Updating!

Aug. 18th, 2009 09:41 pm
marciadanielle: (single palm tree)
Woooooo!!! So You Think You Can Dance Canada has started again! It actually started a while ago (maybe a week or two?) but it's still the city audtions, so I haven't missed a ton. Stupid Leah Miller is still the host. Ugh. But the amazing dancing makes up for her.

So my last day in London was good. I never did make it to Madame Tussauds, but that's okay. I did see Jersey Boys at night which was AWESOME. I am now officially obsessed with it! I listen to the soundtrack all the time. I only wish the London cast would come out with their own version, they're so much better than the Broadway cast!

I finished all my packing in time and Morgan was super nice and helped me to the airport. I never would have made it without her. My flight home was fine. I drank some, watched Star Trek, tried to sleep, listened to some music. My parents met me at the airport and we went home where my siser, Ryan, and Jeremy were waiting and we ate dinner (Jeremy, the cute bugger) went to bed. The past few days I've been seeing my family and friends. It been awesome! Amanda had her Jack and Jill and I got nice and drunk which was fun! Not to mention seeing her again of course! I saw Erin tonight (we got sushi, yum!) which was also fun. And I got to see her new house and puppies (which are adorable - they're labradoodles and only 3 months old). Tomorrow involves some cleaning, some packing, and some more laundry. And then Thursday I leave for Hilton Head!! Woo! I'm supposed to be seeing Rachel Thursday night in Baltimore. We'll see if she cancels on me. Hopefully not! And then it's two weeks in Hilton Head, the ocean, sun, and sand! Yay!

So I've noticed a lack of new fic lately. Well, there's been fic. But nothing that's grabbed my attention. So if anyone wants to rec me some Kirk/Bones (or I'd take Kirk/Spock or Bones/Spock too, or the three of them together!) that would be great!!

Hope everyone's well!!
marciadanielle: (House sad)
Eeek! Only one more full day left in London. How sad!!! In two days I'll be on a plane heading home. However, I will be watching Star Trek (as it's playing this month on Air Canada - wooo!!) to console myself. Right now I'm procrastinating about packing. Bad, I know. I have a feeling it's going to be an all-nighter tomorrow night!! Oh well. I can sleep when I'm dead, right??

The past few days have been really good. On Monday I went and met Emma for lunch near work, because it's convenient. We went to Nandos, yay unlimited drinks!! Then I made her take me to Madame Tussauds so I could pick up some boxes in case I needed them to ship things (which I don't think I do, so I lugged them around for nothing, but oh well) where I saw a few people. Then the annoying manager came and ruined it. but it provided us some good gossip! Then we went to Leicester Square to see about a theatre ticket for me. I had gotten a good email offer from Avenue Q, a top-priced ticket and free program for £25 and the seats offered for Jersey Boys that evening (by the time I got there) weren't great, so I went to see Avenue Q one last time. It was awesome as usual! It was my 8th time I believe. And I still love it! Yesterday I went and met Jen for lunch. I bought one last set of books (3 for 2) at Waterstones, found a feather hair piece thing for Amanda's wedding (yay!) and then we had burritos for lunch. Yum! I then convinced Jen to come with me to the Natural History Museum, but the queues are huge, so we went to the Science Museum instead. It was fun! Then I went and saw her flat and then went home. Today I met Joanna and Dan one last time and we went out for lunch in Golders Green (the Jewish area of London). We went to Blooms which is this Jewish deli that has been there forever. It was okay. It wasn't bad, but it was expensive and it wasn't the best I ever had. I told them they need to come visit me in Toronto and I'd take them to Centre Street Deli for some delicious food! It was great seeing them one last time. Then I went to Leicester Square to pick up my theatre ticket for tomorrow night. I'm seeing Jersey Boys again. I know, I should see something I haven't seen before. But I loved it so much, and this time I get to see Ryan Molloy!! Then I went to this theatre shop and bought Ryan Molloy's cd which just came out on Monday. It's him singing Frankie Valli songs. I'm listening to it now, it's great! Tonight I'm meeting up with work people one last time. One last trip to the Met Bar. :(

Tomorrow I'm going to Madame Tussauds so I can see Emma in costume, hopefully I can see a couple of people to say goodbye too. Then I have to PACK. Then Jersey Boys at night! Then one last Hagen Daas ice cream and seeing Piccadilly Circus and then I assume I'll be packing all night. Then Friday I leave. :( Yikes! But then I'll get to see my family and friends (who thankfully have not forgotten me! I've already made plans!) so I guess it's good. I sure am going to miss it here though. And who knows when I'm going to get to come back. Hopefully sooner rather than later. At least I'll have free places to stay when I come back now! Lol!

Also, friending memes are the new greatest thing ever. Especially if they're Kirk/McCoy ones. Because let's face it, they're totally my new otp and I pretty much read only them. I need new icons. I digress. *waves* Welcome new friends!! I should make this journal more fandom-y. I think we need to plan first a Kirk/McCoy meet up, and then a Star Trek con in the vibe of Prophecy. Yes?? No?? My vote is yes!
marciadanielle: (Breath play k/s)
I'm back from Greece! Actually I have been since Friday night and have done nothing the past two days. Which is not good. I should be doing stuff not just sitting on my ass watching Beverly Hills 90210 re-runs. On the plus side, I dyed my hair today! Woo! I got rid of the grey!

