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Tennis
Wednesday 12th September 2018 9:19 pm

I haven't recovered from the US open yet. I stayed up late watching/listening to the tennis on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, and my body hates me so has been waking me early for weeks. I am tired. I was tired by the time the men's and women's finals started, never mind after two sets!

I dislike commentators generally, and the rubbish they spout. I like the 5 Live ones better because they talk about interesting things. Plus I think I've just got used to listening to a lot of tennis while I'm at work. So for the US open I watched on Amazon Prime and listened on 5 Live. When I listened on the radio the radio was a point ahead. When I listened on the internet, the radio was a point behind. It only occurred to me in the middle of the second set of Djokovic vs Del Potro that I could have tried listening on the telly - and if was head, but not close enough, taping it so I could listen on a short time delay.

I should point out that at 3-4 in the second set I thought I'd go to bed after that game, and finish the set in bed. That was a 20 minute later bedtime than I was expecting...

Most of my viewing was some early Murray and Edmund matches and then the men's and women's finals, mixed doubles final and Nadal vs Del Potro semi-final. The latter was an expectedly short experience. I watched the first set, then went to bed, assuming I'd be spending quite a bit of Saturday getting it in before the mixed doubles final. I opened the replay part A and found that was just set 1. B only appeared to be 52 minutes long. I assumed that either I hadn't noticed there was a part C (and D and E) or someone was horribly injured during the second set. The commentators were talking about Nadal's knee, but I thought his leg would have to fall off before he retired. So it must have been really bad.

The mixed doubles final was fun. Jamie is now well ahead of Andy in grand slam wins - as it should be, since he's the eldest.

The women's final of course is still being talked about. The terrible thing is how sorry I felt for Naomi Osaka on the stage, in tears and not because she was happy to have won. You shouldn't be feeling sorry for the champion. What particularly annoyed me was Pat Cash and Jeff Tarango in the commentary complaining that the umpire was just doing it all to draw attention to himself. Okay, so you're entitled to believe that and maybe it was true, I don't know, I've never interacted with any tennis umpires. But it didn't feel like the right place to sat it.

And the most tacky part of the whole thing was announcing they were giving a cheque for $3.8 million to the champion. But I think that's the difference between Brits and Americans. Also, surely they pay by bank transfer?

The men's final was pretty close. Although once Djokovic won two sets I knew I just needed to watch the third set on Monday and that would be it. Although it turned out that Amazon would only let me watch from 3-4 in the second set and not fast forward. So I ended up listening to it through the iPlayer instead. Which probably worked out better given that this was while I was getting dressed and breakfasted etc. At least it meant I knew the result before I went to work - the year Andy Murray won I had to avoid everything until I finished the match on Monday evening. It worked - I had no idea he'd won - but it was hard work.

I would have watched Alfie Hewett's final, but they kept updating me on the score during the men's final.

This weekend is the Davis Cup. It should have been our World Group qualifying tie, but they changed the system and now we're in the World Group, it's just a question of whether we're going to be seeded or not. But it will be good to see Cam Norrie play, and Dan Evans back again, and some doubles.


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Still hot
Sunday 29th July 2018 5:20 pm

I haven't posted or commented much or done much at all the past few weeks. It's just been too hot, most of the time. Plus there was Wimbledon and then I got a bad cold afterwards. This weekend has been 'cold' (low 20sC) so I'm getting everything in now before going back to mostly just watching TV and reading because that's all I have the energy for (plus being on a hot laptop is hot).

I did go to Wimbledon (probably where I got the cold from) for the first time in five years. Our seats on Court One were really far forward - usually we're at the back. Of course the back was in the shade and we weren't. Fortunately it was a less hot day ('only' about 25C) and cloudy, so the sun did keep going in. But I struggled in the sun and had to miss some because I couldn't concentrate.

We did less than I expected because Federer vs Anderson went on so long. After that we had dinner and a walk and then got Centre Court tickets to see the last set of Nadal vs Del Potro. That was a very good set of tennis and we were even closer to the court! At least by this point the sun had gone down enough that I needed to wear a jumper. Although it was annoyingly on the side, so I had to move my eyes to follow the ball, but managed to move them as little as possible. I was on TV, because I found me on the iPlayer, but it was in the background as the camera panned across. We weren't sitting far from where Nadal ended up in the first row of the stands or from where someone caught a ball that he mishit up into the air.

I have nearly 90 photos on Flickr, although it's helpfully put them in a slightly random order. I can see it's random based on how bright the photos are.

