2 June 2012

Family ties

Wish I hadn't been at work today. Not that it was bad, but it was the first day of the holidays for Mycroft and Sherlock, and it would've been great to spend it with them.

Still, we had lunch together and when I got home John had bought me a big bunch of flowers - assisted in his choice by Mycroft and Sherlock.

And tomorrow I'm off. And we're going to meet Rachel.

And I'm nervous. Or at least...maybe not nervous, but... it's a bit weird. Rach was only 5 when I left home. It's not like we really grew up as brother and sister. So it's odd, thinking of her now, with a partner, and due to give birth in a month!

I hope we don't overwhelm her... I haven't seen her in ages. I'm hoping Nicky has prepared her for the boys. Well, Sherlock, really. He's already asked a few questions about pregnancy... she might be in for a grilling. And he's asked which half of me and her is related...

171 comments:

pandabob said...

I hope you have a great time with Rachel it's an exciting time and an introduction to children will not be a bad thing for her ;-)

I don't know many pregnant women who aren't happy to talk about being pregnant all the time so I'm sure she'll be overjoyed to answer his questions, it's not like he can ask about the birth or anything because she doesnt know yet. that will have to wait for next time ;-)

Which half of you is related to Rachel? is that not how it works? ;-)

enjoy your weekend now it's really here :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Hah, right, there's kids and there's our two, though... hers won't be asking questions for about the first 2 years, right?

I suppose it's up to John and the boys to try and pick out the half of us that's the same. I don't think we look alike or anything, but maybe they'll see something I don't. They're certainly observant enough.

Desert Wanderer said...

What kind of flowers did you get?

I'm sure your visit with Rachel will be fine. I have faith in y'all's natural charm.

John H. D. Watson said...

I'm sure it'll go all right, don't worry. I can always take Sherlock for a walk if he gets too intense.

pandabob said...

15 months is all you get if mine are owt to go by! If I here 'why' one more time I think I might just scream!!

Don't climb on that table. Why?
Eat your tea, Why?
Some people don't want to answer small childrens questions about their diabetes. Why?
It's time for bed. Why?
I don't know where people go when they die, Why? because I haven't died yet. Why?

You see it's not just Sherlock they are all at it all the time!! ;-)

I hope the parenting part of her is related to you, she will have a very lucky child if it is :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

It's just that weird feeling of being family but really not knowing her much better than ... well, just not knowing her that well.

pandabob said...

there is no better excuse than a new addition to the family to get to know family better :-)

try not to worry big brothers and little sisters can make good friends when they have children in common :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

AnonyBob - I have extrapolated from my poll that Big Brothers are the BEST :) and Little Sisters are second best...so I'm sure we'll be fine.

pandabob said...

I can't believe sherlock hasn't demanded its removal due to little brothers being voted the worst ;-)

there is nothing like your blog readerships opinion for making you feel better :-)

seriously though you need to see her once the babies born, cuddling the same baby builds a bond that can never be broken :-) (sherlock cuddling a baby is such a cute image!)

Anon Without A Name said...

The age gaps between me and my brothers isn't as big as between you and Rach, Lestrade, but we did all pretty much move away from home relatively young (I think we are all between 17 and 21 when we moved out). We all get on OK these days, but we rarely see each other (and by rarely, I mean less than once a year, typically), and we never managed to negotiate proper adult relationships, so it's always a bit strained.

OTOH, I get the impression that you're a better people person than any of my family are, so I reckon you'll do fine :-)

rabidsamfan said...

L - I have cousins I've seen four or five times in my life, but when we get together we have a great time sharing family stories with each other. It's funny, because we have different memories of some things, having seen them from different heights. I expect that if Rachel wants you to be part of her life now, it's because she has some good memories of you when you were part of her life before.

And pandabob, I'm a children's librarian, with a marked tendency toward answering questions even when they are probably rhetorical, but toddlers can wear ME out at the "why" stage. It can be fun using "why" back at them though. The explanations for why carrots belong in the crayon box and teddy bears are parked under the paperback rack are fun, and if you keep asking why long enough you can get a small person with hands on hips saying "BECAUSE!" before breaking into giggles.

piplover said...

I hope you have a good trip, Lestrade. I'm sure everything will be fine. Sometimes not knowing a sibling that well allows you to reconnect with them better when you're older, because you're basically learning each other anew. If nothing else, consider it an adventure! (That's how I try to view all possibly uncomfortable things in my life. It's an adventure!)

Pandabob, honestly, if I never see a baby born, it will be too soon. I've never had any interest in having kids, and the thought of actually watching one being born kind or repulses me. But that's just me. Each to their own. ;-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Thanks all of you.

Of course, I made the mistake of letting Sherlock know that part of what I'm finding it hard to think about is that she's just about to give birth, and I still clearly remember changing her nappy... I'm hoping he doesn't choose to share that with her...

John H. D. Watson said...

Do you want to make a small wager regarding that? Because I know where I'd put my money...

pandabob said...

