elisi: (Shiny! Kaylee by eyesthatslay)
So, way back in autumn, Darcy asked me what I wanted for my 40th.

I said a new floor (preferably wooden!) for the dining room (as we have lived with The World's Ugliest Carpet ever since we moved in 10+ years ago). He did not like this answer, as that would mean A LOT OF WORK.

I said: fine, forget it.

However, after a while he decided that it was a good idea, and the floor has slowly become reality over the past months. He bought the wood, and tongue & grooved it, and eventually levelled the floor and laid the wood and then sanded it and waxed it. SO MUCH WORK.

But oh, it was worth it. This was what I came home to last Monday (the last image - he took pictures as he finished it):

So pretty... )

<3

22 October 2016 10:45 pm
elisi: (Default)
Just a quick thank you post to all you lovely people who have brightened my day with messages, posts & comments. ♥

Have had a very very nice day indeed, and will try to write a proper post tomorrow.

Apart from presents & family party, I also found time to watch the first episode of Class...

If something premiers on my birthday, I consider it a personal present. Esp. if it's a Doctor Who spin-off - see Torchwood, which also showed its first episodes on my birthday - TEN YEARS AGO. Damn, that makes me feel ANCIENT.

Anyway, Class has a much surer grip on what its mission is and what kind of show it is. (I adore Torchwood, but S1 was well rocky. *pets it*)

Anyway - recommended. And thank you again!
elisi: (11 and Clara)
*hugs LJ tightly*

Also, don't do that again. I don't cope well...

Will now get to my flist & comments. :)

Had a lovely afternoon/evening - went out shopping w/birthday money/vouchers and got a lovely burgundy winter coat (SO WARM) which I've needed for years.

Then went round to my in-laws and had a v. nice time with all the family, and got more cards, a beautiful bracelet with blue stones, Ferrero Rocher and a bit more money. There were lots of cute kids and pizzas and a birthday cake and good company. :)

ETA: Also Happy Belated Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] a_phoenixdragon! I never realised your birthday was on Back to the Future Day!! Hope it was awesome.

♥ ♥ ♥
elisi: (Default)
LJ is still not working for me. At all. Like, I can't even get the status page up.

Since part of my plans for today were to catch up on all comments, that's a bit of a bummer. :( Plus I can't see any birthday wishes. (Presuming there are any! But I know that other people are more organised than I am.) I WILL get to them, promise. When LJ will let me back.

I was also going to post another chapter of George today, so am hoping very much that LJ will come back before tonight...

(If I manage to write any meta, I'll just crosspost.)

Many thanks to [personal profile] promethia_tenk, [personal profile] merrymaia, [personal profile] kathyh, [personal profile] pfeifferpack and [personal profile] kerkevik_2014 for the birthday wishes. <3

So far I've got a new pair of slippers, Mad Max: Fury Road - never saw it in the cinema! :( - and Barnaby (!!!!!) (my mother owns an ancient copy, and I grew up with it, but now I have my own!) and some lovely cards from my co-workers.

I think there'll be a family 'do thing tonight... (I share my birthday with my sister-in-law <3)

Sorry if I sound a bit scattered, am not feeling 100%.

*hugs flist*

<3

22 October 2014 08:28 am
elisi: (*HUGS*)
Just a quick post to say thank you for all the birthday greetings this morning!

Am off to work, and then going to York for a birthday treat (staying overnight! And no children!), so won't be back here until tomorrow.

Until then, lots of love to you all.

elisi: ('To Family' by glenien)
Just a little update... Thank you to everyone who sent birthday wishes (by snail mail, or electronically) as well as all the lovely wishes on my flist and in comments & messages. ♥ ♥ ♥

I had a very nice birthday, going out for lunch with younger s-i-l (who shares my birthday) and then I had a lovely evening at home, with an evening meal courtesy of Sainsbury's and watching Iron Man 3, which was thoroughly enjoyable. I also (finally) am curious to see Avengers thanks to the fact that whatever happened gives Tony Stark panic attacks. :) (Why yes, I rather loved it. As in, all of it.)

