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Parts of this journal are friends only. Huge parts, actually. Most of it. I'm in the process of unlocking it, working backwards, checking entries for stuff that I don't want everyone to see. Fic is unlocked, some fandom stuff. More is on the way. If you're here for more than fandom, just leave a post here and I'll add you.

Day Out

Pleasure Island was surprisingly good.  Trip adviser reviews had me believing it had become kind of run down and rubbish in the 20 or so years since I last went, but it still looks good.  They still have a lot of the same rides, and some new ones too.  My sister convinced me to go one the Boomerang, which is this ridiculous roller coaster that drags you up really high then fires you around a series of twists and turns, then does the whole thing in reverse  I didn't really like it as a teenager, to be honest.  You just have to do stuff like that so people don't think you're a wimp.  Same as an adult, unfortunately, but it was okay!  I'd do it again if pushed!

We went to watch the parrot show, and my baby niece Hazel found it hilarious.  Every time one of the birds squares, this four month old baby was just giggling hysterically!

When we were kids, long before Pleasure Island was build, we used to go to Cleethorpes to visit my Nana Jenny, my mum's mum, who lived in a caravan there for half the year.  Near to the site where the theme park is now there used to be a little park with rides you had to pay for individually.  Little things like trampolines and swing boats, but my favorite was this massive bumpy slide.  You sat in sacks to go down it, and it was probably as tall as two houses.  It disappeared, with the rest of the park around the time the theme park opened.  Well, now it's inside the park!  Or if it's not that one, it;s exactly the same.  So exciting.  And exactly how I remember it.  Poppy loved it, and she dragged me (ha!  there was no dragging involved!) on if four times to race down it.  A bit of a blast from the past.  Basically, I spent most of the day being a kid!

I'm really glad I went.  I wrote a 5* Trip Adviser review to try to counteract some of the negativity on there.

Bank holiday..

 My Nana was supposed to be visiting over the weekend and the start of next week, but she's been taken ill with some kind of infection and a flare up of her arthritis, so unfortunately she's not okay to travel.  She lives down in Hertfordshire, about four hours drive away.  My auntie was going to come up too, so now we have a sudden change of plans.  It's a shame, especially for my niece, Poppy, because she was excited to see her.  She'll make it up another time though, or we'll get down there.  My mum mentioned her, dad, my sister and the kids heading down at the end of the week since it's half term, if she's feeling better.  I wouldn't be able to go though, because I'll be back at work.

But as we had a sudden change of plans, and to distract Poppy, we've come up with an alternative.  So we're heading to Pleasure Island tomorrow.  It's a low budget theme park about an hour's drive away.  I've not been there since I was a kid, and I'm kind of meh about it, but Poppy's probably going to love it.  We'll probably go to the Deep tomorrow too, which is awesome.  It's the aquarium in town, and they have penguins, tow of whom currently have eggs!  So exciting!  The babies are due early next month, and I can't wait!

I took Poppy to karate today instead of tomorrow, because of the planned trip tomorrow, and got her her karate suit finally.  She was so excited about it she was literally jumping up and down!  She's been wanting one since she started, but the teacher said to wait a bit till we know she wants to carry on.  She looks so cute in it. 

In other news, I bought myself a helmet camera for use on my bike today.  Ive been thinking about it for a while and I found one for a decent price.  If I'm going to be cycling t-o work in the city center, it;s not a bad thing to have with all the idiot drivers out there.  I;m thinking of getting myself an AirZound too, to beep at said idiots.

Well done to Hull City for winning the match to get back into the premiership too.  I don;t follow Football at all, and I feel a bit of loyalty to Sheffield Wednesday since my mum's from Sheffield and half my family support them, but Hull won, so yay.  At least the many football fans at work will be happy.  Half of them went down to watch it.


finally went to see the new X-Men film last night. It's been out for over a week now, so I'm really late seeing it! We were supposed to go on Tuesday, with that being cheap day, but someone couldn't go so we waited. Anyway, it's so awesome! SpoilercutCollapse )
Right, I'm off to hunt for fic..!