Greece was very lovely. Hot. But they believe in air conditioning there, so I was pleasantly cool while indoors in both Mykonos and Athens. And I got a very nice tan! I liked Athens more than Mykonos. Mainly because there wasn't much to do in Mykonos and I was all by my lonesome and didn't really have an opportunity to meet anyone. I wandered through the town my first day and made my way to a beach the second day. It was all very beautiful and picture-esque, one day I will post the pics on facebook. Maybe while I'm in Hilton Head. Athens was good though. I don't think I need to go back there though. I didn't fall in love. The hostel was good though, nice and modern, and clean. And I met some nice people there. Athens reminded me of Rome and Spain. Rome because it was fairly dirty with graffiti EVERYWHERE. And of course the ancient ruins on every corner. The buildings and architecture reminded me of Spain. I saw all the sights, some of when are breathtaking, especially taking in consideration they are 4000 years old. The food was good, but not nearly as good as I thought it would be. However, I did definitely eat my fill of feta cheese and gyros. The pita bread there was amazing. Best pita bread I've ever had! However, I like the gyros from Souvlaki Hut more! So methinks I need a trip there when I get home! Care for some lunch Faye??? I did manage to buy a couple of souvenirs for myself too. A pair of leather sandals and some earrings. Oh and I had Mythos beer (it was quite good actually!) and some ouzo! All in all a good trip, but I still like Germany the best! Oh, probably also because I found Greek people (well, the city people anyways, the people in Mykonos were friendly) to be very pushy and they don't queue which is a big pet peeve of mine. However, I'm definitely glad I went and got to Greece! And I'm super tan, so yay!!

I now have four days left. Yikes! Still so much to do! I don't think I'll make it to Thorpe Park which makes me sad. Nor the London Dungeons. I had wanted to go to some museums too, so I'll try to fit some of them in. I want to see two more shows too. I just need to decide what shows. I think Billy Elliot, and then something else. I still need to see work friends one last time too. Why oh why did I do nothing the past two days?? Why must I procrastinate so darn much?!?!? Ah well, some things will never change!

I hope everyone's well!

Update!

Jul. 31st, 2009 05:14 pm
marciadanielle: (Trafalger Square)
So I went to my eye exam this morning. It turns out there's no problems with my eyes. No health problems anyways. The bluriness was not all in my head though (though I never though I was imagining blurred vision) and it turns out my prescription has gotten worse. Le sigh. Well, my prescription has stayed roughly the same (it has actually gotten half a degree better) but my astigmatism has gotten noticeably worse. Hence the blurred vision. You know, I never had astigmatism growing up, it's only in the past three years that I developed it. It's annoying, because it means I have to buy new glasses. So I've bought new glasses. And then since they were cheap, I also got prescription sunglasses. I figured they would be good for driving and for the beach. So I spent an extra £230 today that I really wasn't planning to spend. But perhaps I'll be able to see a bit better now.

In other news, I am now officially a tourist in London again. After my eye appointment and subsequent glasses purchase, I went to Leicester Square and bought myself a ticket for Jersey Boys tonight!! Woooo! I've wanted to see it for quite some time, so it should be good. Then I went to the National Gallery and looked around. Saw some nice paintings. I bought myself this bag that I've seen a ton of people carrying about. I also got a calendar for 2010 and one postcard. Then I went tanning and now I'm back at my flat for a bit before I head out again. My glasses aren't supposed to be ready until half 7, but that's when Jersey Boys starts. So I'm going to go there for 7-ish and see if they're done. If they're not, then I'll have to go get them on Sunday.

Tomorrow I'm off to Stonehenge and then Bath! Should be fun!
marciadanielle: (Default)
I had much fun in Vienna and Munich and Zurich. Mucho fun!! Not surprisingly (since I loved Berlin when I was there too) I fell in love with Munich and wish I had gotten to spend more time there. I still love Zurich. Vienna was good, but not as good as I had thought it would be. It wasn't as pretty or as lovely as I would have thought. But I did still enjoy my time there. Here's a description of what I did as told to Amanda via email:

It's pretty long, so I shall cut you )

And now I'm back. 3 countries in 4 days is like a Contiki trip and it's too much. Too hectic, too exhausting. Obviously it was fun and I had a wonderful time, but I don't think I would do a trip like that again. But I'll be able to rest on the beach in Greece! I leave on Sunday!!! Wooohoooo!!!!! Greece Greece Greece!

However, before that I have three more days in London. Tomorrow I'm going for an eye exam. My right eye has been blurry for quite some time now, and I feel like something is wrong. Not iritis because it's not red nor sensitive to the light, but perhaps my optic nerve is inflammed again? Who knows. It could be all in my head (although the blurriness is not in my head....). It's been over two years since I last went to the eye doctors anyways, so it's time for a check up and see what my prescription is. Also, I feel glasses are cheaper in the UK (than they are in Canada) so maybe I can get some new ones while I'm here. And I have a 50% off voucher for the eye exam, so it won't be too expensive. Anyways, then I'm going to see if I can get tickets to a show tomorrow night. Either Jersey Boys or Billy Elliot or Calendar Girls. I want to see Wicked too, but it's expensive and not at the half priced booth, so I might try and find cheaper tickets through the theatre. I shall go research that next. Then on Saturday I'm going on a day trip to Stonehenge and Bath. I've always wanted to see Stonehenge and never have, and Bunac was doing a daytrip there for only £23 and that includes admission and the coach trip. I'm going to meet Andy and Teresa in Bath for lunch and a drink, so it will be good to see them one more time before I head home. I only have two more weeks in London. So sad!!! I can't believe my time here is coming to an end. Then I have to go home and look for a job. Ugh. But first, Hilton Head!! Oh yeah, and Greece!!!!!

Hope you're all well!
marciadanielle: (Default)
I've been meaning to do an update for a while now. My sister has come and gone. :( But I had a lot of fun with her while she was here. Oh, but first, I saw Waiting for Godot starring Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen on the Friday before Jen arrived. It was really good! I totally prefer musical theatre, but the acting was superb and it was done well. Good set too. Waiting for Godot is really absurd and I found myself nodding off at one point, but on the whole, I enjoyed it and am really glad I got to see it! I had a really good seat too. I was in the 7th row (I think the 7th, could have been the 6th) off to one side on the aisle, but it's a smaller theatre, so it wasn't that wide. I could totally see everything, and I had tons of leg room because there was no one in front of me. I was something like 10 feet from the stage, so it was great!

