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(5) Things we love…#7

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In case you are wondering what I am doing, I am taking photos of  room I am in the middle of renovating. More to follow
In case you are wondering what I am doing, I am taking photos of a room I am in the middle of renovating. More to follow
  1. Retail Therapy. About 25 years ago, expecting a nice year-end raise, and receiving instead a paltry UKL250 bonus, I blew out my rage by wasting nearly the entire amount on an extravagant Bluemarine silk top (emphasis on extravagant), worn maybe half a dozen time, and still lurking at the back of my closet. But I felt so much better afterwards. Let me be clear: I don’t advocate spending money I don’t have and I have never gotten into credit card debt – but, once in a blue moon, I will treat myself to extravagant to improve my mood. As was recently the case with this Stella McCartney jumpsuit that I tried on a whim – it looked just perfect, the way certain items do. I knew I had stepped out of my financial bounds when bothsofa girl and my sister missed not one, but two beats, when I informed them of my splurge. The silence was followed by “How much?”. Am working like a dog next week to make the money back…..But I did feel so much better.

    No, he did not serve me mimosa
    No, he did not serve me mimosa
  2. Everyone and their mother will tell you flying has become a hassle of gargantuan proportions. My otherwise flawless trip to New York  was marred by technical difficulties/bad weather and the shutdown of LAX, all within the space of three hours. My usual bearish attitude towards airlines, which will make me complain and demand upgrades or other goodies at the drop of a hat, did not make me cast any blame on Virgin America, so I rolled with the punches and got home 24 hours later than expected, taking it all in stride. Imagine my delight in receiving, a week later, a $125 credit from Virgin America and profuse apologies for all the mishaps. My first instinct was to forward the e-mail to American/Delta/USAirways etc. When it comes to airlines, Sir Richard Branson does have better manners.

    Name forgotten: vodka, passion fruit and basil
    Name forgotten: vodka, passion fruit and basil
  3. On the hottest day of the year so far, my friend Bonnie and I celebrated her being back on her feet after a back injury by climbing to the roof bar of the Hotel Shangri La in Santa Monica. One of the few original art deco buildings on the coast, the real treat (beside the company) was the vodka and passion fruit cocktail. Bonus points for the view and the (slight) breeze.Life After Life
  4. Unusual and roundabouts descriptions of love have me swooning for days.I am currently reading “Life after life” by Kate Atkinson, a curious book whose heroine keeps on dying every few chapters. In it, a doctor who has been called to deliver a baby and spends the night at his patient’s house on account of bad weather, wakes up in the morning thus: “He lay in the cold bed, the piccalilli repenting unpleasantly. He wishes he was at home, next to the slack, warm body of Mrs. Fellowes, a woman to whom nature had denied elegance and who always smelled of fried onion. Not necessarily a disagreeable thing.” Best description of the comforts of a long-standing relationship I have read in a while.Buddha don't be a cunt
  5. If you are offended by curse words, please accept my apologies. I couldn’t resist when I saw this on sofagirl’s FB page. At a time when we are flooded daily with inspirational quotes that, let’s be honest, nobody takes to heart, this summed it up the best: just don’t be an asshole. It goes a long way.

 

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. You are so funny! I loved this post!!!

    May 26, 2014
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    • My husband says I keep myself constantly entertained. Was never quite sure whether to take it as a complement…

      May 26, 2014
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  2. That was a lot to absorb. First of all, you are ROCKING that jumpsuit so money well spent. Basta.
    I just did the same for a Gianni Versace printed short from the 90s (post to follow soon, I’m sure) because fashion is a celebration of life. Basta.
    Than Richard Branson…what a classy bloke. All other airlines should be ashamed of their mean, penny pinching ways. Hopefully where he leads, others will strive to follow. A gentleman.
    As a transplant from across the pond, I find that sometimes only the C word (see, I held back even here!) will convey the right amount of frustration or anger but never fails to upset my American peeps.

    May 24, 2014
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    • Thanks for the compliment. No regrets as of yet.
      Having waded between British and American English, but not being native to either, I relate to the C word more as a Brit. I did pause for a moment before posting. We might have lost a follower or two…

      May 27, 2014
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  3. You are so right about Sir Richard Branson. Long long ago when he had just started his airline Virgin Atlantic( I think it was only about 4 months old), and only had two planes, my husband flew Virgin to NYC from London. When checked in for the return flight, they discovered a problem with the plane, everyone was disembarked and offered hotel rooms for the night. Luggage was kept on board. As he had to be back in London for an important meeting the next day, husband hustled to get on another airline and made his way home sans luggage. About a week later I answered the phone at home and a chap asked for my husband by name, I asked who was calling and the speaker said ‘Richard Branson’ – I didn’t pick up on the name, just passed the call to A. It sounded quite a pally chat – so I was amazed when he said it was Virgin’s Richard Branson (no Sir in those days), calling to apologize over the flight problem and luggage and offering a free return flight to NYC in recompense, and to encourage him to give the airline a second chance.
    We were both VERY impressed, he must have personally called everyone who was on that flight….thats how you build brand loyalty!

    May 24, 2014
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    • That is the nicest Richard Branson story I have ever heard!

      May 24, 2014
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