crystalcazzie: (Christmas Decorations)
I went up to London at the weekend for mine and Paul's annual Christmas shopping trip. I think I might be getting a bit old for it though. Maybe next year I should do all my shopping online and we can just spend three days drinking mulled wine and eating gingerbread. Although if we do that then we do miss out on finding cool little shops and craft markets, which would be a shame.

On Saturday we went down to Brighton to have a look at what was there. The seafront was very bracing (read: windy) but I still loved it. And we found a lovely little craft market in a seafront tavern where I picked up a few things including some cute little Star Wars decorations which are now adorning my tree.

I didn't end up buying as much as I have in previous years, which is good. Still felt quite loaded down by the end of the weekend though!

In other news, my ear is bothering me again. I managed to go quite a long time without any issues, but it's now swollen and painful. I'm just taking ibuprofen and hoping it sorts itself out soon. Really hoping before Christmas and preferably before Friday evening when I have my work Christmas meal. I'm bad enough at socialising as it is without adding not being able to hear well into the mix!
crystalcazzie: (Pearlswine Rat Greatness Personified)
Pub quiz yesterday went well. We were only a team of four this week but we still managed to come second, so yay for that! =D

I didn't spend long in London this morning. I walked along the river to Kingston and had a quick look in the shops before heading back. I was home before midday and then spent a lot of this afternoon making Christmas cards. I'm actually really pleased with how they've turned out and am very much looking forward to sending them to people!

Onto the November meme:

14. If someone offered you $1,000 to give up your cell phone for a year, would you do it?

Probably not, to be honest. Not because I'm a phone-addict (which I don't think I am. I still use pay-as-you-go and can go months without topping up.) but because it's so important to me to know I have a way to contact people. If I'm meeting up with someone it means we can let each other know where we are or if we're running late or if something has happened and plans need to change. When I had trouble with the trains on Sunday it was so useful to be able to call home and explain the situation and work out my next move. It's so freeing and reassuring to know I have that method of communication and I don't think I could give it up.

Happy 2013!

Jan. 5th, 2013 06:54 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
Happy belated New Year, everyone! I know I'm a bit late with my annual memes. I blame a combination of LJ being down and me being distracted with other things, ooh, shiny...

Anyway:

Meme One:

The Questions )

Meme Two:

The Sentences )
crystalcazzie: (Snowman and Santa)
Merry Christmas! I hope you're all having/had a wonderful day!

*waves*

Dec. 13th, 2012 03:15 pm
crystalcazzie: (Snowman and Santa)
I'm off to London to go Christmas shopping! Yay!
crystalcazzie: (Snowman and Santa)
Time for a Christmas theme! Yay!
crystalcazzie: (Christmas)
For a while today I was gripped with the rather ridiculous notion that I might try and make my own Christmas cards this year. But I can't find my old craft supplies and I can't really afford to buy all the materials needed, so I don't think it's going to happen. Maybe next year.

Notice how my complete lack of creative talent wasn't an obstacle to this plan? Yeah, think yourselves lucky that I changed my mind. Who knows what kind of crap you'd have received otherwise!
crystalcazzie: (Tara)
I didn't feel well today so I spent most of my afternoon curled up on the sofa watching episodes of Chuck while the dog and the cat cuddled up to me. It was a nice way to spend a Saturday.

Also, I have just seen the Coca Cola advert. That means it is officially Christmas.
crystalcazzie: (DW Eleven/River)
Hello lovely LJ people. I hope everyone had a good Christmas. =D

My Doctor Who obsession is obviously well known judging by the amount of Who-related presents I received this year. I have labelled this my Who Haul and I'm wondering if I should take a picture of it to share with the world so that everyone can look upon it and weep with envy.

One of my presents was the Doctor Who board game. Mum and I have played it twice and I have won both times. I do have a rather significant advantage though, since it does involve answering trivia questions about the series. Maybe next time we play she should be allowed access to the Doctor Who Encyclopaedia (another one of my presents) to even the odds a bit.

Other than that, I have mostly been feeling tired and ill. Yay(!)

Yay! 5/5!

Dec. 23rd, 2011 08:23 pm
crystalcazzie: (Snowman and Santa)
IT'S CHRISTMAS!!

I can say that because the Week of Death is over! Now there is nothing between me and Christmas Day but Matt Smith on the Graham Norton Show, wrapping presents while watching Muppet Christmas Carol, listening to ridiculous amounts of Christmas music and maybe making eggnog again if I feel like it!

I am overusing exclamation points in this post but I don't even care because it's Christmas and for the first time in five years I am not working Christmas Eve! This makes me so happy!

We had our work Christmas party last night. Well I say party; I mean meal. It was good. My Secret Santa got me a Doctor Who sonic screwdriver pen. See, this is the advantage of being in no way subtle about my obsessions!

I'm wearing a tinsel headband and have been all day. Tinsel headbands are cool.

