Meaning Of Loaf

       Taking the easy road through life

Friday, June 29, 2007

First Birthday!

Because I'm pretty useless when it comes to remembering birthdays, this is technically a few days late, but that's not going to put me off taking advantage of this perfect filler post opportunity!

Meaning of Loaf is officially one year old!

I'm surprised at myself really, given my incredibly short attention span, I really didn't think I'd be able to keep it going this long. So one year on, still churning the half-assed attempts at coherent writing, and hopefully doing something right, as people still reading.

In celebration of this prestigious event, I'm adding three new names to the blogroll: Not Carrie, Kadonkadonk, and Jenny!

And finally, because it's Friday, I'll be cracking open a bottle of beer or three in celebration and I'd encourage everyone else who needs and excuse for a drink to do the same.

Have a good weekend all!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Another great piece of Chinese translation

I know it's been a while since I did a decent post, and this one is not really raising the bar, but I promise to get back on form soon! Anyway....

I'm totally ripping off something posted by a friend on Facebook, but it's worth repeating; it's the translated text he found on a box of green tea he bought while over in China recently. It's priceless.

Blue high official select for us Oolong tea, American ginseng refined succeeding with modern craft. Particle its size even, color and luster present sand to be getting green, fragrance extremely, is it is it steep, is it put to able to bear to wash to able to bear, the millet paste is clarified to flow clearly tomorrow, will assail the nostrils fragrantly, flavour is mellow, tooth cheek flow fragrant after drinking, contain trace element that the human body need, modern ideal health care good merchantable brand.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007


Just as I was sat here thinking, "I need to do a post, but what do I have to write about?", Classy has come to the rescue by tagging me for a list!

Because I'm feeling a little lazy, I'm just going to paste in the instructions from Classy:

INSTRUCTIONS: Remove the blog in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add your blog to the bottom slot, like so.

1) FeistyMnGirl
2) What Greg Likes
3) A Blog of a Good Time
4) Classy
5) Meaning of Loaf

Select five people to tag:

1) Recken
2) Not Carrie
3) Kadonkadonk
4) Jader
5) Darci

And now the questions:

What were you doing 10 years ago?
Working in a call center answering customer complains for car retailer, slowly loosing the will to live. Also sporting long hair and an impressive beer gut.

What were you doing 1 year ago?
Getting back into the single life after being married for three years, and making my first attempt at blogging.

Five snacks you enjoy:
Chilli Hot Dogs
Spicy Nik Naks
Pickled Onion Monster Munch
Boost (when I really need a sugar rush!)

Five songs that you know all the lyrics to:
Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode (Karaoke speciality)
Louie Armstrong - Wonderful World
Dolly Parton - 9 to 5 (the shame of it)
The Monkees - Daydream Beliver
Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:
Build my mansion
Persue an Indiana Jones lifestyle
Buy a small plane
Take flying lessons to fly small plane
Have spiders wiped of the face of the Earth

Five bad habits:
Having an attention span of about 5 minutes
Having a special block of 'snacking cheese' in the fridge which I'll just take bites out of when I'm peckish
Using a gravy dish as a cereal bowl when I can't be bothered to wash up a bowl
Taking weeks to reply to an e-mail
Typing while talking to people

Five things you like doing:
Laying in on a Sunday morning
Singing in the car
Relaxing in the park on a hot summers day with a cold bottle of wine
Clothes shopping (I know, not natural for a straight guy!)
Flying power kites

Five things you would never wear again:
Pink cardigan (from the 80's)
Fleck trousers (again from the 80's)
Rupert the bear style trousers (going back to the 70's now)
Reebok Pump trainers (and back to the 80's)
Short shorts (back in the 70's, what were you thinking Mother??)

Five favorite toys: (like Julie, couldn't decide if it's past or present, so I'm going for present)
Fancy wine bottle opener - It just makes me want to keep opening more bottles!iPod - On the underground, this becomes the best invention ever
Laptop - Anything that means I can browse in bed is a good thing
Silly putty - Just can't get bored of it
Circular saw - Because the grown up kid in me loves power tools

So now, over to the rest of you!

Friday, June 08, 2007

New Music Friday

Because I've not done a music post in a while, and also because I really need to push that last post down the page as soon as possible, it's time for New Music Friday!

The album that's been on continuous loop for me this week has been Version by Mark Ronson:

It's essentially an album of covers, but done with some interesting styles, and in particular, look out for the cover of Kaiser Chiefs "Oh My God" by Lily Allen and The Zutons "Valerie" by Amy Winehouse. Very addictive.

