We got the bus to Warren Street, and began walking down to Fopp, my steroids had kicked in so I was feeling highly energetic and capable! About half way down Tottenham Court Road and before we got to the record store (which also has anime books in the basement!) we stopped at a Japanese restaurant to be in keeping with the theme of the afternoon. Luke and I had cooked dishes, and Will had sushi which looked on reflection to be an awful lot nicer than ours, though Luke and I were in agreement that ours had probably been nice a few days before when it hadn't been re-heated umpteen times.
It was pretty cool just to be sat out in the sunshine on a London street eating Japanese, it was hard to tell with Will as he's quiet, but I think it would be fair to say that both Luke and I felt pretty cosmopolitan and cool in that moment. Every so often it hits me just how awesome my life is, and that I'm living in one of the most fantastic cities in the world doing something I love, it really cannot be beaten.
We then carried on our way, and I made a b-line for the Porcupine Tree album the second I was in Fopp. We then went downstairs and I went to the till while the boys looked at the books and DVDs.
Further on up the road to the shop I got my i-pod case in. Very embarrassingly the thing had two different sized backs in the box, I just hadn't seen the second, and so it did actually fit after all! The boys had gone to Muji next door as it's one of Luke's favourite shops 'just too look in', so I went in to join them, but couldn't find them, so came back out again to find them hanging about looking dodgy on the streetz!
Onwards to Forbidden Planet, which we had discovered was the best place to go to for anime. I had very briefly looked at a map of where it was so that we knew where to head, but I then got confused as to which road it was exactly that we were supposed to take off from centre point. However given a little pootling we did find our way at which point I felt highly smug and proud of myself and all my genius navigation skills!
We spent a good long while in there ogling all the weird nerdy things. There was lots of debating as to whether we could afford the £200 for the entire of Babylon Five on DVD, or maybe the same again for all of the X-Files eventually settling on Firefly for under £20, however should Joss Weedon ever decide that he wants to make enough to fill a £200 box set I promise on my life I WILL buy it!!
Then very weirdly just as we were about to wander off and look at the comics this chap walked past, and I thought 'ooo I know him'. So I did that think of trying to look at him more, whilst not giving away the fact I was staring at him just in case it turned out I didn't know him, but hurrah I was indeed correct and it was my very darling old chum from college, Peter. So abandoning Will and Luke momentarily I minced over and gave him a truly massive cuddle!
I don't see him very often even though I talk to him all the time on MSN as we are both just a bit disorganised and shit hehe, so it was fantastic to get the opportunity to say hi face to face for the first time in about a year, and have a bit of a natter.
I then realised I really had actually lost Luke and Will and that I really ought to find them, as innocent young females must be careful not to dance about unaccompanied in a short skirt round what is effectively an over-sized comic book store for long periods of time...it is just asking for trouble!
I did indeed find my boys over by the X-men comics. We carried on mooching about, and bumped into Pete a few times. Though it was kind of odd I introduced Pete to Luke, as I figured it would be nice for them to know who I was talking about, and talking to all the time. Not sure how we got onto it but I think it was via some unfair slating of Titan A.E, but Pete told us we really should go and see Sunshine as it is very pretty, and quite good.
We then headed up to the till, and then made our way out and back towards Oxford Street, whilst doing that thing of comparing what each of us had bought. We had Firefly obviously, and Will had, surprisingly enough, got anime stuff.
We pootled into Virgin for a bit so the boys could have a look at games. I actually lost them again for a while as I got distracted by the band that were playing live in the basement, as they were pretty good, but I couldn't work out if I knew them or not. I re-found them up by the games, debating which one to get, then we headed out before we bought too much. At the door there was a sign saying that the band was Ash, which made it all suddenly make sense!
I then had to go as I was supposed to be going over to Oxford to get my bag off of Bryan, as in the mad pain-filled dash back to London a few days ago I hadn't brought it with me. I made my way down to Marble Arch to get the tube out to Oxford, but had to nip into John Lewis to do a pee, while I was there Bry called to say he was going to be working till about 8 or 9 probably later, and so that I couldn't really come that night unless I wanted to stay, which I didn't as it would have meant being away from Luke. There was a very pretty top in the shop but sadly it was about £200, I really have no idea how anyone could spend that much on something simple!
Kind of pleased that I didn't have to trek to Oxford, as I was now feeling pretty tired I headed back to home via Ann Summers who had a fantastic sale on, just perfect for cheering up poor sickly boys dying of nast evil puffy hayfever :o)
I called the boys and asked if they wanted me to pick up dinner, I nearly didn't as I just wanted to walk in and cuddle Luke and surprise him that I was still here, but I was also hungry and knew I wouldn't want to leave the house again once I'd got in. So Pizza Hut it was, where I ignored the request for just pizza and got extra garlic bread!
We then sat about eating, while Luke played on the game he'd bought. Will assembled his anime figure that he'd bought and it was pretty cool. He then joined Luke on the game.
Noting that this was the last I was going to get out of either of them for the rest of the night, and given I was quite shattered having walked so far I retired to bed.