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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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Updatey thing
Sunday 5th July 2015 9:12 pm

This time my week without updating has been due to a combination of tennis and weather. This week featured a few days with temperatures in the high 20s and one where it went up to 33C (and was humid). My house has only just cooled down. I am really lucky to have air conditioning at work, but it's really hard to sleep in the heat, so I've just been getting tireder as the week went on.

This was the first week of Wimbledon, featuring wall-to-wall tennis. Well, nearly. It's generally the afternoon by the time the radio (and show courts) get going, so I've listened to a lot and seen the evening matches when I've been in. Yesterday there was eleven hours of tennis, including one point where I watched the James Ward match on TV and Jonny Marray in the doubles on my computer. And then missed most of the Murray match because they changed over to BBC1 for no reason and I didn't realise, so watched some of the all-French match on the red button.

So that's been my week really. On the hottest day I went to ballet, in the hottest dance studio (it was much hotter than in the house, with was hot). Remix went live and so far I've only read one story. I will get to the rest - probably like I'll get to everything else when Wimbledon's finished and I don't quite know what to do with my time.


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I never could get the hang of Thursdays
Thursday 26th June 2014 8:45 pm

Today has really been one of those days. This morning, I got as far as getting in the car before realising that I'd left the bags I need to take with me to the supermarket in the lounge. My garage is not next to the house, so it's quite a way to go back to the house to get them.

Then this week at work I had a few things to do, nicely spaced out. Except the time when I received them kept getting delayed - the time they need to be launched doesn't, of course. So I got to do it all this morning. One of them I was supposed to tell someone I'd done and only remembered an hour later. One of them I'd got done and out of the way and then the client made a change at 4.30pm. And then I left late because someone was having a problem with something that needed sorting right then. We eventually found the problem was that a piece of script had decided that 12=4 for no explicable reason.

Just as I left the office it started raining. Once I left the car park, it stopped. It started again when I got home and went to put the bins out. At which point I found a dead blackbird between the bins. So I had to deal with his blackbird in the rain while having a panic attack (because I am necrophobic). I couldn't just leave it there because it was too sheltered to be found by cats or Red Kites. I wasn't prepared to dig it a grave in solid soil in the rain, so I dumped it in the compost bin, where the ants can play with it.

And then of course when I wanted to sit down and watch tennis between cooking dinner and when eating dinner it was raining at Wimbledon. I haven't had much Wimbledon during the day at work because they stop early for the football and spend most of the day discussing the football. I know far more about Suarez's ban than I ever needed to know.

On the plus side, at least the rain was early enough for Wimbledon to put the roof on, so I got to watch some evening Federer action.


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Spring
Sunday 9th March 2014 5:43 pm



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It's spring in my front garden!


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The effect of wind on garage doors
Wednesday 5th February 2014 9:47 pm

Today I worked from home and didn't go to ballet (for the fourth week in a row - give that you can buy five weeks at a time if I'd had a crystal ball I'd have just not signed up for this half term). Although it was nice to have a day when I could work from the sofa whenever I liked and an evening in (which included fixing my bedroom light switch, although we accidentally managed to get it upside down).

The trouble was the wind. I was doing well with getting my car out of the garage because I had it in the centre before it was that far back. Sadly, at that point the garage door blew closed. I squeezed out the car, opened it, made sure it was up as far as it would go (which is hard because I have to stand on tip toes and stretch one arm to do it because it was designed for tall people*).

I stood and watched it while the wind blew and concluded that it would stay. So I got back in the car, started it back up, reversed it and didn't get out of the garage (fortunately) before it blew closed again. I took that as a sign and gave up.

This evening the wind sounded even worse, so I decided it wasn't worth trying it. The only other way to have got to ballet was by walking, which I didn't fancy in this weather or in the dark (I do it quite happily in the summer when it's light). Theoretically all you need to do is to drive the car out quickly between the gusts, but you can't tell if the wind's gusting from inside the car inside the garage. And earlier this evening there was a lot of gusting close together, which I wouldn't have liked to predict.

So in future if the weather forecast says it's going to be really windy, I'll be leaving the car out!

