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15 Sep, 2008

monday meandering me

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

– I’ve run out of frozen berries, so today’s smoothie is an unmeasured mixture of green tea, fresh pears, cucumber, sweetened plain yogurt, ice cubes, ground flax and honey. I wasn’t sure if I was going to regret the addition of cucumber, but it was surprisingly refreshing.

– It’s cold today! I need new slippers. Slippers are the new cool. Did you know that?

– I plugged in ye ol’ litebook this morning. I needed something to light my fire today.

– Mark and I made a BIG purchase this weekend. More on that later, but I will say this: I am incredibly excited. It’s a big blog post in itself. Anyone care to guess?

I am keeping this short because my pile o’work is about *this* high and my week is shaping up to be a busy one.

What it is about September?

11 Responses to "monday meandering me"

1 | The Veg Next Door

September 15th, 2008 at 12:23 pm


A BIG purchase, eh? Is it a house, cottage or car? Looking forward to hearing the news.

That’s some weather…Steaming hot yesterday and chilly today.

2 | andrea

September 15th, 2008 at 1:54 pm


lol – big, but not that big. ;)

3 | porter

September 15th, 2008 at 2:30 pm


Big purchase huh?


I know it’s not a dog. Hmmmm.

It’s already MID September, that’s what I am having a tough time believing.

Slippers are cool? Good cause I wear a big old pair that are like UGG boots…love them.

4 | J.

September 15th, 2008 at 3:23 pm


new fridge and stove?

5 | LO

September 15th, 2008 at 5:28 pm


I was gonna guess car but someone already did so I’m going to say a flat screen…….
or a beehive to make your own honey…….:)

7 | porter

September 15th, 2008 at 8:50 pm


I said bed…mattress was included in my guess…….just for the record!

8 | andrea

September 15th, 2008 at 9:27 pm


Not a cottage or a car.
No appliances.
Not a bed, or a mattress, although I would love a new one and unless Mark and I decided we’re going to buy one for Christmas it’s probably not going to happen this year.

Maybe I shouldn’t have used the word “big”? How big is big anyway. It’s big to me. It’s big because we’re going to have this for a long time. It’s big because we love it and it isn’t something we normally buy for ourselves.

Does anyone want to play twenty questions? I just gave you eight or nine freebies. :)

(I just can’t bring myself to tell unless I have a good pic. And I don’t have one yet. Yet.)

10 | andrea

September 16th, 2008 at 10:40 am


Nooo, not an aquarium!

11 | The Veg Next Door

September 16th, 2008 at 7:54 pm


A papisan (sp?) or some kind of lovechair.

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