the 25th today!!

so it is ALREADY the 25th november, meaning that in ONE months time it will be Christmas day! wow wow wow! AND i will be with my family too!
this weekend we have the christmas tree goodies & decorations out AND make the house FESTIVE! but first we are in paris on saturday (hopefully it’s not that cold there – IT IS FREEZING here at the moment). 
i made wayne a lovely advent calendar for christmas.  the before (actually during):
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AND after:
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with a few presents in:
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what we've been up to...

at this moment in our lives everything is just about wedding wedding wedding.  not that i am complaining but i am starting to feel guilty that i am ONLY talking about our wedding with family & friends.  but it's not long anymore; we will be home in about a month and a week & getting married in a month and a half.    

it's getting cold now so we are back to scarves, hats, leggings & layers and layers of clothes.  i am not the biggest fan of the winter (it's the cold & rain & wind that i don't like), BUT i LOVE all the winter food & drinks you get.  espesially the christmas goodies that is coming out now.  like peppermint mocha, gingerbread latte, eggnogg latte, all the cranberry & brie sandwiches, mulled wine & soup.

pret-a-manger (sandwich shop) has THE best cranberry & brie sandwich
here wayne is enjoying one.





























i LOVE the drinks from starbucks:  peppermint mocha (my favourite) & gingerbread latte (for wayne)

here is wayne with his favourite drink & snack (rocky road).  just look how pretty & festive the starbucks  papercups are.
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then we went to borough market at london bridge.  it was BUSY & cold.  this is one of the best places to go if you want fresh meat & vegetables.
we then went for a walk towards the river - to go and look at the historic boats & christmas tree

we walked past the london dungeon
walked past a VERY old church (or what is left of it)
we played with funny hats
wayne pose for another photo.  i LOVE this photo.
wayne pose for some photos on the train
he jumped out of the train for some action shots
i took a few photo's of myself

i took A LOT of photos over the weekend, and probably drove wayne INSANE.  but he was patient with me and let me play around with my new camera.  (thank you my love).

new toy

i was lucky enough this year to get a bonus at work, i got half in april & the other half now in october.  i decided to buy myself a new camera with this money.  for this huge choice i went to different shops and played with all the cameras to see which one i prefer.  i fell in love with the panasonic lumix g2.  it is a digital camera, almost like a slr but not.  it still has the interchangeable lenses but not as complicated as a slr.  i am still trying to work through the manual (huge & loads of info).  i came to the conclusion that the only way to play & learn will be to have the book in front of me with my camera and then just try everything and see how i get along. 
i would have LOVE to have this baby with me last night at linkin park…
here is a few sample photo’s i took with the different ‘creative’ setting
10.11.11 Dynamic Art10.11.11 Elegant10.11.11 Expressive10.11.11 Monochrome10.11.11 Pure10.11.11 Retro10.11.11 Silhouettethis is only under the creative setting.  there is still Loads more i haven’t even tried.
it also has a touchscreen in the back – so you can change your focus point
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with this one i just made the focus the mouse.
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i can’t wait to play some more.  hopefully i will get time over the weekend…
wonderful thursday to you all!!

happy 2 month pre-wedding-versary

in 2 months time i will be married.  i can’t b e l i e v e it. 
i had an AWESOME evening to celebrate the pre-wedding-versary.  we went to see my ALL TIME favourite band – LINKIN PARK.  oh man do i LOVE them.  and without complaining (a lot, in any way) my husband to be (htb) goes with me EVERY SINGLE time (i must admit this was the 3rd time).
here is a VERY VERY small clip that i took on my iphone (so the sound isn’t that great).

Linkin Park_10 November 2010 from Stephanie Swan on Vimeo.

here is a couple of photos taken at the O2 centre.
10.11.10 Linkin park310.11.10 Linkin park1810.11.10 Linkin park1910.11.10 Linkin park2010.11.10 Linkin park2310.11.10 Linkin park2410.11.10 Linkin park25 these were all taken before linkin park started. we were waiting for the supporting band to come up.  the support band was ‘does it offend you, yeah?’ and by the way i seriously think the lead singer was either drunk or stoned.  their beat was great but he never sang anything it was just screaming and all he said in between songs was:  ‘yeah, london, it’s f*&$%king great to be here’ and some more swear words. (clink on the link to hear some of their songs – i know they sang the ‘we are the dead’ song.)
10.11.10 Linkin park2710.11.10 Linkin park21  the O2 arena is HUGE. (it can hold around 65,000 people when they have a music concert).  here it’s still filling up with people.
10.11.10 Linkin park1110.11.10 Linkin park12  getting fuller & crowded
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it was so so good. can’t wait for their next tour to london.  (sorry the photos are of such poor quality, but still waiting for my memory card so that i can start to use my camera.  these were all taken with my iphone).
my sexy htb had a haircut last sunday, to decide how he wants his hair for the wedding.  shame,  he was so not looking forward to it, but absolutely LOVES his hair now.

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i just can’t BELIEVE that in 2 months time i will call him my HUSBAND.  that’s going to feel so strange.  ooh, and we booked our honeymoon….MAURITIUS here we come for 9 glorious days.  can’t wait!!!

weekend recap

on friday evening (after work, naturally) we went to see the latest (and last – or so they said) saw 7.  it only came out in 3D.  i absolutely LOVED it.  they explained all the movies (things you’ve noticed and waited for an explanation AND also things you didn’t really notice).  don’t expect to see oscar (or even great acting) performances; it’s just back to saw greatness with gore, guts & good old eeeewwwwww’s.
saturday we spent our morning waiting for builders at the house & then went to the lovely covent garden.
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the christmas decorations
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a silver street performer.  he is VERY famous in convent garden & has been here since i can remember.  there are always a HUGE crowd of people around him
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moomin!!! do i need to say more (i use to LOVE it)10.10.30 Covent Garden_handbags
few pictures of covent garden.10.10.30 Covent Garden_old lights10.10.30 Covent Garden_shop
my sexy husband to be, relaxing in a coffee shop10.10.30 Covent Garden_wayne
sunday we met up with family & friends for a wonderful brunch.
hope you all had a fantastic weekend!
enjoy MONDAY & the rest of the week!

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