Preparations

Friday, March 25th, 2016 05:54 pm
tourmaline: (coffee)
Yes, I am still here, although I am more frequently found on the Wii Fit these days. And I'm still using Facebook like a proper Facebooky person. But as my last post was about Tim Peake and he's now more than halfway through his mission, I thought I'd better get back on here again so that the post on his EVA wouldn't then be directly followed by an end-of-mission post.

Generally, and specifically now )
Have also been enjoying The Night Manager, even though I doubt I'd have tuned in if Hugh Laurie wasn't in it. Spy dramas, no matter how brilliantly done, aren't my thing. But it's so good to see Hugh playing a properly evil baddie. And Olivia Coleman is awesome as always.

Hot Cross Buns

Friday, April 22nd, 2011 07:03 pm
tourmaline: (coffee)
A few words about hot cross buns available from popular retailers, based on my samplings in recent weeks:

1. Sainsburys are the nicest, plenty of variety of dried fruit within. Makes the buns full of flavour, very moreish.
2. Greggs are OK, light in texture and almost like bread, probably needs toasting to bring out its flavours because it's a bit bland untoasted.
3. Tescos - not bad, third of the three but I wouldn't turn them down, it's just that they're nothing special.

Am currently tootling round San Francisco on Google Earth & Google Street View. It all looks so amazing and beautiful. Check out my Tumblr for pics.

Zumba on Wednesday night was really good, no new stuff, just the Merengue-ish routine I've done only once before, which I don't like because it's clearly designed for people with flatter chests than I have, but at least it's over quickly. My hamstrings were sore yesterday (one still isn't 100% today) cos I was trying to show off how I know all the routines and I'm really good at them to the newbies. Apart from the aches and the out-of-breathiness moments, I seriously totally love Zumba.

One week until Space Shuttle Endeavour launches for the final time. I can't believe it's come round so quickly, I know Atlantis will have a final mission in early summer but it really feels like the finale is upon us. And I know we'll find out soon enough, but I just can't imagine what it will feel like when the space shuttle program is completed.

Smarties Mug

Saturday, April 10th, 2010 03:36 pm
tourmaline: total solar eclipse, from a photo by NASA (Default)
Day 100 This is my new mug, which came as part of an Easter Egg set I bought on Monday:

Smarties Mug

It's just a cheap & cheerful, but I'm hoping it will last me long enough to enjoy it. It's rather light, and therefore any coffee inside it needs to be drunk quickly before it gets too cold. I've wanted one of these sets (ie Easter Egg and mug) for ages, some years ago I bought my sister a Creme Egg easter egg with a mug shaped like a giant egg cup.

Pink Body Butter

Sunday, April 4th, 2010 01:56 pm
tourmaline: total solar eclipse, from a photo by NASA (Default)
Day 94 I had planned for today's pic to be of my Easter Eggs, but I finished the last of my Cranberry & Pomegranate body butter this morning, and tomorrow will start the Rosehip body butter. Both are pink, but I'm not particularly drawn to pink cosmetics, I just like the smell of these.

Pink Body Butter

My Easter Eggs are both Lindor chocolates - a traditional egg with mini eggs, and a box of Lindor balls. I'm not a particular fan of Lindor, although they are quite nice. I was asked in advance what I wanted & all I said was no dark chocolate shell. There are several varieties of Cadbury Mini Eggs easter eggs about, I was half-expecting one of those as it's well known that I can devour Cadbury Mini Eggs by the hundred. But I have my Hotel Chocolat Easter Selectors, and I'm hoping they will have a sale so I can grab an Eton Mess Egg Sandwich and maybe something for work.

From The Easter Bunny

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 06:26 pm
tourmaline: total solar eclipse, from a photo by NASA (Default)
Day 90 The Easter Bunny (ie our Chief Executive) toured round the office this afternoon, with Easter Eggs and little chocolate bunnies for everyone. Here's mine:

From The Easter Bunny

In close-up, that is. This is about 4cm tall. No bunny costume for our Chief Exec (and no Easter bonnet for her PA who was actually carrying the tray of goodies), but given the foul weather we're currently experiencing she was sporting the high-viz pink crutches.

Birmingham Goodies

Friday, March 26th, 2010 04:09 pm
tourmaline: total solar eclipse, from a photo by NASA (Default)
Day 85 Have had a day off and visited Birmingham, and now my feet are sore and one of my toe joints is throbbing. But a good day, despite all the massive amounts of rain that meant I had to stop at one point to stand under the dryer in the ladies' at the Pavilions for five minutes.

I went to stock up on Crabtree & Evelyn soaps, but they don't do the regular range soaps individually any more, you have to buy a set of three. I contemplated buying shower gel instead, but the soap trio is the same price as a smallish bottle of shower gel, so I went for the money's worth option and bought trio sets of Summer Hill and Nantucket Briar soaps. I also visited Hotel Chocolat for Easter goodies, I went with Selectors in the end - a set of praline mini eggs and two bars with easter eggs pressed into them. They were selling off some Valentines stuff too so I also got a strawberry heart lick.

I was also sooo predictable and bought some Jelly Beans from Selfridges, they have a new set of flavours collectively called the Ice Cream Parlour, not sure what flavours they actually are but may investigate online as the flavour leaflets they had appear to be a few years old. They also had Green Tea flavour, which I've never seen before. I also bought a book from Waterstones - Buzz Aldrin's autobiography - I used to buy so many books from Birmingham, but now book space is strictly rationed I can't return home with bags of them like I used to.

And so to the photo - ever since I saw House sucking on one I've been thinking about frappucinos, so I bought a stawberries & cream frappucino from Starbucks above the station. This pic was taken on the train while we were waiting for departure:

Strawberries & Cream Frappucino

It was absolutely delicious, who cares how many calories and how much sugar. One every 6-12 months is a healthy dose.
tourmaline: total solar eclipse, from a photo by NASA (Default)
Day 81 Yaaaaay my Sainsburys is back open! The refurbishment means I need to learn my way around the new layout, but the fruit & veg is at the front again. I bought some Clementines today - I've just eaten this one and it was rather nice:

Clementine

Yes, this kitchen paper was bought during the festive season. We buy in bulk so are usually a season behind, Christmas is celebrated with autumn leaves, or if there was a really good bargain, with daisies.

But I spent £70! In mitigation this includes a £15 iTunes card, Easter Eggs, and making up for last week's lack of provisions. But I now have lots of lettuce in the form of eight Gem Hearts in total, plus almost two full packs of tomatoes, so with the Clementines I've no excuses for not getting five-a-day.

Easter pics

Thursday, April 13th, 2006 08:37 pm
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Some more Webshots pics, with an Easter theme:

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