27 August 2017 @ 08:22 pm
So bank holiday weekend and all that. Not so small wanted to go to the fair. Its been a while, but why not.

Dodge-ums are fun. I don't mind the little chair-a-plane thing. And carosels are nice. Not so Small didnt like the look of the big wheel, so that was a no. And theres always candy floss.

Then there's the whirlitzer ride. All bright and flashy, not so small likes the look of it, and homestly it looks like a suped up tea cup ride. All wavy floor and spinning seats. So i agree.

All i can say is never again.

The wavy up and down was fine, the speed of it and the sudden sharp direction changes on the seats, so that you felt gravity hit you and slam you backwards was definitely not. That it went on for a good five or six minutes, based on the fact they played two songs while we wizzed about didnt help either. I'd been ready to get off after less than one. More than ready.

I spent almost the entire ride with my eyes shut waiting for it to be over.

No so small whooped, yelled and absolutely loved it and wanted to go around again.

Ice cream based bribery subsequently happened and he was distracted by a hook a platic duck game. So from the perscpective of nearly eight year old no so small, it was a brilliant day.
18 July 2017 @ 12:45 am
Still around  
I’ve not really been around that much online recently due to health issues. Let’s say that Strep infection and Uterus should not go together. Hospital thought it was my appendix or gallbladder that had gone bad initially.

So I spent a week in hospital with some nice IV antibiotics, got have a CT scan, a CT guided aspiration (giant comedy size needle to drain a sac of pus), was given 2 units of blood, and was told I have a fibroid the size of a grapefruit that will probably need surgery. Had biopsy of said fibroid (results pending until mid August)

I also apparently have a high pain threshold and am too stubborn to let being very anaemic slow me down. (They took the reading and decided it was so low they’d give me blood - I’d been hiking only a few days before.)

Well anyway I’m back at work now, making sure stuff gets done.I’m trying to be sensible about actually listening to my body when it says I’m tired or something hurts, but generally I suck at it.
Not much writing getting done, NaNoWriMo didn’t end up happening. But I’m working on a sequel to an old fic I wrote about 5 years back about the 9th Doctor and Ianto (Torchwood), where the 9th Doctor didn’t regenerate into 10 and Ianto is the companion.
09 February 2015 @ 03:59 pm
Writing....when am I supposed to have to time for that.  
So writing... Yeah almost nothing happening in the last couple of weeks. Work, life and just about everything being really busy. Not bad, just not giving me any free time.

The next two weeks doesn't look like being any less busy. Husband's birthday, valentines day, friend's 60th birthday party, school half term, sorting out what little one needs for swimming lessons (and not what he keep adding to the list which includes a diving helmet, a snorkel and a some kind of magic thing that will let him breath water like a fish) and being as he's still five I've got to get in the water with him at the pool. So swimming costume and prescription googles for me (no glasses in the pool and contact lenses and chlorinated water do not mix, but if I want to see the other side of the pool I'm going to need to wear something). Hopefully they won't want me to do much more than stand in the water as I can't swim. (I had lessons about 15 years ago at university, and baffled the swimming instructor by having absolutely no natural buoyancy whatsoever. Maybe a decade and a half plus a stone or two of extra weight will mean I float better than a brick this time.

So writing, I need to find time, somewhere...somewhen. The biggest problem is having lost most of the evenings, as the Alexander stays awake and wanting to talk until about 9 at night - he's in bed for 7 and sleep used to happen at 8, but the better he gets at reading the longer he stays awake and the more questions he has. Why does the world spin? Is a whale bigger than a dinosaur? Why does jelly wobbly? What's the biggest building ever? Where does food go when I eat it? A selection if questions from just one night and all needed answering right there and then.

Curiosity is good, but when I've been awake for 15 hours and still need to do the washing up, washing, tidying and making sure things are ready for the next day, a few less questions per bed time would be good. He could even ask them during the day when he's telling me he's bored.

So writing will happen. Somewhen.
23 September 2013 @ 05:32 pm
Just when things were going well...  
Just when things were going well the hot water boiler (water and central heating) has packed up.

Fortunately we qualify for the government's warm front scheme to get a free boiler (basically if your old boiler is past a certain age, was inefficient, you don't earn very much and you're either 65+ or have children under 16).

So we will get a new boiler :) but and of course there is a but the assessor to check out the old broken boiler and measure up for the new one can't get here until the 15th of October, so three weeks tomorrow. I hope it's quicker after that to get the new one fitted.

