I sigh a lot when I’m happy. I sigh a lot when I’m stressed. I sigh a lot when I’m thinking. I sigh a lot when I’m tired.

Maybe I just sigh a lot?

The weekend was full of loveliness and goodness and fab company, and plans for good times to come. After a stressful work week, it was just what I needed. I sang in a gig on Saturday night (for about 150 of my pupil’s parents???? Heh), which went really well – I hadn’t sung pop stuff in public for ages and was under the weather with a cold for most of last week, so I was glad when it all came together. We do all kinds of stuff, but my personal faves are ‘I Say A Little Prayer’ (Aretha, baby!) and ‘Holding Out For A Hero’. Both tough to sing, but I think we do them justice….

After the gig it was straight into little green car to head down to London for Jixie’s leaving bash – I got there just shy of midnight! Champagne and cocktails and cake and hugs and music videos on youtube and good friends and new friends and smooches and plans and chat and allsorts. Lovely. Then far too little sleep – John, Vixie, Elliot and I all woke up chez Jixie at about 8 am. We went to bed around 5! But no matter, we chatted and drank tea and generally had a marvo time.

Then we all headed in to Hyde Park and had a lovely picnic. I was tired and spent most of my time lying in the grass, a little like this:

But in between the napping I managed to have some good chattage, eat some yummy food, and even catch a few rays. So many lovely folk in one place… I chatted girls plans with Jo & Siobhan & Kate; general banter with Elliot, Toby, Phil, Dan et al.; and planned some MaraDance awesomeness with Kate Boo. Genius.

Then Vixie and I headed off to Kaz’s for our second picnic of the day and another lovely chat. We had a proper girly catch up, then Jo and Elliot joined us and the fun times continued. We also worked out between us that I had given Elliot the black eye he was sporting – with an inflatable parrot, no less! Let that be a warning – never randomly ping Claire’s bra open from behind with a flick of the wrist when she’s mid conversation at a party!

And then, back into little green car and to the north(ish). And now work is crazy busy (exam season), and I’m trying to get my gym on too. Plus sort through the havoc wreaked by last week.





  1. whatigotsofar
    13th May 2008 / 5:05 pm

    I used to love Holding Out For A Hero. When I was a little boy I used to sing along to that record all the time. Thinking back, whatever happened to those care free days.Okay, you dragged it out of me. I still love HOFAH. I still sing along into my hairbrush everytime I hear that song.

  2. Sparkling Red
    13th May 2008 / 6:09 pm

    Two picnics in one day? How decadent!

  3. daisies
    13th May 2008 / 6:31 pm

    you sound like you had an oh so lovely weekend 🙂 wonderful, xo

  4. Suzie
    13th May 2008 / 6:41 pm

    Sounds like fun having a picnic… I love going to Barefoot Beach for a sunset picnic. I haven’t done that in a while thanks for reminding me.

  5. Sacred Suzie
    13th May 2008 / 11:31 pm

    Sounds like a ton of fun to me! You have such good people in your life. I love that you sing in public. It’s something I wanted to do but am very afraid! I did karaoke once and was terrible but glad I did it despite my fear.

  6. Riot Kitty
    14th May 2008 / 1:08 am

    Love Aretha! I want to lie in the grass and sunshine like that.

  7. Scarlet
    14th May 2008 / 1:19 am

    What busy, fun times! You HAVE TO put those songs of yours on You Tube! 🙂

  8. cdave
    14th May 2008 / 10:59 am

    Damn, I was in Hyde Park around then. I really need to check out the forum more often.

  9. Jon
    14th May 2008 / 12:58 pm

    Sounds like a great time. I, for the record, still like laying around in the grass.

  10. Wiwille
    14th May 2008 / 3:42 pm

    I’ve never heard of anyone suffering an injury from an inflatable parrot until now. I will carry one as a weapon from now on.

  11. Cheryl
    14th May 2008 / 4:09 pm

    I sigh a lot too! Definitely sounds sigh-worthy.

  12. mermaid musings
    14th May 2008 / 4:34 pm

    you look wonderful great shot dear!

  13. JLee
    16th May 2008 / 3:23 am

    I have to say, your life sounds so wonderful and adventurous! 🙂

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