Politix!

Nov. 5th, 2008 03:53 am
soulstar: (Live fast die young)
(Hai LJ! I'm not ded!)

So, I'm up watching the US election results show.  Projections are looking good for Obama so far - whew!  I'm not sure I really grok this whole Electoral College system, though.  It sounds a bit overly complicated.  Wouldn't it make more sense to divide it down by county, if one vote / result per state isn't enough?  Or, you know, do it by actual votes cast?  Or would that be too obvious?  Heheh.  Maybe that makes sense to me because it'd be pretty much the same as it works here (each constituency elects one MP by popular votes cast, the leader of the party with the most MPs at the end of it gets to be Prime Minister).  But then, the presidential votes aren't tied to the votes for congress, so I spose that's not much different to when we have elections for national and local government at the same time.  Except for the part where your actual individual vote seems like it counts more... I dunno.  Hmm.  I don't know enough about it.  Anyone want to educate me?

I am feeling vaguely, well, not quite irritated, but exasperated perhaps, by the interview I saw with Jesse Jackson.  Not all of it, but the part where he said that if Obama is elected then it shows that any black, hispanic, or woman can do anything... and if they can in America, then why not in the rest of the world too, like in England or France.  Um.  Did he miss the part where we had a female PM for over a decade, and how Germany currently has a female Chancellor?  Although maybe he was reasonably enough thinking more of the ethnic minority side of things, because I don't know about the rest of Europe (oh, ignorance!) but I do agree with that.  We have to be dropping the ball in terms of proportional representation, and definitely in senior government. *sigh*  Once again I don't really know, but I certainly have the impression that there are very few in the Commons and perhaps a few more appointees in the Lords.  Come on Britain - are we going to let those Yanks get one up on us?  Tcha!! ;-)  I certainly hope what's happening in the US has some effect here as well.  Fingers crossed!
soulstar: (Default)

It's carnival week again, and I'm excited. Whee! I know it's daft, but it does make me feel like I'm little again and it's the summer holidays. *g* Not only that, but the Olympics starts technically-today (I'm going to bed any minute, really), which for me mainly means the Ravelympics. Which is like its own Olympic Games, only for knitting! No, really. I'm going to be having lots of fun with it anyway, and it might make me actually sit and watch some of the actual Games on telly if I have something to occupy myself with knitting-wise at the same time.

Since multiple affiliations are allowed, I've signed up to be in Team TARDIS (duh), Team Dog, Chicken and Aardvark (AKA the Brighton & Hove (and surrounding E Sx) Safari Knitters), and Team Posh Knitters. The 'Events' I'm doing are WIP Wrestling (because my WIPs need wrestling into submission very very badly!) plus the Handspun Heptathlon for Team DCA (yes, I've started spindle spinning, but no, I don't have to do seven sub-events, it's just a catchy title) and the Amigurumi-n-Toys Toss for Team TARDIS during which I'm going to actually try to crochet an Adipose. Well, it's sposed to be a bit of a challenge, you see, so I thought trying two small projects in crafts that I'm a novice at would give me that and also give me a break from wrestling the WIPs so that doesn't get to feel like a chore. There's method in my madness! This time ;-)

Getting back to the carnival, there's been various events going on all week and I've been down to a couple. I got well and truly drenched last Sunday, going down to the gig in the Old Town - [livejournal.com profile] elen_ancalima was visiting, so I was showing her the typical British summer seaside weekend ;-) Which of course includes sudden torrential rain! Anyway, I'm hoping to go down to a knitting exhibition thingy tomorrow afternoon, and of course to the main Carnival parade itself on Saturday.

Anyway, I think I'll wrap this up now and get to bed. Zzzz. With a bit of luck, it should crosspost to LJ*. However, I have now decided to change how this site works, so alterations to the look (as well as 'my end' of things) will be coming.... er.... some time this year? I have planning to do first! Night all.

* HAI LJ! Looks like that worked, then. Hoorah :-) So FYI that last para about the changes to "this" site actually apply to loopylou.co.uk.

soulstar: (Joyously on my own)
I'm off for the weekend tomorrow, camping with a group from C House.  It's probably going to rain, but I don't care!  I haven't been camping for years and years and I'm really looking forward to it.  I've been wanting to go for ages, but didn't know who to go with or how to get there.  This trip solves both those problems right out of the box - I think there are about 15 of us going, in fact, which in its turn means no problem getting a lift from someone.  Also, I've volunteered to be one of the 'first wave' who'll go ahead to start pitching the tents (half the fun, hello!!) and get the site ready for those who physically can't do that stuff.

