mistletoe: (Booth smile)
Well here I am as well on DW and contemplating the Thursday before Christmas without Bones, Rookie Blue and Harry's Law. Basically, all of my viewing is off for the holidays. The Downton Abbey: Behind the scenes show last night was basically just a recap of the two series, no doubt to capture new audience for the 2 hour Christmas Special about which they were extremely coy. Gave absolutely nothing away. It was interesting to see Julian Fellowes however, and realise he used to be an actor. Now he is a Lord. I am now going to try to make a graphic and post it via IE9 while I try to work out why Firefox is being an a**e.
mistletoe: (Stewie omg)
Here! I took a picture of myself this morning that turned out clearer than my calendar pics. I am putting it under a cut to spare the squeamish. I resemble something from the Black Death or 1665, The Plague year. Anyway, believe it or not, it is not very painful, just itchy. I had 10 hours sleep yesterday which may account for my ability to go to Tesco today and talk to people I knew that I met there. I disguised the lump with my Thinsulate hat well pulled down. Couldn't see a thing. I also ate lunch when I got home! Small steps.

Here it is:

You have been warned. Approach with caution )

And for [livejournal.com profile] huronia a reminder of her own medical condition.

Good players on this - Bix Beiderbeck, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Bud Freeman and Gene Krupa with Hoagy Carmichael in charge.

mistletoe: (weird)


I have a fat eye, swollen shut and a lump on my forehead again. Grrrr. Anyway, managed to get in to see a doctor this morning who gave me the same tablets as the hospital had and told me to keep an eye on things over the next 24 hours or I may have to be admitted. If it's not one thing it's another. Anyway, I took a tablet straight away and I feel marginally better (probably psychological) though my eye is still shut.

Off out to lunch now. See if I care.

Have a look at these.

        


       
mistletoe: (incapacithingy)
I have a cold. How very dare I. The sinus thing I have had since a week past Thursday decided to become sneezy and sniffy and eye hurty yesterday for realz so I have at least got rid of the headache. Yesterday was funny. We had arranged for mam and dad to come up here, unless it was raining, in which case I would go down to their place. It was raining so off I went. When I got there, the door was locked. I realised they had gone up to my house. After much fumbling with the house phone, mobile phones and voice mails we eventually got in contact and they came back to their house from my house which I hadn't tidied up like I normally do Anyway, we sat at their house for the rest of the day and watched the golf. I came home at teatime and went to bed. Didn't get up until 9.15 and I feel much better, just runny nosed.

Here is the meme that I saw first on [livejournal.com profile] tempertemper 's journal.
My strange language choices )

The Chair

Jan. 29th, 2011 07:32 pm
mistletoe: (chair collapse)


I have a new computer chair. It took three of us to put it together. That's one base, one back, one seat, 1 stand, 2 arms and 12 screws.  2 hours to get the screws in with an Allen key and a great deal of sweat. We then stopped for lunch - out at the local pub. It was delicious. I had loin of pork in a cream and leek sauce with veg that was omnomnom. Dad had panfried salmon in a prawn butter sauce that he liked so much he borrowed a veg serving spoon to demolish every drop. Mam had steak and Ale pie with chips. We were completely full.

Came back to finish off chair and it wasn't right. We had screwed the seat to the base stand thing backwards. That was resolved and then dad figured out how to move the back to a comfortable position. They left after 4 o'clock with the old chair. I am now sitting in the new chair totally relaxed.

FA Cup weekend this week so the lads are having a rest because we're out already. Just as well with our injuries. Manchester  Utd are fielding a depleted team but still beating Southampton. Blackpool got fined this week by the FA for fielding a 'weakened team' in a league game. They lost though and United are currently winning anyway. So they should: they are playing a team 2 leagues below them. These rules are silly when you have a 25 man squad to pick from. Who decides whether they should play, the club manager or the governing body?

In other news it is cold with hard frost. It was so cold during the night I woke up. Had to snuggle up to get warm. That is all.

