Dec. 25th, 2008 03:19 pm
kangeiko: (watching tv)
Merry Christmas, everyone! I had a fab time hanging out with everyone at #yuletide long after midnight last night, scribbling away madly into the wee hours. Also dinner at parents' house went well - as did Xmas dinner, which was nummy - and today I am mostly full of food and booze. And fics. (yay for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide!!) There's some seriously good stuff this year, and I am already compiling a recs list, yup yup. (First up will be my gift fic, which is BEYOND AWESOMECAKES. I will hold off on the rec until I can be coherent, but rest assured that it is made entirely out of AWESOMENESS. Yes. *rereads*)

The plan for today is: more fic, followed by nap, followed by Doctor Who Xmas special in front of the telly with tea and biscuits, followed by more fic, followed by more tea, followed by bed. Followed by possible venture to the shops on Boxing Day, as my mother and I are shopping fiends, yes indeed. But, mostly? It's gonna be tea and biscuits all around.

kangeiko: (atia of the julii)
I had a nap in the middle of the afternoon that seemed to help. Then I was awake for four hours, and all the benefits of the nap went away. So all I need to do to survive work tomorrow is sleep for two hours after working for four. That's manageable, right? *contemplates the couch in boss's office* Anyway, it's vaguely reassuring to know that I'm continuing the time-honoured tradition of being ill over Xmas. My parents must look forward to making me gallons of soup every year.

I can't even beg off work tomorrow, even though I feel wretched and will likely feel worse in the morning. The guy I have a meeting with travelled in from bullet-ridden places and spent 24 hours travelling, whereas I only have to survive 45 minutes on the Northern line. It somehow seems churlish to cancel.

In other news, I have secured my pinch-hit, yay! Also written down my list of Yuletide Treats I'll be thinking of writing. Not entirely sure how much I'll get done as I'm working until 4pm Xmas eve, but luckily with the coughing-up-a-lung/fever/cramps/dizziness also comes insomnia, so I guess it'll be a toss-up. I wrote 3 stories last year and the year before, and I want to do at least as many this year.

Anyone fancy an uber-fast beta for me? It's likely that about half my flist will be familiar with the fandom, so those are pretty good odds, I think. If not, I shall partake of #yuletide tomorrow/Tues eve.

*stares at bed* Is there any way I can make myself fall asleep before I start coughing and never stop?
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I'm back home, thank god. This Christmas was survived without an almighty familial row, and I therefore count it as A Success (tm).

Xmas loot )


In non-acquisition-related news, my cold has made a tactical retreat. I think it's because of that tea mum's been feeding me. I thought that it was 'ginger, honey & lemon' - that awful twinings mix, why twinings, why?? - but it was really strong to be from that. Also, it seemed to take her ten minutes to make me a cup. What's going on? As it turned out, she had to grate the ginger and squeeze the lemon and do various other things - yes, she was brewing the bastard thing up from scratch. No wonder it took the lining of my oesophagus off as it was going down. Worked a treat, though, I feel almost human. Ridiculously tired, though - must have a nap every three hours or so. More often if I've made the mistake of venturing outside for longer than three seconds. It'd be amusing if it wasn't happening to me. :)

I have returned home with a small mountain of foodstuffs. Most of it has gone in the freezer. There are, however, various cooked things that need eating reasonably soon. I'm not sure how many stuffed vine leaves my mother thinks a person can eat in a single sitting, especially as they each weigh about the size of a cat. Mmm, cats.


Although not for eating, obviously.


Right, clearly this is the time for a nap. Back in an hour or so.

Eee! Xmas!

Dec. 25th, 2007 08:35 pm
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Hi all! I hope everyone is enjoying their Crimbo. I'm pleased to be feeling a lot better than I was this time last year, but it's not exactly saying much! At any rate, I have had some traditional fare, a truly obscene amount of herbal tea and grapes, and have partaken of the Doctor Who Xmas Special. I also got to read truly staggering amounts of [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fic this morning, in between being brought breakfast in bed (or, well, on the sofa - ah, the prodigal ill child returns home and, like a cuckoo, sits and demands food!) and then actually making an effort to be dressed for Xmas dinner, which was delicious, of course. My mother took Xmas Eve off from work and whipped up a few miracles. Despite my ability to only really eat soup, I bravely ventured into the lands of delectable turkey, scrumptious potatoes, nummy gravy and still-much-despised brussel sprouts. No, mother, no matter what you hide them under, I'm still not eating the bastards.

And, lo! There was also [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fic, in glorious technicolor, of course, with some ushers. *ushers run in, do a little dance*

(you can tell I'm watching Monty Python, can't you?)

To the recs!

Firstly, and most gloriously, the fics that I received. Oh my word, they are fabulous, they truly are. Thank you so much, Santa!

[ Featured ] by unknown
Transmetropolitan : Journalists don't have any friends; they have sources, targets. And first and foremost, Spider is a journalist.


