Thursday, December 31, 2009
oh hello, i started a blog in finnish. (not that it's actually 2010 yet) i'm NOT abandoning this blog though, it's basically me trying to hang on to my mothertongue.
i'm off to cuddle carl, drink whiskey & coke and eat party food (i got some most excellent tesco finest canapes the other day for 80p. normal price £4. bargain of the decade! especially since they're supernice and have goats cheese ones. my favourite.)
i should also mention i made really awesome pizza for dinner, and we're having the same again tomorrow cos i made enough dough & stuff for two pizzas. awesomecakes.
hope y'all have a nice new year.
i've been reading 'everyone' else's memories of their 2009 on my google reader and i kept thinking, i'm not gonna do it cos there's nothing worth remembering about this year, but to be honest, it had it's moments. if i ignore the good moments, that'll waste them. so here's a short list of things i did like about 2009.
♥ ZINE FESTS. hanging out with awesome zine folk. i tabled at brighton zinefest, london zine symposium, alternative press fair (august edition) and southampton craft & zine fest + two crafty deaf cat nights down the road in rochester. four times out of six, i/we sold quite a few things and it felt good to share things with the kids. i did also really enjoy hanging out with people afterwards. got to meet alex wrekk of brainzine, who was lovely, and it was generally nice to talk about zines with people who knew who the fuck i was talking about. highlights of my year.
♥ STARTING VAMPIRE SUSHI DISTRO. it started better than i dared to expect :) i'm loving it, though i do feel bad about getting so behind and unorganized in the past month & a half. i'm sorry if you've ordered something and haven't got it yet. i'm gonna get myself in gear this weekend and hopefully get things in the post on saturday. well, what i can at least. and generally get the zine stuff proper organized. we're getting rid of some unnecessary shit, taking stuff to the dump on saturday so i'll have space to make a little distro corner, or something.
♥ MEETING SINIKKA IN THE FLESH. i've actually known her for years on the internet. well, we've had mutual acquaintances and i remember seeing her around, and being lj friends (no idea how we met though) but we lost contact for a while and i guess we started properly talking at the beginning of the year when i found her on lj by accident. or did she find me? who knows.. anyway, she was on holiday in london with her dad and she came down to see me one tuesday. it was so nice to be able to just hang out with someone and talk about all the stuff (mental shit, queerness, harry potter..) with someone in the flesh, and in finnish. i wish we could do it all the time..
♥ EMMA GIVING ME THE BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER. my darling blythe doll, winifred edith bloom. she still doesn't have hair, i haven't even touched her scalp in months. but she's got two pretty wigs and some clothes and i love her. i'd been wanting one for years, but had given up on the wish ages ago because i'm stingy and would not spend that much on a doll. but emma had a spare one she'd been meaning to customize for ages but never got around to it, so she thought she'd give her to me! carl was a bit annoyed, cos he usually gets the best present ever medal. but it's pretty fucking hard to beat a blythe doll.
MAREN. she's actually a new friend via internet. i found her amazing blog sometime in the spring and well, fell in love with it her. and her. she's so lovely. she was on holiday in london with her friend caro around my birthday so i went up to meet her the day before my birthday. again, good times. nerding about dolls and harry potter and stuff. i wish i could hang out with her all the time too!
♥ MEETING KORINNA, MY ZINE HERO. korinna was really the person who got me into zines to start with. i found her on facebook one day and when she added me back she said she was in ireland and was going to be in london the next week, wanna meet up? so yeah, she came down to chatham, we sat in a pub sipping on strawberry beer and i gave her all my zines. i think i also convinced her to get back into zines, cos she's just made a new one, roots of hope. i'm gonna be adding them to the distro very soon. i bought some without reading it first, that's how much she is one of my fave zinesters ever, cos i'm well cautious.
zara (on left) & sara (not pictured) decided to start doing little craft fairs at a local coffee bar, and there's been two so far and it's been really lovely. the first time i sold quite a bit, and the second time hardly any (though that's probs cos it was really cold so no one really came..) but my favourite part is just hanging out with the girls. they're lovely ladies and i should see them all more. also, i get to wear the amazing headware zara makes and pretend their mine for a couple of hours.
♥ MAKING A SPLIT WITH MARANDA. i've always wanted to do a split zine and this year i did! even though i'm not 100% happy with my side because i had to rush it a little.
i might make a list of things, you know songs etc i liked about this year but i can never remember the first six months and it all gets muddled and the last six months are more vivid in my memory. so who knows. can i be bothered? probably not. hence the question mark.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
i didn't take many pictures during chrimbo. i was too busy having a nap, finishing knitting purple gloves for carl's mum (an unfinished christmas present that) watching the boys play tekken and swear, and cuddling carl's parents' tubby jack russell, purdy, or as i call her, porky. (it's not their fault, they got her from rspca rescue centre and she was that fat then..) but here's the few pictures i did take.
carl eating a curry of left over beef.
anyway, not thinking about that hell hole, as i'm not going back until NEXT YEAR. monday. ugh. yesterday i did fuck all, except go to the shop and make us lunch and dinner from the cook book emma got me. today i've been better, i've been to the shops to get dinner, done two loads of washing, sort of tidied the bedroom and later once carl's done the dishes i'm going to make some eggplant parmigiana, again from the cookbook. i think emma made me some when i visited her in september and it was nom.
