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I haven't been around on line much this week because of the annoying reason of having to work for a living, and also the wonderful reason of having good friends over from New Zealand to stay. Cameron and Wendy are our great buddies who returned home to Kiwi Land in 2004. Since then, we've seen them three times, so the rare occasions we do get together are very special. They've been with us a couple of days, and last night, we headed out to a lovely steak house close to home in a village called Bagshot where they used to live when they were in the UK and, as it was their last evening before heading back down under, we had a few drinks, a great meal and relived old times.

There was a lot of laughter - and one or two tears!

And here's a group mugshot of us bunch of reprobates. 

There's even a rare bonus picture of Mr D! )

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Heading off over the briney sea (well, the Solent actually) this morning to the Isle of Wight to spend the weekend with Mum and Dad, so I'll catch you all later!

In the meantime, here's a random bit of nautical humour that I found on a facebook trawl which seems oddly appropriate, both for my journey and for fandom in general!

Catch you all later ...* MWAH*
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Where on earth is this year going?

There was a post on my Facebook page this morning that announced that it's 28 days - only 4 weeks until Jus in Bello begins.  Things have been so busy in real life generally, that this hadn't even registered to me, but yes, this time in four weeks, I'll be in Roma with [livejournal.com profile] amberdreams, [livejournal.com profile] xlittleangx, [livejournal.com profile] herminekurotowa, [livejournal.com profile] heavenli24, [livejournal.com profile] sinfulslasher, [livejournal.com profile] sillie82, (and probably several others)  looking forward to meeting the boys again!!!  Excited?  me?  Nah  ... YES!!!

Once again, I've managed to snag a meet and greet with Jensen.  Nervous - moi?  what di you think  ...

Okay, so that'll be my ovaries then ...

Brain is steadfastly refusing to function; I've yet to think of a decent or insightful question to ask him.  I don't think 'can I lick you?' is going to really show me in the best light ... although at this rate, it might be all I can manage.

Before JIB, however, there's another equally significant matter to deal with.  The lovely [livejournal.com profile] sasha_dragon and I are venturing up to Blackpool on the weekend before JIB.  We're sharpening our elbows and sallying forth into the melee that is Asylum 18, and that is going to be one long hoot from beginning to end.  For anyone who doesn't know Blackpool, it's the biggest shithole going, so it's wonderful to think that for once, instead of being seen as a congregation of weirdos, Asylum might actually raise the tone of the place!

May is going to be crazy, busy, full of amazing friends and fun, fun, FUN!

Are you sure I can't lick you?
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Mr D and I waked to a pub in our neighbouring village yesterday, and as we walked back home, we noticed that someone had recently taken up residence in a local field.

A new friend )
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And I'm just a complete lemming - have been for six years, three months and 30 days apparently!

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Well, at long bloody last it's Easter!  I get four days off, and so does Mr D.

Stuff and things ... )
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There was a mysterious squishy parcel on my doorstep when I got home from work last night.

Little plushie people )
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A couple of weeks ago, I went out for a night with my lovely HR girlies from my old job.  We met up at Ruth's house and the prosecco was flowing freely.

Ruth's two beautiful little daughters have a pet hamster called Snowball, and because we started talking about Snowball, it was decided she should join the party with us.

Sam emailed me this video (that I didn't even know she'd made), a couple of days ago.  As you can see, Hamster-fuelled drunked fun ensued ...

I can assure you, no Hamsters were harmed in the making of this video!
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And what better picture set to round off this lovely meme, but my birthday pictures from the weekend ..

I spent a fabulous weekend away at the Sci Fi Weekender event at Pen-y-Chain, near Pwllhelli, north Wales with [livejournal.com profile] amberdreams and her poor long suffering Spn-widow husband, Paul, [livejournal.com profile] xlittleangx and [livejournal.com profile] edina_clouds128.

A great time was had by all!

Here are the mugshots ...

Hugging the Tardis, in my Star Trek shirt with my Harry Potter bag and my Supernatural Wallet.  I was a multi-fandom kinda girl this weekend!

A rogue's gallery! )
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What with work, and birthdays and all the Livejournal strife that's been going on lately, I've so dropped the ball with the two memes that I've been running, so this is me picking the first one of them back up again! (This will also give me the opportunity to test the crosspost to Dreamwidth too!)

You see, a couple of lovely peeps give me Amazon vouchers for my birthday, and so I've been browsing on and off looking for something interesting or useful to buy with them, I mean, a new camera case and a red kettle and toaster set are on my shopping list.

The I remembered something that was mentioned in a comment on one of my posts, so my search for inspiration went off at a different tangent

Then this happened ... )
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As many of you may be aware, I had a birthday on Saturday - yes, that's right; I am the perennial April Fool!

I spent my birthday cavorting joyfully with very great friends at a Sci Fi convention in North Wales (which will require another post all of it's own), and hence my near enough radio silence over the past four days.

But I came home yesterday evening to lots of birthday love, both in real life and online, and so here is a masterlist of all the prettiness that I can't even begin to thank everyone enough for - enjoy!

