In all the excitement of Monday’s Big Birthday, I forgot to nag the Hub into taking photos. He did take one of me at the end of the day, exhausted, on the couch; but that’s still in his camera and I’m not allowed to touch his camera because pictures have a habit of disappearing forever (and not just the fat ones).
As I don’t have photos of the Great Present Opening Ceremony (Subtitle: Gimme Gimme Gimme), I took a collective photo of all the gifts I had to hand. I don’t know how to do that clever thing with lines and numbers and writing to show who bought what, so you’ll have to do without, I’m afraid.
In case you were thinking, ‘At last! The birthday madness is over!’ I’d better explain that at the bottom of the picture is a laminated note from my friend, Louise, which promises me an afternoon at the theatre, watching Seven Brides For Seven Brothers; followed by food. She also supplied that rather large box of Maltesers. Have I mentioned I have the best friends?
Here’s a list of the pressies, in the order in which they appear:
- Almost all of the Dr Who series
- Notebook & Pen
- One of those Halogen Oven thingies
- Silver Celtic Cross
- Hot Chocolate Maltesers, thoughtfully provided by Spud; who knows how much I miss the real thing and who thought they might be a good substitute
- Fart Machine Mug, thoughtfully provided by Tory Boy, my ex-son
- Large Box of Maltesers
- Spare Ring
- Empty Box, home of my new Eternity Ring, which was at the jewellers, being re-sized
- £30 Amazon Gift Voucher
- Theatre Details
- £20 Nando’s Gift Card
Didn’t I do well? This lot was on top of all the other generous gifts I’ve enjoyed in the run up to my birthday.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE
who so generously donated to the cause, making fifty a big deal in the best possible way.
So, to recap: my birthday celebrations began in July and will cease at the end of October. So much for all those celebrities with their week-long trips to exotic isles! Four trips to the theatre and corresponding meals out over a period of four months is waaaaaaaay better. I LOVE turning fifty!
Good news! Looking for the photos of my gifts, I came across the pic the Hub took; he loaded it onto the computer in a pre-emptive strike against the nagging he knew was coming his way. Good ol’ Hub. Though not as ol’ as me.
In case you were wondering: This post’s title is a slight re-write of the only thing I remember from reading Laurie Lee’s Cider With Rosie when I was at school. Laurie starts school aged five and the teacher tells him to ‘Sit there for the present.’ Laurie waited all day but no present ever came; he was gutted; I thought it was the funniest thing I had ever read (Twilight hadn’t been written yet).