Valentine's Day has come and gone and so has the madness. As a part of the team of a tea room, Valentine's weekend is a big one for cakes, teas and afternoon teas and I am worn out. I think I could fall asleep where I am sitting typing this, but I will not, I would like to crawl into bed first. So I spent the weekend among red velvet cupcakes (try to resist those babies, it is impossible), heart-shaped anything and some semi creepy glittery cards that I made to display in our window, much to the dismay of my colleagues, but sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. You know?
Last night a song from dirty dancing popped into my head, which made me think of the dirty dancing movie which led to a trip down my favourite movies memory lane.
The first movie I loved was Casper the friendly ghost, and with it came my first celebrity crush. I remember seeing this movie in the cinema when it came out and thinking that the guy playing Casper, we were basically the same age, was just unbelievably cute. When I watched the same movie some 10+ years later, expecting this hunk to show up at the end of the movie, and a 13 year old boy appeared, I was mildly grossed out.
The second movie I loved was not just one movie, but two. It was of course sister act 1 and 2 with Whoopi Goldberg. At that time I proclaimed to my step brother, who is the same age as me, that my favourite actress in the whole world was Whoopi Goldberg, closely followed by Goldie Hawn in second place. Every Christmas he reminds me of this while he is trying to stop himself from laughing out loud, he still thinks it’s that funny. But Whoopi had something, and who doesn't love a good musical/nun story?
My third cinematic love came in the form of a dynamic trio of ladies: Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler. I have a feeling this movie passed you by, but this is still, to this day, my all-time favourite. That means it trumps Troy and that scene where brad Pitt is naked. Really. It is of course the first wives club. Never seen it you say? Well haven't you missed out. This is a semi feministic gem of a movie, and they sing at the end. Get.it.now. Or don't, but at least you know it exists.
And the last movie crush I had was Mean Girls. Honest to god, I love this movie. I can quote lines, and often do (sad), but it is my happy movie. If I need some headless entertainment this goes in the DVD player and I can spend some time in a world so incredibly far removed from mine. Thanks Lindsay Lohan, I owe you one.
So I am curious, what are your favourite movies?
Image from here.
Guess what I am doing right at this moment? No idea? Cocktails anyone? Dreams? Yes, that's Tom Cruise in the classic film from so long ago I don't even want to think about it (1988!!!). I think Tom Cruise feels the same. But no matter how T feels about it, this is a feel good movie. You have to love Tom's good looks, the passion, the girls, the REALLY high hair and the love story at the core. Who want's to open a place called Cocktails & Dreams with me? I'll be Tom Cruise, you can be the Australian guy.
Tokyo day three, or four, depending on your counting skills. Tokyo loved me and I loved Tokyo, basically the sun was shining and I even got a small sunburn on my forehead. That's good news, the weather was amazing. We took a stroll to the Imperial Palace, and stumbled upon the Emperor (I am just assuming here, it could have been the housekeeper) returning to his palace in a pretty serious car entourage.
The imperial palace is close to Ginza, which turned out to be my favourite area of Tokyo, it was so peaceful and pretty. We found a leafy area in-between buildings and shops where we could eat some lunch in the sun and just enjoy Tokyo.
Then of course we went to the Tokyo Stock Exchange. As you do on holiday. So we had the fastest walk around the stock exchange area and then returned to the hotel to get ready for the next city: Shanghai!
Let's talk about Paris, shall we? It doesn't even feel like I was there about a two weeks ago, life has been so busy since. In both a good and bad way. But let's not get hung up on that. This is PARIS. Yeah, let's give her all our attention, she deserves it.
Paris is so many things, not just the Eiffel tower and croissants. But of course, the tower is a must see, even if you just walk past and take photos. And croissants you can have for breakfast, or at local cafes, while enjoying just being in Paris.
This time around, my first meal in Paris (lunch, right off the Eurostar) was steak and fries. It just had to be done.
And we took a stroll past Les Invalides where Napoleon is buried, a good place to hide out when it starts raining.
