Thursday, 29 October 2009

Autumn, leading to X'mas

It is a funny time of the year.

You are never sure what to wear because you might get too cold, or too warm.

I am not rich so I cannot afford to have the 'in-between' wardrobe like most people do...autumn cardigan... autumn jacket....

My range of clothes (which are getting more and more limited these days as I have 'outgrown' most of them) jump from summer, straight to winter.

It's crazy that we're now talking about Christmas already. Shops have started stocking X'mas merchandise as early as September !!! (a bit like CNY and Hari Raya at home, no?) With Royal Mail on strike, there is an added pressure now to get Christmas presents sorted as early as possible because we do all our X'mas shopping online.

So Steve said to me that I must start dropping hints about what I want for X'mas. Year after year, it gets harder and harder to get each other X'mas presents. I have not done very well last year for him and I still feel bad about it. Last year he really pulled out all the stops and surprised me with an amazing portable piano and the best thing I got him was a Heston Blumenthal cookbook, The Big Fat Duck Cookbook which was not your ordinary cookbook and it still cost me an arm and a leg. The book weighs around 5.5kg, with glossy pages of scientific cooking methods, stunning pictures and amazingly unusual out of this world's recipes and it's more of an artwork rather than a cookbook. It has got some amazingly unusual recipes for things like 'snail porridge', 'tea jelly', 'sardine on toast sorbet' and 'smoked bacon and egg ice cream', to name a few.

Apart from the portable piano, he also got me a nice, cuddly and fluffy 'tatty teddy' dressing gown which I almost brought round to Bea's in Reading when she told me her house is really cold. I changed my mind because the whole thing bundled up would have taken the entire space of the small backpack I was taking. And it was really cold and I regretted not bringing it. Just to clarify, the person in the picture is not me, hehe. But the dressing gown looks just like the one I've got. Cozy, isn't it? Anyways, so he got me this nice dressing gown, and I got him an alarm clock with a weather station. haha. I know, I know it's terrible. But it is no ordinary alarm clock !!! It's got a special cord which you can stick out the window and it'll tell you the current temperature and it'll give you a very accurate weather forecast !!! Seriously, I thought it was cool !! (I know, sad...)

So this year, I really don't know what he's going to get me. I've got me laptop, got me piano, got me car, can't think of anything else I need, really..... hmm. The worst part is I don't know what to get him !! I got him a PS3 on his birthday this year, his dad and brother got him an exercise bike, so I've run out of things I can get him... SIGH. Any ideas, pleaseeeee feel free to drop them in.

I might ask for a pair of UGG boots though. They look so comfortable and so lovely !! But they are bloody expensive. I've never been able to spend a lot of money buying expensive clothing or handbags. So if Father Christmas is listening.... please may I have a nice, cozy and lovely pair of UGG boots?? Pwetty pwease...

Anyway, we're heading up to London tomorrow !!! Yayyy !! Am really excited about that. We plan to have dinner at a Japanese restaurant in St. James Park after the musical, Wicked, so I'll let you know how it goes.

Mean time, take care peeps and have a good weekend and a great Halloween.

7 comments:

ash said...

It's terrible isn't it, trying to figure out something for the man? I ended up buying perfume for hubby once too many times cos I didn't know what else he wanted (that I could afford). Is there something handmade that you could give him?

PengPeng彬彬 said...

he doesn't wear scarf or jumper, so difficult.

it is quite a headache thinking of what to buy. but perfume is a good idea....

hmmm..... :)

escape2 said...

no advice for pressie...since i am not getting mine..hmmh...jealous aku...

but for dressing...wear layers lah. peel them off if you feel hot. just pile on the stuff.

PengPeng彬彬 said...

escape, yeah la that's what i do la. but cannot wear t shirts that are too tight or too small otherwise my belly might 'escape'..

escape why you jealous?? i jealous of you leh... constantly pampering yourself like mad !!! haha.

SJB said...

I love the UGG boots too (*_*).

Bea said...

ya ya ask for UGG boots. they are very very comfortable...not that I have one but i tried them on at the shop and got laughed at by the 2 Aussies with me, Rick and his daughter..sigh!

Jessica said...

Urgh - choosing gifts for a man is so very difficult, I've got to try and figure out what to get my husband for his Birthday that is coming up as well as his Christmas presents and I'm really stuck. If you come up with any good ideas be sure to share!

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