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My nearest Waterstones is twenty miles away so when online books came along I stopped going there. I shall definitely make that journey again though. Not only have they got the most wonderful selection of books, they are also brilliant on price too. My husband wanted two particular books. I said "check the net". he took a look at the online book shop that I used. the books were a little cheaper but, once you've added the p&p, there was little difference. in fact, Waterstones was a little cheaper and the dilivery time was shorter. The only problem with going to the store is that I shall probably buy more than I intended to.
Dear Santa... I have tried to be good this year. I have not shouted at my little boy Jonathan for wiping the contents of his nose on the walls, the settee, bird's cage. I have not told him off for trying to insert a sharp pencil up the cats bottom. I have not complained to my husband Richard for leaving the contents of his shaver in the sinkor leaving the roasting pan smelling in the oven after he's finished the washing-up. I really do think I deserve a little something for being on call 24-7, don't you. There is only one thing that I would really, really like for christmas, Santa, and that is Arnold Vosloo. Remember him? He's that hunk who played Imhotep in The Mummy... BTW - Don't bother to gift-wrap him - in fact don't bother to wrap him at all... Very best wishes, Ruth
For the last four or five years we have had a fake tree. Last year I decided that I fancied a real one with roots in a pot so that it could be planted in the garden afterwards. Husband moaned and groaned but I sulked until I got my own way. Never again. Husband looked through a few shops and came home with the best specimen he could find. Looked a bit dry, but after a good watering it would be okay - not! Within hours the pines were starting to fall. They were everywhere. The cat got one stuck in his pad. My five year old couldn't resist examining the tree - and the pines fell faster. By Christmas Day it was skeleton. We did try it in the garden but in the end it had to be dug up and laid to rest. My little boy was very, very upset. This year the fake one is coming out again.
Every so often my mum orders a hamper at Christmas. Being in ill-health it enables her to get all her Christmas goodies together and just pay a bit at a time to the catalogue. I personlly don't like them. Each time the hamper arrives she asks me if I can use some of the contents because she and my dad don't like/use them. To me this is false economy because if you add up the total value of the goods it often comes to a lot less than the price of the hamper, and if you are going to discard some of the contents, it makes the hamper even more expensive.
I recently saw The Mummy for the first time on video after my mum recommended it to me. What a great film. I did not know what to expect. Was it a horror film? An adventure film? To me it was a cross between Indiana Jones and Hammer Horror. The cast was brilliant - that Arnold vosloo as Imhotep is sure to be a wow with the ladies. Brendan Fraser was pretty cool as the hero, but I'm not quite sure about John Hannah as Jonathan. If he had been a bit younger, Hugh Laurie would maybe have been better for the part. It's the usual story of priest has fling with top-totty. she dies, he tries to bring her back to life, he is executed, he comes back to resurrect her using the body of a modern day woman. The special effects are really very good. I jumped out of my chair a few times I can tell you. I have now bought the video and am eagerly awaiting the sequel - The Mummy Lives (with the same cast)...
This site makes a welcome change from all the other "free gooodies" sites. Everything is free, but instead of the usual coupons, tapes, magazines, make-money offers, this site is devoted to internet freebies. Whatever you want for your website is here. I love the links to messageboards. I picked up a really good counter for my site, too. There is every web tool under the sun there as well as the usual links to emails, ISPs, banners and even free domain names. Okay, the site isn't the best for graphics, but it's the offers that I go there for. What I also like about this site is that it is not too technical for a "mere female" like me to understand. So many internet sites are really aimed at the fellas.
I have been with 24-7 Freecall for a couple of months now and i am one very satisfied customer. I pay £19.99 per month for 24-7 and don't have to worry about the phone bill coming through my letter box. When you dial-up to 24-7 you first of all go to a login page where you enter your user id and password. A number of users have complained about this, but it only takes a few seconds and does not bother me in the slightest. The only thing I can say against it is that, as yet, email and web space is not available. Having said that, this is quite a young service provider and many extras are promised in the near future. Regarding dial-up, I personally usually get on first time, though occasionally it takes 2-3 attempts. Another good feature for those who do a lot of down-loading, is that there is no standard cut-off time.
If you love chocolate, especially continental chocolate, then this is the site for you. I have recently joined the chocolate Tasting Club and it is fantastic. My introductory parcel contained a box of 20 exquisite choccies, two bars of chocolate and some real chocolate buttons to melt to make hot chocolate. It was fantastic. The great thing about this club is that you don't have to have a selection each month. Just tell them when you do want one. At the moment it is £14.95 per selection. Seems expensive, but the choccies are really good. When I joined there was £5 off the first one. When you order the second selection you get a really nice glass hot choc mug free.
