Monday, 10 December 2012

Grocery Store

Amazing how living in another country shapes your grocery shopping....
or maybe I just changed the way I shop?

We cut out the centre of the store for most part and I buy pre-sliced fruit like apples.  I realise I will eat them if they are pre-sliced because yes I am lazy.  5 bags of sliced apples are 2 quid or something well a bag of baby apples I have to work to eat are more then that so yeah I can make my way work in my head.

Also I never looked at eggs, I just grabbed and went.  Well one of the dwarfs learned about free range and explained it so all we buy is free range now.  Also we sign things to allow ducks access to full body of water so they have a nice live before they die for others to eat but it is the nice thing to do.  We don't buy duck anyway but I think all things should have a human life.

We hit the world food isle just to see if they added any American crap we don't need but when I see it, I will crave it and must buy it.  This happens a lot and then it is usually a let down because 1. it isn't the same and 2. typically it is not made with the same ingredients.

So when I crave something I buy it at stupid high prices but hey thats the price of living in another country and you suck it up.  Well at least Prince Charming understands and even has come to love ranch HA!  I can't remember the last time I made it though because I forget since my eating has improved.

I don't have a point here so happy shopping!

Snow Wife

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

YAY or Oh No....It's Snow

Well it depends who you are and what day it is right?

Child: Look it's snowing!!!
Parents on a 1st cancelled school day: Oh Yay - Fun!

Child: Look it's snowing!!!
Parents on a 2nd cancelled school day: Oh Yay - Fun *sarcasm*

Mom taking the dog out.
YAY it's snowing!!
*why yay? well the ground is hard and this means a clean dog....Well unless he rolls in fox shit and thinks he is the man!

Adult: Oh YAY SNOW!
Adult driving: God Damn snow and no one knows how to drive!

Adult home warm looking out the window: Oh Yay Snow!
Adult walking on side walks or the English term "path": Damn councils didn't grit/salt anything and I am going to fall on my ass/arse.

So I guess my point is some may always see a different side.  Me? I love the snow as long as: I don't walk on the sidwalks, drive near idiots, have to clean up wet messes or freeze to death!

Happy Holidays!

Snow Wife

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Hot Hot Hot

I swear I can't believe no one has ever bought me a hot water bottle. I have one now for all the stomach/stone issues and it I fabulous!!

I cab sleep because it stays hot on you all night long!!

Long live the hot water bottle :-)

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Driving Moment

Sometimes when I am driving I have that "Oh Shit" moment.  If you are not from England and don't normally drive on the "wrong" side of the road you understand what I am saying...

I actually turned left on red the other night and thought, "Oh My God - I am going to get a ticket!"  It was 11pm and honestly I never see a cop but it would have been my luck but I didn't. <phew>

I will be going to turn at an intersection and think, "Oh My God - What side am I turning onto?"

This is why I could never even have a drink and drive because I would most likely end up on the damn wrong side of the road!

Saying this I am so happy I can drive here and I have a license and didn't waste time or I would have shot myself if I couldn't drive.

Do you have driving tales? Awwww come on I know you do

Snow Wife

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

OMG

How the hell do kids have blackberrys and new iPhones?

What parent will spend hundreds of pounds on a kids phone?

I am jealous! I can't afford to spend 500quid or even 300quid on a iPhone 4 or 5!

What message do you think it sends to spend that on a kid for no reason? If it was a Christmas present, that would be all I got! No jokes.

Comments? Parents who spend a mini fortune?

Snow Wife
Obviously a tyrant

Entitled

This word drives me insane!

Benefits? Get what you are entitled too!

Accident? Get what you are entitled too!

How about quit thinking your entitled to a ton of shit and get a job. England pays benefits which are quite good so some people (not all!) know how to work the system.

No one is entitled to anything except to die eventually.

Snow Wife
The cynical one

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Classed as a "grown up"

*stomping foot* I don't want to be!  This means I have responsibilities and shit that I didn't ask for....blah

It also means I bought a full blown dress slip today and man that is grown up. Thank you Spanx - you are my friend and then again at 18 I wouldn't have ever spent the money on that or even wore one.
This doesn't mean I want to be a grown up.  I feel like I am paying dress up because I am so not a girly girl so yes I am playing dress up.  I have have a pair of heels - hell it would be better if I bored them from my mom but sadly no I bought them.  I think I will wear them more then once *fingers crossed*

So 3 cheers to a bottle of red wine and a dress with heels and let's pretend we are grown ups tonight!

snow wife

Monday, 8 October 2012

No it's not like...

I swear this irks me more then anything ok not anything but enough to bitch about it on my blog.

