jackjanderson: (Fishing)
There is a hell. I have not only been there, I have spent several hours there this afternoon. Hell - it's name is Ikea!

We do now, however, have most of the items required for turning one of the bedrooms into a walk-in closet so I guess I know what my first main DIY project is going to be this week. It should end up looking nice when it's all done and I'm looking forward to having a new project to tackle.
jackjanderson: (The Long & Winding Road)
Here we are, now in South Wales as opposed to North Wales.

I think one of the main adjustments is going to be not being right on the coast - I'm going to miss being able to just amble down the road with the dogs and there's the beach. That's not to say that there's not still plenty of places to walk them. I'm looking forward to exploring this new area. There is a coast about 5 miles away, there's plenty of parks around

We're about as moved in as we're going to get right now. There's still some cosmetic stuff like new carpets and painting and decorating that need finalising but the important things have mostly found their homes. This place is definitely bigger than we needed for the three of us and there's honestly some space we're not quite sure what to do with yet.

I'd like to get a full home cinema installed, there's room for that which makes me pretty happy. We're thinking about making one of the rooms a 'library' - god knows between us we've got enough space and enough books and that's always been a dream of mine.
Those are my first two jobs I think.

Samantha's got her office set up. Lucy has 'her' bedroom set up - not that she ever sleeps in there, it's mostly just her own space. The girls are talking about making one of the bedrooms a walk-in closet. Our play room is set up. Like I said, the important things.

It'll be trial and error for a while as we settle and figure out what does/doesn't work but for now I'm looking forward to this house becoming our home.

Moving day

Aug. 25th, 2017 10:10 pm
jackjanderson: (Jack & Daniel)
It's here. Moving day. Well, in about 12 hours. All our worldly possessions will be hopefully transported from here to there. We're spending tomorrow night in a hotel then the unpacking begins on Sunday - it's a 4-5 hour drive down and none of us relish the idea of starting the task in the evening.

We've got help coming to unpack and organise. Almost like an unpacking party. My son, Samantha's brother, some friends Jason, Joe and Ben. Samantha will be supervising and directing. I've been told by her not to carry anything heavy. Lucy's really quite stressed and it's triggering her depression. I wish there was something I could do to help her but I know she won't really relax until we're all settled. Planning/organising helps calm her down and we do have plenty of lists and checkboxes of what goes where and what's in each box so that may be her main role. Possibly looking after the animals who are also freaking out.

I'm not sure yet how we're taking the animals. We've got two cars and Samantha's not able to drive so her brother's driving her car down. My best guess right now is the cats in the car with them, the dogs with me. Lucy can pick which car she wants to travel in.

The main thing right now is to try and get a good nights sleep. Good night, internet. See you at the end of next week when the internet is back up and running.
jackjanderson: (Han Solo)
Things are looking good for the house move. All the paperwork has completed, we've sold our house and we're still on track for moving into the new house on the 26th. I'm a little sick of living in boxtown and not being able to find anything - although we've all three had the chance to have a really good clear out. We're not down sizing but sometimes it's good to out with the old, in with the new.

I'm definitely looking forward to some decorating and gardening and putting our mark on the new place.

Speaking of things for moving, we've found Lucy a new therapist down there - recommended by her current one. We've met a few times and they seem to get on, and she seems LGBT and poly friendly so that's always a relief. Lucy's also got a yoga class sorted and is looking at the various support groups that are available to her. She's definitely stressed and struggling with her mental health but nowhere near as bad as I was dreading. I wish I could help her more. *sigh emoji*

Samantha's leg is healing well. She's got the cast off and now just has a very cumbersome plastic boot on the foot. Shes still walking on crutches and bitching about physios being evil sadistic bastards so I think she'll be just fine!

Tomorrow, incidentally, is my and Samantha's 13th wedding anniversary ♥
She's up to something. I know her well enough to know she's got something planned. She won't tell me. Neither will Lucy.

So yes. Things continue to tick over nicely in Casa Anderson which is always nice to be able to say. Now, we head to the local cinema to see The Dark Tower.
jackjanderson: (Han Solo)
My girls have been away with some friends this weekend on a 'girly weekend'. I miss them but have also enjoyed some peace and quiet if I'm perfectly honest!

Yesterday, my son came for a visit and we lost a few hours down the pub watching football, followed by Chinese takeout and more football at home. It was very enjoyable.
He also delivered an anniversary present for Samantha and I - but we're under strict instructions not to open until the 19th.

Today has been spent on a long walk on the beach with the dog, some time catching up on various and sundry social media and listening to 2Cellos on Youtube and reading. There was also an afternoon nap. Currently there is a roast chicken dinner in the oven and I'm eyeing Interstellar on Amazon Prime for evening.

