Thursday, December 31, 2009

7.14am... is that reasonable for new year's Eve? guilt at leaving the party... insane.
Here we go... where's the rabbit hole?

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

*sigh* hurt my back shifting coal. Am resigned to a day of drinking port, lying on the sofa...

Monday, December 28, 2009

Saturday, December 26, 2009

8 people for xmas dinner - lots of fun. Evening of drinking various types of gin - lots of fun. Cleaning the house this morning - not funny.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Kids throwing snowballs at the window. I wouldn't mind but they're like ice and my windows are like paper :( Just shouted at them...
Snow snow snow snow. Not often seen so heavily in old Lancaster :) The cats are less keen...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mid-afternoon snack, cheese on toast with chipotle chilli sauce and smoked paprika
Mid-afternoon snack, cheese on toast with chipotle chilli sauce and smoked paprika
Another mystery freezer lunch looms. I found a small pot of something brown. Some kind of sauce. Reheating before I decide on rice or pasta.
Listening to Rage Against the Machine. Enlivening.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Word of the day: aulophobia - Abnormal fear of flutes.
A jolly Xmas video for you all (not completely work safe :)
"Oh Thufir, I see they've installed your heart plug already.... Don't be angry. Everyone gets one here."

Monday, December 14, 2009

Caller: Can I speak to Caroline please? Me: Sorry, you've got the wrong number (pause) oh, unless you mean my wife... she's called Caroline
I simply do not understand one third of this country.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Challenging evening. Took hours to get home. Lost my hat. Needed hotel staff to turn my room lights on. *sigh*

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Hampstead pub crawl, jolly good
Hungry, tried and cold. Unprepared to travel to London later today. Wondering if I should visit Londis for chocolate milk and dirty crisps..

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

If Mini cheddars are one third fat by weight and I just ate 100g of mini cheddars, the question is, how sick do I feel?
Oh God, can I eat this Butter Pie? Feel quesy just looking at it!
Oh God, can I eat this Butter Pie? Feel quesy just looking at it!
British Gas engineer is here, making tool-using noises in the bathroom, with the door closed. An occasional sigh.
Umm, 51,366 unread emails...?

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Burnt my black beans... :( Must remember to take more breaks...
Burnt my black beans... :( Must remember to take more breaks...
Long weekend. I know, lucky.
Mitchell's Brewery, Lancaster, is being demolished RIGHT NOW (9.30am), go down and help out, protest!
Nothing like a minor emergency that needs to be resolved within 10 mins to start your day off, as you rub sleep from your eyes...

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

I'm feeling all fingers and thumbs, I spill my tea, Oh silly me...

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Culling people today. With the click of a button I eliminated 7,000 people earlier. I have another 11,000 lined up now. Ah the power...
Just found a 'you weren't home' card downstairs from Royal Mail. I was! I was! I'm right here! Why not try actually knocking? Hmm?

Monday, November 30, 2009

Freezing in the house today. About to search for my gloves and hat. Ridiculous.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

A lunch hour straining, bottling (and tasting) six bottles of sloe and damson gin. All lunch hours should be like this. I have a gin haze.
I do like to watch the Dial-A-Bus picking up a frail old couple from our street every day and taking them off to unknown, old-people places.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

One of the joys of cat ownership: Your lovely cat comes to give you some love... but smells of some poo...
Wondered what smell was. Burning? Hot metal? How odd... Oh my god the kettle. No whistle this time... It was glowing bright red on the stove
Mid-morning snack of Spicy Bombay Mix...
Morning is starting well - no access to work email... Well, no news is good news, I always say.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Time for a quick snack of bread, cheese and chilli...
A group of 15 people have gathered outside my house. I wonder what they want?
My dreams of a quiet start to the week are shattered - multiple #fails at work mean I'm already chewing my tongue and muttering bad things..

