crystalcazzie: (Tara)
Thanks to the Doctor Who Festival, I have fallen quite a bit behind in the November meme so I'll try to answer a few of the topics today:

8. Favourite childhood memory

Perhaps it's an odd one, but I have this memory of sitting in my grandparents' front room in Rye. My brother and I had pushed two chairs together to make a sort of boat that we were sitting in. Beside us we had a box of various sweets that we'd bought from Jempsons earlier, using the tiny little children's trollies they had there, and we were eating sweets while watching TV while sitting in our chair boat and I just remember feeling so happy and content.

9. Favourite childhood cartoon

So many to choose from, but I adored Postman Pat. Our first cat was black and white, so naturally we called her Jess.

10. Favourite video game

If we're talking PC then the Monkey Island games. They were just so good. And actually my memory of playing Monkey Island on the computer in the conservatory could be a contender for topic 8. We had a tin of sweets out there that I ate so many of while playing the game that they became known in my mind as 'Monkey Island sweets'.

If we're talking consoles, then I'd probably go with Lego Harry Potter. More recent, but still so much fun.


Sep. 7th, 2015 09:43 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
It's my birthday and I'm old! And possibly the slightest bit tipsy. We had champagne out on the patio earlier, and I'm currently drinking red wine cos we've just had dinner and yeah... slightly tipsy.

We went to Alresford today, which wasn't as interesting as I'd hoped it would be. But more interesting is the fact that this was the first year in a long time that I wasn't aware of the exact moment I turned a year older. Usually I'm watching the clock and am ready to mark the minute it happens, but today I just suddenly looked at the time and realised it had passed and I was officially 32. I wonder if that means anything.

I got a lot of lovely presents, including Doctor Who Cluedo and University of Kent Monopoly (I didn't even realise that latter one was a thing that existed until I opened it!) Mum has so far beaten me twice at DW Cluedo, which I find rather unacceptable on my birthday, but I am currently winning our game of University of Kent Monopoly. I am rather put out that she owns Keynes College though. That was MY college. I'm a Keynes alumna. I should own it, dammit!

I'm feeling quite sleepy and drunk and should probably go to bed soon. I might watch a River/Doctor episode of Doctor Who first though, to end the day on a high note.
crystalcazzie: (DW Amy/Rory)
I just looked down and there was a wasp chilling in the handle of my scissors. Definite Do Not Want! I took him outside and eventually was able to shake him off but it took a while. The little dude did not want to leave. I wonder if he was hoping to do some arts and crafts and I have cruelly deprived him of his vocation.

It was drizzling outside, which was actually quite pleasant after the heat this morning. Although, having said that, it was really the humidity that did me in. The cash office felt like an actual sauna. And I couldn't even have the small relief of the little tabletop fan because certain people have stolen it for their own use! I should just steal it back. It was mine to begin with after all. (Well, the cash office's, but that's pretty much the same thing.)

Still, could be worse. On Friday I was helping to push three 800kg pallets up a hill. At least the weather wasn't too bad then. I think I would have actually died!

In other news, I had a good weekend. It was Rob's birthday on Thursday and Mum's on Saturday so Rob came round on Sat for a joint celebration. I gave Mum the Corkers board game, which we have now played twice and she won both times. I suppose it's only fair since it was her day. And it turns out that I don't know as much about wine as I thought I did.

Pre-packing for Ireland is going well. I have my lists and a vague idea of where everything is that I'm going to need to take with me. Can't quite believe it's only four days away!

BBQ Report

Jun. 26th, 2015 06:28 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
So, after my previous post in which I moaned about it being too hot, the British weather decided to respond by giving us a grey and rainy Saturday. Thanks, weather. It wasn't too bad though. We were able to get some barbecuing in in between the showers and there was Polish fighting beer to tide us over. Typical British BBQ.

There were quite a lot of people there and it was nice to see some folks I haven't seen in a while, but it was also rather overwhelming. Especially since a couple of the people, lovely though they are, are very loud and outgoing. Not that that's a bad thing, but it is rather exhausting to be around.

One moment that still sticks with me is when my friend said "Ahh, I love relaxing weekends like this" and I just kind of gaped at him because I had literally just been thinking about how tiring it all was! It was still fun, of course. I'm not saying that I had a bad time or that I didn't want to be there, but it was most definitely NOT relaxing!

