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01 April 2003 @ 06:28 pm
And without you - I'm not right, I'm not fine...  

Started the journey from zorac's flat on the local bus, which ended up being quite crowded as we got on at a busy time when normal type people were heading to work or school. We made the coach to Gatwick with a few minutes to spare and took the last seat in the very back, which had extra leg room - an excellent bonus for us very tall people. We then spent the next couple of hours sleeping in spurts (we didn't get much sleep the night before...lalalala), and then while conscious either snogging or being amused by the other couple on the coach who were also shamelessly snogging (although I for one wondered if there was more happening than snogging at times...).

We arrived at Gatwick and I went to check in and get my boarding passes, where I got a slight interrogation by a much friendlier security man who dubbed Mark my "bag carrier." After that we found a place to sit and wait for petulans, who had kindly agreed to come and meet us for lunch. Whilst waiting I decided to go and hunt down magazines, which are my weakness, and I bought British Glamour and Marie Claire. It was also the only time I really spent any British currency, so that was sort of cool. Allright, I'm a t00b for thinking that's cool.

Greg finally made it off the hellish train which had stopped and made him later than we'd expected and then we went up to where the restaurants and shops were. I was immediately glad I hadn't gone up there earlier as there was a WB store and a Body Shop and well...I would've spent money. However, will have to do some actual shopping in June, methinks. Have had need to go to Lush since one capitalflash mentioned it eons ago. But I digress. I insisted we eat at the British pub-type place, because there was no way I was eating American food while in England. Luckily both Mark and Greg were willing to placate my whim, and we had a nice time eating and being rather amused/horrified by the strange Scottish men in kilts with large furry creatures on their crotches and balloons that they would blow up and then let the air out of. I have no idea what that was about, but it was certainly interesting. Greg also gave both Mark and I chocolate bunnies, and I felt very badly because I only gave him items to give to Anna and John. Wah. Then we went down and said goodbye to Greg, and then Mark and I had our own private (well, as private as you can get in a friggin' airport) goodbye, and I headed to my gate.

I get there in time for them to announce that boarding will be delayed for at least 1/2 an hour. Hrrumph. You mean I could've snogged my boyfriend for another half an hour? You bastards. -.- Finally got on completely and utterly full plane, oh joy. But luck was with me, as the flight attendant noticed me hanging into the aisle and moved me to an open aisle of two seats, all for myself. (they actually had 4 seats kept aside - I have no idea if that's standard practice but I was grateful for it) Saw Sweet Home Alabama which was really not worth seeing, except for the really nice marriage proposal scene. Not a particularly good example of the romantic comedy genre. Decided I didn't want to see White Oleander and dozed on and off for the next 4 hours.

Arrived in Detroit and went through immigration and customs - I got asked what I did for a living and where I'd visited by the immigration guy, and then the customs guy asked me what I did in England and I did say "Visited my boyfriend," but that was that. Of course, considering that I'm a citizen, I was gone all of 5 days and had brought back about $10 worth of chocolate, I wasn't expecting the Spanish Inquisition. Got out of the international arrival area and took the nice tram from one end of the terminal to the other where my connecting gate was.

Had very quick flight to Chicago, then found my brother waiting by the luggage area. Was miffed that I had to walk back through the airport to the carpark instead of just right outside to the car, but oh well.

Got home, spoke briefly to parents, emailed Mark, got ready for bed, blew circuit breaker in house. Oooops. Certain electrical items have not survived trip to UK. Other electrical items are hopefully having their fuses replaced today. Must do better research on electricity differences between US and UK for next time. Also must purchase replacement items. Eeeep. Went to sleep before 10 pm and slept fitfully.

Today I have felt rather woozy and out of it - is that jetlag? Not a clue. My legs ache something awful from all the walking, and I have *counts* 10 bruises on my right forearm, I believe from my bags, but I'm not certain. Luckily work has been quite slow today, so I haven't had to think a whole lot. Here's hoping for being more recovered tomorrow.


A - Act your age? The older I get, the younger I act.
B - Born on what day of the week? Sunday (oh how I love Google)
C - Chore you hate? Cleaning the toliet. YUCK.
D - Dad's name? Alexander
E - Essential makeup item? Copper eyeshadow.
F - Favorite actor? Michael Rosenbaum. He can act and he's hot.
G - Gold or silver? White gold. >:D<
H - Hometown? Suburb of Chicago cleverly named after an English dukedom.
I - Instruments you play? Used to play clarinet and keyboards.
J - Job title? Helpline Representative
K - Kids? Not yet.
L - Living arrangements? With parents, in the room that used to be the garage.
M - Mom's name? Melissa
N - Number of people you've slept with? I'm not posting that publically.
O - Overnight hospital stays? When I was 12 I had pnemonia and was in the hospital for 2 weeks. Ugh.
P - Phobia? Any sort of bug. Wibble.
Q - Quote you like? Twitchy little ferret, aren't you, Malfoy?
R - Religious affiliation? Firmly agnostic.
S - Siblings? 2.
T - Time you wake up? Usually 8 am.
U - Unique habit? Hrmmm, I have no idea. If you know me and would like to point out any unique habits I have, please do so.
V - Vegetable you refuse to eat? I won't eat raw carrots, and I really don't like peas or lima beans.
W - Worst habit? Beating myself up.
X - X-rays you've had? Lots - feet, teeth, chest, back...
Y - Yummy food you make? Cheese pie. Peach and Pear Salad. Death by Cheese.
Z - Zodiac Sign? Cusp of Leo and Virgo.
 
