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Saturday
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.

Sunday
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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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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I have updated my Anonymous Comments Box to now be a link to FormSpring.

In actual news - things are going from strength to strength. I got bored and started eyeing up some affordable housing in Oxford. Certainly some nice options, but sadly the wrong end of it for Eynsham. I remain hopeful something will appear sooner rather than later, however.

My relationships with D and L are both growing and developing very nicely and [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth seems to be on the road to recovery which is great news on it's own.

The surprise party for [livejournal.com profile] anarchist_nomad was a complete success. The only wobbles on my part were a couple of near misses (nearly saying I'll be seeing [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth sooner than next week) and in hindsight I took a massive risk saying I'd gotten the same text as Nomad when I hadn't. Still, he seemed genuinely shocked when he went in to "get me a drink" (read: Get in the lounge you bloody fool, there's a party waiting for you!) so I consider that mission accomplished. I'm very glad I have a policy of only lying to surprise someone, sometimes...

My current project is to kick my video-game habit. I have now reached the point of annoying myself with my inability to keep the flat clean or work on any of my projects, because I keep playing games instead. I have already removed my games off the PC (except OpenTTD (for no man should be without his train set) so hopefully I will be able to get my flat ship-shape and my projects back on track.

In more pleasant news, and as I'm sure you've all noticed, Spring has very much sprung. It's approaching warm in the sun. Want some really good news? Tomorrow, Florence (the one in Italy) will have snow and be colder than Oxford. That makes me very happy.
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I had a good weekend. Not only did I get to see the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth, but I also got my BandTrack project started and a good bit of progress was made on it.

On the Friday, I got dressed up in my suit (the first time I've warn it since the interview which got me my current job!) and [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth put on her lovely new dress and off we went to the Christmas Ball. It was alright but as [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth commented, not worth the £20 we paid for it. The music ranged from naff to plain terrible, the "Vegas" upstairs consisted of a big sign and 2 tiny game tables and about the only fun thing was watching the karaoke. We left about midnight and decided to try the new Chinese take-away. It was very good.

I woke up quite early Saturday (about 9, I think) and got to work on a hobby project of mine, BandTrack. I'm going to go into detail with that in another post, I think. [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth slept peacefully, waking only occasionally to say "hi" and advise me she was going to sleep more. She was catching up after an extremely busy week and I had plenty to be getting on with so I was happy to let her sleep lots.

When she decided it was too late for even a student to be sleeping, we both felt like bacon so a walk to the shops to clear out the head-cobwebs and get the required bacon as well as yummy ice-cream (Ben & Jerry's for her, Vienetta for me) was in order. We talked lots, as we do when we go for our walks and I admitted that I might have found someone I'd like to get to know better in the future.

As those of you her flist will probably be aware, [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth had planned to take this weekend very easy. This resulted in quite a bit of time for "doing our own things, together" which is something me and her do a lot. It works really well for us both as our hobbies are very much solo affairs (writing and web development) most of the time so as she scribbled things and chatted with people on MSN, I got on with BandTrack.

We stayed up until very late, at least 2am, programming and writing stopping every now and then for cuddles and kisses which is my perfect way to spend a Saturday night. We did need to stop for a while to have a quite involved conversation but most of the issues were happily resolved.

Sunday was much of the same, a walk into Winchester itself to have our (becoming traditional) Sunday brunch at 'Spoons before a wander around the (unpleasantly crowded) Christmas Market before sitting on a wall talking about things and stuff. A spot of shopping later and then the bus back to the Halls before having another quiet and relaxed day together.

The travel home was particularly good, with no long waits anywhere, not even Oxford (where I normally have to wait 50 mins for the next bus). I was then up until gone 1 trying to get my project working on the actual internet, but that's a story for another post.

All in all, a good weekend was had by all.
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Last weekend was very fun.

Friday
We ([livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth and me) went to see the Christmas lights in Oxford with [livejournal.com profile] anarchist_nomad, [livejournal.com profile] uberredfraggle, [livejournal.com profile] pinkoi, [livejournal.com profile] amuletts, [livejournal.com profile] bunnypip and the 3 smallest Leverets.

