09/29/11

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09/29/11, a photo by pyjammy on Flickr.

Up up up!

Took the boys to a park near their school this afternoon. Such a beautiful day, and I got to hold a friend’s new baby.

The post about London

I just got a box of old photos scanned, so I can now share pictures from the olden days of FILM. I know, you’re so excited, right?

Well, now I can blog about the best six months of my youth…May to November 1997. While I could write for days about it, I won’t torment you that much. But I do want to share a little. For posterity.

To give you some background…I was supposed to graduate from college in 1997, but because I was a bit of a slacker, I still had a few semesters left. I decided to take a semester off and move to Seattle for a little while. My brother and his wife lived there, and I loved visiting. I bought my plane tickets and was looking into apartments and jobs while two of my best friends, Kristina and Anne, were making plans for their own sojourn to London and Europe. They were going to work for a while, through an organization called BUNAC. They would get work visas, and would live and work just like any other British person.

One day, my Brit-pop-obsessed self thought, “why am I going to Seattle, when I could go to LONDON? Home of my favorite musicians?” and I pretty much decided then and there that I’d be joining Kristina and Anne.

So on May 26th(ish, it was a long time ago, after all), 1997, we all hopped on a plane to London. (And can you imagine? Kristina’s mom probably watched us leave from the gate. We didn’t have to take our shoes off! Olden days indeed.)

Okay, I won’t talk about how jet-lagged we were and all that stuff, because that would make this post literally a bajillion words long. Pictures, instead. Isn’t that the point?

We lived in a cute, tiny basement flat in Kensington, very close to Kensington Palace. We lived there when Princess Diana died. Very surreal.

 

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We drank a lot of beer and smoked a lot of cigarettes (don’t worry none of us has smoked for a long time)
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Kristina and I went to an outdoor music festival and got locked out of our flat and had to sleep on the steps.

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For our last couple of months, we lived in a different flat in Marble Arch with our friend Marianne. We spent many long evenings playing cards and drinking cheap beer from the liquor store across the street.

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And we had a bit of crush on Tony Blair.

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Oh, shoot. These pictures don’t convey what an amazing summer and autumn that was. We worked random jobs (I temped at an architecture firm, a boxing magazine, and a charity for the blind, among many other things) and spent many, many, many evenings in pubs. We would meet for lunch in a park off Oxford Street, hungover more often than not.

Good times.

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09/22/11

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09/22/11, a photo by pyjammy on Flickr.

Just monkeyin’ around! Har har har.

I had my first PTO meeting at the boys’ school (I’m such a grown up now! Seriously, it’s like I was just playing at being 36 years old up until the moment this meeting started, and now, here I am. A grown up who goes to PTO meetings for her kids.) and we had some time to kill beforehand, so I took the boys to a park.

Due to an accident at school, Oliver was wearing regular clothes. I like how he’s the opposite of Miles here.

09/21/11

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09/21/11, a photo by pyjammy on Flickr.

Can you believe this is the first time the boys have ever sat in our porch swing? They’ve only been on the porch a handful of times. We live in a raised basement house (not sure if that is a local thing or not) but technically the front door is upstairs along with our living room. Our kitchen and dining room are downstairs, as is the door we use to get into the house.

Anyway, I’m thinking I might use this as the setting for their Christmas pictures…hmm….

Weekend

It’s already Wednesday, but I really wanted to blog about the weekend. It was pretty fun and I took a ton of pictures that I feel compelled to post.

It started off Friday afternoon, because the boys had early dismissal at school. So I took a half-day at work, and since it was a beeeautiful day, I took them to the zoo. (Funnily enough, their school has another campus at the zoo, so I thought we might run into other parents and students there with the same idea, but oddly, we did not.)

As I mentioned before, we didn’t actually see a single live animal. It’s a good thing we have a membership…

Anyway, we did see some ducks.
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and gorillas (see, Linus is making his new face again there)
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and even a reindeer!
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A tree was climbed…
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and the slide was conquered.
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After the zoo, we were all pretty worn out.

Saturday morning, I took the boys to Granny & Grandpa’s, then I headed across town to photograph some triplets and their big sister. I shot them three months ago, and now they are six months old and SO giggly and smiley. Sweet!

Big sis:
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After I got home, I took a little nap and then got ready for the Grand Opening party for my friends’ new restaurant. I was asked to photograph the party, which was SO hard because of the lighting. But there was free-flowing wine, which helped. Heh.

So proud of them!
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It was crazy packed, and this was only the downstairs part!
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Anyway, make sure you check it out if you’re in New Orleans. 🙂

Sunday was a pretty lazy day. I took some clothes and toys to a local consignment sale, then I saw “Crazy, Stupid, Love“, which I really enjoyed. Then I got the boys, and we went home and they fought over trains.

09/20/11

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09/20/11, a photo by pyjammy on Flickr.

Before we could leave school yesterday, the boys had to show me that they ate (almost) everything in their lunchboxes! Everything except the two sweet and crunchy and delicious (but, alas, green) sugar snap peas. Only two because I knew they weren’t going to eat them. Sigh.