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26th-Dec-2009 11:41 - Books read, 2009
Christmas has come and gone, so it's time for my list of the books I have read this year. I've done considerably better than last year which is good.

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16th-Jul-2009 22:01 - Context is everything
The episode of Eleventh Hour I'm watching about killer lightning strikes wouldn't be at all creepy if it wasn't for the thunder outside.
2nd-Mar-2009 22:14 - Yes, it hurts
During a sparring session at Karate last week I failed to block and my opponent failed to pull his punch. The blow winded me, but the session was almost over, so I rested a few minutes then hit the showers. An hour later it was still sore and I was short of breath, so I decide I should get it checked out and take myself down to the hospital. There was actually very little wait before I was seen, which impressed me. A nurse checked my blood-pressure, then a nurse-practitioner came to examine me, pronounced my breath sounds even and diagnosed a probable cracked rib. The treatment is the same for cracked or bruised ribs, so they don't do chest x-rays unless there's indications of other complications. I get issued with Diclofenac, a anti-inflammatory and painkiller to take after meals and co-codamol, a codine/paracetamol painkiller to take as needed - it's good stuff, but when I took two at work Thursday morning it fairly knocked me for six.

It's still painful, but at a managable level, it's also tiring,  like doing everything at a light jog... hopefully it shouldn't take too long to recover though.
17th-Feb-2009 21:32 - Cooking experiment
My mother e-mailed me this recipe:

4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).

I tried it tonight; not the best chocolate cake I've ever had, a little on the heavy side, but for less than five minutes start to finish it was pretty good!
15th-Jan-2009 17:35 - Books read, 2008
Rather less belated than my 2007 list, here are the books I read last year. This year's list is underway, but I don't see me finishing Anathem soon...

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5th-Jan-2009 08:08 - Snow!
Snow in Canterbury this morning, I think I might grab my boots and stick and walk to work instead of driving...
31st-Dec-2008 18:48 - Sigh...
I had planned to make a tiramisu to take round to friend's for new year. Unfortunately having gone round every supermarket in the area I couldn't find any marscapone anywhere, so gave in and got shop bought at my last stop. Of course, I'd already bought everything else I need, so will probably be producing home made for friends in the near future.
30th-Dec-2008 13:48 - Feeling down
I bumped a curb when driving home from my mother's yesterday. When I went out to the car this morning, I discovered that the front passenger wheel was now very flat :( Fortunately the dealership provided one year's breakdown assistance when I got it, so a quick phonecall later and I'm waiting for a very nice man to come by and help me fit the spare, but replacing the spare will probably cost a bit, and I'm not going to count on finding the missing hubcap (though it will probably be worth retracing the journey from where I had the bump just in case). Ho-hum, there goes the Christmas money.
24th-Dec-2008 20:15 - Books read, 2007:
A very late post! I posted a list in 2006 and in 2005 and given that I have made the list it seems silly not to post it, particularly given that the 2008 list is almost ready.

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22nd-Dec-2008 21:59 - Trying to post more
Feeling rather tired now... I'm going to collapse in front of the TV for a little while and get some sleep. Tomorrow I need to get to the Doctors for a new prescription, meet friends for coffee/lunch/whatever, wrap presents, and pack ready to go to my Mother's for Christmas.
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