Friday, 27 July 2012

These Past Three Weeks...

...Have been tough.

There's been a lot of this and that happening in life at the moment and it (unfortunately) has caused a lapse in my blog posts.

I remember stating that I would never desert my blog again but sometimes life happens, and there's no room for the blog.

Needless to say, I'm ok, husband's ok, everyone's ok. It's just been a slight struggle recently with some events and non events.

I wanted to point out that my birthday was great and I am adoring being 27. Although it hasn't been the greatest start to the year, the power of positive thinking is keeping me going.

I will return soon, with a vengence I suspect. So if you are still following, thank you and I hope you continue...

I still have great ideas in this brain of mine. And I'll be sharing them soon.

Hope life is giving you lemons...

C x

Monday, 9 July 2012

Reminiscing - My 26th Year

Today commences my last week as a 26 year old.

I'm quite excited to turn 27 as I know my 27th year is going to be amazing. How do I know might you ask? I'm psychic. Not really. I just know I am extremely blessed and that age old saying, "You can do anything you put your mind to," well that's true. So bring on 27!

But first, I thought I'd share just a few things from my 26th year.

Surprise! Trip to Bruges for my birthday.

First trip to the English coast. Bournemouth.

Iceskating at Christmas time.

My 2nd niece, Finliegh, was born.

Christmas in Seattle. 

Started this blog!

New Zealand...

My brother returned from Afghanistan.

Celebrated 2 years being in this awesome city.

What has been your favorite birthday celebration?

Have a magnificent Monday!

C x

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Books Worth Reading

I know most of you have probably jumped all over the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy but for those who aren't there (or past it), here are a few books worth reading....

(By the way, I tend to read trendy books after the hype. So, don't rule me out on picking up those bad boys. I probably will in a few months time.)

1. The Book Thief

I can spend hours, literally hours, in a book store. One Saturday, while probably trying to move me through quickly, Sam decided to help me look for a book. He picked this one up and after reading a bit of the plot, I thought why not. (hey that rhymed!)

Two pages in and I was in love! First off, the book is written from Death's point of view. I know right?!? It follows a girl in Germany during World War II. It is incredibly sad but so very well written. I was obsessed through the entire thing! Don't want to give too much away, but it's definitely a good read.

Very impress with Mr Zusak's writing style. I've also picked up his newest novel, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, just haven't had the chance to let it consume me yet.

2. The Great Gatsby
For years, I had stated that I needed to read Gatsby. Last year for my birthday, I finally got my chance. Sam picked it up for me and I immediately cracked it open. It's so very hard to explain how this book engulfed me. It didn't grip me throughout and it took much longer for me to finish it then most other novels. But it caught me somehow. And it's now one of my all time favorites.

I know that the film will be out this year and I have to say, although skeptical, I am excited to see it. Let's just hope that Leonardo DiCaprio does Gatsby and Mr. Fitzgerald proud.

3. A Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

I learned so much from this book! World War II fascinates in every single way. And this book taught me a whole new part of the war. 

A young Chinese boy and Japanese girl meet in Seattle and instantly become friends. Unfortunately the round up of the Japanese forces them apart.

It's such a fantastic story and so very heart felt! Plus it's set in Washington state (where I grew up), and it's always amazing to read about places you know about.

Not as tear jerker like as the first two, but something I definitely recommend.

4. Everything is Illuminated
I just ordered Everything is Illuminated yesterday and am anxiously awaiting it's arrival on my doorstep.

My dad and I saw the film a few years back and it moved me. It seemed to hold every emotion you can fathom. 

Although I haven't read it yet, I know I am going to love it.

I finished Safran Foer's newest book, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, a few months ago and that too was fantastic.

5. Round Ireland with a Fridge
Two words. Drunken bet.

When English comedian had one too many with a few friends, he woke up the next morning with a piece of paper that stated he would travel around the circumference of Ireland, with a fridge.

