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quartie
30 November 2010 @ 12:12 pm
Snow! Well, there you have it.

Anyway, what looked to be a quite confused Christmas seems to be working itself out and I'm damned excited! Sorry to be blogging so festively when I know it's not everyone's cup of Sainsbury's Taste the Difference White Tea, but I'm feeling it and it's making me smile.

Also HURRAH for another blog this week. I promised I'd be back!

Another thing - laughing feels great. You can't deny that(unless you have pulled a muscle), laughing makes you feel bright from the inside out. I suggest we all do it more often.

And to that I say, cheers!

 
 
quartie
29 November 2010 @ 04:32 pm
Please don't tell me it's only me that loves to feel the chill in the air?! It instantly reminds me warm, family fires, of snuggles under covers, of hugging your bowl of soup, of the fun it is putting on your layers and layers of thermal armour before you step outside, of pretty white blankets covering long stretches of high hills that are brushed in the icy breeze. Chilled air and outside Winter in general are not unpleasant to me.

But, then again, I don't have a cold at the moment.

Famous. Last. Words.

I'm touching so much wood it should be illegal. At least in public.
 
 
quartie
25 November 2010 @ 10:39 am
There once was a beautiful and intellegent lady called Fracture (I'm sorry, I don't quite know how to do LJ user tags!) who demanded, with a point, that I update more frequentally, if ever. As not to let a lady down, here I am! If not incredibly late... forgive me.

The Big Move

After three years of putting up with a crumbling flat and an incompotent fool for a landlord, the House of Metal (TM) shall disperse and move on. We have to be out December 10th and have had to use Hal's mother's new place in Chelsea temporarily before we find somewhere new. Big task. Two people's stuff being carted around London to be carted back out to Camden again at some point. I will miss the place and the people dearly but, to paint a picture of why we must leave I give you the mornings - showers in the mould, that might be causing breathing problems for the tenants, with chunks of ceiling falling down by candlelight as the light doesn't work absolutely freezing because the double glazed windows only just installed, by the landlord and his cronies coming in unannounced and illegally, are terribly shoddy with gaps between the window and the wall. I am quite excited about finding a new place in Camden, but it is massive effort at just the wrong time (I've just had my birthday, Christmas is coming up and Hal is currently neck deep in album writing, planning recording, which should really take paramount and I hope that I can do anything to keep it that way)!

Mrs Sinden

I am to be wed. Soon. We decided. We've been engaged for a while now, knowing that we would never be able to rush in to marriage because of financial reasons, timings in life and the fact that we would NEVER underhand a chance to have a massive, awesome party. But I cannot wait to share Hal's last name. And I can't wait to show to our worlds (even though they know it already) that we completely fill each other and all we are. So my focus has been solely on excited bride mode as of late with meetings with a dressmaker and champagne already purchased!

Melissa

You now know an Uncle Hal and Aunty Beth! I don't have a photo to show you, but you'll have to believe that our close friends Alex and Caroline have given birth to one of the most beautiful daughters ever. She was 51cm long and will knock everyone dead as she grows up with some of the most caring and intellegent parents and a great pair of pouty lips. We're making sure to keep trips to them up and frequent as to not miss her growing! I've never seen Hal speechless untill he held her in his arms for the first time.

The people that make it worth while

Looking around me and feeling hungry for the people that are there I realise how amazing my friends are. Of course I wouldn't fill my life with worthless people, but I just don't know what I've done to fall in to such great friendship groups and build up close bonds so quickly with like minded and wonderful people. Slushy, I know, but it amazes me sometimes. So this is a thankyou to them and lady luck!

Blogroll

With my work blocking sites in a crazy and bizarre way, my relaxation at work must come in quite a restricted and creative way. If you suffer this also, here's some of what I surf:

http://www.flickr.com/ - I know it's nothing new, but there are some amazing amateur photographers on here waiting to be discovered or lots of great groups of similiar interests and a creative eye.

http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com/ - One of my favourites for a quick laugh and a I-can't-believe-some-people-do-that moment!

http://twwly.com - Extremely inspirational life and views from a mother, farmer and heavily tattooed pretty lady. She has the cutest kids and I just love the way she writes!

http://www.biorequiem.com - One of my favourite ladies that I completely don't know and co-founder and great writer of Coilhouse, but I'm sure you all knew that already.

I would love to have more regular sites to check up on art so would really love your input. Hit me!

Happy Thanksgiving

...to all our American chums! Hal currently works at an American University in the centre of town and we've been very kindly invited to Thanksgiving tonight - I've never celebrated it before! From what I know of the history, it doesn't seem like too much of a thing to celebrate, but I understand the importance of tradition. It does seem strange to do Christmas-type meal and feel a month before Christmas too, but I am very thankful for trying it all out tonight. What do you suggest we take for the hosts?

