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Decade

Today is officially my ten year anniversary at work. I know this because I have a certificate thanking me for ten years service! I also have a £50 gift card to buy myself a present, and money for food to celebrate. We used some of the money on Tuesday to get pizza delivered and plan to do the same next week, so that's pretty cool. =D

I'm not yet sure what I'm going to buy as my present. I want it to be something special so I don't want to rush into choosing something for the sake of it. I'm hoping that Christmas will bring exciting new stock and give me some ideas.

Also this week I've been spending a lot of time in the garden. The blackberry bushes have been getting a bit out of hand so I've been cutting them back and pulling out the stems that have been taking root in the ground wherever they touch it. I hadn't realised just how easy it is for brambles to spread that way, but hopefully now I know we can keep on top of them.

I also planted the tulip bulbs I bought in Amsterdam. I've put them in pots with brand new soil so hopefully they'll do well. I did go for the variety that promised to be easy to grow and I hope that's going to be the case!

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Autumnal Equinox

It's FRIDAY! And it's AUTUMN!

I decided to celebrate the first day of autumn by getting a Pumpkin Spice Latte on my way to work this morning. And I'm currently wearing some of the new clothes that I bought last week. I probably spent too much money but I can't bring myself to mind cos I love them so much! They're so pretty and autumnal!

I'm feeling a bit autumn-obsessed at the moment and currently trying to see if there's anything fun and seasonal to do in London. It'd be nice to have the chance to wear my new clothes out and about, but if not I'll just have to have fun at home. Strictly does start tomorrow, which I'm very excited about!

My Birthday Week

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you're all doing well. As promised, here is a proper post about my birthday week, pictures and all:

Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?Collapse )

I've Been Up To London to Visit the QueenCollapse )

Happy Birthday To Me !

I have returned from London! I do plan to make a proper entry about my trip when I get a chance, but I just wanted to pop online today to mark my birthday and re-introduce the epic poem of birthday brilliance that I have sadly neglected for the last few years...

It was pretty cool being thirty three
(Like the pilot episode of BSG)
But thirty four is also neat
A Miracle happened on that Street


I have a lot of awesome presents, including a hedgehog house that I'm going to have to find a place for out in the garden, and the Dr Eleventh Mr Man book, which is really the story of River and Eleven on a fun- and danger-filled date and I love that!

So now I shall sign off and enjoy the glass of cava I am currently drinking to celebrate the occasion of my birth. Cheers!

September Goodness

Happy Harry Potter Epilogue Day! I hope all the new students have a wonderful time at Hogwarts.

And Happy First of September! I'm so ready for my favourite time of year to begin. My birthday, the start of autumn, Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas. So much goodness packed into four months and I am ready for it all!

I'm also very much looking forward to next week cos I'm off work and planning to head up to London to visit the Queen. Well, her house at least. Yes, after almost 34 years of being a British person living in Britain, I am finally going to visit Buckingham Palace for the very first time. I hear it's nice.

Weekly Round-up

It's FRIDAY! Possibly even CAPSLOCK FRIDAY if I decide I want to revive this tradition from eight years ago.

I may even start a NEW tradition of doing a weekly round-up. Or maybe not. I'm doing one now cos this week has actually been pretty good:

Sunday - Rob's birthday. He and Meg came down for the weekend, which was very nice. The three of us chatted about Game of Thrones, which I am still annoyingly behind on, but I did enjoy being able to talk about it with other people who actually watch the show. And we all watched the announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the next Doctor. The general consensus was positive, although we all have different opinions on who the best Doctor so far has been (Me: Smith, Meg: Tennant, Mum: Eccleston, Rob: No opinion.)

Monday - Blood doning. I was worried they weren't going to take my blood cos the nurse did the haemoglobin test three times, but it was fine in the end. Actually I think it was fine the first time cos I really don't think it moved back up at all, but the nurse wasn't sure so she did it again. The second one got caught at the top, but the third one went down perfectly.

Tuesday - Mum's birthday. I gave her a bee hotel, which we have now hung up in the garden. It's south-facing and under a bit of shelter, so I hope the bees will approve.

Wednesday - Throwing Stuff Away Day. We'd stalled a bit on clearing the house so I was glad to get more done. We threw away two boxes full of old junk that Dad had kept because he thought it might be useful. Unfortunately a reluctance to throw anything away is a family trait that has been passed on to me, but I'm trying to do better. At least with this stuff there was no temptation to keep it cos it was totally useless to me.

Thursday - Not a huge amount happened, but I did show my age and had a nap when I got in from work.

Friday - Baked cakes for the bake sale at work tomorrow. I'm not working myself, but I am planning to head in fairly early and drop them off. I made 24 but have kept some back for Mum and me. Just to make sure they're of good enough quality to take in, of course. I wouldn't want to have my name associated with poor quality baked goods.

And now I am sitting here writing this while drinking Apothic Dark wine and listening to the rain outside. It feels wonderfully autumnal, which is perhaps not appropriate for July but then I did eat a perfectly ripe blackberry the other day, so who knows what's going on any more.

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