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Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
10:41 pm - Of lost things
It is a habit of things which are lost, and which I have hunted for everywhere, to turn up in my fiddle case. Usually flat papery things in the front pocket - I have generally assumed that I didn't want them to get squashed in my bag, or didn't want to open a full rucksack enough to put something down the back, and then forgot about it - but once when I had kicked off my socks while sitting about and could only find one of them the other one turned up in the case too.

Last night I had lost my passport, which I need to fly to faraway places (i.e. Stansted) tomorrow. It wasn't in my small rucksack where I last saw it. It wasn't in my slightly bigger rucksack (I often just shift stuff I don't want with me between the two bags rather than working out where it is supposed to be). It wasn't on the bookcase, where everything lives that is vaguely bookshaped and also some things that aren't. It wasn't in any Safe Place I could think of.

Today I was picking up my fiddle to go to my fiddle class, and thought I might as well look - mostly as a joke. And there it was.

I have no recollection of putting it there, or any reason why I would have done. I think it must be magic.

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Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
9:21 pm - Not really an update
I have stopped knitting hats and starting knitting magic blanket squares, where you start with a row of stitches and then they sneak together until the first stitches are two sides of the square, and then you pick up along the edge and start again - the only problem (apart from the fact that the first square went wrong 5 times, and then when I finally got it right the second one started growing upside down) is that they are a bit more like blanket kites at the moment, but I think this is partly that the edges curl and the points don't, and they'll be fine when they have new squares along their edges. I hope so, anyway.

Apart from this I don't think I have much to report - I have lots of things to do, but I can't seem to get my head round doing them. If I just keep going it'll hopefully work itself out...

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
7:03 pm - In which things keep happening
I really need to stop knitting hats. Not that there's anything wrong with the act itself, but I have other projects to get on with, including a new secret one - not to mention all the things which I've promised to organise for people. But the wool is so pretty, and the pattern is exactly the right mix of simple enough to fly through and satisfyingly pretty results, and so I have made three in the last week and a half, or something, when I was supposed to be making fancy squares.

This week is all inside out and back to front - which it kind of can't help when I've been in Newcastle twice in (much less than) a week. But there is no fiddling tomorrow, and tonight I'm calling for Dunedin so I'm hanging about as if it was Thursday, and last night I was at the Collingwood Society and therefore out late, which is unnatural for a Tuesday.

It was Max Adams again, apparently giving us new insights into Collingwood's correspondence - and, well, he did tell us some good new stories, but I wish I was a bit more sure that they were more than that. But it was nice to be back at the man himself (not that I don't love all the Age of Sail miscellanea), and it certainly gave me plenty to think about (my first conscious thought this morning was 'Forrester had read de Vigny!').

The weekend was the Newcastle Festival, and a crowd of us gathered even though we weren't competing (which I was half sorry about and half quite relieved). It was nice to see SB again, and RK, and all my Newcastle friends, and random friends from elsewhere. And DL gave me lots of good advice, and we did some old fashioned putting the world to rights, which hasn't happened so much lately, and then tigger_boing and I came home via Craster where the kipper van was closed and we ate chowder in the cafe instead.

So that was nice, but I wish there were fewer things I still needed to do!

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Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
9:19 pm - In which my tablet is broken
My tablet has been mysteriously broken since Saturday, when I tried to turn it off and on again to see if it would play better with the bus's wifi, only to find that it wouldn't turn on - or at least wouldn't get past the boot screen. Having tried various solutions suggested online it does seem like the next step is a factory reset, but I'm trying to at least work out what I'm going to lose - odd photos, but not all that many because the camera is crap (but possibly some interesting ones from where that was the only camera I had), various pdf downloads, probably mostly bus timetables from across the country which will just start gathering again, recordings of various tunes from my fiddle class, which someone else might be able to give me a copy of, and my chrome bookmarks, very assorted. I wonder if that's all?

Oh well. I suppose this should be a lesson to me to back things up better, but it won't be - and also I can't, really, because the tablet doesn't connect to the computer any more.

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Friday, February 3rd, 2017
10:01 pm - January stats
Miles walked: 121.5
Fiddle days: 26/25
Blog posts made: 4/4 (Roddam, Old Botanic Gardens, Burns Monument, Calton Hill, Throwback: The Keith Mausoleum, Kincardine)
AoS books read: The rest of the one about the Lunar Society, the start of one about gardens
Fic written: Odd bits in my head.
Decent walks gone on: Rapunzel's Tower, Black Mount, Kielder Dam, Muncaster Fell, Humphrey Head, Loch Ard Forest
Walk reports written: Black Mount from Dolphinton, Muncaster Fell and Irton Pike, Arnside Knott, Humphrey Head and Hampsfell, Shillhope Law

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2017
1:08 pm - Not-secret knitting projects
Most of my knitting isn't for anyone in particular - I just like having something to do with my hands. So after I had done the first lot of small hats, I started on blanket squares for a charity who were collecting them.

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Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
10:20 pm - Secret knitting projects
I said ages ago that I would post pictures of my knitting projects, but somehow it never happened, because photos are complicated.

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
7:06 pm - IVFDF time again
I had a sudden fit of enthusiasm at lunchtime and not only bought my IVFDF ticket and flights, but also checked in - although I'm never sure what the use of checking in is if you can do it this far in advance!

I always feel guilty when buying domestic flights, and I honestly prefer to go by train - but the trains were so expensive, and I'm so excited about Friday night Playford - plus I'm sure that the people who fly up and down for meetings all the time don't feel guilty at all.

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1:39 pm - An awful lot of January
I didn't mean to go so quiet - I've mostly been having a fit of January, where everything just seems like hard work, plus we've been preparing for exam boards, which *is* hard work, and so if I'm not out I just go home and collapse.

