Meandering Ramblings

September 18, 2009

Beware! Living in Britain is more dangerous than you think!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by lannylee @ 3:35 pm

“For those who, now querulous, wish to keep their biscuit-risk to a minimum, it is useful to note that the Custard Cream is apparently the most dangerous biscuit, with a rigorously scientific-looking Biscuit Injury Threat Evaluation rating of 5.63. It’s practically a sandwich made of guns…”

This made me laugh so much I almost passed out at my desk this morning; Caitlin Moran is a genius!


September 17, 2009

Wedding & food

Filed under: Uncategorized — by lannylee @ 3:05 pm

I know I’m starting to sound like a bit of a broken record harping on all the time about the wedding, but I’m always staggered by how much people spend on them. There’s an article on The Times Online about how you can save money by having your reception in the garden in a marquee, but then goes on to say you should expect to spend up to £8000 on hiring the marquee!

Ummmm, last time I checked £8000 was a bloody lot of money, so if this is ‘saving’ money how much were they going to spend in the first place, complete lunacy.

I’ve spent almost 2 years planning our wedding and because of this I’ve brought it in at just under £2500, and that includes my dress, wedding cake, flowers, the photographer, N’s suit, outfits & shoes for 6 bridesmaids and a hot buffet sit down meal in the day & evening buffet including a disco, for 50 people – that’s £50 a head. We haven’t scrimped either, we’re having a 3 tier cake (£180) wedding favors for everyone and disposable cameras at all the tables, al the bridesmaids have bouquets and the groomsmen have button-holes, so I just don’t know how people spend £20,000 plus on a wedding, I really don’t.

I think I’m missing a massive business opportunity, Recession-Proof Budget Weddings (quick has that domain name been taken?) I mean I think that with a little planning and organization you can bring a wedding in on any budget you set, of course you might have to pass on the horse drawn carriage and the fireworks spelling out your’s and your beloveds name at midnight, but within reason you can have a wonderful day for not a lot.

It all just comes down to why you’re getting married. If it’s to celebrate your love for each other with the people you care about most you’d be happy doing it in a garden shed with fish ‘n chips for your wedding breakfast, but if you’re doing at to try and hold a failing relationship together all the glitter and gourmet canapés in the world isn’t going to save you.

Well I’ve got a lovely relaxed weekend planed as the out-laws are going away and so won’t be ‘just popping round’ and we can relax dong not a lot to be honest, my big plan for the weekend is to make the Twice Stuffed Chicken from Economy Gastronomy on BB2 earlier this week, there have been some good recipes and also some good ones using up left-over’s. It really is mind-boggling what people will throw away because they think it’s unsafe to use or just don’t know what to do with it.

September 14, 2009

It’s almost here!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by lannylee @ 4:15 pm

I’ve been reading a new Blog lately A Mothers Ramblings and she has managed to make me feel a whole lot better about being hyper organized where Christmas is concerned, as she follows the Organised Christmas Holiday Plan and reading this means I no longer feel at all guilty (slightly smug maybe) about having all my Christmas present shopping done & wrapped & put away neatly in the office at home and also having bought all my cards and wrapping paper in the sale for 75% off as they were last years designs (like anyone can tell, they all still have the same message & a nice Christmassy picture) so I’m all done & dusted with over three months to go.

There is a reason for this, well apart from me being totally and obsessively, anally organised, we’re getting married 3 weeks before Christmas and there’s no way that I want to be worrying about what to get Great Aunt Beryl while I’m saying ‘I do’ or if we’ve got enough cards or gift labels while I’m cutting the cake or trying not to fall over my own feet during the first dance.

So there you have it my guilty little secret!

When I confessed to everyone in my office they all sort of groaned & said “Sod off, it’s ages yet”, but to be honest another bonus about having done everything so early, is that I managed to get all my presents in the sales and as we’ve got a wedding and honeymoon (more on this later) to pay for every penny counts and the fact that most of the presents were more than half price we’ve saved over £200. We also decided that we’re only going to get token gifts for the adults, not proper big ones, probably a bottle of wine or a nice box of biscuits or chocolates, if I had time I’d make them myself, but I’m guessing that in the coming months I’ll have enough to deal with!

