I got very little knitting done, and even less spinning. So much for the Tour de Fleece, this year was a bust. Oh well, there's always next year. This trip to Napier wasn't about the spinning and knitting. That's next month! Instead I did things like go see Snow White and the Huntsman (okay, but slightly underwhelming. Bella with a bad British accent, anyone?), check out Birdwoods Gallery (or their sweet shop at least), visit Silky Oak Chocolates, watch my nephew play rugby, etc etc. Blocked my mum's now-giant shawl on my new blocking wires courtesy of dad (TIG welding wire. Hurray for engineering! Who needs to pay $30, when you can get some for free? Or pretty close to it?)
|Speedy, not-very-good modelling shot on the swing dad built in the back yard. I was in a hurry.|
My bff and I sampled the Pumpkin Juice (not bad) and Chocolate Frog (cheap nasty stuff, left a greasy feeling in the mouth) I brought back from Universal Orlando, and we sampled all the Every Flavour Beans. My summary of them is as follows:
Earwax: Not too nice, but edible.
Grass: Surprisingly palatable.
Black Pepper: Tastes just like pepper (surprise!)
Booger: Dirt-like flavour.
Vomit: Disgustingly vomit-flavoured. My most hated of all of them.
Sausage: Meaty ;-)
Cinnamon: Very accurate. A little too strong for my liking.
Cherry: Not very flavourful. I don't particularly enjoy artificial cherry anyway.
Marshmallow: Sweet and yummy.
Tutti Frutti: Quite nice, and very fruity flavoured.
Blueberry: Not very berryish, but yummy all the same.
Green Apple: Tart, and quite nice.
Sherbet Lemon: My absolute favourite, without a doubt.
Soap: Very... soapy.
Banana: Ever had banana-flavoured medicine as a child? That's what it tasted like.
Watermelon: ...confusing. Not very watermelony, and not all that nice.
Candyfloss: OMG yum!
Rotten Egg: Gross, but not as bad as vomit. I was expecting worse.
We didn't get any Dirt or Earthworm flavoured beans, so I can't say what those were like. We felt a little ill by the end of the taste-testing, which I guess is to be expected.
All in all, it was a pretty good week. We moseyed on home on Saturday afternoon. Traffic wasn't bad, and it only took us 4 1/2 hours to drive back. The kids got a little antsy toward the end, but I suppose that's to be expected. And T kindly waited until we were home and inside before expelling green puke all over the lounge carpet. I would have preferred he'd thrown up on the wooden floors, but you can't have everything, right? At least he didn't vomit in the car...
PS: If you're wondering why I'm reading so many Janet Evanovich books lately it's because I have them all on audio :-) And they're funny.