She'll laugh and make some joke about you being well experienced to do the babies every time you see it ;-)

by this point most women have had so many people poking around that the idea than many years ago someone changed their nappy just isn't important!

Greg Lestrade said...

Danger - you're biased! You'd rig it so he asked.

DW, sorry, didn't answer. Loads of sweet peas, all shades of purple. White roses, some azaleas, chrysanthemums, tulips, lots of greenery, and some huge allium sticking out the top...enough to pretty much fill the flat! Very tasteful, mainly purples and whites.

pandabob said...

it must be quite a daunting task to pick the right flowers for someone who one day intends to sell them ;-)

sounds like you and the boys did a good job John they sound beautiful :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

They are beautiful. And the flowers, too ;)

rabidsamfan said...

The flowers sound lovely. I can't help but wonder if Sherlock was responsible for the green bits of the bouquet, after his choice of what to give John on their date.

Mycroft, I think you're the only person I haven't remembered to say "hello" to, so hello. I hope school is getting better. Can you cook when you're up there, or do you miss it?

I have a nephew a few months younger than you are, and he's also interested in astronomy. He also lives close enough to the path of the recent solar eclipse to have seen most of the effect, so I'm a bit jealous of him at the moment. He and I are both trying to construct giant pinhole cameras out of refrigerator boxes in order to see the transit of Venus, even though we're in different cities. I just hope it doesn't rain. Right now my forecast doesn't look very promising. And there won't be another chance for over a century!

mazarin said...

It's a little strange, yeah, L. My half-brother from my Dad's first marriage is 10 years older than I am, so when he was out the door and to the army at 18 I was 8, and I barely remember the year he lived with us before he left. He'd lived with his mom before that. And now that we're all adults its much easier to relate to each other! His son is 20, which freaks me out a bit, as I was 15 when he was born! It will be fine, I'm sure. Maybe even the start of a closer relationship now, perhaps.

And what a lovely gesture to give L flowers, guys. You're a wonderful group of people, you know that?

Greg Lestrade said...

There should be a pill you pop that stops dreaming. Just...lets you sleep and wake normally, but cuts out all the crap your brain does in the middle.

REReader said...

Ouch, L, that doesn't sound good. D'you want to talk about it? Or want a distraction?

(My doctor had me try sleeping pills, and I had no dreams whatsoever on them--but because of that, I didn't feel rested at ALL so I stopped taking them. :( )

pandabob said...

As a someone who is also awake when they should very much be asleep I think I agree!

Hope you're both ok

rabidsamfan said...

If you never get a chance to dream, your health slides. Not much comfort, I know. I do a lot of sudokus when I wake up in the middle of the night. Enough repetition and I start to dream about numbers and grids instead of whatever it was that woke me up.

For you it might be -- oh, guitar fingerings or chords? Something fairly repetitive but without a lot of associations.

It's hard to say any one thing will work all the time though, because some nights it might make sense for you to get John to cuddle you, and other nights you might want to let him sleep. Although if you can find something to do in the same room as he is, he won't wake up to find you not there if he has a rotten dream tonight too.

In any case, I hope the rest of your night improves.

REReader said...

Hi, RSF! I use crosswords or double crostics--letters instead of numbers, but otherwise much the much the same idea, repetitive and challenging enough to be distracting. :)

A from NW (who should be abed and counting sheep) said...

Greg - I think that while it might be awkward at first, the fact that she wants to meet you (and John and the boys!) is a good sign. You're a good man, and I think that's why she wants you not only in her life, but her partner's and baby's lives. You're going to make a fantastic uncle.

All the best for your meeting with her!

~A from NW

Greg Lestrade said...

RSF - John definitely needed the sleep. I just got my laptop and sat in the bedroom reading up on the TT yesterday and the news. It was close enough to when Sherlock gets up there didn't seem any point in trying to sleep.

Thanks AfromNW.

Sherlock said...

We're having pancakes and Lestrade dreamed he was dead but I could still see him but no one believed me.

pandabob said...

That sounds like an awful dream Greg! I'm not sure I could have not woken John up if I was you but given his sleep troubles I can understand you sticking close but leaving him to sleep :-)

Pancakes sound like a lovely way to start what will hopefully be a really nice day Sherlock :-)

I hope the four of you have lots of fun with Rachel and her partner :-)

Anonybob

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah...it wasn't quite as simple as Sherlock told it. But he was the only one who could see me, until even he couldn't.

It was okay, almost light, and John was sleeping peacefully for once, so I just got coffee and waited for the inevitable excited Sherlock wake-up, with hungry dog accompanyment.

We're seeing Rach this afternoon. Her partner's parents invited us for tea. I have a feeling it will be slightly jubilee-themed. I'm not even sure we're the only ones going. It might be a bit of a garden party. And it's out of the city enough that we shouldn't have too many problems getting there through the million-odd extra people coming to see the jubilee flotilla.

rabidsamfan said...

