sea_thoughts: (Summer - eowyngiulia)
I'm sorry that it's been over a month since I posted in this thing. July was actually a busy month. I got my new car (well, second hand, it used to be my mum's) and spent a week getting used to it and driving around. I had the whole week off so I was able to do this without worrying about work. Unfortunately I managed to rear-end someone on the second day of driving it. Fortunately, it was only a small bump and the man I hit was a gentleman. I drove my friend R to see Stonehenge (so she could say she'd seen it) and then we went to Avebury, a first for both of us. Avebury is a lovely little village and the stones are amazing. Because we went during the heatwave, they provided shade and they were cool to the touch and it felt like leaning against them was okay, it felt like they were old friends. (Well, they are old!)

I drove all the way to Canterbury, which was nerve-wracking because it involved at least three M roads (major motorways) but we made it there in one piece, even if we were almost two hours later than planned due to horrible traffic. The owner of the B&B was gobsmacked that I'd managed to get a reservation at The Sportsman, huffing that he'd never managed to book a table for himself or for any of his guests.

"Are you someone special? Is she someone special?" he demanded.

Maybe I am? :)

I drove R to The Sportsman with an unplanned but pretty detour to Whitstable on the way (Seasalter is not well sign-posted). I gorged myself on bread and rock oysters (not at the same time) so I didn't have enough room for my main, which I still regret, because it was roast chicken with lemon truffle sauce and potatoes and it was utterly delicious. I did have enough room for my dessert though (jasmine tea junket) because priorities. I showed R around Canterbury, around the cathedral, and we saw The World's End, which is hilarious and highly recommended. (We also saw Pacific Rim and if you have not seen that, get thee to a cinema.)

I miss Canterbury so much. I had a pain in my chest on my last morning that refused to go away. Only the anxiety of driving all the way back on my own was able to vanquish it. I miss Canterbury and I want to go back there, not just for a visit but forever.
sea_thoughts: (Summer - eowyngiulia)
My friend Grace came down the Thursday after I saw Sleeping Beauty and we went to Lumiere, our favourite restaurant. It was good to have a talk with her, especially since the last time I saw her was at her father's memorial service, which was packed. I explained that my parents and I had left because we didn't want them to feel like they had to talk to us when it wasn't necessary. Grace commented that it would have been nice if other people had showed the same tact. She went to Bath Spa the next day while I had to work (the holiday calendar was all booked up).

That Saturday, I went to see Oz The Great and Powerful at the Guildhall with Lorna, which was surprisingly good. I recommend it! The Sunday after, Mum and Dad came up to see me, along with Helen and we went to The Parrot in Cheltenham, which is a steakhouse. The roast was pretty good but the lobster bisque was a little strong for me.

On Wednesday 15th May, Helen and I went up to London to see The Tempest at Shakespeare's Globe. I had talked about taking her there ever since I saw Dr Faustus a couple of years ago and I was worried that she would be disappointed, but she wasn't. We had standing tickets so we were smack bang in the middle of the action as the cast often comes down from the stage and through the audience! Colin Morgan was very good as Ariel and I was gobsmacked by Jessie Buckley's English accent, since the last time I saw her, she was on I'd Do Anything with a very thick Irish brogue! We enjoyed ourselves very much. When I told Helen afterwards that Colin was Merlin, she started exclaiming "I thought I'd seen him before!" Ha!

R came down for the weekend so we could see Star Trek Into Darkness (verdict: good but not as good as the first film and Harrison could have stayed Harrison and still been chilling and villainous). We also watched both my DVDs of Batman: The Animated Series and I cooked roast chicken. The chicken was nicely done but the gravy was weak, so I swore I'd do better next time.

