Wednesday, February 29, 2012

KFC can fuck right off!

I don't often write feminist posts, mainly because there are so many better bloggers out there doing a damn fine job of such issues, but from time to time something will get my goat so much I am forced to put virtual pen to virtual paper.

I have written before of my angst at TV adverts, but mostly adverts grate or confuse me.  It isn't very often that adverts anger me (kids cereals adverts aside).  Kentucky Fried Chicken managed to piss me right off last night.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Weekend Observations from the Rice Fields

Dear Donkey Riders*

My mind has been full of lots of little, niggling things of late, none of them particularly important, but I thought I'd jot them down, so to speak, to clear my head.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Guest Post - Expat Mum in Portugal

I'm going to be hosting a Guest Post section every month, I'm inviting other ex-pat bloggers to write about what being an ex-pat means to them.  Kicking us off is the fabulous Christine from Expat Mum in Portugal 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Anyone for Chorizo?

Living in rural Spain you often see things that make you smile. Most times I don't have my camera with me, but today my luck was in. I drive past this house situated in the middle of the rice fields at least a couple of times a week on my way to the supermarket and there is often something strange hanging from the washing line—3 freshly plucked chickens spring to mind. Today the occupiers had obviously just made a fresh batch of chorizo and were taking advantage of the clement weather.
Great day for drying chorizo

And just because it really bugs me - this is how to correctly pronounce Chorizo.  Masterchef contestants, take note!

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Well, You Wouldn't See That in England!

Tales from Windmill Fields has a little ex-pat blog hop thingy going on, she's asked us to talk about things that we'd never encountered before moving to our new adopted countries.

Well there is that big yellow thing in the sky, having lived in Yorkshire for 10 years before moving to Spain I didn't see it that much, but I had to admit I got to scratching my chin about this.  Were there any contraptions, devices, things in general over here that we didn't get in the UK?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Post-Pregnancy Hair Loss

One of the nice things about pregnancy is that you get lots of lovely strong, thick hair—I'm talking about on your head here, elsewhere it's not so lovely—however, much like the baby, after a requisite number of months it has to come out.

For me that number of months is up and I am moulting.  Big Time!  Each bath or shower sees me pulling handfuls of hair out and the plug holes resembling bird's nests.  Brushing my hair leaves clumps in my hairbrush big enough to keep the collective casts of TOWIE, Scousewives and Geordie Shore in hair extensions for a year.
1980s Rat's Tale or Bobby Charlton Comb-over, I can supply it!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Just Say No to St Valentine's Day

Well, you didn't expect all hearts and flowers here did you?  If you did you clearly haven't read my blog before.  Yeah, yeah I am a miserable git, but for fucks sake if I see another Valentine's Day blog post in my g-reader I may well be violently sick.  

Surely I can’t be the only one out there in Blogsville who thinks Valentine’s Day is for mugs and finds the whole faux-romance aspect of it thoroughly nauseating? Can I?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Listography - Top 5 Annoying Phrases

I'm joining in with Kate Takes 5's Listography again.  The subject this week is annoying phrases, having read through a few of the other bloggers who have taken part most of the good ones have already been taken.  Who knew 'innit' could be so annoying - must stop saying it!   For me 'whatever' probably holds the top spot, that coupled with that annoying hand gesture where the twat person makes a 'W' shape has me badly wanting to head-butt them, and chop their hands off!

Anyway, seeing as I am the proud owner of a 3 month old baby I am inundated on a daily basis with a variety of baby-related clich├ęs.  Here are my top 5 annoying baby phrases:

Thursday, February 2, 2012

I Love My Kindle - Kindle Books Review Part 1

We all know that the e-book is the future, but I felt about books the same way as I do CD's. I like to have something tangible, to be able to read the blurb on the back and inserts.  I wasn't entirely sure that I'd get on that well with the Kindle, preferring to hold a paper version in my hand.

I couldn't have been more wrong.  I love it.  I do have a few little niggles with it though, firstly (unless I'm mistaken), there doesn't seem to be an obvious way to mark a book as read.  As I add more and more titles I have to rely on my memory as to whether I've read a book or not, which will annoy me. Secondly, again because of a bad memory, I have a tendency to forget the names of some of the smaller characters and it's easier to check back for reference in a paper version. The last niggle is that the on/off button is quite tricky to use one-handed—it would be better if it was on the top instead of the bottom.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Review - Personalised Baby Changing Mat

Bags of Love are a great little company who specialise in personalised gifts.  From Mother's Day presents to Valentine's gifts and birthday presents, they offer unique gifts that will be treasured forever.

Bags of Love also do a great range of products for babies.  These can be personalised either with the baby's name, hand and footprints or a favourite photo.  Products include blankets, sleeping bags and keepsake boxes.  The products are lovely and would make fantastic presents for a new born or as a Christening present.

When they approached me to review a personalised baby changing mat, I couldn't refuse.  Well I needed another baby changing mat anyway and even better to have a personalised one!  There are various options to have, just the name, hand and footprints, or a collage of different photos on either a white, blue or pink background. I chose a pink fleece changing mat with a photo of Amber surrounded by a border with her name.

The mat arrived really quickly—in just 3 days— but they promise next-day delivery for UK orders.  My first thought was that it was really big and the picture of Amber is actually larger than real life.  It is lovely and soft in a pale pink fleece with a waterproof backing.  The mat is washable and light and easy to roll or fold, so is great for putting in a nappy changing bag or large handbag.

The baby changing mats retail at £29 for one or £44 for two identical mats - handy to have one for home and one for the changing bag. Delivery charges vary depending on where in the world you are.

There is also a Spain based sister company