Well hello there, and welcome, to another installment of the misadventure of moi!
To everyone who has sent me messages, thanks and i am thinking of you all - sorry if i haven't gotten back to everyone.
So, where do i begin? I have been writing little lists to remind me of thing so hopefully i don't miss anything out.
Over the past week I have spent most of my time blowing my nose. The cold I have been cultivating over the past couple of months seems to have developed into a sinus infection or something now that I have stopped running about like a crazy person. But, hopefully I am on the mend.
I seem to have adjusted to the time difference quite well, slipping straight into 8 hours a night and no napping or anything during the day. I think this is mainly due to the fact that my long haul flight let me sleep the right way around for this time zone so i was already adjusting before i even arrived.
After my last entry, I hurried off to meet Miss Nessa and Andrew for lunch. Somehow the stars have aligned and Andrew
and I were on the same continent for all of two days! He flew out to Melbourne n Thursday so it was back to Heathrow to say goodbye.
Thursday and Friday were just cruisey days, spent on the couch, pottering about and adjusting to the cold. After such a long stretch of 40 degree days at home to be cold is quite a novelty. And i have even seen the sun, although over the last couple of days it has been really stormy and rainy - i have had to buy myself an umbrella (ella, ella, eh - damn it, had to say it for you Shan, hopefully it is out of my system now!). And, because of the weather, I have had to buy some more shoes! Now, I know that sounds like a rather feeble excuse but I only brought one pair with me. So, to my everlasting chargrin, Nessa and I had to go shopping on Saturday...
Off to High St, Kensington, I got reacquainted with Zara and H & M and Topshop and managed not to spend a fortune. That and the pressing fact I still have to carry all this stuff around- all
Me in Piccadilly Circus
Lethal shirt pic no. 1!
in all, I didn't do too badly. On the way back home, there was a quick stop at Primark - hello new umbrella - before a relaxing evening with a couple of glasses of red and the NAB cup. Yup, i watched the footy! hehehehe! I also watched a football match but I thought everyone would appreciate the irony of me travelling around the world to watch the AFL.
Having grown up in the UK until I was nearly 7 it is really odd the things (as opposed to stuff) that are really familiar to me. Like, when I first got to Nessa's place the smell just reminded my of my grandmother's house. I have also been on a bit of a food reminiscence - chocolate buttons, Kipling's French Fancies (yay, little cakes!) and Bourbon biscuits. And to poor Nessa's horror, while we were out shopping I started waving around a pair of underwear (very much a pair of nanna knickers!) and proclaiming how they reminded me of jocks I had when I was little! he, he, he!
Sunday = shoe day. Now I know that this is going to sound a little extravagent but I did purchase
3 pairs of shoes! But, I promise, I didn't spend too much (read: bargains!) and now I have a super comfy pair of Everlast sneakers that not only look great but will happily have me wandering the streets of Europe and New York, pain free. Nessa also took me to Nomad Books which is now a new favourite - Oxford Books meets 130. Yay!
Last night I had a blast from the past. I caught up with my cousin Pete, who I haven't seen in over 12 years. Although it was an early night we still managed to hit a couple of bars in Leicester Square, including Tiger, Tiger, which apparently nearly got bombed last year. Check me out, living on the edge - NOT! After taking some happy snaps in Piccadilly Circus with Miss Nessa - it is cool how many people are out and about late on a Monday night, it was off home to "quietly" make toasted sandwiches so as not to wake the housemates and collapse into bed. Not sure how successful the quiet part was after an attack of the giggles, but the sarnies were great!
So exciting to catch up with Pete. Will definitely be seeing him again soon, especially as he is living and working so close. And, he is now my most favorite cousin in the world because....drum roll please....he is going to take me to see Rick Astley! Yes, I know, dorky as hell, but damn it, i grew up singing all his songs into a hair brush and fighting over the vinyl records with Naomi. And because Pete is in music promotions (hence the tix) looks like I will get to meet him too! Crazy stuff!
And, to appease all of you that think I will never come home, Nessa and I are going to see The Waifs in May! If that doesn't make me homesick I don't know what will. But it should be heaps of fun all the same.
Not much planned for the rest of the week, probably some washing and definitely some more sightseeing - gotta get some more pics out there with the Lethal brand! Plus, I like wandering around the streets, checking out the people and the buildings.
We are off to Italy on Friday night, flying into Rome before our tour starts on Saturday evening. Not sure if i will be able to get online but i will do my best and update you on all the goss when I get back to the UK in a couple of weeks. Can't wait to use ippopotimo in a sentence - but I have a very strong feeling that the best Italian I will be able to muster will be "uno Esspresso, por favor" and maybe "Ciao Bello!"
I will leave it there for now, knowing there are hundreds of little things I would love to tell you all. I have a new mobile number which i have put up on Facebook, but you can always email me...
- It is really good not to be at work...haven't thought about the prospectus at all!
- Met a 24 year old whose girlfriend is 36 YEARS older than him - she is 60.
- Staying in the Lower East Side in NYC!
- I have only seen one squirrel to date although I think they all may be hiding from the rain.
- Been riding around on the new-look double decker buses. Finally went upstairs yesterday but due to the weather the front window was all fogged up so I couldn't get the full effect.
- Demographics - really weird how you notice the difference in demographics - no teenagers and heaps more men..
- I have been attempting to chill out so well I even watched some Rikki Lake! But I really can't see myself getting addicted to the soapies here - thank God.
Ciao for now...
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