Sunday, 23 January 2011

Random Thoughts

1.  I geared up to make caramel for turtles from scratch.  But I actually went to a grocery store and looked to see if they carried them.  Lo and behold they do carry them in the regular grocery store.  Disguised under the name:  Dairy Fudge.

Update:  they looked like caramel but were NOT. 

2.  A big thank you to our good friend John Klein.  Your extreme cans of cream of chicken soup ensured our cornbread dressing was amazing on Christmas day!  The dressing on Thanksgiving was amazing too.  Our Yankee dinner guests have asked for the recipe but would be appalled to know my secret ingredients - cream of chicken soup and Crisco.

3.  I find myself say "Ah-men" instead of Amen.  This really bothers me.  I am fighting it.  Too pretentious.

4.  George had a rough day yesterday.  He had to sit on the naughty step before he could dress after his bath.  A naked time out defines bad day.   

5.  We had several days of sun this week.  It was glorious.

6.  I am expecting a new niece in June!  

7.  Cantina Laredo recently opened in London.  It is not the same but will do.  The queso tasted of flour.  The chips and tortillas were not fresh.  In true fashion they adiosed us from our table to turn it for the next diners.  That has never happens here and I was a bit offended. 

8.  George and I attended a playgroup for the first time in months.  I tried to be clever and take a footpath.  The footpath started as paved but turned unpaved to 4 inches of mud.  Thankfully I was wearing wellies.  A year ago I would have started crying, turned around and returned home.  Now I stayed calm and carried on. 

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Friday, 7 January 2011

Lights of London

We took the girls out on a very busy evening to see the Christmas lights of London.  This is one of the few things dialed up here...

Oxford Street

I love how in London you find combinations you would never expect.  Instead of saying Christmas and space are in no way related they say we could join up Christmas and space for a brilliant display!

Carnaby Street.

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Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Celebration of My Birth

Generally I try not to boast.  It is not nice.  But I have to rave about my birthday this best I can recall:  was best EVER!

My birthday usually starts on strong note:  celebration begins at 12:01 just after saying Happy New Year!  

Sister promptly calls to sing.  

Thanks to the time difference I went to bed with email and facebook wishes.  Yeah me!

Next slept in.  

Then was named Queen for the day and served breakfast in bed...panettone bread pudding, black americano and buck's fizz (mimosas). 

Saw the sun for about 10 minutes.  

Read and did mostly nothing.

Ate Hopping John - black eyed pea soup.  Feeling lucky already.

Did more reading and gave self manicure - salons closed Jan 1.     

Talked on the phone. 

Took a power nap.

Had tea of my favorite - yellow cake with chocolate frosting....

Went to a dinner with Brent - pork belly was main course - again yeah me! 

Took a black cab - one of my favorite things about London.

Had a pint nightcap. 

Feeling good about being in mid-late 30s.  Thanks to girlfriend for pointing out still in 30s.  

Went to sleep feeling very loved and content!
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