This is gorgeous – the blog hop really does go on *all* weekend!
If you’ve already joined in, don’t worry – you don’t need to make another entry until next weekend (unless you’re really up for it and feel like a double-slam-dunk, in which case please, be my guest) but if you’ve not joined in yet and you’d like to, please do. If you haven’t got a blog, you can use the comments box 🙂
Our good friend came to stay this weekend. At the point the blog-hop was going live, she and I were deep in red wine and shooting the breeze. She then forced (and I do mean forced; like held down with knife to throat because it was SO unbelievably awful) me to watch the movie ‘Casanova’ with her. She thought it might be ok because it had Heath Ledger in it, but it was more like a terrible, protracted advert for nasty perfume.
I just don’t know how it did it, either. It was set in Venice, which is widely recognised to be one of the most beautiful cities ever (my Dad keeps telling me “If you only get to go abroad to one place in future, make it Venice.”, and they made it look trashy. The acting managed to simultaneously to be hammed up to the extreme and vastly under-done. The storyline was bizarre and crafted to pass from one spectacle to another with little in the way of character development or anything less than the utterly hackneyed. The laws of physics were totally bypassed on several occasions and it was just so heinous overall, it was probably one of the funniest things I’ve seen for a while.
I am adding it firmly to my list of movies to never, ever watch again, and to warn people to stay the heck away from if they don’t want to feel the bitter wretchedness of knowing that they’ll never get that 90 minutes back again.
We got up late yesterday then wandered into town, where we ended up, complete with posh(ish) coffees, sitting in the sunshine by the sea, watching the cruise ships leaving (and deafening everyone with their incredibly loud horns). We pondered the logistics and appealability of cruises, jetskis and holidays in general. We both described the vehicles we’d like to drive (her; a massive mining truck, a cruise ship or an aeroplane – me; a traction engine, a steam train and an HGV) and chatted about the jobs we’re applying for.
I cooked everyone some Moroccanish Lamb Pitas for tea, then she and I went to babysit my gorgeous Goddaughter (who, from her bed, looked at me with a small smile, allowed me to kiss her goodnight, then said (impatiently) “Can you ask Mummy to come up and say goodnight, please?”) where we accidentally napped on the sofas then read children’s books, laughing lots at Dr Seuss.
Back home, we drank tea and watched G.I. Jane (she’d never seen it before but had caught snippets) and chatted a little before a (relatively) early night at 2am.
Then Husby had a night-hypo at 5.30am and it all went pear-shaped. Poor guy is wiped out, so I’m on my best, wifely behaviour and trying to keep his spirits up.
1. Take 250g lean lamb mince and cook in a little olive oil in a saucepan with a finely chopped onion, 2 cloves of sliced garlic and a good shaking of cinnamon (1tsp?).
2. Add a 400g can of chickpeas (drained) and three chopped bell peppers
3. Season with a stock cube (or similar) and some paprika
4. Add a handful of sultanas and some roughly chopped, dried apricots
5. If you have it to hand, add a small handful of chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)
6. Serve in warmed, cut, wholemeal pitas
NB: There is no ‘sauce’ with this dish, so when it starts to stick to the pan, add a splash of water to keep the mixture loose and mixable)
Ten Things of Thankful #7 (of my personal, two-week challenge)
1. For friends and room to host them
2. For meds which will hopefully soon help Husby feel better
3. For my church friend who was able to step in at the last moment and help in creche
4. For salt and vinegar crisps
5. For pharmacies open on Sundays
6. For days in which I feel Nina Simone is appropriate
7. For the people who continue to amaze and humble me by joining in the blog hop and sharing their things of thankful
8. For conversation over the internet with fascinating, thoughtful, inspiring people
9. For food, cooking and sharing food with friends and family
10. For a pre-application interview I have tomorrow for a job which could be *AWESOME* as a trainee diabetic eye-screener with my own van.