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Sep. 22nd, 2017 11:31 am
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Mum and dad gone on holiday. They stayed up all night packing, then mum set off the fire alarm with a boiling pan, then they woke me up at 3:30am when they were actually leaving, and dad left the landing light on. Didn't get much sleep yesterday. But day one going well so far. I got slightly less excited about the two weeks' of having the house when I thought about how likely it is my sister might call me up on one of the weekends and ask if 'I could have the kids for just a bit'. I'm planning to be Out to put off the chance of that happening. Tomorrow is quite easy, because they're having a comics festival in Leeds, and Sunday they're supposed to be with their dad. It's not going to be quite a restful as I hoped two weekends with the house to myself would be, but I have to go food shopping anyway, so hey ho.

Yesterday as I was sat on my train home, waiting for it to leave the station, another train pulled out past me with the destination of 'mystery excursion'. I have never been so jealous to not be on a train.

The back of the train said 'Blackpool North', but I still prefer to think of it as a mystery. You can't always trust the back of trains.

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Sep. 22nd, 2017 09:35 am
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I've made the mistake of leaving a message for three different plumbers so now I am waiting politely for none of them to never call me back instead of just ringing them every five minutes like I ought to.

I haven't stopped reading here, I've stopped commenting because I am struggling with sleep and thinking and breathing. And I've stopped posting because I've caught myself in a trap of it. Also my mum is staying with me for two weeks which is fine on many levels but also I think I'm going to die and I have run out of any meals I know how to think about.

(She is staying with me because her partner is having a serious operation and I am nearer to the hospital than her house. It's all awkward because I have never liked or got on with her partner anyway, and for the last few months before he got ill they have been talking seriously about separating. But then he got ill and now she is stuck caring for him, and he's just a tosser, and I am sorry he is ill, but also I hate him. And she is stuck in a situation of 'how well does he have to get before I am allowed to leave him?' which is a really awkward thing and I'm worried it makes her sound terrible and she's not being terrible about it, she's just doing so much for him I don't know how she can bear it. He's terrible and awful in ways that I can never properly explain but which you would understand FIVE SECONDS after meeting him. He's just repellent.)

I can't keep anything straight in my head and I have to keep not eating enough thyroxine until I go for a blood test which they will say proves that I am better when I am clearly not better and I can never have a blood test anyway, because I booked it for yesterday and then entirely forgot about it because my brain doesn't work any more and I'm embarrassed to call up and make another appointment and also quite pleased I missed it because I hate blood tests and it's not with a nurse I know and I was dreading it.

I physically can't believe how conservative blue bloods is, Read more... )

I feel really sick.

I rang my usual plumber again instead of waiting, and he said 'yes I'll get someone out to you today' and then hung up and I don't trust him a bit for that to be true but I really want it to be true and I suppose it's marginally better than all the plumbers who say nothing.

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Sep. 18th, 2017 09:05 pm
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The dog is better, by the way. He was never quite as bad as he was that one day he was really out of sorts, but now he's had all the medicine - sometimes under extreme duress - he seems to be back on form. All eating and regular and whatnot. I was a little worried for a while, because while I was looking after him, at one point he was off the lead and had a huge feather in his mouth. It's size might be a little exaggerated to me compared to what it was actually like, but it was definitely a whole feather, quill and all. And I walked up to him to get him to drop it, and he just swallowed the whole thing before I could get to him. So, we were a bit concerned it was that causing a blockage, because I never saw it come out the other side. The internet was also super unhelpful about whether feathers are indigestible or not - I think not, but dogs in the wild would probably eat them if they ate a bird? So idk. But anyway, if it was causing a blockage, it's obviously stopped now, so as long as he doesn't have a problem I guess there's no point worrying about it.

He's going to my sister's on Wednesday, when my parents are going away. That was their solution to me thinking I would probably find it difficult to look after him and the house while working. Which I think was probably the right decision, because I slept in until 11:05am this morning, and I have to leave for my train at 12pm, and I needed to have a shower. Hopefully that won't be a recurring situation. But I would always worry it might be if I knew I also had a living thing depending on me. Apparently my sister said "yeah, that's fine" when mum suggested it, and we are very much taking her at her word. She looked after him for long enough when she first had him. Although it might be a little confusing for him.

I'm sort of on edge about mum and dad going away - like, I keep forgetting it's happening, and then remembering that no, I will have to go food shopping on Saturday, and the Saturday after, and I won't have any back-up if I'm running late to go for my train and stuff. But I'm sure it'll be fine, and they do deserve it. I just have to remember I have more to do for the next couple of weeks.

