crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
It's so foggy outside I feel like we're in the Misty Mountains. I just took Tilly out and when I turned around to come back inside I could barely see the house.

(BTW, this doesn't count as me defaulting to talking about the weather because it is really, seriously, foggy here at the moment. It's in the news and everything!)

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 Amy/Rory)
I just looked down and there was a wasp chilling in the handle of my scissors. Definite Do Not Want! I took him outside and eventually was able to shake him off but it took a while. The little dude did not want to leave. I wonder if he was hoping to do some arts and crafts and I have cruelly deprived him of his vocation.

It was drizzling outside, which was actually quite pleasant after the heat this morning. Although, having said that, it was really the humidity that did me in. The cash office felt like an actual sauna. And I couldn't even have the small relief of the little tabletop fan because certain people have stolen it for their own use! I should just steal it back. It was mine to begin with after all. (Well, the cash office's, but that's pretty much the same thing.)

Still, could be worse. On Friday I was helping to push three 800kg pallets up a hill. At least the weather wasn't too bad then. I think I would have actually died!

In other news, I had a good weekend. It was Rob's birthday on Thursday and Mum's on Saturday so Rob came round on Sat for a joint celebration. I gave Mum the Corkers board game, which we have now played twice and she won both times. I suppose it's only fair since it was her day. And it turns out that I don't know as much about wine as I thought I did.

Pre-packing for Ireland is going well. I have my lists and a vague idea of where everything is that I'm going to need to take with me. Can't quite believe it's only four days away!
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
The heatwave is over and I have not melted into the ground! Work still makes me hot and sweaty, especially in the abominable furnace that is the upper stock room, but at least I can feel comfortable when I get home now. As opposed to a couple of days ago when there was no escape from the relentless heat anywhere I went.

Also, I'm getting pretty pissed off with people online making fun of us and calling us wimps for saying that that was a heatwave. Yeah, fine, you live in a place where it regularly gets hotter than this and you have these kinds of temperatures all summer, but that's the point, we don't. We're not prepared for this, our bodies aren't used to it, our homes don't have air conditioning. (And why do people seem to feel the need to exaggerate in order to mock us? I saw a derisive comment laughing that "England is complaining about temperatures in the 70s to mid 80s" and I'm just like uh, no, it was 36 Celsius here you fucknut. That's 97 to you, so shut your fucking cake hole.)

Sorry, I think the heat is making me ratty. Although since it's cooled down now I can't really use that as an excuse any more.

But at least now that the heatwave is over, maybe now I can write about things other than the weather. Like Alias and its complete character derailment of Irina Derevko. I'm hoping that she's been cloned and replaced with a double (again), because that woman from the past couple of episodes is so not the same woman from the rest of the series.

Heatwave

Jul. 1st, 2015 07:51 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
It's Wednesday, which means I have made it over halfway through the week and haven't died! Yay me!

Work has been about as fun as anticipated, although I did manage to dig out an old fan and we've got that set up now. Not that it does much but it's better than nothing! And it seems my employers are actually considerate and don't want their employees to keel over from heat exhaustion and we got some money to buy drinks, which is nice. Also the Costa people came round with free samples of their caramel latte cooler, which was very much appreciated.

I've also closed my curtains so hopefully my room should be a bit more bearable to sleep in tonight. I can't believe it's taken me this long to work out that doing that might be a good idea! (The sun sets right opposite my window, which can make for lovely evenings, but also means that my room is basically cooking for hours and feels like an oven by the time I go to bed.)

I blame the heat for addling my brain. That and the fact that we're not really used to such high temperatures in this country. It almost makes me miss Vegas. The temperatures were higher there, but it was a dry heat and everywhere was air conditioned. What I wouldn't do for some air conditioning right about now!

The upside of all this is that I'm catching up on my TV shows. When I get in from work I'm too worn out and overheated to do much but flop onto the sofa and watch something. I've now finished Orphan Black season one and am making good progress with season five of Alias. I'm not too happy about certain developments though, which I will probably make a post about some time soon despite the fact that no one else is watching this ten year old show or would have any idea what I'm talking about.
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
Apparently we're due a heatwave next week with temperatures up into the 30s and I am going to die. I am actually going to melt and die.

And of course today, when I'm at home and don't have any physical work to do and would quite like to sit outside in the sunshine and enjoy a nice summer's day, it's 21 and raining.

I think you do this on purpose, weather.

BBQ Report

Jun. 26th, 2015 06:28 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
So, after my previous post in which I moaned about it being too hot, the British weather decided to respond by giving us a grey and rainy Saturday. Thanks, weather. It wasn't too bad though. We were able to get some barbecuing in in between the showers and there was Polish fighting beer to tide us over. Typical British BBQ.

There were quite a lot of people there and it was nice to see some folks I haven't seen in a while, but it was also rather overwhelming. Especially since a couple of the people, lovely though they are, are very loud and outgoing. Not that that's a bad thing, but it is rather exhausting to be around.

