Thursday, 22 March 2012

A busy busy bee

Wow. I’ve been a very bad blogger. I haven’t blogged for an AGE! I’ll tell you why – I have been the busiest of bumble bees these past few weeks.

The house we were buying fell through. We thought it was our dream home, clearly it wasn’t otherwise we’d still be moving in to it. We picked ourselves up and got back on the househunting treadmill – up to 15 houses a day at weekends, two or three in the evenings after work, every spare minute spent on my Rightmove app searching for new property listings, floor plans, room measurements and garden situation. I’ve looked at so many boilers, lift hatches and built in dishwashers. I’ve complimented so many people on their “well-appointed rooms” (think Mrs Bennett [not Lady Catherine de Bourg]-style from the BBC Pride and Prejudice series) and feigned interest in people’s home improvements and now I’m tired, and oh, very nearly homeless. The week before we go on holiday we’ll be moving in with my parents.
It’s going to be, erm, interesting. I’ll keep you posted on that one...
Colour coordinating in Galway!
We also took a little trip to Galway for Sarah’s wedding to Tom. Yes, she of the 25 hen dos, finally tied the knot. There were a few hiccups, including a lost photographer and a veil escape, but what a weekend we had! There was Guinness, there was jigging, there was drizzle, there were fingers in crème brulees, there were speech bets (I won!), there was a Macerena, there was a lote of colour coordination, there were homemade hats, there was a photo booth (much abused), there was NO prosecco by the glass (thus we ordered many bottles) and there was mucho, mucho, funtime. There were, however, no leprechauns. Which was slightly disappointing… we made up for it with the inaugural outing of the Lulu Guinness lips clutch. It’s the perfect photo prop, worth every penny.
as the chief BM it is her duty to get snogged!

photobooth fun
Girls and the M.O.B.

I’ve been working hard on a costume for Caroline’s Storybook themed 30th birthday party. I spent ages trying to think of something that didn’t come out of a bag from Angels (aka Disney outfits made slutty) and something I could make by hand. If I’m doing fancy dress, I like to do it properly and actually sew something with my own hands. So I settled on the White Witch from Narnia. I bought thousands of Christmas decorations and started hacking bits of material up, and sewing bits of white fluff together, but it just wasn’t happening. I either looked like a yeti or a crazy bride. And it’s just not cricket to turn up at someone else’s birthday party looking like a bride…. Which gave me a brainwave… I thought about pulling my utterly wrecked wedding dress out and going as Miss Havisham. But my dress is in no fit state to be worn, after my Trash The Dress session with Jasmine Jade Photography last summer. So back to making an evil snow queen costume it was. Then Mr G changed his mind to go as the Mad Hatter so I thought about turning all my white stuff in to the White Rabbit costume, but then I was back at square one; looking like a slut.

fancy dress inspiration

I have one week to get myself together… will I do it? The fancy dress challenge is upon me! Stay tuned to see how it goes.

It was Mother’s Day last weekend and we kept it low key as my Baby Bro had disappeared off to Ireland for St Patrick’s day, so I took my Mother Bear to a day spa for a mother’s day mani and kept it chilled with a take away. Just what we needed after a manic week.

In between attending weddings, wiring icicles to a crown and looking at every house for sale in a mile radius, I’ve spent every spare moment of the last two weeks growing more and more obsessed with The Hunger Games trilogy. I’m talking Harry Potter levels of love for these books. That is a LOT of love, people, a LOT of love.
I think the trilogy is going to require a whole other post of its own, as it’s just blown me away. The film comes out tomorrow and I’m going to use every ounce of self control in my body to resist watching it until I can go with Laura the week after next.

It’s going to be hard, but to console myself I might re-read the books… that’s not crazy is it?

My latest obsession.
Oh, and something else that’s been filling my head in the last few days are movies!

Firstly, who am I going to love more as the evil queen in the forthcoming Snow White-based movies? I know they’re not going to be comparable in theme or content, but essentially they are the same character. Which one am I going to love more: Julia Roberts as the queen of sarcasm and wit in Mirror Mirror or Charlize Theron as the scary-beautiful queen in Snow White and the Huntsman?

And secondly, how time has flown since Titanic was first released. It's being re-released on April 6th to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the tragedy. I still have the most vivid memories of seeing it at a tiny independent cinema with Kim. There was an interval, there were puffa jackets, there was sobbing from the minute Leo came on screen as we knew his fate, there was hand holding, there was full-on wailing. Can I cope with doing it all again? I just don't know if I can...

Anyhoo, on that note I'm off to bed.

Nighty night!

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