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Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] ciraarana! SUCH a good choice of birthdate! I hope yours is marvellous! Thank you for your good wishes!

Thank you very much to [livejournal.com profile] _inbetween_ for the extremely apt e-cards. Right on every count and you made both of us laugh wildly! Thank you also to [livejournal.com profile] nenne and [livejournal.com profile] fire_juggler for your gifts, so very kind! And to [livejournal.com profile] ecosopher, [livejournal.com profile] subtlefire and [livejournal.com profile] montjoye for your messages, I was very touched! And thanks, too, to [livejournal.com profile] snottygrrl, which comes coloured with guilt because I started to knit you a thingy and it was put down and your birthday sailed by and ... look, my crapitude is hardly news at this point ...

My celebration of birth has been reasonably quiet, as Mr B slept in until early afternoon, so we missed going for a ride or into town (at least I rode to the markets yesterday: fresh peas and marshmallow! And broccoli, eggs, garlic and catnip. Probbaly should have planned better for menus from that lot ...) Instead we saw Hugo, which I loved, but he only liked the comic parts of. A lot of the film is a meditation on the importance of creative endeavour (it's by Martin Scorsese, after all, and yes, there's a wonderful bit on the history of film), so I think that it spoke to me in ways Mr B missed. And it is beautiful, as well as being wonderfully acted and just charming.

For giftage, Rob Ryan plates and book, and tickets to the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain in March! HURRAH!

I've been out of the loop for much of the month due to having loads to get done. Still working only as a writer at the moment, which means less money and more brainwork, but it is more enjoyable, I confess. Whichever of my flist said that I was fortunate to be able to make my living this way was right, if only I could type well ... And I've been sewing like a fiend for one of my young friends who is the daughter of friends and who needed a mediaeval outfit for a do she was going to. If I were a sensible person, I would not have handstitched most of it. Alas ... Still, it's done now. As is the surprise Cookie Monster outfit I ran up for another friend after he thoughtfully cut it out. DONE! (Save for hoovering up the monster fluff. NB the cats looked at it and clearly said 'Call that a Cookie Monster? Pah!') Now I can concentrate more on writing and knitting!

Finally, cat update! One part of the sewing process was moving the ironing board into the living room so that I could get through loads of ironing while watching docos on the telly. Every time I turned the iron off, Cookie would appear on the ironing board, usually sitting on whatever I had just de-haired and pressed. I think she is 100% well again. Here's a shot of her the day she came home from the vet, you can just see her little shaved patch under her chin where the hair is asymmetrical: 



She's recovered a good deal more since this photo and is now entirely fine, just with her shaved patches still growing out. She's cross that the ironing board has not been left up, but when we pulled out the folding occasional table to put my cake on tonight, she leapt up onto it and declared it a success. We did our cake and candles ritual in the kitchen, there's no point disturbing a comfortable cat!
blamebrampton: 15th century woodcut of a hound (Default)
Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] ciraarana! SUCH a good choice of birthdate! I hope yours is marvellous! Thank you for your good wishes!

Thank you very much to [livejournal.com profile] _inbetween_ for the extremely apt e-cards. Right on every count and you made both of us laugh wildly! Thank you also to [livejournal.com profile] nenne and [livejournal.com profile] fire_juggler for your gifts, so very kind! And to [livejournal.com profile] ecosopher, [livejournal.com profile] subtlefire and [livejournal.com profile] montjoye for your messages, I was very touched! And thanks, too, to [livejournal.com profile] snottygrrl, which comes coloured with guilt because I started to knit you a thingy and it was put down and your birthday sailed by and ... look, my crapitude is hardly news at this point ...

My celebration of birth has been reasonably quiet, as Mr B slept in until early afternoon, so we missed going for a ride or into town (at least I rode to the markets yesterday: fresh peas and marshmallow! And broccoli, eggs, garlic and catnip. Probbaly should have planned better for menus from that lot ...) Instead we saw Hugo, which I loved, but he only liked the comic parts of. A lot of the film is a meditation on the importance of creative endeavour (it's by Martin Scorsese, after all, and yes, there's a wonderful bit on the history of film), so I think that it spoke to me in ways Mr B missed. And it is beautiful, as well as being wonderfully acted and just charming.

