Two dishes, for six people. Am fairly smug.

(Sweet & sour battered pork; beef with spring onion, wood ears and udon noodles.)
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( Jun. 19th, 2009 08:03 pm)

...for what to do for a Stag Night? Or for a daytime activity preceeding a Stag Night? I'm looking for something a little adventurous that will still be:

  • Reasonably inexpensive (~¬£40 or under)
  • Lacking in serious risk to life or limb (bruises just prior to wedding = bad)
  • Appealing to a fairly wide range of people

So far I've got:

Edit: updated with suggestions

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( Apr. 18th, 2009 02:58 pm)
If anybody's looking to get cheap jewelery made, I'd advise them to avoid the Ernest Jones' in the St. James Centre. When measuring me for a ring, they managed to get my size wrong by an entire two sizes (almost an entire millimetre in diameter). Two resizes later, it still wasn't right, and the third time I went back, I was told that since it was over a month since I bought the ring, they would have to charge me. The price they quoted was 12% of what it in the first place, which I was understandably not happy about.

In fact, it's probably wise to avoid high street jewelers entirely. I took my ring to Alistir Wood Tait on Rose Street, who took the time to measure my finger properly, using a selection of real rings of a similar shape to mine. (He was amusingly Ollivanderesque about it — "How about... this one? No, goodness, that won't do at all!") When it was back from resizing it fit perfectly, and he charged significantly less for it than either Ernest Jones or H. Samuels were wanting.

Randomness: Kitteh vs. Potato! (Video)
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( Sep. 17th, 2007 09:42 pm)

Today I spent an hour dragging my tubby frame up a climbing wall repeatedly — something I haven't done in literally years. I had forgotten several things about climbing:

  1. It bloody hurts
  2. It's bloody terrifying
  3. Fit, talented people are annoying
  4. The routes marked "easy" aren't
  5. You always end up pulling muscles that you previously had not even suspected the existence of
  6. "Climbing wall vs. skin" is a rather one-sided match
  7. Your fingers don't work for the rest of the evening
  8. In general, "ow"

Can't wait to go again next week!

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( Feb. 7th, 2007 08:40 am)
My sister's playing for Scotland in the women's six nations. Will be going along to Meggetland on Saturday to watch her play against Whales. Or, well, to watch her sit on the bench, mostly. But nonetheless!

I was out jogging along the Union canal yesterday, what with it being a nice day and me needing the exercise. I brought my camera and took a few pictures. I'm constantly surprised by the amount of life and activity on the canal. There's two rowing clubs, kayakers, longboats... even a floating restaurant.

Mostly, however, there are ducks. It being spring, they're all being cutesy and couple-y. And doing things that ducks are wont to do at such times. Luckily for you, I didn't manage to get any pictures of that sort of thing. Here are some nice ones, though.

Piccies )

Edit: Also, perhaps somebody on my friends list (not naming names or anything) might like a cutesy duck icon?

I could put writing on it and everything.

Edit #2: and by "yesterday" I of course meant the day before yesterday.   8^S

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( Jun. 28th, 2005 10:44 am)
I am sickeningly cheerful today. I do not know why this is.
I have a theory that it involves sunlight, skin, and vitamin D.
If I get too bad, somebody had better give me a good slapping around.

P.S. Any thoughts on OpenID, anybody?
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( May. 20th, 2005 09:02 am)
Am off to see random people's wedding. Yikes.
This will involve wearing a suit. Pictures will, no doubt, leak onto the internet somehow.

Spent last night learning how to tie a tie. In three different knots, because I'm geeky like that.
The trick is to not let it see your fear...

Questions by [ profile] gominokouhai:

Snippetty! )

Leave a comment, and I'll ask you five questions, thereby perpetuating the madness. I promise not to be too mean!   8^)

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( Jul. 4th, 2004 10:43 pm)
Woo! Yay! Hupla!
Shall celebrate with crumble and custard.

Yesterday I went bowling with the anime society, and we paid for two games. I scored pretty crap the first game (88), and then rather better the second game (145). But then the monitor read "player 1 bowl to continue". We asked, and the attendant said that since we were quick, we could keep bowling until our time slot was up. So I bowled the first frame, and got a spare. Good start.

The next frame, I got a strike. Excellent! A little air punch, and continued. The next frame: another strike. Wow! I've done that maybe once in my life before. Third frame: another strike. I walk away in a sort of haze of 'is this me bowling this game?'. The fourth frame, I'm feeling a little pressured, and expect to screw up. I bowl, the ball goes a little too far to the right... and then starts to curl back... 9 clubs down... the last one wobbles... wobbles... and falls over! I can't resist by now... I jump up and down and dance like an epileptic. The other members of the group are speechless by this point. Fifth frame: my hands are trembling, but I calm my nerves, do the run up, and release. Another strike! Oh my fucking god! And I'm dancing again, blathering like an idiot. "Five in a row! Five in a fucking row! Oh my god that's unbelievable!" The expression on everybody's faces was priceless. They're looking at me as if I'm Jesus or something. 8^D

Unfortunately, I messed up the next frame. (Perhaps on account of my hands shaking like I've got the DT's.) Nonetheless, I was anxious to complete the game; see if I could break 200. And then our time slot was up, and we had to hand the lane over to the next people. Aaaagh!

But what the hey. I'm just grateful for that amazing run. I got 165 points in seven frames... that's 16 points higher than my highest game score ever, and I still had three frames to go. 8^D 8^)



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