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Wednesday, August 29th, 2007
8:59 pm - Attack of the Tuesday Curse...
I've been house sitting for a friend for the last two weeks - yesterday I popped home to pick up my post and see my family - When I walked in mum asked me to sit down - the short and short of it is Dad is leaving us.

Mum is in a bad way. I don't think it's really hit my little sister yet - see how she is after he goes on Saturday. I don't know what to think just yet - I'm somewhere between angry as hell and utterly heartbroken. He's not trying to fix the problems that have led to this, he's just walking away. I hoped that he'd want to try.

I'm worried about mum. Things have been bad for her for the last couple of years and I'm not sure if she's strong enough right now to deal with everything that's coming. Rachel is only just 14. I never thought this would happen to her.

Nothing else to say so I'll stop here. Anyone on facebook, please don't mention this on my wall. My mum is on there and I doubt she'd appreciate any of this being broadcast like that - too many people on there who she'd rather let know in her own time.

Any LARPers, hope you had a good one at the G - wish I could have made it!

Take care,


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Friday, July 27th, 2007
12:03 pm
Life is hectic but in the laziest way possible!

Since the college I work at broke up for the summer I've been doing pretty much as I please, which has been a lovely change! I even have my evenings back now too as I quit working at the pub. -I didn't want to quit, I loved that job to pieces but the current manager Gordon is such a *insert your own selection of choicest insults and expleatives* that I couldn't bare to work for him anymore. There's only so many times you can put up with having to tell off your boss for being constantly wankered on the job, or being left alone behind the bar all night running out of everything while he stays upstairs sleeping off another hangover. Bah!

Anyway, I'm currently looking for a new day job - I have to leave the college as soon as is humanly possible or I'll start getting nightmares that I'm going to die there! I've got an interview this afternoon for a job at JCDecaux doing billboard advertisey type stuff which I'm shitting it about. (I'm actually on the internet to do some research on the company, but I'm putting it off...) There's a couple of other jobs I'm applying for that I'd prefer - one for cinema advertising which sounds really cool and another working for a magazine in Notting Hill. See how it all goes I guess... as long as I'm not starting term again in September, I'll be happy!

The rest of life is pretty darn splendifurous at the mo! I've got a new somebody in my life who is making me very happy indeed. Her name's Sarah and I've known her vaguely for years - we'd see each other maybe once a year if we were lucky, usually by accident, and now we've accidentally fallen into an amazing relationship! I haven't stopped smiling for a month! I'm convinced she'll come to her senses soon and realise I'm not good enough for her, but hopefully not too soon! :)

I've got so much planned for the rest of the summer! So many gigs it's obscene, and I can't wait for the Gathering! I only found out on Wednesday that the MacTrew event had to be cancelled. Much woefulness on that score - I miss everybody.

Should probably go now and actually do some research for this interview. Feeling horribly uncomfortable - I'm wearing a suit (which actually looks pretty good, but I don't have any pockets!) and the most evil shoes in the entire history of feet! Oh well, it's all good practise!

Take care of yourselves my darlings!

Love and Sugar Lumps!


current mood: hungry

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Friday, June 29th, 2007
10:19 am - I give up...
I'm not going to be at the event. The world has been conspiring against me all week and I give in. I really wanted to go and there are so many people I want to see and hug but there are too many problems with going. Don't worry - the only thing that could possibly stop me from coming to the Gathering is my own death certificate!

Look after each other, give everybody hugs from me and don't get dead!

Love to you all


current mood: disappointed

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Wednesday, June 27th, 2007
3:11 pm - What else can I lose!?
In the last week and a half I have managed to:

*leave all of my important jewellery and my camera in Canterbury
*lose a good luck thingy off my bracelet
*lock myself out of the house
*have my corset nicked from the pub
*lose my bus pass
and then the crowning glory from last night -
*my purse containing my debit card, £30 and a lot of memories.

Generally speaking, I'm not someone that loses things. Previously the only things I'd ever lost were innocence and pool games - neither of which I really minded about at the time...

I think my sanity is soon to follow!

