lizziec: (npower - orbs wot ben made for me)
There's still snow here today, not as much as most of you but a good inch or so, and more is falling now, meaning UKC is closing at 2pm, and a couple of schools are closing now that were open earlier due to worsening conditions. Our stairs, which have been swept and salted twice since yesterday are overwhelmed with snow again. It's all rather exciting ;)

For readers elsewhere I should explain that here in the UK, especially in the South East corner (and I'm almost as south and east as you can get) we don't usually get snow, especially snow that settles enough to do stuff in due to the jet stream which keeps Britain warm, despite it being on the same longitude as Moscow (I believe). So when it does snow and settles it causes chaos ;)

Our excitement this morning was doubled (or more!) by being able to have a proper play with [livejournal.com profile] benc's Christmas present, Lego Technic set 8275, a Motorized Bulldozer in the snow.

Research suggested it would work very well in the snow, as there are videos of the Lego development team testing one of the development models in the snow, but we still wanted to have a play ourselves. This most recent (and heavy) snow has given us the perfect opportunity.

So we did. Here are the videos to prove it!

First [livejournal.com profile] benc had a go while I filmed:


Then I drove it while [livejournal.com profile] benc filmed:


Picture of ben playing with his shiny )

I think I can safely say that a good time was had by all :)

lizziec: (npower - orbs wot ben made for me)
There's still snow here today, not as much as most of you but a good inch or so, and more is falling now, meaning UKC is closing at 2pm, and a couple of schools are closing now that were open earlier due to worsening conditions. Our stairs, which have been swept and salted twice since yesterday are overwhelmed with snow again. It's all rather exciting ;)

For readers elsewhere I should explain that here in the UK, especially in the South East corner (and I'm almost as south and east as you can get) we don't usually get snow, especially snow that settles enough to do stuff in due to the jet stream which keeps Britain warm, despite it being on the same longitude as Moscow (I believe). So when it does snow and settles it causes chaos ;)

Our excitement this morning was doubled (or more!) by being able to have a proper play with [livejournal.com profile] benc's Christmas present, Lego Technic set 8275, a Motorized Bulldozer in the snow.

Research suggested it would work very well in the snow, as there are videos of the Lego development team testing one of the development models in the snow, but we still wanted to have a play ourselves. This most recent (and heavy) snow has given us the perfect opportunity.

So we did. Here are the videos to prove it!

First [livejournal.com profile] benc had a go while I filmed:


Then I drove it while [livejournal.com profile] benc filmed:


Picture of ben playing with his shiny )

I think I can safely say that a good time was had by all :)

lizziec: (npower - orbs wot ben made for me)
There's still snow here today, not as much as most of you but a good inch or so, and more is falling now, meaning UKC is closing at 2pm, and a couple of schools are closing now that were open earlier due to worsening conditions. Our stairs, which have been swept and salted twice since yesterday are overwhelmed with snow again. It's all rather exciting ;)

For readers elsewhere I should explain that here in the UK, especially in the South East corner (and I'm almost as south and east as you can get) we don't usually get snow, especially snow that settles enough to do stuff in due to the jet stream which keeps Britain warm, despite it being on the same longitude as Moscow (I believe). So when it does snow and settles it causes chaos ;)

Our excitement this morning was doubled (or more!) by being able to have a proper play with [livejournal.com profile] benc's Christmas present, Lego Technic set 8275, a Motorized Bulldozer in the snow.

Research suggested it would work very well in the snow, as there are videos of the Lego development team testing one of the development models in the snow, but we still wanted to have a play ourselves. This most recent (and heavy) snow has given us the perfect opportunity.

So we did. Here are the videos to prove it!

First [livejournal.com profile] benc had a go while I filmed:


Then I drove it while [livejournal.com profile] benc filmed:


Picture of ben playing with his shiny )

I think I can safely say that a good time was had by all :)
lizziec: (me - phil'sfirstchristmas)
Our Advent Candle has just burned out, so that can only mean one thing* - it's Christmas tomorrow!
*Ok, two things - we could have left it to burn too long... but we didn't and it is Christmas tomorrow! :D


Photo courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] benc

In case I don't post again before Boxing day, a very merry, happy and peaceful Christmas to all of you! :)
lizziec: (me - phil'sfirstchristmas)
Our Advent Candle has just burned out, so that can only mean one thing* - it's Christmas tomorrow!
*Ok, two things - we could have left it to burn too long... but we didn't and it is Christmas tomorrow! :D


Photo courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] benc

In case I don't post again before Boxing day, a very merry, happy and peaceful Christmas to all of you! :)
lizziec: (me - phil'sfirstchristmas)
Our Advent Candle has just burned out, so that can only mean one thing* - it's Christmas tomorrow!
*Ok, two things - we could have left it to burn too long... but we didn't and it is Christmas tomorrow! :D


Photo courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] benc

In case I don't post again before Boxing day, a very merry, happy and peaceful Christmas to all of you! :)
lizziec: (apod - hale-bopp comet)
Our Christmas Tree has been up for a week now (a week today :D) so I thought it was about time I wrote an entry about it.

All the pictures of our Christmas Tree and decorations.

