Mince pie

with brandy sauce...

1. If you could get on a plane tomorrow, where would you go for a week? Where would you go for a month?
Any place hot and with a beach.  Tunisia would be awesome, as G went just before we met and it sounds lovely.  If I were going anywhere for a month, it would be back to the USA to see my family.

2. Where do you want most to return to?
Czech Republic.

3. What was your most memorable meal or drink while traveling?
Eating goulash and potato dumplings in an awesome local pub in Prague.  It was not near the tourist places, which was perfect, as the food was hearty and delicious.

4. What is the most breathtaking view in your city? How about from your travels?
Don't know what counts as "my city", so I guess I'll say London and from atop the London Eye.  From my travels, you just can't beat the Rocky Mountains.

5. What's the most touristy thing you've done?
Loads!  Been on coach tours, taken stupid photos, bought cheesy souvenirs...mostly when I was younger but it's all part of the fun sometimes.

American moms on flist, I need your help.

My poor sister is feeling very anxious and TBH I don't know what to say because I would be feeling exactly the same way in her shoes.  I got 9 months maternity leave and that didn't feel long enough, never mind 6 weeks and long hours/hard physical work sort of job (she's a veternary surgery technician, so long hours and heavy dog lifting).

My next "big" decision is bottle types. I'm SUPER nervous about nipple confusion since I only get to take 6 weeks off work, I know that the baby is going to have to bottle feed too. I found one brand that was highly recommended, and seemed interesting (The First Years Breastflow BPA Free Bottle). The comments on it are either really, really high, or really, really low. What are your thoughts, Sis? I think this is my most daunting task currently.

To answer your question, there isn't any plan for me to go on desk duty. With one of our Doctors leaving, that frees up her technician to take over for me. The sticky part is that there's another technician who's pregnant too. She's approximately 7 weeks ahead of me, theoretically putting her back from her maternity leave about the time I'll be leaving. While she's gone though, we'll be working short, and I'm not going to get to be as babied as I probably should be. Actually, I had a sort of break down last week. I'm not sure how I'm going to make this work, Megan. I worked 46 hours last week, and one night didn't come home until 8:30 pm. My feet are killing me. I need massages on a regular basis because I feel beat up all the time. I'm thinking of the future, and feeling desperate. I'm not seeing how I fit in being a new Mommy, pumping, eating, drinking, getting home on time to be with my baby, and working at the level I'm suppose to work. To top off the feeling, I found out that our insurance will be placed into a Cobra situation while I'm on leave. Basically that means I won't get group monthly rates, but be treated like I'm not working, and my insurance goes up 200% while on leave. AND I'll have to find the baby an insurance plan which will cost about $200/mo. All this on no income. We're stashing as much away as possible, but it's still scary. Urgh! I just talked myself into feeling anxious about it again. I'm thinking of sitting down with my Practice Administrator and having her talk me down off the ledge. Hopefully she can offer some insight. More times than not I want to pack up and move to a country that appreciated their pregnant women. I'm not sure how so many people can afford to have them here in the US.

I don't know if anyone has any advice/kind words for her?  I'm thinking of geetagirl and enogitna but there might be more of you or those with sisters/friends in the USA that could help?  Thanks. <3

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I'm pretty sure someone on my friend's list lives in or near New Haven, CT?  According to Food Network, Frank Pepe's Pizzeria does a white clam pizza. *drool*

Zalando competition entry

Here's my dream outfit ffor Zalando.co.uk


Fab red dress, totally cute for all times of year.  I've always wanted a red dress, as I think it really makes a great colour statement.


To make it better for cool English autumns, paired with a black cardi.  Waterfall cardis are so cute, I really love the looks of this one.  Think it would go great with the red dress.


A fab pair of black boots - I can't do heels so these are perfect and would go with probably every single outfit I could ever wear!!


This rocking handbag would totally finish off the look.

Overall, a great autumn outfit that I could totally wear anywhere!

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This is my sarcastic icon
I need to do some major icon updating, but with not feeling a lot of LJ love lately, it's hard to find the time!

I've decided I totally miss Rugrats and they are beyond awesome, so I'm going to find some blank DVDs and make some for Finn. <3

Speaking of the little monster, he currently looks like a street urchin with a mop for hair, so G is taking him to the barber's in a little while to get that sorted. Maybe one day I will be able to his hair myself (when he's slightly less wiggly, does that ever happen??) but for now I admit defeat because it's turn out awful every time I've tried.

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Hello LJ, I am sorry for neglecting you lately!

