Saturday 31 December 2005

2005 greatest hits

  • Fit camp member of the month
  • Getting engaged
  • My Bell Époque 1910 ring
  • Dark hair
  • CPCC
  • Part time receptionist
  • Laundry on the line
  • Library books
  • Kaiser Chiefs
  • Green bike
  • Blue bike
  • Family visits
  • School tour in England
  • Bournemouth
  • Aqua class
  • Herbed black olives
  • Helena Sweet
  • Wedding plan – take 3
  • DC months
  • US dollars
  • J Jill jeans
  • Pearls
  • Full heart

Happy New Year to all...

Thursday 29 December 2005

Mark is very tall Posted by Picasa

I have 100 chins, but this was too cute to pass up with us in front of the National Xmas tree. Posted by Picasa

Babs with bubbly Posted by Picasa
merry little christmas eve at barbara's house Posted by Picasa

Saturday 24 December 2005

double date at the fantastic Viridian Posted by Picasa

holiday G-town Clyde's lunch Posted by Picasa

grown up night out Posted by Picasa

Monday 19 December 2005

Fool's brunch with Kirby, Andy, MJaffe & David Posted by Picasa
one too many spinokopetas Posted by Picasa
The Bate... always the bride, never the bridesmaid. Posted by Picasa

Thursday 15 December 2005

I had a dream

I was about to walk down the aisle to get married and at the last minute I decided to put my contacts in. I left everyone waiting while I searched for contact solution. For some reason it hadn't occurred to me to put them in before and I was panicked, "Why am I wearing my glasses???"

Is this premonition of things to come? Should I be glad that I wasn't about to walk down the aisle naked?

Tuesday 13 December 2005

sisters in dc! Posted by Picasa

Friday 9 December 2005

See Gale - our annual Chancery lunch is now offically captured... Posted by Picasa
Ahhhh the life of a retiree ...
Watching for the UPS man, the afternoon routine. Posted by Picasa
Mother Mary, die hard running in 12 degree December Posted by Picasa

Tuesday 29 November 2005

brown wisconsin girls reunited Posted by Picasa
Robi, Maxie & Christine visiting their old/ne/ soon to be home in DC Posted by Picasa

Monday 28 November 2005

Babs and Frank for our 2nd triad beach thanksgiving. 3 people, 5 pies. Posted by Picasa
Thanksgiving. Summed up. Posted by Picasa

Thursday 10 November 2005

my new dark hair Posted by Picasa

mr and mrs

tom and miri on their wedding day Posted by Picasa


Mary and her sugar cube, cotton ball 0f love, piglet of a dog, Miss Vera. Posted by Picasa

things I am noting since I've been back

  • baseball caps. on all walks of humanity
  • friendly customer service
  • diversity
  • suits
  • glad handing
  • DRIVING (me that is)
  • Trader Joes was more exciting in my mind than in reality
  • Target was all that and a slice of cheese
  • freakishly and somewhat annoyingly warm weather
  • money goes FAST
  • I miss my bed
  • and my boy
  • comfort of like minds
  • ease of dear friends
  • large and fast an efficient appliances -- dishwashers, washing machines and dryers
  • bounty of CVS
  • still don't want to hear the news
  • Cleveland Park has ghosts of Quebec House
  • I've seen 2 old bosses and hid
  • metro is expensive
  • a cab to the hill is oddly cheapish
  • planning a wedding is not as fun as one would imagine
  • I have more unrequited consumer needs here
  • I feel oddly at home but in a time warp

Thursday 3 November 2005

many things

1) SLIM!
Yes, I passed the old certification exam. I am a CPCC... Certified Professional Co Active Coach. Which means I am trained, real and can put it on my business cards. Oops. I already had. (Hopeful thinking?) And jack up those client fees!!! (Nah- not quite yet!)

2) I am in the US!

Airplane travel freaks me out. How can I already be here? I was just there! There doing final laundry and packing and emptying the dishwasher and watchingthe last Six Feet Under (it just finished in the UK.) I was JUST riding in the car to Heathrow with Marko at 7:30 in the a.m., chattering lightly and trying not to be sad that I am not going to see him for 6.5 weeks. (It didn't work, I am sad. ) How can I be here in my new room Helena made for me with chock full of fresh wedding magazines and the latest gossip ones? With 2 drawers just for me and a borrowed bed to boot? With her fridge full of yummy things I love and her adorable 1 year old Oliver in the next room sleeping like a lamb with a noise machine making ocean sounds. Here where I ate a bean burrito for dinner and nearly cried with joy?

My journey was uneventful, but long indeed. I am not a good flier for 7.5 hours, but I was sandwiched in-between 2 delightful very American passengers and we had some fun. Even if I was in the dreaded middle seat. The guy was from Bethesda and talked LOUD, but was funny. Even if I was cringing when he was saying (loudly) how CRAZY the London traffic is and how did people manage not to be hit by cars??? Um, hello, English people are ON this plane with us.

3) I am here til January.
And I plan on taking it slow by immediately going to Target this morning and getting my sweaty fix. Serious junkie jonsing for some new sports bras and the smell of $15 outfits and hair treats. I have promised Mark "Not to go crazy spending money", so I must be controlled. MUST be CONTROLLED in Target.

4) I am planning a wedding.

In DC.
And London.
We have wrestled and wrangled about our wedding locale and have come to the big real and fat conclusion that we need to have one here and one there. So whilst I am here, I shall scout the US locations, secure venue and go through items 1-190 on's checklist on How to Drive Yourself Loony in Planning Your Wedding When You Thought You Were A Normal Person. Followed by reading the article. "What, You Haven't THOUGHT about that yet". I may even be brave and try on some of them white things gals wear on that day.

Maybe I better wait until the queso swelling goes down.

Thursday 20 October 2005

nothing slim or clunky

No news is no news on the exam front. Neither slim evidence of my competence nor video of my foibles. Stay tuned. I am rather enjoying this neither here nor there place...

Shiny, happy parents on final evening in Cambridge, Backstreet Bisto. Large glasses of wine.  Posted by Picasa

October sunrise out our office window. Red skies in morning ...  Posted by Picasa

playing cards post supper at our house Posted by Picasa

Obligatory photo opp at the "Backs" of Kings College Posted by Picasa