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( May. 12th, 2016 04:38 pm)
I'm more usually an autumn/spring sort of girl, I love the silver seasons, but I do have to say that for the first few days there's nothing quite like sunshine and heat and a good strong breeze to keep it light. Today is a day for flowers and water and trees and standing on hillsides to feel the wind in your hair and the sunshine on your face :)
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( Jan. 9th, 2016 05:23 pm)
It’s odd the things you remember around this time of year. My Mam bought a pot of blackcurrant jam today on a whim, which is very much a Gran & Granddad thing more than a Mam thing. At our house it’s usually strawberry or raspberry jam, apricot if we’re feeling really fancy. Blackcurrant was always a Gran & Granddad thing because Granddad had blackcurrant bushes down the bottom of his (town) garden, and Gran used to actually make the jam for us. (‘His’ garden, btw, because the fruit & vegetable section of their garden was Granddad’s, while the flowerbeds with the prized tulips were Gran’s). It’s been … a few years now since I’ve tasted blackcurrant jam, but it’s rather lovely.

It got me thinking, though, given the time of year that’s in it. An awful lot of my memories of my grandparents are related to food. Thinking of them, I remembered what used to be a post-Christmas tradition at their house. There was a supper, usually around New Year-ish, that consisted entirely of bread, butter, cold-cuts of meat, pickled silverskin onions, tomatoes, and any odds-and-ends that had survived the cupboards until the end of the old year, plus the remains of the Christmas cakes and puddings. A sort of 'use up the old year and prepare for the new’ kind of thing. I remember the pickled onions specifically, because that supper was one of the few times of year I ever saw the things, and Mam thinks that Gran used to invite us to the supper at least partially so Granddad wouldn’t be able to eat an entire jar of pickled onions by himself. I also remember the Christmas cake sandwiches, which were a thing Granddad dared me to eat one year at this supper when I was very young, and which became a kind of tradition afterwards (literally a slice of Christmas cake between two buttered slices of bread - they’re not bad). Gran and Granddad were the only ones I know who did that particular supper, and I’m surprised right now how much I miss it.

I wonder if it’s odd how much I remember them through their food. Gran used to bake. All sorts of things, but her pavlova and her coffee cake were so renowned that the priest mentioned them at her funeral. Their garden was I think the only reason we ever ate anything 'picked fresh yourself’, because of the vegetables and the fruit. (That and berries out of hedges, because Granddad took us walking as kids and taught us which ones were safe provided you washed them. The sloe was appalling, though. My face about collapsed). Granddad did a mean fresh stewed rhubarb. He also had a tendency to combine a lot of random things when he ate, legacy I think of a lot of years essentially eating whatever was available regardless of what it was. Hence Christmas cake sandwiches, and cheese-and-raspberry-jam sandwiches, and cheese-dips (cheese dipped in yogurt in lieu of a spoon, so you can eat both at the same time and use up cheese that’s getting questionable), and sundry other random combinations. Hence too, I think, the whole 'use up the old year and welcome the new’ done in food. They had … a unique approach to food, at least in terms of my experience. It’s one of the things I remember most strongly about them.

I don’t know. Maybe it’s just the time of year combined with a sudden whim for blackcurrant jam. There’s just … a lot of memories that can be tied up in food, you know? I don’t think I realised quite how much so.
icarus_chained: lurid original bookcover for fantomas, cropped (Fairytale)
( Nov. 5th, 2015 01:37 pm)
Just had a job interview this morning. Less than a week after the 'this is why you fail at interviews' thing. Ugh. But, okay. Think I didn't do too badly? Hell, I've no idea.

I bought myself a pretty red dress afterwards. I think this is the first time in something like six or seven years where I've bought myself any sort of non-essential clothing. Heh. It was just there, and I like red a lot, and after the morning I've had I thought why not.

