Fireworks, baking, mojitos, Aliens and President Trump
It's certainly been one crazy week, folks. Now sometimes I say this because I've been travelling here, there and everywhere for work, but this week it's got nothing to do with my job.
Matt and I held a fireworks/moving in party last Saturday night round ours.
It was absolutely brilliant and I loved every minute of it. The fireworks were actually rather impressive and everyone had a great time, which was the main thing.
I also made my first cake ever! It was a three-tiered effort with buttercream and home-made chocolate decorations.
I was rather proud of myself, not least because it actually tasted good (which is handy given how pricey it was to make).
I could have bought a much better-looking one from Asda for half the price, but hey, it was the thought that counted!
We then went to London on Sunday for the night, kickstarting the evening with a three-course meal at Planet Hollywood.
It was brilliant. My goodness, do they know how to make mojitos!
They were amazing and it was the perfect beginning to our little break.
Then came the piece de resistance – we went to the Royal Albert Hall to watch the movie Aliens with the London Philharmonic Orchestra playing live.
It was absolutely breathtaking. I was transfixed by the conductor, who was waving his arms around like a crazy person. He was obviously instructing the orchestra, but I’ve never seen anything like it.
And then, to top it all off, Sigourney Weaver, the star of the film, appeared on stage to a standing ovation and the audience went crazy.
Her co-star, who played the little girl Newt in the film, also came out with her and it was just one of those ‘pinch me’ moments.
The next day we went to social media star Deliciously Ella’s new Mae Deli near Bond Street for breakfast before heading to the London Dungeon.
Then it was my birthday on Tuesday, which was bad enough because I’m now the ripe old age of 34. But I woke the next day to the news that a reality star is going to become the 45th President of the United States of America. There are no words.
LET’S JUST HOPE HE TAKES THE JOB OF PRESIDENT SERIOUSLY
I still can’t believe Donald Trump will be the next President of America when Obama stands down next year.
The US is so divided – a bit like we were earlier this year when Brexit was announced.
A similar feeling of shock and uncertainty is certainly in the air and 2016 will always be remembered for Trump’s victory.
There have been countless protests held up and down America, with celebrities such as Madonna and Cher joining in.
I hate to think what the future holds for the US – and for us all, to be honest.
Let’s just hope he takes the job of president – and it is a job – as seriously as he takes his businesses and makes ‘America great again’.
I reckon the jury is still very much out on this one.
THE ANIMALS ARE CUTE, BUT IT DIDN’T GET THE EMOTIONS GOING
I enjoy looking forward to the Christmas adverts that spring up around this time of year.
They started earlier this week with Aldi’s ‘Kevin the carrot’, which I thought was absolutely superb.
I really enjoyed it and the musical jingle in the background gave me the kind of buzz that makes me want to head into town to do some Christmas shopping, eat some mince pies and drink mulled wine.
Unfortunately, John Lewis’s new ad doesn’t quite do it for me though.
It’s well done, don’t get me wrong, and the animals jumping up and down on the trampoline are cute (you have to have seen it to get this).
But it just didn’t get the old emotions going like we’ve come to expect from a John Lewis commercial.