Monday, December 29, 2008

Time just blurs together on holidays...

I'm sure we've done many things over the past few days, just need to remember and order them all...

So we went to see some choirs the other night, and I had way more fun than I thought I would! There was one called Kammerkór, which was awesome and made up almost 50% by my relatives. They sang Christmas and New Year's songs from all around the world (but all with Icelandic lyrics), and it was really interesting to hear the contrasts... The Icelandic carols seem to tend towards the dramatic and dark. For example, they sang to the tune of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - la la, all happy and poppy. This was followed by an Icelandic one that might be called Jólasveinar gang' um gólf*, which was great. It's got a really interesting melody, Italicand they did these amazing harmonies with it too. It's pretty neat.

*Hmm, I just tried to find it on YouTube, but couldn't. May have to buy a Christmas CD - I guess they'd all be on special now!

What else? Yesterday we went out to Tunga and played whist with my great-uncle Þóri. He runs the farm with my great-uncle Andrés, but whereas Andrés has a house in town, Þóri just lives up at Tunga all year round. I imagine it could get a little lonely up there, but he seems pretty happy - I think he likes the quiet. He reads a lot, and every once in a while people like us invade his house, drink his coffee and make him teach us to play cards! Amma taught us the rules for real whist, which is apparently different from the félags-whist we played when we were kids... It seems to involve more cheating (by talking about your cards and strong suits) and more opportunities for gambling! Good times.

Today the priest came over to Amma's house for coffee and to talk about my Christening.
Yes. Christening. Some backstory: I was raised Baptist, where they dedicate you to the church when you're a baby, but there's no water involved until you choose to be Baptised (hence the name). The church here is Lutheran - to be married here, I have to be Christened.
Luckily, the priest here has kindly agreed to come round to Sigga's house tomorrow night to do it for me! It's a bit of a weird situation, but I feel much better about it having talked to the priest. She seems really nice and laid-back. Also, she'll be the priest that marries us in summer, so I'm really glad to get to know her a bit...

So anyway, tomorrow is my birthday! And also the day of my Christening (I'm not sure whether that word needs a capital, so I'm erring on the side of caution)! And also, I think we'll go out and buy some fireworks for New Year's!
And finally, they're forecasting snow for tomorrow evening! Yay!

Wow, too much excitement and therefore exclamation marks. I'll cut back in the future maybe...

Friday, December 26, 2008

Pyjama day!

Which is what Boxing Day is now called. C'mon, I just said what everyone was thinking... Luckily, one of the few items of clothing I brought over was my dress that turned out to be pyjamas, so I'm all set.

What did we do today? Ross got all handy and put up some Christmas lights out the front of Amma's. The party poopers among you might point out that it's already the 26th of December, but there's always time to be festive! It was supposed to be done before Christmas, but the weather was too stormy.



Today was lovely, really clear and cold. Ross and I went for a walk round lunchtime to get some cigarette papers, and the sunrise was really pretty. The sky was all rosy, and the snow on the mountains was almost pink in places... I'm hoping it stays nice tonight, then maybe we'll be able to see the Northern Lights.


As I say, it was pretty cold!




Um, and here's Ross dangling from the trapdoor at Amma's house...

What else did we do today? We played a game of chess, which Ross won. He beat me yesterday, too... Then we came to Sigga's and watched Flight of the Conchords. Mum and Dad gave it to Ross for Christmas, it is awesome!

Oh yeah and we started discussing wedding type plans... Reykir was booked for the weekend we had originally planned, so we're probably going to make it the weekend after - the 3rd to the 5th of July! Does that sound possible for everyone who wants to come? I hope so!

Hmm, I wonder how many strangers read my blog...

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Hijacked!



Wow, let that be a lesson to you kids: If you forget to log out of your blog, someone might write a lovely Christmas post before you get the opportunity! That was my aunt Sigga, who (along with my Amma) has hosted a beautiful and cosy Christmas for us.

I just looked through all the photos I had on my camera, there is definitely some comedy gold on there, but I´ll try to keep it minimal here... The rest will go on my flickr, I promise!


I made kitty angry but luckily she was still cute.


Amma making the rice pudding. It was a really good one, too. She ran out of almonds, though, so we used a piece of rock sugar instead... It worked pretty well, Ross found it just before it melted completely, so he won some Yule-lad statues! Usually the prize is a box of Quality Streets, but I think this is a much better idea... Plus we had some Quality Streets anyway (see above), so it was all good.





