Thursday, November 29, 2012

Nerd Love

This is just a quick post to share something that I love! A little treat that I remember from when I was growing up!

I LOVE NERDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've been enjoying the last few that I have and it has been nostalgic and fun! I hadn't had these in years and then I found some in a sweet shop in London when we were there for the Olympics. Then fast forward to a couple of weeks ago when we were in Bath and yet again I went into an old-fashioned sweet shop and found some. I know that they are nothing but sugar, but who cares...I like them ;-) I don't get treats like this often so when I can I'm very happy. The biggest part of it I think is the nostalgia :-)

As I mentioned, I got these when we were in Bath and I promised to share some photos of Bath here from that trip, so my next post will be about our little trip to Bath...one of my favorite places in all of England!

I hope that you'll come back to check out my photos and my story about what we were up to there. Until next time...

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thankful Days


And so Thanksgiving weekend has come to an end! It was great indeed. Brit Boy and I had a lovely dinner and were grateful to spend some quality time together. As you can see, this is a snapshot of the after dinner table. Empty glasses...crumpled napkins...a last bit of candlelight...it was a lovely day! So much to be grateful for.

Hope everyone who celebrates had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend too! And for everyone who doesn't celebrate, I hope you had a great weekend also! :-)

Upcoming Concert

Brit Boy and I had a great holiday weekend! It was a good time! Over the weekend, Brit Boy was looking around on the internet as he likes to do, and discovered that The Jacksons (Jermaine, Tito, Jackie, and Marlon) are bringing their tour to various venues around the UK in the new year. I have read about their touring back home in the USA over this past summer, so I was glad to hear that they were coming over here. Like many people, I would love it if the full original Jackson 5 were able to be out there touring together again, but sadly that is not to be. As you may know, Brit Boy and I were planning to see Michael Jackson at long last when he was to have his shows in London in 2009. But as we all know, those shows weren't to be.

Both Brit Boy and I have been fans of the whole Jackson family's music for a long time like so many others. Their music has been a huge part of the collective culture for decades and even though the full group won't be there, it will still be great to see the ones who remain because they are talented too. So we got our tickets and will be seeing them in the spring! It should be a fun time! It will be a great night of nostalgia and it will be good to finally see them performing together.

I'll share my experience when the time comes and hopefully I can get some photos :-)

In the meantime, you can find here some useful information about possible venues for your future events.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving






This year Brit Boy is taking the actual day off so we won't have to celebrate it before or after the day. That makes me very happy! I am grateful everyday, but it's just really nice to celebrate collectively along with others back home :-)

I'm looking forward to Skyping with my family and having some good laughs together! That's always fun!

I wish a wonderful holiday to all who are celebrating!!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Lovely Croissants

Earlier this week, I had to go to the dentist to have a filling repaired. Ouch...Big Ouch!!!! I took the bus into the larger town nearby and all the way there I had thoughts of turning around and going back home. LOL. I hated to go, but I hated it more to be in pain any longer. So I got it repaired and walked out of the dentist's office relieved for it to be over.

As you know, after something like that you have to be careful about what you eat or drink for a certain amount of time. By the time I took the bus back to our little town, I was famished! I was limited in what I could eat, so I bought some of these lovely mini croissants in the grocery store. Here they are waiting patiently on my saucer.



They were just the thing...soft on my sore mouth and yummy like you wouldn't believe! :) I bought a pack of four and these are the last two that I had for breakfast this morning. These are small so I wasn't being a glutton ;-) And after all, it's Friday!!!

You know how I love taking photos of food, even when I don't cook it, so here it is! It's getting to that time of the year with Thanksgiving and Christmas being around the corner, so brace yourself for my foodie love. I believe in the motto of 'everything in moderation' so I love to share my love of this or that from the foodie world :)

I hope that everyone has a great weekend!

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Recently, there was a story in the news here about a young lady who passed away as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning in her home. It was such a sad story. It really got to me. She was a newlywed and this accident took her life. It just reminded me of how fragile and precious life is. It seems as if lately so many stories like this pop up in the news. In the UK, approximately 50 people are killed each year from the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning and many others are harmed by the effects. I know that many of you out there are aware of the dangers, but it never hurts to share a reminder to us all, especially during these winter months.

