klena: (dream a little bigger darling)
Midway through the week! Hurrah!

So far this week at work, it's been ridiculous. I constantly seem to be doing about 10 things at once with more coming at me from all angles. Don't get me wrong, that is kinda the admin job, but it's been really mental this week!

I spent my lunch hour buying a gift for my darling Katie J, my "other half". She's the other admin in our team and she's leaving on Friday to go back to uni on Monday :( I'm really going to miss her. She's hilarious and just asks such random amazing questions and is just a really good person. I know that sounds contrived, but she really is. She's so giving and really warm. And to make it even worse, she's absolutely gorgeous. Ugh, I am going to miss her :(((

So I got her present and then more people put into her leaving collection so I'm going to pick up a few extra bits for her on Friday morning in addition to the cake I'm going to bake tomorrow night :)

We had team meeting today that ends up being filled with moaning about things. And the rediscussion of things we'd already discussed. Today was filled with a lot of hints at what admin used to do and how we could be doing more. It's boring and repetitive because they keep trying to find reasons to not do work. Keep piling it on guys - we'll get overwhelmed and then we won't be able to do it, it'll bounce back to workers and admin will get stressed and sick and then none of the work will get done. Ahhhh bureaucracy. You suck.

In other news, still waiting to be officially council employed! Apparently my health declaration is with Occupational Health. SIGH. One day! I will be a real council employee and be paying into a pension and paying off my student loans. And I will be paid monthly. And I will have things like flexitime and Annual Leave. Sigh.

Oh well, at least I have a job?
klena: (BAMFs)
How weird is it that as soon as I sign up for the two week free Paid LJ trial I suddenly have very little to say? Good job me, all that extra icon space going to waste! That really is the only reason I see to have a Paid account - all the extra icon space. I don't really use any of the other features.

The past week has been a tangle of house hunting and various social activities. There was a friend's 25th birthday last Friday where we all went out to Thai Cottage and had lovely Thai food. It was awesome because there was about 20 of us there and the night was going exceedingly well until I had an afterdinner mint and broke off a good 40% of one of my teeth. Luckily (?) it was a tooth I've had a HUGE root canal done on, so I wasn't in pain but the break was so sharp that I couldn't talk or swallow without pain because the broken edges kept rubbing my tongue raw ;____; Which resulted in little sleep that night and stumbling to Boots at 8am on Saturday morning to buy a temporary filling kit. Which, o be fair, did the trick until I got to the dentist on Monday morning.

Saturday was house-hunting then catching up on Friday night sleep and then Eurovision at Sci-Fi House. Absolutely hilarious, even if Azerbijan were blatantly not the best entry. Boooooooooo. Then we watched "Zombie Women of Satan" and "Black Sheep" - both awful and hilarious! Lots of boobs and blood and zombie sheep. Excellent night!

[edit] OH GOD HOW COULD I FORGET ABOUT NEIL GAIMAN'S "DOCTOR WHO" EPISODE?! My heart! The TARDIS and the Doctor! All the tension! It was amazing and some was quite creepy and it made my heart clench a lot. Then Confidential had Neil talking about it and narrating some of the script and my heart! The noises I made that only whales could hear! ♥

Rest of the weekend passed uneventfully and the week has been strange too. Especially as we're having Mother's Meeting tonight because Em couldn't make it last night. So I'm all a muddle! We were supposed to view another house tonight but they cancelled because the decorators have started painting and all that jazz so it wasn't suitable for visits. Boooooooo.

At least there will be tasty curry noms tonight! And excellent company too, of course.

The lovely [livejournal.com profile] rogue_dreams made me a little crotchet-bobble Bat Luck Cat and it is adorable! Also, considering my luck the last few weeks/months it fits perfectly! In the last week I have managed to: break a tooth, swallow temporary filling, strained my eyes, lose my housekeys WHILST I AM IN THE HOUSE, banged into a box that HAS NOT MOVED in 4 months and broke a drawer. Something about May clearly doesn't like me! /o\

The past few weeks have been filled with fucktons of "Inception" and "The Social Network" fanficcs. It's strange, but in all the years I've been in fandoms, these are two that have really, really grabbed me! Probably because the quality of writing in them is so phenomenally high, it's astounding. I also have been saving .gifs like they are going out of fashion. So many excellent .gifs! Hilarious and heart-breaking! My favourite kinds of .gif. Share some of my joy!

klena: (the motion makes me strong)
Mother's Meeting again tonight, as per Wednesday ritual!

