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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London, baby!

3 03 2008

On Friday, I went up to the Big Smoke to see my friend Zoë. We had tickets for The Sound of Music which was excellent. I have a question though. Why is it acceptable to get up for the loo 5 minutes before the interval? Is that not what the interval is for? I think it is so rude to disturb the rest of the audience and the poor performers on stage just because you don’t want to queue for the loo or the bar. It irritates me enough when it happens at a football match but at least the footballers can’t hear people getting restless. And why would you take a four year old to see a West End show?  I spend £45 on my ticket so do not really want to have to listen to a grizzly kid half way through.  AND if your obnoxious ten year old boys start making retching noises during the romantic bits, DO SOMETHING.  For effs sake!  Anyway, that aside, the show was fab. London was fab. It was nice to visit but I was glad to come home again. How on earth did I manage that everyday for 2 years?

Plus, if you visit London, go and stay near Sloane Square – it’s lovely.  I have been to London a lot but never to that area and I really liked it.  Good shops, lovely old buildings and still not too far away from the centre.  This was the view from the flat where we stayed the night (it’s great having friends with money).

And if you go to Yo Sushi, try not to eat 6 dishes.  You will regret it.  Although it was lovely just to chill out and catch up with Zoe and another friend from where I used to work, Kirsty.  Boy, I miss those lovely ladies.





OMG Cheekaboos!

21 02 2008

When I was a little girl and my brother was a little boy, we shared a very special love of our cheekaboos. One of us had the type made in Japan and one had the type made in UK (meaning one was spongey and one was beany) but we loved them just the same. Imagine my delight to see them for sale in the Japan section of Epcot (which I missed off my list below but very much loved and enjoyed).

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I must email this pic to my brother! I didn’t buy one because a) these ones aren’t called cheekaboos so are not proper and b) we still have our original ones at our parents’ house.





Orlando in review

20 02 2008

I realise that I have not said that much about my holiday.  This is not because I did not have a good time – we had a blast – but it is probably because I need to be diplomatic (it was a family holiday with lots of personalities and as such, what happened in Orlando, stays in Orlando) and also we took nearly no photos which is odd for us as we took over 1000 on our last trip.  Anyway, this is some of what we got up to:

Magic Kingdom:  Initially very exciting in a Disney kinda way and very enjoyable but essentially just a warmer Eurodisney with less French people.  We managed to pick the only busy day in January (we went on the Saturday of Martin Luther King day weekend) and this meant a lot of waiting around.  It’s a Small World is still a bit creepy but quite cute (my SIL’s comment “its all in foreign” made me laugh as the message of mulitcultural sharing and love was clearly lost on her!).  Space Mountain was really quite cool.  Big Thunder Mountain was fun.  The shops were awesome (I do love Disney shops!).  All in all, this park is really for the kids.  As we left, there was a fantastic storm.  Nature 1 – Disney 0.

Disney Hollywood Studios (aka MGM):  We had a blast here.  The Aerosmith ride was superb.  Everytime we had climbed on a ride, Rich (who has been to Orlando before) said “This goes upside down”.  It was funny.  He said it when we got It’s A Small World. He said it when we got on Pirates of the Caribbean.  You get the idea.  So when he said it on the Aerosmith Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, I naturally didn’t listen.  So when it did go upside down, I yelled (as we were actually upside down) IT REALLY DOES!!!!! HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!  Tower of Terror was good but too short.  Also?  The High School Musical show rocked!  Rich was more than a little embarrassed that I knew some of the words!

Animal Kingdom:  I really liked this park.  It was the most different to anything I had done before (ie Eurodisney and Universal in California).  The Mount Everst ride was excellent.  We got totally soaked (like COMPLETELY soaked) on the river rapids ride to the point that people were openly laughing at me and some college dudes actually stopped me to ask if it was really good.  The safari was ace.  And this is where I danced with Pluto.  He was in the entrance area and my 2 year old niece was having her photo taken with him.  I wanted one too because he is my favourite character (even after the chasing scandal – see video below) so I asked if I could have one and the next thing I know, we are ballroom dancing and I am dancing on air!  I still have to get a copy of the video which I may or may not share depending on how much of a tool I look.

Check out Pluto being bad.  I did not take this video! It was ages ago and you probably already heard about it.  For those of you who don’t know about it, I think the kid kicked Pluto in the delicates.

Universal Studios:  Much bigger and spread out than the LA park but lacking some of the real movie magic.  At the LA studios, they were filming National Treasure 2 while we were there which meant that when we were on the backlot tour, we were about 50 yards from Nicolas Cage eating his lunch (I guess, we didn’t see him as it was a closed set).  But the rides made up for it: The Mummy Returns (scarier than the LA one which almost backfired as we promised Rich’s parents it was a doddle thinking it was the same ride that we had been on!); ET – so cute; Men in Black – so fun.

Islands of Adventure: Even more rides including The Hulk which has the best start to a ride EVER and the Duelling Dragons which was excellent.  I really enjoyed our 2 days at these two parks.

Sea World: Shamu was a bit of a disappointment.  Does that make me a bad person?  He is a diva.  The dolphins show was absolutely brilliant.  I was sorry not to see the otters or the sea lions show but the rest of the park was pretty good fun.  The sea lion enclosure was good (we fed them fish!) but it was not as good as seeing them in the wild like we did last year!