The next day was work from home and then Josh's wedding! Josh is my friend and former Tripadelic coworker and seeing his relationship with Mark blossom has been a real treat. After the ceremony, we all headed to Dishoom in Leicester Square for a reception with lots of very tasty nibbles. We were also given bottomless glasses of Pimms, which I topped off with white wine and the champagne/prosecco toasting flutes. Whew!
Saturday was the ellbie baby naming ceremony at an awesome pub on the Thames at Barnes (with bonus visit to Orange Pekoe tea house across the street, it was GREAT), where I saw tons and tons of my friends - it was very much "the gang is all here" with all of the people I met from the very beginning of coming to visit London - so many of them have kids now! We got lots and lots of congratulations there and it was all very cheerful. Then babysimon and I went back into London for part 2 of the Josh and Mark party, limiting ourselves to just some 5 or so glasses of wine each and a fairly early departure (10PM, after the drag queen sang).
Then Sunday was the "Celebrate the ILR" party, which wound up being a bit smaller than I expected but which was a perfectly lovely afternoon and evening with lots of people who's company I enjoy. We even fit in a round of the Polling Game and Once Upon a Time. It went from about 2 until midnight and MAN I had a lot of fun (but not too much to drink).
Then Monday as it was a holiday a few of the usual suspects and I went to lolliepopp's for a round of rock band, which meant I was rocking out for about 5 hours ....only 2 glasses of wine this time as I think I'd rather worn myself out. In fact, I'm ready for lots of healthy living this week ... but I feel like I've really celebrated getting to stay here in grand, grand style!