Saturday 30 December 2017

Weeknote: 30/12


I have been working on Ooo Wonderwoman all week. For some reason, even though my chart should be right, the stars are not appearing where I think they should. I assume this is because the stitch count grows so they are actually appearing on a slant. But it doesn't matter - I've been able to freestyle it. Hoping to finish the yoke tomorrow. Really hoping.

Going to:

We went to the Z-laws on Christmas Day. The usual assortment of meats and veggies.

On Boxing Day, we went to London to see Sib, Betsy and Mother Hand. We went for a walk along the river, found a back gate onto the grounds of Hampton Court and tramped around their overflow ponds for an hour or so. Delightful. I hadn't realised it was so easy to get into the grounds, but then, they are vast. Apparently William of Orange died of pneumonia after falling off his horse in a hunting accident here. So, pretty big grounds.

Other than that, I've been to yoga once (it went badly....I could tell I've been eating rubbish) and to knitting ground today, but it's been solid MarioKart, napping, knitting and eating all week. Bliss. I do feel like a mammoth, though.


I made some chocolate salted caramels from my own caramel. They are very sweet. I also made some marzipan stuffed chocolate dates which are probably a day's calorie allowance per two. I used a zesty orange marzipan recipe I found on the BBC website.

I made my usual Tunis cake but it didn't rise properly in the oven (those silicone baking tins might be a dream for turning out but I don't think they conduct well enough for cake) so I didn't bother decorating it and just ate it with ice cream and lemon curd, instead.

Entertained by:

I muchly enjoyed the Miniaturist. Just the right amount of creepy. I also liked the ghost stories they showed on the beeb on Christmas Eve - the Midloth Tractate was repeated, as well as a couple of others. I do enjoy a ghost story at Christmas.

I've picked up the final book in Dorothy Dunnett's House of Niccolo series. Finally. I think I've been reading this series for a decade but I really don't want it to be over. However, now I know a bit more about the 15th century, it would probably be worth re-reading them. It's been a bit hard to get the hang of Niccolo again after such a long break as she does assume a certain amount of knowledge, but it's worth it.

The cat has also been quite entertaining, stalking leftovers.

We had to take her to the emergency vets tonight, after she slunk into the house with a limp. The vet said she was fine. She walked around the surgery a bit, looking fine. We brought her home. She limped even worse than before. Contrary mitten.


Like a mammoth, as I mentioned before. I've also had a bit of dizziness over the past three weeks, when I go from lying to standing, which I think might be some kind of ear infection, but it has been keeping me away from yoga which I haven't enjoyed. My hypochondria is going to kick in soon, but I think that by the time I get a GP appointment I will be better.

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