chaletian: (narnia once a queen)
Hullo, world! Hullo, sky! Hullo, trees! It’s been an age since I tottered to my chaise longue to tap out a few lines regarding my recent activities. I shall do this in numbers. Structure is everyone’s friend.

1. I have now seen the Avengers film three times. Do not imagine I am planning to stop there. Ever since Katie and I cottoned on to the whole Cineworld unlimited pass thing, I have cast aside such restraints. Anyway: Avengers. AWESOME. (Fear no spoilers here, btw.) Totally lived up to my expectations. Everyone was brilliant; to my mind, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce and Scarlett Johansson as Natasha, particularly. I LOVED IT SO MUCH. Naturally, I am now writing fic, because that is what I do. It took me a while to find the right voices, but I’m getting there, I think. Take-home message: OMG AVENGERS YAY!!1! \o/

2. ... actually, I can’t really think of anything else. I’m just pottering around, really. Went to France at the beginning of April to stay with K’s parents, along with her sister and nephew (best baby face ever). Off to Norfolk next month (OMG next month yay!) with Helen, Katherine and our Nellie. At some point later in the year, I’m also hoping finally to pop to Qatar to hang out with the pater. So, good times.

3. Saw the Swahili Merry Wives of Windsor at the Globe – super funny. Also (at least) seeing a hip-hop Othello and French Much Ado, before my long-awaited fantasy viz Jamie Parker returning in Henry V. I WANT THIS NOW. We went to see Matilda again, this time in the west end, with Kathye and Megan, and it was still, I am pleased to report, extremely excellent. Um, what else? Ooh, She Stoops to Conquer, at the National – so, so funny. We’re going to see Travelling Light and Collaborators there in the next couple of weeks as well. Theatre fills me with joy.

Anyway, that’s about it. I’ll totter off again, shall I?


Mar. 16th, 2011 08:29 pm
chaletian: (cs kill bill)
What ho, darlings! I feel I should do a proper post, and keep you all enthralled with charming little tales of my recent exploits, but I fear I should find it tedious, so bullet points ahoy!

1. Despite having received some excellent prompts (thank you), and despite having had ideas for all of them, I am no closer to writing fic. Sadfaces. Ah well, it may come to me in time.

2. Dentist again today. Next time I will be getting filled. :-(

3. I have, in the last week, read my GGBP-sale fun-in-the-fourth books, and highly enjoyed them. I read Val Forrest in the Fifth first, which was my least favourite, but only because the other two were so good. I liked the Withers-iness of her lodgings! Then I read Evelyn Finds Herself, which I absolutely adored - definitely the best school story I've ever read. Hearty recommendation to everyone! And then I finished off with The New School and Hilary which was also ace. I now need to find more books by Josephine Elder and Winifred Darch.

4. In that vein, I ended up on the Greyladies website. I want to read all their books! Does anyone have any I can borrow, please?

5. The pater has now flown off to Qatar and will be living there until further notice (for work - he hasn't gone AWOL). Mater bearing up manfully - well, womanfully, really.

6. My brother broke off his engagement, had a relationship with someone else, handed in his notice at work, set up his own business (properly registered at Company House, I am given to understand!), and is trying to work things out with his former fiancée. It is something of a roller coaster.

7. I have two holidays planned this year, and while neither is at all exotic (1. Dorset; 2. Katie's parents in France), I am looking forward to them both tremendously! I also have a "staycation" at the end of April (oh, I can see you all harking back to the glory that was Staycation 2009).


9. I dyed my hair bright red a little while ago. It's like Hitler marching on Moscow...

10. I have some bright yellow ranunculas (?sp) in a vase. They're gorgeous. Also, I invested in some very superior fake flowers in IKEA for my room. I approve.

11. Katie will be home very soon, which means I have to get up and make dinner. I AM COSY. But dutiful (mostly).

12. There is a children's book fair in Bath in April. I shall, I think be going. This is fun. I like Bath. I like children's books. I like April. I cannot lose. *thumbs up*

13. Earlier this year I read Hilary McKay's sequel to A Little Princess, Wishing for Tomorrow. This was ace and people should read it. Ditto Celia Rees' The Fool's Girl, which is about Viola and Orsino's daughter coming with Feste to find Shakespeare to help with a plot to save Illyria, and in the process telling him all about her parents and how they came to meet etc. It was really fab and brilliantly written. Also recommended.

