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We have internet in the new house! Will be catching up on lj gradually. Little disappointed you can't 'previous 10' back to 340 odd like you used to, though if I'd been away this long in LJ's heyday it'd be well over a thousand posts. Still, more than a hundred is quite a lot to have missed.

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I dreamt that the remain vote had been so strong the result had been announced at half past midnight. Then I woke up, and it was 6am, and I checked the news and we were leaving. I had a very strong sense, suddenly, that I just don't feel English at all. I feel European.

I'm sad that so many parts of the country saw so little benefit from being in the EU they thought leaving might be better. My sister shared some of Cornwall's remain campaigning, which pointed out the county saw far more money from the EU than it sees from Westminster. I think that's true of several poor parts of the UK, but not all, and not visibly enough for people to see it. If your house is in negative equity anyway, and all your local industry has dried up, and your local schools and hospitals are massively underfunded, being in the EU hasn't protected you from that. It should have, but it didn't, and you can't afford to go on holiday anyway, so why stay?

The hope to cling to now is that this splits the tories so much that they crash out of government. There's already a thing with Cameron saying "right, we'll start tomorrow" and the Leave saying "no, not until 2020" because they've realised the massive economic upheaval will fuck them out of power if they don't wait until after the next election, and Cameron gives no shits because he's going to be forced out anyway. There were some interesting arguments regarding if this vote had some up under and leftwing labour government, and maybe it wouldn't be quite so bad then, so lets get them in, shall we?
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So in the Buffy comics Giles died, and got resurrected as a twelve year old, which is boring because Giles was clearly a lot more fun as a teenager. Also Spike and Buffy are a sweet couple, which has killed all the chemistry in their relationship, so that was a poor choice too.

And Buzzfeed is full of Buffy stuff, so I'm craving a little something.

Xander isn't meant to be an arsehole, he just hates Spike and is worried about Giles.

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Since I was posting some plotting stuff on here earlier, I figure I should do a general update.
I don't remember when I last updated, but it's a while ago. Glastonbury was good. I have a scar on my knee from falling over (again, like last time, same knee). Also I saw Cumberbatch as Hamlet in the Barbican last weekend, which was cool, and Witness for the Prosecution this weekend, which was not as good but in a cool setting. Fancy seeing 1984 the ballet soon, if anyone wants to join us for that.

I have a new full time job, which is taking up a lot of time, though not all of it is doing stuff. My manager is barely a year older than I am and managing for the first time, which mostly means he keeps telling me to go home early because being able to do so pleases him. It's the most money I've earned in my life, which is cool, but they might be closing our office next year, which is less so. My contract is technically until March 2016, which is odds on when the office will close, but if it gets renewed I'll probably work from home. Which is not what I've ever wanted in a career (see: why I'll never be a full time writer) but I can get stuff done if I have to.

J has been prepping for his upgrade, which means I've had more time at home twiddling my thumbs, which has been weird. It's been nice this evening playing board games without that hanging over us (he had to hand it in on Friday, and the upgrade thingy is some time next week). Much more like us being us, at home with a roast dinner and games and nature docs on the telly.

It's out four year anniversary next week. My sister is getting married next year, which is kinda weird. I was jealous at first, because she's younger, but she and Sam have been together longer than J and I have, and it gives me an excuse to watch Don't Tell the Bride and stalk Offbeat Bride, so I'm down with that. She wants mum to breed pigs to serve at the wedding, and grown enough food for 150 people!

Still poking wattpad sporadically. More story ideas than I have any desire to write. Really enjoying just being a reader right now, in a lot of respects. That and knitting. I've started on the Christmas stuff already.

Anyway, that's me. Our oven shorted out again today. Would quite like to be stable enough to buy a place, tbh. This flat is alright, but it's definitely not a long term place.
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We're nearly sorted now. Internet is working (though there's something wrong with the billing which is driving me nuts), polling cards have arrived, we've got a TV license (might still be paying the old one, though), I think the electricity is basically sorted out and the council tax is nearly done and I'm totally not ignoring the pile of bills next to me. I need to charge my laptop, so maybe I'll do that this afternoon? There's no good sockets near the sofa, annoyingly.

The new flat is slightly noisier than the old in that there are student buildings not far away, so if we have the bedroom window open at the weekend we can hear a lot of shrieking. Above and below noise is pretty much what you'd expect for flats. We still haven't figured out the storage heaters - one is on all the time and one is off all the time. The oven tends to blow if the hob gets wet, which isn't ideal. All the shops are that little bit further away which is good for getting more exercise.

I've been getting on with lots of knitting; I've nearly finished the trunk of a jumper (then there's just the sleeves to do). Wool shops are harder to find in Leeds - there's an empty shop near the new flat (they've moved to Chapel Allerton, so 45 minutes walk away) and the one near work is closing down. So I spent £35 there on sparkly stuff.

We're finally caught up on Game of Thrones and started Daredevil, which is good. We're also watching Once Upon a Time s4, and we'll probably keep Netflix long enough to watch Borgias s3 and Orange is the New Black s3 (coming next month), then swap to Amazon for Outlander and Black Sails s2. And at some point watch Lost s2-6. And all the good live TV at the moment, like Gotham and Agents of Shield and Jane the Virgin. I am so in love with Gotham right now.

