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Oh yes, I should probably mention how my life is going outside of my ficcing. Ficcing is a verb, definitely. Totally. See my bend the English language to my will!

Firstly, and pmost important, I have Gainful Employment for the next five months. \o/!

I had been temping for a company that make hair straighteners. And other exciting hair related products. I am the only person in the entire office who has curls. It's somewhat ironic.

We were working on checking boxes and boxes of a new design of straighteners because they had faulty hinge covers. Oh yes, I have a degree, and I was popping buttons off straignteners. Sigh. But now I have been picked from the team to be a more permenant temp.  This means I get to do all kinds of exciting things like scan documents, play with 3000 volt probes and decide whether returned straighteners are fakes or good'uns. This last part is my favourite! I feel like a tiny White Collar division all my own!

The people I work with are mostly extremely nice. When we were in the warehouse we were given knives to open the boxes with, of the sharp stanley knife variety. Then we were given normal eating knives to pop the buttons with. A decision was taken to name our knives. Mine is Nick :D. We also had Arthur, Pedro, Delilah and Bernard)

By the end of the week all our knives had backstories, lives and relationships. I neatly inserted fandom references for my own amusement (Nick doesn't play well with the other knives. Arthur likes his hazard tape suit to be neat). I like people who like to name their weaponry, what can I say?!

However, one of them is kind of fabulously stupid. She is That Girl, Karen, from Mean Girls.

Me: Yeah, I have a stupid accent. It is from no place in England.
Karen: Yeah! Are you from America?
Me: Um. No.

This is probably more funny if you have ever heard me talk. Imagine the most BBC, standard English, RP, newsreader accent you possibly can. That's me.

THEN.

Me: Well, I'm South African, really,
Karen: *puzzled look*
Me: I know I don't sound it, but really. And no, my parents were not crazy racists. (People have asked in the past!)
Karen: No! I just... You're so. You're not.
Me: *thinks*Oh god, is she about to ask me why I'm not black?
Karen: You're not actually from Africa, right? You're too pale!
Me: Yup. She is.

So.

Yeah.

That happened.

Karen also thought that Hong Kong was in America and that hamburgers were made of ham. Oh, and that beef and steak were not the same thing.

Anyway, it's really great to have the stability of knowing that I will have a wage coming in for the next few months. I never, ever thought I would be so excited about stabilty. Such is life.

Also, my lovely friend Cat is living with me and Nat for the next month. She's just finished a Masters and is Between Houses and Between Plans, both of which I understand completely. She is crazy and awesome and made me read NC-17 Inception fic aloud to her.

I have been having a lovely time of late, both online and off. My friend Belle came up for the weekend and we had an awesome time. We went to Tropical World and saw meercats and lemurs! I love meercats and lemurs! My now ex-housemate Elliot has moved back to Leeds and has a teeny tiny chocolate box cottage! Most. Adorable.

And the fic writing continues apace. I have been writing in my notebook (on paper! With an actualfax pen!) and I actually wrote out the <i></i> for italics. I am such a loser.

ALSO, Strictly Come Dancing is coming back soon \o/! White Collar continues to be awesome! Merlin is back! I might go see Scott Pilgrim soon! It is the Last Night of the Proms!

Anyway, how is everyone? I feel behind! I pledge a love eternal to you all <3

Date: 2010-09-11 10:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miabee023.livejournal.com
Hooray for Gainful Employment! Though holy mother of god I cannot honestly believe that Karen is a person who actually exists. Your Mean Girls reference is the most apt of all time. (Except maybe this one. I can kind of understand the hamburgers-are-made-of-ham misconception (except that... they're so obviously made of beef), but... how is Hong Kong in America? Unless she took a leaf out of Columbus' book and confused the Indies with India.

Speaking of accents, though, and them being from nowhere - I am always highly amused when famous British people attempt to do American accents, because they either sound like they are from the Deep South or from New York. Like in this video. (I think it's very much akin to how everyone in the US thinks everyone in England either sounds like Stephen Fry or Mr. Alfred P. Doolittle.) At any rate, it's just interesting because the Northwest is one of those places that has no accent whatsoever, so we all sound like newscasters up here, apparently.

WHITE COLLAR HAS BEEN SO AWESOME! The second to last episode was so exciting that I actually gasped and slammed my hands over my mouth out of sheer suspense during one bit. IT WAS INTENSE. Though the Cliffhanger of Doom on this last episode does not make me happy. NOT AT ALL.

