Tapas, Alice in Wonderland and Old Friends

I’m on a train ‘up north’ to spend the weekend with my family. It is my sister’s 30th birthday, so we’re all getting together tomorrow night to eat, drink and celebrate. I love travelling at this time in a morning – it’s quiet, calm and I’m able to relax in the carriage and listen to The Smiths without being disturbed.

After a crappy few weeks I decided to take this week off and spend some time having fun and catching up with old friends. I must admit, I feel a little bit rough today. It’s a good thing that it’s Easter – I currently resemble an Easter egg as I’ve done nothing but eat and drink over the last week.

It’s been wonderful. Last Saturday was my friend’s birthday. After living in sweat pants and hooded sweaters for what seems like months, I decided that I was going to really make an effort, and spent hours getting ready. My hair was perfect, I chose an outfit that was flattering, my make up was perfect and I even managed to apply false eyelashes successfully in one attempt without glueing my eyes together. Winner. We went to a live venue where the band (who were brilliant) performed covers of my favourite songs and I danced, drank and sang at the top of my lungs until about 1.30am. The next day I discovered that some drunken fool had spilled red wine down the back of my favourite top, but I didn’t care – it was an awesome night. My hangover the next day was awful, but it was totally worth it – I needed something to get rid of the cloud that has surrounded me for such a long time.

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An old typewriter with an invitation for the guests to ‘finish our fairytale.’ Beautiful idea.

On Wednesday The Bloke and I attended our friend’s wedding reception. It was held in a beautiful medieval building (the fact that these exist in this country is one of the many reasons why I love being British), it had an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme and in different rooms there were lots of fun and interesting things to participate in, including ‘flamingo croquet.’ I must admit, I was a little nervous about it – she works at the same school as The Bloke and is a former colleague of mine, so I was worried about the prospect of having to potentially see a few characters that I don’t particularly enjoy being around and haven’t had any contact with since I left the school three years ago.

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My friend and I took advantage of the photo booth… Gorgeous!

However, when I arrived I discovered that all the people there were my friends, and I had a blast catching up, eating pizza (instead of a buffet, the Bride and Groom ordered a ton of small pizzas – I thought it was a brilliant idea), singing and joining in the different activities that were going on. The Bride (and Groom, of course, but especially the Bride) looked absolutely stunning, and above all, ridiculously happy.

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Alice in Wonderland signs that were in the reception room. Unfortunately, the angle of the picture suggests that Alice is feeling a little suicidal…

There were brilliant live performances from their friends, and they had choreographed their wedding dance, which they executed perfectly. It really was a lovely evening, and I’m so pleased for them both. They’re off on their honeymoon to Paris for the next week, and I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful place to spend their first week as newlyweds.

Yesterday was a double food whammy. I met my friend for lunch at our local pub – she’s moving house this weekend after quite a difficult six months and after spending most Monday evenings consoling and supporting each other, we’ve both found ourselves back on track with a new start ahead of us. I’m proud of her – she’s faced a challenging time and has found the strength to get back up and kick ass – she’s a very strong person.

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Yum!

After eating my bodyweight in burger, I had a few hours to relax and then The Bloke and I met our friend in our favourite tapas restaurant, Bar Estillo in The Mailbox in Birmingham. I was still feeling quite full after my lunch, but I jumped in and managed to munch my way through filo prawns, halloumi fritters and patatas bravas, as well as indulging in a raspberry mojito (they aren’t cheap, but they’re the best in the city). My friend is really intelligent and interesting, and even though I’ve known her for years I find out new things about her every time we go out. Last night she was telling us about her travels – working in an olive grove in Italy and a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica, living in Mexico City for a few months, teaching in Paris, visiting Cuba… I keep telling her she needs to write a book, about her adventures. I’m sure it would be a bestseller…

I’ve talked, I’ve laughed and I’ve felt nothing but happiness all week. It’s been amazing and I’m looking forward to the weekend, but I’m glad that I have a day to sleep it off… After a long period of stress, anxiety and feeling quite low I have started to feel like my old self again. Long may it continue!

What about you guys? Have you done anything exciting over the last week?

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53 thoughts on “Tapas, Alice in Wonderland and Old Friends

  1. Hi there Suzie! Wow, I’m tired out just reading about all that partying. I’m glad you kicked into having a bit of fun – have a great time with your family!
    As for the ‘anything exciting’ here, no, unfortunately not, unless you count the cortisone tablets to treat my sinusitis πŸ™‚ I’m dying to get back to blogging – work has gone into top speed over the last few months, which is great for me but has drastically cut down my writing time. I’m sneaking a peak at a few blogs now, though πŸ™‚

  2. That sounds like an awesome week with a lot of great times and food – I was hungry and alternately tired just reading this – now that’s a great post!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Suzie. πŸ™‚

  3. Wow, I’m exhausted reading this, but it’s a good “that was fun” exhausted. if I actually did any of this, of course πŸ™‚

    Have a great holiday weekend dear! πŸ™‚

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  5. Pizzas? OMG, did you miss the whole brouhahha in Indiana when the “Christian” pizza maker said she wouldn’t serve pizzas at a gay wedding? After the “Religious Freedom Act” was passed? Because Pizza restaurants are under attack in Indiana, of course…..

  6. Love the old typewriter idea! I just love old typewriters, I wish I owned one. Hey maybe I can somehow talk my son into buying me one (with my money, he is 8) for mothers day….it would sure beat last year’s gift….he got me a pack of underwear from Dollar General and a coffee mug.

  7. It sounds like it was an awesome week! Being a huge Alice fan, the wedding reception sounds like it was very cool. Everyone needs to have a fun week like you had! πŸ™‚

      • I don’t like throwing parties but when I do, I just love having a theme and totally running with it! πŸ™‚ I wish I had a reason to have an Alice party. Something tells me all the guys in my life (husband, sons, grandsons) wouldn’t care for it much! πŸ™‚

    • It’s really strange, but I used to really dislike The Smiths. However, when I turned 30, suddenly I really appreciated their music… I’ve spent the last few years catching up I think!

  8. Hi Suzie,
    I can relate to the feelings of stress you describe and the need to break out a bit. I’ve been following up my etyernal concerns about my daughter being seriously underweight and so she had tests etc but the prognosis seems good and she’s now finding it easier to eat and has settled down. It’s all freaked her out as well, which is understandable.
    We’ve runaway to Palm Beach, where they film Home & Away for 2 weeks to stay at my parents’ place again. The house has a fabulous view across Pittwater and I’ve been out kayaking with the dogs along with me. Bit crazy, to be honest. I have also eaten yummy chocolate treats and perused the op shop. They have the best op shops around here and I love looking at such an ecclectic array of fabrics and all those vintage things which remind me of my grandparents’ homes.
    Hope the black dog has moved out!
    xx Rowena

    • Hi Rowena! I’m so sorry to hear that your daughter has been struggling – I’m so glad that she is on the mend.

      Your holiday sounds beautiful. I used to be a Home and Away fan and it’s absolutely stunning there – I’m so jealous! Hope you have a lovely time!

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