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Monday, March 28th, 2016 06:18 pm
Am back from Mancunicon, and setting down with drinks of choice and cuddles from my kitty, whom I missed far more than I had reason to given that she was being properly cared for by [personal profile] aunty_marion.

Had a great time, much gossip was gossed, costumes were worn, drink taken and fun had.
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Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 04:50 pm
Am back from spending New Year at my brother's place. Yippee!

Though, remind me never to watch Jools Holland's "Hootenany" ever again. Complete and utter tripe from start to finish. What waste of time and effort - and not even live, or so I understand from my brother. Apparently it's filmed in September.

On the other hand, my train journeys went well and the taxis were on time.

My brother and his girlfriend were very nice (they are just nice people), my nephews are very tall - six foot now - and my brother's dog is sweet and not at all smelly.

We ate very well. Vegan mince pies are actually quite tasty.

[personal profile] aunty_marion looked after Smokey and fed her and gave her fuzzles as and when required, so that was good of her. Smokey looks well and is a happy cat.

I lost my iPod and it remains AWOL somewhere in the tip that is my flat, plus I left my reading glasses behind, meaning I was reading my iPad by holding it up near my nose, to everyone's amusement.

That's it, really. On my return, the flat is still a tip and I have yet to find out when the builders will be back. Possibly Monday. Possibly the 6th. We'll see.
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Friday, January 1st, 2016 12:10 am
Happy New Year, everyone! Let's hope it's a good one!
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Thursday, December 24th, 2015 10:46 pm
Well, the builders have not finished the first tranche of the work. Ho hum.

Smokey spent the last few days at [livejournal.com profile] gloria1’s house in the peace and quiet. It took her a day or so to settle in, but once she had she was stealing [livejournal.com profile] gloria1’s seat with the abandon with which she steals mine. I missed her dreadfully, but it was better that she was out of the noise and disruption.

Disruption continues – my stuff is around me in boxes and I have three outfits which I’m swapping into as and when two get dirty and have to be washed, which is going to make Christmas interesting and memorable. On the other hand, the fridge is stuffed with food, which will make it tasty and fun.

The builders start again on the 27th. Yippee.

The bad news is that the wardrobes aren’t going to be delivered until the 6th of January, meaning that they won’t be installed until the 8th or so. I’ve arranged for my old cleaner, Niki, to come and spend six hours with me on the 9th Jan putting my clothes away and preparing the living room for the work. Once that’s done, on the 10th, Smokey goes back to [livejournal.com profile] gloria1’s to stay with her while the floors are done and the living room is renovated. It should all be done (!) by the 31st. Hm. We’ll see.

The second tranche of work starts properly on the 11 Jan, and that’s also the day my new fiction writing course starts. I hope they won’t want printouts, because my printer will be put away until the second tranche has finished.

I will be putting pressure on the builders to have it finished before the 13th of Feb, because I have a get-together to play Call of Cthulhu that day and as I’ve had to cancel the one on the 9th of Jan, I don’t want to cancel the second one.

Still, Happy Christmas or whichever holidays you’re celebrating this weekend, and cuddles to everyone’s kitties and doggies.
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Thursday, August 14th, 2014 09:33 am
Everyone who's going to WorldCon enjoy yourselves and tell us all about it.

I'm going to a different event, as previously advertised and I will have a fine time, but I will miss you all.
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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 06:04 pm
For a New Year's Eve, I'm pretty pissed off. I am so annoyed, i do not have words.

The "new" new computer has just done what the previous new computer did and has ceased to function.

I was changing key boards, so turned it off. When I tried to turn it on again, it wouldn't switch on.

I have checked the cable with the fuse in, and the rocker switch which is on/off, and neither of those put it right. Grump. That's as far as my current knowledge will take me, it could be something inside, but the options are many and I don't have spare units for testing.

Most annoying thing is that I'd dowloaded series 7 of Criminal Minds and tonight's TV sucks.

Any suggestions, I'm open to them.

Obviously, I have contacted the manufacturer, but their helpdesk is shut until Thursday.

In all other things, Happy New Year!
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Wednesday, December 25th, 2013 11:31 am
Whatever you celebrate, may it be the best you ever had!
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Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 12:15 am
Happy New Year, everyone!

