November 27, 2005

Flying Trapeze

I took Chris to Circus Space on Saturday; it's one of the top circus schools in Europe! You can actually get a degree, as in a BA in circus! His birthday was last week, and this was my birthday present for him. It was so much fun, we got to try acrobalance, static trapeze, juggling and flying trapeze! The static trapeze looked easy, but it was actually quite difficult. I don't think I have hung upside down since elementary school. The flying trapeze was super cool...my hands hurt so much! We're both so sore today. I want to take the trampoline course... tumbling would be cool too.

After resting for a bit, we went to check out Ministry of Sound! It's a London institution and now I can say I've been there. Cover was expensive as expected, but the drinks weren't too bad...compared to some of the other really posh clubs anyway. The music was pretty good and I had fun dancing. Their 24 hour liquor license had just kicked in I believe, and the place was open til 11 AM. But we were tired by 4 AM so decided to head home. Slept the day away...but it was worth it. :)

November 13, 2005

Carcassonne

Just got back from a last minute weekend trip to Carcassonne in the south of France...couldn't resist the 1p flights! So lovely it was. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is thought to be the oldest walled city in Europe. Fortified on a hill top with crenellated walls, it's the kind of castle that you'd imagine fairy tale castles to be like. In fact, it supposedly served as inspiration for Walt Disney's castle in Sleeping Beauty. Not the one in his theme parks, as I learned. That one is in Germany somewhere; I had been spreading wrong information oops!



We arrived Friday night at the Carcassonne aeroport. It was so tiny! There was only one terminal, and it reminded me of the Kingston airport. We checked into our hotel, Les Oliviers and proceeded toward La Cite for some dinner. We wandered around looking for the local dish cassoulet, which is a stew of white beans, duck confit, ham and sausage. All the restaurants were empty which we found quite strange; turns out they don't open until at least 7 pm. We finally found a place around 7:30 and it was packed. Cassoulet was ok, but the red wine we had was fantastic.


On Saturday we spent much of the day walking around La Cite. It's really quite amazing. You can walk in the lists, which is the area between the two outer walls; on the walls, through the cobblestone streets. We had yummy crepes, la complet (jambon, fromage et oeuf) and chocolat. There were lots of little white dogs walking around, with people of course. So cute...reminded me of Marshmallow.

Today the weather was crappy, it wouldn't stop raining. We tried to go to the Musee des Beaux-Arts but it was closed. Had lunch at this dodgy vietnamese place, then caught the plane back to Stansted.

The whole history about the Cathares is pretty interesting. Basically, they were a Christian group who went against most of the Catholic doctrines. So in 1209 the Pope sent a crusade group to the area and bad things happened.

Here's the castle again, a night shot taken from the new bridge:

November 09, 2005

Hear You Me

Sometimes I get an inexplicable urge to hear a certain song...it'll keep running through my head until I finally go and um find a way to obtain it! I am currently obsessed with Hear You Me by Jimmy Eat World. It's been over a year since I listened to them...

My other favourite song at the moment is Bowl of Oranges by Bright Eyes.

So that is how I learned the lesson that everyone is alone. And your eyes must do some raining if you are ever going to grow. But when crying don't help and you can't compose yourself. It is best to compose a poem, an honest verse of longing or simple song of hope. That is why I'm singing...Baby don't worry cause now I got your back. And every time you feel like crying, I'm gonna try and make you laugh. And if I can't, if it just hurts too bad, then we will wait for it to pass and I will keep you company through those days so long and black. And we'll keep working on the problem we know we'll never solve
Of Love's uneven remainders, our lives are fractions of a whole. But if the world could remain within a frame like a painting on a wall. Then I think we would see the beauty. Then we would stand staring in awe at our still lives posed like a bowl of oranges, like a story told by the fault lines and the soil.

I bought leg warmers!

Uh oh...and Sherry's shopping spree continues...

I also picked up a 2006 diary from Paperchase. Now I can start planning my trips for next year muahaha.

November 07, 2005

An Early Christmas Pressie

Pour moi! I walked into Jigsaw last week...with no intention of buying a wool coat...a wool coat that was 10% cashmere...no sirree. But I did. It's a lovely shade of brown (may look purple in some lights but it's really chocolate!) and goes down to my knee. I've never had a coat that long! And most importantly it's warm. So excited I was walking out of the store...I completely splurged and now am poor. But I love it. Love IT. LOVE IT!! :)

November 06, 2005

Bright Lights in the Sky

For brunch I had...a waffle with vanilla ice cream drizzled in chocolate sauce.

For dinner I had...this Italian cake (which tasted like a hot cross bun) filled with ice cream drizzled in chocolate sauce.

I can't remember the name of the ice cream place but it was on charing cross road. They had ice cream that looked like spaghetti...pizza...lasagna...fried eggs. I have to admit it was a bit strange but Rach and her friend assured me that it tasted good. I'll have to try next time.

I did have something that wasn't entirely junk today. My sweetie made me my favourite juice: carrot (75%), orange (25%) and ginger (medium strength).

Yesterday we went to see Richard II at the Old Vic Theatre. It was fantastic. They changed it so it took place in modern time, but the dialogue remained shakespearan. There were a few comical moments, like when the mother of one of the dukes came out in a motorcycle jacket and helmet. Kevin Spacey was good; I have to say that I felt a tinge of sympathy toward his character. I also really liked Ben Miles and Peter Eyre.

Then we went down to Battersea Park (along with 40,000 other people) and saw a superb fireworks show.

Today I went to the Harry Potter premiere...I'm super excited about the movie now! It comes out next Friday. I'm going to continue my tradition of seeing Harry Potter movies on their opening nights.

November 03, 2005

Boss

I'm the team leader! Muahaha...actually I was a bit hesitant about taking it on. I wanted to, but I was scared. My colleague said she was perfectly fine with it; she also said she thinks it would be a great opportunity for me. Seriously, she has been super supportive, considerate and kind. So much more than *ahem* ever was. And we work really well together.

We interviewed another lady today. She will most likely be joining us next week. We might even have a 5th member! We're meeting another candidate on Monday.