Friday, 26 March 2010

More Reminiscing - this time, LA

It's Friday afternoon, and rather than work, I'm having fun doing a photo dump, and getting excited about my upcoming trip to LA!!!  I know we can't really afford to go once (sometimes twice *gulp*) a year, but I would be devestated if we didn't.  So we make do.  Here are some of my favorite pictures from the past few times we've been! (Warning: massive photo overload!)


Only 12 more days to go!!!

Back in the day

A few weeks (months?) ago, my mom posted some old pictures up on Flickr.  She had bumped in with the woman who ran the daycare my sisters used to go to, Karen.  It was really sad to hear that her husband Earle had passed away, but I'm so glad she gave these pictures to my mom.  Things have been really tough for my family for the past year or so, and whenever I get really upset about this, it's nice to look at these pictures.

I grew up in the epitomy of an 'unconventional family', but it was one filled with warmth and love, and it's strange to think how much my life has changed since then.  And now that I'm thinking of starting my own family, I'm glad I can look up to my mom and be inspired by her amazingness :)

Me, Mom, Rick, Kaley and Kendall at the pumpkin patch for Halloween

Teeny tiny (brunette!) Kaley with Earle

Giggly girls - Kendall and Kaley

Giggle girls with mom - isn't my mom beautiful???

My fave one of me and my sisters (and a random little boy!)

And here's a picture of me with my sisters from my wedding a couple years ago (they're such posers!)

And while we're reminiscing, might as well have a little laugh at my super cool swimming style 15+ years ago!

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Rainbow pancakes

I don't take Valentine's Day very seriously.  In fact, most of my life has been filled with singlehood, so that might have something to do with it.  But I've always thought, 'Hey, if you love someone, why do you need a special day to show affection?'  And for the most part, I still agree with that.  Our first Valentine's Day, R and I got takeaway Chinese (2-4-1 special, ka-ching!) and had cheap Cava.  We've stepped it up a bit recently, though, and have somehow got in the habit of going to Planet India (my fave restaurant in Brighton - veggie Indian).  But in the morning, I decided I wanted to do something special.  Now, R was very impressed and they were yummy, but they didn't quite turn out how I wanted.  In fact, I'm debating whether to show the original inspiration for them.  I'll post mine first and see if I've made up my mind by then...

First, I made the batter.  Then I separated it into 6 bowls.

This is my favourite - it looks like an egg!

The colours were so vibrant, it looked fantastic!  Then I cooked each colour individually and made a stack.  But I forgot, of course, that when you cook pancakes, the outsides brown.  So I was a bit dissappointed with the final ... presentation.  But they were a surprise and R loved them (and they were delicious, of course)!

Okay, I've decided to show the original ones because boy oh boy were they amazing.  And probably (definitely?) photoshopped, so that makes me feel better.

I found them on Oh Dee Doh, one of Apartment Therapy's babies.

So lovely and thick and bright and everything mine weren't but I'm still pretty darn impressed!  I will definitely make them again sometime :)

A Single Man House

Last night, we went to go see A Single Man.  I really enjoyed it, I thought it was lovely, beautiful, painfully sad, but a great movie experience.  But what did I fall in love with?  The most beautiful house in the world.  I've already told R I want to live in this house.  After a bit of hunting, not only did I find beautiful pictures of the most amazing house (see below) but I found out it's for sale!  Amazing!  And of course, it's in Los Angeles!  And only $1.5 million!  Now $1.5 million is obviously about.... $1.5million more than I have.  But!  That's not half bad.... A lot of houses in the South East of England will cost £700,000-£1million, and not be nearly as lovely as this house.

Beautiful beautiful beautiful house

So hopefully the next time I live in LA, I'll be living it large in my very own Beautiful House (that's the official TM name now).

Monday, 1 March 2010

Oh Dear

February has actually been very exciting!  And I've been doing things and taking photographic evidence!  I'm hoping to get some pictures uploaded tonight and put on my tin-ter web. 

But in the mean time, Spring seems to have made a visit (I don't imagine it will stay long), so to celebrate, I thought I'd up the SQUEE factor and show you a Pug dressed as a Lamb (or is it a Cloud?)