29 June 2008

The Sunday Report

* Mr Soup and I are not speaking. It may be some time.

* Planted three bronze coloured sedges and five lomandras today. If the rabbits eat them tonight there will be blood on the lawn tomorrow, I swear. (Followed by rabbit in red wine with garlic mash).

* One orange on my baby orange tree! My god!

* On Thursday I discovered that Son #3 had been involved in a [minor] car accident on Wednesday. When I asked him, trying to keep the rising shriek out of my voice, why HE HAD NOT MENTIONED THIS, he replied I forgot. (EDITED as there seems to be some confusion: he's nine years old. He was one of six children in the car pool car. He was NOT the driver!)

* The car accident? Which involved FIVE cars? Was caused by a mother duck and her ducklings crossing the road.

* Today while watching the youngest child play in a soccer match, the wind was so strong it was actually blowing me off my feet. I kept wishing I was at home in my bed with a cup of tea and my book.

* A friend said my birds nest brooch looked like spiders eggs nestled in pubic hair. I find this funny, but now every time I look at it I see pubes.

* I've almost finished Broken for You and am thoroughly enjoying it. The premise is interesting, the characters engaging, believable and likable to boot, and the writing is elegant. The large print edition I grabbed from the library is proving useful at the boys' 6.00 pm soccer training sessions. I can read in the [near] dark.

* Alan Rickman narrating The Return of the Native is just divine. His beautiful and soothing voice accompanies me on my commute to work; I've even been known to go and sit in my car at lunchtime just to hear a few more minutes. Rickman does a credible West Country accent (all Cap'n Birdseye, guess what I put in my fish fingers, type of speak) and has a pleasant singing voice too - he sings little Wessex ditties and a lovely piece in posh French. The rest of the time it's sonorous Thames Valley RP all the way. Absolutely lovely. Well, except for the bits where the tape is stretched (it's a 1985 recording) and his voice gets deeper and deeper and slower and slower until I nearly fall asleep and drive off the road until the click of the tape giving in altogether wakes me up. I had to go to the library at work (handy, working at a university sometimes ...) and get the book to fill in the missing bits.

* There's a YouTube music video featuring him (Alan Rickman) in a car being sexy, and then doing the tango at a petrol station. Go on. You know you want to.

* I'm truly madly deeply (Alan Rickman reference there, in case you missed it) bad at Scrabulous, but am enjoying Word Twist.

* End of Term 2. Now, two weeks of holidays. (The children that is, not me).

* And because it's bad luck to post without a photo, here's a corner of the nature table currently. (Note lamp base as toadstool aid).

toadstool and knitted acorns on the nature table

45 comments:

CurlyPops said...

Yum garlic mash, my favourite!
Great excuse for not telling you about the car accident. I'll have to remember that defense for the next time I do something wrong!

innercitygarden said...

My brother, a day or two after getting his licence, rang my mother and said "Uh, Mum, I had a bit of car trouble".

So that it doesn't take minutes of STD phone call for you to find this out, "a bit of car trouble" translates from 18 year old boy to English as "I just rolled your car on a dirt road but I'm ok".

As for Not Speaking, it being a weekend, and this being Melbourne, I can only conclude you and Mr Soup barrack for opposing football teams.

BabelBabe said...

seriously? He's old enough to be her father. but he's not old enough to be MY father, so therefore....

glad the boy is fine if a bit forgetful.

xobb

Suse said...

He's old enough to be her GRANDFATHER.

He is a mere 20 years older than me, however.

Badger said...

OH MY. That video! I had other stuff upon which I wanted to comment but now I'm all distracted. Ahem. I think it went something like:

Yikes on the car accident.

Fingers crossed for the orange!

I wasn't speaking to my mister recently but he redeemed himself by taking care of ALL the after-dinner cleanup when we had my parents and grandpa over Friday night. So now we're square again.

There was probably more but whatever, I have to go watch that video again (this time with the sound off, sorry).

blackbird said...

Such a lot of news!