Not that there hasn't been quite a lot of weekend mixed in, but that's been busy too - the weekend after we went to Kielder I was at home but went to two parties in one day, then the next weekend I went all round the coast of Cumbria, which was lovely apart from getting home after midnight on the Friday from a Celtic Connections concert (which was not worth it) and having to get up at 6am on Saturday to get the train, then this last weekend I was away for tigger_boing's birthday and then rushed back to go out for my mum's.

Sometime in the next week or so the sun will start to rise before 8 and set after 5, which is always the point I count towards - it's visibly lighter in the mornings and after work already, so you can definitely see things changing.

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Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
1:46 pm - Adventures and accidents
I had a lovely birthday weekend, despite working on my birthday itself, which I try to avoid - I took Friday off instead and had an adventure with tigger_boing to Kielder (where we went down roads so small that I had to get out and open the gate!) and then via dinner in Ponteland to a dance in Newcastle where we saw lots of other friends. And then back via Rothbury and I went to another dance in Edinburgh on Saturday night, and had lunch with my family (including teeny cousin) on Sunday.

But somehow at the second dance I hurt my foot, and I have been slow and sore and achy ever since, and I don't know if I'm crabbit because of that or if it's just January and I would be crabbit anyway, but it definitely doesn't help - especially since I think it's one of the reasons I haven't been sleeping well. And now I can't knit, because I have lost my orange wool.

current mood: grumpy

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Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
11:39 pm - Fandom Snowflake Challenge - Day 10
[community profile] snowflake_challenge

Look at me doing it on the right day for once!

Day 10

In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme. (More than one is okay, too.) Tell us about it, tell us why you love it, give us some examples and recs. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


If characterization and plot are the meat of fanfic, then tropes, cliches, and kinks are the frosting on the cake. Accidentally Married or Fake Relationship; Huddling For Warmth or Sex Pollen; Biting or Apocalypse. Everyone has their favorite ~something, the thing that has them clicking on a fic faster than you can say ‘Jack Robinson’ (though I don’t know why you would want to say Jack Robinson o_O).

What’s ~your bulletproof kink (or trope, etc), and why?


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5:58 pm - December stats
(Better late than never)

Miles walked: 155.7* (1444.1/1200)
Fiddle days: 26/25 (299/300) (Oops)
Blog posts made: 4/4 (Book of the month: November – George Vancouver, Collingwood Society: The Great Mutinies, Waterloo monument – Peniel Heugh, Throwback – Abbotsford, plus some catching up on book reviews which are still being backdated...)
AoS books read: I started one about the Lunar Society, but although it's very good it's also very long, and I only got it for Christmas.
Fic written: Homecomings (for Yuletide)
Decent walks gone on: Borders Abbeys Way from Jedburgh to Nisbet, from (Ancrum over Penniel Heugh to) Nisbet to Kelso, and from Kelso to Melrose. Shillhope Law from Alwinton, and a long wander over the moorland edges of the Cheviots from Ingram to Roddam via Linhope Spout.
Walk reports written: None

*After last month's low total, this was the highest of the year - a combination of rushing to get the BAW done, a lot of walking around and to and from markets in Germany, and having my New Year days away before instead of after.

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Monday, January 9th, 2017
9:25 pm - Fandom Snowflake Challenge - Day 8
[community profile] snowflake_challenge

Yes, I'm all in the wrong order. Some of it wasn't things you post to your journal, and some of it I just haven't had time for yet.

Day 8

In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


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Saturday, January 7th, 2017
4:27 pm - Fandom Snowflake Challenge - Day 3
[community profile] snowflake_challenge

One of my favorite things about starting a new year is the blank slate it gives us. Do you find it motivational too? Then this challenge is for YOU.

Day 03

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


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Friday, January 6th, 2017
9:46 am - Fandom Snowflake Challenge - Day 2
[community profile] snowflake_challenge

Media affects all of us in different ways. It can inspire, enrage, and engage us. In fandom we take that to the next level and engage back, transforming and twisting media to our delight. It is core to who we are. So what kind of media inspired and engaged you?

Day 2

In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


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Thursday, January 5th, 2017
9:55 pm - Fandom Snowflake Challenge - Day 1
[community profile] snowflake_challenge

We are told not to put ourselves forward and it can be hard to celebrate our accomplishments. Taking pride in the things we create can be difficult, but I think we all have something to be proud of. So let’s do that!

Day 1

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


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7:54 pm - Rejuvenation
I do not feel nearly so old now that I have a lego car ferry :-)

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5:10 pm - Places meme
List the towns or cities where you spent at least a night away from home during 2016. Mark with a star if you had multiple non-consecutive stays.

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Sunday, January 1st, 2017
8:15 pm - In which I have accidentally made no plans
I am doing the Christmas holidays All Wrong this year - usually there's Christmas itself, and then a week of doing nothing in particular, and then I go off somewhere for a few days on New Year's Day and come back and the holidays are over.

But because this year New Year is a Sunday, and the 2nd is still a bank holiday everywhere (and I badly wanted to go to Wooler, which has no Sunday buses at the best of times), I was away from the 29th to the 31st - and I had to fit in a long sunrise to sunset day of walking before that to get the BAW done, so I had very little time just for lazing. And then I had no one to celebrate Hogmanay with (since tigger_boing was Being A Grown Up elsewhere and SB is in the strange foreign south), and now there are two days of holiday left, more or less stranded outside time, because I'd kind of forgotten they existed.

Walking appeals more than lazing, somehow, because it's not like I'll see much daylight this month otherwise...

current mood: thoughtful

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6:18 pm - The year in first lines
My first full year of posts since I'm not sure when!

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