Thursday, October 21, 2010


Everyone has been talking about baseball lately, so this evening I watched the San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies (Im sure they could have picked a better name!). The game lasted almost 3 hours, and by the end I still never understood it!!  Someone briefly explained the rules to me the other day, but nope still doesn't make sense. I remember playing rounders at school, and being told it was like baseball, such lies we were told as kids. Also the players are really ugly, surely there must be some good looking players out there, and half the time they never even ran!
Hopefully next year I will get to go see an actual game at AT&T Park, and maybe then it will all make sense.
In the mean time, I guess I will go with the flow and support my local team....


Apparently the World Series is a big thing if they get through......

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Time to make a shopping list...

My little sister and her husband are coming to visit next week, then my mother in law is coming to visit in three weeks, so now is a good time to work on my 'English shopping list' and decide on what goodies I want them to bring over.

So far my list consists of:

cadburys advent calendars - its not long till xmas now :)
dog choc advent calendars - seems that you cant get dog chocolate in the US
simple face wash - 'simple' as in the brand, as im struggling to find a hypo allergenic face wash here, although Simple is available in the US as of this year, they only sell it on the East coast.
galaxy minstrels - i had forgotten about these until i read a blog post mentioning them today.

Thats my list so far, unfortunately Greggs sausage rolls arent allowed :( Other items that would have been nice would be vimto cordial, ambrosia tinned custard and ambrosia tinned rice pudding, but they are all far too heavy, and one can just wouldnt be enough!!, plus you can buy the custard and rice pudding here, its just super expensive, maybe it can be a treat for Xmas. Thinking of sweet things I must had jaffa cakes to the list....

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Yes I know it's only October 12th, but here in America you could easily think otherwise. The shops have been filled with halloween things for well over a month now. Its quite interesting as normally by now in England the shops are filling up with Christmas stuff, but here its all halloween and thanksgiving, there are a few Christmas bits out there but not a lot just yet.
So the last week I have been out and about with a friend and she has been taking me to various stores that stock halloween things (although to be honest that is most stores!). Today I finally got round to decorating the outside of our house. This is our first halloween in the US, and it is the holiday I am most excited about, already most of our neighbors have decorated the front of their houses. Im going to work on taking some photos of the neighbors yards too so you can see how dedicated people are about this holiday.
I have outfits for the dogs (bumble bee and squirrel), but no outfits for Dave and I yet :( Jess and Bluey are going to be going trick or treating with one of our neighbors children, so Ill be going along as their chaperone, which will leave Dave home to answer the door. Last year in England we only had about 5 people come to our door, Im expecting a lot more this year, as we have lots of children in our neighborhood. I've got a big bowl of candy ready for the trick or treaters, which I've hidden away so that it doesn't become empty between now and October 31st!!
Going to save the pumpkin carving till the week before halloween as don't want the pumpkins going mouldy.
The really strange thing about putting the decorations up today, is the fact it is 32c/90f degrees outside!! Certainly a bit different to the Octobers we are used to in the UK :)