[ And All the Roads ] by unknown
Nip/Tuck : Sean and Christian move to L.A.


Some other notable recs are as follows, done by fandom:

10 Things I Hate About You, 1602, Addams Family, Bible, Brokeback Mountain, Coupling, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, RPF - QI and Top Gun )

More to come soon!
kangeiko: (wasting time online)
1. Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] monanotlisa for your beautiful home-made Christmas Card! It now has pride of place on our mantlepiece. *smooch*

2. I am mid-way through my [livejournal.com profile] yuletide pinchhit. Could some kind person spare a few minutes and beta it? It'll have to be a speedy job, as it is due at stupid o'clock tonight, but I'd feel a lot better if someone has had a go at it. It would be helpful if you are familiar with Brit comic book writers, but could be done without that. Pretty please? *bats lashes*
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- I am pleased with life in general. Had a fab party at Nat's last night, wherein party things happened )

- In other news, the first draft of my [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fic was written and then betaed, and I am now attempting to do the corrections. I'm having quite a few corrections, as a lot of stuff in the second ahlf depends on what I do in the first half, so early changes mean extensive re-writes of the second half... but I'm ok with that! *g* At least I have the first draft done! *g*

- I was briefly shopping online for random gifts, then realised that the postage costs to get it here in time are ridiculous and I'd do just as well to nip to Covent Garden after work this week. Which is what I'm doing.

- This coming week I am on a training course. It is one of those annoyingly technical, difficult and all-round useful courses that are so useful they are mandatory, and require your brain to work from start to finish. This is a problem, as my brain isn't really of much use at the moment. (Evidence: start reading sentence. Reach end of sentence. Realise have forgotten beginning of sentence. Sentence is only two lines long. Hang head in shame.) BUT! It is with my year-group, and it is uber-useful as I am moving up from team member to team leader in January and will therefore need to know all this stuff. So I will persevere.

- I am refusing to think about exams, as I cannot bear it.

- Over the Xmas break, I want to do the following things:

1. Write my [livejournal.com profile] fire_fic submission, as the donor has waited so long for it! *hangs head in shame*
2. Put together my website on the space wonderfully volunteered by [livejournal.com profile] eponis, as it will one of the few opportunities to get that up and running. I can add the fic to it as and when I convert it.
3. Finish 6 more books before 1 Jan! *g* I've read 44, and want to hit that magical '50'...
4. Get my hair cut. Not a lot, mind you, but it needs a little trim.
5. Find a place that does pilates or yoga in south-west London on a Sunday. It will be part of my New year's resolution...
6. Sleep!!
kangeiko: (SQUEE!)
Big, big *HUGS* to [livejournal.com profile] selenak, who is facilitating my introduction to Old Who with her wonderful gift, "Remembrance of the Daleks". I am reliably informed that I will love Ace. :) Thank you so much, sweetie, you are the best! *smooches*

ETA: And now 'The Curse of Fenric', too! You spoil me sooo much! *smooches*
kangeiko: (thoughtful)
It's been a while since I last posted, I almost can't remember how.

Exams are trundling along as expected. Not the exams themselves, of course - they start in three days - but the revision. Tum ti tum. Get up, study, eat, study, study, study, sleep. It's a simple and not terribly rewarding life I'm leading at the moment.

I am considering being adventurous and leaving the house in search of pastries and chocolate. I am reasonably certain that the corner store will stock them, so it won't really be a terribly long journey.

Study stuff - probably of no interest to anyone )


For something completely different - the Xmas wish lists! Woo and indeed yay. I have no time or money this year, which makes things interesting come shopping time. So I'm not gonna be listing purchases or amazon wishlists, as I can't reciprocate. But that doesn't mean that I can't have fantasy lists, right?

The rules )

The wishes )

As I said. Fantasies.

I have to go and make more tea, and go back to studying. I'll be back mid-December, if it all goes well.
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I'm going to second [livejournal.com profile] selenak's squee over the Doctor Who Xmas special. What better way to squeal over the holidays than to indulge in the Doctor?

Attack of the killer Santas! )

Casino Royale )

Also, I got many, many presents.

- Cash - always needed.
- The West Wing Season 7
- Elizabeth Arden beauty care lovelies
- Lovely, lovely books, including The Skeptical Environmentalist and The Guide to Elegance, and from [livejournal.com profile] queenspanky, The Art of Teese - mmmmm..... *purrs*
- Electric toothbrush-thingie which shall doubtless take me years to master (electrical appliances and me are unmixy things)
- seamed stockings & various other clothing lovelies

I also discovered various other bits and pieces that I'd thought I'd lost, including a porcelain lacquered jewellery box, inlaid with 24 carat gold and with beautiful gold-upon-copper etchings of a pavilion amidst falling cherry blossoms. The sales also yielded a beautiful Mucha calendar, and 40 degrees below, which is one of Kim Stanley Robinson's environmental books.

