crystalcazzie: (Moulin Rouge Done Sex)
Secret Cinema was a mixture of good and bad. I wanted to like it a lot more than I did. I wanted to throw myself into it and enjoy it all without worrying and feeling self-conscious but, unfortunately, that's a lot easier said than done. I think my main problem was with the uncertainty of it all. During the first part of the evening there was no indication of what we were supposed to do and I hated that. I always like to know exactly what's expected of me and what I'm meant to be doing, but here I spent the whole time on edge worrying that I was going to get it wrong.

Then we moved into a room with loud music and a crowded dance floor, which has never been my idea of fun, so that did nothing to help my mood.

As we took our seats for the actual film I was feeling stressed, anxious, and hugely disappointed by this thing that I'd been so excited for for so long. And then it got a million times better. Moulin Rouge is one of my favourite films so I was determined to enjoy it anyway, but seeing the people acting it out on the stage in front of the screen was brilliant. And everyone sang along really loudly, which is exactly what I wanted because I love singing along but I didn't want to risk anyone hearing me. I also managed not to cry at the ending. Partly by imagining that this was all a clever ruse for Christian and Satine to escape and make new lives together, and partly by thinking about my icon.

So I left the experience feeling conflicted. I really wish I'd been able to enjoy the whole thing, because it was a spectacular set up and the costumes were amazing. I also worried far too much beforehand about making sure my costume was right. I could have worn almost anything as long as it was vaguely Moulin Rouge-esque and would have been fine. I kinda wish I had just worn a corset and Victorian skirt. I'd probably have felt more comfortable (emotionally, if not physically!)
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: (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: (Beauty and the Beast)
Today did not start well. I realised last night that I've lost my FitBit. I've tried retracing my steps, assuming that it fell off at some point, but I haven't found it and I'm not sure where else it could be. It's annoying because I can't afford to replace it any time soon and I'd been interested in seeing how many steps I take over the Christmas period when we get really busy. If I do have to get another one I'll probably go for a higher model, one which tracks floors as well as steps, and maybe has a heart rate monitor too. Also one that attaches like a watch and not just clips together, so hopefully this won't happen again. But that probably won't be till after Christmas.

It's also annoying because it means I'm going to fall behind on my badges and ruin all my stats. And these things matter to me, dammit!

My day didn't get much better at work when the very first customer I had was snippy and rude. Always a lovely way to start the day. I spent most of my shift feeling tired and sad and just wanting to go home.

But it's ok! Because I made it through and now I'm home and I have wine. And tomorrow I'm going to watch fireworks. Yay.

Now, onto topic three for November: Favourite movie.

I'm not a huge movie-watcher, I much prefer TV shows, which makes it difficult to chose a favourite, but some films I absolutely love are:

1. Beauty and the Beast
2. Moulin Rouge
3. The Mummy
4. The Princess Bride
5. Muppet Christmas Carol

And yes, if you pushed me for an absolute favourite I would probably say Beauty and the Beast. I've watched that film so many times and it never loses its magic.
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 )
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
I had lunch with Emma and Paul yesterday. She showed me Captain America so I am now ready to watch Agent Carter and see if it really is as good as my Tumblr dash and FMM would have me believe.

Today I had to go down into the field and free the neighbour's pony who'd managed to get his leg caught in our fence. He didn't seem overly bothered though, still eating grass while his leg was sticking up behind him all caught up in the wire.

Also, apparently 'untangler' is not a word. I am disappoint.
crystalcazzie: (Default)
Ok, so now that I'm on my way to being a confident, social, non-anxiety-ridden, human being I thought it would be a good time to start making an effort to actually go out and do things, rather than missing out on stuff I'd like to do because I'm too scared. (Such as the official Doctor Who convention.)

But the thing is I still don't want to do these things on my own. I would like company. But I also don't want to drag people to things they don't really want to go to.

So I have decided to make a post, an open invitation, wherein I list things I would like to do and if anyone is interested and would like to do them with me, leave a comment and we'll see what we can organise. :)

Things I Would Like To Do and Would Like To Have Someone To Do Them With:

See Titanic 3D at the cinema.
Go to the Harry Potter studio tour in London.
Go to the 11th Hour convention in Birmingham (15th-17th June)


Those are the main things on my mind at the moment. If I think of anything else I'll make another post.

So... any takers?

2011 Memes

Jan. 1st, 2012 07:21 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW Eleven/River)
Time for my annual New Year's memes. I'm feeling a bit tipsy at the moment because we didn't finish the champagne last night so I've taken it upon myself to make the sacrifice and drink the rest of it today. I hope my answers still make sense.

Meme Number One: The Questions )

Meme Number Two: The Sentences )
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 20

Nov. 20th, 2011 06:07 pm
crystalcazzie: (Cedric Can't Dazzle)
I have a really bad headache. I suppose this is what happens when you have popcorn for breakfast. I went to see Breaking Dawn part 1 this morning and I wasn't about to forgo my usual cinema snack just because it was early.

