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Faerie fun at Hallowe'en

The original plan was to go as Kasumi from Dead or Alive, but my costume wasn't ready in time so I wore this little creation:     I'll be editing this entry soon once I get the rest of the pictures, including a cyberman who looked really cool. I got a video of him dancing the robot but I don't know how to post it   Oh, and this was our pumpkin....  

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Update, for no real reason

There's not been an awful lot happening in the life of hardcore right now, apart from coming to the conclusion that I really like getting parcels in the mail. My Halloween costume came the other day (it rocks so hard! ) and my previous bout of impatience was for my PSG-1, which is waiting at the parcel depot. Picture update to come within the next few days.

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Impatience

*waits*   *checks watch*   *checks mailbox*   *Goes back upstairs*   *fidgets*   *checks batteries in camera*   *checks mailbox again*   *stares at door buzzer*   *fidgets*   .....   New shiney will be here soon!!  

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Long time no posting

Afternoon all How are we?   You may have noticed a distinct lack of updating going on in this blog over the summer - unfortunately I have to blame this on a resit exam for my English Lit degree and the copious amounts of revision that came with it Sadly any spare time left over from that was given over to a frantic job hunt which has currently resulted in my current employment as a checkout wage slave. Joy.   Working isn't all bad though - I get better money than a lot of the other jobs I was applying for, plus my supervisor has scheduled me to work alternating sundays to allow me to go airsofting Also, with the VCR bill not looming overhead (at least not to the same extent as it was), my wages should help me realise my dream of owning an SAA, an Uzi and a sniper rifle before long. The choice of sniper rifle is between a PSG-1 and an SVD Dragunov - I'm doing a bit of research into both at the moment.   All in all, things are looking up in the life of Hardcore - my degree is back on track (albeit slightly changed), I have money for shiny things, I have a job that I can just about manage and I have a trip to Electrowerkz to look forward to. The only thing that's bugging me is the hunt for some Russian tigerstripe that doesn't set me back £50...

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Girls only? No wai!

Time to blow the dust off the old blog...   It's been brought to my attention that ASCUK has a girls only forum called 'The Bird's Nest', and that it might be an idea to bring it over here. Personally, I don't think this is a good idea.   There have been plenty of previous threads posted in general and newbie discussion asking such questions as "I'm female, wil camo/ tactical gear fit me?" or "I'm a girl, what gun should I get?" They've been answered time and again along the lines of: - They make BDUs for children, of course you'll get some to fit. - Try different tactical gear on and see what fits, it's not difficult. - Go to an airsoft shop and buy whichever gun you like that you can comfortably use.   I don't know what the female population of ASCUK was like in terms of size, but on here we only have about five or six female members who regularly post. We've never really been anything of a cohesive unit, either; I doubt having our own forum would change that. If I wanted to ask them a female airsoft related question, I have a few of them on msn, so personally I wouldn't find having a forum useful.   While I can see a reason to offer seperate forums for discussion of CQB, woodland, sniping etc., I don't see how gender is a good reason for seperating us from the rest of the forum population. My vagina does not dictate my tactics.   R22master raised a very valid point about the password, so I shall copy it wholesale:   Call me overly brash, but if I felt like starting a thread to ask the opinion of the other female members of the forum then I'd have no problem posting it in General discussion or whatever forum is most appropriate. If it was really necessary I'd put a stipulation in the first post along the lines of "please keep everything relevant, and if you're a guy only post if it's really, really necessary".   If there's a sudden influx of 20 or so new female members who all want to have their girls only forum back, fair enough. But I still see no valid reason for having one, and can't really think of anything worthwhile that could get posted there that can't be posted elsewhere. As far as I've been told, it was a girl that asked for it, so it's not quite sexist but I would really have issues if I had basically been told "you go and play in the girly forum now..."   Thoughts, anyone?  

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My GM went to Silent Hill...

...and all I got was this screaming mutated baby.     Go see Silent Hill. I can't really write a review of it beyond...well...go see it. You'll like it. I think.

