Saturday, September 30, 2006

Tagged by Pamela

Sitting at Heathrow airport waiting for my flight to Basel, I am finally sorting out my backlog of things to blog about. Pamela tagged me for this meme but with all the packing and leaving parties in the last week I’ve not had a chance to get around to it so here it goes…

I am thinking about: my new job starting on Monday

I said: Achter de wolken schijnt de zon (the sun is shining behind the clouds)

I want to: never move again!

I wish: my papers are accepted and I get a grant to stay in this job longer

I regret: not spending enough time with my parents and brother .

I hear: Blackbirds and Thrushes by Niamh Parsons.

I am: going to weave lots on my new loom when it arrives (thank you for a fabulous present guys!)

I dance: not nearly enough.

I sing: all the time and still not enough.

I cry: not very often.

I am not: looking forward to running again

I am: going to enjoy my first weekend in Basel and buy myself some new trousers (three pairs is just not enough)

I write: to much science and not enough about my cooking

I confuse: my French, German, Spanish and Japanese when I speak another language than English or Dutch.

I need: to sleep lots this weekend.

I tag: Sheryll, Corri_chan and Viviene for this meme

On another note, long live BA for letting me take on 10 kg excess luggage at no charge!! How is it every time you move you have more stuff then you think?!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Favourite kitchen gadget

Darn it....I'm late! I've spent the whole weekend at a weaving workshop (I can recommend it!!!) so now my post is late....hopefully it'll still be ok.Pamela was hosting the favourite kitchen gadget event. As I’ve been packing to move I’ve seem all my kitchen paraphernalia coming past in the last few days and decided that I don’t have one, but three favourites and all for different reasons.

The first one is my most practical favourite, my tried and trusted multipurpose mixer. I love the versatility of it! Whether you are making a cake, dip, curry, soup or something else with only a few attachments you can make it all. And there is no need for lots of bulky kitchen appliances. This mixer was a present from my mum the first year I went to university. For the last 9 years it’s been happily blending, mixing, grinding and kneading away and I hope it will continue to do so for a long time.

The second one is my cutest favourite. This lovely little princess grater was given to me by a friend of mine back home when I moved to the UK. We had shared many lovely meals during our studies and seeing it reminds me of that. Plus someone is always smiling at you when you walk into the kitchen which I the best way to start the day ☺.

Finally, my odd favourite….another present….Barry gave me this for our first Sinterklaas together, so for a start it reminds me of the effort he made trying to mimic Dutch custom and the thoughtful present he got me. For those of you who are wondering, it’s an egg clacker, meant to open your eggs with in a neat way. You lift the ball to the end of the stick, let go and it should leave you with a perfect cut to remove the lid of your egg…perfect for soldiers. Living in Scotland, I then to fry my eggs here but it reminds me of the game my brother and I used to play when we were younger where you would make as small a hole as possible in your egg. Then you would eat it very neatly, turn the shell upside down and give it to my dad. Without fail, he would always pretend as if he was really surprised it wasn’t a “real” egg. In addition, I love how geeky it is (I am a science nerd after all) and wish I would use it more. I’ve recently seen some very cool pictures of little custards made in eggs so perhaps, it’ll a get a few more uses in the future?!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Sudden move!!

I'm so excited!! as you might have figured out from the blog, I've been planning to move to Basel for a while. Barry left last week and started his new job on Monday and I had resigned myself to living in Dundee until Christmas. But then I got a call from my future boss yesterday saying he finally got money organized but I need to start on the 1st October! So I'm moving on the 28th of September....I'm sooooo excited that's it's finally happening (it's been about two years in the planning) and daunted by packing up all my kitchenstuff! somehow it'll all fit, but it might be a bit quite on the blog in the next few weeks.