Friday, 23 July 2010
I was issued a parking ticket in Howick on 21/07/2010.
At the time I was maxing out my husbands credit card at Sirroco Hair Salon, which is adjacent to the parking lot.
I was unable to move my car. I mean really unable to.
For the pleasure of supporting local businesses, I dont know if you are aware of the anxiety and worry that getting a parking ticket in Howick causes to the locals. There are so many of us trying to cover up our greys now that it's a six week wait at best to get a decent colourist. I fall into the catergory of having to colour my hair. Let me explain the imprisonment process.
This procedure requires the humiliation of having to cover your head in lots and lots of squares of tin foil (which incidentaly takes the best part of five Woman's weekly's and a Next magazine cover to cover to try and read, and also renders one partially sighted for the duration). I was unable to escape the confines of the foils let alone the salon to move my car.
After the foils are removed you have to suffer the indignity of wet hair dripping down your neck, while the sylists weilds very sharp scizzors so close to your ears that you don't dare breath, never mind mention that you might like to catch pnemonia and the indignation of half cut hair, so you can dash, like the Schwarzkopfed caped crusader to the car park to move your car 2 spots over.
My appointment was at 10 oclock, and I try to time it as close to the appointment time as is possible to avoid eating into my "Parking Allowance". My parking fine was issued at 12.36 and I got back to my car at around 1.00, so could you please explain to me how in future I will be able to avoid getting a parking fine?
I wait in anticipation for your reply.
Sunday, 27 June 2010
So if you want to check it out, its called Gluten Free - Good Food.
And when I am not on either of these blogs you will find me in the kitchen decontaminating, and trying to work miracles with Potato Starch!
Friday, 25 June 2010
Anyway I am getting comments on my posts but some are in Japanese I think it is. I can't read them, so have no idea what they are saying or who this person is. Well Iv'e been rejecting them but don't know whether to feel bad about it or not, because they could be a really nice person, but then again they could be trying to sell me a time share in Outer Mongolia in the off season or something. So if you are nice I apologise, (do you think you could translate your comments?) and if you are trying to sell me a time share, don't bother. I don't have any time to spare! I'm far too busy!
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Family meetings are being called.
Signs are being posted.
Yes folks yesterday I was diagnosed with Celiacs disease. Which means things are a changin in the kitchen....
The Dymo will be getting another run out to do some more labels. They'll read something like this...
GLUTEN FREE FLOURS
Saturday, 5 June 2010
Junior Busy son as mean guard placing the crown of thorns (twigs wired together from our tree out the front) on Jesus' head.
Kapa Haka headbands waiting to be trimmed.
Kapa Haka dresses.
Hopefully it won't be so long before my next update, but in reality I have a few mums to round up, so we can get 40 more Kapa Haka costumes made for a cultural festival. I haven't forgotten you. I'm just .... well ... Busy...
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
And to add insult to injury I burnt my Bubble Log!!
What follows is a summary of why:
I have been awake since about 2.30am. So instead of trying to force myself to sleep I got up and watched the Living Channel. I fancied the cup cakes they were making on Nestle, New Zealands hottest home baker, and got a bit inspired.
Im going to plead insanity at the PTA meeting tonight, and who knows, it might get me off manning the cake stall!!
Saturday, 6 March 2010
Wednesday, 3 March 2010
I make Bubble log for the kids, to chuck in their lunch boxes, because
A: its really quick and easy to make,
B: I made this pledge when I gave up work a couple of years ago, that if I didn't bake then I was not allowed to purchase shop bought school snacks.
Okay so I have folded a couple of times (a couple?!!) and broken my pledge, but sometimes you just have to take care of your sanity, and not beat yourself up about it all.
Anyway I thought I should whip up some more bubble log, after I resisted taking the easy option at my supermarket foray today. So I'm all geared up and find there are only a couple of miserable rice bubbles skulking around the bottom of the cereal container. Great!
But hang on look there's that Hubbards Muesli I bought on special that everyone raved about for 3 minutes and then pushed to the back of the pantry till the weevils took hold *(Please see footnote)
So what did I do? I chucked the Muesli in instead of the Rice Bubbles.
