klena: (before it all becomes the same old song)
So, as Death Cab for Cutie sang, it's the new year. 2012 is upon us which is great because a really good chunk of 2011 seriously sucked dick. There were a lot of questions about almost everything in my life, including my mental health and my coping abilities.

However, I made it through the year. I've got a lot of work to do this year. I need to spend more of it away from Dave. Not because I don't love him, I really do, but I'm always quite close to that "I could strangle you" boundary because I spend something like 80% of my week with him. Yes, really, we live together and work together and spend most of our nights together. Which sometimes is amazing. Othertimes, I just want to be living on my own in a house I've decorated by myself and doing exactly what I do or don't want to do with my evenings.

But that's relationships. Just before my birthday (and hey, yeah, I'm totally 25 now - first quarter of a century over me! I will accept all rounds of applause) I redrafted my CV and applied for a bunch of jobs. My aim is to have one before January is over, although I know how hard things are in this climate.

But I am getting ahead of myself! This is my first post of 2012 just to let everyone know that I made it out alive as apparently every Twitter crossposting service I used over the course of the year have just died. And none of my Tweets were shipping over so anyone who hasn't/doesn't follow me on Twitter probably thinks this is an abandoned journal. It's not, I promise! Also, our internet and phoneline went down the day after I got home so I was an entire 10 days without any of the internet. Oh the internet, it's strange how I both did and did not miss you!

I will recap Christmas and all that jazz tomorrow, I think, as I have photos and stuff to put up including just thoughts I want to get out but for now, I just want to say this:

I hope you had an amazing festive season, with loved ones or having adventures or having a quiet family affair. You all still mean so much to me, even though I am so absent, but you are all still always in my thoughts. I love you. Let's make this year glorious ♥
klena: (sunlight surrouds you)
The first big thing to say about this entry is:
1000 ENTRIES, FUCK YEAH

It's only taken me nearly 9 years to get here, and has been stupidly helped out by crossposting of my tweets. I never thought I'd get to a point of 1000 entries! But here I am. Have some celebratory dancing .gifs!





I feel that adequately celebrates 1000 entries! I've been planning on writing this entry for about 3 weeks, but just haven't got around to it, or wanted to have a lot of good content and then I got distracted by lots of Inception fics so. Well. But I did go back and look at my very first LJ entry, oh my Lord.

I was 15, and this December I will turn 25. I honestly cannot believe how much has changed in that time. But then again, it was the period where people go through the biggest personality overhauls so it's not much of a surprise. It still was a little embarrassing, and also sort of sad to see me discussing people who aren't in my life anymore. But that's the way it goes.

I was going to do this huge thoughtful entry, but it's not really in my head, so instead I'm going to post a few little bits from the internet that have made me happy the past few weeks.

First! Poetry! One of Audrey Hepburn's favourite poems.

Unending Love by Rabindranath Tagore

I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times,
In life after life, in age after age forever.
My spell-bound heart has made and remade the necklace of songs
That you take as a gift, wear round your neck in your many forms

In life after life, in age after age forever.

Whenever I hear old chronicles of love, its age-old pain,
Its ancient tale of being apart or together,
As I stare on and on into the past, in the end you emerge
Clad in the light of a pole-star piercing the darkness of time:

You become an image of what is remembered forever.

You and I have floated here on the stream that brings from the fount
At the heart of time love of one for another.
We have played alongside millions of lovers, shared in the same
Shy sweetness of meeting, the same distressful tears of farewell -
Old love, but in shapes that renew and renew forever.

Today it is heaped at your feet, it has found its end in you,
The love of all man's days both past and forever:
Universal joy, universal sorrow, universal life,
The memories of all loves merging with this one love of ours -
And the songs of everypoet both past and forever.

How beautiful is that?

Second! An excellent quote from Tim Minchin that I discovered, when trying to find a download of his song "White Wine in the Sun" , which is a gorgeous non-Christian Christmas song. Here's the song on Youtube if you fancy a listen! White Wine In The Sun.

Anyway, he was discussing the controversy behind the song and was asked "Your song "White Wine in the Sun", which includes lyrics critical of Christianity, caused controversy last week in Australia when it was used on an album of Christmas songs sold to raise money for the Salvation Army. What's your take on the fuss?

I think the Salvos are idiots. I didn't know they would benefit from the CD, but by the time I found out I didn't want to make too much of a fuss. So I gave my song free, then they turn around and say that they don't agree with the sentiment of the song. Obviously, they are talking about how I think Jesus is not magic. Part of me is hugely outraged by what imbeciles they are, to bite the hand that feeds them and put their proselytising above charity.

