x_los: (Russian Church)
* made a spreadsheet of things to do in/around London and went through it with Sam, ranking his preferences
* responded to my mother's email
* Took Sam to and all around the Tower of London--normally I just do the beefeater tour, the crown jewels and a bit of the white tower, but we pulled out stops and did the white tower COMPLETELY, did the torture mini-exhibit, looked at the ravens properly, looked at the Bloody Tower, looked at the medieval palace and the wall, etc. Not EVERYTHING (it's a big complex, with a lot of shit going on), but a hell of a lot.
* Took sam to Borough market, got him English things--pork pie, custard tart, some... juice, which is not English, but he was thirsty
* atm run
* send Sam out for pizza ingredients
* tidied living room
* did laundry
* hung up the jumpers which had lingered on the chair forever
* called mom re: Sam's school: no response
* tidied kitchen sliiiiiiiiightly
* tried to teach Sam to make tea--may be a WIP
* froze lard
* tidied bedroom
* took out catpoo
* talked to Sam a lot
* called my mother to prompt her to book Edinburgh flatshare thing, got into dumb fight with her
* talked to Katy and Danny to calm down
* wrote annoyed post
* wrote mom a polite note, nicely telling her how she could do this herself, what my concerns were with her alternate plan, and asking yet again for Sam's school info
* confirmed Kim's transfer
* emailed Kim
* prompted Sam to email Kim
* prompted invigilation people about promised work
* wrote Cham Cheering Email (tm)
* prompted Katy re: her script
* emailed Jon re: his edits, prompting
* editing huge, nasty, poorly-written legal doc for dad
* wrote to his comptroller about the doc
* called potential window repair man
* wrote Parmar to say I'd done it
* wrote and posted another ad asking for window bids
* edited and rechecked kitchen CV
* wrote draft letter to accompany kitchen CV, sent to Katy for inspection
* wrote housemates about energy company situation, proposing various solutions
* reminded housemates about council tax payment
* listened to voice samples, read others' thoughts, and weighed in on big audio editing question
* cleaned by inbox from over 150 to 38
* spoke to Jon about a thing Sam wanted to do
* wrote dad to confirm receipt of the settlement letter I re-wrote

STILL SO SO SO SO FUCKING MUCH TO DO. SO BEHIND. Blame mother and her redonk drama and FRENZY and pointlessness, and saddling me with baby bro with NOTHING TO DO for a month. Love Sam, want him here, but kind of have some shit of my own, and his dad's allowance for him (and thus his ability to Do Tourist Shit 24/7)/his patience for endless 'Erin Does Landmark Tours, Tells You How To Identify Historical Things, Walking for Entire Day' affairs is naturally limited.
x_los: (Andrae?)
Lots of random Jezebel in the tab closing today. Their new commenting system has REALLY brought all the trolls to the yard. I'm not sure why--are they moderating much less? I don't think it can just be the 'number of responses' sorting algorithm. But why would trolls SUDDENLY be interested? Comments do seem 68% more bullshit than they once were, and I hate the side-scrolly thinggymabob.

Today a friend got a job, which is GREAT for him but threw my sad underemployment into sharp contrast and made me feel like a moron for focusing on housekeeping stuff and articles the past couple of weeks, half-expecting more short-term teaching to come through, just because some employers had pretty much told me to keep July open because it for sure would!!. Like that's ever true. I mean those guys are kind of shadesters anyway, so a special level of incredulity should have been reserved for them, rather than OH THANK YOU FOR THESE WEEKS OF WORK AND THIS RENT MONEY--OH MORE WORK IN RUSSIA? YES PLEASE!!

Feeling blah about it also makes it about meeee and takes away from what should be unfiltered yay for friend/the house/things looking up for the Kitson Mafia.

So I went down to meet Katy, had a too-expensive (but not AWFULLY so) belated 4th of July dinner at the American diner. Not celebrating major US Holidays REALLY depresses me, I find, even if I think RIGHT UP UNTIL JULY 3RD that I do not care, Grandparent's Day or Arbor Day or whatever the fuck means nothing to me--come the actual day I'm crying, clutching the nearest Grandparent/tree in the street, being like DID YOU KNOW IN AMERICA IT'S YOUR DAAAAY?!?!, trying to make a grandparent/tree shaped cookie at 3am and being FURIOUS that it's not right and there were no decent **American** sprinkles in the store and blah blah blaaaaah. Basically I should always plan to do the Holidays, because when I don't, no matter HOW COOL I THINK I AM, I am /never even slightly cool/ and I RUUUUUUUE how I didn't plan, so I should buy a grandparent/tree just in case and prepare a FULL DAY OF EVENTS, lest without this, I descend into holiday madness. Again.

