Day: 4,825 without the internet.
OK that might be a slight exaggeration but it’s starting to feel like it. I went to bed Tuesday night and it was working fine but come Wednesday morning there were issues. I wasn’t too worried as it had played up before and all it usually needed was to reboot the router. Anyway for once I had more important things to do than sit at the computer and be entranced by reading and watching what other people did while they weren’t sitting at there’s. My sister and her family were on the way down from Auckland for Easter. So there was the obligatory cleaning to hide the reality that most of the time I live a very dusty existence. I even went outside and mowed the lawn and finally there was the baking. There was the favourite Lemon Cake, a batch of Chocolate-Chocolate Muffins and a Chocolate Cake with caramel icing. You would think with all that positive karma accrued the internet would fix itself but unfortunately it doesn’t work like that.
After much cursing and de-powering and re-powering of the little grey box we discovered a problem with the ADSL filter on the phone line. We replaced it and YAY, everything worked and we had internet once again. Email could be checked and Twitter could be perused and then have the scary realisation that Skynet had become self-aware and this must be the reason our internet was playing up AND TOMORROW IS JUDGEMENT DAY!
You may scoff but mere hours later the router died a final tragic death. So this is why I am writing this missive now, Thursday morning, with the uncertainty of if it will ever be seen. Whether due to the machines taking over or the length of time it takes for the new router to arrive I cannot say as yet.
As you can imaging last night without connection was a slight struggle. It is very easy to go without the internet as a matter of choice but when that choice is taken away you start jonesing for some on-line interaction. I could have used my phone but due to being short-sighted and the screen being so small it just wasn’t worth it. So after countless games of solitaire I gave up, turned of the computer, and watched Gigi on DVD.
(The courier arrived with the new router and it only took me three hours to get connected. Thank you Andrew. So now back to the story)
Now I love watching Gigi and it is one musical that you can watch repeatedly, and have a sing-a-long to (as long as I’m alone), but I do wonder if you could make something like it in this day-and-age. Maurice Chevalier was 70 when he sang “Thank heaven for little girls” and the little 15-year old girl in question is being trained by her family to be a courtesan. Leslie Caron may have been 27 when she played the character but you still have to suspend your modern-day sensibilities to watch and enjoy such a charming flick.
How much the world has changed was brought home to me today when I was in the library and happened to smile at a little girl who was sitting on the floor in front of the shelf I was perusing. I honestly gave her a friendly smile but it didn’t stop her from scuttling across the floor to her mother. I guess there really is only one Maurice Chevalier or maybe it’s just a French thing or maybe this scruffy Lent beard really needs to come off, now!
So now that I’ve got the internet back I can stop typing but to give this post a nice finish I’ll give you the recipe for the chocolate cake.
1/2 Cup Water
4 Tablespoon Cocoa
3 Cup Self-Raising Flour
2 Cup Caster Sugar
1 Cup Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
Combine butter, water and sifted cocoa in a saucepan. Stir over a low heat till the butter has melted all ingredients have combined. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Sift flour and sugar into bowel. Add milk, vanilla and slightly beaten eggs. Mix well.
Then add the cocoa mix and beat well.
Pour into a lined 30X32 cm tin (12X13 in). Bake for 35-40 minutes at 180-190⁰c
55g (2oz) Butter
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoon Milk
1 1/2 Cup Icing Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
Melt butter then add the brown sugar.
Stir 2 minutes. Add the milk. Don’t boil.
Remove from heat. Beat in icing sugar, vanilla
Add extra milk if needed.