Yippee!!

Jun. 16th, 2007 04:54 pm
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Yay! *does a dance*

I've got my tickets!! Whoop, whoop!!

I only ordered them Thursday night, and they arrived this morning! I have seven tickets to Joseph in my hot, sticky little hands. *g* Yay! I'm so happy!

I've been singing Joseph songs all day, but that's thanks to [livejournal.com profile] loriel_eris because she had a soundtrack of it on in the car today. I was hmmming and prancing around like a loony whilst climbing. (Well, obviously not whilst I was actually climbing, but when I wasn't doing anything else I was dancing!)

Speaking of, I'll update about climbing in another post, because my climbing icon needs an airing.

*sigh*

Jun. 15th, 2007 04:26 pm
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I've succumbed (again!) to the lure of Amazon. Yes, here I was, innocently checking out IMDB.com to see if it said anything about Lee Mead, and I thought I'd check out what Hugh Dancy was up to (someone who bears a passing resemblence to Lee Mead, Orlando Bloom, and the unrequited love of my life, Mr TD&H!). I discover he's done a few new films, and then I remember I've got a long list of films and books on my wish list on Amazon.

So, I wander over there to update it, and next thing I know, I've ordered something! Well, three things actually! Argh! Well, I suppose it was only £22, but still.

I ordered:

The Sleeping Dictionary - a film that I absolutely adore.
Shooting Dogs - a film that was highly reviewed and looks like an excellent film, but not one for the faint-hearted.
Ella Enchanted - a great, slightly tongue-in-cheek 'modern' fantasy.

You may have noticed that they all star the delectable Hugh Dancy, who is one of my loves. :)

5' 11" with curly brown hair, gorgeous eyes, lean body, great sense of humour (there's an outtake on Ella Enchanted where Anne Hathaway is about to be trussed up and she says that she's never been tied up. Hugh replies with a grin and says that she hasn't lived! I want a guy like that!) and a great smile: seriously, what more does a girl need? *g*

So, next week, I'll be able to get a Hugh fix. Hurrah! I can't get an Orlando Bloom fix because all my Orli films are with my parents (apart from The Two Towers which, although a fabulous film, is a little long for a guy fix (plus, he's Legolas in that, not himself)), and I don't own anything with Hugh in it yet. *pout*

Oh, I must go and order the US version of King Arthur. It has more extras on it than the UK version. *g*
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I'm posting from work. It's been a quiet night, just routine stuff. It's beginning to get light now (not that it stays dark for very long at this time of the year this far north anyway), so I feel as though I'm reaching the end now! I'm now 2/3 of the way through my first night shift, and am now looking forward to my bed!

One of my fanfic betas has come up with Brit-picking question (she's American) that I'm stuck over. She wants a British alternative to the word 'busted' in the following context:

Ginny saw Madam Pomfrey coming towards them out of the corner of her eye, but ignored the warning signal in her head, and leant in to kiss Harry.

"Miss Weasley! Stop that at once, or else I'll have to ask you to leave!" the Healer barked at them.

Harry and Ginny grinned at each other and said in unison, "Busted!"


All I can come up with is 'nabbed' which doesn't really work in this instance. Any ideas?

That's all I have to say! Good morning!
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So, now that people know a bit about me, how about filling this in? (It doesn't actually take long at all, I did it in a couple of minutes.) Just reply in the comments.

Meme for you )

Sorry!

Jun. 7th, 2007 10:54 pm
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Okay, I realise I've been a bit remiss about posting, but I've just started my new job and every night when I get back, I'm shattered. All I have time for is to snag anything Lee Mead-related from the wonderful comm, [livejournal.com profile] lee_mead and then go to bed! However, tomorrow is one of my days off, so I'll do some proper updates then!

Now I'm off to watch Graham Norton. :)

Oh, and everyone, don't forget to vote for Lee on Any Dream Will Do on Saturday! *g*
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Look at your userpics. If you...
* Have less than 10 icons, choose them all.
* Have between 10 and 50 icons, choose every fifth one.
* Have between 50 to 75 icons, choose every seventh one.
* Have more than 75 icons, choose every tenth one.

List them, and explain why you have it, why it's interesting.


Seeing as I have over 100, they're going behind a cut!

My selected icons )

Man, I wanted to pick more icons, but I restrained myself!
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Yes, I'm pimping! If you like Any Dream Will Do and in particular, Lee Mead, then please join the community, [livejournal.com profile] lee_mead. It's a great community. I'll say no more, except: JOIN!!!
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For the FIRST TIME EVER I have voted for a show. I voted for Lee on Any Dream Will Do (twice, actually, by accident!). And he was saved! Hurray! And so was Keith! Yippee!

I knew Lewis would be the one to be saved, although I still think he looks a little young (he's 17, 18 this week or sometime soon) to be Joseph. Yes, I know Keith is only 19 as well, but he comes across as being older.

However, for me, Lee is the one and only Joseph, and I'll be gutted for him if he doesn't get it.

