Ssh! Don’t Tell @MbernadetteE or @BrianGriffiths!
This post is to be a surprise for @MbernadetteE, so for goodness sake, dont tell her about it. But the Gormogons have elected to each purchase her a present for her and @BrianGriffiths in celebration of their engagement and, one presumes, eventual marriage. You never know about the latter; it will depend on how Irish Brian is. Some of those engagements last decades or more. Why, the Czar knows an Irishmannamed Brian, but not Griffithswho got engaged at age 12 and is now in his early 50s and still hasnt manned up and married the girl. Thats what were talking about.
Anyway, this brings up another pet peeve of the Czar. When one is engaged, one refers to oneself as a fiancé if one is male, and a fianceé is one is female. The Czar has seen every variation on this. Two es if female, one if male. One is quite certain the erudite couple in question know this, so treat this was a warning to you, the reader. We will not go through this again.
Oh, and finace is always wrong.
We were just talking about something. Yes, gifts! Just so none of you out there accidentally purchase the same things we did, we thought we would list out what each of us purchased the lucky couple. These are really good choices because they really reflect the respective gift-givers good tastes.
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.