I am going to post about Never Seen Star Wars for this month, while it's not so hot. I'm just skipping the saying what I'm doing part first. I had a plan for August, because I have less going on, but it's not something I want to do in the heat, so what I do for August depends on the weather. So I might well not be announcing that beforehand either.

I umm'ed and ah'ed about signing up for [info]remixrevival because I really like Remix, but if the weather stays hot all summer I don't want to have to write something during that time. So I decided not to, but if it cools down and something strikes me in Madness, then I might do that.


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Long weekend
Monday 28th May 2018 8:33 pm

The weather forecast said it was going to be hot this weekend and I needed to clean the house, so I got most of the cleaning done in the week and just had a bit to finish off on Saturday morning. Which was good, but it's been chilly in the mornings and hot (if not as hot as forecast on Wednesday) in the afternoons and evenings (not to mention hayfevery).

With all that time I finished off my Fandom 5k fic. And then didn't quite know what to do with myself. I have started collecting possible Unconventional Courtship summaries for a few pairings. Although there are only so many Mills & Boon summaries I can read before I can't deal with all the clicheness any more. And why do so many of the 'Classic' ones involve Amish?

I did make a start on the mess of the spare room. I realised if I freecycled one pile, charitied another, and took a third to the tip that would be much of the stuff gone. And then I could put away the stuff I'm keeping but can't get to where it needs to live. And go through all the crap in the wardrobe because there's stuff in there I could also get rid of, if only I could get to it. Of course now I need to go to the charity shop and the tip. Since I didn't start this until Jo Konta's match was on the radio on Sunday it was after the charity shops were closed for the weekend and I'm not going to tip on a bank holiday weekend, it'll be too busy. And too hot to sit in a car in the sun, roasting.

Speaking of tennis, the French Open started yesterday. With a re-designed website where it's impossible to find the order of play. At least the BBC have it. They had Jo Konta's match on 5 Live Sports Extra, but then switched over to 5 Live. Except there was a gap where the news was. So I was listening on the BBC website, which had all the sound from the court, but no commentary. Which is fine on TV, but not as useful on radio. Unless you know who is serving, the scores during the games are particularly unhelpful. I know I could have watched it on ITV whatever number it's on, but it involves adverts, Jim Courier and a love of swirling around the crowd and zooming into the court. So I'll save that for the final because that's probably as much of all three of things I can take.


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A week off with sport
Sunday 18th March 2018 6:24 pm

I took this week off from everything that wasn't work and sleep (ie the things I have to do) to watch the Winter Paralympics. Mostly wheelchair curling, because there are only so many times you can watch someone sky down a hill before it gets samey. Although, as with the Olympics, I preferred the snowboarding to skiing.

I don't know what I'm going to do with myself next week. Aside from catching up with everything...


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Where did all the sport go?
Monday 26th February 2018 8:32 pm

If there was ever a good time to have a cold that made me feel crap and set my asthma off so I spent a week and a half working from home, during the Winter Olympics is that time. There was sport on TV for the whole time I was working (and before and after it too). And a lot of it is sport that doesn't require too much effort. I find that once you've seen one person go down a track on a tea tray, or down a hill on a skis, or do acrobatics on a snowboard you've seen them all.

Except for the curling, obviously. I found I liked working with curling in the background. Until it got really important (men's tie-break, women's semis and bronze medal match) so then I taped them and watched them only when I could concentrate on them.

I think the only sports I didn't watch at all were the ice hockey and figure skating. Ice hockey because it's like one giant game of spot the ball. I saw a bit of a penalty shoot-out on one match and I couldn't tell whether they got a goal or not. The figure skating because all the movement and direction changing of the skaters and the camera makes me dizzy. Although I did watch our pair in the ice dance free program. I noticed that he was spotting during the twizzles. The rest of the time I listened to music punctuated by Robin Cousins telling me what jump they'd just done.

I also loved snowboard cross. Otherwise known as let's have a snowboard race where everyone falls over. And I am here for people falling over. The ski version is not as fun - hardly anyone fell over. I felt the same about the halfpipe and slopestyle. I can understand the snowboard version - it is a bit like skateboarding after all. But doing all that stuff on skis just seems a bit odd.

Fortunately the Winter Paralympics starts end of next week. I will be at work for that and catching up will be harder because 4OD has adverts, but it has curling and sports that are more crazy than in the Olympics.