The Chair

Jan. 29th, 2011 07:32 pm
mistletoe: (chair collapse)


I have a new computer chair. It took three of us to put it together. That's one base, one back, one seat, 1 stand, 2 arms and 12 screws.  2 hours to get the screws in with an Allen key and a great deal of sweat. We then stopped for lunch - out at the local pub. It was delicious. I had loin of pork in a cream and leek sauce with veg that was omnomnom. Dad had panfried salmon in a prawn butter sauce that he liked so much he borrowed a veg serving spoon to demolish every drop. Mam had steak and Ale pie with chips. We were completely full.

Came back to finish off chair and it wasn't right. We had screwed the seat to the base stand thing backwards. That was resolved and then dad figured out how to move the back to a comfortable position. They left after 4 o'clock with the old chair. I am now sitting in the new chair totally relaxed.

FA Cup weekend this week so the lads are having a rest because we're out already. Just as well with our injuries. Manchester  Utd are fielding a depleted team but still beating Southampton. Blackpool got fined this week by the FA for fielding a 'weakened team' in a league game. They lost though and United are currently winning anyway. So they should: they are playing a team 2 leagues below them. These rules are silly when you have a 25 man squad to pick from. Who decides whether they should play, the club manager or the governing body?

In other news it is cold with hard frost. It was so cold during the night I woke up. Had to snuggle up to get warm. That is all.
mistletoe: (Homers brain)


That's a bummer! Mid Nablopomo and I have run out of oomph. Well I do have things to say about Seeley Booth in season 3 but that will take thought and I am not in thinky mode today. I have viewed the first 6 episodes and there is more than I thought to dig out. High schools. There have been quite a few episodes over the years with High school settings and we actually get more about Booth in school than we do about Brennan so that is something unusual. Of course, it's all sports and girls, so that explains it. Anyway, don't want to pre-empt myself. Just a taster.

Today, I have made lunch and watched some football sporadically. I suppose I could watch the American football play offs rather than Cristiano Ronaldo tumbling about the turf in Madrid. I'm just not invested in American football like I used to be. The coverage annoys me. It is so stop start with a pause after every play. I'm used to free flowing stuff. Still, it's better than the sycophantic commentator who will be on the Real Madrid game. He gets so excited I want to plant my fist on his nose.

Have a Geoffrey Chaucer Tale.


It's all true.
mistletoe: (Homers brain)


That's a bummer! Mid Nablopomo and I have run out of oomph. Well I do have things to say about Seeley Booth in season 3 but that will take thought and I am not in thinky mode today. I have viewed the first 6 episodes and there is more than I thought to dig out. High schools. There have been quite a few episodes over the years with High school settings and we actually get more about Booth in school than we do about Brennan so that is something unusual. Of course, it's all sports and girls, so that explains it. Anyway, don't want to pre-empt myself. Just a taster.

Today, I have made lunch and watched some football sporadically. I suppose I could watch the American football play offs rather than Cristiano Ronaldo tumbling about the turf in Madrid. I'm just not invested in American football like I used to be. The coverage annoys me. It is so stop start with a pause after every play. I'm used to free flowing stuff. Still, it's better than the sycophantic commentator who will be on the Real Madrid game. He gets so excited I want to plant my fist on his nose.

Have a Geoffrey Chaucer Tale.


It's all true.
mistletoe: (Default)
Which means it's Thursday tomorrow and we all know what is significant about that.



Now this has been a non-event day par excellence. I did pick 3 winners in the racing on the telly which cheered me up. An 8/1 outsider among 'em too. Bwah ha ha.

Here is the amaryllis now:



All three flowers are now out. As you can see, the other one is trying to catch up, the Christmas cactus is clearly vying for top flowerer and some ornaments wanted to be in the picture. So from the left we have Winston Churchill; a wizard with a cauldron bearing a crystal; my perspex or something owl; a multicoloured candleholder; a mug; a money box and a box with an apple fairy on the top. Also, the sun was out! The mug has a pig on it and 'suddenly colin came to a fork in the road' and there is a garden fork sticking in the ground.

I am now trying to watch three cup matches at once from England, Spain and Italy. I'm focusing on Arsenal v. Leeds. More fallout from the Bent transfer today: him denying he was tapped up; Villa espousing innocence; Niall looking like it's all sour grapes; Bruce expressing his disappointment. No word on a replacement apart from Pavluychenko from Spurs. Hmmm. If he didn't know anything about it before Sunday he was pretty quick to get his written transfer request in just after the derby game on Sunday. He also shot down to the Midlands within hours and was training with them today. Transfers just don't happen that quickly. I think our management must have been dissatisfied to give in so easily to sell our top scorer. We now have one fit striker. Welbeck is out with a hamstring and he's just on loan anyway. Manchester Utd won't sell him to us.  Fraizer Campbell is out till March. So that leaves Gyan. I have made some icons of him to replace my Judas Darren Bent ones.

