Chronicles of one girl's journey to London - from conception to eventual migration.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

PRE-2010 WRAP UP

It has been quite the year, hasn't it? Life-changing and mind-altering, I couldn't have asked for a year filled with more promise.
The year started badly and I lost my grandmother in February. As a result, I remember very little of March and April as we adjusted our lives around this large loss and attempted to regain control of our everyday lives.

The summer saved me. Everything seemed better once June rolled around.
I have travelled more than any other year with trips to Dubai, Amsterdam, Manchester and New York twice!
I have made amazing new friends and, as Jayne puts it so well, have infiltrated their group like a master spy.

The end of the year is another story . . . we lost my Mum's brother, my Papoo Mamoo, in October. I haven't seen him in over 10 years and so, while the loss is not immediate in vicinity, it's all the worse that we've lost our chance to reconnect.

Looking back, I am glad for this year, despite my feeling that it has been the hardest I have had to go through in a long time. I feel like I kind of hobbled along through it, waiting to get through to the other side, and unlike any other year, I have some high hopes for 2010.

And I turned 24 exactly one week ago. Time is flying and I am holding on for what will most definitely be an epic ride.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

HO! HO! HO!

Merry Christmas! It has been a lovely Christmas season thus far for me and I hope you enjoy the same right now!

Saw Sherlock Holmes yesterday afternoon and while I wasn't super impressed, I did enjoy me some RDJ!

Delicious.

The movie isn't for your typical Holmes fans but it does have some interesting moments - especially the one where we see Holmes tied to a hotel bed with nothing but a pillow on (inventor of the pillow, I have a bone to pick with you!).

Other than drooling over RDJ, we spent Christmas Day not doing much at all. Our Taylor family dinner was Christmas Eve and was fun as always. Tonight was the Shaal/Taylor dinner and this year we were joined by Amira's boyfriend Ryan and Misha's boyfriend Matt. We opened presents in the morning and they were all amazing - my family knows how to gift :D

Family time becomes more and more important to me as the days roll away so I love that we got to spend the Christmas weekend together.

So, here's to family, old and new and may you all have a very Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 11, 2009

FOOD, NOSH, GRUB

Main Entry: food
Pronunciation: \ˈfüd\
Function: noun
Usage: often attributive
Etymology: Middle English fode, from Old English fōda; akin to Old High German fuotar food, fodder, Latin panis bread, pascere to feed
Date: before 12th century
1 a : material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy; also : such food together with supplementary substances (as minerals, vitamins, and condiments) b : inorganic substances absorbed by plants in gaseous form or in water solution
2 : nutriment in solid form
3 : something that nourishes, sustains, or supplies
food·less \-ləs\ adjective
food·less·ness noun
So, a recent chat with Dennis has brought to light this horrible tidbit: Londoners do not like square burgers. Apparently they tried (oh yes, sir, they really did, honest!) but they could not bring themselves to consume sharp-edged meat.
It's not the shape of the burger that worries me, it's the restaurant attached to it: Wendy's! I love Wendy's! When it comes to fast food, it's my only preference. Especially their fries! And, so, with the loss of the square burger comes the loss of the greatest french fries ever.

This led to more questions: "Do you have a Harvey's? A Taco Bell? A Burger King?" (No, maybe, yes). And I realized that the food choices I am used to here may not be available there.
When you think of a new place to live, food is often in the Top 5 concerns, probably somewhere between making new friends and finding the good shoe shops. However, London is so closely aligned to Canadian culture that I didn't think about it too much. The food lines in London are as blurred as in Toronto, so it is possible to get kebabs, Wendy's and a Thai green curry all on the same street. I would assume it's the same in London. Or, if not, at least within close proximity of one another.
I am not a foodie (another reason why I didn't think about food differences) so this is why the loss of something as simple as Wendy's fries makes me sad. But I would like to try some of their home-grown recipes and you know there will be reviews on this blog about my experience with it! Feel free to comment with suggestions please :)
And so I will go, slightly appalled but still entirely enthralled, to the land with no Wendy's french fries.
(But I will never drink a hot Ribena, Dennis!)