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JAN 28: another wrinkle in time...

It's just a small post today, as it's The Day when yet another year rolls around, and I spend my time saying 'Twelve months gone? When? Where?' and suchlike.

And the Sons greeted me this morning with cards:



Mum had just read so much about the terrible effects of both chocolate and alcohol that she immediately decided to give up reading.

Anna's dreams of romance were shattered when her husband joined her for a sh*t and a shave.


So - does that sum up the tone of my day or WHAT?! LMAO

In other news:

Received an email from Paypal informing me someone had hacked into my account and had withdrawn half of my hard-won $ royalties. God, any other time than the quarter-ends, there's nothing in that account!

Still, seems they're looking into it, and once I confirm I'm ME and this withdrawal wasn't authorised, they'll reimburse me. But until then the account is suspended, so no pencilboard buying for me for the moment.

But there's far more GOOD in the day LOL!!

I negotiated a small tax refund from the tax year just gone - and also received a lovely Amazon voucher from work. I've been out to lunch with a work friend, and had a drink after work with another couple of friends last night.
And the Sons are apparently taking me to Slumdog Millionaire tonight! (daresay I'll be buying the popcorn and ice creams... LOL)

EDIT: Disaster!!!
I mean, it's meant to be the ultimate award-winning feel-good movie, uplifting and inspirational, right? But only for people over 15?????????
OK, so I was naive, it really didn't occur to me to check the Cert first. So we couldn't get Son#2 in, and although he offered to come home again and leave me and Son#1 to see it (#2's not entirely bothered to see it!), I left in a huff, never to darken their doors again etc etc.
Dear God. Then they moan that teenagers have nowhere to go. The only other things we could all have seen were Valkyrie (so I can sit through a movie about the Nazis with him...wtf?!) and Devereaux. And Twilight, but I'm saving that for a girly evening sometime.
*Sons roll their eyes with relief*
We had a Chinese buffet meal instead and I'm home by 8.30. The life of Riley, indeed.


I've had some lovely Birthday wishes from online friends, AND some fabulous fiction written for me, it always overwhelms me with excitement and delight!

From daimeryan_rei, a gorgeously poignant and hopeful GW 1x2 fic:
In These Arms.
Even in the darkest times in the bleakest future, there are still special days to celebrate.
Thank you so much, dear friend, it's lovely and I treasure both it and your friendship. ♥

And from lilzazu, a deliciously naughty NC17 1x2x1 GW fic:
Kinky Surprise.
She's still protesting that I am NOT the innocent party in this smut-writing business...*hehe*.
I still don't think I'm the one doing the corrupting! If it weren't for your fic, this one never have been written...at least not by me. XD
But goodness, I'm glad it was! Thanks so much Zazu, you brightened up my day so much - like you usually do! ♥
EDIT: From tomorrow (29th) I'll be hosting this fic on my FancyFigures site HERE and so it can be read openly.

I've posted a short original story of my own:
Second Chances

It's been posted in its early stages before but I finished it recently and would like to share it with you.

Note: My website is struggling a bit at the moment - the person who was going to work on it for me hasn't been available, I don't know why. But anyway, I'm slowly sprucing it up myself. I'm happy with my host, really, just not particularly with my design skills *lol*.


God, though I say so myself, I was damned cute ♥.

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m_barnette
Jan. 28th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
Be sure that isn't some sort of scam with the Paypal thing. if your name wasn't in the email then it's not really Paypal.

Happy birthday! I hope it gets better.

Edited at 2009-01-28 06:49 pm (UTC)
clarelondon
Jan. 29th, 2009 11:02 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! ^___^

Yes, I made sure the Paypal thing was genuine. I admit, when they first contacted me, I assumed it was a spoof - I get them weekly *sigh* - but it turned out to be real, more's the pity.
Hope they sort it out soon!
erastes
Jan. 28th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! Have a lovely evening, and your sons rock!
clarelondon
Jan. 29th, 2009 11:01 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! ^__^

The evening turned out to be...eventful and unexpected *lol*, but we had a good time anyway. Lucky the Sons have a GSOH!
ravensilver
Jan. 28th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Ooohhh... lilazu's fic is flocked... ;__;

But the others were wonderful to read. Thank you for gifting us with a story on *your* special day. ^^
clarelondon
Jan. 29th, 2009 11:00 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! ^___^

Hope you can catch up with zazu's fic later, it's hosted on my site now.
*hugs*
1more_sickpuppy
Jan. 28th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
Happy 'The Day'!
Sounds good and the cards were brilliant!
Big booh for the hacking of Paypal though!!! Cripes! Thank heavens you'll be reimbursed.
clarelondon
Jan. 29th, 2009 10:59 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! ^__^
And that hamster icon is FAB! LOL

I just hope they sort out the Paypal thing soon. I'm lucky I've never been hacked before, I suppose. :(
emthornhill
Jan. 28th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
Ack, almost let another friend slip by without Birthday wishes! Happy Birthday, Clare! Hope you have many more special days. ^_^
clarelondon
Jan. 29th, 2009 10:58 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! ^___^

Oh, I've been dreadful over the last year, always missing birthdays and having to send late best wishes and cards...
^_^
lilzazu
Jan. 28th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLARE!!! *throws purple and blue confetti around*

You are so NOT the innocent one =P haahha!!!