       

He has a funky dance for when he scores and a hit record back in Ghana. He could be good.
mistletoe: (Default)
Which means it's Thursday tomorrow and we all know what is significant about that.



Now this has been a non-event day par excellence. I did pick 3 winners in the racing on the telly which cheered me up. An 8/1 outsider among 'em too. Bwah ha ha.

Here is the amaryllis now:



All three flowers are now out. As you can see, the other one is trying to catch up, the Christmas cactus is clearly vying for top flowerer and some ornaments wanted to be in the picture. So from the left we have Winston Churchill; a wizard with a cauldron bearing a crystal; my perspex or something owl; a multicoloured candleholder; a mug; a money box and a box with an apple fairy on the top. Also, the sun was out! The mug has a pig on it and 'suddenly colin came to a fork in the road' and there is a garden fork sticking in the ground.

I am now trying to watch three cup matches at once from England, Spain and Italy. I'm focusing on Arsenal v. Leeds. More fallout from the Bent transfer today: him denying he was tapped up; Villa espousing innocence; Niall looking like it's all sour grapes; Bruce expressing his disappointment. No word on a replacement apart from Pavluychenko from Spurs. Hmmm. If he didn't know anything about it before Sunday he was pretty quick to get his written transfer request in just after the derby game on Sunday. He also shot down to the Midlands within hours and was training with them today. Transfers just don't happen that quickly. I think our management must have been dissatisfied to give in so easily to sell our top scorer. We now have one fit striker. Welbeck is out with a hamstring and he's just on loan anyway. Manchester Utd won't sell him to us.  Fraizer Campbell is out till March. So that leaves Gyan. I have made some icons of him to replace my Judas Darren Bent ones.

       

He has a funky dance for when he scores and a hit record back in Ghana. He could be good.
mistletoe: (tan holster phone)



Telephone saga update.

Went down to parents this morning and, hopefully, fixed phone. Basically it was a reset job and a lesson in watching the battery level for when it needs to go on the charger. I rang when I got home and we didn't get cut off so let us hope that is that. I got my dinner there too so no need for cooking tonight. We watched tennis from Australia and bowls from East Anglia so that was quite fun.

As a result, I haven't had time to watch a film today though I did start my Season 3 rewatch last night so that's one item ticked. I saw one or two things to comment on in the opener and will have to start Soccer Mom in the Mini van again to keep the focus on Booth instead of Brennan's family journey. Incidentally, is it just me, but why would someone with no interest in sports and a lack of pop culture knowledge use and understand the term 'Soccer Mom'? It is such an un-Brennan type thing. She has no idea about soccer and no liking for momness. Careless writing again.

Also, I need to know if the hockey player in the picture behind Booth's desk is a Boston Bruin and if he is famous. Just a theory.





No progress on the Darren Bent story though he will go I think. *pout*
mistletoe: (tan holster phone)



Telephone saga update.

Went down to parents this morning and, hopefully, fixed phone. Basically it was a reset job and a lesson in watching the battery level for when it needs to go on the charger. I rang when I got home and we didn't get cut off so let us hope that is that. I got my dinner there too so no need for cooking tonight. We watched tennis from Australia and bowls from East Anglia so that was quite fun.

As a result, I haven't had time to watch a film today though I did start my Season 3 rewatch last night so that's one item ticked. I saw one or two things to comment on in the opener and will have to start Soccer Mom in the Mini van again to keep the focus on Booth instead of Brennan's family journey. Incidentally, is it just me, but why would someone with no interest in sports and a lack of pop culture knowledge use and understand the term 'Soccer Mom'? It is such an un-Brennan type thing. She has no idea about soccer and no liking for momness. Careless writing again.

Also, I need to know if the hockey player in the picture behind Booth's desk is a Boston Bruin and if he is famous. Just a theory.





