All I can say is poor Sylar.
I wrote a lot about my thoughts on The Gargoyle in last week’s Sunday Salon post but I have just finished it now and it was a lovely book. The ending was a bit odd (particularly the chapter where the main character is going morphine cold turkey) but when the book’s about a burn patient and a psychiatric patient who believes she knew him in a previous life, it’s going to end a little odd. It was also quite sweet and romantic and I liked how the author Andrew Davidson tied all the disparate threads together.
It always makes me smile, the yearly e-mail from Ocado, usually about October time saying ‘Christmas delivery slots are now open, book now!’ and of course to book you have to think of £90 worth of food you’ll actually want for Christmas to get the slot and as slots go quickly you have to book NOW, well that’s what I think anyway. So I just got the e-mail, so to guarantee my perfect delivery slot (early morning Christmas Eve, no Christmas food cluttering your kitchen for too long but with still enough time to run to the shops if Ocado forget to deliver something), I’ve just done a virtual trolley dash, trying to think what I might want for Christmas (luckily I can change it later) and this is what I got.
* 1 Aubergines Waitrose £0.99
* 1 Carrots Waitrose £0.65
* 1 Fairtrade Organic Bananas Waitrose £1.55
* 1 Garlic Waitrose £0.99
* 1 Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard £0.90 – got to have mustard for Christmas
* 2 Hovis Wholemeal Medium Sliced Bread £2.48
* 1 Intelligent Eating Eggs Waitrose £1.84
* 1 Kallo Just Bouillon Chicken Stock Cubes 6 per pack £0.89
* 1 Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut Corn Flakes £1.92
* 1 Leeks Waitrose £1.65
* 1 Mars Celebrations £3.97 – family tradition
* 1 Mixed Nuts Waitrose £1.49 – ditto
* 1 Mixed Peppers Waitrose £1.55
* 1 Organic Dried Apricots Waitrose £2.19
* 1 Organic Raisins Waitrose £1.69
* 1 Organix Rice Cakes from 7 Months £0.86
* 1 Pampers Baby Wipes Sensitive – Perfume Free £2.39
* 1 Pampers Easy Ups Size 6 Economy Pack 16+kg/35+lbs £8.95 – I am in no way holding out any hope that Boy Lacer will be potty trained by then.
* 1 Pear Halves in Fruit Juice Waitrose £0.59
* 1 Penne Pasta Waitrose £1.29
* 1 Pinenuts Waitrose £3.59
* 1 Pink Lady Apples Waitrose £1.99
* 1 Pringles Original £1.39 – another family tradition
* 2 Pure Orange Juice Waitrose £5.50
* 1 Rocks Organic Lemon Squash £1.49
* 1 Scottish Carbonated Mineral Water Waitrose £1.85
* 1 Spiced Pickled Onions Waitrose £1.09 – I don’t eat pickled onions all year accept Christmas, which I have to have with my cold meat and crusty bread when the kids have gone to bed, on the sofa, watching something trashy. I will then pig myself silly on Pringles and Celebrations.
* 1 Walkers Crisps Marmite 6 Pack £1.15
* 1 Wholemeal Long Tin Waitrose £1.15 – the required crusty bread.
* 1 Anchor Spreadable £2.26
* 1 British Smoked Rindless Back Rashers Waitrose £2.59 – if you can’t have a cooked breakfast at Christmas when can you?
* 1 British Wafer Thin Smoked Ham Waitrose £3.25
* 1 English Medium Cheddar Waitrose £3.93
* 1 Farm Assured Cubetti Di Pancetta Waitrose £2.19
* 1 Ferrari Grated Parmigiano Reggiano £2.59
* 1 Innocent Kids Smoothie Orange, Mango and Pineapple £2.00
* 1 Ocado Medium Organic Vegetable Box £13.50
* 1 Parma Ham Waitrose £2.99 – Christmas treat, I love my Parma
* 1 Pizza Express 12″ American Hot Pizza £4.99
* 1 Premium Pork Sausages 8 per pack Waitrose £2.19
* 1 Red Onions Waitrose £0.79
* 1 Select Farm Semi Skimmed Milk 6 Pints Waitrose £2.25
* 1 Trimmed Green Beans Waitrose £1.29
* 1 Whole Organic Chicken Waitrose £8.81 – I’m worrying now this will be too small but we’re not a turkey family.
* 1 Birds Eye 100% Chicken Dippers 28 per pack £3.15
* 1 Jus-Rol Puff Pastry Sheets £1.21
* 1 Linda McCartney Sausages 6 Per Pack £1.69
All that for £120, eek, I will be aiming to knock £20 off that nearer the time when I’ve actually done some menu planning!
I was not ‘digging’ the concept of school uniform on Girl Lacer, she’s always been such an individual, which of course all kids are but she has her own unique style and I hated seeing it quashed. However, after this morning I am now a very big fan of school uniform, as today was her first ‘mufti day’ (no school uniform), she had to go into school wearing something pink or red as they’re raising money for Breast Cancer Research. She consequently had very strong ideas of what she wanted to wear (actually seemingly based on what her teacher said she was going to wear, which apparently was a pink jumper and blue jeans), so Girl Lacer also wanted to wear a pink jumper and blue jeans, forgetting the fact that she doesn’t actually have a pink jumper. So I found her a pair of jeans and her favourite pink top (a pink long-sleeved T-shirt with Peace and Love appliqued onto it) but they were both in the laundry basket, I washed them but of course I couldn’t get them dry in time, not in this flat. So she found another pair of jeans which were so tight and way above ankle skimming, she looked like Kate Moss in slightly cropped tight drain pipes, which she insisted weren’t too tight and she was going to wear. So you can imagine the back and forth conversation, “You’re not going to wear them, they’re too small”, “They’re fine, I am going to wear them”, I had to call in reinforcements in the shape of Mr. Lacer. So then I found another pair of jeans, perfectly nice ones (if you’re 4), blue with some embroidery and decorative buttons but no she wasn’t going to wear those because she’d now decided she only liked plain jeans (which I agree but so not the time to decide that). But in the end it had to be those, they were her only clean, dry jeans that fitted. I managed to find another pink top (with a sparkly rain cloud) and a pink stripy zip up hoody, but after all that fuss, I like school uniform now!
So that was the pink and now onto the crunchy mice; we’re still having little visitors, latest victim my paddington bag (which I blogged about here, when it was nice and new and didn’t have any mouse chewed holes in it). Now I’m talking about crunchy mice but they’re not crunchy in the way I bet you’re thinking of (or at least you are now), no, they like crunchy nut cornflakes it seems. Mr. Lacer set the humane trap again last night, baiting it with crunchy nut cornflakes as we had the horrible little bitty bits that you get at the end of the packet. Well it’s not a very good trap as we woke up this morning to find no mouse in the trap but no crunchy nut in there either! It must have taken them ages to get all the little bits out!
‘In other news’ I’m discovering the challenges of writing food articles for a principally American audience, forget about converting metric to imperial, I can do that, it’s more that ‘our friends across the pond’ call their sugars completely different names to what we do and *shock* don’t even have chocolate smarties! I was writing a recipe last night that involved smarties as a major ingredient, thank goodness for the internet as I thought to check just in case and discovered the interesting fact that Americans idea of Smarties is something completely different from what the rest of the world’s is (if I ever get that dream place in New York I would consequently have to ship my Smarties over). I ended up finding an American online grocer just to check that they have writing icing to (they do).
The Gargoyle review later, I’ve only got 30 pages to go!