crystalcazzie: (Made of Awesome)
Today was a wonderfully healthy and productive day in which I ate popcorn, watched The Dark Knight Rises, and made snickerdoodles.

I've heard characters in American shows mention snickerdoodles all the time but I had no idea what they actually were (beyond being some sort of cookie, obviously) and for some reason I'd always assumed they had nuts or something and I wouldn't like them. Turns out they're delicious and I definitely foresee myself making them again in the future!

And now it's time to catch up a bit more on the November meme:

16. What would you consider your spirit animal?

A manatee.

17. What's one good thing that happened to you today (or this week)?

New pictures of River Song in the Doctor Who Christmas special. And the resulting outpouring of love and excitement on Tumblr. Takes me back to the glory days of the Eleventh era when we all got excited over new episodes and flailed together. I miss those days.

18. What's one complaint you have today?

I don't know, today's been a pretty good day. I suppose I could say the Amazon Video app on the PS4 not working for some reason, but I quite enjoyed the sense of accomplishment I got from finding a way around the problem (by unplugging my Fire box from upstairs and bringing it down) so I can't really complain.
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
Today I have been mostly making cakes. I've baked a dozen cupcakes to take into work tomorrow for the Macmillan Coffee Morning and now I just have to hope I don't poison everyone. I was going to make butterfly cakes, but took the easy way out and just iced them instead. Still, I think they look pretty good:



One of the reasons I didn't butterfly them was because they're pretty small. Which is funny because the recipe claims to make 16! Apparently these are supposed to be cupcakes for ants.

Wine & Gin

Sep. 22nd, 2015 07:09 pm
crystalcazzie: (Minerva Drunk)
I should probably have made this entry a week ago but, as we've already established, I am absolutely rubbish at updating Livejournal in a timely fashion, so here we go.

I finished by birthday week on a high. I went up to London to meet up with Paul and we went to Vinopolis for a wine tasting. We did the self-guided tour, which meant we had credits loaded onto cards that we used in the funky machines to select our samples. So that was fun and we were able to try a lot of samples! =D We ended the visit in their bar where I had a By the River cocktail (a drink that I may or may not have chosen based entirely on my love of River Song...) while Paul decided he simply had to try some absinthe. Judging by the staff's reaction I'm guessing they don't sell much of that particular spirit! And judging by Paul's reaction he won't be ordering it again! Although I do think that that probably wasn't the best setting to try a drink like that and maybe he'd have liked it better in the right circumstances.

The next day we went to the Beefeater Gin Distillery where I discovered a gin & tonic that I didn't hate. Normally I can't stand the taste of tonic but this one was pretty nice. It had a bit of a grapefruit flavour, which I liked.

Later that day we went to the City of London Distillery, where we did not go on a tour but we did spend a lovely hour or so sitting in armchairs while drinking gin cocktails. Paul's experience with absinthe the day before had led to a discussion about bucket lists and we continued the conversation that evening, coming up with ideas for our lists and things that would be on them which we've already done. I may have to write out a proper list at some point.

The next day saw less drinking as we decided to try our hand at baking. We made a chocolate bread pudding, which turned out pretty well, and watched Doctor Who. Paul is now up to the Eleventh era, which pleases me cos Matt Smith is the best and I'm very much looking forward to being able to flail over and discuss his episodes! (Of course if it turns out that Paul doesn't like Matt's Doctor then I'm afraid our friendship won't survive.)

And speaking of Doctor Who, how good was The Magician's Apprentice? I loved it! Mainly because I love Missy and want her to stay forever. But this does give me hope that I'll actually like this series, unlike the last one which I didn't really care for. I'm still not completely sold on Peter Capaldi, but this was a much better first episode than Deep Breath.
crystalcazzie: (Shalott)
Day two of my London Adventure saw us baking biscuits and watching Eurovision. I absolutely love Eurovision and think it is one of the greatest events of the year, representing the pinnacle of human achievement in the modern age. Paul does not share this viewpoint. But I made him watch it anyway.

I must say that I was very disappointed in our entry. It's a really good song and I thought we had a real chance of finishing in a decent position this year, but it just did not sound good live. And I definitely could have done without the neon light-up clothes and weird dance moves that had nothing to do with the song. But we didn't come last, so that's something! Although I definitely don't think that either Austria or Germany deserved their nul points.

But I think the biggest surprise of the night to me was that Serbia didn't do better. I mean, tenth isn't a bad spot but I thought they were going to be right up at the top fighting it out with Sweden for first place. It was a lovely song with a wonderful message and I expected it to be a huge success. But apparently Europe did not share my view.

And now the contest is going to Sweden. I'd love to actually go and see it live one of these years. I just need to find someone who'll go with me cos Paul is... not keen. At all.

~*~

Bank Holiday Monday saw us head over to East London. We drank in the pub where Jack the Ripper apparently chose his victims, because Paul likes to take me to only the nicest places. We tried to get into Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, but alas it was fully booked. And then we had some English wine in another pub, because it was English Wine Week and on a 50% off promotion.

Monday was also the day when I discovered that the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square is no longer home to the big blue cock (I'll miss that cock), but now houses a creepy skeletal horse thing with a stock ticker ribbon tied around its leg.

Seriously, What? )

~*~

Tuesday was my first day of entertaining myself while Paul went to work. I think I got the better end of the deal though cos while he was stuck in an office doing boring office stuff I was sitting in Green Park eating strawberries in the sunshine and reading my book.

