Not our finest hour! Planes grounded, thousands of festive holidays ruined, roads ungritted, drivers stranded for hours . . . and all because it snowed
Sunday, 19 December 2010
Laura Marling is one of those singer's I knew marginally but never really listened to. What a loss to my life. She's wonderful AND SO YOUNG! But her voice sounds so much older. So confused. So jealous of her voice.
Here's a nice weather appropriate song:
Also, the snow this weekend was overwhelming, mostly because 10% of Golders Green is salted, the rest hasn't remotely seen salt or a shovel. Lots of climbing through piles. I also got a blackberry and am 1000% addicted. Finally with the times.
Saturday, 18 December 2010
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Last night I threw a bring a dish X Factor party. Basically, bring a dish because I'm 1-too poor to provide all the food and 2- it allows people to bring foods I've never tried/things I wouldn't think to make. It was amazing. I ate SO SO SO SO much. And I "invented" a pretty amazing cocktail.
What I ate:
-An assortment of cheese- Camembert, Brie, Roquefort
- A pasta bake I made
- A carmelized onion, goats cheese and tomato tart
- Kettle Crisps
- Smoked Salmon Bellinis
- A cupcake
- Cinnimon apple whole foods cake.
AND LOTS OF MY AMAZING alcoholic creation:
Soak frozen berries in bourbon for an hour or so, then pour raspberry cranberry juice over it. Simple, but SO delicious!
Saturday, 11 December 2010
So whilst the John Lewis christmas adverts legit make me cry, the Little Boots advert inspires a different sort of feeling in me:
This of course is the fantastic scene in the Nightmare Before Christmas, where the song originates from. The Littlewoods advert just destroys its magic and makes my soul slightly weep.
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
I've been repeating this to myself a lot recently: Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.
Monday, 6 December 2010
Sunday, 5 December 2010
I couldn't sleep at all last night. Well... not until 2am. I had to take a sleeping pill then I fell asleep till 1045!!!! Which is BEYOND late for me. I think it was a mixture of jetlag and general confusion over mah hot life. My big issue currently is comparing myself to other people. One of my many New Years Resolutions is to stop doing that.
Though, a friend yesterday sent me a wake up to reality text pointing out that I have a secure job, friends, a nice flat and a master's degree! WORD. But then I don't know what I want to do with my life, or how I'll ever pay off my loans. Fun.
In unrelated news, my house has been SO COLD. Like I had to buy an extra heater and use three blankets cold. Then finally last night I was so hot I only used one blanket and slept in a tanktop. Heating victory.
Oh and Ruth and I finally tried the Italian restaurant under a bridge (literally) in Golders Green. I walk by this multiple times every day and have always wanted to try it. Well... it was AMAZING. Like, possibly better than Ciao Bella in Bloomsbury amazing. The staff were all clearly Italian (well... I think), which is a good sign. The food was fairly priced and AMAZING (they don't skimp on cheese!), the wine decent and cheap, the staff friendly AND they gave us Lemoncello shots at the end of our meal. Not sure if that was standard practice, put it added to the experience! Also one of the staff members who vaguely looked like Pete Doherty started singing opera like music while playing the piano. New.Favorite.Restaurant.
Listening to BBC Radio 6 as per us and Cerys Matthews just read the last paragraph of The Dead while playing folksy blues music in the background. I am DYING. I literally had to stop what I was doing (facebook stalking...) and just sit with my eyes closed and listen. I'll post the link when it's up on the website.
So excited for Christmas eve when I make Jonathan read it (preferably in front of a fire, adding to the atmosphere). He doesn't know that I'm going to make him do this yet... but it's going to epic. Like the time I made him read Yeats's "Second Coming." I can hear it how Joyce would have!
Oh goodness I hope the weather doesn't deter me from my journey North! Less than three weeks!
Saturday, 4 December 2010
I went into work today to catch up on my HUGE data entry backlog (YEY MY LIFFFEEEE!!!!) and this song coming onto BBC Radio 6 was the highlight of my alone time in the office:
I've now been playing it on repeat.
X Factor and food fest with Ruth tonight.
Also, I don't get paid until December 17th wahhhhhh poverty.