14. I have also read adult books, though none are springing to mind right now.

15. I recently realised that I still haven't read Eva Ibbotson's last book before she died (so sad - she's one of my favourite authors), so that will be a little treat at some point.

16. Theatre: saw The Heretic at the Royal Court on Monday, which was really very good - very funny, and also thinky (you know how I like that), largely about the necessity of Proper Scientific Thinking and not taking anything on faith, or just because Everyone Says. Also saw Becky Shaw (twice) at the Almeida, which I also enjoyed very much. Student production of Arcadia at Westminster School - very good, particularly Bernard and Chater. Hannah was a bit inconsistent (in terms of characterisation rather than acting), and there wasn't really enough distinction between 13-year-old and 16-year-old Thomasina, but overall, vg. And did I mention seeing Hamlet at the National before Christmas? Rather disappointing, anyway. What with that and the godawful All's Well That Ends Well, the National and Shakespeare is not proving a good combination for me. Ooh, speaking of, I see Roger Allam won the Olivier for his Falstaff - jolly well deserved, sir!
chaletian: (buffy british summer)
I am tired and achey and sadfaces and couldn't make any decisions and Katie made me tuna mayonnaise for tea because SHE JUST KNEW it was what I wanted and we have no food except lentils and tomato ketchup and flour and cheese and I did a whole lolarious post about my hols but left it at work and I am just basically made of EPIC FAIL.

But just to whet your appetites, I present:

Highlights of Joyous Hols in the White Car of Peril

+ Helen taking three hours to put on gladiator sandals
+ Nellie (aka [ profile] pim2005) doing all the washing up
+ Learning about The Burgess Way
+ Drinking beakers full of the frozen north
+ Drinking wine
+ Drinking gin
+ Dropping mentos into beakers full of the frozen north
+ Helen getting cross because we didn't do things The Burgess Way
+ Katherine and Nellie being adventurous
+ Katherine and Nellie going swimming
+ Katherine and Nellie walking to the river
+ Helen and me eating chocolate
+ Nellie doing more washing up
+ Food
+ Helen cutting my hair \o/
+ Deciding to live at Burrow Mump with an Orphan and a Boy From The Village To Carry Things

In other news, Leverage is back soon (wheeeeeeee!!), and I'm trying to write more Star Trek fic (as well as, natch, The Orphan on the Mump, which will become a seminal piece of children's literature and make me famous, all about Venetia Burgess, who is abandoned by her feckless mother and has to live with her Aunt L on the Mump and have all sorts of country adventures).
chaletian: (mock mock mock)
The last couple of days have been characterised by my complete and utter stupidity. Due to going on holiday on Monday (yoicks!) I had to do my transport sums, as I didn’t want to pay for a month’s travelcard. Did my sums, came up with a plan, which involved saving about £35. Excellent, say we all. Not so excellent, say I, because I am stupid. I won’t go into details, because they make me furious with myself; suffice it to say that I have made today’s zone 1-3 travelcard cost £20 instead of £8. Rahhhh.

In other news, also rah. Now, I don’t want anyone to take this the wrong way. I am pro-freckles. I like freckles. However, when I go out in the sun in the summer and get freckly, mine aren’t cute little things. No, I get ugly brown splodges all over my face which, in combination with the predominantly vermilion shade of my complexion, make me look like A FUCKING LEPER. Or at least extremely dirty. So, boo, skin.

Went to see Mamma Mia with Katie and Kathye. It was FANTASTIC – the most enjoyable thing I’ve seen at the cinema for ages, even though it was completely ridiculous. The only downside was that we didn’t get into the cinema itself until the trailers, and we couldn’t sit together, which was tragic because it is the last film during which you want to be separated from your friends. Also, Katie and I are maybe going to see X-Files in Richmond on Sunday if we have time.

Have become slightly obsessed with Russian history since the tragic revelations about Anastasia. Currently reading the Royal Diary of Anastasia (yay children’s books, is all I have to say) and eagerly anticipating the arrival of The Curse of the Romanovs, which is, natch, about Alexei going forward to 2010 to try and save his family, where he meets a Romanov descendent who is trying to cure haemophilia. How awesome is that going to be?!

