Can you spot the *secret* ingredient? If you want to check out the book you can go here.
Have a great weekend. 😀
Can you spot the *secret* ingredient? If you want to check out the book you can go here.
Have a great weekend. 😀
Link to video in comments…
I thought it would be fun to do a cheat sheet that takes British terms/slang and converts to its American counterpart. I think I got a little carried away because the list turned out to be huge. And not too pretty. Anyway, for lovers of trivia, and maybe even a few Brit writers here you go. Annie
|FOOD / FOOD RELATED|
|Jacket potato||baked potato|
|Pudding||dessert (pudding is one of many desserts in America, maybe you call it custard?)|
|Takeaway||take-out or carry-out (or by its name “Chinese” “Italian” “Thai”)|
|Cooker||stove, cooktop, range|
|Eating Irons||Cutlery, flatware, silverware, silver, table ware|
|Lounge||Living room, great room|
|Garden||Yard (although we often have gardens in our yards)|
|Pub||bar, watering hole (if it’s bad it might be called a dive)|
|High street||main street|
|Loo||bathroom / restroom / washroom/ head/john|
|Car park||parking lot, parking structure|
|Motorway||highway / freeway / expressway / interstate|
|Snail Home||Motor home, trailer, RV, camper|
|Cinema||(at the) or (go to the) movies|
|Phone box||phone booth (although these are pretty rare in the U.S. these days)|
|CLOTHES AND ACCESSORIES|
|Dummy||pacifier / binkie|
|Bum bag||fanny pack|
|Pants||men’s underwear/briefs /boxers / shorts|
|Knickers||ladie’s underwear/panties/briefs/ thong|
|VEHICLES / VEHICLE RELATED|
|Road surface||pavement /blacktop/ road|
|Flyover||overpass / freeway bridge|
|Number plate||license plate / tags|
|Artic||semi truck, 18-wheeler, big rig|
|FURNITURE / FURNITURE RELATED|
|Telly||TV / television / boob tube|
|Settee||couch or sofa|
|Hoover||vacuum cleaner / vac|
|Bin||trash can / garbage can|
|Justices of the Supreme Court||Judge (only Justices of the Supreme Court are called Justices)|
|My Lord||Your Honor|
|Mum||mom, mommy, mama, ma|
|Dustman||garbage collector / garbage man|
|Barrister||attorney / lawyer|
|Copper||cop / police / law enforcement|
|Postman||mail carrier / mailman / mail person|
|Mate||friend, buddy, girlfriend, boyfriend, bud, pal, gal pal|
|PHRASES / OCCASIONS|
|Brilliant||great, cool, awesome, wonderful|
|Cheeky||smartass, wiseguy / smarting off|
|Mad||crazy / nuts / insane|
|Kip||Sleep, snooze, nap|
|Nick||steal, lift, swipe|
|Arse/bum||ass, butt, behind|
|Taking the biscuit||takes the cake|
|Uni/University||College, Grad School|
|Wanker||jerk, asshole, son of a bitch|
|Yonks||ages, long time, month of Sundays|
|Pear-shaped||disaster, a wreck, trainwreck, fubar (fucked up beyond all recognition)|
|Pissed||drunk, hammered, wasted|
|Wag off||To waste time, dick around, fuck off, screw off|
|Brassed off||pissed off, angry, mad|
|Cock up||screw up, mess up, make a mistake|
|Dodgy||suspicious, questionable, not to be trusted|
|Knackered||tired, beat, worn out, done in, exhausted|
|Posh||high class, pricey, expensive, classy|
|Fortnight||two weeks, couple of weeks|
|Skint||broke, tapped, penniless, flat broke|
|Postal code||zip code|
|Fag||smoke / ciggie / cigarette|
|Protectives||condoms / rubbers|
Feel free to add to the list…
I’m back again to make my predictions for the coming year. I figure if I keep at it, I’ll get something right eventually. And now for the predictions…
Well, that’s all I’ve got. What do you think will happen in 2018? Regale us with your prediction prowess in the comments. In the meantime, thanks for reading, and have a very Happy New Year.
2017 is coming to a close and can I just say, thank gawd!? Speaking for myself the year was a real dumpster fire. But as I reflect on the coming year and the things I’d like to accomplish, weird, random thoughts just keep popping into my head, like flies at a picnic. Like…
The good news I suppose is that I still have thoughts of any kind. Here’s hoping 2018 will inspire better thoughts.
So I was talking to my BFF Jenny the other day and we got on the subject of ugly Christmas trees. When I was a kid, my mother loved those horrible fake aluminum trees that came in a myriad of colors.
So for fun, we started googling ugly Christmas trees. There are millions of them – and we were laughing so hard that we were both gasping for air. So, I though, why not share. We can all use a laugh right? And maybe, just maybe they’ll bring back some funny Christmas memories for you as they did for me:
And while perusing the trees I couldn’t help but notice the ugly Christmas clothing, which also got me laughing my merry little butt off:
And if you haven’t had enough, perhaps it’s time to up your game to a full on Christmas suit.
Merry Christmas everybody.
I don’t know about you but I am so over, stressing myself out because of Christmas. Worrying about the perfect gifts, the perfect meal, the perfect venue just guarantees your holiday is gonna be stressed.
