Sunday snapshot

30 03 2008

Listening

Bryan Greenberg’s album Waiting for Now

Watching:

Pride and Prejudice and October Road

Crushing on:

Bryan Greenberg (see the theme?)

Reading:

George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion and Euripides’s Medea

Doing:

Anything but write my essay. Yes, it’s THAT time again.

Wishing:

I was somewhere else, like North Carolina or Massachusetts or San Francisco

Hoping:

For positivity and answers

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Expensive forgetfulness

26 03 2008

I must be getting old – I didn’t get any Easter eggs this year!  But all in all it was a good Easter weekend.  We are lucky in the UK and get two bank holidays (good Friday and Easter Monday).  So as not to monkey with tradition, Rich and I started decorating our house (because what else are you meant to do with a 4 day weekend? This is sarcasm.)  We desperately needed to elimiate the ghastly red in our kitchen so we put 3 coats of white base coat and the first coat of the colour we had chosen only to realise it looked like ass with our kitchen cupboards.  So then we had to paint two more coats of a better, nices, less ass-like colour.  We now have all the woodwork to do (which is always a pain in the bum) so hopefully by the weekend we will be all done. 

In other news, I managed to leave my hand-luggage at Sofia airport (between security and the plane) – it’s a long story which basically involves me being a ‘tard.  I realised as soon as I got on the plane.  The air stewardess even ran back to the gate to see if she could see but she couldm’t.  The Bulgarian ground staff apparently found it straight away after that but it was too late to get it to me.  I didn’t know this though so there were some angry, hot, silent tears whilst we waited to take off which were the manifestation of my complete inane stupidity (a completely necessary pleonasm).  Anyway, the upshot was that British Airways in Sofia would not send it to me or to Heathrow.  They would only allow me to have it collected.  Now, I do not have a ton of friends or contacts in Sofia so this was a bit of a problem.  Luckily, I stayed at a nice hotel.  After speaking to the even nicer lady on reception, I managed to get them to pick up the bag for me (they provide a transfer service to and from the airport so they picked it up on their next trip out there) and then they very kindly contacted various couriers, provided me with quotes, checked the contents of the bag for the courier (euw laundry, sorry, nice hotel lady), emailed me every step of the way, took payment from me by credit card on behalf of the courier (but did not charge me a bean extra for all the kerfuffle) and yesterday organised the courier to pick up my bag. 

It arrived by Fedex this morning.  I am SOOOO happy.  The bag itself was a Christmas present from my parents.  Inside, there was a £300 suit (the only posh suit I own) which is now not available and other personal bits and pieces.  I had insurance but once it was found by BA, the insurance company would not pay out or help towards the cost of sending it home (£134 in case you are interested – I think that’s a bargain!).  I just sent a bunch of flowers to the lovely lady Elena who works at the hotel, Grand Hotel Sofia.  If you ever stay in Sofia, PLEASE stay at the Grand Hotel Sofia.  And give Elena a big kiss from me.  She is probably gorgeous as all Bulgarian women are.





здравей!

18 03 2008

That is Bulgarian for hello (I think) but you knew that already, right?!  Here are some pics from my trip.  You can also see them on my Flickr.





Out of office

12 03 2008

I am off on a business trip to Sofia, Bulgaria tomorrow and will be back Saturday.  I will try to get some photos while I am away!  I am so excited!  This is the kind of thing I will be seeing:

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Handmade Mother’s Day

7 03 2008

Last Sunday was Mother’s Day and I was planning on making both mums something but both efforts went badly wrong.   I am still working on my mums gift but this is the last minute replacement I made for Rich’s mum. 

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They are little quilted coasters from Joelle Hoverson‘s Last minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts.  The book is great and I was dying to start making stuff from it after seeing it in Martha Stewart Living magazine.  Sorry the photo is a little blurry, I had to snap in a hurry.  The material is some of my favourite in my stash and so I hope she liked them!

I ended up giving my mum my first sewing project since I got my new machine.  If nothing else, it has sentimental value.





Happy Birthday Mum!

6 03 2008

Really?  No-one thought the Rick Astley thing was funny?  Am I showing my age?  Anywaaaaay.  Today is my mum’s birthday.  Yay Mum!  And so I baked* her a cake:

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The scroll is a made-up gift certificate for the make-up session I am treating her to.  the card is, well, a birthday card! 

*Ok, I bought her a muffin that looks a bit lop-sided from the local shop.  But it’s the thought that counts, right?





Rick roll’d

3 03 2008

Ok I have never heard of this but it makes me feel good about the state of the world that this phenomenon exists. So thanks to Making it Lovely, I have learned something new and also laughed quite heartily at this:

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