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So, I bought a new car. Well, a second hand new car, that is.

I've been humming and hawing over it for weeks, but the time had indeed finally come.

I shall pick up a Suzuki SX4 on Saturday. I might call it Kissy. After all, you only live twice.

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Current Music: The Young Professionals - SOS

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Fermenting seems to be my permanent emotional status of late, so why not channel it into edible form.

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Trying to make a small batch of kale kim-chi. Let's see how this works out for me..

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Current Mood: blah blah
Current Music: The Riptide Movement - The Elephant In The Room

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Having dealt with Microsoft Office online support and the 8th incompetent KBC fuck up in the last 3 weeks, my utter disdain for pretty much everything in life has ratcheted up to "Just fucking die, humanity" from it's previous level of bleak, utter disenchantment.

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Congratulations to my LJ. Today officially marks your 10th birthday :)

You've seen me at my best and worst. The crazy moments, the sheer lunacy, the occasional disaster and a few tragedies. Friends have come, friends have gone and friends (who know who they are) have been made ad will hopefully be maintained.

Even though Twitter and Facebook may have killed the journalling star (or at least caused it GBH), you're still battling it out. A bit like the author. The ship may be sinking slowly, but the band plays on.

10 god damn years..

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Current Music: Keane - Somewhere Only We Know

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Current Music: The Left Rights - I'm On Crack

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If you bumped into someone who regularly picked on you as a child, what would you say to them?

I really wouldn't care. I was a kid. They were a kid. Kids do stupid things all the time. I've often thought about the folks that bullied me when I was younger and what I would say to them if I met them. I'd probably not say much, unless it came into the conversation - and then, I'd probably say "forget it". If they were weird and were begging forgiveness like a crazy person, I'd forgive them.

We're shaped by our experiences, but we're not defined by them - if we are, then it's a case of "Life, you're doin' it wrong". Life is truly way too short: I've moved on, and I'm sure they have too.

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Current Music: Interpol - Pioneer to the Falls

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I just downloaded the iPhone client for LJ. I wonder if having it to hand will make me update more. One thing is for sure..any entries made will need a Rosetta Stone to decipher. The amount of corrections needed for this paragraph alone makes my eyes water!

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Current Music: Cobra Starship - Good Girls Go Bad

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You know, I don't think I've ever witnessed us having a cold snap like this in my memory. It's quite unusual for the snow and ice to be this bad, or this long lasting. In fact, it was a couple of degrees colder here last night than it was in Moscow, which isn't renowned for it's mild and pleasant winters!

Still, it's interesting to see if nothing else. Much more so, since I don't have to go out in it :D

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Current Music: Ram Jam - Black Betty

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Just before midnight, it began to snow. And snow, properly. It kind of added a little bit of magic to the ringing in of the New Year.

I went out and snapped some pics :D

It made me happier than I was before midnight!

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Current Mood: good good
Current Music: Girls Aloud - The Loving Kind

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Twitter and Facebook have ruined LJ for me. I no longer have to save up my thoughts: now I can just blurt them out at random (or at least the vast majority of my vapid ramblings). That's not a good thing.

Oooh, I have a tag "rampant sex". I looked at it, and was vastly disappointed by the entry. That sums a lot up these days :D

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Current Mood: bored bored
Current Music: Kings of Leon - Red Morning Light

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I'm back home. I'm tired, but happy. I need to chill out with some TV tonight!

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Current Mood: tired tired
Current Music: Cobra Starship - I Kissed A Boy

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Is it bad, just days before my holiday (I've already done my packing!), that I'm salivating over some other airfares and thinking of "where to next?"

Surely that's normal, right?

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Current Mood: ditzy ditzy
Current Music: Justice - DVNO

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...and I'm going to enjoy it. No matter what happens.

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Current Music: Muse - Plug In Baby

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My Political Views
I am a left moderate social libertarian
Left: 3.6, Libertarian: 2.1

Political Spectrum Quiz

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Current Music: Kylie Minogue feat. Aleks Syntek - In My Arms

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I may just be about to do something I didn't think was possible. That is, forgive UPC.

