The 9th of December.
Today was a really perfect day. It was just lovely, and we couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Darren, the driver, arrived in a very nice Jaguar to pick us up early, so we set off at half past eight, and I listened to Christmas songs all the way to London. He dropped us off right outside the door of Harrods, and told us to call him when we were ready.
We started with the food halls, where I bought biscuits, brownies and a fondant fancy that looked like Santa in bed. Then we got in a lift that went only to the fourth floor, so we looked at the Pet Kingdom and Pet Spa where some puffy dogs were going to be pampered. Then we moved on to the Ladies’ Fashion Lab, where I fell in love with some Ted Baker dresses but at £400 I had to leave them where they were. Then we had lunch at The Salad Kitchen, where I had salmon on little gem with Caesar dressing, Parmesan and a poached egg.
On the third floor, we went to the Toy Kingdom where I got the Harrods 2013 Christmas bear who is called Sebastian, and we bought some mini crackers and decorations in the Christmas shop. Time was getting on, so we went to the second floor for the gift shop (I bought a mug; I always have to buy a mug) and all the kitchenware! Oh my god, so many kitchen gadgets we could have bought. And expensive knives. But we restrained ourselves. We went to the Villeroy & Boch bit, and it was 25% off so I bought a musical Christmas tree candle holder. It’s beautiful. My little glass figures that usually go underneath the tree in my room won’t know what’s hit them!
Then we had to go! We saw everything we wanted to, including some beautiful bags (might go back in January for my birthday). Darren was waiting, so we loaded up the car and went to The Four Seasons! It was beautiful in there, and we had a table where I look at the tree. They brought us menus and a glass of Bollinger each, and we chose our teas. We’d both decided, then changed our minds when the waiter came. Mommy had his recommendation, which had rose and gold in it, and I had one that was done for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Both were very delicate and looked resplendent in the china. Golden. We had an apricot amuse bouche, then the whole thing arrived, so we started on the finger sandwiches (the best kind of sandwiches) – pork and marmalade was my favourite. Then scones! Oh they were minute, and so light – the best scones I’ve ever had, and I wanted to bring them all home with me. Slices of chicken sausage roll were brought out, and we had one each. Then cakes! I only had two – black forest gateaux, and carrot and cinnamon. Mommy investigated the Dandy cake and the cheesecake, then I had a white hot chocolate which was just divine. Once I finished that, we got given little gift bags with jars of tea leaves and jam in! After using the facilities, we went back to Darren who drove us home, and we got back about quarter to eight! In time for Masterchef.
Very tired now. Bed.
The 10th of December.
Ugh oh God I am so tired tonight.
I woke up at five am (steroids) and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I got up at seven something because I thought we could wash my hair, then go into town early to look at wrapping paper. We didn’t get any, because I didn’t like any of them enough, but I had a flash of inspiration and I know what I’m doing now. But we did get one present.
So we came home and I set about search the internet for plain navy blue paper at a reasonable price, which is not easy! I found some, I’m just hoping that it looks okay in real life. Tomorrow I’ll get some ribbon and labels.
This afternoon, I rummage in my craft box to find a card and some paper to make Taid a 90th birthday card, so I spent a lot of time cutting out paper stencils so we finally have a card for him!
I emailed Dr. Taylor about how to taper down the steroids – my mouth and skin are under control and the moon face is beginning to rear its ugly head so we’re at 25mg today, then for four more days and we’ll see where we’re at. Tomorrow we can discuss it with Ram.
Tonight I am scared and stressed because I’ve had pain twice in two days, and today I’ve been really, really burpy which is usually a sign that something is going on in my gut.
Becky came round and I told her all about Harrods, and she had more amusing school stories. We’re very excited for Harry Potter on Friday!