All posts for the month September, 2012

A Once Opportunity

Published September 24, 2012 by theycallmemrstibbs

I call it a “once opportunity” taken from the mouth of LA’s Mayor Antonio Ramón Villaraigosa, he said that this is not a once in a lifetime opportunity but a ONCE opportunity.
And that it was.

Of course I’m talking about the possibility of the Space Shuttle Endeavour flying over head on September 21, 2012. There was the slim chance that it would not fly over Pasadena but as it was going to be flying over the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) we thought we could hazard a chance. I say fly over, I mean Piggy Backing on a Boeing 747.

By we I mean myself and the lovely Dr. Tibbs who came home from work to be able to share this experience, because seriously if we were in the UK how many of these chances would we get? Answer : NONE

So at 11am we turned on KTLA5 news as they were keeping Southern California up to date with the location of the shuttle. The news showed the journey when they joined it travelling over the state capital Sacramento, wow it was impressive. It made me think that I’d have loved to live here when the shuttles were being launched regularly. But unfortunately I wasn’t I was still  in the UK.
We started hearing from Caltech that they had some of there students and staff making their way up onto the roofs at Caltech to watch the shuttle being piggy backed over

So of course we started getting excited and we went on up to the sun deck in our apartment building which after the actual roof is the highest place in the building and the safest place by far.

Slowly but surely neighbours came out also to look, so it became a small social event all of us taking different positions on the roof to spot the Endeavour.
Then low and behold one of our neighbours shouted “There behind the Palm Tree” we all rushed frantically to look west and there it was flying slowly but surely towards Pasadena.

With the above picture you can imagine the excitement.

Then she continues coming closer.

And closer.

Until she did a full circle which felt like our building was the centre of obviously it wasn’t but it damn sure felt like it.

She completed her journey towards the east and then moved slightly to the north.

Passing the mountains in from of the apartment building travelling west bound.

Then taking a small loop to the south heading towards Disneyland in Anaheim.

KTLA5 continued following her until she came to her place of storage at LAX it was all very emotional from people watching to the people presenting the news, however, Endeavour is home now in Southern California, where she was built.

I even took photos of the news just so i would have a permanent record of this.

Above are the pictures of her taxiing in.

However we will be heading to her new home The California Sciencentre, to watch her be delivered October 12 & 13.
No doubt I will post more pictures then.


Pavlova – It’s all about having fun with an electric mixer.

Published September 17, 2012 by theycallmemrstibbs

This all came about due to the fact that my dear husband has asked me for the last 6 years to learn how to make pavlova, but I failed miserably due to not having an electric hand mixer.

Of course I tried cheating and buying a frozen one just to defrost, but, OH NO, the local shops decided to stop selling it so I had to put the Pavlova on a back burner.

Until I met a friend in Pasadena from New Zealand and we used Pavlova as a bargaining chip.

I went to a friends house who has lovely lemon trees and she baked me pavlova.

I gave her that many lemons over a few months I felt bad asking her to make me pavlova.

So I went and got myself a second hand electric mixer and found several different recipes which I tried one by one, each failing miserably. I decided my friend’s recipe was so much better and come on it was from the birth place of pavlova.

So I sucked in my pride and asked her ever so nicely if I could have a copy of her recipe and she was more than happy enough to provide me with her Nanna’s recipe. Needless to say I was so happy that if I could i would have done back-flips, but me and back-flips are a no go.
But after a couple of attempts I believe that i have this whole pavlova milarkey down to a fine art.

In the words of a friend on twitter yes meringue is black magic, you have to have everything just right or it fails miserably, but i can let you in on a little secret the recipe.


3 egg whites (note room temp and old rather than fresh egg whites work better!)
3 Tablespoons cold water
1 cup/8oz caster sugar
1 teaspoon vinegar (I use white vinegar but my friend uses white wine vinegar)
half a teaspoon vanilla essence
3 teaspoons cornflour / cornstarch
Preheat oven to 150 degrees C. I use 225 F.
1)Separate the egg whites and yolks.
2)Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites until stiff.I do the good old tip the bowl upside down over to make sure they don’t move.
3)Add water and beat again.
4)Add sugar very gradually while still beating.
5)Slow beater and add vinegar, vanilla and cornflour.
6)Line an oven tray with baking paper. Draw a 22 cm circle on the paper (side plate size).
Spread the pavlova to within 2 cm of the edge keeping the shape as round and even as possible.
Smooth over top surface.
7)Bake Pavlova for 45 minutes then leave to cool in the oven.
Carefully lift onto serving plate and decorate with whipped cream and fresh fruit.
My other random tips: The bowl must be clean and dry for the egg whites to beat properly, so don’t add the water until they are stiff. After adding the sugar beat for a couple of minutes –  you want the sugar to dissolve in the egg white and not be too grainy
Trust me this really does work and it tastes good I adjusted the recipe so it half a teaspoon of vanilla but you can use a teaspoon it just tastes strong.
HAVE FUN!!!!!!!

Why Real life is like Disney life.

Published September 10, 2012 by theycallmemrstibbs

I didn’t used to believe that Disney life even existed but I was wrong.

Of course there’s the parts that don’t exist in everybody’s lives and then the things that exist in nobody’s lives.
Then there’s the parts that have the potential to exist in everyone’s lives.

Lets starts with the parts that exist in nobody’s lives.

  • Witches
  • Sea witches
  • Underworld gods
  • Demons

I don’t think I need to explain any of that.

Then there are the wicked stepmothers who want you destroyed because you’re either the fairest in the land or because you were daddy’s little girl.

                                  Also here’s a hint don’t ever eat beautiful shiny red apples whilst she is around.

Even if it is an old lady who gives it you.

I think that’s enough of the bad people that may or may not be in your life. Like I should have said I have nothing against stepmothers.

Then we have our friends, conscience and fairies. Like in real life we all have our groups of friends who will do any thing for you.

Whether it is pull you from a Hunny pot.

Or help you find your footing in a world where you are all alone.

Then we have our friends that are going through exactly the same things in life.

Look after you when the wicked witch is hunting you down because you’re the fairest of them all you will always have those 7 friends who will watch you regardless even if it means making that glass casket for you.

Then there is your friend who persuades you not to do the things you will later regret in life.

                                                       And of course the fairies who make it possible for you to get the impossible done, or in other words your sheer determination.

Now here’s the good point that should happen to all of us.

We should all find our prince charming, I don’t mean literal prince, I just mean that one person in our lives that makes us feel happy, special and truly loved.

Then you can live happily every after and find your Disney castle.

Letter to 18 year old me

Published September 4, 2012 by theycallmemrstibbs

Hey 18 year old Lisa,


You haven’t met me yet but I’m you ten years from now. I thought I should give you some heads up on some mistakes, no I’ll call them errors that you make between now and age 21.


1) When you’re filling out your UCAS application avoid any sports course, as you will not find the job you are looking for. Perhaps try an English literature course. You know you like it as much as sport, so maybe just think about it.


2) When you get your offers through for university don’t take the first offer you receive, just because it’s in Yorkshire, not that there’s anything wrong with Yorkshire, but try somewhere different. Maybe try for Manchester, you might meet your future husband there, (which you did), but think about 3 extra years with him.


3) Don’t be as trusting. You will just end up getting hurt.

4) Don’t go to every Halloween as a fairy it gets repetitive. Even if you change the colour every year.


Anyway I think 4 is enough for your head to cope with for now.


Lisa Tibbs

P.S. Going back to the topic of your future husband, I won’t leave any spoilers, but you’ll know who he is.

P.P.S. Also with your future husband you will move to California then the Netherlands. 



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