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*blows away the dust and the cobwebs*

Hello journal, it's been awhile. I'm not sure how many people are still out there, but I'll type to blank air if I must. If there are still people out there then I hope you are all well, safe and happy. I often find myself thinking about my journal friends of days gone by and wondering how they are and what they're doing. And just know that even if we never speak, I still love each and every one of you.

So, my last update I talked about my Nan's upcoming 90th Birthday Party. This update I can tell you it went wonderfully. Everyone had a wonderful time and I got some wonderful compliments on my catering. I got a few tips and pieces of advice if I ever do it again, and it was quite the learning curve.

Most importantly, Nan had a nice time.

I made a cake for Nan's actual Birthday (since the party wasn't until the Saturday as her birthday fell on the Tuesday). Nothing overly fancy, just a chocolate sponge.

I also made a card for her. I cross-stitched an owl, and edited the pattern to add a 90 to it's tummy.

And of course, I made the cakes for the party. One two-tiered fruit cake with marzipan and icing, and one sponge cake with icing.

We slightly overcatered. Okay, okay, we overcatered a lot. But better to have too much food than not enough. A lot of people commented on the waste but to be fair, not much went to waste. The prawns went in the bin for safety reasons. The meat from the ham and pork baps went in the dog. Most of the sandwiches, salad, pizzas, sausages, dips and those kind of things we had the next day for our lunch. All the chicken drumsticks since they had been cooked went back in the freezer, same with the sausage rolls. Any of the sandwiches that went hard went to the birds. So really, most the food got used.

It was a lot of hard work, but I would do it all over in a heartbeat. Just waiting a few years for my Dad to hit 60 so I have another excuse for another party!

In August I took part in this year's GISHWHES. It was a lot of fun, and I had a lot more fun doing it this year than I did last year. The winners should be announced in the next few weeks. I doubt my team won, but it was a good week any way.

Some of my submissions:

Item #4: You know the expression, "Beefcake?" As in, "He's such a beefcake!" Have you ever really stopped to think about it? What exactly is a beefcake? It sounds good, right? I think we should have beefcake for dinner. Serve frosted beefcake at a family dinner where at least 3 generations are represented.

Item #35: You're naked and late for your day job of saving cities. You're in your garage with no time to hit your secret lair. Get dressed using only auto/home improvement tools and landscaping items.

Item #73: Create a shrine to an actor from a CW show. Pay homage to it.

Item #60: Safari time! Construct an animal you would see in the African savanna entirely from feminine hygiene products.

Item #155: MYSTERY ITEM � The Official Unofficial spokesperson for GISHWHES shares the GISHWHES 2013 final item here.

Still not entirely sure if we were supposed to make clothes for bears or a bear costume for humans.

Item #108: Let’s see a flattering portrait painting of Star Trek’s George Takei or Felicia Day. Your materials will be sand. Your paintbrush will be your finger.

Item #142: (Two photos in one image.) "Hell and back." In other words, we want to see a before and after photo of a GISHWHES 2013 participant. The first photo should depict the participant eagerly getting ready for the great, adventurous week ahead, and the second photo, what the participant looks like at the close of the hunt.

Item #138: Design the graphic cover of a romance novel: Misha and the Queen of England in a torrid embrace or otherwise adventurous situation. Give it a creative title.

Mine is the hardcover side. A fellow team mate designed the paperback.

Item #92: Jennifer Gutierrez. Cosplay “Gishbot” (www.twitter.com/gishbot) as realistically as possible in public.

On August 31st I attended the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Convention at the Ritz in Lincoln. It was my first con experience and it was a lot of fun. It would've been more fun with friends but it was still really good. And with it being quite a small convention it was quite relaxed. The guests mingled with the fans, no one was getting shoved and rushed through.

I found out after the event that my neighbours would've gone with me. Darn it.

I met Colin Baker. He was such a sweetheart. SO much nicer in person than I was expecting him to be. And he was wearing Crocs. If the Doctor can wear Crocs, so can I. I love Crocs, I don't care what anyone says, they are so comfy.

I also met Ian McNeice; another absolute sweetheart.

Richard Franklin was so nice to everyone and really made such an effort to greet the fans. He walked around and talked to people at random throughout the day.

All my shiny things - Colin Baker's autograph (Sixth Doctor); Ian McNeice's autograph (Winston Churchill); Richard Franklin's autograph and signed book (Captain Mike Yates); Struan Rodger's autograph (Voice of the Face of Boe); Keith Cheetham's autograph (Production Designer); Martyn Croft's autograph and pin badge (The Panman/Dalekman); ticket and two bookmarks. Barry Noble (Moonbase Cyberman) was also there but he was taking a break when I was getting signatures.

I got Richard's autograph for free since I bought the signed book and it was the last copy he had with him, so he asked me if he could hold onto it until the end so people could order it if they wanted. He gave me the autograph as a token of thanks. It should've cost £5.

The Ritz is holding another Who convention in '14. I would quite like to go again, but I'm trying to save up for Supernatural's Asylum 12 convention in Birmingham. I need about £500 to do it comfortably, and I'm not sure I'll make it. I'm working on it though.

Speaking of money, my work finally sorted my hours out for me. They're backdating my pay to September since that's when it was supposed to go into effect. So we're hoping to buy the Christmas turkey out of the backpay and hopefully put some in my Asylum 12 fund. I've got up from 10 hours to 13.5 hours. I mean, technically I put in about 15 hours, but at least I get paid for more of it now!

My Birthday was lovely. I wasn't expecting any presents this year but my parents surprised me with a Chef Tony T-Mix XV700 Hand Held Food Processor.

I also got nail wraps and an owl lip gloss; and money from Jean and Ray and from my Nan.

Mum made me a cake. She was going to make me a TARDIS cake but we had no blue food colouring left so she snuck in my room and stole some plastic game pieces.

I carved a pumpkin for the pumpkin contest at the Digby Allotment Association Halloween Happenings Event on October 26th. I did Jack Skellington. It was a lot of fun. I put on some Halloween music and sat on my bed since we're renovating the office and all the stuff is in the house taking up all the spare space.

I kept him for a week before he was too squishy to survive any longer. He looked less terrifying and more like an old man without his dentures in by the end.

On November 2nd, James, Dawn, Dylan and Amy came to camp at Nan's despite how cold it was. They decided to have a few fireworks so I suggested making a night of it and agreed to bring some food. I cooked jacket potatoes and sausages, fried onions, chicken drumsticks, and homemade pumpkin, carrot and onion soup. I also made Halloween cookies, marzipan pumpkins and toffee apples.

Last weekend Mum had the bright idea of changing things around upstairs. We moved a shelf out of my room and put it in the spare room, took a chest from the spare room and put it in the hallway and put the sideboard from the hallway in my room. Since we were swapping things about I swapped my desk and bed around, and brought my dollshouse off the landing into the bedroom.

It was a lot of work and at times you couldn't see our upstairs for boxes and stuff.

But, on the plus side, I've done more work on my dollshouse this week than I have in like 3 years.

So, Christmas is coming. I have most the presents bought but because of the aforementioned office renovation I am behind in making my cakes and sorting menus. Christmas is 6 weeks today. Where has the year gone?

Hopefully I'll have a card post up soon for anyone who wants a card!
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