I saw a picture last night of the queen on balcony with some other people and she had the biggest smile I've ever seen her have in a picture. But I bet the traffic and the crowds will be astonishing. Hm. John got some sleep, yes? He can drive then. ;)

I'm awake early myself, well, early for me, and yawning like a canyon, but I'll make myself lie down again and doze till the alarm goes off. (I usually do wake up at least once of a morning, and go take my pills because I can't have breakfast for at least an hour afterwards.) I've got a parade to walk in today if the weather cooperates. Given how many people have planned to participate, I hope the weather cooperates.

Sherlock, are they American pancakes or English pancakes?

pandabob said...

No one will be letting you disappear Greg I'm sure of it :-) I'm glad john slept I suppose its better in some ways that you take it in turns to be awake although being awake together has its advantages ;-)

If there are more people at Rachel's the Sherlock effect will be slightly diluted and he'll find out lots and lots of new things :-) I hope you have a great time and all enjoy it :-)

Sherlock said...

American in the morning and English when it's pancake day and sometimes and this morning they had blueberries and fruit and maple syrup and banana.

Lestrade dreamt it was John's funeral but in Italy so why would it be? And then it wasn't it was his but I could see him and then no one else could and then he was on the sofa and he faded away and then that was the end.

pandabob said...

That truly is a nightmare!! Do me a favour Sherlock and give him an extra hug or two :-)

I hope you enjoy your afternoon :-) I was only joking about you asking Rachel lots of questions but I'm sure she'd be happy if you showed some interest :-)

John H. D. Watson said...

I'm sorry, love. That is a horrible dream.

rabidsamfan said...

I like pancakes in the morning, too, Sherlock. I usually just have butter and real maple syrup. Mine are American style, with sourdough. My sourdough starter has a long history, because my aunt gave it to me five years ago, and she got her batch from an old prospector who was living in the Colorado mountains in 1965, and she doesn't know when he got it or started it, but he told her it was nearly as old as he was even then. I have to feed the yeastie beasties about once a week, so when I do that, I make pancakes too.

L - as my brain woke up I realized that the sun must be rising awfully early in London this close to the solstice, but then I remembered that you and Sherlock are both larks, so I expect you're used to seeing lots of sunrises.

Greg Lestrade said...

It was good to be awake, certainly.

Right, let's go and see Rach.

REReader said...

That's not a dream I'd want to go to sleep right after, got sure!

Hopefully you'll be going against traffic on your way to see Rachel, which should help--have fun, all!

REReader said...

(...FOR sure.)

EBSanon said...

I'm glad you got lovely flowers and dinner Greg you deserve it for working hard.

Your dream sounds like one of those that the world generates so you can worry about what it 'means' when really it means nothing at all. Doesn't make it any less horrible though and keeping John in sight seems like a fairly normal repsonse to it.

have fun at rachel's

EBSanon

rabidsamfan said...

I hope you have a good time at Rachel's, L. I haven't known what to say about your nightmare, because it cuts a little close to the bone for me. I'm nearly a decade older than you, and I've been alone all my life, so when I go, I often doubt I'll be remembered for long. But after mumbling it over in my head I realized that when I have folks who say "hey library lady" when they see me twenty years after being my regular library kids, sometimes towing kids of their own, maybe I've made more of a mark than I realize.

I think that's true of you, too. Especially for Sherlock and Mycroft and John you're one of the indelible kind.

Greg Lestrade said...

Rachel is...enourmous. Beautiful, but I can't believe she's got a month to go. :) or that there aren't two in there...(she assures me not)

She thought Sherlock was being shy, as he was behind my legs when I was introducing everyone. In fact he was being restrained by me so he didn't throw himself in a full body-slam at her bump to prod, listen, feel and generally catalogue it. He has now been freed and been allowed to feel the baby move and listen. Rachel is very kind and patient...

Not entirely sure what Peter's folks make of us.

RSF - I think we all make more of a mark than we realise, in the end. And I'm sure the generations you've introduced to the joys of a library will definitely remember you, evenif not by name.

John H. D. Watson said...

Not entirely sure what Peter's folks make of us.

Heh. They like Mycroft anyway.

pandabob said...

I hope you got all the information you wanted Sherlock, feeling a baby move inside someones tummy is the weirdest thing I always think!

I'm hoping you didn't tell Rachel she was enormous Greg? and I really hope she took it well if you did :-)

How could anyone not like Mycroft John or the rest of you for that matter? It sounds like you're having a lot of fun glad it's going so well :-)

Anonybob

Greg Lestrade said...

I did... but a bit more tactfully. I think...

Mycroft is very knowledgeable about all the jubilee stuff, which is going down well. And royalty in general.

Sherlock has climbed a tree.

John has eaten Victoria sponge. So something for everyone...

pandabob said...

I guess if you say it with a smile YOU can get away with anything ;-)

Are there any Jubilee beacons around you being lit tomorrow? I think they might be interesting to look at :-)

Yey for Mycroft and his amazing knowledge, we could all probably do with an education if he had time at some point :-)

Small Hobbit said...

Glad to hear it's all going well L. Hope it continues that way and is the beginning of a good relationship with your sister. I've been reading your posts whilst I've been away this weekend and it's so obvious that you want it to happen.

