I am back from Barcelona! Impromptu long weekend trips abroad = SO MUCH WIN I CANNOT EVEN EXPRESS. And what do I find when I get back in town? Goooorgeous weather. Feels like I never left Spain. :D
Basically my friend and I did exactly nothing for three and a half days except loll around on various beaches, crash a pool party at a friend of a friend's place and eat lots of good food (and ridiculous, probably unhealthy amounts of steak, but oh, was it goooood). In payment for the awesome time, though, I did lose my purse somewhere along the line between the plane and getting our baggage at Birmingham airport on the return trip, which was a bitch (and I seriously have no idea how I managed it) but I've cancelled all my cards and there wasn't anything important in there, and I only had about five pounds in change in it anyway, so it's all good.
Current plans for the week: finally, finally go to see Star Trek on Thursday (being as I am one of the last people in the whole of the internets to see it); on Friday get tickets to go see Muse in Birmingham in November - I've never seen them live before so I'm pretty excited; WRITE MOAR FIC.
Currently I am
hideously burnt attractively bronzed, relaxed and utterly disinclined to do any of the work that I need to catch up on, so, dear flisties, how have you been? ♥
- My early morning Catullus lecture was officially made of burning win. It basically turned out to be all about fellatio and gay sex in Catullus with an added helping of possible sparrow euphemisms ('passer', Latin for 'sparrow' is theorised to have also been a slang term for penis). Someone actually wrote an academic article entitled 'In Defence of Catullus' Dirty Sparrow'. This knowledge completes me.
- Classics is clearly the porn degree.
- Keeping up the twice-weekly running routine. I feel healthy; disturbing yet awesome.
- Booking flights for summer travel with xaritomene
. My summer, it will be awesome ♥
- ( Got hit by a random Merlin fic idea; Greek mythology involved )
Aaaand that concludes the happiness meme! From here on out it's all whining and depression all the time ;p
Brief PSA: I'm appallingly behind on comments and f-listy things at the moment, so if I haven't replied to you I'm not ignoring you or anything, I'm just a bit swamped right now. I think I'll probably have a chance to catch up tomorrow though (yay, fandom stuff!).
- Attempted valiantly to make golden syrup dumplings today with J (thank you Microwave Association UK
and your microwave recipes page) and failed miserably. Fortunately the dumplings (well, they came out more as a sort of... biscuity thing, but let's not nitpick) were still edible. Therefore: sugar high and uncontrollable giggle fits with fridge_monkey
. Good times. Unfortunately this all means that my sink is full of dirty plates left to soak in the hopes that when I wake up they will no longer be crusted with burnt syrup that may as well be welded on for all the good a knife will do in trying to pry it off. Fun times, though ;D
- Got all my work handed in in time for my deadlines today \o/
- Marathoned a few episodes of Arrested Development after the awesomely failtastic dumpling dinner. Gob is my favourite so far, and I'm definitely developing a taste for the show; it's all kinds of ridiculous awesome and everyone in it is stark raving mad in the best possible way.
A couple of things that made my day today:
- Went for an evening run for the first time in a long time, which gave me a nice feeling of well-being (and yay, endorphins!)
- Had an impromptu foam-fight over the washing-up after dinner, because you know, I'm not in any way, shape or form a sensible functioning adult ;p
Other than that I'm just feeling really tired and swamped with work, and there are about 30 tabs open in my browser with fic and posts that I don't have time to read, so, short post is short. Now, sleep, that would be a good idea...
I really wish that the university Classics faculty would actually learn to communicate with each other and stop scheduling core lectures that clash. As it stands a few of us are going to have to draw up some kind of complicated table to make sure that there's at least one of us in every lecture to take notes and get handouts. Annoying.
Anyway, I'm done with my lovely welcome-back-to-a-new-term exams, which were rather failtastic to say the least. I'm not at all looking forward to getting those results back, but I've had enough time to dull the pain with judicial application of friends, pizza and The Princess Bride (♥!).
You know, I'd somehow managed to forget how ridiculously fun that film is (I need to get hold of the book). Inigo! Vizzini! The Rodents Of Unsusal Size! Humperdinck in all his campy glory, and oh how fantastically campy he is, it's a wonder Buttercup was ever taken in by that marriage business; she really isn't the brightest of young women. Ah, the last time I watched that film I was too young to get the 'never get involved in a land war in Asia' line but, oh, Vizzini, how my love for you increases. I even love the painfully obvious painted backdrops and the really cheesy music. That film just is my childhood.
Also, randomly: my new ambition in life is to buy all the soundtracks to Battlestar Galactica. Bear McCreary, you, sir, are a god.
Today has been a day alternately of awesome and of fail. I went out clothes shopping for the first time in a long time and managed to find the two most gorgeous dresses known to man. This was awesome. My mum also owed me a belated nineteenth birthday present, so she bought them for me. This was even more awesome, and I spent an inordinate amount of time prancing gleefully around in changing rooms. One of the dresses has this lovely close-fitting corset-ish bodice-y top (marvel at my descriptive prowess) that does amazing, godly things to my figure. I ♥ it so much. Also, somehow I now seem to be able to fit into a (UK) size 10. How this happened I do not know, but I am not complaining.
So that was all of the good, and then I came home to find to my surprise and delight that I had just been set Latin unseen translation homework, due in for 6.00 on Sunday. I have exams on Thursday and all of Friday. Term does not even start until Monday. I do not approve of this fuckery. Oh, sweet holiday, farewell.
Anyway, how much do I love that DW lets me have up to 200 icons? And that I can upload 43 of them at one time? Very, very much. I did try to tell my brain that no, really, I do not need 15 different icons for any single character, no matter how well Arthur lends himself to suggestive captions; my brain politely disagreed. So now I have 135 icons. They are shiny. I think I have an unhealthy addiction.
I think I'm going to try importing my LJ over soon; I'll probably keep it private and then figure out how many of my old entries I want hanging round on DW (and how many I can read without cringing at my adolescent wangst) at some later date when I'm feeling less lazy. Out of curiosity, how is everyone else planning on handling this? Are people leaning more towards blank slates or are you thinking more along the lines of effectively duplicate journals? Decisions, decisions.
....and now I realise a new journal means that I have to devise a witty tagging system. Curses.
EDIT: This cross-editing thing is so amazing! It's like ~magic~. *easily entertained by shiny new features* It makes me want to sit around playing games of now-you-see-it, now-you-don't whilst not even logged in to LJ, laughing maniacally over my keyboard. That could just be me, though.