teylaminh: (Random - ficcing)
Okay, okay, I get it, already! I will never refuse to write for POTO again!

Cut for rambliness. )

In other news, we have a very busy few days ahead. Over the weekend the landlord's gardener came and sorted out the drive, patio and garden, all of which look amazing now. Much better than we could have achieved ourselves (and in any case it would have taken us weeks; killing the weeds was turning into an uphill struggle). The gardener also helpfully mowed the lawn and strimmed the hedge, and took out the big dead tree. Now my plan for a vegetable patch may come to fruition (ho ho)!

Also we went into Birmingham on Saturday so I could spend some of my back-pay - more kitchen bits from Livstil (two sieves, a new pizza cutter, two good-quality pie / flan dishes, and new measuring cups), and some bits from New Look (tartan shoes, a hoodie which is a bit too small so needs to be exchanged, and finally some jeans that fit). Had lunch in Cafe Rouge, which took bloody ages as usual because for some reason they cannot seem to cope when they have more than five customers. For tea we had scallops with black pudding and pea puree (courtesy of Paul), and a recipe from Jamie's Great Britain of pork and apple rice salad, which was lovely. (We picked up the pork belly from the markets for £1.95 - bargain!)

Oh, and yesterday I decided to rearrange the kitchen again, to minimise space in which to pile up washing up, and to maximise space elsewhere. Looks pretty good, actually. ;) (Other than that I have been mostly playing Red Dead Redemption on the X-Box.)

On Thursday, we're going to see the Killers. :D OMG SO EXCITE. Thankfully we have Friday off, but it'll be spent getting in food and cooking things for our Hallowe'en party, which was meant to be on Saturday but we got a last-minute invitation to a birthday party. Then next week I'm seeing Evanescence on the Thursday, and going to Paul's mum's for fireworks on the Friday. :)

Thankfully I am now on leave of absence from choir until next September, so will have a bit more spare time to throw at things like Christmas. I'm hoping to be able to go and see either the November concert or Messiah (just to see what it sounds like from the other side) but will have to see how things go.

So yeah. Probably going to be quite busy for the foreseeable.
teylaminh: (Photo - Playmobil)
Hm, I did the new year meme but forgot to actually update about what Paul and I did during our week off. In truth, most of it was spent sleeping and watching television...

Week Off )

Back to the daily grind today. I wore my new coat this morning. Its long black floatiness makes me feel EMPOWERED. I'd forgotten that feeling of new-coat-joy. :)
teylaminh: (Daffyd - Wide Eyes)
I forgot my debit card this morning, as it was still in the purse I used on Saturday night (along with all my non-copper coinage), which I didn't realise until I got into town. I got to the cashpoint with the intention of drawing money out on the credit card, only to forget my PIN when I got there.

Okay, I thought, maybe if I use a chip&PIN machine, maybe my fingers will know better than my brain. So off I went to Pret. Whereupon I drew a complete blank once again and gave up after two failed attempts. I asked if I could sign for it (at this point realising I'd actually forgotten to sign the card) but they couldn't make the machine work in that way, so basically I got a free breakfast. The benefits of going there every morning do pay off (they've given me a free coffee of their own volition before now) and I promised to pay it back tomorrow...

Meh. I still can't remember it, so at this juncture I may just ring up for a new one and then change it to the same as my debit card. :P At one point it was only one digit different from the door code at work, but that was two codes ago and now I can only remember the first bloody number...

Oh, for anyone who may be wondering: I didn't go to the wedding. Having managed to obtain Rachel's number (she hadn't changed it, but you can never tell these days) it transpired she couldn't go and thus had no details, nor did she know if Crystal still had the same number. Crystal also hasn't been on Facebook to see my message, and I'm not in the habit of sending out random texts to potentially dead numbers. On Thursday I was intending to ring up Aisha again, but by that point I was running out of energy and didn't bother. So I didn't go.

Weekend )

Anyway, I think that's about it...
teylaminh: (Photo - leaves)
Our references from our respective employer(s) and landlord have now gone off so fingers crossed we'll have some good news this week about the house, and can start packing... Not a concept I am looking forward to but I won't make the same mistake as last time of filling a large moving box full of books and not being able to move it. :P

Our oven works again; a nice Italian man came out on Saturday eventually, after two deliveries of the wrong part to the shop, and fixed it in five minutes flat. It now heats up in about ten minutes, and I can COOK THINGS again, so hopefully we can stop eating junk food after the gym now. I had lots of good intentions but they were scuppered by exhaustion and a lack of oven. :P

Other than that, this weekend we didn't do very much. Went to Asda on Saturday to stock up and spent about £100, half of which was on booze (several bottles of wine, some beer, three bottles of cider, two bottles of vodka... they had a litre of Russian Standard for £16!!), I watched EastEnders (OMG David Essex!!) and then we went down to see Paul's mum to update on house-type things. We watched Staggered whilst there, a Martin Clunes film from the 90s. Quite amusing.

Sunday it was raining, so we stayed in and did nothing. Paul cooked a roast chicken dinner and we invited Lisa up and then all sat and watched The Kings Speech on demand, which was really good. Hard to explain why it was really good, but we all enjoyed it muchly. I might buy the DVD. :)

Also, I shall share with you my Relevant But Appalling Joke under the cut.

Really, it's absolutely terrible. Don't say I didn't warn you. )

Gym tonight. I need to get back into the habit of going three times a week and learn to manage my time better. It'll be better for me when we can go on Tuesday nights when choir breaks up as we're currently going on Mondays and Wednesdays, which are both supposed to be my 'early' nights at work. I did gain loads of flex the other week, but not being at home three afternoons a week is making me disorganised (as is having to constantly wash gym clothing and towels, making everything else pile up).

But yeah. I need to get back on track and start eating properly again because currently I'm maintaining my weight instead of losing it (at the first four-week weigh-in I'd put on 1kg, in fact), and I have until September to get trim - before ruining it all by eating junk whilst on holiday, obviously. Although hopefully the moving of boxes in (hopefully) about six weeks will help, too. :P I started my food/calories diary again but the lack of having an oven meant I kept forgetting (and felt guilty about the amount of pizza, etc., we were getting through), so I need to get back on track with that, too.

Okay, that's about it. Hopefully I will post soon with good news about the house...

Edit, 13.30: Refences cleared and offer letters in the post!
teylaminh: (Retro - coffee)
I have fallen quite far behind on my Fandom for February posts. I will do an update later incorporating days 13 and 14, as they're both quite small, and then attempt to catch up with the rest over the course of the week. I think days 17 and 19 are both going to be quite lengthy, but there are some less wordy pairings as well. To be honest, it's probably going to run over into March anyway.

For now, here's a general update.

Thusly. )

So, back at work today. Due to some late nights this week (and late mornings), I had coffee this morning out of sheer habit, forgetting that in fact I've not had any in a week. I have fun jitters as a result (hence the icon). Just as well really as there is a backlog in the typing, and apparently whilst I was off the toilets were flooded, only to be back in service yesterday. Talk about good timing. :)

I think that'll do for now. Much work to do, can't waste time writing LJ entries. ;)

PS: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to [livejournal.com profile] commoncomitatus. We will try and find time to come up and visit you, if the birthdays in March ever let up... at which point you will receive a belated card and some variety of present, as I am horribly disorganised.

Epic Update

Sep. 4th, 2010 02:01 pm
teylaminh: (Edward - butterfly)
Okay, I have music meme stuff and embroidery stuff to post, and in regards to the former I will just be re-starting where I left off, because I think my last meme post was on 27th August and I don't feel like doing that many in one go... I also have some other bits to update about.

Music Meme and Embroidery Pics 21-23/?? )

My week off is almost over and I have no idea where the time went... In brief:

Saturday - I made my first ever curry! We went to a nearby supermarket and got £15-worth (a full carrier bag) of spices in order to make said curry, followed by a trip to Moseley Farmers' Market for sausages, cheese, local ale, wine, etc. Spent rather too much money, but meh. Anyway, I've now rebagged all the spices (including a 1kg bag of garam masala - I'm going to be making a LOT of curry now...) and my kitchen smells divine. :D As for the actual curry, I did spiced fishcakes to start with a coriander chutney, followed by Anjum Anand's "Punjabi Chicken Curry", which was lovely. I forgot to put the chillies in, and also I put in too much water so it didn't quite go as the recipe stated and I had to thicken with cornflour, but it tasted delicious. Definitely going to make that again. :)

Sunday - I think I had a migraine. Can't remember.

Monday - went to visit [livejournal.com profile] jackiesjottings in Oxford, which was a lovely day. We had to change at Milton Keynes, where the structure they laughingly referred to as a bus station consisted of three portacabins and some pavement, with only a cricket ground nearby to break the tedium. It was about a 15-minute walk from the actual bus station in the city centre and thus not worth the effort. Milton Keynes is poo; everything is square and all the buildings are identical. Give me an organic rambling city any day.

As for Oxford, it was beautiful. I wish I'd been clever enough to go there for uni, really. Something about the surroundings inpsires you to Be Academic. We wandered around several of the colleges, found lunch in a quiet pub, and were briefly followed around by a strange-but-friendly cat. Photos are here.

Tuesday - nowt. Recovering from the day before!

Wednesday - we went out to see Avatar in 3D at the IMAX, having missed it the first time around. Review / Spoilers )

Thursday - more nothing. Did some more embroidery.

Friday - we were supposed to see Toy Story 3 but neither of us were particularly in the mood. Spent the afternoon searching for shoes for Paul as he's at a wedding today, then he went off to stay over at the bride's mother's (don't even ask, it's the weirdest wedding ever - Paul is a "bridesmate" for starters...) and I came home and watched Marie Antoinette, which we'd picked up at Blockbuster in the cheap sale DVDs rack. Quite an interesting film... Internet was deaded all last night (in addition to cable telly being half-b0rk all day yesterday and again today - you suck, Virgin). I stayed up til about 2.00am in order to knacker myself out before attempting to sleep, otherwise I wouldn't have managed it. Surprisingly, I actually had a fairly good night's sleep, although did have a very odd dream this morning that Paul had briefly come home before going back out to the wedding again...

Today - nothing much at all. Got up 10.00ish after finishing my current book ("Loves Music, Loves to Dance" by Mary Higgins Clark) and have pottered on t'internet since then. Should probably straighten my hair and get ready soon as I have to be at the same wedding's reception at 6.00. Given I hardly fit into any of my clothes any more, I have no idea what to wear. Meh.

Tomorrow - chillaxing and enjoying the last day of my leave. I should have booked another week. Hopefully I will be having another week off after my birthday anyway.