Anyway, have bought a load of books recently (very self-indulgently), mainly because the time is coming for Book Decisions for the holiday. I am definitely taking The Curse of the Romanovs, also Eclipse (the third Twilight book), which I have been saving as a special treat. Also, Katie got Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? out of the library for me, and I have vol 2 of Sandman, and got Eva Ibbotson’s A Song for Summer off Amazon.
chaletian: (spock canon)
♥ Am back from France. Woot.

♥ Have cut fringe. Will wait till morning to see whether disastrous.

♥ Finished Marie-Antoinette on the way home. Brilliant book - looking forward to reading the second one.

♥ Realise that I have not previously mentioned Marie-Antoinette book. Tome 1: Le Jardin Secret de la Princesse, about Marie-Antoinette's preparations to bop off to France to marry le Dauphin. Or rather, Maria Theresa's preparations to send her daughter off to make a politically advantageous marriage. Par Anne-Sophie Silvestre. Tres bon.

♥ Am watching JAG. Not particularly impressed so far.

♥ Amazon parcel awaiting me at the sorting office in Richmond. Yay.

♥ My recent grocery deliveries have been characterised by a complete lack of common sense. Will try harder in future to be more sensible and organised.

♥ We are so excited about the new fall line-up. New TV is here!!!!
chaletian: (gq broke ship)
♥ So, [ profile] katie__pillar, [ profile] helenmia and I had the wonder of Chadstock over the weekend, and wondrous it was indeed. House of Wax = so much better than we had imagined. As in, actually enjoyable, in a good-crap kind of way (sort of like the equally fabulous Wrong Turn). One Tree Hill is just brilliant, though I find I cannot watch – what was it, 18? 19? episodes all in one go because it makes my brain explode. It has Moira Kelly in! And Dan is So Evil I want to bash his head in. And Nathan/Hayley ftw. Chad, obviously, is magnificent, espesh his brooding!Lucas face, combining nicely with the crazy scarecrow hair.

♥ Shit. Have just checked my bank account and I am massively broke. Actually no-money at all. Shitty McShit. How did that happen?* I actually do not understand. Oh, bollocks.

*OK, yes, so will have involved spending lots of money, which, um, true this month, but I was sure I wasn’t spending any more than I actually had, and I checked my account on Friday, and it was fine. This will have involved my online banking/debit card LYING to me. Fuck. And I still have to pay (i) extortionate price of ticket from Barnes to Luton; (ii) weekly travelcard after we get back from France; and (iii) groceries after we get back.

♥ I’m now cross, so have forgotten everything I was going to LJ. Oh, I hate le monde.

♥ However, even the woe of no money pales next to the wonder of TV. Dexter last night was brill, as was the rest of NCIS series 3. I love NCIS. I love Tiva. I love Ziva having angst about Gibbs. I love Tony acting like Gibbs because that’s the only way he knows to lead the team. I love McGee being scared of the bomb room and Tony making him go and do another job so he didn’t have to go in. I love Abby sitting in the lift because she’s worked out that statistically it’s the safest place for her to be. I love Gibbs’ affection for his team. I hate Director Jen, but you can’t have everything…

♥ I have lots to do before I leave today, so I had better get cracking…


Sep. 4th, 2007 11:27 pm
chaletian: (percy lj)
A few minor things before bed:

♥ I have dyed my hair. It was inevitable. Will hopefully be a cheery shade of auburn come morning (currently it is too wet to tell), but may be radioactive orange. Qui sait? I will keep you updated throughout the day.

♥ NCIS tonight. Tiva ftw.

♥ As probly everyone knows, am off to France next week with Katie and Xanthe. Today purchased fabulous new weekend bag for hand luggage (as laptop does not fit current editions). Have also discovered that I already have travel insurance with Natwest. Huh. Will buy my euros tomorrow, probably. Or maybe I will leave it to Friday. Could go either way.

♥ I have once again forgotten to watch Hollyoaks. This is shocking, as my grandfather will doubtless be anxiously awaiting news of same. I have however won grandparental points by finding a reasonably priced hardback copy of the book of Turner's paintings that Grandma allegedly borrowed from Mike Bacon and now cannot find, though there is some doubt as to whether she actually ever borrowed it, but she's been in a tizz wanting to replace it anyway. Go eBay.

...And so to bed.

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