No progress on the Darren Bent story though he will go I think. *pout*
mistletoe: (Default)
I am in laid back mode.



Here is my day so far.
Got up.
Ate Danish pastry.
Noticed one of the Amaryllis had flowered.
Put meat in oven.
Watched Queen live in Milton Keynes on Sky Anytime.


Took pic of Amaryllis.
Changed batteries in camera.
Uploaded pic.


Answered some comments.
Checked meat.

In the midst of all this I tried to help mother with new phone. It's true that you get too old for new technology. Or it may be duff equipment. Anyway. Every time my mam uses the phone it cuts out on her mid-call. 5 minutes and it's gone. I'm baffled. Any thoughts? It's a cordless BT thing they got. It may be them. My dad has broken the telly on numerous occasions because he just overuses the remote channel hopping, changing the setting so the subtitles are on, then off, using the mute button all the time.. The poor telly can't keep up. Every time a man comes to fix it there is nothing wrong.

Off to make Yorkshire puddings now!
mistletoe: (Default)
I am in laid back mode.



Here is my day so far.
Got up.
Ate Danish pastry.
Noticed one of the Amaryllis had flowered.
Put meat in oven.
Watched Queen live in Milton Keynes on Sky Anytime.


Took pic of Amaryllis.
Changed batteries in camera.
Uploaded pic.


Answered some comments.
Checked meat.

In the midst of all this I tried to help mother with new phone. It's true that you get too old for new technology. Or it may be duff equipment. Anyway. Every time my mam uses the phone it cuts out on her mid-call. 5 minutes and it's gone. I'm baffled. Any thoughts? It's a cordless BT thing they got. It may be them. My dad has broken the telly on numerous occasions because he just overuses the remote channel hopping, changing the setting so the subtitles are on, then off, using the mute button all the time.. The poor telly can't keep up. Every time a man comes to fix it there is nothing wrong.

Off to make Yorkshire puddings now!
mistletoe: (birthday)



Many Happy returns
[info]makd !



It is all blowy and rainy here, more like November than January. Never mind. Mother and I made a successful trip to Tesco. Their wind turbine thingy had been blown down in the car park o_O Quite a feat of destruction. Then she dad and me went out for lunch at the Anchor where we all had our dinners for £6.10 total. This was because I had booked a Christmas lunch that had to be cancelled because of the snow and I had paid a £30 deposit. I am stuffed.

Now that I have done this month's icon challenge I have other catchy up things to do e.g. Do the last round up of Ugly Betty; watch Season 3 of Bones to continue my study of Booth. I haven't actually watched that Season since it aired I think so that will be an interesting exercise. I have watched the first 3 episodes but not the whole season in one fell swoop. Ah a marathon in the dark days of winter. What a treat.

Currently there is footy on the telly. Chris Waddle, former footballer, is the co commentator. He's a Geordie lad and has a few interesting pronunciations. He cannot say penalty, which is unfortunate in a game where penalty kicks can be awarded. He always says pelanty. He he. He also pronounces Arsenal as Arznal. No one else in the world does that. Love him. He pulled no punches when England lost to Germany in the last World Cup and had one of the best radio ranting meltdowns you have ever heard.

Chris Waddle


Arsenal are currently winning. Athletic Bilbao are on at 7 o'clock, my Spanish team, and Sunderland play Newcastle tomorrow - not on the telly, though both of the other derby games being played tomorrow are; and Manchester Utd's game of course. ):
mistletoe: (birthday)



Many Happy returns
[info]makd !



It is all blowy and rainy here, more like November than January. Never mind. Mother and I made a successful trip to Tesco. Their wind turbine thingy had been blown down in the car park o_O Quite a feat of destruction. Then she dad and me went out for lunch at the Anchor where we all had our dinners for £6.10 total. This was because I had booked a Christmas lunch that had to be cancelled because of the snow and I had paid a £30 deposit. I am stuffed.

Now that I have done this month's icon challenge I have other catchy up things to do e.g. Do the last round up of Ugly Betty; watch Season 3 of Bones to continue my study of Booth. I haven't actually watched that Season since it aired I think so that will be an interesting exercise. I have watched the first 3 episodes but not the whole season in one fell swoop. Ah a marathon in the dark days of winter. What a treat.

