January 30, 2009

… or lack thereof. We’re currently watching an awesome tennis match between Nadal and Verdasco. Unbelievable stuff. But it’s getting pretty late (or early). I’ve sort of been burning the candle at both ends and while Kate has the luxury of sleeping in most days she has a human tumbleweed inside her which at the moment is moving like a crazy thing. (Verdasco has just held serve again after 3 break points). People keep warning us to prepare for a severe lack of sleep. If only we could store it up in a sleep bank or something. The cricket was predictably disappointing but this game is worth giving up a couple of hours. Sunday is set to be a cracker whoever wins!

I’m Watching You

January 21, 2009

Summer TV has had it’s usual high quality offerings which I’ve mostly managed to avoid. Instead we’ve been catching up on Scrubs – even more funny if you’ve ever worked in a hospital. Kate’s been hitting the OC and I’m waiting to get my teeth into the first two seasons of Dexter which I picked up the other day. So that and lots of cricket, especially for Kate, and the tennis (sorry to see Tomic go) has kept us entertained.

New offerings that look interesting include the next season of Dexter (which I won’t watch having not seen all of the first two), Flashpoint, Heroes (which I don’t think 7 wants anyone to watch the way they seem to not advertise it) and 24 – go Jack!

Anyone seen anything else that looks good?

I love Costa Rica!

January 18, 2009

I think I’m in love. Roasting has been a blast and drinking your own product is awesome. The Toose Hoose has been hooked on Limu for a while now with most of the family jumping on the Ethiopian bandwagon too. But I think we have a new leader. The Costa Rican we roasted on Monday is super tasty with our new website up and running, ready to take your orders.

Holiday mode

January 16, 2009

I’m still in holiday mode: cruising along at work; a bit of handyman stuff around the house; relaxing in the evenings; that sort of thing. I think it’s a bit of school holidays vibe which flows onto the traffic. My theory is that good traffic (if there is such a thing) means you’re more relaxed at work and it all flows from there. While I say this, it took me an hour to get home this arvo due to some hairyness on Concord Rd – boo! It’s funny how a stressful experience can have such an impact. Maybe I shouldn’t let it stress me so much. Triple J’s feature album this week is Fever Ray, they played a song off the album this morning during which I felt quite relaxed. It’s funny too that such a small thing can have such an impact.

I’m Back – I think

January 13, 2009

Hey, I’m thinking that I’ll start posting again after yet another hiatus. Obviously I’m back from New Zealand. We had a break up at Avoca for a week after my return which was great. Sort of a last holiday before Baby Toose arrives – 8 weeks tomorrow – woooo!

Since then I’ve completed the last of my assignments to finally end this hectic year of study. Now I’m struggling to keep on at work stuff instead of getting ready for the new addition to our family, which I think is fair enough.

In the mean time we’ve adopted my youngest brother Mish who at the moment is in the baby’s room while we try to clear the granny flat out the back for him to move into. It’s been nice to have him around.

I’ve also been getting into roasting with Sam and Guthers – we’ll be selling our coffee here soon. Watching lots of cricket, shopping for baby stuff and celebrating Jesus birth with family and friends, so a fair bit to keep busy with. I have a feeling there will be plenty more to blog about in the near future. Catch you soon.

Leaving on a jet plane

November 24, 2008

Posting from Sydney airport, courtesy of Optus. Ta. Heading to Christchurch for a Spinal Injuries conference for three days then up to Hamilton to visit Mum for a week. Kate finishes school the day I get back, then we head up to Avoca for a week. Sweet!

Posting on Roasting

November 12, 2008

trio-of-roastsSam has already posted on this, check out the pics and video, but I thought I’d put in my two cents.

I’ve just been playing with the lighter of the 2 roasts we did last Friday. You can see our first three attempts in the pic. Guess which was our first 🙂 I’m usually a fan of espresso with milk even if it’s just a macchiato – I enjoy both the flavour and the ritual of making it. So darker roasts are more my style, but this was pretty tasty. I’ve got nothing on Michelle for her tasting notes, but here goes: a bit of lemon and dark chocolate with a really full, syrupy mouth feel with a long lasting, sweet but slightly bitter (in a nice way) aftertaste. I tried the darker, but still slightly underdone, roast yesterday with similar results although less lemony – pretty good for only our third go. If you’re reading this Michelle would you like some of the lighter roast? I reckon it’d be right up your alley.

Roasting, on the whole was a blast. Good times to hang out and another skilll to learn (and hopefully master). Keeping roasting notes is kind of fun too, a bit like taking vital signs on patients which is my sort of thing, looking for patterns and differences. So far we’ve been recording: Date, Time, Outside Temp, General Conditions, Relative Humidity, Beans, Start weight, End weight, Start Temp, 1st Crack Time, Lowered Temp Time, 2nd Crack Time, Time Removed, and Notes. Any other suggestions?

Lemon Meringue Tarts

November 8, 2008

lemon-m-tartIt’s Kate’s birthday on Monday so I made these for her and the girls to take on a picnic on Friday evening. I thought they’d be less hassle and mess than a whole pie.

The pastry is Mum’s recipe but I found a new lemon filling recipe here and it’s awesome! I added lemon rind to mine for an extra bit of zest. I blind baked the pastry cases in muffin tins then removed them to be filled and topped before baking all together. Fortunately I made some extras for the boys for the pre-roast lunch yesterday. Feedback was that the pastry to filling ratio was a bit high (thinner next time) but otherwise delicious.

I still had some lemon filling and meringue left over which I threw into a pie case made from frozen pastry – it’s tasty but no where near as good as homemade pastry.

Neighbourhood Witch

October 31, 2008

We live in a sheltered little area between two major roads, our own island of suburbia, so to speak. There’s a neighbourhood watch and a playground down the road where parents look out for each others kids. Community is a bit of a deal, which is great, I think this sort of thing has been lost in most areas these days. However, the other day we received in our letter box, a flyer promoting a neighbourhood Halloween thing. It reads:

Dear Neighbours,

This coming Friday 31st is Halloween

A few families thought rather than children knocking on every door, we could pre-arrange who was interested in participating and by simply, having something ‘Halloween’ outside, or leaving a porch light on the children would know where to knock.

We believe Halloween is a good excuse for all the children in our 2 little streets to dress up and meet the neighbours in our friendly community. We encourage all our resident families to join in.

I considered not participating at all; handing out gospel tracts instead of sugar; and hooking up the garden hose just inside the front door, choosing the ‘trick’ rather than the ‘treat’ option. Instead, I’ve decided to join in. We’ve bought some funsize bars and mini bags of Pizza Shapes (healthy option) and I found these little pumpkins at Hot Dollar which I’ve put tea lights in, for outside. I might even offer accompanying parents a coffee?

Is this the right choice?

Is God’s kingdom better served by withdrawing from or participating in community activities like this?

Please be praying for us and our neighbours.

Old & New

October 29, 2008

We’re looking at 1 John in Bible study at the moment. I’m writing the studies now that Uni is a bit quieter, which is great.

I started a new thing with this series which I hadn’t tried or heard of being done. I thought we could use the opportunity of Bible study to read more of the Bible as this is something a few of our group struggle with. So, each week we read part of the Old Testament, a gospel and the study passage. We’ve started with Ezekiel and Mark, reading a chapter each week.

Do you do anything different or unusual in your groups?