Greg Lestrade said...

Thanks, SH.

Honestly, John and the boys have taught me more about family than my family ever have. They've been the catalyst for all this.

John H. D. Watson said...

I did... but a bit more tactfully.

And Sherlock told her...less tactfully. She took it well.

She's really a lovely woman, glad I got to meet her, and Peter too, of course.

EBSanon said...

You find a person to love and you add two lovely boys to love just as much, you spend months learning about each other, getting to know how your little family works and what things are ok to say and do to people you love and you start to recognise how important your own happiness is. Only then do you have the inner strength and self worth to allow you to try and re-form relationships that have been troubled in the past.

Both of you are taking great strides this week in building an extended family around the lovely little family you have, the important thing to remember though is that you have three people who love you without question or conditions. A loving family is all the strength anyone needs!

EBSanon

Greg Lestrade said...

She's glad she got to meet you too.

And she survived Sherlock begging to feed her John's curry once he found out it's how some people try to kickstart labour.

Thank you, all of you, but especially John, Mycroft and Sherlock, for all the support.

John H. D. Watson said...

You do the same for us every day, love. You're always here when we need you.

(And it was very nice Victoria sponge.)

Greg Lestrade said...

Mmm, you won't be saying that next week.

John H. D. Watson said...

Will so.

Greg Lestrade said...

What, when Sherlock is desperate to do something wild and you're telling him to hush because I'm unconscious with a pillow over my head in our room? You'll all be cursing me.

John H. D. Watson said...

I'll just take them out somewhere. Anyway, my point stands - you're always there for us. You'll just be even more there than usual. ;)

Anon Without A Name said...

I'm glad you all had a good day, and that Rach and Pete and his folks survived relatively unscathed too :-p

And that there was cake :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Wont be there more. Just different times. You'd jolly well better promise to phone me if you wake up though, or there'll be trouble! :)

Sherlock just asked if I was sure Rach and I were related. Think he's after some DNA or something...

pandabob said...

Or a rather cheeky question wrapped up as science Greg ;-)

Night shift is perfect really for two people having sleeping issues, you don't need to be worried about waking each other when you need a chat in sleep time :-)

glad you all had a great day :-)

John H. D. Watson said...

You'd jolly well better promise to phone me if you wake up though, or there'll be trouble!

Ha. Sir, yes, sir! You'll have to imagine me saluting, I'm too lazy to actually move.

Speaking of DNA, sort of, did you know you can get art made out of it?

http://www.dna11.com/gallery_portraits.asp

Greg Lestrade said...

They're beautiful. I could see if forensics wanted to knock us up some cut price ones...

I might crawl over to you and practice for a kiss portrait...

John H. D. Watson said...

Watch out, they'll have an online shop by the end of the week once you give them the idea.

Excellent plan...

Greg Lestrade said...

Mmmm. I may need to swap DNA samples with you, Doc. All in the name of science, of course...

Sherlock said...

You're being soppy again and please can we invite Rachel over and feed her the really hot curry so she has her baby because then I'll have seen a baby being born and that would be great and you can eat the placenta it says online and then she could take the baby away when it was smelly and crying and is there dinner because I'm hungry.

pandabob said...

Can I quietly apologise John/Greg for encouraging the seeing a baby being born thing? I really am sorry.

John H. D. Watson said...

No eating placentas in the flat.

Greg Lestrade said...

Sherlock, you ate your own bodyweight in cake earlier! You can't be hungry!

AnonyBob - it's fine. He's not going to get to see it just yet. And ifit involves eating hot curry, it'll be John's department, if medical science gets that far :)

Desert Wanderer said...

Hooray! So glad things went well for you. Rachel and Pete sound like lovely people.

John H. D. Watson said...

L - though we'd agreed if anyone's having babies around here, it's you! I'm sure they'd give you time off from work.

pandabob said...

The most effective way is much more enjoyable than curry Greg ;-)

(still have my fingers crossed for science)

Love the new rule John ;-)

REReader said...

Just got home, and have been catching up. It sounds like a good time was had by all, on both sides. Yay!

L--It seems to me that Rachel has decided that now she's confident in family of her own, she wants to expand it to include the people she has good feelings/memories about in her own family--and I'm sure she's delighted she did. :)

John, those DNA portraits are fascinating and lovely!

Sherlock, if Rachel isn't due for a month, it would be not so good or safe for the baby to be born yet. It's really better to wait until the baby is ready and labor starts naturally and not to rush things.

Mycroft, did you enjoy yourself meeting Rachel's family? (Clearly, they enjoyed meeting you very much!)

Greg Lestrade said...

69, how...telling.

I didn't know it involved curry! I resign from my post.

DW - they were lovely. And we'll have to go over to see them once the baby has arrived.

rabidsamfan said...

I am back from my parade, and I couldn't resist seeing how your day had gone. It sounds like great fun. I laughed out loud imagining Sherlock wanting to launch himself into a scientific inquiry. Did you bring a stethoscope to listen to the baby's heart with, or are you planning that for another occasion.

