Happy Birthday To Me, Happy Birthday To Me…

Ok, a wee bit early with this one, as it’s not really my birthday ’til tomorrow, but I just got back from my birthday treat and I wanted to blog about it. So…

I was up the west end to see a show. First we went for some food at what used to be Vita Organic, but is now Vitao (apparently). Unfortunately the change of name also came with a change of idea that is not an improvement. The food is still decent enough, but no more the 2 scoop/ 3 scoop/ 4 scoop plates, no more the graded pricing system, in fact no more the ceramic kitchenware and metal forks either, it’s now just another buffet joint. £8:90 all you can eat (in an hour!). Well that’s all well and good, but how much do you expect me to cram down my neck to get my money’s worth? There’s cheaper buffets out there y’know! And don’t get me started on the £4:60 smoothie, or the £3:00 wafer thin slice of heavy carrot cake. Oh Vita Organic, what did you do? Ah well…

The show we went to see was Stomp, the one show I always though I’d go and see when I first came to London but somehow never did. I have to say I really enjoyed it! There was a lot of what you’d expect – brooms, banging on bins, hitting big drums – but also quite a bit of subtler, more nuanced moments – with lighters, paper bags, claps, etc. – and even some audience participation which was fun. And it was funny too. The whole show is full of mini gags that give you a good chuckle in between being amazed by the players performances. I have to say, if you’re looking for something to check out, it’s well worth going to see. You won’t be disappointed.

So that was my birthday night out. I’m going down the pub tomorrow night with some friends, but this was the ‘event’ for this year. I ain’t doing nuffink strenuous tomorrow. Giving myself a day off. Maybe a bit of baking. I have an ambitious plan to commemorate the start of my 37th year in cake. Actually, that already sounds more impressive than it is, lol. It’s just a little something I’ve been wanting to try. Check back tomorrow to see what I’m on about.


Week 19: In which our hero takes up gambling

the winning ticket

Well, as you can probably tell from the illustration, I ain’t a winner (yet). I know, I know, the chances of winning the lottery are astronomical, and really I don’t expect to win, but as a way of exacting massive change in a very short period of time the possibilities can’t be denied. But then again, that’s why everyone does it I suppose.

Actually this whole gambling thing came about initially as a way of getting me a car. I figured that the easiest way for me to get mobile would be to win myself a vehicle, as it’s going to take me ages to save up for one. A quick search online found loads of competitions that you can enter for free, so I went for it. Of course my inbox won’t be happy with me when the spam starts rolling in, but such is the nature of these things (there being no such thing as a ‘freebie’).

I also put in half a dozen entries to the Fuller’s Brewery to win a mountain bike, seeing as I’d drank the beer and had the bottle tops anyway. I even hand delivered them to save myself some money. I’ve already got a bike, so if I win one I’ll probably sell it and put the money towards a car. Also it seemed right that I should get something from the last lot of beer I had in the house. There’s a certain balance to that somehow methinks.

Still off the drink. It’s been ten days now. It hasn’t been easy, as everywhere I turn there’s something that’s stressing me out. Seriously, home, work, play, all of them are giving me aggro at the moment, and I’d give anything to be able to switch off just for a while and relax. But I know I’d regret it the next day, so I’m sticking to my guns.

Did a few more days meditation this week, which is good. The more I can do the better. And I had my first meeting with the guy who’s going to have a go at designing my board game for me. It was all very positive. Now I just need to do a bit more research and we’ll be on our way.

So it’s going ok for the moment. I’ve also done a new recipe this week, as it’s been a while, and maybe next week I can get back to doing some script work. Been in a bit of a funk this past month or so and it’s time I dragged myself out of it. Being in a funk really is an unproductive way to be.