Buy Our Honeymoon - 1 month on

Phew! Busy first month here on Walton's Mountain.

Buy Our Honeymoon has appeared on:


Wedding TV:

Perfect Wedding Magazine:


We'll be at the Wedding Fair in Tonbridge, Kent on the 28th May and a full page add will be in Perfect Wedding magazine on 22nd May.

We've also had actual paying customers - woo hoo!!!

Launching Buy Our Honeymoon

Yesterday we finished Buy Our Honeymoon

It is a website for people to buy honeymoon experiences as wedding presents for brides and grooms instead of Waterford Crystal and some fine china (why do people want things they'll barely ever use??)

We did this for our own wedding list and we loved it so much decided to buy the company (sorry very poor Remington Steele gag - the shaving company not Pierce Brosnan pre Bond).

This is my opportunity not to have to go and teach smelly teenagers, so hopefully lots of people will like it and I'll be busy writing lists for people in between baby swimming classes.

Slowly but surely

I have broken through the 13 stone barrier. I am now 12.13 (with .8 on the digital scales)

That's exactly one pound weight loss this week. Although it's slow it's better than expected as I had Pizza Hut buffet for lunch on Wednesday.

So I have lost 5lb in 3 weeks. Given that it's still winter it's ok.

Mustn't get discouraged or disappointed. That is the path to McDonald's.

Bloody men

Well, as promised, here is the next installment of weight loss. Although it's not as good as last week.

I am now: 13stone 0lbs (with .8 on the digital scale)

That is slightly less than a pound loss. However, being positive it does mean that I have lost almost 4 pounds in 2 weeks (which is a healthy weight loss).

I have eaten this week: Beef stew, fajitas, jacket potato, tomato soup & bread, chicken in peri peri sauce, half cheeseburger cooked on the George Foreman and (shame) a third of a 'rustic platter' including garlic bread, potato wedges, sausages, spring roll and chicken skewers. Plus loads of chips and a jug of cocktail.

I really can't complain my weight loss is smaller this week, can I?

I can complain though that Andrew's lost 5 pounds in the last 2 weeks - grrr! Men lose weight quicker than women and it's NOT FAIR!!

However, he didn't have bar snacks and cocktails though so I suppose it's only right.

Baby weight

I've decided to plot my weight loss here. I'm going to put what I eat and post my weight every Sunday. If I don't do it then you know I am a bit fat failure.

I got back from the States last weekend and weighed myself and it wasn't pretty. I could blame the baby but that would be a lie. I lost the 20 pounds I gained in my pregnancy in the first few weeks; everything else is gravy. goes.

Last Sunday: 13 stone 4 pounds (and point 4 according to be digital scales)

This Sunday: 13 stone 1 pound (and point 6)

So that's over a 2 pound weight loss this week. I am very happy.

I have eaten this week:

Cottage pie (with Quorn mince)
Chilli (with Quorn mince)
Cheeseburger cooked on the George Foreman grill (shocking how much fat comes out)
Chicken stir fry
Chicken fajitas
Mozzerella and tomato pasta.
Spanish Omelette and half a baguette

Many people would consider that to be weight gaining food but for me simply eating a home cooked meal and cutting out the chocolate and take aways is enough to lose weight.

I also went for long walks with the pram and did swimming once.

I will post my weight next Sunday and honestly write what I have eaten. If anyone has any suggestions for TASTY, hearty, healthy meals I would love to hear them.

Funny day

Oooh that was weird. I finally met up with my best friend from primary school, Lora. We haven't seen each other in 20 years. But thank to Friends Reunited we've sporadically emailed each other over the last few years.

My god it was weird. She is more or less a stranger to me now but we have so many memories in common. The first part of our life (which seems to last forever when you're a child) was so bound together.

The picture of her in my mind is from 1984. We were the smart girls in quite a rough school: we played countdown and wrote stories. She was going to be a vet and I was going to be a lawyer (!) Neither of us did either: we are both teachers. She has been teaching since 1994 and is acting Principle of the primary strand of an Academy in Thamesmead (I am both impressed and horrified by her lot). We had loads in common and got on really well. I think we were both surprised.

What hits you though is how it makes you take a look at your life, what you have done with yourself in the last 20 years and who are you now compared to who were then. It makes you evaluate your choices and the road you've travelled.

Rah!! Getting a bit extra here. Have to give myself a slap and think of kittens.

Another stolen thingy

I seem to have no imagination myself, so here is another stolen thing from the Mezzanine.

1) Was 2006 a good year for you?

It was a FABULOUS year. About as hard as it gets and, as Jack Nicholson films would imply, as good as it gets.

2) What was your favorite moment of the year?

Zoë's first cry (although hearing this charming sound would later rank among least favourite moments of the year)

3) What was your least favorite moment of the year?

TMI I'm sure but driving home from what would become my last day of 'work' and throwing up on myself - nice!!

4) Where were you when 2006 began?


5) Who were you with?
Andrew and a very tiny tiny Zoë

6) Where will you be when 2006 ends?

7) Who will you be with when 2006 ends?
Andrew and an increasing huge Zoë

8) Did you keep your new year's resolution of 2006?
I don't think I made any

9) Do you have a new year's resolution for 2006?

