shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (polly underwater menace)
A bit fell off my oven yesterday. Not a crucial bit, but a bit I don't know the name of so reporting it to the letting agency should be fun. "You know how the heating element on the hob is a sort of open spiral? Well under that there's a sort of metal disc... thing. And it's held up by three other things. And one of the things has fallen off and the disc has fallen over."

BENNY. I read "Life During Wartime" at the weekend (so good! Rob Shearman's story may have broken my heart a little) and am now desperate to get to "Death and the Daleks" so I can find out how the cliffhanger is resolved. The thing I loved most about it was the way it fleshed out a lot of the other people and the general background for the Collection, something that I thought was missing a bit from the audios so far. I bought the hardback bundle from Big Finish in the sale so hopefully the other books will do the same thing. Does anyone know what how they fit in with the audio sequence? I'm sure I've seen a link to a website that explains it, but I didn't bookmark it or anything sensible like that and now I can't find it.

Big Finish has a new podcast! This year's releases sound like they will in fact be made of awesome, yes. I was a bit take it or leave it about the Key to Time audios at first but it sounds like they're going to be pretty good. And then there was Izzy! And Fitz's VOICE! It didn't sound exactly like I imagined but somehow I didn't care. Also I ♥ Nick Briggs; stapling duvet covers wot his mum bought him to the walls of his office to make it soundproof!

Watched a few more episodes of Alias; I don't have mad fannish love for it (yet, anyway) but I am enjoying it. I think I heard that the whole Rambaldi plotline goes a bit wossname later on but for now I like it since it is basically a giant treasure hunt but with spies and fights and outfits. I am quite glad of the voiceover at the beginning of each episode, because I'm sort of vaguely spoiled for the whole run and was getting muddled up between characters I've met, characters I've heard of and actors who I thought were characters.

ETA what is it about 4.30 on a Monday afternoon that screams "I must return/renew/borrow a book AT ONCE!"? Most peculiar.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (polly underwater menace)
A bit fell off my oven yesterday. Not a crucial bit, but a bit I don't know the name of so reporting it to the letting agency should be fun. "You know how the heating element on the hob is a sort of open spiral? Well under that there's a sort of metal disc... thing. And it's held up by three other things. And one of the things has fallen off and the disc has fallen over."

BENNY. I read "Life During Wartime" at the weekend (so good! Rob Shearman's story may have broken my heart a little) and am now desperate to get to "Death and the Daleks" so I can find out how the cliffhanger is resolved. The thing I loved most about it was the way it fleshed out a lot of the other people and the general background for the Collection, something that I thought was missing a bit from the audios so far. I bought the hardback bundle from Big Finish in the sale so hopefully the other books will do the same thing. Does anyone know what how they fit in with the audio sequence? I'm sure I've seen a link to a website that explains it, but I didn't bookmark it or anything sensible like that and now I can't find it.

Big Finish has a new podcast! This year's releases sound like they will in fact be made of awesome, yes. I was a bit take it or leave it about the Key to Time audios at first but it sounds like they're going to be pretty good. And then there was Izzy! And Fitz's VOICE! It didn't sound exactly like I imagined but somehow I didn't care. Also I ♥ Nick Briggs; stapling duvet covers wot his mum bought him to the walls of his office to make it soundproof!

Watched a few more episodes of Alias; I don't have mad fannish love for it (yet, anyway) but I am enjoying it. I think I heard that the whole Rambaldi plotline goes a bit wossname later on but for now I like it since it is basically a giant treasure hunt but with spies and fights and outfits. I am quite glad of the voiceover at the beginning of each episode, because I'm sort of vaguely spoiled for the whole run and was getting muddled up between characters I've met, characters I've heard of and actors who I thought were characters.

