Exciting news

December 22, 2006

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My sister Nicky called me yesterday morning (or was it the day before?) to say she has decided to come visit me (that’s her on the right, with me on the left). How exciting! Not till (the Northern) Summer next year so it will give her time to save up. I’m so excited about it. I sent her a heap of links to things we can do in London so she could start getting an idea of what we can do.

Today is my last day of work until the new year. Yay for holidays. Unfortunately I don’t get holiday pay so I miss a week’s pay but I’m really really looking forward to the break. I’m having 4 days up north and then I’ll spend time bumming around London with Paul’s sister and pottering about at home. I think I really need the break.

This morning we’re picking up a hire car for the drive to Yorkshire tomorrow. I hope it’s got a CD player!

Paul is a bit nervous about driving in London as he hasn’t done it before.

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music, computer games and Christmas

December 21, 2006

It’s been much colder the last couple of days – even English people are commenting on how cold it is. There has also been lots of fog around – causing the cancellation of flights and slowing traffic down.

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On Tuesday I bought two albums: Public Warning by Lady Sovereign and Peakahokahoo by Piney Gir. Lady Sovereign is really fun, dancey hip hop and Piney Gir is sweet electronica with a bit of country mixed in. I really like them both (which was a relief as I had not heard either of them – I had read about them both). Apparently Piney Gir’s next album after Peakahokahoo is much more folky/country. Lady Sovereign has some great beats and great, fun, funny lyrics. I’d love to see her live. The album has a remix with Missy Elliot which is cool. I was dancing around the bedroom to it last night! It’s great to listen to music to and from work each day. It makes the drudgery of fulltime work slightly more bearable.

Lately I have started playing the ‘massively multiplayer online role playing game’ World of Warcraft! Paul plays it and I finally decided to give it a go. It’s fun but I find it a bit difficult sometimes as I’ve never been much of a player of computer games so I’m not that familiar with them so can’t really guess what I should be doing. I will probably keep playing it every now and then. I have been playing it when Paul is at work which means I do as much as I can and then I get stuck and need to ask him what to do next. When he gets home he simply has to get online and play!

On Saturday, Paul and I are driving up to Yorkshire to stay with his Mum and sister at their Great Aunt’s. There are no heaters in the bedrooms so I’m a bit worried about it. I hope i don’t get tooooo cold. I’m sure Christmas will be really nice but I have such negative feelings towards Christmas it is hard to get excited about it. I have had so many stressful Christmases that generally I wish I could just ignore the whole season. I hate it. Last year I spent Christmas with Paul’s family and it was lovely. Paul can’t understand why I hate it so much but I guess it can be really hard to shake off many years of bad experiences. Even with my family on the other side of the world I’m still having regular stressful dreams about them. Even those members I have good relationships with now, still cause me grief in my dreams.


Site-seeing with Paul's family

December 18, 2006

I haven’t posted for a while so I thought an update was in order.

Paul’s Mum and sister arrived on Friday and we have done lots of London touristing!

We went to the Tate Modern and had great fun on the slides and yummy food in the cafe… oh, we also looked at some world-famous modern art too. We went to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre which was more interesting than I thought it would be.
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Me coming down a slide.
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The ends of three of the slides.
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Me coming down another slide.
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When we got there, there were lots of Santas there but they left pretty soon after! You can see just high up some of the slides go in the distance of this photo!

Yesterday we went to the Victoria and Albert Museum, a trip on the London Eye – very cool – to the Spitalfields Markets and then to Covent Garden.

I think we’re going to the Tower of London today which should be cool.

More updates soon.

Carmen

p.s. On Saturday night we had dinner with my friend Thomas and his partner and his brother and some other people. We had hungarian and the night was really good until they tried to tell us we hadn’t paid enough because we were 9 pounds short of their suggested 28 pound tip! Lots of restaurants here add on a 12.5% suggested gratuity. Which, most of the time, I don’t think they are anywhere near deserving because British service is appalling! Listen to me. God. Is it too much to expect a smile and some help?