Then my sister came the next morning. I met her at Victoria and then we came back to my flat to drop off her stuff. Then we went shopping on Oxford street. I bought a couple of tops at Dorothy Perkins, and a couple more at Primark! Then we went to a pub (the same pub my mom fell in love with when they were here - it's in Mayfair and it's fab! The food is really good there) for dinner. Then we headed back. On Sunday we went to Harrods, then the London Eye and the London Aquarium with Rachel. It was pretty good. I liked the aquarium, it was much bigger than I expected it to be too. Oh, and I got two new pairs of shoes from Office. It made my sister jealous because she didn't find any shoes, so then she made me go into EVERY shoe store we passed from then on. Sunday night we cooked dinner and went to bed fairly early because our train to Paris the next morning was EARLY. So Monday morning we woke up really early and caught the Eurostar to Paris. We first went to the Eiffel Tower and queued for an hour to go up it. But I had planned for the queues, so it was alright. I had a crepe while waiting! Yum! The views from the top of the Eiffel Tower are amazing! It was sooo pretty! Although, chilly, super windy. Then we decided to walk to our hotel, because it wasn't too far from the Eiffel Tower. We stopped in a bunch of stores on the way. Yes, still looking for shoes. Also fun clothes. I bought one top for ten euros. Jen, nada. We bought some wine and cheese and checked into our hotel. It was a good pick I thought. I liked the location and it was quite nice. We rested and drank and ate for a bit. Then we went to see Moulin Rouge and we walked around that area and found a place for dinner. It turned out to be a really good place. We shared beef fondue which was huge, and a huge yummy salad. And then we had ice cream for dessert. It was sooo good! Yum! Then I dragged my sister back to the Eiffel tower so I could see the light show and take more pictures. The next morning we went to a cafe next to our hotel for breakfast. Then we checked out and went to the Arc de Triomphe. Then we walked FOREVER until we found a good shopping area (we thought it was a lot closer than it was). But we went to a whole bunch of stores, my sister found some shoes and a few tops. I bought a top too. Then we tried to go this l'Entrecote restaurant for a late lunch, but they were closed, so I was sad. And then we would have had enough time to go to the Musee d'Orsay but we were so tired, I didn't feel like going there, not to mention I didn't feel like spending more money for both the metro and the entrance fee. So we went to the train station and found a restaurant to eat. It was good, but not as good as the dinner the night before. I had mussels and fries. My sister had steak with bernaise sauce. Then we wandered around the train station, bought some chocolate, checked in and waited a bit for our train. We had a good time though. For Jen's last day in London, we went and got theatre tickets in the morning, then went to Primark so she could return a top she decided against. Then we went to Madame Tussauds. Then we went to a pub for a drink. Then we went back to my flat and rested a bit and dressed for the evening. We went to Piccadilly Circus for Jen could see it, then we went to a mexican restaurant in Leicester Square for dinner. We shared nachos and fajitas, yum! I had a margarita too. Yum! Then we saw Spring Awakening which was fab! It's SO good! I love it! My sister enjoyed it too. Then we went home and to bed. The next morning I dropped my sister off at Victoria, said good bye and then I had to go to work. :(

Then on Friday Catherine was in town and I met her and her friend Jane at Waterloo. We went on the London Eye and then I gave them (well tried to give them) a tour of the West End. We walked up to Trafalgar Square and through the Piccadilly Circus so we could take night photos. It was fun! Sadly I had to work the next day, so then I said goodbye after a few hours of hanging out. Then it was work, and more work. I went to Hamleys on Tuesday and bought my nephew a (shoot, I started this last night before my company came, and totally forgot to finish it when they left! So, I started this Saturday afternoon, it's now Sunday morning). Anyways, so I bought my nephew a birthday present for his first birthday. Jeremy is already one year old!!! He's growing up so fast! Lol! Then I worked, luckily I had the weekend off, and it feels like my first real break in quite some time. It's nice.

Yesterday morning (so Saturday) I bummed around a bit, but finally got ready and went to the Broadway market in east London. I've been meaning to go for quite some time, Amanda had sent me a link to a blog of a woman who trades there. She makes cakes and tarts, so I've been wanting to try them. She also makes brownies, which I tried. The brownies were good, but they were expensive (£2.60/brownie, and you can get other ones for 2 for £3 from other places) and I think only just as good as other places, not better. So not worth it. I also bought a chocolate tart to serve as dessert that night. The tart totally saved this woman. And I may go back. Because the tart was TO DIE FOR. It was amazing!! It was dark chocolate with a shortbread crust, and a layer of jam in between. Now normally I don't like jam in dessert, but the jam added a great balance in flavours and was needed. So it was perfect. It wasn't too bitter (as some dark chocolate tarts can be), the jam helped that, it added a great sweetness, but without taking away from the chocolate. It was really really good. I may go back for more tarts. Not brownies though. Here's a link to the blog: http://www.cocoandme.com/. Anyways, I also bought a new bag (bad me, I know) and a new wallet. I'm not sure about the wallet, I think it will be too small for me, but it's so cute. I may give it to someone as a gift or something. The bag I love!