Sigga´s house looks so good with all the lights and candles and Christmas decorations! And dinner was amazing as usual.





We even got snow, although there´s only a little bit at the moment! It´s really windy still, but it´s great to look outside and see white!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Gleðileg Jól - Happy Christmas


a few christmas shots from Skógargata 5b

presents.... hopefully good

talking to the folks back home ... always good

ma - she is always good

Merry Christmas one and all.

After the ricecream porridge, church, lamb and opening of presents... we played taboo.... my new favourite game.................

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Iceland! Yeah!

Hey, we are back in Sauðárkrókur again! I´m writing this in Sigga´s lovely Christmassy house. There´s a little bit of snow outside, but most of it is brown and slushy... Apparently the beautiful snowfall of the past few days has been demolished by the rain and wind. Boo.
Still, we´re optimistic about a white Christmas - there´s plenty of time for some serious snow to fall.

We got into Iceland on Sunday afternoon and had a couple of days staying at my Aunt Matthildur´s in Reykjavík, which was lovely. We didn´t really do anything - spent the time sleeping in, eating and watching movies. The last week in London has been kind of exhausting, so it felt like we could finally just relax once we got here.

Got into Sauðárkrókur around 3.30ish and Amma made us coffee and cake, including brúnterta, which is my favourite! We then went to the craft shop with Sigga - it´s owned by Herdís, my mum´s cousin - and ran into several other relatives on the way. It feels pretty familial and cosy here, which I think is what everyone wants for Christmas, right?

My camera has run out of batteries, so no photos yet. I´ll charge it tonight, and take some festive pictures during one of the four daylight hours tomorrow!
x

Friday, December 19, 2008

Shall I pike tonight?

(Pike, by which I mean cancel my plans to go out, not become a fish. Although that's always an option.)

I believe I probably will... It's our staff party tonight, but I am knackered, and also pretty sure I'm going to quit while I'm away. They are nice folks, I guess. I am not really in the mood for awkwardness or drinking, though, and I think tonight would involve either one or the other, if not both.

Whoa - side note of weirdness. I'm on facebook at the moment, and I'm having two conversations: one in Icelandic, with my cousin Ásgeir, and also one in English, with Anna's boyfriend Dean. My brain is about to split in two...

Also, there are some girls singing along to celine dion next door. It is really loud.

Anyway, side notes over. I did a little bit of Christmas shopping today. Sorry in advance, dudes, I completely missed the deadline for sending things to arrive in time. I think it was a couple of weeks ago... Don't worry though, my inability to get organised is not indicative of any decrease in feeling on my part - I still love y'all.



This is a photo from a flower market last week - so many Christmas trees. They're way cute. They look like they want hugging, but I guess they probably don't.

Ross worked for ages today, I think it must have been 12 or 13 hours, but he got paid for 14! Awesome! He has to work tomorrow, too, which is less awesome. I'm going to sleep in and then get some stuff done!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Do you want to hear some of my newly-realised favourite words? Sure you do!

Gloaming

Crumble (mostly as in Apple or Blackberry, but also just a nice sounding word)

Flageolet (I think it's some kind of french bean, or maybe a bean dish)*




*Turns out it's a type of bean, and also a woodwind instrument. I love the internet.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Not so nice day...

Actually, most of the day was good. I only have two standout stories of appalling-ness, and come to think of it, they were both conversations with chefs.

1. I walk into the kitchen in the morning.
Sous-chef Fabian says, "Wow, you got your hair cut!"
I say, "Yes, I did. Ross cut it for me."
He says, "Are you alright? You don't seem like your usual self today."
I am kind of touched, and say, "Yeah, I'm kind of stressed out about money and Christmas and various things... I'm feeling pretty crappy." (I cried this morning because of said worries)
He says, "Well, at least your insides match your outsides."
I say nothing, mouth gaping as I realise he just insulted my fiance, my hair and my emotional stability. Then I leave.

2. I'm talking to head-chef Keith.
Keith says, "Hey, you got your hair cut. Who did that, then?"
I say, "My boyfriend Ross. Pretty cool huh?"
He says, "Was he drunk at the time?"
I say, "No."
He says, "Are you sure?"
I say, "Yes." Then I leave.

But to end on a nice note... Everyone else at work was lovely. Even big scary boss-man and seemingly oblivious studio jerks a) noticed, and b) said nice things. And heck, I love my new hair, so whatever!

Plus, only 6 days to go!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

...

