It’s been and gone. The big 3-0, that is. And I have been lax in updating the blog – no surprises there, huh? So here I am, to tell you all the brilliantness of the past couple of weeks.
We then stayed in a triple room at The Columbia – a rock star hotel! Not for the “top star” of a group, but for all the supporting band members. It was extremely comfortable, and included a Continental Breakfast (which wasn’t the best, but was tasty all the same). After putting our bags into our room, and settling in, we took a trip to The Swan, and met up with a friend of Nat & Linz for a few drinks.
On the Saturday, we headed, via the tube, to Holburn. Once there, we checked in to Thistle Holburn, into two double rooms – as we were meeting up with another friend of Nat & Linz, who also happened to be a birthday girl too! The rooms weren’t as big as The Columbia, but just as comfortable and the breakfast the next day was buffet style, with cooked breakfast, cereals, fruit & continental.
After checking in, we ventured into the West End, via the tube again. Once there, we met up with Taz and had a Subway lunch, before walking over to Her Majesty’s Theatre, to watch the matinee of The Phantom of the Opera. We were in the balcony, which you would think would bother me, and I thought it would. But the most annoying thing was the tall guy sat in front of me, that wouldn’t stop moving! Apart from that, the show was spectacular. One of the best theatre performances that I have ever seen. The acting was amazing, but the singing – the singing was out of this world.
Sofia Escobar was magnificent as Christine, although I would have loved to have seen Anna O’Byrne, who was truly marvellous as Christine in Love Never Dies (seen on the big screen rather than the stage). Marcus Lovett was just simply stunning. Just divine.
We then headed back to the hotel, and got ready for a night on the town. I say the town, what I really mean is one bar, which was so lively and energetic. We went to the Guanabara, and the dancers were so much fun. As were the band. Some dancing was to be had by Linz and myself, but mainly by Nat and Taz. Thankfully this made up for the mediocre food – we had two platters and also got two bottles of white wine, a pitcher of cocktails and some larger, for £25 each.
Then came Tuesday, and the celebration of the birth of my best friend. And where I got to take the lovely Natalie to watch Twilight: Breaking Dawn part 2 at the cinema. I have watched the first two in the series, and not read the books. Neither of the first two movies made me remotely want to read them, although I had been bought them all. But the last movie, well, lets just say that they have moved higher up my reading list! My boy then made chocolate crispie cakes that evening for her, and she came round with her daughter to open her presents.
Then it was Friday. The day. The “Big 3-0″. And the first ‘Happy Birthday’ I received wasn’t from my own children, oh no!, it was for my best friends 2.5 year old. But it was a great day. I got to have coffi with my other best friend, Donna, and some great presents. I then got to drop my kiddos off with their Dad, went round to Donna’s to get my hair dyed (in preparation for the party), and then Nat and Murran made me a birthday dinner. Which was followed by drinks at The Acton Park, and the anticipated arrival of Manon from Germany!
1. Go on a trek (this is, in fact, happening over the Easter period – whoop whoop!)
2. Have a fancy dress party
3. Go to a gig
4. Go to a comedy stand-up show
5. Go to the theatre to watch a musical
6. Go to the theatre to watch a play
7. Dye my hair red (not red red, just some form of red. Like a nice, calm type. If it was red red, I’d scare even me!)
8. Go on hot air balloon ride
9. Do falconry
10. Learn to shoot a gun (and do it well)
11. Learn to do some form of martial arts – open to ideas!!
12. Take the children to Scotland
13. Take the children to Ireland
14. Hold a charity masquerade
15. Hold a book club
16. Pass my driving test
17. Gain my degree and graduate
18. Buy a house
19. Do yoga or pilates
20. Go glamping
21. Go to Stone Henge for Summer Solstice
22. Learn Welsh
23. Feed the penguins at the zoo
24. Go to a Butterfly Farm
25. Write a book, from my blogs, for Equipe
26. Learn to brew my own beer &/or wine
27. Jog the Race for Life with Chloe, for Cancer Research UK in June 2013
28. Read and review at least one book a month
29. Start actually earning/making money with my company
30. Go to Niagara Falls