In London

Thursday, December 1st, 2016 08:17 pm
tourmaline: (hugh laurie)
It's a whole week since this happened and I still can't get over how awesome it was. Last week, [profile] bmax67 and her family vacationed in the UK and on Thursday I travelled down to London to meet them!

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Despite having achy knees that evening and the next day from walking all round the museum and then standing up on the train, it did not take the shine off the day. It was so great to meet [profile] bmax67 after knowing her online for so long - first at the Devoted to Hugh fan forum, then here, and now also on social media.
tourmaline: (coffee)
Tonight we had a good evening out from work, and then I had things to do when I got back. Glad to be back, but the stuff to do was meh.
Full story )
It started snowing when I was driving home. Hopefully it won't amount to anything major, but it's supposed to stay cold for a good while yet. I'll be glad when winter is over.

The Celebrations

Sunday, March 31st, 2013 06:43 pm
tourmaline: (strawberry shake)
So on Thursday I turned 40, and on Friday my best friends got married. And it was all lovely.

Full Story )
I could go on loads more about the wedding reception, the dancing, but I will just say it was all so much fun, such a lovely day, and a genuine thrill to be there.

While I'm 39

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 06:19 pm
tourmaline: (coffee)
Today was my last day in work before I turn 40 (which happens tomorrow). I arrived to find my friends had decorated my desk:

Birthday Desk Decorations

I had to clear most of it so that I could work, there was also a banner across the bookcase near my desk and a long banner down the pillar by the bookcase. There was other decorating going on in the office too - a woman from another team goes on maternity leave tomorrow, and one of the directors is retiring tomorrow, so there were balloons in his office, and the walls were covered in a variety of photos of him from his 20ish years here. Also leaving tomorrow is one of my friends who has secured a permanent job following six years of temporary contracts (due to her working on time-limited projects rather than any aspersions on her awesomeness) at our place. She's having a night out in Birmingham with some current and former members of our team - unfortunately my birthday arrangements preclude me from joining them.

Tomorrow we are going out for lunch, having visitors (and no doubt phonecalls) in the afternoon & evening, and then Friday is my best friends' wedding. After some issues which pitted my ideal outfit against the weather, I finally found suitable shoes yesterday which will allow me to wear the new dress and jacket as originally planned, albeit with my big winter coat added for outdoor scenes. Weather-wise it's due to remain cold, but without additional snow of any capacity to cause concern. I shall report back here after the events.

Occasions

Monday, March 4th, 2013 01:37 pm
tourmaline: (coffee)
Hen nights, birthday plans, and Sherlocking )
So tomorrow it's back to work, then next week it's the baking of my bake-off cake - I hope it all gets sold because I'm rather caked out of it for now, nice though it is.
tourmaline: (London 2012)
Yesterday [personal profile] vicodin_martini and I went to the Olympics - more precisely, the women's 75kg weightlifting at the Excel centre. It was a great day out, everything was well-organised and the weather and transport were good.

Full story )

I eventually arrived home around 8.30ish and jumped in the shower, even when it's not hot & humid outside the LU isn't a comfortable place to be in summer. I followed the shower with a bit of a food fest as I realised I hadn't eaten much during the day, and caught up with the Olympics news I'd missed. It had been a long day, but a great day, and it was so nice to meet another LJ friend for real - thank you [personal profile] vicodin_martini for your company ♥♥

Compartmentalisation

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 02:10 pm
tourmaline: (olympics)
It's only just-after-lunch on Day 3, but it's been three days of awesome significance and mixed emotions.

Compartmentalisation required )

So back home, I have a week off work to come so YAY. And Bean is here today, she's so happy, when she smiles she looks like my sister and I did when we were small. And I also have jellybeans so more yay.

*Nerves*

Friday, May 6th, 2011 02:56 pm
tourmaline: (hugh laurie)
It's about four hours until I leave to collect my friend for our visit to the Arts Centre to see Hugh Laurie live. She's currently in Derby, waiting in for the Gas Guy to sign things off at the house she's selling there, and she texted to say he's said he's on his way. I then phoned her to check what else happens, how long it takes to get back from Derby, etc but really cos I'm getting nervous here and need someone to calm me down. I've ironed my outfit for tonight, have found a suitable lipstick (I can find every other lipstick I own apart from the one I actually wanted) and have picked out my earrings. I know my friend is as reliable as they come, she will text me when she gets home, so if all goes to plan we should be OK. But I'm here a bundle of nerves and will be until she texts to say she's home. And at some point I will need to eat, perhaps in an hour or so, I have some quiche. I have packed my shoulderbag - including my autograph book, just in case - I've heard he's good at the stage door autographs thing but because this isn't a conventional theatre I don't know how that will play out. We shall see.
tourmaline: (strawberry shake)
Happy birthday [personal profile] drunken_hedghog! Hope you have a fab day.

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Happy Birthday [profile] nightowl81! Have a special festive balloon:

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Happy Birthday [personal profile] phinnia!

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Happy birthday [profile] hannahrorlove!

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Happy birthday [personal profile] swizzasnake! Have a fabulous day ♥
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Happy 30th birthday [profile] chilibreath! Have a fabulous day ♥♥
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Happy Birthday [personal profile] secondsilk!

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Have a fabulous day! ♥
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Happy Birthday [personal profile] kiwi_from_hell! Congratulations and have a fabulous day ♥
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Happy Birthday [personal profile] hllangel! Have a fab day!

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Happy Birthday [profile] shutterbug_12! Have a fab day ♥

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Happy birthday [profile] bmax67!

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Happy Thanksgiving too, hope you have a fabulous day ♥