And that's it.

Update Time

Aug. 2nd, 2010 06:28 pm
teylaminh: (Christine - I can't escape)
[livejournal.com profile] commoncomitatus is forcing me to do one of those 30-day memes (and obviously picked the hardest subject possible, i.e. music) so I will start that when I've written down some possibilities and whittled them down. :P

In the meantime, here's an update of last week. Week of Sociability )

Less Pleasant Colleague Stuff )

That's about it, really. We are currently levelling out at 48-hour turnaround on work, which is better than seven days as it was a couple of weeks ago. Despite doing three long days last week, leaving early on Monday and two long lunches effectively killed off any flex I might have gained (I only got 0.10 of an hour), so I need to make the effort this week. It does seem that no matter how hard I work to get through the typing, it just keeps on coming. I hope when Noor finally comes back from sick leave we'll be able to cope a bit better; KEH typists were helping out but were more trouble than they were worth, and couldn't access the matters on IKEN anyway, so I think they've given up now.

Anyway, I should really tackle said typing, I suppose.

Edit at 18.20: The afternoon did not exactly improve. I had intended on leaving work at 4.30, and picked up a longish piece of dictation at just before 4.00 to kill some time. It was 25 minutes in length and shouldn’t have taken as long as it did, except the fee earner in question has to spell everything every single time (not being content to spell, for example, the child’s name the first time and expecting us to be intelligent enough to remember it two seconds later…), which uses up precious minutes, and also being overly verbose. I disapprove of the phrase: “… has the ability to be able to…”. Calling the Department of Redundancy Department!

Anyway, I finished that at about 4.45 (I think) and was just filling out the receipt for it to take it upstairs, when Senior 1 tells me she’s put something in as urgent and it needs to go out that afternoon. Right. Okay. So I do that, and am in the process of printing it off when Senior 2 comes up to me and says he’s put an urgent in that also needs to go this afternoon and could I please do it. Having already been thwarted in my first attempt to go home early, I reacted possibly less politely than I should have done, but did it anyway.

You know what? This is getting a bit tedious now. I’m rather sick of being the only person around after 3.30pm to do any urgents that come in. Also I seem to have done nothing except urgents today, and there’s a lot of it because we’re still behind and people are panicking.

*grumps*

It’s all flex. I just have to keep telling myself that. And I have a week off in September. I will doubtless return to similar levels of chaos as last time, but that seems to be par for the course.

On the plus side, I did manage to find a halfway decent cardigan in Primark with very little hassle, for once. It’s one of those buttonless ones with the dangly tails at the front. I have several tops which are longer than my standard cardigans / hoodies so it will come in very useful…

Update...

Apr. 29th, 2010 02:55 pm
teylaminh: (Cabaret - Maybe This Time)
Interview seemed to go okay. It wasn't quite as surreal as the last one (for the secretary job) and I think I answered all the questions properly, though obviously it did suffer somewhat from the usual post-interview feeling of "Oh, I should have said such-and-such as well", but never mind. We shall see. I asked some pertinent questions about the role itself and it would be on a trial period for the first year, with a review after six months to see if the new structure is working and the senior WPO/Clericals are happy / capable in their roles, and then it would go properly permanent after a year...

Not sure when I get to hear back. I shall update again when I know more.

I left early to walk to the surgery to make an appointment and thankfully managed to get one on Saturday morning at 9.50am, which wasn't even an option when I rang up the other day. Hm. At least now I can take that last pill and not have to worry...

I was ridiculously early even after pottering about town, but I had the interview at 1.15 and was back on the bus home again by 1.40. Which included a trip to the Works (right next door) to pick up a couple of recipe books. Retail therapy, yo.

The books are a soup book by the New Covent Garden Food Co. (who make all the lovely fresh soups) which has lots of interesting things in it, and the other is "Cakes and Cookies" from the same range as my other favourite recipe books, which has some rather amazing-looking cakes in it. The baking bug has hit. I might attempt the spiral tea biscuits tomorrow (from the chocolate book I bought Eni for her birthday) and take photographs of the process so that she can see proof that the recipe is possible! Er, assuming I don't mess it up, anyway. :P

Right, nothing left to do now but sit tight. I will finish my penultimate Christmas decoration embroidery and make a start on the last one. I am determined to get these things finished before I go back to work! Will post photographs when they're all sewn and then again when I've finished them properly... Watch this space for many and varied updates.
teylaminh: (Random - Foodie Love)
We did our quarterly Asda shop last night because we had literally run out of food. We've not been able to properly stock up whilst Paul was unemployed (save for a couple of trips to Aldi for some basics). The fridge and freezer were bare and the cupboard contained only gravy, stock cubes, pasta and tuna. (You could argue that the last two constitute a meal in itself, but not all the time. :P)

Just over £200. But now the fridge, freezer and cupboards are quite literally full. The stuff that wouldn't fit into the freezer without rearranging the space-time continuum are in the fridge, so we had pork chops last night, then again tonight, and roast chicken at the weekend. It's quite lovely to open the fridge and be greeted with a choice. :)

So, we have a freezer full of MEAT and some fish (when some of the meat has dwindled I think perhaps a trip to the fish market is in order...), a fridge full of vegetables, condiments, cheese and sandwich fillers (paste and deli-style), and a cupboard full of tinned beans and tomatoes and yet more gravy, and stir-fry sauces and Super Noodles. YAY FOOD. We've been very lax in healthy eating of late simply due to a lack of choice, so hopefully now back on track...

Oh, and because Asda is the only place to do big tiger bread loaves (everyone else does piddly little ones for double the price), we got one of those, too. Even though white bread is horrendously bad for me and I'll be suffering for it by the end of next week. It just smells sooooooo goooood. Also makes fabulous toast.

So, this weekend I shall attempt to finish another Christmas decoration (hopefully) before we head out for Paul's mum's birthday surprise meal (mmm carvery) followed by possibly some fireworks somewhere. Must remember to charge the camera. There's nothing happening on Sunday, thankfully.

I should really start thinking about Christmas shopping and book off my 'shopping day'...

PS: If anyone wants a Christmas card, drop me an email with your address. teylaminh at yahoo dot co dot you-kay.
teylaminh: (Photo - mask tattoo)
So, I actually have a whole week to update about, if not longer... Cut to save your eyeballs.

Birthday! )

Weekend )

Week Off, including film review... )

London Weekend )

Sooo, that was London. As I said, show write-up coming later.

As for Sunday, I was aching for most of the day thanks to my injury, so didn't do very much at all. Unpacked the case, did some washing, watched my 'stories', and not much else.

This entry has taken two days to get written thanks to lots of typing yesterday, but at least last night I managed to finish Katie's CD letter and hopefully I can get that posted this afternoon. I now need to knuckle down and finish my Christmas decorations, as I was hoping to get another one at least midway finished during my week off and somewhat failed due to the horrible distraction that is daytime television and DS games.

Photos of Christmas decorations coming soon, also.

Right, that's more than enough. Over and out.
teylaminh: (Random - Trees)
At the moment it feels like my creativity and productivity are being sapped from every direction by apathy and total exhaustion, which kind of sucks. Also, this weather = depressing. I'm moving to France. I'm pretty sure the shock of being able to get a train in the snow would wear off eventually. :P

We went to Matalan last night to get Paul some work stuff - shirts and trousers - and ended up spending £93. Admittedly, £15 of that was on a proper set of Cole & Mason salt / pepper grinders, as the ones we got from TK Maxx some time ago are rubbish, and I got two tops I probably shouldn't have done, but they are very funky - one is bright electric blue and asymmetrical (I'm very much loving the 1980s revival right now) and one is in shades of brown and orange, asymmetrical panels and Oriental-like. The rest was three shirts, two pairs of trousers (a bit too small so will have to go back - we didn't have time for Paul to try them on) and three ties, so really not too bad. I wasn't expecting to spend that much so it's gone on the credit card. Meh. So much for paying it off before Christmas. :(

Also at around 6.45 I found a voicemail on my phone from - AGAIN - the bank. The usual spiel of "We really do need to talk to you". I'm not even going to bother ringing them back. I've had two sodding account reviews in almost as many months - I had one in June and another one back in about April or May, and I know full well they're just going to call me in, sit me down, say everything's fine and then proceed to try and sell me a loan to pay off the credit card. If it's that desperate they'll ring me again at some point, and the last time I 'forgot' to ring them back it took about a month for them to try again. So, yes, it's clearly OMG SO IMPORTANT that they had to speak to me.

FFS, I didn't have this bloody trouble when I was a student. They didn't even bug me when I went over my overdraft. Now I'm in gainful employment they want to talk to me all the time. Just... bugger off, bank.

Aforesaid Small Drama )

Anyway, hopefully all of that will blow over eventually...

It's still busy at work but I'm just not in the mood. I'm basically stuck in this endless cycle of grey, rainy days, trudging through the working week so I can enjoy the weekend purely because I don't have to get up early or go outside. :(

PS: The man just came to fit the part for our half-broken printer. Bear in mind it took a month to produce an invoice asking us to pay £25 before they could even order the part, which was the little pick-up roller on the paper tray which grabs onto the paper to feed it through. So. £25 to clip a small plastic device onto an axle. I'm in the wrong job. Seriously.
teylaminh: (Google - Home)
So, went to Ikea, spent just over £100 and it went on the credit card. Though really, that's not bad considering I got all of the following:

2x DVD cabinets
2x CD cabinets (dunno if we might need another one, though)
1x griddle pan
1x wok (£2.93! Bargain!)
1x lime green bathmat
1x set of funnels for kitchen
1x set of cutlery
100 tealights

My first attempt at DIY is under here )

We're going to have to move some furniture.

Wahhh.

Apr. 17th, 2009 02:14 pm
teylaminh: (Edward - cookie heart)
Birmingham Hippodrome has ganged up on me; suddenly there are millions of things on over the rest of the year that I want to see. Of course, I also haven't been on their mailing list for years, which might have something to do with it...

In the hope of finding other interested parties (but don't expect me to organise anything without extreme cooperation from other parties...), here's a list of stuff I want to see...

We Will Rock You UK Tour - 1st July to 5th September. (As Paul doesn't like Queen I doubt he will want to see this with me - any takers?)

Little Shop of Horrors - 15th to 19th September.

Evita UK Tour - 5th to 17th October. (Anyone want to take me for my birthday? :D)

Rocky Horror Show - 2nd to 7th November. (YAY!)

Matthew Bourne's Dorian Gray - 10th to 14th November.

I think that's about it. I'm not even checking the Alex's listings.

Mrrg.