And it is just that ridiculous. Absolute laugh out loud true account of Mr Hawks' ups and downs through Ireland, with the one and only fridge.

Everytime I pick up this book, it just makes me want to travel, right there and then. 

I've read all of Tony Hawks' personal accounts but this is my all time favorite. It you like a laugh, this is the book for you.

What are you reading?

Hope the weekend is treating you well!!

C x

Friday, 6 July 2012

Pinterest Interests


Not much has been going on lately. If you want to count the stressfulness of an overcharged phone bill, visa application, saving pennies for China and the dreariness that is London's summer, then lots has been going on. But I don't want to. Those are not fun things.

So instead of posting about boring, mundane, "life" stuff, I thought I'd have a bit more fun.

I'm sure all of you are overly familiar with Pinterest. If not, you're missing out!

I seem to spend every single minute of my downtime  on that damn website and would like to share with you some of my recent Pinterest Interests.

Love these cards. They always make me chuckle.
And these all represent a part of me.

Miss home.


What are your Pinterest Interests?

I've finally set up a Facebook page for The Girl Across the Pond! It's still under construction, but if you like what you see, click here and head on over and hit that like button. 

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Me & Him

We don't have a typical love story. But it's ours.
While thanking my husband today, for once again being my knight in shining armor, I thought I'd dedicate this post to him.

We met in Amsterdam in 2008. He was beginning his European travels and I was ending mine. We were roommates for two nights and three days. Once I got home, we began speaking through Facebook. A few chats here and messages there turned into hours on the phone and computer. For a year, we had a long distance relationship.

I finally went to visit him in London in the fall of 2009. The trip only confirmed what I already knew - he is my soul ate.

Nor if you would have asked the Cassie before she met Sam, I would have told you soul mates are crap and true love is only in fairy tales. Well, an English man taught me differently.

Many people frowned upon it and/or were convinced it wouldn't work. But two and a half years of an incredibly happy marriage later, I couldn't imagine my life without him.

I still get butterflies when he calls me just to tell me he loves me. My heart still aches when he's not around. 

He is my best friend, who I can be my complete and utterly ridiculous self with.

So, Sam, I love you. You are my heart and soul.

You are the measure of my dreams.

And to those out there that believe the following:

  • Long distance relationships don't work.
  • True love isn't real.
  • Soul mates are fictitious.
I can tell you, I am living proof that all the above is possible. So if you have it, enjoy it and if you don't, hang tight, you will.

Still the best and most ridiculous photo ever.

Happy Friday eve lovelies!

C x

Monday, 2 July 2012

Weekend Update

What was I up to this weekend?

Finally got some use out of my camera!! Unfortunately, I haven't used all the film yet. But soon!

Got these bad boys (palazzo pants) at Tesco (I do love Tesco) on Friday. Mostly they are for China as they are so friggin comfy!!

Watched the Moto GP race with Dad via Skype.

Wore my leather flower wrist cuff for the first time. Thrifted!

Celebrated it being Pimm's o'clock.

Love seeing my shadow. And these beautiful fluffy clouds.

Went Charity Shopping while the husband got his hair cut. Picked up these two lovelies. Handbag (it's like a Mary Poppin's bag!) and jumpsuit.

Wasn't feeling so hot yesterday. Saturday was the first time Sam and I have gone out in a long while and I definitely paid for it.

How was your weekend?

C x

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Feels a bit Random - Thursday

Photo exploration has led to this post.
Here, there, everywhere...
Bruges - 2011

Favorite thing to say to Sam

San Diego - 2010

Harrod's at Christmas time

Baby birds Sam saved and raised.

Best. Sandwiches. Ever.

Under construction bridge at the Hoover Dam.

Oh, ya know...Just hugging a dinosaur in the desert.

Lunchtime napkin note from my love.

The weekend is across the street!!! Have you decided on your favorite in my search for the perfect birthday dress? I'd love to know!

C x

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