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14 March 2005 @ 09:14 pm
All Horbled Out
Well, I'm back. It was an amazing weekend, though of course I missed you oodles... except for those who were there with me, cos now I'm missing them!

A quick checklist of the main points -

  • Six trains, 3 each way, no missed connections. Wheee!

  • Alcohol was consumed in abundance.

  • Ditto chocolate, cake and ice cream. Also 'real' food. ::boggles::

  • I watched many episodes of Angel I've never seen before, including NFA. And, once I'd seen Spike 'alive' in Angel, I could finally watch Chosen all the way through without getting too weepy.

  • We did a few drabble challenges - on paper, so we weren't too strict about the 100 word limit. They'll probably be posted sometime soon.

  • I haiku'd repeatedly.

  • I got a birthday present (thank you eatenbyweasels!) - The Encyclopedia of Unusual Sexual Practices - more than 750 entries and 150 original illustrations.
    Conclusion after flicking though and reading out a few of the more squicky entries? There are some very twisted individuals out there. It almost makes me feel norm... nah. ;o)

  • We each bought a gift, something suitably tacky or porny and in some cases both, and put them into The Big Bag o' Tack and then had a lucky dip. I got a mushroom moneybox that has to be seen to be believed. (Photo available shortly.)

  • I also got magnets (thank you madders!) - one says 'They Don't Pay Me Enough To Smile' the other says 'I Hate Everything' and it's one of those wonderful cartoon snarky bunnies. (Photos available shortly.)

  • I took fresh fudge, shared it and was worshipped as a goddess. ;o)

  • I wrote a fic, on the trains coming back, which fulfils my Horbling bunny assignment and it will be posted just as soon as I've got the energy to type it up.

  • I made 8 new friends. And before you all start wondering which one of the nine I didn't get on with, stop it! I've been playing in vampirefever's LJ for ages now so she's an old and treasured friend. :P

  • I missed my LJ and my friends and especially my literati (I think they might have got a bit sick of hearing your name, sweetie. LOL!) but I think having internet access would have killed the togetherness and constant conversation.

  • Oh yeah, and there were bad!porn movies, and lots of them. Skeery!

  • Thanks go to gingerpig for organising it and acting as head wrangler and chauffeur. *horbles you* :P
    feeling: tiredtired but happy :)
    your royal pie-ness: SG iconentrenous88 on March 14th, 2005 09:22 pm (UTC)
    Okay, I'll bite...Horbling?
    darkhavensdarkhavens on March 14th, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
    Hee! We rented a cottage in a tiny little blink-and-you-miss-it village in deepest Lincolnshire called Horbling. We decided that name deserved to be a verb. So, to horble or be horbled, that is the question... ;o)

    your royal pie-ness: NB reading (schala4)entrenous88 on March 14th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
    Well, that is such a cute town name! Awww! Now I want to make a pilgrimage there. Except I should probably just make one to you and then Ali instead. :D
    darkhavensdarkhavens on March 14th, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC)
    Hopefully this weekend will be the first of many, so if you ever manage to get over here at the right time I'm sure we could squeeze you in somewhere. ;o)

    That way you can make it a three-for-the-price-of-one pilgrimage. *g*
    Ame: Chocolate by kyrieaneamejisuto on March 14th, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC)
    Sounds like you had a great time!! We missed you here though. And look, everything is still standing, aren't you proud? Hee!
    darkhavensdarkhavens on March 14th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
    It was a great weekend, and I have the next 3 days off work to recover. *g*
    And yes! LJ is still here and working fine. Well done looking after it for me while I was gone. *smooch* ;o)
    Ameamejisuto on March 14th, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
    **smooches you back**

    And there's a great prompt at Open on Sunday this week--betrayal! I just can't get anything down to under 200 words. Bugger.

    darkhavensdarkhavens on March 14th, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
    Ooh, I'll have to see what comes to mind before tomorrow night. Ta!

    ::squishes your bunnies into smaller bunnyettes::
    I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: mk; mine [me]literati on March 14th, 2005 10:23 pm (UTC)
    ::pounces on you::

    *Never* do that to me again... suffered I have!


    this icon is perfect as the teeny tiny text says, "Keeping you in my sights, Skippy."

    darkhavensdarkhavens on March 14th, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC)
    LOL! {^{^{^hugs and pets you^}^}^}

    Imagine how I felt when you disappeared for over a week! Changing ISPs is no excuse, lady! :P

    But I is back - for now. *g*

    I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: mk; obsession [me]literati on March 14th, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC)
    that was 19 days and we swore we'd never mention that again.

