crystalcazzie: (Spock Yippee)
I have survived eight hours of retail work on Black Friday! I am rewarding myself with wine. I wanted to reward myself with wine and Strictly, but the tennis is overrunning. I hate tennis.

Actually, today wasn't too bad. Even, dare I say it, rather fun? We had a mountain of food in the staff room to eat during our breaks, I didn't have any horrible customers, I like the people I was in the stockroom with, and there was a nice sense of camaraderie as we all worked together to get delivery put away and take orders out as fast as possible.

And now it's the weekend. Woot!

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.

32

Sep. 7th, 2015 09:43 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
It's my birthday and I'm old! And possibly the slightest bit tipsy. We had champagne out on the patio earlier, and I'm currently drinking red wine cos we've just had dinner and yeah... slightly tipsy.

We went to Alresford today, which wasn't as interesting as I'd hoped it would be. But more interesting is the fact that this was the first year in a long time that I wasn't aware of the exact moment I turned a year older. Usually I'm watching the clock and am ready to mark the minute it happens, but today I just suddenly looked at the time and realised it had passed and I was officially 32. I wonder if that means anything.

I got a lot of lovely presents, including Doctor Who Cluedo and University of Kent Monopoly (I didn't even realise that latter one was a thing that existed until I opened it!) Mum has so far beaten me twice at DW Cluedo, which I find rather unacceptable on my birthday, but I am currently winning our game of University of Kent Monopoly. I am rather put out that she owns Keynes College though. That was MY college. I'm a Keynes alumna. I should own it, dammit!

I'm feeling quite sleepy and drunk and should probably go to bed soon. I might watch a River/Doctor episode of Doctor Who first though, to end the day on a high note.

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.

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 Eleven/River)
A week ago today I started off my London adventure by going to the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular! It was amazing and I love Murray Gold's music so much. I do wish there had been more of a focus on the music of the Eleventh Doctor's era, but that's just my personal preference. I would have loved to have heard Together or Not at All - The Song of Amy and Rory (even though it would totally have made me cry right there in the arena) and The Wedding of River Song. I'd also hoped they would play the full version of I Am the Doctor, which is one of my favourite pieces ever, but I had to make do with it being part of The Pandorica Suite. Not that I'm complaining, because it is used so perfectly there and is one of the most epic things I've ever seen/heard!

I knew of two people I'd met before that were planning to go and hoped to meet up with them for a drink or something beforehand, but it didn't really work out. One of them was ill and had to cancel. The other one I did manage to see for a couple of minutes before she hurried off. I fear I was a bit awkward and didn't do a very good job talking to her, which upset me a bit. I thought I was doing better with things like that but it was like my brain froze and everything inside me tied up. I made sure to text her during the interval to ask what she thought of it so far, cos I didn't want our last interaction to have been so awkward! And I think it was ok, she texted back and we had a conversation about stealing one of the Daleks that went right past me, and afterwards she mentioned a video she'd taken where a Cyberman looked right at her! She put it online and it is indeed very cool!

I had a really good seat too. Right at the front of C-block, so there was a walkway right in front of me which meant I had a really good view when the monsters came out and into the audience. The Dalek going right past me was brilliant. And I got terrorised by a dream crab walking right towards me! Sadly the Cyberman bypassed the bit I was in, which was a shame. But at least there was no danger of being upgraded!

I took a load of photos and some of them came out really well. I put them on Tumblr, but I'll share them here too:

All the Strange, Strange Creatures )

Peter Davison was a wonderful host; very funny and charming. I loved all his references to being replaced by Colin Baker, and David Tennant being his son-in-law, and the fact that the venue had had to be evacuated a couple of days before because they found an unexploded WWII bomb nearby. I was especially fond of one of his comments near the end where he said "This evening has been a blast. And I mean that in the sense of it having been a very good night and not in the sense of an unexploded World War II bomb."

So overall, it was a brilliant evening. Topped off by a drink at the Udderbelly on the Southbank where Paul and I proved that we were hip and down with the kids by taking a selfie of ourselves with our drinks and posting it on Twitter.



