klena: (familiar faces and mixed up memories)
There are none of my fascinating Twitter thoughts today because I dragged myself to work, doubting strongly that I would make it the whole day (I was right) and felt so rough, I didn't even switch on my iPod. Appalling, I know.

Instead I came into work, sweated and shivered my way through half a day (and battling waves of mild, disgruntling nausea) before I asked to go home. My manager, Julie, had already been eyeballing me for two days, asking if I was going to go home.

So I did.

But before I did, I managed to book a few hours off work on the 20th August. Now, I was desperate to be off work all day, but my counterpart is already off and we're the team on Duty for our area, so that was a no-go. However, the end of the day was negotiable.

So I booked it off because I'm going to see Neil Gaiman.

Yes. Neil Gaiman.

At Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire. Event details are here

So I am flying out of work at 4, to catch a 4:45 train - changing at 6:06 for the local service to Ely, and will get there at 6:52.

Enough time to walk/skip/run the half mile to the Cathedral and try not to weep.

Because I wasn't sure about how I was going to get home or when the event would end (I've been reading of Neil signing for 4-5 hours recently), I booked a REALLY EARLY train the next morning. I was going to get the first train home at 5:30am but Dave eyeballed me and asked if I planned to sleep at the train station (I was going to, but his face discouraged me.)

So I've booked a room at a guest house that is 6 minutes walk away. If I manage my timing, I should be able to quickly check in before the event starts at 7:30. Here's hoping.

But fuck. FUCK. Getting to see and meet Neil Gaiman. It gives me butterflies. Or maybe that's the nausea kicking back in ;)
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: (canopies and grapes)
okay guys! So, I have been scarce on LJ for a while because I was being fucked over with work last weekend, it was my beloved mother's birthday on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I was at MOTHERFUCKING PANIC AT THE DISCO, Thursday I was on the early shift at work and then spent the night sitting with my glorious girls in Newcastle baking and chatting and drinking tea and I've been working since.

BUT I HAVE TIME NOW TO POST! And what am I going to post about? absolutely nothing. I am going to DESTROY THE INTERNETS with my photos from Panic. Because some of them came out really REALLY awesome.

I am going to revise this post a little later and include a proper report of the gig but for now, I am going to just show you photos.

Divided into two sections! The first is the clear, good photos and the second is SPECIALLY FOR [livejournal.com profile] sekkritbandomlj, DARLING MANDI, because the photos are blurry. She understands why. Hope you like ♥

i love this band so fucking much )

Camwhoring! Meet my new adopted children and the lyrics i wrote on their arms and how they looked after the gig! )

Now. FOR THE MANDI! Blurry "artistc" (read as:cannot take proper photos) of Panic!

So...how many of you here know something about jazz? )

My god, that took a lifetime! But utterly worth it. CANNOT WAIT TO PRINT THESE PICTURES OUT, YO!

I have also discovered that my new nickname in McDonalds is "Bubbles" because, as Nicole put it, "I couldn't remember your name and so I started describing you as the really bubbly, happy girl and then just called you Bubbles." So....Bubbles am I.
klena: (cause it's not simple I can go on living)

Expect a lengthy update and replies to comments in maybe a day when I am used to my time-zone again, ha ha ha!


Also! People I met with! I am still being bullied by my journal - so, do you remember the date we did things? Like, what days we went out to eat and where and stuff? Help a sister out, yeah?

Now to bully mum again about where ALL MY POST FOR THE LAST 5-6 MONTHS IS. :D

♥ ♥ ♥

[edit] ALSO! As I am going to be downloading all my images and stuff and am loving taking pictures right now request three things for me to take photographs of!
klena: (showing me the stars)
I should write a massive big post about what I've been doing in New York since I got here and all the GOOD TIMES I am having and wishing Emmi a happy birthday but
1) I am leaving to meet Emmi in 15 minutes

2) I cannot write coherently

3) The Black Parade is dead.


And they-!! They talked about being at Madison Square Garden, like, 15 years ago and Mikey telling Gerard as they watched Smashing Pumpkins that this was what he wanted to do and Gerard said "OK Mikey" and THEY DID and MASSIVE FUCK OFF MEXICAN WAVE and got better tickets the day of the gig and Gerard picked Mikey up as he played (during...'Teenagers'?) and held him up above people and -!!


I cannot explain properly my flail and now require (when I get home) to have bandom icons. Because fuck me. FUCK ME. I do not even have appropriate FLAIL icons for how happy I am right now.