Anyway, assuming either Keith or Lee is Joseph, [livejournal.com profile] rosenchanted and I are going down to London sometime, probably late in the year, to see it. *g* I definitely need an excuse to see a musical, although I'm really into them!

I would *so* love to get Dress Circle tickets for my birthday, but just checking them now, half of them are *already* sold out!!
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Okay, I'm about 5 minutes into 'watching' Eurovision (because you can't really watch it, it's more of an 'endure' than anything else) and Terry Wogan has got me laughing already.

You may notice that because I'm updating LJ whilst enduring Eurovision that it's not getting my undivided attention! I was trying to watch a Gilmore Girls episode from TV Links but I got two-thirds of the way through at it won't load any more. Grr!

Just finished watching Any Dream Will Do - Lee just gets better and better. Definitely my favourite! (Although anyone who knows my taste in men will have figured that out already!) Still, he's very talented as well!
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Can anyone see the icons that I posted? Because I can't now. I could when I'd first posted them, but no matter how often I refresh my page, they've disappeared! *wail* What's happened to them?

ETA: I think there's something wrong with LJ, because I can't access my Scrapbook or anything. Perhaps it will get fixed. I can say for sure that my icons were there not long ago! But now, when I try to look at my photos, all I get is a 404. Grr!

More icons

May. 11th, 2007 08:05 pm
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I've just joined a Harry Potter messageboard that's rather nifty. You get Sorted into a House and once you do, another thread opens up for your common room. You get a wand and go to classes and it's all quite funky.

Anyway, I was Sorted into Ravenclaw and thus immediately went about searching for images to use as my signature. A few of the other members have made a signature by making a collage of icons, which is what I decided to do.

(This was made a lot easier by the fact that I can now get my computer on the internet at home! I have to plug into the router because the wi-fi thing still doesn't word, but right now, I don't care!)

So, anyway, I thought I'd offer these icons up. Take as many or as little as you like. Some of them have R's on them, and if you like the icon but don't want the letter, or would rather have another letter on there, just let me know.

So, here we are (Please credit me if you're taking them, and let me know. (If you don't, I'll avada kedavra your arse, as [livejournal.com profile] hellokimberly puts it!):

1:

2:

More behind the cut )
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Okay, so it's a wee bit late, but here's the recipe for the banana bread I've been raving about!



Recipe )

Now go forth and bake! *g*
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So, last night I got home and found that we had four very, very brown bananas. Obviously they needed using up but couldn't be eaten on their own. Naturally, I thought of banana bread. I've never actually made banana bread before, but that's not going to stop me!

C and I found a recipe that was a Banana and Apricot Tea Loaf and called for two bananas and dried apricots. We do have dried apricots, but as we had twice as many bananas as the recipe required, it was generally decided to leave out the apricots (which, seeing as I really dislike them, I was happy about!). Anyway, the resulting banana bread loaf is GORGEOUS! And yes, it deserves capitals! It's slightly crunchy on the outside, and soft and moist and dense on the inside.

I had two slices with butter for breakfast. Yummy, yum, yum! Much better than the disaster that was my chocolate cookies that turned out like those biscuits you have with coffee - very small and very hard! Okay, they were edible and nice, but not what they were meant to be! Turned out I'd used granulated sugar instead of caster sugar and hadn't creamed the sugar and butter together enough (which would have been a lot easier had I used caster sugar, but we didn't have any - used granulated again in the banana bread and it didn't make any difference this time). But my banana bread is a rip-roaring success! If there's any left by the time I get home, I'll take a photo! (And post the recipe.)
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If any of you feel strongly about climate change and the need to think about the future, please read the following (also bear in mind that I didn't write it, that's why it sounds the way it does!):




Dear friends,

I thought you would like to know about a new organisation, Avaaz, that is setting up a massive global pressure campaign to demand government action on climate change.

This week, the official UN body on climate science announced that humankind can avert a climate catastrophe--but only if politicians change course, and fast. Avaaz has set up a tool allowing anyone in the world to send their national leaders a personal message on this issue.

The scientific report will be meaningless if it's not backed up by a global outcry. Click here to send a message to world leaders:

Sign the petition here

Avaaz.org is a community of global citizens who take action on the major issues facing the world today. Its aim is to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people -- and not just political elites and unaccountable corporations -- shape global decisions. Avaaz.org members are taking action for a more just and peaceful world and a vision of globalization with a human face. Avaaz means "voice" or "song" in a variety of Asian, Middle Eastern and European languages. There are already 1 million people from 189 countries in the Avaaz.org community.





I'm never convinced how much these petitions work (witness the Road Tax fiasco) but it can't hurt to sign it.

Annoyed

May. 3rd, 2007 02:29 pm
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My mp3 player (aka Milo) is acting up. He's been dying on me in the middle of songs, and sometimes after starting up, I press play and get about 2 seconds of song before it dies again. Then, without any prompting from me, it starts up again.

