Sunday, October 30, 2005

Madagascar

Sunday. DD goes back to school tomorrow. It will be nice to be able to get out for bike rides again though it has been nice to spend a week together. DH has a job interview on Tuesday. Fingers crossed.

Gotta rush today as DD is tired and wants to go to bed - she is not aware of the change to GMT. We went to the cinema to see Madagascar today - needless to say she ignored it all and fidgetted and ate sweeties!

Saturday, October 29, 2005

More Shelves

Evenings are drawing in and so it becomes DIY time again. Today I managed to get DH to put a load more shelves up in an alcove in the dining room. I've just painted them to match the walls. Very smart they look too. The dining room looks practically homely now. I took DD out to do the grocery shopping and then down to town to keep her out of DHs hair. Tomorrow's plan is to put stuff on the shelves and straighten out the dining room and to have some family fun!

And of course we have to work out the next DIY plan - DH has become a shelving genius so I'll have to find something else for him to shelve - maybe the alcoves in the lounge...

Friday, October 28, 2005

Pumpkins and Rainbows

Friday. Day 5 of half term. Made it in one piece!

Today I lost inspirational thought and didn't try anything new. Bit rainy and nasty this morning so we headed off and carved out a pumpkin. Really good job the guys were doing - they had had 200 pumpkins delivered last night and they had hollowed them all out. Bless them. And to us users it was all free. Then DD and I queued for half an hour for her to get her face painted - today she has a beautiful rainbow. It seemed to be a husband and wife team running the craft thing. The woman told me yesterday that she had managed to get her 9 year old son involved in finding the correct length for the magic wands - pretty impressive when you consider that these wands are sparkly, have bows and are generally very girly.

We decided to give the fireworks a miss - part 2 of Bleak House on TV - don't want to miss that!

This weekend DH has promised me another set of new shelves in another alcove and a new blind in the bathroom. I think DD and I might got to a "Mona the Vampire" event on Sunday as our last Halloween thing... and that's it!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Butterfly Museum


Well Hell!!! We've lived in this city for 9 years and have finally managed to go to its Butterfly museum. Its been free since last year so I'm told. DD and I are on Day 4 of half term and so we decided to start the day with a trip there. OK so its not earth shattering but I'm quite pleased that we've finally done it. Then we made a trip to the shopping cetnre to do todays halloween crafts - making a witches cape and magic wand. DD is a bit conused by the pretty sparkly magic wand and thinks she is dressed up as a princess - well I'm not going to spoil her fun. This is the photo of her after her face paints yesterday too .

Weather's finally nice today so a trip to the playpark this afternoon and posting DDs postcard on the way.

Might take DD out tomorrow night as there are supposed to be some good fireworks at Gunwharf - might entertain us all.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Ethnic Jewellry, Creepy Test Tubes AND Face Paints

Wow. We've done really well today. After yesterday's hot half term tips we've done lots of great free kiddy things. We started with a trip to the city museum. We asked the lady at reception where the kiddy activities were and she directed us. Unfortunately this meant walking past the big scary woolly mamouth thing - well - actually I had to carry Lucy passed it. When I got to the activity room though it transpired I was lucky as other mothers had had to find alternative routes passed aforementioned animal. So anyway - yes - we got to the room and Lucy made some cool braceletes with pipecleaners and beads, a necklace from paper beads and a super necklace from glueing sequins to what looks like a mouse mat (covering me with glue at the same time). This afternoon we went back to the halloween activities in the shopping centre and made a "creepy test tube" - well - it's what looks like a urine smaple tube, glitter, a turkey baster and coloured water. AND as if that wasn't enough, we queued for the free face paint lady again and today Lucy has a beautiful blue butterfly across her face.

Ahhhhhhhhhh.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Half Term - Day 2

Well today started as miserable looking as yesterday. Chucking it down again and strong winds. Got the DIY commitments out of the way quickly and painted the second coat on the new cupboard. After much more fannying about doing housework and finishing off the superduper double basket weave swatch of knitting, DD and I headed out to the library. The library was heaving with kids and parents - unusual I thought. Then I spied one of DDs friends from her old nursery - I sat and spoke to her dad a bit. He's a postman - do you know why postmen deliver early on saturdays? Less letter apparently. Also there are less letter on Tuesday. Fascinating huh? It turned out all these people were there for something called "Healthy Harvey" which was advertised in the local council paper "Flagship" (which til now I have ritually binned in the recycle bin as soon as it arrives). This "Healthy Harvey" event had been cancelled but I bumped into another mum who I'd met earlier this year through DDs toddler group. And - now this is what I'm excited about - she was a veritable mine of useful facts and things to do this week - There are halloween events and free face painting every day at the local shopping centre, free craft events every days at the local museum and apparently the local Natural History museum is free now too (well has been for ages but i didn't know). So I took DD along to the shopping centre and we made a glove puppet and she got her face painted and I have the rest of the week planned! All for free.