I am also achey as fuck, got COMPLETELY SOAKED YESTERDAY AND WALKED AROUND LIKE THAT FOR AT LEAST 12 HOURS and am not sure what state my voice is in this morning but....


AND THEN two days til home. HOME!
klena: (canopies and grapes)
So, because I am the biggest legend known to man, hi! Nearly a week without posting only to let you all know that today is my last day in Boston. And I may not be around again until I get home this day next week. :D

Let me repeat that again: until I GET HOME NEXT WEEK


So, in celebration of that, I think you should all write/draw me something to celebrate my adventures. Because...you just should! It's been a long five/six months >D


I'll be around most of today checking things online and trying to sort out things for New York blah blah blah as well as packing and fretting about trying to get everything all in one place. But! Y'know, part of the joy's of travel etc etc.

This also reminds me of something that big-bro-Joey/[livejournal.com profile] whitehaiku said when I was SOBBING OVER MY JOURNAL at his-and-Claire's about writing/typing my adventures up. Which, if there is interest, I could do. Do want? Don't want? All feedback would be appreciated! :D

Now folks! How are things with you? How are you all doing? I miss you! ♥

Oh [livejournal.com profile] sacchifox - your card got sent back to me! Well, to Dei. So I need your address again! Email it to me? :D

For those in the know? Chris comes back to Boston today. IMAGINE MY FREAKOUT

Now! Because I am around for today and a little bit of tomorrow and will be pretty much on my own: suggest things for me to write/draw. Because I bought a set of markers and a new inking pen yesterday and I want to be all creative and stuff. Because New York DECREES IT. Plus, I've got a 4 hour layover before I get on my last plane home and will probably go to JFK early to allay my own fears regarding getting on the plane.

Also! Because I have SEKKRIT PLANS for when I get home - throw a theme at me people! If I have your address - you will be recieving music from me. >D And blantantly stealing the idea from [livejournal.com profile] whitehaiku

[edit] someone remind me when I get home these exact words (if I forget): names, self-indulgent CDs, forgotten letters.
klena: (laughter)
1. Because my beloved Canadian beauty is coming home tonight and I have a bunch of ficlets I should type up before I completely forget.

Call me crazy but they are after us (you don't have to know the truth), Arashi )

I was going to throw my 'getting kidnapped by strange Japanese boybands' thing up but it's awful and so. No.

And the first bit of what was supposed to be a little tiny drabble for [livejournal.com profile] crazychickencow to persuade her to write more into the Sho/Nino/Jun angst triangle. Except it's not a drabble and now more than looks like an accompaniment to the main fics. Dammit!

the road to hell is paved with good intentions )

And there's more at ramen with Ohno and Aiba realising something's going on and messing up by trying to help the wierd Nino/Sho/Jun tension they notice and aslkfdlfjks I'LL GET THERE!


3. ....HOME!

4. I went to Salem today with Fran and got myself Ankh earrings that are beautiful and that I have been desiring since I lost my only cheap and nasty pair just after I started working at McDonalds. ANKH EARRING YAY

5. Will get around to doing that awesome writing meme that [livejournal.com profile] waxrose tagged me for. But first! A little meme.

we all have our reasons for our icons but do you ever wonder what someone means when they use a particular icon in their post/response? Well, now's your chance to ask!

6. (I completely forgot about this until 2 minutes ago) My dreams are getting awesome! On Wednesday night I had this awesome gothic inspired dream where Sho and Kei (yes, as in Sho and Kei from "Moonchild" - Gackt and Hyde) and someone else were travelling with me around these church/house grounds and I mocked them a lot, calling Kei dad and sitting on his shoulders a lot.

Last night my dreams had: me and Gerard Way in gothy dress (and Gerard at one point wearing this Victorian dress I wore in LA with a pair of socks I owe) and walking about this club. He also took my hand and twined my fingers with his when I was leaning against his knees. There was also The Master leaning over my friend Andy who was wearing his Frank N Furter costume and mocking/ fucking with my mind. Um....what else. Oh! Pete Wentz, Gee Way and I all sitting at a table in this diner and Pete gave me his stuff to look after and I didn't look at it or try to pry and this made him really happy. Plus some other stuff that was AMAZINGLY AWESOME regarding travel (and this station that looked a little like the one in Washington) but...\o/
Dreams involving Pete Wentz, Gerard Way and the Master one night and Gackt and Hyde the night before? A++ brain, good work.