Site-seeing with Paul’s family

December 18, 2006

I haven’t posted for a while so I thought an update was in order.

Paul’s Mum and sister arrived on Friday and we have done lots of London touristing!

We went to the Tate Modern and had great fun on the slides and yummy food in the cafe… oh, we also looked at some world-famous modern art too. We went to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre which was more interesting than I thought it would be.
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Me coming down a slide.
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The ends of three of the slides.
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Me coming down another slide.
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When we got there, there were lots of Santas there but they left pretty soon after! You can see just high up some of the slides go in the distance of this photo!

Yesterday we went to the Victoria and Albert Museum, a trip on the London Eye – very cool – to the Spitalfields Markets and then to Covent Garden.

I think we’re going to the Tower of London today which should be cool.

More updates soon.

Carmen

p.s. On Saturday night we had dinner with my friend Thomas and his partner and his brother and some other people. We had hungarian and the night was really good until they tried to tell us we hadn’t paid enough because we were 9 pounds short of their suggested 28 pound tip! Lots of restaurants here add on a 12.5% suggested gratuity. Which, most of the time, I don’t think they are anywhere near deserving because British service is appalling! Listen to me. God. Is it too much to expect a smile and some help?


short update

December 18, 2006

I haven’t posted for a while so I thought an update was in order.

Paul’s Mum and sister arrived on Friday and we have done lots of London touristing!

We went to the Tate Modern and had great fun on the slides and yummy food in the cafe… oh, we also looked at some world-famous modern art too. We went to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre which was more interesting than I thought it would be. Yesterday we went to the Victoria and Albert Museum, a trip on the London Eye – very cool – to the Spitalfields Markets and then to Covent Garden.

I think we’re going to the Tower of London today which should be cool.

More updates soon.

Carmen

p.s. On Saturday night we had dinner with my friend Thomas and his partner and his brother and some other people. We had hungarian and the night was really good until they tried to tell us we hadn’t paid enough because we were 9 pounds short of their suggested 28 pound tip! Lots of restaurants here add on a 12.5% suggested gratuity. Which, most of the time, I don’t think they are anywhere near deserving because British service is appalling! Listen to me. God. Is it too much to expect a smile and some help?


How soon is now lyrics

December 8, 2006

I am the son
And the heir
Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar
I am the son and heir
Of nothing in particular

You shut your mouth
How can you say
I go about things the wrong way ?
I am Human and I need to be loved
Just like everybody else does

I am the son
And the heir
Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar
I am the son and heir
Oh, of nothing in particular

You shut your mouth
How can you say
I go about things the wrong way ?
I am Human and I need to be loved
Just like everybody else does

There’s a club, if you’d like to go
You could meet somebody who really loves you
So you go, and you stand on your own
And you leave on your own
And you go home, and you cry
And you want to die

When you say it’s gonna happen “now”
Well, when exactly do you mean ?
See I’ve already waited too long
And all my hope is gone

You shut your mouth
How can you say
I go about things the wrong way ?
I am Human and I need to be loved
Just like everybody else does

How Soon is Now by The Smiths


How soon is now? lyrics

December 8, 2006

I am the son
And the heir
Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar
I am the son and heir
Of nothing in particular

You shut your mouth
How can you say
I go about things the wrong way ?
I am Human and I need to be loved
Just like everybody else does

I am the son
And the heir
Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar
I am the son and heir
Oh, of nothing in particular

You shut your mouth
How can you say
I go about things the wrong way ?
I am Human and I need to be loved
Just like everybody else does

There’s a club, if you’d like to go
You could meet somebody who really loves you
So you go, and you stand on your own
And you leave on your own
And you go home, and you cry
And you want to die

When you say it’s gonna happen “now”
Well, when exactly do you mean ?
See I’ve already waited too long
And all my hope is gone

You shut your mouth
How can you say
I go about things the wrong way ?
I am Human and I need to be loved
Just like everybody else does

How Soon is Now by The Smiths