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What I’ve been up to
Friday 1st December 2017 7:37 pm

I am doing better. Although my lounge still looks big and empty with the spaces where Missy's cage and toys were. And my evenings seem so long now they've not interrupted.

I decided I didn't need to do anything unless I had to. So possibly the most productive thing I've done is to watch all of season 3 of Dark Matter, which I'd had sitting around for months. Handily, I'd done all my Christmas shopping and sent my Yuletide fic off to beta.

I also listened to a lot of podcasts at work and while I was doing things around the house. I seemed to be permanently 10 episodes behind on Confessions, but now not only am I caught up but I'm working my way through episodes of The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry from before I started listening. Although the one about itching made me itch all the way through...

I went to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Wednesday. It was well-timed really, as I wouldn't have really been up for it the week before, and before Missy died I was worrying about leaving her all evening (as I didn't get home until midnight). I was excited about it when I booked it a year and a half ago, and I bought the book. And then I found the book disappointing. However, seeing the play is a lot better than reading the script. I thought the kid who played Scorpius was particularly good at getting the laughs, and the actor who played Ron looked most like the film actor (although I was quite a long way away from the stage).

What was also good about going was that there were quite a few people there on their own or not sitting with the people they'd come with (due to the difficulty of getting tickets) and I learnt all about returns. So if anyone wants to go it's well worth rocking up on the day because chances are you'll get a ticket.

The part of the programme I read first was the actors and what they'd been in in case I recognised any. I was literally reading the TV and film bit and not taking any notice of the actor's names when I noticed one had been in An Adventure in Space and Time. It turned out that Jamie Glover was Harry Potter. It did distract me a bit, thinking about how good an Ian Chesterton he'd be on audio. I eventually concluded he'd probably be quite good. Given that I've already bought the First Doctor audio Big Finish are doing with The Adventure in Space and Time cast, that's just as well.

And in the chorus scenes I was distracted trying to spot Ged Simmons (DI Cullen) in The Bill. I think I did, but then I also noticed he'd been in Outnumbered, and I don't remember him in that at all.

And I wasn't the only person there with a scarf from the first two films (before they changed the uniform). But all the staff had the new uniform ties and scarves.

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Harry Potter Studio Tour
Saturday 19th October 2013 9:47 pm

Yesterday I went to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. It's expensive, but we got our money's worth, given that we took four hours to get round it all (they estimate it takes three). Although if we'd stopped and watched every video and looked at all the pictures on the audio guide we probably could have spent five hours there (but four was enough).

I took 163 photos (which flickr shows in reverse order and without any of the descriptions, unless you click on each one individually). I'd have taken more, but I got a bit sick of taking photos.


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This week
Sunday 7th August 2011 8:40 pm

This week I have been acting as if I'm not ill. So now I am regretting it. There went my weekend of actually getting things done.

But on Tuesday I went to see Harry Potter. It was good and I was very glad I hadn't read the book since it came out because I remembered quite a bit of it. Although it was quite surreal watching it, having played Lego Harry Potter. I kept recognising bits of Hogwarts.

Today I posted my Sci-Fi Big Bang story: The Atlantis Sacrifice, which turned into a massive pain in the arse. First I discovered that the plugin I have that automatically posts links between all parts of your fic broke a few WP versions ago. There are alternatives, but they just create new taxonomies, and I can do that myself.

Then uploading multiple chapters to A03 was really hard. I didn't look at the help because I expected it to be obvious. I ended up with chapters in the wrong order and some of them repeated. And I thought it was all draft, but it wasn't.

And then LJ decided not to let me read the comm. It still isn't, but I can still open individual posts and the RSS feed is definitely updating, so I don't know what its problem is.

The word count on this Big Bang was 25,000, but I only managed 24,100. It took enough effort to add in the last 3000, I wasn't going to manage another 900. And annoyingly, it's still not the longest thing I've ever written. The last Big Bang I did had a word count of 20,000 and I wrote 26,000.

But now it's all finished and posted and I really have no excuse to not start of my fic.