I'm not sure I'd ever be hungry enough to eat a placenta, but I'd need to know more about what it's made of to decide. Still, isn't it just the mom who's meant to eat the placenta, Sherlock, and only in some cultures? I know that in some cultures people bury it and plant a tree on top in the hope that the tree and the baby will both grow strong together.

Mycroft, I envy your knowledge of the Jubilee and all. Beacons? Sounds like a wonderful celebration. If there's a special part of it that you want to see, I hope you'll get the chance.

Greg Lestrade said...

AnonyBob - ah, well, I could get behind that method then. Or in front of. Or underneath. Or on top...

RR - Sherlock says he only wants to invite Rachel over when she's ready to have the baby. As much as John explains it's not an on-demand event.

pandabob said...

there are a whole network of beacons around the country being lit tomorrow night as symbols of the queens reign over the whole country RSF there's a map of them here.

http://www.diamondjubileebeacons.co.uk/pages/interactive_map_171898.cfm

Sherlock there is one being lit next to the sculpture I was laughing at the idea of you climbing a few weeks ago which remined me that I never left you a picture of it so here it is

http://s0.geograph.org.uk/geophotos/01/49/27/1492721_ca272e3c.jpg

I've heard oral ingestion is the best way to go Greg and the larger more varied the exposure the better ;-)

REReader said...

Heh! Well, if he can come up with a way of knowing in advance, he'd make a lot of obstetricians (and new mothers) very happy indeed!

Unfortunately, Sherlock, no one has figured out how to tell ahead of time yet. However, it's very nearly as good to see an almost brand-new baby, and it involves a LOT less waiting around than watching a baby being born, so maybe you could all do that, as soon after giving birth as Rachel feels able to have visitors.

Greg Lestrade said...

Not sure about more varied exposure, AnonyBob. John might have protests about that too...

RR - I think he just meant roughly around her due date, rather than right now. Then he'd feed her full of curry and hope...

pandabob said...

wrong interpretation of varied Greg! I doubt very much that John would protest about any of the varieties I was thinking of ;-)

John H. D. Watson said...

If she's anything like you, she'd only manage one bite before diving for the milk.

REReader said...

Ah. Hee! Ingenious, but... :D

Sherlock, first babies are famous for mostly coming late, though. (And not everyone likes hot curry, so you could invite her, but she might not eat any of the curry. And she might not feel like visiting when she's close to her due date.)

rabidsamfan said...

Thank you for the link, Pandabob. Wow. That is a lot of beacons. I grant you it makes me think of the scene from the movies of Lord of the Rings, but still... wow! I hope there are lots of pictures!

Greg Lestrade said...

Danger - I've no idea if she's like me or not!

I don't think Sherlock picked out any particular ways we're alike. Did you?

I'm going to put Sherlock to bed.

He thinks we should go out for breakfast tomorrow, and have fun, and there should be sunshine, and swimming, and the list goes on...

REReader said...

You have to admit he has fun ideas... :D

John H. D. Watson said...

Yeah, actually. Not DNA related though. You both have this little smile you do sometimes when you're feeling uncertain. Your mum does it too.

More fun in addition to breakfast out, sunshine, and swimming? I dunno, that might constitute a fun overload...

Greg Lestrade said...

Hah, probably saw that a lot today then :)

I have told him we can't guarantee the sunshine...

pandabob said...

that is a very cute thing to have observed John :-)

If the Queen couldn't guarantee herself sunshine what chance has a humble DI ;-)

John H. D. Watson said...

He didn't pre-order it? Tsk, careless.

rabidsamfan said...

Who needs sunshine when you've got lots of fun? Although I'm temporarily unsure about the quantity of fun it takes to achieve overload for six year olds in the absence of sun. Or four year olds, for that matter, since I just walked three miles with an assortment of families and the younger kids were all still bouncing off the wall at the post-parade barbeque despite the occasional sprinkle and gloomy skies.

Greg Lestrade said...

I know! I told him.

He's still indignant that no one believed him in my dream... He thinks you should all be ashamed of yourselves :) ( I did actually feel sorry for him, when he was trying to convince you all.)

Hope you're planning on getting the stuffing hugged out of you tonight, because I may not let go of you.

REReader said...

He's still indignant that no one believed him in my dream... He thinks you should all be ashamed of yourselves :)

See, that should totally have tipped you off to the fact that was a dream, because I think most of us would have believed him. (I certainly would've.) ;)

John H. D. Watson said...

L - that was in fact my only plan.

pandabob said...

There are so many reasons you should hug John tonight Greg but one of them most certainly is because he didn't believe Sherlock in your dream. a hug is the only appropriate punishment for that ;-)

Greg Lestrade said...

AnonyBob - its certainly the only punishment I could ever bring myself to dole out.

And I can't believe he didn't believe poor Sherlock. Even if Sherlock was some odd Sixth-Sense Sherlock, who saw dead people...

Honestly, the worst bit was when even Sherlock couldn't see me, and I faded away. Although at least it mmeant I woke up.

REReader said...

