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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

This one's for Lizzie 888.

Sometimes a SparkFriend gives you the laugh of the day. I've just seen Lizzie's comment on my feed:

'I think it's about time you won an unpopular blog award... Can you write one about tax returns or something!'

Hm, tax returns. Nope, we have PAYE in the UK. That's 'pay as you earn' . . . through the nose, of course. I haven't done any freelance work for a few years, used to have the headache of filling in tax returns for that and the amount of headache far outdid the amount of money I was getting. Sorting out the tax took me as long as doing the actual freelance job in the first place.

Mind you, you could call fat the tax on eating well rather than wisely. Sooner or later it catches up with you and the Fat Inspector comes knocking at the door. Then it's Payback Time, and you start counting the cost of all that chocolate, hot buttered toast and (in my case) confit duck.

Ah, confit duck. On Christmas Day I'm having eggs benedict for breakfast (home-made Hollandaise sauce with a quarter pound of butter in it), and for lunch parma ham with figs followed by confit duck, a cheese board, Christmas pudding and a quantity of chocolates. I'm fairly confident that after all that, I won't be able to eat much else all day. Indeed, it will take me all day to eat it.

I'll be back on the banana-yellow Ferrari you call the wagon on 26 December, with an image of myself as Claudia Cardinale to spur me on. With any luck, the Fat Inspector will be too busy collecting his cut from everyone else to notice little me having two days off.
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BARBARASDIET 12/12/2012 7:21PM

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DIANEGLORIA 12/12/2012 6:46PM

    Thank you for the giggle, I needed that!

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LYNCHD05 12/12/2012 6:10PM

    How do you come up with this stuff!!!!! Don't stop or you will wipe the smile off my face,

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MILLIE5522 12/12/2012 5:57PM

    emoticon = me after Xmas dinner
emoticon =me on the 26th
emoticon =me on the 27th......I hope!!

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SJKENT1 12/12/2012 5:06PM

    ok - here it is straight from wikpedia: Duck confit is a French dish made with the leg of the duck. While it is made across France, it is seen as a speciality of Gascony. The confit is prepared in a centuries-old process of preservation that consists of salt curing a piece of meat (generally goose, duck, or pork) and then poaching it in its own fat.A classic recipe is to fry or grill the legs in a bit of the fat until they are well-browned and crisp, and use more of the fat to roast some potatoes and garlic as an accompaniment. The potatoes roasted in duck fat to accompany the crisped-up confit is called pommes de terre la sarladaise.

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SJKENT1 12/12/2012 5:03PM

    I've vaguely heard of confit duck, but really unable to picture it except as a duck. Will have to google it.

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JUDYAASH 12/12/2012 4:43PM

    Sounds familiar emoticon Will come on 12/26

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KATIWONT 12/12/2012 2:58PM

    NOT that I want to encourage such behavior ( ;=} but won;t the Fat Inspector be busy on Boxing Day, too??

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PATRICIAANN46 12/12/2012 2:53PM

  I emoticon your tax-fat analogy. Both are difficult to deal with but both have to be dealt with sooner or later. emoticon for putting this in a "Light" format.

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GOSPARK45 12/12/2012 2:29PM

    You can even find humor in taxes. Fabulous!
We are with you on making Christmas a free pass. Mine will be turkey & dressing with plenty of gravy. MMM!
Enjoy!

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 12/12/2012 2:19PM

    emoticon Love a bit of humor! Good way to make a point.

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BESCATS 12/12/2012 2:15PM

    Let's face it, you just know how to write a blog. I think you could write about anything, even taxes. emoticon
Have a great "pig out" day at Christmas. I'm sure we will all be right there with you. emoticon How can you count calories, and really enjoy your day ?
Another great blog !!!!


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SPECIALGURL7 12/12/2012 1:58PM

    Gotcha!

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EPATTEN79 12/12/2012 1:49PM

    I'm with you. Christmas day is the day I eat chocolate from sun up to sun down. I'll get back on track the 26th.

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LSIG14 12/12/2012 12:49PM

  Delightful blog! Enjoy your Christmas pig out - and get right back on the yellow Ferrari afterwards. In the meantime - Keep blogging!

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JOYFULSONG45 12/12/2012 12:24PM

    emoticon Sounds like what I plan to do but Texas style.

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CAROLJEAN64 12/12/2012 11:40AM

    You have a wonderful approachable writing style. Keep the blogs coming. As for the "Fat Inspector" ..... I'm thinking he's a little like Santa and seems to get to every house no matter what... however, 2 dyas will not leave him much to collect!


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ILIKETOZUMBA 12/12/2012 11:10AM

    LOL.

Sounds like some yummy food! Though I've never had duck.

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    You go girl!

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MOMOSG 12/12/2012 10:22AM

    Tee Hee!

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BANDMOM2012 12/12/2012 10:18AM

    Such wisdom in your planning :) Wishing you success!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Yes Christmas eating is going to be a challenge. Have already had one Christmas supper and 2 more to go. Not good. I know I am going to slip, but I am going to try my best to stay on track. I have to keep the stress level down as chocolate is my comfort food. I have to keep telling myself I don't need the crutch I can do this. YES I CAN.


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TATTER3 12/12/2012 10:17AM

    You sent me over the cliff with this!!! LOVE your writing! Keep Sparkin'!!

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MICKEYH 12/12/2012 10:06AM

    Eggs Benedict for breakfast is sounds good to me too on Christmas morning. Thanks for the idea.

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MOMMY445 12/12/2012 9:57AM

    what a fabulous blog! thanks for sharing!

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    You don't quit!

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