Blobby blobby blobby. BLOBBY! - Tactical Ninja
Jun. 25th, 2012
09:38 am - Blobby blobby blobby. BLOBBY!
So apparently this year it was my turn to do the solstice vigil. I finally got to sleep at 5:30am on Saturday morning, and woke up again at 8. You're welcome. And on cue, 2 days after the solstice, we have the first of the spring flowers showing. Behold, the brave hyacinth:
Also on cue, ridiculously warm spring-like weather. 15 degrees? Howling norwester? What's up with that, seasons? You are confusing my plants.
We have this thing we do in our house, where each Sunday, turnabout, one of us cooks a new thing and we all sit down like cultured grownups and eat it together. With two busy adults and one near-adult living in our house, mealtimes can be somewhat *ahem* piecemeal, but Sundays we pretend to be normal. Last night it was my turn. What I normally do for this is grab a random recipe book off the shelf and make something out of it, and this time one of the books I got from helianthas came out. In it was a recipe for roasted chicken thighs with tomato and herbs.
I don't think I've ever made a dish that stuck to the recipe faithfully, and this one was no different. So I swapped the pepper flakes (I don't even know what those are) for sliced red capsicum, and used marjoram and thyme instead of marjoram OR thyme, and used boned thighs instead of drumsticks, and mixed the leftover fresh herbs with parmesan and sprinkled it on top for the last 10 minutes of cooking, and voila!
Also note I totally cheated by using peas and beans for greenery, but I'm told they are winter fare right? Not sure why they are winter fare given that they grow in summer, but there you go. This meal went down well, although next time I think I'll cook more of the red and green stuff. Nice recipe, would cook again!
Also notable about this weekend: sleep ins. I might have been awake at 8am on Saturday, but we didn't actually get out of bed till 2:30pm. And yesterday it was 10:30 and it was awesome to spend most of the weekend in bed. *nods*
Tonight we have our bodycorp AGM. It's my first one and I suspect it'll be somewhat contentious. You see, thanks to Christchurch and Japan having major earthquakes, the insurance companies are
So I'm going to be arguing quite hard for keeping those amenities. I'm aware that for some people the difference is more than $9 a week (but not by much). However, the major thing here is the insurance and it's something we can do nothing about, along with the other 200-odd buildings in Wellington that the council has deemed to be 'earthquake prone'. Sorting that out to reduce the insurance should be the focus of any fiddling with money, not turning our block into a ghetto for a measly $9 a week.
*sigh* I don't want to spend the evening sitting in a cold room trying to convince people that spending money now will save us heaps later, but I can see this coming. I could have it wrong, maybe my fellow residents are smarter than I think. But someone made those motions, and it's likely someone who's thinking short term, and not someone who actually lives there.
I mentioned the other day that I've been stretching. I can now put my head on my knees while sitting in pike, and get my elbows on the ground while sitting in straddle. For someone who's spent their life riding horses and shearing sheep (read:gripping things with her thighs), this is quite an achievement IMO. I don't bend too well the other way though. Well, my spine does - apart from the bit that OsteoDude and Hannah are working on, the rest seems very flexible. But my legs and shoulders? Not so much.
What's a good stretch for flexible-ising your hips and stretching quads?
Also, going from plank to pike (setting up for handstand)? I can sort of do it. Not pretty, but possible. Ha.