For giftage, Rob Ryan plates and book, and tickets to the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain in March! HURRAH!

I've been out of the loop for much of the month due to having loads to get done. Still working only as a writer at the moment, which means less money and more brainwork, but it is more enjoyable, I confess. Whichever of my flist said that I was fortunate to be able to make my living this way was right, if only I could type well ... And I've been sewing like a fiend for one of my young friends who is the daughter of friends and who needed a mediaeval outfit for a do she was going to. If I were a sensible person, I would not have handstitched most of it. Alas ... Still, it's done now. As is the surprise Cookie Monster outfit I ran up for another friend after he thoughtfully cut it out. DONE! (Save for hoovering up the monster fluff. NB the cats looked at it and clearly said 'Call that a Cookie Monster? Pah!') Now I can concentrate more on writing and knitting!

Finally, cat update! One part of the sewing process was moving the ironing board into the living room so that I could get through loads of ironing while watching docos on the telly. Every time I turned the iron off, Cookie would appear on the ironing board, usually sitting on whatever I had just de-haired and pressed. I think she is 100% well again. Here's a shot of her the day she came home from the vet, you can just see her little shaved patch under her chin where the hair is asymmetrical: 



She's recovered a good deal more since this photo and is now entirely fine, just with her shaved patches still growing out. She's cross that the ironing board has not been left up, but when we pulled out the folding occasional table to put my cake on tonight, she leapt up onto it and declared it a success. We did our cake and candles ritual in the kitchen, there's no point disturbing a comfortable cat!
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To the eternally youthful and wise [personal profile] anthimaeria, whose friendship, support and encouragement is largely responsible for the fact that I am in fandom, a very happy fortieth birthday!  You are a woman of great compassion and wit, and have truly magnificent hair and eyes. Really, what more could one want?



With much love, Brammers.
blamebrampton: 15th century woodcut of a hound (Default)
To the eternally youthful and wise [personal profile] anthimaeria, whose friendship, support and encouragement is largely responsible for the fact that I am in fandom, a very happy fortieth birthday!  You are a woman of great compassion and wit, and have truly magnificent hair and eyes. Really, what more could one want?



With much love, Brammers.
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Wow, that was a lovely birthday! I am dying of cake (my third favourite way to go), and very cheered.

Thank you so much to [personal profile] anthimaeria for my cake, to the sweet [personal profile] thady for the balloons, to [profile] romaine24 for the delicious lollipop, and to [personal profile] bryoneybrynn for the preserved organ, you guys are generous darlings with only the slightest touch of gothic. And to [profile] calanthe_fics and [personal profile] jadzialove for the cards! Touched and moved in the happy and spiritual non-public-transport fashion!

And then there were creations! [personal profile] jadzialove surprised the hell out of me with a wonderful Drarry -- she is my Snarry friend! Ginny Potter is frustrated at her ex-husband's inability to move on. She needn't be, all it will take is a cunning plan and some industrial infrastructure. Two men walk into a Ministry lift, each a bit screwed-up. Forty minutes later, the up is altered and the boys realise just how much they owe the women in their lives. A Fickle Fate is delicious and fun and ... just pop by and read it, there are too many good jokes for me to relate.

[personal profile] leochi reached my prompt in her 50 kisses art table (flocked), and painted a very sweet and loving morning kiss between Ron and Hermione, it is so right and so smile-inducing.

[personal profile] enchanted_jae must be the fastest talent in fandom, because 36 hours after I left her the somewhat deranged prompts of sword and finger, she popped up with this lovely ficlet on the effect of Draco's fencing practice on his young man: Swordplay, it's hot and clever and fabulous! And then [profile] complications_g created some gorgeous icons out of some of my fave pieces of leochi art!

