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Hello, remember me?

haha, seems so weird to be posting on here but I just had to jump on here to thank you lovely girls Cate, Renee and Grace for your lovely Christmas cards!  How sweet are you!?  I was SO slack this year with all the craziness leading up to the end of the year that I didn't send any cards at all... *hits self*  I must be punished.  

Anyway, thank you very much ladies!  Very much appreciated and I hope everyone had a very enjoyable Christmas time.  :D  I also hope the New Year is treating you all well so far.

I will come on here again in a while when I have a bit more time to think and reflect and I shall post a proper update about what's been going on with me and such - I even have quite a few holiday/trip photos to post which some of you may be interested in if you love travel and seeing unique places as much as I do.  

But for now, I just had to thank you girls, mah Rushie mates, for thinking of me at the most special time of the year - don't ya just love the Chrissy spirit!?  I had such a lovely, peaceful Christmas and holidays and so I hope all of you did as well.  

Let me know how you spent your Christmas Day and/or holiday time and what you're up to for 2013... can you believe we made it to 2013!? - it was touch and go there for a while with the world ending and all!!!  haha, but we made it.  I even got to have my Birthday the day after the world ended!  Lucky me!  But seriously though, 2012 was a year of a heck of a lot of illness for me on and off, so I'm glad to be *almost* rid of that now for the most part (minus a few ongoing tonsil and sinus issues, shall we say, that it has left me with) and am looking forward to 2013 being a much healthier year in that regard.  

Also hope that I can keep up with the goings on in Rushieland aka The Madhouse that I have sorely missed whilst I've been a lot busier than past years.  I will include all of that in an upcoming update though.  I am planning on being much more involved this year... it better be one of my New Years Resolutions, dare I utter that... well, there we go, now I can't go back on it!  No doubt I have a great deal to catch up on.

Take care everyone :D  Hope you're all keeping well.  We've had rather the heatwave here over the past few weeks... staying under the AC as much as possible has been the name of the game for me.  Will be going to watch the Australian Open tennis in a couple of weeks so hoping for a bit of cooler weather coming up.  

P.S:  Who has seen Les Mis and loved it!?  Yeah, that's right, don't tell me unless you loved it!  lol.  & major lol @ Geoffrey pimping out far-superior-1998-non-singing-Javert in his interview on "The Project".  That made me chortle because I had actually just watched the 1998 version the night before seeing that interview.  Had to go back and watch the oldie-but-a-goodie version after seeing the flashy new musical.  Gotta love "our Hugh Jackman" in the new one though, what a performance!  Mind you, they could've used a bit of snarling, snappily hatted Geoffrey action in there... Geoffrey's Javert would beat out Russell's Javert any-frickin'-day thank ya kindly!  XD

Yes, I feel this picture is warranted... I'm sure nobody minds it ;D

Why hello there Javert... you're looking mighty cheerful today, cobber.


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Jan. 12th, 2013 10:06 am (UTC)
Well well well !!!!!
Look who is back on LJ and finally give some news from her !!!!!
Pliz, don't be silent so long, Lauren !!!!

We do know you spent throught some terrible moments with all your illnesses, but plizzzz, don't let us without any news, especially in bad times !

These bushfires are really awfull, in my native areas, where water is rare and temperatures are hot, we also have lots of bushfires... Of course, it's nothing compared to what your country lived and currently still is, alas. (just in France's scale) But I can understand how destructive these fires can be, and how these brave firemen work hard to save what they can. God bless them !

don't ya just love the Chrissy spirit!?
Well... I have to admit that it's my most hated time in the year, I'm sorry !
I like to offer presents, but I hate when it's compulsory.
I don't know why, but this time always filled me with sadness. maybe something bad happened to me in a previous life ? ;)

Anyway, I'm glad that you spent a peaceful Xmas ! You most deserve it !
I really wish you to have a better health for 2013, Lauren !
Take care and safe !

And nope, I didn't see the musical "Miz", I even don't know if it's in our theatre.
I'm not into musical at all, and I don't want to see a film with R. Crowe ! ;)
Mar. 4th, 2013 07:09 am (UTC)
I only just saw these comments!? Wha? grrrr. I didn't get the email notification like I used to!? Weird. Anyway, I'm here now.

Thank you sweetie. I really am feeling much better now. I think I was just swamped with so much stuff all at once. And as I said to you previously, I hope to be on the LJ comm much more regularly this year. I will just have to make time to keep up with things in The Madhouse more.

Les Miserables was really wonderful. But I guess if you don't like musicals in general it might not be to your taste because there is really no dialogue at all, just singing! Well, sung dialogue weaved between the main songs too.

It really was a shame that Hugh Jackman didn't get the Oscar for Les Miserables though :( Really thought he would win it especially after he received the Golden Globe. That usually follows... but alas, there were no Aussie winners at all this year! We had 5 I think up for Oscars but nothing.

