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May 11th, 1985

Planning a wedding is both kind of frustrating and so much fun at the same time - some things are working like I want them to, and some things aren't. I have a couple of big things out of the way (dress, location) but some of the smaller details are a bit more tricky to nail down. But I have until September, so I'm not too worried. And I don't want to turn into one of those brides who go crazy when it comes to this whole planning thing. After all, the whole point is to be happy and relaxed and all of that, right? Whatever happens, happens... And I have work in all of this as well, and I clearly don't want that to be affected.

Which reminds me - invitations will be in the post shortly! Save the date for September 6th!

All I know is that this will be the longest summer ever- I just want to be married and all of that now, I guess! And Solon and I are going to Greece for our honeymoon and I am super excited about that as well! I haven't been back since Fiona and I went with Solon and his family back in the summer before seventh-year. Which was nearly seven years ago. Holy Merlin. Now I feel slightly old, that we've been out of school that long...

April 6th, 1984

I think I can safely say that I had quite the delightful birthday weekend. I didn't even have to work much on my actual birthday (which was yesterday), as I was safely home in my flat by 9am after working quite the uneventful night shift. I got a lot of the paperwork backlog out of my way and people kept bringing me coffee and tea. I can't complain. Especially since I got to sleep in this morning and spent most of the day lounging around in my pajamas and having a visit from the cutest three-and-a-half year old on the planet who insisted on making her aunt's present herself.

Solon's birthday was Tuesday but due to our work schedules (which have been highly uncooperative this week) we haven't gone for our traditional dinner yet. I'm crossing my fingers that it will work within the next couple of days, because it's something I quite look forward to every year.

As is the warming of the weather and the official coming of spring! I like winter, don't get me wrong, but you really can't properly enjoy living by the beach. At least now I won't get weird looks from others as I head down to the water in the middle of February when it's starting to snow.

August 4th, 1983

It turns out I left my journal on my desk a couple of months ago, and between this, that and the other thing and the stack of parchment that seems to multiply every time I turn around... yeah. I'm only just finding this now. I'm honestly not that surprised.

It's been a long week. Well, a couple of weeks, since my last day off was sometime mid-July and I wish I was kidding. But a lot's been done, so I'm happy about that. I'm off on Sunday, though, and I have zero plans other than to sleep and lounge around my flat. Maybe head to the beach if the weather's decent (which I hope it is, because it's been stifling in my neck of the woods as of late, let me tell you. I could go for a good dip in the sea).

But for now, back to work. Once I refill my coffee, of course.

May 25th, 1983

Wow, was today ever busy. Lots of calls to deal with. Well. More than we usually have to deal with in the run of a usual shift, anyway. Nothing too out of the ordinary (thankfully?), but naturally there is a ton of paperwork to get done as a result. I had to bring some of it home, actually. So. I don't know if I should be writing on a break from writing, but there you go. I could have stayed at the Ministry to get this finished, but I have to work the day shift tomorrow (you're welcome, Kingsley) and... yeah. I didn't want to be there all night again.

I was supposed to watch Luna tonight, but I had to foist her on Mum so I could get this work done. Not that she minded, of course. Mum absolutely loves being a grandmother and she spoils Luna rotten. I'm guilty of that too, I guess!

I suppose I should get back to work. This stuff isn't going to get written on its own (though I really wish it would, because I know I'm going to be dreaming about parchment tonight!) and it sort of needs to get finished as soon as possible.

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April 5th, 1983

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The scheduling gods in the department were nice enough to give me at least part of today off, because really, working on our birthday is sort of awful. I had the day shift today, so at least I get tonight (hopefully) to myself. And tomorrow... well. Officially I've got the night shift, but that could change at a moment's notice. Tomorrow's Saturday, all bets are off.

Thank you to everyone who sent greetings/food/gifts my way today and to those who didn't give me a hard time (Kingsley and Victor, I'm looking at you).

Mum and Dad are having me (and Solon) and Chris, Celeste and Luna over for dinner soon to celebrate, so that should be fun. I'm going out tonight with Solon as soon as I'm finished here and I sort of want to get drunk, is that so bad of me to think that?, to celebrate both of our birthdays (having them four days apart is so nice, and kind of hilarious). And... I'm not sure what your schedules are like for the next little while, Igraine and Fiona (particularly not since next weekend is Easter and all), but we should have a Girl's night sometime really soon!

There's also been a couple of weddings that have happened to people of the MLE recently, so congratulations again, Alastor and Aingeal!

March 23rd, 1983

I can't wait until it warms up enough that I can go on beach walks on a regular basis again. March is so fickle, with good days and bad, and today was definitely a bad day. It was cold enough for snow, I'm sure of it. And while I do love snow and the winter, it all has its time and place and I'm ready to move on.

Even though building snowmen and having snowball fights was so much fun. It was even better with Luna around and I swear her snowman was more put together than mine (though that might be because she had a tiny bit of help, thanks to her Dad). She's still the cutest kid out there, and she's growing like a weed (of course). It's still a little weird to think she'll be three later this year! I think I'm babysitting later next week, and I'm looking forward to that. I have a couple of presents I want to hand out!

Things at work are going as well as they can be, I suppose. It will be a busy week for me regardless, as I'm working the next six days in a row. Three days, and then three nights. I've been working both shifts for a while now and I don't think I can decide which I prefer. I mean, I obviously prefer times when Solon's also at work so we can actually spend some time together when we're home.

Which is not happening right now, unfortunately. He's closing up tonight and won't be back for a little while yet. Perhaps I'll go and get a snack. That will keep me awake!

February 26th, 1983

Today was my first day off in nearly a week and a half and I have to say that I spent it... doing absolutely nothing. Well okay, not nothing, but I didn't leve the flat. I slept in (well, as well as I could, since I've basically forgotten how), made some biscuits, indulged in a little bit of reading, listened to a bit of Quidditch...

I tuned in to the Puddlemere/Chudley match right before Irgaine got knocked out, which is a little worrisome. I hope she's okay and that it sounded worse than it actually was because it sounded really scary. Of course, this now puts a small wrench into plans for going out on Fiona's birthday, which is the day after tomorrow, but we can easily postpone things for another time. And I'm still not entirely sure I've got the time off anyway, so it's really touch and go.

I might head to bed early tonight, I don't know. It's not really that nice out, so heading for a walk or something else in town is not really the best option. I'll see what Solon wants to do when he gets home.

January 27th, 1983

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Well. That was that.

Overnights all this week might be good for me.

December 26th, 1982

Well. Another Christmas Day over and done with. It was enjoyed by everyone, I think! It was a busy day for both Solon and me, what with dinners with our parents and visits to our siblings, in-laws and nieces. Busy day, at the very least.

And it's back to work for me in a few hours, so I had to cram in what I could. I'm working every day until New Year's Eve and then I get some time off for the ball. That should be fun, as it generally is.

I'm looking forward to see what 1983 will bring. Cheers, everyone.

November 28th, 1982


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Karin Jorkins

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