Currently there is footy on the telly. Chris Waddle, former footballer, is the co commentator. He's a Geordie lad and has a few interesting pronunciations. He cannot say penalty, which is unfortunate in a game where penalty kicks can be awarded. He always says pelanty. He he. He also pronounces Arsenal as Arznal. No one else in the world does that. Love him. He pulled no punches when England lost to Germany in the last World Cup and had one of the best radio ranting meltdowns you have ever heard.

Chris Waddle


Arsenal are currently winning. Athletic Bilbao are on at 7 o'clock, my Spanish team, and Sunderland play Newcastle tomorrow - not on the telly, though both of the other derby games being played tomorrow are; and Manchester Utd's game of course. ):
mistletoe: (Bah humbug)
1. The world at the moment. Full of loonies.
2. Christiano Ronaldo. Git. Don't like him. The sort of face I want to slap.
3. The Beckhams. 3 children bearing your genes are enough.
4. The crappy snow we have. All or nothing please, not this icy slush that makes your feet wet and cold.

I watched Sherlock Holmes this morning which may account for my crappy mood. What dreck; what unmitigated dross; what rubbish. The only recognisable features were the names and parts of the London skyline. It reminded me most of that Biggles film they made a while ago. Talk about taking your childhood and turning it into modernistic pap. Holmes and Watson spent most of their time indulging in fisticuffs, shooting at people and swordfights. Holmes was not averse to physical rebuttal, but only when all else failed, not as a first resort. The avatar of this was Dredger, a Jaws like character who resisted all assaults and spoke French.

The 'plot' was an Indiana Jones reject without the special effects or braggadocio and the solution which was revealed only to the perpetrator, lacked intellectual elan favoured by Holmes. Doyle will be turning in his grave. Although Moriarty turned out to be the real villain of the piece we never actually saw who he was. There is a sequel? I shall not bother. O Jeremy Brett where art thou?

Now on to cheerier things!!!



I defy you not to smile when you see this advert which is my current favourite. I think it's Brian Blessed's voice. That and the song: Fruit! Aaaaaa-aaah. and the apples cheering and the superhero on strings. Here y'are.


The sun has finally come out and the snow has gone off the road. Not before the bus had to go down in 1st gear and various people waited until it got to the bottom of the hill before following. Disgraceful that no gritter came, Not even for ready money. (another Importance of being Earnest quote referring to the lack of cucumbers at the market.)

I shall attempt a trip to Durham tomorrow if it keeps fine. I have no calendar to write my important appointments on so I remember to go to the dentist's etc. I got a very nice one in the market last year which I would like to repeat. Also I am in need of coffee in a cafe, possibly with cake or sandwich. I am feeling decadent.
mistletoe: (Bah humbug)
1. The world at the moment. Full of loonies.
2. Christiano Ronaldo. Git. Don't like him. The sort of face I want to slap.
3. The Beckhams. 3 children bearing your genes are enough.
4. The crappy snow we have. All or nothing please, not this icy slush that makes your feet wet and cold.

I watched Sherlock Holmes this morning which may account for my crappy mood. What dreck; what unmitigated dross; what rubbish. The only recognisable features were the names and parts of the London skyline. It reminded me most of that Biggles film they made a while ago. Talk about taking your childhood and turning it into modernistic pap. Holmes and Watson spent most of their time indulging in fisticuffs, shooting at people and swordfights. Holmes was not averse to physical rebuttal, but only when all else failed, not as a first resort. The avatar of this was Dredger, a Jaws like character who resisted all assaults and spoke French.

The 'plot' was an Indiana Jones reject without the special effects or braggadocio and the solution which was revealed only to the perpetrator, lacked intellectual elan favoured by Holmes. Doyle will be turning in his grave. Although Moriarty turned out to be the real villain of the piece we never actually saw who he was. There is a sequel? I shall not bother. O Jeremy Brett where art thou?

Now on to cheerier things!!!



I defy you not to smile when you see this advert which is my current favourite. I think it's Brian Blessed's voice. That and the song: Fruit! Aaaaaa-aaah. and the apples cheering and the superhero on strings. Here y'are.