Personally I can manage with just using the emersion heater for hot water for shower and putting on an extra jumper if it gets cold. I grew up without central heating (and without hot water for showers for that matter, unless you got the fire burning for long enough to heat the water - and that relied on how much wood me and my mum had chopped up.)

Husband is 'how are we going to manage? it'll be cold' and little one doesn't like the idea of showers rather than baths for the next month. But new free boiler beats expensive temporary repair to old one.

All the same I want new boiler in before it gets really cold. Frost on the inside of the windows is not something I look back at fondly.
19 December 2011 @ 03:11 pm
I owe loads of replies for comments, posts etc and I really will try to get back to you all.

This is a brief what's going on kind of thing. I posted a couple of weeks ago to day my husband had had a couple of seizure kind of things (still not sure what to call them as doctors have been particularly unhelpful - a week to get an appointment, where they didn't seem to want to believe him that they'd happened - they actually asked him if he was sure it wasn't just a bad dream. Then another 5 days to get a blood test - which we'll get the result of in the new year because they obviously don't see it as being that urgent.)

Anyway, last night he had another one. Little one had just wandered round into our room, because he'd kicked his duvet off and was cold, and had just climbed onto the bed when it happened.

I picked up Alex, and just had to hold onto him, so he didn't climb back on the bed. Seemed to go on for so long, but probably only 10 - 15 seconds or so.

Alex seemed oblivious to what was going on, in the way a half asleep two years olds can be, and I'm glad he was.

Husband is okay - but he let on this time that he's fully conscious of what is going on while it happens - I can't even begin to think how scary that must be.

Him and little one fell asleep again soon after, but I couldn't, and I feel like I've been shaking ever since - and it happened at 4 in this morning.

He couldn't get another appointment, and he says he'll leave it until after Christmas.
as we're going away over Christmas to his relatives in Scotland, so I won't be online at all from about Wednesday this week to Monday next week.

So this is what is going on. I know it seems stupid but I'll still be posting fic, as really need the distraction of writing right now.
28 February 2011 @ 10:00 pm
February - I'm glad it's nearly over.  
February is nearly over and I'll be glad to see the back of it as it has been a month that I never want a repeat of as it's been one long round of bad news and problems.

Brother got swine flu and spent 10 days in hospital and it might have damaged the kidney transplant he had 11 yeards ago. They are trying him on different medication.

My mum is in the middle of a Lupus flare up and has refused to wear the hearing aid she's been given so phone calls - the only way I've got of contacting her apart from writing as she lives at the other end of the country - are getting to be problematic.

My uncle who has always been the fit one of the family seems to have rapidly developed really bad arthritis and is using a walking frame.

It looks like my little boy has a cows milk intolerance that gives him really dry red skin - admittedly after 4 days of soy milk he's looking a lot better, so that's good news to end the month.

Combined with having a really rotten cold that took the best part of 2 weeks to go away, the bad weather meaning even more of the garden fence has fallen down and I still can't afford to fix it, and the whole council job cuts situation hanging over me it's been a rotten month. (thankfully I've now been told nobody is going in our department)

Hopefully March will be a much better month.

I'm actually getting a bit of fic writing done now for the first time a few weeks, and I get back to being a mod of [ profile] tw_classic and post March's fic prompt tomorrow.
02 April 2010 @ 07:11 pm
Watching Simon King's Shetland Diary (It's a BBC2 wild life program), makes me miss my days digging up in Shetland. Can't believe it's nigh on nine years since I was last there, it doesn't seem true.

Maybe one day I'll go back.
05 September 2009 @ 04:10 pm
Where has the time gone?  
Baby is due next Saturday, and could turn up at any time now, and I've still not got everything done that needs doing.

Assembled the cot today - because I finally managed to get rid of the sofa bed and have room for it. Washing baby clothes and trying to work out if there is anything that I really need that I haven't got yet.

I also got a load of writing to finish. Still working on part 12 of Song as Old as Time, part 5 of Secrets and Hope, as well as the two big bangs.

TW-bigbang is taking priority at the moment as it needs to be pretty much finished by the 28th September, which basically means I need to get as much of it done before baby gets here as possible. I've got 2k written in the last 2 days, so currently at 6k with a 15k target, so hopefully it will be possible to get it done on time. Sci-fi bigbang is sort of on the back burner for a bit, it's all planned out, but since it doesn't have to be in draft stage until the end of Oct. it's not top priority writingwise.

This site has been helpful in getting me writing a bit quicker than I normally do, as you set yourself a deadline of words and time, ie 250 words in the next 10mins, and it keeps a counter for you. If you stop typing (depending on the setting you have it on) the screen will flash red or it will beeb at you until you start again. It's tag line is putting the Prod in Productivity.

