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Menzies ("Mingus") [06 Nov 2009|08:37am]
[ mood | content ]

My sisters have a kitten that they rescued from under their house a few months ago. He's kind of half wild, but secretly loves to be loved. This morning, I had a visit from him while I was tucked up in bed. He wanted to cuddle and play - he kept going under the blankets and then back out. I'm now up and about and he's chasing his tale and following me around. Ginger on top with a white belly and legs and big yellow eyes, plus the loudest purr you've ever heard.

I may sneak him into my suitcase. It's love.

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On the Mindless Menace of Violence [01 Jun 2009|04:59pm]
Behind the cut is the text of a speech by Robert F Kennedy called On the Mindless Menace of Violence. June 6 marks the 41st anniversary of his assasination, and I just wanted to share his words with my friends. I found them extremely inspiring and it is amazing to think how different the world might be today if he had lived to become President.

On the Mindless Menace of ViolenceCollapse )
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LOLZ [18 Mar 2009|09:16am]
[ mood | amused ]

Last night, me and some other chick stayed outside the house playing Christian music to scare the ghosts away while Andy was inside cowering from the screaming tentacle monster. Or thus went Andy's dream. He never dreams. This might be why...!

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LJ haiku - I liked this! [17 Feb 2009|09:52pm]
Haiku2 for i_am_she
for this autumn i'm
chuffed to bits good news i've
got a date tonight
Created by Grahame
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I don't normally post videos... [02 Feb 2009|05:49pm]
[ mood | happy ]

...but this one gave me joy.

Tigers in the snow

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extremes! [02 Feb 2009|03:26pm]
[ mood | cold ]

Well, friends in Australia are burning up; here in Cambridge, we have snow. Lots of snow. It snowed all night, it's been snowing all day. Check out the BBC News website for UK snow pictures - it's crazy. The most snow in the UK for 18 years, aparently! London has been completely shut down, so who knows if I'll be going to classes tomorrow! It's not a bad thing, considering the essays are due at the end of next week. I've got one down, waiting to be reviewed and edited after maturing for a few days. The other one is going to be done by the end of this week. It feels quite good!

Hope all's well in your world, and if you're caught in the snow too, that you're staying warm and dry or having lots of fun.

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back with a bump [10 Jan 2009|11:33pm]
[ mood | cold ]

Back from an awesome week in Italy snowboarding. Not broken, but missing the Alps and the warmth that England can somehow never provide. A few photos soon.

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a pat on the back an' that [24 Jul 2008|04:10pm]
[ mood | happy ]

W00t! By September next year, I should be able to be known as Felicity L, BSc (Hons) Psychology, MSc Mental Health in Learning Disabilities. After that, it'll just be my DClinPsy to obtain before I am through with academia. For those that didn't realise, all of this babbling means I've been accepted onto the Masters programme at the Institute of Psychiatry for this autumn. I'm chuffed to bits!

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good news [30 Jun 2008|03:35pm]
[ mood | sunny ]

I've been invited to interview for the MSc in mid-July, the day after my sisters arrive. They originally invited me to come this Wednesday, when Andy will (hopefully) be throwing himself out of a plane. I'm glad they could reschedule. What does one wear to an academic interview? How smart should I go for? It'll probably be quite a hot day and my interview is at 1.30pm, so I'll get to brave the underground at its hottest. Joy for looking bedraggled and hot for interviews!

I'm feeling quite confident about it - I just hope it's everything I want it to be. I think just going back to school will be great, but commuting to London will not be fun/cheap. I'll probably have to buy a season ticket on the trains. At least I know that the prospect of a higher paid job awaits me on the other end!

In other news, today is my last day of work on my 30-hour/week contract. From tomorrow, I'm a free agent. I work when I want, how much I want. It's brilliant. I'm very much looking forward to it. There should be plenty of work around for as long as I want it, but I can choose to have the weekend off if I want it and things like that. Fantastic!

I hope the weather tomorrow is as nice as they say it should be - 27°C and sunny and me with nothing better to do than lie in the sun reading.

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snowboarding! [18 Feb 2008|10:14pm]
[ mood | drained ]

So, Andy and I went for our "learn how to snowboard in a day" lesson today, and you know what? We learned how to snowboard! Excellent. It's tons of fun and I can't wait for next week in Italy to really enjoy myself and test my new skills. Huzzah. I'm very sore and tired, though. And I have work tomorrow...boo hiss!

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casting aspersions. [17 Jan 2008|11:18am]
[ mood | grumpy ]

I'm getting my act together and finally taking steps to get my UK driver's license. I've had a recommendation of a good private instructor, so I called him and left him a message. He got back to me and I told him a little bit about my situation (that I know how to drive, learned to drive on a manual, held a California license for a number of years before letting it expire). He started making comments about Americans not knowing how to drive manuals, even if they think they do! I've driven a manual in San Francisco, for goodness' sake. Starting from a dead stop on those hills, which are some of the steepest in the world, seems to me to be an indication that I do actually know how to do it. It totally annoys me when people come out with these ridiculous "all Americans are like X" statements without the facts. Grrr. Hopefully I will still remember enough to make him eat his words on our first lesson. I haven't driven in a few years, but I drove my parents' SUV a few years back after not driving for a while and it was fine. Like falling off a bike.

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I love this meme! Ganked from christessa [06 Jan 2008|11:36am]
[ mood | amused ]

1. Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random - The first article title on the page is the name of your band.

2. Click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3 - The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.

