crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
Over two months since my last entry. So much to catch up with. (Not really, mostly just continuing to sort out Dad's estate but also a holiday and a haircut...)

Estate Matters )

Up North )

Hair )

Ireland

Aug. 15th, 2015 01:50 pm
crystalcazzie: (Purple Flowers)
I have returned from the Emerald Isle! And I think my experience can be summed up in three words:

Rain.
Booze.
Castles.

Pretty much everyone I've mentioned the rain to has kinda laughed at me and gone "Well it is Ireland" like I'm some naive idiot who didn't realise that it might rain while I was there. So I have to point out that when I say it rained a lot, I mean it rained a lot. Even the locals were commenting on the weather and how bad it was. One of the staff at the Smuggler's Inn said that it felt more like November than early August. Of course that day it wasn't just raining, it was also so windy I was a bit worried I might be blown into the Atlantic Ocean if I wasn't careful!

My second word is booze. Specifically beer and whiskey. We visited so many breweries and distilleries and I've lost count of how many different varieties we tried. I like beer but I'm not a huge fan and I must admit that by halfway through I was getting a bit sick of the stuff. I was trying to keep local with my drinks choices, but I had to give in and branch out a bit after a while. The whiskey was good though. I think there was only one that I didn't actually like!

And then castles. So many castles! I'm a big castle fan, so that was good. I went to Blarney Castle but didn't kiss the Blarney Stone because the thought of being held onto by a complete stranger and having people stare at me while I did it was just too much. The Bunratty Castle medieval banquet was a lot of fun and definitely one of the highlights of the trip. And the various other castles were all pretty cool in their own ways.

Overall it was a good trip. But I am thinking that maybe next time I'd prefer to stay mostly in one place rather than move around quite so much. It meant we got to see a lot, but it also meant there was very little time to relax.

Oh, and we flew business class on the way back. Because it was such a short flight it wasn't as fancy as long-haul business class and didn't cost that much more than an economy ticket so we decided to go for it. And I can definitely see why people do! It makes me want to fly business every time now. If only it weren't so ridiculously expensive.
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
Well, me and five other people. We did one of those Escape Room mysteries where you get locked in a room and have to find clues and solve puzzles to open the door within an hour. It was so much fun! And, best of all, I wasn't completely useless! One of my main worries going into it was that I wouldn't be any help and would just tag along while everyone else solved everything, but I actually did pretty well for myself. I solved the map room on my own, which our guide was very impressed with. She said that most people use one of their hints for that room. Clearly all these years of doing word puzzles has not been in vain!

Because we were able to escape the room under an hour (51:46!) we got our picture taken and put on the wall. Hopefully we'll see it again when we got back and do the other room they have there. Because we totally have to do this again!

That was Friday evening. I then stayed over with Paul and yesterday we spent a lot of time discussing our upcoming Ireland holiday. We now have a pretty good idea of where we'd like to go and a vague idea of how long we want to spend in each place. But I was looking up hotels earlier and a lot of them are already booked up for the dates we're planning to go. I really think we need to get a move on here otherwise we could end up missing out on staying where we'd really like to.
crystalcazzie: (Merlin - Ruling Pendragons)
Every August I like to take a week off work. I consider it my Summer Holiday, even if I don't actually go anywhere.

Today is the last day of my Summer Holiday. As is usual for me I spent most of the time doing puzzles, building Lego (Knight Bus FTW!) and baking. This means that the past week has involved a rather unhealthy diet of chocolate rum pots, meringues, chocolate chessboard biscuits and blackberry dessert. Dad and I picked the blackberries ourselves and I still have a lot left over to do something else with. Probably crumble. Everybody likes crumble.

Also, cocktails. I've been trying out new ones and expanding my repertoire in that area. Pretty soon I'll be a cocktail machine. Although not literally, cos that would be weird. But having a cocktail machine would be pretty sweet. Hmm... Once I figure out exactly how one of those would work I'm totally going to take it on Dragons' Den and make millions.

Oh. Apparently it already exists. And it costs £35,000. Damn. If only I'd invented it first, then I could afford one.

(Of course I do have a birthday coming up. Just saying...)

Hello

Jul. 2nd, 2011 04:35 pm
crystalcazzie: (Grissom Sex Hat)
I've been back in the UK for a week now but I've been being my usual unsociable self and avoiding posting or commenting on LJ. So, how is everyone? Doing well I hope.

Las Vegas and San Francisco were excellent. Vegas was my favourite, I definitely want to go back there some time. I know it's not to everyone's taste, but I loved it. Especially the view of the Strip from the top of the Eiffel Tower at night.

