From the Weight Watchers Website…

•September 14, 2009 • 1 Comment

Here’s a rather tasty looking sandwich spread.

A nod to the classic Japanese salad dressing, this spread is delicious with tuna salad or lean roast beef sandwiches.

Easy prep: Toss 5 medium carrots (cut into large pieces), 1 shallot, 2 pieces peeled fresh ginger, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil into food processor. Pulse to a paste.

I might try this one.

Hot bean action!

•September 11, 2009 • 2 Comments

Here we have it ladies and germs, the first little bean shoot in my little bean garden!

There are actually three of them about this size now. I think I planted about 10 seeds, the others look like they’re about to poke through at any time. Exciting, yesno?? When they get a little bigger I’ll build a little climbing frame for them. Awwww.

Road trip? No thanks.

•September 10, 2009 • 4 Comments

From ICQ, because I don’t think I could actually sum it up any better.

(20:35:04) Jen: you would not believe the day i’ve had.
(20:35:12) K: not good?
(20:35:18) Jen: good and bad/insane
(20:35:24) K: ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
(20:35:50) Jen: started out pretty good – drove out to oakey (3hr west) to spend the day with P, today was their rest day on the ride.
(20:36:21) Jen: we went to the jondaryan woolshed, saw the historic buildings, watched a master shearer shear some sheep, the usual sheepy stuff
(20:36:39) K: ooh sheeeeep!
(20:36:51) Jen: even bought some roving from the actual sheep on the station (white, will dye it at some point) even though i think it was overpriced. i was hoping for a fleece.
(20:37:16) Jen: anyhoo, managed to spend most of the day in the sun and only end up a little sunburned
(20:37:30) Jen: josie was PERFECT all day – all smiles and talkies and fun and totally adorable.
(20:37:37) K: aww
(20:37:58) Jen: we went back to the campsite and visited with people, rested in the tent for a little while, had a snack, and just generally hung out. it was fun.
(20:38:14) Jen: there ends the good part.
(20:38:18) Jen: now starts the insanity.
(20:38:33) Jen: are you ready? and you can laugh because it’s over now, but at the time i was most unimpressed.
(20:38:34) K: uh oh
(20:38:40) Jen: ok, here we go.
(20:38:55) Jen: i drank a lot of water at the campsite because it was hot and sunny and i was thirsty. remember that part.
(20:39:19) Jen: i deliberately did not go to the pee room before heading back to brisbane, thinking that if i got sleepy on the road, a full bladder would annoy me into staying fully awake.
(20:39:39) Jen: ok, bundled jo into the car. she was asleep less than 3 minutes into the journey.
(20:40:06) K: ok, not going to the pee room is a big mistake in my book…
(20:40:15) Jen: got about 5 minutes down the highway when i saw a traffic response vehicle blocking the road. uh-oh… what’s happened here? a big sign saying “accident ahead, diversions in place.”
(20:40:52) Jen: oooo-kay, no probs – take the diversion. headed off through some farmland, on a fairly narrow but still decent little farm road.
(20:41:03) Jen: about 5k along the road…. it became gravel.
(20:41:07) Jen: for 20k.
(20:41:40) K: hoboy
(20:41:46) Jen: my car doesn’t handle gravel very well. add to this that there were road trains on the road (massive huge haulage trucks, these were full of moo) kicking up massive amounts of dust, so i couldn’t see a damn thing.
(20:41:59) Jen: also, did i mention i didn’t go to the pee room? ๐Ÿ˜‰
(20:42:21) K: good times
(20:42:57) Jen: ok, so we finally get back to a paved road, after doing 20k of gravel at around 20kph. not fun. we’re still on the diversion though, nowhere near the highway, so we’re going through suburbia at 50kph, following road trains full of moo.
(20:43:57) Jen: we get through suburbia, through the town… then we get to the mountain pass back down to the valley. a very steep mountain pass. good roads though… two lane the whole way down. the fucking road trains decide they want to drive down alongside each other at about 20kph so they can chat.
(20:44:11) K: holee mother of dog
(20:44:32) Jen: meanwhile, about 100 angry, grubby motorists, who probably haven’t used the pee room lately, are queuing up behind them. oh, and this is a 100kph zone most of the way.
(20:44:59) Jen: finally the damn moo truck gets the fuck into the slow lane and everyone ZOOOOOOOOOMS past them at last.
(20:45:24) Jen: ok, excellent. we’re back on the highway, josie’s still asleep, it’s dark and there’s no lighting on the highway but we can manage.
(20:45:48) Jen: tootling along, la dee da… in the dark i don’t recognise the exit i’m supposed to take, and get off one too early.
(20:45:55) Jen: in a massive construction zone.
(20:46:08) K: aaaawesomeย  ๐Ÿ˜‰
(20:46:13) Jen: i realise this just as josie wakes up and starts screaming and crying hysterically.
(20:47:07) Jen: because of all the construction, a lot of roads are either closed or don’t exist anymore, so i’ve got the gps yelling RECALCULATING at me every ten seconds and telling me to turn down roads that aren’t fucking there. josie’s screaming, i’m lost in a suburb i can’t even name, and i start to cry.
(20:47:29) K: oh dearย  ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
(20:47:39) Jen: the best part…. as i’m snivelling like a little kid because i’m lost and tired and sunburned and FUCKING ASS BALLS I HAVE TO PEE…..
(20:47:48) K: *snicker*
(20:47:55) Jen: a goddam massive kangaroo jumps out in front of my car.
(20:48:00) K: jeebus
(20:48:38) Jen: i SCREAM and slam on the brakes, which makes josie scream even louder, i almost pee myself, and the kangaroo looks at me and goes “whut?” then bounces off.
(20:49:00) Jen: i stop the car in the middle of the road for a minute to recover.
(20:49:50) Jen: finally, i get started again… to hell with the gps and the diversions, i need the goddam highway. i don’t care how i get there. so i head up a little road that looks like it’s only meant for construction trucks… but turns out it was a sensible way to go and i get back on the highway and back to areas i recognise.
(20:50:25) Jen: josie stops screaming a couple minutes later… and all i hear from back there is a little sob every few minutes.
(20:50:55) Jen: we get home, i get josie some food… start trying to feed her. she has a couple bites then starts STRAAAAAAAAAAAAAINING…. she’s pooped. great.
(20:51:21) Jen: trundle her off to the change table – it’s a massive, horrible, sick-baby poop. oooo-kay. undress, head toward the bathtub.
(20:51:39) K: oh dearย  ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
(20:51:46) Jen: while she’s standing nekkid at the edge of the tub, water’s running… she does another massive poop on the floor.
(20:52:04) Jen: so not only do i have to wash the poop off the baby, but i have to rinse the poop out of her diaper and then mop poop off the floor.
(20:52:17) K: *snicker again*
(20:52:23) Jen: and now i’m shaking i’m laughing so hard ๐Ÿ˜‰
(20:52:51) Jen: so i get jo cleaned up, dressed, boobed and into bed. i then call P back and explain wtf has happened to me, then i go and clean up the rest of the poop.
(20:53:09) Jen: oh, and you may be relieved to hear that i did visit the pee room in the middle of all this ๐Ÿ˜‰
(20:53:20) K: sounds like a fan-freaking-tastic day.ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰
(20:53:25) Jen: and then i sat my exhausted ass down here, and here i am!
(20:53:42) Jen: i cannot remember when i have had a more completely insane day.
(20:54:11) K: i don’t think it’s possible to top that one
(20:54:21) Jen: i think the kangaroo did it for me.
(20:54:26) Jen: that, or the poop on the floor.


