Thursday, May 31, 2012

Things I Like, Thursday 31st May.

1. Reading on the tube.  Makes my commutes fly by!

2. This song.  I like the Nicki Minaj version, but the Glee version takes all the swears out.  Brilliant!



3.  Jubilee weekend plans, all very chilled and lovely.

4. John Lewis being ten minutes away.

5. Sunshine (even if it's meant to go soon!).

6. Funfilled Skype sessions.

7.  Baby based emails from lovely friends.

8. Two fun weddings coming up in the next two months.

9. Girldates and the chance to spend time with my lovely girls :)

10.  The fact that at 6 pm tomorrow, Matthew and I both have 9 days off work.  There's so much to do in the house, it'll be lovely to paint and tidy and organise and relax together!

How about you?

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Blogging in bed....

...it happens to us all sometimes. As I write this I'm lounging in bed in our lovely cool bedroom, enjoying being still and chilled and not warm....warm has very much been a theme this week. Outside I can hear cars and occasional voices as they pass, but apart from that the night is quiet. Another lovely evening with the always lovely Eileen. The food was good (pitas with yummy, yummy fresh fillings and a crisp Sauvignon Blanc), the movie was less than good (The Dictator), the company was thoroughly charming, as ever. But now here in London, it's time for rest. The six o'clock alarm is always a stinger, but it'll be all the more painful if I don't sign off soon. Sweet dreams, all!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Project Life Tuesday: May 21st-27th


Linking up as ever with Jessica for Project Life Tuesday!





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Monday, May 21st:The start of a very busy week at work, and at play.  But even busy weeks are easier when you're rocking a badger necklace!

Tuesday, May 22nd: Another full day at work, and then the JLL AGM.  Was fun to see so many people and to see the new class of members get 'activated'!  Too fun.

Wednesday, May 23rd: I really do love my class. I was out on a maths training day and they'd left me a little note detailing a minor grumble (which I set right on Thursday, never fear!), and making sure I knew they had missed me.  Funny boys! (Post-its covering student names)
 
Thursday, May 24th:The inaugural meeting of our book club!  There are fourteen of us in total, and eight of us made it to the meeting for wine, delicious food and lots of chat.  Super fun, and I'm very much looking forward to the next one.  A little daunted that the next book chosen is Fifty Shades of Grey!  Its sure to spark some discussion!
Friday, May 25th:The Chelsea Flower Show with these lovelies.  Great fun!

Shona enjoying a cupcake at John Lewis.
Mum White and Lou at the bowling party!

Siobhán, the lovely bride to be!

Miss Ems is ready to bowl!

The ever-gorgeous Eileen.  This time next year we'll all be on her hen night!

Saturday, May 26th: Over the weekend I was lucky enough to have not one but two friends come for a sleepover - the lovely Shona and the lovely Lou!  Such fun to catch up and hear their news.  Shona and I went for lunch and chat, and in the evening Lou and I went to the very fun bowling-and-dinner hen night of the lovely Siobhán!  So much fun to see so many lovely ladies.


Sunday, May 27th: I was feeling a little green from the get-go (tummyache started on Saturday so I didn't drink, despite the cocktails at the hen night looking awesome), but still loved chatting with Lou and Shona before they had to head off.  Then Emma popped round for tea and cake, before an evening of planning, reading, feeling most unwell, and ladybird invasions....

Looking forward to reading everyone's posts!


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Monday, May 28, 2012

Oh summer...

I love London in the sunshine.  The red bricks and skyscrapers contrasting against the blue English skies.  The impulse to dash out the door.  The smell of vinegar on the breeze as people forego cooking for a poke of chips caught on the hoof.  The still sultry evenings, the clink of ice cubes in a glass.  Cars with the roof down, napping in the sunshine, the gentle thwack of tennis balls being hit in the park.

Sure, there are downsides - photocopying in the sunshine is as unromantic as it gets, the tube is mega hot, and dressing smartly and in a way that keeps you cool is very tricky.  But the good far outweighs the bad.

Looking forward to half-term week next week!

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Friday, May 25, 2012

An evening of flowers

The hot weather continues here in London - everyone is out in short-sleeved shirts, maxi dresses, sandals and shades, and the propensity to nap, soak up the sun, and socialise is strong.  This evening I had to dash after school to get down to Chelsea for the Chelsea Flower Show.  It's a major event here in town, and I was so pleased to finally get to it in my third year here in the city.  I went with three of my lovely JLL buddies, Bejay, Christa and Samantha, and it was grand to walk around chatting and take a look at so many beautiful displays.  Gorgeous start to a weekend!  Here are a few photos of our visit:

 Beautiful Samantha.

 Bejay, Christa and I, enjoying a Pimms!

 The girls had never experienced a '99' ice cream with a flake before, so of course we had to have one :)

 Hugely inviting garden set.  Maybe in the next house?

Aren't these seats awesome?  I love that they are my initial too!

