Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
I have gone shopping crazy. I'm not sure what I'm going to live off when I get back to Mexico as I've spent this month's pay already. Slight panic but I have found some great jeans which is really what I needed. This morning we did lots of walking. It is all hills in San Francisco. We went to the crookedest street in the world, the cable car museum and visited the modern art gallery.
We went to a lovely Italian restaurant for dinner, after having free wine hour at our hotel.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
After being delayed for 2 hours in Mexico airport we finally made it to San Francisco. We had takeaway meatball sandwiches in bed - as we got in really late. A good start!
Yesterday we went shopping in the morning. The shops are great here better than New York I think. I found a place called Anthropologie where I could and probably will spend a fortune. I also found jeans that fit my rugby thighs. Hooray!
We found a cool little bar right on the water's edge and had a beer before going on the boat to Alcatraz. The island is really creepy when you approach. It was really cold - made a change from Mexico so we didn't mind too much. We had a tour round the cell blocks and saw the cell of Al Capone and the one where the guys escaped using spoons to dig themselves out and model heads to put in their beds (see the film escape from Alcatraz). When we left it was so cold. We took the trolley bus back up to our hotel. It was really steep and I was scared we were going to take off like a roller coaster. We had dinner in a little 50's diner, where we soon warmed up.
I am having trouble putting my photos on at the moment so they will follow shortly!
Friday, October 27, 2006
The Mexican make a massive deal out of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). They go to the graves of the people they know who have died and decorate them marigolds and with models of skeletons doing what they would like to think they are doing now - like playing the guitar or drinking. They also leave them a special bread so they won't go hungry. The mums at school decorated part of the playground like the graveyards - it sounds morbid but it was beautiful (see pictures). The kids and teachers all dressed up some were so cute. They were tiny babies dressed as pumpkins.
Last night was shattering. I had a 4 hour parent meeting - seeing all the parents in my class one after each other for 15 minutes each. By the end I couldn't even think. So I am so glad today is over a we are officially on holiday. Off to San Francisco tomorrow!
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Had a horrible day on Monday - probably because I was tired - but the kids were also being really crap. Just one more week now at school. I'm really counting down the days till we're off to San Francisco. I'm also taking Gareth to the wrestling for his birthday this Friday. Not sure what I think about it but I think it'll be a laugh. It's the one where they get all dressed in masks etc and hit each other with furniture. Great!
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Saturday, October 21, 2006
I am really tired today. I went dancing last night with a load of girls. It was quite good except for the sleezy men. Normally it's great - the men ask you to dance and there's nothing in it - but last night they were really odd. One very unattractive guy asked me to marry him. So in the end I came home quite early after pigging out at the greasy hot dog stand.
Off to see Robbie Williams tomorrow. I'm so excited!
Monday, October 16, 2006
We went out on Saturday night after having a really chilled out day sleeping in late and shopping. At first it was a bit of a disaster. The birthday girl last week had to change her meeting pub twice as they had both shut for refurbishment. We turned up (being early English people) before everyone else at a totally empty, boarded up pub and had to call everyone and arrange a new place to go. We wondered up the road and luckily stumbled across a friendly little pub with very old and grotty, but comfortable sofas and serving all kinds of beer - my kind of place. We then went to a smarter cocktail kind of place where we had great little steak and cheese nibbles. Most people then sensibly went home. We decided to go to the Irish pub where we could dance to 80's cheese. Sam convinced me to join her in drinking a jug of beer which turned out to be bigger than my head (I managed to sneakily share it with everyone else. It was all downhill from then on. We arrived home after 5am after my friend very kindly puked into the air in the cab covering me from head to toe and forcing us to pay an enormous fine.
Once home Gareth and I decided to pig out on noodles in bed (after cleaning off in the shower!). I woke up with noodle in my hair and stuck to my arm. Yum! I was thinking of a lovely lazy day when I had a phone call from my friends reminding me I had agreed to go wedding dress shopping (not for me) all day Sunday. It was really nice but spoiled by my tiredness I can’t take late nights. As I said I am too old for all of this and must start a wholesome hobby like jigsaw puzzles and going to bed early on a weekend.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Got a busy weekend again. I wanted to do a party at ours but once again there are things on Friday and Saturday so it's going to have to wait now until after the holiday. Hopefully then I'll get a time slot for us!
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Woke up really early parched with thirst and guzzled a ton of water then fell into a deep, deep sleep until twelve - good lie-in. Gutted this morning when I realised we hadn't taken the sausages out of the freezer for our fry-up but managed a good one with hash browns, beans, bacon and egss. Yum!
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
I'm a real gardening fanatic now! I think I have green fingers. I have tried cutting and growing new roses form the bushes I already have and it seems to be working. Maybe this could be my new career!