Saturday, April 08, 2006

Oh hello!

You still here? Ja, um, I haven't been the most diligent blogger the last week or two, have I? Sorry 'bout that. I'm here now though. What's that? My excuse? Ah, well.... don't really have one. You know, work and such... although, it's not that I've been working late or anything. Heh, shouldn't have told you that - I could've just lied & given you some sob story about being slave-driven at work. Hmf, well, actually I'm a terrible liar.

Truth is, I've been trying to stay off the computer in the evenings. My little family was beginning to think I didn't like them anymore, I was spending so much time with you guys. We couldn't let that happen now, could we? So I've made a concerted effort to not even turn the computer on when I get home in the evenings. Not even to check email. And unfortunately my work environment is such that I don't really get too much time to blog from there, although I do sneak in the occasional read and comment. I mean, I have to keep up with what's going on in everyone's life, don't I? And then of course there's the other problem - has anyone else been battling to leave comments? Bah humbug (yes I know that's unseasonal but pfft!, that's how I feel).

Today being Saturday hubby suggested we go shopping. Yes, you read that right, he suggested we shop. Understand, my husband is an extremely reluctant shopper, so Cinderella and I weren't about to argue. We were out to the car in no time, hehe. We drove to a shopping center miles away from where we live, partly because we felt like a change of scenery, and partly because they have a restaurant there called The Spur. The Spur is a chain of restaurants that is HUGE in South Africa, and when we moved to Dublin almost 5 years ago we were thrilled to find a little piece of home here. So that was our main motivation for going so far today - the Spur's Cheddamelt Steak. Mmmmmmmm, yummy!!! That fortified us for the shopping that was to follow. Well, colour me surprised: Cinderella and I each got a pair of jeans (about which I'm very excited 'cos I love jeans and these ones fit really well) and she got a jacket. Hubby, on the other hand, really went to town, coming home with six new shirts. Six!!! Boy, when he shops, he shops properly! ;) But then he'd had enough so we came home and he's been happily ensconced on the couch watching rugby ever since.

I, on the other hand, have been on a technological adventure. Yep, for the very first time today I did my grocery shopping online. It's scheduled for delivery tomorrow afternoon. What a pleasure! No queues, no screaming children... marvellous idea. I'll still get my fresh veg and meat at the local supermarket here, probably tomorrow, because, well, just because. But the rest of the mundane stuff will be delivered to my door. Don't you just love the internet?!

OK I think I've now given you enough thrills, telling you all about the exciting time I've been having, so I'm outta here. For now. My writing skills are a bit rusty so hopefully I'll be back soon with something a little more interesting.


beadinggalinMS said...

Groceries from online? oooh what a neat idea.

Yes I have been battling to leave comments. I tried 3x to leave Shannon one and finally the third one went thru. I think it was the hexing I told blogger I would put on it that worked. heehee

I am suspose to go out tonight but I don't know if I am up to it :(

Jeff said...

I'm glad to see you back. I know you need to spend time with your family and not us all the time, but we do miss you when you are away. :)
I'm glad you had a fun shopping day.
Spur's Cheddamelt Steak sounds like something I would love to sink my teeth into. hehe

Lori said...

That Cheddamelt Steak sound yummie, I got to go shopping today too. ;)

DelBoy said...

Funny thing... we were thinking of doing a little online shopping too. Beats standing in a queue on a Sunday afternoon!

We have a Spur in London too. Haven't tried it yet, but apparently Sunday is "All-you-can-eat-ribs" day! MMMmmmmmmmm!

anne said...

What, spending time with real people is your excuse?! Hmpf. ;)
Now. I have to ask this: first, what is a Cheddamelt Steak, a steak with melted cheddar? Second, they deliver on a Sunday???

Spookie the Warrior said...

mmmmmm! cheddamelt steaks! And I love the combos, like chicken and calamari or ribs and calamrari - yummy!
So good to see you are back. Glad to hear you had a shopping weekend - thats always a winner for me.

kyknoord said...

Strange to think of a Spur in Dublin. I experienced a similar thrill of discovery when I found a Nando's in Kampala a few years ago.

BUDDESS said...

Another plus from online shopping is that you only buy what you need and don't get tempted with all those goodies placed near the checkout points to tempt you while standing in a long queue... need I say more.

Terri said...

Beads - So that voodoo stuff actually works then, does it? I should bring you to work with me. That talent of yours could come in handy ;)

Jeff - Aw, I miss u guys too..!

Lori - It is. Enjoy the shopping.

Del - All you can eat ribs day? Woo hoo!!!!!

Anne - Yeah, I know, apparently there's a whole world out there beyond Blogland. And to answer your questions: Cheddamelt Steak = steak with melted cheddar topped with creamy mushroom sauce... oops, just drooled on my keyboard. And yes, they deliver on Sunday. For a price. For me, it's well worth it.

Spookie - lol! They have a great menu, don't they?

Kyknoord - Nando's in Kampala? That's impressive. I've been to the one in London... it's OK but not quite the same. Same with the Spur here - although, their basting is the same and the onion rings are just as good. The coleslaw is a little drab but I put that down to the fact that people know nothing about what makes a good mayo in this part of the world.

Terri said...

Buddess - hey, you snuck in there while I was typing my own comment ;-)
And, er, ja... except, I ended up with a few wrong things cos I don't know the products 100% so had to take a wild guess in some cases. But ja, it worked out well overall.

angel said...

its so funny you went to spur- i took damien, my parents, and my granny there last wednesday to celebrate damien's 15th birthday! damien loves their ribs and calamari- i had grilled chicken breasts with onion rings- DIVINE!

globble floopily!

ChittyChittyBangBang! said...

What do you mean "spending too much time with us?" Don't they realise we are high maintenance?
A SPUR in Dublin? Kinda hard to imagine, given the theme of the restaurant.

Terri said...

angel - I already did. Globble floopily, that is. It was a sight to behold...!

chitty - High maintenance? heh. hehehe. You obviously haven't met my husband yet ;)

(only kidding sweetie!!!)

Reluctant Nomad said...

I felt a similar thrill when I first saw a Nando's in London. Now you see them everywhere and their sauces are stocked in every supermarket.

Still good food though even if I prefer the S African Nandos - the ones here tend to be 'fancier' and also add tapas and stuff to their menus.