 
I feel: draineddrained
 
 
 
Teesside Snog Monster: mobius-scarfjiggery_pokery on April 1st, 2003 05:26 pm (UTC)
Sounds more like general exhaustion to me. If you've not been sleeping much recently then I can fully understand. There's an impertinent yet supportive remark to be made here; kindly assume I've made it.

I hope you're rather better prepared and less wibbly about the prospect of your return in June, but of course there's May between now and then... :-)

Peach and pear salad sounds rather yummy to me!
Vicki: MWAHhermorrine on April 2nd, 2003 09:44 am (UTC)
There's an impertinent yet supportive remark to be made here; kindly assume I've made it.

I'm obviously not back on my game yet as I have no idea what you might be inferring.

I hope you're rather better prepared and less wibbly about the prospect of your return in June

I think so overall, though that time it will be O'Hare (much bigger than Midway) and Heathrow (which I believe is also much bigger). I do think that I will say I am visiting friends next time, however. -.-

Peach and pear salad sounds rather yummy to me!

It's a very interesting thing and a staple at holidays like Thanksgiving and Xmas for my family - another one of my maternal grandmother's recipes. Maybe if you're very lucky I'll make it for you one day...
Teesside Snog Monster: bankformonumentjiggery_pokery on April 3rd, 2003 12:14 pm (UTC)
Impertinent yet supportive remark: I hope you were exhausted due to copious, extensive love-making.

Heathrow deals with more passengers than Gatwick, but from memory I think that the arrivals section of the Heathrow international terminal (assuming that you won't be travelling with British Airways - or, technically, a few other airlines also, none of which seem terribly plausible) is rather more compactly designed than the arrivals section of Gatwick; furthermore, the part from which you'll catch the coach to Oxford will involve relatively little walking from the terminal arrivals section. It really shouldn't be any trickier than Gatwick; probably much less so. Be reassured and wibble ye not.

On the other hand, the international (non-BA, etc.) departures terminal is large, sprawling, generally fairly crowded and has less extensive shopping facilities than Gatwick does. However, you probably won't mind so much, not least because it's easier for t00bs and other nice London-based folks to get to.

Is it a bad thing that I write about seven times as much about airports as I do about sex?

What else is there in the peach and pear salad? Is it full of savoury vegetables, making it an accompaniment to a meat course, or fruit, making it a dessert?
Zorac: black untiezorac on April 3rd, 2003 02:52 pm (UTC)
I hope you were exhausted due to copious, extensive love-making.

You might think that.
I couldn't possibly comment.
Teesside Snog Monster: nasalleyjiggery_pokery on April 3rd, 2003 03:04 pm (UTC)
See? Impertinent and yet supportive in one neat package.

Lalalalala.
Vicki: Hrrrrmmm?hermorrine on April 3rd, 2003 02:55 pm (UTC)
Impertinent yet supportive remark: I hope you were exhausted due to copious, extensive love-making.

Actually, it was that last, exhausting game of Monopoly that did me in.

Thanks for all the tips on Heathrow - it's a while away anyway, so I won't wibble about it. As for talking more about airports than sex, well...I don't know that it's actually bad. Some would say I talk too much about sex. *shrugs*

What else is there in the peach and pear salad? Is it full of savoury vegetables, making it an accompaniment to a meat course, or fruit, making it a dessert?

I wouldn't call it a dessert, but it's closer to that in that it is somewhat sweet. Definitely not savory.

Teesside Snog Monster: cuboctahedronjiggery_pokery on April 3rd, 2003 03:01 pm (UTC)
Actually, it was that last, exhausting game of Monopoly that did me in.

Mm-hm.

Ack! John has got rid of his icon, but imagine a Waltonesque mm-hm if you would be so kind.

Some would say I talk too much about sex.

Not I!
Vicki: Nas Alleyhermorrine on April 3rd, 2003 03:21 pm (UTC)
Mm-hm.

You doubt me? :P</i>

Not I!