Also, I am so freaking excited for Merlin. I HAVE MISSED ITS GLORIOUS RIDICULOUSNESS. (I watched an interview the other day where Bradley James compared Morgana to a wallet. Oh, Bradley. You may be ridiculously good-looking, my dear, but I'm afraid your elocution skills leave something to be desired.)

You should definitely go see Scott Pilgrim. I have seen it twice and it was brilliant both times. (And I don't even play video games.)

As for your last question, I started looking at study abroad today and realized that knowing more about the UK would be extremely helpful when trying to decide where I would like to study in the UK, because currently I'm just sitting there going, ... well that sounds quite nice? in response to everything and it accomplishes nothing at all. Lancaster University sounds interesting, though, mostly because they actually have a Creative Writing Department, which is kind of unusual, I believe. (Though now would be the time to tell me if Lancaster University is generally held to be a terrible learning institution that only complete and utter fools would attend.)

Date: 2010-09-12 05:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laliandra.livejournal.com
I know, I am like, how have you reached the age of 19? How do you EXIST?! That is an amazing, amazing macro. Mean Girl references make my LIFE, omg. I love new fandoms when we get a whole bundle of new Mean Girl macros. Somewhere there is a 'shopped photo of the Inception cast that says "On Wednesdays we wear pink". The cast are all in magenta!

The Hong Kong thing was apparently because there are Chinese people there but they speak English... Yeah...

Heh, I can do valley girl and Deep South :D Again, I will be using Inception as my reference, everyone was like "JGL has this sexy nowhere accent!" which was totally lost on me. And then called Tom Hardy's accent "cockney" which, just, no. London =/= cockney. I am not as posh or Southern as Stephen Fry, but a little similar. I didn't know that about the NorthWest, that's pretty cool.

ACH, White Collar! The last couple of episodes made me say, "No, NO WAY" at my computer screen a lot, and I actually clasped my hand over my mouth at several points! He had better be okay, or I will be SO PISSED OFF.

Merlin! Darker Merlin! Bradley James is kind of frat boy ridic but I still love him.

I really want to go, but I just need someone to go see it with, because it is essentially a perfect storm of things my boyfriend hates...

Oo! How exciting! I considered going to Lancaster, but when I went to look around it I found it's fairly isolated. It's in a fairly small city which is difficult to get to other parts of Britain from. It's also very windy, but you are from Seattle, right?! What are your other options? It is a good university, though.

Date: 2010-09-12 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miabee023.livejournal.com
I am really both overjoyed and mildly perplexed by Mean Girls macros. Obviously, they are hilarious and make me very happy - but I just always wonder how Mean Girls became the go-to macro for pretty much everything. I guess it's just insanely quotable? I don't know.

Oh yes, I remember reading some fic where they described Tom Hardy's accent as cockney and I just went, "...what? I don't remember that. MAYBE I NEED TO SEE IT YET AGAIN." Oh well.

I KNOW. Except, you know, a shot straight at the chest is generally bad news. So I'm definitely more concerned than I might usually be over the apparent death of a main character.

Oh god Merlin IT WAS SO GOOD. I had to spend two hours downloading an avi after waiting for ages for working streaming videos to come up, but OH WAS IT WORTH IT. Everything was just so ridiculous! And wonderful! Except bits were actually quite terrifying, to the point that I shoved my chair back from my computer yelling, OH JESUS CHRIST. Yet again, I seriously question the BBC's categorization of this as a "family show."

How can your boyfriend hate Scott Pilgrim?! It's just so unique and adorable and total eye candy when it comes to colors. I find this perplexing.

Hmm, I will take that into great consideration. (Especially since I would actually like to do some traveling, and I'd rather it not be a huge hassle.)

So, in England I'm looking at:

- University of Essex (it's nicely sort-of-near London)
- University of Leeds (because you have raved so much about it - though its size is rather daunting to me, as my university here has 2,600 people attending it, as compared to 33,000)
- University of Sussex (it's near Brighton? and they have both English and music programs, I think, which is what I'm looking for)
- Queen Mary in London (apparently this one has more of a sciences focus, though, so I'm not too sold on it, though it might be nice to be in central London and all)

In Ireland:

- University College Cork (they have lots of music, apparently, which is always nice)

In Scotland:

- University of Stirling (basically, it's the cheapest - but they don't have any big music or English emphases, so that's a bit of a negative)
- University of Edinburgh (its main plus (so far as I can tell) is that it's in a major city)
- University of St. Andrews (it's apparently well-regarded for its humanities program, so that's quite good)

I also looked at Wales, but the University of Bangor tried to convince me to come by saying, "14% of the student body speaks Welsh as their first language. A challenging language to learn, you can enroll in classes in beginning Welsh, enhancing your study abroad time in Wales and winning you many friends among the local population." While this is very endearing... I don't think I'm all that convinced.

