sareini: default (Delerium)
(Yeah, I'm kind of spamming here. I keep remembering things I want to post, after hitting 'submit'.)

[ profile] oktoberain got a thank-you letter from the International Association for Cancer Research today, for her donation for sponsoring me in the Blogathon, and the letter mentioned me!

Wow. I'm really kind of speechless at that.


Aug. 7th, 2005 01:59 pm
sareini: default (Delerium)

We're done.

I raised $55 doing this - with thanks to Nick and [ profile] oktoberain, who are both loved and adored immensely - and who knows, if someone stumbles across all this in the next couple of days and is suitably impressed/moved... well, pledges are open till the 9th of this month, as far as I know. So you could always go here and donate something to the Association for International Cancer Research.

Overall, Blogathon has raised $55,602.47 for all the various charities over the past 24 hours, which is above and beyond the amount they were aiming for. So a good result has been had by all.

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Now, if anyone wants me, I'll be in bed.


Aug. 7th, 2005 01:29 pm
sareini: ('everything is true')
The Penultimate Entry.

Something I've been watching throughout all this: At the very beginning of all this, I was listed on the Blogathon site on page 6 of all the participants, right at the bottom. As the hours rolled on, I've been watching my name slowly climb up the page, until it stopped about 10-12 hours ago and hasn't moved since. It's currently here, third from the top.

That's because of all the people who had to drop out for whatever reason. I found it strange, because I'd expected people to be more likely to drop out in the midnight hours, so to speak...

Ah well. It was just one of those things that amused me when I was fighting to keep my eyes open several hours ago.

Next: The Final Post, followed by me turning the poor computer off and falling into/onto/in the general direction of the bed.


Aug. 7th, 2005 12:58 pm
sareini: (hiding)
Stretched. Feeling better. Well, apart from the fact that the skin on the back of my hands has started itching terribly over the past few hours, that is. When I scratch at it, it flakes off like snakeskin.

(I'm sure you all wanted to know that.)

And I've come to a conclusion as we enter the final hour of this thing; I messed up my numbers. The very last post I should make, at 2pm or thereabouts, should be numbered 48. But because I was a dimwit and numbered my very first post at 2pm yesterday #1, I've thrown everything out of whack and therefore my last post will be #49.

I guess this wouldn't be too bad, except for the fact that I've been staring at the numbers for the past 20 hours or so, knowing that something was wrong with them but unable to figure out just what.

Can't even blame this on the dyscalcula, either...


Aug. 7th, 2005 12:29 pm
sareini: default (Delerium)
You know, with only 90 minutes remaining, I figure I should try to end this with something interesting. Operative word here "try".

I'll see what I can do.

Strangely enough though, I'm not feeling all that tired any more. Just in need of a really big stretch - which makes sense, if you've been sitting at a computer for pretty much 24 hours.


Aug. 7th, 2005 11:55 am
sareini: Image of the Bursar from the Discworld universe (Bursar)
Continuing on this current Wexford theme... here's a bit of family drama!

Well, not really drama. More like something which just caught us all by surprise.

(Copied from the Wexford People website archives, dated 12 September 2001. Emphasis also mine.)

A small and intimate wedding took place in Castlebridge between Dermot Byrne and Philomena Sinnott recently. Fr. Walter Forde, Fr. Berney, Screen and Fr. Jim O'Hea, Philomena's cousin, performed the wedding ceremony.

The reception took place in the Crosbie Cedars Hotel with many more relations and friends coming to enjoy the evening party. The day was also enjoyed by Philomena's mother, Sarah Flood, who celebrated her 90th birthday recently.

This came as a shock to all of us because my uncle Dermot was a) pushing 60 if my calculations are correct when he got married, and b) most of us had thought he was gay up till this point. I man, he lived with my uncle Liam for all my life, and neither of them married... I guess we just assumed it would never happen.

(Note: Uncle Dermot is also one of my two uncles who... *achem* likes a drink. He used to just get up, have breakfast and then go to the pub for a drink before lunch. Then it was home for lunch, and then back to the pub. Home again for tea, and then back to the pub for an evening drink. And he always drove himself home, too. That was something that could make you believe in miracles.)