3. Visit http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/ - The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4. Use your graphics program of choice to throw them together, and post the result.

here are mine...they're quite random, Christessa's were betterCollapse )

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my new obsession [11 Nov 2007|05:25pm]
[ mood | amused ]

This is a truly awesome website if you're an English language nerd like me. And for hours of endless entertainment, you get to help feed people in far off countries. A win-win in my mind.

My top score is 44, after going through 150 words last night. Share your score?

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wow! blast from the past! [15 Aug 2007|09:38pm]
[ mood | thankful ]

I recently downloaded the ICQ application after not having logged on for years. I did it because my ICQ number is in my LJ profile and sometimes says I'm on-line when I know I couldn't be. I went in, changed my password, and had a look at who was on my contacts list. Turns out that my Russian friend Ksenia, whom I posted about trying to find again after losing contact with her a few years ago, is one of my buddies. She was off-line, but I sent her a message just in case she ever uses the account. Next time I logged in, there was a message from her with her current e-mail address!!

Turns out she just had her first baby last week, is married, and has a successful little career going on. She included some pictures, and it is just so great to hear from her again after so long. I owe her a visit to Moscow after the failed adverture four years ago. Flights are less than £200 and I have plenty of holiday left this year. However, with her new baby, I don't want to impose on her. If I did go, I'd make it a short visit (two-three days) to avoid having to get a visa and also to avoid making it hard on her having to play hostess.

But it's wonderful. She was a dear friend in high school and I'm truly thankful that we got back in touch.

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we have returned! [10 Aug 2007|10:31pm]
[ mood | tired ]

It was absolutely fabulous. Gorgeous, interesting, fun...the people, the landscape, the horses, it was all just wonderful. I'm in love with Iceland. A most thorough update will follow, probably tomorrow night when I'm home alone after work.

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a sleepless night... [03 Aug 2007|07:49am]
[ mood | weird ]

I was so excited last night that I barely slept. Andy even offered me some of his sleeping pills, which I should have taken...yargh!

So here we are on the brink of departure. I'm so happy and excited and nervous and sick feeling... Andy gave me an early birthday present - a 10-20mm Sigma wide angle lense for my D70. It's so beautiful that I dreamt about it. It's going to enable me to take some cracking shots of Icelandic things. W00t! The only problem is that it's huge and I don't have any filters for it, so we're going into Jessops at 9am sharp to try to buy one before we go to the airport...

Anyway, I won't have internet access for a week, so here's hoping nobody's world falls apart and you all stay happy and healthy.

Ég heiti Felicity. Ísland, here I come!!

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*squee* [02 Aug 2007|11:03am]
[ mood | ditzy ]

I'm about to call Iceland and introduce myself in Icelandic before enquiring whether the person on the other end speaks English. I need to ask about a tour we want to go on and they haven't e-mailed me back yet...hence the desperate measures. I'm so ridiculously nervous!!! I hate forcing English on people, even though all Icelanders basically speak English anyway....

Edit: I'm such a geek. I decided to not try to say "my name is..." and just dove straight to "Talar pú ensku?" (do you speak English?) Of course she did, perfectly well, and was very obliging, so it's all sorted out...but still! Shaking like a leaf...I don't know how I'm going to survive a week of this!!!! :-)

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McDonalds and skinny people [25 Jul 2007|01:12pm]
[ mood | confused ]

I was in McDonalds yesterday with one of my service users. She's, in my mind, the typical customer of theirs - overweight, likes to binge-eat, frequently orders extra fries, etc.. However, I was struck, as I usually am, by the large numbers of young, attractive, slender people eating McDonalds. It was seriously disturbing. There were only a few overweight people in the whole "restaurant". Admittedly, many of them were teenagers, which probably means their metabolisms are dealing more effectively with the high fat/low nutritional value food, but still! They couldn't ask for better advertising than these kids.

I remember when I worked at McDonalds when I was a teenager in America, there were tons of overweight customers. Tons. I don't remember very many skinny, healthy looking people coming in. But then, it was a long time ago - my memory might be failing me or things might've changed since then.

I've finally started the final Harry Potter book. Luckily I have two days off work in a row, so I should be able to have some quality reading time undisturbed by pesky obligations.

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No one do a rain dance! [24 Jul 2007|08:55am]
[ mood | happy ]

Hooray! For the first time in weeks, the local five-day weather forcast doesn't show any dark clouds or rain. I'm so unbelievably happy. This rain was just getting to be a bit much.

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I hate the cult of Harry Potter [22 Jul 2007|02:24pm]
[ mood | annoyed ]

Don't get me wrong - I love Harry Potter as much as the next person. I've enjoyed the books and, to some extent, the films. I even pre-order the books via Amazon and read them straight away (usually). However, with the release of the final book, the hype is massive. No less than 3 people on my flist have stated they "won't be on the internetz" until they've finished the book, lest it be spoiled for them. Others have read it in record time. I got my copy around 8.30am BST on Saturday and haven't even opened it.

The reasons are many - I've been working, having a social life, baking cakes, and am in the middle of a 1000 page book that I want to finish before I read Potter 7. It's just terribly annoying feeling pressured that I have to read Potter 7 NOW or else it might be spoiled for me by any number of the millions of devotees who finished it before me. I don't want to read it right now. I have other priorities. I don't want to want to read it right now, because my life shouldn't be dictated by the fact that this thing is so very popular that it will be spoiled for me unless I comply.

Bah. So I'm off to a BBQ in a few minutes, once my cupcakes are out of the oven. I don't think I'm even going to open Potter 7 until I'm on the plane to Iceland (3 August). So there!

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