My favourite part of the day had to be the evening, when half the people had gone and those of us who remained played Cards Against Humanity and Lord of Waterdeep. I love board games and I really wish I had more opportunities to play them. Especially the BSG board game, which is always fun. Trouble is you need at least three people to play at all, and really it's better with four or more, and I don't know that many people nearby who'd be interested.

In other news, I finally paid eBay the 30p that I've apparently owed them since 2008. Never let it be said that I don't clear my debts quickly.
crystalcazzie: (Merlin - Gwen Crown)
I have defeated Dark Sol! By which I mean I have completed Shining in the Darkness. Now what retro game am I going to spend my free time playing? There's always Sonic the Hedgehog, but that doesn't have the save feature that made Shining in the Darkness such a good game to play day after day.

Maybe I could use this time to work out who I'm going to vote for. The election is tomorrow and I'm still not certain. Not that it really matters, though, since I live in Jeremy Hunt's constituency and we're pretty much guaranteed to stay Tory.

Normally I'd vote Liberal Democrats, but our Lib Dem candidate has been kicked out of the party for falsifying documents so he's not an option. I'm really rather pissed off with him for it because the Lib Dems have always been the main opposition here. Historically they've come the closest to ousting the Conservatives (back in 2005 they came within 2% of winning) so by doing this he's pretty much ruined even the slight chance we had of not re-electing Hunt.

UKIP are trying to claim that they've got a chance of winning here, but there's no way in hell I'm voting for them. Labour know they've got no chance and don't even bother to campaign. The Greens don't seem to have much of a presence either. We also have a couple of little parties I've not really heard of before - National Health Action Party and Something New Party. I've been looking at their policies to see what they stand for to see if I want to vote for either of them but I'm still not sure.

Not that it really matters, as I said before, but I'm determined to use my right to vote and I don't want to vote for something I don't believe in even if they have no chance of actually getting in.

And all of this is just the general election. We have local elections too and I have even less of an idea about who I want to vote for there!
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
So today was fun! First of all someone called in sick so I got some extra hours, which is good cos bank holidays are paid at time and a half. And then all the tills went down and we had to close for about an hour. There was still delivery to do so it wasn't like I got paid to sit around and do nothing, but it's always so much nicer without customers!

And I managed to get in some Mega Drive games when I got home. More Shining in the Darkness. Golden Axe. Sonic the Hedgehog 2. I'm pretty much drowning in nostalgia now!
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
According to my FitBit I have already walked over 15,000 steps today. I knew work was good for something. Other than money, of course.

But then on the lazier side of things, I have also bought the Sega Mega Drive Collection for the PS3. Which means that I can play Sonic the Hedgehog to my heart's content! It also means that I can play Shining in the Darkness, which I am having so much nostalgic fun with. I saw the title in the list of games and it felt vaguely familiar so I gave it a go and as soon as the music started I was hit with all these memories! Not even anything specific, I couldn't remember much about the gameplay until I got into it, but all the feelings that I had playing it all those years ago. It's weird just how much it affected me!
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)

Yesterday I spent a very enjoyable afternoon playing Mario Kart 8 with a group of friends and, after five hours of racing, one person emerged as the overall victor. That person was me. I AM THE QUEEN OF MARIO KART!

I even got a lovely trophy to celebrate my accomplishment:

See )

Yes, I am looking ever so slightly psychotic there. Possibly because it's wine. Possibly because I'd been playing Mario Kart for five hours and had lost all sense of reason. Either way, it is now sitting beside me and will soon be taking pride of place somewhere in my house so I can show it off at every opportunity.


It's a shame I couldn't have Mario Karted my way home today. A tree on the line meant delays to one of my trains, which meant I missed my connection and had to hang around 45 minutes for another one, which meant I got home about an hour and a half later than I had planned. But it's all good. Could have been worse. While I was at the station waiting to hear about my delayed train I also heard "We're sorry to announce that the 13:51 service to London Paddington is delayed by approximately 109 minutes." So it's a good thing I wasn't going to London Paddington.

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...


