Gadding with ghouls

I have decided to use a WordPress theme. This is a huge change to my domain, since normally I would create the layout and coding myself. I really don’t have the time to update layouts anymore, so I’ve decided to leave the site like this for awhile. I like the simplicity of this style, and I like how everything is nice and neat.

I’ve finished reading all of the 9 new books I purchased after Christmas. Now I can go back and re-read old books again. I’ve started on the Harry Potter series again. I’m on the second book and can’t stop laughing. I love Arthur Weasley. Okay, I love all the characters!

I also finished season six of “Reba”, which my youngest sister gave to me. I really love that show, it makes me laugh so much. But now what should I watch? Hmmm, maybe “Relic Hunter”.

Jordan got the package I sent to him. New socks, clean green T-shirts, cookies, a mirror so he can see his face while shaving, an electric razer, etc. I hope he gets good use out of those things in the next two weeks before they send him home!

So come on and fly with me *

Just finished watching “Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire” with my darling husband. Of course, I had to explain just about everything to him, but that’s okay because at least he watched it with me. 🙂

Sour cream spice cake with chocolate icing was a hit. I was a little hesitant when the recipe suggested using chocolate icing, but the combination is quite tasty! Jordan liked it and so did everyone at work. My first day back to work after holidays. A busy day; lots of work to catch up on.

On Thursday, I had my mom, Mike, and Keesje over for dinner. The night before I marinated a pork roast, and then in the morning tossed it into the slow cooker with some chopped potatoes. Smelled so good all day. Baked a vanilla pound cake. Then made caramelized carrots and onions for a side dish. Everyone enjoyed the food. This was the first time we’d had my mom and her spouse over for a sit-down meal so it was quite nice. Usually we call my dad over since he lives on his own and I like to feed him. It’s hard to get everyone at my mom’s house coordinated enough to come over for a visit.

I am off for another two days. What shall I bake this time?

“You’re just as sane as I am.”

Well, a brand-new layout at long last! I had been wanting to do a Luna layout for quite awhile now but I just never had the proper inspiration. But here it is! Luna Lovegood is one of my favourite Harry Potter characters; she totally makes me laugh each and every time I read the series.

I’ve also changed around the way the site is set up. There is no need for extra stuff besides my blog, since I don’t have time to update anything. I would like to start over with Media Shelf but I don’t have the time. Oh one of these days, perhaps. I think I have re-done the thing twice already and still have never finished adding all my collection. Sigh. And wedding pictures, yes I know. I wish I had more time!

Our Adventures in Phuket, Thailand – Part II

***Continued from previous post.

July 15 – 9:00 am – Kamala, Phuket
Pouring heavily this morning. Hoping it won’t last long so we can go for breakfast. So foggy that the mist has completely obscured the mountains behind the hotel. The sea is slate grey and waves are crashing onto the sand. There was lightning last night.

3:30 pm – Kamala, Phuket
Went to “Oh La La” for breakfast, getting soaked in the process. Me: honey crepes, banana shake; Jordan: bacon, fried eggs, herbed bread, a beverage. **Cost 210B ($6.50 CAD) plus tip. The crepes were quite sweet, not sure what kind of honey was used, but they were yummy. The shake was great!

On our way to hotel, saw a cat from the bridge leading to the beach. He was clinging to a wood ladder, still half in the high water (first time we’d seen water under that bridge), mewing. Jordan tried to get at him but the cat ended up falling back in the brown water and managed to swim, bad leg and all, to safety on something attached to the back of a boat. Hopefully the cat survived, it was quite sad. After that we went for a swim in the pool since it had stopped raining. Going to head out for dinner in a half hour and then find a taxi or tuk tuk into Patong.



9:10 pm – Kamala, Phuket
Had dinner at “Chongdee’s”. Me: margherita pizza, Sprite; Jordan: a sandwich, water. **Cost 380B ($12 CAD) plus tip. Couldn’t find the metered taxi that usually sits near the Phuket Fantasea. Climbed into a red tuk tuk for a windy and scary ride to Ocean Plaza on Bangla Road. **Cost 300B ($9 CAD). He refused to negotiate any lower. The plaza is very small; left soon after using the toilets. Walked around Bangla Road for a bit, quite hectic. Found our way to Beach Road. At a stall I bought two stretchy shirts. **Cost 500B ($15 CAD) for both. I think I paid too much for them but the lady was very difficult to barter with, she seemed to think they were worth even more than that.

Found “Hello Kitty” shop that sells DVDs for 50B each. Jordan and I bought five. **Cost 250B ($7.50 CAD). Next we discovered “Mr Noon”, another place I’d heard about from the TripAdvisor Phuket forum. Also selling for 50B each. Bought eight DVDs and one game. **Cost 500B ($15 CAD). Next we went into a grocery store and picked up bread, small jar of Nutella, plastic chopsticks, and a bunch of drinks. **Cost 300B ($9 CAD).

