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  1. I Guess This Means We’re Adults Now

    Yeah, so we’ve had a little somethin’-somethin’ in the works for a while now, but as of this week, it is official. Hubby and I have partnered with the company we work for to make a new baby company. I like to think it is really The Man”s, but I’m sort of along for the ride. It doesn’t mean much will change, except that his graphics team will be their own motion graphics company and can hire out more easily to other production companies who don’t like the idea of turning to another production company for graphics lest they lose their clients. Or something like that.

    There have been some personnel changes at work and all that, so now I’m relieved of a lot of my old stuff and am now just doing the accounts. So I’m getting paid MORE and working LESS; I’m cool with that. Two days off a week? This is the life I was made for! (Hubby has even said that he would be thrilled if I wanted to plan a Girls’ Long Weekend in Auckland, Brisbane or somewhere in between — anyone game?!) Though once the baby company starts growing up, it may be back to four or even five days depending how many responsibilities I pick up.

    Of course, we also have a CD release date — June 20, hallelujah! So maybe we’ll quit everything and be rock stars.

    And speaking of which, our friends had a song on Underbelly, this week. Not that I was bothered to watch it, but we’re happy for them regardless. Any royalty check is a good royalty check. Thank goodness for Dawson’s Creek re-runs.

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  2. Little Joys

    ♥ I found out today that I only have $800 left on my student loan for my one year of private higher education. I’m paying off that lump sum headache tomorrow!

    ♥ I was gifted three pre-loved Bill Bryson books. I already have his full collection. Somewhere. In a box. In the back of a closet. In IOWA. I’m happy to have these on hand for a re-read. (Particularly since there’s no such thing as a bargain book in this country.)

    ♥ I love these posters. Teehee. (via the knack)

    ♥ Though the Australian dollar is extraordinarily high at the moment, I might be learning towards sending my mom (or someone in FLORIDA) to Bed Bath & Beyond to get this butter keeper instead of the expensive handmade ones. Does that make me a bad person?

    ** Get your own cute butter keeper at Amazon.

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  3. Linky-Links

    While I’m taking a little break for sanity’s sake, these are some links to remind myself later. (Most are probably from Not Martha, but I’ve got a dozen tabs open and have lost track now.)

    Open Faces Egg Salad & Watercress Sandwich: even though I’m not a super egg-salad fan, this is making my mouth water.

    Favourite Egg Recipes: as I hope to have fresh eggs soon, if Pepper doesn’t turn out to be a rooster.

    ♥ For the girls, Mon.thly: Keep track of when Aunt Irma is due to visit next. (And if you haven’t seen this episode of The IT Crowd, do yourself a favour.)

    (And yes, I’m aware that I’m now spelling in British English. I’m trying to get into the habit so that it makes the transcripts easier. I still have no idea when to use “-ize” or “-ise” though.)

    Pancetta Cups & Hollandaise, at the cutely named Iron Stef. (Can you tell I’m really into food and cooking lately?)

    Gardening in Containers: my sister-in-law has a thriving herb garden in a tub outside. My MIL just started some tomatoes in a bucket, and I’m thinking I need to be getting in on this growing action. I really want to grow chives as they are so hit or miss at the markets lately.

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  4. Taking What They’re Giving; I’m Working for a Living

    About the time I think I’m going to post regularly, upload all these new photos, maybe even redesign things around here, that’s when I get too busy to post even once in a while or take my camera out of the bag.

    It’s good though. (I think…) I’m doing some extra work on the side for one of our clients who needs transcripts done of some footage they shot for a “supernanny”-like program. Some of it is just straight pieces to camera, but the children interacting and carrying on has been quite grueling.

    I spent the entire weekend working on them with only a few minor breaks for food. From Friday night to Sunday night, I got 5.5 tapes done and was quite pleased with the accomplishment. The only problem is that I have four and a half left to do. Well, three after my work so far today. *sigh* It’s paying off my camera. That’s what I have to keep reminding myself.

    ** Check out the Jo Frost (aka The Supernanny) store at Amazon.

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  5. Quote of the Day

    Regarding the fact that most of the online April Fools Day jokes will happen tomorrow…

    “It’s so hard living in the future.” ~Pete

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  6. Better Butter

    I made butter on Saturday. I followed the instructions posted recently, and it worked a treat. Next time I’m going to use organic cream from the shop near work, but at least I know it’s something I can do.

    Now the trouble is storage. I’m keeping mine in a glass dish with water like the lady suggested, but I really want a Butter Bell. Love it! The ones at that site are nice, but then there is the Emile Henry one in the gorgeous Figue.

    However, I secretly want a homemade one. Something about having handmade crockery is so charming. (And it really makes sense in my head if it’s homemade butter too.) Do you think I could find a single local potter who makes them? No. Hard enough finding anyone in this country who bothers to put their wares online.

    Etsy has two that I really, truly love. There is something so charming about this one with the tree and the little details and the blue inside, but she doesn’t ship internationally. But then I also love this one with the handles and the feet, and he’ll ship here. But then I’d want to buy half of his other gorgeous items and might end up spending a fortune.

    (I’m linking to those for my reference. Please don’t go and buy them out from underneath me. I will decide soon!) 🙂

    ** Have a look at the other Emile Henry kitchenware at Amazon.

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