Daisy Bateman

Thurscheese: French Raclette

A Case of Mistaken Cheesedentity It’s not that I doubt the labeling. If my cheese-club provider claims that this is a slice of “French Raclette,” who am I to dispute that? It’s just that I have some very specific ideas of what raclette should taste like, and I think it should be more along the … Read more

When Bad Marketing Happens to Good Shoes

As I may have mentioned here, I am at the moment completely in love with Timberland’s line of women’s casual shoes*, a fact which will become even more clear on Shoesdays to come. Because, seriously, what’s not to love? Sturdy, comfortable, nice to look at and (as far as I can tell) reasonably waterproof. Price-wise … Read more

Commemorate This

Sometimes you have your own ideas, sometimes you steal them from other people and call it inspiration. My inspiration today comes from this post on Regretsy, in which the author reveals that she is the proud owner of a teacup commemorating the divorce of Charles and Diana, an item so wonderfully awful that I am … Read more

Thurscheese: Le Moulis

Well, after that last little cheese meltdown* I think we’d better take it easy with this one. And brief, because there just isn’t much to say, aside from that it is a nice cheese. Nice and mild, nice nutty finish, nice smell. It had small, evenly-sized air pockets spread evenly through it, which were nice … Read more

Do You Have Too Many Piles Of Cash Lying Around?

Think you’ve run out of pointless things to waste money on? Worried that somewhere out there, someone is being less frugal than you? Unsure if there are any sports left that do not have ridiculously overpriced equipment? My friend, let me introduce you to the one-hundred-and-thirty-six-dollar, carbon-fiber ping pong paddle: The battle for rumpus-room supremacy … Read more

Shoesday: Tax-Season Boot Time

With a little less than a week to go in the surprisingly-elongated tax season, (Let’s hear it for Emancipation Day!) I think it’s about time to take a break and contemplate some boots.* Like taxes, they are surprisingly high and will be in effect whether the government shuts down or not. Unlike taxes, they have … Read more