This concludes my mad May!
sea_thoughts: (Spring - luna_ann)
I went to see Iron Man 3 on Saturday May 4th with my friend R, who is studying in London for her PhD. I took her to Ed's Easy Diner because she was missing root beer and she complimented the chilli con carne. Unfortunately, we missed the Thor 2 trailer because of severe delays on the Central Line. The ushers kept telling us we hadn't missed the film, but that wasn't why we were rushing! At least we saw the Man of Steel trailer. I enjoyed the movie a lot (I always like it when Tony is stripped of his trappings and shows just how smart and resourceful he is). I was pleased with the increased focus on Rhodey, wish there had been more Pepper, loved every scene that Ben Kingsley was in, and was disappointed that Maya and Pepper did not team up to be snarky badasses on the run. Ending credits scene was perfect, well done, Marvel.

Sunday May 5th and Bank Holiday Monday were spent with my sister at her flat in Bristol. The weather was beautiful and we had a barbecue on the hill outside her house on Sunday afternoon. I was able to meet her cat properly for the first time and we finally watched Rise of the Guardians together. (This also turned out to be the last time as they had to put the cat to sleep at the beginning of June. ;_; ). On Monday morning, we went to Rocotillos for only the second time since I've been living in Gloucester (six years) and I had a butterscotch milkshake with the Breakfast Club meal (bacon, fried egg, sausage and toast all for £3.95).

Tuesday, I went to the Guildhall with Lorna and saw Cloud Atlas. Some of the storylines were interesting, some were not, and the digital make up they used to make the Caucasian actors look Asian was discomforting and smacked of latent racism to me. I would recommend it for rental.

Wednesday, I went to see Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty with Mum and Helen at the Bristol Hippodrome. It was funny and beautiful and tragic, but we had to leave before the end because I had to catch the last train back to Gloucester. I can't wait to pass my test so I can drive myself about.

Part Two coming soon!
sea_thoughts: (Spring - luna_ann)
The second half of April was not as much fun as the first: I broke the frame of my glasses; the new pair cost £134, which took a big chunk out of my bank account. Then the back wheel of my bike was punctured and I had to leave it in the shop over the weekend until I could pay for it.

The first half of May has been very busy and deserves its own post, which will come soon, just wanted to update this and let everyone know I'm still here. :)
sea_thoughts: (Spring - luna_ann)

  1. Went to my friends' dad's memorial service. The world and his wife turned up, which was great for their dad, but not so great if you wanted to talk to the family. I managed to say hi to both the girls but we didn't hang around for long. We stayed for the toast to their dad with the local beer and we had some hog roast and then we left. I finally showed my parents Rango and they really enjoyed it!

  2. Had my first mock driving test on Thursday. One major and six minors. If you get even one major, you automatically fail, but I expected that and thought I did pretty well otherwise. My parallel parking was perfect and I didn't ask my instructor for guidance once. I also learned how to emergency stop. However, two hours of my instructor complaining about her life and her marriage took its toll and I was on the point of tears by the time I got home. It didn't help that she was running nearly two hours late, so the mock started at 7pm instead of 5pm.

  3. It was my dad's birthday on Friday. I bought him the new Jools Holland CD by myself. We went out for a meal on Saturday at Da Vinci because he knows the owner-chef and we always get a discount on the total bill. I had scallops, cannelloni verde and panna cotta. Mum, Helen and I paid the final bill, which was £160 even with the discount!

  4. The Prague holiday is officially going ahead! Dad has booked the hotel and the flight. We are going on my birthday weekend, and we will be staying here. I am so excited, I've always wanted to go to Prague. I promise to take lots of photos, and this time I won't be relying on my sister to send them to me.

  5. Really happy that Doctor Who is back on television. I love Eleven and Clara's dynamic and can't wait to find out more about Clara.

Hope everybody is okay. :)
sea_thoughts: (Spring - luna_ann)
Thanks to everyone who responded to my last entry about the death of my best friends' dad. I met up with my friends a couple of weeks ago today since I was in town to see a concert with my parents. I introduced them to a new café, we sat there and talked about films and actors and boys. They laughed, I laughed, and I think it was good for them to talk about something else for a change.

The memorial service is this Friday. I hope the weather is nice. It's taking place in the New Forest and apparently we're having a hog roast afterwards, since that was his favourite meal.

