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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Social (116)

Social Sunday
Linking up with Ashley and Neely for the Sunday Social

1. What are you most looking forward to about Fall?
Cooler weather, autumn colours, NFL games in the UK... all of these and more!

2. What is your favorite sports team?
It depends what sport we're watching here! If we are watching football (soccer) then it is Charlton Athletic; my husband and I met after a football game and we got married at Charlton's ground.

At the Valley
If we're watching football (NFL) then it is the New York Giants (I do also like the Jets) - and the Jacksonville Jaguars (official home team in Wembley UK!). I choose New York teams in US sports as I had an amazing holiday there in 1999. My understanding of American Football (as it gets called in the UK) is better than it might otherwise be as my brother was a huge fan when were kids and made me play his funny little metal with players that you moved around magnetically. After 25 years I still remembered the rules!

College football (NCAA) gets a big outing on UK TV and I like the Florida Gators - just because the first game that ever I saw they were playing and I liked the Gator on their helmets.

Finally if we are watching baseball then it is New York Yankees all the way! Husband introduced me to baseball and after a few games said I should really support a team. I said I'd support a New York team - and was given the option of the Mets or the Yankees with the observation that I couldn't support the Yankees as they were the biggest rivals of the Boston Red Sox, the team he supports... so of course I chose the Yankees!

3. If you could go back to college is there one thing you would change?
No. I enjoyed my time at college, I got grades that were good enough to pass and made some good friends.

4. What was your favorite class you ever took? HS or College
When I was taking my A-levels (the equivalent of High School) I loved music. There were five of us in the class and the only way that it could be scheduled that we were all in the same place at the same time was to use chunks that were given over to other activities (PE and some sort of 'extra credit' type classes or activities) so we spent half a day twice a week doing our music classes. This meant that we got to be quite a little family and we had not only an amazing education in our subject but also really enjoyed our class.

5. Reach into your purse what is the first thing you grab?
My phone. Whether I need to check my messages, or use social media or take a photo - my phone is right there waiting.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

#101in1001 - Nr.27

You can read about my Day Zero project on its page here. It is an undertaking to prevent me from idling my time away - so there are some easy items on the list and some real undertakings!

Yesterday I finished my first item from the list Nr. 27 "Read a Stephen King novel". This was one of the many 'suggested' items that you can choose to add to your list. I chose it because (once upon a time) I read a few of  his books and liked them a lot. Oddly the first one I ever read was 'Carrie' when I was on a German Exchange. I ran out of reading and my German was nowhere near good enough to read any of my hosts books so I bought the only book in English I could find. It wasn't a big hit with me and it was a long time before I read another book by Stephen King. The rest of his books that I read belonged to Charlton House Library (or more properly the Borough of Greenwich). I've barely scratched the surface of his bibliography and now I think I will read more.

I chose '11/22/63' as the novel because the premise of it fascinated me since I bought it for Husband (a huge Stephen King fan). I bought my own copy for the Kindle as a) I'm not allowed to read Husband's books as I don't respect books; I crease their spines, fold down page corners when I can't find a bookmark and other crimes also b) great big books take longer to read as my arms get tired holding them up, whereas on the Kindle I don't have to schedule time to read!

I don't want to say too much about the book in case you haven't read it and plan to - but I will say that although I found some bits a bit slow going it was a fantastic read overall and at the end I literally could not put it down to get to the end; forty minutes I should have been getting washed and dressed and things I was racing towards the end of the book! Five stars on Amazon and Goodreads (and anywhere else that cares to ask!).

Sunday Social (115)

Social Sunday

Linking up with Ashley and Neely for the Sunday Social

1. What is one item you wish you could splurge on right now

A Soup Maker! We have soup at least once a week, and would have it more often if it was easier to make. The cost of it would soon pay for itself in the soup not being bought!

2. If you had an entire weekend of no plans what would you do?
Most of my weekends have no plans, so that is quite easy to answer! Sit on the Sofa of Sloth and watch a weeks collected episodes of 'Pointless', read some of the books piled up next to the bed and on my Kindle and play Xbox games. Nothing very exciting.

3. What is the next place you are visiting outside of your current city?
I'd like to go to the South West. One of my god-daughters lives down that way, an old school friend and some Twitter friends. It would be most excellent.

4. Are you a neat freak or a clutterbug?
Clutterbug beyond belief. Ask anyone! It's genetic. My parents were clutterbugs too. Every so often I try and tidy things up - but it is generally moving things from one room to another!

5. What is your favorite summer purchase?
Hard to choose. We bought a lot of magnets for our fridge when we were out and about in London, and we bought a rather gorgeous little onyx penguin at the Natural History Museum with the money my Mum gave us for our wedding anniversary.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Little Bits of London

Passing past Westminster this morning there were a few interesting sites.

Horse Guards and the surrounding area have been takien over by the Longines Horse Trials. Horses getting groomed, exercised - and of course Horse Guards itself closed. That does explain the marquees and seating that have been going up in the area!

Meanwhile at  Hyde Park Corner the Hulk (Hulk Angry??) has taken up residence atop the main structure. The banner proclaims Human Worth in support of New Fathers for Justice. I don't suppose it will be long before police/fire brigade are on the scene to remove him from his perch.

I also spotted a bunch of boxes in Parliament Square with a TV crew in residence - no indication on what is going on there yet.