1. Mail: Even though I totally do not deserve it, I received mail today. Those who know me well know that I love getting things in the post. Real, tangible, thoughtful mail. One friend and I have been writing letters to each other for ten years now, since she left NZ when we were in 6th form. The letters continued between Auckland and Sydney, then Hertfordshire and China, then Wellington and Sydney and Taiwan and back. Nowadays, that friend has a Husband and a baby and makes beautiful art. Recently, she taught herself how to bind books, and today I received my very own in the mail (along with 2 letters, a handmade owl and a photo of said-beautiful baby). I am about 3 parcels behind in our mail exchange and owe her about 10 letters, but they are coming I promise. She's selling the beautifully hand-bound books over at her blog if you'd like to have a peruse. Gosh, I have talented friends.
2. Gingerbread: Made from scratch, slightly gooey, and with fresh lime icing. Made with gratitude for a work-friend and a friend-friend who have both done recent favours for me that just made life easier. The recipe was adapted from Nigella's How to be a Domestic Goddess, and when it's fully adapted and perfected, it's going to get a whole post all to itself. And maybe even a shot at national stardom on my next Good Morning stint (Tuesday May 10 for those interested).
3. Party plans: Since I'm obviously nowhere near nuptials of my own, planning an extravaganza of a party in honour of someone else's has been most enjoyable indeed. I know that many of you may now be over the media saturation of the Royal Wedding, but I am getting mighty excited about transforming my house and building a meringue tower/wedding cake covered in Union Jack flags. So there. I've been unashamedly sassing around with my extremely kitsch Wills and Kate shopping tote too (also real mail, from my sister in London). My former boss used to say that it's so important in life to celebrate happy occasions. And celebrate we will!