And a good evening to you from across the Pond after another GREAT DAY in the Mother Country. We're back in the Smoke! Today was a busy (and crazy) one, as today all the HR peeps from another building in London came to join us and moved into Canary Wharf. Basically, that means that our floor went from having 3 people (Owain, Lisa, and me) to about 90, which means the noise, chaos, and overall feel of the place has changed DRAMATICALLY. But don't worry, all my work peeps that know me - I'll still shave once a day, continue cussing like a sailor, wearing the same clothes for weeks at a time, and wearing the "Go" hat whilst standing during conference calls. These newcomers can't break me...but I guess they can file a claim with AR...
On the exercise front, I logged a 5 miler today, coming in at 41:35 on the treadmill. It felt really good, and I probably had 1-2 more miles in me had a moved at a slower pace. It's coming back! And for that matter, so is the appetite, as I'm becoming a ravenous beast these days. In fact, as I type this, muffin puffin is slicing some pickled cheese from the Isle of Wight - Yuuuuuuummaaaaaaaaaah.
The featured event of the evening was another London "to-do" - a show at the Old Vic. This theater, where Kevin Spacey is the resident Artistic Director, is a GORGEOUS place, and currently they are playing host to the "Bridge Project," a series where the same cast does 2 different Shakespeare shows on alternating nights. Directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes and sponsored by my employer, I was really looking forward to this.
The theater is BEAUTIFUL inside, and the energy was high for this production of "The Tempest" (my favorite Shakespeare show). However, I must confess that it was less than stellar. In fact, I would argue that it is the second worst show we've seen in London (behind "Blood Brothers"). The flow was off, the special effects lacked, the volume was rocky, and all in all it was nowhere near as good as the college production I saw at UNC. But hey, it was still a chance to see a show at the Old Vic, and I am glad I had the experience.
Lastly, I finished "Lone Survivor" tonight (a recommendation from Hitman). I will say that you have to have a strong stomach and enjoy war literature, but it was an amazing and compelling read. Say what you will - that guy is BAD ASS.
Okay, that's all the news that's fit to print. Chat tomorrow!
Sam and Jenny