I've been working harder than Ron Jeremy's thingy-ma-bob

Blimey, the last three days have been a bloody whirlwind, so sorry if I haven't been over to visit your blog. I've been busier than one of Paris Hilton's condoms.  You know that I put my London house on the market on Thursday? Well, by Friday afternoon I had two viewings arranged for Saturday morning; one at 10am and a second at 11.15am. How cool, yet how inconvenient at the same time. ...more

Experiment: How Fast Does Your Kettle Boil?

Every now and again, I like to feel pampered. I felt like that today, so I decided to treat myself and I bought a new kettle. It was made by Morphy Richards and I was particularly impressed by the fact that it boasted a 3KW 'fast boil' function. ...more

I am not surprised. After I first published the post, I discovered that most US people don't ...more

Dear Geraldo Rivera, I am NOT obsessed about bowel movements so quit looking at me that way

Social media is such a hoot, especially for note writers like me. Yeah, I was one of the girls who sat in class and looked fully engaged in the lecture, but was really writing code to my friends about a boy they liked, weekend plans, or where we would meet during the lunch break. I made up silly things that kept my interest far more than algebraic formulas, geometry equations, or whatever it was we learned about pigs in 10th grade biology. Blogging is a lot like that, so my husband wasn't concerned at all when I began blogging....more

Save Yourself: Follow the Rules of Buying from the Flash Sale Mob

In order to write about and report on sites like Gilt Groupe and Groupon, we need to cruise them and it's tricky-hard to mind your dollars and sense while spending hours immersed in checking out seductive goodies. Inevitably, this leads to the 'oy, what was I thinking' brand of buyer's remorse. While we have an excuse -- hey, it's an occupational hazard -- we're sharing our rules (and transgressions) so you don't get into hurry-hurry-click-and-buy-it trouble. ...more

Master of Manipulation & the Big Boy Bed

For a few days, we had to fight a good fight while Parker adjusted to The Big Boy Bed. We have learned that there will be no new idea or change that occurs without some back-lash – kind of like the kick-back after shooting a gun. Parker would try to hold me down on his bed, not wanting me to leave. He would hang on to me. He would lie on the floor and cry. He would scream, “Mommy, help me!” over and over....more

If you try and don’t succeed, try, try again?

I was having a really bad day at work. It seemed like pretty much anything that could go wrong did. Frustrated, I did the natural thing. I walked away from my desk and across the street to Macy’s to pick up a pair of sandals. Retail therapy makes everything better, doesn’t it?Well, this time, apparently not. It seemed that annoyances and frustration were going to just continue to follow me where ever I went.Since I never know what size shoe I am, I picked out four pairs of sandals and asked the sales woman for them in an eight and an eight and a half....more

The Meringue Debacle (A Tragedy in Two Acts)

Act I: (The Dining Room, St. Patrick's Day) We invited some of Ken's running friends over for dinner. One of the guys, a kid really, 24-year-old Evan, came bearing cloud cookies. The kids devoured them."They're so easy to make," he said.Act II: (The Kitchen, several days later) The twins are engrossed in their favorite mid-morning activity, playing in the bathroom sink and I, looking to distract them, say, "you guys wanna bake some cookies?"...more

You know you are expecting your third when:

  You know it's your third when.... You know you are expecting your t...more

Bloody stupid 'smoking rules' are introduced in the UK

The most ridiculous ruling on the planet has just gone into force in the UK. As from next year, it will become an offence to display cigarettes in any shop; they must all be kept hidden under the counter. I thought about it, and the more I did, the more ludicrous the ruling seemed. Exactly who was the ruling targeted at? And what did they hope to achieve? After much deliberation, I narrowed it down to two specific groups: (1) potential impulse buyers; and (2) current cigarette smokers. ...more

Couldn't agree more! And even if Children can see them, they can't pick accidentally pick them ...more

Big decisions; Shall I live in Oxford or go back to London?

Yesterday was quite a big day for me. But not in a good way. ...more