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20 August 2012 @ 12:36 pm
 
Booo! My iPod doesn’t seem to be able to connect to the wi-fi at work! Hope everyone is well! I haven’t done a what I did on my weekend post for a while so um here goes:

Friday I caught up on the billionty episodes of Adventure time season 4 that I’ve missed. I think this series is my favourite, it’s pleasingly bonkers but keeps giving lots of fascinating little hints about what Ood is and why the land is so damn weird. It’s definitely got weirder as time has gone on. And this is a show that started with Bender from Futurama voicing a stretchy dog. The comics have also been excellent (the main one is being writing by him off of Dinosaur Comics so it’s not surprising really!) though I am still not sure it’s in any way suitable for children. Anyway I urge you all to watch B-mo Noir on YouTube NOW! Please do this, it is essential! You don’t really need to know the characters it’s just a nice little pastiche involving a sexy chicken and only 11 mins long. :D

I haven’t been sleeping well so Saturday I got up early (about 6ish) played about with the tyre on my bike until it was fixed (It doesn’t seem to have a puncture but I like playing with tyre levers), then started feeling exhausted so went back to sleep for 5 hours. I did a 35min bike ride in which I discovered Exciting Off Road Country Path which leads from back of my house to the hospital. It’s actually a lovely ride but ends when you hit a dual carriageway (The A12) which spoils the WOAH THE COUNTRYSIDE RIGHT BEHIND MY HOUSE feeling a bit. I am doing an actual training plan though I am going to have to do today’s ride on a Barclay’s Bike due to completely being unable to sleep last night. I suspect I am hypomanic at the moment as I can’t sleep and am doing ALL THE THINGS and can’t stop even though I am exhausted. But hey, at least all the things are being done!

After shower and makeup (which immediately fell off my face due to heat and needed to be redone) I went to meeting Liz and Rhys for their hen night at Madame Jojo’s. SO EXCITE! I was incredibly late and got very stressed and forgot where Brewer St was despite being there last week to pick my comics up and eat frozen yoghurt! I am a fool! Anyway it was a fantastic night, the cabaret was good (Though the transgender and male performers were all too tall for the stage once they had their hats and heels on.) and Michaela got the girls a cake which was brought out by a fantastically bitchy queen who posed for sexy pictures with it. <3

A lady got a stripper for her hen night and it was all a bit horribly awkward. Someone paying a man I don’t know to gyrate in my face isn’t really my idea of fun but hey ho! My favourite bit of the strip he did was when he had to bundle all his clothes up and run off in his g string. (The next day Airhead told me a horrific story about another deeply uncomfortable strip where no one came out of it feeling happy and the people who organised the hen night asked the guy for £10 back because he didn’t take his pants off. Apparently doctors are really stingy!) One of the singers was called Ms Sahhara and she’s gorgeous and came and danced with Anya and Rhys who ended up looking like tiny mini people. I am so happy about them getting married. Two people I genuinely adore and who are really made for one another. :D We decided the pub afterwards was a bit dull so went for a McDonalds. I had wedges and a McFlurry because that = protein and carbs and is very close to being a full meal. Yes.

On my way home I met a man who said I had a fantastic aura. If anyone talks to me in London my immediate reaction is to close my bag and pull it very close but the man didn’t seem very interested in my bag, just in how interesting my aura was. Maybe it was the McFlurry.

Yesterday I woke up early because, 3 months late I was being given my BIRTHDAY present from my best friends. I had convinced myself that it was going to be something Airhead thought was excellent but I’d hate. Like driving offroad (I can’t drive, I actually got genuinely panicked about this and sent her an email reminding her about this.) or bungee jumping. I met her in Richmond after having ice cream for breakfast, we had lunch and went in the car. I had no idea where to. We ended up nearish Watford before I asked. She said we were going to Leeds. This seemed a really bad idea but one that I wouldn’t put past her! Then she passed me tickets for the Harry Potter Studio tour. Completely unexpected but wonderful!

I work just up the road from the WB offices in London and as you walk past they have the crests of the four houses just inside the doors and every time I go past I get all annoyed that I can’t really afford to go to the studio tour!

As you go in there are handprints of the three main cast members and I was confused to learn my hand is nearly exactly the same size and shape as Daniel Radcliff’s. He’s a grown up actual man and I have the same size hands as him! :/ (My hands are quite small)

There’s a little video at the beginning of the tour that gives the impression that Warner Brothers’ decision to film the Harry Potter stories was purely altruistic to ensure fans could watch these ‘fantastic tales’. Then you go off into a cinema and watch a little thing with Daniel, Emma and Rupert showing clips of when they were kids and being hugged by various crew members. So cute! Then the screen lifts up and you go in through into the Great Hall!

They had lots of the stuff I find really fascinating like the graphic designs for Weasley’s Wheezes products and The Daily Prophet and they also had the inside of a Mandrake so you could see how it worked. A lady came up to us and said the baby Voldemort in one of the cases always scares her and she’s worried one day she’ll come into work and he’ll have gone missing.

We also allowed ourselves to be thoroughly ripped off and bought some butterbeer. Both Airhead and I are intelligent enough to understand we were being ripped off but were also far too excited to stop that happening. Is there a word for that? Anyway I can tell you Butterbeer is roughly 95% sugar and contains no alcohol. Very disappointing. We were sad they didn’t sell firewhiskey. I got a bit over the top excited by the Knightbus.

I wanted a Marauder’s map but that was £30 which is beyond a rip off (for £10 more you can get a really beautiful time turner instead!) so I got a GIANT mug which appears to require two tea bags

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Tea Managed.

I also bought a chocolate frog because the graphic design of the box was astounding but it was £8 which upset me more than the map because the sweets were so obviously aimed at children whose parents couldn’t say no. The wands were nice but not nice enough and Luna and Hermione’s wands are a bit rubbish and they’re the only ones I’d really want. (Couldn’t find Tonks’ one!) This is Tonks’ one, It’s lovely actually, isn’t it?

Then Airhead and I found a bright blue lizard lolly to help us through the hideous sugar crash from the butterbeer. In the end I decided to leave mine til later which is probably wise…
 
 
 
Lady Summerisle: Snape writingstrange_complex on August 20th, 2012 01:19 pm (UTC)
Wow, that sounds like a fantastic birthday outing! You have awesome friends. I must get myself down to the HP studios some time.
Tiny Tear: cow!tiny_tear on August 20th, 2012 01:29 pm (UTC)
wow that is so cool! i can't wait for Emily to be older to take her there!
Obsessive Katyobsessive_katy on August 20th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
What an awesome birthday gift! Totally Pippa! :D

xx
a velvet hand in an iron glovemissfrost on August 20th, 2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
Both Airhead and I are intelligent enough ... Yeah, yeah. That all sounds great Phil! And no, it doesn't look like it's Anya and Rhys' hen night.