Let's pretend I am a Buckeye (Ohio University Team) and I have on a shirt that says Go Buck Eyes!
(me in bold)
Where are you from?
Ohio
Buckeyes?
American College football
Oh its like rugby
No its not, the ball is smaller and totally different rules
Oh its like the same thing
*eyeroll*

I want a Cwors..
Coors Light? Just to be sure I understood correctly
Yes what else would I want?
Techincally Coors and Coors light are two different lagers. FYI

Sorry if some accents sounds like something different and not what you are actually saying especially the Scottish!

HAHA SO No its not like....

Would you like me to say oh England is like Wales? or Scotland? Oh man would people freak.

snow wife

Monday, 1 October 2012

Kids aren't just for holidays...

Ok the saying here in the UK is, "dogs aren't just for Christmas." This is brilliant! They should come out with a saying for kids. It's not all cute clothes and fun holidays - really it's not.
Teenagers need to stop having kids because they aren't for 16year olds either.

I mean kids are work but more mental work I think. I mean I don't want to cook and do laundry all the time but someone has too. Blah

I get why when moms get a night away all they do is sleep. I want to do that right now.

Example: I don't feel very well but after work I was going to come home and relax.... Yep right after I walk the dog for 45 minutes, start and serve dinner and then wash up. Awwwww now I can relax. You have to laugh right? No

My Prince Charming is amazing when he is home and this allows me to stay in bed some mornings which is amazing. I just wish it was more often.

Now if we had sun and more daylight it would be another story.

Snow wife

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Gretel

Someday's I am like Gretel seriously....

Let me paint you a picture.  Walking thru the woods very early in the morning and the dew is still on the ground.  You hear noises but its just the birds and creatures waking up.  The dog runs ahead of you (he is Hansal) and all you hear is noises and you wait to get captured and put in a house.  Wait maybe the house will be bigger? oh no sorry I digress.....

Its just weird to hear so many noises and when it starts to get dark early it will be even weirder!

who else feels as if they hear anything when in the woods!

snow wife

Friday, 14 September 2012

Job?

I swear England is trying to break me.  I am educated with real job experience and can't seem to get a friggin job.  I have applied to entry level jobs to something close to what I did before I moved here - Nothing.

I even applied to Starbizzles and I thought I did great but I got a letter saying we hired someone with more skills and qualifications. Seriously? for 7-8 quid an hour?

Its breaking me.  I really should just do my own darn taco cabana type place - ya know breakfast tacos and mexican for lunch and dinner.  I think I could make it fly.  Maybe I need to see a man about a horse oh no thats if you have to pee. Ok see someone about a business plan.

Take out only - just a little place.  I wonder if I could make it fly here?  I would love to have a little shop because I think I could rock it.

I hate job hunting but this country kicks you when you are down.  They just said unemployment went down? seriously then who the hell is getting hired!

*sigh*  I am about to throw in the towel.  I work now but I HATE IT as I am there till midnight and bored to tears practically.  There is only so much TV you can watch.

snow wife

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Perfect Parenting

Ok I will wait while you get off the floor laughing.

You mean to tell me there isn't a perfect parent out there? No way!  I have seen so many who know it all, so that can't be true.

I know mom is obviously always right and knows best right? Well hon sometimes dad is right too, just because they are a man they can still be right.

So please if you have the perfect parent handbook I would love to read it, hell might get it published and I will share the profits with ya ;-)

snow wife

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

NHS Dentist Rant

Ok I know everyone makes jokes about the British and their teeth and I understand why now since the dentists need to stop being assholes.

There are three NHS charge bands.
  • Band 1: £17.50 includes an examination, diagnosis and advice. If necessary, it also includes X-rays, a scale and polish and planning for further treatment. 
  • Band 2: £48 includes all treatment covered by Band 1, plus additional treatment, such as fillings, root canal treatment and removing teeth (extractions). 
  • Band 3: £209 includes all treatment covered by Bands 1 and 2, plus more complex procedures, such as crowns, dentures and bridges. 
Ok so you can go to the dentist 1X a year on the NHS and below are the bands. So band 1 is what you  are going on to have them check your teeth really since the other stuff is if necessary. WTF?

The first time I went to the dentist here he literally touched my teeth (no tool) and said yeah you look good. Ummmm you have NEVER seen me, don't know my history and didn't take x-rays as a new patient? STRIKE !

The next year I went and requested a cleaning when I booked my appointment and I had to ASK the dentist to clean my teeth and he did just the front 4.  STRIKE!
At least he took x-rays because he said let's take some x-rays as we haven't done it in awhile. I said how about you never have. HA STRIKE!

