Friday, 26 November 2010

Birthdays don't make me feel old

But birthday drinks do.  Some prosecco with lunch, some champagne wine with dinner and just a hint of a headache this morning.

I had a lovely uneventful day yesterday, full of wonderful small guestures. 

Things like a hand knitted scarf from a friend from home
Things like a handbag hook because the picture on it reminded a friend of what I wore to her debutante ball (circa 1998! - love her memory)
Things like the guys at work buying my coffee AND letting me have all the loyalty stamps (yep, the small things indeed)
Things like texts and posts and emails and love.
Things like birthday cake with 8 candles to celebrate the anniversary of my 21st.
Things like a friend booking flights to come and visit for her 30th next year, on my 29th this year (one of the best presents).
Things like mushroom pizza for lunch.  And dinner.

I loved all the love. And it's going to get better - we're off to the races tonight.  The greyhound races.  Something different, something I've wanted to do over here in London since I've been.  Something a lot of other people have clearly wanted to do as well as there's 25 of us going (I didn't realise I knew that many people!).  I shall let you know how it goes..

Enjoy your weekends people...

(Me and some of my girls, circa June 2008, on a wet & windy day in Byron Bay as part of my farewell weekend.  Knitter is in blue, Visitor is in check)

Thursday, 25 November 2010

29 candles

Or not...not sure if there will be a cake (oh, but there will be cookies...plenty of cookies).

Today I'm 29.

A non-birthday, a non-age of sorts, but no reason not to celebrate!! I've got some cool plans with friends over the next few days and I'm already feeling very loved.  Hot tip - if you move half way around the world, you get an extra long birthday because of the time differences...

And on this day in history....(ie, a trip down birthday memory lane...)

November 25 2006...

I got my final post grad results the day before my 25th birthday.  After 20 years of studying, I was free, free as a bird.  So I went and acted like one...


And it was freakin' awesome!! Have you been sky diving?  Would you do it??

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

The Weekends that Were

I had the quietest weekend I think I've ever had.  I left the house for about 7 hours on Saturday night (a mate's housewarming, 1 glass of red) and not a moment more.  When I was home, I was in bed. Either sleeping or watching Grey's and Glee catchup.  Cold is still very much present (good thing this is the written word - my voice is sometimes high, sometimes gravelly and sometimes just lost, MIA completely).

Prior to this weekend I'd been pretty absent from this blog (and commenting - sorry) lately.  It's the same old story, getting smashed at work.  I've just had the three week period where the stars align to bring me my twice weekly reporting duties, my month end reports and my quarterlies. Excellent fun all around I tell you. Just excellent fun).

Anyway, when I haven't been stressing exposures we have to counterparties (yeah, that's what I spend my time doing…don't ask), I have been lying low but having a pretty darn old good time, cold or not.. Why and how you ask? (or were about to…?)

Well, I gots friends. And family. And they've been in London. A fortnight ago I headed out to Heathrow to collect a friend from school.  She's "fresh of the boat" who has just landed in the motherland for a year. It was so good to see her again. So good in fact, there were fireworks. Although, in fairness, the fire works could have been related to the whole Guy Fawkes this going on that weekend…

(My friend, L, smiling after 24hours+ journey from Melbs!)

And last weekend…some bubbles, some jazz and a Sunday lunch to end all Sunday lunches with my Aunt and Uncle who were in London for a day. They’re now in New York (they get around - they spent most of the inbetween in Reykjavik).  They're two thirds of the way through a 3 month world trip and are in great form. So so so good to see them and spend some good time with them. Funnily enough, that Sunday was probably the longest I've spent with them in years. We're a big family (Dad has 8 brothers) and this partuicular uncle now lives 2,000clicks north of Melbourne so it's not like we can all pop in for tea or anything). I took them over to Greenwich on the Thames Clippers, had a look at a few museums and just basked in the company. A really good grounding day.

So I've been mostly keeping well and certainly keeping quiet.  How have you been fairing?  How were your weekends?  Looking forward to any visitors any time soon?

Saturday, 20 November 2010

How I feel...

It's just gone 8.30pm. I'm in my jim jams and I'm about to get into bed.  Alone.  To watch a DVD as I drift off to sleep.  I

This is not a sad post - there's nothing I'd rather than watching a DVD in bed tonight.  I've been exhausted lately and have spent this week succumbing to a cold.  18 hours of sleep yesterday must surely of helped but another early night is needed.  And a quiet weekend.

Hope your Friday nights are what you want them to be - and happy weekend...

