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Living in the Future

I had last week off work, which was lovely and relaxing. I've only been back a day and I'm already counting down until my next time off!

Mum's birthday was last week and, as is now my tradition, I locked up her presents and made her solve puzzles in order to get to them:

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Can't make things too easy, now can we?

I've also started my Dark Angel rewatch. dustinw5220 and I thought this would be a good time to do it since it's set in the far flung future that is 2019. It's interesting to see how much I've forgotten in the years since the last time I saw any episodes. More than I expected, to be honest!

The Crystal Maze

As someone who was around in the UK in the 90s I of course watched and loved The Crystal Maze and often wished that I could go on myself. Well, on Saturday that wish was granted as my pub quiz team and I went into London to go to The Crystal Maze Live Experience. I was so nervous going into it cos I feared I was going to do absolutely terribly and make a huge fool of myself and have an awful time. Fortunately that did not happen.

It was just like I imagined going on the TV show would be. The four zones were all there; Medieval, Futuristic, Industrial, and Aztec and we got to play four games in each one. As there were seven of us in the group most of us only got to play two games each. I took on a Mystery in the Medieval zone, which I was very happy about cos the Medieval zone was always my favourite and the game itself was one where you had to solve a series of clues which I loved doing, and I won the crystal. The second game I played was a Skill game in the Aztec zone. This involved playing shuffleboard against the Aztec God. If I had any idea about shuffleboard I might have done better, but as it was I lost 3-2 so did not get a second crystal.

Overall our team won seven crystals, but we had to hand two back over the course of the maze cos two of the guys got locked in. We immediately bought them out both times cos we're nice like that. (Interestingly enough it was the captain and the vice-captain who got locked in so I wonder what would have happened if we'd decided to leave them both. Anarchy I suppose.)

The dome itself was probably the only disappointing part. The fans weren't great so the tokens weren't really flying around, they were all concentrated in one small area. And the whole thing was almost like an afterthought. Probably because there weren't any actual prizes to be won, so it didn't matter how many tokens we got. (Which is a good thing cos we did pretty badly, getting something like 68 or so...)

Of course I had to buy a crystal from the gift shop and I plan to proudly display it cos even though I may have never been on the TV show, I still have a crystal that I got from being in The Crystal Maze and I think that's pretty cool.

Health Update

I went to the dentist on Wednesday and he told me that everything was great and I should continue to do what I've been doing. I'm choosing to interpret that as saying he approves of my red wine and chocolate habit.

Last week I went to the doctor cos I've been having problems with my ears again. He said they were very blocked and he couldn't see anything so I had to get them syringed. Yesterday I went to see the nurse to do that and she said that she could clearly see my ear drums so she wasn't going to syringe them. She said that the olive oil treatment I've been doing must have cleared them, but I'm not sure it could have done that much. I'm also a bit unhappy cos my right ear still feels full and uncomfortable and I was looking forward to getting it fixed. Now I'm not sure what I can do about it other than hope it gets better by itself soon.

Speaking of hoping things get better by themselves, the ring and little fingers on my left hand as well as part of my palm have been tingling and kinda numb for a while. Doctor Google would seem to indicate that this could be Cubital Tunnel Syndrome but if it doesn't go away soon I'm probably going to have to go to a proper doctor to get it checked out.

Friday!

It's finally Friday! Yay! I'm completely worn out from this week at work and am very much looking forward to two days of doing absolutely nothing but building jigsaw puzzles and watching Leverage. I had been thinking that I should be productive and do some gardening this weekend cos the plants are getting a bit out of hand, but then the sky decided to open and a ridiculous amount of water decided to rain down upon us today so that's probably not going to happen. What a shame.

It is a bit of an abrupt change in weather though. It was lovely and sunny yesterday. I went outside to take my picture of the day and ended up making friends with the neighbours' cat. He was walking up our garden and I thought he would run away when he saw me, but he came up and rubbed his face against my hand and let me stroke him while he rolled around in the sun. It was very sweet. I hope he's somewhere warm and dry at the moment.