Get fit!! Being pregnant and early motherhood has left me with many aches and pains. I want to exercise and feel like I'm not getting so old.

10) Did you fall in love in 2006?
Er if I said I fell in love with my daughter I'd sound like a dredful American

11) If yes, with whom?
See above

12) If yes, do they know?
The big cheeky grin gives it away.

13) Are you still in love with them?

14) Do you regret it?

15) Did you break up with anyone in 2006?

16) Did you make any new friends in 2006?
Yes, and they all have babies

17) Who are your favorite new friends?
You must stop misspelling words America...

18) What was your favorite month of 2006?
October. The pain of childbirth had faded and a routine had set in. The weather was beautiful and Zoe was becoming a really splendid (and slightly less scary) person.

19) Did you travel outside of the US in 2006?
I started off the year in Paris and went to Edinburgh for a long weekend. This has been my most untravelled year in decades. Although of course I went on a different type of journey (vomit)

20) How many different states did you travel to in 2006?
In two weeks I will travel to five states (Florida, DC, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia)

21) Did you lose anybody close to you in 2006?

22) Did you miss anybody in the past year?
I missed my old boys from my school (but not much)

23) What was your favorite movie that you saw in 2006?
Thought that Pan's Labyrinth was amazing. Casino Royale kinda rocked too.

24) What was your favorite song from 2006?
I'm rubbish about music. I really like Amy Winehouse's 'Rehab'. It's so 1930s New York.

25) What was your favorite record from 2006?
I like loads of the Gnarls Barkley songs

26) How many concerts did you see in 2006?
Ha ha that's a joke. Am going to Dolly in March :-)

27) Did you have a favorite concert in 2006?
Damn I feel old.

28) Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2006?
Really not at all. I am now a lightweight and a cheap date.

29) Did you do a lot of drugs in 2006?
I took a ton of them on the 15th/16th September!

30) How many people did you sleep with in 2006?
If this is meant in the naughty way then one. I also slept with my baby but that just sounds bad.

31) Did you do anything you are ashamed of this year?
Giving birth is gross but I don't feel ashamed

33) What was the worst lie someone told you in 2006?
I think I hate lies more than any other thing.

34) Did you treat somebody badly in 2006?
Oh yes, I am frequently appaling to my lovely husband.

35) Did somebody treat you badly in 2006?
Not really.

36) How much money did you spend in 2006?
Very little. I haven't earnt any money since February. I've bought an awful lot of baby equipment though.

37) What was your proudest moment of 2006?
Popping Zoë out all by myself

38) What was your most embarrassing moment of 2006?
see above

39) If you could go back in time to any moment of 2006 and change something, what would it be?
Only really tedious/ unimportant things like not buying baby things that never got used.

40) What are your plans for 2007?
Try to be a good mum to Zo and make BOH work.

Nicked from Emmazon

meme nicked from Pipistrellus Shelley Joan Farley Green (yikes!)
2. birthday: 16th January 1975
3. place of residence: Maze Hill part of Greenwich
4. what makes you happy: US diner food & Zoë grins

5. what are you listening to now/have listened to last: Twinkle Twinkle LIttle Star (nearly bought the album - god help me)

6. do you read my lj: naturally

7. if you do, what is particularly good/bad about it: It's regular, detailed, varied and expressive.

8. an interesting fact about you: I was 'arressted' aged 13 for stealing a bar of soap from Boots. If they'd done how smelly I usually was then the'd have let me get away with it.

9. are you in love/have a crush at the moment: erh! Is that like kissing? Yuk

10. favourite place to be: crusing down a US highway

11. favourite lyric: fly the ocean in a silver plane, see the jungle when it's wet with rain.

12. best time of the year: Oohh hard. The first warm days of Spring in May and Christmas of course.

13. weirdest food you like: I have very bland taste in food.

14. do farts make you laugh: I taught in a boys' secondary school. What do you think?

1. a film: Pan's Labyrinth
2. a book: The Lovely Bones (shows how often I read these days)
3. a band, a song and an album: Keiser Cheifs, Rehab by Amy Winehouse, Kevin Spacey's Beyond the Sea!

1. one thing you like about me: bloody good laugh

2. two things you like about yourself: Good at hosting stuff and you can count on me to do something stupid

3. put this in your lj so i can tell you what i think of you: Bloody hell

Tis the season

I love christmas. It's the best. Our ice skating session at the Navel College last night was very festive indeed. I was glad, though, not to partake of the mulled wine as it was a bit chilly (apprently) which isn't really want you want from mulled wine. A diet coke yes. An infused christmas beverage no.

There is something about skating that's so back in the day. You cannot help but be 13 (which is normally not a very good thing at all). It's heartwarming to see that nothing has changed. The characters are still the same. The slightly older than he should be sleezy man skating faster than everyone to impress the 'laydeeze'. The group of gels who giggle too much and you always feel are laughing at you (well I do anyway). Then there is the gang of (usually boys) who break the rules. Last night it was skating together in 'more than twos'. It all rather resembled a conga line at a wedding.

Anyway, I didn't fall (bonus) although I did nearly push a small boy over (which would have been very enjoyable indeed).

Happy christmas.