miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Addams)
This weekend we have welcomed the lovely [livejournal.com profile] nadriel to our humble abode. We haven't seen him for ages, so this was a good thing. We also played Carcassonne on the dining table and [personal profile] matgb didn't win both games (although poor [personal profile] magister didn't win any at all :().

More visitors would be nice. MOAR VISITORS. People heading Yorksherwards can happily be accommodated here and we like seeing people. If you are on my f-list you can click my contact details to find out how to get here.

Also gin is good.

Call Centre Hell

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 04:29 pm
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So we're on the final stretch of moving house now, and that means ringing up to change address with lots of people. Singled out for how well they did with this are Smile bank (as usual - their customer service is always awesome); Joe at BBC magazines for Holly's doctor who magazine, and Leroy at Yorkshire Water. All of these dealt with me in a friendly and efficient manner, and were speaking like human beings.

Singled out for how awful they were are Virgin media, where the poor girl on the other end had to stick to a script even though we both knew it wasn't helping, and tv licensing, where nobody answered the phone at all, and the automated person told me that I wouldn't be recieving any confirmation by any other means, I just had to take her automated word for it that my address had been changed successfully. Seriously, TV Licensing people, when I'm risking a thousand pound fine if my details are wrong, I want to check and double check that everything is correct, not go through an automated system and then not get written confirmation.
miss_s_b: (Politics: Liberal)
I have been elected to the executive committee of LGBT+ Lib Dems, and my term of office starts in January. I am sad to see that lots of the people I voted for didn't get in, including the person I gave my first preference to, but I shall represent those missing voices to the best of my ability.

I'm really glad the term of office doesn't start till January; hopefully by then the house should be something approaching shipshape. If anyone wants to come and visit and have a nosey you will be most welcome. We have lots more room now. You'd be especially welcome if you
  1. have a car and can help us ferry stuff over from the old house, because I think my dad is getting weary; or

  2. have lots of lumps of wood available which would be suitable for making shelves and fancy helping me to install them.
Any such persons would be welcomed with tears of pathetic gratitude and probably home made buns. Having three massive bookworms in the same house is going to prove rather a strain on shelving.

New Address....

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 04:50 pm
miss_s_b: (Default)
... has been added to my f-locked contact details post. If you think you should be able to see it and you can't give me a holler, but bear in mind that it might take me a bit to answer as I flit between houses.

You guys should see the oven in the new place. It's one of these. It's AWESOME.

Anyway, must dash, got stuff to do...

Moving House

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 12:04 pm
miss_s_b: (Britishness: cricket)
On Saturday, we go pick up the keys for our new house. [personal profile] magister and [personal profile] matgb and I are all going to be living together. The new house is much bigger, and closer in to the town centre, but it still works out cheaper for us overall because we're not paying for seperate houses. We'll have much more space, and even room to have visitors, AND it'll cost us less! How cool is that?

Mat is most excited about the kitchen, which is LOVELY, and has a double oven (proper sunday dinners!). James is excited about us all going to be living together finally, after ages of planning. I am most excited about the cellar, which is huge, and I suspect once we're settled in will start to contain equipment for brewing BEER!

Once we have picked up the keys and stuff I will update my contact details post, but for now I just wanted you all to know that blogging may be light over the next few weeks as we sort everything out.


Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 01:00 pm
miss_s_b: (Mood: Cleaning)
  • House is approaching cleanliness. Gas safety check tomorrow. Won't have the whole house done by then, but at least the kitchen and living room should be ok.

  • Byron is healing ok. The bottom third of his wound is not healing as well as the rest because it's where his leg bends, but it's still ok.

  • Roxy's skin thing is not mange or anything TOO nasty; she's had some sort of a sting on her back and had an allergic reaction to it, so SHE'S on medication now too.

  • Mat has (temporarily) left me, and I am all alone in the house. It's very strange and quiet. Still, am having lots of phone calls with the Duracell Bunny, and Posh Boy is coming to visit on Friday.

  • I am exhausted.

  • No, really, I am exhausted.

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Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 12:37 pm
miss_s_b: (Mood: Grateful)
A thank you to the donor who donated a donation this morning. I presumably know you by an internet handle (if I know you at all) because your real name is not ringing any bells. Mind you, that could just be because I am rubbish with names... You're going to be somebody I know fairly well now I've said that, aren't you?

Perhaps should spend the donation on memory drugs of some kind... Sadly the donation wasn't enough to buy this, but if anybody DOES want to give me £175,000 (preferably anonymously so that I just feel generalised rather than specific guilt) I won't say no. The donation link is in the sidebar to your right.