Aug. 7th, 2005 11:27 am
sareini: default (Delerium)
Earlier on (last night, to be exact, which right now seems like days ago) I posted a picture of one of my uncles, city councillor for Wexford Town in Ireland. Well, in lieu of anything else to do right now, I thought I'd hunt through Google and find some images of Wexford Town itself.

This is the quayside. Unfortunately, when this picture was taken they were obviously in the middle of digging up all the lovely old wooden walkways where the fishing boats would all be tied up so that they could build a new marina for tourists. I'm kind of sad about that, as I grew up being able to walk along those boardwalks, eating ice cream and looking at the boats.

This is how the Crescent Quay used to look, before they dug it all up. The statue in the centre is one Commedore John Barry.

If you were to go up this street, and turn right at the top, then you'd soon come across where my cousin used to have his TV repair and video rental shop. I used to spend my afternoons there quite often, helping out my aunt with working behind the counter. And yes, an awful lot of the roads in Wexford are that small. :)

I wanted to put in a picture of Curracloe beach as well, to show people how beautiful it is, but the only picture I could find labelled 'Curracloe' looked nothing like it. Ah well. You'll just have to take my word for it.


Aug. 7th, 2005 10:58 am
sareini: default (Number 35)
Still here. After this entry, there's only three hours to go. That's not too long a time now, is it?

Nick admits that he's surprised I've made it this far. I just told him that I like to prove people wrong then they think I can't do things. After all, I managed to got my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award in secondary school, and that involved three days up a mountain in Wales with a 3st rucksack on my back (that's... 42lbs, and I don't know how many kilograms. I will never grasp the Metric system. Or the Imperial. Whichever one it is with the kilos).

Reading The Zombie Survival Guide on and off now. DVDs were good, but they were starting to muddle my brain up even more than it already is from all the staying up. Books are quieter. I can just about hear myself think with one.


Aug. 7th, 2005 10:27 am
sareini: default (The Pilgrimess)
I think Nick is getting ready to go to bed, and I admit that's making me kind of jealous right now.

Strange to think though: when I started this, he was asleep, then he woke up in the evening, has been up all night and is now going back to sleep, while I'm still going strong.

He was complaining of being tired earlier. I told him he was a wuss.

Bettor go up and check on him, and say good night if necessary.


Aug. 7th, 2005 09:58 am
sareini: default (Number 44)
Into the final sixth of this now (complete with the background muzak from the mall in the 1978 Dawn of the Dead) and I figured I'd just do a quick recap of what exactly is going on on my journal right now, with all the numbered posts every half-hour or so.

I'm taking part in Blogathon, which is basically where people sit up for a whole 24 hours (in my case 2pm yesterday to 2pm today) making posts on their journals/blogs, and people sponsor them to last the whole distance. The money pledged goes to a charity of the blogger's choice. In my case, I'm doing this to raise money for the Association for International Cancer Research, and just for completeness, my sponsor page is here.

There. That saves me from having to come up with some actual original content for 30 minutes or so...


Aug. 7th, 2005 09:28 am
sareini: Image of the Bursar from the Discworld universe (Bursar)
Gods, but that last half-hour went quickly. It only seems like 10 minutes or so since my last post.

Have no concentration right now, which is annoying.

Also out of things to say.


Aug. 7th, 2005 08:59 am
sareini: default (Bub!)
"Ooh! He's got an arm off!"

That has to be about my best line in the whole film. There are funnier lines, true - deliberately-written funny lines at that - but there's just something about that line that just cracks me up every time. Maybe it's just the absurdity of saying something like that in the situation.

I'm getting the urge to write something with zombies now.


Aug. 7th, 2005 08:28 am
sareini: default (Bub!)
I'm now watching Shaun of the Dead. Complete with commentary from Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg.

shaun of the Dead is one of those rare movies that both Nick and I love. Well, to be more exact, it's a zombie film that Nick also likes. Which is really rare.

