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  1. L-Izzle

    That slice looks completely amazing and wonderful and wowww. Very much something I would like to eat in huge quantities!!

    I’d offer my services to fill the “boyfriend gap” but, while I can easily do most of those tasks (the bed-sharing, the cookie-eating..), I am completely incapable of breaking your heart….. so sorry, I guess you’ll have to find someone else =\

    … yep, I am one smooth bastard 😉

  2. L-Izzle

    That slice looks completely amazing and wonderful and wowww. Very much something I would like to eat in huge quantities!!

    I’d offer my services to fill the “boyfriend gap” but, while I can easily do most of those tasks (the bed-sharing, the cookie-eating..), I am completely incapable of breaking your heart….. so sorry, I guess you’ll have to find someone else =\

    … yep, I am one smooth bastard 😉

  3. L-Izzle

    Oh, and…

    As for pros and cons… here’s one that’s kinda twofold win/lose or lose/win or lose/lose or win/win… I’m yet to decide…

    Holding hands in winter. On the one hand (ha!), it is great for keeping said hand warm. However, it requires I take my hands out of my pocket, where they are already warm. While this would seem like a non-issue, removing hand from pocket usually exposes OTHER parts of oneself (ie. wrist, fingertips) to cold they would otherwise be able to avoid.
    This is a very topical issue for me, as you can imagine. I think what I need to do is wear gloves AND hold hands. That way I get the best of both worlds.

    Another topical one for me… staying up late cuddling in front of the TV. Awwww, cold outside, all warm and cosy on the couch…maybe sharing a bag of popcorn or sipping on mugs of hot chocolate… awwww… That’s nice, right?
    … NOT WHEN IT’S TO WATCH ENDLESS TOUR DE FRANCE COVERAGE. OR SOME KIND OF CAGE-FIGHTING EVENTS. OR ENDLESS EPISODES OF BEAVIS AND BUTTHEAD, ACCOMPANIED BY IMPERSONATIONS.
    BESIDES, I DON’T EVEN LIKE STAYING UP TOO LATE. I’m an old, old woman who needs stupidly large amounts of sleep. And when I’m denied my bedtime, I get ANGRY. Really really angry. Grumpy and cranky and rude and whiny, and thus manage to ruin any “quality time” that could’ve resulted from such an evening.

    And another, soon-to-be-topical one for me…. Boyfriends mean pretty birthday presents!!! Yay! ………….but then it’s their birthday a month later, and you have to buy them presents. And it has to be comparably good, or else you look like a bit of an asshole and/or feel guilty and mean. Shiiiiit.

  4. L-Izzle

    Oh, and…

    As for pros and cons… here’s one that’s kinda twofold win/lose or lose/win or lose/lose or win/win… I’m yet to decide…

    Holding hands in winter. On the one hand (ha!), it is great for keeping said hand warm. However, it requires I take my hands out of my pocket, where they are already warm. While this would seem like a non-issue, removing hand from pocket usually exposes OTHER parts of oneself (ie. wrist, fingertips) to cold they would otherwise be able to avoid.
    This is a very topical issue for me, as you can imagine. I think what I need to do is wear gloves AND hold hands. That way I get the best of both worlds.

    Another topical one for me… staying up late cuddling in front of the TV. Awwww, cold outside, all warm and cosy on the couch…maybe sharing a bag of popcorn or sipping on mugs of hot chocolate… awwww… That’s nice, right?
    … NOT WHEN IT’S TO WATCH ENDLESS TOUR DE FRANCE COVERAGE. OR SOME KIND OF CAGE-FIGHTING EVENTS. OR ENDLESS EPISODES OF BEAVIS AND BUTTHEAD, ACCOMPANIED BY IMPERSONATIONS.
    BESIDES, I DON’T EVEN LIKE STAYING UP TOO LATE. I’m an old, old woman who needs stupidly large amounts of sleep. And when I’m denied my bedtime, I get ANGRY. Really really angry. Grumpy and cranky and rude and whiny, and thus manage to ruin any “quality time” that could’ve resulted from such an evening.

    And another, soon-to-be-topical one for me…. Boyfriends mean pretty birthday presents!!! Yay! ………….but then it’s their birthday a month later, and you have to buy them presents. And it has to be comparably good, or else you look like a bit of an asshole and/or feel guilty and mean. Shiiiiit.

  5. Sarah @ For the Love of Food

    This cake/slice is right up my alley. Ginger cake is my favourite cake in the whole world (even though for some reason I rarely make it). I also don’t go in for overly sweet treats. I’ll be bookmarking this one!

    Oh and pros for being single at 23 – you should be single at that age! Who wants to be settled down so early??

  6. Sarah @ For the Love of Food

    This cake/slice is right up my alley. Ginger cake is my favourite cake in the whole world (even though for some reason I rarely make it). I also don’t go in for overly sweet treats. I’ll be bookmarking this one!

