crystalcazzie: (Pearlswine croc work)
So my plan to actually try and do something productive today hasn't really worked out because, apparently, my computer is like a cat and wants to punish me for leaving it for so long. I can no longer check my email or open apps and I've spent the last few hours trying various ways to fix the problem to no avail.

It is incredibly annoying.
crystalcazzie: (Pearlswine croc work)
What the fuck?

My computer just Blue Screen of Death'd me and restarted itself before I could even read what it said.

I don't like this. *hugs laptop protectively*
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.

Day 16

Nov. 16th, 2011 07:45 pm
crystalcazzie: (Picard Squee)
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(This totally counts as a legitimate post, by the way.)

Day 3

Nov. 3rd, 2011 07:13 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW Amy/Rory)
Greetings, my adoring public. I am here to post another day. And it's good that I am. We've been having trouble with our internet connection and there was a truly terrifying moment where I thought it might not come back at all. I don't even have a smart phone so if the wifi goes down I'm lost. Stranded in a meaningless, internetless shadow of an existence. I shudder to even think of such a thing.

It's kinda funny how I went through all of university without having internet in any of the places I lived and had to rely on the computer rooms all the time. I look back on those days and wonder how I survived.
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. :(
crystalcazzie: (Cedric Can't Dazzle)
So... it's Friday. CAPSLOCK day. Not that I feel very CAPSLOCKY. I've been ILL and I HATE being ILL. I missed out on WEDNESDAY goodness and this week was one of the RARE times when I got to finish work at 4, which I REALLY like and probably won't happen again for AGES.

But I did watch a hell of a lot of FARSCAPE, which is EXCELLENT.

I'm currently using GOOGLE CHROME as my browser because FIREFOX is being SHIT. I quite LIKE it so far, but I can't get SPELL CHECK to work, which is ANNOYING.
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I have a shiny new laptop! It is big! And shiny! (It really is shiny, seriously.) It has an 18.4" screen and fancy sound system and Blu-Ray and a media console. It also has Windows Vista, which is very fancy.

I'm still in the 'new keyboard' stage and so typing this entry is giving me problems cos keys are not where I expect them to be, although I'm getting the hang of it. Everything feels a bit lopsided because the keyboard isn't centred due to the numeric keypad. Yep, my laptop has a numeric keypad. It's just that big.

I haven't transferred my files over from my old laptop yet so this still feels a bit like I'm using someone else's computer. I'm sure I'll get over that soon.

I may be slightly drunk right now cos it's my dad's birthday and I've had a glass of fizz. I'm sure one glass shouldn't leave me feeling like this but it appears I am definitely losing my tolerance.

Really I'm just glad I'm feeling so upbeat right now cos work today was shit and yesterday was even worse. I'm so glad I'm not working tomorrow or Monday. Screw the double pay, I want my four day weekend!
crystalcazzie: (NaNo 2008)
NaNo word count: 50,252

But it has been stressful getting to this point today. Stupidly I hadn't been backing up the document as I was writing it ("I'll do it at the end. It'll be fine!") and lost it all when Word decided to be a complete and utter bastard when I tried to save it. After a couple of hours of desperately trying to find any recovered document of the novel that wasn't corrupted beyond all hope, I gave up, posted a expletive-filled post lamenting my stupidity and decided to see what I could remember of the story to start again.

That's when I saw a file with a weird name in my Writing folder and decided to see what it was. Lo and behold, it was my story! Minus the last few sentences I'd written but otherwise completely healthy.

Clearly the Computer Gods smiled on me today, after punishing me for my hubris first.
crystalcazzie: (Default)
So... there I was, writing The Story when Word suddenly tells me it has an error and closes down, taking most of what I had just written with it.

Clearly, Word does not approve of Sara/Snoopy.
crystalcazzie: (Default)
I keep trying to write an entry about the last few days but I'm too tired, so I'm just going to summarise things for you:

Monday - Unremarkable.
Tuesday - New power adaptor arrived. Able to use laptop again. Much joy.
Wednesday - Off to Aberystwyth. Very pretty.
Thursday - Interview for PCGE course at Aberystwyth. Didn't go well.
Friday - Out for drinks after work. Solved Eternity II clue puzzle 3 in about ten minutes in the pub. Feel very proud of self.
Saturday - Hasn't happened yet. Apparently will involve helium balloons and Love Hearts sweets at work. Sounds fun.

Powerless

Jan. 31st, 2008 08:49 pm
crystalcazzie: (Default)
Nooooo!!

My laptop's power pack has died! I've ordered a new one but who knows how long it'll take to get here. Whatever will I do without my precious, precious laptop for a few days? ([livejournal.com profile] dwarfy_drm, was this you? Are you trying to share the pain?)

*Desperately clings to last remaining 38 minutes of battery life*
crystalcazzie: (Halloween)
* It's time to start using my Halloween icon.

* My brother has become a filthy Mac user.

* My PGCE application is completely completed and sent off, reference and all.

* Autoassassinophilia has nine syllables.
crystalcazzie: (Default)
This morning we went to church and some woman told the children that in an emergency they should talk to God. How fucking irresponsible. "Oh, my mother has fallen down the stairs and isn't moving. Should I call 999? No, I'll just have a chat with God, that'll sort everything out."

These are little children, who often take things literally. It's not right to use such a loaded and significant word in this sense. Tell them to talk to God when they feel down or lonely or whatever, but not in an emergency.

In other news, I got to feel smart, and more than a little shocked, at lunchtime when some of the teachers were discussing this woman who had done the prep work at home, emailed it to herself and printed it off at school. Or, as they seemed to see it, performed magic.

Yes, these people work with fancy new Smart Boards everyday but emailing themselves is too complicated for them.

And one final thing - Children, I don't care about your swimming pools. No, really, I don't. Stop trying to one-up each other.

Upswing

Mar. 29th, 2007 04:39 pm
crystalcazzie: (Made of Awesome)
Hey everyone. Thanks for the replies to my last entry. I'm feeling better now. A lot of that is due to last night when I spent a wonderful evening with Blue, Dwarfy and Paul. As well as having a great time, it also made me realise how far I've actually come. There I was, sitting at a table with three other people, one of whom I'd barely met before, chatting and laughing and having fun. A few years ago in that situation I would have been anxious and nervous and too scared to say anything. I'd have been sitting there silently, desperately wanting to get away and then later would have berated myself for being so pathetic and stupid and wasting such a perfect opportunity to have a social life.

I also got the train by myself, ordered my own drinks and walked with my head up rather than staring at my feet. All of which are great achievements from how I used to be.

And I'm getting out more. As well as last night, I'm giving blood this evening and going to Paul's to bake on Sunday. That's three trips out of the house this week!

Speaking of Paul's, I'm not sure I'll be able to get my files off my Apple laptop even with his computer because I'm not sure there are any ports to do it with. It doesn't have a firewire port because it pre-dates the creation of firewire. It does have a plug-in floppy drive, which is the best option. Unfortunately I cannot find it.

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Despite the upbeat nature of this post and recent events, I do find my optimism wavering just a bit with the two more library rejection letters I received today. One doesn't bother me too much, but the other was the Oxford OULS placement - The one I really wanted. So I'm kinda sad about that.

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