A letter came in the post this morning advising us that the network-upgrade-that-wasn't shall take place on Thursday. Proper Digital TV with PVR, extra channels etc. HD coming soon. Combined with 20mb broadband (soon to be 50mb) and phone for less than 2/3 the price we're paying for all services now is something I might be tempted back to.

Sure, they cocked up with the misleading sale of non-available products earlier this year. Sure it took them about 4 months to respond to my complaint letter. However, it did get me a grovelling senior manager and 6 months of free TV - and a promise of more when the update was completed and we signed back up to triple play. I can forgive them for finally giving me a decent package.

Let's see if they manage to install it all correctly on Thursday morning though and don't mess everything up. Then we can talk.

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Current Music: Anita Ward - Ring My Bell

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Hmmm, tonight I did some totting up. My sum total debt is actually quite substantial when you put it all together, and needs reduction. It's quite scary actually.

So, I'm trimming expenses from here on in. Even on my upcoming trips, I'm now budgeting. Lucky Brazil is relatively cheap (as is my choice of hotels now!), and I can raid the breakfast buffet's in the US when I'm there for snacking at a later time. Oh yeah, I can slum it with the best of them!

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Current Mood: determined
Current Music: The Noisettes - Don't Upset The Rhythm (Go Baby Go)

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I've had so little to update about of late, it's not actually funny.

Where does my life go, somedays? I need more plans, more action. Life doesn't work without my input. The flaw in that plan is that I'm such a lazy bastard, I never get around to that input.

*sigh*

After 10 days, my passport is on it's way back. It's amazing how uncomfortable I felt without an inanimate object. Disturbing, really. If I could afford a therapist, I'm sure they would have a field day. I'm sure a team of mental health professionals would have multiple field months with me.

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Current Music: Kylie Minouge feat. Aleks Syntek - In My Arms

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Feel like utter shite today. At least it's cooler though.

Not going out tonight due to my cold going full on overnight, leaving me a snotty, snivveling mess. Worse than that, I will miss my planned catch up with n0nnahs tonight. *sniffle* (both sadness and illness). Although n0nnahs, at least you can take comfort that we're in the same country at the same time for once I guess! :D

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Current Mood: sick sick
Current Music: Manic Street Preachers - Suicide is Painless (Theme from M*A*S*H)

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Urrgh. Yet more problems with my netbook. Network connections are corrupted. Now stuck in a Travelodge surfing the web on my mobile. Not quite what I had in mind! I hate computers sometimes. Quite a lot of the time, in fact.

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Current Music: Justice - DVNO

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Managed to produce 500 words for this morning.

Then got told, it's ok, Tuesday will do. D'oh!

Nice to know I can still do it.

Also found out my suitcase got busted on the way home. Thanks Aer Lingus! My favourite, constant travel companion has officially passed on. I liked that case. And yes, it's totally abnormal to feel affection for a suitcase. I don't care though :D

Now I need to shop for a replacement. It can never be the same though :/

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Current Music: Lady GaGa - Poker Face

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Going to bed soon, as I'm off to Dublin Airport tomorrow, for the first leg of my trip(s). Hopefully all will go well..but knowing me, travel, airports, Aer Lingus and pretty much everything, I can but be only a smidgin optimistic :P

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Current Music: Calvin Harris - I'm Not Alone

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Thank the whatever it's the (long) weekend.

I need it. And soon, London, Chicago..and eerrrm, Manchester and London. It's a glamorous life, mine.

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Current Music: Girls Aloud - Can't Speak French

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Busy, busy few days. I'm absolutely exhausted.

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Current Music: Flo Rida - Right Round.

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WHY OH WHY MUST I ATTRACT EVERY SINGLE NUT CASE ON THE INTERNET? FREAKS!!!!!!!!!

IS THERE ABSOLUTELY ANYONE NORMAL OUT THERE?

*sigh*

...and relax.

*breathe in* *breathe out*

...and relax.

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Current Music: Green Day - American Idiot

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Yes. I won. I won! £5.10 GBP, alas. But I won!

*hates at €50 million jackpot winners*

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Current Music: Chaka Khan - I Feel For You

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