    ::shudders at the memory::

    for now - my butt. You.are.staying.here.

    ::smooches you all over::
    darkhavensdarkhavens on March 15th, 2005 03:01 am (UTC)
    Nineteen! ::wails at the memory of those painful eons::

    Goes "Ding" When There's Stuffsuki_blue on March 14th, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC)
    Sounds like you had a great time!!!!! You lucky thing, you!
    darkhavensdarkhavens on March 14th, 2005 10:34 pm (UTC)
    It was wonderful fun. :D
    LB: awakencordy: A-Teamlonelybrit on March 14th, 2005 11:33 pm (UTC)
    **misses** **huggles** oh... yes, that fudge was beyond words... And don't forget the meat hooks, *nods*. There's an ANgelus fic of some kind that has to be written about them...
    darkhavens: hug [me]darkhavens on March 14th, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC)
    Oh, I haven't forgotten the hooks, though I did miss them off the list *g*. That Horbling bunny I wrote on the train puts them to good use, but in a Spandery way, of course. I also mentioned a few other things you'll recognise too. ;o)


    Princess S: saraslash: smutnotwarprincess_s on March 15th, 2005 12:22 am (UTC)
    You have spoiled me with that fudge I will never be able to eat any other fudge ever again!!! Thank you so much!!! See you at the next gathering!!!

    *runs off to try and find Nic Brendon and James to shove in closet for darkhavens, as thankyou for the fudge ;)*
    darkhavensdarkhavens on March 15th, 2005 03:04 am (UTC)
    *runs off to try and find Nic Brendon and James to shove in closet for darkhavens, as thankyou for the fudge ;)*

    Yay! You manage that and I'll set you up with a lietime supply of fudge! *g*

    October seems so very far away!
    saifai on March 15th, 2005 12:37 am (UTC)
    Sounds like you had a lot of fun. Glad to see you back though. *smooches*
    darkhavensdarkhavens on March 15th, 2005 03:06 am (UTC)
    It's good to be back, but it was a wonderful weekend. I definitely want to do it again. :D
    VF: Breakfast (saraslash)vampirefever on March 15th, 2005 08:33 am (UTC)
    hugsrh <--- rh stands for real hugs as opposed to the virtual kind *g*

    I had the bestest ever time and can now happily taunt everyone else with the fact that I got to sit snuggled up against you as Wes, Angel and Spike got it on on the telly and those ugly blokes got groiny on Weasels' laptop :-)

    darkhavensdarkhavens on March 15th, 2005 11:33 pm (UTC)
    LOL! Love the hugsrh idea. (If I got that right...)

    Ooh, don't go taunting literati, she'll get all jealous - of me being snuggled up to you! *g* She's already demanding every detail and her very first question was 'what's vf like?'. So cute. :D
    Mandylynn: the real me by mandylynnmandylynn4 on March 15th, 2005 12:24 pm (UTC)
    I'm sneaking this in here because...well, because you're in charge of the CoSoRanOb Spander Ficathon...and I suck.

    I'm having super big time troubles in the RL and so my fic for the ficathon is less than 300 words at last count. I have the idea, the plot, the snark and the little funny pervy-type parts in my head...I just don't have the time yet to type it all out.

    Could you please tell my person (I think it's spikesgrrl1) that their fic will be here eventually and not to hate me entirely?

    Have mercy??? Pwease? *big Spike puppy dog eyes and Xander pout*

    darkhavensdarkhavens on March 15th, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC)
    Hi. I'm sorry RL is kicking your ass. spikesgrrl1 is now using another journal - afteriwake, and I haven't heard a word from her about where her fic might be. I'll be sending out nagging emails later on this week to people who said they'd be late, and those who just haven't been in touch at all. I might not remember that you've already said this, so don't think I'm getting pissy if you find a fic demand in your email. ;o)
    Victoriavic_amy_z on March 16th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
    I took fresh fudge, shared it and was worshipped as a goddess.

    Never has a truer word been spoken!

    [scurries off to build darkhavens shrine]
    darkhavensdarkhavens on March 16th, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC)
    Hee! I want pictures! *g*

    I'll post a list of available flavours closer to the October date so we can decide if we want other flavours beside the chocolate and vanilla ones. ::drools::