=D

3/5

Dec. 21st, 2011 07:45 pm
crystalcazzie: (Snowman and Santa)
Day 3 done. Over halfway through the week. Today wasn't great and I'm feeling rather down now, but I'm trying not to let it get to me. I should focus on good things. Like the fact that I carried 41.2kg of weights in one go. I think that's a personal best for me so far. And a complete mockery of all those health and safety videos and demonstrations they made us watch and do.

The Christmassy feeling hasn't really hit me yet. I haven't watched nearly as many things as I wanted to by this point, mainly because of how tired I am. Maybe I'll feel more festive when I wrap the presents. Which I can't do yet cos the wrapping paper I ordered hasn't arrived. It's cutting it quite close now. I may have to give in and buy more in town.

2/5

Dec. 20th, 2011 06:58 pm
crystalcazzie: (Christmas Decorations)
Day Two of the Week of Death done. Yes, that's what I'm calling it. Last week before Christmas is always such a fun time in retail. If I survive it I get rewarded with Matt Smith on the Graham Norton show. And Christmas, obviously.

Also, I have been tagged in a meme by [livejournal.com profile] rachg82 so here goes:

The rules:
1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves in their journal.
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
3. You have to choose 11 people to tag.
4. No tag backs.

My Questions )
crystalcazzie: (Snowman and Santa)
Apparently McGee doesn't approve of my decorating skills. From his position in a chair next to the tree he used his paw to pull one of the decorations from its branch and knocked it to the floor. He wasn't even playing with it, he just carefully removed it. I suppose he thinks he could have done a better job. Or maybe he just didn't like that particular decoration itself.

Also, it actually snowed today. Only briefly and then it was gone, but still. It was apparently enough to keep the customers away for a while. I was thinking about how weird it was not to be completely manic so close to Christmas, so of course we got really busy not long afterwards. Must be all that Multi Coloured Crack that we sell.

And now it is the weekend. Yay! I'm planning to make eggnog tomorrow and hopefully watch something Christmassy while doing so. Tis the season and all that. =D
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.

To London!

Dec. 8th, 2011 08:12 pm
crystalcazzie: (Sara Smile)
I'm going to London tomorrow to do my Christmas shopping. I really hope inspiration will strike while I'm there because I am currently failing hard at ideas for what to buy people.

I'm also looking forward to going to the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. That was good last year and I hope it shall be so again. As long as they have mulled wine and cinnamon pretzels I should be happy. =D
crystalcazzie: (Snowman and Santa)
Today I went to the post office to send off presents for overseas people. It was just as horribly anxiety-inducing as I expected and I felt like an idiot for quite a while afterwards. But at least it's done, so yay for that.

Also today at work I brought out a product that came in a plastic bag that had "Do avoid suffocation" written on it. I like the idea that it's a polite suggestion rather than a warning.

The Christmas rush has definitely started now. We've been rather hideously busy as of late. And our opening hours have extended. I start work at 8:30 all next week. This does not fill me with joy.
crystalcazzie: (DW Amy/Rory)
My weekend started early! According to my manager our units for the week are buggered so they can't afford to spend as much on hours so they had to send some of us home. It was pretty busy when I left though, so I think this may backfire on them. Especially since there were two new Christmas temps in. Sending the people who know what they're doing home and keeping the newbies who need to be shown everything doesn't seem like the wisest course of action, but whatever. I'm not a manager.

So I went to Starbucks and got an eggnog latte instead.

Mmm...eggnog.

Day 13

Nov. 13th, 2011 08:09 pm
crystalcazzie: (Hyperbole and a Half Internet Forever)
Day thirteen. I like thirteen. It's all thirteeny.

Also, I saw the Coca Cola advert last night so I believe that means it's officially Christmas now. I think there's some kind of law about it.
crystalcazzie: (Simpsons Hateful Morons)
Today the Christmas music/announcements CD arrived at work. So my colleague and I did what any decent people would do in such a situation. We hid it.
crystalcazzie: (Abandon Hope)
I think there's a toy conspiracy. Some kind of Order of the Possessed Playthings, devoted to infiltrating the minds and souls of children everywhere. I say this because Milky the Bunny is quite clearly demonic yet nobody else seems to realise this. Clearly the influence of the OofPP reaches far and wide. I fear it may attempt to silence me as well, but I am willing to take that risk because the truth must be told.

We sell Milky the Bunny where I work and there is one in our stockroom. That is where I first noticed how really fucking creepy it is and where I first realised that it radiated pure evil.

So I went online to see what other people were saying about this obviously demonic toy, only to discover that it was being lauded as the must-have toy for girls this Christmas, that Milky is adorable and cuddly and lovable. No one had a bad word to say about it.

Apparently no one else can see that Milky is a soul-sucking demon.

What do you think? )

I fear that it may already be too late. But when the OofPP uses armies of soulless children to attack us all soon after Christmas, don't say I didn't warn you.

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