crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
I'm heading off to London in a couple of hours to go to the pub quiz this evening and then tomorrow Paul and I are going to the Secret Cinema Moulin Rouge event. I'm really looking forward to it but I'm also really nervous cos I didn't realise quite how much audience participation was involved! Still, I'm hoping that it'll be fun and I'm going to try my best to throw myself into it and not hide away. The character I've been assigned is a rather horrible snob, so we'll see if it's true that playing baddies is more fun!

I also got my hair cut and I mentioned that I would be going to a Moulin Rouge themed party so she styled it for me. It looks so good but I fear it won't last until tomorrow evening:

Hair )

Also, that photo is completely unedited. I just managed to catch the light in such a way to wash out all of my imperfections.
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.
crystalcazzie: (Shalott)
I have this week off work and had all these plans of things I wanted to do, but now I'm just spending most of my time online. And going out. I'm off to the pub quiz again later today and I'm not sure what time I'll be back tomorrow. Hopefully it won't be too late and I'll get some stuff done then. I do like the pub quiz and it'll be lovely to go to one and not have to get up at 5am the next morning, but part of me was really looking forward to a few days uninterrupted at home to build jigsaws and make Christmas cards and watch films.

Anyway, I'm going to answer three of the November topics again today to try and catch up a bit more cos otherwise I can see myself answering these questions into next year!

11. If you could move anywhere, where would it be?

Probably London. I already live pretty close and go fairly regularly, but I'm still far enough out that it takes a while to get there and I have to get a lift to the station. I'd love to live somewhere with such good public transport that I was confident I'd be able to go where I wanted without having to rely on someone else. And there is so much to do in London.

12. If you could anonymously ban any pet peeve, what would it be?

People using 'immaculate conception' wrong. Jesus was not conceived by immaculate conception, Mary was. And it involved her parents having sex. The immaculate conception and the virgin birth are two different things, so stop throwing around the term when talking about pregnant girls who say they're virgins. It drives me up the wall!

13. If you could gain any skill/talent, what would it be?

To sing well. I've always loved singing and was in various choirs throughout school, college, and university, but I was never that good and always tried to hide my voice. I'd love to have been able to properly join in with confidence. And I always wanted to be in musicals. Still do, really.
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
I'm tired. So very tired. And to add insult to injury we didn't even win the quiz! It was so close though. We came joint third with 36 points, behind two teams who both scored 37! What makes it even more frustrating is that we had two questions where we put down an answer then changed it but our original answers were correct. If only we'd stuck with our first guesses we would have won. Dammit.

Now I'm just working on staying awake for the next couple of hours. I don't want to go to bed too early cos I don't want to mess up my sleep schedule, but it's so tempting.

But no, I shall resist. I shall answer the next question on the November meme instead.

Topic 7. Favorite picture of yourself:

I don't generally like pictures of myself, but I am quite fond of this one from my graduation:

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I hate my official graduation photo, so I'm very glad to have this one as well. I'm the one with long hair, which looks rather nice here I feel.
crystalcazzie: (Ophelia Grass)
I slept so badly last night that going to a pub quiz this evening would be a really stupid idea. But apparently I'm a really stupid person. I just hope I don't fall asleep in the middle of it. Or oversleep tomorrow morning. Or both.
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
Ah, PMS. How much do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I can't decide if my favourite part is the way my mood plummets so far down that I end up feeling absolutely hopeless and suicidal, or the way that my sensitivity to sounds increases so much that I feel like clawing out of my skin just by being near other people and the noises they make, which, when coupled with my extra irritability, leaves me feeling constantly on the verge of screaming at someone for simply existing. Or possibly bursting into tears, which I can't imagine would go down very well either.

And let's not forget the inability to concentrate on anything for more than a few seconds and the almost constant nausea and tiredness. So many super happy fun time things to choose from!

Ahem.

Moving on...

I found a lump on Tilly's leg on Sunday. We took her to the vet and they took a sample. They called yesterday and it's not malignant, which is a relief, but they're also not sure what it is. We're going to keep an eye on it and if it looks like it's getting bigger we're going to take her in to have it removed. The thought of that does worry me though, cos she's such a nervous dog. I don't want her to think we're abandoning her there!

