Monthly Archives

April 2011

MasterChef New York

Posted on 26th April 2011 in taxicab rider bill of rights

Watching Masterchef in New York tonight brought back a memory for me as the lovely and mighty skilled Tim jumped into a taxi.

In the back of a New York yellow cab you stare at a sign which reads:

ALWAYS makes me chuckle to recall it as, without fail, in every cab I took the driver was permanently and loudly on his cell phone whilst simultaneously and permanently hitting the horn!

Oh, ok, masterchef. I’m so glad that my boy Tim is still in. I hope he will win. I did spot and root for @DhruvBaker1 from early on last year so there is a glimmer of hope for Tim that I haven’t just given him the kiss of death!

Good luck all 3 of you x


Posted on 24th April 2011 in Dinosaurs/ Natural History Museum

On Wednesday, we were very lucky to get a sneak peak at the new dinosaur exhibit at the Natural History Museum in London.

The ‘hands on’ interactive displays were brilliant and a great way of getting information over to technology hungry children!

Moving the items around, enlarging, scanning etc. All felt very CSI!

The displays were interesting and accessible with lots of things out to touch as well as information to read.

The pièce de résistance however was the animatronic dinosaurs – my rubbish photos in no way do them justice!

The moving heads, blinking eyes, rumbling floor and sound affects all make it feel very real.

We were also delighted to have a chat with a lovely lady there who confirmed that the shark tooth we found at Walton on the Naze recent is the real deal and approximately 20 million years old!

All in all, a fab day out. And with the science museum right next door it was well worth the trip to London.

You can find out more about the exhibit here

Q&A About ME

Posted on 13th April 2011 in meme/ Q&A About Me

Q&A About Me

Or Mrs Lister’s Q&A as it is otherwise known. I’ve been tagged in this meme by someone who is relatively new to me on twitter, the delightful @confessionsmum who gave her on answers here. Have to say I found some of it quite hard to answer!

Which living person do you most admire, and why?

Every solider. Every fireman. For their selfless bravery. The lady I pass each morning on the way to work who has a major facial disfigurement, she looks completely carefree and it humbles and shames me in equal measure.

When were you happiest?

I’ve had highs and lows in life but I am definitely at my happiest right now.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

That would be when I had coffee with my niece and asked her if she thought her Dad and his boyfriend would get married.

She put down her cup, looked me dead in the eye and said “Do you think my Dad’s gay then?”

I’d thought it was obvious to the whole darn world, but she truly had no idea…. #cringe

Aside from property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?

My iMac – loves it I do.

What is your most treasured possession?

Children aren’t possessions otherwise I’d pick them. So instead I’d go with a note that I recently received. Or a little gold fish. Or, let’s face it, my HTC.

Where would you like to live?

Wherever the people I love are.

Failing that, New York. Or where I live now.

What’s your favourite smell?

Cookies, no, coffee, no, cake, no, babies, no, aftershave…

Who would play you in the film of your life?

Have recently been told I resemble a young Jenny Aguter so let’s go with her.

Although in reality it’d be more likely to be Victoria Wood!

What is your favourite book?

All books, every book, books are bloody great, I love them. One that sticks in my mind is: Kafka On The Shore

What is your most unappealing habit?


What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?

A witch.

What is your earliest memory?

I’m not really sure.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Talking to stray cats. Come Dine With Me. Minstrels & hula-hoops (together, try it). Cheesy pop. Zac Efron….

What do you owe your parents?

Life I guess.

To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?

I guess to my STBXH, I’m sorry it didn’t work.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

He knows.

What does love feel like?

An all consuming sense of being bullet proof.

What was the best kiss of your life?

Every one, the next one, the last one. The one at about 12 noon on Sunday.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

That’s not going to happen.

This displeases me.

Enough boys!

I won’t tell you again.

I’ll let you know when you ask me properly.

Elvis NO!

What is the worst job you’ve done?

Paper round, I hated every minute of it.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?

I don’t know, that ‘s really hard to answer. If I changed anything then would I still be as happy now?

What is the closest you’ve come to death?

Rather not answer that.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My children, god they’re amazing.

When did you last cry, and why?

When I read the blog post that Rosanne had written about me. I was so touched.

How do you relax?

Reading a good book. An oh so cold glass of fizz. A good cuppa and a rich tea. A cuddle from someone who means it. Losing myself in a tv show.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?

If my boys father would cherish them.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

It’s too short. Live it and love it.


And so, next to answer the Q&A are:

Bob @onlydads

MJM @Metajugglamum

Ruth @Summerlandc

Rosanne @Rosa_Lingerie

Scott @Spences10

Girl Power!

Posted on 8th April 2011 in blister/ flat pack/ girl power

Men shmen, look what I just built!

I turned this:


Into this:


Look, I even have a blister to prove it!



Any palm readers among you; go for it…

And yes, I will be getting my dad to tighten all the screws tomorrow 😉

Back to top