| Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
The Snook and I both discovered rather last minute that some folks in our respective offices would be dressing up for Halloween. I quickly laid claim to the Snook's Boba Fett helmet. As I was getting dressed this morning, I lamented that I didn't have a blaster. "Yes you do!" Snookums said. "Your stepmom got you one for Christmas years ago. It's still in the package!" And so it was! Frickin' awesome. I brought along a bunch of stuff to decorate my desk and cracked open a bag of candy corn for my co-workers. (The Snook went as Indiana Jones, but I haven't gotten a picture yet.)
And no, these aren't our official costumes for the party tomorrow... You'll have to wait another day!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Whoa! These turned out so good. You'll recall that in previous years I made Buck Eye Balls, which were peanut butter balls dipped in white chocolate. This year I decided to take a page from Carbolicious Cakes (my sister's company) and try my hand at the ubiquitous cake balls. They turned out so well! One of them fell into the chocolate completely, so we got to taste it. Eileen immediately pronounced them "so delicious!" Now we just have to NOT EAT THEM before the party.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
"I'd like to complain about the ongoing remodeling efforts at Coles Broadway. Look, I get it was time for a refurb. The shopping center may in fact have demanded it. But the way it's being done has turned my weekly shop into a complete nightmare. I now actively dislike going to the store. It's not the construction; it's the layout. It doesn't take a cynic to immediately notice that the milk has been strategically moved to the spot farthest from the entrance. The dairy has been split up with butter and cheese at one end of the store with the veg, and yogurt clear at the opposite end with the milk. The new cases for the meat are only half as high and the different meats are not clearly defined. I have to lean over and peer at each and every shelf in an aisle crowded with other confused customers. No one knows where anything is anymore! Customers are forced to wander up and down every single aisle, which appears to have been by design. On my last visit, I saw an employee whose sole function appeared to be helping customers find things in the store. THIS IS BAD DESIGN, and it makes me want to switch to a supermarket that is not openly antagonistic towards their customers."
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
The Food for the Future Fair is in full swing, and the Knitters Guild stall is being mobbed by kids who want to knit. Here are the unsuspecting knitters right before the onslaught:
And here's what it looked like after the kids found us. Eeek!
The Snook and I got to watch Lord Mayor Clover Moore open the new food co-op (while wearing a 350.org T-shirt); I sampled some macaroons from Sweetness the Patisserie, and I finally got to meet fellow Chippendale blogger Steven Noble. Pretty fun! Now I'm off to run some errands, but I'll be back at the knitting stall from 2pm-4pm.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I just realised that I completely forgot to tell you how it went! Two weeks ago I headed off to Willoughby Public School, where my nephew Kurt is a third grader. They've been studying Roald Dahl lately, and Kurt had showed his class my website. His teacher got excited and invited me to come give a talk. So I whipped up a little presentation and brought along some of the rare items from my Dahl collection. The kids were great, listening attentively and asking really good questions. (Third graders do fidget a lot though!) They were really excited that I got to visit Gipsy House and meet Liccy Dahl. I gave them a collective present of some Dahl-themed board games I was given by the manufacturer, and I lent their teachers a few books and movies. A very sweet little boy had evidently been nominated as the official "thanker," and he presented me with a card and a W.P.S. pen and coffee mug. Sweet! At the end of the hour, one little girl asked if she could email me a story she'd written about Roald Dahl. "Sure," I said. "Your teacher can give you my email address." That set off a chorus of "Me too! Me too!" The teacher looked at me questioningly. "Are you sure you're ready for this?" "It's fine," I assured her. The next day I had more than 20 emails in my Inbox. (Whoops.) Overall it was a lot of fun, and I'm really grateful that they invited me. I may have to do it again next year!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Just a reminder that the 2009 Chippendale Food for the Future Fair will be held this Saturday, October 24th, from 10am-4pm. The Inner City group of the Knitters Guild (of which I am Convenor) will be giving free knitting lessons there all day long. It's going to be a great day! If you're in Inner Sydney and you're interested in art, food, gardening, sustainability, and culture, you should come along. The official program is available here. (Me, I just want to pat a chook.)