So, any advice you could give me would unbelievably valuable - especially since it's not like I can visit these schools myself without paying an awful lot in airfare.

Date: 2010-09-13 09:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laliandra.livejournal.com
Yeha, I don't really know how that happened? I think it's the movie that half the internet generation grew up quoting, you know? It's likely that most people on ONTD-type comms have seen it.

I was creeped out enough by the THING under the bed, because I am a giant wuss.

Things my boyfriend hates: Michael Cera (with a passion), comic books, fantasy sequences, gaming and gaming culture, anime... Yeeeeeeeah.

I don't know much about Essex except that a friend of a friend went and said it was pretty. But yeah, near London is always a plus!

Leeds is great, and I know quite a lot about the music and English departments, my 3 housemates in final year all did English in some combination and one of them actually did English and Music! So I can ask them really specific things if you like. Kara was telling me that American universities tend to be a lot smaller than British ones in general. Leeds is big but not so much that people are stunned. But I obviously advocate for Leeds v strongly. Chris Pine came here to study English!

Sussex is a loss to me, I'm afraid. I'll ask around!

I know two people who did languagey things at QM and both loved it. But they were also both from London and so lived at home. Living in central London is horrifically expensive, but, I imagine, awesome.

St Andrews is also a bit far out, I think. Edinburgh is gorgeous. I don't know about Stirling BUT I do know someone I can ask!

And that's me out. But any questions you have... As you can see, I have contacts :D

Date: 2010-09-14 06:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miabee023.livejournal.com
Well, I won't lie - when the thing under the bed unexpectedly smacked into Merlin's face, I think I had a minor heart attack, so obviously I am not one to judge. (Though my major freak out was over THE CREEPIEST DROWNED CHILD EVER. Every time I thought it was over, they'd cut back to his staring, soulless eyes and I would be seized with paralyzing terror all over again.)

Wow, that... really is the perfect storm. But I wish you luck in finding someone to go with!

All your university advice is wonderfully helpful! I have my study abroad meeting on Thursday, so hopefully I will be able to narrow it down a little bit and then maybe I will be back to ask more specific questions, if that's alright. I will give Leeds due consideration, even though, yes, its size still scares me. I guess my real question would be - what are the class sizes? I'm used to classes of about 15 to 20 people. Is this the case at Leeds, despite it being a huge school, or is that pretty unusual? (Or are classes that small just really uncommon in the UK, period?)

Date: 2010-09-18 02:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laliandra.livejournal.com
How did I not notice this comment earlier?!

I saw from your entry that your options have been limited but still. I am pleased that you might be coming to my country at all! And the courses sound awesome, which is of course the important thing.

We have small classes here too. The most I ever had in a seminar was about 15 I think, and that was for a very popular module. IDK if it's the same for y'all but we have lectures which have everyone on the module attending and then seminars which are split up into smaller groups.

Anyway. Wherever you end up, come visit! :D

Date: 2010-09-18 05:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miabee023.livejournal.com
Yes, I am VERY excited - though, judging from my disastrous financial aid meeting yesterday, I almost definitely will be going for only one semester, which makes me really sad. And of course I will come visit! My friend Shelby and I are hoping to do some traveling together at the end of our respective study abroads (she's also going somewhere in the UK), so I will put Leeds at the top of my list.

No, we don't have the module/seminar set-up, except maybe for science classes, wherein we have the larger class (of 20 people) and then labs split that class in half. That sounds like a good idea, though, if you have a lecture-based structure. (Lecturing is kind of frowned on here, though sometimes it's really nice when your professor just gets carried away and talks the whole hour, because then you kind of get a break from thinking... which sounds bad, but not really when you stayed up til 3 am the night before and it's still only Wednesday.)

By the way, I seriously hope I am not the only person who finished (re)reading The Magicians for this month's book discussion. Because that appears to be the case at the moment. AND IT MAKES ME REALLY SAD. (It's not like I'm mad, because obviously people have lives, and it was a bit of a wrench for me to get through this one too (Thursday night involved about three hours' straight reading), but that doesn't make me any less sad to not have anyone to discuss it with.)