It's a terrible paradox that most charities are driven by religious belief. I believe very strongly in giving only to secular charities, because I don't think there should be a back end to altruism. I won't make this mistake again. I tweeted that if people want to buy my version of the song independently, I'll give the proceeds away, as I did last year, to the National Autistic Society, a non-proselytising charity.

Christmas means much to billions of people who don't believe in Jesus, and if you think that Christmas without Jesus is not Christmas, then you're out of touch, and if you think altruism without Jesus is not altruism, then you're a dick.


What a wonderful sentiment, and really true. That last paragraph is the most important part, and the bit that made me nod and smile at the screen. It also doesn't hurt that the song is wonderful, and makes my heart just clench with joy listening to it.

Third and final! Who thinks today's A Softer World strip needs to be have an "Inception" re-imagining?



Fucking heartbreaking, but could turned into any pairing that people wanted. The first idea I had was a Mal/Cobb version, based on those arguments that Mal actually was right, and did wake up, and watches over Cobb as he lives in his dream!reality. Which also really works with the alt-text over the image: "Please don't leave me alone with our stupid children"

Yes yes?

To everyone who read this, well done! You deserve nice shiny things. Since it's been a 1000 entries, maybe I should start being more active with posting. If you still read my journal, then you should comment! Or let me know, especially if this is the only way you know me :)

klena: (storm in the form of a girl)
My loves, lurkers and people who can't quite remember how I ended up on their f-list.

'Tis the season of giving, and I am here to give. I am giving away mini-ficlets and sketches for the festive season, to show you how much I appreciate y'all.

I know I've been shit at this before but I work from home now! And I have my tools at my ready disposal!

Request if you'd like one, I am happy to work with any fandom you give me (although I can't promise anything good!)

Happy Festive Season folks! I hope you let me do this little treat for you :)

♥ ♥
klena: ((and a saint))
I was going to post a sappy Christmas message but instead I think I'll just transpose this text I got from my darling Libby last night

I wish you peace, love and health blah blah blah. Fuck that shit. I wish you lots of sex, alcohol, orgasms and hope you win the fucking lottery. Merry Christmas
klena: (i'm so excited!)
Soo 500 entries and I have news.

Let's see. First - 15 minute self sketch. Ignore where it fucks up at the chin.

Portrait of the artist as she sees herself )

Secondly, and I suppose this is the biggie, I've booked my ticket and made my appointment at the American Embassy to recieve a VISA. I've booked my ticket

So I am travelling to Japan on the 18th of December, the day after my 21st birthday and the night after my staff Christmas do (Oh God, I can feel the hangover already D: ), staying there until the 25th of January, then spending a week in Auckland until the 4th of January.

Then, and this is the part where most of you are concerned, I arrive in Los Angeles on the 4th of February and am in the States until the 22nd of July when I fly out of New York.

Therefore this is another "Who wants to see me" post and preferably with contact details due to the fact that my mum wants to know where I am and who I'm with. This is really important and I'd really appreciate anyone who wants to see me, can put me up or just fancies me stopping in their state for a bit to reply here and let me know. Please.


I've just told my best friend and I think it's hitting her. I'm not sure if it's hit me yet but I'm twitchy. Fuck.

I'm not overly thrilled about the grand total of 44 hours and 25 minutes on planes, not including actually travelling about time but THESE SACRIFICES I AM WILLING TO MAKE

Fuck, is this real?

Thirdly. CHRISTMAS CARDS. Post here if you want them and what you want on them as I'm actually making homemade cards again and promise to send them out as I am leaving. They are also completely personalised so, I'll draw whatever you want on them! Screening all comments so no one else will see your address!

Forthly. I don't know. Entertain me?

{edit} FOURTH. (I knew I forgot something) I have a new journal that I'll be posting arts and stuff in soon. It's [livejournal.com profile] icarusishappy so friend me! Or don't panic if I friend you XD
klena: (transcendence)
Thank you - all of you - for the birthday wishes. I really appreciated it.

20! I'm getting old! I'm no longer a teenager. Tragic.

[livejournal.com profile] togeira~! Smut is coming along! I'm very close to inking~! ♥

It's a week to Christmas peeps~!

I'm into work (I'm back at McDonalds - hurrah?) in, like, 7 and 1/2 hours. I should go to bed!

Oh dear - why is Facebook so addictive?

[hahah G.I.P]

OH I KNEW I HAD A POINT! [livejournal.com profile] theleapingmuse, my darling Kate~!, I got your card~! ♥ ♥ ♥ !
klena: (affection)
I'm home I'm home I'm home I'm home I'm home~!

I'm 20 on Sunday~!

I'm home!

klena: (which country next?)
Dear God, almost a week without updating LJ. And it's amazing the things that have happened in said week. Weird.

ANYWAYS. Not the time or the place.