Authorities are attempting to get the word out more than ever to people about the dangers and to encourage them to install carbon monoxide detectors in their homes. These detectors are so essential because they pick up the signs that we cannot, especially when we are sleeping. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer because it is invisible, tasteless, and you cannot smell it. It's given off from the burning of various fuels, including gas and coal, among many others. It is caused by the incomplete combustion of these fuels. If the detector is installed correctly in the home, it can alert us all if there are high levels of carbon monoxide in our homes. You can easily find more additional resources about carbon monoxide alarms on the internet.

As I researched, I've found that sometimes people have been affected by carbon monoxide poisoning, but they aren't aware because they mistake the symptoms for some other illness. People may be totally unaware that they have been exposed. It's important for all of us to note that if we think that we have been exposed we should seek treatment immediately since there are risks to being exposed long-term. Some symptoms to be aware of are: nausea, headaches, drowsiness, dizziness, vomiting, and even some flu-like symptoms.

In addition to having the detector, it is also wise to always keep the home well-ventilated and to keep your heating system, whichever one you use, maintained on a regular basis.

Carbon monoxide detectors are inexpensive and should certainly go hand in hand within all of our homes with smoke detectors. Both are inexpensive, but that is beside the point, because life is more valuable than anything as we all know. I'm glad that I did a bit of reading up on this because it will make me more aware and that is definitely a good thing. Please stay safe!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Oops!

I deleted my congratulations Mr. President post by mistake because I was fiddling with my layout this morning. I can't believe I did that. Anyway, I want to repost my congratulations right now!

Congratulations Mr. President!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Please Vote



Happy Election Day, America!

This is my scarf that I had with me when we went to the Olympics this past summer. I was getting dressed this morning and I saw it hanging amongst my clothes. I decided to pull it out today for this special day.

I live in England currently, but my roots are in the United States of America. I love Election Day because it is the day when you can make your voice heard, no matter who you support. Many people have sacrificed in the past for me to have this right to vote, so I take it very much to heart.

To my fellow Americans, if you have not already voted early, please go out today and cast your vote!


Friday, November 02, 2012

Afternoon Snack


I just had a snack and wanted to share my joy!!!! I didn't bake it, but it was really tasty.

Happy Friday and Happy Weekend! :-)

0800 Numbers and Cars


This past Saturday, Brit Boy and I were in town and our car broke down. We were out trying to complete some errands when the car started sounding weird. This was not good and especially not good since we were on the other side of town, several miles away from where we live. To compound things it was also the coldest day of the season so far and our car decided to die on the spot. We pulled into a small shopping centre and started to check things over. We quickly realized that it was nothing that we could fix, so we had to call our breakdown service.
We called the service and it's one of the 0800 type numbers, similar to 800 numbers back home in the US. In the UK, 0800 numbers cost a certain amount per minute depending upon which type of number you are calling and whether you are calling from a landline or a mobile/cell phone. If you call from a landline, the calls are free, but from a cell phone they are not. There is some investigation of these charges currently going on, so perhaps one day they will all be charged at a much lower rate. The number that we had to call was an 0844 number and we were charged about 17 pence per minute for the call because we had to use the cell phone. The thing that really made it hard was that we were on hold for nearly 20 minutes...OUCH! Also, we have pay-as-you-go phones so the time was ticking away as Brit Boy was on hold. In the time that I've lived here I've never really given much thought to the rates for 0800 numbers because it's not something that one thinks about day to day really. However, our Saturday afternoon excitement has made me aware of the subtle nuances involved with the various 0800 numbers and their pricing. I am now well-informed.
When we finally got through they told us that it would be two hours until they could get to us. So we had no choice but to wait. It was fine in the beginning. Even though it was a freezing day, it was also a clear and sunny day, so we could stay warm enough. Even though we were in a small shopping centre, half of the shops weren't open and the ones that were open were tiny so we couldn't hang out in there. But we were okay for a while in our car, so it was all good. As we got past the one hour mark, the sun started to drop behind the building, and we started to feel that cold. Brrrr!
Right at the two hour mark we got a call from the breakdown service and the guy came to help us out. He patched things up so that we could get home and he followed us. We thought that we'd need towing so we were pleased to get our car back home on its own power. To make a long story short, we had to get the radiator and thermostat replaced. Ho hum. Anyway, hopefully things will be well from this point on with our car. Fingers crossed :-)


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