Still smiling though! :)

Hugs to all!


current mood: bouncy

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Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
2:03 pm
I have just devoured an entire packet of rich tea biscuits and accidentally thrown a spoon in the bin.

I hate Wednesdays.

My plans for this evening are:
*bottle of wine

With any luck it should work out nicely! These last few weeks have really knocked it out of me!

For anyone who doesn't know yet - Harley and I broke up on Sunday. We'll still be friends. It was the right time.

Hope your days are going better!

LoveLove Lx

current mood: blah

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Monday, June 18th, 2007
3:32 pm - Pinched from Kathbad

current mood: lethargic

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Friday, June 15th, 2007
11:21 am
What a week!

Work, friends, Shakespeare, an over abundance of cake and an over all lack of sleep!

I turned 23 on Tuesday - it was such a good day! There were a couple of things that stopped it from being perfect, but even still, I wish every birthday could be as good as that one! This last year has held a lot of pain, in all it's forms, and I'm looking forward to this one being different.

Work went really quickly - mainly because I was chasing people around all day feeding them chocolate cake (yum!) - and then in the evening I went to see The Merchant of Venice at the Globe with my friend Puj! Absolutely stunning! I was bouncing all over the place, except when Shylock was about to take his pound of flesh - I was hiding in Puj's shoulder at that point... methinks I may get a little over involved in dramatics... There were meant to be thunder storms that day but I think the weather must have remembered it was my birthday and didn't want to disappoint me - the sun was beautiful! I hope you all had the opportunity to enjoy it! While I was waiting for Puj I was sat on the bank of the Thames people watching - smiling faces everyway I looked - it was fantastic to see! :)

Tonight I'm going to a ball at my old Uni - the last ever one for Gordon and Ian who are original Tech Crew for Unplugged. End of an era, but life goes on. Decided I can't be arsed with a dress, but considering what I have chosen to wear instead, I don't think anyone will mind.

Really looking forward to Clair and Si's wedding tomorrow! (oh bugger! That's what I meant to do! - still haven't sorted what I'm wearing for that one! Damn!) It's going to be lovely seeing everybody!

Got to get on and actually attempt to do something constructive now!

Love Lx

current mood: indescribable

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Friday, May 25th, 2007
11:13 am - !!!BounceBounceBounce!!!
I have 47 minutes left at work before I run away to Derby for the weekend and I'm so hyper I can't settle at all! I keep trying to find something to keep me occupied so I don't just sit clock watching but right now I have the attention span of a kitten on speed! Bouncing all over the place and having to make a conscious effort not to go into the back office, or I know I'll just spend the rest of my time playing with my sword and that would probably be frowned upon (though probably not up close, if the people doing it didn't want an eye accidentally poked out!)


Need something to do before I fidget into oblivion! Meep!


current mood: bouncy

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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007
12:07 pm - About time...
Right, thought I was probably a little overdue for an update, so here goes - now, what the bloody hell have I been up too...?

-Ireland was absolutely stunning! Everyone, especially the birthday boy Stig, had a great time and we have an excessive number of photos to mark the occasion so all smiles there! (If anyone is also on Facebook and fancies a giggle then they're in my albums)

-I had a reunion with some of the people I went to Primary School with, which was a tad odd... I do have friends that I've known all the way through since I was in nursery and they were there too (which felt a bit like joint moral support) but seeing the people I haven't seen since I was 11 was very strange. What was even stranger was the lot of us staying up drinking rum til 5 in the morning at Kieran Lonergans house! (and then of course having to work in the pub the following evening, by which point the hangover was only just kicking in... grim...) Everyone has turned out pretty well and we had such a good time we're planning on organising another one for over the summer!

