hellison: (drunk)
So. Very. Tired.
Had a wonderful weekend in Reading, celebrating [livejournal.com profile] shambelina's birthday. Met up with old friends and made some new ones, both very good things to be doing! Also drank a lot of cider, mostly on friday night, and didn't get nearly enough sleep on either night.

There was horror and wrongness and dancing and shouting and ranting and singing and games and live re-enactment of that rugby shirt swapping video, which very happily happened *before* I'd drunk so much katy things had gone hazy ;p Truly a memory to cherish!

Also shopping, in which no handbags or makeups were purchased, honest, present buying, book buying - including Pride and Prejudice And Zombies (which is hilarious and made me giggle for most of the flight home), extended (and possibly heated) discussions about Fine Art, similarly extended (and possibly heated) discussions about What I Actually Do For A Living, barbeque, cake, strangling, lots of people being Dead To various other people Now, hideously gross pound shop toys (note to [livejournal.com profile] thipe - so VERY dead to me now)... and lots of other stuff I am too tired to relate now or was too drunk to remember clearly.

In short? A Very Fine Weekend Indeed, so many thanks to Shambelina and [livejournal.com profile] special_time for having us all over to wreck their house have a wonderful time yet again!
The only downside was not having enough time to catch up with people individually, but I am making Plans to rememdy that in the near future ;)
hellison: (Default)
So, finally, an update on the weekend!

It all started off very civilised, [livejournal.com profile] shambelina and Dan arrived Thurs. morning, followed by [livejournal.com profile] being_here and [livejournal.com profile] walklikeacat later on, which led to a very relaxed evening with cider and refined conversation (cos everyone was knackered).
Friday went much the same way, there was a plan to go out, but it turned out to be too much effort, so instead i made dinner and we chilled out with yet more cider and wine.

Saturday involved quite a bit of effort, on everyone else's part - particularly Dan who did a mountain of washing up AND conquered the light fitting that has defeated me for seven years! Much cleaning was done, then tescos for LOTS of shopping. And Macro for LOTS of booze.
Then a couple of hours to collapse and recover enough energy for the night ahead...

party, with pictures )

All in all, it was a fabulous weekend, despite the amount of pain on Sunday, and the puma attack on Dan (damm them!).
I had a ball and got some very Special Presents - and am awed by the amount of thought that went into the plotting the horror and presents and so on. Go Team Horror!

I've also had some lovely presents from NORMAL people (well, relatively normal ;p) so thanks for all of those as well.
It was definitely a weekend to remember. At least, up to the point where the punch kicked in and I don't remember the rest

Some more pics here , will get to uploading the rest at some point, but bored with it now ;p
hellison: (happyhappy joyjoy)
Birthday season approaches (well if I'm going to do it, I'm not confining it to one day! At least a weekend is surely appropriate?), so it's party time!
Which got me thinking. I have parties in the house a couple of times a year and they generally seem to go well - or at least I enjoy them, and people come back so I'm assuming they do too.
It's a good excuse to get all your favourite people round, and to get those from further afield to show up and stay for a bit. And of course if they can't make it (you know who you are!), then THAT'S a good excuse to do it all again when they can ;)

My general plan is get a mix of people [1], provide lots of drink (the enormous tacky punchbowl comes in handy here) and an abundance of snacky foods, then stick some music on, sit back with cider and/or punch and hope for the best.
Even better, invite people who will play music themselves.
If all else fails, a little bit of christy to get them singing (or screaming 'turn that shite off', but it gets a reaction ;p).

This generally seems to work, but could it be improved upon?

What do YOU like to see at a party (basic house party rather than Out Somewhere)? eg are party games a good idea or a horrendous thing?
For those coming or who have been before, what else beyond people/food/drink/music would be good?
(Strippers are NOT an option. Nor is any game preceeded by 'strip' *eyes [livejournal.com profile] thipe and [livejournal.com profile] being_here*.)

Question Two!
Wishlists. Where do you stand on them? They seem like a good idea to get things you know you'll like, and make life simple for givers, but something about them makes my inner child cringe expecting a clip round the ear from The Mother for *asking* for presents. Even tho I find them handy when buying for other people...
So yay or nay to Wishlists?

[1] The first time I invited folks from the internet along with folks from work and folks from elsewhere was nervewracking, but it worked well then and has ever since (even when it results in things like Daphne...). It's always more fun to meet new people ;)
hellison: (drunk)
Busy busy weekend, so much socialising!

Friday was spent trying to get the house in some sort of order, then out to a friends surprise 40th b'day party, which was much fun with lots of silly dancing about and so on. Tho, mindful of the plans for saturday, I was actually SENSIBLE and left at about half 12 when I could get a lift. Go me!

Saturday involved more cleaning, organising of costume and dressing up box, shopping for Party Food and picking up of [livejournal.com profile] ochthuit and his mate from train. And then dressing up!

I went as Medusa, cos I got a standard 'greek' costume thing and just added lots of green make up and made Hair Snakes with a combination of pipe cleaners and green gel. Got bored after about 20 minutes of fiddling so there weren't quite as many as originally intended, tho people seemed to get the idea!