That's good at least. Any topic you're interested in discussing?
Teesside Snog Monster: pandajiggery_pokery on April 3rd, 2003 05:22 pm (UTC)
Well, I did particularly enjoy reading what you had to say about noses and their capabilities when we were discussing it that other time.
Vicki: Bi As Me!hermorrine on April 3rd, 2003 08:27 pm (UTC)
Well, if you'd like to discuss that particular topic further, you can always talk to zorac too... and he could give you the male perspective, and all that. Not sure there's anything new I can add, anyhow. Anything else? :)
Zorac: south markzorac on April 3rd, 2003 03:05 pm (UTC)
Actually, it was that last, exhausting game of Monopoly that did me in.

Tell me about it. It was one of those games where the money keeps going back and forth in ever larger sums. Having all the IMs is always handy, and the orange set is the most landed on, but FanFiction.net and the rest of the bottom of the board kept nibbling back. In the end, it was the überfic on Schnoogle that did me in.

Some would say I talk too much about sex.

I wouldn't. Is that even possible? Well, I suppose if someone were to spend so much time talking about it that they never got around to...
Vicki: Bi As Me!hermorrine on April 3rd, 2003 03:15 pm (UTC)
Tell me about it. It was one of those games where the money keeps going back and forth in ever larger sums. Having all the IMs is always handy, and the orange set is the most landed on, but FanFiction.net and the rest of the bottom of the board kept nibbling back. In the end, it was the überfic on Schnoogle that did me in.

I still haven't forgiven you for taking RS away from me. *sulks*

I wouldn't. Is that even possible? Well, I suppose if someone were to spend so much time talking about it that they never got around to...

Are you confirming that I not, in fact, all talk and no action?

Zorac: reunionzorac on April 3rd, 2003 03:29 pm (UTC)
I still haven't forgiven you for taking RS away from me.

I'm really sorry about that, sweetie. At least you weren't getting sent to fandom_wank every other move (I might have made some more money out of Pumpkin Pie et al if you had, though).

Are you confirming that I not, in fact, all talk and no action?

I can happily say that there was indeed plenty of action.
Vickihermorrine on April 3rd, 2003 04:21 pm (UTC)
I'm really sorry about that, sweetie. At least you weren't getting sent to fandom_wank every other move (I might have made some more money out of Pumpkin Pie et al if you had, though).

Hrrrumph.

I can happily say that there was indeed plenty of action.

*giggles* I guess that the cat's really out of the bag now.

Zorac: matriculationzorac on April 4th, 2003 12:45 am (UTC)
Hrrrumph.

Hey, you wone the game - I really don't think you've got annything to hrrrumph about ;-)

I guess that the cat's really out of the bag now.

*giggles* Was the cat ever in the bag?
Vickihermorrine on April 4th, 2003 08:40 am (UTC)
Re:
Hey, you wone the game - I really don't think you've got annything to hrrrumph about ;-)

I won THAT game. You continually kicked my arse at that martial arts video game we played.

*giggles* Was the cat ever in the bag?

Mmm, perhaps not. But that's what you get when you choose a girlfriend who openly states her love of sex... ;)
Zorac: t00by boyfriendzorac on April 4th, 2003 08:45 am (UTC)
You continually kicked my arse at that martial arts video game we played.

Only when you weren't kicking mine! I reckon we ended up pretty much even...

that's what you get when you choose a girlfriend who openly states her love of sex

Well, indeed. Note that I am absolutely not in any way complaining ;-)
No Namenystana on April 1st, 2003 05:37 pm (UTC)
Those bastards denied you a half-hour of snogging with boyfriend. You must string 'em up by their toe nails.

*raises hand*

Will volunteer!
Vicki: HOTcha!hermorrine on April 2nd, 2003 09:45 am (UTC)
*grins* Go get 'em, tiger! ;)
Zorac: black untiezorac on April 2nd, 2003 12:54 am (UTC)
*snogs for half an hour*

Oh, and that couple on the coach were *so* more than just snogging ;-)
Vickihermorrine on April 2nd, 2003 09:49 am (UTC)
*swoons in your arms*

Obviously they didn't care about getting caught on the security cams... *long-suffering sigh* Ah, the burdens of being a mostly responsible and nice person. ;)
Callipygian: southparkpicklepuss on April 2nd, 2003 07:36 am (UTC)
Sorry I am a day late.

Am very happy you have returned and had much fun. Am quite excited (and more than a little nervous) to meet you both.

I too hate cleaning the toilet (as Kari can quite enthusiastically confirm), bugs (ditto), and peas. I am also firmly agnostic as is Kari. Nice to know we have things in common.

Congratulations on impending promotion!
Vicki: Nas Alleyhermorrine on April 2nd, 2003 09:56 am (UTC)
Sorry I am a day late.

Oh please - don't worry about that!

Am quite excited (and more than a little nervous) to meet you both.

Oh no - no reason to be nervous! We're going to have a great time. :)

Nice to know we have things in common.

Funny how it's often the little things. *grin*

Congratulations on impending promotion!

Eeee! Thanks! >:D<



Callipygianpicklepuss on April 2nd, 2003 10:08 am (UTC)
It's not personal; I get nervous about everything.