We're not going far, either, which means maximum actual camping time since we have to strike camp by midday Sunday.  We're just far enough away to be away: near the beach at Norman's Bay.  No internets, and I dunno what mobile reception will be like (although I suspect it'll be fine).  Regardless, I am taking my phone (for Twitter and text and oh yeah, phone calls if need be!), fully charged.  And my Palm with travel charging leads just in case there's somewhere I can plug it in should it run down.  What, it has a ton of ebooks on!  And my mp3 player and a CD player as well.  Yes, alright.  I fail at tech-free camping, but it's not like I'm going 'proper' hiking-camping this time.  I don't have to cart the stuff around with me that far, and I'm not going to be miles from nowhere.  In fact, I'm going to be only a couple of miles away from one of my cousins' houses, but that's not the point. *g*  Taking music and books (if in e-format) and knitting is still getting away from it all in my world.  And those are only really for evenings and after 'lights-out' if I can't sleep, or if the weather is too crappy to do the other stuff we've planned.  Which is nothing strenuous: daft games, walking on the beach, art and photography and so on.  Oh my God, did I mention that I'm really looking forward to this?

It's probably partly that I haven't had a holiday for so long.  The last one I had was for the LoM con last year, but that was pretty busy.  It's was brilliant and I had the best time, but it was a full few days! :-)  And before that?  Well, I've had visitors here, which has been lovely, but I think the last time I went actually away would be when I went to Germany to visit my lovely [livejournal.com profile] missnoxie and go to Ring*Con in '03.  (And then I was ill while I was there for some of the time.  Oh dear.)  So, yes.  HOLIDAY!  Camping holiday!  In my awesome purple and green dome tent!!  Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee! :-D
soulstar: (Christmas!)
  1. I seem to have a thing for lists recently.  I think it's all the web coding I've been doing.

  2. I have a few people to wish a very Happy Birthday to - some are a little late, sorry!  So, [livejournal.com profile] elen_ancalima and [livejournal.com profile] megolas, I hope you had lovely ones, and [livejournal.com profile] sbisson, I hope yours is similarly fab.

  3. Web server still down.  Or rather, new server not up and running yet.  Gaaargh.  Naturally, I now really want to do all sorts of things that I need that server to be up for.  Like post to my knitting blog, and read my blogroll.  Why didn't I back that up into a feedreader?  D'oh!

  4. I made my friend C some fingerless mitts for early-xmas.  Apparently he liked them lots, because today I received a really nice webcam in return!!!  Bweeeeeee! :-D  I'm now all set up for video chatting on Skype - don't know yet if I can v-chat through Trillian, which is what I use for AIM/ICQ/MSN/Yahoo chattage.  But if anyone wants to see my ugly mug and have a voice-natter (the camera has a built in mic), now you can.

  5. Must get on with the xmas knitting.  I'm getting there, but I'm not done yet!  Wish me luck...

  6. And talking of xmas, thanks to those of you who've sent me cards.  *hugs*  I... haven't sent any out this year.  Thing is, I'm now on a really tight budget, and I can't actually afford the cards and stamps.  Sad but true!  Therefore, it's e-cards this year.  Just as soon as I've made the graphics. *slacker*

  7. The knuckle joint of my left index finger hurrrrrts.  Probably from the incessant knitting, unless I squashed it when I nearly dropped the printer.  But I think it hurt before that.  I reckon I need a splint.  Or the wah-mbulance. *nod*

And now, have a meme:
I know very little about some of the people on my friends list. Some people I know very well. I read your journals, or we have something else in common and we chat occasionally. Some of you I hardly know at all. Some of you I don't know at all because I didn't friend you back (yet?). Perhaps you haven't been around for long, perhaps you lurk, for whatever reason. But you friended me and I thank you for your interest in my words.

But here's a thought: why not take this opportunity to tell me a little something about yourself. Any old thing at all. Just so the next time I see your name I can say: 'Ah, there's so and so...'

I'd love it if every single person who friended me would do this. Yes, even you people who I know really well. Then post this in your own journal and see what gems of knowledge appear.

soulstar: (Joyously on my own)
Thank you to everyone who's sent me birthday wishes :-D It's been a good one - I went for lunch and shopping with my Mum, who bought me a watch for my present. I had originally asked for a set of Boye Needlemaster interchangeable circular (knitting) needles, but d'oh, they were out of stock at the only shop I know of that does them. Then a couple of weeks ago, my watch died. Serendipitous timing! So it's a shiny new one of those for me, and hopefully the needle set will be back in stock for Christmas! I should email them to find out.

I also got an awesome book from my brother: The Rules of Modern Policing (1973 Edition) by DCI Gene Hunt. Bweeeeeeeeeeeee!! I already have a booklet / extract of this that I got at the LoM con, and now I have the real thing. Hee! It's done just like an old, battered book that looks like it's been knocking around from the 70's - all aged looking paper, and many many brilliant scribbles and doodles from the various characters. The book 'belonged' to Chris, but of course Ray managed to scrawl a few things in there too. I love it! (And hey, I just noticed that there's a LoM 2008 calendar! It shall be miiiiiiine!)

