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That is all for today.
roguedreams: (sunshine hands)
... until I have a bigger yarn box.
I've just returned from the first of what I hope to be many stitch and bitch sessions with the girls. It was much fun. Gossip, cake and skill swapping galore.

I came home and put my things away only to struggle to find room for the 400g of nice black aran I bought last weekend. It made me wonder a) how I acquired so much yarn in little over a year and b) (and more generally) why do us who knit and crochet and craft in general create such stashes.
I have become a magpie for anything I can glue, sew, paint or hook together. I know well I am not the only one.

Im mostly curious to know your stashing habits. I have two distinct trends. 1 is the project parts for planned but not started articles and 2 the magpie must gather shiny things items that sit being guiltily pretty.

Time to try and use some of it I feel.

Seriously?

Jan. 9th, 2012 03:14 pm
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I decided to start blogging these...

I work for an engineering company that provides electrical and mechanical repairs and maintainence. Today I received a call log the declared the following

"SITE CALLED TO ADVISE - THAT AFTER USING THE TOILETS AN ADDITIONAL LEAK HAS ARRISEN IN THE LADIES TOILETS SITE ADVISE THEY ARE COMING FROM LADIES TOILETS. SITE ARE UNABLE TO PIN POINT THE EXACT LOCATION FROM IN THE TOILET - HOWEVER THE WATER IS WET THROUGH..."

None of this nasty dry water at least!
roguedreams: (wtf?)
I did quite well with 55%!.. Some of those I haven't eaten I hadn't even heard of and omg huevos rancheros sounds like naughty heaven on a plate!

Read more... )
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Ah yes, it is time for my obligatory annual review of the year not quite gone. As I will have no time for this post tomorrow I am going to do it now!

The low down of 2011 )

roguedreams: (love leaf)
To all of you celebrating this festive time of year I hope that it is as beautiful as you all are.

There are 101 things I could update with but instead I shall wish you festive cheer and love across the miles and leave you with a handful of my favourite songs.





roguedreams: (romance)
S'been a while f-list.

Life has been pretty good lately, if stressful.

Waz and I have been going through a worrying health related period. He's fine, pretty much got the all clear and just a follow up appointment in 6 weeks to ensure he's definitely fine and he doesn't have anything sinister at all. It's been hard though and taking a fairly serious toll on our some aspects of our relationship whilst at the same time bringing us closer together.

With this my step-dad has also been in and out of hospitals for tests. He's finally agreed to find out what actually is wrong with him. So far they have several avenues to explore because he has several possibly unrelated health issues. It's a constant waiting game. We have a bit of an argument on the phone about it the other day because I finally told him how I felt about living with not knowing what was wrong with him and him doing nothing about it for 5 years and how he doesn't know everything and he's just scared and I was proud of him for finally manning up about it but he didn't take it well and wound up putting mum on the phone.

She's coping well as usual. She's a stronger lady than she gives herself credit for.

We've had lots of social occasions - birthdays and things which have been welcome distractions and this will only continue.

Last weekend his parents were up which was lovely, if a bit exhausting. Weekend before that was Ann's murder mystery party. 1840s wild west extravaganza that was :D Yestereday was Leon's 80s movies themed party and Wendyhouse. I didn't make it to Wendy but I did get to dress up as Rachael from Bladerunner and that was pretty fun.

Work is still driving me a bit mad and Waz thinks the project he's working on is coming to an end so he's looking elsewhere.

Christmas planning is going well. I've decided to throw a Christmas party at ours because it was high time I hosted something! So I've got that to look forward to - plus I have Jay's 40th bash which falls in the middle of a 6 day stretch of annual leave. It is a weekend away at a castle and we're having a medieval style banquet and it's gonna be lovely I've probably posted about this already but I'm excited! I I am really in need of some time out not least to do Christmas prep/crochet/crafting and some very serious unwinding. I also have 2 days booked to make a nice 4 day weekend in a few weeks as well - thank goodness.