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Sport and writing
Friday 28th July 2017 8:12 pm

It took me a little while to get used to the change from athletics from swimming, but now I'm loving the swimming. I still record it, partly because it starts before I finish work, but also because I'm not that interested in all the chat. Mostly I just like the swimming. And they repeat bits that they showed earlier/the previous day and I don't need to see it that many times. It's just a shame there's only two days of it left. Then I have to get used to athletics again, at the end of next week.

I had forgotten the Winter Olympics and the Commonwealth Games are both next year. Annoyingly, both on the other side of the world, although it does at least give me the evenings to catch up on the curling and other sports. The Winter Olympics is in February, Paralympics in March and Commonwealth Games in April. And then in May the tennis on TV season starts and before I know it it'll be summer and I won't have had time to watch any non-sports on TV for months.

It did occur to me that this year I haven't been to any live sports whatsoever. I haven't even been to the theatre or to see comedians. I thought about going to the last Saturday of Wimbledon, but the weather was crap. So that was probably a good decision, although there were spaces on court 3, where the wheelchair men's doubles was played. I thought about going to the Para-athletics last Saturday, but the weather forecast was for rain and I've done sitting watching sport in the rain and cold before and it's not fun. And as it happened I had to clean the house anyway. But London is bidding to have the World Para-athletics championships back in two years, so I can go then. And the Commonwealth Games is bound to come back to this country sooner or later.

I did manage to squeeze some fic writing in. After a Twitter conversation about ships with the Thirteenth Doctor, I wrote a Thirteen/Missy (very short) fic:
The Love of an Enemy (334 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: Thirteenth Doctor/Missy
Summary: Missy needs a friend. Spoilers for The Doctor Falls.

And last week's Last Leg made me want to write more Josh/Jonnie, so I did:
Bromance, Showmance (594 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: The Last Leg RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: Josh Widdicombe/Jonnie Peacock
Summary: Jonnie confronts Josh about his bromances.

This is going to be one of my Yuletide fandoms this year (again). But when I posted this the Josh/Jonnie relationship tag didn't come up. So I found one of my Yuletide fics and discovered that's because there were only three fics with that relationship and I wrote all of them for Yuletide last year.


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Too much sport on TV
Sunday 23rd July 2017 5:21 pm

I've been very watching sport. And some other things, but mostly the sport. Wimbledon fortnight is like Christmas to tennis fans. Only better than Christmas because it lasts two weeks and the shops aren't closed.

Jo Konta was great. What gets me is less how good she is and more how calm she has become. 5 Live played a clip of her and Clare Balding where they were talking about her muffin making like it's tennis. Which was funny. I correctly predicted the men's single's finalists and therefore beat my sister at Fantasy Wimbledon.

Although the men's and ladies singles finals were more one-sided than expected, the doubles were good, as were the wheelchair doubles. Due to rain the men's wheelchair doubles were on at the same time as the ladies singles. So I had the singles on the TV with no sound, 5 Live on the radio, who were covering the singles and were two shots ahead of the TV, and had the wheelchair doubles on the computer with the sound turned down low.

And then Wimbledon was over. It was so hard going to work on Monday without being able to listen to the 5 Live commentary team chat about tennis while I work. The Para-Athletics World Championships helped, though. I have been enjoying that, although I record it all and start it late because athletics involves a lot of chat and a lot of re-running races, not to mention the adverts, and I can get three hours of it into one hour.

Today is the last day of it, but that's ok because the World Swimming Championships starts today. In fact it just started 15 minutes ago, but I am also recording that. After that there's a whole three days with no sport on (that I'm interested in) before the World Athletics Championships start. And I thought this summer would be quiet without the Olympics and Paralympics...

In other, non-sporting news, I got a new sofa last week! It's blue, making it the most colourful thing in my mainly brown/magnolia lounge. It's too tall for Missy to get at, but she thinks there is a way in, she just has to find it. Which means that every evening she climbs up me to get on it, runs about, digs a bit, chews a bit* and eventually slides off it without realising how high up she is, so I have to catch her.
*Yeah, it's not going to look new for long with Missy about

I also got new windows this week. The old ones had gaps between the window and the frame, so the new ones should keep the house warmer in the winter. But the old ones were wooden and it was windy and as a result there was wood dust everywhere. I had to clean the toilet before I could go the toilet. So I've spent most of this weekend cleaning. What with all the wood dust about I've had to hoover everything and wash everything. I ache, my knee hurts and I'm looking forward to going back to work for the rest. But it is so good to have everything so much cleaner than usual.