September 2, 2009

On the move

Filed under: Uncategorized — by lannylee @ 2:00 pm

This whole wireless thing is all new to me & I’m pretty excited to be sitting in a little coffee shop writing this, sipping my coffee like I’m in a movie or something, does that sound a bit wanky!?! Well anyway I don’t care, I like it, it makes me feel important, well everyone in here doesn’t know I’m just updating my little blog that hardly anyone reads, I could be composing a literary masterpiece or working on a cure for the common cold or something, well anyway I like it, so there.

It’s sort or all go right now in our house as the wedding grows ever closer, we’ve got to start making decisions, like how is everyone getting to the registry office etc, who’ll be taking care of setting up the cake, as it’s being made by a family friend who can’t make it on the day as they live quite a way away, so we need to find someone trustworthy to set it up & not drop it on the floor, that is if it actually makes it up here in one piece, my mum is having to bring it in the car 2.5 hours in a car with five people, I’m not hopeful to be honest! I’m tempted to just drop it all in N’s lap as I’ve organised everything else up to now, but I’m far too much of a control freak to let him do that, so I guess it’s all down to me, I’d better get going to be honest or else we’ll all be sat there after the food sort of going “I know there’s something missing, but I can’t quite think what it is!?!” all the while looking at the empty space on the table where the wedding cake should’ve sat.

As I said in my last post we’re having balloons as decorations, these are examples of what the company can do & we’re confident they’ll look just as good for us, well fingers crossed anyway!

This is just a short one as I only have an hour for my lunch and to be honest you’re lucky you got this much, it usually takes me ages to write a post & then edit it so it actually makes sense, so if you’re reading this & think bloody hell that was a particularly long sentence, it’s due to my lack of editing on this one, I’ll be better next time I promise.

August 28, 2009

New additions to the family.

Filed under: Uncategorized — by lannylee @ 6:30 pm

I’ve finally splashed out & purchased myself a new lap-top, well a netbook to be more precise & I’m hoping that by having my own it will encourage me to write more, as I appreciate that I have not been as disciplined as I would have liked.

To be entirely honest these last few months have been not great for us here in the LannyLee household, however now, well in this last month ,things have been looking up & I’m really hopeful now that both N & I can move forward & try and enjoy being married (not long now, only 85 days & counting) without additional stresses that have been so prominent recently, mostly money, but I’m sure we’re not the only ones, I don’t really want to dwell too much on that other stuff, but things are getting better and once the wedding’s over that will be one less stress to worry about.

Moving on, we’ve changed the wedding yet again, due to some XXL sulking from the older member of the family, who couldn’t quite wrap their heads around having our reception split into two & in two locations, we’ve decided to get married at the registry office as planned, but then to go on to the club for the reception which is now a semi-formal sit down meal, but as a hot buffet so we’ll still have the nice tables with centre pieces etc, but people can just help themselves, we’ve decided on lasagne & beef stroganoff & rice, nice & relaxed – well that’s the plan anyway.

We’ve settled on balloons for decorations instead of flowers, as they’re a lot cheaper and fit in with our semi-formal theme, we’re still having flowers in the traditional bits, buttonholes, corsages & bouquets etc, but we’re hoping the balloons with give a more fun feel, we’re having a little bride & groom made out of balloons as well for either side of the cake as we’re not going to be having cake toppers.

I do have some very exciting news to share, N & I are parents…….well sort of, Saffi has had kittens, 4 of them. Three tabbies & one black, they’ve just celebrated their six week birthday & are completely ruining the house, I’ll post some pictures soon once I can get the camera to stop sulking & speak to the computer, (I think we uninstalled the software by mistake, so it might just need some jiggery-pokery, fingers crossed) We’ve named them, well just for us of course, the nice people who are adopting them can give them their own names, but just for us we’ve temporarily christened them, Yoda, Chunky, Monkey & Bella, well to be honest Bella will keep her name as we’ve decided to keep her, she’s the little black one, named after Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter, as we think she’s going to be a little witch!