All in all a very pleasant way to spend an weekend.
jackjanderson: (Jack & Daniel)
Day 19 - A song that makes you think about life:

Symphony No. 2 by Gustav Mahler, known as the Resurrection Symphony, was written between 1888 and 1894, and first performed in 1895. Apart from the Eighth Symphony, this symphony was Mahler's most popular and successful work during his lifetime. It was his first major work that established his lifelong view of the beauty of afterlife and resurrection
jackjanderson: (Crossword)
What have you just finished reading? The Narrows by Michael Connelly

What are you reading? The Closers by Michael Connelly

What is your next book to read? The Brass Verdict also by Michael Connelly

I'm working my way through the Harry Bosch series. It's been years since I read any of them and there's been many more books published. I'm thoroughly enjoying them. I've also heard Amazon have made a show based on them so I may have to check that out
jackjanderson: (Black Canary)
Day 17 - A song that you would sing as a duet on karaoke:
There's a very easy answer to this question and that is n/a - I don't sing, I don't karaoke.
Samantha and Lucy, on the other hand, have been known to do a very loud and out of key rendition of Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin - Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves

Day 18 - A song from the year you were born:

I had to have a quick google to answer this and the answer is Blue Tango by Leroy Anderson "Pops" Concert Orchestra which I have vague memories of hearing as a small child.

Who Am I?

Jul. 25th, 2017 09:13 pm
jackjanderson: (Borealis)
I know I shouldwant to keep posting videos for the music meme but right now I don't want to have music playing. Both Lucy and Samantha are actually asleep and even though they're upstairs, I don't want to risk disturbing them. Neither of them are sleeping very well lately so while they're actually sleeping, I'm going to leave hem.

I did come across from a friend on facebook some random quizzes. I ended up taking them and I was very amused by the 'answers' I got.

The first one is Can We Guess Your Real Identity By The Picture You Pick and the result I got was
You are a guy in your mid 20's. We're guessing around 24 years old. Maybe 25?
You like thrills.
You like to have fun with your friends and enjoy nonsense.
You have a girlfriend and you love her. (She loves you too!)

Yes, I'm a guy. I'm not in my mid-20s, left those behind many years ago. I definitely enjoy thrills, having fun with my friends altough I'm not sure about 'enjoying nonsense' but perhaps the simple fact I'm taking these kinds of quizzes proves I do? And I do love my girlfriend - and my wife!

The second one is Can We Guess Your Age Based On Your Taste In Music and the result I got was
Based on your taste in music you’re sixty-eight!
You’ve got a record collection that would make most modern hipsters insanely jealous. You’ve been to more than one reunion tour and have the t-shirts to prove it.

The age is a little closer to the mark but reunion tours would be difficult considering most of the composers I listen to have been deceased many centuries.

They're just silly quizzes I know but they amused me so I thought I'd share the results!
jackjanderson: (Crossword)
1) Do you want to get married? I already am married, very happily for the last 13 years to the beautiful Samantha.
If the laws ever changed, we would also get married to Lucy
2) Where would you like to get married? We got married in a registry office, nothing fancy, just the two of us. Me in a suit, her in a beautiful dress
3) If you were getting married in a week, who would be in your wedding party? God now there's a question. We'd keep it small and intimate again; my son, Lucy, Samantha's father and brother.
4) What would your wedding colours be? I have no idea. Pale blues, greens and pinks? Our favourite colours.
5) Does marriage mean to you 'til death do us part?' This time around it does.
jackjanderson: (Borealis)
Day 16 - One of your favourite classical songs:

To start with, there aren't really songs in classic music. Songs imply singing. Classical has pieces which are played. And the last 15, in case you failed to notice, have all been classical pieces...

Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending
jackjanderson: (Milky Way Blue)
Day 15 - A song that is a cover by another artist:

2Cellos's arrangement of Thunderstruck by AC/DC
Lucy introduced me to 2Cellos earlier this year and their 'duelling cellos' are nearly as much fun to listen to as they are to watch.

This was a hard one to pick a song for. Technically, the majority of classical music are cover versions since we're not sitting listening to the original composer, but other (usually)incredibly skilled musicians playing their pieces.
jackjanderson: (Crossword)
Hello Dreamwidth.