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Saturday 8th August 2009 10:09 pm

It's been a bit of a dramatic week this week. First my landlord delivered my new washing machine last Saturday. Except when I did some washing when it spun it made loud noises and moved around - so much so that it came out from under the side and the pipe taking waste water away came out, so there was soapy horrible water all over the cupboard under the sink. I looked in the manual and on the internet about what it could be and found it must be something to do with it not being level. Read more...

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Monday 23rd July 2007 8:51 pm

I've just discovered that the post I wrote when I finished reading Harry Potter on Saturday ended up just as a draft for some reason. I'm sure I pressed the publish button and it did its thing though.

Edit: Whoops, went to change the published date and deleted it! All I can remember it saying is that I thought it was alright, didn't make me cry, but did require a sick bucket.

It was so nice to have the chance to just sit (well, lie down) and read. And for some of that time I even had peace and quiet to do it in, which was even better. So when I got back yesterday I spent some time just reading. Well, and falling asleep. And trying to work out in what situation Harry Sullivan would have got married as a young man. My brain just went Harry Potter -> Harry Sullivan, which is a direct connection when your mind works sideways like mine.

I've been cross stitching to Doctor Who the rest of the weekend. I started a small thing off mum's magazine, but I was nearly through the first colour and ran out of thread. Fortunately, I have plenty of that colour, but it's only at that point that I discovered the instructions said to cross stitch in one strand. Clearly, I didn't read them, but that's because they always said cross stitch in two strands, backstitch in one. I am not unpicking it all, though, so it'll be interesting to see if I run out of any of the other colours.

I've been enjoying The Daleks Master Plan, which I started halfway through Wimbledon and will finish tonight. There's one episode where it's all a bit silly and Peter Purves sounds just as amused. I really like his narration voice. At work I listened to Reign of Terror and have been enjoying that too. Possibly it helps that I've already seen it, but I much prefer narrations to reconstructions. In fact, for good episodes, narrations are almost better than the moving things. Although that could be because it leaves me free to cross stitch without having to look up when it all goes quiet. Or means I can lie down with my eyes closed and it all looks better inside my head. Or would, if I have pictures in my head.

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Harry Potter
Saturday 21st July 2007 7:55 am

I went to the Harry Potter launch last night. Waterstones didn't seem to want to let people in and Blackwells didn't start till 11pm. Borders is usually open till late anyway, so I went there. It was really busy. There were things going on but I don't know what because there were too many people stood around them for me to see. So I sat in the history section and read a book about the French Revolution (which I then went and bought, since they were doing 20% off until midnight).

They started people queueing at 11pm, which was silly, I thought. Not least because they went all round the shop so you couldn't get to any of the shelves. We joined the queue at 11.45pm, which seemed sufficient. By 12.30 we hadn't moved far - which was a problem because the bus was at 1am and I didn't really want to hang around until the next one at 2am, since I was already tired.

Borders had a mad system on where you queued round the shop to go downstairs and get the book. Then you came back up and queued round more of the shop to pay for it. I reckon at 12.30 we'd have had another hours wait. Waterstones had an even longer queue, I think because it was a couple of quid cheaper there. Blackwells is a bit out of the way so I don't know what it was like there. But Smiths had opened at midnight just to sell it, so I got it there - it took all of five minutes.

I've read half a page so far. I was counting on having a lie-in, but my neighbours had other ideas. So at the moment I'm waiting for them to shut up so I can go back to bed. I'm too tired to read at the moment, plus I just don't care. I just want to sleep.

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Interesting date
Friday 20th July 2007 7:39 pm

I missed it, but half an hour ago it was 20:07 on 20-07 2007

I was woken up this morning by thunder. I then discovered it was also pouring it down with rain. My feet didn't get dry till I got home. And although it didn't seem like an unusual amount of rain, it seems to have caused loads of disruption. I'm now getting the bus to Oxford to go to the Harry Potter midnight launch as the person who offered to drive is still on a train somewhere. I don't want to drive because I'm confused about driving round Oxford, and can't drive after midnight.

There's also been a really strange creaky banging sound round here. It started up late last night and stopped after I went to bed. It had gone this morning, but was back when I got home. It's just recently stopped, about two and a half hours later, when my upstairs neighbours got home... I have no idea what it is but the two events must be connected.

Plans for tomorrow are: hoovering (did the rest of the cleaning tonight), swimming and reading Harry Potter.

