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Today has been a day of variety, which has been nice!  I started out by going up to the Christmas fair for Mum’s church – I got there quite late on, so I helped clear up and carry the remaining stuff back up to the church.  I got a few nice cards and nick knacks for gifts, so that was a worthwhile trip.  Then I walked with Mum back to her house for a drink and then a lift home.

On the way up to Mum’s place, I stopped off and did a geocache that was en route.  It took me a bit longer than I’d planned due to me being disorganised with my stuff, but it was still a speedy one.  Not a micro one this time, but a still small one.  So not big enough to put the travelling monkey into, yet.  Poor monkey!  I’ll move him on soon, by hook or by crook!

After visiting at Mum’s for a while, we came back here and had dinner – stir fry followed by cupcakes!  Then Mum went home and I’ve been knitting and watching Strictly Come Dancing.  I’m still working on the Travelling Woman, but hopefully I’ll be done soon.  Maybe tonight?  Maybe tomorrow.

And then I’ve been playing with Blip.fm – I’ve put a widget linking to my account there in the sidebar, and I think it’s possible to play some tracks directly from here?  I’m not sure, I’m still figuring it out.  That’s not what I’m using it for, anyway.  Mostly I’m listening to the songs my friends have playlisted.  Is that even a word?  Probably not, but I know what I mean, and I’m sure you do too.  Anyway, I thought I’d put the widget up here because in the first place I can, and also because I’m trying to get all my web stuff better linked together.  Integrate my web presence.  Oh how pretentious. ;-)

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

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Originally published at Enchilada Sunrise. You can comment here or there.

Here we go, my answers for this week’s Friday 5:

  1. What is your favourite fizzy, bubbly drink?
    Pepsi!  Or Coca-cola as a second - I don’t like the diet versions (unfortunately!), and I’m not keen on the non-branded ones either.  They just don’t taste the same.  Picky, picky me.

  2. What is your favourite deep-fried food?
    Um.  I don’t really eat deep fried food.  Oh, except for crisps I spose.  So, crisps?  And sometimes chips, but not if they’re too greasy.

  3. What is your favourite hot beverage?
    Hot lemon squash.  Weird, I know, but I don’t drink tea or coffee, and although I do like hot chocolate I only have it as the occasional cold-weather treat.  It’s too thick / sweet for a regular drink for me.

  4. What is your favourite really messy food?
    Depends what you call messy!  Spag bol, maybe?  Or maybe tortilla chips and dip because you’re bound to get dip on you at some point.

  5. What is your favourite recipe for a blended or mixed beverage?
    Not really sure what this means!  Like a cocktail?  Or a smoothie?  If we’re talking alcoholic beverages, I like Archers, vodka and orange juice.  If not, then banana smoothies are probably my favourite.  The recipe for that when I make my own is one banana (chopped up into smallish pieces), either (a) a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or (b) a tablespoon or so of natural yoghurt (depends what I have), and about half a pint of milk… or maybe more than that, I’m not sure!  I generally go by ‘feel’.  Then I whizz it all together with the whizzing device.  Add a bit more milk if need be to taste, whizz again, etc.  Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Nom!

In other news, an actual knitting post should be coming soon!  I’ve just cast on for the second SKP09 pattern, which is a pair of entrelac socks.  There’s a new challenge right there - I’m just about to start the actual entrelac part and it’s all very exciting.  And nerve wracking!  Photos will be forthcoming… assuming I can make it all work.

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Originally published at Enchilada Sunrise. You can comment here or there.

The Friday 5 site is back, so here are my answers for this week:

  1. To whom do you normally turn when you need to complain about something?
    Hmm… it probably depends on what it is!  My Mum and my LJ friends-list are the most likely, I think.  Doing a friends-locked post on LJ is really good for getting something that’s bothering me off my chest… I can have a good rant and nobody has to read it / listen to me unless they feel like it!  I do find that just writing something out often makes me feel better about it.  I’ve also got a couple of good friends that I can ring up or chat to online and pretty much go “Arrrrrgh!!!”, and of course they can do the same with me.

