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Things I have done in my thirties:

1. Been woken by Patsington singing happy birthday to me, accompanied by his guitar.

2. Been serenaded by Patsington singing 'The Ship Song' by Nick Cave, which will be the first song we dance to should we ever have a wedding.

3. Been given DVDs of Bringing Up Baby and The Ladykillers (original Ealing version, need it be said) by Patsington.

4. Been taken to Dun Laoghaire where Patsington purchased for me the fabulous '20s style armchair I've yearned for for some time but always thought was too expensive to own (it has to be specially made for us and will be delivered in a few weeks. The tag said "a chair for the avid reader" and it's upholstered in pale yellow, green and red stripes and looks like the chintz covers they used to hang over genteel front doors to protect them from the summer sun).

5. Gone to the Zoo, listening to the original Radio 4 series of The Mighty Boosh en route, which made me and Patsington speechless with laughter, particularly Bob Fossil ("I hate you Moon, you freakish bitch!"). Anything to do with Vince is also funny ("you're a glam buccaneer!").

6. Seen a baby tapir, lots of tortoises and our new favourite animals, the red pandas. The latter look like a cross between a fox, a cat, and a cuddly toy. THEY RULE.

7. Feasted on a very, very fancy dinner in Ballsbridge.

8. Come home and read lots of lovely birthday messages from fabulous LJ people, drunk tea, and watched Coronation Street.

So in short, my thirties have been good so far. I am now tired, full, and slightly sunburned, despite copious use of sunscreen. What more can one want from a birthday?


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Sep. 12th, 2005 07:33 pm (UTC)
happy birthday!
Sep. 12th, 2005 10:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Sep. 12th, 2005 07:40 pm (UTC)
The chair sounds goooorgeous! Can I come to see it when I come to Dublin IN FOUR WEEKS for the glitzy one's birthday party and that Isobel's wedding?

Sep. 12th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC)
Of course you can! You may have to advise me on Isabel's wedding present - it's surprisingly hard to come up with a present that can be easily carried back across the Atlantic....
Sep. 12th, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC)
Ooh, now I want to be thirty -- it sounds fun!
Sep. 12th, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC)
Birthday Songs!
"My Next 30 Years"
written by Phil Vassar, recorded by Tim McGraw

I think I’ll take a moment, celebrate my age
The ending of an era and the turning of a page
Now it’s time to focus in on where I go from here
Lord have mercy on my next thirty years

Hey my next thirty years I’m gonna have some fun
Try to forget about all the crazy things I’ve done
Maybe now I’ve conquered all my adolescent fears
And I’ll do it better in my next thirty years

My next thirty years I’m gonna settle all the scores
Cry a little less, laugh a little more
Find a world of happiness without the hate and fear
Figure out just what I’m doing here
In my next thirty years

Oh my next thirty years, I’m gonna watch my weight
Eat a few more salads and not stay up so late
Drink a little lemonade and not so many beers
Maybe I’ll remember my next thirty years

My next thirty years will be the best years of my life
Raise a little family and hang out with my wife
Spend precious moments with the ones that I hold dear
Make up for lost time here, in my next thirty years
Sep. 12th, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Birthday Songs!
Awww, thanks!
Sep. 12th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! Happy! I hope your 30s are fantastic and excellent
Sep. 12th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a lovely day. Happy belated birthday.
Sep. 12th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC)
Belatedly, happy birthday.
Sep. 12th, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday. Hope you carry on having a great time as a 30 something.
Sep. 12th, 2005 09:05 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had a wonderful day! And I love Patsington's taste in birthday gifts.
Sep. 12th, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC)
Hurrah for the birthday fun! Didn't I tell you that the red pandas were stiff cuteness competition for panda baby?

PS lunch tomorrow??? (see email)
Sep. 12th, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC)
Happy birthay!

And -- hope this might be considered a gift -- may I add you to my friends list? I've seen you in audrawilliams's list and been meaning to a while.

I'll confess to some moments of "fake Irishness" in my past when I was only 13 or so, but have since reformed. A friend in Cork set me straight.
Sep. 13th, 2005 02:19 am (UTC)
Happy birthday! Sounds like a lovely day :)
Sep. 13th, 2005 08:11 am (UTC)
Awww, darling! Happiest of birthdays, and we will celebrate anew at the weekend!
Sep. 13th, 2005 09:46 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday! It sounds like you had a great day.
Sep. 13th, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it was such a good day. May the rest of the decade be as enjoyable!
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