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Plan B

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

I had to go with plan B today. Plan A was get up and out bright and early and take a long walk in my new boots. However I woke up at 4am with a temperature and it didn't go away again.

So I've had a day largely devoted to pottering, one of my favourite occupations. So far today I've polished off the following:

emoticon small, non-threatening quantity of housework

emoticon started knitting a mohair hat in dark blue/violet

watched an episode of Allo Allo and still have seven series to watch so that will keep me quiet for a while. If you're not acquainted with it, here's a bit from YouTube. It's fab, I love it.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=
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discovered that my favourite Dinny Hall ring now fits on my middle finger

looked in at Marylebone Farmers' Market




and bought a dozen jumbo eggs and today I had a shopping bag with me so they didn't have to go in my handbag. Marylebone Farmers' Market is the poshest one and the chef and cookery writer Nigel Slater shops there though I've never encountered him myself
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walked along Marylebone High Street to the Oxfam bookshop and bought some literature

wore a magenta cashmere jumper I've had for about six years for the first time. It has a moth hole in it but only one and I can sew that up.

went to the Apple shop and bought - not apples - but a USB cable for iPod because I have lost the original one which I'm absolutely furious with myself about not least because the replacement comes in a two-pack and costs 15! Yes, fifteen whole quid. It's painful and I didn't want two either, I wanted one. Meh!

dyed my hair back to its original colour (it's mostly grey now but I'm in denial)

bought some rechargeable batteries to go in the cat flap. It has taken me a long time to get around to buying a battery charger but I've finally done it and now I feel virtuous

bought some little round containers so that I can make porridge in catering quantities, freeze it and take them in to work. There are places that sell fresh porridge and charge a couple of quid for it which is outrageous, it costs about 35p to make it.

made the porridge in the microwave this evening, forgot about it and spent 15 minutes scraping half of it off the inside of the microwave and the kitchen counter. It looked very vulcanesque. I would have taken a photo but I still haven't seen the funny side. So that bumps up the cost/portion to 70p, as I really didn't fancy potting up what I'd gathered up.

And I've got a fabby beef casserole bubbling away in the kitchen emoticon
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EFFRAYECHILDE 12/5/2012 8:39AM

    Way to go!

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LEANMEAN2 12/1/2012 5:52AM

    Thanks for sharing

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CRAZY_KAT_1984 11/30/2012 3:23AM

    Way to no give up! You can always find another way! emoticon

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CLAYARTIST 11/29/2012 9:51PM

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WALLINMW 11/29/2012 8:26AM

  Be well soon!

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THEIS58 11/29/2012 6:12AM

    Productive!

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ANIHAKA 11/28/2012 11:43AM

    I got a good laugh at the porridge fisasco. It's daylight robbery what some of those places charge for porridge.

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LIBBYL1 11/28/2012 12:01AM

  eggs in your handbag! the consequences of me putting them in mine (which has everything stuffed in always and get a surprise when occasionally on my pottering days decide to clear it out but always useful when someone needs something odd like a hoof pick as I just might have one in there).
and the microwave yuk - I have done that too and went off ever using my microwave unless under the careful watch of my 17 year old daughter.
At least you can still remember your original hair colour . I also am in denial of the grey bits (most of it) - but can't remember what exact colour of browh it was anymore...Does allow me though to experiment with what my life would have been like if I was a brunette etcc (actually no different)

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KIPPER15 11/27/2012 9:35PM

    Have had plenty of experience with the microwave mess - yuck. Lov the farmer's market pictures. My local one closes down for the winter in October. Sigh

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TERRIJ7 11/27/2012 6:15PM

    Ooooh, I hate messes! I hope you're feeling better.

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JESSICABOOTY 11/27/2012 3:41PM

    I must add to the crowd of admirers that your day off sounds very busy. Love the outdoor market.
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KAREN608 11/27/2012 2:30PM

    oatmeal explosions: hubby does this, I clean them up. oooh ick.
we eat oatmeal almost every morning.
Pottering sounds like fun to me.

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BKNOCK 11/27/2012 11:54AM

    Wow you got so much done and you didn't feel well? Wow, I would have sat in my recliner all day watching movies!

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HHB4181 11/27/2012 10:48AM

    Great day!

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DEBLYNN323 11/27/2012 10:34AM

    emoticon ...love the porridge story! Hope you're feeling better!

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ESME25 11/27/2012 10:24AM

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THEIS58 11/27/2012 10:11AM

    Wow! Lots of activity!