-Clair's Hen Weekend in Buckinghamshire was absolutely lovely. Being able to spend time with some really amazing women that I don't get a chance to see nearly as much as I would like was brilliant and I can't wait for the wedding! (Only a few weeks to go now Clair! :) )

-I've been spending a lot of time with my friend Puj since she broke up with her girlfriend and we've really been making the most living in London! I'm sure it's not just us that tends to forget about the fact that we live in a massive city with so many things to do you could never get through them all!? But anyway, we've been making a start! -On St George's Day we went up to Trafalgar Sq. for the massive open air screening of The Holy Grail ('Runaway!'), a couple of weeks ago we saw Rufus Wainwright do a mini gig in HMV on Oxford street and hit Soho for a bit, tonight we're going to see the Pigeon Detectives at the Astoria and in the next couple of weeks we're planning to go up to the Globe to see The Merchant Of Venice. (Thinking about doing that on my birthday, so if anyone is in London on the 12th of June and fancies a few pints and a bit of culture then please come along! Tickets for the pit, only £5!)

-This weekend coming up is the Great Erdrajan Fayre, which I will hopefully make it through without getting paggered! I'm going straight from work at midday on Friday - I haven't packed, my costume isn't all sorted and my character is still very fuzzy around the edges too! (but I do have the most fantastic boots in the world, so I'm sure it will all be fine!) That's what Thursday night and the train journey up to Derby have been reserved for! I really can't wait!

-The next couple of weeks are going to be a bit mental, with weddings, balls and music events but hey-ho, no rest for the wicked! Things are going to be especially mad at the pub as my managers, Paul and John got fired last week. We've got a new one now called Gordon - ex-navy / ex-cabbie... In my opinion drinks too much on the job to run a successful pub, but we shall see... When the others left all the regulars assumed that I'd be taking over the pub! They seem to forget that I've got another job as well!

-Things with the wife are still running along - nearly a year and a half now, which is a bit scary, but I'm still smiling so it can't be all bad! :) He's recently started a new job in the Cuban Bar in Canterbury - truly evil hours, but he seems to be enjoying the work, so that's good. Anyone around that area, go in on the weekends and get him to make something really complicated just to wind him up! ;p

Well, I've probably been writing for long enough... I hope you are all looking after yourselves! Be good, and I promise you a big hug when I see you! (Ma, you get at least 20!) Thinking of you all,

LoveLove Lx

current mood: okay

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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
10:44 am - How would you be defined in the Dictionary?
<td align="center"> Lauren Allen --

A dance involving little to no clothing

'How will you be defined in the dictionary?' at QuizGalaxy.com</td>

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
11:55 am
Hey everyone -

Just wanted to wish everyone a good May Day - I hope that all the wonderfulness you could hope for stays with you from this, the first day of summer, through to the last!

Take care of you

Love and Daisy Chains


current mood: cheerful

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11:54 am - Too cute

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Wednesday, April 4th, 2007
11:24 am
Ok, after a couple of months worth of silence, I really should get back to this thing.

To everyone that I haven't spoken to or seen since being on here last, I hope life is going well for you and I'm sending many hugs until I can administer them in person.

Life continues in much the same way as it has for the last however many months. Running around like a blue arsed fly trying to juggle two jobs and a boyfriend 60 miles away is taking it's toll a bit. I haven't been in hospital since January, but my body is definitely ganging up on me. Work at the college is driving me nuts - what I'm probably going to do is stick it til the end of the acedemic year and hand in my notice for the beginning of september - a bit cheeky, but it means I get to look forward to a lazy summer whilst still getting paid. Work at the pub is absolutely blooming marvellous. If I could be there full time and not need to worry about money then I would be. I keep meaning to organise my Personal License exam but things keep getting in the way. Trying to save up money at the moment to move back down to Canterbury - that will probably happen during the summer... with sany luck at least!

Well, there's all the really mundane stuff... other things that have been going on-

Harley had his twenty first birthday, I met all of his mum's side of the family at the Grandparent's Golden Wedding Anniversary (I was really nervous about it which is unusual for me, but they all seem lovely and I wasn't chased away with burning torches and pitchforks so I think I passed.) I'm going over to Dublin the weekend after Easter for my friend Stuart's 25th Birthday. There's about a dozen of us going, all friends since primary school... hopefully it won't get too messy!

