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Friday, February 24, 2006

I have stolen his mighty beard of masculinity.

I think I have maybe missed the point of what this is for. There is a distinct difference in the 2 camps, as I see it, of blogging.

The first camp treat it like an open forum for their inner thoughts, and although it may be centred on their every day life, it is more philosophical and not just today I went to work.
The second camp are the ones who say today I had chips for dinner, and I hate my job.

I think I am falling into the second camp when I suppose the real point for me might be to be part of the first. I suppose it is a good place to vent my feelings about things in general, usually people and things that happen who really rip my knitting.

With that in mind, I have to vent my spleen on the subject of travel agents. We have less than 2 weeks til we go on holiday. I am very excited about this. However, the edge has been somewhat taken off by the dimwits at Barrhead Travel/United Airlines who have decided to only now tell us that the hotel we booked almost a year ago in San Diego is overbooked and we need to find a new one.

The alternatives frankly I would not have sent my worst enemy to stay in (although I would happily send the travel agent woman to stay there). So eventually we got a hotel sorted out, which is probably in a better location than the first one but I am still peeved.

On top of that, they have blithely announced that our flights out to San Francisco have been delayed by several hours, meaning that by the time we land, pick up our incredibly small bags and then locate the car rental place, get to grips with driving on the wrong side of the road (or the right side for my transatlantic readers!) and drive around the greater Bay Area for several decades trying to find our hotel, it will be pretty much time for bed.

Now, that annoys me, but as I sit here and type about it, it does not annoy me as much as the cat's arse faced travel agent who suggested that they compensate me for the inconvenience. Good suggestion I thought. Several days later and she has rung me to say that they can't as it's "not that much" and anyway, it would only be £30 if they did and that would only be if it had been changed by more than 12 hours.

But there is nothing I can do about it, so I will just have to remember to take some eggs and throw them at the travel agents next time I am passing.

Aside from that, I am really looking forwards to our holiday. It feels like it has been a long time since we went anywhere and did something that didn't either involve work or work very soon afterwards. It will be cool to just be hanging out and not having to do anything in particular - apart from shop of course.

I am one of the lucky few girls in life who have managed to find a life partner who likes (or at least doesn't actively dislike) shopping for clothes. Lee is very good at looking interested whilst I examine another pair of shoes which no doubt look exactly like the previous 100 pairs I have looked at or at saying "yes, you know you're right, you DO need another handbag". For this, and many, many other reasons, I love him dearly.

Last time we went to the States we bought practically entire new wardrobes. This is not because we do nothing other than shop, it's because we don't really buy that many clothes here. And everything is so much cheaper and fits better and the shopping experience is so much more pleasant in the California sunshine where everyone is that colour naturally and not because they spend 5 nights a week in a Maryhill tanning shop.

We don't have many firm plans for our trip this time, maybe take in a show in Vegas (like the look of Penn and Teller, but V expensive), go to the zoo in San Diego, maybe a day trip to Tijuana, but I am looking forwards to relaxing and just enjoying doing nothing in particular. I am also looking forwards to not seeing a computer for 2 weeks!

posted by Claire @ 2/24/2006 12:52:00 pm | 1 comments | links

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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Ha ha ha! Free food! Chicken on a stick!

well, almost a month! that's not too bad considering how long I have left it before. Nothing exciting ever happens to me anyway.

Can't believe we have lived in our flat for a year now! A whole year of being home owners - has it made us more responsible? Has it given us a sense of purpose? Has it made us interested in things like insurance and ISAs? Has it banjo! We did get round to painting the bathroom though at long last and the tiles are nice and shiny and silver and we didn't die through inhaling the fumes for days on end.

Nicki and Stuart got married at the weekend and their wedding was fabulous. A lovely day and Nicki looked amazing - she has lost a gazillion stone and her dress looked marvellous! Nicki! In a dress! Anyway, the photos are up at my flickr site here.

The entertainment for the night was a great cheesy rock covers band called Big Licks and we boogied on down til the wee small hours to them. The mighty Holmes, the band that Nicki, Stuart, Scott and Dave disbanded a while back reformed for one song and everyone had a ball. Nicki was drumming in her dress, maybe they should reform full time with her in the dress! Good novelty factor!

Only 15 days til holiday! There has been a set back with flight times and hotel changes, but it will not ruin the excursion! Oh no! It won't.

Miso Funky is really picking up the pace now. We are getting ready for our own fair in April, and the website has had a spring clean - check here for new photos! Buy stuff!

posted by Claire @ 2/22/2006 03:24:00 pm | 0 comments | links

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