So this year I called up and said I would like to schedule a check-up and cleaning.I was told we don't do cleaning unless the dentist thinks it is needed.  I said I will pay for it. You will have to see the dentist first. WTF

SO I cancelled my appointment and I am going to a private dentist to have ALL my teeth cleaned and pay for it which I am happy to do.

I have white decent teeth and I put this all to 2X a year cleaning, flossing and brushing my own teeth oh and having fluoride in our water growing up.  Here they don't but don't do fluoride treatments unless needed. Again WTF

This shit annoys me because preventive dentist treatment is always better then waiting for it to get so bad you need work done. 

I feel like I have to not floss and get my teeth shitty to hope they will clean them.  Unlike in the states you flossed like crazy so you dentist wouldn't yell at you for not taking care of your teeth.

Come on England dentists pull your thumb out!

Just another rant
snow wife


Saturday, 18 August 2012

Few Randoms

There are a few things/phrases that bug me.  Since I write this blog it will be about what I see as not so important to rant/bitch or just talk about.  I guess that's why I have this little piece of the interweb or tinternet.

YES I hate those two last words - LAZY.

Ok I cut right to the chase and I am throwing you right into the crap that bugs me and by all means is it NOT an exhaustive list.

1. A guy should never say,"Do you have anymore bog roll?" Seriously? Toilet paper is to long of a word?

2. I kinda like the phrase "pack it in" which means stop it already.  There is a commercial where a kid is yelling at her dad saying "pack it in, you're showing me up" It makes me want to grab whoever made the commercial and show them manners! If our dwarfs ever told one of us to "pack it in" oh man...

3. Using Facebook to make people ask you whats wrong and then never answer. LAME

4. The texting culture in England (limited to people I text) NEVER spelling HAVE they say hav - seriously is that "e" going to make or break you? There are tons of things that bug me in texting but that tops it!

Ok Ok This is just a touch but I can't get to fired up or what else can I talk about at a later date?

snow wife


Thursday, 16 August 2012

The House Hunt

Well I have been house hunting for years but just recently it seems that Prince Charming has got on board for real, real!

We live in a matchbox - seriously. I have never lived someone so small but its an experience right?

So I have this list called, "All I want" because PC always says, "Oh its all you want but what about xyz."  HA so yes it became a list.

We have a looked at a few houses but the last one I said oh perfect this lil freaking room could become the master bathroom aka en suite. He said why there is a bathroom right here? UMMMM Do you hear me? This was my very first ALL I WANT - I want/need my own bathroom.  I don't like sharing towels or bathroom stuff. I want to keep my make up and stuff in the bathroom NOT on the dresser in the bedroom.
Please god get me a shaver plug too (110v) so I can plug in my toothbrush in the bathroom not the kitchen once a week!

Sorry I got carried away....

PC says thats nuts so I say then lets move on because I dont want this house if I cant have my own bathroom.  Deal breaker? I was like Yep.

So if it happens I *will* get my bathroom and the plans in my head include a walk in closet too since it is a small room to make into shower room and closet LOL

Give me an inch and I will take a mile when it comes to "all I want".

snow wife


Sunday, 5 August 2012

Awww suck it

Is what I feel like saying sometimes.  I do always try to see the positive things of most things but there are these details that crawl under my skin and I can't shake them - EVER!
Being an educated expat wife, mom, stepmom and friend is stupid hard but we just plow on and smoosh a smile on our face.
I am educated yet I can't find a job so I feel as if I am sponging of PC and I always feel bad spending "his" money.  Yes I know its "our" money and he doesn't say don't but I have never lost this sense of independence.
I don't have the same friend circle even after all these years here which kinda sucks too.
I have gained weight and feel miserable but don't have the money to spend on a gym because at this point I think this is what I need.
Am I a good wife? I hope so even with my snotty moments I am sure he loves me to pieces.
Mom/Stepmom? I say hell yes I am as our life revolves around their health and happiness.  Sometimes I still don't feel good enough.  I am sure this is my own hang up but it is what it is - right?

Thank goodness I drive and have that freedom or I might have killed someone by now!

snow wife

Monday, 30 July 2012

Great British Summer

HA

Seriously I could leave it with HA.  Everyone always talks about the great British summer - I call BS.
April and March was nicer.

I need sun

I am bitching about the weather - must have lived here to long

I have more to say but I think I need a cup of tea to warm up and an umbrella because its friggin raining again!

snow wife

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Job hunt

The job hunt was kinda put on the back burner but now is back with a force!
I need a day job and not all weekends. Having a family requires me to be home a bit more plus I enjoy the family aspect. I always wanted it but it has been ignored and the thought was dismissed. I now know I want this. It's in my DNA, no matter if it's my "typical family" or not.