Going to run away now - I'm jumping on a train down to Canterbury straight after work for Gordon and Pete's pretend birthdays' - going to see if I can sweet talk my boss into letting me leave early so I can spend more time with my baby!

Take care my darlings


current mood: excited

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Saturday, February 24th, 2007
3:00 pm - mememememememememe

Friends and FamilyA+
Finance / CareerC
Your Life's Average Grade: A
'What is your Life Grade?' at QuizGalaxy.com

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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007
11:17 pm - Pinched from Notatart_wibble
What Fantasy Archetype Are you?

The Seasoned Veteran Friend
You are the Seasoned Veteran Friend! You resemble Aragorn (Lord of The Rings), Merlin (Arthurian Legend), Han Solo (Star Wars), The Marquis (Neverwhere), Sirius Black (Harry Potter) and Chase (Wizard's First Rule). You are exceedingly loyal, tricky and hardy. You regularly pull the Unlikely Hero, Mentor and Pillor-of-Strength Love Interest out of trouble and into safety. Beware The Traitor, who will make your job intensely difficult. And don't coddle the Unlikely Hero too much, he has to learn how to fend for himself. Anyway, everyone admires you and your resourcefullness / reliability - good going!
Take The Quiz Now!Quizzes by myYearbook.com

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Monday, January 22nd, 2007
3:05 pm - Brief update of the last couple of weeks:
What have I done? Bugger all!

Ended up in hospital again last week (broke my 8 month record - less than impressed!) but feeling a hell of a lot better now. Had a jolly jaunt to A&E, followed by a trip to the operating theatre, was released the following evening, and now on so many antibiotics that you could use me as a maraca! I've been signed off work since and I'm not back til Thursday, so I've been going out of my mind at home instead! On friday I even resorted to baking cookies just to give me something to do!

Unfortunately, that is all my news...

Sending all sorts of wonderfulness to everybody!

Love Lx

current mood: bored

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Thursday, January 11th, 2007
2:21 pm - Pinched from Notatart_wibble - Stunner!

All work and no sacharissa347 makes Jack a dull boy.

Which movie was this quote from?

Get your own quotes:

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Friday, January 5th, 2007
2:11 pm - Pinched from the1piecepuzzle
End of Year Update - or - 40 Questions of Doom

1. What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before? 
    Started doing LARP
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year? 
    I haven't made any since I was twelve and I know I wouldn't hold to them if I did!
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? 
    Yes - my friend Rageena. (My Auntie Allison and cousin Helen are also both expecting this April)
4. Did anyone close to you die? 
5. What countries did you visit? 
    Does Cornwall count??
6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006? 
7. What date from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? 
    March 13th, April 3rd, September 10th and December 19th...
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? 
    Don't feel like I've achieved anything...
9. What was your biggest failure?
    Not giving myself the kick up the arse I need to sort my life out
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? 
      Yep- crutches, brain scans and a few other little niggles... but nothing overly serious :-s
11. What was the best thing you bought? 
      Harley's Birthday/Anniversary presents
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
      Chris and Andres on several occassions.
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
      Harley's, my sister Caroline's (nothing changes there) and my own.
14. Where did most of your money go? 
      I have no idea, but I'm hoping that some has fallen down the back of the sofa because
      it would really be quite handy!
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? 
      Going to Cornwall, LARP events and finishing work for the summer holidays
            - haven't looked forward to it so much since I was about 7!
16. What song will always remind you of 2006?   
      Ragdoll - Maroon 5
17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder? 
      Sadder - in the suppressed/background sort of way
ii. Better or worse?  
iii. Richer or poorer?  
      Definitely poorer!
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?  
      Spending more time with everyone that matters to me
19. What do you wish you'd done less of? 
20. How will you be spending Christmas? 
      I was with my family - Mum, Dad, sisters Rachel (13) and Caroline (25) 
      and munchkin of a nephew Michael (6)
22. Did you fall in love in 2006? 
23. How many one night stands? 
24. What was your favourite TV programme? 
      Haven't had the time to watch it - and rarely the inclination in any case...
      usually put on old films rather than actual TV if I'm bored
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? 
      I don't 'do' hate
      - but there is one woman in particular who I'd rather never find myself in a room with.
26. What was the best book you read?
      The Princess Bride (again, and again, and again...)
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
      The Bears Full Contact Singing
28. What did you want and get?
      Fun and friendship ...and good advice
29. What did you want and not get? 
      An epiphany on what to do with myself!
30. What was your favourite film of this year?
      The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers / Pan's Labyrinth
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? 
      I turned 22 and my original plans were screwed up because trying to dance at the Electric Ballroom
     on crutches is a bad idea, so just went to the pub with some friends!
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
      Going back to Canterbury
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
      I had one??? Well, if I did it probably featured a lot of green, blue and black
      - oh, and jeans with everything!
34. What kept you sane?
      Having people around to talk to and forget about things with
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
      The list gets longer... where would we be without the occassional fantasy, eh?
36. What political issue stirred you the most? 
       Saddam's Trial etc
37. Who did you miss? 
      Everyone I don't see enough of
38. Who was the best new person you met?
      Ma, no question.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006. 
      Sometimes, taking a chance can work out. 
      If you have a chance for happiness, give it your damnedest. 
      Try to compromise without compromising yourself 
      Things always have the potential to go wrong
       - but that doesn't automatically mean that they won't go right.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
      Don't follow that path, you know you don't have to,
      Stop trying to find what you're trying to lose.
      Don't follow that path, you have a right to choose
      A better life than this - it's waiting for you.
                     ~ Contageous, by Butter My Cheerleader

