'Notes From the Larder' (do you have a larder?? you probably do, it's a fancy Brit word for "pantry" but larder sounds fabulouser and more mysterious) and then I told Andrew, 'hey I bought myself that Nigel Slater book I wanted because it's 3 days before my birthday and I want to make sure I get it, so I used my Amazon gift certificate. Just lettin' you know!'
Then he says, 'um see, I called three different bookstores to see if they had it and one of them did and I was going to get it for you, but now I'm not and that's your birthday present and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, you get-your-own-present-person' (i am helpfully translating the conversation for you, he probably would like you to know he doesn't actually talk like that, only I do).
Anyway, I thought the EFFORT he was willing to through was most charming and endearing, and I didn't care how the silly cookbook got here, I was totally delighted with it! And it came, and IT IS FABULOUS, and the best Nigel book yet, except he uses a lot of gooseberries. Is that a big thing in the U.K.??? Where am I supposed to get gooseberries? Don't care though, so many amazing recipes and pictures and I love his kitchen diaries stories and I JUST LOVE IT SO MUCH! It's all I hoped it would be!
Then I got an awesome teacup from some of my bestest friends and I love that too, and those same friends also brought fun paper lanterns to our house and let me keep them, and ALSO gave me a candle (not shown) and this amazing 'Downton Abbey' planner!!! Actually it's an engagement planner, because fancy 'Downton' peeps don't have "plans", how dreadfully plebian, they have "engagements" if you must know. Anyhoo, now I can plan my life! And look at Downton Abbey pix! And endlessly quote Lady Violet!
"Don't be defeatist, dear. It's very middle class."
DON'T YOU LOVE IT??????????????
I told my lovely lovely friends, uh guys, any ONE of those things would have been a great present. They were having some kind of fit of generosity or something! But I guess they figure I'm all old now, and you have to give elderly people lots of presents to distract them from how old they are.
Totally in love with my teacup with a lid, I can play peek-a-boo with my tea! And I wrote down 4 things I have to remember in my planner for this week. This is epic fun, I tell you. Did you watch this week's 'Downton'? Did Mary really CRY while writing a congratulations letter to Lord Gillingham? What?? I don't understand her character at all. Matthew being gone has not helped me like her one jot. Whhhhyyyyyyy can't Sybil come back? Can't she come back as a forgotten identical twin?? The Sybil replacement, aka Rose, is NOT doing it for me.