For dinner last night, Joanna and her husband Dan came over and we played board games and I cooked them dinner. I made salmon (it was alright, they enjoyed it, but I think my measurements of onion soup mix/mayonnaise wasn't quite right...so I'll work on that), twice baked potatoes and grilled asparagus. I actually managed to cook the asparagus perfectly, so I was kind of impressed with myself for that! And the potatoes turned out nice as well. They had brought a bottle of wine which we drank, as well as some really yummy cheese from Amsterdam which we ate first. Then we had the delicious tart for dessert. Oh, I was going to say my only criticism of the tart would be a bit too much cocoa on the top. There was a layer of cocoa done with a bird stencil on top, which made it look pretty, but both I and Joanna managed to breathe in too much cocoa and almost choke. So, less cocoa would be better. We played Monopoly (the British version, which is a novelty for me) and then Cluedo (which yes, is Clue - except Mr. Green in Reverend Green in the Brit version). And then we watched Eurovision, which was my first time watching it (we don't get it in Canada, they do in Australia though). It was.....interesting. I really liked the Denmark song, it was written by Ronan Keating, and it was a song I would totally listen to. They did not win, nor did they come close. Which made me sad. I did like the Iceland song, and they came in second. The winner was Norway and I thought their song was only okay. I think it was because they sang in English, but they had an accent, so it sounded weird to me (and Joanna and Dan). Anyways, they left after the show, and I cleaned up (thank goodness for my dishwasher!!) and went to bed. Now I'm finally watching American Idol from this week. I already know who's in the final two though, I got spoiled before it was even on here by facebook. Oh well. Today I'm going to see the Star Trek movie this evening! Woooooooo! I'm excited! I'm excited for the slashy goodness I've heard is in it. Woo hoo slash in a huge Hollywood blockbuster!
marciadanielle: (Federer)
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] scattydove, I am currently sitting very contently in front of the tv watching the Australian Open. Well, it's a replay of Federer's earlier match, so I already know he wins! But it's still fun to watch! Man I love tennis! Watch the Opens always reminds me just how much I love it. I think I really need to make an effort to play more. Perhaps not this summer, but next summer, when I'm home, I should join a club or something. We (we being my family) used to belong to a tennis club, but the last few years we were members, we didn't play much, and the courts were booked every evening with round robins and lessons, there was no free time for us to play! I play in Hilton Head every year, but once or twice a year is not enough! Plus, I always play with my dad and he always beats me!

Oops, Jonathan Ross is about to start and I want to watch! I'll go back to the tennis after! I think it's good Jonathan Ross came back. Sure he screwed up, but I'm glad he was able to accept his suspension and (perhaps) learned from his gaffe. Not like Russell Brand who quit and stamped his feet like a baby. Or so I think anyways. I've never liked Russell Brand anyways. Okay, Tom Cruise is hot! If only he wasn't a psycho...

I've had a really good day today! I was smiling all the way home (not really smiling, because then people would think I'm crazy, but smiling on the inside! You might say there was a bounce to my step!) I love being in a good mood. It feels SO good! And it hasn't ended yet either, so yay! Good mood! Work was good. This morning was some bitching about a manager who came to work in a bad mood (although she was fine by the end of the day) and was bitching at everyone. So we bitched about her! All the while May and I were getting cases of drinks to fill up the drinks cooler by the cash in the gift shop. We sell Vitamin Water (which is overpriced flavour water with added vitamins) and she started pronouncing it vitt-a-mins, as opposed to vite-a-mins, and well you probably had to be there, but we both found in very funny and started giggling! May has a very posh accent, I love it! She's also super nice. In the afternoon we were in wax hands together and at one point it wasn't busy so we decided to have a competition who could make a better wax hand on themselves. After a couple of false starts, it was decided hers was better. My excuse is she's been doing it longer and has had way more practice than me! Then after I was in the gift shop (we rotate positions every day which is good because it breaks up the monotony!) with Emma who I haven't really talked to a lot before. I think she's kind of shy and quiet, and I'm shy, so it takes a while to open up to others. But we started talking more today. Just inane chitchat, but it's better than no chitchat! She wants to a buy a new computer so we were talking about that, and her new flat which she is buying. Which I am so jealous about! Although it's only a part-buy and her parents are helping out a lot. She's only 21, so although it's not her money that's buying her a flat, I'm still jealous that she's going to own her own place! I want to buy my own flat! But in Toronto, not London. So really, I want a condo, not a flat!! ;) Oh, and at the end of my shift, Emma was talking to Lucy (my manager - the one who was a bitch in the morning) about wanting a Yorkie Raisin and Biscuit bar (blech, I hate raisins in chocolate!) and Lucy broke one and gave it to her. And since I was standing right there, she asked if I wanted one, so I took a regular Yorkie bar (plain chocolate). So yay! Free chocolate!!

On my way home, Toronto was featured in London Lite (a free evening paper) as the travel destination! I was flipping through it, waiting for the sports pages (and the tennis news!) and the TTC (a streetcar) is in a picture! The article is lauding Toronto as the new New York and a good place for a glamorous weekend trip. They didn't talk about anything really new to me. A restaurant I never heard of (apparently it's pretty new), one I have heard of (Sassafraz) clothing stores (Over the Rainbow, Holt's), the St. Lawrence Market, the Distillery District, etc.

I came home and was skyping with my mother and we were talking about our nice dinner we're going to when they come (only two and a half weeks now!) And originally we were going to Ebury Wine Bar because we've been before (once back in 1995 - we were going to see Starlight Express at the Apollo Victoria and it was nearby, so we walked in and liked it, and then I also went with my mother in 2000 when we were in London - they serve bread with roasted garlic and it is to die for!! Yum! It's the best part of the meal! The rest of the food was good, not the best I've had, but good all the same) and liked it. But then my mom was talking about going to a fancy place for lunch. She found a list of fancy restaurants doing set lunches for £15-20 and upwards. She wanted to go to Maze Grill (which is part of the Gordon Ramsay restaurants!) and I was looking at the menu, and the dinner a la carte menu isn't too expensive (in comparison to the Ebury Wine Bar - although the wine is significantly more) and I suggested we go there for dinner instead. It's something new and it's Gordon Ramsay!!! How fun! So I made a reservation online and we're going!! Yay! Hopefully it's good. I'm sure it will be though. They have steak with all kind of sauces, so how could it be bad??

Tomorrow I'm going to Borough Market with Jen (who I used to work at Chapters with - she's in London at school, and we're FINALLY getting together!) so that should be fun. Neither of us have been before, but it's a food market, filled with yumminess!!

I hope everyone else is doing well, and is happy!!
marciadanielle: (Books (made by sunlitdays))
I just rearranged my room. Luckily I don't have much stuff, and not to mention my room is tiny, so it's wasn't too difficult. Moving my bed was the hardest because my room isn't wide enough for it rotate, so I had to take it apart. This was all in an attempt to make better use of my space, and possibly get more floor space. I'm not sure I accomplished that, but possibly. I have less wasted space now. Before I had this tiny space between the end of my bed and the wall, barely enough room to stand. I stored crap there. Empty boxes, a bag, etc. So I moved my bed the other way and moved my shelves too so they're now facing each other. There's not a lot of room to walk in between them, but I figure I can sit on the end of my bed and get to my shelves that way. I also used my closet a bit more. My closet is outside of my room, so I haven't really used it (except to store my suitcases) but I've put some extra shoes and some of that aforementioned crap in there. And the main thing is I've exposed the radiator more. Before it was completely blocked by my bed and it was always freezing in my room (although under my duvet was toasty warm!) So now that the radiator is almost fully out in the open, I imagine it will start to get warmer in there!