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Blakes 7 and Harry Potter
Thursday 19th July 2007 9:19 pm

I'm giving a presentation to Rotary on 31st about my trip to Romania. So I actually got my arse in gear and wrote it tonight. Well, I wrote a few bullet points on slides and added some photos. I need to work out how long it's going to be and write myself some notes - I have to give it again on 17th September, when I'm more likely to have forgotten what happened.


I listened to the Blakes 7 audio last night in the car. I'd listened to the first three episodes when they were first up, but got distracted during them. I listened again when a few more were up, hoping that might be the end of the episode. It wasn't, and it annoyed me that I had to get up every five minutes to start the next one (remembering what one I was on) and listen to the theme music at the start of every one.

It was much easier to listen to on CD. And it was good. It was strange to hear one of Avon's lines being given to someone else. But I recognised one of Vila's that he kept. And I did love that one of the prisoners had been accused of 217 counts of murder, at which point he pointed out he worked in administration 🙂

Of all the characters Avon hasn't made an impact on me. But then he hasn't had much to do yet.

I'm looking forward to listening to the next one, but I think I'll just skip the website and buy it off Judith again.


There was an article in the paper today about the Harry Potter book leak (or possible leak - it might not be the right manuscript) and it mentioned security around the Harry Potter books:

Ahead of the launch books have been kept in guarded warehouses and delivered by vans tracked by satellites. Clays, printer of the British edition, installed barbed wire around its Suffolk plant and hired extra guards to search workers as they left the factory.

I was quite amused that at the end of Mock the Week they had 'Lines you'll never see in the final Harry Potter book', which with the exception of the owl postal strike, were all dirty, as you'd expect really.

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Sunday 15th July 2007 1:14 pm

It's nice being home. Although the cat draped himself over my lap this morning, making my nighty muddy and putting holes in it (and my leg). And dribbled on it. Now he's using my right leg as a pillow, so my computer is balanced mostly on my left leg. My legs are warm. My feet are cold but I can't get up to shut the lounge door because the cat will get upset.

I saw the new Harry Potter film yesterday. I am really looking forward to the book now. I felt like some of the characters didn't really have much to do, but then there are so many characters and they only had two hours to tell the story in. The girl who played Luna Lovegood was very good - she definitely sounded like she wasn't quite all there. And I loved the witching world's equivalent of a crazy cat lady.

Only thing now is I have to drive back - although at least it's not sunny. And I have Blakes 7 to listen to on the way back up.

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Mostly David Tennant
Saturday 19th November 2005 6:26 pm

First, there was Doctor Who on Children in Need; which was quite interesting. Although its only a month till the Christmas Invasion now. The funniest part was when Terry Wogan introduced it, saying it was exclusive - for all of three hours, anyway! Then he was easily spotted in Harry Potter, along with Roger Lloyd Pack (Trigger) and George from Drop The Dead Donkey. I enjoyed it, despite the length and the annoying under-12s who didn't shut up.

Yesterday, I got up early to collect money for Children in Need from people in cars waiting at the lights at the crossroads. It was actually not too cold, once you get going, although it did help that I ways wearing loss of layers. I then had the day off, so I went back at 12pm to stand in the sun (which was actually quite hot!) and collect more money.

I was really tired after that, but last night Merlin was curled up at the top of my bed looking smug and not leaving me any space to sleep in at all. Luckily, he doesn't mind too much being moved and was happy when I stuck bits of me under him. Once he settled down and stopped purring I actually slept well, although at 3am he wanted to go out and I discovered he'd been making me quite warm. And blocking my noise up. last night during Atlantis he'd made my eye itchy so I am definitely allergic to cats (I've lived with them all my life, so its probably safe to say I'm not that bad!)

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Harry Potter
Sunday 17th July 2005 10:30 pm

Well, I've finished Harry Potter. I wasn't that impressed though, it seemed like 600 pages of very well spread out plot. Mind you, I really like the ordinary school-type stuff and there wasn't that much of that. But I am really looking forward to the next one, after reading this one.

My landlady and next door neighbour bought a paddling pool for reasons best known to themselves. While I was reading they were having issues with getting it level, filling it up, and coping with the coldness of the water. I went in later, though, and soon it was them laughing at me for complaining about the cold. It was quite nice though.