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Things
Thursday 22nd June 2017 5:30 pm

It's been hot the past few days, so if I hadn't needed to do anything during that time, I didn't do it. If I was in, I just read or caught up on TV and was hot. As was Missy - hamsters don't do well if it's too hot and they don't like the humidity either. But she's enjoyed frozen peas and frozen carrots and she's been outside. Because it's been so hot I've had the back door open while she's out playing, so of course she went out onto the doorstep and then fell off. After a few times falling off she was happy about where she was and tried to wander off. At one point she found a pebble and decided she wanted it.

Monday I had one of my (on average) two days a year when I wished my car had air conditioning. I did some stargazing from my back door, where I was sat because it was cooler and I could keep an eye on Missy escaping. Not that I could see many stars because even by the time I went to bed late it still wasn't properly dark.

Now, though, the weather is much better, I have a couple of days off work and I am catching up on things.

Tennis is crazy. Queens sometimes has those years when all the seeds go out in the first couple of rounds, so we were probably overdue one. But I feel like the third, second and first seeds all going out one after the other must be some sort of record. And a whole load withdrew due to injuries. But it'll be interesting to get a winner outside of the usual suspects - although a few former champions are still in the draw.

Unconventional Courtship is on again. I spent some time at the weekend with the Generator and ended up signing up with this summary:
310) Night of the Living Wed by Michele Hauf
Dayna Mellanby and Del Tarrant's evening turns deadly when some uninvited guests show up at their friend's party — a horde of hungry zombies. The couple is in a fight for their lives when a new, heroic side of Tarrant emerges, and he vows to protect Dayna no matter the cost….

Obviously explosions will follow. I will probably change the zombies, but I went with this one because it was just so perfect for them. And will be different to what I've written for it before.


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Politics and tennis
Friday 9th June 2017 11:51 am

I keep trying to post, but I'm either out or in and distracted by tennis or in and have a hundred things to do or in and too tired to do anything. Today I'm in (and have the day off) and am too tired to do anything, but it doesn't feel so bad because it's self-inflicted.

Whenever I stay up for the election, whatever I do is wrong. Last time we didn't have a result until lunchtime and this time dawn is a lot earlier and Andy Murray is on court at 11.45, so I stayed up until 12.30 and went to bed. I thought I'd check BBC News when I was woken up by the birds, but couldn't open my eyes. I thought about it again when I randomly woke up at 5.30, when I did open my eyes to see the time, but was just too tired. When I woke up at 7.30 and was clearly not going to get back to sleep it was all over.

Some election stuff:

  • I am excited about a hung parliament, for a variety of reasons, but partly because it seemed like we were going to get one in 2010. So now I actually get to see one.
  • Despite this, my Conservative MP gained one percentage point of votes. Although Labour came second, with half the votes of the Tory. And turn out was 2.5 percentage points higher than in 2015 in my constituency. And I feel like my vote counted, which is the best thing I can hope for in my getting-safer-all-the-time Conservative seat.
  • I've never been so undecided about an election. I did Vote for Policies and other sites and they came out variously in favour of the three parties I was considering voting for in the first place.
  • I went to the local hustings, aka quiz the candidates (I found out the other week that hustings is a British English word). I agreed with some of the things they all said and disagreed with some of the things they all said. Although my MP, despite being a normal person when I met him when he was on constituency duties, was really smarmy. I tried not to be biased towards the Labour candidate just because she was wearing red. I managed it at primary school when my house colour was blue!
  • I only learnt recently that they were looking for more people to man polling stations and work at the count. Manning a polling station must be quite dull, but I'd love to go to a count. I can't stay up long enough for a general election one, but a local election one would be fine, because they count on the Friday.

Of course the other main thing going on at the moment is the French Open. I did a lot more listening to it on the radio last week. Andy Murray's last match against Kei Nishikori I just couldn't bear to listen to. I am going to watch/listen to the men's semis today, but it might be through my fingers with the Murray vs Wawrinka match.

I did watch a bit last weekend. I was enjoying Kyle Edmund's match against Kevin Anderson, partly because it was on Court 2, so the camera couldn't swirl about the court, partly because Jim Courier wasn't commentating. But mostly because I really like watching Kyle Edmund. At least he gets on with it, unlike Andy Murray, who is always going on about something.