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She's back, and she's got a new trick...

...magical Hardcore is ten times as slick as - erm, maybe not. I just realised I haven't been updating my blog for a good long while, so in the unlikely event that you've been worrying about me, here's a quick update.   1. I finished all my uni coursework. w00t. Exams soon. Poo.   2. Stuff is being built at Section 8 Airsoft. Cool stuff. Recent build days at the Shotts site means that we now have a bigger tree fort and a system of bunkers to play with since we can no longer use the farmhouse area. I'm thinking of helping out with a build day if I can get the time or the transport.   3. Ghost leaves for Greece in less than a week. Sadness   4. Roleplay is goooood. Both of my current games are coming along swimmingly, and I've been researcging Silent Hill to try and glean some useful information. I'm also tempted to see the film, but have no-one to go with   5. Sharpe has once again graced my TV screen. All is right with the world.   6. This evening I shall most likely be out dancing. Happy Hardcore

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RPG update

****Warning: this entry is loooong****   I haven't been updating my blog for a week or so because to be frank I haven't been doing an awful lot of interest - I've gone out dancing for most nights of the past week and tried to do some coursewrk, and that's about it apart from an OK skirmish on sunday. Last night, however, I joined a new roleplaying game group, and I have to say it's some of the most fun roleplay I've done in a disturbingly long time. I had so much fun I almost needed to be sedated to make me go to bed!   The game is SLA Industries: future world, run by an all-seeing totalitarian Nazi regime so it's a bit 1984/Equilibrium/AeonFlux/generic totalitarian regime movie, but with a bit of a twist because the city we play in is mainly based on Glasgow. Without getting too much into the actual details of how the regime works (it's kinda complicated), basically the world is governed by the SLA Industries corporation, who see and hear everything. If you say or do something 'subversive' ie. against the government, you die. Simple.   My character is a bit of a departure for me, since I've always played highly intelligent mage type characters, all of which have been female. My new character is Hack, who is a Stormer: a 10 foot tall, gentically engineered killing machine designed and owned by the government. I have dark green skin, luminous green hair, I'm incredibly muscular and have a head that's shaped somewhat like a horse's, with big red eyes and no lips - I have a permanent grin of huge, sharp fangs. I also have no genitals, since I'm non-gender specific: being engineered the stormer has no need for sex. Hack is quite intelligent for a stormer, which isn't really saying much - the racial maximum (which I have) is the same level as is absolute minimum for a human character. As a result, the rest of the team think Hack is extremely dense, but fortunately our Squad leader (Bain) is a re-engineered stormer of above average intelligence, so he recognises that Hack isn't so much dense as having very simple thought processes.   The story for this particular 'run' is quite simple: we are a six-man op unit being sent out to investigate a government research facility outside the limits of the city (people don't go outside the city walls all that much unless travelling to the two other cities on earth, so none of us have ever seen outside before). Contact with the research facility was lost about 6 months previously, shortly after reports that a strange artefact had been found. We need to find out what's wrong and retrieve the artefact if possible. This facility has been manned for several centuries and has a community of about 500 to 600 people living around it - though the government never saw cause to give it any name other than a code, apparently the community had been calling the place 'Quiet Incline'   As you can probably guess from that oh so subtle hint, our GM has based this game very much on Silent Hill. Rich, the GM, has been brilliant in trying to set the mood; the lights were dimmed and he was playing the Silent Hill OST throughout the game as well as throwing in other creepy soundbites for added effect. It's impressive how he's managed to keep the soundtrack for the game going whilst also concentrating on running the game and keeping up with a large and very active group.   Quoteable highlights 1) This had Ghost in stitches for the rest of the night, I don't think he's ever going to stop finding this funny. It's a bit visual so I'll do my best to explain it: We're about to head off out of our APC into thick fog, so Bain has linked everybody at the waist at three foot intervals with a piece of strong rope so no-one gets lost. Bain: Right, we're about to go. Everybody grab a shoulder. Everyone puts their hand on the shoulder in front, apart from Hack, who puts his right hand on his left shoulder. Bain, straight faced: Someone else's shoulder, Hack. Hack, slightly perplexed: Oh, OK. Cue group wetting themsleves laughing.   2) One of the party is Bullseye, a big mental Irishman who looks more or less like Bullseye from Daredevil. Currently our APC is floating in a ditch full of gore, and appears to be sinking nose first. Bullseye gives the other end of the rope around his waist to Bain, gets on his Motorcycle which is also tied to a pole on the inside of the APC and revs it up, attempting to get back up the slope we just came down. The bike sinks with him on it - we manage to reel him back in, but the rope connected to the bike reels in a child's severed head with a horiffic grin carved into the face. Bullseye is most displeased at losing the only thing he loves. If he was a sensitive man, there'd be tears. Bullseye, to the head:GIVE ME BACK ME *fruitcage*IN BIKE!!!!! throws the head at the wall, where it turns into a pumkin and shatters   There's not much point to this update rather than raving about how much fun I had, if you've managed to read this far, well done and I thank you for your patience