P.S: Sorry I didn't see your comment back when I was about to leave for overseas. I only just saw it when I came home *head.desk* I was only in your country for a couple of days, and we were only sleeping off our jetlag and getting organised for our tour with the whole tour group to leave so there was literally no time to catch up, I wish we could have, but not that it would have been very easy for me anyway to go anywhere much as I was still sick at that time, I spent most of the hours asleep in the comfortable hotel bed ill! Not a great time, but next time I am in Paris (I hope I do get the chance again in the future) it will definitely be for longer because it would be nice to see more sights. It was beautiful though... even though the pickpockets were everywhere! Pretty scary the crime in a lot of Europe though! So many gypsies! I never really felt comfortable taking a handbag out anywhere or wearing an expensive watch, there was always people trying to scam you or distract you to steal your stuff. Luckily I didn't get anything taken from me but always had people brushing up against you and grabbing in your pockets, etc. I guess the gypsies are more common in the big cities where there are more tourists.
Jan. 12th, 2013 01:40 pm (UTC)
Hello! It's been a while!
So yeah, I have seen the musical Les Mis online because my crappy country is not yet ready for a musical that big.
The movie was awesome and I almost cried... ok, I totally cried at the ending because I love that song so freaking much.
That said, I couldn't help but cringe every time Russell Crowe sang... and thinking while Geoffrey obvs didn't sing in his version, he was by far the superior Javert :P
Mar. 4th, 2013 07:10 am (UTC)
It so should have been Geoffrey! He would have done a much better job.
Mar. 4th, 2013 09:27 am (UTC)
P.S: I was pretty shocked when Hugh Jackman missed out on the Oscar. So unfair. He was amazing.
Jan. 12th, 2013 04:31 pm (UTC)
Huzzah! She lives!

I have to ask - do we each have a protocol that a next-of-kin shall send word via the internet should one of us get hit by a bus (for example)? Believe it or not - I do! Logins and passwords all in one document with instructions. Some think that cyber friends are of little consequence. Well, in fact Lauren is mentioned in my last Will and Testament that we had drawn up right before our trip to Europe! Dear God, yes she is! Lauren, you are to inherit the contents of my Geoffrey shrine when I pass on. That's how much IT means to me - and that's how much you mean to me - so, please, dear, do keep in touch! LOL!

The very first thing I did when power was restored after the hurricane was to get on the Internet and let my cyber friends know that we were OK. It was literally the first thing I did once power was restored. Because I know that my friends care about me. It's not a little thing to post "Oh, look! A terrible storm is coming!" and then not be online anywhere at all for 6 days... People worry. I love my friends. 'Nuff said.

I absolutely agree with you dear, that 2012 was a most disagreeable year! I keep calling 2013 "Lucky 13" as a reaction to 2012. For us it was an election year, which is always shit. Add to that the illness of my beloved Dweedie that is still not diagnosed, having to replace both our cars (lucky that we were able to) the devastating storms (lucky though we were)that stressed us all out to the point where we almost cancelled Thanksgiving, looking to transition from my sucky, stepping-stone job (that I'm lucky to have) and it's just mostly headache with a couple of great consolation prizes thrown in (my new car and that Anniversary trip to Disney). Oh, and yay for the Anniversary but don't get the idea that 25 years of marriage wasn't hard fought. Love is hard work and it sucks sometimes, but that's love!

I dropped my camera on my last day at Disney and didn't get a replacement until recently - so I will try to post some pictures from 2012 (like I've been promising).

I've been hearing much comparison of Crowe and Rush's Javert - and now that we know the boy can sing... maybe he'll be given a chance to show Crowe how it's done...

I've missed you! I know that life can throw us things that are out of our control, even so I do hope to see more of you round these parts! When I think about the years, dear, that we all collectively longed for Geoffrey's recognition - and now it has happened in a big way - we are all over-due for quite the celebration! xoxoxo always
Mar. 4th, 2013 09:25 am (UTC)
As I said to Cate... I never got the email notification for these comments? I get the comm ones but not my journal ones!? hmmm. Better late than never though 'eh.

Wha? Me though... shrine you say!?! Wow, what an honour, missy. I have certainly thought about the what-ifs but haven't gone as far as typing up a document with the passwords and such but now that you mention it, I will have to get onto that pronto. I know my newspaper and magazine clipping collection, not to mention my most prized Rushie piece - my Barbossa coin - will always have a good home to go to! Cate, Grace and of course your good self will of course make an appearance in such a document. Nothing can replace such a lovely online family as the Rushie ladies. You're always in my thoughts as I'm going about my day. Particularly you at the moment as you cope with the loss of your furry friend. Hopefully the rest of "Lucky 13" will bring you what you deserve. Keep smiling matey! It would be fab to see some of your Disney photos too m'lovely.

Weirdly though, at the same time as a replied to an SMS from Cate a few months back, I sent one to you also. Cate also mentioned that he would pass on my message just saying that I was alive and well when she texted just to check that I was okay and hadn't fallen off the face of the earth. Maybe hers didn't reach you either. It must not have gone through though? Not sure that I trust international text messages now after having so many either not reach the other phone or appear as symbols/strange code.

P.S- have either you or Cate had any news from Ali at all? I haven't seen any of her comments but that doesn't mean much since I have only just started updating myself on the comm entries. I hope she drops by again soon. I miss her presence. Also, what about Suzanne? Has she been about recently?

P.P.S- What a shame it was that Hugh Jackman missed out on the Oscar he so deserved! Bit of a bummer he had to be up against such a hot set of nominees. In many other years he would have been a much better chance but I still think it was such a daylight robbery. So not an Aussie year at all... of our 5 up for awards, not one was a winner. Bit of a pity but especially for Hugh because it was such an iconic role for him. Les Mis was such an incredible movie but it wouldn't have been anywhere near as mind-blowing.
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