Masters Degree – Almost Conquered

I handed in my last report and here is the proof.

Just my thesis left and it’s not due until September 1st so it’s time to breath and enjoy the summer in London!

What To Do, What To Do

Exams are OVER! No More classes either!

What I’ve been doing with my time since my time has opened up…

Finished reading The Love Verb by Jane Green (in the US it’s titled Promises To Keep)

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Started reading One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner

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Writing a paper on Marketing Communications

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And last but NOT least….. Researching wedding stuff!

Current blogs and websites I’m obsessed with:

Forget Me Knot Weddings

Bridal Snob

100 Layer Cake

The Knotty Bride

Glamour and Grace

The Wedding Chicks

One Lovely Day

Oh Lovely Day

Style Me Pretty

Any other sites I NEED to check out?

New Additions In Florence

So much has changed in Florence since I was there 6 years ago.  Here are a few:

This is te lobby of my old apt.  It never looked so nice!

My old school is now a beautiful hotel.  The school was so run down and rickety that we kept our jackets on in class because the heat did not work. They completely renovated the building and it’s gorgeous!!

Ben & Jerry’s across from the Duomo just seems weird.  The city is so old and historical I don’t think common day eateries like this work there but clearly I’m wrong.

They cleared the locks from years ago and started over.  This was completely full 6 years ago.

The Oil Shoppe is closed?!?!  Turns out its closed on the weekends so I missed out on eating for my sandwich shop in the world. 

H&M was a treat for us when we traveled but now it’s in Florence.

The Coca-Cola cans are tall and thin.

There are multiply tour companies now.  They don’t go into the center of the city but they hit major spots.

We walked by several sushi restaurants which were non existent 6 years ago.

The one company that is still missing from this is Starbucks. They are still not in Florence or anywhere in Italy for that matter.  STAY STRONG FLORENCE!!!

 

Bowling: The Universal Sport

One of my classmates put together a bowling night at a local bowling alley and we  had a great time.  We went to Palace Superbowl in Elephant & Castle. Since we made reservation beforehand and were a big group they gave us a special rate of £7.50 for 3 games.

It was half casino half bowling alley.  I’ve never seen that before but I guess they kill 2 birds with 1 stone.

The group!

Anne (follow American) has a blog too!

I didn’t take that many photos from the night because I was having more fun with my new-ish Flip Cam!

One Year Ago Today….

I woke up to an email saying I got into my top choice school.  I was so excited to know that our plan was actually happening.

Sorry I don’t have any photos to insert here (not putting my school name on here for obvious reasons).

And 1 year later I’m 2 exams away from finishing my first semester of my Masters program, living in London in my amazing flat in Notting Hill with my amazing boyfriend, meeting people from all around the world but still mainly hanging out with Americans for some reason. 

LIFE IS GOOD.

 

Study Study Study

This is what I’ve been doing since I got back to London on Friday.

Studying, studying and more studying.  Yes my stupid school has exams for fall semester AFTER the winter break.  It doesn’t make one bit of sense but that’s the way the cookie crumbles in the UK (most schools). I have 4 exams in the next week and then 2 days off before starting the next semester.

Back to the books.  Wish me luck! 

Scottso Does London

We had another visitor 2 weeks ago, Scott.

That’s him at the Crypt of St. Martin.

Anyway, back to our weekend. We did a lot in 4 days.

He showed up with presents for us!!

Velveeta for Jon and paydays for me!!

First we went to Jon’s favorite Chinese restaurant near Baker Street for dinner on Thursday.

Then we went to Jon’s favorite dim sum restaurant in Chinatown for lunch on Friday.

I’m not sure if Scott isn’t enjoying himself, hates the Christmas Crown Jon got him or I just caught him at a bad moment.

After lunch we checked out the fountain at Trafalgar Square.

 

On Saturday the boys went to an Arsenal game while I cooked and baked for the Ugly Christmas Sweater party were were going to Saturday night.

How ugly are our sweaters?!  Scott definitely had the ugliest one there!

On Sunday we walked around London a little more.

Stopping at Westminster Abbey.

And Buckingham Palace.

We got dinner at another one of Jon’s favorite Thai restaurants (do you see a theme happening?!) and then Scott headed back to NY on Monday morning.

Such a great weekend!  I hope you enjoyed it Scott!

A Week Late…

Yes this did happen in Central London last week.

But it was gone by the afternoon.  It’s actually really funny when it snows here because the city goes crazy. They have no idea how to handle it.  Every tube had major delays, buses had minor delays and some shops were closed.  One of my classes was canceled because my teacher couldn’t get in.  Really?!  If you look in between the cars you can see that the road is perfectly clear.

So I’ve heard that it was much worse in Greater London but I still think they are exaggerating a bit.

First Group Project – COMPLETED

In my buyer behavior class we decided to investigate how Research In Motion repositioned the Blackberry from a business phone to a social smartphone.  We did a lot of work (research, questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, etc) and late nights but finally handed in the report last Thursday.  We also had to do a YouTube video summarizing what we did and this added 10% to our grade.  We decided to be more creative with the video and not do the normal presentation where people stand in front of the camera and read from a script.  This is our video.

The grading system is really weird/different here so without going into detail we got an A+ on the entire project (report and video).  I’m off to a good start with my grades.  I guess all of the stressing paid off.

Once I fully understand the grading system I’ll explain it in detail.

Soooo Excited!!!

In 4 days my family will be here!  I’ve planned out the week, made reservations for tea and dinners, and made an itinerary for them while I’m in class.  I CAN’T WAIT!!!

We are a crazy family but I’m sure most would consider their family crazy also.  We laugh at the littlest thing and just enjoy our time together.

Most say my mom and I are twins.  Do you agree?

This photo is so ugly but I think it describes my family perfectly…..always blaming Alex for something.

Things Planned:

Abbey Road

Borough Market

Portobello Market

Afternoon Tea

Bumpkin

Belgo

Selfridges

Harrods

Big Ben

Westminster Abbey

A Tour of my School

Winter Wonderland

The Hobgoblin

Buckingham Palace

And many many more!!

I even have an arrival  gift for them. I hope they like it!

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