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28 March 2010 @ 09:30 pm
After months, years of waiting, fretting, stomach-churning anxiety and a whole lot of crying... MY VISA HAS BEEN APPROVED AT LAST OMG OMG FINALLY YAYYYYYYYYYYYY :D :D :D

I'm so ludicrously happy. And RELIEVED. I am pretty much numb except for the overwhelming relief it's finally over, I can relax and get this 16 ton weight off my chest. Well, I still have the next application to be done in two years, and we're still catastrophically poor and in dire need of monetary assistance, BUT at least there's one less area of doom and gloom to afflict us and make me want to fling head first into a volcano. Thank god. ;-)

Thank you for putting up with me, my most wonderful friends. I hope now that something has actually gone right for a change I will be encouraged to continue updating and keep you informed of my rather silly life and all the mundane fripperies it entails. *grins*

So so happy. I LOVE THE UK :D
Pokemon SoulSilver on the DS next to me ;-)
01 February 2010 @ 10:34 pm
HI EVERYONE :D I missed you ♥

I know it's nearly four months overdue, but landfill_sky did say 'pics or it didn't happen' - and since I most certainly do want it to continue existing...here, at last, is a tantalizing glimpse at the promised photos of my wedding to trukkle. Better late than never, right? ;-)

The rest, along with some (hopefully amusing ;-) commentary are here :) I'm sorry for yet another prolonged absence - I'd say there's a good reason for it, but while there were several things I felt I really ought not to discuss at the time, mostly I've been aching to write something again, and have just lacked the courage or impetus to do so. I don't know why I have such fear about writing, I really am trying to work on improving my confidence and willingness to share my thoughts and ideas, no matter how trivial, poorly expressed, or just plain stupid I think they might be. I promise to update more, I want to catch up with all of you and remind you I'M STILL ALIVE. And still awesome. Mustn't forget that. ;-)
BBC LOTR Radio Series - The Knife in the Dark
11 October 2009 @ 09:15 pm
On 10 October 2009

At 11.15am

In Brighton Town Hall

James and I were married.

10 September 2009 @ 05:25 pm
Hello everyone! I am in the UK! I am with my trukkle! We currently have no internet so this is an intentionally brief update posty to let you know I am Still Alive! :D

Things Wot Have Happened Since I Arrived:

- Settled comfortably into our new flat, which is a lovely one bedroom near the train station and close to the town centre, as well as the comic book shop and the best chippy in town. These are very important things to know. ;-) Since we don't have internet or tv we've been playing loads of games, like Professor Layton and our favourite old LucasArts graphic adventures. It's nearly decorated and ready for visitors, which is good, as my beloved ashfae and randomchris are coming to visit this weekend to celebrate my 31st birthday. Eeeee. :)

- Traveled to Derbyshire for the I, Camp readthrough weekend, which was marvelous - I saw my dearest mirabehn and her two wonderful men mostlyacat and mirrorshard for the first time in years (well, I met Sam for the first time, actually *G*) and several others I haven't seen in aaaaaaages, as well as met lots of fabulous new people and generally had a very fun time being Terribly Angsty and Roman at everyone. Wheeee. :)

- Explored all over Worthing, which is a town entirely comprised of cafes and charity shops. I'm not even kidding. *grins* Some of the cafes are quite good (and do brilliant, proper milkshakes! om nom nom) but everything closes when the old people go to bed, which is to say 4pm. Ugh. :/ The seaside is beautiful, and so far the weather has been pleasant, so it's been a rather nice introduction to my new home, all things considered. :)

- We bought our wedding bands. :) They're handmade, extra-shiny palladium, and have bonus techy points for having all sorts of exciting electronic and scientific uses, which of course makes James terribly pleased. *G* We're going to need them very soon too...as we're going to married on 10 October. :) ♥

I'm so ridiculously happy. :)))
24 June 2009 @ 04:45 pm
A half hour ago, I was on the phone with trukkle, when an email arrived in my inbox.

This is what it said:

Your application has been approved and the visa has been issued. Please check your visa immediately on receipt to ensure that we have completed your visa correctly


I cried and hyperventilated and laughed and squealed with James and sighed enormous sighs of relief and euphoric joy. :)

Thank you SO MUCH everyone for your support and kind words and encouragement, you honestly helped me more than you know, and I am so grateful to have such wonderful friends who care about me. It's been a long, horrible wait, but FINALLY IT IS OVER. Oh gawwwwwwwwwwd I'm so happy. And exhausted. *G*

ohmygodohmygodohmygod EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE :D :D :D :D :D
28 May 2009 @ 05:10 pm

Oh, hello there. :)

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Origin of Symmetry - Muse
27 February 2009 @ 02:22 pm

Oh, the squee! It's probably a good thing I have to run off to work now, otherwise you'd have to endure a mile long post with graphically sappy details about how much I love James and can't wait to be back in the UK. Eeeeheee.

They arrived by courier about five minutes ago, along with a gorgeous romantic love letter, and a little card from a pub called The Tame Otter (located between Wigginton and Weeford OMG HOW CUTE IS THAT ;-), just because it reminded him of me. Le sigh. :)

Oh, I am so happy.