Alright. Food. And journal writing and maybe some art. Oh yeah!



klena: (policemenofficers)
I have absolutely no reason to post. I am awesome, blatantly. :D

I am...still in Boston! \o/

Although I'm getting the itching scratching under-my-skin feeling of how close I am to home and then guilt for not appreciating being here now. Damn it Catholicism! I am mentally shaking my fist at you.

Other things I am shaking my fist at:
- Wanting to dye my hair
- Trying to get My Chemical Romance tickets without a credit card
- My complete and utter lack of writing skills


I really do want to dye my hair. :( I blame hot goth/alternative/emo kids. I want my hair lots of colours again instead of the washed-out brown-red-ginger mix it is now. Damn it society!

I also very much want another piercing and/or my tattoo before I head home but I should maybe be a little more cautious about this.

I also want to be a skinny cute little scene kid at the minute but that is not happening anytime in the near future it seems. Damn you food!

Although not you tea. Tea is always there for me and I adore it. Tea makes my world go around.

This post has been utterly pointless thus far. This makes me sad.

What also makes me sad is my lack of doing anything. I should have finished this ficlet for [livejournal.com profile] crazychickencow and been updating my journal (the real travel one) and drawing my frustrating, brain-numb amount of ideas swirling around but instead no.

It also doesn't help that my Zen does not seem to be charging on my godmother's computer and her computer has NO SOUND and the DVD player will not play my MP3 CDs so I am musicless at the moment. I cannot function without music people! I do actually not do well without it. >(

I should go and take the dogs for a walk because I haven't today. Damn.


I really want to go to MCR :( Damn!

And my paid account expires in, like, 4 days. Fare ye well, paid account! I both knew and loved thee.

However, on the plus side, (because this entry has too much whining) I did get a really cute houndstooth skirt and silk black shirt for $12 in Newbury and my mum has sent me some money to buy things with. No, actually flat out said, 'buy yourself nice things'. I have the world's most awesome mother ever. EVER.

Also, when I get home, I'll be able to download Arashi tv shows (and where are the sites for that? Because I am internet retarded) and work on my Sekkrit Projects and start my photo wall again and lots of nice things like watch the awesome J-Dramas I watched with [livejournal.com profile] littleredfox and hang out with my friends and not get ID'd for alcohol :D

Excellent! These are indeed good things. Now, I just have to be amazingly awesome and work out a way to buy these tickets. Go brain go!
klena: (told you I'd be here forever)
Alright folks!

I promised Joe and Claire I would let them know I got into Boston safely and I have and I apologise to you Virginia crowd who I didn't let know I got to St. Paul safely. Sorry, fail on my part :(

Anyways! I am here and with my godmother and her husband and it is good times. Except that I haven't slept properly since Tuesday night. But that will be rectified tonight! Moo ha ha ha!

Yes, the strain is starting to get to me a little. Can you tell?

Another way the strain is starting to show is that when I did fall asleep for, like, an hour, leaving St. Paul, I had this strange movie-dream sequence that started with [livejournal.com profile] whitehaiku speeding in his car, then Blu, then Julian and then Aroshi on a cycle. I blame 1) this song in my head 2) Joey for introducing said song to me 3) the fact that 2 Fast 2 Furious was on in the Greyhound station whilst I was waiting for the bus. true facts.

But! I have been having a blast and will respond to comments and the like possibly tomorrow or Sunday...Or maybe Monday. We will see how the days go.

Speaking of having good times and thinking about things! Virginia crowd who took photos! Beloved [livejournal.com profile] hybrid_xisha, wonderful [livejournal.com profile] therenodaemis and fantastical [livejournal.com profile] isthatjamie - could I get those sent to me maybe? Please? ♥ ♥ ♥ ?

Oh [livejournal.com profile] waxrose, love - there needs to be plots, ne? ♥

So...um. Yes. Hi. I am alive. There was no kidnapping by strange Japanese boybands although there is now fic of it because Erica inspires me or being accosted by strange Greyhound people or general death of any kind. So, at this point, I'm inclined to think I've got one up on the world. Yeah - go me!

Right. Socialising with people now.

P.S [livejournal.com profile] whitehaiku how you enjoying Duke Special?

♥ ♥ ♥
klena: (amused at Big Puppy)
Hahahahaha, I am in the Mall of America, in the Apple Store and posting to LJ. Because Joey said it was something that I had to do at least once. And so I'm doing it!



