Saturday, 28 May 2011

Strawberry Kebabs

'Strawberry Kebabs' is a term coined by Mr R to describe a situation when you want something that you cannot have, either because it doesn't exist or it's not on the menu. For example when we used to order a takeaway for delivery I'd always want something slightly different from what was on the menu. If it said the burger came with mayo, I'd ask for ketchup or try to get various combinations of toppings on my baked potato that were not listed on the menu. I felt this was a normal enough thing to do but Mr R just said 'It's like asking for strawberry kebabs, they're not on the menu so you can't have them!'

Well the phrase stuck and now it's me using it against him. He keeps ordering a mixed kebab from our local take away but only wants certain kinds of meat. The bad thing is I'm always the one going to get it so I'm now stuck ordering the weird thing.

It doesn't always relate to food though. We use it for everything when you want something you can't get.

I bet you're glad I shared that piece of useless info.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

30 Day Song Challenge

A few of my friends on facebook have been doing this 30 day song challenge on, would you believe it, facebook. I fancied giving it a try but it's harder than I thought. I could pretty much choose any Katy Perry or Beyonce song to fit the criteria on any given day but my music taste is actually slightly more diverse than Kpez and Beyonkers (as Mr R calls her) so I want to show it through my song choices.

Check out my page with My 30 Day Song Challenge and enjoy my selections :)

Here are the the days:

day 01 - your favorite song
day 02 - your least favorite song
day 03 - a song that makes you happy
day 04 - a song that makes you sad
day 05 - a song that reminds you of someone
day 06 - a song that reminds you of somewhere
day 07 - a song that reminds you of a certain event
day 08 - a song that you know all the words to
day 09 - a song that you can dance to
day 10 - a song that makes you fall asleep
day 11 - a song from your favorite band
day 12 - a song from a band you hate
day 13 - a song that is a guilty pleasure
day 14 - a song that no one would expect you to love
day 15 - a song that describes you
day 16 - a song that you used to love but now hate
day 17 - a song that you hear often on the radio
day 18 - a song that you wish you heard on the radio
day 19 - a song from your favorite album
day 20 - a song that you listen to when you’re angry
day 21 - a song that you listen to when you’re happy
day 22 - a song that you listen to when you’re sad
day 23 - a song that you want to play at your wedding
day 24 - a song that you want to play at your funeral
day 25 - a song that makes you laugh
day 26 - a song that you can play on an instrument
day 27 - a song that you wish you could play
day 28 - a song that makes you feel guilty
day 29 - a song from your childhood
day 30 - your favorite song at this time last year

Monday, 23 May 2011

3rd slice lucky?

Eugh mornings! I hate them more and more these days.

This is my lovely bed, the best, most comfy place in the world BUT I really need tips on how to get up in the morning so please comment before I end up as some bed ridden mum lol.

I can't be the only one who gets woken by fighting and whining 'She stole my chair!', 'He's hitting me!' Why would I want to get up and deal with that? What's worse is that this morning it took me 3 attempts to get my breakfast.

Slice of toast #1 - I put it on and boiled the kettle. But the toast popped while I was dealing with a tantrum and by the time I was done the toast was too cold.

Slice of toast #2 - I managed to get the toast buttered this time and the water poured into my cup when Wee Dude accidentally broke his bedroom lamp. The wire was tangled in a mess of books and it's glass so had to be cleared up straight away. By the time I got to my breakfast it was all cold. I also found some hot wheels cars inside the lamp - so that's where they got to.

Slice of toast #3 - Both kids were warned to get on the couch and stay there so I could have my breakfast!

My kids are 3 yrs and 4 yrs now so is it too much to expect to have my breakfast when it's freshly made?

It's 11am, we're still not dressed and I'm currently pulling barbies hair out of the zhu zhu hamsters wheels.

Ah the joys....

Just as I preview my post Wee Love  has got her own hair stuck in the zhu zhu hamsters wheels!!!! OMG So I've had to cut her hair to get her free. When will it be bedtime again *cries*

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Psychoville 2 - Must watch!

Is anybody watching Psychoville 2? It's amazing!

I'd love to be in the brains of the writers to see what dark, mental stuff must be in there to come up with these characters and scenarios. It's just hilarious. I've tried to find a good clip but they don't really do it justice.

Maureen Sowerbutts and Mr Jelly are my favourites but the new character, Hattie, is excellent.

It's so wrong but so right - WATCH IT! bbc2 Thursday 10pm

Monday, 16 May 2011

Tough job being a mum

Oh man, it's been weeks since I blogged last!

I've had a tough couple of weeks with the kids. Being a mum is bloody hard work, isn't it?! Why didn't nature make bringing up kids easier? I've been dealing with two kids (3yrs and 4yrs) who don't listen, take ages to do something I've asked, I'm repeating myself constantly and Wee Dude (nearly 5) is getting more and more defiant. Up until last week everything I seemed to say or do made a situation worse with him. But I eventually searched the internet for some info and solutions and got some great help on This page in particular was a massive help. This is pretty much a list of exactly the behaviour I've been facing with no idea what to do about it.

Well, I do now and things have much much nicer around here since last week. Both kids have a 'good listening chart' and I've been trying to give them both more of a choice about things and encouraging them to help in the house more. One thing I found surprising was a page on the site which suggested avoiding scenarios which you know your kid wont like or that will trigger a tantrum, like going shopping etc or going to a fancy restaurant. Although I wouldn't take my kids out shopping all day I do expect them to be able to be in a shop and behave. And I probably wouldn't take them to a really fancy restaurant but I would expect them to go to a normal restaurant for lunch and be able to behave for a shortish amount of time. If I avoid all of these situations how will they ever learn how to behave in different places? Now that I have some 'official' ish guidance I can give myself permission to ease off a bit while they are going through this stage. So I'm feeling calmer and a bit more in control. Here are my two little rascals :)

Otherwise, we've been busy going to the park, meeting new mums, trying a new soft play, swimming lessons, and spending a LOT of time walking to and from bus stops! Man alive, I need a car, and there may be one on the horizon but I don't want to get too excited incase it doesn't materialise.

........and breathe.........

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Before the rain comes

It seems pretty definite that we'll have rain for the next few days but we've had a stunning month of weather. With loads of time off nursery due to Easter and a million Bank Holidays we've been loads of trips to loads of parks, walks, flew our kite, played in the garden, got the gardening all done and had an all round great time.

But before we leave what could be summer behind (hope not, but you never know) I want to share my favourite sunny day song - Altered Images, Don't talk to me about love.

Altered Images - Don't Talk To Me About Love

It takes me back to my pre-children days, before I was Mrs R, in the early days of our budding romance when we visited Edinburgh Zoo. As I was staying at Mr R's for the weekend I was unprepared for sunny weather so I stopped on the way to get a mag with free flip flops. We drove there in a old car with a stereo that didn't work so we took our ghetto blaster which also hardly worked. This song has stuck in my head all these years. Since then it's been on loads of mix CDs coz it's a perfect sunny day driving song and every time I hear it I'm back in the car parking outside the zoo about 10 years ago.

Funny and great how music does that.