Dr Who and Hotel Transylvania 2…just a normal day in our household!


We went to see Hotel Transylvania 2 yesterday and it was great. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the first one and was pleased the second one was as good. We were there as part of the boy’s birthday. He turned eight last week and his birthday has been dominated by Dr Who (birthday presents, cake toppers, party bags etc) and this film. We took three of his friends from his school class and they all seemed to enjoy it. I was shattered though. They are all lovely kids, but oh do they talk! I think the ears were burned off me with the chatter!



So how have you all been? What’s been happening in your neck of the woods? I’ve been really busy again this week – it’s been mad. The previous week was my mum’s birthday and that merged into last week with the boy’s birthday. I made him a cake for his actual birthday and wrapped all his presents. Then on his birthday morning, I made pancakes for breakfast and he told me I was the best mum ever. That made me smile. We had pasta bake for dinner that night (which is one of his favourites – it’s basically Bolognese penne with grated cheese finished off in the oven) and then a few days later I took him, his sister and his friends for a McDonald’s followed by the film. My parents came over to see him on Saturday afternoon and last night, I threw myself in an exhausted heap on to the sofa and drank wine. It was great! I was going to start writing Christmas cards today, but I really can’t be bothered. Next weekend I’ll get it all done.

Next week is my birthday and I am going to spend it doing as little as possible. We are getting a carry out meal for dinner and I will enjoy it with a lovely bottle of wine and a good film on telly. Yes I am a party animal!…not! Yes the simple things are what makes my world tick!

Right on that note, I have a dinner to put on. Til next time!

Dawn xxx (who is 25-and-holding again next week!)



Scary! Oh and some nice pics of textures


So I’ve gone and done it…I’ve signed up to take part in a mini triathlon and am feeling scared. I think the distances are doable and it’s not til next year (September in Stirling) so I have plenty of time to train, but it’s still a bit terrifying! Am sure I’ll be fine. I’ve already been walking and swimming twice this week. Next week I plan to start running again…


So how’s things in your world? Hope you’ve had a good week. I’ve been really busy at work, but it’s been good. I don’t take the car into work any more, I find the traffic too heavy and too stressful and I’m just not prepare to do it any more. On Wednesday, I was all over the southside of Glasgow taking pictures for work and it was great – I got the bus to Pollok, took an underground train to Kinning Park and also got the train to and from the city centre. I loved it. There is nothing better than sitting at the top of a double decker bus (at the front of course) living out my childhood memories. I used to love doing that as a kid and it’s still good doing it as an adult. You can see loads from up there! Such good fun. I waved to an old lady who was staring out of a third floor tenement flat, but she didn’t wave back…probably was wondering who the mad bus top stranger was!! I enjoy travelling by underground too…so long as it’s not busy. It’s so quick to get about the city centre. And then there’s the train journey to and from work…I love travelling by train and it enables me to get some very relaxing reading in!



Yesterday, I took hubby up to B&Q to buy a new wheelbarrow for the garden. This might sound like a boring trip, but I love B&Q (I like any DIY store) and hubby was stir crazy  so it was good for both of us. Then we had lunch at McMonagles (a famous fish and chip restaurant/chippy) – my cod was huge!! And delicious!


Today I did the housework, went swimming with two friends, came home and made lunch. My step-kids were visiting so I made pasta bake, which is basically penne pasta, a Bolognese sauce (home-made, secret recipe and all that) and cheese baked in the oven. Oh it was good…even if I say so myself. It’s kind of a Nelson family favourite which I brought with me when hubby and I started going out. Everyone loves it! My mouth is watering at the memory! It was probably a million calories, but I didn’t care as I scooped it into my mouth.

Convento do Cristo a Tomar

This weekend I’m having a quiet-ish time. My parents are visiting tomorrow and I’ll go swimming as usual on Sunday, but I’m planning to do some reading and writing and that’s it. I do have ironing to do, but I could get that done in a couple of hours tomorrow morning. Hmmmm. Anyway, before I know it it’ll be Monday and I’ll be moaning that I have to get up for work! Sigh.

I had to laugh. The girl is still reading the DarkIsle trilogy and she said it’s really good. I said: “Don’t sound so surprised!” and she said: “It’s just that I didn’t think you would write a book like that.” and I said: “What do you mean?” and she said: “It’s just that you are so boring!”   Out of the mouth of babes!!

Right, am off. Got home-made pizza to make (yes we are on a bit of an Italian trip today!). Til next time!

Dawn xxx