Tuesday, 30 December 2008


Ant and I have really enjoying visiting with friends this week. We have been out to see Sonya and Kevin and play with Max and Claire. They are really good kids, the kind that make you want to have kids of your own (almost).

Sunday, 28 December 2008


Paul gave me a new cookbook for Christmas--yay! That means more tasty ideas for meals are in my future! And I went out and bought two new kitchen gadgets; one was this new palm peeler. It slips onto one finger and then you hold it in your palm. Ant and I both tried it out and found that it worked well once we got the hang of it.

And we also bought a lovely mini mandoline--which has a very sharp double-sided blade in the centre. It makes perfect eighth of an inch slices, as seen in these photos.

On Christmas Eve Ant and I were out with Mum buying our vegetables for our special dinner. We were at Farmer Clem's and we saw this fantastic squash! I wish we had bought it but really, we would be eating squash for days.

Saturday, 20 December 2008

happy birthday to Matt!

Matt's birthday is on Monday and tonight we celebrated with this wonderful pi cake that Lucie made. Wow--impressive. Also very tasty.

In the background you can see Guitar Hero World Tour, which we bought for Matt, but the guitar is broken. :( I hope that he can get a replacement soon so Ant and Matt can play together (and maybe Lucie and I could occasionally try it as well).

Matt's 9*pi birthday is coming up in the spring, so we plan to celebrate that as well, of course!

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Christmas preparations

Presents: for my tutor group (27 tubes of confectionery)

Shopping: at the German Christmas market on the South Bank near Waterloo

Shopping: at the South Bank book market

Church event: the Good Neighbours Christmas Party

Trying out my outfit for the staff party tomorrow evening (complete with domestic scene in the background)

Saturday, 6 December 2008

brief update

My friend Tawnya is staying with us again for a couple of weeks while she is here in London auditioning. On Wednesday this week we went out with my bookclub girls to a pub in Camden to hear some folk music. Although, it I'm honest, I really went for the international vegetarian tapas! It was delicious. The music was suitably folky--the band we saw had a guitar, a banjo, drums, other percussion (including donkey's teeth) and a small keyboard with a blow tube attached--which made it sound a bit like an accordion. It was very much foot tapping music.

I'm off to do some tutoring this morning and then Tawnya and I are going to head into the city for the Cologne Christmas Market near Waterloo. We also are hosting house group tonight and in between all this I hope to make some gifts and also mark a set of books. Here's hoping. Oh, and some cleaning, and relaxing, too.