THREE CHEERS FOR GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT!

Date: 2010-09-12 01:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mcollinknight.livejournal.com
re: Karen. OOOHHHHH DEAR ("IT'S LIKE I HAVE ESPN OR SOMETHING!"). She sounds most entertaining, at least? Other than the South Africa bit.

DUDE YOU SELL STRAIGHTENERS, YOU NEED TO HOOK ME UP. ARE THEY ANY GOOD?

ALSO I have totally written html in word documents before, and regularly say 'brb' IRL (I also say 'irl' IRL, soooo). You are not alone!

Your description of NC-17 reading reminds me of that [livejournal.com profile] ladyjaida quote about some fellow in her Japanese class reading an 18th century porn novel aloud.

AND OH MY GOD ARE LEMURS NOT JUST THE BEST THINGS EVER!?!?!? I haven't been to a zoo since Grade 9, but my favourite part were the lemurs, they are so presh and awesome. Monkeys are the reason I wanted to be an animal conservationist for so long, I LOFF THEM.

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Date: 2010-09-12 02:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anna-unfolding.livejournal.com
Pls to be linking me to cool ladyjaida quote STAT.

And I love that "I must have ESPN or something" line!!

And, Hi, Lal! Glad you have a job and good friend crashing with you!!! AND OMG YOU NAMED YOUR KNIFE AFTER A LOVEABLY UNLOVABLE DEMON!!

I've been buying DL whenever I see it in the book store and giving it away to people. I might be poor, but the WEEKS AND WEEKS of reading joy SRB has brought me, free of charge, need to be compensated somehow.

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Date: 2010-09-12 02:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mcollinknight.livejournal.com
"Today before Japanese class this rather fantastic boy did a dramatic rendition of the most delightfully terrible sex scenes from an eighteenth century porn novel. He did so with a rather fantastic French accent. To say that my day so far has been surreal and rather fantastic is an understatement.' --Jaida

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Date: 2010-09-12 02:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anna-unfolding.livejournal.com
OMG I love her so much!!!

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Date: 2010-09-12 05:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laliandra.livejournal.com
Heeeeeey.

Yesyes, everyone should have a knife named Nick. And it is also a pun, and we all know how I love puns.

That is so lovely of you! I have recommended it to people in bookshops several times, and always move it to the front of the shelf :) Like you say, I got so much joy for free, it only seems fair, plus it's a genuinely awesome book.

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Date: 2010-09-17 03:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anna-unfolding.livejournal.com
Yes, awesome books should get promoted by a street team.

Did you end up reading Shadow Magic or Demon Soul? I have both, read SM, but only started DS.

Havemercy was my favorite by far. I did like the second book, but there just wasn't enough magic in the story-telling for me. I don't mean magic in the plot.

I'm sure others would disagree with me.

Thoughts from you??

And OMG MCR!!!!!!
http://community.livejournal.com/mcr_unofficial/11348.html

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Date: 2010-09-17 12:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laliandra.livejournal.com
Ugh, I am such a failure as far as SM is concerned, I've owned it for months but not actually read it. There's really no excuse! As for DS, while I was jobless I limited myself to only buying bookclub books. Which was hard! But anyway, I basically used my birthday amazon money on one book a month, so I still haven't bought it. But now I have more money, maybe. I hear that its awesome. I mean, I maybe shouldn't buy more books seeing as I've just filled all our bookshelves, but whatever!

Anna! My phone will not load whatever that picture is of! !!!

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Date: 2010-09-17 02:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anna-unfolding.livejournal.com
Rollingstone Magazine's newest article has a blurb about the new album. There's a release date (Nov) and a pic of the four members (except "frank" is wearing a mask, and most of us think it isn't him). There's gerard describing scrapping the punk album they had a year ago and explaining the sound of this album, including the dystopic concept part: The songs are meant to be a bootleg transmission of a radio station in that dystopian future desert story. The sound of album will be more fun, with a happy syth pop addition. They has to admit they were ready to have a party album. No mention of a drummer at all (perhaps with a synth album they didn't have one???) But we can't rly tell if it's punk rock with some party synth feel, or a total shift towards pop (I can't imagine it's the latter but idk).

I'm excited!!

So!

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Date: 2010-09-17 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anna-unfolding.livejournal.com
OMG GO TO THE WEBSITE AND VIEW TRAILER STAT!!! OMGOMGOMG!!!!!!!

