Saturday, 28 February 2009

smug married couple

Today, I am smug. I am one half of a smug married couple. This awesomely bodacious smug married couple woke up this morning and went for a 5.5 mile this morning. Upon our return, we had smoothies (mango, pineapple and papaya, with apple and mango juice) to replenish our smug selves. Then, we devoured our homemade bread from our homemade bread maker. Yes we are so smug we even prepared our bread BEFORE our run to be ready for lunch.

After cleaning the flat (more smugness) we are now watching the rugby and drinking beer, waiting for friends and bangers and mash for dins. Life is good.

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Revolutionary Road

For our bookgroup meeting this month, we read Revolutionary Road. Love the cover!!! I really enjoyed the book, too, but it took me a little while to get into it. It's set in the 1950's, American suburbia, about a couple dealing with the banalities of the American Dream, and deciding to do something about it.

We saw the film the day before our meeting, and I was very very impressed. Although it was faithful to the book, I feel the best book to film adaptations need to translate the material into a different platform - what works for a book, and makes it a great book, more often than not doesn't make a good film. However, the film found its own voice, and the two leads were great.

I also thought the film was a bit more intense, and definitely more harrowing. I ALMOST cried, but not quite :) And the costumes were amazing! I was totally born in the wrong generation (apart from loving feminism, working, sports, know what I mean...) I actually just wanted Kate Winslet's entire wardrobe. And hair. And makeup.

So, our next book is White Tiger, the latest Man Booker Prize winner, and I'm looking forward to getting stuck into that! Although I sometimes feel reluctant to go to the meetings (ugh, it's cold out, I'm tired, blah blah) I do always enjoy myself, and I'm really glad I'm getting to read things I would never have thought to pick up.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

It's not everyday you get to watch your dad get shot on TV...

But that's what happened yesterday! While we were in LA, my dad was filming a small (ie, opening scenc) role for The Unit (what looks to be a really crap show).

Click here to see the Prosperous Fellow get shot!

Looking a bit further back, I had a fantastic time on Friday night watching the opera Die Tote Stadt. Crazy bald dancing lady was really cool, and I sat next to a purple hair lady!

We stayed over with the Monks and had a lovely 3 hour train journery from Gatwick to Brighton, via the entire friggin English coast (due to rail replacements, so they say).

I'm not really one for valentine's day, but me and the Po-ster went for a lovely meal at one of my fave restaurants, Planet India, which does amazing vegetarian and vegan curries. Our entire meal, drinks included, was £22. Ridonkulous. We left 30 squid and went to the pub. Best V-day EVER.

Sunday was a lazy day, and we watched Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. A-mah-zing.

really really enjoyed both Robert Downey, Jr (wtf, nominated for an Academy Award for Tropic Thunder?!?!) and Val Kilmer. I spent the first 20 minutes of the film trying to remember the last thing he was in. Whatever it was, this was better. Go see it!

Finally, we finished season one of the Wire. Intense. I have to admit, I'm not really into coppers/bad guys tv shows, and at first I wasn't convinced. Boy, about 6 episodes in, I was friggin hooked. Bring on season two!

Love you McNulty!

Monday, 9 February 2009

get your cycling butt into gear!

I've had such an amazing weekend! As per usual, we did fuck all on Friday night (well, I was frantically sewing away in order to finish Claudia's bag before she arrived), but I still love doing fuck all on a Friday. It's lovely. Anyway, we went for our run as usual, this time 5 miles (5.5 including the walk back from Tesco!) and saw Woodie's diner which I really want to explore now. I love American diners in Britain. They're never remotely authentic, but brilliant in their own kitsch way. We also had my amazing strawberry, banana and organe juice smoothies!

But we got to chill with Claudia this weekend, which I've been looking forward to for so long. It all goes so quickly! I can't wait for her to get her butt down souf.

Then I got to see Claire on Sunday, who's just returned from her around the world travels. Also really good to see her, she looks fantastic. Maybe I need a trip, too....hmmm.

Did my measurements again, 2 weeks on:

Chest: 41.5" -0.5"
Waist: 34" -1"
Hips: 40.5" -.05"
Thigh: 27.5" +0.5" :(
Arm: 14" same

It's good to see some inches coming off the waist and hips, but damn my quads! Well, I'm heading the right direction, so I need to stop skiving the gym when the weather gets a bit wet. Because lets face, I live in the fucking rainiest fucking country in the world, so I better get used to it!

BTW! Looks like good things come in twos.
Shady Ninja and I both got our visas returned to us last Friday! Lets celebrate! Only took the bastards 4 months!

Wednesday, 4 February 2009


This weekend, Ronan and I went to the 2nd Brighton Tattoo Convention. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I actually ended up having a really good time. We saw some really cool artists from all over Europe and the UK, as well as some from the US. I also think I've found the artist I'd like to work on my backpiece, once I decide I have enough money!

We got to watch a bit of the 'competitions', where people show off their pieces and judges decide which one they like best. This was one of the coolest ones we saw:

It was just great seeing so many wonderful tattoos. There were definitely some crap ones, but all in all, people just seemed really comfortable in their skin. As I get a bit older, I'd definitely consider getting bolder, bigger pieces, including sleeves or a chestpiece.

Monday, 2 February 2009

i <3 snowy days

As you may have heard, Britain's had it's biggest snowfall in a bazillion years. Awesome! And it's even settling in Brighton, on the beach! We enjoyed our snowy evening by visiting the beach last night. This morning was so amazing, the roads were empty, and it was just powder everywhere. Unfortunately, by lunch, it's just turned to slush, and by evening, ice. It's supposedly supposed to continue tonight, but we'll see. Anyway, it's awesome!

And the best part? The decision to get Bailey's and make naughty coffees! 4 down, who knows how many to go?