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  1.  (11109.21)
    Other than the fact that we have a working bath tap for the first time since Christmas, the best thing I can say about this total cluster fuck of a day is that it's finally over...
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2013
     (11109.22)
    I've discovered that mid-week days off are the best. I've finally given up on my partner's involvement and have been decorating the apartment solo. Mainly with things bought from Dollarama. Things are looking good! Photos when I get a chance. Also rust-painted the balcony iron and bought more outdoor furniture.
  2.  (11109.23)
    WE HAVE A SHOWER! AFTER TWO AND A HALF YEARS! A BATH AND A SHOWER THAT WORK!

    Sorry for caps, but I'm a little excited. And a kitchen tap that doesn't leak. And a bath panel. And a toilet that's attached properly to the floor without lots of loose tiles around it. And the £10 bottle of sealant seems to have fixed my car.

    And I go on holiday for two weeks from tomorrow (caveat - there are at least three things at work that may cause me to eviscerate people tomorrow and I have to get through them).
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2013
     (11109.24)
    Yes! Plumbing is the road to happiness, JP. So glad things are functioning.


    I just took my lunch break to go to a mystery vintage shop in the neighbourhood that's only open nine hours a week. It is The Best. I'm gonna have to go back for a full three-hour shift sometime. They might even have pointy boots that fit my monstrous feet. The lady took an embarrassing twitter photo of me wearing one of her hats, and told me that lots of archivists come shopping there to find realia and materials for their collections. Amazing.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2013
     (11109.25)
    BUDAPEST, I AM IN YOU.

    Also hugworthy is our Goddamn Bartender keeping the house in order. LONG LIVE THE GODDAMN BARTENDER.
  3.  (11109.26)
    Its a Friday!

    I've had a not-bad week (comedy conversation had, new people met that I like, flattering invite that turned out to be to the 'friends' launch party <mind blown>, short story accepted for something that's printing 5000 copies (no, not paid, but Five Thousand copies for an arts fest. I can go with!).

    I'm still skint^ but last night I had two conversations that demonstrated that when I need to persuade people I still can.

    Now I just need to find people who will let me persuade them to pay me for my ability to schmooze (I suppose its called PR) or something else I can actually do, and not insist on piffling things like a job history that contains those things, or qualifications thus...

    Also today I have serious blue eyes in the sun. And that always makes me happy. Love the colour of my own eyes. (oh dear, how pathetic! But I don't care!!)

    On the flip side, I'd like people to spam me with open mics I can do* (happy to travel, just need to gig, taking sincere advice that I am not doing enough!), or if someone can guide me through the mire of actually getting shoots booked or model sites joined (because *I'd* like to do more, shoot me I don't mind the clothes or whatever factor) as I only seem to know landscape or childrens 'togs in RL... boredom & the lpg are not a good combination...

    Lovely lovely whitechapel. Aren't you all thus. Have hugs and chocolate and coffee and cake and... whatever your hearts desire. <evil grin> There are hugs for claiming, and I <fingers crossed> promise to behave...



    ^especially as I have made rash promises to the internet/TheList re: next years Ed. free fringe (although if the chap running it says I can't then I.. nope, not going to contemplate that)
    *or hands up if willing to come and be my 'member of audience brought' (at The Cavendish in Vauxhall post summer, its still 'pay to play' but its better than actually having to pay, which I won't do)
  4.  (11109.27)
    This has been a good week on twitter.

    I was hanging out with my mom at the same art school Sienkiewicz went to in the mid 80's and realized we might have met back then. His response was vague, but friendly and funny.

    I got picked as one of a random 50 twitter people to get mailed a free copy of Colleen Doran's new book with JMS!

    I had a lengthy discussion with Steranko, which might have devolved into flirting.

    Twitter makes being agoraphobic, sick, and poor to be not so bad! :D Hooray!
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2013
     (11109.28)
    No shoes all day, truck is cleaner (though not clean) than it was this morning, there was pizza. Glorious.

