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I was told ages ago that by thinking positive thoughts you can retrain your brain. It's like a reset. I'm often not good at this, and today the world feels particularly grim. But I think it's good to focus.

So, I'm listing three things I like about me (because I'm feeling particularly useless), three things I like about my life (because it feels very out of control and overwhelming), three things I like about today (which will get me off the sofa), and three things that make me feel optimistic about the world in general (because god knows, there's enough to feel bad about).

You should all do that too.

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annwfyn: (tarot-hanged man)
Right. Today I have...



    ...dropped Tina Greig off in Lewisham after a lovely visit from her*
    ...been for tasty Vietnamese food with Jeremiah Poppenbeck
    ...got my sister her birthday present
    ...ordered a new interview dress from the Pepperberry sale (recommended to all curvy ladies of my acquaintance. Although annoyingly they only go up to a size 18 which doesn't affect me but is vexing in general)...moved the drying around on the drying rack as it wasn't drying properly
    ...tidied the bedroom
    ...read some more Eva Ibbotson
    ...done the washing up.



I feel almost productive. Of course, what I really need to be doing is working on my lesson plan for Friday, but I'm building up to that.


What is everyone else doing today?


*It featured pub, cinema, the British Museum and a lounge picnic with wine. But not all today. That would be silly.
annwfyn: (Mood - fox curled up)
I drove home tonight through thick fog. I mean, really really thick fog. Fog so thick it felt unsafe to drive, fog so thick I had maybe 1m visibility or so. I ended up creeping along at 20 mph, thanking my lucky stars I knew the road really well, and praying no one was cycling in dark clothes tonight.

I'm home now, but the fog is thick around the house, swirling ominously.

It's even more like living on the set of a horror movie than usual.
annwfyn: (Mood - jovial hippo)







    1) I found an awesome willow tree by the river at lunchtime and went climbing on it without falling in.

    2) I cleared a huge backlog of work in a burst of energy.

    3) I finally got round to writing a Vipers In Velvet update (which will make sense to very very few people) and did a weird Renaissance alter ego look at my life which was kind of satisfying.

    4) I had an awesome bonding chat with my boss about life, the universe and everything and think I might actually be making a real friend.

    5) I am now going to the pub for drinks with an actual local person. Also, there will be pizza.
annwfyn: (Mood - jovial hippo)







    1) I found an awesome willow tree by the river at lunchtime and went climbing on it without falling in.

    2) I cleared a huge backlog of work in a burst of energy.

    3) I finally got round to writing a Vipers In Velvet update (which will make sense to very very few people) and did a weird Renaissance alter ego look at my life which was kind of satisfying.

    4) I had an awesome bonding chat with my boss about life, the universe and everything and think I might actually be making a real friend.

    5) I am now going to the pub for drinks with an actual local person. Also, there will be pizza.

Oxford

Apr. 17th, 2012 01:48 pm
annwfyn: (Mood - pottering hedgehog)
I am reconsidering my 'I don't want to live in Oxford' thoughts.

It turns out that working for Oxford University, with lunches either in the centre of town, or walking through the Parks, working surrounded by clever and interesting people for a really remarkably fuzzy institution is really nice.

(Although I need to keep away from the High Street on Friday "just got paid" lunchtimes for ever. Otherwise I will end up defaulting on every bill I owe and living as a very well dressed tramp)

Oxford

Apr. 17th, 2012 01:48 pm
annwfyn: (Mood - pottering hedgehog)
I am reconsidering my 'I don't want to live in Oxford' thoughts.

It turns out that working for Oxford University, with lunches either in the centre of town, or walking through the Parks, working surrounded by clever and interesting people for a really remarkably fuzzy institution is really nice.

(Although I need to keep away from the High Street on Friday "just got paid" lunchtimes for ever. Otherwise I will end up defaulting on every bill I owe and living as a very well dressed tramp)
annwfyn: (love - green heart)
On one hand, my plan to spend March virtuously sitting at home at my Dad's place, saving money, looking for jobs, tidying my room, reading deep books and thinking pure thoughts isn't really working out as I'd planned.

On the other hand, I am having a lovely weekend this weekend.

