smokingboot: (flower D)
I do love birthdays, especially mine:-)

The spoiling of boot has been comprehensive. Thank you [livejournal.com profile] larians for just about everything! And thanks to all awesome friends for birthday wishes, messages, and just being in my life.You are amazing:-)

Presents included basil cocktails in the National Gallery, a trip to Turkey, where [livejournal.com profile] larians and I will attempt a diving course in time for our excursion to Oz in the new year, a helicopter trip over London with champagne, to be taken after the Olympics, a wander round Kew gardens, new clothes, pretty jewellry, pretty steampunk jewellry, dinner at Champur Champur and Miss Felicity Beedles' magnum opus, 'The World of Poo.'

Plus, of course, a swift visit to Mum in Granada.

Mum )

The Termagent or How Not To Grow Old )

Attila )

It was good to see them all, and very good to come home to the man who put this all together. I have had my lesson in how not to be a terrifying old lady in time to come. And for now?

Being 50 is absolutely fabulous!:-)
smokingboot: (nuuushuuus)
'And another thing,' said the bride-to-be in clear if heavily accented English, 'Nobody comment on Che-che's boyfriend's head, OK?. I know what you lot are like; no pointing, staring, joking or anything at all. Just ignore it.'
'What's wrong with Che-che's boyfriend's head?' [profile] larians and I waited while opinions flew through translation. Everybody in the family had something to add.
'It's huge!'
'It's odd!'
'It's shaped like a mushroom!'
'It's like a satellite-dish - '
'Or just a dish. '
'Or just a satellite.'
'It's different, that's all,' concluded my Aunt Fatima, a gentle and lovely lady I've not met in 20 years or more. I hadn't seen most of the family since I was 9 and my cousins were toddlers. The elders have shrunk, the younger are huge. Things have changed.

Bride, Groom, Aliens, Soup )

Waking the Witch )

The city )

More about Head )

*Or something like that.
smokingboot: (dementolion)
I've had some wonderful birthday treats in my time. This year will be slightly different.

The difference )
smokingboot: (headless)
No, it's not good. Ralik brought in his first kill of the year, a butterfly. Surya brought hers in days ago, a wee mouse. I object to the mouse less than the butterfly, because lets face it, meeces are cute but very dirty. Butterflies, on the other hand, are just lovely. I know it's just nature, but I felt sad and weary to see it dead.

What of today? Well, due to a shifts cock-up, I am in danger of offending everybody and missing a very important night. I have juggled and talked and wheedled and the scheduler will come back to me hopefully tomorrow with a replacement plan. He is sanguine we can work something out, I am afraid he will give me a show worth less cash and therefore paying less. But never mind. I just want this out of the way.

Muvvah )
Bruvvah )
Fahvah )

I want just now to be little and lost enough to bury my head against someone's chest, and listen to gentle words and a strong heartbeat, and forget Maelstrom at the weekend, forget shifts and shows and dates and times, forget everything except dark and candlelight and maybe some music and a kiss or two. I don't feel sorry, don't need to cry. But I know I could write later, sleep perhaps, if I just stop for a while and feel cherished and empty.

Gah! Enough. I know what's wrong with me. I'm tired.

smokingboot: (dreams)
Objectively: this is a magnificent film.

Subjectively...Seeing my mother's world: not really about the film )

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