When the radio started with Andy Murray vs Del Potro, I put that on, listening to it and watching on the telly when they were actually playing the points and the camera didn't move. Back in the days of analogue TV, the radio would be slightly ahead, which meant they'd be telling you the shot they made as you saw them make it. But the digital picture is really delayed (relatively speaking). The radio on the internet more so. So last weekend was my first chance to test out the digital radio vs digital TV. And it's not as good as analogue on both. The radio was ahead by two shots, so sometimes it looked like it was exactly match, but mostly the commentator told you what was going to happen before you saw it. Still, it's better than listening to Jim Courier.


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Not blogged for a while
Wednesday 31st May 2017 7:58 pm

I haven't blogged for a while. Partly because I've been busy setting up my new computer (I'm going from a Windows laptop and Linux netbook to a Linux laptop, so there's a lot to do), partly because the weather recently has been too nice for computers and partly because my body hates me and has decided not to let me sleep in, so I am tired.

But I have changed my LJ layout. I found that the old one having a fixed width was a bit annoying some time ago and started on a new layout, but didn't finish it. Now I have a new computer the old width has gone from exactly filling my browser to a tiny thing in the centre (my resolution on this computer is ridiculous - and that's after I took it down from 3200x1600). The good thing about having not worked on the layout for a bit is that I've forgotten what it was I wanted to change. So I did a few bits and declared it done. Once I use it then I might find some other things I want to change. I want to change the DW layout too, because it's so very white when commenting, but it wasn't as simple, so I'll leave that for another day.

Ballet is back! Or will be, in a couple of weeks. I have missed it, although when I'm back in a boiling hot dance studio I might change my mind. The dance studio is on the south side of the building, with one wall of windows and is the only room in the building that doesn't have air conditioning. But this time of year it's light enough in the evenings that I can walk there, which is so much better for my leg muscles, if not for my hayfever. It does mean that in June I'll have three weeks in a row where I'm out three nights in a row, so how much else I'll get done in the meantime is another question. At least I have my weekends mostly free because….

Tennis! The French Open has started, which means that I can now tell you how many weeks it is to things, if not the date. I haven't watched any of it so far. The trouble with it is that it has adverts every time they change ends, which drives me mad. I could live with that if they didn't have Jim Courier commenting - he likes the sound of his own voice and makes it so hard to concentrate on the tennis. The best commentators find something pertinent to say that fits between serves, but he can't manage either of those. It feels like the points are just a pause between what he's saying. And to top it off, the cameramen like to swing round and zoom into the stadium, which makes me dizzy. So I pick my matches carefully.

I have, though, been listening to it on 5 Live Sports Extra, for the few matches they've broadcast. It was good to have tennis on while working. Although when Andy Murray was carrying on and losing a set I'd rather have been listening to Kyle Edmund, who managed to win in straight sets. Brits aside, it's looking like an interesting tournament, although I can't see how could possibly beat Nadal. I have the second Friday off and I'll have to decide what I want to do most: stay up for the election or watch the tennis.


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Tennis and other things
Sunday 29th January 2017 4:03 pm

I am sad that the Australian Open is now over. It was good, although people had a tendency to interrupt at work on matchpoint. At least this morning's final was uninterrupted. If only because I didn't get dressed until after it was over - it was just too exciting to miss! It was good to see Roger vs Rafa again and I wish they could both have won.

Next weekend is the Davis Cup, but it's annoyingly in Ottawa, which means it'll be in the evening and night. If it goes to a fifth rubber staying awake will be hard.

I really want to go to Wimbledon. It's been years since we got anything in the ballot - if we don't get anything this year we might just go and queue on a quiet day.

I should be spending some of the weekend writing or catching up on TV. I haven't been doing very well on that, but I have done a lot of random surfing and YouTube video watching. Which weren't really on my to do list...

My Chocolate Box fic is finished and in beta. I uploaded it then couldn't think of a title, so it's still in draft format on AO3. I have some treats I have ideas and bits of fic for, I just need to get round to writing them.

For Het Swap there are two people I can write for. I have bits of ideas for both of them, so hopefully I can make one of them into a whole idea, whichever one I end up getting assigned to.


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What I am reading Wednesday – Australian Open
Wednesday 18th January 2017 7:00 pm

I am excited about the Australian Open. it feels like the tennis season has really started now. But what's made me particularly excited is that I bought a digital radio, so I can listen to the evening session on 5 Live Sports Extra in the mornings at work. As much as it's good that The Tennis Podcast is doing daily episodes, it's not as exciting as listening to it at the time when no one knows who is going to win.

