Friday, November 18th, 2016 07:57 pm
tourmaline: (coffee)
It's a whole month (ish) since I last posted. I have nothing new to add to the fallout from the US Presidential elections except for the fact that when I woke up on the Wednesday morning it was from a dream that Hillary Clinton had won and was giving a press conference, accompanied by Chelsea, from a hotel's rose garden. In the UK us sensible chaps have been cheering on the various legal and parliamentary attempts to prevent the triggering of Article 50.

I had my first mince pie of the season today at work, and am part-way through Christmas shopping. I'm waiting to hear what my sister and her partner would like - Mum reckons they'll ask for giftcards or vouchers. It's four weeks until our Christmas lunch at work, too, which I'm looking forward to but am sad that one workfriend will be unable to join us.

I am continuing my cross-stitching in fits and starts. Wednesday evening's session was the first for a couple of weeks and at one point I used the wrong shade of dark green, but hopefully I've countered that by using another moderately dark green in another place.

Last week my long-anticipated copy of A Month In The Country arrived - I have it on the original issue DVD, but this is a much better quality picture and has audio commentary and a few interviews, including one with Colin Firth, as extras. It's a double-disc set that contains a DVD and a Blu-Ray disc and I cannot recommend it highly enough.


Friday, March 25th, 2016 05:54 pm
tourmaline: (coffee)
Yes, I am still here, although I am more frequently found on the Wii Fit these days. And I'm still using Facebook like a proper Facebooky person. But as my last post was about Tim Peake and he's now more than halfway through his mission, I thought I'd better get back on here again so that the post on his EVA wouldn't then be directly followed by an end-of-mission post.

Generally, and specifically now )
Have also been enjoying The Night Manager, even though I doubt I'd have tuned in if Hugh Laurie wasn't in it. Spy dramas, no matter how brilliantly done, aren't my thing. But it's so good to see Hugh playing a properly evil baddie. And Olivia Coleman is awesome as always.

Last Of The Summer

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 09:31 pm
tourmaline: (coffee)
So I was off work for eight days altogether to help out at Mum & Dad's, and came back to work on Monday.

More )

Meanwhile I am continuing to watch all my M*A*S*H DVDs and I have nearly finished my kingfisher cross-stitch. This will be followed by all the fuss of framing it and finding space on the wall for it. But then I can start the one my friends bought me for the birthday the year she was pregnant with their older son (he's 15 now).

Busy Today

Monday, October 14th, 2013 10:15 pm
tourmaline: (home-made bread)
Two things that coincided today - having the house to myself, and a team awayday at work which took place 10.30-3.30 - have ironically given me a super-busy day. But in a good way, as the awayday was really good so I didn't mind so much.

So, today's accomplishments, in ascending order: Laundry done (well, the second load is still in the dryer and it will be ironed tomorrow). Christmas cross-stitch cards mounted. And, pasta bake cooked and first portion eaten, the remainder is cooling in little freezable tubs.

The pasta bake had been the big thing, I'm not great at cooking, and last week my colleague had some reheated pasta bake for lunch which smelled so utterly delicious with all that melted cheese it gave me a headache, only cured by having strong cheddar on toast for dinner. But after consulting approximately 493802 online recipes I cobbled one together (needs refining next time) and tonight had my first home-made pasta bake. The refining I need to make is to let the veg simmer longer - the original recipe doesn't contain veg as such, so this didn't occur to me until I tucked in. I had planned to use up three lots of leftovers: tagliatelle (success), mushrooms (completely forgot about them), and breadcrumbs (don't even think of not topping a pasta bake with breadcrumbs, so delicious).

Hoping I don't have to stay up extra for the leftovers to cool down enough. I guess so long as it cools enough for the fridge tonight & I can freeze it in the morning that'll be OK. Need to check there's room in the freezer too.


Monday, February 18th, 2013 11:02 pm
tourmaline: (strawberry shake)
I seem to be cross-stitching again. This is due to the fact that since my friends said they weren't asking for wedding presents, I thought I'd stitch them a wedding sampler or similar. I found a Valentine alphabet and set out their names, but am doing a simplified version due to using higher-count fabric - ie the stitching will be smaller and more delicate so less room for fine details. I made a start this evening, having ventured out for supplies at lunchtime. I'm definitely out of practice but I hope that by keeping this simple it'll be OK, and that when it's completed I can stitch something for my niece for her birthday in the summer, as I was studying rather than stitching when she was born, so there was no birth sampler for her. Obviously a Toy Story picture would be ideal (must include both Woody and Buzz, ideally Jessie too) but it looks like the company that had all the rights to Disney & Pixar characters may have gone out of business as there was nothing to be found at Hobbycraft. If I can't get one, I'll find a nice alphabet pattern so I can stitch her name in bright letters.

In Sainsburys after work, I stopped to look at the current issue of The World Of Cross-Stitching, which I used to buy every (monthly) issue of between 1999 and 2002ish. This edition happens to be their 200th issue so I bought a copy. I will probably read it tomorrow. When I used to get the bus to & from work, it was something I bought on the way to or from work and read on the bus, happy times. I know it's quicker having the car but there are things that I miss from those days.

Dare To Dream

Friday, March 12th, 2010 06:58 pm
tourmaline: total solar eclipse, from a photo by NASA (Default)
Day 71 Again I was faced with the question, what to photograph today? Not more food if possible! And so I present a cross-stich I completed several years ago, from a kit which was a present from my aunt & uncle:

Dare To Dream

It now hangs on the wall behind my bed, but I'm not sure if it makes my dreams any better or worse. I didn't paint the frame, that was thanks to Hobbycraft's pastel phase.

I'd like to get back to cross-stitch, I used to enjoy it so much. But first must come the completion of the knitting, and there's been precious little of that lately.