Other amazon purchases included: a laser pointer to entertain the cats, an HDMI cable to hook up the laptop to the TV for streaming 'Merican Netflix and Hulu, 4 pints of fish oil because it makes me feel awesome, and believe it or not, a meat grinder. One cool thing about UK amazon is that express shipping is super cheap, but I guess that makes sense considering the the surface area of the UK relative to the US.
If you were curious about why in the hell I bought a 220V 50Hz meat grinder when I'm only living here for 11 more months, it's because I make our cats their own food. Yes, we did this back in Indy, and yes we're crazy cat people. But our cats do not do well on the dry UK food, and won't even touch the wet food. So, I have a recipe from a veterinarian that involves ground chicken and rabbit (with bone) and supplemented with heart, liver, kidney, and additional vitamins and minerals. It's always a slow transition to get the cats to eat it, but once they do the health benefits are obvious. I also use the grinder to make my own hamburger and sausage. I may even try to make some UK style bangers for fun. We'll see.
|Aubergine, mangetout, and courgette. Can you label them correctly?|
Leicester is a 30 min drive from Derby, and full of history of course. I was told that King Richard was exhumed and chopped up into tiny pieces and scattered in the local river here from a bridge - the actual story behind "Humpty Dumpty" rhyme (he was a hunchback?). I remain dubious, even as Wikipedia is at my fingertips. There were some legit Roman ruins however, it was no coliseum, but a 1000 year old wall is still impressive.
We all met at one of my coworker's houses (free parking!), and it was a short walk from there to the stadium. The most humorous architecture on the way was the prison, which I could have mistaken for a castle or minster if I didn't have the guidance from a local.
|A prison in City Center.|
In addition to referees, there were many first-aiders on hand, ready with water, bandages, and who knows what else. (These guys are tough.)
As crazy as I hear football games are in the UK, and as violent as rugby is, the crowd was ironically reserved. A respectful hush goes through the crowd during penalty kicks, and everyone is super positive to the visiting team. Refreshing, really.
After the game, we grabbed a pint, then made our way to an Indian pub for dinner. The best part about Indian pubs are that the food is the same without the fancypants experience, so the prices end up being about 60% less! By the way, the name of the Indian pub was named "Martin Pub" and has been featured by Jamie Oliver. Awesome place! I cleaned up everyone's leftovers.