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Florentines, approx. [DATE: %%]
[ mood | exhausted ]

Oven at 180oC

90g butter
3/4 cup sugar (I think we eventually did half this)

- melt in double boiler, stir until well combined.


120g currants
90g cranberries
90g figs (~7)
120g slivered almonds (inclined to think we doubled this)
40g pecans (think we doubled this too - probably 100g)

Chop cranberries and figs (~ currant sized), mix fruit and nuts all together, and toss with

2tbs of flour (30g)

Take pan off heat, stir in
pinch of salt
2 tbsp double cream

Stir all together, make into little biscuits, or a slice, or whatever seems to work. USE SILICON BAKING MATS. The sugar/butter combination forms a penetrating, potent cement in conjunction with baking paper.

Aldi 40% 200g block + 2 x 70-80% 100g blocks seems to be the right ratio of chocolate (1:1).



Trying to have a kid put on further hold since the ectopic in November; did our karyotyping bloodtests today. + 6 weeks.

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[DATE: %%]
[ mood | tired ]

 I never thought I'd make it to 25.


I did fill in the 2014 in review at the end of 2014 - I think I was in Budapest at the time, and it was approximately Christmas. It didn't post, though, so I'll try again, but for 'partway through 2015'.

1. What did you do in 2014 that you'd never done before?
Traveled alone. Spent lots of time with myself, out and about.

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Certainly didn't manage to leave the house each day. Aiming to play piano more now it's arrived. Daily is the goal, but weekly is realistic.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? 
Yes. That was difficult.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Nanna H still feels recent, but the two year anniversary is on Mothers Day this year. That's also the one year miscarriage anniversary, so at least my absolute reluctance to go makes some logical sense.

5. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
As last year, an addition to our family. More of a routine would be nice too. I was getting one going before Festival, but my sleep and energy patterns have changed now, and I haven't caught up to what works yet.

6. What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Days, rather than dates. Losses, learning I was pregnant, mum's cancer, meeting dad's new partner.

7. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Traveling. I got from Berlin to Krakow on my own, with my own bag, and I felt capable. That was pretty awesome. I started just trusting things would work out - I had bought an emergency KitKat as dinner, and just hoped things in Krakow would fall into place. Turns out they did, and G was wondering if I was still the same person.

8. What was your biggest failure?
A lack of faith in myself.

9. Did you suffer illness or injury?
LOL. I have that diagnosis I was after last year, though, and several others to go with it.

10. What was the best thing you bought?
Other than flights? I got a nice ring from Gdansk, and that chair on Monday!

11. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, medical expenses, travel. Also food.

12. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I was really excited about Festival 2015, the weather put a bit of a damper on that. It also took us a few days for some members of the campsite to 'realise' we were camping there, but once we'd all worked out who was who it was quite nice
The Bialowiezia forest and the Vienna cemetery were some of my highlights of the trip. I saw snow fall from the sky. I saw different kinds of snow fall from the sky. I understood that some snow was good for making snowmen, and some was not. SNOW.

13. What song(s) will always remind you of 2014?
Teen Idle - Mariana and the Diamonds; There She Goes - The La's; Sights (especially the Andy C remix) - London Grammar; The Hanging Tree (from Mockingjay (Hunger Games)?); Take Me to Church - Hozier; OneDirection - 18 and Live While We're Young; Taylor Swift - Shake it Off and Blank Space; Riptide - Vance Joy. Radioactive - Imagine Dragons.

Music is one of the things I feel like I was missing in 2014, and I've really been making up for that over the last 9 months or so.

14. Compared to this time last year, you are:
More cautious.

15. What do you wish you'd done more of?
 
Handwriting/calligraphy, being outdoors, interesting cooking. Identical to last year.

16. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Flopping in front of the internet, rather than a notebook. Identical to last year.

17. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Mariana and the Diamonds.

18. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Nothing I can think of. Possibly nothing, actually.

19. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
It would be really nice to have a social work-y job. I guess that's why I've picked up the volunteering this year.

20. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?

Still Nana clothes. I did buy some new ones online while I was away, though. Trying to go back to the black a bit, but I mostly got purple.

21. What kept you sane?
Distance, and G. As last year. Also, going away. I've not been seriously depressed (except after work, like clockwork) since we got back from Europe, so that really helped too.

22. What political issue stirred you the most?
. Head in sand.

23. Who did you miss?

Mum.

24. Who was the best new person(s) you met?
The couchsurfers who stayed with us here, and who hosted me/us while we were away (one of them was even the same person, and that was so good).

25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014:
Often, I actually can. I have lots of feelings, and that's okay. Sometimes they are even predictable. Sometimes predictable things alleviate them too.


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[DATE: %%]
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1. What did you do in 2013 that you'd never done before?
Moved into my/our own place, made pickles, lots of public speaking (willingly, too), made a terrarium.

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't usually do resolutions. Last year I was trying to do one nice thing for myself each day (at least), and didn't manage that. This year I hope to leave the house at least once each day. Maybe 50% success rate so far?

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? 
Nope. I guess that's a relief, in some ways.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Nanna H.

5. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
An addition to our family; a diagnosis.

6. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Nothing too specific this year. 24, 26th November and 9th December from last year.

7. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Hard to decide between making this place liveable before we moved in, getting it to a pleasant state, or getting a job.

8. What was your biggest failure?
Not managing to do something nice for myself each day.

9. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing different to usual (tired and sore). Diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency; no apparent thyroid problems; possible genetic issue, but I don't have the results from that test yet. My sister tested positive at the end of 2013 though.

10. What was the best thing you bought?
Laptop

11. Where did most of your money go?
Rent/bills, food, clothes. Nothing particularly exciting beyond dresses and bras that fit.

12. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Bra fitting! Going on holidays! Pickles! BEING FINISHED WITH MY DEGREE OFFICIALLY!!1!eleventy!

13. What song(s) will always remind you of 2013?
Cups - Anna Kendrick (When I'm Gone); Royals - Lorde; Miley Cyrus generally - Jolene, Wrecking Ball, We Can't Stop; Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke; Lana Dey Rey generally, especially Summertime Sadness, Bel Air, and Young and Beautiful.

14. Compared to this time last year, you are:

15. What do you wish you'd done more of?
 
Handwriting/calligraphy, being outdoors, interesting cooking.

16. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Flopping in front of the internet, rather than a notebook.

17. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Nothing this year, really. Getting more into Lana Dey Rey and Tom Dickins.

18. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
23. Nothing I can think of. Dinner with my mother, sister, and G at her local Japanese restaurant.

19. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Being on speaking terms with my father? Knowing what on earth was going on there would be good. Seeing friends. Leaving the house. Maybe even leaving the house to see friends.

20. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?

Clothes. On. Nana-clothes. Probably because I got a bunch of Nanna's clothes from her in the first six months of the year.

21. What kept you sane?
Distance, and G.

22. What political issue stirred you the most?
The election, conservatives, and people who decided Abbott was better than the alternative.

23. Who did you miss?

Friends.

24. Who was the best new person(s) you met?
The WordPress community. They're pretty cool.

25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013:
I got much better at working out what I had the energy for, and scheduling around it. I also learned that I can pull on future spoons if they are really necessary.

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