Usually on February fourteenth I find myself at the LAX Marriott along with a couple thousand other Whovians. This year I wasn’t able to attend Gally but I did get a nice consolation prize; my first proper Valentine’s Day with John.
We started with breakfast at a little Portuguese cafe near our flat which reminds me a lot of similar style Spanish places. They do an English breakfast but I had a chouriço com batatas and John got steak and eggs, both were good and cheap and started the day off well. We dipped back into the real world to get some chores done and then headed down to the city’s indie cinema, Harbour Lights, for a special Valentine’s Day screening of Casablanca. It’s been a while since I’d seen it and it’s still fantastic of course, but I had forgotten quite how funny it is as well. Finally in the evening we had hot chocolate sand read for a while before ordering some very nice pizza from a place we hadn’t tried before. A successful first Valentine’s together and I hardly checked the #gally1 hashtag at all!
And now today is the last day before I start my first job here, up the road a bit in a town called Eastleigh. It’ll be nice to feel that much more properly settled, though I’m really not looking forward to getting up early again.