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04 December 2009 @ 07:37 pm
Oh sweet indeterminant deity ...  
A lovely thing this afternoon: winstonmom sent me a postcard of cool! Actual cool, snow and all! THANK YOU! It's beautiful. Off tomorrow to what raitala has described as 'monsoons, but very chilly ones'. Sounds lovely.

Right, the list:

Acquire GBP so I do not have to get by with £2.17 in cash. DONE!

Travel Insurance. DONE!

Pay cat sitter the last $8 I owe her from the other week. NOT DONE, SHE'S IN ADELAIDE, BUGGER

Book London hotel for spare evening. EH, SOD IT, CAN DO THAT ON SUNDAY NIGHT, HOW HARD CAN IT BE TO FIND A GOOD ROOM FOR A TUESDAY?

Book Eurostar to Paris, and back to London. DAMN, SHOULD HAVE ALREADY DONE THIS. NEXT.

Buy last things for people who need Aussie things. WHY? WHY DO I FOOLISHLY DO THIS EVERY TIME? STILL, DONE!

Fix top and stitch new row of decorative braid to skirt. WHERE THE FUCK IS THAT BRAID?? ARGH!

Leave house tidy. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! EH, MR BRAMMERS CAN DO IT. (*LAUGHS MORE*)

Pack. BEGUN, AND CLOTHES ARE ALL CLEAN AND CO-ORDINATING, MIRACLE!

Repack when enormous quantity of Violet Crumble and pingrid 's boots means I have to decide between underpants and toiletries. FEARS WILL HAPPEN.

Arrange pick-up at airport. SORTED, BECAUSE MY OXFORD PEEPS ARE LOVELY.

Arrange fun things to do. ALSO SORTED, BECAUSE MY LONDON, COVENTRY, PARIS AND OSLO PEEPS ARE ALSO LOVELY.

Wonder what the fuck this 'peeps' business is. GIVES UP WONDERING, BRAIN HAS CLEARLY RETREATED INTO CORNER RATHER THAN FACE IMMENSE LIST OF JOBS FOR NEXT 24 HOURS.

Sort wallets, paperwork and which books I actually need vs which ones I will just be carting around for effect. HALF DONE.

Wonder whether one pair of shoes is really enough? YES! YES IT IS! CLOSED-IN BIRKENSTOCKS AND ATTITUDE CAN CONQUER ANYTHING. PLUS I WANT TO BUY BOOTS IN LONDON. PERHAPS ALSO GALOSHES, DEPENDING ON MONSOON.

spark_of_chaos , I will either finish beta-ing your fic before I go or on the plane, sorry! Have emailed mods to let them know I am crap, while you are fab. Everyone I owe comments to, yes, I do. Eventually! Nail polishes are packed and will be posted in London. What have I forgotten?
 
 
 
alienor77310alienor77310 on December 4th, 2009 08:46 am (UTC)
When are you going to be in Paris? I'll be thereabouts during Christmas week.

I also volunteer to keep you informed about upcoming strikes - various unios are gearing up for the season.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 4th, 2009 09:02 am (UTC)
Thanks darling! I have to say that I have been planning accordingly and have schedules that can be adapted to shift to ferries or planes if needed: a whole Paris itinerary that can be walked by a woman of decent fitness, and a Plan B to leave Europe via Germany if it all goes to pot ;-)

I'm there from the 15th to early on the 20th, any crossover? (Fingers crossed!)
(no subject) - alienor77310 on December 4th, 2009 09:17 am (UTC) (Expand)
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prone to mischieftreacle_tartlet on December 4th, 2009 08:59 am (UTC)
What are you doing fart-arsing about on LJ?! Pack, good woman! Pack! Pack!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 4th, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
Lists make everything more achievable! And allow for ticking!
Catscatsintheattic on December 4th, 2009 08:59 am (UTC)
Sort ... which books I actually need vs which ones I will just be carting around for effect.

I could have written this. Lol.

blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 4th, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
HEE! There are reasons we are friends ;-)

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auntpurl: fuck google ask meauntpurl on December 4th, 2009 09:16 am (UTC)
Have a wonderful trip! It's sunny and beautiful in London today, after 40 days and 40 nights (no, I don't know how long it's actually been; what am I, a meteorologist?) of pouring rain.