*Definition of tall people: anyone taller than me


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Flooding and fandom snowflake day 8
Wednesday 8th January 2014 7:57 pm

I have purposely skipped days 6 and 7, although I may come back to them later. Day 8 is:

In your own space, create a love meme for yourself. Let people tell you how amazing and awesome and loveable you really are.

Consider this post my love meme.

But so it's not all about that, I have to be typically British and talk about the weather. Mainly because it's been exceptionally rainy and floody lately. My journey to work the past two days has taken twice as long because I have to go over the river and one of the bridges is closed due to flooding. Also I think some of the villages nearby have flooding too, so there are more people on the roads.

I've seen an aerial photo of one of the bridges that's still open and it's a long bridge with lots of arches underneath. Usually there's plenty of space to get boats beneath the arches. Now you're hard pressed to tell where the arches are. And I can't work out where the river banks are, except that there didn't used to be so many trees and buildings (and an outdoor swimming pool) in the river.

I got lucky, though, because I went to see Cats on Sunday in the city. The main road leading into it is flooded, so all the other roads are really busy, but that would have been the park & ride bus's problem. But worse than that, I suspect from what the people who live nearby said, the park & ride car park is flooded. And for a while the trains were cancelled due to the line being flooded. So getting there could have been interesting.


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Wind and work
Wednesday 25th December 2013 3:50 pm

Monday night's wind didn't do much for my back fence. Although I opened the curtains and watered the plants without noticing. It was only when I went to leave for work that I noticed the view out the back was a bit different to normal. Fortunately, it's my neighbour's fence, so I don't have to worry about it.

Despite it being quiet at work I managed to spend all of Tuesday morning working. Then it quietened down. But although in theory I have three bank holidays and three days when the office is closed (including today) I still need to do some work.

Today I woke up annoyingly early, drove in the rain with sunglasses on (it was bright and sunny when I left) and am now copying the files on my netbook so I can change to a different Linux distro.

I have read a grand total of one fic in Yuletide: mine (excitingly, I have another waiting for me in Yuletide Madness). It's R for Richard and is in The Ten Stupidest Things I've Heard Since Richard III's Remains Were Identified (Blog Post). I asked for something completely ridiculous (as far as I can remember anyway - sign ups were ages ago) and what I got was really utterly ridiculous and I love it.


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The good and the bad
Sunday 15th September 2013 9:18 pm

After working Friday evening last week (which I was expecting) I ended up working Friday evening this week (which I wasn't). Friday was just one of those days of everything going wrong, which I should have realised was going to happen when I woke up at 6am (when it was still dark) and couldn't get back to sleep.

Fortunately the rest of the weekend improved. And the temperature in the house got so cold that two jumpers and fingerless gloves were not cutting it and I turned the heating on. So I am less miserable for being cold and the boiler wasn't as loud and annoying as I had convinced myself it was.

I have spent quite a bit of today playing with the matching for [lj-comm]dw_remix[/lj-comm]. I am probably over-thinking it - I certainly could have done it much quicker and simpler if I hadn't been trying to make it as fair as possible. Although with remixing sometimes having more stories to choose from is not as good as it first sounds. At some point I will stop endlessly tinkering with it and declare it as good as it's going to get.

On the other hand, I have finished the first draft of An Unearthly Child at the Chalet School! Once it's finished (which will hopefully be by 22nd November) it'll probably be getting on for 10,000 words. I just have a load of things I need to look up in various CS books. I did re-read them, but that was last year and it's only in writing this that I've realised how much I've forgotten...


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Too hot to post
Saturday 20th July 2013 10:02 pm

It's been too hot to do anything for the past week. Last Sunday I even struggled to read or watch anything on TV that was longer than half an hour. But today it was a nice, reasonable temperature, which has been so much more pleasant. My washing still dried, but I also cleaned the house and went out and did some gardening during the day.

On the plus side, my hayfever has definitely improved. Gardening late in the evening (on the days when it's been cool enough to) hasn't helped it much, but I'm still better now than when I started taking the medicine and I've finished a bottle and didn't buy another.

