quinara: Profile shot of Olivier from FMA:B, mostly of her hair. (Olivier profile)
But I thought I should check in again! Thanks for all the birthday wishes last weekend. Life continues, and I have got into jogging and (bizarrely) Beauty (at least in terms of spending ages browsing shit and then buying nail varnish) as ways of destressing.

But on a shopping trip today I also bought this album, which made me very happy:

Electronic 80s 2 from the Ministry of Sound's Anthems series

I don't know what crap they had on the first version - this just keeps giving. I didn't even realise when I bought it that New Order's True Faith was on it, nor White Wedding!

I also have some Deep House Euphoria and a Maison Kitsune compilation of 'new faces'. But those are to think about later!

I also bought fruit. *is anticipating the nectarine season*
quinara: Mog from Meg and Mog swimming in a diving suit. (Meg and Mog Mog underwater)
Sorry; should have said that ages ago. Suffice to say the second of half of term was very busy and various things were/continue to be quite stressful. Currently I'm dealing with it via profligate online spending... :/ But given we live in times of miniscule interest rates and moderate inflation there's naff all point saving anyway, right? And my job hunt for next October might be successful...

Not much news otherwise. Main bit of spending was on a beautiful new work laptop, because my old one was held together by sellotape and tended to crash all the time anyway. Technically it was mostly bought with the money I earnt teaching this term, though I sort of went over-budget after getting seduced beyond my means... Also, I didn't factor in that in the last three years Microsoft have changed their licensing on Office to make them all single-use unless you already have Office365. Since my PC just has normal Office 2013 I also had to put up another hundred quid for that. :( But I'm writing on it now and it's lovely!! I continue to be the only person in the world who actually likes Windows 8, and now I've got to grips with SkyDrive, I quite like that too.

I have also decided I'm going to try growing the dye out of my hair (which has been henna'd red for at least the last seven years and with a box before that), because I decided the red was making my face look even redder. I'm hoping with age and experience what I remember as mousey brown might read as ash blonde this time around, or else I might help it along a bit anyway. The plan is to look pale and interesting, rather than an angsty teenager, which the red reminds me of being. We shall see.

My fandom output has been minimal, continuing to be limited to javascript web doodles for [livejournal.com profile] sb_fag_ends - but do make sure to check out our advent calendar! Especially tomorrow, if you get a chance, or before the end of December. Such javascript plotting is indeed relevant for something else [livejournal.com profile] bogwitch and I are working on, but that's still officially unannounced, so don't watch this space.

Finally, many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat and [livejournal.com profile] speakr2customrs for the Christmas card! It did indeed manage to traverse the far reaches of space and time; I was very impressed. Merry Christmas to you (glad to hear everyone's OK) and extra merry Christmasses to everyone who wants one!
quinara: Approaching Black Mage from FFIX. (FFIX black mage)
So, the sad news is that I had to take my spiky shoes back to the shop, because they were too tight and as it was I wasn't going to wear them enough that such discomforts in the name of IMPACT were worth it. However! The good news is that I have bought some other shoes instead... They are less exciting, generally, but intrigue me because they break a number of my general norms:

1. They are casual heeled shoes. I don't generally wear these, but I thought it was time to try (again, since terrible attempts in 2008). Because I'm grown up and shit / AW13 (which is looking very nice BTW) makes me think it's time to be a bit more dressy.

2. They have a big block heel like it's 1997. And a platform! (They are ankle boots, just for more horrors of such styling.) Now, when I was ickle and into the Spice Girls, I did indeed admire their stompy platform shoes. However, by the 2000s I like any sensible person realised that block heels are pretty bloody ugly, and never intended to find myself in anything that wasn't tapered nicely (don't like straight stick stilettos anyway... and that 2004-5 foray into sculpted heels that go in and out again is best left forgotten along with the T-bar brogues... yes; we can see why I don't really buy heels - and why I have to break rules if I'm ever going to buy anything.)

3. They aren't even real leather. And considering I was just harping on about this to Boggles, I think we can all appreciate how great a sin this is. Or how rarely serious my whinges are. Either way; they were the nicest style and they were cheaper, so I'll feel less bad if I banish them in the spring for being a huge mistake.