What I Just Finished Reading
Into Exile, A Proper Place and Hostages to Fortune by Joan Lingard. These are the Kevin and Sadie stories set after they leave Belfast in Across the Barricades. I read them in a weekend, which tells you how much I liked them (plus how short they were...).

It was interesting to see how they were surviving on their own in England and how the pressure from their families, and their lack of money and stability affected them and their relationship. I was rooting for them to stay together, but it could have easily gone another way at quite a few points.

This is set in the 1970s when it was written, so it was also interesting to see that time, where telegrams were the best way of getting a message to someone quickly, for example. And Sadie does all of the cooking and housework, despite them both having jobs (at least to start with, until she complains at Kevin about it).

The thing I struggled with was that I found it hard to relate to because they get married between books 2 & 3 when Sadie is 17 and Kevin is 19 (I think). I can't imagine being married at that age.

What I'm Currently Reading
The Twelfth of July by Joan Lingard. I decided to leave the first book until last, to see how they first met. I am rationing myself with this one, to make it last. So far it's interesting, but since Sadie's only 13, there's not going to be romance in it. But there is more of the religious troubles and fighting and bits that I liked in Across the Barricades.

What I'm Reading Next
I'm trying to resist re-reading Across the Barricades. I discovered there's a trilogy of Librarians books, although only the first is out. It's $21 for the hardback on amazon.com or £22 for the hardback on amazon.co.uk. So that's not a rip-off at all... Not that the paperback is out yet, but it's £8, which is a bit steep for a book, even a new one.


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Not posting
Sunday 4th December 2016 8:35 pm

I've been putting off posting because I've been feeling guilty for not having really done anything. My productive writing October turned into not really writing November.

The story written for me for Public Call went live:
This Definitely Isn't Croydon (1196 words) by ginger_timelady
Fandom: Doctor Who & Related Fandoms
Characters: Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan
Summary: The Doctor has left Sarah Jane on Earth, and it isn't in Croydon. Yet somehow, it's where she needs to be.

I got through season 1 of The West Wing. And then took ages before I started season 2 and felt guilty for leaving Josh dying on the pavement for that long.

This weekend I went to the Albert Hall to see the tennis. The trains were horribly busy, which I seem to remember hating last year too. So the journey was horrible, but the tennis was fun. There was one particularly hilarious point with the exhibition doubles where all four players ended up on the same side of the net.

Hawkeye equivalent was everyone in the crowd holding up a sign saying In or Out and the umpire deciding which there was more of. Santoro was a bit miffed that the crowd were on Rusedski's side. They were even more on Bahrami's side, who successfully challenged a ball that was a long way out. He hit two balls up so high they didn't come back.


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Things
Sunday 20th November 2016 4:29 pm

On Wednesday I sneezed and made my pulled muscle worse. And then on Friday it was suddenly so much better. At first I thought switching from paracetamol to ibuprofen had made the difference, but then it never got more painful after that.

I have had a busy weekend, getting lots of things done. I learnt that hoovering with my left hand hurts just as much as hoovering with my right, but hoovering with both was better. I went to the pet shop and wanted to take all the rabbits home. Especially one that came to see me when I spoke to them, and then licked the glass.

I bought Missy a toy that hangs up and has wooden things on it. It's the sort of wood she likes chewing, but she's spent most of her time with it on the string - she doesn't like hanging things, she always takes them down. It's safety pinned to the sofa, so it'll take her a little while as she can't spend the whole night working on it.

I got my Public Call fic done, which was just as well given that the deadline is this evening. I've also finished my Yuletide fic, for a given value of finished, given that I keep tinkering with it.

And I've started rewatching The West Wing. Since my pulled muscle means it hurts to laugh I had to find something that wasn't funny. And since I've been watching a lot of funny stuff on catch up, I keep using up my internet, so it had to be something I didn't need to stream. I've been wanting to rewatch The West Wing since I introduced my parents to it a few years ago and then caught an episode when I was home one weekend. I keep racing through it, partly because there's not a lot on at the moment, partly because I want to get to the bits I vaguely remember, but don't know when they are (and I am avoiding episode guides because I don't want to know in advance).

It was only after I started that I looked at my DVDs and thought that I should have considered The Bill - I have quite a few DVDs of half hour episodes from the 80s that I haven't watched. Or The Avengers - I have all the Emma Peel episodes and I've seen all the ones 'in color' but I can't remember which black & white ones I've seen. But now I've started The West Wing, I'll finish it first.

