Well I survived having to work on my birthday, and I survived two days of being stuck on a not-very-interesting training course, and it’s finally the weekend. And my boss said that seeing as I missed out on having a holiday on Thursday and Friday, I can take Monday off instead. So at least I still get a long weekend (even if it’s not quite as long as originally planned – next week is going to be too busy at work for me to take two days off – I was incredibly lucky that the boss agreed to me taking even one day off!).
Other than the whole having to work thing, my birthday was ok. MrPloppy gave me a couple of Discworld books (Where’s My Cow? (which I’ve been wanting to get ever since I read Thud!, but haven’t been able to find a copy of) and The Last Hero (which I already had a copy of, but this is the new edition with extra pictures)), and a DVD of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. We were thinking of going out for dinner, but I was so tired after the training day that we just had a nice meal at home instead and watched Harry Potter, which was a pleasant way to end a birthday.
And just to add to the DVD count, we went to Borders this morning. I had some birthday money from various parental units burning a hole in my pocket, and Borders had a sale on – a fatal combination. We ended up getting series 2 and 3 of Red Dwarf, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the Tim Burton remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and (more for MrPloppy than for me, but I’ll watch it too) series 1 of Spooks. So the bookcase in the lounge now has quite a few less books in it and a few more DVDs – at this rate, the lounge is going to be a book-free zone. Oh, and I succumbed to temptation and bought Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk, even though I’d told myself I’d wait and see if I could get it second-hand or through Bookcrossing… So an expensive morning, but birthday money doesn’t count as real money, and should always be spent in an extravagant way… that’s my excuse, anyway 🙂
Having had our fill of Borders, we wandered down Riccarton Road to the Ground Floor cafe (where Mothercat‘s son used to work, though I’m not sure if he still does, because I haven’t seen him there for ages) for the bookcrossing meetup (passing non-fiction on the way, who was just on his way into Borders (great minds think alike!) but promised to come along to the meetup after that). It turned into quite a big meetup – me, MrPloppy, non-fiction, lytteltonwitch, awhina and the kitten, and TheLetterB. Oh, and Ballycumber, of course. For the first time in ages, it was warm enough to sit outside (there was a cold breeze, but the Ground Floor has a nice sheltered courtyard, and the sun was nice and warm), so we sat in the sun, enjoyed good food, and shared good books – what nicer way to spend a Saturday?
I picked up Human Traces by Sebastian Faulks and Here on Earth by Alice Hoffman, and passed on Boating for Beginners by Jeanette Winterson, Grand Ambition by Lisa Michaels, The Third Day, The Frost by John Marsden, and Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah. I didn’t find any takers for Dead Romance by Lawrence Miles or Idioglossia by Eleanor Bailey, so I left them on the table at the end of the meetup. Hopefully someone else will appreciate them.
Progress report on the last tree of the topiary garden:
It’s slow work, but it’s getting there (and with all these new DVDs to watch, I should have plenty of time sitting in front of the TV to work on it!).
Currently (re-)reading: Thud! by Terry Pratchett (well, I had to, now I’ve read Where’s My Cow?)