I also saw a hedgehog in my garden on Tuesday! I had got back from Rotary and opened the back door and it looked as surprised to see me as I was to see it. I thought about whether there was enough light to take a photo of it and whether the flash would scare it, but I went to get my camera anyway. By the time I made it back to the back door it had gone off down the garden a bit. After a while I couldn't see it in the dark, but I could hear it scampering along the gravel. So that was a nice bit of excitement.

While gardening I've been listening to audios. I got through May's Big Finish Blake's 7 box set and I've just finished Counter Measures 2. Which has made them go by so fast. Usually I listen in the car, so it takes a few days to get through one CD, but I can't while it's this hot because I have to turn the volume up to ridiculous levels when the car windows are open - and I even have to open them in the mornings because putting a hot car in a garage heats it up, along with the sun shining straight at it in the mornings.

It's due to get hotter again tomorrow, but the week's not looking quite so bad as last week, as long as I believe the BBC's forecast and not Weather Undergound's.


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Various things
Sunday 28th April 2013 5:54 pm

There are a few things I thought about talking about, but none of them really merit a whole post, so this is a post of little bits.

Diana Rigg is on Doctor Who next week! I am very excited. I might have to get my Avengers DVDs out and work out which episodes I haven't seen. Edit: Her daughter Rachael Stirling is also in it. Which meant nothing to me until Dad pointed out that she was the girl in Boy Meets Girl, and she was really good in that.

After thinking about giving up on Blockbuster they finally sent me The Bill series 2. Of the four episodes on it, it was the end of episode 3 that made me think I'd seen it before and halfway through episode four when I knew I'd seen it before. But I have no idea if I've seen the rest of series 2, so I'll just carry on (if they'll send it to me).

It's really annoying that it was so nice in the week and then the weather's been so crap this weekend.

I have my assignment for Not Prime Time. Not sure what I'm going to write yet, but I'm spending the week percolating it in my brain before I start. I have until Wimbledon to finish, which seems like it's a long way away, but it's really not that far.


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The cold
Wednesday 28th November 2012 9:39 pm

I don't like the cold. Or rather, I don't mind it (and certainly prefer it to the heat) when I can go out in it for brief periods and then come back to a warm house. It's the house being cold I don't like.

The trouble is that the boiler is really loud and I can't sleep through it (even with ear plugs in). So I have it set to come on at the same time as my alarm goes off, which means that, depending on the temperature outside, it can be really cold inside. It helps to put my clothes on the radiator and eat porridge for breakfast, but I still don't like it.

It especially annoys me at the weekend when I have to drag myself out of bed and downstairs to turn it on. I can go back to bed for a bit, while I wait for the house to warm up, but by the time I've been awake that long I'm really hungry, so have to get up to eat breakfast (even if I go back to bed again afterwards). It's harder to get going in the morning when it's too cold to be out in it (or contemplate taking off any clothes).


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This week
Saturday 28th April 2012 1:44 pm

This week has mostly consisted of rain. And the fun yesterday of tipping out the puddle of water collected in my bin because the binmen persist in leaving the lid open after they've emptied them. And the even more fun of spending five minutes on Wednesday morning trying to get the garage door open long enough to get inside. How it eventually stayed open long enough to get the car out (and closed once I had) I don't know. But after that my car had to spend a couple of nights outside in the rain because there's only so many times I can do that.

I've also been reading Remix stories. I'd entirely forgotten what mine was, I finished it so long ago. Now I've been reminded about it I want to talk about it, but can't do that until the authors are revealed tomorrow/Monday. But someone remixed a Doctor Who/SJA crossover fic I wrote last year as New Horizons (the Doctor in the House Remix). It's got a whole load of great Sky characterisation in it. And I really want to know who wrote it and whether some of the references in it were because they know me, they read the fandoms list on my website or coincidence.

I have also been working on the second draft of my Big Bang fic. After I wrote the first draft I realised the plot makes no sense and it's not spaced out well at all. So I spent time re-working it, with tables to work out who does what in response to what. Hopefully, when I finish the second draft and read it through it won't be too bad and I'll just need to go back and sort out the words, rather than the plot. Not least because I'm also intending to sign up for [info]not-primetime/[info]not_primetime and the deadline is Wimbledon. My deadline for myself for getting my Big Bang to beta is Wimbledon. Which really isn't that far away...


