Beth has her wedding dress sorted for next year! That’s my girl. It’s strange because it is EXACTLY what I always imagined she would wear for her wedding. I can say no more, my lips are sealed. We have now sorted the venue, dress, DJ, lighting, flowers, live band and we are finalising arrangements for the food. With a year to go, we are on top of it all! I’m not sure I feel on top of things right now. I often go through periods where I feel like I’m lacking direction in my personal life and that I am not on the right road to get where I eventually need to be. I am thinking once again, that I will move next year. I’ve never settled properly in the little house I’m in, it’s never felt like home, or comforting. The years I’ve had here are tinged with some completely awful times. I’m a townie type, who loves apartments and as I’m no spring chicken and single, with too many allergies to do gardening, something with a balcony and minimal upkeep would tick all the boxes. Oh my God though – my loft if full of a lifetime of show props and stuff the kids can’t part with. I do like the idea of starting all over again.
It’s been a non-stop weekend again. Dad has a birthday next Wednesday, so we took a trip to Canary Wharf on Saturday, with Ma and Pa in tow (well in the back seat). We gave them a guided tour, did a little shopping, had brunch in LPQ and then cake and coffee in a nice café; we all sang him Happy Birthday. Today, we went to London to see the musical, Amélie. About 20 years ago, I first watched (and fell in love with) the French film about little Amélie, the Parisian waitress, who brings happiness to those she encounters, with extraordinary acts of kindness. If a musical had been written just for me – it would be this one. It includes EVERYTHING I love. Even the set was beautiful; part Paris Metro, combined with a traditional French café. There is a cast of about twelve actors, who are all incredibly talented – all multi instrumentalists, all singing and dancing on stage throughout the show. Violins, accordions, guitars, cajons, beat boxes, cellos and two pianos. It did remind me at times of another musical that I love, called, Once. I would highly recommend seeing this, but be quick as it’s only running for another month or so. The music in it is so exciting and so beautifully written. It’s also VERY funny at times, an absolute feast for the senses. Joyful and spirited… do try and squeeze in a trip to see it!
Strictly is back on. One of the few things I watch on regular TV. Once again I had to decline their constant requests for me to take part, even though they’ve already made my frocks and sewn on 78,000 sequins and 20 metres of marabou trim. I can’t be learning the Rumba when I’ve got Think Pink coming up, or wasting time waltzing when we’ve got a Macmillan coffee morning next week. I have new Rockits to settle in – Strictly will have to wait!