crystalcazzie: (Picard Squee)
So... you may remember that a few weeks ago I asked if anyone wanted to see Dar Williams with me cos she was coming to London and I've loved her music for well over ten years now but never had the chance to see her before.

Well, my brother bought me tickets to see her for my birthday and I dragged Paul along with me and it was absolutely amazing! The venue was tiny and informal and absolutely lovely. She sang some of her older songs as well as ones from the new album and she was so nice and chatty between each one.

Then she hung around afterwards to sign things! I was not expecting that, so I didn't bring anything. I asked her to sign my ticket and apologised for not thinking to bring a CD. She said she was happy to sign anything so I said I'd make sure to bring the weirdest thing I could think of next time!

And then I got my picture taken with her:



I'm sorry that I look so bad. Paul and I had shared a bottle of wine and it stained my teeth rather badly! But it's a picture of me with Dar Williams! asefdakgjhdafgkjhdfagjkhdagjkv!
crystalcazzie: (DW Eleven/River)
A couple of weeks ago this post came across my dash on Tumblr and I was inspired to try my hand at making my own comic book heels.

I didn't have high hopes about my ability to produce anything even halfway decent but I'm actually really pleased with how they turned out:

Photobucket

More pics under here )

As I said on Tumblr, I now need somewhere to show them off. Possibly another convention of some sort...
crystalcazzie: (DW Eleven/River)
I have returned from the 11th Hour convention! And yes, I had a brilliant time. That's not to say there wasn't some serious anxiety, but I got through it and the good parts of the weekend definitely outweighed the bad.

Here, have some ramblings about my time there:

The 11th Hour Report )
crystalcazzie: (Snowman and Santa)
Less than two weeks to Christmas now, so I think it's safe to say we are officially in the festive season. I've changed to the Christmas icon and theme for my LJ. If I knew where my USB fairy lights were I'd have them round my laptop screen right now, but I don't and that makes me sad. Maybe I'll find them tomorrow when I continue decorating.

Today I dressed the tree. I'm like the Christmas fairy. People left the house with a bare tree in the living room and when they came back -bam- all pretty and decorated. The good thing about being the only person to do it is that all my decorations get to have pride of place at the top. Although, having said that, most of the decorations are mine anyway. Sometimes I think my family doesn't appreciate Christmas like I do.

London was good, although the Winter Wonderland was disappointing. It was too busy to enjoy it properly and we made a quick escape without actually doing anything. But no matter, other things were good. I got quite a lot of shopping done and I met Ian Hislop and Professor Brian Cox. All in all, a pretty successful trip.

Now I think it's about time to start my Christmas viewing. I shall have to make a list of appropriate films and TV episodes that I've got on DVD and work my way through them. All I know at the moment is that I'll be watching Muppet Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve because it's my tradition and I love it.

Day 17

Nov. 17th, 2011 07:41 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW Eleven/River)
The next few days are looking particularly good for me:

Friday - Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 comes out. I've been looking forward to this from the very instant I completed Years 1-4.

Also Friday - Children in Need. Always a good show and promises to include a Doctor Who short, which I'm sure is going to be awesome and may just tide me over until Monday.

Saturday - No plans, so I'm free to spend hours playing Lego Harry Potter.

Sunday - Planning to see Breaking Dawn Part 1 with two of the guys from work. It's going to be hilarious.

Monday - Doctor Who series 6 box set comes out with extras including the Night and the Doctor mini-episodes that have had me worked up into a wibbly-wobbly ball of excitement and anticipation ever since I found out they existed.

11/11/11

Nov. 11th, 2011 07:05 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW Eleven/River)
The fact that today saw a time of 11:11:11 on 11/11/11 pleases me far more than is rational or appropriate. :D

Day 4

Nov. 4th, 2011 07:35 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW Master's Balls)
I can hear fireworks but I can't see them. That's always annoying.

This, on the other hand, is awesome:

crystalcazzie: (Halloween)
I just went to make myself a rum and coke. It ended up being a rum and lemonade because I am stupid and didn't turn on the light. It is... interesting. It's kinda growing on me, actually.

And yes, hark at me actually making a post! It's been, what, two weeks this time? I hope everyone has been behaving themselves in my absence.

I would like to say that I've spent this time away from LJ productively, in the sort of sensible grown-up pursuits that would befit a responsible, 28-year-old adult. Things like paying bills, visiting museums, renting houses and consulting lawyers about being mid-sold payment protection insurance. (Those are the kinds of things adults do, right?) I certainly wouldn't like to say that I've spent the majority of my time reblogging stuff on Tumblr and reading Doctor/River fanfiction. Because that would be ever so slightly pathetic. And accurate.

Oh, wait, I did do something productive. I have built the Millennium Falcon out of Lego. It is indeed as awesome as it sounds.

Also, Rob, Esme and I carved our pumpkins earlier. They all look very cool, even if mine is the same pumpkin-face that I do every year. And I have Halloween Lego, which I built afterwards, and Halloween cupcakes that I made before. So, actually, I've been very productive today. Excellent. Go me.