Not much else to report really.     
roguedreams: (happy dance)
[Error: unknown template qotd]I don't often do the Writer's Block but this is something that I feel very strongly about.

OMG men are so much sexier with facial hair!

That's almost all I have to say on the matter but my passion is beyond the simplicity of pixelated letters bouncing in the cyber-verse.

It's all about the beard-face.

'Nough said.
roguedreams: (mopey)
-_- Ya know what? People are pissing me off this week.

Work is stressing me out. Not enough hours in the day + some real idiots = stress. I'm trying to manage my work load but when things are this dire it's hard to focus. We're under staffed, my manager is just... not pulling his weight so we're having to carry it. WTF? Seriously? -_- My whole team are really frought. No support so far because half the office are away on training. Nightmare.

Hormones are driving me crazy.

I have fooked my shoulder which means it keeps sitting at an odd angle and then I move , it pops back into place and then hurts because the muscles have gotten used to being in the wrong place. Soooo now I'm having to stretch and keep mindful of being sat up straight and it hurts which makes me not want to do it and I'm perpetuating the cycle.

Also my teeth are achey in a dull kind of way. I dunno what's wrong with them but I can't really take time off at the moment so unless a tooth falls out or I start really suffering properly then I'm just carrying on regardless. My gums are sore... so I'm going to try and brush more gently because I might have been over compensating and keeping clean after my shocking tooth ache and am just hurting my poor teeths. I'm also going to change toothpastes.

Last night I also had girl type cramps and this combination did not please me in the SLIGHTEST

Monies are tight at the moment which is making me stressy as well. Also people + Hornby Laithe are doing my head in. We've struggled to get the numbers this year for lots of reasons and we're having a lot of last minute drop outs. We factored for a few but have had more than expected and I feel awful taking monies from people who aren't coming. So that's ticking me off because I can't do anything about it other than advertise and poke people who showed interest early on and I've had no bites. Not one.

Add to this the pair who took charge and wanted to run the Saturday night game are now having second thoughts and potentially bottling out because they didn't factor in the possibility that there would be drop outs. -_- I wanna wash my hands of the whole thing and I can't. So we're gonna take deep breaths and hold it together - at least I know it'll be worth it for a weekend away. Regardless of how few we are (still about 20) it'll be nice to get away. Lord knows I may even get some quality Waz time away from home. Stranger things have happened, right?

Results of Paul's tests come back on Friday so we're waiting on baited breath for those.

Crochet projects are mixed. Blanket for the in laws is coming on nicely. The colours are classic and I'm super pleased. The shawl I started for a birthday present is not so good. The pattern asked for 'worsted' which we don't really do so much of in the UK so I went for aran which is a bit heavier... but forgot the fact that the pattern also asked for a 6.5mm hook and I only have a 6mm or an 8mm at home and no time to buy another hook. I've done a sample in the 6mm and it's a bit tighter than I'd like but I'm now concenred that the 8 will be too big and etc and so on and I'm fretting because I'm in a funk.

Headphones on my mp3 player are playing up + I have heaps of washing that I don't want to do + it's freezing cold right now.

On a positive note I baked like a fiend on Sunday with Waz's help. We made cookies and cake and I had my first (sadly failed) attempt at bread. I used a packet mix as a tester (what could possibly go wrong!) and it was a disaster and I have no idea why. It was really doughy so I'm assuming I maybe over worked the dough? Blown if I know but I'm not put off. Only more determined to hone my baking skills over the coming months. The butter icing I made for the cake is some of the best I've made and the cookies came out nice so 2/3 ain't bad. It was nice to do it with his help too, bless him he's like a child when it comes to these things. Like a giant man-child.