The only other thing that I've had so far (I'm told there are other things coming, but the postal strike has delayed some, and something my bro is getting isn't available til the end of the month, apparently - a new release dvd, maybe? I'm not going to wonder more than that, because I like surprises) is a mystery gift! I actually suspect it's from my SP11 pal, unless I sleep-ordered it because it was something that I did particularly want. Heh :-) Anyway, in the post today was the latest issue of Yarn Forward. Which was so bizarre, because literally last night I'd decided I was going to subscribe. Good thing I didn't! Or at least, I think I didn't.... *g* No, obviously this was sent a few days ago, and I think it must have come via my swap pal, Janey - I'm going to email her to ask, because there were no clues with the magazine, which came straight from the publisher :-) It's a mystery!
soulstar: (No no no ....the pub?)
So, I successfully did the Blogathon.  Go me!  And huuuuuuuuge thanks and hugs and all to my sponsors, among whom are [livejournal.com profile] darlas_mom, [livejournal.com profile] liek_omg_, [livejournal.com profile] dioxin and [livejournal.com profile] seeksadventure.  I raised a fabulous $199.66, or approximately £100.  Yay!

And as well as that, I even managed to write my first complete ficlet in just about forever in the course of the day.  It's a Doctor Who one, set at the end of (new) Season 3, and it's called Black, Gold and Red.  It was for [livejournal.com profile] fandom_helps, so other than a read-through by [livejournal.com profile] darlas_mom, it's pretty much unbeta-ed.  So if you notice anything glaringly awful.... :-)

In other exciting news, I'm going to the LoM Con organised by some of the The Railway Arms people, at the start of next month.  Wheee!  I can't wait :-D  I'm going to stay in the Manchester YHA, and then go and visit my friends in Hull for a couple of days afterwards as well.  But would you believe this - when I tried to get train tickets up to Hull last month so that I could meet [livejournal.com profile] elen_ancalima and [livejournal.com profile] clarey_h in York as well, the cheapest fare I could get was £90.  Ninety quid!  So funnily enough, I didn't go.  My train fare to Manchester and back?  £22.80.  Seriously, I can't even begin to comprehend how they work these things out.  Insane!

Aubergine!

Jul. 29th, 2007 01:32 am
soulstar: (I Am Two)
I have new hair.  Or specifically, newly coloured hair.  In a gorgeous aubergine shade that makes my pale pink and electric purple extensions look fantastic.  Whee!


Also, I hear that teh internets broke the other day because someone pulled the plug out.  Or their rabbit ate through the wire, or something.  I must confess that I totally didn't notice, because I was on Ravelry, which wasn't affected by the outage.  Do I lose at LJ now?

Aaaaaaaaaaaanyhow, back to the Blogathoning.  I'm about to post a Doctor Who ficlet on [livejournal.com profile] fandom_helps, and I've also just made a looooong post on my blog talking about bipolar disorder and why I'm blogging for MDF.  Just in case you're interested ;-)
soulstar: (Tied up)
Looking at all this in one go, I may have gone a tiny bit loopy... but recently I've been signing up to stuff.  And making commitments, and all that kind of thing.  Which I am going to follow through on, yes I am!  Because, hoorah, I'm feeling sufficiently better.
  1. Blogathon '07, which is taking place on 28th-29th July.  I'm going to be taking part in it over on my other blog, mainly because I'm going to be doing a knitting-y theme for the most part.  More details are over here, including what you'll get if you're kind enough to sponsor me.  The charity I'm blogging for is MDF (Manic Depression Fellowship) The Bipolar Organisation - it's something that's obviously near to my heart (or, um, brayne) and I'd like to support them with more than the piddly membership fee that I pay annually.  So, sponsor me kplzthx?  I'll love you lots, and stuff.

  2. In addition to my own blogging, I've signed up to be part of the [livejournal.com profile] fandom_helps group blog.  So if you fancy doing some fandom-related blogathoning and/or you don't think you can manage the entire 24-hours yourself, come join us!  The more the merrier!!

  3. I've signed up for the [livejournal.com profile] brit_knits Stash Swap, and SP11 - yay yarn (and other knitting related stuuuuuff) swapping!  Although, I haven't had my stash swap details from [livejournal.com profile] miss_bell yet, and I think I should have... unless she's just running a bit behind.  Don't want to pester her, but I think I'll drop her a mail if I haven't heard anything in the next few days.  I really do want to clear a few things out of my stash that I'm never going to use - nice yarn, but stuff that I bought in a fit of "ooo, on sale!" with no real idea of what I was going to do with it.  D'oh!

  4. I've rejoined the gym, and paid for a year in advance.  This works out cheaper overall, and means that... I have a year's membership!  So now I can go to all the classes I want (with Ally, or on my own) and I also plan to start swimming again, and go back to working out in the gym proper.  Because I'm feeling a lot better in my head, so I want to feel better in my bod as well.