I thought about something [livejournal.com profile] rogue_dreams said during it, that we can talk about everything. It's something that I don't believe is appreciated enough by people, when you have a support system of people that you can just be yourself with, as awful and petty and furious and ridiculous as you really are. Sometimes you are that way with people that you don't mean to be, and then you can feel concerned about the way you presented yourself. That sort of friendship that is built on a sort of barter of respect and opinion. But with my Mother's Meeting, with my girls, there's none of that. There's no concern about how they think of me because they've seen me at my best and my worst. And they will always be honest with me, sometimes in a blunt way and sometimes just in a "seriously, how do you not see this, you are a moron, why are we friends :)" way.

Not a lot of people get that sort of circle in their life. That they can establish such a level of comfort and trust - especially not with people that they see weekly. We may have a few that we know online, or who have moved away or that we only see when we go home for the holidays. But every week, to have that - to have them. Well....it just reminds me to count my blessings where they lie.

klena: (all the way up to heaven)
Now, unless you were under a rock today, you may have heard today was the Royal Wedding. So we had a party at Han and Guy's today. I missed almost the entire ceremony because of picking up some food and stuff for the party but I dolled myself up and spent the day in marvellous company. It would have been lovely if Dave could have been there, but it wasn't meant to be apparently.

We had Prosecco and strawberries to toast the couple when they shared their first kiss as a married couple, which was a really nice tradition. So I got a little pissed and comfy and sleepy which we cured by watching "The Queen" and then having more tea and playing "Balderdash". [livejournal.com profile] rogue_dreams made a fucking glorious cake and we had strawberries and cream and summer foods and om nom nom tasty.

Friends of ours also got married today, [livejournal.com profile] mofette and her partner Richard, who won the Hobgoblin "Alternative Royal Wedding" competition. I look forward to seeing the photos of that.

Today made me feel a lot better, but I know it's a process of highs and lows. I just hope this all get resolved sooner rather than later. I feel so ready to start moving on with our lives. Even all the scary settled adult shit we've discussed, all that seems just...exciting rather than scary. Weird!

Here's a few photos taken from today under the cut

The Royal Union of Prince William and Catherine Middleton )
klena: (the motion makes me strong)
I'm really tired with all the strain, and being on a knife-edge waiting for news. I honestly don't know what I would have done without [livejournal.com profile] rogue_dreams yesterday. That's a lie, I do, I would have had another mental breakdown or "episode" or whatever the technical P.C. term for it is now. She's amazing, I just couldn't ask for a better friend or soul-twin.

Royal Wedding tomorrow! Now, being Northern Irish, the Royal Family/Britain is a bit of a touchy subject just because of the politics and stuff. However! Hannah and Guy are holding a Royal Wedding party where there will be stawberries and cream and cake and booze and an indoor picnic (because the weather forcast is crap). I am looking forward to it, and seeing Guy and Han before they go off to Japan for a month.

A whole 4 more days off! April, you have been a strange month - fact.

Music inspired by a twitter conversation between myself, [livejournal.com profile] whitehaiku and [livejournal.com profile] adellyna about Jude who I have not listened to properly in about a year or so? Definitely before my laptop was stolen. But I had an urge today to put it all back on. Turns out buying the CDs in first year was an excellent life choice

In order to cheer myself up, and everyone else, have some Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his amazing face.

klena: (ohmygodYAY!)
Hello there beautiful people.

Has your weekend been good so far? Has it been sunny and everything you wanted? I hope so

I am here to help some friends out! Namely, the lovely [livejournal.com profile] mofette, who used to be my boss at Fab Cafe, and is a good friend. She and her fiance Richard have entered a competition with Wychwood Brewery, who make Hobgoblin Beer.

The competition is to win an Alternative Royal Wedding, to take place on the 29th April (the day Kate Middleton and Prince William get married), and they've made it into the final 3! Voting closes today, so I'm asking for a last minute push to help them out :)

Please go to Wychwood Brewery and vote for Aileen and Richard. I'd really appreciate it, and I know they would too :)

klena: (the motion makes me strong)
Every year I make resolutions and every year I seem to...forget about them at some point. So instead of wishing everyone I know a Happy New Year (and I do wish it for you, I do), I'm going to steal from my favourite, Mr. Neil Gaiman, for my New Year's wishes:


May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.


...I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you'll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you'll make something that didn't exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.



