hey guess what?

Would you believe in blog-land there's such a thing as a blogiversary? And that I completely missed mine? I've been posting to Inner Pickle for over a year now! May 4th last year was my first post. 

Never being one to turn down an opportunity for cake, here's to a year that I never expected and totally adored!


Thank you for reading and commenting and supporting and getting it. I'm so incredibly happy to be here in this little spot and that you come back daily and be part of it. I wish I could serve you all up a slice of delicious 4-egg chocolate cake (recipe at end of post), I seriously do. Just to sit down with you and a cup of tea and a cake fork. 

Instead, we're going to play a parlour game. I'm going to tell you a few things about me that you might not know and then you have to tell me something about you.

OK, here goes.

1. When I first met Adam I may have pretended to be more outdoorsy than I actually am. (Although I don't believe he was fooled by my shiny mountain bike for a second. Might have been the black beret/9-hole Doc Martins that gave me away.)

2. I keep talking about learning French but never get around to it. 

3. I have a partially researched PhD topic that I would love to go back to one day. It was on the food supply of the armies of the Crusades. I may have been the only person on earth who thought it was terribly interesting. 

4. A small piece of my heart lives in a small town outside Frankfurt, Germany (one of my beloved sisters moves around a lot.)

5. Turns out pregnancy number three is a total breeze. If you've got two and you're considering a third, I'm a big advocate for the pregnancy bit. Let's review "breeze" in six months time. 

6. In high school I wanted to be a composer. I started writing a musical with a friend of mine when I was 15. (He's gone on to become a very accomplished composer. I now compose silly songs to amuse three year olds.)

7. My favourite novel is Middlemarch, by George Eliot. I think. Or maybe it's a trashy Sharon Penman historical fiction. Or The Little Bookroom, by Eleanor Farjeon. 

8. My favourite food has been variously baklava, cheesecake, grilled cheddar on toast, marinated goats cheese and a really good apple or blackberry pie. I am a fickle, fickle lady.

9. The job I've held down longest was in corporate marketing and communications in financial services. My shortest job was as a private investigator reporting on a medical professional under investigation for fraud. My favourite (and lowest paid) job was for four months only, as a cook for a big preschool.

10. I've lived in Gerringong (country NSW), Sydney, London, Brisbane and Edinburgh for the duration of the Fringe Festival for two seasons. Of the places I've visited I'd most like to go back to Jerusalem and Istanbul. Of the places I've never been, the one I'd love to go to most is India. Or Nepal. Or Tibet. (Hoping our kids like travelling.)

OK! Please tell me something about you! Go on! One or ten things, whatever you like!!

And meanwhile, here's the Chocolate Cake recipe.

It's from the Country Women's Association of NSW and I found it on the side of the White Wings flour bag!

2 cups self raising flour

125g softened butter

1½ cups caster sugar

4 eggs

½ tsp bicarb soda

1 tsp vanilla essence

½ cup cocoa powder

1 cup milk

1. preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan forced.) Grease and line 20cm round cake tin.

2. Place all ingredients in large bowl and use a mixer if you have one (I don't) – I used hand beaters – for 3 mins, on medium speed.

3. Pour into tin and bake for 1 hour 15 mins – 1 hour 30 mins, or until cooked. Cool for 5 mins in tin then turn onto wire rack. Ice cake when cool (if your kids are leaning on you for icing!) 


22 Comments on “hey guess what?

May 19, 2010 at 10:12 pm

something about me…hmmm…I once had a poem I wrote in grade eight performed at the Brisbane Spring Hill Baths by Voiceworks – it was a very weird experience. And I hate vegemite, it is like dried rat’s blood in spreadable form. And I would like to go on an eating tour of the Meditteranean – but you already know that one. And I really enjoy reading your blog everyday and knowing what you are up to and I miss you!

May 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Here’s something that sometimes shocks people. In 2003 I climbed Mt Kenya – best part of 5000m elevation. It took five days (with acclimatisation day) and I rate it to be harder than child birth!
It also seems that Catriona and I do our blog surfing at about the same time of night.

May 19, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Wow a year already! Happy blogoversary. Love your work 🙂
Hmmm, something about me … well, random fact that just occurred to me, I was at your 21st {well Suze’s at least}, I also missed my blogoversary and still have not mentioned {but shhh, don’t tell anyone} and in another life I played the saxophone. Now I have two saxophones gathering dust.

green ink
May 19, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Happy blogoversary! I’m so glad I found your little corner of the web 🙂

Great hearing more about you. I really want to read Middlemarch again.

Random thing about me – I once appeared on The Einstein Factor when I still lived in Australia. My special subject was the life and work of Sylvia Plath.

International Woman of Mystery
May 20, 2010 at 3:57 am

Hooray for your blogoversary from your most adoring fan!

Random thing from me: I once sang back up for Barbra Streisand. She was in Sydney on tour and a group from our choir was chosen to perform with her. We were also recorded for her “Timeless” album because the original choir from the live performance (in Vegas) wasn’t so great so they cut them out and us in. Awesome!

And #4 of your things made me cry a little.


Sue Reid
May 20, 2010 at 6:00 am

Ha, Fi, do you remember tossing the frisbee around that day on the beach in Manly? What a hoot- I don’t think he was fooled for one minute!