  5. In the same vein, I joined Slimming World last week.  I've sort of tried to do the healthy eating thing, but I've been utterly rubbish at it without any outside motivation and structure.  I asked the doctor for help, but they just gave me the sort of advice that I already knew, and just wasn't acting on.  So, I shall now be going to this weekly group, and I have a target and everything.  Plus, I really like their food optimising thingy.  I've been doing well on it so far, and I think I can stick to it: already, I don't fancy the sort of food I was scoffing randomly beforehand.  No more crisps and chocolate and Pepsi all the time.  Except, I can have that stuff if I really want, only I have to record and count it... and that's seeming to make the difference for me.  Well, we shall see tomorrow if I've lost any weight.  Fingers crossed!  I think I'm either going to have a weight / fitness stuff filter, or I'm going to use another LJ I have for all those things.  Not quite decided yet.  *ponders*  Is anyone actually interested in following along?

  6. And finally, since my head is doing better, my doctor has told me I can start doing wrrk again!  Part time, and taking it carefully so I don't over-do things and knock myself back again (*sigh*).  So I called Fiona, and it looks like she might have something for me.  Yay!  This means I have to arrange stuff with the Incapacity Benefits people (there's this thing called Permitted Work you sign up to) and with Housing Benefit and so on.  Which is a pain in the arse of a procedure, but necessary.  Still, work = good! :-)

Aaaaaaaaaaaand that's about it.  For now.
soulstar: (Head go boom)
Right then... after a week, I think I've finally achieved some degree of coherency.  How good was last week's Who?  Totally awesome, that's how.  Liek reallyreally etc (Spoilers for 3x11 (a teensy bit), 3x12, speculation for 3x13) )


And they should end the season just like this. )
soulstar: (Working)
I'm sorry, I just have to dump my current omg-too-much-to-do-ness out of my brain and onto LJ.  It's my own fault: I procrastinated as per usual, and now I've had to work hard and feel thoroughly dedd(d).  Mainly I've been working on Ally's online shop because I asked her to come over tomorrow to go over the final bits and bobs for that.  And it is pretty much done, I think: hoorah!  But I also have a Very Basic How-To on updating a website to write tonight.  Not for Ally, for someone else.  And all sorts of housework-y things, because (wheeeee!) liek_omg_Sann is arriving on Thursday for a week long stay. :-D

Luckily, there is now actual space in my living room because my Mum and brother were finally able to come over and help me get the furniture into the right places last week.  So it's mainly a matter of unpacking the last boxes into / onto said furniture, finishing the dusting and hoovering (bleugh, allergies), and getting the air bed out.

But, I do still have coding to tackle, and I should get back to it now.  I feel better for having a little break - other than this, I've been glued to the computer since 9am except for a break for lunch and another one to go to the post office (sending out mooched books), charge my electric and gas keys, and get my train ticket to meet Sann at the airport on Thurs.  I'm glad I did that because it was a nice walk and the weather was lovely.  But oh, I so wanted to take a book with me and keep walking those few metres further down the hill to the beach.  A book and / or some knitting.  I've been dying to read or knit today especially since I have scrummy yarn calling to me and a pile of new-to-me books from Bookmooch.  But I can't.  Not yet. *whiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine*  I'm even taping Holby Blue so (a) S and I can watch it together and (b) I'll have more time for the working.  Oh well.  Back to it!  It isn't like I don't enjoy the website-ing, after all.  It's just the deadlines.  I suck at those.

In other news, I'm not as strange as I thought )
soulstar: (Louberry)
  1. Blaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh, hayfever.


  2. On Saturday evening, my Mum tripped over the ironing board (which was in exactly the same place it's been at any time during at least the last 30 years, whenever there's been ironing to be done), and landed on her face on the kitchen floor.  .......Ouch.  My brother and his girlfriend were actually in the kitchen at the time, but didn't have time to catch her, obviously.  They all spent the evening in A&E.  Luckily, her nose isn't broken, just badly bruised and stuff.  Because she was wearing her glasses when she fell, they got jammed back onto her face, so now she has two black eyes and nasty bruises across the bridge of her nose.  M says the swelling has gone down when I saw it yesterday to what it had been on Saturday, but of course now the bruise colouring is showing more.  Trouble is, of course, she can't wear her glasses without it hurting, but if she doesn't wear them, she can't see.  D'oh!  I took her a gel eye-mask thingie I have that you put in the fridge (it helped, which is good), so now she has a choice of looking like a panda or a highwayman.  Yay!


  3. So, earthquake, huh?  We're too far away to have felt owt, but M's girlfriend's family did (E was on the bus on the way over here, so missed it herself.)  Apparently their experience of it went something like this:
    Earth: *quakes*
    E's House: *is shaken*
    E's Mum: *is freaked out*  What was that? *runs downstairs*
    E's sister: *runs out of her room*  OMG, Mum, did you feel that?  What was it?
    E's Mum: I don't know!  E's Dad, what do you think it was?
    E's Dad: What? *oblivious*  Hey, the power's gone down.  Did something happen?

    Not sure if my aunt in Dymchurch was bothered by it.  I spose she'd have told us if she was.  Er.  Or if her dog was, more likely.


