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  1. Geek Cred

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    ** Check out HTML5 and CSS3: Develop with Tomorrow’s Standards Today at Amazon

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  2. Drink Me

    A gourmet deli opened across from the office. It is filled with wonderful delicacies I’ve only ever seen on Iron Chef. Foie gras, whole truffles in individual jars for outrageous prices, persian fairy floss in weird flavours.

    But yesterday, we bought a jar I’ve had my eye on. Wild hibiscus flowers in syrup. Go look at the website; they’re gorgeous. I’m saving them for my birthday, and then we’re going to have Wild Hibiscus Rosés (second-to-last recipe on the cocktails page). I’m excited.

    ** Check out this Iron-Chef-y cookbook, Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking at Amazon.

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  3. In the Papers

    Brisbane commuters ought to pick up the MX paper this afternoon. Might see a familiar face in there today — well, one that’s familiar to me anyway. :) Or come see him in person tomorrow night at Ric’s.

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  4. Wishes

    If you love all things cute and adorable, you’re probably reading Oh My That’s Awesome! every day anyway, but these little dishes they linked to are so precious. But really, I love everything at that Three Potato Four shop.

    I learned there that I want to be a huge fan of Shinzi Katoh. Seriously. I mean, look at these mugs, this bowl, this tray, this mug & dish, and this bag. I’m in love.

    ** Check out the cute Shinzi Katoh stuff at Amazon.

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  5. I’m Not an Addict; Maybe That’s a Lie

    Chain Factor: Play this. Get Addicted. Blame Me. Or blame Manda who sent it to me. Post your high scores.

    ** Get the “Not An Addict” MP3 by K’s Choice at Amazon.

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  6. Let Them Eat Cupcakes

    I am not a big cupcake fan, mostly because they are made of cake. And the thing I don’t like about cake is the frosting, and somehow cupcakes tend to get about twice as much as your ordinary slice of cake.

    But I can be persuaded to have one every now and then. I just found Cupcake Project via someone I can’t remember (see note above), and those Eggnog Latte Christmas Cupcakes sure look good enough to eat!

    ** Check out the Giant Cupcake Cake Pan at Amazon.

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  7. Early Christmas Shopping

    We bought a few gifts for family on the Catch of the Day Catchathon (continuing today until… I don’t know when). But I also got a few things for myself: the ladies toolkit, socks!, and one more item I’m embarrassed to mention.

    You see, I have made fun of my best friend for YEARS due to her penchant for getting suckered by infomercials. I’m the first to admit that it’s not all crap… but it’s just the number of times that the product actually gets used after the first week or two that I take issue with. How many ab-masters, slicer/dicer/can-openers, magical cleaning waters, and the like has she purchased over the years? I don’t even know. But it has become a bit of a joke between us.

    So yesterday, I broke down and bought the Vacuum Fresh Box. I don’t even care if it breaks down in two weeks. If that means I don’t have to freeze my bread to keep it from turning into a hockey puck on my counter, then I am totally convinced I’ve gotten my money’s worth. We buy fresh bread at the market and end up freezing half the loaf, but then we’ve got all this yucky frozen bread to eat. I just want fresh bread… it that too much to ask?

    ** Put your bread in a Fresh Box™ Vacuum Seal Container from Amazon.

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  8. So What’s Your Deal?

    I don’t feel bad about not posting, because nobody else is either.
    I DO feel bad about never remembering what I INTEND to post.
    30 is the new 75 in terms of memory loss, people.

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  9. Question of the Day

    How in the world am I supposed to bake a pecan pie after work tomorrow when there are no frozen pie crusts in this country? The best I could find is a five-inch flan pastry thing.

    Ugh. I don’t even like pie.

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  10. Updates: In List Form

    • We had a lovely time in Sydney… for the most part. The hotel and service (or lack thereof rather) were pretty sucky and will be the subject of a strongly worded letter to the Powers That Be. But beyond that, it was a great time. I’m in love with a little French patisserie and would go back just for it.
    • I didn’t know that Bono knows Tash, but it has to be true. At least I’m pretty sure that “Sweetest Thing” song refers to her and her abundance of sweetness.
    • I now have Red Hots and Excedrin and a whole bag of other treatsies. (see above)
    • We were on a plane with some of the crew and potentially some band members on The Killers tour. I would have no idea what the band members look like though.
    • And speaking of killers, as of Monday, I no longer believe that we could survive The Amazing Race without killing each other. (OMG, how awesome are Kynt & Vyxsin??)
    • Tommy hasn’t posted a word count in a while. GO TOMMY, GO!
    • I have a Neutral American Accent. “You’re not Northern, Southern, or Western, you’re just plain -American-. Your national identity is more important than your local identity, because you don’t really have a local identity. You might be from the region in that map, which is defined by this kind of accent, but you could easily not be. Or maybe you just moved around a lot growing up.” I find that my Southern accent comes out more now than when I lived there though.
    • More when I’ve had additional coffee.