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Movie time: V for Vendetta

Here it is, and much sooner than expected! My promised review of V for Vendetta. Ok, now where to begin...   The beginning, perhaps? ****Warning: may contain traces of spoilers****   I first read V for Vendetta in the later months of last summer; I had got into Alan Moore's work after I really enjoyed the movie adaptation of 'From Hell' (yeah, I know, it's shocking. Bite me.) Early reports of the film adaptation of V for Vendetta weren't looking good, so I wasn't too pleased when I read and loved the book to hear that it wasn't being treated as well as it could have been. The TV teaser trailer was another bone of contention for me when I saw it last week - the shot of Parliament blowing up in the teaser trailer? Giving away the ending much? Still, I wasn't going to let that put me off at least seeing the film, even if I wasn't going to like it. Either way, I was gonna review it   I'd be lying if I said that the film is an exact replica of the graphic novel; unlike the Sin City levels of exact transcript from page to screen, V makes a couple of departures here and there. None of these are overwhelmingly negative, per se - a lot of the subplots and characterisations of the Cabinet had to be cut for timing reasons, but that's a limitation of the medium rather than any real fault of the script writers. To put all of the source material into the film could easily double its length.   There is the addition of a brand new character in the form of Evey's boss, played to perfection by Stephen Fry. They've also made some changes to the character of Evey Hammond, namely by making her cleaner, prettier and a bit more confident. Movie Evey is good looking and has a decent job with the television network; book Evey is a scrawny, underpaid teenage girl who turns to prostitution to support herself, resulting in the scene where she is attacked by undercover policemen and V comes to the rescue. In the film, she's caught for being outside after curfew. True to form, V does come to the rescue, though he introduces himself with the soon to be infamous "I am V" speech, which you're either going to love or hate. I liked it, but be warned that it is slightly cringe-worthy.   V is a wonderful character, it has to be said, and was one of the reasons I enjoyed the graphic novel so much. He may be an anarchist and a murderer, but he's still the perfect gentleman. Hugo Weaving's performance is excellent, even from behind the mask - the motionless features may be disconcerting at first but his voice and gestures are spot on. Even though you know he can (and does) commit some terrible atrocities, he's very easily likeable - it takes some of the film's more graphic moments to remind you that V is, to quote Evey, a monster.   There are some aspects of the film that are very much Americanised, or at least catering to the American audience. Nothing too drastic, for instance there's a prologue to explain the gunpowder plot in case you're not familiar with it which also serves to introduce the theme of the difference between the man and the symbol. The constant use of the word 'b*llocks' seemed to be there just to remind audiences of where they're supposed to be   The fact that V is constantly reffered to as a "terrorist" was slightly upsetting; to be fair, it's true in a way, but it seemed a little too, well, Americanised. This brings us neatly on to the post 9/11 fear culture of today. This is probably the most subtle departure from the original source material - for example, in the film, Muslims are persecuted as well as the homosexuals and anarchists persecuted in the book. The Wachowski brothers do seem to have gone for the glaringly obvious approach rather than Moore's subtle one.   Here I need to question if, after the post 9/11 polish, V for Vendetta is a bad adaptation of an excellent graphic novel. I have to say, no it isn't. Some of the changes made help to bring the story neatly to its conclusion, Stephen fry's character being one of those changes. You may even think that the new setting of the near future, rather than the fictional 1997 Moore intended, makes the film more relevant with todays political climate.   All things considered, I have to say that V for Vendetta is a pleasant surprise. Most reviews I'd heard had warned me against it, and I wasn't expecting greatness - in fact, from my running criticism of the opening minutes I was expecting the exact opposite This may be the only review you read that actively sings the film's praises, but I'd definitely recommend that you go see it to at least have an opnion of it. You never know, you might just find yourself enjoying it   8/10. Yes, I liked it that much.

