It's now Tuesday morning, and there's finally time to stop and catch my breath. We've been out and about since Thursday afternoon. We've had an absolute blast. I very much tried to pace myself as I didn't want to have to report again that I'm getting too old for all this malarkey! ;)
Thursday we travelled into london (it's about 45 minutes on the train for us). We arrived at our hotel to get ready for the evening out, and for reasons only known to the deepest part of my psyche, having watched chris sign into the hotel as Mr Chris Doré I took it upon myself to book in as Miss Smith, complete with new signature and all...Chris's face was a picture and the hotel receptionist did a stoic job of trying not to pass judgment. I had to go with Miss Smith really as I couldn't spell Anastasia Beaverhausen or Regina Phalange on the spot! hahahahahahah...
I changed my bag before we travelled up to London but for some reason I couldn't get it to stick to my skin properly. When all else fails I just add ostofix, security tape and frames for added leak prevention. I also use these for long days out, just for added protection from leaks, pancaking and inevitable smells. It can't prevent anything, it just adds a little extra time.
After a shower and a change of bag and clothes we headed off to The Savoy for dinner. Having been a little nervous on the way up to london about the bag not being stuck on properly I added ostofix again. I can go years without using any at all but once my confidence is knocked I add it like theres no tomorrow, one of these days I'll turn up somewhere like a mummy covered I the stuff I reckon. I'd rather that than not go at all. As ever, if there's a problem then there must be a solution.
I wore one of the new tops that I bought when I was out with my auntie last weekend. It's not a style nor colour that I would usually wear but I really loved it and it matched beautifully with the sandals chris bought me a few weeks back for valentine's day.
Dinner at The Savoy was lovely as always, the show....errr, well, errr, no - not so much. Admittedly I'm not a fan of theatre, but I just didn't get this show, I think maybe you needed to have seen Dreamgirls the film to appreciate the show...and I haven't. But don't take my word for it, the rest of the audience seemed to enjoy it very much. (It isn't unheard of for me to sit through a show and feel like an outsider or in a parallel universe. I know, I'm very weird, I've made my peace with that hahahahahaha)
We decided to stay in london for a few nights, so on Friday Chris went off to many and various meetings in town and I went off to amuse myself in many and various shops.
It doesn't matter if I'm packing for a weekend or a week, I still pretty much take the same amount of clothes. I took this dress with me for the friday as I had a feeling my stoma would need a break from tight fitting clothes, I was right, it very much did. Although I did feel this dress made me look pregnant, to be honest I didn't care as I was comfy and cosy, besides it occurred to me it could be a bonus on the underground were that to be the case as someone might offer up their seat! hahahahaha.
I hit the shops with gusto knowing Chris would be busy all day at client meetings but my god that boy must have a sixth sense, either that or a tracking device as he rang me while I was at the Tiffany counter in Harrods perusing their beautiful wares ;) just a bit of window shopping you understand. I went straight from there to the confectionary room, (if you've never been to Harrods, it's really well worth a trip just for the sweets alone! I stocked up on fudge (I have a food intolerance to chocolate so fudge is the next best thing, but it has to be good fudge. The best fudge I've ever eaten is from Harrods, well there and I had some great stuff from Dylan's Candy Bar in NYC but it's a bit of a trek just for some sweets). After buying my fudge and having had good look round at all the pretty things, I headed off to shops I can afford stuff in without needing to sell a kidney. ;)
Friday night in London was fantastic, We went for cocktails in MASH (virgin cocktails, seeing as I still haven't touched a drop of alcohol since 24th September last year, it still turns my stomach to think of it). Followed by the most delicious curry in Chutney Mary's. The food there is so good I was sad about the thought of my meal ending...hahahahahaha.
Top from Zara, Trousers from Next, Shoes from Chanel.
Saturday night was spent back in old Braintree town with a meal and a couple of games of bowling with our fantastic friends and all of our sons. I love bowling, I'm not terribly good at it and it absolutely kills my hernia, it makes it very angry. but it's a great night out. We didn't win, we were slaughtered by our friends but it's not the winning it's the...,no, actually it's the winning that counts, losing sucks!!
Sunday was spent chilling at home in the morning before meeting more friends at our fave little bistro in Braintree for a mammoth sunday roast. stretchy clothes are advised! A big sunday lunch followed by multiple puddings - what more could you want to top off a fantastic few days.
I will have to hit Slimming World hard again after all that but it's fine, as long as the long term trend is downwards I'm fine with a blip or two. But having said that I did walk an awful lot on the friday, I did nearly 13,000 steps, so I think it balanced it out a little.