The A to Z of me

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while because a few months ago I decided that an A to Z of me was kind of a fun idea. I’ve noticed in the last week though that this concept is actually a bit of an internet meme at the moment – but I had the idea first, I swear!

So here’s some randoms from me to you. It’s a been awhile, no?

Apples on an empty stomach make me feel really sick

Books and blogs are two of my favourite things in life

Coffee time is my favourite part of every morning

Dresses are my least favourite item of clothing

Editing is something I do a lot at work

Finlay is the name I’m going to call my Son one day. Don’t steal it!

Golf, in my opinion, is the world’s most boring sport

Holidays are something I really wish I had to look forward to right now

Ian is the best thing about my life

J is naturally my favourite letter in the alphabet

Knick knacks are things I really don’t like having around my place

Laughter is the sound I love most in the world

Magical Mr. Mistoffelees is a song from Cats that often gets stuck in my head!

Noob is my favourite word. Ever.

Observant is something I’d like to think I am

Pump classes are making me feel really energised and strong right now

Quirks are my favourite things to discover about people

Ranunculus are my favourite flower

Spring cleaning and furniture shopping is what Ian and I will be doing this long weekend

Tiramisu is my favourite dessert. I’m also a fan of citrus tarts.

Umbrellas aren’t something I care much about using. I like to get wet now and again.

Volunteering is something I don’t  have time for. I like to give money instead

Work is consuming my life right now

Xian is one of the best cities I’ve ever been to

Yabby fishing is something Ian’s family introduced me to and I love it!

Zebras and giraffes always make me think about what a great artist God is.

Scaring myself silly

I’ve been reading crime novels of late. And it’s a really bad idea. Combined with all the things I now know are possible after watching three seasons of Fringe, my mind can sometimes go a little crazy.

Take the other night when I was home alone and accidentally knocked Ian’s tooth brush off the bench. It started to move along the floor and make seriously weird sounds. Naturally this led to me flying into our bedroom and dive bombing under the covers.

I was quite sure that the tooth brush was giving me a heads up that Zombies were about to take over the earth or that people from an alternate universe were going to quarantine us in Amber.

I lay in bed panicking, wishing I had my phone with me, absolutely willing Ian to come home with all of my mind, hoping that five years of marriage had created some kind of telepathy that we just hadn’t tapped into yet.

When I finally heard his key in the lock I almost cried with joy! I heard him walk towards our room, pausing outside the bathroom door to no doubt also be confronted with the possessed toothbrush.

As the door of our bedroom flew open, I jumped out of bed to quickly grab him, pull him under the covers and hopefully save his life. But he just looked at me confused.

‘Why the hell is my electric toothbrush on the floor?’ he asked. ‘With all that vibrating, the battery’s surely going to run out’.

Hmm. Overthinker, much?

Jamie Oliver’s cheesy Italian baked mushrooms

I think I’ve probably made this dish for everyone I know. Here’s the adapted recipe, as requested :)


– 8 slices of ciabatta bread
– 2 cloves of garlic
– 1 chilli
–  8 rashes of chopped bacon
– A few sprigs of thyme
– 300gms of mushrooms – use as many different kinds as you can find!
– 100gms of mozzarella
– Olive oil.


1) Chargrill the bread in a large pan.  Once it’s cooled, tear it into pieces and toss it into a bowl.
2) Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius.
3) Crush the garlic and add to the bread.
4) Chop the chilli and add to the bread mixture. Mix it all around and get the lovely flavours going.
5) Add the bacon.
6) Pull off all the thyme leaves, then add to the bowl.
7) Tear all the mushrooms into bite sized pieces, add to the mixture.
8) Add a few tablespoons of good quality olive oil, toss the mixture, then place into a baking dish.
9) Cover the dish with some extra thyme and a few big pieces of mozzarella cheese.
10) Bake at 160 degrees celsius for about  20-30 minutes until the cheese has melted and the mushrooms are soft.