Life Koalification#13 - Marlow Mojitos

This weekend I went to stay with my sister and Danny at their new place in Twyford! On Saturday we visited Marlow (which I don’t think I’ve visited before - so check - new place). We mooched round the town, had some tasty luncheon and dipped our feet in the Thames. It was a beautiful sunny day but the Thames was pretty damn cold! Numb feet. ouch. 

So to warm up in the evening I made some proper Havana Mojitos! http://www.havana-club.com/ The recipe is from this site and its good :-) I even converted Danny who protests not to like mojitos but asked for a second. Homemade mojito - new thing done!

Success. 

lesson - drink more rum 

Life Koalification #6 - SOMETIMES its better out of a bottle

This week I had an accident with my aloe vera plant that my lovely friend Katie gave me for a birthday some years back. It got a bit big for its pot and as I was cleaning it fell off the shelf smacked me on the head and in the process sliced a couple of its own limbs off. So I was left with some chunky, but detached, aloe vera trunks. I should use them…..

So I made aloe vera gel after some googling as it looked like a good idea. I stored it in a little jar and plonked it in the fridge. My plan was to share the recipe and the the amazing things it did for my skin. 
It didn’t do amazing things for my skin. It brought me out in boils. Not spots. BOILS. and so I’m not sharing the recipe as I’ve decided some things (ONLY SOME!) are better bought from a shop and pumped full of chemicals! 
Although after I threw it out… the week later I burnt myself cooking. So wiped some gel on my burn fresh out the plant and it helped with the healing and didn’t hurt so much. So maybe its the storing which was a bad idea. 
I share the picture because the little pot is cute. 

Life Koalification #6 - SOMETIMES its better out of a bottle

This week I had an accident with my aloe vera plant that my lovely friend Katie gave me for a birthday some years back. It got a bit big for its pot and as I was cleaning it fell off the shelf smacked me on the head and in the process sliced a couple of its own limbs off. So I was left with some chunky, but detached, aloe vera trunks. I should use them…..

So I made aloe vera gel after some googling as it looked like a good idea. I stored it in a little jar and plonked it in the fridge. My plan was to share the recipe and the the amazing things it did for my skin. 

It didn’t do amazing things for my skin. It brought me out in boils. Not spots. BOILS. and so I’m not sharing the recipe as I’ve decided some things (ONLY SOME!) are better bought from a shop and pumped full of chemicals! 

Although after I threw it out… the week later I burnt myself cooking. So wiped some gel on my burn fresh out the plant and it helped with the healing and didn’t hurt so much. So maybe its the storing which was a bad idea. 

I share the picture because the little pot is cute. 

Life Koalification#7 - whisky is not nice.

I’m not saying much about this because the video says enough. Apologies for the minor use of bad language….

Ps I am a bit hungover today

Life Koalification#5 - Toad in the Hole

I used to have toad in the hole as a child so imagine my delight at hearing that it’s National Yorkshire Pudding Day on Feb 2nd. I was listening to radio 2 (too old for radio 1 now it annoys me) when the hunka munka James Martin came on the air yelling about how to make a proper Yorkshire pudding .

It dawned on me that I had never made Yorkshire pudding and that I must learn. Who better to teach me (other than Moma Duck obvs) than Mr Martin himself. Unfortunately I don’t think he had time to come to my house and privately tutor me in the preparation of a good batter so I recorded Saturday Kitchen and followed his recipe .

The day came. The batter was prepared and resting. I was tempted to add some mustard but James told me not to mess with the recipe so I refrained.

It was a success!! My little naked sausages cooked nicely nestled in their Yorkshirey holes and teamed up with a thick onion gravy and a bit of broc it was a right tasty night (said in a Yorkshire acceny).

I tried to make Yorkshire pudding (and therefore toad in the hole) and I did a reasonably good job of it! Many more foodie new things to try over the year!

#Life Koalification 2 - Accept an invitation without thinking about it. 

My lovely friend Cat asked me to accompany her to watch (do you watch?) a Maroon5 gig. I’m not a big fan. They’re ok. Just radio music and I think all their song sounds the same. But I’m quite good at saying No to invitations and although that suits me most of the time the whole point of my New52 is to do some stuff I wouldn’t normally be interested in and get out of my comfort zone. 

