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23 February 2013 @ 04:26 am
My dear friends Matt and Kels really turned my birthday around (they took me to Build-A-Bear, where I'd never been, and got me a dapper rainbow bear). My parents and I then had an impromptu dinner-and-a-film in my home city.

A piece of Lark/Rosethorn art (from Tamora Pierce's Emelan universe--"Circle of Magic" and beyond--which is my other main fandom) was posted on my birthday, too, even though I didn't see it until a few hours after. They're my only OT[Polyamorous]P to date; other characters I'm willing to, as I said to the author, ship all around the mulberry bush. (Some of the reason they're my OTP is that I can still ship them 'round the mulberry bush and have it be canon that it's happening consensually and polyamorously, with the two remaining a couple.) Two of my best fandom friends pointed it out to me.

The art is by Minuiko; she did it for the February Femslash month:

As usual, I'm up too late; I've been watching The Worst Witch and trying to get through the "I've read this and should update on it" pile. I've put off the packing I'll need to do for tomorrow and Sunday, plus the lesson-planning for Sunday's class, as well. For once there's little guilt.

Tomorrow is Big Doc's funeral. It'll be my first personal funeral, that of someone I truly knew. We're crossing our fingers the snow doesn't toss a wrench in everything. After the funeral, when it comes down to mostly just family again (usually mine is included), things are likely to get a bit more light-hearted again. My mother tells me that the other night, come one in the morning, she and all the four children of Big Doc got the idea to dress up in his worst outfits and put one on the giant teddy (taller than me) that they'd once bought him. I'll have to see the pictures and videos soon. That's just the sort of thing that Big Doc would laugh and laugh away at, I imagine. I'm glad to have been brought up by a community of family that learned to deal so well with everything, too, in acknowledging that there really must be some humour in with the grief, especially when grieving someone whose life was full of humour and who so dearly loved laughing.

I've inherited the wheelchair they all bought Big Doc for the trip to Italy; it will be very useful for when I go day-walking places as I won't have to rent, which is always a touch disconcerting.

I should be off to sleep now. I'll have to wake up earlier because I procrastinated, although in the end I'll likely just throw some shite in a bag, dress myself up well enough, and get on with it.

I'm 23. I have a new teddy bear. That sounds about right. Good night!

[Crossposted from dreamwidth.]
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minervas_eule: pink roseminervas_eule on February 23rd, 2013 11:45 am (UTC)
Oh Kiwi - I am so sorry I forgot your birthday: all my best wishes for a new year that turns our really well in most surprising ways and does not bring along too many bad-pain-days but a job that suits you and lots of fun in your new home and relaxing family visits in between....
Kiwi Crocus: Zoë Lewis || Rotary phone.cranky__crocus on March 6th, 2013 08:09 am (UTC)
Oh, dear, it's not at all on you for not hitting my birthday! I'm odd about my birthday, so I tend to take it down when the time approaches. I suppose I feel a bit bad to get any sort of 'happy birthdays' when I'm so terrible with others' birthdays; it doesn't seem right or fair. (Though I do understand that many people feel a gift to themselves in giving. I try to keep that in mind, but sometimes my guilt just wins out.)

Thank you ever so for your sweet birthday wishes! I wish for those things as well. (:

And thank you, too, for that darling beautiful crocus picture. I've got to save that one! Very much a reminder for me as to why the indigo crocus is one of my absolute favourites (tied perhaps only by saucer magnolias and Easter red-buds, and those don't count in the same arena since they're flowering trees).

You are too kind. ♥
?elsceetaria on February 23rd, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
Happy belated birthday!

Yay for the new teddy!

That is gorgeous art.

You do know how much I love me some L/R. Right?

::Hugs:: on the funeral.

Having your own wheelchair will be useful.

I'm not sure if this makes sense or not.
Kiwi Crocus: Seasonal || Green gift.cranky__crocus on March 6th, 2013 08:12 am (UTC)
Thank you for the birthday wishes! Still loving the new teddy; she's darling. (:

Why, no, I'd never known you liked L/R at all! That's certainly not how I came to meet you! ;D

Yes, having my own wheelchair will absolutely be useful, especially with the recent hip fears I've been having. I think I'll have to make sure I'm nice and gentle on it.

Darling, please do stop worrying whether you make sense all the time! People who do tend to bore me either way. You have just the right ratio of making sense to not making sense. :3
þeof in þystro: Geekinessmothwing on February 23rd, 2013 09:42 pm (UTC)
Happy belated birthday, dearest Kiwi!

I was sad to hear about Big Doc, and I hop that the weather holds up for you.

What a lovely Lark/Rosethorn image! I'm not part of that fandom, but I really enjoyed the first series and they were my favourite couple, too. ♥

And OMG you're watching Worst Witch!! Isn't Ms Hardbroom darling? ♥ ♥
Kiwi Crocus: Nature || Indigo crocus.cranky__crocus on March 6th, 2013 08:24 am (UTC)
Belated thank you for the birthday wishes, dearest Moth! ♥

Glad you know of the series and Lark/Rosethorn! It is a fun fandom, if only because it tends to be pretty drama free and good-spirited. (: If you ever feel like joining up, a great place to start is Goldenlake. They're great with prompting and hosting writing/art events, including crazy competitions like the one I did in 2011, "SMACKDOWN", which is sort of like ship-competitive NaNoWriMo (out-write other teams). Even when not going crazy the way I do sometimes it's pretty fun.

(It makes me happy even knowing that they were someone else's favourite couple, even if that person didn't end up in fandom. :D It's a rare enough fandom--compared to the author's other universe--and a rare enough couple [despite being canon] because of the age that anyone knowing and liking them makes me squee!)

Yessss Ms Hardbroom is darling! The only problem is now I want All The Femslash! I'm waiting until I watch through the whole series to read whatever femslash is out there.
CaroRulescarorules on February 25th, 2013 10:14 pm (UTC)
Happy belated b-day! I hope the year to come will bring you joy and happiness!