So yes, my plan for this weekend involves watching a lot of my latest binge-watch, Leverage. After watching through The Mentalist twice in a row I thought I should probably go for something else before cycling round a third time! Leverage came highly recommended by someone on Tumblr, although it has taken me a long time to actually get around to watching it. At first I was a bit unsure, I thought it was ok but not great, but I'm loving it more and more as it goes on. So far I've avoided reading fic for it but I'm sure it's only a matter of time before I get sucked into that too. Especially since the show has two couples that I'm shipping equally at the moment - Sophie/Nate and Parker/Hardison. I'm also being very good at avoiding spoilers so far and hopefully that will continue.

Dark Star 7

A few months ago I apparently lost my mind and agreed to run a 7k in May. Two days ago I ran that 7k.

Well, I say "ran", actually I alternated between running and walking because there was no way I was going to be able to keep up a running pace the whole way, unlike Paul who zoomed off ahead of me after about five minutes. But the important thing is that I did it and I did not die.

My time was 59:47 and I'm feeling pretty proud of myself that I made it in under an hour, even if I was one of the last ones to finish. And there was beer at the end, which was the main reason I agreed to this madness in the first place...

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Me with beer. And appropriate t-shirt that I got in Halifax.

Following this we got the bus to Brighton, played a few games in the amusement arcade on the pier, and had dinner. I felt pretty tired but otherwise ok and it wasn't until the evening the next day that the aches and pains from the run made themselves known. I'm still a little stiff today, so I'm very glad that I took this week off work.

We also made progress on our planning for our next holiday and not only have an itinerary for Wales but have already booked all our hotels. It's almost unheard of for us to move this quickly! Usually I spend ages researching and planning! I'm not sure if this bodes well or not...

Oscar Dress Report 2019

And now, my annual Oscars Dress Report:

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And finally my

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Oscars 2019

I'm an old lady now so I didn't stay up until 5am to watch the Oscars live, but I have taken this week off work so I was able to record the ceremony and watch it as soon as I got up. I was careful to avoid any spoilers so it was almost like watching it live as far as not knowing who was going to win.

Emma, Paul and I did our usual predictions game and it was a close race cos after 19 awards Emma and I were tied on 10 points each, and out of the five categories left we'd only differed on one. (It was mathematically impossible for Paul to win at this point, so it was between the two of us.) It all came down to the winner of Best Actress to decide our victor...

Caroline vs Emma...

Glenn Close vs Olivia Colman...

Who's going to be the winner?

(Not Paul, we know that much)

And the final results are...

Emma: 14/24
Caroline: 13/24
Paul: 9/24
RNG: 2/24

Well done Emma and Olivia!

And Paul now owes us another cocktail. He still hasn't delivered the ones from the past two years though. At this rate he'll owe us an entire bar by the time he pays up.

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Obsessions and Resolutions

Right, well, my running is going nowhere fast. It's looking more and more like I'm going to be walking this 7k in May! Hopefully I'll be able to get back at it soon though. I haven't had much of a chance lately cos I've been getting more hours at work, which on the one hand means more money (yay) but also means less free time (boo). And rather than allocate what little free time I have to sensible, healthy things like exercise, I'm instead choosing to spend it all on The Mentalist.

Ah, yes, The Mentalist. My newest obsession. Some people are able to just watch a show and enjoy it for what it is, but not me. Oh no. I have to latch on to my favourite ship (Lisbon/Jane naturally) and just go to town reading as much fic as I can about the two of them! It's a different situation to my usual obsessions though cos this time the show is actually finished, which means I've got to be careful about what I read so as not to spoil myself. I'm quite amazed at how little I know about what happens and I hope to keep it that way. (While there is one major event that I do know about, I have no idea of the details of how it gets to that point or even anything more specific than the fact that it happens.) I'm about halfway through season two now, so I've still got a bit of a way to go!

As for my other New Year's Resolutions, the photography is coming along. I'm managing to take a photo a day and haven't yet run out of ideas. I have a new batch that I need to upload to Flickr and post here at some point soon. Of course I also still have to finish my Canada posts, cos I still have a couple of those left. I should probably do that before my memory fades and I can't remember what the photos are of, but as we all know I am the Queen of Procrastination so it may be a while.

(And the less said about my third Resolution, the better. I've managed to finish one book so far and am not making much progress on any of the others!)

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