Monday, March 30, 2009
Apparently it's all done in 'cups'... since I have no idea how to transpose my receipe into cups, the Simnel cake is going to have to wait until our shipping arrives... I am quite sure the cake itself will be a disappointment after all this!
I woke this morning, looking forward to continuing in my new, domestic goddess identity... only to find that the appartment we're currently in does not have any kitchen scales! I have emailed Erin to ask if I can borrow hers... but oh yikes, I am begining to loose faith that these cakes will ever get made!
We met up with someone that Ed used to work with at EA last night - he has recently got a job that will be based in San Fransisco! He is great fun, so we're looking forward to him and his family moving out here in May!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
And as we lay there, soaking up the rays, in they came. Two mallards: one male, one female. The arrived in formation and landed gracefully in the pool. What fun, we thought. They swam around for a bit, clearly enjoying the feel of the cool water beneath their wings. They edged closer to each other. And then their heads started bobbing. First his, then hers, then his again, then hers. Quicker and quicker their heads were bobbing at each other, as if in some ritual dance. And that was indeed what it was - a mating dance. It was over in a flash. While it was a privilege to witness nature first hand, we were rather put off the idea of swimming.
This afternoon we're going to our first wine tasting event! One of my colleagues, Stephanie, is one of the co-organisers and she's managed to get us discounted tickets. A bit of wine, nibbles and jazz music in the Presidio area of the city: should be fun!
This week has been pretty good. I (Ed) had 2 days out at Salt Lake City meeting the guys at the studio there. I had one of the nicest filet steaks I've ever had! On Thursday we went along to "Twenties at CPC" (our church) - they had an open evening where they invited people of all ages. We hoped we might pass easily as youngsters in their twenties, but we were busted! Actually, I'm alright - their flier said that it's for people aged 21-31... Nicci, (32) is now wondering what to do with her Thursday evenings!! [Joke]. We met some lovely people there who love the Lord. Particularly a girl called Claire who has spent some time in the UK, and with whom we have some mutual friends!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
So far, we have found sugar in:
- Whole-grain bread
- Peanut butter
- Salad dressing
- Mango chutney
AND yesterday I bought some 'raisin bran' cereal... thinking 'that looks healthy'... this morning, I discovered that the raisins are all SUGAR COATED!!! Who puts SUGAR on raisins?!!!
Monday, March 23, 2009
There is a gap of about 2cm all the way around the door - so you can see people outside the cubical - and i'm pretty sure they can see you!
Also, the door is often only shoulder height...
What's that about?!!!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Photos have arrived so I am LOVING seeing you all smiling at me!
Other than that, the rest of the stuff is not really needed until we find our own place... so we now have a stack of boxes in our bedroom... very attractive! Not quite as exciting as I had hoped... but it's a relief it got here safely...
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Roll on tomorrow when the first wave of our stuff arrives!
I went to the ladies bible study at church this morning - a brilliant study on John 17: 1-5... what a blessing!
Our air-freight has arrived and has been checked through customs - it's being delivered tomorrow morning - it will be lovely to be able to put some photos of you all up around the place!
Monday, March 16, 2009
What with meeting Ed's colleagues on Saturday afternoon for a Mexican feast, watching ENGLAND trounce France via live internet t.v. on Sunday morning (wahoo!) and THEN we went to the most brilliant church on Sunday morning - we have FOUND our church family out here!
The church is called Central Peninsula Church (www.cpcfc.org), and it seems absolutely fantastic... PRAISE GOD!!! Thank you to those of you who have been praying - we hoped it wouldn't take too long to find a church, but we didn't dare hope we'd find the right one on week one! But we have!
Last night we had dinner with someone who Ed went to infant school with! He is out here with his wife for a few years... they are lovely and it was great to spend time with fellow brits!
It feels as though we're starting to make friends... what a joy!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Ed is settling into work and I am getting used to life as a lady of leisure... so far today I have played charades with my gorgeous god-daughter on MSN Webcam (oh yes! I recomend it to all!), I met Ed for a caramel latte at Starbucks and I intend to sit and read my book in the sunshine this afternoon... oh the trials of unemployment!
Ed is happy since he has found out that he can watch England v. France live online this Sunday morning before church... all is well with the world!
There is a free dvd library at EA, so that's tonight sorted... and we can both be members of the free EA gym... the bikini dream is still alive!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Yesterday we covered the financial district, Union Square and its surrounding shops! (There is a huge Macy's and on the top floor there is the "Cheesecake Factory". Never before have I seen such a cake. You'd have to diet for a month after even one slice! We didn't indulge, but we did take advantage of the photo opportunity.)
We walked through Chinatown. And then took a 'cable car' to the tourist trap which is Fisherman's Warf and took a stroll down Pier 39 where we ate soup IN a roll (delicious!) and had superb views of the random sealion colony that has taken up residence just off the pier. There are also great views from there of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance.
One thing that is driving us mad is the Americans' habit of putting sugar in absolutely every product in the supermarket. So far we have had sweet salad dressing, and this morning our breakfast was ruined by SWEET wholegrain muffins... not even our marmite could overcome the saccarine taste of them. Yuk! We might just have to make our own....
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
We're going to check out the city of San Francisco today. Our first decision is which of the many guidebooks we have been given to take with us...
Over and out.
PS. thanks to everyone who has given us a guidebook. They are all much appreciated.
Monday, March 9, 2009
We had a competition earlier about which of the two of us would be the first to see a cloud. Nicci won, I had forgotten about the challenge, as it had been set several hours beforehand!
We're off out now, going to see some areas where we might possibly live... catch you soon!