Archive for February, 2010

Kittehs!

February 26, 2010

Weekend at my parents’ part 2.

Everyone in the family loves our cats.

Corn muffins

February 25, 2010

We are on a diet so no more sweet muffins for a while. Still, I cannot stop myself from baking muffins. I thought I’d make some that you could have instead of rolls in the morning or with soup. My boyfriend just made a squint face (a Scottish person would say in this situation: you have a face like a smacked arse).

Recipe taken from justbento. Photo by me!

Weekend at my parents’

February 24, 2010

I visited my parents for a short holiday. Most of the time I spent chatting and laughing with my family, and eating.

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I played guitar hero with my brother. (The only difference is that he plays on expert mode, I play on easy.) He is such a show-off! It’s always loads of fun.

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We (the children) commented on our mum’s classical taste in clothes. This time she  demonstrated it by wearing a yellow marine style jumper with big gold colour buttons.  We unanimously demanded that she should change her usual pearl earrings to a pair that would match the jumper.

She did not aprove of my skinny jeans and cropped jacket: “You look silly, can you not wear something else?” – she requested. .

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Mum wanted to have a photo of one of her flowers and my sis pulled silly faces (she always does).
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I forced mum and dad to sit down so that I could take a photo of them. Then mum pretended she did not want to kiss dad.

My mum looks good in blue, it goes with her eyes.

We laughed at my dad’s jokes.

I asked mum to show me the bag she got for Christmas.

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And on the last evening, while my sister was trying to work on a project (the one she was supposed to have submitted the previous week), me and my brother had a blowouts fight.

After attacking out sis and getting no reaction from her, we just finished it between the two of us. Unfortunately my brother was spitting too much and his blowout got torn very quickly.

I think we might have woken up our gran, whose bedroom is just next door. We are really sorry gran! x

The Little Owl

February 16, 2010

If you ever go to NYC (or actually if you go to the Village) you must have dinner at the Little Owl. So I’ve heard anyway… from a trustworth source!
I have been to this what seems to be a really cool place only virtually just now but when I have a chance, I will definitely visit. I am keeping the website open just so I can listen to the music it airs.

And tonight – back to London (but only in memories; in the flesh – I’m in Edinburgh).

Luxury

February 15, 2010

Only sometimes would I like to find myself in a different world, so very impractical and over-the-top but a feast to the eyes. This is what I felt staring at a display of a shop in Mayfair. I think a weekend at a spa or in a 5-star hotel would make the trick…

Dryburgh Abbey & Hotel

February 12, 2010

A couple of weeks ago we wanted to go on a little trip and we went to a place in the borders.  We booked a swim lunch in the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel. It is only a little more than an hour away from Edinburgh, there are beautiful views on the way, you can have a meal and later sightsee the Dryburgh Abbey.

They had a lunch offer on – you get use of the hotel swimming pool, the sauna, and then get a two course lunch (all for staggering! £17.50 per person). The pool is not very big but big enough to swim and relax and sauna was great (there were only the two of us). For lunch I chose salmon and my boyfriend has an Aberdeen Angus steak – both decent sized and delicious – plus dessert. Food was really tasty and service was extremely nice. The owner of the place was hanging around with his dog and later some more people with dogs came (the doggies were unobtrusive). You get a nice, homely feeling in that place. I have to say it proved to be a good idea to go there.

After lunch we took a walk by the river and to the Dryburgh Abbey.

Please go to Historic Scotland for more info on the Abbey.

Yes, I know Bepanthen. No, I don’t have kids

February 11, 2010

I am feeling worse than yesterday. Plus, my nose is very sore from constantly blowing it. The skin around my nostrils is dry and peeling (sorry, too much detail?) and this is when Bepanthen comes in handy. Although on the box it says this should be used to protect from nappy rash, it brings relief to dry and chapped skin so I just put some around my nostril holes. Much better. Don’t worry, the skin will still be able to breathe through the cream layer.

That reminds me of another use. If you are getting a tatoo done, the cream helps the skin heal quicker. Just put some Bepanthen evenly on the tatoo and stick some plastic foil or cling film on it. Guarantee it helps!

Just heard a joke

February 10, 2010

I am ill again, went to the doctor’s this morning, got antibiotics this time. Scottish climate has had no mercy on me, although the doctor said I am building up resistance and need time to acclimatise. How much longer? I’ve been living here for more than four years now!

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I was watching some tv to cheer myself up. Just heard this joke on an old episode of Mock the week:

Scotland has very low rating of mentally ill people. This is because you have to go that extra mile to be judgemental. “We didn’t realise he was a schizophrenic. We’ve always thought he was a bit of a character.”

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One of my favourite jokes I heard in Scotland about Scotland is the next one,  it made me laugh so hard!

A very loud, unattractive, mean-acting woman walked into Asda with her two kids, yelling obscenities at them all the way through the entrance. The Asda greeter said pleasantly, ‘Good morning, and welcome to Asda. Nice children you have there. Are they twins?’
The ugly woman stopped yelling long enough to say, ‘Hell no they ain’t twins. The oldest one’s 9 and the other one’s 7. Why the hell would you think they’re twins? Are you blind, or just stupid?’
‘I’m neither blind nor stupid, Ma’am,’ replied the greeter. ‘I just couldn’t believe someone would shag you twice. Have a good day and thank you for shopping at Asda.’

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And just one more:

Two robbers broke into a lodging house in Glasgow. Once they were inside, a huge fight ensued. Bruised and bleeding, they finally emerged by the back window. ”We didnae do so bad,’ ‘said one. We came oot wi’ twenty pounds.” ”Aye” said the other, “But we went in wi’ fifty”



Perhaps these are just jokes, but what makes them even more funny is, I can imagine these situations could very likely have happened in reality.

Retro

February 9, 2010

Just an idea that came to me tonight. M. in retro. Goes with the dress, the pearls and the armchair, I think.

Portrait with a smile

February 8, 2010

More portraits of my favourite red head. These were taken almost two weeks ago but had to mature for a while on the hard drive and in my head, like good wine in a cellar. It seems tonight I found a recipe for at least one of them.