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April 23, 2007

Enigmatic – that's me

It was Hp's mum's birthday last week and like a good son he phoned to wish her Happy Birthday and catch up on her news.  Apparently she had received a card from her cousin in New York who we spent an evening with when we visited NYC in March.  In it she commented that HP had 'matured well..' - he's past 40 now so you'd hope so and that I was 'difficult to know'.  HP kindly put it down to the fact that she didn't actually ask me anything about my life, history, background, work etc. and as it was a family thing I didn't get an opportunity to volunteer too much information.  When HP first told me I felt a little insulted as she's insinuating that I was being deliberately obtuse and unfriendly but now I've decided that I must be enigmatic which has a slightly more romantic and flattering connotation.

Strangely I always thought I was pretty much an open book what you saw was what you got, warts and all, I'd happily tell everyone about myself and then think maybe I shouldn't have said that or revealed too much etc. but hey ho I suppose it goes to show you learn something new about yourself everyday.

March 21, 2007


I've finally mananged to get round to adding some New York photos to my memory stick and then add them to this blog.  Just going through them and choosing which ones to upload brought back all the memories of what a great time we had, all thanks to HP! 

If you're interested check out the pics

March 14, 2007

New York, New York so good they named it twice!

So true!  Back from NYC now and I have to say it's better than I imagined it.  It's a fantastic city with so much to see.

Here's a brief itinery of what we covered in 3 days:

Day 1 (arrived at hotel 2pm) : Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, Beer in Cheers-like bar, shopping 5th Avenue

Day 2: Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, walking around financial district, visited ground zero, ate a pretzel from street vendor, HP insisted on a trip to Tiffany's where he had cleverly pre-bought me a beautiful pair of diamond, yes I said diamond, ear rings! (such a lucky girl) Dinner with HP's aunt in a 1930s New York apartment on 79th street

Day 3: Brooklyn Birdge, China Town (ate chinese out of a cardboard box), Little Italy (had a cappucino in an Italian cafe), more beer in Cheers-like bar, Museum of Modern Art (including Pollock, Monet, Matisse, Lichtenstein, Van Gogh and many more) Macy's, Rockefeller centre observation deck, dinner

Day 4 (Until 2pm): Central Park, this included; the Dakota building, John Lennon memorial, Hans Christian Anderson statue, Alice in Wonderland statue, De La Corte theatre, Metropolitan Museum and just general wandering around.  This park is huge and a great way to spend a few hours. Topped off with a trip to Bloomingdale's.

We certainly packed in as much as we could and our feet and legs were really aching by the time we'd finished.  It's a great place and the more you walk around the more you see.  You know you're going to see the classic buildings like the Empire State but as you start looking there are so many great pieces of architecture.  It's not just the buildings though, the streets aren't crowded, I didn't feel as if I was getting hassled and jostled like I do when I go to London and the people were brilliant.  They weren't over the top with their 'have a nice days' but when you wanted help with directions or anything else they went out of their way to help.

All in all it was a perfect way to spend my 'significant' birthday and I'd happily go there again - might do more shopping next time though!

March 05, 2007

Cold enough for you?

Well it's 3 days and counting 'til we go to New York and now I'm really excited.  So excited in fact I thought I'd check out the 5 day weather forecast....the day we arrive it will be -8C!!! sinking to -15C at night; that is bloody cold!  I know there's colder places out there and I have experienced some pretty cold times, Pendenis castle is legend amongst a certain group of friends and C and A will recount the bitter cold of Cologne on a Christmas shopping trip. The latter involved copius amounts of Gluhwein which I'm not sure helped keep the cold out but certainly made us try on and buy more shoes than was strictly necessary for a 3 day trip! 

In fact as I remember my birthday trip last year to Hampton Court with HP had to be curtailed beacuse of the cold. We managed to get around the palace but decided to leave the gardens because it really was taters, so we found the nearest pub and got some red wine down us while we watched the six nations on the pub TV. 

But none of these destinations was as cold as -15C so I'm seriously considering a hasty shopping trip to stock up on thermals!

HP has done a great job this weekend and stayed off the wicked weed!  He has been laughing in a maniacal way and shouting at the TV more though, which he puts down to a chemical has been highly amusing though!  I'm even more proud of him now and I'm sure he's going to crack it x

March 01, 2007

This time next week…..

It's official!  I can actually start to say the magic words....'This time next week I'll be on the plane to New York!"  Yippee!!!  HP's life will not be worth living over the next week as I quickly ramp myself up into a fever pitch of excitement that I'll probably burst!

Though I do tend to do this wherever we go as I like to feel that I'm getting my money's worth, and I feel it's all part of the 'going on holiday' experience.  As a good friend once said to me 'it's better to travel than to arrive' although I like the arriving bit too :)

HP's taking a big step today, he's giving up the wicked weed to enter the clean and (almost) wholesome life of a non-smoker!  I'm very proud of him and I know he'll be fine x

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