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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Tired Out

So I'm unpacked and in my new place and gave back the keys for my old; Barclay's just pleased I've unpacked his toys. 


But cocktails with the lovely Anastasia cheered me up this week. She ordered a white Russian (she's white and Russian so this made me laugh).


It's so weird, I've heard a ton about it but I'd never been to Franks Bar in Norwich, I had a really tasty cocktail called apple crumble and it really tasted like that! 


But other things like changing my address (including an 18 minute long conversation with Scottish Widows!) have been much less fun and because of all this moving I am so behind on my dissertation. Wah :(


I was thinking today, I don't get body warmers. I never have a situation where my arms are hot but my body is cold. Surely no one does... why do they exist??

Monday, 29 September 2014

Location Location

So the boyfriend and I decided to call it a day recently and since then I've been moving my things to a shared student house (including Barclay the cat of course!). Isn't moving such a chore?


Barclay's enjoyed the boxes and seems to be settling in... after a tense stand off where he hid behind the washing machine for 20 minutes on arrival. 


But I've been busy trying to cram all my worldly goods into my minuscule room. Luckily my lovely new house mates haven't told me off when I overflow and put my stuff elsewhere (oops). Moving sucks. But in other news I've started my third and final year at uni having passed first and second now with a first (so far so good), just have to get through my dissertation (probably where I'll lose the first!) and placement this module and then it's just sign off module left! Everyone else seems panicked they'll be qualified nurses soon but I personally just can't wait to be working full time again. 

Thursday, 18 September 2014

What I Got Up To In Tenerife

I'm not gonna lie, I was lazy by the pool most days in Tenerife but here's what I did get up to... 


Our first day away from the hotel we went to Siam Park, the worlds best water park. There were some pretty cool rides but my favourite part was the cool beach with imported sand and 4ft wave machine. 


We picked a good day to go too because it was boiling, the floor burned my feet!


The day after that the boyfriend's mum wanted to go to a musical night... you guys, musicals aren't really my thing... at all. In fact I don't really like them. But saying that the show wasn't too bad, the performers worked really hard. It was ok, however unlike an older couple who were chatting to us I don't think that I would go 3 times. 


The next night for dinner we went to... jousting! If you're a regular reader you might remember I saw some jousting just recently (25 years with no jousting then twice in one year?!). 


So it was kind of similar to the Medieval Times in Canada until it got uncomfortable. They had a black dwarf who worked there only they had made him dress as a jester, so this made me feel a little uncomfortable. I felt much more uncomfortable when they sent him on stage in a grass skirt, greased up to juggle fire... so yeeeah. 


They also had dancing afterwards which they didn't have in Canada. 


The last day we went to Loro Parque which is a zoo. 


They had a load of animal shows including Orcas. 


And dolphins, parrots and sea lions. 


They had a penguinarium with a moving floor revolving around the outside which was really cool. 


There were a ton of other animals and about a million parrots!


They even had a breeding program and baby centre. These parrots were only a couple weeks old.


Cute!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Off To Tenerife

I was off again after just getting back from the USA. The boyfriend and I went to Tenerife with his mum and her partner. 


We stayed in a two bedroom apartment which was pretty big and had a wrap around balcony which was nice to relax on. 


And the apartment was in a hotel complex on the more arid and volcanic side of the island. 


The beach was really rocky but the pool was lovely and warm so we stayed at the complex a lot of time. There weren't loads of shops in a walkable distance but the hotel complex had a little supermarket so I could buy my obligatory inflatable rubber ring for the pool. 


Every time I go on a hot holiday I buy an inflatable something and then my good deed at the end of the holiday is to give it away to other people to use. 


I think normally the entertainment at hotels in foreign countries is usually a little... dodgy? Cringy? But I didn't think it was so bad, most of the acts had been booked in from outside the hotel. 


Also I trounced the old people twice in contests and won a bottle of wine and a cocktail. Hurrah!




Friday, 5 September 2014

Two For Tea

My dear pal Crissy is visiting from Australia to get married and have a catch up with everyone so we met up the other day, look what she brought me... chicken flavoured salt... how clement. 


As you know I love afternoon tea and we took a little trip out to Biddy's Tea Room in Norwich. 


It was really sweet in there, I loved the d├ęcor. 


Foolishly, they seated us next to the cakes. We were tempted to pick berries off of the cakes secretly but we resisted. 


I got a lavender scone with lemond curd and stilton and apple sandwiches which were so good but Crissy opted for a cheese scone and smoked salmon sandwiches. 


They were so goooooood. And it only cost £18.95 for both of us, bargain!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Last day - New York

So I flew back from New York and that meant a long old drive back to JFK to park up, not long because of distance but long because of the insane traffic. It was just gridlock almost the entire way. It was Kim's birthday too so to say sorry for making her drive to JFK and back and to wish her a happy birthday we went to a spa in New York called Aire Baths. It was all fancyyy. We walked in and got special wristbands that unlocked out lockers where we had a robe and slippers and a towel. There was this attendant there that was hovering over us trying to be helpful (which she was) but it was like having a servant, she even insisted that she squeeze out our swimsuits after and put them in little ziplock bags for us. 


