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This is what my super 7 year programmer daughter made today. I am mostly reduced to the “Can you find the music of God Save The Queen?” support role. For the rest of it I just point her in the right direction as to how to get things to work how she wants. The controls are a bit quirky (she couldn’t figure out jumping so you have to switch from right arrow to space bar to get past the hurdles) – the ideas are all hers. I love the medal ceremony with 4th place crying in the corner.

Collected on July 25, 2012 Leave a Comment

Suffer The Little Children

Suffer The Little Children by Donna Leon

In books read on July 22, 2012

About what I have come to expect from this series. A solid mystery peopled with interesting characters. My only complaint would be that Venice itself didn't seem to play as large a role as usual in this one, maybe I am just used to it by now.

This was a library book.

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→16 Essential Tips for Traveling with a Family

In delicious on July 20, 2012 Tagged: , ,

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Excellent advice from Leo that mostly concurs with my own experience. (If only my 7 year old wod understand "Naps are good".

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→16 Essential Tips for Traveling with a Family

In delicious on July 20, 2012 Tagged: , ,

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Excellent advice from Leo that mostly concurs with my own experience. (If only my 7 year old wod understand "Naps are good".

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→16 Essential Tips for Traveling with a Family

In delicious on July 20, 2012 Tagged: , ,

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Excellent advice from Leo that mostly concurs with my own experience. (If only my 7 year old wod understand "Naps are good".

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→16 Essential Tips for Traveling with a Family

In delicious on July 20, 2012 Tagged: , ,

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Excellent advice from Leo that mostly concurs with my own experience. (If only my 7 year old would understand "Naps are good".)

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My Project Wardrobe

In rambling on on July 20, 2012

I can’t locate the quote I came across recently that claimed that buying clothes was not like buying a sofa. The gist was that you want clothes to look fabulous once, and then discard them, whereas you want a sofa to last for years. The quote brought into focus something that I’ve thought for a long time and that I am obviously way out of sync with most women on. I want my clothes to be like a sofa! I have finally learnt to buy (or make) good quality ones but I still wear them out. I like clothes and shoes but don’t have any need for loads of them. Since then I keep coming across posts about wardrobes that make me giggle.

The latest was via web-goddess this morning. I’m not quite sure if the point is that seven pairs of shoes for a man is considered to be loads or hardly any. I have seven pairs of shoes, and I know that is more than I have ever owned in my life before. I spent years with only my everyday boots and possibly a pair of posh shoes so this collection feels pretty extravagant to me:

  • Lightweight hiking boots. Wear everyday in winter with jeans and in bad weather in the summer.
  • Canvas trainers. Converse All-Stars at the mo. Wear with jeans in good weather in the summer generally.
  • Black boots. Wear with skirts & tights in the winter.
  • Brown boots. Almost the same as the black ones but brown for clothes co-ordination reasons.
  • Flip flops. Everyday summer wear with skirts. The last pair of good quality Reef ones lasted five years so I replaced them with the same brand again.
  • Sandals. My posh summer skirt wearing shoes, actually also flip flops usually.
  • I can only make the collection up to seven by including my heavy weight hiking boots as well.

They all fulfil different needs. I would buy more if I found I needed something for a different purpose.

In the same vein I came across Project 333 just before starting on a wardrobe clearout recently. The idea is to simplify your life by choosing only 33 items of clothing (not including underwear, pyjamas etc) to rotate for 3 months and put everything else away. On going through my wardrobe it became clear I wasn’t the audience for this one either. Though there are more than 33 items in my wardrobe I thought I could easily survive on less. All the project would do would be to force me to choose which of the ‘posh’ items to add to my everyday clothes.

Instead I decided to track what I actually wore. So far I am a month into this project and have actually worn 18 items of clothing in 38 outfits (that’s 2 outfits a day some days):

  • six tops (mostly long sleeve t-shirts)
  • one dress
  • two pairs of jeans
  • two denim skirts
  • one other posh-ish skirt
  • four items of footwear (converse, sandals, flip-flops and lightweight boots)
  • one cardy
  • one sweatshirt

There are a few more items I would like to add. It’s basically rained for the whole month, in the next two months (weather permitting) I expect to add more dresses and short sleeve tops.

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Oy! That feeder is for my goldfinches!

In instagram on July 19, 2012

The Soldier's Wife

The Soldiers Wife by Joanna Trollope

In books read on July 19, 2012

With the title it seems that Joanna Trollope wants you to compare it to the Rector's Wife, which I read about 20 years ago. The books are certainly comparable - they both concern women dealing with being married to men who are married to their careers. Without going back and actually reading the previous book I thought this seemed like a stronger story that came up with more answers than the Rector version, but the fact that I'm twenty years older with far more relationship experience myself might account for some of that.

I liked it that Trollope never seemed to take the easy path through the relationships here. I think she writes women and children very well, and some of the male characters here were great too; the weak point for me were the soldiers who never seemed quite right by themselves. But again that might be my stereotypical expectations talking.

All in all I enjoyed it and found it one of her stronger books of recent times.

This was a library book.

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Trying to figure out if anyone sells these Planetboxes in the UK, they look fabulous!

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Collected on July 18, 2012 1 Comment


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