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这一周(6月19日——6月25日)

清洗下水道的方法(ZT)

  1. 小苏打粉(洗衣服用的苏打会更便宜)倒进下水道,在过滤网附近也洒一些。
  2. 将一杯白醋放在微波炉内加热2分钟(附加好处是白醋蒸汽还可以清洁微波炉,只需快速擦一遍)。
  3. 将加热的白醋倒入下水道。 白醋迅速与小苏打粉起反应,产生泡沫。
  4. 静置5分钟。
  5. 打开水龙头30秒,用温水冲洗下水道。

 

玫瑰

老早初夏,妈妈总会买一朵用铅丝扎紧的白兰花让我挂在衣服的纽扣上。延长花期的方法是,行坐如淑女不能出汗;夜里临睡前最好把花瓣抱进打湿的小毛巾里。无论如何爱惜小花瓣终会慢慢染上铁绣色渐渐收缩衰败。我非常不喜欢亲历这个往下坠的过程,所以上初中后就不再佩戴,所以我也很能理解林黛玉为落花而伤心,挖个香冢也不算夸张。然后……自从养了玫瑰,自从玫瑰盆栽变成了玫瑰树,自从一年四季花开满枝头,对花朵的爱慕之情也就跟着日益下降,修剪起来手起刀落绝不心软。这一对比就发觉出林黛玉的境界真的不一般,她不仅完胜我这个小门小户出生的而且也超越眼里只有我的那朵玫瑰花的小王子。

大观园里鲜花该有千朵万朵连绵不绝,可她还是伤物

大观园里鲜花该有千朵万朵连绵不绝,可她还是伤物

数码锁

整理东西,找到3把数码锁,其中一把怎么也打不开。搜索了网页亦无良方,只得用最笨的办法从1到9一个个地试。好在密码是5开头的而不是9,看了一集片子就听到啪嗒一声解锁了。这把锁是第一次来澳洲前买的,也就用过一次。之后新秀丽的旅行箱挂的是老土的司必灵,那是爸爸年轻读书时用的,这与时代逆行的奇异在机场行李转盘上倒是鹤立鸡群。仔细回想起来,很多东西都在忽然之间消失得无影无踪,譬如我现在的电脑已经没有3英寸盘了(还有光碟驱动),而现在小学生的考试都可能是无纸化的了。在这日新月异的都市里,还有没有不换不移的存在?

 

这一周(6月12日——6月18日)

昨天把从隔壁穿越过来的薄荷拔掉了一大半,才清理出一块空地。然后照着园艺书,种进在Queen Market买的有机 大蒜(书上说超市里的大蒜都添加了防腐剂很难出芽)。

所谓的有机大蒜头

所谓的有机大蒜头

我的家常菜里几乎用不到大蒜,偏偏看到超市里要卖25/公斤,又听说现在是种植的好时机,就乘着休息赶农忙了。说来薄荷我也很少用但因为喜欢它的香气陆陆续续买过好几盆,却没有一株活过一季的。奇怪的很,邻居家的薄荷却有着野草般的生命力,很快就占领了施过肥的土壤,还从铺着小石子又背阴的狭窄过道中挤出一大丛来。空闲的时候,常待在花园里修枝,拔草瞎忙活。首先很有成就感,现在一年四季都有花开都有菜可摘。二来还能能活络筋骨。之所以能保持少女时代的体重,我想肯定有园艺的一份贡献。哪里有吃不胖的好基因?真相是年轻新陈代谢比较快而已。那些传说中的吃货瘦子估计跟我爸一样有肠胃问题。澳洲同事不止一次说你好瘦啊(暗喜。)紧接着会说你肯定没超过50公斤吧。(不知道该怎么回了。)这属于文化代沟?