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Snow melt!
Tuesday 21st December 2010 9:45 pm

In important news, the snow is melting! Well, it's melting a bit on the roofs. It's hard to tell if it's melting anywhere else because there's either just lots of white stuff, or lots of grey stuff where people have walked on it. But this evening when I left work, in the dark, it was snowing a bit, but not settling, which is a start.

It's also warming up, although that's not hard. When I left for work yesterday it was -10C. A temperature which I'd never before thought I'd experience. It turns out it's cold. I mean, obviously it is because it's a big minus number, but it means it's colder than you ever thought possible. Waiting for the bus for 30 minutes was quite cold, but not too bad. But the bus itself has no heating (well, I discovered later it has one heater by one seat that can heat up one foot) and a cold draft round your feet. Since then, it's been around 0C which feels only a bit chilly. Possibly because I'm wearing a ridiculous number of clothes outside.

I don't like this sort of cold and I definitely don't like snow. I have SAD, only instead of the dark making me depressed, it's extreme (relatively speaking) temperatures that make me grumpy. Ideally I'd like to live somewhere that had seasons, but the temperature generally stayed between 10C and 20C. Maybe it could go down to 5C in the winter, just to make the point that it was winter, and go up to 25C in the summer just to remind you what hot weather was like. But never went below 5C or above 25C. And also doesn't have earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes or stupid amounts of rain. I think I might have ruled out every place on Earth...


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Snow
Sunday 19th December 2010 8:39 pm

Unlike the rest of the country, here we had our first snow of the week on Saturday morning. Driving home on Friday the road reports were all about the snow, but it was sunny here. Saturday I woke up to find the world covered in snow and it kept snowing more all morning.

What amused me yesterday was someone in my road clearing the snow off his car with a dustpan at lunchtime and then not going anywhere in it. So then it iced up, then it snowed a bit more. So whereas my car, for instance, has a blanket of snow, his is covered in ice and a bit of snow. Then today one of my neighbours spent most of the day clearing the snow off part of the car park at the back of my block of flats with a shovel and a broom. I have no idea why. He did get it pretty clear, though, so it might not ice over tonight. But since there are no cars near it, it probably doesn't matter.

I'll be getting the bus all week, which is fine because I have plenty of Big Finish audios to listen to on my mp3 player. The only question is what the roads will be like on Saturday when I want to drive home. It's so far in advance that the weather forecasts for this week change daily. It doesn't really matter if I go later - the shops are only shut for one day, I have enough food to definitely last until Boxing Day and Sainsburys is only ten minutes walk away. I hate not knowing, though. I like to have everything planned and then get all of a do when it doesn't go to plan.

I'm ready for it to be spring now. Or as warm (relatively speaking) as it was at the beginning of the week will do.


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Is it spring yet?
Friday 26th November 2010 8:36 pm

I don't like this weather. It's not the weather itself that I dislike - I quite like it when it's cold and sunny, as it is now (well, before the sun went down). But I hate living in a house where the crockery and cutlery is too cold to touch and you're only warm if you're wearing three jumpers, three pairs of a socks and a pair of gloves. It's very difficult to type in gloves. However, I do have an oil heater that I bought last January that I have switched on now it's reached that point. I am now pleasantly warm while wearing two jumpers, which is a vast improvement. It vastly improves my outlook on the world.

Except for the threat of snow. I grew up on the south coast where it only snows every three or four years. Or did while I was growing up. Although it didn't snow while I was at uni, which was further north than I am now, it has snowed every year I've lived here. Including two years when it started snowing and settling during the day (although it was dark), which I'd never previously known was possible. And two years (that would be the last two winters) where it's snowed and not melted for a week. Until then I'd never seen it last more than a day. So to me this is all a bit unnatural.

What makes it worse is not knowing if it's going to hit. If it does snow my choices on a work day are either to get up early and get the bus in (so I have to set my alarm early the night before) or work from home. Which is slow at the best of times and really frustrates me. Plus I hate having to talk to people by email. And work is really cold the fewer people are in there. Although I taped up my window with masking tape, which helped a bit. And bought a heater to put under my desk, which helped enormously. I haven't got it out of the box.

