What’s Hot + What’s Not on a Wednesday

I used to love those columns in trashy magazines where they would tell you what was hot and what was not. With a glance you could see that parachute pants were out and bubble skirts were in. Do they still do these? I am going to do my own. Maybe you might make a hot and not list. Link back to me if you do so I can come and see.

Here’s mine for 16th September 2009:

What’s Hot

Banana Milkshakes (above) – Banana, honey, milk. Easy. Kids love it.

Kylie Kwong’s Mum’s Hokkien Noodles: – I’ve made this twice now, with slight additions of extra veg or substitute veg. It’s easy and delicious. Amelia gobbles it down. Lily doesn’t. But then again, all she eats is bread (and banana milkshakes) so it’s not surprising.

T2 Red Rooibos Tea: A while back I heard an interview with Alexander McCall Smith on the radio where he was discussing his Number One Ladies Detective Agency books in which the main character Mma Precious Ramotswe consumes large amounts of rooibos tea. Both he and the interviewer (Margaret Throsby? Probably) raved about how delicious rooibos is. Up until then I had only tried some disgusting, dishwater version found in some supermarket teabags and realised more research was needed. I bought a small box of T2s red roobios and am now hooked and drink at least two cups a day. Caffeine free, low tannin levels, full of antioxidants it’s delicious and good and It’s great before bed.

Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens: I use a lot of those for my drawing. My favourites are the black ones (S, F and Brush nibs) but I have them in lots of different colours.

Amy-Angry Chicken’s Apple Cider Vinegar wart cure. It works. ‘Nuff said.

Byron Bay – Counting down the days until Phil and I and a couple of good mates head for the tropics for 4 nights. Can.not.wait.

What’s Not

Warts, clearly.

My Mum standing on a step ladder to hack a branch off a tree, falling and breaking a rib. Very not hot.

Tiny little video cameras (Flip Ultra HD in this case) which should be cool, except they don’t seem to include the feature of some kind of stabilization control. Shakey!

Losing my holiday packing list file somewhere on my hard drive *again*. I seem to not be able to find the last one I created every single time we are packing to go away and have to start writing out items from scratch. Fortunately I had this photo on loobylu from last year and I could peer at it and copy some of it out again.

Headaches, end-of-term-tired children, big credit card bills, hurty shoes, whiney blog posts.

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15 Responses

  1. Diem says:

    I really like your last sentence. I can relate to that at the moment. I hope your mum is doing okay. 🙂

  2. kate says:

    That reminds me, when I’m in Melbourne this weekend I have to buy proper rooibos tea, I miss it, and I end up drinking far too much caffeine when I don’t have it. My Things To Buy In Melbourne list is sort of the antithesis of a packing list.

  3. Michelle says:

    Oh, no! I hope your mom is feeling better soon, and up and about quickly. My mom just did that recently standing on a chair to water a plant that was up on a shelf. Wow. Who knew foliage could be so sinister? And how many times did they tell *us* not to stand on chairs?!

  4. Thank you for a great post! It really inspired me to do a list of my own! I love your site and read it every day!

  5. Lilli says:

    Can certainly relate to the end of term over-tired children…even if one only goes to childcare! great post…

  6. librarygirl says:

    I whizz up to BB yearly in late October for 3 nights on my own to visit a single girlfriend who sea-changed from Melbourne. You will have a ball – just never EVER EVER go in schoolies week!

  7. Tara says:

    *Snap* on the pen set. Love.It. Especially the black B brush nib, although I keep trying to draw ‘the finest lines in the world’ which means I almost have my nose on the paper !Hope your mum makes a super quick recovery, a broken rib is definitely not hot 🙁 xx

  8. patti says:

    My issue with the Flip Ultra HD is that it makes a very loud chirping noise when you turn it on and off. Not good for filming your kids’ school programs, dance recitals and band concerts! I want to try a banana shake for breakfast. I bet my very picky eater 8 year old would like it, too.

  9. amanda says:

    oh no, you poor mum. Last year my mum broke a rib when a branch fell out of a gum tree. I say: ban trees with all their silly branches.

  10. i am in love with the Ladies Detective Agency books and have wanted to try rooibos for a while now. i didn’t know that it is caffeine free! that is good news.

  11. pinry says:

    look at those big eyes! your girls are starting to look a bit like your illustrations (or vice versa!). i love the in/out lists too, what a great idea for a post. i didn’t know the red tea ma ramotswe drinks was rooibos, will have to try it.

  12. Mandy says:

    Rooibos, rooibos, rooibos… I’ve heard lots about rooibos lately. I ought to go out and buy myself a pack, whilst tactfully ignoring my already huge tea collection that looms in the cupboards…

  13. renee anne says:

    haha!yes I agree! I used to love those sections in mags.

    What would be worse if I had just bought something from the “NOT” list and would get all sad, like the magazine clearly knows best.

    Lovely list. cute kids 🙂

  14. robiewankenobie says:

    i’m not a milk in tea person, but rooibos is crazy spectacular with steamed milk and foam.i wonder what those noodles would be called in america? because i’ve never heard of that type and i’m all about the asian markets. i suspect that it is another one of those aubergine/eggplant things.

    poor mom. (and although you’re not a whiner, i’m still going to throw a poor you your way, as i am in much the same situation lately…except with beginning of the term kids)

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