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Priority Shipment Next Time, Okay?

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Somewhere between the time from clicking the "Order" button at the Amazon website to the time when I hold the last shipment of my previous orders in my hands, I will swear to myself that the next order with Amazon will be on Priority Shipment.

But after waiting for five weeks of waiting for my latest order, instead of a DHL courier man knocking on my door, I found myself queuing up at my local post office with a "Notice To Take Delivery" card in my hand.

So much for trying to save that additional U$25.00.



And the other lesson that I learnt was never collect bulky book orders on my way to work. These hardcovers provided real challenge for my nonexistant arm muscles and good entertainment for the few workers sitting by the roadside for a mid-morning break as I struggle all the way from the post office to the car on my heels.

Next time, I will order on Priority Shipment!

More From My Mailbox

In case you have not seen this ...

There was this guy from some country who we will not mention, who applied to a medical school to become a doctor, but did not make it.
Here's why...
These were the answers he wrote in his entrance exam.
Antibody - against everyone Artery - The study of the paintings. Bacteria - back door to a cafeteria. Caesarean section - a district in Rome. Cardiology - advance study of poker playing. Cat scan - searching for lost kitty. Chronic - neck of a crow. Coma - punctuation mark. Cortisone - area around local court. Cyst - short for sister. Diagnosis - person with slanted nose. Dilate - the late British Princess Diana. Dislocation - in this place. Duodenum - couple in blue jeans. nema - not a friend. Fake labour - pretending to work. Genes - blue denim. Hernia - she is close by. Impotent - distinguished/ well known. Labour pain - hurt at work. Lactose - people without toes. Lymph - walk unsteadily. Microbes - small dressing gown. Obesity - city of Obe. Pac…

From My Mailbox

While cleaning up my mailbox, I found this email in it. I have no idea who sent it on to me but I sure found myself laughing when I read it.

1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE. "If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."
2. My mother taught me RELIGION. "You better pray that will come out of the carpet."
3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL. "If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"
4. My mother taught me LOGIC. "Because I said so, that's why."
5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC. "If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."
6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT. "Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."
7. My mother taught me IRONY. "Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."
8. My mother taught me about the sci…

New Plants For The Planter

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It has been a long time since my planter had some decent looking plants. Most of the previous batches are either dead or half dead. My planter is just too hot for most plants. Even the rosemary which I had thought would not mind the heat.

When I got to the nursery, I had initially wanted to pick up a pot of Thai basil for cooking. That's it. Just a pot of Thai basil. Seriously. And then they placed these beautiful pots of little flowers just at the entrance and they were so pretty that I couldn't stop myself. I know I will surely kill them within the month, but Hubby said that it is still cheaper than buying me a bouquet of flowers. Sigh ... So these fellows came home with me.



Just look at the bunch of them! They simply brighten up the whole planter and makes me smile every morning when I water them before heading out of the door.



I am still no wiser about how to take care of these plants except that I need to water it twice a day cos they are very heavy drinker. So I will hav…

Sunset

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This is one of my favourite time of the day.

At sunset, the wind feels cooler and that makes me feel much better about the world.

At sunset, I know that I can put off till tomorrow doing anything that takes too long.

At sunset, I look forward to diving into bed soon to rest my tired bones.

The other is at sunrise, but I don't usually wake up early enough to catch it. For that I am thankful. But I can already foresee that it will soon come to an end when our little princess heads off for formal schooling.

Tuna Sandwich With Pesto And Avocado

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I know this looks more like a lunch sandwich than a breakfast sandwich.

But I didn't really feel like eating another cloyingly jam sandwich for another day. Work day morning rush calls for whatever that is expeditious. So weekend morning breakfasts are merely a function of how hard you want to work to make your breakfast an exceptional one.

And this morning, I decided that I will work that teeny bit harder by standing another 10 minutes in the kitchen assembling these sandwiches.



The bread was from the leftover of the manic/panic bread making session. The high butter content really comes through now that is toasted. It turns into this delicious golden brown without the need to apply butter to it. I like bread that saves me the hassle of buttering. I don't like to butter anybody's bread. Literally and figuratively speaking.

A generous spread of pesto, top with preferred greens, dollop a huge scoop of tuna (I had mixed it with some of the vinaigrette for Nicoise Salad) and a…

The Need To Proof

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I think I don't handle failure easily.

After chucking the brick of bread away, I stormed off to the nearest supermarket to pick up a new bag of flour and a new bottle of yeast. I need to prove to myself that I have lost the "brick touch". I am competitive in that sense, I suppose.



And I am happy to say here that I can still turn out decent soft and edible bread. The problem seems to be the flour. I had changed my bread flour previously. So much for premium bread flour. I think I will stick to the non-premium brand that I have been working with, thank you very much.



This sturdy loaf came from Sarabeth's Bakery - my latest Amazon purchase. Usually I am quite skeptical about Western breads as they tend to be too sturdy for my taste. I prefer the soft Asian bread, especially Japanese breads. But this Pain de Mie had a soft crust and an even softer crumb. I should be making this more often.

You can find the recipe for the Pain de Mie here at Bake for Happy Kids.

Now, I ju…

A Brick Of Bread

That was what I turned out from my oven last night.
A brick of bread! Can you imagine that? I can't, but I am looking at it.
I thought that I had lost the "brick touch", but apparently I haven't.
My best friend used to joke that such bread if hurled against a wall, it will undoubtedly gouge a hole in it. And I think she was talking about the brick that is sitting on my table now.
I'm in disbelief.
I'm in shock.
I'm insulted by my own baking skills.
I'm reminded that bread making remains challenging in its own ways.