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Apparently there is a Thing going round. I hadn't seen it, but then I saw [livejournal.com profile] wildeabandon's answer and requested a year. He kindly furnished 2011, so here we go:

My life in 2011 and 2016 )

Comment if you'd like a year of your own to nostalge about!
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This idea was stolen from [livejournal.com profile] ailbhe. What was I doing...

Ten years ago )

Five years ago )

Two year ago )

One year ago )

Yesterday )

Today )

A year in the future )

Five years in the future )
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[livejournal.com profile] valkyriekaren challenged me to say 10 things about myself beginning with the letter T.

1. Tea Where would we be without it? )

2. Tall Which I am not )

3. Techie Professional geek )

4. Television I don't, mostly )

5. Trains I like trains )

6. Territorial North-country girl )

7. Trying I do try, y'know )

8. Trousers I'll be wearing 'em )

9. Talking All the bloody time )

10. Tolerant I hope )


Comment if you'd like me to choose you a letter!
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Nicked from [livejournal.com profile] bopeepsheep's LJ:
Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don't use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of.

I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese boards, cheese knives, crepe makers, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, pie funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic crushers, martini glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, ice cream makers, fondue sets, healthy-grills, home smokers, tempura sets, tortilla presses, electric whisks, cherry stoners, sugar thermometers, food processors, stand mixers, mincers, bacon presses, bacon slicers, mouli mills, cake testers, pestle-and-mortars, gratin dishes, apple corers, mango stoners and sets of kebab skewers languish dustily at the back of the nation's cupboards.

I think the short version is: I've got quite a lot of crap in the kitchen, but I do use most of it. The mincer is a recent[*] acquisition which I expect to use, but have not used yet. Get back to me next week. The juicer is a close call; it probably gets used about once a year. Used to be much more often when I lived in a house with an apple tree.

I'm bewildered by some of these things, though. What is a jam funnel? I don't own one, so it clearly isn't necessary for making jam. Mind you, I had a boiled egg for breakfast on Thursday and I don't own an egg boiler, either. How does a gravy strainer differ from any other kind of strainer (or is it one of those slanty jug things)? I have flat, ceramic dishes which I use, but I'm not sure if they're legally gratin dishes or not. I have made gratin in them. I counted my Kenwood as both a stand mixer and an electric whisk (I use it for both).

[*] Hmm. Not as recent as I think, though. Must get on with it!
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Well, I posted a word for [livejournal.com profile] sammason, which I think now means I have to request words...

"So, if you read this, leave me a one-word comment about your day that starts with the third letter of your LJ USERNAME. Only one word please. Then repost so I can leave a word for you. Don't just post a word and not copy - that's not as much fun!"
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Jotted at odd moments over the course of the weekend, here are my responses to the 100 foods sheep - bold text for those I've sampled.

Mmmm, tasty 100 foods )
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Oh, go on, we haven't had a sheep on here for ages. And this one doesn't even require any effort from me!

In 2012, venta resolves to...
Stop cooking with hendybear.
Buy new bendy swords.
Keep my goth clean.
Take evening classes in sedition.
Ask my boss for a winter.
Drink four glasses of northeast every day.






Get your own New Year's Resolutions:


(Sheep from [livejournal.com profile] cleanskies, via [livejournal.com profile] a_llusive.)

Are they good resolutions? )
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Apparently, [livejournal.com profile] marjory tagged me. I almost didn't notice because I nearly wasn't looking. Anyway... apparently these are the rules.

1. People who have been tagged must write the answers on their blog and replace any question they dislike with a new, original question.

2. Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.

And here are my answers to the questions )

Tagging... er... I dunno. [livejournal.com profile] exspelunca, [livejournal.com profile] ebee, [livejournal.com profile] sushidog, [livejournal.com profile] beckyc, [livejournal.com profile] leathellin, [livejournal.com profile] shrydar, [livejournal.com profile] rabbit1080 and [livejournal.com profile] tigerfort.
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The book I am reading: Death Called to the Bar, David Dickinson
The book I love most: Um, it changes regularly, but over the last few years it's most consistently been An Instance of the Fingerpost, Iain Pears
The last book I received as a gift: The Portrait, and The Titian Committee, both by Iain Pears (for Christmas)
The last book I gave as a gift: a James Anderson omnibus (to my dad)
The nearest book: Join Me, Danny Wallace

Hmm. That does make my reading look a bit one-dimensionsal, doesn't it?
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For a number of years now - despite all my posts being public - you lot have been assiduously not crossposting them to Twitter, Facebook and similar sites.

I assume that this is because you don't want to and/or you think it's inappropriate, not that you've been confounded until now by the lack of an appropriate tickybox.
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An idea stolen from [livejournal.com profile] the_alchemist...

The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me!

My choice. For you.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:

* I make no guarantees that you will like what I make.
* What I create will be with you in mind (in so far as I know you).
* It'll be done sometime this year (2009).
* You have no clue what it's going to be. It may be something written, some physical thing made, could be anything at all, but I will make it myself. It's entirely my choice what it is. No quibbles, no refunds.
* I reserve the right to do something extremely strange (I have been known to post wholemeal cakes to people before now).

The catch?

The catch is that you put this in your journal as well. If you don't, you don't get anything.

Comments on this post are not screened: if I need an address for you, I'll ask for it nearer the time.
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] ulfilias, getting my good cheer in early.

Christmas questions )
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Sheepy Nonsense )
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Grab the nearest book. Find the 5th sentence on page 23. Append it to the paragraph below. Append your name to the list below of people who have contributed to the paragraph. Post the result to your LJ.

Erisian literature below )

Y'know, I'm worried how much sense that made in places.

I've often suspected that a lot of philosophy (and lit. crit.) is clever-sounding sentences chained together to give the illusion of an argument. I now feel even more strongly that this is the case.
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] shrydar:

Instructions:
Take a picture of yourself right now.
Don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair - just take a picture.
Post that picture with NO editing.
Post these instructions with the picture.

I did scale the photo down, I reckon that doesn't really count as editing :)

Sheepish photography )

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