Anyway, yesterday was our four-year anniversary. Quite a pleasant day, awful weather aside. We went briefly into town for a drink at Bacchus and then the Trocadero, one in the Yard of Ale, then back home for a bit before going out for the meal at Byzantium, a local tapas restaurant, at 8.00. We also stopped off at HMV to have a look and came back with £50-worth of CDs: an old PJ Harvey album, The Killers's latest album, Peter Docherty (the new solo album), the new Dido, the new Lily Allen, and the latest Seasick Steve. Some are mine, some are Paul's and some are joint purchases...

As for dinner, the food was lovely and the entire meal came to about £25.00, which was insanely reasonable. We were slightly ambitious in our choices (a little too much food), but it was all delicious. Starter dishes were flatbread, hummus and olives. I tried an olive, but found them intolerably weird. Mains were 'patatas bravas' (roast potatoes with tomatoes), mushrooms stuffed with tomato and red pepper, skewered chicken with vegetables, and calamari with garlic mayonnaise. YUM.

We would definitely go there again, and I would recommend it to anyone else seeking good food, good service and reasonable prices. Unfortunately I didn't have any room for dessert... ;)

We watched Benny and Joon in the evening before bed. Didn't get up today until about 11.30 and I had an insanely long dream, of which I can remember precisely nothing except the bit I will post separately in a moment. Paul is off now until Monday but today is a lazy day of not doing very much. Need to clean up in the kitchen, and I've done a blue load of laundry and a bit more embroidery, with more to come momentarily.
teylaminh: (Random - Oblivion wheels)
Hm, haven't updated in a while. I have quite a bit to update about, I've just been putting it off...

I'm only updating at this point because my new MP3-player has arrived! As about half an hour ago. :D I'm currently waiting for the Creative software to finish syncing my media files and then I'll upload some photos of it. :) And then I can charge the thing, before testing it when I go out to choir later. :D

Woo!

(Of course, that's assuming this one works, after the fiasco last time. Given I've bought this one from e-buyer for full price rather than a cowboy on eBay, there's every change it might actually work first time...)

EDIT, 14.15: Photos. Kindly ignore the mess on the bedroom floor, I was meant to tidy up today but am recovering from a bad back which plagued me most of yesterday. As ever, all plans for productivity are scuppered by my body conspiring against me. :(

Under here )

Bored

Feb. 18th, 2009 11:06 am
teylaminh: (Google - Work)
Ho hum, another tedious day at work. Bloody half term.

This will probably be rambling because I have nothing else to do. Meh.

So, I'm on leave next week. Various stuff I want to try and get done, including the usual spring cleaning (the kitchen floor is disgusting), going through the attic again and making curtain tie-backs.

I had managed to clear lots of floor space in the attic, but since Lisa is now storing some of her stuff up there as well, that space has been eaten up. I want to try and organise it so there are three distinct areas of my stuff, Lisa's stuff, and Trevor's stuff. And also I need to sort out the videos in the cabinet again as they're not in order any more since we moved them up there. I should probably print the lists off again to stick to the door...

Oh, wait, I don't have a functional printer. BAH. I need to buy one when I've been paid, so that'll have to wait until March.

More spending on things I don't need... )

As for the tie backs, I intended to make these whilst off in October and ended up not bothering, so I should definitely try and get them done next week. I bought all the interfacing and the rings in October, and hopefully they won't even take me that long. I'm making them out of a red corduroy dress which I've worn all of once, about 10 years ago, and if there's enough fabric left I want to make a waistcoat with a corset-style back on it and maybe hook-and-eye fastenings on the front. I need to get some lining first, though. If I make it to fit me now, hopefully the corset back will enable it to still fit if I lose weight. ;)

That should be more than enough for a week off - four days, actually, as we're going down to London on the Friday. Hoping to get tickets for that human body exhibition at O2, though at this short notice it's doubtful. We shall see.

Reet, I'm going to post this before it gets any longer. SO GLAD I'm not in next week, though I'm losing the will to live this week already...

New Boots!

Jan. 21st, 2009 06:11 pm
teylaminh: (Photo - Sunset tree)
I actually managed to find some half-decent longish boots to fit my stupid legs and my stupid feet at the same time!

Under here... )

In other news, my throat is killing me today, which I presume is as a result of attempting to sing last night at choir. There is still snot at the back of my throat, too, which is making swallowing annoying. I've bought some Oraldene from Superdrug to gargle with and hopefully that'll clear it up.

It has to clear by 10th February. We're singing at a conference at the ICC (providing background music for the first half and then doing Zadok for the second) and I'd rather not have to miss it, as they've split us into two halves to do madrigals...
teylaminh: (Retro - coffee)
But an enjoyable one, nonetheless.

I awoke ridiculously early (for a Saturday, anyway) and proceeded to make my way towards Birmingham, leaving Paul with a selection of various chores to do whilst I was out. I was heading off, excitingly, to meet [livejournal.com profile] jackiesjottings, who was supposed to come to Brum just before Christmas but for a lack of funds.

A Grand Day Out )

I should like the record to show, for Jackie's interest, that my area is not normally renowned for people dying on the high street. It's usually quite salubrious. :P

Today I've done not much - watched the Eastenders omnibus (the ending made me cry, damn you Stacey Slater and your dysfunctional family!) and made cakes for Paul's work, as they were moaning apparently as I wasn't well enough to make them over the New Year period. :P

Hopefully Jackie and I will get to meet again some point this year as she's invited me to her beloved Glastonbury. It was a thoroughly enjoyable meet-up yesterday. My favourite thing about meeting online friends whom you've known for a while online is that the conversation flows as though you've known each other for years. It's been the same with all the people I've met, from [livejournal.com profile] winter_jasmine to [livejournal.com profile] 803am. A strange phenomenon, really. :)
teylaminh: (Daffyd - Wide Eyes)
Okay, here's a real entry, as there's 15 minutes to kill before I can leave work.

Asda shop last night wasn't as painful as anticipated. The carpark was rammed, but the store itself wasn't too bad. We managed to spend just under £120 just on the Christmas stuff, but about half of that was on booze which will last hopefully longer than the festive period: a box of wine, a bottle of Smirnoff, and a bottle of port for Paul for Christmas, which I'm going to wrap at some point before the day. Because, well, it's a present, innit.

We got a very nice looking beef joint for Christmas dinner which was about £8.00 (which is reasonable, for beef...) and absolutely tonnes of veggies to go with it, plus various bottles of nice juice and Schloer, that staple of Christmas. ;)

I also made a start on my hand-made card last night, for the competition (of sorts) on Christmas Eve. A few people seem to have made them out of office supplies (printer paper, staples) but Marie didn't expressly state we had to do that, so I don't consider it cheating to use the coloured card I bought to make Christmas cards two years ago and didn't due to creativity failure. Besides which, I'm far too competitive for my own good and, despite only remembering about it yesterday, am now in it to WIN! :P So far, so good, if a little rough and ready. I'll post photos tomorrow - would post a scan, but it's a pop-up card. :D I also would have finished it last night, but had to wait for the glitter-glue to dry.

We're going to Paul's mum's tonight so hopefully I'll have time to finish it when we get back... I just need to finish the 'tree' inside and embellish with copious glitter, hopefully without getting it into the carpet this time. Um. Also need to find my posh silver / gold pens, as they've gone AWOL from the craft box.

I'm meant to take the recycling home tonight, but collection day - normally Friday - falls on Boxing Day and I'm not sure if they're actually collecting. Paul and I will have more than enough recycling of our own over Christmas without adding work's collection of milk cartons and bottles, so it can wait until next week...

Right, that killed 10 minutes.

If I don't post again before Christmas (which, let's face it, is doubtful), then I wish everyone a very merry one indeed. But not so merry as to cause awful hangovers. ;)
teylaminh: (Photo - Wheel)
Or perhaps vice versa.

I went in there on Friday to look for a CD which actually wasn't out until Monday, although I didn't know that at the time, and came out with two CDs, a DVD and a book. The book is for Paul for either Xmas or birthday - I'll decide nearer the time. The CDs were two for a tenner: the soundtrack to Hairspray (the film musical version) and a Seasick Steve CD for Paul, and the DVD was the 15th anniversary 2-disc special edition of Nightmare Before Christmas, which was also only a tenner. So, bargains, but still money I shouldn't have spent.

This afternoon I went in there AGAIN to get the new Pink album and came out with three more DVDs because they were three for £20: Hairspray (I really, really liked it!), Kill Bill I and II, and The Orphanage.

At least I can knock that last one off my wishlist. :P

Thankfully, I get paid tomorrow...

Okay, no more spending. Christmas is coming up and I need to start thinking about other people, not myself. ;)

Actually, I do have £45 of birthday money to spend, but I might hold onto that until I inevitably get some Christmas money...
teylaminh: (PotC - Pirate!)
It's been a lovely day so far. Even the weather hasn't been too bad; the sun is warm and only ruined by the cold wind...

We went for breakfast at Delilicious, a local deli / sandwich place which does very nice food, and then headed straight into town to get a new camera. It's a joint purchase on the credit card so I don't feel as guilty as I should. ;)

We have a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3, in black with silver embellishments. The camera was £130, with a 4GB SDHC card for £20 (reduced from £50), and with a case and three-year warranty (just in case) it was £190. Not bad at all. WHEE NEW CAMERA!

I've also received the following:

From Paul:

~ Super Mario on DS (which was bought ages ago)
~ Anjum's New India cookery book, based on her "Indian Food Made Easy" show on BBC2. Now I can learn to make curry!
~ Another BBC book of aerial photographs of the Earth, really cool.

From Mum and David:

~ The Last Unicorn (the book)
~ A cuddly Zero from NBC
~ A miniature herb garden in a pot for the kitchen, so we can grow our own fresh herbs. :D

In addition, several Facebook messages and a random and pleasantly surprising text from [livejournal.com profile] flatline2010.

Going out for a meal later at Cafe Rouge, because we can get a lovely discount. Thank you, BCC. :)
teylaminh: (Buffy - sanity)
My chipper mood didn't last very long. As ever, the main cause of this is Retail Hell.

I have decided, in my infinite wisdom, that I should buy a new winter coat. I have a black, knee-length, zip-up winter coat which was quite expensive, bought from House of Fraser some years ago, but it's beginning to look a bit the worse for wear and isn't actually that warm. (I have other warm coats, like my turquoise one and my leather trenchcoat, but I can't wear those all the time and they are a bit cumbersome.)

So, in yesterday's Metro, H&M were advertising this coat. At £19.99, a very reasonable price, though obviously the photograph is no definite indication of quality.