ETA what is it about 4.30 on a Monday afternoon that screams "I must return/renew/borrow a book AT ONCE!"? Most peculiar.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (polly underwater menace)
- In FAIL news, I managed to leave my freezer door open on Sunday night and didn't notice until yesterday morning, cue throwing out a lot of stuff. ARGH SO STUPID.

- Cannot stop listening to Johnny Cash's "The Man Comes around". Please send help.

- I do not like the new facebook, it is like the old facebook only wider and I can't find anything, despite switching over a few weeks ago to get used to it. And when I did find my news feed, all my status updates were in massive font, it was most off-putting. Harumph.

- Eurovision bringing back juries! It probably won't make a huge difference but anything which makes the voting even marginally less predictable is good.

- Eoin Colfer writing new Hitchhiker's book. Oh dear, I feel terribly reactionary saying this but I don't think it's a good idea. It might be different if it was a really long series or if Mostly Harmless had ended on a cliffhanger, but... I really love the books (apart from Mostly Harmless, and of course they are not a patch on the radio versions) and even I'm not crying out for another installment. On the other hand, Eoin Colfer's not a terrible choice to write it </damning with faint praise> and as long as he doesn't remove half the jokes in favour of romance like what the film did it'll probably be fine.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (polly underwater menace)
- In FAIL news, I managed to leave my freezer door open on Sunday night and didn't notice until yesterday morning, cue throwing out a lot of stuff. ARGH SO STUPID.

- Cannot stop listening to Johnny Cash's "The Man Comes around". Please send help.

- I do not like the new facebook, it is like the old facebook only wider and I can't find anything, despite switching over a few weeks ago to get used to it. And when I did find my news feed, all my status updates were in massive font, it was most off-putting. Harumph.

- Eurovision bringing back juries! It probably won't make a huge difference but anything which makes the voting even marginally less predictable is good.

- Eoin Colfer writing new Hitchhiker's book. Oh dear, I feel terribly reactionary saying this but I don't think it's a good idea. It might be different if it was a really long series or if Mostly Harmless had ended on a cliffhanger, but... I really love the books (apart from Mostly Harmless, and of course they are not a patch on the radio versions) and even I'm not crying out for another installment. On the other hand, Eoin Colfer's not a terrible choice to write it </damning with faint praise> and as long as he doesn't remove half the jokes in favour of romance like what the film did it'll probably be fine.

*flail*

Apr. 8th, 2008 09:49 am
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (the oncoming storm)
I may have mentioned here that 2008 has not hitherto been my Best Year Ever, what with the broken (newish) telly and the small flood in my old flat, then failing to find a new flatmate for said flat and having to move in a hurry... well, this trend has continued with BURGLARY. Got back after work yesterday to find the window next to the front door of my flat had been smashed in (with half a paving slab!) and some dastardly varmints had let themselves in and pinched my laptop (CURSES. If I am more than usually rubbish about commenting/replying to comments, this is why), Vanky's old PS2 wot he sold to me (only plays Lego Star Wars), lots of DVDs (they left Dead Like Me and Withnail and I; clearly they have no taste), [livejournal.com profile] sparra's old digital camera (why yes I do get all my gadgets secondhand from friends), my old phone (comprehensively broken) and my rucksack. Luckily I wasn't in at the time and the things they did not take included any valuable jewelery (because I don't have any), the camera I usually use (cunningly concealed beneath some books that had fallen over and a pair of gloves; who says having a messy flat is a BAD thing?), my MP3 player (HAH) and my Doctor Who collection (hurray!). Anyway the police came and CSI Bristol dusted for fingerprints and also my parents came down to help sort everything out. Someone from the letting agency came round to board up the window and I phoned them this morning and demanded better locks since the current one is a bit feeble. This lunchtime I am going to see my insurance people; the problem is I haven't yet transferred the policy to my new place (I tried, but they wouldn't accept "it's about as old as the last place" for the age of my house, was going to phone again last night, oh teh ironing!). Though it does say on my policy that I have to inform them within 40 days if I move and it's been less than that.