(p.s, hi guys I'm alive! but getting on the bus to Boston tonight so still out of action for a little while. Love love love you! ♥ )
klena: (considering)
Alright my friends! As we all know, tomorrow is my last day in Virginia. :( A sad and tragic day I think you'll agree. However, it's been fucking awesome and you Virginia lot have been so fantastic to me and I adore the lot of you. Especially, of course, the beautiful wonder that is [livejournal.com profile] hybrid_xisha without whom I would be totally lost and befreft. I also managed to obtain +1 Korean Panda Dad! Woo woo! Made of win and kittens.

But you guys have been awesome and I have been having such a fantastical time here between birthday parties and Wok And Roll and watching DVDs and just chilling out and ♥ ♥ ♥

But now onto further plans! To Greyhound!

[livejournal.com profile] sarshin, the plans for dinner/lunch/eating good foods are still tentative, right? You still up for it? What time is good? Where will we meet? All these burning questions and more!

[livejournal.com profile] whitehaiku (and [livejournal.com profile] littleredfox too!) - Thursday, woo woo! Are plans still good and stuff?

[livejournal.com profile] waxrose (and [livejournal.com profile] crazychickencow who should totally get in on it too) I promise I will have the next bit done before I leave tomorrow! It's hard to top Jun/Sho angsty sexy goodness!

[livejournal.com profile] big_danny_t I am so sorry I've only just got on LJ and seen your comment. :(
klena: (you can stand under my umbrella)
so I am made of utter UTTER fail and time is apparently not as wibbly-wobbly as Msrs. Doctors Five and Ten have lead me to believe and I missed out on wishing someone fantastic a happy birthday.

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY [livejournal.com profile] therenodaemis

Now I am going to bed as I am going to go to the library tomorrow and sit, listen to music and ponder about
more Arashi porn for [livejournal.com profile] waxrose
how my DH entry for [livejournal.com profile] whitehaiku is failing my utter lack of creativity right now
life, the universe and everything
my falling into Bandom that makes me want lots of images of cute boys, emo boys, boys in makeup and boys showing their nice hipbones something entertaining.

...Possibly my obsession with the Strike option in LJ posts. And why, as [livejournal.com profile] hybrid_xisha has pointed out, I seem to be having LUCK MADE OF FAIL on this trip regarding meeting people, planning and stuff.



Anyways! If I want to surface at all tomorrow there needs to be sleep. And pondering arts to draw, music to download and fics to write!
klena: (showing me the stars)
Alright, so I am being productive! Oh yes, it happens occasionally!

Right! The plans!

Leaving Chesapeake and the woderful Chesapeake lot on the 8th April, heading to St. Paul's to see [livejournal.com profile] whitehaiku and [livejournal.com profile] littleredfox~! Woo woo!

However! The bus takes, like, 2 days which is not so much joy! Don't mind that so much though - I mean, after 75 hours to Chesapeake, I can cope! I do however have an 8 hour layover in Pittsburgh on the 9th (as well as a 3 hour one in Chicago) So! Anybody in Pittsburgh and/or can tell me fun things to do to prevent me going insane? :D

Then good times in St. Paul! Before heading on the 16th to Boston to go stay with my godmother for a little bit but! As I am yet again utilising the wonderful Greyhound services I have another stop-over in Chicaco! However this one is 6 whole hours, yay....I don't imagine there's anything mentally fun to do in Chicago between 6am and 12pm?

Ahahahaah, good times! So, the plan from there (as I've got to rearrange my flights home and talk to my godmother and stuff) is to be in Boston until roughly the 1st of May, then spend a few days in New York ([livejournal.com profile] angelbirdemmi, your birthday is the 9th, right?) and then fly home! Which is both :D and :( but!

So, yes! There is an update on my locales for the next little bit!

However, before then I still have [livejournal.com profile] therenodaemis's birthday and more hanging out to do with him and the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] isthatjamie as well as other fun adventures in mischief!

Now to shower and then to start emailing Leeds about next year. Watch as life falls into place!
klena: (dead as dead can be the doctor tells me)
I have had this journal page open for, like, the last hour or so to write a big sensible entry about my plans that are now being solidified and things and updating on life and it just....hasn't happened.


Full of fail - must be more tired than I thought.

So - update tomorrow, ahahahaha. Fail.
klena: (i'm the one who loves you best)
So, introspection, right?

I've been thinking about myself since I started travelling. I had a really rough patch last year with my depression - I was told by someone close to me once I got to Japan that my course had seen just how low I was and thought I wouldn't be able to pull myself back from just how low I was. But I did and he, as well as many others, told me how wonderful it was that I did it. Even Andy, my best friend, had doubted just how I would recover. He told me that many people wouldn't have fought to get out of the situation, the fog, like I did which I did because it was what I was taught to do.

