Friday, 12 September 2008

Not In The Mood

So, what do I feel like doing on this grey, rainy day?

Going to a wedding of people I've never met, in London, on the train, on my own, in a crushable silk dress and four inch heels, of course!

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I think I'd actually rather go to work.

I'm sure theses people are very nice, but I've never met either of them (J used to work with the groom) and don't really expect to see either of them again. J has gone to work for the morning, since he works in London, and this means he only needs to take half a day's annual leave. Also, he works in a suit and goes to weddings in a suit so that's all pretty simple. Since I work on the outskirts of Reading and don't tend to go to work dressed like this:

It made a whole lot more sense for me not to go to work for the 45 minutes I would get before needing to come home, change and travel. And I can't travel until 10 because that's when off-peak tickets start. Also, I love going to London - loveitloveitloveit - and it's only half an hour away, but we've been too busy to really do it lately (J's work doesn't count) and today I can't really see anything / do anything because I'll be dressed to the nines and teetering (and no, can't bring stuff and stash it - nowhere to stash).

So here I am, feeling grumpy. Could you tell??? I think you have to be in the mood to dress up effectively, and I am totally not in that mood. Apart from anything else, I'm mad as mad about the fire in the Channel tunnel yesterday. One of my very best friends from my undergraduate days is currently on holiday in Paris with his wife and had plans to come over on the Eurostar to see us, just for the day, tomorrow. Since he still lives in Australia, I don't get to see him that often. In fact, I haven't seen him since his wedding 18 months ago. And, the way things are going (they still haven't put the fire out) it's looking less and less likely that we're going to get to see them tomorrow either. Since B is MY friend, and the wedding today is J's friend, we've had a kind of tradeoff operating whereby I don't complain about one, and he doesn't complain about the other. I guess if one of these events had to be called off, it's probably a good thing that it's not the wedding. But still. Do you think they'd be offended if I turned up to the wedding in my jeans?

In other news: All the cool kids are reading it, so I've ordered 'Twilight' from Amazon. I had a whole load of other stuff I needed to order, honest, and most of it was adoption / ethiopia related - no really - I've ordered my parents their very own copy of There Is No Me Without You - and it was only #2.99. (Never realised before now that blogspot doesn't seem to have a pound sign operating). Really looking forward to reading it! Not sure I'll tell my parents, though - to this day I've never seen an episode of Buffy, as it was banned in my house when I was growing up. I think I'd still feel guilty if I watched that. But I'm sure this is totally different, right?


  1. Ooooooh Caroline is grumpy! Not that I blame you. How was the wedding?

  2. Yeah, but you already knew that because I called and moaned to you about it!

    Actually it was way better than i feared, purely because it was unexpectedly and wonderfully posh. Turned out to be in Queen Anne's house at Greenwich, and the food certainly lived up to the marble inlaid floors and sixty-foot (seriously) ceilings. Nothing like panfried seabass, roasted fillet of beef with horseradish butter, morel jus and duck-roasted potatoes and then chocolate fondants with raspberry confit and icecream to put me in a better mood :) And no, I did not count the points. I'm not sure the numbers go high enough, anyway...

  3. I first read this post the other night right when you posted...and then reread it yesterday, and then today...perhaps it is because I am home sick right now and in general drowning in "not in the mood" feelings. I keep hoping the next dose of cold medicine will snap me out of this. I am glad that you enjoyed the wedding and the food. Now I am craving fillet with horseradish butter...mmmmmm

  4. Yup. The food sure helped. Sometimes I realise that there is an upside to being really, really shallow.

    Hope you're beginning to feel a bit better! Seems like you follow the same philosophy as me... when in doubt, medicate! (Yeah, don't tell the SW I said that).

  5. the offer of good food can get one through many an otherwise unpleasant event. One of my favorite things about my husband's job: the craft food table.
    By the way, that dress is gorgeous. Is that really the one you wore? What a beautiful color. And I love London too. I was in Cambridge last December with my niece visiting a friend, and we'd take day-trips in to the city. We had one particular magical day, ending up at Samuel Johnson's house.

  6. I used to live in Cambridge! What a great but weird town. And how cool that you have a niece who is old enough to travel - my oldest niece is three, so I'm giving it a few years.

  7. My niece was 12 at the time, a very mature 12. We had a lot of fun, traveled to Germany, Slovakia, Czech R., and Cambridge. Love love loved Cambridge. Even in the dreary December it was simply lovely.


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