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  11. Packing Panic

    We leave the house in 8.5 hours. I’m not packed yet. Typical.

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  12. Mmm… Yummy

    baked pumpkin with basil and feta

    1/2 pumpkin, seeded, skin on, cut into 2 cm wedges
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    2 sliced seeded red capsicum (grilled until slightly blackened)
    2/3 cup fresh breadcrumbs
    100g feta, crumbled ( one block) smallish
    2 tomatoes, seeded, chopped
    1/4 cup pine nuts
    1/4 cup roughly chopped basil, plus extra to serve
    1 clove garlic crushed

    preheat oven to hot 200C or 450F Line a baking tray with baking paper

    arrange pumpkin on prepared tray and brush with oil season to taste

    bake for 15-20 minutes until just tender

    meanwhile in a large bowl, combine capsicum, breadcrumbs, feta, tomatoes, pine nuts, basil and garlic. Mix well and season to taste.

    Spoon an even amount of capsicum mixture onto each wedge of pumpkin. Bake for a further 10-15 minutes until golden. Serve as a meal accompaniment scattered with extra basil, or on its own with other vegetables of choice.

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  13. Happy Horse Races

    It’s Melbourne Cup day. (Once again for the Americans, that’s basically the equivalent to the Kentucky Derby except that everybody seems to care.)

    So far today we’ve walked up the street for coffees since our machine here is broken. One of the girls and I stopped at the wedding stationary shop to pick up some sparkley thing to make our own $5 fascinators.

    We’re doing a bit of work at the moment. Well sorta.

    And then we’re going out for lunch and watching the race this afternoon. Good times.

    ** Look for your race-day fascinators at Amazon.

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  14. A Conversation

    We saw a boy on the train with two red strings tied around his wrist. Due to his ethnicity, I asked Hans if he knew if they had special meaning.

    Him: They are what we like to call “friendship bracelets”.
    I give him the “that’s crazy talk” look.
    Him: That’s apparently not the answer you were looking for.
    Me: Listen, I KNOW friendship bracelets. I made like an infinity of them in grade school.

    This is more along the lines of what I wanted to know.

    ** For some more grown-up friendship bracelets, check these out at Amazon: Sterling Silver Red Beaded Friendship Bracelet, Sterling Silver Double Friendship Knot Cuff Bangle, ‘Bless This Woman’ Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet.

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  15. Less Than a Week

    Other than that, I’m just looking forward to our trip to Sydney next weekend. Our week is a bit busy with a wrap party on Thursday for a show our company was working on, and a few other evening commitments. Hopefully Saturday won’t creep up on me before I get some laundry done!

    I’m trying to put together a list of agenda options, but it sounds like we might be catching the ferry to Taronga Zoo. (I just want to see these little guys. Oh. Em. Gee. Too CUTE!) I’m sure there will be an obligatory stop somewhere near the opera house, but I don’t know if I feel the need to do a tour. The Museum of Contemporary Art is near our hotel too, so maybe that would be a good afternoon stop. I think we’ll also have to take the cousins to Wildlife World to get the true Aussie animal experience.

    Any other recommendations from anyone?

    ** Going to Sydney? Check out Lonely Planet: Sydney Encounter at Amazon.

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  16. This Place Bugs Me

    Well, Ant Watch 2007 is officially in effect. When we got back from America last year, I finally had enough of the ants that were taking over my house. That was in March, so I am impressed with how long we’ve gone bugless. However, with the change of seasons and all that, we are back on guard.

    I came across a few on Saturday that were coming in through the floorboards to collect the carcass of a moth that perished behind the television. I vacuumed and mopped and ant-sanded the entire stretch of wall. If I find any more, I’m calling the exterminator again.

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  17. No Vember

    Yes, it’s the 2nd here, but for part of the day it was still the 1st in America, which is where all the big activities (that we’re NOT doing) began.

    First of all, it was the first day for NaNoWriMo, the big write-your-50,000-word-novel-in-30-days event of torture that I put myself through for several years before succumbing last year to the idea that… maybe I just don’t WANT to write that novel anymore. Though I am here to pledge my support to Tommy who has already cranked out 1768 words by my count if you include the chapter title… and 1770 if you include the words “Chapter One”. You can DO IT!

    And for the boys, Whiskerino 2007, the four-month, beard-growing, competition-but-not-really thing has begun. It the one period of time that I ever get to see Jesse‘s face online. There’s also ben, who used to work with an old roommate back in the day. And a few others who take pretty photos: Mr. Blankenship, Mr. Bean, and I can’t wait to see what this guy has up his sleeve.

    So I’m not writing and Hans isn’t shaving and that’s all folks.

    ** Doing NaNoWriMo? Check out No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days at Amazon.

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