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Cooking a big curry... Oh yes.
Moustache has reached problem length: when I drink coffee it acts as a sponge, absorbing liquid and releasing it only when cup is removed...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Eating a piece of ginger and walnut cake I made at lunchtime... Mmmm...
Curried lentil, rice and coconut soup...
Curried lentil, rice and coconut soup...
Ah, a morning of problems confounded by works email suddenly going down. Bring on the coffee...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A little sandwich for lunch...
A little sandwich for lunch...
Argument outside the house: Her: "Don't touch me!" Him: "Why do you have to do this? I hope you die!" ... Depressing.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

Lounging on an oversized bed, about to find some food, then brave some Scottish-island pubs. A pint of heavy, please, barkeep.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Staying in a lovely cottage next to a lovely loch. lovely weather. lovely.

Monday, November 09, 2009

An adult, with full free-will delusions, I am easily led. Down dark paths. Into the depths. Just saying, like.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Today's lunch will be celeriac and carrot soup, with a side-dish of cheesy-chips :)
Having a veggie sausage with mustard to pep me up. And coffee. What? No, that's a sensible mid-morning snack.
Feeling a modicum of stress.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Okay. breakfast is greasily digesting, now I shall use its power... for good!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

An enormous chunk of leek and potato pie from last night for lunch. I'm full just looking at it.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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NOT enjoying the last, normally calm, last half hour of my working day.
It's no good, I'm cracking... Have to reheat the pizza right now... #hunger
I hate half-term. The streets are full of screaming kids and all my friends are on holiday, probably still in bed. Bastards.

Monday, October 26, 2009

I've tried cheese savoury for the last time. Feel queasy. I have the face the fact that I hate it.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

My oh my, how rough we feel today. Anyway, sleep is overrated. Hoping that a roast at the white cross will help...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

Aha, home, bless you...
Countdown to party... Now the question is, as I feel rough as a badger's arse, do I pre-party-prep by A: Sleeping, or B: Drinking beer?
It's time for Radio Darvish. Yes, it's the kind of day where traditional Persian music is just what is required.
Hot cat in box
Hot cat in box
Now, if I can just stay busy for long enough perhaps I can pretend that I'm not hungover.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Got that Friday feeling :( shame it's Thursday then...
Now feeling rather sick after eating too much bombay mix. Must be the E621, E160c, E100, E102, E110 and E330... *sigh*
Eating a bowlful of spicy balti bombay mix to help me focus...
For some people flawed is perfectly acceptable. They seem very happy. If this is ideal, then perhaps I'm flawed.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Stuck inside for lunch today waiting for British Gas - "Any time between 12 and 6" - wtf? How vague is that?
Wish *I* was drinking a mojito right now, like some I could mention :( *sigh*

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Personally, I think that a nice, ice-cold bottle of lager would make the last 30 mins or so of the working day just that little bit better.
Urgh, hungry again, the desire for curry is strong... very strong...

Monday, October 19, 2009

Now that's just not funny - where the hell did the weekend go?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Off to buy some weekend beer.
Feeling the power of css coursing through my veins. Just a shame that css isn't a funky designer drug.
Lovely day in Lancaster... Shame that someone has let their dog shit just outside my door. Dog turds can really take the shine off your day.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Now to start the next batch of sloe gin... xmas will be hazy this year...
Off to buy some litres of gin.
I seem to have forgotten how to sleep. Third day now of simply lying there, awake in the dark. Feel more Zombie-like with each passing hour.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

under the duvet on the sofa feeling ill and sorry for myself
Just had a gift of sloes... I feel a few more litres of gin coming on...
Wife ill all night long. Morning, my stomach does a wobbly back-flip... Oh dear... Hopefully just toast-desire.