Of course this week has been tennis. I am disappointed that they won't show the doubles (of course) or the evening matches, and that Jamie and Bruno got knocked out in the semi-finals. But it is exciting that they're the number one doubles team this year. And Andy is the number one singles player this year. There's just the match in a couple of hours to decide who ends up number one in the rankings. I am hoping for a Murray victory of course, but I'd like either a decisive Murray win or a very close match with either winning. And come February there'll be another round of Murray vs Raonic when we play Canada (away) in the Davis Cup.


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Tennis
Sunday 13th November 2016 5:13 pm

After a week's 'rest' my pulled muscle seems to have settled down to a low level pain and I'm getting used to doing more things with my left hand. Although if it still hurts next weekend I'm going to have to try hoovering left handed - which I have attempted before and found it really hard.

But there is tennis this week, which makes everything more exciting. And it is more exciting than usual - Murray could be back down to number two a week on Monday. And Jamie & Bruno could end up the number one doubles team. Who knows!

Although this afternoon's match didn't live up to the promise of the first set. However, it was interesting to see Dominic Thiem play because I'd heard of him, but never seen him play before.

Although I wish they'd make players wear different colours - I spent half my time being confused as to which was which, especially in that long tie break. The only way I could tell was that I can recognise Djokovic's playing style.

Before it started I wished I was going to the O2 to see it. And then once it had I remembered why I was glad I wasn't: it's expensive and you only get to see two matches, you have to sit in the dark, it takes ages to get there, and they got silly about taking food and empty water bottles in there. I am instead going to see the old gits at the Albert Hall next month. Far more fun.


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Paralympics
Tuesday 13th September 2016 7:52 pm

The Paralympics is on, which is why I don't really have the time for anything else. Despite there not being as much to watch as the Olympics all the good stuff is late at night, which has meant I've been staying up later than I intend to. The adverts are a pain, although I am getting used to them. But not so much that I will watch them any time before the next Paralympics.

Technically this weekend is my only free weekend this month, but since it's also the Davis Cup, I don't know how I'm going to fit all this sport in, even without going anywhere. To say nothing of needing to clean the house and do some gardening.

In other news, I got the exact fandom and pairing I was hoping I'd get for femslash. I have some ideas, I'm just waiting for the sport to stop so I have some time to write. I also did well in my assignment - there weren't many people I could have matched with but all the others had no prompt and/or letter.

There is so much on TV now it's September. I haven't watched most of it, what with there being sport on TV. But I am more used to watching TV around Missy playing in the evening (largely because her idea of playing consists of sitting in her cornflake box, but still), so maybe I'll actually catch up with some on weekdays I'm in. But since next week is my first week of going out three nights, I don't know if that'll happen...


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Distracted by sport
Wednesday 24th August 2016 7:51 pm

I might have been a bit distracted by the Olympics and not posted. And by might I mean was. And still am - since it finished I've watched the men's triathlon, diving, BMX. I still have plenty to catch up on - I should be finished by the time the Paralympics start...

I have managed some non-Olympics things in the past couple of weeks. The weekend before last I went to the Nine Worlds convention. Last year I generally wasn't impressed with it, but loved the Whedon Singalong enough to go back. This time they only sang a selection of songs in the Whedon Singalong, which didn't include my favourites. And I liked the rest of the con less. So next year I might just be going to the Whedon Singalong, if they return to singing all the songs.

While I was there, Missy was having a holiday with my sister. They both enjoyed it, except for when my sister had her in-laws round and Missy wasn't happy that there were people in the house and she wasn't being played with.

I went through a whole load of my cards. Back in uni, when we had Wednesday afternoons off for sport, I spent it playing the Star Trek customisable card game. I haven't played it since I left, but I have a lot of cards. Also, quite a few Magic cards, Young Jedi (which I don't even remember playing), Attack of the Clones cards, the Dilbert card game (which at least is just a normal card game), a pack of Original Series Star Trek cards. And a booster pack of Harry Potter cards. The TOS cards are confusing because they're in a box that states it contains 65 cards including Kirk, Spock, McCoy & Enterprise + a rulebook. It actually contains more than 65 cards, none of which are Kirk, Spock or McCoy and no rulebook. I don't remember playing this one either.

Going through my Star Trek cards brought back memories of playing it. I'm pretty sure in one of the boxes was the deck I last played at a tournament where I assimilated Earth. Which is pretty much all I remember of how to play it. I just have to decide, with all of these cards, whether to sell/get rid of them, keep them as a collection (and get rid of the duplicates) or keep them and play them. But right now I'm enjoying cataloguing them and putting them in order. And trying to convince myself that I don't need to buy any more...


