Friday, January 28, 2011

The Nation; Or, A Portrait of Procrastination

Red is, in my humble opinion, a fantastic color – it features strongly in my décor and wardrobe choices. For years I’ve wanted to wear a bright red lipstick, but I’ve never had the courage to actually go through with it.  This week I finally took the plunge.  Here are the results:

 Here's hoping can carry this look off!

My new cosmetic purchase made itself useful as I prepared for a day on the town.  Amanda and I had lunch at one of my favorite places in the city centre, A Nation of Shopkeepers.  It has a great atmosphere and great burgers.  I’ve been in love with the mushroom burger since it and my taste buds were first acquainted.  It’s nothing much – just flat mushrooms, grilled halloumi cheese and red onion – but its simplicity doesn’t detract from its deliciousness.  This, combined with amazing chips, made for a great lunch.  We then followed up our meal with some afternoon shopping.

 Tasty, but messy. I finally resorted to consuming it with a knife and fork.
 Amanda with her chicken burger.
She said she prefers the beef.
 Funky Background

I believe I have already mentioned my Achilles’ heel: procrastination.  What follows is a perfect instance of that horrible habit in action.  For this transatlantic flight I decided to bring along the majority of my bedding.  It turned out to be a brilliant idea.  My sheets, comforter and duvet cover were miniaturized with the aid of vacuum bags.  After nearly thirty hours of traveling, I finally arrived at my new house exhausted from all the layovers, waiting in airport terminals and dragging of suitcases.  But in five minutes – voila! An instant bed.  My pillow, however, added too much weight and remained at home.

I vowed to buy a pillow or two as soon as possible.  In the meantime, a cushion from the living room would suffice.  Yet with the hassle of settling in to a new home in a new city, I just didn’t seem to find the time.  Next week, I said.  But then I commenced university  seminars and the chaos of graduate study distracted me from my task.  Next week, I said…and so on. Today I finally succeeded in acquiring two plush pillows.  This means I spent approximately fifteen weeks postponing such a simple errand.  I think that merits some sort of procrastination award.  Now I just need to hang up the Pre-Raphaelite prints I bought in London for my bedroom to be complete.  Maybe I’ll do that tonight…or next week.

I also found a fabulous dress on clearance today.  That is irrelevant to this post; I just felt like sharing.

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