We took a lot of photos!

Garden skeleton, anyone?

A picnic table with a BBQ grill in the middle.  Genius!

There were a great mix of displays - old, new, funky, traditional.  Lots to see!

Plenty of shout outs to Her Majesty.  So excited for the Jubilee long weekend!

Diarmid Gavin, one of the most famous horticulturists in the UK, had a beautiful garden on display.  he caught me trying to snap him and was kind enough to give a small smile.  Cheers, Diarmid!

Gorgeous Begonias!

A 'watercolour' made entirely of petals and the like.  Stunning!

Christa taking time to smell the flowers!

Each display had its own brilliant little touches!

The four of us by the pagoda.  These girls are such fun!

What a lovely evening. :-)

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Sun Has Got His Hat On!

I've had this song stuck in my head over the last day or two, as London has woken up from its murky grey slumber and launched itself full beam into sunny, beautiful, late spring/early summer.  I've even made up some new verses!

The sun has got his hat on,
Hip-hip-hip-hooray,
The sun has got his hat on, 
And he's coming out to play!


Monday was a grey day,
Lots of marking, lots of books,
Tidying the house up,
Till we're proud of how it looks.


Tuesday was the food drive,
At JLL's AGM,
Collecting things for Streetlytes,
That we passed right on to them.


Wednesday was a maths course,
Lots of lessons, lots of fun,
Plenty of resources to come 
Share with everyone.


Today it is Thursday,
I must write the Maths exam,
And then I'm hosting book group,
So I'll really have to scram!


Friday will be flowers,
At the Chelsea Flower Show,
Three years as a Londoner,
The first time I will go.


Saturday is busy,
With parties, fun and friends,
And hopefully an hour 
On the sofa I will spend.


Sunday will be sleepy,
Roast chicken and a book,
I hope this song you've enjoyed
As at my week we've taken a look :-)

How are you enjoying your late May, lovelies?

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

99 Things

The lovely Ashley shared this on her blog - I thought I'd do the same!  99 things, you just put in bold/underline the items which apply to you. I'm not sure I'd want to do everything on the list, but some are groovy things to aim for!  I reached 35 - how about you?
 
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
  20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
  29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
  31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
  33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
  39. Gone rock climbing 
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
  43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
  49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
  50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
  52. Kissed in the rain
  53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
  56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
  70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
  82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
  85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
  87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
  89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Project Life Tuesday: May 14th-20th


The Mom Creative

Loving Project Life, as ever.

Loving the fact that I've stuck at it for so long even more! 

Taking a few weeks off from doing a post a day felt really freeing, so now I'm taking more than seven pictures a week and collaging them in....some days produce more photos than others!  It's going to be so neat to have this record of the year, and I so enjoy reading how others are doing with Project Life.  linking up with the lovely Jessica, as ever!

 On Tuesday, this is the state my boys left the form room in when they left to go to games....I was less than impressed.  Lord love them though, after a kind-but-firm note to them all on the board I returned after last period with Year 6 to a lovely neat room.  They are such good badgers!

 On Friday, my new toy arrived :-)  I've been umming and ahhing about getting a better camera for ages, and I finally bit the bullet and bought something a bit zippy-er.  Lots of weddings and picnics and fun to photograph this year!

 The beautiful Christy bought this for us as a housewarming gift - isn't it adorable?  Such a thoughtful present!  It also got here super speedily - three days from Canada = winning!

 I really do love my fake hipster glasses.  Here I am lesson planning them while wearing them on Sunday.  It's the little things!

 Friday snack this week was 'Leyton Mess' (recipe to follow!) - the boys very much enjoyed the portion of the recipe which involved me putting several meringues into a freezer bag and smashing said meringues into smithereens.  Hee!

 Leyton Mess (with choc chips.  Because it was Friday).

 While unpacking, I found the dictionary which had seen me through GCSE, Higher, and university level English.  This vocab list was paperclipped in the front.  I've always loved a good, long, chewy, expressive word.

 Smash Hits stickers on my French dictionary. Old School!  Literally ;)

 I love that my handwriting has barely changed in nineteen years.  I would tote this book to and from the boarding house to practice every day. 

 Sunday brought with it a lovely girldate with Siobhán, for tea and shopping!  We spent lots of time in John Lewis (*happy sigh*), and I was very restrained and bought neither the awesome picnic set nor the amazing (but very, very expensive) badger pillow.  I did buy some lovely new cushions for the sitting room though, and Siobhán bought a gorgeous dress.  So looking forward to her hen do next weekend!

 Aforementioned pretty dress, with aforementioned pretty girl!

 Welcome to Leyton, and our spray-painted-over swimsuit ads.  

 Wednesday was sushi with the lovely Eileen and a good old catch up.  Love having such awesome girlfriends!  We chatted about work (ours), houses (mine) and weddings (hers).


Another fabby week - how was yours?

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