I am very pleased indeed. *glows*

Back home tomorrow, for to sleep some more. Yes.
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It's officially Boxing Day, although I'm not counting it as such until some actual sleep takes place.

home-related things - health, family, etc. )

Anyway. Much turkey was eaten. Many chocolates were consumed. I've been occasionally dipping into Yuletide when my brother lets me borrow his laptop. Otherwise, I've read a book and slept.

The book was actually rather nice.

Title: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Author: Lisa See

read the detailed review )

Overall, I found Snow Flower an enjoyable read - one that I will be keeping for a re-reading - and it had a great many interesting research points that I am keen to follow up on. Recommended to anyone interested in women's histories.
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I'm at my parents' house for Christmas.

I had a lot more to say, but somehow all I can think about is going to have another nap. Yup, I have entered the hibernation stage.

On the plus side, I gave myself a pedicure and now possess the most perfect feet in the history of ever. So, clearly, I am win.
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A million 'thank you's to the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] selenak - a totally unexpected package arrived today and SQUEEEEEEEEE!!! BLAKE'S 7, guys, I've only wanted to see that since FOREVER!! Selena, darling, I owe you my firstborn and lots and lots of candy!! *smooches you lots* Thank you so much!!
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I know I owe loads of people drabbles and ficlets and the like, and they will get done after exams finish and I have that magic week of free time. (*dances*) BUT! There are other things that I'd like to give for Xmas. Stolen shameless from [livejournal.com profile] spuffyduds:

Give me a link to a fic that you'd like me to leave feedback for, and I promise to write at least a paragraph of said feedback.

It'll take a while to get through, depending on how many people respond, but if there is a fic out there that you think I missed or one that you think should have received more feedback, now is the time to pimp it! If you'd prefer con-crit please say so, otherwise I'll be going for happy joyous bunnies.

Fandoms I'm familiar with:

All Jossverses
Red Dwarf
X-Men (movie and comic verses)
Veronica Mars
Babylon 5
All Star Treks
The West Wing
most Warren Ellis comics
most Alan Moore comics
Harry Potter
The Authority
Pirates of the Caribbean

In fact, chances are I'm familiar with it. Things that my flist writes that I'm not familiar with include: SGA, Smallville, The Sentinel, Dexter and Highlander. Everything else I at least have a fighting chance in. :-)

Go on, make me work for my fandomness...

*retreats to big pile of books*
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Taken from [livejournal.com profile] leyenn. I didn't do this last year because I wasn't organised enough, but, anyway, here it is this year. Similar in certain respects to my general wishes for more fanfic using certain techniques, but a lot more specific because it's all about ME ME ME!!!

Step One
Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two
Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:

If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf—to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not—it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

My Xmas Wishlist )

And while we're on the topic of Xmas, if you would like a Christmas card, comment below with your address and I'll send one out to you. All the comments are screened for anonymity.
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There is nothing more lovely than being woken up by the postlady delivering you Christmas gifts. Mmmmmmmm. *glows* A very big thank-you to [livejournal.com profile] erykah101 for being so thoughtful, precious - I am exercing a modicum of self-control and have not yet opened my gift, but rest assured that there shall be major squeeing come Xmas time. *smooches you*

I also want to thank wee guinea-pig K, who likewise sent me pretty things, *smooches you*, and [livejournal.com profile] weaselator, who turned up with gifts and hot Thai soup and made me not so lurgy-d.

*loves my friends*

In fandom news, can I say that my BSG ship has much to squee over? Go over here for a spoilery picture from 'Resurrection Ship Part 2'. Put any spin on it you like, I'm squeeing!

I'm also researching my [livejournal.com profile] spy_santa fic like a .. researching thing. I sort-of kind-of maybe know what I want to do with it, but I want to get it clear in my head first before committing anything to paper. In the process of researching, however, I came across this fantastic poem that completely encapsulated Irina's attitude to Sydney for me.

For a Five-Year-Old

A snail is climbing up the window-sill
into your room, after a night of rain.
You call me in to see, and I explain
that it would be unkind to leave it there:
it might crawl to the floor; we must take care
that no one squashes it. You understand,
and carry it outside, with careful hand,
to eat a daffodil.

I see, then, that a kind of faith prevails:
your gentleness is moulded still by words
from me, who have trapped mice and shot wild birds,
from me, who drowned your kittens, who betrayed
your closest relatives, and who purveyed
the harshest kind of truth to many another.
But that is how things are: I am your mother,
And we are kind to snails.

Fleur Adcock

On that note, ladies and gents, I'm off to hang out the washing. Having turned up at work yesterday and been summarily dismissed by a senior partner for sounding like death, I am sat on my tod all day today, tidying the house and easting all the perishables I can manage. Tomorrow, I am off to be pampered at my parents' house.


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