Tuesday, November 20

The best laid plans


Thank you so much to everyone who dropped by yesterday and wished me Happy Birthday. I've never had so many birthday greetings, and it made me smile a lot.

Is it just me though, or do other people's birthdays not go entirely to plan?

This is what I wanted to do yesterday :-


  • Drive over to Abergavenny, ramble up Sugar Loaf Mountain, while taking amusing and witty photos of 007 in mountaineer mode (RGH tries to tell me that Sugar Loaf is a hill not a mountain but as it's my birthday, I win, and refer him to the Hugh Grant film which tackled this very subject)
  • Feast on a picnic at the top, of RGH's home-made Butternut Squash and Carrot soup with grainy bread and lashings of butter (with thanks to my Aunty for donating said squash)
  • Return home for a leisurely afternoon bath and prepare for going out for a meal
  • Drive out to Planet Pizza with RGH and the RBD's, enjoy a couple of beers and a pizza, get the bus home
  • Stop off at Blockbuster to rent Pirates of the Caribbean 3 after a recommendation by RBD2
  • Eat chocolate, drink wine, and fall asleep on the sofa

This is what actually happened yesterday :-

  • It rained. A lot. Abergavenny was cancelled, and a hastily convened trip to Clarkes Village at Street took place instead. With the idea that we may be able to walk up to Glastonbury Tor for photo ops and picnic.
  • It carried on raining. 007 stayed mostly in my backpack ......



  • Glastonbury Tor was cancelled and we drank the soup in a traffic jam on the way back to Bristol
  • Had leisurely afternoon bath, got dressed for night out, but was then struck by terrible inertia and couldn't be bothered to go out
  • Consulted family who all sighed with relief as they too are all incredibly lazy and just wanted to veg out on the sofa
  • Drove to Sainsburys with RGH - at rush hour ..... foolish foolish mistake, for supplies of pizza and wine - and spent £15 of my birthday money on Pirates 3
  • Spent 2 hours and forty five minutes in a darkened lounge, trying to think of any other films - apart from Terminator 2 and Mission Impossible II where the sequels are better than the original
  • Spent 2 hours and forty five minutes trying not to think about how much knitting I could have been doing and resolved to spend £15 less on RBD2 this Christmas (kidding)
  • Ate chocolate, drank wine, fell asleep on sofa and dribbled

So, a birthday not exactly as I'd envisaged, but a fun time was had by all. Apart from the RBD's who had to go to school. Shame.



Shame too, about the lack of photo opportunities for a knitted monkee .....





But I did buy a new bag and that's always a good thing ......



And this is the brilliant Shaun the Sheep that my RFS (Rather Fab Sis) knitted for me .....




Isn't he cute?





007 seems to like him too .......


Hmmm


36 comments:

trashalou said...

Two points her.

1. The Godfather Part II


2. 007! I tried to convince myself that the Christmas card caption actually had no linkage to Debbie, Dallas and Doing. Even after consulting my nice tropical brother - who spent some seconds saying 'Yes'. But after seeing that final picture! Well!!!?!?!?!?

SuzyB said...

Hmmm indeed, shouldnt 007 be wearing wellies for that at the very least?

Melissa said...

Oh, dear, I missed your post yesterday - Happy Belated Birthday! I can tell by today's post that it was ideal. (Is Pirates III really that good? I stopped watching anything except Sesame Street after the Short One showed up, so I am a bit behind the times.)

Whoa, 007, what are you thinking? (Really, I don't want to know.)

tintocktap said...

Umm, birthdays can be like that. Never quite live up to expectations. Mind you, birthdays in November do challenge the weather! And I'm sure 007 will get the chance to be out and about a bit more again soon. Going by that last picture, it does rather look like he could do with getting out a bit more!

And, umm, I succumbed at the weekend and had to dig out my knitting needles. I suspect there will be some kind of malformed alien-monkee materialising in the near future.

Kitty said...

My smalls (that's my kids not my underwear) prefer Shrek 2 to the original, but I don't, so not sure if that counts?

Glad you had a happyish birthday anyway - sorry I didn't stop by to send greetings on the actual day.

Maybe you and 007 could climb up Sugar Loaf Mountain on HIS birthday? :-D

the vicious chicken said...

Erm... I think the less said about that last picture, the better!

Glad your birthday was ok, but sorry it wasn't what you hoped for. Hooray for Clarks Retail Therapy Village, though - excellent, mostly indoor entertainment for a rainy day :o)
VCx

ps NBM always maintains that Die Hard 2 beats Die Hard. I haven't seen the second, so I can neither agree nor disagree - but I can't really see how it could be better than the highly amusing original...

Kitsch n Zinc said...

Not just my birthdays that are doomed then?! You'll have to make up for it with say.....a muffin?

Glad to see 007 had taken your boots off before he acquainted himself with Shaun!

Patti said...

How does it feel to be the new Bond Girl Sean?

007 does tend to love em and leave em - or else they get killed horribly. Please take care.

weirdbunny said...

You mentioned Abergavenny and there I'm thinking you live In Wales not too far from me. Then you talk about Glastonbury very far from me So is it England or Wales you live in my dear !

monda-loves said...

Oh no, sorry didn't pop by yesterday to say happy birthday. Sometimes it's better to make no plans and see where the day takes you. Quite often I've forced myself to do something because I had planned it (and therefore plans can't be broken) but sometimes it's good just to break the rules and if you can't do it on your birthday when can you do it?
Thanks for you message about the buttons by the way - I'll let you now when they arrive (he he he)

Monda
x

Jane said...

Clarks shopping village, street is good fun, we've visited many times when we are down in Dorset visiting the family. Haven't seen POC3 yet. Hope you get to ramble up sugar loaf mountain when the weather is better.