i have great plans for this week, mainly involving cooking (because i have the time and energy for once!) i'm going to be testing a bunch of recipes and work on my cooking zine. i would like to finish it for brighton zine fest. also, i need to get organized, distrowise, get all the pending orders out. also, i want to write some way overdue letters, and maybe work on my website and next issue of YOUR PRETTY FACE, which in my head i'm calling the 'cliche zinester issue' because of the things i'm planning to write about in it. i also want to clear out the flat. there's a bunch of crap i want to get rid of, like the old television & couple of broken monitors and chairs we don't need and i'm secretly dreaming about having a desk in the currently messiest corner of the bedroom for zinestering & perhaps sewing . my mum said she was going to give me money towards a sewing machine as my big christmas present, i just need to find one i like and have my half of the moneys, but i'm really not in a hurry since i have absolutely nowhere to sew.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
this time i actually managed to take an okay picture of my/our stall! i think it's quite cute.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
i don't believe in actual white christmas though. it would be nice. i don't think i've had one for years, even back home, i'm sure it hardly ever stuck around over actual christmas. damn south. carl thinks i won't have to go to work tomorrow because of the snow, but i know i will. it would be nice though. traffic's gonna be mental, not that i care, cos i don't drive.
i had a minor christmas presents related breakdown earlier. and then managed to buy quite a few bits online in the end. fingers crossed they actually arrive here before christmas.
in other news, i actually had quite a nice day at work, mainly because i spent most of it alone in the warehouse wrapping post and there wasn't insane amounts of it. i liked the peace and quiet, it was pretty fucking cold though, even with all my layers. i fear i'm never gonna be warm again until march or something. i hate this country.
i was going to make me and carl finnish christmas dinner on christmas eve but apparently we're going to his parents already that night, instead of christmas morning, to save faffing about. oh well. i guess i could carve some ham, boil some potatoes and make porkkanalaatikko (carrot & rice casserole) there too. not sure anyone else would eat it though.. well, porkkanalaatikko at least. i keep meaning to do that since i moved into this flat, but it never happens. one year, one year. but not this year. again.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
2. my parcel of zines finally reached ciara of paper trail distro & crabigail adams. i was starting to get worried, after two months. this is why i dislike sending surface mail but unfortunately the parcel would have been ridiculously expensive via airmail. 40 zines is not as light as you'd think. hopefully this means nicole of click clack distro will get her parcel soon too! i also enjoyed reading ciara's description of me and maranda's split zine, those had dropped in her mail box too.. (maranda's taking care of the us distros, it's about 100 times easier that way. and cheaper)
3. i went on a the ark related video rampage on youtube (half of which has ended up on my tumblr) and am swimming in nostalgia. i love that band. i'm not sure it's right that i think this is the perfect love song.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
i’ve had a rather bad week. too much work. too much stress and emotional upheaval, this fucking cold and this fucking cough (i can’t even have a fucking fag to calm the fuck down) i’ve been a cranky miserable little bitch, but i’m going to be nicer now. i’ve got a fuckload of unread things on my google reader (maybe i should just unfollow some blogs..) and i’m so behind on distro & etsy orders. one day i will be organized, but i doubt it will be until after christmas. i’m sorry. i fail at everything. everyone who's been waiting for their orders forever will get an extra present as an apology.
i’m going to go shopping a little later, get my dad a present. we were going to post it all today but obvs that’s not going to happen. carl said i should go tomorrow but i don’t want to, sunday is my day and i don’t want to even think about leaving the house tomorrow. and we've been fighting too. i hate this week, i wish it was christmas already.
i wish there was a website you can check yesterday’s weather on so you can actually tell what today’s forecast means. fuck if i know what 8 celcius feels like. i want to wear the blue vintage dress i got from zara at the swap party, but i think it's probably way too cold for anything that pretty for at least a couple of months. which fucking sucks. i feel so disgusting and ugly lately that it's not funny. a face cracked from rough tissues doesn't help the matters at all.
Sunday, December 06, 2009
i was going to take pictures of some of the stuff i got today while it was sunday afternoon and carl was at oxfam all day but i somehow didn't manage that, as usual. i didn't even manage to tidy up the bedroom, but i did do a big load of washing at least.
it's suddenly got 11pm again. that means i should get off the internet and wind down ready for bed. back to work tomorrow. do not want, but do i ever. i'd rather just stay home, cuddle my boy and tidy that bedroom once he's sorted his bits out, but a girl's got to make moneys to pay the fucking rent etc. sigh. at least i'm hating it somewhat slightly less than usual. not sure why, we're actually massively busy and you can't move in the shop for people with prams. i hate prams. and i hate people.
it's a dolls house in a dolls house!
this was actually on the way. there was a massive parade / army / something of people on scooters. including this festive piece of genius. that alone made my fucking day.
i went to dickens fest last year (i think...) with emma, and i christened the old gentleman with big grey beard dumbledore. he was rather excellent and charming!
julie is a ghost in the dickens house museum whatever it is.
the magic lantern!
can someone please tell me who /what he's supposed to be? my dickens knowledge is very limited.
we also did other things, such as julie acted as a second opinion on new winter lady boots, we watched simpsons & american dad, made tasty roasted butternut squash & blue cheese risotto & talked about stuff. you know. the usual. and then i had to run her to the train back to clapham.