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Finally, an update

Hello, all. Hope you're all well and happy and thank you for the birthday wishes, everyone. Sorry for not being responsive for the last, OMG, year or so. It's been a very stressful time and my instinct is to retreat, bury into the sand. A rubbish excuse but the only one I have.

RIP, Michael Clarke Duncan. Gone too soon at the early age of 54.

Ramblings: I loved the Olympics and now the Paralympics. London has done a spectacular job of staging the 2012 events. I freely admit to being an Olymposceptic but everything has been first class.

Did anyone else see Seth MacFarlane at the Proms? I knew he could sing because, duh, I watch Family Guy but not that he could sing so well. And that he'd done the Proms in 2009 and a small tour of the UK with the John Wilson Orchestra. He appeared here on a very small Sunday morning talk show where he was taken to task for swearing. Lol! Family Guy is on BBC3 here, at a ridiculous hour of the night. Perhaps Seth likes the comparative anonymity that comes with visiting the UK. I saw him host the Charlie Sheen Roast and taking the jibes about his sexuality very gracefully. Is he gay? Don't care. He's a genius on the lines of Joss.

It's been a tricky year. Father-in-law died last November, Paul has had severe mobility problems which have become milder with time, and I've been diagnosed with asthma. Huh. I don't believe it. My problem is that I need to lose weight. I keep the inhaler close but only need it a couple of times a week, which can be explained by carrying around my chubbo bod. Oh, and I had a wart on my nose. That was attractive.

Dad dying was pretty bad. We're still trying to get on without him. My heart goes out to all of you dealing with potential, imminent, or recent bereavement. *hugs*

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snowpuppies
Sep. 4th, 2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
*hugs*. You are very, very missed. I'm so sorry for all the setbacks you've had this year. :( Hope you an Paul continue to feel better!

Ps - chat with me sometime!!
kitty_poker1
Sep. 4th, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Hi, babe! For some reason, my YIM keeps going down. I've seen you log on and tried to respond but it was down again.
sweet_exile
Sep. 4th, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
Oh I'm sorry I missed your birthday, it's lovely to see you posting.</p>

Sorry you & Paul are having a tough time *hugs*

kitty_poker1
Sep. 4th, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
No prob, hon! We'll survive. I've missed so many major events on my flist and will try to catch up. :)
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katbcoll
Sep. 4th, 2012 06:12 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I've missed you! I'm so sorry to hear about your Father-in-law. I hope Paul's mobility issues continue to get better.
kitty_poker1
Sep. 4th, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
Missed you too! I'll try to be more regular, both in posting and commenting. It's been a strange and not pleasant year but these things happen. Dad was 87 so not a huge surprise, just upsetting. We sort of hoped he'd get to 90.
reddwarf75
Sep. 4th, 2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
*hug*
Marie
kitty_poker1
Sep. 4th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
*hugs back*
Kitty xx
writan_bur
Sep. 4th, 2012 06:16 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss. And I have missed you, definitely.

I've gone through some upheavals myself, though thankfully they've been mostly positive, apart from a brief period of unemployment early this year. I just moved to a new place this weekend, so I'm still unpacking boxes and generally living in chaos. ;-)
kitty_poker1
Sep. 4th, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
So glad you found another job! :)

Oh wow, moving is really a pain, though exciting too. Don't worry too much about the temporary chaos, it'll all sort itself out. As long as you have a kettle and a microwave, you can get by. ;)
shapinglight
Sep. 4th, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
Hi Kitty

Nice to see you. I'm very sorry about your father in law. I know how devastated I'd feel if I lost mine.
kitty_poker1
Sep. 4th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
Hi Deb.

I'm still trying to get over losing Dad. He was a rock, always there for us, always kind and funny. He was a truly good man. I hope your father in law is there for a very long time. :)
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kerryblaze
Sep. 4th, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you've checked in! Thank of you often and miss you!
kitty_poker1
Sep. 4th, 2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kerry! I'll always remember the Hub and our little corner in the Park Inn. I've rarely had such an immediate connection with anyone, strange as we have such different backgrounds. :)
velvetwhip
Sep. 4th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
I love you, Kitty. *cuddles you*


Gabrielle
kitty_poker1
Sep. 4th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
Love you too, my dear, and thank you so much for the gorgeous card. The birthday was my 60th and I went into hibernation after sorting out my pensions. I'm a pensioner! 0:0
I'm so sorry for being absent.
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spikedluv
Sep. 4th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
Kitty! How wonderful to see your name on my f-list again! I'm sorry about the personal troubles you've been having over the past year, but I'm so glad to hear from you. I hope things are looking up for you soon. *hugs*
kitty_poker1
Sep. 4th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mel! I'll try to be more regular in checking out my flist. I've missed you. *hugs*
kathyh
Sep. 4th, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
Did anyone else see Seth Macfarlane at the Proms?

