Sunday, October 26, 2014
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Sleeping Beauty So Laura picked me up from work and we went to MK theatre to see the ballet. To be honest I did not really enjoy myself that much and it is probably not something that I would do again. All that said though I am still pleased that I did do it else I would never know, you can read more here. Read the Full Story
A Beautiful Day When I booked the holiday and told Laura about it one of the things that I told her we would do was to go on a pirate cruise in the Tampa bay and so I obviously did not want to let her down. Captain Memo's Pirate cruise is a great attraction leaving from Clearwater Marina and offers cruises throughout the day, the one that we opted for was the sunset cruise. Allowing us to watch the sun go down from a boat in the Tampa Bay. Read the Full Story
The Kick is Good So I finally got to see my team play live and it was a really good experience. There were a large number of Redskins fans who had traveled down to the game and so I didn't feel that I stood out in the crowd. The tailgate was crazy and seemed to go as far as the eye could see in every direction. It was a complete scorcher of a day and the game was really good. Skins rushed off to a strong early lead before some poor kicking allowed the Bucs to close the gap in the second half. The game winning field goal came with just 7 seconds to go. Read the Full Story
Service This meal was a truly brilliant way for Laura and I to start out holiday. Out into Tampa and to a lovely restaurant with a brilliant atmosphere. If I lived locally I would more than likely be going there all the time and taking along visitors to the area as well. The food and the atmosphere were brilliant and the service was top drawer so he earned himself the 100% tip. You can read a little more about it over here. Read the Full Story
Photography So I have reached the end of another task, I have to admit that that feels pretty good to be crossing another one off of the list and also to keep up the recent good progress. The one thing that is a little weird is that I don't have to take a photo every day anymore. Some days I would naturally be taking a photo anyway, but on a normal day at work in the week it was sometimes difficult to find the time to snap a photo. Read the Full Story
A Technicality? I am going to count it and that is all that really matters. Laura and I have bought the new car together and I am going to be getting a car that I have access to use so for me it is as good as having bought a car. Would I have liked a newer larger car? yes I would, however, at the end of the day I am delighted to have Ally back and given our current financial situation it is a much more viable option. Read the Full Story
First Crop So a very happy day but unfortunately a little less colour will now appear in the bay window. I decided that the day had finally come to take two chillis off one of my Hungarian chilli plants. They were the first ones to come through and raced to ripeness when we got back from Liverpool. I have loved seeing them in the window when I get home from work and they always get comments from visitors to the house. Read the Full Story
Moving on Up So I am lucky enough to have been offered a position at a dynamic up and coming organisation. I will be supporting software that looks really impressive and I am very eager to get to grips with from the back end. The staff, including my future manager, who I met at interview were really nice and from first impressions I feel that I will fit in with the company well. Just need to get through the final stages in my current role and I start a fresh in a very exciting environment. Read the Full Story
Toasted! One other really good fun thing that came out of the BBQ was that we managed to get the firebowl up and running and then as part of that we were able to toast some marshmallows. It was nice to be able to get the fire going and Mark and Peachey managed to get a pretty impressive fire straight off the bat. One we had a nice burn going on later in the evening it not only kept the patio nice and warm but toasted the mallows perfectly. More info here. Read the Full Story
New World Record So the Olympics has now come and gone but Laura and I were lucky enough to get down to the Olympic Park and see everything that it had to offer. It was a just magical day and I will never forget seeing Mo win his second gold or the Jamaican's beating the world record while we were there watching. I guess we didn't quite realise the magnitude of it all at the time, but it was beyond belief. You can read my whole review of the memorable day / evening here. Read the Full Story
Miscellaneous

#81 Host one dinner party a month

Happy Birthday to Me

OK so one of those oddities in life that every so often you are going to end up cooking your own birthday dinner. This year was one of those occasions, we invited the my parents over for dinner and we had Andy staying already so it was a nice small gathering. I had a hand of pork in the freezer that we had got from Fiona's in Wales earlier in the year so it seemed like a good time to cook it. It was in the oven for over 8 hours by the time that I served it and it tasted just lovely. We served it with seasonal veg which all went down a treat.

 
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#25 Make 10 different types of pasta from scratch

Spinach & Ricotta Tortelinni

So if you are following this blog in order this will not be the biggest surprise to you but as part of the dinner that I cooked for our (not so) murder mystery night, I made some pasta. This time I opted for the fairly simple spinach and ricotta toretellini. I made the filling following the filling part of this recipe from the BBC website and then made the pasta using my normal pasta recipe which is detailed here.

 
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#81 Host one dinner party a month

Not So Murder Mystery

So we had arranged for Kelly & Ben and Amy & Peachey to come over for dinner so that we could see them all, have some wine and good food and throughout the meal we would be abel to play a murder mystery game. Unfortuantely Amy was not well on the day of the party and so we had to cancel the Murder mystery element of the dinner party, we did, however, carry on with dinner and have a nice evening. Dinner for 5 is actually pretty comfy in our house which is good and I tried to plan a menu that would be easy enough to cook while playing so it became a pretty easy menu to serve as well.

 
Food / Drink

#30 Taste and review a new cider every fortnight *

Magners Pear and Ginger

So another cider today, this time was an offering by Magners "Pear and Ginger". I am pretty sure that someone bought me this cider as a gift buy I am struggling immediately to remember who it was. One of the first issues with the drink is that it is not particularly pear flavoured. Part of the issue here might be that pear is a pretty soft flavour while ginger is quite a strong flavour; all of this probably means that the drinks isn't going to taste how you expect it to.

 
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#59 Go to the Ballet *

Theater Trip

So just a week and a half after starting my new job and Laura and I were off to the theatre to see Sleeping Beauty, a trip that I had booked back in February. Now it was a slightly different logistical confusion as I was in MK already for work and Laura would be in Northampton. I decided it best that I get the train to work and then Laura picked me up at the office before we went to the theatre. We stopped off for dinner at the Slug and Lettuce on the way before finally making our way to the theatre.

 

 
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#30 Taste and review a new cider every fortnight *

Angry Orchard Apple Ginger Cider

So the final night of our holiday in America and I had thought that it would be good to go out to a restaurant that is nice and close to the hotel. The nicest option that was nearby seemed to be the Rusty Pelican at the bottom of rocky point. In reality the biggest issue was that there was no nice way for us to get there. We had to walk down the road and it was really quite dark with no pavement.

 
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#55 Visit 33 Museums or Art Galleries

Ringling Museum

So having visited the best beach in America we were down in Sarasota and decided that it would be nice to visit the Ringling Museum. It was pretty easy to find which was good and there was plenty of parking for the mustang. It was not a particularly cheap museum to get into, I would probably go as far as to say it was actually expensive. None the less we were eager to get in there and have a look around.

 
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#55 Visit 33 Museums or Art Galleries

Salvidore Dali Museum

Another very stunning day in Florida and the start of a new week. Laura and I got up and had our morning swim before heading out in the car to neighbouring St Petersburg. It was about half an hours drive from the hotel and it was all easy rolling on the highway. The sun was shining and it was really nice, we came into town past Tropicana Field way the Rays play and eventually made our way to the Salvidore Dali Museum.

 

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