Monthly Archives: March 2012


It finally got us.

Well, not us.  We are immune.  The adults I mean.  But it got the children.

She was spotty for the whole of last week but wasn’t too bothered by them.  They were worst in the nappy region.  They’re surprisingly few and mostly healed up.

He has the fever that arrives a day or two before the outbreak. 

OH has been at home looking after the sickly babies while I have been taking the easy route of going to work. 

We’re hoping O has them as mildly as she did.



Despite the shits and a nasty virus (which has now turned out to be chicken pox) and my reluctance, OH and I went out on a “date” last night.

No candle lit dinner and roses(although we did have a candle on our table in the pub we stopped in for a cuppa on the way back.) but we wouldn’t fare well with traditional romantic crap.  Our first date consisted of me getting him drunk and then us howling “Charmless man” along with the jukebox in a seaside pub. Our first slow dance was mostly made up of stupid puns and bad singing.

So yeah, we don’t do romance.  Which is absolutely fine.  Who needs the “I love you forever and ever” rubbish anyway.

But back to last night…

We went for a drive.

To a beach…

And checked out the stars.

Oh My God!  Google Sky Map is possibly the best app ever. 

The sky was spattered with planets, stars, constellations and galaxies, all visible to the naked eye.

Mars burnt a bright ruddy colour on one side and Jupiter and Venus danced on the other.  Saturn and Mercury hid below the horizon, one yet to rise, one already set.

It definitely appealed to my not so hidden geek.  I adore nature and am somewhat awed by physics and its “laws”.

Beats candlelight and roses hands down.

The 12 questions meme

I have been tagged again by Bessy Blogs to answer some questions.  Seeing as I like nothing better than to talk about me, and she has thought of some super questions, I should get on with it.

1. What is your starsign and do you believe in horoscopes etc?


I would love to say that I don’t believe a word of it but I would be lying.  I see traits in people.  some more pronounced than others.  I do think that you can see what you want to see if you look hard enough though. 

2. If you could change one thing about your life thus far, what would it be?

My happiness level.  I wish I could just be satisfied and stop fricken moaning.

3. If there was one charity you could give a huge contribution to, which charity would it be and why?

Mind for their work in breaking the stigma attached to mental health.

4. Favourite chocolate bar?

Any.  Chocolate is chocolate.

5. Should smoking be legal? What are your views on the smoking ban in public places?

I’m an ex-smoker.  Smoking should be legal (they would never make it illegal as it is a large source of this countries tax income).  I do not agree with the ban on smoking in public places.  I would rather go into a room smelling of cigarette smoke than a room smelling of BO and farts.  I don’t go out a lot any more.

6. Why do you blog?

Otherwise I would actually explode.  Plus I have friends who I keep in touch wth via blogging.  It started out as a serious attempt to make money, and degenerated (as these things normally do with me) in to a way to bitch about how shit my life is.

7. Who is your celebrity crush?

Jenson Button.  *Swoon*

8. Do you have a favourite author?

No. I don’t have time for reading right now.

9. Can you play any musical instruments? If not, what would you choose to learn?

I can play a variety of kids songs on the piano. When I was at school and college I played piano, trumpet and cello. I could also play recorder, flute, clarinet, violin, tenor horn, baritone, bass guitar, guitar…anything that was thrown at me really. In the days before disinfecting everything to within an inch of its life it was common for a group of us to swap instruments in orchestra and brass band.

10. How many siblings do you have?

One brother.

11. Do you have any tattoos?


12. What would your ideal car be?

Lotus Carlton in black circa 1994 with the custom reg B3 LLA.

Ok…my twelve questions.

1. Do you think faith is important and why?

2. Have you ever said something you regretted?

3. Is cheating always unacceptable and why?

4. If money were no object what would you buy?

5. If you could shapeshift into an animal, which animal would you choose?

6. Do you have a most treasured posession?

7. If you could have a week child-free what would you do?

8. Have you ever seen inside a computer?

9. What is the highest level of qualification you hold?

10. Clean car or messy car?

11. Have you ever used the internet for self-diagnosis? What did you diagnose and what was actually wrong?

12. What is your number 1 pet peeve?

I’m going to be lazy and not tag. Answer if you feel the urge. If not, don’t worry.


I don’t know what to call this post really.

I want to talk about bereavement, so if you feel this may trigger, please don’t read on.

I found out via Facebook that someone I worked with ten years ago passed away.

I had spoken to her a few times since adding her as a Facebook friend and found her posts honest, entertaining and a true reflection of the bubbly and vibrant person I remember.

We knew each other in a time before children – many years before mine and a year or so before she fell pregnant with hers. A time when I was a different kind of mental.  Despite this, we always got on well.

I’m still in shock.  I really cannot believe she has gone.