30 November 2006
24 November 2006
- Amalfi coast from the passenger seat
- Blogging friends
- Bond, James Bond (I can not WAIT to see it)
- Britney left K-Fed
- Dangly earrings
- Diet Coke
- Flip Flops
- Friends, Friends, Friends
- Friends that can make a joke
- Friends that can take a joke
- Greek salads in Greece
- Hockney, David
- Idina Menzel (Wicked)
- Instant Messenger
- Joe, my Dad
- Jon Stewart and the Daily Show
- Kathy, my Mom
- KT Tunstall
- Mike, my brother
- My luck and hard work in getting a job that allows me to live a life I love.
- Nine West boots
- Olive oil from Italy
- Pashminas (this office is DAMN COLD)
- Paolo Nutini
- Pinot Grigio
- Roller coasters
- Skinny Gingerbread Lattes with half syrup and light whip cream
- Thai food
- Snow Patrol
- Suzanne's love of theatre
- Sushi train restaurants
- Veronica Mars
- Warren Miller movies
- Whistler, even though I won't get to ski/ride it this year
23 November 2006
Now, I say this, and all you 'Merican think - yeah, pumpkin pie - easypeasy. The thing that all you 'Mericans might not realize is that it's not just a simple matter of popping down to the shop to pick up the ingredients for a traditional American meal in London. Most of our grocery shops are pint-sized, catering to city living of eating out most nights and cooking-in only on occasion.
Even if you go to the same grocery store every night and see the same things on the shelves every night, you can guarantee that the ONE NIGHT you want to buy it, it will be out. That's the beauty of only stocking shelves for a 6-12 hour turnaround.
With two recipes printed out and two pie plates stored in my laptop bag, I headed out early after work last night to the "big" Tesco Metro near my office for the ingredients. I had already planned on trekking up to the deli in Hampstead that sells "American" foods for the canned pumpkin, but figured I should check in the Tesco Metro just in case.
"Can I use olive oil?" I ask Erin who had come over to provide moral support.
Another trip to Tesco downstairs and I manage to find some sunflower oil located on a bottom shelf in the back. Because OF COURSE a Tesco wouldn't bother to have anything as exotic as vegetable oil. Back upstairs a quick perusal of the Joy of Cooking (the bible!) and I learn the exact degree conversion and the baking can begin.
I'd tell you about the Tube ride in to the office this morning while carrying 2 pumpkin pies but I don't really have the energy or sanity to repeat it. Suffice to say, there is absolutely NO WAY to ride the Tube without being jostled and run into by other people.
I'd also mention that the first thing I did this morning when I left the house was to trip on the stairs and slam the pies together, but like I said, I don't really have the energy or the sanity to repeat it.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!
21 November 2006
20 November 2006
17 November 2006
- Not enough photos of Suri on the Internet
- George Bush
- No good soup at Eat for lunch.
- I can't Orb.
- Cranes are crashing into my old office building.
I am off to the Cruise wedding this weekend immediately after work. Got the private jet all gassed up, the Christal is on ice, and I have a few pairs of dark sunglasses to save me from the Paparazzi's glare. I am debating between the Armani and the D&G outfit but I figure I'll know when I get there. It's funny, Katie asked me to be a bridesmaid a few months ago but I politely declined and reminded her, "It's not about this Katie, it's all about you."
Never outshine a bride. Remember that.
16 November 2006
15 November 2006
- The lights have been lit on Regent Street and Oxford Street
- The tree is up in Covent Garden (although, as of 9.00 am this morning the lights were not on)
- The shops have the Christmas displays up
- I bought my tickets to the Nutcracker.
- My mom is calling and asking for my Christmas list.
I am not going home for Christmas this year. At 30 years old I am spending my first Christmas without any of my nuclear family members. It's a bit odd. At the time I made the plans, I was fresh off my summer world tour and could not face the idea of getting on another plane. Literally. The idea of one more second at Heathrow made me a bit crazy.
Now, 3 months later, I have sufficiently recovered from my Heathrow loathing but am still glad I chose not to travel at Christmas. I will still be getting some much needed USA infusion though. We are jetting to NYC on 29 November for a bit of holiday shopping and Christmas fervor. I have always wanted to see New York at the holidays - the lights, the ice skating, the bustle of Christmas shoppers...hmmm. Although, now that I say that, it does sound an awful lot like London. The last time I was in NY was when I got my visa approved for my trip to London. I wonder if it smells the same? I am guessing it does.
14 November 2006
- I don't like being sick.
- Whistler is opening early this year. In 4 days to be exact. I never get more homesick than when I hear that Whistler is opening.
- The Jack the Ripper tour kinda sucked. Our guide was extremely random. She took us to the sites all out of order and then kept messing up the story and the names. She also kept laughing, like the story of Jack the Ripper was so amusing, and then had to keep stopping mid-story and backing up to tell up points she forgot to mention earlier. I left more confused then before I arrived. Nothing is worse than a non-linear storyteller when the story is meant to be told in a linear way.