And here is a list of what I posted, if anyone missed it/wants to catch up (I never stop hoping...). The Who fics about 1000 words each. The AtS one regular chapter length. The icons are, well, icons:

When Amy Met the Master.

Divided Destiny. Chapter 6.

Five Ways Jack Didn't Meet the Doctor's Wife. Part 1: It’s Called Marriage.

37 icons.

Enjoy! <3 Worked late tonight, so am rather sleepy now...
elisi: (Amy)
First one! For ages I wondered if I could somehow tie this vignette into my River-meets-the-Master story, but it shall have to just stand alone.

Summary: The Doctor drops the Master off at the Ponds' for five minutes. Things do not progress as planned.
Setting: Between 'The Widow etc' and 'The Dalek Asylum'
Characters: Amy, Rory, the Doctor, the Master.
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 1000 approx
Feedback: Go on, go on, go on, go on...

When Amy Met the Master )
elisi: (Shiny! Kaylee by eyesthatslay)
For the past few years I've had an eMac, and - much as I've loved it - it's old and rickety and slow, and I've needed something new(er) for a long time...

So, as Darcy will be away on my birthday (a little over a week away), I got my present early! I am now the owner of a Mac Mini and a wide black monitor and all in all it's all very shiny and wonderful. Youtube vids will play properly and fannish vids are big and gorgeous. And (because Apple is a marvel) Darcy could basically just hook up the two machines and transfer everything. Every file, every bookmark - everything is exactly the same, except faster and bigger and better. This is definitely one of the Best Presents Ever!

<3

ETA: Knew there were things I was forgetting!

1) Watched Prometheus last night. It was... pretty much exactly like the Honest Trailer (major spoilers), but I'm happy to have seen it all the same. 'Twas very well made, even if it didn't make a lick of sense.

2) Watched Merlin tonight, which was Merlin and good entertainment. I'm not sure what the episode was called, but it COULD have been subtitled 'The Army of Shirtless Men'. It's not the reason I watch, but it's nice all the same. *g* Oh and I ADORED
Mordred. His ambiguity *really* worked for me, as did the actor.



elisi: (Shiny! Kaylee by eyesthatslay)
For the past few years I've had an eMac, and - much as I've loved it - it's old and rickety and slow, and I've needed something new(er) for a long time...

So, as Darcy will be away on my birthday (a little over a week away), I got my present early! I am now the owner of a Mac Mini and a wide black monitor and all in all it's all very shiny and wonderful. Youtube vids will play properly and fannish vids are big and gorgeous. And (because Apple is a marvel) Darcy could basically just hook up the two machines and transfer everything. Every file, every bookmark - everything is exactly the same, except faster and bigger and better. This is definitely one of the Best Presents Ever!

<3

ETA: Knew there were things I was forgetting!

1) Watched Prometheus last night. It was... pretty much exactly like the Honest Trailer (major spoilers), but I'm happy to have seen it all the same. 'Twas very well made, even if it didn't make a lick of sense.

2) Watched Merlin tonight, which was Merlin and good entertainment. I'm not sure what the episode was called, but it COULD have been subtitled 'The Army of Shirtless Men'. It's not the reason I watch, but it's nice all the same. *g* Oh and I ADORED
Mordred. His ambiguity *really* worked for me, as did the actor.



:)

22 October 2011 10:15 pm
elisi: (*HUGS*)
Just a quick post to say that I've had a LOVELY birthday and am now very sleepy. I was totally intending to post stuff (vid recs, a ficlet, a meta-picture thing), but it'll have to wait until tomorrow. or, you know, whenever... (Busy life is busy.)

Also thank you to everyone for messages/(e-)cards/birthday posts/etc, you truly brightened my day! *hugs everyone*

OK, one vid rec:

Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better).

Summary: The Doctor and River battle it out, in song. Extreme silliness ensues. (Spoilers for everything.)

:)

:)

22 October 2011 10:15 pm
elisi: (*HUGS*)
Just a quick post to say that I've had a LOVELY birthday and am now very sleepy. I was totally intending to post stuff (vid recs, a ficlet, a meta-picture thing), but it'll have to wait until tomorrow. or, you know, whenever... (Busy life is busy.)