CHRISTMAS FOLKS

As you may know - last year I sent out Christmas cards. Personalised Christmas cards with art of YOUR CHOICE on the front. This year? IS THE SAME

So? Leave me a message here if you
- (a) want a card
- (b) what you want on said-card
- (c) anything you might like for Christmas
- (d) your address~!


I will screen all comments so you don't have to worry about privacy~! ♥ ♥
klena: (can't save you)
OMFG, where has my life gone?!?! I haven't been on the net in, like, 3 days or something. Random Life, Random.

OK, life ramblings later. Firstly; Christmas notes for people!

ONE
OK! WHO HAS RECEIVED THEIR CARDS/GIFTS? So far I know:
[livejournal.com profile] hybrid_xisha
[livejournal.com profile] waxrose
[livejournal.com profile] trowicia and
[livejournal.com profile] urbanelf have all received their cards.

Which means I'm waiting to hear if
[livejournal.com profile] kalidor
[livejournal.com profile] whitehaiku
[livejournal.com profile] fala
[livejournal.com profile] ladyjaida and
[livejournal.com profile] sayonara39 have got their cards.

TWO
I have missed the last posting days due to work. I can not apologise enough - I lose at life. So, so so sorry.... Which means
[livejournal.com profile] hartclanpaladin
[livejournal.com profile] lapstickcat and
Zalan-love
are all due their cards and gifts.

THREE
PEOPLE I OWE GIFTS TO AFTER CHRISTMAS -_- I seriously fucking lose at life.
Jenni
Mum
[livejournal.com profile] kalidor
[livejournal.com profile] whitehaiku
[livejournal.com profile] urbanelf

FOUR
[livejournal.com profile] kalidor!!! OMG! I got your package today, it was awesome! I can't believe you bought me a gifty! There is such love going your way! ^_^ And the card is beautiful - as if your handwriting! Thank you! It really made my day before going into work.

Side noteI am into work at 7am tomorrow. WOE IS ME. And I'm working Boxing Day and New Years Eve and New Years Day. Gonna be so fucking rich, OMG.

FIVE
NEED MORE SUGGESTIONS FOR THE 12 KINKS OF CHRISTMAS PEOPLE! I've got about 4. Come on folks, I KNOW THERE IS ENOUGH KINK OUT THERE!

SIX
OMG, today was the first day I felt Christmas-y. Fucksake. HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON FOLKS!

xoxoxoxoxoxox
klena: (I do care)
Wheee! I am so late in my Christmas list. WOE! Woe.

The 10 things I'd like for Christmas but I'm not expecting anything )

OK. Done that. I wanna sleep now. Except I'm going to tidy my room and do some art and start on my 12 Kinks of Christmas.

Oh yeah. I'm thinking of changing my user info. Anyone fancy giving some commentary on how whiny I am. *grins*

Love yous! xoxo
klena: (Shoebox)
OK. Between Sunday, Monday and today I've worked 28 hours. Yesterday...Monday...I work 12 hours straight. Because they called me in early and I was meant to be on the close and Mary was worried about the lack of closers so I stayed. Madness. Utter fucking madness....But my paycheck should be awesome! XDDDD

Work is going grand if exhausting me.

My hair is now very dark brown again instead of the mad hybrid of colour it was. This is sorta a problem because it's almost too dark. Like black. And I'm mad pale generally.

Birthday on Saturday!!! XDDDD except they have me down for working. I have a Christmas dinner on that night. But hopefully it may be getting sorted.

Payday on Thursday! Which means Belfast on Friday to buy the rest of my Christmas pressies!

ALL CARDS (and most gifts) WERE SENT ON MONDAY. [livejournal.com profile] whitehaiku I owe you a gift. And [livejournal.com profile] locke I owe you the art. Work called me in early and it wasn't finished. Woe. -_- Sorry. So so sorry.

£20 on sending things. Huh.

D is on the phone. He is drunk. Excellent! XDDD I do love our little conversations!

Bed now. Work in 10 and a half hours. Sleep. Yes
klena: (love)
OK, minature freak-out about cards. Tomorrow is the last posting day and I have 2 more to do and 1 to ink. And little bits and bobs to be gathered up. I so need to be doing cards now...

Which is why I'm sitting updating LJ. Lame, Kathryn, lame.

I do have to say, in my defense, that I am hand-drawing 19 cards - each with a different design. I've spent a couple of hours on each so far.

Luckily I'm not into work until 4 tomorrow, which means I have time tomorrow to work on them. *nods*

I am so tired. And work has me down for working on my birthday. Despite me requesting it off. Guess who'll be talking to the boss tomorrow? XD

I feel so flat. And my hair is so dark. And the people in work think I'm about 16 or 17. Mental.