Last Saturday [livejournal.com profile] benc and I went and got our Christmas Tree from Wyvale Garden Centre. We got last year's tree from there too, and knew they had little tiny ones that fitted in (the limited space in) our flat. It's almost unbearably sweet, only two feet or so tall, and potted so it can be planted out after Christmas. Last year's ended up with foo and [livejournal.com profile] rahslowe being planted out in their garden. I believe [livejournal.com profile] no1typo has designs on this one and her garden. It's nice to know that they go on living after Christmas :)

The tree was sodden when we brought it back... )

Once it was dry enough, on the Sunday, we decided to start decorating it. We started by getting out the decorations )

Next we tested our lights. )

These lights had been on our tree (also here with lights on)in the first Christmases we were at the flat (and first married), but as we accumulated more stuff, we could fit smaller and smaller trees in, so they don't fit round our trees now because they're so tiny. Instead we put them up round our window. )

Then we made sure the angel for the top of the tree was in good condition )

and put the tree in its new home )

Next we put the lights on the tree. )

Finally we put the decorations on the tree )

A slightly shaky picture of the tree with the main lights off, and the room only lit by the window and tree lights. )

We're pretty much ready for Christmas now. Decorations up, Presents brought, cards posted (all before the posting deadline, with the exception of one for Canada - ah well, at least I tried ;)), Advent candle mostly burned, food brought. Feeling pretty pleased with myself now ;)

Have some gratuitous pictures of our Gerbils to finish :)

A cool picture of Stan and (part of)Nibbler with the flash off, showing the movement of them, which I thought was quite cool. )
Stan: )
Nibbler: )

P.S. Happy shortest day of the year/Winter Solstice :)
lizziec: (apod - hale-bopp comet)
Our Christmas Tree has been up for a week now (a week today :D) so I thought it was about time I wrote an entry about it.

All the pictures of our Christmas Tree and decorations.

Last Saturday [livejournal.com profile] benc and I went and got our Christmas Tree from Wyvale Garden Centre. We got last year's tree from there too, and knew they had little tiny ones that fitted in (the limited space in) our flat. It's almost unbearably sweet, only two feet or so tall, and potted so it can be planted out after Christmas. Last year's ended up with foo and [livejournal.com profile] rahslowe being planted out in their garden. I believe [livejournal.com profile] no1typo has designs on this one and her garden. It's nice to know that they go on living after Christmas :)

The tree was sodden when we brought it back... )

Once it was dry enough, on the Sunday, we decided to start decorating it. We started by getting out the decorations )

Next we tested our lights. )

These lights had been on our tree (also here with lights on)in the first Christmases we were at the flat (and first married), but as we accumulated more stuff, we could fit smaller and smaller trees in, so they don't fit round our trees now because they're so tiny. Instead we put them up round our window. )

Then we made sure the angel for the top of the tree was in good condition )

and put the tree in its new home )

Next we put the lights on the tree. )

Finally we put the decorations on the tree )

A slightly shaky picture of the tree with the main lights off, and the room only lit by the window and tree lights. )

We're pretty much ready for Christmas now. Decorations up, Presents brought, cards posted (all before the posting deadline, with the exception of one for Canada - ah well, at least I tried ;)), Advent candle mostly burned, food brought. Feeling pretty pleased with myself now ;)

Have some gratuitous pictures of our Gerbils to finish :)

A cool picture of Stan and (part of)Nibbler with the flash off, showing the movement of them, which I thought was quite cool. )
Stan: )
Nibbler: )

P.S. Happy shortest day of the year/Winter Solstice :)
lizziec: (apod - hale-bopp comet)
Our Christmas Tree has been up for a week now (a week today :D) so I thought it was about time I wrote an entry about it.

All the pictures of our Christmas Tree and decorations.

Last Saturday [livejournal.com profile] benc and I went and got our Christmas Tree from Wyvale Garden Centre. We got last year's tree from there too, and knew they had little tiny ones that fitted in (the limited space in) our flat. It's almost unbearably sweet, only two feet or so tall, and potted so it can be planted out after Christmas. Last year's ended up with foo and [livejournal.com profile] rahslowe being planted out in their garden. I believe [livejournal.com profile] no1typo has designs on this one and her garden. It's nice to know that they go on living after Christmas :)

The tree was sodden when we brought it back... )

Once it was dry enough, on the Sunday, we decided to start decorating it. We started by getting out the decorations )

Next we tested our lights. )

These lights had been on our tree (also here with lights on)in the first Christmases we were at the flat (and first married), but as we accumulated more stuff, we could fit smaller and smaller trees in, so they don't fit round our trees now because they're so tiny. Instead we put them up round our window. )

Then we made sure the angel for the top of the tree was in good condition )

and put the tree in its new home )

Next we put the lights on the tree. )

Finally we put the decorations on the tree )

A slightly shaky picture of the tree with the main lights off, and the room only lit by the window and tree lights. )

We're pretty much ready for Christmas now. Decorations up, Presents brought, cards posted (all before the posting deadline, with the exception of one for Canada - ah well, at least I tried ;)), Advent candle mostly burned, food brought. Feeling pretty pleased with myself now ;)

Have some gratuitous pictures of our Gerbils to finish :)

A cool picture of Stan and (part of)Nibbler with the flash off, showing the movement of them, which I thought was quite cool. )
Stan: )
Nibbler: )

P.S. Happy shortest day of the year/Winter Solstice :)
lizziec: (Stargate SG1 Daniel Jackson)
A bit of an update entry here, using crappy phone camera pictures to show a little of what I've been up to :)

Firstly, due to a deal between mum and Pete I was the agent delivering 43 beers to Pete (and buying said beer), leading to a rather odd looking collection of goods when I made the purchase - 43 beers and a packet of naan bread for our dinner that evening. I'm fairly sure that the collection would have looked a whole lot less odd if it hadn't been for the naan bread.



The clunking of that lot in the car sounded quite dreadful as I accelerated, braked, turned corners... Luckily nothing broke :)



In other news, the Christmas Market is now in town! There's a stall that sells cool keyrings and 3D wooden puzzels. I've got some pictures of the keyrings, but not the puzzels :( Also, not the full spectrum of keyrings - there are lizards and frogs, and elephants, and giraffes and all sorts, all made from natural rubber :)





There's a stall with mulled wine and hot chocolate (regular hot chocolate and hot chocolate with rum or amaretto).



