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Hahahaha 'post more often'. Yep. So, moving on!

Hello, I am not yet dead or giving up on LJ or- actually no, everything else is pretty much what you'd expect; work is boring yada yada, life continues much unchanged yada yada...well I suppose that's not technically true. There's been recent work dramallamas in the continuing saga of Why Must Everyone I Work With Be So Relentlessly Stupid and it all kicked off with an official complaint by another admin girl last Monday, but I've had phone conversations since (I was off Wednesday - Friday) that implies it's all sorted and we are in fact in good nick with the management who think we're doing a great job. I guess I'll see tomorrow. The whole stupidity has really crystalised the fact to me that I don't want to work for that place long-term even though I don't mind the job itself, because stupid dramallama stuff that should've been avoided with a little common sense happens all the time. It's reminded me that I need to actually focus on saving money towards an eventual Masters, preferably in Cardiff, so I can flee the place.

This resolution to save started most excellently well as I almost immediately went off on a three-day shopping trip to Cardiff. In justification it's been planned since April, I did actually desperately need new shoes/jeans, and it's like getting it all out of my system before I go cold turkey on spending, right?

(It made more sense when I was using it as an excuse to buy things, really.)


This building never fails to make me happy. <3


The trip was so lovely - I think I definitely needed just to get out of dodge for a few days because I'd been getting more and more stressed with everything at work and actually just leaving the county (and the country, given that I went back to Wales!) was good timing, and I felt better about life, the universe and everything just by the time I got to London Euston.

Yes, I went to Cardiff via London. Yes, there was an excellent reason for this; I arranged the entire trip around going to the Hampstead Theatre to see Propeller (I may have mentioned them before. At length. In the previous post. I really like Propeller) perform their Twelfth Night again. I love the play so much, I couldn't bear the thought of not seeing it again and despite fretting the entire way down that I'd miss it (due to engineering works I had to catch a train to Manchester, wait an hour for my next train to London, then catch a couple of Tubes and find the theatre by 2:00pm) I got there in plenty of time. I did a post about it over in the Propeller comm, so I won't repeat myself but it was wonderful. In the interval I tweeted "My idea of heaven is sitting in a dark theatre and watching Propeller perform this play over and over", and I meant it. If it hadn't finished touring yesterday I'd say to go see it; as it is they're touring Midsummer Night's Dream/Comedy of Errors starting in November and everyone should go see at least one of them. I am. Multiple times. (No, I really am.)

Then, after catch-up sushi and mocking the Tie Rack workers at Paddington station with [livejournal.com profile] kindoftrouble and A, it was a packed train and then Cardiff. I love Cardiff. I may have mentioned this before. And this time it was mid-week so the shops weren't too busy (apart from flocks of graduates in robes that bizarrely kept congregating everywhere), everywhere had great sales, the weather was hot but not humid at all, and everywhere I went people had Welsh accents (a girl standing behind me in Schuh exclaimed over a pair of Converse "Oh those are lush!"). It was lovely. I shopped all day Thursday, ate down at a packed Cardiff Bay full of people enjoying the sunshine and workmen turning Roald Dahl Plass into a beach, complete with helter-skelter.



It's going to be a beach for all of August, complete with sand, a water play area, and traditional seaside amusements. I wish I could go back to see it because I think it'll be amazing.

I also saw Pacific Rim on Thursday night which was so delightfully, uncompromisingly ridiculous that I loved every second of it. I think it demands a suspension of disbelief from the very first line and how much you enjoy it depends totally on how far you're willing to simply shrug and roll with it, but if you do it rewards you by being a lot of fun. Even if every time someone said 'jaegar', I couldn't stop myself mentally adding 'meister' onto the end.

Friday was more shopping, and gbk and then an endless six hour trip home which definitely increased my stress levels again but an entire weekend of dedication lounging has fixed that. I'm sad that I have to go back to work tomorrow and that I don't have any more time off until October, but Cardiff remains fabulous. I wish I could win the lottery so I could just buy my penthouse flat on the Bay and stay there.

~

Other Things:

- [livejournal.com profile] jesse_kips is a rockstar and got us tickets to see Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus after Christmas. I want to say how awesome this is but I don't think words that awesome have been invented yet. It's entirely possible one or both of us will end up with restraining orders against us but given the general insanity of Hiddleston's fans we'll probably just blend right in.

Incidentally, that'll make it five times that I've been to the theatre this year. That's pretty good. Next year I'm thinking that I'll aim to make it six.