One moment that still sticks with me is when my friend said "Ahh, I love relaxing weekends like this" and I just kind of gaped at him because I had literally just been thinking about how tiring it all was! It was still fun, of course. I'm not saying that I had a bad time or that I didn't want to be there, but it was most definitely NOT relaxing!

My favourite part of the day had to be the evening, when half the people had gone and those of us who remained played Cards Against Humanity and Lord of Waterdeep. I love board games and I really wish I had more opportunities to play them. Especially the BSG board game, which is always fun. Trouble is you need at least three people to play at all, and really it's better with four or more, and I don't know that many people nearby who'd be interested.

In other news, I finally paid eBay the 30p that I've apparently owed them since 2008. Never let it be said that I don't clear my debts quickly.
crystalcazzie: (Hermione)
Ah, summer. That wonderful time when I have the choice to either sleep with my window closed and feel like I'm boiling to death or sleep with it open and be woken up by the neighbours' cockerel at 4am. Decisions, decisions.

Either way, I'm very glad it's Friday. Work is also very uncomfortable in the summer cos it's so physical and I always end up feeling like a disgusting overheated mess by the end of my shift. Yesterday I found myself close to tears and I couldn't even put my finger on why exactly. I just felt so overwhelmed by everything and the thought that summer hasn't even technically started yet and I have so much more of this to come is really getting me down.

But at least I have my holiday at the end of July/beginning of August. That's something to look forward to, and not just because it means I won't be at work. I'm so excited to finally go to Ireland. You'd think with the amount of travelling I do and the fact that Ireland is right next to us I'd have already made a trip over, but nope. I get to experience it all for the first time. And try to do so without Loreena McKennitt lyrics running through my head on a constant loop!

Tomorrow I'm heading up to Oxford to see friends and hopefully have a BBQ if the weather cooperates. So that's something else to be happy about. Yay!
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
I was at work during the eclipse so I made sure to find reasons to hang around on the shop floor and look out the windows rather than being in the back. It was completely cloudy so there was no chance of seeing anything in detail, but I wanted to watch it get darker. And it did, although not too much. I guess even 15% of the sun is still enough to give us a lot of light!

Selfishly I was quite pleased that it was so cloudy. I'd have been upset if we'd had a great view and I wasn't able to go out and watch it properly!

But I am going to watch it on TV tonight. That's just as good, right?
crystalcazzie: (Hyperbole and a Half Internet Forever)
Ack, it's cold. I just took Tilly out and I think it's actually freezing out there.

My Tardis skirt arrived today. It took nearly a month to get here and I'm actually really disappointed with it. It's more grey than blue and doesn't look very good at all. Oh well, live and learn I suppose. I'm just sad because it looked so good in the picture and I waited so long for it.

And now the cat is meowing at me. And sitting under my chair. Weird kitty.
crystalcazzie: (Pearlswine croc work)
I watched the first episode of American Horror Story: Asylum on Saturday evening and now our Sky box doesn't work.

I can't help but wonder if these two things are related.

I suppose the high winds and rain we had that night could also have had something to do with it, but I prefer this explanation.
crystalcazzie: (DW Eleven/River)
Hey LJ, long time no see. I've actually had proper hours at work this week so have been busy selling people paddling pools. So many paddling pools. Also I've been playing The Eternity Clock, which is a fairly good game but can be so frustrating I have to remind myself of the cost of our television in order to restrain myself from throwing the controller through it.

Currently I'm sitting on the patio, in the sunshine, and feeling pretty good about everything. It's nice. And Eurovision is on in just over an hour, which I will be watching the hell out of and I don't care what anyone says about that. I love Eurovision.

And finally, when I was in London last weekend Paul bought me this amazing travelcard holder for my Oyster card:

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I'm making crazy eyes in this picture because it's just that awesome.

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And I'm posting this picture as well because, as I said on Tumblr, I usually look like a troll in photographs so my vanity compels me to share any pictures where I look even halfway attractive. I'm not quite sure how this happened but I'll take it.
crystalcazzie: (Snowman and Santa)
Apparently McGee doesn't approve of my decorating skills. From his position in a chair next to the tree he used his paw to pull one of the decorations from its branch and knocked it to the floor. He wasn't even playing with it, he just carefully removed it. I suppose he thinks he could have done a better job. Or maybe he just didn't like that particular decoration itself.

Also, it actually snowed today. Only briefly and then it was gone, but still. It was apparently enough to keep the customers away for a while. I was thinking about how weird it was not to be completely manic so close to Christmas, so of course we got really busy not long afterwards. Must be all that Multi Coloured Crack that we sell.

And now it is the weekend. Yay! I'm planning to make eggnog tomorrow and hopefully watch something Christmassy while doing so. Tis the season and all that. =D
crystalcazzie: (Autumn Leaves)
Uh, weather? A word, please? You may not have noticed this, but it's autumn now. It's going to be October in two days. So what's with the summeriness? While I'm sure all this bright sunshine, clear blue skies and soaring temperature would have been lovely a month ago, it's not really appropriate for now. My coat is feeling sad and unloved. I'm sure you understand.

