Firstly, I cannot blog tonight without mentioning Oklahoma and such terrible devastation.
I can’t imagine what it must be like. We had the tail end of Hurricane Sandy and that rocked our little world in the Autumn/Fall, but this…..
Too sad 😦
It’s been a troublesome week for my other half, whose main problem has been that he has been unable to find the right shoelaces for his shoes in the land of America.
It’s been a little like living with a hairy, swearing Goldilocks for five days.
‘Crap, these ones are too fat.’
‘Damn, these ones are too short.’
‘Bugger it, these ones are too long.’
Giant – check. Out of stock.
Kendals – check. Nope
Target – check. Wrong size.
‘You’ll probably just have to buy some new shoes,’ one shop assistant told him.
To me this would sound an excellent excuse to initiate a purchase. To my other half, this is just ridiculousness being spouted forth. (I admit, on reflection, it is a little OTT.)
Four way crossing / All way stop
I’m still getting my head round how these work (a four-way stop is when there are four approaches to the intersection)….and every time I reach one I think ‘Why didn’t they just put in a roundabout?’
Anyway, I get told that the rules are whoever got there first can go first. And it’s all a bit stop / start / stop still with me, but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it 🙂
The interweb also tells me that in the USA, if vehicles arrive at approximately the same time, each driver must yield to the drivers on their right. So now I am even more confused…..
Tea blog responses
What a lot of comments there were on my tea blog!
I am now adorned with knowledge about where to get tea in a pot, not ten miles from here!
I have also been given a tea challenge with my friend Nicole who writes the blog HoCoLoco. I am to prepare and pour her a proper cup of tea and in return she is going to get me an Arnold Palmer (a beverage consisting of iced tea and lemonade, named after American golfer Arnold Palmer) in order to see if I come any closer to liking iced tea (which currently makes me feel like barfing)…..watch this space!
To add to the tea theme, Dear Americans, if you’ve never dunked a biscuit in a hot drink, please, go and try it – in fact, try it now!
Dunking biscuits is a British tradition with a cup of tea, and this video explains (in British comedy terms by Peter Kay) all about the perils of dunking biscuits.
I have also been tasked with trying a Reuben Sandwich. I think I might very much like this (the Reuben sandwich is a hot sandwich of corned beef, Swiss cheese, with Russian or Thousand Island dressing, and sauerkraut. These are grilled between slices of rye bread – yummmmmy!), so any advice from lovely HoCo peeps as to where I may find the very best of these would be super!
No soft toss!
This sign was spotted this evening by yours truly.
In the UK this has a very different meaning from the US one (which I had to look up and FYI, fellow Brits, it means this: ‘A no soft toss sign at a baseball field generally means that batting practice type pitching is not observed on the field.’
Now I understand! It still makes me snigger like a schoolgirl, though 🙂