Also going to throw in a mention for my favorite single of the week; "Generator" by The Holloways, which I defy anyone to listen to without dancing or tapping along!

And finally on the subject of music; great news this week for all us legitimate iTunes users, who can now buy higher quality tracks without the DRM. Sure, it's 20p extra per individual track, but strangely, album prices seem the same, and to me, it's worth the extra few pence. Well done Apple!

Oh go on then, for those using iTunes, I'll even throw in a few direct links to the iTunes store for the two albums:

Mark Ronson - Version
The Holloways - Generator

Have a good weekend all!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007


My desire to use it as target practice and wash it down the urinal is in perfect balance with my fear of spiders and the thought that it will pouce on my crotch.

...just in case anyone thought this blog was getting too high brow.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Resuming normal service

So I've been away for a while.

I'd like to say I've been off travelling somewhere, or having wild adventures, but truth is, I've just been lazy. And I don't think I'm alone in this; it looks like every once in a while bloggers block strikes people and the thought of sitting down and writing a mildly intelligible post seems like just too much hard work.

Still, after an extended break, I've decided it's time to get back in the swing fo things, partly because I know some people are strict with their blogrolls and I don't want to start dropping off, and also because it's Saturday morning, I'm in the office, and nothing to do for the next few hours until the testers finish checking the work that's been uploaded. I keep telling them it's not necessary, my work is flawless, but they don't seem to believe me.

Anyway, onto a quick recap of the unusual events of last weekend...

A few of us had planned to head into London on Saturday night for a night out, consisting of the usual dinner, drinks and dance. Since a few of them were also watching the rugby the next day, they were also staying in London for the night, and tried to encourage me to, but I declined because it was "too expensive".

On the Saturday morning I decided to head down to the shops to grab some essentials, and would leave things like shaving and getting dressed up for later in the day, before went to London. As I stepped out of the front door, I simultaneously decided it was cold and needed a coat, realised I didn't have door keys, and heard the door click shut behind me. Naturally fate likes to kick me when I'm down, so it started to rain as well, and since the only person with a spare key was away until Sunday evening, I decided to hide in the nearby pub and plan my options.

In the end, I decided I wasn't going to let this interfere with my trip to London, even if I was looking a little less presentable at this point, and also decided I may as well stay out in London after all, since I wouldn't be getting back in the house until the next day anyhow. After a quick trip to Boots to pick up some overnight essentials, I headed on in to the city.

Once we'd arrived in London, I decided to go and "book into the first hotel I could find", at which point I was walking round Covent Garden, and found myself on The Strand. Therefore, the first hotel I could find, happened to be The Savoy, so on the impulse of a crazy idea and not wanting to go back on my word, walked up to the entrance.

By the look the doorman gave me, I could tell he was a little unsure about even letting me in, but after getting past him, I made my way up to the reception...

Me: "I'd like a single room for the night please"

Receptionist: "Certainly sir. Yes, we have one available; single room, plus vat......that comes to £230".

Me: "..................Yes. That sounds fine."


Still, I wasn't going to turn back at that point, and as we both watched my credit card go through with equal anticipation of whether it would be rejected, I was booked in. The room did turn out to be pretty impressive, as I'd expect for that price, although at £5 for a bottle I decided to steer clear of the mini bar. The bed was fantastic, and had there been any way to sneak it out undetected, I would have.

The night out on the town was pretty standard; round the usual bars and knocking back a few vodkas in each, until we were ready to roll back to our respective hotels at the end of the night. It was a good night out none the less.

I was in for a bit of a shock the next morning when I found that the price of the room didn't include breakfast, at an extra £27, but at least I can now say I've eaten in The Savoy, and they really do have an impressive dining room! Still in the same clothes from the night before, and still unshaven at this point, I blended in perfectly.

By the time I arrived home late afternoon on Sunday, the neighbour with the spare key still hadn't returned, but the pouring rain gave me renewed inspiration to try and find a way in. While I won't go into the finer details for security reasons, I'll just say that the cat flap, a stick, and some persistence finally allowed me back into the house, as well as raising some security concerns about my house.

So after the adventures of last weekend, looks like this weekend is going to be a quiet one, which I'm sure my bank balance will be grateful of. And now that the blogging block is broken, hopefully more posts to follow soon!