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Jul. 3rd, 2011 09:46 pm
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 Well, I'm not sure that the past few days could have been more different.

Friday was my uncle's funeral, which I won't say too much about but it was a good service, and very appropriate to him. Which is all anyone can hope for really. I love my family to pieces, I mean, who else could have a funeral that includes a rewrite of 'Long Way To The Top' as sung by his siblings and be so irreverent... but still be so meaningful.
I worked out early on that I was going to be the one that held myself together the best - and sure enough I was. I made it through with only a few tears shed in the final song, whereas the rest of my family were pretty much crying constantly. *shakes head* I don't know where I pull that from, I always feel like I cry at everything. I've had two separate people tell me that this doesn't surprise them in the slightest, and I guess it makes sense but it still felt weird.
Of course, heading to work on Saturday morning Will I? from Rent came up on shuffle and I lost it. I hadn't had enough sleep, I was emotionally drained, and ended up crying pretty much the rest of the way to work. Pretty telling huh XD

Saturday was my 21st, with masses of people. Mostly family (from Mum's side - ie all the people who are mourning my uncle) so I thought it was going to be interesting. True to form, no one else would have even realised there was anything wrong - we certainly do know how to have a good time. Speaking of, there were heaps of family members that I hadn't seen in years and years so it was great to chat for a while, even if it was only for small amounts of time.

I got home from work, got massively behind my planned schedule, and then roped Ame into helping me out with decorations as well as doing my make-up (she did an amazing job <3).
The food from the caterers was really good, as were the slices Mum and I spent all week baking if I do say so myself. I took heaps of photos, so I will try to remember to post one later on!

I got so many lovely presents, so much utterly gorgeous jewellery (including two pairs of real diamond earrings which made me flail both times THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU) and a fair bit of cash and vouchers which I am plotting how to spend now. I can finally buy a few things off my wishlists that I've had going since the start of the year. Everyone was so generous, I was a little overwhelmed.
Said wishlists are also very telling about me, I think almost every single item has something to do with music. Except the Tamora Pierce books that my brother is giving me money for (enough for an entire series fdjhksfvhfref WHY SO AWESOME?!)

I have to say, I got off pretty easily with the speeches - pebblegosling was skyping in, and she would have spoken up if she was there - and I daresay she would have embarrassed me more than my parents did. My brother made a really cute speech though.
Although, they did show this video of me singing when I was about 5 years old. I was so not in tune it made me cringe. At least I was cute... XD
Actually the most mortifying moment was completely unintentional on my Mum's part - I wanted the ground to swallow me because I know what dirty minds my friends have. My brother was doubled over he was laughing that hard... My mum was talking about how she'd at least taught me 'how to open her mouth wide' or something like that. My god. I'll leave that there now...

Today I got up at 10:30 to see those who'd stayed over off, stayed on tumblr and bookmarking fic for later, went back to bed for 3 hours despite my brother drumming, finally decided to get up, read said fic, went out for dinner with the work crowd, and now I'm back here planning on starting a TV show marathon - Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl or Downton Abbey, I haven't quite decided yet. Pretty perfect come-down, I must say.

Bye for now!
Rdm

Date: 2011-07-03 11:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ilean24355.livejournal.com
sounds adorable!!!!! :) tell me when you've watched Downton Abbey so we can discuss at length! I have one more episode to watch from season 1.
I bet pebblegosling was creeping in your party as she does best :P Cat told me she was talking to her from a dark corner :P

Date: 2011-07-03 11:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rdm-ation.livejournal.com
:D
Ahahah I will! I no doubt will end up tweeting about it anyway XD

It was pretty funny, Mum even pointed her out...

Date: 2011-07-03 01:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eileanach.livejournal.com
Happy Birthday. I am so glad that you had a nice time and mum's can be so embarrassing right? They always say something that others take the wrong way. XD

You got some awesome presents.

Date: 2011-07-03 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rdm-ation.livejournal.com
Thank you! Ahahaha I don't think she realised how she phrased that... XD

I really did :D

Date: 2011-07-03 03:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snuggle-monster.livejournal.com
Emotions from a funeral can really hit at the most seemingly random times/intervals eh. *cuddles*

5 year old you was ADORABLE. And HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA to your mum! OH MAN. CAN'T.... (can't believe I didn't hear her say that at the time, but in hindsight, was probably for the best I hadn't XD)

PRESENTZZ

Date: 2011-07-03 03:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rdm-ation.livejournal.com
Indeed. *snuggles*

Heh. I was pretty cute ey XD
(ahahaha this is probably a good thing, yes. it got brought up by my lovely brother out at dinner tonight, K hadn't connected it either and so they spent a couple of minutes smirking at me...)

WHEEEE

Date: 2011-07-04 09:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snuggle-monster.livejournal.com
Hahahahahaha oh man, that really is the best call I've heard for a while from a parent.

Date: 2011-07-04 09:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rdm-ation.livejournal.com
I seriously cannot believe she said that. I'll bet anything that she didn't even realise what she said... >.> MUUUMMM

Date: 2011-07-03 07:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] utopiandream.livejournal.com
It sounds like a wonderful party surrounded by loved ones. You're very lucky! Definitely sounds like a very memorable 21st, as it should be!

Date: 2011-07-04 03:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rdm-ation.livejournal.com
It was lovely <3

Date: 2011-07-04 04:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bugbeary.livejournal.com
I'm generally the unemotional one at such times - it can be exhausting though because then everybody else expects you to therefore be perfectly ok, and just because you're not flailing and weeping in public doesn't necessarily mean you're ok. XD

Glad your party went well under the circumstances. My grandpa died right around my 17th birthday - some families turn it into drama, but my family just rolled with it. I'm glad to hear your family is one of those that knows how to have a good time. :3 Your family sounds a lot like mine LOL.

Ooooh jewelry! And TAMORA PIERCE! WIN. 8D I have a lot of her books but I'm missing random ones out of one of the series and it bugs me. I might check at the used book store and see if they have what I'm missing.

<3

Date: 2011-07-05 02:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rdm-ation.livejournal.com
It still hasn't hit me - my brother had another break-down last night and it felt weird being the one NOT crying. I usually am a sook ... although now I think about it when I cry it's mostly frustration or anger or desperation, none of which I am feeling at this point.

I'm glad too. It could have been really interesting if we didn't.
The more you describe yours, the more I think this is true XD

IKR?! I still haven't found them though *laughs* It'll take me a while.

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