Apologies for the delay, but with the Canadian in town (and the fact that I won't see him again for seven weeks), it's been a little busy!  Also, tomorrow is my birthday so stay tuned for the goods on the awesomeness that is Texas Independence Day and my 35th Birthday.

And now, for your last installment of 28 Things...

22) Visit a pub with the Rotten One.  The great thing about London is a lot of the pubs are dog-friendly.  She requests bangers and mash.
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23) James Bond Thames Boat Ride. You should know that I heart James Bond.  I mean I really do.  My sister and I grew up watching James Bond on Betamax...I've seen all of them (at least 3 or 4 times) -- and I think the reason I love James Bond so much is the sexy man/spy combo (sorry, I just realized that was completely obvious...i.e. duh) and also I've not *quite* moved past my own desire to be a spy -- secretly, I'm hoping the CIA will send me an email saying they need me...or maybe MI-6 needs a consultant?  I'm just sayin'...

In any case, remember the famous boat ride scene from The World is Not Enough?
Well, it turns out, I can take a similar ride (just not with Pierce Brosnan...) which I want to do (but if they throw in Pierce Brosnan, that would be simply lovely).  And I'll load the Garbage soundtrack song (the video below is actually really awesome if you've never seen it) on my iPod and look over at James Bond (er, the Canadian) sitting next to me and we'll race around the Thames together!
24) And while I'm talking spies, I'd like to take a visit to MI5 and MI6.  Turns out, it's not a big secret as to where they are...and maybe someone will see me and think "I bet that girl would want to be the spy liaison for the U.S. and the UK."

25) Dinner...with Peter Gabriel.  It's reaching isn't it?  I know.  But you know, if you don't ask....
I've been a huge fan of Peter Gabriel for a couple decades now -- I find his music to transcend genre and pull from all over the globe (something I deeply admire). 

The song Solsbury Hill has been my soundtrack to this London move and it was to my New Orleans move too...and whenever I'm terrified, or anxious, or questioning, I listen to this song, and think what it must have been like for Peter Gabriel, a rising star in the band Genesis, knowing that he needed to move on to something different, but also knowing that move could end his music career...but he trusted the journey - which ultimately allowed for Phil Collins to emerge as the lead singer, changing his journey too.*

I know this is philosophical, but I think about it a lot, even though all of this happened before I was born.  The life of two men were radically changed because one of them took a tremendous leap and left the 'safety net' and went out on his own...

...some lyrics from Solsbury Hill
To keep in silence I resigned
My friends would think I was a nut
Turning water into wine
Open doors would soon be shut
So I went from day to day
Tho' my life was in a rut
"Till I thought of what I'd say
Which connection I should cut
I was feeling part of the scenery
I walked right out of the machinery
My heart going boom boom boom
"Hey" he said "Grab your things
I've come to take you home."
More lyrics: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/p/peter+gabriel/#share

So, I really would love to have dinner with Peter Gabriel -- not because he's a celebrity as I'm pretty indifferent to celebrity status -- I don't care about their homes or their children, I don't read OK! magazine -- but when they give me a glimpse into their humanness, their journey, that is when I want to meet them.

* (I'm also a huge Phil Collins fan, so it would be even more awesome to include him in this dinner, but I'm not sure how the Phil/Peter interpersonal dynamic is...does anyone know if they are friends?). 

26) See some incredible concerts -- Speaking of Peter Gabriel, I would really like to see some serious concerts.  U2, Annie Lennox, Peter Gabriel, RUSH, etc.  (Just saw that Neil Diamond is playing at the O2...um, yes please!) Even though Austin is considered the 'Live Music Capital of the World' we just don't have the arena space for the giant productions, and I intend to make the most of living in this international city by seeing the big names!

27) Try some great vegetarian food.  I love eating at all kinds of restaurants and even though I'm a vegetarian (who eats fish...), I will at times try the 'meated' dishes because they look beautiful or are prepared uniquely.  (My artist friend K's partner M makes the most amazing lamb in the world and I usually need a bite or two just to satisfy my taste buds!)  but I love eating at restaurants where they specialize in gourmet vegetarian cuisine and it looks like there are a few great ones in London.

28) Throw a dinner party for my new friends.  I love (usually around Christmas) to have a huge, multi-course dinner party at my house. I'll cook for around 6 to 12 people and we'll open champagne and laugh and visit and probably play games (because I love games).  Entertaining is something that I thoroughly enjoy and I want my new place in London to have a GREAT space for entertaining so that we can christen it with love and laughter and good memories with new friends and hopefully some old ones too :)
3/1/2011 12:09:13 am

Your awesome list is giving me ideas of stuff we should be doing!

3/1/2011 01:19:46 am

Yay!! Maybe we can do a few together and compare Austin/London notes!

3/1/2011 08:51:40 am

You are right! London is totally dog friendly. I never thought about that. There were always dogs in my neighborhood pub.

Also, you should do a James Bond Tour. I never did one. But I can recommend a good tour guide. ;)

Happy Birthday!

Oh and I tagged you on something in my blog (or I'm about to).

3/17/2011 11:03:04 am

Highly jealous of No. 22 and almost enough to change my mind about my own geographical state of being!

My favourite vegetarian restaurant is Mildred's in Soho www.mildreds.co.uk!

PS My first concert was... Peter Gabriel - how many commonalities are we at now!?


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