There's also a stall selling all kinds of Wurst, cooked over a barbeque. This stall is ben's favourite! :D



Finally, I took this picture of a very funny card:

NSFW! )

Carols at the Cathedral tonight. I'm really looking forward to it :D It always feels like Christmas is really on its way when we have them. It also really enthralls the history part of me, as we stand in the Nave of the Cathedral with all the lights off, holding lit candles and singing carols, because I feel a real connection to the past - 100 years ago, 400 years ago, 1000 (or so) years ago there would have been people there doing much the same thing. It's hard to articulate, but it feels amazing.
lizziec: (Stargate SG1 Daniel Jackson)
A bit of an update entry here, using crappy phone camera pictures to show a little of what I've been up to :)

Firstly, due to a deal between mum and Pete I was the agent delivering 43 beers to Pete (and buying said beer), leading to a rather odd looking collection of goods when I made the purchase - 43 beers and a packet of naan bread for our dinner that evening. I'm fairly sure that the collection would have looked a whole lot less odd if it hadn't been for the naan bread.



The clunking of that lot in the car sounded quite dreadful as I accelerated, braked, turned corners... Luckily nothing broke :)



In other news, the Christmas Market is now in town! There's a stall that sells cool keyrings and 3D wooden puzzels. I've got some pictures of the keyrings, but not the puzzels :( Also, not the full spectrum of keyrings - there are lizards and frogs, and elephants, and giraffes and all sorts, all made from natural rubber :)





There's a stall with mulled wine and hot chocolate (regular hot chocolate and hot chocolate with rum or amaretto).



There's also a stall selling all kinds of Wurst, cooked over a barbeque. This stall is ben's favourite! :D



Finally, I took this picture of a very funny card:

NSFW! )

Carols at the Cathedral tonight. I'm really looking forward to it :D It always feels like Christmas is really on its way when we have them. It also really enthralls the history part of me, as we stand in the Nave of the Cathedral with all the lights off, holding lit candles and singing carols, because I feel a real connection to the past - 100 years ago, 400 years ago, 1000 (or so) years ago there would have been people there doing much the same thing. It's hard to articulate, but it feels amazing.
lizziec: (Stargate SG1 Daniel Jackson)
A bit of an update entry here, using crappy phone camera pictures to show a little of what I've been up to :)

Firstly, due to a deal between mum and Pete I was the agent delivering 43 beers to Pete (and buying said beer), leading to a rather odd looking collection of goods when I made the purchase - 43 beers and a packet of naan bread for our dinner that evening. I'm fairly sure that the collection would have looked a whole lot less odd if it hadn't been for the naan bread.



The clunking of that lot in the car sounded quite dreadful as I accelerated, braked, turned corners... Luckily nothing broke :)



In other news, the Christmas Market is now in town! There's a stall that sells cool keyrings and 3D wooden puzzels. I've got some pictures of the keyrings, but not the puzzels :( Also, not the full spectrum of keyrings - there are lizards and frogs, and elephants, and giraffes and all sorts, all made from natural rubber :)





There's a stall with mulled wine and hot chocolate (regular hot chocolate and hot chocolate with rum or amaretto).



There's also a stall selling all kinds of Wurst, cooked over a barbeque. This stall is ben's favourite! :D



Finally, I took this picture of a very funny card:

NSFW! )

Carols at the Cathedral tonight. I'm really looking forward to it :D It always feels like Christmas is really on its way when we have them. It also really enthralls the history part of me, as we stand in the Nave of the Cathedral with all the lights off, holding lit candles and singing carols, because I feel a real connection to the past - 100 years ago, 400 years ago, 1000 (or so) years ago there would have been people there doing much the same thing. It's hard to articulate, but it feels amazing.
lizziec: (Default)
Since December started I have been burning my advent candle:

opening my advent calendar (from Thorntons, mmm :)):

and looking at how pretty our tree is:
.

Pressies were brought and wrapped and on Christmas Eve )

And so Christmas Day dawned )

Boxing Day started bright and early... ) And then the Mormons turned up ) In the evening we watched part of Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds in Concert and then I switched over to watch Ballet Shoes )

Phew. That was a very long update. If I updated more often then I daresay I would not post such long rambling entries. Ah well :)

lizziec: (Default)
Since December started I have been burning my advent candle:

opening my advent calendar (from Thorntons, mmm :)):

and looking at how pretty our tree is:
.

Pressies were brought and wrapped and on Christmas Eve )

And so Christmas Day dawned )

Boxing Day started bright and early... ) And then the Mormons turned up ) In the evening we watched part of Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds in Concert and then I switched over to watch Ballet Shoes )

Phew. That was a very long update. If I updated more often then I daresay I would not post such long rambling entries. Ah well :)

lizziec: (Default)
Since December started I have been burning my advent candle:

opening my advent calendar (from Thorntons, mmm :)):

and looking at how pretty our tree is:
.

Pressies were brought and wrapped and on Christmas Eve )

And so Christmas Day dawned )

Boxing Day started bright and early... ) And then the Mormons turned up ) In the evening we watched part of Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds in Concert and then I switched over to watch Ballet Shoes )

Phew. That was a very long update. If I updated more often then I daresay I would not post such long rambling entries. Ah well :)
lizziec: (Stargate SG1 Stargate)
Several years ago (possibly when my age was still single digits!) I was given a book of poetry by my Auntie Lee for Christmas (or a Birthday) called "Where the Sidewalk Ends". It had some lovely poems in, many of which I am still very fond of.

I don't often think of them, but today on irc, someone mentioned this story on the BBC news in which "A counterfeiter who produced fake £1 coins with an estimated total value of £14m, has been jailed for five years." Apparently "at one stage he was making 10,000 to 12,000 coins per day and was paid about £2,000 in cash a week by the two men.". This seemed silly to the person who first posted it into irc as "selling 60,000 pound coins for just £2000 doesn't seem like a good deal", and that is what made me think of the poem.

I've decided to share it with you all, for your amusement :)

Smart

by Shel Silverstein


My dad gave me one dollar bill
'Cause I'm his smartest son,
And I swapped it for two shiny quarters
'Cause two is more than one!

And then I took the quarters
And traded them to Lou
For three dimes -- I guess he don't know
That three is more than two!

Just then, along came old blind Bates
And just 'cause he can't see
He gave me four nickels for my three dimes,
And four is more than three!