And it was useful! My blow-up chair definitely has a hole. So we had three of us playing with it in the paddling pool (which included me falling off it at one point) and we couldn't find the hole. In the end I admitted defeat and used my landlady's electric pump to blow it up (a whole lot quicker and required much less effort than a foot pump). I'd forgotten how much they smell though.

It's a complete pain to think about having to go back to work tomorrow, and I have Rotaract stuff to do, being as I did nothing today (and enjoyed it).

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All sorts of stuff
Saturday 16th July 2005 9:11 pm

First a link: Word Perhect - it's a word processor along the lines of Windows RG.

The week started off so well, then I accidentally ate some bread with milk in at the Rotaract barbecue, so spent the rest of the week trying to catch up on my sleep. And reading the last Doctor and Ace BBC book. Pity the ending was so crap.

Today was our tinshake, so I got to sit in a nice garden for five hours and spend one hour standing in the sun in a fairly empty town collecting. I managed to spend most of my time with my left side in the sun (or towards it) so I now have one brown arm and one white one. I will have to spend tomorrow the other way round so I have a matching pair. I also got to count money and we made just under £400 for the local toy library, which is pretty good going. For some reason it seems that any collection in the town gets between £300 and £500 no matter the time of year and the weather.

I enjoyed sitting around with nothing urgent to do so much I made plans to do the same tomorrow. Although finding shade in my landlady's garden is sometimes a bit tricky. After the tinshake I went to Tescos, mainly for some pink grapefruit which they couldn't manage to provide anyway, and got Harry Potter. To read tomorrow (although I read an hours worth this evening in the garden). I did tell myself in advance I wouldn't buy it if it was more than �8 and it wasn't, so I felt vindicated. Sort of. After all, I get the Discworld books in hardback when they come out for �8 or �9.

I have to say that as soon as I started it I felt like I was being talked down to. I've got more used to it now but it does serve to remind that it's a children's book. And I certainly have the children's cover - it's prettier and more colourful. And I certainly didn't re-read the others in preparation - I've read them all twice (or more, I haven't been counting) so I remember them now. I only usually need twice through anything to fix it in my memory for a good few years.

I also discovered Atlantis was on Channel 5 yesterday. It's just as well dad wasn't waiting for it to be on terrestrial to see it - otherwise I'd have been taping it for him because they don't have Sky and no intention of getting it. Sometimes mum asks me if they're missing anything by not being able to get Channel 5 and I can reassure her they're not. That's when I remember to read that column in the TV guide - I got so used to ignoring it before I went to uni I often forget it's there entirely.

Anyway, I enjoyed Atlantis. I had forgotten that Major Sheppard knew nothing about the whole Stargate thing before it started. And I can definitely see a Sheppard/Weir thing going on.

Annmarwalk and Avon did this one:

The One-sentence Meme

If you happen to be working on some new writing project, fanfiction or what have you, post exactly one sentence from each of your current work(s) in progress in your journal. It should probably be your favourite or most intriguing sentence so far, but what you choose is entirely your discretion. Mention the title (and genre) if you like, but don't mention anything else -- this is merely to whet the general appetite for your forthcoming work(s).

So I had a look through my wip folder and found all sorts of things I'd entirely forgotten about, some of which may even be finished one day in the distant future. Don't hold your breath though, some of these were last modified in 2001.

* Unfortunately the ship was running smoothly and Trip temporarily run out of things to take his mind off the situation. (untitled, Enterprise)

* "You don't see me eating pecan pie off just anyone's plate." (untitled, Enterprise)

* "Aeryn can we please have a sensible conversation that doesn't involve talking in riddles and going round in circles." (Lost Without You, Farscape)

* "If you are referring to our destination of Place A then it is still 5 days away. We are only 2 arns from Place B, however." (untitled, Farscape)

* If he had been thinking clearly he might have noticed that not only was Aeryn not breathing, but there was also a bullet wound in her stomach, accompanied by a fair amount of blood distributed between Aeryn, the floor and the guards. (untitled Farscape)

* It has been said that hell is being stuck in a room forever with your friends, and we've certainly proved that. (Trapped, Stargate)

