One More Time


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Now that everyone’s videos are up on You Tube (how I love video camera phones), I’m just popping in to say that if you’re into electronic dance music and Daft Punk come anywhere within a thousand mile radius of your home, just sell your grandmother and go see them.

We saw them last Sunday at Seattle’s fabulous state-of-the-art WAMU Theater and had the most amazing time.  Just two robots, a mesmerising electronic pyramid, a kickass sound system, and the most insane and incredible light show ever (this review memorably calls it ‘a Vegas night show from space’ which sums it up perfectly).

I danced my knickers off and went home sweaty, exhausted but on an incredible high.  Why don’t they make workout videos like this?

We went to see The Killers about six weeks ago who were also pretty amazing. Seems like the WAMU is attracting a lot of top names to Seattle which is great news.


Getting Personal

Today’s lunch 

I know, I know.  You don’t care what I had for lunch*.  But this picture marks the start of a new regime round these parts.

I had my first session with a personal trainer today. 

I can no longer deny it, the pounds that have been piling on as a result of stress, miscarriages, depression following the Minx’s birth (though not the pregnancy itself, I actually lost weight as a result of eating incredibly healthily and exercising throughout) and cupcakes, have meant that I am now downright fat, and not just pleasingly plump as I have been fondly imagining.

Fortunately I am also feeling better about my body than I have for ages, since a course of chiropractic treatment with the wondrous Dr Ted has been working miracles to alleviate the chronic back and foot pain that I’ve been suffering from for years as a result of a yoga injury (see, exercise is bad for you) and ancient knee injury.  I already feel about ten years younger and am finding it so much easier to be active.  I’m just kicking myself that I didn’t do this sooner, why on earth isn’t chiropractic available on the NHS?

Anyway Heather was very lovely and didn’t ‘whup my ass’ as much as I feared, though maybe she was just saving it up for next time. We’ve set a year as a realistic timeframe for me to get back to the size I was when I got married ten years ago, through lots more activity, focused training sessions and portion control and I’m feeling more motivated than I have in forever.

*Just for the record, that is the remains of last night’s chicken and vegetable skewer with some pea and mint salad and some chopped tomatoes.  Served on a fabulous kids’ melamine plate from Not Neutral. And it managed to fill me up for oh, about two hours.

Must dash now as friends are coming to sit on the deck and I need to work on our menu of insalata caprese, beer can chicken (I’ve been wanting to try this for AGES) and cherry clafoutis.  And yes, I have noted the inherent contradictions in this blog post.



With apologies to Lottie.

The deck is now finished. And accessorised mostly as I would like, with the exception of the loungers which I still do not love.

In the end, after being warned off the Eames wire chairs, even with their cute bikinis, we went for these Ronde chairs, which, yes, can be found in cafes all over Europe.  I like their lightness, in contrast to the heaviness of the dark wood all around, and the way their curves echo the curves of the seating, the Marimekko poppies and the curvy tealight-holder from Crate and Barrel which wraps nicely round the umbrella.

Apologies for contrasty pics.  It’s bright up there! I’ll try and take some better ones in the softer evening light.

The Marimekko cushions have also arrived, accompanied by Marimekko placemats and coasters.  Overkill quite possibly but they were all in the sale after all. If you’re in a Marimekko frame of mind check out Lottie’s lovely pics here.

And I’m almost most pleased with the deck box, from Amazon of all places, which is exactly the right colour and fits in perfectly.

The new umbrella over the table is white, since none of you guys could tell me where to get a lilac one.  I’d still like a lilac one if truth be told. And a hammock.

But mostly we are just loving it up here.

We eat up here every night and the Minx has the ultimate pool with a view, which she adores and which is proving to be a great place to entertain various mothers and toddlers.  The toddlers splash and eat cupcakes in the pool, the mothers drink mojitos and everything and everyone can be hosed down afterwards.  Making it entirely my idea of a good party.