December 28th, 2008



Am having a massive cooking marathon this afternoon but have hit a snag. Forgot cheese so popped out to get some grated cheese and in the time it took to buy it and drive home - maybe 3 mins? Maybe 5? The cheese did not feel very cold. It't a hot day but I would have thought the core of the cheese would still have been more than only slightly less than room temp in that time.

I know you have to be careful with soft cheeses but what about hard? What's the chances of it making you sick if it was sitting in not a very cold fridge for the last few days?

I'm making pasta bake and freezing meal serves. So I feel like the process of cooking then freezing then defrosting and reheating should not be messed around with. On the other hand, I do suffer paranoia on these things.


Surfacing for a brief breath or two

Finished Hex - you can view a pretty decent overview of the two season series here. Though, be warned, it has lots of spoilers.

Disappointing, I spose, since the show got cancelled after only two series and you're left not really knowing what happens. Or worse, you have to assume the worst, cause, yo? ... I can't help feeling that the writers wrote themselves into a corner. And that that wasn't the first time they did so in this show. There were lots of things that didn't quite hang together or ring true - sometimes there were lots of kids in the school, sometimes hardly anyone or noone noticed big things, like messybeheadings, happening.

But there were lots of things that had me watching this to the end. Firstly, the school is set in a modernised stunning gothic castle with grounds that went on and on. OMG I wish I'd gotten to go to a school like that! And the pretty awesome rooms they boarded in. And the clothes were pretty awesome, especially Ella Dee's. I don't care how impractical it is to fight a duel in a corset and stilletos, dang she looked hot! And powerful!!!

Other things I liked ... the DVD cover describes this as Charmed meets Buffy which I spose it is, except it's English and so it doesn't shy away from things that American TV shows do - like, OMG hello! The lesbian ghosts in the lunchroom having sex! I don't think I have ever seen a woman going down on another woman on a TV show. I'm trying to wrack my brains with the L Word but ... maybe it was the angle this was filmed at or something, it was just - wow! You never see that! And so yeah, also one of the lead characters being openly gay and passionately kissing a lot of women and it never ever being dealt with as a big deal.

I also liked the issues that they addressed, also without making them feel like the weekly special - self harm, abortion (and late term at that), teen sex, sexual abuse, temptation, death. I liked that even though you thought it was really clear who was good (Gpd, those who side with Gpd) and who was bad (demons, those who side with demons), it never really was quite that clear. Everyone was blurry and you never really knew where anyone stood and the acts themselves could go one way or the other, depending on intent, or not. And I liked that no matter who you were, you were always open to falling to temptation/seduction/someone really liking you, even if you used the same tricks yourself ie we are never immune to vanity and ego taking over and making you fall for a trap.

It was good. Shame it never really got finished.

Resolutions for 2009

A couple of days ago I was reflecting on whether I should make some resolutions for next year. I was thinking about lists and things and how tiresome it can be to constantly feel like you are on the clock. But more than that, I was thinking about this year, and how tired I am from it and what I did and did not accomplish in it. I did a lot, and I don't want to take away from that - our first two books, something like 200 reviews on ASif, 2 issues of Shiny, so much slushing for projects for next year, several cons, Last Short Story, day job was full on, THREE break ups, got closer to my sister, made so many new friends and strengthened friendships of value that I already had, went to my cousin's wedding in Israel, caught up with family there that I miss, caught up with family here that I miss, Turkey, Canberra, Melbourne, moved house, learned to live on my own, got a personal trainer, took up yoga and pilates and started going back to the gym regularly ...

A lot of things. No wonder I am tired.

But even with this huge list, there's many things I wished I had done this year. Maybe it's overly harsh on myself - yes yes I did all the above but here's things I didn't do ... when exactly would I have fitted them in? That kind of thing. But still, there's lifestyle things that I wish I had as part of mine. And I've noticed that getting monkeys off your back ... well, it gets them off your back. And when they just sit there, though they don't require time for you to do anything about them, the act of sitting takes energy, emotion and headspace, even if that's just background noise.

So instead of a Resolutions List, I made a where do I want to be at Christmas 2009? list, or rather, a list of things that I don't want to still have to do this time next year. I was going to type it up for this post, but looking it over it needs some refining. But I will blog it, even as just for a personal reference point. And I've even started working on a few of them. And it feels great!! I'm watching DVDs that I have borrowed so I can return them. I've started cooking and freezing meals for myself. And my pantry is halfway to being the kind of organised that is not depressing to peer into and even maybe slightly energising to want to cook from.

more later.

Holidays Tally
Number of meals in freezer: 7
Number of drawers in kitchen sorted: 1
Number of clothes drawers sorted: 1
Number of craft projects completed: 0
Number of reviews written: 0 (2 Buffy commentaries done though)
Number of stories edited: 0
Number of emails in inbox: 65
Number of books read: 0
Number of short stories read: 0
Number of DVDs finished and returned: 2 series