Countdown

Less than a week to Christmas!

I’ve still got a couple of gifts to wrap. Loads of Christmas films to watch. Three more days of work. One more visit to Santa.

Tomorrow we are off to visit Santa in his Victorian themed grotto near Canary Wharf. 

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I’m back to work. Then Thursday morning I have to go back to the GP for blood tests and then last minute prep before heading over to my mother-in-laws fo Christmas festivities. 

Christmas Day after stockings and presents, it’s off to brother-in-laws for more festivities and then it’s time to rest and digest on Boxing Day.

Then it’s off to my mums on the 27th, and back to mother-in-laws on the 28th. 

Then 6 days of rest before back to work.

Must remind myself once I’m back to work to book some annual leave for the new year! 

All She Wants For Christmas

Today we took our annual trip to Winter Wonderland. We’ve been every year for the last 5-6 years.

Since Emma arrived, every year we now visit Father Christmas. It’s definitely a tradition, and one I hope will carry on for a few years more.

 
This year Father Christmas asked Emma what she would like for Christmas. Last year she didn’t know many words. This year, she’s a gold medal conversationist.

She told him that she wanted Sandwiches (and daddy wanted sausages) and apparently she was the second child to ask for sandwiches for Christmas today. Kids are weird.

Inexpensive Christmas, a ham and cheese sandwich! Or maybe we will make it a festive one, with Turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce.

Boxing Day sandwiches are the best. 

Christmas Movies

Christmas Movies. You cannot have Christmas without these films, in my opinion. These also don’t include kids films! I’ll do that separate.

  

Die Hard.

The ULTIMATE christmas movie. “Now I have a machine gun. Ho Ho Ho.”
Die Hard 2

You can’t watch the first one, and then not the second one. “Ah, what the hell; its Christmas!”
Home Alone

It’s Home Alone, do I really need to say anymore? “You better come out and stop me!”
Home Alone 2

Its the second one, its the rule that you have to watch it! “Credit Card? You got it.”

 

Jingle All The Way

Its cheesy, therefore it’s great. “Its Turbo Time!”

 

The Santa Clause

Tim Curry, as Santa. “You’re fatter this year.”

 

The Santa Clause 2

Just watch it. “it’s the Mrs Clause”

 

Love Actually

Christmas Rom-Com, everyone needs one (or 4) of these at Christmas. “Yep, Solid gold shite, maestro”

 

The Nutcracker

Its a christmas classic with a beautiful soundtrack.

 

Meet Me In St Louis

Any Judy Garland fan knows that this is a great Christmas film. Watch It. “and I’m taking all my dolls, even the dead ones.”

 

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.  

Hilarity at the Griswalds. “shitter was full”

 

Miracle on 34th Street

A classic! “we have a Santa!” *not an actual quote….
There are a lot more, plus probably some I’ve never even seen; but these ones are my go to films. 

 Let me know what your favourite christmas films are!

 

Xmas in September

Yes. I KNOW. It’s September and I am writing about Christmas. To be fair, it’s almost October (not that it makes it any better) and also I started my Christmas shopping at the end of July. Christmas is expensive when you have about a million 20+ people to buy for.

ANYWAY. CHRISTMAS.
It’s 3 months away. But tonight I had a mini Christmas celebration.

Thanks to the lovely PR ladies for Giraffe

They invited myself and some other bloggers and twitter users to sample their new Christmas Menu.

It was delicious. Everything I tried was yummy. There were a few that I couldn’t sample because of my nut allergy, but my accompanying friend Beth tells me that they were tasty.

We arrived and had crackers and cocktails. Cocktails! For this mummy. I KNOW!
A Sleighbellini was my first drink. Gin, Cassis, Cranberry & elderflower topped off with prosecco. It was lush. Too many of those and I would have become a lush!

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The drink shown here was a Cherry Christmas, a non-alcoholic mojito style drink with cherries, apple and mint.

Then some starters; Curried Parsnip Soup, Potted Smoked Salmon & Trout, Goats Cheese, Clementine, Walnut & Cranberry Salad, and Chicken Liver Pate.
I tried everything but the Goats Cheese Salad. The only thing I wasn’t keen on was the Salmon & Trout. Too fishy for me. I am not a lover of fish. But I tried it, which will definitely impress The Husband.

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Then Mains! There was Giraffes take on the Turkey dinner, a Turkey Schnitzel. Cauliflower Cheese & Roasted Vegetable crumble. Double roasted duck, and Salmon Saltimbocca.

Again, I tried everything except the Cauliflower Cheese crumble as it contained nuts. It was all delicious. And yep, I did try the salmon. Still don’t like salmon, no matter how it’s prepared or cooked.

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Then, the bet part of the meal (in my opinion!).
DESSERT!
A merry berry sundae, a white chocolate and passion fruit cheese cake and a chocolate tart.
Oh. My. God.
SO GOOD!
Except the sundae, that had nuts, so couldn’t try that one. My waistline thanks me. I think.

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I had a great evening. Great food, great company and thanks to the Giraffe PR ladies, it was all complimentary.
I tweeted the evening and now I’m blogging my appreciation.

Giraffes Christmas menu is reasonably priced, at £17.95 for 2 courses or £20.95 or 3 courses. The Christmas menu is only available for parties of 6 or more.

If you secure your Christmas booking before the end of October then Giraffe will throw in a free glass of bubbly per person with your Christmas meal.
And if you opt to have your Christmas party on the 2nd, 3rd or 4th of December then you will also get 20% off of your food bill!

I had a very enjoyable and memorable evening.
I want to express a big thank you to the PR ladies and Giraffe for the opportunity to taste test their upcoming Christmas menu!