  4. Last weekend was my Mum's birthday.  And a good time was had by all!  Not that we did much - mainly just familial hanging out and watching telleh.  On Monday, which was her actual birthday, my brother was busy in the evening - he had a lecture - so I went over and had dinner with Mum, and then when M got back we all watched Miss Potter.  Which reminded me a lot of Neverland, and was generally a very Mum kind of film.


  5. Not that Mum's is the only birthday around this time of year.  Did I mention that I embarrassed myself (well, sort of) by wishing one of my best friends Happy Birthday a month early?  That has to be a first for me!  And now it's given me time to work on her present, hoorah!  However, I'm more usually kind of crap and late at the birthday wishes thing, especially when it's like now and I'm behind on LJ and all that.  So, a big, if belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the lovely and gorgeous [livejournal.com profile] dioxin, [livejournal.com profile] arithil and [livejournal.com profile] lunamorgan.  *mwah!*


  6. And then there's anniversaries.  Maybe only two people on my flist know what I'm talking about with this ([livejournal.com profile] megolas is t'other one) but last Friday the 27th was mine and liek_omg_Noxie's "hobbandish" anniversary.  Wheeee!  I can't believe that was five whole years ago. :-)  Mind you, it's amazing to think that there are a good number of people on my flist that I've considered friends for a good nine years (Noxie and Megs included, of course).  Yay fandom.  Yay internets!


  7. I've been generally somewhat LJ-absent for the last little while, as you may or may not have noticed.  I've been sporadically on and off, but only reading a small filter mostly.  So I'm not going to get to catch up on my flist, much as I'd like to.  Please do tell me if there's something I should go check out on your journal, though - anything important, or fun, or that I might want to see.  I will be making a start on catching up with the old LJ comments, though, so don't be surprised when you suddenly get a reply to something from weeks ago.


  8. I came across this post called Six tips for tackling a dreaded task, which in my overwhelming procrastinate-iness seemed like a good thing to check out.  And yup, it's a good one.  Particularly, the doing a regular task every day.  It's made me think that maybe I should change the exercise thing to daily, so I either go to a class or the gym every day of the week (except Sunday when I physically can't for lack of transport - which is annoying cos there's a class I'd really like to do on Sunday mornings!).  And also, I want to post here more often... so I'm going to make this the start of my own personal Post Every Day Week!  (Which will then hopefully translate into post every day for pretty much ever)  I didn't get a chance to join in when [livejournal.com profile] lazlet did this a little while back, but I had fun with it when [livejournal.com profile] badgermonkey first came up with the idea.

    So, I think I'll go for it again.  Anybody want to join me?  Feel free!  (Tell me if you are, and we can egg each other on *g*)  The 'ethos' of the thing is in that post I've linked just above, but if you can't be bothered to click, then really, it's just what it says on the tin.  Post something, anything, every day for a week.  Grab the icon for it (credit to [livejournal.com profile] badgermonkey) if you like.  Or don't.  Just post!

    Also, I'm going to try and spend more time (any time at all will be an improvement!) on the blog.  It needs a bit of prodding as well as some actual posting.  And I want to update LibraryThing so I can put the widget in the sidebar.  Plus, I've signed up for Bookmooch and LastFM, so there's time to be spent on those.  Huh, did I say I was going to go to the gym every day as well?  I've got to get organised.  But then again, that is the overall plan!
soulstar: (Tied up)
Well thank feck for that: I seem to be sleeping again.  Only about four hours on Wed/Thurs and Thurs/Fri nights, and it's been a bit all over the place since then, but I feel like I've slept rather than just having dozed.  Plus, I woke up about half an hour before my alarm was due to go off on Thursday, so I got to my Creative Writing course with no problems.  And wheeee, it was excellent!  I'm all enthused.  So much so that I've been poking around the Sussex uni website and looking at the related degree course(s).  I do want to get mine finished one day, after all, and this course can count towards degree study.  So there's something to possibly aim for.  I also started a digital photography class yesterday - this one is purely for fun.  And fun it was, so that works out well.  If I can manage to get into a routine with sleeping properly at night, getting up and going to either one of those two courses or to the gym (or pilates class) in the morning most days, I'll be very happy.  The idea being that that gets me going and motivated, and I'll get other stuff done in the afternoon.

