Monday, 15 August 2011

What, another filofax??

Shortly after selling 2 filofaxes, I soon found myself perusing some more lovelies online! What is about these things?? For a while, I've been tempted by the space of an A4 which has the added bonus of cheap hole punches and being able to make my own templates more easily. I will definitely be frequenting DIY Planner when I have the time.

I came across a brand new Identity on eBay and snapped it up at the buy it now price. At the time it seemed different to what I thought an Identity looked like, but I figured maybe it was an older version as no diary was included.

Once I had a nose inside, I realised it definitely wasn't an Identity...
I've never even heard of Strata and Filofax UK no longer stock it, but I'd managed to get a leather A4 filo for a great price, bargain! It's also lighter than I expected (based on what some other folk have said about the A4) and I'd be happy to pop it in my satchel and walk to the library to do a bit of study.  

I really like the sleek and minimal styling, kind of like the James Bond (in a tux) of filofaxes :)
I don't have much in it yet, only the inserts it came with and a couple of extra bits and pieces.

My cat's Weight Watchers sheet, poor thing, she's been on a diet ever since I got her back.
 Doesn't my personal Malden look small and fat in comparison in this last one? (shh, I don't want her to get a complex...)

My plan is to use it as my GTD tickler file, for project support material and to gather up all the other GTD paperwork that won't fit into my personal Malden.
And that's it... no more filofaxes!! (some of you are probably laughing at the very idea) My personal is my main 'doing' one which I can pop in my bag easily, and the A4 will be in a supporting role for storing working papers and for when I need more space to plan or create mind maps. 

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

My filofax journey to Malden

My first filofax was a cherry personal Classic, which I initially loved, but over time didn't seem quite right for me. It never laid flat, felt too formal/professional looking and I worried that the slightly padded leather exterior would get dented or scratched if put it in a bag with keys or other every day stuff. 

Take two... and I purchased a personal Kendal half price in WHSmith's never ending filofax sale.
It did lay flat after some gentle persuasion.
And I thought that was it, until I read some of the Malden enabling posts on Philofaxy. The more I read, the more I was tempted but I hate having too many of the same type of belongings! (I guess that's partly why I'm interested in minimalism) I considered selling both the Classic and Kendal on eBay, and using the proceeds to purchase a Malden. In the meantime, I also dabbled in using a chocolate mini Cross and a purple mini Finsbury as my wallet, but sold them both as they were a bit too small and also fiddly to get to my change. Really pleased as my Kendal sold for a good price too recently. 

And then some of the leather on my Classic started to crack slightly, which I was a bit miffed at considering how much they cost! Filofax UK kindly agreed to replace it (even though purchased else where) and the replacement arrived with the spine and contents loose inside! Back went the replacement, and it suddenly dawned on me that I could ask for a Malden instead. Yay, I now have my Malden and it's my filofax nirvana! 
  

Monday, 8 August 2011

Philofaxy reader under the spotlight

As mentioned previously here, Philofaxy is a great place to visit if you have a thing for filofaxes, like me.
I jumped at the opportunity to be included in their reader under the spotlight series, and my interview can be found here. I always enjoy finding out more about the other readers, so I was delighted to be able to be included. Thanks, Steve!

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Roast pork with mini apricot and almond balls

This is what I cooked at the week end, and it was easy to do and yummy!
Prepare 15 minutes (uh-huh, I work slower than that)
Cook 1 hour 30 mins + resting
Serves 4

Ingredients:
800g-1kg pork roasting joint
25g butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
75g white breadcrumbs
50g soft apricots, chopped
25g flaked almonds, chopped
1 tbsp chopped fresh sages
1 medium free range egg, beaten
150ml dry white wine

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C, gas mark 4. Place the pork in a small roasting tin and cook in the preheated oven for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small frying pan and add the onion. Cook for 5 minutes over a low heat until soft but not browned. In a separate bowl, mix the cooked onion with the breadcrumbs, apricots, almonds, sage and some seasoning. Add the beaten egg and mix well, then roll into 16 small balls.

After the pork has been cooking for 1 hour, add the stuffing balls to the tin around the pork and return to the oven for a further 30 minutes, turning the stuffing balls after 15 minutes, until the pork is cooked through and the juices run clear when it is pricked with a skewer.

Transfer the pork and stuffing to a warm serving plate and leave to rest. Meanwhile, add the wine to the juices in the roasting tin and place over a medium heat. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, season and serve drizzled over the pork.

Recipe courtesy of the Waitrose Weekend.

Things I love Tuesday

It still begins with a T, so close enough for me.
What I've been enjoying recently:
  • Re-reading Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  • Getting loads done at work today
  • Cooking a scrummy new recipe for my husband and friends at the week end - roast pork with mini apricot and almond balls (recipe above)
  • Selling lots of my stuff on eBay - I get rid of it & get money? Brilliant!
  • Generally feeling very happy and contented
  • Wearing my new summer dress today and pink nail polish with glitter in... very girly 
  • Celebrating our 1st wedding anniversary at the week end, thanks for a wonderful year, honey!
  • Going for a run in the sunshine
  • Delivery of my bargain A4 Identity filofax today, but not allowed to open it as it's a birthday prezzie. I'm planning on using it to help improve my GTD system, for things like my tickler file, project support material and then see what space is left.