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Pancakes!

Since people have been prodding me for an update, here's a pancake-themed one (as everyone's blogging about pancakes today!).

Unlike in the linked blog, I made crepe-style ones following a Delia Smith recipe I stumbled across years ago. It's nice and simple, and halving the ingredients works well and made about 4-and-a-half pancakes in a large frying pan.

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More upgrades!

For about a year and a half now I've been planning an upgrade to my desktop, Nyx. It currently runs a Core 2 Quad Q6600 so an upgrade is a little overdue...

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Snap, crackle, pop (again)

[Adam Savage voice] "Well there's your problem!"



So while cooking supper the other day the oven went snap, crackle, and pop, and the magic smoke escaped (quite spectacularly too - it coated the inside of the oven with a thin layer of soot, including over my fish'n'chips). This is what, the 4th failure - no, third, as last time I did a pre-emptive replacement. Three years seems to be about the design lifespan for this oven.

The landlord kindly dropped round a replacement earlier this week and this afternoon I set about replacing it. It's fairly straightforward, just tedious as on this model the element is screwed in from the back so replacing it requires extracting the oven and taking the back panel off - and then discovering that the screws are buried under the insulation and will disappear into the innards if you're not careful (yay magnetic screwdrivers!). But that's now sorted and the oven now works again!

Now I just need to give the inside a good clean...
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Advent 2020, Christmas day!

Merry Christmas!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_pWTlN15bc

Right, now I've got that out of my system, let's see what was in pocket number 25...



Interesting tea, a final origami sheet (for yet another pinwheel star), two chocolate coins and a caramel chocolate. And while the Lindt calendar finished yesterday, the Thorntons one had one final chocolate in the form of an alpini praline bar! Om nom nom...

Oh, and the snowman is complete!



As is traditional, that is not the end of my Christmas chocolate - each year I buy chocolates to hang on the tree and eat over the 12 days of Christmas 😋

Christmas itself was somewhat scrambled, but after zoom church (wherein our vicar had updated his cracker jokes for 2020 - "What's Dominic Cummings' favourite song? Driving Home For Christmas") I managed to meet up with my sister for lunch (yay support bubbles!). Because neither of us fancied cooking a complete roast we shared a Chinese meal from Sainsburys as our Christmas feast, and afterwards video called our parents while we opened our presents (who'd already opened theirs at 9am!). I got a good haul of presents, including a substantial Lego kit to put together, a Garth Nix book I hadn't realised was out, a magnetic hourglass (thanks Craig!), and a lovely Zelda-themed pin badge my sister found at the delightfully named Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes. All in all, Christmas worked out surprisingly well this year.
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Advent 2020, day 24

Finally caught up just in time!

So here I am at long last at Christmas Eve. All the presents are wrapped, all the cards have been delivered - or at least posted - and the Christmas meal has been bought.

And the advent calendars are almost over. One is - today's the final day for the Lindt calendar - but the mystery and Thorntons calendars still have another day to go.



Today's origami: a rabbit!

The snowman is almost completed as well - it just wants one more piece from tomorrow:



That's all, until Christmas Day!

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Advent 2020, day 23

Almost up-to-date!

The mystery calendar was a little light today: just a toffee penny, and the buttons from the snowman.



But that's not all! Today was our annual housegroup secret santa! Now we couldn't meet up in person (because Covid), so instead the D's kindly ordered pizza to be delivered to everyone and we'd even arranged a socially distanced secret santa - we all dropped off presents at someone's house, and then picked up our presents a day or two later (I wonder what their neighbours made of us all raiding their porch?).

Whoever got me as their secret santa knows me well, as I got this...



Yes, that's a small pillow/cushion with the Legend of Zelda crest on it! Thankyou, mystery secret santa!
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Advent 2020, day 21

Into the final week now!



Today's origami: A fox, that hopefully will be just as cute as the mouse from last week. Meanwhile the jigsaw is taking shape - there's not much left to add to it...

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Advent 2020, day 20



No origami for a change today, but instead a lemon, ginger & honey tea to go with a toffee finger and a piece of the snowman's scarf.

As I've tried to do most weekends I headed out for a randomish walk - well, this was less random than usual as I had a selection of Christmas cards to deliver locally, a few more to post (some internationally which have epically missed the last posting date - so omgimsuchadork, [Bad username: rustica> and <lj user=] you're probably getting New Year's cards instead :P) and a handful of parcels to drop off (which are just in time for the last 1st class post). And on the way I spotted this wrapped around a streetlamp:



To the NHS and all key workers: We are with you