XXVIII

Sep. 7th, 2011 06:59 pm
crystalcazzie: (Sara Smile)
Birthday time! I am now the grand old age of 28. It seems nice so far, I think I may keep it for the full year.

Presents include the Lego Millennium Falcon, Monopoly, Mateus Rose & Ferrero Rocher, Tangled 3D, Absinthe, the Avenue Q book and a really rather awesome cocktail set.

Mum and I went to Winchester for the day. I'm sure I've been there before but it was a long time ago and I didn't remember it at all, so it was like I was seeing it all for the first time. It's a lovely city, very much like Canterbury in many ways (although Winchester's Westgate isn't nearly as impressive for not having double decker buses going through it!) We went to see the Round Table and the Cathedral and Jane Austen's grave. I had a lovely time.

The plan for this evening is to order pizza and I may or may not try out my new cocktail set (depends on if I want to risk ruining the champagne by adding stuff to it!)

So far, today has been a very good birthday.

But, of course, no birthday would be complete without my epic poem of epic brilliance moving you all to tears, so, without further ado, here it is:

Twenty seven was hard to rhyme,
But it's not so bad this time.
And now that I am twenty eight,
I'm gonna make it really great.

You're welcome.
crystalcazzie: (Merlin - Gwen Crown)
Wow, it's really pouring it down outside. The sky is grey and everything has a dark, autumnal feel. I love it.

I meant to make a Yay September post on Thursday but I had a crappy day at work and didn't feel in the mood. But now the rain is making me happy, so here we go.

September is awesome. It contains both my birthday and the first day of autumn, which is my absolute favourite season, and even though the majority of September is still technically summer it feels very autumnal. The evenings are drawing in, the leaves start turning, the temperature drops and the coats come out. Brilliant.

It's the time for board games and baking and staying inside while the rain beats down outside the window.

And, of course, the new television season starts, bringing so many wonderful things to watch on those dark, cosy evenings.

In conclusion, Yay for September!

=D

Lego Habit

Feb. 12th, 2011 11:56 pm
crystalcazzie: (50 Things)
From my 2010 Questions Meme: 6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010? The Lego Hogwarts Castle. (lol, easily pleased!)

Today I built the Lego Hogwarts Castle. This year is already awesome!

Although not for my brother. He's halfway through a skiing holiday and today he phoned us from an ambulance! He'd fallen badly and called again later to give us the news that he's dislocated and fractured his shoulder. Ow.

In completely unrelated news, there's now a Battlestar Galactica Online game. I tried it yesterday but gave up after five minutes because it was so unbelievably boring. Maybe it would have been better if I'd been a Colonial. (I chose Cylon, not because I have a preference for them but because after being a Cylon almost every time I've played the BSG board game I've now accepted the inevitable truth that I am in fact a total frakking toaster.)

But maybe that's a good thing. I don't need another distraction!
crystalcazzie: (Roslin Airlock Time)
Today I commented on two LJ posts and responded to one email. It's bad that this is a huge accomplishment for me, isn't it? I think I'm getting worse.

But enough of that because OMG guess what just got posted?

The 2011 Fandom March Madness Schedule! That's what!

I can almost hear my flist dividing itself into "I know! I've got my campaign materials all ready and waiting!" and "What on earth are you talking about you complete weirdo?" Anyone in the second camp who likes TV, I highly recommend you join in. It's a lot of fun!

And can I just say I'm very much looking forward to campaigning with and/or against people I made friends with last year? It's going to be awesome!
crystalcazzie: (Prison Break Hammock Sex Note)
I've caught up on Chuck season 3! Yay! The DVD boxset is truly one of the most glorious inventions of our time.

I'm half tempted to do picture recaps for it like I did with Prison Break, but it's a lot of work for something no one will actually read.

Speaking of Prison Break though, I couldn't help but notice certain similarities:

Cut For Rambling and Spoilers for all of Prison Break and Season Three of Chuck )

Also, I need to get me some Chuck icons.

ETA: Alias )
crystalcazzie: (Snowman and Santa)
Since two weeks today is Boxing Day I think it's safe to say that it is officially Christmas time. Hence why I have a shiny new Christmassy theme and icon for my LJ. I also have USB fairy lights around my laptop. Go me!

We brought the Christmas boxes out of the loft and went out to get the tree earlier. At the moment there are a few decorations up around the house and the tree is in its usual spot, unadorned at the moment, and confusing Tilly with its presence.

But I still don't feel Christmassy. This always happens so I'm trying to take an active approach this year. I am going to decorate the tree tomorrow after work, while drinking something seasonally appropriate (I haven't worked out what yet), and I've been making a list of Christmas episodes of TV shows I have on DVD so I can watch those over the next two weeks, along with all the Christmas films I have as well.