I toasted the New Year in with port, and now I'm going to go to bed.
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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, December 30th, 2011 02:35 pm
I've been having a very quiet time over the last few days, sometimes quiet because I'm actually asleep.

In between z's I've been catching up on reading the pile of unread books which had reached my knees. It's reminded me how much idiot characters annoy me - I don't suffer even fictional fools gladly. Latest example is a story where a Chicago cop and a Russian mafioso are having an affair, and in the book I'm reading they've so far had sex twice without advancing the plot one iota. Why? It's supposed to be a detective story - OK with porny leanings but even so.

Yesterday was good; I had breakfast with [livejournal.com profile] gloria1 then noodled about in a charity shop for a bit without buying anything and then made my way down to my hairdresser to see if he could see me and do something about my wild and woolly locks. He could if I was prepared to wait for a bit, so I went and had a coffee and when I came back he cut my hair. So I have a new coiffure for the New Year. Go me!
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Sunday, December 25th, 2011 01:57 pm
And Merry Whatever, for those who don't.

I'm doing better than I expected with being alone. I miss the Aged P., but I'm glad not to have had to travel and I've spent the morning in selfish reading of a book, which I wouldn't have been able to do at her house.

I ordered a chicken to eat, and that's in the oven. Tesco didn't have the size I ordered so sent what they had. When it arrived I just noted that it was bigger than I ordered and put it in the fridge. On looking at it when I came to put it in the oven, I realised that the packaging says that it feeds eight. So there's going to be a lot of chicken curry in my future.

Trimmings are things I like rather than the traditional things. Go me!

Presents are a very good haul, [livejournal.com profile] gloria1 gave me some teabags from Betty's of Harrogate, which are particularly welcome. I love me my tea.

My brother has sent me some Dr Who vids, which I'm going to watch this afternoon while I wait for the Dr Who Christmas special.

There is also champagne in my future, and I have enough chocolates to sink a battleship.
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Saturday, January 1st, 2011 12:03 am
Happy New Year!

I have no clever pictures, but the thought is heartfelt.
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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 03:20 pm
It is strange not to have vapour trails going across the sky and to not have the sound of aircraft. When they're there, you don't even realise that they make that much noise.

At the Ministry of Magic we have various people either stuck abroad or unable to leave to go on holiday. (The Ministry rarely sends people abroad for work related reasons.) The level of grumbling among those who've booked holidays is rising slowly – I was toying myself with going abroad for once, but my laziness seems to have been the wisest move. Or non-move, if you see what I mean.

Good news

The good news for me is that I'm having three days off – my birthday and the two following days. Go me!

Dragon Age: Origins )
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Saturday, January 2nd, 2010 08:43 pm
Hooray! My Xmas present to myself arrived this morning - a new iPod. My old iPod didn't play MP4 music files. Don't ask me why, I'll probably now discover some workaround that would've made it work.

New iPod is very shiny.
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Thursday, December 31st, 2009 06:42 pm
We haven't quite reached it yet, but we will do in a few more hours. But by then I expect to be tucked up snug in bed. So I'll say it now: HAPPY NEW YEAR! May it be a good one for us all!
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Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 04:28 pm
Yippee! I am free of work until the 5th of January – at that point I come back to earth with a bump in the shape of a meeting in Leeds. But right now I can glory in having time off.

I'm off to the Aged P's for Christmas tomorrow, which I'm sort of looking forward to. I mean, it could be a lot worse, my brother has agreed to cook the Christmas dinner, a load of my mind. On the other hand, he insists on cooking everything from scratch; I never did that. Aunt Bessie and her range of yummy and easily-coped-with frozen comestibles is my friend. I am not at home to a paring knife.

I am still glorying in having someone who comes in and cleans, even if she did stand on my toilet seat and break it. There is a serious joy in vacuum cleaned carpets that you didn't do yourself. It has to be said also that the cleaner is much better at cleaning than I am – there are part of the flat which are now clean and which I barely knew existed. Behind the lavatory, for example. I vaguely knew there was a behind to the lavatory but I have ignored that fact since I moved in to the flat. In 1994. Other nothing-to-do-with-me-squire places are inside the oven and inside the microwave.