Star Trek

Monday, January 14th, 2008 01:26 am
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Continuing the Old Trek Marathon started here tonight, with a nice glass of G&T and Somnus on so that I fall straight asleep after this episode. It's the one with the giant condom in space.

Weirdly, Mister Mat hadn't heard the Captain Kirk's Ears joke before tonight. I don't think he'll forgive me for relieving him of his blissful ignorance...

click for terrible joke )

Anyway, Commodore Decker has just been relieved of duty, so I shall see you all tomorrow; I'm going to watch the exciting conclusion and then go to sleep.

Night night.
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... even with his chest hair all full of toast crumbs and a crappy laptop on his knee, [ profile] matgb is still sexy and gorgeous.
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... How I love my boss. Liz phoned this morning, to tell me that she's got my shifts covered and I haven't to worry about it, and to tell me not to come back to work till I'm properly better. She was really concerned and lovely, and gave me the option of taking the time as holiday rather than sick, so I get full pay.

Can't ask for a better employer, can I?

Mister Mat is being wonderful, also. I am feeling better today, but he's still pampering me. We're going to attempt leaving the house in a bit; my legs are fine, so I can walk, but I just can't carry anything or move my upper torso much. Fresh air will probably do me good, right?

Amused by The News Quiz, discussing the American primaries, and Andy Hamilton mentioning the whole dynastic thing that seems to be going on with the Bushes and Clintons: Imagine if the next election here was between Mark Thatcher and Cherie Blair! The jokes would write themselves!
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I know I go on about how wonderful he is, but he really is. He has put his cuddly Cthulhu in Shrubby's room with hers (Mat! You brought me a Daddy Thooloo!). He has also decided that she can use his old games workshop paint station, and has let her borrow lots of scenery which he used to use for games so that she can use it with her train set.

Sometimes I think I must be dreaming.

Tee Hee Hee

Friday, December 21st, 2007 12:29 am
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[ profile] matgb is drunk, and he's a cute drunk.

* luffs him *
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I have ticklish feet. Mister Mat is ticklish in many more areas than that. Mister Mat's cunning plan is to train Roxy to tickle my feet for him. He turned to me this morning and declared that he would train her while I sleep. He looked so triumphant about coming up with this cunning plan that I didn't have the heart to mention that whenever you tell Roxy to do something she looks adorably at you and licks your face and fails to do what you're asking.


Thursday, December 6th, 2007 05:55 pm
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- Shrubby has decided that Roxy's squeaky toy is to be called Mister Poopy Fartypants
- Mister Mat's name for Oven Gloves is apparently The thing that you put on your hands thing that stops that hurting

My tea is nearly ready, and then I'm off to the Christmas Fayre (yes, they have spelt it like that) at Shrubby's school. Wish me luck.

Reported Speech

Monday, December 3rd, 2007 07:25 pm
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[ profile] shrublette was visibly upset, so I asked her what was wrong and gave her a hug...

I wanted to make you a sandwich to cheer you up mummy, but I couldn't because I don't have a knife. I'm sorry

Mister Mat said he would help her and they are downstairs making sandwiches now and they're both so lovely and I'm in floods of tears...

I think I am possibly the luckiest person in the world, and I don't know what I did to deserve it but I'm not going to let myself fuck it up. And Mat says he's not going to let me fuck it up either. So that's OK, then.
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You're not getting context or commentary on these, I'm just presenting them raw. They're just stuff I'd like to share with the wider world.

Sitting on a wall:
"You got a good girl sticker! Well done you! What's it for?"
"It's for eating my dinner all up! I did eat my dinner all up because I'm goood, and now I'm FULL OF ENERGY! Run, mummy, run with me!"
In bed last night:
"You know what I'm going to do to you?"
"No. What?"
"I'm going to marry you. And then I can do this to you every day for the rest of your life. Well, except for when I'm letting someone else do it, obviously"
* much giggling and snogging and declarations of undying love &c *
Just now, checking LJ etc.
"Did you read [ profile] el_steplador's comment?"
"Yes, I did."
"Can we persuade her to be a vicar? Because if there have to be vicars, and you know, I'm an atheist, so I'm not sold on that, but if there have to be vicars..."
"Then they ought to be cool ones."
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Taxi to Wakefield station because the brighouse train was cancelled: £20
Return ticket to Devon for self and Shrub: £110
Getting to see [ profile] matgb's appearance on Blockbusters from 16 years ago? PRICELESS!