While I was in America I did the whole collecting of state quarters thing. I ended up with 32 states and one territory. Not bad. I didn't get California though, which is annoying since I was there.

Since returning I've been watching a lot of CSI. It's fun to watch the establishing and background shots of Vegas and be able to say I've been to those places! It's also fun to see how old some of the shots are and how things have changed!

I'm not sure if I should admit that one thing I really liked to do while over there was think about TV shows! In Vegas I could imagine the kind of things Grissom and Sara might do together. In San Francisco I went to Chinatown and thought about the episode of Charmed with Piper and the ghost. And then in Alcatraz there was the episode with Phoebe and the ghost! Alcatraz also made me think a lot about Prison Break, for obvious reasons!

And now I'm back. And tired. And feeling kinda blah. It's London Pride today. I thought about going but didn't really feel up to it. Or anything really. Can I still blame jetlag for this? Or maybe the weather. Eh, I'll blame both.
crystalcazzie: (The Best O Rly Owl Ever)
Apparently I'm married to my brother. This could be awkward.

Back when we booked our holiday I noticed that the guy had me down as Mrs. I pointed out the mistake and he said he'd change it. It's correct on the booking printout, but yesterday I was entering our Advance Passenger Information online and saw that I'm still listed as Mrs on the plane ticket.

Being the kind of person who worries excessively about everything, I was immediately worried about various issues that this might cause, but I checked my passport and it doesn't list a title at all, so I don't think it should be a problem. For all they know I could be Mrs. I was still very pissed off about it though because a) It was a fucking stupid make in the first place. Why would you make an assumption like that? Why wouldn't you fucking ask. And b) He said he would correct it but obviously didn't. Or at least made a half-arsed effort by changing one thing and leaving everything else.

But after a day of making jokes about it at work I'm feeling a lot better about it. People who see me and my brother often comment on how alike we look, so it could be amusing to have people think we're married then actually take a look at us.

I'm still feeling anxious about the trip though. That's been my main feeling for a while now. It's a shame, I'd rather be happy and excited about it. Hopefully that will come when I'm actually on my way.

Four Days

Apr. 25th, 2011 07:43 pm
crystalcazzie: (Merlin - Ruling Pendragons)
This holiday weekend I have been mostly:

- Sitting on the patio to make the most of the lovely weather. In fact that is where I am right now. Next to me I have a glass which used to contain ginger beer but which is now empty. Alas.

- Watching Bones. Well, two episodes. They were good, although I still don't really get this whole rogue sniper storyline that came out of nowhere.

- Watching Chuck. I love Chuck. I think what I love most about Chuck is that it's a happy programme. You can watch it safe in the knowledge that everything will be all right in the end, good will triumph over evil, the people you love will be happy and Chuck and Sarah will be together.

- Watching 'William and Kate: The Movie'. Now, I went into this knowing that it was going to be amazingly bad but I simply wasn't prepared for just how excruciatingly dire it was going to be. It had everything you could hope for in an American TV film about British royals. Terrible accents! American plug sockets in supposedly British houses! Prince William publicly singing karaoke to apologise for ignoring Kate at his birthday party! The University of St Andrews apparently being renamed St Andrews College and looking absolutely nothing like the university that I visited a few years ago! Constant references to university as 'school'! (It's that last one that got to me the most. If I'd had a drink for every time I shouted "We don't call university 'school', you idiots!" at the TV I'd have been completely wasted before the film was halfway through.)

- Sorted out my room. And by 'sorted out' I mean 'moved stuff from one big pile into other, slightly more organised piles.' That's really the only way I do any kind of tidying up.

- Sleeping weirdly. Apparently my body has decided that during the holidays I need to wake up around 4, stay away until around 8 and then, just when I'm thinking I could probably get up at this point, become so tired I can't keep my eyes open until around 10:30. It's rather annoying.

- Building puzzleballs. Two today.

- Watching Doctor Who. I should have mentioned it earlier but I forgot. Possibly because it was a bit of a blah episode that didn't exactly grab my attention. Hopefully it'll be better next week.

True Brit

Apr. 21st, 2011 07:51 pm
crystalcazzie: (Minerva Drunk)
Today is the Queen's 85th birthday. I have chosen to celebrate this day with a large glass of gin. That's just how much of a loyal royalist I am. *Hums God Save the Queen*

Also, Woo Hoo! Four day weekend! =D
crystalcazzie: (Sara Smile)
Congratulations, William and Kate! I'm very happy for you and your engagement.

Now... do we get a bank holiday when you get married? =D

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