Wednesday, 24 November 2010

How dare you call Kate a commoner!

I have never been an avid Royalist, but I am quietly content that Prince William will marry Kate Middleton.  I find it outrageous that some people have said she is a commoner and not of the Royal blood line, have they not learnt anything from Charles and Diana?  Charles was allegedly forced to marry Diana due to Royal blood lines and look what happened, he never stopped loving Camilla Parker Bowles who was deemed at the time not good enough to be a princess.
It pleases me to see that the Royal family has evolved into modern times and put all that bloodline rubbish behind them.  Lets face it, Kate is going to have to develop a thick skin to cope with the high profile media attention she will persistently receive.  In the official interview William and Kate looked like a young couple in love which was a stark contrast to the Charles and Diana interview back in the ninteen eighties.  William had a relaxed demeanour and was happy to let Kate speak. 

I wish them all the best and think Kate will make a beautiful princess.  William appears to have a lot of his Mothers charms and normality about him and I had a real sense that he will protect Kate as much as he can from the prevailing media storm which will perpetuate into her life.

Friday, 19 November 2010

The great British public, what a wicked sense of humour you have!

The way the British public votes on reality television shows makes me laugh.  Poor old Gillian Mckeath getting voted to do all of the trials on I am a Celebrity get me out of here.  The issue is that we love to watch a celeb squirm and we are certainly getting our monies worth with Gillian.  After all, we all know she will be getting a huge fat checque for her unfortunate escapades in the jungle.  I am not sure where she thought she was going for the three weeks, Butlins or Centre Parks maybe, as she is overwhelmingly surprised at the basic living in the jungle, much to the glee of the viewers.  She gets flustered when she is near a meagre fly.  You have to question how desperate these so called celebs are for money to put themselves through this.
There is always one we pick on, Jan Leeming and then Jordan or is she Katie Price, Reed, who knows.  We can all see through their thinly vailed excuses to go into the jungle of excuses like, "I would like to experience it,", come on admit it you are doing it for the money and the expectation that you could reinvigorate your flagging media careers.  Some celebs are lucky enough for their careers to have a turn around and some not so fortunate who disappear back into insignificance.  Look at Mylene Klass her career went stellar after we all saw her bikini shower shots.

The poison challice is laid down, a huge fat checque that equates to some peoples earnings for an entire year or a few weeks of creepy crawlies biting your bits.   The Great British public is not stupid, the gauntlet has most certianly been laid down, therefore, we maximise on who will give us the most entertainment.  Everytime, Ant and Dec do the long drawn out suspense of "It might be you," to do the trial my Husband and I sit and laugh as we know it will be Gillian.  We are certainly making her earn her monies worth.

I am not sure who is voting for Wagner in the X Factor.  I personally do not think he is entertaining nor can sing.  It could be the anti disestablishment vote for Simon Cowell that is keeping him in the show.  Again, our entertainment comes from watching the judges heated debates and their surprise at the unpredictability of the British TV audience.  I look forward to another weekend of entertaining reality television.

Today at work I was dressed as Ginger Spice for Children in Need, my work colleages were the rest of the spice girls.  I pinned a Union Jack tea towel to a pair of shorts and a top and bought a tacky red wig with lots of heavy make up, what a treat for the rest of the workforce?

Thursday, 18 November 2010

People who do not want Children

I read an article in a magazine about a lady who does not want Children in case it makes her fat?  Mainly because when she was 19 years old some lad on holiday said she looked Mumsy.  I have heard of people not wanting Children in my time, which is fine as it is their perogative, usually the reasons are because they want to focus on their careers or have lavish holidays, but getting fat?  Come on love get a grip.

Has she not heard of a simple thing called a diet, it works a treat.  She even insulted Julia Roberts in her bikini on a beach and said she had saggy boobs and stretch marks.  How she could see stretch marks in a photo is beyond me.   I thought she looked great in the photograph and has a most enviable figure for a 42 year old.  Again, it is fine to not want Children but to slate people and figures who have is really quite vulgar.  I was so insensed by this woman I had to write to the magazine to comment.

 I can tell I am getting old, this week I thought about buying an electric blanket.  I have even started to find Enrique Iglesas attractive, argggghhhhh.  I think I need help!

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Can I hibernate please...just until February?

This week the weather has been awful, therefore I would like to hibernate until February.  I love the sunshine and my Summer clothes.  All I want to do is get home bolt the door, put on my comfy joggy bottoms, watch TV (particularly Strictly, love it, would like to be in it, however I have not figured out away to become famous Just to appear in it, suggestions greatfully received!), drink large cups of tea, and snuggle under my fleece blanket on the sofa.

I have decided it is not natural to wake up the dark and it should be banned.  I have to prise myself out of my comfy warm bed every morning, and it is a struggle.  When it is the school run it miraculously rains either in the morning or at 3 ish, and clears up for the remainder of the day.  I turn up to work looking and feeling like I have been exposed to the elements and forced through a hedge backwards!

Since, I have been in my mini anti Winter protest I have been making up excuses to stay in.  I can not face leaving the house once I am in it.  I look forward to having a warm bath....oh dear I must be getting old!  Staying in is the new going out, well at least until February!

Ps I have broken my sugar addiction, it has taken a pain staking week, but I am there now.  No chocolate or biscuits for me until the festive period and then it is pig out time!  I have decided it is okay to be a bit heavier in the Winter.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Christmas is coming...I am feeling fat!

