed me.

No huge news, the post that was waiting for me when I got through the door was all boring stuff.
And it’s not long before I’m off again – I visit my old friend Melanie at her home in Sunderland in September. So the Smokey-cat won’t like that much.
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Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 08:38 pm
Have I lent anyone my pink backpack? It's very bright and is one of my favourite Kipling bags.

I've asked my cleaner and she says she's not touched it.
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Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 11:28 pm
I bought some map designing software because I've always wanted it since I saw it advertised a few years ago when I was poor. I couldn't buy it then, and it disappeared of the site of the company that was selling it.

The other day, I found it again and couldn't resist it. Since then, I've been playing with it - the learning curve is practically vertical with it, I've never used computer aided design before, and it's complicated.

Today I produced a map of a village. It's a rough old village, but here it is:

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Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 05:36 pm
I'm just doomed, I think.

I went to the dentist today to have a clean and two fillings done, in that order. So it happened (much with the ouch, I'd rather have the fillings than the clean, on the whole) and I was safely on my way home, when a bit fell off one of the fillings.

I've called the dentist and will have to go back on Friday to get him to fix it.

The Classic FM is to calm me down. My dentist is a very nice man, but I don't want to get to know him any better than I do now.
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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 12:49 pm
I used my iPad as phone, today. My first use of Skype. What a weird thing that is.

Anybody wishing to Skype me will need to know my real name (and there are many people with my name, including three also living in London) and also let me know so that I can have the iPad or the laptop on. My desktop, which is my workhorse computer has no microphone or camera, and is staying that way. I have enough trouble with the bloke who contacts me through FB chat if he happens to catch me - I keep it mostly switched off to discourage him.

On the plus side, though, I have managed to finally find an app which allows one to use an iPad as an extended screen. The odd thing about it is that it's wired, not wireless. Good thing is that there's no lag, but it is strange. I've invested in a six foot fire cable for the iPad for my trip to Wales.

Knowing my luck, they (that is Lone Wolf Development) will announce their browser version at Gen Con, and I'll have bought it all for nothing. We will see.
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Friday, July 10th, 2015 03:52 pm
How long must I have been overpaying for home contents insurance?

I finally decided to check today, and I've saved £300 on my home contents insurance by doing an online check on cost.

Plus, I've paid it in one lump, which saves me even more. Cuts out one direct debit.

Go me!
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Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 01:59 pm
Project: Dentist III went off well and I arrived on time and saw him. He ran late, but that's the nature of medical people.

Project: Dentist IV takes place on August 4th, where we have the hygienist and also two fillings, one rather large.

This dentist thing is not a cheap hobby. He said that NHS fillings last between four and six years. I didn't tell him that some of my NHS fillings have lasted 20+ years and are still going strong.
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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 12:32 pm
I’ve been a bit quiet recently; this isn’t because I’ve been busy, just that I’ve been idle. I’ve been commenting, but not posting.

Not working is still good; I’ve had a few wobbly days, but I’m always a bit wobbly between the middle of March and the beginning of May in any given year, because that’s when my father was suffering his final illness in 1997, and I seem to have some species of PTSD about the whole thing. I start off every day fine, and get progressively worse as the day passes, ending with being unable to sleep because of racing thoughts.

I just lie in bed and wait for the it to pass, which took ages last night at least partly due to the fact that we had high winds which seemed to make things worse. I was so restless Smokey gave up on me and went to sleep in the living room.

Good news

In good news, though, I’m going out tonight with my friend Dave to see The Enid at a venue called the Union Chapel. It’s a Congregationalist church in Islington which also doubles as a gig venue. Strange. I’m looking forward to it, because I haven’t seen The Enid since we went to see them in Birmingham a few years ago.

Other good news

In other good news, my ex-colleague from the former Employer of Doom, Anna Smith-Spark (@annalibitina on Twitter) got in touch. She’s been writing a novel called “The Court of the Broken Knives”, and has finally finished it. Almost immediately she started touting it around, and has found an agent.

I’m impressed but not astonished, Anna is a very intelligent person with plenty of enthusiasm, and I’d read the first part of the draft of the novel, and it’s good. It’s a bit dark for me, Anna writes what I believe is known as ‘grimdark’ and I tend to like the cuddly end of fantasy, but it is good.