And I took the nickels to Hiram Coombs
Down at the seed-feed store,
And the fool gave me five pennies for them,
And five is more than four!

And then I went and showed my dad,
And he got red in the cheeks
And closed his eyes and shook his head--
Too proud of me to speak!


In other news, my hand is much better, as in much less owie. Ben and I took off last night's dressing and inspected it and it hasn't blistered, though in the worst place the skin doesn't look as healthy as it might. We've applied some antiseptic burn cream and redressed it and though it's still quite tender, it's not nearly as bad as it was. I'm leaving it open tonight so that it can air and then dressing it again tomorrow morning so it's protected while I do daytime stuff. Looks like I dodged a bullet there :) Once again, yay for cold water (lots of) and the first aid kit from the car :D

Christmas shopping tomorrow, and then we can relax for 10 days as stuff will have been done. Hurrah! :D

lizziec: (Stargate SG1 Stargate)
Several years ago (possibly when my age was still single digits!) I was given a book of poetry by my Auntie Lee for Christmas (or a Birthday) called "Where the Sidewalk Ends". It had some lovely poems in, many of which I am still very fond of.

I don't often think of them, but today on irc, someone mentioned this story on the BBC news in which "A counterfeiter who produced fake £1 coins with an estimated total value of £14m, has been jailed for five years." Apparently "at one stage he was making 10,000 to 12,000 coins per day and was paid about £2,000 in cash a week by the two men.". This seemed silly to the person who first posted it into irc as "selling 60,000 pound coins for just £2000 doesn't seem like a good deal", and that is what made me think of the poem.

I've decided to share it with you all, for your amusement :)

Smart

by Shel Silverstein


My dad gave me one dollar bill
'Cause I'm his smartest son,
And I swapped it for two shiny quarters
'Cause two is more than one!

And then I took the quarters
And traded them to Lou
For three dimes -- I guess he don't know
That three is more than two!

Just then, along came old blind Bates
And just 'cause he can't see
He gave me four nickels for my three dimes,
And four is more than three!

And I took the nickels to Hiram Coombs
Down at the seed-feed store,
And the fool gave me five pennies for them,
And five is more than four!

And then I went and showed my dad,
And he got red in the cheeks
And closed his eyes and shook his head--
Too proud of me to speak!


In other news, my hand is much better, as in much less owie. Ben and I took off last night's dressing and inspected it and it hasn't blistered, though in the worst place the skin doesn't look as healthy as it might. We've applied some antiseptic burn cream and redressed it and though it's still quite tender, it's not nearly as bad as it was. I'm leaving it open tonight so that it can air and then dressing it again tomorrow morning so it's protected while I do daytime stuff. Looks like I dodged a bullet there :) Once again, yay for cold water (lots of) and the first aid kit from the car :D

Christmas shopping tomorrow, and then we can relax for 10 days as stuff will have been done. Hurrah! :D

lizziec: (Stargate SG1 Stargate)
Several years ago (possibly when my age was still single digits!) I was given a book of poetry by my Auntie Lee for Christmas (or a Birthday) called "Where the Sidewalk Ends". It had some lovely poems in, many of which I am still very fond of.

I don't often think of them, but today on irc, someone mentioned this story on the BBC news in which "A counterfeiter who produced fake £1 coins with an estimated total value of £14m, has been jailed for five years." Apparently "at one stage he was making 10,000 to 12,000 coins per day and was paid about £2,000 in cash a week by the two men.". This seemed silly to the person who first posted it into irc as "selling 60,000 pound coins for just £2000 doesn't seem like a good deal", and that is what made me think of the poem.

I've decided to share it with you all, for your amusement :)

Smart

by Shel Silverstein


My dad gave me one dollar bill
'Cause I'm his smartest son,
And I swapped it for two shiny quarters
'Cause two is more than one!

And then I took the quarters
And traded them to Lou
For three dimes -- I guess he don't know
That three is more than two!

Just then, along came old blind Bates
And just 'cause he can't see
He gave me four nickels for my three dimes,
And four is more than three!

And I took the nickels to Hiram Coombs
Down at the seed-feed store,
And the fool gave me five pennies for them,
And five is more than four!

And then I went and showed my dad,
And he got red in the cheeks
And closed his eyes and shook his head--
Too proud of me to speak!


In other news, my hand is much better, as in much less owie. Ben and I took off last night's dressing and inspected it and it hasn't blistered, though in the worst place the skin doesn't look as healthy as it might. We've applied some antiseptic burn cream and redressed it and though it's still quite tender, it's not nearly as bad as it was. I'm leaving it open tonight so that it can air and then dressing it again tomorrow morning so it's protected while I do daytime stuff. Looks like I dodged a bullet there :) Once again, yay for cold water (lots of) and the first aid kit from the car :D

Christmas shopping tomorrow, and then we can relax for 10 days as stuff will have been done. Hurrah! :D
lizziec: (Third Watch - bosco and yokis (car))
[livejournal.com profile] lisaofdoom posted about this on her LJ and I thought it was sufficiently funny that it had to be shared some more:

What if people bought cars like they buy computers?

My favourite one:
Helpline:
"General Motors Helpline, how can I help you?"
Customer:
"Hi! I just bought my first car, and I chose your car because it has automatic transmission, cruise control, power steering, power brakes, and power door locks."
Helpline:
"Thanks for buying our car. How can I help you?"
Customer:
"How do I work it?"
Helpline:
"Do you know how to drive?"
Customer:
"Do I know how to what?"
Helpline:
"Do you know how to DRIVE?"
Customer:
"I'm not a technical person! I just want to go places in my car!"


ION: I'm babysitting John today for half an hour - he's known as spottyman at the moment as he has Chicken Pox and is absolutely covered! After that ben and I are off to buy our christmas tree. Yay :D Pictures later. Maybe ;)
lizziec: (Third Watch - bosco and yokis (car))
[livejournal.com profile] lisaofdoom posted about this on her LJ and I thought it was sufficiently funny that it had to be shared some more:

What if people bought cars like they buy computers?