I had a really good time at Bruce Springsteen on Wednesday. We arrived just in time to get decent seats, we would have been in time to get a not too bad standing position too, I suppose, but it wasn't really an option with my mum there. We probably got a better view from the seats though, but the standing people always look like they're having more fun! It was raining all night though, and they got thoroughly drenched, which we didn't, so thats a bonus!

My cousin (kind of my cousin, but not actually) and his dad were going too, from Sheffield. My mum was texting them to see where they were standing, but it turned out that his dad's brother had forgotten the tickets and they had to go home to get them, so they missed the start, which is a shame. I think they only missed the first three or so songs though.

The most random moment of the whole show was when Bruce Springsteen noticed a guy dressed as Santa in the audience, holding up a sign saying "Santa Claus is coming to Manchester". He was baffled and asked him if it was some words way of doing a song request, then he got him up on stage and they did Santa Claus is Coming to Town while the guy danced around holding his sign. I got a video of some of it.

I don't really like to be one of those people filming the whole show on their phone instead of watching but I did take a few videos of some of my favorite songs. He was on for about three hours in total, so there would have been too much show to record the whole thing anyway.

We stayed at the Travelodge in the city centre. I felt a bit sorry for the two guys working there, when about fifty concert-goers arrived within the space of a half hour, checking in, using the bar, ordering food. Apparently there were two staff members down, and the hotel was fully booked. They coped well with the influx though.

We would have spent some time in Manchester the next day, but it was still raining, so we just went home, stopped at a pub in Rochester on the way for breakfast, and got back for early afternoon, at which point I went to sleep, because my mum snoring had kept me awake half the night!
Just looking through some of the photos on my phone and I came across the few I'd taken at Bryan Adams last week. You know, I remember when people used to wave their cigarette lighters during the slow songs at concerts. How times have changed...


Not that it was good that so many people smoked and carried lighters around with them. Plus they used to burn your fingers. But I still think they looked prettier...

Weekend fun

My mum and I went to see Bryan Adams at Sheffield Arena last night.

Really good show. I've seen him twice before, years and years ago when the KC Stadium in Hull was new and people actually came here, and then a few years later in York. The York show was amazing, it was just him, without his band in a tiny little venue. He took requests from the audience. He took a few requests last night too, actually, when he came on for the encore; he stayed on for over half an hour, just him and his guitar.

I can't even remember all the songs he did, because he was on for about two and a half hours. All the well known ones though, and quite a few off the new album.

Hilarious moment of the gig - he got some girl from the audience to dance all the way through one song and had her on the screen behind him, partway through, the... rather large... guy behind her started doing a striptease! Which of course Bryan Adams thought was hilarious, he stopped singing and said "Welcome to Sheffield everyone!"

We met up with my mum's cousin and her husband before the show. They weren't going, but we met up for some food at Chiquito. I've not seen them in quite some time. I don't know them especially well, but we used to go on holidays together when I was a kid, my mum and dad and us kids, them two and theirs.

After the show we went back to the hotel for a few drinks, then this morning we went to Meadowhall on the way home, not for any particular reason, just because we were nearby. But you can't go to Meadowhall without going to the Disney Store. Going to the Disney Store is never a good idea for me though, so I came out with a couple of t-shirts and this fairly awesome BB-8 suitcase, which was on offer, (I did need a little suitcase, though this wasn't exactly as practical as I might have gotten at Domo!) while my mum was unable to give into the temptation to spoil her grandkids, with a Rapunzel press up dress for Poppy and a really cute Finding Nemo swimsuit for Hazel.

All in all, a weekend well spent!

We have a dress down day at work tomorrow to raise money for Alzheimers research. I might wear one of my new t-shirts. Maybe the Captain America one.


I've been pratting about for about an hour now with my Apple ID. I think I have it sorted, but I came so close to throwing my laptop out the window! Well, not really. These things are expensive!

Yesterday, Facebook sent me a notification that someone had tried to log into my account from Ukraine. Now, as I've never been there, I was pretty sure it wasn't me. As a precaution, they had me change my password. All was good. Then, a friend mentioned that they may have gotten the Facebook password via my email (don't know how) and that I should change that password too. Trouble is, I'm one of those idiots that uses the same password for everything, or at least some variation of it - you just can't keep track of which one is which if they are all different. So I though I'd better change everything, starting with Paypal and Apple.