Was very fun, even if I did miss the main parade. The castle was all Christmas-y, complete with Edward Snippy-Mitts effect snow machine, ice sculptures and a happy atmosphere. After a wander round (and a sit in the café for warmth and/or food) we went on the the Ashmolean. On the way we ended up all holding hands in one very long line, taking up most of the street, which was very fun to be a part of. Outside the museum, there was a band playing songs. The only one I recognised was YMCA but a couple of the numbers brought out the dancer in [livejournal.com profile] anarchist_nomad and [livejournal.com profile] uberredfraggle and the Leverets.

Afterwards we went around the museum, but [livejournal.com profile] bunnypip, the leverets and [livejournal.com profile] uberredfraggle had to leave due to either tiredness, work or horror at how old things in the museum were. The rest of us continued round the museum and got to see a bit of it before the place closed. It has been pencilled in for a future visit sometime in the new year.

After this it was off to the pub for warmth, drinks and conversation. It was nice to get to know [livejournal.com profile] pinkoi more.

The group then all went their separate ways, except for [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth, [livejournal.com profile] amuletts and myself who grabbed a taxi (after finding the buses stop before midnight) and spent the night at [livejournal.com profile] amuletts.

Saturday
After waking up at 11, me and [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth set off into Oxford to do some (emergency) dress shopping. [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth thankfully found a gorgeous little number for the ball so all was right with the world. A quick pub-breakfast at 'spoons and it was on to the station to grab the train to Newport, South Wales (or Gwent, depending on which machine you ask) in the company of [livejournal.com profile] uberredfraggle.

There was a brief moment of crappy-ness when I received a message of G that our plans for the 5th had to be cancelled.

One long-ass train journey later and we were in Newport where the fabulous [livejournal.com profile] just_becky collected us and took us to her house for her 35th. There we met all kinds of new and interesting people, including a long overdue reunion with the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] rosemary_sweet. The only LJ name I picked up was [livejournal.com profile] sweetcyanide but I'm sure there were more.

Good food, good drinks and excellent company. All you need for a wonderful party. [livejournal.com profile] just_becky's lovely speech added to the fabby-ness of the whole event.

Sunday
Another late start (and a breakfast of toffee and pecan ice-cream and Spongebob birthday cake) and it wasn't long until we were back on the train towards Oxford. We joined [livejournal.com profile] uberredfraggle at a Random Roast - a gothy get-together at a pub in Didcot for food. It was nice to meet new people and get some proper food down us at last.

We then ended up at someone's house which, although nicer than the train station, was probably not the best idea. Not knowing anyone and being far too late to the party meant that there was little conversation coming our way and not enough energy in either mine or [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth's reserves to force ourselves into the conversation. A bit like Whitby, I could see there was much enjoyment to be had but then was not the time.

There me and [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth had to go our own ways, as she had a party to get to in Winchester. Back in Oxford, I went to catch my bus back home only to encounter a new person. A fellow weekend traveller, it turns out he had been the fellow who had commented to me after I had smashed a wine bottle accidentally a few weeks ago. We got chatting and it turns out he lived with one of my work-mates and his landlord works below my flat. Sadly, his placement finishes in 3 weeks then he's leaving Eynsham, but it made nice company on the way home.

Monday
Now I'm at work, after nearly oversleeping and very happy about the weekend. It was very fun, not overly expensive and provided some great opportunities to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones.
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The weekend was lovely and Brum BiFest was brilliant. The lunch in particular was lovely, as were the people (seeing [livejournal.com profile] fly_bi_night after so long being a definite highlight). The workshops worked really well and, for saying it was a single room, the event flowed really nicely.

I'm glad the poly thing has settled well - I would be lying if I was a little worried how I'd feel with seeing the whole thing up close and personal, as it were, but all was good.

Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] anarchist_nomad*, [livejournal.com profile] bunnypip** (who it was lovely to finally meet), [livejournal.com profile] uberredfraggle*** for making it a fabby day out.

[livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth's move to come out to her parents is something I really commend and anyone who missed her post is recommended to go offer her some supporting comments.

If anyone would like a BiFest leaflet drop me a comment and I'll send you a PDF file (or if you live in the area feel free to come grab a real one)

* Especially for the ice-cream
** Especially for really helping J with her worries about coming out
*** Especially for lovely coffee
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hmmm. What to write about?