Well, said I, this afternoon I shall go and find this marvellous coat!

I tried two entirely separate H&M stores in Birmingham (the New Street one and the Corporation Street / Martineau Square one) and guess what?

Go on. Guess.

Could I find this miraculous wonder of a cheap coat?

Could I bollocks.

Oh, it was advertised everywhere. In the window of the New St store, in fact, and on little cardboard signs above completely unrelated clothing racks. The only coats they appear to have are those which sell for in excess of £49.99. Whilst I'm sure they're of better quality, I don't have that kind of money to be wasting on a coat, especially when I went in there specifically to find the coat they are PLAINLY ADVERTISING both in-store and in a nationwide newspaper.

I refuse to believe that two entire stores have sold out of the same coat (in both colours!) in the space of 24 hours. That's just stupid.

Of course, there is also the store in the Bull Ring, but given that place depresses me at best and makes me homicidal at worst, I really don't want to have to go in there...

(Oh, and obviously, you can only shop online in H&M if you are from Eastern Europe.)

I bought myself some flowers instead. BAH.

As I haven't changed my MP3-playlist yet (and more to the point, need one with a bigger capacity) I've been listening to my Walkman again. Yesterday and today was the Jagged Little Pill / random songs tape that Naomi did for me many years ago. I reached the second side on the journey home, which contains "Under the Bridge" by All Saints, a couple of REM tracks "Losing My Religion" and "Shiny, Happy People"), a couple by Skunk Anansie ("Hedonistic" and "Brazen") plus some No Doubt, David Bowie and Pink Floyd, though I haven't got to those yet. Anyway, my brain was doing that thing where it tries to turn my negativity into creativity, so I had fully intended to make icons / a layout / write something.

Let's see where I am in an hour, shall we?

PS: And just to mock me further, the end of the joss stick I was burning snapped off and fell onto my purple fluffy cardigan, which was on the floor, and has now burned a hole in the sleeve. *cries* Because however aggravating things seem, something can always make them worse.
teylaminh: (Photo - Sunset orange)
Firstly, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to [livejournal.com profile] composim!

Mary Poppins is now all booked up. I also remembered the other reason why I left it so long to book, which was because it was originally listed as having Connie Fisher (who won the Maria search for Sound of Music) as Mary, and I cannot stand her, and hence didn't want to see it because of that. (Being why I've also waited to see SoM until she ended her run.) As Connie is no longer performing in the UK tour, I've just been procrastinating about actually booking it. Anyway, we are going on Tuesday 26th August, so hurrah. Seats weren't too bad, considering... and ended up about half the price they should have been, with the discount.

I was also quite naughty and had a look in New Look because they had a sale, and came out with a couple of pairs of jeans. I've been craving jeans for a while - I don't think I've bought a new pair in about two years - so got a nice, stretchy black pair and another pale blue, worn-effect pair with pretty embroidery. The black ones were £10 as they were, and I thought the others were in the sale as £10 as well but they don't actually appear to be after all, so were £23 instead. Both size 14, so that's good. I refused to believe Primark's stupid sizing assertion that I should be a size 16. The latter pair are a little tight around the leg but hopefully if I lose some weight they'll be okay, and both pairs are - as usual - too big around the waist because of my enormous thighs. I probably could have gotten away with the black ones in a 12, as they're quite stretchy, but I don't want to run the risk of them shrinking in the wash, and anyway - again, if I lose some weight - they'll hang low / baggy and look good 'n' grungy, which is what I want.

I had some black jeans a while ago that I never wore because I didn't like the shape of them. They were too short and not flared enough, which was a shame, because they were very good quality - Wranglers, in fact. I had some skinny black jeans when I was about 16 but I was also a size 10, then. ;)

Mm, retail therapy...

*puts credit card away* That's it. No more spending now until Christmas.
teylaminh: (Photo - mask tattoo)
It occurs to me that I've managed to watch a quite insane amount of films this month. Mamma Mia, Dark Knight and X-Files at the cinema with various different people, and countless others at home, including: Brazil, The Mummy and The Mummy Returns one week after each other, Atonement, Pirates 2 and 3 (in the same day), some of Chaplin and Bowling for Columbine, although that's technically not a film... I'm sure there are a few more that I'm forgetting.

Pirates fic is up to 3K words at last count, though I added some yesterday...

This is boring. )

This is a very rambling entry, from which you should be able to tell that there is nothing to do at work today. *rolls eyes* The lack of children on the buses is much appreciated, but other than that, the summer holidays are a pain in the bum. The children are all over town instead, and the people with children are off work and unable to give the WPOs any work. :P

Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] miss_scooter should know that the gum stuff in the tin seems to work on my hair, to a degree, but when I get it trimmed I'll get him to take more off the top because it's just too heavy... I think my hair officially repels everything I throw at it barring straighteners...

I'm going to sign this off now before I ramble any further...
teylaminh: (Photo - Meow)
Yet another miracle worked by Derek at Supercuts...

Photo )

We spent over £200 in Asda last night, but the fridge, freezer and cupboards are completely full, so it wasn't all luxury items. We won't have to do another big shop for at least three months, hopefully. Thank God for the credit card, that's all I can say.

MUST WRITE CHEQUE FOR VICKY'S MUM TONIGHT. Gah. Keep forgetting.

New shoes.

Jul. 3rd, 2008 07:20 pm
teylaminh: (PotC - eurothrashed - rumgone)
Barratts were having a sale, and I am weak...

Pickytures )

I was meant to go to [livejournal.com profile] translucent's Magenta close harmony evening tonight, but I'm so bloody tired I've had to call it off. Not to mention I didn't get home til 6.30 thanks to above-mentioned spending spree and having to drop my prescription off and walk home from the surgery... the combination of first week back and it being a Thursday mean I'm just bloody exhausted. Which also probably accounts for the spending. Still £21 for the lot, including some jelly toe-post squishy barrier things which I'm hoping will make my Monday-purchased sandals a bit more comfortable... although I think they're softening a bit already.

Gah, I'm rambling.

I shall sign this off. Leave me a comment if you want either of the latter two pairs of shoes/boots...

Ow Feet...

Jul. 1st, 2008 11:55 am
teylaminh: (Photo - Sunset orange)
A while ago I finally succeeded in my seemingly endless quest for a pair of sandals which were not any of the following:

(a) Flipflops
(b) Stilettos
(c) Brightly coloured
(d) Too wide
(e) All of the above
(f) Frumpy

Basically, a pair of flat, black sandals without toe posts and preferably with an ankle strap. You honestly would not believe how difficult it is to find some. Apparently, if you don't fit into categories (a) to (e) above, you are clearly Too Old to be wearing pretty sandals and are relegated into category (f), where the only options are horrible granny-style affairs in interesting shades of beige.

Anyway, I did find some in Shoe Zone, eventually. Flat with a slight wedge at the back, and the upper entirely made of knotted black elastic. They looked remarkable comfy and on trying them on the shop seemed to be so.

So, as today is a nice day, I am wearing a skirt (it's even white), sleeveless top and said sandals - first time all year, in fact - and obviously, they hurt like absolute buggery. Whoever thought the elastic was a good idea clearly needs their brain re-wiring.

I mean, I have REALLY narrow feet, and they're still digging in something awful. I have knot impressions on the tops of my feet. God help anyone with wide or fat feet. Unless that would be better because they wouldn't be pressing on the tendons...

So I have to go and find some more sandals at lunchtime, oh joy. I think I spotted some at Deichman yesterday which looked quite nice, even if they DID have toeposts (if I have to, I'll concede...), but I'm sure they had plenty of others, too. I also saw a nice pair in Primark the other day, though the likelihood of being able to find them again is pretty slim. :P

I suppose I can always stick these on ebay rather than add them to my list of Uncomfortable Shoes Reserved for Hobbling From Taxis... they're not nice enough for that. Unless anyone wants them? They're a UK size 4.

In other news, there WAS plenty of work for us this morning, but apparently not for anyone else, so there has been lots of enthusiastic 'help' since 10.15. And now there's nothing, obviously. Bah.
teylaminh: (Random - Cutlery)
So far it hasn't been too bad. I didn't really want to get up this morning due to a late night (we watched Pan's Labyrinth until 11.15) but now I'm in and full of caffeine it's okay. Apparently there was a bit of a kerfuffle last week because the fee earners were panicking and Sandra was being useless, as usual, and also Heather has left so she was finishing everything up before leaving, but other than that it doesn't appear to have been too bad without me. I had to trawl through 115 mostly pointless emails this morning (only three of them were remotely relevant) and somehow managed to do exactly 36.5 hours before I went on leave, so haven't gained any more flex. Meh.

I have become addicted to "Patchworkz" on shockwave.com (it finally works!) which is very mouse-intensive and has given me RSI in my right thumb. I think my mouse is on the way out anyway, so I'll probably plug in the one that came with the new PC. It's a normal type of mouse but at least it's optical.

Still working through putting music on the hard drive. 2.5GB used so far up to F with some exclusions. Some of the CD information online is weirdly wrong. Like, on the De-Lovely soundtrack the information for track 7 is missing, so track 19 (the last one) just... ends up with no name. It's weird. I like the artwork function, though. It's funky, if a little temperamental. So far I'm not hating Vista, also (apart from some backwards-compatibility issues) which is a definite improvement on XP. So much so I haven't even felt the need to turn it into Win 98. ;)

I also ordered the new Alanis album (Flavo[u]rs of Entanglement) which arrived on Saturday. I'm really liking it so far. I think my favourite track is "Not For Us" although the lyrics of the final track (I suck at names) are also striking a chord. On the second bonus CD (I bought the deluxe edition) I also really like "On the Tequila", which disguises itself as a bouncy summer-type song but maintains Alanis's trademark cynicism. I'll post some lyrics later.

Last night I made a sausage casserole from scratch. So here's a recipe, mostly stolen from a google search and modified. I cooked it using the rescued crock pot which was originally under the leaky sink. (I soaked it twice in warm soapy water, before you ask. :P)

Recipe: Sausage Casserole )

Mm. I like making things from scratch and eliminating the need for jars. I have so far managed to stop buying bolognese sauce and now 'Sausage Tonight' type things. Must learn to make curry. Also 'Chicken Tonight' sauces, as they can't be that difficult to recreate.

Oh, incidentally? The shepherd's pie I cooked for my grandmother was totally delicious, thank you very much, although I served far too much of it. I should really stop praising my own cooking so much, but I'm so used to things going horribly wrong like when I was at school that it constantly surprises me that I can actually cook these days, when I've really only learnt properly the past couple of years or so. The key is confidence, experimentation and basic knowledge.

