Hell Bent

Dec. 8th, 2015 07:35 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
Right, well, thoughts on that finale...

Doctor Who )

Sigh

Nov. 26th, 2015 07:47 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW Master Blah Evilcakes)
I really hate how awkward and incompetent I feel at work, even when I'm doing things that I know I know how to do. I always feel like everyone else is judging me and thinks I'm useless. And the fact that my manager is a rather sarcastic person in general and I can never tell if he's being serious or not really doesn't help.

Anyway, more November meme catch up:

19. What's the funniest thing you ever saw?

I honestly have no idea. But I still find myself amused by the "small parts and small balls" warning I occasionally see on things. I'm such a child.

20. What makes you happiest?

I don't think there's one thing that makes me happiest. Tilly makes me happy, spending time with my family makes me happy, watching TV makes me happy, reading fanfiction makes me happy. Seeing friends, going to pub quizzes, playing games, making things, building Lego, building jigsaws, drinking cocktails, eating pasta. All these things make me happy.

21. What's your favorite season?

Autumn.
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
I haven't been here for a while because when I wrote my last entry I'd actually been planning to say more but was having trouble putting my thoughts into words and it was so frustrating that I decided to just post my 10,000 steps pic and avoid LJ for a week. Because that's the sensible and mature way to handle things.

I did consider trying to write about it now, but I think it best to just draw a line under it and move on. So, moving on...

Last night I went to Emma's for her second hen party; this time it was an old school style sleepover with a superhero theme. I dressed up as Supergirl and took along my comic book shoes, which people seemed rather impressed by. Emma suggested I wear them to her actual wedding (which will also have a superhero theme) but I'm not sure I can wear heels that high for that long!

It was a nice evening, not least because all seven of us have known each other for years now, having gone to the same secondary school, and I love that we're still friends even after all these years. But at the same time it's terrifying to realise exactly how many years it has been. (FIFTEEN! We left school FIFTEEN YEARS AGO!)

This morning, after everyone else had gone, Emma and I continued the old school sleepover tradition of finishing off the leftover chocolate for breakfast. I mentioned wanting to watch Agent Carter so we found an episode. Unfortunately it was the sixth episode so Emma had to keep telling me who people were, but it was good. And I really must get round to actually watching it from the beginning!

And, here, have some pictures of me as Supergirl with my comic book shoes of awesome because I actually look pretty good:

Supergirl! )

Hen Night

Aug. 17th, 2015 04:22 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
I was pretty much dreading this weekend cos it was my friend's hen night, and an evening of drinking at Wetherspoons and partying at Popworld is really not my idea of a good time, but I was actually pleasantly surprised by how much fun I had.

A few of us started off by getting dinner at Friday's before joining everyone else for jugs of cocktails at Wetherspoons and then onto Popworld after that. Popworld was the bit that I was most worried about but it was good, albeit a little louder than I would have liked. We had our own little cordoned off VIP area, which was really cool, and it came with sweets and lots of booze. (Seriously, so much booze! We had a bottle of Prosecco, a bottle of vodka, cans of Red Bull, and some kind of mixed vodka orange drink.) I avoided the vodka, Red Bull, and mixed drink, but I did add popping candy to my glass of Prosecco and was very pleased with the results.

It being a hen night, of course, there were the usual obligatory penis straws and a Pin the Cock on the Naked Man game. But other than that it was fairly tame. (Do you like how I'm acting like some hen party veteran here, despite the fact that this was the first one I've ever actually been on? I've watched TV. I know how these things go!)

I had to leave around 11:30 to get the last train back, which was probably a good thing because I was reaching my limit by that point. I think if I'd stayed till 2:30 it would have definitely stopped being fun. I am glad I was there long enough to dance to Tragedy by Steps though. I almost never dance, but there are a few songs where I think it's the law that if you were a teenager in the 90s in Britain you have to jump up whenever they come on and Tragedy is definitely one of them.

Overall it was a really good evening. And I didn't feel as drunk as I thought I would. But that might be because the cocktails in Wetherspoons are about 95% sugar and only 5% actual alcohol.

Although that does bring me to the only downside of the evening, which was when one of my friends told me that another of our friends had been pouring other drinks into my wine at a birthday party we were at last year. Other friend denies this and I hope it's not true because that's a really shitty thing to do, but it does seem likely. I remember being sick that night and the next day I felt worse than I have ever felt before after a night of drinking. I couldn't understand why, because I really didn't think I'd had that much, but if someone had been spiking my drink without my knowledge that would certainly explain it.
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
I have returned from my London adventure! Which, I realise, I didn't actually mention that I was going on, but yeah. I'm back now. I went to London on Saturday and stayed with my friend for the next few days. We went to a couple of concerts, watched Eurovision, baked biscuits, and, on days when he had to work, I found ways to amuse myself out and about. (I'm really proud of myself for that last one cos my social anxiety was like "Just stay inside and watch his Netflix all day" but I told it "NO! No, I am in London, the sun is shining, I have no work and all this free time. I am going to DO STUFF!" And stuff I did.