Wiffling about my weekend )

On a slightly random note, I also wanted to say 'thank you' to all the people in my life who are repeatedly nice to me, even when I don't necessarily deserve it. Special thanks lately go to [livejournal.com profile] unifex, [livejournal.com profile] becky_spence, [livejournal.com profile] bringeroflight, [livejournal.com profile] ozisim, [livejournal.com profile] faerierhona and [livejournal.com profile] hardwired for regularly letting me descend on their houses, eat their porridge and sleep in their beds and for never eating me up in revenge even once, and also [livejournal.com profile] eniel, [livejournal.com profile] lanfykins, [livejournal.com profile] quisalan, [livejournal.com profile] chrisvenus and Sue Paris (who may or may not have LJ) for being the lovely local people who have gone out of their way to offer me lovely local social interactions.

There are lots of other people as well, I know, but I wanted to thank those people in particular, because I think sometimes all I do is whinge on here, without being clear that I am being supported, and cared for (or sometimes just endured) and people who do that are cool and awesome.

The world is not a bad place really.
annwfyn: (love - green heart)
On one hand, my plan to spend March virtuously sitting at home at my Dad's place, saving money, looking for jobs, tidying my room, reading deep books and thinking pure thoughts isn't really working out as I'd planned.

On the other hand, I am having a lovely weekend this weekend.

Wiffling about my weekend )

On a slightly random note, I also wanted to say 'thank you' to all the people in my life who are repeatedly nice to me, even when I don't necessarily deserve it. Special thanks lately go to [livejournal.com profile] unifex, [livejournal.com profile] becky_spence, [livejournal.com profile] bringeroflight, [livejournal.com profile] ozisim, [livejournal.com profile] faerierhona and [livejournal.com profile] hardwired for regularly letting me descend on their houses, eat their porridge and sleep in their beds and for never eating me up in revenge even once, and also [livejournal.com profile] eniel, [livejournal.com profile] lanfykins, [livejournal.com profile] quisalan, [livejournal.com profile] chrisvenus and Sue Paris (who may or may not have LJ) for being the lovely local people who have gone out of their way to offer me lovely local social interactions.

There are lots of other people as well, I know, but I wanted to thank those people in particular, because I think sometimes all I do is whinge on here, without being clear that I am being supported, and cared for (or sometimes just endured) and people who do that are cool and awesome.

The world is not a bad place really.

My Weekend

Feb. 26th, 2012 06:10 pm
annwfyn: (mood - pointless but happy weekend)
Good things about today: White Horse Hill, apple crumble, my mushroom risotto in the pub arriving with unexpected extra halloumi, thus meaning I won lunch.

Bad things about today: [profile] lanfykins introducing me to pocket frogs for the iPad, thus meaning that any hope I ever had of living a normal, functional and productive life vanished, in an instant. If anyone else is playing, I'm down as Annwfyn, as per usual.

Thank you, [profile] ksirafai & [profile] lanfykins for visiting.

I also note, it was awesome to see [profile] kathminchin, [profile] becky_spence & [profile] windzswept yesterday as well. Lounge picnic was definitely For The Win.

And finally, have some pics of White Horse Hill today.

Pics and some rambling )

My Weekend

Feb. 26th, 2012 06:10 pm
annwfyn: (mood - pointless but happy weekend)
Good things about today: White Horse Hill, apple crumble, my mushroom risotto in the pub arriving with unexpected extra halloumi, thus meaning I won lunch.

Bad things about today: [profile] lanfykins introducing me to pocket frogs for the iPad, thus meaning that any hope I ever had of living a normal, functional and productive life vanished, in an instant. If anyone else is playing, I'm down as Annwfyn, as per usual.

Thank you, [profile] ksirafai & [profile] lanfykins for visiting.

I also note, it was awesome to see [profile] kathminchin, [profile] becky_spence & [profile] windzswept yesterday as well. Lounge picnic was definitely For The Win.

And finally, have some pics of White Horse Hill today.

Pics and some rambling )
annwfyn: (seasonal - bonfire night)
I don't think my New Year has finished yet.

I spent the bells down at the river with a bottle of sparkly rosé, watching dozens of chinese lanterns slowly floating up into the sky. It was awesome.

And now it's New Year's Day and I have a house full of lovely people. [profile] andyrebranded and I have made many bacon sandwiches, [profile] pierot has been finding songs, and [profile] blane_firewing, [personal profile] seph_hazard and I have been singing along cheerfully.

