Jul. 26th, 2010 11:17 am
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So last weekend was very unusual. I had planned to spend it with the delightful [livejournal.com profile] rosemary_sweet, but alas she was taken ill so *get well soon hugs* to her.

Instead I had the first weekend to myself in a very long time. I could have met up with people but I decided I wanted to stay in and save money for BiCon and OpenCon and all the other lovely things I have planned in the next few months. I was hoping to be more productive than I actually was, but otherwise it was nice to spend some me time.

I did end up starting up another project, bringing my total of "things I can do to kill time other than play video games, but will still probably keep playing games (damn!)" up to 7. This one should be interesting if I can get it off the ground, a game that rewards you for playing another game.

Other than that, a very quiet weekend with myself. Looking very forward to seeing [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth as this has been the longest we've gone without each other in... ages.
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This weekend was very enjoyable. A bit of a late start, I met [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth in Oxford about 4pm. It was a lovely, sunny Saturday and Oxford was absolutely heaving. Not good. We decided eating in City Centre was a bad idea so went out a bit too the Subway near the Pink Giraffe. Then, remembering the free refills we went into G&D's mode and spent over an hour there chatting and relaxing. Was very pleasant and something I'll probably remember for the next time I want to spend a long time talking to people when outside isn't an option.

We then headed off up to [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat's for a very nice evening of talk and Dominion and Pizza. It was great to see Chesh, something I don't get to do nearly enough. We all had lots to talk about and it was nice to share some recent revelations of my own and listen to her and [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth and just connect as a tribe.

At 11:30 we said our goodnight's and headed over to [livejournal.com profile] amuletts' to spend a very lovely night catching up with her and [livejournal.com profile] feanorfinwe. Finally fell over about 4am after an excellent night.

Woke up about 11:30 and headed off back to [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat's. We decided was nice enough to risk it, met up with [livejournal.com profile] wolfpeach and his 2 (adorable) smalls and headed to Bury Knoll for a picnic breakfast. It was excellent to see [livejournal.com profile] wolfpeach again, especially since I've only met him at parties so struggled to find the time to have a dedicated conversation.

We then headed back to The Flat With No Name for a game of The Shinnin' where I was promptly wiped out as the traitor after 2 turns without even killing anyone. Bad rolls + items already in play = anti-climax. Was a very funny moment though when one of the characters fell through a continuity hole (wall switch + moving room = what?)

Then [livejournal.com profile] wolfpeach headed home and I had a much needed nap as [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth and [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat spent an hour or so chatting with [livejournal.com profile] anarchist_nomad on the phone. Then me and [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth said our goodbyes and headed home for nachos, an episode of Secret Diary of a Call Girl, cuddles and bed.

A good weekend (TM).
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I'm not going to do a WIDATW since I don't think I have any friends that aren't on either [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat or [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranths lists. Suffice to say though, it was an excellent weekend!

What I will say is that our flat in Eynsham finally has a name! The Island: It's quite isolated, you won't find it without it being shown to you, despite those two points there's still a lot of coming and going, and we have a polar bear.

Thankfully the black smoke just has a tendency to turn up when we're making bacon and set off the smoke alarms...
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The last few days have been busy but with lots of awesome activist stuff!

On Thursday I was out at [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth and [livejournal.com profile] bunnypip's Bisexual Meet & Greet, run as part of the Oxford Pride Festival. It was a great night, with 3 new faces and learning that there's a large (about 28) contingent of bisexuals in Oxford University, a member base well worth trying to tap into in the future. The night went well with lots of discussion and seeing [livejournal.com profile] anarchist_nomad and [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat was very nice.

Friday was a night in where I went to be quite early because the next morning I had to get up at ridiculous o'clock to be out the house for...

Oxford Pride!
Up nice and early and at Oxpens field for 9am, I decided to pitch in and help out. After checking with the Village Manager, (our own [livejournal.com profile] uberredfraggle, no less) where the [livejournal.com profile] bisexual_oxford stall was, I donned my Super-Bi cape (a Bi Pride flag tied around at the narrow end) and helped by sticking down the numbers of each stall. It gave me a chance to say "morning" to other early birds and watch as Pride got set up around me.