I have my PDR at some point when Marie's finished with Ann, so should probably get this posted. Longest entry in a while... you can tell I'm back at work. :P
teylaminh: (Random - Oblivion wheels)
Meh. Okay. Just ordered a new PC from Ebuyer. £160-ish for Intel Celeron, 1GB RAM and 180GB HDD, so it should actually work - what a novel concept! Also comes with Vista as all new PCs do, which I will inevitably hate because every new OS is increasingly more idiot-proof. How easy is it to reinstall Win XP?

Oh, in the meantime I've set The Beast back up because the other one worked on Tuesday and Thursday and then by Friday was utterly dead. My alternate days theory did not hold out, as it failed to work Saturday either. ;)

Anyway, new machine arrives on Tuesday, hurrah. I'd forgotten how blasted slow this one was, not to mention noisy. GAH.

Yesterday was 'orrible so we watched the last seven episodes or thereabouts of Carnivale season 1 and the first episode of season 2. It's very addictive, and not the kind of thing you can leave for a while and go back to...

On Friday also we went to the Myths & Monsters exhibition at the Gas Hall. The man on reception was desperate to give us a discount. "Are you students? Unemployed?" "Er, we work for the Council?" "That'll do!" - without even checking our passes. So if you go and see it, claim you work for the Council... :) It's quite entertaining and would have been a more relaxing day trip if not for the school group which turned up halfway through our perusal of the exhibits... they were noisy and raucous and running all over the place. Meh. Still, the animatronics are very cool.

We also got new trainers from Deichman, so yay. And went to the pub for tea, and also the chippy on Saturday. V. bad. Diet shot to Hell, as is food diary thanks to lack of PC.

I am entirely too dependent on electronic things, I think...

Anyway. Hopefully my computer woes will be over for a while as of Tuesday, thank anything...
teylaminh: (Photo - Meow)
Weekend )

Yesterday )

Which brings us to today. Obviously, the PC is no longer broken, as I am typing an LJ entry. It didn't work this afternoon when I tried to turn it on but for some reason was absolutely fine a few hours later when Paul came home. Oh, and he managed to leave his keys at home today, as well as his (dead-batteried, admittedly) mobile. Cue me trying to get in touch with him via a very circuitous route involving 118 118 and attempting to send a text to his work email - I presume the latter was intercepted by the firewall, however. Anyway, I did manage to get through and he came home early to beat me going to choir and not being around to let him in.

More Carnivále later. Hopefully if the PC can survive a little bit longer we won't have to get a new machine just yet, so *crosses fingers* here's hoping.

That's everything. Must update food diary.
teylaminh: (Cabaret - Mein Herr)
I had this really odd dream last night/this morning, but I'm debating whether or not to post it under my dream filter. It deserves to be written down for posterity but I'm not sure whether I want to share it with the few people who can read the filter... we'll see. I may well just post it in the eventuality people will skim it...

In other news - no work here, again. It is admitted still first thing in the morning so something may crop up, but there is also nobody in as yet. I can guarantee that next week and the week after (when I'm off work) everything will go mad again. I think the fee earners panic when there's only one of us in, for some reason, and hence end up putting in more work. Half-term week, despite half-capacity staffinga of fee earners, I was kept busy for the entire five days...

In other news, my hair (see icon - hardehar...) is being really strange of late. I now have to wash it twice a week because it becomes horrendously greasy/scummy/flaky after four days, and I've now noticed it's falling out again. I can only attribute this to the fact that I need to straighten it twice a week in addition to washing it, as I haven't dyed it since March. If I didn't have to wash it twice a week then I wouldn't have to straighten it twice a week, etc. It's incredibly annoying and time-consuming. (Falling out is usually a stress reaction, but I can't think what I might be stressed about, given work has been the exact opposite... although it could be delayed, of course.) I may get it chopped off again but keep the asymmetrical fringe, if possible, especially if the summer's going to be warm. Hair at neck = bad, and it's still too short to put up...

Anyway. Swimming with [livejournal.com profile] herringprincess tonight, so let's see how much we manage to drown. Swimming should be nice when the weather gets even warmer, I think. Also only three more weeks of choir until the summer break, thank anything. I have started enjoying it more this year (am really getting back into it, actually, which can only be a good thing) but still, I couldn't manage it all year round.

I have made an executive decision - there is a bike to buy online from Woolworths for £50 (down from £69.99), so I'm going to order that in time for my two weeks off. Alternatively, there is a 50% off sale on at Halfords so if that's still on I'll check there, also.) Exercise, dammit! Need to find someone to go cycling with me, though, as Paul point-blank refuses to try and ride one. Anyone willing? I would be looking at the Kings Heath parks or Cannon Hill if anyone's interested. of course, when I get back into it I could just start cycling to swimming and kill two birds with one stone. I used to cycle miles with my dad around the canals...

Right. I have a long tape to do from the other side so should get on with that, really. Will post dream at some point.
teylaminh: (Christine - I can't escape)
I spent a bit of money today. Not all of it was for me, though...

First of all, at lunchtime I went to Zavvi to look for Alison's present*, and failed horribly because they were apparently in the process of refitting the entire store, and only a little part of it actually contained things to buy. The man on the tills was supremely unhelpful - "It'll probably be upstairs in the comedy section". Will it? Will it really? Hm. Funny how it wasn't, then.

So, having failed on that count, I instead got hold of a complete set of St Trinian's films for my grandmother (excepting the rubbish new one, of course) if she ever manages to come here for her belated birthday dinner at some point, the 2-disc special edition of Sweeney Todd and season 2 of Carnivále, which all came to £55. Not bad.

Then, after work, I went to Primark. It's absolutely the worst shop ever. Even at 4.00pm the queues are ridiculous. The thing I completely don't understand about it, though, is the way people just... leave things by the queuing area, as though they've suddenly decided at the very last minute that they don't want those shoes or that top. It's weird, not to mention lazy and slobbish. Whilst in Primark I got some new socks and some support tights, finally, and spent exactly £12.00 in there.

I had a little look in the new shoe shop that's opened where Topshop used to be but there was nothing particularly exciting there. It's like Brantano only not as good, really.

And finally, I managed to get a new swimming costume - £14 from Bonmarché. I am officially now a middle-aged woman (and if age is all in the mind, and I feel frelling ancient, why can't I retire yet? :P). But seriously? It should NOT be this difficult to find a swimming costume just because the rest of the known universe can (a) afford a nice tropical holiday or (b) is a stick figure. SOME OF US DO NOT LOOK GOOD IN BIKINIS. End of story.

Both of these shopping experiences were marred by the RUDEST SHOPPERS KNOWN TO MAN. If they weren't barging through me, standing in doorways, pushing me out of the way or prodding/poking/pushing me and my bag, they were just... there. Being annoying. Shopping is bloody annoying where other people are concerned.

Anyway. I think there are just a couple of other bits to get for Alison and I'm done.

*Ali - this is the present I mentioned which you might think was rubbish. It was going to be a complete, 6-DVD set of Eddie Izzard performances. I figured you already have them on video but it's always nice to have these things on DVD. Ah well. If I find it again you can have it for Christmas...

Random.

May. 29th, 2008 09:15 am
teylaminh: (PotC - eurothrashed - thatway)
We ended up going to the pub last night because... er, it was payday? Well, as ever, nothing was defrosted and the only cook-from-frozen stuff left was fish, and we'd had scampi on Tuesday. Anyway, I had the nicest steak I've had in a while, and we ended up staying and half-playing the pub quiz. The majority of it turned out to be piss easy, at least until the final round when they pulled out the ridiculously obscure questions.

We are now trying to formulate a team to go back there at some point. [livejournal.com profile] yoshi may call people because if I ask, nobody will want to come. :P

I'm sure I had more to say than that. Um. I didn't realise until yesterday (upon checking the leave chart) that Noor is in fact off all of this week and not just two days, but thankfully there are also plenty of solicitors off because of half term so it hasn't been too insanely busy...

Tonight we are having stir-fry so I need to get some bits for that.

We are considering a London matinee at some point in my week off in June but I can't decide what to see. Vicky gave me a £10 theatre voucher for Christmas which I would like to use so I need to check where stuff is playing (it's only valid at certain theatres), but I'm considering Wicked, The Sound of Music or another viewing of Phantom or Avenue Q. I need a London theatre guide. Of course, it's also a case of when the mid-week matinees are...

Also? I wanted to see the tour of Mary Poppins but have just found out/re-remembered that Connie (ex-Maria) is in it. Meh. I don't like Connie. Also, I imagine they think it's incredibly ironic / clever to put her into another old Julie Andrews role, but it's really just annoying. And anyway, I thought she'd moved onto television territory these days? Annoying.

However, we may well be seeing Our House (the Madness musical) at the Rep so that should be cool. I saw a televised version on BBC3 which they recorded of the original London production and it was actually surprisingly good...

I think that's definitely everything...
teylaminh: (Edward - butterfly)
£161 last night... which oddly, is £30 more than last time even though we didn't get any fruit or veg other than salad and a pineapple, as it's best to just buy brocolli and stuff fresh as and when needed. £16 was beer for Paul, £17 on some trousers and a top for me (dark red 3/4-length combats and a nice t-shirt), plus a box of wine (£12) and some more of the nice vodka (£11.50). So that knocks £56.50 off already. We got two HUGE bottles of Lenor softener for a fiver, which will probably last about a year. ;) Also, six packets of Supernoodles (clearly part of our 'healthy eating' drive... :P) for £2.00, which was ridiculous. And obviously, stocked up on meat (minces, pork joint and belly, steaks) and frozen fish and shampoo and juice and pretty much everything else.

I think next time I may order online, as the taxi is usually £7 and they charge £6 to deliver... Also I might not be so tempted by random offers as they ambush me...

So, that's that for another two months. Although tonight I need to get chicken and mushrooms from Tesco as I'll be cooking for Lisa on Monday - the ever-special chicken/gorgonzola*/mushroom pasta concoction.

TGI a bank holiday, that's what I say.

So far the plan is this:

Saturday - moving bedroom around. Should be knackering but cathartic. To include hoovering and dusting.

Sunday - recovering from above.

Monday - new tattoos, assuming the place is open. MUST SORT OUT DESIGN.

And then back to work. Also must book choir concert tickets this weekend before I forget...

Considering I didn't have time / forgot to vote (which would have been the first time ever) I'm pleased to note that Moseley/Kings Heath still boasts a Lib Dem councillor in the form of Mike Mullaney. He wrote our household a nice letter, which is more than the other candidates did. :P We may get a train station at this rate...