Baby and mother in law visiting related stuff - probably not that interesting.  )
28 July 2009 @ 09:09 pm
Ante-natal class or lack of.  
I don't think I'm meant to get to my ante-natal classes.

Last Tuesday I spent an interesting 45 minutes on a mostly stationary train (journey should've taken 12 minutes) which made me so late getting into Halifax that it wasn't worth getting the bus over to the hospital because by the time that I got there the class would have been finishing.

This week I get an earlier train, get there at 6.50pm for 7pm. And wait. and wait. At 7.25 and after speaking to a nurse who, although she was trying to be helpful, clearly didn't know what was going, gave up and came home.

So out of four classes I have so far attended none. Question is next week do I even bother? or do I hope it's third time lucky and I actually get there on time and class happens.

Baby is due in six weeks. (Only three more weeks of work) I really don't have time to find another set of courses being as even the short ones are spread out over four weeks. That said women have been having babies without the benefit of these classes for millenia, and I suppose that it doesn't make much difference in the end. It's just annoying that I've spent an extra £10 on travel this month for absolutely no benefit.

Going to write fic now. I have a lot of fic to write and most of it with deadlines.
Scifibigbang 1500 of 25000 - original modern fantasty setting
TWbigbang 2000 of 15000 - Jack-centric series 2 Torchwood fic.
Roundsofkink - fic one 2/3 done (Ianto/Jack), fic2 1/3 done. (Jack/Ianto/Andy)
Secrets and Hope 3/8 chapters done. The CoE fic-it fic.

At least I've got until sept/oct for the two bigbang fics.
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01 July 2009 @ 09:53 pm
Updates on various things, fandom and rl  
I've decided which of the three possible plot ideas that I had to write my [ profile] scifibigbang on. So another long TW fic to write, this one will be Jack/Ianto, set post series 2 + lost souls, but pre series 3.

Writer sign ups for [ profile] scifibigbang have now finished but were still looking for artists, cheerleader/alpha readers and beta readers. Sign up for all these will be open until the end of October.

I'm working on my practice round entry for [ profile] writerinadrawer which has the prompts, The Torchwood team from the view point of a non-human character, any 5 of the 7 colours of the rainbow adn 800 words or less.

I've finalised my maternity leave dates at work now. My last working day is the 18th of August, and I'll return to work after Easter next year, which is early mid/april.

Spent the afternoon shopping in Ikea, and have now bought a cot and bedding. As now there's only 10 weeks to go until baby is suppose to arrive, I'm thinking that I should probably get round to actually buying baby things.
18 December 2008 @ 10:41 pm
Christmas meal, chavs and robbery.  
So work's Christmas meal.

We went to a Chinese restaurant. We ordered food. We watched as three of the worlds most inept chavs stolenthe drawer out of the till.

I did get up to chase after them up one of my work mates grabbed my arm to stop me giving chase. He didn't think it was safe.

I'm not sure I could have caught any of them anyway, I had heels - well  1 1/2" wedges anyway, I don't really do heels.  Maybe I could have though, I did catch that guy in York that time when I chased him down Micklegate after he took Kat's hat, and I was in full a medieval dress that time.

Anyway, I don't think they got much as the place hadn't long opened for the evening and they spilt half of the contents of the till on the floor as they ran for the door, doubt they got more than about £40-50 if that as it was proabably just the float in the till at that point.

That was to be honest the most interesting thing that happened all day, and most likely for the rest of the week. It's odd really, I wish that I had been able to chase after them, even if I hadn't managed to catch them, the adrenaline was going for the first time in way too long, and I'm still kind of hyped.
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12 November 2008 @ 08:35 pm
One of my fic's got rec'ed and I finally got an nhs dentist.  
The most recent fic that I wrote, Moonlight and Memories, got rec'ed over on [ profile] janto_recs I don't think any of my fic's got rec'ed before so that cheered me up lots before I had to got off to the dentists.

I can't (or at least I shouldn't) complain about going to the dentist as I've had to wait the best part of two years for there to be an NHS dentist in the area that was accepting new patients for me to register at. Anyway three extractions (all molars so that's going to fun when they do it) and six fillings for £45 really isn't anywhere near as pricey as I thought it was going to be.

Going back on the 26th so that they can start doing either the extractions or the fillings. The dentist said that he'd do all the work over three or four appointments.

The one thing that did surprise me a bit at the dentist was how young the dentist looked, and I've got the sneaking suspicion that he may have even be younger than me. I must be getting old ;)
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