I hope you all think that was money well spent. I've got makeup on and everything! Who would have thought that people would pay £75 to see that? But they did (£65 in paypal donations and a tenner down my cleavage LOL).
There was much gin. And cheese and posh bread. And port. And more gin. And a bottle of Jura...
Things which will stick in my memory:
- Alisdair's face when he saw me in the dress for the first time.
- John BM brought Stella Artois. LAGER. Bad bad John.
- Joe and James discussing Marxism and existentialism
- a kitchen which can normally only fit one person can fit three in a talking-in-the-kitchen-at-a-party situation
- Beauty face
- James being dragged away by Hywel when it was time for them to leave protesting that he NEEDED more Jura and ending up taking a glass of it home with him
- Sarah N and Joe being the only ones left standing at stupid o'clock this morning when I finally gave in to slumber - our lovely host having collapsed into bed some time before
- the devastation in the kitchen this morning (and the amazingly crunchy prawn cracker carpet)
- deflating the airbed this morning while Joe was still on it (mostly because he was incapable of standing up)
- Pig Sandwiches for breakfast from the hog roast lady at Hebden Bridge market
- Dave being Dave on the sofa this lunchtime and giving me and Sarah B the giggles
- Tea and cuddles
- the one donation already promised gets me into whichever formal clothing people vote for in the poll below
- Five donations and I shall wear high heeled shoes as well
- Ten donations and I'll go the whole hog and put make-up on for the first time this year
Purple mid-calf column dress
Black/silver satin ankle length column dress
Purple suit (the one I turned up to regional conf in)
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 12
Which formal clothing should I base my dress around this evening?
Purple column dress
Black/silver satin column dress
Do vote in the poll. Also if you want to donate, stick it in my paypal:
...and I'll transfer it over to the party (plus the couple of quid balance that's already in there anyway). It's all in a good cause. We need a fighting fund to get Alisdair elected, because Calder Valley really needs a decent MP for a change...
Get voting and donating then :P
ETA: deadline for the poll is mid afternoon, btw. There'll be no point in voting when I've already set off for Hebden Bridge; but you can donate to the party whenever you like, obvs ;)
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You'd vote for that, amirite? I totally would :)
Hustings was a lot of fun last night. Questions to candidates were very broad ranging (some of them longer winded than others LOL) and the turnout was not bad, to say what horrible cold miserable Halifaxness we had to endure to get to it.
On the evidence of last night, Alisdair is going to make a bloody awesome candidate. Pretty much everything he said in answers to questions was clear and succint. No rambling off on tangents. Lots of useful political points. And peppered with big meaty doses of Liberalism. Definitely a parliamentary candidate I can get behind. Which is handy, really, because he's already started dishing out orders to me...
I'm not going to make a secret of the fact that I wanted Alisdair to win this from the beginning - it'd be hard to with my imprint on the bottom of all of his literature - but I do want to say that had Janet won we'd still have a great candidate. So commiserations to Janet.
And forward to 2015. I guess there's going to be a lot more leaflet designing for ME.
One of my partners has picked up scabies from somewhere. This means that my whole household needs to be treated, and I need to tell "everyone I have had close physical contact with in the last 6 weeks" about it, even though I haven't actually developed any symptoms. After all, better safe than sorry, right?
I went to regional conference a couple of weeks ago. I hugged a LOT of people.
So, you know, if I have hugged you recently, to be on the safe side, change & boil wash your sheets and nip to boots and get yourself some lotion.
ETA: according to the lady in Boots it's going around a lot and they keep running out of stock of the lotion. This makes me feel a bit better.
I need beard porn.
What would people say to a beardy Lib Dems calendar? It'd be like Calendar Girls only beardier*
This idea has been being chucked around by
Would my fellow beardthusiasts pay for such a thing? And how do we narrow down the pool of hot beardy Lib Dems to actually put on the thing? I mean there's LOADS of them. I live with two!
* and almost certainly less naked. There's a limit to what you can persuade even Lib Dem men to do with a strategically placed Focus Leaflet, in my experience.
So. Is beer better than sex?
