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Scene: rooftop carpark of major shopping centre. A not elderly gentleman sitting on a mobility scooter, shirt off, sunbaking.

Scene: outside school gates at pick-up time. Father, holding a young baby, drinking from a VB longneck.

Watching: another episode of The Biggest Loser. This year the criteria is fat AND (more) stupid. (I think that’s a comment)

Watching: the finale of The Bachelorette. I would be ashamed we watched this were it not for the fact it was largely hate-watching. That said I thought Sam was a top bird and Sascha seemed like a daggy dad type of guy so I wish them well. (which technically is a comment)

Watching: Gogglebox – basically the best show on television. I’m quite certain what this says about my mental capacity and I simply do not care.

Desire: a new set of saucepans. I’ve had mine since mum gave them to me for my 21st (and she’d had them in storage for me for a few years before that) and they’ve served their purpose well. But I want heavy-based ones like these. I saw them in the shops the other day, liked their weight then lost my breath at their price. There’s some super cheap on eBay at the moment but I can’t quite hit the buy button.

Reality: I have a thousand mugs but most of them are for my holiday house. When I buy one (never going to happen). Every time I go to the shops (rare) I am on the look-out for nice mugs. I’m yet to find ones I like. I’ve decided it is a lost cause and finding a mug with a thin lip* is impossible.

Action: In searching for mugs I ended up in at T2 where I spent a housing deposit on its Irish breakfast blend (because the Twining variety is not strong enough for my discerning palate), a fancy (plastic) jug and two herbal tisanes** to trick the boys into thinking it is iced tea just like the sugar poison! -laden ones. This outlay seems only to have worked on Oscar and considering he’d probably eat cardboard doesn’t count.

Targets for irrational hatred: mobility scooters, elderly drivers, people who do not pull to the left or right side of the lane when turning.

Winning: signed up for Presto after ongoing disappointment with Netflix and irritation with Stan. Result? 30 Rock and far better movie offerings.

Highlight: Being there for a friend earlier this week when she needed a sounding board and a subsequent walk amble around the lake (8km) with her later in the week.

Realisation: I can not be friends with gluten. This makes me sad but (largely) removing it from my diet transforms me into a better version of me.

Anticipation: It’s Friday and I’m staring at a weekend of cooking bacon cancer! and cheese pinwheels, cinnamon scrolls and something else I can’t recall as per the specific request of Felix. So weight loss plans and gluten-free existence working well then.



*If there’s one thing my mother taught me, it’s that a tea cup must have a thin lip.


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  • LindaS

    I completely agree about thin lipped tea cups! They are essential for a happy tea drinking experience. I have a thing about handles too. (Don’t get me started!) The pay that I don’t give back to my employer for yarn-ey goodness I spend at T2. Pumping Pomegranate is a current fave! I found my perfect mugs there too.

  • Amelia Johnson

    Maxwell Williams Cashmere range all have thin lips. Not quite holiday home though, I will keep an eye out for you 🙂 Much love! xx

    • I’ve seen those MW ones but I don’t like a tall narrow mug, I like something a bit more, dare I say it, mug like, that I can wrap my hands around and daydream about NYC. The others are holiday home material in that they are a very standard generic mug, not particularly pretty, except for the many with school pics onthem.

      • blackbird of Tuvalu

        Aw, yes. NYC mugs have the very thinnest of lips.

  • Cheekie

    Please keep writing ( hilarious and insightful and a joy to read), tea is in my Royal Albert tea cup from work colleagues 10 years ago and I was all like WTF am I a granny? But love it and think of them every time, it’s the ultimate thin lip porcelain tea drinking experience. One of my children just got Xmas casual job at T2, nice one!

  • I am so glad I found your blog, you put a smile on my face 🙂 So funny!