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....and relax.

Essays all done for now, three weeks off uni.... happy hardcore once more! Maybe now I've got some more time to myself I'll be able to update on a more regular basis, and maybe put something a bit more insightful than recent entries....   Very shortly I should be posting a review of V for Vendetta, as I've been waiting for this for a good few months now with some rather mixed feelings. Watch this space

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*spasm*

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Not something you see every day

I've never met anybody that's 100 years old before, at least I hadn't on monday. Yesterday, however, was my great grandmother's centenial 100 years old and still one of the most incredible women I know. And yes, she got her telegram from the queen  

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Solving problems

Now that the celebrations of good grades are over, I've come to a conclusion about one of my dilemas: I'm not going to continue archaeology. I'm going to finish this semesters course, and that's it. From then on I'll be doing single honours English literature.   I'm a little sad that I'm not taking the subject any further, but taking it further involves doing loads of fieldwork and I really don't wanna go there. However, I'm happy that I took it for these two years and managed to get a good grounding in the subject. The thing is, if I still want to do something theory related in archaeology, an honours degree isn't actually necessary, but that's another story and I'm sure you're bored enough already   My Guns 'n' Guys order still hasn't actually been submitted yet, mainly because I've been stressing over what I actually want on it I've finally decided: I'm buying a TM Hi-capa 4.3, and a Marushin deringer just for a giggle

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Good news!

I got a B for English literature!!!     It seems all my long hours of revision and most emo blog writing has paid off. I got the grade I needed, so now my entry into Honours is almost certain.   My archaeology problem remains unsolved, but I just need to wait until my adviser gets back to me and that'll get sorted either way. I'm sure I'll update and let you all know what happens, but for the meantime....     PAAAAAAAARRRRTTTAAAAYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!

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Head a little better...

...which is nice. I've decided to make an appointment with my uni adviser for sometime in the coming week to get some advice regarding my course decisions, so apart from a little more thinking to do after the meeting my mind feels a lot clearer.   As regards the Dark Angels: nothing is decided yet, but I've had some PM and phone conversations with the senior members and some other team members so my thought process has been helped along by various advice and opinions.   I know I'm not being forced to take the place and I have no obligation to do so if I don't want to, but the problem is - I do want it. I, with my surprisingly low self confidence, want to be a Dark Angel, but I don't think I have the ability to be a part of the team and do well enough to deserve my place.   Yet.   I love the team - they are fantastic players and some of the nicest people you could ever meet. I want to be a part of that, but even if it only goes as far as being on their side in game and hanging out with them any other time, then I'm happy. After a few more games at Electrowerkz, then I'm sure I'll be a lot more confident about joining, and we can take it from there.   I may take the place, I may not. I need to think.

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My head hurts

I've not been having a good few days. Today I've been doing a lot of thinking about my courses at University, and evaluating what I'm going to opt to do next year. I'm not too happy about where I'm going at the moment with certain subjects, and the fact I'm seriously considering being rid of something that I was so thrilled to have the chance to be doing is a bit upsetting.   Also, today (or rather yesterday) I was offered a place in the Dark Angels.         How odd.