And now to go and battle that shawl again. I think I feel a frog coming on. 
roguedreams: (love leaf)
This week has been a hell of a one. Shit going down at work has been stressful. Can't really talk about it yet due to HR issues but needless to say it doesn't involve me directly but is making life at work heavy going in part. However it also made me realise how much I adore my job and my team which is strange, unexpected and awesome. My colleagues are so ace and that's what mostly makes it a really good job. So yeah, that's a great thing ^-^

Paul went in for hospital tests this week so I'm gonna ring home today/tomorrow to try and find out all that's happened. Hopefully we have some answers. Marmie found out that her job is moving to Lincoln which is down the road but rather futher down the road than where she currently works. This may of course also mean that actually there are redunancies on the table. She's a nurse with a mental health ward and it's a long accepted fact that mental health is one of the department that suffers when the cuts come in. It's pretty under-funded anyway, all considered.

Rolemaster on Monday was great - there was no Tard which meant less tension in the group because he is always very deliberately antagonistic both IC and OC o.O' And we had Big Si (named very aptly for he is an incredibly large Simon. Tall and built like the proverbial brick house) who is lovely and nice and calm and is playing my character's brother. Hopefully together we two can beat convince some sense into the other party members. It's all good fun really though. :)

Tuesday saw drinks with work - I posted about that already.

Wednesday was ... I don't remember much! I've a feeling it was home and crochet...Yep.
Thursday saw working an extra hour and a half to try and catch up - yay over time. Not to be done too often for it is tiring but done often enough to bump my pay cheque up =D And I made the first stew of the winter. =D Yaaaaay chicken stew.

And then yesterday work got better. Our Big Boss was not in the office so we all were very chilled out and it was Jay's 21st so there were balloons and a jovial atmosphere in spite of the out of hours team in Scotland wanting all the details on our sites and engineers and call out rotas and being generally rude and dickish about it at 4:30pm on a Friday it was a goooood work day. Then Waz decided to take me for dinner ^o^ Yaaaaay. So we had date night and watched Mindhunters. Which all in all is a pretty ok film and then we gossiped in bed before sleeps.

Today the plan is pop into town for some yarn and some bits and pieces for Hornby Laithe  and a new bath mat (I'm trying to program that into my mind so I don't forget) and come home for crochet and slippers (crocheting slippers possibly I found the cutest pattern for little slipper boots) and possible X factor related viewing and of course some hardcore NaNo plotting. Characters are developing in my mind really well. Now to try and plan the plot a bit more and where everyone fits in. I don't need it set in stone but I think I need a good strong Plan with a capital P to get this done. Particularly as 1 - 2 nights a week I'll still be roleplaying and my weekends often get busy without my noticing until I'm at them. So yeah.

Oh, also on Date Night Waz brought up the wedding. Now we're a bit more financially comfortable he said he wants to start doing some serious planning. I basically said that I don't want to start seriously planning until we have a bit of money put aside. Not a massive amount, but something to say that we're on the way to getting there. When he proposed (Valentines 2010 you understand) I started planning and hoping and then all sorts of crap happened and the planning stopped and all hope of actually tying the knot just disappeared. We're not talking a massive affair here! I'm thrifty and don't want to spend a fortune but even for the ceremony and suit hire/dress and a hotel for parents to stay in so they can come is out of our price range right now. -_-' Stupid recession. So I want about £1500 put aside so we can at least have that much sorted and then consider our options for the reception. We have a LOT of friends that I would absolutely love to all come but feeding that many people even with a hog roast/ buffet style aint cheap. So yeah. Save a bit and then work on decided on definitive guest list and venue. (Also note to self after Hornby Laithe and Chalkies birthday I need to stop buying Stuff on eBay. I did need/want them but it has to stop for Christmas is creeping up on me)

It doesn't help that some of our other close friends will be getting married in the mean time. Both of which due to high flying careers or very well off families will mean no expenses spared. I didn't know I had such a green monster but apparently this is one of them! I'm not saying I want anything fancy at all... I'd just like it to happen before I turn 30 lol.

