Archives for the month of: March, 2013

a) What are stars made of?

b) Are birds animals?

c) Why is short hair called a bob?

I’ve got off lightly until now. I wouldn’t consider myself intellectually challenged, I’ve had quite a good education even a degree… However my daughters education has now reached a level where random questions now require the help of the internet. It makes me wonder what did my parents generation do without ‘Google’?

Has the internet now become of equal importance as the telephone or should this be mobile or even tablet? What will happen when my daughters generation reach our age?

Going to a recent quiz night has shown me how much information is out there and how much information you learnt at school and then never used so promptly forgot.

I’m re-learning all sorts of subjects now that my daughters homework is getting more difficult.


11 x 12 = 132

a) Stars are big exploding balls of gas, mostly hydrogen and helium

b) Birds are feathered, winged, bipedal, endothermic (warm-blooded), egg-laying, vertebrate animals

c) Because “to bob” means to move up and down, and when hair is cut short in a bobbed style, it does just that whenever you move.

Why did the tomato turn red?

Because it saw the salad dressing!

What happened when a red ship crashed into a blue ship?

The crew was marooned!

Why did the traffic light turn red?

You would too if you had to change in the middle of the street!

Oophorectomy is the surgical removal of the ovaries. How funny a name is that!!!!!  ‘Carry on’ Surgery….

If you look at what you have in life,
you’ll always have more.
If you look at what you don’t have in life,
you’ll never have enough.
-Oprah Winfrey

Everything you read lately tells you whatever you do it can cause cancer, its nice to see see someone say that is not the case. I’ve had Breast Cancer at 30 and have a BRCA2 gene that runs in our family. My sister also has the gene but has not had Breast Cancer. We have both had a double prophylactic (preventative) mastectomy and reconstruction and I have also had both my ovaries removed. (hence the blog name: ovary and out)

Its major surgery and not easy but provides the peace of mind that you are reducing your risks.

As Cancer is basically deformed or mutated cells there is the potential in all of us to get cancer in the same way that we all have the potential to have a broken leg because we have a leg!! Just some of us are more at risk than others.

Thankfully as this article states there are now things we can do to reduce our risks…

I have to confess to feeling a little smug lately. After recent years of Childbirth, my husband’s allergic reaction to a dinner, Breast Cancer, Brain Tumour and other associated events I have been very fussy about the quality of food I eat. Healthy around 80% of the time and cake definitely not off limits I have avoided cheap and processed food, even dabbling in organic every now and then.

As guilt has proved to be an essential part of motherhood what food I feed to my daughter has payed an important part of this process.

I have also wondered should I have spent more time growing veg… should I have gone completely organic, eat more broccolli to prevent cancer, eat less red meat, go non-dairy, wheat free, vegetarian. Diet is a minefield but one thing I do not regret is avoiding (most) processed food particularly very cheap meat as the horse meat scandal is now showing us all….

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Great highs, the depths of the lows and why at age 7 do I still have to remind my daughter to say please!

Great highs, the depths of the lows and why at age 7 do I still have to remind my daughter to say please!

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