However, I do still need to ring the clinic blah bipolar blah )

Anyway, I might be offline for a few days now - hopefully not, but I always say that, and then I always am. *g*  More upgrades to be done.  This time it should be simple enough - I'm just reformatting the C:\ drive and reinstalling Windows.  Actually, I'm installing a newer version, because I forgot to get the upgrade along with all the hardware upgrades, and now it refuses to update and I'm getting the blue screen of DETHHHH at least twice a day.  Argh!  Oh, and copying CDs is like pulling teeth, so sorry you guys who I said I'd send some stuff.  Luckily burning from my harddrive is not so much of a problem, so I can at least back up everything.  And it bloody well will be everything this time.  Just in case.  Because 'should be simple' and real life don't always meet ;-)

And finally, since I'm sort of back doing studying things, and I'm just too impatient to wait (How incredibly appropriate it is too.  Bwahah!):
The University of Blogging

Presents to
soulstar

An Honorary
Bachelor of
Emo

Majoring in
Self Portraiture
Signed
Dr. GoQuiz.com

Username:




Blogging Degree
From Go-Quiz.com
soulstar: (Vulcan)
# Hoorah!  I'm back.  And my brother, with no prompting from me has named my newly upgraded computer "Rodney".  This is beyond perfect, as the extra-fast 'brains' of the machine are currently clad in my old rather bulky and unflattering beige case (which will be replaced with something more sleek and appropriately coloured soonish).  Meanwhile, my new monitor is slim, attractive, and black-and-grey.  Naturally, I instantly christened it John.  Fandom rulz etc.  No change there then.  Anyway, I now have a system that's 4 times faster than my old one.  So much quieter, too - don't know if it was the old fan or hdd or both, but there's a huge difference.  I like it muchly.

# However, the reason the upgrading took so long was that there was a period of oh-crap-it's-all-gone-horribly-wrong because after M had put the new system together, he reformatted the C drive, reinstalled Windows.... and it all crashed hideously, had some kind of cascade failure and took my secondary drive (the one with all my stuff on it) with it.  And because I'd been a bit manic and my old system was so knackered, I hadn't bothered backing everything up properly.  Some stuff I had, but not all of it - not any media, basically.  The big stuff that would have taken ages to burn since it was taking about an hour to burn one CD.  Whoops.  So anyway, it was off to the computer shop after all for a recovery job, and the end result is that I have a new secondary drive, and that I'm using the smaller spare drive I had hanging about as my C drive.  The computer shop managed to get about half of my media back - naturally they were able to restore everything that I did have backed up to CD anyway.  But I should be get my other stuff back again, so it's all good.

# The Xandermog seems to have hurt his back leg again: it keeps giving way under him, causing him to randomly fall over even more than usual.  I think I know why / how he did it: he's been really daft and playful, and seems to have got the idea in his head that he's a monkey.  Some cats can carry off that kind of leaping and climbing.  Not him.  *sigh*

# I'm having a bit of a wonky time and my meds probably need adjusting or something.  So I might not be around much, or I might be around a lot, or I might be manic and annoying, etc etc.  Anyway, have been trying to have it sorted out before it gets worse, but if I disappear for a while then I'm in the process of doing that.  Or something. :-)


In other news:
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How much are you worth?
soulstar: (Sleepy-peepy)
My brother has just told me that he's got the parts for upgrading my computer and will therefore be coming over to get it tomorrow.  OMG, upgrade, you have no idea how much I'm looking forward to you!  Three... no, almost four times the processing power I have now.  Twice the RAM.  Generally newer, shinier, speedier components.  The harddrives and so on remain the same, of course, since all that is relatively new.  There's one other brand new thing in my upgrade: the monitor.  Ohhhh, that's going to be good: my current one squishes the picture into about 80% of the screen width (sometimes it pings back to full width, but mostly not), and anyway the new one is a TFT flatscreen.  Mmmmmmm.  17" again - I'd actually almost decided I wanted a 19" after all, but it's probably better for my bank balance (alright, the remains of my inheritance from Dad) that M went for this one - which after all is the one I chose the last he'd heard of it.

However, since he hadn't told me he'd ordered them already (we had said that he'd do the order last weekend, but he didn't mention it so I thought he'd forgotten), I'm completely unprepared!  So now I have to go and back up... well, not everything because most of my documents and stuff are on D, and we're only going to reformat C.  Program settings, mainly.  But I have to make a list of vital stuff, and .... so on.  Also, I think I will back up a good chunk of my My Docs folder, just in case.  Huh, I'd better find my Windows CD, hadn't I?  Hope it's in the box I think it's in....

Anyhow, I'll be computerless and offline for at least a day, possibly more if there are complications.  I hope there won't be, but you never know!  But I'm tired, so I'm going to bed now, and I'll sort out all this tomorrow: M isn't coming over til after uni, and he's there til 4pm.  Just in case though, TTFN and see you on the other side!
soulstar: (Louberry)
It's always nice when the lovely (as in sweet and cheerful, not mmm rawr) gym instructor greets you with a friendly "Hello gorgeous!"  He then proceeded to go over my programme-thingy with me, since I hadn't been there since my car accident, recommended a girl who does sports massage (my muscles are still kind of ...tense), and checked on me several times while I was there and again when I left.  Bless!!

So yes, I've been to the gym - go me!  Now all I have to do is start actually going regularly again.  I'm going to go to Pilates tomorrow, (I will get up in time, and I will also remember how to bloody pronounce it: Pie-LAH-tees, damnit!) and perhaps I'll see if Ally or Clara want to go to the gym on Sunday (no buses, so I'd have to walk, and my willingness to do that depends hugely on the weather!).