It's good having a nice lazy weekend with both of us here. Feels more homely as a result. Jack's interviewing people at one of the local museums tomorrow (hope it's busier than friday, when he only got one taker!) while I'm going over to an ex-boyfriend's house to watch lots of Star Wars.
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Things we already know about the people who lived in our new flat before us:

- Their full names
- Paddy's employer in 2013, how much he earnt and various other tax details (he left his P60 behind)
- That one of the spoke Spanish as a first language (the washing machine has a list of translations next to it)
- They made most of their own furniture out of broken bits of other people's furniture (a table top nailed to a bedside table! A chest of drawers with no handles!)
- That when they lost a key, they almost certainly put off replacing it until they had to move out, and had the cheapest key cut possible (as evidenced by the fact it doesn't work)
- They chose a green electricity company
- They did a decent, but not perfect, job of cleaning the place (the agency clearly didn't get a pro cleaner in, as evidenced by the P60 stuck behind the handle-less drawers. Also, black mold in the bathroom and streaks on the hob, but immaculate oven and cupboard interiors)

What I also know is that our letting agents think it's fine to just bin someone's P60, without even shredding it, which makes me 0.o at their data security. And that they don't check their properties after people move out, since they left the random furniture, a broken lampshade, and failed to move the beds as asked. Oh, and they told us they don't keep spare keys for the flats, which is just a lie (since, you know, they were doing viewings when it was still occupied but no one was home).

I shall be without proper internet for a few weeks until we get the phone set up, but I'll still have my phone (and work's internet!). So, see you guys in May!

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Hello everyone who got the sad livejournal email and checked their flists for the first time in ages. I've been here all along.

::manic cackle::

(We get the keys to our new flat tomorrow. Moving is making me slowly crazy)
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One week tomorrow until we move. Four full days off. Scary. We've started on the kitchen.

We've got more people coming to view our flat tomorrow (we had some yesterday, while we were out). We're going to run away and hide in town. I feel bad because the place is so messy (there's a really manky bit on the carpet that's covered with a box to hide it from viewers!) and I hope they don't report back to the landlord, but I'm sure they get that packing is an untidy time. The wall of boxes is getting bigger (it's four high, four wide and three deep so far), and there's other boxes and crates scattered around the room. We can just about get into the balcony, which is good because that needs clearing as well. We need to take down all the bare picture hooks, but we've left up the masks so far to creep viewers out!

I finished knitting my skirt! It's super cute. I need to put some belt loops onto it, since it doesn't stay up on its own, but it's the perfect length and kicks out at the hem. I want to start something else now, but all the knitting stuff is packed.
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After watching Heathers, and my not being massively impressed by it*, J asked me what my top High School Movies would be. After poking google to find out what I've actually seen, because I've got a terrible memory, and coming up with a list of about twenty and realising I was only rearranging the bottom half, I came up with a pretty slid top ten.

1 Clueless - This is a film I will watch on tv even though we own it on DVD. It's basically flawless. Yay for Jane Austen.
2 Juno - Witty and smart and actually vaguely reflective of a real high school environment.
3 Easy A - I only saw this for the first time recently, and loved it. Self aware without being overwhelmingly meta.
4 Whip It - Yay roller derby. Yay a sports movie structure in a high school movie that's not about men Yay for cool women moving at high speeds.
5 Bring It On - I'm a total sucker for cheerleading movies. They're like musicals, but with less singing and more gymnastics.
6 Cruel Intentions - I love Dangerous Liaisons (movie - haven't read the book mea culpa) and this is a great evil high school movie. It's bitchy more than cynical, and revels in its cruelty.
7 Breakfast Club - Yay for bonding. Yay for musical numbers.
8 Romeo + Juliet - Everyone else in my class saw this at the cinema but I only became aware of it once they were talking about it in school, possible because it was a 12 and I wasn't. Di Caprio was the school crush of '97 (and I did see Titanic at the cinema despite being underage). Baz Luhrman knows how to pile it on.
9 10 Things I Hate About You - It's got a musical number and Heath Ledger. It makes Taming of the Shrew better.
10 Grease - It's so incredibly problematic, but the music is so incredibly catchy, and Rizzo is just awesome. "There are Worse Things I Could Do" is just brilliant.

I kind of love how Romeo and Juliet musical adaptations get progressively more cheerful, from West Side Story (they die), to Grease (they change for each other) to High School Musical (society changes to accept them).

Near misses, in no particular order, are: Mean Girls, Scream, Dirty Dancing, Save the Last Dance, American Graffiti, The Craft, Mona Lisa Smile, But I'm a Cheerleader, High School Musical, Ferris Bueller and the Buffy movie.

*Partly went in with too high expectations, partly went in with completely the wrong expectations. I was thinking a sort of 80s Cruel Intentions, not the deeply cynical film it actually is. Also partly because I started making dinner and missed the ending, where Veronica finally gains some agency.
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