September 17, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Students, School Holidays, and Spiders

Filed under: Education, Food — liberrydwarf @ 9:08 am

1) One Good Thing: Students ACTUALLY SHOWED UP to tutorial this week! Granted, it was compulsory assessment, and granted, it was exhausting because all of a sudden there were twice as many of them. But it felt much more like a real class that people wanted to participate in. Though I’m not delusional enough to believe in a repeat performance next week!

2) One Bad Thing: School holidays start tomorrow. That means Mr Liberrydwarf at home for 2 weeks, while I still have to go to work. Two words – NOT. FAIR!!!!!

3) One Thing I Learned: How to make Chocolate Peanut-Butter Spiders. These are absolutely awesome and SO on the menu for Joeys next term!


September 13, 2010

Meme Monday: The Cooking Meme

Filed under: Food — liberrydwarf @ 10:15 am

1. What is the best dish you can cook?

I make, in my own humble opinion, the most kick-ass Spaghetti Bolognese ever. The secret is bacon.

2. Do I have to beat eggs or can I whip them gently? Sounds so violent to me.

Hahaha – I’m actually pretty terrible at beating eggs either way. I don’t have the patience, particularly for egg whites.

3. I am reading a recipe right now for Hearty Beef-n-Cheese Pie from a recipe book I dug out of the cabinet. The instructions read…”Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large frying pan, brown ground beef, onion and green pepper.”
I am already lost. Why must I turn on the oven and put the frying pan in it? And how does one turn beef AND peppers brown at the same time?!
What color should the onion be?

Good gracious, what was your mother DOING when you were a teenager? Turn off the oven and head straight to YouTube for basic cooking classes. Or, alternatively, to Pizza Hut.

4. Did you ever cook something for your family that no one enjoyed and you had to throw out?

More than once. My most memorable was a Moroccan meatball casserole which called for 2tsp sugar. At that stage I was dieting, and chose to use artificial sugar substitute instead. Didn’t read the instructions that 1 drop = 1 tsp, put in a whole 2 teaspoons, and the resulting mess was so sickly sweet even the dog wouldn’t eat it.

5. Why do all recipes say “mix sugar, flour and salt?” Don’t they cancel out the other?

I leave salt out of most things for health reasons, so I’d ignore this anyway. I always assumed that salt was either for PH balance or chemical reaction to make things lighter and more airy anyway.

6. Why must you add eggs “one at a time” to a mixing bowl? Does anybody really know the answer to this question?

I don’t know anyone who’s physically capable of cracking more than one egg at once anyway 🙂 I’m sure there’s a fancy reason to do with correct consistency and stuff though.

7. Please post the recipe to something you think even I can cook.
I am begging you! It is no fun being a afraid of my own crockpot.

This one’s pretty easy…

September 3, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Conferences, Classes, and Conjurers

Filed under: Children, Food, I.T, Just Plain Weird, Librarian — liberrydwarf @ 12:20 pm

1) One Good Thing: Gave excellent and exciting conference workshop presentation with @katiedatwork and @andvanessa. Everyone muchly impressed. @NaomiDoessel is the best facilitator/organizer ever!

2) One Bad Thing: Taught my first tutorial as a sessional academic on Tuesday. I was brilliant – but where were the students? So few people showed up (out of the 40 or so meant to attend, there were 12 all up) we ended up combining our tutorials and team-teaching. And it was the world’s most boring tutorial material. We do what we can, people…

3) One Thing I Learned: several new magic tricks. On account of how small children can’t keep a secret to save their lives, and we had Magician night at Joey Scouts. (I performed the famous Pre-Cut Banana trick to thunderous applause and wild-eyed amazement – or maybe they were just happy because they got food.)

August 9, 2010

Friday Wrapup and Meme Monday – together again!

Filed under: Food, Librarian, music, Nerds — liberrydwarf @ 8:00 pm

Last time, I swear! From Wednesday I am so very back on track I promise!

1) One Good Thing: taught using a SmartBoard for the first time this week. In a word – AWESOME. I will not go happily (nor quietly) back to projector and whiteboard ever again!

2) One Bad Thing: Not content with letting dog hog the medical limelight, hubby got himself an eye infection. It was gross and made him headachey and grumpy and refused to drive anywhere. Not fun for anyone!

3) One Thing I Learned: that lamb chops + paprika = awesome!

And Monday meme: it’s another music meme –

Were you in the school band? I was in school choir. But not school band, I never played an instrument with enough dedication.

Church choir? I did, for about a year last year. It was only a small choir though, and when several people moved it sort of died…

What is your favourite song right now? Ooh, tricky one! My favourite song changes constantly depending on my mood and what I’m doing… I like Big Boi’s “Shutterbugg” at the moment, and Ou Est Le Swimming Pool’s  “Dance The Way I Feel”.