Also, there were pigeons:

Pigeons )

After spending a while in the sun with some pigeons I decided to head on over to Tate Britain and spend some time staring at my favourite painting:

Art )

The Lady of Shalott by John William Waterhouse. I could just sit and stare at this painting for ages. And did so. I had a wander around to look at some of the other art too, including Millais's Ophelia and a creepy painting of two women holding two babies that do not look human at all (otherwise known as The Cholmondeley Ladies), but I kept coming back to this one. Because I love it.

Tuesday evening saw another concert. But I'm going to save that for my next entry because I have even more pictures to inflict on share with you all and because Dar deserves her own post.
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: (Purple Flowers)
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It was six years ago today that we brought her home from the rescue centre, and to celebrate I have made her a doggy birthday cake. That second picture shows her reaching out to pull it towards us as I was trying to take photos so I think it was a success!

Tilly got the first slice, of course, and seemed very happy with it. I tried a bit myself and it was actually not too bad!
crystalcazzie: (Halloween)
I just went to make myself a rum and coke. It ended up being a rum and lemonade because I am stupid and didn't turn on the light. It is... interesting. It's kinda growing on me, actually.

And yes, hark at me actually making a post! It's been, what, two weeks this time? I hope everyone has been behaving themselves in my absence.

I would like to say that I've spent this time away from LJ productively, in the sort of sensible grown-up pursuits that would befit a responsible, 28-year-old adult. Things like paying bills, visiting museums, renting houses and consulting lawyers about being mid-sold payment protection insurance. (Those are the kinds of things adults do, right?) I certainly wouldn't like to say that I've spent the majority of my time reblogging stuff on Tumblr and reading Doctor/River fanfiction. Because that would be ever so slightly pathetic. And accurate.

Oh, wait, I did do something productive. I have built the Millennium Falcon out of Lego. It is indeed as awesome as it sounds.

Also, Rob, Esme and I carved our pumpkins earlier. They all look very cool, even if mine is the same pumpkin-face that I do every year. And I have Halloween Lego, which I built afterwards, and Halloween cupcakes that I made before. So, actually, I've been very productive today. Excellent. Go me.
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: (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...)
crystalcazzie: (Snowman and Santa)
Operation Get into the Christmas Spirit is going well. Over the last few days I have made gingerbread biscuits (which were yummy) and eggnog (which was alcoholic and yummy) and plan to do so again later this week. I also managed to wrap almost all of my presents for people and took some pictures of this latest round of snow.

On the viewing front I watched Muppet Christmas Carol (one and a half times), The Santa Clause, The Santa Clause 2, Miracle on 34th Street (1947 version) and Christmas episodes of The Nanny and Caroline in the City.

The first Christmas episode of Caroline in the City came with the added bonus of Lauren Graham as Shelly. This was the first time I'd watched it since seeing Gilmore Girls and now I think I may have to rewatch all the episodes with her in. She's amazingly ridiculous!

Work was extremely busy today, which was entirely expected. Fortunately we had plenty of staff in so it wasn't the stressful mess that it often can be this time of year. I hope this pattern keeps up for the rest of the week!

To finish, I leave you with two pictures I took over the weekend of the snow that I particularly like:

Snow! )
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

HELLO

Nov. 9th, 2008 05:52 pm
crystalcazzie: (Default)
I'VE BEEN READING A LOT OF CAPSLOCK COMMUNITIES AND NOW I FEEL LIKE SHOUTING EVERYTHING.

I MADE CINNAMON PINWHEELS. THEY ARE YUMMY.

THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST AWESOME THINGS EVER AND I CANNOT BELIEVE IT HAS TAKEN ME THIS LONG TO HEAR OF ITS EXISTENCE:



THE INTERNET IS A TRULY GLORIOUS PLACE!

YES, I AM IN A VERY STRANGE MOOD TODAY.
crystalcazzie: (Default)
I keep meaning to update and then never actually do it. But now I will...

Firstly, my birthday was excellent. I had a great time and got some wonderful presents. The trip to Oxford the next day was fun too. There were a lot of people handing out religious literature but my companion was not as excited as I was about that...

More recently Dad and I took a walk down the field and over to the Pit. It's very pretty there and there are loads of blackberry bushes. We picked a lot and I plan to make blackberry crumble tomorrow. I also need to make banana bread again soon. I did some a couple of weeks ago and want to try out some small changes to the recipe.

The kitten continues to be adorable yet painful. He seems to have decided that my hair is a toy to be caught in claws and teeth, which is really not fun for me.

Lily is doing a lot better. We had another appointment with the vet today and found out that she's put on 20g! That's my girl!
crystalcazzie: (Grissom Sex Hat)
So, my weekend was excellent. Good food, good friends, good films. Baking was fun and it was great to see Emma again. It really had been far too long.

I also took the opportunity of going into Guildford to buy a copy of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I've been meaning to read it for some time and got the push I needed a couple of days ago when I signed up for the Geekfiction Summer Reading Ficathon.

I've seen ficathons before and haven't signed up because I was worried that my attempt would be rubbish, but this time I thought I should give it a try. Face your fears and all that. It'll probably still be rubbish but at least I'm going to have a go.

Hopefully I'll be hit by inspiration when I read the book.
crystalcazzie: (Grissom Sex Hat)
Baking was good. Icing was pretty heavy on the alcohol, but that's what you get when I'm the one who controls how much rum goes in. My family seemed to like the biscuits I brought back too.

The rest of the day was a lot of fun as well, especially tipsy internetting. Which brings me to my next point, William Petersen wants you to stop being bad. Seriously. Watch the video. And I defy you not to react at the end:

Clicky here. He's the third video.

Goes well with my new icon, doesn't it?

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