in_stead: (music)
My dad had told me it was the iPod of its day. He had told me it was big, but I hadn't realised he meant THAT big.

A 13 year old boy is challenged to exchange his iPod for an original Walkman for the day. Very funny. And now I miss my Walkman! Its flaws were part of the charm. :)
in_stead: (signpost)
I have gotten to the point where I haven't posted in long enough that now I'm not posting because I am overwhelmed at the thought of trying to update adequately.

I have therefore decided to do my best to collapse the last month or so into a point-form list.

the list )

On that note, dinner is on the table and I am off. Will certainly make an effort to update more frequently. And in better prose, more detail, and proper grammar.
in_stead: (you are my)
It's a beautiful day and I don't have to spend it with children! I am free to run off and frolic freely about London.

Which is what I'm going to do.

Comic book shopping today, yes siree. And if the weather turns less pleasant, I am thinking a visit to the Imperial War Museum as well.

(One of my students just passed beneath my window bouncing a football on his head. This is a disturbing intrusion of work into my life, made all the worse as I am still in my housecoat.)
in_stead: (simon says)
Just got back from the coolest school trip in the history of EVER. This is not how I pictured my day ending when I got up this morning, but my department head asked me if I wanted to go after one of the kids called at the last minute to say he couldn't make it.

It was quite an interesting trip -- I was the only girl among three adult male staff members and 10-odd teenage boys. It was a trip for a gaming/RPG club that has been running for about seven years and, through some magical and mystical connection that I think you had to be there for, apparently attending a freak show was actually a valid connection for the club. Therefore they managed to get some funding to do this.

My school is the coolest school on the planet.

The, uh, nudity was a bit of a surprise, however.


In other news, I have no idea what I'm teaching tomorrow. Er. Oops?

And in other other news, stay tuned to this space for a rant concerning people who need to make other bloody friends and leave me the fuck alone instead of knocking on my door and texting me and showing up at my classroom fifteen minutes after school has ended like the most possessive, controlling boyfriend ever concieved of. Why is it that I end up having more dysfunctional friendships than most people do romantic relationships?
in_stead: (sandal weather)
Didn't feel like working today.

So I didn't.

I went for a long ramble and got lost on a bus and bought a Nintendo DS Lite and played Tetris all day instead.

It's alright, though, because I am mostly just going to give my students tests this week. That'll work out very nicely. Nothing to worry about.

Although I should perhaps have done more marking.
in_stead: (you are my)
Things that make me happy:

1) Our Very Important Visitor has come and gone successfully from the school and the stress of that is over and done with. Next week I am going to leave the school before 5:00 every single day. That is my goal. I need to in order to balance out last week, when I didn't leave the school before 6:00 Monday through Thursday, and actually stayed until 7:30 three times.

2) The really very nice evening out with members of my department in order to celebrate the success of the Very Important Visitor's visit on Friday. Said night out culminated with a massive geek exchange between my Head of Department and myself where we traded movies and music and comic books and made plans to continue on in this vein.

3) Had an incredibly zenful (if slightly hungover) morning yesterday.

4) I spent a couple of hours cleaning my room and, while I still have piles of clutter place that I would like to sort out later this afternoon, I have restored order and tidiness to my living space, which has existed in a state of chaos for rather too long. I things to be tidy. It gives me joy.

5) The weather is gorgeous.

6) My plans for this afternoon, which involve me packing up my marking and taking it, with a bit of lunch, across the street to sit out in the park with. I think the marking will be that much more bearable for it's taking place outside in the sunshine. I will also be bringing one of the books that I was given in the geek exchange as a reward for myself if I get my marking done quickly.

7) There seems to be a new and hopefully permanent hot-spot...AT THE HEAD OF MY BED. This is a gift from the universe to me, I can only assume due to my general all around loveliness.

Things that make me less happy:

1) I tried to get a new moblie phone with a proper calling plan for Canada. This effort, which was trundling along quite well, failed. I didn't really understand the explination, but it went something to the effect that the way my bank lists my address is completely divorced from how Royal Mail lists my address and so my credit check for the phone company won't go through because they don't think I live in England. This is deeply annoying. Particularly so as I have fallen a little in love with the phone I was going to get and they have cruelly wrenched it from my grasp. Am going to try and fix this for next week.

That said, I am outdoors bound!
in_stead: (journalism is the rough draft of history)
Dear internet,

You continue to be unbelievably awesome.

Carry on.

*falls back in love with the Victorian era*

Yours most sincerely,
[ profile] in_stead

In other news, today marks the first day of a new season of my cozy, warm socks-used-for-slippers. Autumn is on its way. Yay!
in_stead: (newspaper)
It's like England is saying "Hi! Hi! Oh, hello, hi, welcome!"

*happy flails*
in_stead: (the great london escape)
Weekend was great! [ profile] lies_d was great, meeting Mr.[ profile] lies_d was great, was great, and dinner at the Green Room was great. James Marsters almost tripped over my feet, I spent all weekend making fun of Elijah Wood (who was apparently there but you could only see if you paid an extra hundred dollars on top of the forty dollar general pass), and I accidentally made eye contact with Kevin Sorbo. Also, much comics fun and frolic was had.

Sadly, it is now time to get back to work. I start school again tomorrow, my parents' big annual party is tomorrow night, most of my belongings remain to be unpacked, and my thesis defense is a week Thursday.

Does anyone remember what my thesis was about?
in_stead: (Default)
Going to Toronto to visit [ profile] lies_d and attend the Great Canadian Geekfest. Much fun will be had. Whee!

eta: Oh, hell, I meant to do laundry today. Ah, well.
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in_stead: (newspaper)
Everyone who has seen Equilibrium without telling me about it is hereby voted off the island without a lifeboat.

How come I didn't know anything about this movie? How did I go so long without seeing it? OMG DOESN'T CHRISTIAN BALE STRIDE ABOUT REALLY PRETTY?

in_stead: (newspaper)

That is all I have to say about that.

Am now going to go eat pizza and watch Christian Bale movies with [ profile] chinae (who has been staying with me for the past week while she looks for an apartment, which she has found and will be moving into shortly, and if I would only remember to explain things as I go along I wouldn't be forced to include long parenthetical explanations in my posts when I do finally get around to mentioning, for example, the presence of houseguests). We watched Newsies last night, which served to remind me how very much I love both my thesis topic and Christian Bale, not to mention how very wonderful it is that there exists a movie which gives me both of those things at the same time.

It was somewhat of accident though, the Newsies watching. All I wanted to do was show [ profile] chinae what an exceptionally bad dancer David Moscow is (NO RHYTHM WHATSOEVER). Once the DVD was in, however, we couldn't help but watch it all. Then I mentioned how amazing it was that Luke Edwards went from this to this, as adorable kids usually grow up kinda funny looking. Then, because we were at IMDB, we thought we might as well have a peek at Christian Bale, and next thing you know, we're over at Blockbuster picking up Equilibrium and Shaft. We'd wanted The Secret Agent, which is a Victorian spy thriller set in London, but Blockbuster doesn't carry it.

We were very disappointed.

Still. Christian Bale and pizza. Makings of a good night, that.
in_stead: (newspaper)
Dear Ms. [ profile] blythely,

Today I used the phrase "chambers of power" in my thesis. Now I can't concentrate on academic work for daydreaming about your story.

This is all your fault. In future, please try not to write so well or come up with stories that are so engaging.

[ profile] d_v_8


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