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4th-Feb-2009 02:15 pm
I've just used Facebook to invite over 50 people to my birthday party next Saturday. I'm not embarrassed to admit I hope only a fraction of that number can actually make it; 28 is too old for full house parties. Or I'm too grown up; one of those. Anyway, even people without a Facebook are welcome to come along if they fancy a cake-and-jelly party. Someone had better bring vegetarian jelly.

Do we have time for a quick State of the Brat? I think we do.

Physical State: I had one of those colds that just wouldn't go, and I'm still leaking snot everywhere. Oh, and Kleenex anti-viral tissues smell funny.

Mental State
: Brain isn't really having a good time of it right now. I've even had an unusually hard time meditating; I'm having to push myself to sit and even then staying put for even ten minutes is becoming a serious rodeo issue, so I'm falling short. and that of course, doesn't help me quiet my brain down. I'm still trying to practice mindfulness outside of sitting, but the brain is loud and distractable and makes it hard to do a lot of things. The biggest one of these,. of course is writing: I can barely manage this blog post, let alone theses and fiction.

Emotional State
: On the one hand, I'm kind of OK. On the other, a noisy head makes for frustrations and the occasional bout of lashing out and cabin fever. There's also a couple of personal things going on, which are adding to stress. But really, I'm fine.

State of the PhD: Looking up despite brain issues. At a supervisory meeting last week we finally set a date for completion: September. Which means, by hook or by crook I shall have a completed PhD in seven months. This is already the greatest thing to have happened to me this year.

State of the Career: Volunteering is still the most fun I can have with my clothes on, and there are a couple of job applications in the offing, which is similarly taking up a lot of my limited attention span.

State of the Knitting: I'm running up against problems involving picking up stitches along an edge, and incorporating yarn overs into moss stitch. I'm sure that's not particularly interesting, but my high distractibility and easy frustrations are thrown into relief by this: I have a problem, so I walk away. I'm working on a coat for Abby, but I fear she may be growing faster than it.

State of the...
Oh crap, you know. I've run out of attention for this post. This is what my brain's like now. Tell you what, ask me a question about my life right now and I'll try and answer it.
4th-Feb-2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
Date for completion! B'sha'ah tovah! (Literally, "In a good hour." It's what Jews are supposed to wish expectant mothers instead of "Congratulations", and the implication is "May everything go exactly as planned and on schedule!")
4th-Feb-2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
That is the most fitting wish I could imagine, thank you!

(I feel a bit like an expectant mother right now)
4th-Feb-2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
Feel immensely grateful that you do not!!!
4th-Feb-2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I'd love to come to your party for some cake and jelly, but I'm afraid I can't make it. :(

I hope that helps to make the turnout more manageable, and I hope you have a great time! :)
4th-Feb-2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
I'll eat your portion for you. ;)
4th-Feb-2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
28 is not too old for house parties. My parents had I don't know how many people over for a joint 60th a couple of years ago. Much fun was had by all.

At least you have somewhere nice to have them in, and flatmates you actually, y'know, talk to so that this sort of thing happens.
4th-Feb-2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
I am too old and crochety to deal with 50 people in my little flat and then clean up after them. So there.
5th-Feb-2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
As long as you've got a kettle and a large bowl, I think I may <a href="http://www.greenscakes.co.uk/products/view.aspx?product=2469&type=Desserts#>have solved the lack-of-jelly problem</a>. My local Sainsbury's has it. According to their web-page you can make trifle with it, so we can but try.
4th-Feb-2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
Ummm... might I ask to be friended on FaceBook?
4th-Feb-2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
What's your surname?
4th-Feb-2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
That would be "Arthur", milady...
4th-Feb-2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
Oh good, a nice unusual name. You should be easy to search and find...
4th-Feb-2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
Just in case you can't find me- master of diguise and stelath that I am, muahahah- what's your surname again? You told me, but I fear I might have been drunk/rocking out/wearing a top hat at the time...
4th-Feb-2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
Linton. It's on the side of my journal.
4th-Feb-2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes. The side I never scroll across to because I'm frightened to. :)
4th-Feb-2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
Oi. Your LJ names don't have H's.
4th-Feb-2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
That they don't- mainly because I fear the "h" makes me look like a dull old stick-in-the-mud, and not the frenzied rock god I so obviously actually am...

4th-Feb-2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
If I help clear up after, may I have a patch of floor to crash on after said birthday? :D?

I will totally bring food, too. Mmm, caramelized onion and goat cheese pastries.
4th-Feb-2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
First person to ask gets it!

Especially if they use a loltastic Arthur icon.
10th-Feb-2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
Have scored veggie jelly. May turn up earlyish in the day so it has time to set. :D
4th-Feb-2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
Sorry we won't be able to make it - given the date we have other plans ...

Hope you have fun!
5th-Feb-2009 06:52 am (UTC)
May I ask a question about knitting?

I can't cast on for the life of me, and well, it's kind of stopping me from getting anywhere. Do you know of any handy tips / very simple instructions on the interwebs that may help me? =/
5th-Feb-2009 10:03 am (UTC)
Knitting help is the best thing in the world for casting on. Long tail cast on is just swinging the needle from thumb to finger, and great when you've found the rhythm.
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