The 12 hour brunch!

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Monday, November 5, 2012


We left off about to watch the Hunger Games last Monday - what a great film, really enjoyed it.

Tuesday evening, I stayed in whilst Andy went bowling, and I practiced my 'elevator speech' ready for a speed netowrking event the following evening. It's a group called Viva which I just joined, a professional women's networking group, the advert said meet 20 women, where you have 3 minutes only to talk to each other, and to trim your elevator speech down to a minute & a half. So I did...... unfortunately, no-one else had & it was the usual questions, how long have you been here, what do you do, where are you from, where do you live etc.... so after a couple of attempts I gave up!! Despite that, it was a really good evening, and a good chance to get lots of business cards & contacts, and meet people so that at the next event at least I'll know a few people.

Whilst I was there on Weds evening, Andy went to the quiz night at Paddy's, a Halloween special. Joined forces with some friends & still didn't win! A good time was had though & it's the taking part that counts......

Friday evening we joined a group from Internations that have set up a dance group, and were going to a club called Salsa Caribe later on for some dancing. They were meeting for dinner first so we joined them at a muslim restaurant, then went to the club for a little while, even though we can't do the dancing, it was a cool place, a live band, and fun to watch others dance.

Saturday was like a traditional Saturday in the UK! It was the last football game of the season, and kicked off at 3pm, instead of the usual evening game. And it was raining, hard. It was a group of boys this time, so I decided to leave them to it, and do the girlie thing & go shopping. They enjoyed pre & post match beers & pizza, managed to shelter at the top of the stadium under cover this time and watch the game, 1-0 Beijing scoring in the last 30 seconds!

I got the subway to a shopping mall where a new Forever 21 had just opened, 4 floors, heaven!! Sizing is still tricky, but after a bit of trial & error, I got there & came home with much needed winter clothes. Now, those of you who remember C&A will know that it shut down some years ago, but still exists in Europe, and now I know, China. Rather ashamed to come home with a jumper from the 'Yessica' range. Hmmmm, I did try the Clockhouse section but failed!!

Got home about 6.30, wet from the rain & tired, the boys were still out & I really didn't fancy the wet walk into town. In the UK when it rains, ok - you get a bit wet. Here, it rains so heavily, the water doesn't drain away properly & you end up with rivers & massive puddles and your feet get so wet. So I opted for a chick flic and a relaxing evening with a bottle of beer.

The forecast that night was for snow, a 90% chance. Sunday morning, pulled back the curtains and yes - it had snowed, only a light covering but a bit further north in the more exposed areas it had snowed a lot, and in some areas the heaviest since 1960. Think being more sheltered in the town, we escaped the worst. It was cold, snowing, and wet underfoot - so what does one do? One goes for brunch at midday, and comes home at midnight...... oops....... There is an app for the phone called wechat, an instant messaging system, where you can message individuals, or have group chats. Quite good fun. A friend Luisa from Colombia suggested brunch on wechat, more & more people decided that was a good idea, and suddenly there was a table of about 20 of us at a lovely restaurant in town!! They did a good 3 course brunch menu, with free flow wine / beer / fizz - so of course, I drank as much fizz as possible to make it worth while!! Most of us decided to then go to another bar, and we kind of just carried on.... the end of the evening was quite a blur, and in all a 12 hour brunch!! Needless to say today has been a long day. Poor Andy, had a 2nd appointment booked in this afternoon & the guy text him just as he'd arrived to re-schedule for Weds.

Andy has had accupuncture again this evening, had 2 lots last week as well on Weds & Friday. Of course I had to watch someone stick needles into him, how cruel am I!!! The guy who does it did a talk on Traditional Chinese Medicine at a recent British Club coffee morning and we got chatting afterwards, and he's going to try & help Andy's sinus problems. He's not sure if it will work, but he's offered to do 3 sessions for free, then charge after that & see if it will help. Difficult to tell at the moment as he's had a bad cold for several days, so is congested anyway.

Thank you to Aunty Sal & Aunty Ellie for the comments on the last blog, we hardly get any these days & are not sure if we're talking to ourselves & people are bored of it now or not!! Still getting a fair few hits though so that's good. Glad Rachel & Polly & the 'little cousins' are doing well!

Hope you're all ok back home, still missing you all, so say hello!

Tracy & Andy

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Lou W on

I'm still here although now you have fessed up to C&A not sure if I can still be associated with you T!!! xx

Sarah hobday on

I am still here and enjoying the read! Freezing here x

Angela on

Used to love shopping at C&A in the 70's!!! Enjoying catching up with your exciting lives! All is well here. Your dad and I have just returned from a holiday in Protaras,Cyprus. At the weekend Thomas ran his first half marathon at Tatton Park and Eloise is really enjoying uni. Lots of love to you both xx

Lizzie Thomas on

I'm still reading too, thoroughly enjoying the blog - sorry for not commenting more!! xxxxx

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