Favorite Lyrics? To be honest, I don’t think I pay a whole lot of attention to lyrics. But I do like the lyrics to Sally Seltmann’s “Harmony to My Heartbeat”, they make me smile and feel glad I’m in love 😀

Favorite Band? Barenaked Ladies. Hands down, absolutely no question. Thankyou and goodnight.

Favorite Soloist? This one’s a bit more difficult – Tori Amos maybe?

Favorite Musical (theatre)? I’ll admit to a secret (well not any more) weakness for Jesus Christ Superstar…

Favorite Musical (movie)? If movie musical = movie with mostly singing, again it’s no contest. Muppet Treasure Island forever!

Have you ever belonged to a mail order music club? Hubby has, but I haven’t.

Do you still have your old tape collection? I think I mostly missed the “tape” thing, too young 🙂

Do you let your friends borrow your music? “Let” is a word I’m not familiar with. Do I stand back and do nothing powerless as my siblings raid my CD collection? Yes, I do…

If you were stranded on a desert island what CD would you take with you? I wouldn’t. I’m not a CD person – I’m one of those awful people musicians hate who doesn’t enjoy listening to an album from start to finish. I’m a shuffle on iTunes girl. And before iTunes, I was a random-on-the-cd-player girl. I’m going to assume there’s a powerpoint on this desert island in order to plug the CD player in – so I’d bring my iPod and a charger instead!

July 21, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Books, Food, Librarian, movies, TV, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 12:54 pm

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


Tim Burton’s new project – board game to movie?

More ‘Arrested Development’ movie teasing –  enough already, kill our hopes and get it over with!


Rosemary Basil Chicken recipe (tried this week, and gosh it’s good!)


Libraries get on the @oldspice bandwagon (snarkiness not intended, this is actually quite brilliant in terms of quality parody with a useful purpose…)

Handsome Men Who Are Now Dead (for slightly macabre eye candy)

How we’ll explain books to our children 10 years from now…

July 9, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Mums, Mushroom Risottos and Mild Roast…

Filed under: family, Food, Science — liberrydwarf @ 8:00 pm

It’s been a grey, miserable, chilly (yes I know Australians can’t complain about chilly. Queenslanders especially. Doing so anyway!) week. Hubby has been away, sister (who is usually human-contact backup plan) has been away too, Cat has been stand-offish and unfriendly (and basically Cat-like) and have not found the energy after work to walk Dog more than once, so feeling lazy and unfit. Booh week, booh!

1) One Good Thing: Mum is back safely from Israel. Not that I was overly worried, but we’ve had bad luck being stuck in countries because of protests, riots, accidents/terrorism and stuff before (Zimbabwe, 1998. Greece, 1997. Madrid, 2006.) And she came bearing Nina Ricci perfumes for all, lovely Mummy!

Pretty Ricci Ricci for me!

2) One Bad Thing: in my job as liaison librarian, part of the role is to associate yourself publicly with the School you’re with as much as possible, and support their events. So I went along to a fancy lunch on Thursday to do so. Short wrap-up: I was 30 minutes late, had no idea what half the panel debate was about since I’m not a specialist in the area, and was the only non-practitioner at the table so we ended up talking about MasterChef for an hour since we had nothing else in common. Waste of time, waste of (work’s) money, and I think the mushrooms in the risotto gave me indigestion 😦

3) One Thing I Learned: how they make decaffeinated coffee. Benzene. Dichloromethane. Supercritical carbon dioxide. This is depressing! I thought I was doing my body some good. Now I won’t be surprised if I start glowing Chernobyl-style… damn my curiosity!

Don't be fooled! And I thought we were FRIENDS, decaf coffee!!

July 7, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Food, games, history, Humor, movies, Sport, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 9:41 am

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


More cast released for Game of Thrones:

(I don’t know that this is up-to-date anymore unfortunately. And it’s not as complete as I’d like!)

Five more fictional beings Bella Swan should fall madly in love with


White Chocolate Cheesecake With Dark Chocolate Cream Sauce – I made this on the weekend and can testify it’s totally food-gasmic!


Historical mystery flash game Bow Street Runner is worth a play if you like that sort of thing. It’s a bit like the 221B game brought out when the Sherlock Holmes movie came out, only a bit more straightforward and perhaps a little more gruesome. Good for a couple of hours of timewasting!

Glasses: the ultimate image changer. Very clever advertising. Noted lack of librarian though.

Quick, while the World Cup’s on and we still can!

