(Jeans, J Brand c/o Shopbop; sweater, H&M; jacket, New Look kids department; shoes, Dorothy Perkins; bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs c/s Shopbop)

(Yes, I’m doing that pigeon-toed stance fashion bloggers always do. I wanted to kill myself when I realised.)

Well, I finished the 34,345 blog posts I had to write before my holiday. This means I now have three days (including today), in which to:

  • Do all my packing.
  • Dye my eyelashes.
  • Clean the house from top to bottom (partly in case we die during the trip, but also so we have a nice, clean house to come back to).
  • Return the panic-buy jacket I decided I absolutely MUST HAVE, but which, on reflection, I don’t actually need to have AT ALL, especially given that there’s a Neiman Marcus right next to our hotel in San Francisco, and a Zara across the street from it.
  • Mow the lawn.
  • Get together all of Rubin’s stuff in preparation for his own vacation, which he will be spending with Terry’s mum.
  • Call my bank to let them know I’ll be in the US for a few weeks, so if they could try NOT to lock my debit card, like they did last year, that would be great.
  • Make sure Terry doesn’t secretly call them back at some point and tell them to go ahead with the locking-of-the-card. (See: Neiman Marcus, Zara.)
  • Load some more songs onto the California themed playlist on my phone. Why, yes, I DID go there…
  • Load some more books about mysterious old houses onto my Kindle. Because flying just isn’t frightening enough for me, is it?
  • We will probably also lose our passports and then find them again a  few times, so best to schedule in some time for that, too, just to be on the safe side.

Other than that, I think we’re good to go. Is it Thursday yet? How about now? NOW?

Now that all my work is done and I have more than enough time to do everything else on that list, I’m mostly just spending my time being OMGEXCITED. Up until this weekend, it hadn’t really hit me that we were about to head off to California, but now that it has, I just can’t wait. And OK, I have had a few little episodes of jolting awake in the middle of the night, thinking, “OMG, I’m planning to spend 10 hours whizzing through the sky in a metal tube, WHY?” but the good thing about your vacations always being at risk of cancellation due to volcanoes, or snow, or whatever, is that these days I find that when I DO get on board the aircraft, I’m mostly just so grateful to actually be there that I forget to be frightened. I’m hoping that will be the case this week, too.

Please don’t erupt again, volcano. My sanity depends upon it.

In other news, my hair is still trying to kill me:


  1. Love how “Dye Eyelashes” in on your list. I go on holiday on Friday and although finding the passports & tickets as well as pack is on my to do list, they’re somehow mysteriously below dyeing my eyelashes & eyebrows, giving myself a mani & pedi and some last bits of shopping that I MUST do! Ah well, I’m sure I’ll get there eventually 🙂 Have a happy holiday! x

  2. YAY! I’m almost excited, too! 😀 And I don’t even get to go anywhere on Thursday! But I’ll be going to Mannheim to be second supervisor in some exams on Friday, so, uh… yay. I guess. So, enjoy your trip to the fullest. Here’s to everything going smoothly!

    But there’s one question that remains after this post. You may or may not know that English is not my native language, so… Why on earth do I feel that “mowing the lawn” has a dirty connotation?! Not that I mind those ^^

  3. Ooh, you must be staying somewhere in Union Square. When we went to San Francisco last year, we could look out of our window and see all of the fabulous stores on the square. That trip was not good for my budget, unfortunately. The best parts of San Francisco were Alcatraz (creepy yet interesting) and Napa Valley wine country (no explanation needed). Have fun out there!

  4. I am going to Tenerife tomorrow for 5 months and contacted my bank to let them know there would be some ‘unusual activity’ on my account but they said they couldn’t record anything about this and I would just have to wait until they blocked my account to inform them!!

  5. Have fun in SF!

    And as I’m writing from the CA Bay area I should warn you, it’s been CHILLY here lately. Especially in SF. So do as the locals do: don’t wear a gigantic coat, but dress in many layers and bring an umbrella 🙂 But since you’re from the UK, I’m sure you’re already used to such wonderfully fickle weather!

  6. Have fun in San Francisco! You must go to Ghirardelli Square for some of their delicious chocolate ice cream. Enjoy your well deserved break!

  7. I heard on the news that Wills and Kate are US /CA bound too…you should like toadally hook up for dinner! LOL!

    I’m uber jel about your trip *sigh* I’ll just await my 1 week camping trip in Cornwall….*double sigh*
    Hope you have a fabulous time!

    @Kirsty….that sounds a bit wrong…I’d be tempted to call again as the banks/card companies usually want you to let them know!

  8. Ooh..me again…just noticed Helens post about the House of Leaves book….

    How did you get past the first hundred or so pages??? I wanted to love it but got really stuck with it! I’ve had it for years now and still haven’t read it!! LOL!
    Sorry Amber…I seem to be taking over in here!

  9. Have a fantastic time Amber!!!!! adore your trousers by the way, I saw a pair similar to those ones in Zara and wondered whether they would look good on me, they look fantastic on you, but then Zara and their trousers have me cursed as none ever fit me right.
    Enjoy your holiday xxxxxxxx

  10. Just had a two and a half hour exam today, reading this post made me smile 🙂 🙂 Your writing style and sense of humor is amazing!
    Also, have a safe trip to Cali and enjoyy!!
    I’m heading there myself around mid August 😀 Can’t wait!!


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