• I wasn’t sure I needed an iPhone but since it arrived I have become addicted.

    I use it to check emails, Facebook and Twitter. I do my online grocery shopping with Ocado, check in with Foursquare and sometimes even use it for phone calls and texts!

    I recently downloaded the WordPress app and here I am writing my first blog post from my iPhone.

    I’m not sure how I’ll get on typing posts up on the tiny keyboard but turning the phone sideways to make the keyboard wider certainly helps.

    It will probably be easier to post photos too, but that’s for another day. Today I’m just going to write this short post and see how it looks.

    I hope you’ll give me some feedback and maybe some advice too and then a longer, more interesting post will hopefully follow.

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  • Family, Stress 19.07.2010 1 Comment

    Neat and tidy - how long will it last?

    I have been having a sort out. You need to understand that there are currently seven people living in our house. Two of them have moved back home complete with all their student house possessions and one is just here for the summer. One has a collection of shoes to rival Imelda Marcos and one is into music. He has keyboard and digital drums in his room. The main problem is the piano which is being delivered tomorrow. It has to go in the lounge.

    I began by moving a pine bureau from the lounge into the hall. I opened the drawers and found many photos from when the children were young. I couldn’t just put them back without looking could I? So I spent an hour looking through them, remembering good times when they slept at night and played out during the day, unlike now. Then I moved the shoe rack in the hall into … nowhere because I need to clear out the cloakroom to make room for it. In order to clear out the cloakroom I need the owners of the coats it contains to identify and remove them so that only those which are actually worn remain. Ditto shoes. Everyone was asleep or out so I gave up and made meringue instead!

    When I managed to pin them down they didn’t want 90% of what was in the cloakroom so I now have a lovely streamlined look. I also have a big bag of good coats for the charity shop and a few items to freecycle. There are still a few stray items but a job well(ish) done I think.

    Now does anyone have any idea where to stash the contents of two student houses?

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  • I saw this on A Mothers Ramblings and loved it so thought I would share it with you. It originally came from American Mom in England.

    I have only managed 37 so far and am unlikely to do most of the others so maybe I will have a go at my own list. I’ll share that too when I’ve done it.

    1. Started your own blog (You’re reading it!)

    2. Slept under the stars

    3. Played in a band

    4. Visited Hawaii

    5. Watched a meteor shower

    6. Given more than you can afford to charity

    7. Been to Disneyland

    8. Climbed a mountain

    9. Held a praying mantis

    10. Sang a solo

    11. Bungee jumped (Never!!)

    12. Visited Paris

    13. Watched a lightning storm

    14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

    15. Adopted a child (or 4!!)

    16. Had food poisoning

    17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

    18. Grown your own vegetables

    19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

    20. Slept on an overnight train

    21. Had a pillow fight

    22. Hitch hiked

    23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill

    24. Built a snow fort

    25. Held a lamb

    26. Gone skinny dipping

    27. Run a Marathon

    28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

    29. Seen a total eclipse

    30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

    31. Hit a home run

    32. Been on a cruise

    33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

    34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

    35. Seen an Amish community

    36. Taught yourself a new language

    37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

    38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

    39. Gone rock climbing

    40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

    41. Sung karaoke

    42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt (No but seen a couple of good ones in Iceland)

    43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant (They don’t come much stranger than my family!!)

    44. Visited Africa

    45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

    46. Been transported in an ambulance (why would I wish for that?)

    47. Had your portrait painted

    48. Gone deep sea fishing

    49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

    50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

    51. Gone scuba diving or snorkelling (Snorkelling on The Great Barrier Reef – I’m so lucky!)

    52. Kissed in the rain (A long time ago!!)

    53. Played in the mud

    54. Gone to a drive-in theatre

    55. Been in a movie

    56. Visited the Great Wall of China

    57. Started a business

    58. Taken a martial arts class

    59. Visited Russia

    60. Served at a soup kitchen

    61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

    62. Gone whale watching

    63. Got flowers for no reason

    64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

    65. Gone sky diving

    66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

    67. Bounced a check

    68. Flown in a helicopter

    69. Saved a favourite childhood toy (My Barbie dolls)

    70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

    71. Eaten Caviar (not very veggi!)

    72. Pieced a quilt

    73. Stood in Times Square

    74. Toured the Everglades

    75. Been fired from a job

    76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

    77. Broken a bone (No thanks)

    78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle

    79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

    80. Published a book 

    81. Visited the Vatican

    82. Bought a brand new car

    83. Walked in Jerusalem

    84. Had your picture in the newspaper

    85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve (Does been kissed by a stranger count?!)

    86. Visited the White House

    87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

    88. Had chickenpox

    89. Saved someone’s life

    90. Sat on a jury

    91. Met someone famous

    92. Joined a book club                                  

    93. Got a tattoo

    94. Had a baby

    95. Seen the Alamo in person

    96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

    97. Been involved in a law suit

    98. Owned a cell phone

    99. Been stung by a bee


    I don’t actually think I want to do all 99 anyway! Most of the American ones are a no-no for me as I have never been to America and have no particular desire to go (sorry to all my American readers – nothing personal you understand!) I’m sure The Blue Lagoon in Iceland, where I have swum, is better than The Great Salt Lake!

    Do let me know if you put this on your blog or have any great ideas for my list (be sensible, I’m not as young as I was!)

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