Anyway. That's my very silly rant over. I should really be grateful for the following:

1: My boy-man. He is silly but I do love him
2: The winter weather coming in =D I love this time of year
3: A weekend mostly to myself :) Oh yes tomorrow there will be sleeping and sleeping and more sleeping and possibly just a day of PJs.
roguedreams: (happy dance)
Work today was mega busy and stressful in that mega busy good way. Got everything I meant to done. Gayle was a star as always. Then off for a quick post work beer with one of the Big Bosses down from Scotland and some of the team. Home and then pizza. Plus slightly tipsy shopping decisions in relation to Chalkie's big bash at the end of the month. I justified the big piece of red costume jewelery which I was debating over because I own nothing red to wear with and am borrowing Marmie's red dress for the occasion...by deciding to just buy a nice big red frock in the nearish future. Problem solved, right? =D

I also came home to a Christmas like stack of self-presents from T'Internet. My underskirt came ^o^ Yay I finally have my own hoops! And my amazing hat of amazing. It's ancient - actually from te 1920s and it's beautiful. =D It has that amazing 'old' smell which some, understandably, dislike, but I fell in love with the first time I went into a second hand book shop. (Also my bus pass. Less exciting by far.)

My NaNo is happily plotting itself in my head. I need to write down more of this plotting so I can make room in my memory bank for more plot. I currently half half a slice of stuffed crust pizza to finish and then I'm gonna go and snuggle my gorgeous boy whilst watching inane TV and crocheting.

Life is pretty good today.
roguedreams: (mopey)
Argh it's so hot today. This would normally be great. Yay Indian summer! Crack out the last minute BBQs and enjoy the sunshine.

Except I'm poorly. I woke up for work this morning - thanks to Waz - and couldn't gather a coherant thought. My whole body is aching, particularly my hips, ankles and shoulders I'm all spaced out and this morning it took several attempts to wake me before I decided more sleep was needed. I set my alarm to wake me enough to call into work and then I passed out. Usually I have to be up at about 6:30am for work and today my natural wake up time after the brief awakeness for calling in sick was... about 12:45. I could have slept longer but my empty stomach drove me out of bed.

I have a feeling an early night will also be in order and then I will be back at work tomorrow no problems. I'm not enjoying the heat combined with hot sweats however - that's pretty grim truth be told.

Mothers meeting is happening regardless though. Dinner is ready to go in the oven  and Waz will be raiding so some company will be good.

Also on a positive note I won the beautiful hat of beautifulness. Now to just hope it fits. I have a fairly tiny head but it's only a little bit bigger than what I measured my head at. We also booked a hotel room for Chalkie's 40th birthday bash so that's that sorted. It was pretty cheap too - thank you Travelodge. Just hope my pretty new corsets arrive in time. Then I need to think about jewellery. I'm thinking going to the amazing Chinese junk shops and grabbing some gloriously cheap fashion jewellery. I'm somehow enamoured with the idea of lizards. We'll see. Maybe a brooch is required.

Anywho, that's about it for now.
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So the grouchiness has subsided at long last. I am feeling a great deal better this morning. Work was good this week - I actually really like my job. It does my head in and it stresses me but I like the atmosphere, the banter, my crazy engineers (even the grumpy ones) and the fact that I feel like I'm doing a good job at it. I think so. I hope so anyway!

Shadowrun last night was good. We have once again landed ourself in Deep Shit which is always great roleplay. 6 intrepid shadow runners have gone back in time and are now infiltrating a camp of a million Persians gearing up to beat on the Greeks. In order to weedle into the camp we have disguised ourselves as traders and tarted up our very Icelandic cat-burgler girl as a virgin princess spoils of war from The North beyond the Sea to sell. It's worked so far with the exception of the fact that the party decided to throw Peaches, my troll character, into the bargain as an abomination type gladiator -_- We finished the session with Peaches in the middle of an arena about to face off against a four-armed orc.

Fun times!

Today we are chilling out and catching up on chores around the house. Must get to a bottle bank and also do lots of washing because I am a slack bastard and have gotten really behind in the laundry stakes lately. Urgh.

Then off to an engagement party tonight where our friends are enforcing a smart dress code. I guess it's an excuse to get all dolled up but I'm not entirely feeling it today. I'm sure I will be laters.

