I wasn't when I woke up at 5.45am on Saturday morning, nor was I when we got on the MEGABUS (they're nuclear powered I tell ya!) at 7.50am at Victoria. I wasn't ready for the trip along the M4, it was way tooooo hot on the bus, but by the time we got to Bristol at 10.30am I was feeling a little more ready.

Dan and I met up with [livejournal.com profile] silks_ic shortly after departing from the MEGABUS, and he was obviously a little worse for wear due to the previous nights drinking (damn car, I so wanted to be there Friday night). He told me to not be so happy to see him as it was affecting his hangover.

The three of us tootled around Bristol for a bit before ending up in a Weatherspoons for lunch. Mmmmmmm steak...
Part way through lunch I received a phone call from [livejournal.com profile] kheeram asking where we were. He and the other chaps were progressing through their pub crawl and wanted us to come and join them. I did point out that I wasn't a girl, but the words "gaffa tape" and "strap on" were used which meant I could get past that problem.

Would have liked to have joined them earlier but was still very tired from having got up so early and was also aware of my limited finances, so we said we'd join them later. Felt quite happy about being invited along, as a pub crawl is far more my thing than sitting around drinking wine, eating chocolates, and wearing a face pack.

So we headed back to [livejournal.com profile] silks_ic's house, via Tesco, and mooched their for a bit. Well when I say mooched, I actually fell asleep for about ah hour and a half due to being knackered. I woke up feeling much better, and proceeded to start drinking with the other two. We knew we'd not be able to catch up with the others, but it was nice to make a little head-way.

After eating we caught a bus into the city centre and caught up with everyone at The Eclipse. Ran into [livejournal.com profile] marktoy who told me that I had been nominated the "responsible adult" for the evening, amusing considering I was one of the youngest there. I told him not to run with scissors but everything else was allowed.

Most of the blokes where decked out in white t-shirts, with the arms ripped off, and "God of Rock World Tour" written on them in marker pen. Then each had their nickname and other words of wisdom and what pubs they'd been to written on them. Then bumped into [livejournal.com profile] maelgwyn, the best man and the one really responsbile for us all, who explained the "Are you ready to ROCK?" question and the appropriate response. [livejournal.com profile] indykid saw fit to full explain the response to me later... ugh.

Whilst in The Eclipse the first horror of the evening occurred... I could cope with Elvis and Stef wearing the mullet wigs, what was a little hard to cope with was Elvis with a homemade white thong over his shorts... this image being bad enough, well things got worse later.

Eventually spotted the groom to be as he appeared from The Full Moon, in the midst of doing a sound check. Gareth's t-shirt was appropriately graffitied with "I R the Rock God!", he looked very happy which was a constant for the rest of the night... even when surrounded by gorillas... more on this later.

[livejournal.com profile] curlwomble was obviously worse for wear, and couldn't remember my real name so kept on calling me Elani. Shortly after this Caroline, the bride to be, and the rest of the girls turned up, to a mixed reaction from the lads.

At this point [livejournal.com profile] maelgwyn asked us to go into The Full Moon, as the band would be ready to start. The came on to the theme from the Muppet Show, and did about 5 songs. They were very cool, and there were appropriate gaps to embarrass Gareth and for [livejournal.com profile] maelgwyn to lead most people in a chorus of "We're not worthy" whilst on their knees in front of the groom to be.

[livejournal.com profile] curlwomble danced to the band in a similar way to a friend of ours called Lermit danced, and eventually he had to go home as the blood in his alcohol stream really couldn't cope any more. He was staying at [livejournal.com profile] pauln's so was taken home by Paul who had been persecuted by the Sun a bit too much that day.

What followed was much drinking and dj-ing by [livejournal.com profile] ephraim and two others who I don't know. Then a couple of hours later we were all called back inside [livejournal.com profile] maelgwyn who proceeded to break his promise of not embarrasing either G or C. First torment was a McYokel song that obvious meant a lot to those former McYokels there. Then G & C were asked to sit on stage, whilst [livejournal.com profile] maelgwyn told us that he had hired two of the most exotic erotic dancers he could find, Oook and Eeek. The familiar strains of "The Bad Touch" by the Bloodhound Gang started whilst the two Giant Gorilla came onto the stage and began to gyrate at the couple.

You had to be there to appreciate it, and if you weren't there, then just be thankful of that. :-)

Rest of the night followed the theme of drinking, dancing, drinking, frothing, drinking etc and repeat. I didn't get as drunk as I did the previous weekend, but that's because I didn't down a bottle of neat Archers. Nor did I head bang that much, simply because the pain of last week was still to fresh in my mind (how is your neck today [livejournal.com profile] silks_ic?).

