Firstly, may I wish you a Happy and Healthy 2014.
Secondly, may I offer my apologies for not having written to you sooner. Rather embarrassingly, it seems that the last time I blogged it was in October.
Third, I am a good couple of short stories down. This will be rectified. However there is the slightly larger issue of not having completed hardly any of my 30 before 30 tasks, and there are less than 5 months remaining. (I have updated it though, so feel free to check it out).
Fourth, on the plus side, we are all moved in and the house looks gorgeous (apart from two rooms) and I have written, and edited my first ever book! Ok so it’s only 25,000 words (only! Are you freaking kidding me, that was mammoth) and so technically it comes under the heading of ‘Novella’ but do you know when the last time I finished something was? No me either. It’s a tad cheesy but I have been updating FB and Twitter with regards to the Novella status and thanks to all the comments and words of encouragement I was able to complete it. Just hope that I get the same level of support for my second one, (which I have already started!)
Let me fill you in on some of the things you missed (because I didn’t blog about them) from the last two months.
Here is the first piece of artwork I have made for the new house.
Stunning I know, I am such the talent.
We (dad and husband) decorated many rooms in the house. I helped.
In case you were interested my wardrobe choices when decorating include the jeans that you can see, with bright red flip-flops, t-shirt and shower cap. MORE Stunning.
The big news, I ran out of teabags.
Obviously, quite a standard thing to run out of teabags, but to run out of 1200 teabags? In approx 4 months? Lets do the math. For arguments sake, and simplicity lets say there were 30 days a month. 1200 / 4 / 30 = 10 cups of tea a day. This does not include, drinks made for other people, or drinks I have drunk elsewhere.
So is 10 cups of tea a day too many? If so, by how many? Do I have a tea drinking problem? It’s the New Year so now is the time to tell me. Don’t get me wrong I am almost definitely not going to do anything about it. I love tea so much.
What else happened? Oh yes I cooked Christmas Dinner for 11. What’s particularly interesting about this, is the fact that I had never cooked a Christmas Dinner before.
The turkey would cook 16-18 people and was kindly purchased by mum. However the first sign that there might be a slight problem was when I was informed that the turkey did not fit in her freezer. That’s ok she found someone else’s freezer to house it.
Also, there was no prep done as to measurements and whether or not it would fit in my single oven. Did you know that they take about 2 days to defrost? That’s right, my kitchen just had a random turkey sat on the side for 48 hours, much like a mascot. I would talk to it, and pat it. I miss it now. The kitchen isn’t the same. Before that however, I read up on how to cook and prepare said turkey and found that the crucial thing was to calculate the cooking time based on the weight. Fine. Not a problem. Small problem there is no weight on the turkey. The weight is not listed anywhere. Honestly thought that I would have to stand on the scales with it. However in the defrosting process the sticker with the weight details had fallen off. We found it thought so… phew! In the turkey went. Fun fact friends, a turkey that can feed 16-18 people is big and freaking heavy, and when you start cooking it, it gets heavier and heavier. So yes, it fit in the oven… just. But it took a team of two to remove the turkey for basting purposes. A small number of burns later, and my entire house smelt lovely.
Luckily my sister was on hand to help on the day and between the two of us, we managed to create something edible that to the best of my knowledge, didn’t poison anyone. So yay!
It’s understandable then surely, as to why I haven’t blogged since October.
No? Of course you’re right that’s no excuse. Maybe, just maybe I will make up for it in the New Year. Only time can tell on that one.
In other news Calvin Klein released a new perfume called ‘Down Town’. This is still and probably will always be funny to me.
Exciting News –
Carpet on the stairs can you believe it!
So there you have it, we are all up to date and ready to face the brave and exciting new world that 2014 has to offer.
I hope that your’s is a happy and healthy 2014 (or as much of those things as it can be). Myself, I am not a big fan of NYE but am with family, sparkling rose and kir royale so I will be fine.