So cool.
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: (DW River hair)
I have bought myself a Fitbit so I can properly track how lazy I truly am. It will be interesting to see how much I really walk while I'm at work (a lot) and hopefully it will motivate me to do a bit more when I'm at home (currently not a lot). I'm also considering buying a set of scales so I can keep track of my weight as well. I'm kinda worried that I'm becoming healthy, but then I am also sitting here eating Veggie Percy Pigs and drinking beer so I don't think there's too much danger of that happening.
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
So, I was talking with people at work about my week off and I mentioned going to London and having five cocktails on Saturday. One of my colleagues looked at me, shocked, and went "Caroline! I thought you didn't drink!" Just goes to show how people you work with can have no idea who you really are!

Also, it is March and that means Fandom March Madness time. I have fallen out of love with it in recent years, when it moved away from being a fun, snarky place and became just a mean and nasty place, but I'm willing to give it another go. Mainly so I can profess my love for Camille Bordey in the nominations round. (I know Death in Paradise has no chance of getting in, so I've got to make the most of it while I can!)

Happy 2013!

Jan. 5th, 2013 06:54 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
Happy belated New Year, everyone! I know I'm a bit late with my annual memes. I blame a combination of LJ being down and me being distracted with other things, ooh, shiny...

Anyway:

Meme One:

The Questions )

Meme Two:

The Sentences )
crystalcazzie: (Simpsons Pope Marriage)
So I see that no one replied to my entry from yesterday. Apparently you all ignored my totally subtle hint that I wanted someone to come up with a brilliant idea for what I could do to celebrate my follower milestone after I failed to come up with anything myself.

But whatever. I don't mind. I'll just have to try again to think of something. It shouldn't be too difficult; I mean I am overflowing with genius. Or is that wine? I think it's wine.

Eh, that's good too.
crystalcazzie: (Gay People Everywhere)
And here we are again, election day in the US. I am drinking a Manhattan cocktail to celebrate.

Four years ago I managed to stay up until 4am and see Obama declared the winner. I'm not sure how long I'll manage to stay up this year but I'll give it a shot. I don't actually need to be awake at work tomorrow, right? Although if Romney wins I might be too depressed to get out of bed anyway.

Seriously America, I do not understand how that man has even the remotest chance of becoming president. He's just so vile.
crystalcazzie: (DW BAMF Rory)
Farnham Rugby Club has fireworks every year. Farnham Rugby Club used to be a couple of minutes walk away. Earlier this year Farnham Rugby Club moved to the other side of Farnham, three and a half miles away. Mean Farnham Rugby Club.

So no fireworks for me today. Unless some other people nearby decide to have them and I catch glimpses of theirs.

I do have some gluhwein mix and plan on mulling some wine with it soon. I was thinking about taking it out on the patio and seeing what I could see, but I'm not sure any more. It's lovely and warm inside my house and I know this is not the case outside. Is it worth freezing myself for brief flashes that will probably be mostly hidden behind trees anyway?

Halloween

Oct. 31st, 2012 06:44 pm
crystalcazzie: (Halloween)
Happy Halloween, everyone!

I carved my pumpkin on Saturday while watching Strictly Come Dancing and drinking wine. Maybe that's why he looks so happy:





Such a happy pumpkin.

He's currently sitting by the front door, ready to welcome any trick-or-treaters who might come by. So far no-one has appeared, possibly put off by the rain, but the night is still young.

I went to Starbucks earlier and tried a pumpkin spice latte. I was a bit wary at first but it was actually really nice. When I got home I made bat cookies and now I'm drinking a jack-o-lantern cocktail. It's quite strong and I still have to make dinner later. Hopefully I'll be able to stay upright.

I'm also dressed up, complete with witch earrings and Elphaba necklace. I mention this because no one else is. I'm really the only person in my family who gets excited about things like Halloween and Christmas. Clearly I need to get some children. Or find some friends who live close enough that I can force them to celebrate with me.

In other news, it's November tomorrow and that means I have to decide if I want to do NaNoWriMo and/or NaBloPoMo this year. I'm pretty certain that I won't be able to write 50,000 words, but I'm thinking it might be good to try and write something. And I hardly ever come on LJ any more, so NaBloPoMo might be difficult to achieve. Or it could be my triumphant return. I see I'm not alone in drifting away from this site though, so if I do end up posting every day I'll probably end up filling your friends pages with nothing but my pointless ramblings.
crystalcazzie: (Default)
Hello Livejournal!

