Frozen balls and things that fit together

This morning I ran a creditable parkrun time, taking over a minute out of last week’s time. That was partly from upping my training volume this week, partly from not doing something as dammfool as running 10k to get to the start of a 5k, and partly through running a sensible race where I didn’t go he’ll for leather in the first half kilometre and then blow up. To celebrate, this morning we went shopping.

I bought a new pair of running shoes: lighter than my Flyknits, but with less padding (although not as harsh as my spikes). I think I’ll keep these for racing and not for running to races, at least for now.

As the electricity bill Waa a hundred dollars less than I’d budgeted for this month (which is to do with Singapore Power’s bizarre way of estimating consumption, which meant they charged us as much for December when we weren’t at home as they did in November when we were) I told my wife we could see about buying an espresso machine for the kitchen. This would be some solace for having to avoid sugar this month.

However, the cheapest coffee machine, even after Chinese New Year discounts, Waa more than $300, and then we’d still have to pay for capsules, and we have a perfectly decent one-cup French press in the cupboard, so instead of spending all that money on a new machine we bought a knife sharpener, a new vegetable steamer, two animal shaped ice pop moulds for the kids’ birthdays, an ice pop recipe book we can’t use in February, a milk frother and a pair of spherical ice cube moulds. Ice ball moulds, I suppose.

That was a hundred and forty dollars more than we had oversaved on the electricity bill, but then we weren’t expecting to buy birthday presents this early, so I suppose things may yet balance out.

The frother is an interesting device, made in Japan (or at least with an instruction manual mostly in Japanese): it’s two plastic cups that screw together, with a mesh filter that goes in between. You fill it a quarter full of cold milk and then shake vigorously for half a minute. The milk foams, although it didn’t foam as much as I’d expected. Either I didn’t shake hard enough, or you can’t expect shaking alone to match the power of a milk steamer. Still, La Serpiente was pleased (although milk always pleases her) and it was fairly foamy. Later today we bought some coffee, freshly ground at our local coffee shop, and I hope tomorrow to be able to give my wife a decent cup of coffee at home, with a foam of milk on top.

The ice ball maker I was very excited by, and bought for myself. It’s again a pretty simple device: two hemispheres of silicone that are in a pair of plastic cups that screw together. You fill the sphere with water and put it in the freezer for eight hours. I’ve yet to dismantle it and discover whether I really do get a golf ball sized block of ice to put in my G & T, but I’m hopeful.

The steamer is a exciting looking piece of plastic and silicone, replacing the steamer I bought at university (which is thus at least eighteen years old, and growing increasingly fragile). So that was one more thing to lob in the recycling bin.

Having bought all this stuff, we went to Marks and Spencer and bought frozen fish for my wife, then went home and put the kids to bed. In the last day or so I’ve got better at getting La Serpiente to sleep, by being much firmer about how long I’ll be in her room while she flops around on the bed, and although I still have to contend with her trying to sleep on the floor next to me, things are getting better.

This evening, had our first Indian meal of the year, then went to bed. Simple.

One response to “Frozen balls and things that fit together”

  1. So pleased to read so many positives about your day, Hope the subsequent day ended better than it started. Sounds like you need an arnica moment.

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