Once again we looked for a metered taxi but they are no where to be found. Harassed by many tuk tuk drivers as we passed by. Bargained with a taxi driver to take us back to Kamala (air-conditioned). **Cost 275B ($8.50 CAD). I’m not yet sure if I like Patong. I think it is too busy for me. Only one more full day left in Kamala, then we move on to Karon on the 17th.



July 16 – 10:30 am – Kamala, Phuket
Woke up early today. Hasn’t begun to rain yet but the sky is overcast and a mist is beginning to descend on the mountains. Went out for breakfast. Since it’s our last day we wanted to go to “Jan Thai” one last time, but we had never gone out this early before and the restaurant was closed. Ended up at “Kamala Bakery”, an air-conditioned place. Me: fried eggs, hashbrown potatoes with onion and garlic, orange juice; Jordan: fried eggs, deep-fried toast, bacon, and beans, a beverage. **Cost 330B ($10 CAD) plus tip. The food was really good but I couldn’t finish my meal because I started to feel a little nauseous. I bought a cinnamon bun, though, on the way out the door for later, included in the price. On our way back to hotel we walked a different route that led by Kamala Temple instead of going down the main road. It started to rain lightly when we reached the beach and by the time we reached the hotel it had turned into a downpour.



1:05 pm – Kamala, Phuket
Watched some episodes of “Sex & the City” on the laptop. Decided to get ready to go to the pool but it started raining again. Hopefully it will cease soon. Jordan is singing along to a song now. Ate some of the cinnamon bun from the bakery, very tasty.

3:10 pm – Kamala, Phuket
Rain finally stopped and sun came out to say hello. We went for a swim for 45 minutes, then skies clouded over and once again down came the rain. We ran inside, dripping wet from pool AND rain. Wondering what to do on our last day in Kamala. Might go to “Oh La La” again for dinner and use the 15 minutes free internet.

8:10 pm – Kamala, Phuket
Rain stopped again so we made our way through puddles to “Oh La La” for supper. Me: fried noodles with chicken, Sprite; Jordan: spare ribs, fried eggs, and bacon, a beverage. **Cost 295B ($9 CAD) plus tip. The food was good like last time but the sauce Jordan dipped the spare ribs in was so spicy it burned the back of his throat. We used the free internet to check emails. When we left, used the ATM machine at the closest 7/11 to withdraw some cash. Went back to hotel and watched more episodes. Too bad it rained so much today.



July 17 – 9:30 am – Kamala, Phuket
Rained all night and still raining now. Tis to be expected. Will have to eat breakfast at the hotel before check-out.

1:10 pm – Karon, Phuket
Too expensive for breakfast buffet for the two of us at the hotel. Instead found a place called “The Beer House” to eat at. Still raining hard, wind is gusting, we practically blew into the place. Me: French toast, fruit platter, tea; Jordan: fried eggs, toast, fruit platter, Cornflakes with yoghurt. **Cost 370B ($11.50 CAD) plus tip. Loved the French toast, very thick slices, only ate banana from the platter but Jordan finished all his and some of mine.

Made it back in time for noon check-out. Paid 81B ($2.50 CAD) for phone call I made to confirm elephant trek for the next day. Expensive! A bit of trouble during check-out. Our mini-bar was checked (we didn’t take anything) and we were told one of the free glass bottles of water had a crack and they were going to charge us. Refused to pay since we had drank out of them that morning and there had been nothing wrong with either of the bottles. Did not appreciate the accusation. After that we stupidly paid the hotel to drive us to the Best Western Ocean Resort in Karon. **Cost 600B ($18.50 CAD). Yikes.



At check-in for the new hotel we were given a glass of grape juice. Bus-boy helped to bring our baggage up to our room. Fifth floor, lots of steps and passageways, luckily an elevator. Gave him a tip as thanks. The room very similar to the Kamala Beach Resort, set up slightly different but it’s almost like walking into the same room. There is a bedside clock and free in-room safe.

11:50 pm – Karon, Phuket
Jordan and I went for a walk to explore city. Our hotel is only a few minutes walk to traffic circle, the main street, and the road along the beach. Lots of different restaurants, shops, tailors, massage parlours. Popped into a shop and spotted some wood chopsticks I may get for Delia. Continued on our way. Starting pouring as if someone upturned a bucket. Of course we didn’t have an umbrella or raincoats so we ducked under an awning of a closed restaurant and sat at a table. Able to stay mostly dry, but the wind was really blowing. A lady and her son poked their heads out under the garage doors a couple times and smiled at us. Finally she opened up the restaurant (not sure of the name, a German-Thai place) after we’d been sitting there for ages and we went inside. Ordered food since we didn’t know how long the downpour would last. Me: Garlic and pepper fried chicken, steamed rice, Sprite; Jordan: chicken dish with coconut sauce, a beverage. **Cost 370B ($11.50) plus tip. Food delicious but unfortunately tried some of Jordan’s food that had a pepper in it and I felt like I had caught on fire.



