Chocolate Lies

I had a gross learning experience this week. You see, I don’t particularly like milk chocolate and will always choose dark chocolate instead. Not super dark, but the kind that isn’t particularly sweet and has around 70% cocoa solids. When we lived in Aachen, we discovered the Lindt factory there and I fell in love. … Continue reading Chocolate Lies

Quite a Challenge

I’m currently reading a book, That’s Not English, all about the similarities and differences between British and American English. It’s delightful! And I wish I had discovered it earlier. (I picked it up by chance at the library while browsing a stand of recommended books.) I was especially shocked to discover a meaning for the … Continue reading Quite a Challenge

Public Libraries in the UK

Have you ever heard of Public Lending Right in the UK & Ireland? I hadn’t! It’s the right for authors to get paid (like royalties) when their books are lent out by public libraries. It boils down to this: A representative sample of libraries (with membership that rotates over time) reports its aggregate lending data each … Continue reading Public Libraries in the UK

Mexican Feasts

I am a bit of a lazy cook. Sure, I can spend all day making puff pastry to bake with, but ask me to make dinner and I’ll look for the easy way out. I prefer one-pot meals where you throw everything into the pot and walk away. However, I also enjoy experimenting with new recipes, and … Continue reading Mexican Feasts

Climbing & Baking

My husband and I decided to go to the university sports centre this week for some rock climbing. It was his first time, and we didn’t want to wait for the next intro class, so we had a private class with one of their climbing instructors. I appreciated the review — I’ve only climbed once … Continue reading Climbing & Baking

Locali(z/s)ed Gaming

I grew up playing (and mostly losing!) Trivial Pursuit Genus Edition. I loved it even though I was mostly clueless — the game itself was made before I was born and the trivia is pretty obscure for me. In the past I tried newer, more up-to-date versions, but they weren’t as fun to play. Until … Continue reading Locali(z/s)ed Gaming

Taming the Garden

Last month, I left for several weeks — several critical weeks when the weather was warmer and rainy and our garden was starting to come out of hibernation. When I got back, it had gone a bit wild: I quickly got to work wrangling the eager dandelions, digging them out or just popping off the … Continue reading Taming the Garden