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( Mar. 23rd, 2007 11:22 pm)
CSI casting news )

My meetings are through and I can sleep in tomorrow and, hopefully, work this cold out of my system. Tomorrow is our one free day before we head home on Sunday. My colleague wants to check out Kensington Palace and I want to do a bit of shopping and try to make it to the London Eye again. Our needs are simple. Hopefully the weather will cooperate.

PS. Every time I hear the Jamaican officials speak of Bob Woolmer's murder I think of Stan Shunpike. "He's a murderer. Got himself locked up in Azkaban for it."

  • It's a wake for SG-1 complete with a host of laugh out loud quotes. Jack was the best. (Daniel was the hottest.)

  • I haven't seen last weeks BSG and get home from London around 6pm on Sunday. I know I'll be jet lagged and exhausted but I'm afraid to wait until Monday to catch up for fear I'll be spoiled for the big thing we're finding out during the season finale. Mmmmm. Maybe I can take advantage of the jet lag and to go bed really early and then watch the finale before work on Monday.

  • My week in London is exceeding expectations. I'm getting sick and I'm as exhausted as expected but the meetings have been fantastic and likely to result in strong sales/marketing opportunities. (Today I bonded with the publisher of a new sci-fi/fantasy magazine, "SciFi Now." We both have the BSG miniseries on our i-pods and endless theories about the final 5 cylons. I'm trying to convince him that a tribute to SG-1 and more coverage of Jensen Ackles are an imperative. I can't say that will result in anything meaningful for my business but it sure will result in a happy Saturn. *g*)

  • I'm missing Criminal Minds and Supernatural this week. In exchange, I can tell you all about the death of that cricket coach in Jamaica (I keep saying Quiddich) and the new UK budget and 2p tax break. I'm not quite sure that's a fair trade.
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( Mar. 19th, 2007 07:25 pm)
I love that, wherever I go, LJ comes with me. What I mean is, you come with me, but I think you got that point. In New York and Florida and Michigan and wherever I travel, there I am and here you are.

London is lovely. The weather's been wacky and the food is too expensive but this is the first time I've been back since I almost moved here and I spent a fair part of yesterday afternoon imagining what my life would be like if I took the offer and moved here instead of turning it down and, ultimately, ending up in Michigan. The contrast is almost too much to process.

Tomorrow is a 2nd day of meetings (though a bit more intense than today's) followed by EQUUS! How am I supposed to put on my serious business woman face when Equus is waiting for me at the end of the day???

There's no SciFi TV for me here in London and I'm trying to, somehow, *insert melodramatic sigh* get on with my life knowing a new BSG has aired and I can't see it yet. And it's part I of Baltar's trial! My work laptop has really weird video codec issues but, if I can, I'll see if I can go about watching it on the flight home next Sunday.

More on BSG. There are some awesome Roslin/Adama icons here from [ profile] the_justiner. I love the various looks on Roslin's face and I'm particularly enamored with the colors in the banners and headers. So much so, in fact, I'm posting this one right here:

I'm not quite at a point where I'm prepared to litter my user info page with banners and the like and I'm too gaga over my current Lee/Kara "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" header to change to the one in this post but it's the closest I've come in a while. Roslin and Adama rock.
My vacation in London was fabulous. Aside from the HBP book release, which was a perfect way to cap the week, I hit all of the major tourist spots - The Tower of London, The Houses of Parliament & Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, a boat ride on the River Thames, the London Eye, Picadilly Circus, Covent Garden, Hyde Park, Notting Hill, Kensington, Knightsbridge, Buckingham Palace...we also took a day trip to Bath and saw two shows, Joseph (one of my all time favorites) and Billy Elliot (Oh, my god. See this show. See. This. Show.) And, of course, I shopped. I didn't plan on leaving with quite as much but I bought a bracelet, a ring, two house gifts, a pair of D&G sunglasses and, natually, HBP. Thanks to all of the hospitable Londoners on Friday night! The trip was the perfect length and I'm (almost) ready to go back to work tomorrow.

A few more photos... )
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( Jun. 26th, 2005 09:35 pm)
The last few days of my trip to London were fantastic. On Wednesday night, my UK colleagues took us to see a show, The Genius of Ray Charles, and then we went out for supper at Langan's. It was another late night but fortunately, fortunately, fortunately our Thursday meetings didn't start until 10am and they were in London so we were able to sleep in a bit. The best part of Thursday was lunch at the OXO building. We passed it on our double decker bus tour on Sunday but that didn't do justice to the view of London from the roof top restaurant. On Thursday evening, my clients and I did some store visit on Oxford Street and then hit a pub for fish & chips and minty mushy peas. I really dig minty mushy peas. We had a short day on Friday and the clients were off to Heathrow but I planned an extra night so I could visit with my friend who's studying at LSE. He lives in a flat just west of Notting Hill and he took me out to his his LSE end of year party. Um. These kids are smart. Super geeky social science type smart. My friend fits right in. It was odd to be without my clients after a week at their side but we hit a few bars in SoHo and I got a taste of London night life. If only the British fancied air conditioning a bit more I'd be all set to move. :)

My final batch of London photos... )

And today I spent the day on Marco Island. It's absurdly hot here but this beach is worth it. )
It feels like a lifetime since I last posted. I'm in a haze of meetings and eating and meetings and eating and more meetings and more eating. Somehow, sleep never really factored into our schedule for this trip. The great tragedy of today is that I woke up from a nightmare at 5:30am, thought it was 6:30am, and didn't realize I sacrificed a full hour of sleep until just a few minutes ago. But I suppose there's more to talk about than my abysmal sleep patterns.

On Monday, we went out to the village of Ripley for all day meetings and, afterward, I was able to ditch my clients and have dinner with my UK colleagues at a country pub. We had to drive the clients back into London and, due to an accident on a road called A40, it took us two hours to get out to the pub but, thanks to our detour off the main road, I did manage to see a number of areas I'd never have visited on my own and I learned all about football (Wet Ham United is back in the premier league. Whoo!) and cricket (England won a recent victory over Australia!).

Yesterday our meetings were actually in London which was fortunate because they ran from 9am- 6:30pm. We had dinner at the Soho Hotel and it was fabulous. There's a lot to be said for eating on the client's dime.

Today's schedule is the longest of the trip. After a full day of meetings, we have theater tickets to see a new show about Ray Charles and there are plans for supper afterward. At 11pm. I know it's common practice here and we're excited to go but we're also curious about how we're expected to make it through our Thursday meetings. This feels a bit like sorority rush all over again just with less singing and fewer coordinated outfits.

More photos of rural England and the village of Ripley )

I can't wait to come back on a proper holiday!
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( Jun. 18th, 2005 09:36 pm)
I'm safe and sound in London and, now that I don't have the flight hanging over my head, I'm like a kid in a candy store! The hotel is the trendiest little place and I fell in love with the city on the drive from the airport.

The flight was actually better than I expected. I watched "The Wedding Date," reread Body of Knowledge, and got some work done so I won't have to do it tonight.

We're off to find somewhere to eat dinner and then it's off to bed so we can (hopefully) adjust to the time change easily. I can't believe I'm here. Wheeeeeee!


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