The V&A - Lacquer and Furniture and Ceramics )

Manet )


Theory Test

Mar. 3rd, 2013 07:11 pm
sea_thoughts: (W00t! - ibroughtuflowers)
Passed my driving theory test yesterday! What a relief. Now all I have to do is pass the practical and I'm free and don't have to listen to my driving instructor. Also went to London to see Wreck-It Ralph (which FINALLY opened here last month) and really enjoyed it. Have to say that all the "duty" jokes will fly over the head of anyone who isn't American, though. I'm glad I went with my friend from California, who was able to explain the pun to me!
sea_thoughts: (Thoughtful - helensheep)
My masterlist on my fanfic LJ has been updated! I am also finally uploading my Ginny story Watching For Wolves on there, so if any of my HP friends still read this LJ and are interested in finding out how it ended, please comment.

I'm also thinking about clearing my friends' list. Many people aren't on LJ any more or very rarely. If you haven't posted in over a year, then I will probably defriend you. It's not personal, it's just to make my friends' list more manageable. If you don't want me to defriend you, just commment here.

I hope to post a real life update soon, and actually complete my account of Paris. My sister still hasn't sent me the photos or that would have been done a long time ago!
sea_thoughts: (Christmas - ibroughtuflours)
So here, very late but still within a month of December 25, is my Christmas list. Be warned, it contains mostly boring household things because I pay my mortgage and want to feather my nest.

The List )

I've also bought myself a new ironing board, the new Mumford & Sons album and three DVDs in the HMV sale: The Road to El Dorado, so I can finally understand all those GIFs on Tumblr; Rango; and Moonrise Kingdom, my favourite movie of last year (yes, even above The Avengers).

I am sad about HMV closing down, but not surprised. When I went in on Sunday to try and find The Hobbit soundtrack, they didn't have it at all and the music selection had been shoved to the back of the store to make way for merchandise and headphones. I remember back at university (which is 10 years ago *sob*), HMV was the place to go for music. Of course, this was back when they still sold videos and ITunes was in its infancy. ._. I wonder what the HMV in Canterbury looks like now...
sea_thoughts: (Autumn - sunlitdays)
I was going to post more about my Paris adventure, my birthday week, my two previous weekends (Puzzlewood, Brave, Skyfall, Westonbirt Arboretum) but then today I got the news that my sister's cat, Dillon, died today. With no warning. I just saw him this weekend. He was eight years old, a beautiful ginger Maine Coone with a huge fluffy tail and big gentle paws that never scratched when he played with you. She'd only had him for 9 months. She woke up this morning for her early shift and discovered him lying in the doorway of the spare room of her flat. His body was still warm but he was gone. They've buried him in the long grass at the bottom of the hill outside her flat. I can't believe he's gone and I can't believe that once again my sister has lost a pet. None of my sister's pets have died of old age. She's had two hamsters, two cats and a rabbit: all of them have died because of accident or through injury. None of them were over five years old. I didn't even live with him but I'm going to miss him so much.
sea_thoughts: (DWCarmen - wg15graphics)
Had one of the best Bank Holiday weekends in recent memory a couple of weeks ago. Had the Thursday and the Friday off because I went to see Michael McIntyre on the Thursday evening with my sister in Cardiff. I've never been to Cardiff before (never been to WALES before) so I was very excited to finally see the Severn Bridge and the Severn Estuary (which was beautiful even under the glowering clouds). The sat-nav managed to take us into Cardiff but didn't direct us to the entrance of the NCP car park, so we had to drive around in a huge circle. We really only found the entrance thanks to my sister's driving skills and experience, because it was TUCKED AWAY behind some houses. I wonder how anyone parks there considering it's such a major car park. Due to traffic, we only had time to eat a Burger King meal before running off to the arena (and it started raining) but the show made it all worth it. McIntyre is just as funny live as on screen (possibly funnier). There were points during the show where I couldn't breathe because I was laughing so hard. Stayed at my sister's for the night, then went down to see my parents for the weekend and did basically nothing, which was very nice. :)

Have seen The Dark Knight Rises (oh my God, I want to see it again); The Avengers (saw it four times, I regret nothing); The Bourne Legacy (mainly for Jeremy Renner, let's be honest); and The Amazing Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield IS Peter Parker, Emma Stone was adorable, can't wait for more).

