Saturday, 2 April 2011

Sunday, 27 December 2009

OMG, long time, no see!

My gosh, where have I been all this time?
Well, what a good question.  I've started at my new job which is going pretty good. Lots to learn but I think I'm doing well. I'm working at a marketing agency, so it's quite different to my previous career in investment banking. But I am enjoying the challenge, and as each day goes by, I feel less and less like the new girl in school.

As per my previous post, I've been to see Where The Wild Things Are. What a treat of a movie! The characters have true-to-life human characteristics and problems, which means they're not at all sugary sweet like you may expect for a "kids" movie. In fact, I think this one's more for the grown ups. Please go and see it if you can. I give it 5 heartfelt stars!

Did you have snow over Christmas? We had it by the bucketload. I had to ditch my car halfway up an icy hill, dig it out again and then declare myself snowed-in! I've never known the like! It was beautiful though and I've taken so many photographs to put into my Christmas 2009 scrapbook. The snow even lasted through to Christmas day, which made for my first white Christmas in what must be over 20 years.

My back garden looked pretty instead of messy....

We trudged through streets of white to go and retrieve my car from the icy hill....

But the streets were all so breath-takingly beautiful that the inconvenience seemed worthwhile...

How was your Christmas? Did you party hard, or keep it low-key? I was entertaining guests over the festive period and boy am I exhausted! I've done a whole lotta cooking and eaten a whole lot more. We had goose on Christmas day which was lovely, but I would've been equally as happy with a (happy) chicken. Today I'm cooking the gammon that I forgot to cook for Boxing Day. In fact, I forgot to cook / use so much food on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, that I think we'll be eating it throughout the week to come!  (Did someone mention the word "diet"?)  Next year I might consider going abroad for there's an idea to kickstart some daydreaming!

Anyway, I hope you had a great Christmas and shared some precious time with your friends and family.

{retro sign-off warning}
Peace xoxo

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree.... lovely are your branches?
Quite lovely, thank you!  Ok they're not real branches, but nonetheless I am happy with my efforts this year when it comes to decorating our Christmas tree.  Have you got yours kitted out yet?

I've received a small flurry of Christmas cards, so I've dedicated two hours of my life writing out mine today.
What a bore, but I know every recipient will appreciate them, so it's worth it.  I actually made my own Christmas cards this year (I made them back in July when I was made redundant...nothing like being ahead of the game!).  Here they are in all their glory:

To be honest, having fiddled around with them for so long, I'm a bit sick of them.  In fact, I bought myself three packets of gorgeous ones from Tescos last weekend which totally defeats the point I realise.  However, I didn't technically make as many as I actually need, so buying the extras was out of necessity ;o)

Well, I start my new job tomorrow, so I must love you and leave you.  After all, I need to get my handbag sorted out (everyone knows that you must reorganise your hangbag before starting a new job!) and get my outfit planned and ready.  They have a casual dresscode which actually is causing me more panic than if it were a smart dresscode.  I need to find something inbetweeny which no doubt will prove a headache.

I hope you're having a lovely weekend - perhaps it's been a Christmassy one, or perhaps you're enjoying your last moments of un-Christmassy-ness before you emerse yourself in it.  Either way, cheers!

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Inside All of Us is a Wild Thing

I am bubbling over with excitement about the new movie, Where the Wild Things Are...

What a delicious trailer, don't you think?  Utter gorgeousness for my eyes (breathtaking scenery...looks like Oregon but apparently it's Australia) and ears (I love love love Arcade Fire).  What could be better?

This movie has so much going for it.  Great story by Maurice Sendak, cute Jim Henson characters, directed by Spike Jonze, produced by Tom Hanks, soundtrack by Karen O with contributions from some Raconteurs members.  Frankly for me it is pure heaven on celluloid.

It releases in the UK on the 11th December.  I will be there with jingle bells on!

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Nine Simple Things

Inspired by the fantastic Brigitte Dale and her latest "20 Seconds for 20 Days" video blog, here's my 9 simple things that make me happy:

1. Seeing a rainbow
2. Waking up and realising it's Saturday
3. Toasted peanut butter bagels
4. Eyeliner
5. Finishing a book and starting a new one
6. My Doorbell by The White Stripes
7. Fairy lights
8. Shiny taps
9. Post-facemask skin

What 9 simple things make you happy?

Friday, 27 November 2009

Any Way the Wind Blows

Two of my favourite things....The Muppets and Queen.  Awesome!


Thursday, 26 November 2009

Tea is a Cup of Life

Having been totally enchanted like never before by Ukraine's Got Talent 2009 winner, Kseniya Simonova, and her beautiful sandart, I was really excited to see the three new Twinings Tea adverts.  My particular favourite being the Lady Grey ad.

But there's another for their Speciality teas...

And another for their English Breakfast tea...

I think they're just beautiful, and actually made from tea leaves, not sand in this instance.  However, imagine my surprise when I found out that these adverts were not by the hugely talented Kseniya, but by another sand artist (and perhaps the original!), Ilana Yahav.  Opening up a whole new world of sand art to my eyes via her Sand Fantasy website.

I think in these modern times of computer graphics, CGI and the like, it's just so refreshing to see such wonderful TV ads made by really talented artists using tangible materials, and all done in one take to boot!  Simply marvellous.

Now, all this talk of tea can only lead to one thing....  xoxo