Next weekend I plan to make eggnog and I'm also thinking about baking some cookies. Or maybe just making cookie dough and eating that.

I still have all the presents to wrap, which I'm also scheduling for next weekend, and of course there's Christmas songs to listen to.

So, I ask you, dear flist, any suggestions for things I can do to increase my Christmassyness? :D
crystalcazzie: (Bones)
I have returned from London! I had a very good time and got lots of Christmas shopping done! It was great to see Paul again too.

We went to the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, which was rather lovely. I especially enjoyed the mulled wine and cinnamon pretzels! And I went on the Power Tower ride while Paul waited for me at the bottom. It was brilliant, although rather cold and wet due to the fact that it was raining quite a lot by this point! But that just added to the fun!

So it was a good weekend, although on my train journey home I discovered that South West Trains have devised new and unusual ways to drive their passengers crazy. I was on a train which split into two so you needed to make sure you were in the right half. A helpful announcement told us "This part of the train is for Woking, Ash Vale, Aldershot, Farnham, Bentley and Alton." Very useful, I thought, and I was pleased that they bothered to do something like that. I was less pleased by the fact that they repeated that same announcement every 20 seconds all the way to Woking. You may think I'm exaggerating that for emphasis. I am not. I timed it.
crystalcazzie: (Merlin - Ruling Pendragons)
Oh Merlin, why so awesome? Very excited for next week's episode!
crystalcazzie: (Autumn Leaves)
Happy 10/10/10 everybody!

But where the hell did the weekend go?
crystalcazzie: (Pearlswine Rat Greatness Personified)
HEY, GUYS! GUYS! GUESS WHAT I'VE BOUGHT, GUYS!

IT'S....

WAIT FOR IT...

ARE YOU READY...?

THE TWILIGHT BOARD GAME TRILOGY

I KNOW, RIGHT? I'M SURE THAT COLLECTIVE GROAN I JUST HEARD THROUGH THE INTERNET WAS ALL OF YOU CHEERING WITH JOY AT THIS TURN OF EVENTS!

WE'RE TOTALLY GOING TO GET DRUNK AND PLAY THESE GAMES. YES, WE ARE.

AND IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING, THERE WAS A 3 FOR 2 OFFER AND I BOUGHT TWO OTHER BOARD GAMES I WANTED SO I DIDN'T ACTUALLY PAY ANYTHING FOR THE TWILIGHT GAMES. THEY WERE A FREE GIFT FROM THE GOODNESS OF ARGOS'S HEART!
crystalcazzie: (Ravenclaw)
Hello! I have returned from not-so-rainy-after-all Edinburgh!

Actually I returned just over a week ago but I haven't turned my laptop on until now. Which means that I have two weeks of Flist to catch up on and 111 emails in my inbox to read. Mostly from the BiCon Newcomers mailing list, it seems.

Edinburgh was lovely. Beautiful castle. I found myself trying to work out ways that I could move there. (Edinburgh in general, I mean, not the castle specifically. Although that would be awesome.)

Since returning I have spent most of my free time playing Lego Harry Potter, which is an excellent game. It does now make me want to reread the books and rewatch the films though. And it makes me wish it was autumn. I love autumn. (Although it is currently pouring with rain here, and there was thunder earlier, which does feel quite autumnal. So that's very nice, even if a load of rain has come in through an open window and soaked the stairs to the room down below and one of its walls long with everything on it. Ho hum, my CDs are rather damp now!)

Anyway, I shall say my goodbyes for now and get on with all the things I've been putting off, such as checking my credit card statement and seeing just how much I spent in Edinburgh! On second thoughts, perhaps I should have a drink before facing that...
crystalcazzie: (Purple Flowers)
Yesterday was fun. It was good to see the Wednesday crew again, although I was disturbed to discover that there are still people out there who have not seen the awesomeness that is the Old Spice guy. So if you're reading this and you haven't seen the adverts, go Google them now. It's ok, I'll wait. And once you've done that you have to go to his YouTube playlist and watch his responses to people on Twitter...

*Monocle Smile!*

If you understand the above reference we can continue...

In a sharp downturn of mood, yesterday night was not so good. Zack hadn't come in for a while and I couldn't sleep because I was so worried about him. He appeared at 2:30, which made me feel a lot better, but I still wasn't able to get to sleep until past 5.

That meant that I was pretty tired at work today. I also had to stay late for a meeting about the new catalogue. Fun! But I did win a bar of chocolate for getting a perfect score on the mystery shopper criteria, which just proves that I am a profoundly sad individual. A profoundly sad individual with chocolate, though.

In other news, I am running out of time to register for BiCon. I keep doubting myself because of the whole shyness thing and not having any idea where I'm going. Pride was daunting enough and I'm pretty familiar with that area of London. I know nothing about UEL or how to get there or what to do once I arrive. (Yeah, for all my talk about not letting anxiety rule my life any more, I'm not doing a very good job of it. I suppose it's definitely easier said than done.)

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