My blog - May 2007

A rose by any other name...

May 30th 2007, 7:29pm

So we have a couple of ideas for our wedding photography business. One we got by putting "Naomi and James" or "James and Naomi" (I forget which order, but it doesn't matter, really) into an anagram creator, and one of the ones it came up with was "A Nomad Jasmine", which we both like. So we'd call our business Nomad Jasmine Photography if we went for that. Our small group also came up with Maple Tea Photography, which isn't bad either. What do all of you think?

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Comment posted by Kristina at 7:29pm on May 30th 2007

I like the Nomad Jasmine option. It's personalized and unique. Maple Tea just makes me think Canadian supper!

Comment posted by Mom at 7:29pm on May 30th 2007

I like Nomad Jasmine - Nomad reminds me of how you both love travelling!

Comment posted by at 7:29pm on May 30th 2007

I was glancing at James' blog and I noticed you are slippin down the list;) I like the name.

Comment posted by Ellen at 7:29pm on May 30th 2007

That sounds like a great name! I saw you posted on my blog, i have no idea why it won't let anyone comment on any other posts. And I loved the Hoff website! :)

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Dreary weather for the weekend

May 27th 2007, 7:00pm

I don't really have anything to write about at the moment. Work is, well, work. Sometimes I wish that I could shut off portions of my brain, or be satisfied with any old job. As one of my co-workers keeps reminding me, using your brain is dangerous! After all, we're all just a bunch of lemmings to certain people, aren't we? But alas, I enjoy using my brain! If you don't use it, you lose it, right? ;) At least I have a job, and it pays the bills. Just keep thinking of being able to build that house...

While most of my friends will be enjoying time with their husbands and friends tomorrow for the bank holiday, I shall be at work, even though Mondays are usually MINE. Normally I get Sunday Monday off, but the powers that be have decided I shall work tomorrow. Bleh. My one consolation is that the weather is dreary. Rain, rain, rain. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy rain. I love the sound of the raindrops hitting the window, watching the drops trickle down the glass and merge into one another. I love the smell you get when the first bit of rain begins to hit the dry ground, that marvellous smell of damp dust. But I can't enjoy it when I'm at work. No windows to gaze out of... So at least I'm not missing a gorgeous day of sunshine with my sweetheart.

We made a short video some time ago of a very foggy afternoon when we were out driving, and thought we'd put music to it and put it on YouTube. If you want to go for a VERY brief English drive with us, come along (at least virtually!).

If you'd like to go for more interesting drives, let us know!

On a funny note, a friend of ours had us over for dinner and a movie, and we were all laughing at his cat. It was raining out, and Humphrey would go outside through his cat door, but once he was outside, he seemed to forget how he'd gotten there...

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Comment posted by Kristina at 7:00pm on May 27th 2007

I love the driving video! It's short but you guys did a really good job! Great that you started in the traffic circle. Makes me remember being there a year ago. Oh Great Britain!!

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Welcome to this crazy world!

May 9th 2007, 3:48pm

In my negligence this past while, I've failed to post congrats to some friends whose additions to their families have finally arrived!

Karsten and Jackie had a little boy, Rylan. Rebekah and Trevor had a little boy, Isaiah. And it seems, although I have seen no official notice, that Drew and Andrea have a baby named Aiden. No idea yet whether they had a little boy or girl, though! I've only seen the name mentioned on facebook by someone I don't know... Update on that, they just posted to their blog, and they had a little boy, full name Aiden Christopher John Padgett.

In other news, James and I got outside on Sunday in the afternoon and planted our vegetable garden. There's a neighbourhood cat who keeps pooping in our garden, and we wanted to avoid him digging up all our freshly planted seeds, so we hung James' old mosquito net (from when he was in Kenya) over the garden and pegged it down. So far it seems to be working. I can't wait to have fresh vegetables from our own garden this summer! It will be so nice! We've planted peas and beans and carrots and beets and radishes and kohl rabi and spinach and red lettuce and cos lettuce. And we've still got to plant the corn! And the cucumbers! Oi!

I know I've mentioned the local market before, or at least the fact that I shop there. It really is the highlight of my week. Being able to wander around, look at the stalls, actually hold a small coversation with the vendors while you buy your fruit and veg. It's just so much more fun that buying it at the supermarket. Not only that, but there are strange vegetables there that you don't always see in Sainsbury's or Superstore. Things like bitter gourd (which is spiky and green), or calabash or lots of things I don't know the names for! James and I are going to start buying things that we don't know how to use, and figure out how to use them. I've been using aubergine (eggplant) in a few dishes, and although I'm not really keen on the texture of it, it does add a nice flavour and goes well in sauces. I've got a great hot dip idea, but I want to try it before I give it to you guys! So I'll try and take some pictures of some of the strange things we discover in our shopping trips. If you know of a strange fruit or vegetable we should try, let me know!

We were told by a friend that if I was really looking for good ingredients for asian food, I should go to Foleshill (pronounce Foes-l)Road. So James and I headed up there on Monday, since the market was closed for the bank holiday. My best find there (although we found one shop we will be frequenting frequently) was Limca! Finally, I can get my favourite Indian softdrink here in Coventry!

Afterwards, we went to a birthday barbeque for our friend Rollo. I got to meet a few more friends of James', and we all had a good time stuffing our faces. Sam, your brownies are way too good... But I wouldn't complain if you ever needed to get rid of some! ;)

I've noticed a lot of people are on facebook. It's nice to get in touch with people from high school you haven't seen for years! Or people you just don't get a chance to see as often as you may like. So thanks to whoever actually got me to sign up.

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Our Weekend Getaway

May 1st 2007, 1:03am

I know I haven't blogged much. Bad me, I know. But I won't fill you in on everything I've been up to. Not at the moment, at least, I'm too sleepy!

I've been working a fair bit of late ending shifts at work lately, and most Saturdays, so I haven't seen James too much this month. We arranged for me to have Saturday, Sunday and Monday off this weekend, and for James to take Monday as well. Then all we had to do was decide where to get away to!

James remembered that I'd mentioned the puffins come back to Skomer Island in Wales mid-April, so he suggested we go to Pembrokeshire for the weekend. After a ponder over whether to go there or Cornwall, (and advice from friends saying to go with Wales), we chose Pembrokeshire. Of course, in classic Naomi and James fashion, we booked our B&B last minute, and found a nice farmhouse to stay at.

I love Pembrokeshire!!!

We saw puffins (I think God must have made them for entertainment value alone, they are hilarious little birds!), and grey seals and common porpoises and a bunch of other birds. I even saw my first cormorants! But the big highlight of the trip was the puffins!

I'm not so full of facts of the weekend at this point, I'm pretty tired. But you can read James' blog for all the brainy bits and details. Me, I'm going to bed!

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