I'm so lovin it that I had to immediately make a cup of coffee, and eat those small miserable pieces that you get at the side. (Ah actually not so small and not so miserable, but I hate sounding like a greedy pig!)
If you want the recipe it's in the Edmonds book for all you Kiwi "chefs" or as follows:
125 gms butter
2 tablespoons of honey
1 cup of brown sugar. (You can use white sugar, but add a little bit of vanilla essence)
Boil this mixture for 3 minutes once it has all melted.
Take off the heat, and add 4 cups of Muelsi (original recipe is with Rice Bubbles)
Press into a tin, cut while warm and let cool.
(I keep mine in the fridge in this warm weather)
*Please note: No Weevils were harmed in the making of this product*
Friday, 5 February 2010
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
Bit of a scary shot of me. Please excuse Junior Busy's room. I have given up yelling at him to tidy it. He's back at school Friday, so I might get it half decent!!!
Saturday, 30 January 2010
Thursday, 28 January 2010
And now for the nasty up close shot of it in all its gory!
And the new one in all its glory!
If anyone can shed light on my avoidance issues, I would love to hear them. Answers on the back of a postcard...
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
I have made this before and it's so easy and quite a nice cool skirt. Which is what I need in this weather because I'm starting to get a bit cranky to be honest. To start with I sleep badly anyway and it's hard enough trying to sleep in this heat, but add to that some noisy teenagers half way up the road, cranking out the beats, and shrieking like maniacs, which sets off the neighbours dog into a barking frenzy until 3am, and you may think I'm slightly mental to think of sewing anything in my fragile state.
So you can imagine what emanated from the sewing room, when I still got it wrong, and then sewed the ties wrong way around, so it's a bit awkward to do up, and I sort of have to wear it left handed! By the time I realised my mistake there was no way I was going to unpick nearly 3 metres of bias binding.
I really could have put on another t/shirt for the photo shoot (I use that term very loosely) but honestly by this time I really don't care, and now I feel it looks a bit Nana-ish. I love the fabric, but not sure about it in this skirt. I seem to be really going for that aqua colour right now. But hey it will do for knocking around the house, and if all else fails, perhaps I could fashion it in to a rather fetching muzzle for the dog next door, or those wild party animals up the road!
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
It's not that Im not motivated - sort of - because I get all excited when I see other blogger's fantastic efforts. I have had a small thing in mind and its such a small thing that you think I would just whip it up and stop whinging about it. But I agonise over colour choice and can I be bothered to move my sewing machine over a couple of inches so I can use it. And what I want to make isn't even that important.
Excuses. And enough of them!
So I decided I had to end my sewing drought and get on with it. So I made this...
It took me minutes really, so I really don't know what all the procrastinating was all about?
It comes in very handy actually on several levels. We presently have this stainless steel loo roll holder which nobody really bothers to put the lid on, and is looking a bit dodgy now . Besides I don't actually like things like that on the floor, especially when some of the smaller male inhabitants tend to have "aim issues"! Also we have always had this plastic hook on the back of the door, which when the house was renovated the painters just sort of painted over, so it's now kind of really stuck there. And after someone somehow broke the door stopper off the skirting board I have a certain amount of angst over the door handle going through the wall. So its official title is "Toilet Roll Holder, come Door Stopper, come Something to Hang on That Annoying Hook on the Back of The Door Thing".
Friday, 22 January 2010
Amongst many others going back to when photos all came out orange, I have put up an album on Facebook entitled, Fun Ways to Discipline your Children. I thought you might like these ideas, with it being the school holidays and everything in NZ.
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Saturday, 16 January 2010
That so familiar shape that is Rangitoto.
Junior Busy looking a little exhausted, and we are not even half way!
Auckland in the background
One of the cute baches on the island.
Exploring the lava caves....
And all this only half an hour from home!
Thursday, 14 January 2010
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Right, lets see...
I can't say how long they will stay so pretty, but God loves a trier.
What can happen when a woman with PMT is let loose with a Dymo labeller!
See that big square thing? That's a desk, and there is even a computer on it. Amazing what you can find!
I'm tempted to frame it!
CUE THE AFTERMATH...
I'm thinking Mr Busy might have a bit of job getting in the front door...
Ahem. Or downstairs for that matter.
I do have to ask myself though. How much stuff do I need?