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all the ladies in the house say yeah

The Gnome and cangetmad have gone! And we are bereft, especially Ju Ju, who forged an unforseen (by me, anyway) alliance with our tiny guest. Apparently adorable human babies are the only thing that can crack Ju Ju's icy facade. The Gnome was entranced by her, and she seemed to return the favour, even allowing the Gnome to rest her small head on Ju Ju's large one in order to listen to the feline's purrs. It was possibly the cutest sight ever. Who knew Ju Ju liked babies? Or perhaps it was just the Gnome, who charmed my entire household and seemed very taken with Patsington (perhaps it's the fluffy beard? Anyway, he returned her affection).

Anyway! Hurrah for the Livejournal Ladies Weekend! Friday was karaoke, with highlights being jane_the_23rd's performance of 'Mr Tambourine Man' in the style of William Shatner, Jane and leedy's 'Send on the Clowns', radegund's 'Goodbye Yellowbrick Road</i> (who knew the lyrics were so, well, insane? Horny-backed toads, indeed!) and, if I say so myself, my own rendition of 'Bootylicious'. Alas yiskah's flight had been moved so she didn't get in to town until the wee hours so after our collective revels, high on karaoke, I brought her weekend hostess Jane to a friend of mine's birthday party round the corner where we enthused about karaoke to the general alarm of all who encountered us. And then we found Jess, and I thought Patsington and I would be able to give them a lift home (he was playing a gig elsewhere but was due at the party any minute) so the poor things had to hang around and then it turned out that our car was full of amps so they wouldn't fit! Oh dear. And by then I was very tired too, and knew that I had to get up early to go the airport and collect....

cangetmad and her lovely, lovely smiley bold little baby! Both were, of course, delightful guests, and the Gnome was on her best behaviour for Saturday night's guests leedy, yiskah and pisica, who joined us for Chinese food, Pringles, and the fantastic sight of yiskah's dad starring in an episode of Robin of Sherwood HOLDING A FALCON! Fantastic.

But more excitement was to come the following day, with the vast brunch at the house of radegund, niallm and the Oyster! There was an Oyster-Gnome Baby Summit, which was a delight, and we got to see Baby yiskah being an extra in an episode of the aforementioned Robin (the DVD of this episode had refused to work in my house the night before). Which I think is a sight we'll never forget. So we all feasted and played with babies and laughed a lot and cheered Baby yiskah and her dad and a fantastic time was had by all. Which more or less sums up this entire wonderful weekend. I'm very proud that I lured jane_the_23rd, glitzfrau and leedy into the wilds of LJ so long ago!

But now, it's back to the grind, and my so-far fruitless attempts to locate somewhere that will sell me a replacement battery for my apparently "old" (November 2003) iBook. The battery life has suddenly plummeted to just an hour over the last few days, but apparently the Apple Store only sell replacement batteries for new (last six months, as far as I can tell) models. Which is very annoying. Anyone know anywhere that could help me?


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Nov. 28th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC)
G is OBSESSED with Robin of Sherwood. Which episode has Baby yiskah in it?
Nov. 28th, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC)
I don't want to reveal it in a public post without her permission, because it would probably reveal her dad's name to the entire world, which she may not want! But I am fairly sure that her own LJ will be somewhat Robin-centric in the near future, so you should find out straight from the horse's mouth soon! It's in the third series, anyway.
Nov. 28th, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC)
The fact that she and her dad both appear in RoS may, finally, be the proof G needed that Kat's Internet Friends are Really Cool (and he is not).
Nov. 28th, 2005 02:49 pm (UTC)

We got to cheer her dad on when he was escaping from the baddies (cue a surprised Jess going "I didn't know my dad could ride a horse!") and boo his pursuer. It was like a panto! With falcons! And Baby!Jess!
Nov. 28th, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, hadn't thought of that - deleted! Yes, it's in the third series.
Nov. 28th, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, I don't mind revealing my dad's identity to the internet at large! My dad appears quite a few times in the third series, playing the Earl of Huntingdon (Jason Connery's father), and I am in an episode called "Rutterkin", which features a Mad Pig Lady. I am on screen for all of about two seconds.
Nov. 28th, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC)
But what amusing magnificent seconds they are! You are a genuine star.
Nov. 28th, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC)
I'm very ground that I lured jane_the_23rd, glitzfrau and leedy into the wilds of LJ so long ago!

Why, me too, darling! Erm... yes.
Nov. 28th, 2005 02:47 pm (UTC)
Good Lord, that was meant to be proud! How did that happen?
Nov. 28th, 2005 02:52 pm (UTC)
Actually, now I think about it, I do know - I was typing it while talking to Patsington and we were talking about the Gnome's impressive crawling skills and how she covered a lot of ground very quickly! I shouldn't type and talk at the same time...
Nov. 28th, 2005 02:47 pm (UTC)
Boo hoo I think you have completely forgotten that I was there!
Nov. 28th, 2005 02:50 pm (UTC)
Aww, of course I didn't! I just didn't mention you specificially in my vague and general descriptions! I did mean to list the country song you sang but I couldn't remember the name. Because it was truly a highlight!
Nov. 28th, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC)
Ooh yes, it was for me too. TELL US WHAT IT IS. Or we will set Ju Ju on you.
Nov. 28th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
"I'll Think Of A Reason Later" by LeAnn (? sp?) Womack.

La Bias is unable to respond in person, being trapped in Dublin Airport for the next three hours on the arbitrary whim of MIchael O'Leary! The swine!
Nov. 28th, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC)
Nov. 28th, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC)
Oh no! Damn damn damn damn damn damn damn.

Nov. 29th, 2005 01:54 pm (UTC)
Aw, you pay attention to me!
Nov. 29th, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC)
Singing with a microphone is so damn difficult, though. I can't tune properly or anything. You and radegund are truly a marvel to me!
Nov. 28th, 2005 03:26 pm (UTC)
I'm very proud that I lured jane_the_23rd, glitzfrau and leedy into the wilds of LJ so long ago!

I'm glad you did too! It is the best fun I have had on the interbets EVER.
Nov. 28th, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC)
And I was thrilled with the "I sang bootylicious!" text I got from someone still present in the karaoke booth!
Nov. 28th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC)
It was so good to see you!
Nov. 28th, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC)
And you! Thank you for calling over on Saturday to my incredibly messy house - it was lots of fun.
Nov. 28th, 2005 06:20 pm (UTC)
Bootylicious was on the radio as I sped late into work! I laughed so much at the memories I almost crashed!
Nov. 28th, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC)
That sounds a fabulous weekend! It's a miracle that Dublin didn't implode with the sheer density of LJ-wonderfulness.
Nov. 29th, 2005 12:23 pm (UTC)
Hee excellent sounding weekend.

Re iBook... (apologies for not posting sooner, I was being crap and forgot!)
It shouldn't matter about the batteries that Apple are selling being for 'newer' iBooks only - they are physically the same except the plastic used on the casing is slightly different. Your machine is what Apple describe as 'crystal white' (has a clear plastic casing over the white bit) whereas all the newer machines are what Apple call 'opaque white' (ie the actual casing is white).

I see Apple are wanting about £90 for an iBook battery at the moment - that seems to be about the going rate, although I'd try asking your local Apple dealer (if you have such a thing) how much an iBook battery costs under the Customer Installable Parts scheme.
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