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.

Day One

Nov. 4th, 2015 07:43 pm
crystalcazzie: (Sara Smile)
My basil plant was getting out of control, so I've stripped a load of the leaves and made pesto. I didn't really follow a recipe, just threw things together and hoped for the best. It tasted ok when I tried it, but the real test will be this evening when I have it with dinner. If I don't post tomorrow it's probably because I've poisoned myself.

I think I am going to attempt NaBloPoMo this year and, as I'm not sure I can think of enough things to talk about to fill 30 journal entries, [ profile] rachg82 has very helpfully given me a list of topics to talk about.

30 Topics for November )

Today's topic is favourite song. It's a tricky one because there are quite a few songs I love, but whenever I answer this question I usually go with After All by Dar Williams. I've loved it for many years and it means so much to me that, even now, it still has the power to make me cry.
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
On Tuesday evening Paul and I made our way over to Camden to see Dar Williams at the Jazz Cafe. It was our third time seeing her, and hopefully not our last, but our first time at this particular venue. It was a nice place, smaller than Bush Hall, but very dark. Even before the concert started the lights were all down and it was a bit odd.

Dar was amazing, as usual. I was closer to the stage than I have been before, although off to the side so I got a bit of a profile view. And I really loved Lucy as well, so I was happy when Dar brought her out to join her on the last couple of songs. In fact, this was actually the very first time I've bought the supporting artist's music at a concert I've gone to. She signed the CD for me too cos she's lovely. Dar came out as well but I didn't get her autograph this time cos I already have a signed copy of Emerald that I bought from PledgeMusic when she was funding the album. I thought I should give other people a chance to meet her and get theirs signed!

Just like with the DWSS I put some of my pictures on Tumblr, and I'm going to post them here as well so you can all share in the joy:

Lucy & Dar )
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 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.

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...


Meme One:

The Questions )

Meme Two:

The Sentences )
crystalcazzie: (Picard Squee)
So... you may remember that a few weeks ago I asked if anyone wanted to see Dar Williams with me cos she was coming to London and I've loved her music for well over ten years now but never had the chance to see her before.

Well, my brother bought me tickets to see her for my birthday and I dragged Paul along with me and it was absolutely amazing! The venue was tiny and informal and absolutely lovely. She sang some of her older songs as well as ones from the new album and she was so nice and chatty between each one.

Then she hung around afterwards to sign things! I was not expecting that, so I didn't bring anything. I asked her to sign my ticket and apologised for not thinking to bring a CD. She said she was happy to sign anything so I said I'd make sure to bring the weirdest thing I could think of next time!

And then I got my picture taken with her:

I'm sorry that I look so bad. Paul and I had shared a bottle of wine and it stained my teeth rather badly! But it's a picture of me with Dar Williams! asefdakgjhdafgkjhdfagjkhdagjkv!
crystalcazzie: (Default)
I got an email from Eventful saying that Dar Williams is going to be in London in October. I can't find anything about it on her official website and my overactive imagination is worrying that it's someone with the same name or a fake announcement or something, but if it's really her then oh my god I want to go!

Of course then the issue would be finding someone who would go with me. Anyone here like Dar Williams?

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: (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)
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: (Hermione)
I know it's still November but I've decided to embrace the Christmas music. Listening to it helps me deal with all the stupid, rude idiot customers.
crystalcazzie: (Default)
I see the lyrics meme is doing the rounds again, so I'm jumping straight in cos these are always fun:

Step 1: Put your iTunes on equivalent or random.
Step 2: Post the first(-ish) line from the first 40 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing.
Step 3: Bold or Strike out the songs when someone guesses correctly.
Step 4: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING.