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Ups and downs

I was having another look at this thread today, and noticed a lot of people putting fluctuating scores based on what had happened that day. So in a desperate attempt to find a way into updating my blog, I noticed I've had a bit of a fluctuating week.   I had a really good night out last Saturday, wearing my new skirt that ate into my Guns 'n Guys budget but was oh so worth it. Princess mode for the win!! Dancing in my corset probably wasn't the best idea, as I found out from Lex at EW that I probably gave myself a cramp in my intercostal muscles that contributed to my panic attack on Tuesday night. Whoops Regardless, that night was definitely at least an 8.   Fast forward to Tuesday for a change of scenery: London. Overnight megabus = tired and grumpy = 3 Krispy Kreme donuts for breakfast = 6 Embracing my inner geek by visiting the science museum = 7 Reverting to being three years old while shopping in Hamleys toy shop = 8 Realising it's 5pm and I'm going to be playing Electrowerkz in about two hours = 5 (eeek!!) Playing first game (speedball) and being on the winning team = 9 Panic attack induced by adrenaline overload = 2 Getting collected enough to get back in for a pistols only game = 7 Uncomfortable night's sleep on megabus home = 4   I spent all of Wednesday in bed, I was completely exhausted. I think I was awake for about two hours, so not enough to be happy or sad really. 5.   Thursday was another day in bed, this time feeling generally *suitcasey*: both legs are killing me from the knees up, my back hurts, I feel like I'm getting the flu and I'm still tired. Still, I managed to get some reading done while relaxing in bed so it wasn't a total loss. 6.   Friday I got up and started walking again, so much so that I actually got out to uni for my lecture Downside is that this is the fourth day our flat has been without hot water, so I've had to resort to washing my hair in the sink until the guy gets here to fix the boiler. Two guys do show up, do some fiddling with wires, and claim they have fixed the problem. Have they ######s. Not happy so Friday works out at 5.   Yesterday we got another guy round to fix the hot water, with mixed results: he found out what the problem really was but told us it would be monday before he could fix it. Grumble grumble. Still, today wasn't a total loss since my dad decided to drop in on me. I haven't seen my dad since August 2004. That was definitely an 8.   Today's been slightly ###### as it's never nice to wake up to a sore throat, then having to have ribena and paracetamol for breakfast. On the plus side these new pringles are pretty yummy, and I have Mr and Mrs Smith to watch later on

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Naughty Hardcore

I must not buy expensive clothes when saving up for airsoft kit I must not buy expensive clothes when saving up for airsoft kit I must not buy expensive clothes when saving up for airsoft kit I must not buy expensive clothes when saving up for airsoft kit I must not buy expensive clothes when saving up for airsoft kit I must not buy expensive clothes when saving up for airsoft kit I must not buy expensive clothes when saving up for airsoft kit I must not buy expensive clothes when saving up for airsoft kit I must not buy expensive clothes when saving up for airsoft kit I must not buy expensive clothes when saving up for airsoft kit.....   But it's so pretty....   In a desperate bid to look stunning for the last night of my week of birthday celebrations, I bought a rather expensive skirt and earrings. £70 out of my Guns N Guys budget. Whoopsy doodle.

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getting old

I'm 19. I wasn't yesterday. What's going on?!?!?

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all done

That's my exams all over and done with, and they went much better than I thought Finding out that my English lit exam was three hours rather than two was a very big help, and I actually managed to get some half decent answers written. My multiple choice exam went very well ideed, and I got 75%! Go me!   Anyway, its back to normal classes tomorrow. And something else.....