To this day, I remember childhood Christmases where my mother was so intent on creating the perfect everything that she was utterly miserable by the time the day arrived. It still makes me sad that because she tried so hard to make Christmas wonderful for everyone else that she missed the joy herself.
Christmas is the time for family, fun, and reflection.
I offer the following ideas as some easy but fun and peace inducing activities to indulge in this holiday season.
Collect pine cones. They are everywhere. Even here in Southern California we have lots of pine trees. They come in all sizes, smell wonderful, are great fire starters for the fireplace, and make great elements in decorating and craft projects. Plus the walking in the cool air and doing something as simple as collecting pine cones will give your mind and body time to breathe and relax.
Tour the neighborhood for light displays. When the weather turns cold we tend to shelter inside and we tend to eat heavier foods too. Why not bundle up after dinner with the kids, a friend, or your special someone and do a little walking tour of the neighborhood lights. In my neighborhood, we have quite a few people who go all out and something about sparkling lights or entire Santa Workshops shining in the night makes the air feel magical. Plus you burn a few of those Christmas cookies off while you’re at it.
Baking parties/cookie swaps. I love the idea of baking parties and if you have a big kitchen or a friend has, that’s definitely something that can be fun do with some friends. Especially if you have a nice bottle of wine or mulled cider. But you can also work out a cooperative with friends and family. Instead of making all the many treats and dishes you make every year, get with some friends or family members and work out swaps. You make the sugar cookies, your sister makes the pumpkin loaves, your mom the jello mold and so on. It’s actually easier to make a lot of one thing that a little of a lot of things. And when it comes time to swap it’s fun.
Sign up for Book Bub or Instafreebie and get some free books to read by the fire. The colder weather also makes people slow down and want to curl up with a good book. Book Bub and Instafreebie (as well as other sites) are free to sign up for and you can choose from free and discounted books (from traditional best sellers to brand new indie authors) to download. All you need after that is some warm fuzzy socks and a mug of hot chocolate.
Christmas movie cooperative/marathon. Personally, I have a huge collection of Christmas movies and there is at least a few days during the holiday season that I want to just watch sweet Christmas movies. Work out a little lending library among friends and family to share your Christmas movies. Or just cook up some popcorn and hot chocolate and host a Christmas movie marathon. You can even make it a potluck.
Take winter photos. We’ve all seen them – those beautiful winter wonderland photos that all seem to possess some magic in them. Why not create some of your own? Grab your phone or your camera and just take a walk. Find something that strikes your eye and take few snaps at different angles. You get some fresh air, burn a few calories and come home with some possibly beautiful photos that you can use in holiday cards or as prints. Free online photo editing sites like Canva, iPiccy, and Pxlr can help you further enhance and design with your photos.
Share a little bit of yourself. I know I know, we’re all so busy with everything during the holidays but don’t forget your elderly neighbors or family members who can’t get out much. Offer to shovel their sidewalk. Make an extra batch of cookies or increase that soup recipe and bring it to a shut in or local shelter. Or offer to read at the community center or local library. Giving of yourself really costs so little and can mean so much to another person.
I’m reading ABOVE SUSPICION by Joe Starky. True crime story about how an FBI Agent lost his way in the biggest way possible.
Also this month I’ve read…
Bone Baby by Diane M. Dixon
Ghost Writers in the Sky by Anne R Allen
And I’m happy to say I can recommend all of them.
So…what are you reading? Anything super good, fun, interesting, or different? Leave the link in the comments so we can check it out.
Phew just one more day til the weekend! Have a good one.
Hey kids, it’s been quite a while since I did a whole big resource post but Halloween is always a fun holiday, so let the tips and tricks begin.
Dressing up in costume is one of the more fun aspects of the holidays but some costumes can be problematic. The following tips might help prevent costume malfunction:
Easy roasted pumkin seed recipe
Watch this vid to see how to make “dirt pudding”
If you’re in the mood for something punny – check this site for some groan worthy jokes
Need some games for your Halloween party?
And if you happen to be staying home tonight with no particular plans, check out this movie trailer. Who knew Helen Mirren could be so scary? LOL!
Have a ghoulish good Halloween and don’t forget to save me some candy. Caramels and Hershey’s Chocolate, please. 😉
It’s sad I suppose that summer is on its way out and well Labor Day is the punctuation mark that heralds the end of the season.
Did you know that in a galaxy long ago and far far away that there was this rule that you mustn’t wear white after Labor Day?
So what’s on the menu for your Labor Day picnic – fried chicken, two maybe three kinds of potato salad, sandwiches and lemonade? In that case, these recipes are sure to please.
And don’t forget the cocktails
If you’re planning to stay home and do some serious binge watching on Netflix or Amazon Prime, check out Ray Donovan, Bosch, Luther, Gilmore Girls Reboot, House of Cards, The Man in the High Castle, all the Star Trek iterations and more…
If you want to get out and about and live in the L.A. area check out the top weekend events, fairs, festivals, fun in the sun and lots of eats
Or just stay home in your jim-jams and read a good mystery
Whatever you plan to do or not do as the case may be – be well, be happy, and be safe.
And say a little prayer for our firefighters out here in CA, presently working 24/7 to knock down the La Tuna Canyon fires – and our friends struggling with the havoc of Hurricane Harvey.
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