I hung out with Erika yesterday, it was pretty awesome. We had curry in Brick Lane and looked at some op-shops, and then went out last night. There was some party on at Koko that I had two free passes to, but there ended up being four of us, so we went to my work in Kentish Town to get more tickets. However, the bar at work was really nice and warm, so we had some drinks there and ended up calling it a night!

Today we had lunch with Sarah who's helping us out over here. I don't think she wants to be our official manager, but she's getting us shows and organising tours and things like that. So when we get back from Iceland, it'll be time to do the band thing again.

We went to some markets in Shoreditch. I saw two awesome things:
1. A kid's bike made of wood, which looked cooler than it sounds,
2. A bunch of people playing polo on bikes instead of horses. It seemed like great fun!

Finally, everyone should read this great article about Iceland. It's really well written and quite uplifting. I'm really looking forward to going! One week!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Ta-Da!



Ross finally relented and cut my hair today! I've been asking him for ages, I'm convinced that hairdressing skills are innate, and he's definitely got it in his blood - his grandfather, father, uncle, aunt and brother are all hairdressers and barbers. He was understandably nervous, but I think he did an amazing job! I feel so light and free. Haircuts are awesome.



Also featured in these photos is my new stripey black-and-white dress that I got from Rachael's bag of free stuff! She later informed me that it's actually a nightie from Primark, which is an ultra cheap clothes store, kind of like Supre in Australia... I don't think that'll stop me wearing it though, it's a really cute dress!

Ross says: never ever cut your woman's hair, if you make the slightest mistake you know your head will be on the chopping block. Anyways back to ogdenville.

Hmm, what else? I'm feeling pretty great, it's the weekend, I'm meeting Erika for curry and market shopping tomorrow, one of my bosses invited me to some hipster party at Koko's tomorrow night, and we have a meeting with our new Snowman manager on Sunday (I'm not sure if that's quite confirmed, maybe that's what the meeting's about). Plus I got a cheque from work today, so I'll deposit that tomorrow morning and have money for lots of shopping next week!

Everything is pretty good.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Some photos!



Apparently up until recently, there was an EU law that restricted the sale of vegetables that were weird shapes. Every potato had to conform to rigid guidelines of potato-ness.

Luckily, with the recession they've decided to get rid of this rule - it's a complete waste of food when you think about it! And also, deformed vegetables bring much joy to my life.


Potato!



Ross later made this into an amazing dinner. He's pretty good at that.

I looked at a few op shops on the way home from work today, and found an amazing dress! It fits really well and it was only four pounds! I tried to take a photo of it, but it didn't look that nice without me in it. And it's too cold to go taking off clothes just for a photo op. I'll show you guys later...

Work today was pretty funny. It was one of those days that could have been really stressful, but for some reason turned out okay. There was some sort of mix up in the kitchen and one chef called in sick, so there was no one in the kitchen until about 10am. Which might be okay, but I needed bread and croissants to make breakfast for the studios by 9am. By half past eight, I figured that I should probably just make the breakfasts myself - quite satisfying and not too difficult. So, food got out on time, chefs were grateful, I had a nice morning!

And also: it's a baby hippo!!

To finish - which is your favourite quality street?
Mine is definitely the yellow caramel coins. Ross doesn't know the flavours off by heart, for some reason. It's kind of weird - because we share so much of our lives now, I forget that Ross doesn't share all my childhood memories and traditions...

He's pretty great, though.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Weekend!

I woke up at one o'clock in the afternoon today! It was a long overdue sleep-in, and it was awesome...

Except that I just had breakfast, so I'm missing out on Ross' yummy lunch of steak sandwiches with fried capsicum, onion and tomatoes, with jarlsberg and seeded mustard. They're very impressive sandwiches.

Ross just burnt himself on the pan though, we have a pan with metal handle and it heats up as you're cooking! What is the point of that? Is it really bad design, or is there some really good reason for why you'd want a searing hot piece of metal as the handle? He said the pain was worth it though, the sandwich was as good as it looked.

Speaking of awesome sandwiches, we went to the Brick Lane markets last Sunday with Anja, and had some amazing Argentinian rolls from a guy on the street (by which I mean a street vendor, not a hobo). They were great, you could get steak, sausage or portobello mushroom , and they came with cheese and rocket and an amazing herb sauce.

Also, the markets themselves were pretty cool, I may have to go back there tomorrow and buy some cool things! There were lots of crafty stalls selling homemade jewelry and clothes, and some really nice food places. And because it's getting colder, they had mulled wine and hot apple cider, too. Very nice.
I can't wait to have money again! Finally getting paid next weekend, and it's about time! I need to start getting Christmas presents organised...