In the meantime, I've actually accomplished quite a lot this week.  Of course, "quite a lot" for me isn't the same as it would be for a normal person, but I'm learning to adjust my perceptions about these things.  Anyway, among various other more useful and practical things, I got my hair done, and picked up my new glasses.  OK, the new glasses are practical because omg, now I can SEE!  My prescription had changed quite a lot, heh.  I took pics of the shiny new me, but since I haven't been able to track down the camera cable, I don't have them on the 'puter yet.  So, er, sometime soon.  But anyway, it's mainly burgundy with pale pink and purple extensions glued in.  Which are there for the colour, not for the making my hair longer since it's already loooong.  I also now have an actual hair style, sort of - it's in long layers with the shorter shoulder-length bits round my face and the waist-length bits at the centre of my back.

Oh hey, I can sort of show off my new glasses - they're the "Claret" ones.  Very different to my old frames!  This is apparently a good time of year to get your eyes tested, since they had a frame sale.  I couldn't even have thought about affording those otherwise.

So now that I have the new hair and glasses, and have made a move back to doing the exercise thing, I need some of that self-motivation.  I had all sorts of plans for this week, and I didn't actually accomplish as much each day as I'd planned - hence the learning to adjust my perceptions.  But I did do at least one useful thing each day, which trust me, is good!  Anyway, I need to set small goals for each day, and record what I've accomplished each day as well.  For now, I guess I'll use lj for that - maybe I'll find somewhere / something better if I decide I want to be really specific about details like what time I plan to get up and what I'm going to eat on a daily basis.  But let's start with the basics, shall we?

Therefore... )

ps - OMG, this is the best song evah, excepting the Eminem - Benny Hill mashup.  Bwahah!
soulstar: (Smugmog (pleased with myself))
[livejournal.com profile] tamaranth and [livejournal.com profile] swisstone are stars!  The state of my flat had been really stressing me out - more so than I'd even realised, it seems - what with half the furniture being in the wrong places, and boxes that I couldn't move (car accident, dodgy back, etc etc) all over the place.  You had to turn sideways and shuffle to get to the bed and down to the window to open / close the curtains in the bedroom, and while I knew there was a living room carpet under there somewhere... *g*  Anyway!  As I said, T & T are fabulous, because they offered to come down and help me out, and on Saturday they did just that.

The bedroom is now completely rearranged and looks great, and all the boxes of stuff (books, mainly) that are to go in there, are in there ready to be unpacked - that part I'm now doing at my leisure.  Likewise with the living room - not much furniture moving took place there, except for moving the bookcases that were stored in there out and into the bedroom, and shifting around of boxes, but everything looks so much more spacious.  Hoorah!  Plus, I've slept so well, and during the actual night as well.  It's like a miracle, or something!

I do need to do some sorting out in both the kitchen and bathroom now - we found lots of things that belonged in both while moving the clutter that the moving morons men had left randomly piled in the bedroom.  Including some potatoes.  Yummy! O.o  I also want to do a big clothing sort-out, because I have too much stuff that just doesn't fit me, and isn't likely to in the foreseeable future.  If I do manage to lose the weight that I want to, and get fit, I shall treat myself to new stuff!!  So, my plan goes as follows:
  • Unpack books, dvds, videos, etc.  Recycle boxes.  Hang mirror in bedroom.

  • Unpack and sort out clothes, hopefully making some spare drawer space.  Clean the top of the wardrobe and put stuff (Xmas tree, air bed, empty suitcases, etc) back on top of it.

  • Sort out the things in the bathroom - eventually get the wall cabinet painted and up.

  • Sort out all the stuff in the kitchen and get it into various cupboards and drawers.  Remember that the top cupboards and the drawers still need cleaning inside before stuff goes in them!

  • Move the dresser into the kitchen.  See if Ian downstairs still wants my old single bed, so get rid of that.  (Get storage baskets or boxes to hold the bedding / towels that currently live in single bed drawers.)  Move the computer desk so that it's (a) near the phone point, and (b) facing the sea view.  Probably also move the rest of the living room furniture about a bit as well.  Eventually get sofabed to replace single bed as seating / visitor-sleeping-place.

  • [livejournal.com profile] tamaranth to have bedroom desk unit thingy: replace with a nice big bookshelf.

  • Get pictures and posters up on the walls.  No more living with an unending expanse of magnolia!  Nope, I want something a bit more... oh, I don't know.  A bit more me, I suppose.

Other good things:
  • Although I am currently stuck on dial-up while my broadband is being transferred to my new phone line, it's not for much longer now.  Only four more days to go, in fact: roll on Jan 19th!!

  • I had my eyes tested today, and although my right eye has got a little bit worse, my left eye has corrected itself somewhat.  Yay!  This means that my current glasses are overcorrecting, mind you, and also that my eyes are now quite different prescriptions from each other when they were fairly similar before.  But anyway.  There are also very funky new glasses in my near future, and they are kind of going to match my...

