The merry month of May has barrelled in, and I seem to get busier and busier with each passing month of 2009. How about you? At least to quote Matthew, “a busy Claire is a happy Claire.” I guess I’d modify it slightly though, and add the parentheses (as long as she manages to get enough sleep!).

The long weekend (ah, happy sigh. I *love* long weekends) was suitably delicious, a veritable feast of fun – silliness and smileyness and fun with friends and cuddles with my boy and getting things more and more sorted for the Big Move of ’09 ™. I’m excited, but also terrified – I have a whole heap of stuff to pack.

Friday was lunch at a deli in town with some work friends – a lovely way to kick off, and then the train down to London and across to meet Matthew from work. He and I and his colleagues Alan and John went for a drink, and then Matthew and I went for a walk off round the city, followed by some Chinese (mmmmm, crispy duck pancakes….) and an early night.

On Saturday I caught the tube through to South Ken and met the lovely Kathryn and her two boys, Isaac and Xander, at the Science museum. It’s AMAZING! I can’t believe I hadn’t gone before, and am dying to pop back and explore properly. We had a great time and a good old catch up, before I popped back onto the tube, this time off to Streatham Hill.

For tea and chat and Jessica Fletcher chat with Caroline, Saz, Cheryl and Charlotte. Good times! And lots of sharing of stories of tat we have bought / tat we wish to buy / why we would totally walk another 10 minutes to go to a 97p shop instead of a 98p or 99p one. And then I had my first ever massage (which I was nervous about, of all things…), which was lovely, and very relaxing. And then Cheryl and I zipped off across town to Lee.

Because Ben was making delicious curry for Cheryl, Matthew and I, plus two more friends, Wilf and Siobhán. Lots of chat and wine and curry and just good company. I love having time to spend with my friends and am super excited that in two months I’ll be so close to so many of them! After the fun, it was bus, DLR, tube home, and then a good old sleep.

Sunday was our picnic day in Hyde Park. The ‘host’ was Matthew’s colleague John and his lovely fiancé Holly. There was an eclectic bunch of about a dozen of us, and we had a good time eating, chatting, and playing various ball sports (I even managed to get whacked right in the head once – score ;)), before repairing to a pub (the wind got a little chilly after a while!). After a couple of drinks Matthew and I went for a lovely walk and a drink before heading back home, to watch lots of music videos and drink tea with the Dave.

Monday, lovely lunch with Ems and Siobhán, on part of the roof of The Globe. Bracing and fun! Then shopping (I bought *four* books – Bad Science, The Making of Mary Bennett, The Undercover Economist and The State of Africa), and Nando’s tea with Matthew. Good heavens I love Nando’s. And then back to ‘home’. I love my little flat and my job here, but coming back was tough this time. I think having had such a lovely weekend and knowing I won’t be seeing Matthew for almost a month conspired to put me down in the dumps. Life does that sometimes, no?
But now it’s back to the whirl – exams to write, lessons to teach, friends to meet, workouts to complete, fun to plan. And the most exciting thing on my agenda for the next few days….?

The lie-in I have planned for Sunday!


Hope all is well,


  1. Wiwille
    6th May 2009 / 3:58 pm

    Wow that was a busy weekend, but sounds like a fun one.

  2. wigsf
    6th May 2009 / 5:22 pm

    You know, life was going pretty good. Weather is gorgeous ’round here today. Stuff seems to be looking on the up and up, but then I made the mistake of reading Wiwille’s blog before yours. I don’t feel that I need to repeat what I’m feeling right now.

  3. Sparkling Red
    6th May 2009 / 6:14 pm

    At least you’re busy with good things! I hope you enjoy that lie-in. 🙂

  4. Riot Kitty
    6th May 2009 / 7:26 pm

    There are really duck pancakes?

  5. Scarlet
    7th May 2009 / 1:21 pm

    You sure know how to pack fun into your days.I like the wine, chat and good company part best of all! Keep having fun!! 🙂

  6. Jaime
    7th May 2009 / 6:40 pm

    Don’t you just love long weekends? We get one here in Canada next weekend…what will I do with that precious time??xo

  7. Miss Ash
    8th May 2009 / 1:36 am

    Is curry a big thing over there? I don’t recall it being so when I went to visit however I’ve often heard those over the pond speak fondly of eating curry.

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