My favourite one:
Helpline:
"General Motors Helpline, how can I help you?"
Customer:
"Hi! I just bought my first car, and I chose your car because it has automatic transmission, cruise control, power steering, power brakes, and power door locks."
Helpline:
"Thanks for buying our car. How can I help you?"
Customer:
"How do I work it?"
Helpline:
"Do you know how to drive?"
Customer:
"Do I know how to what?"
Helpline:
"Do you know how to DRIVE?"
Customer:
"I'm not a technical person! I just want to go places in my car!"


ION: I'm babysitting John today for half an hour - he's known as spottyman at the moment as he has Chicken Pox and is absolutely covered! After that ben and I are off to buy our christmas tree. Yay :D Pictures later. Maybe ;)
lizziec: (Third Watch - bosco and yokis (car))
[livejournal.com profile] lisaofdoom posted about this on her LJ and I thought it was sufficiently funny that it had to be shared some more:

What if people bought cars like they buy computers?

My favourite one:
Helpline:
"General Motors Helpline, how can I help you?"
Customer:
"Hi! I just bought my first car, and I chose your car because it has automatic transmission, cruise control, power steering, power brakes, and power door locks."
Helpline:
"Thanks for buying our car. How can I help you?"
Customer:
"How do I work it?"
Helpline:
"Do you know how to drive?"
Customer:
"Do I know how to what?"
Helpline:
"Do you know how to DRIVE?"
Customer:
"I'm not a technical person! I just want to go places in my car!"


ION: I'm babysitting John today for half an hour - he's known as spottyman at the moment as he has Chicken Pox and is absolutely covered! After that ben and I are off to buy our christmas tree. Yay :D Pictures later. Maybe ;)
lizziec: (me - lizziephilinlondon)
Merry Christmas everyone :)
lizziec: (me - lizziephilinlondon)
Merry Christmas everyone :)
lizziec: (me - lizziephilinlondon)
Merry Christmas everyone :)
lizziec: (me - Me at the post)
I wrote here about how at Lucknam Park in Bath you could not see the Hotel from the end of the drive. Ben has finally got around to catching up on his One-A-Day Photoblog and posted a picture he took at the Hotel from the other direction (hotel->gates) which really demonstrates what I was saying. I challenge you to see the gates of the entrance!



Yesterday Ben and I made Christingles and now our flat smells of oranges and cloves - yum :) Mine is the one on the right :)

lizziec: (me - Me at the post)
I wrote here about how at Lucknam Park in Bath you could not see the Hotel from the end of the drive. Ben has finally got around to catching up on his One-A-Day Photoblog and posted a picture he took at the Hotel from the other direction (hotel->gates) which really demonstrates what I was saying. I challenge you to see the gates of the entrance!



Yesterday Ben and I made Christingles and now our flat smells of oranges and cloves - yum :) Mine is the one on the right :)

lizziec: (me - Me at the post)
I wrote here about how at Lucknam Park in Bath you could not see the Hotel from the end of the drive. Ben has finally got around to catching up on his One-A-Day Photoblog and posted a picture he took at the Hotel from the other direction (hotel->gates) which really demonstrates what I was saying. I challenge you to see the gates of the entrance!



Yesterday Ben and I made Christingles and now our flat smells of oranges and cloves - yum :) Mine is the one on the right :)

lizziec: (me - mummy and little lizzie)
I have a couple of meme's I've been saving for a while.

The first one I was tagged on over a month ago by [livejournal.com profile] dunna_angel.

Once tagged by this entry, the assignment is to write a blog entry of some kind with six random facts about yourself. Then, pick six of your friends and tag them; no tag backs. This explanation should be included.

1) I really dislike Poinsettias. I call them Pointlessias and there is one sitting on my desk right now that I was given for Christmas from work. I'm surprised it's not dead yet TBH. I've had it more than a week and have yet to even unwrap it. If anyone wants it before I kill it please comment and take it! I'll even deliver within CT1/CT2!

2) I have a thing for Giraffes. I think they're really awesome. We have a picture of some giraffes in our flat and several giraffe soft toys around :)

3) I also have a thing for the NPower Orbs (also see my icon) and was thrilled to bits when [livejournal.com profile] benc brought me a pair for my Birthday. They are currently living ontop of my copy of Lord of the Rings next to my side of our bed :)

4) My favourite find of the year (or at least December) comes from [livejournal.com profile] benc who let me know about the Christmas German Market in Canterbury City Center over by Whitefriars. The Hot Chocolate from there was awesome, the enormous sausages for the Hot Dogs mind blowing and the beautiful woodwork on the Black Forest wood stall breathtaking :)

5) I collect Chalet School books by Eleanor M. Brent Dyer. I only have 8 left to get, of which 3 have recently been or are about to be republished by GGBP (see below) Come the new year I want to join the two chalet school clubs and once I have a full set of books I'm looking to replace those I have with ones published by Girls Gone By Publishers who republish the Chalet School books unabridged (none were unabridged except for the first editions). My list of the ones I own and want to own is here.

6) I am very interested in Titanic conspiracy theories and two of my favourite books on the subject are The Riddle of the Titanic and Titanic: The Ship that Never Sank? even though they're full of holes (especially the latter which seems to confuse the names and ranks of the officers in places).

I tag:
[livejournal.com profile] red_pill
[livejournal.com profile] no1typo
[livejournal.com profile] violetnights
[livejournal.com profile] princess_cutter
[livejournal.com profile] pornqueenie
[livejournal.com profile] nert

And from [livejournal.com profile] puredeadthingy:

You scored as Soprano. As a Soprano, or, more specifically, First Soprano, you are characterized by your love of drama. You are constantly seeking attention and love to be in the spotlight. Lucky for you, you seem to draw others to you, lovers and admirers alike. However, you can be anal, overbearing, and prone to hysterics.