- Andy Murray won Wimbledon! This made me utterly delighted, (especially since they can now stop repeating that awful interview from 2012 when he was crying too much to speak oh my god BBC seriously, STOP SHOWING IT). I wrote 5000 words of post-final Murray/Djokovic in a fit of inspiration that was killed by work stress and shopping. It's so close to being finished, I should actually just suck it up and do it. Argh.

- In general, writing is going- well, I don't want to say 'not well' but 'distinctly average'. Must try harder.

- The sun came out in Britain about two weeks ago and hasn't gone back in yet. Everyone enjoyed it for about a day and then old people started dropping like flies, doctors started screaming about skin cancer and all the salt marshes on my train ride to work have dried up. Dear Britain, the next person to complain about the rain will be taken out and shot, understood?

- Still haven't won the lottery, despite multiple attempts. Sigh.

- I promised to post about Peter and Alice, didn't I. That's not a question. I know I've failed, even though I have it all written down. It was fantastic and made me cry like a baby, and I think that may be as far as I get in forming coherent thoughts. Sorry. :(

- I had another point, and then I thought of Ben Whishaw and promptly forgot it. Er. It probably wasn't important.

- This is probably it for another two months but I do check LJ every day so if you do want to check I haven't fallen off the face of the planet, leave a comment & I will get it & reply. Keep posting. For all its failings, it makes me sad that LJ is slowly dying. I'll miss it if - when - it finally gives up the ghost (plus I've forgotten my Dreamwidth password again. Typical).

Date: 2013-07-21 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] make-a-move.livejournal.com
I wrote 5000 words of post-final Murray/Djokovic

I WOULD READ THAT. SO HARD.

Date: 2013-07-21 08:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clo.livejournal.com
Ugh I'm so out of practice with tennis fic so I'm not sure how many of the 5000 words are worth reading but I'm pushing myself to finish it because it's SO CLOSE and then I can fix the sucker enough to be worth posting. I'll probably just post what's done if I don't get anywhere in a week or so but I've got the ending and it just needs the p0rn writing in the middle. I couldn't not write something after he finally actually won. :D

Date: 2013-07-21 11:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kindoftrouble.livejournal.com
WHY WAS I NOT INFORMED OF THIS. I NEED TO READ IT TOO.

Date: 2013-07-22 06:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clo.livejournal.com
I SO VERY ALMOST TOLD YOU AND THEN COULDN'T DECIDE IF IT WAS TOO BADLY WRITTEN TO MENTION. I'll see if I can blitz through the end tonight & then I'll be poking you to proof my tennis facts. ;-)

Date: 2013-07-21 10:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jesse-kips.livejournal.com
If we don't both end up with restraining orders from the Hiddles, then we didn't try hard enough to win him over! As long as we get the photos/signatures first, it's all alright :DDDDDDD SOOOOOOO EXCITED!!

Also, getting your spending out of you system sounds like VERY GOOD saving logic to me! Then you might want something while saving and you can say, "NO! I bought all that stuff so no spending for me!" *Nods*

Next Thursday I'll be back to nagging you about writing - I gave you this week off since you were in Cardiff and everything :D

Date: 2013-07-22 06:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clo.livejournal.com
Ahahaha that's like the motto of every tweenie fan now: "IF YOU DON'T HAVE A RESTRAINING ORDER, YOU'RE NOT A REAL FANGIRL." Oh my god HIDDLEFACE RIGHT THERE, with the smile and the nerdiness and !!!!

Yay! I do feel like it's been a good decision because now I own everything I *need* so apart from replacing the odd Benefit product I should have no reason to spend money on ANYTHING ELSE. You should remind me of this whenever we're in Paperchase. ;-D

Fair. ;) I did try to finish tennis fic in Cardiff but most of my trains were too busy to write on. :( Shouldn't be allowed!

Date: 2013-07-22 10:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jesse-kips.livejournal.com
"All the real fans have restraining orders!" :D I KNOW! HE'LL BE RIGHT THERE IN PERSON AND MIGHT BE HANDING OUT HUGS AND I'M MORE EXCITED ABOUT THIS THAN ABOUT CHRISTMAS! :D

All very sensible! And I promise I'll do my best not to make you spend lots of money in Paperchase... Although maybe we better just avoid it!

Ugh, full trains are the worst. Why don't they allocate each person 2 spaces? Good good - you'll have that novel in no time :D

Date: 2013-07-27 04:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mayakittenreads
Hello, stranger!

I'm not much better with LJ these days, though lately I've been managing to post about once a week? We'll see how long that goes, I guess. Thank goodness for Twitter. ;)

Cardiff - I miss it. *sighs* I know what you mean about saving, though I think I now have enough to by my flights for my US trip in February. Gallifrey One, here I come! A whole weekend of Doctor Who fandom. So. Excited.

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