  • ... new hair!  I've made an appointment to get the hair chopped and coloured and have even more interestingly coloured bits added into it.  Whee!  This is all part of my overall plan to make me feel brighter, and encourage myself to go out more.  The idea being, if effort has been expended on my hair, I will want to go out and show it off.  Hopefully to places like the gym, as well as socially.  Hee!
soulstar: (Love & laughter)
Just dropping by to say HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I'm having a quiet one - I vegged in front of the telly, knitting and watching the Hootenanny.  Yes, I know, aren't I boring?  I think I did this last year too, actually.  Clara and Chaz don't seem to be doing their New Year get-together now they have little Michael - maybe next year I'll do one.  But this is nice and relaxing too :-)

Since I haven't posted since then, Christmas was good.  I didn't get any decorations up here, but I have displayed my cards - thank you [livejournal.com profile] tamaranth (and for the awesome CD! Hee!!), [livejournal.com profile] train_in_vain, [livejournal.com profile] urbanfae (and for the PRESSIES! *love*), [livejournal.com profile] sanda56 and [livejournal.com profile] elen_ancalimaPresents, blah blah )

So, here's hoping that 2007 is a good one! (Must think up some resolutions!  But for now, I'm off to bed.)

soulstar: (Whoo! Yay!)
(Because I am nothing if not creative and non-literal in my subject lines.  And matching post icons. Yup.)

So, if yesterday was getting it all off my chest, I've decided that today shall be about the nice shiny things.

  • OK!  There might still be some work to be done, but I'm getting to move into a newly refurbished flat that has new kitchen and bathroom suites, new double glazing, new boiler and central heating, new door entry system, new fire / smoke alarms, is newly carpeted and painted, and is generally all pretty damn new.  Other than being in a converted Victorian house, of course! *g*

  • Plus, the communal areas (that's the hall & front door, to you and me) are also being refurbished.  Hoorah!

  • I spoke to my lovelynice phone company, and yes, no problem, they're going to keep my phone line running to my old flat until 9th Jan so that I can run the extension lead to the new one (as I am doing now, in fact, in this temp flat), thus giving me an uninterrupted phone service.  Well, maybe there will be an hour or two, but you get the point.  I shan't be phone-less!  Broadband isn't quite that simple - I'm not going to go into that because it doesn't fall under the category of 'yay' - but I will have it for a few more days before the changeover period kicks in.  But I'll still have dial-up (this reminds me of my brother staring at the back of my 'puter the other day, looking like nothing so much as an archaeologist who's just unearthed something old, slightly unexpected, but interesting, and saying "you still have a dial-up modem in there??"  Yes, M, and it's for emergencies just like this!) so yay to that!

  • Char got us tickets for Wicked! next Thursday for my Christmas pressie.  Wheeeee!!

  • And speaking of Christmas pressies:  From the gorgeous desktop wallpaper [livejournal.com profile] legoline made me, to the Real Actual Stuff [livejournal.com profile] urbanfae sent (my Mum has it to wrap - wheee, surprises!), I'm chuffed beyond words about everything I've received. *beams*  And now the even more fun part (no, I'm not being sarcastic) - the getting of pressies for everyone else.  I have a couple of things for you guys, and I've got most of the rest of my things for the local friends and family.  What I don't have yet, I have planned.  *bounce*

  • My hair colour.  I still have plans for it, but a nurse at the hospital on Wednesday actually came in to the room to tell me she loved it, and ask where / how it was done (DIY "LIVE colour", love!) and then on Friday, while I was down town browsing in a Shop of Awesome Tat, a little old lady accidentally stroked my hair because she was going along stroking all the things on the clothing rails that she thought looked pretty.  And, um, mistook me for something that was for sale? O.o  To be fair, I had my back to her, and my hair was loose and therefore covering most of my back.  However, she then went "Oh! Oh, sorry, I didn't realise you were... but isn't it pretty?" And stroked my hair some more.  LOL!

  • SGA.  I just have so much love right now, and I'm very very happy in my fannish bubble.  (Can't touch this (breakitdown)).  And other assorted fandoms, of course - Torchwood, Who and LoM, I'm looking at you.  You're cracked in the head (like me), and I love you.

  • The Thing wot I'm doing with liek_omg_Sann.  Oh, we're having fun.  (We are having fun, right? *g*)

  • Knitting!  I'm making a little jumper at the moment, and I'm on course to get it all done in time for Christmas, along with a couple of other things.  I really do love physically creating things - I mean, I love designing websites, and writing, and singing and playing instruments and all that other "creative" stuff.  But I'm ending up with a physical object here that I can give to someone and have them know that I put time and effort and thought into it.  Or, you know, I can make something for myself and have that kind of satisfaction.  Also, I can do it while I'm watching TV (or other media).  Double bonus!!

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