Belated birthday brilliance

My 30th birthday has really been the birthday that keeps on giving. In the last couple of weeks I’ve acquired two birthday gifts that are quintessentially me – I have excellent friends.

The first of these was actually a bonus birthday/moving house gift from the lovely Annabelle. Ordered months ago, it had arrived late so she’d given me a lovely baking themed present instead. But the tardy present was (is) genius…

What are things I like? Well, jewellery would definitely be up there, especially earrings. What else am I passionate about? Punctuation. Can you combine the two? Why yes, it seems you can:

If you’d like your own punctuation, you can buy them from Nerd Goddess on Etsy.

Those, my friends, are mix and match punctuation earrings – semi-colon, question mark, speech mark, exclamation mark and…the all important apostrophe. Now whenever I have the urge to correct someone’s apostrophe usage, all I have to do is place my earring in the correct location. Marvellous.

The second gift arrived on Sunday, when my favourite Gloucestrians paid me a flying visit en route to helping their eldest move house. For weeks we’d been trying to fix up a meeting as they were very keen to give me my present, which intriguingly couldn’t be posted. When I was handed the parcel it was soon clear why – it was large and picture frame shaped, so presumably cumbersome and delicate. Unwrapping it, I discovered this:

In case you can’t read it, it says:

Lizzie likes… [Yes, they count as family, thus I’m “Lizzie”.]
Singing with the choir. [That’s a given.]
Yummy cupcakes. [Ditto.]
Chalet School books. [But of course.]
Travelling. [Hell yes.]
Flip Flops. [True, but now they kill my ankles.]
Church on Sunday. [And any other day.]
Glee. [Well duh!]
Paris in July. [Paris whenever really.]
The Greenwoods. [Like is an understatement.]
Ben Fogle. [Ahhhhh….]
Wishing she could still be a Brownie, even though she’s 30. [Running in-joke.]
How impressive! Turns out they’d only had to consult family on two items – favourite food and favourite celebrity crush. (My sister apparently suggested Colin Firth initially, which is odd as I don’t think I’ve ever professed an ardent liking of him – not that I’d say no, obviously. Ben Fogle is genius and true, the only alternative would’ve been Alan Rickman.) They really are the best gift givers on special birthdays – on my 21st I received a film poster style painting of my life (‘The girl from Tonga’…) – and they put a lot of thought and effort into it. Bless them.
So, once I finally get some special picture hooks later this week I’ll be able to adorn my new room with my new art. This and my specially commissioned Dave Walker cartoon will obviously have pride of place. 

A shallow post

I was browsing some blogs today, and came across one that listed a girl’s top 5 celebrity men “pretty much in order of how long I’d keep them locked up”. Whilst not wanting to go that far, I thought I’d have a shallow day (after all, it is Friday!) and come up with my own top 5 hotties. Unfortunately, cos it’s Friday and my brain’s fried, I can only come up with 4 – so I may have to update this later, when no doubt a 5th comes to mind in the middle of the night!

#1 – Ben Fogle

Yes he’s posh, yes he’s blonde and yes he’s got a black labrador – could we have any more in common?????

Unfortunately I’m not so keen on the adventurous streak he’s got, but no man’s perfect!

#2 – Will Young
So again, posh – but not blonde. Unfortunately he now has no hair, in attempt to battle baldness which is a total travesty. Lovely voice & a bit of a lisp. Fabulous.

And he’s gay.

#3 – Adam Garcia

Most famous for his role in Coyote Ugly, but currently to be found wearing unbelievably tight breeches playing Fiyero in Wicked. Again, fab voice & gorgeous eyes. Unfortunately 8 performances a week seems to be taking its toll & he’s not been looking so hot lately.

#4 – Alan Rickman

Some might think this is a strange choice, but incidentally the blog I stole this idea from listed him too. I have an ongoing argument with a male friend that many women find him hot – including several people I was at school with. It all started when he was in a Texas video and tangoed with Charlene Spiteri on a petrol station forecourt…Has completely changed my perception of Snape in Harry Potter too!%