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08 August 2009 @ 10:14 pm
"Sweet And Innocent" Is A Survival Mechanism For EVIL  
Finally, finally updated my layout. More pretty wrapping paper scans, this time left over from my birthday. Which, techinically, is not until tomorrow (I'm turning twenty-nine... again. Hush!), but still. My brother and I both had the day off today, so we decided to do my birthday dinner at Bravo's this evening. Probably the best thing about any birthday is the way it motivates everyone to make time to actually sit down together. I had a nice, rambunctious dinner with Sam and my nieces, featuring crab cakes, delicious bread, andJustine's unauthorized version of 'Happy Birthday' (something to do with exploding toilets-- I don't know, we only had "you smell like a monkey, and you look like one too when I was a kid ^_~). Sam got me a gift card for the massage therapist I use, the girls gave me a Starbucks gift card whose dollar amount matched my *actual* age (cute thought!), and my mom sent me some lovely crystal combs for my hair. I treated myself to some art markers, and then we all went to see Orphan at the theater. The movie was a little graphic, but very well done, with disturbing visuals and a nice twist ala Law and Order.

Much to my excitement, I also managed to finish up the second chapter of "We Were the More Deceived", which has been sitting on my harddrive since August 2007. (I had no idea it had been so long!) Thanks to rchan's encouragement, I finally sat down and really worked at getting back into it. I thought it wasn't going to work... then, suddenly, it was two hours later and I had a full five pages on my hands. I still have to clean it up a little, but I hope to post it soon!

My real goal has been to work on "Certain for the Dead" which is not cooperating. My COE fixit bunny, however, seems to have claws. And sharp teeth. And it's dark. (Well, that I think I can blame on RTD. ^^;;) Apparently, my mom asked my nieces if she should order Torchwood COE from amazon.com for my birthday. Samantha told me they informed her that, based on Auntie Meredith screaming about her "poor alien-chasing Welsh boy", it probably wasn't the best idea.

I do love my girls. ^_^
Emotional Temperature: pleasedpleased
The Band Plays:: "Grand Theft Autumn/ Where is Your Boy?"-- by Fallout Boy
Amber: the 4400 | kyle/shawnminttown1 on August 13th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
I feel so bad for having missed the actual day, between LJ blackouts and leaving town. I'm sorry. But I do want to say happy birthday, of course, and tell you that I love you and hope that this is a great year for you.

And eee, "We Were the More Deceived."
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: 4400garnettrees on August 18th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
Don't feel bad, darling! *tackles in a hug* I'm glad you had such a good time you were away, and that you brought back such wonderful news. (Congrats, again! ^___^)

But I do want to say happy birthday, of course, and tell you that I love you and hope that this is a great year for you.
Thank you. *smiles* I feel like I'm in a more stable place, but I'm almost afraid to say that for fear of jinxing myself. Ah, paranoia. ^_~