I know I have been horribly neglectful of you recently and I apologise for that. I've been spending most of my time on Tumblr lately. I'm sorry, but the Doctor Who gifs have drawn me in and refuse to let me go. Also all the pictures of Alex Kingston's boobs. Not that I'm shallow or anything.

I'm totally shallow.

But anyway. Today is my birthday, and of course I could not allow it to pass by without regaling you with my now infamous epic poem of birthday brilliance:

Alas, tis not to be my fate
To remain the age of twenty-eight
I must submit to the march of time
Now that I am twenty-nine

Just one more year left of being in my twenties. I feel like I should be curled into a ball sobbing about my lost youth or something.

That'll probably happen later. I've had too much champagne to care at the moment.
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: (My Mate Marmite)
I have just eaten cake in honour of the Jubilee. And later I plan to have Pimms and strawberries in honour of the Jubilee. And then tomorrow I might even open a bottle of fizz in honour of the Jubilee.

As you can see, I am a big fan of cake and booze the Jubilee.

Maybe if I get tipsy enough I'll actually get up the courage to post on the forums for the convention I'm going to and possibly send messages on Tumblr and try to make friends with some of the people I follow who are also going. I've been trying to get up the courage to do this for a few weeks now. It's not going great.
crystalcazzie: (Default)
Ok, so no one wants to do things with me. That's fine. I'll just disown you all and find new friends. Or maybe I'll build some. Out of Lego and sticky back plastic. :p

So now I'm wondering if I should do the things I mentioned anyway, just by myself. I keep coming back to the 11th Hour convention and wondering if I should just buy a ticket, go on my own and see if I can make friends there. I am very tempted to do it. The trouble is that if I retreat into my shell as usual and fail to make friends then I'm stuck by myself for three days feeling sad and lonely. It's a risk, but maybe one I should take. Of course that may be the alcohol talking.

Yes, I am fairly tipsy right now. It's my parents' wedding anniversary so we've opened a bottle of fizz to celebrate. Mum and I only realised the significance of the day as I was checking the use-by date of my vegetable lasagne when I was trying to decide what to have for dinner. And then this happened:

Mum: 32 years. Murderers get less.
My mind: It can't be 32 years. They got married three years before I was born and... Oh god I'm old.

So... yeah. I'm getting old. I should take risks. I should go to conventions by myself and not be a total loser.

I find it funny and rather pathetic that 'going to conventions by myself' and 'total loser' are apparently opposites in my mind. Oh well.
crystalcazzie: (Default)
Most people just give their mother chocolates for Mother's Day. I make mine work for hers.

That's right, I gave her the Trivial Pursuit chocolate edition. She wants those chocolates, she's going to have to answer some questions first, dammit!

We played the game earlier. All four of us (Dad, who normally has to be dragged into any type of board game was more than eager when he found out that chocolate was involved.) I ended up winning the most and was therefore the overall victor, even if we did let Mum have the chocolate medal. Mother's Day and all. Only fair. I'm not bitter. Not at all.

I'm sure I won't wait until everyone is asleep and steal it back from her.

Also, I'm totally not tipsy right now.

Power Cut

Jan. 28th, 2012 05:33 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
At the beginning of this year I said to myself that I was going to be more sociable both online and off. I think it's safe to say that I have failed spectacularly at this.

Oh well. Let's try it now.

Last weekend I had a fortune cookie that said "You will have much variety at work this week." I laughed because retail in January is one of the most boring things in the world. But then yesterday we had the fun and excitement of a power cut. Is it sad that I actually found it a lot of fun? Even if it did mostly involve us sitting around watching people rattle the doors because they couldn't be bothered to read the sign we put up.

And, of course, there was the requisite idiot who argued with us to put her order through anyway because she needed it now. I'm not sure how she thought we were going to be able to do that. Should have asked her really.

In other news, the pub down the hill that's been closed for ages then was being refurbished over Christmas is now open. Rob, Esme and I went down last night and it's really nice in there now. A vast improvement on how it used to be!

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