Archive for May, 2013

Automatic vs Manual

Posted: May 30, 2013 in books

I have had this debate on many occasions and would really like to hear a sensible reply. I drive an automatic and to be honest I wouldn’t change a thing. I tried to learn to drive in a manual and spent many wasted years and loads of money never getting anywhere. My problem with manual is having to look down to change gears, obviously this isn’t ideal but without looking I always seemed to put it in the wrong gear. When I switched to automatic it only took me six months and then I passed my test.

To me, automatic is so much easier to drive but when I ask other people if they would drive an automatic they are adamant that manual is the best. When I ask their reasoning for this their reply is either ‘it just is’ or ‘automatic is lazy driving’.

Just because I don’t have to mess about with a gear stick I really don’t see how that is lazy. Are you a better driver because you drive a manual? If anything I think driving an automatic is safer, my full attention is on the road instead of messing with gears and I have lost track of the amount of times someone has stalled their car in front of me. I have gears too, I even have a nifty little sporty speed button when I need the extra zoom to over take or approaching steep hills.

So please can I have some sensible replies as to why Manual is so much better. I have driven both so I think I’m qualified enough to voice my opinion and for the record when I was learning to drive in a manual I never stalled the car and had perfect clutch control πŸ™‚

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Sat-Nav hell!

Posted: May 26, 2013 in books

I have a Garmin Sat-Nav and to be honest I would quite like to drop it on the floor and stomp the life out of it. I have family that live in Hastings and since I haven’t been driving that long I need the assistance of the Sat-Nav. I have drove to Hastings on four occasions and each time we have ended up going a different route. What should be roughly a two hour journey has ended up being almost three.

It doesn’t matter whether I set it to shorter time or shortest distance the damn thing always tries to take us the long way. We know that we should take the M25 so we head for that ignoring the Sat-Nav hoping it will re-route itself and just when we think it is putting us on the right track we end up on the back roads. So frustrating, I think I may have to invest in a new one πŸ™‚

Nearly there!!!

Posted: May 24, 2013 in books

Just finished preparing for my book tour hence the absence lately, very exciting stuff πŸ™‚ I will post all the links on here as and when they arrive. As you can see over to my left, I have set the countdown for Twisted Bloodlines release day. Nerve-racking but also exciting, it feels like I’ve been waiting forever πŸ™‚

Mutual exchange

Posted: May 17, 2013 in books

I don’t know how many of you out there have ever gone through a mutual exchange but I can tell you from personal experience that it is not the most pleasant process. We are looking for a bigger property for all my brood and since I haven’t become a multi-millionaire yet πŸ™‚ my options are limited.

For those of you who aren’t aware of what a mutual exchange is, it is where council tennants are allowed to exchange properties with each other providing certain standards are met eg: neither parties are overcrowding or under-crowding. You find a suitable swap through various ways eg: word-of-mouth, ads in shop windows or various online schemes which you join and can search through the properties listed.

Once you find one you like that meets your needs then you can message that person and see if they may be interested in yours. Most do reply either way and then comes the fun part. You decide on a date to view each others properties, I always ask them to come to me first. The last thing I want is to go and view theirs only to fall in love with it and have them view mine and not like it leaving me disappointed.

So you spend ages cleaning and trying to make your house look more appealing for when they come to view it. Then they come round inspecting each room, occasionally commenting on whether it is bigger/smaller than theirs while you have to stand back and watch. Some will tell you there and then whether they are interested while others will say they will let you know, so then you spend the rest of the day biting your nails waiting on their phone call.

I hate it, this is after all my house’s reputation we are talking about. Nothing is worse than being told they are not interested because then that leaves you looking around thinking why the hell not? What’s wrong with my house? It really is an unpleasant process but unfortunately the only option we have at the moment unless I win the lottery πŸ™‚

Coffee overload

Posted: May 13, 2013 in books

Having been a dedicated coffee drinker, I’m slowly trying to wean myself back onto tea πŸ™‚ I got to the point where I could quite easily drink up to twenty cups if not more a day, by the end of the day I would be a little shaky. This is not straight coffee, I can’t bare the taste of that I like the sachets of cappuccino and mocha and also the 3 in 1 Kenco or Nescafe sachets. I even got myself a Philips Senseo cappuccino maker but despite this amount of coffee I would still spend the day yawning and lacking in energy. I used to be a tea drinker but went off it completely when I was pregnant with my youngest so I have now decided to go back to it before I end up giving myself a heart attack from coffee overload πŸ™‚

What annoys you the most?

Posted: May 12, 2013 in books

I’m going to limit this to three things otherwise this post could go on for quite some time πŸ™‚

Firstly I get very annoyed when people don’t respect your property. I have on many occasions while parked, seen people pull up their cars beside another. They open their door and let it swing back hitting the car beside them. I actually feel annoyed on the other persons behalf and I don’t even know them! I never let my car door hit a car beside me, even if I have to breathe in and squeeze into/out my seat. I know my car has been hit in this way on several occasions, since scratches and small dents suddenly appear when only half an hour ago there were none. Is there no respect left for other peoples property?

The second thing that annoys me is people hanging up on me. I will even go as far as returning the call to give them an ear- full and then hang up on them. Obviously if you are having a heated argument I guess it’s a good way of ending it, but this only makes me angrier. If you no longer want to talk to me then tell me, I would respect you more for that.

The third thing that really annoys me is complete lack of common sense. Where I live it’s like a little horse shoe shape with a small park in the middle. There is no need to drive around it unless you live there and need to park but other people still do. This in itself doesn’t bother me except when they decide to drive full speed around it causing their tyres to squeal around the bends. There is a park, children are running back and forth and riding their bikes in the road. Common sense tells you to go slow and really, is there any need to speed in the first place?

Second hand cars

Posted: May 9, 2013 in books

We are looking to buy a bigger car because lets face it with nine of us my little five seater just doesn’t cut it πŸ™‚ Browsing through endless ads on various websites I found some of them quite amusing. One I came across stated that the engine wasn’t that good, every panel had a dent in it and needed a new gear box as well as new brakes. The chassis was rotten and also needed a new steering rack, other than that it is a sound car. They were selling it for Β£1000, seriously is there really anything sound about it? those are all the main parts lol. The only thing that car is good for is scrapping and how they have the cheek to charge that amount I really don’t know.

The other amusing thing we came across is that we found a car we liked, the ad stated it was in perfect condition. The pictures showed it to be clean inside and out and I couldn’t see any apparent dents in any of the body work so we went to view it. Once we arrived the car didn’t look as clean, the front lights were smashed and upon turning the ignition not all the lights came on. The steering wheel screeched and grinded when turned and that was before setting off! If they are going to invite people to come and view it they should at least make sure the car is actually driveable.

So now I am back to my search, hopefully there are some honest dealers out there somewhere πŸ™‚