I say we add more dogs! Dogs are the best family members. :-)

I have figured out here the way to get a job is to "know" someone since everyone needs a job nowadays.

So if ya have one pass it my way.

Snow wife

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Lennox

If you haven't heard of this dogs name then you live under a rock.

Please google save lennox even if it is too late for this poor boy, there are others.

No animal should be taken from a home without a good reason and a measurement is not one.

This story breaks my heart for the family and Lennox. Us as a human race failed to protect a harmless animal. We failed as being superior. Belfast council are complete assholes and I hope this haunts them all their days. Maybe it will be the same fear poor lennox had being kept in a windowless cement cell with no affection and just waiting. Who wants to sleep on saw dust a next to where you poop. :-(

This law needs to be abolished as it is discrimination FFS how is it right against a defenseless animal?

I am so sad an angry. I hope everyone gets involved to fix this for other animals that never did anything but be born.

www.savelennox.com or co.uk

Angry snow wife

Monday, 2 July 2012

Sun and Laughter

It is amazing to me what sun and laughter can do for your mood.  I realise I need sun more then I thought, it does give you a boost (no those lights don't work the same).  I need my Prince Charming by my side sitting in the sun with a cocktail and laughing about our life and fun jokes.  I need friends who you have laugh's and inside jokes because honestly its true when they say there is nothing better then a good belly laugh!

Note to self PC and I are taking out own holiday next year to reconnect, get sun and laugh!  I miss that.

Remember to laugh loads and get some sun ;-)

snow wife

Saturday, 23 June 2012

I think my husband needs a Grey tie

Do you know what I am referring too? If you are a woman then you should, Fifty shades of Grey.  Good god it is amazing!  There are 3 books and they can be quite intense but I still think I need to get my Prince Charming a grey silk tie (go read the book).

I have been told the next books to read are Anne Rice, The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy which since I have a Prince Charming may be good fun.  I was also told to read Exit to Eden, yes they made a comedy about that book with Rosie O'Donnel but the book I guess is quite erotic.

Who would have thought boring old me would be reading and loving these books? EL James did.
All the women of the world I believe will own and read these books.  Mine will never be lent to anyone as I am planning on rereading them.

What do you think?

laters baby
snow wife

Monday, 18 June 2012

The Oompa Loompa look

Ladies and Girls - notice the oompa loompa look is NOT flattering or attractive.
Please step away from the orange tinted make up - NO ONE needs orange on their face - trust me.
Ask any man not a 12 year old boy.

While we are at it what is up with faces you guys are posing with in pictures?
The below are NOT attractive either - try smiling - I know crazy idea.

When has this made anyone look attractive? <- go on click to see how "attractive it all looks"

All teenagers should read an relate to these: http://teenagerposts.tumblr.com/http://teenagerposts.tumblr.com/


Just remember all photos taken will be able to be pulled back out for big graduations, weddings, christening ect... How would you feel if you were pursing your lips, hand like a gun on your chin, orange face and massive amount of eyebrows or no eyebrows like above? HA

Trust me I see some old photos and go," good god why did I ever do that."  I know everyone goes thru it but think - do I look attractive to anyone? If you are doing it for fun - then LIVE IT UP just don't go out like that lol

snow wife

Friday, 15 June 2012

Play dates

Is it weird I want a place where you can arrange puppy/doggie play dates?

Dogs are very social animals if raised right and socialised from the very beginning and what makes you think they don't want to continue this activity?

Our dog LOVES to play with all dogs - some he can play rougher then others but man if you want to run - he is ALL in.

Swim? Oh hellz yeah!

So hmmm maybe I might start like a puppy play date thing because it would be good for the parents as well as the pets!  I swear my dog has more friends then I do - I mean 4 legged friends but thank goodness all owners are quite nice!

So what do you think?

snow wife

Monday, 11 June 2012

Leaving is hard to do

Good god you would think I was leaving my first born whilst I jet off for vacation ahem I mean holiday!  Well I guess he is my first born just not by me but I am having mini nervous breakdowns about leaving him for 7 nights - about how he will be scarred for life ect... He won't, I know this but I am a freak and I admit it.

He is going to have a fabulous time with his dog sitter here at home and then he gets to go on vacation ahem holiday to the big dog sitters where he will be with other dogs swimming and massive play times! No it isn't a kennel - bite your tongue! It is a home boarder and she is fabulous.  He stayed there one night not to long ago and when we picked him up, he slept for an entire day.  So much puppy fun he was falling asleep sitting up - priceless.  So I feel better to know he has playtime coming up and will be well knackered by the time Prince Charming picks him up.