The sun has finally come out and the snow has gone off the road. Not before the bus had to go down in 1st gear and various people waited until it got to the bottom of the hill before following. Disgraceful that no gritter came, Not even for ready money. (another Importance of being Earnest quote referring to the lack of cucumbers at the market.)

I shall attempt a trip to Durham tomorrow if it keeps fine. I have no calendar to write my important appointments on so I remember to go to the dentist's etc. I got a very nice one in the market last year which I would like to repeat. Also I am in need of coffee in a cafe, possibly with cake or sandwich. I am feeling decadent.
mistletoe: (Default)
The workers in education went back today and I count this as my official 1 year anniversary of being retired. \0/. That year started being trapped in the house by the snowy weather, so it all felt somewhat surreal while the snow lay around in heaps for what seemed like weeks on end. None of that this year as the snow came in November and lay around for weeks on end. It was milder today, a heady 5 degrees, so I went to the parents' house and took mam to Morrison's to buy supplies for their New Year's Party at the Modern and Sequence Dance club they run on Thursday. My mam does the catering so there were salad stuffs and cheese and ingredients for coleslaw and Waldorf salad purchased in record time.

Came up home around teatime and I finished rewatching Downton Abbey. Great series. I see PBS are cutting 2 hours of it in case the American audience doesn't understand the entailment plot. No one understands the entailment plot. Basically it just means that the title can't be inherited by the female line: there must be a male heir. The only complication in this story is that the Lord's wife had her own fortune which became part of her husband's estate, so when he dies she will be penniless. It's all legal stuff and if it's not in then the presence of Matthew Crawley makes no sense. If you can, get the DVDs for the whole story as it was meant to be seen.



One or two recs today, written by friends or people I know of in the Bones crowd. I hope it's all right to pimp abroad. Still, as this is a friends only post, most of you will  know them already. Anyway, please say if you don't approve.

First one is a 3 chapter piece by [livejournal.com profile] bite_or_avoid . It is set after The End in the Beginning and is an AU look at what Booth's illness might have meant to Brennan once she had time to think about it.      Resonance 

This one by [livejournal.com profile] cupcakebean is a reminder of simpler times. It's called The Definition of Normal.

Finally, another AU by Anna that I think is so very clever because it all could have happened like that. The Road Not Traveled Leads to Here

If you haven't read them before, please do. If you have, give them another look to remind yourselves what great writers there are in the fandom. And feed the authors!

See you tomorrow.
mistletoe: (Default)
The workers in education went back today and I count this as my official 1 year anniversary of being retired. \0/. That year started being trapped in the house by the snowy weather, so it all felt somewhat surreal while the snow lay around in heaps for what seemed like weeks on end. None of that this year as the snow came in November and lay around for weeks on end. It was milder today, a heady 5 degrees, so I went to the parents' house and took mam to Morrison's to buy supplies for their New Year's Party at the Modern and Sequence Dance club they run on Thursday. My mam does the catering so there were salad stuffs and cheese and ingredients for coleslaw and Waldorf salad purchased in record time.

Came up home around teatime and I finished rewatching Downton Abbey. Great series. I see PBS are cutting 2 hours of it in case the American audience doesn't understand the entailment plot. No one understands the entailment plot. Basically it just means that the title can't be inherited by the female line: there must be a male heir. The only complication in this story is that the Lord's wife had her own fortune which became part of her husband's estate, so when he dies she will be penniless. It's all legal stuff and if it's not in then the presence of Matthew Crawley makes no sense. If you can, get the DVDs for the whole story as it was meant to be seen.



One or two recs today, written by friends or people I know of in the Bones crowd. I hope it's all right to pimp abroad. Still, as this is a friends only post, most of you will  know them already. Anyway, please say if you don't approve.

First one is a 3 chapter piece by [livejournal.com profile] bite_or_avoid . It is set after The End in the Beginning and is an AU look at what Booth's illness might have meant to Brennan once she had time to think about it.      Resonance 

This one by [livejournal.com profile] cupcakebean is a reminder of simpler times. It's called The Definition of Normal.

Finally, another AU by Anna that I think is so very clever because it all could have happened like that. The Road Not Traveled Leads to Here

If you haven't read them before, please do. If you have, give them another look to remind yourselves what great writers there are in the fandom. And feed the authors!

See you tomorrow.

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