Rain lightened but didn’t stop. Returned to hotel to dry off. Watched some episodes and one of the DVDs I’d got in Patong, “The Break-Up”. Went out again later in the evening, around 8 pm. Nice and breezy. Lots of tailors asking us to come into their shops. No thanks, not interested. Found a small indoor market, almost like a warehouse, that also acts as a short-cut to our hotel (we soon discovered). Saw an orange sarong I think my mom would like, but wasn’t impressed with the price. At another market along the beach I found a pretty blue skirt and haggled. **Cost 280B ($8.50 CAD). Pretty good price for the type of skirt. Finally ate dinner pretty late at “Karon Cafe”. Me: Italian chicken parmigiana sandwich, cole slaw, home-made chips, a beverage, hot apple strudel with ice cream for dessert; Jordan: ham and cheese croissant, cole slaw, home-made chips, a beverage, banana split for dessert. **Cost 465B ($14 CAD) plus tip. Food was really good, but chips tasted stale. Best sandwich I’ve had so far in Thailand.

As we left the restaurant, someone was using a remote-control car to chase a dog down the street. The dog ran towards me and the car smashed into the back of my foot. When we got back to the hotel, I noticed I was bleeding and there was a nice cut on my heel. The guy didn’t even apologize for hitting me.



July 18 – 8:00 am – Karon, Phuket
Today we have booked an elephant trek at Kok Chang. Must be ready by 9 o’ clock. Jordan’s feeling pretty lousy, poor guy; been sick a couple times.

3:15 pm – Karon, Phuket
Had to cancel the elephant trek due to Jordan being pretty sick this morning. He is feeling a little more settled now. Fell asleep and napped for two hours, woke up and looked outside to see it’s not even raining. Jordan felt strong enough to get out of bed and we went to lunch at “One Man Restaurant”. Me: chicken burger, best French fries so far, Sprite; Jordan: toast with butter, water. **Cost 160B ($5 CAD) plus tip. Very humid, about 30° C. Came back to hotel, ready for a swim, but rain started. Now Jordan is napping.

8:45 pm – Karon, Phuket
Read some Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire then fell asleep until 6:30 pm. We then went for a quick (cold!) dip in the upper level pool. Still smells very strongly of chlorine. My hair feels like straw now. All moisture seems to be sapped from it. Gonna head out and see if we can find a hat for Monday’s boat ride and then dinner.



10:30 pm – Karon, Phuket
Didn’t find a hat because I am too picky. I don’t like hats and I refuse to pay much for something I don’t even like, but will need. Went inside “Big 1” grocery store to buy some detergent, toothpaste, and a candle gift for mom. **Cost 143B ($4.50 CAD). Found dinner at “Angus O’Tooles”, an Irish pub. Crowded and full of smokers inside so we grabbed a table outside. Of course then it started to rain so we had to move in. Me: ham and cheese pizza, chocolate milkshake; Jordan: tomato soup, toast, water. **Cost 310B ($10 CAD) plus tip. Pizza was delicious but I started to feel nauseous so brought the rest home with me. Jordan loved his soup. Spitting rain on the way back, took the shortcut through the warehouse market. Bought a pink necklace for Amy. **Cost 180B ($5.50 CAD). Also a red Billabong skirt for myself. **Cost 200B ($6 CAD). Discovered a big lizard over our room doorway when we returned to hotel. Took a photo then snuck into the room. Now washing underwear and some shirts in the sink.

***Continued in next post.

The weather outside is frightful *

This weekend I didn’t have to work. I actually got a Saturday and Sunday off. Amazing, I know. Yesterday we went grocery-shopping and spent over three hours out. The stores were really busy. Costco was so busy that there were no carts left. I ended up spotting an abandoned cart in an aisle so Jordan snatched it and we ran from the scene of the crime. 🙂

That evening we went out to dinner with a bunch of people at a little restaurant downtown called Windmills. We were put right by a huge window and it was cold! We could almost feel the wind inside. They had given us an electric heater, but it wasn’t giving off much heat. The food was quite pricey. I had a Thai ginger panini sandwich with chicken, cheese, and carrots in it, as well as a frothy hot chocolate. Since it was a Christmas dinner gathering, Rebecca handed out chocolate letters and holiday cards to everyone. When we had all finished our meal, we decided to stop at Copper Penny for dessert. It was much warmer in there! Jordan and I shared a slice of creamy cherry cheesecake and I had a sex-on-the-beach!

Today I was so tired I didn’t wake up until ten o’ clock. Jordan had left for church pretty early because he would be playing the drums. I didn’t do a whole lot today, read some Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire, played some TS2, and worked on my cross-stitch. Outside, it was blizzarding! I could hardly see out the window — still can’t, for that matter. We’re getting too much snow!

Cooked dinner tonight: honey garlic chicken with mashed maple sweet potatoes!