Monday, 31 January 2011
Sunday, 30 January 2011
So, nesting instinct kicked in, piles of stuff in different categories were made, baby clothes were sorted and put in piles, crib was assembled, and all became right with the world again.
Mum and Dad kindly treated us to dinner at the Ritzy Cafe, then we had a lazy evening in. So lovely that they came to stay, really good to see them.
Saturday, 29 January 2011
So helpful, just so many babygrows and bits and pieces. Tried to sort them into sizes to ensure we can store them as efficiently as possible. Also a lovely crib, baby gym and little seat too, just so useful!
Made it back to Brixton where Mum and Dad had already welcomed Aunt Jane in for dinner, as we were running a bit behind due to traffic. Shepherds Pie worked very well, as did the ultra-luxury (cream and proper vanilla) rice pudding. Good to catch up with them all, now somewhat sleepy after a fun and food filled day!
An alarm keeps going off outside ... I hope it stops soon!
Friday, 28 January 2011
After work made some bread for the evening's festivities, being joined by Erika, Dan and Andrew (and of course Mum and Dad) for a lovely lasagne dinner, with lots of cream cakes for dessert. Yum!
Thursday, 27 January 2011
So, the Lasagne is ready for Fri and the Shepherds Pie mostly ready for Sat. Joy!
Mum and Dad had had a full day down in Chichester visiting Matty, then watching La Soiree back in London. Charlie unfortunately has a tummy ache, so good that he has gone to bed early and has a flexi-day off tomorrow.
Oh, and the fabulous Ebay pushchair I won should be delivered tomorrow ... very exciting!
Wednesday, 26 January 2011
So went for a swim after work, and had a relaxed evening catching up with the parentals over dinner.
However on my return from swimming had my most stressful Ebay bidding experience ever, but managed to successfully secure what looks like the perfect red pushchair ... bring it on!!
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
A splendiferous game of Scrabble on the way home, where we both kept getting 7 letter words. Our joint score, over 850 points, was the highest joint score we have ever had. Although I won, it was not quite my highest score ever, having scored a mindblowing 499 during one of our games in Paris.
Not keen to go to bed, as wanted to play more Scrabble ...
Monday, 24 January 2011
So, when the clock ticked around to 7:15am, decided to go into work early. Good to be back, though many of the same bits and pieces to pick up that I left behind me, felt like I had been away longer than a week and all reasonably chilled.
Intended to leave early and go swimming, but a few things cropped up. So decided I was too tired for my 3rd day of swimming in a row and went home, spending most of the evening with Norris who popped round after her swim.
Also, have added photos to my Paris entries:
I need to go to the Louvre ...
Orsay and Beyond
Sunday, 23 January 2011
They were all very well and on excellent form, with Dannie clearly doing very well being both heavily preggie (about 33 weeks now, I think) and still coping well with the demands of a smart, gentile and strong-minded 2.5 year old. Popped into Wetherspoons for some food before heading back to London.
As the District line was misbehaving, got on a bus from Clapham Junction to get to west London for Minky's birthday dinner. After a few errors and annoyances, eventually made it to Turnham Green and the yummy Thai Budsara restaurant just in time for starters.
Also managed to squeeze in the premiere of the Boat Trip video back at Mink and Dave's, which was excellent and well-received! Well done Fish, roll on the Bike Trip!
Saturday, 22 January 2011
Up fairly late, though Fish was up early for his course. Picked up a very kind parcel from Ray-J in the States containing Oreos and Reeces Pieces, did 20 kicking lengths at the pool, then met with Alex and Andrew for brunch at TRIN.
Back home to chill out watching 'Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith' before doing a bit of sorting out of our room and the spare room.
Then to Norris and Liam's 'Back to Blighty' party, really good to catch up with Nat, Fi and Becky especially, as well as seeing a few other friendly faces I haven't seen in a while.
Friday, 21 January 2011
Such a beautiful building, rising pure and supreme above Paris as if on a higher plane. And, once up the many steps, we gazed back over Paris and the misty sillhouette of the Eiffel Tower and then went in to see inside.