* Elrond made to get up and get some bandages but from the corner of his eye he saw Celebri�an's eyelids flutter and her breath falter. (Abduction, Lord of the Rings)

* He momentarily wondered if he shouldn't have cleaved to Arwen so early, in which case he'd now understand women a little better. (working title Adjustments, Lord of the Rings)

* Elrond did not easily express his emotions and Arwen was glad he had at least felt something. (untitled, Lord of the Rings)

* "I'm trying to seduce you and that's all you can think about?" (untitled, Lord of the Rings)

* There was always one or other of the Northern Rangers injured or dying and Elrond couldn't help worrying that one day one of the dead would be his son. (Choices, Lord of the Rings)

* He could taste the lembas that had been the last meal for both of them; he could smell metal and earth; he could feel the handle of his bow pressing against his palms and digging into the skin. (Last Alliance, Lord of the Rings)

* It was always dark these days and my mother had only found one candle to light the room we were in. (working title Servants 2, Lord of the Rings)

* They had an unspoken agreement not to reveal to anyone else the truth of their marriage but still his actions surprised her. (The Tale of Arathorn and Gilraen, Lord of the Rings)

* He could imagine what would happen if it got round that the king and steward were moonlighting as seamstresses. (untitled, Lord of the Rings)

* The Doctor, on the other hand, had clearly decided Paris was at its best during the French Revolution, when half of the population was trying to kill the other half (untitled, Doctor Who)

* Instead, I am scared of the future - it stretches before me, long and empty without you in it (My Angel, original)

Saz and Nic did this one (which I must reply to):

Why not take this opportunity to tell me a little something about yourself? Any old thing at all. Just so the next time I see your name I can say: "Ah, there's so and so...she/he wears mismatched socks." I'd love it if every single person who friended me would do this. Yes, even you people who I know really well. Then post this in your own journal.

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I’m back
Tuesday 19th October 2004 11:46 pm

Well, kinda. In the sense that I got into a Harry Potter thing and couldn't get out of it. Which is not to say I wanted to necessarily. But, I wrote the first draft of my Elrond essay at the weekend (it's terrible, I need to re-write it) and now I have Elrond back in my head. Suddenly I care less about Sirius & Remus and more about Elrond & Arwen.

I also realised, the other week, that I quite liked Sirius & Remus not fancying the pants off each other when I read Mad Martha's One Week in Summer (which is really very good). Except that I went looking for such fics and couldn't cope with the idea that they're not going to get together. And then I realised what I liked about One Week in Summer was the mention of Remus's son, and Sirius & Remus's relationships with Harry.

Which is exactly the same stuff I like in Smallville (Clark's relationship with his parents) (apart from Clark/Lex and Clark/Chloe - I never said I was consistent) and LOTR (Elrond & Aragorn). So perhaps in some ways it doesn't matter what fandom I'm reading because I'm ultimately reading the same story.

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Tuesday 31st August 2004 11:06 pm

I think I've pretty much had all of my holidays worked out for next year (which includes conventions as holidays).

I've got:

  • Redemption at the end of February
  • Australia from Easter (end of March) till mid-April
  • National Conference on May Day bank holiday weekend (where I will be celebrating my birthday)
  • Banbury Camping Rally at the end of August (assuming the rest of the club talk me into it and we get a luxury tent between us - I really don't like camping)
  • SG10. I just knew they were going to announce more of them at some point. There's no way I'm doing SG9 the week before Redemption, but since I know I'm going to be talked into going to SG10 anyway, I might just as well admit it now.

At least, of those, Australia and SG10 are the expensive things. Australia I'm saving for now, and I'll have time to save for SG10. And I should still have 9 days holiday left from work, although I may keel over from alcohol poisoning and lack of sleep after all of that.

I've been reading lots of Harry Potter fan fic recently. The thing about it that's really annoying me is that it's all full of Americanisms. Now, I know they changed the title of the first book, and presumably Americanised everything else, so there's probably no grounds for me complaining. But Hogwarts, does not have semesters. Some universities do, but I didn't go to one (on purpose) so I really don't understand how you fit two semesters into three terms. And unless boarding schools work differently, no-one is going to graduate. They'll just finish school and leave.