That's the bit I wouldn't have wanted to go back to sleep after, so, yeah. :(

pandabob said...

The whole thing sounds completely terrifying Greg and your reaction to it really impressed me to be honest. Dreams are sent to mess with the brain, I had a few last night hence being up at around the same time you were, and it's just not nice.

I'm not one for worrying about what these things mean really because lets be honest no one is going to let you fade away any time soon but it is stil a nasty thing for your brain to do to you.

Lots of cuddles and relaxation will lead to a proper nights sleep for you tonight I hope :-)

John H. D. Watson said...

Hold on, I thought I was dead, so I couldn't have believed anyone about anything?

Anonymous said...

That's a fairly impressively nasty dream you had there L. I think it would have wigged most people out.

Hope you have better dreams tonight

Lancs. Anon

Greg Lestrade said...

I think I‘m sort of used to my dreams being about being trapped places now. It certainly makes a big difference to have John to wake up to though. Chases them away far quicker :)

Greg Lestrade said...

John - nope, I was at a funeral, and I thought it was yours, but then you were there with the boys, and actually it was mine. And it was in Italy. And then Sherlock saw me, but no one else could, and he got hushed, and then we were all back in London and he could still see me but no one else could, and he couldn't hear me, and then everything started fading away, but it was me that was goin - he said I was fading out, and tried to grab me but we couldn't touch... And then I woke up.

The middle bit was a bit longer, involving lots of places I know around London, but no one except Sherlock and this random young girl ever saw me.

John H. D. Watson said...

That's...even worse than I thought. Sorry, love.

pandabob said...

I'm glad John makes all the difference it's nice when there is someone to save you from your brain when you need it :-)

The moral of the dream is simple Greg, You should never hush Sherlock when he is trying to tell you something, nothing more to it just Sherlock making sure you always listen to him :-) (the random young girl bit is odd though)

Greg Lestrade said...

Love you. Bed?

By the time you woke up I was more upset that Guy had missed out on the podium in the first TT race... Well, nearly ;)

John H. D. Watson said...

Definitely bed.

Heh, yes, I remember. Damn, we've missed mad Sunday haven't we?

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, we have. But we've got way too much to do this week. There's always next year. When you'll have your own bike to crash :)

John H. D. Watson said...

Yeah, I suppose so. Sorry.

Anon Without A Name said...

Hope you have sweeter dreams tonight, and lots of pre-sleep... snuggling.

Desert Wanderer said...

Snuggling is paramount.

REReader said...

Good morning, DW! *waves*

rabidsamfan said...

I think if Sherlock were trying to prove the existence of ghosts, he'd find a way to do it. Semaphore twenty questions, or something...

Goodnight, all. (Even though I just woke up from a nap...) Or good morning, as required! I hope you're having a good trip, DW!

Greg Lestrade said...

Right, so tonight just awake for no reason.

I shall pretend my body is preparing for nights...

REReader said...

I'd guess no reason is better than nightmares--but it's not really, is it?

Anything I/we can do? Be distracting? Be boring? Tell stories?

Desert Wanderer said...

Lestrade, I'd like your expert opinion. I found a video of what I think is Doc playing football, but I'm uncertain. What do you think?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJQtRPKyydw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UifmtW9dxak

rabidsamfan said...

Speculate on the source of all the pictures of numbers that Captcha keeps throwing at me?

Aim you at old poetry because we can't write it ourselves?

http://thepoemoftheweek.blogspot.com/2009/07/archy-interviews-pharoah.html

I think Sherlock might like that one because it's about a mummy, but someone would have to explain Prohibition to him.

REReader said...

DW, where do you FIND these things? (I think you might be right. :))

RSF--that's a good one, I don't think I've read it before.

How about a nice documentary, L? If there's nothing on tv, I could find you something suitable on YouTube...

Anonymous said...

DW--I thought hats were paramount.

--ANJ

REReader said...

Here! Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN8OfhgUqp0

(Start at about 1:30)

Desert Wanderer said...

ANJ, you're right, of course. Hats are paramount. Snuggles are...second-paramount? ;)

rabidsamfan said...

DW -- Those vids put a smile on my face. Thank you.

ReR -- my father was a big fan of archy and mehitabel, so I grew up knowing the poems. This is my favorite, though.

http://www.donmarquis.org/themoth.htm

L - have you resorted to paperwork yet, or is the internet amusing you? I did find at least one site about directed dreaming that didn't want money, so you might want to look at that. Haven't tried it, myself, but I've heard it praised as a nightmare reducing method.

http://www.crankyfitness.com/2009/10/lucid-dreaming-for-slackers.html

REReader said...

RSF--That's a wonderful poem, just wonderful!

(The video I linked to--I think I recognized several of the subjects... )

Anonymous said...

DW--Perhaps snuggling whilst *wearing* hats is paramount...?

--ANJ

REReader said...

Why is it that when one most needs to be sharp in the morning, one is least able to fall asleep at night?

Greg Lestrade said...

