Well, after today, my faith in the UK Emergency services has been completely destroyed.  So many police and ambulance staff present, so little compassion and too many sarcastic/rude comments.  Just because the other driver was pregnant does not automatically mean that she's the innocent party.  I am so angry right now. 
I usually hate getting dragged into Cardiff to do family shopping, purely because i am relegated to 'bag carrier', however today was somewhat awesome as when we were in H&M i was trailing along minding my own business when i look up and see John Barrowman with his parter Scott in the line for the tills. My response to that? I promptly u-turn and think to myself perhaps i've watched too much YouTube because last night i was watching him singing I am what I am, and then there he was standing no more than a few metres away from him. I walk calmly over to my siblings (or as calmly as i could while hyperventilating and my legs going shaky, because while i've seen him in the Christmas panto, it's not the same as seeing him in H&M of all places) and tell them that John Barrowman is at the tills.

They looked very strangly at me before asking me if i was being serious and then we resumed our path with my internal dialogue going something like *ohitsjohnbarrowmanjohnbarrowmanjohnbarrowman!* and then the man who i claimed to be John opens his mouth and starts talking in a really loud american accent to which my Little Sister says "okay perhaps it IS John Barrowman" and we catch the end of his conversation with him saying "...very big, and i'm not talking about the eyes" with laughter from Scott and the till person. Which leads me to believe they were having an extremely dirty conversation, and oh how i wished i'd been a part of it!

We ended up seeing JB several times in the following 10 minutes all over the place, and did i at any point go up to him and ask for his autograph? No. *cries*

But just seeing him made my shopping trip!

Happy Day

Mar. 14th, 2010 08:47 pm
In celebration of my cousin's baptism tonight in a service that was truly amazing.

So i've just gotten back from a fantastic trip to London with the family. Monday night was spent at the Drury Lane Theatre watching 'Oliver!'. Jodie Prenger who won 'I'd Do Anything' last year was playing Nancy, [Omid Djalili] was playing Fagin (who was so funny he had me in tears at one point), and of course [Burn Gorman] who played Owen Harper in Torchwood was playing the Nasty Bill Sykes. It wasn't my favourite musical, as Les Miserables still holds that position, but i certainly enjoyed myself a great deal, and had a lot of fun singing the songs!

We spent Tuesday day at the London Dungeons, which was the second time i'd been there, Tuesday afternoon in Hamley's and then in the evening we went to a Bar and Restaurant known as [Below Zero], which has a room, bar, seats and drinking glasses made out of ice, and it was absolutely incredible. We were only allowed to spend 40 minutes in there for Health and Safety reasons, and we had to wear parkas...but i had a lot of fun in there trying to eat my glass once i'd finished my cocktail....unfortunately i didn't make much progress. But i tried!

Below Zero pics - Beware Large Photos! )

After the 40 minutes in the bar, we went to the restaurant for accoustics night. Meal-wise, we were told to pick 2 small meals and 1 side order, before selecting our dessert...and the food was absolutely divine. Expensive....but so so good. I would recommend this place to anyone!
I can't believe it's been nearly 6 months since i've updated this journal. I can't believe we're already in May, and 2009 is nearly halfway through. Is the rest of life going to fly by at this insane pace? If it is...stop the ride - i want to get off! Lol!

I've been insanely busy these last few months, working on two courses at the same time, working (both paid and voluntary) and trying to develop a social life (and so far, i think i'm managing okay!)

★My LSA course is due to finish at the end of May, and i have a whole mountain of courswork left to go. My assessment and observation by the class teacher has yet to happen due to several postponements, and while at first i didn't mind, now with the end of the course approaching and a lot of coursework relying on said assessment, i'm starting to feel the clock ticking and the pressure building. I'm both excited and terrified at the end of this course. Excited, because it hasn't been the most mentally stimulating course, and i'm glad to see the back of boredom and courswork, and terrified because after the course is over i a.) have to look for an LSA job in a new school because the current one doesn't have any jobs going, and b.) learn to drive, which was a target i set myself once this course is over. When i said i would learn to drive in May all the way back in January, i had no idea May would swing around so fast - i'm not ready!

★My OU course on the otherhand is going incredibly well. It's called "Environmental Control and Public Health' which focuses on environmental policies and legislations, and way to improve environmental and living conditions in both the developed and developing countries (full details can be found here). While i'm not really enjoying the course, as i prefer learning about the physical world like glaciers, oceans and volcanoes, one thing that i've learnt during my studies with the OU is that the courses i don't like are the ones i do better with. The two assigments i've done with this course so far have recieved 96% and 100% respectively and while i'm estatic with the grades (i've never had grades that high since I was like 12), it leaves me wondering if the assessors actually read what i submitted - i'm telling you, they were both piles of bull$&!@.

★I managed to destroy my computer again last month, but luckily the technical minded brother was around to reformat the whole thing. I lost some stuff, but it was no-where near as emotionally devastating as losing the 500GB of photos, videos, coursework/school work and references, as when my younger brother accidently kicked and destroyed my external hard drive back in November.