Anyway, I like them! And they do make my legs look very nice. The only problem is my skinny jeans - at least the burgundy pair I'm wearing now - are a bit obscenely tight, and while I usually just pretend that no one will notice that my bum and thighs are basically right there in people's faces, walking around with everything elevated off the ground a few inches seems a bit grotesque. Considering these four pairs of skinny jeans are (not even joking) the only bottom halves I have to wear on a day-to-day basis, I either need a lot more bum-covering tops, or some other trouser-based options. (But I tend to have issues with trousers, because my thighs are apparently large for the rest of me, so everything always clings awfully or I can't sit down or whatever... At least with the jeans it looks intentional - and they're stretchy.) I think midi/high-calf skirts are in and I kind of like the idea of them again. (Maybe a leather one. A vintage leather one!) But... Nowhere's selling them. Because apparently shops don't work out the implications of what they stock? Topshop have just got a bum-length jacket in, and if they had a nice material at some point I could probably live in that all winter. But there is danger ahead!

Oh, but they look really good with a coat I picked up on holiday that I may or may not have mentioned. So that is aces. :P

PS. I saw a teenager today doing the high-waisted-turned-up-baggy jeans with little trainers and a crop top (+ long sleeves) look today... She looked really great and I was jealous. :'( Not that I would have ever worn that look at 15 anyway. Although those jeans might well be the fashionable equivalent to big black Criminal Damage silly jeans...

PPS. The doctor reckons I have athlete's foot. :(
quinara: Owl from Meg and Mog looking a bit scared. (Meg and Mog Owl eyes)
But I think I would have been too stressed travelling around this weekend, not least because I skived on Thursday to go to the Proms! We stood for the first one, but my mum managed to get some jammy tickets to the Nigel Kennedy who was aaaaaaaaaaaamazing. Check it out on iPlayer if you can! (It's Prom 34.) Was very excited to see in some publicity article for it in the Times (wot my Mum reads) that the Nige is doing a collaboration with Massive Attack on another version of the Four Seasons which is meant to be released in the Autumn. It's going to be epic.

I also just bought some shoes. They are... Characteristic?

quinara: Owl from Meg and Mog driving: 'Who let the owl drive?' (Meg and Mog Owl drive)
Gang, the peacock coat arrived!! It is even better than I could have imagined - rather than parka-type material (what do you call that? Calico is wrong, I'm sure...), it's actually a finer, silkier material, lined in black and ever so slightly quilted, 90s bomber jacket style! It's a completely different coat to my blue one, though the cut is the same, and I already want to wear it everywhere...

... !!

*OK, so there's other stuff as well, but this is the best/least stressful for the moment...
quinara: Owl from Meg and Mog looking a bit scared. (Meg and Mog Owl eyes)
So, I think this is exactly the same as a parka I bought a couple of months ago in navy blue (because everyone seems to own khaki now and getting a new khaki parka seemed like an insult to my old, beloved, knackered one)... Only it's got peacocks on it?


(Bearing in mind that the reviews are silly and I thought I didn't like my blue parka because it was unlined and a bit basic, but now spend most of my time walking around in it looking in shop window reflections and thinking how well it goes with skinny jeans and DMs.)

(Really, I think I want it. I just feel poor because I finally got around to dumping most of my savings in an ISA rather than having them floating around my current account. You like it too, right?)

ETA: Wellll... I hope I don't regret that in the morning. To be fair, I haven't been drinking recently. So that makes it OK.
quinara: Sheep on a hillside with a smiley face. (Default)
Helloo!!! I've got used to being as pithy as possible, so this is a little strange, but I am writing from a USB keyboard balanced on my lap, attached to my laptop on a high table. The keyboard was meant for the library, but I might have to keep it here and see how I get on with it, since my attempts to find an office chair were a complete failure and I'm not sure it would really have worked anyway. I have quite long arms, so I think the keyboard needs to be on my lap to write in the natural position... But it's strange how even changing that habit is making it feel very unnatural to be typing instead of talking. I feel like I'm dictating or something.

