Ready for the slopes

Ready for the slopes

Ready for the slopes, originally uploaded by rutty.


We’re going on holiday to Cyprus in April – our first trip away with Ruby – and so we thought it best to buy the little lady some sensible eyewear. It was a sunny day today so on went the 100% UV protection sunglasses.

I have to say, she’s lookin’ just a little bit gorgeous in those bins!


Mamas & Papas

Mamas & Papas

Mamas & Papas, originally uploaded by rutty.


We like Mamas & Papas. Their baby-related products are things of beauty. It’s just a shame that they’re generally over-priced.

We went to pick up a footmuff that matches our M&P pram and I couldn’t help myself but take photos of the stuffed animals. Cute little buggers

Future planning

Future planning

Future planning, originally uploaded by rutty.


Oh happy days.

I’ve previously mentioned my imminent redundancy. I say “imminent” although the date could be anywhere between April and September before I’m cast aside like a worthless statistic.

It’s not all bad news though, because we’ve had some presentations from a few organisations looking out for our best interests. We’ll hopefully be able to get some extra training paid for by a West Midlands-based project aimed at redundancy-threated workers, plus there are opportunities from out-placements with prospective employers.

The Job Centre guy gave us a few slides setting out how poor we’re all going to be if we’re on job seekers’ allowance. I don’t want to be relying on that.

Overall, though, I think I’d much prefer to keep my job thanks [slight understatement alert]



Fingers, originally uploaded by rutty.


I’ve taken most of my “2010 Year In Pictures” photos with my iPhone. I’m enjoying using my phone for this but it’s camera is, to put it lightly, poor.

I really should take more with my 400D but this requires me to remember to take it with me when we go places. I don’t often remember, and so grainy, old iPhone photos it is most of the time.

Not today. I’d just woken Ruby up and she was in a spectacularly happy mood, so I went back downstairs to get my camera. By the time I got back in her nursery she’d calmed right down and was busy sucking on her fingers. No smiles, then, just drool-encrusted fingers.

Still cute, mind.

I’m going to be killed for this

It’s been a while since I posted a joke, so here’s one from my work email:

A boy asked his mother the following question:

‘Mum, why are wedding dresses white?’

The mother looks at her son and replies: ‘Son, this shows your friends and relatives that your bride is pure.’

The son thanks his Mum and goes off to double-check this with his father.

‘Dad why are wedding dresses white?’

The father looks at his son in surprise and says: ‘Son, all household appliances come in white.’