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NYKIMMIE 11/27/2012 8:17AM

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FATHINSN 11/27/2012 7:59AM

    I love shops/stalls that you went at the market area :D And you have Plan B so no worry if Plan A can't be executed :D

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MARYJEANSL 11/26/2012 10:15PM

  If you did all that with a fever, I am indeed VERY impressed. I would have lain in bad and microwaved some chicken soup. Hope the fever goes away for good. I love farmers' markets - thanks for the pics!

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JAMER123 11/26/2012 10:07PM

    YUM! The beef casserole sounds good. Might make a beef barley soup for dinner tomorrow night. Thanks for a Plan B!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHOSHANADP 11/26/2012 9:56PM

    If Plan A doesn't work, there are 25 other letters. I saw that on another SparkPeople blog.

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ROCKYCPA 11/26/2012 9:42PM

    Feel better soon!

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GARDENQE2 11/26/2012 8:41PM

    Hurray for hair dye and denial!!!!
We may get old, but we don't have to look it! emoticon

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NCSUE0514 11/26/2012 8:23PM

    Feel better soon!

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KARRENLYNN 11/26/2012 7:39PM

    I've had microwave explosions too, not funny for awhile! Hope you're feeling better by the time you read this.


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DANAPRIME 11/26/2012 7:14PM

    Hope you are feeling better.

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REENIE131 11/26/2012 7:12PM

    Sounds like a busy day!

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EZRIN101 11/26/2012 7:06PM

    I love watching Allo Allo it's hilarious! My brother hated me wanting to watch it when we were kids emoticon

The market looks wonderful! Though it does look chilly... everyone rugged up in jackets and hats!! We are just going into summer and yesterday was very sunny and hot but a little muggy too.

Enjoy the eggs

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SJKENT1 11/26/2012 5:18PM

    Lot's of cooking disaster stories - mine includes forgetting whatever it was cooking on the stove and burning the pan. My smart move was to take the burning pan outside and sit it in the snow on the deck. Duh! (sound of palm hitting forehead) the snow melted and left a pan-size burn mark on the wood deck.

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RAINBOWCHOC 11/26/2012 4:36PM

    I must introduce you to poundshops! as many plastic boxes as you want, leads for ipods/blackberries/nokia phones/kindles, books, cds, tinsel and silly seasonal hats. The joys of the poundshop are well documented by Sophie Kinsella (the "Shopaholic" writer).


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GRAMPIAN 11/26/2012 3:53PM

  Good Moaning! Hope you feel better soon. emoticon

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POLSKARENIA 11/26/2012 2:50PM

    Sounds like a busy day - well done you... porridge stuck in the microwave - yuck - I sympathise, many's the time I have had to wipe that yucky mess out...

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MAMAOWLS 11/26/2012 2:37PM

    Sounds like you had a busy day even if you woke up with a fever. I remember right after microwaves became affordable and we got one. I decided to cook an egg in the shell. What a mess. I know how you feel about cleaning up the porrage.

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SMILEY3826 11/26/2012 2:25PM

    hope that you are feeling better soon. sending lots of hugs your way!

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CICELY360 11/26/2012 2:22PM

  good blog

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/26/2012 1:18PM

  Your plan B seems more interesting than some peoples' plan A. Because you made the best of the situation; I think you will feel spunky in no time.

I'm sorry to LOL at your misfortune , but maybe you don't mind, or you would't describe your hot cereal mess. It's hard to imagine that happening without cracking up . I'm guessing many of us have had had these sort of things occur.

The exact reason, I'm giggling and grinning, is a childhood memory of spit pea soup blowing up o the ceiling and al over the kitchen. That was a huge disaster from a pressure cooker ( that my Mom made), but other than the tremendous mess and way my mother was upset, it is something you roar with laughter. I'm sure she sees it otherwise. But it is a legend and highlight of growing up. I thik that they kind of memories stand out, tan the ordinary ones. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARGARITTM 11/26/2012 1:16PM

    Be well!

Ha Ha on the micro- mess... we've all been there

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FARIS71 11/26/2012 1:04PM

    Well that just sounds like a great day. Except the porridge volcano.

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1MANKNEY 11/26/2012 11:36AM

    I can picture the microwave mess! Have done similar myself-- once with an egg that was not covered and another time with a sausage that came unwrapped. Lesson learned!
I usually have plans A, B, and C, just to be sure. Usually one of them works out.
Try oatmeal (porridge) in the crockpot. I have never had it overcook and it sure is easy. Makes the oatmeal very creamy.
Hope you are feeling better now, but a good old "health" day is great once in a while! emoticon

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KAREN91 11/26/2012 10:42AM

    Im sorry your not feeling well! You sure did alot for not feeling well I bet you get alot done when you are healthy! Great market Do you shop there alot? Get well soon! emoticon

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