Monday, October 24, 2005

New Cupboards

Monday Evening. DD has just gone to bed. Digusting weather. First day of half term and its been chucking it down all day. DH built me s splendid cupboard at the weekend that fits and awkward alcove and gives me 6 more shelves or storage - people with tiddly houses will understand how important 6 new shelves are. I spent the morning painting it magnolia then took DD out to look at rabbits in the pet shop and toys in Toys R Us. Walking around Toys R Us I saw a skinny woman with captain birdseye - I thought about it for 0.5 seconds before I realised that this couple are the same couple who were sitting beside us at a beachside cafe in Menorca. That IS a bit of a coincidence.

I've just learnt how to knit ridges. It turns out that "knitting for dummies" is quite complicated! I'm starting again from the beginning now!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Orange and Zinc

Sooo. Well. Were have I been. I've been knitting mainly. I've finished project 1 - a purple scarf for Dear Daughter (DD). Then i moved on to a cream scarf for DDs teddy and now its a blanket for DDs teddy. Maybe I need to move on to something a bit more advanced now!

Today's Wednesday - Wednesday is good - Its "Lost" day.

The bad news is I've got a cold. I hate colds. My throat hurts - my nose is stuffed - and my eyes are aching. I've just had a huge glass of Orange and Raspberry with added Zinc - maybe it'll help????? Urgh - DDs swimming lesson tomorrow - swimming lessons suck with a cold.

Halloween at DDs nursery on Friday - they're going to have snakes! And then its half term next week. Haven't got a plan yet.

Dear Husband (DH) has been doing some good DIY jobs. I've now got a new cupboard under the the stairs to cover up all his crappy diving gear! AND he has promised me another built in cupboard in the dining room this weekend - providing i get DD out of the way for 48 hours I expect!

Drinking green tea with orange and lotus flowers now. What a healthy flaming ninja I am! Night all.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Knitting

So - nearly two months after giving up work. No regrets!. However have realised I need a new hobby to stop me going housework crazy. I've been scheduling in my bike rides but I fancy learning something new as well... so.... I've bought a knitting book, some needles and some wool and I'm several rather scrappy rows into my first scarf. It's great!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Concrete

Midday in the UK. Just picked up dear daughter (DD) from nursery. She's sitting in the front room watching nursery. her scrambled eggs and ham are cooling in the kitchen. Whilst I wait for them ti be ready...

The haircut is lovely :D - well I like it anyway. I also found a suitable long black cardy. I'm very happy - though I had to look in a lot of shops before I found it. But most importantly I thought I'd note that today, for my first time, I have played with concrete. The fireplace in our dining room has been requiring urgent attention for 10 months - looked like a bombsite. Today I steeled myself to the task and with two bin bags I scraped out all the old crap - then dashed off to B & Q to buy the concrete. Currently its all mixed and setting in the bottom of the fireplace. I have my fingers crossed that I mixed it properly - how difficult can mixing concrete be? I'll let you know the answer to that one in a day or two when it's either set, or I've scraped it all out again.


Right - time to give DD her scrambled eggs

Monday, October 03, 2005

Haircuts and Jumpers

It time for the annual haircut. I think. My mate goes to an exceptionally poncey place in town that charges £80 at least to do her hair. Mind you she does get a lot of things done to it. I've spent a year ridiculing her for this. So obviously tomorrow I am sneaking off there to get my hair cut. Not entirely sure what my excuse is. What's worse is that i've been there once before - I went about a year ago. It's full of beautiful people getting their haircut by beautiful hairdressers - and me getting my haircut by the only spotty greasy oik in the whole place.

And after i've spent millions on this haircut I shall be ruining it all by purchasing my winter wardrobe .... from Matalan. Black jumpers seem to be this season's impossible purchase. I just want a black jumper that is long enough to keep my kidneys warm. This seems to be a quest for the holy grail. All jumpers seem to come down to 2 centimeters below my boobs as far as I can tell.

Right - I'll keep you posted

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Friday 13th

I've just got back from holiday in Menorca. Diving. cool. I've just about caught up on all my old rants from my old web site - here's a last one about Friday 13th - then I'll have to start thinking about new stuff...

Here are a selection of fascinating facts about Friday 13th...

Well first there is a special word - Paraskevidekatriaphobics - for people afflicted with a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th - and 21 million people in the US suffer from it - 8% of the population.

Apparently 1 in 4 UK people think Friday 13th is unlucky.

British Medical Journal in 1993, did a study called "Is Friday the 13th Bad for Your Health?" - they found that in the region sampled, while consistently fewer people chose to drive on Friday the 13th, the number of hospital admissions due to accidents was significantly higher than on "normal" Fridays.

It is said: If 13 people sit down to dinner together, all will die within the year.

The Turks so disliked the number 13 that it was practically expunged from their vocabulary (Brewer, 1894).

Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue.

Many buildings don't have a 13th floor.

If you have 13 letters in your name, you're stuffed (Charles Manson, Theodore Bundy, Jack the Ripper, ....).

There are 13 witches in a coven.

One explantion about the fears surrounding the number 13 are as ancient as the act of counting. Primitive man had only his 10 fingers and two feet to represent units, so he could not count higher than 12.

Mind you - on the other hand.....The Chinese regarded the number as lucky, historians say, as did the Egyptians in the time of the pharaohs.

And finally...apparently...the Crucifixion took place on a Friday

Related Links:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2987934.stm
http://urbanlegends.about.com/cs/historical/a/friday_the_13th.htm