★I've gotten back in touch with three old school friends, one whom i've met up with once, one whom i've met up with twice, and another i'm hoping to meet up with soon.

★And finally! I've been to London, done a Duck Tour and saw Dirty Dancing and We Will Rock You. While i preferred WWRY, i am still somewhat boggled how someone came up with such an 'out-there' story to link all the Queen songs together! That was a seriously bizarre story! But the singing was great :o)

Here's to it not being another 6 months before an update! ♥
Just a quick pit-stop for my quarterly lj update.

Quick backstory a minute: i have an uncle that taught me how to sail his boat for my silver Duke of Edinburgh award several years ago (And consequently caused me to fall in love with sailing. We used to race other people around Flat Holm and Steep Holm - which was a lot of fun. Apart from the time i wacked my head really hard on the sail pole. Which lucky for me isn't relevant at all to this story. ;o) )

But anyway, cue present day: my mum has just rung me to say they're filming 'The Sarahjane Adventures' over at Penarth today, which is cool. (For those who aren't familiar, SJA is a Doctor Who spin off with one of the Doctor's old companions, but is more 'kid' based.) But not as cool as the fact that apparently there's a scene with a magician of some sort, and he turns an old boat into a brand spanking new boat. And the new boat they're using? Is my uncles boat. He's had to leave work for an hour to go and make sure everything goes smoothly with the filming of it (And to make sure they don't do any damage). Whether his boat will be used more in the episode i don't know yet...but still! I don't watch the SJA, but i think, when that episode airs, i'll have to watch it. :o)

I saw Girls Aloud last night at the Cardiff CIA with my friend Sam. In order not to look too sad, we took my 10-soon-to-be-11 year old Little Sister with us. Two of the supporting acts were quite good (although Billiam Boyband reminded me of a cross between 5ive and A1 but oh how i love my boybands. Hehehe). Girls Aloud were brilliant, doing plenty of their older songs intermingled with the Tangled Up album...i'd love to see them again. Although my attention kept being taken with their male dancers who were incredibly fit. And toned. And gorgeous. *Drools*
Seeing as how it's been a few months since i last posted, i figured it was time to post an update on life :o)

Every year i make the resolution to be more active in lj, and to make more of an effort to respond to my friend's list...and this year was no exception - and i was going to! Until my computer broke. Over Christmas we were planning on reformatting the hard-drives on my computer as it hasn't been working properly for a long time now, so there i was, backing up everything on the new external hard-drive that i'd brought, when one of my drives chooses that moment to fail. Luckily i'd backed up the majority of stuff, but it turns out the computer motherboard died...so no computer. My poor brother took my computer with him back to Aberystwyth when he went back to uni, so hopefully i'll get it back February half term...Easter at the latest. Of it would happen just as my new course begins, which co-incidently relies heavily on the use of a computer. Luckily i have a nice family who don't mind me hogging theirs for the time being!

In other news...Torchwood has eaten my brain again. Seriously...there's another 11 episodes to go. There is no physical way i can possibly maintain the level of excitement that i have for Torchwood for another 11 weeks...i may possibly explode. But....Jack/Ianto!! How do i love thee...i love that it's canon (for now...i keep waiting to be disappointed...and i really hope i won't be), i love that it's hot...and i love that the kiss in my icon will be on tv tomorrow night. *dies* I will seriously explode. What with Stargate Atlantis becoming the love story for John and Rodney, and Jack and Ianto living the love story (With aliens as a bonus on both shows) live couldn't get any better!

I'm back working with two new kids last week...and already watching them progress and recognise new words fills me with so much glee - i can't believe i was planning on giving up the voluntary stuff....it's soooo fulfilling! When they get words right that they previously didn't know...it's confidence building for both me and them. It's so much fun!

And i think Joan is beginning to warm up to me now. In the past she used to undermine me with the children at lunchtime, and make sarky comments but lately she's been much nicer and is actually talking to me, and she's started bringing me pudding from the kitchen after all the kids are gone. I hated school dinners when i was at that school, but i loved the pudding...and now i'm getting them again!

And today i received mail from the Open University announcing that i've won the 'Julian Hodge Award' , for getting a distinction in my T172 Technology course. I've been invited to an awards ceremony on my birthday, where i will get a certificate and a cheque for £225 and they want me to write a profile that they can send to the local newspapers and use in the OU magazines. Don't think i'll be doing that bit...i hate getting any sort of public attention, so i'm not sure whether to go the awards ceremony. But! That money covers half the cost for this new course i'm doing! Working hard literally pays!

Are you guys all okay? *Pokes friends list*

*Goes back to staring at The Icon Of Love*
My dad has recently expressed a desire to watch 'Torchwood', so last night i provided him with the first three episodes.

It was only later that i realized that i had neglected to tell him that each of the main characters share a same sex kiss with different character at some point during the series. My bad. He's rather homophobic, so i wonder whether he'll get any further than the first episode.

My nine year old sister on the other hand had this conversation with me on the weekend regarding 'Torchwood':

Sister: Rae - can i watch the Jack and Ianto kiss? (You know that kiss)
Me: Why?
Sister: Because
Me: Because why?
Sister: Because!
Me: But Becky - it's two guys kissing
Sister: But it's romantic!