Also thank you to everyone for messages/(e-)cards/birthday posts/etc, you truly brightened my day! *hugs everyone*

OK, one vid rec:

Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better).

Summary: The Doctor and River battle it out, in song. Extreme silliness ensues. (Spoilers for everything.)

:)
elisi: (Squee! (martha) by circa77)
Yesterday was very, very lovely indeed! I got a snail mail card from [livejournal.com profile] the_royal_anna and an e-card from [livejournal.com profile] kathyh and lots of wonderful, wonderful greetings from my flist. *hugs everyone*

I also got lots of pretty graphics, which I'm going to put under a cut so as not to mess up your flists. Doctor Who S5 love & Spuffy if you follow me. Plus nattering about my day. )
elisi: (Squee! (martha) by circa77)
Yesterday was very, very lovely indeed! I got a snail mail card from [livejournal.com profile] the_royal_anna and an e-card from [livejournal.com profile] kathyh and lots of wonderful, wonderful greetings from my flist. *hugs everyone*

I also got lots of pretty graphics, which I'm going to put under a cut so as not to mess up your flists. Doctor Who S5 love & Spuffy if you follow me. Plus nattering about my day. )
elisi: (Coffe Ianto by imaginary_lives)
I also got S2 of Torchwood!!!! I was idly looking through Amazon and discovered that it was on sale, so pointed my mother in its direction. *is sneaky* Now I only need CoE and I've got 'em ALL! And CoE is cheap! \o/

In other news half term has started, so don't know how much I'll be around... Add that to the fact that Darcy's been at home for the past two weeks, having caught a collection of the most stubborn bugs on the planet, and I'm going just a tiny little bit insane from not getting any time to myself. (And my parents are arriving on Friday for a week! *hides*) I'm also blaming this for my inability to write. Well, there's also the fact that writing this *particular* story is like pulling teeth, and I have no idea why. I love the idea and have had it all worked out for ages. *is frustrated*

But - I didn't mean to complain. I have SHINY DVDs, and I think tonight I'll try to get Darcy to agree to watch 'Something Borrowed' because I need something fun and brilliant. :)
elisi: (Coffe Ianto by imaginary_lives)
I also got S2 of Torchwood!!!! I was idly looking through Amazon and discovered that it was on sale, so pointed my mother in its direction. *is sneaky* Now I only need CoE and I've got 'em ALL! And CoE is cheap! \o/

In other news half term has started, so don't know how much I'll be around... Add that to the fact that Darcy's been at home for the past two weeks, having caught a collection of the most stubborn bugs on the planet, and I'm going just a tiny little bit insane from not getting any time to myself. (And my parents are arriving on Friday for a week! *hides*) I'm also blaming this for my inability to write. Well, there's also the fact that writing this *particular* story is like pulling teeth, and I have no idea why. I love the idea and have had it all worked out for ages. *is frustrated*

But - I didn't mean to complain. I have SHINY DVDs, and I think tonight I'll try to get Darcy to agree to watch 'Something Borrowed' because I need something fun and brilliant. :)
elisi: ('To Family' by glenien)
Meant to do a proper post, but now it's late, I'm watching the IT Crowd (laptop yay! It's old and slow, but it works) and just too lazy to write anything long.

Firstly though thank you to [livejournal.com profile] the_royal_anna for the (snail mail) card [that got here in time!] and the fireworks, and to [livejournal.com profile] kathyh and [livejournal.com profile] kittyzams for the e-cards and to everyone else for the birthday greetings - I love LJ! *squishes to all*

Had a very lovely birthday with nice presents - most notably gorgeous winter boots and the softest bathrobe ever. *snuggles further in* Oh, and the girls got me S3 of Red Dwarf. :)

In the evening Darcy made a wonderful meal, followed by a Cassandra cake (he meant to make a TARDIS, but at the last minute realised he didn't have any blue food colouring). And then he whisked me off for my surprise, which turned out to be ballet! Wuthering Heights to be specific. Does that work as a ballet you wonder? And you know what? It *does*! Hurrah for dark, broody angstfests with men in tights! ;)

Couple of pictures under the cut! )
elisi: ('To Family' by glenien)
Meant to do a proper post, but now it's late, I'm watching the IT Crowd (laptop yay! It's old and slow, but it works) and just too lazy to write anything long.

