Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Random funny

I don't know why I thought this was so funny but I saw it in my email today and thought I'd show everyone. When I was back in NC, I spent some time working at my old office because they were slammed and for my own fun (I really miss working there). One day, my friend Scott was trying to organize lunch at this really good Chinese/Sushi buffet and my friend Chuck created this invite using the template that we use to create invitations to the speaker program events we handled. In case anyone doesn't know what that means, at my old job, I used to work as an events coordinator - specifically, speaker programs for pharmaceuticals where a doctor goes and speaks to a group of other doctors at a fancy restaurant about the benefits of prescribing XYZ drug. What's so funny about it to me is that Chuck somehow managed to locate the worst photo of me ever taken and superimpose it on a British flag. So maybe this will only be funny to me and my friends at S&R. I don't really care. Big ups and shout outs to my SP bitches - Scott, Chuck, Melanie, Janna, and to all the other poor slags I left toiling away there. I love yous guys!

Sunday, January 29, 2006

All the world is a stage

Today, we set out on a little adventure to visit the Borough Market by London Bridge. Unfortunately, it didn't occur to us that it would only be open on Saturdays. Fortunately, there is lots to see and do in the immediate area. It's a really nice walk on the Bankside next to the Thames so we strolled along until we came across the Anchor pub and went in for a traditional Sunday roast. Deeeeeelicious.

By the river outside Anchor Pub

Afterwards, we realized we were in the immediate vicinity of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Well, a reasonable facsimile of it anyway... The original, as you may or may not know, burned down in something like 1616 or thereabouts. This one is about a 5 minutes walk from where the original stood and was built as close to the original specifications as possible. All wood carved by hand, no power tools or modern tools used, wooden pegs instead of nails holding it together, thatch roof, etc...

They have plays there between May and October every year. One of the most interesting facts of the day was that the replica is the exact same size as the original but the capacity of the original was around 3,000 people and today it's only like 1,200. This is due to a couple of factors. One - people were much smaller back then. Two - there are now fire safety regulations that prevent people from packing themselves into places like sardines. If you're interested, you can find out more about the Globe here.

Each of the ironworks on the entry gate is an item from a Shakespeare play. 120 different blacksmiths from around the world made one of them and came to London to weld theirs to the gate.

"The sky" - Painted on this panel are clouds, the sun, moon, and stars and around it are each of the zodiac signs. It also opens up to allow Gods and Goddesses (whenever called for in a production) to descend onto the stage. This was also a working mechanism in the original Globe.

One of these things is not like the other...

One of these things just doesn't belong. Can you guess which one it is boys and girls? Friday night, we began construction on our new bedroom dresser. Then we decided that powertools, directions that look like they were drawn up by Einstein himself, and wine just don't mix.

So we decided to amuse ourselves with a game of Trivial Pursuit Pop Culture Edition. I rule at this game. He's only beat me at it once. And this evening was no exception as the photos illustrate.

Then on Saturday morning, we decided to give the dresser another go. I think Starbucks coffee is a much more suitable beverage for this task.

As a side note, Saturday was the ten year anniversary of the day Jason and I met. 10 YEARS!!! A girl in my dorm invited me to a Superbowl party that was taking place in "Jason and Ian's room". I didn't much care for Ian and I had no idea who Jason was but I had nothing else to do so I went. Turns out, that was a good move. Who would've thought my future husband would be waiting for me one floor up?

Friday, January 27, 2006

New Year's Eve

For New Year's Eve, we went for a scrumdiddlyumtious dinner at Sullivan's with my galpal Catherine and her husband Rob. They sent their little one to Catherine's mom's for the night and we hired White Horse transportation to cart us around town. It was fun getting all fancied up and having a nice, respectable evening out. Well, I'll let the photos tell the story and you can decide for yourself whether or not it was respectable.

New Year's Eve

Christmas catch-up

Ok, I know everyone's moved on from Christmas by now but since I was too busy living my life to stop and write about it, I'm going to post all our pictures from Christmas now. In January. Late January. And no one can stop me. So there.

Christmas with Heather's family

Christmas with Jason's mom and stepdad

Christmas with Jason's dad

We really did have a great Christmas this year. It makes you appreciate family and friends even more when you live across the ocean. And to top it all off, for all the joking about jewelry I did, I ended up getting some. Jason got me this b-e-a-utiful amethyst (my birthstone) and diamond ring. He's an excellent jewelry picker-outer. I'm a lucky gal indeed.

Next up - New Year's Eve! Stay tuned...

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Like we need another excuse to drink

So apparently, today is Australia Day. I had never heard of this "holiday" until we moved to the UK. From what I can work out, it seems to be simply an excuse to go out and get totally pissed (that's the word for drunk here in my country) and wear an Austrailian flag draped around your neck like a super-hero cape. Jason and I were invited to go out tonight by an Aussie he works with. Unfortunately, we went out a bit too hard last night (mind you, the Aussie was part of the previous night's festivities as well) and are still recovering from that. We could manage no more than a quick dinner at the Lebanese place around the corner. Maybe next year?

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

I'm too tired to think of a title

So, we're back in London. I have LOTS to catch up on blog-wise. I want to post lotsa pics from Christmas and New Years (Be afraid Catherine. Be very afraid.) and all the other stuff we did. I just don't quite have the energy at the moment. I made a big big mistake last night. I was doing so well getting my clock back on London time, went to bed by midnight Monday night and got up at 7:30 yesterday. And I only took a 30 minute nap yesterday. Then, last night I couldn't get to sleep so I read and read and read. And when I couldn't read anymore, I decided to haul the laptop, Bose headset, and my DVD's into the bedroom and set up camp. I proceeded to watch 3 episodes of Felicity (my 2nd favorite TV show of all time) and literally forced myself to quit at 4:00 am. Therefore, I couldn't wake up when Jason was leaving this morning and he let me sleep. Which I did. Until 1:42 pm. That's right folks. I rolled out of bed in a confused daze at almost 2:00 pm. Well, tonight should be interesting. I'm going to have to chase 6 Tylenol Simply Sleep with a couple of glasses of vino to even get into pj's. Wish me luck. I'll get on with the updating process tomorrow. Assuming I don't sleep till 3:00. Toodles.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

For anyone who may be wondering...

Yes, I'm still alive. I've just been so busy visiting with friends and family and just generally enjoying being back in NC for a little while that I've severely neglected my blog. But fret not, loyal readers! I've been keeping mental tabs on all the weird/funny/sad/happy/strange things that have been going on since I've been here and plan to write about them all soon. And post lots of pics of aforementioned friends and family in various incriminating situations for your entertainment.

This week, I'm having fun being back at my old office helping out for a few days. I really loved working here and I was so sad to leave it behind. It's great to be back here and seeing all my coworkers and going to lunch with my friends. Although it has reminded me how much I miss them!