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Gah!

Seriously – if you are going to eat in the big open plan office have the courtesy to eat quietly.  I really don’t need to hear or see every single chew you make.  Please!

Note to self

Well a quick note to self – don’t attempt to cook meat pies AND apple cakes on a school night.

I made the shortcrust pastry and the meat pie filling in the Thermomix. I love my TM. It makes everything so very easy. BUT tonight I thought I’d broken it. I had just chopped up the beef and just wanted to take the lid off. The stupid thing wouldn’t come off! I tried so many times to remove it and it was stuck tight. Not very happy let me tell you. THEN I had a proper look and realised that I still had the dial set to closed lid. Yes I am an idiot and I am so laughing with you right now.

Anyway all was well with the TM – cue enormous sigh of relief.
So I ended up cooking Pear and Buttermilk cakes which I twisted to Apple and Buttermilk cakes cos that was what I had.

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The meat pies just made it out of the oven. They smell good, hope they taste good too. Of course it’s nearly 10pm but I’m still going to eat my pie!

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New comfy chair

My new comfy chair is most wonderful. I love my birthday present to myself :). I may even post a photo of it one day….

I’m still here – really I am!

Ok so I know it’s been a long time and I haven’t kept up with the resolution of posting one a week *naughty* – but I’m back now *grin*.

I’ve just found the decidedly handy blog post format in word – so I really have no excuses now do I?

It’s been a very busy couple of months. Wendy and Nathan were in Thailand recently (end of June) and I caught up with them in Chiang Mai. It was so lovely to see them and just hang out. I’ll post later with more about the visit – this post is a quick catch up for all of you that have been prodding – you know who you are!

Ros and Nat visited at the end of July. It was great having family come and stay to experience the rural Thailand I live in *grin*. We did a few touristy things and lots of relaxing. Post more about that later – including the wondrousness of being caught in evening traffic in Bangkok – all the joys.

Finally work – it is here and constant. It’s a busy job – no time to coast. When one thing is done there are lots more to follow up. We finally put the midyear resource/reserve update away – yay! There are however, lots of reports to do. Gah! How can there be no complete resource report written at all here in the last I don’t know how many years……….

So now that I have proven I am still here and love you all (even if it is via a blog post) I shall go back to compiling the July monthly report. Because I love reports. Really I do………

*daily mossie kill count: so far today: 3 – all in the office*

Tractors, they’re all around us.

Tractors tractors everywhere….

Most of the time driving here is an exercise in driving for everyone else on the road.  There are cars, buses, trucks, motorbikes, scooters, home-made vehicles, farm equipment, dogs and let’s not forget the pedestrians walking on the side of the road 🙂  Apart from the home-made vehicles I suppose you could really be anywhere in the world – but add in the faith that most Thai drivers have, that they are protected whilst driving, and it’s not really like driving at home. 

Weaving around motorbikes that will just swing out in front of you at any moment and overtaking the very slow-moving home-made vehicles you get used to.  Although the home-made vehicles tend not to have any driving lights so seeing them after dusk is quite nerve racking on a road where the majority of drivers travel at 100kms + per hour.  What I noticed today was the huge number of tractors on the road.  I suppose if I’d grown up in a farming town I’d be used to it, but I do still find it strange having to play dodgem tractor in the morning on my drive to work.  As it’s nearly the wet season (some rain has fallen, but not too much yet) all the rice farmers are ploughing and sowing their crops.  So, I guess I’ll be playing dodgem tractor for a while yet *grin*.

Well I’m now nearly up to date with Masterchef – to last week anyway.  It’s getting much more exciting now – a simple mistake can be very costly.   Not sure who my money’s on yet – there’s a pretty good bunch of people still in the house.

I’m struggling with a very sore throat/ear thing at the moment.  I’m trying to ignore it to see if it goes away, but it’s not disappearing as fast as I’d like it too.  Of course I’m starting to lose my voice too.  Those of you that have heard this particular sound will know that I could start my own business – and yes those are the comments I’ve had from everyone at work.  Along with the smiles and laughter that go with the total loss of voice – that I think is going to happen.  Ahh well it just means I don’t have to answer the phone *grin*.

I have a few more pics of the kids to post.  Nikki and Josh have been going through the “I’ve lost a tooth and I’m gummy” phase.  I asked for them to pose for me.  Of course Miss B had to pose – “me too!”

Josh

Nikki

Bella (showing all her teeth – or being the Wide Mouth Frog!)

Back in Thailand

Well I made it back safely to work.  I flew into Thailand last night and instead of staying at the usual hotel (was in the exclusion zone – near Silom Rd) I stayed at the Novotel hotel at the airport.  It is very plush – as is the cost.  Note to self – must put travel expenditure form in…..

I arrived at the hotel at about midnight and was waiting until after 1am for a room.  I was not the only one waiting – the rooms were not ready.  I did get one at about 1.20am so I went up just wanting to shower and sleep and promptly came back downstairs.  My non-smoking room on the non-smoking floor smelt very strongly of cigarette smoke.  The room was even worse than the corridor.  I went and requested another room.  While I was waiting I was given a complimentary meal (which was good as I was kinda peckish).  So anyway, at about 2 and after I’d had some spag bol (with penne pasta) I went up to a lovely smoke free room. 

I was picked up by my driver (that sounds so posh doesn’t it) at 8 this morning and we only had to stop at one police checkpoint on the way north.  We really weren’t close to Bangkok – I think the closest must have been about 20 to 30 kms away.  There was a very black plume of smoke hanging over the city though.

There has been no protest activity where I am living and I don’t think there will be *fingers crossed*.  So all is well and I am glad to be “home”.

I’ve just come back from a week of GS3 training (MIK block modelling program) in Sydney.  I learnt a lot, but I think my brain is full! 

I managed to get to Melbourne for a few days to see the family.  Ros and Nat’s kids posed for some photos…..

There are other photos – particularly of Josh and Nikki showing off their toothless gums, oh yes and Bella imitating them *grin* – she is a parrot! – but they are too big – I need to resize them and that is a job for another day.  I don’t have any photos of Callum – I have threatened him with using the baby photos though – what do you think Callum???

Go the Business Class

I got my upgrade to Business class on the way back to Sydney.  Excellent news – it means I can get a good sleep.

I leave work at 7.30 tomorrow morning – catching a company bus going to Bangkok.  I will then have the possibility of getting a little shopping done – in the outskirts of the city as the political unrest has had the shops in the centre of the city shut since the weekend.  So if there seem to be any issues I’ll go straight to the airport to sit and wait until I can check in for my flight.

Oh I’ll be in Sydney from April 9 to 16 if anyone will be around and wants to catch up.

I’m looking forward to catching up with people in Melbourne and Perth – see you next week!


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