Day Twelve - Outlet Shopping
July 8, 2006
This feels rather odd. My chest hurts a bit at the sternum. It’s done this for a while, but right now it’s rather painful. Hm. Hope it’s not anything too drastic.
Goldfrapp’s playing at T in the Park now. Or at least they’re showing the clip from her performance. She looked like a man at the beginning. It’s rather odd. I’m so used to seeing her hair frizzed up.
Anyway, today was outlet shopping day. Because the people who left for Wimbledon had to leave early (8:15 AM), breakfast was moved to 7:15 AM. I woke up at 7 but then fell back asleep and woke up at 7:30 AM. I went to breakfast to find barely ANYONE there. It was so dead, you could have probably heard a straw drop. I ate a bit and then retreated to my room to work a bit on my casebook and get ready.
I stood around the Porter’s Lodge and talked a bit to Laura (from registration day) and Wendy. We talked a bit about random stuff, like the World Cup and just shopping here in general. Ten minutes after we were supposed to board the bus, we went on and drove for about twenty minutes to our location, the Bicester Shopping Center.
I was surprised that there wasn’t much. There were a few nice stores, and I actually found two dresses that I could have gotten for a total of 32 pounds, but I didn’t feel like spending any money today. Wendy and I wandered around a lot before sitting down at the discount bookstore and reading a bit. I found a copy of Jamie Oliver’s latest book and read it a bit. Lots of good looking Italian dishes, but it wasn’t really worth the buy.
We had lunch at Pret’s. Apparently it’s associated with McDonalds but they emphasis healthy eating at Pret’s. I got a humus sandwich with salad (lettuce, tomato, and cucumber), which was fairly decent, a lemon soda, and a small cup of Green and Black’s chocolate ice cream. It was absolutely delicious. Imagine a bar of 60% dark chocolate and put into cream to make ice cream. That’s what it tasted like. I’m glad I finally got my hands on it. It was one of the things I wanted to try while I was here in England since I saw it as an ad in Q Magazine.
When we got back, I literally collapsed back into bed. I don’t know why I was so tired; I just was. I fell asleep for two hours, got up, worked on my casebook (added six pages of text), and then worked a bit on my “Fever Pitch” essay. Yes, I’m writing an essay on a Colin Firth movie. Life cannot get any better.
I went to dinner, took a shower, and watched T in the Park for a bit while doing some more essay work. Then Karen and Wendy dropped by and I went up to Karen’s room so we could listen to some music. I gave her a list of some British artists to check out.
Oh yeah. I signed up for the talent show for either piano or guitar. I don’t know who has a guitar so that’s questionable, but I played around on the piano a bit. So far I’m the only person who’s signed up, so this shall be interesting.
Now it’s way past midnight and I’m exhausted again. I’m going to be heading to bed now. Gotta get up at like 6:30 AM if I want to track down Paul and give him my answer to the question of the day to receive 5 quid (pounds).
Night. And sorry about the short entry. Tomorrow’s will be better.
I found out digital photo print outs from Boots are 50 pence each. Hm. I shall have to figure out how many to print for my project.