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    @Racael: That puppy is much worse than Watson. And totally adorable. Woobie!
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2012
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    Somewhat crappy cabernet fairly palatable with a rich chocolate cream pie. Nearly too sweet chocolate cream eased into yumminess with a tart cabernet.

    I WIN }:>
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    Some cool things...

    A girl at work has just had a successful operation for cancer. We were told by our boss, and everyone cried and we all queued up to hug her. Which was very sweet and one of the best things I've heard all year.

    My two younger girls got into the school that we wanted. Which saves my partner a massive, massive headache.

    I had a decent appraisal at work, which I wasn't really expecting.

    And kind of best of all, we're all alive - the carbon monoxide alarm went off in the middle of the night, had to grab my daughter and get her out of the room with the boiler in and then get all the windows open and shut off the boiler. We had it checked and the flue had corroded and was leaking fumes back into the house. Thank god I bought the alarm. Kiddy is OK, apart from having a headache.

    I need a new boiler, which is gutting, as I'd days ago paid off a five year loan, but we're all ok.
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      CommentAuthorJehrot
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2012
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    Jesus. If that doesn't deserve a hug, nothing does. Glad you and your family are safe and sound.
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      CommentAuthorMorac
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2012
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    I made a video game! (The operative word here being "made", as opposed to "started and lost interest in", or "thought really hard about but never got around to making"). I'm still pretty euphoric about the whole thing. We (me and the two people who worked on it with me) made it in about 5 weeks for the Edge Magazine Create Challenge, and seeing our game mentioned on their site is pretty cool, even if it is just the list of entrants (our game is Red Chasm). The judging lineup is pretty prestigious, so win or lose, it'll be pretty awesome to get my work in front of people of this caliber.

    Within 24 hours of finishing that up, I had an interview! I wasn't really expecting it, and I'm not super desperate for a job right now (though the money would be nice). Probably the weirdest interview I've had. The first half was pretty standard (making sure I had all of the basic technical skills), but the second half was the guy showing me the fancy stuff they have, and asking me if the ideas he had for it were even possible. I am to give him my thoughts on it over the next few days, and I guess that if I conclude it is possible, I have a job.

    Also, I'm heading to Mexico on Friday! Wooo! Vacation! It's at a big, fancy, all inclusive resort for a location wedding. Probably not the way that I would personally want to visit Mexico (I've never been before, and I'd want to travel more, see the sights, etc.), but I guess I'll just have to suck it up and enjoy all of the free(-ish) food and booze (twist my rubber arm, why don't you?). The biggest annoyance so far is that apparently this super classy high end place doesn't have wi-fi, and charges a "nominal" (read:unspecified) fee to use their internet kiosks. I had considered getting roaming plan for cell phone, but the amounts they charge are criminal. I've always heard that Canada has some of the worst cell phone rates in the world, but I hadn't seen exactly how bad it could get ($40 for 10 MB! What the fuck! If I wanted to travel to an ominously named Zone 3 country it would be $150 for those same $10MB). So now I'm busily trying to root my phone, so I can unlock my phone, and then buy a SIM card once I get down there. Involved, poorly documented, and questionably legal process, all told. Still, Mexico! Booze! Woooooooooo!
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2012
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    Gah. *hugs* to you and your family, JP. Sorry about the troubles so very glad you're all ok.
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    @JP Carpenter: Glad your family is safe and sound.

    Two things to be happy about. One, I had been told that the therapist I've been seeing (and driving close to an hour to see) isn't available on Fridays. I found out the reason why is because he's in the much closer office on that day. So I can go in to see him on a day I definitely have off, and can even run errands afterwards and not have to waste nearly as much gas. Wooooooot.

    Two, I've been paying my parent's phone bill because I had a contract going (or so I thought), but I called to see how much longer it lasts and found out it's not a contract, the deal is about as good as it gets, and I can switch it over to my parents names so I don't have to pay that bill. Yay! One less bill! And the hours are picking up at work. Needless to say, the prospect of not having to live off my savings account anymore: really exciting.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2012
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    @JP

    Glad you guys are ok.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2012
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    @JP: Shit! Glad you got that alarm.
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      CommentAuthorsneak046
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2012
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    *reminds self to buy CO monitor for GF's knackered-and-needing-replacement-by-social-housing-agency Boiler*

    My own little victory against The Man yesterday was posting off my student loan repayment deferrment forms. A decade after finishing uni I still haven't paid a penny back, due to having never achieved the income level that repayments kick in (which for my loans it's calculated that repayments begin when you start to earn 85% of the national mean average wage - the one time when I can be thankful for the combination of living outside the South East of England, and for premier league footballers' and bankers' salaries being so high I guess).