</td>

Soprano

68%

Bass

57%

Mezzo

54%

Tenor

54%

Baritone

46%

Alto

36%

Which Vocal Range Suits Your Personality?
created with QuizFarm.com


Finally ready for Christmas now! Tree up, shopping done, presents wrapped. This all means I can spend tomorrow pampering myself and not going out. It's almost enough to make me appear organised! Wooyay! :D
lizziec: (me - mummy and little lizzie)
I have a couple of meme's I've been saving for a while.

The first one I was tagged on over a month ago by [livejournal.com profile] dunna_angel.

Once tagged by this entry, the assignment is to write a blog entry of some kind with six random facts about yourself. Then, pick six of your friends and tag them; no tag backs. This explanation should be included.

1) I really dislike Poinsettias. I call them Pointlessias and there is one sitting on my desk right now that I was given for Christmas from work. I'm surprised it's not dead yet TBH. I've had it more than a week and have yet to even unwrap it. If anyone wants it before I kill it please comment and take it! I'll even deliver within CT1/CT2!

2) I have a thing for Giraffes. I think they're really awesome. We have a picture of some giraffes in our flat and several giraffe soft toys around :)

3) I also have a thing for the NPower Orbs (also see my icon) and was thrilled to bits when [livejournal.com profile] benc brought me a pair for my Birthday. They are currently living ontop of my copy of Lord of the Rings next to my side of our bed :)

4) My favourite find of the year (or at least December) comes from [livejournal.com profile] benc who let me know about the Christmas German Market in Canterbury City Center over by Whitefriars. The Hot Chocolate from there was awesome, the enormous sausages for the Hot Dogs mind blowing and the beautiful woodwork on the Black Forest wood stall breathtaking :)

5) I collect Chalet School books by Eleanor M. Brent Dyer. I only have 8 left to get, of which 3 have recently been or are about to be republished by GGBP (see below) Come the new year I want to join the two chalet school clubs and once I have a full set of books I'm looking to replace those I have with ones published by Girls Gone By Publishers who republish the Chalet School books unabridged (none were unabridged except for the first editions). My list of the ones I own and want to own is here.

6) I am very interested in Titanic conspiracy theories and two of my favourite books on the subject are The Riddle of the Titanic and Titanic: The Ship that Never Sank? even though they're full of holes (especially the latter which seems to confuse the names and ranks of the officers in places).

I tag:
[livejournal.com profile] red_pill
[livejournal.com profile] no1typo
[livejournal.com profile] violetnights
[livejournal.com profile] princess_cutter
[livejournal.com profile] pornqueenie
[livejournal.com profile] nert

And from [livejournal.com profile] puredeadthingy:

You scored as Soprano. As a Soprano, or, more specifically, First Soprano, you are characterized by your love of drama. You are constantly seeking attention and love to be in the spotlight. Lucky for you, you seem to draw others to you, lovers and admirers alike. However, you can be anal, overbearing, and prone to hysterics.

</td>

Soprano

68%

Bass

57%

Mezzo

54%

Tenor

54%

Baritone

46%

Alto

36%

Which Vocal Range Suits Your Personality?
created with QuizFarm.com


Finally ready for Christmas now! Tree up, shopping done, presents wrapped. This all means I can spend tomorrow pampering myself and not going out. It's almost enough to make me appear organised! Wooyay! :D
lizziec: (me - mummy and little lizzie)
I have a couple of meme's I've been saving for a while.

The first one I was tagged on over a month ago by [livejournal.com profile] dunna_angel.

Once tagged by this entry, the assignment is to write a blog entry of some kind with six random facts about yourself. Then, pick six of your friends and tag them; no tag backs. This explanation should be included.

1) I really dislike Poinsettias. I call them Pointlessias and there is one sitting on my desk right now that I was given for Christmas from work. I'm surprised it's not dead yet TBH. I've had it more than a week and have yet to even unwrap it. If anyone wants it before I kill it please comment and take it! I'll even deliver within CT1/CT2!

2) I have a thing for Giraffes. I think they're really awesome. We have a picture of some giraffes in our flat and several giraffe soft toys around :)

3) I also have a thing for the NPower Orbs (also see my icon) and was thrilled to bits when [livejournal.com profile] benc brought me a pair for my Birthday. They are currently living ontop of my copy of Lord of the Rings next to my side of our bed :)

4) My favourite find of the year (or at least December) comes from [livejournal.com profile] benc who let me know about the Christmas German Market in Canterbury City Center over by Whitefriars. The Hot Chocolate from there was awesome, the enormous sausages for the Hot Dogs mind blowing and the beautiful woodwork on the Black Forest wood stall breathtaking :)

5) I collect Chalet School books by Eleanor M. Brent Dyer. I only have 8 left to get, of which 3 have recently been or are about to be republished by GGBP (see below) Come the new year I want to join the two chalet school clubs and once I have a full set of books I'm looking to replace those I have with ones published by Girls Gone By Publishers who republish the Chalet School books unabridged (none were unabridged except for the first editions). My list of the ones I own and want to own is here.

6) I am very interested in Titanic conspiracy theories and two of my favourite books on the subject are The Riddle of the Titanic and Titanic: The Ship that Never Sank? even though they're full of holes (especially the latter which seems to confuse the names and ranks of the officers in places).

I tag:
[livejournal.com profile] red_pill
[livejournal.com profile] no1typo
[livejournal.com profile] violetnights
[livejournal.com profile] princess_cutter
[livejournal.com profile] pornqueenie
[livejournal.com profile] nert

And from [livejournal.com profile] puredeadthingy:

You scored as Soprano. As a Soprano, or, more specifically, First Soprano, you are characterized by your love of drama. You are constantly seeking attention and love to be in the spotlight. Lucky for you, you seem to draw others to you, lovers and admirers alike. However, you can be anal, overbearing, and prone to hysterics.

