A random list

Once again I find myself scrambling for something to write, unable to determine a coherent subject with which to bombard the world so here is some random stuff I have been doing/thinking lately:

  1. Easter holidays have been a welcome break from our recent 30 mile commute to school in the mornings.
  2. Meeting up with Elfa (Californian Mum in London) and both sets of children for a picnic in Bushy Park recently was lovely and we whiled away several hours playing, eating, scrambling up, down, in and through fallen trees, and most significantly, wielding sticks of every size and shape – lots of imaginative play with a stick standing in for everything from a gun to a wand to a conductor’s baton.
  3. Our local park does the most divine home made ice cream which is bad for both my pocket and my waistline.
  4. If you take your kids to a children’s farm (in our case we thought we’d try out Hounslow Urban Farm near Heathrow – fab if you’re either a lover of mental alpacas, demonic goats or plane-spotting) don’t bother buying the animal feed unless you have a particular urge to get your hand comprehensively licked clean by a range of farmyard animals whilst your children disappear into the distance on miniature John Deere tractors.
  5. I’m not sure whether to sob or cheer at Donald Trump’s recent statement on punishing women who choose to get an abortion – on the one hand it is incredibly scary that this man is even on the campaign trail, on the other hand it seems that he has shot himself in the foot by showing his true colours here and not being enough of a ‘politician’ to veil the truth.
  6. I have been glued to this year’s edition of The Voice UK as it seems to be the first time ever that nearly everyone who got through to live finals could actually sing. Having said that, is it just me that thinks Lydia has only got through because they waited until the semi-final to mention her tragic family loss? Hearing Boy George and his team sing the Culture Club ballad ‘Victims’ was a blast from the past – a song I loved in the 80s but probably haven’t heard since. Shame the man himself seems to have had some kind of voice transplant.
  7. I thought I’d got off pretty lightly on the threenager front with EJ until he had the mother of all tantrums because I wouldn’t let him take a small tractor into the ladies loos down at the HUF (see above).
  8. Somebody please remind me to send Lovefilm back the DVD I have had sitting unopened on a shelf for the last 9 months – if August Osage County has that little appeal to me as a way to pass my time then it’s not worth keeping! (Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this – Lovefilm must be kept in business through people like me!).
  9. Kingston upon Thames has really got a lot going for it these days. Recently I have sampled real Asian street food and enjoyed the buzzing vibe which comes with that kind of market – something which you just don’t get with other provincial towns further out of the capital.
  10. The two things I took away from The Ideal Home Show were a) the realisation that it is possible to buff your nails to a glassy shine and b) Vitamix blenders rule!

7 thoughts on “A random list

  1. Get a Vitamix blender, get a Vitamix blender! Was the demo-man (I’m sure there’s another word for him…) Matt Stubbs, the same as the one at BritMums Live? This man was born to sell Vitamix blenders. He sold me my first one in John Lewis, 2 weeks before Christmas, when I was broke!

    A 30 mile commute to school sounds awful; I really hope you don’t have to do that for too long, sweetie.

    Days at the park are the best, aren’t they? I wouldn’t go to that farm (you’re selling it so well), but I’ve planned to go to Willows farm (no planes in sight, so licky animals!) with all four monkeys next week.

  2. Wow Sam you’re not wrong in that your list was random, but lots of good stuff going on. Crossing fingers that EJ hasn’t turned into a threenager, and that the Vitamix fairies bring you one. As you know I’ve been a huge fan for a long time – mine is probably considered the vintage model xxxxx
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  3. I totally used to do that with love film – cancelled our membership (after like, three years) because we never really watched things just kept them for months! The Donald Trump thing – I’m just terrified that he might actually end up as president. It would be truly horrifying. That 30 mile commute sounds exhausting! xx
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  4. Haha got to love a random post! I’m hoping to get away with a threenager as we been having some terrible twos strops. Bet was lovely meeting wth a blogger mate for chats and fun. Love that. Hope you had a lovely Easter. I really need to watch my tv as have no clue with the voice xx thanks for hosting x
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  5. I love the random list! At least you’re keeping the blog flow!
    It seems the kids always throw you a whopper right after you think (or heaven forbid say out loud) that all is going well. 😉

  6. Mmmm, I think Trump has shown his true colours by showing he has no colours! Historically he has always been liberal on this issue. I think he’s just trying to appeal to the extreme wing of the Grand Old Party and doing so in the most horrendous fashion. Hope you have had a good Easter Holiday. Think you needed it. Thanks for hostiung #truthabout
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