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Hand me the wine and the badgers
Yesterday morning I left the house to go to the Co-op for party munchies & was immediately greeted by the sight of a GIANT BADGER. Good party omen!

Thank you to (in rough order of arrival) nja, lnr & Mike, Pablo, Vince, fanf & rmc28 & Charles, fivemack, james_r, truecatachresis & squigglyruth, juggzy, djw, hairyears, Paul, tigerfort & Kathryn, brrm, crouchinglynx, vinaigrettegirl, barnacle, monkeyhands, sesquipedality & markbanang, emperor, atreic, imc, rejs and anybody I have missed off that list for coming to our birthday party! You are all fab. (The people who couldn't make it are all fab too; we missed you, let's hope even more of you can make it next time...) Thank you for all the lovely presents as well!

We seem to have escaped without any breakages, spillages, arguments, molested badgers, or tears before bedtime. Hurrah! (I can't vouch for there being no spitting, but I couldn't be everywhere at once.)

Highlights which I can remember include: fanf taking the Bickerton for a test-drive round the block, fivemack manfully fixing the leg which fell off the dining-room table (!), juggzy managing by some incredible alchemy to turn some ancient rum and half a bottle of Hock into a very tasty fruit punch, vinaigrettegirl a) being just as lovely in real life as on the internet and b) bringing a delicious lasagne, atreic showing up with some very impressive melons (actually, fanf produced a fairly impressive cucumber, too), and everybody apparently appreciating the cake (I should have cut bigger slices or given people some to take home with them).

I had completely forgotten about the flashing breast lights, which I guess were a highlight of sorts, until addedentry reminded me just now. Uh, sorry about that, chaps.

I woke up this morning afternoon with an epic hangover which remained completely impervious to my usual cures (sugar water and ibuprofen), so apologies to lnr, Mike and fivemack for being an invisible hostess this morning. I was finally enticed out from under the Duvet Of Fail by the lovely hairyears inviting us to afternoon tea at the Randolph. Having breakfast at 5pm - including champagne! - is the sort of life to which I'd like a chance to become accustomed. :-) In fact if I'd started making a list of "things to do before I'm 40" that would have probably been on it. Tick!

On the subject of age... I get the impression that the big three-zero is the sort of thing one's popularly supposed to say "oh noes!" about. One of the good side-effects of so many of my friends being older than me is that I'm surrounded by living proof that you can still be fun and cool and interesting once you've said goodbye to the supposedly-halcyon[*] days of your twenties... and just as much so when you've started making inroads into your forties or fifties or beyond. Hurrah for lovely people of all ages!

[*] no kingfishers were harmed in the making of my twenties.
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cleanskies From: cleanskies Date: May 11th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry tim + I didn't make it, I was full of sick stomach lurgy stuff (still, again) and Tim was mopping my fevered wotsits snoring peacefully by my side.

P.S. I have some badgers for you, note to self.
djw From: djw Date: May 11th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for having me!
jiggery_pokery From: jiggery_pokery Date: May 12th, 2008 06:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Those cakes are beautiful! Glad to read that you all had such a good time, and I do hope that you do (as you predict) live to 158!
addedentry From: addedentry Date: May 12th, 2008 08:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Keeping up the numerology, I record here that there were 31 people at my 31st birthday party.
crazyscot From: crazyscot Date: May 12th, 2008 08:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry I couldn't make it. Wicked cake 8-)

PS. Life begins at 30, or so I'm telling myself (just under eight weeks away in my case...)
aardvark179 From: aardvark179 Date: May 12th, 2008 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry I couldn't make it in the end, I didn't make as much progress on my to-do list as I would have liked, but I'd have made a hell of a lot less if I'd gone over to 'ford and crashed on your floor.
emperor From: emperor Date: May 12th, 2008 11:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay, party :) I apologise for drinking champagne out of a pint glass!
reddragdiva From: reddragdiva Date: May 13th, 2008 12:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
The thirties is the best possible age to be, because you are old enough to know better and young enough to do it anyway.
mobbsy From: mobbsy Date: May 13th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
To add to the list of apologies - sorry I didn't make it, glad you had a good party.
hairyears From: hairyears Date: May 15th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC) (Link)
The cake was lovely!

Er, it woz me that sat on the collapsible stool and satstrophically collapsed it.
james_r From: james_r Date: May 16th, 2008 11:01 am (UTC) (Link)
I enjoyed the bits I was there for :) Thankyou for letting me in!
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