Again, I was really pleased to see how well a church manages respectful tourists who are allowed to quietly and peacefully enjoy the church, while worshippers can pray in peace in the main body of the church. We wandered round outside for a while, and wandered into a handy creperie for a nibble, and then back to the hotel and on to Gare du Nord to head home.
Another easy journey back to Blighty, though a slightly stalled Tube train and a slight contretemps greeted us when we got back to London and Brixton respectively. But good to be home after such a lovely holiday.
Indulged in Steak Frites with lots of blue cheese sauce to mark the end of the holiday, and now ... oh look, my bath is ready!
Thursday, 20 January 2011
Wednesday, 19 January 2011
Tuesday, 18 January 2011
Monday, 17 January 2011
Eventually went into town for a wander round Mamas and Papas to spend my £5 voucher on a couple of cute baby toys (joy!) before being fitted for the world's most comfortable maternity bra in Bravissimo, which I bought with the voucher Erika kindly gave me last summer.
Then to Notting Hill to spend the Retro vouchers I have had in my wallet since last summer. Immediately as I walked in one of the shops I saw the most beautiful necklace, it just sang to me as I walked by. Also found the fluffiest most cosy lambswool jumper in the world in Oxfam.
Also got Fish a little present, a T-Shirt that pulled me into the shop, somewhat like this one.
An evening spent sorting and preparing for the week to come! Oh yes, and watching the 'Britney' episode of Glee ... *blush*.
Sunday, 16 January 2011
To the Hive for brunch, given TRIN was not open yet. Then spent the afternoon making more progress on the nursery ... sawing up our Ikea pigeonholes as Charlie winced. But it worked, so we now have a changing table! And the room is mostly sorted, just need to get rid of the old furniture to the charity furniture shop and ditch all the old wood. Not quite sure why I love sawing up Ikea furniture so much, but I seem to do it quite a lot!
Next project, spare room!
A and A came round in the evening for dinner and to try out the new Rabbids game on the Wii.
Charlie ALMOST finished the boat trip video in time, but not quite, what antici ......... pation!
Saturday, 15 January 2011
Then a quick wander round Brixton before heading home.
Then Charlie, Kirsten and I all went to see The Kings Speech. An excellent film, uplifting and sympathetic, just right to win a best picture Oscar in a royal wedding year.
Then to Alex's where the others played Lord of the Rings Risk while I drank Appletiser and read my new 'Help' book by Oliver Burkeman, who writes the fab 'This Column Will Change Your Life' in the Guardian. Kirsten won the LOTR Risk, and I had a little sleep ... rockin' Saturday night!
Thursday, 13 January 2011
Back to Balham for another wondeful preggie Hydrotherm massage by Diana at IMBS. So my back feels as fresh as a 5 year olds' and I am full of good feelings.
Came back home to prep homemade bread for tomorrow and to make homemade mushroom pate ... hurrah for lunch when working from home! Also indulged in the Big Bang Theory.
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Then met with Alex and Andrew in The Rest Is Noise for a couple of drinks, discussing amongst other things potential options for our annual group holiday in Sept. Intrigue ...
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
To Erika and Dan's in Battersea after work, as they were kindly cooking dinner for us and also Charlie's cousin Anna. Was lovely to see her, and spend a cosy evening chatting about her artistic endeavours and some of the more random baby names one could choose.
Monday, 10 January 2011
Was a lovely evening of good food, drinks, hive playing, chatting about childbirth and other ephemera.
Sunday, 9 January 2011
We then did some more exploring of Brixton Village, going to a very pleasant pancake place for gallettes ... yummy!
Then ran into Kirsten in Gamesmaster, and we went back to mine for tea, brownies and a general catch up, as I hadn't seen her since Danish Christmas. Then Norris arrived, ostensibly to write a job application, but she was happy to chill out for a while, especially as we all had a yummy waffle from the waffle iron that Theresa kindly dug out for me a short while ago.
So, K headed off, Alex and Andrew then arrived for some more Rabid Rabbids, K came back and then Charlie came back from his course ... so all in all, a pretty sociable day! Only, not much tidying done *blush* ... never mind! Laura, Gary and Matty all staying tomorrow, but the house is presentable enough.
