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21 March 2006 @ 10:41 am
Wishing I were still in London...  
So returning from the UK sucked major ass. First of all, I completely fell in love with the place, especially London, and pretty much had zero desire to come back here and resume my normal life. Second, I came back Sunday night, only to have to take a midterm Monday at 9 am (the prof for that class is like the nicest guy in the world, but he's got to have a cruel streak hidden somewhere; who the hell schedules a midterm for 9 am of the Monday right after spring break?!) and another midterm on Tuesday afternoon (which I totally failed, I know it). Then I had a small project/presentation due Wednesday. Funny story about that one: The project was to tape two talk show episodes, show snippets to the class, and then critique them. Let's just say that my inner fangirl couldn't contain itself, and I ended up showing clips (saved on my computer) of Dan Radcliffe on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and Regis and Kelly and contrasting them with Ricky Gervais's recent appearance on Letterman. Yeah, I suck. And my prof knows all about my HP obsession, so I pretty much let him laugh at me and then carried on with the presentation. Nah, he's a really cool guy, and I think he actually respects my HP fanaticism. *fangirls the prof*

After slogging through all that mess, my mojo was all depleted, and I had just enough left to sit around contributing to the mockery on Fandom_Wank (and now hp_cornfield). Good times, good times.

Anyway, I owe a bunch of people comments, and I'm really behind on reading all y'all flist people's stuff, so forgive me as I play catchup, OK?

Speaking of flist, kressel, I had a dream about you last night! It had something to do with me visiting your house and you teaching me something about Judaism. And then you told me how to walk to the subway from your place. Then later, I had a dream about how I exposed an American Idol contestant or maybe an overrated American pop singer who had ripped off a song by Rufus Wainwright ("Poses", I think). At first, I had thought it was a Johnny Depp song (WTF?!), but then I realized it was a Rufus song. And the night before last, I had a really wacked-out dream about Sean Penn. Trust me, you don't want to know.

Sometime this week, I will post a travel blog with lots of photos and my usual banter, so y'all can get to see the awesomeness that was my trip to London and Edinburgh. I'm gonna try to upload the photos to my mom's Web site tonight so I can post them here directly. Yes, my mom has a real Web site and I don't. And I'm the one who went to a special high school for technology dorks. I actually am really technology retarded these days. But I can write you a great Pascal program, dammit! (And let's not even get into Turtle LOGO or BASIC, man!)

Before that, though, there's some other randomness I need to post. It will appear shortly.

Cheers, love! (I know, I know, I'm American, and I can't say that without sounding like a total tool. But maybe it's OK when it's just written? )
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
Heather: HP - Bonnie and Dan by sunlitdaysprplhez8 on March 21st, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
Cheers, love! (I know, I know, I'm American, and I can't say that sounding looking like a total tool. But maybe it's OK when it's just written? )

Yeah, but can't you just hear Sirius sayin' it?


So glad to have you back, my dear and I do expect to see a linkie from your travels!!!

:wub: !!

Miss Sophia: Once you go Black you never go backmiss_sophia on March 21st, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
*smiles and feels wubbed*

Y'know, ever since that whole 12GP episode over New Year's, I've started writing my Sirius as saying "love"--even in my crack!fic, for goshsakes! So yeah, I soooo can hear him saying it. *le sigh*

Heh, when I was in London, I was on an all-out quest to hear some guy say "love" to me. I kept missing it by a hair (e.g., my best friend would be asking directions from someone, and I'd come over to listen just after he said "love"). When it finally happened...ah, what a momentous event! The details of this story will be in the travelogue.
The Cee Monstersagacious_c on March 21st, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
Hey, welcome back! Can't wait to hear more about the London trip.

Cheers, love! (if you can say it, so can I!)
kressel: typingkressel on March 21st, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)

That's so funny about the dream! It only goes to prove that inspiration connects people because as I said, I was thinking of you and making certain changes to my fic.

So how did I look in the dream? That's the reality. Look now; I'll be deleting it in a couple of days.
Miss Sophia: Sirius Black (Puffs)miss_sophia on March 22nd, 2006 02:56 am (UTC)
Well, I think I've actually seen that picture before, but you didn't quite look like that in my dream anyway. You had a wider (not fat, just wider) face, and you looked a little bit older. (You have a wonderful youthful look about you--I can't believe you have three kids!!! Then again, I have a friend who's 28, looks 15, and has 5 kids!) But your hair was about the same color--a very dark brown. I think there was something about wig wearing in the dream, too, so I'm not sure if the hair in the dream was real or a wig (I forget the name you have for it).

