Burning The Food Processor Out

Ok fine I didn’t. But I started with this:


Half a kilo of cashews ready to be pulverished into mush.


Of course you need to get past the rock hard concrete stage. So watching the food processor whir around getting stuck and spinning slower and slower while it got hotter and hotter. But damn it was worth it.


I’m a sucker for peanut butter and would do anything for it. But cashew nut butter is awesome in it’s own right. I could just keep licking this off a spoon. And well ok… I have been. It’s not quite as smooth and creamy as commercial peanut butter but still damn good. And cashews have that slightly sweet more subtle taste to it compare the full on hit of peanuts.

I’ve got another half kilo of cashews sitting in the pantry. I’m thinking of trying hazelnuts next. Mmm homemade nutella. Damnit now I’m hungry just thinking about it.



Don’t think I made a resolution this year. Not that they really ever turn out well. Since I forget about a few months in if I’m lucky. Otherwise I just can’t be assed. So would my resolution have been to get fit? Well, probably not. But look new toy!


I guess I’ve been tossing up the idea of a smartwatch for a while. Except they’re all so damn big. And expensive. And I don’t really need all the crazy features. So after staring at the Vivosmart for a few months I decided to bite the bullet. And get it much cheaper off ebay.

The nifty little thing does what I need it to. Flashes up messages when my phone is on the other side of the room and buzzes me when my phone is otherwise on silent. Which is handy at work when my phone is usually stashed behind a computer somewhere charging away. As a plus it tells me what an utter failure I am at moving around. I swear I’m on my feet but it reckons I ain’t taking enough steps so it relentlessly badgers me until I do aimless loops walking around the house until it resets its (what I call the) lazy bum meter.

I’ll have to give it a week or so with the sleep tracking before I make up my mind whether it’s just wishy washy crap or not. Given I’m a light sleeper and I haven’t worn a watch to bed in years, I’m waking up just coz I’m wearing the damn bugger. On the plus side it shows me the crazy spikes at 3am where obviously my brain has decided nocturnal rest is for wimps. One day I’ll get a hang of this sleep thing. Anyhow wearing the Vivosmart is still better than having the phone on the bed. Which was what I was doing when trialling the Sleep Android app last year. Yep no… my bed is only large enough for me. Don’t need the hassle of rolling over the phone in the middle of the night, or kicking it onto the floor by accident.

Overall, I think it’s a cool little device. Early days though, so hopefully battery life isn’t the shithouse. Another reason for not getting an actual smartwatch is having to charge the thing everyday. Reason I got a phone with good battery life is so I don’t have to. Not going to add to my tech with something needs the extra attention.

Guess we’ll see if I can beat the random goal it sets me tomorrow. I failed miserably the first few days. Well actually no, I just didn’t wear it a full 24hrs once and then fiddled around with settings and somehow changed the time. Which reset my step counter for the day. Grr, first world problems. It gave me a crazy low 6768 steps today. Nailed it plus plenty. So yeah, we’ll see what tomorrow brings.

Ugh Eggnog

Omg… I can’t believe I still have eggnog. Ok you know what, the rest of it is going down the sink. I give up.


Though I suppose at least that still looks heaps better than them failed cookies. They were embarrassing. And yet I still managed to offload them at work. Well, there you go.

Also, how did we manage to get to February already? I can’t work out if that’s a good or bad thing. Good that I’ve already gotten through another month of work this year without killing myself. Bad in that… are you kidding me that there’s only 4 weeks of summer left?!?!?!

My balcony is still as bare as ever. Except that mini lime tree I bought right after the new year sales. Surprisingly it’s still alive. Strangely enough. I have a bloody black thumb here. Even my aloe vera plant which is meant to be tough and hardy is looking a little tired. It has never been the same since Sherlock knocked it down and had a chomp on it sometime last year. It’s not dying but it just isn’t quite thriving either. And none of the pups it produced ever made it. Kinda sucks as I was hoping was little baby aloe vera by now. Guess not.

So right. Game plan. Need to go get me some reed screen to cover my ugly balcony. And knock together a frame for covering the ugly air con. Yeah, everything is ugly around here. But come autumn I’m gonna get me a pretty balcony.