Also, last night was pub quiz night. After our aberration of fourth place a few weeks ago we were back to full strength and back on top once again. So that was fun. I'm not sure the early start this morning has helped my mood any, but I still think it's worth it.

I've been considering writing an entry about the latest episodes of my TV shows, but at the moment it would mostly be me complaining and that's no fun. Hopefully I'll feel better in a few days and in a better position to talk about them.

Losers

Oct. 1st, 2015 06:44 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
I went to the pub quiz last night and we came fourth. Fourth! This is the first time we haven't won since I joined the team! But, to be fair, we were two members short. And it was pretty close. We came fourth with 37 points, two teams tied for second with 38 points, and the winners had 39 points. So I don't think we did too shabbily.

Also, Paul won the heads or tails game during the break which meant we got two free drinks so the evening wasn't a total loss!
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
Pub quiz went well, but for some reason I am filled with anxiety today, feeling like I must have said or done something stupid last night and everyone on the team hates me and doesn't want me there any more.

I keep telling myself it's probably not true, but then I remember something silly that I did say and I wonder if they all picked up on it and I'm right in thinking that they all hate me.

I hope it's not true.

On the bright side, we did win again. That's good because it makes me feel like my presence is more of a help than a hindrance, which is another accusation my anxiety likes to whisper in my ear. At the moment I can say we have a 100% success rate with me on the team!

Getting up this morning wasn't a problem, probably because I was so worried about missing my train if I overslept. It was interesting to see how many people are already up and on public transport at 6am. I do like being up early and sometimes I wonder if I could do it regularly, but I'm not sure I'd be able to keep it up. Although having said that, it's not like I'm up late at the moment. I do start work at 8am after all.
crystalcazzie: (Ophelia Grass)
Today I feel mostly tired and sad and like I just want to go to bed and stay there for the next three days.

Instead I'm going to Surbiton later for a pub quiz. Hopefully it will be as fun as the last one, and I'm looking forward to seeing people again.

I'm a bit worried about the fact that I will have to leave Paul's place at 6am tomorrow in order to get to work on time, though. I hadn't thought it would be a problem, but with the way I'm feeling at the moment I think getting up at all could prove challenging.
crystalcazzie: (Laura Roslin)
And this brings me to the final part of my London Adventure: Wednesday.

Once again, I found myself alone in London for most of the day. I started by going over to Kingston and watching Cinderella in the cinema. There was the usual part of me that was a bit worried that it was weird to go to the cinema by myself, especially because I was seeing a family film, but I told myself that it didn't matter. And the only time anyone looked at me strangely was when I ordered my large popcorn and coke. But that's a non-negotiable part of the experience, in my opinion. I don't care that it's only 11am, I'm having my popcorn dammit!

And the film was really good, so I'm very glad I did go in the end.

I emerged from the cinema into lovely sunshine, so took a walk along the river before deciding to get a boat up to Hampton Court. I didn't go inside, but I did go into the maze. As soon as I went in I wondered if it was a mistake cos I had to be on the last boat back in 45 minutes and I started having visions of wandering the hedges for hours, lost forever in the Hampton Court maze! But fortunately I made it to the centre without much difficulty. I then went back and tried to work out if there's a knack to it. I think keeping hedge on your right hand side the whole time will see you through. It led me to a dead end just before reaching the middle, but other than that it seemed to work.

Wednesday evening saw me joining Paul's usual team for his local pub quiz. I absolutely love pub quizzes and it makes me sad that I haven't been to one in years, so I was very excited about joining this. And, best of all, I was actually useful! There were lots of answers I knew that other people knew too, but there were two that I alone gave the answer to (What item of clothing is named after an atomic testing site? Bikini. Which Roman emperor apparently tried to make his horse a consul? Caligula.) So I feel that I actively contributed to the fact that we won! Yay!

And now, because I don't feel that I have spammed you all with enough photos yet, I present some more than I took on my trip:

Birds and Flowers )

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