Robert Pattinson did not look good. But then all of the vampires looked rather ridiculous. Except Esme. Makes me wonder what kind of power Elizabeth Reaser has over the make up artists.

I see the Children in Need auction for Matt Smith's clothes has gone up another £10,000 since my post yesterday. Might need a third person in on this.
crystalcazzie: (Rowena Puff)
The Harry Potter Blu-rays are available for pre-order.

Given the choice between the normal Blu-ray set for £33 and the shiny limited numbered edition Blu-ray + DVD set for £67... I went for the shiny. I did consider being sensible but... it's so pretty!

And it comes with a collectable retrospective photo album. Clearly I made the right choice!

XXVIII

Sep. 7th, 2011 06:59 pm
crystalcazzie: (Sara Smile)
Birthday time! I am now the grand old age of 28. It seems nice so far, I think I may keep it for the full year.

Presents include the Lego Millennium Falcon, Monopoly, Mateus Rose & Ferrero Rocher, Tangled 3D, Absinthe, the Avenue Q book and a really rather awesome cocktail set.

Mum and I went to Winchester for the day. I'm sure I've been there before but it was a long time ago and I didn't remember it at all, so it was like I was seeing it all for the first time. It's a lovely city, very much like Canterbury in many ways (although Winchester's Westgate isn't nearly as impressive for not having double decker buses going through it!) We went to see the Round Table and the Cathedral and Jane Austen's grave. I had a lovely time.

The plan for this evening is to order pizza and I may or may not try out my new cocktail set (depends on if I want to risk ruining the champagne by adding stuff to it!)

So far, today has been a very good birthday.

But, of course, no birthday would be complete without my epic poem of epic brilliance moving you all to tears, so, without further ado, here it is:

Twenty seven was hard to rhyme,
But it's not so bad this time.
And now that I am twenty eight,
I'm gonna make it really great.

You're welcome.
crystalcazzie: (Remus/Sirius Puffs)
So, who watched Eurovision last night? I did. Moldova totally should have won.

Also last night - my family and I made our own pizzas. They were delicious. (Well, mine was and I am extrapolating from that fact that they all were.) And we had home made ice cream. And it was good.

Today I dug out an old jigsaw puzzle to make up while watching Pirates of the Caribbean. (The Lego PotC game came out on Friday and Mum and I have been playing it, which made me want to watch the film again and I always like to do a puzzle while watching a film.) But alas for me, the jigsaw was incomplete! I don't know if you know, gentle reader, just annoying it is to spend hours working on a puzzle only to realise, far too late, that pieces are missing. Damn you, jigsaw! I was tricked by the fact that your box was sellotaped together. You implied that you were complete! You lied to me!

*shakes fist*

2010 Memes

Jan. 1st, 2011 10:05 pm
crystalcazzie: (Xena/Gabrielle)
Hey, everyone! Time for my New Year's memes. My answers this year are more upbeat than I can ever remember them being previously, which has to be a good thing!

Meme One: The Questions )

Meme Two: The Sentences )
crystalcazzie: (Snowman and Santa)
Working retail over Christmas is always an adventure. But it's Christmas Eve and I survived! Yay! And, even more amazing than that, we closed at 5 and I was able to leave at 5:15. That's almost unheard of!

Also, I made eggnog and may be slightly drunk right now. That might be for the best though, since I'm watching a musical version of A Christmas Carol with Kelsey Grammer as Scrooge. It's... rather strange.

I hope you are all having a good Christmas Eve!
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
crystalcazzie: (Pearlswine Rat Greatness Personified)
Here it is, the last day of November. Now, where are we?

Snow - finally here! Not too much of it, so travel wasn't disrupted, but enough to leave a very pretty white blanket over everything and more flakes falling from the sky almost constantly. It was like a scene from those Christmas films which are always so unrealistic, showing people doing their Christmas shopping in the softly falling snow!

NaNoWriMo - 43,104 words. So technically I've failed. But I feel very accomplished because I have actually finished the story this time! Usually what happens is that I reach the end of November and lose all my momentum. All my other NaNo stories just stop suddenly with no resolution and it never really feels right to go back and continue them so they just stay like that. But not this one!

NaBloPoMo - This post marks my success! I'm sure you will all be pleased that it's coming to an end and you will no longer have to suffer my stupid rambling every day. Rest assured, the stupid rambling will be more spread out from now on.
crystalcazzie: (Hermione)
I have seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1! I went with some people from work and there were about ten of us in the end, which was good. I feel like I should say something about the film here but I'm not sure what there is to say. I loved how close it was to the book.

And, while I'm here, there is one day left of November and I still have 9696 words to write for NaNo. I'm going to try and write a bit now but I'm pretty sure I'm going to fail this year. Oh well.

A Plan!

Nov. 23rd, 2010 11:26 pm
crystalcazzie: (HP Everyone Dies)
I'm going to see Deathly Hallows next Monday with some people from work. Yay!

Although two of them have seen it already. Lucky buggers. I'm seriously wondering if I should go to a midnight showing next year. After all, it'll be my last chance and I think it could be fun.

I'm not sure who would be crazy enough to go with me, though.

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