Sunday, May 30, 2010


On seeing a few of my internet/actual friends had joined a facebook group for Feminazis from hell, for all the women out there who aren't typical women (as it were). I know a few amazing women who consider themselves feminist. In no way do I think that their choices are any better than mine, nor vice versa. But this is my take on it...

I'm not a huge feminist, I sew, I bake, I have a partner, I'm a student, I have a six year old.

Very much the "typical" female role in the household. On the other hand, I'm very much anti "girl" Not that being a girl is a bad thing, I'm just not that person. I don't live in an immaculate showhome and I never will, not with a 6 year old who has two giant guinea pigs, 2 cats - one long and one shorthair, plus a labrador.

The problem I face with being my gender is the child factor. The fact is I don't want children, and this may sound horrific but I was never the "having kids" type, Yet I'm so anti abortion I have my daughter. I don't feel the need to procreate, so i asked to be sterilised, Something which is such a huge decision in anyones life.

I thought long and hard about it, deciding the pro's and cons of it, I realised I don't want to be stuck attached to drugs to control my body to ensure I might not have a family. The fact of the matter is no contraception is 100% affective and the decision to not do it any more really made me happy.

It would mean that I can't have children at all, the very thought of which fills alot of women with fear. So I went to the doctors, made the appointment, got a referral where I was ridiculed for being 27 and not wanting to kids, how dare I make such a choice. The consultant is so sure that I will want a family that he refuses to steralise me until I'm 30, even saying he would bet me that I would change my mind.

I don't feel this was a very mature or professional thing to do, but me being the stubborn girl I am, took his bet. I absolute abhor losing anything, plus the more insistant that he is that I'll change my mind the more insistant I am that I won't.

My doctor says I should write him a letter, as apparently I was happy with this choice, to wait until I'm 30, but I just can't get the courage to do it yet, It's two years away, minus x months, I know in my heart that I don't want a family but it's still such a huge commitment.

I just thought I would share that with you guys, so thoughts would be nice :)


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

carma cawheelion

Yes I know it's a rubbish title but I don't care! :)

So, let me see....

I'm Julie, I'm 28 I drive a mark 3 VW Golf 1.6 litre and it has no where near enough power for my liking. I'm a complete car geek, I love cars, not like you'd know from my blog, it's been all cooking and crafts to date!

So I decided tonight for you lucky few I'd write a bit about my days at college.

First of all

Mechanics like doctors aren't infallible, we do make mistakes. Myself, I got a socket set jammed under the safety switch on the four poster ramp, jamming it.....while my car was on the bloody thing.

We used a jack to jack the leg up, getting it high enough to move the socket set from under the switch and move the ramp, phew disaster averted.

Today Chloe cross threaded a nut on a fuel injector

this was the injector, she cross threaded the bolt that attaches between the camshaft and the actual injector, meaning our lecturer had to fix it with a hacksaw.... It worked though!

To make us all feel better Peter told us one of his horror stories, he was working on a Suzuki motorbike and overtightened the timing chain, leaving it in a silver mist of fuel, writing off the guys engine. He said he felt like asking if he should get his coat.

Mistakes are part and parcel of the job, it's kind of terrifying to know that someones pride and joy is in your care and you solely are responsible for it. This is why I am glad to look at things but I would NEVER attempt something if I wasn't 100% confident I could do it.

This is a formula four car, from Knockhill racing circuit, they brought it down for us to do pit stop challenges on, our team "The Dubnuts" (Hey me and Liam like VW's sorry...) got 38 seconds, which is good, but no where near the 28 seconds that won the prize - an all expenses paid trip to Knockhill and a chance to see the touring car final full hospitality!!!!

We have a variety of lecturers on our course

this is two of their cars

The one on the left is a Blue Citreon Picasso and the one on the right is a V8 Red Chevy Camaro Belonging to V8 Pat as we've dubbed him. I love this car, left hand drive, BHP and torque coming out its ears. (you non car people are like blah blah what now, aren't you? I'm sorry!)

We've done a few things so have some other car pictures

One of the students in another class put the jack in the wrong place on a red Saxo the college have, bending the chassis and moving the radiator, myself & Liam had to strip it right down and rebuild it. I have one picture of it stripped down to the bodywork

I think I'm just about done.

I'll leave you with a very very very badly spray painted yellow wheel

This had nothing to do with me nor Liam, this is a car on my street, with one painted yellow wheel, beginner spray painting tip mate, don't drive with your newly painted wheels!!!

Hope that was quite enjoyable for you, if so I'll post a whole day of stripping and parts and oh you'll love it ;)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Little & Large Craft swap

I participated in Vonnie's Little and large craft swap.

I've now posted my stuff away, so let me show you what we got and sent! I can't apologise enough for how picture heavy this post is, but I just couldn't help but show off!

we received this

Which I took some more pictures of. It included a hair band, 2 packets of sweets for Rachel from USA, A box of oreos, chocolate, a bracelet and a little peg doll. (which i forgot to take a picture of, sorry!)

some more pictures of what we got :)

A little pillow, it smells of something, which I can't quite put my finger on!

Some Green & Blacks Dark chocolate, Lush shower gel

A nice knitted hair band for Rachel.

Some Tinkerbell sweets all the way from USA

And we sent this...

A lion teddy bear, a horse, 2 bars of chocolate an amigurumi pikachi, jigglypuff, a little mario mushroom. Rachel also wrote a letter and made a little bracelet Which I forgot to take a picture of.

Lion teddy bear, that rachel sewed and stuffed herself

Amigurumi Pikachu, made by me, my first ever one also.

Amigurumi Jiggly Puff, made by me

Rachel's horse that she helped to stitch and decorated by herself.

and finally

MMM chocolate!!

Again, apologies for the sheer picture heavyness of this post but I'm pleased with both what we sent and what we got in return

Monday, May 3, 2010

Gotta have cake, cake, cake, gotta have cake!

Since it's a bank holiday, and the weather here, although hot isn't staying dry for any length of time to allow Rachel to not be in doors, nipping my head!

So we decided to bake

nice simple cake recipe since Rachel made it, I just supervised

250g butter
250g sugar
250g self raising flour
200 degree oven/gas mark 6
3 large eggs (approx)

Mix butter and sugar together in bowl, sieve flour into bowl (and all over washing machine, cooker.....)

mix eggs in stir, spoon into cake cases and bake for about 30 mins

the end result is

lots of multi coloured cake, we gave some to the neighbours, since they got harassed by my neighbour last night, Rachels really pleased with them. We made some amount of mess but hey it was fun!