That is a very odd video.

Good luck with Mr. Soup - that kind of news distresses me.

shula said...

I did want to, so I did.

I'd do anything for Alan Rickman.

Anything.

sonrie said...

When it rains, it pours. That's a lot going on...good thing you have Alan Rickman to help you through it...oh, that voice.

Lesley said...

Hmmmm. Alan Rickman video. But what a soppy, wussy song! Waste of a good man!

Donna said...

Your friend is rather mean, that's a terrible thing to say haha!

I'm not sure what it says about me that I find Alan Rickman most sexy when he's Snape.

teachergirl said...

My word - if I could get that at a gas station, I'd never complain about the price of gas again!!

Highwaycottage said...

A very sexy man that Alan Rickman - especially in Truly, Madly, Deeply (which makes me cry everytime). I have to say the birds nest thing reminded me of pubes too :-)

bluemountainsmary said...

Oh dear - the birds nest brooch will never ever look the same.

I trust you and Mr Soup have worked things out.

I am not happy about the car accident either.

I am off to watch Mr Rickman.

herhimnbryn said...

Not speaking? Hope all works out.

Alan Rickman can put his plimsols under my bed anytime! I have seen the vid. before and TMD is a well watched fav. I found RTotN tedious in the extreme as a 17yr old A level student, but his voice would have made all the difference.

Son probably did not forget...was just hoping to spare yr feelings/ delay your wrath.

Nice toadstool.

Jodie said...

oh dear , so many many things going on...hope the bumps even out.

peppermintpatcher said...

Oh my! I went back to look at the bird nest and now I too see pubic hair!

I'm sure that Mr Soup is very sorry. I'm sure that sons never remember to tell the stuff that mothers think important. I'm sure that rabbit and garlic mash will be delicious.

katiecrackernuts said...

Tee hee. I love these weekend posts. Love that you can find these family things funny. Not so sure that with a 14, 17 and 19-year-old in the house we find life so funny these days. Slightly amusing, but often it's at the teen's expense, so they don't find it funny at all.

elena jane said...

i do believe mine would forget too, though i might have heard about the ducks. glad he is okay (and hoping you have recovered)....i hate the not speaking times...
now i must go watch mrtrulymadlydeeply (i love that movie).

Kim said...

ROTFLMAO...pubes....OMG too funny!!! Slap that on your lapel and walk tall and proud! LOL

myartemismoon said...

Love your knitted acorns!!! (and the mushroom is cute too)
Best of luck with the garden

innercitygarden said...

I wasn't confused, I had assumed Son #3 was a passenger (not a 9 year old car thief) but with three sons I was sure you'd come across 'a bit of car trouble' at some stage.

My brother crashed every car he drove between the ages of 18 and 25. He never hurt himself (the cars were not so lucky) and now he's very careful and owns a very nice car bought with his own money. Teenage boys and young men can be unbelievably stupid at times (even when they are clever people) but fortunately the grow out of it. That last bit might be something you want to turn into a poster for your home so you don't throttle them in the interim.

nicole said...

I'd go for Alan Rickman too if I was bent that way ;) . THANK YOU the apple and acorn arrived, Ted says the wool's not too tasty on the acorn....I rescued it :) Hope you and the Mr are talking soon. Truly Madly Deeply - Yes! nx

Stomper Girl said...

You know I would like Alan Rickman to cuddle me in a car but I also thought the song was a bit of a dog.

Mister Fixit and I are not speaking either.

Stacey said...

I love Alan Rickman but I wish you hadn't mentioned him in the same post as pubes.
I have to admit that I thought of pubes too when I saw your brooch.

Janet said...

goodness, boys and cars! eventhough it's the carpool, just not telling you, eek!

I think your brooch looks like a bird's nest. With eggs in it. What's wrong with people thes days?! Although I did think the acorn was a sperm... anyway.

Hope you and Mr Soup are talking again soon. G pulled a sickie on the weekend (which was huge for me), so things have been strained here at chez scruffnut too.