A situation is happening in the Let's Play community, and it's kind of gotten me thinking. I'm sure everyone on the internet, particularly people anywhere near Tumblr, knows who Pewdiepie is and that he's kind of a shithead - last week, he used the n-word while streaming a video game, and in response a different company issued a DMCA to take down his old Let's Play of their game, because they didn't want to be associated with him anymore. Which I think is fair enough, but a lot of people think it's going Too Far, and it's kind of reminded everyone who does Let's Plays that they're only allowed to do it - sometimes for a career - by the grace of the game-makers who own the copyrights. And it's just sort of super weird, because I really don't think they're going to stop Let's Plays, any more than they've stopped fanfiction and fanvids (although the content breach is obviously different) - but whether people should be allowed to make money from Let's Plays, and do it officially in that way is another matter. And the money aspect is absolutely part of the reason for the Pewdiepie takedown - the game producer said they were sick of their content helping make him money, especially given he's now a millionaire. And it's sort of brought home to me just how entitled people seem to feel to make money off of, and make a career out of, Let's Plays and other people's copyrighted games. Like, I genuinely think it affects how much a thing is fair use, whether or not you're making money out of it. And the issue has even come up with paid mods and stuff, and how people 'should really be paid for their work' - but being paid or monetising things is literally not an issue with fanfiction, nor is it even really a discussion. And it just seems super-weird, now that I think about it, the way people seem to think 'yeah, this is my take on this game, and it was hard work to make, so I should get paid for it', and literally no-one thinks that about fanfiction, either inside or outside the community - I think Let's Players would be pretty surprised if anyone suggested to them people should get paid for writing fanfiction.

And I know it probably basically comes down to the same old thing - that fanfiction is largely done by women, and Let's Plays are largely done by men, and people automatically see men's work as more creative and valuable than women's. And men are more likely to ask for a reward for their work, and women are probably more likely to be community-minded and do things for free. But it just seems so odd now that this conversation is happening, and literally none of the Let's Players are asking "do we actually deserve to make money off this?". Strange how different views can be to different types of fanworks. Idk. I kind of experience Let's Plays for free anyway, because I have adblocker, and I subscribe to Rooster Teeth mostly for their original content, so I never really thought about it as a monetary thing. But it's interesting. I'll be interested to see how the situation with DMCAs and stuff plays out.

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Sep. 17th, 2017 01:11 pm
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I am 1000 pages into IT, and I'm so proud of myself, and I sort of don't want to talk about it in case I ruin the magic somehow. But I also don't want to not talk about it in case I make too big a deal of it in my own head and ruin it. I don't want IT to be one of those things I don't finish. But also I am tense because it is finishing. This is it. I'm going to get answers and find out what really happens. But I'm also going to get answers and find out what really happens. When I was about halfway through the book, I estimated it was about 1400-1500 pages, but looking at it now I think it's closer to 1300. Which doesn't seem like enough for all the stuff I know is going to happen. Spoilers )

But I am getting close to the end, and I am excited. But also, at the same time, I read Tommyknockers as a teenager and I remember there was one bit where a character went into Derry to get some more batteries and thought they saw a clown in a storm drain for a minute. And I remember thinking at the time "that's a reference to It", and now I can't remember what year The Tommyknockers was set in. It was after 1985, I don't even know. They better beat the damn death clown, Stephen.

It's so cold lately, it's September and it's sunny, but it's still cold. I don't understand why. I felt like after the not-summer we had in June and July and then how hot it was in August, it would just continue to warm for another few months. Now I'm worried we're going to have a really cold winter. I don't do so well with the cold. Or maybe we'll have a really hot one? I don't know.

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Sep. 11th, 2017 09:52 pm
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Our dog is not well. After pooing on the living room carpet on Saturday - which I told my dad was out of character for him - he's had bloody diarrhoea for the last two days. Including some times where it just seemed to be mostly blood. This morning he looked super unwell and lethargic and skinny, but my took him to the vet and she said the vet said he wasn't dehydrated and didn't have a temperature, so it wasn't too worrying. She's given us some antibiotics and probiotic paste, and we have to take him back if he's not better in a few days.

It's so hard for me not to just livetweet at you all my thoughts about IT. Thoughts about IT ) If there isn't a fandom or something for IT when I'm finished, I may cry. I'm ready to join a cult.

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Sep. 11th, 2017 08:56 am
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1. If every two or three days the most enormous heavy black spider casually wanders across my sitting room, and I put it in a pint glass (the only glass it fits under) and take it half way down the street and release it into a hedge, is it the same spider coming back each time? Do I need to get more murderous? Or is there just a hive of them somewhere in a corner? I really want it to stop.

2. I'm watching Blue Bloods because there are seven seasons of it and an eighth on the way. It is a cop show set in New York, so I'm not a good audience for it. All the television fails to be NYPD blue but when you are literally about the NYPD it is harder for me to cope with you. It's also super scary conservative, and not trying that hard. But there are eight seasons of it, and I am data inputting until death so I am drinking it whole. I've just started season 2 and they've turned the colour up (like the colour colour) and also introduced a liberal black mayor to be reluctantly impressed at magnum's white catholic cop values and how he is always right and conservatism is good and honest.

3. I'm babysitting puppies for a friend from work. They're so gorgeous. They're so small and they weigh nothing and they tumble over each other and wee everywhere. They're two boys, and they're half yorkshire terriers and half shih tzus. They're black and white with brown eyebrows. I was worried that Rita would hate having puppies in her house and I'd have to spend the whole time keeping them apart, but she loves them and started playing with them after just five minutes and then didn't stop until they fell asleep. They're staying til Thursday but actually I'm not going to give them back. (I am definitely going to give them back. They've been here less than 24 hours and I'm exhausted.)

