Sunday, 28 September 2008

Busy Weekends

Our weekends are so busy every week.  I don't know why.

I wake up before 07:00. By 8:00 or 8:30 we are usually driving down to Oxleas' Woods.  Takes only 15 - 20 min. to get there.  Walk around in the Woods about 40 min. Sometimes we have a little socialisation at Oxleas Cafe with few usual doggy gangs and their humans.

On the way back, we drop by at Pets at Home to top up Woody's food.  Back home around 10:30 - 11:00

Have a breakfast/lunch around 11:00.

Then we can relax few hours. But these days, I am working on my assignments during this time.

Light snack around 13:00

Little rest

By 15:00, Woody dog is ready to go out again for "migration walk". That's what we call it as it is a long lead walk around our neighbourhood.

It's around 17:00 by the time we get back home from the walk.

Start cooking and eat dinner around 18:00.

Watch TV/DVD afterwards then, go to bed by 22:00!

This is only Saturdays.

Sundays are even busier.

The same until breakfast/lunch. Then we start laundry and go grocery shopping.  No relaxing time there!

come back and light snack around 13:00

Finishing off laundries.

a couple of hours rest, then "Migration walk" around 15:00.

Back home 17:00

Dinner 18:00

Watching TV/DVD for few hours. (Recently I am doing some assignment work during this time as well !)

Bed time by 22:00 sometime even earlier because we are so exhausted over the busy weekend schedule !

I had a day off on Friday since I am so busy at weekends and needed solid hours to finish off some of assignments !

Oh shouldn't spend time writing blog like this.... never mind.

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Don't, Don't, DON'T !!


"Don't do it, don't, DON'T !!" shout a neighbour, to her grandchild. Then, often crying follows. 

There is a couple living near our house whom their grand children visit frequently over weekends.

I am not sure what is wrong with those kids but they seems to be shouted at by the grandmother all the time.

Is it their fault?

Although I am sure children push their boundaries whenever an opportunity arises, it is, I think, down to adults how to handle the situation in a positive way.

Every time I hear her shout, it effects me even though I am not the one being shouted at. Unfortunately, the routine often happens on a lovely sunny weekend when everybody opens windows or chilling out in a garden. 

I cannot help wondering how the shout effects these children.  When a child gets aggressive or not following what is being told, what would be an effective way of stopping an unwanted behaviour?

I read many dog training books but non of them suggested to shout at dogs. Often it encourages positive reinforcement in a good behaviour to remove an unwanted behaviour as they only go deaf to a handlers command or make them even more aggressive.

I am sure humans are the same.  Sad thing is the grandmother does not seem to realise how her behaviour effecting those children... and don't forget, her neighbours too.

They are such a nice couple. I wish I had a courage to tell her to stop shouting, but I will never do it because I am so scared to be shouted at by her !!

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Totally Kaviar


Fishy spreads from Scandinavia called Kaviar is always comes in a tube. I think it's smoked cod roe mixed with something like mayonnaise, though I have never figured out what exactly is because ingredients are all written in Norwegian or Swedish. Whatever that is, it is an extremely familiar flavour for Japanese.  Salty, fishy smoky, and it goes very well with a toast.  Japanese loves salted code roe called "Tarako" which we mainly eat with rice but also used in a variety of cooking.

Few weeks ago, on my way back from Stavanger in Norway, I managed to purchase 3 tubes of Kaviar which I have been enjoying so much on a toast or as a sandwich spread.

I don't know why it does not widely available in UK despite Brits are a nation of fish lovers.  I have only seen it once in a Swedish food shop attached to Ikea in Croydon, and it looks like a Swedish shop in London called Totally Swedish sells this as well. 

Unfortunately I can't ask my colleagues in Oslo to bring it over since the tube is more than 100 ml which exceeds the onboard limit. I was stopped at an airport security in Stavanger and was asked to check my luggage in. :(

Oh my favourite Kaviar, when can I see you next !?

Click the picture below to watch an advert of Kavia