Speaking of autumnal things, Saturday is going to be an awesome day for TV! Last episode of Doctor Who series six and first episode of Merlin series four on the same day! Plus I plan to finally get around to watching the third episode of Sherlock, so it's going to be a trifecta of brilliant British television.

Also, Strictly Come Dancing! I'm seriously just going to set up home on the sofa and not move for hours.

And then, on Sunday, I can watch Tumblr explode.

Oh yeah, I have a Tumblr now. Tumblrs are cool.
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

Hello

Jul. 2nd, 2011 04:35 pm
crystalcazzie: (Grissom Sex Hat)
I've been back in the UK for a week now but I've been being my usual unsociable self and avoiding posting or commenting on LJ. So, how is everyone? Doing well I hope.

Las Vegas and San Francisco were excellent. Vegas was my favourite, I definitely want to go back there some time. I know it's not to everyone's taste, but I loved it. Especially the view of the Strip from the top of the Eiffel Tower at night.

While I was in America I did the whole collecting of state quarters thing. I ended up with 32 states and one territory. Not bad. I didn't get California though, which is annoying since I was there.

Since returning I've been watching a lot of CSI. It's fun to watch the establishing and background shots of Vegas and be able to say I've been to those places! It's also fun to see how old some of the shots are and how things have changed!

I'm not sure if I should admit that one thing I really liked to do while over there was think about TV shows! In Vegas I could imagine the kind of things Grissom and Sara might do together. In San Francisco I went to Chinatown and thought about the episode of Charmed with Piper and the ghost. And then in Alcatraz there was the episode with Phoebe and the ghost! Alcatraz also made me think a lot about Prison Break, for obvious reasons!

And now I'm back. And tired. And feeling kinda blah. It's London Pride today. I thought about going but didn't really feel up to it. Or anything really. Can I still blame jetlag for this? Or maybe the weather. Eh, I'll blame both.

Four Days

Apr. 25th, 2011 07:43 pm
crystalcazzie: (Merlin - Ruling Pendragons)
This holiday weekend I have been mostly:

- Sitting on the patio to make the most of the lovely weather. In fact that is where I am right now. Next to me I have a glass which used to contain ginger beer but which is now empty. Alas.

- Watching Bones. Well, two episodes. They were good, although I still don't really get this whole rogue sniper storyline that came out of nowhere.

- Watching Chuck. I love Chuck. I think what I love most about Chuck is that it's a happy programme. You can watch it safe in the knowledge that everything will be all right in the end, good will triumph over evil, the people you love will be happy and Chuck and Sarah will be together.

- Watching 'William and Kate: The Movie'. Now, I went into this knowing that it was going to be amazingly bad but I simply wasn't prepared for just how excruciatingly dire it was going to be. It had everything you could hope for in an American TV film about British royals. Terrible accents! American plug sockets in supposedly British houses! Prince William publicly singing karaoke to apologise for ignoring Kate at his birthday party! The University of St Andrews apparently being renamed St Andrews College and looking absolutely nothing like the university that I visited a few years ago! Constant references to university as 'school'! (It's that last one that got to me the most. If I'd had a drink for every time I shouted "We don't call university 'school', you idiots!" at the TV I'd have been completely wasted before the film was halfway through.)

- Sorted out my room. And by 'sorted out' I mean 'moved stuff from one big pile into other, slightly more organised piles.' That's really the only way I do any kind of tidying up.

- Sleeping weirdly. Apparently my body has decided that during the holidays I need to wake up around 4, stay away until around 8 and then, just when I'm thinking I could probably get up at this point, become so tired I can't keep my eyes open until around 10:30. It's rather annoying.

- Building puzzleballs. Two today.

- Watching Doctor Who. I should have mentioned it earlier but I forgot. Possibly because it was a bit of a blah episode that didn't exactly grab my attention. Hopefully it'll be better next week.

White Stuff

Dec. 2nd, 2010 12:54 pm
crystalcazzie: (Ski Free)
It's 12:24pm on Thursday and I am on Livejournal instead of at work. This is due to the rather large amount of snow outside my house. I did phone up to ask them if they desperately needed me and they said no, but I still feel guilty for not going in.

Apparently it's going to be just as bad tomorrow, which makes me sad cos I'm supposed to be going up to London. I might end up having to wait till Saturday to go, which is annoying cos I took Friday off work so I could have the extra day. Guess I'll just have to wait and see.

For now, though, I think I might head outside and take some pictures of the snow.
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.

Brrr

Nov. 26th, 2010 11:13 pm
crystalcazzie: (Reason for the Season)
Rather chilly today, isn't it? Apparently it's -3 outside right now, although there's still no sign of snow here. Come on weather, if we're going to freeze at least give us something pretty to look at while we do so!

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