Thursday, July 15, 2010

Wholemeal pittas? What do you think this is, the Labour party conference?

I have a confession to make.

I don't like cupcakes.

I love cake in general, and I enjoy buns as well, but I just can't get on with cupcakes. It's the frosting! It's too much - I don't like buttercream, and then when you get down to the bottom it's just a bun. I don't know if this is going to make me an internet pariah or what, but it's the truth. I don't like muffins either, but that's a seperate issue.

Anyway, I feel a lot better for having got that off my chest! No, I'm joking about that, but I genuinely don't like cupcakes. I'm feeling a bit restless this afternoon. It might be because I have been working from home today and I didn't make it outdoors until after five o clock. Now there's torrential rain and I don't feel like going out, but maybe if it dries up a bit I'll go out for a walk later on. Although, given the downpour that's not looking terribly likely!

I've had a good, but busy week. Work has been busy again, and it looks like I'm going to be flat out again for the next few weeks. It's nice to have something to be working on and to be kept busy, especially as other parts of the organisation are winding down, but it is still a difficult place to be working right now. Still, this week has been good because I've had the pleasure of working with marking experts, all of whom are brilliant. It's been a satisfying work week, all things considered.

I also got some very exciting news from home the other night - my baby sister is engaged! She is on holiday with her boyfriend (em, fiance I suppose) and my other sister and her boyfriend, and they got engaged. I'm so delighted for her - she and her boy have been together for a long time, and they make eachother very happy. I'll be proud to have him as a brother-in-law. I can't get home to celebrate with them until September, but I certainly will celebrate when I get there!

In some ways my two younger sisters are so much more grown-up than I am. Both of them run their own businesses, and now Baby Sister is engaged - it's easy for me to forget that I am the eldest! I had a long talk with my mum about it the other evening. I'm lucky in that she's not at all stereotypical - she's not pushing any of us to get married and have babies in a hurry and it means she's really easy to talk to. I'm not in a hurry either - when I heard Baby Sister's news it didn't make me feel wistful that it wasn't me (although, you know, I wouldn't mind a big old diamond solitaire like the one she got!) It isn't that I don't want to get married eventually, it's just that I don't feel that pull towards it. It's the same with babies, I suppose. Last Friday evening I spent some time with Sugar Plum and her sister in law, and Sugar Plum's baby niece. The baby is about four months old, and she is gorgeous. She's just about the prettiest thing you can imagine, and she's very placid and happy. I spent ages playing with her, and listening to her burbling away, and trying to make her laugh and I had a wonderful time, but again I didn't feel the urge to have one of my own. Sometimes I wonder if I ever will - I just can't imagine myself as a mother. I might never feel that need. I'm okay with that, and I don't feel like there is anything wrong with me for not feeling strongly about it either. A scene in the second Sex and The City movie made me think - it's when Carrie and Big are at Stanford and Anthony's wedding and a fellow guest is horrified that Carrie and Big don't plan to have children. She asks them will they be okay being 'just them' for the rest of their lives. I think it was a really well-written and thoughtful scene and not just because it struck a chord with me. Right now I feel like I would be happy if it were just me and Nic for the rest of our lives - that might change, but it might not. In any case, I'm pretty happy as I am.

Back to my usual frivolity now, I think. I haven't had much time to take photos of what I have been wearing this week and also, I haven't been feeling especially photogenic. I'll get back on that next week. I have taken a photo of the new shoes I bought this afternoon - it had been a long day indoors, so of course as soon as I escaped from work I was lured into the House of Fraser sale and I bought these:

Shoes number 29: Bertie Orkney mary-janes
You can see a better photo of them here and apparently they're also available in coral. The photo doesn't make them look that exciting and I'll admit that they didn't exactly make my heart race, but once I tried them on I loved them. Also, my Sardinia shoes from Bertie have been getting a lot of wear, so I thought something in a similar colour would be practical. They'll go with everything, and they're shiny! While I was in House of Fraser I was very excited to see that the Sardinia style has been made into a wedge shoe, so next month I'm going to replace my loved and lamented black patent wedges with these:

The photo doesn't really do justice to how pretty they are, but they're out of the question for me this month. I wouldn't normally bother with looking at black patent shoes in the summer, but then, you know, have you seen the weather?

It's going to be a nice quiet weekend here in Clackett Mansions as Nic is working tomorrow. I'm going to go and see if the dress pattern I ordered from our local haberdashery shop has arrived and, if it has, I might have a bash at at. The lovely Karen from Did You Make That? has made a gorgeous dress from the same pattern, so I'm keen to have a go myself. I haven't chosen fabric yet, but I have a feeling I'll find something in Decorative Cloth that'll take my fancy.

Now, if it's all the same to you lovely people, I'm away to have a cup of tea. I hope you all have a delightful Friday night!