Forlorn.of.thee (fa'lo:n ŭv thē), p, my only strength and stay,forlorn of thee, whither shall I betake me, where subsist?
Paradise Lost by John Milton
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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

joy joy..

Mark you calendars.. January 5th, the new edition will be out..

http://www.boingboing.net/2008/12/29/the-new-yorker-revie.html

and all I can think about is the New Yorker's account of Comforts claw hand and gun powder.. YICKS!!!

"he became convinced that he could concoct a superior version of gunpowder. He blew off much of his left hand. By the time he was finished with his experiments, his thumb was the only remaining digit"

http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2009/01/05/090105crbo_books_levy

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New Years Resolutions


Happy New Year!!!

Good job on the BBQ, YW. Does your new rabbit hang out with you when you are in the backyard BBQing?

I had the day off yesterday and feeling frisky decided to take my horse trailer down to the beach with a couple of goats for a nice day hike. It was beautiful, no one was on the beach, and no dogs bugging us. I need more days like this for the new year!

So, I'm up at 4am again, wandering around my house. My mind is racing with thoughts..
I saw a beautiful 10 acre parcel for sale just down my street, I want it but its under these huge power poles. HUGE, wondering if it is a bad investment down the road. It isn't like I can take them down when I decide they are 'in my way'. *s*

I need to get out of here and look for more property but I feel like I'm giving up. It has been so draining and I am getting whinny about it. Needing someone elses eyes because I'm starting to not trust myself. I hate brokers, well I don't hate them but total time suckage!

Hope everyone has a fantastic New Years celebration.

The Un - Australian BBQ

West Australian Crayfish

Paul Hogan (Croc Dundee to some) stares from the small screen, encouraging us to throw another shrimp on the barbie. An Aussie Christmas and the Great Barbecue, they go hand-in-hand, can't have one without the other.

The problem is, I've been watching too much Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay. Slapping a couple of sausages, a slab of steak and some chops on the barbie is kinda boring. The trick is to dress up the meat, smother it in a marinade, camouflage the fatty taste and charred bits... So here it is, next time you have a BBQ, give this a try...

BEEF

3/4 cup soya sauce
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup finely grated onion
2 flat teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoon grated ginger
Pinch of sugar

Marinate beef in concoction for at least 1 hour prior to cooking. Baste with left over marinade whilst cooking.

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FISH, SHRIMPS AND PRAWNS

1/2 cup Olive Oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
2 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon salt

Mix and baste fish frequently whilst cooking.

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LAMB

1 cup pineapple juice (unsweetened)
2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoon fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Whisk and marinate meat for at least 1 hour before cooking.
Baste with marinade whilst cooking.

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CHICKEN KEBAB

1 cup coconut milk/ cream
1 teaspoon green (or red) curry paste (seasoned to taste)
Salt and Pepper
Thread chicken with pineapple, onion and capsicum (red or butter)

Spoon over kebabs whilst cooking.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

my intro

who am I? Not quite sure *laughs* I am your typical neighbor I suppose, nothing too special. I am YW's friend from another social network and was invited to come see what real blogging was all about. I feel hesitant only because I'm not sure what other people post or not post, how guarded people are or just let things run the course.

I love honesty, compassion for life, animals of course, and trying my hardest to come out of my shell and trust more people.

Today I made my very first percolated coffee, I'll probably never forgive myself for waiting so long to taste a 'real' cup of coffee. I'd rather drink tea than drink a drip electric now. I was in heaven this morning. OHmehGawww it was so good..

Monday, December 22, 2008

when you need advice

Well, its the cheery Christmas season that used to be my favorite holiday of all time. The lights, the food, the Mass celebrated with my father and an entire community. How does one find the holiday spirit when it feels life continues to drain your energy. I'm not talking about normal work and paying bills. I'm talking about your friends and family that you give yourself too. Today was a bit hard, without naming names, I'll give some examples of my drained heart. My PM's, one from a gentle man that lost his dog of 16 years and trying to stay 'happy' while going through mourning. One was from a disgruntled man, his marriage is failing and he was seeking my advice in talking to his wife. Needing reassurance she wasn't going to leave him. My mom must have called me three times to complain about her sister! One was from a long time troll friend that was just fed up with the negative talk and was wondering how others would perceive him if he came out and tried to join the general populous. Another questioned if I was alright for not responding to a forgotten PM. Oh and a great one, *laughs* "you may be making 'x' jealous by talking to me so much".. LOL. Didn't realize I was talking to him all really. I won't mention the heartache blogs people are posting.. our economy is crap!

So I get lost in these remedial messages and tend to lose what is me. I put so much of my heart into other people that I wonder if I'm short changing myself. Yet, other mornings, I rush to the computer like a young school girl and wonder if anyone remembers me or is thinking of me. I laugh at myself often.

It's so nice to have friends that listen and add a shoulder to lean on and a nudge to get the happy thoughts back in place. ♥ ╥╥ò ♥ ╥╥α ♥

Monday, December 15, 2008

Season's Greetings and Best Wishes...



to those who celebrate... a very Merry Christmas and
a Happy New Year.

Whatever you do have a great time !

Cheers xo

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Un-wrappable things I'd like for Christmas

Taking a leaf from Sarah Von at yes and yes five un-wrappable presents I'd like for Christmas...

A White Christmas: It's been ooh... 23 years since I've seen snow at Christmas time. We get a few flurries in the Blue Mountains but nothing to brag about and definitely NOT in December. My last Christmas was Hull, 1985 when Bob Geldof fed the world, Wham played at Wembley and Hull KR ruled RL.

Jennifer Hawkins: Which guy in their right mind wouldn't want a date with Jen. The ex Brisbane Bronco's cheerleader, Miss Universe and now face of the Myer Department store. Jen... I think I love you! (Click on the link, she's in red... *sigh*)

Six Pack: I'm allowed to dream right? James Bond (the new one) has it, Brad Pitt has it, I want one too! Can't recall if Sean Connery had a 6 pack. All I can remember is a damn hairy chest...

Stress free 2009: 2008 wasn't that great. Small relationship problem (that's kinda putting it mildly).

Peace on Earth: And goodwill to all men (and women). What we do to each other be it in Mumbai, Sri Lanka, Congo, Iran and the Middle East. The list goes on...

What's yours?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Facebook Warning

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A friend had her Facebook account hacked yesterday and this message was sent

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You look just right on this secret video.
OPS (OPS? sic... Oops)
http://www.geocities.com/wsrthoxzd/index.htm?07dch27db=11606d (link changed)

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What was ingenious about this is that:
  1. it plays on your curiosity and expectation of a dirty videos hence your propensity to click ;)
  2. it's from a trusted source, a Facebook friend
  3. Clicking on the link you get presented with a very authentic screen (OK it's hosted at Geocities, which is wrong!). There are embed codes, a video screen and comment option.
  4. Then a pop up appears telling you do not have an updated Flash Player
  5. You are offered an update to save and run...
Save and run the update at your peril.

Always source updates from the original software sites eg. Flash Player from adobe.com, or from a reputable site like download.com

Looks like she wasn't the only one. Lindsay Lohan had her account hacked too. Happens to the best of us ;)