June 23, 2010

Blogging Month Day 23: Models, Munchies, Making Cookies and Musicals

Filed under: Fashion, Food, Librarian, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 4:08 pm

1) One Good Thing: thanks all of you for the lovely comments back on my photoshoot photos from yesterday. You know how to make a girl feel gorgeous! @gigglesigh and @KatieTT and @nomesd and I had a slightly tongue in cheeck Twitter chat last night that we should do a Sexy Aussie Librarians  shoot like the Swedish one – what do you think?

2) One Bad Thing: I was naughty at lunchtime – started off well eating my salad and drinking water like a good girl. Then the thought popped into my head “it’s a cold day. I would like a hot treat.” And I proceeded to buy and eat not one, but two, potato scallops. Those things are terrible for you (but delicious. Maybe even because they’re so terrible for you). Now I’m grumpy, guilty and queasy… (and the rest of the seven negative dwarfs 🙂 )

3) One Thing I Learned: a new recipe for honey cookies that I’ll be trying out to give to the Scout kids at their Teddy Bears Picnic tomorrow night. Hope it’s nice!

4) Today’s Link: In the same spirit as Improv Everywhere, there was Prangstgrüp (who by now have all graduated college and gone onto more non-exhibitionist pursuits). Anyway, their Library Musical made me grin…

June 10, 2010

Blogging Month Day 10: Relatives, Refec Food, Referencing and Ron Weasley

Filed under: Children, Food, Librarian, movies, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 3:40 pm

One more day til the long weekend…One more day til the long weekend… (chant over and over mantra style…)

1) One good thing: found out my lucky cousin and her husband are expecting their first child. (To tell the truth, not sure whether I’m excited or jealous right now… this could go equally in the good and bad things category) As I found out via Facebook, I assume it’s reasonably developed at this stage and probably expected around Christmas. As my cousin’s in England, she’ll be perfectly within her rights to rug up, stay inside and put her feet up under a doona towards the end, which sounds lovely. It (he? she?) will be the first of the new generation in our family, and as such will be absolutely spoiled rotten!

2) One bad thing: apart from feeling like a bit of a cow for being jealous of my cousin? A bad lunchtime thing: since it’s SWOTVAC, the campus noodle and sushi bar was closed. (Though why I don’t know, it’s not like campus is deserted, far from it!). And they’re selling noodles in the refectory, but not sushi. Could not get sushi for love or money on campus today, and I had had a sushi craving all morning. Booh!

3) One thing I learned: Our resource discovery system has the ability to mark items, get a short list, select your style and cut and paste this “reference list” into your assignment. But I did a Twitter search for our organisation, and found out that a student had done this and failed her assignment because her referencing was wrong! So I did a bit of a performance test for the system. Basically, my tweet sums it up – “The verdict? Summon + citation exports in Harvard Style = #fail but #notyourfault.” (Some “mistakes” are entirely due to bad data entry right back at at the original database, so not Summon’s fault). There’s a message in all this – don’t put in a feature that won’t get 100% results, developers. Or at least make your “check your references” message bigger. (And let’s face it, if they have to learn the referencing style so they can check and fix their references, then they aren’t saving any time and may as well not use said feature, right?) And librarians, don’t spruik a feature that you haven’t tried yourself!

4) Today’s link: shamelessly pinched from kalafudra – first official trailer for Harry Potter 7.1 – Deathly Hallows (since they’re splitting it in two, how they title the parts is anyone’s guess…)

June 9, 2010

Blogging Month Day 9: Characters, Clumsiness, Chicken and Cartoons

Filed under: Food, history, TV, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 1:28 pm

I am exhausted today. Totally bone-weary. Don’t know why – I don’t feel that flu-coming-on feeling, and it’s not like I’m not getting enough sleep. In fact, hubby and I watched a DVD as we had dinner, and after it was over I turned off the TV and told him I was tired and going to bed. He blinked incredulously at me and said “but it’s only ten to eight.” I looked at the clock and indeed, 7:50pm. I am becoming my grandmother…

1) One good thing: Watching Season 2 True Blood, and had some happy revelations. No spoiler alert required, let’s just say I hoped they wouldn’t kill off a favourite character and they didn’t. Smiles all round!

2) One bad thing: burned my finger on the oven. Now have a killer burn scar, turning that horrible yellow-with-little-barbecued-capillaries colour, it’s pretty sickening.

3) One thing I have learned: quite a nice recipe for chicken wings (even if the portion size appears to be for starving footballers instead of little old me!) It was pronounced “quite nice” by fussy-as-anything hubby, so that’s got to count for something!

4) Today’s link: a clever little animation on the history of the universe/planet (or one person’s version thereof, we don’t take sides on the creation-evolution debate here!). I like it because it’s simple, cute and has a good pace with regards to how long between certain “things” in the grand scheme of the history of the world…

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