Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Everyone keeps saying 2014's been a shite year, but I've had one of the best years I've had in a long time, so I just shrug my shoulders. I mean, look how I spent today...




Is that perfection, or what?!

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Finally a chance to relax... with a new friend.




Sammy. The cuddliest, dopiest, sweetest, craziest fluffball I've ever met. If only I could take him home!

Monday, 29 December 2014

More visiting with people... you can tell the Mater's in town. I'm visiting with people I don't even know!

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Knackered after driving here there and everywhere for the last two days. Visiting family over the holidays is taxing...

Saturday, 27 December 2014

My Auntie Maysie is the coolest 94 year old I know.




(Of course, she's the only 94 year old I know... 😉)

Friday, 26 December 2014

Old-school motels are hilariously awesome... reminds me of childhood vacations.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Sleep in, lovely lunch at a hotel (so no cooking and no washing up), afternoon nap and a bit of BBC evening entertainment. Cracking Christmas Day.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Listening to LB's commentary on Carols by Candlelight is becoming a bit of a Christmas tradition.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

No more VCA until 5th Jan. Hurrah! Looking forward to making some progress on the big stack of books sitting on the coffee table...

Monday, 22 December 2014

Only I would agree to having my bathroom repainted three days before Christmas, when my mother is due to arrive tomorrow.

She's going to bang on about the smell the entire two weeks she's here.



Sigh.




Oh well. At least it'll look nice!

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Flood icing is a pain in the arse.

I mean, the gingerbread cookies I made look pretty good, but MY GOD WHAT A SHAG IT WAS TO ICE THEM. TOOK ALL FREAKING NIGHT.

Not doing that again.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

House cleaned ready for LB's arrival, one book (of my pile of eight!) finished and Christmas gingerbread cookies made, ready for my first attempt at 'flood' icing tomorrow. Productive day.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Thought Mailchimp was making weird sound effects while I was editing a client's newsletter. 

Turns out it was a nest of baby birds outside my window.

Monkeys. Birds, I'm a city girl. Who can tell the difference?

Thursday, 18 December 2014

One of my acupuncturist's other clients recommended she hang out in Earl's Court when she moves to London at the end of the month.

I set her straight toot sweet.

Jeez. What kind of traveller wants to spend their year in another country only socialising with their compatriots? Totally defeats the purpose of travelling.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Best Christmas gift from my amazing UK friends and colleagues... can't wait to book it in for January!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

A wonderful night bonding with my theatre department colleagues. And my first experience of 'hotpot' dining. I think one of my colleagues summed it up perfectly when he exclaimed: "What; I'm paying someone else so that I can cook my own food? That can't be right!". Bless.

Monday, 15 December 2014





I will miss Sloan Sabbith and her zingers.

Farewell, The Newsroom. Sorkin, don't be a stranger. 

Sunday, 14 December 2014

I will get this bloody acquittal finished.
I will get this bloody acquittal finished.
I will get this bloody acquittal finished.
I will get this bloody acquittal finished.
I will get this bloody acquittal finished.
I will get this bloody acquittal finished.
I will get this bloody acquittal finished.
I will get this bloody acquittal finished.
I will get this bloody acquittal finished.
I will get this bloody acquittal finished.
I will get this bloody acquittal finished.
I will get this bloody acquittal finished.
I will get this bloody acquittal finished.
I will get this bloody acquittal finished.
I will get this bloody acquittal finished.
I will get this bloody acquittal finished.
I will get this bloody acquittal finished.
I will get this bloody acquittal finished.


(repeating it over and over might just make it happen... I hope)

Saturday, 13 December 2014

The world is going off the reservation and back to crazy town.

Three couples this week telling me they've split.

WTAF?!?

Friday, 12 December 2014

Goodbye crappy, [15 year] old, insanely uncomfortable, keeps-me-awake-at-night mattress...



Hello brand new, pillow-top, ultra-comfortable mattress.



In the words of Bridget Jones... I'm off to Bedfordshire.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Frustrating day at work.

SUPER frustrating.

Oh well. Apply the Yazz and Howard Jones principles and move on.


Wednesday, 10 December 2014


Me after the mid-season finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D...




Also, in honour of the mid-season finale (and because I had a friend come over for dinner and finale watching), I made this giant cookie for dessert:



Yeah, I'm a nerd.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Nothing says 'Christmas' like a tree made of twigs, lights and electrical tape.

Ho ho ho.


Monday, 8 December 2014

I love Aaron Sorkin.

That is all.







Actually, no. That's not all. I feel compelled to add: NOOOOOOOOO! NOT CHARLIE!!!!!

Sunday, 7 December 2014

There's something quite unnerving about holding an open urn full of someone's ashes before they're poured into the ground, especially when it's over four years since they've died.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Knocked over a few Christmas gifts today at the market where my delightful cousin was selling her delicious chocolate wares.



Now I just need to sort out a few more.

And a tree. I need a tree.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Today has been a day of fits and starts. I feel very unproductive.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

All that remains of tonight's belated Thanksgiving dinner...




Except the turkey carcass. But that's a bit too gross-looking to photograph.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

All caught up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Still working my way through Madam Secretary, Scandal, Mom, The Mindy Project and The Mysteries of Laura. Lord only knows when I'll have time for them.

SO.

BUSY.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

To most people, a big fancy dinner with a bunch of occupational hygienists would be tedious, but when you've spent the last three weeks with a bunch of overly-dramatic, artsy types, it's quite fun to observe how regular people operate.

Some of them could definitely do with a Trinny & Susannah or Queer Eye-style makeover, however.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Negotiated to work from home for the rest of the week. Phew. I'm knackered.