And that was my excitement for the evening. Earlier today I went to Chinatown and bought the most amazing instant noodles ever! I was introduced to these recently by this girl I used to work with at M&S. She's from Australia (her name is Joanna - I may have mentioned her before...I can't remember). Anyways, I had them when I was at her place and they're amazing!! The best instant noodles ever. And they're super cheap too. 25 pence per pack. They're from Indonesia and you can buy them at any Chinese grocery store. So I went to buy some. And I did! I got 10 packs. They're kind of small, so for a meal you eat two. Well, I guess it depends on how hungry you are too. I had them for dinner, so I had two. I also bought plum sauce while I was somewhere that sold it. Too bad I already ate my spring rolls! But I figure this way I'm prepared for next time! I couldn't seem to find it in any grocery store, so I was almost afraid I wouldn't be able to find it anywhere! Thank goodness for Chinatown though! The one thing (well, one thing among others) I can't find though, even in Chinatown? Peanut sauce. Apparently people don't eat peanut sauce here. Which is a shame, because it's AMAZING with stir fried vegetables. I'll have to get my parents to bring me some. President's Choice (a brand in Canada) makes the best peanut sauce ever! The other things I can't find (people also don't eat this here) is cocktail sauce. They sell seafood sauce which is creamy and while I haven't tried it, I don't think I would like it. My mother told me to make my own cocktail sauce (which you can go with horseradish and ketchup) but I can't find the right horseradish either! Oh well. I haven't had any cold shrimp (I mean prawns!) to need cocktail sauce.

Alright, I'm cold, it's time for bed!
marciadanielle: (Absent friends (made by sarah531))
Sometimes I really hate being in the UK. Well, not hate, but I feel disgruntled. It's mainly when I'm trying to watch some Canadian content and either Youtube, or ctv.ca, or cbc.ca tell me the video I'm trying to watch is not available in my region. Grrr! But I want to catch up on Rick Mercer and So You Think You Can Dance Canada! Thank goodness most of Youtube is not region-censored.

And I've come to the conclusion that British people (at least those in London, I'm hoping in other areas people aren't like this) are very very rude. No one is helpful, polite, or respectful as my fellow Canadians are. If you're in Canada and you see someone coming through a door with a pile of stuff, you will either go hold the door open for them, or at the very least GET OUT OF THE FUCKING WAY. In London? Not so much. At work, I was trying to bring out some shopping carts from the back to the front of the store. Many customers continued to stand in my way and did not move an inch until I said excuse me out loud. Even though they clearly saw me coming. One woman saw me coming and purposefully got in my way. Wtf?? Even work colleagues don't bother to help. They don't hold doors open, they barely move out of the way, they don't bother to assist with anything. It's driving me INSANE. It's common courtesy people! If someone is about to drop a box or something, and you're walking next to them, and you work with said person, pick up the goddamn box! It's not rocket science, it's called being polite and respectful.

And to continue on with my rant. Want to know how much my work sucks?? Cause it truly does. Yesterday I was 5 minutes late for work. I'm never late, I pride myself on not being late, but shit happens and I was late yesterday. Mainly because there were long queues at the bank and in England they don't allow you to deposit money any other way except through a teller (which is foreign to me, because in Canada you can do it through a cashpoint). So I was rushing up the stairs when my manager is walking down them. He looks at me. Looks at his watch. Looks at me again, raises his eyebrows, makes a look of discontent and continues on. He doesn't bother asking me why I'm late or whatever. Which really pissed me off. Fucking ask me, I could have been stuck in traffic for all he knows. Argh. And then around 6:30pm I tell Jose (one of my colleagues who I directly work with) I'm not feeling well and I want to go home. He tells me I need to speak to Pat, who's the manager on duty, fair enough. I go to the information desk, Pat's not there, but Diana (who's a supervisor) is. I ask her where Pat is, apparently she's in a meeting. I tell her I'm not well and want to go home. She says she can't send me home, because she's not a manager. She tells me that Andrew (my manager, the one who raised his eyebrows at me) is still there and I should go talk to him. So I go find him, he tells me he can't help me because he's going home and I have to find Pat. For fucks sake! He's such an asshole. So I go back down, find Diana, tell her, at this point this guy Adnan (who I work with in ops - he's an asshole too) is there too. Their solution, since they can't send me home? Go to the canteen and sit there until Pat's meeting is finished. Wtf? Suppose I was really ill (I wasn't, I was just fed up with working there), all I wanted to do was go home. So I go sit up in the canteen for 20 minutes. Diana comes up, says Pat is back on the floor and I can go home. So I go home. I also called in sick today. I really really can't stand this job. It's time to actively start searching for a new job. Starting now. I need to go get dressed and then hit every single Starbucks near me. I feel working for a Starbucks will be a hell of a lot better than working for M&S.