Still leaving is hard to do when its your baby, furbaby or not ;-)

snow wife

Monday, 4 June 2012

Furbaby

I don't have my own biological kids and most likely never will so I have a fur baby.  He is my fur child so get over it.  I will post pictures of what we do and accomplishments he completes because for me, he is my fur baby.  It makes me happy - full stop.  I love seeing pictures of puppies and a planning play dates and going places just like you would with your kids.  We do go places with my step dwarfs but now I feel apart of something that is mine and that is my puppy.
I may be a geek.  I am sad.  I may be a loser but I am loved and something that is only 40 pounds makes me stupid happy and I don't want to apologise for it.
I am that person who posts pictures of my dog - ignore it if it bugs you ;-)

This isn't a mean post by any means but understand he is like my child.  He gets feed 3X a day, I hire puppy sitters, get play dates and we have days out.  He just listens better then some kids HA well sometimes ;-)

Ya know that saying? Love me, Love my dog....Never been a truer statement.

Snow Wife

Friday, 1 June 2012

Not Always Easy Peasy

A lot of people can pick up and move and never have growing pains, I thought I was one of them.  I got along just fine and never really blinked or looked back because I was happy.  Most other expats say the first year or two are the hardest and that may be true for them but not me.
My hard time came when life really happened and job hunting and realising it wasn't going to be easy and you either suck it up or bail.  Bailing isn't an option because no matter how much it can suck I love that Prince Charming of mine.
I don't think I could even live back in the US because it would be reverse culture shock.  I like England as much as I pick on it once in awhile because of the quarks, well quarks to me.  I would prefer better weather and of course some Mexican food ohh and throw in my friends and family to visit whenever they want or I want and it would be perfect! HA Why isn't that time machine made yet?
Sometimes you just need a moment and take the time to realise the loss of what you know and talk it out and that's what I am doing.  I miss things and life as I knew it but you can't harp on it or you can never move forward.  Buck up young one and move on...

I am a very lucky girl because I get to see my best friends very soon and that is the goal I needed to look forward too or I am not sure I would be as happy go lucky.  Can you say Friends? Bud Light? Pool? Mexican? These are the things that make my world go round

snow wife

Friday, 25 May 2012

Date of Expiration

Now normally I am a stickler for not eating past the expiration date including the "best by" date on milk or other items but I that is over.

As an expat there are things you crave from home, it can be small things that make you feel better.  I was having a moment (or two) of life sucks and what do you eat when that happens? Kraft Macaroni & Cheese!  I had a box sure (my last box) and I boiled the water and got ready to drain and thought huh wonder what the expiration date/best by date is and it was July 2011! I laughed to myself and said, "screw it" as its pasta and its dried cheese stuff.  I dipped my finger in and it was FINE! I ate it.  It was fabulous and it made me feel a bit better.

After quitting smoking and other shit happening in my life - I put on about 15-20 pounds and I know Mac & Cheese isn't the best for you but sometimes you just need that comfort - don't judge me as I did share it even though I could have demolished the entire box. 

I am still weird about the expiration but not as much as I was in the states because here stuff expires or has a best by date the moment you open it!  Cheese even has a best buy date of a week - a block of cheese! I mean come on, we all know cheese can last longer.  Bread lasts longer here because it isn't so warm and humid and that rocks but mine still goes moldy because bread would last me months if it didn't go moldy.

Just another thing you do as an expat and if you really need a comfort, you seek it out even if it "expired" almost a year ago.

snow wife

Friday, 18 May 2012

I'm a loser baby

Ever have one of those days or even nights where you just feel like a loser? Yeah me too.
As you may have figured out I am an expat which mean an American living in another country.  Talk about compromise right?  Well many years on I still can't get a decent job.  I want a "real" job that makes "real" money.  I have had a job since I was 15 and made real money my entire adult life but that doesn't seem in the cards here but I can keep looking.

I don't want to work for 6-7 an hour as a "manageress" (the title alone is stupid) or "manager" in a retail shop where I will be stuck working nights and weekends.  I did that shit in my younger years and it made me miserable so why in the world would I want it now?

I am not giving up looking but FFS this blows.  Maybe I should go to a more populated area like London because where we are there isn't anything.  I could always commute to the states HA wouldn't that be nice but that won't happen.

I am just having a moment and feeling down again which makes me a loser and not many people get it.  I don't need the anyone saying, "oh it will get better" or "something will come up" because that just makes me mad.  I am educated and have some great work experience so this shouldn't be as hard as it is but oh well right?