Yes, definitely! I was lucky enough to be there and it was an amazing experience.

Nice to see you here again but very sorry about your father-in-law.
kitty_poker1
Sep. 4th, 2012 10:11 pm (UTC)
I was hoping someone had seen him! He seems to be a very talented man of many facets and, from the broadcast, his singing voice, range and acting abilitly is to be admired. I'm so glad you had the chance to be there. :)

Thanks for the commiserations. It's helped to talk about it.
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lunabee34
Sep. 4th, 2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
*hugs*

It's so good to hear from you, Kitty. I'm sorry y'all have been dealing with so many difficult issues in your lives.
kitty_poker1
Sep. 4th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
*hugs back*

Thank you, and I know many friends have been dealing with issues and it's selfish to dig down and retreat. I'm very fond of you, my dear, and hope your life is stormingy good. :D
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corbyinoz
Sep. 4th, 2012 11:14 pm (UTC)
It's just so nice to see you back here. I'm sorry you've had a rough year, and am glad that somehow you've found your way to posting again. I was off LJ for quite a while, too, for various reasons to do with RL, and I do think it helps to have somewhere else to go to just float in something friendly and fun and light for a while.
kitty_poker1
Sep. 5th, 2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
You really couldn't have expressed it better. Thank you. I hope your RL reasons have been sorted out.

Can't wait for our boys to come back. :D
mirasol
Sep. 4th, 2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
Oh Kitty, I’m so sorry to hear about your father-in-law and that you’ve both not been well. All my very best thoughts that things continue to improve for you. *hugs*

I wonder if I can catch up with the Proms on iPlayer? Sounds like I missed something good.

Not much to catch up on with me, to be honest. For the past year I seem to (quite literally) be always either working or sleeping so there’s not much going on (apart from a very dedicated job search). I still have my very inexplicable crush on Benedict Cumberbatch and I’m falling back into fandom by way of Avengers. That’s about it.
kitty_poker1
Sep. 5th, 2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, my dear. *hugs*

I'm sure you can catch it on iPlayer. Seth Macfarlane is a little retro, apparently doesn't like computers and loves the old singers like Crosby and Sinatra and the song writers of their time. I have no problem with that. *g*

Are you still with the NHS? The crush on Benedict isn't so inexplicable. He's unusual but highly attractive. I've seen Avengers but am totally absorbed by J2.
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jan_irving
Sep. 4th, 2012 11:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, my dear friend, I'm so sorry for the rough time. I have thought of you often.

Jan xx
kitty_poker1
Sep. 5th, 2012 01:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you, love. These things happen as the years roll on. Dad was 87, I'm 60 and Paul is 57 so we must expect bereavement and health problems. At least we both live in countries where an illness won't bankrupt us.

Are you still writing and e-publishing? One of our best moments was when you sold your first e-book. :D
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thismaz
Sep. 5th, 2012 07:00 am (UTC)
*big hugs* I'm very sorry for your loss.
kitty_poker1
Sep. 5th, 2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you, B, and I've just seen an email from you! So sorry for not responding. *big hugs back*
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vic_amy_z
Sep. 5th, 2012 07:46 am (UTC)
Lovely to see you back! Sorry to hear about your sad losses, I hope things continue to improve for you and Paul... [hugs]
kitty_poker1
Sep. 5th, 2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
Vic! You know exactly what it's like, having departed LJ for a bit. As Corby said, nice to come home again to a non-judgemental community. :D
kazzy_cee
Sep. 5th, 2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
Belated birthday wishes - hopefully the next year will be better for you *hugs*
kitty_poker1
Sep. 14th, 2012 03:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, K. Eh, I know we all have probs occasionally and they improve. *smooch*
laazikaat
Sep. 13th, 2012 12:44 pm (UTC)
(((((((((((hugs)))))))))))) So good to hear from you, I hope things improve for you from here on luv.
kitty_poker1
Sep. 14th, 2012 03:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hon! They will, for sure. Problems happen because life is a bugger that way. Lol!

**huggles**
lil_coyote
Sep. 17th, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
I tend to go all hermit on the mountain myself when my stress gets too high, so I get it. Still, it's great to see a post from you, though I'm very sorry for your loss. I hope that things in the next year will be better for you and yours.
kitty_poker1
Sep. 18th, 2012 12:28 am (UTC)
I'm relieved you get it. It's not fair but we all have our ways of dealing and some of us retreat. I'm not sure it's entirely healthy as it's very hard to stick out our heads again. We might have been tortoises in a previous life... *g*

Thanks for the good wishes, my dear, and the same for you.
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