•September 5, 2009 • Leave a Comment

The above is what Jojo said to me when I moved my handbag out of her grabby little reach.

Cheeky monkey.

So this morning we all piled into the car and headed west – to Toowoomba actually – to drop P off at the beginning of this year’s Cycle Queensland tour. It’s a loop of the Darling Downs, so it’ll be nice and flat for him, but it’s been raining and will continue to do so over the week. Camping in the rain is officially Not Fun. I know this from my learnings. Jojo and I are on our own for the whole week. Here’s hoping we both survive ๐Ÿ˜‰

Right now she’s in the hallway, hollering (usual), heading into my craft room to pull yarn off the bookcase. Here’s what happened last time.

Garden of Weedin

•August 31, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Man, that post title is so original ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ok, so my garden is an absolute mess. I’m working on it. Getting weeds under control, doing the digging and tidying up stuff.

I even planted seeds. Purple climbing beans.

This is what they look like now:

I promise, there’s beans in there.

Here’s what they will look like:

Artist’s rendition. Actual results may vary. If pain persists, call your doctor.

I maded a hat!!

•August 31, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I’ve knitted my very first item with one of my very first handspun yarns.

I really like it.

It’s a hat for my mom.

The pattern is Yarrow by Sarah Parmeter. Fibre was purchased at The Mountain Spinnery and spun on my Ashford Joy.

My yarn-overs suck.

Also, we got Josie a swing! She really likes it, despite photographic evidence which would indicate the contrary.

Spinning is fun.

•August 28, 2009 • 1 Comment

Prettiest one so far. Too bad I’m not keeping it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Growing too fast!

•August 25, 2009 • 3 Comments

Josie has cut her third tooth!

It’s the second tooth (bicuspid I think?) on her right side. So now she’s got the two little tombstones on the bottom jaw, and one on the top.

I’m excited and kinda sad at the same time – it means my little bubba is getting big ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

OMG hot.

•August 24, 2009 • Leave a Comment


Spinning. Struggling, because my hands are sweaty. See above.

•August 22, 2009 • 2 Comments

And in response to Jeanne’s request, I present bub photos. Prepare to be cutified.

most recent photo I have published anywhere

What the hell – here’s a link to my Flickr photoset for Jo. Enjoy. ๐Ÿ˜‰