If you’re a parent in the UK or Canada, you probably know all about the Pipkins in Waybuloo.
We recently discovered it, simply because it came on the television and Emma was hooked. It made her laugh!

I love watching her face and expressions when it’s on, and I of course love her smiling and laughing at it.

So much that when I squeal Cheebies (it’s what Pipkins call children) at her she laughs.

Take Two

It is no surprise to many that I am a book worm and addict.  I have been since I was knee high to a grasshopper.  I was reading on my own at two and a half years old.  By the age of seven I spent my summer holidays hidden away at the local library, every year until I was ten. I love to read.  Getting a new book in a much loved series sends me giddy with excitement.

As I got older, my tastes changed, I went from Sweet Valley and the Babysitters Club to Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, to John Grisham, Stephen King and James Patterson, then to Tess Gerritsen and Linda Fairstein. Then I stumbled across a Laurell K Hamilton Book, Incubus Dreams, and urban fantasy was my new drug. Laurell K Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Kelley Armstrong, Charlaine Harris, Rachel Vincent, in fact if you give me a novel that contains Vampires, Weres, Shifters, Zombies, Faeries, Witches and the like, then I will read it and probably add it to my collection.

So when I came across Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Series, I was hooked.

I devoured this series like a starved child eating a slice of birthday cake. After each book I hungered for the next one.  At the moment I’ve not had the time nor finances to buy the final 2 books, but I crave them none-the-less.

So when I heard the news in 2008 and that Sookie Stackhouse and her scrumptious vampires and weres and shifters and faes were hitting the silver screen, I was ecstatic! Couldn’t wait.

Southern Vampires was being turned into a TV series called True Blood.

Must. Watch.

So in 2010, I tuned into watch the first episode and I wasn’t quite sure.  I had my concerns, after all books that are turned into movies are often nothing much like the book, things get missed out, things get added in, and the actors and actresses that portray your favorite characters are not what you’d imagined when reading. I was apprehensive. Surely they have much more freedom with a TV series than they do with a movie, but I wasn’t holding my breath.

Sure enough, after the 7th episode of Season One, I declared to my husband and fellow Stackhouse lovers that I refused to watch it, my disappointment was evident. I stopped watching.

Then 2 weeks ago, whilst on Twitter, one of my followers mentioned True Blood and we got talking, she (Cecily) said that I should really give it a try.  Like me she was a fan of the book series, and she loved the show. OK. Everyone deserves a second chance, so lets give this another go.

I got the first series and pushed past the 8th episode.  I was still unsure, but I persevered.

I got the second series and by episode three I’d already got the third and fourth series. By the end of the third series, I’d got the fifth series.

Despite the producers taking a few things differently to the books (artistic license and the like) I am as hooked as I am to the books.

It doesn’t hurt that the male characters cast are so incredibly yummy looking.









Screw you Edward Cullen, I’m all for Eric Northman now. Although Jean-Claude still holds a certain part of my heart.


So yesterday was a pretty eventful day. I woke up with a cold sore. It’s a combination of “feel good” and “attractive”. Cold sores are the new black. For reals.

My sarcastic streak is on top form today. It’s like it had extra caffeine with breakfast this morning! Except it’s after midnight and I’ve not had any coffee yet. Perhaps it’s cranky.

Yesterday evening my brother-in-law Alan asked his long term girlfriend to marry him. To be fair, it’s about time. We’d all been saying they should get married for ages now, so often that I even created a Facebook page called “Alan should TOTALLY marry Tash”
Anyway, so they’re engaged and I couldn’t be any happier for them (unless of course there’s also a baby on the way, cause that’d just be freaking awesome).

So they’re getting married!!!! I wish them all the happiness in the world and can’t wait to celebrate their big day!

After that excitement, the hubs and I settled down with some tv. The hubs put on a new series of 24.

Between the excitement of the engagement and the suspense of tonight’s viewing, I’m fully wired.

Hubs is fast asleep. I’m laying in bed, writing a post and wishing I didn’t have a stupid cold sore and also wishing that our bed was a king size rather than a double.

Hopefully sleep will claim me soon and I won’t fall off the edge of the bed where I’m perched.

Jerry!! Jerry!! Jerry!!

This morning I got up, showered, got breakfast, sat down and turned on the TV.

Usually, since starting my new job, I’ve been able to watch Charmed (or about 40 minutes of it) on Sky Living Plus.

This morning when I turned on the TV, Charmed hadn’t started yet.
Instead, I was greeted with a tall, skinny, ginger guy, with a huge great big ginger bushy moustache. He was wearing a pink flowery ladies silk nightie, well, really it was more of a bedtime teddie. And pink fluffy slippers.

The camera zoomed in on his legs, all varicose veined up and pasty.

Somehow I still managed to eat my toast and drink my coffee.

It was, um, interesting I guess?

Start the day as you mean to go on I suppose. Wonder how many more men I’ll see in ladies bed clothes today.