Apr. 14th, 2007 01:48 pm
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Yay, it's warm!

I'm just back from climbing with [ profile] loriel_eris, which was awesome. She really improved over the last couple of weeks - she's got the idea of how to go about it now, and now that's it working, she's got the enthusiasm to go with it. She even did an overhang today!

I succeeded on my first 5+ route, which was also an overhang, so I'm really chuffed! My climbing's improving pretty fast as well. Of course, I know I'm going to plateau soon - that's the problem with being short!

Anyway, I am now sitting out in the garden (having trouble seeing the laptop screen, but I'm not going inside!) in the sun, wearing shorts and strappy t-shirt, exposing my poor paley-wally skin to some rays! I was looked at photos of me on my birthday (end of October) and I was so brown then! You don't realise how pale you are until the sun comes out - in grey cloudy weather everyone looks like they have a tan!

The Grand National is on today - I'm looking forward to seeing that and bawling over it (I get very emotional over horse races, especially the Grand National!).

I got paid today! Yay! Not a huge amount of money, but it's making my overdraft smaller, and I'll be getting more next week! Hurrah!

My PC video games that I ordered on Wednesday night arrived yesterday. I bought ER for about £5 inc p&p and CSI Miami for about £5 inc p&p. I was very happy to see them waiting for me yesterday!

Anyway, I'm going to snooze in the sun now, before it disappears behind a house. (That's the trouble with living in an estate - no long term sun exposure.)
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So, as you all know (and if you don't, then where have you been!), there has been some terrible storms lashing Europe and the UK.

Germany was the worst hit, and England has had it really bad too. For the first time, ever, I think, Scotland didn't have bad weather, we just had our first snow fall, which did cause some planes and trains cancelled, but not here! We just had a couple of hours of snow that then melted away. I think this is first time when wherever I've been has had the best weather!

Anyway, huge hugs to [ profile] eretria who survived the night (and so did her tree), and also [ profile] murron, who both live in storm-struck Germany.

All of you that live down south (ie England) hugs to you all as well, since I know that pretty much most of England was badly effected by strong winds.

On the plus side, the forecast for next week is sunny (but cold) and not a lot of wind, I don't think. (Although Saturday is meant to be quite windy for Scotland and the West Coast of England.)

Here are some photos from around the UK. Quite a few are from where I used to live, or visit a lot, which is a little scary. It's a little weird seeing them all, because we just haven't experienced any bad weather here - it's almost unreal, seeing the photos. (All photos are from the BBC website.

Blackpool Town - about 15 minutes drive from where I used to live.

Borehamwood, Hertforshire

Castletown, Isle of Man - never actually sailed into here, but visited by land several times.

Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight

Highgate, North London - I think my uncle lives near here.

Peel Castle, Isle of Man - we used to visit here all the time in the boat. The harbour is to the right of the photograph, but the entrance you can't see because of the spray. What it's breaking over is a very wide road.

Sandside, South Cumbria - again, not to terribly far away from where we used to keep the boat.

ETA: Just seen the news. Apparently, Britain was the worst hit out of the European countries. 140,000 homes are without power and are facing a second night of no power, and at least 11 people have died. It was the worst storm to hit the UK in 17 years. And the forecast for this weekend is cold, and quite a bit of snow for up here in Scotland. Although, in perspective, the temperatures here haven't dipped below freezing yet this winter, whereas my friends in Martha's Vineyard are coping with temperatures of -12 to -14 degrees Celcius!
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So, I'm back home, so to speak.

The trip back was never-ending. Up at 6 in the morning, an hour and a half in the car to the airport, standing in a queue for an hour to check-in, straight onto the plane because we were late (although we wouldn't have been if there hadn't been three flights checking in to four check-in desks!) and then 7 hours on the plane. Then another 1 1/2 hours standing in a queue to get past Customs (and they let us in without a return ticket, which we were a little worried about - we were fearing getting pulled aside and questioned!) and because of that, we missed our bus by 10 minutes. So then we had to wait in the airport for two more hours, and then our bus was late. Two hours on the bus later, we hop on the ferry for the 45 minute trip to the island, where a friend was waiting to pick us up, thank God! It was freezing cold (several degrees below freezing) and Boston had lots of snow, but none on Martha's Vineyard, thank goodness. We arrived on the island at 1900 (7 o'clock in the evening) after having been up since what would have been 1 in the morning to our American friends. Argh!

The next day was spent trying to get the boat warmed up, as we hadn't left any heating on over the month, which turned out to be a bad idea, since some of our water pipes that we had forgotten to drain burst, and now we have no running water and no hot water heater. Other than that, things are great! Oh, it rained today and blew hard, so it held the high water up, raising the floating dock above the level of the land it was attached to, so the ramp was waving around in the air, and we couldn't get ashore. Fun was had by all! *g*

Now I'm ashore picking reading material for the next few days, in case we're stuck again (although the forecast is good).
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Okay, so I'm reading this fic, or rather a trilogy, which has been out for ages. It's a Harry Potter trilogy, written by Barb, and can be found here. I read the first part ages ago, but I was terrified about how it ended and didn't even get the second and third parts for ages.