Currently planning my birthday weekend in Paris with [ profile] vifetoile and my sister. Definitely going to see the Musée d'Orsay this time, and the Eiffel Tower, and lots of other things! There will be photos because my sister is bringing her boyfriend's camera, and they will be GOOD ones this time!
sea_thoughts: (Summer - eowyngiulia)
I think I'm finally emerging from the fog of grief. I'm feeling the urge to write again. I'm getting my shit together. I went to the gym today for the first time in ages and I've booked the B&B, the train tickets and the hotel for my birthday weekend in Paris.

Still have to phone the doctor's about my birth control, because I've finally decided to go on it. Watch this space.

So... how is everyone? Is anyone still reading this? ^^;;
sea_thoughts: (Crazy - technographics)
So my granddad dies on Monday, then I find out today in the space of two hours that not only is Benedict Cumberbatch going to be at the Cheltenham Music Festival READING POETRY but the Fabulous Baker Brothers are also coming to Gloucester that weekend.

What is going on, universe?
sea_thoughts: (Grief - holo_daxy)
I meant to update my LJ last weekend but my granddad was taken into hospital and we spent the week waiting for news. My parents just phoned me and told me that he died peacefully this morning. It's good, because he wasn't really him any more; Alzheimer's had gradually eroded the man I grew up with and he was practically housebound, which for a man who'd always enjoyed his sport was akin to torture. So I'm glad he's not suffering any more, but I'm still sad. Although he was a selfish man, he was always loving and kind towards me and until my cousin Jack was born, I was his favourite grandchild. My dad's father died when he was 11 so my granddad was the only grandfather I had growing up (but I had 3 grandmothers - my mother's mother, my mother's stepmother and my father's mother) and now I won't have that again (unless I find a partner with a living grandparent).

I'm postponing my life update for a little while but I will be back.
sea_thoughts: (Whoops - mars-mellow)
Originally posted by [ profile] ericadawn16 at CISPA is the new SOPA and here we go again....
Originally posted by [ profile] bitemetechie at CISPA is the new SOPA and here we go again....
Originally posted by [ profile] beren_writes at CISPA is the new SOPA and here we go again....
Originally posted by [ profile] mieka_writes at CISPA is the new SOPA and here we go again....
Originally posted by [ profile] lirren at CISPA is the new SOPA
Originally posted by [ profile] velvetwhip at CISPA is the new SOPA
Here's their next move: The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, would obliterate any semblance of online privacy in the United States.

And CISPA would provide a victory for content owners who were shell-shocked by the unprecedented outpouring of activism in opposition to SOPA and Internet censorship.

The House of Representatives is planning to take up CISPA later this month. Click here to ask your lawmakers to oppose it.

SOPA was pushed as a remedy to the supposed economic threat of online piracy -- but economic fear-mongering didn't quite do the trick.

So those concerned about copyright are engaging in sleight of hand, appending their legislation to a bill that most Americans will assume is about keeping them safe from bad guys.

This so-called cyber security bill aims to prevent theft of "government information" and "intellectual property" and could let ISPs block your access to websites -- or the whole Internet.

Don't let them push this back-door SOPA. Click here to demand that your lawmakers oppose CISPA.

CISPA also encourages companies to share information about you with the government and other corporations.

That data could then be used for just about anything -- from prosecuting crimes to ad placements.

And perhaps worst of all, CISPA supercedes all other online privacy protections.

Please click here to urge your lawmakers to oppose CISPA when it comes up for a vote this month.

Thanks for fighting for the Internet.