Your house was quite nice in the dream. It had a pretty big backyard for the kids to play in.
kressel: typingkressel on March 22nd, 2006 03:07 am (UTC)
Tee hee! I have gained weight since that picture! It's about 3 years old. But yeah, that's my wig. We call it a sheitel.
Miss Sophia: Pygmy Puffs (iconseeyou)miss_sophia on March 22nd, 2006 03:09 am (UTC)
Heh, I was close with what I thought it was called. I kept thinking "shtetl" (sp?), but isn't that a kind of house or something? My dad's side of the family is pretty good with the Yiddish, so I heard bits and pieces growing up, but I tend to remember it all wrong.
kressel: holidaykressel on March 22nd, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)

A "shtetl" is a village, specifically, the villages in which the Jews lived in Eastern Europe.
Norwegian Blue: Flitwicknorwegianblue47 on March 21st, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC)
I know. I went to school for a semester in England, which you will hear me talk about at least five times if you spend fifteen minutes talking to me, and I did not want to come back. If there was any sort of way possible without voiding the previous two years of college I would have stayed at the school I was at. Watch out, that place is addicting and traveling to England is one of the the most expensive addictions to have. If you think the "cheers" is bad, you should have heard me. It made my head hurt when my mom and aunt came to visit me and I had to think about speaking American. And I went back to visit in August, and it took me all of two hours to get the annoying half British/half American accent that I had when I was going to school there. And yes, it is annoying, but you can't help it. And the second I came home, it is gone. I cannot have a British accent unless I am talking with a British person. Even BBC America doesn't do it. Which is sad, because it would be cool to have a British accent whenever I want.
Miss Sophia: Draco + Myrtle - Cheer Up Emo Kids (Puffmiss_sophia on March 22nd, 2006 03:06 am (UTC)
I sooo wouldn't tire of hearing about your semester in England, and I'm incredibly jealous of it! You must have been dragged back here kicking and screaming!

I'm already addicted (as well as broke--yipes, that place is frickin' pricey!). But hey, if I just...MOVE THERE...then maybe it won't be so bad!

I sort of wanted to affect the British/American accent, but I was afraid of sounding like Madonna.
ex_jo_blogs on March 21st, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)
*Really* sorry I missed you, love.

Imagine Gary Oldman saying that (using his proppa slightly Sarf London accent, not quite so posh as his movie!Sirius one), only an octave higher - cos that's pretty much what I sound like.
Miss Sophia: R/H - actually read the books (Puffs)miss_sophia on March 22nd, 2006 03:04 am (UTC)
I'm really sorry I missed you, too! It sounds like y'alls had a downright party while I was getting harrassed by crazy Scottish nerds (that story shall be told in my travelogue) in Edinburgh.

Oh, and I saw the comment in your LJ about my HermionePotter fic. *blushes* Thank you thank you thank you, and no, I must admit that I could probably never get sick of hearing nice things about my CRAXheadedness. Does that make me a crack whore?

I SO agree with you about everything you wrote re: SQ and HP. Both have really changed my life in too many ways to fully describe. I'm still learning about some of those ways now. And wasn't it great to meet Arabella? She really ROX.

Well, hopefully we can meet when I'm next in London, which will hopefully be sometime this summer or fall. (And since I plan at some point to move my ass to London permanently, since your city is the absolute best place EVAH, there will be plenty of time then as well. )I highly recommend Los Locos in Covent Garden, as it is the home of some really awesome drinks.

Oh, and major *squee* at your London-accent "love" thing!
ex_jo_blogs on March 22nd, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah - meeting Arabella was amazing. She told us what a fab time she had with you and your friends drinking cocktails!

You do crack brilliantly - you have introduced me to its joys! Haven't written any myself, mind - too busy with my magnum Neville opus. Ch3 of Yellow is on my list of things to read - so much fic, so little time ...

Edinburgh's ok but nowhere compares to the Big Smoke IMHO - look forward to meeting you when / if you get over here again *fingers crossed* :D
Miss Sophia: HPatToD - Dr. Who killed Snarry!miss_sophia on March 23rd, 2006 06:42 am (UTC)
Oh man, that night out with Arabella was great. Did she tell you how much we spent on drinks alone? It was something like £75! For four people! But it was well worth it!

Hahaha, thanks about the crack. Isn't crack wonderful? I actually didn't realize I was all about the crack until it struck me that many of the fics I was bookmarking were total nutjob pieces (or R/S, of course). As that weird floaty dude said in Mary Poppins, "I love to laugh, ha ha ha ha!"

Oh, I so hear ya about "so much fic, so little time." There are so many fics I want to read (e.g., so many fics I've bookmarked, friends' fics :), old-school fandom fics), but grad school projects and extreme procrastination here and on F_W always seem to get in the way.

Speaking of Chapter 3 of "Yellow," I don't recall if I had already mentioned this to you or not, but your advice about trying to scale back overly descriptive sections was really helpful to me. I actually rewrote a good chunk of the first part of it because I realized that I was just giving way too much, and it wasn't that interesting. It's tough, because I want to establish the situation and how describe how Sirius manages to surmount the various obstacles in his way, but at the same time, not ALL the details are necessary. The chapter still ended up being long, but what you had said really helped me pare down some unnecessary parts. :)

What's the Big Smoke?

Oh, I DEFINITELY will be over there again. It's looking more like the fall now, but it WILL happen. I seriously want to move there forever!
ex_jo_blogs on March 23rd, 2006 10:21 am (UTC)
LOVE your icon!
It's the old-school ones I feel most guilty about not having read. My strategy is just have one BIG story that I'm reading / reviewing at a time. At the moment, it's Speak with the Dead by Anya. I figure that way I'll get to read everything on my list eventually - except of course the list gets longer faster than I can read...

Oh - the Big Smoke - old-fashioned term for London before the Clean Air Act in the 50s. People used to die all the time from the pollution from all the domestic and factory chimneys. Here endeth the history leson ;)

Glad my review was useful. I think it was the first fic I ever reviewed! I'm glad I didn't come across like an know-it-all upstart :D