Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Quick update

Just a super-quick post to say: it's confirmed, agreed to, and decided on... time to pack and book the one-way back to Paris... :-) More info soon!

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

What's been happening lately, cold steak @ The Old Bank, and relocation update

We celebrated the Frenchman's birthday with a nice breakfast at Recipease, a tour of the Brighton Pavilion (happily half price for Brighton/Hove residents) and sadly, a disappointing dinner at a recommended steak and ribs restaurant called 'The Old Bank' over in Kemp Town. 

Faffing about with moving us to another table after realising we were squished trying to fit a high chair alongside our table (which we did pre warn them about when reserving our table), we were then put into a corner and forgotten for most of the night. At one point our waiter saw us from across the room almost by accident and jumped a little when realising that we'd been sitting with empty entree plates for about half an hour. However, no apologies or acknowledgement. Our main meal then arrived a while later, luke warm and bland. How can a steak be bland? I don't know. Even the Frenchman's ribs were cold and bland. I lose all respect when restaurants still have shakers of that horrible dusty-preground-into-sawdust pepper. Doesn't take much to have a pepper grinder, it is a steak restaurant after all. 

On to more positive news, we got a step closer in our plans to relocate and should have a final confirmation this week! Packing has tentatively commenced and real estate ads have been consulted.

I got into the Masters program I briefly mentioned a little while back here. I'm super excited and after finishing, it should have a dramatic impact on future career options. Unfortunately it will be spread over two years (only two units per semester, not by choice, studied online). But that will give me the opportunity to find some part-time work, maintain our household better, and get a little spare time (if we can manage to get the baby into childcare at some point).

We're also off on a quick trip at the end of the week to France for my sister-in-law's birthday. This is the first unplanned trip we've had (as most birthdays go by with minimal involvement) and I've almost forgotten that we're leaving in four days. 

The Little Sausage is now on her tummy, flipping over and able to stand on her feet with help. I can't wait for her to be a bit more independent but I'm assured I should be careful what I wish for, as when they start crawling I'll apparently wish she never started. We'll see!

So that's the scoop for this week. More news soon.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Rachel Khoo (Little Paris Kitchen) book signing @ Harrods

Being quite a fan of Rachel Khoo's 'Little Paris Kitchen' series and book, my sister and I met up in London for the day so that we could go to the book signing and cooking demonstration at Harrods.

Beforehand though, we met up with her at IKEA. The Frenchman, Little Sausage and I headed to East Croydon (about 3/4 the way up to London) to meet up with my sister to take a wander around IKEA and to partake in the super 99p breakfast. Sounds strange, but it's weirdly a highlight of our trips there. After a good wander around (ok, I admit, we went around twice) we parted ways, the Frenchman on daddy duty back to Brighton and my sister and I up to London for an afternoon of galavanting and finally, the book signing that evening.

We headed up to Oxford Street and on to Carnaby Street for some coffee and a quick trip to Johnny Cupcakes. Sadly, no photos to show you. Then on to Harrods in Knightsbridge to attend the signing.

Rachel arrived and began preparing savoury chou puffs, known as Gougeres. In typical Murphy's Law fashion something went wrong and the consistency of the dough was too runny. She said she would sign some books and come back to it afterwards. We lined up and had our books signed, but left without waiting around again afterwards because it was very stuffy in there and we didn't much fancy standing around in the crowd. And plus, our feet really really hurt from being our our feet all day and from standing around for so long while waiting for the event to start. So there.

A typical, 'lets take a picture of ourselves' shot

We got to Victoria station for our journey home. The kicker is that I gave my sister my book to hold on to while I went to the ATM. We then parted ways in a hurry with me completely forgetting to get my book bag back! 

Alas, my newly bought and signed book is in her care and I've not even had a chance to read it yet! I'll have to pop up to London to get it back at some point (although she assures me that she's taking good care of it for me. However, she has a history of torturing my books, see point 6 here). 

All in all, a welcome (and much needed!) day and night off from mummy-duty and a chance to meet a Rachel and say hello.