December 2011

How do you measure success?

by on December 31, 2011

On the whole I try to avoid blogging about blogging – I find it terribly self-indulgent, and I don’t think it’s the kind of thing my loyal readers are interested in reading. However on this, the last day of 2011, I hope you will permit me a little bit of self-indulgence as I take the time to reflect on all the things I have done this year, how far my blog has come, and what I’m looking forward to in 2012.

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Where do sausages come from?

by on December 30, 2011

One of the presents the geekdaughter received for Christmas was a set of “Happy Families” playing cards. Now, playing Happy Families with a child who can not yet read is a bit of a challenge, and today I spent a reasonable amount of time showing her the cards, explaining how the families were structured, and showing her how she could work out which family each character belonged to by looking at what they were doing in their picture in an attempt to make it easier for her to play.

We had early success when I found Mr Dough the Baker, who is pictured making a loaf of bread. “Where do you buy bread?” I asked her.” At the Baker’s” she replied. Great, so I could explain that the Dough family were all bakers, and we could find the other three family members by looking through the deck for other characters undertaking bread-related activity. So far so good.

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The cake is not a lie

by on December 29, 2011

I don’t cook. No really, I don’t. I follow recipes, and produce meals out of necessity, rather than pleasure. So I’m not quite sure what possessed me to suddenly want to make a Christmas cake this year. I blame Waitrose – every week I’ve been in there for about the last two months they’ve had piles and piles of their “make your own Delia Christmas cake” kits all over the store. And every week I’ve walked right past them, until the week before Christmas, when they’d all been marked down to half price – £5 rather than £10. And seeing as how I can’t resist a bargain, I grabbed one.

Mind you, after I’d been around the shop to pick up all of the extra ingredients that weren’t included in the box, I’m not sure it was that much of a bargain after all!

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This wasn’t how I was going to write this blog post. I was going to talk about the latest John Lewis Christmas advert, and how if you watch carefully there’s a shot of the small child running around in a really cute Gruffalo costime. About how when I was doing my Christmas shopping in John Lewis I had a look at the children’s costumes section and there was just one of those costumes left, in the perfect size for the geekdaughter. About how it was clearly fated that I buy it, and so I did. And about how much she loves it, and how she’s worn it pretty much all the time since Christmas day.

However, this is not that blog post. It is instead a bit of a rant about clothes labelling.

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Silent Sunday 25/12/2011

December 25, 2011

Silent Sunday. One photo, taken in the last week. No words.  To see more great pictures search for the #SilentSunday hashtag on Twitter MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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And then we hacked Santa’s head off!

December 24, 2011

I’ve been struggling to get into the festive spirit this year. Work’s been really busy, and I’ve been putting in extra hours including on my non-working days in order to keep up with everything. As such I haven’t had much energy left for all the extra preparations required for Christmas. I can barely keep the […]

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The one where I become the gleekmummy

December 23, 2011

As I mentioned last week, I’m an XBox LIVE Ambassador, and over the next few weeks I’m going to be testing out all the new features that have arrived with the latest update to the XBox operating system. This week it’s TV week, and so the geekdaddy and I settled down tonight to dig around […]

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SilentSunday 18/12/2011

December 18, 2011

Silent Sunday. One photo, taken in the last week. No words.  To see more great pictures search for the #SilentSunday hashtag on Twitter

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Today is apparently Mammasaurus day!

December 17, 2011

In the blogosphere there are many memes and linkys, of which the only one I generally join in with is Silent Sunday. However every now and again something very special happens, which I want to be a part of! Today is one of those occasions. in the blogging world, Saturday is “Caption Day”, where the […]

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The one where I rediscover old friends

December 16, 2011

One of the downsides of two geeks getting married is that there is no-one to provide the “voice of reason” whenever either one of us wants the latest piece of technology. Normally the non-geek of the family would prevent too many frivolous purchases being made whereas conversations in our house tend to go more along […]

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You’re going *where* for a Christmas party?!

December 14, 2011

“You’re going where for a Christmas party?!” was a very common response whenever I announced that I was heading off to Butlins at Bognor Regis for the Tots100 Christmas party. Yes, I know, it’s Butlins, and it’s also a very very long way away from my home in South Cheshire. However, having been to a […]

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Silent Sunday 11/12/2011

December 11, 2011

  Silent Sunday. One photo, taken in the last week. No words.  To see more great pictures search for the #SilentSunday hashtag on Twitter

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Eating porridge with a fork – another curse of the working mother

December 8, 2011

The life of the working mother is a constant juggling act. I try to be around for my kids each morning before I go to work, to kiss them and cuddle them, whilst at the same time trying not to get milk or porridge on my office clothes. Then I have to leave them in […]

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Living with the LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer

December 7, 2011

The LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer is tipped to be one of the most sought-after toys this Christmas. It’s a child’s tablet device, with a touchscreen, built -in camera, and access to a large selection of games via an online store. Does that sound similar to another device, maybe? I am sure there are many iPad-owning parents […]

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