MOVIE REVIEW: The Edge of Seventeen

Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) has always been a bit awkward… okay, a lot awkward, which has been even more highlighted by the fact that her brother, Darian (Blake Jenner) is about the coolest, most popular kid in school. Fortunately, Nadine has her best friend, Krista (Haley Lu Richardson), who hates Darian just as much as she does. Read more…

BOOK REVIEW: Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson

When the O Family was in South Africa recently Mr O found a book by Bill Bryon in our Air BnB called A Short History of Nearly Everything. He had finished the books he brought with him to read so he decided to give it a go. He absolutely loved it and kept giving me little snippets that he was enjoying.  Read more…

Universal Yums September Box: Pakistan

Mr O and I have just finished tasting our fourth box of International snacks from Universal Yums. This time we had food from Pakistan and had to share quite a lot of it with Little O, who is ever more fascinated by what we are eating. It was a very successful box. We liked almost everything in it. I had a nightmare uploading videos to WordPress and I really don’t know why. So unfortunately there aren’t videos for everything. Read more…

The first night away

Age: 15 3/4 months
I like: Waving, cats, kissing – but not on demand, pizza

Earlier this week I went away overnight for the first time on my own. The company I work for has locations all over the UK and Europe and in a few other locations from South Africa to Honduras so sometimes a bit of travel is required. Since I returned from maternity leave I have not had anything urgent to attend that I haven’t been able to turn around in a day. There was a conference in Brussels I really wanted to go to so Mr O and I decided it was time to bite the bullet and go for it. Read more…

TV REVIEW: The State

The State is a recent Channel 4 four episode mini-series that follows a group of British citizens who travel to Syria to join so-called Islamic State. Shakira (Ony Uhiara) is a doctor and single mother travelling with her ten year old son, Isaac. Jalal (Sam Otto), accompanied by his best, friend Ziyad (Ryan McKen) is following in the footsteps of his late brother and Ushna (Shavani Cameron) has romantic ideas of being the bride of a Jihadi. Read more…

MOVIE REVIEW: My Scientology Movie (2015)

Mr O and I are big fans of Louis Theroux. We’ve watched all of his documentary series and various of his independent documentaries. His penchant for injecting himself into bizarre scenarios from porn to prisons to plastic surgery and drug addiction and then getting under the skin of what is going on without being judgmental is fascinating. His total unflappability means he often gets answers to questions others would not. Read more…

BOOK REVIEW: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

When I first got my Kindle many years ago, I downloaded some classic books that had become free as they were more than 100 years out of copyright. I think I found a list of recommended books somewhere and picked off a collection that I wanted to read. I have been working through them in between various books that I have purchased. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl was one of those still hanging around. Read more…

Pox

Age: 15 1/2 months
I like: Biscuits, the neighbours’ cats, boobs, the toilet, combing mummy’s hair (aggressively), gumbo

A couple of weeks ago we received a text message from Little O’s nursery to say that there was a confirmed case of chicken pox in the  toddler room. My immediate response was denial. I decided that since Little O was in the baby room and probably not licking toddlers it would be fine and he would not get pox. Read more…

The sibling question

Age: 15 1/3 months
I like: Porridge, bread sticks, mega bloks, pushing my walker, cats, boobs, not walking

There was a time I was fairly sure I would want two children – probably in quick succession considering my age and how long it took me to get pregnant with Little O. Since Little O was born though I have found my opinion somewhat changed. Read more…

MOVIE REVIEW: John Wick (2014)

I have decided it’s time for movie reviews to return to this blog. Film Friday is not coming back any time soon because the likelihood of me watching four films in one week these days is somewhere around slim to zero. I think a more realistic target is about one film a fortnight. I have never been a great movie essayist so the reviews will be short, sweet and extremely honest. But let’s stop fannying about and get onto the first review, John Wick. Read more…

BOOK REVIEW: Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz

I have something like 130 books to read on my Goodreads list. I remember where some of them came from… but not all. Usually when I finish a book I go to the list and see if there’s something on the list I fancy reading. I mean otherwise the list will never get shorter, right? This time I picked Teeth by Hannah Moskovitz. I have no idea where it came from. It might have been one of the suggestions for my old book club that we never ended up reading. Read more…

15 month update

Age: 15 months
I like: The Wiggles, dancing, demanding to go in the garden when it’s raining, being upside down, boobs

Little O is now one and a quarter years old. He has had a tough week or so with teething and a cold that Mr O has described as “like the plague” (he has it too). Fortunately he appears to be bouncing back despite still being a massive mucus factory so let’s see how he’s doing. Read more…

Universal Yums August Box: Colombia

This month Mr O and I tasted snacks from Colombia in our Universal Yums box. Neither of us were particularly keen on the South Korea box so the Colombia box was a really welcome surprise. There wasn’t a single thing in it that we didn’t like, in fact there were several things we absolutely loved. I think we need to go on a food tour of Colombia! As always, pictures and videos are from my Instagram stories, so the quality might not be perfect. Also unfortunately no videos for two of the crisp flavours because WordPress refuses to upload them. Read more…

BOOK REVIEW: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

With all the recently holidaying going on around here, I decided I wanted a light read that wouldn’t require too much of my very limited brain power. I saw a load of adverts for The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue so I decided to give it a whack and see if it was up to the hype. Read more…

Summer holiday adventures

Age: 14 1/3 months
I like: Rice cakes, peaches, ice cream, stealing biscuits, pointing at the door and shouting, “go”, boobs, putting random stuff in the washing machine.

It’s been a bit quiet over here as the entire O clan has been in Menorca for a week on our summer holiday. Menorca is one of the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain and is well known for beautiful beaches and balmly weather. This has made it a favourite holiday destination of the O’s in years gone by but this was their first trip in 10 years and my first ever.  Read more…

Universal Yums July box: South Korea

I received our latest Universal Yums box before we went on holiday but with all the moving we didn’t have a chance to taste anything in it. This time we were treated to snacks from South Korea and the flavours were quite strange. While the Mexican box was bursting with really powerful flavours everything in this box seemed muted and a bit synthetic, which was kind of disappointing. Read more…

BOOK REVIEW: The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle

I became interested in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle because of his most well known character, Sherlock Holmes. I was a big fan of the Guy Richie film and decided to read some of the stories to see how close his interpretation of Holmes was to the original and became hooked. (Spoiler: he’s not far off. Also Watson is my ideal literary husband). Recently I decided to see if the magic was confined just to Holmes by checking out one of Doyle’s other novels. Read more…