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07 March 2008 @ 09:20 pm
It lives! It's still not producing the usual fic, but it's trying...
Thank you to everyone who sent me birthday greetings, and a special thanks to staranis for my bottle of virtual bubbly and to entrenous88 (and Xander!) for my musical ecard and the lust for doughnuts it inspired. *drools*

I've just spent 4 wonderful days in the delightful company of kitty_poker1 and two other flisters "to be named later".

For the first two days we stayed at hers and were fed well and often by her kitchen-angel husband. A domestic god indeed! (Sekrit notes to Kitty - 1) I got home in one piece, yay! 2) Give your hubby a thank you kiss for me once he wakes from his planned vodkoma. *g*) The first night we went to bed at the relatively sane time of midnight. Then the next night we welcomed the dawn and didn't put head to pillow until after 7am. :D

On Tuesday, we had a late long Harvester lunch with suki_blue, who is adorable and cute and much fun. (I had what she had and YUM!) (A stack of chicken breast and gammon steak, interleaved with Emmental and drizzled with smoked hickory barbeque sauce with new potatoes and peas. Lemon meringue for dessert.)

On Wednesday, Kitty and I headed off to London to The Elena Hotel, which I'm sure will be familiar to a certain section of my James-viewing, con-going flisters. It was an experience and a half, from the abandoned bucket in the wardrobe, through the half-finished renovations to the realisation that some bright spark had wired our bathroom sink taps to the mains... Something I thankfully didn't notice until our final day or things might have got a bit wiffy. :D

On Wednesday evening we met vampirefever for drinks followed by dinner at a lovely Chinese restaurant followed by more drinks. More fun and giggles and damn fine food! (Mine was spring rolls with sweet chili dipping sauce, Szechuan Chicken with water chestnuts and chili peppers in a lovely sweet sauce, and rice with eggs and spring onions.)

On Thursday, Kitty and I hit the important spots. Forbidden Planet stole over 2 hours of our time and received major oohs and ahhs for their collection of, amongst many other things, amazingly overpriced boxsets of shows from my childhood, and then we adjourned to a pub for sandwiches and copious amounts of diet coke. (Mine was the steak and onion baguette with nachos.)

Then we set off in search of the London Eye. For a bloody big ferris wheel, it's surprisingly hard to find. We didn't see a single signpost for it, but we made it eventually. It took 40 minutes to make one revolution - or 'flight', as the rides are sold - but it seemed to be over almost in seconds. The view was stunning, the Eye was impressive, and the Indian couple in the car with us were so cute, snapping photos of each other repeatedly and then asking us to take one of them together. Aaaaw!

On Thursday evening I had my first experience of Pizza Express. *pauses for gasps of disbelief from everyone but Kitty - she had her turn at the table* What can I say? I live in the boonies. :P

We split an American Hot pizza - pepperoni and green chili - because we'd already eaten so much. (Breakfast was included with the room - bacon, eggs, sausage, toast, jam, juice, etc etc and then we had 2 doughnuts each after the Eye.) We then threw our good intentions straight out of the window and had dessert anyway. Kitty had a sliver of New York cheesecake with marscapone and a raspberry couli, and mine was a piece of tiramisu the size of a saucer, dusted with coffee and chocolate powder. See me buzz!

Friday was short but sweet. Early morning rain was chased away by blue skies and glorious sunshine and we had a leisurely journey to Paddingston station, where Kitty waved me off in traditional style.

I can't afford London on a regular basis (and my hair would be one huge snarl if I somehow could) but I will definitely be returning to chez Kitty for more fun, fabulous food and fandom squee. :D

And maybe, just maybe, there will be fic from me again, sometime soon.
ladyvirgo1956 on March 7th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday girl. I'm glad you had a great day.
darkhavens: smoochdarkhavens on March 8th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :D
PL: birthday wordsponders_life on March 7th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
Happy belated birthday, DH! Sorry I missed it!
darkhavens: smoochdarkhavens on March 8th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you, darlin'! Don't worry about missing it, I wasn't here either. *g*
your royal pie-nessentrenous88 on March 7th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
Whee, glad you liked the card! <3

What a fantastic trip! So glad you had such a marvelous time.
darkhavens: smoochdarkhavens on March 8th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
I liked it, but I still crave donuts! :P

