Sunday, December 30, 2007

Saturday shopping, Sunday lazing

We've spent the last few days of 2007 flexing our credit cards - M at Maison Martin Margiela and Gieves & Hawkes, myself at DKNY and John Smedley. My usual wardrobe consists of my favourite clothing colours black and white and indigo and charcoal, but pregnancy hormones are drawing me towards a different colour spectrum. I had already bought a vibrant, metallic grey dress and burgundy pink sequin camisole from DKNY for my work Christmas party a week ago, and yesterday I bought clothing in champagne and plum and electric blue. These are the colours that are exciting me now.

We strolled through Hyde Park in the brilliant sunshine and popped into the disorientating Anthony McCall light show in the Serpentine. We cabbed it to Dover Street for macaroni cheese and apple pie at the fabulous Automat American brasserie, before wandering around the quirky and wonderful collections at Dover Street Market.

As evening fell, we made it to Tottenham Court Road and bought a 250 GB Sony HDD and DVD recorder. We then spent the rest of the night at home setting it up and playing around with it, not even bothering to cook - instead we dined on cheese and crackers, clementines and chocolate.

The cheese gave us both nightmares. M's dream revolved around Elton John (don't ask); my own anxious dream was about leaving my newborn baby hungry and dirty all night because I didn't know how to breast feed it or change its nappy. Bizarrely, I also dreamed of Mick Jagger and David Bowie floating contentedly down a canal through busy high street Peckham, surrounded by unconcerned shoppers, and ordering takeout curry from a man in Islamic clothing who waded out into the water to serve them in their gondola.

Now it's nearly lunchtime on a Sunday. We started the day with bulging bacon and tomato ketchup sandwiches, then I spent the morning reading the feel-good novel Big Cherry Holler by Adriana Trigiani while M went to the gym. I'm still playing around with the HDD recorder. I'm editing Match Of The Day M recorded last night so we can keep just the Arsenal v. Everton match highlights. I'm editing out the adverts from the Badlands movie we also recorded. And I've put Kiki's Delivery Service on the timer to record while we go out grocery shopping later.

Later tonight, I will cook a hearty beef chilli con carne and we'll eat it with tacos and guacamole. M is planning to make a New York cheesecake. He made a fabulous puff pastry pie with the leftover Christmas goose (above) after Boxing Day. For New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, we will roast a leg of lamb and then serve the remains up in a sheperd's pie.

Hope you're having a good weekend.


hjuk said...

If you still live in Harringay, and haven't yet heard of it, thought you might be interetsed in the local website at

S said...

Which recorder did you get? I really want one, as I won't be going out so much in future!

Happy New Year.


Planethalder said...

Hi S, here you go, though we bought ours from Kamla (all-region modified) on Tottenham Court Road.

Planethalder said...

Whoops sorry the Amazon link didn't work: It's a

Sony RDRHXD970 - 250GB Hard Drive DVD Recorder