Yeah, the journey down here was a bit of a mare, although a very sweet taxi driver and the Costa Coffee guy on Wakefield station (If you're in the Wakefield area, he's on platform one, he's called Bob, and he has very lovely long dark hair and will be 21 soon) were very lovely and made it bearable.

Mat got here about four hours after I did, which was frankly terrifying, but Shrubby had fun playing with his nephew, and I chatted about cars with his dad, and got a grilling from his mum about how he was eating, and it all seems fine. His mum had a bit of a squee over me this morning because I was reading the Torygraph (the only periodical available with my breakfast) and ranting between mouthfuls of Fruit 'n' Fibre about one of the articles in it and she said "Awww, you sound JUST like Matthew!" LOL

Anyway, yes, last night's entertainment consisted of watching the video of Mat's appearance on Blockbusters in 1993, and it was THE CUTEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN. The video is definitely going to be purloined and taken to Lords and put onto DVD... >:D It's really amazing to me, seeing a seventeen year old version of the man I have come to love; all the little mannerisms were there, the hair was getting to be there... There was much squee, and some ribbing and giggling. And once I've got it transferred to DVD, I can screencap it >:D Mwahahahahahahahahaha

Anyhoo, he's going to be wanting the computer back now, so I shall disappear back into the ether. I'm going to be taking Shrubby on a steam train this afternoon. YAY!

TTYL, sweet F-list.
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... Mister Mat really is very wonderful.

cut for the bucket-deprived )

ETA: Oh, yeah, we now have long LAN cable. Watch this space.
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Today I went to Leeds shopping with Imogen. Ostensibly this was to get me out of the house so that Mister Mat could work without me under his feet, but really, it was so I had an excuse to buy silly things. Like make-up. I haven't bought make-up in TEN YEARS. And underwear. I have never ever in my life before had matching bra and knickers before, because underwear has always been purely functional and... Well, yeah. Mister Mat was so impressed with new purple bra that I got ravished on the spot when I modelled it for him (and very pleasant the ravishing was too ;)), so HURRAH for Marks and Sparks, say I. And, you know, am still wearing it now and looking down and... well, there's cleavage there. Quite a lot of cleavage. Also, fairtrade cotton vest tops for £3.50? Yes, was quite impressed with teh M&S.

Also, Next Clearance store is FAB! I finally, FINALLY have a nice long black skirt to wear with my corset, and it's perfect, and fully lined and everything, and it was £15. And jeans with sparkly bits on.

BOO for the Corn Exchange being renovated, and thus almost empty and lotsly closed, YAY for the lovely lady in hippypottermouse (such a shame the dress didn't fit Imogen), BOO for pervy men on the train, but YAY for fabulous lunch in Whitelocks. Also, YAY for nice jam in the organic food supermarket.

And then getting home to be greeted happily by the [ profile] shrublette was lovely, too. She asked: Is Mat going to stay, Mummy? I think Mat should stay with mummy! Forever!.

He said he was working on it, which made me smile. I still occasionally feel surprised that he hasn't run away screaming yet, but I'm rather happy that he hasn't.
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So, yes, [ profile] matgb posted the Cabury advert with the gorilla. And it's very good. And it reminded me that Phil Collins CAN actually write a halfway decent tune without the rest of Genesis being involved, and it was good. He also posted a link to a bunch of remixes. The Fatboy Slim one was a bit pants; the Bodyrockers one was better (even though I can't hear that song without thinking Top Gear advert = James May in an XKR = weak knees and dribbling)

But the cheesy rock ballad fan in me HAS to post this one:

And yeah. Am obscenely excited about the fact that I get to see Mister Mat tonight. Five and a half weeks is far too long, and I've missed him so much, and I suspect you won't hear a HUGE amount from me for the next couple of days. Well, not on LJ anyway. You might hear ecstatic screaming if you're in the Yorkshire area ;)

