Tuesday, December 13, 2005

I've moved!!

He there fans (cause I know there's so many of you) =) Just wanted to let you know I've moved.

Please update your bookmarks etc. This one will stay here for posterity, but I was feeling weird about posting such LA stories on the "London" site, so I made a new one.

You can find it HERE

We still don't know what we're doing next or where we're going to live. When we decide I'll either make another blog (for the new city) or change the "limbo"ness of the LA one.

Thanks so much for reading and for following along on part of our adventure in Europe. (I still haven't posted some entried I started months ago. sigh)

Huge hugs!!!!!!
Tiff- =)

Friday, December 09, 2005

the season

All these extremest christians need to get over this whole fight over "Happy Holidays" & "merry christmas". They are suing companies for using the word "Holidays" instead of "christmas". It is NOT wrong to say "Happy Holidays", it's inclusive. Which is what I was taught real christianity used to be. Inclusive. This is not a time of year that only has christmas. There's the solstice, yule, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa and, let's not forget, New Year's. That's lots of holidayS. Plural.

And christmas (or jesus) is not "the reason for the season". "The season" has been around and been celebrated long before jesus was born (which didn't happen in December, by the way). The solstice and the changing of the seasons is the reason. Not to mention that the decorated tree & St. Nick & evergreens have nothing to do with jesus. But why do they need to be specific in the celebrations anyway. There are more people in the world, and indeed the US, than just christians. Shouldn't we include everyone in this season? Even those that don't fit into any of those "categories". It is the season for compassion & loving, not dividing.

So, Happy HOLIDAYS to everyone!!! =)

Tuesday, November 15, 2005


We are sfe now. Let me explain... the unions require you take safty classes to continue to be eligable to work. Alex needed to do this now that he's back. I am applying to be in the editor's union so I had to do it as part of the application process. So today we headed to the place listed on the requirement sheet.

They sat us in a room and turned on a DVD that told us all about safety & company responsability & all that boring stuff. Then we had a 29 question test (!) about what we'd seen. It was tré easy &, as the guy said, we probably could have passed it without the 40 min video.

That was it. We had our pictures taken & they made us up a "passport" that had a sticker for that level of class in it. If you have opther jobs in the industy you have to take other classes as well. Sometimes up to 7 more. But since we basically sit at a desk & computer all day this was the only one we had to take. Sorted. We may comence working... if only there was work to be had. Sigh

Monday, November 14, 2005

changes =(

I don't like change. I never have. It's something I'm always trying to work on. But now there are two things that are not making me happy.

One thing that I missed so much in New York and also London was Jamba Juice. I had one favorite there, chocolate moo'd. Well, they just stopped making it before I got back here. They are also getting rid of Peanutbutter moo'd, Alex's drink. We've been back almost a month and we've been to Jamba once. ONCE! When we got back from NYC we were there almost every day. I'm so disapointed.

In London I went to Starbucks a lot. I know, I know. I hate their world domination but they really do make a kick ass hot chocolate. I don't drink or eat coffee of any kind, it's gross, so all I get there is hot choc. I love it. Turns out they put vanilla in it (the secret ingredient?). So almost every time I'd go to SB I'd get a muffin. A strawberry/white chocolate or bluebarry or apple/cinnamon... they had so many and they were all soooooooo good. Two years. This is what I did. I come here & head for the SB. No muffins! At all! NONE! They have one chocolate one but that's really a cake. They have cakes & cookies & pies & crumbles but no muffins. Not only are they the best tasting, but are the most portable. Again, I'm so sad. It was my ritual. Now what.

Of course being out here in the boonies (Mel's house) without a job, I don't get to many SBs anyway, but what to accompany my yummy hot choc?