Saturday, 8 January 2011
Ended up in the Brixton Village part of the market, quite smart with some unoccupied spots. Decided to make Noz and Liam feel at home by plumping for a Colombian place, a good choice, with delicious mango juice, and I had a cheese omelette and fried yuca ... joy!
Then a lazyish day, doing a few bits and pieces ... washing, having a lovely long bath.
Friday, 7 January 2011
Thursday, 6 January 2011
Domestic bliss surely, when the house smells of freshly baked brownies, and will soon smell of freshly baked bread ... yum!
Oh, and managed another 40 lengths at the pool ... tiring, and still needing the odd break, but definitely worth it. Especially to offset the brownies :)
Wednesday, 5 January 2011
Also went to the docs yesterday for a routine check up, and all is well with little Thumper. Had my blood pressure taken (possibly for the first time) with the old school handpump and mercury equipment ... a little surreal, but made it a bit more interesting. Bump was measured and found to be 25cm, all good as I am now 26 weeks, and we also listened to her heartbeat which was pounding away happily as per usual.
Back in the office today, having worked from home yesterday. All very much the same, and still hard to get things done as people are still off. Before Christmas I was drinking ginger, lemon and honey tea to soothe my throat, and after a couple of weeks of neglect, a colleague of mine noted that the remaining ginger chunk had sprouted. We agreed that I should plant it, and it seemed to be pretty well rooted before the Xmas break. Now it is at least 10cm of luscious green ginger plant, hooray! Also, it remind me of the plant in Wall-E - all verdant and full of hope for the future.
On the way home today was giggling lots, as listened to the Radio 4 Friday Night News Quiz which never fails to make me laugh. Also, both to and from work, indulged in the fabulous Mumford and Sons. My favourite song has shifted a few times now, showing how great the album is if my appreciation can evolve so readily. Initially brought to my attention by The Cave, I then moved on to Sigh No More, the title track of their album. But now I am infatuated with the fourth track of the album, Roll Away Your Stone ... even though most of the track is just ok, the bit near the end when the tempo slows right down and the beat changes is just magically wonderful and makes me want to shut my eyes and fling out my arms!
Tuesday, 4 January 2011
Turned out it was a partial eclipse of the sun, albeit through weighty cloud cover.
Some great pics in the Guardian here, and one for now below.
Monday, 3 January 2011
A great end to a lovely Christmas break, finishing off some of the hasty study clearing from last night. Storage boxes have all been sorted and the room is pretty clear now ... now we just have to decide on how we are going to decorate it ... countryside? Super Mario? Space theme? All ideas welcome ...
Also came 3rd (out of 4, not as bad as it sounds) at Lord of the Rings Risk with C, A & A, whilst eating a delicious chicken casserole. Curse the Mirkwood invaders!!
Sunday, 2 January 2011
Salvator, however, is a Very Adventurous Bear and has recently gone missing. Having found himself gainful employment, he was bearnapped and taken to a variety of destinations, some shown below. We are not too worried, as he is a resourceful chap ... mostly wondering where he will go next ...
At the Amber Palace, Jaipur, India
Saturday, 1 January 2011
Had a lazy lie-in, and eventually got up to meet Alex and Andrew for brunch, picking up Patrick on the way. He seemed to be very grateful for a break from his endless house renovations.
Then back home to tidy up after last night, with Fish tackling the mammoth washing up pile and me sorting the lounge. Had a little play on the Wii Fit (it now thinks I am very overweight, ha!) and Super Mario Galaxy 2 before we headed into town to meet with Theresa, Demitris, Erika and Dan for dinner at La Tasca, and then seeing 'Onassis'.
A very interesting play, with Onassis superbly played by Robert Lindsay. To me, it felt very classic in style, a proper Greek Tragedy in many ways. And I felt the 'Greekness' was very thorough and well done, even if the accents were sometimes a little off. It showed the heartbreaking costs of power and immense money, and what happens if you run in such circles ... no compassion and no love.