* Well, 'generic blue cheese' this time...

Misc.

May. 1st, 2008 01:08 pm
teylaminh: (Cabaret - Maybe This Time)
As an addendum to yesterday's post, apparently the rest of season 2 of UB will be back on Channel 4 on 30 May. So, a whole nother month to wait... this is from someone on the forums, though, so I hold little to no hope it's actually true...

Paul and I are going to Asda tonight for our bi-monthly Meat Excursion, although mostly because we've run out of everything from toilet roll to fabric softener. At least everything runs out simultaneously... and at least, equipped with a credit card, my current account will not reel from the gutpunch that is the inevitable expenditure... I will be financially sound by the end of this year, dammit. :P

I'm currently in the process of trying to find somewhere for a friend from Uni to live for six months, and luckily enough, Richie is moving out of his room. Would be nice if she took it up, as it's only up the road from me. :) I would offer our attic, but to be honest it's more fair to pay someone to live up there than the other way around... aside from the fact that it's full of my boxes, it's cold in winter, hot in summer, and the ceiling is caving in and is literally held up with sellotape... so not exactly habitable.

Here's hoping the nice weather holds out for the weekend and bank holiday, even though we're going to be moving furniture on Saturday. I'll be sure to post before and after shots. Even bought a new duvet cover last night from Roseby's that was reduced from £19 to £9.50, in honour of the occasion. ;)
teylaminh: (Photo- rose)
Yesterday it woz our anniversary. :)

The proceedings actually started a little earlier than that, though, as I didn't go to choir on Tuesday night. This was because (a) I'd forgotten my music, and (b) I was coughing a lot and decided I'd rather save my voice for Sunday's concert. Admittedly, we have a 'sick bay' for people who can't sing, but (c) I was also knackered. So, instead we went out for a meal, starting in the Windsor for drinks, another in the Yard of Ale, and then onto Del Villagio in the Bull Ring just to give it a try.

I had the seafood starter, which was very nice. It was a typical 'fruits du mer' type deal, with mussells, prawns, calamari and langostines... I think that's what they're called, anyway - those little baby lobster things. All delicious, although I had to get Paul to extract the meat from the lobster things for me because as soon as I picked it up I had a minor freak out. EYES AND A HEAD, not to mention legs. I don't like my food judging me. :P The meat itself was absolutely gorgeous, mind you...

Paul had a safer starter of tomato and mozzarella... Our mains were also delicious; Paul had the 'del villagio' pizza and I had a carbonara.

We ended the night by watching Snatch, which meant I was entitled to do the film-infliction the day after...

Our Anniversary )

I now have no more leave booked until January, so it's back to proper full weeks at work as of next week. Luckily, there's a bank holiday soon. ;) I might book some leave for June, I think...

As for the credit card, it took a bit of a battering yesterday, but as it's a joint card at least we're both paying it off. Once some of what's already gone on there is paid off, I'm going to get a new camera...
teylaminh: (Photo - mask tattoo)
Credit card arrived last night, is now activated, and I bought some perfume off eBay. Paul now needs to spend £24 on something so it's even, to facilitate easier paying off.

It's a bottle of Anna Sui's "Ooh La Love", which looks to be another of those annoying limited edition release perfumes, but at least I have one now. Or will have, when it arrives from Hong Kong...

Went swimming with Alison last night for the first time in about four weeks, and we managed 8 lengths... the 9th one killed us. Still, considering when we started we couldn't even manage one, it's a bit more impressive... (I should hasten to add, the eight lengths are not in one go...)

Paul has posted the Derren Brown photos on Facebook and I will be working on icons and such this weekend...

Oh, and last night I was reading through the lyrics list for "Broken Record" and was half inspired to continue it for the first time in ages... just, some of the songs are so perfect, and some didn't have notes on them because they were just a general aura of the chapter, so I managed to fit some bits I've written around them. Which was good. I hold out no hope of ever finishing it, still, but it's nice that the inspiration came back, albeit briefly...
teylaminh: (Chicago - cell block tango)
I went to Court today to observe a hearing. Unfortunately it wasn't anything juicy, but it was interesting nonetheless. The hearing itself lasted a grand total of half an hour (15 minutes of advocates only before lunch, 15 minutes afterwards with everyone) but we were in Court from 9.00 until 3.00, pretty much, with a break for lunch...

The Team Manager was lovely (she and the Social Worker recognised my name from having to send emails to them on behalf of solicitors) and also the Guardian was really nice. Counsel for mother was very abrupt and really reminded me of someone, though I can't put my finger on who... Solicitor for dad was a right slimeball, though. Really crawling and horrible. Still, it's good to put some faces to names at last. Dad made an effort to look smart but Mum didn't... they both looked like proper Jeremy Kyle fodder, though. ;)

Yeah. Interesting. The County Court was nothing like the big, Dickensian courtrooms I'd been envisaging up to now, though. ;)

In the break before regrouping at 2.15, I managed to get a black pinstripe suit in the sale in H&M for £25. Initially I was just going to get the trousers as they were a tenner, but there happened to be a matching jacket in my size, and that was only £15. I probably shouldn't have spent the money, but my only decent suit is pale blue and my black skirt doesn't fit any more (and my jacket is a zip-up, not as smart as I would like) so it's at least a decent purchase. I'd rather spend £25 for it than £55, anyway. :)

That's about it. Except that I have learnt the following: green pesto makes brilliant potato wedges; red pesto does not. :P
teylaminh: (Photo - Sunset pink)
I never quite understood the purpose of limited edition perfumes. Especially when they're really nice, very popular, and incredibly difficult to get hold of once they inevitably run out. I suppose there's a drive to make lots of money in a short space of time by playing on the 'limited edition release' idea, but I'm sure the companies would make just as much money by bringing out a 'permanent' perfume and selling lots of it over time. I mean, can you imagine if Chanel No. 5 had been limited edition?

My mother and I both fell in love with Escada's "Ibiza Hippie" perfume, which was a limited edition scent. She managed to get one a few years back on ebay after hers ran out, and I probably should have followed suit last year when I was hunting as there are now only a few left. The limited edition scent that Escada brought out after "Ibiza Hippie" was horrible, too. :(

Mind you, it's just as difficult to get hold of non-discontinued perfumes, and I need some more of Nina Ricci's "Belles des Ricci" scent, "Liberty Fizz" (the green one). Apparently you can still buy it in Boots and places like that, but I haven't seen it since it was popular in about 1997. I know it still exists, because people are still wearing it. ;) It's readily available on ebay, luckily, for a fairly decent price, so at least I can get a new one of that before it runs out entirely. It's always been one of my favourite scents, and considering I bought my original one when I was about 16 or so, it's lasted ten years. Mostly because I rarely wear perfume...

I am now watching a 100ml bottle of "Ibiza Hippie" and a regular-sized bottle (I think it's 50ml) of "Liberty Fizz" on ebay in the hope that Goldfish will send me a credit card.

I remember also never being able to find a tester of Anna Sui's "Ooh La La" so didn't end up getting any so might also look for that one... (Edit: Now watching one of those, too. :P)

Considering I never used to wear any perfume, I seem to have garnered a rather large collection... In order of when I bought / was bought them, I now have:

Nina Ricci - Belles des Ricci "Liberty Fizz" (green)
Nina Ricci - Belles des Ricci "Delice D'Espice" (yellow - I think that's what its called...)
Escada - "Ibiza Hippie" (used sparingly)
Anna Sui - "Dolly Girl" (shaped like a pink mannequin head)
Anna Sui - "Sui Dreams" (blue handbag)
Nina Ricci - "Nina" (red apple)
Givenchy - "Ange ou Demon?" (this is my 'posh' perfume. :P I was attracted to it because of the name...)
And another one that Paul's mum got me for Christmas, but I don't remember the name. I think it's a Margaret Astor scent. I like it more the more I wear it. :)

I've also got a Boots white musk roll-on thing that someone got me for Christmas once, which I wear occasionally...

As all of my perfumes have different-coloured bottles / boxes, naturally I colour-code them to whatever I'm wearing. ;) I do save some for 'best', though, like the Escada one and the green Nina Ricci. (I can still remember discovering that one, too - I was at Clothes Show Live because I did GCSE Textiles Technology and someone sprayed me with it whilst I was walking past...)

Anyway, that's enough about that.

I have my 1:1 on Thursday afternoon so will tactfully bring up the Sandra-taking-ages issue. Tomorrow morning I'm going to Court with Heather to view a hearing - apparently it's just a boring contact argument, but I need it for my PDR and nobody else offered. I could have viewed a hearing before the infamous 'Hippo', but I'd heard that he tended to turn away observers. Anyway, it all depends on whether the parents will let me stay...

I think I might get my hair layered during my leave. It's reached the stage now where I need to straighten it to stop it looking stupid, but the back is still a bit thick... I might go for that bob I was thinking of originally, but we shall see...

And now I shall sign this one off, as the lull in work has ceased. :)
teylaminh: (NBC - tower light)
I'll put the majority of this under LJ-cuts to save your friends-lists, and because I'm sure nobody's actually that interested.  But anyway, here's an update of recent happenings.

Thursday
Thursday was mostly an ordinary day at work, and I got a lift home at 4.45 in order to get changed and go out again to see Sweeney Todd at the Alex, starring Jason Donovan and Harriet Thorpe (she of Brittas Empire fame - she played Carole, the mad receptionist).  I had absolutely no idea what to expect of the show, other than it was by Sondheim and therefore inevitably quite good.  Sweeney Todd )

This would have been a much better review on Thursday, or at least closer to the event, but I've not had the time...

Friday
So, on Friday, Paul and I headed off into town to the Art Nouveau Poster exhibition at the Gas Hall, which was pleasant enough.  This was to signify the start of a rather cultured weekend.  After that we sat on the steps of Chamberlain Square in the sunshine for a bit, and went to the Yard of Ale to waste more money in their ItBox.  A quick trip to Paul's to get his stuff, and then back into town to get food in the Briar, to discover that they've stopped doing the interesting-sounding nacho platter that they had in their menu for all of a week... and, of course, more money-wasting in the ItBox.  We really need to get over our gambling addiction...

I don't remember what we did in the evening...

Saturday
Saturday, I dragged Paul up to Derby for the day, which was very nice indeed.  It was a lovely day, and even though the city centre was as busy as usual, it was quieter around the edges.  Quite a nostalgic day for me, discovering new shops that had sprung up since December 2004 (my last visit, with Vicky) and others which had disappeared.