Maybe I should just open a small pub with breakfast tacos ;-P With this economy? That would be stupid I know...I will just struggle on and just hope to live on the breadcrumbs of part time wages which blows if you didn't figure that out.

snow wife

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Poorly Puppy

So our puppy LOVE water, he would run around in it all day if you let him.  We have had shit tons of rain which its like mini heaven for the furdwarf and of course he was bound to drink some of this water.  Say it with me Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww  It is not clean good water but some water that sits on god know what but puppy/dogs will be puppy/dogs and you can't change it.

Well it has upset the stomach, say it with me Funnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn - NOT.  Touch of diarrhea which is always fun to try and clean up (can you say spray hose?).  So I went to the grocery store looking for Pedialyte to ensure furdwarf was hydrated and of course it isn't sold here.  So I searched the baby isle looking for ANYTHING like this and there was nothing.  So I asked the pizza lady, who is awesome and super friendly and she said it is called Dioralyte BUT you have to get it at the pharmacy counter.

I tottle off to the pharmacy counter and ask for this stuff and it goes like this:
Me: Do you have dioralyte?
PharmAsst: Yes, it is a powder
Me: Great I would like some please
PA: Raspberry or Black Current
Me: oh it doesn't matter its for my puppy as I want to make sure he is hydrated
PA: Sorry we cant sell it to you
Me: What?
PA: we cant prescribe vet medicine
Me: I don't want a prescription, this is a kids drink and I have known my whole life that its ok for a dog to drink this as it restore electrolytes.
PA: I will have to check - hold on
Me: (rolling my eyes) ok
PA: Did a vet tell you it was ok
Me: yes in the states, this is common
PA: (asking pharmacist who is hidden) and says ok we can do this

All for a 2.39 quid drink - dumbest thing ever.  I was in the pet shop getting puppy food and talking to them about this and they said oh its crazy.  They wont sell you gauze with vaseline stuff if you say its for your dog because they don't do vet medicine.  So of course we all say yep for my kid or yep its for me.

So lame.

snow wife



Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Babies R U

Seriously they are everywhere...Yes I am jealous, I admit it.  At work I see pregnant women everywhere - seriously, everywhere.  I see all the cute prams/strollers and little kids on leashes (ha).  Munchkins in little tom's so excited to be walking and it is adorable.

It seems everyone got knocked up at the same time last year.  I see some people WAY old that are pregnant (I am talking gray hair now).  I flip and flop now on whether I want to cross that bridge.  Some days I can't imagine my life without our own child and then others I am like screw it, we can be selfish!  I kinda like our life and having the freedom that comes with having older dwarfs so I dont know if I want to give that up.

Oh plus I am no spring chicken anymore. I don't know if we are both ready to be those "old" parents.  Our dwarf now talks how so and so parents are preggo and they are like "old" and it will be weird.  YES these are people our age...Sooooo until I wrap my head around this I guess we just go on and get older haha

Meantime I can still be jealous of all the new mommies out there and you can't stop me ;-)

snow wife

Monday, 30 April 2012

B&R

Just let me bitch and rant!  Sometimes I want to miss things and not give a rats ass why England doesn't do it that way but I want to bitch.

You can't stop me - don't try.

I miss the drive thru bank - yes I do! Instead I have to fight to park in small parking spots like forever away to walk into the "high" street to go deposit a check into my bank. F that - I want pull up do other crap while I wait in line.  Don't go on and on about how England would never purpose build a drive thru bank or it would have to close others down. THAT IS NOT THE POINT.

I am not always looking for a solution, I just want to have a rant.  I miss things from the US and from how life as I have always known it so let me.  Try to understand it WAS my way of life and now I am kicked back to pioneer times (in MY mind at least).


I mean seriously I got stupidly excited when I saw a drive thru Starbucks because the only drive thru's are McDonalds and KFC - BLAH....

So while or shall I say whilst I know England doesn't do it BUT they should and just let me think this in my own little world.

One more example: Fiber Optic Internet I mean good god I have never had Internet speeds this slow in my life but its all "broadband" aka DSL because it uses the phone line.  The phone lines are 500 years old and they get "interference and noise" and it slows down during busy times. FFS come on, we are hosting the Olympics but we can't get fiber optics everywhere?

sorry I needed a B&R obviously.

snow wife

*NOT all things are bad in England and some are good but this is a B&R post so don't tell me to live in the moment lol

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Smell my feet

Smell my feet are not the words I don't think will ever come out of my mouth now that I am over the age of 12 but this is a phrase I am sure to hear.

