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Aug. 18th, 2009 | 08:53 am
location: Australia, Queensland

The weekend was strangely productive - the chickens have started laying the world's tiniest eggs in silly places - like on top of their nesting boxes.

There's a new catalogue monkey at work so now I'm doing more marketing stuffs which I know nothing about...

And worked on the food comic and took me ages and ages just to get the layout right - but at least I feel vaguely creative again and I've got some more ideas in my head.

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I'm so very, very tired.

Aug. 6th, 2009 | 10:31 am

Back from trade fair set up and pack up. My boys picked me up from the airport - Kafka is huge and much more settled. Chickie babies are lovely and fluffy. Taking the day off tomorrow to rest up, potter around the garden, catch up on some reading. Might go see Coraline tonight or might be going to some kind of comic thing in the Valley.

We did promise to have a house warming party but, I'm just so f-ing tired. So come over if you like but there'll be rug fluff and kibble everywhere.

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Smallholder in the making

Jul. 29th, 2009 | 10:11 am

The hens are in and lovely - if a little bit timid. They're all brown with white marking but as names go there's Hard-boiled (the boss who sits on the highest perch and glares at everyone), Scrambled (the most timid and the last to come out of the coop), Poached and 3 egg omelette.

Kafka doesn't seem too fussed with them - had a bit of a bark at them this morning...and then Rod let him into their coop. Luckily all chickens are still intact and all he seemed interested in was herding them into a corner and then eating all their food.

So I'm well on myself to part sufficiency so it's onto planning the vegetable patch.

Oh, plus I have to go to Melbourne for the next week or so.

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Possum Wars

Jul. 27th, 2009 | 03:52 pm

I put up with fruit throwing - some of the limes were even edible and I even put up with the glaring and fence sitting but not my baby tomato plants - barely out of the nursery. So there's several options - netting, killing ( my mother's suggestion) or sneaky killing (my aunties' suggestion) or training the dog to be a ruthless possum deterent.

But it has got it to stop - my plants have enough problems surviving me, let alone possums.

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Re: Re:

Jul. 24th, 2009 | 10:45 am

Nothing much to report - things in the house are slowly getting fixed. We 'might' have the internet by tonight is the Optus man shows up and makes the cable magic stuff happen. (btw, am super close to sending a mailout to my Tennyson neighbours to see if we can get Testra to remove their crapola pair gains system.

Kafka is huge and adorable (when he's not chewing on my leg, hand, dress, or rug). He can sit and come and snore really really loudly.

Laura came over for dinner and brought me The. Best. Rosemary. Bush. Ever. plus the pot is reuseable too! We had a BBQ out the back with sausages, steak, grilled squash, zucchini, tomato and corn. And then I made chocolate pudding cake - which was only a touch overcooked - with a homemade butterscoth sauce...but unfortunately did not have the slr on me at the time, but take my word, it was delicious!

But here's a photo of Kafka because puppies and kittens make the world go around.

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Too unpretty for a baking bible

Jul. 16th, 2009 | 12:46 pm

It started out well meaning - oh, I'll make an apple pie and it'll be fun and totally like I'm in that movie with lots of pie in it. 2 kilos worth of apples peeled, cored and quartered later... I've cut my thumb - literally shed blood into these pies and they look pretty not awesome. Otherwise, enjoy!

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Crusty Eyes + Working Sundays = bad juju

Jul. 5th, 2009 | 10:29 am

I'm at work on a Sunday - although I will be taking Friday and Monday off to play with our new puppy - but the point is! The point is! I'm not too sure, but had a good time last night, first time out properly since forever and ever with my single Vodka mudslide (and there was no mudslide out this morning I'm happy to report, hurray for lactose tolerance!)

Last night had slow cooked lambshanks with mashed potato and pumpkin, peas and corn - shanks were slightly tough considering they'd been in there for 8 hours!!! Jason thinks its the lack of browning and I think maybe not enough liquid?

There's so many things that have to be done to the garden - pulling out tree stumps, digging out the vegetation at the back, pruning and pruning and pruning, figuring out what to do with the sand in the sandpit, transforming the cubbyhouse into a coop - ahhh! Also did you know you can buy worms at Bunnings?

There will be a house/puppy warming at some point, but right now I think it's going to be one on one's until everything is settled down. Plus it'll give me an excuse to start ramping up the cooking /food photography again.

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New Home, New Phone, New Puppy (Soon)

Jun. 29th, 2009 | 11:02 am

So the big move is pretty much over - spent our first night at the house and I slept amazing well and woke up before my alarm clock (miracle!) We still need to find a blanket box, shoe box, some free standing lamps and some kick ass artwork. James Jean needs a frame but he'll have pride of place in the bedroom.

Things that are not so awesome - need to install an antenna

Called our new home number - rang through but nothing on the other end (no dial tone at all!) HELP!!

Also does anyone know where we can get cheap outdoor furniture?

Also puppy soon!!!!!

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Jason and Susan be adults now

May. 26th, 2009 | 02:49 pm

By the way, friends - Jason and Susan bought a house!

So the contract was signed and returned today and now Jason and I are off to ANZ to see if they can do us a deal-o for our home loan or we'll be moving all of our accounts and credit card to NAB since we already have pre-approval.

Being an adult is stressful:
-Arranged a solicitor
-Building and pest inspection Thursday
- $5000 deposit paid today
- Haggling with the bank

Fun things:
- Buying furniture (or the actual thinking of buying furniture
- Planning a house warming
- Planning to add a chicken coop
- Planning a veggie garden and fruit trees
- Going to see our puppy for the first time on Saturday.

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Jason and Susan stop being lazyish

Apr. 22nd, 2009 | 08:33 am

Well the Brisbane weather seems to have blocked up our sinuses pretty much - thanks guys! 

Spent Saturday night with Hammond shooting zombies which was more fun than I expected after I worked out how to walk around properly.

Sunday, Jason and I headed out to the family tomb sweeping before going down to the GC to see his mum plus kids plus boyfriend. Spent too much money at Pacific Fair, had a huge ladies' migriane and vomitted up some prawn and rice.

Monday was Dreamworld day.

Tuesday, we - went - to - see - puppies!!! Or at least the pregnant mother of the puppies. We knew we wanted a friendly dog, but it was my first chance to really play with a Vizsla and they are so adorable. Pride (the mother) and Breeze (daughter from another litter) were the sweetest things in the world although Jason preferred Hawk (brother of the mother) because he was huge and happy and liked to eat my hair.

The breeder thought we'd be better suited with a female though plus there's a nine deep waiting list for boys.

So the girl name we're probably going to use is Zsa Zsa.

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