    Oh and pros for being single at 23 – you should be single at that age! Who wants to be settled down so early??

  7. Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella

    LOL you are too funny Hannah. You could give Carrie Bradshaw a run for her money 😉 Pros of being partnered up with a man who is bigger than you: he carries the luggage. Don’t underestimate that! 😛

  8. Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella

    LOL you are too funny Hannah. You could give Carrie Bradshaw a run for her money 😉 Pros of being partnered up with a man who is bigger than you: he carries the luggage. Don’t underestimate that! 😛

  9. Anna Johnston

    Holy Hubcaps! A Sweet Treat to die for! Love it! 🙂

    PRO: You can really focus on your career, education, fitness, and goals.

    CON: There’s no one around to even occasionally make you breakfast in bed.

  10. Anna Johnston

    Holy Hubcaps! A Sweet Treat to die for! Love it! 🙂

    PRO: You can really focus on your career, education, fitness, and goals.

    CON: There’s no one around to even occasionally make you breakfast in bed.

  11. Lisa @ bakebikeblog

    haha I agree with Lorraine – the bag carrying abilities come in handy – although the dooner stealing does not 😉
    Great looking slice girl!!!!

  12. Lisa @ bakebikeblog

    haha I agree with Lorraine – the bag carrying abilities come in handy – although the dooner stealing does not 😉
    Great looking slice girl!!!!

  13. croquecamille

    I have a question for you: what is wrong with crystallized ginger?

    And now to turn melancholy on you… Pro – You don’t have to please anyone but yourself. Con – Sometimes it’s nice when someone else is pleased with you, too.

  14. croquecamille

    I have a question for you: what is wrong with crystallized ginger?

    And now to turn melancholy on you… Pro – You don’t have to please anyone but yourself. Con – Sometimes it’s nice when someone else is pleased with you, too.

  15. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Come on now, you know the REAL reason you’re single. You haven’t yet found a guy that could even HOPE to ATTEMPT to PRETEND to TRY to REPLICATE your excessive awesomeness!

    Erm…what’s “a slice”? Slice of what?! Specify! 😛

  16. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Come on now, you know the REAL reason you’re single. You haven’t yet found a guy that could even HOPE to ATTEMPT to PRETEND to TRY to REPLICATE your excessive awesomeness!

    Erm…what’s “a slice”? Slice of what?! Specify! 😛

  17. hungryandfrozen

    I HAVE TO MAKE THIS. You amazing lady.

    Speaking of amazing, holy cow that oatmeal sounds good. Don’t feel like you couldn’t eat it with someone else around – I think I might try it for breakfast tomorrow myself, boyfriend be damned. And you really don’t want to know the frequency at which I dance and sing and make a fool of myself 🙂

  18. hungryandfrozen

    I HAVE TO MAKE THIS. You amazing lady.

    Speaking of amazing, holy cow that oatmeal sounds good. Don’t feel like you couldn’t eat it with someone else around – I think I might try it for breakfast tomorrow myself, boyfriend be damned. And you really don’t want to know the frequency at which I dance and sing and make a fool of myself 🙂

  19. Lauren

    I had this exact conversation with a friend earlier today. It was very similar to the curly-vs-straight debate.

  20. Lauren

    I had this exact conversation with a friend earlier today. It was very similar to the curly-vs-straight debate.

  21. Simply Life

    ha, great post! 🙂 I’m married and still resort back to big bowls of oatmeal or enormous bowls of cereal whenever I’m on my own for a meal 🙂

  22. Simply Life

    ha, great post! 🙂 I’m married and still resort back to big bowls of oatmeal or enormous bowls of cereal whenever I’m on my own for a meal 🙂

  23. Kath Lockett

    Brilliant post – nice to see that you have some chinks in your travelin’, PhDin’, chocolate findin’, smurf kitchen lovin’ armor.

    I was also single at 23 and felt all the same pros and cons you describe. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing and am glad that I didn’t meet Love Chunks until I’d had a few adventures….

  24. Hannah

    L-Izzle: I knew I could trust you to come up with something simultaneously crazy and which I completely agree with. As someone who tends to sit on my hands to keep them warm, I’m thinking the gloves idea is a winner. P.S. I hope A’s bad tv isn’t preventing you from watching Masterchef!

    Sarah: Thank you 🙂 For both parts! I hope you make this – I really do like it!

    Lorraine: Aw, what a compliment, thank you! As someone who’s done months upon months of travelling by myself with suitcases… I both take your point and can confidently say I’m pretty good with luggage myself!

