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Things I love:

1. Making delicious soup and eating (drinking? What do you do with soup anyway?) it with freshly baked bread rolls and gorgeous butter

2. Gruel on Dame Street, especially the downstairs part, where I spent two hours this afternoon hanging out and eating fabulous pizza with jane_the_23rd. We were sad to find that our favourite sofa there has finally been replaced (especially as we actually begged the owner not to change it a few months ago) but had to admit that the new sofa is actually very comfy. Hurrah for Gruel! Best and coolest cafe in town!

3. Stereo Total. Could there be a band more suited to my freakish tastes? They sound like a vintage French pop band, except most of the songs are in German so I can understand them! Their last album (which was out about a year ago) was kind of disappointing, but I just downloaded an early album which I hadn't been able to find before, and it is reminding me of how much I love their strange little Franco-German selves.

4. My monkey shoes. Ah, monkey shoes, you are serving me well this winter. You go with everything and you look exceptionally cute when paired with chocolate brown fancy tights.

5. Cadbury's fudge mini cakes. Oh my God, these things are fucking gorgeous. I bought a bag of them yesterday and had to ration Patrick to just three otherwise he would have eaten them all in seconds. As would I, to be honest. As their name indicates, they're teeny versions of the Fudge cake bars, and they are wonderful.

Things I Do Not Love:

1. Penguin not doing proper proofs anymore and instead sending me these manky ring-bound things which are impossible to read.*

2. Having lost my discman and hating my mini disc player and never being able to afford an iPod and being unable to find another decent MP3 player that'll work with a Mac. Suggestions?

3. Freelancing. 'Nuff said.

4. The fact that I smoked the other night (just one cigarette) and, as happens when I smoke after a long-ish no-smoking break, I got a mouth ulcer. And I have no bonjela. And it's really annoying.

*Yes, yes, poor me, my free books aren't perfect. But seriously, those proofs are really annoying!

Hmmmm, those woes are pretty fucking petty, really. In conclusion: things aren't too bad right now.


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Jan. 11th, 2005 11:12 pm (UTC)
fudge mini cakes? i would like to eat them all, please.
Jan. 11th, 2005 11:17 pm (UTC)
I've got about five left! Bwahahahahaha!

Man, they're so good - chocolate sponge, topped with a layer of Cadbury's fudge, all covered in lovely, lovely Cadbury's chocolate. Mmmmmm. I think I have to go eat one now....
Jan. 12th, 2005 12:18 am (UTC)
wait, penguin uk doesn't do real arcs any more? do you get any books from penguin ireland?
Jan. 12th, 2005 09:35 am (UTC)
PI are just doing the ring-bound things too! All the books are printed in the UK, anyway - Penguin Ireland is just an editorial office. The proofs are so bloody irritating, because they're basically just crappy old ringbound MSs, except cut-down to "book size". I haven't got a normal proof from Penguin for about a year. And they've stopped doing hard copy catalogues too - the catalogue exists solely online now (although you can download a PDF). They must be having serious budget cuts or something.
Jan. 12th, 2005 12:29 am (UTC)
I made yummy soup on Sunday, with fresh bread as well. Mmm, lovely winter food :)

2. Having lost my discman and hating my mini disc player and never being able to afford an iPod and being unable to find another decent MP3 player that'll work with a Mac. Suggestions?
Well, Apple just today launched the new iPod shuffle flash MP3 player. It looks cool, and is tiny, and just plugs straight into the computer.

pah. curses to my typing abilities.
Jan. 12th, 2005 12:59 am (UTC)
2. Having lost my discman and hating my mini disc player and never being able to afford an iPod and being unable to find another decent MP3 player that'll work with a Mac. Suggestions?

Just announced today, at $99 to $149 (for 512 Mb and 1Gb models respectively), the iPod Shuffle may be the thing...
Jan. 12th, 2005 02:22 am (UTC)
That's IT. I'm learning how to make soup. This winter.
Jan. 12th, 2005 03:37 am (UTC)
Oooh, Stereo Total! That sounds like my kind of band.

And every time you mention your monkey shoes, I die a little inside.
Jan. 12th, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC)
Stereo Total RULE. You should try and download some vintage stuff ('Touche Moi' is my current fave).

And, take heart - some day you too will have Monkey Shoes, and will be able to sing along with my German monkey shoe song, composed soon after the purchasing of the shoes in Berlin:

Ich habe Monkey Schuhe!
Du habst keine Monkey Schuhe!
Ich habe Monkey Schuhe!
Ich liebe Monkey Schuhe!

Delightful, nein?
Jan. 12th, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
Ooh delightful, yes!

Jan. 12th, 2005 10:37 am (UTC)
Monkey shoes rule from a great height. And I can't believe I only noticed a couple of weeks ago that the featured simians are the Three Wise Monkeys!

(Yes, I too own monkey shoes, even though I suspect it makes us seem like a scary Von Trapp-esque family with a uniform)

And also agree on the wonderfulness of home made soup. I must remember to post the pea soup recipe from the Casa Moro book (as requested by jeejeen) - it's super simple and yummy, also an excellent way of using up peas when you realize that your freezer contains the EU Frozen Pea Mountain.
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