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I may be some time.

I would like to briefly affirm, for personal future reference, that the best way ever to get myself to eat is to so arrange things that I come home to the delicious smell of pumpkin ready to be mashed and have some coconut cream stirred in. Once it's heated again (in the slow cooker, I'm in no rush) I can eat with bread.

Also, in case anyone's curious, when one has some coconut cream left over, this does make a different but extremely serviceable substitute for milk in hot chocolate.


Oh and I may as well do another earthquake update.
  • The latest big one we had, I dutifully shifted out from among the bookshelves I was weeding but I only figured it for a 3.9; turns out it was a 5.2. I'm at the ehh, whatever stage.
  • I have my gasfire finally reinstalled, five months after they took the old one out to rebuild the (previously brick) fireplace and discovered it wasn't up to standard to put back in. So now I have heat again which is nice.
  • The Cathedral is to come down, which is sad and gives the city a bit of a dilemma about all its logos, but I do think that, in the absence of money from nowhere, it's the right decision. What I'm a little more distressed about, because my bus goes past it each day and it's the building where I had my first job ever, is the demolition of the old railway building. Again I'm sure it's the right decision and all. But I just have this conviction that this building is the only thing that separates the CBD from the southern suburbs and hills, and once it's demolished there'll be nothing to prevent the two realities from bleeding into each other in some vast Escherian nightmare of epic distortions. We have to do something! The very fabric of space-time is at stake!

    Although actually, as the bulldozers hack away at it from the west, it's revealing the old Magnum Mac in its row of buildings on the other side of the railway tracks; while not so imposing as the old clock tower, it isa solid unbroken line, so perhaps all is not lost.


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If you visit the temporary Central Library in Peterborough Street, you can line up along the fence with all the other rubberneckers and look at the central city buildings coming down - the medical laboratories, Price Waterhouse building, etc etc. It is quite disturbing to see the vastness of all the demolition.
What makes me happy is that they are numbering every stone from the Provincial Chambers, apparently with the intention of rebuilding it. I would never have thought that one could be salvaged.

Slow cookers are great. It would be really nice to come home to slow-cooked soup every day, but I'm not quite at the point where I feel comfortable leaving ours on when I go to work. We're going to need a new rice cooker soon though, so maybe if we buy one of those combination cookers, I'll be brave enough to leave it on.

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