Monday, 11 February 2013

London 1-7 Feb

Back in Cardiff following a week of London loveliness. I went up for my friend's 26th birthday (when did we get to our mid 20s?!) and decided to stay for nigh on a week, for what reason I don't know but I had a super time, thanks to Jodie for putting me up for a week!

This time I made it my mission to get to the British Museum and it made me realise that my mid-uni crisis was just that, I don't in fact want to change to midwifery this coming September, so I'm trooping on. Seeing things which I've studied in real life was magical, sounds wanky but it really was. The Apotheosis of Homer for example (the relief sculpture, not the painting) was fantastic, the Elgin marbles of course, the Rosetta stone, the late Hellenistic/Roman mummies, the paintings from Pompeii, and things which I haven't studied too. Seeing things which I want to go on and study was also really exciting, the Sutton Hoo exhibition was wonderful and being able to see these things up close was really special - shame I was on my own and didn't have anyone to squeal at!

The other museum I went to was The Wallace Collection in Hertford House, which, surprisingly is just behind Selfridges, just off Oxford Street, I've walked past the turning many times and never had a clue anything like Hertford House was there! The Wallace Collection was a really wonderful place to walk around and, just like the British Museum, is free! Hertford House is akin to walking around somewhere like Chatsworth, in that, the rooms have been refurbished to look how they did in the 18th century and the art is on the walls or in cabinets in the rooms so you have the works of art as well as the richly decorated rooms to look at. There are paintings, including 'The Laughing Cavalier', really beautiful ornate clocks and porcelain, an armoury with two full size horses and riders in full armour(!), they have a wonderful collection of miniatures and snuff boxes, as well as a cabinet of beautiful carved and embellished muskets, pages from richly decorated manuscripts and choir books; I cannot extol the virtues of the Wallace Collection highly enough! I would go back there in a heart beat.

Marie Antoinette & Louis XVI

Robert Dudley (one of my historical crushes)

On my last night I met my friend's Hannah and Jodie in Soho at The Breakfast Club, which is BYOB and they don't have a corking charge! I picked up a £10.99 bottle of red half price at Tesco which was absolutely delicious, we decided to eat as the prices for dins were decent and we were hungers! I had a pulled pork sandwich, it came with chips and slaw. WOW was it yummy, the chips were possibly the nicest I've ever had, the coleslaw was pretty special too. Must also say that the guy who served us was very friendly, helpful and lovely! Plus you can pick up a badge on your way out, yay love a freebie. Bring The Breakfast Club to Cardiff please!

Also, this week I've mostly been listening to Ministry of Sound: Electronic 80s Anthems, vol III - cannot get enough.

Handy London hint which was unbeknownst to me until this trip: you can sync your Oyster card with your railcard for 1/3 off! 

Sunday, 27 January 2013


I quit smoking today, hurrah! It has been approximately 23 hours since my last cigarette, I was asleep for 4 of those hours, so let's make it 19. Huzzah! Having been a reasonably hefty smoker by my measure (15-20/day, anything over 25 is just wrong, even as a smoker did I think this), and so thinking if each cigarette takes approx. 5 minutes to smoke, that's 100 minutes a day - almost two frickin' hours! Jeez. So actually, thinking about it, that's quite a chunk of my day freed up.

Going cold turkey was never going to be an option for me, I think failure would have come calling if I had tried, so I went along with Betti last week to an NHS run 'quit smoking' group - I say group, there's three of us - and got myself started. The lady running it was lovely, she gave me some scary sheets of paper to make me realise just how gross smoking is and went through all the different NRT there are. I chose patches and inhalator, which is the most common combination. Had my carbon monoxide reading taken - it was 22. When a boiler reaches 11 it has be to be removed as it's too dangerous. I was two condemned boilers!!! Ugh. Hopefully tomorrow it will be reduced!

So I popped my prescription to the GP to be written up - if they hadn't ballsed up I'd have quit Friday so had to postpone but it's done now and I can't wait to keep it up.

So far my withdrawal symptoms seem to be dry mouth (ewwww) and eating shitloads of crap food, but apart from that the patch is great and, even though I feel like a massive dick walking round with a little white plastic tampon hanging from my lips, the inhalator is doing the job. I spent today with a friend who smokes and when she had a cigarette I had my inhalator and I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything, except maybe cancer.....

On to day 2.