ETA: Also, singing along to that has made it clear to me how much more softly toned my singing voice has become since I gave up smoking regularly. I need a half pack of Marlbies and a good chug of Jack before I can do Bonnie Tyler justice.
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I just got a very worrying text from Mister Mat:
Just been to the Liberty event. Think I may be in love with Shami Chakrabarti. Hope you don't mind.
What was my reaction to this? Was it "Oh no! I've lost my perfect fiancé to another woman!"? Was it "That bitch! I'll kill her for being smart and pretty and attractive!"? Nope, it was "OI! I saw her first!"

Oh, and indeed, dear.

I'm not sure if it's worrying or empowering for us to have the same taste in women...
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... walking Byron
... going to sleep

Exciting, huh?

Had phone call with Mister Mat. We made each other giggle lots, and stuff that was preying on my mind no longer seems to be so all-consumingly important. It's odd, really. We've been together more or less seven months now, and I still get that glowy happy feeling when I'm talking to him. I never thought that would last, but it has. Makes all the shit in the world seem so much less bothersome.

Of course it helps when he says things like You're filthy! Filthy and disgusting! God, I love you!

No, I'm not going to tell you what I said to prompt that :P

Anyhoo, time to put the first part of my master plan into action. It's dog-walking time.


Tuesday, August 28th, 2007 09:49 pm
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So, Mister Mat gave me a lovely phone call (in which there was talk of Barbara Castle and Single Transferable Vote and other such sexy topics - man, that boy knows how to turn me on!) and while we were getting towards the end of it, [ profile] shrublette told him all about falling over and skinning her knee while walking the dog. Then we went to play Scrabble for a bit. She has got the idea of pulling seven letters out of the bag and then placing them on the board, even though she doesn't know ALL the letters' names yet, and she can only spell her name and mummy and byron.

I think the picture tells the rest of the story very well indeed, even if it is a bit grainy:

click here for the full horror )

I was most amused by the middle line of letters.

Byron: *scratchscratchscratch*
Shrub: What's Byron doing?
* pause *
Shrub (in disapproving tones): Oh! He's scratching his arse!
MAY need to try and modify her language a bit before she starts at Christian School...

* guilty expression *
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... I thought to myself. Too much effort to do things with actual ingredients today. I shall just go downstairs and fry myself a veggie burger. So, I went down into the cellar to look in the freezer for veggie burgers.

In the freezer is the biggest tub of posh icecream I have ever seen. And it's completely chocolate free.

I have mentioned how much I love [ profile] matgb, haven't I?


Sunday, August 19th, 2007 09:56 pm
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Last night was really cool. [ profile] susannah_banana is a fab DJ and played lots of cool stuff and also much amusing cheese. [ profile] matgb and I did some utterly filthy dirty dancing and lots of snogging and there was a boy with the world's most amazing hair (yes, [ profile] puddingcat, even better than the bassist from Trivium) and also a boy wearing a T-shirt that said on the front "Schrodinger's cat is dead" and on the back "Schrodinger's cat is not dead" which was very cool.

Also, transport was not that bad. Nights out in Leeds are feasible! Hurrah!

This morning... well, there was one of those perfect moments, when you're laid in a post-coital snuggle in the arms of the one you love and you don't want it to ever end. Sadly, it had to end, because I had to get up for work, and the wonderful [ profile] nannyo and Mup had arrived with breakfast. Theoretically, they were coming to pick up some stuff I had borrowed. This somehow turned into them arriving with croissants and smiles and making breakfast for very bleary [ profile] matgb and I. And then giving me a lift to work. My gratitude for this wonderfulness knows no bounds.

And now I am home. [ profile] shrublette is at her dad's for the week. The house is all quiet and empty. There's no click-type-giggle of Mat on the laptop behind me. It just feels... odd. Like there's a bit of me missing and I can't quite put my finger on what it is...