I did dance lots though as I do love to dance, [livejournal.com profile] ephraim played many tracks that I've not heard in ages that reminded me of the Alt Nights we used to go to at Uni. Many thank yous to Rachel for the provakative dancing to some tracks and to Von Dave for dancing with me to Poison, the only other people dancing to it were couples and I would have felt such a lemon if he hadn't of danced with me.

Eventually about 1am ish Dan, [livejournal.com profile] silks_ic and I got in a taxi and headed home. Am rather glad Dan lasted until after got out of the taxi before throwing up as there were signs in the taxi telling us that £30 would be added to charge if any "soiling" occurred. I sobered up very quickly so I could look after Dan, and eventually we all made it back to the house where sleep quickly followed.

The next day no one really fancied going out for breakfast, bar me, so I volunteered to cook breakfast for us all. One full breakfast later I was higher on the better house guest list than [livejournal.com profile] evilgood as he only made bacon sandwiches, apparently the next time he is in Bristol he'll be doing a Sunday Roast.

We headed round to [livejournal.com profile] kheeram, [livejournal.com profile] indykid and Neill's house where others had stayed. We drank tea and were introduced to the music of Richard Cheese, very cool. Elvis, being the King that he is, had offered to give us a lift back to Hatfield so we didn't have to endure the MEGABUS again.

We got home about 5.30ish which was cool, and at about 7ish I fell asleep until 8.30. Not long after I woke up [livejournal.com profile] woodbrook and [livejournal.com profile] evilgood turned up and we watched Clueless. Was going to watch Solaris, but I didn't think my brain would be able to take it.

Went to sleep, got up, came to work... no boss here for a week! YAY!

All in all a good end to a brill weekend.

... booked for Bristol tomorrow morning at an unsociable hour. Means we'll get there for 11.30 though.

Stupid broken car.


Ah well, at least we'll still be able to make it, as opposed to not at all.
... is broken.

We're now looking for alternative ways to get to Bristol tonight.

But we will be there!
What a fab weekend! Am still so tired and achy, but so happy too.

I had sooooo much fun.

Dan and I had Friday off, which was spent frantically tidying the house in preparation for the fact we were to be having loads of people sleep on our living room floor. Then we went to Tesco and bought all the BBQ meat we could fit in our fridge.

When we got back we finished tidying (hiding stuff in places to make it look tidy) and the waited around for people to turn up.

[livejournal.com profile] gsw arrived first, after spending 20mins or so ringing the doorbell of 14 Cobmead, as opposed to 14 Strawmead where we actually live. Followed by [livejournal.com profile] woodbrook, [livejournal.com profile] silks_ic, [livejournal.com profile] snoj, [livejournal.com profile] fourmyle and Andy Kendall (sans LJ I believe?), not necessarily in that order.

We stayed up chatting in the garden until about 3.30am before turning in in anticipation of the next day’s activities.

Quite typically I couldn’t sleep. Was far too hyped up about the fact it was my birthday and that we were going to London Zoo to see Penguins! Yes I am aware that the Zoo has other animals, but none that are as important as penguins!

Eventually though a group of us headed off into London, some choosing to go and shop in Camden while the rest of us went to the zoo. Well not long after getting in I was stood in front of the Penguins, unable to move due to happiness of seeing Penguins. They were sooooo cute!

Then the embarrassment started, the Keeper asked the audience where Helen, who was celebrating her 25th birthday was. Of course I had to wave to everyone, and then tried to find out which of my friends I had to kill…. [livejournal.com profile] snoj was the culprit, but the need to kill her quickly was replaced by euphoria when I discovered she had arranged for me to go in the enclosure with the Penguins.

It was amazing! Everyone assumed I had touched a penguin before but I hadn’t. I was just so overcome with happiness it was silly. One stood on my foot for ages, whilst another pecked my knee (wish I could keep the bruise!), they are just so soft, like cuddly toys, and so lovely.

I couldn’t stop smiling for ages, my face actually started to hurt. Still smiling about it actually.

Eventually though we had to head back to Hatfield so I could be at the hall for 7.30 to pick up the key. Getting back home we found [livejournal.com profile] kheeram, [livejournal.com profile] overload74, Neill (sans LJ) and others waiting for us. A water pistol fight broke out, both inside and outside of the house.

Went over to the hall, and everyone else arrived shortly after. There was loads of us, I am told at least 50, most outside due to it being way too hot. I got drunk… very very drunk, but had a fab time dancing to music and socialising. Got sung to by everyone, and given cake. Got many cool pressies too, and was still on my Penguin high.