Monday, October 12, 2009

happy cat in square of autumn sun on the bed
happy cat in square of autumn sun on the bed
INT. DIMLY LIT, CHILLY ROOM. Web designer can be seen hunched over a keyboard, muttering to himself. A cup - I ♥ NY - stands empty and cold.
Another tough Monday looms - cough, cold, no sleep...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

hoping for rain so I can stop thinking that I should get out and do something wholesome

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Food at the whitewell inn today, what a great pub!
Food at the whitewell inn today, what a great pub!
Afternoon off ftw, heading for a pub lunch in a sleepy, leafy, quaint village, then a walk in the hills. Enjoy your afternoons.
Just corrected something terrible, but luckily, no one else had noticed...

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Baked mushroom, potato, spinach and cheese in a white-wine and cream sauce for lunch... Soooo rich and fattening - feels good.
Cat flap was damaged during night. Now the it gently wafts opens with the slightest breeze, sending a chilly wind through the house...
This day is off to a horrible start....

Monday, October 05, 2009

photo taken with a combo of binoculars and my phone of suspicious people at the end of street!
photo taken with a combo of binoculars and my phone of suspicious people at the end of street!
Almost time for spicy tofu Thai Yellow Curry with rice...
Not entirely sure that I'm actually enjoying Monday morning.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Friday, October 02, 2009

It's the weekend, excuse me while I slip into something more comfortable...
Just taken delivery of 12 bags of coal, 10 bags of wood... Winter is here, it seems...
Lancaster pigeons have learnt a new trick: hovering before you, hummingbird-like, trying to peck your pasty...
There's a party starting in 9 hours. Do you think it's too soon to start drinking?

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Bored of the train now. The fake, jolly, blitz spirit of the overcrowded train has long since faded and been replaced by empty-eyed despair.
Full of veggie sausage and mash. And peas. I overcame my natural, deep-seated fear of peas and ate a handful of the horrible things.
Beautiful, sunny day in London
Beautiful, sunny day in London

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The old man with parking obsession is not happy - someone is in his spot... He's examining every car in the street, been out there an hour..
Feel like I'm swimming through mud today. A wide river of mud. With muddy crocodiles. And rocks. Rocks covered in mud. And it smells a bit..

Monday, September 28, 2009

Nothing like a walk around a graveyard in the pissing rain to enthuse you for the afternoon's work.
People under my window discussing 'ow time flies' and 'aye, I remember im when ee were this big'. Considering shouting at them to move on...
Your brain has just finished installing important updates. Would you like to restart your life now?

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

Girl in front of me in the shop bought lucozade, condoms and chapstick. Good night in, that.
Falafel Verdict: 7/10. Needs better pitta and pickled chillis, but not bad!
Falafel Verdict: 7/10. Needs better pitta and pickled chillis, but not bad!
The fabled falafel stall!
The fabled falafel stall!
Staring at the splash of blood on the kitchen ceiling and sighing.
Is it the weekend yet? (Please lie if required)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I love it when Americans want to talk on the phone, or start doing business at 4pm our time... No! Get up earlier!
Spent lunchtime painting my windows. You'd think such a productive act would leave me with a satisfied glow.. But no, I just smell of paint.
Thursday is turning out to be depressingly busy...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

When faced with an approaching, dull, working afternoon, look nonchalant until it gets close, then trip it up and kick it repeatedly...
Computer! Coffee, hot, with a dash of rum. And play some nice music. Heating up 2 degrees, and lower the lights. Yes, that's better. *sigh*

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Grey day, damp, chilly, half asleep, computer buzzing, unread email waits, coffee already finished... Right: lights! kettle! itunes! action!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Was going to spend lunch hour painting the window frames. Old clothes - check, ladder - check, paint and brushes - check, rain - check...

Alingan Bajis recipe

Published a recipe for Alingan Bhajis

These cheese and potato bhajis are a popular snack in north-west India. They are very easy to make and hard to get wrong! Best served with chilli sauce, chutney, curd or yoghurt.

Despite not having a heavy weekend to recover from, I feel equally numb. So the question is - why take it easy if Monday is always as tough?

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Going to the all day, all night jazz festival at the Gergson... bloody t9

Saturday, September 19, 2009