Anyway, there has been wedding discussion. Nothing is concrete yet, but we're looking at May next year. Venue(s) are still under discussion. Finances are totally up in the air. We're thinking that, rather than a wedding list, we'll possibly ask people to contribute to a honeymoon fund, because, well, we already have toaster and juicer and stuff... Does this sound like a plan? Also, we definitely don't want to have a SOPPY first dance, but are unable to agree completely what it should be... Front runners at the moment include Misshapes by Pulp and The Love Cats by the Cure... thoughts of the f-list?

As for clothing... Well, I can't wear white, can I? It would be false advertising. So I have had the madcap idea of having six bridesmaids, and doing the colours of the rainbow. I'm bagsie-ing violet, and then Shrubby in Indigo, and others in red/orange/yellow/green/blue. This way I can make [ profile] puddingcat wear canary yellow! Yay! And obviously [ profile] ginasketch = red. [ profile] missdiane, would you prefer blue or orange? For Sarah-ex-lodger is having green, and best-friend-Claire says she's not bothered and can wear any colour... And is it possible to get morning suits in black? Because, you know, Mister Mat in a cravat? Rawr.


Thursday, August 9th, 2007 11:49 pm
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Just had a phone call from a very sleepy Mat. He'd seen the previous post and was just ringing "for a chat".

cut for extreme sop. Sick bags at the ready, folks. )

Not everything in my life is perfect at the moment, not by a long way. But I'm very happy with my lot, especially now I'm sharing it with him. You can't ask for much more than that, can you?

So, yes...

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007 10:12 pm
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... for those of you who didn't get the oblique hat reference and aren't on [ profile] matgb's F-list, I asked him to marry me earlier. This was mainly because (like everyone else who knows me pretty well) he knows what my views on marriage, um, were up until recently, and had kind of accepted that it was never going to happen; so if anyone was going to do the asking, it had to be me.

Obviously I did it by surreptitiously slipping a link into an email. This caused an almost immediate phone call.
Him: Um... are you asking me to marry you?
Me: Um, yeah, I think I am...
Him: ...
Me: ...
Him: Well, obviously I'm going to say yes
Me: Oh thank God, I was terrified you were going to say no!
Him: ...
Me: ...
Him: I thought you didn't want anything to do with marriage?
Me: I think I changed my mind. I think it was maybe because I'd never met anyone I wanted to marry before.
Him: ...
Me: ...
Him: Um... YAY!

I think that conversation had the most stunned silences in it of any conversation I have ever had.

Sort-of in celebration, but mostly just to fill time while he answers all the comments he's got (word to the f-list, Mat neither composes entries nor replies to comments at anything like the speed I do tee hee hee), I Simpsonised us: )

I think I'm nearer than him; what do you guys reckon?

FAO [personal profile] freddiefraggles

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007 01:03 pm
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Freddie? It's time to go hat shopping.

* pokes [personal profile] matgb *

Friday, August 3rd, 2007 11:08 pm
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You great big soppy bugger! Honestly, how many men can make playing internet scrabble soppy and romantic?

* is very very lucky indeed *
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... two things.

1, On the way to the recording [ profile] matgb and I picked up a freebie London paper. For reasons which needn't be gone into here he was spanking me with it at one stage. Then when we were in the drill hall it was on the floor at our feet... And Marcus Brigstocke picked it up. And read it. And then shoved it in Hugh Dennis's face, repeatedly. I therefore have in my possession a newspaper which has been in close physical proximity to my (clothed) bottom, and has been touched by Marcus Brigstocke's hands and Hugh Dennis's face. The bidding starts here.

2, Wearing the Forbidden Planet T-shirt was definitely a good idea. I got an impressed eyebrow raise and eye contact with Mitch Benn.

* fangirly swoon *

Also, Mitch was by FAR the funniest person there and doubtless half of his funniness will be cut.

* suspects that Mat will have something to say about that last with regard to Sue Perkins *

But yes, I laughed so hard my belly hurt and the company was great and I had eye contact with Mitch Benn. I am a very happy bunny.

And that's without even going into activities before the show, which I am sure you can all imagine, so I won't bore you with the detail but good god he's fantastic.

* feeble attempt at innocent expression *

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