</td>

Soprano

68%

Bass

57%

Mezzo

54%

Tenor

54%

Baritone

46%

Alto

36%

Which Vocal Range Suits Your Personality?
created with QuizFarm.com


Finally ready for Christmas now! Tree up, shopping done, presents wrapped. This all means I can spend tomorrow pampering myself and not going out. It's almost enough to make me appear organised! Wooyay! :D
lizziec: (me - phil'sfirstchristmas)
I've updated my "Counties I have Visited" map after my visit to Bath. Unfortunately it is still shamefully southern based. I really need to get around to visiting northern England and Scotland, if only to balance out the map.

Counties map )

My visit to Bath was amazing. We stayed at Lucknam Park Hotel and believe me when I say you cannot see the hotel for ages once you turn into the grounds. There has to be about a mile of tree lined lane before you get there. We travelled by train which was very civilised and relaxing and when we got to the hotel itself we were bowled over by the room. Beautiful, very relaxing, enormous LCD TV, but terrifying. I have never stayed anywhere they give away bathrobes, slippers and a golf umbrella before... Someone even came in during dinner and tided up our mess and turned down the bed!

Dinner was nice - fillet steak with not an ounce of fat, but breakfast surpassed it. I had pancakes and OMG...they were about an inch thick and the maple syrup...mmmmmmmnh...

Spa treatment was amazing. Would do that again. Skin still soft nearly a week later from the body exfoliation.

Spent Saturday in Bath and it's a really lovely place, very similar to Canterbury. The Abbey is amazing and the inside is even lovelier than the Cathedral IMO. It's also very much part of the city in a way the Cathedral is not - it is not seperated by large grounds (there are no grounds) and they were holding thrice daily 20 min carol services every Saturday for shoppers out doing their Christmas Shopping.

Got back very late on Saturday but it was well worth it.

Did I mention I'd do it again? :D

We're definately going back to Bath one day, but I suspect next time we'll stay somewhere a good deal less posh :)

ION: Christmas almost totally planned. Am on holiday now (was from Thursday) and went to the Carols in the Cathedral last Tuesday. Very pleasant not having much left to do and Christmas being definately on the way :)
lizziec: (me - phil'sfirstchristmas)
I've updated my "Counties I have Visited" map after my visit to Bath. Unfortunately it is still shamefully southern based. I really need to get around to visiting northern England and Scotland, if only to balance out the map.

Counties map )

My visit to Bath was amazing. We stayed at Lucknam Park Hotel and believe me when I say you cannot see the hotel for ages once you turn into the grounds. There has to be about a mile of tree lined lane before you get there. We travelled by train which was very civilised and relaxing and when we got to the hotel itself we were bowled over by the room. Beautiful, very relaxing, enormous LCD TV, but terrifying. I have never stayed anywhere they give away bathrobes, slippers and a golf umbrella before... Someone even came in during dinner and tided up our mess and turned down the bed!

Dinner was nice - fillet steak with not an ounce of fat, but breakfast surpassed it. I had pancakes and OMG...they were about an inch thick and the maple syrup...mmmmmmmnh...

Spa treatment was amazing. Would do that again. Skin still soft nearly a week later from the body exfoliation.

Spent Saturday in Bath and it's a really lovely place, very similar to Canterbury. The Abbey is amazing and the inside is even lovelier than the Cathedral IMO. It's also very much part of the city in a way the Cathedral is not - it is not seperated by large grounds (there are no grounds) and they were holding thrice daily 20 min carol services every Saturday for shoppers out doing their Christmas Shopping.

Got back very late on Saturday but it was well worth it.

Did I mention I'd do it again? :D

We're definately going back to Bath one day, but I suspect next time we'll stay somewhere a good deal less posh :)

ION: Christmas almost totally planned. Am on holiday now (was from Thursday) and went to the Carols in the Cathedral last Tuesday. Very pleasant not having much left to do and Christmas being definately on the way :)
lizziec: (me - phil'sfirstchristmas)
I've updated my "Counties I have Visited" map after my visit to Bath. Unfortunately it is still shamefully southern based. I really need to get around to visiting northern England and Scotland, if only to balance out the map.

Counties map )

My visit to Bath was amazing. We stayed at Lucknam Park Hotel and believe me when I say you cannot see the hotel for ages once you turn into the grounds. There has to be about a mile of tree lined lane before you get there. We travelled by train which was very civilised and relaxing and when we got to the hotel itself we were bowled over by the room. Beautiful, very relaxing, enormous LCD TV, but terrifying. I have never stayed anywhere they give away bathrobes, slippers and a golf umbrella before... Someone even came in during dinner and tided up our mess and turned down the bed!

Dinner was nice - fillet steak with not an ounce of fat, but breakfast surpassed it. I had pancakes and OMG...they were about an inch thick and the maple syrup...mmmmmmmnh...

Spa treatment was amazing. Would do that again. Skin still soft nearly a week later from the body exfoliation.

Spent Saturday in Bath and it's a really lovely place, very similar to Canterbury. The Abbey is amazing and the inside is even lovelier than the Cathedral IMO. It's also very much part of the city in a way the Cathedral is not - it is not seperated by large grounds (there are no grounds) and they were holding thrice daily 20 min carol services every Saturday for shoppers out doing their Christmas Shopping.

Got back very late on Saturday but it was well worth it.

Did I mention I'd do it again? :D

We're definately going back to Bath one day, but I suspect next time we'll stay somewhere a good deal less posh :)

ION: Christmas almost totally planned. Am on holiday now (was from Thursday) and went to the Carols in the Cathedral last Tuesday. Very pleasant not having much left to do and Christmas being definately on the way :)
lizziec: (NCIS abby stare)
O Little Town of Bethlehem is today's carol over at [livejournal.com profile] advent_music. Go check it out :)

[livejournal.com profile] red_pill says he'll set the kittens on you if you don't...
lizziec: (NCIS abby stare)
O Little Town of Bethlehem is today's carol over at [livejournal.com profile] advent_music. Go check it out :)

[livejournal.com profile] red_pill says he'll set the kittens on you if you don't...
lizziec: (NCIS abby stare)
O Little Town of Bethlehem is today's carol over at [livejournal.com profile] advent_music. Go check it out :)

[livejournal.com profile] red_pill says he'll set the kittens on you if you don't...
lizziec: (NCIS gibbs abby protection)
Phil is in the Land of No Internets today so I said I'd post his Carol Advent Calendar today on [livejournal.com profile] advent_music. Go take a look :) Join if you like ;)

Phil is also looking for more people to contribute a recording. Email your contribution to carol@metapill.co.uk or carol@carina.org.uk for it to be posted.