I'm going to come back and make proper entries later cos I want to give my adventure all the detail it deserves and I don't really have time for that right now. Hopefully tomorrow. It'll give me another excuse to put off tidying the living room, which I desperately need to do but keep not doing. Yay procrastination!

Also, I am currently drinking T.E.A. It's a bitter, which I never thought I would like but it's actually pretty good.
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 River hair)
My photos with the guests from the 11th Hour:

Pictures This Way! )
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: (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:

Photobucket

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

Photobucket

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.

2011 Memes

Jan. 1st, 2012 07:21 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW Eleven/River)
Time for my annual New Year's memes. I'm feeling a bit tipsy at the moment because we didn't finish the champagne last night so I've taken it upon myself to make the sacrifice and drink the rest of it today. I hope my answers still make sense.

Meme Number One: The Questions )

Meme Number Two: The Sentences )

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
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.
crystalcazzie: (Autumn Leaves)
Happy First Day of Autumn everyone!

=D

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
crystalcazzie: (Picard Squee)
So I got up at 7:50 and spent the next eight hours watching coverage of the royal wedding. Excellent way to spend the day. Although I am now regretting that I didn't make the effort to go up to London. It looked like so much fun.

I'm a total romantic at heart and normally I expend my energies shipping fictional couples, so it was great to be able to be happy about real people for a change! As lovely as the ceremony was, I think my favourite moment was when they surreptitiously held hands in the carriage going through the Horse Guards in between waving at the crowds. ♥

Also, I love Camilla. I think her marriage to Prince Charles is one of the greatest wins for true love in the history of the royal family. And all the haters on Twitter can suck it.

And finally, I've been drinking champagne. Any excuse to drink champagne is fine by me!
crystalcazzie: (Made of Awesome)
This is an entry. I am writing it and I am going to post it, even if it sucks, because it's been far too long now and I can feel I'm withdrawing into myself again, which I don't want to do.

Newswise, the pressures of retail claimed another employee this week as someone I work with walked out. He just left without telling anyone. I did feel bad for him because there have been many, many times when I've felt like it was all getting to be too much and I just wanted to walk away and escape. But when he phoned up later to explain himself he said that he wanted to mess us about. So he's fired.

Speaking of work, I have quite a bit of holiday left so I'm trying to use it up before it expires at the end of March. I have today and tomorrow as holiday, which is lovely, especially as I didn't get a proper day off over Christmas and New Year. I spent most of today making up a historical globe Puzzleball while watching Star Trek. A very productive way to spend a day I feel.

I'm not sure what the plan is for tomorrow yet. Possibly a jigsaw puzzle. Possibly some Lego. Truly I am the coolest person alive. =D
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

BiCon 2010

Aug. 31st, 2010 07:26 pm
crystalcazzie: (Purple Flowers)
I figure I should write this while it's still fresh in my mind. Sorry if it's a bit long and rambling!

BiCon! )

Pride

Jul. 4th, 2010 01:03 pm
crystalcazzie: (Purple Flowers)
I went to Pride in London yesterday.

I'm actually very proud of myself for going, and not in the obvious way. I very nearly gave into my usual anxiety and worries and stayed at home yet again. I didn't have anyone to go with and although I had found the details of the bi group online, I still didn't know if I'd have the courage to actually go up and ask to join them.

But I did, because if you don't ask you'll never know and I'm tired of missing out on so much due to social anxiety. So I got to join their group. It soon became clear, however, that they all already knew each other very well and I felt like a bit of an unwelcome intruder! But I got a sparkly purple hat to wear and a purple umbrella to hold and not knowing anyone around you doesn't matter too much when you're walking through the streets of London with thousands of people cheering at the sides!

And that's another thing - if you had told shy, self-conscious me of old that I would ever do something like that I would have laughed in your face.

Once the march had finished the group headed to the pub for a drink. Once again everyone started talking to the people they already knew and I nearly made my exit at this point, resigned to being the weirdo who invaded their group then disappeared with no word like a shadow in the night, but I'm really glad I didn't because through the magic of waiting forever to be served I met some really lovely people. We sat outside, chatted, then went to look at the stalls in Leicester Square and collect stickers!

Unfortunately I had to leave quite early due to transportation issues and getting back in time for a family barbecue but I hope to see people again soon at BiCon.

Yes, apparently I have to go to BiCon. Pretty much every time I met someone new that was one of the first thing they said to me. The other thing lots of them said was that they thought they already knew me from somewhere. Clearly my evil twin has been busy.

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