Seriously, this is a toughie. Let's face it - different children react to different punishments in different ways. When I was a child I think i had a smack twice in ten years. What really worked for me was to be denied my favourite treats or being sent to bed. Mum only had to say "just wait till your dad gets home". Worked a treat everytime. Now my son is a different matter. He is nearly six and has got Special Needs. His delay in emotional development means that he can be a naughty little monkey on times. A smack doesn't work - he would just smack me back. If I tell him off he tells me to "shut-up". If I deny him anything he becomes hysterical. He never reacts the same way each time, either. All I can suggest is to try different methods and see which one works best. I personally don't believe in smacking as a norm but I do appreciate that sometimes an incident will occur where it is so serious that nothing else will work. As long as it is just a smack and not violent abuse, of course.
Many years ago I watched my grandfather die a slow agonising death from sever Parkinsons' Disease. It was very upsetting. What I am about to write may shock, upset or offend you, but it is the truth, and the truth must out, as the old saying goes. Reg got to the stage where he did not recognise my mother. He thought she was his sister. The muscles in his throat relaxed so much that he could swallow nothing but trifle or yogurts for fear of choking to death. His muscles in his bottom relaxed so much that he could not deficate. Regularly a nurse had to insert her hand in his bottom and remove the contents. He had to wear a bag attached to his penis for fear of wetting himself because he could not say he wanted the toilet. To put it bluntly he was reduced to experiencing all kinds of indignities just to survive from day to day. He died in a residential home, a sad confused old man. It broke my heart. My mother had wanted to look after her parents in their old age but her own, and my health problems prevented it. Looking back, Euthanasia would have been so much kinder than to let him suffer as he did in his last months. And, boy, did he suffer. When it came my Nan's turn, we were in a position to nurse her at home, but she, too, was very ill with bad lungs and a bad heart. She was in a lot of pain in the end. My mum spent many nights listening to her screaming in pain in her restless sleep. My Nan wanted to die, and luckily nature stepped in and she got her wish. Watching these two people who I loved dearly suffer as they did has convinced me that, if I were in the same position, I would want someone to put me out of my misery.
I was given a couple of these eyeshadows for my birthday this year. I often buy the Body Shop smellies but had not tried the make-up before. I can honestly say that I am very impressed. The shadow loads on the brush easily. Not too much and not too little like some others. It goes on well without caking and is very easy to blend. It lasts well too. I have got sensitive eyes and I did not find myself rubbing my eyes once. some shadows make my eyes go dry and burn, but I was fine here. I called into my local Body Shop to look at the full range of colours and I liked what I found. I shall definitely be adding to my eyeshadow collection...
I was chatting with my friend the other day and she was rummaging through her make-up box. She showed me her latest buys and the Molton Brown Lip gloss was amongst them so I had a look at it. The packaging was good, but I was not at all impressed by the gloss itself. Okay, it wasn't bad, but it was no better than some of the cheaper ones like Boots 17. There is no way that I would pay around a tenner for this gloss just because it is presented well.
I used this product for years when I wanted my hair a vibrant red. I swore by the Santa Cruz. the only reason I have stopped using it is that I fancied a change of colour - something more dramatic - and the shade I wanted wasn't available in this range. Recital is easy to use, doesn't smell to strong, and the finishing colour results are really impressive. the after conditioner leaves your hair really nice and the colour doesn't fade too quickly like some dyes do.
I tried this product because I had been using a permanent dye for ages and I wanted one which would be more gentle on my hair. I chose a reddish shade to boost the colour of my hair and blend in the grey. The first thing that I noticed about this product was the smell. I suffer from the odd bout of asthman and my chest felt rather tight. I had to open the bathroom window and put the fan on. the dye went on well and did not drip. I left it on for the max 45 mins so that the grey would be properly covered. When it came to rinsing it came off well but I was not impressed by the after-conditioner. It left my hair feeling very sticky and took a great deal of rinsing to remove. Over the next couple of weeks I noticed quite a bit of colour loss when I rinsed my hair after shampooing and my hair colour started to fade quite quickly too...
I recently went shopping for a hair dye. I usually use plum/damson shades but wanted something a bit different. I came across Natea's blackcurrant (deep burgundy) at Superdrug. It was on offer for £3.49 instead of the usual £5.29 so I thought I would try it. The first thing you notice about this product is the little sachet of fruit oil which you add to the mixture. It smells absolutely gorgeous. "Good enough to eat" as the saying goes. This dye goes on really easily and does not drip. Be careful if you use the darker shades - it is a permanent dye and will stain - beware of your white bathroom grout... When it is rinsed off, your hair is left feeling very soft and manageable. To be honest, although the box said deep burgundy, my hair actually came out purple - just the shade I wanted. Needless to say, when it came time to do my roots, I bought the same shade again. I just love it...