Sunday I'm going to east London to see the tennis. So I could really do with there not being any snow to disrupt anything, especially as the tube strike means that some tubes might stop early (and it's a Sunday so there are fewer trains in general anyway). According to the TfL website it should be ok at the time the tennis will finish. If it isn't, there'll be 17,500 people all wanting to get across London...


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Driving and snow
Wednesday 13th January 2010 7:59 pm

Considering that I don't like driving and given the option would far rather not, I can't quite believe I'm going to say this but... I really want to be able to drive to work.

I'd be warmer, I could leave later, so get up later, so get more sleep, I could listen to the radio (I haven't heard Chris Evans at breakfast yet and I'm missing the Five Live guys with the news on my way home). It wouldn't matter if I left a few minutes late, I would have to slide over so much snow, I would spend ages waiting for a bus and I could leave work whatever time I liked (well, after 5.30pm obviously).

I can't drive at the moment because although the main roads are fine, I'd have to park down a side road, which aren't so great. My road isn't great and to make it worse, I'd have to turn my car round 180 degrees, it's currently on a slight slope and there's a pile of snow behind it because it's been parked there ever since we had the heavy snow Tuesday night last week. And most importantly, having experienced driving on snow once I'm not desperate to try it again.

It's supposed to be a lot warmer from tomorrow (where a lot warmer means above freezing) so hopefully there'll be lots of melting going on. But I am so sick of the snow.


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Snow
Wednesday 6th January 2010 7:08 pm

There is currently snow about. You'd be hard pressed not to miss it - even my parents have had snow. But it's quite amusing.

First, the background. I grew up on the south coast of England where it snowed every three years or so. Although it did, however, completely fail to snow while I was at uni - except in the Christmas of my first year where it snowed at home and nowhere else. Until last winter I'd never seen the snow stay around for more than a day. Until this winter and one a few years ago, I'd never seen it start to snow and settle during the day. So I was a bit startled before Christmas when it did just that, it was really slippery and I vowed never to drive in snow again.

Cut to this winter. There are quite a lot of people at work who, at the mention of snow, get all excited. They were rather less excited after the sudden snow we had before Christmas, mind you, but they're back to being yay about snow again.

Yesterday it started snowing about 5pm, so although I did drive home in it, it wasn't really any different from driving in rain. It was forecast to get heavier and it did. We cancelled our Rotaract cheese and wine planning meeting for the second time for the same reason. So everywhere was a bit white this morning.

But it is just ordinary snow. Walking to the station this morning to get the bus was pretty easy because people had already walked along the pavements and flattened all the snow. So I reckon, looking at the height of the bits people have walked on and comparing it to the bits people haven't, that we've got about two inches. The most snow I've ever seen was last January, which was more than that.

The main roads are fine, just slushy at the edges. The minor roads are snowy, but really slushy where enough people have driven. So understandably the bus was 35mins late. And then he didn't drive that fast because the slush isn't great to drive on. The route does go through a village and coming out of that onto the main road the bus did go sideways. I was just glad I wasn't driving.

So I got to work 45mins late to find that no one else in my office was there. One of them lives not far from me and hadn't come in because she reckoned the roads were impassable. Someone else hadn't come in because they didn't believe the bus company's website when they said they were running the buses until 7pm and she thought they'd leave her stranded. (Amusingly, the bus that runs between home and work stops at 6.53 usually...)

Given that I'm the one least used to snow, I can't believe how wet they're all being. I left early because I had loads of overtime to take and had failed to take any of it on Monday or Tuesday. The roads were much better and because there was no traffic and the bus was on time, I had the fastest bus journey home I've ever had. I'm waiting to see how many people bother to make it tomorrow now.

The best part is that I bought some really big, thick gloves from Primark at Christmas (for a whole £3) and although I can't do a thing with my hands while I'm wearing them, they do keep my hands lovely and warm. I was also wearing my fencing socks on top of my usual socks, my walking boots (waterproof and good grip), my tracksuit bottoms on top of my work trousers, three jumpers and two hoods and a hat on my head. The only part of me that was cold was my feet and part of that was because they were really stuffed into my shoes so I couldn't really feel them anyway.