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Date: 2010-09-12 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laliandra.livejournal.com
She is at least very entertaining. And a genuinely lovely person. Just, you know, kind of mesmerically uninformed.

They are super amazing. They heat up in like, 30 seconds. But, er, also cost about £100.

Hee, I find myself saying things like Not Gonna Lie IRL.

YAY LEMURS! For my Christmas present my Dad got me a wire and bead lemur made. It's so awesome. His name is Jeremy.

Date: 2010-09-12 11:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cellophane_ria.livejournal.com
Hurrah again for the gainful employment!

...do people really ask if your parents were not crazy racists? I mean, um. o.O

Lemurs! \o/

(Btw, this comment was brought to you by working working shit working what time it is arghhh, ARGHHH. Sorry for that.)

Date: 2010-09-12 05:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laliandra.livejournal.com
:D:D:D See, big sis, no need to fret.

It has happened to me more than once! Some people get embarrased about it, but they do ask :/ My parents were crazy liberals, fyi.

Oh dear, you can do it! *\o/*

Date: 2010-09-12 11:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] isil-helyanwe.livejournal.com
WOOOOO Merlin is back! I'm so happy to have that eye candy back in my life.

I've had the 'how come you're not black' experience an embarrassingly large number of times when I mention that my mum was born in Trinidad...

Date: 2010-09-12 05:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laliandra.livejournal.com
Indeed. Oh Bradley James, how are you so attractive to me despite being the complete opposite of my type?!

Oh dear. Siiiiiigh. That's really cool, though.

Date: 2010-09-12 04:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] littlered2.livejournal.com
I've done that with the italics tags too! (I was in a Chemistry lesson and realised I'd left the red pen which I usually use for important bits at home, so of course decided to write like I was on the internet instead.) And yay for gainful employment!

Date: 2010-09-12 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laliandra.livejournal.com
Ahaha, I am glad I'm not alone! It seemed neater than underlining or something like that. Plus, my brain automatically knows that means emphasis.
:D

Date: 2010-09-12 06:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaiserkuchen.livejournal.com
YOU WILL NOT BE A TRUE ONE-WOMAN WHICO UNIT UNTIL YOU GET A JAUNTY HAT LAL. WORK ON THAT, STAT!!

Karen remains amaaaaaaaaaaazing. I was all set to regale Carmen with these tales after I was working myself up into a nice juicy rant about Dearest Company, but our connection crapped out and we had to adjourn Skyping :(( She is living the cray cray PR person life though-- she started on the 1st and is already doing OT every day and reducing her lunch hours :OOO

LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR ~FANDOM THEMED SKYPE HOPEFULLY SOMETIME THIS WEEK :DDD

Date: 2010-09-13 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laliandra.livejournal.com
OO, I DO HAVE SOME JAUNTY HATS :D

Aw, that is sad, because you have so many amazingly RAGEFILLED tales. I have been telling everyone about the "you all look the same" girl, to much outrage. Holy crap, PR is crazy.

WOOOOOOO OH HELL YEAH.

I HAVE THOUGHT OF A TEAM NAME FOR US!

Date: 2010-09-12 06:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] branquignole.livejournal.com
I love the knives. I love the stability! Congrats on that. :) I also love the tiny White Collar divison that you are!

I am a little saddened by Karen's stupidity however. But I decided it was not worth crying over and banging my head on the wall. I value my head. A lot. :D

Date: 2010-09-13 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laliandra.livejournal.com
Oh Nick! My dearest knife. Where can he be?

Yeah. I basically try to be amused by her and not want to cry over the whole thing.

Date: 2010-09-15 05:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] altogetherisi.livejournal.com
Woo gainful employment! And, you sound like you have much more fun than in the job without access to sunlight, so hurrah! I am amazed that you have met Karen from Mean Girls. In fact, pretty staggered. One of those, you have to witness it to believe it things maybe. But I guess, despite stupidity, she doesn't actually sound like a bad person? Steak is totally a subset of beef though.

GO SEE SCOTT PILGRIM. IT IS AMAZING. GEEK PARADISE.

Also, can I just say, aren't lemurs awesome? Last time I went to the zoo they had a walk through lemur area, and they told us not to pet the lemurs, and like good people we tried not to, but the lemurs kept trying to jump on us, particularly from behind. I have never had to dodge and weave to avoid accidentally petting something before...