And, before you start suggesting that it's the battery, I put a brand-spanking new one in (I'm that daft!). It's still doing the same thing. Sometimes it works for about 20 minutes and then inexplicably dies.

I think he's going to have to go back to Argos. Thank goodness I bought a year's guarantee along with him. It's not like I've been treating him badly either - he hasn't been dumped in water or anything silly like that!

Grrr! I'm just annoyed! I've got used to walking around listening to music, and I've now discovered, after backtracking to find a post office that I hadn't actually gone past yet, that when I'm not listening to music, I get so caught up in my own thoughts that I have no idea what's going on around me, and that I'm likely to get mown down by a bus! *sigh*

I'll need my music for travelling to Corfu - it'll keep me awake at four in the morning when I'm queuing to check-in my luggage!!
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Snerched from [livejournal.com profile] kyizi:

Tell me what you want me to take a picture of that you were always curious about. Be it my dvd collection, my bed (you pervert!), my favourite cookies, my shoes...whatever. Ask me and I may indulge.
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So, I had this awesome dream last night!

Supernatural Dream )

In other news, I'm wearing some new shoes today. I bought them quite a while ago to wear with my gold dress that I'll be wearing to two of the weddings I'm going to this year. However, I'm not sure I'll be wearing the shoes now! They're not very high, heel-wise, and they're quite comfortable, but I can't walk in them. They're slip-ons, with no strap around the ankle or anything, which I generally shy away from, but I thought I'd give these a go because they're not that high.

However, the sole (not the bit on the ground but the top part that your foot is on) is really slippery! It's nice and soft, sort of mole-skin-like, but slippy as hell, which means walking around I'm constantly clenching my toes to stop the shoe flying off! Which it has done on a couple of occasions anyway. Grrr!

So as long as I don't have to walk anywhere, I'm fine!

Looks as though I still need to find some shoes then. *sigh* Maybe I'll find some in Greece when I'm out there.

My problem is that my feet are so small that finding nice strappy shoes with a heel is almost impossible (and I need a heel, especially with this dress, as it makes my legs look not half bad, and also any added height is a good thing when you're scraping 5 feet tall!).

Grammar

May. 2nd, 2007 04:50 pm
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Remember a wee while ago I asked about whether 'Oliver and I' was correct as opposed to 'Oliver and me'? (I was for the 'I' side and pretty much everyone else was on the 'me' side.)

Well, [livejournal.com profile] kyizi's question about apostrophes had me hunting the internet for stuff about grammar and look what I found:



Many people utter such statements as "Mary and me are friends," whereas conventional grammar insists, categorically, that it should be "Mary and I are friends." English rules of case require that any noun or pronoun that serves as the subject of a sentence must be in the nominative case. Since English nouns take the same form in both the nominative and objective case, this rule is of no consequence with nouns, but it is important with personal pronouns because all of them (except it and you) have different forms in the nominative and objective cases. In the sentence, "Mary and I are friends," the pronoun is the subject (it can be nothing else); thus, the appropriate form of the pronoun is I, not me.




The full article is here: Grammar Mudge

It pretty much says what I was trying to say to everyone that insisted it should be 'Oliver and me'. I'd now vindicated that I was right all along! :p

[ETA: I wasn't really expressing myself well yesterday! What I wanted to say was that 'Oliver and me' wasn't the correct form in every circumstance, which seemed to me what people were telling me. This article proves that I was right on that count: there are times when it should be 'Oliver and I'.

I was wrong about the instance where I had written it, and once it was explained to me, I understood why (although [livejournal.com profile] notasalmon's explanation makes more sense than anyone else's, probably because she's actually using grammatical language, as opposed to just saying that it just is!). (Which I know I do a lot, but as I never studied grammar past the age of about eight, even though I know most of the rules, I don't know how to express them.)

There, does that make more sense than what I wrote up above? *g*]
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So, I finally managed to get on my computer and shrink my animated icons! Yay!

Here they are, courtesy of this brilliant Webcomic:





I also managed to go through the chapters of Wood & Wild that have been returned to me by my betas. So hopefully Chapter 3 will be up on Sugar Quill and Chapter 7 will be up on Phoenix Song soon. Also, Chapter 3 on Phoenix Song will be changed, as I made a lot of changes to it.

As a result, I didn't have any time to make any more icons for [livejournal.com profile] eretria, although I did think about it! However, I will have time to do so tonight!

I also didn't get any more writing done of The Art of Being (the sequel to Wood & Wild) either (although, again, I did think about it!).
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Oh, [livejournal.com profile] eretria, I haven't made any more icons for you yet! Sorry!!

In fact, I was completely the opposite of industrious this last weekend! I did absolutely nothing!

I was intending on making some cool icons and writing some more of Wood & Wild, but nothing happened! I didn't even change the chapters that I've just received back from my betas! *slap slap* Bad girl! I'll see if I can summon together energy tonight. :)

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