Guys! Guys guys guys! IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY ON SUNDAY! I didn't go home for a change, because a) I'd been the week before, and b) I wasn't sure I could deal with that much drama on my birthday. Instead, jilliferium
came to visit me! And I asked madebyjenni
if we could come over and use her kitchen to make cake and maybe play Mario Kart with her? And then the next thing I knew it was a PARTY and there was SO MUCH FOOD and the most beautiful cake, omg.
And lots of my friends came and we played Mario Kart and Smash Bros and Pandemic: Cthulhu (which Jenni and her boyfriend got for me and Lex as a joint present), because WE ARE MASSIVE NERDS and I got to swirl around in my floaty dress, it was great!
I don't know how I feel about not going home for my birthday, but I think
I feel a little bad that I didn't go? But I saw Jill and I didn't end up stressed and annoyed because My Family, so I guess I win!
Aaaaand, guess what! Guess what! Between Lex and my mum, I got ninety-five pounds
in Bravissimo vouchers! I got three bras that fit
for three pounds with those! \o/ And Lex got me books on Regency England and the Old West and the Roaring Twenties, because he's WONDERFUL. *bounce bounce bounce* And renay
wrote me 29,000 words of Baralai and Gippal and POLITICS, it is AMAZING!
And on Monday, I went to see Sweeney Todd with Sam (splend
), Tonks (captainraz
), Jay (hardlyaverage
), and Matt (who has a twitter but apparently doesn't use it, so he doesn't give it out. *shakes fist at friends using inconvenient social media*) at Derby Theatre, and it was really good!
The set was a rotating set of rooms with a staircase and a tall wall on one side to be the outside streets, the bakehouse on the back, and the other two sides open so that you could see Mrs Lovett's shop and Sweeney Todd's barbershop. I liked it! And the cast can really sing, especially Sweeney Todd!
Like, there were a few songs I didn't recognise in it, which is apparently because those songs were fucking awful.
The rape scene was a lot more graphic than in any other version I've seen, there was a song about Judge Turpin's erection (with bonus literal self-flagellation), and Pirelli threw Toby down and tried to rip his teeth out! D: D: D: D: But apart from that, it was really good? The actress even made Johanna an interesting character, which takes some doing!
Tuesday I was back at work (boo!), and I started on a British Sign Language course I wanted to do (yay!)! It was REALLY STRESSFUL because it was pretty much an immersion course? The teacher apparently will only speak in the last ten minutes of each lesson, and for everything else we're getting signs and writing on the board. It's... Stressful? And really awkward because there's no way to take notes so I have have
to remember? And it sets off my performing in public anxieties? But I feel like I'm learning a lot! I can do a bit of fingerspelling anyway, but reading
fingerspelling is a whole different skill set. O_o And the signs we've learned so far have been really simple but fairly straightforward! I'm... Hoping it'll be okay, because the assessment sounds really hard
. Apparently in BSL, the subject of the sentence ALWAYS goes at the start! And you always need to use your dominant hand to form signs, essentially onto
your other hand, which is kinda neat.
(There was a guy in class who was making terrible jokes in sign language like half an hour in! That is SKILL. His name was Richard, and he lives in one of the classy/expensive areas of town. The teacher signed something to the effect of "So he's rich!" and Richard's response (signed) was "No, I'm poor, my name
is Rich." orz)
Wednesday, I bought a new backpack! I like this backpack, it is grey and waterproof as fuck and I love it. It was a bit more expensive than I wanted? But my old backpack is eight years old and the top is NOTHING BUT HOLES. Also absolutely no one discovered that their laptop warranty would be voided if they had a different operating system on it to the one it was sold with! No one had to do a factory reset on their laptop to see if that would fix the DVD drive that WIndows 10 broke! NO ONE AT ALL. (Do not talk to me about the game I'm in on Wednesdays; one of the party members accidentally killed some people we want on our side and is refusing to accept the blame, also we're in Yorkshire.)
Thursday, I went to Sam and Tonks' after work! We had a movie night! Sam wanted to see Hardcore Henry because apparently he has been inspired to do a horror movie and wanted to look at how Hardcore Henry handled some stylistic things, and he appeared to enjoy it! I AM GLAD, it seemed like the sort of nonsense he might like. And I wanted to show them both The Losers because I didn't need those feelings anyway, but work didn't have that in so I brought Push instead! Y'know, the other other other other
super-power movie that Chris Evans was in. I LOVE THAT FILM SO MUCH AND JUST WANT HIM AND CASSIE TO HAVE SIBLINGS ADVENTURES THAT PROBABLY END IN THREE BUILDINGS GETTING DESTROYED BUT EVERYONE IS FINE AND HOOK IS DISCRETELY DRUNK IN THE BACKGROUND.
And today... I think I'm going to Sam and Tonks' again for a movie night? I swear I've seen more of them this week than I have my own household, but that happens sometimes when you're a filthy stop-out. :D And I get to see envexenveritas
who fucked off down south but is now returned to us! Yay! I keep just
missing them to catch up. Tomorrow, a couple of my ex-housemates, who also fucked off down south but haven't
returned to us generally, are up to visit, and I have to do the awkward decision of "Do I dislike this one dude enough that I don't want to come hang out, see half my social circle, and give his (lovely!) wife more terrible gay porn manga?" Because I don't know how I feel about this. I might take my laptop and just periodically go "AAAAAAAAND now I need a time out, if anyone tries to disturb me before I take my headphones off myself there might be blood." Or if we're hanging out at madebyjenni
I might go and lurk in her kitchen and be like JENNI, SHALL WE BAKE AND NOT DEAL WITH PEOPLE'S SHIT. Or possibly JENNI SHALL WE FIND A TWO PLAYER GAME FOR A GAME CONSOLE AND CRUSH IT BENEATH OUR HEELS while Chris sits in a corner and laughs at us. I'll report back.
(I survived story time at work! I am so tired and drained and ready to hide under the furniture though.)
... This genuinely wasn't supposed to be a "HERE IS WHAT I'VE BEEN DOING ALL WEEK" post, but uh... I guess that's what I wrote. Sorry guys.