Friday, 28 February 2014

20 Questions

20 Questions

I saw this on Rainy Saturday's blog and thought - how marvellous and I must do the same....

1. What brings you the greatest joy? – My children and a family holiday down on the water in Florida. Theres something magical about the ambience and the destination.

2. What are your vices? Chocolate, coffee and wine

3. What is on your nightstand? Books, a lamp and last nights glass of water

4. Do you have a secret talent? I can sing really badly, even my children ask me to “mummy please stop”

5. What is your greatest indulgence? My first flat

6. What should every woman try at least once in her life? To travel alone. To really understand what you want to do and be free to do it. To take the time to really take the pleasure in that trip. 

7. What makes you laugh? Pinterest Fails and autocorrect messages

8. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I wanted to be a fighter pilot and fly Harrier Jump Jets

9. What is on your bucket list? Watching the sunrise on the Grand Canyon, doing a cattle drive in Montana, owning a Florida escape.

10. What is on your feet right now? Taupe ballerina shoes (tired of the boots)

11. How did you make your first dollar? Paper round, that was in Pounds Sterling though. My first dollar was as an Accountant in my first NS Job.

12. What superstition do you believe in? Karma, what goes around comes around 

13. What items in your closet do you wear the most? Jeans, leggings, scarves currently

14. What is the best gift you've ever received? My dads help with our last UK home

15. What is on your liquor shelf?  Nothing, no liquor in the house – damnit!

16. What is on your kitchen counter? Keurig machine, coffee pot, keurig cups (coffee weakness) Toaster, bread bin, Disneyland Paris tray

17. What would you never leave home without? My phone and my purse

18. What movie has the greatest ending? Frig I don’t know… I am particularly touched by emotional endings where all things come good in the face of adversity… like Apollo 13, The Incredible Journey…..

19. Who is on the guest list for your ideal dinner party? Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon, Harrison Ford, Robert Redford, Demi Moore and Tom Cruise. I am really interested in what these people would have to say.

20. What is one thing you wish you had known when you were younger?  To be more confident, say no when you have to and not concern yourself with other peoples issues so much. Not everyone has to like you and that’s actually ok.


Wednesday, 26 February 2014

so over it

Ok, so I am done now (along with thousands of others no doubt!) and I feel a little pissey about it all right now.
Outside its minus 100 or something stupid. And I know its only the end of February so frankly this weather aint going nowhere fast and I KNOW this but honestly I am done with this malarkey.

Yes I love the good book in front of the fire combo, alongside my cup of Stash camomile and spearmint tea but I am missing out on the TV, that big old 50inch screen in the family room that's not got the fire blazing in it and it therefore quite a few degrees cooler than it is in our front room. I want to be back into HGTV and rodeo girls, not hanging out on Netflix on the Ipad anymore, bored of it all.

Yes the snow is beautiful and the way it crunches underfoot is a delicious sound but so is the heat and the smell of sunscreen, I am ready to swop!

I am tired of being bundled up to the nines to go outside, I want my t-shirt and flipflops back so I can stroll about in the evening feeling at one with the humidity.

I appreciate the running track at the sportsplex but I want to be back outside now seeing the early morning sunshine as I get out there for a 5km before work..

I want windows down, ceiling fans, AC, pool pump, smell of chlorine, beach days, grilled food out on the deck, laundry on the line, sand everywhere in the car and picnics back.

I want to want salsa and fish again and salad with everything.

I almost welcome the first mosquito that bites me, we shall high five and share a cocktail!

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Back to the UK

So I went back to the UK for a week to see my family and friends and it was a surprise in more ways than one, but the main reason was that I liked being there.
Yes it rained….ALOT!, There were flood warnings in abundance and I experienced endless wet stuff and gusting winds of 80mph which were a surprise. The trees are in a mess, let me tell you, after months and months of heavy rain theres not much support holding them into the ground anymore and they can do without wind like that.

It was insanely busy, especially Heathrow T3 which was a nightmare of people.

It was warm, yes it was wet, but at 10C it was warm to me
I actually really liked being there. I was comfortable. I shared waves with other drivers when we let each other out and gave each other space to negotiate some flood across some road, or some pothole and there were many. I knew were turns of phrase meant all the time and what a raised eyebrow might indicate, along with slang terminology.

I spent happy hours shopping in M&S with one of my besties and am finally cured of Next. There was nothing in there at all to buy.
I had a shandy in a pub, chip shop chips, Tapas, a roast dinner, a Chinese and spent cheaply in Tescos.

I spent precious time with my family and my friends and crammed in every spare moment with people that I love. I partied with an excellent drag queen on the last Friday night and I slept a lot on the flight home.

 Now I am back and happily so, in Nova Scotia and I still love living here but you know what, I love England too. It’s a wonderful place to be.