- The Lord Mayor Show is a bit of random London life that I am so glad I can now say I have seen. It's good to know that London is not all big city all the time. It reminded me of a small town parade on a big city street. No floats. No fancy presentations. Just a lot of civically minded organizations and a parade route. We saw plumbers, we saw cab drivers, we saw electricians, and ambulance drivers, and workers from an autism school...along with the Lord Mayor and all the military bands you could find. It was random, and laughable, and kinda wonderful in a way that only completely random things can be.
- While I do like "The Toilet of Venus," I am not a big fan of Velazquez. I am a fan of Hockney. Specifically his photo collages. They are amazing. If you have a chance to get down to the National Portrait Gallery before the exhibit closes, I suggest you go. It's totally worth the £9.
- I have discovered the band Gomez. Katie likey.
- I am completely addicted to Veronica Mars. Yes, it's on the CW in the States (I only recently learned what the CW is!) but I now own Seasons 1 & 2 on DVD. If I put one in, I have to watch the whole disc. I can't watch just one episode. It's cause I am in love with the character Logan. In luuuuurve with him (and yes, it's the character, not necessarily the actor)...like I might ffwd just to see his scenes. It's ridiculous. I blame Suzanne. She's the enabler who gave me my first taste.
10 November 2006
I give you my Top 5:
1. American Holidays:
The great thing about uniquely American holidays like the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving? They focus on FOOD. Fourth of July is all about BBQs and fireworks. Thanksgiving is all about turkey, mash, and pumpkin pie. There is no gift giving, there is no holiday guilt, there is no pressure (except against my belt after the meal). I heart American Holidays.
2. American Geography:
I love that we are such a huge country. That stupid statistic that like less than 2 people in the USA have a passport is so ridiculous. Do you know how much USA there is to see? In London, as soon as I get on a plane I need a passport because I am leaving the country. I can fly for 30 minutes and be in Paris or the Netherlands. In the USA I can fly for SIX HOURS and still be in the USA..and let's be honest, there are parts of the USA that are definitely like visiting another country but at least you don't have to worry about an exchange rate!
3.John Stewart and the Colbert Report.
4. American TV and Gossip Rags.
Having spent the last 2.25 years in another country
5. Tex-Mex Food:
It's unique to the USA but I predict that someday, it will rule the world. Nachos. Burritos. Tacos. Salsa Verde. Guacamole. Mouth watering. Yum.
So there you have it. The Top 5 Things I love about Being American. What's on your top 5?
08 November 2006
Fist, he's the one who named the blog.
Second, he's the one that flagged the on-line ticket sales for my 2 new music crushes to me yesterday.
As any female with a credit card would do, I went a bit crazy last night and bought tickets to 3 concerts...all happening in about a 1 week timeframe. KT Tunstall, Paolo Nutini, and James Morrison. I have no buyer's remorse but if you want to find me the week of 19 November, chances are I am at the venue in Islington catching the show. Pretty much all of them.
So much for slowing down the spending since I bought that ticket for my Australia tour, eh? It's just a good thing I am independently wealthy and living off the residuals of my last album...oh wait.
1) Britney is finally K-Fed up
2) Americans are finally K-Fed up with Bush (record numbers!)
Believe it or not both of these news items are running in newspapers, radio news and BBC 24 hour with equal air time.
I'll admit, I'm pleased as punch with both results and will sleep well tonight knowing that all is right with the world. I'll admit that I didn't bother to vote this time around - after the last election I was feeling a bit disillusioned - but YOU, the AMERICAN PEOPLE, have given me hope.
And you, Britney Spears, you have also given me hope. My favourite quote about the divorce so far? "When asked why the Earth suddenly feels like it's spinning faster, scientists said it was because Kevin Federline just fell off the face of it."
07 November 2006
"I need your help on something - not work related."
"What's that song?? From the 90's?? I think?? I think 'playground' is in it but...
I can't remember if it's the song or the name of the ban..."
"Sex and Candy by Marcy Playground?"
06 November 2006
This morning one ear wouldn't pop and now it is popped but the ringing started. And it's going and going. I feel like I just left a rock concert that I only half listened to.
Oh my god the ringing.
It's making me a bit crazy and giving me a headache.
Being the internet savvy girl that I am I did a little self-diagnosis. Turns out I had a problem with fluid in my Eustachian tube - the tube finally drained at lunch and now I have the ringing. This may or may not be the sign of an ear infection.
I haven't had an ear infection since I was, what?, 4 years old? What grown up gets an ear infection?
Oh, and did I mention the ringing is driving me CRAZY?!?
2. James Morrison - Inspiration
Seriously. I am not kidding. Go buy them now.
You can buy them for like a dollar on allofmp3.com. It's a pain to download the tunes but at $.14 a song, who cares?
03 November 2006
1. Blogger has decided to take away all my font options (hence this crappy crap plain text)
2. I TRIED to do a Top 5 list twice, but it has TWICE decided to screw it up after I did all the work.
3. I can't compete with CherryRide (seriously, the man is too damn funny.)
4. After this week I can only count to four.