So I am a bit stressed at the moment. Tis ok though, it could've been worse.

*flail*

Apr. 8th, 2008 09:49 am
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (the oncoming storm)
I may have mentioned here that 2008 has not hitherto been my Best Year Ever, what with the broken (newish) telly and the small flood in my old flat, then failing to find a new flatmate for said flat and having to move in a hurry... well, this trend has continued with BURGLARY. Got back after work yesterday to find the window next to the front door of my flat had been smashed in (with half a paving slab!) and some dastardly varmints had let themselves in and pinched my laptop (CURSES. If I am more than usually rubbish about commenting/replying to comments, this is why), Vanky's old PS2 wot he sold to me (only plays Lego Star Wars), lots of DVDs (they left Dead Like Me and Withnail and I; clearly they have no taste), [livejournal.com profile] sparra's old digital camera (why yes I do get all my gadgets secondhand from friends), my old phone (comprehensively broken) and my rucksack. Luckily I wasn't in at the time and the things they did not take included any valuable jewelery (because I don't have any), the camera I usually use (cunningly concealed beneath some books that had fallen over and a pair of gloves; who says having a messy flat is a BAD thing?), my MP3 player (HAH) and my Doctor Who collection (hurray!). Anyway the police came and CSI Bristol dusted for fingerprints and also my parents came down to help sort everything out. Someone from the letting agency came round to board up the window and I phoned them this morning and demanded better locks since the current one is a bit feeble. This lunchtime I am going to see my insurance people; the problem is I haven't yet transferred the policy to my new place (I tried, but they wouldn't accept "it's about as old as the last place" for the age of my house, was going to phone again last night, oh teh ironing!). Though it does say on my policy that I have to inform them within 40 days if I move and it's been less than that.

So I am a bit stressed at the moment. Tis ok though, it could've been worse.
shinyjenni: The Brigadier, the Third Doctor and Liz walking together and laughing (brig three liz)
Apparently The Father was complaining that I have not done a flat related update for a bit. So here is one. I am just waiting for ye letting agency to replace my mattress and repaint the ceiling and then it will all be shiny. Meant to phone them today about the mattress but did not due to stupidity. Am sleeping on the sofa bed at the mo, it is very comfortable but it's a bit of a pain getting it out and putting it away again all the time.

Also there was supposed to be someone coming round today to do magic fixing of the tv, but they did not turn up. Boo! itv.com will not give me Supernatural as they do not own it, so I do actually need to get it fixed now.
shinyjenni: The Brigadier, the Third Doctor and Liz walking together and laughing (brig three liz)
Apparently The Father was complaining that I have not done a flat related update for a bit. So here is one. I am just waiting for ye letting agency to replace my mattress and repaint the ceiling and then it will all be shiny. Meant to phone them today about the mattress but did not due to stupidity. Am sleeping on the sofa bed at the mo, it is very comfortable but it's a bit of a pain getting it out and putting it away again all the time.

Also there was supposed to be someone coming round today to do magic fixing of the tv, but they did not turn up. Boo! itv.com will not give me Supernatural as they do not own it, so I do actually need to get it fixed now.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (gwen not a morning person)
So I got back to my flat last night after a busy day at work and found that the light in my room wouldn't switch on. "Huh," thought I, "the bulb must have gone." I tried the light in the hall, also no dice. "Curses," thought I, "I don't know where the circuit breaker is. Hang on, what's that mark on my bed? Why is it damp? Why is there a dripping noise? ...oh. Oh, dear." The water had been off all morning and the people upstairs must have left a tap dripping or something, so that when the water came back om it knocked the tap on full. By the time I got back it must have been on for at least four hours. Ohnoes! There was a lot of flailing at the letting agents on my part (who were very helpful apart from when they said things like "there's a gap of about this much [hands about a foot and a half apart] between your ceiling and upstairs's floor, so the water in there is probably at least this deep [hands about six inches apart].") Eventually the upstairs people got home and turned the water off, and gave us a lift to flatmate Rhiannon's boyfriend Simon's flat where we stayed last night. The letting agents sent round someone who turned off our electricity and told us that the damage was mostly confined to my room (bah) but that it looked like the ceiling wasn't going to cave in (yay!).

