Friday, 14 August 2009

Best of both worlds

People over here keep asking me whether I like it in this town, and the answer is "yes". But they never ask me whether I mind not being in London - indeed, most people's only comment about London comes when the weather is bad, when they invariably remark: "This must be like home, right?"

So I was pleased (and flattered) to be asked to be guest blogger of the day for Angels and Urchins magazine back home in London and to write about things I miss about London, as well as all the things I love about my new abode.

Because, wherever you are, the grass is always greener somewhere else, and there are definitely things that are better back home. Anyway, you can read my latest take on it here.

In the meantime I will leave you with a remark of my own little urchin Littleboy 2's today that left me bemused. In a half-hearted attempt at potty training, I asked him this morning whether he would like to do his wees on the toilet today. His reply: "No, Mummy, I want to be a baby jaguar."

Riiiight. Knowing Littleboy 2's predilection for wildlife (he has a habit of picking up ants and beetles and examining them closely) I let it lie, muttering, "That's nice, darling."

It was only later that I realised that the nappy pants he is wearing featured their new favourite cartoon character: Diego, animal rescuer. Every episode Diego rescues an 'animal in trouble', and he is apparently so exciting that he must be watched religiously every night.

Anyway, Diego is pictured on said nappy pants holding guess what? A baby jaguar. Fair enough.

8 comments:

Brit in Bosnia / Fraught Mummy said...

Enjoyed the article. Just to let you know that you can sort out a proxy server which will let you watch the bbc (and itv) online. Not cheap but so worth it!

Almost American said...

It's amazing how uncurious most Americans are about life elsewhere. I think mostly they assume the UK is just like here except for the weather!

What if 'they only had little girl nappies' next time you go to buy some for Littleboy2? Would that encourage him to want to move on to big boy underwear? He obviously likes the ones he's got now!

Potty Mummy said...

I'm with Almost American - try the princess nappies out on him and see if that speeds up the potty training! (Of course, bearing in mind that, as you know, it took ages for us, I'm a fine one to talk!)

Nota Bene said...

And when they say that do you say, "Yes, and the thatched roof always leaks too"

Brit in Bosnia / Fraught Mummy said...

I used to say that Bob/Thomas whichever character was on the pants did't want to get wet. So no weeing. Then I made the mistake of buying a load of pants with boats on. No answer to the argument 'but mummy, the boats want to be wet'. Curse the logic of a toddler.

There's an award for you over at mine. x

nappy valley girl said...

Brit in Bosnia - I may well have to try it. So far I've been resisting as watching less TV is probably good for me. Thanks for the award by the way!

Almost American, Potty Mummy - only trouble is, the girl nappies feature Dora the Explorer - their second favourite character!

NB - yes, and that Buckingham Palace is a great place to visit.

Mom/Mum said...

Loved the London vs US post. Agreed with it. Hae you got BBC America on your cable package though? It's worth having, and you'll get your fix of some UK shows...

A Confused Take That Fan said...

I read your London Vs US post. Fab.
Do you like the way Diego pronounces Jaguar? I didn't understand what my daughter was saying for months...