Life with two Smalls and a fistful of daydreams


Your Favourite Film

I can hear just about everyone I know shouting an answer to this, but I bet they are all wrong. If I could only pick one, the film I’d choose as my favourite of all would probably be Music and Lyrics as horrendously cheesy and girly as that is. There’s just something about it that I love – to the point where I saw it in the cinema more than once which doesn’t happen all that often.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqSpukl9zCU

Yeah, that scene ^ – makes me cry every single time.Without fail.

What’s your favourite film ever?


101aWe enjoyed Sunday dinner at the puppy again today after the Smalls were really well behaved all day. Another successful trip with clean plates at the end and Arthur has even discovered that he likes ketchup and mayonnaise after bluntly refusing every type of sauce under sun ever since he started having an opinion on food. Yay!

102aMy Day Zero chellenge ends tomorrow so today I have finished the last book on my list, made a multitude of origami things and made fresh pasta from scratch for the first time ever – it was surprisingly easy and tasty. Even the Smalls ate it.

103aThe final day of my 1001 days and I rounded off the challenge by finishing the last of my 101 challenges – I made the last remaining recipe in Nick Coffer’s My Daddy Cooks book meaning I have now made every single one of the 100 recipes enclosed!

104aStill in the mood for home-cooking I made up a batch of pizza swirls for dinner which the Smalls loved – and now an early night I think as I’m exhausted and there’s a busy old weekend coming up.

105aBecause sometimes shop-bought cakes are just better. Hate the spelling ‘Donut’ though, much prefer ‘Doughnut’. But then I’m funny like that with spellings.

106aToday we picked Tori up from school then dropped her and Artie off at my parents’ for the weekend and headed down to my sister’s house in Stevenage. There we finally met her new rescue pup, Kew. He is looking a bit sorry for himself after losing a fight with a bramble but is very sweet.

107aTomorrow it is London Marathon day and today, as part of the volunteer team, we helped to set up the start area for the Mini Marathon ready for our very early start in the morning. My alarm is set for 4.15am – it’s going to be a long old day. Looking forward to it though :)

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m94Today my parentcame round with some special cargo – my baby boy Gingerbread. He has been living with my sister for the last year or so because we hadn’t the space to keep him at our old flat but she has adopted a new dog and he rather fancied GB for lunch so we decided it would be fairer for everyone if we took GB on again now we are in our new house with more space for his hutch. I am very pleased to have him home.

m95Everyone loves Chinese duck pancakes and today I had a go at spicing my own duck and doing a homemade version. It weren’t half bad if I may say so myself.

96aIt was a bit nippy this evening so after dinner I opened a tin of rice pudding, spiced it up with some cinnamon and nutmeg and topped it with meringue, brown sugar and strawberry jam. Yum!

97aCaius, Aunty Liam and I had a grown-up night out and enjoyed the brewery tour put on monthly at our local brewery which is quite delightfully right on our doorstep.

98aI had quite long hair until today – time for a change!

99aGingerbread spent some time in his run outside today – he’s settled in well and is getting a bit more confident now. I am enjoying having a furry around again :)

100aIt was the Easter Market at our church in Wem today and my Mum & I ran a stall which was good fun. We all entered the competitions too and all came up trumps – Tori and Mum getting first in their categories (Bonnets & Cards respectively)  and Arthur and I getting third (Both cards) – Easter eggs all round!

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m87With a new week starting tomorrow I have given in to Tori’s begging and my jealousy of everyone on Twitter’s awesome lunchboxes and dived into the world of Bento-style lunch time!

m88I had to take the Smalls with me to a committee meeting at Arthur’s Pre-school last Friday and we accidentally left Teddy behind at the end. After a very sad weekend without him Arthur has not stopped grinning since he got him back this morning :)

m89Yesterday when we took Artie swimming, I also signed up for the gym and today I had my induction session to show me the ropes. My instructor was rather attractive which got me through the weight session he made me do which almost killed me.

m90When I was doing Tori’s hair this morning she asked me if she could be a unicorn and have a bobble on the top of her head. Arthur immediately jumped in and said he wanted to be a bunny and have bunny ears – who was I to refuse?

m91Still loving making Tori’s lunches fun :)

m92Caius helped me hang the mountain of washing up this evening – it took twice as long as it probably should have because we kept mucking around and being silly. Might have taken longer but it was ten times more fun!

m93Today was a special one for me as we went on a road trip to Bath with the Smalls. Arthur has never been before and Tori not since she was mere months old and the place has so completely stolen my heart that it meant a lot for them to make some memories there too. This picture is up on my old uni campus in the Italian Walled Garden – not looking its best right now but beautiful when the fountains are going and it is in full flower. It is apparently where Prince Phillip proposed to the Queen (the whole sit is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall still) and that always tickled me when I sat in there doing my coursework! It was a little surreal being back there with the Smalls but in a good way :)

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m80I am currently trying to get through the last of my 101 Things in 1001 Days challenges as my 1001 days run out on 8th April (seriously, where has that gone?!) and one of them was to ride more than 20km in one go. So today Caius and I headed up to the Tissington Trail in the Peak District and cycled from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay and back again – a grand total of 44km. This not only smashed my target but also somewhat broke my ‘furthest I have ever ridden a bike in one day’ which was previously the 20km ride in September’s triathlon.

m81When we got home last night we opened the sofa bed up to watch TV on because we were achey and wanted to stretch out – we left it open when we fell into bed and the kids discovered it the next morning much to their glee. They’d never seen it open before and christened it ‘Giant Sofa’.