 

姐姐初中时代的朋友最近请她看了《摔跤吧,爸爸》,她在微信上晒了两人的合影以及电影票。初中毕业后,她俩的人生路再未有重叠,可每次回国,还是会约出来兴致勃勃地聊一个下午。那些觉得和老友毫无共同语言,大概是在心态上自比鲁迅,而把别人都看成了闰土的吧。想来难得聚会一次,譬如一年一度总是能找到些双方都感兴趣的话题,美食美容物价养生旅游或是特朗普………………

有些东西拍照留念即可

有些东西拍照留念即可

在twitter上看到,给热水器加个隔热毯(Water Heater Insulation Blanket)可以即可省下9%的煤气费。随即搜索了万能的淘宝,却找不到,可能关键字用的不对吧。eBay上倒有,价格在20-50之间,买一个试试看。

隔热毯。万能的淘宝也缺只角

 

 

心灵鸡汤

记得很多年前,个人主页方兴未艾之时,总有一个页面为“自我介绍”,从血型星座到喜欢的书颜色当然也少不了横渠四句。但认识自我的探索不能老是停留在这一层面上,还需要不断地深入下去。

以下课文选自今年3月的《彭蒙惠英语》,说是要能继续有滋有味的生活下去,就得重燃自己的兴奋点。

1. If money were no object, what would I do all day?

Would you write, teach scuba diving, give dating advice? Work that you would do for free strongly implies what activities you enjoy most and what probably comes pretty easily to you.

《彭蒙惠英语》的一位老师说愿意免费做导游,这真是个吸引人的好主意。我还喜欢当图书管理员,天天与书为伍。

2. If I could be anyone for a week, who would it be?

Who we admire is a huge indicator of who we secretly would like to become. Review who you obsess over, it’s a bright, shining clue.

几个老师都说不想做总统或大公司的CEO,我倒是蛮想体验一下。因为从间接经验来看,我以为绝大多数的工种只要是正常人+至多半年的岗位培训都能达到合格水平。如果有机会真想能验证这一假设。

3. What conversation topic can I get lost in for hours?

Real estate, investing, travel, animals, cars, fashion, fitness? Your most dominant chat topics are a vital sign of what excites you.

 书评。

4. If I walk into a bookstore, which section am I drawn to?

This also applies to an online search or even your preference for websites and blogs. What types of information do you most love to consume? What sites have your bookmarked? Which types of writers sit on your bookshelf?

我喜欢的类型太多,几乎不碰的只有一种——“人物传记”。好像也只买过一本荣格自传,即便连陪伴多年的阿加莎克里斯蒂,也没想去认识。

5. Who do I love to spend time with and why?

Do you like analytical thinkers, creative people, entrepreneurs, artists? Often we are drawn to people like us. Who are your preferred friends – the ones who most energise you?

彭蒙惠老师说‘positive person’,我也很想啊,可惜自己是“半杯空”型,志同道合的也只能是‘negative person’.

6. If you asked my partner/mother/best friend what I’m best at doing, what would they say?

Would there be a common thread throughout the answers? Are you a great motivator? An incredible listener? An organiser? A storyteller? A go-getter in business? An explorer? Let people who you love and trust tell you who you are. It’s an eye-opening and fun experiment – and a confidence boost.

持之以恒。不是么?我到现在还在听《彭蒙惠英语》。

7. Who was I as a kid?

Let your inner child  resurface in your thoughts. Look at a childhood photo of yourself. If you were true to this person, what would you be doing to make sure you don’t let him or her down?

和老师们想的一样,这个问题好没意思。

8. What do people come to me for?

Resume advice, helping to fix things at home, interior design tips? This can point you toward the gifts and talents that you might not recognise in yourself.

老早被问的最多的哪里有优惠活动,诸如电影、书讯、美术馆、音乐会(那时候艺术场馆还都要收费的),以及各种打折卡。现在集中在留学(小学->大学),语言,中国人文地理。

9. What do I feel least insecure about?

We are inordinately hard on ourselves. We’re quick to point out our flaws and have a much harder time recognising our skills. Allow yourself to remember past accomplishments or times where you’ve really helped others. Let the parts of you that you might secretly feel proud of truly shine.

自我表扬还是很不好意思啊。

10. What’s pure and simple fun for me?

What do you love to do that you are really good at and can be paid for?

写书评。

11. If I had to write a book, what would it be about?

Don’t panic – you don’t have to write one! But if you did, what might it be about? I love asking people this random question. I hear so many answers from sailing to writing vegan recipes to helping people with PTSD heal through music.

