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Thank Crunchie It's Friday

I usually go to World Market to get British chocolates but the last couple times I have gone there have not been much in the way of Cadbury's. I think it is something to do with Kraft buying Cadbury's and not wanting people having the option of the superior British stuff to the crappy Hershey's stuff.

Well today I found out about a recipe for making something very similar to Cadbury's Crunchie bars and I gave it a go. I was actually quite successful at it. I may have problems buying a Crunchie but now I can make my own and I can make them as big or small as I want them to be!

Say What Now?

I self censor myself sometimes. I don't always say exactly what I am thinking because sometimes it is just better to not sound daft. I also have the ability to whisper and lower my voice. My kids don't seem to be able to do that. They say exactly what they want to say and when they want to say it. They don't, usually, worry about sounding daft or if anyone is in fact interested in what they have to say. They think something and they say it. Also when they start talking to me I must listen. K can say her piece and be done in a matter of minutes. Since Z has been on his medication for ADD, he has a lot to say. He spent about 10 or 15 minutes talking at me a few days ago. People tell me they could listen to Z & K talk all day, I think mainly due to their accents. K is really cultivating an American accent whilst Z is keeping his English accent.

When we were in Washington DC recently for Z's 9th birthday, K said something that I think only a 7 year old would say. This …

Charleston, South Carolina

OK, we live in Mount Pleasant but that is just up the road from Charleston. Literally just over the Ravenel Bridge.

Wet Cookies

No not wet cookies. It has been wet & I've gotten some cookies in the mail recently. As you do. (My kids are back in school and I have free time so I'm amusing myself by putting random blog titles.)

Anyhoo, as I don't work, I have free time and I spend far too much of said free time on FB, Twitter, Klout and t'internet in general. I am not generally a very lucky person. I don't win competitions. I don't win sweepstakes and prize draws. However, recently, I have 'won' a few things. I won a poster from a competition on FB and it is now framed and in my hallway.

I have gotten several 'perks' from Klout but I will admit I have absolutely no idea what their coring system is all about and how they work out what topics I am 'influential' in. I've gotten stuff varying from books to tea to  energy drinks to t-shirts to gift cards.

Recently I won a box of cookies & brownies from The Protein Bakery through a competition on Bella Vivere: …

Confession, I'm a Nerd and Proud.

I admit it. I'm a nerd. Also I freely admit that yes, I am a grown woman and I have a crush on actor Zachary Levi. Yes he is on my 'list'. I actually wrote to him recently, second time ever I have written to a celebrity, to say thanks and that I used him and his company The Nerd Machine, as an example for my kids to show them that being a nerd is not a bad thing. Z is a nerd and he is very conscious of what people think of him. He wants to be a marine biologist or a paleontologist when he grows up. He likes drawing comics and has a unique view of the world. The fact he also wears glasses and is not at all sporty has lead to some people thinking he is a nerd. But, I have now told him that that is not a bad thing. In fact they were paying him a compliment. It just means that he is passionate about something. In fact in his case it means several things. I have things I am passionate about to that could lead people to say I am a nerd. I freely admit it though. I know it's…

The South

How Long?

We have been in the US now for almost 3 years. Hopefully the green card process will start for us at the end of the year. Ben's boss seems keen and has told us to tell him what he needs to do and when, so I am hopeful that it will be relatively smooth sailing when it comes to actually getting it all off the ground.

Anyway, as we don't really know exactly how long we are going to be in the US for, we need to make the most of it. Since we arrived in Indiana and subsequently moved to South Carolina, we have been trying to see as much of this country as we can afford to. Being on 1 salary sucks. So far we have been to various places around Indiana as that was fairly easy to do for day trips. We have also gone to Chicago, Illinois and ventured along a bit of Route 66. We also went to Lincoln Park Zoo not long after we arrived in the US. Winter was not a great time to go through. We have been across to Kentucky, literally just over the bridge from Indiana and also across to Ohio. We…