Husband dearest and I rarely bother with Saint Valentine's Day but, bless him, every Easter Sunday without fail there is a chocolate egg waiting with my name on it. Never a bar or a box of chocolates though we all know that you get more chocolate this way, it's always an egg as they somehow taste different - don't ask me why, they just do.
This year however things may be different as this year he had 19 teeth removed less than a week ago and so is feeling rather battered and bruised.
SO being the good wife that I am, I thought I'd come up with a list of suitable (and not so suitable) alternatives that he could purchase on-line though (and I'm sure he'll have thought of this himself) there are, of course, similar sites where an egg may be purchased.
* Not content with plain-old shop bought peanut butter anymore, I saw this PEANUT BUTTER MAKER advertised at the bargain price of £29.95. But wait for it ...... it doesn't just make peanut butter, it makes "any other nut butter" as well.
Not really a present for me but I'm sure my teddy bear, Necessity, would love this one.
** A Prague travel agency is offering sightseeing tours ... for teddy bears! For £80 (Just a little more expensive than an egg I'll grant you) they'll take your bear around the city and photograph it to show you where it's been AND for an extra £50, they will even give it a massage and aromatherapy treatments.
*** An emergency bra that doubles as, not one but two, gas masks which as it's inventor, Elena Bodnar, informs us "Can provide a person with a crucial window for escape".
But not only that, during the forthcoming UK IG NOBEL TOUR, Bodnar will also set out to demonstrate that "The emergency bra is not only an effective, economical and readily available personal-protective device but that, first and foremost, it is a beautiful piece of lingerie".
**** Definitely more expensive that any chocolate egg, an android.
Part of a project that began in in 2005, when Kerstin Dautenhahn, professor of artificial intelligence at Hertfordshire, was working on a European-wide piece of research, the aim of which was to create a "cognitive robot companion" for humans. (To find out more and see a video clip, click HERE).
***** As seen in this month's BOOK PEOPLE catalogue, a much more reasonably priced, book. Priced at only £2.99 (plus p&p), not just any book but THE BARACK & MICHELLE OBAMA PAPER DOLL & CUT-OUT BOOK.
And now for something that will no doubt please the 'green' amongst you. Not that I'm against being environmentally friendly you understand, goodness only knows I love recycling but, for me, this is perhaps going a bit too far.
'Green' underwear, for as The Observer newspaper informs us:
Received wisdom tells us that cotton, the main underwear fibre, is the type of natural material we need in these delicate regions. Received wisdom is wrong. Although cotton covers less than 1% of the earth's landmass, it soaks up 25% of all pesticides and herbicides with a single pair of pants using 10ml of the stuff.
BUT not to worry, help is at (err) hand for GREENKNICKERS "offers zero-carbon pants from ... recycled sources".