Sunday, February 03, 2008

A loaf emerges!

And close up...

Adventures of a bread baker

Disaster! The local bakery was out of my gluten free bread! And they don't bake again until next Saturday. *Sigh* I guess there is nothing for it but to finally stop procrastinating, pull out the bread-maker B gave me for my birthday 4 months ago and try it. At least the kitchen is tidy enough now that I can set it up without having to move boxes around.

So I write this now to the gentle whir of the mixing blades. And in around 3 hours time thee should be a new loaf of bread in the house. Baking GF bread seems to be very hit-and-miss though, so I have no high hopes of my first loaf. At least I still have an emergency frozen loaf. Strange to think how dependent on bread I've gotten, when I hardly ate it until a year ago.

In other news, the house is coming along nicely. We have busy week of putting up shelves and then a weekend of doing nothing. My weekends have been largely occupied with working or feeling seriously under the weather, so I'm taking a bit of a break and just keeping the house-cleaning under control.

My wrist is still a bit sore - probably using it too much and it just gets fatigued. I still haven't gotten back into knitting since the operation, but I have plans - got a bag or two I want to start, and coming in Winter again a nice scarf or two might be a nice easy way of easing myself back into it.

The big-screen TV we promised ourselves this time last year has finally been bought and was delivered yesterday. Unfortunately the cabinet we bought (separately) for it was not ready yesterday, so all the devices normally attached to the TV are perched wherever they will fit, but I am looking forward to having the downstairs set up properly!

So, now we have a spare tv - anyone interested?

Oh - and no, B still hasn't moved in!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Not a New Year's Resolution List

I don't make New Year's Resolutions. I don't see the point in waiting until an arbitrary date and then setting some expectations.

So these are the goals I set back when I moved into the inner 'burbs - because that is what all of this was waiting on.

1. Start pilates - tick

2. Start ballroom / latin dance lessons - still talking B into it - almost there.

3. Sort out health - started and continuing as a vital focus.

4. Do a wine appreciation course - investigations underway.

5. Do some other fun / creative short courses - investigations underway.

That's about it.


Saturday, November 10, 2007

Lost on the Interweb


I'm over in facebook, playing scrabble.

Yeah, I know, I should be organising the house, or finishing off the cleaning up of the old house, but, but, well - I wanted a break, and then I got addicted....

But it's a gorgeous day, and there's house-work aneeding doing, and the wonderful new kitchen to cook in, and new recipe books to plunder, so I guess I should go get to it.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

10 boxes left

Well, I've moved.

Still boxes everywhere, and new flat-pack storage bought that still needs to be put together. Still some small-fry remaining to be collected at the old house as well as some serious cleaning before it can be rented out.

But the place is starting to come together, and as I figure out where all the furniture belongs and where the paintings will work best it starts to look more and more like somewhere I live.

Oscar has taken to it like a trooper - after some initial scary moments when he scaled 6' fences and went wandering. Now he knows how to reach the front door, and the back door. He knows where his food is, and on the odd occasion he is allowed inside, he is working out where the best possies (staircase landing) are for keeping his eye on them humans.

Things I love about the new place.

  • Halves my time to work - door to door
  • Public transport is practically at my doorstep - no more car
  • I get to catch a tram! :)
  • The newsagent is just around the corner for my Sunday paper
  • There are gluten free cafes and restaurant within easy walking / tram distance
  • I have a wall oven, no more bending down
  • Great kitchen
  • Internal access from the garage
  • Excellent light-filled rooms
  • Two toilets :)
  • Knitting s'n'b meets weekly just around the corner
  • Encouraging innovative storage solutions
  • Good flow of Chi through the two floors.

Things I'm not so keen on about the new house.
  • There's a spot light above the bathroom sink that really "highlights" my grey hair!
  • Somewhat challenged for storage
  • Still don't know where all of B's cd's are going to go.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

10 boxes down.

The loungeroom is very slowly being taken over by boxes. 2 weeks out and there are now 10 boxes done. I'm still in the process of wandering around the house getting something from here, something from there and packing it up to make a logical (kinda) box.
The cat has finally twigged that something is happening and has gone into anxiety mode - hiding under the bed. You'd think after half a dozen moves in the last 10 years (5 in the first five) he'd be used to it by now, but he never seems to.

Yesterday I did the final inspection - which was really just a chance to go in and measure up the place, as we had no dimensions listed on the documents. I've been working from home today, and in-between calls I've been drawing up the plans on graph paper and measuring up my furniture and making cut-outs, all to scale. Good news - all of my furniture will fit! Bad news, B? - not sure about yours ;-)

The only thing left to figure out really, is where all of B's cd's will go. Currently he has the stacked flat in vaguely alphabetical piles in his loungeroom. I think there is around a dozen stacks, ranging from 3-4 feet high - yes I count them in feet. And then there are probably another 10 feet of cd's in other places that haven't made it onto their pile yet. So if you say 30 cd's to a foot (yes I measured).. that's over 1500 cd's. Strangely, if these were all placed on shelves - they would take up a lot of room. Being an organisational freak - I'd really like to see these all easily accessible, lined up neatly (by genre, alpha, Dewey decimal), spines facing outwards.
I'm just not sure we have the space.... Now if I didn't have a car, we could convert the garage to one mean sound room.... hmmm.

Back to the boxes. We picked up some extra boxes from some friends last night. They moved only a couple of weeks ago, and apparently got a bit bored while writing the contents on the boxes. Unfortunately I've already packed my depleted uranium rods, so I'll have to find something else for that box. Although I do agree that the fire breathing dragon should live in the bedroom - wouldn't need any doonas or heaters then.

Ah time for dinner - pity I've packed all off my food *EG* nothing for it, but to go get pizza. hehehe. (Mental note to self, pack food before anyone comes to check....)

Sunday, September 16, 2007

See, it's true! (blogthings says so...)

You Are Artemis!

Brave, and a natural born leader.
You're willing to fight for what you believe in...
And willing to make tough decisions.
Don't forget - the people around you have ideas too!

You Are Lisa Simpson

A total child prodigy and super genius, you have the mind for world domination.

But you prefer world peace, Buddhism, and tofu dogs.

You will be remembered for: all your academic accomplishments

Your life philosophy: "I refuse to believe that everybody refuses to believe the truth"

Your Ideal Pet is a Cat

You're both aloof, introverted, and moody.
And your friends secretly wish that you were declawed!