Never buy boots at Monsoon, they have a terrible selection. Heh.

Send me an LJ message if you need anything while you're in LDN!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 4th, 2009 09:23 am (UTC)
AHAHAHAHA! Yes, you're quite right. I am currently inclined a little towards a Kurt Geiger pair, which I never thought I would say ;-)

Are you in town? I will be museum-ing and gallery-ing most days so if you wanted to meet up for a cuppa or lunch, that would be lovely!
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AutumnHearti_autumnheart on December 4th, 2009 10:41 am (UTC)
Girl Guide Tip #547: Pack the violet crumble and toiletries *inside* the boots. Extra anti-squish protection and bonus spare room in suitcase. (Minor risk of embarrassment if selected for bag search in customs...)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 4th, 2009 10:52 am (UTC)
Hee! Currently the boots are in a big box, but if I need the space, they will be packed out with socks and undies, because they're so much easier to explain ;-)
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Vaysh Swiftstormvaysh on December 4th, 2009 11:54 am (UTC)
It may not sound like it, but this tells me you are so organised!

So you're meeting Cats on the 22 on the Frankfurt Airport? If it wasn't right before Christmas, I'd be so tempted.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 4th, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
Yes ... organised ... well, at least I remembered now that I need to back-up my computer before I go, that's something!

I'm laughing, because if Paris ends up beset by strikes, my plan B is to flee to Germany ;-) But there's always next year!
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ladyjanevaladyjaneva on December 4th, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)
I wish you a wonderful time! Meeting so many cool people and seeing so many towns and sights *sigh*


I only regret that you're not stopping in Berlin ;-)

Have a safe trip!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 4th, 2009 12:29 pm (UTC)
I regret it, too, I really want to hit several of your galleries. If Paris is beset by strikes, you may see me yet ;-)
Vashtanvashtan on December 4th, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC)
Good luck. Ping me for meet-up in London :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 4th, 2009 12:29 pm (UTC)
Will do! Right, off to back-up laptop.
emansil_08 on December 4th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
Admittedly I had to laugh at the book one. Which books I'm going to take and how many is always the first thing decided. The clothing apect comes at the last minute.

The trip sounds lovely, I hope it's a happy and safe one.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 5th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
I have decided to take a novel by an author who I think is very talented, but all of her four novels so far have disappointed me (and been v badly edited). That way, if it's tosh, I can discard it with no bad feelings ;-)
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winstonmomwinstonmom on December 4th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
Hey! if you ever come to Northern California I will take you to Lake Tahoe. It is a promess.
Good Luck with your trip!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 7th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
Damnit, missed this the other day! Trip underway, successful so far, though very wet. Still, water is such a pleasant change I am not minding it! I will make it to Northern California (and to Seattle) one day! So far it has been Marin then back: all my friends there are San Francisco or Berkeley.
being_herebeing_here on December 4th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
Coventry you say? I live in Cov! Will you be visiting?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 5th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
Alas, no. One of my pals from there is coming down to London. THough if that falls through, I will be daytripping up, so I will PM you if there is a chance for afternoon tea!
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Pureblood Princessraitala on December 4th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
You can stay with us on Tuesday too you know, though there will be no one to let you in to the flat till about 7pm.

Good luck with the crazy packing. Also you can buy both toiletries and undies here, once you have off-loaded the crumble, jus' sayin' ;)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 5th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
I think I am still underweight: it's the actual fitting of jars of promite and big bags of VC that takes it out of you ;-). And I like the odd hotel!
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george pushdragonpushdragon on December 5th, 2009 10:54 am (UTC)
Do not stay in a London hotel!! I don't trust them. And I want you to come back in one piece.

Just think how much room you'll have for new boots once you've delivered Pin's and eaten the Violet Crumble - this is very smart packing, my dear.

Best of luck and have a wonderful time.



blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 7th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
I'm 3kg down already and have only delivered the first lot of 'stuff': I will have SO MUCH SPACE!

I am staying at one London hotel, but it is quite nice. I will be fine ;-)
&helena;uminohikari on December 6th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
S-so organized!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 7th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
I forgot only the nail varnish I was going to post to others, so not so bad!