Happy New Year Everybody!

I hope you have been able to start as you mean to go on!  (Anyone who hasn't, pretend that last week was just a practice, have a great night tonight and begin your very own New Year tomorrow!)

Love and Luck

Lauren x

current mood: good

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Tuesday, December 19th, 2006
10:41 am
Well... I'm not entirely sure how this actually came about, but today is mine and Harl's first anniversary! Half of me is pleasantly surprised that we made it this far, the other half of me is far to bouncy to think about it and refusing to come down from the ceiling unless I stop thinking about it at all! Yayayayay Woo and Bob!

Other groovy news, college broke up for Christmas last Friday so I'm off work til the 3rd! Wohoo! - however 'off work' doesn't really fit as I've been well and truly roped back into the pub again - the new managers are called John and Paul - first they asked me if I'd be able to put up curtains in the pub because they'd been told that I'd done the other lot over the summer, then they asked if I'd work Saturday night as a favour and now they want me for three shifts a week because I'm the best barmaid they [technically, 'don't'] have! So it looks like I'm doing my play-time job again! Seeing as I want to start properly saving to move the hell out of home in the new year the extra money will be really useful, and getting paid to be in a place that you would usually be spending money in and still getting to talk to your friends is always a plus! One slightly wierdie bit is that I'm not allowed to tell anyone in the pub how much I'm getting paid because it's more than the others...

As far as the dreaded 'C' word is concerned, I've got maybe a quarter of the presents I need to get, I have no idea what to get the rest and I've only got one day inbetween then and now where I'm free to actually go and do the shopping *meep*... oops! My dad has been asking me my Christmas list for the last two weeks, but I literally can't think of anything I want! Also, I think that 22 is a bit too old to be making Christmas demands off your parents, even if they are asking you to, so I've just got a complete mental block on it! The only things I've told him are the new Beatles album and Dr Strangelove on DVD - which are things I've been meaning to get myself and just haven't gotten round to! By the way, if anyone happens to have any inspiring thoughts for what to get a father with bugger all time for hobbies, who catagorically 'Does NOT Read' and has as many pairs of sock as he (or indeed the rest of us that all nick them when we can't find our own) will ever need, then please pass it on! (bought him aftershave for his birthday so I can't fall back on that old chestnut either!)

Going to scoot off now, I have some more bouncing to do! :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Love and More Love


current mood: loved

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10:26 am - Easy for me to remember the lyrics to this one!

Lauren, Lauren,
Lauren, Lauren.

The First Noel
from the Christmas Song Generator.

Get your own song :

current mood: happy

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