So anyway: belated buffalo wings. Not even slightly hot, what the jolly fuck? Who does spiceless Buffalo wings? ANYWAY.

Then we went to the Cartoon Museum (free with our new ALSO FREE Art Fund cards, omg, and they didn't check the names on the back so Sam can probs use Katy's when he's here). It's worth visiting once, and a nice place/atmosphere, but not, I think, the home of my soul or anything. So then we checked out the Liberty Sale (still SO expensive), and got a coffee b/c I was basically falling asleep standing. Cookies and Cream frappe thinggamabob: idk how I feel about it. Glad that it's essentially a milkshake, pretty much, but sad that we can't just import a Steak n Shake. Or G&Ds from CoMo. Or both FUSED INTO ONE!! ...no, not a Coney Island, why are people from Detroit reading this? Also the cookie chunks at the bottom were kind of weird and hard.

Then we visited Selfridges, which I'd never been to. Kind of weird--like a mall, in a way, with REALLY high end things and some meh low end things, and some awesome store design and some kind of shoddy, rough edges. Wish we'd perused the food court more, because I really like looking at interesting/pretty food. Also it's all one can ever afford in a big destination store. Another time.

On the way back we got food in the John Lewis!Waitrose (living like upper-middle class KINGS!! ...on the reasonably priced Twinings Everyday tea. BUMPER PACK, y'all. Feel the savings!! By this time I was basically falling asleep on Katy and looking longingly at the empty fruit baskets by the queue, wondering whether they were quite big enough to curl up in.

I came home EXHAUSTED but had a bath (and tea and cheesy pasta, made with leftovers and awesomely provided by Katy) and then settled in for another two hours (I'd already dropped at least an hour on it before going out (but after moping about jobs)) applying for a part-time archivist position at QM. I've kind of worked through exhaustion now. Got it in before deadline/the server could void my work (not that it hadn't tried to delete everything in bits several times already, hate these tedious, clunky in-house pieces of shit), but only by 20 min. Since, have done a lot of tab-closing, responded to comments, made a new job spreadsheet and finished the SH-piece edits I got this morning and started before I went out. Hopefully Katy can glance at them tomorrow, since she understood the editor's comments for the last two paragraphs and I really didn't, and tell me whether she thinks the end now makes any more sense. Have been waiting around for Danny to finish the Miss Marple episode we started last night, and for my dad, so we can finish planning his trip, as we said we'd do today. I think he's forgotten/gotten busy (annoying b/c I did remind him at eight-something, and now it's 2am, and if we don't book hotels in the next days there simply won't BE any).


Dragon Castle Dim Sum
Don’t Put Women in Combat, Says Female Combat Veteran
Relining a Coat
some gay Jon Travolta thing Danny sent me with /weird/ comments
Louis from uni's comedy sketches
Ann Romney Thinks Obama Wants to Kill Her Beloved Mitt
How to do a Slip Stitch
Palaces free w/ Art Fund Card
Congressman Invites You to Play Challenging ‘Pick Out the Immigrant’ Game
I Am Obsessed with Vacuum Sealing My Food: wonder if the plastic thing's ever an issue?
Hark A Vagrant teen comics

What are the benefits of writing in a journal or diary?

This Middle Aged Man Would Like Girls to Stop Worrying Their Pretty Little Heads About Photo Retouching
Hotels Offering Fifty Shades of Grey Theme Rooms (B.Y.O. Anal Beads)
Republican Horrified to Discover that Christianity is Not the Only Religion
This is what online harassment looks like
‘I Suck’: How Guys Use Self-Deprecation Against You: I particularly enjoy this conflict resolution comment
x_los: (Four by Toulouse-Lautrec)
Travel as a Way of Finding Yourself (Written By Ron Hogan)
OMFG Watch Out, Here Comes a Huge Group of Girls
Santorum Reaches New Low, Calls Obama a Bad Dad for Letting Malia Travel to Mexico
Ugly Renaissance Babies: in case you haven't seen


So ages ago I picked up a ton of art magazines left on the street. I'm now selling these on ebay, because I never REALLY wanted them, I just hate things being thrown away, to free up space, and get a bit of money. One of them was a UK!Vogue Best-Kept-Secrets sort of guide. I pruned its contents down to London, things that looked even vaguely useful for 99%ers such as self, and things that looked reasonably priced. As a caveat though, some of the vintage and other stores are included as a look-but-don't-touch-AND-NEVER-BUY-EVER experiential!kind of thing. Some do /actually/ look doable, or at least like nice things for when parents visit. Google names for more info.