I have got rid of the empty bottles and at some point soon need to sort through the half empty bottles although that prospect is scaring me.

For now, I'll stick to Anthony Stewart Head and maybe some ice cream.
annwfyn: (seasonal - bonfire night)
I don't think my New Year has finished yet.

I spent the bells down at the river with a bottle of sparkly rosé, watching dozens of chinese lanterns slowly floating up into the sky. It was awesome.

And now it's New Year's Day and I have a house full of lovely people. [profile] andyrebranded and I have made many bacon sandwiches, [profile] pierot has been finding songs, and [profile] blane_firewing, [personal profile] seph_hazard and I have been singing along cheerfully.

I have got rid of the empty bottles and at some point soon need to sort through the half empty bottles although that prospect is scaring me.

For now, I'll stick to Anthony Stewart Head and maybe some ice cream.
annwfyn: (mood - salt flats/arid)
My weekend, away from the pretend people…

This is more a collection of snippets than anything else.

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annwfyn: (mood - salt flats/arid)
My weekend, away from the pretend people…

This is more a collection of snippets than anything else.

Read more... )
annwfyn: (love - pink heart)
So, once again this is a mixture of buzz posts, with this time added pictures as well as commentary.

Friday was [personal profile] bringeroflight and [profile] ozisim's wedding. And it was awesome.

It started for me at 7 am on Friday morning, when I staggered out of bed, with the goal of leaving at 7.30 am. This, unsurprisingly, didn't happen. However, by 7.30 am I had acquired a Tim Allen, Andy and jez had crawled out of bed, and just by 8 am we hit the road.

My buzz post reads:

    Tim Allen, Andy Greig , Jez Poppenbeck and I are on the road, and en route to the wedding of the year.

    Tim Allen surprised us all by being absolutely on time. I surprised no one by having a crisis and not being able to find my shoes.

    In other news, Attack the Block is absolutely awesome.


(as a note, 'Attack the Block' is amazingly good, both as a horror film in the classic John Carpenter tradition and as an amazingly grounded and real character portrayal of kids on a South London estate and the conditions that make them that way. I recommend you read this for it says everything I want to say and better.)

The wedding was near Durham, which meant five and a half hours on the A1(M). I don't recommend that as a fun way of spending one's time, but my driving companions proved to be very amiable people and we got there fairly smoothly. The venue, as a note, was lovely.



We found people, we got to say hello to Tim and Sim and then there was the wedding. The wedding was, again, lovely. It was very personal, very friendly, and cheerfully informal. Also, it is the only wedding I've ever been to with heckling. And that definitely worked. Tim and Sim looked wonderful, and it just felt like a lovely lovely ceremony.

Then afterwards we had the reception. There were dice for favours, strawberries dipped in chocolate and rock band to play on the XboX instead of dancing. And it was a lot of fun. I bimbled around and failed to take any decent pictures at all, but instead got a picture of my hotel room:



It was a really cute room and came with added teddy bear. Which I did spend an extra £15, even if jez did warn me darkly that it would just be mercilessly sacrificed at the paws of El Oso Diablo.

I also got a pic of the venue from the little courtyard where a bunch of us were hanging out:



I got a really quite nice pic of [profile] andyrebranded taking photographs:



And the one more important pic! The lavatory!



And then I bimbled, and chatted to people and eventually pottered back to the hotel room to watch 'Sense and Sensibility' which is actually quite a good film it seems, and has really quite accurate 18th century interior decoration. And the fact that I know this sort of makes me want to cry. I shouldn't know as much as I do about 18th century house painting and furnishings.

The next morning there was breakfast, and then the long journey home, during the course of which I updated with:

    Awesome awesome wedding. There were dice for wedding favours!


...and...

    Heading home now. Sitting in the OK diner, having milkshakes and talking about Mary Sues.

    It was a wonderful wedding; lovely venue, everyone scrubbed up nicely, Tim and Sim were adorable and the chocolate dipped strawberries at the reception will be in my dreams. I also have a new teddy bear.

    I hope Tim and Sim have a fab honeymoon and a very happy married life.


...and finally (and this is maybe my wisest comment on the whole subject)...