I think that’s enough for now, I’m going to stop now & go back to watching The Da Vinci Code, not as good as the book granted, but Tom Hanks is very dishy in it.

April 8, 2009

Boo! Scared ya didn’t I?!?

Filed under: Uncategorized — by lannylee @ 10:34 am

Well where to start, it’s been a long time since I updated my little corner of the Internet, and a lot has happened in that time. A 3-day hospital stay for yours truly (really not as bad as it sounds, I’ll elaborate further on), my beloved turning the big 3-0 (this again not as bad as it sounds, bit don’t let him hear you say that!), tonnes of time off work due to the cocktail of drugs I have had foisted upon me and lots of other little bits & pieces.

So, children, are we sitting comfortably? Well I’ll begin (I’ve always wanted to say that)

First, the hospital admission. Now, most people are content in giving themselves a little birthday treat, a new pair of shoes, a manicure etc, not me. For my birthday this year I gave myself, in no particular order; a 3 day hospital admission, compromising, numerous blood tests (now I understand that to most people this is not a big thing, but if like me your blood pressure is continually on the floor, you’re anaemic and have veins the width of toothpicks, even drawing blood is akin to a torture session, usually taking 4 or 5 attempts to locate a vein & then the painstaking wait while the blood is coaxed out, to give you an idea of just how bad it is when my blood is taken they have to actually draw it out with a syringe as my blood can’t actually be trusted to spurt into the little tube of it’s own accord, such is the piss-pooredness (what? that’s a word) of my blood pressure!), a gastroscopy a sigmoidoscopy (these where both done at the same time – double whammy!!), a abdominal x-ray, an abdominal ultra-sound and my most favorite one a barium x-ray , except that I’m just so lucky that I wasn’t able to swallow the barium but had to have it manually forced in via a tube that was fed up my nose, down through my stomach & into my bowel – it was just the most perfect birthday gift I could have gotten myself, I’m really thinking of making it an annual thing such was my enjoyment of the whole procedure. I’m guessing that the doctor and two technicians didn’t enjoy it as much as I did, however due to me projectile vomiting all over them, think the scene in the Exorcist & then times that by ten, it was that bad!

The outcome of this little soiree was that I now am a bone fide Crohns disease sufferer – woo-hoo! As such I am now taking more drugs than I have ever taken, compromising, steroids, Mesalazine and Azathioprine – there are about a million links to these lovely drugs and I couldn’t pick just one, so if you care go Google crazy and you’ll find all you wanted to know and more. The basic thing is that they are anti-inflammatory and immuno-suppressant drugs which although they do help control the symptoms they carry a plethora of side effects, some of which are down right scary, but on the plus side I did get a two week sick-note from work, which I needed if not to ease myself into taking the tablets and coping with the overwhelming nausea and tiredness they gave me, then to try and stuff myself stupid to put some of the weight back on I’d lost. When I left hospital I weight 7 stone 11 ounces! I don’t think I have ever weighed this little, well not in my adult life anyway.

So, that’s what I’ve been doing – how’ve you been?

It’s not all been bad though, we’ve set a date for the wedding, well in truth we had to cancel the original wedding as the credit crunch, you know I think referring to it in this way is just a ploy by the media to fool us into thinking that this whole recession dealy is nice and fuzzy and by giving it a non-scary name we’ll all just carry on as normal and not notice that our houses are worth about 50p and that a loaf of bread costs more than our car did last year, any-hoo, due to the fact that we have no money we had to cancel the fancy-pants hotel and scrap the big formal wedding breakfast. Which if I’m totally honest I’m not actually that bothered about, I wanted to get married in a registry office and then have a ‘do’ afterwards with buffet (NB this must be pronounced buff-et if you’re Northern, 2 syllables, thank you!), but N was the one who wanted to go super formal and have the whole toast-master, 5 course dinner bit, but that’s not me. Too much fuss and too much emphasis put on tradition and etiquette, and those who know me will know that I don’t give a rats ass about etiquette and tradition so all in all I’m much happier things have worked out this way. I think it will be a much more relaxed and fun day, and what is a wedding if not a excuse to get drunk and dance along to The Music Man ?? No? Just me then? Well, as long as it’s understood I won’t actually be doing any of the dancing, I’ll be standing to the side in my purty dress and laughing at everyone else, but you know, the sentiment is there, right?