Alterations: Mo's Tailoring
Art Supplies: Atlantis Art Materials
Bakeries: Nordic Bakery
Bars: The Library Bar at Lanesborough
Soaps: Fresh
Books: Abebooks, Crockatt&Powell, Tate Modern
Breakfast: Brompton Quarter Cafe&Restaurant, Fresco (doesn't sound nice), Tom's Kitchen (proper caf)
Buttons: The Button Queen, Taylor's Covered Buttons and Belts
Cafes: Fernandez & Wells Coffee Bar, Flat White, Leila's Shop, Macaron Patisserie, Rose Bakery
Car Boot Sales: Battersea Technology Centre on Sundays, first sunday of the month Chiswick Community School,
Certificates: Ardyn Halter apparently does a good ketuba
Cheese: La Fromagerie, Hamish Johnston
Secretcinema.org
Cooking Classes: (if I ever have tons of money) Billingsgate Seafood Training School Enrica Rocca Cookery School, La Cucina Caldesi, Ottolenghi
Cream Puffs: Beard Papa
Cupcakes: Lola's Kitchen
Debated and Lectures: Intelligence^2 at Royal Geographical Society, Miller's Academy of Arts & Science,
Dim Sum: The Drunken Monkey
Fabric: The Cloth House
Fairs & Markets: Battersea Vintage Fashion Fair, Marylebone Cabbages & Frocks,
Fashion: Laden Showroom, LAst Place on Earth,
Fishmongers: Moxon's
Herbs: The spice specialist
Homewares: Couverture, Labour & Wait, Midcentury Modern Show, Pedlars
Ice Cream: Marine Ices
reasonably priced (or so they claim) jewelry repair: Sundries
Lunch: The Wolsekey, Tapas Brindisa
Maps: The Map House
Pools: Oasis Sports Centre
Pubs: Balham Bowls club, The Joiner's arms (Hackney Road),
Quizzes: Marcus Berkmann
Record Stores: Phonica Records
Restaurants: Bonnington Cafe (Veg/Vegan), Chisou, Green Papaya (Vietnamese),
Sausage Rolls: The Ginger Pig
Secondhand and Salvage: East End Thrift Store, Retrohome, Retrovirus, Re-found Objects
Stationers: Ruth Kaye Design, The Wren Press
Sweets: Suck & Chew
Tea: Just St. James, Laduree (Marie Antoinette tea), Teasmith, Treacle World
Trimmings: bedecked.co.uk, Sheila cook
Unpainted furniture: scrumble goosie
Valet Parking: Liberty does this for 10.50 for two hours
Vintage clothes: Absolute Vintage, Bambino, Cassie Mercantile, Mairead Lewin, One, Shikasuki, tin tin collectables (MANY EXPENSIVE SOUNDING OR APPOINTMENT ONLY)
Weather: Metcheck

Chamberlayne Road: Howie & Belle vintage, Circus bric-a-brac, Lexi Cinema, Brown Edward & Co. Carpenters
Mount Street: sight-seeing w/ parents
Bermondsy Street: The Garrison Public House
Redchurch Street: Caravan homewares, Sick vintage shop, Trolley Gallery, Max Wigram Gallery

If Moffat wrote Slenderman (If you like Moffat, I’m sorry.)
Critical Round Up On Hunger Games
Eastercon Schedule (both of mine are on Sunday)
Spanish Police Rescue 19-Year-Old Woman Tattooed with a Barcode from Prostitution Ring
x_los: (Cleopatra /Look/)
So I don't mean to always post mopey shit, but back in the UK, visa finally sorted, terrible 30 hour flight with lost baggage and vile customs official finally completed, and classes begun, yet more stupidity dogs your plucky heroine.

...yeah go with it.

I have had an enraging day of running around trying to get a bank account--yet /again/. This is like, time fifteen.

Each of the following places wants a Proof of Student Status from Goldsmiths written out /to them./ The wait for one of these from Goldsmiths is two days, accompanied by long queues to request and to pick up. It's a hassle.

Don't bother calling NatWest to set up an appointment, asking what documents you need and bringing those--the guy on the phone told you wrong, and you'll have to leave and come back all over again. NatWest doesn't want to take you unless your proof of student status has been sent through the mail, and has NOT been opened--they will open the envelope themselves!! And you can only apply at a branch near your house. So prepare to wait for that.

