In an attempt to breathe a bit of life into this poor blog, I’ve decided to try and post something funny I found around t’internet on a Friday. I don’t want to call it Funny Friday or Friday Funnies coz, like…. *rolls eyes* But, Friday and funny do kind of go together. It’s alliteration, innit.
So, for the inaugural Thing on a Friday What Made Me Laugh Throughout This Week Coz It Was Funny post, here’s The Best of Murray Hewitt. Arguably the best character in Flight of the Conchords.
No, seriously. I remember trying my first oreo cookie. After all the hype in US pop culture about these biscuits, I was expecting some amazing culinary experience. Then I tried one and was more disappointed than I ever had been in a biscuit. I thought, “Ughh, it’s not even as good as a chocolate bourbon!” (Mind you, a bourbon is a pretty good biscuit.) I also hated the ads on Australian tv. A syrupy showcase of a little kid talking to his puppy, “Chocolate’s not good for dogs… But you can have the rest of my milk.”
But then I saw this saccharine monstrosity on Twitter this morning. What were they thinking?
I had absolutely no idea who/what Owl City is. But then I came across this parody video.
It made me laugh. And know that I don’t need to know who/what Owl City is.
Yes, I’m still here. Back from a one week holiday with my family and friends in Scotland and all fresh and raring to go, powered by stealing cuddles from my gorgeous niece and nephew, Hannah and Liam (will put some photos in a private post for my long-time reader(s))
I just wanted to share a couple of little things I’ve seen around t’internet over the past few days.
First up, this lovely time lapse video of Zürich which I found in Facebook.
Then, this Sad Cat Diary which is very funny, even if you don’t like cats. Like me.
And one more video which I found while I was looking for a video of pine martens online. You see, when I went out for a walk with my mate this morning, we took our usual route and while headed down the hill, saw a furry, substantially-sized thing bouncing about in the long grass beside us. It was too big to be a mouse, too bouncy to be a rat (also- ewwwww!), too hidey to be a cat and too small to be one of the cows. My pal mentioned it might be a marten of some description. I searched for martens online to see how they move, see if they have a bouncy action, and I found this:
They do! And I really think that’s what we saw this morning. How exciting.
(List of wildlife I’ve seen in the Village of the Damned: Foxes, deer, grey herons, red kites, buzzards, badger(that was very exciting), and now a marten.)
Nüsslisalat, or Lamb’s Lettuce, as I knew it BS (that’s Before Switzerland. Well, it is now.) is a great favourite with the Swiss. Every now and then big bags of it will be on special at Coop and you see it in everyone’s trolley. It’s traditionally a food for Boxing Day, as far as I can make out too, which I find a bit strange- a salad in the middle of winter.
But anyway, I never really knew what to do with it until Patrick invited his dad and me to Easter Brunch (that’s another Swiss thing- “invited” means they’re paying) at his fancy* restaurant. There was Nüsslisalat on the cold brunch buffet (along with smoked salmon, salad nicoise, prawn cocktail, celeriac salad and a load of other lovely things made by Patrick himself, as the cold kitchen chef.) Patrick was serving at the cold buffet and when I asked him for some Nüsslisalat, he asked, “Do you want everything that goes with that?” I took everything that makes up a proper Swiss Nüsslisalat dish and it was delicious. Here’s a very simple recipe so you can try it too.
1 bag Nüsslisalat/Lamb’s Lettuce/I think it might be Mache in the USA
Roughly chopped hard-boiled egg
I emptied the bag of lettuce into a bowl and sprinkled the croutons, bacon and egg over the top. Then add dressing. Perfect for summer, I reckon.
In other news, we might have some quite exciting news to share soon and I still don’t know what’s wrong with my protected posts.
* as in the restaurant he works in. Not, well, you know…..
And another one bites the dust. This blanket is for James. It’s the same size as Ewan’s (big enough to throw over a single bed but not big enough to tuck in or anything) and James picked the colours. Well, he picked “black and purple” and I decided to go with a little more. But he’s still happy. It’s purple, lilac, grey and black (acrylic, so it can get chucked in the washing machine) and I think it works quite well.
I’m currently between knitting projects. I think Patrick’s girlfriend would like me to knit her a blanket next but I just haven’t seen the colours I’d like to do it as yet. Patrick can’t make up his mind.- I’m happy enough to keep going with this blankie pattern; it’s easy enough for my limited brain capacity yes interesting enough to hold my attention. However, Ewan has asked if I would ever try to knit him a jumper! Yikes! That’s, like, proper knitting. If anyone can point me in the direction of a plain-ish, v-neck for dummies, please do.
Crocheted Cowl Scarf
In crochet news, look what I did! Last Friday I had a stitch & bitch session with my friend India (Hi India!) and she taught me to crochet this ripple pattern. I had actually bought these wool blend colours with the idea of knitting/crocheting) it into a (huge) blanket/bedspread for my own bed. India wisely asked me if I’d like to start with a scarf first, to get used to the stitches and to tattoo the pattern onto my brain. Of course, she was right and I’ve managed to make myself this lovely warm cowl scarf which will be perfect for walking around the Village of the Damned next winter. I’m still working on my granny squares from last month, about half way through a big blanket with them. Mr Mac asked me the other day if there are any other techniques of tying yarn into knots to make things that I need to learn. I told him no but I just remembered lace-making.