Thursday, November 26, 2009

Wikipedia? Not today thank you.

Last night I was watching a film and one of the lines in it was:-

“I think I would miss you, even if I had never met you”

Something about that sentence made me go all mushy and lovey dovey. Such a sweet thing to say. It brought out the romantic in me and I started to think that one day my prince will come hobbling by on his 3 legged, lame donkey. The more I thought about this statement the more absurd it sounded, to the point where I ruined the whole loveliness about it! You can’t miss something you never had!

I started thinking about other sayings I like and wondered what their meanings were. I was on the point of Wikipediaing them and finding out their origin when I decided “NO” I like the not knowing!

Here are my top 10 favourites? Got any sayings you like? Please let me know:

1.“As happy as Larry”- who is Larry, why is he so happy? Sounds like a good person to have at a party. Anyone know his number?

2.“It ain’t over until the fat lady sings”- does it mean she has a terrible or fantastic voice? Is her latest CD available?

3.“Not on your nelly”- where or what is your nelly? Do I have one? Should I order one?

4.“Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face”-ouch! I know Van Gogh cut off his ear but has anyone really been so desperate as to cut off their nose?

5.“Never look a gift horse in the mouth”- have many of you received a horse as a gift? I personally think it is probably not a great experience to look in a horses mouth, gift or no gift (unless you are buying a horse and are checking to see how healthy it is, but then it is not a gift!)!

6.“Silence is golden”- not if you are in class and the teacher has asked you a question, or in court and are being asked if you are guilty or not guilty! In these cases, silence could have dire results! Additionally if someone is in the huff with you, silence is like torture.

7.“All cats are grey in the dark”- really? Will consider standing outside in the freezing cold tonight to check out this theory……NOT!!!

8.“Eat drink and be merry (for tomorrow we die)-what a dreadful outlook on life! How can one go through life thinking that the next day you will die? Thinking like this could lead to numerous phobias-agoraphobia, somniphobia (incase you sleep in late and then it is already tomorrow and then you die!) electricalappliancaphobia, peopleaphobia (yes, I did make the last 2 up!)

9.“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”- I am more than happy to let the bird in my hand be with the two in the bush! Do you know how many bugs live on a bird? Also the bird will no doubt be terrified at being in your hand and therefore poo in it!

10.“Life is like a box of chocolates” Great saying Forest Gump but does my box of chocolates always have to be filled with coffee and orange creams? YAK!

My recipe today is a traditional English recipe with a name I don’t (and probably don’t want to) understand.

Toad in The Hole- (at some point in history did they use toads and not sausages?)

Preheat oven to 220 degrees C (425 degrees F) Put a roasting tin, with a little oil in the bottom, in the oven to heat up. Cook some chunky sausages (any kind you like). While they are cooking prepare your batter:

75g plain flour
1 egg
75ml milk
50ml water
Salt and pepper

Sift flour into a bowl add salt and pepper. Add egg and whilst adding, bit by bit, the milk and water, beat all the ingredients into a smooth mixture. An electric hand whisk will do this in seconds! Put the sausages into hot roasting tin and pour batter on top. Put all straight back in the oven for 25 minutes.

Serve with any veg you like and drown the whole lot in gravy!


  1. 11. "Bob's your uncle". Americans always fall about when you say that.

    I awarded you an award! Pop over to ubergrumpy to geddit. I think it's a bit meaningless (my prize money hasn't turned up yet) but hey! It's the thought that counts.

    P.S. Where's my Ryvita with carrot?

  2. This is a great blog! I found you on the coffee shop.

    I too am fascinated by the origins of everyday sayings. I actually have a book somewhere which tells me, so if you ever really want to know, i'll hunt it down and find out for you.

    You have a new follower; Me!

  3. I DO like your blog BUT I am following too many already so trying to lose a few not gain any! I am spending too much time reading, not enough writing. As for taking over my blog - let's not get carried away, I haven't asked any of them out yet! Thanks for the nice comments.