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The week
Saturday 26th December 2009 2:38 pm

I thought this last week would be quite quiet, I'd get lots of things done... I don't know why I thought that. It didn't help that I kept waking up at 6am - except on Friday when I woke up at 5am. Monday it snowed during the day, and I was sick of waiting in the freezing cold for a freezing cold bus and getting home half an hour later than I would have if I'd driven, so I drove to work on Monday. I contemplated leaving my car at work, but decided to drive home. It was the scariest thing I'd ever done - not helped by two police cars and two ambulances going past me in the opposite direction with their blue lights flashing. They couldn't go above 20mph the same as the rest of us, though, so the blue flashing lights didn't exactly do them much good.

But now I know what it's like, I won't be driving in the snow again. But I'd only ever seen it snow and settle during the day once before, so I assumed it was a freak event and it would just go back to snowing in the night again. But I also live further North than I grew up, and there it snows every year, which I find utterly ridiculous weather, but moving back South would mean I was living far from anywhere, so I supposed I'm stuck with it. If the Gulf Stream ever goes away, we're seriously buggered.

On the plus side, I have a week off work and it is now Boxing Day, which is miles better than Christmas Day. Except that for some strange reason all the good TV is on on New Years Day.

And I have a Yuletide fic! The site's really slow, so it's best visited in the mornings before the Americans get up, but it's a Quantum Leap fic: Returning Home and Meeting Memories for the First Time. Reading through the rest of the archive is taking time, not just because of the slowness, but also because I find the contrast between the text and the background gives me a headache. But fortunately, the other week I came across a site called Readability, where you can decide what you want the page to look like, then create a bookmarklet. So all I have to do, once the fic is loaded, is press on the bookmark, then hey, presto, I can read it! And to think that when I found it I never thought it would be useful...


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An update about me
Saturday 19th December 2009 9:47 am

Which I've been meaning to write for the past week...
Read more...


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It must be spring
Friday 20th March 2009 9:48 pm

I am freezing. But then I am only wearing one jumper. I have stupid heating that comes in on or off and as it's so warm during the day I have it off, otherwise I wake up boiling. Because it's still really cold at night, it means it's quite cold in the mornings and evenings, plus my body clock seems to have decided it's BST a bit early.

I'm definitely still ill. I put on a New Who episode and the beginning credits are the worst thing ever. Definitely not recommended if you're dizzy. I have until Wednesday to get better, then I go back to the doctors, who are pretty much incapable of diagnosing anything I can't work out for myself, so I'm not hopeful, but I just want to get better. I want my life back again.

I am going to decide what car I want this weekend, which'll probably knock me out for the weekend with the half hour drive each way. But I definitely need a car that's less effort to drive, because part of the reason I didn't for so long while I was ill was because I didn't have the energy to turn the wheel. The trouble is that they don't make custom cars and what I really want is a Toyota Yaris at the front and a Honda Jazz at the back. And no, I don't want James May to make me one.

I have discovered the source of one of the funny noises my car makes! I currently have four: one is something rattling in the dashboard, one is a squeaking noise when I break, two are squeaking noises when I'm going along. The squeaking noises are all louder with the window open, which hasn't really been improving my drive home in a stuffy car with the sun right in my eyes. But while I was backing my car up after I'd turned it off, by the method of sticking my foot out of the door and giving it a push, as it's on a slight slope, I discovered that when I move the car, it creaks. I'm quite looking forward to owning a quieter car.

I thought I'd try out a DVD in my computer this evening. It took me ages to work out which program it had installed as the DVD playing program and then I found I hate it with a passion. It's rubbish. It takes over so much that you can hardly run any other program at the same time, and it takes the taskbar away so you can't get to any other program (alt+tab refused to work). I couldn't work out how to fast forward in any useful way and there's no right click menu to tell it that actually you want subtitles/commentary. I was looking forward to getting an upgrade from WinDVD, but it turns out WinDVD was the pinnacle of DVD playing programs (and to be fair, I loved it, it's far better than a DVD player). Am I right in thinking it's the free version and PowerDVD is the paid for one that lets you take screenshots? Can I get it somewhere? Can I go back to Windows 98? (actually, since I have it on a virtual machine on this computer, the answer to the last one is yes, technically).


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