Friday, March 13, 2009

I blame the leprechaun for the missing posts...

So if I borrow a cute background "a la Kimi," I guess I better put an actual post on my blog! How in the world did 2 months pass so quickly?

What's new? I'm back from Oz and surprisingly, I still really enjoy my job and plan on keeping with it. I'm not even itching to do anything new, although getting a permanent position in Sydney would be nice. :)

I had a great time in Australia as was to be expected. Besides working with 200+ students, I also spent time with my colleagues who are based in Sydney. It was a nice mix of being really busy and stressed and then having a few hours here and there to sit by the Harbour, eat a baquette, sip on an Orangina and watch boats come in and out. Or catching up with Ken's old friend, dining on 1 kilo of prawns early in the morning and chatting about this and that. Then there was the delicious Japanese food available near the student's hotel. I really love Sydney. It's an amazing city.



Being back with Ken in the States is great too, though. We haven't done anything very exciting as of late, but we're ready for some great weather. This weekend I'm at home dog-sitting The Izzy and have plenty of time on my hands. I'm going to start planning our first-ever herb/easy veggie garden. I'm thinking ... Basil.... Cilantro... Tomatoes... hot peppers.... But what other herbs? Anyone had any success with anything? Remember, we're dealing with a small little deck off of an apartment.

We've been spending a lot of time at a local cafe, eavesdropping on conversations and drinking lukewarm coffee. The evenings are spent watching Rambo and weirdo documentaries. Is warm weather on the way or what?!

I've been updating my 101 list here and there and am crossing off some more items soon, including the slumber party one, the dress-up dinner (thanks to 1/2 gift certificates through the radio), some more recipes, and maybe breakfast with Grandpa this weekend. I'm going to try some Irish soda bread this weekend, I think, as a test run. If it works, I'll make it again for Tuesday.

This was a random entry.

7 comments:

Carly said...

Ooooh herbs. I just talked to my dad about starting them from seed. But I might wait until the Farmer's market sells them. We should go together - sometimes they come in multiples.

Anyhow, I despise cilantro. Once it starts blooming there is no way to stop it (even if you cut off the blooms each day). The the rest of the plant dies.

The patio tomato plants didn't do too well, but I think they needed more light (you definitely have that).

All my other herbs/hot peppers were perfectly happy in long planters :)

Juhi R said...

hi Rach! good to hear from you again!

I was thinking... how about mint? Its one of my fav herbs.. out here it grows fast enough to be used by the handful twice a week, but not so much that its uncontrolable.. donno about your weather tho...

keep writing! :) missed you back there...

laura said...

I tried to grow herbs from seeds and it was a no-go. I tried to grow herbs it little pots and that didn't work. I bought an big herb pot with assorted herbs from the local shop and it made it through the whole winter!

Amy said...

Try mint. I agree with Juhi. How about oregano? Rosemary?

Rachel said...

What do you use mint for? Making water taste nice?

I'm thinking that rosemary could be on the list, although I'm not a huge fan. Oregano...good idea.

So, Carly, I shouldn't do cilantro? It's so cheap in the grocery store anyways....

Anyone see those hanging upside down tomato plant things on the infomercials?! Those tomatoes look amazing! Wonder if it works....

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