  2. Which annual season-turning do you enjoy the most?
    I do like winter to spring because of the lengthening days and mostly nicer weather, but I think my favourite is probably summer into autumn because (a) I love the colours of autumn, and (b) the clocks go back!  Extra hour, yay!!

  3. Where can you get a really good turnover?
    I don’t know, I don’t eat them… although before looking at that Wiki article, I didn’t realise you could get savoury ones.   Or maybe they don’t ever call savoury ones ‘turnovers’ here?   Anyway, I spose if I was going to buy a turnover, I’d either go to the supermarket, or to Wilson’s, a local bakery - they probably have nicer ones.   I’d have to get someone else to judge!

  4. What’s employee turnover like where you work?
    Well, I’m not working at the mo, so… there is none!

  5. One of the Wonder Twins could turn into any form of water, while the other could turn into any animal. Which of these powers would be more useful to you?
    I think I’d turn into any kind of animal, because then I’d be able to turn into birds and fly.  Whee!  (This would completely help with my fear of falling off things, because then if I did I’d be safe!)

PS - Note to self: remember to click the “Publish” button.  Also, go to bed earlier.  The clocks changed, remember?  (D’oh!)

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Since the site was down for the revamp last week, I'm going to catch up on the last two weeks' worth of Friday 5 questions:

Friday 5 for March 13: Its Cold!


  1. Whats your favorite frozen heat-and-eat food?
    Hmmm... that's actually really hard. There's this place that does some really nice frozen ready-meals... I like most of theirs, but particularly the duck in orange sauce. Nom!

  2. How sensitive are you to cool temperatures?
    I do feel the cold pretty easily, especially if I'm sitting still at the computer all day!

  3. How many ice-cube trays are there in your freezer?
    None. I have one ice-cube tray, but it's in a kitchen drawer. I do have a couple of ice-cube bags in the freezer, though. And some frozen blue plastic penguins.

  4. What aspect of your life seems to be frozen in place?
    Hah. My mental health. :-/

  5. Whats your favorite blanket like?
    I spose this means 'favourite blanket for snuggling under on the sofa when it's cold'... in which case I'll say one of my fleece blankets because they're light but warm and good for keeping me cosy. But really the blanket of mine that I love best is the wool tartan one that I got in Edinburgh and kept in my car when I still had that. I don't use it so much now cos I don't want it to get covered in cat hair!



Friday 5 for March 20: Quarterly Progress Check


  1. Would you say 2009 so far is meeting expectation, exceeding expectations, or failing to meet expectations?
    So far, 2009 has been fairly not-happening for me. Which is the fault of how I've been rather than the year itself. When I've been well enough to engage with life, there have been good things going on, so I'd say it's technically exceeding expectations, since mine are so low right now anyway!

  2. What letter grade would you give yourself for your performance at work or school?
    Not that I've been to either, but for my performance in life so far this year: a big, fat F for FAIL.

  3. On a scale from 1 to 10, how happy have you been with the weather so far in 2009?
    Other than a couple of periods of wtf (giant! hail! the other night!!), I think it's been OK. My brain is like a sieve though, so I might be forgetting. It is still the winter (or has it edged into spring now?) so of course it's not all sunshine and roses, but that's as it should be. I'll give it an 8.

  4. Which of the Motion Picture Association of America's film ratings would you give your social life so far in 2009?
    Almost entirely a "G" - family time, knitting and spinning groups, hanging out with Ally and baby H, and perhaps a "PG" during that weekend that Char came to visit and we discovered that Robert Downey Jnr in Ironman is the best thing evah, etc. It's been quiet.

  5. 2009's parents are on the phone and want to know how 2009 can improve its performance. What have been 2009's areas of strength and what are its areas for growth in the second quarter?
    Uh, Um. Business speak, send help, cannot cope! (Off to Mordor) Alright, not really. Areas of strength have been opportunities for learning new skills (spinning). I guess areas for growth will be getting my brain back in gear? That's definitely something that needs doing.



Originally published at Enchilada Sunrise.

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