THOUGHT 1: Having just about come to terms with the fact that Posh and Becks have followed me over here, imagine my horror when I turned on Good Morning America this morning to see Cat Deeley being all bouncy bouncy jolly jolly smiley smiley on my screen.
This clearly is too much. Strangely she appears to have checked in her unpleasant Brummie accent on arriving at LAX and instead has acquired a generic vacuous blonde UK TV presenter Estuary accent (cf. Denise Van Outen, who is also here presenting on primetime, but that’s OK because I quite like her).
THOUGHT 2: American Idol really gets going tonight as we’re down to the last 24 and the live rounds. With the Seattle auditions being roundly panned in all the media here (including this very blog), it appears that 3 of the last 24 are from Seattle itself, by far the biggest representation from any city in the US. From what we’ve seen so far I don’t think any of them are my cup of tea music-wise, but I’m going to have to give them some sneaky support. Am I becoming a Seattleite? I’ll be cheering on the Seahawks and Mariners next.
THOUGHT 3: I’ve been having an interesting discussion with Holly over on Decor8 about Jonathan Adler – who is an incredibly famous interior designer over here and chairman of the judges on my new favourite reality TV show Top Design.
She just assumed that Adler was HUGE in the UK, and I had to tell her that i) not many people had heard of him ii) I thought his stuff was very ‘American’.
Which led me thinking about the differences between American and UK interior design. Having now seen the insides of some 40+ American houses on our househunting search and looked at the details for probably hundreds more, I think there are some definite differences which I will blog about soon. In the meantime I’d be interested to hear what other people think about UK vs. US interiors.
Keep your fingers crossed for us. We’ve just put in an offer for a house we saw at the weekend. We know that there are probably going to be at least three other offers on the table, so it looks like it’s going to go for considerably more than the asking price, which will probably be a bridge too far for us.
It doesn’t have a view and it’s for sale via a property developer, so there’s not much scope for real ‘fixing up’ this time, but it’s in a great location, has been beautifully renovated and has scope to be my ‘SJP house’. But I’m trying not to get excited.