Anyway, I got them last week, and started reading the second part, Harry Potter and the Time of Good Intentions on Saturday night at about 11 o'clock. I couldn't stop reading it. I mean, seriously, I could physically stop. It was like an addiction. And not a good one when there are 21 chapters that are really long! I didn't get to sleep until 11 in the morning. Yes, that 12 hours, 12 HOURS reading. Or possibly more, since I may have started earlier.

I finally got to sleep and got up at about 3:30 in the afternoon. I actually wasn't that tired. I mean, I could have slept more, obviously, but I managed to cope once I was up. I decided to get up, otherwise my clock would be completely out of whack.

Anyway, last night, whilst recording Sleepy Hollow with the lovely Johnny Depp, I started on the third part of the trilogy. Argh! I'm starting to get annoyed with all the characters. And apparently none of the male characters can resist wanting to sleep with women/girls! Seriously, no-one I knew was that bad at 16/17. Maybe it's something to do with being magical. I realise that this now sounds as though I'm not enjoying the fic at all. Quite the contrary, I am, immensely, but I can see everything going disasterously wrong. It's a bit like watching a train wreck in slow-mo. Especially since I'm only on chapter 8 and there are 31 of them!

*sigh* Randomly, did you know that [ profile] kyizi is actually saying "sigh" now when she's sighing?! I think that sabbatical from the Internet is going to do her a world of good!

[ profile] loriel_eris has just given me Season 4 Stargate SG-1, a really good book called The Changeover (who's characters feature in an extremely good Harry Potter fic called Paradigm of Uncertainty [it and its sequels can be found here] which is actually mine, and also the new David and Leigh Eddings book that I mentioned before. How am I expected to get any work done at all?

Nothing else is happening, other than the fact that I'm currently hating Glaswegian weather, since it started off lovely and sunny, and then decided to rain, then went sunny again, then got windy and cold, and then *hailed*. I wouldn't be surprised to see snow soon! I'm esconced in the library at the moment, since we got chucked out of the Kelvin Building (where all physicists and especially astronomers like to live) because the security doors weren't locking, so I can't really tell what the weather's like at the mo, although I think the sun's out.

[ profile] kyizi, my flatmate, and I are going to see Secret Window on Wednesday (back in time to watch ER, naturally). Having just found out that it's a Stephen King horror, I think I'm going to entertain them. I have a habit of jumping a lot, although at least I don't scream ear-piercingly like [ profile] kyizi!

Okay, I'd better go now whilst the weather is reasonably good. I don't fancy walking home in wind and hail!
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First of all, Happy 23rd to Elijah! You go out and snog as many people as you can! *g*

Secondly, it snowed today! It's been snowing everywhere else for the past couple of days, but not here in Glasgow. But it's finally decided to snow. Admittedly, it only lasted about half an hour, but it was the proper snow, that stuck. Although of course then the sun came out and melted it, and it's still freezing, so it's all icy now, but it was pretty while it lasted!

Speaking of freezing, I'm actually attempting to type with gloves on and doing surprisingly well. They're not my magic gloves, which are better because there's not much to them, they quite a bit thicker, and I'm still managing!

[/boring blather]

So far I've done nothing today. I've not been feeling well the past few days, and I couldn't get to sleep last night, so I ended up dozing and listening to The Hobbit (Unabridged) on tape that [ profile] loriel_eris and [ profile] kyizi gave to me for Christmas. What a lifesaver that is! Although now, since I came in pretty early, I am so tired! Thank goodness I have to tape ER for [ profile] kyizi because I might fall asleep through it!

Right, that's about it. Nothing much else has happened, because I spent all day in the Common Room talking! What else is uni for? *g*
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Well, it's another gloomy day in Glasgow.

Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean that I'm gloomy. In fact, I'm not, despite not having got TTT Extended yet. I'm going to tackle the postie as soon as he brings it, demanding to know why it's taken so long! Fingers crossed it'll be tomorrow.

I've had one lecture so far, and I managed not to fall asleep in it! Although my bracelet (which a friend gave to me last year for my 21st birthday) broke in the lecture, and I haven't a clue how - it's not as though I was doing strenuous activity!

I'm not really doing much at the moment, but hopefully tonight I'll start html'ing fic so that it can go up on my website.

Oh, and [ profile] loriel_eris, I like the orange, I think it looks fine! :p

Okay, I'm off to trawl to see if I can order Alias Season 2 yet.
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Okay, so I finally got to see Succession and Reunion, and here are my thoughts on them.

Thoughts on Succession and Reunion )

Random rant now! What the hell has happened to winter? I leave my flat wearing my wooly jumper and a cosy coat (after all, it is November in Scotland) and it's bloody boiling! I practically melted walking to uni!

Also, there are far too many people here! All I wanted was to get a drink from the Union, and it took forever! I was all for yelling at them all to get out of my way! Argh!

*deep breaths*

Okay, I'm fine now. Thinking about Sark has done me good. :) And since I hear that there's no episode next week (bad for all you people that actually get to see it straight away) that's good too, since it means it won't take me as long to catch up. :)

I'd better go now, since I've tonnes to do and very little time to do it.



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