Monday, October 19, 2009
Morris and Sons are having their occasional-but-increasingly-annual October Sale right now. This is kind of a weird one for me. It's their first sale in five years that I haven't been involved with in some capacity. All I did was send through instructions for updating the website. On one hand I guess it's good that the system I set up works well and the training I've given them over the years has paid off. They can run it all themselves. On the other hand... they don't need me anymore! It's a little sad. But the sale looks good, so you should totally go.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
The photos from our trip to Adelaide, Alice Springs, and Uluru are now up! The main part of our trip was a three-day adventure camping trip with Wayoutback Desert Safaris. I can't recommend this company enough. The trip was exactly what we hoped it would be, and it was worth every penny. Our small but varied group camped out under the stars together and hiked through some of the most amazing landscape in the world. Our guides Mike and Carl were knowledgeable, friendly, and capable. There was plenty of food, and thankfully many bathroom breaks with real toilets. It wasn't the most relaxing trip, but if you're looking for a real outback experience, Wayoutback is the absolute best way to do it. Anyway, yeah, go check out the photos for more details. (Eileen has posted some too.) [more...]
News from Michael Mobbs:
Sydney Council has kindly given us plants to plant as part of the Food for the Future Fair on 24 October. And council has given us mulch to protect the trees we've planted. At 3 pm, after the bales of mulch serve their purpose as seats during the fair we'll pick them up in a ute and take them to Rose, Shepherd, Myrtle and Pine and Balfour to put around the trees and plants.There's more information on the provided PDF. I'll be working the knitting guild stand at the Fair most of the day, but I'm going to try to get down there if I can!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
This weekend was the bi-yearly Knitters Guild NSW Camp at the Kurri Kurri Conference Centre. I left work early Friday afternoon to catch the 5.15pm train from Central Station to Maitland with Miss Fee and Alison. It was a three hour trip, so we had a picnic dinner on the train and entertained ourself with - what else? - knitting. We finally got to the venue and settled into our rooms before breaking open the wine. I was happy to see that I had Optus internet access, albeit patchy at times, so I was able to twitter and keep in touch with the Snook. Saturday Fiona and I went for a run and saw lots of kangaroos! All day Saturday I taught my "Socks on Two Circulars" class, with Fiona ably assisting. Nearly everybody managed to finish their two sample socks. I even found time to cast on some new socks for myself! Afterwards I went to Alison's excellent yoga session, which really helped to work out some of the kinks. Saturday night I set up the new Guild projector and helped Phyll with her presentation on the Guild Archives. Sunday I slept in before heading to my Knit One Below class. It was a challenging technique at first, but I soon got the hang of it. I made a couple samples. I suppose it's good to know, but I don't really see myself using it anytime soon. (The bulky textured fabric just isn't for me.) I did another yoga class Sunday night, and then after dinner we had Show & Tell. Fee showed off her fabulous wedding dress to much acclamation. Then it was time for my "Welcome to the Knitternet" presentation. It went really well! We had quite a big crowd, and many of them chimed in with their own experiences. Fiona then did her "Colour and Knitting" presentation, which was well-received and even got some nods from special guest Prudence Mapstone! We finished the weekend with another run on Monday morning before catching an early train back to Sydney. I had a nice time, made some new friends, and hopefully even taught a few people a thing or two... (Fiona's camp photos are here.)
On the weekend, I logged in to Facebook to see a message from someone at my high school. It basically said, "I know you live really far away and you probably don't know and it's probably none of my business anyway, but is [person from our high school that I used to date] a homosexual?" My brain nearly fell out. I tried to think of what possible responses she could expect me to send back.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
It was just over FOURTEEN YEARS ago when I nervously walked into my freshman year dorm room and met Eileen, my roommate. I'd never met anyone from New England before - much less from Boston - so the Dunne family were a little overwhelming! Eileen and I got along great, dorm room fires notwithstanding. We had Biology together, which was super useful because I never would've passed without her helping me on those damn lab reports. I just didn't understand how she could like it so much. But Eileen was sure from Day One that she was going to be a biology major, and I really admired that she knew what she wanted to do. She has stuck to that ever since. The last six years of grad school have been tough, and I knew there were times when she wanted to throw in the towel. She stuck it out though, and as of yesterday my very own Roomater has earned her PhD! Congratulations, Dr. Dunne! And the best thing is, she flies out here in one week so I can toast her in person.
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