We had a wander around the Victorian Market Hall before lunch, where Paul bought me a new hat. )  Which was nice.  You can never have too many hats.  This brings my fedora/trilby total up to four: black corduroy with pink/turquoise ribbon band and buckle, turquoise felt, white fluffy knitted with black/gold pattern, new orange/black check.  I've also got another one coming from eBay shortly, as well.  Pictures of that whe it arrives.

We also went into HMV, where I bought him two CDs (anniversary presents, you see) and several DVDs: Terry Gilliam's Brazil, The Jacket, and Shirley Valentine for my mum, as all three were ridiculously cheap in the sale.  I should have bought the Wizard of Oz 3-disc set for £9.99 whilst I was there, as it's not on sale in Birmingham. :(

We wandered around the museum and art gallery, since I'd spent four years in the city and never managed to do so, and continued our cultured weekend.  The contemporary stuff was alternatively quite good and quite crap - the "Blue" paintings based on Mediterranean waves were really cool, as were the photographs of shoes in different locations (they were better than they sound).  The museum's mummy room is frelling brilliant, too - they have a mummy in there where the face, hands and one of the feet are visible and perfectly preserved.  The teeth are also bright white, which was quite scary, but they could well be fake...

After that, we went to Barracuda Bar for food, and for lunch we had an entire farm.  No, really.  Vegetarians, turn away now. )  We did quite well, considering, and didn't need to eat for the rest of the day.  Unsurprisingly.

After that, we went for a walk to burn off the calories and meat headaches, so I dragged Paul towards The Factory, where I took a couple of pictures on my phone.  They don't seem to have emailed, though, so I'll have to try that again later.  I imagine they're not that good anyway.

Finally, we ended up at Coyote Wild - another place I failed to get into at Uni, mostly because we got IDed on the way in and didn't bother afterwards, being pissed off that a predominantly student-orientated city wouldn't accept NUS cards as ID - and sat in there until 5.30 trying not to fall asleep.  We definitely need a Coyote Wild in Birmingham - they do flaming shots!  Including absinthe, served with sugar and a spoon!  Unfortunately, by that point the other market had closed, and also the Eagle Centre is being refurbished so I was completely confused to find exits missing.  Anyway, we went back to the station and managed to get straight on a train.

So, yeah.  A very nice day.  It seems the city is now realising the full potential of having students and graduates living there; it now has another Subway, a Benjys, and the 'pub strip' along Friargate continues to extend.  As much as I would love to live back there, Paul won't have any of it.  Well, except perhaps for six months or so, but I think we'd both miss Birmingham too much.  I missed Birmingham when I was at Uni, but all the same, going back to Derby still feels comforting and homely...

Anyway, we bought a bottle of wine upon arriving back at New Street, and headed home afterwards.

Sunday
Sunday was our anniversary. )

Quite a strange day, really.  It was nice enough, but I couldn't really shake the disappointment of our plans being scuppered by Bacchus' opening hours again (the first time being on my birthday, when we got there too late) or the annoyance of everythng getting ruined by football, as usual.

Monday
Monday was quite subdued, by comparison.  The morning was spent watching crap television, as usual, and I was in a grumpy mood for various reasons that I don't want to go into, and then we spent the afternoon like civilised people and played Scrabble.  I won four games out of six.  I rock.

Watched half of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind at Paul's before bed and had tinned bolognese on toast for supper.  Mm.

There was a random hilarity in the middle of the night (5.15am, to be precise) when Paul shouted "Fuck off!" to imaginary dream-people and woke me up.  Somehow, it seemed to also coincide with whatever I was dreaming out, which I now can't remember.  Apparently, in the dream, he was shouting to people across a road at the top of his lungs, and then woke himself up with the shouting.  I just remember some incoherent mumbling and then the swearing...

I went into town with him (he had to go to work) and went to McDonalds for breakfast, then wandered around trying to find shops that were open.  First, I went into Superdrug and got some disposable razors.  I'd gone in for hair dye, but didn't find that until much later in the morning in the little Superdrug on New Street.  I'll post pictures when it's done, if it works.  Also searched for said hair dye in Boots and failed horribly.  I was technically in town looking for some black cord trousers/jeans/similar and some sandals for the summer, and failed on both accounts. I got my grandmother a birthday card in WHSmiths (eventually, when it opened), and got myself a new purse off one of the stalls.  It's a bit smaller than my current one, but that one is slowly giving up the ghost, which serves me right for buying cheap purses, I suppose...

Then I went to look around Primark, which was nice only in the fact that it was empty and not like a jumble sale.  Didn't buy anything, though.  I was going to go around the Bull Ring, but got distracted by shiny things in HMV.  Unfortunately, I completely failed to get anything in the sales, and came out with four things at full price instead...

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical Box - 3 CDs for £8.99!  It has some songs I don't already have, and I'm a sucker for musicals compilations anyway...
The Corpse Bride soundtrack
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory soundtrack (both Elfman)
Alanis Morrisette's Feast on Scraps, which I've been eyeing for the past two years... still not reduced, but what the hell.  This will hopefully be my last splurge before the flat happens, other than upgrading my computer.

And that, I think, is that.

Today, I'm going to have a shower, change my bed, and, um, do nothing much else, because my back aches.  Tomorrow I will hopefully go through those bloody boxes in my room, because they're annoying me.  At some point, I also need to send off more application forms for inevitable rejection.

Maybe a couple of other posts later if I can be bothered.  I should say some stuff about the past year, and some other stuff, too.  And I have some interesting photos to post.  Brace yourselves.

Finally.

Mar. 16th, 2006 08:03 pm
teylaminh: (SB - Max - Oy)
Internets is all mine now, and seems to be working marginally better.  Luckily, a new aerial was going to be part of the upgrade plan.

Anyhoo.  Amazon order has finally been sent (after some glaring and swearing and angry quadruple-clicking) and consists of the following:

Gary Jules - Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets (the album that's got "Mad World" on it; it was worth the £2.00 different to get the bloody album rather than the single)
Kelly Clarkson - Breakaway (shut up)
KT Tunstall - Eye to the Telescope (I've liked what I've heard on the adverts...)
Babyshambles - Down in Albion (for Paul)
Animalympics on VHS (if I visit [livejournal.com profile] thefleshfailure belatedly for her birthday, depending on finances, I'm taking this with me.  ALL 1970s animated movies are teH gay.)
[Top Secret Thing] on DVD (for [livejournal.com profile] thefleshfailure; part two coming when I get around to going shopping, hopefully next Wednesday)

Now I need to go and update my wish list...

Oh, and what's with the bloody weather today?  It's March, for crying out loud!  I love snow as much as the next child, but come on, universe!  We would like some warmth now!

MP3.

Feb. 21st, 2006 01:28 pm
teylaminh: (Default)
Okay, forget Sony and their sexy MP3-player. Creative may have to be the way to go.

My current MP3-player is by Creative and is the Muvo 128MB, which I bought just over a year ago for £80... it's served me very well and is still working just fine.

Alas, it's not that pretty.

The new Zen Micro is gorgeous. And look at the colours! I'm very tempted by the lime green or the red, although if I get one it'll be the black one for practical reasons.

It's selling at around £160-180 so I think I'll be getting myself one of those when I'm paid...

Hatgasm.

Feb. 2nd, 2006 09:23 pm
teylaminh: (Buffy - Jealous Vampire Crap)
This is exactly why I'm never signing up to eBay.  And also exactly why I should.

Does some kind person want to buy me this?  It's nearly Valentine's Day and I know you all love me. :P

I will love you forever.

Seriously.  It's the coolest hat EVER.  You have to admit that.

Someone?  Anyone?  Please?

Things.

Jan. 30th, 2006 10:23 pm
teylaminh: (Random - Me - meow)
Things that are Aggravating, Things that are Good, and Things that are Strange.

Aggravating
The fact that I've been trying to book tickets online for Jerry Springer: The Opera since lunchtime and our crappy BCC internet connection refuses to load the damn pages and so does AOL because it's a complete bastard.  I've asked my mother to book them for me tomorrow, but I'll try it again first thing tomorrow morning at work when the entire council and its dog aren't trying to access their online email or whatever.

Good
Despite both my Matalan and Amazon money being paid out of my account, I'm still £142 in credit.  But my rent and ticket-buying will kill that pretty swiftly, alas...

Strange
I had a dream about Harry Potter last night.  I would ordinarily filter my dreams but this one doesn't need much interpreting... though quite why I'm dreaming of Harry Potter, I don't know.  From what I remember, they were all in about their fifth year (they all looked about 16 or so, and this was movieverse) and had to undertake some kind of project, either in small groups or individually (that wasn't particularly clear).  Harry had, for some reason, asked Snape for advice on his project, and Snape had shown him to a Top Secret Room in a bit of the castle that only he had the key for.  There was a lock on the door that was specifically designed "to make sure the ghost was locked in", but I have no idea why... I've neve heard of a ghost-proof lock, either, but there we go.

So Harry found whatever it was he was looking for, and then Ron and Hermione came to look for him, and they were a couple... in fact, they were a very couply couple indeed.  Hermione was wearing a pale blue jumper, too.  I don't know why that's relevant, but it sticks in my memory.

I am quite confused by this dream because a) I'm not remotely obsessed with Harry Potter, as it's mostly just a passing interest and b) I don't know enough about it to even ascertain my favourite 'ship, though I understand that Ron/Hermione is a popular one.

So, yeah.  That was odd.
teylaminh: (Random - Drag Crossing)
After collating, it turns out there are 30 sets of minutes.  They don't look to be too bad/illegible, though, so I'm hoping they won't take me that long.  It'll just be frelling tedious...

Anyway, this is mostly a photopost.  Whilst I could rant about the fact that I was waiting 45 minutes for a bus that's meant to be ever 20 this morning, I won't, because it's boring.  TWM will get their comeuppance at the Apocalypse, mark my words.

I went to Matalan today, and spent £81 that I shouldn't have done... but the good thing about Matalan is I get a heck of a lot for that amount of money. :D  Before I post those pictures, though, I'd completely forgotten about these two from the weekend:

Boyfriend + silly hats = fun )

Okay, and here's the purchases from this evening, as a result of which I will need to have another clear out of shoes, tops, trousers and general otherness.  Not to be confused with Otherness, which is something else entirely more complicated...

Shoes and trousers and tops, oh my! )

That's me done for a while, at least.

Hurry up and cook, food.
teylaminh: (MH - wrong but pretty - D/Y)
Was just investigating on Amazon to see how much getting stuff on DVD would set me back... Several problems, really.

Frasier has only been released up to season 4 that I can see, so no chance of a full, 10-season boxset release any time soon, and it'll probably be horrendously expensive when it happens since the individual serieses are about £35 each.