我想写的东西太多,不过最想的仍然是侦探书,但它属于fiction,课文要求的该是non-fiction。

 

这一周(5月29日——6月4日)

很巧,才看完Homo Sapiens,Bill Gates开出的最新书单里就有Homo Deus。同一个作者,Sapiens讲过去,Deus看未来。根据Gates的书评,作者果然预测由于基因改造,富人将会在智体上秒杀穷人。富人代表Gates却不同意,他说虽然有先有后但这个时间差肯定是越缩越短。他更担心的则是天下太平后,人类又该如何去挖掘存在的意义?我觉得他的生活太有意思了,譬如在他好多书评里都提到太太Melinda,Melinda推荐了这本书,和 Melinda交流读后感。譬如他读完某本书接着就见到作者真人……咳,我么只能与作者神交,赶紧去图书馆找新书~~~

Bill Gates最喜欢的书大概是人物传记,而我却最不喜欢。不过,我挺爱看他的Gates Notes,惊讶他的阅读速度。

Bill Gates最喜欢的书大概是人物传记,而我却最不喜欢。不过,我挺爱看他的Gates Notes,惊讶他的阅读速度。

Guns, Germs, and Steel也刚看完,作者很爱护巴布亚新几内亚等土著居民,认为他们在石器时代停滞不前的原因,不在于群体智力而在于地理环境。然而,他对中国却不那么客气,他说方块字很累赘。“Japan continues to use its horrendously cumbersome kanji writing system is preference to efficient alphabets or Japan’s own efficient kana syllabary – because the prestige attached to kanji is so great.” 他说中国的大一统制度正是近代落后挨打的主要原因。作为一个研究上下13,000年人类历史的作家,在这本90年代末出版的书里看好了日本、韩国、马来西亚、印度尼西亚等东亚国家,却没能预测出中国会从边缘走向中央,这实在有点不该啊。

Guns, Germs, and Steel论证的文明进化的因素

Guns, Germs, and Steel论证的文明进化的因素

还粗略翻了本Mind,书中说有智慧的人具备以下3大特征

  1. Can name and achieve their goals in life 知道自己想要什么
  2. Capitalize on strengths and corrects or compensates for weaknesses 能扬长避短
  3.  Adapt to, shape, and choose environments 山不转水转
Big5的简易版。岁月给我的馈赠是,变得越来越心平气和了。

Big5的简易版。

岁月给我的馈赠是——变得越来越心平气和了。

 

第2天过期的蛋糕,两只才$1.8。我很没出息,直到现在口味还很小朋友。

第2天过期的蛋糕,两只才$1.8。

我很没出息,直到现在口味还很小朋友。一看到蛋糕打折就两眼放光,若不顾及脸面的话大概得把货架上剩下的统统打包拿下。然后再续个顺口溜:等我有了钱,蛋糕一次买两只,一只吃掉一只砸人。

这两天的蔬菜的就是夜开花,别人家院子种出来送给我的。自己也种了些西兰花,可惜虫子比我跑得快,把叶子扫荡成骷髅头。

别人家的夜开花

别人家的夜开花

猜成语

井井有条

井井有条

举一反三

举一反三

三言两语

三言两语

气吞山河

气吞山河

啼笑皆非

啼笑皆非

 

白头偕老

白头偕老

白手起家

白手起家

秀色可餐

秀色可餐

 

自圆其说

自圆其说

草木皆兵

草木皆兵

非同小可

非同小可

 

顽石点头

顽石点头

马失前蹄

马失前蹄

 

Foodie

Bread: pop a celery stick in the bag. It absorbs moisture from the celery and stays soft.

Cakes: secure a slice of bread to the cut side with some toothpicks.

Celery: give it a good wash and wrap in aluminium foil – it will last up to six weeks.

Cheese: buy cheddar in bulk, grate the lot and freeze in small zip lock bags.

Bananas: wrap the end in plastic wrap to prevent them ripening too quickly.

Burger

  1. Beef mince that is 20 per cent fat makes the best burgers. Separate the mince into 125g portions, and flavour with two teaspoons of chilli sauce, half a teaspoon of the cruelly underrated Worcester sauce, and as much garlic powder as you can.
  2. Then heat a grill pan until it is so hot that steam rises from the grooves. Drop in the burger patty, cut a sesame-seed bun in half, squirt ketchup over the top bit and add a slice of gherkin and a spoonful of piccalilli. After about three minutes, flip the burger and put the bun under the griller, including the sauces and pickle. This way, the condiments do not unduly cool down the patty.
  3. Let the burger stand for a minute before placing it carefully between the lid and base of the bun.