Plus, this gives us much more control about how things can be done without giving any of our older relatives a coronary because it’s not being down the right way. So we’ll be getting married at 12 o’clock, after the ceremony everyone will be back to our house for sandwiches and cups of tea etc. Then we’re sort of hoping everyone will sod off for a few hours, well seeing as most of our friends and family have small children we’re guessing they might want to take them off for a nap so they won’t be too crabby in the evening, and then we’ve booked the same hall we had for our engagement party and thankfully the club have done loads of weddings before and have assured us they can do everything including the food, the decorations, the flowers, the photographer and DJ for less than £1000 – which compared to what we were paying is a total bargain. Plus the fact we now don’t have to pay almost £400 for the registrars to come out to the hotel, that has been cut to about £100 for the marriage license and to get both of us ok’d to get married in the first place.

I was going to go on and tell you about other stuff, but then I realized I’ve rambled on for far too long so I’ll save that for another time.

February 13, 2009

Perhaps if I just sneak in quietly, no one will notice I was gone…..!?!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by lannylee @ 6:50 pm

Ta-da – Disney pictures!

December 3, 2008

Just a quicky.

Filed under: Uncategorized — by lannylee @ 2:12 pm

Just a quick note for today with a few things I’ve found out there on the internets.

Is it wrong that I want one of these?

This is brilliant!

As you can tell from the last couple of posts, I absolutely love Christmas, I love giving presents and writing cards and most of all I love spending time with my family. What I don’t love however is the complete emotional minefield that is trying to work out who you spend the big day with. I hate all the “well you spent Christmas day with your family last year, surely it’s our turn” and “well aren’t we going to see you at all on Christmas day?” etc, etc. In my opinion as long as everyone sees everyone at some point over the holiday it really shouldn’t matter exactly when it is, either Christmas day, Boxing day, or even the day after.

This year I put my foot down and simply said we’ll be having Christmas dinner with some friends of ours and then we’ll be doing a buffet on Boxing day night if anyone wants to come along, then after that I’m off home to spend New Years with my mum, so they can all scrap it out between themselves.

I was terrified that we’d be completely smothered by N’s mum and dad, as in April they moved to a new house, which is less than a five minute walk from ours, but they seem to have been roped into visiting N’s Aunt and Gran for the big day so we escaped unscathed, phew!

Just one more thing, what does everyone think of homemade gifts? I’m quite keen on making some, like fudge, or cake etc and wrapping it up in a nice box or coloured cellophane with nice ribbons and bows etc, but N seems to think this will tell everyone exactly just how broke we are, but surely something homemade shows your care enough to take the time & effort rather than just going into BHS and spending a tenner on some old tat?

What do you think? If you got a homemade gift would you prefer it, and any ideas as to what else I can make would be great.

December 2, 2008

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by lannylee @ 2:02 pm

You can tell it’s Christmas when the local theatre opens up with the annual Panto’, this year in Milton Keynes it is Peter Pan and for the fourth year running who do we have playing Captain Hook……..
Henry Winkler of Happy Days fame, here he is in his costume and the great thing is, guess where he has decided to stay for his duration playing our favorite one handed baddie, but in the apartments above our office, so I have seen him exactly eleventy-billion times in the last week. The urge to put up both thumbs and yell “Heeeeeyyyyyyy!!” is over whelming and I have resisted so far, but I’m not making any promises that I can keep it up.

Ok, everyone, it’s been a while, so gird your loins for a LannyLee patented (well not quite, but I’m working on it) Old Lady Rant!

I think this sums up most of it. I apologise now to those of you who have already purchased one of these for your children, or indeed for yourselves, but I cannot stand them. To me they stand for everything that is wrong with Christmas. They are, tacky, commercialised and more to the point not much bloody good. Why would you pay sometimes close to £4 quid for tasteless, plasticky chocolates in a gaudy, un-Christmassy wrapper (usually Barbie or Tweenies or some other non-Christmas type character) they are just, awful, awful, awful.

