What Is A Whoopsie?

I was telling a colleague about our insane tradition of shopping for “whoopsies” just before closing time on 24th December and before other bank holidays. My colleague asked me “What exactly is a whoopsie?”

I think we first heard the term when a huge ASDA supermarket was built in our hometown. It was the most exciting thing that ever happened (other than the memorable occasion when Sylvester McCoy – a previous Doctor Who – came to visit). That may sound like an exaggeration, but my home town truly had few worldly temptations other than the whoopsie aisle in the ASDA supermarket.

I recall that on the reduced price labels on ASDA products, it had the word “WHOOPS!”, which is why we called the reduced items whoopsies. Other supermarkets may not use this term, but to us, all reduced items are “whoopsies”.

Supermarket, Market, Grocery, StoreWe realized that if you nipped in shortly before closing time, they had dramatically reduced the price of many items. Loaves of bread would be reduced to just one penny! But it is very exciting when you reach the chilled aisles. All sorts of chilled items, hummus, dips, cream desserts, garlic bread, cakes, prepared vegetables, cheeses and meats would be a mere fraction of their original price. The price was reduced to a mere pittance so that they didn’t have to throw all of that food away.

As a family, we came to love the last minute whoopsie dash. Returning home with something special which we had bought for a steal became a source for boasting. When we all left home, well, I guess we lost interest in whoopsies. I live alone. I don’t often feel compelled to go and buy food I won’t have chance to eat.

IMG_20191227_205545.jpgHowever, one of the things I look forward to when I spend time with my family over the holidays is returning to our long lost but slightly insane tradition of shopping for whoopsies. Imagine you are a cashier in the local supermarket, when suddenly a group of around twenty people pour into the store and all head straight to the reduced item shelves. I don’t know what they must think of us!

Then we present our finds to the till and gloat over how much money we saved. This year was a goodan! It was all party food! What a feast we had!!!

It’s not just about the tiny amount of money we spent on food. It’s all about the fun. The whole family having a great time, exulting because we spent so little on our groceries. Yes, we might seem slightly insane. But all that matters is that we are a family with a lot of love, warmth, and fun. We do not waste money on decorations and gifts. We all work for charities – why would we subscribe to what this commercial system tells us to do? We just love being together and having a great time, on a shoestring budget.

I do love my family!!!

 

Please Don’t Take It Out On Me

Oh I did not want to go to work today! Paid work that is. I was not in the mood for it at all. I was right to feel that way. On numerous occasions, I felt like saying, “just because you have eaten too much, drunk too much, spent too much and argued with your nearest and dearest too much – please do not come here and take out all of your frustration on me!”

Anyway, I survived work! Ten hours of work! Not once did I say what I was thinking. Instead I smiled serenely at all of our patients and calmly explained what they needed to do next.

In between obnoxious outbursts from clearly unhappy patients, I closed my eyes and thought about my wonderful family. We didn’t eat too much. There was no alcohol. We burnt off the calories everyday by running after the kids. There were no arguments at all. We didn’t spend too much money because we don’t do decorations or gifts. We just make the most of the time off work to be together. As every day with my family tends to be – it was very joyful.

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Love, joy and peace do not come from things, whether they are shiny or sparkly, nor food, whether sweet or savoury. Love, joy and peace come from making sure everyday is about giving to the people you come into contact with. Giving a smile, a kind word, a thank you, a forgiving spirit, a compliment, a listening ear, some support, a funny joke or a host of other things that brighten their day and lighten their load. Love, joy and peace have nothing to do with the great commercial materialistic event that was last week.

Now I back at my little nest recovering from a demanding day at work, I am bracing myself for another long day at work tomorrow, after which I will travel to the other side of London to see Jack. So excited!!!

Burning Off Calories

pt.pngOh the mayhem that is our family hanging out during the winter bank holidays! So much fun! Games, epic hide and seek, karaoke and dancing. A lot of dancing. The little kids in our family absolutely love dancing.

A lamp was broken, but other than that, no casualties. A great time had by all. Nobody allowed to stay on the sofa. After all the yummy soup, lasagne and garlic bread, chilli and rice, cheesecake and trifle (yes that’s what we have been eating all week!) we made sure we burnt off the calories.

We kind of do things our own way. So much fun!!!

