Saturday, 29 December 2012

New year, new me and all that.

Rather looking forward to 2013.
So far I have got booked Example in Feb, Lana Del Ray in May, and just about to book Tough Mudder.
Got trainers for my birthday and tracksuit for my Christmas so I am set for going out running. Weather has been absolutely pants for even getting from house to car, galeforce winds that misty rain that has you soaked to the bone by just looking at it.. hope I get the chance to get out soon.
Doing the yearly budget this week. I haven't ever done one, but as this is now my 3rd year of attempting to live frugally, I want to participate with numbers in mind.
Gordon laughed at me when I mentioned I had a spreadsheet for Christmas, like laughed for days. I like the idea of spreadsheets, it wasn't a budgeted one, just one where I could keep track of where my money went.
I also received vouchers for skiing, think I am using them for Lyle to learn, will need to call up and see what the score is with kids lessons.
Of to clean up, the house is bursting at the seems with toys and I can't get to wash the floors with Lyle around. He is not here just now, so off I go!

Friday, 21 December 2012

Christmas cakes for teachers

I made banana cupcakes for lyles teachers and support teachers, I iced them with cinnamon butter icing, that sort of tasted like ice cream!
Some have the little toppers, edible snowflakes and some glitter sugar.
I would really love to go to a cake decorating class.
Boxes and toppers came from Wilkinsons, snowflakes from lakelands and sugar glitter from Tesco .

Mixed nuts

My gifts for my neighbour.
Jar £1.25
From bottom to top. All from lidl.
Chilli coated peanuts,
roasted peanuts,
Honey coated cashews and peanuts ,
And hazelnuts.
All bags have enough for one or two more jars.
Just seen I have a whole bag of roasted and salted cashew nuts.
All I need to do now is add a gift tag and some pretty ribbon.

e.t.a. I made two more of these jars and a bigger screw top jar.
The bigger screw top jar I took with me on Christmas day to give to the boyfriends parents when we arrived at Loch Lommand for christmas dinner. Went down a real treat :)

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

School show!

It's lyles school show today.
What a faff that has been, didn't get the tickets, or the letter to say what was needed. So a lot of running around like a headless chicken!

My mum is their just now, I am going tonight. Will add pictures later :)

(Edited to add pictures and some dialogue)

He told me he was the donkey, and he was the best donkey ever!
He didn't mention that he was in the second part as well, his class came out and sang a Gaelic song.
I am soo proud of him, and his class, their are only 8 of them for primary 1,2 & 3 together, and they done marvelous to go in front of a packed hall of adults and sing :)

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Food, glorious food!

Lunch for Lyle today is sandwiches, and I can't remember haha.

(Edited to add, plain cracker type biscuits with sliced goats cheese, a plum and some Christmas shaped biscuits.)

My dinner tonight was a massive tuna steak, I had to slice it up so it would cook all the way through. I put a pinch of sea salt to one corner and a slice of lemon at the other, sprinkled a little crushed peppercorns on top. Delicious!

Monday, 17 December 2012

17th Dec Lunch

We both got the same today.
Ham n goats cheese sandwiches, a penguin wafer biscuit, little fruit cup, mince pie and a chopped up sweet, don't know its name.
Lyle has his in the green box, I have mine in this new one I found in Asda.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Christmas party!

Lyle didn't want to go to his Christmas party in school, practically had to bribe him (that I would stay for ages). 
He didn't like the noise, wouldn't dance with his friends. The head teacher brought over a chair and placed it just outside the dance hall with the doors open so he could go in when he was ready.
One of the English medium primary one teachers came to chat with him, the head then asked me to come check out the treats, and see what he can and can not have. When I went back, Lyle was just inside the door dancing with the teacher and some of his friends from class, I let him know I was going to sit in the car til the party was done.
He came out from the party saying he had a great time and complained that it was too short!
I'm loving his Christmas jumper. Here he is just before we left for the party :)

Tuesday, 11 December 2012


I turned 30 last Saturday.
No big deal.
Gordon bought me my fav flowers - ornamental cabbage , he got me four plants, they look amazing.
Vouchers for skiing for Lyle and me (& him).
He also went up to the European market outside St Enoch's center and bought be a handmade thick poncho. Now it is lovely, he has probably paid a pretty penny for it, but it is a poncho! I hate poncho's, like really hate them. This one is nice. But I will not be wearing it outside the house.
It makes a great blanket for Lyle n me to snuggle up on the couch with. So it is a keeper.

We went to Lyle's drama show, I'm soo raging at that drama group. I spent over £100 for him to learn TWO songs and wiggle in time!!!
Currently looking for a new drama group.

December lunch

We went to Costco one Sunday, think it was the 3rd Dec, the place is massive! I got raspberries, pineapple chunks and flying frisbies, others call these flying saucers, the discs of sherbet. This was a massive tub. They somehow disappeared within 3 days. Don't know what happened to them.
This is my lunch one Tuesday. Pasta with a garlic n herb tomato sauce, pineapple and raspberries. That was a great wee lunch to munch on throughout the day.


Bought some bubbles from Lush after meeting Iron Man as we where staying at Gordon's house and I wanted a bath (I only have a shower unit in mine)

We bought The Comforter Bubble Bar, I crumbled some of this into running water, the water turned a nice shade of pale pink/purple, Lyle then swirled the Rocket Bubble Bar and the water changed colour again, this time to a turquoise blue.

Now Gordon's is a Jacuzzi bath.

Look what happens when you switch it on.

two third's bubbles, one third water
My wee bubbly frog!

Great fun was had by all. 

Monday, 10 December 2012

Iron man

Soo, we went to see iron man.
Here are some pics until I get to a p.c. to write up.

(Updated from here!)
A mummy at the school gates told us about Hamleys doing a 'meet Iron Man' day in November, she told me in front of Lyle, so every few days I would get a question to the effect of "mum, is it tomorrow we go see Iron Man?"

Well, the day F.I.N.A.L.L.Y. arrived and off we set in my new car (more on that later),

 I parked in Govan instead of paying for parking in Glasgow City Center  we went for the Underground train to take us into St Enoch's Station, this is Lyle waiting patiently for the train from Govan Subway. 

We wait in a queue for over 2 hours, have to say, I was well impressed that Hamleys didn't exploit the situation and have the elves out playing with all the wonderful toys that they stock, instead the elves where going around all the children, chatting to them, and offering them jelly sweets. 

Lyle was Úber excited, even though it was boring to wait in the queue, even more so when Iron Man flew back to America for his lunch with Pepper Potts, and then flew all the way back, and broke his suit in the process.

And of course, Mummy HAD to get her picture taken with her fav two males in the St Enoch's Center!