Just making a random entry because I'm actually really bored at the moment. We're off to Butlins after lunch (USA translation: resort-type place where you stay in a little apartment and do lots of fun stuff), but I'm pretty much all packed and ready (minus a few bits). Can't leave any earlier as a) need to give Finn his lunch before we go; b) it's only 40 miles away; c) don't want to turn up TOO early before check-in time so we're not stuck wandering around the complex bored before we can get into our room. G's just run to the post office for something, so I'm stuck twiddling my thumbs! It is MUCH nicer than being at work though, definitely.

It should be fun. I hope it's fun! I think Finn will have a great time, as it looks like there is a lot for him to do, too. We'll prolly mostly be hanging at the pool, but there's a big soft play area, toddler play room, messy play and playgrounds. We got him a swim float seat so he can cruise around in the pool with us. G is looking forward to being a big kid going down all the water slides and such. We will definitely have to take turns on those! I'm thinking the pool should be pretty quiet, because it's school-time.

La la la...bored! :P

interview questions
While I wait for Glee to download, I'll do these interview questions from sugarspun:

1. How did you know that moving to the UK was the right thing to do?

I was following a dream. I don't think you can really 'know' with something like that, but it did all work out well!

2. What was the hardest thing about the move?

Starting everything over here from scratch. I had to buy sheets, towels, food, set up a landline/broadband. About the only thing I had was a bank account that I kept open from from study abroad days.

3. What's the hardest thing about being a resident alien now?

THE COST. I need to get my citizenship, but we just don't have £800 to spare at the moment.

4. Do you see yourselves moving in the future? Where?

G wants to, but I don't. He's jealous that I got to fulfill my dream of moving abroad, but luckily he does understand it's a bit different now than when one is an unattached student. In an ideal world, he'd choose the USA but realises it's probably forever off-limits (politics, lack of social welfare, etc.), so his most recent dream is Germany.

5. Do you have a talent you don't normally talk about? What is it?

Gosh, I don't know! Not sure if this counts as a talent, but I'm really good at getting things done fast...like, extraordinarily fast. Dunno why, I've always been like that. I can't think of anything else!

because I'm bored and feeling a bit random...

Things I Do/Have Done Which I Consider a Bit Weird or at least Not Mainstream (warning, most are parenting-related, how boring :P):

- breastfed my child past not only 6 months, but now past one year
- carry him in a sling on a frequent basis
- did baby-led weaning at 6 months old
- moved to a foreign country all on my own and under my own means
- got engaged within 3 months of meeting someone
- use cloth nappies/diapers and reusable wipes
- hate wearing shoes/socks except when strictly necessary
- won many competitions, the best one being a 4 day holiday to the Outer Hebridies
- 9 times out of 10, I cook dinner during my lunch break
- had a birth with 100% no pain relief (not intended that way, honest! I had meant to at least use gas & air)
- didn't have a game console until I was 22, nor ever had a TV in the bedroom
- drink the brine from a can of tuna (mmmmmmm, tuna juice)
- hate mayonnaise
- have butchered own rabbits & chickens (as a kid)

I had thought of a whole bunch more this morning, but can't remember them now.

This list is by no means a gloat or anything, just kinda an FYI? If that makes sense...

drama llama
hyperbole and a half
LOL, 2 internet dramas in one day! Not sure I can take much more!

Wonder why I am so internet un-shy when that is definitely not my in-person personality.

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Oh, Livejournal, I do apologise for foresaking thee!

Life, as always, gets in the way and then I just plain forget.

The semi-interesting thing I can think of to post about is us booking a holiday to Butlins in Bognor Regis. Monday - Friday (4 nights), self-catering. For all you Americans, the best way I can explain Butlins is a sort-of resort place with attached hotel/apartments, restaurants, and mini-waterpark all in the same "resort". Okay, it IS a resort, just in Britain rather than somewhere exotic :P. The waterpark & generic playgrounds and stuff is all free, but most other activities you have to pay for...BUT they do have a crèche so I'm hoping there will be good movies playing at their little cinema and we can go to the movies for the first time since last July :D. It's the only holiday we can afford this year, but I don't care, I think it'll be really fun. And you can't beat £137!!

I managed to lock myself out of the flat yesterday after my lunch break...I ALWAYS check for my keys in my purse before pulling door shut, but of course I was bound to forget one time. Luckily it all worked out fine, as I just left work a tiny bit early and borrowed the estate agent's set (thank God for once for living in a fully-managed flat!) before going to pick up Finn. Could've been a lot worse, I suppose!

I think when Finn wakes up from his nap we'll go into town to see if there's anything worth picking up in the Holland & Barrett's BOGOHP sale and to get him a push-along walker from Argos with the rest of his Christmas vouchers (he's pretty behind in his walking, so we hope this will help encourage to try more).