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Happy Chinese New Year’s Eve Eve Eve!

Work is done for the week and I am sitting in my office waiting for Mr. Manx to pick me up to start the weekend’s revelry. It’s the first day of Chinese New Year on Monday, which means that the feasting starts now (since it’s Friday), continues through the weekend and eats up the first two working days of next week. Yayness!

Since I’ve got some time right now, let’s do a little update of the past few weeks:

1) Christmas was sweet. Mr. Manx and I were recruited into the church worship team at the last minute and Dad, Wedoryn and CC actually turned up for a while. The night before that, we were all at CC’s place for Christmas Eve dinner, so it was really a very family-oriented occasion all round, and surprisingly pleasant.

2) Hot on the heels of Christmas and New Year came the Manx wedding anniversary – our sixth (!!!). We celebrated with a lovely dinner at Au Petit Salut and splashed out on our first pair of high-class (to us; I don’t know about you) watches. I don’t have the stuff I need to upload my own pictures at the moment, but here’s the watch I got, picture from its parent website:

The Hamilton Jazzmaster Open Heart - except mine's black in the strap and face, with silver accents. Yes, it is a dude watch, but I like it, OK?

3) And finally, the day after I bought my Open Heart, I received news that I had the green light for my year-long attachment to London. A year in London!!! Even now I’m still reeling from the news, and even more so from the visa application process. There are over fifty pages of forms to tackle, and photographs to take (there are detailed instructions on this; my favourite one is the one showing a Not Acceptable photo captioned “even a slight smile distorts the normal facial features”) , and a bank account to open. Yeesh! But at the same time, yay!

I have to go now and buy cheese and wine for tonight’s gathering. May you, Dear Reader, have a roaring start to the Dragon New Year!

January 20, 2012 at 19:02 Leave a comment


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Playing in my head over and over again argh

I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song (Jim Croce)

Book(s) of the moment

Hogfather (Terry Pratchett)

Books read in 2010 and 2011

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (JK Rowling) - 'cos the movie's coming out!
Frankenstein: Lost Souls (Dean Koontz) - ah, bugger, it's part of a series! Now I hafta find all the books...
Dismantled (Jennifer McMahon) - oh, good one
Tigerlily's Orchids (Ruth Rendell)
Shutter Island (Dennis LeHane) - reminds me too much of work
Holy Fools (Joanne Harris) - it's official: I prefer her scary books
A Series of Unfortunate Events; The Unauthorized Autobiography; The Beatrice Letters (Lemony Snicket)
The Little Friend (Donna Tartt)
The main books - 11 so far - of the Southern Vampire series; the Aurora Teagarden series except for A Fool & His Honey - that makes it 7; Sweet & Deadly (Charlaine Harris)
The Woman in Black (Susan Hill)
Full Dark, No Stars (Stephen King)
Room: A Novel (Emma Donaghue)
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
The Bachman Books (Stephen King)
Men At Arms (Terry Pratchett)
Carpe Jugulum (Terry Pratchett)
The Fifth Elephant (Terry Pratchett)
Beauty (Robin McKinley)
The Sandman, Vol 1 (Neil Gaiman)
The Burden (Agatha Christie) - her crime novels are waaay better
Snuff (Terry Pratchett)

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