[livejournal.com profile] trowicia! I GOT YOUR CARD ON FRIDAY! XDDDD And I can't believe it. We are totally mind-linked. Wait 'til you see your card.

This year's cards are so varied! It's so random - I have orcs and twins and Cedric and the music crew and candy canes and forked tongues and wall!ravishing and aliens and snow and Good Omens. Wow. You guys are AWESOME!

....It's a pity my art isn't!

OK! BIRTHDAY IN LESS THAN A WEEK! You love it ok go! XDDD

How are you all?

Plus! Leave a list of 3 things for me to take photos of. I will then display them here, on LJ
klena: (Remus)
(fuckingLOVEthatsong!)

Right, OK! Christmas card question time!

[livejournal.com profile] whitehaiku FW slash it is then! What's your favourite pairing? Or what pairing don't you want to see?

[livejournal.com profile] locke, love, what's your fav. HP slash pairing?

[livejournal.com profile] donal, what do you want on your christmas card?

AND THE REST OF YOU! Who wants colour on their Christmas card and who want's black and white?

OK. Done! Got hair dyed again! Into work in a hour and a half. Gone! Zoooom!
klena: (Remus)
(Huh, 291th entry - I plan to make my birthday the 300th one XDDD <--isadork)

I have not much to say.
Worked 4:30 until 9 on Friday night. Work based ramblings no one wants to hear )

Oh well.

Then I went to the French Market and bought nice little things for YOU MY DEAR FRIENDS! XDDD

AND ONE DAY I WILL SEE "HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS" IN ONE GO INSTEAD OF SEEING BITS AND PIECES!!! I PROMISE!

OK. It's 9pm now. Bed?

(OMFG two weeks until my birthday! WHEEEE!)
klena: (arse)
* Awakening of love, now is a secret
At night, I frequently get lost

HA! Got my Good Omens Holiday Exchange piece of art done and sent away! Only 26 minutes late! Pah - it's still the 1st in America, ne? XDDD

OMFG THE FRENCH FAIR IS BACK IN DOWNPATRICK! It is so awesome! And there's this hot (HOT I SAY) black guy with this =amazing= smile and really really long dreads. Definitely going down again! XDDD

Am planning to leave McDonalds. Have to work tomorrow. Woe.

NOW IMPORTANT NOTICE
F-List! Who amongst you has their ears pierced?
What are your favourite colours?
Do you wear jewelry?
What would you like for Christmas? (and for the love of FUCK do NOT skirt around your answer! Be honest and I'll see what I can do!)

(And who fancies me spamming with art? Yes yes? No no?)

Going to bed. So tired. So, so tired. Love! xoxox
klena: (Remus)
Joey! Deviantart won't show me whether or not I uploaded my contest entry - so here it is incase!

Holy Fuck it's December!

Evolution )

OK folks! WHAT DO I OWE YOU FOR CHRISTMAS?
klena: (Remus)
I need to crack my thumb. It is sore as in owieowieowie - this does not equal ratings to me. However I shall cope. Just like I'm coping with wearing wet wool at the minute. Yuck. Heavy and gunky. I do not like being rained on unexpectedly.

I have, like, 1000 things to say. Good thing I wrote some of them done, yes?

OK. First thing is! I have a list of gift-things I owe people but I want to make sure I have everything. So, let me know what I owe you! Just for my own reference really.

Two! [livejournal.com profile] urbanelf reminded me about my photo wall. The whole purpose of the Photo Wall was to display photos of loved ones and funny images from random days like Christmas shopping trips or random End of Term photos. However, the wall's gone...beyond that. Now it's like a badge of honour - it's practically the first thing people see when they walk into my room and therefore shows...shows...it let's people know that I love. Does that make sense? It's there to remind me and to keep my spirit up when I'm flagging slightly.

Right, so the point is, yes I have got there, that the wall goes beyond Northern Ireland because I love more people across the globe. Like you guys. The point is that eventually I want photos of all of you on this wall. Even if the wall has to be taken down and go to university with me. So, who would be interested in being on my wall? It's fine to say no. Also I'm sure I can get a photo of the wall if people are curious to see it?

OK. Three. Now, as much as I hate to mention it in October, even before Hallowe'en hits - CHRISTMAS. Yes people, that time of year is nearly on us again. And, because I might be working soon and I like to buy gifts....Who wants a Christmas present from me? Those who are comfortable with me knowing their addresses can let me know. Or it could be something I can get to you via the net, i.e. art or fiction or something. So let me know! However, be reasonable. Nobody is getting an iPod or a new sound system. I am not that wealthy.

OK. Do I have a four? No, I don't think I do. Oh well - I'm away back to the comfortable library tables and chairs! Bai bai!

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