Tuesday, October 31, 2006


Part of Gareth's birthday present was a helicopter ride across San Francisco. It was really worthwhile and we actually had ages up in the air to really see everything and take loads of photos. I was terrified to go up in a helicopter, but now I want to fly everywhere in one. It was so smooth. As the pilot came up the the Golden Gate Bridge he revealed what he does is go under it in good conditions - we had good conditions. We scooped right under the bridge only a few feet off the water and zoomed up the other side like a roller coaster. Now I look back and loved it but it was really scary. (I am so glad I wasn't warned about this before or I would have been worried for the whole flight). Great day!


Bay Bridge

Monday, October 30, 2006

Shopping, shopping, shopping

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

Alcatraz and Shopping

Cable CarsGareth with Alcatraz Island behind

Approaching Alcatraz
An escapee's cell

Recreation area
An isolation cell - when they shut the door it's totally dark!

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

Robbie Williams

Had an excellent night on Sunday. We went to see Robbie Williams. I didn't realise how excited I was until we got there and I realised how close we were to the stage. The weather was beautiful and even though it's rainy season it didn't rain on us (it's because we were all prepared with our macs - always the way). We had beers brought right to us along with pizza, hotdogs and donuts. I love Mexico you can get exactly what you want brough right to you at any time. Robbie was bloody amazing and I just didn't want it to end. He was a bit cheeky though when he was speaking to the Mexicans in English and they had no idea what he was saying. It was the first concert I've been to when I knew all the songs so well.

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

Spider in the Garden

This is the lastest creepy crawly in my garden. It was hanging around on our fence. I looked it up on the internet and couldn't find anything exactly the same but I don't think it's poisoness, just big and mean looking.

Saturday, October 21, 2006


One more week until half term. Hooray! I am a bit lonely today. Gareth is away in Acapulco releasing turtles. He named the on he released last year Ant (he's sweet I know) and this year he called it Rebecca Louise - my middle names. So there are two little turtles riding the waves in Acapulco with my names! I am so jealous he's on the beach eating garlic prawns and strolling along in the waves and it's part of his job.

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

I have been gardening again. I love the fact plants seem to survive forever in this climate. I planted a little twig I found and it grew like crazy. Turns out to be a passion flower. I found it attracts butterflies but it's getting eaten by caterpillars, which I suppose I can't moan about if I want more butterflies. My garden is looking really bright and flowery!

Too old for all that nonsense

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

Ready for half term

I don't want to wish my life away but I can't wait till half term. I am so ready for a good rest. I have turned into an old lady - in bed by nine for the past week - I'm just so tired. By half term we will have been going for 11 weeks. I know that that sounds like nothing at all for all you people who only get 4 weeks holiday a year, I know I have a pretty easy time of it, but with little 6 year olds all day it's pretty intense.

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

Steak and cocktails

We went to an amazing Argentinean (not sure how to spell that) restaurant last night. We ordered two massive steaks between four of us. They were so tender and delicious with great chips and mash. We were stuffed full but decided to continiue the night. We ended up in a really smart cocktail place. Would have been way out of our league back in London - that's why I love being in Mexico. Gareth and I had Cosmopolitan tangerine cocktails (feeling a bit delicate today). We then ended up in a really seedy 80's place which couldn't have been further from the previous bar, but I loved the music!

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

Bumps and accidents

One of the kids had an accident today at school. We were playing in the gym (which we never do it's normally booked out) using the new parachute. The kids just loved it. They were really well behaved and quiet. It's always the way! One of the little girls bumped her head on her knee...How do you do that? I certainly don't bend that far. And split open her chin. It really didn't bleed that much- I thought she'd only bumped it at first- but she was all shaken up. Aparantly she will need stiches though. It's really scarey to think how quickly an accident can happen. I just hope she's ok and her parents understand that there was really nothing that could have prevented it. For the rest of the day I had a thumping headache and felt really guilty. Shit day! I hope she's ok to come in tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Crazy, busy term

This term has gone by so quickly. I wanted to do a party at ours for the new people in school. But we're already in the 8th week of term and I have another busy weekend. At this rate it'll have to be a Christmas party. I think I'm out dancing again this Friday. I really wanted to take it easy as I'm getting sick of being shattered and grumpy on Saturday, but the lady who asked me out hardly ever manages to find time to do stuff, so this is the one chance. I suppose I'll go and have a good time.

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!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

San Francisco

I am so excited! We are off to San Francisco for half term (in 4 weeks). We booked flights this weekend. I can't wait to see Alcatraz - I'm going to watch the rock before we go - just to freak myself out. I'm really looking forward to shopping. I have a desparate need of some new jeans, having ruined all of mine with paint and glue at school. All the Mexican's have wide waists and no thighs, so there's no way my thighs are getting into any jeans here. The food, music and art is meant to be great in San Francisco so hopefully I can find somewhere really good to take Gareth out for his birthday (it's on the day we travel out there). How exciting!