It is very pretty. I look good in red.
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( Jul. 3rd, 2015 08:10 pm)
Okay. I sat an aptitude test of a job today. Won't get the results until next week, but I think I didn't do too badly? I failed a bit on the 'Clerical Speed and Accuracy' section, only answering 31 out of 52 questions in the time limit, but I've always been bad at that section. When I did the DAT tests in school, it was the same. Everything else, 90% plus, CS&A, 44%. I prefer accurate to fast, and get paranoid about it. Heh. But! Other than that, I think it didn't go too badly?

Though it mightn't matter whether I did or didn't. There were 22 people just at this one session of the test, and according to a fellow with friends in the company, there were more than 200 applications for just these two positions. With that kind of competition, I'm probably unlikely to get a look in. Heh. But we'll see. There's still the interview phase to go.

Good gods, though, but the job application process is arduous, and frigging endless. I hate this part. So much. But I think I did okay today, so I'll let that ride until I know what the results are, yes? I'll rest on my laurels for a couple of days. This is my plan :)
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( Jun. 24th, 2015 06:54 pm)
Well today went randomly pear-shaped. Mother (possibly) broke her ankle slipping off an inch-high step right in front of me. She's heading down to A&E now (only room for three in the car, so I'm at home).

Of all the random stupid things that could happen.
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( Jun. 12th, 2015 11:04 pm)
Encounters Anthology, edited by Jessica Augustsson on amazon.com. It's just gone live, and two of my stories are in there. 'The Long Dark' and 'Ghostwyrm', to be specific. Hee! Some really good stories from other writers as well. I'm reading through it myself now.
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( May. 23rd, 2015 07:42 pm)
A rare RL/political post from me, but I voted for this yesterday, and it passed. Ireland voted YES to marriage equality to the tune of 62% of the voting public. First country in the world to legalise gay marriage via referendum. Go us!
icarus_chained: lurid original bookcover for fantomas, cropped (Mushishi)
( Apr. 10th, 2015 03:15 pm)
And then false summer faded, and 'twas April once again.

Which is fortunate, really. I don't need 25 degree weather in April. Or, well. I don't need it to continue and build, anyway. Save that stuff for June where it belongs.

The couple of days were nice, though. Thanks for that, weather gods.
icarus_chained: lurid original bookcover for fantomas, cropped (Escherine)
( Mar. 12th, 2015 05:02 pm)
No matter how many times I do job interviews, I always seem to come out of them a wreck. You'd think I'd be starting to get used to them by now. Oh well. At least it's done. It was about ten minutes shorter than it was supposed to be, which is either very good or very bad, but there's no helping anything now.

For some reason, I've spent the past few days watching Hammer and Amicus horror films on youtube to relax. It surprisingly effective, and Peter Cushing is always wonderful to watch. Heh.
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( Dec. 10th, 2014 10:51 pm)
I did not get the job. I am still jobless. I have consequently scheduled tomorrow to be depressed and hermit-like in, and am spending tonight being very silly.

On the upside, I think I may have passed my first aid exam. Hopefully. So there's that.

To distract from my RL failings right now, have some random fanvid recs?

icarus_chained: lurid original bookcover for fantomas, cropped (Swordswoman)
( Jun. 6th, 2014 04:40 pm)
My mother was cleaning under the couch just now, and found the One Ring.

Okay, the brass promotional replica that came with the DVD boxset that we lost months ago, but still. She found the Ring of Sauron while cleaning the couch.

This is, I think, proof that my mother is actually a hobbit. And probably a Took, at that :D
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( Mar. 11th, 2014 07:41 pm)
So, it was my birthday last Saturday. And I've sort of been saving solidly for two years, enough that I could basically afford to have three nights in a hotel somewhere away. Which ... well, tonight's my last night at said hotel, so that obviously went well :D

I went a little mad, I think. I went shopping. Five new books and two new DVD boxsets. That, um, that doesn't usually happen to me in a single sitting. Although, admittedly, two of those books were from a secondhand and a charity shop, and cost exactly 4.50 euros between them. So there's that. Heh. And one of the boxsets was the complete Thin Man movie collection, and the other was the first season of Fantasy Island, which I didn't even know could be got on DVD and so was an instant buy. I couldn't leave them, is what I'm saying.