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Personal Budget

Monday, November 9th, 2009 03:14 pm
miss_s_b: (Mood: Cynical)
I've been doing mine. It's very depressing. Things like clothes and dentistry and new glasses come under can't afford this right now, which is very annoying because I really need a new bra. BUT I can make it balance, and still afford to go climbing with my dad and do Liberal Drinks once a month, as long as I am very very careful, and also save all my tips from work instead of drinking them. This is not going to be easy.

Still, Mat is doing paid work today, and we have a paid blog redesign project to do together, so there is light at the end of the tunnel...

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a flamethrower
3 (17.6%)

an oncoming train
6 (35.3%)

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2 (11.8%)

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10 (62.5%)

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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 07:14 pm
miss_s_b: (Hobby: Scrabble)
So today I have planted out my scented geraniums (the attar of roses one is amazingly lovely), been to B&Q for supplies (hurrah for Dulux Tailormade paint!), and I have sorted Holly's stuff out for her return to school tomorrow, and I have borrowed a ladder off Ian so I can do the outdoors stuff that needs doing, and just as we got back with the ladder from Ian's it started raining. No cleaning the gutters and painting the windows for me then.

So, instead I have done some tweaking and tidying in my sidebar, and played with the layouts and themes on various of the communities I mod. And now I am going to go and tidy Holly's room for her.

Later there may be more eBaying.

Isn't life exciting?

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Monday, August 31st, 2009 10:31 am
miss_s_b: (Mood: Point and laugh)
For those of you who don't know, we live in a back-to-back terraced house. This is the Victorian version of a block of flats (or apartment block, for those of you living in the colonies). In contradiction to what it says in the linked Wikipedia article, we have great light and ventilation (huge south-facing sash windows), and the construction of the building is much sturdier and thicker than anything post-war I have been in. None-the less, we are slightly affected by our neighbours. Because the walls are very thick Yorkshire stone, we're not much affected by noise, but we don't have to bother putting the heating on in winter, because one of our neighbours likes her house at tropical temperatures...

Having said all that, this morning we have been disturbed in our lounging in bed and listening to radio 4 by hammering from the house behind. Because of the walls it wasn't very loud, but it was noticeable. Resigned to the fact that dozing was over, we were having a little chat about various things, when suddenly the hammering stopped. Shortly thereafter it was followed by a sort of collapsing, cascading noise.

Much giggling ensued.

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The Joys of renting

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 01:07 pm
miss_s_b: (Hobby: Scrabble)
Can anyone think of a legal way for me to obtain £118,000 quickly? There's a house two streets away come up for sale because the owner has sadly passed away, it's twice the size of the tiny hovel we live in now (literally, as it looks to have been made by knocking two houses of the same size as this one together), which means there would be room for [personal profile] matgb and I to have babies; it has a garden (and a shed!) and space for secure motorbike parking, and it's just all-round perfect. It's cheap for quick sale because of the owner dying. I've done a bit of jiggery pokery and checked the HIP and it is all legit.

The problem is that with the way our income is right now nobody will ever give us a mortgage. Which is a bit of a bugger, because having looked at a couple of mortgage calculators, the repayments would only be about £50 a month more than we are paying now in rent.

Anyone fancy buying a house and we'll pay you the money? You can have the title in your name if you like...

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Sunday, August 19th, 2007 09:56 pm
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Last night was really cool. [livejournal.com profile] susannah_banana is a fab DJ and played lots of cool stuff and also much amusing cheese. [livejournal.com 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, [livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com 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. [livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com profile] puddingcat wear canary yellow! Yay! And obviously [livejournal.com profile] ginasketch = red. [livejournal.com 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.

Hello [personal profile] purplecthulhu

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007 09:43 pm
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Yup, I've been added by the person with possibly the coolest username on LJ.

I have Achieved Things again today; I built my new bed (YAY it's very comfy!) and did a shift at work and actually PUT SOME CLOTHES IN MY WARDROBE!!! And bought Megabus tickets. [livejournal.com profile] matgb is coming up here for Spring Bank weekend (in which there will be beer festival and live music at work and hopefully lots of sex to break in new bed yay!), and then the weekend after I will be moseying down to That London to go to Tate Late and fangirl Shami Chakrabati and Mark Thomas.

Does anyone else have difficulty, when small children are watching Postman Pat, in refraining from singing the rude versions of the theme tune?

ETA: ka-boom ka-boom ah! )

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