I tried a pair of jeans on at the weekend, they have always been a snug fit, and I could not do them up.  I have decided to put them in a charity bag.  I did think should I diet to get back in them, but decided against it.  Unfortunately, it is easy to be fat these days rather than thin.  When you look on the side of a cereal packet and it has a third of your daily sugar allowance it demonstrates how easy it is to put on weight.  I truly believe the government should do more to restrict the amount of sugar and salt that goes into our food.

I have given up chocolate and biscuits on a daily basis and will exercise a bit more.  Apparently, eating one biscuit per day can make you put on at least half a stone in a year.  I find if I do not eat chocolate and biscuits I do not want them, but I have to go cold Turkey.  They say a craving takes four weeks to break.  I have to be strong and not reach for the biscuit tin!

I find it very sad these days to see teenagers with rolls of fat hanging over their jeans.  I remember when I was at school there were no over weight Children in my class.  It is definitely concerning as a parent, with the prevalence of eating disorders. 

I definitely think us women have an unrealistic target in our heads to look like an airbrushed Kate Moss.  It is easier for celebrities to be thin, afterall it is their job.  They usually have an entire entourage to cater for their every whim, hence it is easy to find time to exercise when you have a nanny and cleaner.  Plus, it helps to have the odd trip to the surgeon for a bit of liposuction, I would love to exercise more, but with the constraints of family life it is not that easy to squeeze it in.

I will give up my daily fix of chocolate and biscuits until Christmas.  In this country when it is cold all you want to do is eat a bit of something comforting and sweet.  Would n't it be nice if chocolate, biscuits, and cakes were good for you and you never put on a pound!

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Boom boom pow...bonfire night.

I had a fantastic firework night.  I went to a friends house with the family, whose garden backs on to a large fireworks display.  I was more excited than the kids.  The display was spectacular and free! 

I had a debate with a mutual friend about who has got the worst kitchen.  We have lived in our house for a year and my kitchen is awful.  It is not small but not big either and there is no room for anything.  It has unattractive yellow wood cupboards contrasted with a dark green work surface, it is in desperate need of a make over.  My dishwasher does not fit under the cupboards and I call it my kitchen island.  One of my best friends having seen both kitchens agreed that mine is the worst. 

That leads me onto my next subject of we are getting an extension, starting in the next few weeks.  Everyone that has ever had any work done to their house has been very quick to let me know about what a nightmare the whole process is, deep joy!

After the firework display had finished we all decided to take our kids down to the fun fair.  I had a fanastic time on the dodgems, even when I decided to get out, as my car was not moving, the lady running the ride was shouting, "Can the lady who has got out the car, please get back in," and had to hit the emergency stop button.  Whoops, at the time I thought that it was a good idea to get out the car, move it and jump back in, then someone pointed out I could have got run over.  Lucky for me I was okay!

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Sack the tooth fairy...she is not very good!

Our tooth fairy is rubbish, she keeps forgetting much to the dismay of my Daughter to come and visit and leave some money under her pillow! 

The last time she forgot I had to explain to my disappointed daughter that it was down to cut backs, the credit crunch has hit fiary land quite hard, therefore the usual staffing levels are low, hence the fairy's are tired and have decided to have a strike about pay and conditions!  The strike evidently coincided with the day my Daughter's tooth fell out, I know it was a shame.  Small Children get really upset about this sort of thing. 

Thankfully, after a short negotiation with the Trade Unions of fairys they managed to negotiate a better pay deal and are now back on track! (yes she did look a bit bewildered at my complicated explaination).

I was absolutely outraged, and I hope it does not happen again in the future!
Written by a forgetful Mummy, whoops!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

My turn on the naughty step aged 37 years and 3/4

The experts are telling us we are the softest generation of parents that has ever been. In the Victorian day, the cane existed at school for naughty Children, and I have heard stories of three generations ago them being locked in cold cellars when they were naughty. Today we have the naughty step!

I am guilty of being soft too! Our Children are emotionally intelligent enough to know where to push our buttons. If they want something they do not stop until they get it and then we are faced with the option of ruin the entire day or give in. The later is the easier option in the short term.

Yesterday, I took my Children and my Niece swimming. You go to all the effort of packing the bag getting the kids ready, dragging the heavy bag to the pool, the kids are unbearably excited, and then my niece did not have a pair of goggles and had a mini tantrum. You are then wondering why you bothered to go to all the effort of giving the Children a fun time. My fabulous Sister-in-law first of all said no and then realised that it would ruin the entire day, gave in and got the goggles. She is an incredibly astute intelligent, and successful lady and put it aptly, “I am time poor, so when I get time to spend with my Daughter, it is not worth it to me to be ruined over a £3.99 pair of goggles,”. I had not thought of this before and realised she has a valid point. Is the fact that we are time poor and the general fast pace of life the reason why we give into them so easily.

Our generation does appear to have an inability to say no to our Children, I have witnessed it with friends too. I am not declaring that I have the answers as I am just as bad as everyone else. Our only form of punishment thanks to Super Nanny is the naughty step. Our Nanny state says that “thou shall not smack thy Child”, as it is a heinous crime, punishable by other people angrily glaring at you.

I thought I would give the naughty step ago, to my calculation I would have to stay on it for 37 minutes, as it is one minute for every year of your life. I use the first step on my stairs. I sat there for the entire time and it is really boring, time stands still and it feels like you are on there for longer, more like a few hours, it did feel like a punishment. In future if my Husband is naughty I might put him on it!