But this movie is really cool. It's like someone just took every dream and idea that every zombie fanboy/girl has ever had, and made a movie about them. I could only wish that I'd be able to write something like this - if I was ever inclined to try a movie script, anyway.


Aug. 7th, 2005 07:58 am
sareini: default (Number 13)
I'll tell you what the biggest problem I'm having with this blogathon is (other than constantly forgetting what post I'm up to):

My knees.

Or more specifically, my left knee.

When I sit at my computer desk, my legs are of course bent at the knee. As they're supposed to be. now for a couple of hours at a time, with suitable breaks inbetween, that's not a problem. But once I get to four or so hours, I start to get the aches. And stiffness.

So you might be able to imaging what it feels like in my left knee right now after 18 hours (I think) of sitting at this computer, with only short breaks to stretch my legs out.

We have to go into town on Monday - that's tomorrow now, right? - and I'm a little worried that I might have to take the cane with me after this. It's going to be the two of us hobbling up the damn hill, looking like a delegation for the Ministry of Funny Walks.

Surprisingly enough, the lack of sleep isn't bothering me much at all...


Aug. 7th, 2005 07:29 am
sareini: (unwell)
Demons is just about over. In fact, the helicopter has just crashed through the roof of the theatre, conveniently allowing George and Cheryl to escape. (This is possibly one of the best examples of deux ex machina I've ever seen. I mean, a helicopter?)

Of course, once it ends I have to decide what to watch next. So far I'm torn between Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives! or Versus.

Nick has offered to lend me some of his DVDs, but since his are mostly Sci-Fi I'll probably pass for now. It's too early/late for sci-fi right now. Although I've just remembered that he still has my Shaun of the Dead DVD...


Aug. 7th, 2005 06:58 am
sareini: (doctor)
See, I knew something like Demons would wake me up a bit.

Was talking to Nick earlier, and telling him about some of the charities being blogged for in this. He wanted to know if anyone was supporting the PDSA - People's Dispensary for Sick Animals. He's got a lot of respect for them, you see, as he's had to use them in the past. Unfortunately, they're not involved this year.

Which led to the suggestion that, next year, Nick join in with the blogathon as well. He doesn't think this is too bad an idea, although at the moment he's threatening to blog his experiences playing Rome: Total War at the moment. At last count he'd been playing it for about seven hours non-stop.

It would probably go something like this:

Hour 1: The Senate hates me.

Hour 2: The Senate still hates me.

Hour 3: The Germans are invading!

Hour 4: The Senate really hates me.

As far as I can tell, that's about the short version of the game...


Aug. 7th, 2005 06:28 am
sareini: (thoughtful)
Right now I'm watching Demons, directed by Lamberto Bava, as part of my "Using cheesy 80s movies to keep me awake" plan for the next few hours. The woman in my icon for this post is one of the characters from this movie. I think she's really gorgeous - mainly because of the hair.

I can't remember now what made me pick this movie up a few years ago. I think it was either a random choice as I was building up my horror collection, or because I was investigating Italian directors at the time. Either way, it wasn't a decision I regretted.

None of the gore has started yet, but when it does, it's both over-the-top and occasionally cringe-worthy - at one point a woman's fingernails and teeth are pushed out to make way from new ones, and we get to see all this in glorious technicolour. Ow.


Aug. 7th, 2005 05:59 am
sareini: (ringu)
The sun has come up. Dawn has officially broken.

Something else that's broken is the Blogathon target for this year. They had hoped to make $50,000; as of this entry the total amount of donations pledged stands at $52,205.97.

I think it's about time for me to break out the cheesy 80s DVDs in my continuing efforts to not only stay awake but reasonably lucid for the remainder of this thing. The spelling mistakes I've made in this post alone are reaching new highs (or lows, depending on how you look at it).


Aug. 7th, 2005 05:26 am
sareini: (creative)
Quick little drabble I whipped up, based on a prompt from [ profile] museteasers. Bear in mind when you read it that I've written this at 5am, on a whim.

Last Ditch )


Aug. 7th, 2005 04:58 am
sareini: default (Default)
Writing something. Don't want to break flow. Very short update. See you in 30.

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