And we even had a rainbow after the quick shower. How beautiful is that?
I am very lucky this Easter to have a close fried visiting us from Norway. And although I will be working quite a lot of the Easter period, there is also time to have fun ad enjoy life! Happy Easter!
Although I have declared my love for Dublin, I have to reclaim some of this love back, because there was just so much rain while we were there. And wind. Rain and wind. Which is really not a good combination.
What happens when it rains a lot, is of course that you get soaked if you go outside. And if you are in a new city as a tourist you most definitely want to leave your hotel. Which we did, and we got rained on badly. Umbrellas are no good because of the wind, and well, who owns a rain jacket anyways? Moving on, lunch was good and the little of Dublin I could see through the wall of rain, was pleasant. What wasn't so pleasant was when we got to the port to get on the ferry to go back to Britain and start a 4 hour drive. Due to weather conditions, the ferry was cancelled, and the next one was at 9pm. Just a little 6 hour wait really, no probs guys! There is only one thing to do: Go to the cinema. We watched Identity Thief (funny film, if you want some easy and simple entertainment this is it.), and had a 2 hour coffee break after, just to kill time. All the while checking on the weather and the ferry status. So it is important to mention that the weather didn't get any better. At all. I'd say there was more rain and stronger wind by the minute, and we contacted our ferry company who said we should return to the port because the 9pm ferry was cancelled as well, but they would put on a ferry at 2am(!!!) and we had to be there in person to book our space. This is about the time when I went to the closest hotel to check on the prices for a room.
After a bit of arguing and worrying and another coffee, we headed for the port, to find out about this ferry. Our first stroke of luck, and our only one I think, was to be transferred to the first ferry out with another company, which left at 8.50pm the same evening. Needless to say, with my luck, I spent 2 hours sitting in the disabled toilet, extremely seasick. I think I was the only one on the whole boat, but I can't say for sure as most of the time I was worried about the movements of the boat.
Think the nightmare is over? No darling, it's just started. The rain in Ireland turned into snow in England and our planned 4 hours in the car soon turned into 6 hours in what I would like to classify as a mini snowstorm. Did I mention we started driving at 1am? I can with certainty say that Friday night, was the worst night of my life. We finally made it back to London and collapsed on a bacon sandwich, had a hot shower and went to bed. Sleep has never felt so well deserved and like a luxury. So, that was my holiday rant. And possibly the worst end to a holiday one can have. What about you? Can you do better?
Yesterday I had this grand idea of going back to the first picture on my phone, just to see what it was. I have had this phone since September 2011 and I do like taking photos. I have more than 1200 photos in total, but the first one? That's of the boyfriend wearing my glasses. Which is followed by a large amount of photos of various cuddly toys wearing the same glasses. I remember at the time it really cracked me up, it was hard gong to sleep because of all the laughing. I'm better now, those glasses don't see the light of day much, but the teddies are still very much present in my life. I thought you might want to know.
This is one of my favourite songs and always gets me in a good mood. It is one of the main songs in Breakfast at Tiffany's, it might actually be the only one, and it is used in several ways throughout. I think my favourite part is when Audrey is playing her guitar and singing while sitting in her window.
When Leon (that's the adorable dog above) moved in with my dad and stepmom they did not know what they were signing on for. He came from a broken home and needed some attention and he quickly felt at home and became what we now refer to as "the shadow". Where my dad goes, Leon follows. He even wants to come to the bathroomHe has turned into one of the possibly most spoiled dogs in the world, but he is taking it well. He doesn't mind getting dirty (although he doesn't love the rain) and he is all about the family, as long as that means a lot of cuddles for himself. One look at him and you can probably see how he is easily the centre of attention at all times, just how he likes it. He just demands that you look at him, LOOK, and tell me you don't want one yourself. My stepmom suggested Leon should participate in some puppy making so that I could have one. Best idea I have heard all year!
I'm Christine and I currently live in London with my husband where I do my best to go to as many restaurants as possible, bake, DIY and occasionally let my hair down and go to a museum. x