Never mind; also have one wrist support on my right wrist. Definitely need another (hadn't realised what a difference it would make, and fifteen quid seemed excessive for a tube of neoprene with some velcro - cheers, Boots), if only to wear them at home. I think it helps with typing position too.

In other I-went-shopping-today news, I have decided that Siouxsie and the Banshees' The Lord's Prayer is the only appropriate soundtrack for bra shopping. Nothing else conveys the sense of abject misery, hopelessness and profound ugliness that lingerie departments inspire. Never may you need to search for a plain black t-shirt bra. I ended up in Primark, just out of desperation, and should not have been surprised to find you can indeed get something for £2.50 that fits at least as well as the other basic options elsewhere (sitting between £16-£20 - or you can get 2 for £20, if you want some foul white/tan version to go with the black, which I don't). Bleck.

Watched Sleeper this evening. I think I must watch far too much comedy and reality stuff these days, because I couldn't get over how dark the whole episode watch, literally speaking with the light. I was looking for the 'increase brightness' button on my flicker, the way I reach for the volume when something's too quiet.

My inbox is a state. Forgive me if I'm really slow at answering everything. Don't want to blow things just because it turns out Saturday night TV is dramatically more boring than weekday afternoons. But hello again!
quinara: Rinoa from FFVIII watching petals fly. (Rinoa petals)
So, I've signed up for a Pinterest invite... I saw the button on the Topshop website and thought to myself, 'you know, I would actually have a use for a service where I could store a mood board of aaaaaaall the clothes I'm lusting after - it might even help some buying decisions'. I'm going to sign up under my fandom name, because I can only ever imagine linking to it here for some reason - but, erm, I doubt anyone will be that interested in my obsession with dark red, jewel tones, leather, silk and wool and gold and BRIGHT THINGS (you see why I can never afford anything and have to lust)...

But! Does anyone have a Pinterest account? Do you use it? Is it fun? Browsing, there seems to be lots of tasty pictures of cake and cocktails, but considering I am always in the mood for a margarita anyway I'm not sure this is sensible to have in easy access. Oooooh, mood board of sweets!!

This is brought you by Gold Jacquard Mini Skirt, which makes me miss an old skirt I used to have in gold brocade. :( Also, I own two pairs of this style of jeans in dark grey and marine blue... But I cannot buy a pair in dark red, because otherwise most of my jumpers would make me look like I don't even know what. But it would be nice to have a reminder they exist. Also, eighteen pound jumper? Bargainous. Plus they do the same in a lovely heathered black...


ETA: Lavender mojito!!
quinara: Approaching Black Mage from FFIX. (FFIX black mage)
It is my birthday! It is also magnificently sunny, which is a strange phenomenon indeed. Thanks everyone for the good wishes and [livejournal.com profile] green_maia for the virtual gift!!

I didn't have a very exciting morning, because I had an appointment at the hospital about what will be my new hearing aids, which we did all the testing and calibrating for. I held my nerve and asked about the exciting transparent dark blue ones I'd seen on the internet, but they only had beige in, so they're going to have to send them to me when they've ordered some and programmed them up. But! I had the test ones on for a little while and they seemed to do enough to make me think I'm not wasting everyone's time about wanting to try them, though apparently it's going to take getting used to them before the world stops sounding like a bathroom. I hope they'll be OK; with both them and my glasses round my ears I felt remarkably cyborg-like, but you can't really see the tubes in my ear.

Because I am a creature of routine, I then went into the library, but thankfully found a few of friends at lunchtime with the presence of mind to tell me I should fuck off and go shopping. Also that there was more than enough time to rally at least the lit. people together for a drink this evening, so we will be off for Nando's and cocktails later! I really wanted to organise something with all the various disparate groups of friends I have, but I didn't get my act together at all... But I did have pizza with some other people last night, and was presented with four bottles of Jelly Belly soda (!!!! - Cyber Candy FTW)! Haven't tried them yet, but am looking forward to it. Maybe I should have one when I've finished my Coke...