Something that really confused me in a fic today: Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny were told to charm the windows of the first floor of the house they were living in at the time so that nothing would get in (as they were possibly going to be attacked). I spent a fair few minutes trying to work out why they would want to charm the windows of the first floor and not the ground, until I realised it had been written by an American, and they meant the ground floor.

Admittedly, this also confused me completely when I was in Las Vegas. When we first went down from our room back to reception I was looking in the lift for the button that said 'G'. The American friend I was with had to press the '1' button for us, because I was just lost. I really can't get my head round it for some reason, even though it ought to be more logical that our system.

I also meant to post this link last time - Funny Olympics animation. I particularly liked the fencing one, but then I would.

A fic I read today included a bit where Sirius and Remus had an argument. I got quite excited when they were building up to it because I love a good argument in my fic. I commented on someone else's a while back, when she had Elrond and Celebrian fight, that it was my favourite bit. She replied to say she knew I'd like that bit. So I know I like arguments, other people know I like them, I just don't know why. I know there are people who write them so the two people involved can have make-up sex, and there are people who read them purely for the sex. I read them for the argument - once they make-up I'm bored and skip the sex.

I was going to say I think I'm weird but I know that I am. I also think this morning came as a bit of a shock after three increasingly late nights followed by three increasingly late mornings, so I'm tired now and should probably go to bed once my housemate's out of the bathroom.

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Bits and pieces
Monday 16th August 2004 10:44 pm

First off, Happy Birthday fileg for yesterday. There may be more than a drabble forthcoming for you but it's been a long time since Verse and Adversity and it's got so much harder. And that's cryptic because it's not for public viewing.

I knew there was a good reason to check the Blogger news page before I post. Eats, Blogs and Leaves - reasons why you should use good grammar on blogs. But more importantly, it's funny.

Louise Bond-Williams goes in the individual sabre tomorrow. We're desperately hoping she wins gold so we get one hit of fencing in the whole Olympics. But she's only 22, so maybe next Olympics or the one after. Small claim to fame - I have a friend who has spoken to her. I have at least heard of her, unlike our other British fencer in the Olympics. I was at a party on Saturday with fencers, so we had a nice bitch about the lack of fencing shown in the Olympics. Admittedly, it's probably very boring to watch, as it's so fast at that level. But proof would be nice!

I'm so behind with my livejournals. I keep finding more, which is fine. Except that some I've added to Abilon only and some to my Favourites only. But, ultimately they need to be on my Bookmarks page, and my lj friends, and Abilon. And my Favourites list is going off the page, and I only sorted it out a couple of weeks ago.

I did discover The Daily Snitch via Sel, which tends to come up with interesting stuff. Like this post speculating on Sirius' upbringing and all the comments about it.

To summarise very, er, summarily, it comes to the conclusion that Sirius really isn't a very nice person. And points out that when he finds out about Peter Pettigrew's betrayal he goes straight to kill him, rather than reason with him, or understand why he did it. After all, Sirius did once try to kill Snape, whether by accident or design.

Which all got me thinking, what would have happened if it had been Lupin who had reached Peter first? Lupin seems much more of a reasonable person, except that he was quite happy to kill Peter in the Shrieking Shack. The question is whether that's purely to do with what he's been through, loyalty to Sirius and what he's been through, something else, or if he would have had exactly the same reaction twelve years previously. If someone's written that AU, I'd love to read it. I certainly couldn't write it, I just can't get enough of a handle on the characters to do it.

I've got to the bored stage where I can't be bothered to do anything at the moment, not sure why. Not so much Rotaract stuff going on, probably, and no more Tae Kwon Do till September. Although the men's synchronised 3m diving woke me up a bit. And not purely because they wear very skimpy swimming trunks. It was mainly because a few of them made a complete cock-up of it. Then I checked my mail and got some nice comments about one of my drabbles, which has made me happy for the evening. So I'm off to skim-read some angst so I can review it for Sel.

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Test post and some recs
Friday 6th August 2004 10:09 pm

I'm posting this from Abilon, so we'll see if it works (not least cos I'll have to change the settings to post this to livejournal after).

The Sirius/Remus obsession hasn't quite died down yet. There's an ongoing WIP (posted weekly): The Shoebox Project and I found an essay detailing the evidence for Sirius/Remus (since I came into it thinking it was a good idea more than anything else): The Case for R/S Version 2.0.