As a result I am out of my flat for a bit - don't know how long yet, am going round now to try and find out (and see how bad it is...). From what I could see last night it looks like the water mostly came through in the centre and my stuff is mostly round the sides so hopefully it will not be too bad. Then I shall go and comfort myself with second hand book shopping. Yay! So if I am more than usually useless and uncommunicative this is why.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (gwen not a morning person)
So I got back to my flat last night after a busy day at work and found that the light in my room wouldn't switch on. "Huh," thought I, "the bulb must have gone." I tried the light in the hall, also no dice. "Curses," thought I, "I don't know where the circuit breaker is. Hang on, what's that mark on my bed? Why is it damp? Why is there a dripping noise? ...oh. Oh, dear." The water had been off all morning and the people upstairs must have left a tap dripping or something, so that when the water came back om it knocked the tap on full. By the time I got back it must have been on for at least four hours. Ohnoes! There was a lot of flailing at the letting agents on my part (who were very helpful apart from when they said things like "there's a gap of about this much [hands about a foot and a half apart] between your ceiling and upstairs's floor, so the water in there is probably at least this deep [hands about six inches apart].") Eventually the upstairs people got home and turned the water off, and gave us a lift to flatmate Rhiannon's boyfriend Simon's flat where we stayed last night. The letting agents sent round someone who turned off our electricity and told us that the damage was mostly confined to my room (bah) but that it looked like the ceiling wasn't going to cave in (yay!).

As a result I am out of my flat for a bit - don't know how long yet, am going round now to try and find out (and see how bad it is...). From what I could see last night it looks like the water mostly came through in the centre and my stuff is mostly round the sides so hopefully it will not be too bad. Then I shall go and comfort myself with second hand book shopping. Yay! So if I am more than usually useless and uncommunicative this is why.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (gwen not a morning person)
Just over a year after I bought it, and in the week that Torchwood starts, my TV has decided that all this "switching on" malarkey is a bit too hard, and it's not having any of it. GREAT TIMING, THERE. *headdesk* Actually, it's mostly only an annoyance, since everything I watch at the moment I have on DVD or can see via the BBC's iPlayer facility, so my laptop can step into the breach, but still. Far too many things have gone wrong this year already*. This is what happens when your one resolution is "be less fail". Grumble grumble grumble.



*for reference: I left my phone charger at my parents' house over Christmas, so for a week I was phoneless. Also I made a complete hash of getting tickets for Just A Minute - I has them now, but I didn't half make a song and dance about getting them. Oh yes, and my potential new flatmate has found somewhere else to live. Erm, anyone know of anyone who'll be wanting to share a flat in Bristol around the end of March? It is a nice flat.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (gwen not a morning person)
Just over a year after I bought it, and in the week that Torchwood starts, my TV has decided that all this "switching on" malarkey is a bit too hard, and it's not having any of it. GREAT TIMING, THERE. *headdesk* Actually, it's mostly only an annoyance, since everything I watch at the moment I have on DVD or can see via the BBC's iPlayer facility, so my laptop can step into the breach, but still. Far too many things have gone wrong this year already*. This is what happens when your one resolution is "be less fail". Grumble grumble grumble.



*for reference: I left my phone charger at my parents' house over Christmas, so for a week I was phoneless. Also I made a complete hash of getting tickets for Just A Minute - I has them now, but I didn't half make a song and dance about getting them. Oh yes, and my potential new flatmate has found somewhere else to live. Erm, anyone know of anyone who'll be wanting to share a flat in Bristol around the end of March? It is a nice flat.

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