Sunday, 1 June 2014

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

London Town

We took a trip to London at the end of last week. It was primarily to visit with Pip's uncle, but we stopped off at the British library and the LEGO store in Westfield.

Stormy came too, to enjoy a little sunshine.

Day trip to London

Can I live here?

We picked up some new 'friends' from the store, although Stormy's not too keen on her!
Stormy regrets the model building at the lego store...

We met a hat wearing statue!

We were taken to the Merchant's Tavern in Shoreditch for some fabulous food (ans a pretty awesome cocktail too....)
Orange light

We also stopped off at Kings Cross to go to platform 9 3/4 which has now been ridiculously commercialised and also had a stupid fluffy owl...


Tuesday, 20 May 2014

LEGO Addiction continues

Field of fieldiness

So, whilst this blog has been pretty damn quiet lately, I have been posting a lot more over on my LEGO blog.

I've entered a LEGO competition (not that it stands a chance, but it was fun!)

I've blogged about the free Daily Fail Poly-bags from last week:

And I've started a new Stormtrooper Sunday feature.

I also made a kind of a trailer for my blog, that I can't actually embed on my LEGO blog, but still, check it out. Adobe Voice is well worth downloading for those of you with iPads.

Monday, 19 May 2014


(Okay, you'll note I've given up with the Paper Blog Project. Too much effort.)

When I was a kid (and actually, to a much lesser degree today) I would make scrapbooks filled with magazine clippings, newspaper clippings, random tickets etc. I came across a couple of these a few months ago, and thought I would share the occassional snippet from them.

This page is from the first book I put together. It's an awful lot of cinema tickets from the years I had a cinema pass (back when it was cool to go to the cinema!)

I had great fun looking through these and remembering (or not) the movies we went to see. I might scan some more in from the bag shortly.

Cinema tickets

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Sunday, 27 April 2014

The Paper Blog Project - a cold

The paper blog project - blog 3

Yes, I got the date wrong. Opps. and again with the lack of legibility. although perhaps a little neater than from writing on a train.
If you can't be bothered to read it, this ones about sickness and reading books. You can keep up with what I'm reading on Good Reads.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The Paper Blog Project - Running (or not)

You get serious brownie points if you can read this. I think if I do these on the train again, I will have to write them up in best before posting them. This one's about running. Or my failure too. It's a little rambly. Sorry about that.

The Paper Blog project - Blog 2

The Paper Blog project - Blog 2

The Paper Blog project - Blog 2

That bit that's pretty unclear at the end? It asks, in short, how do you push yourself when running?
Lemme know, I need some advice on that!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

One week


I've had the last week off, and it's been pretty nice. I don't feel like I've been super productive, but I have done one heck a lot of laundry (washing all the quilts) and I have done quite a bit of trawling to the shops and back for various things.

So, in no particular order:

I've re-started the couch to 5k program (starting week 3 of that tomorrow) and I've started the 30 day plank challenge (on day 9 today which is a minute *eek*).

I went to the library - where I encountered a pidgen of all things. Hey, I guess birds want to read too...

Pigeons like to read too

I finally went and got my hair cut - just at the local hairdressers here. I want to grow it out a bit but it desperately needed a tidy up and thin.

Hair trim time


Ate some jelly beans and jelly babies and debated which came first with the stormtroopers.

Hmm, well, let's taste the jelly bean and see

Framed my series 11 LEGO folk

LEGO series 11 boxed

Replaced my old birkenstocks with an identical model

New v old Birkenstocks

Played some quidditch

Quidditch break

Went for Sunday morning coffee with Pip

Sunday morning coffee

Fell in love with this colour:

New favourite colour combo

Built and reviewed this Hobbit House over at Stepping Sideways with Bricks

An Unexpected Gathering (Set 79003)

Practised taking long exposures of the moon:


Pip's Moon

Made giant rolos (and ate said giant rolos (so.much.chocolate))

Did we shrink?

Ate at Ed's diner


Okay, I've done quite a bit. But in addition to this, I have napped a lot and read a lot. Still another 6 days before I have to go back to work so more reading and sleeping to be done, as well as an attempt to make a rolo easter egg!