    Anna Johnston: Oooh, that’s a good point. It would be nice for someone to *make* me that oatmeal…

    Lisa: Thank you! Yes, doonas are likely to be a fraught issue in winter 😉

    Camille: Don’t be too hard on me! When I was younger I couldn’t even stomach fresh or ground ginger, so I’m making slow steps forward! And oh, that’s a good addition…

    Amber: You make me feel glorious instead of mopey inside. Love love. Aha, we’ve found another linguistic difference! I guess what we correctly call “slices” are what you Americans incorrectly call “bars”? 😉 Ours really is better, because a slice can be ‘sliced’ any which way, whereas how are you meant to ‘bar’ a bar?

    Hungry and Frozen: 🙂 I really hope you try the slice and the oatmeal! No qualms recommending them, though keep in mind the slice isn’t super rich! (I’m thinking back to some of your lovely decadent works…) And I’m pretty sure you dance and sing about as much as I do 😉

    Lauren: Oh gosh, so tempting to make a joke here about the love-related other meaning of “straight” in reference to you and L-man, but I shall refrain. 😛

    Simply Life: I betcha look forward to his work trips then 😉

    Kath: Really, really thank you. 🙂 (And in regards to your first comment, I often I think I have more chinks than armour!)

  25. Agnes

    Big pros: You can go visit your BFF anytime you want.

    Cons: You can eat half a pound of brussel sprouts without anyone stopping you. Yes, this belongs in the cons category!

  26. kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com

    im 21 and been single for 6 years. im a tad worried since i want this to change lol. but there are MANY perks to outweigh negative i think.. well especially when im around my friends who are in relationships. i usually end up saying “thank god im single!” haha <3

  27. thehungryscholar

    Lars steals the sheets and he recently kicked me in his sleep. So, you have s safe rest!

    I love this post thought!

    I think you rock!

  28. Hannah

    Anges: You just made me laugh out loud in the National Library like a CRAZY PERSON. Is that really appropriate behaviour for a BFF?

    Kelsey: Maybe your friends need new partners?! 😛

    The Hungry Scholar: Thank you love! I think you’re rather special too. But the pro for Lars: he didn’t eat your fancy Canberran chocolate 😉

  29. Agnes

    Sure, if one doesn’t mind having a crazy person for a BFF (and obviously I don’t).

    Hehee, oh noes, I just called you a crazy person! But in my defense, you demonstrated the signs of craziness first – I just told you it was okay. How’s that for being an accepting BFF?

  30. theresa

    Pro – You don’t have to file taxes jointly.

    Con – You don’t have someone to do the hard work of filing your stupid taxes.

    (We filed taxes yesterday. Not fun.)

    Hugs!

  31. Hannah

    Agnes: You’re one in a million 🙂 And I’d much rather you know about my craziness now, and love me for it anyway, than find out about it later and run away 😀

    Theresa: Thanks love! Ugh, I have to do my tax still. And it’s so pointless because I worked about three weeks in this financial year, so it’s not going to mean anything… but I have to do it anyway. Boo!

  32. Vaala ◪

    I like sesame seeds…

    Hmmm. Pros: you get a giant hot water bottle at night that doesn’t cool down. Cons: you get a giant hot water bottle at night that doesn’t cool down.
    Boys are always better in winter!

  33. Vaala ◪

    Whoops, I was writing that like pros and cons of not being single. My brain is clearly fuzzy and now I can’t think how to rewrite it so that it works with your list. I need a new brain!

  34. Hannah

    Vaala: I hadn’t even noticed your backwards-answering until you pointed it out! So I say keep the brain you’ve got – it’s a good’un 🙂 As someone who *hates* the cold, your hot water bottle story is definitely making me want the non-single life 🙂

  35. goddessvaala

    Well, it’s nice in winter but it’s overly sticky and hot in summer. You win some, you lose some.

  36. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Don’t worry, spring is just around the corner (yes? Right???) and singleness becomes infinitely more awesome in warm weather.

    Another pro is that should you happen to decide to, oh, I dunno, go for a holiday to Perth, you wouldn’t have to take someone else’s schedule into account.

  37. Hannah

    Conor: YES, RIGHT. Dear lord I cannot tell you how deeply I’m looking forward to warmth and the feeling of sun-burning. Hmm… did I detect an invitation somewhere in there? *grabs suitcase and starts packing the essentials, i.e. chocolate and peanut butter*

  38. Johanna

    very amusing and oh so true – you can look at romance in all sorts of ways – but for me it both a pro and a con to have someone suggesting it is time to stop blogging and go to bed – d’oh – must catch up with your other posts tomorrow!

  39. Hannah

    Johanna: Smooth comment 😉 But yes, having someone to tell me to go to bed before midnight would be helpful!

  40. Hannah

    Johanna: Smooth comment 😉 But yes, having someone to tell me to go to bed before midnight would be helpful!

  41. Amy

    Pro: no arguments
    Con: no making up

  42. Amy

    Pro: no arguments
    Con: no making up

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