Fun trip, ohotos to follow soon. *g*
shakatany: Happy B'day to You iconshakatany on March 8th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
Sounds like you had a great birthday bash.

darkhavens: smoochdarkhavens on March 8th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
I did indeed. Thanks! :D
mysticsoblivion on March 8th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
Belated B-day wishes, deary! *g* Sounds like you had a blast (oh, for a pizza with pepperoni that wasn't a vegetable!!!! *sigh* Erm, long story, don't bother, lol), hope so anyway. ;-) And Mys' sure she's not the only one glad to know you're still alive and fic-ing kicking.
darkhavens: smoochdarkhavens on March 8th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
...vegetable pepperoni? *shudders at the very thought*

mysticsoblivion on March 9th, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
Pepperoni is a corruption of peperoni, the Italian plural of peperone. Throughout continental Europe, peperone is a common word for various types of capsicum including bell peppers and a small, spicy and often pickled pepper known as peperoncino or peperone piccante in Italy and pepperoncini or banana peppers in the US.
(Thank you, Wikipedia- yeah Mys knows it's evil, but on occasion useful. *g*)
In other words, don't try to order a pepperoni pizza in Sweden, lol!
tabaquitabaqui on March 8th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
Welcome home!
Sounds like you had a lot of fun.
darkhavens: smoochdarkhavens on March 8th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
I did I did I did! *twirls*

Thankee. :D
kitty_poker1: Kisskitty_poker1 on March 8th, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)
I will definitely be returning to chez Kitty for more fun, fabulous food and fandom squee. :D

I'm holding you to that. *g* We had such a fab time, can't wait to have you back, even if we never go near or by the Smoke!

I showed Paul the leaflet from the Elena and guess what he landed on? You guessed it: All bedrooms at the Elena Hotel are decorated and furnished. Nice to know they don't expect guests to turn up with their own wallpaper and bed. *snicker*

So glad you had a good time, hon, and Paul has been duly snogged. ;o)
darkhavensdarkhavens on March 8th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
*smooches you some more*

So much fun! So much good food. :D

The Elena definitely lived down to (and beyond!) its reputation. Heee!
VF: Tube (mercury_phoenix)vampirefever on March 8th, 2008 07:39 am (UTC)
Yay for more trips to London. It was lovely seeing you again and talking your ears off *g*

*smoochies and huggles*
darkhavens: smoochdarkhavens on March 8th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
*smoochies and huggles back atcha*


Goes "Ding" When There's Stuff: John crouching by icon_ascensionsuki_blue on March 9th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
How did I miss your birthday?!?! Ack!

Well, happy birthday!! It was lovely to meet you. It's just a shame it couldn't have been for longer. I would have loved to join you on your London Adventures. I'm particularly envious of your bucket-in-the-wardrobe. I've never had a bucket! Mind you, I don't think I've ever actually bothered to unpack at The Elena ...
darkhavensdarkhavens on March 10th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
It was big white bucket! :D

I hung up a few bits and pieces but most of my stuff stayed in my bag. I'm not a great unpacker. In fact, most of my stuff is still in my bag. :P

Next time I'm down with Kitty I'll have to try for a longer Suki experience too. ;)
cordelianne: Xander&Willow S1 hugcordelianne on March 10th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
It sounds like you had a fantastic birthday celebration with lots of yummy food! :D Happy (belated) Birthday! *hugs*
darkhavens: smoochdarkhavens on March 10th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
I did! Thank you. *smish*
laazikaatlaazikaat on March 12th, 2008 10:36 am (UTC)
You can be forgiven for not writing! What a wonderful time, I would love to see London, and spending time with such nice people too, I'm soooo envious.

Happy Birthday!
darkhavens: smoochdarkhavens on March 13th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
It was a wonderful few days of excellent company. Thank you!
The Anti-OTPsnowpuppies on March 13th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad that you and Kitty had fun! *hugs*
darkhavens: smoochdarkhavens on March 13th, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
We had great fun! And I enjoyed chatting with you too. I'm not sure how coherent I was, I'd been through quite a large amount of single malt by the time we got online and I know I can get... creative in my spelling. *g*
The Anti-OTPsnowpuppies on March 13th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
LOL. Don't worry, hon. You weren't...too creative. ;)