I also had some cash from my family, so I did indeed fuck off for the afternoon and go shopping. The only problem is that, with the weather as it is, I'm feeling remarkably lacking in anything remotely spring like or slouchy-cool. This is partly because the two vaguely slouchy-cool tops I own need a wash and I'm stuck otherwise with tight t-shirts (all of which are getting really old). I didn't really solve this problem, but I did buy the palest jumper I've owned in a long time/ever(?). I also found a Whistles slouchy jumper dress reduced to £35 in John Lewis, which was a bit of a result. It's not really spring like in any respect, but it is burgundy and 100% merino wool, so I don't see how this can be in any way bad. It needs some leggings and boots, but then it will be joy!
quinara: Rinoa from FFVIII watching petals fly. (Rinoa petals)
Have decided this proves I am an adult: the snow has come, and all I can think about is that it's going to make it really hard to get to the library on Monday.

Also I'm out of all food that isn't pie. And Coke! I'm out of Coke! I meant to go to Asda today, but I was playing FFXIII and then I was cleaning... Thankfully Housemate is still excited enough by snow to be willing to adventure out with me. Of course, the Saturday crowd means there probably isn't going to be everything I want left, but hopefully there'll be non-pie food and some flapjack ingredients. And Coke.
quinara: Wesley looking angsty. (Wes swirly)
Yay, London shopping tomorrow! I really wouldn't mind getting some new things, since I am very much in a rut of just owning Topshop things (it's the only actually decent shop in town), which means chatting to everyone and having people say 'I love your jumper; I've got it at home'. And it's a running joke among several of us that we all have the same top in different colours. (Oh, but so comfy and easy to wear and ridiculously modern-looking for something so shapeless.)

However, it's fun to browse places online before you go shopping, right? I think so. Unfortunately, this means I find myself on the Selfridge's website in exactly the place where I never want to be because I can't afford anything and, and... Matthew Williamson, what have you done; I love you and your coat is so beautiful and worth over five months' rent. Aaaaaaahhh!!!

And now I must sulk because I've chosen academia as a career and will probably never own clothes as nice as these. :( Alas!

(On a brighter note, however; thanks [livejournal.com profile] louise39 for the cute Halloween spider gift! It's so cute!!
quinara: Anya drinking whiskey. (Anya whiskey)
Clermont won many points today (when did I start dealing with everything in life by a points system? I don't know), all for shopping, which went fairly well. Initially I had a few problems, because I went out towards the shopping centre thinking I'd find somewhere to eat along the way (seven-odd Euros for a posh salad, I was thinking; it's that sort of day - 27/8, apparently it's going to be 31 tomorrow; I might stay in), only to be faced with, well, cafes. Nice looking cafes, all with nice cafe price tags. I thought about eating in a dodgy cafe, but I tend to believe that with naff cafes you still end up paying 6E50 (why is there no Euro sign on my keyboard?) for a croque monsieur, while the ambience just makes you feel a bit like you're dying... So I went into the shopping centre, thinking there might be something interesting in there, but it turned out the only thing going was a PAUL, which I recognised from Marylebone station of all places, but that all looked a bit too much like having to make myself understood at a busy counter. On the first run through the shopping centre, I was also a bit put out by recognising most of the shops - although I'm not sure what I was expecting! Thankfully there wasn't an H&M or a United Colours of Benetton, which I tend to think of as the scourge of European shopping districts (I've never bought anything from UCoB, and usually find that H&M purchases have been a mistake), but there was Zara, naturally, and C&A, which just makes me think of the nineties, and a Habitat still going strong. And a LUSH, which will be handy if my Angels runs out while I'm here...

Rambley ramble. )
quinara: Rinoa from FFVIII watching petals fly. (Rinoa petals)
This would be where I ponder why I haven't had much to say recently, but I think it may just be that things go that way sometimes... My master's course is rushing quite worryingly to the final deadline (three weeks on Tuesday), so that's taking a lot of my attention; otherwise I'm rather fruitlessly searching for somewhere to live next year (since it seems pretty likely I'm carrying on to do a PhD).