Well firstly you need to define beer. If we're talking lager here, then pretty much any sex is going to be better. Even with David Mellor in his Chelski shirt. But I don't touch that crap. So we're talking a nice real ale... THEN you need to define what you mean by sex. I mean a brief snog with some people can be better than an all night session with others (I am reminded of Nicholas Soames' mistress' description of what it was like having sex with him: like having a wardrobe fall on top of you with the key sticking out of the door - even lager's probably going to beat that).
I can think of beers that are better than MOST sex - Abbeydale Absolution, for example, or Thornbridge Jaipur - and I can think of a rare few instances of shagging that are better than any beer. So the answer to the question I was asked is "sometimes".
But of course, if you can get good beer AND good sex on the same evening, that's the best of all :)
Fuck Her Gently - Tenacious D
Last Resort - Papa Roach
Fuck You - Lily Allen
Big Dumb Sex - Soundgarden
Of course, I'm paying for it now. Douglas's choice this afternoon. Pick of the Pops on Radio 2...
* makes the sign of the evil eye at Tony Blackburn *
- "Who's going to fancy a fat balding little hobbit like me?" - this guy has a beautiful expressive face, and his smile lights up a room like a sunrise.
- "I did it with [new boyfriend] with the lights on! And SOBER!" - a girl with a chest I would cheerfully kill for, and those of you who have met me know I am not exactly lacking in that department ;)
- "I'm too fat" - a guy with an arse that rivals Nightwing's
- "I couldn't be seen out without my Fat Burqua!" - a lady who has the kind of figure that would make Rubens bite through his paintbrush in his frustration at his utter inability to capture it's beauty
- *bursts into disbelieving laughter when I tell him he has good skin* - I've held newborn babes with coarser skin than this guy. The skin of his torso resembles nothing so much in it's smooth tactile translucency as polished marble. And don't even get me started on his eyes...
We all have things we dislike about our physical selves, and society and the media encourage that, mainly to sell us shit we don't need. We all think we have something that's too fat/thin/bald/hairy/big/small/etc. But whatever that thing is that we feel that way about, somebody we know worships it. Now, I'm not saying that if you dislike a part of yourself you're wrong, and if you want to engage in some self improvement that will make you feel better then you knock yourself out. But don't ever, ever think that anybody else will judge you as harshly for it as you do yourself.
I'm reasonably sure that several of the people in the list above with have accepted what I said to them, but also mentally added "but it's just Jennie saying that, and she's mad." We are so conditioned to look only on our own flaws that we don't compliment each other in case someone looks too closely at us in return and spots our flaws. And that's sad because we all then end up in our own self-reinforcing miserable cycle of paranoia.
The Lib Dem Campaign for Body Confidence is important, as far as I am concerned, because if it makes people I love worry less about piffling flaws with thier physical appearance, then they will have more spoons to sweat the more important stuff, and THEN we can get on with making the world a better place. And the rest of us can help with it, too. Try not to condemn yourself for your imperfections. But also if you have a friend or partner with a physical feature that you love, tell them. If we can all compliment each other a bit more maybe I'll get less disbelieving reactions next time I tell someone I think some part of them is beautiful.
- The corpse of Lady Thatcher (maysherestinpeace)
- Anyone whose favourite Doctor is David Tennant
- Stuffed Jeremy Bentham
- A rabid she-wolf
- Tony Blair
- The guy who puked down my legs on Sunday evening.
- The Abominable Doctor Phibes
- The entirety of the Young Conservatives, circa 1986
(Context is for cowards, but you might want to look here on LDV)
ETA: for those pointing out that of course I would LOVE to embrace the Abominable Doctor Phibes: well, yes (and his Missus). So he definitely belongs on the list :P
Everyone Loves Magical Trevor
... cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever
who the hell is Magical Trevor?
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH YOU SOD I'VE GOT IT IN MY HEAD NOW!
I'm suffering. Now you can all suffer too.
This blog post is brought to you by the letters P (for paranoia) and U (for unable to just relax and take credit when I Achieve Things), and the number 0 (as in there's 0 chance that something isn't bound to go horribly wrong later).