I wish all this for you. ♥
klena: (storm in the form of a girl)
I realised that my last 8-10 entries have just been my tweets being reshipped. That is ridiculous but also accurate of my life.

It's been a while of interesting conversations. Particularly tonight, where we discussed transgender people, the issues relating to gender-reassignment surgery and the wider societal issues regarding people who don't fit into the heteronormative bubble that society dictates we should exist in.

[edit] It also contains the vague tale of Dave and myself.

keep your head above water, but don't forget to breathe )
klena: (storm in the form of a girl)
Happy Valentine's Day or Happy Single's Awareness Day or Happy Consumerist Holiday Bullshit Day, however you wish to view the day.

Reading some information on websites (particularly Wikipedia cough cough), it tells me that it's a day of expressing "Love and affection between intimate companions", which tells me, obviously that it's traditionally a lover's holiday, but you on my f-list, you are also my intimate companions. Sure we might not have met, or even had an real contact in forever, but you are all still privy to my thoughts and ramblings and worries and therefore, you are intimate with me in a way that is beyond physical consummation. So, therefore, with that thought in mind,
♥ Happy Valentines Day, beautiful ♥
klena: (but when the sun shines again)
So, I feel I really should have posted after my exam to just reassure myself that it was NOT that bad, even if the second essay may be complete bullshit depending on how the markers decide and that I was so hungry I was going to eat a FUCKING HORSE after the exam. Seriously, why is it I freak out so badly my stomach refuses to let me eat food only to kick up in the last hour of the exam? Not on, stomach, not on. I got so hungry I was going to ask the examiners would they accompany me to the vending machines and watch me stuff my face *____* loving on the junk food *___*. However I didn't. I do have SOME self-restraint....Really! I do!

But I ate and went down to Dave's, completely determined to come back to Sheaf House that night because I was not much fun, in a physical sense. Stupid ovaries! Why you gotta prove I'm not pregnant every month? Actually, screw that, never change, just try to stop fucking with my boy-time?

Of course, that is totally not what happened because after I got something to eat (OM NOM NOM MOTHERFUCKERS, I WAS PREPARED TO EAT A CHILD), I got down there and my brain was like cotton candy. Completely fuzzy and not firing on all cylinders. Dave thought it was sort of adorable. Especially when he insisted on giving me a back massage after I winced fucktons and moaned a little about my poor long-suffering back and my response was "noooooooo i have armpits like the amazooooooooooon :((( baaaaaadddddd". It was true though! That is just not nice!

Then we cuddled and watched a movie. I think. It is all a bit blurry! I do remember ordering chinese and not eating any of it after gorging myself. Then all of a sudden it was 1:30 and I had been there for 7 hours and was pretty much asleep and got a text asking if our mutual friend could stay in my bed if I wasn't planning to come home? So of course I stayed. Bullied into it and all.

Met up with my Lawyer!Emma and had lovely two hour chats and gossiped coming through the park on the way home about some things that were going to be this LJ entry but it is late and I am totally past fuctional coherence. Soon, my pretties.

Hayden, one of my fellow Sheafers and I went to Wendyhouse on Saturday night which is the biggest Alternative night in the North which was awesome. I dressed as a schoolgirl and straightened Hayden's hair! Except I got to Wendyhouse and danced a little too extravangtly with some Animesoc mates so when Dave arrived at midnight or so, I was only on the dancefloor with him for a little bit before my legs went trembly, my stomach started churning, horrific nausea hit and my vision started blacking out at the edges. I hate the way my body copes with Heat Exhaustion. I were far prefer just to faint without hurling my guts up first, thanks >/ So we came off the floor and were off the floor for a good part of the night because I felt quite rough. Stupid body fail.

Although it was not all bad. I met Hayden and Dave outside so I could get fresh air and Hayden could smoke and we stood chatting and passing idle stories and abuse outside for a good hour at least before coming in for the end of the night and dancing.

We ended up with the animesoc crowd again and think we raised a few eyebrows. Hayden was pretty drunk by the time we reached Wendyhouse so he kept pushing Dave and I together and flouncing away telling us to kiss. It was pretty random and hilarious. Except when we got back to Animesoc (and I molested me some [livejournal.com profile] spruce_moosk rude!), Hayden sandwiched Dave in between us and proceeded to sexy!grind on him. And then we swapped to sandwich Hayden. And then I sexy!danced and shook my pretty ample chest at several Animesoc members. Dave got a few looks that he interpreted as "are you going to freak out and get jealous at your girl grinding on everyone around you?" which he didn't. Because, sadly, he knows what I am like. I am all about shaking my boobies about.