Saturday, November 12, 2005


I'm so disapointed. We saw "Pride and Prejudice" last night for Melissa's birthday (see other post). We saw this film in England over a month ago and it was PERFECT. One of my favorite films. I won't re-review it now but I have to say this... "Hollywood" & americans suck. In England the film ended no on the leads but the father in a perfect, complete scene. Last night it came to the end and again it was perfect & complete.. but wait... an exterior shot of the house? I don't remember that. Then a scene with the leads!!! Being all gushy & lame. And kissing. Ugh! Why can't people respect the art of a good story & end when it's supposed to.

I can just hear the meetings where the executives tell the director he has to tack on a crappy, kissy ending or the US audiences will hate it.Aaaaaahhhhhh. Loosers, all of them. And, as it's the director's first feature, he doesn't have the clout to just say no.

Also, I have to take issue with all the real LOOSERS out there who can't get over comparing this film to the 1995 BBC 6 hour TV version with Colin Firth. Um, hello, this isn't that movie so just review it on it's own merits and stop comparing. Of course there are things you can do in 6 hours that you can't in 2. But who cares? I have never seen that version but I can't see how Mr Firth coulod be anywhere as good as Mr. McFadyen as Darcy. He is absolutely superb. I also don't get all the prase for Keira Knightly. I don't get the criticism either, but she was just good. Not great or anywhere close.

If you haven't seen any version or read the book, as I came to this film, I think that is the best way. It is outstanding! (The UK version with the real ending!)

Monday, October 24, 2005

right on red

This will so take getting used to! The whole being here thing but what I'm sturuggling with now is the driving.

Being on the other side of the road is OK, but it's the little things. I miss the buttons from my car in London. The radio volume (not to mention the stations), the window button, the seat adjuster... Also, it is so hard to remember that pedestrians have the right of way here. Very weird. I don't think I"ll remember that for a while as a driver or a pedestrian. Pedestrians have no rights in England, except for a few authourized "zebra" crossings. But... you CAN jaywalk there! Man am I going to miss that. It's sooooooo very lame that you can't here. If one walked, one would take forever to get anywhere! But the being able to turn right on red is a small blessing. You can't (left on red) in London. But in truth, there were always so many cars you didn't notice much.

17 arrived

All our boxes arrived today! We weren't expecting them untill the end of November, so we were a bit surprised. We had told the shipping company to send them by boat as it was so much less expensive, but here thay are. They must have air shipped them. But they still charged for sea, so do we care?

Alex has been unpacking some of them already. Placing the precious books on our almost full shelves here. Man, we are going to need a big house when we get one. Not huge, but not small either. Yea! Our things. We really don't have space for the clothes though. Sigh.

For only the second time in our "Us" lives all of our belongings are in the same place. A significant amount in boxes, but all in one place. But now... we got to play with wedding gifts!!! Yippieeeee!

Sunday, October 23, 2005

b-day dinner

Tonight we went to Outback Steakhouse to celebrate my Mon's birthday (last week). That was fun. Poor Alex surrounded by all women; mom, aunt Bunny, Melissa, me & my grandmother. But we had a fun time & talked & talked & talked. Our waiter was very... american. Bouncy, talky, loud and nice. It was a nice evening all round. Happy day Mom!!!

what a turn out!

Yesterday we had the most fabulous party! Thrown by or amazing neighbours, Kate & Eric as a welcome home. So many people came! It was great to see everyone. We've missed everybody. But, like the wedding, I feel like I didn't talk with everyone enough. Half finished conversations still ring in my head. Oh well. Now we get to go see everyone one on one.

My aunt came down from Northern California for it (& other things) and brought 2 suitcases we'd sent with Alex's parents.More stuff! But there was sooooo much food! And it was American. Burgers, hot dogs, macaroni salad, potato salad, chips... and so many people brought amazing deserts! Spice cake, apple pie, banana cream pie, cup cakes, cookies... I'm gaining weight just thinking about it.

It was a very long party & we wore out Kate & Eric. Kept them up wayyyyyy past their bed time. the little kids there were so cute & played dress up. Yea!

Thanks so much Swanborgs! You rule so very much!!!!
(pictures posted soon(?))

Saturday, October 22, 2005

what next?