    'Oh wait' the societally-programmed part of my brain asks, 'doesn't that mean I have been entirely unable to capitalise on my three years at uni in any real meaningful professional sense?'

    Bugger.

    (to be honest I don't really care as I do well enough to look after me and my cat, and buy comics and geeky t-shirts and booze and fags, so what else do I need, right?)

    Another little win was gaining +1000XP at life for being told I looked like a character from a Mad Max movie yesterday by a work colleague, due to my work boots and other atire.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2012
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    Today I fell back in love with Toronto.

    Some know, but for those that don't, I always sink in to a bit of a depression after I do some travelling. Primarily because I'm back to all the bullshit. And this week...MAN...a family friend died, work went in to chaos and fucked me around for things, my mom somehow got MORE annoying and my dad was...well, my dad (sweary jerk who doesn't care much for people). My tolerance tends to get lower while travelling and putting up with it becomes a hassle. As an example, while talking about an AMAZING exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Centre of the artistic representations of Death and how I was really touched by most of it (especially by this picture), my dad interrupted with "Why the fuck do we have to listen to this shit?". Normally I can handle that kind of thing, but last night I just lost it, went to my room and avoided everyone until I fell asleep.

    So yeah. Not the best of weeks coming back from what was an amazing vacation in Chicago with my boyfriend.

    But today...today was nice. I decided to go out to pick up a few things and get the city back under my feet. Nothing huge, just picking up a DVD rental (Season 1 of The Sweeny), some beer and a few groceries. But walking around the city and looking at the stores and people just put me back in to a great mindset. Oh! I also picked up a gorgeous granite Mortar & Pestle, which I've always wanted and it ended up being more affordable than I've been able to find. But yeah, I find doing that, just walking around a city and watching and listening and feeling the rhythm your walking feet are making...just brought me right back down to where I wanted to be.

    And I think that's a very nice thing indeed.
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    @oldhat: Oh yes, asshole dads! I could rant about that sort of stuff for way too long. But being refreshed by re-experiencing the city one lives in is always wonderful.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2012
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    @trini Yeah, asshole dads. They're...they're our dads, is all I can really say.
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2012
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    @oldhat: I believe it's been said that you can't choose your family and that you often grow into what you are despite, rather than because of them.
    Good to be happy with where you are though, very good indeed, yes. I'm quietly hoping you're inspired to take a few more pictures, there haven't been enough of those lately.

    Me? I think someone may be flirting with me, something which is both flattering and quite sad at the same time.
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    I've got a favorite person. One of those people that I'd automatically clicked with when we met about 12 years ago. One of those people that I've only seen about 3 times in the past 5 years, and never email or phone call. One of those people who came by at dawn to hang out, and stayed up chatting with me until 4 in the afternoon, talking about real things, just as comfortable as ever.

    Yeah, my head might be poundy, and I'm delirious and shaky from being up all night, but my brain feels much less lonely and it's a wonderfully rainy Sunday afternoon for listening to Miles Davis while drinking Earl Grey. (dammit, where's my scone & clotted cream?!)
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2012
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    I got brownout drunk Friday night and it was awesome.
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    I finally became the owner of a car (again) yesterday.

    Now this morning i have to do grown up things like insure it, and then wait on the certificate so I can go to the postoffice and tax it. And it has to happen by Wednesday because then starts a week of 4-5 hours a day in the car going to/from the set ...

    But yay! I know its not a 'good' thing, and I bloody love trains and buses (relatively cheap, and the people watching opportunities are fantastic, plus can drink ...) but lots of things will be easier with a car (like much reduced journey times due to not having to go all the way into london to come halfway out again...
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2012
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    My life is rather fucked right now. I've no idea how to make anything work out. But I still get to do things like participate in theatre (for the time being). And so today I stage managed rehearsal, watched talented, creative people do some amazing work and ran things like a person who can deal with being in charge. Hehe, a tiny bit of power and hefty dose of art. Good for the soul.

    Now if the Japanese would just quit fighting me and get in my head.
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      CommentAuthorsneak046
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2012
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    @Littlepurplegoth - don't waste your time at the post office, do it online on direct.gov.uk..
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      CommentAuthorJehrot
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2012
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    Cross-posting from the photo thread, apologies for the shameless hustle, but it's genuinely the first hug-worthy thing that's happened in the last few days.
    My shot of a nepalese elephant's eye got selected for national geographic's 'daily dozen' feature! It's made my week (which has been an absolute shitstain). If any of you fine, lovely, generous folk feel like voting, there's a chance it'll make it into print, which would probably make my decade. It's the "voting machine" tab on the left. Cheers guys!

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