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Why you shouldn't read Milton, and another rant

My first blog update of 2006 is going to be a bit of a rant. A bit? Quite a lot, in fact.   I'm currently in the middle of my revision period for two exams, one of which is English literature. Two things are bothering me about this exam; the first is a problem I have with all essay based exams (my other exam is multiple choice so it's not much of a problem) and the second is about a certain piece of literature.   Part one: the essay based exam.   I've taken a lot of exams since I started high school, I've written a lot of essays under pressure. The more that I did it, the easier you'd think it would get. It doesn't. If there's one thing I've noticed about this type of exam that has gone from an annoying niggle to a full scale pain in the backside that I feel the urge to rant about on the internet ( ) it's this: why is it that these exams test how fast you can write instead of what you know? Write three essays in under two hours? *fruitcage* off. If you want me to tell you what I know (which can sometimes be a considerable amount) you're going to have to give me time to write about it.   I'm a slow writer, but I know what I'm talking about; just because I can't cover a whole side of A4 paper in 10 minutes doesn't mean I have to suffer because some *albatrosses* can. Since I've started university I've walked away from a lot of exams feeling terribly upset, and one of the reasons for that is the horribly disheartening feeling of looking at someone else turning over pages and pages of tiny writing while I'm only getting to the bottom of page two. If I wouldn't get thrown out for causing a disturbance, I'd scream, I really would.   I was in tears of frustration the other night about this, the fact that there's nothing I can do about it is the most upsetting thing. The university will offer help for anything that hinders your exam performance such as dyslexia, but unfortunately 'bad hand eye co-ordination leading to slow writing' isn't one of them. I can't appeal for them to change their exam method just because of me either.   I attended one of the exam briefings that was held before christmas and the lecturer was good enough to give us a much better picture of how to actually write an exam answer, ie. ignore introductions and conlusions and focus on answering the question. Thanks a lot, telling me that before my first year exams would have been helpful too . I can't actually complain though, since now that I do know I'm feeling slightly better prepared, but I've still got this overwhelming feeling of dread.   Anyway, on with the next part of this giant frustrated ramble, which I can try and disguise as an actual literary review...   Part two: Paradise Lost.   Why?     Just, why?   If I wanted to read the bible, I'd have picked one up and read it. Why the pointless re-tread? 'Trying to explain the ways of God to men'? Did you b*llocks, mysoginistic w*nker that you are.   If only I could write the above as an exam answer, sigh.... To be honest, I can actually write a critical analysis from that viewpoint if the right kind of question comes along, you can tear any piece of literature to pieces as long as you can articulate the argument well enough.... *crosses fingers*

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I just wanted to say.....

....I may not be on Arnies to post in either this blog or the forum over the next week or so, so I better just say this now. Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings, happy holidays; whichever way you want to say it, whichever religion you're celebrating (if at all) and whatever you get up to, have a good time over the next few days and all the best for 2006.   Take it easy,   Hardcore Mitsuko

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I'm so glad that's over...

I have no idea how it happened, but that last essay I was talking about in my last update turned out to be an absolute nightmare. I had all the information to hand (or most of it) but still, of the two days I had to finish it I spent about 12 hours of each trying to get it done. Functioning on hardly any sleep is not fun, since I was up half the night worrying about it. Stupid thing. Regardless, I got it done and handed in on time.   I can quite happily say that after the mood swing episodes I've been having of late, I'm starting to get past them now that the work has calmed down for a bit. I've still had a few weepy moments after I got a much worse grade for an english lit essay than I was expecting and was terrified of not doing well enough in my module and then not being accepted for my honours. As I said, I'm getting over it, and hopefully over Christmas this blog will be a lot less emo   I'm currently planning what to do for my birthday at the end of January, because I didn't do much for my 18th. That should be good, and gives me something to keep my sights on while battling my way through my January exams.   I'm also planning out my holster rig for when I get a pair of micro uzi's, so things are looking up

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Home again....

Back in Glasgow now after going home for the panto, which was great fun I didn't manage to get any baking done this weekend, however, which was upsetting because we were going to make chilli shaped gingerbread biscuits for hanging on our Mexican themed christmas tree. I can always get round to it later, I suppose, as well as making my (now famous) chocolate chip cookies, and a chocolate christmas cake.   I'm about half way through my last archaeology essay of the season, so I can look forward to finally puting my feet up and watching some junk TV. I may even get it finished early   I think we may be going skirmishing on Sunday. Brrrr. Good stress reliever, mind.

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