I’m His

sad little annie xWell…I am publishing this post in advance – kind of busy the moment as I imagine many of you will be too! With both myself and many of my family having worked most bank holidays because we work in healthcare, I would like to give a shout out to all those who work while others relax. In addition to the grafters, I am also mindful of those who will spend today all alone by now choice of their own. It’s a weird time of year, and I know many struggle with it.

Today has been looming in my mind for a while. By the time this post has been published, my parents and siblings and their marriage mates will all be aware that for the past few months “Jack” and I have been courting.

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I am expecting that initially they won’t believe me! I think they are going to be quite bewildered. Mandy and Milly will finally acknowledge that they always thought there was an attraction between Jack and I in the past,

lightsJack will also have told his parents and his siblings who he is with at the moment. Ironically, we are both away from London. I am splitting the holidays up between North Wales and the North of England. I will be just over an hour away from Jack’s family. But in spirit we are together! Ha! Well…maybe anyway! We won’t see each other though until we are back in London. I have to go back first for work. He will be in London a few days later. I am sure we will have a very fond reunion with lots to talk about!

We will have a couple of weeks to mention to close friends what has been going on, before our first public event together. Life is going to get very interesting!

He is mine and I am his! Going to try not to worry about anything else for now! Going to try not to worry about what my family and friends might say that might be hard to hear. Decisions are on the horizon, but I am happy for them to stay on the horizon for now, because they might be too difficult to face quite yet.

It just feels so right.

Three Pretty Maids In A Row

I like everyday (for the most part). I like all the people I see each day (for the most part). However, far and above the very best of days, are the days I am able to be with my sisters.

I have lots of friends who have become like sisters. But much as I love them, nobody can take the place of my sisters. Milly I just love to bits. I have always loved her so much. Milly and I are similar in temperament. Mandy I am more similar to intellect. Mandy can be fiery, which neither Milly nor I know how to be. Mandy gives Milly and me confidence. We give her security. I could write many pages analysing how that plays out…but my time is shrt right now.

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Three different personalities. But we all like the same foods, and we have the same dress sense and love the same music. We are all children of our hard-working, faithful, reliable parents. We are aspiring to be like our gorgeous and sweet sweet parents.

The best of days! Mel, Mandy and Milly are together today. Nothing else matters right now.

I’m On My Way! (Well Nearly)

Four days down, and only one to go! Then I travel to mi familia! Happy happy days!

beebsTonight it is the last episode of Masterchef: The Professionals – FINALS WEEK!!! I have loved watching this series. I missed some of the earlier episodes, but I have caught all of FINALS WEEK. I just loved it!

I am not a great cook. But amazingly, some people actually pay me money to cook for them. So far, nobody has died because of my cooking, which I find encouraging. But the young chefs in this series are so impressive. It makes cooking seem very exciting. The last two days I did ten hour shifts. Tomorrow should be easier I think. Oh, I do hope so!

The day after tomorrow – I’M ON MY WAY! On my way to paradise – Snowdonia, here I come! Yay!!!!

 

He Is In For A Treat!

oh no!.jpgI mentioned in the post yesterday that I had a very close shave when I was with Jack recently. Jack was spotted at a service station by none other that the younger brother of my brother-in-law! Which is frankly a bizarre, but hilarious coincidence.

Two bundles of unpredictable energy and fun both connected to me…at a motorway service station. On the actual scene, I was horrified. The thought of him seeing me and Jack together and breaking the news to my family before I have…or even worse…announcing it on social media – it’s just too awful to imagine! But once I was over the shock, I started to laugh – a lot!

dp2.jpgWhen I think of my brother-in-law’s younger brother, I think of Goofy. He is the human version of Goofy.

Anyway…I am thinking of all sorts of parties I have been at with him (my brother-in-law’s younger brother) and days out into the city or to some event we all wanted to go to. Him passing his driving test, buying a new car the very next day and crashing it…he crashed it in the driveway. Scraped the body work to smithereens! I could share so many stories with you!

dp3Anyway…I likened him to a combination of Mr Bean, Basil Fawlty and Frank Spencer. You have to meet him, and go for days out to the beach with him, and dance with him at parties to understand how.

Jack will love him to bits! And wait until my brother-in-law’s younger brother finds out Jack is dating me…oh my goodness. Ay karumba! Maybe I should block his phone number right now!!!

It is going to be so much fun! Jack with my family. He has met some of my family, but now the extended family. He is in for a treat!