At about 9:30 [livejournal.com profile] bunnypip, L1 and L2 arrived in Peter II along with the Pride Pack (c/o [livejournal.com profile] sanjibabes and the [livejournal.com profile] bicon community). We quickly set all the flyers and sign up and by 10am we were ready to go. [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth turned up around this time and me and her decided to head into Oxford town to get nibbles for ourselves and some sweeties for the stalls.

When we returned it was a bit more waiting around before unfurling and tying up the banner (to all future pack holders, remember to have 4 pieces of somewhat sturdy string to hand) and heading off into Oxford town centre again. Everyone assembled at the parade start, I'd estimate about 200 in all were there. We got there very early so we were able to take a position nice and close to the front. Not too close because Unison had brought an enormous banner with them and we didn't want to be hidden behind it.

The banner is excellent and kudos to everyone involved. It's a lovely weight and a good strength means pulling it taught doesn't have any problems. Me and L1 easily carried it for the whole route holding it prominently enough to score a background shot in the Oxford Mail. You can also see [livejournal.com profile] bunnypip and [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth's Purple Brollys which were also fabby! I will be posting some links (not under [filter:links] because these will be very relevant) to pictures as/when I find them.

When we returned, all three of us took turns on the stall. [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth made an excellent front-of-stall person, drawing in lots of lovely new people to talk to and tell about the monthly meet (which is this week, FYI). We had lots of interest and even people who didn't stop to talk, leaflets were taken about BiCon and BCN. Me and [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth also used Pride as a golden opportunity to network heavily with the other organisations there, including groups like Mind and Oxford Friend (who we also gently enquired to about their heavy use of "Gay & Lesbian" only) and Terrence Higgins (who are really looking forward to running a workshop again at BiFest next year!). We were able to get lots of leaflets and information and we'll build a small pack to bring with us to the Socials in case they help anyone there.

We packed up about 5pm, as the numbers entering dwindled off and the rest of the community stalls were either empty or packing up. It was a great day and I'm really looking forward to next year.

Sunday was much more sedate. As a celebration of living in Eynsham for 1 year (the longest I have been in a single residence since 2006) and also in preparation for the celebrations next week, me and [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth deep cleaned the flat, top to bottom and side-to-side. It took a few hours but they were well worth it. I found a card game I didn't know I had, as well as some sweet video games I'd forgotten all about. Also, we now have a wonderfully shiny clean flat which is always nice.

To celebrate our 5 years, we went to the Spiceorama (which is now called something like the Kandahar House) where we had a lovely meal. The change of management has really improved the place (which was already excellent) so we're both very happy.
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Today was awesome. I got to walk in Brum Pride (again), hold a banner and see people I've not seen in far too long.

Today started ridiculously early (something obscene like 7am) but [livejournal.com profile] miss_amranth warmed up our pain au choclats and made me hot chocolate so it wasn't all bad. We then gathered our flags and set off for Brum.

It was great to see [livejournal.com profile] fly_bi_night because I really do not see half as much of her as I would like. She had a small in tow who was very cute, if a little overwhelmed by the whole thing. The weather was wet but that didn't stop anyone having fun. We got a bit shouty when the announcer completely (and very deliberately) ignored us but otherwise there was no biphobia I was aware of, not even from the stall holders. Everyone was ultra friendly and fun and it was a really nice day in every other way.

We got a gorgeous painting of light breaking around a tree but using all the rainbow colours and it now has pride-of-place above our bed.

Today was a good day. Yes.
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Friday evening was spent relaxing with [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth. A fun night spent reconnecting with her after the problems of the last few weeks was exactly what we needed.

Saturday was spent looking forward to the evening. A very lazy day, starting with bacon sandwiches and more relaxation and reconnecting. We were in a good place now and headed out to meet two lovely people we'd met on OkCupid (thank you, DD!). We were feeling pretty optimistic; both poly, both our ages, lots of shared interests, both well written profiles (not a single use of "ur" or "lol" anywhere) and both... well... easy on the eyes *smile*.

We got into Oxford a bit early and called in at Games Workshop where (amazingly) they had a copy of Battlefleet Gothic: Armada in so I was able to get it there and then. Then it was off to the food van in Gloucester Green where we grabbed some (really yummy) cheesy chips for a late lunch and ate them on the steps. Then it was off to the Gate to meet new people.

