spindle_ella: (carmen sandiego)
I love how the news is all about outdated computer systems and bad firewalls, when it's a PICNIC issue.

Chris's department sent emails out days ago, with pictures, explicitly stating that if you get this email you must not click on it.

Even yesterday, after all the news coverage...

Caller: Hi, yeah, you sent us a warning about some email, telling us not to click on a link...?
Chris: Have you clicked on the link?
Caller: Yes.

No update or firewall can offer protection when dozens upon dozens of government employees genuinely cannot keep themselves from being an IT Crowd punchline.
spindle_ella: (carmen sandiego)
My brain's been kinda fluffy recently, so progress and things that have happened in random bullet format (which also makes it easier to skip uninteresting bits b'cos of reasons):

long )

* in that vein, Friday's leather order is still not here, so instead of doing very busy work today I dragged out my inkle loom and made a thing to practice my selvedges. They're still terrible. But I'll share pictures anyway.

pictures )
Spoilers for Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and Legion )
spindle_ella: (carmen sandiego)
Ridiculously tired. About ready to murder my postman. And I have bingo updates but html NO BAD.

The Plan

Apr. 14th, 2017 05:33 pm
spindle_ella: (Helper Dog)
The plan for today was to rest up for a day of totodile hunting tomorrow, maybe look into websites and e-commerce sites for my move off etsy, do some of my current coursera course, read some. You know.

Then musicmagpie sent me a 10% extra thing, so I decided I'd get off my arse and finally get around to giving it a go; then I got distracted because bar code reader (bippity-bippity-boo) and the 80s station living up to its potential for once (I'll just listen to this one, then I'll knock off... oh wait, after this one...). I clocked up about thirty quid's worth of stuff, but since it's my first time I reduced it down to the minimum.

Then once I'd got my box together and organised a pick up I realised I hadn't used the damn coupon. While I was clicking around trying to figure out if I could cancel/redo in time, I noticed webuybooks... Sure enough, they were paying substantially more for some of the books that were in my musicmagpie box - like, more than double. So I just bit the bullet and sent a note to musicmagpie saying to cancel that one, and made up a webuybooks box worth more than the musicmagpie one with just three books.

Then I made up a new musicmagpie box.

I did not rest up. I am not in good shape. I am not good at plan.

I did remember to use the coupon this time though. Score.
spindle_ella: (carmen sandiego)
I've had about three hours sleep thanks to etsy fuckery, so if I leave some really weird comments later on then please forgive me. I get less shy when I'm tired. (I mean, I've straight up referred to etsy's customer service as 'a toxic-waste dumpster fire' and told the survey I trust a barrel of monkeys with my money more than I do them, but hopefully it will give some poor collator a smile).

Still, at least I didn't have to get a passport just to keep my shop open. That being said, my shop is still open purely so that I have some income while I set up elsewhere. I don't need sleepless nights because I've received a message that says "use our payment system or we'll close your shop on May 18th uwu", especially given that I can already predict the nasty cash-grabs to come.

spindle_ella: (carmen sandiego)
Fingers crossed for a good cherry crop this year.

I think the snowstorm last week did for the plum again.
spindle_ella: (carmen sandiego)
I was stupid and did way too much over the weekend, so I am taking a Day OffTM (for a given value of the term: I've still been talking to customers, and I laid a bit more slate in the garden during my least lucid patch of medication. That's less heavy duty than it sounds though - I've got a little colander I fill, so I can rinse the stuff first, so I'm lugging about all of 200g at a time).

My plan for today was to post the bingo fills that I've finished and start doing link-ups, but I'm a bit too bombed to deal with photo-hosting and multiple html. Hopefully I'll get them rounded up this week though. The shop's been super-quiet, worryingly quiet, but things have picked up a bit today at least.

I've been told to watch the new Dirk Gently series, so I reread the books first and now I'm about to embark upon a marathon. I'll admit, I'm wondering whether I should wait until I'm a bit more here, but wahey!

Oh, and hallo to new peeps!
spindle_ella: (carmen sandiego)
Trying to stick to the idea of posting once a week, minimum XD I'd set a specific day, but I know how that rolls - I miss the day, every time. A vague 'once a week' goal is a thousand times more doable for me.

I feel like half of growing up is working out what you're capable of.

cut for length )

Imma blog!

Feb. 17th, 2017 12:16 pm
spindle_ella: (Tea n Books)
I've been a bit overwhelmed by, well, everything. But I'm going to get my shit together and blog, or something.

Wedding was slightly chaotic, but we got there in the end. Honeymoon was pretty good - we didn't do any real touristy stuff, just wandered around, and I bought too much tea. Okay, there's no such thing as too much tea, but I spent too much on tea. It'll last me a few months though; that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. The real kicker was a Milk Oolong, which is my favourite anyway but this one is something else (Chris told me to buy it purely because of the look on my face when I tried the sample; never thought I'd see the day when he'd tell me I should drop £22 on 50g of tea, so god only knows what I looked like. He didn't come into Kusmi with me, which is just as well because I might have got Disapproving Eyebrows at that bill; the Patisserie across the road from there had cappuccino eclairs, so he was quite happy in there while I took my time).