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Sep. 10th, 2017 09:48 pm
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At present I can only chew on one side of my human face because I lost a filling and have had little luck with dentists. I went on the MyDentist site and searched for one that was accepting patients and made an appointment, for which I had to wait several weeks. When the time came, I turned up ONLY TO BE TOLD that the appointment had been cancelled by textual message, since they are not accepting new patients until DECEMBER. I pointed out that I had had no such text message but this held little sway. Perhaps the should update the website so that people are not misled, perhaps also they should actually send out important text messages WHO CAN SAY.

Anyway the receptionist lady suggested I go along to this drop-in clinic which is dental students and is on a first-come, first-get-filled basis. This seemed like a good idea until I discovered that it only operates during Leeds University term dates, which doesn't start for another few weeks! All this time I must continue to be an asymmetrical eater.

So I looked at private dentists and Bupa have one. But their earliest appointment was also for a couple of weeks hence, and was reet early in the morning, too. Anyway it was my best bet so I made an appointment and it was also been confirmed that I ACTUALLY HAVE AN APPOINTMENT, so that is nice.

Despite my lopsided chewage I decided to treat myself to another couple of Gousto boxes due to the comparitive flushness of cash mentioned last entry. Here are my musings upon them:

Jerk chicken pineapple and lime mayo ciabatta

They like their ciabatta. So do I although I forgot to put it in the oven. The mayo is enhanced with the zest of a lime and the chicken is jerked by adding smoked paprika, cayenne and allspice. This was very nice though I do not care for the fad of piling a burger-style thing very high and then sticking a skewer in it. I would rather have swapped the ciabatta for something else and just had a jerk platter.

Warm goats' cheese, lentil and roast tomato salad

The goats' cheese is coated in panko breadcrumbs and fried, and cherry tomatoes are halved and slow roasted. This was lovely although I don't really like lentils. I might make it again but with giant couscous perhaps.

Freekeh, feta and roast grape salad

Freekeh is like a breakfast cereal pretending to be food. This was nice enough. According to one half of my taste buds, anyhow.

Annabel's hidden veg bolognese

I ordered this too quickly and though it was vegetarian but actually it has meat in, but the veg is "hidden" so that children can be fooled into consuming leek and carrot and celery, etc. You are supposed to blend it but I couldn't be bothered seeing if I have a blender that works so I mashed it with a potato masher. Probably I prefer that anyway, I like to retain to the texture of individual ingredients. And anyway, the jig was up regarding the hiddenness of the veg once I had read the recipe. This made too much, I had it for three consecutive meals so now I am temporarily sick of bolognese that tastes suspiciously of leek and celery.

Speedy Chinese pork and baby gem boats

I had this once before but liked it and ordered it again. At least I thought it was the same, but the previous time it was called "Mu shu" pork. I wonder why they dropped that name. Perhaps they were afraid of being accused of cultural appropriation, idk. Perhaps eating it at all is cultural appropriation. If so I am sorry to offend Chinese people but it is too lovely.

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Sep. 10th, 2017 12:42 pm
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The Let's Players I watch do a podcast every Sunday, and this one is entitled "Besmirching the honour of clowns", and now I'm paranoid to look at anything on the internet in case it has spoilers for IT.

Spoilers for IT )

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Sep. 9th, 2017 07:05 pm
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Well. I had a whole day of chilling planned out. Going into town to pick up some stuff, playing some video games. It's my sister's birthday, but my mum was working all day, and I don't tend to go do anything even when the family's all here. But not so much. My sister called around 12pm, asking if mum was around. She went away when I said mum was working, but then called back. Would I watch my YN for a few hours? Like, just 4 hours? Because she had something very important to do, and he was going to a party. Dad had already left a note asking me to maybe take the dog for a walk - which is fine, the walking, but not the poo collecting - so I was pretty thrown by all the sudden requests. But I eventually agreed to both things, since it is her birthday. I went into town - she needed to borrow £3 for the taxi she'd taken, and luckily for her I had it, because she asked me literally 2 minutes before her taxi came - and picked up my YN. My ON was also there, and ended up asking if he could come with us, rather than stay with his mum because he didn't know what she was doing. So that was 2 kids. I had a thought that maybe we could go have lunch together, me and the YN, but both of them had only just had their breakfast, so they weren't hungry. It was raining. I hated it.

I came back and argued with my YN for a short while about whether he could go out unsupervised on his bike rather than waiting 5 minutes for me to have lunch, and then my dad got home from taking my MN to football as I passed them off to him.

Also the dog, who I walked and picked up after this morning, apparently wasn't done and pooed in the living room while my dad was out. So now he's in dog jail. I literally have no idea why, except that my dad wasn't sure if he'd been fed this morning, so suggested I feed him just in case, so maybe he had too much food. But he didn't make a noise or anything about wanting to go out. So it's something else for me to worry about if I have to look after him for 2 weeks on my own.

And that was my Saturday. Also too much chocolate and Youtube videos.

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