Squeak. :))
03 November 2008 @ 12:20 pm
Neil said so, it must be true. *beams proudly*

Oh, I'm so happy. :) On Friday trukkle went to the Graveyard Book event in London, where he met my friend arcadiaego and proceeded to have a jolly wonderful time laughing and being adorably excited dorks at each other, yayyy. Neil read Chapter Five from the book, answered lots of questions from the audience (like about his buddy Jonathan Ross's recent behaviour, and quite possibly confirming that he is indeed writing for Doctor Who - I need to write him about that, actually ;-), and then did a swift and efficient signing for the fans. Well, it was swift until trukkle got to him. *grins*

arcadiaego was first, and was able to have her picture taken, which was lucky, before moving to the side in a state of abject squee while James had his turn. :) He said he was there at my request, and Neil lit up and asked how I was doing and said lovely things about me and wheeeee :D Then James said that I was very well and in fact recently became engaged...to him. (Eeeee I am now Officially Unofficially Engaged. I think. ;-) And Neil beamed and shook his hand and congratulated us, and said more lovely things about me and then James had to leave because the girl behind in the queue was getting jealous and making 'hmmmph' noises at him. ;-) So he stumbled off the stage in a giddy daze, as Neil called out that he liked his shirt (which I bought for him of course :) and James and Liz went back to their seats to bask in the glow of a brilliant evening. I'm so happy for them! I wish I had been there, of course, but I'm thrilled they had such a marvelous time. And even happier Neil said I was magical. Oh, bliss. :)))))
Moxy Fruvous
30 October 2008 @ 03:35 pm
Old lady: I want a book on the Louvre
Me: Wonderful, we have many art books for you to peruse, I'm sure you'll find one you like -
Old impatient lady: We just got back from Paris
Me: Lucky!
Old and quite possibly insane old lady: Yeah, the Louvre was great, but we were so disappointed in the gift shop - we wanted to buy a book about all the art we'd just seen, but couldn't get one because they were all in French. Can you believe that??
Me: ...
Me: *blink blink*
Me: Let me show you were the art books are...

Then there are the people who come into the shop, not knowing the author or title of the book, or even the genre or subject they're looking for, and expect us to know what the hell they want. I can only assume by MAGIC. And if I had magic powers, I sure as hell wouldn't be wasting them on finding shitty romance novels and mass market thrillers. Srsly.

A woman came in today asking for 'some sort of Frankenstein book' for her son, by 'Mary somebody, I guess....' I WEEP FOR HUMANITY.

My favourite, however, is the lady who came in yesterday, again not knowing what she was looking for (at all) - she knew beyond a doubt the author's name was Elizabeth Case, and when I couldn't find her in the computer we spent nearly two hours roaming around the store (I did of course leave to help people with real books to find, but because I am So Nice I kept coming back to help my crazy person, plus I crave a challenge ;-). We searched in vain, because, of course, the author Elizabeth Case did not exist. Guess the real name of the author she was looking for. Go on, guess. You never will. :) After countless 'are you SURE that's her actual name, not Libby Cass or any variant of Elizabeth Case imaginable?' and her annoyed replies that YES OF COURSE that's her name and being cross at me for daring to suggest she could be wrong...the author she was actually looking for was, in fact, Kate Atkinson. Which TOTALLY sounds like Elizabeth Case, I'm sure you will agree. *rolls eyes and sighs* So hilariously, epically wrong. Sheesh.

In other news, I am ridiculously smitten with Supernatural (and especially those utterly adorkable J2 boys). Bweeeeeeeeee. :)
The Muppets
23 September 2008 @ 03:40 pm
Because I don't have anything remotely interesting to say today, have a literary-themed meme:

List 10 books you have on your bookshelf that you think nobody else on your friends list has on theirs. (I didn't include First Editions or signed books, and I'm sure I didn't produce a particularly unique list. But I think the result is a rather good cross-section of my interests, and probably offers insight into my personality, which might be even better. :)

1) Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens by James Davidson
2) The Arthur Trilogy by Kevin Crossley-Holland
3) The Witch Must Die: The Hidden Meaning of Faerie Tales by Sheldon Cashdon
4) The Queen's Conjurer: The Science and Magic of Dr. John Dee, Advisor to Elizabeth I by Benjamin Wolley
5) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (but only because it isn't officially released until next week ;-)
6) Kimi wa Pet (complete manga series) by Ogawa Yayoi
7) The Dinosaur Heresies by (the brilliant) Dr Richard T Bakker ♥
8) Behind the Dolphin Smile by Richard O'Barry (The tragic history of the dolphins who played Flipper. *sniff*)
9) Life, and How to Survive it by John Cleese and Robin Skinner
10) The Harlot by the Side of the Road: Forbidden Tales of the Bible by Jonathan Kirsch (I highly recommend this to everyone, it's fascinating.)

Tomorrow the cable company is coming to install my new internet connection, HUZZAH! No more AOL dialup for me, thank the Great Green Arkleseizure. *grins*

And even better, on thursday ashfae and randomchris arrive from Edinburgh, wheee! I am so excited to see my best friend again, it's been three and a half years already since we were last together, and I am utterly beside myself with bounceyjoy and glee. Yayyyy. :)
Thea Gilmore