But now, dear gang, I come crawling back in need of your help! A friend of mine is getting married in August, and I don't really have any idea what to get her. She doesn't have a registry, and she and her fiancé comment in the invite that they don't want too much stuff, because they're still moving in and out of rented accommodation (they're both medical students), and really would prefer money (though they'd really value anything - aww...). Personally, though, I don't want to give them just money, if only because it is a wedding gift. They could use it wisely and beneficially I'm sure (not that I'm thinking of giving them enough to really make a dent in anything), but I would rather give them something that they might still find useful ten years down the line - they're both Christian and I'm sure the wedding itself will be important to them, so it seems right that they should have some souvenirs of the day, rather than just a reduction in what they have to shell out for rent that month.

Of course, I have absolutely no idea what would be the best thing to give them! I don't want to cause them hassle they don't want, so I'm thinking it'll have to be practical and non-breakable. My mum's thought was that if we worked out the right sort of thing by wandering around some department stores, then I could go to a quirky independent/antique shop and find something unique. But I've been browsing websites and am not sure I'm going to get very far. (No one really wants a pepper grinder, do they? But bowls and teapots will always need boxes and packaging.) Does anyone have any ideas?

Also, I think I've seen a couple of people mentioning Kiva loans in the past, which I think would probably be the sort of route I'd go down if I were to give them some money - as a supplement or on its own - so that they would still get the money (I'm all for charitable giving, but donations on other people's behalf just seems a little rude, unless you know that's what they want), but that money would still actually do something worthwhile in the process. I've never used the site myself, though, so I was wondering if anyone who has could explain it to me a little more from a gift-giving perspective. By which I mean the rather mercenary questions of a) how long does it take (generally) to get the money back (obviously taking into account the very slight risk it won't come at all) and b) how does that money come into your account - is it in useful increments of $25, or is it all trickly and hard to withdraw from PayPal? What are your experiences with it generally?

Cheers for your thoughts!
quinara: Anya drinking whiskey. (Anya whiskey)
1. [livejournal.com profile] sb_fag_ends now has a mirror on DW: [community profile] sb_fag_ends! Ooh, ahh, shiny... More prompts tomorrow!

2. I bought a new dress! It has got to be one of the most flattering tight-jersey-to-be-worn-with-leggings dresses I have tried on (there are some very cunning folds and seams) and, bonus, is in this multi-coloured owl print fabric (against a background of dark teal-sort-of). It even has pockets. I am very happy with it and am wearing it to cocktails.

3. I am completely in love with this song today:

Good day? Good day. (I may also have shoved an essay draft at my supervisor - from now until 11.30 tomorrow it is totally his problem. Always a plus.)
quinara: Wishverse Buffy in a white frame. (Buffy Wish white box)
I still haven't managed to make myself watch the video [personal profile] gillo posted about yesterday, but as the Cambridge occupation enters its sixth day in town, I thought it was worth posting some links for balance. :D

PennyRed on Twitter has a great account of yesterday's protest in London, including amusing comments such as "Morning at UCL occupation. Scramble to clean up before the Guardian arriv. Are the Guardian now the strict parents of the British left?" [ETA: and this video, BTW, is what the Guardian made], "Protesters yell to hurry up: 'run,close the gap!' Two schoolgirls: 'close the pay gap while you're at it!' Amazing", "To the tune of 'coming round the mountain'- 'you can stick your big society up your arse!'" and "It's sleeting, I'm drinking tea in trafalgar square watching 3000 kids screaming to overthrow the state. Never felt more British in my life."