Yep, Ryan Reynolds is just what I need!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Ten on a Tuesday - 54

Wednesday, I know, but my intention is good so let's run with that one for now.  Thanks Chelsea

1. What is your favorite breakfast pastry?
Probably plain croissant (but I wouldn't complain if it had chocolate in it or if it was an apricot danish)
2. Were you ever in a Thanksgiving or Christmas play?
Christmas play - yep.  I was a cello amongst a pile of toys.
3. What is your favorite clothing accessory?
Scarves.  Great in most seasons and add some colour/interest to any outfit.  
4. What is your favorite item of clothing?
Well fitting jeans make me smile - any thing is possible from there I think.  But my body warmer/puffer vest is probably my favourite right now - it get's so much wear.
5. What is your favorite color and why?
Green.  Greeny blue.  All colours of green that lean towards blue.
6. What is your favorite type of Christmas cookie?
I don't really associate many cookies with Christmas but I guess shortbread?
7. What is your favorite scent (food, perfume/lotion)
Food - sweet baking smells and coffee.  Perfume - DKNY Pure White and Narcisco Rodriguez  - For Her
8. What is your favorite household cleaner?
Aside from Febreeze (does that count?) I quite like the Marks and Spencers in house green brand, randomly enough.  Kind of perfect really as it is quite cheap too,
9. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up? And what did you actually grow up to be?
I wanted to be a PE teacher.  And I'm now an accountant working in the risk function at a bank.  What happened???
10. What is the last song or album you bought?
Cloud Cult's Light Chasers album/  I came across this song through the blogosphere and fell in love. It's on the slow side but such a pretty album to listen too.   The lyrics of this song really just mean something to me.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Pieces of Me - November Edition

November has long been my favourite month.  It's my birthday month, it means Christmas is coming and for most of my life it has meant the weather is warming up and summer is just about here.  I love it.  Now, transplant me to the Northern Hempisphere and it is still my favourite month.  My birthday is still soon, as is Christmas.  And the weather - well, I like the first bit of the cold here.  The lead up to Christmas in the dark and cold is just like in the movies and still scores lots of novelty points for me.  In short, I can't think of a place where November wouldn't be my favourite month.  And with that, this:

I like: Scarves.  Warm ones, summery ones, pashmina like ones, chunky knit ones.  I love them all.  I've got two draws dedicated solely to scarves and I'm thinking I might need a third soon.

I don't like: Tough one.  Not much I'm not liking at the moment.  I might just default to bananas.  Or maybe my own indecisiveness?  I need to bake something for my colleagues (we're having a bake off and it's my week this week) and I just don't know what I feel like baking.

I want you to know: Everything.  There's not a lot I'm not prepared to share.  I know I haven't made time for it but it's not because there are things I don't want to know.

I’ve planned: Very little.  For the first time since I moved to the UK, I don't have my next trip booked.  I have nothing planned, travel wise.  It is a strange strange feeling.  It's sort of a necessity as I renew my passport etc. Still, I could travel within the UK (we're thinking Hogmanay in Edinburgh for NYE) but I haven't booked anything.

I want to say to someone special:  Welcome to the best year of your life!  Some exciting things are happening for a few special people at the moment (moving to the UK, getting married, travelling etc) and I'm so excited for all of you!

{Not my fav trip of me from my time in Russia but I think very appropriate for "peices of me" given it looks like a piece of me is missing! Accidentally, part of my head as my hat blends in with the black of the bell. Taken near a big big bell inside the Kremlin, Moscow.}

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Ten on a Tuesday - 52

Another ten random but easy and interesting questions.  Thanks Chelsea

1. Do you colour? If you do, is it with markers, crayons, coloured pencils, etc.?
Hmm... Sometimes when I draw my own postcards I'll use coloured fine liners.  Does that count?  And I do a lot of shading in excel.  Does that count?

2. What’s the most organized part (or system) in your house?
The bookshelves in the lounge room - full of DVDs that I randomly put into colour order last week when I was meant to be doing other things.

3. What’s the most unorganized part (or system) in your house?
My room - too many clothes, make up etc.  And this is after I gave two garbage sized bags of clothes to charity a few weeks ago.  Still very much a WIP

4. If you had unlimited amounts of time and money, what museum would you want to see and why?
Hermitage in St Petersburg. I  know I was just there the other week but the collection is so so big that I need more time to take it all in. It being the artwork and collection as well as the amazing interiors.

5. What is your favourite part of the fall season?
The colours - just love love love the colours.  I don't mind the chill either, although I would prefer it if it didn't get any colder (and yet we still got some snow…I know, my wishes don't make sense).

6. Did you dress up for Halloween?
No - I dressed down.  I was down in no mans land (we had wifi but no phone service). I was wearing my pyjamas from about 4pm after getting back from a massive long walk saturated.  If you follow me on twitter (@SimonsSistaSays) you would know that carved my very first pumpkin though.  You like?

7. Have you started Christmas shopping?
Yes.  I’ve picked some things up in my travels to send home.  Still some to do in the next week or two.  I have to be a bit organised to allow time for shipping to the other side of the world.

8. Do you crack your knuckles?
No, not my knuckles.  But my neck, knees and wrists crack a lot.

9. If you had to live in another city for a year (all expenses paid), which city would you choose?
Probably NY - it's the obvious choice isn't it?

10. Do you have any reoccurring dreams?
I have of late.  Of getting stuck with my leg behind my head.  It's so random.  I have no idea what it means or why it's been in my dreams lately.