Ok, rant over, you can un-gird your loins or de-gird or whatever you need to do.

For those of you who like me just cannot bring yourself to waste your money on such a thing here is a nice on-line one with games to play behind every number, perfect if you have a minute (or ten) to waste at work, just don’t tell your boss who gave you the link if you get caught.

Did anyone else see Britney on X-factor
on Saturday – bloody hell! – what was her management thinking, it was like leading a lamb to the slaughter, did no one prep her at all? Dermot tried in vain to interveiw her but it was like she just wasn’t hearing him or just didn’t care. I felt for her last year, but I’ve got to confess my patience is wearing a little bit thin. Ok, if you’re ill and genuinely care about your children and your sanity – stay at home with them! Instead of jetting off all over the world. Those two little boys didn’t ask to be born, but now you have them they need to be your first priority, not prancing around on stage looking like a glorified prostitute.

Wow look at that another rant just crept up on me and I didn’t even warn you, sorry about that. I don’t mean to sound un-sympathetic or un-kind, but surely she needs to address her priorities and when you have children they have to be your first.

Ok, all done now – promise.

I made Gordon Ramseys Winter Casserole on Sunday and to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t all that impressed. I altered the recipe slightly as it asked for whole baby onions (I didn’t have any just used 1 big one sliced up) and chesnut mushrooms (just used ordinary button mushrooms) and also celariac (who has this in? – so I just chopped up some swede) it was nice, don’t get me wrong, I just expected more, and to be perfectly honest it just tasted like stew, which is no bad thing. I was just expecting something fantastic, something wonderful and frankly something worthy of a multi Michelin starred chef such as Mr Ramsey, but it was just stew. It was perfectly nice, but I think I’ll just keep making my own, N said hepreffered mine anyway, so no harm done.

I think that’s all for now, so I’ll be off.

November 28, 2008

Told you so!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by lannylee @ 1:30 pm

See, see I told you I’d update, all of you who had a shred of doubt, I say “ha!” and “Ha!” again, although to be fair it’s not like I’ve had past form, so I guess I can over look it this one time. Just cos’ it’s you!

Today in our office we have a Dress Down day as we do on the last Friday of every month, however our usual office administrator (read: secretary, but just don’t call her that) is on maternity leave and her replacement is, how shall I say this? A little excitable, where charity is concerned, don’t get me wrong I’m all for charity and we usually all give £1 each and it is donated to a different charity each month, but being English, it’s all done very quietly and discreetly with no fan-fare or fuss.

This month our dress down day just so happened to correspond with World Aids Awareness day and our new secretary office administrator sent round a very enthusiastic e-mail telling us all about it and your truly was roped in again to bake cakes to sell for the proceeds to go to the good cause, which is fine, it only takes 5 minutes to knock up a load of flap-jacks and a Lemon Drizzle cake, but this morning if one more person said “where are the cakes?” “Have you put the cakes out yet?” “What time will you be putting the cakes out?” etc I think I might have punched someone in the face and sat in the reception area eating them all myself in front of all the drooling people and been like “Serves you right, have a little bit of patience!”

I didn’t though I was the pinnacle of calmness and serenity and just told them I was waiting until 9 O’clock until everyone was in the office so that no one missed out, as some people in our office can be slightly gluttonous and the cakes are usually gone in under 10 minutes and last time there was some moaning about not everyone got Lemon Drizzle and had to make do with just chocolate brownie – I know your heart just bleeds doesn’t it!?! – So, I waited until everyone was in and unpacked my goodies, it was a little like the feeding of the Raptors in Jurassic Park so I just opened the lid and whipped my hand out quickly just to make sure I escaped with all my fingers in tact. It took about 5 minutes for the boxes to empty and hopefully we’ve made a bit for charity and I can sleep easy knowing I’ve done my good deed.

I think that’s enough for now, post done!

We’ll be doing some more cooking this weekend, as N’s pitiful whimpers as I packed up the cake to take into the office made me promise I’d make another one this weekend just for him, plus we’re making Gordon Ramsey’s winter Casserole which looks yummy, I’ll let you know how we get on.


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