Chris's take on the Natural History Museum: Uhh... dinosaurs were so small. I thought they were huge.
Chris's take on Big Ben: We saw Big Ben?
Chris's take on Hyde Park: where the fucking aerodactyls at?

Our hotel room had a hydrotherapy bath in it though, and it helped a lot more than I thought one would, so one is now on our House list. They might be expensive, but when you're talking about 'helps me function' over 'luxury' it's more doable. The more functional I am the more I can earn, which kinda pays for the bath and more besides? Maths.

I haven't done much craft-wise; I've needed to rest up and have been reading a lot. The shop is slow at the moment, but hopefully it'll pick up once holiday season starts (traveller's notebooks seem to spike in summer and Christmas-time). Being closed for so long seems to have affected me this time in a way it hasn't in the past.

I've set up a few goals in my planner - I'm not great at New Year's Resolutions (especially this year as my attention was on the wedding) but seem to settle in around February, so instead of waiting for the following year I've just taken to plotting things out when they come to me. Also, a big part of my 'planning' is to spread stuff out instead of binging an activity and fucking it up because I've taken on too much. See: previous adventures with free online courses. I'm permitting myself one at a time now, and just signed up for "Plagues, Witches and War: The Worlds of Historical Fiction" on Coursera.

Must do some gardening, however today I need to do a post run. New pokemon have nothing to do with it, honest.

That'll do for now; I may blog about books later.


Jan. 10th, 2017 12:53 pm
spindle_ella: (glue gun)
I'm sorry, I haven't been around as much as I'd like considering I've just done a friending meme thing. In my defense, I'm getting married in less than four days and am still making all the things; I'll achieve regularly scheduled programming in February. I'm bingo-squaring a couple of the things but will deal with the wibbly decisions and html bits laters, there are some pics under the cut though:

biiiiiiiiig )
spindle_ella: (Helper Dog)
Things have been obscenely busy. And I'm going to have an obscenely busy month this month too. But one of my resolutions is to blog more, so I'm going to at least make a token effort.

Hopefully my posts will be longer when I'm not:

* chock full of cold
* getting married in ten days
* making favours
* making flowers
* making bridesmaids gifts
* decorating my own cake (at least I'm not making it too; I was at one point)
* going on honeymoon
* making a crazy amount of notebooks because the shop has gone mad

I think I need to write off one of my bingo cards, but I don't think the others have a deadline.
spindle_ella: (happiness)
I've mostly been working in the garden for the past few days, rather than on crafts. But since I last posted I've started the 'prehistoric creatures' square, and the phoenix cowl, and I've finished 'fingerpaints', so imma have to take and post photos. For the prehistoric creatures one I've made a shawl pin by cold-casting iron into an ammonite mould. It needs polishing now, but I can't find my polishing papers - I might say balls to it and see how the dremel handles it.

Garden-wise, I've gotten most things transplanted and my arch up. The kiwis aren't looking too happy, but apparently they do that when you transplant them and as long as they're still growing they should get over the strop. They're growing about an inch a day, so I'm hopeful. The grape is also having a strop but I'm accustomed to that - it should consider itself lucky, tbh, most people bin them thinking they're dead, instead of waiting out the adolescent tantrums. Next week I need to prune the fruit trees, so that should be fun. The snow killed all my plum blossom, so no plums this year, and the blueberries are late, but it looks like I'll have a decent crop of goosegobs, fuschia berries and chilean guava for pies; maybe some cherries too, if I net the tree before the bloody birds get at them.

Also I had my first black-out for five years and accidentally sliced a bit of my finger off, which was hilarious in retrospect but kinda slowed down the crafting a bit.


May. 26th, 2016 09:12 pm
spindle_ella: (Helper Dog)
I've managed to knacker myself by sitting upright for too long; I was trying to do a video for the etsy shop, and kept thinking that the next take would be the one.

Every so often I think "I can do this" about something other people take completely for granted, but then my nervous system is like:

And after all that I still don't have a usable take.


May. 24th, 2016 11:37 am
spindle_ella: (quizzical pug)
I was lucky enough to be able to go visit the Doulton flock of Border Leicesters on Sunday, which is local to me. Ellie was kind enough to pick me up too. The photobucket album is here, but there are some v. big photos under the cut:

under here )
spindle_ella: (blue tank girl)
Happy is a sunny garden, a spinning wheel... and propping up your oxy with a large rum and coke.


May. 7th, 2016 02:02 pm
spindle_ella: (Default)
Things I should do: knit this cowl for mum, since I have to have it ready for her going away rather than for her birthday.

Things I want to do: either get out the dye-pot or the polymer clay.

So tired.
spindle_ella: (quizzical pug)
Notebook sales have slowed, which, on the one hand, boooo, and on the other it's nice to have some crafting time. So here we go, I'm gonna have another go at the blogging thing.


spindle_ella: (Default)


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