Usually on a Wednesday evening, if I'm not going to Orange Wednesdays, I'll take mum shopping. This week however hubby was so late coming out of work that we rearranged it for the Thursday... so Wednesday I just spent the evening pottering around the house. Indeed, what does a girl do when left to her own devices? I ate one of my favourite dishes that hubby doesn't like, linguine with pesto, and watched "The Hills", not a programme I usually follow but sometimes you can't beat a bit of crap American TV.
Thursday, following his conference, hubby collected me from work on time but as he pulled up I could hear that the car was not well. We inspected the tyres only to find a massive bolt embedded in the drivers' side tyre... how annoying. Hubby had yet to finish work, and so brought me along to his new offices. Knowing that I had been dying to see inside because of my geekish interest in buildings, he got security to sign me in and I got to meet some of his team, which was really nice. The building itself is fabulous, although being BREEAM excellent and with natural ventilation I'll be interested to see how the building performs in the summer... lets just say it seemed particularly well insulated to me. After spending some time in the tyre shop, it was evident that mum wouldn't be getting any shopping tonight either. It was payday though, and I was starving, so we bought a delicious curry and vegetated in front of the TV.
Friday morning my hairdryer broke. I had wet hair and looked disbelievingly into the trigger of the blow dryer as it chugged and spluttered and promptly expired. Marvellous! I covered up with a hat, but then we were stuck in Mini for over an hour waiting for them to fit our new tyre. By the time I got to work and took my hat off, my hair was hat shape. Greatly amusing to some of my colleagues, but not so much to me. Finally, after work, I got round to taking my mum for some shopping and didn't get home until after 10pm. What a long day.
I was really pleased that the week was over, and thankfully had managed to book a couple of the last remaining tickets for the Loft Theatre's production of Amadeus. During the day we visited the inlaws since it was hubby's uncles 70th birthday. We had bought him a DAB radio and hubby and he sat for ages figuring out how to store channels (boys and their toys) before said uncle went out to the football match. Taking a detour through Elliots for some new windscreen wipers, and Morrisons for the ingredients I needed to finish off the birthday cake (a vanilla layer cake from the Primrose Bakery Cookbook) we got home with just enough time for me to bath, eat and get ready to go out. I decided to wear the red polka dot dress which I had not worn since my graduation. It's such a fine material though that I had to layer up underneath it with a full slip and a camisole, and I was just about warm enough to go to the theatre. I love this dress but the cold weather has put me off wearing it as much as I should have done.
(Boots - Duo Boots: Tights - Primark: Dress - The Owl and Pussycat (whitby): Glasses - Missoni)
Hubby wasn't coming to the show since Amadeus isn't really his cup of tea, so I went with mum. Leamington was bitterly cold, but we arrived particularly early, parked up and got a drink in the theatre bar. It was almost a full house, and was certainly the fullest I had ever seen it. The play was fantastic though... a life story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart through the eyes of the composer Sallieri, his arch rival (unbeknownst to him). It's a fascinating tale and if you have never seen the film I'd really recommend it. I wondered how they would make it work for the stage, but they did and whilst it was particularly long, it wasn't a bit boring. Even better was that I was stopped by one of the patrons and told how wonderful my dress was, that's always a confidence boost isn't it?
This morning, I was up bright and early to finish the birthday cake and get ready to go out for lunch to the Nursery Tavern with hubby, the inlaws, and the step-children. Mum had been meant to come too, but the uncomfortable seats at the theatre gave her such a bad back that she had to cancel. Anyway, I thought I'd wear something a little more laid back today, so I took the opportunity to wear the mini skirt I had bought at Tesco when I went shopping. I've been after one of these jersey skirts for some time now, and I really like the stud detail on this... it's a bit of a departure from my usual fashion style but I thought I'd experiment and actually quite liked it.
(Boots - Duo Boots: Tights - Pamela Mann: Skirt - Florence and Fred: T-shirt - Was Hubbys': Belt - Gift: Denim Jacket - Gap: Glasses Missoni: Handbag - Jones the bootmaker: Beret - Miss Selfridge)
Lunch was enjoyed by all... and the cake went down a treat, particularly as the lunches at the Nursery Tavern are always so huge. Afterwards, we dropped the step-children home, dropped some things off at my mums house that I had forgotten to bring yesterday, and then set home for the warmth. I can't believe how cold it is again today. Will we ever get a spring I wonder?(Trainers - Adidas: Cargo Pants - ?: T-Shirt - Pogues Concert: Leather Jacket - Vintage: Leather Hat - Jill Corbett)