Barclays will take you, but they'll charge a fee because you're not English, and only SOME branches, not all, are prepared to deal with your Not Englishness. And it'll take an hour, so walk there and get told no because you waited here at Branch 1 too long, and it's the end of the day. No we can't make you an appointment. Also we only do international student accounts from 2-5. You have class tomorrow FROM 2-5? Well. Too bad.

On the phone with Co-Operative bank, person one assures me the bank will take you as a student. Person Two disagrees: No, only as a temporary account, because you haven't been here long enough. Person Three says 'No, not at all, only UK residents. Ever.' Thanks for being on the phone an hour (he does not say).

Hallifax will charge you even for this call. Hallifax wants utility bills--you have a top up meter and don't get billed? Well, go away. No your lease won't count as proof of residence. Only utility bills.

Santander--much the same.

Lloyds: you must either have been in the country three months to get a personal account or have that certificate made out to Lloyds. Further horrors probably await you then.

It'll be a BITCH to go back and get like, one for ANY bank that might want me. I think I'm stuck trying Barclays on Wednesday or waiting for NatWest's letter in the mail. It's just whenever I get there carrying ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING they told me over the phone they might need, and THEN some extra shit, something is wrong, and they want more. This is the fucking Kafka International Airport, the Beckett Play of bank accounts. I have a check for a thousand pounds from the US government that I CAN NOT sign over, cash, or deposit. It's just fucking ridiculous. I've wasted most of the day doing this instead of reading (and I have SO much reading), I'm really terrified, carrying all of this banking shit with me to all of these, that I'll loose something important. It's amazingly difficult to /give someone fucking money/ here. Like, I am that Prince in Much Ado played by Denzel, because they AMAZE me.
x_los: (awk.com)
THURSDAY

1. finish phone spreadsheet, select and purchase phone
2. clean rest of inbox
3. respond to flat people, seek more flat people
4. edit cv, send back to Danny and Cora
5. withdraw money
6. make dinner--quiche?

FRIDAY

1. incorporate Danny and Cora's CV changes, email it out to all and sundry
2. sort out bank accounts
3. respond to flat people, seek more flat people

SATURDAY/SUNDAY

1. figure out prescriptions
2. figure out doctors
3. respond to flat people, seek more flat people
4. email CV to more people, respond to replies

MONDAY

1. grad school aps
2. respond to flat people, seek more flat people
3. email CV to more people, respond to replies
4. cry

IT'S INSPIRING, DAMMIT!
x_los: (awk.com)
THURSDAY

1. finish phone spreadsheet, select and purchase phone
2. clean rest of inbox
3. respond to flat people, seek more flat people
4. edit cv, send back to Danny and Cora
5. withdraw money
6. make dinner--quiche?

FRIDAY

1. incorporate Danny and Cora's CV changes, email it out to all and sundry
2. sort out bank accounts
3. respond to flat people, seek more flat people

SATURDAY/SUNDAY

1. figure out prescriptions
2. figure out doctors
3. respond to flat people, seek more flat people
4. email CV to more people, respond to replies

MONDAY

1. grad school aps
2. respond to flat people, seek more flat people
3. email CV to more people, respond to replies
4. cry

IT'S INSPIRING, DAMMIT!
x_los: (Make a Note.)
I'll tell you all later what I've gotten up to in New York, but packing at the moment. Have Intriguing London Links to celebrate my arriving at 8 am tomorrow and (hopefully) clearing customs, about which I am unreasonably terrified. ...probably because I actually am doing something slightly shady. IF YOU HAVE YOUR OWN awesome London links, sites or recommendations, please do drop me a comment, and I will be as happy to include them in the general list as I will be to take you up on your suggestions.

London's Finest Bookshops -- a really good, contributory Guardian listing that doesn't seek to limit excellence to the London parallel of NewYork's 'the Strand,' or the equivalent of City Lights/Prairie Lights, all of which is what I was initially looking for.

London's Best Cheesemongers
-- Time Out does a good Best of London culling generally, but this is clearly the greatest love of all. I mean. Cheese.

Shady Old Lady
-- A user-edited selection of weird sites and sights about town, and potential routes for self-guided tours thereof. Occasionally dumb, often pretty great.

Derelict London -- I'm really drawn to the uncanny beauty of decaying urban architecture, and Derelict London is a good guide. What is /could/ use is better web design (which is odd considering the site is associated with a glossy, well-turned-out published book), more sensible organization as a whole, and better commentary, in terms of the history of the sites depicted, where to find them, and more essayistic content. That aside, it seems an invaluable resource for exhaustive documentation of the city, as thorough as the Wayback Machine.

