Monday, May 28, 2007


So our friend Jim starts painting our house today. He's starting with the hideous feature walls because they'll need about 50 coats. I'm dreading the chaos but excited about finally being rid of the leery colours. We've chosen to have all the walls painted "Whisper White" so you call all look forward to new pics on Flickr soon.

And just in time too. With only two weeks and three days until Squirmy McBaby is due to make an appearance I was beginning to think that the painting would still under way while I was in hospital!

It seems like everything is in countdown mode at moment - only one week until the painting is done, two and a half weeks until the baby is due, three more days at work ... actually I'm pretty glad about that last one too. It's also getting a bit colder in the mornings so it's getting increasingly difficult to drag myself out of bed.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Orange and Pistachio Cake

With Mother's Day on Sunday, we invited my mum over for dinner and as it was a special occassion, I felt the need to make a special cake.

My eyes roamed the cooking books and the inter-ma-net until I found the perfect cake. Orange and Pistachio Cake.

For a first attempt, it turned out pretty well even though I absently mindedly put all the pistachios in the food processor so when I poured the syrup over the top of the cake it looked a bit like it had sprouted algae. Still, it tasted awesome.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Nothing to report

So things are chugging along nicely at Casa Laziest.

I've been working in town for the last few weeks doing a short term contract. Initially it was only three weeks but now they want me to stay until the end of May. A gentle reminder that my rapidly expanding girth meant that the baby was due two weeks after that and they agreed that maybe I could just stay as long as I wanted.

Squirmy is getting huge and living up to his name - he spends most of his awake time rolling around like a seal. The most disconcerting thing is when he moves so much that he starts to bulge out the side of me - it's like he's trying to burrow out early.

We bought a new microwave last week and it's currently in the repair shop - needless to say, we are not terribly impressed with this turn of events. We've also finally found and bought a dining room table that we like. And our new dishwasher arrives today. The one that was already in the house when we bought it doesn't work and we decided to get a new one rather than try to get the old one fixed because it is about 10 years old.

Boo-cat has settled down and seems much happier. She wanders around the garden during the day and then comes inside when I get home from work and isn't allowed outside again. Now that it's finally starting to get a bit cooler, she's even started sleeping on the bed.

Buster also put up new wooden blinds in our bedroom and bathroom so that we aren't woken at the crack of dawn with sunlight streaming in. We still need to get some blinds for the spare room and do something about curtains in the baby's room.

See, I think nothing has been happening but I couldn't be further from the truth.