It's a Birthday!!! from [livejournal.com profile] julchen11
Birthday Greetings from [livejournal.com profile] 999alena
Happy Birthday from [livejournal.com profile] zara_zee
Happy Birthday from [livejournal.com profile] herminekurotowa
Happy Birthday Songspam from [livejournal.com profile] jj1564
Happy Birthday from [livejournal.com profile] casey28
Happy (Belated) Birthday from [livejournal.com profile] sinfulslasher
A Belated April Fool's Tribute and A Birthday from [livejournal.com profile] heliokleia and her mini boys
Happy Birthday Dizzo from [livejournal.com profile] jj1564 and her mini boys

I also had lovely PM and email birthday greetings from [livejournal.com profile] milly_gal, [livejournal.com profile] sasha_dragon, [livejournal.com profile] just_ruth, [livejournal.com profile] antrazi, [livejournal.com profile] fanspired, [livejournal.com profile] stir_of_echoes, [livejournal.com profile] meus_venator, [livejournal.com profile] kuwlshadow, [livejournal.com profile] emmatheslayer, and [livejournal.com profile] shadowcat_spn

Also, delightful V-gifts from [livejournal.com profile] deanshot, [livejournal.com profile] the_rant_girl and [livejournal.com profile] heliokleia (together with her mini boys)

Over on facebook, I had so many gorgeous birthday treats too:

From Krista Martin, a JIB cohort )
From Elisa Brogren-Andersen, another JIB cohort )
From June, otherwise known as JJ1564 )

And there's more ... )

And finally, from Wendy Vandendorpe, yet another JIB cohort, this fabulous moment of Supernatural silliness:

So all in all, I feel like a very, VERY lucky Dizzo.
Thank you all!

(If I've missed anyones' greetings, please let me know - it's nothing personal, just me being useless!)
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Just taking a little peaceful interlude now the convention is over, and the wifi here seems a bit more stable, to post a brief thank you to everyone's wonderful birthday messages and gifts.  I haven't had the change to sit go through them properly yet, but I'm heading home this afternoon, and I'm looking forward to going through everything (including gifts that have been sent to my home) when I get there.

It's been a great weekend, the con has kept us all busy, and I'll post some pics soon.  My birthday was a blast - It was sio special spending it with friends for a change.   I got fabulous treats from my girls here, saw Gareth David Lloyd (Ianto Jones in Torchwood) in his talk and asked him a question, and rounded off a perfect day with birthday cake and a game of Supernaturalopoly!

It absolutely pee'd down all day on Thursday and Friday (well, it is Wales after all), but as if by magic, the Sun came out gloriously on my birthday, and today is shaping up to be a lovely day too.

But until I get the chance to post properly, here's a quick pic of me with a couple of friends I met on Friday.
(I think EX-TER-MIN-ATE is Welsh for 'happy birthday')

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Stuff and things )
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It's been a loooooooong day!

Stuff ... )
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I'm in the process of getting my equipment together for tomorrow night.

I'm doing another evening tuition session down at the local art club, and tomorrow I'm demonstrating 'animals in pastel'.

I wanted to get an outline picture ready, so that I could concentrate on the pastel work for the workshop, and this little guy hopped into my mind!

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I've been pretty productive today, and I'm happy with the results.

I'll finish Sam tomorrow morning and start work on Dean.  Got to say, I'm enjoying working in the black and white, I've only used five pencils in this whole picture!

Sam )
dizzojay: (Dean)
Not a picture today, just a happy post!

Back in the middle of February, I decided to do Sugar-Free February (yes, I know I started 2 weeks late but hey ho, story of my life!)

I haven't been obsessive about it, nothing short of a health scare is going to make me give up my weekend bottle of wine, and last week I had a custard doughnut, my first cake for three weeks, because my boss had a birthday.  But I've been making a point of only picking things at the supermarket which have a green rating on the sugar category, and substiituting the sugar in my tea for sweeteners, and I have to say, I've been pleasantly surprised at how easy I've found it.

Added to that, I decided to tie it in with a calorie control exercise to help me get into a little bit more shape for the May cons.  I'm being really strict at the moment, (1,000 calories a day) up until my birthday, then I'll celebrate for a week or so before getting back onto it without being quite so strict (I'll probably up it to 1,500 calories a day).

Added again to that, the fact that I've been doing the 'Walk all over Cancer' fundraising campaign, getting sponsored to to walk at least 10,000 steps every day for the month of March (averaging about 11,500 per day so far).

With all this going on, I stepped onto the scales this morning, and I have lost a stone!!! Well, a stone and one pound to be precise!  That's fifteen pounds in American money.

Who's a happy (and significantly smaller) Dizzo then!! :D
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It just occurred to me that I never posted a finished picture of Duke.  He went ot his new home on Tuesday, and I was thrilled to hear that he's much loved and appreciated!

His owner wanted a picture of him sitting at the top of the staircase which is his favourite place in the house.

Although we're still not sure on what the real Duke thinks about him - apparently he hasn't commented yet :D

dizzojay: (Dean)
A picture of my parents' dining room this golden anniversary weekend.

Basically, my Mum owns one vase.  We had to beg, borrow and buy four more to accommodate all their flowers!

It was a lovely weekend, but fairly understated because my Mum had a bad cold and felt a bit too rough for a late night down the pub, so evening drinks were a short and sweet affair!

But anyway, they had a nice weekend and got lots of nice treats, and I'm glad I was there to share it with them!
dizzojay: (Dean)
My fandom friends are leading me into temptation!!  Not that I need much leading, mind you, I'm very capable of finding it all by myself ...

I might have just done something ...

I might have just booked a ticket for this ...

It's the weekend after JIB and Asylum 18, so a great little way to ease those post-con blues, not to mention my lovelies [livejournal.com profile] jj1564 and [livejournal.com profile] amberdreams (and maybe others???) will be there too!

I might also have just booked a photo op with this gentleman ...

Captain Jack Harkness ... HERE I COME!!!


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