As to the birthday wishes! Fandom, you are so much better at remembering than my RL friends. Thank you to the very speedy [profile] under_an_oak, [profile] sansa1970, Cal, [personal profile] lilian_cho, [personal profile] frayach, [profile] lackofmendacity, [profile] christinefic, [personal profile] ciel_vert, [personal profile] sesheta_66, [profile] house_illrepute[profile] brandil, [profile] alex_s9 (the SHINIEST birthday wish ever!), [profile] no_mad_skillz, [profile] winnett, and my lovely Team EWE – I am sure I am forgetting someone important ...Hugs and kisses to all of you!

In other news, I ran into a dear friend I hadn't seen in years on the street today and she followed me home for tea and Diana Wynne Jones bookswapping (I have had four of hers waiting to be returned since I last saw her, she now has five of mine, plus hers). Another friend cooked dinner for me, J and some of our friends, and a publishing house rang to offer me some freelance, I'll find out tomorrow if the redundancy or another gig is in the offing (I hope for the former). Now back to sewing and tidying so our house sitter isn't horrified when she comes in on Friday.

It was a good day! Thank you all for making it so! (And now I am off to hoover with my Dyson handheld. Do not judge me for the fact that I love domestic engineering porn, I gave J a full-sized one for his 30th birthday (he asked!))
blamebrampton: 15th century woodcut of a hound (Default)
Wow, that was a lovely birthday! I am dying of cake (my third favourite way to go), and very cheered.

Thank you so much to [personal profile] anthimaeria for my cake, to the sweet [personal profile] thady for the balloons, to [profile] romaine24 for the delicious lollipop, and to [personal profile] bryoneybrynn for the preserved organ, you guys are generous darlings with only the slightest touch of gothic. And to [profile] calanthe_fics and [personal profile] jadzialove for the cards! Touched and moved in the happy and spiritual non-public-transport fashion!

And then there were creations! [personal profile] jadzialove surprised the hell out of me with a wonderful Drarry -- she is my Snarry friend! Ginny Potter is frustrated at her ex-husband's inability to move on. She needn't be, all it will take is a cunning plan and some industrial infrastructure. Two men walk into a Ministry lift, each a bit screwed-up. Forty minutes later, the up is altered and the boys realise just how much they owe the women in their lives. A Fickle Fate is delicious and fun and ... just pop by and read it, there are too many good jokes for me to relate.

[personal profile] leochi reached my prompt in her 50 kisses art table (flocked), and painted a very sweet and loving morning kiss between Ron and Hermione, it is so right and so smile-inducing.

[personal profile] enchanted_jae must be the fastest talent in fandom, because 36 hours after I left her the somewhat deranged prompts of sword and finger, she popped up with this lovely ficlet on the effect of Draco's fencing practice on his young man: Swordplay, it's hot and clever and fabulous! And then [profile] complications_g created some gorgeous icons out of some of my fave pieces of leochi art!

As to the birthday wishes! Fandom, you are so much better at remembering than my RL friends. Thank you to the very speedy [profile] under_an_oak, [profile] sansa1970, Cal, [personal profile] lilian_cho, [personal profile] frayach, [profile] lackofmendacity, [profile] christinefic, [personal profile] ciel_vert, [personal profile] sesheta_66, [profile] house_illrepute[profile] brandil, [profile] alex_s9 (the SHINIEST birthday wish ever!), [profile] no_mad_skillz, [profile] winnett, and my lovely Team EWE – I am sure I am forgetting someone important ...Hugs and kisses to all of you!

In other news, I ran into a dear friend I hadn't seen in years on the street today and she followed me home for tea and Diana Wynne Jones bookswapping (I have had four of hers waiting to be returned since I last saw her, she now has five of mine, plus hers). Another friend cooked dinner for me, J and some of our friends, and a publishing house rang to offer me some freelance, I'll find out tomorrow if the redundancy or another gig is in the offing (I hope for the former). Now back to sewing and tidying so our house sitter isn't horrified when she comes in on Friday.

It was a good day! Thank you all for making it so! (And now I am off to hoover with my Dyson handheld. Do not judge me for the fact that I love domestic engineering porn, I gave J a full-sized one for his 30th birthday (he asked!))

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