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Olympics
Sunday 7th August 2016 2:31 pm

It's the Olympics! Although annoyingly, so far Kyle Edmund's first match was not on the TV or BBC Sport website anywhere. And the only way to find out who is playing when for tennis is on the official website - the rest will either just tell you the country and/or try and tell you the time. I want to know who from what country is playing and work out for myself when they might be playing. Although the answer to today's interesting matches is 'at the same time as everything else I want to watch' (ie gymnastics and fencing).

It hasn't all been about tennis. Tennis is a bit of an odd sport at the Olympics because tennis is rarely about which country you play for and matches go on for such a long time you could just watch tennis and never see anything else.

There is also swimming. The finals are annoyingly in the middle of the night, due to American broadcasters. But it is at least on the website (and repeated in the mornings). This morning I saw Adam Peaty's 100m breastroke semi-final three times, so I am sure I can manage to watch the final before work. As long as I can also avoid knowing the result...

And there's fencing. Which is never on TV outside of the Olympics. And was never on TV before the last Olympics. Last time it made it to BBC3 (which no longer exists). This time it is on the red button and we have male foilists who are actually good. Who knew? So it's possible some of their fights could make it to BBC4 later, you never know.*

The trouble is there are so many sports it's sometimes hard to know what to watch. Day 2 has only just started and so far I've seen swimming, tennis, fencing, gymnastics, cycling, water polo and beach volleyball. I'm loving it. I only wish I didn't have to work during it (listening on the radio isn't quite the same).

*Edit: And then it was on BBC1. BBC1! They were pretending it was live, 45 minutes after it actually happened, but still. BBC1!


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I aten’t dead
Sunday 10th July 2016 12:37 pm

When I wrote my last post I couldn't hear properly out of my left ear, which is a sign that I might be about to get labyrinthitis. And by might I mean in my optimistic dream world. I wasn't quite as bad as the last time I had it, where I didn't get out of bed for a few days. But it was bad enough that even though Wimbledon was on, I was to dizzy to watch much of it and ended up listening to it on the radio.

I was just getting over that, after the best part of a week when I got a UTI. Which one of the doctors I spoke to said was "uncomfortable". Which is not the word. That really made me ill. It didn't help that although I'd be in bed for 12-14 hours a night, I'd only be able to sleep for about 5-6 of those hours. It meant I was too tired to listen to the tennis and mostly had it on TV to help the time pass. And fall asleep to. I've slept through some very interesting matches...

I have managed to recover just in time to finish my NPT fic before reveals. And post my Unconventional Courtship fic, two weeks late:
Second Chance with the Doctor's Companion (1062 words)
Fandom: Doctor Who (1963)
Relationships: Sarah Jane Smith/Harry Sullivan
Characters: Harry Sullivan, Sarah Jane Smith
Summary: Everyone in the town could see they didn't belong together. Sarah Jane Smith was the adventurous outsider with a mysterious past, and Harry Sullivan was the wholesome doctor. And Sarah's sudden departure just proved the rest of the town right...
Seven months later the Doctor dropping her off brings Sarah back into Harry's life, and once again he finds himself charmed by her. Everything feels different, but the risk of heartbreak is just as strong. But doesn't everyone deserve a second chance at happiness — even him...?


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Didn’t mean to not post for this long
Thursday 10th March 2016 8:40 pm

I kept meaning to post, but just not getting to it. Which is the theme of this month really. I've got 400 words on my [info]dw_guestfest fic, but no idea where it really goes from there. And keep not being motivated/awake enough to poke at it. I seem to be in a period where my body has decided I don't need to sleep much past 6am, even on days when I don't have to get up early.

Last weekend I went to the tennis in Birmingham. It was good fun, but I disliked the hype before the match with t-shirt shooters and a DJ. I don't mind the music at changeovers, or Stirling Uni Barmy Army, but other than that I like the quiet. But we won, so that's all that matters 🙂 My sister pointed out that she could take a photo from her Apple Watch - so I held up her phone and she took the picture. Completely silly.

Missy has met her first stranger and was very good. Mostly she was just confused about something different going on. She also, on a different night, fell off my lap when I wasn't quite quick enough to catch her (she likes to hang off my knees). She's been a bit more restrained since, but I don't know how long that will last.

I'm looking forward to it being the end of next week when things will calm down a bit this month.


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