1. Yeah there was a time I didn’t like the love I liked the climbers As Cool As I Am [ profile] zero_bug
2. This ain’t a song for the broken hearted It's My Life [ profile] miss_amaranth
3. Will drive you, will drive you, will drive you mad El Tango de Roxanne [ profile] tyasante
4. I have wandered far and wide for something real something to die for
5. When the robin builds in the [title], it’s a sign of life it’s gentle victory
6. All across the barren land still cold from winter’s hand
7. In [title] the draft caught up with me
8. I was born in a cradle of love
9. It’s not time to make a change, just relax, take it easy Father and Son [ profile] after_thought16
10. There you go, slipping away into a [title]
11. I lost an island in the ocean, the place where nickels come to gamble on their faces
12. Where the road is dark and the seed is sowed
13. [Title] you shine where you stand and the more I think on you the more I think long
14. Any time I need to see your face I just close my eyes
15. What a lot of fun, you guys have been real swell Sweet's Song (Reprise) [ profile] pookatimes
16. I never had a friend as close as you
17. Didn’t I say I wasn’t ready for romance
18. When superstars and cannonballs are running through your head
19. This is the story of a girl who cried a river and drowned the whole world Absolutely (Story of a Girl) [ profile] emmz13
20. Well my time went so quickly, I went lickety splickly out to my [title]
21. I waited till I saw the sun Don't Know Why [ profile] clearlyfamous
22. Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord that David played and it pleased the lord Hallelujah [ profile] rachg82 & [ profile] emmz13
23. Oh how you sparkle and oh how you shine
24. Someone’s got it in for me, they’re planting stories in the press
25. Have mercy on me sir, allow me to impose on you
26. When I said I needed you, you said you would always stay
27. Through early morning fog I see, visions of the things to be Suicide is Painless [ profile] silverthorn
28. Here’s wishing you the bluest sky and hoping something better comes tomorrow
29. All our times have come, here but now they’re gone
30. Let the phone ring, let’s go back to sleep
31. [Title], his boots no longer by my door
32. This is the man that I plan to entangle, isn’t he fine? I'll Never Tell [ profile] rachg82 & [ profile] emmz13
33. Weep for yourself my man, you’ll never be what is in your heart Little Lion Man [ profile] after_thought16
34. Go and hunt her and find her and kill her March of the Witch Hunters [ profile] after_thought16
35. I didn’t come this far for you to make this hard for me How [ profile] emmz13
36. Bonfires dot the rolling hillsides, figures dance around and around
37. Tonight I’m gonna have myself a real good time Don't Stop Me Now [ profile] miss_amaranth
38. There you are, your beauty consoles me
39. I used to rule the world, seas would rise when I gave the word Viva La Vida [ profile] rachg82 & [ profile] emmz13
40. It’s nine o’clock on a Saturday and the regular crowd shuffles in Piano Man [ profile] miss_amaranth
crystalcazzie: (Creepy Grissom)
We're playing Christmas songs at work. This particularly upsets me because I love Christmas and I love Christmas music and how am I supposed to enjoy them in December when they've made me want to shoot the radio for a whole month beforehand?

Damn, I wanted this entry to be more positive than previous ones. Sorry about that, I'll try again tomorrow.

Love Songs

Feb. 14th, 2010 01:44 pm
crystalcazzie: (Vienna Teng)
So, I quite liked making my Ships of the Noughties list and have decided to do another one. This time, in honour of Valentine's Day, I have listed my top five love songs. And then I decided to do my top five bittersweet love songs. And my top five anti-love songs. (I had originally called them bitter love songs but that's not quite accurate. Some are bitter, some are just "This relationship's over and that's a good thing.")

They're all songs I've got on my iTunes and I've tried to avoid the usual cliche love songs that you'd find on those compilation albums that are so ubiquitous this time of year!

Five Love Songs/Five Bittersweet Love Songs/Five Anti-Love Songs )
crystalcazzie: (Halloween)
So, it's FRIDAY and that means CAPSLOCK day.

For some reason writing feels HARD. I've been TIRED all week, possibly because of the CLOCKS (damn clocks) or possibly because work has been very BUSY (damn customers).

I've also been subjected to more CHRISTMAS songs at work. And they're not JUST Christmas songs, oh no, they're BELOVED Christmas songs covered by UNSIGNED artists and they OFFEND my very being. I have to LISTEN to these artists RUIN songs that I love OVER and OVER again.

But looking on the BRIGHT SIDE (if there is one) is that it makes listening to CHRISTMAS music in OCTOBER not so bad because it's not PROPER Christmas music.

It is still VERY ANNOYING though.

Well, ENOUGH of that. It's HALLOWEEN tomorrow! YAY! I have PUMPKINS to carve. Robert and Kat did theirs YESTERDAY while I carved some PEPPERS instead.

There were HALLOWEEN treats and CAKE in the staff room at work courtesy of the one member of staff who takes day even more SERIOUSLY than I do. It was truly DELICIOUS cake.

I am currently drinking AUSTRALIAN wine. Only ONE week to go!


Oct. 26th, 2009 07:37 pm
crystalcazzie: (Halloween)
Look! I have a shiny new Halloween theme! With less than a week to go I feel the time is right for using it. It's not like I'm playing Christmas songs in October or anything.

Oh...wait. We played Christmas songs at work.

Yes, seriously. I did have a bit of a laugh about it with a customer though. I told her I was appalled at us. Although having said that, I only remember hearing one Christmas song. Maybe they're easing us into it.

In other news, Paul and I saw Wicked at the weekend. It was excellent, although a bit hard to understand at some points. The opening song was almost entirely incomprehensible but fortunately it got a lot better as it went on.

I just saw an advert for cake and now I want some. Alas, I am cake-less.


Oct. 11th, 2009 01:11 pm
crystalcazzie: (Default)
Nooo! Stephen Gately, nooo!

Damn, I loved him when I was 13.

And 33 is far too fucking young.

crystalcazzie: (Default)
Happy FRIDAY everyone. :)

I was being CASH OFFICE trained earlier and I found an UNDATED 20p piece. YAY ME! Hannah currently has it and the plan is to sell it on EBAY. I would kinda like to KEEP IT though. I like collecting COINS.

LJ-wise, I still have a MEME I need to do. Hopefully PAUL will give me my WORDS soon so I can do TWO sets at once because I am just that AWESOME.

Real-life-wise, my IPOD is playing up. The WHEEL is no longer WHEELING. Perhaps it is time for a NEW one, although I am not sure WHICH. I did look at the IPHONE but I really can't justify SPENDING that much.


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