Paypal was no problem. Apple, however, I made the mistake of setting it up so that is someone logs in from a new device, I get a notification to my phone with a verification code, and I have to type the verification code to the new device before it lets me in. Sounds good, right? In theory.

What actually happened was that the instant I turned on my mac, I got notifications from FaceTime, iMessage, iTunes, app store, and probably a bunch of other things. I put in the password, nothing happened on my phone. The next thing popped up and I put the password in that. Then three notifications came through on my phone, all with different codes and I didn't know which one was for which app.

The result was a pretty predictable mess in which the account got locked out. I had to go to a website, which opened a notification on my phone to update the password for the second time, then go back on the mac and do each one slowly, wait for the notification, and then set it up. It seems to have worked now, but my email isn't working on the mac now. So I've been messing about with that, putting the password in again, and stuff. Finally, I deleted the account and set it up again, and it's been sitting there for 10 minutes loading.

So that's been my evening.

Seriously, the sooner we start to use biometrics for everything the better!

Damn you Sky!

I had just started to successfully get my mum not Agents of SHIELD by watching it with her on Sky boxsets, when they randomly made it unavailable. This is just months after Amazon Prime did the same thing to someone I work with with the same show. So annoying. This is why you still need to have DVDs of everything, because on demand is great, when the thing you're demanding is available.

I wonder if Daredevil will ever be released on DVD. Probably not, being a Netflix thing they'll probably leave it just on there forever. Which is fine, if it stays on there. Sort of. I'd still rather own a copy.

Luckily, there's this Marvel 2 DVDs for £12.99 thing going on at the moment, so I've ordered SHIELD from Amazon. I need it anyway. Unluckily, season 2 isn't included in the offer, and literally the only other thing included that I don't have is Iron Man 2. I didn't get that because I didn't really like it that much. Well, I'm getting it now. Also unluckily, and probably because of the offer, the Agents of SHIELD DVD will not ship for 10-12 days. Sigh. Never mind, at least I'll get it eventually. I would say maybe they'll put the same offer on next year and I can get season 2 and Civil War, but let's be honest; there's no way I'm not going to be buying Civil War the day it's released.

In other unrelated news, I still can't hear properly. Still bunged up and everything's muffled. I think the buzzing in my ear - which isn't so much buzzing as a loud, continuous, electric-y tone like the old TV in the kitchen makes then the volume is switched down - is getting louder. Not sure how long I should let this continue before I go to the doctor.


I think I sleepwalked last night.

I'm not 100% sure, it's never happened before, as far as I know, but it's the only explanation I can think of.

So at some point in the middle of the night, there is a loud crashing sound. It's me, I've knocked a bunch of stuff off my desk. So I kneel down and start groping around on the floor in the pitch dark thing to pick it up. Eventually, I realize that I can't see anything and I don't even know what I'm looking for, so turning on the light might be a good idea.

So I feel my way over to where the lightswitch should be, skillfully avoiding the box of work uniform I've had on the floor for the past three weeks. To my consternation, the wall with the switch isn't where I thought it would be. So I move closer, singing my arms around. I find the shelves to my right, no lightswitch. Instead, I climb over the end of my bed and crawl over to the pillow end and switch on the bedside lamp.

It is at this point that I realize I am in my bedroom and not the spare room. Why I thought I was in the spare room, I have no idea. I never sleep in there. Having figured all this out, I switch the light back off and go back to sleep, leaving all the stuff all over the floor, for me to find the next day.

That is how I know the whole thing happened at all. Well, that and my sleep cycle app recorded activity at about 3am. The only thing I can think of is that I was sleepwalking, and the crash of the stuff falling on the floor woke me up.

Hopefully it won't happen again, even though everyone did think it was hilarious when I told them the next day.

In other, non sleepwalking related news, Civil War is awesome. I would ramble on about it, but I'm going to try to get an earlyish (the right side of midnight) night, because I still have the cold of doom, and still can't hear out of my left ear, and my right is wonky too. Which made work interesting today. Hopefully sleep will sort it, as long as I don't spend the night stumbling around the house knocking things over.

I'll ramble about the movie tomorrow though, no doubt!


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