Apologies for the lack of updates over the last couple of weeks. It's been a crazy busy time around here but I'm mostly still treading water. We're all a little stressed - and that's a trigger for worsening poor Lucy's schizophrenia

The basics are
Samantha has been offered a new job at the other end of the country. After much discussion, she's accepted it and we're moving next month down to Cardiff.
Unfortunately, and making packing and moving much harder than anticipated, Samantha has broken her leg. One of the most terrifying phonecalls a man can recieve is one from the hospital saying his wife's been in an accident. She tripped and fell down the stairs at work, gave herself mild concussion, a couple of cracked ribs and a displaced fracture of her right leg.

Also, Samantha now has a Dreamwidth account of her own. She's been struggling post-operation on her leg, groggy with painkillers and looking for something to do other than watch TV and read - she's a very active woman and being mostly immobile isn't working for her. You can find her at [personal profile] samanderson

I'm hoping to get caught up reading your posts over the next couple of days or so. Things are getting easier now we're finding our current rhythm around the house. And I'll get back into the posting that music meme probably tomorrow when I've had chance to find my notes on the songs I'd chosen and what I wanted to talk about it.
jackjanderson: (Fishing)
Hello Jack's friends page, [personal profile] lucymorningstar (his girlfriend) here.

Jack has gone off on a spontaneous trip with a couple of his old air force buddies for a few days, they've all hopped on their motorbikes with their fishing gear whch really is a hilarious site and they've gone over to France. He thinks he'll be back by the begnning of next week and says he'l catch up on spamming you all with classical music when he gets back!

Bye for now!
jackjanderson: (Moon Over Earth)
Day 14 - A song that you would love played at your wedding:

Felix Mendelssohn - "Wedding March" in C major, from his suite of incidental music (Op. 61) to Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream.

It was, in fact, played at both of my weddings. I'm not planning on having another, unless polyamory gets legally recognised and Samantha & I can marry Lucy. And that's not likely to happen in my lifetime
jackjanderson: (Milky Way Blue)
Day 13 - One of your favourite 70's songs:

(yes, that's the full ballet. No, I don't expect anyone will watch it.)

Continuing on the theme of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and ballet we have Swan Lake. (Hey, it never specified a century and Swan Lake had it's premier in '77's... 1877!)
jackjanderson: (Jack & Daniel)
Day 12 - A song from your pre-teen years:

Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker: March

My mother, rest her soul, loved the ballet. My brothers and I would get dragged out to see The Nutcracker every Christmas. We'd get new suits, new shoes, haircuts. It was a very formal affair. I, admittedly, fell in love with the music and it's entire possibly my mother and Tchaikovsky are the root of my love of classical.

I still try and catch at least one performance of The Nutcracker every year.
jackjanderson: (Default)
Day 11 - A song that you never get tired of:

Georg Friedrich Händel - Messiah: Part II: Hallelujah

One of my favourite pieces of choral music. I adore all of Handel's Messiah but I would think it safe to say the Hallelujah Chorus that closes part II is the most well-known section of it. I always end up stopping wht I'm doing to listen and pretend I'm conducting!
I love how it has this deceptively light orchestral opening before rising and swelling with almost contagious enthusiam, then closing on a final solemn note. Truly remarkable.
jackjanderson: (Han Solo)
Day 10 - A song that makes you sad:

Ludwig Van Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 14 in C♯ minor "Quasi una fantasia", Op. 27, No. 2, popularly known as the Moonlight Sonata.

There's something very evocative, very austere about the piece, it's almost funereal yet beautiful. Imagine listening to it, on a stormy sunday afternoon, when it's dark and the sky is only lit by lightning. A drink in your hand and a book. Beautiful.

Or a film noir seduction followed by death.


May. 9th, 2017 03:36 pm
jackjanderson: (Fishing)
I like to think of myself as being a fairly open-minded guy. I try not to be to judgemental of other lifestyles, considering mine is doubly alternative but I have to admit that every so often I come across something that I simply don't get.

On the internet, recently, I have discovered one of those things.

Fan fiction.

From what I can gather, it appears to be imagining characters from a tv show or movie or even the actors playing them are gay and writing porn about it.

Lucy is quite taken with it at the moment. She assures me it's 'hot'.

On one hand, anything that can get Lucy reading is a great tool. She wants to read and gets very frustrated with herself when her attention span doesn't allow her to.
I also keep meaning to speak to Samantha about reading books vs reading on the screen if it's the format that's helping her concentrate, and would be worth getting Lucy a Kindle?

On the other hand, however, I... don't get it.

About Me

I'm Jack, a recent retiree looking for a new hobby. Apparently 'annoying my girlfriend' isn't the best use of my days. Her opinion, not mine

I'm a life-long science-fiction and superheroes fan, and a voracious reader. I enjoy movies, fishing, astronomy, and gardening.

I live in Wales with my wife, our girlfriend and an ever growing collection of four-legged friends.

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