Meme One:

The Questions )

Meme Two:

The Sentences )
crystalcazzie: (Dicks)
I've been playing a bit Age of Empires II recently. The trouble is that all the campaigns involve fighting, which I am absolutely rubbish at. I just want to build my town, find resources and live peacefully in my own little corner of the map. Is that so much to ask?
crystalcazzie: (Potter D&D)
So, the house-warming was a lot of fun. Games galore, some of which I actually won. In fact I started off really well, winning the bean game and two rounds of Worms, but it all went downhill after I nobly sacrificed myself to Hello Kitty Sauron so that the others could destroy the One Ring.

I'm assuming the lingering aura of evil is why I did so badly at Settlers of Catan. The dice did not approve of my corruption.
crystalcazzie: (DW Eleven/River)
Hey LJ, long time no see. I've actually had proper hours at work this week so have been busy selling people paddling pools. So many paddling pools. Also I've been playing The Eternity Clock, which is a fairly good game but can be so frustrating I have to remind myself of the cost of our television in order to restrain myself from throwing the controller through it.

Currently I'm sitting on the patio, in the sunshine, and feeling pretty good about everything. It's nice. And Eurovision is on in just over an hour, which I will be watching the hell out of and I don't care what anyone says about that. I love Eurovision.

And finally, when I was in London last weekend Paul bought me this amazing travelcard holder for my Oyster card:


I'm making crazy eyes in this picture because it's just that awesome.


And I'm posting this picture as well because, as I said on Tumblr, I usually look like a troll in photographs so my vanity compels me to share any pictures where I look even halfway attractive. I'm not quite sure how this happened but I'll take it.
crystalcazzie: (Default)
Hello LJ. I fear I have been neglecting you recently. I apologise.

I'm making a post now because I feel I should share my remarkably social Easter weekend with you. I spent the Saturday with friends and karaoke on the XBox. And I spent the Sunday with friends and Mario Kart on the Wii. I think I was more social on those two days than I have been in the rest of the year so far. So that was good.

It looks like my mission to become a functioning human being is coming along nicely. Excellent.
crystalcazzie: (Default)
Most people just give their mother chocolates for Mother's Day. I make mine work for hers.

That's right, I gave her the Trivial Pursuit chocolate edition. She wants those chocolates, she's going to have to answer some questions first, dammit!

We played the game earlier. All four of us (Dad, who normally has to be dragged into any type of board game was more than eager when he found out that chocolate was involved.) I ended up winning the most and was therefore the overall victor, even if we did let Mum have the chocolate medal. Mother's Day and all. Only fair. I'm not bitter. Not at all.

I'm sure I won't wait until everyone is asleep and steal it back from her.

Also, I'm totally not tipsy right now.
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(!)

Day 24

Nov. 24th, 2011 08:02 pm
crystalcazzie: (HP porn map)
I am slowly making my way through Lego Harry Potter years 5-7. I'm always impressed by the way the creators manage to make the dark moments suitable for a children's game. In fact, dead Dumbledore is one of the funniest things I've seen so far.

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.
crystalcazzie: (Simpsons Pope Marriage)
Hey everyone, thank you for the birthday wishes! I'm sorry for taking so failtastically long to reply to them, but I did read them on the day and I greatly appreciate them all! =D

I feel like making a bullet point entry, so here we go:

* Last weekend I continued my birthday celebrations by going to London. Saturday saw a visit to the Tower of London during the day and the imbibing of many cocktails during the evening. Very good way to spend a day.

* I caught up with Saturday's episode of Doctor Who yesterday. It was sad. But I don't understand why the handbots refused to believe Amy was an alien. The people of the planet obviously knew that aliens existed and that space travel happened. That bugged me.

* Rizzoli & Isles started in the UK a couple of days ago. But because I'm feeling far too impatient to wait a week between each episode I've bought the region one DVDs. I want to see the gay Bones dammit!

* I have Monkey Island on PS3. I haven't played it yet but I'm looking forward to some awesome nostalgia.

* My wireless connection is currently being an irritating little shit and keeps coming and going every few minutes. It's exceedingly annoying. (This is part of the reason why I haven't been on LJ much this past week. And why it took me about half an hour to reply to four comments!)

* I still haven't had my Pottermore welcome email. This early entry thing is starting to look pretty pointless. :(


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!



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