Royal Wedding shopping bag

Today should be a nail polish post, however I found these bags in Range today and really was tempted to buy one for my mum or for my mother-in-law

However I chickened out as one wouldn’t be amused as she doesn’t see the point of the royal family and the other would be horrified at her beloved royals being treated so tackily

Still half tempted to buy one just for fun, however would I ever use it?!

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Painting walls

I’d forgotten how little I enjoy painting walls, however the guest bedroom has needed doing for a bit under 4 years – since the day we moved in

The original decor was an iffy blue and white splotch ‘design’, as if someone had taken sponges, dripped them in paint and then suffered a most unfortunate seizure

Then they put up huge dark built in cupboards that left huge holes in the wall when we took them down and stuck a dark wallpaper strip as a border right at the top just to make the room look shorter and odder

I probably should have taken a photo, however I’d much rather not remember how it looked! Now it’s white in three walls with one light blue wall, which makes it look far larger than it did

Shame the stink of paint gives me a splitting headache!

Living the dream?

The tulips came out today, which is nice as they are a good couple of weeks behind last year

The goldenrod that randomly appeared in the garden last year looks to be coming back too, which is probably a good thing as my dad likes it and they don’t seem to sell it in France

(Photo from Pinterest)

I’m still not entire sure why my parents moved to France so suddenly and with so little thought or planning. Their old house is now worth well over twice what they got for it, they are going to struggle to move back to the UK and there is nothing that great about where they are – even the weather is just an extreme version of the UK weather

Yes it’s green and not at all built up, however buying anything – even basics, is a slog and it just seems rather a lot of work

I do hope they are happy, I’m just not sure that I would be if I were there…

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Easters eggs with mugs …

My sibling appears to be missing the UK, not enough to move back but just enough to ask what Easter Eggs looked good this year and if mugs with Easter eggs was still a thing

I must admit that I couldn’t find any for them, the nearest I found was a nasty looking cheap egg with a plastic “breakfast set”

However I did win a creepy mug from a packet of KitKats so I’m prepared to share that as a bobby prize

My sibling does need to collect it though, I’m not paying postage to Japan on this sucker!

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Amazon Treasure Truck

Preempting the tax question, yes it would be very nice if Amazon paid tax that related directly to their UK sales rather then using a number of technically legal and morally iffy methods of tax avoidance (evasion is the illegal one)

However as my water supplier doesn’t pay fair tax and I have no choice about using them it makes little sense for me to pay more on items that Amazon happily will deliver to me. Plus there are next to no independent shops left open near me

As such, I was interested to hear that the Amazon Treasure Truck was coming to the UK, the Treasure Truck idea is odd; you give Amazon your phone number and they text you when they are in your area with details of what offer is available

That is indeed offer in the singular sense, there is only one thing available and only at one location in a set time slot. So it’s a really very random idea!

In my nearest applicable town we’ve had three visits so far this year, the offers were respectively burgers, chopping boards and pink gin.

The locations were a shopping centre, a rock climbing centre and what I think is a hi-if shop, so all very very random! To date the Truck hasn’t been fun enough to visit, perhaps next time it will offer something more enticing…

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Random Dragon

Buying random fun seeming things does happen in my household, although they don’t tend to be *this* random normally

At least I didn’t buy a pink gnome…

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Just-Noticeable Difference – a mechanism to steal chocolate

I’m still trying to improve my brain and not just read disposable junk, however it’s not as simple as I hoped – apparently my brain is not a muscle I’ve been exercising as diligently as I should have for *cough* some time

For example I stumbled across the term Just-Noticeable Difference or JND. The context was that humans experience a diminished sensitivity to changes away from what is ‘normal’ – this is apparently the Weber-Fecher Law where the JND of a variable is “proportional to the magnitude of that variable” (Richard H. Thaler’s ‘Misbehaving’)

fat hamster

(Picture from Pinterest)

So if my 56kg dog gains 100 grams I won’t notice, but if my tiny hamster gains 100 grams I will – and be seeking out an explanation and perhaps a vet

Wiki says ” is the amount something must be changed in order for a difference to be noticeable, detectable at least half the time”

Wiki also had some dodgy formula that put me off, however from a consumer perspective it’s important to know about JND as that’s what manufacture’s use to determine how much they can shrink a product by – whilst leaving the price the same, so that we won’t notice (or at least not complain). This seems to happen a lot with chocolate lately – everything seems to be shrinking a few grams on a regular basis

So what I learnt about Just-Noticeable Difference is that I should complain to the manufacturer about any time decrease in size, just to throw off their JND figures!

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