Archive for April, 2008

I don’t know if it’s the fault of too much Blue’s Clues, but Beetle does love to allude to her desires, rather than asking directly. See if you can guess what she is requesting in the following (real) examples:

(Select the hidden text between the A and the following “|” to read the answer)

Q1: But Daddy, I want something that is brown, for eating, that isn’t sauce.

A1: Chocolate|

Q2: I want someone who wears a hat in a buggy, and takes it off, and won’t keep a hat on, in the highchair

A2: Billie (babysister)|

Q3: I want something to drink that’s orange

A3: Orange juice carton|

Q4: I want someone to draw the styles that has whiskers

A4: Daddy|

Q5: I want something white that comes in a dish

A5: Sour cream|

Q6: Mummy, can I have something lellow on my finger, to lick?

A6: Butter which I’m currently spreading|

Q7: I want something that is orange and that is food. (me: *gets a carrot out of fridge*. Beetle *clarifies*: I want something that is a circle and is orange)

A7: Persimmon |

Q8: I want something that is brown and that is not for on toast, and has a semi-circle top

A8: Muffin |


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The Funky Monkeys

We got to go to a rock_and_roll_concert today, me and Beetle. I was checking out the news about the movies opening at Albany and I saw that there was a Family Fun Day, featuring the The Funky Monkeys! and a Pirate Show!

The Monkey’s “Christmas in the Summertime” was playing heaps during toddler TV time at Christmas:

and we (okay, me) were quite excited to see them playing. So we trundled along, just me and the big girl. I was a bit nervous that it would be really, really crowded at the mall, but in fact the Sky City Cinemas foyer was pretty quiet. They didn’t seem to have any posters up around the mall advertising the awesomeness held within Sky City, which was a pity.

We arrived right in time to sit down at the edge of the rope that marked out the stage, scored a fancy pencil each, and bopped along to the Funky Monkeys. Beetle refused to get up and dance, so the whole Funky Monkey Exercise routine was a bit embarassing, right there in the front row with her all eyebrows and crossed arms.

The show was good fun, we loved the big bubbles, and at the end we went up and bought a copy of their DVD, which we had autographed. The Funky Monkeys are touring at the moment (Whangarei, Hamilton and Tauranga in the next week) so we were lucky to see them for free.

There were face-painters and balloon-hat guys too, so we had a turn at each of those too. Someone was handing out lollipops, but Beetle complained that there was “lemony” on top of the red and white striped part of them. So we stopped at Eve’s Pantry for an animal biscuit and a coffee, then headed home to show off all our balloon-bedecked, rainbow cheek’ed glory.Rainbow cheeks

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Soya Roast Potatoes

Soya potatoes

This is my mum’s recipe. They are so delicious, slightly caramalised with some crispy crunchy bits. You wouldn’t think that tiny cubes of potato would take 40 minutes to roast in a hot oven, but give them a chance because that is what makes them so fantastic.

We like them with cold ham, pineapple rings and coleslaw or salad, and eat a whole kg’s worth of potatoes, because they are great, and we are greedy.  The recipe is very popular with my girls (1 & 3).

Soya Roast Potatoes

  • 1 kg potatoes, diced into 1.5cm (ish) cubes (we leave them unpeeled but you can peel them if you like)
  • 2 T soya sauce
  • 1 T vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 t grated ginger or 1/2 t dried ginger
  1. Preheat oven to 200° C.
  2. Mix soya sauce, oil, garlic, and ginger.
  3. Spray roasting pan with non-stick spray and put cubed potatoes in pan.
  4. Pour over other ingredients and toss to combine.
  5. Roast for 40 minutes. Give them a stir every 15 minutes so they get evenly browned.

If you leave them a bit longer it’s fine, there will just be a few more crispy ones, and those ones are the best.

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For once there was a non-scam advertisement in the sidebar of Facebook: salefinder.co.nz lets you browse NZ junkmail catalogs online to see the specials. They’ve got some big brands – Farmers, Noel Leeming, Shoe Warehouse, Pascoes and so on. You don’t have to download hefty PDFs either, they’ve converted each item featured in the catalogs to a small image and text. Farmers probably doesn’t need to have its BIG ANZAC SALE items to have a gi-normous 518×387 green square to put 12 words on, as I’d like to be able to scroll through a bit faster than that.

I’ve been happy with the results of my NO JUNK MAIL sign on my letterbox, but from time to time I want to buy something at an actual shop and missed the catalogs, so this looks like a destination. Hopefully Briscoes and The Warehouse will get on board too.

You can sign up for email alerts but I’m not interested in junkmail in my inbox – I’ll go there when I need it. Wish they had an rss feed for the latest additions; I’d use that.

Update: The Warehouse has actually put their mailers online on their own website, and done a nice job with it.

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ANZAC biscuits

ANZAC biscuits

I made Anzac biscuits on Anzac day. We invited round friends, Bear made coffee, and we had a lovely, lovely afternoon.

We are lucky.

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I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to discover They Might Be Giants.

I bought their second children’s album, Here Come the ABCs, last year, and we all really enjoyed the DVD that came with it. Here Come the 123’s is even better, especially since it includes a video for my favourite song from the previous album, Seven Days of the Week (I never go to work):

So catchy and funny, and I love the animation there. Beetle (3 and a half) recognises the “actions” (that’s instructions to the rest of us) but complains vehemently that it is NOT much too late on Saturday.

We also sing along loudly to the other “Seven” song:

I ordered their first kids’ album ‘No!’ at the same time as Here come the 123’s and have been listening to that one in the car as well.

And so now I’ve been looking at their back catalog listening to Birdhouse in your Soul about a hundred times and I have been totally retconning the music back into the past 15 years or so of my life, because it should have been there this whole time.

And while we’re at it, here is Steve Burns (the original host of Blues Clues) covering their song “Dead”:

thus providing a nearly full loop through some of my Favourite Things:

Steve Burns (we love Steve Burns) as Steve on Blues Clues, then as Steve the rock star (slight detour because his website was built by Paul Ford, and we love his Ftrain dot com) => They Might be Giants (appeared on Blues Clues in episode “Bluestock“) => TMBG collaborating with the Brothers Chaps all.the.time inside and outside of Homestar runner. And they are making a game for the wii and PC, a Strongbad Cool Game for Attractive People, with the Sam & Max guys, and my head a splode.

You know the other day, I was sitting at a kindy committee meeting, and we were talking about their web filtering, and one of the teachers mentioned how she accidentally found something embarrassing while searching for the ERO report on a local school? See, I thought that would be a good time to mention that I accidentally found a repository of fan fiction dedicated to Anthony Field, the blue-skivvie’d member of The Wiggles.

But I don’t think they believed me it was an accident.

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Certainly I could write an incisive commentary about why a colouring competition, for children, that comprises a cartoon image of thin women in their huge old fatty-pants (technical term) isn’t helpful. I could mention the fact that the prize is a 3-month gym membership, as a Mother’s Day Gift, and that might not be altogether appropriate or, I would expect, particularly welcome. I could even allude to the impact of mothers’ attitudes to fat, diets and weight loss, and how that can affect young girls’ attitudes to their own growing bodies.

But what the hell, it is more fun to just jump on the FAIL bandwagon.

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