What are you up to in this pre-Easter week? Looking forward to the long weekend?

Friday, 4 April 2014

Kick back, it's Friday!

Wow! My 500th post! Eek! Real post below the line!



Friday at last.


It's been a busy week at work as we started a new project and continued working on all the other things we are up to. At least the site I am working on is finally in development so I can relax about that project whilst it's built. With everything going on at work, it's weird that I am taking almost two weeks off in the lead up to Easter - but hopefully that means I can return to it all a little refreshed and hopefully not too out of it!

There's also been this nightmare this week at work: Drilling. Right in front of me. Like being at the dentist all day. The whole floor was shaking. Thankfully I worked from home today so had a little reprieve from it. Finger's crossed it will be finished over the weekend.

Also this week: there was also the time I biked to the train station without my wallet and had to go back home on the bus to get it. What a nightmare. Never change your wallet - you will be forever more confused into thinking you have it with you! (Also, putting a plate on top of it so it was hidden when you grabbed your bag probably didn't help!)

Outside of work, what have I done? Well, Pip and I watched Frozen. If you haven't seen it, I don't really want to give anything away, but it is well worth watching. Guy's will love it too - Pip certainly did.

I've also watched the start of season 1 Supernatural. Has anyone watched this? Does it get better? I was kind of hoping that with 8 seasons, it would be brilliant, but mostly it's a bit meh.

 I also bought and reviewed Mia's Lemonade stand - that's over on my LEGO blog for anyone interested.


I won an ebay auction for Batman (and a couple of other figures, but mostly I was after Batman!) Ebay is very stressful - still not convinced I like it all that much but it is handy for picking up random figures. Do you use ebay? How do you cope with the pressure?
Hey Babe

What did you do this week? Are you glad it's Friday?

Sunday, 30 March 2014

One of those days

Happy Mother's Day mum!

Today started out with all the good intentions. The clocks went forward and we started the day by going for a run, but Pip tripped up about a minute in and smashed his shoulder so we ended up getting it checked out at A&E. He's fine - just stiff and bruised.

Thankfully, that only took an hour or so, so we got back home in order to cook his Mum the annual full English breakfast. However a sick elderly neighbour required some medical help so his Mum was over the road helping her for a few hours.

We eventually had breakfast at about 12.30. More like lunch! ;)

We're about to cook a nice dinner tonight too - Jamie's 30 minute Piri Piri chicken, which will be fun. If Pip can move his arm enough.

Also today - I've blogged about the LEGO party that took place in our house. Those stormtroopers are some crazy dudes.

It's a LEGO party! (22x100LEGO)

Hope everyone is having a lovely day/

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Thinking of good things.

Dino spotting

It's been a long week. Lot's going on here, and much of it anxiety inducing and stressful.

But, not to dwell, good things hightlights:

- We moved offices at work, into an open plan one (productivity in the office has plumeted - too many distractions - something to get used to for sure)

- I figured out how to watch the Walking Dead on Netflix and I've watched a season and a half so far. Starts out excellent, but by season 3, i'm feeling it's a little more like a soap opera with the occasional zombie.

-I entertained myself by making sand out of semolina for my sandtroopers to play with.

- I started a LEGO themed blog - Stepping Sideways with Bricks, so I stop posting my crazy  LEGO stuff here (obviously, single photos don't count!) I wanted to call it stepping on LEGO, but that was taken (and not even by a LEGO themedblog, then I realised that NO LEGO blogs are called anything to do with LEGO, so stepping with LEGO was out too)...

- Pip introduced me to this game '2048'- it's incredibly addictive.

Hope everyone is having a good week.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Ticking a list

What was I checking these off for? 

I started re-reading Lord of the Rings last night, for the first time in some years.

My copy of Rings is from 2001, and is the movie tie-in edition.

In opening it, I noticed that I had started checking off chapters from book 1. I can't for the life of me remember why I did this. (If I did this back when I got the book, I would have been 13 or so.)

Have you ever come across odd markings in your books and wondered why you put them there?

I really am  baffled by this. Why are some ticks and some dashes? Were they the chapters I liked? Maybe bits that were missing from the movie (I was saddened by the lack of Tom Bombadil in the films)

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