Okay, so it was like 20 questions to call sick into work. Omg, I just hate this place more and more. I don't understand how people stay there for so long. Maybe they're not used to anything better?? Maybe retail in the UK is always worse than retail is in Canada. Or maybe I've just been lucky. But I don't think so. I really think it's the UK.
marciadanielle: (There's Peace (made by girlfromsouth))
Well, not much has been happening since I last posted. And I didn't get my own room that night. Pity. Some random woman came in around 7pm, and then some other random person came in sometime in the middle of the night. The same thing (another random person in the middle of the night) happened last night too. We'll see what happens tonight! There is someone else who's new though. Another girl from Canada who came through swap/bunac. But she's only staying in London for two nights and then moving on to somewhere cheaper. She seems nice though. Maybe a bit young, I didn't get her age out of her, but I'll try! She brought NOTHING with her though. I'm amazed!! She has a carry-on backpack and that's it. I guess she has a few clothes, minimal toiletries and that's about it. I could never do that. Besides, that would get expensive, having to buy pretty much everything when you get here. I already had to buy a winter coat. Which I did! Yesterday morning I found one at Evans. It was on sale too. £50, originally £70. It's black, with a belt. Typical me. I could have gotten this cute black and white checked one, but it was £75 and not on sale, so I decided to save money! I need to buy gloves now. But I can't find any I like. No where has a good selection. I've seen a lot of leather gloves, but I don't like leather gloves. For one, they're expensive, and two, they're not that warm. Anyways, my pockets are working just fine right now. I also bought a new purse at Dorothy Perkins. This one has a zipper and a flap thing, and it goes over my shoulder, so it's hands free. It's a bit small, but it should do the job!

I've extended my stay at the hostel for yet another two nights. So I'm here until Saturday morning, and then apparently there's no more space. So I need to find my own place. I'm looking at a flat tonight, and another one tomorrow. I've left messages at a few places too, but so far, no one has called me back. I saw a place last night which was only okay. Pretty far out, not super nice. The flatmates seemed nice though, easy going, and the double bedroom was a really good size, the single, cheaper one was tiny. Way too small. Not even enough room for someone to sleep on the floor. So that's no good. I hope tonight is better.

I had my first job interview this morning. I don't think it went that well. The interviewer (who was the owner of the company) wasn't that nice. She asked me if I was a good salesperson, and I sadi no. I hate selling. It was the worst part of Air Miles. So then she proceeds to tell me how the job is like selling. you have to convince candidates to sell. And then she was looking at my cv and was asking about the years or something, and I mentioned how I worked two jobs at once, Starbucks and Indigo (because she sounded confused about my dates) and she made a snide comment about how she's not interested in Starbucks, how she wants people to serve her coffee, not make her coffee. Something like that. So whatever, I don't want to work for you anyways. I had an appointment at a recruitment agency this afternoon. That went better. The girl was really nice and hopefully I'll hear from them about a job soon!!

It snowed in London last night. This morning there was snow on cars that parked outdoors overnight. Wtf?? It's October and LONDON. It's not supposed to snow here. I left Canada and its snowy weather behind....or so I thought.

Omg love!

Oct. 27th, 2008 04:04 pm
marciadanielle: (Default)
This might seem stupid to be so excited, but I have my OWN room for the night tonight! Yay! After spending three nights in a cramped room with a CRAZY Spaniard (seriously, like fucking insane) and no space, to have my own spacious four bed room to MYSELF is heaven! Plus, I have a bottom bunk again, so thank goodness I don't have to awkwardly climb up and down the bunk. Sure there's construction happening next door and I'm right near the exit (so I hear people coming and going) but I'd rather all this than a half naked (and sometimes fully naked) Spanish girl who had fake hair extensions which shedded all over the place.

In other news, it's hard to find a flat in London. Ugh. I am still looking. I'm going to see a place tonight, that's a bit more expensive than I want to spend, but if it's nice, I may just go for it.

I have registered with three agencies today, and I have an appointment with one on Wednesday. So, hopefully they will find me a job!

I am also really glad I have a drivers license. My friend Nathalie (the Montreal girl, who I misjudged at first - I think it's just her Quebec personality that threw me off - she's quite nice and we've been hanging out a lot) doesn't have one, and her bank letter (which I didn't have time to get, and I wasn't asked for it, so I'm glad I didn't stress out about it) is a fax, not original, and she can't get a bank account. Which really really sucks. Apparently they need something with your home address on it, so original mail or a license, and she has neither, so she's sol. I feel bad for her. She's stressing out about it. For me it was quite easy to open up the bank account. Sure it took six years (some computer program was down, so they had to use an older program which took five years - the other year was my person kept getting interrupted - I think she was the manager person) but I got it no problem. Now I'm just waiting for my debit card to come in the mail!

Alright, off to look at gumtree some more...

London!

Oct. 23rd, 2008 08:41 pm
marciadanielle: (Default)
So, I'm in London now! I'd say it's hit me what I'm doing. I'm a bit lonely, but I haven't cried, and I'll certainly survive.

I arrived on Wednesday midday. I made my way to the hostel. Sorted myself out for the remainder of the week (I'd rather stay in a not-so-great hostel, then schlep my luggage on the tube again to a better hostel). I then proceeded to Oxford street to look at the shops. I got myself a UK sim card. I tried to find a winter coat, but to no avail. I tried again today and saw a couple that were okay, but I think I'm still going to look. They're more expensive then I thought they'd be, so I want to actually like it, rather than settle for one! I also went to the Bunac office and re-vamped my resume. Tomorrow I have orientation, so, I think I'll learn a lot more about how to find a place to live and a job.

I'm still pretty tired. That could be because a) I didn't sleep super well last night, b) I'm still jet-lagged, and c) I only slept for two hours on the overnight flight here. Hopefully I'll sleep better tonight. I have to wake up fairly early tomorrow so I can switch rooms and make it the orientation at 10:30am!

I'm seeing a friend from university (Shannon - who first introduced me to livejournal!) on Saturday who's going to be in London for the one night (she was in Paris for two months improving her French and she's going back to Canada from Heathrow). We're going to meet up for dinner! It will be great catching up with her again!

I texted my family friend, Hilary (who's here for university - I stayed with her in February), but she doesn't seem interested in getting together. Which kind of pisses me off. I dunno why. I know she's busy, and I know she already has her own friends, and we're not close or anything, but you think she could suggest a time to meet for coffee or something. Whatever. It's only been a day, and I'm not going to get pissy about it.

I should email my one other friend who lives here. Maybe I'll do that tomorrow. I don't feel like getting any more rejections today!

I'm going to shower, and then try to sleep! Good night!

OMG!!