So, now that I'm in LA what do I do about my blog? Does anyone even read it? Do I care? Is it just really a journal/scrapbook for myself?

Do I start a new one just ofr LA? Do I keep going on this one? I just don't know what to do. I'll be spending a couple weeks just trying to get organized with this one & the photos & such so I guess I don't need to decide now, but I just don't know.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

made it

For those keeping tabs... we made it to LA safe & sound. A long flight with lots of luggage, but we're here in Melissa's house (which looks like we never left) and trying to recover.

There's so much to say & write. And I still need to post the blogs I wrote on our Scotland trip. And I'd love to get some photos from that posted as it was so very beautiful.

Right now we have to go grocery shopping, unpack, sleep, go to the chiropractor & get some much needed sun!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

last night

It's our last night in London tonight. We went to dinner with Dad & Clare and are now jsut realxing. We packed today & yesterday. I went to get another suitcase today, so now we have SIX! Eeek! Plus our carry-ons. I hope we make it. And I hope it's not too much money.

If I start to think about the fact that we're actually leaving I'll get really sad & depressed so I'm not gonna. I'm going to go to bed now & in the morning will be on the way to Heathrow for the last time as a resident. What a great adventure we've had.

Monday, October 17, 2005

happy returns!

Happy birthday to Youuuuuuuuuu!

Happy Birthday to the best Mom in the whole world. What a treat to have you as a mother. I've learned so much & seen so much & become so much because of you.

Huch love and hugs to you from us both!

wallace & gromit

We went to see Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit with Dad last night. It was fun. Very funny in parts & lots of subtle jokes. But I think I was too tired as I didn't fully enjoy it. Also I think it felt like a 30min short trying to be a feature instead of feeling like a feature in it's own right. Oh well. Definately worth seeing though. Lots of chuckles. And we had really great Thai food before it. Oooh, we had the last of our beloved sweet popcorn as well. Sigh. Something we're really gonna miss. The perfect blend of layers of sweet, salt, sweet, salt, sweet...

Sunday, October 16, 2005

dang it!!!!!!!!!!

So... we time our trip to Scotland so we would return in time for the Corpse Bride crew screening today. We stayed at Lynn's two nights instead of one, because we thought we needed to be back for the evening. We arrived back here to dad's all set to get ourselves ready for the evening... We take out the tickest... and the screening was at 11AM!!!! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!

So we didn't get to see the movie today, or all the crew. That so sucks I can't even say. Also because we so could have been "home" last night. We were only 2 hours up the road. Sigh. Very bummerish.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005


We haven't had internet access for DAYS(!) and now that we do we don't have time to share all our stories with you. I have written a bunch though & will post them soon. Probably when we're back in London.

But I had to say wha ta wonderful day we had yesterday. We're on the Isle of Skye and it is gorgeous! Around every corner is another breathtaking view. We visited another distillery on th esouth of the island, we drove north. Stopped in a town to look around & kept going north to the most amazing hotel! Can't describe it in a few words. It was perfect. Amazing dinner, fun people, a fire in the lounge. A comfortable bed (for once) and delicious breakfast. We can't wait to come back.

All in all a fabulous 2nd year of marriage celebration! Yea!

Saturday, October 01, 2005


After Southend, we headed up North to Boston in Lincolnshire. Just north of it really, to see Alex's cousins (Pam, Ian, & Zoe and maybe Suzie, Rick, Mia, Emma, Rob, Calum & Evan). We just saw them a month ago at Emma's wedding but it's always good to be here. We arrived late so we'd told them to not wait for dinner. They saved some yummy casserole for us and we chatted for hours.

Today we slept in. I think we really needed that. We've been going for days & driving a lot. We basically hung out which was really nice. We went to Emma & Rob's place as we'd never seen it. A lovely house not too far. Back home to nap & "computer" and then we were off to a fun Chinese dinner. Now home & everyone is asleep or reading, and I'm "computing". We've decided to stay for two nights instead of one so we will have more relaxing tomorrow. Yea!!!