m82After dropping Tori at school and Arthur at preschool today Caius and I decided to treat ourselves to a cooked breakfast, just because we could.

m83A pub in a village called Longdon-on-Tern rather unfortunately burned to the ground last night and Artie’s godfather was there on duty with the fireservice and needed a lift home. Much to Arthur’s glee, this meant that he got to look after Aunty Liam’s helmet all the way home. He had fun wearing it, trying out both visors and covering himself in very authentic fireman-smoke-smell.

m84This hangs in the hall at the bottom of our stairs and every time I see it, it makes me smile.

m85Since he turned three Arthur has gained an endless appetite that is very hard to keep up with. He is definitely a growing lad.

m86When Arthur wants to go out for lunch he often asks if we can go to ‘the Puppy’ which translates to the pub. Today we indulged his wish – this is his ‘where’s my food?’ face.

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I can’t actually remember where I found this – I just copy-pasted it into a note months ago because I liked it and then totally failed to actually do it. So sadly I can’t credit whoever made it up – but I can hand on heart say that it wasn’t me.

So here we go, the Ultimate Book Tag:

Questions:
1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Yes. Very. With actual sick. (Maps & mobile phones included – do not ask me to navigate.)

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Er. Margaret Atwood – you can just tell it’s one of her books even if you’ve never read it before and get given a random paragraph.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
Harry Potter because 1) I am the Harry Potter generation. 2) I can’t get through a day without accidentally thinking something HP related or even saying something (you shout Accio at things you want but can’t find/reach too, right?) and 3) After all this time? Always.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books…)?
If I carry a bag, it usually contains a book. And more often than not, my keys, camera and wallet and a Thomas the Tank Engine toy or similar (yay kids)

5. Do you smell your books?
Of course. New books smell all fresh and lush but old books…there isn’t a word for the smell of old books but it gives me the shivers in the best possible way.

6. Books with or without little illustrations?
Totally depends on the book – sometimes illustrations make the book, other times I completely ignore them because I either hate them or don’t think they are needed.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
So, so many books. Twilight Saga, Mortal Instruments series (is that a saga too?) and a large multitude of others that were so average in hindsight that I have forgotten their names. I like to call them popcorn books – enjoyable whilst you read but instantly forgettable afterwards.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
Um, I got obsessed with reading encyclopaedias for a while – that usually makes people laugh at me for being a nerd…

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
Excluding the Smalls’ picture books… Gus & Waldo’s Book of Love, 102 pages (though this is a grown up picture book so if we exclude picture book altogether I think it’s Beaver Towers by Nigel Hinton (104 pages))

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
The Stand by Stephen King, which at 1421 pages probably remains the longest book I have ever read (excluding encyclopaedias and dictionaries…_

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
Yes. Though it’s on the back-burner at the moment, I did a degree in Creative Writing – kind of goes with the territory. And who knows, maybe one day.

12. When did you get into reading?
I don’t remember not reading.

13. What is your favorite classic book?
I assume this is on about classic Classics and not ‘Modern Classics’ so, er, I quite liked Lord of the Flies I guess. Not really a big classics girl.

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
It was one of my best all the way through and was my top A-Level grade so I suppose that’s a yes.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
Say thank you and then pass it on either to somebody I thought _would_ enjoy it or a charity shop so someone else could grab a bargain.
16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
YA Fantasy? Um, Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series.

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
Start a blog post, then stop for something (like dinner) and not go back to it for three weeks…

18. What is your favorite word?
I have a new favourite word quite frequently. Currently it is ‘apricity’ which describes the warmth of the sun on a cold winter’s day.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
Nerds and Dweebs are neon coloured sweets (get me, showing my age) and I don’t actually know the definition of Dork. I’m more of a geek.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Both, but only when they are true to their roots – no twinkling or flower dust and pink wands here thank you.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Can’t I have both? Angels can be very cleverly written and shapeshifters come in such a variety they can be awesome too.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Spirits. Apart from when werewolves aren’t lame, then werewolves because, well, they’re wolves.

23. Zombies or Vampires?
Zombies freak me out more.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love
The phrase ‘Forbidden Love’ just makes me think ‘incest’ and that is rarely a good thing.  How about unrequited as a third option? I’ll go with that one.

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Both have their merits, it depends what mood I’m in.

I’m not tagging anyone because, frankly, I can’t be bothered  and probably no-one wants to do it – but if you want to have a go, feel free :)


m68We finally got around to having pancakes this evening – only a bit late!

m69With Felix out of action we have been walking to school in the morning – it is so much nicer when the sun is shining and the flowers are out!

m70Our walks home are soundtracked by the spring time songs of all the birds hopping around trying to get amorous with each other. This time of year always makes me think of Friend Owl explaining everyone being ‘Twitterpated’ to Bambi, Flower & Thumper.

m71We go Felix back yesterday afternoon but Arthur didn’t realise until we left the house this morning and the first thing he did was squeal ‘FELIX’ and run over to give him a hug!

m72From one extreme to another – the last few days have been blindingly sunny and today was blindingly foggy. Much less pleasant walking to school in this, I can tell you.

m78Arthur and I were so glad to see the sun burn through the mist and fog this afternoon that we headed to the park before collecting Tori from school.

m79My parents and big sister came over today and we all headed to the Nature Reserve for a walk. Caius went exploring and got himself stuck in the mud – so of course we all stood and laughed and took photographs whilst he flailed around. He got himself out in the end, via some nettles.

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