Sunday, October 30, 2011

Legend or Supermarket?

A new supermarket has opened up in the next town over, its called Wegmans and quite frankly, you'd think that it was the site of the second coming, such is the excitement and furor surrounding its opening. Wegmans is a family-owned chain which has appeared on Fortune's annual "100 Best Companies to Work For" list since its inception in 1998, and has ranked among the top 10 for eight consecutive years. Food Network recognized it with its award for Best Grocery Store in 2007.

Inside it looks a bit different to the run-of-the-mill supermarket.  Its not Marks & Spencer that's for sure, but it seems more interesting and original than Stop N' Shop (although so is a brown paper bag). Unfortunately we chose an odd time to make our first visit, when there was a power outage from the previous night's winter storm, so it was running on backup generators and could not power up the ovens to make fresh bread. However we still had a good look round and were reasonably impressed with what we saw. Surprisingly it was cheaper than the local grocery stores, it had a really good beer/wine section but what really sold me was the Irish/United Kingdom section which sold Crunchies, Robinson's Barley water and Bird's instant custard. What more could a girl ask for? I look forward to a return visit when they are operating on all cylinders and the crowds have gone. (Probably in 2015 then...)

Sunday, October 23, 2011


My sister-in-law has started a blog. Lets just say she has
"a way" with words. I find it extremely funny but don't read it if you are easily offended and dislike the F-Bomb...
Mother, you have been warned!!

Memory Lane excursion

A couple of weeks ago we were over the neighbors house playing with their Spotify (ooo,err Missus!). We were taking turns to select music we like from our past (I know, its a far cry from the alcohol-fueled all-nighters of our youth!). Anyway, it was fun but it was amazing how hard it is to recall favorite songs 'on the fly'. Heres one I did remember

 and here's one I should've remembered

For your Eyes only

Good grief! A blast from the past! Just listening to BBC Radio 2 (thank goodness for Internet radio!), and I hear Sheena Easton "Modern Girl" blasting out. Remember her? She was a Scottish singer who gained fame and presumably fortune on a TV show called "The Big Time" and had hits such as "9 to 5/Morning train" and "For your Eyes only" - one of the Bond movie songs.
Link to it here:

Talking of Radio 2, who is the idiot presenter Paul O'Grady? Is he for real? What a dick ('scuse my French)

Retired extremely dangerous

Watched a pretty good movie last night called RED starring Bruce Willis. It was about a  former black-ops agent Frank Moses who, when his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive and uncover his assailants. It had a host of well-known actors/actresses such as  Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirrin, John Malcovich, Ernest Borgnine and Richard Dreyfuss. Quite entertaining, somewhat tongue-in-cheek. I enjoyed the special effects and thankfully, Bruce Willis did not bear his chest or wear a vest at any point.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A typical Saturday morning

A typical Saturday morning.
  1. Wake up late, go downstairs to make tea. Cleanup mess in kitchen from previous evening.
  2. Kids are up. Clean up their breakfast mess in the kitchen. 
  3. Go to put some washing on. Tidy up the kids bedrooms. Tidy up the kids bathroom. 
  4. Inspired by a session of watching "Cupcake wars" last night, daughter is making lemon & lime cupcakes.  Tidy up kitchen .
  5. A tornado (aka husband) comes into the kitchen., returning from grocery store, and now late for daughter's soccer. 
  6. Daughter appears and declares she is ready to go. She just needs to clean her teeth, put her hair up, put on her socks, shin guards and cleats, get some water and put on her sports glasses. More tornado activity 
  7. Finally they leave. Tidy away purchases. Go downstairs to gym to do some exercise. Peace at last.
Whoever said weekends were a time to relax?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Mount Pleasant...fairly pleasant

Been quite enjoying a British sitcom called Mount Pleasant, which airs on Sky1 and is set in a Manchester suburb. It stars Sally Lindsay as Lisa, Daniel Ryan as her husband Dan, Pauline Collins and Bobby Ball as Lisa's parents. Its not of Fawlty Towers caliber thats for sure, but its easy to watch and provides a few chuckles. One such moment was when 'Lisa' was describing an overweight  friend of hers; "She makes a whale look like a tictac"...that tickled old Ernie!