RSF - I resorted to paperwork for an hour or so. Didn't want to use the phone or laptop as I think the Backlight wakes me up more.

rabidsamfan said...

Middle of my night (well, four in the morning), morning for all of you. I hope the radio silence means you were able to get to sleep, L.

And I forgot to ask, is Anthea any better?

Back to bed for me, now I've wrapped myself around some aspirin. Have some fun with the Jubilee. Is Sherlock going to stay up for the beacon lighting?

rabidsamfan said...

*blink* I swear you hadn't commented yet when I started typing...

Greg Lestrade said...

I think Anthea is a little better. I wouldn't say she wasn't to her face, anyway...

Sherlock is dictating our day today. He's grumpy about the lack of sun, but at least it's not raining...

pandabob said...

I'm glad anthea is feeling better, being ill is just rubbish!

Is Sherlock dictating or just the only one with any ideas? If does have some great ideas you have to admit ;-)

Enjoy whatever you get up to :-)

Anon Without A Name said...

Anonybob - I hadn't realised there would be beacons until you mentioned it. According to the site you linked to, there's one not too far from here, but unfortunately not where we'd see it without going for a bit of a drive - and I'm sure we'll have both had some alcohol by ten o'clock :-). The BBC has a bit more of a story about the beacons here, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-18297618, if anyone's interested.

DW - those vids made me giggle :-) How's Japan?

I hope Anthea is feeling a bit better, not just being a terrible patient :-p

Hope you all have some fun today - is it raining in London today? It was chucking it down here on and off all day yesterday, but seems a bit drier at the moment.

REReader said...

I hope you're all having enough fun to make up for the lack of sun!

Get well soon, Anthea.

rabidsamfan said...

Sherlock is dictating your day? No wonder you haven't got time for the internet!

I hope you all have a wonderful time.

(And yes, the backlit screens do make it harder to wind your brain down and go back to sleep, as you'd think I know by now given that I have never slept straight through the night in my life, but I was hoping the aspirin would kick in before I lay down again.)

Sherlock said...

I'm drinking Pimms!

REReader said...

*looks up Pimms*

And do you like it, Sherlock?

rabidsamfan said...

I had to look it up too. And I was still confused for a bit there. A "fruit cup" is something else entirely in America. I think of something like this:

http://simplybeingmommy.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/Libbys-fruit-cup.JPG

which you really can't drink.

Pimms sounds much more interesting. I got a kick out of the "Monty Python" ad on their website.

Sherlock said...

It wasn't very nice I just ate all the strawberries and cucumber.

REReader said...

I thought that might be the case, Sherlock--I find alcohol kind of bitter and nasty, myself. Although, it is exciting to have something so grownup! (Strawberries and cucumber are rather nice, especially strawberries.)

Anon Without A Name said...

RSF - I must admit I'd never heard it called a "fruit cup" other than on wikipedia.

I quite like Pimms, Sherlock, but I don't drink it very often. It's a bit of an acquired taste, like most alcohol; I think you probably made the right choice eating the fruit and salad instead :-)

Are you having a good day?

Greg Lestrade said...

I always think Pimms is very sweet. But I'm not surprised he didn't like it.

We're now making Ninja Bread Men. Like ginger bread men, but more badass.

REReader said...

I haven't met many people who liked their first taste of champagne, either. :) (Although I recall it as being very exciting to be allowed to have a glass!)

Ninja Bread Men do sound much more suitable. :D Do you use black icing for the decoration?

John H. D. Watson said...

http://www.fubiz.net/2012/06/04/guitar-pee/

There's even a video...

Anon Without A Name said...

Lestrade's next birthday present, John? 0_o

REReader said...

...

I have admit to being quite curious about the sort of mind that would not only dream that up but actually create one.... !

rabidsamfan said...

John, that website made me think of some of the videos over here: http://www.thefuntheory.com/

I have to admit, when something surprises me in a fun way in my day, it leaves me smiling for hours.

I'd probably just eat the strawberries and cucumber too, Sherlock. I think most drinks with alcohol taste icky. But ninja gingerbread men sound fun, and maybe a little bit dangerous. How can you ever find them all if they're disguised as a hedge?

http://www.thetick.ws/images/ninjahedge.jpg

pandabob said...

It sounds like everyone has been making the most of the bank holiday :-) glad you've all had fun.

Nameless - I hadn't really realised about the beacons until a friend sent me a link to that website, all the one's round us are on the coast so won't be very visable I'm a bit sad I'm not at my parents because I think the one near them, will be a sight to see as it's up on a hill above everything :-)

RSF - I will keep my eyes open for the riders of rohan and report back as necessary once the beacons are lit ;-)

Ninja bread men and pimms, sounds perfect!

Anonybob

John H. D. Watson said...

Nameless - Lestrade's next birthday present, John?

Ha! You have to admit, he'd be surprised...

rabidsamfan said...

*snicker* Yes, he'd be very surprised. And Sherlock would be drinking six gallons of water a day until he mastered the method.

Greg Lestrade said...

Mrs Holmes has turned up just in time to eat some scones, before Sherlock polished off the lot... And I've got to go to work in a minute :(

pandabob said...