    Also, Farscape.
  5.  (11109.29)
    Small kiddie had her 5th birthday party today... I overcame my fear of Other People's Children just for her. It was all quite sweet. My partner created a whole load of games for them, including a massive hand-drawn treasure map, which they had to guess the location of the treasure. She's pretty ace like that.

    And I got through a 60 hour work week without killing anyone and not having to apologise to too many people. I nuked an issue that could have caused me a lot of trouble (note to potential adversaries. If you try and stitch me up by quoting emails with timecodes against them in an attempt to make the fuck up look like it was me and not you, etc, please understand that I'm really not stupid, I burn with the righteous fire, and will take your quoting of email timestamps as an open invitation to smack you down in excruciating detail.)

    And tomorrow we're off to Wales. Because I've bred too much for us all to fit easily in one car, I'm taking mine as well, along with second-eldest daughter, we'll leave early (allowing partner to do whatever it is she does that prevents her from leaving with any sense of urgency and purpose) and have a bit of an adventure. She's looking forward to it and so am I. It's nice, because the last two years, I've gone on holiday carrying a huge amount of stress with me, and not been able to shake it off - this year, I think I cracked it all this week, so the anxiety is at bay.

    Finally, I have a very nice glass of Chilean red wine.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd 2013
     (11109.30)
    @allana - Somehow, I seem to have never heard the word "realia" before. Cheers for slipping that into the vocab.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd 2013
     (11109.31)
    No problem, bro. Happy to disseminate my professional terminology. Coincidentally, I was just blogging some realia from my own collection:
    http://allanaaa.tumblr.com/post/56260033084
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2013
     (11109.32)
    God bless you, 7 Deadly Zins, you've helped me enjoy at least three glasses of today. Which has otherwise been free of enjoyment.
  6.  (11109.33)
    Holy crap. My AC died, and I thought I'd die, especially since I'm detoxing off the Cymbalta, and it's pretty awful. HOWEVER, today's weather of 65 degrees and overcast has put me in the BEST FuCKING MOOD. Yeah, I'm just sleeping for literally 75% of the time, but as I fade in and out, I get to have my window wide open and unencumbered by an air conditioner unit, with the sounds of the trees swishing in the wind in the distance and natural wind wafting on my face, and I felt all snuggly and happy wearing big fuzzy socks. AAaaaaaaah.

    Summer stresses me out. Today has been AMAZING.
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2013
     (11109.34)
    Barefeet all day. Also, got to connect the laptop I ruined a year and a half ago to an old monitor with a VGA cable. Fiddled with it a little and we can use the machine with the different screen. Awkward and it's now a desktop instead of mobile, but that's pretty nice. Kinda. More or less.

    Yeah it wasn't a great day.
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      CommentAuthorglukkake
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2013
     (11109.35)
    @razr awww, when I was a kid and we got our first laptop, my dad immediately tripped over a cable and smashed the screen. I used it as a desktop for years - bonus: no one else wanted to use the janky machine so it was allllll miiiiineee (there were still a tower that my brother used for gaming/my dad for working). If you have the desk space, I'd recommend just getting a super cheap keyboard so you can shove the actual machine as far off to the side as possible and the busted screen might not be so distracting.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2013
     (11109.36)
    I am going to New York in September. I am doing this because I am thiiiis close to having a massive breakdown and unleashing my Final Form. I will prevent this by meeting up with friends, eating good food, relaxing, and getting shitfaced and singing metal karaoke at this place called St. Vitus.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2013
     (11109.37)
    FAUXHAMMER. You should know that I'm at Saint Vitus all the time.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2013
     (11109.38)
    You don't have to take her word for it. It's true.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2013
     (11109.39)
    I've even been there with taphead. And a large number of the photos I've posted here were taken there.
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2013
     (11109.40)
    @glu - It's cool, kinda happy the machine works at all. Though we're having trouble convincing it to connect to the house wifi. It only sees the "guest" profile but then won't accept the password. Blarg...

    Moar cleaning in bare feet. Made dinner that got gobbled down. Enjoying a little pinot noir, organizing computer files. Wrote down some preliminary philosophy notes for myself. Unsurprisingly it's well trod ground, but with opinions that need freshening up. Some good music, some time with the family... happy times.

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