She also suggested that she might like to go along to the Fantasy Convention due to be held in Nottingham in October, but didn’t want to go alone. So I, still sore about having missed out on Redemption in February due to that blasted cold, said I’d go with her. And we’re going – all booked and everything. Well, except for the cat sitter, which can wait a bit as I need to book my trip to Wales in August.

I suspect that the Fantasy Convention is almost entirely about books and I’m used to media conventions where the emphasis is on film and TV. So this should be an interesting comparison. Roll on October!
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Monday, January 12th, 2015 02:08 pm
I'm having a personal "Criminal Minds" fest, and watching through series 5, 6, 7 and now 8.

Tell me, is it common in the US for people to paint the insides of their house/apartment a shade of green somewhere between mint and hunter that I'd classify as 'vomit'. It's turned up several times so far, not necessarily indicative of serial killers, though I have my suspicions.

In other news, things are quiet Chez Lexin, and Smokey is a good cat.
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Sunday, March 9th, 2014 02:44 pm
To add insult to injury, just after having to replace my washing machine, my dishwasher's gone belly up. Didn't need that.

I strongly suspect that both the fridge and the microwave are on their way out, too. I trust that they can wait for the next couple of months before being replaced.
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Thursday, September 5th, 2013 10:59 am
My work laptop's not working, meaning I shall have to take today off as leave and get it into the office to be fixed tomorrow.

I don't have many days left this leave year to spend on things like this and I can't go in to get it fixed today because I have Tesco delivering my week's food at about two.
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Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 11:11 am
Point the first

The national ballot result for my union is 60% in favour of industrial action. So that will be fun, though I hope it will take place as the weather warms up. I could wish turnout had been higher, but then you can't take into account the views of people too lazy to vote.

Voting could not be simpler, it's by postal ballot. You are sent a ballot paper. You fill it in. You post it back in the pre-paid envelope – you don't even have to find a stamp. There is no excuse. And still people don't vote.

Point the second

I still have that cold which started on Friday 22nd February. It's not been three weeks yet, so not quite worth going to the doctor with it, but it's definitely outstayed its welcome as far as I'm concerned. I'm currently getting three hours sleep a night, what with having to wake up to cough for an hour, dozing off for an hour, then waking up to do it all again.

Plus, of course, I'm a pain in the neck as far as my colleagues are concerned and I coughed through breakfast with [livejournal.com profile] gloria1 on Sunday, which must have been unpleasant for her. But I did want to hear all her news and have a yummy breakfast.

Point the third

I have collected my new glasses, which are very nice.

My eyes, though, haven't got used to being able to see properly and are giving me grief about it. They were used to having to compensate for a pair of specs which were long out of date, and suddenly facing them with ones which aren't has come as a shock to them. They will get used to it, though.
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Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 02:39 pm
Well, it could have been a lot worse. The cost of my new glasses without the government contribution for 'complex prescription' was £418 ($630). With the contribution it was £213.40 ($320). So there's some money left over in my 'spectacle savings' for a set of prescription sunglasses, which I've been needing for a couple of years. My current set of prescription sunglasses is about five prescriptions old, which means I probably shouldn't be wearing them at all, for anything.

Interestingly, with my diabetes settling down, my eyes have settled to pretty much the same, with the exception of the astigmatism, which is still 10 on one eye and 180 on the other. Or something like that.

The reason for my dislike is that I went for my appointment and arrived exactly on time at 10:55. I wasn't out of there until 13:20, what with their messing about with lenses that have to be ground for me in the factory, and putting them on their computer under 'misc'. It seems complex prescriptions like mine are quite rare, or they'd know what to do with them. Plus, there is the irritation of having to have your face measured.

I'll try to remember and next time allow two and a half hours for it all.
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Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 11:04 am
I got three hours sleep last night. This is not enough, and I'm really feeling it.

Normally, I sleep very well. Insomnia is not an issue for me, partly at least to the medications I'm on, some of which have a soporific effect.

Last night, they did not cast their usual magic.

The first thing that went wrong was that yesterday was a very busy day at work and by the end of it my head was spinning. I had eight things to achieve, all of which had short deadlines, plus two interviews with lambkins with problems – this is about twice the amount of work I would have on a normal day.