I've been planning a break for a while. Given, you know, stuff. It's been nice to get away for the few days. I needed that, I think. Very weird, because I'm a miser at heart and almost had a panic attack after my shopping trip yesterday, but I did enjoy it.

Um. Yay, birthday present to me? *grins crookedly*
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( Mar. 5th, 2014 12:37 pm)
Mam left for hospital again this morning. For a planned stay this time, instead of an emergency one, but still. She'll be in there for an indeterminate time, while they try and pin down the cause and severity of the seizures.

I. Am not really sure how to feel about this. Cautiously optimistic, maybe. And also extremely worried. *sighs*

Here's hoping we get an actionable result from this. And if we don't, that they'll at least have some ideas for mitigating the effects. *fingers crossed* It would be nice if things could calm down for a while around here. Heh.
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( Jan. 23rd, 2014 05:20 pm)
If there's anyone on here who uses Paypal regularly, is there anything you think I should know before getting an account? I'm getting it mostly to receive payments, though possibly to buy stuff online as well.
icarus_chained: lurid original bookcover for fantomas, cropped (Electric Night)
( Jan. 11th, 2014 02:35 pm)
I had a hair appointment today, and my usual hairdresser said hello in passing as she was running out the door. To a business meeting. In a red-and-black pinstripe zoot suit, one black Converse and one red Converse, and spiky blonde hair pulled up in a red bandana.

She's cracked as a bottle, but she's probably got more style than the entire town. *grins faintly*
Okay. This is some musing, partially based on fiction and partially on personal experience, about how we fundamentally view the world and how that affects how we then interact with it. It's sort of a meta, but probably too personal to really qualify. It's been a long time coming, because I've been trying to figure out how to SAY it for ... well, approximately three or four years? *shrugs sheepishly*

I apologise in advance if it makes exactly zero sense.

icarus_chained: lurid original bookcover for fantomas, cropped (Aurin)
( Jan. 10th, 2014 12:17 am)
List ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don't take but a few minutes, and don't think too hard --- they don't have to be the "right" or "great" works, just the ones that have touched you.

My Ten Books:

These are the first ten books that came to mind. They're mostly books from my childhood, and most of them were determined by the selection at my local library. I joined when I was seven, and I've been a more-or-less continuous member ever since. There are a couple of adult or later picks in there too, though. Some of those came from my parents' or relatives' personal libraries, from the public library in my college town (first thing I do when moving somewhere for any length of time is join the nearest library - I've cards for my hometown, my mother's hometown, and my college town so far), or from second-hand bookshops. Because apparently the books that stick with me tend to be random finds got on the cheap or for free -_-; Though I suppose that makes sense when you're a kid. How else are you going to get a hold of stuff? No way either me or my parents would have had the budget for the sheer volume of stuff I read. The house has thousands of books as it stands, from five separate people collecting shit as they go, and we only get to buy a fraction of what we read. Though I suppose e-books and kindles are going to be making that a mite easier now ...

icarus_chained: lurid original bookcover for fantomas, cropped (Mischief)
( Dec. 19th, 2013 09:49 pm)
The chemist gave me my med today for a fifth of the usual price (or minus 100 euros). I have no idea why. I asked, of course, because you check these things, but apparently it's a thing that happens about one month every year or couple of years because of the number of days in a month or something? *shrugs* That's what they said, and they said it won't come back to haunt me, and possibly they were bullshitting and this was a Christmas thing, but ... Anyway. End result, they gave me my months supply for a fifth of the normal price.

Which is never a bad thing, to be honest. My med legitimately costs me a little over half a week's wages per month (I live at home and my parents are the best and I spend bugger all that isn't on food or towards the house electricity, so it's never actually been a problem, because I'm lucky and live with family and am a cheerful miser), so this is a fabulous Christmas present whether they meant it to be or not. *grins*

Sometimes the world is randomly nice to you. It's lovely. Heh.
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