Exhausted

Jan. 8th, 2008 10:17 pm
azekeil: (Default)
After a fairly emotionally exhausting day, I had to do The Great Vehicle Shuffle™. My car's exhaust 'broke' on Saturday evening, and my bike's battery appeared to not want to be charged. At all. So I took the battery back to the shop on Monday evening as it was less than a year old. They confirmed my diagnosis and put a new one on charge for me to pick up on Tuesday evening. I had my car booked in to have the exhaust welded on Wednesday as I didn't want to risk paying £150 on an exhaust when my future finances are looking shakey. This meant I had to drop the car off tonight. So tonight I had to go home to pick up my bicycle in the car, pick up the battery, drop the car off and then cycle home, before installing the battery into the bike, lubricating the chain and setting off to [livejournal.com profile] kissycat1000's. It only took me about 2 hours to do all of that. And the bastard wind was against me all the way as I cycled. Bastard.

Anyway, then J, bless him, decided that he was well and didn't want the bucket near him - only to throw up everywhere of course. Cue another trip out to get the carpet cleaner from my house.

But all is saved. [livejournal.com profile] kissycat1000 and I watched Howl's Moving Castle tonight courtesy of my sister, which I now realise I hadn't seen before. I am beginning to feel my sanity returning, like warmth to frostbitten fingers. I haven't yet mentioned that after doing some research at the end of last week I finally drove to Bristol on Saturday morning with [livejournal.com profile] ev1ldonut to meet [livejournal.com profile] dylan and bought myself a new camera - a Canon G9. I'm glad I bought it before this week otherwise I could never have justified it with the current uncertainty. I've really been enjoying playing around with it, and tonight I took a macro picture ).

My destiny feels like its back in my hands again. I'm sure it was really all along, but it's difficult to see that when someone more senior than you whose judgement you trust tells you that you're wrong.
azekeil: (nice fish)
Turns out I badly misjudged my ability to cope with the last few days mainly due to Christmas stresses. Anyway that seems to be mainly out of the way now. Did go for a wander with [livejournal.com profile] dylan and [livejournal.com profile] ev1ldonut and took some photos ([livejournal.com profile] ev1ldonut's ones, which are of course much better than mine and are here). My camera is still rubbish and fails to focus at the wide end, and can also confuse itself in some of the normal range too - this will be due to me 'dropping' it onto the road when my hand caught the strap and sent it flying. I've hardly used it for those reasons, and my general annoyance with it. I have been considering getting another one for some time but I haven't completely decided what I want just yet.

In the mean time, here are the ones that came out OK: )

I'm back in work for today, vaguely hoping that we'll get a half day or something. No great loss if we don't though.

4:30am

Feb. 8th, 2006 09:27 am
azekeil: (Default)
This was taken out of my kitchen window at 4:30am when I woke up this morning to get a glass of water. I was trying to capture the moon silhouetting the tree but by the time I had set everything up the moon had gone behind a cloud, so I opted for a slightly different angle and a brighter exposure. Almost looks like a different world out there. Unfortunately the exposure settings I used had a lot of noise but when I'd set them to something more reasonable the moon had completely disappeared.

Picture under the cut )
azekeil: (eyes down)
Another pretty picture )
azekeil: (shadow)
under the cut )

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