Wednesday, 26 December 2012
So Christmas 2012 is over! Thank goodness is what I say - I am definitely team humbug and due to being a bit depressed the last few weeks I have had to drag every ounce of goodwill out of my system to get through it.................and I did!
I may have mentioned in previous blogs, but I am planning on giving up meat for 2013. I will eat fish if I feel the need but as I don't really like fish that much then I am thinking it wont be that often. I believe the correct phrase is pescatarian. Martha is joining me in this attempt.
We had dinner at the in laws today and also tea today and as Ma in law is a vegetarian there was quite a lot of food that had no meat there and very nice it was too.
However, as I tucked into a gigantic slab of pork pie I thought about my forthcoming resolution and decided as from tomorrow the meat is going to go!!!!!
I am doing it for ethical reasons.
I love meat and I have no issue with eating it. What I do have issues with is the mass production of meat through farming and how the animals are treated these days. I have watched a few videos, spoken to a few people and am going to give it a try.
I will miss bacon, pork, chicken, beef, lamb, the lot.
Wish me luck!
Saturday, 22 December 2012
So, yeah, ok I've been slack and I am hanging my head in deep deep shame. It is 15 days since I last blogged and I was being ever so good too.
It is 3 days until Christmas and never before have I been so disorganised. It's hard when your kids are older. When they're little you can buy big plastic things and colouring books and pens but when they are 15 and 20 it's not so easy.
Clothes are totally out of the question - whatever I buy would be met with a polite 'thanks, it's great' and an exchange of glances between them, jewellery is much the same, make up is a safe bet but they already have tons, is there any need for dvd's and cd's with netflix and iphones / ipods about?
So it's difficult and because of this I grabbed the proverbial bull by the horns today and thought I would nail it in 3 shops.
1. Tesco Extra - basic food and gifts .
2. Marks and Sparks - nicer food and gifts.
3. Bookers Cash and Carry - we need coal and logs and a large bottle of gin for my father in law.
Well I managed the first two. Just.
Martha came to 'help' so I had to strategically place things I had bought her under loaves of bread and coffee ( I was also trying to do a 'normal' shop at the same time) whilst having my ankles bashed and trying to weave my way up the cheese section.
Nerves were frayed and tempers were running high. One shopper had the utther audacity to stop and look at her list in front of the mini pork pies and I could feel a dull thudding in my temples begin.
The queues were horrific. I stood behind a lady who had literally bought everything. She commented to me at one point 'ooh I bet you wish you had joined another queue now' and I gave what I hoped was a jovial smile but I think was more of a snarl with the odd facial tick thrown in.
Why do we do it. WHY?
It's 2 days and in our case we are out for both of them so there was really no need for me to panic over the pringles, obsess next to the olives and hyperventilate beside the humous.
On the plus side, I have been given heaps and heaps of yummy merlot by customers so I am planning on cracking a bottle open tonight in between resisting the profiterole pyramid that is sat on the top shelf of my fridge.
Friday, 7 December 2012
So I am honestly trying!
I have still not bought a single present yet and have no idea what to buy when I eventually do.
Martha wants a Mac Book Air ( no chance ) , Hattie wants some Ugg boots ( possibly ) , hubby wants some long johns and dog clippers (!) and I want some new slippers.
St Ives is looking very Christmassy and is so cold. We drove round town after work today and I was determined to get a photo of waves crashing onto the rocks at Mann's Head at Clodgy. It took absolutley ages and everytime I gave up a huge wave would come along. I eventually got this ......
which I was very pleased with. It may have been cold but the sea was breathtaking.
We are looking forward to Hattie coming back home next Sunday. Martha and I went to Truro College last night for eyt another open evening ( no, she still hasn't decided where she is going ) and we had some homemade chocolate truffles. They were delcious.
We are going to make some and some mince pies for Christmas.
My diet is now non existent but soon it will be January................