For now I have much planning and plotting and.. oh look Waz is still in bed maybe I'll just go and snuggle and go back to sleep for a bit. =D
roguedreams: (mopey)
Ugh. Hormones couldn't you just fuck off? I'm so GRUMPY today. -_-

I couldn't have slept enough last night if I was still in bed right now it feels like. Work was very busy but pretty good. The weather sucks and I'm not entirely sure what to do about winter shoes. I don't really have work suitable ones right now.

I am fretting about my outfit for a 40th birthday party next month. I have the most amazing dress (e-gads it's my mothers wedding dress no less - deep red velvet beautifulness) and the theme of the party is 'Extravagence'. It will be, I imagine. I want to do Marmie's dress proud but have no fecking idea what to wear with it.

Hornby Laithe (weekend away for a bunch of friends that we do every year for those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about) stuff is stressing me somewhat but that's perfectly manageable stress. Just right now it makes me want to cry.

Waz is stressing me but that's also because I'm hormonal so I'm avoiding him and his worrying at me and hassling me if I'm ok is making me resentful.

Augh.

I hate the fact that Mother Natures Monthly Gift (-_- screw you Nature) comes with a massive dose of the Crazy. This comes complete with waves of dark moods, grouchiness and the worst sense of self-loathing/ lack of self worth. I just turn into this tightly wound ball of Angry-Worthlessness that feels guilty for everything and then feels guilty for feeling guilty. It's awful.
roguedreams: (mmmmjensen)
Today was a day of running around in the woods getting rained on larping. :) Local linear which we've been not quite getting round to for some considerable amount of time now. Finally we bit the bullet and it was pretty awesome in spite of the rain.

I have learnt several things.

1) I do not feel happy/comfortable larp fighting with glasses on. I can't see without them so until there are contact lenses in my life I will be sticking to characters that don't dive head first into the fray.

2) Comfortable boots will always be the most important part of kit. It was worth knocking up some furry greaves this morning to wear my Dr Martens and have dry, not sore feet.

3) My friends are awesome and most of them are amazing role players. Sadly some are not - some just not particularly safe fighters, some are a bit condescending out of character and some are just a bit annoying. This did not detract from the general fun of the day however.

4) I find men in armour deeply attractive  Crossed out because that's not really news. :)

So yes, a nice learning experience.

Then home and there was pizza and soon there will be Downton Abbey. Woo!

So off for that and then off to bed. Tomorrow is Monday and the start of another week.
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Just a minor whine today :( Generally feeling a bit like I've done something wrong today. One of those days where I can't say the right thing or do right for doing wrong. Either it's all in my head or half my friends and close-ones are grouchy with the world in general or with my directly.

Thinking maybe I'm hormonal or the weather or something along those lines but this feeling still sucks.

Meh.
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~So here I am...

Wow it's been busy lately. 'Strom related news is long winded and dull to most of you on this here f-list so I won't dwell. Needless to say it was a really good event and I learnt a lot about my character (again). Including the fact that more of her short-tempered war cat heritage runs in her veins than first thought. Yay for character progression. Met some ace people, had much laughs. Also lots of compliments on my make up this time which I was really flattered by. Not sure what I did differently but I endeavor to do it again...for the last 4 events ever. T_T We all knew that Maelstrom had an end I just thought it would be another 2 or 3 years down the line, not 1. Sad but exciting as I'm sure Empire - the new game PD are running will be excellent. We're also hoping to give Odyssey a bash next year - monies pending.

Oh and our tent survived the storm warning winds and we made it through the nights tired but unscathed.

The rest of this week has seen Return of the Most Annoying Toothache. I really need to get back to the dentist but I don't really want to take the time off work and also can't really afford the treatment until payday. Ick. It's peetering out but I'm sure this is the second return since I had my filling last year. Stupid teeth.