Oh and for those who couldn’t remember, we did the Conga to Firestarter.

Was so drunk by end that seeing had become an issue, as had shoes. Tried to stay awake when I got home but just couldn’t, so after taking out my contact lenses I passed out on my bed.

Apparently I drunk two pints of water before going to bed, and had another pint whilst in bed, although I did pour some of that over my head due to it being too hot, then another 2 when I got up which may explain why I didn’t have too bad a hangover.

Loads of us pilled over to McDonalds for breakfast, then came back home to wait until we were hungry enough to start the BBQ. Sunday was very hot, and so a number of us hid in the house where it was cooler, and others tried to find the remaining shade in the garden.

Much frothing and the eating of BBQ meat followed until eventually people started to drift back to their various homes.

I went to bed at 9.40pm that night, as was so tired.

It was such a great weekend though. Thanks to everyone who came, I had a fantastic time, and it was great to see everyone.

It’s a birthday I’m not going to forget.
.... was pretty good actually. Friday night was my work's do so we headed down to London to Savoy Place, which is the IEE's building down there.wasn't too bad, on coaches from Stevenage.

It wasn't a bad do, but the fact we didn't sit down to eat was a bit awkward. Somehow we managed to eat the posh meal stood up, stupid idea having a hot buffet and nowhere to sit. After eating we went upstairs to where they were doing the disco and went out on the balcony, which has the most stunning view of the Thames, the London Eye and the National Theatre etc. In fact when the party got a little dull, Dan and I did go for a walk.

We crossed the river and went for a walk along South Bank and went up to the to the London Eye, which was sadly closed already.

Oh and has anyone else seen the weird trees on South Bank? They've got lights and mist machines in them, the lights flash at random point and then they spray the are with mist which didn't soak you, but was very cold none the less. Stupid Trees. We went back over to the party, then got the coach home.

Saturday was cool, for a start it was Dan's birthday. I got him the best birthday card, it had a little fat Penguin on it eating birthday cake, very cute. We did very little in the morning and then headed up to Manchester, for Dan's work do, about 4ish.

It was being held in the Moat House Hotel up near Manchester airport, was cool that we got a free night's stay there, and what made me laugh was that our room number was 101. The party was good, better than my work's actually, but it lacked slightly as Phil didn't turn up and I was looking forward to seeing him.

On Sunday we had to check out at 10.30, so couldn't have a lie in, but did have a full brekkie before leaving.

Then Sunday night we went to see Return of the King with Dave K - fab film, but I have been feeling a little down about my Mum for the last couple of days and it was kinda the icing on the cake, and I was really choked up at the end of it, actually it was more full on sobbing for a minute or two, so kinda ended the weekend on a downer - but was ok after several hugs from Dan.

And now I am at crappy work. Still last day today, then lovely holiday. :-)

Oh and someone was in high spirits this morning at Hatfield station as someone was doing Gollum impressions over the tannoy.
Went to Terroar's (Dave) 21st birthday party on the Friday and I have to admit I didn't really want too go. Not because of the party, the day of the week, but for one specific reason. Those who know me know what that was.

I got very very drunk on Archers (a whole bottle of the Lime flavour) and Smirnoff Ice (6 of them).

Went to bed at about 3.30am, but only slept for half hour stints due to Paranoia. Seems that Jason, Rych and Lee had invented a new game, which involves balancing things on sleeping people. Well once they were bored doing this downstairs they thought they'd try it on Dan and I sleeping in the spare room. Well Dan at any rate as they couldn't reach me.

Well they assumed we were both asleep, and Dan was, but I scared the crap out of them when I asked them what they were doing. I got a plastic pint glass thrown at me for my trouble too.

Then a while later I heard 1 person in the room, trying to be so quiet, and failing as theywere sniggering. It was Jason.

So quite calmly I said, "I am awake Jason." To which he moaned about me ruining his game and then he left. Nothing else happened, but I just kept waking up, until we finally got up around 10ish.

Got back to Hatfield about 11.30 and it wasn't long before, Dave, Rob, Dave, Lex and Pete turned up for the plot meeting.
The meeting was very productive and we got everything done for the Moots finally, paperwork is all done too.

We finally stopped closed to midnight, and watched Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which I had bought on Friday with money I had won on work's lottery. Finally went to bed close to 3am again.

Got up about 10ish, we went out for breakfast, then did a site walk of Harmergreen so everyone could see it. Then we had lunch, then people drifted off home.

Spent the rest of the day typing up plot encounters, before eventually finishing and playing computer games.

Then had a good chat with [livejournal.com profile] kheeram about his weekend, after that I did very little until I went to bed.

Need more sleep.



January 2013



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