A bit of a shaky start when they ran a bit late, but turns out their landlord has the worst timing so an understandable delay. Besides, when you're friends with [livejournal.com profile] anarchist_nomad a 15 minute delay is nothing *grin*. When they arrived our optimism was thoroughly justified. We spent the whole evening talking about the things we were passionate about, listening to each others stories and just having an awesome time.

After a few drinks at the Gate it was over to The Mission (a place I simply must go to more often) and then on to G&D's for yummy ice cream and more delightful conversation, including the customary swapping of the psycho ex stories. Good times. We were then very honoured with an invite back to their place (the flat name of Black Mesa only improving their standing in my eyes) where we played a new game (Mall of Horror, very fun) which I won and [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth came second. I'm sure the hosts let us win, but I did pull a bit of a "dick move" where I ended up luring the last few survivors into a trap before sprinting my piece away to safety.

After some more delightful conversation and an introduction to Pandora, their pet corn snake who is just as friendly and fun as her owners, it was time to head back (that is, it was 1 in the morning!) so we said our goodbyes and headed home very pleased with the evening and looking forward to meeting them again.

Sunday was another day of lounging around with bacon sarnies and a quick and easy lunch. I did happen to spot a the BFG Rule Book + counters (from when it was a boxed game) on eBay going for a real bargain so put in a bid. Which I then won! So I got the rule book at half price and the counters for 50p. A fantastic end to the weekend, if I don't say so myself!
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Well, this is a bit annoying in a good way.

Whilst thinking about trying to ask someone if they'd like to meet up for a "maybe-date" I went into my calendar to find the next weekend I'm free. Turns out it's July. Mid-July if I'm planning to go to London and Derby Prides.

So, much like when shopping for shoes (when you're size 12 it's rare to get more than 3 options from an entire shop), it's now probably easier to ask "Who is free/Wants to join me" rather than trying to hunt out specific encounters with people.

So, this is what I have planned. Comment or contact if you'd like to join in *smiles*

Join us, won't you? Thank you. )

Talk about crazy, eh?
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Growing up is optional

So yesterday I turned the grand old age of 23. Turning 23 is just not a number significance so I didn't even book the day off work. Was a good day though and thank you to everyone who left me birthday messages, it made the day that much more festive.

The evening was a highlight though, with a visit from the lovely [livejournal.com profile] anarchist_nomad and [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat who brought not only presents (The Fisher King and Baron M√ľnchhausen DVD's and a new game, Blockus) but their set of Dominion which meant [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth could finally learn the game! Blockus is an interesting game and really plays to my enjoyment of strategy. The solitaire mode is also very... interesting.

There was also a very brief Skype from the ever wonderful DD to wish me a happy birthday which meant [livejournal.com profile] anarchist_nomad and [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat at least got to hear her and interact, however briefly.

Also, good news in that [livejournal.com profile] anarchist_nomad said he'd be willing to give 40k a go so I finally have a reason to finish painting my 5 termagants and spend the vouchers I got for Christmas!

All in all, a good evening *smiles*
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So the last few days have been busy, amazing and relaxing, in more or less that order.

Good Friday I took the Oxford Tube down to Victoria before catching the Terravision over to Stansted Airport, off to meet the wonderful DD. After over an-hour-and-a-half at arrivals I finally laid eyes on her again after far too long. Looking very upset, it turned out the poor lass had been interrogated by the Border Agency. A very intense cuddle later we made our way to the coach back to London. Incidentally, Terravision are an awesome company and if you ever need to get to/from an airport I can't recommend them enough. The coach was full of Italians, much to DD's delight.

We caught up a little on the bus, mainly about what had happened at the airport. Numerous plans have been formed with how to spend time together, including seeing The Warhorse, a wander around all the tourist spots in London and, of course, a trip around Oxford.

Very sadly, but understandably, she couldn't be tempted back to Oxford for my birthday party. I met up with my beloved [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth and [livejournal.com profile] lord_don and got a lift back up to Oxford. The party itself was a success, the Spiceorama despite being under new management as tasty as ever. It was great seeing the rest the clan ([livejournal.com profile] anarchist_nomad, [livejournal.com profile] cheschcat and [livejournal.com profile] bunnypip) as well as a surprise visit from [livejournal.com profile] alexn4561. After the meal, karaoke ensued. Note: Barry White should cover more Bee Gee's.

Sunday was much more sedate, as was Monday.


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