I met Annie and Ashley for coffee on Tuesday and while it was nice really I was too tired and too tooth-achey to really be very good company. Wednesday I finished work at 5pm on the dot and it took until 7:20 to get home. -_-' Granted I spent 20 minutes in Sainsburys buying some food but really the rest was all bus related fail. Public transport quite literally makes me want to cry sometimes.

Work has been okay but very very busy and honestly my fried brains state hasn't been helping. Once again plus tooth ache and I just want to crawl into a cupboard and hide.

Thankfully tomorrow is Friday and Waz and I have already promised each other a day doing NOTHING on Sunday. NOTHING with all capitals because by all the powers that be if I do not get a lie in, some more lie in and some extra lie in with a side of lie in then I might start strangling people in their sleep.

I may however dedicate some time to plotting and planning. I am finally making head way with ideas for my Big Project. Woo hoo. However I am also contemplating NaNoWriMo this year. It was 2008 when I did it last which seems forever ago. I thought it was 2009 but I was wrong, it was 2008. I picked 2008 to do it because I had little else on in my life but uni and some social things. These days I am at least twice as busy, have a boy to love and friends to pester and Stuff keeps appearing in my calender. 2008s attempt was to test my writing ability and whether I could focus for 50000 words on one project. The answer was yes. There was a big 'but' however and the 53K odd that I wrote on that one project has in the last two years grown by only another 2000 and that was in the immediate month after. Talk about burned out.

I think this year I'm going to aim for the 50000 in something less Big plot wise. I'm thinking some kind of supernatural chick-lit and the test being if I can complete something more-or-less whole in a month this time. I don't mean perfect or anything close to perfect but I do mean with a beginning, a middle and an end. I will continue Big Planning for Big Project and start contemplating the possibility of signing myself away for a month. I have inklings of ideas that I'm going to shortly go and ferment in the bath.

After reading all of that, dear F-List...How are you?? What has been keeping you busy?  
roguedreams: (mopey)
The wind is howling and the rain is pouring. Oddly enough this is some of my favourite weather. I'm such a freak. I love spending it sat instead listening to the wail of the wind and the lashing of the rain on the windows with cuddles.

I have no cuddles and my poor boy is sleeping in a tent more then 3 hours away.

Still only one more day of work and I am on holiday until Tuesday next.

Also I had a nice girl-date with ex-housemate-Cat. I think she finally realised we hadn't spent time together lately and it wasn't through lack of MY trying. Good gods. Was good as there was sushi and drinks and gossip.

Also also, I am writing. Well I am in the planning stages anyway. I feel that finally this story of mine will come to some sort of existence and it feels good. I'm pumped up and thinking about it every spare thought and plotting and planning and hoping that if I plot and plan I will actually get to the end of it with some semblence of what may or may not be a novel. I think the dark nights drawn in will help.

Also also also I discovered I can download stuff from BBC iPlayer and my clever little mp3 player can play them. I've only had this thing since 2009. Heh.

Night fListers - don't let the bed bugs bite.  
roguedreams: (wtf?)
Downton Abbey starts up again soon. =D Woot!

Also OMG why is someone using a hedge trimmer at 9am on a Sunday morning. Were I having a nice Sunday lie in I'd be dead grouchy about this fact. As it is I am up because I am going into work for some over time. :( Thinking of the monies because I am having 3 days off and don't get paid my annual leave until I've finished my probation period of 3 months at work. It's a strange policy but I kind of get it as an incentive to stay on at least 3 months.

Yesterday was lovely. Lots of window shopping and tasty dinner and a good old catch up. I picked up the yarn for Xmas blankie and did a few rounds only to discover that I had totally confused the pattern and will have to start again. Instead of doing so I threw in the towel for the night and watched Vampire Diaries instead.

Once again I sort of got to bed and passed out. I feel this week, while awesome, is going to be really freaking long. At least it'll be fun busy though and hopefully not drowned rat busy with the camping. I'm glad I'm having the Monday after Strom off to recover.

Also in relation to the trimmer I kind of take it back. While I am already up the it is still annoying me. *closes window in a grump*

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