It's friday at least, that's always nice. Looking forward to the extra day to sleep through - should finally top me back up to pre-BiCon levels of awakeness.

Me and [profile] miss_amaranth went out for an unexpected meal. We normally have Friday Chips & Burger but apparently she had cravings for a curry and when we got to the restaurant, intending to order a take out, she decided she'd rather stay. So we did. It was really nice and she even offered to pay, which I happily accepted.

Other than that today has been lovely and quiet. Having stuff to want to tell people about is all well and good but one of the perks of having nothing to write about is that it means there's no drama, and a break from that is always welcome.
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Well no wrap up last night owing to the BiCon reunion so let's see what I can remember.

Yesterday was pretty bad at work. The place was stiflingly hot so I spent more time fanning myself than I did programming. I also found a centipede in my keyboard. This office, I swear, is alive. I've had more spiders rappel down to my desktop (swiftly followed by a relocation to the bin) that I can count and the centipede incident is just an escalation. No one seemed very surprised.

Althought after work was brilliant. I had a nice surprice from [profile] miss_amaranth, which I'm pretty sure I have [livejournal.com profile] amuletts to thank for. Then after a (much needed) shower we grabbed the bus to Oxford. Arriving fashionably late we were also the 3rd and 4th people there. I never was one for fashion.

It was great to see everyone again and massive kudos to [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat for bringing the whole thing together, even if she does send me the weirdest spam emails. The best bit, I felt, was that the BiCon atmosphere was still very strong in the air. [profile] miss_amaranth kept apologising for her lack of filter as she seemed to be trying to find the half-way house between explicit and "we're in public, dear". It was cute. We also had some instant activism, with the formation of [livejournal.com profile] bicon_oxford, which is very cool. First point of discussion needs to be "when are we doing this again?"

Highlight of the evening was easily the sharing of Psycho-Ex stories. I'm still waiting on [personal profile] anarchist_nomad's story, apparently it's quite the tale. Also had a weird experience after having [profile] miss_amaranth sitting on my legs too long, getting up and promptly losing all feeling in my legs and trying to look as sober as possible as I fell down. Hopefully no one saw.

So, in short, or "TL;DR", as the cool kids say: In the space of a weekend I've gone from knowing no-one in Oxford outside of work to knowing over a dozen awesome people from all over the nearby area :D
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It's just a little habit I'd like to get into. Wrapping up the end of a day with an entry in the journal. I used to keep a blog, but that was to deal with my depression. If you can call it that. Mopeyness is probably more accurate.

I had a cool idea last night. I've just bought my first Warhammer 40,000 minatures - well, I say just I mean about a week ago - and I've been wondering what colours to paint them. I had the idea of doing them reddish/pink across the top (the carapace), purple across their bodies and their weapons blue. It's a great colour scheme on its own but with the added meanings it'll mean I can crack a smile as my violent, bloodthirsty creatures run across the battlefield, desperate to sink their teeth and claws into the enemy, are also bi and proud :)

I didn't get much done at work. I blame my new found LJ addiction entirely. Got to pull a long shift tomorrow, firstly to get the project finished in time and secondly because the in-laws are round and I can not be fucked with them right now. Having to keep the story straight about London is a lot more work than just staying at work a few extra hours.

The comment box idea has been a little infectious and I can see why now. I've had some really lovely comments made there that really made me smile. I left a few myself for other people. It's nice to be able to tell people things without the worry (or at least only marginal worry) that they won't know it's you and get all weird.

I'm looking forward to Thursday, should be nice to see all the BiCon crowd and remind myself it wasn't just an awesome dream sequence. Sucks about Nomad's kidney stones, crappy things always seem to happen to the best of people. Ah well, he seems to be doing better so hopefully he'll be able to make it and I can work out a drink I can buy him.

And finally it's looking like I might be going to Whitby with some pretty awesome people. This is a double whammy of feel-goodness as myself and [profile] miss_amaranth recently got utterly fucked over by a group of people we used to think were our friends who went to Whitby on a day trip and deliberately didn't tell us. Sounds like there's a bit of drama kicking off in regards to the organising of the weekend itself but, frankly, as long as I can sit in a coffee shop and people watch with a few of the BiCon peeps I'll be happy.

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