Disused Stations on the London Underground -- Another case of Big Name, Book-Affiliated Website Apparently Designed With Geocities. The organization's maddening, but it's a potentially fascinating guide to extra-legally exploring the historic London underground beyond the currently-operating 287 stations. There's often interesting alternate histories for the Ghost Stations, which are eerie and intriguing in their own right. Certain platforms and tunnels were used as bunkers and secret records storage in WWII, chosen for their ability to outlast a more complete blitz which would have razed the upper city. Lurking along the lines, you can find 19th century relics of the fierce competition of the privatized-undergrounds era that predated the triumph of the modern, unified civic tube. The closed British Museum stop is supposedly haunted by the pissed off ghost of an appropriated Egyptian mummy, and the newspaper company that offered a hefty reward to anyone willing to spend the night on the all-too-readily closed platform never had to award that prize.

I'm thinking of doing a larger project, tentatively based on this sort of thing, the two or three existing, seemingly lackluster books on the tube's history and a Village Voice article from a few years ago on the character of the infrequently visited final stops of all the major New York lines.  I'll let you know if anything materializes.

Adult Travelcard -- For everyone that bitches about how the tube is soooooo expeeeensive, omg, doesn't this look relatively comparable to the MTA bulk unlimited passes?
x_los: (Make a Note.)
I'll tell you all later what I've gotten up to in New York, but packing at the moment. Have Intriguing London Links to celebrate my arriving at 8 am tomorrow and (hopefully) clearing customs, about which I am unreasonably terrified. ...probably because I actually am doing something slightly shady. IF YOU HAVE YOUR OWN awesome London links, sites or recommendations, please do drop me a comment, and I will be as happy to include them in the general list as I will be to take you up on your suggestions.

London's Finest Bookshops -- a really good, contributory Guardian listing that doesn't seek to limit excellence to the London parallel of NewYork's 'the Strand,' or the equivalent of City Lights/Prairie Lights, all of which is what I was initially looking for.

London's Best Cheesemongers
-- Time Out does a good Best of London culling generally, but this is clearly the greatest love of all. I mean. Cheese.

Shady Old Lady
-- A user-edited selection of weird sites and sights about town, and potential routes for self-guided tours thereof. Occasionally dumb, often pretty great.

Derelict London -- I'm really drawn to the uncanny beauty of decaying urban architecture, and Derelict London is a good guide. What is /could/ use is better web design (which is odd considering the site is associated with a glossy, well-turned-out published book), more sensible organization as a whole, and better commentary, in terms of the history of the sites depicted, where to find them, and more essayistic content. That aside, it seems an invaluable resource for exhaustive documentation of the city, as thorough as the Wayback Machine.

Disused Stations on the London Underground -- Another case of Big Name, Book-Affiliated Website Apparently Designed With Geocities. The organization's maddening, but it's a potentially fascinating guide to extra-legally exploring the historic London underground beyond the currently-operating 287 stations. There's often interesting alternate histories for the Ghost Stations, which are eerie and intriguing in their own right. Certain platforms and tunnels were used as bunkers and secret records storage in WWII, chosen for their ability to outlast a more complete blitz which would have razed the upper city. Lurking along the lines, you can find 19th century relics of the fierce competition of the privatized-undergrounds era that predated the triumph of the modern, unified civic tube. The closed British Museum stop is supposedly haunted by the pissed off ghost of an appropriated Egyptian mummy, and the newspaper company that offered a hefty reward to anyone willing to spend the night on the all-too-readily closed platform never had to award that prize.

I'm thinking of doing a larger project, tentatively based on this sort of thing, the two or three existing, seemingly lackluster books on the tube's history and a Village Voice article from a few years ago on the character of the infrequently visited final stops of all the major New York lines.  I'll let you know if anything materializes.

Adult Travelcard -- For everyone that bitches about how the tube is soooooo expeeeensive, omg, doesn't this look relatively comparable to the MTA bulk unlimited passes?
x_los: (like Ace Rimmer)
...did I mention I was in New York until Monday night before moving to London for the foreseeable future? No? How predictably careless of me. If you've anything to say to my face in either metropolis, do tell! We can do stuff--and [livejournal.com profile] yevermal, call me? Do you still have that number, perchance? Hasn't changed. I'll email it again in case no.
x_los: (like Ace Rimmer)
...did I mention I was in New York until Monday night before moving to London for the foreseeable future? No? How predictably careless of me. If you've anything to say to my face in either metropolis, do tell! We can do stuff--and [livejournal.com profile] yevermal, call me? Do you still have that number, perchance? Hasn't changed. I'll email it again in case no.

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