So I went. And I loved it. I spent some fabulous quality time with my chum Cat Day and I actually discovered I really like Maroon5! I had nothing better to do (except watch RH of Orange County and thats not a worthy way to spend my quality time) and so saying yes was tres-easy as it turned out! He’s a hunk and is nice to look at. Nice to listen to also. I had muchos fun. 

So a big Thank you to Miss Day for a lovely unexpected midweek girl date     :-) I very much enjoyed myself. 

Oh….and I managed not to puke at the support act. Robin Thicke. Eugh I need not say more. 

and pps… I’ve done the saying yes on a whim thing now so I’m back to saying No all the time :-)

#Life Koalification3 - birthdays are not for working

My new thing of the week was turning 29 as I’ve not done this before. And another new thing was working on my birthday….. I’m pretty damn sure I’ve not done this before (because I was sensible all the other years it seems). 

So at some point in week 3 of my lovely new 2014 year (that everyone else is experiencing also cos we’re all on the same year here) I became 29. To be more specific (because it is relevant to the lesson) it was on a Monday or as I frequently like to rename it MOANday. 

Anyway it was Monday. It was my birthday and I made a massive schoolboy error. I went to work. What the HELL was wrong with me to think that working on a Monday on MY Birthday was going to be ok? 

Birthdays. Are. Not. For. Working. 

Especially when the universe hands you a Monday one. Pfft. 

I had reasons for not booking leave. And they were all reasonable and valid on all the days that weren’t  my birthday. But come the day…. all these reasons were hugely freaking rubbish

1 - I don’t have much leave left as I’ve booked a chunk to go to Cuba at the end of the month….. note I didn’t have MUCH leave left….but I did have leave? So it wasn’t like I HAD to go to work. 

2. Adam was at work so I’d have spent the day on my own….HELLO!!?? Catching up on Real Housewives of Orange County/Beverley Hills/Miami/Coventry/Vancouver. A whole day of it. A whole day of rotting my brain but wishing I was Lisa Vanderpump. It would have been a fabulous day.

3. I have a lot of work to get through before Cuba and can’t afford a day off This was a lie. I’m not that busy. I could have just done it on Tuesday. 

So all in all this was a fail. And I had an average day at work. And I forgot it was my own birthday. As an adult (and having already had a wedding when you are totally the centre of attention…. whether you like it or not….) you don’t get to do what the frig you want on a day very often.And if I want to sit on my fat ass all afternoon alone watching vacuous manicured women argue over who is jewish and who is not (Nasty Jodie RH of Vancouver) then I bleeding well will.  And so in the future…. I vow to keep myself happy and merry and I will NEVER EVER AGAIN work on my birthday. Lesson learnt. 

(P.S. my day got way better once I left work as I went to my Nans and had fish and chips for tea. Nice)

This blog is officially called Life Koalifications. That’s because I like koalas, made up words, this meme, and I can do what I want on my blog.
This blog was borne out of my new years resolution which is to try a new thing every week for the year. There are a few reasons for this.
● learn new skills
● discover new likes
● meet people and make new friends
●challenge myself 
● learn to be braver
So… I’ve done 3 things all ready and ill retro blog them later in the week. 
This week’s Koalification is Blogging. I’ve never blogged before and I’ve learnt how to do it….new skill? (Bit loose…. I can type already and download an app). Being brave? Check…. I’m sharing this and welcoming comments! I’m open to suggestions for my 52
So Life Koalification#4 = Blogging.

This blog is officially called Life Koalifications. That’s because I like koalas, made up words, this meme, and I can do what I want on my blog.

This blog was borne out of my new years resolution which is to try a new thing every week for the year. There are a few reasons for this.

● learn new skills
● discover new likes
● meet people and make new friends
●challenge myself
● learn to be braver

So… I’ve done 3 things all ready and ill retro blog them later in the week.

This week’s Koalification is Blogging. I’ve never blogged before and I’ve learnt how to do it….new skill? (Bit loose…. I can type already and download an app). Being brave? Check…. I’m sharing this and welcoming comments! I’m open to suggestions for my 52

So Life Koalification#4 = Blogging.