I didn't realise tonight was work :-(

Glad Mrs Holmes won't be going hungry :-)

Good luck with staying awake!!

REReader said...

I hope you have a quiet night, L.

And Mrs Holmes has excellent timing!

Sherlock said...

Don't goooooooooooo. :( :(

Greg Lestrade said...

I wish I didn't have to, Mate. But I think John has a surprise for you...

Sherlock said...

What surprise?

John H. D. Watson said...

It's your mum's surprise really. She's going to take us to see one of the beacons being lit - I think the one the Queen's doing herself. It's pretty late though. Hope you can stay awake...

Greg Lestrade said...

You'll have to ask him :)

Greg Lestrade said...

...or not ask him.

Have loads of fun.

mazarin said...

RSF - I will keep my eyes open for the riders of rohan and report back as necessary once the beacons are lit ;-)

I bet it'll look really cool, and I love really old-style traditional stuff, but I have to admit that was the first thing I thought of when I heard about it. :D

Sherlock said...

I can stay awake FOREVER but I want Lestrade to come too!!

REReader said...

It's your mum's surprise really. She's going to take us to see one of the beacons being lit - I think the one the Queen's doing herself.

Now, THAT is what I call a super-wonderful surprise!

(And, Sherlock, you can take the opportunity between now and then to discuss the pros and cons of earrings with your mum. :))

Greg Lestrade said...

I think he'd pretty much forgotten about earrings, RR.

Have fun with that, Danger...

pandabob said...

please please please will you tell us all about it when you've seen it Sherlock? Please please (I can say please nearly as many times as you can if it will make you tell us ;-) )

I hope you have a great time Sherlock :-)

Anonymous said...

RR, I suspect you have an interesting discussion with Mrs. H in your future!

I'm going to be checking the web to see if I there are any live broadcasts of the beacons. It sounds fantastic. Stay dry, everyone!

rsf

REReader said...

You know him better than I do, L, so if that's the case I apologize.

From this end, I rather got the impression that Sherlock only forgets what he wants to forget. If he's already decided against, I expect he'll just sensibly ignore me, and if not, he'd only have been mulling it over before bringing it up again--like with wanting degus. :)

RR, I suspect you have an interesting discussion with Mrs. H in your future!

That would be fine. (If you'd find if more convenient, Mrs. Holmes, I'd be happy to send you my phone number or email address via LJ messaging.)

Maz said...

First rule of small children - never remind them of things they want but you aren't sure of. They'll forget or remember on their own, but you don't assist! (Unless time-sensitive, otherwise you just look like a jerk.)

pandabob said...

I suspect that a Mrs Holmes telling off is even more scary than a nanny John Glare!

small children do 'forget' things when they realise they're never going to happen it's all part of them 'saving face'

Anon Without A Name said...

Going to watch the Queen light the final beacon is going to be fun, Sherlock, I'm quite envious.

The Jubilee concert has just started on TV - has Will.i.am adopted Britain, or something? First he carried the Olympic torch in the relay, now he's bouncing about the Victoria Memorial with Jessie J.

Slightly disconcerting watching Robbie Williams belting out "Let Me Entertain you" backed up by the band of the Scots Guards.

Still, the sun's shining, and it's not raining, so that's something :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Maz - I think non-assistance is the key. I don't know if Sherlock forgets things, but he certainly gets distracted by new things. And then he may or may not remember the original thing. And if could be tomorrow, or in a few years. So yeah, definitely no reminding.

AnonyBob - I'd never quite looked at it like that. But he definitely does the old 'didn't want to anyway' ploy when he's not been allowed to do things :)

John H. D. Watson said...

I don't think he was that serious about it, honestly. But it is his mum's decision in the end, and she's not pleased with the idea, so that's that.

Maz said...

I *know* my son forgets things - he's distraced so easily by other things that it'll just leave his mind entirely. Until it's too late, of course, to do anything about it, then there's a serious problem. So, if time sensitive, I try to remind him, but heck, sometimes I forget, too, and I can't help but think whatever it is must not be that important to him if he forgets so easily!

Greg Lestrade said...

Ah, don't mind being a bad influence on you, Danger, but I hope Mrs H doesn't think I'm a bad influence on him. Just tell her I'm not getting anything else pierced :)

Anon Without A Name said...

I'm guessing you'd already know all about it if Mrs H had even the slightest suspicion that you were anything but a positive influence on both Sherlock and Mycroft, future piercings or no ;-)

REReader said...

he certainly gets distracted

Yes, indeed--and we didn't hear any more here about you not joining them tonight, L, so...

Anonymous said...

RR - now I can't decide if you're evil or sneaky!

rsf

pandabob said...

Sherlock's a clever kid rr he knows that the only thing worse than not being able to have fun with your kids is thinking they aren't having fun because you're not there so after initial protest at Greg going to work he was never going to say anymore was he?

Sherlock loves his DI and the bedtime stories that him going to work brings :-)

I hope you're all having a nice if quiet day John :-)

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