I have the feeling that I've read Second Chances before...at least in Ned's POV. Why is that? The second bit though, felt new to me. *ponders this*...wait I see it now. It was posted in its early stages hahah XD I clicked the link and immediately was distracted ehehee!

I hope you had a wonderful, wonderful day Clare!! and YAY for ice cream that's always good for birthday!!!

*chu* This will be another awesome year!!
lilzazu
Jan. 28th, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
I hope you enjoyed the Chinese buffet regardless!!

SQUEE YOU WERE SUCH A CUTE BABEH!!! *flails* SO CUTE! I want to huggle you a LOT!!!! (not that I don't want that now but...hehe)

=O there's a 'zazu' page on your webpage now?? LOL ^__^;; sorry about the f-lock and making it so difficult =(
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clarelondon
Jan. 29th, 2009 10:57 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I had a great time.

And your icon is so cute...*lol*
*hugs*
jenre
Jan. 28th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Clare!

21 again?
clarelondon
Jan. 29th, 2009 10:57 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! ^___^

21?! Sort of. Plus some more months...
*lmao*
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clarelondon
Jan. 29th, 2009 10:56 am (UTC)
*hugs*
Thanks so much - and for your LJ gift, too!!

The Paypal thing is worrying, I admit, but I'm sure they'll sort it out. And I changed all the passowrds and everything.
^___^
kz_snow
Jan. 28th, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, sweetie! You SO looked like a proper British baby! :-)

KZ
clarelondon
Jan. 29th, 2009 10:54 am (UTC)
*hehe*
Thanks so much for the birthday wishes!
Though how you can see my national heritage from that toothy grin, I *don't* know...
*hugs*
chrissymunder
Jan. 29th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday Clare! What an adorable baby you were. I love those bright eyes! The sons are too funny. I love the fact you can sit through a war movie with son #2 but not the feel good movie of the year. That's interesting - here in the US you can be underage but still get in with a parent/guardian. They wouldn't even let him come in with you? I'm cackling at the thought of their close escape from Twilight. Can you hear them telling their friends. "Yeah, I went and saw Twighlight..with my mum". Ha!
clarelondon
Jan. 29th, 2009 10:41 am (UTC)
*hehe*
I'm still steaming about the movie visit, but never mind. And yes, I don't think even my birthday could have persuaded them into THAT film *lmao*.

I'm determined to go, though, just to have seen it. Maybe next week, when this week's humiliation has worn off!
^_^
jania_monster
Jan. 29th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
You sure were!! You look like a happy little babe! ^___^

DARTS on that thief!! >( Some people have the NERVE. They probably bought some new parts for their computer to make even more powerful hacking-aids with that money.

You know, I have SO. MUCH. to say and so little time, that I just won't say anything else, except that your b-day card was amazing. XDD I'll wish you happy belated on my own lj.
clarelondon
Jan. 29th, 2009 10:35 am (UTC)
*hehe*
Wish sometimes I was still that happy babe ^_~.

The more I think about that thief, the angrier I get. Though I've been shopping on the net for so many years, I suppose I'm lucky I've never been targetted before. *sigh*

Thanks for your kind wishes! *hugs*
mallorypath
Jan. 29th, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
Just adding my birthday wishes to all the others. ♥
clarelondon
Jan. 29th, 2009 10:29 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! Great to see you here.

Have a good day too!
*hugs*
paikan
Jan. 29th, 2009 04:34 am (UTC)
*hugs you* Happy Birthday, Clare!
clarelondon
Jan. 29th, 2009 10:20 am (UTC)
So good to hear from you, thanks very much *smooch*.
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wickedgameff
Jan. 29th, 2009 04:48 am (UTC)
Happy birthday!!!

I wish I had fic for you but the mind...it's a blank!

I hope your paypal is up and running in about another week and a half. keep us updated on that, wouldya?
clarelondon
Jan. 29th, 2009 10:19 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!
Don't worry about fic - I'm suffering from the same fic-blindness this week *sigh*.

The paypal thing is really worrying, really. Hope they get it sorted out soon.
*hugs*
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