Is it the phase of the moon do you think?

Eleanor said...

It's bad luck to post without a photo huh? That would explain the run of bad luck I've been having lately!

P.S. I saw the nest as pubes too...but you know I would NEVER be able to write that in a comment box...unless someone else said it first, of course.

Victoria said...

Nooo it looks like a birds nest!!!
A bit time not speaking makes the heart grow fonder?
I LOVE the photo. I'm always into your photos.

Jen said...

Oh, man! If only I could get a CD of Alan Rickman narrating my Canon Rebel's Operator's Manual. I'd know how to use it by now.

fifi said...

If what I hear anecdotally aroud here is true, then pubes are a rapidly disappearing resource and one which should be worn as a brooch and celebrated with pride. PRIDE I say. Lovely!

Silence?
I suppose that is a little better than shouting I guess.

And I have never had an orange on my orange tree. Only those giant caterpillarss that turn into those huge black butterflies.

h&b said...

I love pointform blog entries of mind-pourings the best.

Oh - and the nest ( which I love ? ), yeah, I did see pubes a bit, but after your sperm knittings, felt it was best to keep to myself. But seeing it's now out in the open ( it was your macro macro shot to blame :)

bec said...

Am back from my 24 hour daydream of tango-ing with Alan Rickman (and NOT letting him walk off with his backpack at the end) in order to ask the question that I should have asked before you sent me off to Alan last night:

are you and Mr Soup speaking again yet?

Because if things between you two get worse, I just want you to know, you can't have Alan.

He's mine.

Iona said...

Clicked over here from whipup for the wool dye with kids tutorial and then get thoroughly distracted by the mere thought of Alan Rickman's voice.

Be still my beating heart.

Zoe said...

I too share your feelings for Alan Rickman.

Here is a little present in case Mr Soup is still in the naughty corner.

Thimbleina said...

I too think Alan Rickman's voice is so relaxing/sophorific in a nice way. I could do with a tape of his voice when I'm feeling stressed.

Thimbleina said...

Did you knit those acorns, if so are you able to let me know if you used a pattern which one? or is it something you could post. They really are great

Kirti said...

I too am part of the Alan Rickman fan club. He was my first older man crush when I was in my teens and first saw Truly Madly Deeply. Not even a greasy hair do in Harry Potter can deter waver my affections.

Philippa said...

No - I just can't help - the only thing I can think when I see Alan Rickman is Severus Snape.... sauve and sexy just don't apply to Snape!

Molly said...

I've been in a reading slump, and just after reading this spotted "Broken" on the library shelf....Thanks for the suggestion. Still giggling about that bird nest! I bet that old guy was a real geek as a kid. Isn't it strange that some of the ugliest, gawkiest teenage boys turn into interesting men....

kt said...

Yup, agree that it's a dog of a song, but he's incredibly sexy doing the cuddling moves. MMMMMMM. And the tango moves. MMMMM. And yes, I was in the house and that's why he walked away from her...

Mmwwaahahahahaha.

Isabelle said...

Oh, love that toadstool.

I had to read "Native" in order to teach it this year and I have to say that I think bits could be missed out of it without too much damage. Longeurs, is what I felt it had.

Melanie said...

I'm just so amused to find that I'm not the only girl in this world to have Alan-Rickman lust... here I thought it was just me!

Joke said...

It seems there's a spate of domestic intranquillity. Hope it's not contagious.

That sort of stuff distresses me. Of course, if it's not the grave stuff then it doesn't gravely distress me. The grave stuff, howe'er, does.

I'm like that.

-J.

Joke said...

It seems there's a spate of domestic intranquillity. Hope it's not contagious.

That sort of stuff distresses me. Of course, if it's not the grave stuff then it doesn't gravely distress me. The grave stuff, howe'er, does.

I'm like that.

-J.

elena jane said...

lol, i came back to say AR is lovely in that video :)

Suze said...

Can we become facebook friends - I love Word twist too 9and Scrab) - I'm Suze Oz.