Ok I never was a big fan of Tom's shoes, maybe because I never tried them on but they looked like wanna be keds from back in the days.

Now they have these shoes called Flossy's and the smell of flavors! Seriously?   I believe the red ones smell like strawberries.  This gives a whole new meaning to smell my feet.

Who came up with this brilliant marketing scheme? People who flock to buy shoes that smell good but I want to know who is near your feet long enough to smell them?  The smell fades obviously.  I actually was going to get the dwarfs the little spray for your car that smells of strawberries so I can spray their trainers. HA

The funny think is they are not as expensive as Tom's which means I will most likely break down and buy a pair because hey a girl always needs shoes right? If they smell good - BONUS!

snow wife

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Oh no it happened...

Two things
1. I got a job - its a teenager job but it is a job none the less and it can prove I can work with the British.
2. I spoke some words I swore I never would.

<insert sigh here>

For 8.5 hours a day I have been speaking to folks passing by and chatting ect.. I have always said there are certain things I will never say like tea is not a meal and I still stick by that. Although I did say Nae Bother. Someone shoot me now!
I have had dreams about this one statement.  It sounds like Knee Bother which is No Bother but I said Nae! I actually gasped a little.

Up next was TA good god is it the acoplyspse? TA I don't like TA - I much prefer thank you but TA seems so lazy to me but I said it - yes I did.  What's next? Calling a tank top a vest? Oh the shame!

I don't want to be THAT American who uses British words because I am sure I sound like a right twat HA now that's a British word I love which means I sounds like an ass.

Let's hope I can get over this hurdle without other things sneaking into my vocab.  I have done well all these years but soon as you start to work with the actual public it goes to shit or shite as it is known here.

snow wife

Monday, 2 April 2012

I am not Italian but....

The British need to figure out what a Stromboli is because here it is all wrong.

I mean a Stromboli is "made with a square shaped pizza dough that can be topped with any pizza toppings and is then rolled into a log and baked."  You may have tomato sauce (NO not ketchup) on the side for dipping if you choose but the sauce doesn't belong on the Stromboli!

Go on check wikipedia as I quoted it above as well.

Now I am taking one example of a restaurant here that I have been too and I got excited for a Stromboli and then I read the description: 
Stromboli - 8.95Pepperoni on a mozzarella and tomato base.We'll add extra chillies if you like it hot.
What the heck? tomato base Oy Vey


This is what a Stromboli should look like:

I know I am a picky eater but I didn't make up what a Stromboli was, the British just adapted to be a pizza and call it a Stromboli because I can't tell the difference.  Then again I do like pizza but let's not get started on that subject ;-)

snow wife

Monday, 26 March 2012

We are those people....

We now those people - yes we are splitting an allotment with a friend.
Oh what's an allotment? According to wikipedia, "An allotment garden, often called simply an allotment, is a plot of land made available for individual, non-professional gardening."

Which means these have been around for donkey's years and look like random bits of "plots" put together by random fencing and anything else people can get their hands on. People build buildings and even keep chickens, horses (if its big enough) and anything else they want.  I really considered it like redneck country because it was so pieced together haha

Ours designated spot isn't this nice but gives you a general idea.  I will post before and after pictures once we get more done so you can see the actual change because right now its a bunch of wood, horse shit and wooden boxes = boring. 

The exciting part is Prince Charming is building a shed and a greenhouse so everything is kept there and not in our "yard".  We will get potatoes, green beans, broccoli, pumpkin, herbs, jalapeƱos, leeks and onions! 

So roll one spring! Let's hope to get some stuff in the ground for this year!

snow wife

Monday, 19 March 2012

I have a secret...

I am totally into watching any show with the Kardashians!  It's like a train wreck and I must watch to see what has been going on.
  • Keeping up with the Kardashians
  • Kim and Kortney Take New York
  • Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami  
  • Khloe and Lamar
Like OMG totally!

The whole divorce thing in 72 days or something for Kim - WOW.  I like Kris from the shows even if he comes off a little on the short bus side IMO.
Kourtney is preggo again - Yeah Scott is a a bit much for me but then again so is Kourtney but I love it!
Khloe is my favorite - her and Lamar are so darn cute and seem more real then any other crap Kim pulls on TV.  I do hope Khloe gets pregnant soon as she will be a good down to earth mom.

My favorite is Bruce Jenner - I know he isn't a Kardashian but man he handles all those women so well, I have to give him credit.

Anyone else have that "show" that you really shouldn't be watching?

snow wife
Closet Kardashian Fan

Monday, 12 March 2012

Pub Mile?