Bah-humbug Germs

Currently I am laying in bed, hot/cold, sore throat, unhappy stomach and a headache that can’t make up its mind whether it wants to stay or go.

Posting right now probably isn’t one I my best ideas, so please, accept my apologies for any spelling/typo/grammatical/punctuation errors. It’s bound to happen.

Bad timing germs. It’s Christmas in 2 days and I have a shitload of things to get done. I don’t have time to be sick.

I’m going to be majorly pissed off if I’m sick on Saturday and Sunday.

There’s nothing worse that barfing up turkey an Brussel sprouts on Christmas day.

Germs at this time of year are Scrooges.
You can take your bah-humbugs and stick them up your arses, you disgusting germs.

Christmas – the busiest time of year!

Christmas break for me starts officially at 5pm on Friday the 23rd and then ends on January 2nd. That’s 10 whole days of not having to work. I think it is going to be the busiest time I have ever had.

Normally at Christmas, I eat, watch Christmas TV and cheesy films, and spend a lot of time doing nothing. Getting up late, going to bed late, drinking copious amounts of hot chocolate and fresh delicious coffee. I eat sweets, and cakes, and cheese, and more sweets and pastries and biscuits. I drink wine, and champagne and more wine and whiskey. Truth be told, it’s not really a huge amount of things to be doing. Despite the amount of food consumed last year, I didn’t even gain any weight!

This year, well it’s going to be different. I’m not sure if I am going to like the difference or not. I shall probably need a vacation to get over my Christmas vacation!

It starts this Thursday (22nd). Food shopping. For 12 people. Just my sister-in-law, me and a shopping trolley. It’s likely to be dangerous. And hilarious. We can’t even go regular shopping together without drama and laughing.

Then Friday (23rd) I have to get everyone’s presents to my mother-in-laws house. I am hoping that just 1 car trip will be sufficient.

Christmas Eve means an entire day of preparing, baking, drinking and general misbehaving.

Christmas Day means a day full of cooking, eating, drinking and making my niece and nephew laugh.

Boxing Day, we are hosting a meal for my father-in-law, his mother and his partner. Yay for Roast Beef!

The 27th, I get to go to my mother’s house for a family Christmas “do”. More presents etc, more food, more drink.

The 28th we’re having a Christmas Party at our house, with nibbles and drinks.

The 29th we’re at the father-in-laws for another Christmas dinner and alcohol.

The 30th it’s back to the mother-in-laws for another Christmas dinner and more alcohol.

The 31st, it’s to the brother-in-law and sister-in laws for a Cheese and Wine party! (Love cheese)

The finally on New Years Day I can relax. Spend the day in bed with coffee and books and very minimal food. I’m pretty sure I would have eaten so much Turkey that I’ll look like one.

I think this is the busiest I have ever been over a Christmas period. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

Merry Christmas All!

Holiday Buzz

It’s 5 days till Christmas, and I’m getting more excited than I thought possible. (I know! I didn’t think it was possible either!)

I’ve finished all the Christmas shopping (barring the pets), and wrapping, and I have 3 more days to go at work before I finish for the holidays!  3 more days! Then I have 6 days off before I have to head back to work.

Although I suspect those 3 days are going to be sheer hell due to the weather.  Getting in will be a hassle, dealing with our passengers will be challenging, and getting home will be, well, not fun.

I’m very much looking forward to Christmas.  Last year my husband had to work, so I didn’t really see him until mid afternoon.
This year he is off! and so am I!  It’s going to be awesome and I can’t wait.

We’re off to the mother-in-law’s for Christmas.  Cooking, eating, presents and Champagne.  BLISS!

Boxing day evening, we will be spent quietly at home, together, before we head to my parents on the 27th, for a buffet lunch and more presents and wine.

28th and 29th getting over Christmas and relaxing and then back to work on the 30th.

It’ll be busy, but I love it.

Can’t wait!

get back to work! bah humbug!

Well Christmas is officially over, and I’m back to work.

It was an overall success I think. got some really lovely presents.

Daniel got me pj’s, but not just any pj’s, spongebob pj’s!!! they’re excellent. i love them.
Also got a really cool starbucks thermos, which is very cool. A new book, which is the 4th in the series I am reading, halfway done, so that’s cool.
And my best present of all, a photo album – with pictures already in it. I love it so much.
There’s pictures of our first date, places we’ve been too, things he’s done. It’s so thoughtful.
I plan to fill it with loads of other photo’s. Maybe even decorate it – turn it into a scrapbook of sorts.

right- well I guess it’s back to work.
Have loads on my mind at the moment – but not really in the mood to write it all down….it’s all depressing – and I’d rather keep myself in a decent mood.

anyhoos – over and out.

Christmas time! Mistletoe and Champagne!

Well – Merry Christmas every one!

It’s Christmas day, and so far I am having a blast – despite the whole starting off annoying with the family in the kitchen. hmpfh!

anyways – Santa bought me some lovely stuff, by way of mum and dad.

Got some perfume, gift sets of my favouritest ever bodystuff (DOVE).
Also got a book on crime investigation and forensics, which is so fabbity fab!

Still have Daniel’s presents to go, I am WELL excited.

I’ve drunk 2/3rds of a bottle of really nice champagne. Still got to have a bath and wash my hair before my dad drives me over to Whitton – must be careful I don’t drown (in the bath, not on the way to Whitton….)

Also got some perfume and some money, so overall have got some excellent presents. 🙂

Can’t wait for Daniel to open his. very excited!

Christmas dinner was a success. Lovely yummy roast beef, and turkey and roasted pork, with stuffing, and vegetables. oh so yummy! yorkshire puds with a red wine and mustard gravy. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

but not christmas pudding – euch!

right – back to the champers!

Merry Christmas!