Thank you for a lovely year- we’ve had many cups of tea together, you and I. Sorry I don’t blog back- what can we non-bloggers offer in appreciation?

Here’s a thing about me, you may already know. I’m banned for life from the YMCA of the Rockies, in Estes Park, Colorado. Whoops!

Love you.

May 20, 2010 at 6:52 am

Happy Blogiversary! Something about me? In high school I studied senior art and recieved a ‘ministers award for excellence in art’. YEP, I was pretty proud of that. Got a certificate and EVERYTHING!

May 20, 2010 at 10:12 am

And as I spread vegemite on Henry’s corn thins for his lunchbox this morning I thought of you. That’s a special, special analogy, thanks darl. (And I knew you were a poet, I just knew it.) xxx

May 20, 2010 at 10:13 am

I knew about the Mt Kenya bit (that’s very cool) – harder than childbirth? seriously?! 5000m is pretty high, hey? love to see some photos of that someday xxx

May 20, 2010 at 10:13 am

hi Kellie! you were at my (our) 21st?!?! How about THAT! Alto or tenor? xxx

May 20, 2010 at 10:15 am

Oh my god! That’s so cool!! You KNOW I’m going to try and find that episode now! You’re a Sylvia Plath expert – I love it!!

May 20, 2010 at 10:17 am

Thinking that I knew everything there was to know about you, how did I not know the recording was because the original live choir was being cut out? There you go!! Will always be very very sorry I wasn’t in the country to see you singing backup for Babs. Notwithstanding not being there it is still a highlight for me. xxx

May 20, 2010 at 10:18 am

you know, I did not know that!! And am sure there’s a story I want to hear in there!!! SPILL!

May 20, 2010 at 10:20 am

That’s awesome! A MINISTER’S award?! That’s very cool (and talented.)

Alex C
May 20, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Hi Fi, Happy Blogiversary! I am so proud of you and enjoy keeping up with your life through cyberspace! Hmmm…I think you already know I have been convicted in a court of law in Hong Kong, and I hear you on the sporty/outdoors thing. Paul keeps wondering where the girl who was rowing, doing mini-triathlons and playing tennis went – 7 years and 2 kids later can have quite an impact! Did you know I was pregnant at your wedding? Was very early days and keeping it a secret (actually…come to think of it, I think I did tell you that..darn! Must. Try. Harder.) Oh! Did I tell you I won both the school prize for Agriculture (Year 12) and Needlework (Year 10) – how’s that?

May 20, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Alto and soprano actually!
So many cool things coming out here. You have really interesting friends!

May 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm

happy blogiversary! i like spinach tho not as much as poptarts 😀

Alex Nolan
May 20, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Happy Blogiversary!

Some things about me:
I don’t like white food (mashed potato, cottage cheese, rice pudding – all yuk),
I find parenting incredibly difficult and feel terrible for admitting that I look forward to them growing older!
I like beautiful fabric, and confess to having a very large collection of fabric, and not a large collection of finished projects.
My favourite book is The Power of One, by Bryce Courtenay, or maybe A Room with a View, by EM Forster. Or modern books, The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde.
I think I have gone off my youngest son’s name and wish I’d stuck with the original that we chose, minutes after his birth.

Have a great evening and enjoy drinking your tea whilst reading all of this out of your beautiful teacup that you blogged about earlier in the year 😉

May 20, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Hmmm, well, I was employed to run the housing and entertainment for the seasonal staff- mostly fairly religious and naive college kids. They were having all kids of parties, drink driving, and sex, (I asked one 20-year-old about condoms and she replied scathingly, “don’t be stupid, we’re all on the pill!”) Anyway, I kept butting heads with management- I wanted to provide free condoms, but if anyone ratted on us, the Y risked losing $serious in donations. They wanted me to rat out everyone I knew having sex or drinking, so they could be sacked. So thin ice, then I got caught letting a couple of friends stay in my room, (private, double bed!) while I was away overnight. Oh, and the bloke was already fired for crashing a van and refusing a drug test. And I’d already given 2 weeks notice- couldn’t cope with it. They gave me 24 hours to get out, and 4 of us took a fabulous July road trip to San Francisco! Went back to the marvellous Tortoise, met Dave 3 months later.

Mel Linardon
May 23, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Hey Fi
Congrats on the mile stone. What is there to tell you about me that you may not know. Well i still have a secret hankering to write a romantic novel. (remember my trashy sweet dreams book collection) We have known each other since year 7 so you know how embarrassing the teen years were. In my adult years i am kind of used to my own skin and don’t fear the high school bullies any more. I am a happy well adjusted only child (to quote your mum) Keep the blog going i love it !!

May 24, 2010 at 11:11 am

Happy blogversary! xx

secrets? just two today although i have many.

i pretend to work a lot harder than i really do:)

i’m in love with someone who doesn’t want to be with me because i’m a single mom and he wants to get married and have children of his own and i don’t want any more.

May 31, 2010 at 10:25 am

Happy Blogversary! A few random things about me : Growing up, I wanted to be a forensic scientist. One of the highest paying jobs I’ve ever had (even to this day, which is kind of sad) was when I did casual work assisting at a Hair Transplant clinic.


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