And, from the day before, a video of a UCL-organised flashmob having a protest outside Topshop (ah, rhetoric):

Students are not against 'Big Government' - 'Big Society', which they are against, is a daft Cameronian concept where services are increasingly decentralised into the private sector and 'volunteers' (because obviously the type of health and education services you receive should depend on where you (can afford to) live). They are against the increased levels of debt that will be pushed upon future generations of (possibly only) English students (Scottish students do not pay tuition fees) and the move towards a supply-and-demand model of funding in arts and humanities education.
quinara: Why Bird from Playdays with tea in front of the Whytech. (Why Bird tea and tech)
For the last week and a half my dad's (small) company has been exhibiting at the Start Garden Party and I've been roped in on various days to help out. It hasn't been that exiting (in case you suddenly decide to brave Popey London at the weekend, oh London-local flist, I promise you that you can pretty much do everything in about an hour and a half). There has been some interesting entertainment, but also so godawful stuff. I missed Vivienne Westwood (D:), but I did see Ben Elton for half an hour today - he was a bit ranty and nob-gaggy (but then what do you expect?), so that was very worthwhile. I also saw Sanjeev Bhaskar interviewing Anthony Worall Thompson the other day - unfortunately AWT did most of the talking (and was pretty pompous; no surprise there - SB was very witty in the approximate 4/5 comments he was able to make).

I was basically only helping out at lunchtime, so I took the chance to do some shopping, ending up with a new CD (which is so-so; I might get into it) and some jelly beans from Cyber Candy (Topshop have put their pic-n-mix price up, so the difference has been reduced, and it's worth it to get green tea and passion fruit flavours, which Topshop doesn't stock - also, I'm being pleasantly surprised by how fresh/soft-in-a-way-that-makes-me-think-fresh the beans are, so well done Cyber Candy), chatted to a friend from Christmas in LUSH (and possibly made a new one, getting the goss on the discons that are coming - there's some shockers in there; [personal profile] shapinglight, if you see this when you get back, I'd stock up on Smitten!), got some BURGUNDY VELVET LEGGINGS from Topshop (I don't know if they go with my leggings wear, but part of me DOESN'T CARE) as well as a 100% WOOL XL ANDES-TREKKING ZIPPY JUMPER THING FROM A VINTAGE SHOP to wear as a dress-thing (with leggings). It is soooooooo warm and snuggly - my house is permanently freezing, so I've been spending most of my time sitting at the computer with my quilt around me, but tonight for once I am a comfortable temperature!! I was very worried about layering this winter, because I think my susceptibility to the cold is getting worse (and it got to the point last winter where I was standardly wearing two pairs of tights and a third in the snow) - though maybe it's just been that bad a summer - but with my shiny new jumper I think I can take on the world!

Yes, I have been eating my jelly beans, why do you ask?
quinara: Spke standing over the Chinese Slayer, with the caption 'Slayer' at his feet. (Spike Slayer)
Of on holiday early tomorrow, so shall likely be gone for the week. I shall miss everyone and try to catch up when I'm back! (Though I haven't been around much as it is - must remedy that...)

Went shopping today for holiday things, and have succumbed to the leggings. :O But also amusing jumper-dresses with cut-outs and the waist to show sneaky stripes from a vest! Picked up CDs of Fragma (oh so cheesy dance music, oh so wonderful), madrigals and raï (because it looked interesting - have yet to listen to more than a few seconds; anyone know anything about it?).

[livejournal.com profile] plot_wout_porn is happening soon, and I was having a bit of trouble getting the oomph to write anything for it. Seem to have settled on a post-S8#35 thing where Spike, Buffy, Illyria and Connor go on a magical mystery tour in Spike's ship to save Angel from himself. I'm hoping for rompy action adventure, but am a bit worried it's taking some rather dark turns so far. Will try to get it finished in time to seek out another opinion - hope it doesn't come out too weird...

Speak to you soon!
quinara: Spike smoking on a crate. (Spike crate)
I'm going to a party this evening which has the rather amorphous theme of British youth culture (from the past to the present). I couldn't really be bothered to come up with a costume, so I was just going to tuck a black t-shirt into my (also black) leather trousers, pop on my Doc Martens and revel in not wearing heels for the night. But then I got the idea of tracking down a black leotard (because they do look better if you're going for the tucked in look), and after that I turned up the end of my trousers to make my docs look like proper bovver boots and found my spangly sequin jacket in the cupboard (which is cut as if it could have shoulder pads, though it doesn't) and thought 'you know, I could backcomb my hair and do my make up like Siouxsie Sioux'... So now, it seems, I'm going as some 80s person (I should have heeded [livejournal.com profile] bogwitch's warning that the 80s were coming to get me), but I can't work out if the two halves of my outfit mesh!