Oct. 20th, 2008 11:30 pm
marciadanielle: (London)
Omg, I have ONE day left at home before I get on a plane and travel to London, England to live and work for the next year. I'm not totally freaked out, because it still hasn't sunk in yet what I'm doing. Maybe it will when I get on the plane. I haven't really cried either, which kind of surprises me. I said goodbye to my sister tonight. It was sad, but not enough to make me cry. Even saying goodbye to Amanda and Erin didn't make me cry. Hmmm, maybe I'm just a cold-hearted person?! Nah. but I have trouble crying at real-life events. Movies, books, fan fiction, no problem. I cry like there's no tomorrow. But real-life?? I just don't. I dunno...

Anyways, so I've been doing lots this past week. Lots of people to see! Lol! Not really, but I have seen everyone I wanted to see and I've had fun doing it! I should move away more often, people have been treating me so well this past week!! Lol!

On Friday I went out for lunch with Faye. We went to the mall. We ate at A&W and then walked around. We saw Michelle Rowen (one of my favourite authors!) in Zellers but I was too shy to go up to her. I should have. Because I think it would have made her excited to be recognized, but I didn't. Oh well. I still saw her!! On Friday night, I was picked up by Philina and Steve and we headed downtown for my goodbye get together (my kind of party!) Amanda, Jen, and Jessie came out and we went for dinner. We were supposed to be going to the Bier Markt, but there was a really long wait so we went next door to the Scotland Yard and ate dinner there. It was okay. Good company anyways! I then (after two beers and I was perhaps a bit tipsy) decided I wanted to go to Jack Astors for some raspberry twisters and apple pie. I dunno why I didn't think of going there for dinner too. Oh well. So we walked in the cold to Jacks. I had two "jack it up" (ie. double the alcohol) raspberry twisters and then I shared apple pie and chocolate cake with Philina and Steve. It was really fun! Amanda bought my food and drinks at Scotland Yard, and Phil and Steve bought my drinks and dessert at Jack Astors. Which was really nice of everyone!

On Saturday I met Erin and Philina for lunch at Astoria's, a Greek restaurant we all love. We went to the Mississauga one because it's much easier to get to then the Danforth. So, we had a good lunch. Erin bought my lunch. We then went to Cloverdale mall for some cookies and Winners. Again, it was a lot of fun. Erin had to go to work, so we went our separate ways. I met Suzie for tea at Starbucks (Suzie treated me but by this point I wasn't feeling too well - I managed to catch a cold on Friday, grrrr....I'm almost better now though). We chatted lots. Eventually I had to go though. I had lots of laundry to do!

Sunday I did more laundry and bummed around. I didn't do as much as I should have. Today I was organizing all my clothes. Tomorrow I have to pack it all. I probably have too much to do tomorrow. I wish I wasn't such a procrastinator. Oh well.

Tonight I went out with my parents, sister, brother-in-law and my nephew. We went to the Keg, yum!! It was so good! And the waiter gave me a free dessert too! Before we got there, they has asked my sister if we were celebrating any kind of occasion, and she told him I was moving away, so I got free dessert! We got a huge slice of Billy Miner Pie which we all shared. We then went back to my sister's for some wine and Skor squares which she had made for me. Even though I was stuffed, I managed to eat two little ones!! I lent my sister my Wii while I'm gone, so we set it up and played some tennis and bowling. I taught my mom how to bowl, and she wasn't too horrible at it! My sister gave me a webcam as a going away gift! She got one too. So now she can hold up my nephew to the computer and I can still see him! And he can see me too. Yay! She also packed me four Skor squares to take with me. Phil had given me some M&Ms too to take with me. So I can eat candy all the way to London!

Alright, it's late and I want to go to bed. One last sleep in my own bed! Goodnight!
marciadanielle: (London)
I decided this needs it's own entry, because it's super exciting!!

I booked my ticket to London today!! Yay!! I'll arrive on October 22nd to live and work!! Yayayayayayay!!!!!!!

Woohoo!!
marciadanielle: (London)
It's been awhile since I've updated and a lot has been happening!! Mainly all exciting though, so that's good!!

The main news first. In a nutshell: I quit my job and I've decided to move to England for a year. Woo hoo!!

I tried to get a leave of absence (well really just unpaid time off) for a vacation that I'm going on in a week, and they wouldn't give it to me, so I decided to quit. I've been wanting to quit for quite some time, I really really hate my job, so I really do not feel down about it at all. When I was arguing about whether I should quit or not with my friend Karina (who I work with - she didn't want me to quit - more about that later) she wanted to know what I would do instead. This is a few weeks ago. On a whim I said, "I dunno, maybe I'll move to London." And that idea stuck with me. It's something I've wanted to do for a number of years, and I feel I'm ready now to take the plunge and do it. So when I get back from my Hilton Head vacation in two weeks, I will start the visa process. It takes 7 weeks to get the visa, and then I have to wait until after the Jewish holidays, so I should be there by the third week in October.

A lot of people have said they'll come and visit me, I really hope some of them do come.


In other happenings. I saw Avenue Q last week here in Toronto. I didn't think it would be as good as it was in London. But it was AMAZING!! I got a good deal on a ticket ($30!!) from a travel website and decided to go by myself. I'm really glad I decided to go, it was fairly last minute....the cast was so amazing! I loved it. Loved it. Loved it!!

Today was an amazing day. Very busy, and I'm exhausted now and need to go to bed. But a quick rundown. I woke up early this morning (after going to bed pretty late last night - I was busy partying at Amanda's!) and I picked up Suzy (who's back from Oz!) at Yorkdale and we went to my sister's because she's having a stamping sale. She's selling off a lot of her stamp sets, ones that are retired, or extra ones that she had, and some other accessories and cards. So you'd be buying her used stuff (for the most part - there were some new things too) and with the money you spent on her things, you could pick out free product from the new catalogue. So, basically you're placing new orders and getting her old stuff for free, but it was set up the other way. Anyways, so she was getting rid of a couple of stamp sets and stamps that I use all the time and love. But since she won't have them anymore, I had to buy them for myself! So, I got two of her stamp sets, some ribbon, some single stamps, and some cards. Then from the catalogue, I got a new Christmas stamp set, gold ink and paper, a pen and a circle punch (1 and 3/4"). My Christmas cards are going to look so nice this year!! I can't wait to get the new things! Hmmm, I guess I'll have to make all my cards before I leave.