Kaz said...

LMAO that 007 is a very naughty boy!!

At least you had choc and wine, which amounts to a very happy day in my life!!

Bea said...

Sorry to hear your birthday didn't go as you planned This is a know phenomenon, though.. My last birthday was nicely planed, but I turned out sitting alone for most of the day(a bit sad, actually, that's NOT what I had planned)..

Well, anyway.. Lucky you!! Shaun the Sheep is sooo cute. I love watching him, it's my favorite program! (you should probably not leave him alone with 007, he seems to like him as well..)

mrspao said...

(removing mind from gutter after looking carefully at last photo)

Birthdays are a lot to live up to! For pao's this year, we'd planned to dress up and go to this great restaurant for lunch and eat petit four and drink coffee in the drawing room next to the fire.

Heh, pao realised that he had a seminar at 1pm that day so we both went to uni (where we work) and I tried to hide from my moany colleagues until he finished. We then went on a 30 mile round trip to the cinema at Ashford to see Stardust only to find that the place was full of kids due to it being half term and we'd have to wait two hours for the next showing!

trek said...

Sorry about the weather! Ours was sucking this weekend, too. :o(
Must be Internet contagious or something.

April said...

Ahem.

Well.

My goodness.

There goes that PG-13 rating.

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY MM!!!!

Please to send your snail mail address to my e-mail address ... Sakkasie@hotmail.com .

Michaela said...

007, I am shocked. And Vera has just had to have a sit down with a large glass of gin to recover from the shock of that picture!

I thought Pirates 3 was pretty rubbish to be honest, and at least an hour too long

Lesley said...

Doh! I was just about to mention wellies but Suzyb beat me to it! Street, great place - we had a Christmas dinner for work there once. Took me 2 1/2 hours to get there - having rushed away from babies nativity play to get there. Sat down as everyone else was starting their pudding. Ate dinner. Spent 10 mins at shopping village. Drove 3 hours home - sober. Marvellous!
Your day looks like much more fun - at least you got a great bag out of it.
What's your sister's blog? Sheepshaper? mmm - dangerous ground. Going now!
At least you got chocolate and Johnny Depp :)

Lesley said...

Grease II!





Joke!

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Long-Suffering-Husband-and-Super-
Dooper-Daddy had a bit of a naff birthday too - maybe that's what happens for birthdays in mid november! Having spent Saturday frantically trying to make everything perfect for him I spent his birthday feeling really ill and sleeping for half of it! We did go to Borders and buy books though so that was fun! Lucy x

I'm not talking to 007 today. Naughty Monkee!

Kate in Kent said...

Oh no, I missed it! Sorry your birthday was a wash-out... but if you will be born in November, well, what do you expect? (If it's any consolation you're almost exactly six months away from my birthday and it rains a lot then, too...) HAPPY BIRTHDAY anyway! And ooooh, Clarks - as in the shoes? Must put that on the to-visit list.

007 clearly needs a female companion. That's all ahm saying....

My Paper World said...

Not so bad! shopping, new bag, pizza, chocolate and wine!-all my favourite things, it sounds perfect! xx

Di said...

Glad that the birthday wasn't a total washout!! Not sure what 007 and Shaun are up to though!!

Stine said...

what do you get when you cross a monkee with a sheep? don't know but you can probably knit with the fur.

naughty monkee!

Leigh said...

I am sorry about your Birthday being a rain out. But, I believe wine and chocolate can fix almost anything. Hopefully, it did for you!

Um...007 seemed to have rather enjoyed your day.

mushroommeadows said...

Oh, Happy late birthday! :)

Jodie said...

hmmm Shaun looks pretty happy doesn't he? How disturbing is that?

martine said...

My daughter said; oh there will be little sheep-apes in a while;-)

Fiona L said...

Birthdays can turn out very differently from the plans you have made. My birthday was the 14th November and my wonderful parents had offered to mind the 3 and 1 year olds so my husband and I could have a nigght out together (long overdue). I had cold symptoms but was determined to soldier on for my dinner out. When I went to have my shower to get ready I discovered spots. Yes, at age 34 I finally got the chicken pox. Birthday cancelled. By the next morning my face, neck, chest, back and legs were covered. I have been quarantined in my bedroom as my hubbie really doesn't want the kids to get it. plus, it's hot right now in Sydney Australia so the itching is bad. Thank goodness I have my laptop and have discovered blogs like yours to give me something to do and put a smile on my face (spotty face).

Katy said...

Dirty 007, get off that sheep! I'm phoning the RSPCKA (that's the royal society for the prevention of cruelty to knitted animals), there must be a law against knitted monkeys copulating with knitted sheep.
Shame about your birthday, but walking and exercise in general is bad for you....especially at your age ;)

Love Honor Disobey said...

Hi sweetie...Happy Birthday!
You simply must go see my recent blog post...it's all for you and the little monkees!
Hugs x

joanne wardle said...

ahem, no comment on that last picture, but where did RFS get the pattern from for shawn, he is fab!!!

joanne wardle said...

oh, and TOY STORY 2.

and

a belated happy birthday

Suzie Sews said...

Oh that saucy monkey!!!!
Hey Happy Birthday, sorry its a little late. Wine...sleep...dribble...just a usual night in our house!!!

lauren said...

...funny...i just assumed that 007 had become a practicing chiropractor since last we met...no...??! :)

(the monkee/sheep cross WOULD surely yield wonderful yarn tho, eh?!)

happy birthday again...sorry it was not QUITE as good as planned...but now see, RGH kinda *owes* you said day of mountineering, photography & pizza...dontcha think?! ;)

lauren said...

ps: ocean's 13 is certain MUCH better than ocean's 12...and mebbe even better than ocean's 11!