Stayed at Dave's, worried about Hayden walking himself home but he was obedient and text me as he was nearly home so it was all okay.

The past few days have been filled with revising for my final exam on Thursday with Hayden, Hannah and our adopted-Sheafhousemate Leah in a valiant effort to NOT fail Narratives of Japanese Modernity without quite knowing what we're supposed to be talking about. Good times. The revision has also been punctuated with random outbursts of song, general madness, movie talk, cake making and being with awesome housefolk.

In conclusion, it has been not so bad these past few days. In fact, I'm feeling pretty lucky to have some of the people I do. Especially now I'm getting to know Leah better. She is hilarious and spunky and secretely a dork underneath her sarcastic exterior.

Speaking of schooling, I have very good reason to believe [livejournal.com profile] mikanfox started classes again today. I'm so thrilled for you darling, I hope it's everything you want it to be. I miss you and that boy of yours. I'm going to be better, I swear it to you.

New term starts on Monday. Sushi-foods with Dave are also before me. I'm planning to spring-clean my wardrobe and maybe start meditation. Things are changing for me. Things have changed for me. And that's okay.
klena: (schlecter > you)
So! Last night Dave and I went with Caroline (a girl who used to work with me in Fab and loves zombies as much as I do) to see one of the other doormen from Fab's band. So, those who were not working last night all came to the gig so I got to see my ex-managers and rock out.

Also, the band were supporting Zombina and the Skeletons who I was well fucking excited to see because they're just ace. Retro kitsch off-kilter bands! Who all dress like zombies! and are from Liverpool! And write songs about Zombies and Dr. No and being psychotic and werewolves and :))))))) [livejournal.com profile] mofette was extremely excited and busted some ace shapes on the floor! Including picking me up, swinging me towards her and then letting me go. That was unexpected! But awesome!

A good night was had! Even if Dave and I got the piss taken out of us because we were all ~kissy-face~ together. Which we were cool with and then Colette, my ex-boss and his current boss, came over to us and gestured at our faces and said "I like this. You kiss nice! And look happy and not like (affecting bored apathy) 'yeah whatever'. Also you look like you fuck good."

I'm pretty certain there is no polite response to that EVER so we just grinned and looked at each other and were like ":) yeah! true :))))"

....i am pathetic! When did this happen?! Why was i not informed? I swear I used to be cool about this sort of thing!!*

*lies. fucking lies. I've never had this sort of thing and god knows I've never been cool!
klena: (listening to our apocalypse suite)
Been texting tonight and talking about LA. Went back through my Travels photos folder on my harddrive and felt my heart throb against the ribcage.

I miss you all so much

<i>and the whole mess of roads we're now on
klena: (bitchy lesbians)
Tattoo photos! Because I promised [livejournal.com profile] blondiusmaximus i'd totally put them up once i got it done and i know what I'm like with promises like that.

The secret added bonus to this is that I went on my photobucket for the first time in months (since my old external harddrive crashed, oh Helena I miss thee!!) and found out that I wasn't as much of a complete n00b (or Nub as animesoc have taken to reterming it) and uploaded my photos from the September The Academy Is... gig in full resolution. YES. I would triumphantly fist-pump the air but that would involve movement. So I will emoticon my joy instead: \o\ \o/ /o/ \o/ \o\ \o/ /o/

It does not seem i uploaded any of my travel photos in such resolution though. Fail.

Anyways! As I am uploading them now to photobucket, and cooing over William Beckett (seriously, boy, YOUR FACE and your VOICE and your hot hot band!) and also apparently going onto facebook and finding a workmate's photos (fuck, she is so pretty! in one of her profile photos she looks like Alicia Way, how is that fair? I want to be that pretty!) I was actually going to be really cruel and just ramble tons about stupid stuff but I decided not to. I feel it is a better idea just to let the photos speak for themselves.

Also, I am cross-posting them to my other journal, my theoretical art-and-fic journal [livejournal.com profile] icarusishappy so apologies if you see this more than once. But I am well proud of myself for getting this done so you can deal with it :D

Small thumbnail OF MY THIGH 12 HOURS AGO

Photobucket

here thar be needles and ink and tattoooooooosss )

FINALLY - THE BEST ONE I HAVE SO FAR OF THE FINISHED PIECE

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