Highlights included dressing [livejournal.com profile] tiquetoque up as a Laydee, [livejournal.com profile] _unhurt_ and her v. impressive costume, despite freaky FREAKY dead martens with their BEADY EYES that stared at me all night (getting them THROWN at me was not a highlight), musical interludes from Tique, Ochthuit and D. (who doesn't have an lj as far as I know), also some fine downloading of bizarre music, the potato lantern complete with FAKE tealight... and other stuff I may well have forgotten but I'm sure I'll remember when I see more photos.

Speaking of which -


The rest of the photos are here - if I can get hold of other peoples' photos, I'll add them in there too!

Good night. Today, mostly very tired.

ETA more photos!
hellison: (she-ra)
Hmm. Not entirely sure how, after sleeping 13hrs straight last night, I can STILL be knackered and brane dead. I guess that is just the measure of a weekend Well Spent ;)

I was going to do a detailed post of the weekend, but [livejournal.com profile] thipe and [livejournal.com profile] being_here have covered it quite well, via haiku and photos respectively. Also my memory of a fair bit of it is somewhat vague, for some reason...
Highlights tho included

FATE leading us to SCRUMPY and the HOFF
Shatner dvd for 97p!
Lovely chinese food with wine, wine and more wine (even if they wouldn't let me get just one more bottle ;p).
Lovely lovely Mind Wiping Cider very kindly proved by Sojan
Strawberry flavoured lesbian kisses (and I don't even like strawberries!)
Discovering [livejournal.com profile] being_here cackles even better than I do ;p
[livejournal.com profile] kyrptykfysh going Mouse Hunting with a wrench
[livejournal.com profile] malvino going Mouse Hunting with a bit of fruit from the punch
Malvino and Kryptykfysh getting their respective GUNS out
The expression on Malvino's face when, in lifting a chair to demonstrate said guns, the seat fell off and hit him on the head.
Pretty much everything else too ;)

Lowlights? If they can be called that ;p
The SCRUMPY turning out to be cider vinegar (tho it did work very well in the punch!)
So. Much. Pain. on Saturday morning
Mental images of Hoff/Shat Lesbian Sex. BAD THIPE, BAD!
Weatherspoons' bizarre total inability to make edible toast
The fact that everyone lives too far away to do it all more often. Move to Ireland damn it! All of you!
hellison: (drunk)
Whee, what a weekend, party with tequila-fuelled dancing friday night, saturday the Death Metal Orc Zombies win Eurovision!

Party was great (selected photos below) much drinking, much very silly dancing about. Also made fab new friend, Amercian Girl (beth?) who, with 5 minutes of sitting down, had gleefully joined in the gay porn conversation that made the Logue FLEE and then topped most previous Disturbing Declan Mental Images with the 'I'm the Pope' classic.

After all this, and tequila, we headed back to D.'s for more drink and smoke and giggling hysterically at things I now cannot remember at all. Finally headed off home when day started to dawn, quite happy that I had done nothing more embarrasing[1] than dance like a loon and take the piss out of Nick (ex head boss man) for being short.
Thankfully end of night dramatic fall (as documented in previous post) was only witnessed by the taxi man.

Saturday was mainly spent between sleep and pain, then went down home to babysit (great plan!). MISSED most of bloody Dr. Who cos it was on early cos of stupid Eurovison. Had to watch eurovision SOBER. This is not the best way to do it (as I'm sure Terry Wogan would agree), but at least the Finns won!

Today is just cold and wet and miserable. Have even lit the fire. I really will have to remember to order oil tomorrow.

pics )

[1] as far as I know. This may change come Monday morning
hellison: (Default)
Yay, am now almost awake, tho still very stiff!

teh weekend (this could get long )

So there you have it! I have aches and pains all over, several mystery bruises and had an incredible time. Thank you all.
Especially [livejournal.com profile] littlebluefish for throwing me a party, letting me invite everyone I wanted, finding the pole dancing, driving us about everywhere (and ali, for driving home from dancing!), letting us invade and occupy her house for the weekend and for being an all round STAR *smooches*

And now, I have to get on a horse. Help...


Mar. 27th, 2006 10:57 am
hellison: (Default)
Just gearing up energy to write proper post about weekend (need...more...tea), but in the meantime, here are some photos!

And, from the random sloganiser thingy - Life's Pretty Straight Without Hellison!

Go me ;p
hellison: (mentalZigs)
So, since I am mostly just killing time now until I go pick [livejournal.com profile] thesme_01 from the charmingly mis-named Central Station, I decided to check the horrorscopes for the weekend, since they were so encouraging pre-febmeet, and once again, they score!

Today... This day is good for arranging and participating in social get- togethers. Spend time with friends and enjoy yourself. ... Or you might take a trip and spend the day in pleasant surroundings away from home. Whatever you do, this should be a light, pleasant day.

Not bad. Now

Tomorrow This morning you feel quite good, and you enjoy being with congenial people.(yay!) Probably it would be best to be with old friends whom you know well and with whom you have already established strong emotional ties. (good planning on our part then!) ... This influence denotes a time when you and your friends support each other and feel that you belong together (awww, GROUP HUG). This is a good time for any sort of group activity, (go poledancing go!) because by working together you all will feel that it is a group effort from which everyone will benefit equally. And this is true.
So, it'll be a good weekend then. And we will all benefit. IT IS DESTINY!!11!!

ps [livejournal.com profile] tyrell Happy Birthday for tomorrow, and I hope your joss-party is just as mutually beneficial for all concerned :)


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