DS9 and Voyager have full-season sets out, but they're both £450. Four hundred and fifty quid! I mean, I want them, but they're not worth that much. Way to sponge off the die-hard Trekkies, you capitalist bastards...

The Nanny only has seasons 1 and 2 released on the UK site, and they're only in Region 1. I'm not holding out much hope for a British release, so they'll have to wait until I get a multi-region player...

Friends DVD sets are still dirt-cheap in Asda, so I'll probably get them as and when. Not particularly high on my priorities at the moment...

Carnivale and Dead Like Me's season 2s will hopefully be getting a UK DVD release soon. I may splurge on that Twin Peaks set, though... anyone got a clue if Season 2 was going to get a release in the end or not? Originally the sales were low so they weren't going to bother, or so I heard...

I'll investigate stuff like South Park and Pokémon (the videos were a rip-off; we want full-season box sets, please) later... and, ooh, that reminds me that they had ALL the Looney Tunes on DVD in HMV last year...

But in summary, this sucks quite a lot. But I think I'd like to make a start on getting Frasier first, because I caught some of season 1 last night on Paramount and had forgotten how wonderful it was. :D Looks like it'll be a box-set per month for a while... it's more fun collecting that way, anyway, and honestly, the level of geekiness I used to have is pretty much going to be condensed to Burton-stuff, because it's all marvellous. Maybe Farscape just because it deserves it...

So, yeah. Will have a look tonight, compare prices in HMV tomorrow night in town, and see. I get paid tomorrow, anyway.

Yes. There'll be a real entry later. I just wanted to vent about the stupidity of DVD releases for a bit.

Shopping.

Jan. 11th, 2006 09:05 am
teylaminh: (Random - Atget mouth door)
Went sale shopping last night, because Debenham's had a big sale on. Except, really, I wasn't in the mood for all the hassle of going through sale racks, especially since I seem to have lost my knack of homing in on the one, perfect thing that just happens to be in my size.

Anyway, I did manage to get some new trainers, and was then very naughty and got a skirt from Per Una at M&S... except their website sucks and I left the disc at home with the photo on it, so no photo yet. It's khaki tartan, asymmetrical, with three layers (two tartan, one slightly darker, and one mesh underneath) and a rouched bit at the side that pulls up... basically, it's a Victorian-era whore skirt, ankle length at one side and then just under knee length at the other.

The picture will explain better. Stupid M&S website. I suspect it's a brand new arrival that hasn't made it online yet.

So, both of those set me back £45 each (they're cheaper in America, too. Unsurprisingly.), and I once again learnt the joys of being a shoe-size 4.5 and a clothing size 13. Which, obviously, doesn't exist. I need to lose weight anyway; half of my frelling jeans don't fit.

So, yeah.

I'm very tired this morning... still having trouble getting to sleep at night even though I'm always sleepy, which is annoying. Luckily David was off today and I was leaving as he came back from taking my mum to work, so I blagged a lift. Ticket office was closed, had to get a Permit to Travel, blah blah blah. But I have a bottle of Mango Tango, so that makes it all okay.

Oh, yes, our internet isn't working. Well, the modem is working, but AOL is being a moron again and refusing to find the signal... the current suspicion is that David's been messing with things he doesn't understand, like blokes do, and has done something to the connection. His computer's next to useless but the CD-writer's faster, and my mum's is the one that controls the network and hence the one he also uses to get online with.

And this, dear friends, is why I am very protective of anyone touching my computer without prior permission. Luckily, because it's so slow, nobody ever wants to, even though it probably works better than the other two. :D (I will upgrade soon. I will.)

Right, best do some work, I suppose...

Oh, yeah, I forgot: I started reading The World According to Garp last night, which is quite good. I saw the film adaptation many moons ago and only remember the presence of Robin Williams, though reading the summary of the book reminded me of more.

WHO'S COMING TO ROCKY HORROR?

Updatey.

Dec. 1st, 2005 08:15 pm
teylaminh: (Cabaret - Mein Herr)
Sooo yes.

The Forum is no more; 'tis an ex-Forum, as of 4.45 yesterday.  The last post was on Reginald Barclay's "Two Minutes Silence for the Forum" thread and was from Mitophus, who simply asked "Has it started yet, then?"  I don't think it could have ended on anything better.

We had commiseration drinks at the Trocadero on the road-that-Tesco's-is-on and failed completely to go to the Capones gig at the Market Tavern because it was miles away.  We ran into [livejournal.com profile] 87wt2gxq7 at the German Market with some of his colleagues, who told us where everyone else had gone.  There was quite a good turn out at the pub but I can barely remember who was there now.

I was tired and cranky; Paul got tipsy and started sulking (don't ask) and I couldn't get to sleep for being annoyed and upset because of said sulking.  So that was fun.

Today we had a 'team building' lunch at Pizza Hut, but since Tina H couldn't go she said we can have another one next week.  So I did a grand total of about 2.5 hours of work today.

Went into town post-counselling to put a hole in the Christmas shopping; also went to get some Christmas decorations for the office as we've put together a decoration fund for that purpose.  But as I got off the bus I was caught in the freak hailstorm and lost all motivation to go shopping for other people and bought things for myself instead: a pretty black velvet skirt with lots of layers and beading and lace in it, £20 from Mark One, and some undies from Primark.

And then got caught in 5 o'clock traffic trying to get home.

My theory that TWM are in league with Satan was proven again today, though, by the fact that I - and, in fact, a bus load of people - had to endure the journey with some squawking, loud teenage girl at the back laughing like a foghorn with her friends.  For about 45 minutes, in traffic.  Journeys like that are little experiences of what Hell must be like, seriously.

I had a nice warm bath, and am now waiting for food to cook, although aforesaid bath has relaxed me to the point of falling asleep.  So I'll sign this one off.
teylaminh: (Cabaret - Maybe This Time)
In other news, I'm buying this quite shortly.

I know, I only just got a new phone.  But I spotted that on on Thursday whilst out phone-shopping with Paul and instantly started drooling.  It's quite unashamedly girly, but I don't care.

My mum wants a Lobster (my current phone), and after the fiasco when I returned from Uni when we both had the same Nokia 3510i, especially given my transitory preference for the subLCD picture, it was confusion waiting to happen.

So, I'm selling the Lobster to my mother for £45 + me-cooking-a-meal (I  bought it for £70, which included £20 of airtime...) which will pay for roughly half of the pretty new Siemens.

For this, I blame the vodka entirely.  Don't ask.
teylaminh: (Buffy - sanity)
I went there to get Season 1 of Carnivale on DVD as Season 2 has started on FX and I seem to've misplaced my tapes... or possibly taped Jerry Springer: The Opera over them by accident.  Bought completely on a whim; I only saw the first two episodes, but what I did see, I really enjoyed.  Vaguely reminiscent of The X-Files or Twin Peaks in its style and quite promisingly dark.  So that'll set me and Paul up nicely for another DVD marathon or two...

I had to resist the urge, whilst there, to get Twin Peaks season 1 + Fire Walk With Me for just over £30, as well as pre-ordering the Farscape full-season box set that's coming out on 4th October - unlike the last one, it's got all of the original two-disc editions (40 in total) and will need a whole new shelf... and as a result I might sell my originals.  Except season 3, as they were limited edition...

...and herein lies the reason I have so much frelling crap lying around the place.  Meh.

Anyway, as a result, my wishlist has increased substantially.  It's highly unlikely anyone will ever buy me anything, but anyway.

I got my first ever proper BCC payslip today.  Unfortunately, due to the fact that the Council's internal post takes a minimum of a month to get anything delivered anywhere (I'm not kidding) it's been sent as a cheque instead, as my wage mandate form hasn't reached Salaries yet.  Bugger.  So I'll have to phone them up tomorrow and say "Yes, it's on the way, you might get it in about 2007..." - but in any case, I got £500 odd for my first 16 days or so of work, so yay for that.  (Would've been about £700 but for tax, NI and pension... bloody politicians.)  In my induction today, Carol W (whom I have an irrational fear of since Ye Inline Faga) told me that because I've been there a year she's starting me off midway up the scale instead of at the bottom - normally your pay goes up every six months to the next increment - so I'm getting more than I was anticipating anyway. :)  I'll take that as an apology for the constant fuck-ups in getting me in position...

Oh, we also attempted to book the tickets to London on National Express earlier, as they were offering 'fun fares' starting at £1.00... but they only let you order one at a time and if you order more than one the others are charged as full price.  We tried ordering them one after the other and on separate computers, but each time it increased the price by about £2.00.  Corporate bastards.  In any case, the tickets are now booked so we can get to London; my task is now to figure out the tube journey, hurrah!
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The obscure The Nanny quote speaks truth, alas.

Coming back from Paul's, I discovered myself in Birmingham, and decided to go hunting for a new purse.  Which naturally involved a spending spree in the process because the shops were all empty at 9.30am...

But since I'm no longer going to be spending the money in Derby, I might as well spend it on something more lasting anyway.

So.

H&M
~ Black and white striped top with off-the-shoulder rouched thing and button.  It's hard to describe. The website's bloody useless or I'd post a photo... (£14.99)
~ Cerise mohair jumper with wide turn-down at the neck, and two big bobbles hanging off it.  It was the bobbles that sold it, really. ;) (£19.99)
~ Six little butterfly clips in black, as they work better than hair grips in my hair.  (£1.50)

Total: £36.48

Primark
~ Leather belt, blue, filigree/jewel buckle (£3.00)
~ Canvas belt, dark pink, holes punched all the way down. (£1.00)
~ Ditto, but grey. (£1.00)

Total: £5.00

(Oh, come on.  I paid about £12.00 for a similar buckled-belt from New Look in February...)

Topshop
~ Jeans.  Coloured stitching and interesting back pockets, otherwise fairly ordinary.  I just had a jeans craving.  (£30.00)

Stall on New Street
~ Purse (£3.00)

Grand Total:  £74.48

Uh, yeah.  It was an accident, I swear...  Shopping makes me happy.  I can't quite pinpoint whether it's the getting of new things or the general spending of money, though.  Or perhaps a combination of the two.  My shopaholism actually declined when I started getting the bus home from work on a regular basis in January and wasn't being picked up, because we'd inevitably go to Asda or Matalan and I'd buy things.  But anyway, it's been a very long time since I splurged, and it's all very pretty...

Photos maybe later if I can be bothered...

Edit: Photos! )

No, I have no idea why you people would be interested in my purchases, but it's easier than describing them... and yes, I'm bored.

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