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The Week I’ve Had (26th December 2010)

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There are so many pigeons on our roof. I love the purring noise they make while they’re settling down; it’s much simpler than getting and feeding and cleaning up after a cat, listening to them perched up there. But they’re terrified of humans; they flap away in a panic every time I go near a window.

These two were huddled on the stairwell windowsill when I headed back to work on Tuesday lunchtime. I knew they’d fly away the moment I took the first step down from my door and I wondered momentarily whether my boss would accept, “I can’t come back in; there are pigeons outside,” as a good excuse for staying home. I decided probably not.

On Wednesday, my Tea Swap parcel arrived. Yay! I feel quite bad about how little I sent in my own parcel now as this one was brimming with tea bags and little pouches of loose leaves (including gingerbread ones – mmm!) and a box of Make Us A Brew mint ‘n’ chilli and origami swans and paper stars and two handmade hairslides and loads of fabric with pretty teacups all over it. Wow! Thank you!

Here’s a picture of me wearing one of the hairslides. I think I need to talk to everybody with my head tipped at this angle from now on and some sort of portable makeshift Photoshop filter held in front of me!

I loved the sparkles of this icicle hanging basket.

On Thursday night, Steve and I went for dinner at some friends’ place. One – Bruce – is very insistent about the giving of Christmas presents; you may already know that I’m not big into Christmas, but I don’t mind an excuse to wrap things up prettily if a friend maintains it’s important!

Secondhand sheet music has been my wrapping paper of choice for much of this year, but the enormous jingle bells I found in a charity shop this week made the gifts extra festive.

One of the cats was very pleased to see Steve and immediately pounced on his back and started trying to wash his hair. The boys thought it might have been some sort of fellow-ginger bonding ritual.

Bauble on a desk at work; we closed up on Friday lunchtime for a week and a half.

<self congratulation> Our friend Martin was working Christmas Day (he’s a student-cum-barman) so couldn’t go home; he came round to ours for lunch instead and was presented with a card we had devised and I had made whilst tipsy the night before. It’s a Schrodinger’s Cat reference (because he goes on about that darned cat a lot) – the tag on the outside reads, “A present is put in a box. The box is wrapped. How can you tell the present is still awesome?”; the inside reads, “You can’t. You’d better open it and check!”</self congratulation>

I was thrilled with my Secret Santa gifts. I was excited to recognise Kayleigh Bluck‘s name on the return address, and the tote bag and magnet inside did not disappoint!

Steve also did well presentswise; these are all the ribbons I removed (in preparation for recycling, not out of my general Grinchy bah humbugness) from the wrapping paper his parents had used…

And today: the traditional Boxing Day “Wii ‘n’ Toastii” session at our friends’ flat.


The Week (of Birthdays) I’ve Had (12th Dec 2010)

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A random snap from Monday lunchtime.

This week, both my boyfriend, Steve, and I had birthdays. Steve’s was first and started with drinks in the Brewdog pub on Monday evening. Brewdog are a local artisan brewery producing some incredibly strong drinks; we were not the prettiest of sights by the time we stumbled home! Good thing we had both booked Tuesday – his actual birthday – off work!

How great is this vintage wrapping paper? I found it on Etsy about five months ago and have been hiding it away ever since. His birthday card was written in invisible ink (idea stolen from here) with the decoder pen wrapped up and buried in amongst his presents.

I felt like I should be spending the day making a fuss of him, but he seemed quite content to muck about on his Xbox instead! In the evening, we went out for dinner and then to a one off showing of Lemmy at the arthouse cinema. Steve’s a big Motorhead fan so the timing could not have been better!

Another random – this one from my walk to the dentist’s on Thursday.

And one from my walk home from work on Friday.

On Friday evening, we went to see Pendulum in concert. I was one of the few people paranoid enough to obey the No Cameras rule, but I did get a shot of Condensation Steve enjoying the bus journey home.

And today is my birthday!!! One of the downsides of having a birthday in December is that it’s almost impossible to get everybody together at one time to help you celebrate. One of the upsides of having a birthday in December is that you end up needing to have multiple celebrations so that everyone can be included!

Last night, a bunch of us were supposed to be going to a castle in the country to see a festive lightshow and magicians; alas, it was snowed off so we had a party at Steve’s and my flat instead, complete with regal attire and sparkly crowns. It gave me a good excuse to do some baking, too – Mars Bar crispies and Earl Grey cupcakes – yum!

And tonight, a few of us are going to the panto, which this year is Sleeping Beauty.

All in all, a wonderful week!


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