And then, when we were watching 'Greeks Bearing Gifts', (Episode 7 of 'Torchwood') and Toshiko was kissing Mary...the only comment my sister made was "They're kissing in public!" She gets all giggly about PDA as she's at that age. But the girl/girl kissing that took place? Didn't even strike her as odd. She's definitely a modern age kid. :o)

And why did no-one tell me that John Barrowman could really sing? I mean...i was told. But i wasn't told told.


May. 21st, 2006 07:45 pm
As soon as i've posted this, i'm going to be unplugging the internet for the next 7 - 10 days. Why? I have 2 pieces of coursework due in, in the next 2 weeks and there's no way they're going to get done as long as i have access to McShep fanfiction. I have absolutely no restraint when it comes this - so i have to remove the distraction...therefore: no internet.

Hopefully it will work, because lets face it - the longer i'm offline, the more fics i'm missing, so i'm hoping that they will provide the so called 'carrot in front of my nose' to motivate me.

I went ice skating again today...and i fell over spectacularly - consequently, i've badly hurt my coccyx. It's absolute agony to walk, and even worse sitting down, so i'm highly dosing on painkillers. I'm woman enough to admit that when it happened, the pain was so bad everything blacked out, and i couldn't hear the music or people talking to me - plus i completely lost the concept of time. I'm not sure whether i should be concerned that this is the second time in 3 weeks that i have/nearly fainted. I'm not a fainter.

I haven't gotten into the new Big Brother yet - and i doubt i will, but it's been on the news that the 2 Welsh housemates have been banned from speaking welsh to each other because other contestants see it as speaking a code. People! there are 2 3/4 million people living in Wales - trust me when i say it isn't a secret language...even Elvish fanatics of the 'Lord of the Rings' films would be able to understand the odd welsh word - because they used welsh for some of it.

Why oh why is there no decent Foreman/Chase fanfiction? Ever since my dream about them, i've been craving slash about them - but can i find any good stuff? No...all the stuff i've found is rather mediocre...i think the SGA fandom has completely ruined me for quality. :o(

Anyway, see everyone on the other side! *Waves*
I went ice-skating today for the first time in eight years...it's kinda wierd to think that the last time i went, i didn't have a sister.

I'd forgotten how much fun it was!

And i only fell over once - that's less than anyone else in my family. *Nods*
[livejournal.com profile] luthienberen Thank-you for the message and it was lovely chatting to you! (See ya Wednesday, and good luck with the interview!)

[livejournal.com profile] akira42 Thank you for the text! (And it was cool chatting to you too...even thought i chat to you allll the time! See you in um...11 hrs?)

You know...i didn't get a phone call or a card from my grandparents (the same grandparents i wrote about last month) and it bothers me less than the fact that my friend Amy hasn't acknowledged my birthday.

Now that may sound selfish...but we've been close friends for 9 years, but grew apart when we went to separate 6th forms, but then we got close again. And now we've grown apart. I sent her a birthday card and letter for her birthday (2 days before [livejournal.com profile] luthienberen's birthday) in November, but i haven't heard anything from her since September, just before the whole Aber experience. And i thought to myself: If i dont hear anything from her on my birthday (which i always have done, even when we grew apart) then i guess the friendship is obviously over. And today? Nothing. And i have to be honest...the thought of losing her as a friend hurts a lot more than the fact that my grandparents have ignored my birthday.

I suppose i can hope i'll hear from her on monday....

ETA: Okay...so i'm posting this entry on the exact time that i was born 20 years ago...how cool is that?

ETA2: I suppose i should wish my twin 'Eastenders' a Happy 20th as well! May the plot lines improve!
Okay...so it's a bit belated, but Happy New Year to anyone who stumbles across my journal!

I think this year i really need to be a bit more active in the livejournal community...i've had this journal for over a year now, and this is only my 10th post on it - which is kinda pathetic really, so i'm going to try and post a bit more on here (all boring stuff naturally!), and i think i'm going to delurk on peoples livejournals. Some of these journals i've been following for longer than a year...and yet i've never had the decency to pop up and let them know i'm reading - so that's going to *hopefully* change.

In other news - the visit to my Grandparents wasn't as bad as i expected it to be - they didn't make any comments about being disappointed in me, or that i had let the family down. They didn't even mention my cousin Imogen, who they've always hinted as being a preferential grand-daughter, because she's smarter than me and much prettier than i am. And i don't mean that an insult to Imogen, because Immy is fanastic - i really enjoy spending time with her, and wish we could chat to each other more times than we do.

But yeah...i had none of that for a change, and for that i am grateful! At one point during tea, my grandfather said i seemed brighter than i have been for years (they only see my family about 4 times a year) so i think they finally understand exactly how much the thyroid problem has really been affecting me - especially lately.

And now the quiz to finish off my longest post on here!

Pirate Monkey's Harry Potter Personality Quiz
Harry Potter Personality Quiz
by Pirate Monkeys Inc.

And that's scarily accurate about me! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!



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