-Demand Progress

The dark side is not giving up so we must continue to fight the good fight.
sea_thoughts: (SMHero/Heroine - evansblue)
Originally posted by [ profile] hollywoodgrrl at Google Privacy Issues: Web History
Originally posted by [ profile] anjak_j at Google Privacy Issues: Web History
If you are going to do this, you need to do it before March 1st. It has been said that users will not be able to do anything about this after that date.

With reference to Google's policy changes and how everything you do with your Google account will be tied together into their super-cauldron of information, you will probably want to clear your Google Web History out - if you turned that feature on - before month's end. After that, you won't be able to clear it, and everything you search for will be connected with your account.

To check settings and/or clear out your Web History:

1. Go to Google. If you aren't signed in already, do so.
2. In the top right-hand corner you'll find your email address or name, perhaps an icon if you have a Plus account, and a little downward facing arrow. Click on the arrow and a menu will pop up.
3. Click to 'Account Settings'. This will take you to a page called 'Accounts'. (If you have a Plus account, you might go via a Plus sign-in page.)
4. Scroll down to a section called 'Services'. Here you'll find an option called 'View, enable, or disable web history', which has a link next to it. Click on the link.
5. If you never turned web history on, you'll get a page asking if you want to turn this service on. Just click 'No Thanks' and all is good. If you did turn it on, you should have a list of your searches. At the top there is a button that says 'Remove All History'. Click this and follow the instructions which will remove all items from your Web History and pause the feature so nothing else will be added in future.

Also, you can completely remove Web History as a service from your account by clicking THIS LINK, checking the tick-box and confirming you want to remove Web History. To be safe, it is probably best to do the steps above first to remove any history that might have already been collected.

sea_thoughts: (Evil - blood-skittles)
Originally posted by [ profile] jaded_jamie at CALLING ALL PEOPLE IN THE UK - SIGN THE PETITION AND SAVE OUR FREEDOMS

Calling All UK Subjects/Citizens

Jaded Jamie Images Inc


There is a petition you should sign if you disagree with ACTA [legislation they are trying to bring in that is a disgusting attack on personal freedoms] you can learn all about ACTA in brief HERE

This is a British Government petition, meaning that if they get more then ten thousand signatures it will be debated in the House of Commons. So it is a valid and legal petition and I beg all those from the UK to sign it *and* spread this petition through your Facebook/LiveJournal/*Any* other social networking sites you belong to.

We cannot allow them to do this to the internet, it kills the whole point of why it was created. The only unlegislated freedom that we have is about to be strangled away from us. Don't let them do it.

Please sign it and please spread the word.


sea_thoughts: (DWLittle Wonder - brontide)
Meme from [ profile] dark_branwen

- Comment to get an age.
- Answer the three questions below about you at that age.
- Repost at will.

Kerry gave me 9

Child of the pure unclouded brow and dreaming eyes of wonder )
sea_thoughts: (Thoughtful - helensheep)
gakked from [ profile] boji

If you're maybe noticing that you're older than you used to be, and are feeling sad/angry/confused/worried/frustrated that you haven't accomplished as much as you/other people in your present or past/annoyingly critical voices inside your head think you should have, and if you're maybe feeling something like "I'm not a real grownup like everyone else," and if you're maybe also feeling sad/angry/confused/worried/frustrated that your body isn't working the way it used to, and you're maybe thinking, "if that's true then how am I going to DO all those accomplishments that I/other people/voices in my head think I ought or want to do?", and maybe you're also wondering how are you going to dig out from under the accumulation of habit and procrastination and self-doubt to some sense of satisfaction in your life again, then post this same sentence in your journal.
sea_thoughts: (Long Day - bellasinfonia)
I'm sorry I've been absent so long. Right after getting sick and the laptop crashing (still haven't found my flash drive, damn it), it was time for my kitchen to be decorated. My mum came to stay with me all last week so I've been spending time with her and making sure the kitchen is okay. It is now finished and beautiful. I will post photos this weekend. I haven't forgotten about Watching for Wolves, The Exiles OR [ profile] sm_monthly. I will get on with them this weekend as well.



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