I had to steal this photo of the baths cuz I didn't take my phone in there. There were all different pools, a tepid one, a hot one, two freezing cold ones, a jacuzzi one and a salt water one where you floated. There was also showers and a really big steam room, a warmed marble seating area and curtained areas for massages, candles were absolutely everywhere. We each had a massage, mine was really good and relaxing.


You got two hours in the spa which was just the right time and then we got out and got showered and dressed. All the showers had shampoo and conditioner etc and there were mirrored areas with make up wipes and hair dryers and straighteners. There were even hair brushes you could borrow (um... no.. ) and a simsuit drainer machine with purple ziplock bags. 


So that was really cool, we both left smelling gorgeous and we walked a little way to the Crosby Bar where we had booked afternoon tea. I hadn't realised other countries never did afternoon tea, the whole bar was English themed. 


They had lovely Wedgwood china, Kim got flowering tea and I got Earl Grey. 


And we had nice pink tiered plates. It was a lot less formal than afternoon tea at the Goring in London. 


But it was still fancy, even the bathrooms looked fancy. Sorry America... rest rooms... they even had a little chair should you wish to rest (ugh... why do they call it this?). 


Then we decided to go to ground zero and see the 9/11 monument... which wasn't really that interesting. If you wanted to read any information or do anything other than look at the fountain you had to pay to go in the museum. There weren't even many places to sit there so we were only there 5 minutes.  


Then I had a lovely long delay on the plane for 4 hours before an overnight flight with a screaming baby... oh joy. 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Back in Connecticut

So after the state fair it was back to CT for a day or two so. Random thing that's weird about America point one - in Connecticut they call off licences 'package stores'. 


Look what came as a side to my breakfast omelette at IHOP one morning; pancakes. As a side. I could not finish them as much as I wanted to. 


Random thing that's weird about America point two - all toilet seats have a chunk missing... and no one seemed to know why... mysterious. And yes I made you this photo montage of toilets, isn't it lovely?


Not surprisingly I am no better at mini golf across the pond then I am here. Boo. 


It was Kim's birthday, I co-made this funfetti cake, isn't it beeeeaaautiful?


Random thing that's weird about America point two - Americans are weird about religion... This was on TV when I switched it on in the New York Hotel whilst I got ready. It was a man promising that god would forgive people's sins if they paid him $1,000. No mention of where the money went or what it was used for. So weird. 


I found this on a table in a coffee shop. 


This came through Kim's mailbox. 


And this was in the mall.

Isn't that just so intrusive? Like... I don't want to join your religion, stop bugging me. It's so in your face. 

Sunday, 31 August 2014

New York State Fair

On the drive back to Connecticut we dropped in on the New York State Fair which was near Syracuse, it started off pretty cloudy but ended up hot. The state fair was a little bit like the Norfolk Fair (for those of you from East Anglia) if it was bigger and run by cowboys.


There were lots of agricultural things like livestock and shows and displays.  


Including butter sculptures? For some unknown reason. 
Nahhow.... How does I say thais... Summer thaim folks wurr a lidl reyad neyck. And iffin I pleeased I cudda done gots me mai vurra own cunfederrat flayag bearin hayat! Ahem... So yeah... That was a thing. There were lots of cowboy hat wearing people shall we say. 


I decided I'd try some of the Fair food, there was SO MUCH FOOD. This is Hawaiian shaved ice which I had never even heard of, it was so tasty! They literally shaved ice off a block and moulded it into a little tower then you could pick syrup flavours which they poured on. It was delicious.


I liked going into the animal barns, they had signs up everywhere saying don't touch in case they bite but they were so cute you could help but pet the ones that came up to you. 


Some of the animals were a little unusual...


They had cloudy lemonade slushies, they also had wine slushies and cider and beer. I really wanted a wine slushy but it was just so hot I already had one of those headaches you can get in the sun so I avoided it.


This is a funnel cake I tried, it was tasty, it's like a mess of fried dough that you can get coated in icing sugar or cinnamon.


Look how cute!


The funniest thing I thought was the pig races, they all had been given names like Jennifer Lopig and Lindsay Loham. The audience had to call out 'sooie' and the pigs dashed out into their starting pens. They were so sweet and I thought it was funny to watch them race to be the first to get to eat an oreo biscuit. But on one race the pigs were so excited to be first back that it was the last pig that got the prize, the others ran straight past it.


Then it was time for some State Fair mac'n'cheese (don't you just hate how so many Americanisms look like they were written by dyslexic people then not spellchecked? I'm not saying there's anything wrong with dyslexics, only putting them in charge of writing signs).