After the sale, I drove downtown and met Erin and Philina. We went to Centre Island and had a picnic lunch. It was amazing. We had a ton of good food, we tried to fly a kite, we went pedal-boating (well they did, I sat on a blanket and listened to music!) I would write more about it, but I am getting REALLY tired.

After the Island, I met Amanda (I was right by her place) and we hung out for a bit. We played Dance Dance Revolution, ate lots of food, watched the Olympics. Chatted. It was really good.

And the best part? Canada has (finally) won some medals! Including a swimming bronze about 2 hours ago. I saw it live and it was so exciting! Go Canada!!!

Good night!
marciadanielle: (Big Ben)
Wow! That was a GREAT Wimbledon final. I feel like I've been watching tennis all day....oh wait, that's because I have! Lol! Between rain delays, commercial breaks, the warm-ups, and not to mention the actual play, the Wimbledon Men's final was on for seven and a half hours. That's a loooooong time. I did go out for about two and a half hours to meet friends for lunch. But the rest of the time, I was watching tennis. And it was great! Originally I wanted Rafael Nadal to win because I thought Roger Federer had had his chance in the spotlight and it was time to give someone else a chance. I do like both of them. This was before the match started. Then the match started and I remembered how much I actually love Federer. He's such an amazing player. And so gracious and seems like a really nice guy. Not that Nadal isn't, but I like Federer more. So I stated rooting for Federer. I feel bad for him now. He seemed so sad, so dejected. John McEnroe said he cut his interview with him short because it looked like he was about to cry! But he was so gracious during the trophy ceremony. He has such good sportsmanship. Nadal does as well. I started tearing up during it, all the emotion from both of them made me cry!! I am happy Nadal won. He deserved it. They both played phenomenally well today, but Nadal managed to pull off the win and congratulations to him!

I realized I need a tennis icon. Or two. Or three. My cellphone wallpaper is now of Roger and Rafa holding the trophies. Yay!

Also, in tennis news, Daniel Nestor won the Men's Doubles final yesterday!! Yay!!! I didn't get the see it (because I was out watching Get Smart - what a great movie! So hilarious! I love Steve Carrell!) but I saw the recap in the news. He now has his career Grand Slam. And he has a gold medal from the Olympics. Maybe he'll even get a second one in a few weeks. I was really happy he won. He's Canada's best tennis player, and he's not finished his career yet!

So, I've decided I definitely want to go to Wimbledon next year. I can't actually start planning it, because I need to fgure out a new job first and then arrange the time off. However, I think I'll go for about 8-9 days. If I can manage more, I will definitely go for more and go somewhere else in Europe as well. But, I'd like to be in London for Canada Day and go to the big celebration in Trafalger Square. And of course see one, maybe two (if I can pull it off) days at Wimbledon. I need to find out if I can, but I think I'll enter the draw for tickets and see what happens.

I'm coming off my tennis high now. It feels like it should be super late at night. But it's only 5:10pm. What should I do with myself now?!
marciadanielle: (The Underground)
Look! I have a pretty layout! Made by the amazing [livejournal.com profile] sunlitdays. And she was super nice and personalized it for me! Now it's even more special. *pets layout*

So tonight was the first night of Passover. My week of matzah has begun. Ugh. And I had to spend time with the family tonight, and more tomorrow. Tonight wasn't too horrible though. We went to my aunt's house for the seder. She invited her good friends Ron and Bev (who aren't Jewish, but we made them participate anyways!) whom I've met a few times before. Anyways, myself, my sister, my bro-inlaw, my aunt and Ron were sitting in the family room after dinner and chatting, and it made me realize how much more special friends are then family. Of course family is special and important. But there's nothing like a bond between two best friends. Ron and my aunt were talking, and Ron was teasing her about something, and the smile on her face as we were all chuckling was so bright and so adoring. One doesn't get the same look when chatting with family. Friends are whom you share everything with. And you don't necessarily do the same with family. At least I don't, and I know my aunt doesn't. My friends are the ones who know most everything about me, and who I trust the most. Sure I love my family, but I cherish my friends.

Anyways, I also realized I know a lot about London. Well how to get around and stuff. A family friend is going to London and she asked me how to get from the airport to my friend Hilary's house (who I stayed with when I went in February). Although why she asked me and not Hilary....who knows? But I answered anyways. I didn't know the answer from memory because she's flying into Stansted airport and I've never flown into there. But I knew exactly where to go to look it up, and when I wanted to compare the difference in price between the Stasted Express and a National Rail train, I knew where ot look that up too. I know it doesn't seem that hard, but most people (here anyways) wouldn't know. Or they'd be googling forever. And now that I'm typing all this out, it kind of seems stupid, but I felt proud before dammit!

And on that note, I think it's about time to end this. I hope everyone is doing well!!
marciadanielle: (London)
Another update! I figure one more before I'm home, which is in two days. :(  But it will be nice to be home again (and for everything to stop costing so much!!)

London has pretty much been good. There was an incident Saturday night that sort of soured it for me, but in the long run it's not that big of a deal.

marciadanielle: (In Demand (made by _kyri))
Wow. I am like an updating machine lately! I should always go away on vacation so I can update this thing more! Heh, I wish!!

So I'm back in London now. I arrived back on Wednesday. So now my vacation is more than half over, and I only have four more days left before I have to go home. :(  So sad...

Berlin!

Feb. 16th, 2008 10:05 pm
marciadanielle: (Hugh 2)
So I'm here in Berlin. This is my last night here. Tomorrow morning I'll be on my way to Prague. Berlin has been fun. I've enjoyed my time here. I might have enjoyed it slightly more had I been with someone else. (I find evenings hard to fill, I'm not a joining person, and I haven't felt like going on a pub crawl - it's just really not my thing, but other than that it's been good.

Iäm going to cut this because itäs going to be long...

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