I need to watch some Young Ones episodes, I think, but, oh great flist (especially Brits who remember 80s "youth culture"), does anybody know if you can combine docs+turn-ups with black vest+spangly jacket? Was that done? I was wearing heels till three this morning, so I'd rather keep the bottom half, but it'll almost certainly be cold again this evening so I need some sort of jacket. Second choice is probably my black velvet blazer. Or I also have an Adidas zip-up track jacket thing, that's orangey-yellow with black stripes, collar and cuffs...

(Have backcombed my hair a bit already, BTW, because I thought I should check in case it looked horrific and I needed to wash it out - I actually quite like it... o.O )
quinara: Sheep on a hillside with a smiley face. (Default)
I came back to uni on the train today, which was an interesting experience, but mainly an exercise in working out how many bags etc. I could attach to myself and remain mobile. The total was one hiking rucksack (full of clothes and sundries), one laptop (in satchel-case), one viola (in case), one mini wheelie suitcase (containing a large handbag, folder, extension lead and sundry plugs) and one bag full of books (balanced on the wheelie suitcase). Not too shabby, I think.

Sainsbury's was a trove of delights as usual - they're peddling these ready meals that I think are supposed to be slightly more 'real' (about 50p more and they come in a round see-through plastic tray), so I got a 'Meatballs with chargrillled pepper and tomato sauce' pasta one as a treat. It's OK, but I had to add a load of chilli powder because the 'mildly spiced' tomato sauce measured about a 0.1 on the spicy scale. The meatballs are good. Tropicana also has two new flavours - Orange & Lime and Orange & Passionfruit, both of which, being orange-based, are 60p cheaper than the non-orange-based juices (until now Apple, Pear & Passionfruit was a favourite). So that's a win. I've opened the Orange & Lime and the lime isn't really coming out, though what it does taste like is actually biting into an orange and going through the pith to get to the juice, which is nice. And 6 packs of Coke are on 2 for £4! Hooray!

Due to Christmas and the sales I am now in possession of two shiny new bags - one, the aforementioned handbag, is sort of like a bowling bag with shoulder straps in floral leather (maybe florals are going out - Topshop seems to be doing floral printed jeans now and I believe these may well be the straw that breaks the camel's back - but I don't care) and one a big envelopey evening bag, also leather, with sepia newspaper print (I loves newspaper print). I also have a cropped motorbike jacket made out of BLACK VELOUR!! (Though this is still at home, alas.) Now I can pretend to be in the Ramones without trying and failing to pull off an actual leather motorbike jacket. Yay!

And I have to say that the more I watch the RSC film production of Hamlet (heh, my mum had got me the DVD as a surprise present, but had to tell me about it because I tried to give her the money and have her order it on her Amazon Prime account...) the more I really, really like it. It's not the stage version, but it has this wonderful sense of space around an actually quite intimate set, and the rhythm is still pretty much note-perfect. *basks* (Have yet to manage the whole thing in one go though. Three hours without an ersatz interval of Merry and Pippin wandering about is long.)
quinara: Wishverse Buffy in a white frame. (Buffy Wish white box)
I just watched Electric Dreams on BBC iPlayer - a family's house is transformed into a house from 1970 (ie. with all the technology taken away, but the décor's changed as well) and they then live as though every day is another year going forward. (So they spend ten days in their 70s house.) The next programme will be the 1980s and then the 90s is coming after that.

I'm not really into all these 'families transported through time' programmes, because I never feel like they really work. But this one did. It might just have been Robert Llewellyn doing the voice-over, but I think part of it was that it was their house, remodelled (rooms made smaller, en-suite bathroom blocked-off, central heating not on in winter until 1975, ie. when 50% of homes had it). I'm not ashamed to say that I was also really happy to see that the 'computer geek' on the tech support team was a woman, who didn't fit any geeky stereotype whatsoever, despite the way she was clearly in geek heaven explaining the Sinclair calculator.

The 1970s - so near yet so far... )

Anyway, looking forward to the 80s next week!


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