!Attention youse lovely UK people!

If I can only find somewhere to stay, I will be spending some time in ye olde England very soon (15-24 April). I was originally going to stay with Lionel but as he recently started seeing someone, I am not sure it would be such a grand idea ... I need to spend a few days in Northampton (looks like 19-24 April currently), but the rest of the time (15-19) I can spend elsewhere, so if anyone wants to meet up and has a bed/sofa/floor to spare, that would be most excellent! I will love you forever and ever. Also, I can cook.

Any offers ... ?
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This is it. Matthew and I are either getting married this summer, or we are not ever. Unless things change, that is. And I truly mean it.

I am going to disable comments on this, not because I don't value your input, but because I am not ready to talk about it, and also we need to clear things up between us before any of it goes on here.

Thank you all.

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Good things today:

Several people commented on how lovely, beautiful and nice my jacket was - even random people at university whom I have never met before. (including a middle-aged man who said 'your jacket looks good'in a slightly weird, offhand way.) This is the kind of stuff that happens to Kathy all the time, not me. Well, the past year or so it has actually happened a few times.

Anyway. I was wearing: a pale yellow chiffony pink/red/green/lilac/turquoise/orange patterned dress with gold sequins on the neckline (it sounds worse than it is, but it did look a lot better on when I had the braids... maybe because I looked slightly more exotic?). With this I wore some skinny fit black jeans turned up over the ankle, with red (!) ballerinas with white and navy-striped ribbons. And the jacket. I am sure the cut has a proper name, but I can't think that I know it - it's a short, fitted red velvet jacket with a china collar and brass buttons and epaulettes. It is done up with hidden little hooks. I also wore my lovely amber and silver studs from Lithuania, a yellow necklace and a silver ring with a big pink stone. And my film star sunglasses. And my big red handbag.

Well, Kathy does this so much better - and I am tired because I had no sleep last night (for a 'good'reason, mind.) And I feel fed up with my clumsiness (that may well be down to tiredness today), since coming in from university I've spilt tea, dropped two cheeses on the floor (luckily they were in their plastic wrappers) and banged my little toe very hard into something (luckily it didn't FALL OFF this time ... that was unpleasant).
I was going to stay away from the chocs (have a gala ball to attend to in Edinburgh on the 5th and I don't watch out I won't get into my frock!)

The other good thing about today is that I handed in a very overdue assignment. At least one thing out of the way (and yes, I'm not sure how this is really possible at all, but it seems I still have a chance to catch up with all my work ...)

Well, this is so much more rambly than I intended, so I'll think I'll end it here. OOooh, by the way - I was greatly amused yesterday when I found a video on my mobile that I had no recollection of recording whatsoever. It's Matthew dancing to the Cheeky Girl Song. :O Hahahahaha.


For that is the word that has just entered Johanna's active vocabulary. ('My plan is to impress him suitably. And on recognising my gargantuan effort, he will hopefully bump my mark up.')

And yes, she is mightily pleased.

Whoops, another one for the records :P
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Trying to focus on the positive

I lovelovelove Regina Spektor. The music, the lyrics, the voice.

Over the past 6 months her name has cropped up in various places on LiveJournal. For some reason, without really having heard the music, I had the idea that I would probably like her/it a lot. And I do. And it makes me smile. And if I can smile, I am still not in That Very Bad Place. And if I'm not there, maybe I don't have to go there at all.
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How to buy 3 body butters from the Body Shop for a total of £5.80

1. Realise they are reduced from £12 to £6.
2. Realise there is a 3 for 2 sale on.
3. Take advantage of the £5 birthday gift on the discount card.
4. Take advantage of the 10% discount on my the discount card.

I picked honey, grapeseed, and avocado. The sale didn't apply to all body butters or I would have swapped the latter two for coconut and something else. Still very good, though! I've always refrained from buying them because of the price - £12 each seems a little steep in my opinion.
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