This is a button: It is on a shirt, where it belongs. But admittedly, there are other kinds of button. There are several on this car key: There are buttons that open things and there are buttons that operate things. … Continue reading
Child 1 has a new friend with whom he has a lot in common. They both live and go to school over here in Pennsylvania, but they were born in England to an English Dad and a Scottish Mum (not … Continue reading
Here’s a thing I never knew. Lots of American women legally change their middle names as well as their surnames when they get married. They bin off (trash) their birth middle names and put their maiden name in the middle … Continue reading
Last week Mr T asked me to buy some muffins at the supermarket (store) and I bought these: And it was weird because I obviously should have bought some of these: But I must have had some kind of Anglo-brain-fuzz … Continue reading
A brief one…
Anyone wondering why the Google logo looked like this yesterday?
It was because Spring began yesterday at, wait for it, exactly 12.57 pm.
I know this because a) they said so on the radio in the morning and b) because Child 2 came home and shared this fact as his news at the dinner table last night.
I have covered the US approach to the seasons recently here, and to their bizarre accuracy about time here, so I very much enjoyed hearing those two cultural differences synthesize so perfectly yesterday. And really I am not too bothered about when Spring is sprung, so long as we are finished with that God awful Winter :)
When did Spring start in the UK this year?
What is a pillow? Is it the thing you put your head on when you go to bed a night? Yes? Thought so. But over here in the US it can be more. It can be this: These are pillows … Continue reading
Child 2 didn’t have the happiest of weeks last week and so on Thursday when he put in a special request to be allowed to try a Shamrock Shake, I was weak. Yes, I succumbed and took Child 2 & 3 to that most famous emporium of fast food, McDonalds. Here is Child 3′s snap of the delicacy they were so keen to try:
A Shamrock Shake, for UK readers, is a seasonal delicacy served up by McDonalds in the week running up to St Patrick’s Day. As a Scot, I am not too interested in commemorating the old snake shoo-ers death day, but the Irish population over here, combined with a general (and laudable) desire by many people to have a good party, have ensured that March 17th is a BIG THING.
But what is a Shamrock Shake? Or – perhaps more to the point – what is IN a Shamrock Shake. Well the quick answer is…. too much. In fact AFTER our little visit to the House of the Golden Arches, I did the research I should have done before I went, and found out that this one shake has 54 ingredients. Can you believe it? 54 ingredients to make a ‘smooth and creamy mint flavoured shake topped with whipped cream and a cherry’? A “medium” shake (16 fl oz) has a whopping 660 calories and – wait for it – 93 grams of sugar. 93!! I have just read a CNN article which suggests that for a healthy adult less than 5% of their daily calories should come from sugar.
So if you are an average adult eating 2000 calories in a day…. only 100 of those calories should be from sugar. And as one gram of sugar has 4 calories that suggests to me that an adult (far less a kid) should not have more than 25 grams of sugar per day.
Which makes a Shamrock Shake look a lot less like a jolly green way to share some luck on St Patrick’s Day and more like a really, really bad thing to put in your mouth.
But there is an upside :) There is one good thing about Shamrock Shakes.
They taste terrible.
Thank goodness they are the most disgusting cross between toothpaste and chewing gum you could ever imagine. Child 2 & 3 hated them. It is so unhealthy I’d have put money on Child 3 in particular loving it, but even she couldn’t drink it. Here’s the evidence (her one is on the right).
So after this little adventure in bad parenting, I am left to reflect that I should have known that anything man-made and green could never be any good. Did I not pay attention to Blackadder all those years ago? Here is one of Percy’s finest moments – making purest Green. Definitely worth sitting through the advert: