Leap Year: We Don’t Celebrate In The UK

I keed I keed! But I thought that would get your attention.

An extra day. What ARE you going to do with it?

I think the coolest thing I’ve heard about Leap Day is that Disney is going to be open 24 hours. #sad Other than that it’s weddings and babies. #bleck

An extra day defined as such: intercalary 24 hours within a bissextile year of 366 days, a phenomenon started in 46 B.C. by Julius Ceaser. It had 12 months, and attempted to measure solar years by using occasional 366-day years. Come to find out, they were wrong by about .0008 of a day, and likely drunk. This oversight was corrected by the Gregorian calendar in 1582.
Earth’s way of rewarding you for getting through the last four years. Buy 1,460 days, get one free deal.

Everyone should take advantage of the extra 24 hours we get today.Here’s my official leap day list of 29 things to do — go on and take a few leaps in a different direction:
1. Flout routine.
2. Skirt the norm.
3. Raise a ruckus.
4. Carry on in an indulgent manner.
5. Call your mother.
6. Call a friend.
7. Call an ex.
8. High-five a complete stranger.
9. Eat Lucky Charms for breakfast…
10. And dinner.
11. Feel pleasantly whelmed. Not over, not under, just whelmed.
12. Watch the extended versions of the “Lord of the Rings” or “Harry Potter” trilogy or the first three “Star Wars” movies. (Like you care to watch prequels.)
13. Teach your dog a new any trick.
14. Watch the chick flick “Leap Year,” in secret.
15. Bake Leap Year lemon bars.
16. Do more – clean your house.
17. Do less – build a fort and take a nap.
18. Run 24 extra minutes.
19. Make it a night out with mates. Pub Leap!
20. Create your entire wardrobe for a month using things you find on Pinterest.
21. Look for online Leap Day deals. Extra day to boost the ol’ economy.
22. Wear green, like a frog.
23. Create a Leap Day playlist with songs like, “Jump for my Love” and “Beautiful Day.”
24. Use the word “leap” in various conversations all day.
25. Try something new, like Marmite.
26. Cheat on Lent.
27. Have an after dinner coffee, even if you don’t go out. You rebel.
28. Write a love note.
29. Be happy. Every day is a gift, but when we get 366 rather than 365 days in a year, it’s special.



“God laughs when you make plans?” Or is it, “You make plans and God laughs?”

Sound Off: The Brit Awards Versus The Grammys

Pancake Day AND The Brit Awards. Doesn’t get much better. After watching The Grammys for some umpteen years I was looking forward to a proper British music award show.

Here’s my perspective on how The Brits carry a different tune:
1. No cheesy pairings of musicians before handing out awards. The do have musicians handing out statues, but you don’t have to sit through 30 seconds of crap fake conversations before they announce the category and nominees. Brits get straight to it.

2. No lip-syncing. The Madonnas and BritBrits should heed caution. The artists do sound amazing, bit different, but you know it’s them and not a track on the microphone.

3. Not as fancy schmancy. The Grammys are bit more slick and production wise very over the top. The Brits had a more concert-esc vibe.

And local lady Adele shows she’s quite the “bird” after her acceptance speech for the winning THE award of the night was cut short….

Pancake Day — IHOP It’s A Good One

Hallo sweets! While you were off celebrating President’s day yesterday, which I honestly overlooked, I’ve been gearing up for Pancake Day! If you are celebrating Fat Tuesday in the states you can go ahead and stop reading this post now.

Shrove Tuesday, better known to me as Pancake Day, is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Basically Aunt Jemima, or Auntie Jemima as she is better known here, carb loads you up in prep for the fasting that is associated with Lent. It’s typically celebrated in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada, and Germany. Y’all back in the states (and France) refer to the holiday as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday.

When I went looking for an International House of Pancakes, it pulled up a map of Orlando. I said United Kingdom, not Magic.

I’m building a pancake bar complete with an array of toppings like bananas, Nutella, nuts, chocolate chips, blueberries, etc. Which reminds me to head over to the International House of Pancakes menu and see what I’m missing. Finding syrup has proved to be a chore. No sign of Mrs Buttersworth over here. Secretly I’m more in love with waffles, but when in Rome England. My favourite pancake as a kid was the chocolate chip pancake from IHOP, with whipped cream eyes and smile. Get in my face!

Pancake Day facts for you to flip over, courtesy of The Mirror:
– The first recorded pancake race was in Olney, Buckinghamshire in England in 1445.
It is customary in France to touch the handle of the frying pan and make a wish while the pancake is turned, holding a coin in one hand.
– Taking the easy way to make your pancakes is not a new thing. The first ready-mix food which was sold ommercially was Aunt Jemima pancake flour. It was invented in 1889 in St. Joseph, Missouri. It wasn’t very popular at the beginning.

Nothing flat about this Pancake Day! Hope yours isn’t a flop!

Snowdon, Snowdonia — Take II

A three hour tour. A six hour tour.

After Andrew’s big BBC debut we went back to where it all started – Snowdon, Snowdonia. Having seen Snowdon on a clear, crisp fall day, we were excited to see it in the cold of winter.

It was like going through the seven layers of the Candy Cane forest. We were in shirts and sunshine at the start of our hike and by the midpoint of our 6-hour hike we were bundled up and in snow.

The majority of the hike was technical, and closer to the summit it grew more challenging. Talking people in Crampons and carrying ice axes. We? We brought Indy.

No booties and we stripped his jacket off within the first mile. Poor guy kept weeing on it. However, on the hike he was brilliant. Couldn’t get over how high he was jumping. There was one other Jack on the mountain, also in a red harness. Doggy destiny. Makes you wonder if dogs get sore. He successfully made it for 5 of the 6 hours. Andrew and I each have a sore bicep, so worth it.

This is a short drive from us. Spoiled.

Photo Of the Week

Sometimes it is the quiet mornings that speak volume. This was my morning Valentine’s stroll with one of my favourite mans, Dr Jones.

It’s weird, but every once and awhile I forget we live in England. On mornings in which I can get up, run, walk the dog, and walk to work, I realise how insanely lucky I am.

Market Fresh

Oh farmers, you spoil me. This weekend we walked into town to our local market. Not sure what took us so long because we have most definitely been missing out.

We had the best pork loin and sausage we have ever had. The butcher literally cut the loin to Andrew’s specifications on the spot. Still oinkin! The fruits and veggies were incredibly fresh and reminded me of my nanny’s garden. The other bonus was we walked out spending less than we would have at Whole Foods a nice grocery store.

This is what inspires you to cook well, fresh and healthy.

Valentine’s Day. Yes, we celebrate it in England.

If you came thinking I’d write some mushy open letter to the hus, sorry to disappoint. 1. I know you really don’t want to see that crap. 2. I wouldn’t want to read one that you wrote to someone.

Now that we’ve cleared the air.

Technically Valentine’s is when we celebrate our anniversary with Dr Jones, he was our Valentine’s present to each other 7 years ago. [what were we thinking/glad that worked out] Hear’s Here’s to you, our little monster love muffin.

So instead of gushing about my love, how about I give you some advice from the hus on how to keep a successful relationship:
Laugh often. And, laugh at each other.

We’re a regular three-ring circus over here.

I send loads of love to my family and friends, and encourage you all to do a little something different today to make it special. Or the Cupid karma fairy will shoot you right in the a**.