Who walks a mile to a pub for a few drinks and a snack? Me

If you would have asked me 5 years ago if I would walk a mile to get a beer or two, I would have told you that you were insane.  I find us walking more and more to the pub since you DO NOT drive here after drinking - its taboo.  I find this fascinating since they drink WAY more in this country but really I don't know anyone that will drive after drinking.  Even PC will only drink 1.5 pints and then stop because he is driving.

I love it but it does make you plan which is a pain sometimes but after all this time you get used to it.  What's a quick 1 mile walk (15 minutes) to have a good time and not worry about killing someone?
It's nothing - try it!

snow wife

Saturday, 3 March 2012

1852 Pioneer Times

My husband said something the other day that was pure crazy and I almost enquired about having him committed to a mental institute but I found out in the UK a spouse can't check another spouse in against their will *damn*.

Our power has decided to cut out every once in awhile especially when I use the dryer.  So  he says,
" Why don't you NOT use the dryer?"
after I got up from fainting I went on to explain that I know England can feel like 1852 pioneer times but I am a 21st century girl and I want to move forward.

Not using a dryer to me is like having separate taps or your washing machine in your kitchen or having form size fridges - oh wait we do.  There is only so far I can go with this living in pioneer times and not using a dryer isn't one of them.  I can't imagine with a puppy and children having wet towels hanging about and underwear on the radiators (that really aren't one right now).  OMG I see me re-doing laundry a lot with crap on the clean clothes.  Oh hang them outside? Duh hey didn't I think of that. Oh I did but I have a puppy who likes to jump up and pull it off and around the patio and on his pee.  I say no thanks.

So yeah let's skip the pioneer times - for pete's sake I have DSL!!!

So women of the 21st century I don't want a lecture on how I am hurting the environment by using a dryer because honestly it makes me happy ;-)

Remember: I am not just a wife
snow wife

Monday, 27 February 2012

Hotel Check out 11am

Depending on your age you either go
1. Damn that's early!
or
2. Wow we get to sleep in!

Back in the day I would cringe at the mer thought of being up and out of bed by 11am.  I would think are these people the devil, don't they know we were drinking last night? I mean why else do you stay in a hotel unless you were drinking somewhere especially if you are with your man. 
(A hotel night with your man = nothing better)

Sorry I digress...

Fast forward about 10-15 years and 11am feels awesome! We even make it to the breakfast that is served between 8 and 9am.  Ok who took over my body because why get up so early... So as older *cough* people we can drink the night before, be up for breakfast, come back to the room and take showers, get dressed and pack up all by 11am? No way you say. WAY I say.  Heck we even took in the sauna and steam room after breakfast and still checked out by 10ish.

I think this means I have grown up *stomping feet* but I don't want too!  I want to sleep in and not rush to breakfast as I would be happy to swing by the drive thru Starbuck's and pick up a muffin and latte.  Oh wait I can't, we don't have drive thru's or a Starbuck's that is easily accessible so I guess we will get up for the breakfast.

How do you know you are getting older when you go to a hotel? Is it because now you will eat at one? When I was younger there was NO WAY I was paying hotel prices for food. HA

Remember - I am not just a wife
snow wife

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Blogging comes last

in life right?  I mean reality takes over which means family and friends and blogging is forgot about.

Ok it isn't forgot about, I mean I have some brilliant blog posts in my dreams or as I am falling asleep but I just don't get them down on the computer.  So you get the basic crap I throw up here pending on my mood.

I am back and trying to swim and not sink in this world.  Its all about taking it one step at a time.  Making time for ME and finding what makes me happy and right now that is a NEW job.
I need to be out in the world socialising and working - so that is goal #1!

So Cheers to pancake day aka Shrove Tuesday aka Fat Tuesday!

I am more then a wife....that's for sure but I will say I do have Prince Charming and I am one lucky biatch ;-)

Monday, 9 January 2012

Dog Fight

Where does your dog sleep? Your cat? You monkey ok ok whatever animal you have?

My cats and dog always slept with us and this was normal.  I never locked the dog in another room over night and I don't know anyone of my friends that did.

I am not talking potty training but a dog that can sleep thru the night and cuddle. 

So what side of the bed to you side on?

snow wife

Monday, 2 January 2012

Happy New Year!

Can you believe it is 2012? I can't, I mean wow where did the time go?

I think 2011 was a pretty good year as I can't complain but I really see 2012 being a much better year!
Friends visiting, new beginnings and hopefully my own bathroom.  I have priorities can't you tell?

I will be not posting as much here as the next few months are quite busy but I have SO much to say *hair flip*

All the best for 2012 to you and your families.

Love to all

snow wife