The funny thing…

… about my birthday (which is today) is that my real life friends and family never remember the name of Richard Armitage but they do remember that I love Colin Firth.ย  I received these two images today for my birthday, which made me happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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It is YOUR birthday!

This second image ties in nicely with my previous “I love glasses” post as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

And my little sisterย took me down memory lane with this little collage she sent me…

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So sweet, it made smile! And then I realized: I’m really old now…

Daughter, aunt and sisters

Today is a special day in my family: on this 19th of December my daughter shares her 13th birthday with my aunt’s 80th birthday! My daughter and my aunt are always tickled pink by the idea that they share a birthday, which is so sweet, and for my aunt this 80th one is of course extra special. Family has come from abroad to celebrate her 80th, so the 13th birthday celebration we had for my daughter was delightfully extra busy as well this year.

Teenagerhood officially begins for my daughter today, although, between you and me, I think she started teenagerhood early. ๐Ÿ˜‰ She’s a kooky, feisty and fun kid and I adore her…

This year she is into Christmas more than ever before and she walks around the house wearing that Christmas hat all day. ๐Ÿ™‚ Every year on her birthday I think of the day she entered our lives and I am so happy to have her!

My daughter’s birthday party was on Saturday at my house and my aunt’s birthday party was yesterday, on Sunday, at a small venue. My aunt celebrated with a high tea, inviting her friends and us, her family (consisting of my mother, 7 kids, some in-law kids and some grandkids). My aunt never married or had kids, but she has us!

There were speeches and presentations for my aunt’s 80th and I made my small contribution as well. My contribution was dedicated to the close sisterhood my aunt and my mother (she is only a year and a month older) share. They are very different from each other but nonetheless have always supported each other through thick and thin. They call each other every day, albeit it ever so shortly, and really are very devoted sisters. Both my mother and aunt love movies, it is through them that my love for the movies was encouraged. So, when I think of these two sisters and link that to old movies, one song always springs to my mind. It’s from the 1954 movie White Christmas starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen and Rosemary Clooney (the aunt of George). The song is called “Sisters” and I edited a video that I presented at the party on Sunday (FYI, the last shot I blurred for online use).

It gave the party as much amusement as it did me putting this together! What made this extra fitting was that, just like in these movie clips, the real life sisters were wearing matching outfits as well (my mother on the left, my aunt on the right)…

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It was a busy, tiring but very happy and heartwarming weekend for us, made extra special because my two brothers and a nephew who live abroad could also be there.

Happy birthday to my very beloved daughter and my very dear aunt!

Happy b-day, Colin (& blogiversary)!

Colin Firth is 56 today! Yesterday he was in Madrid promoting Bridget Jones. The man still looks so sharp! At least as handome as when I first fell in love with him 21 years ago while watching Pride and Prejudice.

Three days ago he was in Berlin where my fave picture of him and Renee Zellweger was taken…

Yeah, I’d look at him just as adoringly if he held me and smiled at me like that…

Anyway, happy birthday to Colin Firth with all my warmest wishes for the coming year and the many years to come after that!

Oh, and not only is it Colin’s birthday, it’s also my 2 year blogiversary! Or rather, it was my blogiversary four days ago, but I only realized just now that I had missed the date. Still having a lot of fun with this blogging thing, so I hope to keep going for a very long while yet. It’s nice to commemorate it on the same day that I am sending my best wishes across the universe to Colin. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy birthday, Richard!

Richard Armitage is 45 years old today and I wish him all the very best for the coming year and beyond with lots of love and happiness and success!

It almost feels a bit like my own birthday, as I’ve been catching up with Richard news since coming back from my vacation: Berlin Station trailers and pictures, Richard in a lovely lovely light grey suit…

… and I love this picture…

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The Berlin Station trailers look really good. And I don’t just mean Richard looking good, those trailers and the story look good too! But let me focus on Richard here (images sourced from RichardArmitageNet.com, but cropped and lightened by me – click to enlarge). We get political-Richard (OK, long shot, but there is Obama in the background!), crinkle-Richard and goofy-grin-Richard!

And of course intense-Richard…

I find it weird to hear his voice with an American accent but from what I gathered from the trailer, the accent seemed better than I remember it being in Into the Storm (where his accent felt totally off to me). And this following image really made me smile – Richard mimicking his intense phone stance from the Berlin Station image:

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If Berlin Station is as good as the promos promise, then the coming year may be a good one for Richard!

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There have also been two nice Brain on Fireย  images, of Richard as doting dad.

Especially that second image, his whole face as well as his body exuding love and concern, warms my heart. Here, have a close up, look at the crinkle at the corner of his eye and the tender smile and the leaning… ahhh!

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And apparently the movie is going to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) as well. I went to TIFF once with two close friends of mine and am just realizing that that was 10 years ago! At the time we tried to get glimpses of Brad Pitt… but yeah, this is all we saw at best (i.e. nothing):

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We did catch very far away glimpses of Kate Winslet (the blonde in the middle of the left picture) and Russel Crowe (in the top middle of the right picture):

Anyway, even though we never actually got to see the stars properly I have very very fond memories of going to TIFF with my two friends and I would love to go again, especially with Brain on Fire screening there! Alas, I have no money-tree in my back yard… just like I probably won’t be able to go see Love Love Love either… but today isn’t a day for feeling sorry, it’s a happy birthday day and I am thankful for all the goodies I have been looking at since my vacation! And it looks like a very good beginning, career-wise in any case, to Richard’s 46th year…

It’s lovely to celebrate today with all these lovely goodies. More celebrating can be done by donating to one of Richard’s preferred charities on Just Giving or be quick and join in Guylty’s auction or Servetus’s charity pledge today! Or,ย  just enjoy the man and his work. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Birthday gift from Michael Palin!

So, almost 4 weeks ago was my 46th birthday. Yeah, I know, didn’t blog on my birthday but I’m never one to fuss over my birthday anyhow… Anyway, I had a lovely little family birthday and my husband told me that my main gift was on it’s way. He’d ordered it some weeks back but there was no telling exactly when I’d receive it. “What kind of weird gift is that, that you don’t know a delivery time?” you ask? Well, I asked as well but my dear husband just wisely smiled and said nothing.

Fast forward to today and the mail just came half an hour ago. It contained a package that my husband ceremoniously handed to me with a ‘belated happy birthday’. I opened it and in it I found this:

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I have mentioned before that I love Michael Palin. He is my favourite Python,ย The Life of Brian is my favourite comedy ever and I love his travel shows. I have read the travel books he has written, I have been reading his diaries. Heck, I even saw him live on stage talking about Ernest Hemingway in December 2014! I had been meaning to buy his latest diary but hadn’t gotten around to it yet so of course was very pleased to see it now as my belated birthday gift. I did wonder why it would take so long to get here but whatever, I was pleased! Then my husband takes the book from me, flips through the first few pages and with a grin shows me this:

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Oh my goodness, I have my own personal signed copy of Michael Palin’s 3rd volume of diaries! It actually says “To Esther” in it! OMG, OMG, OMG! I am over the moon and so very pleased!! Thank you thank you thank you to my darling husband and to Michael Palin for such an awesome gift! I know what I’ll start reading on my flight to London this weekend. Happy travels indeed. ๐Ÿ™‚