Oh yeah, and in my advent calendar today, my chocolate was shaped like a boot filled with presents! It was probably supposed to be a stocking, but it reminded me of the Icelandic christmas lads... I wonder if Ross would put presents in my shoes if I started leaving them in the window sill. May have to drop some hints - actually, he's reading over my shoulder right now, so if that isn't a hint, I don't know what is.

Friday, December 5, 2008

LOVE CITY

HELLO anyone, here are my answers, enjoy

IF SOMEONE SAYS "IS THIS OKAY" YOU SAY?
the ballad of john and yoko

WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
hot fun in the summertime

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
big fine woman

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
love like i

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE?
lovie

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
the mercy seat

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
orange wedge

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
shake, rattle and roll

WHAT IS 2+2?
love reign over me

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
better use your head

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
wasted


WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
when i first met your ma

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
we got the funk

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
wagon wheel

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
the story of bo diddley

WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
bonus track

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
here today

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
milkcow blues boogie

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
new partner

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
a different feeling

WHAT'S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?
triple double featuring theory hazit

HOW WILL YOU DIE?
bonjour

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
the carny

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
sharp darts

WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
rollin' and tumblin' (part 1)

WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED?
she cried (he cried)

WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?
diamond dogs

DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?
the best you can believe in

IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
head bobs

WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW?
wouldn't it be nice

WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?
love city

PEACEOUT DUDEFACES
LOVE ROSS
XX

Thursday, December 4, 2008

I Say a Little Prayer

I took this from Sara's Facebook, it's pretty awesome. Ipods are cool.

1. Put your iTunes on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS!
4. Tag friends who might enjoy doing this as well as the person you got the note from.

IF SOMEONE SAYS "IS THIS OKAY" YOU SAY?
The Overload

WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
Wicked Gil

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
Don't you know?
(I like that one...)

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
Fool's Gold

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE?
Antichrist Television Blues

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
Ex-Spectator
(It isn't my motto, but maybe it should be!)

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
Do Right Woman - Do Right Man

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
I Don't Ever Want to Change

WHAT IS 2+2?
Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off
(ha!)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
The Earth Died Screaming
(Hmm...)

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
King Eternal

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
Wanted Man

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Factory

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows

WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Going to Do)

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Everything in its Right Place

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
Huddle Formation
(awesome!)

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
Gospel Song

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
Ziggy Stardust

WHAT'S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?
Winter Lady

HOW WILL YOU DIE?
Suddenly Everything Has Changed

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
Victoria

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
No More Mosquitoes

WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
Lucinda

WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED?
A Spoonful Weighs a Ton

WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?
Hand Me Ups

DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?
Summer Crane

IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
First Kiss

WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW?
Country Song

WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?
I Say a Little Prayer

Not tagging anyone, but do it if you want! If you don't have a blog, you can put it in my comments!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

It is cold!

Very cold. It was apparently minus one last night, and they were expecting snow, but I haven't ventured out to see yet. Although I don't think snow leaves any lasting impression in the street here... It mostly falls and is gone. Bummer.

It was Joe's birthday yesterday, we made a nice dinner and hung out at home. We were thinking of going out to Brick Lane for curry, but it was so much nicer staying in and eating a Ross-style curry. And Rachel bought a cake and everything, we ate like kings!

What else? I really really need a haircut, it's getting a bit ridiculous. My fringe is almost hair length, and I pretty much wear it tied up all the time! I'm toying with the idea of really short hair - I think the shortest I've ever gone was the last haircut I had, and even that was just down to my chin. What do you think? Ross has some clippers with a number 4 setting... Maybe I'll do something about it this weekend.

I might be working on Saturday, it should be good. I worked last Saturday, which was a bit stressful because of the party happening that night.

Oh yeah, I didn't have my blog last week, did I? I had a really bad week at work, I'm not sure if I went into any detail about it yet... Basically I worked six days, three of them 10+ hour shifts, and had a run-in with my boss about a party. They held an A-list party on thursday night, and everyone available was roped in to work. My roster said I'd be doing 7-3 on both thursday and friday. It seemed sensible, that way I'd be relatively fresh and competent on friday, and everyone who worked the party could take it a little bit easy.

