So back in November the largest Primark in the Benelux opened in Eindhoven. To be honest, I had never heard of Primark until then. Turns out its a British/Irish clothing retailer that sells clothes and what not at ridiculously low prices. Seems like a great store for a frugal shopper like myself, except I hated the hype behind it all and refused to step foot inside until last week. From the day it opened it has been insanely busy. During the opening there were lines up and down the street. Weeks later there was security letting people in and out to help control the chaos. And last week, over 6 months after the opening it was still packed!
If it wasn't for wanting an outfit for a theme park and not wanting to pay more than €10 I probably never would have gone into the department store. See theoretically I didn't need an outfit for the theme park, but I knew the year before walking around in wet jean shorts after the log flume wasn't the most pleasant experience. My main goal was a pair of board shorts or even thin shorts that would quickly dry, and luckily I found them within 5 minutes of being in the store. Good thing, because the chaos around us was starting to get to me. I don't mind a crowd, but swarms of mostly women frantically going through racks and stacks of clothes is more than anyone can take. Being that the store was new to me and the sizing was based on UK sizes, I decided I should try on the shorts so that I wouldn't have to return to the store. We fought our way to the back and my mouth fell open when I saw the line for the changing room looping around the jeans section. It was 11am on a Wednesday! O.k., there went trying it on, I was going to have to hope for the best and return them if needed. When we reached the cash register I saw the line was nearly as long as for the changing rooms. But there were at least 10 registers open, so there was hope. (It's so busy they even have digital boards to let you know which register is open, never seen this at a department store!) Once outside the store we took a breath of relief and both swore we would never go back.
That was until I realized the only shirt I had to match the shorts was white, and I wasn't looking for a wet t-shirt contest at the theme park. Oh no, this meant we were going to have to go back! So on a Thursday at 2:30pm we returned, and it was still packed. Almost hard to believe!
Needless to say we survived. Found shorts for €4 and a t-shirt for €3! Was it worth the stress and chaos... I think so. Will I go back... damn, probably. With prices like that I am starting to understand why all around the center of Eindhoven I see people carrying the brown paper Primark bags!
I've been busy enjoying all the summer has to offer us, and luckily for you this means fun posts in the future. Hopefully this week I'll be able to get a post or two on my blog!
Since we took a large vacation back in March, our summer so far has been a combination of free or cheap activities near the house... and one long weekend (three different cities) which saw us travel around 580km/360m by car!
Haven't hosted a book tour for Fire & Ice since February, where does the time go? For one reason or another I either haven't had the time or seen anything that really caught my eye. Then this booked popped up on the list! It's not the 1st time a sci-fi book has made it to my blog, but definitely the 1st sci-fi book with a female author!
So, here we go again... drum roll please...
After reading the blurb & excerpt I knew I wanted to tell people about this book in the hopes of getting it some exposure. I love a good action with a strong female lead, and the fact it's sci-fi makes it even more interesting. The excerpt left me wanting to know more. Can Katherine actually battle her own issues in order to remain focused and get her vengeance on the man that destroyed her life? And who is Joshua? Is he the captive? Is he more?
Want to know more about The Enclave & the author H.M. Clarke? Well, you know where to go to find the official blurb & excerpt provided by Fire & Ice book tours. Hop on over to Danica's Book Corner for all the details! Hope you're as enthusiastic about the book as I am!
The other day I was looking for a yummy healthy casserole via Pinterest and my search ended up leading me to a Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole that wasn't even on Pinterest! Oh well, at least it sent me in the right direction. I've been wanting to add dishes to our general rotation of meals and a casserole seemed perfect. What's easier than tossing everything in a baking dish and walking away for 30 min. Apparently I picked the wrong casserole when it comes to easy. Not that the broccoli quinoa casserole was so difficult, it was just a lot of work before even getting it into the oven. I had to cook the chicken, quinoa, sauce, and veggies separate then mix it all together. The amount of dishes to wash at the end was outrageous. I guess I should have actually read through the recipe before buying the ingredients!
After all this work, when I pulled it out of the oven it actually looked like the picture I had seen online. This is usually a good sign. Unfortunately it didn't taste as good as it looked. Maybe I messed up on the quinoa, because it completely took over the casserole. Next time, if there is one, I'll definitely cut back on the amount of quinoa I add. And to be honest, the website labelled it as healthy but with the amount of butter & cheese mixed into it, I question that. I of course tried out the new recipe while my husband was away on a business trip, he doesn't like being a guinea pig. This left my 4 yr old to taste test the new dish with me, and she gave it a big thumbs down and even a few tears. When I mentioned leftovers, she suggested just eating her vegetables instead, this says enough, ha-ha!
Any suggestions for a tasty, healthy, & easy casserole?
It's been ages since my last "Movie Time", try 7 months, oops! As I mentioned in my last post, I love a good action romance book or movie, and a month or so ago, I found one! 47 Ronin
In order to appreciate it, you have to enjoy martial art movies. I've been a big fan of this genre since I was a kid watching all of Jean-Claude Van Damme's films! It takes an old story and adds fantasy, and of course Hollywood money & actors. Here's the unusual part, the lead is Keanu Reeves. Stop laughing, he actually did a good job!!! (I know you're all picturing Tom Cruise and The Last Samurai!) The movie has you rooting for his character, Kai, the entire time, even until the bitter end. (Wow, everything I've wanted to write will give away too much.) I feel the movie has something to offer everyone... action, romance, acceptable CGI, interesting characters, great costumes, and of course decent acting. Not wanting to spoil the movie, all I can say is, give it a chance. (And if you want a hint, imagine Jet Li'sThe Forbidden Kingdom mixed with Memoirs of a Geisha.)