A perfect day…

No, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, I have in all actuality been extremely lazy as of late… however, I had a wonderful day today, which finally gave me some motivation to write a new post. Let me start by saying, since getting over my depressed, lonely girl who listens to sad, tear inducing music stage since returning back to London, I have been having the time of my life. Once I realized that I am FINE, and that I am living in one if the BEST cities in the world, and that it was MY choice to embark on this adventure (I was not tortured into making the decision to leave my parents, friends and soul mate (yes, you pilot) ) I needed to start taking responsibility for that. SO, I have.

Not that it makes it any easier being away from the people I would give all my body parts to if need be.. in fact, the more I am away the harder it gets… which I think should be the opposite, but it’s not. To make matters worse, I feel like there is something in the air here with couples and PDA lately. Not that I wouldn’t personally partake in some affectionate neck nuzzling, white knuckled hand holding, and a giggly kiss here and there while walking down the street… however, with the absence of my other half, it makes me want to vomit all over these giddy happy people. I am happy that you are in love, really, I am, but come onnnn I do NOT need to see phase 1 of your foreplay in the middle of the day.

Okay, enough of my pouting. Aside from the constant ache in my heart from missing my pilot, I have been having an absolute BLAST here these last few weeks. I have gone out every weekend since my return, much to the dismay of my bank account, and started to make good on my London bucket list I made at the beginning of the year. Lately we have been frequenting a wonderful bar which is in the heart of Camden (an AWESOMELY funky and eclectic part of the city), called The Monarch… There is nothing special about the name I know, but every Saturday night they have an event where they ONLY play music from movie soundtracks… in other words, my heaven in London. The music is fabulous, everyone knows the words to everything, and the atmosphere is simply magical. A must do, if you will. Also a must do.. if you have the guts…. see if you can pee in an underground station (in the open) while waiting for the tube without getting caught and NOT peeing on your shoes… I haven’t tried it or anything…

This past weekend we decided to mix things up a bit and do something out of the ordinary. What would this be you fine people might ask?? Well, we rented out a friggin double decker bus for the evening, that’s what. Yes people, we PARTY BUSED our way through the streets of London, bar hopping and dancing like fools along the way. The bus held about 60 of us, 36 were with our group, and there was also a bachelorette party (hen party as they call them here) going on in the lower level. The bus was decorated with streamers and balloons and played music all the way to each bar. We didn’t have to pay cover and were able to jump all the lines as well, which was extremely convenient. It was a great time, and needless to say an experience I will never have again….I think Party Bus #2 would be overkill…

So getting to my perfect day today… I had the day off  (by had I mean took) and decided to venture to the Natural History Museum downtown. A lot of my friends here had already been, and obviously animals are my favourite things on the planet so I knew I would have no problem going it alone. It was fantastic! MUCH better than the small exhibit they have in T.O. There were so many great exhibits from all different kinds of species, my favourite being the mammals. They also had a wildlife photography exhibit that I wanted to see and it was definitely worth while. It is quite a large facility so everything was spaced out nicely and organized quite efficiently. For any animal lovers out there interested, I would give this one a definite go! After that I decided I would do some walking around, and got off at a stop I had never been to before and ended up finding an awesome shopping area. It was an older part of the city that had been restored and there were so many unique shops mixed with high end boutiques and funky restaurants. Suprisingly, I refused my natural instincts and did not purchase anything, instead I grabbed a Chai Tea Latte from Starbucks (my new favourite city-girl drink) and did an hour of people watching and taking in one of the only sunny days we have had in a long time. It was so peaceful. You know when you just have those moments when you feel like you could juggle an elephant while riding a tiger and everything just feels….. in place? Well, today was one of those days. And now I am going to cap it off by making delicious fajitas with my wonderful roomie and my favourite irishman.

Oh, and on a side note, I found out yesterday that my best friend is coming to visit me in April and we are going to get arrested in London for all the ridiculous antics we are going to participate in… I am waiting for you with an anxious heart and open arms JOE! I CANT WAIT!


I know I’m “home” when…

Well, I’m back. I’m probably not as excited as I should be, but I will be in the coming days. Saying goodbye to my friends and family, especially mom and dad and Adam, was MUCH harder this time than it was in August. I think I just got so comfortable at home and was so happy there (because my family and friends are all wizards) that I was dreading leaving that behind. My holiday was so much more amazing than I could have hoped for. I had so many great visits with friends I hadn’t seen in months and many many almost pee inducing laughs. Thank you to everyone (especially mom, dad, and my wonderful boyfriend) who made my time at home the best four weeks I have had in a really long time.

Leaving was terrible, however when I actually said goodbye I was better. Yesterday was really hard and t didn’t help that I was sleep deprived either.  A) Because I was crying the whole way home on the plane and B) Because I sat with a family of three babies whose ears were popping the whole time. Thank you asshole parents for torturing your children. See, this is why you shouldn’t bring babies on planes. How would you feel as an infant being scared shitless on this huge noisy contraption and your ears are f-ing up your sleep patterns for 8 hours straight?? That’s what I thought.

Anyway, I am already feeling better being back now that I have unpacked and had a great catch up with my wonderful roomie. I have lots of great things planned out for the next couple months, including going to see Billy Elliot with Candice, riding on a party bus, hopefully making a visit or two to the Church, and of course, a visit from ADAM AND a trip to ROME!!! I am also going to make a point of getting out more and seeing the city. I am only going to be here for 5-6 more months so I need to take more advantage of this great country.

Some not so great perks of this great country however, or East London to be more specific, are the constant efforts of creep bags who hit on you whenever you leave your house. As soon as I got off the Tube and made my way to my house, which is a span of 1 min, I was hit on by a flea with dragon breath and no teeth. Thanks, but no thanks. Also, I know I am “home” when I am awoken at 11pm on weeknights and 12pm on Sundays by my lovely neighbors who bone like it’s their last day on earth. Seriously, I don’t need to be part of your loud, monkey like ‘sessions’ every friggin day. I have never had a threesome, and don’t intend to start now so if you happen to be reading, please cease and desist and keep the ape like grunting to a minimum.

Hopefully I will work a lot this week, this girl needs money and I like getting back into the routine work brings on a weekly basis as well. As much as I hate most of the children, there are a few that make the days bearable and on the rare occasion, fun. I will keep you all posted on my New Year endeavours in the coming days/weeks…. I hope everyone has a great start to 2011 and a smooth and enjoyable back to school and work!