However, on thursday, I stayed til about half past four helping to get the place organised. I had already had a crappy, busy, short staffed day, and was pretty much keeping myself together until I got a chance to leave. Everyone was all panicky and running around trying to get stuff done, so I figured I'd help out for a while. Then my bosses Adam and Vee came up with worksheets for all the staff working that night:
Vee: Oops, I think I put the wrong name on your worksheet, Olga.
Me: That's okay, I'm not actually working tonight, I was supposed to finish at 3 today. I'm going home soonish...
Vee: No you're not. You're working tonight.
Me: (Gaping and confused) Um. What? I could have sworn my roster said 7-3...
Adam: (Noticing my utter disbelief) Come out here for a second.

Whereby we walk into the hallway for privacy (although there's still millions of people walking around) and he claps me on the shoulder and says "Sorry, I should have communicated with you better on this: we need you to work tonight" (<---- better? Try 'at all'! He didn't mention it to me, ever. No email, no phone call, no hasty conversation, nothing!)
Me: But... (speechless pause) I'm working tomorrow morning.
Adam: So is everyone. (except everyone else wasn't starting at 7, they were starting at 10) Is there any reason you can't do it?
Me: Um. I guess I don't have anything planned... (Stupid answer! Yes, I have some ground-breaking cancer research to attend to! I have to save the world from killer prawns!)
Adam: So...
Me: (realising there's a very real chance I'll have to stay here at least another ten hours - bursts into tears)

It was really a stupid situation. I mean, I'd been there all day without a break, I was feeling really scummy and gross and had been struggling not to cry earlier that day anyway! So I asked to at least take a break and think about it, but ended up crying for half an hour then telling him I couldn't work. When I told him, he was quite short with me, like, 'Fine, it's no big deal, just go home'. It was almost like he was doing me this big favour by not making me work continuously until the following night.

He ended up giving me a half-hearted passive-agressive apology the next day - not 'I'm really sorry I treated you like crap' but 'I'm sorry you got so upset, it's just my way, hey, we all have issues'. Ah yes, and the funniest part is that Vee, the other boss lady, didn't talk to me all the next day. I believe it was my 'punishment' for letting the team down. What is she, five? Luckily, I don't care at all!
The apology sort of took the wind out of my sails for quitting though, so I'll stick it out til Christmas.

But yes, I believe my original point (about 5 paragraphs ago) was that Saturdays are usually pretty easy shifts, so working this weekend might be awesome. Last Saturday was less good because I worked the dayshift, and everyone was getting organised for another party, and I got kind of anxious that we'd have the same situation again... Awkward. Plus we played a show on Friday night, and I was pretty worn out by the end of the shift.

That's all I've got for now. I don't think this post needs to be any longer, anyway!

Monday, December 1, 2008

I thought I had so much to say...

But now I can't really remember any of it. You know how you tell someone about your day and there's a million little things that are somewhat interesting, but three days later, you can't remember anything about it?

Anyway, I'm currently in the cafe below our house which has wireless internet! It's only for customers, so I bought a pineapple and coconut smoothie, it is pretty good...

Anja has been staying with us for a few days, she's over from Berlin and it's great to see her again! She's one of those friends where even if I don't see her for a couple of years, we still just seem to click right back into friendship again when we meet up. The year after I came back from Iceland, Ross, Joe, Anja and I were pretty much inseparable and had lots of great times together. So it's been awesome hanging out again.

We went to the markets in Brick Lane yesterday, didn't really buy anything but saw lots of amazing things for sale. Today we're supposedly going for breakfast at a restaurant/pub across the road from our house... It has a big sign in the window saying "jellied eels", but I don't think they'll be involved in my breakfast.

What else? We played a show on friday night, it went really well. We played with a Canadian band who heard us on Myspace and loved us, and invited us to support them. We totally upstaged them, if I do say so myself. They're on the fatcat label over here, and I think there were some people from the label who seemed a bit interested in us... But we'll see what happens.

I worked lots and lots last week, that's why I've been completely unreachable on the internerd... Usually I would go to the library before or after work, but my shifts have been completely stupid - encompassing all the opening hours of the library and leaving me drained and cranky. It's probably for the best - at most, you guys missed out on a few posts of me whining about my job...

Ooh, my housemate Rachel has started packing up her things for when she leaves in January. She had a whole bag of clothes that she was going to throw away - I took about half of them! It was great, there were some really cool tops and dresses, and even a pair of jeans that fit me perfectly! I hate buying jeans, I find it so difficult to get them to fit and look good and be the right colour. And you have to pay so much for them, so I don't want to just settle for jeans that aren't just right.

Okay, that's all I can think of for now, and I've finished my smoothie, so I should probably go... Hopefully I'll be more in touch this week!