I had a pretty awesome birthday, too. As is tradition, Sam took the girls and I to Montgomery Inn Ribs, where I had a full king-size slab, and Grater's icecream for dessert. (Raspberry chocolate chip... mmmm...) My grandmother sent me a pair of crystal earrings and an iTunes card, the girls bought me a pack of what my family refers to as 'Meredith's snooty artist pencils', but my mom and brother really blew me away. A couple of weeks ago, one of my favorite rings went missing, and then mysteriously reappeared. I thought I was just being a flake, but it turned out that Sam had taken the ring down to Dillard's so they could size the ring and my mom went in on together. (I have *extremely* tiny fingers.) It's just gorgeous! It's a oval-cut Dawn Topaz stone (sometimes called Twilight Topaz, depending on the vendor), in a gold setting. Not only does it match the bracelet and necklace they got me for Christmas, but the stone is seriously the size of my thumbnail. Now, granted, I have small nails to go with those tiny fingers, but it's still amazingly big. I'll have to take a picture-- it just feels so elegant and at the same time decadent, wearing it. I guess it sounds like avarice, but jewelry is really my one weakness-- I love the colors that get trapped inside gemstones. I leaned over the table and smacked Sam full on the cheek when I got it, I was so astonished.
My birthday present to myself was being able to sign up to have Friday off per budget at Nameless Co-- we're always really slow just before a sale, and they offer days off without penalty on a first-come-first-serve. I am working an extra hour on Saturday (1:30 PM- 11:15 PM), but since Saturday is my Friday, it shouldn't be too bad.
To finish up, here's a picture I drew while the phones were slow. It's baby!Hellboy, inspired by some whimsical discussions I've had with Amber. I imagine Hellboy was a bit of a challenge to feed, even as a wee lil' demon. There's also a pencil-sketch of baby!Abe floating around here somewhere that I ought to finish. ^_^
I tried to write last night, but after a page and a half of convoluted muck, I gave up. *sighs, rocks* It'll come when it's ready. I think what I need to do is write a side-story for "Certain For the Dead" before I go back to the main present-line plot. I dunno. It's just that, watching "Fragments" makes it pretty much canon that the Hub was a simmering hotbed of UST pretty much from the time Jack hired Ianto until "Cyberwoman". Jack *so* enjoyed being rolled on.
Still, there is to be no bad writing! *Johnny Depp voice* "Bad writing is not allowed! What do we do with bad writing? We erase it!" */end JD voice*
And now, I think I hear some vanilla scones calling my name from the kitchen....