The second thing that caused me trouble was my upstairs neighbours. Anyone who follows my Twitter stream with any assiduity may have noticed that I occasionally spit venom late at night in the direction of my upstairs neighbours as they can be irritating.

Last night was the nadir. They kicked off by having a noisy argument at around 11pm, moved on (as they often do) to noisy sex, and then they prayed and chanted, loudly, until about 1am. I went to sleep around this time. I woke up, or was woken, at about 4am to find that they'd kicked off again with the noisy argument – it sounded like the same argument as earlier, but what do I know. Then they prayed and chanted until about six, or half past, at which point my alarm went off.

I have no idea what religion these people are – I have gathered from the content of the chanting that it's some species of Pentecostal Christian. If so, they are the most thoughtless Christians I've ever encountered, because this is not the first time they've prayed and chanted long into the night. Sometimes they invite friends over so that they can pray and chant even louder long into the night, and then have long, loud, conversations on the stairs.

So, today, I am not my usual bobbish self. I cannot wait for these people to move.
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Sunday, December 30th, 2012 06:31 pm
I’ve been spending the last few days catching up with my sleep, and getting to grips with a new mobile phone.

An old friend from my university days did come over yesterday and he and I went out for lunch to the local Wetherspoons, where much good food was consumed. He’s not on LJ, but he is on Facebook, so I won’t mention his name here. I did there, which gives him some minor fame.

I’ve almost finished the current pair of socks I’m knitting, but I don’t think I did a very good job. Something went horribly wrong with my counting of stitches with the first one and the second one I cocked up the heel. So they won’t be given to anyone as they’re not up to any kind of standard.

I’ve got the ‘Chicks with Sticks’ guide to knitting, which is very interesting in some ways, there are some techniques there I’d like to use, but I’ve got limited interest in the projects. I particularly struggle with felting – I don’t like how it looks. I don’t care if it’s interesting to do.

News about the phone…I’ve changed to an Android phone having decided to finally sign up for a deal. The phone itself is a Samsung Galaxy Europa, which isn’t quite as bad as the reviews on Amazon would lead one to assume. It’s just not as good as a Galaxy Ace or (obviously) one of the S series. However, it came free with the deal I’ve signed up for, which is in other ways as cheap as what I was paying for PAYG phone fees.

The irritating thing is that I had to move my number from Orange to Three. So I got a PAC. That part was no problem. Sent Three my PAC and all the rest of the details. Three took their own sweet time accepting they’d been instructed to change, and then more of their own sweet time to change the numbers over. Even now, my phone is accepting calls on the ‘proper’ (previous) number, but seems to think it has the original Three number according to its ‘phone details’ screen. Which is weird, and I mean to phone Three and ask them “wtf” tomorrow.

I’ve even tried taking the phone apart and putting it back together again, which, as I’ve found in the past, solves a lot of problems with phones. It’s a bit like a hard reboot.

As I said, in other news, I’ve been asleep a lot. I’m rather dreading the time when I have to go back to work and must stop getting up at midday.
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Tuesday, December 25th, 2012 01:41 pm
Merry Christmas everyone! As I type this my chicken (not a turkey for just me!) is smelling divine, and all I have to do is decide what veggies to put with it from the variety I have in the freezer.

Great presents from all, and I'm wearing the sparkly earrings I got from [livejournal.com profile] gloria1.

I'm missing the Aged P. rather more than I did last year, but I'm OK really.
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Friday, March 30th, 2012 10:49 pm
See this picture?

Rob or Val's wedding. Rob's I think.

The lady in the pink suit is my Aunt Ursula, my mother's sister. The woman behind her in blue is my mother, the Aged P, but before she was aged. The miscreant in the Afghan coat is me. I don't know who the others are. I must be about 15 in this picture, because that's when I owned that coat.

Now, I have a persistent memory that I was a fat child, fat teenager and have always been fat. This turns out, very strangely to me, not to have been the case.

I mean, I'm not skinny by any manner of means, but I'm not fat.

The Aged P. hated that coat with a firey hatred. She made me keep it in a separate cupboard from the rest of the family coats because it smelled really strongly of dead goat.

Note: the picture is back to front. The slides I'm working from aren't marked.
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