Firstly though thank you to [livejournal.com profile] the_royal_anna for the (snail mail) card [that got here in time!] and the fireworks, and to [livejournal.com profile] kathyh and [livejournal.com profile] kittyzams for the e-cards and to everyone else for the birthday greetings - I love LJ! *squishes to all*

Had a very lovely birthday with nice presents - most notably gorgeous winter boots and the softest bathrobe ever. *snuggles further in* Oh, and the girls got me S3 of Red Dwarf. :)

In the evening Darcy made a wonderful meal, followed by a Cassandra cake (he meant to make a TARDIS, but at the last minute realised he didn't have any blue food colouring). And then he whisked me off for my surprise, which turned out to be ballet! Wuthering Heights to be specific. Does that work as a ballet you wonder? And you know what? It *does*! Hurrah for dark, broody angstfests with men in tights! ;)

Couple of pictures under the cut! )
elisi: (Daleks: Explain! by dana_cz)
First of all, thank you to everyone for the lovely birthday greetings (if I missed anyone then I'm terribly sorry!) - esp to [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat for the e-card. :)

Birthday has continued to spread its brilliance - I am now (thanks to a gift-card and two copies of the same book) the owner of S1 of Torchwood (£23 at WHSmith's!). And sure S1 is depressing and not terribly good, but... it's MINE! (Btw was no one in the mood for TW crack? Not that you have to be, or anything, and it IS an incredibly silly fic, but usually people like crack...)

***

ANYWAY, onto (US) politics, and some links:

Obama's grandfather. Seriously, check out the likeness!

[livejournal.com profile] st_salieri brought laughter to me with How Would Buffy Vote?

TIME has a fascinating article about Obama and when he met General David Petraeus. (Obama had a choice at that moment. He could thank Petraeus for the briefing and promise to take his views "under advisement." Or he could tell Petraeus what he really thought, a potentially contentious course of action — especially with a general not used to being confronted. Obama chose to speak his mind.)

LOLnews. Because politics need macros!

Understanding Real America in Wasilla. (The Daily Show. Need I say more?)

Finally one of THE best things I've seen - The Vet Who Did Not Vet:

elisi: (Daleks: Explain! by dana_cz)
First of all, thank you to everyone for the lovely birthday greetings (if I missed anyone then I'm terribly sorry!) - esp to [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat for the e-card. :)

Birthday has continued to spread its brilliance - I am now (thanks to a gift-card and two copies of the same book) the owner of S1 of Torchwood (£23 at WHSmith's!). And sure S1 is depressing and not terribly good, but... it's MINE! (Btw was no one in the mood for TW crack? Not that you have to be, or anything, and it IS an incredibly silly fic, but usually people like crack...)

***

ANYWAY, onto (US) politics, and some links:

Obama's grandfather. Seriously, check out the likeness!

[livejournal.com profile] st_salieri brought laughter to me with How Would Buffy Vote?

TIME has a fascinating article about Obama and when he met General David Petraeus. (Obama had a choice at that moment. He could thank Petraeus for the briefing and promise to take his views "under advisement." Or he could tell Petraeus what he really thought, a potentially contentious course of action — especially with a general not used to being confronted. Obama chose to speak his mind.)

LOLnews. Because politics need macros!

Understanding Real America in Wasilla. (The Daily Show. Need I say more?)

Finally one of THE best things I've seen - The Vet Who Did Not Vet:

elisi: (TW fanservice by kaimu_art)
Hello there LJ world! First of all many thanks for all the greetings (esp. to [livejournal.com profile] kathyh and [livejournal.com profile] the_royal_anna for the snail mail cards! *smooches*) - I'm not sure I can remember what my birthday was like before lots of little messages from around the world.

Cut for lots of chatter )

Must run away for a little while, but plan to spam you with fic today. I hope you won't mind... *hugs everyone lots*

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