Then I went to Japan, and I developed relationships. I had really serious indepth, horribly adult talks with people about issues I had, problems in our relationships, about my own personal fuck-ups with not communicating and we worked them out. We talked about them and our relationship changed in a good way. Which I had never imagined.

I realised, over the course of the past few months, how important the people I have are to me and just how much I need them and how I've slipped out of touch.

I realised, during my stay in LA, that I love to learn or rather just how much I had loved to learn, that I miss being the intellectual I used to be; reading books, watching movies, discovering new bands to listen to, new fandoms, talking and debating.

I like the person I am at the minute. Granted, I still fuck-up. I make mistakes. I don't ask for help when I know I should but I am cutting down the gulf-times. I am still a mess of problems but I'm working on them.

And I've had some amazing experiences since I've been travelling and I don't want them to go to waste. I want to take these last few months as well as the few in front of me, and have a really fantastic time and grow and change and just my travels as a starting point for the person I'm going to be.

I want you with me as I do this. Yes, you. Even if we've fallen out of contact/never really spoken/have just met/adore each other/don't talk like we used to but still enjoy moments of togetherness.

I want you to help me change. I want you to educate me in the things you know. I want you to tell me the movies you think *everyone* should see, even if you think everyone's already seen them. The books that changed your life - the songs you sing that never fail to cheer you up - the little bit of fandom that you've just discovered that you want to learn more about.

I want you to tell me these things. I want you to tell me about yourself. I want us to become closer again. And I, for my part, will try to also educate. I'll let you know, as I learn, what matters to me, the bands I love, the movies that are amazing, my views and what I think about on idle Tuesdays.

So, let us start moving - let's become close again. Let's talk and enjoy being young and have fun and learn and grow, because we want to.

Thank you
klena: (creature that I am is going 2 destroy)
Long week

got kicked out of place staying in LA - lived in Greyhound station for 4 days, took 75 hours on bus to reach Virginia. Currently sitting on [livejournal.com profile] hybrid_xisha's computer and setting up camp here for the next while. also trying to sort out earning money to do last parts of trip and going home and stuff.

rough week.

Peoples! tell me about your weeks? how are things with you? regale me with tales!

klena: (with well-acquainted eyes)
Hello my darling friends!

So, I have successfully managed to make it to the US! I got into LA on Monday and now begins the longest part of the trip! My ticket gives me a whole 5 months here to visit people but is also flexible so I can leave earlier or later. Amazing, no?

Me and Christian (the guy I am crashing with here) had a discussion about how long I'm here and I'm here, subject to plans with [livejournal.com profile] hybrid_xisha, until about the beginning of March before hitting Virginia.

However, after this? This is where the plans once again fade a bit. People who want to see me or have mentioned me possibly crashing! I know you probably have told me already when the time is best for me to visit you but can I have it mentioned here? Because I utterly fail at remembering now - I have become lazy in my old age, ha ha ha!

Anyways! Besides all this talk of trips and travelling, how are we all? I haven't talked to most of you in months! :D
klena: (!!)
Look - I am alive! Yes, my friends, fear not - I have survived the vast plains of Japanada and have only a few more days here tragically! Am also ridiculously broke. :( This is not the best start to international travels!

So this is a short message to let you lot know that I am OK and enjoying myself and I hit the States on the 4th of Februrary. However, because I am retarded, I require help. Oh yes, I am of the special.

I need help finding somewhere to crash in LA for a few days until I can find a job that hopefully includes a space to stay in. I've got my godmother's nephew who lives in LA who's going to help me out finding a job, me thinks and with picking me up from the airport but! I need help. Does anyone have any suggestions? Comments? Mockery? I accept all!

Sorry guys!

♥ ♥
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: (the universe unfolds before me)
[livejournal.com profile] whitehaiku do you mind if I make icons out of Waltz art? >D

I can talk again! It is awesome.

I have so many fandoms to catch up - I finished "Tokyo Babylon" which makes me *want* to read X, I have to review most of Joey's stuff, I have not even touched HP 7 - i know i know, plus I'm about 10 episodes away from the end of Supernatural season 2 and about 5 away from the end of Dr. Who season 2 as well (except I dun wanna finish because....Roooooossssseeee and I know I will sob for at least an hour.

So yes.

However, I am possibly close to sorting out my flights for travelling! Exciting, desu ne?

And I've just rehauled icon keywords as well as added a bunch - ask me about them or the fandoms! I think I have most of my fandoms represented in my icons now. Excellent!


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