The site we are using for music (Lyrics and Sheet Music) is christmas-carol-music.org.

Please join in the project :)
lizziec: (NCIS gibbs abby protection)
Phil is in the Land of No Internets today so I said I'd post his Carol Advent Calendar today on [livejournal.com profile] advent_music. Go take a look :) Join if you like ;)

Phil is also looking for more people to contribute a recording. Email your contribution to carol@metapill.co.uk or carol@carina.org.uk for it to be posted.

The site we are using for music (Lyrics and Sheet Music) is christmas-carol-music.org.

Please join in the project :)
lizziec: (NCIS gibbs abby protection)
Phil is in the Land of No Internets today so I said I'd post his Carol Advent Calendar today on [livejournal.com profile] advent_music. Go take a look :) Join if you like ;)

Phil is also looking for more people to contribute a recording. Email your contribution to carol@metapill.co.uk or carol@carina.org.uk for it to be posted.

The site we are using for music (Lyrics and Sheet Music) is christmas-carol-music.org.

Please join in the project :)
lizziec: (Stargate Atlantis)
I will post a more detailed analysis about Christmas here later, but for now just know this.

Never buy your parents a scanner, or webspace. The results may terrify you.

Fear Schoolgirl Lizzie with dyed red hair (never to be seen again) (What kind of schoolgirl do *you* think I was based on this? ;)) )

P.S.

Snow tomorrow!

lizziec: (Stargate Atlantis)
I will post a more detailed analysis about Christmas here later, but for now just know this.

Never buy your parents a scanner, or webspace. The results may terrify you.

Fear Schoolgirl Lizzie with dyed red hair (never to be seen again) (What kind of schoolgirl do *you* think I was based on this? ;)) )

P.S.

Snow tomorrow!

lizziec: (Stargate Atlantis)
I will post a more detailed analysis about Christmas here later, but for now just know this.

Never buy your parents a scanner, or webspace. The results may terrify you.

Fear Schoolgirl Lizzie with dyed red hair (never to be seen again) (What kind of schoolgirl do *you* think I was based on this? ;)) )

P.S.

Snow tomorrow!

lizziec: (Stargate SG1 Daniel Jackson)
No more bad dreams about being raped please. I really do not like them.

Love from me.

In other news, need to finish up the last tiny bits of Christmas shopping today, then maybe I can start looking forward to it.

Feel awfully meh at the moment. Blame the dream.
lizziec: (Stargate SG1 Daniel Jackson)
No more bad dreams about being raped please. I really do not like them.

Love from me.

In other news, need to finish up the last tiny bits of Christmas shopping today, then maybe I can start looking forward to it.

Feel awfully meh at the moment. Blame the dream.
lizziec: (Stargate SG1 Daniel Jackson)
No more bad dreams about being raped please. I really do not like them.

Love from me.

In other news, need to finish up the last tiny bits of Christmas shopping today, then maybe I can start looking forward to it.

Feel awfully meh at the moment. Blame the dream.
lizziec: (Stargate SG1 Teal'c)
Ben and I now have our first Christmas tree and it is very beautiful. Typo brought over my decorations last week and putting them on our tree was nice. Each one has a story - "this one had money in it which was a pressie the year we went to disneyland" or "this one was brought back from alaska when Auntie Pat went there on a cruise" :D

Rah came over today - was good to see her. Watched Cadfael and stuff :) Saw foo briefly as he ate our soup and bread and ran away. Now awaiting the appearance of [livejournal.com profile] red_pill who is in Canterbury gaming...oh - and doing all that work that I've been chipping away at all weekend. Stupid PGCE ;)

Also, the Carols at the Cathedral I went to on Tuesday with [livejournal.com profile] no1typo, [livejournal.com profile] benc, [livejournal.com profile] fooflington, [livejournal.com profile] rahslowe, pao and mrspao were lovely :D I cried in Once In Royal David's City and the candle light was just amazing. I always think when I'm standing there in the candlelight about all the generations, the thousand years or so of people who did all this before me. It gives me shivers.

At the moment I must admit to quite looking forward to Christmas - we've even done a large part of our shopping! Just need to survive to Wednesday now :)

Squee!

Christmas Tree! )
lizziec: (Stargate SG1 Teal'c)
Ben and I now have our first Christmas tree and it is very beautiful. Typo brought over my decorations last week and putting them on our tree was nice. Each one has a story - "this one had money in it which was a pressie the year we went to disneyland" or "this one was brought back from alaska when Auntie Pat went there on a cruise" :D

Rah came over today - was good to see her. Watched Cadfael and stuff :) Saw foo briefly as he ate our soup and bread and ran away. Now awaiting the appearance of [livejournal.com profile] red_pill who is in Canterbury gaming...oh - and doing all that work that I've been chipping away at all weekend. Stupid PGCE ;)

Also, the Carols at the Cathedral I went to on Tuesday with [livejournal.com profile] no1typo, [livejournal.com profile] benc, [livejournal.com profile] fooflington, [livejournal.com profile] rahslowe, pao and mrspao were lovely :D I cried in Once In Royal David's City and the candle light was just amazing. I always think when I'm standing there in the candlelight about all the generations, the thousand years or so of people who did all this before me. It gives me shivers.

At the moment I must admit to quite looking forward to Christmas - we've even done a large part of our shopping! Just need to survive to Wednesday now :)

Squee!

Christmas Tree! )

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