Life Update (Mon 12 Sep 2011)

It’s just after 17:00 on a very autumnal Monday afternoon. I’m currently sat in the basement of the Waterstones on Piccadilly – a really majestic building that is well worth a look in on any tour of London. I have a pot of tea in front of me, a tiffin brownie thingy, my iPad and currently the Cast of Hairspray The Musical are belting loudly in my ear. There’s no WiFi, 3G or phone signal down here, and, given how hectic life has been, this desolation is absolute bliss, and was just what I was seeking out!!! I’ve just come from work, but as it is a Monday, I finish at 16:15 as I get in early, and tonight I am off to the theatre, and need to wait for my pal from work, Paul, to finish at 18:00.

It’s been a very busy week or so – on Thursday, I was at the World Premiere for Respect La Diva; Friday I picked Max up from Paddington and then we were up first thing on Saturday to pick up day seats for Betty Blue Eyes, The Musical (saving ourselves £60 per person!!); then we had breakfast across town at The Crosse Keys near Liverpool Street, before coming back to watch the evening show of Betty, hanging around at Stage Door after the show, before a nice stroll home (I LOVE living so ‘close’ to the West End!). Sunday evening we went to the Greenwich Comedy Festival for a bit; tonight, I am off to Rock Of Ages and tomorrow is a very much delayed ‘thank you’ dinner for all the staff who worked Wimbledon this year. Weds and Thurs evenings are my own, and then Max is back for the weekend, and we plan to be busy with Open House Weekend, as I’ve always wanted to visit a windmill!!!… and that’s just THIS week…!

Not that I begrudge being busy of course (especially when either Max, the theatre, or BOTH are involved)… if I was left to my own devices, I’d be bored stupid and incredibly lonely! Just every now and then, for a few brief moments, it’s great to shut the World out and go off the radar.

I am very excited that Maxie and I have made our first Christmas plans together! We’re going to be spending Christmas in an awesome 4* hotel in Manchester City Centre, all VERY posh hehe! I’ve not spent a Christmas in Manchester for nigh on 5 years, and not one with any member of my family, for various reasons, in about 8 or 9. EXCITED!!!! I’m a huge fan of my home city, and not a day goes by without me wishing at least once at I was back! It’s all very Home Alone-y I reckon, hehe, but if I get forgotten and left at home, I’m gonna be very pissed!! 😛 I shall retain all the tickets… if I can’t go, nobody can…!

Speaking of family, Max met mine the other week… all seemed to go very well! 🙂

I’ve noticed that I’ve suddenly started maturing very quickly too! I mean, I always thought that I was far too mature for my age anyway, but now, for example, I appreciate the value of a nice quiet sit down and a cup of tea, and maybe a scone or two as well! That’s not to say that random, hyper Gari has disappeared, far from it – the more mature I reckon that I get, the more the other side of me acts up hehe!

Perhaps that’s why I’m really looking forward to seeing Joan Collins on October 2nd! I imagine she is a devious minx, and I wanna get lots of tips offa her!! heh. I’d dearly love to be even a smidgen as fabulous as she is, darhliiing!

I’ve just poured my second cup out of the pot, whilst glaring at this weird lady as she nearly came and sat next to me. Definitely getting this mature thing down to a T, heh!

Oh, instead a random chap has come and sat there instead. I’ll let him off, he has a MacBook, rather than a bag of crumpled newspapers in a Sainsbury’s bag like the witchy lady… maybe he’ll watch a movie or something so I can sneakily watch too! ^_^

I’ve decided that I also really need to try to see more of my current fab friends, such as Simon and Andrew, and try to further expand my social circle – it used to be huge, but over the last few years, the circle of friends that I was in has pretty much collapsed upon itself, and I’ve found myself out of the loop with pretty much everyone these days 😦

Oh, how boring… the chap next to me is here to work and type. Ready for him to clear orf now!!!

Just looked up and saw that there is actually a genuine book club meeting right before my eyes! The stereotypes are totally true btw, heh!

I’ve currently got a lot of stuff whizzing around my head at the moment, not much of it that I can process at the moment. A lot of ‘what ifs’ and the like. Gets a bit frustrating and stuff from time to time, but everything seems a bit swirly at the moment, so it’s hard to find a moment to try to pin down an action plan, as I very often find that the very next day things have changed ninety degrees again!

I realised the other day that I’m already looking at stuff well after Christmas 2011, that’s how far in advance that I am working with life :-/

Anyway, this was really just a bit of a ramble post to be honest, and as you can probably tell, if you’re even still here!! Been trying out audiobooks, with One Day being my first, and I’m finding them hard work to be honest. I used to love them as a kid, but as an adult, they’re just far too impractical. Call me an old romantic, but in an age of e-readers and the like, I’d much prefer a tatty old paperback any day! Therefore, this post was kinda unplanned, and accordingly came about as I’ve decided that I can’t stomach the audiobook any more!

Girl just walked in with bright pink hair. I just shook my head and said to myself ‘silly old cow’… I’m definitely maturing and becoming cantankerous! Last week, it would have been ‘FAB!!’ *screech & hand flaps* hehe.

Right, I’m done rambling, thanks for reading! If you like my ramblings, theatre reviews or just genuine awesomeness that I post, do please feel free to subscribe, links are at the bottom of the page.

In summation, I am tired, slightly delirious, but actually, surprisingly, happy with most elements of my life a the moment, it just seems to take rare pockets of quiet for me to be able to recognise this 🙂

I hope all who are reading are well,
Gari xx

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About Gari

Thirty-Two year old northern lad; living out in the Peak District and rediscovering life after having had a brain tumour.

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