Edit: Since I've had to put those links in by hand, I'm going back to Blogger next time, now I've worked out how to avoid using the annoying WYSIWYG editor that makes everything much more difficult.

Edit again: It's made a complete mess of my links now, I really don't understand how you're supposed to me them work, I like Blogger, Blogger is my friend.

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Wednesday 21st July 2004 10:43 pm

I should be doing other things really, but I went out to play tennis and ended up playing on the climbing frame in the park. Who wants to be grown up anyway? Certainly not me. It's basically like a big Gadget Shop - full of really cool stuff that you don't need but really, really want. Like a gadget to make orange juice flavoured shot glasses (for putting vodka in). The kitsch section is particularly fun.

Cat User's Manual Written as if a cat is a computer. The difference between a warm and a cold boot is the presence of absence of a shoe. There are other cat jokes on the site as well.

And some Harry Potter recs:

First Signs of Magic: Hermione Granger Dr. and Dr. Granger have a perfectly ordinary evening, when something very odd occurs. What do they do? "As a family, they made the decision to panic." Includes vampires, uncomfortable chairs, and singing hospital orderlies. The mystery of lost paperwork is solved.

Scrabble The Slytherins play. Who knew Scrabble was a wizarding game?

Stealing Harry What would happen if Lucius Malfoy got to Peter before Sirius did? And if Sirius followed his godson, forbidden to do more than watch him from a distance? Until, one day, Harry found Padfoot... (Sirius/Remus and has kid friendly sections as well)

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Tuesday 20th July 2004 7:42 pm

I should really be in bed before I fall asleep (my fault for having a late night last night) but I'll just say a couple of things first.
We were between a video and having to leave for the cinema on Saturday, so ended up watching the National Lottery and I remembered a vague discussion I'd had before, probably with dad. So, I looked up all the results for the main Saturday draw on the National Lottery Results website and discovered that if I had played with my numbers (5, 16, 25, 36, 42, 49 and they're all significant) I'd have won nothing at all. I'm almost tempted to go and look at them all but that takes too much effort. I think it would still show a loss even though I would have won �10 twice on the Saturday and on the first Wednesday draw.
I've also been reading Harry Potter fan fiction. Just a little bit but it's a slippery slope. I read some on Thursday, then nothing more till Sunday. In that time I went from a Ron/Hermione shipper to a Sirius/Remus slasher. I won't say any more because the facts speak for themselves.

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Catching Up
Saturday 17th July 2004 11:06 am

I'm actually feeling like I'm catching up. I still have a load of things on my to do list, and another load that haven't made it to the to do list but none of it is particularly urgent. Although I really ought to watch Thursday's Bill before Wednesday. I managed Wednesday's last night but two in one night was a bit much.
I've been so busy this week (and in comparison had practically no work to do at work). Monday was Tae Kwon Do, Tuesday was my first Rotaract meeting as President (could have gone better in my opinion, although everyone else seemed happy), Wednesday was my landlady's daughter's birthday barbecue. So free food, although it made me feel sick, and I didn't get any sleep because the party went on till late. I did get to see next door's new dog though, who was really sweet and friendly.
Thursday I ushered Harry Potter. I then went for a look for Harry Potter fan fic but luckily none of it interests me particularly. Friday I was in! But then I had stuff to watch I'd taped in the week and some writing to do. I hadn't done any for ages, so I quite impressed myself.
And in a bit I'm off to Guildford to see Spiderman 2 and the shops (which are apparently pretty good). And I'm definitely not going to do any thinking about Rotaract at all.

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Harry Potter
Saturday 5th June 2004 8:56 pm

I finally got to see Harry Potter today. I can't believe it's only been out six days and it seems like everyone has seen it already. I'm most upset they've changed the uniforms. Okay, so it's nice to watch it without cringing but my Harry Potter scarf is no longer a Harry Potter scarf!

My external hard drive no longer works. I eventually got hold of a cable the right size at both ends and it still doesn't work. Which is not good because I have all my videos on it - the ones I haven't managed to put on CD yet.

On a better note, there are pictures from Farscape:Peacekeeper War (ie the mini-series).

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