Johnny sparkles and thrusts at you to denote happiness, and because I haven't used this icon in a while :)

Date: 2010-09-18 03:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laliandra.livejournal.com
It is a vastly superior job in every way! They give us free things and time off and cake and early finishes on a Friday. And yes, access to The Outside.

She is, in fact, one of the sweetest people I've ever met. She just comes from a tiny village in the middle of rural Yorkshire, you know? She lives in a very insular, uninformed world. But, she is so interested in new things, so I hope her horizons are getting expanded.

I have no one to go with, it's very sad!

Lemurs are so amazing! One of my favourite animals ever. Aha. The lemurs just want you to love them!

Adam smiles delightedly back :)

Date: 2010-09-16 03:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hanelissar.livejournal.com
HUZZAH! HUZZAH! HUZZAH!

Those were my three cheers for gainful employment! :D YAYYYY I'm so glad you are in good work again, though not so glad you are working with a Karen. I've met a few in my life (there was a girl in my A-LEVEL ENGLISH CLASS who asked me if Oscar Wilde was still alive and what Shakespeare's last name was. *headdesk*) and they veer between hilarious and horrifying. I hope you can live with her. (Or that you don't have to live with her very long!)

Also - OMG LEMURS. In all actual seriousness, ring tailed lemurs are my favourite animals in the entire world. When we had to write this thing in English about turning into an animal (don't ask, my GCSE teachers were all insane) I became a ring tailed lemur. :) They are beautiful and adorable and I love them. <333333

Yay for Strictly! (Though nay to Anton getting another 'hilarious' old woman, especially because it's Widdecombe. Grr I want him to win so badly, especially now all the other guys have stoppped competing. Woe.) I don't actually know who almost all of them are, which seems to be a recurring theme lately. So I am rooting for Matt Baker who was part of my Blue Peter Dream Team and hopefully he'll win and it'll be amazing.

LOVE and sorry for the late late comment, I was in Mallorca! Which was amazing, but I'll ramble about that in an entry of my own and not all over your post!

xxxxx

Date: 2010-09-18 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laliandra.livejournal.com
... Oh dear. Yeah. She's actually a really lovely girl, and always really interested and nice when we talk about things she doesn't know about. So, it's fine, really. It's people who are, like, willfully stupid that really piss me off, you know?

LEMURS! I love them! My dad had a wire and bead model of a ring tailed Lemur made for me for Christmas. His name is Jeremy and he lives on our mantelpiece :D

Yeah, that always annoys me. He deserves better than that! Although I suppose he had a good partner last year. I likewise only know about half the people, if that. Ugh, I do hope Paul Daniels gets voted off quickly. Yay Matt Baker! I love him and hope he does very well. I also love that you have a blue peter dream team. Who are the rest?

Sorry for the late reply! There's no excuse. I am delighted that you had a wonderful time on holiday

Lovelovelove

Date: 2010-09-18 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hanelissar.livejournal.com
Well, I am glad she's lovely! I agree, it is willfully stupid rather than just sort of accidentally stupid people that are the really aggravating ones. I am glad it's all good!

Aww that's so lovely! I am jealous of your Jeremy.

That's true I guess. I think he will probably never win because he's just not so hot at the Latin, whereas there are lots of other dancers who are brilliant at both. Which is a shame. Lol, it's not an invented Dream Team, it's just my favourite team ever. MY Blue Peter team, when it was awesome and I loved it. Matt Baker, Simon Thomas (who I still have a huge giant crush on), Konnie Huq (how adorable is it she's married Charlie Brooker?! My mum always shipped her and Simon though. XD) and Liz Barker, who I actually didn't like but kind of had to accept.

There is always excuse, you lead a busy life! And it wasn't very late at all really anyway. And thank you!

Lovelovelovelove back!
xxxxxxx

Date: 2010-09-18 12:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arkeiryn.livejournal.com
WOOT! Gainful Employment! ^_^

Karen: You're not actually from Africa, right? You're too pale!

Wait, you mean you work with knives (that you name, which is awesome), and you work with this girl, and you haven't killed her yet? *applauds*

Date: 2010-09-18 03:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laliandra.livejournal.com
Yaaay! I am pretty happy about it.

No, I am not tempted to violence. The odd facepalm maybe, but she's actually a really nice, sweet girl. She's just spectacularly ill informed!

Date: 2010-09-18 05:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arkeiryn.livejournal.com
Fair enough :P

Also, ICON LOVE! ^_^

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