I really am sorry for the wordy blog, but hopefully this is a catch up blog and I can produce more fun, photo-inclusive updates from here on in. Plus, I can't collect photos from facebook or similar whilst at work, so you'll have to just use your imagination.

Oh! And a picture of Twwly's daughter - THE CUTE! IT BURNS!

 
 
quartie
01 September 2010 @ 12:35 pm
WHITBY! WHITBY! WHITBY! WHITBY! WHITBY! WHITBY! WHITBY! WHITBY! WHITBY! WHITBY! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
 
 
quartie
01 July 2010 @ 05:09 pm
Just to let everyone know who might have their ears and eyes on, I DO still log on to LJ almost everyday to keep up with everyone. I really love it! And I apologies for the lack of updates.

There are many essay length comments that I say in my head that would be responses to your posts..... and then I DON'T comment! Pointless! I must make an effort to verablise my reactions to your stories, musings and adventures.

So friends, thankyou for your continued sharing. I appreciate it!
 
 
 
quartie
19 April 2010 @ 01:04 pm
I thought this quiz would help me, but it leaves me just as confused! What conflicting results!

Take the Who Should You Vote For? UK General Election quiz

Labour12
Conservative12
UK Independence-3
Liberal Democrat-13
Green-17

You expected: CON

Your recommendation: Labour/Conservative

Click here for more details about these results

Looks like I'll be hunting down the televised debate on youtube to help me make this decision.

 
 
 
quartie
16 February 2010 @ 11:25 am
Since the nation seems to be utterly obsessed with vampires for about a year or so, what does this mean for cultural society? I see previous prudes displaying an unhealthy love and knowledge of all things modern soap opera vamp and right rudies being able to recite Twilight and argue about who loves it more. What the HELL is going on?! I've never been obsessed with vampires and related subjects, but often thought it extremely sexy in concept, even if it is cliched and overdone often, I forgave it. This was BEFORE this onslaught of numerous TV series leaning to a more Satanic and demonic slant and film upon film that would've been just a cheesy chick flick 3 or 4 years ago, but now with added pointy teeth and dead looking makeup.

Should I feel that this is a break through? Is mainstream media is now becoming edgier, darker and more gothic? I feel bored and annoyed by it and that's about it.

I know I haven't seen ALL of the original and expertly coveted versions of Dracula, Nosferatu, ect., but I've seen and greatly loved some (Interview with a Vampire, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Nosferatu the Vampyre, another German version... which I can't recall and others). Maybe I began seeing them way too late and someone else finds my 'modern' intake of these subjects as strange as I do with the current trend! Maybe this started with Buffy the Vampire Slayer being made in to a successful TV series! Ponderment.

I came to a conclusion this morning about this that shocked me to my very core. I have a theory. Maybe. Just maybe. Since the widespread love of all things vampire to all and sundry, including complete chavs that would have preiously beat the unholy crap out of a goth whilst calling them a vampire in a degoragtory manner, our more mainstream (read this as 'with money and good looks') fetish porn will include even more chav-like, ill spoken stars, covering themselves with blood, biting and toturing each other whilst moaning "Oh yeah, dats, riogh'. Put it in mah ear-ah propah, loike!". Shock horror.

(Please note - I am not actually that bothered. There has to be a trend in film and TV as there always is. I just don't understand it.)
 
 
quartie
15 February 2010 @ 02:07 pm
I saw 5 of those fuzzy panda head beanie hats on the way to work this morning. I suppose they are 'cool' now. Shame as they are still mighty cute.

I spent my Valentine's Day cleaning our room and had a wicked time doing it. No, seriously.

No... SERIOUSLY!

I think it's because it was productive, smelt nice and I was with my fiance. Spending our days together is the best present of all.
 
 
quartie
11 February 2010 @ 11:20 am
Pop gigs.

Are.

Weird.

But I'd endure it all again for Ellie Goulding. Probably shall be in the summer. She is a force of her own and recordings cannot hold her.

As for the feel of the gig itself. Ugh. I really felt uncomfortable with everyone but the bar staff. There was this strange, unspoken ettiquette. In metal gigs, I feel everyone's on nearly the same level. If you want to get to the front, you get to the front. You might rub past a sweaty body or too, but it doesn't matter. You get squished or you stand at the back. You get loud and bouncy and happy and everyone appreciates it like a team. But last night was awkward. Where to stand, how to stand, having to endure 'so ironic, like, totally random' with the air of the bitch floating around. Maybe I was imagining it. Maybe not all non-stadium pop gigs are like that.

But none of it mattered when Ellie was involved. Thankyou, Hal, for getting us the guest list. And thankyou for holding my hand. And thankyou for reviewing it whilst hugging me all the way home. AMAZING!