    I apparently went to a wedding on Friday and failed to get a single picture of the bride or groom. I did, however, get pics of a posh toilet, the teddy bear in the hotel room, and a nice shot of Andy Greig taking pictures.

    I can't help but feel that something was wrong with my priorities.


Um. Yeah. I'm still concerned as to why I took four photographs and one of them was of a public toilet. Help me?
annwfyn: (nonsense - priestess of pink)
So, this weekend started extra early for me this weekend when I had a mini-breakdown on Wednesday night and ended up not sleeping and taking Thursday off work. Bless them, they were quite nice. I just called and asked if I could take it as last minute holiday as I'd had a domestic crisis which meant I hadn't got to bed until 6 am. As I had nothing much to do at work, they were fine with this.

And as a result I've had a quite nice long couple of days so far.

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And this ties neatly into another decision I've made.

There are significant parts of my life which are not working. And therefore I am going to change them. I am, in fact, setting myself three goals for the next year.

    Goal One: Get the house on the market at the end of May, and get it sold by Christmas.

    Goal Two: Get out to Seattle to visit people by the end of January.

    Goal Three: Get the money and time to go backpacking by the end of next year. I'd like to go to Rio and travel through Brazil and Argentina, but I am flexible. One thing that is sort of tempting is to get two months clear, then look at where has cheap flights in the week before I want to leave.


And these thoughts make me happy. If anyone has any recommendations for backpacking destinations then those are also gratefully received. And for now, I am going to go and eat good food, with 'Sweet Caroline' playing in the background, and people I like very much chatting about me. And this, in and of itself, will make all things good.
annwfyn: (seasonal - bonfire night)
So, it's 2011.

I saw the new year in with a lovely collection of people down by the Thames watching some men in a white van blowing shit up.

There were some fireworks as well.

I've been a bit fidgety and head crazy tonight, but overall I'm glad we had our cheerful little NYE party. I am also very pleased that [livejournal.com profile] taimatsu said she felt bad eating the food I'd laid out because it was so nicely displayed. Food art for the win!

And finally, as I can, my traditional new year tarot summary of the year.

Whatever my hopes, and whatever my dreams, I think 2010 turned into this card:



I had hopes, ideas, and a load of promises from life for 2010. And it sort of all turned into strife and stress - job, bits of social life and hobby, some money angst, some family stress. Generally, less fun than it could have been, although I will say I've had some good times, I've learnt a lot and I have connected properly with some very shiny people.

And that's why I'm hoping for this:



I want 2011 to represent new momentum in my life. I don't want to stay stagnant. I want to change things, I want to sort myself out. For a start, I'm seeing a psychologist in January to find out if I'm crazy or not. I'm also looking into some other projects to move my career forward, a little more on my terms, and I really want to take more opportunities and actually shape my life into being something I want to live.

And that's why I've chosen the Chariot.

I think I can do it.

EDIT - my sleepy morning summary of the party last night can be found here, posted to buzz in the hope of extra validation and more comments.
annwfyn: (seasonal - bonfire night)
So, it's 2011.

I saw the new year in with a lovely collection of people down by the Thames watching some men in a white van blowing shit up.

There were some fireworks as well.

I've been a bit fidgety and head crazy tonight, but overall I'm glad we had our cheerful little NYE party. I am also very pleased that [livejournal.com profile] taimatsu said she felt bad eating the food I'd laid out because it was so nicely displayed. Food art for the win!

And finally, as I can, my traditional new year tarot summary of the year.

Whatever my hopes, and whatever my dreams, I think 2010 turned into this card:



I had hopes, ideas, and a load of promises from life for 2010. And it sort of all turned into strife and stress - job, bits of social life and hobby, some money angst, some family stress. Generally, less fun than it could have been, although I will say I've had some good times, I've learnt a lot and I have connected properly with some very shiny people.

And that's why I'm hoping for this:



I want 2011 to represent new momentum in my life. I don't want to stay stagnant. I want to change things, I want to sort myself out. For a start, I'm seeing a psychologist in January to find out if I'm crazy or not. I'm also looking into some other projects to move my career forward, a little more on my terms, and I really want to take more opportunities and actually shape my life into being something I want to live.

And that's why I've chosen the Chariot.

I think I can do it.

EDIT - my sleepy morning summary of the party last night can be found here, posted to buzz in the hope of extra validation and feedback.

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