Friday, 7 December 2007
recent amazon order, mainly unrelated to post.
okay, i've been tagged by a few people now, most recently by ms. sisal factory and ms. red dog and jude, to join the "five things about me" meme and since i have been too busy working, sleeping and creating custom oobees to blog lately, this might be a good segue back into regular blogging (although hopefully with not as many run-on sentences as just displayed here).
1:: i have a strong disliking for moths. i don't mind most insects, even the giant spiders we have here in australia, but big, furry, fat-bodied, powdery moths that fly into (or could potentially fly into) my head, hair or neck really make my skin crawl.
2:: every year i pick a sunday before christmas to do my official holiday baking, where martha's chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies are ALWAYS on the roster. this year it is scheduled for the 16th and i'm so looking forward to it, i'm going to have a little look through my recipe books (see two new ones above) this weekend to see what should accompany the heavenly chewy chocolate gingerbread. any suggestions? i made martha's carrot cake sandwich cookies last year and they were quite well received but i want to try something new.
3:: i have no christmas presents to buy this year except for a $15 secret santa exchange for work. i don't mean that i have no more present to buy, i mean really no presents at all. shane and i don't usually exchange gifts as we buy ourselves stuff all year long, my family has all agreed that shipping is crazy and we'll just enjoy great dinners together when we see each other next, shane's family lives all over australia and we've agreed to just buy one big present (cable tv subscription) for their dad (my father-in-law), and i don't really get into the gifts with friends exchange at christmas. it may sound scrougey but i'm really enjoying not spending money on things that i worry people won't like/need/use/want.
4:: i'm feeling a bit defeated by my yard at the moment - although quite green, the lawn is mostly weeds, which also seem to be taking over every spare centimeter of bare earth. the edibles i have planted (heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, carrots, perpetual spinach, red onion, leeks, spring onion, jalapeno peppers, dill, parsley, oregano, thyme, strawberries, apple tree and passionfruit) are doing quite well but my many rosebushes seem to have a variety of issues and the whole yard as a landscape project is too huge to contemplate.
5:: hmmmm, i have nothing for this number 5. my mind is blank. how about the fact that growing up i was possibly the pickiest eater on the planet. i wouldn't eat any vegetables except corn and raw peas (and maybe raw carrots, my grandma had a pretty tasty garden in those days). i somehow recall not even eating pizza unless i scraped all topping off and could just eat the soggy bread/crust - even the cheese wasn't acceptable. i slowly grew out of most of my eating bratiness, which i suspect was a bit of a power struggle thing anyway, but still didn't really get into vegetables until my mid-twenties. it's such a contrast to how i ate growing up that my mom still has to ask if she needs to make me a separate bit of potato salad without green onions in it so that i'll actually eat it - nope, not anymore, mom, i looooove green onions now. sorry for being such a pain in the ass all those years : )
as usual, i'm not going to tag anyone but i love learning all these little bits about people so let me know if you take it up, my inner voyeur must know!